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Ah yes, how glorious. After a day off yesterday, with most of the papers deciding that they could round up the transfers from the closing window before thinking about the next one, today brings the first mentions of the phrase 'in January'. Oh good.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman is the focus of the rumours, with both the Guardian and Daily Mail reporting that Manchester United will continue their big summer spend with an offer for Strootman in January. Louis van Gaal is a huge fan of the Dutch midfielder, who would have played for his country at the World Cup were it not for a serious knee injury.

The Mail don't give many other details (it's a six-line story), but there are still four months to work on the finer points.


More on a developing story that Liverpool are working on a deal to sign free agent goalkeeper Victor Valdes to provide back-up and/or competition to Simon Mignolet, after Brendan Rodgers allowed Pepe Reina to join Bayern Munich.

Valdes announced that he would be leaving Barcelona midway through last season, but a cruciate ligament injury scuppered his hopes of a move to Monaco. It now appears that Liverpool and Rodgers may save him from his current limbo.

The goalkeeper is still a long way from fitness, but the Daily Express report that Valdes has agreed personal terms on a one-year deal to move to Anfield.


There is always likely to be someone left sad at the end of the transfer window, and Joel Campbell and his agent seem more glum than most that the striker will have to twiddle his thumbs at the Emirates, with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez all seemingly ahead of the Costa Rica in the striker queue.

Having been loaned out to Spain, France and Greece during his time at Arsenal, Campbell was expected to make a late move to Benfica on loan, but it never materialised. That has annoyed Campbell's agent, reports the Daily Mirror.

"Benfica fought until the last minute to sign Campbell but the operation didn't happen because, in the last hour, Arsenal decided to keep him," Joaquin Batica said.

"Wenger says he did not want to sell him. But if he is not in his plans, then why not allow him to leave?"

How is Campbell behind Sanogo in the pecking order is another question that Batica might want to mull over at some point. Silliness.

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