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Liverpool to duke it out with Arsenal for Cabaye, Spurs back in for Coentrao, Begovic staying for now and more...

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 08:50 Post Comment

LIVERPOOL JOIN CABAYE CHASE
Hello, this is an interesting little story.

The Daily Express, via the Northern Echo, reports that Liverpool could make a move for Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window, duking it out with Arsenal for the French midfielder.

The paper reports that Arsene Wenger has not given up hope of luring Cabaye to the Emirates, even though central midfield is the least of Arsenal's concerns at the moment.

Apparently Liverpool are also keen, as are Roma, but they might have to pay £18million to get their man, with Newcastle unwilling to let him leave for less.


SPURS CHASE AFTER COENTRAO
Quick one from the Evening Standard, who report that Spurs have not yet given up hope of tempting Fabio Coentrao to White Hart Lane.

The paper reports that Andre Villas-Boas, still a left-back light, wants Coentrao in January, and might well get him too.

Apparently Spurs tried to sign the Portuguese defender in the summer, but both his wages and concerns about their prospects prevented a deal.

However, now with him being very much second-choice in the Bernabeu, Villas-Boas wants to make another move, probably on loan.


BEGOVIC STAYING AT STOKE. FOR NOW
In case you missed it yesterday, here's Asmir Begovic saying things about his future, and his past.

"As players we are the last to find out things, probably our agents and club officials find out first without talking to us, then at the latter stage of negotiations they will tell us," Begovic said.

"As for Manchester City, when Mancini was on the bench, we were very close to an agreement.

"The transfer was not realised due to several reasons, but the main one was the departure of the Italian manager.

"Could I still move to City? I really don't know if negotiations between clubs are still ongoing.

"But for me probably the best thing would be to stay at Stoke until the end of the season as in that way I would be truly ready for World Cup in Brazil."


LIVERPOOL IN FOR ITURBE
Quick line from The Sun now about Liverpool.

The paper reports that Brendan Rodgers is keeping tabs on Porto's winger Juan Iturbe, who has impressed this season apparently.

However, they will have some competition with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Verona all interested. He'll cost about £11.75million, apparently.


AND THE REST...
Championship side Blackburn insist £10m-rated striker Jordan Rhodes will not be sold as part of a January fire sale to cut debts of £54.5m...Sunderland and Fulham are both tracking Hamburg enforcer Tomas Rincon, 25, who will be a free agent next summer...QPR are lining up a loan swoop for West Ham's Jack Collison to replace the injured Alejandro Faurlin...Meanwhile, the Hammers and Arsenal are keen on Fiorentina's 20-year-old Senagalese striker Khouma Babacar who is rated at £5m...Watford are after Chelsea hotshot Patrick Bamford, 19, who has scored 12 goals in a loan spell at MK Dons...League One side Notts County are set to name QPR midfielder Shaun Derry, 35, as their new manager...Championship side Burnley are lining up a move for Shamrock Rovers midfielder Ronan Finn...Watford's Connor Smith, 20, is wanted on loan by Colchester United and Bristol Rovers...Spurs are preparing to step up their interest in Brazilian winger Neilton after the player's agent said the 19-year-old is no nearer to signing a new contract at current club Santos.

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