Football Daily: January 10

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Thierry Henry came off the bench to score the winner upon his triumphant return to Arsenal last night, inspiring the Gunners to victory against Leeds.

The Arsenal legend scored his 227th goal for the club less than ten minutes after coming onto the pitch - with just his fifth touch of the ball.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed the 34-year-old striker's impact and presence on the pitch, describing the occasion as "a dream".

Elsewhere, Mark Hughes is on the verge of being appointed as manager of QPR - and will make striker Darren Bent his priority transfer target.

In other news, Lionel Messi has been crowned as the best player in the world, winning the prestigious FIFA Ballon D'or for the third year in a row.

Transfer news

Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for the signing of Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, who could be available for as little as £3m. (The Guardian)

Chelsea are close to tying up a deal for 20-year-old winger Kevin De Bruyne, who will join in the summer from Genk for around £8m. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Manchester CIty, Manchester United and Tottenham are all targeting talented young Croatian playmaker Mateo Kovacic. (IM Scouting)

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