Chelsea have told Newcastle that they’ll have to fork out £10million if they want to sign striker Patrick Bamford.
Is he worth it? The 21-year-old was a major part in Middlesbrough’s ultimately unsuccessful bid for promotion to the Premier League, and is keen to link up with his former Derby boss Steve McClaren, who has been linked with the vacant manager’s job at Newcastle. But £10million is surely a little steep...
Reds to poach Spurs star?
Tottenham rising star Nabil Bentaleb is being linked with a sensational move to Liverpool.
Pie in the sky? Yes, it appears so. Bentaleb is viewed as a future Spurs captain and Mauricio Pochettino will be loath let him go. Liverpool, however, are looking to bolster their central midfield options since the departure of Steven Gerrard and, despite already signing James Milner, Lazio star Antonio Candreva has been linked.
Partial to Martial?
Tottenham have had a £18million bid for Monaco forward Anthony Martial accepted by the French club - with the 19-year-old now free to negotiate personal terms with the north London club.
Will it happen? Well, it’s all down to whether the player wants to go. His lightning pace and cool head in front of goal has attracted Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino believes he has a player that can share the burden of goals with Harry Kane next season. But £18million is a lot of money for a relatively unproven teenager.
United keeping De Gea in Cech
Manchester United are patiently waiting on the outcome of David de Gea’s proposed move to Real Madrid before pouncing for Chelsea outcast Petr Cech.
The new Van der Sar? Well, Bryan Robson thinks so. "It's important to bring in players as soon as possible,” the former United captain said. “If De Gea has to be replaced, Cech would be ideal – he could do for the club what Edwin did.” Arsenal, Spurs and PSG are also chasing Cech.
Rene Meulensteen to... Liverpool?
And moving away from player deals to a possible shock move in the dugout, Liverpool want to make former Manchester United number two Rene Meulensteen Brendan Rodgers’s assistant at Liverpool.
That won’t happen, surely? You wouldn’t have thought so, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Meulensteen has endured unsuccessful spells as manager at Fulham and Anzhi Makhachkala and has been a vocal critic of Rodgers in the past. You can’t imagine his appointment going down well at Anfield.