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Liverpool face a fight to land Jones

Liverpool face a battle with several Premier League clubs to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones.

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By Tariq Saleh

Liverpool face a battle with several Premier League clubs to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones.

Along with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign the highly-rated 19 year old centre half. Jones apparently met with Rovers manager Steve Kean to express a desire to move to a bigger club.

Jones enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League firstly under Sam Allardyce and then under Steve Kean. Jones, who can also play in midfield, signed an extended five-year contract in January so he will not come on the cheap. It is understood that Jones has a £16 million escape clause in his new contract.

Just like Jordan Henderson, Liverpool are keen to sign the young defender before he flies out with the England Under 21 squad for the European Championships, but with several teams interested, Blackburn are not likely to be selling him this week.

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Out-of-favour Liverpool star on Ligue 1 outfit’s radar for the winter

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Simon Mignolet could be offered an escape route from Liverpool as Nice are interested in the 30-year-old Liverpool keeper, according to Belgian outlet Het Belong van Limburg (h/t Express).

The report claims that Patrick Vieira isn’t happy with his goalkeepers at the Ligue 1 club and could be provided money to strengthen his side in the winter window.

The Ligue 1 side are doing decently in the competition and are quite close to securing a Champions League spot. Nice did lose a couple of stars in the summer with Jean Michael Seri and Alassane Plea leaving the side.

Mignolet, for his part, has seen limited playing time at Anfield this season. Loris Karius was shipped off to Besiktas on loan but with Alisson Becker coming in from AS Roma, the Belgian has become our second-choice goalkeeper.

The only game Mignolet has played was against Chelsea in our loss in the Carabao Cup. The Belgian keeper needs to play regularly to keep his spot in the national side, and selling him in the winter window does make sense for Liverpool as well.

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However, we should agree on a deal only if we have a quality back-up for Alisson. The other options in the team are a couple of youngsters, and maybe we could promote someone like Caoimhin Kelleher instead of spending in the winter window.

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Liverpool interested in signing 18-year-old starlet from Mallorca

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Liverpool are being linked with Victor Christopher de Baunbag, according to Sport (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The youngster has played for the Mallorca youth team and has been their top scorer for the last three years. The report adds that De Baunbag has been promoted to the club’s B team but will drop down to the U18 side when facing some of the bigger sides, such as Barcelona this weekend.

The report adds that the 18-year-old is expected to play for the senior side at the end of the campaign. Mallorca are eighth in the second Spanish division with four wins from 12 games.

The Reds have a number of quality youngsters in their attack. Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent are all trying to break into the first-team with some stars away on loan.

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Liverpool have senior strikers such as Dominic Solanke, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge all trying to usurp Roberto Firmino as the main striker in our side.

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De Baunbag has a long way to go before we can consider him good enough for the first-team. The youngster will go into the youth team at Anfield, should we sign him, and it will be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming months.

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Liverpool handed boost in pursuit of 21-year-old Bundesliga starlet

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Leon Bailey

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Jonas Boldt has confirmed that Leon Bailey would not be sold in the winter window but are open to letting him leave in the future.

The 21-year-old Jamaican has been linked with Liverpool (h/t Football.london) after having a fantastic season with the Bundesliga club last time around.

Boldt told Bild (h/t Football.london):

“The conversation was good. We all know that Leon will eventually leave.

“But we have made it clear that a winter transfer is out of the question.

“He also knows that he has our backing.”

The attacker scored nine goals and chipped in with six assists from 30 Bundesliga games last season, however, he has been quiet this term with one goal from 10 league games.

Leon Bailey

Bailey is one of the highest rated players in the Bundesliga and some believe the value of the youngster could be close to £100m (h/t Football.london).

The report adds that the youngster extended his stay at the Bundesliga club until 2023. Leverkusen aren’t in a great position in the league this season with 11 points from 10 games.

Bailey has formed a great partnership with a couple of other Leverkusen players in Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt, and it will be interesting to see how he progresses throughout the campaign.

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The other clubs interested in the Jamaican include the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, according to the report, and there could be a bidding war for the 21-year-old come the start of next season.

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