Thursday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including Diop, Soumare, van de Beek

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours

Two Premier League sides are chasing a West Ham defender while patience in Jesse Lingard wears thin at Old Trafford - all in Paper Talk.

DAILY MAIL

  • Massimiliano Allegri has his eye on the Manchester United job should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Old Trafford reign end in the coming months.
  • Aston Villa are hopeful of agreeing terms with AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a short term contract with the option of a further year.
  • Ajax are 'considering' an attempt to bring Matthijs de Ligt back to the club on loan after seeing his mixed start to life at Juventus.
Robert O'Connor looks at Chelsea's transfer targets and Frank Lampard's delicate balancing act
Robert O'Connor looks at Chelsea's transfer targets and Frank Lampard's delicate balancing act

THE SUN

  • Tottenham are set to step up their bid to land Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan.
  • Jesse Lingard is facing the axe at Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targeting £60m-rated Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
  • Chelsea are delaying bringing Nathan Ake back to the club until they can offload on Andreas Christensen from their wage bill.

DAILY MIRROR

  • Arsenal are reportedly ready to battle Manchester United and Tottenham to sign highly-rated Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare.
  • Shkodran Mustafi has changed agents, sparking speculation the Arsenal defender is looking to secure a move in the January transfer window.
The latest from the January transfer window
The latest from the January transfer window

DAILY EXPRESS

  • Chelsea want to beat Tottenham to a £40m January transfer deal for West Ham defender Issa Diop.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • Manchester City are targeting between four and six signings this year, depending on potential departures, as the Premier League champions seek to build on the serial success of recent seasons.
  • Manchester United are giving serious consideration to a move for Donny van de Beek, the highly regarded young Ajax and Holland midfielder.
Alex Keble takes a tactical look at how Tottenham can beat Liverpool without Harry Kane
Alex Keble takes a tactical look at how Tottenham can beat Liverpool without Harry Kane

DAILY STAR

  • Liverpool have identified Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey as an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson and Ed Woodward felt humiliated by Manchester United's Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.
  • Leeds are hoping to seal two transfer deals by the end of the month with a goalkeeper and striker their priority.

THE GUARDIAN

  • Casey Stoney does not believe there will ever be enough resources to support VAR in the Women's Super League.
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