Paper Talk: 29 December

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Everton striker Nikica Jelavic is the latest striker Arsenal have scouted in their search for a new centre forward in the January transfer window. A Gunners scout watched the Croatia international in Everton’s 2-1 victory over West Ham on December 22. [Daily Mail]

Manchester City are prepared to sell £24m defender Joleon Lescott for a cut-price £8m in January. The England centre-back has been replaced by Matija Nastasic in the Manchester City team this season, and is now deemed surplus to requirements by Roberto Mancini. [The Sun]

Sunderland are keen to sign on-loan defender Danny Rose from Tottenham on a permanent basis. Spurs visit the Stadium of Light on Saturday, and the Black Cats hope to discuss a deal for the England under-21 international. [Sunderland Echo]

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Manchester United probably won’t conduct any ‘serious transfer business’ in January, but did not completely rule out bringing in new faces next month. The Old Trafford club have been linked with Everton’s Leighton Baines and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in recent weeks. [Daily Mail]

Tito Vilanova is set to return to work as Barcelona boss by the middle of January, according to club president Sandro Rosell. Vilanova underwent surgery on December 20 after suffering a recurrence of cancer in his saliva glands. [Guardian]

Harry Redknapp has quashed reports linking Queens Park Rangers with a move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Redknapp is expected to make signings next month, but has admitted it will be difficult to convince players to join a club in the bottom three of the Premier League. []

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