£25,000 a week for Sheffield Wednesday star - and other soccer gossip

Speculation in the press
Speculation in the press

Sheffield Wednesday will give defender Tom Lees, 25, a new deal worth £25,000 a week in a bid to ward off interest from Burnley, Derby and Fulham.

Burnley, Derby and Fulham have all expressed an interest in the 25-year-old centre-back who has been one of the mainstays of Wednesday's mean defence over the past two seasons, reports the Mail on Sunday.



Burnley have been monitoring former England U21 international Lees as an option should Michael Keane leave for Leicester City.

Wednesday also gave goalkeeper Keiren Westwood a new contract on Friday.

The pair made a combined 79 appearances for the Owls last season and were key parts of a defence which ranked joint-sixth in the Championship.

Both Lees and Westwood are likely to be involved when Wednesday open their season against newly-relegated Aston Villa today, says the paper.

Other news from around the broadsheeets and tabloids:

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 24, as a replacement for Joe Hart, 29, but the German will cost £67m. (Sunday Express)

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 23, is close to joining Manchester United after he arrived in the city to complete his world-record transfer. The France international will have a medical on Sunday. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United believe that bringing Pogba back to the Premier League can deliver as much as £40m worth of commercial income in the first year. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Premier League champions Leicester City will make a £17m bid for 23-year-old Burnley defender Michael Keane this week.(Sunday People)

Everton are yet to receive an official bid from Chelsea for their Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 23.(Sunday Telegraph)

However, Chelsea are ready to offer goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, and striker Loic Remy, 29, to the Toffees as part of a package for Belgium international Lukaku.(Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City have lowered 27-year-old Wilfried Bony's asking price and will accept bids of around £13m for a striker they signed for £25m 18 months ago.(Sunday Express)

Wales will look to appoint Ryan Giggs as their manager if current boss Chris Coleman takes the vacant Hull City position.(Sunday Mirror)

Turkish club Galatasaray want to sign Manchester United midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Antonio Valencia, both 31, and will pay £4.25m for the pair.(Daily Star Sunday)

Jose Mourinho says he needs time to rebuild Manchester United as predecessor Louis van Gaal "had different ideas to mine" and that "it might be easier for us to bring in 20 completely new players and start again from zero."(Observer)

West Ham want to take Norwegian winger Martin Odegaard, 17, on loan from Real Madrid, but they will face competition from Liverpool.(Squawka)

Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 27, has been offered a move to Napoli by agent Jorge Mendes. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Stoke City are still determined to sign England U21 striker Saido Berahino, 23, from West Brom. (Stoke Sentinel)

West Brom are considering a move for Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew, 24, after ending their interest in West Ham striker Diafra Sakho, 26. (ESPN)

AC Milan and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, 29, will head to London for talks with West Ham after a potential move to Spain fell through.(Gianluca Di Marzio, via Essex Chronicle)

Italian side Lazio are considering a move for 23-year-old Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. (Il Messaggero, via HITC)

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 33, will not be leaving the club this summer, according to his agent. (Sunday Express)

Pep Guardiola believes English defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 18, has the ability to be a first-team player for Manchester City this season.(Manchester Evening News)

Hull City caretaker boss Mike Phelan says he is still not sure whether the club will be able to make any further signings before their Premier League opener against Leicester next Saturday. (Hull Daily Mail)

Phelan could be appointed Tigers manager on a permanent basis after the club failed to attract other targets. (Mail on Sunday)

Newcastle United will sell striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 21, as manager Rafael Benitez does not feel he can trust the Serbian, who is currently serving a four-game ban. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 30, will leave Barcelona for Roma on loan this season. (Sun on Sunday)

Ex-Liverpool and Scotland captain Graeme Souness says Manchester United will win the Premier League this season, Nemanja Matic is better than N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba is not worth £100m. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister doubts whether Zlatan Ibrahinovic, 34, can be the new "God" at Old Trafford, but says Jose Mourinho is the right man to take Manchester United into a new era. (Sun on Sunday)

Former Spurs striker and coach Clive Allen says Harry Kane looked tired during Euro 2016 but has backed the Tottenham forward to recover for the new season. (Sunday Mirror)

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