Liverpool look to sign Netherlands U-19 defender

first_imgLiverpool are hoping to complete the signing of teenage defender Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle, but will face competition from a host of top European clubs for the Netherlands youth international.The Reds are keen to bring the 17-year-old centre-back to Anfield this summer, but Bayern Munich, Ajax and PSV Eindhoven are all keen on the Dutch under-19 star, while Sampdoria are understood to have bid €2.5m (£2.25m) for him in January.After a 2017-18 in which he made his first-team debut with seven matches in the Eredvisie, Van den Berg enjoyed a breakthrough year at Zwolle last season, playing 16 Eredivisie games under former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, helping them to a 13th-place finish in the Dutch top flight. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The defender would go into Liverpool’s Academy setup initially, playing for the under-18 and under-23 sides, with a view to progression to Melwood should he impress at that level.Liverpool enjoyed success after recruiting another young Dutch defender, Ki-Jana Hoever, from Ajax last summer. Hoever shone at youth level and made a surprise senior debut in the FA Cup at Wolves in January. Reds chiefs hope the 6ft 3in van den Berg can follow in those footsteps.Van den Berg’s signing, although not yet confirmed, would be seen as a real coup for the Reds’ recruitment team, given the level of competition. Dave Fallows, the head of recruitment, and chief scout Barry Hunter have in been particularly keen to pursue the deal, and believe significant progress has been made in the past few days.Hunter was instrumental in the signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton in 2015. Then, Liverpool recruited a young, promising defender with a view to developing him as a first-team player for the long-term. Gomez’s impact on Merseyside was almost immediate, though injuries hampered his progress thereafter.Liverpool’s recruitment team are confident that van den Berg, who is about to enter the final year of his contract with Zwolle, is at a similar level to Gomez four years ago, and expect him to, like Hoever, push for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad before too long. Like Hoever, he already speaks excellent English and the scouting reports and character references from the Netherlands have been overwhelmingly positive.The defender, who does not turn 18 until December, has already represented the Netherlands at under-19 level, playing for them three times and scoring once during the UEFA U-19 championship qualifying rounds. His younger brother, Rav, is also on Zwolle’s books and has been previously linked with Liverpool, although sources have told Goal that Sepp is the only one the club are pursuing at present.Liverpool released a number of under-23 and under-18 players earlier this month, including defenders Corey Whelan, Patrik Raitanen, Conor Masterson, Juanma and Connor Randall. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipset

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 12:21 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Meizu 16s is also rumoured to be running on Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 855 chipset.The device is also expected to sport a 6.2-inch AMOLED display.The smartphone will is also rumoured to sport a 48-megapixel camera.Meizu made an entry into the Indian market late last year with three smartphones. While two of them were priced under Rs 15,000, the Meizu 16th came at around Rs 30,000. The smartphone offered a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a distinct narrow-bezel design. While the phone couldn’t create hype around itself, Meizu is coming back with another phone to create an impact in the premium smartphone segment. The company has started teasing a new device and from what it seems, it appears to be the Meizu 16s.The social media teasers are focusing on the number 16, indirectly hinting at the Meizu 16s. The teasers also show a device with a display looking familiar to the Meizu 16th. The device is teased to sport very narrow bezels all around. Like the Meizu 16th, the top and the bottom bezels are proportionate and lack any kind of notch or slider mechanism. The top bezel could feature the front facing camera and all the other sensors. Meizu is also teasing the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor on the upcoming device.Others just have a big screen. But this is SUPER. Expect a 16 times better experience, coming your way. #PowerOf16 pic.twitter.com/8pWLD8i8LgMEIZU India (@Meizu_India) March 1, 2019While Meizu is teasing the device in India, the device has already been leaked in China. Slashleaks latest collection of all the information with regards to the Meizu 16s seems legitimate, along with all the photos. The photos show a device looking familiar to the Meizu 16th with very slim forehead and chin. There are almost negligible bezels to the sides and Mezu is one of the few companies that highlight the bezels in a white shade. The smartphone seems to be running on Meizu’s proprietary custom OS.advertisement The Meizu 16s is also rumoured to be running on Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 855 chipset – the same SoC that underpowers the Galaxy S10 and Xiaomi’s Mi 9. The device is also expected to sport a 6.2-inch AMOLED display. The smartphone will also sport a 48-megapixel camera, although it isn’t known whether it will use a Sony sensor or a Samsung sensor.The Meizu 16s is expected to go up against the OnePlus 6T in India. With a Snapdragon 855 and a 48-megapixel camera, the Meizu 16s could be one of the first smartphones in India to bring the Snapdragon 855 chip. Meizu could bring it a price of Rs 40,000 for the Indian market.ALSO READ | Meizu 16th Quick Review: An Android flagship that puts style upfrontALSO READ | Meizu Zero is the world’s first holeless smartphone ALSO READ | Meizu 16th, M6T and C9 launched: Key specifications, Features, India price and all you need to knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MeizuFollow androidFollow Snapdragon 855Follow Qualcomm Meizu teases its OnePlus 6T killer for India, rumoured to sport Snapdragon 855 chipsetMeizu is teasing a new premium smartphone for the Indian market. Expected to be called the Meizu 16s, the phone could come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a 48-megapixel camera.advertisementlast_img read more