Manchester United want a Leicester star and see him as a top alternative to Jadon Sancho, while a Tottenham regular has revealed just how close he came to quitting the club, according to Saturday’s transfer gossip.
HARVEY BARNES WANTED BY MANCHESTER UNITED
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Leicester winger Harvey Barnes as a possible transfer alternative to Jadon Sancho.
That’s according to The Sun, who claims United have been well impressed by the form of the Foxes winger.
The 22-year-old made his name during a six-month loan stint at West Brom in the 2018/19 season. That has been the platform for great things since then and Barnes made his England debut in October’s 3-0 win over Wales.
And the paper reckons his emergence has caught the eye of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is a huge fan of the player.
Indeed, their report claims Solskjaer has made the Foxes star his No 1 target should efforts to prise Sancho away from Dortmund prove unsuccessful.
United made two firm moves to sign England winger Sancho over the summer. However, Dortmund refused to negotiate on their €120m asking price.
That stance is expected to remain should United come back in for the player.
And it may be that Solskjaer sees Barnes as not just a viable alternative, but someone who may prove easier to sign.
Leicester are understood to have placed a £60m valuation on Barnes amidst the apparent interest from United.
Barnes has 10 goals from 65 Premier League appearances for Leicester.
United are understood to have around £30m to spend on transfers in January, plus any extra they make from sales. Eric Bailly is among those United are looking to offload.
ERIC DIER ALMOST QUIT TOTTENHAM
Eric Dier has revealed he was ready to quit Spurs before Jose Mourinho reinvented him as a defender. (The Sun)
Petr Cech wants football chiefs to not ban heading as he fears new laws to limit heading would ruin the game. (The Sun)
The man branded the ‘new Mesut Ozil’ Berkay Ozcan is back on Arsenal’s radar. (The Sun)
Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy is in a race against time to save his £475,000 supercar from being crushed. (The Sun)
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino has thrown his weight behind Arsene Wenger’s planned reform of the offside laws. (The Sun)
Millwall players will keep taking the knee – despite fears they could be booed by their own fans for doing so. (The Sun)
RYAN GIGGS LEAVE EXTENDED
Ryan Giggs has had his ‘special leave’ extended to cover the 2022 World Cup draw on Monday. (The Sun)
Trent Alexander-Arnold is winning his battle to be fit for Liverpool’s clash with Wolves on Sunday. (Daily Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not run Marcus Rashford into the ground and risk burning him out. (Daily Mirror)
Harry Winks might have to quit Tottenham in January – or risk losing his England place at the Euros. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal could be signing the next David Beckham in Hungarian sensational Dominik Szoboszlai. (Daily Star)
LIVERPOOL, ARSENAL TRACK YVES BISSOUMA
Hector Bellerin has labelled speculation over Mikel Arteta’s future as “so unjust” and insists Arsenal’s overhaul won’t be done overnight. (Daily Telegraph)
The League Managers’ Association has experienced a significant spike in requests to help former managers and coaches who have been diagnosed with dementia. (Daily Telegraph)
Crystal Palace’s players have all returned negative coronavirus tests after the club took special measures following the recent outbreak at Newcastle United. (Daily Telegraph)
Sir Alex Ferguson has texted David Moyes to praise the work he is doing. The West Ham manager says anyone who calls him a ‘dinosaur’ lacks intellect. (Daily Mail)
Sean Longstaff has signed a deal with super-agent Pini Zahavi in a possible attempt to broker a transfer away from Newcastle. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Manchester United are revisiting long-standing plans to appoint a director of football on the orders of owner Joel Glazer. (Daily Mail)
Jurgen Klopp has warned England will suffer at next summer’s European Championships if the rule of three substitutions persists. (Daily Mail)
Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed optimism that Raul Jimenez would soon play for Wolves again. The Mexican suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal. (Daily Mail)
Max Allegri wants to be the next successful coach in English football. (The Times)
Leeds United may soon be in line for another big cash injection from the San Francisco 49ers. That’s according to a new document submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). (The Times)
Joe Hart could make his first Premier League appearance for nearly two years on Sunday after doubts emerged over Hugo Lloris’ fitness. (The Times)