Tuesday 21 November 2017

Transfer Watch: Chelsea boost as Ozil's Werder talks collapse

CHELSEA and Real Madrid were given fresh hope in their pursuit of Mesut Ozil last night when Werder Bremen conceded that they may have to sell their gifted forward.

Ozil (21) has entered the final year of his contract and negotiations to extend the deal collapsed over the weekend, leading his club to fear that he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Bremen have valued the player at £22m after he was among the stars of the World Cup finals.

Decent bets

Joe Cole is ready to snub Arsenal and Tottenham for a move to Liverpool.

Cole has reportedly been offered a £90,000-per-week three-year deal by Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson, who hopes the capture of Cole will go some way towards persuading Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stay.

Cole's preference is to move to a Champions League club but the prospect of becoming a senior player at Anfield could persuade the former West Ham player to settle for Europa League football.

Hodgson has also spoken to Loic Remy about a possible move, but Nice have set a lofty valuation on their striker after rejecting a £10.7m offer from West Ham.

Liverpool have also been offered Christian Poulsen, a year after the Juventus midfield player was first linked with a move to Anfield.

Lecce have expressed an interest in signing Krisztian Nemeth, who who has not made an appearance for Liverpool since he joined three years ago. The Hungarian (21) was on loan at Blackpool and AEK Athens and is among several players expected to leave Anfield.

Emiliano Insua is to hold talks with Fiorentina after Liverpool agreed a £5m fee to sell the defender to the Italian club. Liverpool are monitoring Maynor Figueroa as a possible replacement, but Wigan have valued the Honduras left-back at £8m.

Tottenham are in talks to sign Stipe Pletikosa, six months after the Croatia goalkeeper was close to joining them from Spartak Moscow.

Long shots

Luis Fabiano has said that he wants to remain at Seville, despite interest from several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham.

Arsenal have been offered Sebastian Giovinco, the attacking midfield player who has fallen out of favour at Juventus. The 23-year-old was voted the most valuable player in helping Italy to lift the 2008 Toulon tournament.

West Ham and Sunderland could miss out on Asamoah Gyan after Fenerbahce offered £12.5m for the Rennes and Ghana striker.

Martin Jol and Sven-Goran Eriksson are the main candidates to fill the managerial vacancy at Fulham.

Irish Independent

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