With the January transfer window just two days away, things are starting to heat up on the transfer rumour mill.
With plenty of gossip to feed that transfer void, here are the biggest transfer rumours of the day.
10. Mark Hughes Wants Former Chelsea Defender on Loan
Mark Hughes is looking to strengthen Stoke’s defence in the new year and is considering a loan move for former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne.
Mancienne left England a few years ago to pursue a new career in the Bundesliga with HSV Hamburg. He has been in and out of the Hamburg first-team since his move and is ready to return to the Premier League.
The Mirror thinks Mancienne could do the trick for Hughes as the Welshman is working with a tight budget at the Britannia Stadium. However, with his side’s struggles to score, a striker is his priority.
9. Chelsea Eye Xabi Alonso
Rumours regarding Xabi Alonso’s return to the Premier League just will not die and today it is The Express that reports Alonso is a top target for former manager Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Alonso has reportedly turned down Real Madrid’s offer of a contract extension and is willing to leave the Spanish capital in favour of a return to England.
Mourinho’s top target in January is a striker, but with the Chelsea manager being forced to play David Luiz in midfield against Liverpool and jokingly threatening to play keeper Mark Schwarzer in the next game, he may fancy a cut-price for the Spaniard in January.
8. Liverpool Keeping Tabs on £7m-Rated Udinese Man
The Metro claims Liverpool are keeping tabs on Ghanian central midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu.
Badu plays for Serie A side Udinese and is known as energetic box-to-box midfielder.
Brendan Rodgers recently claimed his side lack squad depth and that he was looking for reinforcements in January. With this in mind, he may take a punt on Badu in the new year.
7. Palace Eyeing Double Swoop on Stoke
As shocking as it may seem, The Daily Mail have claimed Tony Pulis is set on raiding Stoke for two of his former players.
Peter Crouch and Matthew Etherington are said to be top targets for the Crystal Palace manager. Upon taking the Palace job, it looked as though Pulis’ record of keeping teams in the Premier League would finally come to an end as he took on a seemingly impossible job. However, after surpassing the 14 point mark since taking the helm, Pulis has been given the funds to spend and is expected to make moves in the January transfer window.
Etherington has not featured for the Potters this season and could be an easily attainable target. However, Crouch might prove difficult to prize away from the Britannia.
6. Tottenham to Take Alexander Buttner on Loan
Tottenham’s search for a left-back continues with The Mirror stating that Spurs have already contacted Manchester United with a view to taking Dutchman Alexander Buttner on loan in the new year.
Buttner has struggled to break into the first-team at Old Trafford, but is seen as a capable player nonetheless.
The deal would initially be a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to a permanent signing should he impress.
The same report claims Fulham, Genoa and Roma would also be interested in a similar deal.
5. Hull to Take Nick Powell on Loan
Nick Powell has been impressing everyone whilst out on loan at Wigan Athletic this season as he is currently the Latics top scorer in all competitions.
Manchester United manager David Moyes is keen on testing Powell at Premier League level, however, and is considering sending Powell on loan to Hull to see how he fares with the rigours of the top-flight.
There was talk from Moyes that he would recall Powell for his own benefit as United are lacking in the central midfield department. But if this story is true, Moyes must have some targets lined up for January as the former Crewe Alexandra lad looks every bit the top player.
4. West Ham to Make Move for Roma Striker
Is there anyone in the Premier League that needs a striker more than Big Sam and West Ham?
The latest name being linked with the Hammers is AS Roma striker Marco Boriello.
Boriello is totally out of favour in the Italian capital and is itching for a move away. The Mirror says Roma directors have already been to London to talk with potential suitors and that Boriello could be making the 10th loan move of his career to Upton Park shortly.
3. Premier League and Real Madrid Target to Stay in Bundesliga
The Premier League big boys and Real Madrid will be disappointed to hear that Ikay Gundogan will likely be staying in Dortmund for the time being,
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder in recent months, but Dortmund’s chief executive has rubbished reports that one of his star men could be set to leave the Westfalenstadion.
Speaking to German newspaper Bild he said;
“If we believe all those stories from Spain in terms of which player is to leave our club, we would have trouble picking a proper team.”
“Neither Ilkay nor his father have yet told us anything about leaving.”
2. Arsenal to Rival Barca and Juventus for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
One of the biggest transfer rumours of the day comes from Inside Football and their report that Arsenal are ready to rival Barcelona and Juventus to sign Gladbach keeper, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
It was long thought that Ter Stegen would be making a summer switch to Barcelona as a replacement for the outgoing Victor Valdes, who is set to leave the Camp Nou upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
Alternatively, Arsenal could well step out of the race for Ter Stegen if they are able to secure Valdes on a bosman transfer next summer.
1. Manchester United to Make £50m Bid for Ross Barkley
By far the biggest and most outrageous story of the day comes from a report in the Manchester Evening News. They claim Manchester United are preparing a mega £50m bid for Ross Barkley.
MEN reports that United are willing to break the bank to land one of the hottest properties in the Premier League after failing to secure Gareth Bale and other top targets in the summer.
Roberto Martinez recently sent a warning to potential suitors for Barkley by claiming that even a Gareth Bale-like transfer fee wouldn’t convince him to sell Barkley in January.