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Everton’s Cookie Monster-esque goal gobbler is going to be the target of a January raid by Chelsea manager Avram Grant. Quite how the signing of Yakubu will help Chelsea during their African Nations Cup malaise is beyond us. (Sunday Express)

…And if Chelsea’s move for the Yak comes off then Moyes – who has already hinted that there may only be one loan signing in January – will look to Barcelona’s Santi Ezquerro, Bolton are also monitoring the situation.(News of the World)

…And Barcelona are up for grabbing Man Utd goalie Edwin van der Sar as reserve goalie. (News of the World)

If Avram Grant doesn’t impress for the rest of the season, apparently Frank Rijkaard will be offered the chance to take control at Chelsea – thus reuniting him with current assistant boss Henk Ten Cate. (News of the World)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is after Lyon striker Karim Benzema and Crystal Palace’s midfield genius John Bostock. (Observer)

Rafa Benitez’ American paymasters George Gillett and Tom Hicks have a rather rancid yuletide gift for the Spaniard; apparently there is no money available in the January transfer rush (!) (Mail on Sunday)

…And if Rafa decides to storm out on Liverpool over their non-existent transfer funds, Gillett and Hicks will try and woo Aston Villa’s Martin O’Neill as a replacement. (Sunday Express)

… Martin O’Neill however, is filling out his January transfer plans, with the Aston Villa boss planning a fresh £7m bid for FC Porto defender Jose Bosingwa. (various)

Newcastle’s Big Sam, informed by chairman Chris Mort that there might not be an endless bayou of oozing cash to spend over January, has instead settled on a modest target – Darlington ‘keeper David Stockdale. (News of the World)

Valencia and Athletico Madrid are hovering around Ewood Park and want to poach Blackburn’s star midfielder David Bentley. (Observer)

…And Bentley might not be the only player leaving Mark Hughes’ side with Derby and Wigan are engaging in a battle-Royale for want-away Robbie Savage. (various)

New Derby boss Paul Jewell is planning to try and take Manchester United defender Ryan Shawcross over to Pride Park. (Observer)

Reading’s Steve Coppell is planning some activity in January; first name on his list is Portsmouth’s Matt Taylor. (News of the World)

…And after he’s bagged Taylor, Coppell is looking at shelling out £2m on Rangers midfielder Brahim Hemdani. (Sunday Mail)

Roy Keane has some shopping planned for his Sunderland side; he’s after Crewe’s defensive dynamo Danny Woodards. (News of the World)

…And Keane isn’t finished there – he’s also after Reading’s savage tackling midfielder Stephen Hunt. (Observer)

Middlesbrough’s Gareth Southgate, eager to spend some of that Yakubu money and buy himself a top quality goal-bagger will again try and get Brazilian Alfonso Alves. (News of the World)

…And Southgate isn’t just stopping there, apparently he’s also after Rangers striker Daniel Cousin, who apparently has one of those £3m get-out clause thingies. (Sunday Mail)

Sevilla are harassing the Tottenham board, and are demanding £3m in compensation for their thieving of manager Juande Ramos. (Observer)