Moyes plans Juve raid for Pogba and Vidal

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Manchester United want both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.GettyImagesManchester United want both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.

Manchester United are said to be planning to raid reigning Serie A champion Juventus for two of their midfield stars -- Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal. However, the Italian club are not going to cave to demands easily and United know they will have a fight on their hands to lure the two internationals to the Premier League.

Manchester City want their MLS franchise, New York City, to have the possible start to life with the Premier League club hoping to lure Xavi as the fledgling club’s inaugural marquee player.

Meanwhile Grant Holt has been reunited with former Norwich boss Paul Lambert as Aston Villa have secured a loan deal for the Wigan striker until the end of the season.

The rumours seem to never stop...

22.33 GMT:Osasuna defensive midfielder Raoul Loe is being tracked by several Premier League clubs and a raft of scouts are expected to watch him in Copa Del Rey action against Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

21.49 GMT: Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has confirmed the club made a bid for West Ham forward Ravel Morrison, but it was rejected by the Hammers.

21.29 GMT: Juan Agudelo's move to Stoke City looked to be dead in the water after he was denied a work permit, but now the move is back on. It seems Mark Hughes will sign the player from New England Revolution but loan him out until he is eligible to play in the Premier League. The player tweeted on Tuesday:

21.05 GMT DONE DEAL: Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Preston winger Jeffrey Monakana for an undisclosed fee.

20.26 GMT: Sassuolo, fresh from their dramatic 4-3 win at home to Milan on Sunday, are still hoping to land Juventus full-back Paolo De Ceglie on loan.

19.57 GMT: Southampton have released Japanese striker Tadanari Lee. The 28-year-old spent two years at St Mary's, after joining from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, but after helping the team to promotion in 2012 could not establish himself in the Premier League.

19.14 GMT: A further update on Manchester United defender Fabio. The Press Association is reporting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning on raiding his former club to take him to Cardiff City. The Brazilian is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer and is set to move to Wales on loan for the remainder of the season.

18.52 GMT: The Daily Mail says that Charlie Adam, who scored a peach of a goal for Stoke against Liverpool on Sunday, is a surprise target for Turkish club Galatasaray. Surely Roberto Mancini cannot be an admirer of the Scotland international?

18.25 GMT: Nemanja Matic has reportedly landed in London to complete his return to Chelsea. He will discuss personal terms and undergo a medical - and should be in line to make his debut against Manchester United on Sunday.

18.11 GMT: Nottingham Forest have announced they have agreed a deal to sign Jack Hobbs on a permanent basis from Hull City. He has been on loan at the City Ground since the start of the season.

17.40 GMT: Bild speculates that Wolfsburg could make a move for Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is currently enjoying a good season at Hamburg while on loan from Hertha BSC Berlin. The future of the striker is unclear, and Die Wolfe will be looking to reinforce their attacking department either this month or in the summer.

17.20 GMT: DONE DEAl! Aston Villa youngster Malcolm Melvin has extended his loan deal at Notts County until the end of the season, the League One club have announced on their official website.

17.05 GMT: DONE DEAL! Aston Villa have completed the signing of Wigan striker Grant Holt on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced on their official website. Villans boss Paul Lambert said: "When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he'll add strength and experience to what is still a young squad overall. Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that's important." The 32-year-old has been brought in for cover with Libor Kozak out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.

17.00 GMT: John Guidetti has revealed his happiness at lining up for Stoke for the rest of the season on Twitter...

16.50 GMT: Good news for Wolves fans as Danny Batth has committed his future to the Wanderers by signing a new three-and-a-half-year contract at Molineux, the League One club revealed on their official website.

16.36 GMT: The Red Devils really aren't having a fun January so far, with Juventus goalkeeper labelling the club as "blind" to Paul Pogba's talents as the French starlet continues to impress for the Serie A table-toppers after leaving Old Trafford. "Pogba is one of those players who leaves you speechless," Buffon told TV show Tiki Taka. "When he came we didn't know him but after only three or four training sessions we were impressed by his enormous qualities. My team-mates and me looked at each other as to say 'Are they blind in Manchester?'"

Not what Manchester United fans will want to hear as they cry out for a central midfielder, we imagine. After performances like the ones in the video below for the youth team, it seems strange that Sir Alex Ferguson was reluctant to use the midfielder in his first team.

16.28 GMT: DONE DEAl! Birmingham have signed Brian Howard on a short-term deal until the end of the season, the Championship club have confirmed on their official website. The 30-year-old was a free agent and joins the club after the Blues let Darren Ambrose go on loan to Greece earlier today.

16.22 GMT: Manchester United fans have been expecting one da Silva twin to leave the club shortly, but may be alarmed by the news that both could be on their way out of Old Trafford this summer. Fabio's contract has six months left to run and he looks unlikely to earn a new one, but Calciomercato reports that the twins' agent Cassiano Pereira says it is "very likely" that Rafael will also follow his brother out of England. "I can say that they will remain in Manchester until the end of the season, but in the summer it is very likely that they can go."

16.15 GMT: Clarence Seedorf has announced he will reitre from professional football with immediate effect to replace sacked manager Massimiliano Allegri at Milan. Whether he will be given a substantial budget this month remains to be seen, but his primary role will undoubtedly be to get i Rossoneri's listless stars back on track as they are far closer to the relegation places -- six points -- than they are to league leaders Juventus -- 30 points. READ MORE.

16.05 GMT: We brought you the news last week that Santiago Vergini was close to moving to Sunderland, and TYC Sports in Argentina reports a loan deal is imminent. The Black Cats will apparently pay an initial 700,000 dollars for the loan and another 350,000 dollars should they decide they wish to keep the defender permanently at the end of the season. Speaking last week Gus Poyet said: "I watched him for about six months when he was with Newell's Old Boys and the way he plays, understands football and his physical size made me think of him as a potential signing. He has played one game for the national team and he has also been in the squad a few times."

15.55 GMT: The Guardian reports that David Moyes may be willing to let Wilfried Zaha go out on loan this month, but only if Ashley Young and Nani's injury problems aren't a long-term concern. The England youngster has struggled for a kick at Old Trafford, but with the Red Devils looking thin on the wings, Moyes may keep Zaha as he looks to keep the Premier League champions in the hunt for a top-four finish.

15.48 GMT: Alessandro Matri is to complete a move from Milan to Fiorentina tomorrow, pending the successful completion of a medical. The 29-year-old "said his goodbyes, hugging one by one the Rossonero staff and all of his team mates" at the Milanello training ground today, according to an announcement on the club's official website.

The striker is set to undergo a medical in Florence tomorrow before completing a transfer to la Viola, who will use the former Cagliari and Juventus forward to stand in for the injured Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez. Details of the transfer have yet to be confirmed, but Matri is likely to sign a permanent contract with Fiorentina, who will become his fourth club in Serie A. The Italian striker scored a total of 31 goals for Juventus before moving to Milan in the summer, but made only 15 appearances under Massimiliano Allegri -- who also worked with him at Cagliari -- scoring only one goal. A fresh start for Matri it seems, then.

15.40 GMT: And yet more Stoke news for you now, as the Potters are demanding 3 million pounds for their striking striker Kenwyne Jones. The deal for Guidetti looks to be a move to replace the 29-year-old in the face in interest from Everton, but Mark Hughes' side are insisting they will not lose the Trinidad and Tobago forward on the cheap -- despite fining him two weeks' wages after ESPN FC sources confirmed he sent the manager a text stating he would be unavailable for Sunday's clash against Liverpool. READ MORE.

15.32 GMT: Here's our full story on Stoke completing a double deal for Stephen Ireland [permanent] and John Guidetti [loan]. The Potters are just four points off the relegation zone, so the announcements should be a much-needed shot in the arm for the side. READ MORE.

15.27 GMT: Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is a loan target for Granada according to the Mail. Valencia are also interested in the 20-year-old centre-back, who arrived at Anfield for 7 million pounds in the summer -- although Peter Lim's proposed takeover could have a bearing on any bids from the Mestalla.

15.15 GMT: DONE DEAL! Dominic Vose has signed a deal with League One side Colchester United until the end of the season, the club announced on their official website. The 20-year-old former West Ham forward impressed on Saturday against Gillingham, and tweeted: "Please to have signed a contact until the end of the season ... Thankful".

15.08 GMT: The reason both deals were announced so close to one another is that Ireland's temporary deal being converted into a permanent one allowed Stoke another loan space in their squad, which Hughes has now filled with Guidetti. A permanent deal and a promising striker for the rest of the campaign -- that's a good little afternoon spell for Potters fans.
15.02 GMT: DONE DEAL! Yet more good news for Stoke fans as Stephen Ireland has turned his temporary deal from Aston Villa into a permanent one. Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "Stephen is a talented footballer and has shown what he's capable of since he joined us. We're delighted to have made his switch a permanent arrangement."

14.57 GMT: DONE DEAL! Manchester City striker John Guidetti has completed his move to Stoke on loan until the end of the season, the Blues have confirmed on their official website. The 21-year-old Swede has struggled to make an impact in Manchester so far but netted 20 goals in 23 games on a temporary spell at Feyernoord during the 2011/12 campaign, so Mark Hughes will be hoping for he can recreate his Eredivisie form for the Potters.

14.52 GMT: Here's our full story on Peter Lim promising Valencia a 50-million euro budget for signings this January if his takeover of the club is successful. READ MORE.

14.48 GMT: Giovani dos Santos' time at Tottenham was not a great spell, but talkSPORT reports that Fiorentina are interested in the Villareal forward. The Mexican's fine form in Spain has alerted the Serie A side, whose interest in Manchester United's Anderson and now Dos Santos seems to be marking la Viola out as the chief destination for former Premier League players in need of a change.

14.42 GMT: Here's our full story on Barcelona's declaration that they are relaxed" about a court case being taken by a club member to clarify who exactly received the money paid to sign Neymar from Santos last summer. READ MORE.

14.35 GMT: There could be good news ahead for Valencia fans after a long period of financial insecurity, as Peter Lim -- the man who wants to buy the club -- has let slip that he's going to be at Calderon for the game against Atletico tonight. The Singapore businessman has set a Jan. 15 deadline for the banks to accept his offer, and told AS at the Ballon D'Or gala last night: "I hope my offer is accepted. 40 million euros for signings seems too small to me. I have 50 million to spend this month. I like football a lot, and I hope all goes well. My intentions are good and the offer is good."

14.25 GMT: A small move that could have big repercussions now -- Football Italia reports that Milan have recalled forward Andrea Petagna from his loan spell at Sampdoria, which means Alessandro Matri should be on his way to Fiorentina -- and the interim Milan coach Mauro Tassotti told reporters today that is indeed the case. "Matri will undergo the medical tests at Fiorentina. Petagna has returned and we have Pazzini back tomorrow. [Milan] are well covered in attack." 'Well covered', but 30 points behind league leaders Juventus.

14.18 GMT: Aston Villa may be signing Grant Holt today but they have failed to move defender Alan Hutton, who according to the Mirror." target="_blank">Mirror has turned down a move to Huddersfield Town.

14.10 GMT: Hertha BSC Berlin attacker Adrian Ramos has "thrown himself on the transfer market”, according to Bild. The 27-year-old told the paper he is currently in talks to prolong his contract until 2015, but everything has to be right -- especially with reported interest from Dortmund. BVB coach Juergen Klopp has called the Colombian -- who currently tops the Bundesliga scorer charts with 11 -- “an exceptional good player”, and Ramos says: "That made me proud, because Klopp is a great coach. I don't know where I'll play next season." The Westfalenstadion looks like an increasingly likely destination...

14.00 GMT: Romanian club Petrolul Ploiesti want to sign Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta on loan, according to Gazeta Sporturilor. The youngster has also been linked to Benfica as part of the deal to bring Nemanja Matic to Stamford Bridge, so there seems to be plenty of interest in the playmaker this month.

13.55 GMT: Off to Germany once more, and Stuttgart attacker Vedad Ibisevic has been speaking about rumours of a possible move to Fiorentina. "My agent knows of nothing. Should someone come, we will together decide what's best," the 29-year-old said. "Fiorentina is a good club. But right now I am happy at Stuttgart." Certainly a diplomatic response, there.

13.50 GMT: DONE DEAL! Rotherham have signed Bournemouth striker Wes Thomas for an undisclosed fee for the rest of the season, the League One club have confirmed on their official website. The 26-year-old will remain at the New York Stadium until the end of the campaign, but could well extend his stay.

13.43 GMT: Hull City owner Assem Allam has told Sky Sports News that Nikica Jelavic will be confirmed as the Tigers' record signing later on today. "He will sign today. It's a massive deal, our biggest signing. The club's moving forward. We have very good players who we have paid a lot of money for, first-class players and we will continue doing that."

13.38 GMT: Grant Holt's agent seems to have confirmed the Wigan striker's move to Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the season on the Full Contract official website.

13.30 GMT: According to, Time Wiese and TSG Hoffenheim are set to terminate Wiese's contract. The former Germany keeper is set to retire from professional football, reports.

13.15 GMT: Former Chelsea, Juventus and Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has officially terminated his contract at French club Ajaccio. The Romanian international, who turned 35 last week, had previously announced the decision via his Twitter account on Nov. 23. Mutu scored 11 goals in 28 matches for the French club last season but failed to find the net in nine appearances for the Corsican club this term, and now hopes to continue his career with Petrolul in his homeland.

13.07 GMT: News from BBC Scotland now, and Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen arrived in Glasgow last night with a move to Celtic looking likely today. A fee has yet to be agreed between the Scottish champions and Stromsgodset, but it is believed that Stromsgodset want around 2 million pounds for the 23-year-old. "It's a very big club. Obviously, it's Champions League, they are leading the Scottish Premiership, so it is a big attraction. I'm a passing player and Celtic try to play that way."

12.53 GMT: Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed in his press conference that John Guidetti will be leaving Manchester City on loan this month. The promising striker needs first-team football but the Chilean denied knowledge of whether a deal had been agreed with Stoke.

12.50 GMT: And now for the lighter side of the January transfer window -- Zlatan Ibrahimovic bumped into BVB boss Juergen Klopp at the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards last night and joked about joining Dortmund for free. Their exchange went a little something like this... Zlatan: "When you bring me to Dortmund?" Klopp: "I would have to sell the whole team." Zlatan: "No. I come for free." Klopp: "If you come for free, it'll be okay."

12.44 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to be in hot pursuit of another former Manchester United youngster now -- according to the Guardian, the Cardiff boss wants to take Ravel Morrison off to Wales. The West Ham forward has been linked away from Upton Park repeatedly this month, and Fulham's interest means the England Under-21 player could have a choice between working with two former coaches in Cottagers boss Rene Meulensteen or Solskjaer. Decisions, decisions.

12.36 GMT: More on milan now -- and Sky Sports sources report that Clarence Seedorf is set to be named as the new manager of the struggling Italian giants. More, as ever, on that as we get it.

12.32 GMT: The Express reports that Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is a target for Borussia Monchengladbach and AC Milan. The Dane is warming the bench at Old Trafford and could be tempted by a move to the Bundesliga side, who are set to lose Marc-Andre ter Stegen to Barcelona -- while going to Milan would not be a bad choice at all, really.

12.22 GMT: Meanwhile former Gunners striker Alan Smith believes Arsenal can still win the Premier League without any January transfer window additions. "We all look at Man City and Chelsea as the teams to beat, but Arsenal are top of the tree in mid-January so why shouldn't they [win it]?", he told talkSPORT. "They've got a good squad. Arsenal will gain belief as the season goes on and they’re near the top of the table. There's no reason not to think they can stay the course this year."

12.15 GMT: News for Arsenal fans now, and the Telegraph reports that the Gunners are set to hold hold further talks with Bacary Sagna over a new contract. The paper states the club will not increased the right-back's 70,000-pound-a-week deal by a large amount which could alert the likes of cash-rich PSG and Monaco, who are rumoured to be interested in the 30-year-old's signature.

12.01 GMT: Sky Sports sources are reporting that Hull have signed Nikica Jelavic from Everton, while they also state that the Toffees have agreed a fee with West Brom striker Shane Long -- we'll have more on those proposed deals as soon as possible.

11.50 GMT: Here's our full story on Nemanja Matic's proposed move to Chelsea now -- the player has confirmed the deal, but the Blues are yet to make an official announcement.

The Benfica midfielder was up for the FIFA Puskas Award for best goal of 2013 last night -- a worthy contender, we're sure you'll agree.

11.41 GMT: DONE DEAL! Walsall have brought former striker Febian Brandy back to the club on loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season subject to clearance, the club revealed on their official website. "I am really pleased to get Febian back," said manager Dean Smith. "He is a player that has done very well for me in the past."

11.30 GMT: Good news for Chelsea fans now -- A Bola reports that Nemanja Matic has confirmed the victory over Porto was his last game for Benfica, and he will be moving to Stamford Bridge. "Yes, it was my last game. I want to thank all the people at the club and all the supporters. Benfica will be forever in my heart. I played here for two and a half years, I gave my best in every practice session, every game, and now is the right time to leave. I want to improve, I want to go to a better league and want to play for Chelsea, a club which I also like."

11.25 GMT: Sky Sports sources are reporting that Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Wigan forward Grant Holt on loan, and the striker will have a medical at Villa park this morning. More on that as and when we get it.

11.20 GMT: More from Italy now, where Il Messaggero reports that while playmaker Hernanes is keen on committing his future to Lazio, the Serie A side are waiting for offers to shift the 28-year-old Brazilian on. Harsh, but that's the transfer market for you.

11.11 GMT: Another day, another Nemanja Vidic rumour -- and the Mirror reports that David Moyes will try one last time to get the Serbian centre-back to stay at Old Trafford by offering him a 12-month contract extension. The 32-year-old is free to talk to other clubs as his deal runs out this summer, and the Manchester united man could be swayed by the prospect of a bumper deal with one of Europe's top clubs. Then again, he may be swayed by the promise of Champions League football -- a guarantee the Red Devils can't make at the moment.

11.04 GMT: Ahead of tonight’s Coupe de la ligue clash with PSG, new Bordeaux signing Guillaume Hoarau has reflected on a disappointing few months in China. The French international striker was criticised for leaving PSG in January last year for a lucrative contract, but he says he might have gone to Everton instead had there been a concrete offer on the table from the Toffees at the time.

10.56 GMT: SC Freiburg defensive player Matthias Ginter has told kicker that he wants clarity over his future. The 19-year-old has been linked with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, and despite being under contract until 2017, he says he could leave in the summer. "Those speculations are not easy for the head. Thus I hope that there will soon be a decision."

10.50 GMT: Marko Marin has told Bild that he would like to stay in Sevilla beyond the summer, but suggests there is a lot of interest in his signature. "The club wants me to stay. But they are not the only side making the call here -- there are many enquiries about me." Here's a video of the playmaker starting and finishing a move in Rio Ferdinand's testimonial last summer.
10.44 GMT: Barcelona have released a statement concerning the ongoing Madrid-based investigation into Neymar's summer transfer. "Futbol Club Barcelona wishes to express its indignation at the report released on Friday by the Fiscal de l'Audiència Nacional (National Public Prosecutor's Office) concerning the signing of Neymar da Silva Santos Junior. It seems strange indeed that the prosecutor's office, having asked for the players' contracts and the annual accounts of the Club, it should now decide to instigate further action without showing any interest in the defendants. It is also hard to understand why the prosecutor has called on entities such as FIFA or Santos FC to present documents, which FC Barcelona is willing and able to provide, as they did on December 26 last year. The prosecutor's decision casts doubts on what was an impeccable operation and one which has allowed FC Barcelona, for 57 million Euros, to obtain the services of a much sought after player. It is also wrong that new actions are being taken for actions which will lengthen a process we have always considered baseless and unnecessary." That's as strong a rebuttal as you can get, really.

10.35 GMT: Everton are continuing their search for more firepower by targeting Stoke target man Kenwyne Jones, according to the Mirror. The forward has been fined two weeks' wages by mark hughes after refusing to turn up for the potters' clash with Liverpool on Sunday, and the paper reports that the 29-year-old has gone on strike to force through the move. A striking striker, eh...

10.27 GMT: The Mail reports that Arsene Wenger may already be looking at other January targets than Morata anyway, with Legia Warsaw's 21-year-old Dominik Furman interesting the Gunners boss. The holding midfielder may have to wait for a move until the summer though, with his current club apparently reluctant to lose the player in January.

10.20 GMT: There could be bad news now for Arsenal and Manchester United fans now as Real Madrid's assistant manager Paul Clement has told talkSPORT it is unlikely that either Alvaro Morata or Fabio Coentrao will be leaving the Bernabeu this month. "I don't think [they will leave] at this point. Alvaro is going to attract interest because he is a very talented young player, he'll be very sought-after. These are the players that I'm pretty sure we will work with for the rest of the season."

10.10 GMT: DONE DEAl! Birmingham City midfielder Darren Ambrose has completed a loan move to Greek club Apollon Smyrni, according to the club's official website. Manager Lee Clark said: "Darren is a talented footballer but for whatever reason since he’s come to Birmingham it hasn't happened for him. I think the fresh start for him and his family will prove to be productive. As a club and as me as the manager I wish him well."

10.00 GMT: Toronto FC have been busy showing off their two new star signings after announcing Michael Bradley had signed for the MLS side as well as Jermain Defoe yesterday -- here's the duo taking in a Toronto Raptors NBA game last night. The perks of a January move, eh?09.50 GMT: Mundo Deportivo reports Napoli have offered Barcelona an unlikely-looking swap deal -- promising full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga would go to Camp Nou, with Rafa Benitez getting his hands on Alex Song in return. The story could have some weight given Barca's relative weakness at right-back with Dani Alves getting older and Martin Montoya out of contract, but such a deal would be surprising. Then again, that's why we love the January transfer window.

09.38 GMT: The Kevin de Bruyne saga rumbles on without official confirmation, but it appears that the Chelsea midfielder's transfer to Wolfsburg will finally be completed today. Bild yesterday reported that the deal is done and de Bruyne is set to sign a contract until 2019 with transfer fee believed to be around 22 million euros.

09.30 GMT: There have been plenty of rumours surrounding Newcastle United this month, and here's one more -- Laurent Blanc has not given up hope of bringing Yohan Cabaye to Paris in January. The PSG boss is a known admirer of the Magpies midfielder, 28, who last month hinted that he would be open to a move to the French capital. "Sometimes, dossiers go cold or heat up," Le Parisien quotes Blanc as saying. "Nobody is closing the door. A transfer is a negotiation." The paper suggests that stories linking PSG with Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M'Vila are unfounded.

09.25 GMT: News that may be a ray of sunshine to Manchester United fans now, and Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has denied he is attempting to sign Nemanja Vidic -- at least not in January, that is. "It doesn't matter how good he is -- I need a player ahead for the Champions League urgently, and as a result Vidic isn't in our plans." READ MORE.

09.20 GMT: VfB Stuttgart sporting director Fredi Bobic says Carlos Gruezo has convinced during his trial at Stuttgart. "Gruezo is aggressive, technically strongs and has a good mentality," Stuttgart coach Schneider says and Bobic adds: "He is a very interesting lad." The 18-year-old is currently contracted to Ecuadorian side Barcelona SC Guayquil, and his fee is believed to be in the region of 1.5 million euros.

09.13 GMT: Highly-rated Auxerre forward Paul-Georges Ntep is set to choose between a move to Ligue 1 side Rennes or Championship club QPR, according to L’Equipe. Les Rouges et Noirs are thought to have agreed a €6 million fee with Ligue 2 Auxerre but L’Equipe says the French under-21 international visited London at the weekend and was impressed by what he saw at Loftus Road.

09.02 GMT: Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby would be open to a return to Schalke, his agent has suggested in Bild. STORY HERE.

08.44 GMT: Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin has told Bild that he would like to remain at Sevilla beyond his season-long loan spell. "The club want me to stay, but they are not the only side making the call here.” He added that there have been "many enquiries" about him, and that playing he Spain has led to the revival of his "German Messi" tag.

08.10 GMT: Meanwhile, one of Ronaldo's ex-United teammates could be on the way out. Fiorentina are continuing their efforts to sign Brazilian midfielder Anderson, and the Viola's director of sport, Daniele Prade, said: "He is certainly a very good midfielder. I prefer to seek experienced players at this point, seeing as we have promising youngsters in the squad already." Manager Vincenzo Montella added: "Anderson is a strong player but I don't know if he will come."

07.56 GMT: Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed he did consider a return to Manchester United in the summer. STORY HERE.

07.38 GMT: Fiorentina are close to completing a deal with AC Milan for the loan of former Juventus and Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri until the end of the season, according to Calcio Mercato. The Viola have made signing a new striker their priority this winter due to injuries to Mario Gomez and Giuseppe Rossi, and Matri, 29, fits the bill. The Italian is also attracting interest from Inter Milan.

06.10 GMT: Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro have announced that former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has left the club after his contract expired. It is not known whether the former Brazil international will continue his 17-year career or finally call it quits.

05.00 GMT: Carlton Cole is a wanted man. According to the Mirror, Crystal Palace and Queen’s Park Rangers are chasing the former West Ham striker after his short-term deal with the Hammers expired.

03.10 GMT: A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers have denied that Australia international Tim Cahill is set to join the club in a guest role.

Meanwhile, WSW general manager John Tsatsimas has again quashed speculation young midfielder Aaron Mooy wants out of the club after rumours had surfaced that the Australia international wanted a release from his contract to join the Newcastle Jets.

Manchester United boss David Moyes has launched his grand scheme for the January transfer window -- signing Juventus pair Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal -- according to the Daily Mail. However, the papers acknowledges that Moyes would need to work hard to lure either player to the Premier League. Moyes was spotted in the crowd as Juventus won 4-1 against Cagliari before meeting the Turin giants' top administrator to discuss the availability of signing Pogba and Vidal. Pogba, also attracting interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, would cost United in the region of 40 million pounds while it is claimed the Old Trafford outfit will have to wait until the summer to capture Chile international Vidal.

Manchester City are targeting immediate success with their new MLS franchise New York City by luring Barcelona midfielder Xavi to the U.S. club as its marquee signing. New York won't enter the competition until 2015, as the Spain international enters the twilight of his current deal at the Nou Camp, and with the 33-year-old admitting his future at the Spanish champions is uncertain, rumours have surfaced he could make his way to the United States. And that has piqued the interest of City officials, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the Premier League club’s New York venture could beat soon-to-be rivals, New York Red Bulls, as Xavi's new home.

Finally, it could be a case of back to the future for Paul Lambert and Grant Holt with the Daily Mirror claiming that the Aston Villa boss wants the Wigan striker back in the Premier League. Holt has been a regular in the Championship but has only scored twice in 16 appearances. However, Lambert believes the 32-year-old is wasting away outside the Premier League and is pushing for his former Norwich charge to re-join him at Villa. Lambert is looking at bolstering his options upfront with Everton's Nikica Jelavic also being considered. But Holt is seen as the better -- and cheaper -- option.


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