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Arsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell may have told Arsene Wenger that he is not prepared to sell Spanish international striker David Villa in the window. But it seems that hasn’t put the Arsenal manager off. Caught Offside is reporting that Arsenal are still engaging with Barcelona in discussions about Villa and want to sign another of their players. Long term Gunners …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa deal back on? Afellay targeted. Shaw going nowhere. Diaby back against City?
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Arsenal update: Walcott to sign before the City game, plus two new transfer targets

The Theo Walcott deal story is now everywhere and even the BBC is reporting that the winger/striker will sign very shortly. It reports Arsenal are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City. Press Association Sport understands the …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to sign before the City game, plus two new transfer targets
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Arsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Worryingly for Arsenal fans keen to see Arsene Wenger strengthen his squad it has been a fairly quiet morning for transfer rumours. The big one is the seemingly never ending saga of Theo Walcott and his new contract. In an exclusive – ain’t they always – The Mail says that player will get a five-year deal worth in the region …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Man United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

So have United done a deal to sign Crsytal Palace’s tricky winger Wilfried Zaha? The Telegraph seems to think so. The paper believes that other clubs have been frightened off bidding for the player because Fergie has already agreed to sign him The Telgraoph says The main issue is when, not if, it will happen with Crystal Palace hoping to …

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AshleyMan United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

Spurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted

Emmanuel Adebayor’s u-turn in deciding to play for Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations could not have come at a worse time for Spurs. The team are playing well and are pushing for a Champions League slot, but losing Adebayor limits their options and if Defoe sustains an injury they would be very short of front men. So not …

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AshleySpurs seek new striker – Leandro Damiao targeted

Arsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca

Arsenal’s pursuit of a new midfielder continues to today with several papers reporting that Wenger once again is targeting Anderlecht’s tough tacking midfielder Lucas Biglia. The Mirror says that Wenger has been put on alert because the Argentinian has told the Belgian club that he wants to move to a bigger league. This sounds like pure speculation. Admittedly Biglia has …

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AshleyArsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca
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Arsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club

Goal.com is running with ‘an exclusive’ this morning that Theo Walcott is close to signing a new deal at Arsenal. The website says that he ‘will put pen to paper on a deal that runs until 2017.’ Arsenal have apparently offered the England player around £90,000-a-week and that salary will be supplemented by top-up bonuses and a multi-million pound signing-on …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club
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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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AshleyPep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?
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Is Luis Suarez a cheat? The best pics from the FA Cup. Loads of new gadgets from CES 2013

The latest stories from Brandish and our pals Is Luis Suarez a cheat? You decide Polar Bear tries to mate with BBC presenter – video here A teenager recalls the moon landing – genius diary post Andre Iniesta and his rather surprising ambition to play for Real Madrid The best pics from the FA Cup Third Round CES 2013 – …

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AshleyIs Luis Suarez a cheat? The best pics from the FA Cup. Loads of new gadgets from CES 2013

Pepe Reina on his way to Man United? David Dea Gea heading for the exit door?

Pepe Reina to Arsenal was a key story before the transfer window opened, but now it appears that the Liverpool FC Spanish keeper is interesting not just Arsene Wenger but Sir Alex Ferguson too. According to The Mirror Fergie is ready to sell David De Gea and buy a new goalkeeper this month with Liverpool’s Pepe Reina a target. Ferguson …

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AshleyPepe Reina on his way to Man United? David Dea Gea heading for the exit door?
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Ugo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright

The other day I wrote a list of the ten Premiership players you would most want to have a beer with. If he were still playing today you can bet Ugo Ehiogu would be on very high on that list. As was unveiled on the Danny Baker Show on BBC Five Live on Saturday the former, Villa, Middlesbrough and Rangers …

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AshleyUgo Ehiogu, his record label, The Fossil Collective and an ace tale about Ian Wright
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Would Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?

So it appears that Frank Lampard is on his way out of Chelsea. The departure of the 34 year old midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has a whiff of ravens leaving the Tower of London about it. But his exit from the Blues was pretty much confirmed at the weekend with the player expected to …

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AshleyWould Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?
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Is Wenger’s indecision in the transfer market going to ruin Arsenal’s season?

Well it was the result that neither manager wanted yesterday and Arsenal will now have to entertain Swansea in the FA Cup third round replay at The Emirates on January 16th. The replay means that the Gunners will now could potentially face five games in the space of thirteen days. The really bad news for Wenger is that there are …

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AshleyIs Wenger’s indecision in the transfer market going to ruin Arsenal’s season?
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Man United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha

With Arsenal dropping out of the race (possibly because the deal with Theo Walcott is as good as done) Man United and Spurs have been battling it out for the signature of Crystal Palace’s highly promising winger Wilfried Zaha. Spurs were apparently first to contact the club about the winger, but Fergie, a huge fan of the player has been …

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AshleyMan United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha
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Arsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.

Is Arsene Wenger losing interest in French bad boy Yann M’Villa? Possibly because according to the Mirror he has a new midfielder on  his radar, Wigan’s highly rated Republic of Ireland player James McCarthy. McCarthy has been very consistent this season and was highly impressive  when Arsenal beat Wigan a few weeks ago. The Mirror reports that Arsenal will offer …

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AshleyArsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.
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Arsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?

Two years ago if you had suggested that Arsene Wenger would be wiling to splash out £15 million plus for a 31 year old you would have been laughed out of The Emirates. Yet this morning it seems as if that a big money signing of a player entering the twilight of his career might come through as Arsenal have …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?
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Breaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham

So there you have it. Official confirmation that Schalke’s energetic midfielder will be joining Spurs in July. the player whose father is English and is an Everton fan, had also been on Arsene Wenger’s radar, but has opted to join the North London Whites rather than Reds. The official word from Spurs is ‘We are delighted to announce that we …

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AshleyBreaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham
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Is Daniel Sturridge the answer to Liverpool’s striking problems?

Our new Liverpool FC correspondent David Owens thinks Sturridge has a role to play, but there is still a lot more work to be done. There was a time “back in the day” when 15 players was all you needed in a season to win a First Division Championship – kids, ask your dads or check the internet, and you …

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AshleyIs Daniel Sturridge the answer to Liverpool’s striking problems?
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The other side of the Balotelli bust up – the problem it presents Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli has a habit of doing the most absurd things at precisely the most brilliant time. If he’d planned to get into a training ground scrap with his own manager, picking this week was a wonderful way to provide Roberto Mancini with the possibility to react instantly, with the transfer window offering the possibility for a quick-fire sale. But …

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Is Micah Richards going to be Brendan Rodgers’ next big signing for Liverpool?

Liverpool have already made one of the key signings of the window in snapping up Daniel Sturridge, but it seems that Brendan Rodgers’ spree isn’t going to end there. A few papers are reporting that the Liverpool manager is back on the case renegotiating the return of Thomas Ince from Blackpool with a fee of around £5 million. But Italian …

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AshleyIs Micah Richards going to be Brendan Rodgers’ next big signing for Liverpool?