Transfer window gossip – 09/01/13

Updated: January 9, 2013

Liverpool are close to finalising a £6m deal for Blackpool forward Tom Ince, 20, after a breakthrough in negotiations.

West Brom confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will remain at The Hawthorns for the rest of the season.

Former England captain David Beckham has been offered a two-year deal to join the Qatar Stars League.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup wants Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, to replace Danny Graham, who is being chased by Reading and Sunderland.

Sunderland complete the signing of French youngster Alfred N’Diaye. N’Diaye has signed a deal at the Stadium of Light until the summer of 2016.

Laudrup is also lining up another cut-price deal from Spain with a £750,000 move for Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas.

Arsenal will this week make an improved five-year offer of £25m to Theo Walcott in a bid to resolve the 23-year-old forward’s contract saga.

Manchester United’s path to signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, looks to be clear after Tottenham insisted they would not pursue the youngster.

Rafael Benitez has warned Chelsea’s senior players that they must face up to the prospect of their inevitable departures from Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United striker Davide Petrucci, 21, and defender Scott Wootton, 21, are expected to move on loan to Championship side Peterborough United – managed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s son, Darren – this week.

Reading have made an approach to sign Manchester United’s 22-year-old England forward Danny Welbeck.

Manchester United’s 34-year-old defender Rio Ferdinand is ready to snub deals from the Middle East, MLS and China and instead pledge his future to the Old Trafford club.

Andrea Pirlo says he would welcome Frank Lampard to Juventus ‘with open arms’ if his fellow midfielder makes a move to Italy this summer, but believes Chelsea would be foolish to let such a player go.

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