Barca move for Berba, Toon are in for Zaha, Arsenal want Halilovic and Liverpool hope to sign Hughes...
Arsenal could pip Spurs to the January signing of young Croatian attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic. Tottenham had hoped to sign the 17-year-old in the summer but the deal fell through, and now rivals Arsenal look set to capitalise.
Why it will happen: Arsenal would take some pleasure in poaching a Tottenham target, with Halilovic attracted by the prospect of regular Champions League football.
Why it won’t happen: With Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere all competing for places in the Arsenal midfield, Halilovic would struggle to impose himself at The Emirates.
Tabloid speculation I
Barcelona have identified Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov as the man they want to fill Lionel Messi’s boots while the Argentine recovers from injury.
Why it will happen: Berbatov may feel he’s not fulfilling his potential at Craven Cottage and would leap at the chance of one final big move. Barca would be able to get him pretty cheap.
Why it won’t happen: Berbatov’s languid style may interrupt Barca’s free-flowing agenda. He is too different to Messi to fit in to the side seamlessly.
Tabloid speculation II
Newcastle lead the race to sign Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on loan in January. Zaha, 21, has been linked with a loan move to several Premier League clubs, including former club Crystal Palace.
Why it will happen: Newcastle need a wide man to support their strikers and could thrive at St James’s Park.
Why it won’t happen: Moyes will keep Zaha if the form of his current wide players – Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia – doesn’t improve.
Liverpool are closing in on long term target Will Hughes for a fee believed to be £12million. The 18-year-old Derby star has attracted attention across the Premier League, but Liverpool are close to getting their man, either in January or in an advanced deal that would see him move next summer.
Why it will happen: Liverpool have been chasing Hughes for at least two years and are in pole position to get their man. Hughes fits into the Brendan Rodgers mould.
Why it won’t happen: England U-21 star Hughes is hot property and Liverpool will face stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United.
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