Paper Talk: Man Utd man has pick of six; £35m Newcastle splurge

Date published: Tuesday 24th January 2017 8:26

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has the choice of six clubs as he looks to leave Old Trafford, while Newcastle are keen to spend £35m on a pair of Croatian talents, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.

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Ashley Young is reported to have asked Jose Mourinho if he can leave Manchester United on a loan deal after becoming frustrated by a lack of regular first-team football.

The 31-year-old, however, is highly regarded by Mourinho and his coaching staff, despite last starting a Premier League game during November’s win at Swansea.

West Ham, West Brom, Watford, Crystal Palace and Swansea are all believed to have made enquiries for Young, while the Daily Mail also claims Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng remain interested.

The paper, however, claims that Mourinho would prefer to keep Young and use him in their FA Cup and Europa League campaigns, but will still, nonetheless, consider Young’s request.



Filip Benkovic: Linked with Newcastle


Newcastle have reportedly asked Dynamo Zagreb about Ante Coric and Filip Benkovic as part of a transfer push that could see the Magpies spend £35m before deadline day.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is said to be keen on landing the duo, both aged 19, by next Tuesday.

The Daily Mail claim a move for Coric would set Newcastle back £10m and they would have to bargain hard to convince the midfielder to move to the Championship, albeit with the club favourites to seal a return to the Premier League.

Coric is a regular in Zagreb’s midfield, having made his debut for the club back in 2014.

He earned his Croatia debut last year and was called up to their Euro 2016 squad; he was also the subject of our Scout feature, having drawn comparisons with Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

The player has long been linked with Liverpool and is also a reported target for Everton.

Meanwhile, Croatian newspaper Sportske claim the Magpies see Benkovic as a viable defensive target.

However, Benkovic would likely cost £25m, which may be beyond Newcastle’s limit.

Benkovic is yet to play for the national team but does boast a handful of Croatia youth caps.

He has picked up two yellow cards in 19 games for Zagreb this season.



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Sunderland have offered a short-term deal to Joleon Lescott as Patrick van Aanholt closes in on a move to Crystal Palace (Daily Mirror)

Southampton have made a fresh enquiry for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini (Daily Mirror)

PFA chief Ritchie Humphreys insists the incident involving Ryan Mason must be used to ensure players’ welfare is never taken for granted (Daily Mirror)

Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji is set to be handed a four-game ban – meaning David Moyes will be without thirteen first-team players (Daily Mirror)

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Marcus Rashford will be handed another Manchester United pay rise next season after winning over boss Jose Mourinho (The Sun)

Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Gedion Zelalem is set to join Dutch outfit VVV Venlo on loan until the end of the season (The Sun)

Thibaut Courtois says he is happy at Stamford Bridge which is a huge boost for boss Antonio Conte (The Sun)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has won the race for Barnsley’s £3m right-back James Bree (The Sun)

Arsene Wenger is considering a £34.5m move for Porto’s Euro 2016-winning midfielder Danilo Pereira (The Sun)

Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani are set for a welcome return to relegation-threatened Leicester after Algeria are knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations (The Sun)

Ashley Young has asked Jose Mourinho if he can leave Manchester United on loan (Daily Mail)

Barcelona have made a surprise check on Falkirk’s 17-year-old left back Tony Gallacher but face competition from Liverpool, Celtic and Manchester City (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is keen on loaning Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom (Daily Mail)

Derby are interested in signing Villa frontman Ross McCormack (Daily Mail)

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Chelsea players have told manager Antonio Conte to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, should their 24-year-old Belgium international Thibaut Courtois leave this summer. Hart is on a season-long loan at Italian side Torino (The Sun)

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Everton have ruled out the departure of midfielder James McCarthy after he rejected a move to Sunderland (The Times)

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