The Sunday Mirror are jumping all over Jay Rodriguez, stating that both Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the Southampton forward following his recent England call-up. I don't really think either club will have a great deal of interest in him, Arsenal are thin up top but with Giroud playing in front of Ozil, Ramsey and Cazorla, unless the Frenchman gets injured Rodriguez would barely see the field, and with all due respect to Rodriguez, I don't think he is quite at that calibre at the moment. Liverpool have Sturridge and Suarez, Moses and Aspas....I just can't see it. Although the article suggests that Rodriguez would be a replacement for Suarez if he decides to leave. I have a feeling that if Liverpool allow Suarez to leave and then replace him with Rodriguez, there may well be a small mutiny.
The Daily Star on Monday suggested that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to permanently replace Joe Hart as City's number one keeper. The paper links soon to be free agent Victor Valdes of Barcelona as the main target but lists just about every other keeper currently playing too. Joe Hart has been an outstanding keeper for a few years now and a few bad games don't define a career. I'm confident that he will come back strong at some point, and as it is the Daily Star reporting this, I wouldn't believe a word of it. Sure Hart has been dropped but the cream always rises to the top and I'm confident he can regain his starting spot in due course!
The Daily Mirrorsure do love a transfer rumour. Today they have revealed that Swansea city are leading the pack to sign highly rated Blackpool and Under 21 winger Thomas Ince. Ince of course turned down a move to Cardiff in the Summer due to family reasons and not wanting to leave Blackpool. However with Ince not signing a contract extension and his current deal set to expire this summer, Swansea are hoping to get Ince for a fraction of the £8 million Cardiff agreed in the Summer. Moving to Swansea would be a great career step for Ince, they play nice passing football and utilise their wingers well. I think as a young player you want to ensure you're going to a team with stability, Swansea are an established Premier League team.
The Metro are suggesting that Liverpool believe they have won the race to sign highly touted Derby midfielder Will Hughes. Liverpool have been hot on the trail for Hughes who at just 18 is really starting to turn heads on the domestic stage for Derby and international stage for the England U21's. Derby are believed to be interested in doing business as long as the purchasing team agree to meet the £12 million valuation Manchester United and Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested. Personally I think moving to a team like Liverpool will stall his development. As a youngster you need to be playing competitive football, and Hughes may well get lost in the reserves or riding the bench. A middle of the Premier League table team would be much more suitable if we want to keep his development on track.