Stoke want De Jong, Calhanoglu is flirting with Arsenal, City's Kompany subject of a bid and Spurs ready to offload Lamela...
Stoke are hoping to sign Dutch striker Luuk de Jong in January after Mark Hughes sent his scouts to watch the Borussia Moenchengladbach striker in action against Schalke last weekend.
Why it will happen: De Jong has had a bust-up with Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre and is desperate for a move to boost his chances of making the Dutch World Cup squad.
Why it won’t happen: Do Stoke have space for him on the wage bill? Perhaps they’ll have to offload Peter Crouch to make it happen.
Tabloid speculation I
Arsenal are in talks with Hamburg over a January move for teenage sensation Hakan Calhanoglu, who has made a name for himself this season, scoring four times in the Bundesliga already.
Why it will happen: Calhanoglu is very much a Wenger type of player: Quick, young and technically gifted.
Why it won’t happen: Arsenal want to bring in a striker in January and will want to focus on that, so may not see attacking midfielder Calhanoglu as a priority right now.
Tabloid speculation II
Moneybags Monaco are planning an audacious £17million move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
Why it will happen: Kompany has had injury problems in the last few months and City may be tempted by a big offer.
Why it won’t happen: Kompany is a crucial member of the City team and its dressing room, and would be a major loss. Pellegrini won’t want to sell.
Atletico Madrid are in talks with Tottenham over a loan move for £25.8million record signing Erik Lamela. It is believed Spurs will let Lamela go to Spain on loan in January until the end of the season.
Why it will happen: Lamela has failed to adjust to the Premier League and could benefit from the change of pace to regain his form.
Why it won’t happen: Spurs may not want the embarrassment of letting their record signing leave after barely six months.
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