West Ham are on alert after a Man Utd strike target was made available for a bargain £30m, while Phil Foden is set for a bumper new Man City contract, according to Sunday’s transfer gossip.
DEMBELE PRICE DROP ALERTS WEST HAM
West Ham are reportedly are on red alert as Lyon prepare to sell striker Moussa Dembele for a cut-price fee.
Hammers boss David Moyes is a massive fan of the former Celtic forward, who is frustrated at being left on bench of the Ligue 1 giants.
The report in the Sun on Sunday claims that the 24-year-old could be open to a second crack at English football after beginning his pro career at Fulham.
The Sun states that insiders claim Lyon are now willing to sell the player for as little as £30million.
However, the price on Dembele’s head could still be an issue for the Hammers, as well as Manchester United, who have been monitoring the player since Romelu Lukaku’s sale in 2019.
The £30m fee will also include significant add-ons which may prove too steep for a player who was also wanted by Tottenham over the summer.
West Ham have money to spend after the last window, when they failed to buy a new frontman.
Moyes has often preferred natural winger Michail Antonio to out and out No.9 Sebastian Haller, and the chance to snap up Dembele for a lower fee could be too good to turn down.
United could yet foil Hammers move
A spanner could yet be thrown in the works, however, if United retain an interest in Dembele.
They signed Edinson Cavani on a one-year deal over the summer. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in the hunt for a long-term replacement for Lukaku.
Dembele is also likely to want to move to a club playing in Europe, giving United a significant advantage over the Hammers.
FODEN SET FOR BUMPER PAY DAY
Phil Foden will receive a big pay rise at Manchester City, putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Etihad early next year. (Sunday Mirror)
Mikel Arteta will have no regrets about allowing Emi Martinez to stay in the Premier League even if he has a stormer against Arsenal today. (Sunday Mirror)
Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa has insisted Lionel Messi faces a pay cut from his lucrative contract should the wantaway superstar consider an extension. (Mail on Sunday)
Southampton and Brentford are chasing £2.8m Austrian speedster Husein Balic, who is one of the fastest players in football after he was clocked running 20 metres in just 2.75 seconds. (Mail on Sunday)
Callum Hudson-Odoi flouted Covid-19 lockdown rules for a second time as he had a night out with Fikayo Tomori. (Daily Star Sunday)
AND MORE GOSSIP
Manchester City will battle Juventus and Barcelona to sign Lillian Thuram’s son Marcus from Borussia Monchengladbach, according to reports. (Sun on Sunday)
Sergio Romero is back in training at Manchester United and counting down the days to the next transfer window. (Sun on Sunday)
Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati faces months out after injuring his knee in Saturday’s 5-2 home victory over Real Betis. (Sun on Sunday)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been slammed by his former Gunners teammate Lukas Podolski for his decision on Mesut Ozil. (Sunday Express)
Marseille have dropped out of the race for Strasbourg’s £20m-rated Villa transfer target Mohamed Simakan, the 20-year-old French defender. (Birmingham Mail)
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard insists now is not the time to discuss a new deal for midfielder Steven Davis. (Scottish Herald)
Steve Clarke insists he can handle the pressure of getting Scotland to a first major tournament in 23 years. (Sunday Mail)
Steven Gerrard will unleash new boy Bongani Zungu as he looks to strengthen Rangers’ grip on top spot. (Sunday Mail)
Switzerland have dumped Old Firm strikers Albian Ajeti and Cedric Itten from their squad for their upcoming internationals. (Scottish Sun)