Football Rumours on Wednesday 31st December 2014

last updated Wednesday 31st December 2014, 10:15 AM


TRANSFER RUMOURS

  • Manchester City have made enquiries about signing striker Wilfried Bony, 26, from Swansea in January for £30m.
    ( Daily Telegraph )


  • City will face competition for Bony's signature from Chelsea, who are also interested in the Ivory Coast international.
    (Times)


  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified central midfield as the area he will look to strengthen when the January transfer window opens.
    ( Guardian )


  • The Gunners are submitting a £25.5m bid for 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.
    ( Daily Star )


  • AC Milan have told clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool that striker Stephan El Shaarawy, 22, will cost £11.5m if they want to sign him in January.
    ( Daily Express )


  • Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Villarreal's 21-year-old Argentine striker Luciano Vietto, who has been dubbed the "new Sergio Aguero".
    ( Daily Express )


  • Everton are weighing up a short-term move for Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, 33, because of an injury to Tim Howard, 35, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Promising Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, will snub Europe's top clubs and sign for Southampton.
    ( Daily Star )


  • Serbian defender Matija Nastasic is on the brink of leaving Manchester City after Schalke confirmed they were in talks with the 21-year-old over an an initial loan deal.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • Newcastle will snub a £9m bid which Arsenal are believed to be lining up for the club's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 25.
    ( Independent )


  • Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City have made enquiries for St Etienne defensive midfielder Rayan Souici, 17.
    (Daily Mail)




  • OTHER GOSSIP

  • Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is on the brink of being appointed as the new West Brom head coach, following the sacking of Alan Irvine.
    ( Independent )


  • Tony Pulis would be willing to work alongside a director of football at West Brom as long as guarantees of complete control of the club were included in his contract.
    ( Guardian )


  • Pulis has also rejected the chance to replace Alan Pardew as manager at Newcastle because of fears that owner Mike Ashley would pick the team.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Ashley is considering giving caretaker boss John Carver the Magpies manager's job on a permanent basis.
    ( Daily Express )


  • Neil Warnock says he is not bitter about his departure from Crystal Palace and thinks Pardew would be the ideal choice to succeed him as manager at Selhurst Park.
    ( Talksport )


  • Pardew returned to Newcastle's training ground to say goodbye to players and staff before his appointment at Palace.
    ( Newcastle Chronicle )


  • Pardew is anxious to get started at Palace and wants to take charge of the club's game against Aston Villa on New Year's Day.
    ( Daily Mail )


  • Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the club are hopeful of naming Sami Hyypia's successor as manager in the next few days.
    ( Sky Sports )


  • Manchester City midfielder David Silva, 28, says playing the Premier League's bottom sides can be harder than facing title rivals .
    ( Manchester Evening News )




  • AND FINALLY

  • Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has compared his development from skinny youngster to impregnable stopper at United to that of comic book character Captain America's physical transformation.
    ( Manchester Evening News )


  • Some Chelsea fans put their club allegiance first by refusing to give a Christmas kiss to a model wearing a Tottenham shirt during a social experiment.
    (Metro)






















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