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Dortmund duo in demand as Barcelona track Pulisic and Man City chase Weigl

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TOP STORY: Dortmund duo in demand

Borussia Dortmund youngsters Christian Pulisic and Julian Weigl have been making waves with a series of outstanding performances in recent months, and their form has not gone unnoticed.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona are tracking Pulisic, Dortmund's 18-year-old U.S. international, as they plan for the future.

Citing the summer signings of Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti, 23 and 22 respectively, Mundo claims Barca are seeking to avoid the possibility of any players resting on their laurels.

Pulisic, who made his first-team debut for Dortmund in January, has appeared in eight games so far this season, scoring one goal and contributing three assists.

Meanwhile, The Sun reports that Pep Guardiola had been "keeping tabs" on Weigl while coaching Bayern Munich and is interested in bringing him to Manchester City in the summer.

Guardiola will "test Dortmund's resolve" with a £20 million bid but could have his work cut out, with BVB determined to keep the 21-year-old and set to offer him a brand new contract.

Julian Weigl
The form of Julian Weigl, left, and Christian Pulisic, right, has drawn admiring glances from clubs across Europe.

Weigl's rapid progress has seen him become central to Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel's plans. The Germany international is in his second season as a regular starter for the club and scored his first professional goal for them in the Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon.

Real Madrid also have been reported to be interested in signing Weigl, but Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said he wants to commit the former 1860 Munich player to a long-term deal and stave off would-be suitors.

Zorc added: "We are not pressed for time because he feels extremely comfortable here."

Doubts over Kompany's future?

The Telegraph reports that the outlook for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany seems uncertain after he was left out of the squad for the 4-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona despite being fully fit.

It says the Belgium international's "future has been plunged into fresh doubt" after he had no part to play at the Camp Nou and his "prospects under Guardiola appear to have taken another turn for the worse."

And it adds that the coach's decision to drop top scorer Sergio Aguero to the bench "is also thought to have been the cause of some tension, despite the club being close to announcing that the Argentina striker has signed a new contract."

Struggling Sunderland seek Irish inspiration

Life's not much fun for Sunderland at the moment -- eight games played, two points gained and bottom of the Premier League.

The Black Cats need a boost, and the Telegraph suggests they could get one with a January move for a pair of Republic of Ireland internationals -- Norwich City's Robbie Brady and Shane Long of Southampton.

Attacker Brady, who also can play on the left-hand side of defence, was linked with a £12 million move to champions Leicester City following the Canaries' relegation last season but ended up staying at Carrow Road.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that the Black Cats are monitoring Saints striker Long, who it says would "add some much-needed pace and energy to a front line that is far too reliant on 34-year-old Jermain Defoe for goals."


- Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is a loan target for both Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The former Charlton Athletic player, who has returned to action following a year on the sidelines with injuries, resumed full training earlier this month.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who was keen to sign Gomez from Charlton before he opted to move to Anfield, could now attempt to bring him in on loan, while Championship club Huddersfield -- managed by Jurgen Klopp's ex-assistant David Wagner -- are also interested.

- Peter Odemwingie, once of West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, is poised to join League One Bolton Wanderers on a short-term contract, says the Mail.

Odemwingie, 35, is a free agent after leaving Stoke and trained with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer. The Mail says he is set to put pen to paper at Bolton after talks with manager Phil Parkinson.


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