Premier League Transfer News Wednesday 24 December

Premier League transfer newsArsenal are being linked with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after reports that PSG coach Laurent Blanc is losing patience with the Uruguay international. However, rumours of a £50million bid in January appear to be wide of the mark. The Gunners are also keeping track of Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout, though his agent said recently that he is more likely to move to Serie A. AC Milan are also interested.

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Reports from France this morning claim the Gunners are interested in Bafetimbi Gomis, currently at Swansea City. Four other sides – including Crystal Palace and Newcastle – are also said to be interested.

Manchester United could lose five of their young players at the end of the season. The youngsters are all out of contract next summer but to date only Tyler Blackett has been in talks over a new deal.

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Meanwhile, United boss Louis van Gaal won’t confirm or deny that his club are interested in signing Gareth Bale from Real Madrid for £120million.

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Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain are the latest club to be linked with a loan deal for Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj.

Manchester City are eyeing up a £25million move for Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic. However, the Croatian is unlikely to be released by Atletico less than six months after he joined the club from Bayern Munich. Mandzukic has scored six goals in 13 La Liga games so far this season at an average of one for every 168 minutes on the pitch. City winger Scott Sinclair could be on his way to Crystal Palace in January.

Reports from France claim Liverpool are closing in on a six-month loan deal for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Tottenham Hotspur are also being linked.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech has reportedly made contact with Real Madrid over a move to the Bernabeu. That’s despite Real already having two top-rated keepers on their books in the shape of Iker Casillas and Keylor Navas. Liverpool were reportedly told earlier this week to make a move for the Czech Republic international. Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas.

Tottenham Hotspur are ready to off-load Paulinho to Inter Milan with Spurs ready to make a move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino.

Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is wanted by French side Nice. Hull City recently ended his loan spell and Toon boss Alan Pardew has ruled out a move back to St James’s Park.

West Ham United have ruled out the transfer of any of their players in January.

Aston Villa’s on-loan midfielder Tom Cleverley won’t be signing a permanent deal with the club until the summer, according to reports. There has been the suggestion that the Manchester United player would seal a permanent move to Villa Park in January.

Jermain Defoe is still being linked with QPR. That’s despite his current club, Toronto FC, stating that he hasn’t told them he wants to leave.

Southampton will sign Dutch winger Eljero Elia on 1 January. Elia joins on loan from German side Werder Bremen until the end of the season.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey has signed a short-term deal with Championship side Bolton Wanderers.