Martinez emerges as front-runner for Liverpool job as talks planned

In a move that could see more clarity on the Fenway Sports Groups plans for post-Dalglish Liverpool, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set for talks in Boston on Thursday according to the Daily Mail.

Wigan gave Martinez permission to discuss the vacant Liverpool job last week however it is believed the talks scheduled for Thursday will be the first between the clubs owner John Henry and the Spaniard, as they look set to create a new path in Liverpool’s future with a young manager.

The Merseyside club have been knocked back in their attempts to speak to several managers though the Daily Mail reports that Martinez is John Henry’s preferred choice.

United interest in Kagawa confirmed by Japan ace

Shinji Kagawa has confirmed he has held talks with Manchester United in the UK this week after speculation intensified last week.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the German cup final between Bayern Munich and Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was a goal scorer in a 5-2 victory for Dortmund to top off an impressive campaign for the German champions.
According to reports, notably the Daily Telegraph, Kagawa has confirmed he has met with the Red Devils supremo: ‘It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk, I want to think hard before making my decision’.
Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp has apparently come to terms that, with 12 months of his contract remaining, it may be difficult to convince the 23 year old Japanese international his career would be best served with the Bundesliga club.
Kagawa has been selected for international duty when Japan take on Azerbaijan later this month.

Magpies set to miss out on Ajax star

Reports from the North East are suggesting that Newcastle United are losing a battle to secure the signature of highly-rated Ajax defender Jan Verthongen.
The Belgian international has impressed throughout the Eredivisie season in the Netherlands, becoming a key figure in the championship heading to Amsterdam.
The Northern Echo report that Newcastle United face stiff competition from A.C. Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Redknapp’s North London outfit were believed to have agreed a substantial with Ajax. However, Verthongen is believed to want to play in the Uefa Champions League, which Spurs will now be unable to provide in the coming season.
NUFC boss Alan Pardew has been tracking the Belgian defender for sometime but is believed to be looking at other targets.

Daniel Rees
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