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Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City miss out as Willian heads for Anzhi in 29m move from Shakhtar

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

17:14 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 30 January 2013

Big-spending Russians Anzhi Makhachkala are set to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willian for 29million.

Willian was close to joining Chelsea last summer and the Londoners have been keeping a close eye on the Brazilian's situation ever since.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also known admirers but Anzhi look to have won the race for his signature.

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

Big-money move: Willian is set to join Anzhi in a 29m move from Shakhtar

The capture of Willian should soften the blow delivered by the loss of Christopher Samba.

The big defender has travelled to London to seal a 12.5m move to Queens Park Rangers after the Premier League strugglers met the release clause in his contract.

Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink hit out at Samba over the way he left.

The former Chelsea boss said: 'It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

'Whatever happens to you, you should take into account the people with whom you work.'

Theo Walcott given deadline by Arsenal to sign new contract

Arsenal set two-week deadline for in-form Walcott to sign new deal to keep him at Emirates

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 30 December 2012

Arsenal want Theo Walcott's long-term future secured within the next fortnight.

Club officials are working to set up a second round of formal contract discussions with the player and his representatives in the next 14 days.

Arsenal are increasingly optimistic a deal can be reached. Sportsmail understands the 23-year-old's preference is to stay.

Main man: Theo Walcott was in exceptional form against Newcastle

Main man: Theo Walcott was in exceptional form against Newcastle

But the original 75,000-per-week offer made on August 28 must be improved, while Walcott also wants assurances over his chances of playing as a centre forward on a regular basis.

The England star wants a package closer to 100,000 per week, but it is believed a deal of 85,000 or 90,000 would suit both parties.

Meanwhile, Arsenal will this week make their move to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha.

The Gunners are set to increase their starting offer to beat Manchester United to the England player's signature.

Arsenal had originally planned to make an 8million opening bid for the 20-year-old starlet, who wants to leave Selhurst Park in January.

However, they are considering a more lucrative starting offer to ensure Zaha's arrival.

Deadline: Arsenal want Walcott's new deal sewn up within the next two weeks

Deadline: Arsenal want Walcott's new deal sewn up within the next two weeks

Icing on the cake: Walcott scores his third and Arsenal's seventh

Icing on the cake: Walcott scores his third and Arsenal's seventh

Queens Park Rangers want Joe Cole from Liverpool

Redknapp planning Cole reunion as QPR boss plots survival mission

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 30 December 2012

QPR are hoping to secure the loan signature of Joe Cole from Liverpool as they look to boost their Premier League survival bid.

Rangers manager Harry Redknapp gave Cole his breakthrough at West Ham and he is hoping to be reunited with the former England international when the transfer window opens in January.

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

On the move Joe Cole (right) is a target for Queens Park Rangers

According to the Sunday People, Liverpool are prepared to cover a large percentage of Cole’s 90,000-a-week wages and are willing to let the 31-year-old join QPR permanently should they avoid relegation.

Cole joined Liverpool in the summer of 2010 from Chelsea but he has struggled to hold down a first-team place under both former boss Kenny Dalglish – who loaned him out to Lille last season – and Brendan Rodgers, who has preferred the likes of Raheem Sterling and Sus

Ryan Babel rapping in Ajax chairty single

He's at it again! Rapper Babel lands starring role in Ajax's charity single

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UPDATED:

13:18 GMT, 20 December 2012

Ryan Babel didn't exactly set the world alight during his three-and-a-half years at Liverpool – but he could yet make his mark… as a rapper.

The 25-year-old, now playing for Ajax, landed the starring role in a charity single released to raise money for the Dutch club's foundation.

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That's a rap: Ryan Babel (centre) starred in Ajax's charity single

That's a rap: Ryan Babel (centre) starred in Ajax's charity single

Ajax legend Frank De Boer also lends his voice to the cause but Edwin van der Saar opts not to sing along.

This is not the first time Babel has shown off his rapping skills, having teamed up with artist Sway on the UK hip hop star's album, The Signature 2.

He also featured with compatriot Daryl on his track Eeyeeyo, featuring Ali B and Soumia.

Bafetimbi Gomis set to spark transfer tussle between Chelsea and Liverpool

Chelsea and Liverpool braced for transfer tussle over France striker Gomis

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UPDATED:

10:02 GMT, 17 December 2012

Chelsea and Liverpool are ready to fight it out for the signature of Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis in the January transfer window, according to reports in France.

Canal Plus claim that both clubs sent scouts to watch the 27-year-old France international in Sunday night's clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Reports suggest that the Blues are already in negotiations with Lyon over Gomis, who has been likened to Didier Drogba in style.

Attracting attention: Bafetimbi Gomis has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea

Attracting attention: Bafetimbi Gomis has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea

Gomis has scored 10 goals in 17 games this season to help the club keep up their challenge at the top of Ligue 1.

Lyon are in financial trouble and sold France No 1 Hugo Lloris to Tottenham in the summer to ease the strain.

Chelsea are known to be in the market for a striker with Fernando Torres under no real pressure for a starting place.

The only other striker in Chelsea's squad, Daniel Sturridge, is expected to leave the club during the next transfer window with Anfield his most likely destination.

But should Liverpool not agree a deal with Chelsea for the young England forward they are likely to ramp up their interest in Gomis.

Pavel Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

Problems mount for McDermott as unsettled Pogrebnyak plans talks with Reading owner

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UPDATED:

22:51 GMT, 13 December 2012

Reading's return to the Premier League is starting to unravel.

Manager Brian McDermott spent
modestly in the summer, only buying two players totalling 5million and
bringing five others in for free following their promotion as
Championship winners.

But almost half-way through the
season they are already six points adrift of 18th place, have only one
league win all season and five losses in their last five matches.

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

Poor return: Pavel Pogrebnyak has scored just two goals this season

And the futures of two of the players brought in this summer on big wages to help form a core to their side are now in doubt.

Danny Guthrie is reported to be on 20,000 per week but in six months has been at the centre of three major incidents. Twice he reacted badly to being left out of the first team and on Tuesday, having recovered from a thigh injury, would not travel to Sunderland.

McDermott yesterday refused to guarantee his future at the club. He is yet to speak to the midfielder and said he will not be arranging a meeting with the player – it is up to Guthrie to approach him.

The 51-year-old said: 'I'm sure he'll want to talk to me but we'll see. I've got 20-odd players in the squad and I'm focussed on them and the game we've got coming up [against Arsenal].

'I don't think anything in football is untenable, there's always a way back, and the way back for him would be to train to the best of his ability, get himself in the team, play well, win games and then the fans can forgive an awful lot.'

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Under pressure: Manager Brian McDermott

Reading broke their wage structure to beat Fulham to Pavel Pogrebnyak's signature. They pay him 30,000 per week. The striker scored six Premier League goals in 12 games for Fulham on loan for the second half of last season.

But he has managed only two league goals in 11 appearances this campaign and speaking to Russian media channels Pogrebnyak cast doubt about his future at the club.

The 29-year-old said: 'What's going on I'm not ready to answer this question. I am yet to discuss the issue with the team's owner Anton Zingarevich, but this is probably necessary. After the defeat to Southampton the situation in the struggle for survival is complicated.'

McDermott is targeting players with Premier League experience in January to help Reading survive. But he is going to have to chose more wisely than he did over the summer.

They have four games against teams in the top eight before the window even opens – and need to drastically improve their form to avoid becoming entangled in a relegation battle almost impossible to win

Gareth Bale wants to quit Tottenham for Real Madrid

Bale bombshell! Spurs braced for Welsh star to seek 50m Real Madrid move

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UPDATED:

11:39 GMT, 23 November 2012

Gareth Bale wants to quit Tottenham for Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

The north London club are expecting their Welsh wonder to drop the bombshell in the coming months after he was made aware Jose Mourinho had put him at the top of his transfer wishlist.

If Spurs are to sell, they will seek a British record 50million for the former Southampton star, who moved to White Hart Lane in 2007 for a fee of 7m.

Hot Spur: Gareth Bale is ready to tell Tottenham he wants to quit for Spain

Hot Spur: Gareth Bale is ready to tell Tottenham he wants to quit for Spain

According to Goal.com, Bale, who signed a a four-year deal in June, feels the end of the season will be the right time to take the next step in his football development.

The 23-year-old has previously stated his interest in playing abroad and admitted earlier this year that the prospect of moving to La Liga would be too good to turn down.

He said: 'If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down Probably not. If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.'

Madrid entered into a partnership agreement with Spurs last summer, when they took Luka Modric to the Spanish capital, though their only competition for Bale's signature is Manchester City. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would demand closer to 60m from a domestic rival, however.

Chelsea to sign Wallace from Fluminense

Chelsea to finally get their man as Wallace closes in on 4.5m switch

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 15 November 2012

Chelsea expect to finalise the protracted 4.5m signing of Brazilian right back Wallace, 18, over the weekend and will keep him at Stamford Bridge rather than loan him back to Fluminense.

His agent Frederico Moraes said: ‘There are very advanced negotiations with Chelsea and the signature is almost certain.'

Chelsea bound: Wallace (right) is set to sign for the Blues this weekend

Chelsea bound: Wallace (right) is set to sign for the Blues this weekend

There had been reports that Roma could take the player on a temporary basis but this was also ruled out.

'If Wallace goes to Chelsea, he will be playing there,' Moraes added. 'I had contact with Roma and many other Italian clubs, but that was a long time ago.

Samba style: Wallace will join fellow Brazilian Oscar at Chelsea

Samba style: Wallace will join fellow Brazilian Oscar at Chelsea

'I rule out the possibility of a loan [from Chelsea to Roma]. If he joins Chelsea he will play for the Blues.'

Roberto Mancini meets Radamel Falcao"s agent to hijack Chelsea move

Mancini meets Falcao's agent as he bids to beat Chelsea to 46m striker

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UPDATED:

12:21 GMT, 11 November 2012

Roberto Mancini is attempting to beat Chelsea to the signature of Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao.

The 26-year-old striker, in scintillating form this season and rated at 46million by Atletico Madrid, is Roman Abramovich's prime target.

Injured during the battle for his signature Radamel Falcao has been in astonishing form for Atletico Madrid

Injured during the battle for his signature Radamel Falcao has been in astonishing form for Atletico Madrid

According to the Sunday Telegraph
Mancini has flown to Madrid to talk to Jorge Mendes, the player's
representative, and more than one meeting has taken place.

Falcao is asking for around 5m a year after tax – but given his standing as currently the world's finest centre-forward, both Man City and Chelsea might be willing to pay.

Chelsea may attempt to procure Falcao with a cash plus player deal – the misfiring 50m man Fernando Torres is an Atletico legend.

Although he has sporadically burst into life, he has largely been ineffective this season.

Despite his performances his goals per game rate this season is not appalling – seven in 17 appearances in all competitions.

But Falcao has a superb 13 in 10 – including three against Chelsea when the two teams clashed in the European Super Cup.

If Mancini was to beat Roberto Di Matteo to the striker he would have to let one of his forwards go – with Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli closest to the Etihad exit.

Plot: Roberto Mancini wants to beat Chelsea to the Colombian's signature

Plot: Roberto Mancini wants to beat Chelsea to the Colombian's signature

Japanese star Hideki Ishige set for Manchester City trial

Japanese star Ishige set to train with City ahead of possible move to Etihad

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UPDATED:

09:53 GMT, 2 November 2012

Manchester City are planning on giving rising Japanese star Hideki Ishige a trial ahead of a possible move to England.

Reports in the Japan suggest that City have made an offer for the 18-year-old, who plays for Shimizu S-Pulse but they appear to be wide of the mark.

Shimizu manager Afshin Ghotbi says he is keen to retain the services of Ishige but admits the chance for him to train with City is too good to pass up.

Rising star: Hideki Ishigei is set to train with City

Rising star: Hideki Ishigei is set to train with City

‘If you want to build top-class players, you have to give them various experiences and opportunities to see first-hand what the world level is about,’ Ghotbi said.

‘And what better experience for Ishige than to train with the first team of Manchester City and have Roberto Mancini see him first hand and train with some of the top players in the world.’

Should City decide to pursue their interest in the Asian Youth Player of the Year, they will face stiff competition for his signature, according to Ghotbi.

He said: ‘There is interest in him, not just Man City but many clubs in Europe and he deserves it. He’s a real fantastic talent.

‘As far as I’m concerned, he’s not for sale and we want him to be a part of S-Pulse for the next few years to come. There has been no offer, City just want to see him and we are doing the same with other players with other clubs.’