Premier League - Paper Round: Martinez Liverpool's 'preferred choice'

Tue, 22 May 08:44:00 2012

Liverpool have been stung by rejection in their hunt for a new manager but Wigan boss Roberto Martinez seems keen to take over at Anfield.

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While Brendan Rodgers and Frank De Boer decided to stay with Swansea and Ajax respectively, Martinez is set to fly to Boston this week to have a second interview for the job with Liverpool's principal owner John Henry, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper says that the Spaniard is Henry's "preferred choice" for the job even though he is not the top pick with many of the fans.

"Henry is keen to assess Martinez in person and feels he ticks all the right boxes to become the Reds’ next boss," says the Mirror.

"The American is pressing ahead with Martinez, even though the Spaniard has little support among fans who want to see Rafa Benitez return."

However, the paper also notes that: "Despite Martinez’s talks with Liverpool, he is not guaranteed to get the job and the Reds still have other names on their shortlist but he will be the first one to be seen personally by Henry.

"Liverpool bosses would like to speak to Andre Villas-Boas and are expected to approach him this week."

Another name that is cropping up as a potential contender in more and more newspaper reports is former England boss Fabio Capello.

The Daily Telegraph says that "the possibility of trying to employ Capello is being discussed with increased seriousness" at Anfield.

It says there might be interest from the Italian too, noting that: "While Capello’s preference would be to work in London, he would give serious consideration should Liverpool make an approach.

"However, he would also be very expensive and although Liverpool are unlikely to want to match his wage demands, and the scale of transfer budget he would require, talks could still take place in the hope of persuading him to accept the job on a shorter-term, two-year contract."

Another manager that could be available soon is Roberto Di Matteo, who is set to be axed by Chelsea this week according to the Daily Star and the Daily Express. Both papers say that Roman Abramovich believes the Italian was "lucky" to win the Champions League.

The Times runs a similar tale of doubt on the part of the Russian owner, but says that he may still offer Di Matteo a one-year contract - a trial for the permanent job.

Let's move away from manager talk and round up the transfer rumours for you.

David Silva is being lined up for a return to Spain by Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho sees the Manchester City star as the ideal replacement for Kaka, who is set to join Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Star)

Barcelona are lining up a shock move for City defender Pablo Zabaleta. The Spanish giants want the versatile Argentine at a cut-price £8m to bolster their squad. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are to offer Lassana Diarra to Spurs in part-exchange for Luka Modric. Tottenham have a long-standing interest in 27-year-old Diarra, who is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile Tottenham have been handed a huge boost after top target Jan Vertonghen last night insisted he still wants to join them. Spurs are hoping Marseille striker Loic Remy shows a similar willingness to accept the challenge of firing the club back into the Champions League. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham fear Robert Green may have played his last game for the club. England’s No.2 keeper, 31, will begin contract talks this week and is looking for a 50 per cent pay rise to around £45,000 a week. (The Sun)

Swansea boss Rodgers is considering a £2m move for Burnley’s Chris McCann. The midfielder, 24, had his contract extended last week. (Daily Mail)

Joe Cole wants to return to parent club Liverpool after finishing his loan spell at Lille and play in a central position at Anfield. (The Sun)

QPR boss Mark Hughes will make a £5m bid for Wigan's exciting star Victor Moses - and try to push through a quick deal while manager Martinez is in limbo. (Daily Mirror)


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