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Transfer talk: Featuring Borini, Salah and Alonso

Transfer news from Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Sunderland, Fulham and Everton.

Liverpool are in a real battle to snap up Egyptian star Mohamad Salah of FC Basel. The forward has been superb in recent seasons for the Swiss powerhouses - catching the eye in several matches on the European stage.

Liverpool have emerged as the outstanding candidate from the Premier League and former Tottenham star and fellow Egyptian Mido recently intimated a deal was done.

However the news today reveals that there is plenty of other interest in the player. With Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid joining the likes of Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Galatasaray in his pursuit.

Fulham playmaker Bryan Ruiz is reportedly a target for Spanish outfit Real Betis - and the interest is believed to be hotting up. It is reported that the Costa Rican - who is no longer a regular at Craven Cottage could spend the rest of the season on loan at Real Betis to get regular action ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

Fabio Borini will not be joining Udinese. The Liverpool striker, on loan at Sunderland, will report back to Anfield at the end of the season according to his agent Marco De Marchi:

“At the end of the season Borini will return to Liverpool where he is a favourite of Rodgers. He was his first purchase, he had already coached him at Chelsea and at Swansea, so you should talk to him for a possible sale, but I think that his intention is not to send him away.”

Dundee United boss Jackie McNamara has admitted he will struggle to hold on to Andrew Robertson this winter - after Roberto Martinez checked out the defender. But he stated he saw the scouting mission as a compliment:

“It's a compliment if anything if someone like Roberto Martinez comes to watch some of our young players. There is a lot of speculation at the moment, which we are just having to get used to.”

Chelsea are being linked with a cut-price January move for Xabi Alonso. The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of the season - and rumour has it Jose Mourinho might make a move before the end of January.

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