Thursday, 26th January, 2012
Manchester United and Liverpool are tracking FC Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore and the Danish outfit have admitted that they will not stand in the 19-year-old’s way if a big club make an offer for his services.
Okore has been praised for his calm head in defence, while his ability to carefully judge tackles belies his tender years.
The stopper, who was born in the Ivory Coast but moved to Denmark at a young age, is highly rated by Nordsjaelland, who tied him to a new four-year contract in September last year.
Word of Okore’s talents has already spread beyond Denmark, and now English Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool are believed to be having the defender watched on a regular basis.
Nordsjaelland sporting director Jan Laursen is well aware of interest in Okore, but is calm over the prospect of his eventual sale.
"There is interest in several of our players and, not surprisingly, Jores is one of those players", Laursen told Tipsbladet.
"There are very big clubs amongst those who have watched him.
"In principle we always listen to offers because we are a club that helps players to develop."
Okore has won two caps for Denmark and made his debut for the national team in November.