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…


  • Deportivo la Coruña striker Lucas Perez is on the verge of completing a £17 million move to Arsenal. Tonight the Mirror are reporting that the 27-year-old passed his medical in London today. (4.9)
  • The Gunners are also set to complete the £35 million capture of Valencia’s World Cup winning defender Shkodran Mustafi after finally agreeing a fee with the Spanish club. (4.9)
  • The Arsenal board have reportedly refused to sanction a big-money bid for star striker Antoine Griezmann – Atlético Madrid want €100 million. (3.6)


  • Cherries boss Eddie Howe admitted in a press conference today that he would like to add one more player to his squad – but for now there are no Whispers to report here.


  • Ipswich Town are showing interest in Burnley winger Michael Kightly. The former Wolverhampton Wanderers player may have to take a step down to the Championship in order to find first-team football. (1.8)
  • Burnley are still being linked with FC Basel’s 28-year-old midfielder Birkir Bjarnason, but this Whisper the Icelander has cooled today. (1.1)
  • Could Sean Dyche be preparing a contingency move for Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote? (1.0)


  • Speedy Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is wanted by Rafa Benítez, as the Newcastle United boss looks to bolster his attacking options. (4.6)
  • The Blues are still desperate to sign a new centre-back. They’ve made a huge offer for Alessio Romagnoli, but AC Milan are refusing to sell. (4.5)
  • Antonio Conte’s first choice defensive target is Kalidou Koulibaly, but his hopes of signing the Senegal international appear to be fading, with Napoli keen to retain their key player. (4.2)

Crystal Palace

  • Crystal winger Wilfried Zaha was the subject of a bid from Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, but Eagles' chairman Steve Parish has blocked the deal. (2.7)
  • Santos midfielder Lucas Lima has emerged as a surprise target for Palace. (1.1)
  • Chelsea forward Loic Remy remains an outside bet for Selhurst Park but West Ham have taken the lead on this one. (1.1)


  • Striker Manolo Gabbiadini is still a potential Goodison target – the Italian international started Napoli's Serie A opening 2-2 draw with Pescara. (4.0)
  • Joe Hart’s days at Manchester City seem numbered after the Citizens signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona – although Ronald Koeman is playing it cool. (1.9)
  • Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a big-money return to Chelsea for most of the summer, but any such deal is looking unlikely, as deadline day draws closer. (1.8)

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Hull City

  • Hull City have emerged as the favourites to sign Jay Rodriguez from Southampton. The England international is looking to complete his comeback from a career-threatening knee injury. (4.6)
  • The Tigers have lodged a £10 million bid with Tottenham Hotspur for midfielder Ryan Mason. (2.3)
  • Meanwhile, caretaker boss Mile Phelan has said that he ‘expects nothing to happen' over Aston Villa's interest in star striker Abel Hernández. (2.6)

Leicester City

  • Leicester City want to sign former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, but Sevilla are refusing to sell for a penny less than his €30 million release clause. Will the Premier League champions break the bank to sign the Frenchman? (4.0)
  • The Foxes could yet pair Sporting Clube de Portugal striker Islam Slimani with fellow Algerian Riyad Mahrez – although West Brom are also in the mix. (1.4)


  • Jurgen Klopp is still considering a swoop for Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi of FC Porto – although the Dutchman may prefer to stay in the Champions League. (2.6)
  • Stoke City are interested in signing towering French defender Mamadou Sakho. (2.3)
  • The latest in the epic Mario Balotelli is that the Italian has reportedly travelling to the South of France to discuss a potential deal with Nice. (2.0)

Manchester City

  • Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony appears to be surplus to requirements at the Etihad. West Ham United are thought to be interested, but as they close in on Simone Zaza, will the Hammers still want another striker? (1.5)
  • England goalkeeper Joe Hart seems destined for an exit from Manchester City – Liverpool could offer a loan move to the Shrewsbury Town stopper. (2.2)
  • Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has a gift for getting the best out of underperforming defenders, will he be able to work his magic on Eliaquim Mangala? The Partenopei are reportedly interested in signing the Frenchman. (1.1)

Manchester United

  • Manchester United will have to pay in excess of €25 million to land Fabinho from AS Monaco, will the Red Devils stump up the cash? (3.7)
  • United's interest in Southampton captain José Fonte remains on a medium heat in the FW Index charts. (3.2)
  • And Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo looks to have played his last match in a United shirt, with Valencia ready to pay €12 million for the former Sporting CP player. (3.1)


  • Fiorentina forward Khouma Babacar is the only Whisper on Teesside tonight. The Senagalese youngster scored seven goals in 23 games for La Viola last season. (1.1)


  • Southampton are set to smash their club transfer record with the £20.5 million capture of attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Ligue 1 side Lille. (4.9)
  • Boufal’s arrival could see Jay Rodriguez leave St. Mary’s, with Hull City and West Bromwich Albion both interested in the former England player. (4.6)
  • And the Saints are desperate to hang onto their captain José Fonte amid interest from Manchester United. (3.2)

Stoke City

  • Stoke City have made a €20 million offer to Borussia Dortmund for teenage sensation Christian Pulisic. However, BVB are not looking to offload one of their most talented youngsters. (2.9)
  • The Potters are also considering an audacious late raid for Liverpool’s French defender Mamadou Sakho. (2.3)
  • Meanehile, Jose Mourihno seems to have had second thoughts about letting Phil Jones leave Old Trafford. (1.8)


  • Sunderland are awaiting official clearance of their €8 million move for 28-year-old Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra. (4.6)
  • The Black Cats continue to be linked with a move for Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila. Kazan are third from bottom of the Russian Premier League after four matches. (2.9)
  • The chances of landing Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson have faded at the Stadium of Light tonight – Swansea look set to announce the 22-year-old defender's arrival. (1.3)

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Swansea City

  • Alfie Mawson should be a Swans' player by the end of the weekend – Barnsley have confirmed this evening that the former Brentford trainee will not be part of the Tykes' squad for their Championship fixture with Rotherham United tomorrow. (4.6)

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly officially registered their interest in Bayer Leverkusen talented Turkish midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. (3.3)
  • Spurs made a £15 million bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha yesterday but Eagles boss Alan Pardew is refusing to sell the England international. (2.7)
  • Marseille winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou has been spotted at the club's Enfield training ground. (3.9)


  • Derby County are on the brink of signing Watford striker Matej Vydra. (3.9)
  • Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers completed the season's loan signing of Hornets' 22-year-old defender Tommy Hoban.

West Bromwich Albion

  • West Bromwich Albion are set to remain in the battle with Hull City over the signing of Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez. (1.5)
  • Jonny Evans was a target for Arsenal, but with the Gunners set to complete the signing of Shkodran Mustafi in the coming days, the Northern Irishman seems destined to remain at the Hawthorns. (2.9)
  • Baggies' boss Tony Pulis said today that he could yet land five more signings before the window closes next Wednesday – striker Islam Slimani may be one of the ‘famous five'. (3.0)

West Ham United

  • Juventus striker Simone Zaza was all set to undergo a medical in London ahead of a £24 million move to West Ham United. (4.9)
  • Hammers boss Slaven Billic has confirmed that his side’s capture of Zaza will likely end their interest in Chelsea’s Loic Remy. (1.8)
  • And the same would appear to be true of West Ham’s interest in Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony. (1.5)

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