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Busy start to January transfer window

Demba Ba. Photo: PA

The transfer window is normally busy when it's about to close, but this year, it has barely opened and there are deals aplenty.


Chelsea, unusually, seem to have spent their money wisely. Subject to a medical, they'll spend £7m on Newcastle striker Demba Ba, while selling Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for £12m.

Ba, 27, is understood to have agreed a three-and-a-half year deal and will get £80,000-a-week.

The Senegal international has a scoring rate that his new team mate Fernando Torres can only dream about -16 goals last season and 13 so far in this campaign.


Elsewhere, Joe Cole is back in London. The Liverpool midfielder is having a medical at West Ham, returning to the club where he began his career.

The Hammers hope to have the 31-year-old registered before midday tomorrow so that he can play in Saturday's FA Cup clash against Manchester United.

But according to West Ham midfielder Sebastian Lletget, the deal is almost done, tweeting this morning: "Training with my man Joe Cole today, top player, looking forward to it".

Liverpool goalscorer Joe Cole in action. Credit: PA


There are encouraging signs for Arsenal fans that there will be a deal to keep Theo Walcott.

Arsene Wenger said today "the desire is there" for Arsenal to secure Theo Walcott's commitment to a new contract.

The 23-year-old will be out of contract in the summer but has been in excellent form recently.

Wenger has spoken repeatedly of his intention to keep the England forward at the Emirates Stadium, and the Arsenal boss said at a press conference this morning:

"We are talking. It is very difficult to be predictable in these kinds of situations but our desire is there to do it as quickly as possible and ready to do it."

Theo Walcott, Arsenal. Credit: PA


Yossi Benayoun is back at Chelsea. The Israeli joined West Ham on loan at the start of the season but his spell has been plagued by injuries. A statement on West Ham's Twitter feed read:

West Ham United's Yossi Benayoun. Credit: PA


But the biggest story of this transfer window is yet to be written. Frank Lampard's contract at Chelsea runs out at the end of the season, and the midfielder is now free to talk to other clubs. Speculation grows everyday that he will leave.

The latest rumour is that he's off to Inter Milan. For Chelsea fans it doesn't bare thinking about. Selling Super Frank would make 2013 a deeply unhappy new year.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard. Credit: PA

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