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Bernat set for Guardiola reunion?
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola could be set to raid one of his former clubs and might end up doing it not once but twice, according to the Sun.
It reports that Guardiola is "lining up a £20 million move for Juan Bernat" and may also make an attempt to sign David Alaba.
Spain international Bernat, brought to Bayern from Valencia by Guardiola in 2014, is able to play left-sided roles in both defence and midfield.
The Sun says Bernat is high on City's target list as they look to build for the future and quotes "an Etihad insider" as saying the 23-year-old "knows Pep's methods and systems and fits the right age profile."
But Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has already made it clear he doesn't see 24-year-old Austria international Alaba going anywhere.
Asked about reports that City officials had met Alaba's representatives to discuss a £40 million move, Rummenigge said: "These rumours are not correct. He recently extended his contract with us until 2021, and all the big European clubs know what that means with Bayern."
Everton hoping for gift of the Gabb
Everton failed to land Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini in the summer -- but their chances of bringing him to Goodison in the winter have received a boost, says the Liverpool Echo.
That's because it appears Gabbiadini, with one goal in eight league games so far, could be surplus to requirements after his sending off in Napoli's recent victory at Crotone.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that the club are ready to consider letting the 24-year-old leave.
It adds that Napoli -- who reportedly turned down an Everton bid of around £26 million in the summer -- will discuss his future in the coming days and could "bow to market pressures" when the window reopens.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman remains eager to add to his attacking options, and that desire could be increased by recent reports suggested Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are mulling a summer move for Romelu Lukaku.
Hornet Ighalo set to buzz off?
Watford striker Odion Ighalo is a wanted man and Napoli are the club doing the wanting, the Watford Observer reports.
It quotes Ighalo's agent Patrick Bastianelli as telling Radio Marte the player has been on "a great run" since arriving at Vicarage Road.
Bastianelli said the path to a move for Ighalo -- who has suffered a lean spell in front of goal this year -- could be smoothed because "Watford and [owners] the Pozzo family have excellent relations with Napoli."
He added: "We're talking about a guy who is part of the Nigerian national team. In football anything can happen, so we'll see."
Ighalo was linked with a summer move to Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, with Chelsea also reported to have been interested in him.
- West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis was unsuccessful in an attempt to sign defender Charlie Taylor from Leeds United in the summer and now he's ready to have another go, says the Telegraph.
It reports that the Baggies will offer around £4 million for left-back Taylor, who has turned down a new deal at Elland Road and would be available on a free in the summer.
Meanwhile, the Birmingham Mail says Pulis is interested in bringing prolific Cologne striker Anthony Modeste to The Hawthorns.
- Scottish Championship club Morton don't often get a mention in Transfer Talk, but here they are now -- and about time too.
The reason for that is that West Ham are interested in their 19-year-old forward Jai Quitongo, the Mail reports.
The Hammers scouted Quitongo, also said to have attracted the attention of Crystal Palace and Brighton, in the 2-0 Scottish League Cup semifinal defeat to Aberdeen on Saturday.