MLS side TORONTO – managed by Ryan Nelsen – are being linked with an interest in Blackburn Rovers defender Bradley Orr, who has returned from a loan spell at Blackpool.

MANCHESTER UNITED manager David Moyes will be given free reign in the January transfer market by the club’s owners in a bid to ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League.

ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes has distanced himself from reports linking the Dons with a move for Blackburn Rovers forward David Goodwillie, whose loan at Dundee United expires on January 13.

CRYSTAL PALACE boss Tony Pulis is planning on making a loan bid for Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28.

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is set to have talks about his Stamford Bridge future later this week – and a transfer to ATLETICO MADRID is still on the cards for the 25-year-old.

Tottenham’s record £30m signing Erik Lamela, 21, only signed for the club last summer but could be on the move with his agent speaking to Serie A sides INTER MILAN and LAZIO about taking the winger on loan for the rest of the season.

Brondby striker Simon Makienok’s agent says that FULHAM manager Rene Meulensteen must map out the club’s long-term Premier League future to convince the 23-year-old to move to Craven Cottage.

Former Blackburn Rovers loanee Jermaine Jones will be a free agent this summer after SCHALKE made it clear they will not offer him a new contract.

CREWE are in talks to bring loan striker Tom Hitchcock back to the club from QPR. The ex-Blackburn Rovers youngster is the son of Kevin Hitchcock.

MANCHESTER UNITED has sent scouts to watch Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.