WITH the transfer window closed speculation maybe quiet, but there’s still plenty to talk about in the transfer news.
GERMAN midfielder Mesut Ozil could be turning for Manchester United rather than Arsenal, while Chelsea defender David Luiz snubbed a move to Barcelona, it is reported today.
United say they have no regrets about not signing £42.4m playmaker Ozil ahead of the Gunners. The Premier League champions were offered him a month ago, but chose to prioritise a central midfielder and left-back. (The Times)
The Red Devils annoyed over criticism of their summer transfer campaign, in which they only signed Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. They will be busier in the coming windows as new manager David Moyes has time to properly scout potential targets. (Daily Telegraph)
Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera is interested in a £30m January move to Old Trafford after they failed to sign him on transfer deadline day. (Daily Mail)
Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak says he rejected a move to Russian side Tom Tomsk in the hope of helping his side to a Premier League return – Sky Sports
Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Brazil defender David Luiz rejected a summer move to Barcelona. (Daily Express)
Everton are set to offer England defender Leighton Baines a contract extension. Baines has two years left on his current deal and was the subject of interest from Manchester United this summer. (Guardian)
Defender Joleon Lescott wants to extend his stay at Manchester City. The England centre-back is out of contract next summer. (Daily Mirror)
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is set for talks with Yohan Cabaye after the France midfielder failed to push through a move to Arsenal or Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)
West Brom’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlick says Shane Long’s move to Hull fell through because the Tigers attempted to change the terms of the deal after having a £6.5m offer accepted for the Republic of Ireland striker. (Mail)
The Hawthorns outfit will now open talks with Long about a new contract. He has two years remaining on his current deal. (Birmingham Mail)
Juventus want to sign Real Madrid’s Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso when his contract expires next summer. Alonso could be a replacement for Andrea Pirlo, who will be 35 at the end of the season. (Tuttosport)
Fulham’s Turkey winger Kerim Frei could join Besiktas before the Turkish transfer window closes. (Metro)
Watford and Wigan both want to sign Chelsea’s England Under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who spent last season at Vicarage Road on loan. (Daily Mirror)