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Toon have their targets, but will wait to make their move according to Pardew

Billy Davies (L), Harry Redknapp (C) and Slaven Bilic (R) have all been linked with the West Ham job should Sam Allardyce be sacked

Billy Davies, Harry Redknapp or Slaven Bilic could replace Sam Allardyce if West Ham sack their manager

Davies is believed to be on the club's radar after he guided Nottingham Forest to a 5-0 FA Cup win over the Hammers last Sunday

Former Germany international footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay

Thomas Hitzlsperger: Former Germany international hopes revelation about his sexuality will 'move the discussion forward'

Hitzlsperger revealed on Wednesday that he is gay and hopes that the widespread acceptance will help to progress the discussion of homosexual sportspeople forward

Muangthong United's new signing Jay Bothroyd

Transfer news: Former QPR striker Jay Bothroyd signs sensational £5m tax-free deal with Thai side Muangthong United

"This is a fantastic challenge and I am looking forward to life in Thailand with my family," Bothroyd says upon signing the deal

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Transfer news round-up: Arsenal's Morata bid knocked back; Moyes handed Manchester United war chest; Chelsea miss out on Guarin

Today's biggest transfer stories as clubs hurry to get business done early

Loic Remy has been a hit at Newcastle

Transfer news: Loic Remy will cost Newcastle £16m, says QPR manager Harry Redknapp

QPR manager inflates Loic Remy's price in attempt to start a bidding war

Ross Barkley celebrates his goal in the 4-0 FA Cup victory over QPR

Ross Barkley 'nailed on' for place at World Cup 2014 according to Everton teammate Gareth Barry

Barkley made his international debut towards the end of 2013 and Barry claims that his form in the Premier League should see him named in Roy Hodgson's squad for Brazil 2014

Mario Mandzukic, an old-fashioned target man, celebrates his goal

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A look at some of the more eye opening rumours from around the web as the transfer window hurtles on

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic celebrates with James McCarthy after scoring in the 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR

Everton 4 QPR 0: Gareth Barry praises manager Roberto Martinez for FA Cup performance from striker Nikica Jelavic

Barry says the Spaniard deserves credit for keeping the Croatian smiling despite stint among substitutes

Nikica Jelavic scored twice for Everton against Queens Park Rangers

Everton 4 QPR 0 match report: Nikica Jelavic impresses his suitors

Everton put four past Harry Redknapp's side to book their place in the draw for the next round with the striker netting twice against the side rumoured to be interested in him

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Transfer news: QPR join Liverpool in race for Napoli wing-back Armando Anastasio

The 17-year-old is attracting interest from a host of clubs

Roberto Martinez insists that Everton will resist transfer bids for their top players during the transfer window

FA Cup: Everton v QPR match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie at Goodison Park

Gus Poyet has made his first move of the January transfer window with a bid of £2.5m for Liam Bridcutt

Transfer news: Gus Poyet targets Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt and QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips to help Sunderland's fight for Premier League survival

Gus Poyet has made his first move of the January transfer window with a bid of £2.5m for his former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

Central to his thinking: The gifted Christian Eriksen (left) could find a regular berth but Tim Sherwood must work out his best midfield combination

Tim Sherwood looks to strike right balance at Spurs

Interim manager is very much the realist about the balance between entertainment and results

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