Daily transfer news and rumours roundup - 22nd November 2016
Here are the top transfer stories and rumours from 22nd November 2016 featuring West Ham’s decision to keep hold of Premier League’s most sought-after young talent. Wayne Rooney’s future looks to be under new clouds of doubt after Jose Mourinho admitted that Rooney is becoming slower by the day.
Elsewhere, Liverpool are stepping up their interest in signing one of Man United’s top priority targets. Chelsea are making the headlines as well after nearing a move for one of Europe’s finest central defenders.
Reece Oxford ready to snub Manchester duo
West Ham are ready to tie down Reece Oxford to a new contract with the club bringing an end to the constant speculations of him signing for either Manchester United or Manchester City.
The Daily Star has reported a story claiming West Ham manager Slaven Bilic personally looked into Oxford’s contract extension as he wants to offer The Hammers faithful some good news after a turbulent start to the season.
Man United to complete double deal for defenders in January
Manchester United are prepared to bring in two new defenders in January with Virgil Van Dijk and David Alaba being linked with a move to Old Trafford. According to reports from Manchester Evening News, Mourinho wants proper cover for Eric Bailly’s January exit to the African Cup of Nations and wants Van Dijk at all cost with Alaba being considered as an option for next summer.
One Man United target ready to hand in transfer request
While Alaba and Van Dijk are linked with a move to Man United, one defender who could tempt United into making a bid for him in January is Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez who has grown frustrated at the lack of options at Vicente Calderon and will consider quitting the club in January if need be.
United have been told about his £56million release clause and Don Balon believe that United will make an offer for the talented 21-year-old central defender.
Milan to revive their interest in Wilshere
AC Milan will come back with a summer offer for Arsenal outcast Jack Wilshere next summer, according to reports from Gazzetta dello Sports. Milan were very close to signing Wilshere last summer but the England international chose to stay in the Premier League and signed for Bournemouth on a season-long loan. However, Milan will rekindle their interest in Wilshere who is all but certain to seek an exit from Arsenal in order to play more regular football.
Liverpool seriously considering a bid for Van Dijk
Liverpool are stepping up their interest in signing Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk in January as Jurgen Klopp is eager to complete a mini squad overhaul to ensure his team’s push for the league title. Klopp believes that the central defence and full back areas are still a matter of concern for his side and Daily Star believes that a £25 million bid will see Van Dijk become the latest Southampton player to sign for the Anfield giants.
Chelsea favourites to sign Thiago Silva?
PSG skipper Thiago Silva is expected to quit the Ligue 1 side in the summer when his current contract expires. Chelsea are among the four clubs chasing Silva’s signature and The Blues are leading the race to sign the experienced Brazilian defender. Antonio Conte wants a senior defender at Stamford Bridge to be the club’s next leader once John Terry leaves in the summer.