Football rumours from the media – 28th September, 2017

What the papers say

Carlton Cole could be the striker Crystal Palace so urgently need, according to reports in the Daily Mirror. After an atrocious start to the season, with six losses and no goals, Palace appear ready to start their bid to persuade the 33-year-old free agent to move to Selhurst Park. New boss Roy Hodgson was dealt a blow after Christian Benteke injured his knee against Manchester City last week, and fellow striker Connor Wickham has also been sidelined through injury.

Radja Nainggolan could join Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford
Radja Nainggolan could join Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford (Nick Potts/Empics)

Jose Mourinho is interested in bringing Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan to Old Trafford next summer, according to tabloids. The Manchester United boss sent scouts to watch the 29-year-old in action against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, eyeing him as a possible replacement for midfielder Michael Carrick, the paper says.

Leicester have received a boost in their bid to sign Adrien Silva after FIFA confirmed the Football Association has requested the deal, which fell just outside of the transfer deadline, be “authorised”, the Daily Mirror reports. The Foxes have sought to complete the £22million signing of the 28-year-old ever since Danny Drinkwater departed for Chelsea for a club-record fee. But FIFA put the brakes on after key documents were received 14 seconds after the cut-off point.

Gabriel Heinze could be heading into management
Gabriel Heinze is in line for a new job (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Gabriel Heinze is being targeted to takeover managerial duties at San Lorenzo, according to Spanish publication El Grafico. Diego Aguirre stepped aside after the team lost to Lanus in the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores, with Claudio Biaggio filling in ever since. But the former Manchester United defender could become the permanent fixture that executives are looking for, the report says.

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The Premier League could come calling for 19-year-old KEINAN DAVIS, according to the Daily Mirror. Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton all had scouts in the stands during Aston Villa’s win against Burton, the paper reports, with the England under-20 forward finding the back of net in the 4-1 victory.

 Julian Draxler, left, could be leaving the French capital
Julian Draxler, left, could be leaving the French capital (Thibault Camus/AP)

Arsenal may have to battle Real Madrid for the signature of Paris St Germain’s JULIAN DRAXLER if reports of him being unsettled at the club turn out to be true, says the Daily Mirror. The Gunners have previously tried to bring the 24-year-old to the Emirates but with no luck. Now Real may also try to lure the forward away from the Parc des Princes in the next transfer window.

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