Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger confirms interest in Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings

Wenger has been linked with an £8m January move for the full-back

United’s readiness to spend underlines the faith the club have in Van Gaal

Manchester United ready to back Louis van Gaal with £100m, with Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte Diego Godin and Nathaniel Clyne on wish list

The need for defensive reinforcements has seen the club linked with Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

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Didier Drogba: Jose Mourinho reveals desire to keep Chelsea striker next season, but says retirement decision is 'personal'

Mourinho wants the Chelsea great to continue playing despite turning 37 in March

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It has been reported the pair are January targets for Van Gaal

Harry Kane gives the thumbs up after putting Spurs ahead in the 27th minute

Harry Kane transfer: Crystal Palace failed in move for Tottenham striker

Neil Warnock reveals bid for the youngster

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Henry is set to leave New York Red Bulls with rumours swirling

Emile Heskey stands alongside Gary Lineker

Emile Heskey transfer news: Former Leicester and Liverpool striker set for return to England after he trains with Bolton Wanderers

Former England striker has spent the last two seasons in Australia but was released in the summer

Petr Cech (right) and Chelsea's Didier Drogba (left) sit on the bench before the match between Burnley and Chelsea on Monday

Petr Cech transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms there have been no offers despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool

Goalkeeper has been linked with an exit for the club since losing No 1 spot

Diego Godin celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal could continue spending spree with January move for Diego Godin

United have struggled with injuries in defence this season and could look to the La Liga winner to strengthen their squad further

Glen Johnson scores against Stoke

Liverpool transfer news: Glen Johnson expects Anfield exit as Roma eye free transfer for England defender

Johnson is out of contract at the end of the season and Italian side Roma are believed to be willing to match his £120,000-a-week wages at Liverpool

Nani celebrates after scoring for Sporting Lisbon in their Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday

Nani transfer: No future for winger at Sporting Lisbon as club cannot afford his wages when loan deal with Manchester United runs out

Despite becoming the outstanding player in the Portuguese League, the player says there are 'always possibilities' of a return to Old Trafford

Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon
Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli: Striker won't leave Liverpool for Italy return as agent says move is 'impossible'

Balotelli has been linked with a return to Inter Milan with Roberto Mancini taking over the club he used to manager but Mino Raiola says he won't be leaving Anfield

Petr Cech transfer news: Chelsea goalkeeper prepared to stay until the summer

Cech wants to move to a club where he will be first choice

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