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Hazard Interest Hotting Up

Bidding war expected over Belgian international

21-year-old Lille midfielder Eden Hazard is much admired in Europe and he is expected to complete a move to one of the Premier League’s top clubs in the summer, but which one?

Manchester United and Manchester City are prepared to do battle over the tiny trickster, with both club’s representatives present at Lille’s match last month with Paris St Germain. However, Hazard remained coy when questioned over which club he would prefer to join, stating that he felt both blue and red suited him.

I’m anxious to see such a talent in the Premier League and look forward to seeing which direction he chooses. Perhaps another potential suitor, such as Chelsea, will join the fight.

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Vertonghen Drops Spurs Hint

Ajax defender reveals that deal is close

Much coveted defender Jan Vertonghen has dropped a strong hint to where his future may lie, with the Ajax star suggesting that he wishes to join Tottenham in the summer.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with Eridivisie Player of the Year, but the 25-year-old seems now to be headed to White Hart Lane instead. Vertonghen said that Tottenham is a ‘fantastic, traditional club’ who ‘buy young, eager and offensive-minded players’.

With the Spurs squad lacking any quality at centre back (other than the crocked Ledley King), Vertonghen seems to be almost the perfect signing and would be a small consolation for Harry Redknapp following his disappointment at not being offered the England management position.

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One Hand on the Trophy

The blue side of Manchester celebrates as City close in on title

Following a hard-earned victory over Newcastle, Manchester City maintained their lead in the Premier League, although United still only trail on goal difference.

Inspired by Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, City have managed to overturn an eight point deficit and now sit in pole position going into the final match of the season. Only a slip up against relegation battling Queens Park Rangers will, in all probability, see the red devils hold onto their crown. In theory, United can still win even if City overcome QPR, but they would have to win by at least nine goals in order to do so. United also appear to have, on paper, a much more difficult final encounter- a trip to Sunderland, who sit comfortably in mid-table.

If Man City do prove to be champions it will be their first league title since 1968, and will show the improvements the team has made over the last couple of years under the management of Roberto Mancini.

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Premier League Title: United’s to Lose?

Red Devils looking impressive as title race hots up

Throughout the current premier league campaign the two teams from Manchester have been the only sides truly challenging for the title, with the team in sky blue having led for the majority of the season. But that is no longer the case. Manchester United, so renowned for how strongly they have finished in recent seasons, have wrenched the initiative from Manchester City.

Following their victory over Fulham, United now have a 3 point cushion at the top of the table and look unlikely to slip up, particularly considering their fixtures should not prove as challenging as those facing City. The only match that looks a potentially difficult encounter for United is their trip across the city to their rivals, a match that could decide which team wins the league. City, on the other hand, have two difficult games against Arsenal and Newcastle, as well as the match against Sir Alex Ferguson’s men.

United have peaked at the business end of the season, with Wayne Rooney inspiring them with a superb run of goal-scoring performances. City, however, have dropped points against Stoke and Swansea and appear to lack the flare they had, with important players such as David Silva not putting in the sort of performances he did earlier in the season.

Man City’s players are beginning to look tired and, in comparison, United’s strength in depth is beginning to show. United also have experience behind them, with the legendary football club hunting their 20th Premier League title. In summary, United appear strong and are beginning to look in control of the title race. However, with City only three points behind, anything could happen. Tevez’s return to the club could prove crucial, too, if he steps up in the Manchester derby and scores the winning goal.

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