Dimitri Payet firms as Manchester United's big January target

Is West Ham talisman Dimitri Payet destined to become a Man United star?

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Man United target blockbuster Payet signing

Dimitri Payet is set to be the subject of a mega offer from Manchester United, according to the Mirror, but West Ham will not give up their prized asset without a fight.

The Hammers are thought to want at least £35 million for the 29-year-old, who dazzled for France at last summer’s Euro 2016.

Payet signed a £125,000-a-week, five-year deal earlier this year, but the lure of a move to the Red Devils at this stage of his career could prove too difficult to resist.

United to rival Chelsea for Madrid outcast

As has been customary in recent years, Real Madrid’s surplus of super talents has left rivals often lingering for a bargain signing.

Mesut Ozil has proven to be a big hit since joining Arsenal and clubs know they can revitalise Madrid’s castoffs to shine in their side with Man United and Chelsea vying for James Rodriguez, according to the Express.

The Colombian has failed to convince Zinedine Zidane of his worth, which could open up the possibility of a move with the European champions reluctant to let their asset’s value diminish as a peripheral figure.

That said, the Mirror reports that Gareth Bale’s injury means any move will now be delayed until next summer.

Courtois eyeing long-term move back to Madrid

Thibaut Courtois has been agitating for a move back to La Liga for a while it seems, but the Sun believes the Chelsea stopper is prepared to bide his time to land a dream move to Real Madrid.

The Belgian international played on loan for Los Merengues’ bitter city-rivals Atletico for three seasons, but would seemingly be undeterred in heading to the Bernabeu.

Courtois has two-and-half years left to run on his deal but the line from the club is that they will not be bullied into extortionate terms to persuade their No. 1 to renew.

If the 24-year-old is to be offered a new deal, he must accept his current terms for two more seasons before a raise kicks in.

City target Van Dijk to boost defence

Manchester City are circling for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk, with the Star reporting that the Dutch international’s value has tipped £30 million.

City could tempt the 25-year-old to be part of their title push and Champions League run and will go ahead with a bid in January.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also emerged as potential landing spots as Van Dijk has starred at the heart of Claude Puel’s Saints in the Europa League.

Paul Mariner addresses the latest from the rumour mill, which includes talks of Virgil van Dijk departing Southampton.


– Wolves are prepared to let their highly-rated centre-back Dominic Iorfa leave in January, with the Mirror suggesting West Ham are ready to take the England Under-21 international to the London Stadium.

Iorfa is thought to be most keen to join Slaven Bilic’s side, though Southampton and Crystal Palace are also interested to add the exciting prospect.

Carlos Bacca’s spell with Milan is turning sour and the Colombian hit man, currently injured, failed to show up for the Rossoneri’s 4-1 win against Empoli.

Instead, Tuttosport reports that the former Sevilla star attended his former club’s 2-1 victory over Valencia, sparking talk of a move back to Spain, with both sides thought to be ready to make bids in January.

– And lastly, Chelsea and Everton will go head-to-head for Hoffenheim’s Niklas Sule after being alerted by a series of superb performances in the Bundesliga.

The Mirror believes Bayern Munich could also emerge as contenders, while Liverpool and Spurs may also be in the running.

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