Paper Talk: Liverpool snubbed by Ligue 1 defender as Klopp targets winger

Date published: Monday 18th January 2021 8:42 - James Marshment

Mohamed Simakan

Liverpool have missed out on a top defensive target – but could sign a £40m winger instead, West Ham want a Montpellier striker, while Jesse Lingard is set for a shock Premier League loan, according to Monday’s transfer gossip.


Mohamed Simakan has snubbed interest from Liverpool as he prepares to move to RB Leipzig, according to reports.

The powerful Strasbourg defender is up for sale this month for a bargain €15m fee, with Liverpool said to be keen.

However, reports in Germany, via the Daily Mirror, claim Simakan has rejected late advances from the Reds. Instead, the 20-year-old is on the brink of signing for RB Leipzig.

Indeed, Sky Germany claims Simakan has now agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga side. The transfer is expected to go through in the coming days.

The capture of Simakan will free up reported Liverpool and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano to leave Leipzig. The French defender can leave for just €42m this summer and is expected to sign for Bayern Munich.

News of the snub will come as a blow for Liverpool. They played midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as centre-halves on Sunday.

However, Jurgen Klopp is already looking to strengthen elsewhere. As such, the Mirror claims Liverpool are back in the market for Adama Traore.

They claim the 24-year-old could be sold by Wolves this month. He’s been way below his best form of last season.

His price tag is now just £40m as a result of his form and a contract stand-off.

The paper claims Liverpool could move now amid rival interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City and Leeds United.


Jesse Lingard TEAMtalk

Jesse Lingard is weighing up a move to Sheffield United on a six-month loan to give him regular first-team football. (Daily Telegraph)

West Ham are chasing Montpellier striker Gaetan Laborde to bolster David Moyes’ attack for the second half of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Huddersfield winger Alex Pritchard has clubs in the Championship monitoring his future with just six months left on his deal. (Daily Telegraph)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku could be in line to seal a shock summer move to Manchester City. (Daily Express)

Juventus are reportedly preparing to make a move for Manchester United star Paul Pogba next summer. (Daily Express)

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Manor Solomon

Arsenal have already started planning for the summer by lining up an offer for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan have not paid the first instalment of their payments to Real Madrid for Achraf Hakimi as they battle to stave off financial oblivion. (Daily Mail)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has remained tight-lipped over Jesse Lingard’s future amid reports the Manchester United outcast has held talks with Nice. (Daily Mail)

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed interest from the Premier League for Morgan Sanson after Aston Villa joined a host of other clubs in the race for the £20m-rated star. (Daily Mail)

West Brom are looking at a deal for Turkey international Okay Yokuslu. (Daily Mail)

Premier League teams are exploring a deal for Benfica prospect Ronaldo Camara. (Daily Mail)


Eder Militao

Bayern Munich are reportedly considering a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid defender Eder Militao to replace David Alaba. (Daily Mail)

AC Milan are on the verge of signing veteran striker Mario Mandzukic on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City are chasing Sassuolo star Manuel Locatelli, according to the midfielder’s agent. (The Sun)

Everton have cooled their interest in Joshua King, with the Bournemouth striker seeking a £120,000-a-week deal. (The Sun)

AC Milan have the option to make Fikayo Tomori’s loan move permanent in the summer for £27m. (The Sun)

Dele Alli is pushing to join Paris Saint-Germain after his latest snub by Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star)

David Moyes is adamant no bids have come in for the in-demand Declan Rice. (Daily Mirror)


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