Leicester striker set to leave club this week

The Algeria international joined the Foxes from Sporting CP in the summer of 2016 for a then club record fee of £28m.

However, the 32-year-old has never really lived up to the heights expected of him at the King Power Stadium, amassing just 8 goals in 36 top flight appearances since his arrival.

Pitching up at the club whilst Leicester were Premier League champions perhaps increased expectations on the forward, who has spent time out on loan at Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and most recently Monaco in his four and a half seasons at the Foxes.

Now he is set for a medical at French side Lyon, who have been in advanced talks with Slimani for a while according to their director of football Juninho.

As picked up by Sport Witness, French news outlet Le Progres claim the Leicester man is due to be offered an 18-month deal at Lyon and the Foxes have convinced Slimani to depart the club on a free transfer.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hints at new deal for Holding

The centre-back’s current terms do not expire until the summer of 2023, but the Gunners will reward his impressive form with an improved contract.

Holding could have left the Emirates in the summer with Newcastle among a number of teams chasing his signature, but the move was blocked by his manager and the 25-year-old has gone on to make 18 appearances this term – the same amount he managed last season.

Asked if the current first-choice would extend his stay at Arsenal, Arteta said: “It’s something we will announce as quick as we can and it looks that way.”

Crystal Palace visit on Thursday in the Premier League and Holding is set to line up at the heart of defence while several players could return for the hosts.

Gabriel has missed the last four games after he tested positive for coronavirus, but has recovered and is back in training alongside Thomas Partey, who has not played in a month due to a thigh injury.

Arteta added: “He (Gabriel) tested positive, he had very mild symptoms so he’s missed a few weeks of training because he had to be isolated.

“He’s better now, we expect him to be training with us the next couple of days and we’ll make an assessment whether we can have him or not on Thursday.

“Thomas has been full training for the last four or five days. He’s completely asymptomatic (of his thigh injury). He was a little bit rushed to try to play him against Newcastle, but I think he will be ready for Thursday.”

The Spaniard is still waiting for young forward Gabriel Martinelli to have a scan following an ankle injury sustained in the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup win over Newcastle.

After he missed a large chunk of football in 2020 with a knee injury, Arteta is hopeful the result will be positive.

He admitted: “We don’t know how bad it is, he is getting a scan this morning. We didn’t look after the game because he was in a lot of pain.

“Yesterday he tested a little bit better so let’s hope we have a scan today and it is not as serious and we can have Gabi back really soon, but we will know more tomorrow.”

Arteta was unable to provide an update on Mesut Ozil’s future, although the German is due to take part in a Twitter question and answer session later on Monday where he will talk about “the past, present and future”.

“My understanding is nothing has changed from the last press conference, that Edu and the club are having some conversations about the near future and the long-term future and when we know something, we’ll announce it,” the 38-year-old confirmed.

“He has done it in the past, it is something he tried to do to engage with his fans and keep everyone informed. I am not surprised.”

The Arsenal manager also revealed there are no plans for the club to allow Eddie Nketiah to leave this month, but the Gunners are very much in the market for a goalkeeper, the PA news agency reports.

It could be either a loan or short-term deal and if completed could result in Alex Runarsson exiting on loan or reverting to third choice.

Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis attracting Championship interest

The Sky Bet Championship pair are keen on the forward to boost their promotion chances, the PA news agency reports.

Davis is high on Bournemouth’s list if they sell Josh King or Dominic Solanke in the transfer window.

Villa, West Brom and Newcastle have been credited with an interest in King, who is expected to leave the Cherries having played just eight times without scoring this season.

Solanke has scored nine times in 23 games with Bournemouth third in the Sky Bet Championship as they aim for an instant return to the Premier League.

Swansea, who sit second, have also turned their attention to Davis after Southampton’s Michael Obafemi suffered a serious muscle injury in training.

The striker was expected to move to the Liberty Stadium on loan but is now sidelined, leaving the Swans – also interested in Crawley’s Max Watters – to revise their plans.

Davis has played seven times for Villa this season, scoring once, but his only starts have come in the Carabao Cup. He has netted five goals in 74 appearances since making his debut in 2017.

The 22-year-old academy graduate could be pushed further down the pecking order with Wesley stepping up his recovery.

The forward has been out for a year with a serious knee injury but is due to join non-contact training with the squad next week.

His progress is likely to determine whether Villa boss Dean Smith gives Davis the green light to leave.

Villa host Liverpool in the FA Cup third round on Friday.

Paul Pogba linked with Manchester United exit in 2021

The French international has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford after signalling his desire to leave the club back in 2019.

However, the Red Devils have resisted any attempts to manufacture an exit in the last 12 months as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought him back into his plans.

However, a report in the Sunday Mirror states Pogba remains determined to leave at the end of the campaign and the club will allow him to leave.

Real Madrid and Juventus are still the front runners to sign the 27-year-old and United could OK a £60m deal to avoid losing him for free in 18 months’ time.

And that’s the latest from Old Trafford check back in again for more with the Sport Social.

Everton eye free transfer for Juventus star Sami Khedira

Khedira is available to negotiate a move away from the Italian giants as he enters the final six months of his contract in Turin.

According to reports from the Liverpool Echo, the Serie A giants are open to letting Khedira leave the club early if the Blues can agree a deal with the German international.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed he’s in the market for new faces in the coming weeks, with incomings and outgoings expected at Goodison Park, with Fabian Delph and Cenk Tosun amongst the names potentially heading for the exit.

And that’s the latest news from Goodison Park check back in soon for more with the Sport Social.

Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo offered Sheffield United exit option

According to reports from the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder has earmarked Rojo as a replacement for Jack O’Connell, with the Blades skipper still sidelined through injury.

Rojo has vanished from United’s plans in the last 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to sell him next month.

The main stumbling block appears to be if Wilder can put together a financial package to complete the deal.

Rojo’s deal with Man United expires at the end of the campaign, meaning this deal is set to start with a six month loan.

But Solskjaer will need to put his hand in his pocket to supplement wage payments if he wants Wilder to complete a deal.

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Tottenham linked with Inter Milan defensive lynchpin Milan Skriniar

Mourinho is doing everything in his power to talk down talk of a title push in 2021 but their impressive form means they will be right in the mix in the months ahead.

Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld have formed a solid partnership at the back for Spurs this season but Robinson believes they need more quality.

He told an interview with Teamalk.com that Spurs should reignite their interested in Slovakian international Skriniar after being linked with him in the summer.

Inter’s Champions League exit could also be a bonus for Spurs, if Jose makes a move, with Skriniar’s asking price set to drop to below £50m.

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Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder wants Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo

According to reports from the Sheffield Star, Chris Wilder has earmarked Rojo as a replacement for Jack O’Connell, with the Blades skipper still sidelined through injury.

Rojo has vanished from United’s plans in the last 12 months and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to sell him next month.

The main stumbling block appears to be if Wilder can put together a financial package to complete the deal.

Rojo’s deal with Man United expires at the end of the campaign, meaning this deal is set to start with a six month loan.

But Solskjaer will need to put his hand in his pocket to supplement wage payments if he wants Wilder to complete a deal.

And that’s your latest from Bramall Lane check back in again soon for more with the Sport Social.

Manchester City defender Eric Garcia targeted by Arsenal

The Spanish international has made clear his intention to leave City when his contract expires at the end of campaign despite being elevated into a first team role.

Former club Barcelona have reportedly reached out over a deal with Garcia keen on a return to Catalonia.

However, according to reports from Metro, Arteta could challenge Barcelona with a January swoop.

City rejected a £15m offer from Ronald Koeman’s side during the summer, but due to his expiring contract situation that could now be open to bids.

Arteta is keen to improve his Gunners defence after a poor start to the season with Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis both almost certain to leave the club in 2021.

And that’s your latest from the Etihad Stadium check back in again soon for more with the Sport Social.

Burnley star James Tarkowski to spark January transfer bidding war

The England international missed the opening weeks of the Clarets amid constant speculation over a move to Leicester.

The Clarets dug their heels in over that, refusing to accept less than £40m for their star man.
However, as per reports from local outlet Lancashire Live, Burnley are resigned to losing the 28-year old as he enters the final year of his contract.

Tarkowski’s current deal expires in July 2022, but Burnley will be determined to avoid losing him on a free next year and could broker a deal.

The Foxes are likely to renter the race to sign him, at a reduced price, with Manchester United and West Ham also rumoured to be tracking him.

And that’s your latest from Turf Moor check back in again soon for more with the Sport Social.

Mikel Arteta linked with Eric Garcia swoop

The Spanish international has made clear his intention to leave City when his contract expires at the end of campaign despite being elevated into a first team role.

Former club Barcelona have reportedly reached out over a deal with Garcia keen on a return to Catalonia.

However, according to reports from Metro, Arteta could challenge Barcelona with a January swoop.

City rejected a £15m offer from Ronald Koeman’s side during the summer, but due to his expiring contract situation that could now be open to bids.

Arteta is keen to improve his Gunners defence after a poor start to the season with Shkodran Mustafi and

Sokratis both almost certain to leave the club in 2021.
And that’s your latest from the Emirates Stadium check back in again soon for more with the Sport Social.

West Ham eyeing Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud

Giroud has had a brilliant week for the Blues, scoring 4 times in the Champions League win over Sevilla before helping Chelsea briefly go top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win against Leeds United.

However, things haven’t always been plain sailing at Stamford Bridge for the ex-Arsenal striker, which is where West Ham come in.

The 34-year-old has been unhappy with the lack of game time afforded to him by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has preferred to use Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner upfront so far this season rather than the big Frenchman.

In fact, reports have even claimed that Chelsea won’t stand in the way of a Stamford Bridge departure for Giroud in the hunt for regular first team football.

France manager Didier Deschamps, a former Chelsea player himself, has suggested that if Giroud wants to be included in the national team squad for next summer’s European Championships, he needs to ‘change his situation’.

West Ham are well aware of this and may offer the striker an escape route in the form of a switch from West to East London.

A player of Giroud’s quality is still capable of scoring goals in the Premier League and the Hammers are said to be keen to swoop if he becomes available.

There are no concrete leads on this yet and it is purely rumour – but certainly a move to West Ham gives Giroud the option to stay in London, stay in the Premier League, and stay in the frame for France selection.