Welcome to the complete round-up of transfer rumours and confirmed news for the day. TheHardTackle brings you the top five transfer rumours, verdicts and more.

A New Twist In The Tevez Saga

Sources among the popular media in England understand that Italian giants FC Internazionale are considering waiving off the outstanding amount of A?5M that Manchester City owe them from the transfer of Mario Balotelli that took place at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Balotelli was signed from the then Italian and European champions by the Manchester based Nouveau Riche for a hefty sum of A?26M and, according to sources, Inter are considering to let go off the remaining amount after City reportedly rejected the Italiansai??i?? bid to sign the unsettled Argentine forward Carlos Tevez.

No Clarity

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THT Verdict: More than possible. Having lost Etoai??i??o during the summer, Inter are yet to invest the money smartly and the strikers they bought at the beginning of the season have failed to create any impact whatsoever. Now that the team finally appears to be back on track, it seems only logical that Moratti will go to any extent to find that one last missing piece to complete the jigsaw. A signing of this measure may well see Inter clawing their way back as the title contenders in Serie A and, more importantly, it will hurt and leave their city rivals AC Milan in complete despair after their failed attempts to land the beleaguered star from Manchester.

Taye Taiwo On The Verge Of Becoming A QPR Player

Reports are doing rounds in the British media that AC Milan left back Taye Taiwo will complete the medical and the rest of the formalities in a matter of next few hours to become the latest signing at Queens Park Rangers under the newly appointed manager Mark Hughes. QPR and Milan have reached a deal and, following the agreement over personal terms, the player will undergo a medical.

England, Next?

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THT Verdict: The signing of Mesbah from Lecce pretty much signaled the end of Taiwo at Milan. Though it is unfair to rate him considering the lack of opportunities presented his way, one must say he failed to live to the promise he was brought in with. However, the move might backfire since now Milan remain with all the makeshift players to play in the left back roles who are naturally left wingers or traditional box-to-box centre midfielders, accustomed to operate from the left.

Catania Set Their Demand For Lopez, Will Fulham Go For It?

Sicilian outfit Catania have set the buyout price for the Argentine striker Maxi Lopez, who is likely to be leaving the club during the winter. A fee of A?6.5M has been asked to be met by the buyers for the player, who is also believed to be on the target list of AC Milan and Fiorentina.

Lopez's Time Seems To Be Up In Sicily

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THT Verdict: Vincenzo Montella has not preferred Lopez in his scheme of things this season and the question over the ex-Barcelona strikerai??i??s transfer boils down to where rather than if. Though not in the best of shape, form and fitness, Lopez can well adapt to the English game with his stronger physical presence and the money spent over him shall definitely not backfire. However, if Cataniaai??i??s urgency to offload the unwanted striker is to be taken as any hint, Fulham may try to negotiate over the price further. Having lost Gilardino and a continuously strengthening possibility of losing out on Jovetic, Fiorentinaai??i??s interest too cannot be ruled out from this transfer.

Juventus & Inter Battle It Out Over FC Porto Midfielder Guarin

Fredy Guarin has been linked with a winter move to Turin and the playerai??i??s agents too are believed to have met Beppe Marotta over a transfer talk. However, La Gazzetta Dello Sport learns about an interest from arch rivals Inter too and Juventus on their part have chosen to clear their stand stating they wonai??i??t engage into a bidding war with the Nerazzurri and may rather gather focus on bringing in Caceres.

Inter or Juventus?

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THT Verdict: Guarinai??i??s exit from Porto seems pretty imminent since the side is reduced to being only a shadow of the all-conquering unit of the last season after the loss of protagonist Andre Villas-Boas and one of the cult figures of the season Falcao. The departure of Hulk too seems to be not delayed by much and it only looks logical for the Colombian midfielder to seek a move to a bigger club at this stage. However, Juventus do have options aplenty in the midfield at this stage and their primary area of concern is attack where Guarin promises to offer little. Inter, on the other hand, lack creativity in the midfield and somebody of Guarinai??i??s qualities who ensures greater share of possession with his ball retention abilities seems to be the perfect addition to this squad. However, their interest in Tevez may keep them on their toes before spending too much on another player in the market.

Didier Drogba Following Nicolas Anelka To China?

Within a month after landing his Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka, China based Shanghai Shenhua are now preparing a bid to sign Didier Drogba too. After declining to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge by only one year, there are uncertainties over the Africanai??i??s future and the rumour of this move only adds to the intricateness of the situation.

Joining Anelka?

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THT Verdict: Far from possible. Though Chelsea are focusing on building a team with fresh legs, Andre Villas-Boas pretty much understands how crucial Drogba is to the squad especially when there is no guarantee over how soon the misfiring Spanish striker Fernando Torres will reclaim his usual self. Drogbaai??i??s agent has made it clear in the past that at this stage of career, his client would consider the offer with the highest monetary benefits, but even then only a summer move seems to be a possibility at this stage.

Some Other Rumours Floating Around

  • Tottenham Hotspur are hopeful of landing Real Valladolid custodian Jaime Jimenez on a loan deal.
  • Fulham are reportedly preparing a A?3M bid for the Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky.
  • Should the attempts to land Tevez fail, PSG consider to swoop on Inter marksman Giampaolo Pazzini, believes La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
  • Juventus striker Luca Toni could be on his way to MLS, where he is being targeted by Montreal.
  • Olympique Lyon and Lille are believed to be tracking Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong.
  • An official statement is expected to be released soon about the Manchester City centre-back Nedum Onuoha to be joining QPR.
  • Sky sports believe David Beckham is likely to sign a new deal with MLS club LA Galaxy.

Confirmed Deals

  • FC Groningen based 24 year old midfielder Danny Holla will serve a loan period at VVV Venlo.
  • Arsenalai??i??s 18 year old Wing-Back Sead Hajrovic will serve a one month loan period at Barnet.
  • Sebastien Freys has left FC Cologne to sign a two and a half year deal with Freiburg.
  • Lazio centre back Guglielmo Stendardo will join Atalanta on loan.
  • Sunderland youngster Ryan Noble will play on loan for Derby County.
  • Midfielder Karim Guede has left Slovan Bratislava to join Freiburg.
  • Aston Villa are supposedly making a move for Latvian club FB Gulbeneai??i??s Georgian winger David Tsiskarishvili (19).

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