The rumour mills are working over time this week as The New Year approaches at a vast speed, drawing us nearer to an exciting time of the season for most supporters, especially when you have a trophy hungry owner who also happens to be a Russian Billionaire, ready to spend his cash once again.

With Rafa Benitez confirming that Daniel Sturridge has passed his medical at Liverpool on Sunday, there are sure to be a number of new faces arriving at The Bridge in January. Here are some of the latest rumours, some of which will be nonsense, others may have some back bone.

According to The Metro, Chelsea are weighing up a £5 million bid for Tottenham left back Benoit Assou Ekotto. I can’t see any deal happening there at all, he is pretty much a regular at Spurs and I’m not convinced they would sell, besides, with our over 30s policy, he is certainly too old to be considered any kind of decent deal. Having said that, he has been watched by Chelsea before quite frequently, which is why I think the rumour has regained spark now.

Hatem Ben Arfa is also a player who has been mentioned with Chelsea before, with Roberto Di Matteo reportedly trying to sign him in the summer. It seems that Chelsea are once again linked with him. Newcastle refused to listen to offers in the summer and I believe they will do so again. However, Ben Arfa would push for the deal with his own side struggling and the player seemingly desperate to win trophies. If Chelsea came in with the right offer, this could happen. Newcastle might listen to an offer in excess of £25 million, but I’m adamant this won’t happen, due to the fact that we are not in the market for his position, our priority is a striker.

The next rumour is one that I just don’t feel would happen at all. David Villa to Chelsea? He’s 31-years-old, why would we allow Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard to leave because of low contract offers and lengths, but we’d sign David Villa? I’m sure if Cole doesn’t feel the contract offered is not good enough, neither would Villa. Having said that, if Roman got his funny head on and did decide not to spend any money this transfer window, a short term Villa deal could work, or maybe even a loan deal until the end of the season, but I’m pretty sure he’d rather spend big, after all, short term is not something that is in Roman’s sights. The fee being talked about for a player of that age is also rather extravagant, around £15 million will be his apparent cost.

Finally, a deal that has been talked about for quite some time now and the more I read about, find out about and dig into, the more I feel that this deal might actually happen. Theo Walcott is a target for Chelsea, that’s for sure. We are certainly scouting him and monitoring his contract situation. Now with Sturridge leaving, Walcott is seen as a good replacement, being able to play as a striker or as a winger. This deal is certainly providing split reactions from Chelsea supporters, but it is a deal that could well be in the pipeline, if not in January, then in the summer. My opinion on Walcott? Let’s say the jury is still out, I’ve not seen enough of him playing as a striker to decide my opinion. I’ve seen games where he’s really impressed me, but then I’ve always been concerned about his final ball and decision making. Sturridge dejavu? hmm.

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Sy Phillips – News Editor