Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, April 21: Liverpool in shock move for Newcastle reject, Brendan Rodgers set for Swansea return?

21 Apr

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online…


Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Antoine Griezmann this summer, although there are fears over his Premier League suitability. Griezmann has been the subject of intense Premier League interest over the past two years and at 25, he is now pondering a move away from Spain. (Daily Mail)

Brendan Rodgers wants assurances about his budget before taking the Swansea job. Former Liverpool boss Rodgers is in line to make a sensational return to the Swans after being targeted as the Welsh club’s first choice to be their next boss. Rodgers is in pole position and the Swansea players believe he is likely to come back this summer, four years after leaving for Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a sensational return to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The German boss is set to hand French international Ben Arfa another shot in the English top flight after a torrid time at Newcastle and Hull. (The Sun)

Liverpool will launch a £35million bid to sign Callum Wilson and Aaron Cresswell. Bournemouth striker Wilson would cost £20m and West Ham defender Cresswell £15m. (The Sun)

Klopp has also personally instructed his scouts to monitor Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic. The 17-year-old has broken into the Dortmund first team this season, making 10 appearances in total for the German club. And Klopp has put Pulisic on Liverpool’s long-term radar, viewing him as one of the premier talents in Europe. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are ready to offer Andre Schurrle a return to the Premier League. Winger Schurrle only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea just over a year ago, but is already unsettled at the Bundesliga club. (Daily Mirror)

Victor Wanyama is continuing to stall on a new deal at Southampton. The defensive midfielder is holding out for a move to title-chasing Tottenham this summer with just a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Claudio Ranieri has made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Francesco Totti’s move to America. It looked as if Leicester were about to fail in their audacious bid to land the Italian icon — after it emerged that the star preferred a switch to the States to join New York Cosmos. But boss Ranieri has personally phoned the World Cup winner in a bid to convince him to head to Leicester instead. (The Sun)

Stoke and Leicester scouts have been tracking Paris Saint-Germain youth midfielder Yakou Meite. (Stoke Sentinel)

Eddie Howe was in Leeds watching teenager Lewis Cook on Tuesday as Bournemouth gear up to renew their interest in the midfielder this summer. (Daily Mail)

And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…​​

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Aly Cissokho set to start Aston Villa exodus after relegation by making Besiktas switch

Manuel Neuer quashes Manchester City speculation by signing new long-term Bayern Munich contract

Liverpool transfer report: Reds send scouts to watch Colombia ace Marlos Moreno at US tournament

Borussia Dortmund beat Liverpool to highly-rated French starlet Ousmane Dembele – reports

Newcastle to reignite interest in French midfielder Clement Grenier, but Lyon admit ‘he is not in a good place’

Fenerbahce snubbed £8m deal for Riyad Mahrez last summer to sign Liverpool flop Lazar Markovic

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