Another Manchester United midfielder is set to sign a new contract, while West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet could join London rivals – according to Friday’s papers.
New Deal For United Winger
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Manchester United have offered England international winger Jesse Lingard a new contract worth £95,000-a-week, according to The Sun.
Talks between the two parties came to a halt in December, but it is now believed that Lingard is ready to put pen to paper on a four-year deal which has the option of a further 12 months.
The news comes after the Red Devils triggered the extension clause in Marouane Fellani’s United deal and sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton as Jose Mourinho uses January to fine-tune his squad for the remainder of the season.
Lingard had established himself at United when making 33 starts under Louis van Gaal last season and has become one of Mourinho’s firm favourites since the start of the campaign.
Club officials were only prepared to double Lingard’s £30,000-a-week, but an agreement has now been reached.
Blues In Demand For Wantaway Hammer
Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet, according to The Sun.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic revealed on Thursday that the Frenchman is refusing to play for the club again after they rejected a £20million offer which would have seen him move back to his former club Marseille.
The 29-year-old has also been linked with Manchester United and PSG in the past, but it is league leaders Chelsea that have emerged as new contenders for the French international.
Payet is apparently Antonio Conte’s ‘Plan B’ option after he failed in his attempts to land Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.
The report mentions also Chelsea are keen to reinvest the £60million they received for Oscar’s transfer to China and does not want their strong title chances to be undermined by being frugal.
Bilic has already stated that West Ham will not cave in to Payet’s demands to leave, but it remains to be seen just how long they can stand firm on what has fast become an ugly situation for the Hammers.
Evra Could Be ‘Big Sam’s’ First Big Buy
Juventus defender Patrice Evra is set to become Sam Allardyce’s first signing at Crystal Palace, with Sky Sports reporting the five-time Premier League winner has approved a move back to England.
Evra, 35, has been linked with Valencia and a return to Manchester United after losing his place at Italian champions Juve. But Palace are now favourites to complete a deal for the France international, who also won the Champions League during a successful eight-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.
Allardyce, who has failed to win any of his first four games in charge of the Eagles, told a news conference on Thursday that defensive reinforcements were his priority in the January transfer window.
Bayern May Beat Chelsea To Sule
Unless the team in question is Barcelona or Real Madrid, there are always bigger fish in the footballing pond, and Chelsea may be about to find that out the hard way.
Bild reckons the Premier League leaders attempts to sign Niklas Sule will end in frustration with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich set to step in and snap him up.
It is reported the 21-year-old, who has only missed one game for Hoffenheim during their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season, has agreed a five-year contract and would move for £17.5 million.
Having missed out on several defensive targets already since arriving at Chelsea in the summer, it looks like Antonio Conte will have to head back to the drawing board again.
￼Jack Wishere’s Arsenal future remains very much up in the air as he plays out the season on loan at Bournemouth.
Wilshere Left In Arsenal Wilderness
Arsenal announced they had extended the contracts of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin on Thursday, but Jack Wilshere is yet to hear anything from the club regarding his future despite being in the same position, according to the Daily Star.
Wilshere is currently on loan at Bournemouth where he has already started more games for the Cherries in half a season than he has in the previous two campaigns combined for Gunners.
The 25-year-old has 18 months to run on his current Arsenal deal, the same as French trio Giroud, Koscielny and Coquelin, but could look for a permanent move at the end of the season with AC Milan, Manchester City and Everton among the clubs tipped to show interest.
Manchester United will launch a £145m double swoop for Atletico Madrid stars Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann in the summer (The Sun)
Lyon are the only club trying to sign Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22, on a permanent deal but have offered substantially less than the £15m asking price (Various)
Burnley have made an offer worth up to £13m for Norwich winger Robbie Brady, 24. The Republic of Ireland international is also wanted by Crystal Palace and Sunderland (Daily Mirror)
Premier League champions Leicester are ready to sell winger Jeffrey Schlupp, 24, to Crystal Palace in a £12m deal (Daily Mirror)
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Swansea boss Paul Clement hopes to sign Norwich full-back Martin Olsson, 28 (Eastern Daily Press)
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has said he could be interested in being part of a consortium to buy Coventry City (Coventry Telegraph)
Everton are considering a January move for Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst, 17, who is the son of Owls legend David (Liverpool Echo)
Championship side Leeds have rejected offers of £7m for full-back Charlie Taylor, 23, from Premier League sides West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace (Guardian)
Palace boss Sam Allardyce has made an initial £6m bid for Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt, 26, who is rated at £10m by the Black Cats (Daily Mail)
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