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West Ham have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.  The Gunners were believed to be the main interested party in the composed centre-back, but their Premier League rivals now appear to have been attracted to his services.  According talkSPORT, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce views the Dutchman as a potential replacement for Winston Reid, who looks likely to leave Upton Park on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

By Matt Desai

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has jumped to the defence of summer signing Mario Balotelli following another disappointing performance against Queens Park Rangers over the weekend.Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has jumped to the defence of summer signing Mario Balotelli following another disappointing performance against Queens Park Rangers over the weekend.

By Andrew Lee

Spanish Galacticos Real Madrid are planning a move for Bosnia and Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.  The Stoke ‘keeper had been targeted by Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona but according to the Daily Mirror Real are planning a move to replace the legendary Iker Casillas next summer.

By Bradley Sharp