Arsenal's Pato bid is rejected, West Ham want Ba back, Barca ready to get Luiz and Berahino signs new West Brom deal...
Chelsea striker Demba Ba is being linked with a return to West Ham in the January transfer window. The Hammers are expected to make a loan move for the striker, who has been a peripheral figure at Stamford Bridge since his arrival in January.
Why it will happen: Ba is desperate to play every week and will get that opportunity at West Ham. Owner David Sullivan was reported to have made direct contact with the player in the summer.
Why it won’t happen: He is reportedly keen only to join a team in the Champions League, and won't get that opportunity at Upton Park.
Tabloid speculation I
Arsenal have failed in an €8million move for Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato. Arsene Wenger has moved for the Brazil striker, who returned to his homeland in an attempt to kick-start his career. Although Corinthians have rejected the bid, Wenger is expected to return with a second offer.
Why it will happen: Pato would jump at the chance to play top level club football again. Anything in the region €8million represents good value for an international striker who is still only 24.
Why it won’t happen: Pato has not rediscovered his form in Brazil and Wenger may be concerned by the dramatic dip in his performances.
Tabloid speculation II
Chelsea are readying themselves for a huge bid for centre-back David Luiz by Spanish giants Barcelona. Luiz was the subject of interest from Barca in the summer passed, and it is expected that they will firm up their interest with a significant offer in January.
Why it will happen: Luiz is not playing every week at Chelsea and would not have to think twice about the chance to join Barca.
Why it won’t happen: Mourinho values Luiz as a squad player, and may be less inclined to let him go -particularly to a Champions League rival.
Signed, sealed, delivered
West Brom forward Saido Berahino has ended speculation linking with a move away from the Hawthorns by penning a deal that will keep him there until 2017. Under-21 international Berahino has been in sparkling form, which has attracted the attention of England senior team boss Roy Hodgson.
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