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English Transfer Rumour Weekend Round-up

We are almost into December, which by default means we are one month away from the January transfer window opening. Lets run down some of the rumours regarding the players in and around the England national team.

Shaun Botterill

Joleon Lescott

Out of favour Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott may move away from the Etihad in January if he can't secure first team football. Speaking to the Guardian, the 31 year old centre back commented that he didn't believe he is being given a fair chance under Manuel Pellegrini and he may look to move on. Lescott is in the final year of his current contract but has made just 9 appearances so far this season. He did play in the Champions League in mid-week but that was due to injury more than anything. I've personally always thought Lescott was a good but not great defender. Even if he was playing week in and week out, he wouldn't be my selection for the heart of the England defense. However he really should move on and enjoy the rest of his career, nobody wants to spend their twilight years warming the bench.

Wilfried Zaha

Current Crystal Palace player Yannick Bolaise believes that former Crystal Palace star Zaha would love to return to his old club in January. Zaha has found his playing time severely limited this season and he has failed to break through at United with all the talent around him. I think it is a given that he will be loaned out in January, but is returning to his old club who are facing a relegation battle a step-back for the young winger? I thought it was too soon for him to take a step up anyway, however I would try and break through at a mid-table team, failing that option a return to Palace would at least put him back on the radar, as right now he is largely a forgotten man.

Leighton Baines

This one is just not going to go away, thanks in large part to the work of the Daily Mirror. Baines is out until the new year with a broken bone in his foot. However Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stated that he is confident that Baines will play again for Everton. This comes amidst continued speculation that Manchester United and ex Everton manager David Moyes will come back in for the talented left back in January. Baines, 28, has impressed both domestically and internationally, but he will come at a premium. I do think United will make another bid, and I can't see it being a bad thing having one of the most talented players at one of the best clubs. Whether he is playing for Everton or United when the World Cup comes around, he'll be on the plane.