Transfer news: James to Everton, Doherty to Tottenham

Doherty to Tottenham
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Will Colombian star James Rodriguez finally make his Premier League debut?

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Those are our key rumors from Wednesday’s PL rumor mill.

James Rodriguez to Everton

Carlo Ancelotti and James Rodriguez would like to be reunited at Goodison Park, writes The Liverpool Echo, but it’s not a simple move.

Real Madrid would love James’ wages off the books, but the Colombian would need to take a significant pay cut to move from the Bernabeu to Merseyside.

James has 18 goals and 19 assists in 51 appearances under Ancelotti, most of them coming at Real. He had a goal and an assist in his only Bundesliga start for Bayern, which came nine days before the Italian was fired.

He’s put up numbers wherever he’s gone and has a goal and five assists in his last 10 caps for Colombia. A fresh start with a friendly boss would be a great way to see if the 29-year-old could fully realize his star potential.

James has also been linked to Manchester United and MLS side Inter Miami but the Everton links are even older.

James Rodriguez to Everton
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Doherty to Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho would love to see Wolves right back Matt Doherty make the move to North London.

Doherty, 28, would bring nine Republic of Ireland caps to Spurs and a starring presence on the right side, where Mourinho often deployed Serge Aurier last season. Doherty is 11 months older than Aurier.

The Portuguese boss also played plenty of four at the back, while countryman Nuno Espirito Santo used Doherty almost exclusively in a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2 (a 5-4-1 also popping up on occasion).

Doherty scored in Wolves’ 3-2 defeat of Spurs on March 1, lapping up a Japhet Tanganga error from in-tight. The Irishman loves to get forward and into the mix.

Spurs sold Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton and Japhet Tanganga can play some right back but Mourinho needs cover if not competition for Aurier.

Wolves want around $25 million for Doherty while Spurs are said to want a fee with significant add-ons. The Athletic says a compromise is getting closer and $18 million could get it done.