MARTINEZ DEAL CLOSE
Only three of Chelsea's 21 Premier League goals this season have been scored by strikers so it seems inevitable that they will spend big on a forward this January. Radamel Falcao is said to be their first option but the back-up doesn't look too bad either: Porto's Jackson Martinez. According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Colombian striker's agent flew to London on Tuesday with the aim of negotiating a deal. The Daily Mirror put the price at a cool £30m.
Elsewhere, Croatian newspaper Jutarnji claim that Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic favours Chelsea over Manchester United and Liverpool if he makes a £13m move away from Spain next summer.
SALAH FOR SPURS?
It's gone so well with the wide players that Franco Baldini has brought to Spurs that it's no surprise that he's desperate to add another. The Italian watched Basel's £20m-rated Egyptian Mohamed Salah destroy Chelsea for the second time this season on Tuesday and could make a 'January swoop', according to the Daily Mirror.
LEFT-BACK TALK AHOY
Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool are all said to be wanting left-backs and that makes for a ridiculous amount of left-back gossip.
We'll start with the Daily Mail, who claim that Chelsea and United are both interested in Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, who is of course eligible to play in the Champions League this season. He is just 21 and is described as a possible 'long-term successor to England star Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge'. Jose Mourinho is said to be a 'keen admirer' of the new Spanish international, but United and Real Madrid have also had him watched.
Talking of Real Madrid, United boss David Moyes is said to retain an interest in Fabio Coentrao and is 'ready to explore the possibility of signing him on a permanent basis' as hopes fade that they would be able to sign Leighton Baines for a reasonable price. Portuguese newspaper Record has other ideas, with Porto's Brazilian defender Alex Sandro reported to be a target for United as well as Inter Milan.
A little closer to home now and the Daily Mail claim that 'Tottenham are confident they are ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton star Luke Shaw' but that he will a) not move in January and b) will cost £30m if he moves next summer.
And the Daily Telegraph claim that Liverpool could pick up the scraps and return to Chelsea with an £8m bid for Ryan Bertrand in January. Although he is settled at Chelsea, he has had to watch right-back Cesar Aspilicueta leapfrog both him and Cole at left-back.
AND THE REST
Newcastle will fight off bids for midfield star Yohan Cabaye in January - but are almost certain to lose him in the summer...Liverpool's Fabio Borini wants a transfer back to Italy to end his Premier League frustration, according to his agent...Napoli are planning a shock £10m swoop for Javi Garcia...Wolves have beaten off Burnley to snap up Bolton striker Craig Davies on loan...Chelsea, West Brom and Arsenal are set to fight it out for Legia Warsaw's Dominik Furman...Lee Camp has extended his loan at Bournemouth...West Ham and Newcastle are vying to sign former Blackburn and QPR defender Christopher Samba from Dinamo Moscow.