Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Holtby has several offers; Man United keen on Forren

Schalke No. 10 Lewis Holtby has several offers from England and Spain, according to his agent Markus Noack, with the 22-year-old’s current contract at the Veltins-Arena set to expire at the end of the season.

Holtby, much like his English father, is a boyhood fan of Everton Football Club. With that said, recent reports are linking Liverpool with the Germany international midfielder.

Back in 2009, Holtby was attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but he made it clear that he preferred Everton.

“My father was born in England and was an Everton fan since the age of five,” revealed Holtby.

“He immediately infected me with the Everton virus!

“Since then I have been Everton fan and have always followed their games.”

In addition to the Reds’ interest, Inter Milan are also reportedly keen on the Schalke No. 10, who has tallied three goals and four assists in 12 appearances in all competitions for the German Bundesliga outfit this season.

As previously mentioned, Holtby’s current contract expires at the end of the season, meaning that Schalke may be forced into selling their ace in the January transfer window if they do not agree an extension with the 22-year-old.

Man United keen on Forren

Reports from Norway are suggesting that English Premier League giants Manchester United are monitoring Molde defender Vegard Forren, Sky Sports understands.

Former Manchester United player and current boss of Molde Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised the Norway international centre-back following the aforementioned reports, insisting that Forren is indeed good enough to play for United.

“Yes, he could play for Manchester United, but I don’t have to tell him that. At his best he is a very good footballer,” Solskjaer told TV2.

“Vegard is a very good footballer but he has to be focused on delivering and securing his place in the Norway team.”

Forren, 24, has featured in 33 matches for club and country in 2012-13, including 27 starts in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, four starts in the UEFA Europa League and two starts in 2014 World Cup qualifiers for Norway.

United’s back four has not been very good this season, but the return of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones should help their cause.

Don’t expect the Red Devils to make an official move for Forren in January, but ruling out a summer move for the Norwegian would be a bit premature.

Rio Ferdinand isn’t getting any younger, and Sir Alex Ferguson might just look for his replacement sooner rather than later.


Shawn Etemadi



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