So in the first Rumour Round up of the new year we have 4 rumours to discuss. With the Winter Window now being open done deals are flying in an example Everton signing teenage winger Ademola Lookman for £11 million from Charlton.
Kostas Manolas – Roma to Manchester United (£32.5 Million Reported fee*)
With the Victor Lindelof rumour seeming more unlikely by the day new rumours of Centre backs coming to the red side of Manchester gather. It has been reported that Mourinho has made a £32.5M bid for the Greek international. Reports suggest this interest in Manolas started back in the summer when Mourinho first took charge of Man united, Mourinho also showed an interest in Manolas team mate right back Florenzi in the summer. The 25 year old defender seems to stay composed in pressurising situation at the back as he has a 87.8% pass completion rate so he should be a good fit at Manchester United. I feel with the Lindelof deal lacking in progress and also a reported bid this deal may just happen! Will have to wait and see through.
Rumour Rating 6/10
Paul George Ntep – Stade Rennais to Crystal Palace (£8 Million *reported fee)
Sam Allardyce will face hard completion to land French winger Ntep but the club does seem interested as they reportedly enquired the price of the Stade Rennais starter. With the winger reportedly favouring a move to surprisingly 13th place in the Bundesliga Wolfsburg it seems in a way unlikely. Although Palace are set to make multiple signings in Sam Allardyce first transfer window in charge at the club. Chairmen Steve Parish was speaking to a radio station he stated “We’re lacking in a few areas, so we need to try and fix that”. So with the Chairmen seemingly willing to spend only time will time. Will we see the winger at Selhurst Park in January?
Rumour Rating 5/10
Tiago Ilori – Liverpool to Reading (£3.75m Reportedly Accepted fee)
The 23 year old defender Ilori is reportedly on his way to join Jaap Stam’s Reading who currently sit 3rd in the championship. So Tiago Ilori could be joining a potential battle for promotion with Reading. Since the youngster joined from Sporting Lisbon he hasn’t quite reached the heights he would have wanted to at Liverpool as he has been to three different clubs on loan so it was hard for him to make an impact. Sources tell us that Reading have accepted a fee of £3.75m plus add-ons for the centre back. I believe this transfer will go through as an offer has reportedly been accepted also reportedly Liverpool have agreed a 25% sell-on clause for the young defender so if he does in the future go for a large price Liverpool will receive some cash to.
Rumour Rating 8/10
Moussa Dembele – Celtic to West Ham (£20 Million reported fee*)
It seems as if West Ham have given up on signing Jermain Defoe as they have already reportedly have had two bids rejected from Sunderland. So one of Celtic’s key men have been linked to the Hammers. Celtic will almost definitely want to keep the Frenchmen as he has scored 19 in 20 games for Celtic this season. The sum West Ham are thinking of paying reportedly is £20 million and this fee is too low according to assistant manager Chris Davies, so if West Ham stand a chance they will have to well over £20 million in my opinion. I feel Dembele would be a good signing for the Hammers because of his goal scoring threat but in all honesty I don’t see this one crossing the line this winter transfer window.
Rumour Rating 4/10
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