Here is all of Monday’s transfer gossip and paper talk...
Demba Ba is set to become the first of three Chelsea transfer window signings. Rafa Benitez plans to land the Newcastle striker as well as Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Taison and Corinthians' Paulinho. (Daily Mirror)
And Ba will be paid a £2million loyalty bonus by Newcastle once he completes his move to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)
Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign defender Mathieu Debuchy from Lille. (Press Association)
Arsenal want Theo Walcott's long-term future secured within the next fortnight. (Daily Mail)
Liverpool have rubbished claims they have bid £9.5million for Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder. (The Sun)
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted he could be heading for a return to the Premier League. The former Liverpool star has 18 months left on his Real contract but talks on a new deal have stalled. (Daily Mirror)
QPR will back Harry Redknapp with a £20million spree to fight relegation. Redknapp has earmarked Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, 22, Marseille striker Loic Remy, 25, and West Ham midfield star Mo Diame, 25, as potential signings. (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are handing a trial to Japanese wonderkid Hideki Ishige. (Daily Mirror)
Southampton are set to launch a £13million double bid to bolster their defence and keep their Premier League hopes alive. The Saints are ready to offer £5m for Birmingham’s young England keeper Jack Butland and £8m for Italy centre-half Davide Astori. (Daily Mirror)
Reading want to sign former Wigan defender Steve Gohouri. The Ivory Coast international joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in the summer after two years with the Latics. (The Sun)
Marcello Lippi has urged AC Milan to sign Didier Drogba because the former Chelsea striker is “still a beast”. (Daily Mirror)
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