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'Devastated' Bale, £20m Deeney to Arsenal, and all the latest transfer gossip

You want barely plausible rumours? We’ve got ‘em.

Deen deal: This seems like as good a place as any to start — the Daily Star have gone big with a back page splash that Arsene Wenger is considering a shock £20 million bid to bring Troy Deeney to Arsenal. Hmmm…

Bye bye Bale: Here we go again! The Telegraph report that Gareth Bale is “devastated” by Rafa Benitez’s sacking at Real Madrid, and that a number of Premier League clubs could renew their interest. £75 million is likely to be the starting price — what do you think, Man United fans?

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‘Andy number: In much more plausible gossip, the Mirror have splashed on a brewing battle between Newcastle and Sunderland to bring big Andy Carroll back up north.

Return of the Lord: How about this for a belated Christmas present? German media are reporting that Lord Nicklas Bendtner wants to leave Wolfsburg and return to the Premier League.

Max Power: With Marko Grujic’s Anfield move seemingly a done deal, Jurgen Klopp is reportedly turning his attention to another youngster. Bild report that the Reds want to buy £20m attacking midfielder Max Meyer from Schalke — but so do Barcelona, Sevilla and AC Milan.

Judge for Yourself: Ireland’s Alan Judge is a man in demand with Burnley set to join the chase for the Dubliner. Brentford rejected an offer from Sheffield Wednesday on Monday, Sky Sports reports.

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“He comes from Serbia, he’ll f***ing murder ya”

Hidden in the quagmire of panic buys, there are a few January bargains that have stood the test of time. So, on the 10th anniversary of his signing for Manchester United, it seems appropriate to salute Nemanja Vidic.

Snaffled away from under Fiorentina’s noses for a measly £7 million in 2006, Vidic went on to form one half of a dominant defensive partnership alongside Rio Ferdinand and make 300 appearances for United.

Five Premier League titles and a Champions League later, he left for Inter Milan in the summer of 2014.

‘It’s diabolical. We’re flogging the lads’ – Big Sam not happy with midweek Premier League schedule

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