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15.01.2016 Sports News

Today's newspaper gossip: Real Madrid plan to spend £250m this window, Chelsea to sign Pato

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Real Madrid are planning to spend £250m in January after they were given a transfer ban, with £80m-rated Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 25, their top target. The Belgium international is joined on the list by Manchester United keeper David de Gea, 25, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, 27, and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, 27. (Sun)  

Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 22, and Everton centre-back John Stones, 21, are also targets for Real Madrid. (Daily Star)  

The lead story on Friday's back page of the Sun is Real Madrid's £250m January spending spree

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants sign West Brom's England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino. (Daily Mirror)  

But Albion say the 22-year-old is not for sale and have warned Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United not to make any bids. (Telegraph)  

Chelsea are close to signing Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 26, from Corinthians. (ESPN Brazil - in Portuguese)  

But the Blues will have to match Corinthians' £10m valuation of the Brazilian to boost their striking options. (Telegraph)  

And Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has been told he must sell France striker Loic Remy, 29, before he can bring in Pato. (Daily Star)  

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich believes his chances of landing top managerial target Diego Simeone have been improved after the Argentine's current club Atletico Madrid were given a transfer ban. (Daily Mirror)  

West Ham are hoping to beat Everton to a deal for Leeds' 22-year-old English right-back Sam Byram. (Daily Express)  

Leicester City are close to signing FC Copenhagen's 21-year-old Ghana defender Daniel Amartey for £5m. (Leicester Mercury)  

Newcastle are ready to make a £12m bid for Tottenham's 24-year-old England winger Andros Townsend. (Sun)  

Marseilles are close to re-signing Florian Thauvin, Newcastle United's unsettled 22-year-old France winger, on loan for the rest of the season. (Times - subscription required)  

Liverpool and Tottenham are monitoring 20-year-old winger Yasin ben el-Mhanni, who has impressed this season for Ryman Premier League side Lewes and has just started a trial at Crystal Palace. (Daily Mail)  

Best of BBC Radio 5 live

Real Madrid could be forced into moves for players this month, including Everton defender John Stones, after being banned from registering any new players for the next two transfer windows, according to Spanish football journalist Pete Jenson. (Listen here)

Best of social media
Juventus' former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has teased United fans over Instagram by posting a photo of himself   in the Red Devils kit.

Bournemouth record signing Tyrone Mings has tweeted   a picture of his recovery from a knee injury. The 22-year-old full-back, who was ruled out for the season in September, wrote "1 step closer" with an emoticon of a bulging bicep.

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida tweeted   his delight at goalkeeper Fraser Forster making his first start since March after recovering from a knee injury. "Glad to see our monster back last night," wrote the Japan international.

And finally
He has played in the Champions League and the World Cup and boasts three Premier League titles, but Joe Cole has revealed he is back cleaning his own boots after joining League One side Coventry City. (Coventry Telegraph)  

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