Rumour Mill: United and Liverpool eye Morata; Bender link

Date published: Wednesday 20th January 2016 12:21

Alvaro Morata, Juventus pinky

Manchester United and Liverpool have joined the race for Alvaro Morata, Liverpool have been given encouragement to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Arsenal are eyeing Lars Bender, according to Wednesday’s rumours.

Arsenal

– Manchester United and Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Alvaro Morata, despite Juventus director of football Giuseppe Marotta insisting they have “not considered” selling the striker (Independent)

– Arsenal retain an interest in Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou, but face competition from Gary Neville’s Valencia (SuperDeporte)

– Bundesliga duo Granit Xhaka and Lars Bender are on Arsenal’s wishlist as they consider options to solve their midfield injury crisis (Telegraph)

– Arsene Wenger has asked Paris Saint-Germain to keep him informed about the availability of 20-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot (London Evening Standard)

Aston Villa

– Aston Villa appear to have reached an agreement to sign Hadjuk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic (The Times)

Bournemouth are attempting to hijack Villa’s £5million deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane (Daily Mail)

– Villa forgotten man Jose Angel Crespo is expected to complete a move to Rayo Vallecano this week (Marca)

Bournemouth

– Southampton and Bournemouth are in a £1.75million chase for Sheffield United’s Che Adams (Daily Mirror)

– Bournemouth want Lewis Cook from Leeds United in a £7million deal (The Sun)

– Bournemouth are attempting to hijack Villa’s £5million deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane (Daily Mail)

– Striker Yann Kermorgant is set to leave Bournemouth and join Reading in a £500,000 deal (London Press)

Chelsea

Odion Ighalo: Caught Chelsea's eye

– Watford striker Odion Ighalo is being monitored by Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

– Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will sign a new one-year contract extension this week (Daily Mail)

– Chelsea have been watching Aymen Abdennour after renewing their interest in the Valencia centre-back (The Times)

– Chelsea are being made to sweat over the £30million signing of Alex Teixeira, with Shakhtar Donetsk refusing to sell this month (Daily Star)

– Monaco are looking again at the possibility of ending Radamel Falcao’s loan at Chelsea this month (Daily Telegraph)

Papy Djilobodji, who has played just one minute of football for Chelsea since joining last summer, is a loan target for Bundesliga side Werber Bremen (The Guardian)

– Jorge Sampaoli is the new favourite to be appointed Chelsea boss after he quit his job as Chile manager (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard says he is expecting to see as many as five big-money arrivals at Stamford Bridge before next season (London Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace

– West Brom and Crystal Palace are battling it out to sign SIFK Norrkoping and Sweden striker Emir Kujovic (The Sun)

Palace have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Emmanuel Adebayor after Watford cooled their interest in the striker (London Evening Standard)

– Swansea and Crystal Palace are attempting to reach an agreement for a swap deal which would see strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Dwight Gayle move in opposite directions (The Sun)

Everton

– Everton and Stoke City are considering a move for Shane Long, who has turned down a move to Bournemouth (The Times)

– Everton are ready to slap an incredible £65million price tag on Romelu Lukaku in a bid to keep him at Goodison Park (The Sun)

– Swansea winger Jefferson Montero is an Everton target, but are unlikely to match any offer made my Watford (The Sun)

Liverpool

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen: Liverpool links dismissed by Klopp

– Man City and Liverpool target Leroy Sane may be allowed to leave Schalke this summer, the Bundesliga club have confirmed (Bild)

– West Ham will attempt to take advantage of Daniel Sturridge’s injury woes by tempting Liverpool with an £18million offer for the striker (Brentwood Gazette)

– Liverpool have been given encouragement by Barcelona in the pursuit of £23million goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Fichajes)

Manchester City

– Wilfried Bony has poured cold water on the speculation he may return to former club Swansea this month, insisting he is happy at Man City (BBC)

– Man City and Liverpool target Leroy Sane may be allowed to leave Schalke this summer, the Bundesliga club have confirmed (Bild)

Manchester United

– Louis van Gaal is considering quitting as Manchester United manager in the summer (Daily Mirror)

– Everton are ready to slap an incredible £65million price tag on Romelu Lukaku in a bid to keep him at Goodison Park (The Sun)

– Goalkeeper David de Gea has reportedly told Man Utd chiefs he wants to stay at the club despite continued from Real Madrid (Independent)

Newcastle United

– Cheick Tiote’s £8million move to China is in danger of collapse due to the Ivorian’s wage demands (Evening Chronicle)

– Newcastle United are on the trail of Middlesbrough wonderkid winger Harry Chapman (The Sun)

– Tony Pulis insists he wants to keep Saido Berahino at West Brom amid reported fresh interest from Newcastle (Various)

Southampton

– Southampton and Bournemouth are in a £1.75million chase for Sheffield United’s Che Adams (Daily Mirror)

– Everton and Stoke City are considering a move for Shane Long, who has turned down a move to Bournemouth (The Times)

Stoke City

– Everton and Stoke City are considering a move for Shane Long, who has turned down a move to Bournemouth (The Times)

Sunderland

– Striker Danny Graham is set to join Blackburn on loan until his contract runs out in the summer, signalling the end of his career on Wearside (Daily Mirror/The Sun)

Swansea

– Winger Jefferson Montero is an Everton target, but are unlikely to match any offer made my Watford (The Sun)

– Wilfried Bony has poured cold water on the speculation he may return to former club Swansea this month, insisting he is happy at Man City (BBC)

– Swansea and Crystal Palace are attempting to reach an agreement for a swap deal which would see strikers Bafetimbi Gomis and Dwight Gayle move in opposite directions (The Sun)

– Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been offered a three-year contract by Qatari club Lekhwiya (The Times)

Tottenham

– Tottenham are expected to make an improved bid for Coventry City midfielder James Maddison this month (The Times/Independent)

Watford

– Watford striker Odion Ighalo is being monitored by Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

– Winger Jefferson Montero is an Everton target, but are unlikely to match any offer made my Watford (The Sun)

Palace have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Emmanuel Adebayor after Watford cooled their interest in the striker (London Evening Standard)

West Brom

Tony Pulis insists he wants to keep Saido Berahino at West Brom amid reported fresh interest from Newcastle (Various)

West Ham

– Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike is expected to arrive on loan from Fernerbahce to ease West Ham’s striker injury crisis (The Telegraph)

– West Ham hope to sign Reading centre-back Jake Cooper and have also been offered Al-Ahli striker Moussa Sow as a short-term option, with the club hopeful of selling Nikica Jelavis and Mauro Zarate to free up wages (The Times)

– Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is pondering loan moves for Demba Ba and Alexandre Pato (Daily Mail)

– West Ham are ready to launch a shock raid on Algerian hitman Ishak Belfodil, who plays for Baniyas in Abu Dhabi (The Sun)

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