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

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.

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Cameron Stewart has featured in four of Ipswich Town's five pre-season games so far. Photo: PAGEPIX LTD

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Ipswich Town traillist Roland Lamah battles with Charlton's Ezri Konsa during tonight's friendly. 
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy likes what he’s seen in Belgian international triallist Roland Lamah.

Skipper Luke Chambers appeals as Christophe Berra goes over in the box late in the Charlton Athletic v Ipswich Town (Pre-season friendly) match at The Valley, London, on 26 July 2016.      
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Brett Pitman twice struck the crossbar as Ipswich Town were held to a goalless pre-season draw at League One side Charlton Athletic last night.

Teddy Bishop leaps a tackle in Ireland during pre-season. He will wear number 7 this season

Ipswich Town have revealed their squad numbers for the new Championship season this afternoon.

Luke Chambers on the ball during the Cambridge United v Ipswich Town pre-season friendly match at Abbey Road, Cambridge.  Picture: 
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Skipper Luke Chambers says Ipswich Town will try to be more of a passing side this season.

Town manager Mick McCarthy pictured at the Cambridge United v Ipswich Town (Pre-season friendly) match at Abbey Road, Cambridge, on 23 July 2016.  Picture: Steve Waller     
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he is frustrated at not being able to able to get transfer deals done.

Come on: Town manager Mick McCarthy not happy on the touch-line during the Cambridge United v Ipswich Town (Pre-season friendly) match at Abbey Road, Cambridge, on 23 July 2016.      
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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy said he ‘lost the plot’ with his players after they conceded a late equaliser in today’s 1-1 pre-season draw at League Two side Cambridge United.

Andre Dozzell  scores Town's goal in the Cambridge United v Ipswich Town pre-season friendly match at Abbey Road, Cambridge, on 23 July 2016.      
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Andre Dozzell’s goal was cancelled out at the death as Ipswich Town drew 1-1 at League Two side Cambridge United in their latest pre-season friendly.

Police at the Ipswich v Norwich derby.

Suffolk Constabulary has yet to confirm it will have a presence at Ipswich Town games this season - including the potentially powderkeg Old Farm Derby.

Sam Allardyce has been appointed the new England manager

Former Ipswich Town manager George Burley says new England boss Sam Allardyce still feels a sense of injustice over his Bolton side’s epic play-off defeat at Portman Road back in 2000.

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