HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…
Manchester City reportedly want to sign Chelsea’s Eden Hazard in the summer, with the Belgium valued at around £150 million.
Limerick’s highly-rated winger Chiedozie Ogbene is understood to be close to joining Championship side Brentford.
Manchester United are among the clubs interested in Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Monaco midfielder Fabinho, who both Manchester clubs have been linked with, has indicated a desire to leave his current club.
West Brom are planning to make an £18 million bid for Watford attacker Troy Deeney.
Newcastle and Liverpool are targeting £17.5 million-rated Gremio striker Luan.
Joe Hart is hoping to end his West Ham loan spell. With the World Cup on the horizon, the goalkeeper feels he needs first-team football to be in with a chance of featuring for England this summer.
Retro deal of the day: Phil Babb to Liverpool
The London-born former Ireland international had early spells at Bradford and Coventry, but it was on the back of some impressive displays at the 1994 World Cup that he joined Liverpool as a promising youngster the following September for £3.6million, making him the most expensive defender in Britain at the time.
The centre-back spent the next six years at Anfield, making over 100 appearances. However, Babb was rendered surplus to requirements not long after Gerard Houllier became the sole manager of the club.
In an interview with The Irish Independent, the man who signed him for the Reds, Roy Evans, noted at the time: “I think his confidence did go. I think he’s well capable of resurrecting his career. I hope he does because he’s been an international player for a long time and I think he would be a loss to the game.”
His indifferent form led to him being linked to clubs such as Crewe, QPR and Derby. But following a short loan spell with Tranmere Rovers, Babb resurrected his career at Sporting Lisbon.
Despite only spending two years with them, Babb enjoyed success in Portugal, helping the club to a league and cup double during his time there.
The defender had a further two years at Sunderland, before retiring from the game at the age of 33 in 2004.
Since then, Babb has worked as a pundit for Sky Sports, while he also spent just under two years managing Conference South side Hayes & Yeading United between 2013 and 2015.
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