Friday 21 October 2016

Newcastle United turn down chance to sign Liverpool dud Mario Balotelli

Published 03/07/2015 | 09:03

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli

Steve McClaren, the Newcastle United manager, has denied reports that he is considering a move for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, according to a report in the Daily Star.

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The controversial striker has endured a torrid time at Anfiled since completing his £16 million move from AC Milan last summer and has scored just once in 15 league matches.

After signing six new players, including Brazil striker Roberto Firmino, manager Brendan Rodgers must offload a number of players and had hoped McClaren would be keen on taking Balotelli.  However, the Daily Star reported on Friday that McClaren not interested in the Italy international, but instead is focused on his current crop of players.

"We talked to the players - we told them this is where we are now, this is where we want to go," McClaren said.

"But talking's all well and good. It's what you do on the field and that's why it's enjoyable to get out there and start the work."

Meanwhile, Bobby Adekanye, Barcelona's 16-year-old winger, has said that he will become Rodgers' seventh sigining of the summer.

The Dutch under-16 international, who has been compared to Arjen Robben, had attracted interest from accross Europe with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven also intersted in the teenager.

However, the youngster confirmed on his Instagram page taht he woul be moveing to Anfield next season.

Finally, Liverpool have been handed a double blow after it was reported that Yevhen Konoplyanka, the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger, had joined Sevilla, while the Spainsh club had also sold Anfield target Carlos Bacca to AC Milan.

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