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Lazio and Viola battle for Juve strikers; Moyes hints at January signings

hot-transfer-newsLazio and Viola battle for Juve strikers

Italian newspaper Tuttosport understands that Juventus forwards Fabio Quagliarella and Alessandro Matri could leave Turin in the January transfer window.

With Nicolas Anelka set to join the Biancocelesti on a five-month loan and Fernando Llorente to arrive in the summer, Juventus are expected to offload at least one striker in January.

Given that both Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella are held in high regard by top Serie A clubs, the Old Lady are likely to earn a nice profit in the process.

Tuttosport has suggested that Fiorentina could make a move on Quagliarella, with boss Vincenzo Montella a big admirer of the player.

On the other hand, Lazio are keeping close tabs on Matri, who they see as a long-term replacement for veteran forward Miroslav Klose.

Considering that Nicklas Bendtner is still on the sidelines, Juventus officials are unlikely to allow both players to leave in January, but one of them could have been gone by the time the transfer window closes.

Moyes hints at January signings

Everton manager David Moyes has admitted that he is planning to add to his squad in the January transfer window.

The Toffees are enjoying one of their most successful seasons in recent history, but with the team fighting for a top 4 finish in the Premiership and on the verge of reaching FA Cup final stages, Moyes is desperate to improve the strength in depth.

“I don’t have many options and we don’t have big cash but I will try to freshen things up,” the Scottish manager told Daily Post.

“I’m just looking; we need some freshness for the second half of the season. A lot of my time in the next week will be devoted to trying to get someone in.”

Everton have been linked with Etienne Capoue, James McCarthy, Momo Diame and Kevin Gameiro among others.

Everton currently sit three points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham, but they are still very much in the race for Champions League places.

A 2-1 win over Bolton saw the Toffees qualify for the FA Cup 5th round, where they will face Oldham Athletic, meaning they have a great chance to make it to the quarter-finals.

Lille close in on Isimat-Mirin

LOSC Lille are in negotiations with Valenciennes over defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, L’Equipe has revealed.

With centre-back Aurelien Chedjou widely tipped with a move away from the club, les Dogues seem to have lined up a replacement for the Cameroonian defender.

According to L’Equipe, they are close to reaching an agreement with Valenciennes for the capture of Nicolas Isimat-Mirin.

Lille are ready to pay around €2.5 million for the talented defender, who would remain at his current club on loan until the end of the season.

Such a proposal seem tempting for Valenciennes, but with just few more days left until the January transfer window closes, los Dogues will have to be quick if they want to get their man.

Isimat-Mirin, 21, is very interested in joining the French giants and is expected to sign a four-year deal at Grand Stade Lille Metropole.

For more news about football transfers and rumours, visit our Transfer News section. To view all football transfers for 2012/13 season, visit our Soccer Transfers section.

Mon 28 January, 2013
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