United look to Southampton as Baines bid falters: Manchester United appear to be ready to admit defeat in their bid to poach Leighton Baines from Everton and are instead chasing highly-rated Southampton youngster Luke Shaw. United have made an enquiry over the availability of the 18-year-old, who is valued at around £10 million. “Shaw signed a five-season contract at Southampton in the summer and starred in the opening-weekend victory over West Brom to underline his importance to the Saints, who do not need to sell,” reports the Daily Express.
Paper Round’s view: United are expected to increase their joint offer for Baines and Everton team-mate Marouane Fellaini to £35m in the next few days but with Everton increasingly irritated by United’s refusal to take no for an answer and chairman Bill Kenwright having made keeping Baines, in particular, his priority, it seems less and less likely the bid will be successful. While Southampton have no reason to sell Shaw, the relative financial minnows are much more likely to accept a bid from United.
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Southampton to swoop for Sinclair as West Brom drag their feet: One advantage of the potential sale of Shaw to United could be to free up cash for Southampton to sign Scott Sinclair. Sinclair had agreed a deal to join West Brom but the Baggies are reportedly stalling over Manchester City’s desire to get a commitment to buy next summer. “Saints are ready to launch a £5m bid for Manchester City wide man Sinclair – whose brother Jake is a member of the Under-21 side,” according to the Daily Mirror.
Paper Round’s view: After allowing Jason Puncheon to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal, Southampton have a gap to plug on the wing. With West Brom stalling on the deal and Sinclair’s younger brother already on the books at Southampton, a well-timed swoop from Saints looks set to be successful.
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Arsenal trailing in race to sign Kondogbia: Arsenal’s transfer window saga looks set to continue as they face tough competition from Monaco to sign Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia. Arsene Wenger had come under fire for his failure to sign a single senior player this summer even before Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Aston Villa. And now reports suggest he is to miss out on the France international as Monaco make a £13m bid to take the player back to France.
Paper Round’s view: Sevilla insist that Kondogbia will not be sold for less than his £17m buy-out clause but he continues to be linked with a move and clubs remain optimistic there is room for negotiation. Monaco have already splashed the cash this summer and are genuine title-contenders in Ligue 1 while Arsenal have already been hit with the “crisis club” tag, albeit after only one game. But with Monaco able to offer ridiculous wages to their players, a return to France is likely to look more appealing than a move to the Premier League for the former Lens player.
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Newcastle eye Ince to replace Cabaye: Newcastle have entered the race to sign Blackpool youngster Tom Ince. Tottenham have shown an interest in Ince but have been keen to negotiate down from the £8m fee. But armed with the money from the almost inevitable sale of unhappy Yohan Cabaye, the Magpies are reportedly ready to meet Blackpool’s asking price.
Paper Round’s view: The 21-year-old’s father and manager Paul wants Ince to go to a club where he will get game time and with Pardew happy that the midfielder will walk into his side, beaten comprehensively by Manchester City in their opening match of the season, a move to Newcastle is likely to look more attractive than a move to Spurs.