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…


  • Out of favour French international full-back Mathieu Debuchy is on his way to Galatasaray on a season’s long loan deal (FW Index 4.9)
  • … while the odds are shortening on coming Torino’s uncapped Brazilian Bruno Peres coming in to provide cover at right-back (4.1)
  • … young winger Serge Gnabry – who scored in Germany’s 2-2 Olympic draw with Mexico yesterday – could be set for a return to his former club VFB Stuttgart (2.2)


  • The Whispers remain quiet in Dorset; the Cherries look like waiting until the end of the window to see if they have any further requirement. Boss Eddie Howe has spent £20 million so far in the window – Lys Mousset (£5.4 million) and Jordon Ibe (£15 million) remain the only two cheques cashed so far.


  • Fulham’s Scottish midfielder Tom Cairney, who played 39 times in the Championship last season, could be on his way to Turf Moor (3.3)
  • … Sean Dyche has entered the race with Southampton for Belgian international Steven Defour (2.3)
  • …while the Clarets’ boss is also keeping tabs on the Jordan Ayew situation as the Ghanian plots a move away from Aston Villa (2.3)


  • Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge has dropped in the Index after Everton tabled an improved contract, believed to be worth in the region of £135,000 a week, to try and keep the Belgian on Merseyside (4.5)
  • … Antonio Conte hadn’t ruled out his No2 stopper, Asmir Begovic (1.5), or striker Loic Remy being used as collateral in the Lukaku deal (1.4)
  • … but the Italian boss is still waiting on a response to the £38 million offer to Napoli for French defender Kalidou Koulibaly (3.5)

Crystal Palace


Hull City

  • Manchester United’s Phil Jones has emerged as the latest target for the managerless Tigers (2.1)
  • … according to club insiders Gianfranco Zola has held a second round of talks with Ehab Allam, Hull’s Vice-Chairman, about the vacancy (1.2)
  • … meanwhile, City owner Assem Allam has turned down an initial £5 million from Middlesborough for defender Harry Maguire (3.7)

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Leicester City

  • Riyad Mahrez is not going Arsenal! That is according to club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who has posted a picture of the pair on Instagram with the message ‘You’re not for sale!!’ (4.6)
  • … outgoing Swiss Gokhan Inler’s destination looks set to be Turkish club Besiktas after talks began on a €3 million move (1.9)
  • … his name is Michael Cain, and the midfielder has joined League Two Blackpool on a season’s loan deal


  • The Reds have had a £33.5 million offer rejected by Sporting Lisbon for Euro 2016 winner Joao Mario (2.6)
  • … teen sensation Martin Odegaard, 17, could be loaned out to Liverpool from Real Madrid to gain top-flight experience this season (2.1)
  • … and Jonas Hector remains odds-on to make the move to Anfield in a £20 million switch – the left-back played 30 minutes of Cologne’s 2-0 win over Eibar last night (4.2)

Joao Mario

Manchester City

  • Marlos Moreno is almost certain to be City’s third arrival of the week after Atletico Nacional agreed a £4.75 million fee for 19-year-old who will head straight out on loan, Deportivo La Coruna his most likely destination (4.9)
  • … Pep Guardiola is interested in Barca’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, but even big-spending City may baulk at paying a £67 million release clause for a goalkeeper (1.3)
  • … target John Stones featured in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial game at Old Trafford this week but his switch to Manchester remains on ice for the time being (3.2)

Manchester United


  • Lazio’s Wesley Hoedt has been lined up by Aitor Karanka, the Dutch defender would cost around £5 million (1.4)
  • … a similar offer was rejected by Hull City for Harry Maguire, although the 23-year-old is said to have handed in a transfer request yesterday to force through the move (3.7)


  • Belgium midfielder Steven Defour remains on the top of Claude Puel’s shopping list (2.0)
  • … while across the Low Countries, it could be one Dutchman in and one out with Wesley Hoedt (1.2) potentially replacing Virgil van Dijk, who has been linked with FC Twente (1.2)

Stoke City

  • AFC Wimbledon defender Ryan Sweeney has completed his £250,000 move to the Brittania after completing a medial today
  • … Robin van Persie sparked the Twitter social media rumour mill into action after he followed Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy on Twitter – although his move back to the Premier League would most likely be with the Potters (1.3)
  • … Houston Dynamo are looking to take defender Geoff Cameron back stateside (2.5)


  • It could be a straight shout-out with Monaco for Eduardo Salvio after Milan dropped out of the running for the Benfica striker (3.2)
  • … David Moyes has allowed winger Will Buckley to join Sheffield Wednesday on a season’s loan deal
  • … but the Black Cats are hoping to take American full-back DeAndre Yedlin back to Wearside either on another loan deal or permanently (1.2)

fernando llorente

Swansea City

  • With a medical just remaining, Sevilla's Fernando Llorente should be a Swans’ player by the end of the week (4.3)
  • … Tottenham's Nacer Chadli looks more of an outside bet as Mauricio Pochettino looks set to give the winger another shot at the Spurs’ first team (1.4)
  • … 19-year-old Bastian Kurz from FC Augsburg remains an option, the striker is yet to make his Bundesliga debut (1.4)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s deal has taken a half-point rise in the FW Index today (4.1)
  • … with news that Clinton N’Jie could be used as a makeweight in the deal with the Ligue 1 side (2.0)
  • … while Juan Mata’s Manchester United future under Joe Mourinho is being monitored closely at White Hart Lane (1.5)


  • Central midfielder Mario Lemina is being watched across Europe, with Watford’s new Italian boss Walter Mazzarri joining Schalke and Real Betis in the hunt (2.9)
  • … it could prove a double Juve swoop, with Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra also linked to Vicarage Road (2.0)
  • Brighton & Hove Albion are reportedly keen on taking Czech striker Matej Vydra to the South Coast (1.5)

West Bromwich Albion

  • Newly installed West Brom Chairman John Williams insists ‘funds are available’ are the club were sold to a Chinese investment group today
  • … Williams mentioned ‘two or three realistic targets’ for the Hawthorns club, Diafra Sakho remains the most likely buy if the deal can be resurrected following his failed medical (2.2)
  • … while Jonny Evans to Arsenal has risen sharply, although no formal bid has been made for the Northern Irishman (3.2)

West Ham United

  • Slaven Billic said after last night’s 3-0 win over NK Domzale – the Irons’ first game at the Olympic Stadium – that he wants to add five players to his squad
  • … Inter Milan’s Davide Santon is wanted on a season-long loan after first-choice left-back Aaron Cresswell was ruled out with a long-term injury (3.3)
  • … experienced Colombian striker Carlos Bacca could be one of the ‘five’ heading to the East End after United approached Milan about his availability (2.4).

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