Boxing Day’s news and transfer rumour roundup.
Midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, is set to give Manchester City a New Year boost by extending his loan spell at the club and delay his arrival at Major League Soccer side New York until at least mid-February – (Daily Mirror)
Ronny Deila is adamant Virgil van Dijk won’t be leaving Celtic next month — despite Sunderland and Arsenal weighing up £8million offers for the star defender – (Daily Mail)
Liverpool face competition from Arsenal in their bid to sign Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, on a free transfer in the summer, though the Blues are confident the England international will remain with them – (Daily Express)
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists England midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar, 29, and £20m-rated striker Christian Benteke, 24, are going nowhere in the January transfer window – (Daily Star)
Jose Mourinho reckons Sam Allardyce deserves to be crowned Manager of the Year if West Ham finish in the top four – (Daily Mirror)