TRANSFER GOSSIP: Tottenham consider shock late swoop for Eberechi Eze as frustration builds in Brennan Johnson pursuit, Joao Felix risks being left in limbo by Barcelona – and Marco Verratti is exiled at PSG

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TRANSFER GOSSIP: Tottenham consider shock late swoop for Eberechi Eze as frustration builds in Brennan Johnson pursuit, Joao Felix risks being left in limbo by Barcelona – and Marco Verratti is exiled at PSG

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Time is running out with the end of the transfer window fast approaching and so clubs need to be swift to get their final pieces of business over the line. 

Premier League sides are hard at work ahead of Friday’s 11pm deadline with a number of teams seeking attacking reinforcements following a mixed start to the campaign. 

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Chelsea are closing in on Manchester City starlet Cole Palmer, while Brighton look set to pull off the shock move to bring in Barcelona’s Ansu Fati. 

But others are not so far down the line with the likes of Tottenham still locked in negotiations in their bid to land top target Brennan Johnson.  

Mail Sport takes a look at all the latest transfer gossip on Thursday morning…

Brennan Johnson's suitors are increasingly frustrated as the transfer deadline approaches

Brennan Johnson’s suitors are increasingly frustrated as the transfer deadline approaches

Tottenham are considering a potential late swoop for Eberechi Eze as a deal for Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson stalls (Independent)

Brentford have made an approach for PSG forward and West Ham target Hugo Ekitike – while the Bees also monitor Marseille’s Azzedine Ounahi as Thomas Frank looks to add more goals to his team in Ivan Toney’s absence (Mail Sport) 

PSG manager Luis Enrique has told Marco Verratti he will never play for him again, opening the door to a reunion with Neymar at Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal (Le Parisien) 

Barcelona boss Xavi is prioritising a move for Joao Cancelo ahead of Joao Felix, leaving the Atletico Madrid outcast in limbo as he waits to hear if his ‘dream’ move will be viable this summer (Diario AS) 

Inter Milan eye Tanguy Ndombele on loan after his Genoa move fell through. The Milan side can offer Champions League football which is important to the central midfielder (Mail Sport) 

Tottenham are exploring a possible late swoop for Crystal Palace's star man, Eberechi Eze

Tottenham are exploring a possible late swoop for Crystal Palace’s star man, Eberechi Eze

Joao Felix is out of favour at Atletico Madrid but his 'dream' Barcelona move is in the balance

Joao Felix is out of favour at Atletico Madrid but his ‘dream’ Barcelona move is in the balance

Nottingham Forest and West Ham are among a host of Premier League sides interested in Benfica’s Danish full-back Alexander Bah (Tipsbladet – in Danish) 

Brighton are closing in on the surprise loan signing of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati. The 20-year-old Spain forward will travel to England on Thursday after being convinced by Brighton’s style and the coaching of Roberto de Zerbi. (Mail Sport) 

Borussia Dortmund are in talks with Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug as they look to cover themselves for Sebastian Haller’s Africa Cup of Nations absence in January (Sky Sports Germany)

Lorient are moving quickly in a bid to land Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko, with the Frenchman a free agent (RMC Sport) 

Atletico Madrid revive talks with Tottenham over signing Pierre Emile Hojbjerg on loan with obligation to buy for £40m (Mail Sport) 

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti has been told he will not play for PSG while Luis Enrique is in charge

Meanwhile, Marco Verratti has been told he will not play for PSG while Luis Enrique is in charge

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