The top targets for the forthcoming transfer window in order of ever growing interest.
Daily Mail report that Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is nearing a return to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
The 28 year old Moroccan has been a huge failure at the North London club and Arsene Wenger must at least be happy about the fact that he captured the forward on a free transfer but has been stuck with footing a wage packet of around £60k a week for a player who has looked way out of his depth in the English top tier.
Chamakh started solidly enough, netting ten goals in his first few months at the Emirates Stadium but then saw his form dip dramatically and has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal for quite some time, having not made a single minute of Premier League football thus far this season.
The forward has managed a total of 14 goals from 65 appearances since his move to the Gunners in the summer of 2010.
Italian source CalcioMercato claim that Man United have joined the race to sign French starlet Lucas Digne.
The teenage left-back has been strongly linked with a Lille exit with the likes of Chelsea and Man City said to be interested in the young defender.
Man United sent scouts to monitor Digne as Lille took on Bordeaux and seemingly must have been impressed by his efforts as Sir Alex Ferguson’s interest in the French Under 19 international grows.
Ferguson signed Dutch full-back Alexander Buttner to keep Patrice Evra on his toes but perhaps the Scot is sufficiently interested in Digne to consider signing another left sided defender.
Downing was a virtual ever present last term under Kenny Dalglish but thus far this term has started just one Premier League match and Rodgers probably wouldn’t stand in the England man’s way if he were keen on a move back to Middlesbrough, the side he represented for eight years prior to his move to Villa Park in the summer of 2009.
Roberto Mancini obviously has one of the safest pair of hands in the Premier League in the form of Joe Hart but arguably not a great deal of talented back-ups keeping the England man on his toes, so a move for Jack Butland could be a wise one to consider.
The 19 year old Birmingham City man was called up by Roy Hodgson to his Euro 2012 squad and then represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympic games and has been an ever present in Lee Clark’s side thus far this season.
Adaptable forward Yoan Gouffran has admitted he is unlikely to sign a new Bordeaux contract and as such has sparked a great deal of interest in his services from across Europe.
The 26 year old former Caen man has spent the past four years at the Stade Chaban Delmas but despite Bordeaux’s good start to the current Ligue 1 campaign the forward wants to leave.
A move to either Aston Villa or Everton may interest the former French Under 21 international and of the two it would appear that Paul Lambert’s need for fresh attacking options may exceed those of Toffees boss David Moyes.