THE future of in-demand Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama could become clearer over the weekend as Premier League sides step up their interest in him.
Wanyama, who has been linked with Newcastle United and Arsenal, is thought to be keen on a move to England.
And Sky Sports have claimed Southampton and Cardiff City are set to battle it out for the signature of the 21-year-old, who is valued at over £10m by his club. Full story.
Elsewhere, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are all making the transfer headlines. Here is a selection of the top stories in today’s newspapers:
Manchester City hope to complete a £21m deal for Malaga midfielder Isco in the next 48 hours. There were fears Real Madrid could hijack City’s move for the 21-year-old, who indicated on Thursday that a deal with the Blues could be tied up over the weekend. Full story: Daily Mail
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will speak to Juan Mata in an attempt to reassure the 25-year-old Spain midfielder that he wants to keep him at Stamford Bridge. Reports had claimed that Mourinho was keen to sell Mata, with Barcelona said to be interested. Full story: Daily Mirror
The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, 28, has down played his client’s chances of a move to Napoli and a reunion with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez. Full story: Sky Sports
Arsenal are putting the finishing touches on a £50m deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, and the club’s billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov has also urged manager Arsene Wenger to make a move for 27-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Full story: Daily Mail
The Gunners are also set for a £6m move for Dyanamo Zagreb defender Tin Jedvaj, 17. Wenger is unhappy with Swansea’s £10m asking price for Ashley Williams, 28, and sees Croatian Jedvaj, who came close to joining Roma recently, as another option. Full story: the Sun
Hull are set to move for Gent striker Ilombe Mboyo after failing to agree a fee for Burnley’s Charlie Austin. Belgium striker Mboyo, 26, who scored 21 goals last season, almost joined Norwich in January and would cost £6m. The Tigers offered £4m for Austin but the Clarets want £7m. Full story: Daily Star