Changchun Yatai slap £20m price tag on Ighalo
Following their relegation to the second-tier of the Chinese League, Changchun Yati have put a £20m price tag on talisman Odion Ighalo, Football Live claims.
Ighalo was in a blistering goalscoring form with 21 goals in 28 league games but it was not enough to save Chen Jingang’s men who finished the 2018 Chinese Super League season 15th in the 16-team table.
And in his bid to secure top-flight football, the Changchun outfit are set to recoup the money spent on luring the Nigeria international to China from Watford in 2017.
Niasse to join Cardiff on loan
Premier League side Cardiff City are considering a loan move for out-of-favour Everton striker Oumar Niasse.
The Mirror reports that the Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock is desperately looking to bolster his attacking options next month as they prepare for a relegation battle.
And Niasse having not started a Premier League game all season for Marco Silva is on his hit-list.
Espanyol plot ambitious Bailly move
Espanyol are plotting a move to bring Manchester United defender Eric Bailly back to the Spanish LaLiga, according Manchester Evening News.
The Catalan outfit are reportedly ready to swoop for their ex-youth player Bailly if current centre-back Mario Hermoso is snapped up by Real Madrid in January.
This season, the Cote d’Ivoire international has been forced out of first team action at Old Trafford owing to injury and tactical reasons.
Leeds United ready to improve bid for Bounedjah
After seeing their initial offer turned down by Al Sadd, Leeds United are ready to return with an improved bid valued at around €15million for Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah, according to Le Buteur.
The Championship club are interested in bolstering their squad with Bounedjah who has scored 28 goals in 14 league matches so far in the Qatar Stars League.
Wolves target Nicolas Pepe
Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined a host of European clubs in monitoring the progress of Nicolas Pepe at Lille, Le10Sport reports.
The Molineux Stadium outfit are targeting a move for the Ivorian star alongside his teammates Zeki Celik and Xeka, who have played key roles in Lille’s rise in the Ligue 1 this season.
However, Pepe who has 10 goals and five assists in 15 league matches this season might be a difficult opton for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side with Barcelona and Bayern Munich also interested in the 23-year-old.
Asamoah didn’t want to leave Juventus
Inter Milan’s Kwadwo Asamoah did not want to leave Juventus, but they wouldn’t raise their contract offer for him.
According to Tuttosport via Calciomercato, Asamoah had hoped that the Old Lady would match Inter’s offer of €3m plus bonuses per season but the club did not believe that he could rediscover his top form after injuries.