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Paper Round: Liverpool battle Real Madrid for Timo Werner

Paper Round: Liverpool battle Real for Werner

30/09/2017 at 07:21Updated 30/09/2017 at 12:13

Liverpool face competition for Timo Werner, Ademola Lookman could join Spurs in January, Sergio Aguero escaped serious injury, and England's cricket players are closing ranks.

Liverpool battle Real Madrid and Barcelona for Werner

RB Leipzig's striker Timo Werner is a man in demand, according to reports in Spain. The Germany forward has scored six goals in nine games in his second Bundesliga season, and is attracting attention from both Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, there is Premier League interest too, as Jurgen Klopp has identified him as a target to improve his side's forward line. The 21-year-old could yet attract interest from other clubs, too, when the winter transfer window opens.

Paper Round's view: Werner has endured a difficult week after being forced from the pitch in the first half against Besiktas because the crowd was too noisy. However, he is the most promising German youngster out of a large pool of potential superstars. A move in January might make sense, because a good showing at the World Cup might see the asking price for him rocket.

Spurs target Lookman

Ademola Lookman could already be on the move after joining Everton from Charlton in January. The 19-year-old joined for £11m and made an impressive start to his Everton career. However, he has found game time hard to come by this season after Ronald Koeman decided that wingers would not feature prominently in his tactical approach to his second season at Goodison Park. Crystal Palace and Huddersfield are also interested.

Ademola Lookman celebrates scoring their fourth goal

Ademola Lookman celebrates scoring their fourth goalReuters

Paper Round's view: Spurs are always in the market for a bargain, and if they could get Lookman for a similar price as he moved for last season, they have little to lose. Lookman is plainly very talented, and Mauricio Pochettino is one of the best managers for developing young, English players. He has already adjusted to life in the Premier League, meaning a transfer halfway through the season would not be too disruptive.

Seatbelt saved Aguero's life

Sergio Aguero may not feel fortunate following his taxi crash in Amsterdam two days ago, but as described in The Mirror, the situation could have been much worse. According to his father, Aguero had only just put on a seatbelt moments before the crash happened. Leonel Del Castillo said: "The taxi was driving very fast, Kun asked him to slow down, put on his seat belt and crashed instantly. He was lucky. They put him on painkillers, he was released and taken to Manchester."

Paper Round's view: Aguero has been criticised by some Manchester City fans for going out at night, but as there is no suggestion that he had been partying hard or gone against club instructions by going out to a concert. This is simply a case of bad fortune, and City will be glad they have Gabriel Jesus available in reserve.

Ashes stars to miss Buttler's stag do

England cricketers Stuart Broad and Joe Root have decided to skip international colleague Jos Buttler's stag do in Amsterdam. The pair had planned to attend, but after pressure from Andrew Strauss, they have elected to miss the event. The decision comes after Alex Hales and Ben Stokes were caught in a scrap outside a nightclub earlier this week.

Paper Round's view: Given the reaction from the press to Stokes' incident, it makes sense that England do not want to risk any more problems.