Paper Talk: Hart makes Reds plea; Man Utd eye defender

Date published: Friday 26th August 2016 7:22

Joe Hart: Heading for City exit

Joe Hart: Heading for City exit

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart is willing to take a pay cut in order to join Liverpool while Man United are linked with a new defender, according to Friday’s papers.


England No.1 Joe Hart is reportedly open to lowering his salary so he can end his Man City exile and join Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to The Sun.

Following the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, Hart is set to become Pep Guardiola’s third-choice option at the Etihad. A demotion that puts his long-term England future under serious threat.

Hart admitted after the Champions League qualifier against Steaua Bucharest that there is a ‘situation’ to resolve, and taking a pay cut is an option if it means regular first-team football.

There does not appear to a long queue of clubs interested in taking the 29-year-old, with Everton the latest team to confirm that they have no interest in signing him.

Hart has less than a week to resolve his future, but his apparent willingness to negotiate his salary could lead to a last-ditch transfer.



Manchester United are weighing up whether to make one, final major signing before the transfer window slams shut, with Monaco telling the Red Devils it will cost £25m to land full-back Fabinho.

Dubbed the ‘new Dani Alves’ by the French media, L’Equipe believe that Jose Mourinho has been tracking the Brazilian all summer and still caught in two minds whether to meet the hefty asking price.

After reaching the Champions League group stages Monaco are under no pressure to sell their full-back, who scored eight goals in all competitions last season. The 22-year-old is said to be ‘relaxed’ about his future and is not particularly looking to leave the Ligue 1 club, so United will have to dig deep if they want to sign him.


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Tottenham are considering a move for Manchester City and France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, before Wednesday’s transfer deadline (ESPN)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has told manager Alan Pardew he wants the leave the club, amid Tottenham’s interest in the 23-year-old (Daily Mail)

Bookmakers are convinced Zaha will become Spurs’ third summer signing (Daily Star)

West Ham have agreed a £24m fee with Juventus for Simone Zaza and the 25-year-old Italy forward is currently in talks with the Premier League club (Guardian)

Southampton defender Jose Fonte, 32, is set to stay at the club after holding one-on-one talks about his future with chairman Ralph Krueger (Metro)

Premier League champions Leicester City are weighing up a club record £25m bid for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 27 (Daily Telegraph)

Hull City’s caretaker boss Mike Phelan, who was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, says striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the Scot’s radar while he was in charge at Old Trafford (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli are relying on Everton to bid for their striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 24, so they can move for Serie A rivals Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic, 28 (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Valencia are considering a move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 26. (Deporte Valenciano)

Striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, a target for Manchester United, is “mulling over” several offers, but could be heading to Juventus or Inter Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Watford have agreed an £8.5m deal to sign Gent’s Sven Kums, 28, with the midfielder set to move to the Hornets’ Italian sister club Udinese on loan for the rest of the season. (Het Laatste Nieuws)

West Brom will improve their offer for Jay Rodriguez, 27, as they look to beat Hull City to the loan signing of the Southampton forward (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle United are in talks to sign Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar, 24. The Morocco international has also attracted interest from West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace this summer (Evening Chronicle)

Derby County want to sign Watford forward Matej Vydra, 24 (Derby Telegraph)

Aston Villa centre-back Joleon Lescott, 34, is the subject of interest from Greek clubs Olympiakos and AEK Athens (Sport24)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing attacking midfielder Lucas Lima, 26, from Brazilian club Santos (UOL Esporte)

Jose Mourinho has hired Brazilian former Arsenal scout Sandro Orlandelli for Manchester United (Lance, via Metro)

United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 23, is wanted by Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City (Daily Mail)

Brighton & Hove Albion remain keen on signing Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy, 24, before the transfer window closes (Lancashire Telegraph)

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