Leeds United close in on Bayern Munich midfielder

The French midfielder joined Bayern from Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach just over a year ago, but has been told he can leave the Allianz Arena after struggling for game time at the club.

The 21-year-old was an unused substitute when Bayern beat PSG in the Champions League in August, and Leeds are negotiating a price with the multiple time German champions after agreeing personal terms with Cuisance earlier in the window.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Leeds are offering €20m for the central midfielder, but Bayern were holding out for closer to €30m.

Cuisance was one of the most highly rated players in Germany when he left Monchengladbach, but made just five league appearances last season as the likes of Javi Martinez, Joshua Kimmich, Thiago and Corentin Tolisso were picked ahead of him.

Elland Road could be the perfect place for the left-footed playmaker to get his career back on track and provide another boost to a Leeds side that have made an impressive start to their first Premier League season in 16 years.

Matt Ritchie set for months out with injury

Ritchie fell awkwardly during the game and was taken off after 69 minutes, and Steve Bruce has confirmed the versatile 31-year-old will need surgery.

Bruce compared the injury to the one Fabian Schar suffered at the end of last season, with the shoulder joint being disrupted upon impact. Schar has spent nine weeks on the sidelines but is now back in light training ahead of a return to play.

Ritchie’s injury should confirm that he will stay with Newcastle after a summer which has seen him linked with a return to former club Bournemouth. Manager Jason Tindall wanted Ritchie back at the club but it’s reported that an agreement on personal terms couldn’t be reached.

There’s possibly good news for Ryan Fraser in all of this though, as it gives Ritchie the chance to work on his cooking skills. The pair are currently living together as the new signing searches for a house in the Newcastle area, and told the club that he is the house chef, with Ritchie taking on the role of cleaner.

Maybe Ritchie will resemble Gordon Ramsay even more when he recovers from injury.

Manchester City sign Ruben Dias

The defender joins from Portuguese side Benfica for a fee of €68m, with another €3.6m in add-ons due, dependant on City’s performance in the coming years.

The signing also sees Nicolas Otamendi return to Portugal for the first time since leaving FC Porto in 2014, as he joins in a separate deal for €15m. It’s also believed that Manchester City will give the Argentinian centre back a ‘departure prize’ of €2m, which is believed to be a sweetener for accepting a significant pay cut to join Benfica.

In Dias, Manchester City are purchasing a born leader, with Dias having captained every Benfica youth side throughout his progression to the first team. He replaced Victor Lindelof in 2017 when the Swede moved to Manchester United, and has been a mainstay of the 37-time Portuguese champions.

Comfortable on the ball and a naturally right-sided centre-back, Dias should slot into City’s starting XI alongside Aymeric Laporte, with Nathan Ake potentially moving to left-back in future weeks. With only six days remaining in the transfer market, it’s likely to be the final arrival at the Etihad this summer.

Lampard open to Loftus-Cheek departure

Loftus-Cheek is back to full fitness after another injury plagued year, which seen him play just 288 minutes of football in 16 months after a troublesome Achilles injury.

The 24-year-old has made one appearance for the Blues this season, in the opening day win over Brighton, and Lampard has confirmed he is fit enough to play week in, week out, and is eager to do so.

The Chelsea boss also stressed that Loftus-Cheek is held in high regard at the club, suggesting the 10-cap England man’s long-term future remains at Stamford Bridge.

The arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz are set to limit Loftus-Cheek’s game time in the coming season, and Ziyech has this week resumed full training, after picking up a knee injury in a pre-season game earlier this summer.

Edouard Mendy has also trained this week and could be in line to make his Chelsea debut in the Carabao Cup 5th round clash against Tottenham.

West Ham target defensive trio ahead of transfer deadline.

There could well be a flurry of activity over the next few days however with David Moyes leaving it late to secure the defensive reinforcements he needs for the season ahead.

The club reportedly has three bids in for players including Burnley’s James Tarkowski who is said to favour a move to the East Midlands with Leicester City over a transfer to the London Stadium.

Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic and Juventus out-of-favour Daniele Rugani are also on West Ham’s radar with bids lodged, the latter of which is also of interest to Valencia.

Rumours linking Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus Cheek with the Hammers have also intensified after Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted that he may look to send the player out on loan to find regular first-team football. Moyes would see the England player as a great way to strengthen the squad without depleting his already sparse transfer kitty. Aston Villa are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old.

Whether any deal for the player would include a move for Declan Rice the other way though remains to be seen.

Rice has been linked with a move across London all summer and, although no official approach has been made, its thought that there could be a last-minute attempt to poach the England midfielder before deadline day. The club remains resolute in their ambition to hang onto Rice, who captained the team in their empathic 4-0 win over Wolves at the weekend but could be tempted by an offer in the region of £60million.

Blades agree to Liverpool’s terms to secure Brewster.

The England U21 star is looking for a move away from Anfield to find first team football and continue his development and would be allowed to move for a relatively small fee with the Blades agreeing to the Mersysiders £40million buy-back clause.

Sheffiled United have kicked off thier Premier League campagin without scoring a single goal and Chris Wilde is desperate to add more firepower to his team ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday.

Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the player but are unwilling to agree to Liverpool’s buy-back demands.

The Blades are also looking at Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca who they believe could be available for as little at £9million.

The 23-year-old has a £40million release clause in his contract but the Spanish club are looking to off-lo ad following their releation from La Liga last season. They will face competiton from Atheltico Madrid however who are favourites to land the player as a potential replacemnt for Thomas Partey who is currenlty linked with a move to team up with fellow countryman Mikael Arteta at Arsenal.

Filip Krovinovic returns to West Brom

The Benfica midfielder helped steer Slaven Bilic’s men to Premier League promotion last term, making 43 Sky Bet Championship appearances.

Now the Croatia Under-21 international is back on hand at The Hawthorns, after West Brom completed protracted negotiations with his Portuguese parent club.

The Baggies got off the mark for points in their third match back in the Premier League, scrambling a chaotic 3-3 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

Krovinovic likened his return to a family reunion, saying: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be back with family.

“I know it took a little bit of time but now I’m here and that’s the most important thing.

“I said to my brother that it’s like coming back to school after the summer holidays. To see your friends is one of the best things in your life.”

West Brom boss Bilic had heaped pressure on the club’s board to complete a new loan deal for Krovinovic, insisting he would be “extremely disappointed” should the 25-year-old not make a return.

Last week Bilic expected Krovinovic to be training with West Brom after the Chelsea clash, and that prediction has now been vindicated.

Speaking on Thursday, Bilic said: “It will happen in the next couple of days.

“I’ve been told that he should be here by the weekend, the end of the weekend, so I’m expecting him to start training with us after we play Chelsea.

“So it will be done. I got assured from the director that he will come and as I said, he’s there, but until it’s over the line we can’t guarantee that, but it looks like everything is sorted with Benfica.”

Cheikhou Kouyate enjoying Crystal Palace centre back challenge

The Senegal international has traditionally lined up for the Eagles in midfield, but injury issues at the back end of last season and the start of this campaign have seen him needed in the back four.

Kouyate has coped admirably and played a key part in the south London club winning two of their opening three games in the Premier League.

Such has been the 30-year-old’s form, he has leapfrogged right-back Martin Kelly as a deputy at centre-back and shone alongside Scott Dann and then Mamadou Sakho in victories over Southampton and Manchester United.

“Yes I know the role. I played some games there with the national team and with West Ham,” Kouyate said.

“It is not easy and it’s a long time that I didn’t play this role. In the beginning I am working every day with the staff and they help me.

“The players, Dannsy, Mamadou, Kelly – it is so, so easy to me to have so many experienced players with me because they taught me so much. It is helping me very much.”

Kouyate marked his excellent start to the new season with a goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Everton.

It was only his second for the club since he joined from West Ham in August 2018, but a controversial penalty decision saw the Toffees take the points at Selhurst Park.

Joel Ward’s hand was adjudged to be in an unnatural position when Lucas Digne’s header hit him inside the area from close range and after using the pitchside monitor, referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot.

“If you score and don’t win, it’s nothing to me. We need to continue to work hard, we have a very good squad and maybe we are going to try to do something this year,” Kouyate added.

“For me it is not a penalty. This is the VAR sometimes, they come in to kill the game. We can do nothing.

“It is very, very hard to take it because after the penalty everything changes. We tried to push and it comes to nothing.”

Richarlison’s spot-kick, coupled with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener, saw Everton make it five wins from five in all competitions this season.

Many have tipped Carlo Ancelotti’s side to fight for Europe, but Palace pushed them all the way in SE25 even if they failed to test Jordan Pickford enough.

Saturday’s fixture was a memorable one for Palace’s summer signing Ebere Eze too, after he made his first start in the Premier League.

It was another encouraging and confident display by the ex-QPR playmaker, who continues to make an impression in the infancy of his career at Selhurst Park.

Kouyate added: “This kid is so special. He has a very good character, good with the ball and good vision.

“We are happy to have this boy with us because he is a very good player. On Saturday, he played very good. We are so happy to have him.”

French defender not going to Wolverhampton Wanderers

The French U21 International has been linked with Wanderers this transfer window but is now set to complete a move to Spain rather than Molineux.

Ait-Nouri is represented by super agent Jorge Mendes, who like many other Wolves transfers would have been the man to broker the deal – but according to French sport outlet L’Equipe, the young defender won’t be coming to the Premier League.

The reasons given are that Wolves have other priorities in the transfer window in the remaining days, with the deadline at 5pm on October 5th.

Nuno Espirito Santo may consider some last-minute additions to his side, particularly following the chastising 0-4 defeat at West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.

Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman interesting Saints

Saints are said to have scouted the Dutchman for a prolonged period of time and are keen to bring him to St Mary’s.

However, with under a week to go until the transfer window shuts, Ralph Hasenhuttl will have to be quick to secure the 21-year-old’s signature.

Southampton have been linked with a loan move for Everton’s Tom Davies in recent weeks, too, as the club look for a replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who joined Spurs earlier in the window.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf – as picked up by Sport Witness – suggest that a move for Veerman could take place ‘in the coming days.’

The midfielder recently signed a new deal at Heerenveen to keep him at the club until 2024, so Saints will need to dip in to their pockets to secure his services, with the Eredivisie club knowing they can claim a ‘top prize’ from the midfielder’s sale.

Southampton are becoming increasingly desperate for a midfielder as the clock ticks down towards the transfer deadline on October 5th.

Inter’s Skriniar on Spurs radar

The highly-rated Slovakian international has been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, but in recent days has received a ‘very tempting’ offer from Spurs.

Inter Milan website FCInterNews – as picked up by Sport Witness – claim that Tottenham have offered Skriniar a 5-year deal in North London, which will see him collect around £90,000 a week in wages.

The 25-year-old is said to be happy in Serie A, and keen to remain in Milan.

However, discussions continue over a fee for the player, with Spurs initially earmarking around €35m for the defender’s signature, but the Nerazzurri holding out for an offer closer to €50m.

It’s likely Tottenham will return with an official €45m-plus-bonuses bid in the coming days, which should be enough to convince Inter to sell Skriniar.

With Spurs defender Juan Foyth on the radar of Fulham, and Tottenham prepared to sell him for €10m, it’s claimed the revenue from Foyth’s sale will go towards the Skriniar deal.

Porto defender Alex Telles heavily linked with Manchester United

Solskjaer’s only acquisition to date this summer has been Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek – something which has concerned United supporters with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all strengthening.

Rumours of a swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have dominated the headlines, and although that continues to rumble on, it’s Porto defender Alex Telles who is now under the transfer spotlight.

Reports from Portugal claim that the 27-year-old is close to a switch to Old Trafford, with Porto keen to cash in on the Brazilian before his contract expires next summer.

Manchester United’s current left back options are Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams, but Telles looks set to join those ranks in the coming days.

Any fee is as yet unknown, with the two clubs still trying to thrash out a price.