Monday’s transfer rumor roundup: Canada youngster to West Ham, 3-team fight for Coentrao


The gossip is heating up ahead of the transfer window reopening in 10 days time. Here’s your latest dose of rumors…

Former Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne could be on his way back to the Premier League, with Manchester City said to be in the hunt for the $30 million Belgian winger. De Bruyne, 23, joined Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg 11 months ago but his performances have already generated plenty of interest according to the Daily Star. De Bruyne has scored seven goals in 28 games for Belgium and bagged the opener against the USA in their 2-1 win in the last 16 of the World Cup this summer.

The Daily Mirror says Arsenal is set to tempt Newcastle’s resolve with a $25 million bid for brilliant midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who has been the engine the Magpies have needed since Yohan Cabaye skipped town last January. It’s hard to imagine Newcastle would be willing to sell him at that price, but Sissoko is said to want UEFA Champions League soccer and teams that lose 1-0 to Sunderland don’t often provide that chance.

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Arsenal and Liverpool have joined Manchester United in the chase for Real Madrid’s versatile Fabio Coentrao. It’s going to cost a lot of dough, though. Coentrao’s fee is approaching $40 million, and pitting giants against each other will make it go up. Who leads the fight for his skill set? Who needs him more? Three debatable answers to each question, to be sure.

And how about this, TFC fans? West Ham is looking to bring Doneil Henry into the mix on the recommendation of your ex-boss, Ryan Nelsen. Toronto was reportedly interested in extending the 21-year-old’s loan from Apollon Limassol, but when the Premier League comes calling, it often gets the answer it wants. Henry would join QPR’s Junior Hoilett as the only Canadians playing in the Premier League (though Michael Petrasso is also on the books for QPR).

The Tom Cleverley to Aston Villa loan experiment is about to get permanent. The 25-year-old has been one of Paul Lambert’s most efficient players and, after a 1-1 draw against his parent club at Villa Park this weekend, the midfielder looks set for an $11.7 final move to the Birmingham club.

And he’s not the only big club man set to make his loan move a permanent one. Ryan Bertrand is going to be a full-time Southampton man in either January or this summer, and will not return to Chelsea.