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Arsenal have moved closer to signing Thierry Henry from New York Red Bulls on a loan deal for the second year running, with the two clubs currently in the final stage of discussions. The Mirror report that Henry is keen on extending the loan spell to the end of the season rather than heading back March and that seems to be the only detail left to be forked out in the negotiations as the move has been agreed in principle.
Another January arrival at the Emirates could be Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar as the Metro reports that Arsene Wenger has prepared a Â£4m bid for the Schalke striker who is out of a contract at the end of the season. At 29 years old Huntelaar represents a breakaway from Wenger's policy of purchasing young talent but the lack of attacking impetus in the current Arsenal side has forced the manager to dip into the large transfer kitty for a change.
Wesley Sneijder, once the poster boy of European football, has reportedly reached an agreement with PSG over a January move thus ending weeks of wild speculation surrounding his Inter Milan future. Sneijder had been sent into exile by Inter over his wages as the club demanded their biggest star to take a pay cut. But Mediaset reports that he has instead decided to leave the Serie A for Paris like so many stars in recent times and in the process has also ended the long-running rumour linking him to Man United and Man City.
Serbian wonderkids are available in hordes these days and the Daily Mail report that Chelsea have found themselves one in Partizan Belgrade midfielder Lazar Markovic. The 18 year old has attracted strong interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter Milan but the Blues are close to agreeing an Â£8m deal to stifle the teenager's career sign the player.
The Stamford Bridge club aren't without their delusions though as ESPN reports that Fernando Torres' brace against Sunderland over the weekend has given the suits hope that they will not have to spend another Â£50m on a new striker in January. Although the Blues did send a contingent to Madrid to draw up a comparison sheet between a certain Colombian striker at Atletico and an unwanted Argentine at Real. But if Torres does continue finding the net against relegation-threatened sides neither Radamel Falcao nor Gonzalo Higuain would be appearing in a Chelsea shirt.
Robbie Keane has been a boyhood fan of pretty much every club in the British Isles and he could yet have the opportunity to break further ground this January if he does decide to return to the Premier League on a loan deal. The Mirror reports that the LA Galaxy striker is reluctant to spend the winter in England when he can laze around in Venice Beach but Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR feel that they can match the City of Angels for stardust and in the process entice Keane into signing a loan deal.
Roberto Mancini has reportedly joined the rather long list of Ashley Cole admirers and is apparently keen on adding the Chelsea man to his long list of left-backs at Manchester City. With Cole's contract running out in the summer, and the Blues unable to convince the 31-year old to pen a one-year rolling contract, an exit from Stamford Bridge appears quite certain. City are blessed with Gael Clichy (incidentally Cole's former understudy) and Aleksandar Kolarov at left-back, but Mancini believes that Cole will be an improvement on his present options and is willing to offer the England international the long term deal he yearns for according to reports in the Daily Mail. - new
The Daily Telegraph reports that Newcastle United are going to renew their interest in French international Mathieu Debuchy when the transfer window reopens in January. The Magpies were close to signing the Lille right back. The story also shares that Alan Pardew will be given funds to strengthen the squad significiantly in the winter, and is also eyeing Blackpool winger Tom Ince, in addition to signing a striker to provide cover should Demba Ba leave the club. - new
Southampton have finally popped out of the relegation zone at the weekend, and are beginning to plan for an extended stay in the Premier League by signing Celtic striker Gary Hooper. Current Saints manager Nigel Adkins incidentally sold Hooper to Celtic a couple of years ago while at Scunthorpe, and is hoping for a pleasant reunion according to reports in the Daily Mirror. - new
- 10/12/2012 13:59 - Arsenal likely to pull out of chase for crocked Diame
- 10/12/2012 13:41 - Chelsea set sights on 18 year old Serbian wonderkid
- 10/12/2012 12:11 - Henry to return to Arsenal in January, first game likely to be in the FA Cup