West Ham to launch loan bid for Liverpool star; Barcelona want Man United magician


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According to The Brentwood Gazette, West Ham will launch a last-minute loan bid for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge; whilst The Daily Mail report that Barcelona are targeting Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata. 

The England international has bagged 44 goals in 72 appearances for the Reds, including 37 strikes in the Premier League. But recurring injuries have seen him manage just 17 league outings in the last 18 months, whilst clocking up only 106 minutes of playing time since Jurgen Klopp took the Anfield helm in October.

West Ham were linked with a club-record £18million bid for the 26-year-old earlier in the transfer window but amid concerns over his fitness, The Brentwood Gazette claim they’re now hoping to sign him on loan instead. With just one fit striker at Klopp’s disposal, however, barring the ever-benched Christian Benteke, a deadline day deal seems unlikely.

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Meanwhile, and away from all the deadline day madness, The Daily Mail report that Barcelona are considering a summer swoop for Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata – who they reportedly attempted to bring to the Nou Camp 18 months ago.

The La Liga giants and the Spain international’s representatives have already held preliminary talks over a potential move at the end of the season, when Mata will be 27 years of age and into the final two terms of his Old Trafford contract.

The Catalans allegedly view Mata as ideal back-up to their often overworked playmaker Andres Iniesta but still hold doubts over his recent form in a United side struggling to create. They’ll only move for the former Chelsea star if improved performances guarantee his place in Vincente del Bosque’s squad for Euro 2016.

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