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Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Musa to Man United; Zielinski to Liverpool


CSKA Moscow’s forward from Nigeria Ahmed Musa controls the ball during a Group E Champions league football match between CSKA Moscow and Bayern Munich at the Arena Khimki in Moscow on September 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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A report in the Daily Express says that both Manchester United and Leicester City is tracking Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa.

The CSKA Moscow attacker, 23, is said to be valued at around $28 million by the Russian outfit and the lightning-quick forward would add something Leicester has plenty of and United lacks a lot of in attack: pace. The report claims that the Foxes have already had a $22 million bid for Musa rejected. He has scored 10 goals for CSKA this season and can operate out wide or up top.

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Musa has scored 46 goals in 153 games for CSKA over the past four years following his move from Dutch side VVV-Venlo, while he also has 11 in 56 appearances for the Nigerian national team. If United don’t want to fork out upwards of $60 million for Sadio Mane then Musa could be their man to add pace and trickery to their faltering attacking. Alternatively Sky Italia is reporting that Leicester have made a $16 million bid for AC Milan’s French forward M’Baye Niang. The 21-year-old has scored twice in eight games for Milan this season. Does this interest mean United are in the driving seat for Musa?

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The Daily Mirror claims that Liverpool is lining up a $16 million move for Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski. The Udinese midfielder, 21, is currently on loan at Empoli and has had Juventus, Napoli and Roma all sniffing around him. The Mirror reckons that Zielinski wants to wait after EURO 2016 before making a move as he doesn’t want to jeopardize his spot in Poland’s squad. That said, is a central midfielder really what Liverpool needs right now? With Jordan Henderson, Lucas and Emre Can holding things down and Joe Allen in reserve, you’d think Jurgen Klopp would be focusing on reinforcements up front and at the back.

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According to Bordeaux their playmaker Wahbi Khazri is heading to Sunderland for $14 million. A statement on the Ligue 1 club’s website stated he is heading to the Black Cats for talks and outlets in France suggested he will sign a four-and-a-half-year deal. Khaziri, 24, has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Tunisia and has played a key role for Bordeaux in the past two seasons, scoring 14 times in 48 games. His arrival would certainly help relegation haunted Sunderland create more chances as Sam Allardyce’s side continue to languish in the bottom three with just 15 games of the season to go.

QPR midfielder Sandro, 26, is set to join West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal. Sandro was said to be agreeing terms at the Hawthorns on Friday and could even play in their FA Cup fourth round tie this weekend. The destructive Brazilian midfielder formerly played for Tottenham Hotspur but moved to QPR in September 2014. He certainly seems like he’s a Tony Pulis type player and is capable of providing a driving force from the center of the pitch.

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