CHELSEA'S forgotten man Lucas Piazon has been linked with a move to Norwich City.

The 26-year-old Brazilian joined the Blues from Sao Paulo back in 2012 but has hardly featured for the Stamford Bridge club and instead has been sent out on loan - including a spell at Fulham who he helped win promotion to the Premier League.

Championship rivals Stoke City and French outfit Bordeaux are also monitoring the winger who is currently on loan at Rio Ave in the Portuguese top-flight but Chelsea are planning to recall him this month. That could open the door for Norwich to snap him up before the deadline.

Since arriving in West London, Piazon has spent time on loan at seven different clubs including Malaga, Eintracht Frankfurt, Vitesse Arnhem, Chievo Verona and Reading.


ARSENAL have decided not to pursue Emi Buendia after Norwich City quoted them a £40million fee for the playmaker.

The Gunners are hunting a replacement for Mesut Ozil, who is poised to join Fenerbahce. But moves for Buendia, Christian Eriksen, Julian Brandt, Isco and Houssem Aouar seem unlikely at the current time of writing.

The Argentine has found the net seven times from 19 appearances but, despite his fine form, Arsenal have now shelved interest.

The Express

BOURNEMOUTH, QPR and Stoke City have all had bids accepted for Charlton Athletic midfielder Alfie Doughty.

The Championship trio had bids of £650,000 accepted and were given permission to talk to the talented 21-year-old who is out of contract in the summer and had Rangers and Celtic keen to take him on a free at the end of the season.

However, Doughty is now understood to have chosen Stoke ahead of their rivals but, as part of the agreement, he will stay at Charlton on loan until the end of the season.

Daily Mail

STOKE City are set to beat Premier League clubs including West Brom to the signing of Sheffield United left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies.

The Yorkshire club have decided to terminate the Wales international’s season-long loan at Luton Town to allow him to join Stoke.

The defender has yet to play for parent club Sheffield United but is a full Wales international and started their autumn fixtures against Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland and Finland.

Football Insider

BARNSLEY have received two bids from Championship clubs for midfielder Alex Mowatt, but the bidders haven’t been named – Mowatt has previously been linked with Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and QPR.

The 25-year-old ex-Leeds United man has established himself as one of the Football league’s most formidable central midfielders with Barnsley.

Joining in 2016, he’s since made 124 league appearances for the Tykes, having scored four in 22 Championship outings this season.

DONCASTER Rovers have rejected a £1.5million bid from Preston North End for Ben Whiteman.

The Lilywhites are believed to be in pole position to sign the midfielder with QPR also in hot pursuit of the 24-year-old.

Whiteman was left out of Doncaster Rovers’ FA Cup tie at Blackburn Rovers at the weekend after manager Darren Moore admitted the player had had his head turned by all the attention.

Doncaster Free Press

STRIKER Charlie Austin has returned to Queens Park Rangers.

The 31-year-old, who was heavily linked with a move to Derby County in the summer, has joined Rangers from West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the season.

The former Southampton and Burnley forward had been heavily linked with a move to Pride Park back in October but the player stayed at West Brom.

Derby Telegraph