Paper Talk: United scout Everton duo; Liverpool eye midfielder

Date published: Sunday 9th October 2016 8:30

Everton: United watch duo

Manchester United have been scouting Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Romelu Lukaku, while Liverpool and Everton are watching a defensive midfielder.


Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Seamus Coleman, according to reports on Sunday.

Mourinho has asked Ed Woodward to make a move to try and sign Coleman in January and the Sunday People suggest a figure of £16million.

United did try to sign the 27-year-old three years ago under the reign of former Everton boss David Moyes, but they were met with huge resistance and that is expected to be the case once again.

Everton have fought off plenty of interest in the Republic of Ireland right-back previously with PSG reportedly failing with a £20million bid in the summer of 2015.

Coleman joined Everton from Irish side Sligo Rovers in 2008 for just £60,000 and he is contract to the Goodison Park club until June 2019.

Mourinho though “has dentified Republic of Ireland star Coleman as the ideal full-back to join his squad” write the Sunday People with Matteo Darmian looking surplus to requirements.

Instead, Mourinho has made Antonio Valencia the first-choice right-back this season and he also has Dutch youngster Tim Fosu-Mensah coming through the ranks, but the United boss is keen on a specialist right-back and sees the experienced Coleman as the mad for the job.

Coleman though is believed to be highly regarded by new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, who is expected to fight hard to keep him.

Meanwhile, United are also interested in Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku after the 23-year-old Belgium international was watched by club scouts during Everton’s game with Crystal Palace.

The Star on Sunday reports that Mourinho had scouts at the 1-1 Goodison Park draw and seem to have taken a punt on the targets being Coleman and Lukaku.

Lukaku though does have the same agent as United’s summer signings – Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Mino Raiola. And even though Mourinho allowed Lukaku to be sold at Chelsea, he could be readying a move for the Belgium centre forward.



Soualiho Meite

Liverpool and Everton are preparing to do battle for French Under-20 international, according to a report on Sunday.

The Sunday Mirror claims the central midfielder, who is on loan at Zulte-Waregem from Lille, is a target for both Merseyside clubs, along with West Ham, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

The 22-year-old has been an ever present for the Belgian side this season in the Jupiler Pro League and has helped them to the top of the table after nine games. They lead Anderlecht by two points and defensive midfielder Meite has been a key man in their rise to the summit.

His performances have been attracting the interest of several of Europe’s top guns and with his contract due to expire next summer the report claims he could be available for around £6million.

Lille paid Auxerre £1.3million for Meite when he was only 18 in January 2013.



United defender Matteo Darmian, 26, is closing in on a return to his native Italy with a move to Inter Milan set to be finalised. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

New York Red Bulls are not interested in signing United’s out-of-favour midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger despite rumours linking the 32-year-old German with a move to Major League Soccer. (Bild)

Red Devils midfielder Juan Mata, 28, is in line for a new four-year contract after impressing Mourinho. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona are targeting Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen. (Sun on Sunday)

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is set to sign a new Manchester United contract. (Sun on Sunday)

Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool are ready to offer Brazil Coutinho, 24, a new contract to fend off interest from Barcelona. (Sunday People)

Wolfsburg playmaker Julian Draxler will be playing his football at one of Europe’s leading clubs next season, according to his agent. (Sunday Mirror)

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham scouts are keeping tabs on rising Lyon star Emanuel Mammana. (Sunday Mirror)

Thiago Silva’s agent has hinted that the Brazilian could be on his way to Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Derby caretaker boss Chris Powell is the leading candidate to replace Nigel Pearson as the club’s manager. (Sky Sports)

Sunderland boss David Moyes has renewed interest in Austria defenders Martin Hinteregger and Aleksandar Dragovic. (Sunday People)

Steve Bruce has edged closer towards landing the Aston Villa job and will be formally interviewed by the club in the next 48 hours. (Sunday Telegraph)

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was invited by the Football Association to attend England’s World Cup qualifying victory over Malta confirming the Italian’s status as one of the frontrunners for the manager’s job. (Football Italia)

Manchester City forward Nolito, 29, said he came close to joining Barcelona before deciding his future was in the Premier League. (Mundo Deportivo)

New York City FC midfielder Frank Lampard, 38, said he “only wants the Chelsea job” if he moves into management when his playing days are over. (Sky Sports)

England caretaker manager Gareth Southgate said the booing of 30-year-old captain Wayne Rooney at Wembley during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Malta in a World Cup qualifier was “unfair”. (Various)

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