The Calm before the Storm: Deadline Day Preview

Tom Huddlestone

Reading, West Brom, Manchester City, Fulham, and Sunderland all feature.

We update you on the latest major transfer stories doing the rounds before transfer deadline day begins.

The transfer of Tom Ince could go either way tomorrow with Reading and Liverpool battling for the striker. Ince has been the subject of an official bid from both clubs with Reading boss Brian McDermott urging Ince to join Reading over going to Liverpool for the money.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has admitted the club could be forced to sell key striker Peter Odemwingie. The forward has been heavily linked with a move to QPR and although Clarke has said he wants him to stay, he has admitted that all of his players have their price.

Jack Butland looks set to remain a Birmingham City player until at least the summer after rejecting the chance to discuss personal terms with Chelsea. Chelsea had a £3.5 million bid accepted but Butland is not keen on the move which he sees as potentially risking his future development.

Everton’s deal for Leroy Fer appears to be off after medical scans revealed a problem with the player’s knee. Everton are now said to be looking at alternatives.

Queens Park Rangers are closing in on a deal to sign former Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba from Russian side Anzhi. Harry Redknapp has targeted the experienced Samba as someone who can drastically improve the side’s defence and Samba is thought to be keen to get out of hostile Russian football.

Manchester City could trump Arsenal in the race for David Villa due to the recent departure of Mario Balotelli. City are thought to be ready with a £15 million bid for Villa, almost double what Arsenal are willing to pay. It could come off tomorrow as City are now a striker short.

Fulham have been linked with a £5 million deal for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone. Huddlestone is not first choice at White Hart Lane and could be tempted by a move across London. Martin Jol is thought to be keen on pushing the deal through according to several national newspapers.

Martin O’Neill has revealed that he is looking to do some last minute wheeling and dealing. The Sunderland boss has confirmed the club have put in bids for several players which means the club could be one of the busiest Premier League sides over the course of tomorrow. Swansea striker Danny Graham is thought to be the subject of one bid.

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