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Demba Ba
Ba spent half a season with West Ham in 2011 and joined Chelsea from Newcastle in January this year

West Ham are planning a fresh bid for their former striker Demba Ba, 28, who is out of favour at Chelsea. The Hammers tried to sign Ba in January.

Full story: the Sun (subscription required)

Chelsea are willing to allow defender David Luiz, 26, to leave for Barcelona in January.

Full story: Daily Star

Meanwhile, Chelsea, along with Manchester City, have been alerted to the possibility that Sergio Ramos could leave Real Madrid after the 27-year-old defender was criticised by Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Everton are considering a move to bring Los Angeles Galaxy striker Landon Donovan, 31, back to Goodison Park for a third loan spell in the new year.

Full story: Daily Express

Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan had loan spells at Everton 2010 and 2012

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, 31, who is in the final year of his contract, claims he is not being given a chance by Manuel Pellegrini and could seek a move in January.

Full story: the Guardian

Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie, 24, thinks that fellow winger Wilfried Zaha, 21, would love to return to his former club on loan from Manchester United in January, six months after leaving for Old Trafford.

Full story: Talksport

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke insists he has no plans to sell 26-year-old striker Shane Long in January.

Full story: Sky Sports

Atletico Madrid are keen on signing Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 22, on loan in the January transfer window, which could open up a move to Manchester United for Atletico playmaker Koke, 21.

Full story: Daily Star

However, Manchester United appear to have been thwarted in their bid to sign defender Ezequiel Garay, 27, from Benfica after the Argentine said he was happy with life at the Portuguese club.

Full story: Daily Express

Turkish side Trabzonspor are eyeing a move for Fulham's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, 32, when the January transfer window opens.

Full story: Daily Mirror


Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku joined Chelsea in 2011 but spent last season on loan at West Brom and will be with Everton this term

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has criticised striker Romelu Lukaku, 20, who reportedly requested a transfer hours after his decisive penalty miss in the Uefa Super Cup final against Bayern Munich in August. Lukaku is currently on loan at Everton.

Full story: Daily Mail

Retired former Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have revealed that they still harbour regrets over England's lack of success during their playing days.

Full story: Daily Telegraph

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is "relaxed" about his contract situation, despite his current deal expiring at the end of this season and no new arrangement in place yet.

Full story: Metro

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant that the injury to Leighton Baines, 28, will not bring forward any contract negotiations with the left-back, who was subject of a transfer bid from Manchester United last summer.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 21, has called on Spurs fans to be patient with manager Andre Villas-Boas following the side's indifferent start to the season.

Full story: Daily Telegraph


A Tromso fan has claimed that he was moved from his seat by security guards for chanting "you're getting sacked in the morning" at Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas during their Europa League tie in Norway on Thursday.

Full story: ESPN

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