Sunday, December 24, 2017

Here is the top football gossip in Sunday’s newspapers…

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to launch a double January transfer swoop for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Manchester United defender Luke Shaw to revive his side’s bid for honours. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are holding off handing Jose Mourinho a new contract. Doubts are growing over whether he can take the club back to the summit of English football. United’s bosses have been left stunned by the way Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have turned the Premier League title race into a procession with Mourinho seemingly unable to respond. (Sunday Mirror)

Pep Guardiola has an interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred as Manchester City plan to bolster their midfield options next summer. The 24-year-old starred for the Ukrainian champions during last month’s Champions League victory over City. (Mail on Sunday)

Olivier Giroud’s agent is due in London for crunch talks this week over the Arsenal striker’s future. Giroud has started just one of the 15 Premier League fixtures he has been involved in this term. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham have had an opening £8million bid for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected by the South Coast club. (Sunday Express)

James Collins will be free to speak to other clubs in January with West Ham yet to open talks over a contract extension. (Mail On Sunday)

Stoke City are continuing to discuss a potential deal for Augsburg full-back Daniel Opare. Manager Mark Hughes wants to upgrade his options at full-back and a £3million fee is being discussed. (Mail On Sunday)