HAVE YOUR PHIL
If you are a Liverpool fan, the Daily Express want to ruin your festive fun. Philippe Coutinho could leave Anfield in the near future.
The news that Paris St Germain are interested in the Brazilian is no surprise. But Tony Banks, a reliable man on Merseyside, reports that the Ligue Un giants will offer £40million for his services in January.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich both want the currently-injured forward too, while Coutinho has become ‘unsettled’ at Liverpool. Why? Because he is aware of ‘the prospect of trophies being more readily achievable abroad’.
For what it’s worth, Liverpool’s prized possession is unlikely to leave this winter. He will wait until the summer to consider his options (which means wait until the summer to see if Liverpool win anything or sign anyone decent).
Banks goes on to claim that the Reds ‘privately feel’ he will leave at the end of the season. Oh dear.
PLENTY OF PROMES
Fortunately, a replacement has already been sourced. He is unlikely to be anywhere near as good mind, and the pressure on the shoulder of Quincy Promes will be rather large.
David Maddock of the Daily Mirror claim that Liverpool’s interest in Promes has strengthened not because of Coutinho’s future, but because the club ‘missed out’ on signing Julian Draxler. Were they ever interested before he agreed to switch to PSG?
Promes is seen as the ‘perfect’ alternative. He is 24, scores goals (for Spartak Moscow), is fast, is a winger, and has a release clause of £20m.
BIG SAM’S GRAND PLAN
Sam Allardyce has identified the man who he believes can rescue Crystal Palace. That is according to the Daily Mirror, anyway.
So, who is Allardyce eyeing? With his new side having scored 28 goals – more than all but the current top five – and conceding 32 – more than all but Swansea and Hull – the erstwhile England manager is surely considering signing a defender?
Either that, or he wants to buy Jermain Defoe off Sunderland. It was the 34-year-old who rescued Allardyce’s Black Cats last season, to be fair. Although there is surely no chance David Moyes will part with one of his two most important players.
The Mirror also claim that West Ham want the England international, and they have bid £6million for him. They have presumably been told to bugger off, even despite his advancing years.
Moyes himself has already ruled out a sale, saying: ““He’s priceless, isn’t he? There is not a price we could put on his head because he’s so important to us staying as a Premier League club.”
BIG SAM’S OTHER GRAND PLAN
But Allardyce’s January transfer window plan is two-fold. As difficult as the first part – signing Defoe – will prove, the second might be even harder. For Tottenham want the man he wishes to keep: Wilfried Zaha.
The Mirror claim Palace will want £30m for the winger, who Tottenham bid £12m for last summer because Daniel Levy.
The Daily Star claim Tottenham’s initial offer will fall a little short. Mauricio Pochettino intends to chuck £25m in the direction of Selhurst Park. Palace will demand around £30m.