Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Dani Osvaldo loan to West Ham in cards

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Leading the transfer headlines today is the proposed swap deal that is allegedly in place between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid. The deal, which was discussed at length earlier today, would see Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa swap parent clubs next summer handing Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho the closest thing to a replacement of his beloved Didier Drogba.

At Old Trafford, David Moyes is finally reaping the benefits of managing a deep-pocketed club after shelling out £37.1M for Juan Mata and is supposedly poised to do the same thing for Borussia Dortmund striker Maro Reus. If you’re thinking such a deal is highly unlikely, I’m with you. The idea of selling Reus during the same year BVB sells Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich would be a crippling loss for Dortmund and one that their financial sharps are unlikely to take.

A player United have been linked to for a few weeks now is Southampton left-back, Luke Shaw. The 18-year old  star has reportedly piqued the interest of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who has lost so much faith in Ashley Cole that he’s using the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta in his place. Still, ‘The Special One’ has hinted that their January business has come to a close meaning any move for Shaw wouldn’t likely happen until the summer.

One way a player can manufacture a transfer move for himself is by head-butting his teammate directly in the face. Such a decision generally pits the rest of the club, managers and fans against you in a rage thereby necessitating a change of venue. Enter Dani Osvaldo, who smashed teammate Jose Fonte in the face last week. And wouldn’t you know it? Rumors today have Osvaldo heading to West Ham on a loan move. This deal could happen simply because the Hammers have no more money for purchases and are still desperate for healthy strikers.

Over at Everton the double leg break suffered by Costa Rican defender-come-midfielder Bryan Oviedo means Bobby Martinez may take another stroll through the market, this time to buy Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi. BMI, as we here at Pro Soccer Talk like to call him, would reportedly cost £8M which is about enough money to make chairman Bill Kenwright shed tears. Where’s the next £60K Seamus Coleman? That’s the real question.

The most annoying potential transfer in the cards involves Blackpool’s Tom Ince. Since Daddy got canned as manager last week, the young winger looks poised to finally make his move to the Prem. Everton had a fleeting interest but now it’s down to Swansea and Liverpool to see which side can overpay for what will undoubtedly be the biggest primadonna transfer of the winter.

Finally, the most likely deal to go down is Cardiff City’s imminent loan signings of Manchester United players Wilfried Zaha and Fabio da Silva. Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be thanking his lucky stars if this agreement is struck because Zaha and Fabio are the types of players who just might be able to have Cardiff from relegation.

Neymar makes history in PSG’s 8-0 thrashing of Dijon

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A pair of statements which are both true, and not at all mutually exclusive, if you allow logic and balance to prevail: 1) Neymar and his friends at Paris Saint-Germain are quite good at the soccer; 2) they aren’t challenged enough in Ligue 1.

[ MORE: Wednesday’s transfer rumor roundup | Tuesday | Friday ]

Of course, they’ll be challenged plenty during the latter stages of the Champions League (they drew Real Madrid in the round of 16), but on a weekly basis, the level of competition in their domestic league isn’t of a high standard to indicate just how good they are. That’s the new debate with regard to PSG — it’s no longer, “Are they good? Maybe they’re just a big fish in a small pond.”

On Wednesday, led by Neymar, the most expensive transfer signing of all-time, Unai Emery’s side thrashed 10th-place Dijon to the tune of 8-0. As mentioned, Neymar did slightly more than just pull his own weight — four goals to go with a pair of assists; he lent a direct hand in six of the eight goals.

[ MORE: Chelsea survive Norwich in PKs, reach FA Cup 4th round ]

Even the statistical whizzes at Opta appear somewhat stumped by such an abundance of goals.

Anytime the keepers of stats toss out a “since we started collecting data,” be proud of your achievement. Be very, very proud.

FA Cup: Chelsea, Swansea into 4th rd; B’mouth ousted by Wigan

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Two more Premier League sides booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, courtesy of third-round replays, on Wednesday, bringing the PL’s total representation to 14 clubs…

[ MORE: Tuesday’s 3rd-round replay roundup ]

Chelsea 1-1 (5-3 PKs) Norwich City

Chelsea’s scoreless streak — for both themselves and opponents (three straight 0-0 draws across all competitions) — came to a merciful end on Wednesday, but not before surpassing the 300-minute mark. Michy Batshuayi — who, it must be said, struggled mightily in making just his third start (all in cup competitions) since mid-October — broke yet another scoreless deadlock in the 55th minute, ending the Blues’ scoreless run at 331 minutes.

With barely 30 seconds remaining in second-half stoppage time, 19-year-old left back Jamal Lewis brought the Canaries level with a thunderous header off the post.

Extra-time saw Chelsea reduced to 10, and then nine, men. Pedro was booked for diving just after the hour mark, and the Spaniard earned a second yellow card for a wild challenge in the 117th minute. Four minutes later, in second-half extra-time stoppage time, Alvaro Morata was booked for diving and proceeded to shout and gesticulate in the referee’s face. A second yellow was shown immediately.

Willy Caballero denied Nelson Oliveira on Norwich’s first attempt of the ensuing penalty shootout, giving the Blues the only cushion they’d need as Willian, David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard all converted.

Chelsea will host Newcastle United in the fourth round on Sunday, Jan. 28.

[ MORE: Wednesday’s transfer rumor roundup | Tuesday | Friday ]

Swansea City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Swansea faced the greatest threat of a Cupset on Wednesday but managed to come out on top, knocking off runaway Championship leaders and champions-elect Wolves. The Swans went ahead through Jordan Ayew in the 11th minute before the prolific Diogo Jota, who’ll be in the PL one way or another next season, brought Wolves back to 1-1 in the 66th. Three minutes later, Wilfried Bony bagged the winner to see Carlos Carvalhal’s side through to the next round.

Swansea will visit League Two side Notts County, who knocked off Championship playoff hopefuls Brentford in the third round, on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Wigan Athletic 3-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth sat 32 places above Wigan in the English football pyramid when Wednesday’s replay kicked off, and it matter not a single iota, as Paul Cook’s side hammered the Cherries at the DW Stadium. Sam Morsy, Dan Burn and Callum Elder bagged the goals for the League One leaders (three points clear after 26 of 46 rounds played). Wigan have alternated each of the last four seasons, finishing 23rd in the Championship and leading/winning League One. It’s been five years since the Latics were relegated from the PL, in the 2012-13 season.

Wigan will host West Ham United in the fourth round on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Sir Alex’s son in trouble for saying he’d “shoot” refs

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LONDON (AP) It clearly runs in the family.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was known for having an explosive temper during his nearly 27 years at Old Trafford, and it seems he has passed it down to his son.

Darren Ferguson, who is the manager of third-tier English team Doncaster, is in trouble for saying he would “shoot” referees because of what he perceived as their poor standards.

Ferguson was charged by the English Football Association on Wednesday for remarks that “were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

The 45-year-old coach has already apologized, saying it was a “tongue-in-cheek comment” and that “I do not advocate violence against officials.”

Ferguson was unhappy his team was denied a penalty in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth on Saturday.

“The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I’ve had enough of it,” Ferguson said after the match.

“What can I do? Shoot them, it would be a good idea.”

Follow Live: Chelsea, Swans, Cherries in FA Cup replays

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Chelsea, Swansea City, and Bournemouth look to avoid upsets in replays of their third round FA Cup matches.

[ LIVE: Follow all the FA Cup scores here ]

All three matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET

The Blues tangle with former Premier League peers Norwich City, this time at Stamford Bridge, in a bid to host a fourth round match with Newcastle United.

Antonio Conte‘s not messing around (too much) with the XI.

Swansea City and Wolves, meanwhile, are arguably battling for a bid in the fourth round, as a trip to Notts County is on the docket for the winner of Wednesday’s replay at the Liberty Stadium.

Bournemouth is at Wigan Athletic for a replay with the third-tier Latics, with the victor hosting West Ham United on Jan. 27.