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Man United 'weighing up January swoop' for Real Madrid outcast Isco

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TOP STORY: Isco in Man United's sights

It hasn't been a good week for Manchester United. First came defeat in the Manchester derby, then the Europa League loss to Feyenoord, then a dismal day out at Watford.

But here's something that might lift the spirits of United fans a bit -- the Red Devils are "weighing up a January swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Isco," according to the Mirror.

It reports that the Spain international is on boss Jose Mourinho's list of targets for the next transfer window as he looks to address his side's creative struggles.

Isco would cost around £25 million and, the Mirror reports, is a realistic target, despite being under contract until 2018, because he "has fallen down the pecking order at Madrid under boss Zinedine Zidane."

The 24-year-old has made only two substitute appearances in La Liga this season, but United could face competition from Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, all of whom have been interested in the recent past, if United are to sign him.

Arsenal, Liverpool want to keep up with the Jones

It seems to be the end of the line for England defender Phil Jones at Man United, with the Sun reporting that the club "are looking to get him off their books."

And that has alerted Liverpool and the Gunners with both prepared to swoop for the 24-year-old, who is currently on the sidelines with a ligament problem.

The Sun quotes an Old Trafford "insider" as saying: "Jose Mourinho is looking to offload Jones. They have reached the end of the line with him." He would cost in the region of £10m.

Barca to resume Bellerin chase?

Shades of earlier in the summer all over again for Arsenal -- before the window closed, they were reported to have knocked back Barcelona approaches for right-back Hector Bellerin.

And although the one-time Camp Nou youngster -- under contract at Arsenal until 2019 -- is reported to be happy with life in North London, the Mirror doesn't think that will stop the Catalans from making another effort to bring him back.

It quotes Barca vice president Jordi Mestre describing Spain international Bellerin as "a great player, there's no doubt about that," but adds that the Liga champions would have to pay around £40m to land him.

If a move for the Gunners defender falls through, Barca could also consider Valencia's Joao Cancelo -- also reported to be interesting Arsenal -- or Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna, the Mirror says.

Reds watch striker with a touch of Sass

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to add another striker to his ranks, but who might that be? None other than Sassuolo star Gregoire Defrel, reports the Sun.

The Anfield manager sent a scout to watch the French forward play, and score, in his side's 2-0 win over Genoa on Sunday, as he looks to introduce extra competition for Daniel Sturridge.

Defrel, 25, has scored five goals in six games for the Italian club this season, and Liverpool reportedly could be ready to make a January offer for him.

Tap-ins

- AC Milan head coach Vincenzo Montella has said he believes teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma will stay, despite agent Mino Raiola saying the player should be in "a bigger shop window."

"I'm sure Milan want to keep Donnarumma. I'm sure he will sign the contract no matter what Raiola says," Montella was quoted as saying in Italian reports.

- League One Coventry are in need of a boost. Bottom of the table and without a win in eight games, they are hoping that former Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio, who has arrived for a trial spell, can provide a spot of inspiration.

The Coventry Telegraph reports that Becchio, 32, was due to play for City's under-23 team in a game against Huddersfield on Monday.