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BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 25

Monday morning has once again reared its ugly head and as frustrating as that may at least I can soften the blow with a large serving of transfer debunking to start your week. So without prolonging the agony any further lets dive two footed into the latest batch of gossip.

Gossip in standard font, my thoughts are in bold

Everton have made a new offer of £32m for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, which would take their summer spending past the £100m mark. (Daily Mail) Swansea are looking for nearer £40m, another thing to think of is just where would he fit into a team that also has Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney and Davy Klassen?

Having already agreed a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, Manchester United could sign another Chelsea target after agreeing a £35m deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22. (Daily Star) This was supposedly meant to be a done deal a week ago, not sure why this is taking so long to complete a deal. The longer it goes on the more Manchester United have a chance of hijacking the deal

Arsenal are willing to make a third bid of more than £45m for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, having already had offers of £30m and £40m turned down this summer. (Daily Mirror) Will it be third time lucky for Arsene Wenger?

Gunners forward Theo Walcott, 28, is determined to fight for his place despite being linked with a £20m move to West Ham. (Daily Star) Wenger needs to stop being so loyal to his players and this would be a warning to the rest of the squad that the patience has run out for that group of under achievers

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is interested in £10m Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, 19, who played at the Under-20 World Cup and whose agent is former Manchester United midfielder Juan Veron. (Daily Mirror) Another young talented player but perhaps not quite the kind of signing that Tottenham fans are hoping for

Newcastle are trying to finalise an £8.5m deal for Norwich midfielder Jacob Murphy, 22, although Southampton and Crystal Palace are also in the running to sign him. (Daily Mirror) Newcastle have not had the best of transfer windows and will look to steal a march on their top flight rivals

North-east rivals Newcastle and Middlesbrough will both compete to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, 20, on loan next season. (Times – subscription required) Mixed reports here as also Jurgen Klopp is believed to want Ojo as part of his first team squad next season

West Brom are in talks with Bournemouth to sign defender Marc Wilson, 29, who would cost around £1m. (Birmingham Mail) Not big business but could be a solid addition, nothing to get too excited about in fairness

Burnley want to sign Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, 33, for £2.5m after completing a deal for former Potters team-mate Jon Walters. (Sun) Is Burnley become the new Stoke? Does this also mean that Mark Hughes is looking to freshen up his squad at The Bet365

Leeds are looking to sign Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 20, on either a loan or permanent deal. (ESPN) His surname sounds more befitting of someone who has played for the British and Irish Lions

Manager Thomas Christiansen says a decision on the future of Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci, 27, has already been made after the Italian was involved in a confrontation with his own supporters during a friendly. (Yorkshire Post) He’s gone then

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