Premier League - Paper Round: Liverpool fail in bid for starlet
Tue, 08 Mar 09:02:00 2011
Liverpool have failed in a bid to sign one of the hottest young prospects in English football, according to the Times.
Middlesbrough's Cameron Park is described by the paper as an "outstanding left-sided prospect" who bosses at Boro say has shown more potential than either Aston Villa's Stewart Downing or Manchester City's Adam Johnson – two current England wingers who also made their name at Middlesbrough's academy.
Park, 18, has only made only three substitute appearances this season but has been watched by Liverpool's director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, who has officially lodged an interest in the player.
Park only signed a new four-and-a-half year contract in January, but Boro will lose their Premier League parachute payments from next season which will mean financial restructuring at the club.
Liverpool are expected to return with another bid for a player who their scouts have "repeatedly watched in reserve-team matches" as the club's new philosophy is to "wherever possible acquire younger players, as opposed to those nearing the end of their career."
Meanwhile, the row over Sunday's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Manchester United rumbles on with United winger Nani reportedly unhappy that his club refused to complain publicly about Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher's tackle which left the Portuguese player with a badly gashed shin. (The Guardian)
The Telegraph claims that Carragher attempted to apologise to Nani after the match at Anfield, but was refused access to the Manchester United dressing room.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has admitted that he was so frustrated after being left out of key games by manager Harry Redknapp that he almost quit the north London club in January (Daily Mail). Defoe is back en vogue after scoring two goals against Wolves on Sunday – his first two in the Premier League this season.
Italian giants Juventus are weighing up a move for Bolton's Swedish striker Johan Elmander, who is available on a free transfer this summer. (Daily Mirror)
And finally, Villa have been told they must pay Borussia Monchengladbach £4.8 million if they want to make Michael Bradley's loan move permanent.