Friday's Paper Talk: Football transfer news, rumours and gossip including Stones, Alcantara, Zaha, Brooks and Delph

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours

Plenty of transfer gossip to ease us all into the weekend, as Thiago Alcantara pushes a move to Liverpool and West Ham close in on a deal for Man City's John Stones.


  • John Stones could be set for a reunion with former boss David Moyes at West Ham as Manchester City begin a clear-out.
  • Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants his team's Champions League game against Barcelona moved to Portugal because of a coronavirus spike in Catalonia.
  • Sergio Romero wants to hold showdown talks with Manchester United over his future - with Dean Henderson heading back to Old Trafford.


  • Thiago Alcantara has confirmed he wants to leave Bayern Munich amid Liverpool transfer links.
  • Crystal Palace will demand around £70m for Wilfried Zaha - which could net Manchester United a £17.5m bonus in sell-on fees.
  • Gareth Bale has told Wales boss Ryan Giggs he intends to stay at Real Madrid next term even if a lack of games leaves him rusty for the Euros.
  • Brighton are eyeing Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles for a summer move.


  • Liverpool have been handed a boost in their bid to land Thiago Alcantara this summer after claims the midfielder has informed Bayern Munich he wants to quit the Allianz Arena.
  • Arsenal, Chelsea and the FA are calling on fans to stay away from Wembley on Saturday, fearing some could go to celebrate if their team wins the FA Cup.
  • Clive Tyldesley has been signed by Americans CBS Sports to lead their Champions League commentary - along with Jamie Carragher.
  • Mesut Ozil will remain at Arsenal this summer with his agent revealing that the former Germany international is keen to see out his contract at Emirates Stadium.
Thiago hopes to leave Bayern Munich for Liverpool


  • Leicester are eyeing Bournemouth's David Brooks but face competition from West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
  • Liverpool are ready to revive their interest in Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly after missing out on him last summer.


  • Leeds are plotting a double swoop for two former players - Everton midfielder Fabian Delph and Tottenham full-back Danny Rose, as boss Marcelo Bielsa looks for players with Premier League experience before their top-flight return


  • Amanda Staveley, the businesswoman at the centre of the Saudi-led takeover bid of Newcastle, has blamed rival clubs for opposing the buyout and the Premier League for delaying the approval.


  • Newcastle could still have new owners before the start of next season with American businessman Henry Mauriss now in pole position.
  • Chelsea and Manchester City are among a number of leading clubs who are monitoring whether David Alaba signs a new contract at Bayern Munich.


  • Lille are set bid £17m bid for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos - with West Brom waiting in the wings and preparing a rival offer.
  • Winger Jordan Jones has been told by manager Steven Gerrard that he can leave Rangers.
  • Aberdeen have made a move to land Leeds striker Ryan Edmondson.

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