Local clubs linked with swoops

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has identified Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze and Porto’s Joao Moutinho as his top three transfer targets, according to The Times.

And The Sun report that Fulham are lining up Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard as a potential replacement for Bobby Zamora, whose future at Craven Cottage remains under scrutiny.

The paper say Fulham plan to bid £4m for Maynard, whose Robins contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Related story: Fulham monitor Robins striker Maynard (23 November)

The Daily Mirror claim QPR boss Neil Warnock has jumped to the front of the race for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

Manager Neil Warnock has been linked with a number of strikers.

The R’s had a scout at the SPL side’s weekend win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the weekend, prompting speculation they plan to bid for Jelavic.

Sunderland are also reported to be interested in the player, who is valued by the Glasgow club at £10m but apparently could be sold for £7m if a deal can be struck.

Related story: QPR boss shrugs off link with Jelavic

Meanwhile, Sky Sports report that Adel Taarabt is unhappy about being left out of the QPR side.

He is quoted as saying: “I am not happy to sit on the bench – my job is to play football.”

And talkSPORT report that Brentford are bidding to sign striker Rory Donnelly from Cliftonville despite Liverpool and Swansea also being interested in the 19-year-old.

Related story: Brentford eye Irish striker Donnelly (2 December)


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