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Football Rumours on Sunday 29th December 2013

last updated Sunday 29th December 2013, 8:29 AM


  • Chelsea and England left-back Ashley Cole, 33, is being linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid where former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is in charge.
    ( Sunday Express )

  • Manchester United transfer target Leighton Baines, 29, is going nowhere in January insists Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
    ( Sunday Mirror )

  • However, Martinez admits striker Nikica Jelavic, 28, could be on his way out of Goodison Park with enquiries coming in from "two different clubs" ahead of the January transfer window.
    ( Sky Sports )

  • Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are believed to be battling it out to land Tottenham's attacking midfielder Erik Lamela, 21.
    ( Gazzetta dello Sport )

  • Forward Pedro Rodriguez, 26, has dealt a hammer blow to Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool with the news that he wants to stay at Barcelona.
    ( Marca )

  • Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering a move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 21, on a six-month loan to bolster his attacking options.
    ( Mail on Sunday )

  • West Ham are facing a nervous January after it emerged they may have to sell 20-year-old England Under-21 international midfielder Ravel Morrison.
    ( Daily Mail )

  • Porto centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, 25, wants Chelsea and Manchester City to firm up their interest, after expressing his belief that a mid-season move would not harm his chances of appearing for Argentina at the World Cup.
    ( Talksport )

  • Tottenham are considering a move for West Brom striker Shane Long, 26, although chairman Daniel Levy says the Londoners must sell before they can buy after spending £110m in the summer.
    ( Sunday People )

  • Everton and Newcastle want to sign Reading's England Under-21 goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 24.
    ( Sunday Express )

  • Sunderland are believed to be close to a deal to bring Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso, 22, to Wearside on loan when the January transfer window opens.
    ( Newcastle Chronicle )

  • Liverpool look set to miss out on the chance to bring midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, back to Anfield, with reports in Spain suggesting he is ready to sign a new deal at Real Madrid.
    ( Metro )

  • Manchester City are considering a move for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, 25, with the club willing to offer £20m plus midfielder Javi Garcia, 26.
    ( The Sun )

  • Barcelona want on-loan Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu, 19, back at the Camp Nou at the end of the season.
    ( Mundo Deportivo )


  • Liverpool icon John Barnes fears striker Luis Suarez, 26, will leave Anfield in the summer even if the club finishes in the top four.
    ( Sunday Express )

  • Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, 25, says he is content at the Portuguese club despite interest from Manchester United and Paris St-Germain.
    ( Talksport )

  • Tottenham are still believed to be interested in hiring Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal as manager despite giving Tim Sherwood an 18-month deal.
    ( Sunday Mirror )

  • Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has told Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who played under Ferguson at Old Trafford, to turn down the Cardiff manager's job.
    ( The Sun )

  • Manchester United manager David Moyes has ruled out the possibility of a January spending spree when the transfer window opens again next week.
    ( London Evening Standard )


  • After playing in custom-made boots covered in his own newspaper clippings made up entirely of headlines about himself, Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, 23, has now posted a picture of a piece of artwork on his Instagram account. The words are arranged to form a headshot of the former Manchester City player.
    ( Metro )

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