Transfer Talk: Featuring Debuchy, Cavani, and Cole

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Chelsea, West Ham United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Sunderland, QPR, Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan all feature.

A round-up of transfer news and gossip from the past 24 hours...

Joe Cole is set to snub a move to Harry Redknapp's QPR and rejoin boyhood club West Ham, report The Mail. The Liverpool attacker could sign on a permanent deal, and even be available in time to make his return against Manchester United in the FA Cup this weekend.

Demba Ba's move to Chelsea is almost complete, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew stating 'its done'. The manager added Ba will leave with the club's blessing, and Newcastle now know where they stand, having plenty of time to bring in a replacement. Ba will give competition to Fernando Torres who again struggled last night.

Newcastle themselves are closing in on Frenchman Mathieu Debuchy, with the right-back said to be just a medical way from sealing a £5 million move. The international is ready to leave Lille and would certainly strengthen a Newcastle back-line which has been hit by injuries this season, and ask questions over the future of Danny Simpson.

Manchester City have made Napoli striker Edinson Cavani their top target for the summer, report The Sun, after a well known agent agent said he would look to leave Naples at the end of the season. Chelsea are also interested in Cavani, along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. However Cavani's representatives have hit back and said there are no plans so far to leave.

Mauro Zarate is a target for Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke City, after the Lazio attacker's agent declared the attacker's intentions to leave the club. Lazio want £5 million for the Argentine who enjoyed a spell in the Premier League earlier in his career with Birmingham City. Meanwhile at Arsenal Sebastien Squillaci has been speaking about his desire to move, and may wait until his contract expires in the summer, and Johan Djourou could move to German side Hannover who have recently become flush with cash.

Sunderland are ready to move for PSG striker Guillaume Hoarau, who has struggled for match action this season. Liverpool and Everton are also interested in the 28-year-old, but the Mirror claim the Black Cats are in pole position.

QPR are looking at signing Lyon defender Antony Reveillere to help shore up their backline. The Telegraph report the right-back would become Redknapp's first signing and leave further uncertainty over Jose Bosingwa's future. 

Tottenham want to make a second effort to sign former Manchester United youngster Ezekiel Fryers, who they attempted to pick up last summer. Disagreements over a compensation fee would have meant a lengthy tribunal and the defender ended up making a surprise move to Belgium with Standard Liege. The Mail today report that Spurs want to sign the 20-year-old this month, and would offer a fee less than the £6 million they could have ended up paying United.

And finally, Wigan are hoping to complete the loan signing of goalkeeper Joel, from Atletico Madrid to add competition for Ali Al-Habsi's place.

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