Football rumours from the media

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What the papers say

Fulham are preparing for a January move for Leicester’s Islam Slimani, according to the Daily Telegraph. Claudio Ranieri, the new manager at Fulham, is looking to boost the club’s hopes of Premier League survival, the paper says. Slimani is currently on loan at Fenerbahce but the Turkish club are said to be prepared to cut the deal short next month.

Chelsea have held talks over a potential move for Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj, the Daily Mail reports. The 24-year-old Albania international, who has previously worked with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri, is valued at £45million, according to the paper. Chelsea could agree the deal in January but allow him to finish the season in Italy, it adds.

Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj
Chelsea have reportedly held talks over Napoli’s Elseid Hysaj (Scott Heavey/PA)

Meanwhile, Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is a £4million target for Leeds and Aston Villa, according to The Sun. The 28-year-old has lost his number one spot since Martin Dubravka’s arrival and could be on the move next month, the paper reports.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow
Two Championship clubs are said to be keen on Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow (Joe Giddens/PA)

Players to watch

Dennis Man: Tottenham have joined Manchester United in the hunt for the Romania international starlet, according to The Sun. The 20-year-old has impressed this season for club side FCSB – formerly Steaua Bucharest – and has also attracted attention from the likes of Roma and Fenerbahce, the paper says.

Thorgan Hazard: Liverpool have overtaken Chelsea in the race to land the 25-year-old from Borussia Monchengladbach, the Sun reports. The paper says reports in Germany suggest the Reds will do everything possible to bring him to Anfield during the January transfer window.

Borussia Monchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard
Will Liverpool sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard? (Martin Rickett/PA)

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