A round-up of today’s transfer gossip and football stories from around the newspapers.
Nicolas Gaitan has rejected a move to Al-Ahli in favour of a transfer to Manchester United. The Argentina winger has been tipped to be the man to replace Angel Di Maria at Old Trafford.
Arsenal are on the brink of signing Russian striker Alexander Kokorin. The Dynamo Moscow striker has been linked with Paris St Germain, Manchester United and Zenit.
Arsenal and Liverpool are ready to pounce on a deal for Jakub Blaszczykowski after reports claimed he is ready to quit Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea are confident they can complete a £110m double swoop for John Stones and Paul Pogba before the end of the transfer window.
Besiktas are close to confirming a deal for Manchester United flop Victor Valdes.
Leeds United are looking to sign Leicester City defender Liam Moore with Uwe Rosler watching the centre-back play in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory against Bury.
Everton are making plans to sell John Stones despite denials he is set to leave the club with Chelsea set to make a fourth bid of around £33m.
Enner Valencia has blasted West Ham, claiming they have forgotten he is injured.
Mario Balotelli has re-joined AC Milan on a season-long loan.
West Bromwich have rejected a £22m Tottenham bid for Saido Berahino.
Everton have set their sights on Tottenham defender Federico Fazio.
Chelsea have targeted Zenit St Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay as an alternative to Everton’s John Stones.
Lewis Grabban, a reported target for Bournemouth, went AWOL from Norwich’s team hotel after Canaries manager Alex Neil told him he was a substitute for their Capital One Cup tie with Rotherham.
Everton are discussing a move for Partick Thistle defender Jack Hendry, 20 and hope to iron out work permit issues with Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate.
Tottenham will table a third offer for Saido Berahino after their latest bid was rejected on Tuesday.
David Moyes and Real Sociedad are hopeful of closing a deal for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.
Tottenham winger Erik Lamela is in talks with Inter Milan, his father and agent has confirmed.
West Bromwich Albion are lining up QPR striker Charlie Austin to replace Saido Berahino.
Virgil van Dijk is ready to quit Celtic for the Premier League – but he will not be joining Arsenal.
West Ham believe they can get a deal for Juventus’ Italy international Simone Zaza done before the weekend.
Wolves have slapped an incredible £14m price tag on Benik Afobe to try to scare off Norwich.
John Stones and Saido Berehino have been warned they are risking their England futures if they leave for Chelsea and Tottenham.
Louis van Gaal believes he is building a squad at Manchester United capable of winning the Champions League.
Jesus Navas is determined to keep his Manchester City place even if Kevin de Bruyne is signed.
Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal are not about to throw away their title challenge after a stuttering start.