Football rumours from the UK media
The latest gossip and rumours from the newspapers and online:
Manchester City are lining up moves for Southampton defender VIRGIL VAN DIJK and Sporting Lisbon midfielder WILLIAM CARVALHO as long-term replacements for VINCENT KOMPANY and YAYA TOURE, according to the Daily Mail.
Chelsea will wait until the summer to splash £50million on Napoli's KALIDOU KOULIBALY as the Senegal defender will be on duty at the African Nations Cup during the second half of the season, the Sun reports.
The Express reports that ODION IGHALO remains in Walter Mazzarri's plans at Watford despite a poor start to the season.
Exeter and Wales Under-19 midfielder ETHAN AMPADU is expected to choose Arsenal over Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Manchester United manager JOSE MOURINHO will make the strengthening of his defence the main priority in January, the Sun reports.