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EPL News Roundup: Edin Džeko, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea

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Edin Džeko is on Manchester City's January wish list.

With that much money in the bank, it’s not surprising that Manchester City are looking to bring new faces in to Eastlands over January. The club are in talks to sign Wolfsburg’s Edin Džeko over the January transfer window, and they are reportedly ready to break the Bundesliga transfer record to do it. With Džeko’s buyout clause hovering around £30 million and his contract expiring in 2013, City are one of the few interested clubs with the money to make a move happen.

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One possible stumbling block for City is the offload of their current players. Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz are looking to move on, but many clubs cannot afford to match the high wages earned at City. However, Roberto Mancini is a fan of Džeko’s and will look to trim his squad to make room for the Bosnian, who has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe over the last year. With the future of captain Carlos Tevez still not 100% clear, the club will want to make sure they have adequate reinforcements available should they lose his services.

Wolfsburg have stuttered under the guidance of new boss Steve McClaren and are currently sitting in 13th place in the Bundesliga table. City, however, are second in the Premier League, albeit with at least one more match played than any other side in the top five.

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Around the League

The pressure just continues to mount on Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson after he saw his side flop to a 1-nil loss against Wolves at Anfield on Wednesday. The match ended with a chorus of boos, chants of Kenny Dalglish, and a caustic “Hodgson for England!” anthem.

The result left the Reds sitting in 12th place, a whopping 16 points off league leaders Manchester United and, worryingly, only 4 points away from the relegation zone. Hodgson has been pleading for support from the supporters, but he must be worrying that he is losing support from the Liverpool board. It will be telling whether the owners give him significant transfer money to spend over January – if Hodgson is indeed on his way out, the board will unlikely want to fund his dealings, especially with underperforming signings like Christian Paulsen and Paul Konchesky on his recent transfer resume.

Meanwhile, Chelsea finally managed three points against Bolton Wanderers after going six matches without registering a victory. Carlo Ancelotti’s men were thoroughly outplayed by Arsenal on Monday, and victory against Bolton was crucial for the team to keep touching distance with the Premier League summit. However, Ancelotti is still looking to reinforce his defense, which has looked thin of late, and the club is in talks with Benfica over Brazilian center-back David Luiz. The highly rated 23-year-old has a buyout clause of £43 million, and Chelsea has reportedly already had a £17 million bid turned down by the Portuguese outfit. Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka have also been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Draws for Arsenal and Manchester United in midweek meant that the win against Bolton puts Chelsea just four points behind leaders United, who hold a match in-hand.