Premier League - Paper Round: Bayern target Hughes

Thu, 17 Mar 09:33:00 2011

Bayern Munich announced earlier this month that Louis van Gaal would leave as coach in the summer and Mark Hughes has been identified as a shock candidate to replace him.

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The Telegraph claims that Fulham boss Hughes "heads a three-strong shortlist" to take over at the Bundesliga club, which by any criteria is one of the biggest in the world.

Hughes is a former Bayern player: he joined them on loan from Barcelona in the late 1980s. What's more, when he played there the club's general manager was Uli Hoeness, who is now Bayern president and the man charged with appointing the next coach.

According to The Telegraph, Bayern are also considering Bayer Leverkusen boss Jupp Heynkes and former Germany captain Matthias Sammer, who currently works for the German FA.

It adds: "Bayern are investigating how much it would cost to hire Hughes, and if there would be any compensation involved, and whether he would be determined to bring his backroom staff with him."

Former Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City manager Hughes only joined Fulham last summer and the Daily Mail also reports the Bayern link.

Certainly one to watch - but might Bayern be put off by Wolfsburg's Steve McClaren experiment? Bayern's Bundesliga rivals hired the former England boss in the summer before sacking him in January after a disappointing campaign.

According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool will make a double move for a pair of Crystal Palace youngsters in the summer.

Highly-rated teenage striker Wilfried Zaha and midfielder Jon Williams are believed to have popped up on Kenny Dalglish's radar as the Reds look to increase their crop of young talent.

SPL giants Celtic are hoping to sign Coventry's Republic of Ireland keeper Keiren Westwood on a bargain free transfer in the summer, and will look to tie up a pre-contract agreement soon. (Daily Mirror)

The Mirror also says that Manchester City's Shay Given is an alternative - but that his wages would probably be too expensive.

Meanwhile, Westwood's club Coventry are looking for a new manager. Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is in the running for the position, according to the Mail.

Most papers seem to be of the opinion that former Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws will return to the helm of former club Scunthorpe.

Everton boss David Moyes has again said he would be reluctant to sell Jack Rodwell to Manchester United and will demand a top price of around 25m. (Daily Star)

And finally: Sunderland's Sulley Muntari has joked that he will commit his long-term future to the club as long as his friend Asamoah Gyan stops his constant singing and dancing. (The Sun)

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