Thursday's big transfer rumours: Arsenal looking to hijack rivals' move for Brazilian winger

Malcom Barcelona Arsenal Everton

Malcom is a target for the Gunners, according to reports – but Everton are also vying for the Barcelona wide man

What the papers say

The Mirror says Arsenal are refusing to give up on signing Wilfried Zaha and are preparing a player-plus-cash bid. Unai Emery has already seen the club’s opening £40 milion approach rejected, with Crystal Palace demanding twice that. The Gunners will get nowhere near that figure but are now discussing putting players into the deal, with Calum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny all possible makeweights.

In related news, Arsenal are looking to hijack Everton’s £31.5m move for Barcelona winger Malcom, according to The Sun. Arsenal boss Unai Emery has reportedly identified the player as a possible alternative to signing Zaha.

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha - could he become a Gunner?
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha – could he become a Gunner? (Nigel French/PA)

Newcastle offered Sam Allardyce a surprise return as manager last week, the Mail says, but the former England boss rejected the chance. Now the Magpies appear focused on recruiting Steve Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday, it adds.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Paul Pogba that Manchester United will not be pressured into selling him, according to the Telegraph. “We are Man United, we don’t have to sell players,” Solskjaer reportedly said.

Roma want Tottenham’s £25m-rated centre-back Toby Alderweireld, says the Mirror. The Italians are hunting two new defenders and have approached Spurs, but are understood not to have made a formal offer. Alderweireld is available at that bargain price only until July 26, when a clause in his contract expires. Roma are reportedly the only club to have expressed an interest in the 30-year-old Belgium international, who has just 12 months left on his contract.

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Players to watch

Daniel Sturridge: the former Liverpool player may currently be without a club, but at least he has been reunited with his stolen dog, the Guardian reports. The 29-year-old posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday showing a broken glass door, which he said was where thieves broke in and took his dog as well as a number of bags from his Los Angeles home.

Daniel Sturridge File Photo
Daniel Sturridge has his dog back (Mike Egerton/PA)

Dani Ceballos Tottenham are stepping up their bid to land Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan, the Daily Star reports.

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