FOOTBALL GOSSIP

 

Manchester United have made a bid of £70m for Torino’s 23-year-old Italy forward Andrea Belotti. (Independent)

 

 

Real Madrid’s Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has agreed to join United and is waiting for the two clubs to agree a fee of around £60m before making the move to Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)

 

 

Morata’s representative, Juanma Lopez, had talks with Real Madrid representatives on Friday to pave the way for the former Juventus player’s move to United. (Guardian)

 

 

AC Milan are reluctant to meet Diego Costa’s wages of £200,000-plus a week as the Chelsea striker seeks a new club after being told he is no longer part of Antonio Conte’s plans. (Daily Telegraph)

 

 

Chelsea must pay Juventus £52m for Brazil defender Alex Sandro, 26, who has three years left on his contract with the champions of Italy. (London Evening Standard)

 

 
West Ham are trying to sign Chelsea’s 21-year-old Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore for £17m. (Daily Mirror)

 

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield will try to sign Leeds United’s New Zealand forward Chris Wood, 25, for £15m. (Sun)

 

 

Newcastle United are closing in on the £8.7m signing of French defender Florian Lejeune, 26, from Spanish club Eibar. (Marca via Newcastle Chronicle)

 

 

Leicester City are close to signing non-league defender Sam Hughes, 20, from National League side Chester for £125,000. (Leicester Mercury)

 

 

Aston Villa have had a £500,000 bid for Stoke’s Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan, 33, turned down but the Championship club remain confident a deal can be done. (Sentinel)

 

 

Newly promoted Brighton will listen to offers for Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood, 26, just one year after signing him from Reading. (Argus)

 

 

Norwich City are interested in signing defender Sean Raggett, 23, who helped Lincoln City win promotion to the Football League and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2016-17. (Eastern Daily Press)

 
The back page of Saturday’s Daily Express also features Harry Kane
Former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, 43, is the new favourite to take charge of the Black Cats. (Sunderland Echo)

 

 

Bolton want to sign Newcastle United winger Sammy Ameobi, 25, after the former England Under-21 international’s successful loan at Wanderers in 2016-17. (Bolton News)

 

 

Newcastle United’s Scotland defender Grant Hanley, 25, and Middlesbrough’s Spanish defender Daniel Ayala, 26, are both wanted by Sheffield Wednesday. (Sheffield Star)

 

 

Reading hope manager Jaap Stam will sign a new two-year contract when he returns from holiday. (Reading Chronicle)

 

 

 

Boxing champion and Everton fan Tony Bellew says his next fight will be against whichever manager lures striker Romelu Lukaku away from Goodison Park (Talksport)

 

 

Premier League games could kick-off at 11:00 on a Sunday morning from 2019-20 to increase value to Asian broadcasters. (Daily Mail)

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