Premier League Transfer News Sunday 21 December

Gareth Bale Manchester United transferManchester United are being linked with a summer move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale as the newly-crowned world champions eye up a front three of Sergio Aguero, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Reus for next season.

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Manchester United are also said to be keen on three January signings worth a total of £81m: Kevin Strootman of Roma and the Benfica duo of Enzo Perez and Nico Gaitan. That’s despite the club recently ruling out any new signings in the winter transfer window.

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Aston Villa could sign up their on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley in a permanent transfer from Manchester United in January.

Arsenal are also being linked with three potential targets in the January transfer window with Morgan Schneiderlin, Christoph Kramer and Lars Bender all on Arsene Wenger’s wish list.

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Tottenham Hotspur could make a move next month for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino. Meanwhile, Spurs winger Aaron Lennon is said to be a January target for Serie A side Inter Milan.

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling isn’t yet ready for a move to Bayern Munich, says former Bayern and Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves.

Chelsea captain John Terry wants to sign a new contract with the Premier League leaders.

Manchester City are being linked with former Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne, currently with German side Wolfsburg. The Belgium international is rated at £20m and is being tipped to replace Yaya Toure. QPR are being linked with Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair.

Liverpool are still being linked with an unlikely-sounding return for striker Fernando Torres.

Everton are preparing a January bid for Marseille striker Andre Ayew.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted that keeper Jak Alnwick wanted to leave the club last month. Alnwick’s contract is up at the end of the season.

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Arsenal Transfer News Sunday 21 December

Defensive Midfielder Search Continues

Morgan Schneiderlin Arsenal transfer newsMorgan Schneiderlin is still an Arsenal transfer target but the Gunners are being tipped with a ‘huge bid’ to land the Frenchman in January.

Arsenal lodged a bid of £15million for Schneiderlin in the last January transfer window only for it to be rejected out of hand by Southampton. The Frenchman was then the subject of interest from Tottenham Hotspur only for the Saints to block any move away from the south coast club.

But both the Daily Star and Metro claim that a ‘monster’ bid from Arsenal will seal Schneiderlin’s exit from Southampton. The fee being discussed is somewhere in the region of £25million. Arsenal are believed to have a transfer budget of £20million in January which would necessitate selling at least one player to finance a bid for Schneiderlin.

The Gunners are also being linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen’s on-loan midfielder Christoph Kramer. That’s despite recent comments suggesting the Germany international would be on his way back to Bayer at the end of the season.

Kramer has been on loan at Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach since the beginning of last season. He has yet to make a first-team appearance for Bayer and is due to return to the club in the summer.

But the Mail On Sunday claims an Arsenal transfer bid of £20million will be lodged for Kramer. But the 23-year-old already has plans in place for his future.

“At the end of the season, I’ll go back to Bayer. Not because I feel it’s my duty, but because I’m convinced by their plans,” Kramer said earlier this month.

A move in January is out of the question. Bayer and Borussia have an agreement for Kramer to remain on loan at Monchengladbach and that won’t be changing. A summer bid is more likely but Kramer’s recent comments suggest it is unlikely to succeed.

Arsenal are also being linked with another Bayer Leverkusen player, defensive midfielder Lars Bender. But after signing a new deal with the club he is unlikely to make a move either in January or in the summer.

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Trio Linked With Manchester United Transfer Moves

United Linked With January Spree

Manchester United are still being linked with a huge recruitment drive in January. That’s despite the club having publicly stated that there would be no big signings in the winter transfer window.

But the Daily Star Sunday disagrees and the paper claims that United will make three signings worth a total of £80million.

Kevin Strootman is still being linked with a move to Old Trafford in January. The Roma midfielder is back in action after a cruciate knee ligament injury, but that action has amounted to just 68 minutes spread over three games.

He managed a seven-minute appearance off the bench against Torino last month and 54 minutes as a starter against Sassuolo as well as eight minutes of Roma’s Champions League defeat to Manchester. But he has spent the side’s last two games warming the bench and he failed to get on the pitch again during last night’s goalless draw with AC Milan. He goes into the transfer window still with doubts over his fitness.

The Star adds the Benfica duo of Enzo Perez and Nico Gaitan into the mix. The paper claims the pair are close to moves to Old Trafford for a combined fee of £51million.

Both players have been linked with United in the past.

Perez was linked this summer, but he ruled out a move by signing a new deal and saying he and his family are happy in Lisbon.

Gaitan is a similar player to Strootman so a move for both looks unlikely. He has also been extensively linked with United in the past but Sir Alex Ferguson failed to get the deal over the line with Benfica insisting on the full value of his £36million release fee.

Gaitan signed a new contract with Benfica as recently as last month, but the deal was significant in that his release fee was reduced to £28million.

See also: Manchester United linked with summer move for Gareth Bale.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Bale Set for Summer Move?

Bale In Manchester United Transfer Link

Gareth Bale Manchester United transferA Manchester United transfer move for Gareth Bale could be on the cards with reports today suggesting that the go-ahead has been given for such a bid.

Rumours from Spain have claimed in recent weeks that Bale and Karim Benzema are likely to be sold next summer as Real Madrid eye up an ideal front three of Sergio Aguero, Marco Reus and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United were linked with Bale in the summer of 2013, but their interest was soon brushed aside as the Wales international made it clear to United that he wanted to join Real Madrid. But he may be jettisoned after just two seasons with the European champions as Real look to revamp their front line.

The Sunday Express claims today that United are prepared to break the world record transfer fee by offering £80million for Bale next summer.

The paper claims that Bale wasn’t averse at the time to a move to Old Trafford – not true as he had his heart set on a move to the Bernabeu – and he is ready to move back to England.

The Welshman was on target last night for Madrid as they defeated Argentine side San Lorenzo, 2-0, in Marrakech to secure the Club World Cup, their fourth trophy of 2014.

Real are set to make a move for Manchester City striker Aguero next summer along with Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus.

The Germany international is likely to make the move to the Bernabeu with Real preparing to activate his £20million release clause.

Aguero is likely to be tougher to recruit with Manchester City ready to stand in his way, a point they made to his representatives on a number of occasions when he was linked with an exit from the Etihad last summer.

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Auckland City: Third-Best Team In The World [Video]

New Zealand champions Auckland City have wrapped up third place in the Club World Cup after defeating Mexican side Cruz Azul on penalties in Marrakech, Morocco on Saturday night.

In doing so, City – the six-time champions of the Oceania Football Confederation’s Champions League – became the first OFC side to win a medal at the annual tournament.

The New Zealand side took the lead right on half-time when Ryan de Vries latched on to a through ball to slot it past Corona in the Cruz Azul goal.

Cruz Azul equalised midway through the second half when Joao Rojas smashed the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal after Auckland failed to clear.

The match went straight to penalties with the full-time score at 1-1. John Irving missed Auckland’s second penalty when he hit the bar, but Formica and Valadez both failed to score their spot kicks for Cruz Azul and Sanni Issa stepped up to score the decisive penalty for a 4-2 shoot-out victory.

The match was Auckland’s fourth in the tournament. They defeated Moghreb Tetouan, champions of host nation Morocco, in a play-off for the quarter-finals before defeating African champions ES Setif. They were defeated by Argentina’s San Lorenzo in the semi-final.

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Hartlepool Set To Offer Deal To Ched Evans

Moore Wants Deal For Rapist

Ched Evans HartlepoolHartlepool United boss Ronnie Moore says the club are interested in signing convicted rapist Ched Evans.

The former Sheffield United player was released from prison last month but saw an offer from his old club withdrawn in the face of strong opposition. But the boss of the league’s 92nd-placed club wants Evans to come to Victoria Park.

“If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he’s served his time and the boy wants to play football,” Moore said after his side’s 1-1 draw with Oxford United.

“If there is a chance he might come here, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t.

“He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn’t apologised in the right way – and I know he has an appeal case pending – but if he gets on the park, he would go a long way to getting us out of trouble.”

Pools lie at the foot of League Two on just 13 points from their first 21 games. They are six points behind Tranmere Rovers and seven points from safety. The bottom two sides in the table are relegated to the Conference at the end of the season.

The club were knocked out of the FA Cup last week by non-league Blyth Spartans and sacked manager Paul Murray shortly afterwards.

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Premier League Transfer News Saturday 20 December

Ron Vlaar Manchester United transferManchester United have been warned off Ron Vlaar by Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert. Vlaar and Villa midfielder Fabian Delph have both been linked with January exits from Villa Park with their contracts expiring this summer. However, Lambert says neither will be leaving in the transfer window. Meanwhile, United boss Louis van Gaal says Radamel Falcao will have to earn his £43.5m permanent move to Manchester United next summer.

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Manchester United are also being linked with a bid worth a total of £51m for the Argentine pair of Enzo Perez and Nico Gaitan but they won’t be pursuing a move for former defender Nemanja Vidic.

Arsenal have been told that only a ‘sensational’ bid will prise Stephan El-Shaarawy from AC Milan in January. Meanwhile, Yaya Sanogo will be allowed to go out on loan in January with Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace all said to be keen.

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The Gunners are being linked with German keeper Kevin Trapp. The 24-year-old plays for Eintracht Frankfurt.

Liverpool have ruled out a January re-call for on-loan striker Divock Origi.

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Liverpool transfer target Xherdan Shaqiri is wanted by Serie A sides Roma and Juventus.

Spurs winger Andros Townsend is a January loan target for QPR. Townsend had a spell at Loftus Road during the 2012-13 season. The Rs are also being linked with a move for West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison.

Meanwhile, Spurs fear missing out to Arsenal in the race for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Southampton are being linked with Werder Bremen’s Dutch midfielder Eljero Elia.

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch is ready to stay with the club. So is Glenn Whelan who is looking for one final two-year deal before he ends his career. However, American winger Brek Shea has signed for new MLS side Orlando City.

Everton defender Sylvain Distin, 37, says he has no plans to retire.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to keep Frank Lampard on loan until the end of the season.

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Arsenal Transfer News Saturday 20 December

El-Shaarawy Agent Rules Out January Move

Stephan El Shaarawy Arsenal transfer newsArsenal will have to put in a ‘sensational’ bid to land AC Milan forward Stephan El-Shaarawy, his agent says. However, a move to England at the Premier League isn’t out of the question.

The 22-year-old has been an Arsenal transfer target in the past and has been linked more recently with Roma and Borussia Dortmund. But after an injury-hit 2013-14 season, which saw him miss large parts of the season with a foot injury, he has returned to action in the current campaign.

El-Shaarawy has made nine starts in Serie A for Milan, but he has only hit the back of the net on one occasion and his agent, brother Manuel El-Shaarawy, has ruled out a January move.

“I have not been contacted by Borussia Dortmund, nor by Roma, nor by any other club,” he said.

“Stephan will not leave Milan in January unless there is a sensational offer, the type that no-one can be sure will arrive,” he said.

“He is at the centre of the Milan project, and the relationship with the coach and the environment is excellent.”

However, Manuel added that a move to the Premier League is a possibility next summer.

“If he leaves Milan, I’d like to see him play in England, because the Premier League is a competition that is very attractive. At the end of the season, we will sit down with Milan and judge how the season has gone.”

Premier League Trio Linked With Sanogo

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo will be sent out on loan in January with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all said to be keen.

Sanogo has scored just once in 19 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions since his arrival from French second division side Auxerre in the summer of 2013. His last appearance came when he was in the starting line-up for the 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League last week.

There has been no official announcement from Arsenal but the prospect of a loan move was being touted on Friday. Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen for Sanogo to get more regular playing time in order to build up his confidence.

A move to an overseas club has already been ruled out and speculation links him with the Premier League trio.

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Manchester United Transfer News Saturday 20 December

Lambert Rules Out Manchester United Transfer For Vlaar

Ron Vlaar Manchester United transferManchester United transfer target Ron Vlaar won’t be leaving Aston Villa in January, the Midlands’ side’s boss Paul Lambert says. Vlaar, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season and has so far stalled over signing a new deal.

But Lambert has decided to run the risk of the Netherlands international and midfielder Fabian Delph, whose contract also expires next summer, moving for nothing at the end of the season.

“The way January works, if someone is worth something you may well as well put another 15 zeros on the end of it. The price gets inflated,” said Lambert.

“Even if anybody came in, you would never let them go cheap or anything like that. Would any amount of money tempt me? No. They’ll not go anywhere in January. It’s my say.”

Manchester United have been linked with bids for Vlaar worth anything between £4million and £12million in the winter window as they look to bolster their defence. That’s despite his age – he turns 30 in February – meaning he would have little or no re-sale value at the end of a four- or five-year deal with United.

It’s also despite United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward stating that the club weren’t looking to make any signings in January.

Falcao Must Prove His Worth

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Radamel Falcao will have to earn his permanent move to Old Trafford.

The Colombia international has had a disappointing start to life at Old Trafford with just one goal to his name in three Premier League starts and five appearances off the substitutes’ bench. That compares with two goals in one start and two substitute appearances for Monaco at the start of the season immediately prior to his move to Manchester United.

United have an option to purchase Falcao on payment of a £43.5million fee next summer but van Gaal says it is too early to tell whether or not that option will be exercised.

“He hasn’t played so much,” said van Gaal on Friday although he hinted he may be in the line-up for the match at Aston Villa later today. “You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn’t train so much.

Falcao has spent some time sidelined with a calf injury since his arrival at Old Trafford and he was still said to be recovering from the cruciate knee ligament injury that ended last season for him at the end of January.

“He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit. Now he shows fitness in the training session so maybe I shall select him, maybe for the bench or the line-up. Let’s wait and see.”

Falcao saw young striker James Wilson chosen ahead of him for last week’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool.

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Liverpool Rule Out Origi Recall

Divock Origi Liverpool transferLiverpool have ruled out an early move to Anfield for teenage striker Divock Origi.

The 19-year-old is currently on loan at his former club Lille as part of the £10million deal that Liverpool signed with the French side last summer.

Reports in France today claimed the Reds would pay €6million (£4.8million) to Lille to remove the no-recall clause from the transfer agreement. However, Liverpool tonight denied the existence of an early move to Anfield for Origi.

The Belgium international’s form this season hasn’t matched that of 2013-14 when he first came to Liverpool’s attention.

He started in 12 Ligue 1 games last season and was a substitute in 18 others, scoring five goals in 1277 minutes on the pitch. This season he has become more of a first-team regular with 12 starts and just three appearances off the bench. However, his 1130 minutes of playing time have seen him score just three goals.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers ruled out a move for Origi last month. These latest rumours began in the French newspaper L’Equipe which quotes a “source close to the case” as the origin of the story.

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