rounds up all the biggest transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s papers and online…

Arsenal are eyeing up a January move for Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, and are willing to pay around £36million for him. However, this bid falls short of Real’s £43m valuation of their player, while James himself does not want to leave Los Blancos in January and would prefer to wait until next summer to seal a transfer. The outcast midfielder has made just nine appearances for Real Madrid this term under manager Zinedine Zidane. (Eldesmarque)

The Gunners could soon lose manager Unai Emery with the Spaniard fearing the sack after a dreadful start to the season, and Wolves boss Nuno is a target to replace him in the Emirates dugout. However, he refused to comment on the possibility of succeeding Emery, saying such talk would be ‘disrespectful’. – FULL STORY

Manchester United and Liverpool are battling to sign Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Kai Havertz, with Chelsea and Man City also keen on the 20-year-old Germany international. Havertz, who is valued at around £110m, has starred since breaking into Leverkusen’s first team two years ago, and he is expected to join one of Europe’s footballing giants next summer. Havertz himself would prefer to remain in the Bundesliga until the end of the season, rather than leave in January, as he wants to ensure he is part of Germany’s squad for Euro 2020. (Mail)

Man United outcast Nemanja Matic appears to be nearing his exit from Old Trafford having been pictured leaving training after only 24 minutes. Matic, the Serbia midfielder, arrived at the AON Training Complex at 9:06am on Wednesday morning, but he was back out the door and in his car less than half-an-hour later. Matic has played only five games this season and he’s expected to leave United in January. – FULL STORY

Sir Andy Murray believes Jose Mourinho, who joined Spurs as manager last week, would have been a great appointment for Arsenal with pressure on their head coach Unai Emery. The tennis great also told talkSPORT ‘a change has to be made’ in the Emirates dugout unless Emery can ‘quickly’ turn things around. – FULL STORY

N’Golo Kante denies he was threatened by a man carrying a gun during a dispute between his main agent, Abdelkarim Douis, and other advisors in March 2017. The incident is alleged to have occurred due to Douis not sharing the commission he earned when Kante joined Chelsea from Leicester with Rachid Saadna, one of the France midfielder’s advisors. Kante says a ‘discussion’ took place with Saadna and his brother, Houari, but denies claims the latter was carrying a gun at their meeting in a Paris suburb. – FULL STORY


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Tottenham, managed by Jose Mourinho, are leading the race to sign Bruno Fernandes, the Sporting and Portugal midfielder who earlier this week signed a new contract. Spurs wanted Fernandes earlier this year but failed to secure a summer deal, but they are expected to go back in for him when the transfer window reopens in just over a month. (Record)

Caglar Soyuncu, Leicester’s superb central defender, has been linked with Manchester City following his excellent start to the season, but his agent insists the 23-year-old is not considering his future right now. “After such performances in the Premier League, it is quite natural for transfer news to appear,” said Mustafa Dogru. “Caglar now focuses on the success of the team. A transfer is neither on his nor the club’s agenda. I don’t know what’s going on in the future, but he’s thinking about his achievements at Leicester City and with the national team.” (Leicester Mercury)

David Moyes is being considered for a return to West Ham should Manuel Pellegrini lose his job in east London. Pellegrini is under pressure but the board continue to back him, though they have started assessing candidates who could replace the Chilean in the London Stadium dugout. Moyes has been out of work since leaving the Hammers in 2018, and is also a target of Everton’s with Marco Silva similarly under pressure. (Standard)


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