Transfer News Today: Dembele transfer could make sense for all parties


Today we look at the chances of Mousa Dembele leaving Spurs in January, defensive reinforcements at Manchester City, Liverpool's likely purchase of a young English starlet and more delusions of grandeur courtesy of Nicklas Bendtner...



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Manchester City are said to be considering a move for the Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro, who has struggled to cement a place under new manager Rafa Benitez.

Why it will happen: Cannavaro could be a cut-price option to bolster a defence that has looked shaky this season, particularly away from home.

Why it won’t happen: Manchester City should be in the market for the next Fabio Cannavaro, not his 32-year old, less-talented brother. 

Tabloid Speculation

Mousa Dembele is said to be concerned at his lack of action for Tottenham recently and fancies a move in January to cement his place in Belgium’s World Cup team. Aston Villa and Newcastle are said to be interested.

Why it will happen: This could be the best solution for both parties. Spurs have too many deep-lying midfielders and if Dembele wants to leave, then he makes a hard decision very easy.

Why it won’t happen: Tottenham paid £15m to Fulham for Dembele and it is very unlikely that tough negotiator Daniel Levy would let him leave for a penny less. Do the likes of Villa and Newcastle have the financial muscle to pull off such a deal?

Come and get me

Arsenal’s confident striker Nicklas Bendtner has tipped himself to join either Real Madrid or Barcelona when he leaves Arsenal.

Why it will happen: To be honest we’re struggling to think of a reason that such a transfer could take place. Maybe if hell freezes over or pigs suddenly work out how to fly.

Why it won’t happen: He’s Nicklas Bendtner.

In talks

Liverpool have reportedly beaten Arsenal to the signing of Derby’s 18-year old midfielder Will Hughes. He will join the Reds in January for £12m.

Why it will happen: Liverpool have been trailing Hughes for a long time and were heavily linked to making a move during the summer.

Why it won’t happen: How many young creative midfielders does one club need? Surely the money would be better spent on a deputy for Lucas Leiva in the combative holding role, or a striker to share the strain of Sturridge and Suarez?