MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire. But they have dropped their interest in Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50million for him. The Red Devils had a £70m bid — includi

Man Utd confident they can reach compromise on £75m Maguire – but have been put off by £50m Longstaff

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MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire.

But they have dropped their interest in Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50million for him.

 Man Utd are confident of reaching a £75m compromise with Leicester for Harry Maguire
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The Red Devils had a £70m bid — including add-ons — rejected for Maguire before they left to tour   Australia at the weekend.

The Foxes want £90m for the England  centre-back — but there is hope a deal can still be done.

United will make a further bid before the transfer window closes, with their  valuation ahead of Manchester City, who consider him worth around £65m.

Maguire would become the world’s most  expensive defender, beating Virgil van Dijk’s £75m fee when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool.

But United have been put off midfielder Longstaff.

Newcastle want £50m for a player who has only nine Premier League appearances to his name for them.

United will pay £20m and thought a deal would be done.

 United have ditched their interest in Newcastles Sean Longstaff
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But they were left stunned when given the valuation  and will now look elsewhere.

Longstaff, 21, was  also left shocked by the figure, which  effectively prices him out of a dream move to Old Trafford.

There are no other clubs in for him and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not  overpay for players.

He said: “We’re still in the market looking to do some business but we’re patient, we’re Manchester United, we don’t have to sell or overpay.

“You have to have the right players at the right price. If you look at the squad we’ve got there are  many good players.”

United  yesterday told Inter Milan they have to find £75m or forget signing Romelu Lukaku.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The Italians’ manager Antonio Conte wants the Belgian, 26, to be his main man up front.

But SunSport understands United will not budge on the £75m valuation.

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Man Utd confident they can reach compromise on £75m Maguire – but have been put off by £50m Longstaff

West Ham turn to £40million Duvan Zapata after missing out on Maxi Gomez

WEST HAM will turn to Duvan Zapata in a £40million deal after missing out on Maxi Gomez.

Colombia international Zapata is now Manuel Pellegrini's No1 target to lead his attack next season.

 Duvan Zapata is the next striker West Ham are looking at to replace Marko Arnautovic
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The 28-year-old scored 28 goals for Atalanta last season while on loan from Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

And Pellegrini wants him to step in following Marko Arnautovic's move to China.

Celta Vigo striker Gomez was a target but he is heading to Valencia to stay in Spain.

But Zapata should be available for the right price to finally become a Hammer after they were interested in him earlier in his career.

BALOTELLI AN OPTION

And there is a cheaper option that could become available.

The Hammers have reportedly been offered the chance to sign free agent Mario Balotelli.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently without a club after leaving Marseille.

Balotelli, 28, bagged eight times in 12 games during his six-month spell with the French side but opted against extending his deal.

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The Italian international is believed to favour a return to the Premier League.

And now his agent Mino Raiola has contacted the Hammers to enquire whether there is any interest from the East London outfit.

But AS claims he is looking for wages of £3.6m-a-year – which would be an issue.

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Result: Rhian Brewster scores twice as Liverpool hit Tranmere Rovers for six

Rhian Brewster helped himself to a couple of goals as Liverpool kicked off their pre-season campaign with a resounding 6-0 win against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday evening.

The Reds used the match with their Merseyside neighbours as a chance to field two entirely different lineups either side of half time.

Brewster scored twice during his 45 minutes on the field with a couple of poachers finishes after Nathaniel Clyne had opened the scoring early on at Prenton Park.

Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan were all on target in the second 45 as Jurgen Klopp's men made a perfect start to their summer programme.

Rhian Brewster celebrates his opening goal in Liverpool's pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Liverpool were ahead with less than six minutes played as Clyne hammered the ball past Scott Davies after being teed up by Brewster 15 yards out.

Davies produced a couple of stops to deny Yasser Larouci - the first a straightforward save down the middle and the second a good save down low.

James Milner was also denied by Davies from 20 yards, but he played a big part in the second goal as his cross was helped back into the middle by Harry Wilson and Brewster reacted well to head home.

Nathaniel Clyne celebrates with his teammates after giving Liverpool an early lead against Tranmere Rovers in their pre-season friendly on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Tranmere had a couple of lively moments in the first half as Corey Blackett-Taylor twice tested Simon Mignolet, yet they found themselves three goals down at the interval as Brewster again reacted quickest to fire home after Milner's latest long-ranger was parried.

Liverpool required less than 10 minutes of the second period to add to their goals tally, with Jones converting at the back post after getting on the end of a floated cross from Ben Woodburn.

Second-half captain Origi made it five by brilliantly controlling a long ball from Joel Matip and rounding the keeper.

Divock Origi is congratulated after scoring Liverpool's fifth goal in the pre-season friendly with Tranmere Rovers on July 11, 2019© Reuters

Tranmere struggled to get anywhere near their opponents and they were six goals down with 22 minutes left when Duncan profited from some poor defending to convert following some good work from Ki-Jana Hoever.

Liverpool, who brought on third-choice keeper Dan Atherton for the injured Paul Glatzel with more than 10 minutes left, settled for the six goals as the game petered out.


TRANMERE ROVERS (4-2-3-1): Davies; Caprice, Ray (Gilmour 46'), Monthe (Spellman 85'), Ridehalgh (Woods 46'); Banks (Payne 46'), Perkins (Nelson 46'); Morris (Ponticelli 46'), Jennings (Miller 46'), Blackett-Taylor; Mullin (Potter 46')

LIVERPOOL FIRST-HALF XI (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Phillips, Gomez, Larouci; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Lallana; Wilson, Brewster, Kent
LIVERPOOL SECOND-HALF XI (4-3-3): Jaros; Hoever, Matip, Johnston, Lewis; Woodburn, Fabinho, Jones; Glatzel (Atherton 77'), Origi, Duncan

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