Here is all of Wednesday’s transfer gossip and paper talk...
Frank Lampard has been told that his Chelsea career is over and that he can find a new team in the January transfer window. (The Sun)
Chelsea are ready to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to sign Barcelona striker David Villa. The Blues' interim boss Rafa Benitez is planning a £12m deal for the 31-year-old who cost the Spanish giants £33m in 2010. (Daily Mirror)
QPR boss Harry Redknapp is set to make the first move to sign Newcastle striker Demba Ba when the transfer window reopens. Club chairman Tony Fernandes is so keen to sign the 27-year-old Senegal striker that he is prepared to build a clause into any deal to allow Ba to leave for a minimal fee if he joins the Loftus Road club and they are subsequently relegated. (Daily Mirror)
Chelsea captain John Terry will not be offered a new contract by club owner Roman Abramovich with the Russian still angry at the 32-year-old for failing to back former boss Andre Villas-boas. (Daily Star)
Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland, 19, is set to leave the club in January after their latest takeover talks stalled. The £6m-rated England international, who has caught the eye of Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City and Southampton, may be sold to keep the Blues from going into administration. (The Sun)
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand faces an agonising decision on his Old Trafford future in the new year. The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer and will have talks after Christmas with manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the possibility of an extension. (Daily Express)