EPL: Top transfer news and rumours on December 17

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Top transfer news and rumours on Dec 17
London, Dec 17: Demba Ba hints at Arsenal switch, Lampard eyes QPR move as Chelsea plan to bid for Pjanic, Barcelona want Chelsea goalkeeper, Balotelli and Fellaini edge closer to exit, Dortmund deny Manchester move for Lewandowski, all the transfer news and rumours from the Barclays Premier League on Dec 17.
  • Newcastle United striker Demba Ba is ready to move on after praising Arsenal. The Magpies have lost hope to keep their star man who has £7.5 million release clause. The Senegal international is holding out his demand of £90,000-a-week and even if Newcastle agree to pay so much, Ba will not sign a contract extension at St James Park.
  • Frank Lampard is ready to move on by joining Queens Park Rangers after manager Rafa Benitez revealed that the England veteran will leave the Blues in the summer. QPR boss Harry Redknapp is also eyeing a move for the 34-year-old when his contract ends in the summer.
  • Meanwhile, Chelsea are lining up a bid for £14m-rated Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic as a replacement for Lampard. The 22-year-old Bosnian is highly rated across Europe attracting teams like Barcelona and Inter Milan.
  • Barcelona are keen on signing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 20, who is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, as a replacement for Victor Valdes. The Belgian was bought for £8m from Genk in 2011 and was immediately sent on loan to Atletico to David De Gea.
  • Following recent incidents surrounding Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the 25-year-old could depart Goodison Park earlier than expected. The tall Belgian not only headbutted Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross but was involved in two separate incidents and may be punished with a nine-game ban including a heavy fine around £150,000.
  • West Ham Untied manager Sam Allardyce has urged the club to spend in January after naming only six substitutes during the draw with West Brom Albion. Allardyce wants to sign atleast two players in January.
  • Robert Lewandowski will not join Manchester United or City in the summer, according to his club Borussia Dortmund.
  • Mario Balotelli is heading closer to the exit door at the Etihad after taking Manchester City to a tribunal in a bid to overturn £340,000 fine.
  • Birmingham have warned potential buyers Liverpool and Everton that they will have to shell out more than £6m to sign England goalkeeper Jack Butland.
  • Paulinho from Corinthians has pledged his future with the Brazilian Serie A side. The 24-year-old, who has 8 caps and two goals for Brazil, is a target for Chelsea and Manchester City.
  • West Ham United and Queen Park Rangers want to sign Nicolas Anelka as the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker is ready to cancel his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.
  • New York Bulls advisor Gerard Houllier has cast doubt over Thierry Henry's proposed move to Arsenal. The Gunners are yet to contact the MLS side for a possible loan deal for the third time.

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