Football Gossip & Transfer News For July 12, 2016


Hull City manager Steve Bruce will be spoken to by the Football Association as they step up their efforts to find the next England manager this week. (Daily Telegraph)

Sam Allardyce’s chances of becoming the next England boss have been enhanced by the Sunderland manager’s willingness to help the FA mentor a young assistant. (Guardian)

Graziano Pelle’s move from Southampton to Chinese side Shandong Luneng has made the 30-year-old striker the sixth-best paid player in the world on £260,000 a week. (Sun)

Midfielders Juan Mata, 28, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, and defenders Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind (both 26) have all been deemed surplus to requirements by new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Record)

Villarreal have joined Everton in the race to sign United midfielder Mata.(Daily Express)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is looking to sign Atletico Madrid’s 20-year-old defender Lucas Hernandez for £20m. (Sun)

Colombian forward Marlos Moreno, 19, will sign for Manchester City on a five-year deal, but will then spend next season on loan in La Liga at Deportivo La Coruna. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham chairman David Gold has told the Monday Night Club that the club “won’t listen to offers of less than £50m” for France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29.(BBC Radio 5 live)

Lazio are willing to let Felipe Anderson leave at the right price, with Chelsea understood to be interested in the 23-year-old Brazilian midfielder. (Gazetta World)

The Blues want to sign Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, 29, who is also wanted by Arsenal. (Sport)

Chelsea are preparing a £34m bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Mario, 23. (A Bola – in Portuguese)

Liverpool are out of the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, leaving Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to compete for the 24-year-old.(Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 39, is training with Liverpool in the hope of earning a contract, having last played a Premier League game 14 years ago. (Sun)

Defender Martin Skrtel, 31, is due to arrive in Istanbul tomorrow to complete his £5.5m move from Liverpool to Fenerbahce. (Daily Mirror)

Everton have made an offer of £25.5m for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 21. (Calcio Mercato – in Italian)

Crystal Palace transfer target Christian Benteke, 25, is not on the brink of leaving Liverpool, according to the striker’s agent. (Evening Standard)

Inter Milan have put a £43m price tag on 23-year-old forward Mauro Icardi, who is a target for Tottenham. (AS – in Spanish)

Newcastle United will only consider selling France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26, for £35m. (Independent)

Celtic are considering a £3m bid for Scott Sinclair, 27, with Aston Villa boss Roberto di Matteo ready to offload the winger as part of his squad trimming this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Villa are interested in Bristol City striker Jonathan Kodjia, 26, who scored 20 goals in 48 appearances in all competitions last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Burnley have suffered a double blow after failing with bids for Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick, 24, and Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens, 26.(Daily Mirror)

The Euro 2016 celebrations continue for winners Portugal, with captain Cristiano Ronaldo sharing this photo of the squad with the trophy in the plane taking them home.

Portugal squad with the European Championship trophy
Portugal beat France 1-0 to win Euro 2016 on Sunday

There were plenty of fans waiting back home in Portugal to carry on the party.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and team-mates pose for a photo in front of Portugal fans
Thousands of fans greeted the Portugal squad in Lisbon

Manchester United’s Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho was celebrating his country’s Euro 2016 win in his pyjamas, posting a photo on Instagram with the message: “If you want to visit the country of the european champions visit PORTUGAL!!!!!!!!”

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho took over as Manchester United boss this summer

Spain and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has hailed Stiliyan Petrov as a “true sportsman and a fighter” after the 37-year-old midfielder made his comeback during Aston Villa’s pre-season tour of Austria, just over four years after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Sergio Ramos tweet
Sergio Ramos captained Spain at Euro 2016

England and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has posted a picture on Twitter of a shirt signed by David Beckham. The message from the ex-United and England player reads: “To Marcus, good luck and continue working hard and playing with joy and passion. Love, David.”

Marcus Rashford tweet
Marcus Rashford scored eight goals in his debut season for Man Utd in 2015-16

It appears Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier is not one for relaxing with a book during a beach holiday. He has posted a picture of himself trying out a flyboard during a holiday before of the new season.

Eric Dier on a flyboard
Eric Dier represented England at Euro 2016

It might be a bit nippy but the Stoke players seem pretty happy as they enjoy a dip in an Austrian river during pre-season training.

Bojan Krkic on Twitter
Stoke start their Premier League campaign at newly-promoted Middlesbrough

West Ham have posted a picture on Twitter of their seating design for the Olympic Stadium, where they will start playing their home games from this coming season.

West Ham tweet
West Ham will pay £2.5m a year to rent the 60,000-seater Olympic Stadium


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