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West Ham, who have failed to score in six out of their 10 Premier League games this season, are preparing a bid for 28-year-old striker Chelsea striker Demba Ba.

Demba Ba
Demba Ba has not scored in five Chelsea appearances this season

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been given permission to bring in another striker in January after Samuel Eto'o, 32 and Fernando Torres, 29, scored just one goal apiece in his side's first 10 Premier League games.

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Arsenal and Tottenham could be ready to step up their efforts to buy Alexandre Pato, 24, after Brazilian club Corinthians said they would be prepared to sell the striker in January.

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Stoke, Hull, Sunderland and Crystal Palace have all been linked with a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, 25, in the January transfer window.

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez appeared to cast doubt over his future at Old Trafford by retweeting a story featuring quotes from Mexico team-mate Carlos Vela, in which the former Arsenal striker said Hernandez would need to leave United for regular first-team football.

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Everton had Dundee United centre-back John Souttar watched in Saturday's draw against Celtic and hope to sign the 17-year-old, who has also been on the radar of Sunderland and QPR, for £1m.

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp is set to run the rule over former West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun, with a view to signing the 33-year-old on a free transfer.

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Goalkeeper Joe Hart, 26, is set to remain on the bench for Manchester City's Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday after being dropped in favour of Costel Pantilimon, also aged 26, for Saturday's 7-0 win over Norwich.

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Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon
Costel Pantilimon has been understudy to Joe Hart since joining Man City in August 2011

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has a left ankle injury and is a major doubt for his side's trip to play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is planning on making wholesale changes to his side for the Champions League game against Schalke following the defeat by Newcastle on Saturday.

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Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is not worried about his side's lack of goals following a 0-0 draw with Everton that means the White Hart Lane side have now scored only nine times in 10 Premier League outings.

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Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan said he would not comment when asked if he feared manager Malky Mackay would leave the club following recent disputes behind the scenes.

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Cardiff boss Malkay Mackay praised the players, fans and staff after his side's win over Welsh rivals Swansea, but did not mention owner Vincent Tan.

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Mackay, 41, will be a target for Norwich if current Canaries boss Chris Hughton cannot stop his side's poor form this season.

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Middlesbrough and Hibernian are both looking at Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss Terry Butcher to fill their vacant managerial positions.

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England boss Roy Hodgson could hand West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 20, a surprise call-up for the friendlies against Chile and Germany this month.

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Manchester City's top foreign stars are watching shows on BBC children's channel CBeebies to learn English.

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BBC Breakfast presenter Susanna Reid was helped by Leicester City physio Dave Rennie after injuring her back in rehearsals before appearing on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

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