Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is only about a month away and Premier League clubs, managers and players are certainly preparing those holiday wish lists.
With a weekend of exciting Premiership football and Carling Cup competition early on next week, along comes a new set of Premier League transfer rumors. Here are five that have fans buzzing this weekend.
As always, these are speculation and should be taken with a grain of salt, but if you have any thoughts about where you'd like to see these players end up or who your favorite club should go after, have at it in the comments.
He's only made two senior-squad appearances for the Old Trafford side, in League Cup matches against Leeds United and Aldershot Town, but 18-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba's performances were enough to pique the interest of some of England's top clubs.
According to a report from Football-Talk, Arsenal, Manchester City and Hamburger SV are among the clubs looking to prepare bids for Paul Pogba, who has wowed in his performances with the United reserves, demonstrating creativity and ambition beyond his years. Pogba's contract ends in June, and should he continue to be left off the first-team squad, he could seek a departure on a free transfer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has acknowledged the importance of giving Pogba his due time, saying:
If we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave. You know, in a couple of years time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he’s got great ability, plus he’s got the physique and athleticism.
Although he's enjoyed a solid first-team season at White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Younes Kaboul could be bidding farewell to the Premiership in favor of a spell in Serie A, according to a report from SportsMole (make of it what you will).
Juventus are reportedly interested in bringing on Kaboul to add to their defensive options in January, and Antonio Conte is reportedly looking to put in a bid for about £10 million for the Frenchman.
One of the biggest upcoming transfer priorities for Manchester United seems to be securing an out-and-out defensive midfielder, especially as the defense (Nemanja Vidic) and midfield (Anderson, Tom Cleverley) struggle with injury woes.
Their solution to the midfield problem may lie in Real Madrid holding midfielder and German international Sami Khedira, who, according to the International Business Times, the Old Trafford outfit is looking to court to the tune of a £20 million bid.
Khedira's career at the Bernabéu has seen its hit-or-miss periods, and earlier in the season, he seemed on the outs due to tensions with manager Jose Mourinho, although they've since reconciled, with Khedira referring to Mourinho as "the perfect coach."
According to the Metro, Tottenham Hotspur will be unable to afford their high-salary striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, currently on loan from Manchester City to the tune of £140,000.
Adebayor has impressed at White Hart Lane and helped Spurs stay in top-four contention, but come the summer and the end of Adebayor's loan spell, Harry Redknapp may be looking for a cheaper alternative.
One option that has reportedly come up is F.C. Köln striker and German international Lukas Podolski. The 26-year-old has had a solid season in the Bundesliga so far, scoring nine goals in 11 appearances, and has done well in international competition, netting three goals and three assists for Die Mannschaft in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
According to the Metro report, Spurs have sent scouts to watch Podolski play in Germany, and joining them in the race to bring over the striker are their north London rivals Arsenal as well as S.S. Lazio.
Coming off of his victory with the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2011 MLS Cup, the long-time superstar has a tough decision to make in the MLS offseason. Although there were rumors of a Beckham return to the Premiership, especially as the 2012 London Olympics draw near, with Queens Park Rangers most often cited as a reported possible destination.
But now, it looks as if Beckham has ruled out the Premiership, telling the Mirror, "I could never see myself playing against United for another Premier League team." Now, according to reports, the decision almost certainly seems between Becks renewing his contract with the champion Galaxy or returning to Europe and singing with cash-flush Paris Saint-Germain.
As Beckham was quoted in the Daily Mirror:
Whenever a big club comes in for you, it's a temptation. At 36, to still have a big European club after me means a lot.
I've looked after myself and still feel I can play at the top level.
At the moment, I'm still a Galaxy player and I said I'd finish this season, respect the contract I signed, which I've always done, and then sit down with my family and see how I feel and what's going to be best.