We start this transfer update with news on Newcastle United’s potential new manager. It’s believed that an approach for Sheffield Wednesday’s Steve Bruce is in the pipeline.
With some sources suggesting the two clubs are negotiating a compensation package, which would see the former Sunderland manager return to his native North East after less than six months at Hillsborough.
While that story continues to rumble on, so does the situation with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba. Pogba, 26, has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with many of the belief that he is now Real Madrid’s number one target. However, Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been quick to suggest there’s no pressure to sell, while regularly leaping to Pogba’s defence.
If Pogba was to leave Manchester for a second time, it’s said to be Spurs contract rebel Christian Eriksen who has been identified as his replacement. Eriksen was believed to also be a target for Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, with his family being pictured house hunting in the area recently, but Pogba is undoubtedly a more pressing target, with the Dane due back at Spurs this week for training.
On the other side of Manchester, City have managed to secure the signing of Rodri, but it’s potential outgoings which are currently causing a stir. Leroy Sane is still said to be high on the wanted list at Bayern Munich, with the German giants prepared to stump up the cash for the winger. Fabian Delph is also believed to be a target of other clubs, with Everton the latest to show an interest in the 29-year-old England international.
West Ham Problems
The Marko Arnautovic saga at West Ham has finally come to an end, with the Austrian heading to China after his relationship with the club and its fans became untenable. This leaves West Ham in a somewhat precarious position after also seeing Andy Carroll depart. They’ve so far failed in their attempts to lure long term target Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, with the Uruguayan looking set to sign for Valencia instead.
West Ham, however, are believed to have alternative targets in mind, with it rumoured that Mario Ballotelli could have an outside chance of signing for The Hammers. Balotelli, 28, is currently available on a free transfer, and after the West Ham forward line was severely depleted following the Arnautovic and Carroll exits, he could make his return to the Premier League.
Crystal Palace, who are doing their upmost to keep Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park ahead of the 19/20 campaign, look set to announce the signing of Jordan Ayew from Swansea. The 27 year old was on loan at the club last term and it seems likely the deal will now be made permanent for fee believed to be in the region of £2.5 million, with fellow Swansea striker Oli McBurnie also set for a move to the Premier League with newcomers Sheffield United.