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Eriksson rules out Rooney reunion

If Wayne Rooney leaves Manchester United, one of his most frequently mooted potential destinations is the Chinese Super League.
But one Chinese club that won't be signing him is Shanghai SIPG, managed by his old England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The Sun reports that Eriksson has dismissed the possibility of a Rooney switch, despite describing the forward as "one of the best I have worked with."
Eriksson said his admiration for Rooney was "one thing" but added: "To make out we are going to sign him is something else. There is absolutely nothing in it -- zero."
The Swede added that the possibility of making an offer for the 31-year-old was not something club officials "have ever spoken about."
Last week, United manager Jose Mourinho denied telling Rooney he would need to move in order to be guaranteed first-team football and said: "He's going nowhere. We like him, he likes us."
Spurs ready to step up Isco interest?
Earlier this month, a source told ESPN FCthat Tottenham Hotspur were keen to sign Real Madrid's Isco.
And although the playmaker is back in the first-team picture at the Bernabeu, that interest hasn't dimmed.
The Mirror reports that Spurs are keeping an eye on the 24-year-old's situation as he approaches the final 18 months of his contract without having been offered new terms.
It says a loan bid could be forthcoming in January, with White Hart Lane boss Mauricio Pochettino "a big fan" of the Spain international.
Any loan could include the option of a permanent summer move -- but the Mirror says Tottenham may face a battle with Chelsea if Isco becomes available on a full-time basis.

Eagles mull swoop for Ivanovic

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is looking at options to strengthen his defence -- and he's looking to a London rival for one of them, according to theMirror.
The player in the picture is Chelsea'sBranislav Ivanovic, with the 32-year-old out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
Ivanovic last started for the Blues in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, since when manager Antonio Conte has switched to a back three without him and seen the new-look setup keep four Premier League clean sheets in a row.
But if the Eagles are interested they won't be the only ones -- Ivanovic has also been linked with a number of Premier League, European and Chinese clubs.

Zaza in, Bacca out at Milan?

Italy international striker Simone Zazahasn't pulled up many trees since joining West Ham on loan from Juventus, and now Calciomercato reports that he could be on the move again.
Zaza has yet to score for the Londoners, whose loan deal includes an £18 million buyout clause that comes into effect if he makes a certain number of appearance. But the 25-year-old is now being linked with AC Milan, who are reported to want him as a replacement for Carlos Bacca if he joins French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

Tap-ins

- Sunderland hoped to bring midfielderYann M'Vila back to the Stadium of Light in the last window, only for the deal to fall through.
Now it seems their January plans to sign the Frenchman -- a loan success last season as they staved off relegation -- could also be thwarted, with theSunderland Echo reporting that he has begun negotiations over a new deal at Rubin Kazan.
- Swindon Town's former Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux is catching the eye of a brace of Championship clubs, says the Sun.
Norwich City and Newcastle United are the clubs in question, with the 22-year-old in excellent form for the League One Robins and considered by the Canaries and the Magpies to "have the potential to eventually take the step up to the Premier League if they get promoted." From www.Espn.co.uk

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