Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, September 23: Louis van Gaal set for return to management? Ryan Giggs edging closer to Swansea job?

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…

The prospect of Ryan Giggs launching his managerial career in the top-flight at Swansea City is becoming increasingly likely with the 42-year-old open to the role and the club’s American shareholders thought to be ready to install him if manager Francesco Guidolin’sbad run continues. (Independent)

Louis van Gaal is set for a return to management four months after being sacked by Manchester United. The Dutchman received the chop in May despite having a year left on his contract as the Red Devils plumped for Jose Mourinho instead. Van Gaal has kept a low profile since his Old Trafford exit but reports in Germany claim he is set to take over at struggling Werder Bremen. (The Sun)

Manchester City will consider a fresh move for Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci after Vincent Kompany’s latest injury nightmare. Pep Guardiola is a huge fan of the Italy star and considered a move in the summer. (The Sun)

Arsenal are scouting the Santos wonderkid Yuri, who plays for Brazil Under-17s. Manchester United and Manchester City are also interested. (The Sun)

Marouane Chamakh will not be offered a contract at West Brom. The former Arsenal and Crystal Palace flop failed to impress manager Tony Pulis during his trial at the Hawthorns. (The Sun)

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has no future at Goodison Park. The Toffees paid Lokomotiv Moscow £13.5million for Niasse in January but Ronald Koeman is not a fan of his talents. (Daily Express)

Wilfried Bony’s attitude is being questioned by his Stoke team-mates – just three weeks after arriving at the club. Boss Mark Hughes hoped striker Bony would be the proven Premier League goal-getter his Potters have lacked when he landed him on loan from Manchester City on Deadline Day last month. But it is understood he and his staff are already unhappy with the 27-year-old for failing to show the appetite and work-rate they expect of their players. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa are considering the suspension of England Under-21 international Jack Grealish for this weekend’s game against Newcastle United after his latest off-field misdemeanour. Villa are also likely to fine Grealish two weeks’ wages – around £42,000 – after he was alleged to have been involved in an all-night party in a Birmingham city centre hotel which continued until 8am on Sunday morning. (Daily Telegraph)

Emmanuel Adebayor has rejected claims he smoked cigarettes and asked for a shot of whisky in his coffee during a meeting with Lyon over a potential move to the French club. Adebayor, who was released by Crystal Palace in the summer after his contract expired, met Lyon’s manager, Bruno Génésio, last week to discuss a move to the Ligue 1 side. (Guardian)

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