Transfer News Today: Is one of Newcastle’s French foreign legion heading home?


Today’s rumours see a return to France for Newcastle’s star man, Liverpool getting close to their top target, an unlikely transfer across London and a big Danish signing for Crystal Palace

 

Tabloid gossip

Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to offer as much as £26m to land Newcastle’s French midfielder and current lynchpin Yohan Cabaye, who scored twice in the weekend win at West Ham.

Why it will happen: French international Cabaye is certain to have had his head turned by the interest from his country’s champions, and after going on strike after Arsenal’s summer interest in him was rebuffed, PSG’s big money bid could be too good to ignore.

Why it won’t happen: Alan Pardew fought hard to keep Cabaye at the club in the summer, and he’ll be in no mood to see him exit now. The Toon boss would also find it difficult to find an adequate replacement.

 

Money on the table

Liverpool have firmed up their interest in their top January target Mohamed Salah, with a formal offer now expected for FC Basel’s “Egyptian Lionel Messi.”

Why it will happen: The 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa showcased Liverpool’s lack of depth as they chase the Champions League, and they need an inspirational addition in the manner that Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho were last year.

Why it won’t happen: Basel will dig their heels in over the fee, and the Reds’ worry must be that there are other clubs in a better position to offer more money for the wide man.

 

An unlikely switch

Sam Allardyce is keen to make Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen the defensive rock on which West Ham’s attempts at Premier League survival will be built.

Why it will happen: The form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker has frozen Belgium’s Vermaelen out at the Emirates, and he might be receptive to a short-term switch ahead of the World Cup.

Why it won’t happen: A summer exit for the club captain looks more likely, and without being too unkind to the Hammers he could surely do better than them couldn’t he?

 

A tall story

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis wants to bring in Brondby’s 23-year-old forward Simon Makienok to aid the Eagles’ battle against relegation.

Why it will happen: One look at Makienok will tell you he’s Pulis’s kind of player. He’s 6ft 7ins tall and an imposing presence that plenty of Premier League defences will struggle to deal with.

Why it won’t happen: Interest in the six-times capped frontman is thought to be high, and after turning down an offer from an unnamed Russian club in the summer, Makienok might not see Palace as the right move.


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