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LIVERPOOL STILL KEEN ON WILL HUGHES
When the transfer window closes, the papers are generally not quite as full with gossip. Pickings can be slim. Morsels less tasty. Sources perhaps a little more tenuous.
With that in mind, we go to the Metro for our first story of the day, which concerns Liverpool and their interest in youth. Which sounds a bit iffy, but it's all above board, we promise.
The Metro reports that Liverpool are still keen on Derby midfielder Will Hughes, and will do anything to get him.
Well, perhaps not quite anything, but they might be prepared to pay big bucks for the youngster.
The paper claims: 'Liverpool value Hughes at around £6million, but would be prepared to go up to £10million as part of a package that would include bonuses if the player goes on to play for England at senior level.'
Brendan Rodgers apparently wants this signing wrapped up as soon as the window opens, so as to ward off the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City.
BARCA KEEN ON JUAN MATA
Despite him saying he's happy at Chelsea and despite Chelsea saying they're happy for him to stay, the stories about Juan Mata leaving Stamford Bridge will not go away.
So either this is all spurious bullsh*t, or the papers know something we don't.
The Daily Express this morning reports that Barcelona are the latest side to be interested in taking Mata from Chelsea, but they could be scuppered by Jose Mourinho.
The paper claims this scupperage (it's a word) won't necessarily just be because Jose rates the lad and doesn't want to let him go, but that he doesn't want to sell to Barcelona because he hates them.
Apparently: 'But according to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho holds a grudge against Barcelona and would go out of his way to prevent any move, including offering the player to former club Real Madrid before letting him leave for the Camp Nou.'
Wow. That's so petty you almost have to admire it.
ARSENAL TARGET CORCHIA SAYS THINGS
Here's where it starts to get a little more spurious.
SHOUTsport (via L'Equipe) quote Sochaux defender and apparent Arsenal target Sebastien Corchia as saying:
"I know what I have to do now during matches and I will see what happens in the next windows. But at the moment, I want to work with my club.
"[Leaving in the winter] can be a possibility, Sochaux negotiate with interested clubs. I prefer to focus on the present at the moment."
Like we said, spurious.
CLARKE WANTS LONG STAY
Steve Clarke would like Shane Long to sign a new contract at West Brom, only a week or so after trying to sell him to Hull.
The Daily Mirror quotes Clarke as saying: "The club made a decision which was right for them - obviously I'm part of the club - but very quickly the bid collapsed.
"Shane and his advisor need to sit down and talk with the club to try and get a resolution.
"Given contract talks had stalled for so long, it is possible that's why the club originally accepted the bid.
"Shane is a very, very important member of our squad.
"I'm delighted he's here."