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Window Shopping: Day 12

  • 12 January 2012 08:50
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

A highly-touted youngster is the main name to conjure with on a quieter-than-average day on the transfer talk front.

The talents of Lille's Eden Hazard have seen him linked with a plethora of Europe's top clubs since the summer, and it is almost inevitable that City are one of a host of sides said to be interested in him.

His employers are keen to keep hold of him for now as The Week picks up from reports out there elsewhere on the web:

"Lille have reiterated their determination to keep hold of Eden Hazard in the face of several New Year approaches. ESPN reports that the 21-year-old Belgian playmaker is being courted by Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City following his stellar performances in the French league this season. 

But the broadcaster quotes Lille’s academy director Jean-Michel Vandamme as saying: “We have received some very interesting propositions for Hazard, but the player will stay with us until at least the end of the season. He certainly won't leave until then.

Mark Hughes' installation at QPR with a transfer "war chest" to hand means links with some his former players at several clubs, not just City, are being talked up.

Not for the first time this month Nedum Onuoha is said to be heading to Loftus Road; Hughes' predecessor Neil Warnock was said to have flown to Manchester to secure his services, and now the new boss is claimed to be tabling a bid.

"QPR have bid £3m for Chelsea defender Alex, look set to land Fulham’s Andy Johnson for £2m, and have also begun talks to sign City misfits Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge."

So says the Daily Star, and while it seems pretty unequivocal you know that nothing is official from the club's point of view. With a short fallow period between games to come, expect there to be even more City-related transfer talk in the next few days.

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