Transfer rumor roundup: Seamus Coleman to Manchester United, Inter bids for Podolski


With the January transfer window finally under way, speculation has been circling across the world about who’s going where.

The biggest transfer news of the day, of course, has been the report that Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard will leave the club at the end of the season after 25 years at Anfield.

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In relation to that report, Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio revealed that LA Galaxy was aiming to snag the veteran to make up for the departure of Landon Donovan.

To the Premier League, Seamus Coleman is on Manchester United’s radar in a deal expected to be worth around £20m for Everton. Apparently, United are more likely to seek out a player at right back when summer comes around, but wanted to see if it’s possible to obtain the services of Coleman now for the right price. (The Telegraph/The Guardian)

Also on the Red Devil’s list is Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, a player that would add to Louis van Gaal’s depth on defense. Van Gaal has familiarity with the 29-year-old due to fact that they were both a part of of Netherlands national team, and with Vlaar’s contract up at the end of the year, he’s an economical transfer. (The Guardian)

Similarly, Tony Pulis’ time at Stoke City has contributed to the rumor that West Brom, searching for a forward, may look to earn Peter Crouch’s signature, but Mark Hughes wants to make it a priority to retain the former Liverpool man. (Daily Mirror)

After refuting reports that Inter Milan made a bid for Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger confirmed that the club has received an “more serious” offer: a loan with a permanent deal option for a £5 million (roughly $7.79 million) fee. The German forward hasn’t seen a great deal of first-team minutes with the Gunners. (Daily Mirror)

Alan Pardew will arrive at Crystal Palace in hopes of staving off relegation, and Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis is his main man, but Aston Villa’s Darren Bent will also receive some thought. (Daily Star)

Serie A side Napoli and specifically manager Rafael Benítez have expressed interest in young Feyenoord midfielder Tony Vilhena, although no official offer has been made. (Voetbal International)