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UNITED 'CLOSE IN' ON MATA
Well, well, well.

We, like most other people, have of course been complaining that this has been a dull transfer window, but this one would certainly perk things up a bit.

A few papers report this morning that Manchester United could sign Juan Mata from Chelsea this month.

The Daily Mail claims Mata would cost something in the region of £40million, and that United have 'stepped up' their interest in the playmaker.

The paper reports: 'United have been given enough encouragement to make their move for a player who has not featured in the Chelsea side since he was substituted against Southampton on New Year's Day. Chelsea's player of the year for the past two seasons is desperate to leave Stamford Bridge.'

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph claims: 'A deal, which would break United's transfer record, has been discussed with intermediaries. United would have to offer around £37 million for the 25-year-old Spain international in the hope of pushing a deal through.

'United sources insisted on Monday night that no bid had been made but it is understood that the club do admire Mata and might consider a move.'

Well, well, well.

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail claims United will move for Edinson Cavani in the summer after 'establishing PSG won't sell' this month.


AND KOKE TOO?
Another arrival at Old Trafford might well be Koke, the Atletico Madrid midfielder.

Koke has recently signed a new deal in Madrid, but that might not be the end of the world for United, and he might still move in this transfer window.

The Mirror claims: 'Koke agreed an increased release clause of £50m at Atletico - but Spanish newspaper El Confidencial says this "means nothing", and could even herald a bumper move away from the club.

'The paper suggests that Koke could become the latest Atletico player to be sold at a hefty price shortly after agreeing an improved contract, with United at the front of the queue.'


BERBA BACK TO SPURS
The Daily Mirror reports that there could be some dissent in the ranks at Spurs over the signing or otherwise of Dimitar Berbatov.

The paper claims Daniel Levy wants to bring Berbatov back to White Hart Lane from Fulham, but Tim Sherwood isn't quite so keen.

The Mirror reports: 'Sherwood, however, maintains he has enough attacking options at his disposal and does not want Emmanuel Adebayor - who has returned to form under his leadership - unsettled.

'Sherwood said: "Everyone knows Berba. He is proven in this division.

"He is a Fulham player and I am not sure what they are thinking about that. But we have options to take us through to the end of the season."

Meanwhile, The Daily Express claims Spurs have 'stepped up' their bid to bring Brazilian winger Bernard to White Hart Lane on loan.


HULL IN FOR MUNTARI
Interesting line in The Daily Star, who report that Hull's transfer window continues apace, with a bid for AC Milan's Sulley Muntari apparently in the works.

The paper claims: 'Tigers boss Steve Bruce wants to strengthen City's midfield as he plots his side's route to top flight safety, and is targeting a £3.9m swoop for the former Portsmouth ball winner.'

So there you go.


AND THE REST...
Napoli have been told Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen is not for sale...West Ham striker Modibo Maiga is in talks with Turkish club Sivasspor...Juventus are hot on the trail of highly-rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who has been linked with Manchester United, according to a report from Portugal...Sunderland striker Danny Graham, currently on loan at Hull, is wanted by Championship promotion chasers Nottingham Forest following the Tigers' double swoop for forward Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long...Arsenal scouts were at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard on Friday to watch Lille left-back Pape Souare against St Etienne...Manchester City will monitor developments with Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez...Crystal Palace have joined the race for Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere...Aston Villa want to loan or sell Alan Hutton - to get his £40,000-a-week wages off their books.

@lucasparks...so that 2+2=4 then, I guess you wanted to move along quickly hoping it wasn't going to happen. But then it's like all your posts....clueless.
- ducrobel

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