Transfer Balls: Rounding up the day’s football tittle-tattle so you don’t have to…
Liverpool Target Lacazette Leaving Lyon
French striker Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way to Liverpool, according to the Star (via l’Equipe). The Ligue 1 player of the season for 14/15 has been told by his club Lyon that he can leave, with Brendan Rodgers a big fan pf the £21million-rated star.
At 24 years of age, and with bundles of talent, Lacazette would be a fine (if not cheap) purchase for any side. Although with Christian Benteke already moving to Anfield in a £32.5million deal, one wonders how eager the Reds really are for another pricey forward.
Man Utd Chase Van Der Wiel
According to the ever-reliable Metro, the Dutch invasion looks set to continue at Old Trafford, with the Metro reporting that Gregory van der Wiel is set for a move to Manchester United. The PSG right-back has been tracked by Louis van Gaal for a number of months and following Angel Di Maria’s move to the French giants, van der Wiel could make the move in the opposite direction.
Considering the Red Devils have just purchased Matteo Darmian, this seems all rather unlikely. And the fact it’s coming from the Metro doesn’t convince either.
Arsenal Still After Romagnoli
Arsenal are still in the hunt for Italian defender Alessio Romagnoli, according to the Metro. The 20-year-old Roma centre-half is one of the most highly-rated prospects in Serie A and has also been linked with moves to Chelsea and AC Milan. However, the Gunners are thought to be in pole position for the starlet.
Rated at £24.4million, Romagnoli wouldn’t come cheap and with four senior centre-halves already bedded in to the Gunners’ squad, a move involving that kind of money looks unlikely.
Nolan Trotting Back To Bolton
Veteran midfielder Kevin Nolan could be on his way back to former club Bolton Wanderers, according to the Mirror. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his current contract with West Ham and, with a regular starting berth unlikely, is looking elsewhere for a guarantee of regular football.
The goal-scoring midfielder started his career with the Trotters in 1999 and would go on to 354 appearances for club, netting 50 goals in the process. However, any potential move back to the north-west could be scuppered by his hefty £50,000 per-week wages.
Hammers Hit On Hernandez
Staying with West Ham, the Express reports that the Hammers are to be make an improved bid of £11.9million for Javier Hernandez. The Mexican striker is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and with Real Madrid deciding not turn last season’s loan deal into a permanent deal, the 27-year-old is set for a new club.
However, the Hammers face some serious competition for the fox in the box, in the shape of Portuguese giants Benfica.
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