City hijack Chelsea’s Taison deal – report

Chelsea could lose out on Taison after Manchester City tried to hijack the deal at the last minute, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Blues are reported to have agreed a fee with Metalist Kharkiv for the Brazilian midfielder and settled on personal terms.

But it is suggested that Metalist have suddenly asked for more money after City, Benfica and Shakhtar Donetsk all made enquiries.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to aware of the late hitch and desperate to prevent Taison joining another Premier League club.

The Daily Mail say Chelsea are confident of sealing Taison’s signing despite City’s interest.

And a number of papers again link Manchester United with a move for Chelsea fans’ favourite Frank Lampard.

Meanwhile, the Mirror say Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has rebuffed enquiries from QPR for Spurs midfielders Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp asked about taking them on loan and it is claimed he may now focus on Livermore, while Fulham may look to sign Huddlestone on a permanent basis.

Redknapp is also reported to have failed to land Marseille striker Loic Remy – who is tipped to join Newcastle – despite offering the French club Shaun Wright-Phillips in exchange.

Related West London Sport story: Redknapp set for transfer talks with Spurs (4 January)

QPR and Fulham are both keen on Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to The Sun.

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