Chelsea, Man United, Newcastle and and Man City made today’s transfer headlines

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CHELSEA, Manchester United, Newcastle and and Manchester City were making the transfer headlines today.

Chelsea and City are vying for the services of a player once linked with Newcastle United, according to reports.

The Premier League big boys are competing to sign Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 26, on a free transfer, claims the Daily Express.

The France international, who was linked with a move Newcastle a couple of season ago, is out of contract in the summer.

Other transfer stories:

Sir Alex Ferguson’s former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan claims the champions would have made “a star signing - one of the absolute best players in the world” in the summer if the Scot and chief executive David Gill had not left the club. Full story: Daily Mirror

Southampton will renew their interest in Cagliari’s Italy international centre-back Davide Astori in January. The Saints considered signing the 26-year-old in the summer. Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea hope to beat Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to the signing of 17-year-old Wolfsburg winger Julian Brandt. Full story: Daily Star

Stoke’s American winger Brek Shea is ready to go out on loan. The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time in his only appearance of the season so far. Full story: Stoke Sentinel