Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, July 14: Sunderland target David Moyes as Allardyce replacement, Real Madrid give up Pogba chase, Arsenal striker latest

14 Jul

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


John Stones is set to become world’s most expensive defender, with Manchester City close to signing the Everton centre-back in a £50million-plus deal. (talkSPORT)

Sunderland will turn to David Moyes if manager Sam Allardyce leaves the club to become England manager, according to several newspapers.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also in Sunderland’s sights after Allardyce had talks with the FA this week. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes to wrap up a deal for Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante soon. (Daily Star)

But Leicester City have offered 25-year-old Kante a new £100,000-a-week contract in a bid to persuade him to stay at the King Power Stadium. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has given up competing with Manchester United for the signing of France international Paul Pogba. (The Independent)

Meanwhile, Los Blancos boss Zidane has now decided to keep 23-year-old Spain striker Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer. (The Independent)

The Gunners have instead turned their attention to Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, and are ready to make a £42m offer for 25-year-old Frenchman. (Daily Express)

Arsene Wenger is also chasing a £55m deal for Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are considering a move for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello after the 24-year-old rejected a move to Liverpool. (Daily Express)

Spurs, along with rivals Arsenal, are also scouting Inter Milan captain and striker Mauro Icardi, 23, according to his wife and agent. (Evening Standard)

Turkish club Besiktas are planning a £25m bid for 30-year-old Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany(Fanatik)

West Ham will allow Enner Valencia to join Serie A side Lazio, but ONLY if the Hammers complete a deal for AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca first. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City will bid around £12m for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. (The Guardian)

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