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Football Rumours on Friday 1st January 2021
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TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Arsenal and Greece centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 32, is close to an agreement over a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce.
    (Takvim)


  • Arsenal are keen to bring in Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco for the rest of the season but face a wait to see if the Spanish club will release the 28-year-old midway through the campaign.
    (Goal)


  • Tottenham fear France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 34, could join Paris St-Germain in the summer and are already looking at potential replacements with West Brom's Englishman Sam Johnstone, 27, and Manchester United's England international Dean Henderson, 23, possibilities.
    (Sun)


  • Manchester City are planning a shock £90m bid for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane next summer, according to reports.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Manchester United are still interested in Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, and are weighing up a bid for the England international in the summer.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, has made it clear to Liverpool that he wants to sign a new deal, but the two parties remain divided over terms. With his current contract set to expire in the summer, he is free to talk to other clubs from 1 January.
    (90 Min)


  • Meanwhile, Liverpool have been in talks with the agent of Sven Botman, who expects the Reds to make a January bid for Lille's 20-year-old Netherlands Under-20 defender.
    (The Transfer Window podcast)


  • Juventus and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira, 33 - out of contract at the end of the season - is to talk to Everton over a prospective move.
    (Daily Mail)


  • Manchester United have activated England midfielder Jesse Lingard's one-year option and the 28-year-old's contract now runs until the summer of 2022.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Wales winger Daniel James, 23, will leave Manchester United in January with West Brom favourites to sign him.
    (Todofichajes)


  • Spain defender Eric Garcia, 19, has reached an agreement with Barcelona to rejoin them on a five-year deal following the expiry of his contract with Manchester City in June, and the Catalan giants may try to complete a deal in January.
    (CBS Sports)


  • Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 24, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is wanted on a free transfer by Roma and Benfica.
    (Sun)


  • Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he wants to sign 30-year-old Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen, currently on loan at the Toffees on loan from Roma, on a permanent deal.
    (Liverpool Echo)


  • Chelsea have joined AC Milan and Nice in expressing interest in Strasbourg's French defender Mohamed Simakan, 20.
    (Le10 Sport)


  • West Brom want to sign Middlesbrough's former England Under-21 forward Duncan Watmore, 26.
    (Daily Mail)


  • QPR are ready to sell English midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel after failed attempts to tie him down to a new contract, and West Ham are monitoring the 23-year-old.
    (Teamtalk)


  • Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael has confirmed the Tykes are close to signing Norwich's English striker Carlton Morris, 25, who is currently on loan at Milton Keynes Dons.
    (Eastern Daily Press)


  • Celtic are vying with Genk to sign centre-back duo Ben Davies - the 25-year-old Preston defender -and Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie, 21.
    (Football Insider)



MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta understands West Brom counterpart Sam Allardyce's concerns about coronavirus but says the Premier League does not need a two-week "circuit breaker" - as Allardyce has suggested - despite a sharp rise in positive Covid-19 cases at clubs.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri plans to bring in a new manager "as soon as possible" but has not yet drawn up a shortlist and will press ahead to make signings himself if a new boss is not appointed.
    (Yorkshire Post)


  • Former Manchester United and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92 following a long illness.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Cardiff manager Neil Harris has been charged by the Football Association after being sent off against Wycombe on Tuesday.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri says hiring Tony Pulis was a "mistake" he will not make again when recruiting his successor.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his criticism of referee Lee Mason following Wolves' defeat to Burnley.
    (Sky Sports)



OTHER STUFF

  • Marine say they have lost around £100,000 in potential revenue after their FA Cup tie with Spurs was moved behind closed doors.
    (Sky Sports)
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