Transfer Clock: Southampton, Tottenham get South American boost, Sneijder, Messi feature

Wesley Sneijder Holland

Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Arsenal and Southampton feature.

29 Days to go until the transfer window opens: Here's a look at the transfer gossip you need to know... 

1) Sneijder remains linked to Manchester United

Manchester United continue to be linked with signing Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray. Italian website TMW report that United have established contact with the Dutchman's agent and are determined to sign the star who was prominently linked with them in 2011. Sneijder has fallen out of favour recently for the Turkish side and has been reportedly looking for an escape route, and while he'd probably love to play under former international boss Louis van Gaal again, we would be surprised if United sanctioned his purchase now, with the need to invest in defenders, along with the fact he is not the dynamic player he used to be.

2) Paulinho wanted in Brazil

Tottenham have been given a boost by interest in Brazilian star Paulinho, who has failed to settle at the club. The midfielder has struggled for consistency since joining, and has not started a single Premier League game all season. The Mirror report two sides in Brazil are battling for his signature, Sao Paulo, and his former club Corinthians.

3) Arsenal linked with Kramer

Arsenal are showing an interest in German World Cup star Christoph Kramer, who was forced off early in the final through injury. He had stepped in for Sami Khedira, and The Star report that the Gunners see Kramer as an alternative to the Real Madrid man who has strongly been linked to them. Khedira's contract expires at the end of this season but Carlo Ancelotti says he expects him to renew. Kramer, of Bayer Leverkusen, would be a younger option and covered more ground in the Bundesliga last season than any other player.

4) Aguero's Messi pledge

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero says he will attempt to convince Lionel Messi to join him at the club. Rumours have persisted the Argentine is unhappy at the Camp Nou, and his international teammate told The Sun: "It's a tough ask — certainly I’ll try and convince Leo. You want the best players around to be playing in the Premier League but I’ll try and convince him, certainly.” For City, they may be able to afford the superstar, but getting around financial fair play could be another issue.

5) Southampton find a buyer for Osvaldo?

Having been desperate to offload outcast Pablo Osvaldo, Southampton may have a battle on their hands. As well as Inter Milan having an option to buy at the end of their current deal, The Mail report Argentine side Boca Juniors want to bring him back to South America permanently. Osvaldo has six goals for Inter this season.

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