Transfer Talk: Featuring Zaha, Lescott, and Livermore

Manchester United, Aston Villa, Liverpool, West Ham, Chelsea, QPR, Fulham all feature.

All the latest transfer news from the past 24 hours...

The Wilfried Zaha transfer saga continues, with ESPN reporting Manchester United are leading the chase for his signature. The news outlet claim the winger has had his head turned by the Red Devils, and their willingness to loan him back to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season has place them in pole position. Manager Ian Holloway has said as much as he wants to keep him, he won't personally stand in his way if it comes down to it.

Joleon Lescott is a target for Aston Villa, his boyhood club report The Mirror. The defender has gone from being an automatic selection last season to fourth choice centre-back and is tipped to leave Manchester City if the right offer comes in. He had been linked with a return to former club Everton, but Paul Lambert is said to be keen on utilising his experience to steer Villa away from a relegation fight, however any move would have to entail Lescott taking a pay cut.

Tom Ince is trying to push through his move to Liverpool, with his dad negotiating on his behalf. The Blackpool winger wants to seal a move before the weekend to avoid being ineligible for the FA Cup. The Inces are trying to convince Blackpool to lower their asking price to meet Liverpool's £5 million offer.

West Ham are set to rescue Marouane Chamakh from his Arsenal misery by offering him a loan move. Arsenal will not stand in his way, with the deal set to last until the end of the season. The 28-year-old scored eight times in 40 games for Arsenal.

The Hammers have signed another striker, Sean MacGuire. The Irishman signs from Waterford United and is a Republic under-19 international. The 18-year-old scored 13 in 24 games last season and has described the move as a 'dream come true.'

West London rivals QPR and Fulham are battling it out for the loan signing of Tottenham's Jake Livermore. The midfielder has found it tough to break into the side this season, and was tipped to rejoin former manager Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road, but Fulham and their need for central midfielders has seen them enter the fray. Tottenham are also said to be willing to listen to permanent offers for the 23-year-old.

Tottenham have clinched the signing of Ezekiel Fryers from Standard Liege.The 20-year-old defender was playing with Manchester United up until the end of last season, and had been strongly linked with White Hart Lane before making a surprise switch to Belgium. The move now looks like a cleverly orchestrated ruse by Spurs who have avoided a tribunal with Manchester United who could have been awarded up to £6 million in compensation at the time. The fee Spurs will pay Liege remains undisclosed.

Demba Ba has sealed his move to Chelsea, report The Telegraph. The switch was sealed late last night after a row over agents fees had delayed the transfer. Chelsea are hoping to have registered him in time so he will be eligible to face Southampton tomorrow in the FA Cup.

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