Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is flattered to be linked with
moves to Manchester United and Tottenham.
Reports have claimed United and Tottenham are keeping tabs on
Mangala as they look to bolster their defensive options next
Italian giants AC Milan are also thought to be confirmed
admirers of Mangala as Porto brace themselves for moves for the
The 22-year-old has impressed for Porto this season in the UEFA
Champions League and he is regarded as one of the best young
defensive talents in Europe.
Mangala insists he is happy at Porto, but admits he would be
interested in a move to the Premier League.
“I have a contract here till June 2016, however all players want
to play one day in the top league in Europe,” Mangala told Sky
Sports. “I am no different to that.
“To be linked with clubs of the stature of Tottenham or
Manchester United is the best feeling.
“I want to finish the season strongly and see at the end of the
season if the reports are true.”
Cheltenham defender Michael Hector is set to start after his
loan spell from Reading was extended for a second month.
The 20-year-old has made seven starts for the club but could
have a different centre-back partner against the Dons if veteran
Steve Elliott fails a late fitness test on a knock picked up in
Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Fleetwood.
If Elliott does not make it then Manchester United loanee Luke
McCullough is likely to step into the side.
Full-back Sido Jombati is set for a recall as Cheltenham look to
close the four-point gap between themselves and the automatic
promotion places in npower League Two.
Young defender Harry Hooman is Mark Yates’ only long-term
absentee with a foot injury.
AFC Wimbledon will check on Jonathan Meades ahead of the
The on-loan Bournemouth defender failed a late fitness test on
an ankle injury ahead of Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against
With fellow full-backs Curtis Osano (calf) and Jim Fenlon (back)
still missing, centre-half Mat Mitchel-King will deputise at
right-back again if Meades is ruled out.
Midfielder Harry Pell suffered a gluteal injury in the pre-match
warm-up against Argyle but managed to play the full 90 minutes and
scored the Dons’ goal, so he should be fine to continue.
On-loan Cardiff forward Jesse Darko is pushing for a full debut
after coming on as a half-time sub.
Rashid Yussuff is a doubt through illness, fellow midfielder
Peter Sweeney has a toe injury and defender Will Antwi a hip