Paper Talk: United target James, Reds eye Williams & Long

Date published: Saturday 16th January 2016 10:04

Manchester United may move for James Rodriguez instead of Gareth Bale, while Liverpool are considering moves for a pair of strikers. 

Manchester United are lining up a huge offer for Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez, according to The Sun.

The Colombian playmaker has made only seven starts this season and the paper claims United are weighing up the possibility of making a British-record bid.

That would involve a fee in excess of £60million, which seems excessive for a player struggling to get a game in Madrid. Real were handed a two-window transfer ban this week which is likely to have a major impact on any planned exits as well as arrivals. The Sun says United see Rodriguez as an alternative to Gareth Bale.


Liverpool are said to be monitoring Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, who has a release clause in his contract of €20m.

The Guardian reports that Jurgen Klopp has been watching the 21-year-old, who came through the academy set-up in Bilbao. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are also said to be interested but they may have to move quickly, with transfer bans looming for both clubs.

Williams has scored 10 goals as a winger for his club this season but he is employed as a central striker by Spain Under-21s. The Bilbao-born star was said to be the fastest player in La Liga last season after being clocked at 22.2 miles per hour against Deportivo in May.


Southampton striker Shane Long could be the subject of an £8million bid from Liverpool.

The Sun claims Long is on Klopp’s list of targets should he decide to do any business this month.

The Reds have a lengthy injury list, with the striking department most heavily depleted. Daniel Strurridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi are all injured while doubts remain over Christian Benteke’s future.

Republic of Ireland striker Long joined the Saints from Hull 18 months ago for a fee in the region of £12million. The 28-year-old has scored 5 goals in 13 Premier League appearances this term.



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  • Newport County have confirmed the loan signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney. (Daily Star)
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  • Norwich have agreed an £8.5 million fee for Swiss international defender Timm Klose. Klose, 27, has grabbed his chance to play in the Premier League after dropping down the pecking order at German club Wolfsburg. (Daily Mail)
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