Transfer news round-up: Wesley Sneijder would find it hard to turn down Manchester United; Liverpool could return for Adam Lallana; West Brom closing in on Joleon Lescott; PSG give up on Eden Hazard hopes

A look of the biggest transfer rumours doing the rounds

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Netherlands’ World Cup star Wesley Sneijder has admitted that the prospect of joining Dutch coach Louis van Gaal at Manchester United might be too good to turn down if the new United boss decides he fits the bill for their faltering midfield. Sneijder remains contracted to Turkish side Galatasaray, but appears to favour a move to follow his current national team coach once their commitments in Brazil are finished.

Meanwhile, Liverpool could make a third offer in their pursuit of England international Adam Lallana, despite their second bid of £25m said to be a ‘take it or leave it’ final offer. The Southampton captain is known to want a move to the Reds in order to test himself in the Champions League, and Saints had issued a statement following the sale of Rickie Lambert insisting that no further transfer business would take place until a permanent replacement had been appointed to departed manager Mauricio Pochettino. Ronald Koeman has since been confirmed on a three-year deal, leaving the door open to another offer from the Reds.

West Brom are believed to be closing in on the signing of free agent Joleon Lescott. The former defender left Manchester City at the end of the season, and reports suggest that the ex-England international could be on his way to the Hawthorns as new manager Alan Irvine’s first signing since his appointment. The centre-back’s negotiations with the Baggies are believed to be at an advanced stage with the 31-year-old understood to be having a medical.


Paris St-Germain are reported to have given up their attempts to land Chelsea winger Eden Hazard this summer, although their interest remains in the Belgian with a view to resurrecting a move next year. The 23-year-old is currently on international duty with his country at the World Cup, but it looks likely that he will return to Chelsea for the next season at least next month.

Livorno president Aldo Spinellu has claimed that Stoke are keen on landing striker Paulinho, who is also believed to be attracting interest from QPR, Southampton and Crystal Palace. The Brazilian netted 15 times in 34 league appearances last season, and he has spent nine years in Italy since leaving Juventude. The 28-year-old is also said to be a target for Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira FC.

Ochoa impressed during Mexico's World Cup draw with Brazil

Finally, Mexico’s World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa is considering the options open to him as he seeks a new club after leaving AJ Ajaccio following their relegation from Ligue 1. The goalkeeper’s agent claims that Barcelona are among 20 clubs interested in the 28-year-old, whose stock rose after the brilliant performance in keeping Brazil at bay on Tuesday. The Catalan side are looking for another goalkeeper having signed Marc Andre ter Stegen already, after both Victor Valdes and Jose Pinto left the club at the end of the season.