Paper Talk: Liverpool eye striker; Oxford in demand

Date published: Monday 18th January 2016 11:23

Shane Long: Liverpool enquire about Southampton striker

Shane Long: Liverpool enquire about Southampton striker

Liverpool have apparently had an enquiry for Shane Long knocked back by Southampton, while Manchester City could make an offer for Reece Oxford.

LIVERPOOL MAKE LONG ENQUIRY

Liverpool have made an enquiry about Southampton striker Shane Long, according to the Daily Mirror.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his injury-hit frontline – he again used Steven Caulker as a striker against Manchester United on Sunday – and was plotting an £8million move for Long, it was claimed.

Saints, however, are said to be determined to keep the 28-year-old, even after signing Charlie Austin from QPR, though Graziano Pelle has only 18 months remaining on his contract and could join Juventus with the south-coast club stalling on a new contract offer for the Italy international.

Speaking after Austin’s arrival, Saints chairman Ralph Krueger said: “Players coming in and out of here in the last two weeks of the transfer window is not in the plan. I would never say never on either direction because it’s the nature of the sport; you don’t know what opportunities present themselves.”

MAN CITY SCOUT REECE OXFORD

Manchester City are considering making an offer for West Ham youngster Reece Oxford, according to The Sun.

City scouts are said to have watched Oxford, who can play in central defence or midfield, in his last three appearances for West Ham’s Under-21 side as they look to add more home-grown talent to their squad.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are also thought to be monitoring the 17-year-old’s progress, the newspaper adds, but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to keep hold of a player that has two and a half years left on his contract.

West Ham do, however, want to loan him out for the rest of the season, with Fulham apparently among the Championship clubs interested.

AND THE REST

Arsenal have raided Leicester’s highly-rated recruitment team for Ben Wrigglesworth, the head of technical scouting who helped sign stars including Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante (Daily Telegraph)

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to highly-rated Ajax prospect Juan Familia Castillo, 16 (Daily Mail)

Everton are ready to enter the transfer market after Steven Naismith agreed to join Norwich City, with Derby midfielder Will Hughes and Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko targets (Daily Star)

Norwich City are set to sign Steven Naismith and Wolfsburg defender Timm Klosse – but Alex Neil will be handed more cash to buy a striker (The Sun)

Watford expect to tie up a club record £6.7million deal for Moroccan winger Nordin Amrabat in the next 24 hours (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City are hopeful of sealing a deal for Copenhagen’s Daniel Amartey by the end of the week (Daily Mail)

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