Wednesday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including Barnes, Ziyech, Blind and Grealish

Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages

Wednesday's Paper Talk has rumours on a future England international and Manchester United's future transfer targets.


  • Chelsea will watch Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech for the remainder of the season after failing with a bid to land the midfielder in the January transfer window.
  • Gareth Southgate is planning to watch Leicester City winger Harvey Barnes on Friday as he steps up his planning for Euro 2020.
  • Inter Miami, the new Major League Soccer franchise part-owned by David Beckham, have lost the first stage of a legal battle with Inter Milan over their choice of name.
  • Daley Blind, the former Manchester United defender, insists he has been given the all-clear to resume playing for Ajax despite being diagnosed with a serious heart condition.
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  • Manchester United are determined to beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, but might have to spend £120m to secure his services.
  • Tottenham face a battle to keep defender Jan Vertonghen, with Ajax keen on bringing the centre-half back to the Johan Cruyff Arena.
  • New Hammers coach Kevin Nolan insists he has needed just a week to be convinced that West Ham will beat the drop.
  • Shane Long has agreed a new deal with Southampton after the club was urged to extend his stay by strike partner Danny Ings.


  • The Community Shield is set for a move away from Wembley in 2021 because of the Women's European Championships, whose final will be held at the stadium on August 1.


  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning a £160m swoop to snap up Jack Grealish and James Maddison this summer.
  • Chelsea are planning a sensational move for their former player and current Sassuolo winger Jeremie Boga.
  • Crystal Palace will wait until the end of the season before making a decision on the future of Roy Hodgson.
  • Chelsea have been told they will have to find £40m if they want to re-sign defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
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  • Paul Pogba is set for a return to outdoor training with Manchester United in the next fortnight, increasing hopes he might be able to return for the derby clash with City in March.
  • EFL clubs fear losing their best young talent to the Premier League due to post-Brexit quota proposals which could place a premium on squad places for home-grown young players.
  • Barcelona will be able to go to the Spanish Football Federation and argue their case to sign a player on a short-term deal, amid Ousmane Dembele's recent injury.
  • The Premier League's winter break will again clash with FA Cup fourth round replays in 2020-21 leading to fears more clubs will be denied their full period of rest.
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek will take another step forward in his bid to return to fitness by playing for Chelsea's U23s next Monday.
  • Liverpool reportedly looked into re-signing Philippe Coutinho last summer before the Brazilian made the move on loan to Bayern Munich.
  • A Premier League takeover of the Women's Super League will not happen for at least another year after a feasibility study was delivered to clubs at their meeting in London last week.
  • Inter Milan's negotiations with Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong are reportedly progressing well but the two clubs are still some way off from agreeing a deal for the 20-year-old.
  • Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in the summer.
  • Clubs in rugby union's Premiership want an increase in overseas player quota from next season to offset the loss of Kolpak players post-Brexit.


  • Proposals for a change to football's laws to allow temporary replacements for players who may have suffered concussion are hanging by a thread, with FIFA's medical chief and the Premier League unconvinced by the approach.
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  • Mark Noble and Declan Rice have been told to let their West Ham team-mates take up some of the slack as the Hammers prepare to fight their relegation battle in the Premier League.


  • Ex-Celtic midfielder Ross Wallace has signed a short-term contract with St Mirren.


  • Manchester United want to make at least three more signings in time for the start of next season and have budgeted for between three and five additions this calendar year. (Manchester Evening Standard)
  • West Brom are in talks with both Kyle Edwards and Rayhaan Tulloch as they look to secure the promising forwards on long-term deals. (Express & Star)
  • Out-on-loan Watford striker Luis Suarez will not leave Real Zaragoza for Barcelona this season, although the Catalan club are interested in acquiring his services. (Watford Observer)
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure has suggested that his time at Watford could be coming to an end and that he will be allowed to leave in the summer if the right offer arrives. (Watford Observer)

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