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Northern Ireland Football gossip: Grealish, Maddison, Can, Longstaff, Pogba, Batshuayi, Giroud


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Northern Ireland Football gossip: Grealish, Maddison, Can, Longstaff, Pogba, Batshuayi, Giroud

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career is over with the club determined to sell him. Real Madrid could be the 26-year-old’ midfielder’s next destination, possibly with Toni Kroos, 29, going the other way. (Sun)Manchester United have made Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison, 23, their top transfer targets for…

Northern Ireland Football gossip: Grealish, Maddison, Can, Longstaff, Pogba, Batshuayi, Giroud

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Paul Pogba’s Manchester United career is over with the club determined to sell him. Real Madrid could be the 26-year-old’ midfielder’s next destination, possibly with Toni Kroos, 29, going the other way. (Sun)

Manchester United have made Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Leicester and England midfielder James Maddison, 23, their top transfer targets for January. (Independent)

Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, and Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff, 22, are also being considered by Manchester United. (ESPN)

Manchester United are also keen on Norwich’s 21-year-old playmaker Todd Cantwell, but face competition from Manchester City and Tottenham for the £30m-rated midfielder. (Mail)

Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in Atletico Madrid’s French international winger Thomas Lemar, 24. (Foot Mercato via Mirror)

West Ham are keen on signing 23-year-old Brazilian striker Gabigol from Inter Milan for £20m after he impressed on loan at Flamengo. (Sun)

Aston Villa are planning a loan move for Chelsea’s Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 26, with a view to a permanent deal. (Footmercato – in French)

Aston Villa are also interested in Chelsea’s France forward Olivier Giroud, 33. (Sun)

Arsenal lead the race to sign Juventus’ 21-year-old centre back Merih Demiral. The Gunners hope a £42.5m bid will beat interest from Manchester United, AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Schalke. (Fotomac via Sun)

Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, has outlined his commitment to Arsenal and cooled talk of a January exit. (Standard)

Arsenal have joined the January battle to sign Bournemouth and Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, 24. (Telegraph)

Inter Milan are one of several clubs to have contacted the representatives of Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen. The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City will offer a new one-year contract extension to Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 34. (Sun)

Ajax have ruled out a move for Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen because the 32-year-old is too expensive. (De Telegraaf – in Dutch)

Chelsea have had a 40m euros (£34m) bid turned down for Lyon’s 23-year-old French striker Moussa Dembele. (Footmercato – in French)

Aston Villa are considering making a bid for Stoke’s England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 26. (Mail)

Southampton are interested in signing Real Valladolid’s Ghanaian centre-back Mohammed Salisu, 20. (Sky Sports)

Leicester have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, 25. (Express)

West Ham have had an undisclosed bid rejected by Middlesbrough for their former goalkeeper Darren Randolph, the 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international. (Sky Sports)

Sheffield United are preparing a £17m move for Olympiakos and Guinea midfielder Mady Camara, 22. (SDNA, via Star)

Benfica are open to receiving offers for Portugal midfielder Gedson Fernandes. The 20-year-old is a target for Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Fenerbahce sporting director Damien Comolli – formerly with Tottenham and Liverpool – has told Derby boss Phillip Cocu that Netherlands midfielder Ferdi Kadioglu, 20, is not available this month. (Fanatik, via Teamtalk)

Sunderland are among a trio of League One sides who have made a move to sign Bristol City’s English winger Hakeeb Adelakun, 23, on loan this month. (Football Insider)

USA forward Christian Pulisic, 21, says Chelsea’s squad are ready for the challenge of fresh competition should new signings arrive this month. (Evening Standard)

Brighton striker Glen Murray, 36, could leave the club to join Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley is a candidate for West Ham to replace Mario Husillos as director of football. (Telegraph)

Alan Pardew wants to make Sheffield United’s English midfielder Ravel Morrison, 26, his first signing at new club ADO Den Haag. (Sky Sports)

World players’ union Fifpro has urged the game’s authorities to address global fixture congestion following 53 different injuries in the Premier League’s festive period. (Telegraph)

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