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Transfer Rumours: Wilfried Zaha ‘certain’ to sign for Manchester United

11:28 22 January 2013

Wilfried Zaha is reportedly set to sign for Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha is reportedly set to sign for Manchester United

Football writer Sian Trimble-Davey looks at today’s hottest transfer rumours.

- Newcastle – After French side Montpellier accepted Newcastle’s £7 million bid for centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mibwa, Alan Pardew didn’t expect Yanga-Mibwa not to turn up for his medical and are now in fear of losing out to another Premier League club as rumours are going around that Arsenal are also in pursuit of the defender.

Another target for the Magpies is Yoan Gouffran, who currently plays for Bordeaux and has scored 10 goals in 22 Ligue 1 this season.

(The Telegraph)

- Chelsea – Frank Lampard is close to signing a contract with LA Galaxy on a free transfer, but the club insist that he will stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of this season. The attacking midfielder’s contract at Chelsea runs out at the end of this season and he has been in talks with the Galaxy, who have marked him as a replacement for David Beckham who left the team in November. He’ll even be on the same salary as Beckham, £4 million a year.

(London Evening Standard)

- Fulham – Since Fulham’s FA Cup tie against Blackpool, Manager Martin Jol has had his eye on the Seasiders midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre.

Jol is in the market for a midfielder but due to lack of funds he must consider Sylvestre along with Premier League players such as Tottenham’s Tom Huddelstone and Jake Livermore as he has some competition who are willing to dig deeper into their pockets.

Sylvestre, 28, will be out of contract this summer and would suit Jol’s budget.

(Daily Mail)

- Manchester United – Alex Ferguson is certain that United will sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha for £12 million pounds despite Arsenal also showing interest.

Ferguson has labelled Zaha the most exciting player outside of the Premier League.

Palace were adamant that Zaha would not be for sale but Ferguson has agreed to loan him back to the club for the rest of the season.

(The Guardian)

- Liverpool – Liverpool are close to snapping up Inter Milan’s Phillippe Coutinho after the Reds agreed to increase their bid for the midfielder.

The new bid has gone up to £8 million and Brendan Rogers is confident that it will be accepted after the £5 million was refused by the Serie A club.

Coutinho is said to be a replacement for Wesley Sneidjer, who is moving to Turkish side Galatasary.


- West Brom – West Brom are currently struggling in the middle of the table and haven’t seen a win in six games, the last thing they want to do is lose one of their best players.

Despite their best efforts to keep Peter Odemwingie, he has other ideas and apparently wants to get permission to talk to Queens Park Rangers, who have had their £2.5 million bid for the striker refused.

They want to offer Odemwingie £40,000 a week plus a bonus and contract extension for his signature and things look promising as Odemwingie has refused to pledge his future to Albion



Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Newcastle United are destined for the Championship title after his team were comfortably beaten 3-0 at St James’ Park this afternoon.

The extra quality of Championship table-toppers Newcastle United showed as Ipswich Town were comfortably beaten 3-0 at St James’ Park this afternoon.

Ipswich will be looking to notch up another win after defeating Burton, while Newcastle will be aiming to stay top of the table, but both sets of fans will be remembering the former manager their clubs shared – Sir Bobby Robson.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says it would be tantamount to tactical suicide to go all-out attack at Championship table-toppers Newcastle United this afternoon.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has everything crossed that the fit-again Daryl Murphy does not come back to haunt his side at Championship table-toppers Newcastle United tomorrow.

At last! Ipswich Town have scored some goals – and after 10 months Freddie Sears even managed to grab one as well, much to the delight of himself and his teammates.

Being a dad helped Freddie Sears switch off from football during his recent 38-game goalless spell.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits he was a relieved man after his team finally got back to winning ways tonight.

Ipswich Town returned to winning ways, ending a five-game goal drought, as Luke Chambers and Freddie Sears scored in each half of a 2-0 home triumph over Burton Albion.

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