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January BBC Gossip Column Debunked – Issue 27

It’s Saturday evening, not the best time to be writing it must be said but it has been a busy day of F.A. Cup action, something that I would rather gloss over after Tottenham laboured to a draw against Newport. However there is still a lot of gossip to wade through, so here are all the back page headlines

As always – gossip in plain text, my views in bold

Real Madrid want Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager and have made an approach for the Tottenham boss. (Mail) They want him with a huge Real overhaul on the cards this Summer, however I cannot see Daniel Levy being too keen on this especially with their being no break clause in Pochettino’s contract

Spurs are close to completing a £21.9m deal to sign Paris St-Germain’s 25-year-old Brazil winger Lucas Moura. (RMC Sport – in French) On the evidence of that draw with Newport, Tottenham could certainly do with him

Manchester City have agreed a club-record £57m deal to sign Athletic Bilbao’s 23-year-old French centre-back Aymeric Laporte. (Guardian) At least FFP is doing what it is meant to do…

Real Madrid are planning to buy Chelsea’s 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard, Tottenham’s 24-year-old England striker Harry Kane and Manchester United’s 27-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea this summer. (Mail) A recycled trio of rumours from earlier in the month

Arsenal have made a part-exchange bid of £10m plus 32-year-old France right-back Mathieu Debuchy for West Brom’s 30-year-old Northern Ireland centre-back Jonny Evans. (Star) Such a bunch of skin flints

The Gunners will have to bid over £25m if they want to sign Evans from the Baggies. (Sun) Especially if that is the price that the Baggies are after

West Brom boss Alan Pardew says clubs interested in Evans will get a “nicer” response if they get in touch at the weekend rather than making contact closer to transfer deadline day on Wednesday. (Telegraph) So is business to be done over the next couple of days?

Newcastle have had a new £15m bid rejected for Feyenoord’s 27-year-old Denmark striker Nicolai Jorgensen. (Sky Sports) That is because….

The Dutch club have told the Magpies they will have to pay at least 25m euros (£21.9m) to sign the Dane. (Northern Echo) So Newcastle will need to find a bit more money to land their target

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says Aleksandar Mitrovic will not be sold to a Premier League club. Brighton are understood to have already made a bid for the 23-year-old Serbia striker. (Telegraph) But they will struggle to find that via the sale of Mitovic

West Ham manager David Moyes will try to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, 29, if he fails to get Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 28. (Sun) I would say the purchase of Sturridge would be more likely

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he cannot assure Sturridge of more first-team football if he stays with the Anfield outfit. (Guardian) With a World Cup on the horizon then Sturridge knows he will have to move to have any chance of getting to Russia

Former Everton and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is in talks with the Dutch FA about becoming Netherlands manager. (VI – in Dutch) Can Koeman revive the fortunes of the Dutch national team?

Juventus are interested in signing Manchester United’s 28-year-old Italy full-back Matteo Darmian. (Sun) Could this be a loan deal until the end of the season?

Chelsea will look elsewhere if a deal for Roma’s 31-year-old Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko is not reached by the end of the weekend. (Telegraph) The search for a new striker continues at Stamford Bridge

Brighton have had a £1.5m bid for Luton right-back James Justin, 19, accepted by the League Two club. (Sun) One for the future but Brighton still need a striker in a bid to beat the drop

Fulham’s 27-year-old captain Tom Cairney wants to move to West Ham but his club are refusing to sell. The Hammers are reportedly ready to pay £15m for the Scotland midfielder. (Sky Sports) An advance on yesterday’s original link

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