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Footy Talk: Football News and Rumours - December 23rd 2016

Updated: 23 December 2016 18:09 IST - Published: 23 December 2016 10:34 IST
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That's all we have in today's edition of Footy Talk. We will be back again tomorrow with the latest news updates and transfer rumours from around the globe. Until the next time we meet, this is Nived Zenith signing off!

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COPA DEL REY LAST 16 DRAWLas Palmas v Atletico MadridAlcorcon v CordobaBarcelona v Athletic ClubReal Madrid v SevillaReal Sociedad v Villarreal Deportivo v AlavesValencia v Celta VigoOsasuna v Eibar

COPA DEL REY LAST 16 DRAW

Las Palmas v Atletico Madrid
Alcorcon v Cordoba
Barcelona v Athletic Club
Real Madrid v Sevilla
Real Sociedad v Villarreal 
Deportivo v Alaves
Valencia v Celta Vigo
Osasuna v Eibar


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WENGER ON OSCAR

WENGER ON OSCAR

"It’s a surprise, a distortion. When you're a football player you want to combine quality of competition with the quality of your wages. It’s a surprise to me but when I was in Japan they had many Brazilian players like Leonardo, Jorginho and Dunga. The competition was well organised. At the moment I think Oscar moves because he doesn't play - China gives him that opportunity and they invest a lot of money to create a big force. It could become a problem in future for the Premier League.”

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NASRI: PEP WANTED ME TO STAY!

NASRI: PEP WANTED ME TO STAY!

"I had a good pre-season but needed a change," Nasri told Sevilla's official magazine. "Guardiola wanted me to stay. In my last season, I had many injuries and wanted to start something new, fresh. So I contacted other clubs but, when I heard Sevilla, I knew I needed to come here. If you know anything about football, you know that Sevilla has returned many players back to the top."

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JESE EYEING LA LIGA RETURN!PSG forward Jese Rodriguez is willing to go to Las Palmas on loan next month, according to Cadena Ser. The Spaniard left Real Madrid for in a deal worth around €30m last summer but he has struggled to establish himself in France. Jese has already informed senior Las Palmas figures that he is willing to join them in January.

JESE EYEING LA LIGA RETURN!

PSG
forward Jese Rodriguez is willing to go to Las Palmas on loan next month, according to Cadena Ser. The Spaniard left Real Madrid for in a deal worth around €30m last summer but he has struggled to establish himself in France. Jese has already informed senior Las Palmas figures that he is willing to join them in January.

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JUVE WANT KROOS!Serie A champions Juventus are weighing up an ambitious move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to reports in Italy. The Bianconeri are looking to boost their midfield options and Germany international Kroos has emerged as one of their targets and Juve’s managing director, Beppe Marotta, is willing to sanction a big-money move for Kroos, who is under contract until 2022 and would cost around €60m. 

JUVE WANT KROOS!

Serie A champions Juventus are weighing up an ambitious move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, according to reports in Italy. The Bianconeri are looking to boost their midfield options and Germany international Kroos has emerged as one of their targets and Juve’s managing director, Beppe Marotta, is willing to sanction a big-money move for Kroos, who is under contract until 2022 and would cost around €60m. 

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We're not quite sure what Arsenal meant there!

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The 25-year-old has made 203 Chelsea appearances, scoring 38 times in the process. He will join the Chinese Super League team at the beginning of the January transfer window for a reported fee of £60m. 

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OFFICIAL: CHELSEA HAVE AGREED TERMS FOR MIDFIELDER OSCAR WITH SHANGHAI SIPG! 

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DRAXLER EDGING CLOSER TO PSG MOVE!According to reports, Julian Draxler is edging closer to agreeing terms with French giants Paris Saint Germain. The Germany international is said to have confirmed interest from two clubs and an announcement is imminent in the next couple of weeks.

DRAXLER EDGING CLOSER TO PSG MOVE!

According to reports, Julian Draxler is edging closer to agreeing terms with French giants Paris Saint Germain. The Germany international is said to have confirmed interest from two clubs and an announcement is imminent in the next couple of weeks.

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DEFOE BACK TO WEST HAM?West Ham are set to launch an audacious bid to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the club from Sunderland, according to reports. The Hammers are reportedly readying a £6 million offer for the veteran marksman who started his career with the club.Sunderland would understandably withstand West Ham’s attempts to snatch their main source of goals but they might be tempted to get Defoe off the wage bill. 

DEFOE BACK TO WEST HAM?

West Ham
are set to launch an audacious bid to bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the club from Sunderland, according to reports. The Hammers are reportedly readying a £6 million offer for the veteran marksman who started his career with the club.Sunderland would understandably withstand West Ham’s attempts to snatch their main source of goals but they might be tempted to get Defoe off the wage bill. 

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BILIC: PAYET NOT LEAVING

BILIC: PAYET NOT LEAVING

"We do not want to sell him, he is our top player. We said the same the last window and now all the speculation starts again. He's got a contract with us, a long contract and I'll say what I always say: we don't want to sell him. West Ham have given a strong statement that we want to keep our best player. You can't stop speculation; great players always attract attention when the window comes," he said. "We always knew this would happen, that there would be stories, rumours in the media. This is why it's important for the club to say this, but it's nothing new."

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PSV WANT VAN GINKELPSV Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands has confirmed the club want to sign Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel.

PSV WANT VAN GINKEL

PSV Eindhoven
sporting director Marcel Brands has confirmed the club want to sign Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel. "We need to check with Chelsea," Brands told Dutch broadcaster Omroep Brabant. "Of course he's on our list, but we must also see if there is a spot for him at this time in our team." 

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LLORIS LOOKING FORWARD TO TOTTENHAM FUTURE

Hugo Lloris
insists the three-year contract extension he signed today shows he is excited by Tottenham's trophy prospects. "I'm very pleased with this new contract, and of course that's the way I show my commitment to the club, my team-mates and the gaffer," Lloris told Tottenham's official club website. "It shows again how much I believe in this project and hopefully the best year is ahead." 

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LINDELOF'S AGENT CONFIRMS BID!The agent of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has confirmed there is a bid on the table for his client - but he has refused to confirm if it is from Manchester United.

LINDELOF'S AGENT CONFIRMS BID!

The agent of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has confirmed there is a bid on the table for his client - but he has refused to confirm if it is from Manchester United. "I will not comment on specific clubs," Hasan Cetinkaya told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. "I can only comment that there is a bid on Benfica's table, they can consider it. And I'll be meeting with Benfica also. He knows that there is a concrete bid and is happy about it - this is proof that he has done very well."

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Paris St Germain captain Thiago Silva has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the Ligue 1 club until 2020.

"It's an immense pleasure to extend my contract with Paris St Germain," Thiago told the club's official website. "Here, I have found a marvellous club where I can thrive."

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Alan Pardew becomes the second manager to lose his job this season with Sam Allardyce touted as his replacement at Selhurst Park!