Paper Talk: Tottenham in talks to seal deal as Mourinho eyes three signings

Date published: Sunday 26th January 2020 9:49 - Robert McCarthy

Tottenham are working hard on sealing a shock return for Gareth Bale to north London, while Man Utd will move for a new left-back in the summer, according to Sunday’s Paper Talk.



Tottenham are reportedly working around the clock on a permanent deal that would see Gareth Bale return to the club from Real Madrid before this week’s transfer deadline.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to sign at least three players before the transfer window closes with Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes the only new arrival so far this month.

However, a deal to bring back Bale, 30, presents huge challenges with his £650,000-a-week contract, which runs until June 2022, one of the biggest obstacles.

A loan deal for Bale, who Real have been trying to offload for the last 12 months has been ruled out, but the two clubs are discussing a permanent switch, according to the Sunday Express.

Bale has been limited to just 15 games this season because of hamstring and calf problems and then suffered an ankle knock in the Copa del Rey last week.

Mourinho is desperate to boost his attacking options with Harry Kane set to miss the rest of the season, and chairman Daniel Levy is reported to be haggling hard for the best possible deal.

The report adds that his other options include Borussia Dortmund duo Paco Alacer and Mario Gotze, while a deal for Real Sociedad hitman Willian Jose is said to be close to being finalised.


With Mourinho wanting three players in, there will be outgoings and Christian Eriksen is finally expected to complete his protracted switch to Inter Milan this week.

The Denmark international playmaker is expected to move to the San Siro, with Spurs pocketing around £17m for the 27-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer.



Tottenham are tipped to complete the signing of Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose in the next few days, if they pay the £21m asking price (Sunday Express)

Celtic have scouted Peterborough striker Ivan Toney on two occasions as they consider a move for the 23-year-old (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are hoping to complete the transfer of Bruno Fernandes this week after cash-strapped Sporting Lisbon lowered their demands (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are refusing to drop their £25m asking price for Chris Smalling despite a plea from Roma (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is bidding to pull off a coup by beating Valencia in the race to sign Spanish striker Paco Alcacer (Sun on Sunday)

Crystal Palace will make a late £4m bid to sign West Brom right-back Nathan Ferguson (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United will make a move for Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell in the summer (Metro)

Leicester have made late checks on Preston centre-back Ben Davies (Sun on Sunday)

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham exit package has given under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham and Aston Villa have ended their interest in Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after being quoted £40m (Daily Star Sunday)

Marcos Rojo is heading back to Estudiantes on loan – after Manchester United failed to find a buyer for the Argentine defender (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has admitted signing Kylian Mbappe would be a “headache” for Jurgen Klopp (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool are leading Barcelona and Real Madrid in the transfer race for Benfica wonderkid Rafael Brito (Sunday Mirror)

Winston Reid has turned down a loan move to Charlton as he wants to help West Ham avoid relegation (Sunday Mirror)

Man Utd will consider sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results do not improve – with England manager Gareth Southgate a leading contender to take over after Euro 2020 (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal are close to finalising the signing of 26-year-old Flamengo defender Pablo Mari (Mail on Sunday)

Southampton have held further talks with Tottenham over a deal for England Under-21 full-back Kyle Walker-Peters (Mail on Sunday)

Norwich are in talks to sign F91 Dudelange and Luxembourg winger Danel Sinani (Mail on Sunday)

Dundee are lining up a January move for frozen-out Hearts skipper Christophe Berra (Scottish Sun)

Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic is set to hold contract talks over a new deal with Neil Lennon (Scottish Sun)


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