Van Gaal wants Dutch starlets: Louis van Gaal is keen on bringing promising Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi to Manchester United after the World Cup, according to the Daily Mirror. Midfielder Clasie has been likened to Paul Scholes by Robin van Persie while Martins Indi is a towering centre-half; both 22-year-olds are likely to play parts for Van Gaal's Holland at this summer's World Cup. United will keep a watching brief during the tournament in Brazil, with a view to thrashing out deals when the tournament ends.
Paper Round's view: With Van Gaal either passing on previous 'targets' (Toni Kroos), players snubbing possible moves to Old Trafford (Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller) and bids being hijacked by other clubs (Luke Shaw), it seems that Van Gaal will have to look elsewhere for new blood to freshen up United's squad this summer. Clasie and Martins Indi are hardly the kind of household names United fans may have been expecting this summer, but in a few weeks time they will have World Cup experience and at the tender age of 22, they certainly have oodles of potential. They may not be blockbuster moves, but they are nevertheless exciting prospects.
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LvG to pass on Fabregas: Off the back of the above misses (for various reasons), today's Sun claims that Van Gaal has said he does not want Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas either. Instead, United's new boss prefers Kevin Strootman of Roma. The only snag with a move for the Dutchman is that he has been sidelined with a serious knee injury since the start of March and will play no part in the World Cup. The paper reports that Van Gaal will make an offer as soon as Strootman resumes training, with an initial bid of £20m needed to get their man.
Paper Round's view: Another transfer target, another Dutchman... this rumour has been lurking around for some time, and is set to do just that for a while longer too, given that United would be fools to buy a player who is yet to prove he is over his injury. That may well mean Strootman will stay put this summer, until he has a chance to get back up and running next season. A January signing in the making?
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Lampard interested in QPR move: Chelsea's Frank Lampard wants to move to promoted QPR on a two-year deal, reports The Daily Star. The England midfielder is still waiting for Chelsea to offer him a 12-month extension and the option of joining his uncle Harry Redknapp is something he is willing to consider. The 35-year-old could expect wages of £60,000-a-week and would be made captain at Loftus Road.
Paper Round's view: Lampard turns 36 next month and the deal he wants would keep him in employment as a player until he is 38. Ryan Giggs has proved age is not necessarily a barrier to a playing career, but Lampard could be pushing it a little expecting a 24-month contract from QPR. That is, after all, why Chelsea are stalling over the offer of a new contract. Still, the Redknapp link is certainly enticing.
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Pochettino set for Spurs in next few days: Tottenham are expected to announce Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager by the end of the week, most papers report on their back pages today. Spurs are increasingly confident of snaring the Southampton boss to replace Tim Sherwood, having beaten Roberto Martinez and Frank de Boer in the race for the job, and talks are at an advanced stage. The Daily Mail is among the papers to report that barring a last-minute collapse in the deal, Pochettino should be installed as new White Hart Lane chief in the coming days.
Paper Round's view: All papers are in unanimous agreement that Pochettino is Spurs' new man; that doesn't happen very often, so it certainly looks like this deal is happening.
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Liverpool eye up Lallana: Now Brendan Rodgers has put pen to paper on a new deal, the Liverpool manager will turn his focus to signing Adam Lallana from Southampton. Rodgers signed a new contract at Anfield after being convinced he will have the resources to compete for the title and the Champions League, reports The Telegraph. That means that Rodgers will pursue his interest in Lallana, with Southampton holding out for £30m, £10m more than Liverpool's first bid.
Paper Round's view: Rodgers' signing is fantastic news for Liverpool, but the undertones of the deal are even more exciting for the club. The owners are clearly willing to back the manager in the transfer market and if that means Rodgers will be able to go full tilt for the likes of Lallana, among others, then the club really is in rude health.
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