1. West Brom are considering signing former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako on a short term deal
West Brom are discussing a short term contract for former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako.
The 30-year-old is a free agent having left Roy Hodsgon's side at the end of last season after helping Palace to an 11th place finish following their abysmal start.
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He has been training with Albion since the start of this season in the hope of impressing manager Darren Moore.
Sako scored six goals in 19 games for Palace last year but fractured is ankle in January and didn't play another game for the remainder of the season.
He was subsequently let go as the Eagles decided not to renew his contract.
Albion are now considering signing the winger up on an initial short-term deal as they push to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
They have also appointed former Birmingham City assistant Paul Williams as opposition scout.
2. Barcelona set to 'make another offer for Manchester United playmaker Ander Herrera' after failed summer bid
Barcelona will look to capitalise on Ander Herrera still not having signed a new deal at Old Trafford and make another bid for the playmaker.
The Spanish giants have retained an interest in the player after seeing a move for Herrera rejected in the summer.
Barca will now try once again to turn United's hand and bring the former Bilbao man back to La Liga, according to the Sun.
Herrera will be out of contract at United next summer, and so would be able to leave the club as a free agent.
As a result, Herrera is able to talk to other clubs in January and sign a pre-agreement ahead of any potential move.
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Barca made their move for Herrera in the summer after failing in their pursuit for PSG's Marco Verratti, but had the door shut in their face by United.
Manager Jose Mourinho is an admirer of the Spaniard, and has stuck with Herrera throughout his tenure despite the addition of several other midfield personnel.
Mourinho brought in Brazilian playmaker Fred during the summer window, but was still keen to hold onto Herrera for the versatility he offers the team.
3. Besiktas make Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud their No 1 transfer target... and Turkish giants could sign striker for free at the end of the season
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is on the radar of Turkish club Besiktas as his contract ticks down at Stamford Bridge.
A January signing from London rivals Arsenal, Giroud's current 18-month deal at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of this season.
His status as a potential free agent next summer has reportedly attracted the attention of Super Lig side Besiktas, who are in the market for a forward.
Earlier this month, Alvaro Negredo left for UAE Pro-League team Al-Nasr, while Besiktas also lost fan favourite Cenk Tosun to Everton in January.
And Goal Turkey claim that Giroud has been identified as their No 1 striking target, with club representatives keen to open talks with the 31-year-old.
Besiktas vice president Serdal Adali is believed to have been tasked with recruiting Giroud either in January or next summer.
Despite winning the World Cup with France in Russia, Giroud is yet to nail down a regular starting berth at Chelsea, competing with big-money signing Alvaro Morata for the lone striking role in Maurizio Sarri's favoured 4-3-3 formation.
He is also still to score in the Premier League this season but has already assisted three goals for his team-mates, attracting plaudits for his selfless performances.
Giroud and Chelsea will look to continue their 100 per cent start to the campaign when they face West Ham on Sunday.
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