At long last the January transfer window is officially open and to celebrate, @aidencusick has scoured the gossip columns for the morning's top stories...


Real Madrid Star Hopes for Manuel Pellegrini Reunion

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According to ​the MirrorIsco is open to joining Manchester City after being left frustrated at the Bernabeu and his representatives are said to have sounded out the Blues over a possible loan deal with a view to a £25m transfer in the summer.


The Spanish playmaker starred under Pellegrini at Malaga and was a target for his former boss before his move to the Bernabeu, reports say.


Arsenal 'Brace Themselves' for Roma Bid

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The Italian side have their eye on out of favour right-back Mathieu Debuchy as a younger alternative to ageing Brazilian Maicon, ​the Mirror claim.


Gunners boss Arsene Wenger previously admitted the France international could leave the Emirates this month, having lost his place to Hector Bellerin.


West Ham Target Cut-Price Deal for Championship Star

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The Hammers will bid for Leeds youngster Sam Byram this month, according to ​the Telegraph, after the versatile right-back entered the final six months of his contract.


Bryam, 22, has impressed further upfield this season and is likely to cost around £5m.


Slaven Bilic's team, who raised around half that by selling Matt Jarvis to Norwich last week, are keen to strengthen ahead of the returns of Carl Jenkinson and Victor Moses to their parent clubs this summer.


Manchester United Board Approve January Spending Spree

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And the club have identified Everton pair Romelu Lukaku and John Stones as primary targets, say ​the Mirror, with the club desperate to escape their current slump.


Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly aware he cannot afford not to strengthen this month, after United slipped to sixth in the Premier League standings.


Meanwhile, ​Le 10 Sport report the Red Devils are also considering a move for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos


United are said to be ready to outbid Chelsea to land the 21-year-old, who has slipped behind fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Thaigo Silva in the French side's pecking order.


Newcastle Target Gets Cold Feet

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According to ​Chronicle Live, Bordeaux winger Henri Saivet is having second thoughts about a January move to St. James' Park.


The 25-year-old, who is also thought to be interesting South Coast pair Bournemouth and Southampton, apparently has reservations about joining a club on course for the Championship.


The report adds that the Magpies haven't written the deal off just yet, while out of favour duo 

 and Gael Bigirimana could both be sold to loan clubs Wolves and Coventry respectively, in order to free up funds.


Another Bordeaux Star on Magpies' (and West Brom's) Radar

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Striker Diego Rolan is ​wanted by both clubs, say ​the Mirror.


The 22-year-old has scored just four goals this season, and was a reported target for Aston Villa in the summer.


The Baggies are thought to have identified the Uruguay international as a replacement for Tottenham target Saido Berahino.


Chelsea to Move for Teenage Striker If Remy or Falcao Depart

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The former is said to be wanted by a number of Premier League sides, while reports suggest the latter's loan from Monaco could be cut short.


And according to ​the Metro, the Blues will look to sign Basel star Breel Embolo should either happen.


The 18-year-old Switzerland international has been watched by a host of Europe's top clubs and could cost a reported £20m.


Liverpool Line Up German Second Division Player

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The Reds are ready to pay in the region of £6.5m to land Red Bull Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg​Bild report.


Manager Jurgen Klopp built his Dortmund success on the discovery rough diamonds from Germany and beyond and may look to do likewise at Anfield.


Forsberg left Malmo to join the Bundesliga II promotion hopefuls a year ago, and has been capped 13 caps by Sweden.


Palace Join Leicester in Hunt for Serie A Hitman

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According to ​the Guardian Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar, who's scored six times in 14 league appearances this season, is a target for both clubs, who are keen to bolster their squads in a bid to secure European football next season.


Having agreed to let Patrick Bamford return to Chelsea six months early, Palace are perhaps in greater need of attacking reinforcements and are said to retain an interest in QPR's Charlie Austin, although the report claims they have been priced out of a move for Marseille's Michy Batshuayi.


Bamford, meanwhile, is an apparent target for Norwich and Bournemouth this month.


Watford Star Keen to Stay Put

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Odion Ighalo wants to continue his fine work so far, despite reports linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid.


The Nigerian, who is the Premier League's third top scorer this term, told the ​BBC. "I want to finish the season strongly with Watford and prove that we have a good bunch of players here.


"When the focus is on a strong finish, transfer talk will not get to you.


"I haven't really bothered myself about statistics because I've always had my feet on the ground and I never forget where I come from. I am just focused on getting better, doing things right on the pitch and being myself on the pitch."


Spurs Look to Repeat Holtby Trick With Bundesliga Midfielder

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Stuttgart's Daniel Didavi has caught the Londoners' eye, according to ​Welt Fussball, and could move to White Hart Lane for a cut-price fee this month.


The eight-goal star is out of contract this summer, but the report suggests he could be coaxed away from the Mercedes-Benz Arena early should he agree terms with Spurs, who are free to talk to him without his current employers' permission.


Such an agreement would mirror the one struck by the Lilywhites for Lewis Holtby three years ago.


Norwich Fail in Bid for York Teenager

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Just days after denying knowledge of any official approach, York boss Jackie McNamara has confirmed the League Two side have rejected the Canaries' offer for 17-year-old midfielder Ben Godfrey.


"Norwich made a bid that the chairman has rejected and I explained that to Ben because I believe in being open and honest," the Scot told ​the York Press.


"We're not working against him and the last thing the club would ever want to do is stand in the way of any player's progress, but the offer wasn't enough for the club or chairman to even think about."