Man United make move for Colombian star as West Ham’s Big Sam denies bid for ex-Newcastle star Martins

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MANCHESTER United appear to have made the first big move of the winter transfer market.

Although the window doesn’t open until next month, reports today claim that the Red Devils are on the verge of making a signing.

The Metro reports that Man United have opened talks with Inter Milan over a deal for midfielder Fredy Guarin. United hope they can sign the 27-year-old Colombian for around £10m.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express says United and Tottenham met Guarin’s representatives yesterday to discuss a move to the Premier League but Chelsea have dropped out of the race to sign him.

Elsewhere, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce “hasn’t heard anything” about reports linking him with a loan move for former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, 29, reports Talksport.

Other transfer stories:

Manchester United will not be forced into transfer talks with Wayne Rooney amid speculation Chelsea will make another move for the 28-year-old striker in the summer. Full story: Daily Mirror

Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as former club Liverpool, are all interested in midfielder Xabi Alonso, 32, whose contract at Real Madrid expires in the summer. Full story: Daily Star

Chelsea have made contact with Monaco about signing Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, 27, in January amid speculation the player does not get on with manager Claudio Ranieri. Full story: Daily Express

Chelsea are expected make a £20m January move for Southampton’s 18-year-old defender Luke Shaw. Full story: Times