TRANSFER speculation continued to hot up today ahead of the opening of the window on January 1.
Premier League managers have been talking about transfer business today, although much of the attention has been on players set to stay at their current clubs.
There was plenty of speculation, though, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United among the clubs to make the headlines.
Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea. (BBC)
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo will leave the club on loan in January. (BBC)
Liverpool are ready to bid £50m for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. (Daily Express)
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Alexis Sanchez, who joined Arsenal in the summer, was a target for Liverpool. (The Guardian)
Arsenal are set to make a big bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in January to beat North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to his signature. (Daily Star)
Manuel Pellegrini expects James Milner to sign a new contract with Manchester City, with the midfielder’s current deal set to expire next summer. (The Guardian)
Man United have ruled out a move to re-sign defender Nemanja Vidic from Inter Milan. (Daily Star)
Celtic are set to look at Everton’s Francisco Junior on trial. (STV)
Stephan El Shaarawy’s agent says it will take a sensational offer for the forward to leave AC Milan next month, with Arsenal and Liverpool interested. (Daily Express)
Man United will target Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. (Daily Express)
Tottenham and Liverpool both want to land Porto striker Jackson Martinez in January. (Metro)
Liverpool see Aston Villa’s Fabian Delph as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard. (Daily Mirror)
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club will not be able to sign Galatasaray’s Wesley Sneijder because of his wage demands. (FourFourTwo)
Man United are prepared to spend £30m in January to strengthen their defence and midfield. (Manchester Evening News)
Chelsea target Diego Godin has dismissed reports of a move away from Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star)
Carlton Cole wants to stay at West Ham United, despite being out of favour. (London Evening Standard)
Cardiff City manager Russell Slade is expecting a busy January transfer window for his club. (Wales Online)
Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract at Liverpool. (Daily Telegraph)
Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to sign attacking midfielder Gudmundur Thorarinsson from Norwegian side Sarpsborg 08. (Birmingham Mail)
Meanwhile, the Gazette today revealed Alan Pardew believes Rolando Aarons will sign a new contract at Newcastle United, despite turning down the club’s initial offer.
It is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Sunderland.