Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Today's football gossip Martial, Lindelof, Gibbs, Allardyce, Hart, Ben Arfa, Ndidi

Swansea have made 46-year-old Wales manager Chris Coleman their top target to replace Bob Bradley. (Daily Star)
Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is also in the running to take over at the Welsh club. (Daily Mail)
Leicester will give manager Claudio Ranieri more than £30m to spend in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)
The Foxes have already agreed to sign 20-year-old Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi in a deal worth up to £18m from Belgian club Genk. (Guardian)
Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce could make Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs, 27, his first signing at Selhurst Park. (The Sun)
Meanwhile, Sunderland boss David Moyes will resist Allardyce's efforts to sign his 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe. (ESPN)
Chelsea have made a £21.3m bid for 20-year-old Atlanta midfielder Franck Kessie. (France Football - in French)
Manchester City's Joe Hart, 29, and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak, 23, are on Chelsea's list of potential replacements if current goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois leaves for Real Madrid in the summer. (AS - in Spanish)
Paris St-Germain midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 29, has refused a loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce. (L'Equipe - in French)
Manchester United defensive target Victor Lindelof, 22, is set to sign a new contract with Benfica that will take his buy-out clause over £50m. (Daily Mail)
Toulouse have rejected an £8.5m bid from West Ham for their 25-year-old striker Martin Braithwaite. (RMC Sport - in French)
Newcastle are interested in signing 24-year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson. (The Sun)
Meanwhile, the Magpies might be scuppered in their hopes to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 20, with Chelsea keen to loan the midfielder to a fellow Premier League club. (Newcastle Chronicle)
Juventus and Paulo Dybala, 23, are yet to reach an agreement over the Argentine striker's contract extension. (
Cardiff striker Marouane Chamakh, 32, has opened talks with Qatari club Al-Arabi. (Mirror)
German club RB Leipzig, second in the Bundesliga, are interested in 18-year-old Leeds midfielder Ronaldo Vieira. (Yorkshire Evening Post)
The Chinese Super League is hoping to lure Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. (Mirror)
Eden Hazard was "still drunk" when he scored a hat-trick in his final game for Lille after a farewell night out before leaving for Chelsea in 2012, according to a former team-mate. (Independent)
Arsenal's 30-year-old striker Olivier Giroud is yet to sign an extension to his contract which expires next season, but says he would be happy to do so despite not having featured regularly this term. (Guardian)
Watford's 'Harry the Hornet' mascot will not face disciplinary action from the FA over the mocking 'dive' gesture he made towards Crystal Palace's 24-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha on Boxing Day. (Telegraph)
Manchester United will reject January loan offers for 21-year-old French forward Anthony Martial, with Sevilla said to be interested. (Times - subscription required)
West Ham turned down a £650m takeover bid from drinks company Red Bull in the summer, according to the son of co-chairman David Sullivan. (Independent)

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