On this day: Liverpool's plan to land Sneijder and Gunners to hijack Newcastle Yanga-Mbiwa deal

On January 20 2013, what were the stories dominating the papers and online sites? Including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

As the rumour mill gets ready to claim for overtime this month, I’ve cast my eye back to the stories which were making the headlines on this date last year.

What were the main stories involving the big clubs and the best players? What was creating the buzz, the talking points and creating the general euphoria in the January transfer window?

‘Liverpool’s plan to get Wesley Sneijder’

Several online blogs and reports suggested that Brendan Rodgers was considering a radical sequence of events to try and sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan.

The Daily star suggested that Rodgers was ready to offload Sebastian Coates in order to part fund a move for the Dutchman who was also being strongly linked with a move to Manchester United.

‘Arsenal poised to hijack Newcastle United target’

Arsenal were apparently looking at the chance of poaching Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa away from Newcastle United at the final hurdle as Arsene Wenger looked for a value winter signing to sure up his defence.

However, the Gunners weren’t able to swoop for the Frenchman who completed an £8.5 million transfer to St James Park just two days later.

‘Cole agrees new contract at Chelsea

The Daily Mail led with a report on Roman Abramovich offering left-back Ashley Cole a new one-year £8 million contract to stay at the club, with the option to extend the deal even further.

Cole was being linked with a move to Real Madrid to link up with Jose Mourinho, before the news that he was going back to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge of the side become public knowledge.

‘United closing on £12 million Zaha deal’

Manchester United were locked in a battle against Arsenal to sign highly rated winger Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

Sir Alex Ferguson eventually managed to pull the deal off before loaning Zaha back to Palace for the rest of the season.

Had Zaha known Ferguson would retire and how his United career had turned out under David Moyes, would he have agreed to the move?

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