Real Madrid cooling interest on Hazard

Real Madrid cooling interest on Hazard

Madrid moving on from Hazard

Hot on the heels of reports that uncertainty is surrounding the futures of a host of Chelsea stars comes the news that Real Madrid may opt not to bid forA�Eden Hazard.

Hazard has beenA�heavily linked with a move to the BernabeuA�in recent months, but theA�London Evening StandardA�says Madrid’s focus on him could be waning.

Although Madrid “were expected to step up their interest, it is understood that they have yet to make any form of inquiry to Chelsea or the Belgium international’s entourage and are not in any rush to do so.”

The report says “Hazard’s form has dipped and the Madrid hierarchy are not sure whether to proceed, particularly as they already have a similar talent inA�Marco Asensio, who is five years younger.”

Chelsea do not want to sell, with speculation suggesting they would want an offer of more than A?100 million to even consider doing so, and remain hopeful that they can still agree a contract extension.

Meanwhile, the Londoners “have stepped up their bid to land Turkish goalkeeping prodigyA�Berke Ozer,” according to theA�Sun.

Altinordu player Ozer, a Turkey Under-21 international, is also reported to be interesting Barcelona and Manchester City, but the report says the Blues “have sent coaches Eddie Newton and Christophe Lollichon to monitor him.”

Clubs eye Austin as Saints struggle

Southampton have serious concerns about staying in the Premier League but strikerA�Charlie AustinA�needn’t share them, theA�MirrorA�reports.

It says Austin “will be a man in demand if his struggling side fail to beat the drop,” with Bournemouth and Leicester keen to sign him.

Aston Villa, battling for promotion from the Championship, are also keeping an eye on the situation and the Mirror says the Saints “will struggle to hold on to Austin, who is still their top scorer this season despite missing three months from December with a hamstring injury.”

Bournemouth are said to be particularly keen, with manager Eddie Howe having been an admirer of Austin since his days in non-league football.

The Cherries could seeA�Benik AfobeA�join Wolves permanently after impressing on loan, whileA�Callum WilsonA�andA�Josh KingA�may also move on, making room for a new striker.

But Austin will also have the option to link up again with Leicester’s former Southampton boss Claude Puel.

Tap-ins

— Stoke wingerA�Ramadan Sobhimight be coming towards the end of his stay at the club, theA�Stoke Sentinel, citing reports in his native Egypt, says.

With the Potters in danger of relegation from the Premier League, Ramadan is said to want to leave and his agent has claimed that up to four top flight clubs would be interested.

— Newcastle United are keeping an eye on Gent wingerA�Moses SimonA�as they begin planning for the summer window, theA�ChronicleA�reports.

Simon, a 22-year-old Nigeria international, has attracted attention from the Premier League in the past, with Brighton reported to have been interested before the start of the season, but Newcastle now appear to be favourites.

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