Thursday’s news and transfer rumour roundup.
Midfielder Marco Reus, 25, is refusing to enter into contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund as Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal prepare to make bids at the end of the season – (Daily Express)
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are locked in a battle to sign Anderlecht’s Mile Svilar, the 15-year-old Belgian goalkeeper tipped to be the next Thibaut Courtois – (Daily Mail)
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified Valencia’s former Chelsea and Manchester City target Nicolas Otamendi, 26, as the man he wants to reinforce the Red Devils’ defence in January – (Daily Express)
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has played down the possibility of making a loan move to bring Sunderland’s 27-year-old ex-Molineux striker Steven Fletcher back to the club – (Sunderland Echo)
Southampton are close to agreeing a new five-year contract with 19-year-old left-back Matt Targett, seen as the long-term successor to Luke Shaw – (Daily Mirror)