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Alexandre Pato has been linked with Chelsea.

PA Sport football gossip 21/01/2016

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The latest gossip and rumours from the newspapers and online:

ALEXANDRE PATO is close to joining Chelsea, with the Barclays Premier League club closing in on an ?8million deal for the Corinthians striker. The Daily Express report that talks are ongoing for the 26-year-old, with an initial loan deal still an option.

The Sun are reporting that former Manchester United defender NEMANJA VIDIC could be set for a surprise return to English football with a move to Aston Villa. The Serbian is out of contract after leaving Inter Milan and Villa boss Remi Garde wants his experience to bolster his side's fight against the drop.

Arsenal are primed to splash the cash on Switzerland international GRANIT XHAKA, according to the Daily Star. The Borussia Monchengladbach forward is expected to cost the Gunners up to ?37million in the summer.

Former West Ham and Newcastle midfielder KEVIN NOLAN is expected to be named as Leyton Orient player-manager. The Guardian Series report that the 33-year-old has been appointed by the Sky Bet League Two club as Ian Hendon's successor.

Finally, the daily SAIDO BERAHINO update. The wantaway West Brom striker is thought to prefer a move to Tottenham, though the Daily Mirror report that the Baggies would prefer to sell him to Newcastle in a ?15million deal.

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