Coutinho To Paris
French side Paris St-Germain are preparing a £40m January bid for Liverpool’s star Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, 24.
The French club failed with a £22m offer for the Brazilian forward last summer, but are ready to come back again with a double-your-money offer for a player they have coveted for some time.
Coutinho, 24, has been out for seven weeks with ankle ligament problems, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has ruled him unlikely to return in time for the New Year’s Day top-of-the-table clash with Manchester City.
But PSG will move in anyway – although they face competition from both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Coutinho is aware of PSG’s interest and has become unsettled at Anfield with the prospect of trophies being more readily achievable abroad.
Bayern Munich Sign Sule
Chelsea have missed out on a key defensive target, as Bayern Munich have reportedly agreed an undisclosed fee for 22-year-old Germany centre-half Niklas Sule with his current club Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim star reportedly heading for Allianz Arena as Carlo Ancelotti also agrees free transfer for teammate Sebastian Rudy.
The imposing centre-back was a January target for Antonio Conte, who was said to be preparing a stunning £30million bid.
It means Chelsea will be forced to look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements yet again despite being favourites for the title.
In Other News…
New Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe to help the Eagles to survive in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)
However, Sunderland manager David Moyes says a “priceless” Defoe, 34, is not for sale. (Sunderland Echo)
But Allardyce will have a fight to keep hold of winger Wilfried Zaha with Spurs ready to make another move for the 24-year-old. (Daily Star)
West Ham are being targeted by energy drinks giant Red Bull for a £200m takeover. (Sun)
Liverpool are set to step up their bid to sign Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes, 24. (Daily Mirror)
The Football Association has received more than 150 applications for the post of England Under 21 manager. (Daily Mail)
Everton manager Ronald Koeman wants up to five new faces in the January window, including Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25, but admits he will struggle to bring anyone in if they are also targets for other Premier League rivals. (Sun)
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard would “love” a return to Chelsea. The 38-year-old is now a free agent as his New York City contract expires at the end of 2016. (Sky Sports)
Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini is set to leave Napoli, according to the club’s president. Everton and Stoke have been linked with the 25-year-old. (Radio Kiss Kiss, via FourFourTwo)
Barcelona have agreed a 30m euro (£25.5m) deal for Valencia and Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo, 22. (Sport.es)
Former England goalkeeper Ben Foster, 35, is targeting silverware at West Bromwich Albion, after signing a new contract at the club. (Express and Star)
New Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola has hinted that he may make a move for Nottingham Forest’s 26-year-old midfielder Henri Lansbury. (Nottingham Post)