Manchester United legend Jaap Stam has his heart set on a return to the Premier League – as a manager. Reports in Holland claim the former Old Trafford defender – currently assistant coach at Ajax – has been approached about taking over at two unnamed English clubs, despite being weeks away from getting his UEFA licence.
Everton defender John Stones is the ‘real deal’ and has big future with England, says Ashley Williams. The Swansea skipper reckons Stones has quickly shrugged off any effects of a head-turning 38m bid from Chelsea.
Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Ryan Giggs to become the next boss of Manchester United.Brendan Rodgers will seek assurances from Liverpool’s owners after making the extraordinary claim last night that he is being forced out of Anfield by a conspiracy.
Charlton are going to hand defender Morgan Fox, 22, a new deal, as they fear Manchester United will try to sign him. Louis van Gaal is looking for a new left-back following Luke Shaw’s broken leg and his scouting team have the Welsh full-back on their short-list.
Manchester City youngster George Evans is being pursued by a host of Championship clubs over a loan move.
The FA has rejected Mauricio Pochettino’s claim that they had exhausted Harry Kane by playing him in the European U21 Championship in the Czech Republic this summer. Instead, FA chief executive Martin Glenn hit back by blaming Tottenham’s end-of-season tour to Asia and Australia for the Spurs striker’s fatigue.
West Bromwich Albion are ready to block a loan move for teenage forward Jonathan Leko. The 16-year-old became one of the youngest players to appear in the Capital One Cup when he appeared as a late substitute against Norwich City, and Swindon Town and QPR are both reportedly keen on taking him on loan.
Shuan Derry is emerging as a leading contender to become the new Doncaster manager.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is chasing Brondby teen Armend Aslani.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have identified two of the Premier League’s most creative players as key transfer targets with Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho wanted by the Spanish giants.
Liverpool are planning a second move for Croatian youngster Marko Rog, who was a target for the Anfield club last season but decided to stay with Dinamo Zagreb.
Bolton are hoping to sign Bournemouth striker Yann Kermorgant on loan, although Saturday’s injury to Callum Wilson could give the Frenchman a chance to play in the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez has ordered his Everton scouts to keep a close eye on Burnley defender Michael Keane, with their pursuit of the 22-year-old set to re-open in January.
Scotland international Ikechi Anya is set to reject a new contract from Watford but will stay with the club until the end of the season, when his current deal expires.
Sam Johnstone has been told to forget about making a loan move away from Manchester United, at least until January. Preston were interested in the young ‘keeper.
Chelsea are plotting to beat Manchester United to the signing of young Dutch dazzler Tahith Chong.Victor Valdes is a shock target for Liverpool.Spurs have put Jordan Pickford at the top of their wishlist.
Sunderland face financial chaos if Dick Advocaat fails to keep them in the Premier League.
Yannick Bolasie has agreed a new three-and-a-half year contract at Crystal Palace – but manager Alan Pardew admits the winger could still leave.
Gael Bigirimana felt the full force of Newcastle United’s crackdown on dressing room indiscipline when he was ordered to travel down to London by himself for an U21s game.
England boss Roy Hodgson has won his tug-of-war with the Republic of Ireland over highly-rated Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
Former Sunderland boss Alan Durban expects current manager Dick Advocaat to walk away from the struggling club soon. Durban, who managed the club from 1981 to 1984, said: “I don’t think Dick will see it through. I think he will have had enough very soon. I feel he will get so frustrated with it all.
“West Brom boss Tony Pulis has hailed the impact of record buy Salomon Rondon – despite his disappointing goal return. The striker has only one goal in six games since his 12m summer switch from Zenit St Petersburg.
Bakary Sako says he turned down offers of ‘crazy money’ to join Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace adventure. French-born Mali midfielder Sako, 27, arrived in the summer from Wolves, where he scored 36 goals in 118 games and became Championship Player of the Year.
Chelsea will use Tuesday’s Champions League trip to manager Jose Mourinho’s old club Porto to check out 18-year-old defensive midfielder Ruben Neves. They were one of many clubs who had scouts at last Sunday’s game against Benfica, which Porto won through a goal by Andre Andre.
Manchester City hope to make Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcanatara their next big-money signing and could also bring in Australian midfielder Luke Brattan on a free transfer next week.
Leeds United boss Uwe Rosler hopes to bring Sunderland winger Will Buckley to Elland Road next week on loan, with a view to a £1m permanent signing in January.
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Emmanuel Mbende has agreed to sign for Birmingham City as a free agent.The 19-year-old has been training with the Blues and impressed boss Gary Rowett.
Stoke City, Bournemouth and Southampton are chasing Ajax starlet Anwar El Ghazi, who has just received his first Netherlands call-up.
Watford forward Troy Deeney is loving life in the Premier League. Speaking ahead of the Sunday Sky Live game against Crystal Palace, he said: “For the last three years, I’ve scored 20 but it’s all history. Now I’ve got to score goals in the Premier League. But if you’d said to me six years ago, when I started at Walsall ‘You’re going to be captain of Watford, playing in the Premier League, preparing to play live on Sky on Sunday,’ I’d have said ‘Yeah, good one, mate.’ My mentality is ‘I’m not supposed to be here, but you know what? I am here now and I’m going to make it work.'”
Louis van Gaal, the Manchester United manager, believes it is the gruelling nature of the Premier League that is the biggest hurdle for his side and other English clubs in the Champions League.
Aston Villa are in the hunt for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.
Emmanuel Adebayor will snub a move to Turkish side Antalyaspor and hold out for a Premier League club.Everton are ready to open contract talks with Arouna Kone.
Newcastle are on the trail of Newport’s young striker Aaron Collins.
Tottenham are keeping track of Port Vale’s £2.5m-rated winger Ebo Andoh.
Ron Vlaar has received an offer from Everton to help with his rehab as he fights his way back to full fitness.