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Lunchtime report: January 7

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning on adding two new signings in January after his side's FA Cup draw with Swansea added to the club's fixture congestion. (Daily Mirror)

The Gunners now face the prospect of five matches in 13 days after yesterday's 2-2 scoreline at the Liberty Stadium.

Demba Ba could not have asked for more from his Chelsea debut after what has been a whirlwind week. (Sky Sports)

The 27-year-old completed his move from Newcastle on Friday and scored twice for the Blues in his new side's emphatic 5-1 FA Cup third-round victory against Southampton.

Manchester City are lining up a £45million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, fuelling speculation Mario Balotelli could leave the club in January. (Daily Mail)

The Uruguayan has been a long-term target for Roberto Mancini, and is reportedly being lined up as a replacement for the erratic Italian.

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic expressed his frustrations at the ongoing frailties in his team's defence. (Sky Sports)

Despite riding high in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson's back four have been criticised after an unconvincing start to the season, and again performed in shaky fashion in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Schalke have opened the door for Tottenham to sign Lewis Holtby this month, rather than at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

The German international confirmed on Friday that he has chosen to join Spurs when his contract runs out in the summer - but could now arrive at White Hart Lane in January for a cut-price £1.6million.

And finally, Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova issued a message of thanks for the support he has received in his ongoing battle against cancer. (Sky Sports)

The 44-year-old made a winning return to the dugout as Barca beat local rivals Espanyol 4-0 last night.

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