Football rumours from the media

What the papers say

After Tottenham held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League clash, the Spanish giants could be interested in having manager Mauricio Pochettino at the Bernabeu when current boss Zinedine Zidane decides to call it a day at the reigning La Liga champions, according to the Mirror.

Yaya Toure’s time at the Etihad may be drawing to a close after eight seasons, with the Daily Star reporting the Ivorian will be hopping across the Atlantic to join sister club New York City FC and play in the MLS. The club are currently coached by former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira.

Yaya Toure (Mike Egerton/PA)
Yaya Toure (Mike Egerton/PA)

Sticking with Manchester City, and Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby is on the club’s radar according to a report in the Sun, who say the 20-year-old was scouted as Everton took on the French club in the Europa League.

Former Sunderland boss David Moyes is a man in demand according to the Mirror – with Everton eyeing him up to replace Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park after a dismal start to the season. The Scot could also be offered a job replacing Gordon Strachan as coach of the Scottish national team, the paper reports.

Arsenal will be sitting down with representatives of Jack Wilshere over the next month to ensure the midfielder does not leave on a free in the summer, reports the Daily Mail. The 25-year-old has previously been the subject of interest from Everton and Roma, but the paper reports Chelsea and Manchester City could also be interested if he shows improvements in his fitness.

Social round-up

Newcastle supporters can dare to dream if owner Mike Ashley leaves the club, says @alanshearer

— The Sun Football ? (@TheSunFootball) October 22, 2017

Under pressure Slaven Bilic faces crucial week – with West Ham chiefs still keen NOT to sack Hammers boss

— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) October 22, 2017

Gareth Bale racing to be fit for emotional return to North London against Spurs

— The Sun Football ? (@TheSunFootball) October 22, 2017

Players to watch

Alex Grimaldo  is reportedly being lined up to replace Luke Shaw at Manchester United (Nick Potts/Empics)
Alex Grimaldo is reportedly being lined up to replace Luke Shaw at Manchester United (Nick Potts/Empics)

Alex Grimaldo: The Benfica left-back could be heading to Old Trafford, according to reports in Portugal. The former Barcelona player now plies his trade at Benfica, but Jose Mourinho is keen on replacing Luke Shaw.Manor Solomon: Liverpool will have to contend with Juventus for the signing of the Israeli teenager, according to reports in Tuttosport.

Source: By PA Sport Staff

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