Regional Paper Talk: Blues close on Falcao

Chelsea are reportedly stepping up their bid to sign Radamel Falcao, while Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been promised January transfer funds.

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Falcao: Could join Chelsea in January

Falcao: Could join Chelsea in January

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Chelsea are stepping up their bid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao after agreeing to sell Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.

Among the soul-searching and navel-gazing that has occurred throughout the Arsenal squad in recent weeks has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's frustration at his lack of end product this season.


Angelo Balanta will hold talks with Harry Redknapp in January to see if he has a future at QPR.


Vincent Kompany has given Manchester City a major boost by returning to training ahead of Saturday's league clash with Reading.


Nikica Jelavic can become a Premier League goalscoring sensation on par with Michael Owen or Ruud Van Nistelrooy, insists Darron Gibson.


Newcastle must go into Saturday's crunch clash with QPR drawing encouragement from having "more than matched one of the best teams in the world" - says James Perch.


Mike Ashley has indicated that he will back Alan Pardew in the transfer window, with Marseille's Loic Remy heading a crop of striker targets that Newcastle have enquired about.


Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won has been linked with a return to former club Chunnam Dragons.

Stephane Sessegnon has challenged fellow frontman Connor Wickham to maintain his progress until the end of the season.

Blair Adams admits he could be playing for his future, with Sunderland yet to begin talks over a new contract.


Chelsea have no intention of recalling Josh McEachran, confirmed Tony Mowbray today.


Gerhard Tremmel will have a score to settle when Swansea City take on Manchester United this Sunday.


Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert would be a fan of a Premier League winter break.


West Brom are ready to hold out for £1.5million for striker Chris Wood after interest from the Championship in the New Zealand international hotted up.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken today admitted transfer plans in January will be shaped by whether Tongo Doumbia goes to the Africa Cup of Nations - as Emmanuel Frimpong is being monitored again.

Wolves manager Stale Solbakken today admitted Jermaine Pennant is "unlucky" and has become a victim of circumstances in his stop-start loan from Stoke.


Leeds United's players have been practicing penalties in anticipation of a shoot-out against Chelsea - but manager Neil Warnock admitted today: "I wouldn't have the bottle to take one myself."


Southampton are not expected to offer starlet Luke Shaw a new contract until next summer - even though the 17-year-old could be the subject of intense transfer window speculation.


John Rudge is set to leave Stoke City as part of a major shake-up behind the scenes at the Britannia Stadium.


Blackburn Rovers will tell Mauro Formica's former employers the Argentine midfielder is not for sale - as interest grows in a number of the club's foreign imports.


Sheffield United have made a concrete offer for at least one player, believed to be Motherwell's Jamie Murphy, ahead of next month's transfer window.


Scotland striker Kenny Miller has been told to forget about loan moves to Hibs or St Mirren by his team, Vancouver Whitecaps.


Italian giants Juventus, who could be paired with Celtic in tomorrow's Champions League draw, have expressed an interest in bringing striker Gary Hooper to Turin

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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