Gossip: Sunderland tipped to target Austin, Blues linked with Manolas

A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…

Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin – Sunderland are now being linked with the QPR striker.

Sam Allardyce, who recently took over as Black Cats boss, is keen to sign Austin when the transfer window reopens, ESPN say.

Leicester, who had a bid for Austin rejected during the summer, and Newcastle, who have been constantly linked with him despite not making an approach, are also tipped to target him in January.

Several clubs were linked with Austin ahead of last month's transfer deadline
Several clubs were linked with Austin ahead of last month’s transfer deadline

Meanwhile, Roma’s Kostas Manolas is the latest centre-back to be linked with Chelsea and touted as a possible replacement for John Terry.

A report on an Italian website, picked up by Metro, claimed that Chelsea are considering a move for the 24-year-old Greece international.

The Daily Star has therefore declared that a replacement for Terry has been found in Manolas.

Jose Mourinho’s attendance at the Euro 2016 qualifier between Ukraine and Spain in Kiev means there has been much speculation over the last 24 hours about who the Chelsea manager travelled to watch.

The Independent suggests he could have been there to see Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev forward Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Daily Express have since suggested that two Spain players could be on Mourinho’s radar, with Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Celta Vigo forward Nolito mentioned.

Reports in Spain, meanwhile, speculate that Mourinho might have been impressed with Spain’s Real Madrid midfielder Isco, who has previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.