Lunchtime Roundup 21st December

Afternoon all,


Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has said that Liverpool will have to up their bid for Tom Ince. It is rumoured that Liverpool originally offered £6 million for the 20-year-old who they let leave last summer on a free transfer

Chesea interim manager Rafa Benitez has said that he is unsure whether he will stay beyond this season. The Spaniard took over the London club in November after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, signing a one-year-deal

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has said that there is no chance that top scorer Christian Benteke will be leaving the Midlands club in January. The Belgian striker arrived at Villa Park in the summer for £8 million from Belgian side Genk. Since then he has scored 8 goals in 17 appearances

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has said that the clubs winning mentality is returning and hopes that they can continue with their current form. Ivanovic said this after Chelsea beat Leeds United 5-1 in the League Cup this Wednesday after trailing 1-0 at half time

David Moyes has expressed his desire to one day coach abroad, the Everton manager said that his most likely destination if he was given the choice would be Germany as he is fascinated by what happens

A number of Premier League clubs including Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle are all chasing Lyon's Brazilian winger Michel Bastos. The Lyon chairman has already hinted at a possible exit by saying that they would let him leave for the right price in January

QPR have today confirmed that technical director Mike Rigg has left the club. Rigg had only been at the club since last season as he wanted to work with at the time boss Mark Hughes

Liverpool are set to make a bid for young England goalkeeper Jack Butland in the coming weeks to go along with the possible signings of Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince

Arsenal have rejected a bid of £2.5 million for left back Andre Santos from Turkish side Galatasaray. It has been rumoured that they won't accept a bid lower than £5 million for the Brazilian

Coventry City midfielder Franck Moussa is hoping to stay with the club once his short term deal expires in January


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