‘Spurs star to ‘do a Campbell’ and join Arsenal’ - Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is ready to follow in the footsteps of Sol Campbell by quitting Spurs to join bitter rivals Arsenal on a free transfer, according to a report in the Daily Star. The 28-year-old is out of contract this summer and he has apparently told key sources that he wants to make the move across north London. He is understood to be best friends with Gunners midfielder Abou Diaby and that is key to ensuring that a sensational move goes through over the summer.
Paper Round’s view: Arsene Wenger will need cover with Thomas Vermaelen poised to leave at the end of the season, so it makes sense for Arsenal to want to bolster that area of the field. When he is not injured – and that is pretty rare – Kaboul is undoubtedly a top defender, having joined Spurs for a second time in 2010 from Portsmouth, for a fee of around £9.5m. This will be certain to cause controversy and anger in north London with Spurs fans having never forgiven former skipper and England star Campbell for making the same switch back in 2001.
‘Three Prem clubs chase Toulouse man’ - Aston Villa and Newcastle will join Arsenal in the race to sign Toulouse defender Serge Aurier this summer, according to a report in The Sun. The 21-year-old is understood to be valued at around £6m target and the full-back is a top target for the Premier League trio after revealing he wants to quit the French Ligue 1 side at the end of the season.
Paper Round’s view: This has all the marks of a Newcastle summer transfer and the reported £6m fee is exactly what has been talked about for the past couple of months whenever Aurier’s name has come up in transfer chat. The full-back has all the physical qualities and skill that should make him a success in the Premier League and it is likely that Villa will be beaten to this deal by French-market specialists Newcastle – that is, unless Arsenal end up not signing Kaboul from Spurs, of course.
‘West Ham to make up to five summer signings’ - West Ham have already started planning for next season following their 2-1 win at Sunderland and are looking to make "at least three and a maximum of five" summer signings, that’s according to a report in the Daily Mirror. They could revisit moves for former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan - currently playing for UAE club Al Ain - and Fenerbahce’s ex-Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, so say the paper. They will not, however, be in the market for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, who is currently on loan at Cardiff.
Paper Round’s view: West Ham are set to clear the decks this summer if reports are to be believed, with a string of players - including Joe Cole, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Matt Taylor - approaching the end of their contracts. Italy internationals Marco Borriello and Antonio Nocerino will return to parent clubs Roma and AC Milan when their loans expire at the end of the season, while fringe players such as Ricardo Vaz Te, Modibo Maiga (currently on loan at QPR) and Alou Diarra will also be moved on. It therefore should come as little surprise that Allardyce – or his replacement if West Ham fans have their way – will make sweeping changes with plenty of players coming in.
‘Spurs goalkeeper involved in transfer battle’ - Hugo Lloris is at the centre of a three-way transfer tussle, with Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid aiming to lure the 27-year-old Tottenham goalkeeper away from White Hart Lane this summer, according to the Daily Mirror. Barca and Atletico both want France goalkeeper Lloris, who has already hinted he may want to quit if Spurs do not qualify for Europe's top club competition. But mega-rich PSG are also watching developments closely and have promised to better any contract offer he gets from other clubs, and could potentially dwarf the £12m paid to get Lloris from Lyon two years ago.
Paper Round’s view: The 27-year-old, who has Champions League experience with Lyon, has enjoyed a brilliant season at Spurs despite the club’s indifferent form, which has left them struggling to make even the Europa League next season. That form has alerted the top clubs across Europe and, with Barca looking for a new number one to replace Victor Valdes, surely the Catalan giants remain the favourites to swoop in for Lloris. If Chelsea prise back Thibaut Courtois then Atletico will be on the hunt for a top goalkeeper themselves, so it will be extremely difficult for the north London club to keep hold of their number one.
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