TOP STORYCherries make shock JT move
John Terry’s clumsy challenge against Peterborough that earned him a red card last weekend appeared to hint at the beginning of the end, and Bournemouth have made a surprise move, according to the Mirror and Express.
Having made a loan move for Jack Wilshere last summer, Eddie Howe is hoping to now lure the former England captain in a similar deal, says the reports.
It remains to be seen what motivation would be there for Terry, who has already said he never wants to play in a Premier League side other than Chelsea, but there would be the chance of regular games to finish an incredible career.
08.24 GMT: Sticking with West Ham, ESPN FC reported last week that Fiorentina, Genoa and AC Milan were among the sides looking to bring Simone Zaza back to Serie A.
The London Evening Standard now say Fiorentina may be leading the chase for the Italy international striker because their own man Nikola Kalinic is close to moving to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in a £42m deal.
08.03 GMT: Good morning and welcome to Wednesday’s Transfer Talk live blog. We’ll begin with West Ham United’s seemingly never-ending search for a new striker.
After being linked with Jermain Defoe, Michy Batshuayi and plenty of others, it looked like Scott Hogan could be the man to bolster the Hammers’ frontline.
But the Daily Mail reports Brentford have rejected a £12.5m bid and are holding out for £15m for a player who has scored 14 goals in 25 appearances this season.
Allardyce to ditch Benteke
It seemed to be a match made in heaven: the big, powerful centre-forward and a manager not shy of a long ball and service into the penalty area, but the Mirror reports that Sam Allardyce is prepared to sacrifice the services of Christian Benteke in order to fund new recruits.
The new Crystal Palace boss would ideally like to keep the Belgian striker, but a reported £30 million fee to fund a squad overhaul could be tempting as he bids to save the Eagles from relegation.
And it’s no surprise that one of the interested teams is Beijing Guoan, who are said to be prepared to make a big-money move to take the former Liverpool star to the Chinese Super League.
Tottenham eye move for River starlet
Tottenham are hoping to thrash out a move for River Plate’s striking starlet Sebastian Driussi, according to the Independent.
Driussi is the top scorer in Argentine football right now, with 10 goals in 14 matches, and the 20-year-old talent could be made available at the right price.
Los Millonarios would want £10m, a loan back and a sell-on clause, but Spurs may be willing to bow to those demands to move early for this prodigious prospect.
Atalanta knock back Everton’s Kessie bid
Everton are looking to make a splash on a new investment but have suffered a blow as the Guardian reveals their £15m bid for super-talent Franck Kessie has been knocked back.
The Toffees have already agreed to a £22m deal for Manchester United’s Morgan Schneiderlin, according to sources close to the club, but Kessie would represent the future at centre-midfield with the ageing Gareth Barry slowing down.
Antonio Conte is a known admirer of the Bergamasca starlet, who has scored six and assisted two more this term. La Dea would want between £30-34m in order to part with their Ivorian international, but having already sold Roberto Gagliardini for €2m on loan to Inter, with a €20m buy-out option, clubs may have to wait until the summer for Kessie.