Transfer News Today: Man City turn to QPR misfit as Hart replacement

City are eyeing Julio Cesar, Swansea want to poach Ince, Barca are in for Ramires and Tim Cahill plots a return to England...


Forum chatter

Swansea are planning an £8million bid for Blackpool’s England U21 star Tom Ince in January, according to talk on the forums. Cardiff had looked well placed to sign Ince, but their Welsh rivals are looking to poach him.

Why it will happen: Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has a good relationship with Blackpool chairman Karl Osyton. Ince may also fancy the opportunity to work under Michael Laudrup.

Why it won’t happen: Swansea, like Cardiff, may be blown out of the water by Tottenham or Liverpool, who both retain an interest in the highly-rated youngster.



Tabloid speculation I

Manchester City want to snap up Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar on a free transfer in January. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he will let the Brazilian leave on a free, with City leading the way as they look to add another goalkeeper to their ranks.

Why it will happen: Redknapp has already said Cesar can leave on a free, so it will be down to who can offer him the best deal. City need a quality keeper, and have deep pockets, so this seems like a no brainer.

Why it won’t happen: Cesar hasn’t had the greatest time in England and Manuel Pellegrini may have questions over his suitability. Also, Barcelona want a keeper this January.



Tabloid speculation II

Barcelona are looking at Chelsea midfielder Ramires if they fail in their attempts to sign Atletico Madrid star midfielder Koke.

Why it will happen: There is plenty of interest in Koke, particularly from a clutch of English clubs, so Barca will see Ramires as an easier target.

Why it won’t happen: Ramires remains an integral player at Chelsea, having played every minute of every Premier League game this campaign. Mourinho won’t want to let him go.


In talks

Tim Cahill is eyeing a move back to the Premier League during the loan window to maintain his fitness ahead of the World Cup. The New York Red Bulls star, 33, is being linked with Aston Villa and former club Everton.

Why it will happen: Cahill is proven in the Premier League and some clubs will be queuing up to sign him.

Why it won’t happen: At 33, certain clubs may feel he is a risk – even on a loan deal.


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