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United and Spurs to battle for Colombia World Cup star

| 19.06.2014

Colombia winger James ‘Hamez’ Rodriguez will look to play himself into the shop window when his side takes on Ivory Coast in Group C later today.

The Monaco star recently revealed a desire to play in the Premier League and with Manchester United and Tottenham rumoured to be interested the 22-year-old will be looking to shine against Les Elephants.

Rodriguez, who shot to prominence with Porto, enjoyed a stellar first season in Ligue 1 following a £35m switch to the principality club but despite failing to beat PSG in the two-horse race for the title is said to be fed up of the lack of competition in the French top flight.

This has alerted new United boss Louis van Gaal and Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino and both managers are expected to run the rule over the Colombian, who got his World Cup campaign off to a flying start with the third goal in his side’s 3-0 win over Greece.

The prospect of securing a move to the Premier League will provide Rodriguez with an added incentive to perform against Didier Drogba and co. and Ladbrokes has plenty of betting options for those looking to profit from his endeavours.

Backing ‘Hamez’ to score the last goal of the game – a repeat of his trick against Greece – is available at 7/1 and the same price can be had for those expecting the midfield maestro to open the scoring.

A Rodriguez goal is all the more likely with Colombia missing star striker Radamel Falcao so the 9/4 on an anytime strike is certainly worth considering.

Bigger odds of 12/1 can be had by anyone expecting two goals or more from the Monaco man, while the hat-trick can be backed at a whopping 66/1.

As joint top scorer for his country so far though, many could be tempted by the 13/5 available on Rodriguez being top Colombia scorer before he nets again and the price disappears.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.