Paper Talk: United eye Cresswell; Real want Hazard

Date published: Sunday 27th September 2015 9:01

Eden Hazard: Could start against MK Dons

Eden Hazard: Could start against MK Dons

Aaron Cresswell is reportedly on a three-man Manchester United left-back shortlist, while Philippe Coutinho and Eden Hazard are wanted in Spain.

CRESSWELL AMONG UNITED TARGETS

West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell, Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor and Charlton’s Morgan Fox are on Manchester United’s shortlist for the January transfer window, claims the Sunday Mirror, as they seek a new left-back in the wake of Luke Shaw’s injury.

Charlton, however, are making quick progress on a new contract on improved terms for Fox in the hope of deterring Manchester United from making a move.

Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Ham have also been tracking the 22-year-old’s progress, the newspaper adds.

LIVERPOOL CONTINUE TO TRACK ROG

Liverpool again had Croatia midfielder Marko Rog watched last week, according to The Sun on Sunday.

Rog was apparently on Liverpool’s radar last season when at Hajduk Split, but the club decided to wait until he developed more and so did not challenge Dinamo Zagreb for his signature.

Club scout Barry Hunter is said to have watched Rog in action for Dinamo against Split last week, however, as the Reds still believe they could get the 20-year-old. Zagreb bought Rog for around £4million and would now ask at least double that sum, The Sun claims, but that would not deter the Merseysiders if they deemed Rog ready for their first-team squad.

There could be an action in January if Dinamo fail to progress beyond the Champions League group stage, the newspaper adds.

BARCA TARGET COUTINHO

While Liverpool are already making plans to improve their squad in the next transfer window, they risk losing yet another of their star attacking players, with Barcelona interested in Philippe Coutinho, according to the Sunday Times.

It’s a claim that has been made several times over the past week, with Barca forward Neymar giving a thumbs up to his club’s apparent interest.

Neymar said: “I see many Brazilian players with quality today. But one I like and think could play here is Coutinho. He has the style of Barcelona.”

AND REAL WANT HAZARD

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have identified Chelsea winger Eden Hazard as a key transfer target, according to the same Sunday Times article.

Real president Florentino Perez is said to be intent on delivering a new Galactico signing and sees Hazard as the perfect fit, despite his stuttering start to the new Premier League season.

Perez has twice sanctioned world-record transfer fees to land Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale from England and will not baulk at spending heavily again to secure Hazard, it is said.

Should he wish to create funds or make space in the squad for Hazard, he has the option to sell Ronaldo to Paris Saint-Germain for up to £110million – or Gareth Bale to Manchester United.

AND THE REST

  • Liverpool have made contact with representatives of both former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp and ex-AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti (Daily Express)
  • Port Vale winger Enoch Andoh is being tracked by Premier League giants Tottenham (Sunday People)
  • West Brom are ready to block a loan move for teenage forward Jonathan Leko, who is wanted by Swindon but is highly regarded by Tony Pulis having appeared as a late substitute in the Capital One Cup in midweek (Mail on Sunday)
  • Gael Bigirimana felt the full force of Newcastle United’s crackdown on dressing room indiscipline when he was ordered to travel down to London by himself for an Under 21s game (Sunday Express)

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