Transfer Rumours, January 4, 2013: Newcastle, Aston Villa, QPR, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City

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ASTON Villa are considering a move for Manchester City’s out-of-favour 30-year-old defender Joleon Lescott, who supported Villa as a boy – Daily Mirror

Newcastle have compiled a shortlist of strikers to replace Chelsea-bound Demba Ba, with Marseille’s Loic Remy, 26, one of the three international forwards being considered by the Magpies.

Manager Alan Pardew has warned Newcastle owner Mike Ashley the club are in danger of relegation from the Premier League if he does not allow him to spend heavily in January – Daily Telegraph

Pardew had to persuade the Newcastle board to break their policy of not recruiting players over the age of 25 to land 27-year-old France right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lyon – Independent

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been offered Inter Milan forward Wesley Sneijder, 28, to boost his side’s relegation scrap – The Sun

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish expects forward Wilfried Zaha, 20, to stay at Selhurst Park until the summer - but admits a big bid could tempt the Championship club to sell in January – talkSPORT

Meanwhile, Manchester United are in pole position to sign Zaha and the Old Trafford club are confident of recruiting the England international in the summer – ESPN

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has been quoted by Spanish newspaper AS as describing reports linking striker Radamel Falcao, 26, with Real Madrid as “totally false” – Sky Sports

Tottenham are leading the race to sign France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, on a pre-contract agreement from Toulouse – The Times

Tottenham will listen to offers for England international midfielder Jake Livermore, 23, this month, with London rivals QPR and Fulham monitoring the situation – Daily Mail

Swansea striker Danny Graham, 27, is Brian McDermott’s next target after the Reading manager’s capture of defender Daniel Caricco, 24, from Sporting Lisbon – The Times

Standard Liege defender Rami Gershon, 24, underwent a medical on Thursday night ahead of his proposed loan move to Celtic – Daily Record

French club Evian Thonon Gaillard are interested in signing Florent Malouda, 32, from Chelsea – (in French)

Brazil striker Alexandre Pato, 23, a previous target of Manchester City and Chelsea, has left AC Milan for Corinthians for around £12million – Tottusport