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Wednesday , January 2 , 2013
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Newcastle hope to pursuade Demba Ba

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is refusing to give up hope of persuading striker Demba Ba to stay at St James’ Park.

The 27-year-old is expected to be included in the squad for Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Everton despite mounting speculation that he will leave Newcastle during this month’s transfer window.

However, asked if he expects Ba to remain a Newcastle player, Pardew said: “I still think it’s even whether he will stay or go. In this window, I would like to think he will stay in the situation we are in. But that will be probably his decision.”

Gameiro for attack?

Liverpool are ready to follow up their imminent capture of Daniel Sturridge with a move for Kevin Gameiro, the Paris SaintGermain (PSG) forward, as Brendan Rodgers looks to add experience to his attack.

Sturridge is expected to complete his pounds 12million transfer from Chelsea in the coming days and be registered in time for Liverpool’s FA Cup third round tie away to Mansfield Town on Sunday. Though that acquisition will eat up the majority of Rodgers' January transfer budget, the Liverpool manager is still looking to sign Tom Ince from Blackpool on a permanent basis and Gameiro on loan.

The Holtby chase

Tottenham Hotspur are notorious for leaving their transfer business until the last moment, but they start 2013 in pole position to secure a pre-contract agreement to sign Lewis Holtby, the young Germany midfielder.

As of Tuesday, Holtby is eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement to join any non-German club at the end of the season, having made clear that he will not sign an extension to his deal with Schalke.

’Keeper search

Sir Alex Ferguson maintains that United do not need to do any business in January and the league table supports that view.

But weaknesses in the goalkeeping, defensive and central midfield positions are well known and were they to be addressed, the destination of the Premier League title could be pretty much sealed. Asmir Begovic could be recruited to the goalkeeping roster from Stoke City.

Aiming for De Rossi

With Joleon Lescott seemingly having been told he can find a new club after falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini, a central defender is a priority.

But Daniele De Rossi, of Roma, remains Mancini’s great unrequited love in midfield, but funds will depend on City managing to offload at least one high earner.