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Transfer notebook: Sofyan Amrabat to snub Saudi for Manchester United, Eberechi Eze stalls on new Crystal Palace contract, West Ham eye Folarin Balogun swoop

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Aug 3, 2023
Transfer notebook: Sofyan Amrabat to snub Saudi for Manchester United, Eberechi Eze stalls on new Crystal Palace contract, West Ham eye Folarin Balogun swoop

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Sofyan Amrabat is so keen to join Manchester United that he is willing to snub a big-money offer from Saudi Arabia.

Allan Saint-Maximin’s Al Ahli are keen to bring Amrabat to the Saudi Pro League.

Amrabat is keen to seal his move to the Premier League this summer

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Amrabat is keen to seal his move to the Premier League this summerCredit: Getty

But sources close to the Fiorentina ace, who helped Morocco to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, say he only has eyes for the Red Devils.

Amrabat has been on Erik ten Hag’s radar since coming through the youth ranks of Dutch side Utrecht.

United need to sell either Donny van de Beek, who is wanted by Real Sociedad, or Galatasaray target Fred to finance a move for Amrabat.

Crystal Palace battle

Michael Olise is not the only star player that Crystal Palace face a fight to keep.

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Olise is attracting strong interest from both Chelsea and Manchester City, with Palace anticipating formal bids before the end of the transfer window.

talkSPORT understands the £35m release clause in his contract has been removed, however there is still a mechanism in place allowing him to leave if offers are made.

talkSPORT has also learned the Eagles have offered Olise’s teammate Eberechi Eze a new long-term contract, but that the England international is showing a reluctance to sign.

Eze, 23, who made his Three Lions debut against Malta in May, has two years left on his current deal and was already on the radar of several top clubs after an outstanding last season with Palace.

Both Olise and Eze have proven their worth at Selhurst Park

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Both Olise and Eze have proven their worth at Selhurst ParkCredit: Getty

West Ham target Arsenal ace

West Ham are eyeing a potential swoop for wantaway Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.

The Hammers are looking to reinforce their front-line with flop Italian Gianluca Scamacca sizing up a move to Inter Milan and doubts over the future of Michail Antonio.

The Europa Conference League winners are believed to be among a cluster of Premier League sides who have asked to be kept informed on Balogun’s situation.

Balogun shined in front of goal during his loan spell at Reims

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Balogun shined in front of goal during his loan spell at ReimsCredit: Getty

USA international Balogun, 22, enhanced his reputation by scoring 21 Ligue 1 goals on loan at French club Reims last season.

One potential stumbling block to a departure from the Emirates Stadium in this window is the knee injury ruling Gabriel Jesus out of the opening weeks of the season.

Saudi Arabia eye Leeds captain

Liam Cooper’s commitment to getting Leeds back in the Premier League is being tested by a lucrative offer from Saudi Arabia.

Cooper is about to play in his tenth season at Elland Road

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Cooper is about to play in his tenth season at Elland RoadCredit: Getty

Cooper was one of the first players to take to social media to apologise to fans after the Whites were relegated from the Premier League and vowed that he would ‘never turn my back on the club.’

But talkSPORT understands the Scotland international, 31, a Leeds player since 2014 and stalwart of their last promotion-winning side, is attracting interest from Al Qadsiah, managed by Liverpool
legend Robbie Fowler.

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