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Sam Allardyce is plotting a £60million bid for Borussia Dortmund forward PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG, the Daily Mirror reports. Everton's new manager is said to view the Gabon international, 28, as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku after the Belgian left for Manchester United in July for £75m.

GARETH BALE may be back in the Premier League for next season after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez agreed to a transfer, according to reports. The Daily Express says reports in Spanish media claim a move back to the UK is seen as a best course of action for the Welsh winger.

Chelsea are plotting to upset Barcelona and snatch Gremio rising star ARTHUR, the Metro reports. The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp, although in the absence of a deal so far the Blues could still grab him.

Liverpool forward DANNY INGS has received admiring glances from at least four Premier League clubs considering a January loan offer, The Guardian reports. West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke and Newcastle are tipped to make a move for Ings in the new year.

Arsenal are closing in on completing a free transfer deal for Schalke midfielder LEON GORETZKA, The Sun reports. Arsene Wenger may have to fight off competition from a number of top European clubs, including Manchester United and City, however the Gunners are reportedly confident they will come out on top in the race to sign the 22-year-old Germany international.

Social media round-up

@MailSport 'I do not know how the future is going to be' Philippe Coutinho refuses to say he will stay with Liverpool in January amid Barcelona interest

@TheSunFootball Reports say Philippe Coutinho set for five-year Barcelona deal worth £127m

@MirrorFootball Arsenal's Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott hoping for more game time as January transfer window looms

Players to watch

LEON BAILEY: Chelsea are eyeing a £20million swoop for Bayer Leverkusen's Jamaican winger, 20, according to The Sun.

SCOTT MCTOMINAY: The 20-year-old Manchester United midfielder has been backed as a future Reds captain by his former coach, the Manchester Evening News reports.

DIEGO JOTA: Wolves are ready to offer the Portuguese 21-year-old a permanent contract in January following a successful period on loan from Real Madrid, according to the Express and Star.

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