Football transfer rumours (Friday, January 2, 2015)

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Newcastle United, Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester United, Everton, Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace are among the teams making the headlines today.

Outgoing Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was set to finally start work at Crystal Palace today – but without goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, who he wanted to take with him. Shields Gazette

Former Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood has brushed aside reports linking him with a move to Liverpool, insisting he is happy at Sheffield Wednesday. Sunderland Echo

After being snubbed by Real Madrid’s forward pair Cristiano Ronaldo, 29, and Gareth Bale, 25, Manchester United have earmarked Juventus’ former United midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, as their main transfer target. Daily Star

Liverpool are front-runners to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, after making a permanent offer. Their rivals for the Switzerland star’s signature, Inter Milan and Juventus, have only offered loan deals. Metro

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Yaya Sanogo, 21, to join a Premier League club on loan, with Aston Villa, Crystal Palace or Sunderland the most likely destination. Daily Star

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid say they have turned down an offer from Manchester City for 19-year-old defender Jose Gimenez. Daily Mirror

Manchester United are set to make striker Radamel Falcao’s loan deal from Monaco permanent within after confirming the 28-year-old Colombianis ‘fully up to scratch physically’. Metro

Tottenham are keen to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy, 24, who cost the Toffees £13million in September 2013. Daily Mail

Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, 36, could stay at Manchester City beyond the end of this season, says boss Manuel Pellegrini. Guardian

Birmingham City aim to keep hold of 18-year-old winger Demarai Gray after rejecting a £1.5million bid from Championship leaders Bournemouth. Birmingham Mail

Central defender Martin Demichelis, 34, will be offered a new one-year deal with Manchester City to keep him at the club until the summer of 2016. Manchester Evening News

Didier Drogba is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season as Chelsea close in on the signing of Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric, with the 36-year-old striker set to take up a coaching role under Jose Mourinho instead. Daily Express

Ryan Bertrand, 25, is ready to sign a permanent deal at Southampton when his season-long loan from Chelsea comes to an end. Setanta.com

West Brom have tempted former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis back into management with a massive salary and transfer budget. Sun