yann m'vila

It’s been really quite quiet the last few days. But don’t worry – it’s just the calm before the storm…

Yesterday’s big move saw Vergard Forren complete his move to Southampton for an undisclosed fee. Fulham’s David Stockdale went out on loan to Hull.

The Rumour Mill

Rumours continue to surround Mario Balotelli‘s future, with the Sun reporting that the Italian is edging ever closer to a £24m move to AC Milan.

QPR target Yann M’Vila has attracted new interest from Tottenham and Rubin Kazan, according to the Times (warning: paywall). The midfielder is thought to be valued at around £10m by current club Rennes.

The Metro reports that Barcelona are lining up a shock bid for Ashley Cole. The Chelsea left-back has six months left on his contract.

Cole’s team-mate Frank Lampard is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with LA Galaxy for next season, says both the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. He is seen as a replacement for David Beckham, whose future remains unclear.

Barcelona are preparing a bid for Chelsea’s Thibault Courtois, according to the Sun. The Belgian ‘keeper has been on loan at Atletico Madrid for the last 18 months and is seen as one of the brightest young prospects in the business.

Reports in the Mail suggest that Gilbert Imbula, the 20-year-old French midfielder currently at Ligue 2 side Guingamp, is being courted by a number of clubs. Arsenal are said to be leading the chase, with Chelsea and Lyon also known to be interested.

Inter Milan’s Phillipe Coutinho is wanted by Liverpool, according to the Daily Mail. The club hope to bring the 2o-year-old to Merseyside for £8m.

The Evening Standard says that QPR want Porto defender Rolando as a replacement for the outgoing Ryan Nelsen. The Portugese international has rejected the Rs three times before, however.

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This article was first posted on January 19, 2013