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'Silly season' arrives as transfer window opens

Updated: January 1, 2013, 5:39 AM ET
Associated Press

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By STEVE DOUGLAS

AP Sports Writer

LONDON -- Expect plenty of speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo, David Villa, Wesley Sneijder, Frank Lampard and Theo Walcott, among others, to be flying around for the next month.

Yes, the "silly season" has arrived.

European soccer's January transfer window opens for business on Tuesday, giving clubs a month to strengthen their squads for the second half of the season.

Top teams operating strategic transfer ...

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