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'Arry's Transfer Window: Lucas just wants to be loved at Liverpool (or Inter)

Plus, Irish managers help out some Irish internationals with short-term deals.

THE JANUARY TRANSFER window is wide open, and who better to guide us through the latest wheelin’ and dealin’s than ‘Arry himself.

Just don’t use the words wheelin’ or dealin’, alright?

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Best Foot Forward: Irish international Leon Best has gone on loan to Chris Hughton’s Brighton and Hove Albion.

Paddy, you’ve met Mick right? It’s another short-term deal for an Irishman. Mick McCarthy has called in Paddy Kenny cover for Bartosz Bialkowski at Ipswich after first choice Dean Gerken suffered a hip injury.

Soccer - UEFA Euro 2016 - Qualifying - Group D - Scotland v Republic of Ireland - Hampden Park Curse you, Maloney. Source: Jeff Holmes

ML YES! Two creative European type midfielders will be paying someone to pack their bags for them any day now. Shaun Maloney is teetering on the edge of lighting up the Chicago Fire and (far more interestingly) Juventus have allowed Giovinco to follow the Canadian dream with Toronto FC.

Turned into a Swan: Spurs have agreed to the £5 million transfer fee offered by Swansea for full-back Kyle Naughton. He should be crossing the Severn any day now. That just leaves £25 million of Wilfried Bony for the Swans to shell out.

 

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Slowly but Schürrle: Chelsea have priced Andre Schürrle at the level he’s rated in Germany. That’s £30M according to the Guardian. Wolfsburg would like a fresh World Cup winner in their squad, but apparently are still 7 big ones away from matching the price tag.

Prodigal Paul Pogba: With Marcello Lippi saying Juventus should sell their midfield general Paul Pogba to give the rest of the Old Lady a full makeover, it’s open season for anyone wishing to connect him with a big rich club.

The Indy say the Frenchman will rub United’s nose in it / replace Yaya Toure at Manchester City for a whopping £78 million this summer. Zizou’s might have a go at dragging him to Madrid instead though.

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On the Luc’ out: ESPN say that Lucas Leiva is not feeling the love at Anfield and could have his head turned by dashing, dark Italian stud of a club. Inter Milan are just the sort of Nerazzuri club that would find a gap for Lucas to fill.

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Humm’ comforts: A big strapping lump of a centre half who’s decent with the ball at his feet, who the hell wouldn’t want to sign Mats Hummels? Sadly for clubs lacking great defenders, the German says ‘he doesn’t need Champions League football to be happy’ and he’s committed to Dortmund. Top man.

*Shrugs shoulders*: After Valencia trumpeted that they had received a big fat  sterling offer for Nicolas Otamendi, we all turned and looked the rich club with the desperate need for defenders. But Manchester United insist that they’re neither after him or Villareal’s Gabriel.

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