Liverpool offer Eto'o one-year deal

The Reds want to sign the former Chelsea man, who could potentially link up with Mario Balotelli at Anfield

By David Craddock

Liverpool have made former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o a contract offer as they look to bring the player to Anfield.

Liverpool, who are on the verge of signing Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, are also ready to push through a deal for Eto’o as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his attacking options before the close of the transfer window.

Eto’o is a free agent after leaving Chelsea earlier this summer and has attracted the interest of a number of clubs in Europe, America and the Middle East.

It is understood the Cameroon international’s preference is to remain in England and the Premier League after enjoying his one season at Chelsea last term.

Ajax and Everton have both expressed an interest in Eto’o, but it appears Liverpool are now in pole position to land the former Barcelona and Inter star.

Liverpool have offered Eto’o a one-year deal on €93,000 a week with performance-related bonuses with the option of another year if he impresses at Anfield.

Should Eto’o and Balotelli join Liverpool it would see the two strikers link up for a second time after they played together at Inter.

Koeman confident Schneiderlin will stay at Southampton

The Saints boss is convinced the France international will not leave the club in the transfer window and has praised his attitude in the wake of transfer speculation

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has reiterated that Morgan Schneiderlin will not be allowed to leave the club and is confident he will stay at St Mary’s.

Goal understands Tottenham are planning a €20m bid for the France international with manager Mauricio Pochettino determined to land his former players before the close of the transfer window.

However, Koeman has reiterated his desire to keep Schneiderlin, following the departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren, and praised his attitude.

“No, for us that [situation] is away [gone],” he told reporters. “The rumours about him are away. He played a fantastic match against Liverpool [last Sunday] and how he has acted is fantastic.

“He has to continue to show his qualities like on Sunday and we are happy to have him in the squad.

“It doesn’t depend on offers. He will stay at Southampton.”

Koeman also spoke in some length about new signing Dusan Tadic – who enjoyed an encouraging debut in the 2-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend – and youngster James Ward-Prowse, highlighting the impact both made at Anfield in Southampton’s Premier League opener. 

“Tadic played well,” he continued. “He played the assist for our goal. He is a quality player.

“He and [Graziano] Pelle have to realise, though, it is not the Dutch league. It is high tempo during the whole match.

“Sometimes they have a problem with that, but little-by-little they will show why we signed these players.”

Koeman added about Ward-Prowse: “He is a great talent. I hope and I think he will have a great future.

“He has already played a lot in the first team and is a boy from the academy. He is a great player.

“He has a good feel for good positions in the midfield and he is important for set pieces. I told him I really like him this week. He has a great future.”

Ward-Prowse has been compared with England legend David Beckham, but Koeman said: “Don’t put names like that. It will make a lot of pressure for him. 

“Of course, Beckham was a great player and it is difficult to compare players to him, but I believe in his [Ward-Prowse's] qualities. If he is showing these abilities now then he will have a great future.”

Official: QPR sign Vargas on loan from Napoli

The Chile international says the Premier League is the most exciting in the world and is looking forward to linking up with Mauricio Isla at Loftus Road

QPR have confirmed they have signed Eduardo Vargas on a season-long loan from Napoli.

The Chile international is the club’s sixth signing of the summer and will wear the No.24 shirt at Loftus Road and says Mauricio Isla was a big factor in his decision to move to west London.

“I have come here to do as much as I can for QPR in the Premier League,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ve spoken to Mauricio a lot and he said it’s a great, relaxed environment to work in, with a fantastic squad of players.

“The Premier League is the best in the world, the most exciting in the world, and I am looking forward to competing in what is a super-competitive division.”

Manager Harry Redknapp, meanwhile, says he was impressed by Vargas at the World Cup and says his versatility is a big asset.

“Eduardo is a quality player. He’s sharp, he’s bright, and he’s very lively on and off the ball,” he added.

“He can play as a No.9, he can play in behind, he can play wide – he’s very versatile.

“I really liked the look of him during the World Cup and he’s a player our scouts have been looking at for some time.

“He’s been on our radar for a long time now and we’ve had reports on him, from our scout over there, for a while.

“We’ve had him watched a lot, over the last year or so, and the feedback has been very positive.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring him in.”

Real Madrid make Negredo enquiry

The Champions League winners are considering a move for the Manchester City striker should a deal for Radamel Falcao fail to materialise, while Valencia are also keen

By Paul Clennam

Real Madrid have contacted Manchester City enquiring about the availability of striker Alvaro Negredo, Goal understands.

The Spanish giants are in the market for a centre-forward to provide competition to Karim Benzema and are considering alternative options should Radamel Falcao’s proposed switch to Santiago Bernabeu fail to materialise.

Negredo, who City value at €25 million, began last season in devastating fashion but lost his scoring touch after the turn of the year and failed to find the back of the net during the final four months of the campaign.

The Spaniard subsequently missed out on a place on Spain’s World Cup squad and a broken metatarsal suffered in pre-season against Dundee is likely to see him ruled out until September.

Negredo, who faces competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic for a starting spot at City, has also been attracting strong interest from Madrid’s Liga rivals Valencia.

Goal understands that, as a result of the striker’s family ties in Valencia, he would be open to a move to Estadio Mestalla although a late intervention from Madrid, who are being asked to be kept abreast of developments, could be decisive.

The 29-year-old, who had a spell with the Real Madrid B team earlier in his career before being offloaded to Almeria, would be open to a return to Spain and Carlo Ancelotti’s side will likely be unperturbed by City’s asking price.

Madrid are also set to free up funds from the sale of Manchester United target Angel Di Maria in the coming days, with Ancelotti revealing on Thursday that the Argentina international has asked to leave the club.