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Transfer Deadline Day News: Arsenal close in on David Villa

by Aidan Elder | January 25, 2013
HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO BE A GUNNER - With limited chances at Barca, Villa could make the move to Arsenal (pic: Inpho)

HANDS UP WHO WANTS TO BE A GUNNER – With limited chances at Barca, Villa could make the move to Arsenal (pic: Inpho)

Vil’ It Happen for Arsenal

David Villa was an unused sub in Barcelona’s Copa Del Rey victory over Malaga and some people have joined the dots to suggest it’s a sure-fire sign he’s definitely, absolutely, positively 150% on his way to Arsenal. Despite famously being averse to players over 30 and generally spending money, it’s suggested that Arsene Wenger is now likely to make a move for the striker. Barca don’t seem overly pushed about keeping him but they have said they won’t let him go during January’s panic buying window. Daily Mail

Tying Up The L-eagle-itties

Yes, that’s a woeful headline, but stick with it because it’s an interesting story. Wilfried Zaha is due at Old Trafford today for a medical and providing he has two legs, two arms, a head and doesn’t start wheezing walking up the stairs, he’ll complete a £15 million move to Manchester United. The Crystal Palace whippersnapper (20) won’t join the United title push just yet as reports say he’ll be loaned back to the Eagles to help with Operation Get Ian Holloway’s Mad Quotes Back Into the Premier League. The Mirror

Other stuff

– After failing to kill Bart Simpson and his aunt Selma, life gets worse for Fabricio Coloccini as he’s told it will cost him £7 million if he wants to hissy fit his way out of St. James’s Park this January. The Mirror

– Manchester City have reportedly reject AC Milan’s bid to take the comical hijinks of Mario Balotelli on loan until the end of the season. The Italian club have cracked open the piggy bank and revealed that the most they can afford to spend on City’s striker is £21.2 million. Gazzetta dello Sport

– Sunderland are nearing the capture of ‘an unnamed Peru international left back’. I think they’re just being coy about who it is rather than signing someone who has no name. The Journal

– Despite not giving much of a toss when he was available on a free last summer, Tottenham have been swept up the Mohamed Diame flavour of the month buzz and will pay the £3.5 million it costs to release him from his current contract with West Ham. That will upset Arsenal, Everton and Fulham who were also keen on the midfielder. The Guardian

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