“We have made bids for four or five players, we won’t talk about them today. We will talk about them if we get them. I don’t want to go into it specifically, doing deals and business with people you should deal directly with them. Once they are done you can talk about them more openly. That’s the way I prefer to conduct my business.”
The ex-Southampton man has barely featured in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho and is expected to be one of many upcoming exits.
Another may be more unexpected as the Telegraph claim that West Ham are preparing to launch ambitious moves for either Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial as both grow unhappy with the lack of first team football as they struggle to fit into Jose Mourinho’s system and cannot earn starts ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Hammers are desperate to add to their front line and feel that both youngsters would be strong additions with real quality, but it remains to be seen if Mourinho would allow either to depart on loan.
The Daily Mail claim that Manchester United have rejected any suggestions that they have made a bid for Swedish defender Victor Lindelof after his agent Hasin Cetinkaya told newspaper Aftonbladet:
“I can only comment that there is a bid on Benfica’s table, they can consider it. And I’ll be meeting with Benfica also. He knows that there is a concrete bid and is happy about it – this is proof that he has done very well.”
The central defender is expected to be nearing completion of a move worth £38 million plus add-ons to bring him to Old Trafford in time to cover Eric Bailly’s absence when he travels to the African Cup of Nations in mid-January.
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