Football Transfer Gossip : Costa, Payet, Snodgrass, Cairney, Hart, Ozil

Posted: 2017-01-16T11:12:28Z
Football Transfer Gossip : Costa, Payet, Snodgrass, Cairney, Hart, Ozil

Costa - will he stay or will he go?

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, rejected the offer of a new £200,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge before a reported bust-up with manager Antonio Conte. (Times- subscription required)

Costa is ready to call a truce with the Blues - amid rumours of a move to China - and stay with them until the end of the season. (The Sun)

He is set for clear the air talks with Conte this week but will leave at the end of the season after refusing to sign a two-year contract extension. (Daily Express)

Conte expects Costa to be back at work this week after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich made it clear he wants the two make up, and he will not allow the striker to leave. (Daily Mail)

Conte has told Costa to forget about going to China and insisted: "Money is not everything". (Mirror)

Costa has been offered £600,000 a week to join Jiangsu Suning, with the Chinese Super League side also willing to pay £80m for the striker. But his move to China could be threatened by new rules restricting the number of overseas stars who can be fielded. (Daily Star)

Other transfer news

West Ham are increasingly open to selling unsettled midfielder Dimitri Payet in January. (Evening Standard)

Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud will fly into London on Monday to try and persuade West Ham to sell Payet, after bidding just under £20m for the Frenchman. (Telegraph)

Hammers captain Mark Noble says he has not spoken to Payet for "two or three weeks". (Sky Sports)

Tony Pulis has told West Bromwich Albion they need to buy in January and asked his bosses to loosen their "tight and rigid and strict" transfer budget. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid are on the verge of signing 17-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak - dubbed the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (The Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says there have been no offers for his players from China. (The Guardian)

Hull forward Robert Snodgrass says he is focused on playing for the Tigers, not transfer speculation. (Daily Star)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to keep forward Bojan Krkic, despite interest from Middlesbrough. (Mirror)

Newcastle United have not given up hope on signing 25-year-old Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney. (Newcastle Chronicle)

MLS club Real Salt Lake are interested in signing 19-year-old American striker Brooks Lennon on loan from Liverpool. (ESPN)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart - on loan at Torino - says he is focused on Monday's game against AC Milan not his future. (La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italian)

Birmingham City have shown an interest in Cheick Keita, a 20-year-old Mali international defender who plays for Virtus Entella in Italy's Serie B. (Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil suggests he "very comfortable" in London, having said last week he wants to know the long-term future of manager Arsene Wenger before committing to a new contract. (Germany national team website)

Aston Villa's French defender Aly Cissokho is set to be loaned to Greek champions Olympiakos. (Supersport)

Coventry City boss Russell Slade is set to make his second and third loan signings of the January transfer window, bringing in Derby County defender Farrend Rawson and striker Charles Vernam, both aged 20. (Coventry Telegraph)

[Credit: BBC Sports]