Steven Gerrard’s first act as Aston Villa boss will be to sign four Liverpool players in January, Tottenham are hoping to re-sign a former winger, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims Newcastle are plotting a huge double raid on Juventus.
GERRARD WANTS TO SIGN FAB FOUR FROM LIVERPOOL
Steven Gerrard is planning to raid Liverpool for four players in January as his first transfer act as Aston Villa boss.
The Scouser is closing on a return to the Premier League with Villa having agreed a £3m compensation package with Rangers.
And he’s already turning his thoughts to ways to improve an under-performing Villa side.
As per the Daily Express, Gerrard is already plotting a triple swoop on Anfield for three unwanted stars.
Calling in a favour from Jurgen Klopp, Gerrard first hopes to recruit Divock Origi.
The 26-year-old faces an uncertain future at Anfield, having played just 16 minutes of Prmeier League action this season. And while he did net a smart goal in the loss at West Ham, his exit remains a strong possibility.
Gerrard is also hoping it’s a similar story with Takumi Minamino. The Japan playmaker moved out to Southampton on loan last season and has struggled for game-time upon his return. A similar loan deal – this time to Villa – looks to be on the cards.
And finally, the Express claims Gerrard is also looking to engineer a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The England midfielder has faced a stop-start time at Anfield and is reportedly seeking a move to revitalise his career.
Liverpool would be open to his sale, although would be looking for a sizeable fee for the 28-year-old.
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And finally, Gerrard wants to bring defender Nat Phillips to Villa Park to shore up his defence.
The 24-year-old made 17 appearances last season and made a big impression. But the return to fitness of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – together with the signing of Ibrahima Konate – means he’s fallen down the order.
NEWCASTLE IN FOR RAMSEY AND RABIOT
Eddie Howe wants to make Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey his first signing as Newcastle United manager. (The Sun)
And the Magpies are looking to follow that deal up with an ambitious £13m move for Juventus teammate Adrien Rabiot. (The Sun)
Liverpool are looking to make a triple transfer in January with Marcelo Brozovic, Arnaut Danjuma and Gleison Bremer on their radar. (The Sun)
Premier League clubs are planning to invoke an “anyone but Newcastle” transfer policy, arising at their anger at their takeover by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. (The Sun)
West Ham and Newcastle are ready to go head-to-head in a battle for the signature of Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, previously a target for Liverpool. (The Sun)
MAN CITY KEEN ON NKUNKU DEAL
Manchester City have reportedly made an enquiry to RB Leipzig over attacking midfielder Christopher Nkunku. (The Sun)
Aston Villa hope to name Steven Gerrard as their new manager in the next 48 hours after agreeing a £3m compensation package with Rangers. (The Times)
Jack Grealish is to be assessed by England having reported that he felt unwell hours after Declan Rice had withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s squad due to illness. (The Times)
Aston Villa are pushing to recruit Rangers assistants Gary McAllister and Michael Beale as Steven Gerrard nears a deal to become their new manager. (Daily Express)
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has apparently asked Spurs transfer chief Fabio Paratici to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. (Daily Express)
MAN UTD LOOKING AT SZOBOSZLAI
Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough is reportedly looking to bring RB Leipzig playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai to Old Trafford. (Daily Express)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks likely to considering for the Rangers job should Steven Gerrard leave the club for Aston Villa. (The Scottish Sun)
New Newcastle boss Eddie Howe insists he didn’t reject the Celtic job. (The Scottish Sun)
Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson wants to leave the club if he’s unable to oust David de Gea from the No 1 shirt. (Daily Mail)
Saul Niguez hopes the international break is just what he needs to revive his Chelsea loan spell. (Daily Mail)
West Ham are planning to make a move for Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego, after a series of impressive displays on loan with Hellas Verona. (Daily Mail)
Karim Benzema remains available for France selection even if found guilty over a sex tape blackmail charge against former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich are sending scouts to watch prolific West Brom striker Reyes Cleary. (Daily Mail)
FULHAM YOUNGSTER IN LINE FOR LIVERPOOL MOVE
Super agent Jorge Mendes wants to add Fulham youngster Fabio Carvalho to his stable and plans to fix him a move to Liverpool. (Daily Mail)
Ketchup and mayonnaise is being banned from the Tottenham training ground canteen with Antonio Conte expressing disappointment with the squad’s conditioning. (Daily Mail)
Derby are facing near-certain relegation to League One with Wayne Rooney’s side facing a further nine-point deduction, taking the total loss to 21 points. (Daily Mail)
Seventeen EFL clubs are planning to wear their away kits at home to support a homeless charity campaign on Boxing Day. (Daily Mail)
Juventus striker Alvaro Morata claims the fierce recent criticism of his performances has left him not wanting to get out of bed. (Daily Mail)
Ben Chilwell claims a pep talk from Thomas Tuchel proved crucial in helping him banish the memory of a frustrating summer. (Daily Mail)
Edinson Cavani and Raheem Sterling are on Barcelona’s transfer shortlist with new head coach Xavi looking to improve his squad in January. (Daily Mirror)
Jack Rodwell is likely to move to Australia to try and salvage his career, after agreeing a two-year deal to join Western Sydney Wanderers. (Daily Mirror)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Rangers are targeting Swansea boss Russell Martin as their next manager. (Daily Mirror)
John Stones claims Gareth Southgate told him his England place was safe despite falling down Manchester City’s pecking order. (Daily Mirror)
Antonio Conte is asking Tottenham to bring Gareth Bale back to the club for a second loan spell in January. (Daily Star)
Mino Raiola claims teenager Mohamed Ihatteren, currently on loan at Sampdoria from Juventus, wants to retire from football at the age of 19 because of mental health problems. (Daily Star)
Newcastle are planning to beat Manchester United to the signature of Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier in January. (Daily Star)
Jose Mourinho is looking to bring Aaron Ramsey to AS Roma, despite the Welshman’s links with Newcastle. (Daily Star)