Transfer Spotlight: Liverpool’s summer spree continues with ‘bid’ for this Italy ace

first_img1 Italy Under-21 defender Davide Zappacosta Liverpool have stunned supporters with a flurry of early transfer activity, and the Reds are targeting another defensive signing in Italian starlet Davide Zappacosta.It is understood Nathaniel Clyne’s imminent Anfield arrival will soon be finalised, and Brendan Rodgers is keen to provide further back-up at right-back, with Glen Johnson leaving, Jon Flanagan injured and Javier Manquillo coming into the final year of his loan from Atletico Madrid.talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight takes a look at the youngster Rodgers may look to…Name: Davide ZappacostaDate of birth: June 11 1992Birthplace: Sora, ItalyPosition: Full-backClub: AtalantaWhat’s the latest?Liverpool sent scouts to watch Zappacosta, as Rodgers looks to strengthen his defensive options and provide competition for Clyne. The Reds have reportedly been monitoring the 23-year-old for over a year. He impressed with a series of fine performances in Italy’s European Under-21 Championship campaign, though the Azzurri exited at the group stage. Tottenham, Torino and Fiorentina are also rumoured to be interested in the defender, who scored three goals in 29 appearances for Atalanta last season. Newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport claims Liverpool have made a bid for Zappacosta.Did you know?1) He began his career at six years of age for hometown club Sora as a forward.2) He joined Atalanta in 2011 but spent the next three seasons on loan at Serie B outfit Avellino, where he moved to the wing and later his preferred full-back position before rejoining his parent club, signing a four-year contract in June 2014.3) He scored his first senior Atalanta goal in January 2015, finding the net to seal a 2-2 draw with Serie A rivals Genoa.4) He scored another goal in their 1-1 draw with Chievo and later netted again against Fiorentina, though it could not stop his side slumping to a 3-2 defeat. The points his goals secured proved vital as the side narrowly avoided relegation.5) Hearing of the Liverpool rumours, Zappacosta admitted it would be a “dream come true to play in the Premier League”, and that he “feels ready for an experience abroad” and wants to “challenge [himself] at the top level”.6) Zappacosta has been described as a “big Napoli fan” by his agent. When the defender was linked with the Italian side earlier this year, his agent admitted he would “do anything to join Napoli, even if it meant playing in goal!”Video evidence:last_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal MUST spend in January to strengthen injury-hit squad, insists Gunners hero Ray Parlour

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour has called for the club to address their injury crisis in the January transfer window, after two more players were added to the club’s ever growing crocked list.Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta both hobbled out of Saturday’s shock Premier League defeat to West Brom, adding to the injury headache currently presented to manager Arsene Wenger.A total of seven first-team players are now out for the Gunners, with Coquelin – expected to be out for at least two months with knee ligament damage – and Arteta joining Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky (both knee), Jack Wilshere (calf) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott (both muscular) on the sidelines.After facing criticism for failing to sign a single outfield player in the summer, a January raid is expected from Wenger, with the likes of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, Portuguese starlet William Carvalho and young Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi all recently linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.And Parlour insists his former side can’t afford not to delve into the New Year market after their injury woes were intensified at the weekend.“They’re really short now,” the Gunners legend told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The injury list is unbelievable; I think they’ll have to build an extension on the medical room!“As soon as Coquelin went down you could tell it was a bad injury. I think he’ll be out for around eight weeks, and that is really bad news for Arsenal, because who else can come in now?“Arteta came on and had a nightmare. He gave away the free-kick and then lost his man for West Brom’s first goal, then he scored an own goal and then he was obviously taken off after getting injured.“Flamini will probably be the one who steps in but I really think Arsene Wenger has to look at the transfer window.“It’s not an easy time to buy players; you don’t know who is really available and all the best players will be tied down to their clubs.“But if there are some available, especially in that midfield area, I’m sure Arsene will go in the market.”last_img read more