Wednesday 12 December 2018

Football rumours from the media

The striker has a £35million buy-out clause.

FC Porto v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – First Leg – Estadio do Dragao
FC Porto v Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – First Leg – Estadio do Dragao

By Press Association Sport staff

Porto striker Moussa Marega appears to be in high demand, with three Premier League clubs reportedly showing interest in the 26-year-old. The Mirror says Marega is keen to move to the English top flight but the Portuguese giants are likely to demand a large fee before letting go of their star player. The striker has a £35million buy-out clause, but his good form this season could persuade Everton and West Ham to make a move in the summer and Tottenham have also scouted the player in the past, the paper reports.

What the papers say

Iker Casillas is attracting interest from Liverpool

Meanwhile, sticking with Porto, Iker Casillas could also be heading for England, with reports in Spain suggesting Liverpool have stepped up their efforts for the former Real Madrid goalkeeper. Citing Spanish outlet Sport, The Sun says the 36-year-old will leave Portugal at the end of the season when his contract runs out and Liverpool are poised to make a move amid speculation Simon Mignolet’s time as Anfield will draw to a close.  Roma’s Alisson is also thought to be on Jurgen Klopp’s list of targets to keep the pressure on current top keeper Loris Karius, the paper says.

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West Ham youngster Domingos Quina is on the radar of a number of top clubs, according to the Mirror, with AC Milan, Manchester United and Liverpool all set to do battle for the 18-year-old’s signature. The midfielder has stood out with the Hammers in the Football League Trophy, Carabao Cup and FA Cup and is soon to enter the final year of his contact. With relegation looming over West Ham, AC Milan are said to be on alert to tempt the youngster away from England, but Manchester United and Liverpool could yet both offer the starlet his first Premier League appearance.

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Wayne Hennessey is hoping to stay at Crystal Palace for the long term, it is reported, as his contract nears an end this summer. According to the Croydon Advertiser, the 31-year-old wants to extend his time at Selhurst Park, but said discussions will take place once the season is over. The keeper celebrated his 100th game over the weekend and has spent four years with the club so far.

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Jonathan Bond: With the 24-year-old’s contract an end this summer, Sunderland are said to be interested in making an offer for the Reading goalkeeper. The Newcastle Chronicle says Bond has impressed during his time on loan at Peterborough and with speculation he will not be offered a new deal by the Royals, the Black Cats could be poised to pick up on a free signing.

Eljif Elmas: Manchester City may have to be prepared to do battle for the Fenerbahce midfielder, with Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven also said be interested in the 18-year-old. German newspaper The Bild reports that Borussia Dortmund are also keeping track of the Macedonian footballer who is making a name for himself in Europe.

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