Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…


Manchester United have sent scouts to watch on-loan Everton striker Henry Onyekuru. The Toffees pipped a host of clubs to Onyekuru’s signature in the summer before loaning him to Anderlecht. He has seven goals in 14 appearances this term, attracting interest from Europe’s biggest clubs. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have ade Mesut Ozil their January alternative to Philippe Coutinho – and believe they can land the Arsenal star for seven times LESS than his Liverpool counterpart. It is believed that £17million (€20m) will be enough to sign Ozil, who is out of contract next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger has made Leon Goretzka his No1 midfield target for next summer. Schalke midfielder Goretzka is on course to be out of contract at the end of the season and Arsenalare chasing the 22-year-old Germany international. (Daily Mirror)

Nacho Monreal reckons Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be Arsenal players until at least the end of the season. The Gunners’ star duo are out of contract at the end of this campaign but could leave in cut-price deals in the New Year. (Daily Mirror)

Thibaut Courtois is ready to shelve talks over a new contract as the uncertainty over his Chelsea future intensifies. The Belgium international’s existing deal expires at the end of next season, though Chelsea desperately want to tie their No 1 down to a new long-term contract. However, talks have not progressed since the last round of talks in May, amid talk he could move back to Madrid – with either Real or former club Atletico. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United target Gareth Bale is one of eight Real Madrid stars set to be axed next year. The current La Liga champions have had a poor start to the season and are considering a huge shake up to sort things out. (Diaro Gol)

Michael O’Neill has been offered a new six-year contract on improved terms to remain as Northern Ireland manager and snub Scotland’s advances. (Daily Mail)

And here are the latest headlines…​

Micky Gray is delighted with Chris Coleman’s appointment as Sunderland manager – but is warning he must be backed in the transfer market if the club’s fortunes are to be transformed

Jurgen Klopp admits he understands why Daniel Sturridge is ‘not happy’ with his current role at the club, but has dismissed reports the striker is set to leave in January

Sevilla believe they will win the race for Chelsea and Liverpool target Javier Pastore this January

Leicester City are ready to push ahead with a January move for New York City FC forward Jack Harrison

Barcelona starlet Mateu Jaume is being chased by Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester City