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It’s halfway point in the transfer window and there’s not been much excitement, but speculation is beginning to mount, slowly but surely.

With all their striking issues, Chelsea are leading the chase for the talented Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa, who is represented by the same agent as Jose Mourinho. He has a £32m release clause but the soonest possible move will be in the summer. (Football365)

Monaco have maintained their ever growing pursuit of Blackpool star, Thomas Ince (Daily Mirror), with Paris Saint-Germain, Internazionale, Tottenham, and Swansea City also said to be interested. (The Guardian)

Fulham have been told they must splash out £8m if they want to sign West Ham’s talented forward, Ravel Morrison. (Daily Mail)

Lille forward, Salomon Kalou, is due for talks of a potential move to Tottenham, his former club Chelsea’s Londan rivals. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal face contest from Italian sides Internazionale and Juventus for 21 year old Real Madrid stiker, Alvaro Morata. (Football 365)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez faces a stand off with Benfica for the young Standard Liege striker, Michy Batshuayi. (Daily Mirror)

Stoke and Crystal Palace are targeting a move for the out of favour Newcastle defender, Steven Taylor. (The Sun)

Local clubs now, and on another busy couple of days in the January transfer window, a number of Yorkshire’s clubs have brought players in.

Hull City have signed Shane Long on a three year deal, adding to their record signing Nikica Jelavic. The fees attached to both players could rise past £7m, each breaking the £5.25m club record that brought Tom Huddlestone to the KC Stadium last summer.

Leaving the KC is Aaron Mclean, who has joined Bradford City on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson said: “I’m thrilled by the arrival of Aaron.

“He is someone I have monitored for a while now and he has a proven record at this level.

“Aaron is a fantastic player and he will be a great personality to have around the dressing room.

“I am sure he is going to be an excellent acquisition for the football club.”

Barnsley have signed former Stoke and Sunderland winger Liam Lawrence on a deal until the end of the season. The 32-year-old has signed at Oakwell as a free agent.

Reds manager Danny Wilson said: “Some of the players, with all due respect, for the talent they’ve got need leaders on the pitch.

“He’s not match fit. He’s had a few training sessions with us. But he’s a fit lad and he’s experienced and it won’t take him long to get up to speed.

“We’ll look at him tomorrow and if he doesn’t react to anything we might include him.

“But he can play anywhere. Behind the front two or one or either side of the pitch.”

Doncaster Rovers are reportedly pursuing Leicester City’s Martyn Waghorn and Hull City striker Nick Proschwitz, who is also attracting interest from League One promotion-chasers Wolves.

Sheffield United have allowed Florent Cuvelier to join League One rivals Port Vale on loan.

Cuvelier, 21, made eight appearances for the Blades after being signed by former manager David Weir from Stoke City.