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Thursday 8 December 2016

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Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is also rumoured to be in the hunt for Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore. The 19 year-old currently plays for Cluj in Romania and has been called 'the new Emmanuel Adebayor'.

Reports in Spain also suggest that Wenger may let Cesc Fabregas go to Real Madrid if he can secure the signature of Argentinian Gonzalo Higuain in return.

Arsenal, along with Manchester United, have shown interest in 17-year-old Cardiff defender Adam Matthews. Fran Merida could leave, with reports suggesting he has signed a pre-contract agreement with Atletico Madrid.

Wenger has ruled out a move for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh this transfer window, though Carlton Cole and France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac remain possible targets.

Aston Villa

John Carew continues to be the subject of transfer speculation, with the latest reports suggesting that Martin O'Neill is willing to let him go to Tottenham in exchange for Robbie Keane.

Craig Gardner is likely to leave the club after five years at Villa Park, with both Wolves and Birmingham interested.

In addition, Carlos Cuèllar has attracted the interest of Real Madrid and Emile Heskey could also depart as he searches for regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup.

O'Neill is rumoured to be interested in bringing Jermaine Pennant back to the Premier League, while a £12m move for Kenwyne Jones is another possibility. Graham Dorrans, another transfer target, will be staying at West Brom after he signed a new deal.

Blackburn Rovers

Sam Allardyce is believed to be in talks with Feyernoord forward Andwele Slory over a loan deal and Algerian midfielder Amine Linganzi, who has been training at Ewood Park. Blackburn have also been linked with St Etienne midfielder Amine Linganzi Koumba, Portsmouth's Nadir Belhadj and Monaco's Eidur Gudjohnsen. A swap deal for Stoke's James Beattie that could see Jason Roberts moving in the other direction is also in the pipeline. Out-of-favour Benni McCarthy will be allowed to leave, with Everton rumoured to be lining up a bid.

Bolton Wanderers

Prospective new manager Owen Coyle will have several possible transfer leads to follow up: Real Madrid midfielder Guti and Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic may be available on loan, while the club have also been linked with Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes and Bosnian defender Safet Nadarevic. Gary Cahill could be sold to raise funds for the new boss, while Marseille are rumoured to have made an enquiry about striker Johan Elmander.

Burnley

Cash-strapped Burnley could join the chase for Stoke striker James Beattie as they search for a new manager to replace Owen Coyle. Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere are loan options, and the club has the option to purchase on-loan striker David Nugent from Portsmouth for £1m.

Chelsea

Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be weighing up a move for Juventus and Italy forward Vincenzo Iaquinta. The 30 year-old would cost around £8 million. However, Sampdoria have said that their striker Giampaolo Pazzini, who has been linked with a £22m move to Chelsea, is not for sale.

Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero, Ajax's Luis Suarez and Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko are rumoured to top Carlo Ancelotti's shopping list, while the club have again been linked with Valencia's David Villa who would set them back around £40m.

The club could also move for Monaco midfielder Jerko Leko, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery.

In the other direction, Genoa and Milan are believed to be in the hunt for defender Alex.

Everton

Having already tied up a loan deal for the American Landon Donovan, Moyes is in the hunt for Benni McCarthy, who is currently out of favour at Blackburn.

David Moyes is also reportedly interested in Atlètico Madrid's Argentine international midfielder Maxi Rodriguez, while teenager Maxime Lestienne could join from Belgian side Mouscron.

Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne, currently on loan at Portsmouth, is being lined up as a replacement for the errant Jo.

Philippe Senderos could join from Arsenal, and Everton are also pondering a loan move for former Gunners winger Jose Antonio Reyes.

Fulham

Stefano Okaka, who scored the winner for Roma against Fulham in the Europa League, could move to Craven Cottage after impressing Roy Hodgson. The striker’s agent has confirmed the Italy under-20 international would be willing to join Fulham on loan and a deal could be in place by the weekend.

The 20 year-old could be allowed to leave Roma on loan following the arrival of Luca Toni from Bayern Munich.

Fulham could also be preparing to steal Tottenham's Jamie O'Hara from under the noses of Portsmouth, where the 23 year-old is currently on loan.

Hodgson could also try and sign Spurs defender Alan Hutton to boost his defence, and may also be preparing an audacious loan bid for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere. The club have been linked with Wigan's Paul Scharner.

Hull City

Hull could make a bid for Hamilton Academicals midfielder James McArthur, while Manchester City strikers Benjani and Felipe Caicedo could come in on loan. The club is also reputedly interested in Sol Campbell, a free agent after leaving Notts County, but have missed out on American youngster Freddy Adu, who has decided to move to Greek club Aris from Benfica.

Liverpool

Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh, available on a free transfer at the end of the season, could sign a pre-contract agreement. Rafa Benítez also hopes to secure the signature of Maxi Rodriguez, the Atletico Madrid and Argentina winger, in the coming days and has not yet ruled out a controversial move for Ruud van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid.

Ryan Babel, Andrei Voronin, Andrea Dossena and Philip Degen will be sold to fund Benítez's forays into the transfer market. Liverpool have already rejected one bid of £9m by Birmingham for Babel, Voronin is wanted by Dinamo Moscow and CSKA Moscow and Dossena has reportedly already been sold to Napoli for £4m.

A bid by Olympiakos for Yossi Benayoun has been rejected, but Liverpool may let Albert Riera move to the same club.

West Ham's Scott Parker has been linked with Liverpool, as has Crystal Palace's highly-rated teenager Victor Moses, while Liverpool retain their interest in Aston Villa's Emile Heskey.

Manchester City

Patrick Vieira is expected to undergo a medical before signing an 18-month contract at Eastlands and is on the verge of becoming Roberto Mancini's first signing for the club.

Danish defender Simon Kjaer, currently at Palermo, could also move in an £18m deal. However, Mancini appears to have failed in his attempt to lure Juan Sebastian Veron to Eastlands.

The club are also in discussions with Russian champions Rubin Kazan about signing Argentina international left-back Cristian Ansaldi.

Moves for Juventus's Giorgio Chilellini, Portsmouth's Younes Kaboul, Bolton's Gary Cahill, Bari defender Leonardo Bonucci and West Ham's Matthew Upson have all been rumoured, as well as an ambitious link with Barcelona forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But City are understood to be cooling on Inter Milan pair Maicon and Ivan Cordoba.

Manchester United

United have reportedly been told they will have to find around £40m if they want to sign Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa. The club have expressed an interest in 17-year-old Cardiff teenager Adam Matthews, although Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the defender.

Frederico Macheda could go to Real Zaragoza or Bologna on loan, according to reports.

Nani is also set to leave the club, and could be used as part of an exchange deal for Benfica winger Angel di Maria, regarded as one of the most promising young talents in Europe. Sir Alex Ferguson could also sign Serbian defender Uros Cosic and attempt to hijack rivals Manchester City's move for Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini.

French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could come in to replace for Edwin van der Sar, who is away on compassionate leave, but Fiorentina's Sebastian Frey has ruled out a similar move.

Portsmouth

Avram Grant is unlikely to be allowed a January spending spree, given the club's precarious financial state and its current transfer ban. Nevertheless, they have been linked with Benfica defender Miguel Vitor on loan. Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa, though, looks like staying put. Grant has the option of recalling striker David Nugent from his loan spell at Burnley in the event that Pompey are barred from signing new players.

Stoke City

Stoke are thinking big as they search for a striker. Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones, Ryan Babel and Emile Heskey are all big-name possibilities as the club looks likely to offload James Beattie. Meanwhile, Pulis is rumoured to have entered the race for West Ham's Scott Parker, and they could try and sign Barcelona prodigy Oriel Romeu on loan.

Sunderland

With striker Kenwyne Jones linked with a move to Birmingham, Steve Bruce wants to replace him with German international Kevin Kuranyi. Ivory Coast full-back Guy Demel could also move to the Stadium of Light for £5.5m. Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson and David Bentley could all join from Spurs, while the club may battle it out with Newcastle for Manchester United's Danny Simpson and with Tottenham for Wigan's Maynor Figueroa. A move for Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is also on the cards.

Tottenham Hotspur

Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and Sporting Lisbon's Miguel Veloso are the latest names to be linked with Tottenham.

Robbie Keane could be on his way out. Reports suggest he may be offered as bait to Aston Villa as Harry Redknapp bids to sign John Carew.

While Liverpool remains the likely destination for Maxi Rodriguez, reports in Spain claim the Atlético Madrid midfielder has emerged as a target for Tottenham with David Bentley a possible make-weight in any deal.

Spurs have also been linked with an audacious £12m move for Micah Richards of Manchester City, and have discussed a cash-plus-player deal with Inter Milan for Sulley Muntari that would see Jermaine Jenas going to the San Siro.

Peterborough captain George Boyd, Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, Wigan's Maynor Figueroa and West Ham's Matthew Upson have all been linked with moves to White Hart Lane, even though Harry Redknapp has been told to sell before he buys.

West Ham United

Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu, formerly of Chelsea, is being lined up for a loan move and could complete a transfer as early as next week, according to reports.

West Ham are reportedly interested in signing former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, according to reports in France, although they would have to to scrap with Tottenham to sign the Icelander.

Alessandro Diamanti, the club's 26-year-old striker, has dismissed reports linking him with a move to AC Milan.

But with Scott Parker and Matthew Upson linked with moves away, Robert Huth of Stoke and Benfica veteran Nuno Gomes are potential transfer targets. Highly-rated 18-year-old Belgian winger Geoffrey Hairemans and James Beattie are also in the frame, while the club could also make a £2.5m swoop for Tours striker Olivier Giroud.

Gianfranco Zola is also keeping tabs on former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman. The Serb could move on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

Wigan Athletic

Oliver Kapo is on the verge of completing a loan move to Boulogne. The 29 year-old has made just one substitute appearance all season. Wigan are also hoping to send left-back Erik Edman on loan to Sheffield United.

Roberto Martinez is rumoured to be lining up a £3m bid for Leicester's in-form striker Matty Fryatt. Chilean defender Waldo Ponce and Ivorian Steve Gohouri of Borussia Moenchengladbach are two of his other targets, while the club has also been keeping an eye on Sporting Gijon left-back Roberto Canella, though Celtic have rebuffed an approach for striker Scott McDonald.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves, who have sold Neil Collins to Preston for £750,000, are believed to be in talks with Toulouse winger Fodé Mansaré over a six-month loan deal. England under-21 star Craig Gardner could also move to Molineux from Aston Villa, and Mick McCarthy is also rumoured to be looking at Derby winger Kris Commons, Birmingham's Lee Carsley and Celtic winger Niall McGinn.

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