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Transfer talk: Featuring De Bruyne, Diego Costa and Berbatov

Transfer news from Chelsea, Fulham, Arsenal, Newcastle United, Everton, Liverpool, West Brom and Hull City.

Dimitar Berbatov may have been convinced to stay at Fulham by manager Rene Meulensteen. The Bulgarian star’s agent recently announced that he was looking to leave the club in January after becoming unhappy at the club.

However since Meulensteen’s arrival Berbatov’s performances have improved - and he could now stay, with Meulensteen stating:

“We are going to review the situation next month, but I could well have persuaded him to stay.”

It comes as Newcastle United reportedly show an interest in the players services.

Kevin De Bruyne’s anticipated exit from Chelsea seems to be progressing smoothly. He does not seem to be a part of the plans at Stamford Bridge under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho and is now expected to be on his way to Bayer Leverkusen.

His agent is said to have begun brokering a deal - which could be worth in the region of £12.5 million.

Diego Costa’s name is in the headlines again - as Chelsea are the latest Premier League side linked with the Spanish forward.

He has been banging in the goals for Atletico Madrid this season and that has seen the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool linked with the player.

But Chelsea are ready to pay the £32 million necessary to snap him up.

Hull City tried for him in the summer, and now Steve Bruce admits they could again move for Shane Long in the winter.

The Irish international’s deal at West Brom expires in the summer and The Tigers are after a striker:

“All I can say is that, if he does become available, we would definitely be interested. But who knows if that is going to happen? That’s the problem we face.”

Everton have reportedly told Nikica Jelavic and John Heitinga they are allowed to leave the club in January.

The pair are on the cusp of their respective nations World Cup squads and want regular football to book their places to Brazil.

Everton are happy to let them go - as it would free up cash for new acquisitions.


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