Friday, September 29, 2023

Transfer notebook: Inside Mason Greenwood’s frantic deadline day, Eric Dier spoils Tottenham plans – and why Conor Gallagher stayed at Chelsea

It was an exhausting deadline day for representatives of Mason Greenwood as they tried desperately to find a club to take the Manchester United outcast.

talkSPORT understands Greenwood’s entourage spoke with dozens of clubs in various European leagues but were met by a resistance due to fears over a backlash from fans.

Getafe announced the signing of Greenwood minutes before the deadline@GetafeCF on Twitter

At one stage Lazio looked the most likely destination, before the Italian giants got cold feet.

Greenwood also held talks with clubs in Turkey and Greece and at least one unnamed team in Germany.

Eventually it was Spanish side Getafe who took the plunge, but only after United agreed to allow Greenwood to leave without demanding a loan fee.

In fact, the Red Devils will continue to pay a significant percentage of the England international’s wages during his time in Madrid.

Greenwood will still have a year to run on his contract after his loan spell expires at the end of the season, although United insiders maintain he is unlikely to pull on their red shirt again.

Eric Dier spoils Tottenham plans

Eric Dier is ready to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January after refusing to leave Tottenham in this transfer window.

Dier had interest from Fulham and was also offered to Bournemouth during Tottenham’s bid to sign Cherries centre-back Lloyd Kelly.

Dier is not part of Ange Postecoglou’s plansGetty

However, the England man appears content to let the last year of his Spurs deal run down before leaving as a free agent next summer.

Spurs’ failure to shift Dier, who has not featured in a single match-day squad this season, scuppered any hopes they had of landing Fulham’s Tosin or Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah.

Why Conor Gallagher stayed at Chelsea

Conor Gallagher stays at Chelsea – thanks in no small part to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

It is no secret Spurs were open to offers for Hojbjerg, who is deemed not to fit into the way new manager Ange Postecoglou wants to play.

The Denmark midfielder could have joined Atletico Madrid earlier in the window and was on Fulham’s radar as a possible replacement for Joao Palhinha.

Galatasaray also showed interest in Hojbjerg and Spurs did reach out to Chelsea to register an interest in Gallagher in preparation for his departure.

As the hours ticked down to 11pm it became clear Hojbjerg was staying, which meant Spurs could not press ahead with their move for £50m rated Gallagher.

Gallagher has been a key player for Chelsea so far this seasonGetty

Brentford won’t give up

Brentford plan to revisit their interest in PSV forward Johan Bakayoko, talkSPORT understands.

The Bees were hopeful of signing Bakayoko after agreeing a £34m fee with PSV on Thursday, 24 hours after they had knocked Rangers out of the Champions League.

The Dutch side’s progress to the group stage of that competition meant Bakayoko was unwilling to leave.

Brentford instead re-signed former fans’ favourite Neal Maupay on loan, but Bakayoko remains very much on their radar for when the transfer window reopens.

Watch this space, Bees fans.

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