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Chelsea to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to 'new Paul Pogba'? Transfer news and gossip from Tuesday's papers
Everyone is back at work after the Christmas break, the offices are open, the mobile phones charged and the fax machines are on.
Yes, the transfer window is open for business again, and things are in full swing.
Teams can cut, trade and roll the dice as much as they like and, if speculation is to be believed, it could be a rather busy few weeks.
We will keep you up to date with all the latest rumours, done deals and analysis all through January.
The January transfer window runs until February 2 – because it cannot close on a weekend – meaning that clubs have a few days next month to add to their squads and make that final push in the second half of the season.
So what stories do we have, as the first days of the transfer window pass? We”ve put them all right here in one handy place, just for you.
Stories from today”s Daily Mirror
Arsenal target Winston Reid has already agreed to leave West Ham for a Premier League club, says Sam Allardyce. READ MORE
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Tottenham are targeting Aston Villa”s Fabian Delph in £3million January deal. READ MORE
Bafetimbi Gomis has a £7m buyout clause in his Swansea contract – and wants to leave this January. READ MORE
Jermain Defoe has flown to France for a fitness boot camp in a bid to keep his dream of a Premier League return alive. Leicester lead the chase for the ex-England marksman while Sunderland, Hull and QPR are also interested. READ MORE
Arsenal have been given until Wednesday to respond to Bordeaux’s bid to take Yaya Sanogo on loan. READ MORE
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has hinted at a shock Premier League move by following Chelsea on Instagram. READ MORE
Chelsea”s controversial attempt to sign Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric looks to have been blown apart by Premier League rules – as the Blues WON”T be allowed to loan him out to Leicester City to gain experience, as planned. READ MORE
Stories from other newspapers and the wider world
Chelsea are set to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Rayan Souici, who has been dubbed the “new Paul Pogba”.
Jose Mourinho”s side are reported to have agreed a deal with St-Etienne for the France U-16 star and hope to complete the move this week. (Daily Express)
Javier Hernandez”s Manchester United career looks to be over at the end of the season, with the club set to sell the striker – even if boss Louis van Gaal decides not to take up the club”s £43.2m option for a permanent deal for the on-loan Radamel Falcao.
Hernandez, a £6m signing from Mexican Chivas de Guadalajara in 2010, is currently on a season-long loan at Real Madrid. (Daily Telegraph)
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But Hernandez is unlikely to sign for Real Madrid on a permanent basis as boss Carlo Ancelotti has been left unimpressed by the striker. He has made just seven La Liga appearances and scored three goals for the European champions. (Daily Star)
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is targeting a £2.5million swoop for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair. The former Swansea star signed for the champions three years ago – but has spent much of his time on the bench. (Daily Express)
Manchester United could yet enter a January race to sign long-term target Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray. Juventus have confirmed they are to step up their pursuit of the Dutch star, but compatriot Louis van Gaal is still keen to bring him to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)
West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has completed a loan move to London rivals Queens Park Rangers, according to Jack Sullivan, the son of Hammers co-owner David Sullivan. (Daily Mail)
Sunderland are plotting an £8million swoop for Celtic”s Holland Under 21 international defender Virgil van Dijk, after scouting him again at Kilmarnock on Monday night. Van Dijk has also drawn interested from Everton and Arsenal. (Daily Mail)
GettyVirgil van Dijk: Set for an £8million switch to Sunderland
Chelsea are mulling offering a contract to former England defender Micah Richards. The 26-year-old Manchester City man is currently on loan at Fiorentina, but is keen on a Premier League return. (Guardian)
Southampton are ready to make a new bid for Porto”s Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, after failing with a move for the Holland international in the summer. (Daily Mail)
Other stories from today”s Daily Mirror
Wojciech Szczesny has been fined £20,000 for SMOKING in the showers after a game. READ MORE
Steven Gerrard may be a Liverpool legend but the Reds” skipper has admitted he owned a Manchester United shirt a boy. READ MORE
Looks so weird, doesn”t it? Steven Gerrard in a Manchester United shirt
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