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Football Rumours on Thursday 16th February 2017

last updated Thursday 16th February 2017, 9:41 AM


  • Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is leaving Galatasaray in the summer to join Japanese J. League side Vissel Kobe.
    ( Sun )


  • Manchester United's all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, 31, will leave the club if he is stuck on the substitutes' bench, says former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • United had an £85m bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 27, turned down in the summer, says the German club's chief financial officer.
    ( Independent )


  • (ITV) Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to sign 35-year-old Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose contract is set to expire in the summer.
    ( Napoli Todayx )


  • Chelsea defender John Terry, 36, has rejected offers from three Major League Soccer clubs in the United States and wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will consider a move for 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, according to former Barcelona star Xavi.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • City are tracking 21-year-old Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, but face competition from Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
    ( Talksport )


  • West Ham will sell French left-back Arthur Masuaku, 23, in the summer - less than a year after he joined the Hammers on a four-year deal from Olympiakos.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says he would rather sign former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, 31, than Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, 29, and claims he would get a "discount" because Modric is a fellow Croatian.
    ( Daily Express)


  • Southampton remain confident of signing free agent Martin Caceres, 29, despite interest in the defender from Barcelona.
    ( Daily Echo)


  • Paris St-Germain director of football Patrick Kluivert has suggested the French champions may consider a move for Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 29, in the future.
    ( ESPN )


  • Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus remains "strong, focused, determined and blessed" despite his recent injury, according to the 19-year-old's brother.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • Inter Milan should pursue Brazil international Jesus, according to the club's former honorary president Massimo Moratti.
    ( Sky Sports Italia )


  • Inter will offer 17-year-old forward Andrea Pinamonti a new deal to ward off interest from Tottenham.
    (Talksport)




  • MANAGEMENT STUFF

  • Lee Clark left Rugby Park in a surprise move on Wednesday. The former Fulham midfielder had two years left on his deal in Ayrshire, but the club claimed his desire to move back to England prompted them to tear up their agreement.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 44, has ruled himself out of contention for any move to Barca, saying he is happy at White Hart Lane.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Barcelona want Everton boss Ronald Koeman, 53, to take over from Luis Enrique in the summer following the Spanish club's 4-0 Champions League drubbing against Paris St-Germain.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • However, other reports suggest Barca have earmarked Sevilla's former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli, 56, as a replacement for Enrique.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Owen Coyle's role as manager of Blackburn Rovers is under threat as they slipped to second from bottom of the Championship following Tuesday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Spurs will find out whether they can host crowds of up to 90,000 at Wembley for their home games next season on 23 March.
    ( London Evening Standard )


  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy hopes to raise £400m towards the club's new stadium through naming rights.
    (Times)


  • Swansea's American former coach Bob Bradley admits he "failed" to make any positive impact during his time at the Welsh club.
    ( Sun )


  • Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi appears to have written off almost £18m worth of loans after the Championship club announced an operating loss of £23.7m.
    ( Nottingham Post )


  • Football authorities have promised a series of new studies into the link between dementia and playing football after being accused yesterday of "negligence" for their past failure to carry out research.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes highly coveted Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, 20, is worth £100m.
    ( Daily Mirror )


  • Newcastle coach Simon Smith told goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 26, to take inspiration from Netherlands great Edwin van der Sar after his error in the 2-2 draw with Norwich.
    (Newcastle Chronicle)




  • OTHER STORIES

  • West Ham boss Slaven Bilic drove five-year-old fan Alf Hill to meet his hero Andy Carroll after the youngster had waited four-and-a-half hours outside the training ground without joy to meet the striker.
    ( whufc.com )


  • A study has revealed that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is the fastest footballer on the planet.
    ( Sun )


  • Spurs striker Harry Kane, 23, says he is driven by feelings of embarrassment whenever his team loses, and believes Tottenham can win at least one trophy this term.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • Bristol City fans have set up a petition calling for head coach Lee Johnson to be sacked.
    ( Bristol Post )


  • Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 36, will get the chance to play at Anfield again next month - in a legends game against Real Madrid.
    ( Liverpool Echo )


  • Former Napoli forward Diego Maradona, 56, gave his old club's players a team-talk ahead of their 3-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Jose Mourinho will lead Manchester United to at least one piece of major silverware this season, says former Red Devils midfielder Darren Fletcher, 33.
    ( Talksport )


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  • Thousands of tickets for Arsenal's home leg against Bayern Munich have become available after their 5-1 first leg defeat.
    (The Sun)




















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