Paper Talk: Bench role annoys Man Utd star; trio eye Angers star

Date published: Monday 30th January 2017 8:00

Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United sooner than expected, Sunderland could splash the cash, while three Premier League sides are chasing Angers star Nicolas Pepe, according to today’s papers.


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Wayne Rooney could leave Manchester United before the end of the season, amid continued interest from clubs in China.

According to The Sun, Rooney has decided to “cut his ties” with the Red Devils after finally breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s record to become the club’s record goalscorer.

The England captain is no longer an automatic choice at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho and has been linked with a move in the summer.

However, the report suggests that the 31-year-old is frustrated with life on the bench and could even leave next month.

China’s transfer window does not close until February 28, meaning there is still plenty of time for a mega-money deal to be agreed.


PSG and Juventus target Adam Lallana is set to sign a new four-year deal at Liverpool worth £150,000-a-week (The Sun)

Jose Mourinho admits Ashley Young could leave Manchester United despite the Red Devils boss preferring to keep the midfielder (Daily Mail)

West Brom want to hijack Zenit St Petersburg’s move for Branislav Ivanovic, and are also in talks with the Russian clubs’ defender Nicolas Lombaerts (Daily Mirror/Daily Mail)

Steven Defour admits he could leave Burnley if he receives a big-money offer from China or another English club (Daily Telegraph)

Sunderland will make an £11million bid for Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa (The Sun)

The Baggies have also enquired about Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson with Chinese side Tianjin set to bid £30million for Salomon Rondon (Daily Mail)

West Brom, Watford and Hull are competing to sign £8million Angers winger Nicolas Pepe (The Sun)

Southampton are close to signing Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini and Nice goalkeeper Mouez Hassen (Various)

Swansea and Hull are interested in signing free agent Diego Poyet (The Sun)

Paul Clement wants Swansea to sign Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez on loan (Daily Mirror)

Leicester hope to sign £8million defender Kara Mbodji from Genk, but face competition from Crystal Palace (Daily Mail)

Liverpool’s Connor Randall, 21, is set to join Barnsley on loan with Wolves and Preston also interested in the right-back (The Sun)

Aston Villa are set to beat both Manchester clubs and Liverpool to the signing of 17-year-old Bury defender Jacob Bedeau (Daily Mirror)

West Ham will allow Ashley Fletcher to join Leeds on loan if they wrap up the signing of Brentford striker Scott Hogan (The Guardian/Daily Mail)

Slaven Bilic has blocked Jonathan Calleri’s move to Las Palmas and asked the striker to stay until the end of the season (Daily Mail)

Brentford will use the funds generated from Hogan’s sale to try sign Max Power from Wigan (Daily Mail)

Leeds, however, will miss out on Norwich midfielder Sergi Canos, with the Spaniard expected to return to parent club Brentford (Daily Mail)

Aston Villa are weighing up a final offer for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes and remain interested Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow (The Sun)

Arsenal prospect Stephy Mavididi, 18, is set to join Charlton on loan (The Sun)


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