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Didier Drogba looks to the skies as he takes to the field for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
Didier Drogba looks to the skies as he takes to the field for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

Transfer talk: January 28 - Odemwingie bid rejected, Turks want Drogba

Follow all the latest big name moves, offers and deals as the January transfer window enters its final days.

West Bromwich Albion have rejected another offer for Peter Odemwingie from Queens Park Rangers.

The Nigeria international had a transfer request turned down by West Brom last weekend, and criticised the club's attitude towards him during a vociferous outburst on Twitter.

QPR had a 2m (Dh11.6m) bid rejected for the player at the weekend, and have now had a second offer for the 31-year-ol Nigeria international rejected.

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Manchester City have once again played down talk that Mario Balotelli could leave the club for AC Milan.

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, has consistently said his fellow Italian is not for sale throughout this month's transfer window but that has not quashed rumours linking him with a switch to the San Siro.

Milan have made their liking for the 22-year-old clear but have previously baulked at City's reported 28million valuation.

Now fresh reports have emerged claiming negotiations between the clubs have begun but City's public message on the matter has not changed.

First-team coach David Platt said: "I saw that speculation yesterday but I've not heard anything.

"As far as we are concerned I think he is still a Manchester City player. I don't think there is anything is going to happen."

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Galatasaray are closing in on a move for Didier Drogba as the former Chelsea striker prepares for a dramatic return to European football.

The future of the Ivory Coast forward, currently on international duty at the African Cup of Nations, has been the subject of much speculation since his move to Shanghai Shenhua last year.

But Galatasaray are ready to bolster their side, following the signing of Wesley Sneijder last week, with a move for the 34-year-old on an 18-month deal.

A spokesperson for his Sports PR Company confirmed: "They have made a formal bid for him."

It is understood a deal could be concluded as early as this evening for the 34-year-old, amid reports he has agreed an 18-month contract.

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Al Wasl manager Guy Lacombe admits he may dip into the transfer market before it closes next week following injury concerns to Shikabala. Read the full story here.

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