Lunchtime Round-Up 22nd January

Afternoon all,

Manchester United are widely expected to make a bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha in the next couple of days. It is believed that the original fee will be £7 million, rising to £12 million after installments. And also Crystal Palace taking back Zaha on loan for the rest of the season along with United midfielder Nick Powell. If this deal happens I think that Palace will have a very strong chance of returning to the Premier League. Palace are currently in 4th with 48 points, 12 points behind leaders Cardiff City

More news on Zaha now, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied ever making a bid for the England international, and that he had no intention of doing so in the first place. The Gunners were strongly linked with Zaha but Wenger has stated he’s not interested and does not care if he decides to join Manchester United

Newcastle are close to completing the signing of Massadio Haidara from french side Nancy for an undisclosed fee. Haidara is due to fly over to England today to undergo a medical ahead of concluding the deal

Newcastle have also agreed to sign defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from French champions Montpellier, with the fee believed to be £7 million and The Magpies hope to complete the signing within the next 48 hours

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is set to hold talks with midfielder Alou Diarra this week. This comes after the Frenchman indicated that he wasn’t happy at the club in an interview. He stated that he has wasted his time since moving from French club Marseille in the summer

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has insisted that he is happy to wait until the summer to hold talks about a new contract at Anfield. The 34-year-old has only featured twice for The Reds this season in the league, but has played a part in the cup competitions. Carragher has been with the club since he was just 12 years old and has amassed a total of 494 games in this time, and i’m sure he will be sorely be missed by all Liverpool fans

Preston have agreed to terminate the contract of goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and it is believed that this happened because of his current injury status

Keith Hill has just been announced as the new Rochdale boss for his second spell with the club. He is replacing John Coleman who was sacked yesterday

West Brom forward Peter Odemwingie, 31, wants to speak to QPR and may hand in a transfer request if Albion continue to block him from joinng the London club. The Baggies have already rejected a £2 million bid from QPR earlier this month