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DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 25: Wout Weghorst of Netherlands during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Netherlands and Ecuador at Khalifa International Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Today’s football transfer titbits from across the papers

Burnley’s Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst, 30, who is on loan at Besiktas, has offered to pay a compensation fee to the Turkish club out of his own pocket to force through a move to Manchester United, and could seal the switch by Tuesday. (Gokhan Dinc, via Express)

Benfica boss Roger Schmidt says Chelsea’s pursuit of Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who has a release clause of about £106m, is “closed”. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid want to extend Portugal forward Joao Felix’s contract by one year until 2027 before the 23-year-old joins Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season. (Marca – in Spanish)

Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 25-year-old France forward Marcus Thuram, whose contract runs out in the summer, and the Blues are also considering a move for PSV Eindhoven and England Under-21s forward Noni Madueke, 20. (Times – subscription required)

Brighton have rejected a verbal offer from Tottenham a verbal offer from Tottenham for Belgium forward Leandro Trossard and the Seagulls have no intention of selling the 28-year-old in January. (Football Insider)

West Ham United have renewed their interest in Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri and hope to sign the 25-year-old Morocco international on loan for the rest of the season. (Times – subscription required)

However, En-Nesyri has indicated that he is not yet ready to leave Spain. (Mail)

Sporting Lisbon say Tottenham must pay Pedro Porro’s €45m (£36.7m) release clause in full if they want to sign the 23-year-old Spain defender this month. (Guardian)

Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo is interested in succeeding Roberto Martinez as Belgium manager. (HLN – in Dutch)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 30, wants to stay at Crystal Palace until his contract expires at the end of the season before making a decision on his future. (Athletic – subscription required)

Bournemouth are willing to let Danish midfielder Emiliano Marcondes, 27 and Jamaica striker Jamal Lowe, 26, leave the club this month.

Former Birmingham, Newcastle and Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is set to retire from management after taking charge of 11 clubs over 25 years.

Leeds United are in advanced talks to sign French forward Georginio Rutter, 20, in a move worth up to a club record £35.3m from German club Hoffenheim.

Leeds United will allow English forward Joe Gelhardt to go out on loan in January as the 20-year-old has been told he does not figure in manager Jesse March’s plans for the rest of the season. (Football Insider)

Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Danilo for £18m plus add-ons from Palmeiras. (Mail)

Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr want to sign 34-year-old Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, whose contract with Barcelona will run out in the summer. (ESPN)

Arsenal have appointed former England Futsal player Hussein Isa, nicknamed ‘Tekkers Guru’, as a technical coach. The 34-year-old Spaniard, who has worked on TV adverts as a Lionel Messi body double, will start his role before the 2023-24 season. (Athletic – subscription required)


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