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STURRIDGE & INCE DONE DEALS
It's been suggested for quite some time now, but it seems Liverpool will indeed bag both Thomas Ince and Daniel Sturridge.
The Times reports that the deals are more or less done, and will cost the club something in the region of £18million for the pair.
Indeed, the Sturridge deal is apparently at such an advanced stage that he was expected to be in Liverpool on Wednesday to have a medical, but a last-minute hitch prevented that. However, Liverpool 'remain confident that the transfer will be concluded'.
Ince will set Liverpool back £4million in a slightly confusing move - the actual fee is £6million, but because of a sell-on clause Liverpool put in his contract when they let him go for about £250,000 (we'll pause for you to have a good chuckle at that one now) last year, they will effectively pay themselves £2million.
The Daily Star claims Spurs and Newcastle are looking to hijack the move for Ince, but given the choice between them and The Times, we'll believe the posh paper, thank you.
So, Liverpool fans - thoughts?
COULD LAMPARD GO IN JANUARY?
So what do we make of the following comments from Rafa Benitez?
Asked if Frank Lampard could be on the move in the New Year, Benitez said: "The future of players is always the same. I can't say too much.
"He is fully committed to every training session and every game.
"He is an important player for us but I can't say too much about how he feels (regarding his future). I'm happy with his attitude."
Could Lampard really be moved on in the new year? Is Rafa just playing his cards close to his bosom? Is it because he has about as much knowledge about what is going on at Chelsea as The Gossip Column's cat? The Gossip Column doesn't even have a cat - that's how little Rafa knows.
Anyway, make your own mind up.
ARSENAL OPEN TALKS WITH HUNTELAAR
More from The Times now, and they report that Arsenal have started 'formal talks' with Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
The Schalke forward is out of contract in the summer and, despite rumours on Tuesday evening that he had signed a new contract, looks certain to leave at the end of the season at the latest.
The paper claims: 'The forward, 29, is demanding about £100,000 a week in wages and a three-year contract to move to Arsenal, against whom he scored twice to help his side to finish top of group B in the Champions League this season.
'The German club are asking about £6 million for the striker, who scored 29 goals in 32 league games last season and has been watched by Tottenham Hotspur in the past.'
Meanwhile, in Theoland...
WALCOTT STARTS TALKS AGAIN
Interesting line in The Daily Telegraph, who report that Theo Walcott and Arsenal are talking again.
The paper claims contract talks have resumed between the club and player 'amid renewed hope that he will join a core of six young British players in committing his long-term future to the club'.
Those other players are Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson, who are all apparently set to sign new deals, with The Telegraph giddily predicting that an announcement is possible within 48 hours.
On Theo, the paper reports: 'Although no agreement has been reached, there is more optimism about a potential deal that at any stage in the last four months.'
So, things looking up just a little bit for you Gooners, eh?
ERIKSEN COOLS SPURS TALK
Here's undeniably talented Danish Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen on reports linking him to Spurs.
"I have read that, but it is just a rumour.
"It also depends on what Ajax want, but I hope and believe that I will finish the season at Ajax.
"One day I will take that step, but I don't know when. Of course, it also depends on which clubs are interested at that time."
AND THE REST...
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