METRO – January transfer window day eight: Round-up

Wesley Sneijder is keen to leave Inter Milan after on-going contract rows (Picture: Getty) Long-term Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder could finally be getting his long-awaited move to the Premier League, after his agent set tongues wagging by admitting the Dutchman wants a move to a ‘top’ English club. The Inter Milan midfielder has been sitting on the sidelines for much of this season after a contract dispute at the San Siro and is now keen to make a move to England. Inter Milan are keen on Edin Dzeko (Picture: Getty) And Inter could orchestrate a move to City, with their target Edin Dzeko coming the other way. Read the full story here. But one City player who is not wanted in Italy is Mario Balotelli. Rotten apple: Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli (Picture: Action Images) Reports yesterday linked the controversial striker with a move to AC Milan, but the club’s president Silvio Berlusconi has ruled out the signing, calling the 22-year-old a ‘rotten apple’. Across Manchester, United are set to battle it out with Chelsea for the signings of teenage stars Hervin Ongenda and Marko Dabro. 17-year-old Ongenda has been scoring for fun in Paros Saint Germain’s Under-19 side this term, while Dabro is wanted across Europe, with Italian giants Juventus also keen on the Cibalia youngster. Marouane Fellaini has become one of the Premier League’s hottest properties (Picture: Reuters/Action Images) And Chelsea are also hot on the trail of Everton’s Marouane Fellaini but face stiff competition from Arsenal. It has been rumoured the Belgian international has a £22m buy-out clause in his contract, which has caught the attention of the London rivals. Click here to read more. But the Blues have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Malaga midfielder Isco, after the Spanish club said they would reject any offer for their 20-year-old playmaker. Isco has also been tracked by Tottenham, but it doesn’t appear Andre Villas-Boas will be getting his man either. Talent: Younes Belhanda is wanted by sides across Europe (Picture: EPA) But one midfielder AVB may be bringing to White Hart Lane is Montpellier’s Younes Belhanda, although they will have to fend off the advances of Turkish side Fenerbahce. Also in north London, Arsenal appear to have missed out on two of their January transfer targets, after Barcelona told Arsene Wenger to forget about signing striker David Villa, as they have no intention of letting the Spaniard leave the Nou Camp. Staying put: Barcelona are refusing to sell David Villa this month (Picture: AFP) And the Gunners have decided to end their interest in Rennes star Yann M’Vila, who is also wanted by QPR. Read the full story here. The Hoops have started to make way for prospective January arrivals, after telling Kieron Dyer his services are no longer required at Loftus Road. While defender Ryan Nelson has been named as manager of Canadian side Toronto FC, dealing a huge blow to Harry Redknapp’s survival plans. Lazio’s Modibo Diakite looks set to leave Rome for Merseyside (Picture: Getty Images) Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool remain hopeful of landing Lazio defender Modibo Diakite after holding a second round of talks with the player who is out of contract at the end of the season. Don’t forget to catch up with Metro’s live transfer blog tomorrow for all the latest news and rumours from the January window.

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