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

Arsenal

  • Valencia's Director of Football, Jesús García Pitarch, has today said that the La Liga club's priority is to sign a centre-half ‘in case one of the ones at our club leaves' – which could yet mean Shkodran Mustafi may arrive at the Emirates. (FW Index 4.5)
  • Fenerbahçe’s Danish international Simon Kjaer is waiting in the wings as a lower-coast alternative. (4.7)
  • While Arsene Wenger's countryman Jeremy Mathieu is still an outside shot to join the back four from Barcelona (2.2)

Bournemouth

  • Having wrapped up a deal for Marc Wilson, the Cherries are set to join the race to sign Jason Denayer from Manchester City. (2.2)
  • Development side striker Joe Quigley, is set to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a serious knee injury at loan club Gillingham's 2-1 win over Bury on Saturday.

Burnley

    • Turf Moor target Ashley Westwood may have added a few extra £'s on to his value after starring in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town last night. (1.4)
    • Steven Defour has been officially unveiled as the Claret's record signing after joining Sean Dyche's squad for £7.35m.

Chelsea

  • Chelsea may finally have made their move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with reports suggesting the Blues have made a bid of more than £40 million. (4.7)
  • The chances of a Stamford Bridge return for Romelu Lukaku may be fading, as this Whisper begins to cool. (2.9)
  • Serial loan striker Patrick Bamford is being linked with a move back to the Championship with Aston Villa. (2.8)

Crystal Palace

  • The Birmingham Mail has published pictures of Mile Jedinak arriving at Villa Park to finalise his £4 million switch. (4.9)
  • Liverpool are yet to receive an improved bid for Christian Benteke after the Eagles' £23 million (plus £7 million in add-ons) was turned down. (4.7)
  • West Ham United’s Andy Carroll could be Palace’s ‘Plan B' should Liverpool refuse to sell Benteke – although the Geordie did play the full 90 minutes of the Irons' 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Monday Night Football. (3.0)

Everton

  • Joe Hart has edged even close to the Etihad exit door. Everton want the England international, but the 29-year-old apparently prefers a loan deal over a permanent move. (4.1)
  • The Toffees are eying a move for Southampton striker Charlie Austin, even though the 27-year-old striker only signed for the Saints in January. (3.8)
  • Ronald Koeman could go head-to-head with Slaven Bilic to sign Lyon’s exciting winger Rachid Ghezzal. (3.1)

Hull City

  • Hull City could be on the verge of signing £9 million-rated Benjamin Moukandjo from French side Lorient, although Sevilla are also interested in the forward. (4.5)
  • Legia Warsaw striker Nemanja Nikolic is another man wanted at the KCOM Stadium. (2.1)
  • As could be veteran Rickie Lambert who will leave West Brom in a bid for more regular first-team opportunities. (1.3)

Leicester City

  • Brazil youngster Gabriel “Gabigol” Barbosa is likely to figure for his country in today's Olympic Semi-Final match against Honduras – the Foxes will have to play the waiting game on this one. (3.9)
  • Jeffrey Schlupp has slammed the King Power hierarchy for holding up his transfer to West Bromwich Albion (3.5)
  • Arsenal are still considering an improved offer for Riyad Mahrez, but the Foxes remain resolute in their refusal to sell. (3.3)

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Liverpool

  • With the Eagles flapping over Christian Benteke's £32 million price tag, West Brom could yet swoop in on the deal at the last minute. (3.6)
  • With Alberto Moreno continuing to make costly error after costly error, Jürgen Klopp is considering a move for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrão. (2.8)
  • While the reigning European Champions, Real, are considering the Reds' loan offer for teenager Martin Odegaard in a bid to toughen up their wonderkid. (2.1)

Manchester City

  • The Citizens should land Claudio Bravo by the end of the week. Pep Guardiola sees the Barcelona stopper as his ‘sweeper keeper' – the Chilean had the highest pass completion rate (84%) of any goalkeeper in Europe’s top leagues last season. (3.6)
  • Joe Hart clearly does not fit into the ‘Pep plan' and Manchester City, but Everton would love to have the England international in their side. (4.1)
  • Wilfried Bony is being lined up as a possible target for Arsenal, as the Gunners weigh up their options for incoming strikers. (4.0)

Manchester United

  • Manchester United want Southampton captain José Fonte, and could even offer Marcos Rojo in part-exchange. (3.7)
  • Having sold Yannick Bolasie to Everton, Crystal Palace want former England winger Ashley Young as a replacement. (2.9)
  • Inter Milan's Frank de Boer stills wants Dutchman Daley Blind, but José Mourinho has reportedly assured the 26-year-old of his role at Old Trafford. (1.7)

Middlesbrough

  • Lyon midfielder Clément Grenier is being linked with a potential move to Middlesbrough, although the Football Whispers Index suggests this one is less than likely to come off. (1.4)
  • Boro have been pursuing a loan move for Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira commendably, but this Whisper has faded drastically this week. (1.4)
  • A move for Everton defender Brendan Galloway could be on the cards for Boro, although Newcastle United are said to be closer to signing the 20-year-old. (1.0)

Southampton

  • The St. Mary’s exit door may be about to swing open, with Charlie Austin perhaps the first out after attracting interest from Everton. (3.8)
  • Skipper José Fonte would be a huge loss for new boss Claude Puel – but José Mourinho may steal the Portuguese. (3.7)
  • The Saints remain keen on Manchester City defender Jason Denayer, along with a host of Premier League clubs. (2.3)

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Stoke City

  • Dundee United’s 17-year-old prodigy Harry Souttar could be set to move south of the border to join Stoke City. (1.9)
  • The links to West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino are refusing to die, but this deal seems increasingly unlikely as deadline day draws closer. (1.5)
  • Veteran striker Peter Crouch is a target for former side, Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers, as the former England player seems set to leave Stoke this summer. (1.4)

Sunderland

  • David Moyes is keeping one eye firmly on Manchester City defender Jason Denayer. (2.9)
  • … as Lamine Koné continues to be is being eyed by Everton, as the Toffees consider a bid in the region of £18 million for the powerful defender. (2.7)
  • Meanwhile, Spanish playmaker Jordi Gomez has returned to Championship club Wigan on a year's loan deal.

Swansea City

  • The Swans are another club in the hunt for Belgian international defender Jason Denayer, but Sunderland lead the chase for the 21-year-old Belgian. (2.2)
  • Winger Jefferson Montero is being linked with a move to David Moyes’s Sunderland. (1.3)
  • Dutch striker Marvin Emnes has emerged as a potential target for South Wales rivals Cardiff City. (1.2)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Georges-Kévin N’Koudou is said to have been spotted in London awaiting the completion of his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Marseille, but this one has been rumbling on for weeks now. (3.2)
  • Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva is on Spurs’ radar. The 27-year-old impressed for Portugal at Euro 2016. (3.1)
  • Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater could also be a shock target for Mauricio Pochettino. (2.7)

Watford

  • The Guardian is reporting that Watford are close to sealing a £13 million deal for Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra. (4.3)
  • Chelsea’s Kenedy remains a target for the Hornets but this Whisper has cooled quickly during this week. (2.2)
  • Moroccan forward Nordin Amrabat could be on his way to Spain to join fellow ‘Pozzo family-owned' club Granada. (1.3)

West Bromwich Albion

  • The Baggies are rivalling Crystal Palace’s interest in Christian Benteke, but the Eagles remain favourites to sign the Liverpool striker. (3.7)
  • Jeffrey Schlupp is in line for a move to the Hawthorns from Premier League champions Leicester City, however, this Whisper has fallen somewhat since yesterday. (3.5)
  • Arsenal are still considering a swoop for Jonny Evans, but the Gunners seem to prefer Simon Kjaer and Shkodran Mustafi ahead of the Northern Ireland international. (2.2)

West Ham United

  • Crystal Palace want a powerful, aerially strong striker this summer. Andy Carroll fits the bill. (3.0)
  • The Hammers are battling with Everton to sign exciting winger Rachid Ghezzal from Lyon (2.0)
  • Slaven Bilic is being coy as to whether rising star Reece Oxford has been offered a new deal in East London, amid interest from Manchester United. (1.3)

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