Evening Report: January 11

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Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United 'went the extra mile' to sign Robin van Persie during the summer transfer window, because he knew the Dutchman would make the difference at Old Trafford.

Van Persie has scored 20 goals for the Red Devils since his £24 million move from Arsenal.

Frank Lampard is unlikely to leave Stamford Bridge for a northern club like Manchester United, as the Chelsea star has played in the south for his entire career, says Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season, and Pulis has ruled himself out of a swoop for the 34-year-old.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he will not sign average players during the January transfer window.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of potential signings, including David Villa and Wilfried Zaha.

Manchester City are reportedly prepared to accept offers in the region of €30 million for striker Mario Balotelli.

Roberto Mancini however, insists the Italian won't be leaving the Etihad Stadium.

Andre Villas-Boas believes Harry Redknapp's knowledge of Tottenham's players will give Queens Park Rangers an advantage, when the two sides meet this weekend.

Villas-Boas replaced Redknapp at White Hart Lane in the summer, and the former has since succeeded Mark Hughes at Loftus Road.

Barcelona may be 16 points ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga, but Lionel Messi insists the title race isn't over yet.

Messi has told Barcelona they can't relax and allow Real Madrid to claw their way back into contention.

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