BIG GUNS TRACK ‘NEW COLE’
Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are watching a player described as “a young Ashley Cole”, according to the Daily Mirror.
The player in question is 18-year-old Walsall defender Rico Henry. Henry is left footed and can play all down the left side and the big guns have all sent scouts to track the player who has scored twice this season.
The Saddlers have been shrewd though and as soon as the scouts starting arriving they tied the youngster to a new contract until 2018 to secure his value. Boss Dean Smith said: “If I were to liken him to anyone it would be a young Ashley Cole.”
NAPOLI HEAD QUEUE FOR JESE
Reported Liverpool and Arsenal target Jese is the No. 1 transfer target for Serie A side Napoli, according to talkSPORT.
The Italian club have been scouting the Real Madrid forward, who has struggled to get game time for the La Liga big guns this season.
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri sent scouts to watch 22-year-old Jese in midweek action against PSG and they remain keen on the player, who has been interesting Liverpool and Arsenal.
LEICESTER LINE UP LINETTY SWOOP
Premier League surprise package Leicester are ‘lining-up a January bid’ for Poland international midfielder Karol Linetty, say the Daily Mirror.
The 20-year-old Lech Poznan player is also on the radar of Manchester City, but such has been the start of Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes they fancy their chances of luring the Znin-born Linetty to the King Power Stadium.
Linetty, who has more than 70 appearances for Poznan, has amassed five caps and is likely to feature for Poland at Euro 2016.
AND THE REST
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