Paper Talk: Tottenham plan ambitious double raid

Date published: Friday 10th January 2020 8:37

Moussa Dembele

Moussa Dembele is on Tottenham’s wanted list, while a Barcelona defender is also being chased by Jose Mourinho, while Chelsea lead the race to sign Thomas Lemar, all in the papers.



Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is believed to be on Jose Mourinho’s radar, as he looks for a replacement for Harry Kane.

Goal report that Spurs are “looking into the possibility of signing” the 23-year-old Lyon forward with Kane sidelined until April at the earliest after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring.

Dembele has been one of the few plus points for Lyon this season, with the French side struggling in mid-table. He has netted 10 times in the league and is bang in form having scored twice last weekend in Lyon’s 7-0 Coupe de France thrashing of Bourg-Peronnas before scoring against Brest in the Coupe de Ligue on Wednesday.

There’s very little detail on Spurs’ plan, but it’s thought Jose Mourinho will look to grab Dembele on loan, although Lyon will surely not be happy with loaning their star man, especially with their struggles in the league.

Yesterday journalist Ian McGarry claimed Chelsea had verbally agreed a deal with Dembele.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo is also the subject of interest from Tottenham.

With Barcelona currently in the process of trying to sign Real Betis full-back Emerson, Semedo, 26, could be available and Mourinho is apparently keen.

Kyle Walker-Peters is on the verge of a loan move to Crystal Palace, meaning Spurs need cover at full-back.



West Ham boss David Moyes wants to sign Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 32, for a third time and bring him to the London club from Shandong Luneng. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are ahead of Tottenham in the running to sign France winger Thomas Lemar, 24, on loan from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Manchester United have accepted Tottenham’s Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, wants to go move abroad rather than Old Trafford. (Evening Standard)

Tottenham have agreed a deal worth £28m for AC Milan and Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 24. (Sun)

But the Old Trafford outfit could have more joy in securing a deal for Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, in January. (Star)

Reece Oxford is on the verge of joining struggling Dutch side VVV Venlo just six months after quitting West Ham to sign for Augsburg (The Sun)

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is being urged to swoop for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake if Chelsea don’t sign the Dutch 24-year-old. (Star)

Inter Milan and Chelsea have reportedly approached Napoli striker Dries Mertens as they bid to snap him up on a free transfer this summer. (Daily Mail)

Chris Powell will continue in his role as one of Gareth Southgate’s assistant coaches for Euro 2020 despite taking up a new role alongside Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag. (Daily Mail)

No deal for Pepe Reina will be made with Aston Villa until AC Milan have found another goalkeeper, according to the player’s agent. (Daily Mail)



Bayern Munich wonderkid Joshua Zirkzee has revealed he almost signed for Everton under Ronald Koeman, to become their next big hope following the departure of Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Mail)

Juventus midfielder Emre Can has reportedly ruled out a potential move to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has reportedly held talks with Minnesota United over a potential move to the MLS. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid still want to sell Wales international forward Gareth Bale, 30, despite his agent saying a summer move is unlikely. (Telegraph)

FC Metz striker Habib Diallo is on Chelsea’s radar, with the club willing to pay £17m to bring the Senegal 24-year-old to Stanford Bridge. (Star)

Leicester are refusing to give up on signing Juventus’ Turkish defender Merih Demiral, 21, despite having two bids rejected and facing competition from Manchester City. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that he was interviewed by Everton for three hours for the role now held by Carlo Ancelotti. (Mail)

Arsenal are in the race to sign right-back Yan Couto, 17, from Brazilian side Coritiba. (Globoesporte)

Barcelona will battle Arsenal for the transfer of RB Leipzig’s France Under-21 defender Dayot Upamecano, 21. (Express)

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West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Benfica’s Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes, 21, on an 18-month loan without an option to buy. (Mail)

Newcastle have been told they must pay more than £22.5m if they are to sign RB Leipzig and England Under-21 forward Ademola Lookman, 22. (Northern Echo)

The Magpies have also bid for 22-year-old Nigerian Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis. (Daily Star)

Wolves’ Italian striker Patrick Cutrone, 22, is close to joining Fiorentina only five months after joining the Premier League club from AC Milan for £16.2m (Guardian)

Manchester United have recalled defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 22, from his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers to cover for injuries. (Sun)

Chelsea are poised to make a £40m January move for West Ham’s French defender Issa Diop. (Daily Express)



Inter have offered £3.4m for Olivier Giroud but Chelsea are holding out for £8.5m. (Guardian)

Leicester have opened talks with Barcelona over a potential deal for young right-back Moussa Wague in the January transfer window. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace or Brighton will have to pay a loan fee to Tottenham if they want right-back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan. (Daily Star)

Former Juventus player Fabrizio Miccoli has been sentenced to a three-and-a-half year jail sentence over a Mafia extortion racket. (Daily Star)


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