Tottenham are close to offloading an unwanted midfielder in a surprise £18m deal, while one of Unai Emery’s Arsenal favourites is set to land a big pay-rise, according to Wednesday’s papers.
BELGIUM TRANSFER ON CARDS FOR WANYAMA
Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama could be jumping across the Channel after West Ham failed to sign him before the closure of the English transfer window.
Belgian side Bruges are believed to close to securing the £18m-rated Kenya international before the European window shuts on September 2, the Daily Express says.
The 28-year-old has slipped down the pecking order under Mauricio Pochettino and the club record swoop for Tanguy Ndombele means the club are now willing to let him move on.
The former Celtic man was close to joining West Ham on loan before the transfer window shut and it now seems a move to Belgium is on the cards for the Kenya international.
While the £18m fee won’t represent an issue, the Belgians will need to seek a reduction on the player’s £65,000 a week wages, with the report suggesting they may need to pay him around half that amount.
But if Wanyama can agree terms, the move is expected to go through with Spurs happy to sell for the £18m offered by the Belgians.
Before the season started, Pochettino spoke about some of his players’ futures with the club, including left-back Danny Rose.
“I told you in Singapore and China. I think I was very clear about the situation of the squad,” he said.
“Danny Rose like another 25 or 26 players are here and are my players.
“I don’t know what I need to say because I was very clear in the past.”
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Filip Benkovic says he won’t give up on his Leicester City dream after being relegated to the Foxes’ reserves (Daily Mail)
Chelsea duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger are closing in on long-awaited returns (Daily Mail)
Inter Milan are reliant on Manchester United still paying half of Alexis Sanchez’s wages if he is to move to the San Siro (Daily Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stripped Paul Pogba of his penalty-taking duties after missing a spot-kick during Manchester United’s draw at Wolves (The Sun)
Pep Guardiola scrapped plans for an early-season trip to Spain this week – to keep his players fresh for their tilt at a Premier League hat-trick (The Sun)
Eddie Howe is still weighing up whether to allow Jordon Ibe to leave for Celtic, as there are concerns over Arnaut Danjuma’s foot injury (The Sun)
Real Madrid’s new £58m striker Luka Jovic insists he is not set for a rapid exit from the club (The Sun)
Wales captain Ashley Williams is on the verge of signing for Bristol City after being released by Everton this summer (The Sun)
Michy Batshuayi will stay at Chelsea and fight his way into Frank Lampard’s plans (Daily Express)
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has told £10m signing Rachid Ghezzal he can leave, just 12 months after the winger joined the club (Daily Telegraph)
The EFL was directly warned by experts two years ago that its clubs were risking financial turmoil, as Bury edge closer to extinction (Daily Telegraph)
Jurgen Klopp has hinted he could walk away from football when his Liverpool contract expires in 2022 (Daily Star)
Southampton outcast Mario Lemina is set to be offered an escape by Monaco, who are ready to meet his £15m price tag (Daily Star)
Bolton face another points deduction after Tuesday night’s game against Doncaster Rovers was postponed (The Guardian)