Defour to Villa, Ba to Palace, Newcastle told to pay up for Remy, Ronaldinho returns to Europe, plus other transfer speculation...
Aston Villa are keeping tabs on Porto's Belgian midfield star Steven Defour, who is looking to secure first-team football ahead of the World Cup.
Why it will happen: With international teammate Christian Benteke already at the club, and Defour reportedly keen on the move, it could be a goer.
Why it won’t happen: With Schalke also in for him, Defour may have better offers on the table.
Tabloid speculation I
Demba Ba could be on his way to Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace as Tony Pulis looks to pull off one of the coups of the January transfer window.
Why it will happen: Pulis tried to sign Ba at Stoke and is clearly a fan of the Senegalese striker. Ba is barely playing at Chelsea and will want to prove himself by getting regular game time.
Why it won’t happen: Does Ba want to give up playing for Chelsea in favour of a relegation scrap? Any move would also be dependent on whether Chelsea can bring in another striker.
Tabloid speculation II
Harry Redknapp has told Newcastle United that they’ll have to cough up £16million if they want to sign QPR loanee Loic Remy on a permanent basis.
Why it will happen: Remy has been in prolific form for Newcastle and they’ll be keen to snap him up.
Why it won’t happen: Is he really worth £16million or is ‘Arry just wheelin' and dealin’ again?
Signed, sealed, delivered
Brazil World Cup hopeful Ronaldinho has secured a move back to Europe, signing for Turkish club Besiktas in a deal that will net him at least €10million over his two-and-a-half-year contract. The former World Footballer of the Year is keen to prove himself as he fights his way back into the Selecao running. He'll also be hoping to keep hold of his playing kit, having lost most of his clothing during a recent World Club Cup match for Atletico Mineiro (watch the video above!)
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