Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip: Ziyech, Pochettino, Zidane, Werner, Haaland, Trippier, Origi

Wednesday's Transfer Gossip: Ziyech, Pochettino, Zidane, Werner, Haaland, Trippier, Origi

  • Barcelona are looking at Chelsea’s Morocco international Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany striker Timo Werner, 25, are alternative options to Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 26. (ESPN)


  • Manchester United are ready to abandon their search for an interim manager if they can get Mauricio Pochettino from Paris St-Germain now. (Guardian)


  • Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, another possible United target, wants to take over at PSG if Pochettino leaves for Old Trafford. (Telegraph – subscription required)


  • Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a director on the club’s football board, will have no role in their search for a new manager. (ESPN)


  • Liverpool, Leicester and Newcastle are monitoring 20-year-old Guinea striker Aguibou Camara, who plays for Olympiakos. (Sun)


  • Borussia Dortmund are preparing a new deal for striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, in a bid to convince the Norway international to stay. (Sky Deutschland, in German)


  • Newcastle are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel, 32, and the Belgium international, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is open to a move. (Sport1, in German)


  • The Magpies also want to sign England full-back Kieran Trippier, 31, from Atletico Madrid. (Mirror)


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  • Belgium’s 26-year-old forward Divock Origi, who is a target for Newcastle, will not be allowed to leave Liverpool in January. (Northern Echo)


  • Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is targeting Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier as his first January signing.(Daily mail)


  • Jesse Lingard is one of few Manchester United fringe players who still want to leave Old Trafford in the wake of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure as manager.(Daily mail)


  • Kalvin Phillips suffered a minor head injury when he fell down some stairs during Leeds United’s Christmas party in London on Sunday, but he was able to return to training on Tuesday.(The daily telegraph)


  • Almeria will not budge from their £60m price tag for striker Umar Sadiq, one of dozens of players to be linked with a January move to Newcastle United. (Daily express)


  • Leeds United expect to complete the signing of Espanyol’s teenage forward Mateo Joseph in the early stages of the January window and remain keen on Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.(Daily express)


  • Barcelona’s new boss Xavi wants to bring striker Baghdad Bounedjah to the Nou Camp from his former club Al-Sadd. (Daily star)


  • New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has sanctioned the January sale of Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, 26. (Football Insider)


  • Gerrard wants to sign Spain centre-back Pau Torres, 24, from Villarreal. (Fichajes – in Spanish)


  • But Torres, who turned down a 60m euro (£50.4m) move to Tottenham in the summer, is happy to stay at his hometown club for now. (Guardian)


  • Liverpool and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 30, has dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to first club Barcelona. (Liverpool Echo)


  • Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 29, would be interested in returning to Borussia Monchengladbach when his contract ends in 2024. (Mit Geredet, via Mail)


  • Burnley, Brighton, Norwich, West Brom, Sheffield United and Blackburn have all watched English striker Rhys Healey, 26, who plays for Ligue 2 club Toulouse. (Team Talk)


  • Manchester United have opened talks with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde as they look to appoint an interim manager until next summer.(The guardian)


  • Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe in the summer could come to an end if Mauricio Pochettino leaves PSG and is replaced by Zinedine Zidane. (The sun)


  • Real Madrid are keen on signing Manchester City left-back Pedro Porro, who has been sent out on loan ever since he joined the club in 2019 and is yet to make a first-team appearance.(The sun)

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