West Ham United missed out on the chance of acquiring the services of former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle on transfer deadline day, according to The Sun.
The German international was keen to return to the Premier League after spending two years in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and now Borussia Dortmund.
West Ham were given the chance to sign the 26-year-old on a loan deal with a clause to buy him at the end of the season for £26m, a day before deadline day.
However, the Hammers were caught up in their pursuit of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, and Schurrle was neglected amidst the chaos.
Later, their bid to sign Carvalho was rejected too.
Up until now, Schurrle hasn’t had much of an impact at Dortmund under Thomas Tuchel, with his time at the Westfalenstadion being blighted by injuries.
The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.
Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines on Monday.
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Manchester United are set to pay £100 million to sign Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann next summer, according to the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier in the summer, but Atletico’s transfer ban ended his hopes of a move to the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho remains positive he can lure Griezmann to join the club in 2018, where he could link up with a star-studded attack, including Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.
The elusive Frenchman is undoubtedly one of the best attackers in the world – except that he’s declared that he’s not actually available.
Earlier in the summer, when speculation was rife that the Frenchman was on his way to Manchester United, he committed to staying at Atletico in the wake of the club’s transfer ban.
There’s no reason his stance would have changed, but with Diego Costa’s expected arrival in January, United will be front runners to secure his signature if he decides to leave.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling remains a key target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.
The England international was reported to have been suggested by the Gunners to be part of a swap deal for Alexis Sanchez, who has been a City target all summer.
Arsene Wenger expects City to return with a significant bid in January and negotiations for Sterling could resume then.
Although Pep Guardiola is adamant that Sterling has a vital role to play at the Etihad Stadium, it is understood the 22-year-old is open to a return to London and the chance to play more regularly.
With it being a World Cup year, perhaps it’s the right time for Sterling to move club in the hope of boosting his chances to start for Gareth Southgate’s side in Russia.
Manchester City are hoping to sign Tottenham centre back Toby Alderweireld next summer, according to The Sun.
Regarded as one of the best defenders in the league, the 28-year-old is believed to be unhappy with his £50,000 per week wages at White Hart Lane.
With Vincent Kompany sidelined through injury again, Pep Guardiola believes Alderweireld can be a long term successor to his Belgian teammate.
Alderweireld has not agreed a new deal at Spurs yet, with his adviser Stijn Francis insisting “he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer”.
Although he will cost around £60 million, it remains an ideal long term option for Guardiola as the Belgian rarely misses games through injury and is always a consistent presence.
Former England manager ROY HODGSON is the frontrunner to replace FRANK DE BOER at Crystal Palace just weeks into his first season at the club, the Daily Mirror reports.
In addition, Hodgson’s national team successor SAM ALLARDYCE, who preceded De Boer at Selhurst Park, has been courted for a return to the club just four months after his departure but remains reluctant.
Also facing an uncertain future is beleaguered West Ham boss SLAVEN BILIC, according to the Daily Express.
The Hammers want Napoli boss MAURIZIO SARRI to replace their player-turned-manager after crashing to the bottom of the table with three losses from three games to open the season.
Across London, DIEGO COSTA has moved his family to Madrid as he continues to angle for a return to Atletico, The Sun reports.
The want-away Spain striker has failed to turn up to training sessions – despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.
The Sun reports that Manchester United are plotting to hijack Arsenal’s £92million move for THOMAS LEMAR in January.
The Gunners failed to woo the Monaco winger, 21, over the summer and Jose Mourinho is poised to make an offer after missing out on Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic.
Not content with signing one star Frenchman, the Daily Star reports Mourinho is eyeing up Atletico frontman ANTOINE GRIEZMANN for United’s iconic – and vacant – number seven shirt.
With £100m set aside for the deal, the United boss will be looking for another key player to don the jersey worn by George Best, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo among others.
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