Statto News Round Up - Carroll, Isco

6th August 2012By: Fantasy League

United join race for Isco, City line up shock Sinclair bid and West Ham admit defeat in Carroll chase


Manchester United are looking to take advantage of Malaga’s dire financial situation by bidding for highly-rated midfielder Isco, according to the Mirror.

Isco has already been the subject of interest from Real Madrid this summer, but United are now thought to be readying a £20million bid, which would trigger the player’s release clause.

The 20-year-old scored five goals last season, as he helped Malaga secure their highest ever La Liga finish of fourth and qualify for this year’s Champions League.

Meanwhile, United’s title rivals, Manchester City, are lining up a surprise move for Swansea midfielder Scott Sinclair, reports the Mirror.

Sinclair, who scored eight goals and 32 fantasy football points last season, had already been stalling on a new Swansea contract amidst interest from the likes of Liverpool and Fulham.

The 23-year-old is available for as little as £5m, but would face a great deal of competition to get into the City side were he to make the move.

Elsewhere, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed the club’s efforts to sign Liverpool striker Andy Carroll are over, reports the Daily Mail.

Last week it was believed the Hammers were on the verge of signing Carroll, who scored 16 fantasy football points last term, but Allardyce now claims the deal is off.

"We wouldn't have thought we would have had any chance of signing a player of Andy Carroll's capabilities but it became clear a couple of weeks ago there was a possibility of a loan. Unfortunately at this moment, it's not the case," explained Allardyce.

Carroll is still believed to be available after new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers suggested he could leave, but the player is reluctant to move to a club not in European competition next season.

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