Chelsea could move for Emmanuel Adebayor or Robin van Persie in January, while Newcastle are confident of signing Tottenham’s Andros Townsend.
CHELSEA COULD CONSIDER ADEBAYOR OR VAN PERSIE
Chelsea will spend the next few weeks considering their options in the winter transfer window before determining whether to target a striker amid growing concerns over Diego Costa, according to The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail.
Despite claims to the contrary, the striker’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is showing signs of fracture, while neither Radamel Falcao nor Loic Remy are deemed viable options for the centre-forward’s role on a regular basis.
Chelsea would be loth to enter the transfer market in January, it is said, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Gonzalo Higuain unlikely to be available. The recruitment department are looking at long-term options instead and have apparently asked to be kept abreast of Saido Berahino’s potential availability at West Brom, but Mourinho could push for a short-term fix.
Emmanuel Adebayor’s availability as a free agent makes him an option, while Robin van Persie could be made available on loan after failing to settle at Fenerbahce.
CAHILL FUTURE AT CHELSEA IN DOUBT
Sticking with Chelsea, Gary Cahill’s future is at Stamford Bridge is in doubt, according to The Times, with the club willing to give him only a one-year contract extension after his 30th birthday next month.
Cahill has been talking to the club about a new contract since the early part of last season and does not turn 30 until December 19, however, the newspaper says Chelsea are still planning to enforce their policy of only offering one-year extensions to players in their 30s when it comes to Cahill.
Cahill will definitely stay at the club until the end of the season but may then look for a longer contract elsewhere, it is claimed, with the emergence of Kurt Zouma see him lose his place as a guaranteed starter.
NEWCASTLE CONFIDENT OF TOWNSEND DEAL
Newcastle are confident of completing a January deal for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, claims the Daily Mail.
There is an acceptance at St James’ Park that they need to spend in the new year to remain in the Premier League, it is said, and Townsend is at the top of their list of targets.
The 24-year-old is likely to join on a loan with a view to a permanent transfer, but Newcastle believe a deal can be tied up within days of the transfer window opening.
Steve McClaren has also apparently suggested Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey as a target, but that transfer will be more difficult to pull off.
AND THE REST
Manchester City have rejected a £10million transfer move from Juventus for Samir Nasri (Daily Mirror)
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is considering a move for £14million Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani (Daily Mirror)
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic wants a reunion with Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore and could swoop in January (Daily Mirror/The Sun)
Ivory Coast hotshot Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac is keen on a move to the Premier League, with West Ham and Crystal Palace eyeing the Oostende star (Daily Star)
West Brom and Leicester City are keeping tabs on Burnley right-back Tendayi Dariwka, 23 (Daily Mirror)
Angry exchanges have taken place between players and staff at Newcastle United’s training ground this week while Steve McClaren is furious with the attitude of some of his senior players (Daily Telegraph)
Jack Grealish could face an extended exile from Aston Villa’s first-team squad and is likely to be left out of the side to face Watford in the Premier League on Saturday (various)