WELCOME to your daily club-by-club round-up of Premier Football gossip based on our Whispers Index – don't forget the hottest Whispers are those closest to 5.0…


  • Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi but the Spanish giants are holding out for the German international's £42.1 million release clause (FW Index – 4.7)
  • … meanwhile, Ligue 1 club Lyon are also playing hard ball regarding star striker Alexandre Lacazette, with the Gunners expected to table an improved offer on the £29.3 million offered last week (4.5)
  • … Leicester City boss Claudio Raneiri says Riyad Mahrez is ‘distracted' by rumours linking him to North London, the 2015/16 PFA Player of the Year played in the Foxes 4-0 loss to Paris St Germain on Sunday


  • Cherries' boss Eddie Howe looks satisfied with his business so far, including the recruitment of young Liverpool duo Jordon Ibe and Brad Smith, but with four weeks of the window remaining he may well have yet to stand firm with offers expected for his best young stars


  • Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan's season-long loan move is close to edging closer the line, with some sources close to the club  suggesting that it is already a done deal already (2.3)
  • … and Sean Dyche looks keen on adding another loanee from the North West to his squad with Manchester United's Northern Irish international Paddy McNair on his radar, although Celtic are also in the running (1.9)
  • … an outside bet would be on Republic of Ireland attacking midfielder Robbie Brady heading to Turf Moor from Norwich City, although a host of clubs including West Bromwich Albion have expressed an interest (1.4)


  • Negotiations on Romelu Lukaku‘s protracted return to Stamford Bridge continue, with new Everton owner Farhad Moshiri and the Goodison Park boardroom holding out for £75 million for their prized asset (4.5)
  • … that deal could hold the key to Diego Costa's own return to a former side, with Atletico Madrid waiting in the wings with a reported £40 million bid (3.1)
  • … one man definitely on his way out of Antonio Conte's squad is left-back Baba Rahman, the Ghanian has penned a season-long loan deal today after passing his medical in Gelsenkirchen

Crystal Palace

  • Having allowed young goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to leave for Premier League rivals on a three-year deal Southampton on Monday, Palace boss Alan Pardew is hoping stave off the South Coast club's interest in midfielder James McArthur (1.1)


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Manchester United

  • Paul Pogba has hinted on his Twitter account that a world-record breaking £100 million switch from Juventus could be imminent – he tweeted a picture of himself onboard a flight out of Los Angeles, saying “Flight delay, thinking of football #footballislife.” (4.7)
  • … Jose Mourinho could continue to splash the cash with a £22 million investment in Monaco right-back Fabinho, who could provide competition to versatile Italian full-back Matteo Darmian (2.2)
  • … while Mourinho's fellow Portuguese Jose Fonte has also emerged as an outside shot to sign on from Southampton (1.6)


  •  “ZIDANE TO BORO” is the headline in the North East – the French legend Zinedine's son Enzo has been tipped to follow former Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanke to Teesside (1.4)
  • … in demand Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi is also on the shopping list at the Riverside as the Premier League new boys look to add some experience to their squad (1.7)
  • … although one man who's been around the football block a few times himself, David Nugent, could drop back into the Championship to join Walter Zenga's Wolves revival (1.8)           


  • Reports in Spain are linking Barcelona academy prospect Cristian Tello to St Mary's in a £10 million switch (1.3)
  • … manager Claude Puel has also instructed his staff to keep tabs on another of Europe's bright young things, Anderlecht's 19-year-old midfielder Samuel Bastien (1.2)
  • … although the new Saints' boss face a fight to prevent England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster out of the clutches of his predecessor, Ronald Koeman (1.0)       

Stoke City

  • The Potters' club shop shirt printer will need to be in top gear should they land Bayer Leverkusen's, 20-cap Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos (2.4)
  • … former boss Tony Pulis faces the prospect of losing his prized asset Saido Berahino from West Brom after Mark Hughes joined the race for the wantaway striker (2.2)
  • … there could be vacant strikers' shirt at the Brittania Stadium should Peter Crouch complete a reported move to Swansea City (1.1)


  •  In his first official press conference as boss, David Moyes told the media he isn't ruling out a raid on former club Manchester United for winger Adnan Januzaj (3.3)
  • … Yann M'Vila is looking to make his season's-long loan on Wearside permanent if a deal can be struck with parent club Rubin Kazan (3.4)
  • …with Lamine Kone strongly linked with a move to Everton, Senagalese defender Kara MBodji could be landed from Anderlecht if an £8 million fee can be agreed (2.7)

Swansea City

  •  Swans boss Francesco Guidolin is in the hunt for striking replacements after sanctioning Bafetimbi Gomis' season-long loan deal to Marseille – Spanish international Fernando Llorente the latest to be linked to the club (2.8)
  • … still bubbling under is Leonardo Ulloa's £10 million deal from champions Leicester (1.8)
  • … while another experienced Premier League attacker in the frame is Tottenham's Nacer Chadli (3.1)

Tottenham Hotspur

  •  With Chadli seemingly on his way out of White Hart Lane, Marseilles winger Georges-Kevin N'koudou looks all set to fill that spot on the flanks in an £11 million deal (3.5)
  • … one for the future could be 18-year-old Belgian Youri Tielemans who has edged closer to a move from Anderlecht having played against Spurs in the Europa League last season (1.1)
  • … Mauricio Pochettino has authorised the loan of his countryman, Argentine defender Federico Fazio to Roma with a view to a permanent deal next summer (4.8)


  •  After a summer of flirting with French attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, the Lille deal could be back on (2.4)
  • … a fresh whisper has linked experienced Blackburn Rovers centre-back Matt Kilgallon to Vicarage Road (1.5)
  • … Heurelho Gomes' improved two-year deal, signed last month, could pave the way for back-up stopper Costel Pantilimon to make a switch to Aston Villa (1.1)

West Bromwich Albion

  •  Diafra Sakho's switch is all but done after West Ham agreed to sell the 26-year-old striker striker to their Premier League rivals for £16 million – with personal terms to be agreed (4.8)
  • …a surprise deal expected to rise up in the FW Index this week is Jonny Evans to Arsenal as the Gunners continue search for an experienced defensive signing (3.5)
  • … another defender looking at the Hawthornes exit door is Sebastien Pocognoli, with Standard Liege upping their interested in the Belgian (2.2)

West Ham United

  •  The trail of Andre Ayew is hotting up with the Irons expected to formalise a £20 million deal for the Swansea City forward, who scored 12 goals last season, in the coming days (3.8)
  • … Swedish full-back Martin Olsson could be back in the Premier League come the big kick off should Slaven Billic follow up his interest in the Norwich City player (2.8)
  • … Kieran Gibbs is another option on the table, although the Gunners have told their London rivals that a loan deal is out of the question for the England man (2.4)


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