Transfer rumors: Spurs’ other Mous(s)a Dembele; Costa out at Chelsea?
Just two days remain before the January 2016 transfer window closes (Watch Transfer Deadline Day show live, Monday, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), which means all 20 Premier League clubs will be on high alert and hopeful of completing that one last final bit of business over the next 48 hours.
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These are the hottest rumors doing the rounds as Monday’s deadline approaches…
Tottenham Hotspur need a new striker to provide cover for Harry Kane, should the unthinkable happen. According to reports all over, the top-four- and title-chasing club is close to completing the signing of 19-year-old Fulham striker Moussa (two s’s) Dembele (no relation to Spurs midfielder Mousa). The young Frenchman’s contract expires in the summer and Fulham run the risk of recouping a much smaller fee at tribunal, when we leaves as a free agent.
Not quite satisfied with their business done this month, Leicester City are hot in pursuit of AC Milan youngster M’Baye Niang. However, the Guardian is reporting the Foxes have been told the 21-year-old French forward is not for sale after rejecting a big of $17 million.
According to the Daily Mail, Swansea City have made a $10 million bid for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle in an attempt to solve their goalscoring problems, which currently see the Swans the second-lowest scoring side (22 goals in 23 games) in the PL this season.
In the way-out-of-left-field news of the day, the Sun is reporting Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has proposed a swap deal that would see Diego Costa head back to the Spanish capital, while Jackson Martinez takes his place in west London. Unsettled as the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard may be at Chelsea, the Blues will surely be the first to say “thanks, but no thanks.”