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West Ham have more than doubled their offer to £13m for
Jermain Defoe as they try and persuade Sunderland to sell their star
Espanyol are set to renew their interest in Celtic's Nir Bitton but
will have to stump up close to £10m to land the Israeli midfielder.
Memphis Depay could remain at Manchester United until the end
of the season with interested clubs including Roma and Nice
struggling to meet the Dutchman's £20m price tag and £90,000 a
China's government has ordered a clampdown on "irrational
investment" and vowed to "regulate and restrain high-priced signings
and make reasonable restrictions on players' high incomes" which
could signal the end of its record-breaking splurge on foreign football
Arsenal's second-biggest shareholder, Alisher Usmanov, has
entered into a multi-million pound business partnership with Everton
to sponsor their training ground.
Chelsea are on course to gain planning permission to rebuild a
60,000-capacity stadium in place of Stamford Bridge.
Rafael Benitez is weighing up a £4m bid for Nottingham Forest
midfielder Ben Osborn.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has tipped Gerard Pique to
one day become president of Barcelona.
Aston Villa have been told they must pay at least £10m if they
want to sign Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes.
Ronald Koeman insists Everton won't be held to ransom by other
clubs as they look to conduct more business after completing
Ademola Lookman's £11m transfer from Charlton.
Arsene Wenger is set to welcome Danny Welbeck back for
Arsenal's FA Cup tie with Preston this weekend but risks angering
forward Alexis Sanchez by dropping the Chilean for the visit to
Crystal Palace have missed out on Rennes striker Paul-George
QPR are set to terminate midfielder Sandro's contract.
Antoine Greizmann has been promised the same Galactico
contract as Paul Pogba if he joins Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho has made a £32.5million bid for Roma's Greek
international defender Kostas Manolas as a deal for Benfica's Victor
Lindelof continues to stall.
Arsenal are interested in signing Torino striker Andrea Belotti but
have been put off by the Italian club's £50m valuation of the player.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has instructed the
club's hierarchy to offer Michael Carrick a 12-month extension to his
contract which expires this summer.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has held showdown talks with
Dimitri Payet. Bilic has been concerned by Payet's attitude in recent
weeks and ordered the winger to up his effort in the coming weeks.
The Chinese Super League will continue to attract top players at
the peak of their careers and could end Europe's football domination,
according to Barcelona legend Xavi.
Celtic will reject a £20m West Ham bid for Moussa Dembele.
Stoke are planning a loan move for Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-
Jermain Defoe is keen to return to boyhood club West Ham who
are prepared to offer him a two-and-a-half year deal worth £100,000
a week but the striker unlikely to force through a move by handing in
a transfer request.
Middlesbrough are set to make a move for Patrick Bamford with
Chelsea considering cutting short the striker's season-long loan
move to Burnley due to a lack of game time.
Celtic have told West Ham they must pay £30m if they want to
land striker Moussa Dembele.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri faces a four-year ban if
he is found guilty of breaking World Anti-Doping Agency rules
following recent treatment at the Drip Doctors clinic in Los Angeles.
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has made a bid to sign
French winger Paul-Georges Ntep from Rennes.
Swansea City stalwart Alan Curtis was told by text message he
was no longer part of the team's coaching set-up.
Leicester are ready to enter the bidding war for Norwich utility
player Robbie Brady.
Manchester United will shelve their transfer plans until the
summer even though Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay are
expected to leave for Everton this month.
Everton are planning to increase their original £19m bid for
Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin.
Millwall have admitted for the first time that they may be forced
to leave their south London home and relocate to Kent should the
seizure of their land go ahead.
Chelsea are still in talks with Atalanta over the possible signing
of Franck Kessie but the Premier League club may have to wait until
the summer before a transfer can be concluded.
Tottenham are unlikely to return with a new offer for for Wilfried
Zaha in the January transfer window after the Crystal Palace winger
joined up with the Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Dundee United are set to bid for Danish striker Thomas
Mikkelsen who is out-of-favour with current club Odense.
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It would be easy to look at Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur and see a team that remains not quite good enough.
Sure, they might have been in the title hunt last season, but ultimately they finished in third, with only 70 points. And, yes, those 70 points were a solid improvement over the 64 from Pochettino's first season with the club, but his first season was arguably a disappointing one, following on the heels of a 2013/14 season which saw Spurs accumulate 69 points despite the turbulence of a managerial change, with Andre Villas Boas getting fired midseason and Tim Sherwood taking over. And the year before that Spurs ran up 72 points....
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Lassana Diarra -- the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder -- has been linked with moves to Premier League giants Manchester United and the Chinese Super League in the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old, currently at Marseille in the French Ligue 1, could be the ideal man to replace Morgan Schneiderlin at Old Trafford. But, given that he has a rocky past with United boss Jose Mourinho and the riches on offer in China offering the chance to settle a huge €10 million...
Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.
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- William Gallas has told his former club Arsenal they need to abandon their ambition of playing "perfect football" if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.
- Arsenal are set to sign 20-year-old left-back Cohen Bramall from...
Has Plan B suddenly turned into Plan A for Arsenal? Olivier Giroud has certainly managed to pose a question few people thought needed answering a few weeks ago: should Alexis Sanchez still be playing up front for the Gunners?
Sanchez seemed to have that position locked down after a string of stellar performances that looked to have consigned a frustrated Giroud to a role as a substitute for the rest of the campaign. The Frenchman was just another option, coming off the bench to be used as a battering...
Jose Mourinho has told MUTV he fell in love with Manchester United because of the supporters and said he is "really happy" with life at Old Trafford.
Mourinho was appointed on a three-year contract in May and has started life well, with United currently on a six-game winning run in the Premier League and in the semifinals of the EFL Cup.
"Well, the thing that made me immediately feel deeply about the club and the people, and the desire to work for the people, is the people," he said.
Arsene Wenger hailed Lucas Perez's first Premier League strike as an "exceptional goal of pure class."
Perez hammered home a sumptuous volley from Olivier Giroud's flick over the defence as Arsenal rallied for a last-gasp 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
Arsenal trailed 3-0 on the hour at Dean Court before Giroud laid on goals for Alexis Sanchez and Perez -- then headed the equaliser in the second minute of added time.
Perez joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in a £17 million...Watford slumped to another defeat as Walter Mazzarri's men went down 2-0 at Stoke.
Watford turned in a vastly improved performance after their New Year's horror show against Tottenham, but conceded two wholly avoidable goals in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke.
This was a spirited performance for the most part and despite conceding early in the second half, Watford continued to push. This was a patched up side with a whole host of players missing through injury and others playing out of position. They deserve some credit for turning in a vaguely competitive display.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that football in England is "totally different" to anywhere else, saying anyone who underestimates the Premier League will struggle.
Guardiola is still getting to grips with life at City and this week he accused the Premier League of having "different" rules after his team had a player sent off and conceded a controversial goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley.
Pochettino, like Guardiola, moved to England with...Rudy Gestede has scored four goals in the Championship this season.
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede for a fee reported to be in the region of £6 million.
Gestede, 28, has signed a deal which will keep him at the Riverside Stadium until June 2020 after agreeing personal terms on Tuesday.
Benin international Gestede made 19 appearances for Villa this season, scoring four goals, but had fallen out of favour with new boss Steve Bruce.
Former Olympiakos coach Marco Silva has emerged as a surprise candidate to rival ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett for the vacant manager's job at Hull City, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
Hull are looking for a new boss after Mike Phelan was sacked on Tuesday evening with the Tigers bottom of the Premier League, having taken only 13 points from their first 20 games.
Rowett, who left Championship side Birmingham City three weeks ago, is among those linked with the job at the KCOM Stadium,...
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has heralded Dele Alli, telling Spanish news agency EFE that the midfielder is "the most important player to emerge in English football in recent years."
Alli, 20, was named PFA Young Player of the Year after a remarkable breakthrough season at Tottenham last term and he was selected in the England squad for Euro 2016 along with clubmates including Harry Kane and Eric Dier, and other young stars such as John Stones, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.
Bournemouth have appealed the red card shown to Simon Francis during the 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night.
Francis, 31, is set to miss the fixtures against Millwall in the FA Cup and Hull City and Watford in the Premier League.
The defender, who has been ever-present for Bournemouth in the Premier League this season, was dismissed for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey after 82 minutes with the game finely poised at 3-2.
The Gunners used their man advantage to salvage a point, after recovering...
Last summer, Michael Carrick signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United to keep him at the club until June 2017. With the January transfer window open and no new contract on the table, Carrick is now free to talk to other clubs about a move on a free transfer at the end of this season.
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It might only be by comparison, but Swansea City no longer appear the Premier League's crisis club. Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace can be a turning point, and not only because of new manager Paul Clement's arrival. Their rivals in the battle to avoid relegation are beginning to reveal their own troubles.
Swansea, 19th, are just a point behind Sam Allardyce's new side and at Selhurst Park it was the home side and not Swansea who looked riven by disunity. Allardyce was clapped on...
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award for December.
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Premier League clubs spent £165.4million last January. Newcastle (£26.3m), Watford (£26m) and Norwich (£23m) were the most profligate, though it didn't stop two of them from being relegated.
While more singings are no guarantee of more points we can expect to see a similar splurge during the 2017 winter window, which is now just a month away.
Manchester United are expecting bids for as many as ten of their first team squad, although they're only actively looking to sell Bastian Schweinsteiger.
While United are certain to be active both in terms of arrivals and departures in January, they are far from the only Premier League club working on deals.
Here, we look at the players most likely to be moving to or from England's top tier.
Current club: Benfica
Potential destinations: Manchester United, Chelsea
Position: Centre-back, right-back
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already declared Lindelöf good enough to play for United while the defender's agent Hakan Cetinkaya has been talking up a January move.
"The transfer window isn’t open yet, but Victor is already very much in demand," said Cetinkaya. "As a result, I’ve scheduled interviews with some of the biggest clubs in Europe to talk about his future.
"The most important thing is for the deal to be done at the right moment. But I’m optimistic. There’s a good chance he’ll leave the club this winter. If not, it’ll be next summer."
Current club: Sporting Clube
Potential destination: Leicester
Position: Central midfielder
Premier League champions Leicester had a £21million bid rejected in August and are considering returning for Silva, who has admitted he would be keen on a move to England.
Speaking during the summer, the Euro 2016 winner said: "Leicester is very interesting and corresponds to my career goals.
"After the past 15 years at Sporting, this opportunity is something exceptional for me and can allow me to express and impose myself in another championship, and also to evolve in the Premier League, which is a stunning league."
Current club: Manchester United
Potential destination: Everton
Position: Winger, attacking midfielder
Despite failing to recreate the form that earned him a £26million move to England, Depay is not short of suitors and Everton are keen to open talks regarding the former PSV man.
Ronald Koeman feels he can get the best out of him although would prefer a loan move to a permanent transfer.
United are open to bids for the 22-year-old, who is thought to prefer to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford.
Virgil van Dijk
Current club: Southampton
Potential destinations: Liverpool, Everton
Van Dijk is arguably the Premier League's most in-form defender and, while Southampton will be desperate to keep hold of him in January, a move is a definite possibility.
Saints legend Matt Le Tissier has suggested suitors will have to pay £40-50million for the former Celtic man.
He said: “From what I have seen this season, I’d suggest it would take between £40-50m to get Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton. I would be very surprised if he was let go for anything less than that because he has signed a new long-term deal."
A £30-40m bid could, however, be enough to persuade them to sell.
Current club: Ajax
Potential destinations: Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton
Nineteen-year-old Dolberg has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Ajax this season and has numerous teams trailing him.
Everton are keen on a January move while both Manchester clubs are watching him closely.
Manchester City scout Sebastian Arnsen said of Dolberg: "We are keeping a very close eye on him, and when the time is right we’ll make a decision on whether we should act.
"He has a huge potential. He is tall, strong, brave and quick. He has an excellent touch, can play with his back to the goal and take the right decisions.
"And he can finish anywhere in the field. He is so special, and therefore he is of course also on the radar."
Current club: Celtic
Potential destinations: Liverpool, Tottenham
Celtic snapped him up on a free transfer in July and he's gone on to score 17 goals in 27 appearances since then, including two against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Hoops fans should enjoy him while they can, though, as he looks certain to move either in January0 or at the end of the season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sent scouts to watch Dembele on five occasions this season while Tottenham are also monitoring his situation and could rival the Reds should they make a move.
Current club: Tottenham
Potential destinations: Juventus, Inter
Position: Winger, attacking midfielder
Not known for quietly getting on with things at Newcastle, it's taken Sissoko just a few months to start complaining about his situation in north London.
The Frenchman was left out of the squad to face Chelsea last weekend and manager Mauricio Pochettino's quotes about him not deserving a place on the bench could be a sign of things to come.
The decision to sign Sissoko was a rash one and it wouldn't be unlike Spurs to sell him on quickly. Both Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in a January move, depending on the price.
Current club: Chelsea
Potential destinations: AC Milan, West Ham
Position: Central midfield
Fabregas has fallen out of favour since Antonio Conte's arrival at Stamford Bridge and the club are keen to move him on in January.
The Spaniard's considerable wage packet complicates matters but there is interest in him. Both AC Milan and West Ham are interested in the former Arsenal captain but both clubs would want loan deals with his salary being heavily subsidised by Chelsea.
Fabregas has repeatedly stated he wants to stay in London, especially now that his partner is pregnant, so a move to the Olympic Stadium seems most likely.
Current club: Manchester United
Potential destinations: MLS, Chinese Super League
Position: Central midfield
It is no secret Untied are keen to rid themselves of Schweinsteiger, who is one of the highest earners at the club.
The German made his first appearance of the season in the club's 4-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday, although his return to the fold is likely just an opportunity to put him in the shop window.
Schweinsteiger has already stated he will not play for another European club and a move across the Atlantic seems the most likely option.
Current club: Liverpool
Potential destinations: West Brom, Inter Milan, AC Milan
Position: Centre-back, left-back
Sakho fell out with Klopp during the club's pre-season tour of the US and is yet to play for Liverpool this season.
The Reds paid £18m for Sakho three years ago but it looks like they would let him go for half that in January.
The Frenchman says he wants to fight for his place at Liverpool but it's clear his Anfield career is over. West Brom and both Milan clubs are keeping