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English eyes on Osasuna ace

A host of Premier League clubs are set to watch Osasuna ace Raoul Loe in action against the stars of Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old has been in outstanding form for Osasuna this season and his performances have not gone unnoticed among clubs across Europe.

The 6ft 4in defensive midfielder, who has been likened to Patrick Vieira, has all the attributes to make him ideally suited for the physical nature of the Premier League.

Scouts from a number of clubs are expected to be in attendance to watch Loe in action against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey, a game which is live on Sky Sports.

Osasuna are bracing themselves for offers for Loe and they have given agent Willie McKay the exclusive mandate to act on their behalf for the player in the UK.

"I have been given the exclusive mandate from Osasuna to work on a deal for Raoul Loe in the UK," McKay told Sky Sports.

"Loe has been in top form this season and a number of clubs from the Premier League have been over to watch him in action and I know a lot of teams are expected to watch him against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

"He would be perfectly suited to play in England as he is a big, strong athletic midfielder and would be a success in the Premier League."

Osasuna sporting director, Petar Vasiljevic, confirmed that they had fielded several enquires from English clubs for Loe.

"We have had many enquiries from England for Loe and I am not surprised as he is a very, very good player," Vasiljevic told Sky Sports.

"He is probably more suited to English football than Spanish football as he is a big, strong player."