Transfer Talk: Adebayor to swap Spurs for Villa?

The Daily Star claims Chelsea are leading the race to sign striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht.

The Serbia international has been linked with a number Premier League clubs over the summer with both Newcastle and Swansea being credited with an interest in signing the 20-year-old.

However it now appears that the Blues have stolen a march in the race to land the youngster, with the front man himself keen to join a club who are playing in the Champions League.

The former Partizan Belgrade player scored 20 times in the Belgian top flight last season and he would add competition to the forward line in west London with the likes of Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao already at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere today and the Mirror claims Rickie Lambert could be allowed to leave Liverpool this summer, should the Reds complete the signing of Aston Villa front man Christian Benteke.

Brendan Rodgers’s side are believed to have met the £32.5million release clause to sign the Belgian international in a deal that could make the current Reds front man surplus to requirements at Anfield.

The 33-year-old struggled during his first campaign on Merseyside as he scored just two goals in 25 league appearances and he has been heavily linked with a move to West Brom, whose boss Tony Pulis is rumoured to be a fan of the former Southampton man.

Another striker who could be on the move this summer is Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that Villa boss Tim Sherwood sees the front man as being the ideal replacement for Benteke.

The duo enjoyed a fantastic relationship during their time together at White Hart Lane with the Togolese forward scoring 14 goals in 25 appearances under Sherwood during the 2013-14 campaign.

One stumbling block in the transfer could be the former Manchester City players wage demands as he is believed to earn over £100,000 a week in north London and Spurs are also keen to recoup the £5million they paid for the striker in 2012.

Staying with Tottenham and the Daily Mail claims that the club will step up their pursuit of midfielder James McCarthy by offering Everton cash plus Aaron Lennon to sign the former Wigan player.

The Irish international is believed to have grown frustrated at Goodison Park as the Toffees have failed to offer him an improved deal to remain on Merseyside.

This news has put Mauricio Pochettino on red alert with the Spurs boss prepared to offer their Premier League rivals £12million plus Lennon, who spent the second half of the season on loan at the Blues, in an attempt to land the 24-year-old.