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ARSENAL LINE UP YEPES OFFER
After reportedly failing in their attempts to sign Daniel Agger and then Kostas Manolas, The Daily Mirror among other papers claim Arsenal have turned their attentions to Colombian defender Mario Yepes.

The 38-year-old is a free agent after leaving Atalanta at the end of last season and Arsene Wenger is said to be preparing a short-term deal for the veteran, who captained Colombia at this summer's World Cup.

Yepes' agent, Gino Culbertson, confirmed only last month that the former PSG and AC Milan man had been attracting interest from Britain and that he would welcome a move.

"Mario is keen to finish his career in the UK and with his experience and undoubted talent he would be a valuable addition for anyone," he said.

UNITED TO CONTINUE SPENDING SPREE
Not content with laying out just short of £150million during the summer transfer window, The Times report Manchester United will continue where they left off in January.

Louis van Gaal is said to have outlined Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman and Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels as his main targets in deals which would take the Dutchman's spending to over £200m.

Strootman, 24, has been out of action since March with a serious knee injury, but that has not decreased his value in the eyes of Roma boss Rudi Garcia, who said in July: "Maybe after a three-digit offer (i.e. 100 million euros), then we will sit down and think about it."

Hummels, meanwhile, is under contract with Dortmund until 2017 and a defiant Jurgen Klopp has named the 25-year-old as his new captain. Klopp said last month: "He is going nowhere, he is staying with us."

CITY AND LIVERPOOL EYE AARONS
Rolando Aarons has played just 50 minutes of Premier League football, but according to The Daily Star, his cameo appearances for Newcastle have already alerted Manchester City and Liverpool.

The 18-year-old winger, who joined from Bristol City in 2012, impressed in pre-season and forced himself into Alan Pardew's plans for the new campaign, making his debut in the opening weekend defeat to City.

After getting on the scoresheet and playing a part in Mike Williamson's goal in last weekend's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, Aarons got Pardew's seal of approval: "He's been a real bonus for us, he's forced his way into my thinking and took his opportunity well today," said the Newcastle boss.

Aarons was born in Jamaica but has already pledged his allegiances to the England team and is set to make his Under-20s debut against Romania this evening.

AND THE REST
Schalke general manager Horst Heldt denies Arsenal made a late bid for striker Klaas Jan-Huntelaar... Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will join Liverpool next month but needs Premier League permission first... PSV midfielder Zakaria Bakkali has rejected a new contract, alerting Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United... Serbian striker Nikola Zigic says Arsenal contacted him before signing Danny Welbeck... Liverpool have joined the race for 15-year-old Stromsgodset midfielder and Manchester United target Martin Odegaard... Zat Knight is set to join MLS side Colorado Rapids... Conference South side Basingstoke Town have offered a deal to Ronaldinho... Frank Lampard would have stayed at Chelsea if he had been offered a new contract.

Attempting to sign Ronaldinho will increase Basingstoke Town's attendance for Non League Day tomorrow that's for sure.
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