Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United hope to sign Seamus Coleman in the January window in a deal that would be worth at least £20m to Everton. United believe it is more likely the right-back can be bought in the summer but are exploring what would represent the considerable coup of acquiring the 26-year-old immediately. (The Guardian)Alan Pardew wants at least three new players to join him in Crystal Palace’s survival fight. The incoming Eagles boss has earmarked Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis as his his top target, but Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent is also under consideration. (Daily Star)Tony Pulis has been promised a January transfer fund by West Brom – and is weighing up a move for Peter Crouch. Pulis is set to be announced as Albion’s new head coach on Thursday, to succeed the sacked Alan Irvine, and wants to be reunited with the Stoke striker. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are poised to complete the £7m signing of Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric and will send him straight on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. (Daily Telegraph)Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins insists the club have received no bids for Chelsea and Manchester City target Wilfried Bony. (Daily Star)Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their attempts to sign a new midfielder in the January transfer window after Legia Warsaw rejected their opening bid for the highly-rated youngster Krystian Bielik. (Metro)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Boost for Liverpool and Tottenham! West Brom starlet available for just £14mExclusive – Klopp perfect replacement for Pardew at Newcastle, claims former managerExclusive – Pardew a poor man-manager, claims former playerI’m staying at AC Milan! Liverpool target rubbishes transfer talkLiverpool transfer report: PSG will NOT allow Lavezzi to leave in JanuaryMove on Man United! Bale joins Perez in rubbishing Real Madrid exit talkAC Milan tell defensive star to forget about Manchester United moveShelvey staying put at Swansea, insists Monk, as Pardew lines up Palace bidUruguayan starlet ready to snub Man United for Arsenal moveArsenal and Liverpool transfer target to stay at Lyon, says club presidentEverton transfer boost? PSG midfielder hints at January moveNewcastle outcast set for Genoa switch
Only a handful of U.K. universities are deeply involved in the fight to improve global health, according to a new ranking table released yesterday at the United Kingdom’s Houses of Parliament. The idea behind the list—which follows a similar ranking for U.S. and Canadian universities and another one for pharmaceutical companies—is to encourage spending on global health research and to increase the pressure on stragglers to step up their efforts.The University of Oxford came out on top in the table, followed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Imperial College London, University College London, and the University of Liverpool. These five account for 74% of the United Kingdom’s global health research spending and 78% of the spending on neglected tropical disease, according to the ranking. Out of the 20 others listed in the table, eight are ranked with a D grade; only six received a B or above. The University of Cambridge, which shared the No. 2 spot in a ranking of the world’s best universities last year, is 15th on the list with a C-minus grade.The list received plaudits from Harvard University’s Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health, a U.S. research and aid group. The table helps “illuminate the effects of academic biomedical research on the health of the world’s poor, and hold universities accountable for the impact, or lack of impact, that their policies have on global health,” Farmer said in a statement yesterday.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) and Medsin-UK, which together produced the table, used two key criteria: “Innovation,” for instance, what proportion of research funds is used for neglected diseases and how many papers focus on low- and middle-income countries; and “Access,” which gauges how much universities are doing to make the fruits of their research widely available. “Despite most research funding coming from government grants, medicines developed in universities can be priced out of reach of patients in the developing world,” UAEM’s Dzintars Gotham said in a statement yesterday.LSHTM Deputy Director and Provost Anne Mills says she’s “pleased” about her institute’s second place. “I would expect that—we are a school of global and public health,” she says. But Mills says that the ranking system’s methodology has its limitations. It relies in part on publicly available information and websites, for instance, which according to Mills helps explain why LSHTM only scored a B minus on “Access.” “It’s not that we don’t make our discoveries available, it’s that we don’t have statements about it on our website,” she says.