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Football Rumours on Wednesday 22nd March 2017

last updated Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 9:32 AM

  • Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 22, says reports of interest from Barcelona are "flattering", but his loyalty lies with the Gunners.
    ( Mundo Deportivo )

  • Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 31, is likely to return to his boyhood club Everton this summer, and may even be allowed to move on a free transfer.
    ( Independent )

  • West Ham are also interested in signing the England and Red Devils captain.
    ( Sky Sports )

  • Turkish club Fenerbahce are interested in signing Arsenal's 28-year-old attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil.
    ( Daily Telegraph )

  • West Ham are hopeful of re-signing Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, on a free transfer this summer.
    ( Sun )

  • Chelsea have made a £32m offer for Monaco's 22-year-old midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is also a target for Manchester United.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • But Blues striker Diego Costa, 28, has told Spanish radio that he is refusing to rule out a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
    ( Daily Express)

  • Barcelona have an option to buy back 23-year-old Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, currently on loan at AC Milan, for £10m.
    ( Sport )

  • Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, dismissed talk of a potential move to Real Madrid, explaining: "I see myself as a key player at Stamford Bridge."
    ( Cadena Ser )

  • Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, 24, is fighting to save his Anfield career during a week-long warm weather training break in Tenerife, with manager Jurgen Klopp eyeing up other left-backs including Schalke's Sead Kolasinac, 23.
    ( Daily Mirror )

  • Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea's 26-year-old left-back Marcos Alonso, but the Blues are not willing to sell.
    ( Marca )

  • Manchester City are competing with Madrid to sign Espanyol's 19-year-old left-back Aaron Martin.
    ( Sun )

  • Atletico Madrid are confident that their transfer ban will be lifted in May, and have agreed a deal in principle to sign Lyon's 25-year-old forward Alexandre Lacazette.
    ( Cope )

  • Goalkeeper Jack Butland, 24, said "my only focus is playing for Stoke" when asked about reports linking him with a move to Arsenal.
    ( Stoke Sentinel )

  • Former Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, 32, and ex-Villa striker Luke Moore, 31, are training with Norwegian club Lillestrom.
    (Verdens Gang)


  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger dismissed reports of a contract offer from Paris St-Germain as "fake news".
    ( BeInSports )

  • Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel says he is not interested in taking over at Arsenal.
    ( Daily Express)

  • Former Middlesbrough midfielder Paul Ince, out of management since 2014, is a contender to become Boro's new boss.
    ( Daily Star )

  • Southampton are the subject of a £190m bid from Chinese group Lander Sports Development.


  • Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 21, is on the verge of breaking into Gareth Southgate's England team, despite having only started two league games.
    ( Evening Standard )

  • Gareth Southgate has suggested Wayne Rooney needs to be playing more regularly for Manchester United if he is to keep his place with England.
    ( Sky Sports )

  • Gareth Southgate insists Jamie Vardy is in the right frame of mind after revealing his death-threat hell.
    ( Sun )

  • Andy Carroll is facing a bleak international future following his latest England snub due to lingering doubts over his body.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • West Brom winger James McClean, 27, will pay his respects to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who was found dead at his home on Sunday, by wearing the number five jersey for the Republic of Ireland against Wales on Friday.
    ( Irish Independent )

  • Scott Sinclair has vowed never to quit Celtic in a bid to realise his dream of playing for England.
    (Daily Record)


  • Former England manager Roy Hodgson says he turned down an offer to take part in Strictly Come Dancing.
    ( Big Issue )

  • Sunderland hope to have striker Victor Anichebe, 28, and midfielder Lee Cattermole, 29, fit for their match with Watford after the international break.
    ( Sunderland Echo )

  • Midfielder Yaya Toure has backed manager Pep Guardiola to build "a perfect team" at Manchester City.
    ( Daily Star )

  • Professional footballers are to be encouraged into a second career in refereeing by an initiative to be set up by the Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association.

  • Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is not "world class", according to ex-Arsenal and Germany keeper Jens Lehmann. Hart, 29, is currently on loan at Torino.
    ( Sun )

  • The injury suffered by Manchester United defender Phil Jones in England training could rule the 25-year-old out of several games in April.
    ( Times )

  • A court has heard that a Charlton fan allegedly tried to punch the eagle that rivals Crystal Palace release to fly around their Selhurst Park stadium before matches.
    ( Croydon Advertiser )

  • Winnng the toss as a visiting team and making your hosts change ends is statistically advantageous in the Premier League this season.
    (Daily Telegraph)

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