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ArsenalandManchester Unitedhave submitted offers to signParis St-Germainand Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32.(El Chiringuito – via Metro)

Chelseahave madeWest Hamdefender Issa Diop their primary target and will bid £40m for the 22-year-old Frenchman.(Express)

Chelseawill only trigger a £40m buy-back option forBournemouthand Netherlands centre-back Nathan Ake, 24, if they can offload 23-year-old Denmark defender Andreas Christensen.(Sun)

Tottenham,ArsenalandManchester Unitedare trying to sign centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 26, fromBarcelonawith the club keen to sell the France international.(El Desmarque – in Spanish)

FormerJuventusboss Massimiliano Allegri has been delaying a return to management in the hope of replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer atManchester United.(Mail)

Ajaxare considering trying to bring Matthijs de Ligt back to the club on loan despite the 20-year-old Dutch defender only moving toJuventusduring the summer.(A Bola – in Portuguese)

Manchester Cityare planning four to six signings this year, with a centre-back and left-back the priorities for manager Pep Guardiola.(Telegraph)

Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 34, says he is close to activating clauses in hisManchester Citycontract which would automatically trigger a contract extension.(ESPN Brazil, via Mirror)

Lyonand France striker Moussa Dembele, 23, was watched byChelseaandManchester Unitedscouts as he scored in his side’s 3-1 French League Cup win over Stade Brest on Wednesday.(Mail)

Chelseaare unlikely to pursue a move forCrystal Palaceand Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha because manager Frank Lampard does not see the 27-year-old as the right fit for the squad.(90min)

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Crystal Palacehave rejected an approach from German champions Bayern Munich to sign Zaha.(Guardian)

Tottenhamhave joined the race to sign AC Milan’s 24-year-old Poland international striker Krzysztof Piatek with the Italian side holding out for £30m.(Guardian)

Spurshave no immediate plans to sign a replacement for injured midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 30, who is out until April. The club are focusing on signing a midfielder if they sell Kenyan Victor Wanyama, 28, and Denmark international Christian Eriksen, 27.(Evening Standard)

Napoliand Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, 25, has emerged as a target forManchester United.(Sun)

Manchester Unitedare understood to be interested in signingHellas Veronaand Albania defender Marash Kumbulla, 19.(Star)

Aston Villaare weighing up a move forBurnleyand England striker Jay Rodriguez, 30.(The Athletic)

Aston Villaare set to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 37, fromAC Milan.(AS – in Spanish)

Brighton, Crystal PalaceandSouthamptonare all looking to signTottenhamright-back​ Kyle Walker-Peters, 22, on loan.(Sky Sports)

Chelseahave bid £17m for Metz and Senegal attacker Habib Diallo, 24.(Republicain Lorraine – in French)

Chelseadefender Reece James, 20, is close to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge.(Metro)

Arsenalmidfielder Emile Smith-Rowe, 19, is set to leave on loan this month as the Gunners work on offloading as many as 12 players in a busy January window.(The Athletic – via Metro)

Watfordare considering a bid forFulhamleft-back Joe Bryan, 26.(Sky Sports)

Sheffield Unitedboss Chris Wilder has ruled out loan exits for midfielders Luke Freeman, 27, and Ben Osborn, 25, this month but a host of other names could be set for moves away from Bramall Lane.(Mirror)

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