Paper Talk: In-form West Ham striker target ‘gripped’ by idea of dream Liverpool transfer

Sasa Kalajdzic FC Koln v Stuttgart February 2021

An in-form West Ham target opens the door to a dream Liverpool transfer, while a former Manchester City man is in talks about a return – both in all the latest Paper Talk.


Stuttgart centre-forward Sasa Kalajdzic says that he would struggle to turn down a move to Liverpool if the Reds came calling.

The Austria international has revealed fond memories of a previous trip to Anfield and admitted that the 2005 Champions League final comeback “gripped” him.

Kalajdzic told BILD: “I feel completely at home at VfB [Stuttgart], but it would be a really tough decision because I really like Liverpool.

“This club is simply special to me. When I was a kid, I saw the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down against Milan to win. That gripped me.

“The last time I went to a Liverpool game with my brother, I really kitted myself out: I bought myself a scarf, jersey, cap and a mug.”

Kalajdzic left his native Austria in July 2019 to seek pastures new with Stuttgart.

Sasa Kalajdzic (c) TEAMtalk

However, his first season at the club all-but passed him by as he recovered from a ruptured cruciate ligament. Indeed, he made only six Bundesliga 2 appearances, benefitting from the pause in the season due to the coronavirus lockdown.

This term, however, he has been back on the goal trail and the Daily Mail have reported that West Ham have registered interest amid his recent form.

Kalajdzic has scored 12 Bundesliga goals this campaign, but seven of those have come in the past six games.

The Hammers are reportedly keen as they search for Sebastian Haller’s replacement.

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Former Manchester City full-back Pablo Zabaleta is in talks over a return to the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Mirror)

But exit-linked City striker Sergio Aguero has yet to receive a formal offer from Barcelona. That is despite rife speculation in Spain about the Argentine’s future. (Daily Mirror)

City have become the favourites to land Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland if he leaves this summer. Indeed, Manchester United do not want to enter a bidding war. (Daily Mail)

United, though, are planning a ‘radical overhaul’ of their goalkeeping ranks at the end of the season. (Football Insider)


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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says that he is “not the police” and has scrapped Frank Lampard’s disciplinary system. (Daily Mirror)

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed contract talks with Eric Bailly’s agents. (Goal)

However, fresh uncertainty has emerged over Edinson Cavani’s future at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Brighton have registered interest in Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero Eder, who will become a free agent in June when his contract at Lokomotiv Moscow expires. (The Sun)


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Juventus are willing to accept as little as £25million for Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. (Daily Mail)

What’s more, Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has contacted a Real Madrid about a return to the club for his client. (El Chiringuito)

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain have made good progress in contract extension talks with Neymar. (Le10 Sport)


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Celtic will offer club stalwart Scott Brown a new one-year deal. However, Stephen Glass wants to sign the 35-year-old if he becomes the new Aberdeen manager. (Daily Record)

Crystal Palace remain keen on a deal for on-loan West Brom midfielder Conor Gallagher. (Football London)

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has dismissed speculation that he could become Germany’s new manager. (Goal)