Arsenal close in on wonderkids while Chelsea line up strikers and Celtic to take Premier League star

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Arsenal are top of the Premier League, and looking in good shape to win their first title since 2004.

However, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners continue to plan for the future, and the club has today been linked with a move for two highly-rated youngsters.

That is just one of the stories to have made today’s headlines, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Celtic among the other clubs to feature.

Arsenal are closing in on the signings of Nigerian teenagers Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are lining up moves for Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor. (The Times)

West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino is another option for Chelsea, whose manager Guus Hiddink has admitted that injuries have left him short of forwards. (Daily Express)

Celtic are expected to complete the loan signing of Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina. (Daily Record)

Man United have turned their attention to Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes after Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone blocked a move for Saul Niguez. (Daily Star)

Man City have been joined in the race for £40million-rated Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane by Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has agreed a one-year contract extension, after offers from Inter Milan and Fiorentina. (The Sun)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to sanction a loan move for Andros Townsend, and will instead demand a £14million permanent deal from interested clubs. (Daily Mirror)

Bournemouth have joined the chase for West Brom target Matt Phillips, of Queens Park Rangers. (The Sun)

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted he is not looking for cover for injured defender Vincent Kompany. (The Guardian)

Former Man United captain Nemanja Vidic could move to MLS after leaving Inter Milan by mutual consent. (Daily Mail)

Leicester are one of numerous clubs scouting 18-year-old Walsall left-back Rico Henry. (Walsall Advertiser)

Foxes left-back Ben Chilwell will be offered a new contract to beat off interest from Arsenal and Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Manager Mark Hughes has denied rumours Marko Arnautovic is demanding £100,000-a-week to sign a new contract. (Stoke Sentinel)

Nikica Jelavic is set to leave West Ham United, with Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande favourites to sign him. (London Evening Standard)

Alessandro Diamante is expected to complete a loan move from Watford to Atalanta. (Watford Observer)

Meanwhile, the Gazette today revealed that Sunderland will look to bring in two more players this month if they capture former Hull City striker Dame N’Doye on loan.

It is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Newcastle United.