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Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Bale to PSG and Koscileny wanted by Bayern and Barcelona

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Here’s an update of all the transfer rumors surrrounding the Premier League.

Today’s news out of White Hart Lane has Gareth Bale a target of Paris Saint Germain, who appear willing to outbid Real Madrid for the Welshman’s services. In a cheeky move, the Parisians are consdiering signing Andre Villas-Boas to replace Carlo Ancelotti, and using AVB’s relationship with Bale to reel in the winger.

So just how serious are the Ligue 1 club? Word has it they’re ready to break the Premier League transfer record and flash £85 million in Daniel Levy’s face. Will the tight-pocketed chairman snatch it?

Down the road at rivals Arsenal, word has it Barcelona and Bayern Munich both have interest in signing Laurent Koscielny. The Frenchman has enjoyed a steady rise at the Emirates although conjecture that either the Spanish or Bavarian giants are ready to move for his signature feels a bit far-fetched. Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, looks eager to poach Ligue 1 for more talent as he targets Lille winger Dimitri Payet, Marseille’s Andre Ayew and Guingamp midfielder Gilbert Imbula.

In West London, Chelsea might soon be doing business with Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 side are preparing a £25 million move for David Luiz, who has reportedly spoken with his countrymen about life in the French capital and an interest in the PSG project. Jose Mourinho has yet to discuss Luiz’ future but nevertheless seems keen on bringing Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel to the Bridge.

Over on Green Street, West Ham are putting Andy Carroll through a medical ahead of his proposed £15 million transfer from Anfield to Upton Park. The Hammers have long believed Carroll to be their key man up top but were stymied by Liverpool’s previous asking price as the Reds hoped to recoup a sizeable portion of the £35 million they spent to acquire the striker from Newcastle in January 2011.

Up in Manchester, Samir Nasri looks to be on the hot-seat after City is reported to be one of the two clubs making offers for Spanish sensation, Isco. The Malaga playmaker is also being looked at by Real Madrid but many believe his strong relationship with new City boss Manuel Pellegrini could be the tipping point for the player to come to the Premier League. If Isco does make the move that could spell trouble for Nasri, who is already facing stiff competition on the wing from new-boy Jesus Navas.

And on the red side of Manchester, David Moyes is ready to battle Chelsea for the signature of van Ginkel although the links to another midfielder, PSVs’ Kevin Strootman, continue to be strong.

Heading west to Liverpool where Brendan Rodgers looks to be inching closer to signing Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet after making an initial £6.5 million pound bid for the netminder. The Black Cats are holding out for more money for the 24 year old Belgian international who they consider to be one of the best up and coming keepers in the league. While Liverpool are keen on acquiring Mignolet they have also inquired as to Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Swansea City’s Michel Vorm. If the Reds do make a move, expect a domino effect to transpire whereby Pepe Reina is sent to Barcelona and Victor Valdes and transfered out of the Camp Nou.

WATCH: Kane’s first half hat trick includes gorgeous volley

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Harry Kane spent the first half hour of Sunday’s tilt versus Stoke torturing the visiting Potters.

Kane opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Christian Eriksen bobbled Dele Alli‘s pass into the 18, but Ryan Shawcross‘ barely hit his clearance and Kane took a touch before belting home for the advantage.

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His second was lovely, bounding a low volley between the legs of Victor Wanyama and by a diving Lee Grant.

The third carried a bit of luck, with his low free kick taking a turn off the leg of wall end Peter Crouch to elude a lunging Grant. 3-0.

Here are the first and third, too:

Liverpool, Southampton lead EFL Cup Team of the Tournament

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The EFL Cup has named its team of the tournament ahead of Sunday morning’s final between Southampton and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium.

Liverpool and Southampton lead the way with two players each, while finalists Manchester United have just one player in the team.

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That’s Ander Herrera, who joins a midfield with Sofiane Boufal (Saints), Mohamed Diame (Newcastle United), and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

Up top are Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, the latter for his work at Bristol City.

The back four is led by Saints’ Maya Yoshida and Hull City’s Harry Maguire, with Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) and Matty Pearson (Accrington Stanley) joining the unit.

The backstop is Leeds United’s Marco Silvestri.

Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City (Lineups, Stream)

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Wifried Bony of Stoke City and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at Britannia Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The penultimate Premier League match of the weekend pits Stoke City against third-place Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday (Watch live at 8:30 a.m. EDT on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Jan Vertonghen is back alongside Toby Alderweireld in the heart of Spurs’ back line, and it’s no surprise that PL Download stars Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris also start.

Geoff Cameron‘s four-month layoff appears to be reaching its end, as the USMNT back is on the subs bench for Stoke City. He last played on Oct. 22.

LINEUPS

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Winks, Sissoko, Son, Janssen.

Stoke City: Grant; Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Whelan, Adam; Arnautovic, Allen, Ramadan; Crouch. Subs: Given; Muniesa, Berahino, Afellay, Diouf, Cameron, Imbula.

Sydney FC return to winning ways in A-League

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24:  Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic of Sydney FC makes a save as Bruno Fornaroli of City competes for the ball during the round 21 A-League match between Melbourne City and Sydney FC at AAMI Park on February 24, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY (AP) Bobo scored twice as Sydney FC rebounded from its first loss in the A-League to beat Melbourne City 3-1 and continue atop the table.

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Sydney’s ambitious attempt to become the first team to end the regular season unbeaten came unstuck last week when it was beaten by Western Sydney Wanderers in a fractious local derby, repercussions of which continued through the week. Wanderers were fined $20,000 by Football Federation Australia after its fans unfurled an obscene banner targeting Sydney coach Graham Arnold.

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Sydney raised itself above that controversy on Friday with a comprehensive win over Melbourne City which briefly took it 11 points clear in first place.

Melbourne Victory restored the gap to eight points when it beat defending champion Adelaide United 2-1, and Perth leapfrogged Melbourne City into third place when it dumped the Wanderers 2-0.

Bobo opened Sydney’s scoring with a penalty, but City canceled that out only a minute later.

Sydney went in front again after the break, and Bobo sealed the win, set up by a superb through ball by Milos Ninkovic which highlighted their developing combination.

Midfielder Brandon O’Neil said Sydney was determined to leave behind the contention of their derby loss.

“When it all came out, the FFA and Western Sydney had to deal with it and it did,” O’Neil said. “It brought us together and we spoke about a few things, and nothing changed for us. We want to be premier (champions).”

Melbourne Victory’s win over Adelaide kept it in touch with Sydney with seven regular season rounds remaining.

Wellington kept its faint playoff hopes alive, staying in seventh place with a 2-1 win over Brisbane.