Man Utd will reportedly offer a top star plus £45million in their bid to land a Leicester ace, while West Ham have joined Tottenham in the race for a £70m defender, according to Sunday’s newspapers.
UNITED PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO LAND MADDISON
Manchester United are reportedly prepared to trade Jesse Lingard plus £45million in a bid to persuade Leicester to sell James Maddison.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to lure the England playmaker to Old Trafford, as United look to begin the next stage of their re-building project.
And he’s prepared to sacrifice Lingard, with the Norwegian boss believing Maddison possesses the hunger and talent to make him a perfect fit for United’s future, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Lingard, 27, has failed to kick on at United, with his poor form seeing has seen him dumped by England boss Gareth Southgate this season.
Maddison, however, has been in red-hot form for Leicester and has emerged as a major United target, while Tottenham are also said to be chasing the former Norwich man.
The report adds that while United ‘accept it will be impossible to push Leicester to sell 23-year-old Maddison in the January window’ they are ‘optimistic they can do a deal for the Foxes ace in the summer’.
United are prepared to almost triple Maddison’s current £55,000-a-week wage and put the player on a whopping £150,000-a-week salary.
To match that Leicester would have to rip up their wage structure and make Maddison their highest paid player above top earner Jamie Vardy on £140,000-a-week and goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel on £130,000-a-week.
But the deal could depend on whether United can make it into the top four this season, with Maddison desperate to add to his experience and play Champions League football.
AND THE REST
Carlo Ancelotti has backed a bold Everton move to bring Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez to Goodison Park on loan (Sunday Mirror)
Manchester United have told Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte they want striker Lautaro Martinez before Paul Pogba is allowed to move to the San Siro (Sunday Mirror)
Frank Lampard is eyeing an ambitious move to land £60m-rated Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba this month (Sunday Mirror)
Patrick Cutrone looks increasingly likely to leave Wolves in January after he was left out of their squad to face Manchester United in the FA Cup (Sunday Mirror)
Chelsea and West Ham target Gabriel Barbosa has dropped a potential hint on social media that he could be set to leave Flamengo in January (Sunday Mirror)
Birmingham are confident wonderkid Jude Bellingham will not push to leave in January (Sunday Mirror)
Inter Milan want to sign Christian Eriksen for £20m this month – even though the Tottenham star is available for nothing in the summer (Sun on Sunday)
Norwich star Max Aarons is a target for Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho – as his hopes of landing West Brom teenager Nathan Ferguson fade (Sun on Sunday)
Emmanuel Adebayor has been offered to Aston Villa as they desperately search for strikers to cover their injury nightmare (Sun on Sunday)
Barcelona have joined Manchester United, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain in the chase for Leicester right-back Ricardo Pereira after sending scouts to the King Power Stadium (Sun on Sunday)
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling will not make a decision on his future until the end of his loan at Roma (Mail on Sunday)
Crystal Palace are targeting Everton striker Cenk Tosun, who they want to bring to Selhurst Park on loan (Mail on Sunday)
Southampton and Bournemouth are among the clubs following pacy Le Havre striker Tino Kadewere (Mail on Sunday)
West Ham will hold further discussions over a proposed loan deal for Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes this week (Mail on Sunday)
Tottenham are hoping to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan move from Real Betis permanent in the January transfer window (Mail on Sunday)
Carlisle United want around £800,000 for 17-year-old Everton target Jarrad Branthwaite (Mail on Sunday)
Pedro may have to give up on a return to Barcelona from Chelsea as the winger looks set to move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami (Mail on Sunday)
Sheffield Wednesday are considering a move for Stoke City striker Lee Gregory to bolster their attacking options (Mail on Sunday)
Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have been put on red alert by the news that Barcelona are willing to let Ousmane Dembele leave the club (Sunday Express)
West Ham have emerged as shock contenders to sign £70m Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly (Sunday Express)
Chelsea have been contacted by Juventus over the transfer of left-back Emerson Palmieri, according to a report in Italy (Sunday Express)
West Ham have an option to terminate David Moyes’ contract at the end of this season (Daily Star Sunday)
Asmir Begovic will be blocked from joining any of Bournemouth’s relegation rivals following his return from a loan at Qarabag FK (Daily Star Sunday)
Mostafa Mohamed has handed Egyptian side Zamalek a transfer request in a reported effort to force a loan switch to Rangers (Sunday Mail)
SFA chiefs will demand all Premiership games are cancelled before Scotland’s crucial Euro play-off in March (Sunday Mail)
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is hoping new AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic can help him complete some January transfer business with Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek on his radar (Daily Star Sunday)
Celtic look to have beaten off a host of Premier League clubs to sign hit-kid Bruno Davidson (Sunday Mail)
Hearts’ new stand is set to cost them almost double the original price (Sunday Mail)
Bristol City are on the trail of Motherwell star James Scott (Sunday Mail)
Rangers fear Alfredo Morelos will be banned until February (Sun on Sunday)
Hearts are set to offer Jack Hendry an escape route from Celtic (Sun on Sunday)
Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila is set for a shock move to take charge of New York City FC (Sun on Sunday)