Everton will reportedly make a fresh move for Rangers and Scotland star Nathan Patterson in the January window having seen previous bids fail.
The Toffees failed with multiple offers for the player over the summer, with the last of those believed to be around £5million plus add ons. However, they know they will have to up the ante significantly to get their man in the New Year.
Former Gers boss Steven Gerrard completely dismissed Everton’s valuation of the player. However, the Goodison outfit are hoping that a change of manager at Ibrox will bring about a U-turn, as reported in the Daily Record.
Patterson’s value has increased after he became a regular for the Scotland national team this season.
However, he has to battle for Rangers skipper James Tavernier for a regular spot at the Glasgow giants. To that end, he may look for a move away for more regular game time.
Toffees boss Rafa Benitez has made the addition of two new full-backs his top priority in January.
The Spaniard has come to that decision after being involved in a bust-up with Lucas Digne, while regular right-back Seamus Coleman is in the latter part of his career.
Dynamo Kiev’s Vitaliy Mykolenko is expected to take over from Digne, who wants a move in January. Patterson, meanwhile, is expected to provide competition for Coleman and eventually replace the 33-year-old.
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Arsenal urged to snub Everton star
Meanwhile, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith feels Mikel Arteta should look to sign Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins ahead of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Gunners may be in the market for a new hitman. Alexandre Lacazette will be out of contract in the summer and has shown no signs of extending his stay in north London. And, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang currently out of the picture due to disciplinary reasons, Arteta might act in January.
Calvert-Lewin has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates. The 24-year-old bagged 21 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions last term.
He has been capped 11 times by England and responded with four goals. Injury has robbed the Toffees of their hitman for most of the current campaign to date.
The Sheffield-born ace has made just three appearances in 2021-2022. And he scored in each match, the last being a 2-0 triumph over Brighton in late August.
Rafa Benitez’s side has suffered in his absence, winning just three top-flight games while he has been sidelined. Reports earlier this week suggested the capital outfit were considering a move for the former Sheffield United star.
But Smith has his doubts over the Goodison man and has urged them to switch focus to the West Midlands.
“I wouldn’t say Calvert-Lewin is an ideal fit for Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports. “In many ways he’s an old-fashioned centre-forward and he loves balls being swung into the box. There’s not many better at getting his head to the ball and attacking it.
“In terms of his movement, maybe Ollie Watkins is a striker I’d have thought Arsenal would look at, but are they looking at him?”
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Newcastle move for deadly Chris Wood partner with £42m striker ready to join
Newcastle are striving to bolster their firepower even further after ramping up their efforts to land Atalanta marksman, Duvan Zapata, per a report.
The Magpies have already landed former Burnley forward Chris Wood this month. The New Zealander set Newcastle back £25m, and Burnley have since identified where they’d like to spend that money.
But with near-bottomless funds at their disposal, Newcastle are hotly tipped to continue splashing the cash before the January window slams shut.
They remain strongly linked with Sevilla centre-half Diego Carlos. The Brazilian has been reported to be open to joining the revolution at St. James’ Park and personal terms have already been agreed. At present, it is Sevilla’s lofty demands that are holding up a switch.
Another player who is keen to move to Newcastle in the coming days is Duvan Zapata, according to the Mirror.
Newcastle had been linked with the 30-year-old Colombian earlier this month. The Daily Record claimed a £25m bid had been lodged, though that fell some way short of Atalanta’s valuation of around £10m more.
Newcastle reignite Zapata interest; player wants move
But per the Mirror, Newcastle are ready to reignite their interest and give their front line a clinical edge.
They report Newcastle are ‘stepping up attempts’ to land Zapata in a ‘loan-to-buy’ deal.
Atalanta value the hitman at £34m and would command an £8m loan fee. If sanctioned, the total cost of fees would be £42m if the buy option was later triggered.
From the player’s perspective, Zapata is stated to ‘want to join the Geordies’. Toon officials are now declared to be working hard to make the deal happen.
Zapata has been simply superb since moving to Atalanta initially on loan in 2018. The Colombian has notched 78 goals in 152 appearances for the club across all competitions.
A further 38 assists have been provided, and Zapata is very much what Newcastle need – a player for the right here and now.
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Newcastle tipped for Lingard breakthrough
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard will move to Newcastle United in the January transfer window, according to one pundit.
Lingard, 29, is currently stagnating at Manchester United. Promised more game time by former Red Devils chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he has warmed the bench all season. The arrival of Ralf Rangnick has done nothing to improve his situation, with just 88 minutes of league football in 2021-2022.
Talk of a loan exit despite being six months away from free agency has ramped up. United want any suitor to take the Warrington-born ace on a permanent deal. But the Tynesiders’ precarious position means Lingard favours just a loan move.
Now, former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has weighed in on the proposed move, insisting a Newcastle switch is far more likely than a return to West Ham.
Kenny told Football Insider: “I don’t think he will go to West Ham, why would Man United strengthen a rival?
“So maybe if this goes into the last days of the window we could see some movement. That wouldn’t surprise me, priorities change very quickly in football.
“Lingard would be a brilliant signing and in all honesty, I can see him at Newcastle.”
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Chelsea risk complete depletion after transfer update for tempted star Tuchel is relying on
Marcos Alonso remains a top target for Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, despite it being questionable as to whether Chelsea would sanction a transfer.
Chelsea are currently facing a shortage of players in the full-back positions. Alonso is their only natural fit on the left-hand side at present due to Ben Chilwell’s ACL injury. They have been trying to recall Emerson Palmieri from a loan spell at Lyon, but are struggling.
Therefore, the Blues continue to be linked with signing new left-backs in January. But now a further complication has arisen in the shape of Atletico chasing Alonso.
According to Marca, Simeone still dreams of signing the Spaniard, whom he wanted at Atletico three years ago. Back then, the La Liga giants opted to sign Renan Lodi instead.
Now, Simeone is hoping to lure Alonso back to his hometown. The Atletico boss still feels a need to strengthen at left-back and Alonso has the traits he desires.
Marca (whose report is adapted by Sport Witness) claim a transfer is back on the agenda, then. Although whether that would appeal to Chelsea is debatable.
Alonso lost his place as a starter after Chilwell relied, but they are relying on him now until they can recover the Englishman’s services or sign another reinforcement.
But the 31-year-old may be keen to make the move to Madrid. According to Marca, he would welcome the chance to play in La Liga.
Alonso came through the academy ranks at Real Madrid before making one La Liga appearance in 2010. He has never played in the competition since after spending his club career between England and Italy.
Spanish return appealing to Alonso?
Recent reports claimed he was keen to explore a future away from Chelsea to boost his chances of representing Spain at the 2022 World Cup. Alonso has five international caps to his name after debuting in 2018, including two last year.
He may now have hopes of playing club football in his homeland, rather than just representing their national team. And Atletico see him as a perfect fit.
It is not yet clear if they will make a formal move, or how much they may offer. But if anything happens between now and the end of the month, it would heighten Chelsea’s dilemmas.
Atletico have Marcos Alonso alternatives
However, in an update that may allay any fears Chelsea have of losing Alonso, AS claim Atletico are also looking at Reinildo of Lille.
As cited by Football Espana, the report claims there have been discussions between the Spanish and French champions over his transfer.
Reinildo is out of contract with Lille in the summer. So he could be available for a cut-price fee.
AS also list the versatile Daniel Wass of Valencia as a priority option for Atletico.
However, the Mattress Makers are also long-term admirers of Alonso, as Marca remind. Therefore, his future at Chelsea will still be in question unless Atleti sign one of the other options.
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