The fine details of how Liverpool beat Celtic to Ben Davies are revealed, while West Ham manager David Moyes eyes a Championship striker – both in the latest Paper Talk.
HOW LIVERPOOL GOT BEN DAVIES
Liverpool snapped up a deal for Ben Davies after noticing a blunder from Celtic in their negotiations with the defender, according to a report.
Former Preston centre-back Davies signed a long-term deal with the Premier League champions in the final days of the January transfer window.
However, Celtic had also shown serious interest in signing the 25-year-old. Indeed, Hoops boss Neil Lennon admitted that the Reds “gazumped” his side to a deal.
But while he did not reveal any more detail than that, the Sunday People, has claimed to reveal the full story.
Celtic had agreed personal terms with Davies on a pre-contract, which would have become active at the end of the player’s Preston contract in July.
However, they inserted a clause requiring Davies to be injury-free and fit upon completing his move.
Therefore, Davies became increasingly unsure, wary of that the fact that a serious injury would scupper the move – as well as interest from other parties.
As such, Liverpool swooped in and offered Preston up to £1.6million and a loan deal for Sepp van den Berg.
Preston boss Alex Neil said: “The Liverpool move came out of the blue. I think he was shocked.
“I just said, ‘Listen you’ve just got to make sure you get this across the line’. He’s earned his move and when he gets his opportunity he has to show everybody what he’s about.”
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
West Ham boss David Moyes has ordered scouts to track Blackburn striker Adam Armstrong. (Sun on Sunday)
West Brom are struggling to get their budget to cover free agent Ahmed Musa’s salary demands. Therefore, Southampton, Brighton and CSKA Moscow are all monitoring the situation. (Mail on Sunday)
Paris Saint-Germain have left Manchester City in the lurch after offering Lionel Messi a contract. (Sunday Mirror)
Indeed, Messi looks ‘increasingly likely’ to leave Barcelona this summer, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo. (Sun on Sunday)
BATTLE AGAINST RACISM CONTINUES
Chelsea have launched an investigation after Antonio Rudiger revealed he has been subjected to ‘immense’ racial abuse on social media. What’s more, the Blues’ probe could result in police action and fans facing bans. (Mail on Sunday)
Meanwhile, Callum Hudson-Odoi has hit back at social media companies for ruling that a monkey emoji sent to black players is not racist. (Sun on Sunday)
Aston Villa are planning to offer captain Jack Grealish a new deal to ward off renewed interest in his services. What’s more, they want to make Ross Barkley’s loan move from Chelsea permanent. (90min)
LIVERPOOL CL CLASH SET FOR CHANGE
Liverpool will play their Champions League last 16 first leg with RB Leipzig at Tottenham or in Budapest. (Sunday Telegraph)
Meanwhile, the Reds will prevent four star players from going on international duty next month. (Mail on Sunday)
Tanguy Ndombele has revealed a struggle to deal with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho’s tough managerial nature. (Sunday Telegraph)
Fire emergency services were called to Manchester United’s team hotel prior to the team’s clash with Everton. (Mail on Sunday)
SALIBA MAKING IMPACT AT NICE
Arsenal outcast William Saliba has won Nice’s Player of the Month award, marking a significant turnaround after leaving the Gunners on loan. (Metro)
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has advised striker Timo Werner to work on his playing style. (Metro)
Barcelona will only accept at least £13.2million if they are to sell goalkeeper Neto in the summer. (Marca)