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Rumour Reel: Hammers considering Defoe swoop, Liverpool seeking Barbosa signing

| 23.12.2016
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With the January transfer window just around the corner, Premier League managers are swiftly trying to sort some business ahead of what will be a busy Christmas period.

This includes West Ham United and Liverpool, with both clubs looking to add players to their respective squads in the coming weeks.

So read on to find out who is going where in Coral’s rumour reel for December 23rd…

West Ham considering Defoe swoop

In the midst of a stuttering season under Slaven Bilic, West Ham United are reportedly seeking to boost their ranks ahead of the second half of the campaign in a bid to revive their form and fortunes.

Defoe has been linked with a move to West Ham in January.

Defoe has been linked with a move to West Ham in January.

The Hammers have been linked with Sunderland sharpshooter Jermain Defoe in the backpages, a signing which would likely add much needed goals to the club’s stumbling performances of late.

With the Black Cats struggling at the depths of the Premier League, Defoe may be tempted into jumping ship before a potential relegation to the Championship, while a switch to London represents one final big move in his top-flight career.

It’s believed that it would take a mere £6m to lure to clinical Sunderland striker away from Wearside, with West Ham keen to bolster their attacking options and move further up the standings in the remainder of the term.

Liverpool seeking Barbosa signing

While West Ham may be struggling of late, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are flying and look likely of continuing their charge for a first ever Premier League title triumph this current campaign.

Barbosa has failed to settle in Italy and could yet make a switch to Merseyside.

Barbosa has failed to settle in Italy and could yet make a switch to Merseyside.

The Reds have been put on high alert recently regarding a transfer target too, with Inter Milan youngster Gabriel Barbosa having out his future in doubt after a slow start to life in Italy.

Inter’s Brazilian starlet has failed to settle at the San Siro following his £30m switch in the summer, having made just three Serie A appearances under coach Stefano Pioli.

Liverpool will reportedly look to capitalise on the situation and capture him in January, with Pioli having recently admitted the attacker could depart in the January transfer market.

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Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.