Football transfer gossip (January 16): Saints, Stoke City, Everton

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After failing in a bid to sign John Obi Mikel, 26, Napoli boss Rafael Benitez hopes to sign another Chelsea midfielder, 31-year-old Michael Essien.

Full story: Sun (subscription needed)

Everton Ribeiro, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder heavily linked with Manchester United, has been the subject of an unsuccessful transfer offer from an unnamed English club, the player’s agent has confirmed.

Full story: Daily Star

West Ham are in further talks to sign £7m Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, 31.

Full story: Daily Mail

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to block Schalke’s move for Lewis Holtby, 23, because he does not want to help Arsenal land Julian Draxler by providing the Germans with the midfielder’s replacement.

Full story: Daily Mirror

Meanwhile, Nacer Chadli’s agent has said the 24-year-old Belgian winger may have to leave Tottenham to secure his place at the World Cup, after failing to impress in his first season at White Hart Lane.

Full story: Daily Star

Tiago Ilori will be allowed to leave Liverpool on loan in January with Spanish sides Valencia and Granada interested in signing the 20-year-old defender.

Full story: Liverpool Echo

Chairman Nicola Cortese’s departure from Southampton could open the door for Chelsea to make a renewed bid for 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw.

Full story: Express

West Ham and Stoke are set to battle it out to land former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, 28, on loan from Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Full story: Talksport

Manchester United are monitoring Napoli forward Marek Hamsik, 26.

Full story: Daily Star

Meanwhile, manager David Moyes watched Paris St-Germain’s 21-year-old forward Lucas Moura this week with a view to landing the £30m-rated Brazilian .

Full story: Daily Star

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 23, will decide between moves to Real Madrid or Manchester United in the summer.

Full story: Metro

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