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English Transfer Rumours - January 12th

We have seen a conclusion to one long-standing rumour with Jermaine Defoe agreeing to join MLS team Toronto in February, so what are the papers saying?

Paul Thomas

January is always an interesting time of year for football transfers, while most teams don't do their main business in January, there are some teams who will look to improve their squad. We're not interesting in everyone here at Three Lions Roar, so we just focus on the players in and around the England set-up.

Here are the latest rumours:

Luke Shaw

The Daily Mail are suggesting that Manchester City are ready to spend £30 million on 18 year old Luke Shaw. If this has any truth to it, it will be a World record fee for a fullback. Barcelona paid £29.5 million to Seville for Dani Alvares in 2008. Chelsea and Manchester United are long-time admirers and with United having a more pressing need for a left back than City, you would imagine they would be interested if Southampton are winning to listen to offers.

Personally I think it would be terrible for Luke Shaw is he made the jump to Manchester City. Yes he would get European football (well perhaps), but there is a chance he could get lost in the shadows of the squad. Young players like Shaw need to be playing week in and week out, and the lad is only 18 years old. He's still not physically matured to the player he will be.

Shaw is a fantastic prospect and if he continues on his current projectory, he will be a World Class player in a couple of years and the long term successor to Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines for England. Don't make the move now though, wait 2-3 years and then make the jump to a Champions League team. Continue you're development and then move somewhere you are guaranteed to be the #1. The only team that could potentially offer him that now is Manchester United with Evra likely off this Summer and Buttner not possessing the quality to be the main guy going forward.

Ravel Morrison

On Saturday the Daily Express suggested that Fulham were ready to make a swoop for West Ham's young midfielder Morrison. Current Fulham Manager Rene Meulensteen worked with Morrison while they were both at Manchester United. However the article suggests that the bid would be more a maximum of £4 million, which is ridiculously low for young English talent. Especially when you consider that West Ham are in a battle for survival along with Fulham. Selling one of your best players to improve one of your relegation contenders isn't exactly the best idea.

Personally I would rank this rumour down there with the worst. I see no reason why West Ham would want to sell Ravel who has been very impressive this season, and is being talked about as a potential surprise inclusion in the England squad to face Denmark in March. I also don't see why Ravel Morrison will want to move from one club battling relegation to another club battling relegation. This one seems as though a writer has found one in Rene, one in Ravel and tried to put them together.