According to The People, Aston Villa are looking to target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this January as Paul Lambert attempts to perfect his forward line.
Per the source:
"Aston Villa are already looking at replacements for Darren Bent – and are ready to chase Saint-Etienne striker Pierre Aubameyang. Boss Paul Lambert has frozen Bent out of the first-team picture at Villa Park and looks certain to flog him in January, with Fulham interested."
The story of Bent is a confusing one, but his absence from the squad that beat Sunderland on Saturday did nothing to dispel the rumours he will be packing his bags in January.
While he may be a poacher extraordinaire, Villa simply don't have the creative players to make use of his services - Christian Benteke represents a much easier target when moving the ball forward quickly.
According to talkSPORT, Kevin Strootman could be one step closer to a move to Old Trafford after his agent added fuel to the speculation fire.
Said Chiel Dekker:
"My client could leave in January? Absolutely not. There's nothing in that," he told Calciomercato in Italy.
"We are only in October - the only thing I can say is to call me back in May."
Manchester United's purported interest in Strootman is long-standing, so continued rumors regarding the transfer point to a degree of validity.
Teams such as Everton and Braga have highlighted the Red Devils' weakness in the form of a dearth of physicality in the centre of the park. Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are fine holding midfielders, but lack the presence to stop their companions being overrun.
According to The Metro newspaper, Daniel Sturridge could be on the way out of Chelsea with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool circling for his signature.
Said the London-based tabloid:
"Both Liverpool and Arsenal are expected to be interested in signing the 23-year-old, while former boss Andre Villas-Boas is thought to be an admirer of the youngster, who is aware of the need to gain first-team football if he is to push for a role in England’s 2014 World Cup squad."
Exit rumors have been following Sturridge for months and the new season has done nothing to make them subside. Fernando Torres, although currently dividing opinion, is the de facto number one striker at Stamford Bridge as Roberto Di Matteo has poured his faith into the Spaniard.
Dogged links to the multimillion dollar signing of Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao - perhaps the most in-form player in world football right now - have only heightened speculation that the Englishman will soon be packing his bags.
According to Sky Sports News, Sir Alex Ferguson will look to fill the void in Manchester United's central defence by recruiting Ryan Shawcross.
The Stoke City defender is a former Red Devils youth player now blossoming at the Britannia stadium, and Fergie has been suitably impressed with the progress he's made since he left Old Trafford in 2008.
With Rio Ferdinand declining and Nemanja Vidic a long-term injury concern, Ferguson has seemingly made it a priority to strengthen his defensive corp this January.
Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are all capable players, but lack English Premier League experience and can't lead the line. Shawcross, the current Potters captain, would be an ideal solution to Fergie's defensive woes, adding steel, comitment and poise to the squad.
How much would Shawcross cost, and would you welcome him back to Manchester with open arms?
Manchester United need reinforcements despite their summer recruitment drive.
Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa go a long way towards increasing the offensive talent pool at the club, but recruits in other areas are direly needed.
Here are three transfer suggestions for Sir Alex Ferguson for the January window.
The French centre-half was desperately close to securing a move away from Montpellier this summer, as AC Milan looked all set to land him as a replacement for Thiago Silva.
The transfer capitulated though, and while he may we cup-tied in Europe due to his participation this season, he's worth a serious look in January for around €10 million.
You'd be hard pressed to find a more in-form left-back than Monreal right now as he and Malaga are soaring. Both his La Liga and UEFA Champions League form have been immense to date, sparking constant speculation regarding his tenancy at the Andalusian club.