Afternoon report: 23 January

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Rubin Kazan remain favourites to snare Yann M'Vila, but Rennes have confirmed a new offer from England has arrived. Tottenham and Arsenal have been linked with the French international, who is expected to leave Ligue 1 this month. [Sky Sports]

Rafa Benitez has revealed Roman Abromovich is happy with the progress he is making at Chelsea. The Blues owner was in the stands for the 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the weekend - a victory Abramovich was very pleased with, according to Benitez. [Daily Mirror]

Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal cannot afford to waste any more points in the Premier League. The Gunners face a punishing schedule, playing four games in the next 11 days starting with the visit of West Ham this evening. [Daily Mirror]

Joleon Lescott thinks Matija Nastasic should be considered for the Premier League's Player of the Year award. The Serbian defender has taken Lescott's place in the Manchester City team, but the England international feels Nastasic is not being given enough credit. []

Cesc Fabregas think he's fully adapted to Barcelona's style of play. The Spain midfielder insists he's always looking to improve, and believes he's now physically stronger than last season. []

Former-Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll believes Sir Alex Ferguson will stand by current number one David De Gea. Reports have suggested the Spaniard may be sold after several high-profile mistakes, but Carroll thinks De Gea still has the manager's backing. [BBC]

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