Friday 5 September 2014

Friday's Gossip: Strootman, Aarons, Valdes, Sterling, Yepes.

Newcastle midfielder Rolando Aarons, 18, is a target for Manchester City and Liverpool after just 39 minutes of Premier League football. (Daily Star) 

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has denied claims Arsenal launched a bid to sign their Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31, in the final hours of the summer transfer window. (London Evening Standard) 

Arsenal could offer a short-term deal to Colombia's 38-year-old centre-back and free agent Mario Yepes after failing to replace Thomas Vermaelen, who joined Barcelona in the summer, before the transfer deadline. (Daily Star) 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to continue spending in the January transfer window following an outlay of £150m in the summer. Roma's Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, and Borussia Dortmund's Germany centre-back Mats Hummels, 25, are potential targets. (the Times - subscription required) 

But Van Gaal accepts he will not be able to sign Hummels, whose Dortmund contract runs until 2017, for at least two more transfer windows. (Daily Telegraph) 

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will join Liverpool next month once the Spain goalkeeper, 32, who suffered a serious knee injury in March, is fit enough for a medical. (Daily Mail) 

The Reds will need permission from the Premier League for Valdes to play for them before January, as they will need to amend their 25-man squad. (ESPN) 

Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United's attempts to sign PSV Eindhoven midfielder Zakaria Bakkali have been boosted by the 18-year-old Belgian, who has a year left on his current deal, rejecting a new deal with the Eredivisie club. (Daily Express) 

Liverpool will step up their interest in Stromsgodset's 15-year-old Norway under-21 international midfielder Martin Odegaard, who has also been linked with Manchester United. (Metro) 

Former Birmingham and Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, 33, insists he was an option for Arsenal before the Gunners signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. (International Business Times) 


Frank Lampard, 36, who joined Manchester City in the summer on loan from New York City, says he is upset he never got to say a proper goodbye to Chelsea fans. (the Sun - subscription required) 

Newcastle fear striker Siem de Jong, 25, could be out for four months after suffering a groin injury in training. (Daily Mirror) 

France's main commercial television channel, TF1, has dropped Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as a match commentator on the national team's matches. (Guardian) 

Manchester United defender Phil Jones, 22, says his team-mate Wayne Rooney, 29, will prove to be a "great" England captain. (Manchester Evening News) 

Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, 22, says he "had a point to make" after a poor debut against Manchester City and was thrilled to score in the 3-0 win over Tottenham. (the Sun - subscription required) 

Manager Steven Pressley says Coventry City's return to the Ricoh Arena on Friday night is the biggest day in the club's history since they won the FA Cup in 1987. (Daily Express) 

Aston Villa midfielder Kieran Richardson, 29, says the club's assistant manager Roy Keane inspired him to lose weight and get in shape after a serious back injury left him feeling low during their time together at Sunderland seven years ago. (Daily Express) 

Meanwhile, Keane says he is "getting the best of both worlds" in working with Villa as well as assisting Martin O'Neill with the Republic of Ireland. (Daily Telegraph) 

Manchester United are still focused on producing their own players even though they brought in six players at a cost of £150m this summer. (Daily Mirror) 

Midfielder Jordan Henderson, 24, has no doubts that Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling, 19, will not get carried away despite the winger's impressive performances for England. (Liverpool Echo) 

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has called for the transfer window to close before the start of the Premier League season. (Express and Star) 

Sixty-one per cent of 155,000 people polled by Spanish newspaper Marca want Costa Rican Keylor Navas, 27, to replace Iker Casillas as goalkeeper following the 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad. (Marca - Spanish) 

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