Friday's Paper Talk: Football news and transfer gossip, including Piatek, Reina, Zirkzee and Semedo

Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages
Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages

Paper Talk has all the latest football rumour and transfer gossip, including Tottenham's potential spending spree.

THE SUN

  • Tottenham have agreed a deal worth £28m for AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek.
  • Reece Oxford is on the verge of joining struggling Dutch side VVV Venlo, just six months after quitting West Ham to sign for Augsburg.
  • Gareth Bale is "going nowhere" in January and is highly unlikely to leave Real Madrid in the summer, his agent has claimed.
  • Celtic winger Lewis Morgan could be on the verge of a sensational switch to David Beckham's Inter Miami.
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 MAIL

  • Former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that he was grilled by Everton for three hours when interviewing for their vacant managerial position, before ultimately losing out to Carlo Ancelotti.
  • Chris Powell will continue in his role as one of Gareth Southgate's assistant coaches for Euro 2020, despite taking up a new role alongside Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag.
  • No deal for Pepe Reina will be made with Aston Villa until AC Milan have found another goalkeeper, according to the player's agent.
  • West Ham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan without an option to buy
  • Bayern Munich wonderkid Joshua Zirkzee has revealed he almost signed for Everton under Ronald Koeman, to become their next big hope following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
  • Southend players and staff are threatening to strike ahead of Saturday's game against Tranmere in a protest about unpaid wages, following an acrimonious meeting with manager Sol Campbell about the issue.
Dale Tempest looks at the latest football action
Dale Tempest looks at the latest football action

DAILY MIRROR

  • Tottenham are keen on Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo, with the Catalans and RB Leipzig entering the race for their preferred target, Norwich defender Max Aarons.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is refusing to give up on Juventus defender Merih Demiral - but has competition from Manchester City.
  • Furious West Brom are considering suing rivals Aston Villa over their imminent £3m signing of Barcelona striker Louie Barry.

DAILY EXPRESS

  • Chelsea are poised to make a £40m January move for West Ham's French defender Issa Diop.
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DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are trying to sign Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar on loan until the end of the season.
  • Real Madrid still want to sell Wales international forward Gareth Bale, 30, despite his agent saying a summer move is unlikely.

THE TIMES

  • Mesut Ozil is facing a permanent blacklisting in China, to such an extent that TV commentators are deliberately not mentioning his name during broadcasts of Arsenal matches.
Premier League leaders Liverpool face Tottenham on Saturday night
Premier League leaders Liverpool face Tottenham on Saturday night

DAILY STAR

  • Leicester have opened talks with Barcelona over a potential deal for young right-back Moussa Wague in the January transfer window.
  • FC Metz striker Habib Diallo is on Chelsea'sradar, with the club willing to pay £17m to bring the Senegal 24-year-old to Stanford Bridge.
  • Manchester United are waiting in the wings in case Arkadiusz Milik becomes available at Napoli before the end of January.
  • Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta is being urged to swoop for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake if Chelsea don't sign the Dutch 24-year-old.
  • Crystal Palace or Brighton will have to pay a loan fee to Tottenham if they want right-back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan.
  • Former Juventus player Fabrizio Miccoli has been sentenced to a three-and-a-half-year jail sentence over a Mafia extortion racket.
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

DAILY RECORD

  • Tottenham have made contact with Lyon over a potential blockbuster January transfer move for in-demand Moussa Dembele.
  • Ross County star Mark Gallagher is set for a transfer to Aberdeen, as an extension for Jon Gallagher's loan deal from Atlanta United has been confirmed by the Dons.
  • Tino Kadewere confirms he'd be willing to move this month - and the Celtic target doesn't only have his eyes on England.

SCOTTISH SUN

  • James Tavernier insists he's happy to stay at Rangers, despite interest from former club Newcastle.
  • Celtic have been hit with a fresh injury blow for Hatem Elhamed as the right-back suffered a second groin injury in the Hoops' training camp in Dubai.

OTHER

  • Chelsea have been offered the chance to enter the race for Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar. (London Evening Standard)
  • Tottenham have identified Middlesbrough's teenage right-back Djed Spence as a possible future signing. (London Evening Standard)
  • Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has ruled out a move for Manchester City star Leroy Sane in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)
  • Everton have been named as a potential destination for former Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. (Liverpool Echo)
  • Southampton would consider allowing Jannik Vestergaard to leave the club in January. (Daily Echo)
  • Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia has emerged as a January target for Nottingham Forest (Nottingham Post)

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