Transfer News: Chelsea Face Defender Fight | Spurs To Bid For Old Trafford Outcast

By on November 11, 2013

Javier Hernandez

Although the summer transfer window is officially closed that doesn’t stop clubs working hard behind the scenes to prepare for future signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest gossip. Today, City to fight Chelsea for Eliaquim Mangala and Tottenham will bid for Javier Hernandez if they can sell Emmanuel Adebayor.

Mangala in demand

First up and talkSPORT are reporting that Manchester City are ready to go head-to-head with Chelsea for the signature of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.

The report claims that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to splash the cash in January after guiding the club to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in the clubs history and Mangala has become a a key target as he looks to strengthen his defensive options.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for the French defender in recent months with Jose Mourinho also understood to be on the look-out for another centre-back, but City are now ready to battle their Premier League rivals for the highly-rated 26-year-old.

However, Porto aren’t likely to let the France international go on the cheap with talkSPORT suggesting that the Portuguese champions will demand £34m for the players services.

Spurs to bid for Hernandez

Next up and the Telegraph are reporting that Tottenham will make a formal bid for Manchester United outcast Javier Hernandez in January if they are able to offload Emmanuel Adebayor.

Spurs have struggled for goals this season and have the third lowest tally in the entire division leading to suggestions that Andre Villas-Boas could add to his strike-force when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The Telegraph claim that the Portuguese coach has been keen on signing Hernandez for some time and will make a move for the Mexican this winter if he manages to sell out-of-favour Adebayor, with the Togolese hitman’s wages understood to be a major stumbling block over any potential sale.

Hernandez has struggled to cement regular first team football since the arrival of Robin van Persie last summer and could be open to a move with the World Cup just around the corner.

Whether United will agree to sell, particularly to another team challenging at the top of the table, remains to be seen but if Spurs could pull it off it would call into question Jermaine Defoe’s future at White Hart Lane with the England ace already behind Roberto Soldado in AVB’s pecking order.

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So there’s your latest dose of transfer news. Do Chelsea or City fans want their club to sign Mangala? Would Spurs supporters like to see Hernandez arrive? Share your views below.

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