Man City linked with QPR keeper McCarthy, Real linked with Hazard

Manchester City are considering a move for QPR goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, the Daily Mail claims.

The 25-year-old has been back-up to Robert Green since joining from Reading last August, making two first-team appearances.

The Mail believes City would be interested in signing him to boost their tally of homegrown players.

There has been speculation about both Rangers keepers this season; Green has previously been linked with Chelsea and McCarthy with Everton.

McCarthy joined Rangers from Reading in the summer
McCarthy joined Rangers from Reading in the summer

Meanwhile, Chelsea want to add up to five players to their squad this summer, ESPN claims.

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is said to head up a list of targets which would apparently include a full-back, two back-up goalkeepers should Petr Cech leave and another midfielder if boss Jose Mourinho can ship out unwanted players.

The Daily Telegraph, picking up reports in France, suggests Real Madrid will move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard if they sell Gareth Bale.

Hazard, on the shortlist for PFA player of the year, only signed a new five-year deal earlier this season but Real are said to be considering him as a potential Bale replacement.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea
Hazard has signed a new deal and Chelsea insists he is staying

The French media is also linking Chelsea with a move for Standard Liege full-back Damien Dussaut.

The 20-year-old has made just six appearances in the Belgian top flight since moving from France in the summer, but Chelsea scouts are reported to have had him watched.

Dussaut was also said to be a target for Tottenham when he left Valenciennes in August.

And the Daily Star, reacting to yesterday’s rumour linking Chelsea with Atletico Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, quote the Spanish club’s president insisting the defender would not be sold for less than his release clause, said to be £30m.

Jose Urrutia is reported to have said: “So far, we don’t have any specific offers for him. Laporte will only leave if he takes the decision and if someone pays his release clause.”

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