Chelsea linked with Everton star

Everton prospect Ross Barkley is among the players being linked with a possible move to Chelsea as Juan Mata prepares to complete his transfer to Manchester United.

The Daily Star claims Chelsea have Barkley in their sights as a long-term replacement for Mata, although they are not planning a bid for him during this transfer window. United and Manchester City are also reported to be interested in him.

Basel’s Mohamed Salah is another player the Blues are supposedly keen on, with the Star suggesting Chelsea are planning an £11m bid to snatch him from Liverpool’s grasp.

Metro claims Chelsea have missed out on the signing of striker Jackson Martinez after he agreed a new contract at Porto.

Related West London Sport story: Jose: No interest in Martinez or Coentrao

And French press reports claim St Etienne are looking for a replacement for teenage centre-back Kurt Zouma amid speculation he could be on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are the latest club to be linked with a move for Fulham’s Derek Boateng.

France Football has reported that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is interested in taking the out-of-favour Whites midfielder to the Stadium of Light on loan for the rest of the season.

It comes after French side Evian were reported to be close to a deal for Ghana international Boateng, who has made only three league appearances since his move to Craven Cottage from Dnipro last summer.

He was recently tipped to complete a loan move to Championship club Watford, who have since turned their attention to QPR’s Samba Diakite.

Related West London Sport story: Diakite ‘back in the picture’ at Rangers

Fulham have had a second bid for defender Liam Moore rejected by Leicester City, according to Sky.

The Leicester Mercury say the Whites’ latest offer for the former Brentford loanee was £2.5m, but the Foxes do not want to sell.

Related West London Sport story: Fulham told Leicester star will not be sold

For more transfer speculation, see this morning’s Paper Talk.

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