Gossip: Hector, Sissoko, Van Persie…

Daniel Storey

We’ll start at Anfield, with news from the Daily Mail that Liverpool will make a £20m move for Germany left-back Jonas Hector. How unloved do you think Alberto Moreno feels right now?

In truth, their story is pretty wishy-washy. Hector features in the headline, but by the copy nobody is convinced by the interest: ‘Recruiting a new left-back was a target for this window – Liverpool continue to be linked with Cologne’s £20million-rated Jonas Hector – and Klopp said: “Is the activity all over? I have no idea. I don’t think so. We will see what happens.”’

However, the Liverpool Echo then pour cold water on all of this. They report the story from Kicker which says that Hector will sign a new deal at Koln, thus ending Liverpool’s hopes of a deal. It was all going so well.


You can’t doubt that Moussa Sissoko has earned his move to Madrid. He played so well in Newcastle’s relegation season, the brightest light on a dark night, that it is only fit he gets the high-profile transfer he’s always craved. He’s magic, y’know.

The worry is that he might actually get this Real move. The Guardian, among others, report that Wednesday will bring Real Madrid’s official first move for the Newcastle midfielder. The £35m price tag makes things tricky – because not everyone at Real Madrid is f**king mad – but the story is that Real will offer two loan players for a year to sweeten the deal. Those players are likely to be Mariano Diaz and Marcos Llorente.

You know what, fair play to Sissoko. Would you rather play with Cristiano Ronaldo or Paul Dummett?


The future of Robin van Persie is still up in the air as the new season approaches ever so rapidly. The striker is not wanted by Fenerbahce, but links with various clubs have come to nought. Mark Hughes is hoping to be the gruff Welsh knight in shining armour.

Stoke are still interested in Saido Berahino for a fee of £20m, but Hughes would like to buy another forward too. Quite whether that constitutes a move for a striker who was paid £240,000 a week last season remains to be season, but it would be quite a coup for Stoke.

Hughes will be keen to add goal to his squad, having seen his Stoke squad score only 41 league goals last season.


Pep Guardiola has not given up on signing Barcelona keeper Marc Andre ter Stegen after the German keeper called for clear the air talks at the Camp Nou…Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is relishing competition for places at the club and has no intention of leaving this summer despite reports linking him…Stoke would consider losing one of Joselu, 26, Mame Diouf, 28, or Peter Crouch, 35, if West Bromwich Albion want a player exchange for Saido Berahino, 22…Jurgen Klopp has reassessed his transfer plans and is prepared to go back into the market to solve the problems with Liverpool’s defence…Leeds United have rejected a transfer request from highly-rated left back Charlie Taylor, who is wanted by Middlesbrough, Burnley and West Bromwich Albion.

Brighton and Hove Albion have agreed a club-record fee with Tottenham Hotspur for Alex Pritchard…Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton is joining Doncaster Rovers on loan… Diego Costa has been urged to quit Chelsea for Atletico Madrid – by former team-mate Filipe Luis… Swansea are confident of sealing a deal for Spain international Fernando Llorente… Sunderland boss David Moyes is targeting a £5m move for Croatia international defender Domagoj Vida… Southampton are primed to make a £6m move for Anderlecht midfielder Steven Defour… Celtic’s Scott Allan will travel to Rotherham tomorrow to put pen to paper on a season long loan deal.