Southampton looking to bolster squad with signing of Real Madrid forward

Southampton are reportedly interested in signing out-of-favour Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez, who is currently on loan from Manchester United.

Hernandez joined Los Blancos on a season long loan from Manchester United in September but has been frustrated with the lack of playing time in such a competitive squad.

He has made just 13 appearances for Madrid this season, 12 of which have come from the bench and the Mexican has scored three times.

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The Daily Mirror are reporting that Southampton are interested in bringing Hernandez in to bolster their current frontline, which boasts the likes of Saido Mane, Shane Long, and Graziano Pelle.

The Saints are said to be in tough competition to sign the 26-year-old forward from Premier League rivals Manchester United though, with the likes of Stoke, Wolfsburg and both Inter and AC Milan reported to be interested.

Hernandez has the potential to score bags of goals given the chance of a lengthy run in the side. His Premier League experience makes him ideal for any top flight club chasing him.

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He has scored 37 goals in 102 Premier League games, and more than half of those games have seen him start on the bench.

It doesn’t look likely that Hernandez will return to the Manchester United setup on a permanent basis and many clubs would relish the chance to sign him.

Southampton have enjoyed a fine season under Ronald Koeman and are just six points off fourth spot with eight games to play.

Would Javier Hernandez be a good signing for Southampton?

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Manchester City powerhouse linked with HUGE money move to Italy

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly lining up a big money move for Manchester City‘s midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure and according to La Gazetta Dello Sport, Inter are willing to pay €60m (£43.5m) for the 31-year-old Ivorian.

Toure is yet to sign a new deal with Man City and it is looking increasingly more likely that he could move on this summer, with Mancini interested in acquiring the services of his former player once again.

Mancini has claimed that Inter will be dipping into the transfer market this summer in order to strengthen the squad.

“Some change will happen next year. We have a chance to take a top player because we are Inter, a top team and we have to fight for the title.”

Yaya Toure’s contract doesn’t expire until 2017, so he won’t come cheaply but Mancini wants a world-class star to help the Nerazzurri take a step towards regaining their European status and bringing success back to the club.

Toure played a pivotal role in helping Mancini bring success to Manchester City and still possesses the same qualities to do so if he were to join Inter.

Having made 22 appearances so far this campaign, Toure has been missed for City who are off the pace in the Premier League title race, but he has still netted seven goals and his current boss Manuel Pellegrini will not want to let the star go.

Will Yaya Toure leave Manchester City this summer?

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski set for Serie A switch in search for football

Despite Arsene Wenger’s admission that unsettled Germany international Lukas Podolski is not for sale, he continues to attract interest from abroad, and a loan move to Italy’s Serie A with Inter Milan is reportedly on the cards.

Having slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, Podolski is being forced to look elsewhere if he is to see regular action.

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As well as being linked to Italian clubs AS Roma and Inter Milan, the World Cup winner was also linked with a move back to his first club FC Koln in Germany, where he has excelled in the past.

He needs to play to ensure that he continued to be a part of the German National Team. And Joachim Low has reminded Podolski that he needs to play if he is to figure in his plans for Euro 2016 qualification.

Inter Milan are supposedly keen to add the Polish-born German winger to their attacking ranks on a loan deal with some Italian reports suggesting a deal is close to completion.

Roma are another club interested, with the Rome-based club looking for cover for former Arsenal winger Gervinho – who will be playing for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup Of Nations for the first part of 2015.

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With 121 international caps so far and the hope for many more, Podolski may decide to move club to ensure he see’s regular first-team action in Joachim Low’s set-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Germany.

Arsene Wenger may want to keep Podolski but he hasn’t started a Premier League game through the first half of the current campaign and with more players returning from injury at Arsenal, the German needs to look elsewhere if he is to play regularly.

Would Lukas Podolski be a loss for Arsenal if he leaves in January?