Paper Talk: Chelsea plot Payet swoop; Man Utd star’s huge pay hike

Date published: Friday 13th January 2017 1:20

Dimitri Payet: Comes to West Ham's aid

Another Manchester United midfielder is set to sign a new contract, while West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet could join London rivals – according to Friday’s papers.


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Chelsea have been linked with a shock move for West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet, according to The Sun.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic revealed on Thursday that the Frenchman is refusing to play for the club again after they rejected a £20million offer which would have seen him move back to his former club Marseille.

The 29-year-old has also been linked with Manchester United and PSG in the past, but it is league leaders Chelsea that have emerged as new contenders for the French international.

Payet is apparently Antonio Conte’s ‘Plan B’ option after he failed in his attempts to land Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The report mentions also Chelsea are keen to reinvest the £60million they received for Oscar’s transfer to China and does not want their strong title chances to be undermined by being frugal.

Bilic has already stated that West Ham will not cave in to Payet’s demands to leave, but it remains to be seen just how long they can stand firm on what has fast become an ugly situation for the Hammers.


Jesse Lingard: Set for big boost in wages

Manchester United have offered England international winger Jesse Lingard a new contract worth £95,000-a-week, according to The Sun.

Talks between the two parties came to a halt in December, but it is now believed that Lingard is ready to put pen to paper on a four-year deal which has the option of a further 12 months.

The news comes after the Red Devils triggered the extension clause in Marouane Fellani’s United deal and sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton as Jose Mourinho uses January to fine-tune his squad for the remainder of the season.

Lingard had established himself at United when making 33 starts under Louis van Gaal last season and has become one of Mourinho’s firm favourites since the start of the campaign.

Club officials were only prepared to double Lingard’s £30,000-a-week, but an agreement has now been reached.


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Manchester United will launch a £145m double swoop for Atletico Madrid stars Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann in the summer (The Sun)

Lyon are the only club trying to sign Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, 22, on a permanent deal but have offered substantially less than the £15m asking price (Various)

Burnley have made an offer worth up to £13m for Norwich winger Robbie Brady, 24. The Republic of Ireland international is also wanted by Crystal Palace and Sunderland (Daily Mirror)

Premier League champions Leicester are ready to sell winger Jeffrey Schlupp, 24, to Crystal Palace in a £12m deal (Daily Mirror)

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Swansea boss Paul Clement hopes to sign Norwich full-back Martin Olsson, 28 (Eastern Daily Press)

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan has said he could be interested in being part of a consortium to buy Coventry City (Coventry Telegraph)

Everton are considering a January move for Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst, 17, who is the son of Owls legend David (Liverpool Echo)

Championship side Leeds have rejected offers of £7m for full-back Charlie Taylor, 23, from Premier League sides West Brom, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace (Guardian)

Palace boss Sam Allardyce has made an initial £6m bid for Sunderland full-back Patrick van Aanholt, 26, who is rated at £10m by the Black Cats (Daily Mail)

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