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Tuesday’s transfer rumor roundup: Ighalo to Atleti; Martinez to Chelsea, Spurs


during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 28, 2015 in Watford, England.

Laurence Griffiths

Maybe it’s the nearing January window, or maybe 2015 just wants to squeeze more gossip out of its limited calendar time.

For whatever reason, Tuesday’s brought a healthy batch of transfer rumors to the world of soccer.

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Atletico Madrid is in the market for a forward. While we’ve heard that a Diego Costa return could be in the cards, it’s another Premier League player linked with Atlei today. Watford wizard Odion Ighalo has scored more goals than anyone in 2015, and the Nigerian could fit the bill for Diego Simeone’s squad. That said, Watford has no reason to sell outside of money, as Ighalo’s chemistry with Troy Deeney is undeniable.

Inside that rumor from Sky Sports is another tidbit from Atleti, as the outlet claims La Liga disappointment Jackson Martinez could skip Madrid for Tottenham or Chelsea. The 29-year-old was electric for Porto, but has failed to impress since leaving Portugal for Spain this summer.

The Daily Mail says Bournemouth could take big-time Championship scorer Ross McCormack from Fulham in a January bid to fill in the gaps in its attack.

Newcastle United is looking to help its defense, and could force Napoli’s hand by triggering a $12 million buyout clause in the contract of towering 24-year-old Senegalese back Kalidou Koulibaly. Sky Italia says Napoli doesn’t want to part with the youngster, so maybe a new contract could be in the offing.

Italian site Forza Italia claims Manchester United is ready to launch a massive bid for Lazio stud Felipe Anderson. The 22-year-old Brazilian could cost in the neighborhood of $50 million, thought La Republicca says Anderson is just a fallback option if United cannot land James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

Could Cesc Fabregas leave Stamford Bridge for the confines of Serie A? Corriere dello Sport claims interest from Inter Milan and Juventus.

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