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Premier League Transfer Rumours: Dec 21, 2013

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Chelsea for Costa

Chelsea are hoping to pip domestic rivals Arsenal to the services of Atletico Madrid ace Diego Costa, reports The Daily Star. The forward is believed to have a release clause worth €38m (£32.1m) in his contract with his club.

Suarez extends Liverpool contract

Liverpool ace Luis Suarez has inked a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Merseyside club. The Uruguayan was quoted in BBC Sport, saying: "I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term."

City keeping tabs on Kenneth Vermeer

Manchester City are believed to be monitoring the situation surrounding Ajax shotstopper Kenneth Vermeer. The goalkeeper told an unnamed Dutch newspaper: “I need to playing and I’m not doing that at Ajax. I have other options and will discuss them with my agent in January. You never know what is around the corner in football.”

Queiroz wants to be Spurs boss

Carlos Queiroz, the former Manchester United manager, is reported to be keen to take up the job of manager at Tottenham Hotspur. The Portuguese was quoted answering questions on whether he will be ready to accept the Tottenham job: “Absolutely. Tottenham is a club I really appreciate a lot and I have great admiration.”

Reds reject Napoli approach

Liverpool have snubbed a request from Napoli to land defender Daniel Agger on loan at Italy, reports The Metro. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers said: “With the injuries we’ve got, it’s a small squad and we don’t have to move anyone out.”

Pochettino criticizes Levy

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has aimed his guns at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy and director of football Franco Baldini, for their repeated interference in the managerial matters of the club. The Argentine was quoted in The Metro, saying: “As a manager what’s really important is that the sporting aspect is under my control, in terms of signings.”

Salah WILL join Reds – Zika

Mohamed Zika, former teammate of Basel and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, has tipped him to join Liverpool in January. Zika was quoted replying, when asked whether Salah may move to Anfield in the New Year: “Yes, I am 99% sure this will happen.”

De Bruyne closer to exit

Chelsea winger Kevin de Bruyne moved one step closer to an exit from the club after holding talks over his future with the club hierarchy, reports The Metro. Meanwhile, reports in The Daily Mirror reveal that the Belgian is in talks with Bayer Leverkusen over the possibility of a £12.5m January transfer.

Liverpool frontrunners to sign Fernando

Liverpool are believed to be leading the race for Porto star Fernando, reports The Daily Star. The 26 year old is also believed to be a much coveted target for Manchester United manager David Moyes.

Ferdy thinking of retiring

Manchester United veteran Rio Ferdinand is thinking of drawing the curtain on his career after this season, reports The Daily Express. The 35 year old is finding chances increasingly harder to come by at Old Trafford and contemplating retirement, is also believed to be exploring the area of football punditry.

Dempsey undergoing medical at Fulham

Clint Dempsey is understood to be having his medical at Fulham ahead of a New Year loan move. Manager Rene Meulensteen was quoted in The Daily Mirror, saying: "He’s having a medical and we’re looking into that. It would be a real boost for us. Hopefully that will all work out."

Pulis looking to offload underperforming names

Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is understood to be contemplating the exodus of a number of disappointing performers from the club, with a view to strengthen his team considerably, reports The Daily Mirror. The likes of Kevin Phillips, Owen Garvan, Neil Alexander and Elliot Grandin are believed ot be on the manager’s offloading list.

Lugano on River Plate radar

West Brom’s Diego Lugano is being followed by Argentine side River Plate, reports The Daily Mirror. The club have sent their sporting director Enzo Francescoli to hold talks with the Baggies over a potential move for the player to South America.

Heitinga, Jelavic set for Everton exit

Everton will listen to offers for John Heitinga and Nikica Jelavic, when the transfer window opens in January. Manager Roberto Martinez was quoted in The Daily Star, saying: “If the right thing appears for the players, I will have to consider it, and look into it.”

Sherwood not looking for consolation

Tottenham Hotspur Interim Manager Tim Sherwood has made it clear that he will not be working as deputy to anyone at the club. He was quoted in The Daily Star, saying: “I wouldn’t do that. It’s No.1 or nothing.”

Stoke want permanent move for Ireland

Stoke City are hoping to acquire the services of Stephen Ireland, who is currently on-loan from Aston Villa, permanently. Manager Mark Hughes was quoted in The Irish Mirror, saying: “Stephen is doing really well and we would like to make it more permanent.”

Fulham want Paolo Hurtado

Fulham are hoping to acquire the services of Pacos de Ferreira winger Paolo Hurtado, reports The Daily Mirror. It is believed that the 23 year old will be available for as less as £3.34m this season.

Beckham to Bolivia?

Bolivian giants Bolivar are hoping to persuade David Beckham to come out of retirement and play for them, reports The Daily Mirror. Club owner Marcelo Claure, who is also helping the legendary Englishman in the purchase of an MLS club this year, is believed to be keen to acquire his services.

Pochettino, Laudrup reject Spurs

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup have made it clear that they will are not contemplating taking up the manager’s role at Tottenham Hotspur, reports The Daily Express. The north Londoners are finding it increasingly hard to find a permanent replacement for the departed Andre Villas-Boas now.

Berba will stay

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has revealed that he may have persuaded Dimitar Berbatov to stay at the club. The Dutchman was quoted in The Daily Express, saying: “I’ve had a chat with him and he has shown me he is very committed to the games we have ahead. We are going to review the situation next month, but I could well have persuaded him to stay.”

Tottenham for Morata

Tottenham Hotspur are contemplating a move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata, reveals The Daily Mail. Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti was earlier expected to hold on to the player, but is not believed to be ready to part with him temporarily.

Spurs eyeing Dodo

Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be thinking over a winter move for AS Roma defender Dodo, reports talkSPORT. Spurs technical director Franco Baldini is expected to pull some old strings to help the move materialise.