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Man City approached by Championship trio over highly-rated youngster

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A number of Championship clubs are interested in signing Manchester City youngster Tommy Doyle, according to reports.

Doyle, 20, is currently on loan at Hamburg in the German second division. However, the midfielder has struggled for games at his new club, managing just 73 minutes of league action this season. Now, Swansea City, Barnsley and Blackpool are among those that have been in contact over the player’s availability, reports Football League World.

Doyle has been with the Manchester club since the age of eight, and is said to be highly-rated among staff.

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Having been sent to Germany to further his development, Doyle is likely to be disappointed with the lack of first-team action this campaign.

Despite his lack of playing time, the youngster has managed to make an impact at the club as he grabbed the winner against SC Paderborn back in October.

Doyle has featured seven times for City’s first-team, and had 14 goal contributions in 18 games for their Under-23 side last season.

The box-to-box midfielder also has experience on the international stage, having represented England at Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 level.

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Now, it is believed the three Championship clubs have offered to provide Doyle with more game time in England.

Man City are said to be concerned with the lack of action their talented prospect is receiving in Germany.


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That being said, there is serious potential Doyle could be re-called early so that he can join the Championship this January window.

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However, there is plenty of competition for the youngster, with clubs in France, Spain and Holland also interested in Doyle.


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Meanwhile, Swansea boss Russel Martin has said he is pleased with the impact Joel Piroe is having on his squad.

Piroe joined from PSV in the summer, and is already in double figures for goals scored this season.

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Speaking to the club’s media, Martin admitted he didn’t know what to expect from the forward when he first arrived.

He said: “I did not have any expectations of anyone when we came in. We had not had a chance to see anyone over pre-season.

“Piroe has gone above and beyond in terms of how I thought he would impact the team.

“He has been incredible and that is on him. He is such a brilliant guy, a brilliant character and he just wants to learn.”

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Leeds United ready to move on to Brenden Aaronson Plan B as Nott’m Forest star is eyed

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Leeds United are plotting a swoop for Championship star Brennan Johnson, though they will need to snatch him from under the noses of Brentford.

Johnson, 20, is one of the breakout stars in the Championship this season. The Nottingham Forest youngster has been directly involved in 12 goals in the league this season.

His top performances in a Forest shirt have led to interest from Premier League sides. Brentford are keen on bringing the attacking-midfielder to the club, though Forest have upped their valuation to £20million.

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Forest are just one point outside the Championship play-off places. As such, their desire to keep their star boy makes a lot of sense.

It is unclear at present whether Brentford will succumb to the £20million valuation on Johnson’s head. The Bees were previously set on £18million.

Nottingham Post reports that Leeds United have joined the pursuit of the youngster. In fact, the Whites have reportedly “known everything down to his [Johnson’s] inside leg measurement” for some time.

With the extensive scouting Leeds seem to have done, it seems they are very keen on the youngster.

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The West Yorkshire side have been crying out for an attacking midfielder after injuries left a big hole in their side. Indeed, Johnson seems like the type of player that could give them that.

The 20-year-old has been utilised across the midfield and forward line in his career.

As such, he would be a handy asset for Leeds, given they have struggled with injuries in almost every position this season.

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Leeds could, therefore, reportedly turn to Johnson this month in an effort to strengthen their midfield.

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Leeds have been tracking Brenden Aaronson for some time. The midfielder, similarly to Johnson, would bring attacking prowess to the Whites.

However, the Whites have seen two offers rejected for the RB Salzburg star.

Despite that, he remains Leeds’ prime target and they could yet launch a summer approach.

What’s more, the USA international is reportedly keen on the move himself.

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But in the meantime, a move for Forest star Johnson could at least fill that midfield void.

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Tanguy Ndombele Loan Agreed Between Valencia And Tottenham Hotspur

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Maynard reports that a six-month loan has been agreed upon between Valencia and Spurs. However, Tanguy Ndombele’s preference is to join Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG in France.

La Liga side Valencia have agreed to a Tanguy Ndombele loan deal with Tottenham Hotspur, Julien Maynard reports.

The former Lyon midfielder favours a move to Paris Saint-Germain but with the transfer deadline getting closer and closer, he may have to make a decision.

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Valencia are tenth in La Liga and are looking for new life in their midfield to help bridge the seven-point gap between them and the top four places. The Spanish side have been underperforming for some time having finished 13th last season.

Ndombele has featured very little since Antonio Conte’s appointment as Tottenham manager and it’s pretty clear that an exit from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is on the cards for the 25-year-old Frenchman.

Capped seven times by France, Ndombele’s Spurs career has always been under the spotlight. A signing they hoped would signal the beginning of a new era of success following a Champions League final loss to Liverpool. That never came to fruition and the weight has always been on his shoulders.

His lack of success under demanding managers like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte speaks for itself and maybe it’s time Ndombele, who started his senior career with Amiens, had a fresh start.

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He is undoubtedly a player with talent and will look to get his career back on the road in the coming months.

Ndombele played 91 games for Tottenham and a loan deal means he might not have made his last appearance, though it’s extremely likely he has. In that time he contributed to 19 goals, scoring ten and assisting nine.

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