Here is all of Wednesday’s transfer gossip and paper talk...
Manchester United are monitoring Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender. United scouts have watched him in the Bundesliga and for the German national side, where he has played in midfield and at right back. (Daily Mail)
Arsenal are set to meet with contract rebel Theo Walcott next week in a last-ditch bid to tie the winger to a new deal. (Metro)
QPR are set to target Real Madrid’s veteran central defender Ricardo Carvalho in the January transfer window. (Metro)
HJC Helsinki striker Joel Pohjanpalo has revealed his ongoing dream of being a Liverpool player – just months after turning down the chance to join the Anfield club. (Daily Mirror)
Aston Villa are weighing up a loan move for Porto centre back Abdoulaye Ba. (Daily Mail)
Nottingham Forest are keen on Dundee United duo Johnny Russell and Gary Mackay-Steven. (Daily Mail)
Leicester have taken India Under-19 midfielder Brandon Fernandes, 18, on trial. Fernandes, who plays in South Africa for ASD Cape Town, also had a two-week stint at Reading this month. (Daily Mail)
Blackburn are to unveil former defender Henning Berg as their new manager in the next 24 hours. (Daily Mirror)
England are facing a fight to secure the international future of Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling with Jamaica keen for the 17-year-old to commit to the country of his birth. (Daily Mail)
Another six Premier League stars will also be asked to play for Jamaica. Reading trio Jobi Mcanuff, Gareth McLeary and Shaun Cummings, along with Newcastle’s Danny Simpson and James Perch plus Swansea winger Nathan Dyer, are on the hitlist. (The Sun)
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