#TransferTalk: All the latest football transfer rumours today

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Chelsea are being linked with £10m-rated Kurt Zouma, Everton are chasing Alfred Finnbogason, and Leeds will snub all offers for Ross McCormack.

 

Liverpool are ready to do battle with Arsenal for Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, while Man United have targeted a Toulouse youngster.

Daily Mirror

  • Everton are moving ahead of West Ham in the race to sign £2million-rated Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason from Heerenveen – and the Toffees could allow Nikica Jelavic to move on in January. Dundee United’s teenage centre-back John Souttar remains a target for Roberto Martinez too.
  • Derby boss Steve McClaren wants Crystal Palace’s out-of-favour Norwegian left-back Jonathan Parr on loan.
  • Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to buy Saint-Etienne’s 19-year-old French centre-back Kurt Zouma in a £10million deal.
  • Former West Ham and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun will this week join QPR on an 18-month deal.
  • Brazil’s World Cup reputation was tarnished again last night after three football fans were left in a coma and several others were seriously injured in violent clashes at a local league game.
Daily Star

  • Jose Mourinho is set to condemn Chelsea’s shot-shy strikers to the scrapheap.
  • David Moyes says Manchester United’s title slump won’t make him panic buy in January.
The Sun

  • Jose Mourinho has written off Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League.
The Times

  • Jose Mourinho admitted that Chelsea’s title challenge is being derailed by his goal-shy forwards after a damaging defeat away to Stoke City left them five points adrift at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
  • Alan Pardew believes that his Newcastle United side could make a surprise push for a top-four finish this season.
Hakan Calhanoglu: Wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool
Hakan Calhanoglu: Wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool
Daily Telegraph
The Guardian

  • Police have arrested six people in connection with a second investigation into spot-fixing in English football after a former Premier League defender allegedly told a reporter he had been involved in rigging matches in return for money.
  • Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as “unique” and a “real English diamond” after the young Everton midfielder had starred in front of the England manager, Roy Hodgson, in his team’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal yesterday.
Independent

  • David Moyes, the Manchester United manager, has insisted he will not be panicked by a start to the Premier League season which threatens to send the club into freefall and see them miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since 1995.
Daily Express

  • Scouts from Everton and Liverpool watched Dundee United’s 4-1 win over Hearts at Tannadice on Saturday. The Terrors trio of attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld, left-back Andrew Robertson and centre-back John Souttar were all being monitored.
  • England’s players will need jabs against rabies and yellow fever before they head into the Amazon jungle to play Italy at the World Cup next June.
  • Roberto Martinez has warned Roy Hodgson next year’s World Cup may come too soon for his uncut diamond Ross Barkley.
Daily Mail

  • Former Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson claims that David Moyes is kidding himself if he thinks he has the luxury of a “transitional period”.
Daily Record

  • Barcelona midfielder Xavi has told Celtic to stop selling their star players if they want to gain genuine Champions League credibility.
  • Scotland star Ross McCormack won’t be sold by Leeds United next month despite Premier League clubs hovering.
London Evening Standard

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is set to suffer another blow this week and lose his battle to persuade Kevin de Bruyne to stay at the club.
  • Carl Jenkinson claims Arsenal’s victory at Borussia Dortmund is proof they can survive against Napoli and finish top of Champions League Group F.
Manchester Evening News

  • Manchester United are ready to step up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund ace Ilkay Gundogan, according to the latest reports.
  • United have also been linked with Toulouse midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
  • James Milner believes nothing less than perfection at home will do for Manchester City if they are to regain the Premier League title.
Liverpool Echo

  • Roberto Martinez says Everton have taken a “massive step” in the right direction after a week to remember.
  • Liverpool are ready to do battle with Arsenal for Hamburg’s super young Turkish star Hakan Calhanoglu.
  • Luis Suarez won’t be rushed into signing a new contract.with reports suggesting he wants a £200,000-a-week deal.
The Chronicle

  • Alan Pardew has warned the rest of the Premier League that Newcastle United are very much a ‘dangerous’ proposition these days.
  • Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye says he will be on guard when the January transfer window reopens.
  • Phil Bardsley says the importance of Sunderland’s remaining December games cannot be overstated, with the Black Cats now five points adrift.
Sunderland Echo

  • Gus Poyet is determined to re-jig Sunderland’s squad in the January transfer window, but he says the current group of players have to save the Black Cats’ season before then.
  • John O’Shea says Sunderland cannot hide behind the excuse of another refereeing clanger.
Birmingham Mail

  • Steve Clarke insists he is ready for the challenge of dragging West Bromwich Albion back up the table following an alarming slip in form.
  • Paul Lambert revealed Aston Villa asked referee Mike Dean to explain a series of controversial decisions after the defeat at Fulham on Sunday.
Express & Star

  • Former Wolves keeper Matt Murray today called for match-fixers to face jail if they’re found guilty.
  • West Brom are said to be in talks to sign Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan in January, but face competition from Cardiff City and Stoke City.
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche has played down talk of a move for former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is currently a free agent.
Newham Recorder

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger challenged his side to maintain the positive attidude which has put them five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
South London Press

  • Jose Mourinho is already on a crash course with Roman Abramovich over whether or not Chelsea replace their misfiring strikers this January.
  • Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has emerged as an early contender to become the next Brentford boss.
Wales Online

  • p://www.teamtalk.com/cardiff-city/9064923/Business-as-usual-for-Mackay’ target=’_blank’ class=’instorylink’>Malky Mackay is set to look at Cardiff’s striking options in next month’s transfer window.
  • Cardiff are keeping a check on three possible targets in Scotland – including former Bluebird Joe Ledley.
  • Ben Davies says Swansea City are aiming for more than just qualification as they eye up the Europa League knock-out rounds this week.
The Pink un

  • Nathan Redmond is international class for Chris Hughton but the Norwich City boss sidestepped suggestions he should follow his lead and represent the Republic of Ireland in the future.
The Daily Echo

  • Mauricio Pochettino hailed Dani Osvaldo’s growing maturity as the Saints record signing scored a wonder goal to bag his side a gutsy draw against Manchester City.
  • Portsmouth have named Richie Barker as their new manager and Steve Coppell as director of football.
Derby Telegraph

  • Steve McClaren says his Derby County team should relish the big challenge of facing Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the FA Cup.
  • Former Chelsea striker Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink is the latest name to have been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Sheffield Wednesday.
Leicester Mercury

  • Nigel Pearson said this week’s back-to-back away defeats had been a real “smack in the face” for his side.
Lancashire Telegraph

  • Michael Kightly hopes his first official goal for Burnley will lead to more to keep the club riding high in the Championship.
  • Blackburn goalkeeper Simon Eastwood is determined to keep hold of the number one shirt after enjoying a dream league debut for the club.
Wigan Evening Post

  • Wigan will officially unveil Uwe Rosler as their new manager today with chairman Dave Whelan revealing it took just five minutes for him to appoint the 45-year-old.
Blackpool Gazette

  • Paul Ince has hit out at claims there’s a discipline problem at Blackpool.
The Star

  • Nigel Clough says Jose Baxter and Jamie Murphy can be key figures in Sheffield United’s battle for League One survival after watching them score the goals which took his team into the third round of the FA Cup.
Huddersfield Examiner

  • Mark Robins will pick a new Huddersfield Town penalty taker after James Vaughan missed from the spot for the second time this season.
Reading Post

  • Danny Guthrie says he is happy to share the Reading captaincy around.
  • Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy believes that Reading are improving as a team all the time.
Ipswich Star

  • Ipswich Town have made themselves the team to beat in the Championship, according to goalkeeper Dean Gerken.
Bournemouth Echo

  • Bullish midfielder Eunan O’Kane praised Bournemouth for passing their way through the pressure at Reading and warned the Championship’s big guns: “We are a force.”
Evening Times

  • Adam Matthews is set to play his first game for nine weeks in the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
  • Sebastien Faure has insisted the off-field unrest at Rangers will not damage the team’s winning run.
The Scotsman

  • Former Dundee United manager Peter Houston could be set to make his Scottish football comeback as a scout for Celtic.
  • Everton and Liverpool sent their chief scouts to run the rule over Dundee United stars Ryan Gauld, John Souttar and Andrew Robertson this weekend.
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