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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Find out which Irish player Liverpool want to sign, which ex-England midfielder Man City look set to buy and how Arsène Wenger reacted in the dressing room after his side’s 8-2 defeat to United.

Benayoun is wanted by Liverpool... again.
Benayoun is wanted by Liverpool... again.

ARSENAL HAVE LESS than 48 hours to save their season. Or so some hyperbolic reports are suggesting.

Wenger, however, seems to believe these suggestions, as the club are suddenly being linked with everyone.

Per Mertesacker is one of the many names being bandied about, while there is also talk that a £25m bid for Dotmund’s highly promising youngster Mario Goetze was rejected.

Rumours circulating on Twitter suggest Joe Cole could be set for a season-long loan to Lille, while other reports indicate he is in talks with Spurs.

The revolving door of players coming in and out of Liverpool may yet continue, with the club interested in signing Yossi Benayoun. However, they’ll have to compete with Arsenal and Newcastle for his services.

Speaking of revolving doors, in the most drastic example yet, Romelu Lukaku, having just made his Chelsea debut against Norwich on Saturday, is already wanted by Stoke – albeit on loan.

The club have, however, rejected a swap deal with Liverpool that would see Yossi Benayoun and Raul Meireles switching clubs.

Meanwhile, Man City will sign Owen Hargreaves, presumably out of boredom at not having bought anyone for a while, with the star currently having a medical.

And finally, sides who lose 8-2 normally get their heads bitten off by the manager. However, Arsène Wenger simply said nothing in the dressing room after Arsenal’s last game, ingeniously making the players feel far worse than if they had been given a tongue-lashing.

Ill-advised prospective deal of the day: Steve Bruce has still never properly replaced Darren Bent. And I can’t see ex-Man City flop Georgios Samaras being the answer to his problems.

Advised prospective deal of the day: Liverpool are interested in Seamus Coleman. And on the evidence of his performances last season, his £8m valuation seems perfectly justified.

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