Man United and Chelsea on Cambiasso alert

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The rumour mill is now in full swing, with Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly set to battle it out for Inter midfielder Esteban Cambiasso with Jose Mourinho denying a big-money bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.

- January's done deals

22.59 GMT That's your lot for tonight, so make sure you are back bright and early to see all the latest transfer gossip from the weekend.

22.47 GMT Last word from Arsene Wenger on Diego Costa. Everyone else seems to think the Brazilian Spaniard's buyout clause is £32m, but Arsene think it's a bit more. “What, £145m?!” he told the Daily Mirror. “Honestly, you want to keep your chances in the season at the best possible level.”

21.59 GMT U.S boss Jurgen Klinsmann says that Clint Dempsey will be a big hit in his second spell at Fulham, having rejoined the Cottagers on loan from Seattle Sounders. "I think it's a great decision from Clint to start off the year in the right way going on loan for two months to Fulham, his old team," he told USsoccer.com. "They need him to get them back up in the table of the league, and he will come already in good shape back into MLS. That is great!"

21.20 GMT Remember Adam Le Fondre? He scored quite a few goals off the bench when Reading were in the Premier League but now they aren't there anymore he's annoyed he's not playing and might ask for a move. "It is frustrating for me as a footballer and I want to play games. That is what I am paid to do," he told BBC Radio Berkshire. "I am not paid to sit and watch games. I want to play games and that is something I have not been doing. I haven't played for two months now and for someone who is leading the goalscoring charts, to not have sufficient playing time is something for me to look at."

20.34 GMT Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey declined to play for League One promotion chasers Wolves against Gillingham on Friday amid reports linking him with a Premier League move, with Crystal Palace heading the queue.

20.00 GMT Harry Redknapp wants Jermain Defoe on loan at QPR, but doesn't think it would happen. "I would love [Defoe] on loan for a couple of months but I couldn't see a possibility of it happening and we've never discussed it," he told reporters. "Harry came on at Manchester United so I think he's in Tim's plans. I'd be surprised if Tim, if he loses Defoe, [lets Kane leave] as he'd only have two strikers."

19.35 GMT Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hinted that his club could announce a new signing on Monday. He said: "We have been negotiating for about two months a contract with a player and his club, but definitive answers are set to arrive and it could become concrete on Jan. 6. It has to be considered whether the player wants or not to come to Napoli." If you're a betting person, we'd go for Lyon's Maxime Gonalons.

19.06 GMT Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Alvarez has admitted that it would be a loss for his side if midfielder Fredy Guarin was to leave in January, after he was linked to Chelsea. "I would be sorry if Guarin goes," he told Sky Sport Italia. "He is an important player for us and has done very well. We would be sorry to lose a player like him, but we still don't know anything. Fredy is still with us and we must take advantage of him to the maximum."

18.17 GMT Fernando Cavenaghi is a River player. Hope he runs well; soaks it all in.

17.32 GMT Derby County have been active in the transfer window after landing Chelsea's England U-21 international forward Patrick Bamford earlier today and they have now completed another signing with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Simon Dawkins making his loan deal permanent. The 26-year-old has been in good form for the Championship high-flyers and is believed to have joined for an estimated 500,000 pounds.

17.26 GMT Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi says that the Ligue 1 club are not preparing a big-money bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. Sky Sports report that the French side have dreamed of landing the Ballon d'Or favourite but al-Khelaifi is believed to honour the player's contact at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Similarly, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has silenced rumours that they will bid for PSG midfielder Marco Veratti, citing that there are no ongoing negotiations between the two sides. "We are currently not in talks with PSG about any player. We are not in negotiation with PSG over Cristiano or Verratti. Our two clubs have a very good relationship," he said.

17.13 GMT Newly-appointed Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has insisted that he would like to strengthen the Los Che attack. The La Liga side are on the cusp of a takeover from billionaire Peter Lim and it is believed that Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko is their No.1 target as they hope to recover from their poor first half of the season. Speaking at the club's press conference ahead of the match against Levante, he said: "It is natural that we will look to strengthen and where I would like to have more options is in attack."

17.02 GMT Chelsea have been the subject of a number of potential deals today and the latest name to be associated with a move to Stamford Bridge is Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. The Evening Standard say that Mourinho is a keen admirer of the Serbian but believes that the Portuguese side are unlikely to part with one of their key players.

"Matic is a good player," he said. "Currently he looks solid and mature. He is wise and stable. He is a player that looks very mature on the pitch. Benfica is a big club and he seems comfortable. I don’t see any interest from the club to want to sell him," he added. Borussia Dortmund are also rumoured to be interested in Matic.

16.47 GMT Jeremy Menez says he is determined to fight for his place at Paris Saint-Germain despite reports that he is set for an exit from the Parc des Princes outfit. Menez has struggled to earn a regular spot in Laurent Blanc's starting eleven this season and has been linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus. “I'm going to try to win myself a place in the team and work hard to achieve that,” Menez stated to L’Equipe. “There may have been some difficult moments, but I say to myself that they will pass. Personally, I have never said that I want to leave."

16.34 GMT Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is keen to bolster his side's attacking options after a run of six league games without a win. The Swans have dropped to 13th spot in the table, four points above the relegation zone and chairman Huw Jenkins is reportedly prepared to reach into his pocket to provide funds for a new winger. The Daily Mail claim that Swansea have made an approach for Blackpool winger Tom Ince but they are believed to face stiff competition from Cardiff. The Welsh side have also been snubbed in their attempts to land Liverpool pair Iago Aspas and Raheem Sterling.

16.23 GMT Mark Hughes has opened negotiations with Aston Villa about securing the permanent transfer of Stephen Ireland this month. "We're trying to do something with Stephen if we can," he said. "I know we've had discussions with his people and I've spoken to Stephen myself about the situation. I think there's a willingness on both sides to get something done. Nothing's been agreed formally yet but I think the intention is there to try to do something if we can."

Hughes is also determined to bring a striker to the Britannia Stadium with West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long and Borussia Moenchengladbach's Luuk De Jong reportedly his priority targets.

However, the Welshman dismissed speculation that Wilson Palacios could be on his way to Spain, especially after Jamie Ness' loan move to Leyton Orient. "That's news to me. There's been no contact as far as I'm aware. Jamie Ness has gone out on loan but at the moment we don't anticipate anybody else leaving," he added.

16.14 GMT Shortly after confirming the loan extension of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, Watford announce two more deals with Udinese duo Mathias Renegie and Alexander Merkel joining the Hornets for their promotion push. Swedish striker Ranegie will sign a contract until 2017, subject to international clearance, while former Milan midfielder Merkel joins on loan until the end of the season.

16.05 GMT Having been taken over by Belgian businessman Roland Duchatelet earlier today, Charlton Athletic make their first signing of the transfer window by sealing the signature of Standard Liege midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic on a six-month loan. There is further news for Addicks fans as their third round FA Cup tie against Oxford has been postponed due to the pitch being deemed unplayable.

15.57 GMT Barcelona winger Cristian Tello has been linked with a loan deal to Liverpool during the transfer window, having made just two La Liga starts this season. However, Spanish pundit Guillem Balague has quashed any speculation of a move away from the Catalan giants via his Twitter, claiming that Tata Martino is keen to hold onto the 22-year-old.



Speaking of Barcelona, Francesc Tomas assesses their transfer targets here.

15.45 GMT Watford have extended the loan signing of Arsenal youngster Hector Bellerin. New Watford manager Giuseppe Sannino is determined to revive the club's push for promotion and clearly feels that the Spanish right-back will prove a key asset in the second half of the season.

15.35 GMT Hull City have confirmed that Sone Aluko has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with the club. The 24-year-old scored the winner in a 3-2 win over Newcastle earlier this season but has been out of action for the last two months with an achilles injury.

15.21 GMT Goal.com are reporting that Manchester United have sent a delegation of lawyers to Spain in an attempt to agree a deal for Atletico Madrid star Koke. David Moyes is believed to be a big fan of the 21-year-old playmaker as he looks to add much-needed creativity to the United midfield. However, Koke is rumoured to have doubts about a move to Old Trafford, preferring instead to help Diego Simeone's side to challenge for the La Liga crown and compete in the Champions League.

15.10 GMT Speaking at the press conference ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup clash against Oldham Athletic, assistant coach Colin Pascoe laughed off speculation that Raheem Sterling was set to leave on loan. The 19-year-old winger had been linked with a move to Swansea City but Pascoe insists that the club are more focused on bringing players in to Anfield. "Raheem has been brilliant this season -- he won't be going anywhere," he said. "The scouts and everyone behind the scenes are looking at players, which players to bring into Liverpool Football Club."

15.01 GMT Honduras international midfielder Wilson Palacios could be set for a move to La Liga strugglers Real Betis after falling out of favour with Stoke boss Mark Hughes at the Britannia Stadium. The 29-year-old arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in 2011 for six million pounds but has started only three Premier League games this season and is desperate for regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Hughes is reportedly happy to allow the Honduran to leave as he aims to free up some funds in order to add a striker to his squad. Story here.

14.53 GMT With West Ham in desperate need of a centre-forward, The Mirror report that the Hammers' owners David Sullivan and David Gold are keen to secure a loan deal for former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan. Out-of-favour Everton forward Nikica Jelavic is another option as Sam Allardyce aims to fire West Ham out of the relegation places. However, perhaps the best news for Hammers fans is that record signing Andy Carroll has returned to first-team training and the club are set to schedule some friendlies in a bid to speed up his comeback from injury.

14.41 GMT Jose Mourinho insists that he is not looking to buy a striker in the transfer window, amid speculation of a big-money move for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain. Mourinho says that he is satisfied with the squad at his disposal and admits that the market for Chelsea is "almost closed". The Portuguese manager also hopes to keep Juan Mata at the club although he admits that Kevin De Bruyne could leave Stamford Bridge, with Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Malaga touted as potential suitors. Story here.

14.32 GMT Tottenham's transfer activity was perhaps the most exciting in the summer and new boss Tim Sherwood will be hopeful of adding one or two players to the Spurs set-up as they look to catch up on the top four. John Crace takes a look at some of the potential signings heading to White Hart Lane here.

14.14 GMT Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he is delighted to be reunited with new Colchoneros midfielder Jose Sosa. The Argentine played under Simeone at Estudiantes and completed a six-month loan move from Metalist Kharkiv to the Spanish capital yesterday with view to a permanent 10 million euro transfer. Simeone also added that he expects Leo Baptistao to go out on loan after a frustrating first half of the season and played down speculation of a move for 18-year-old San Lorenzo attacker Angel Correa. Story here.

14.04 GMT Monaco coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that the Ligue 1 club are in negotiations with Anzhi Makhachkala for Ivory Coast forward Lacina Traore. L'Equipe say that the 23-year-old is set to sign a five-year contract but will be loaned to West Ham for the remainder of the season if Radamel Falcao stays at the principality outfit.

13.52 GMT Derby County face Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend and there has been some transfer activity between the clubs as Chelsea’s England Under-21 international forward Patrick Bamford is set to join the Rams on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old striker will test himself in the English Championship, having scored 16 goals in 29 outings during an impressive loan spell at League One side MK Dons.

13.45 GMT Speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claims that he has yet not received a bid for Tottenham, Newcastle and Monaco target Joleon Lescott. However, he admits that he is hoping to send young Swedish striker John Guidetti out on loan until the end of the season, with West Ham, Stoke and Wigan all rumoured to be interested. Story here.


13.25 GMT Despite crashing out of the Champions League, Juventus coach Antonio Conte is determined to strengthen The Old Lady by signing a new winger. Mirko Vucinic, Paolo De Ceglie and Sebastian Giovinco have all been linked with a move away from Turin but who will arrive? Mina Rzouki takes a lot at the potential options here.

13.10 GMT Aberdeen have added Swansea defender Alan Tate to their squad after the 31-year-old agreed to join the Scottish side on loan until the end of the season. Tate has made over 280 appearances for the Swans but has been unable to break into Michael Laudrup's side, recently enjoying short spells at Leeds and Yeovil.

12.55 GMT Speaking at his press conference ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup tie with Derby County, Jose Mourinho has denied making a 50 million pound bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, admitting that it would be difficult to lure the Argentine international away from Italy. Mourinho also says that he will not allow Juan Mata to join another Premier League side, adding that the Spaniard has not been in to see him and has trained "in a fantastic way." However, Kevin De Bruyne could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with Mourinho admitting that the club have received a number of offers.

12.33 GMT With new Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being promised a 25 million pound transfer kitty by Vincent Tan, the fresh-faced Norwegian could tempt Crystal Palace with a 3 million pound bid for Wales international midfielder Jonathan Williams. The Mirror report that the 20-year-old could be lured back to his homeland with the prospect of regular first-team football, having failed to start a Premier League match for the Eagles this season.

12.22 GMT Arsenal fans, who will your club buy in the January transfer window? John Cross explores the possibilities here.

12.15 GMT Sheffield Wednesday have extended the loan deal of young Arsenal goalkeeper Damian Martinez until the end of the season.

12.09 GMT Steve Bruce is hopeful of adding a striker to the ranks at Hull City with The Daily Mail reporting that Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is at the top of his list. The 26-year-old cost Sunderland 12 million pounds in 2012 but after a series of injuries, the striker has scored only three goals in his last 17 games. However, it is believed that Bruce is reluctant to offer more than 6 million pounds, with Celtic forward Giorgios Samaras perhaps a more affordable target.

11.55 GMT Ligue 1 strugglers Valenciennes have boosted their attacking options with the signing of Ghana international striker Majeed Waris. The 22-year-old joins on loan from Russian side Spartak Moscow.

11.50 GMT Former nomadic striker and Egyptian international Mido has claimed compatriot Mohamed Salah will join Liverpool next week. Claiming Salah will go straight into Brendan Rodgers' side, the recently retired striker understands that the club will also loan out Raheem Sterling to Swansea.

11.42 GMT While Robert Lewandowski's transfer saga continues to rumble on, Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has dismissed speculation that he wants to leave the European champions. The Croatian had been linked with a move to Juventus but his agent Ivan Cvjetkovic told Italian daily Tuttosport that his client is focused on his future with the Bavarian side.

"Mandzukic is concentrated at Bayern Munich," he said. "After the end of this season Mario has a further two-year contract, and he feels happy in Munich. Guardiola estimates Mandzukic very much as he has shown in the first part of the season. Mandzukic wants to defend the Champions League title."

11.29 GMT 2002 World Cup winner Lucio has cancelled his contract at Sao Paolo to join fellow Brazilian side Palmeiras. The 36-year-old has announced his desire to end his career in his homeland after successful spells at Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

11.24 GMT Yeovil have confirmed the permanent signing of Adam Morgan from Liverpool. The 19-year old striker had impressed manager Gary Johnson after joining on loan at the end of November.

11.13 GMT New Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir is said to be determined to lower the Nerazzurri's wage bill and that could spell the exit for several of the Serie A club's high earners such as Esteban Cambiasso. The Mirror are reporting that the 33-year-old Argentine will either have to accept a massive pay-cut or be forced to leave the club after a 10-year stay with Manchester United and Chelsea rumoured to be interested in bringing the experienced Argentine to the Premier League.

Diego Milito and Christian Chivu are also available set for moves away from the Giuseppe Meazza but 40-year-old full back Javier Zanetti is expected to be offered a contract extension.

10.58 GMT Manchester United's midfield problems have been well documented this season and the Premier League champions have been dealt another blow by Daniele De Rossi's interview in the Corriere dello Sport today where he admits that he is relieved not to have moved to Manchester. "It was a good thing that I didn't go to Manchester, now I would have committed suicide. Last summer I didn't feel comfortable, I didn't recognise myself in the relationship with my teammates and with the fans," he said. Roma have enjoyed a revival under head coach Rudi Garcia and are unbeaten in Serie A, second to leaders Juventus on goal difference.

10.46 GMT Manchester City centre-back Joleon Lescott has already attracted interest from Monaco and Besiktas in the transfer window but the 31-year-old is reportedly determined to stay in the Premier League and fight for a spot in Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad. The Daily Mail are reporting that Tottenham and Newcastle and leading the chase to sign Lescott on loan, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.

Lescott may not be the only player on his way out from the Etihad Stadium however as Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be keen to allow 21-year-old striker John Guidetti to go out on loan and gain some valuable first-team experience. Stoke City and West Ham are considered to be battling it out for the Swedish talent.

10.36 GMT More news from Sunderland now where midfielder Jack Colback has revealed that he expects to stay at the club this January, despite being linked with a move away from the North East. The 24-year-old is in the final year of his current contract with the Black Cats, and reports suggest discussions over a fresh extension have stalled. Although West Bromwich Albion and Swansea have been credited with an interest, Colback believes he will still be a Black Cat come February 1. "I expect to be here at the end of January," Colback told The Journal. "The transfer window has nothing to do with us as players. It's the people above who sort that out and we just have to get on with it."

It has also been rumoured that Gus Poyet is keen to poach midfield duo Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley from former club Brighton in a bid to boost the club's survival hopes.

10.26 GMT Tottenham have made a fine start under new boss Tim Sherwood but one player who is reportedly unhappy at White Hart Lane is German midfielder Lewis Holtby. The 23-year-old was not even among the substitutes in the 2-1 win over Manchester United and The Daily Telegraph suggest that he could be set for a return to Schalke if he does not receive assurances on his future at the North London club.

10.18 GMT Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to strengthen his ranks as the Black Cats battle against relegation. However, one player who will not be moving to Tyneside is Internacional winger Ignacio Scocco. Speaking to Radio Gaucha, Internacional chief executive Giovanni Luigi has announced that he expects the Argentine to stay at the Brazilian club. "Scocco is a great player, a player [manager] Abel Braga knows well. We want to count on him," he said.

10.05 GMT Serie A outfit Parma have confirmed that Yohan Benalouane and Jaime Valdes have both left the club. French defender Benalouane joins Atalanta on loan for the remainder of the season while Chilean midfielder Valdes returns to his homeland to join Colo Colo.

One player who looks to be staying put at the Stadio Ennio Tardini however is joint-top goalscorer Antonio Cassano. The 31-year-old had been linked with a return to Sampdoria but he has ridiculed those suggestions for now. “I haven’t spoken to Sampdoria President Edoardo Garrone, I’m happy at Parma and I want to remain at Parma. I’ve always said that I would like to go back to Sampdoria one day, but I am treated like a king here at Parma. I’m proud to be here and I’ve done well so far, but I will do even better for Parma,” he said.

09.53 GMT Speaking at his press conference ahead of the North London derby clash in the FA Cup third round with Tottenham on Saturday, Arsene Wenger has revealed that Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is not on his shopping list. Several reports suggested on Thursday that the Gunners could make a 2 million pound move for the former Tottenham and Manchester United forward, who continues to be linked with a transfer away from Craven Cottage. Story here.

09.47 GMT Everton boss Roberto Martinez has put a number of Premier League clubs on alert after admitting that the club are prepared to sell Nikica Jelavic and Johnny Heitinga if they receive the right offer. Story here.

09.41 GMT La Liga round-up: Real Madrid defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in a friendly in Doha yesterday and match-winner Jese Rodriguez has expressed his desire to break into the starting lineup. Speaking to Spanish media, he said: "Playing for Madrid is very difficult, you have to make an impression and earn your place. I think that I deserve a place in the side and the manager is seeing that. I have to thank the manager and Zidane for the confidence they have shown in me". The 20-year-old striker also expressed that he is hopeful Xabi Alonso will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu, saying: "We all know what a great player he is and we all want him to stay. He is very much aware that we all want him to stay and we are supporting him, but it is his decision". Mikel Arteta has also spoken on the subject of Xabi Alonso's future. The Arsenal midfielder said: "I have known him since we were small. If he has any doubt it is a matter of his fitness."

Elsewhere in the Spanish capital, new Atletico Madrid signing Sosa has revealed he is excited and ready to go after joining on loan from Metalist Kharkiv. "This is a big club that is in a very good moment, and I am proud to be here. I for one will give my all on the field and be grateful for the playing time I get," the Argentine midfielder said. That could pave the way for a loan move out of Atletico for Leo Baptistao and Rayo Vallecano president Raul Martin Presa is confident that the Brazilian attacker will return to the La Liga strugglers after leaving for 6 million euros last summer. "I have a commitment with Atletico Madrid. If Leo leaves, it will be to Rayo," he claims.

09.21 GMT With Nicklas Bendtner injured for around six weeks and the goalscoring burden lying heavily on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud, Arsene Wenger has not ruled out a new signing in January. The Daily Star have linked Arsenal with a 32 million pound move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has scored 19 goals in 17 La Liga appearances this season while The Mirror report that Arsenal will have to raise 8 million pounds to lure Mirko Vucinic from Juventus, with the Italian side reluctant to let the Montenegrin striker leave on loan. Tottenham are also rumoured to be interested.

09.08 GMT Christian Benteke's agent has said it is "ridiculous" to think the Belgium international striker will leave Aston Villa in January. Full story.

08.59 GMT: Jeremy Menez has declared his determination to fight for his place at Paris Saint-Germain despite being expected to leave in January. Story here.

08.42 GMT: Clement Grenier has suggested he may leave Lyon in the January transfer window. The France international midfielder was reportedly close to moving last summer before adding two years to his contract, initially due to expire next June. However, when asked by Planete Lyon whether he would still be at the club when they move into their new Grand Stade in 2016, Grenier replied: "I don't know. It could be the case that, as of the January transfer window, I won't be here. Things change so quickly."

08.32 GMT: Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons is moving closer to joining Napoli. RMC is reporting negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs. Gonalons, 24, stated recently he would finish the season with his local club, but a bid of around 13 million euros looks likely to tempt OL into selling.

08.23 GMT: The Daily Telegraph reports that Luke Shaw is determined to stay at Southampton despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.

08.16 GMT: Michael Bradley could be about to leave Roma in a bid to preserve his chances of appearing at next summer's World Cup for the USA, gazzettagiallorossa.it reports. Bradley has found his opportunities limited with the Giallorossi this season and a return to the Bundesliga, where Bayer Leverkusen have shown an interest, may be the best solution for the former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder, although Fulham and Cardiff are also credited with an interest.

07.53 GMT: Jordan Ayew is due to undergo a medical today before completing a six-month loan move to Sochaux from Marseille.

Jose Mourinho may have claimed on several occasions in recent months that he's happy with his strikeforce at Chelsea, but the Daily Telegraph believes he's so desperate to improve his options that the Blues are readying a second bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain after seeing an initial offer of 50 million pounds turned down.

Higuain was part of Mourinho's Real Madrid side but was offloaded to Napoli, now managed by former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, in the summer, and -- predictably -- the Italian side are not particularly keen to sell, according to the Telegraph. However, Chelsea appear determined to land their man, and could perhaps persuade Napoli to part with him if they throw Juan Mata into the mix. The Telegraph suggests "a bid of more than 20 million pounds would be a tempting offer for Chelsea," and The Sun believes Benitez is keen on a reunion with the Spaniard and is indeed readying a 20 million pound bid.

Elsewhere, Liverpool's expected signing of Basel winger Mohammed Salah could pave the way for Raheem Sterling to go out on loan. The Times and the Daily Mirror both believe Swansea City are keen on the England international.

Sticking with the Mirror, it appears Sam Allardyce is going to be staying at West Ham United and could bolster his feeble attack with moves for Everton's Nikica Jelavic and Al-Ain's Asamoah Gyan.

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