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Transfer rumours: Balotelli and Fellaini move towards the exit as Wenger looks to spend

PUBLISHED: 12:01 17 December 2012

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

As the January transfer window draws ever closer, Edmund Crosthwaite takes a look at some of the rumours about next month’s possible movers.

Arsene Wenger appears to be ready for an overhaul of his squad as the Telegraph reports he is looking at five new players for his side with three of them already playing in the Premier League.

The trio of Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling are apparently interesting the Frenchmen who could also turn to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Thierry Henry in order to improve Aresnal’s fortunes.

Ill discipline could spell the end of Mario Balotelli’s time at Manchester City. The Italian was suspended for 11 of City’s 54 games last season and is now refusing to pay a £340k fine dished out by his employers; both Milan clubs are showing interest in the striker.

Another bad boy who could be on his way is Marouane Fellaini following his antics against Stoke on Saturday. Fellaini’s repeated clashes with opposition defender Ryan Shawcross could lead to a retrospective ban from the FA and a six-figure fine from Everton.

Reports that Chelsea and Paris St Germain could be willing to pay £30m for the Belgian might make selling him an attractive proposition for manager David Moyes.

Birmingham manager Lee Clarke has told the Mirror that it will take a “substantial figure” to prise19-year-old Jack Butland away from St Andrews.

Potential suitors Liverpool and Everton will have to stump up more than the £6m offered in the summer by Southampton if they really want to add the young England ‘keeper to their ranks.

In the Championship the Sun believe Gianfranco Zola will show Watford trio Chris Iwelumo, Joe Garner and Paul Dickinson the door while Leeds may offer Reading defender Ian Harte an opportunity to return to the Yorkshire club.

They’re also reporting a potential move away from Manchester United for Federico Macheda with second-tier sides Blackpool and Brighton leading the chase.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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