Liverpool want Wigan Athletic’s McManaman and McCarthy

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LIVERPOOL look set to pick off Wigan Athletic duo Callum McManaman and James McCarthy.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to watch winger McManaman and midfielder McCarthy, both 22, according to the Times.

The highly-rated duo look set to lead the exodus from the DW Stadium after their relegation.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reports Rodgers is ready to make a £4m bid for 20-year-old Sporting Lisbon central defender Tiago Ilori.

It’s quiet on the Sunderland and Newcastle transfer front, but other stories today include:

Manuel Pellegrini has handed Manchester City a five-man shortlist of transfer targets after agreeing a two-year contract to manage the Premier League runners-up. Full story: Daily Star

But Malaga have denied reports they will let the Chilean, 59, leave the Spanish club this summer. Full story: talkSPORT

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, 28, wants the Ukrainian club to allow him to join Manchester City for less than his £40.5m release clause. Full story: Daily Express

France full-back Bacary Sagna has shocked Arsenal by admitting he would not “close the door” on a move to Paris St-Germain or Monaco. Full story: the Sun

Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have joined Arsenal and AC Milan by showing an interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, 22. Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea are expected to confirm they have agreed terms with midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, over a new contract. Full story: London Evening Standard

Hull manager Steve Bruce wants to sign Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel - son of his former Manchester United team-mate Peter - as the Tigers plan for their Premier League return. Full story: the Sun