Manchester United have upped their bid to £25million for a Birmingham starlet, while Newcastle are closing in on an Inter Milan winger, according to Saturday’s newspapers.
MAN UTD CLOSE IN ON BIRMINGHAM STARLET
Manchester United have reportedly moved a step closer to snapping up Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham after offering £25million for the 16-year-old.
The youngster has made 24 appearances in all competitions for the Championship outfit so far this season and is known to have caught the eye of Old Trafford chiefs.
Bellingham’s eye-catching performances for Pep Clotet’s men have attracted attention from several clubs across Europe, according to the Daily Record.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main aim remains bringing youthful homegrown talent to the club, despite the imminent arrival of 25-year-old Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.
The signing of Bellingham would certainly fit into the current remit of the club, with the teenager’s ability to play centrally or out wide particularly impressing.
Assistant Mike Phelan is even believed to have personally scouted Bellingham earlier this season, with United reportedly already failing with an offer of around £12.5m for the player.
The prodigy made his debut for his boyhood club aged just 16 years and 38 days old, and became Birmingham’s youngest ever scorer when he netted a deflected strike against Stoke a few weeks later.
AND THE REST
RB Leipzig are expecting bids for Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano during this transfer window (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa are pushing to bring in 31-year-old Islam Slimani along with fellow frontman Mbwana Ally Samatta (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could be nearing his exit from the Etihad Stadium (Daily Star)
Newcastle are close to making an £18m swoop for Inter Milan winger Valentino Lazaro (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal will reportedly have to shell out around £6m to prise Layvin Kurzawa away from PSG, despite the fact the full-back’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season (Daily Star)
Manchester City are set to take part in next season’s Champions League, despite the investigation into whether they breached Financial Fair Play rules (Daily Mail)
Joe Gomez was asked by the FA if he wanted to report Raheem Sterling to the police following their infamous clash in the canteen at St George’s Park last November (Daily Mail)
Liverpool’s Premier League win at Tottenham last Saturday came close to taking place without VAR due to technical problems (Daily Mail)
The controversial new handball rules will be reviewed by football’s rule-makers next month (Daily Mail)
Inter Milan are on the verge of acquiring the services of Chelsea winger Victor Moses after manager Antonio Conte made a specific request for the club to sign the Nigeria international (Daily Mail)
Celtic defender Jack Hendry has agreed to join Manchester City’s sister club Melbourne City in Australia (Daily Mail)
Javier Hernandez could become the highest-paid player in the MLS when he completes his move to LA Galaxy from Sevilla (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are to meet the representatives of Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in the coming days (Daily Mail)
West Ham’s Spanish goalkeeper Roberto is wanted by Alaves on loan (Daily Mail)
Eden Hazard has targeted Real Madrid’s crunch Champions League showdown with Manchester City as his comeback game (Daily Express)
Leeds United could sign out-of-favour forward Oumar Niasse before the end of the transfer window on January 31 (Daily Express)
Manchester United are one of 49 clubs who have been targeted by tax authorities as part of a crackdown over image rights and agent payments (The Times)
New York Red Bulls are considering a move for Aberdeen’s top scorer Sam Cosgrove (Daily Record)
Stephen Robinson has revealed Motherwell have opened contract talks with David Turnbull (Daily Record)
Hearts have stepped up their efforts to bring Kosovo international Donis Avdijaj to Tynecastle (Daily Record)
Crystal Palace have won the race to sign Dundee United starlet Scott Banks (Scottish Sun)
Aberdeen have failed in a bid to fast-track Matty Kennedy’s move to Pittodrie (Scottish Sun)