Friday, December 30, 2016

#SoccerChat256 group updates - Transfer gossip

Friday BBC-sports transfer gossip column

Real Madrid are determined to tempt Chelsea's ex-Atletico Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, back to the Spanish capital at the end of the season. (Sun)

West Ham are targeting former striker Jermain Defoe, 34, as Sunderland manager David Moyes fights to keep his leading scorer. (Daily Mirror)

But Hammers manager Slaven Bilic says there is no truth in reports suggesting he will make a loan move for Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 19, in the January transfer window. (Press Association)

Tottenham could move for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco as the 24-year-old Spain international considers his future after failing to play regularly this season. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says Kasper Schmeichel will not be sold next month following reports linking the 30-year-old Denmark goalkeeper with a move to Liverpool in January. (Daily Star)

And the Foxes' Italian boss has indicated the £15m arrival of 20-year-old Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgium side Genk will be announced in the next few days. (Leicester Mercury)

Meanwhile, Leicester have also made a £8.5m bid for Sassuolo's 28-year-old centre-back Francesco Acerbi. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Italian side AC Milan will move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, once their Chinese takeover is complete. (Corriere dello Sport via Talksport)

Championship side Aston Villa want to sign 26-year-old Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes - but not for the £11m asking price. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola tried to sign Spanish defenders Lucas, 20, and Theo Hernandez, 19, in a double deal from Atletico Madrid, the Spanish club have claimed.
(Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United want to sign Atalanta's 20-year-old midfielder Franck Kessie, according to his agent. (Manchester Evening News)

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho has invited Livingston's 17-year-old midfielder Matthew Knox to the club for a third trial. (Daily Record)

Watford striker Jerome Sinclair, 20, is not close to leaving the Premier League club on loan, despite being linked with a number of Championship sides. (Watford Observer)

Stoke manager Mark Hughes is eyeing loan moves for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, 25, and Leipzig forward Davie Selke, 21, when the transfer window opens. (Stoke Sentinel)

Burnley are set to continue with their plans to re-sign 34-year-old midfielder Joey Barton, despite the move being thrown into doubt after he was given a Football Association misconduct charge for betting offences. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Middlesbrough's £6m move for Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede, 28, could be completed early next week. (Middlesbrough Evening Gazette)

Sunderland have not been approached by any of their Premier League rivals for keeper Jordan Pickford, 22, or 27-year-old defender Lamine Kone, says manager David Moyes. (Sunderland Echo)

Black Cats striker Fabio Borini, 25, will not be moving back to Italy despite interest from AC Milan and Roma, says his agent Roberto De Fanti.

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 31, says he did not appreciate Arsene Wenger blocking a move to Manchester United last January, saying he hopes to leave the Gunners when the transfer window reopens. (L'Equipe - in French)

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Premier League footballers might earn a princely pay packet - but it doesn't mean they should not be rewarded for random acts of kindness. And Hull City defender Alex Bruce is going to treat himself to a festive drink after being tracked down by the man who he helped deal with his conked-out car.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has not had much cheer in an injury-hit 2016. So the England left-back says winning the Community Shield against Leicester in his first game in 11 months was particularly sweet.

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