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Liverpool eye another Dutch defender while Manchester United identify two key wide targets: transfer rumours

Liverpool are targetting the signing of (at least) one Dutch centre-back in January, according to the latest transfer rumours.

After their summer pursuit of VIRGIL VAN DIJK proved fruitless, the Anfield club could turn their attention to Lazio defender STEFAN DE VRIJ in the New Year.

Italian outlet Il Tempo report that the Italian club are keen for Liverpool to match the player's £40 million release clause while they also say De Vrij is hopeful he could be allowed to head through the exit door for as little as £22 million.

The Express report that it's unclear whether De Vrij is an alternative to Van Dijk or if Jurgen Klopp intends to try and pair the two Dutch defenders.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are being linked with Serbia winger MIJAT GACINOVIC. Club manager Jose Mourinho was spotted watching Serbia's 3-2 defeat to Austria last Friday evening.

The Daily Mirror report that Mourinho is keen on the 22 year-old Frankfurt star, who has now scored two goals in his first three international appearances.

While the Mirror also report that Arsenal and Bayern Munich are admirers of the winger, it was apparently his Serbian team-mate Nemanja Matic who alerted Mourinho to Gacinovic's ability.

If United do land the up-and-coming Frankfurt player, he could play alongside Tottenham Hotspur full-back DANNY ROSE.

Talksport report that United could return for the left-sided player in January, after missing out on his signature in the summer. The 27 year-old is due to return from injury soon.

Manchester City are interested in bringing Napoli player FAOUZI GHOULAM to the Ethiad Stadium in the new year, The Sun claims. Pep Guardiola is reportedly willing to look into a £3million deal for the 26-year-old, who will be out of contract next summer. The reports come after full-back Benjamin Mendy suffered a nasty knee injury, ruling him out of the squad in the long term.

HENRY ONYEKURU could be back at Everton by January after a loan spell at Anderlecht, a report in the Liverpool Echo says. The 20-year-old did not have much time to pull on a blue shirt before he was sent on loan to the Belgian club due to work permit issues. Everton are reportedly hoping a "special talent" clause will overcome the permit problems in time to see the 20-year-old in the starting XI next year.

Turkish striker CENK TOSUN appears to be in high demand from the Premier League, according to the Croydon Advertiser. Crystal Palace sent scouts to watch the 26-year-old, who is said to come with a 25million euro (£22.36million) price tag. Tottenham and Newcastle are also believed to be interested in the striker, who has so far scored four goals for Besiktas this season.

Brighton are eyeing Serbian striker ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC for a January move, the Daily Mirror reports. Scouts were reportedly in the stands to watch the Newcastle player play for his country against Austria last week.  The 23-year-old has not seen much game time for the Magpies since he was handed a three-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct during a game against West Ham.

ARDA TURAN is on Arsenal's radar, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. With the midfielder looking for more time on the pitch, the Gunners are hopeful of bringing Turan the Emirates in January, reports suggests. Galatasaray are also rumoured to want the 30-year-old in their side.  

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Jose Mourinho's trip to Austria has been solved, according to the Daily Mirror. The Manchester United boss was said to be there to watch MIJAT GACINOVIC in the Austria v Serbia World Cup qualifier. The 22-year-old has impressed at Eintracht Frankfurt and equally on an international level after scoring two goals in three appearances for Serbia.

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