Alex Crook gives us inside information on the Premier League’s potential whereabouts this summer in the latest talkSPORT transfer diary…
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe is set to test former club Bournemouth’s resolve with a move for defender Lloyd Kelly.
Howe has decided to sign a new goalkeeper – signing Nick Pope from Burnley earlier this week for a fee of around £10million.
But his attempts to bring in a new centre-back this summer have so far been frustrated, with a protracted pursuit of Lille’s Sven Botman threatening to turn into a saga.
The Magpies chief is a big admirer of Bournemouth captain Kelly, 23, after signing him from Bristol City in 2019.
It would take a mega offer for the Cherries to even consider selling their skipper, but club bosses are aware of the admiration Kelly has for his former boss.
The other name on Howe’s wishlist, as revealed earlier in this column, is Manchester City’s Nathan Ake.
Bachmann transfer overdrive
Manchester United will have to pay goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann a transfer fee after Watford rejected the Austrian’s appeal to let him go for free.
Bachmann has been fielded by United to replace Nottingham Forest-linked Dean Henderson as David de Gea’s understudy.
The 27-year-old is so desperate to make the dream move to Old Trafford, talkSPORT understands he has asked the Hornets to tear up his contract.
With two more years to run on the deal, Watford are understandably keen to be properly reimbursed.
An offer of around £3m should be enough for United to get their man.
Southampton set to sell and ex-Arsenal star could leave
Southampton are ready to take advantage of defender Jan Bednarek as part of a summer overhaul at St Mary’s.
Bednarek, 26, is one of Saints’ oldest players having joined from Lech Poznan for £5million in the summer of 2017.
The Poland international has been told Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are open to offers for his services, with Italian pair Napoli and Roma leading the hunt.
Bednarek is unlikely to be the only big-name Saints departure with Theo Walcott and Nathan Redmond facing an uncertain future.
Walcott, 33, and Redmond, 28, do not fit the club’s policy of building a young and hungry squad of players they can sign for relatively small sums and sell at a big profit.
Wolves make transfer U-turn as tough summer continues
Wolves are ready to pull a deal for Argentine wonderkid Enzo Fernandez despite sending head scout Mathew Hobbs on a 14,000 mile round trip to persuade him to sign.
Hobbs flew to South America with the intention of convincing 21-year-old Fernandez to move.
But chairman Jeff Shi appears to have decided not to trigger the £17million release clause in the midfielder’s River Plate contract.
Fernandez is now set to join Benfica, leaving Wolves fans worried about their lack of transfer activity.
With early offers for Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves yet to materialise, the summer could be a long one for the Molineux faithful.