Paper Talk: Tottenham near shock deal to sign PSG star after painful Kessie snub

Presentation of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gigi Donnarumma, Hachraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum - PSG vs Strasbourg in Parc des Princes in Paris

Antonio Conte is closing on the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum for Tottenham, Manchester United know their top target to become next manager, while Monday’s transfer gossip has details of a Liverpool promise to a Real Madrid midfielder.


Tottenham are reportedly closing on the surprise signing of Georginio Wijnaldum as Antonio Conte strengthens his midfield options.

The Spurs boss is looking to put his stamp on his side, but has so far been unable to bring in any new players.

Indeed, with funds tight, Spurs are likely having to get creative in their January spending. And with Dele Alli, Bryan Gil and Tanguy Ndombele nearing exits, Conte is now looking to turn Wijnaldum.

The former Liverpool man has found it hard to impress in Paris after leaving Merseyside last summer. And while he has featured in 24 games, he’s only managed three goals and two assists.

Indeed, he’s often deployed on the left of the PSG midfield – a position which doesn’t suit his game.

As such, he’s made it perfectly clear that he is open for a return to the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum in, Tanguy Ndombele out

Now the Daily Mail claims the Wijnaldum’s name has popped up during discussions with PSG for Ndombele.

The Ligue 1 giants are looking to take the former Lyon man back to France. And the paper claims Wijnaldum is pushing for a move the other way as part of the deal.

Now the report claims a swap between the two clubs looks likely – with all parties keen to make it happen.

Wijnaldum was recently linked with a return to Newcastle, while Arsenal are also looking into a deal.

Gini Wijnaldum linked with Newcastle return

Gini Wijnaldum has been linked with a Newcastle return this January.

However, it is Spurs who are most likely to secure the Dutchman’s signature.

The move for Wijnaldum comes after a painful snub from Franck Kessie.

Spurs director Fabio Paratici appears to have agreed a deal to sign the Ivorian from AC Milan. However, the midfielder has reportedly rejected Tottenham, having no interest in a move to the Lilywhites.


Real Madrid players Karim Benzema and Eduardo Camavinga

Liverpool are keen on a £32m deal for Eduardo Camavinga – and are promising the Real Madrid star they are willing to wait for his signature. (Daily Mirror)

Erik Ten Hag’s stunning defensive record at Ajax looks likely to edge him into pole position to pip Ralf Rangnick and Mauricio Pochettino to the Manchester United job this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are closing on the signing of 25-year-old Netherlands left-back Mitchel Bakker from Bayer Leverkusen. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle’s hopes of signing Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata are increasing thanks to the Serie A side deciding he can leave for an £8m loan fee. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is indicating the strength in depth at his disposal is considerably less than their top-four rivals. (Daily Mirror)


Vitor Pereira speaking during a press conference

Vitor Pereira is reportedly top of Everton’s managerial wishlist – and they will speak with him over the vacancy on Monday. (The Sun)

Clubs may soon have to show proof of four positive tests in their squads in order to have a fixture postponed under a significant, hardline shift in Covid cancellation criteria being examined by the Premier League. (Daily Mail)

The Netherlands will reportedly offer Pep Guardiola the national job when he decides to leave Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

Dele Alli appears to be on the brink of leaving Tottenham, having been overlooked from their squad to face Chelsea on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Roy Keane believes the time for Dele to leave is now – and has told him which club he should sign for. (Daily Express)


Aston Villa are closing on the signing of Rodrigo Bentancur, who comes highly recommended to Steven Gerrard by Luis Suarez. (Daily Express)

Granit Xhaka’s yellow card against Leeds United on December 18 is the Arsenal booking that is reportedly the focus of an FA probe. (The Times)

Arsenal face competition from Juventus for the signing of Dusan Vlahovic, having bid £58m for the Fiorentina striker. (The Times)

Watford are searching for a new manager with Claudio Ranieri facing the sack after only 14 games in charge. (The Times)

Jamaica boss Paul Hall says he passed on calling up Kemar Roofe for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, with the Rangers striker snubbing a call-up. (Daily Record)

Nottingham Forest and West Brom are vying for the pre-contract signature of Connor Goldson, while the end of his Rangers deal nears. (The Scottish Sun)