Here’s the news from the football world today, have a read as you warm up after a long, cold day.
Mario Balotelli is staying at Manchester City beyond the January transfer window according to his agent, who has said there is “zero chance” of the Italian moving.
Cardiff have signed Frazier Campbell from Sunderland on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Crystal Palace have denied that a deal has been struck between themselves and Manchester United for winger Wilfried Zaha. Newspaper reports claimed the clubs had agreed a £15 million fee but Palace officials have branded the stories as nonsense.
Harry Redknapp has been linked with a move for former player Niko Kranjcar as he looks to further strengthen his QPR team in their battle against relegation.
Liverpool are reportedly in negotiations with Inter Milan over the possible signing of Philippe Coutinho. The Italian club have already apparently turned down a bid of £6.75 million but are expected to accept the latest offer, reportedly around the £8 million mark.
Sir Alex Ferguson faces punishment over his criticism of linesman Simon Beck after last night’s draw at White Hart Lane. The Scottish manager was angered by a rejected penalty appeal right in front of Beck and has until 6pm on Thursday to explain his comments.
Barcelona are being linked with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois following Victor Valdes’ announcement that he will leave the club once his contract expires in 18 months. The Belgium international’s father has denied reports that discussions have taken place though, and has said his son is happy at the London club despite never playing a game in England.
Juventus are confident of signing Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao once his contract expires in the summer. The club have announced they are in “advanced discussions” with the Spaniard and expect a deal to be finalised in the next few weeks.
Wesley Sneijder today completed his big money move to Turkish giants Galatasaray. With top European clubs expressing an interest in the Dutch superstar a cynic might think money had a little to do with his decision to move to Turkey.
Tottenham are reportedly interested in bringing Lewis Holtby’s move to the club forward following the injury to Sandro that will keep the Brazilian out for the season. Spurs are ready to pay up to £1 million to sign the midfielder this month.