Transfer Clock: 18 days down, 13 to go until the Transfer Window opens. We bring you the big five transfer stories from the past 24 hours...
1) While Arsenal's interest in Diego Costa reported by The Mail led their report on the Gunners transfer interest, another potential target caught our eye. They write Manchester United Javier Hernandez is high on Arsene Wenger's shortlist of strike options. Hernandez, 25, has scored just one Premier League goal this season but has only had three starts. Chicharito has failed to score against the Gunners in four separate appearances. Spurs have also been linked previously with the Mexican. Arsenal may have the money to tempt United but David Moyes remains unlikely to want to sell to a Premier League rival.
2) Fredy Guarin's agent has given clarity on rumours linking his client to Chelsea. He has confirmed Chelsea have made an approach for the Colombian and want to sign the midfielder. However he says Inter and Chelsea must come to terms before personal terms can be discussed, with Guarin perfectly happy to stay in Italy. He also said he must be convinced of Chelsea's 'sporting project', likely hinting he wants assurances over first team football.
3) Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has reported Chelsea are still in for Falcao despite the striker's recent insistence he is happy at AS Monaco. They claim the striker is unpopular at the club and creating an awkward atmosphere, and the Ligue 1 side are prepared to cash in despite their own denials. They also claim that they could cash in at €55 million, but also add Real Madrid are not interested in a January deal. If we were betting we'd be tipping this move not to come off, but it's a fascinating new development nonetheless.
4) Ivan Rakitic has alerted Liverpool and Manchester United as to his availability after expressing discontent with life at Sevilla. The Mirror are one of several papers to report him as saying: "I'm in Seville for three years now and in this time many things have changed. It is clear that in such a big club people can not be satisfied with average results. If there is no success, if there are no trophies, frustration grows."
Seven goal midfielder Rakitic has a release clause of €40 million, and the Mirror suggest United are 'possibly' looking at a double-deal to include Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno, whose clause stands at €25 million. The double deal would be expensive but it would address two major areas of concern David Moyes is thought to hold, despite another impressive performance from Patrice Evra against Stoke.
5) Newcastle United 'head the queue' to sign Wilfried Zaha on loan in January report The Telegraph. Eight other Premier League clubs are said to also be interested, but the paper claims Newcastle are manager David Moyes' preference because Alan Pardew's side in his opinion have the greatest chance of taking points off their rivals. Such a tactical decision if ever expressed publicly by Moyes would reignite the debate over the loan system, which Arsene Wenger recently criticised regarding Chelsea loaning Romelu Lukaku to Everton.
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