Soccer Tori (Gists, rumours, speculations and transfer updates)


Fenerbahce chairman Aziz Yildirim says their Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike, 28, is on the verge of joining West Ham United on loan for the rest of the season.

Bayern Munich gaffer Pep Guardiola’s wife, Cristina, has been given a guided tour of St Bede’s College in Manchester as the Spaniard moves closer to a summer switch to Man City.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has been described as Britain’s vainest footballer after it was revealed the 23-year-old gets his beard and hair cut every day.

A cheeky Colchester fan tried to get a souvenir from Saturday’s loss at the hands of Tottenham after invading the pitch to ask visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm for an autograph.

Leicester City are reported to have had a GBP11.5m offer accepted for Chelsea’s France striker Loic Remy.

Man Utd will receive a GBP23m bid from Real Madrid for Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, in the summer.

Stoke City have called off a club record move for Porto’s French midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 23, and turned down a GBP10m offer from abroad for their 28-year-old Senegal striker Mame Diouf.

Chelsea will move for Atletico Madrid’s GBP60m-rated French forward Antoine Griezmann in the summer if their Belgium international Eden Hazard moves to either Real Madrid or PSG.

Man City are emerging as favourites to sign Everton defender John Stones, 21, rated at GBP50m, although Chelsea are also still interested in the England international.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick, 34, could also be on his way out of Old Trafford. He is out of contract in five months and a number of Premier League and overseas clubs are keen to tempt him away. Meanwhile, the Old Trafford club’s owners, the Glazer family, have demanded cuts behind the scenes with up to 15% reductions in most departments.

Newcastle are set to continue their January spending spree by offering GBP7m for Swansea’s former France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, two years after having a bid for him rejected by their Premier League rivals.

Leicester City are thought to be targeting Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, with Swansea having put in a GBP7m bid for the 25-year-old on Friday.

Everton are believed to be close to signing Lokomotiv Moscow’s Senegal striker Oumar Niasse, 25, for GBP13.5m as a potential replacement for their 22-year-old Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku.

Newcastle’s French winger Florian Thauvin, 23, is set to rejoin his former club Marseille after failing to settle in the North East.

Tottenham are keen to make one final bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, before the transfer window closes on Monday (today).

Newcastle are preparing to make a club record GBP34m bid for Berahino.

West Brom defender Sebastien Pocognoli may leave The Hawthorns after the 28-year-old Belgium international emerged as a loan target for Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile, the Baggies are hoping to sign QPR’s winger Mat Phillips, 24, who is a long-time target, in an GBP8m deal.

MLS side DC United are considering a move for former Manchester City, Celtic and West Brom striker Georgios Samaras, 30. The Greece international is a free agent.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi, 19, has revealed he has literally been told to pull his socks up by assistant manager Steve Bould – and wear them higher to match his team-mates.

Former Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and England midfielder Steve Stone, 44, has put his Victorian stately home in Northumberland up for sale for GBP1.5m after he and his wife decided to move to Dubai to be with their daughter.




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