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Transfer Clock: Leeds' Pavoletti deadline, City lead race for United target, Liverpool and Spurs fight for Berahino

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A look at the late breaking transfer stories heading into December 30th...

Leeds give ultimatum to Pavoletti

The rumours surrounding Leeds United's chase of Leonardo Pavoletti start way back in the summer, but his club Sassuolo wouldn't let him go on deadline day. It's therefore little surprise that Neil Redfearn's men have rekindled their interest in the 26-year-old given that he's barely featured in Serie A this season.

Pavoletti was at Leeds' game against Wigan on Boxing Day, but Tutto Mercato Web report that Leeds are going to push Pavoletti for a concrete decision in the coming days. If he's still stalling on a deal, then Leeds will pull the plug and look elsewhere, with Juve Stabia's Samuel Di Carmine linked.

City to beat United to Miranda?

Manchester City have tried so hard to find a real partner for Vincent Kompany in recent years, but still can't seem to find one. Jerome Boateng, Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis have all featured but failed to nail down the role, whilst Eliaquim Mangala has been shaky this season.

That has led to speculation that they could flex their muscles in the transfer market once again, with Manchester United target Miranda believed to be on Manuel Pellegrini's shortlist. The Brazilian, 30, is available for £20m according to the Daily Mirror, and City want to beat their fierce rivals United to his signature.

Liverpool to fight Spurs for Berahino

With seven goals for West Bromwich Albion this season, it's little surprise that Saido Berahino is being linked with some of the biggest clubs in England. The 21-year-old, who was called up to the England squad earlier this season, has had a dip in form of late - but that isn't putting off potential suitors.

The Daily Mail claim that Liverpool are set to hijack Tottenham's bid to sign Berahino, and are willing to pay close to the Baggies' £25m asking price on the Burundi-born forward.

Rumours in brief...

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