Ramos looking towards England to find Real some speed
Saturday 20 December 2008
The Real Madrid coach, Juande Ramos, says he is looking for a right winger to boost his squad in the winter transfer window and is interested in several players in the Premier League.
The Spanish champions have been hit hard by injuries this season and Ramos said he wants to add a speedy player who can operate on the right, with in-form Dutch winger Arjen Robbendeployed down the left.
"It will be important for us to boost the squad with a wide-right player so we can mount a strong challenge for the Champions League, not just for the league," Ramos said. "There are some interesting players in the English market and I am clear about what I want."
Real are languishing in sixth place in Spain with just one match left before the winter break, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona who beat them 2-0 at the Nou Camp last weekend.
"It seems to me that with Robben on the left and another quick player on the right we will be very complete," Ramos said. "A wide player will give us the strength to confront the decisive phase of the season with enough manpower."
The Spanish newspaper As reported yesterday that Real are looking to sign the Aston Villa winger Ashley Young and said the English club have set the fee at €30m (£28m). There have also been reports that Ramos wants to bring in the Tottenham Hotspur forward Aaron Lennon, who he was in charge of during his spell at Spurs that ended with his sacking in October.
Barcelona face another stern test when they travel to fourth-placed Villarreal for tomorrow's late match.
In Serie A Milan have injury problems ahead of tomorrow evening's home game against Udinese, but the Brazil forward Kaka hopes to shrug off a groin problem. Massimo Ambrosini and Gianluca Zambrotta are suspended while David Beckham will be in attendance at San Siro ahead of his official arrival on loan from LA Galaxy next month.
Leaders Internazionale travel to Siena tonight hoping to extend their advantage to nine points, but are without the suspended Dejan Stankovic and the injured Adriano and Patrick Vieira.
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