Papers: Tottenham step up Kessie chase

All the top stories and transfer rumours from Christmas Eve national newspapers…


Tottenham hope to beat Manchester United and Liverpool to the signing of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who will be able to speak to suitors in January as an impending free agent.

AC Milan's Franck Kessie (left) and Manchester United's Harry Maguire during the UEFA Europa League Round of Sixteen match at the San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy. Picture date: Thursday March 18, 2021.
Image: Franck Kessie has interest from multiple Premier League teams


Barcelona have tabled fresh terms to Ousmane Dembele and are increasingly confident the Newcastle United and Manchester United target will stay at the Nou Camp.

Ajax and Barcelona are talking about a possible swap deal which would see Sergino Dest return to Amsterdam and Noussair Mazraoui move to Catalonia.

Arsenal’s renewed interest in using striker Eddie Nketiah more frequently might not pay dividends with a January move to West Ham or Brighton still possible.

Zak Crawley will replace Rory Burns at the top of England’s batting order for the must-win third Ashes Test in Melbourne on Boxing Day and there will also be a recall for Jonny Bairstow.


Brentford target Vanderson is reported to have written an apologetic email to the Premier League club after snubbing them at the 11th hour to join Monaco in January.

Romeo Beckham has broken with family tradition and signed a clothing deal with Adidas’ competitors Puma.

Frenkie De Jong reacts as Barcelona go behind at Benfica
Image: Frenkie De Jong could be an ideal addition to Manchester United’s squad


Chris Armas’ arrival at Manchester United could give the club a boost in their pursuit of RB Leipzig star Tyler Adams after they worked together for three years at New York Red Bulls.

England supporters could end up at “glamping” sites in Saudi Arabia as World Cup 2022 organisers continue to explore options for hosting many more people than Qatar could ever hope to accommodate.

John Barnes feels Frenkie de Jong’s blend of defensive awareness and attacking impetus would make him an ideal signing for Manchester United.

Mohamed Salah is reported to have demanded Liverpool sign another attacking option during long-standing talks over a new contract.

Edinson Cavani could be on his way to Brazil with Corinthians interested in the unsettled Manchester United striker.

Stuart Broad, England, The Ashes (AP)
Image: Stuart Broad’s place in the England XI could be under threat again


England are set to make four changes to their side for the third Ashes Test in Melbourne with both James Anderson and Stuart Broad potentially among players who will not be involved.


Gordon Taylor’s final year at the PFA saw him take home more than £3m in pay, which included £1.4m in bonuses.

Emergency talks are underway to try and save Women’s Championship side Coventry United.

Manchester United could follow the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid by building a second stadium to host their women’s and academy teams.

Image: Rangers striker Kemar Roofe is set to stand trial on five driving charges next summer


Feyenoord are attempting to sign Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman, who has been a long-time target for Rangers.

Rangers striker Kemar Roofe is facing five driving charges and will stand trial next summer.

Stoke City are in pole position to sign Hearts defender John Souttar.


Dunfermline are considering a move for full-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, who has been a free agent since leaving Livingston in the summer.

Partick Thistle are trying to sign James Maxwell, currently out on loan with Ayr United, from Rangers on a permanent basis.