Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 26, 2016


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Tottenham are considering a move for Manchester City and France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.(ESPN)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, will take a pay cut in the hope of tempting Liverpool to bid for him. (Sun)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has told manager Alan Pardew he wants the leave the club, amid Tottenham’s interest in the 23-year-old.(Daily Mail)


Bookmakers are convinced Zaha will become Spurs’ third summer signing.(Daily Star)

West Ham have agreed a £24m fee with Juventus for Simone Zaza and the 25-year-old Italy forward is currently in talks with the Premier League club. (Guardian)

Manchester United have been told it will cost them at least £25m if they want to sign 22-year-old Monaco defender Fabinho. (L’Equipe, via Talksport)

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Friday’s Daily Star backpage

Southampton defender Jose Fonte, 32, is set to stay at the club after holding one-on-one talks about his future with chairman Ralph Krueger.(Metro)

Premier League champions Leicester City are weighing up a club record £25m bid for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 27. (Daily Telegraph)

Hull City’s caretaker boss Mike Phelan, who was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, says striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the Scot’s radar while he was in charge at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli are relying on Everton to bid for their striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 24, so they can move for Serie A rivals Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic, 28. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Valencia are considering a move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 26. (Deporte Valenciano – in Spanish)

Striker Gabriel Barbosa, 19, a target for Manchester United, is “mulling over” several offers, but could be heading to Juventus or Inter Milan. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Watford have agreed an £8.5m deal to sign Gent’s Sven Kums, 28, with the midfielder set to move to the Hornets’ Italian sister club Udinese on loan for the rest of the season. (Het Laatste Nieuws – in Dutch, subscription required)

West Brom will improve their offer for Jay Rodriguez, 27, as they look to beat Hull City to the loan signing of the Southampton forward. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle United are in talks to sign Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar, 24. The Morocco international has also attracted interest from West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace this summer. (Evening Chronicle)

Derby County want to sign Watford forward Matej Vydra, 24. (Derby Telegraph)

Aston Villa centre-back Joleon Lescott, 34, is the subject of interest from Greek clubs Olympiakos and AEK Athens. (Sport24 – in Greek)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing attacking midfielder Lucas Lima, 26, from Brazilian club Santos. (UOL Esporte – in Portuguese)

Jose Mourinho has hired Brazilian former Arsenal scout Sandro Orlandelli for Manchester United. (Lance, via Metro)

United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 23, is wanted by Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City. (Daily Mail)

Brighton & Hove Albion remain keen on signing Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy, 24, before the transfer window closes. (Lancashire Telegraph)

There was plenty of reaction to the English sides’ Champions League group stage draws:

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Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater
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Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany
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Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal

Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc took his bike for a spin, tweeting:“#Bournemouth #bike #boruc @Southbourne Cliffs” with this scenic snap:

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Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse was delighted with his England Under-21 call up:

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Goalkeeper Tim Krul had a message for parent club Newcastle after joining Ajax on loan for the season:

Tim Krul

Former Argentina great Diego Maradona has suggested current star Lionel Messi “staged” his international retirement to avoid criticism. (TyC Sports, via ESPN)