Football Gossip & Transfer News For August 24, 2016


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to wait until deadline day to sign Southampton defender Jose Fonte, 32, although Saints are unwilling to let him leave. (Manchester Evening News)

Defender Phil Jones, 24, is keen to stay at United, despite interest from Stoke City and Arsenal. (Guardian)

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 29, is furious at his treatment by Manchester City, and faces a race to find a new club before the transfer window closes.(Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, Everton are cooling their interest in signing England international Hart. (Daily Express)

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, has been fully exonerated over his drugs ban after the World Anti-Doping Agency opted against appealing Uefa’s decision to absolve him. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham may offer midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, 21, in return in their attempt to sign 27-year-old Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette, the 25-year-old Lyon forward, will remain with the French club, while winger and team-mate Rachid Ghezzal, 24, has turned down a move to Everton. (RMC – in French)

The Gunners may also be unsuccessful in their bid to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, 24, with coach Pako Ayestaran confident of keeping the Germany international. (The Independent)

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Lamine Kone, 27, has been told he will not be allowed to leave Sunderland for Everton as Black Cats boss David Moyes struggles to find defensive replacements. (Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has confirmed goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 34, will miss the next two games with a hamstring injury. (The Sun)

Napoli have offered Chelsea target Kalidou Koulibaly, 25, a new contract with a 70m euro (£60m) release clause for clubs outside Italy. (La Gazzetta dello Sport – in Italian)

But Napoli are ready to take 25-year-old Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan as they look to replace Koulibaly, should he leave before the transfer deadline. (The Times)

Southampton manager Claude Puel is targeting Lyon forward Rachid Ghezzal, 24, after the Algeria international rejected a move to Everton because he wants to play European football. (Daily Star)

Watford are close to signing Newcastle United right-back Daryl Janmaat, 27, although West Ham are also interested in the Netherlands international.(Newcastle Chronicle)

Chelsea have had a £30m bid for 21-year-old AC Milan centre-back Alessio Romagnoli turned down. (Sky Italia)

Hull have opened talks with Tottenham over signing 25-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason. Spurs striker Clinton N’Jie, 23, is also set to join Marseille on a season-long loan as part of a deal for Tottenham to sign 21-year-old winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. (Sky Sports)

Hull caretaker manager Mike Phelan wants to make Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, 28, his first signing. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom are chasing 22-year-old Leeds United full-back Charlie Taylor.(Daily Star)

Everton and Hull City are chasing Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, 29, although Napoli and Sevilla also want to sign the Italian. (Le Parisien)

West Brom are close to signing Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 27, on loan. (TalkSport)

Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul, 28, is set to sign a new contract before joining Ajax on a season-long loan. (ESPN)

Wales’ free agent Hal Robson-Kanu, 27, will wait until transfer deadline day to decide his next career move after interest from England, Spain, Italy and China.(South Wales Evening Post)

Sunderland have submitted a £3m bid for Barnsley centre-back Alfie Mawson, 22, with Newcastle and Leeds also interested in the ex-Brentford man. (Sheffield Star)

Gareth Bale has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, keeping the 27-year-old at the club until 2021. (Marca)

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to sign 28-year-old former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who is a free agent after being released by Wolfsburg. (ESPN)

Newcastle have offered Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot, 30, a new long-term contract as he recovers from injury. (The Times)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey turned heads when he debuted his new haircut on Twitter.

Aaron Ramsey

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera shared this photo from inside the changing room.

Ander Herrera

Chelsea midfielder Willian posted a video of his hydrotherapy workoutas he recovers from a calf injury after missing Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win at Watford.

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti is keeping it in the family – by appointing 27-year-old son Davide as assistant coach. (Daily Mirror)