Transfer News Today: Mourinho to target veteran defender for Man Utd as Klopp keeps tabs on Hammers ace


Hammers midfielder on Klopp’s radar

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp begins to short-list potential targets for this summer’s transfer window.

Obiang has performed admirably in an otherwise indifferent Hammers side this term, with the Spaniard now one of the first names on Slaven Bilic’s team-sheet in the central midfield role.

With Emre Can’s future uncertain and Lucas Leiva likely to leave Anfield after a decade at the club, Klopp will be in the market for a defensive midfielder, and he’s thought to be a fan of Obiang’s work-rate.

 

Pepe linked with Mourinho reunion

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been placed on red alert after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane threw the future of veteran central defender Pepe into doubt.

Zidane has admitted he’s unsure if Pepe will be able to come to an agreement on a new deal with the Portuguese defender out of contract at the end of this season.

Pepe, 33, arguably enjoyed the best football of his career under Mourinho at the Bernabeu and the Manchester United boss has successfully placed his trust in highly experienced players throughout his managerial career.

Meanwhile, in his press conference ahead of Wednesday's Europa League trip to St Etienne, Mourinho stated he could not guarantee that Wayne Rooney would be at the club next season, with Chinese Super League sides ready to invest in the England captain.

 

Joe Hart has no future at Man City

Manchester City appear to have no plans to re-install England number one Joe Hart as their first choice goalkeeper, despite the struggles of Claudio Bravo this term.

Hart was loaned to Torino after Pep Guardiola deemed Claudio Bravo his number one, but the Chilean has since lost his place to Willy Caballero in what has proven a problem position for the Citizens this season.

Nonetheless, Hart appears to have no future at City under Guardiola, with The Times reporting the club to be willing to sell to a top-six rival in the Premier League, but for no less than £20million.