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Transfer rumours: Balotelli and Fellaini move towards the exit as Wenger looks to spend

PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 December 2012

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

As the January transfer window draws ever closer, Edmund Crosthwaite takes a look at some of the rumours about next month’s possible movers.

Arsene Wenger appears to be ready for an overhaul of his squad as the Telegraph reports he is looking at five new players for his side with three of them already playing in the Premier League.

The trio of Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling are apparently interesting the Frenchmen who could also turn to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Thierry Henry in order to improve Aresnal’s fortunes.

Ill discipline could spell the end of Mario Balotelli’s time at Manchester City. The Italian was suspended for 11 of City’s 54 games last season and is now refusing to pay a £340k fine dished out by his employers; both Milan clubs are showing interest in the striker.

Another bad boy who could be on his way is Marouane Fellaini following his antics against Stoke on Saturday. Fellaini’s repeated clashes with opposition defender Ryan Shawcross could lead to a retrospective ban from the FA and a six-figure fine from Everton.

Reports that Chelsea and Paris St Germain could be willing to pay £30m for the Belgian might make selling him an attractive proposition for manager David Moyes.

Birmingham manager Lee Clarke has told the Mirror that it will take a “substantial figure” to prise19-year-old Jack Butland away from St Andrews.

Potential suitors Liverpool and Everton will have to stump up more than the £6m offered in the summer by Southampton if they really want to add the young England ‘keeper to their ranks.

In the Championship the Sun believe Gianfranco Zola will show Watford trio Chris Iwelumo, Joe Garner and Paul Dickinson the door while Leeds may offer Reading defender Ian Harte an opportunity to return to the Yorkshire club.

They’re also reporting a potential move away from Manchester United for Federico Macheda with second-tier sides Blackpool and Brighton leading the chase.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

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