PSG prepare bid for Coutinho as Reds eye up Promes
PSG are ready to return to Liverpool with a £40 million bid for star man Philippe Coutinho having failed with a £22 million bid in the summer according to The Express. The report says that Coutinho is aware of PSG's interest and the forward is attracted to the idea of winning more trophies abroad. It also adds that he has told close friend Neymar that he would be open to a move to Barcelona but the Catalan side want to wait until the summer. Sources at Anfield have reportedly admitted that the player could well move on in the summer.
One player who could be arriving at Anfield in January is Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes. The Reds missed out on Julian Draxler, who signed for PSG, and Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he wanted to bring in a forward who can play across the front line. The report from The Mirror says that the player has a release clause of around £20 million and the club have already signed a replacement in Aleksandr Samedov.
Paper Round's view: Having beaten Liverpool to Draxler it would be some top level trolling from PSG were they then to sign Coutinho. It seems highly unlikely Liverpool would sell such a prized asset in January but fans should be concerned come the summer. A club like Barcelona is always on the lookout for a marquee signing and Coutinho pretty much ticks all the boxes. As far as replacements go Promes is very much a gamble but then again that's what people said about Sadio Mane...
Spurs chasing Zaha but Allardyce wants to keep him and add Defoe
The Times are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur want to try and sign Wilfried Zaha during the January transfer window. Having failed with a bids of up to £21 million in the summer Mauricio Pochettino wants the club to go back in for Zaha because he feels the team lack pace and width. Palace are said to value Zaha at closer to £30 million.
However new Palace manager Sam Allardyce is desperate to keep Zaha at Selurst Park according to The Mirror and he also wants to bring in Jermain Defoe to bolster the attack. Defoe helped fire Sunderland to survival under Allardyce and the new Palace boss wants to sign him for £6 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly Sunderland manager David Moyes is reluctant to lose Defoe when it would be so difficult to replace his goals.
Paper Round's view: Should Allardyce add Defoe to his team and keep Zaha it will be pretty much the best window he could hope for. However it's unlikely he'll get Defoe unless they up the reported bid and if Zaha then pushes for a move things could get tricky. The key for Zaha is to show that this form is more than just a flash in the pan.
Wilshere fears for Arsenal future
Despite Arsene Wenger's public assurances that the club would offer a new contract to Jack Wilshere The Mirror report that no such deal has been offered yet. With 18 months left on his deal the report says that Wilshere is starting to worry about his future. He reportedly believes that unless the club offer a new deal soon it will be a sign that they want to cash in on him in the summer.
Paper Round's view: The report states how much that Wilshere loves Arsenal and would be reluctant to leave but it is equally clear how much Arsene Wenger loves Wilshere and wants him to succeed. However at this stage of his career a move away might actually be best for all parties. By buying the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny Arsenal have shown that they are not relying on Wilshere and the player himself seems liberated by his loan move to Bournemouth.
Red Bull consider West Ham
Austrian energy drink giants Red Bull are reportedly looking at making a bid to takeover at West Ham. Red Bull own clubs in New York, Germany and Austria as well as one in Ghana they are looking to sell but according to The Sun they now want to make a move for West Ham. They see the Hammers as the perfect investment in London because of their new stadium but UEFA laws state they cannot fully purchase the club, they instead must become major shareholders. The West Ham owners, David Gold and David Sullivan have made it clear they don't want to sell but a big offer may tempt their resolve.
Paper Round's view: This is an interesting one because West Ham clearly need something to change, and perhaps this is the way that it could happen. It wouldn't be popular and would probably cause a massive rift amongst the fans but then look at where RB Leipzig are in the table right now...