Sunday Papers: Txiki watches Dortmund star, West Brom want Delph, West Ham target Hart

The Sunday newspapers are always the busiest for transfer rumours and today’s had many juicy Manchester City stories.

Let’s start with a goalkeeper. Many City fans wouldn’t mind Joe Hart back at the Etihad, but unless of a major twist in the tale, that won’t be happening. Hart had an excellent game for Torino in their 3-1 defeat to Juventus today, and is still a wanted man in England. Matt Law of the Telegraph reports that West Ham want him as their new number one next season – assuming they stay up, and their draw at Anfield today won’t do their chances any harm. City want £20 million from any Premier League club, but West Ham hope that being no direct threat to City’s title aspirations will earn them a discount.

And what about at the back? City are a mess and the full-back positions in particular need some work. According to the Mail on Sunday, City have allocated a budget of £20 million for a new left-back in January, with Alex Grimaldo of Benfica and Schalke’s Sead Kolašinac two possibilities. This could spell the end of Gaël Clichy‘s long stay at the Etihad, with Guardiola reportedly willing to listen to offers for the Frenchman, who has been less than impressive this season.

Another possible left-back target is Danny Rose of Tottenham, with both the Sunday People and Daily Star Sunday having separate exclusives claiming City (and United) interest. 26-year-old Rose has been impressive for Spurs this season and also being a home-grown player, his appeal is clear. However, Spurs are never keen to sell their best players nowadays and have signed most of their stars to new deals recently, so recruiting Rose wouldn’t be easy for either Manchester club.

Fabian Delph is a player many City fans have no idea what to make of. The 27-year-old England international has made just 8 Premier League starts since his £8 million move from Aston Villa in the summer of 2015. Despite flashes of quality, he has been injured so much, we may never know what he could contribute. And according to Sunday People, he is a target for Tony Pulis’ West Brom, with a deal possible as early as January. West Brom are said to want assurances about Delph’s fitness before making any move – good luck with that.

Finally, that man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has again been linked with a move to the Etihad. He was heavily linked with a move to City last summer, and although he didn’t join in the end, the 27-year-old Borussia Dortmund star did later admit something had happened, saying, “It is true there was contact. My father has spoken with the club (City), but in the end it was nothing concrete.” Now, according to The Sun, City’s interest could resume, with Txiki Begiristain having watched the Gabonese star score against Real Madrid on Tuesday. The report states that with some doubts lingering about Sergio Agüero’s long-term future at City, City chiefs are holding back a war chest that would be used on a high-profile striker in the event that the Argentine icon left.

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