United chasing Lukaku, Hammers eye Sturridge bid?

SoccerBy Sunday World
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

With less than two weeks remaining in the January transfer window, the rumour mill continues to churn for Manchester United and Liverpool.

Everton are playing hard ball over a potential sale of Romelu Lukaku, according to the Sun. The Belgian striker is in a rich vein of form and has reportedly been monitored by English clubs including Manchester United and European giants Real Madrid and Paris St Germain. However, the Toffees have slapped a £65million price tag on his head, the Sun says.

In other Red Devils news, the Express claims that documents leaked on a French website say French forward Anthony Martial could end up costing the Manchester club a British transfer record of more than £60million.

Speculation is continuing, meanwhile, that Louis van Gaal is laying plans for his Old Trafford exit at the end of the season.

West Ham could be the surprise leaders in the race to sign Daniel Sturridge. The Brentwood Gazette reports the Hammers are eyeing an £18million move for the England and Liverpool striker.

Another Liverpool striker who hasn't been at his best for the club is Christian Benteke, though the Daily Star report that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted the Belgian has a future at Anfield. The 25-year-old former Aston Villa hitman has started on the bench for three of the side's last four matches, despite being the club's only fit out-and-out striker.

According to reports in Italy, the Reds have entered into negotiations with Juventus over the £45million sale of Spanish strike Alvaro Morata.

Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Tottenham are ready to splash the cash on Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez. The Colombian international has only been in Spain since the summer but Spurs are reported to have made a £23million bid for his services. The forward has managed just three goals in 18 overall appearances since joining Diego Simeone's team.

Yaya Toure could be entering the final few months of his Manchester City career, according to the Sun. The Ivorian has been a key player for City for several seasons, but the newspaper says he will not be signing a new deal in the summer and quotes agent Dimitri Seluk as saying Toure is prepared to "listen to any offers on the table".