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The January transfer window is now open - track the latest updates, rumours and done deals from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe.


When is transfer deadline day?

The transfer window closes on Monday, February 1; Portugal's Primeira Liga has a deadline day of February 4.


🎯 LEVERKUSEN TARGET DEMARAI GRAY

Bayer Leverkusen are in negotiations with Leicester regarding Demarai Gray, according to SPORT1.

They claim that the two clubs are talking about a fee around £1.8million for the 24-year-old, who has struggled for minutes under Brendan Rodgers.

Gray has made just one Premier League appearance this season, coming on as a second-half substitute in Leicester's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.


🦁 VILLA IN TALKS FOR MIDFIELDER

Aston Villa are interested in signing Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson. No deal has been struck but the clubs are in talks, the PA news agency reports.

Villa are not expected to be busy in the January transfer window but do want to bring the 26-year-old to Villa Park. Sanson helped Marseille finish second in Ligue 1 last season but they are sixth this campaign, 10 points behind leaders Paris St Germain with two games in hand.

Boss Andre Villas-Boas confirmed at the weekend there was Premier League interest in Sanson, who has also been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal.

“We’ll see – the transfer window is open, Sanson is a player who is highly rated,” Villas-Boas told his post-match press conference. “Officially, we have not received any offers, unless it happened during the match.

“He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen.”


❌ NO JANUARY SIGNINGS FOR CITY

Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City will not be making any new signings in the January transfer window.

He told beIN Sports: “We will not sign any deal during the winter transfer market. We did not discuss this, but we will end the season with the players that we have now.”

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🇦🇹 BRIGHTON DEFENDER DEPARTS

Brighton have allowed defender Bernardo to join Austrian club RB Salzburg on loan for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old Brazilian joined Albion from RB Leipzig in 2018 and made his 50th appearance for the club in last week’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

He has struggled for action this term, making just two Premier League starts, and returns to the club where he spent the second half of the 2015-16 season.

Seagulls head coach Graham Potter told the club website: “Bernardo is at a stage in his career where he wants to be playing regular football. This move should give him the opportunity to do that. We wish him well for the rest of the season and we will watch his progress with interest.”


⚒ MOYES AIMS FOR RIGHT STRIKER

David Moyes has vowed not to add another striker to West Ham’s catalogue of expensive flops.

Moyes is searching for reinforcements in attack before the January window closes, with injury-prone Michail Antonio currently his only recognised forward.

The London Stadium boss has already offloaded both of West Ham’s record signings, Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, signed by previous manager Manuel Pellegrini.

"What I don’t want to do is I don’t want to spend and waste my money, take a wage up bringing a player in, spend big money and find that actually, I’ve got it wrong," he said.

"I’d rather I waited and got someone who might be available in the summer. It’s difficult to say, but maybe in the past that may well have happened and I’m trying to be correct in as much as I can do."


🇫🇷 MESSI TO PSG?

Paris Saint-Germain chief Leonardo says the French giants have a "place reserved" at the table for Lionel Messi, as the Parisians prepare to pounce for the wantaway Barcelona star this summer.

Last season's Champions League finalists are 6/1 with Sky Bet to move early and bring Messi to the club this month.


🤞 SAINTS HOPEFUL INGS WILL STAY

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl remains hopeful key striker Danny Ings will sign a new contract.

Hasenhuttl said Ings, whose current deal expires in 2022, was in talks over committing his future to the club, although the financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic were making things “tricky”.

“As always, we are in the negotiation. We have at the moment a tricky situation for every club in the Premier League," said Hasenhuttl.

“I think everybody is losing a lot of money at the moment with this crisis we are going through, so we can only do what we are able to do and what is still (financially) healthy for us and that’s why we are looking I think.

“Danny chose to be with us, he wants to be with the club and we know that he’s an important player for us and I’m still hoping that we find an agreement and then finally he stays with us."


🔵 DRINKWATER LEAVES CHELSEA

Danny Drinkwater has joined Turkish club Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old midfielder last played for Chelsea in August 2018, having loan spells at both Burnley and Aston Villa last season.

He remains under contract until next summer having joined the club for £35m in 2017.

Drinkwater, who has three England caps, was a key part of Leicester's Premier League title-winning campaign in 2015-16.


😡 DELE ALLI PUSHES FOR PSG MOVE

Dele Alli is reportedly demanding Tottenham allow him to join former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG after his latest snub from Jose Mourinho.

The midfielder wasn't even named in the matchday squad for Sunday's trip to Sheffield United, a match Spurs won 3-1, despite being praised by Mourinho for his attitude and performance in the club's FA Cup thrashing of Marine only a week earlier.

Alli remains a heavy odds-on to be a PSG player by the end of the month, with Sky Bet pricing the deal up at 4/7.


🍚 NO BIDS FOR DECLAN RICE

West Ham boss David Moyes has poured cold water on suggestions that Declan Rice could leave the club this month as speculation continues over the England midfielder's future.

Moyes has said that's all well and good, but there have been no bids for the 22-year-old.


🎯 VILLA TARGET SANSON

Marseille manager, Andre Villas-Boas has said he could struggle to keep hold of Morgan Sanson this month.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss says there has been interest from several Premier League clubs, with Aston Villa reported to have offered £20m for the midfielder.


💰 MAN CITY WANT LOCATELLI

Manchester City looks as though they may have decided that the best time to strengthen is when you're flying.

City, who have won eight straight games and are unbeaten in 15, are reportedly interested in Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.That's what his agent is saying anyway...


🍒✍️ WILSHERE TO JOIN BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth have signed Jack Wilshere on a deal until the end of the season, with the move expected to be announced in the next 24 hours, according to Sky Sports News.

The former Arsenal and England midfielder, 29, has been training with the Sky Bet Championship club since leaving West Ham in October.

Wilshere made 27 appearances for the Cherries during a season-long loan in 2016/2017 season.

Read in full here.


🔵 TOMORI TO SWAP CHELSEA FOR MILAN

England defender Fikayo Tomori looks set to leave Chelsea and join AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old has struggled for gametime this season, suffering most from the summer arrival of Thiago Silva, and has played just four times in all competitions.

He is yet to start a Premier League game in 2020/21 and is thought to be keen on securing regular football to boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's Euros.


⚔️ JESSE LINGARD: SHEFF UTD OR NICE?

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard must choose between French side Nice and Premier League basement boys Sheffield United as he looks to somehow give his ailing career a shot in the arm.

The midfielder, one of the stars of England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, has reportedly been offered the chance to move on loan to either club until the end of the season.

Lingard, 28, has not started a league game since United lost at Arsenal on New Year's Day last year and has only made three appearances in all competitions this term.

He is currently 4/1 and 10/1 with Sky Bet to make the move to South Yorkshire and the south of France respectively.


⚒ WEST HAM MOVE FOR LABORDE

West Ham are thought to have turned their attentions to France as they seek a short-term solution to their striker shortage.

They want to bring in Montpellier's Gaetan Laborde on loan for the rest of the season.

Sebastien Haller was sold to Ajax for £20m earlier this month.


💨 ARSENAL CHASE SOLOMON

Arsenal may not be likely to do much business this month, but they are full speed ahead for summer transfer plans.

The Gunners have lined up Shakhtar Donetsk winger Manor Solomon as a possible solution to their ongoing creative issues.


🤝 MANDZUKIC HEADS TO AC MILAN

Mario Mandzukic's list of high-profile clubs grows ever larger as he is on the verge of joining AC Milan on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old Croat, who has been linked with Manchester United for several years, has already played for Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus during a decorated career.


🇹🇷 OZIL TRAVELS TO TURKEY

Mesut Ozil travelled to Turkey on Sunday ahead of his expected move to Fenerbahce.

The Super Lig club posted photographs of Arsenal midfielder Ozil boarding a plane and tweeted: “Our club is bringing Mesut Ozil to Istanbul to continue the transfer processes.”

The PA news agency reports that the 32-year-old was at the club’s London Colney training ground to bid his farewells to the Gunners ahead of the imminent end of his seven-and-a-half-year stay.

He later hinted he was on the verge of committing to the Istanbul club by tweeting an image of his initials in the club’s colours, and the move is set to be confirmed subject to a medical.

On Sunday evening Ozil told Turkish television channel NTV he was “excited” by the prospect of playing for the Super Lig side, saying on ntvspor.net: “I’ve always said I support Fenerbahce and I’m very happy to come here.


🤝 LAMPTEY EXTENDS BRIGHTON STAY

Tariq Lamptey has signed a new contract at Brighton, committing his future to the club until 2025.

The 20-year-old right-back has been a revelation since joining the Seagulls, with his electric pace reportedly putting him on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

But Brighton have moved to quell speculation of a move away by handing Lamptey a new deal, one year after his arrival from Chelsea.

Head coach Graham Potter said: “We are delighted to see Tariq commit his long-term future here. We knew his potential when we signed him a year ago, and hoped he would have a really positive impact on the club, and that has proved to be the case with his performances since June.

“He has been the model professional, he works exceptionally hard, is a humble lad and is a team player. He fits in with everything we would want from a player, now it’s about helping him reach his potential.”


🔁 STRIKING A BALANCE

With big-money signing Timo Werner scratching for goals (as well as game time) and being encouraged to "get back on the training pitch" by manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea are reportedly trying to keep hold of fellow forward Olivier Giroud as transfer talks with Italian champions Juventus continue behind the scenes.

Giroud is 10/1 with Sky Bet to sign for Juve this month, with West Ham (5/1) leading that particular market.


🦢 SEA SWANS SWITCHEROO?

Seattle Sounders marksman Jordan Morris has come to the attention of Swansea City, who are set to lure the 26-year-old to the Sky Bet Championship according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The day's back pages are also reporting Swansea's Yan Dhanda is attracting interest from Bournemouth and top-flight Leeds United.


🐝⚒ WEST HAM WANT IVAN TONEY

Ivan Toney could be set to leave Brentford just six months after joining the club from Peterborough, with West Ham reportedly making him their number one January transfer target.

Toney has scored 16 goals in 22 Sky Bet Championship games since making the £10m switch to west London as a replacement for now-Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins.

West Ham have earmarked the 24-year-old as their own replacement for Sebastien Haller, who was sold to Ajax for £20m last week.


✍️ OSAYI-SAMUEL TO JOIN FENERBAHCE


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 CARDIFF SIGN £1M WATTERS

Cardiff have completed the signing of Crawley forward Max Watters for a fee of around £1m.

The 21-year-old, who has signed a contract with the Bluebirds until the summer of 2024, scored 16 goals in 19 appearances after joining Sky Bet League Two Crawley in October.

Watters, who began his career at Doncaster, could make his Cardiff debut in their Championship clash with QPR on Wednesday.


🛑 MOURINHO WON'T DISCUSS DELE ALLI

Jose Mourinho did little to quell speculation surrounding Dele Alli’s future at Tottenham by insisting he is not ready to discuss the matter.

Alli has not started a Premier League game since the opening game of the campaign when he was replaced at half-time against Everton.

The 24-year-old is 4/7 with Sky Bet to complete a January reunion with Mauricio Pochettino at PSG but Spurs appear reluctant to allow him to leave. Mourinho refused to answer questions on whether he would be prepared to sanction Alli’s exit if he could get a replacement in.

“It’s not a question that I am comfortable to answer,” he said. “Of course I would know how to answer you."

Read in full here.


🤝 MESUT OZIL CLOSE TO FENERBAHCE DEAL

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle to release Mesut Ozil from his contract, with the midfielder set to join Turkish club Fenerbahce.

The 32-year-old has not played for the Gunners since March and his £350,000-a-week deal was set to expire at the end of the season.

Both parties have all-but agreed to tear up the final months of his contract.

It should come as no surprise after the German openly stated his desire during a Twitter question and answer session on January 12.

Mesut Ozil made plans for his next move clear in a Twitter Q&A

Read in full here.


😕 NO RONALDO OLD TRAFFORD RETURN

Were you expecting Cristiano Ronadlo to return to Manchester United any time soon?

Well prepare for disappointment. The Daily Express reports the club could be forced to wait at least two years for the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

In fact you might be in for even more disappointment as the same paper claims Ed Woodward has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the club must be careful with their spending in the summer transfer window,


❓ GIROUD TO JUVENTUS?

The Sun claims Chelsea will fight to keep Olivier Giroud after talks with Juventus stalled but across the capital Arsenal are reportedly ready to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract with the club.

Two of the longest-running transfer sagas of the last window still have life this time around.


✍️ BRADFORD BOY BACK HOME

Matty Foulds says his “dream has come true” after signing a six-month deal with hometown club Bradford.

The 22-year-old left-back, who earlier this month cancelled his contract at Italian club Como, started his career in the Bantams academy before leaving for spells with Bury and Everton.

After he committed to Bradford initially until the end of the current Sky Bet League Two season, he told their official website: “I am over the moon to be joining such a big club which I have supported all my life."


🔴 UNITED YOUTH PLAYER EXTENDS SALFORD LOAN

Manchester United academy graduate Di’Shon Bernard will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Salford.

Having made his debut for the Old Trafford giants last season, the 20-year-old has made 13 appearances for the Ammies since joining them on loan in October.

Bernard won the division’s PFA Player of the Month award for December and his deal has now been extended beyond January until the end of the season.


👋 CITY'S GARCIA COULD LEAVE THIS MONTH

Pep Guardiola accepts defender Eric Garcia could leave Manchester City this month.

The 20-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract at the Etihad, has indicated a desire to move and been heavily linked with a return to boyhood club Barcelona.

The Spaniard is now entitled to speak to other clubs with a view to a summer switch but there are reports suggesting Barca could even move to complete a deal this month.


🔵 DRINKWATER LIKELY TO MAKE KASIMPASA SWITCH

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is close to completing a loan switch to Turkish club Kasimpasa.

A Premier League title winner with Leicester in 2016, Drinkwater has made just 23 senior appearances for Chelsea since his £35million move in 2017.

He has not featured in the first team since the 2018 Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

The 30-year-old has been training with Chelsea’s under-23s, and was sent off in a development team match against Tottenham in December.


🤐 NO BALE LOAN EXTENSION TALKS

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has said there have been no discussions over extending Gareth Bale’s loan spell.

The Wales international is on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, with the option of a further 12 months, but has had a largely underwhelming return to north London.

"There was not even a second of discussion about that," Mourinho said. "He is a player on loan until the end of the season, not one second of discussion."

Read in full here.

Gareth Bale in action for Tottenham


🦢 SWANS SIGN HUDDERSFIELD KEEPER HAMER

Swansea have signed Huddersfield goalkeeper Ben Hamer for an undisclosed fee.

The deal sees the 33-year-old move to the Liberty Stadium on an 18-month contract through to the summer of 2022.

He made 17 appearances for Huddersfield this season, keeping five clean sheets.


🤝 GOTTS JOINS SALFORD ON LOAN

Leeds midfielder Robbie Gotts has joined Salford on loan for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old moves to the Sky Bet League Two side after been recalled from his temporary spell with Lincoln and could make his debut during Saturday’s clash with Newport.


🔴 ARSENAL TO GET BUSY

It could be a busy window for The Gunners it seems. The Sun say they have lined up a loan offer for Barcelona number two Neto, one of a number of goalkeepers they're keen on.

Meanwhile the Express report they've been given the thumbs up to make a move for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Manor Solomon because the Israel international is very interested in a move to the Emirates but are set to walk away from a deal to land Norwich star Emi Buendia after hearing the asking price.


💼 WORK TO BE DONE ON ALLI DEAL

Contrasting thoughts on the back pages of two of he big papers today regarding Dele Alli.

The Telegraph says Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is still refusing to sanction a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain this month with fears over leaving the Premier League and European squad short in the event of an injury crisis or Covid-19 outbreak.

However the Guardian insist the French club are hopeful of a deal with Mauricio Pochettino having told the club hierarchy that the midfielder is his main target this transfer window.


⌚️ BLACKBURN TARGET EVERTON'S BRANTHWAITE

Blackburn Rovers are seeking a loan deal for Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite ahead of their Championship game with Stoke this Saturday.

With defender Daniel Ayala out until at least the end of the month with a hamstring problem and Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton not expected to feature again this season, Tony Mowbray has hinted that he might bring in reinforcements at the back.


🤝 FRANKFURT RE-SIGN JOVIC FROM REAL

Frankfurt have re-signed striker Luka Jovic from Real Madrid on loan until the end of the season.

The Serbia international, scored 36 goals in 75 competitive matches for the German club before signing for Real in June 2019.

Jovic, 23, returns to the Bundesliga in a bid to secure regular first-team football after struggling to impress at the Bernabeu.


✍️ De Wijs joins QPR on loan

QPR have completed the loan signing of Hull defender Jordy de Wijs.

The 26-year-old Dutchman has made just nine appearances in all competitions this season.

Although De Wijs’ move back up to the Championship is initially on a loan basis, QPR have expressed their intent to make the signing permanent over the summer transfer window.


👋 LUCAS PIAZON LEAVES CHELSEA

Midfielder Lucas Piazon has signed for Braga in Portugal, after amassing seven loan stints in his 10 years as a Chelsea player.

Chelsea signed the then-coveted young Brazilian from Sao Paulo in 2011, but he was only eligible for a work permit to start in January 2012.

Piazon, 26, technically leaves as Chelsea’s longest-serving player, though he made just three senior appearances for the Blues, and all in 2012.

He has had temporary spells at Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and Rio Ave during his time with Chelsea.


🟢🦉GREEN JOINS WEDNESDAY

Sheffield Wednesday have signed former Aston Villa winger Andre Green, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.

The 22-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Villa Park last summer, becomes Wednesday’s first arrival of the transfer window.

He scored twice in 48 appearances for Villa after graduating from the club’s academy and also spent time on loan at Portsmouth, Preston and Charlton.

Wednesday, who sit 21st in the Championship, are currently under the caretaker management of Neil Thompson following last month’s sacking of Tony Pulis.


✍️ STOKE SIGN JACK CLARKE FROM SPURS

Tottenham forward Jack Clarke has joined Sky Bet Championship club Stoke on loan until the end of the season.

England Under-20 international Clarke becomes the Potters’ third loan signing of the transfer widow following the arrivals of Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo and Sheffield United defender Rhys Norrington-Davies.

The 20-year-old made three appearances for Spurs this season, including coming off the bench during Sunday’s 5-0 FA Cup third-round win at non-league side Marine.

Clarke joined Tottenham from Leeds in July 2019 and initially remained on loan at Elland Road, before spending the second half of last season at QPR.

Stoke sit eighth in the Championship ahead of Saturday’s trip to Blackburn.


🔵 RANGERS TARGET GUSTAVO HAMER

Coventry midfielder Gustavo Hamer is on Rangers’ radar

The 23-year-old is interesting the Scottish Premiership leaders, the PA news agency reports.

The Sky Blues will look to keep the midfielder this month but face a battle to hold on to him long-term.

Steven Gerrard’s side are also unlikely to do much business during the January transfer window but are looking to the future, with Hamer an option.


💼 BLACKBURN WORKING ON LOAN DEAL

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray is trying to get a loan deal for Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite over the line in time to register him for the visit of Stoke.

With Daniel Ayala out until at least the end of the month with a hamstring problem and Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton not expected to feature again this season, Mowbray needs reinforcements at the back.

His defensive options have, however, improved with the return of Ryan Nyambe after his period of self-isolation.

Midfielder Bradley Dack, who made his first start in more than a year in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Doncaster, will drop back to the bench, while Dan Butterworth and Lewis Holtby could return after injury.


🇪🇸 VALENCIA INTERESTED IN TORREIRA

Arsenal's Lucas Torreira is latest target for Spanish club Valencia after Tottenham rejected their interest in Harry Winks.


🚪 MORE OUT AT OLD TRAFFORD

Following the departure of Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Bayer Leverkusen, more are expected to follow him out of the Manchester United exit door over the next two weeks according to The Daily Telegraph.


🔴 SOLOMON ON GUNNERS RADAR

Arsenal are keen on Shakhtar Donetsk's Manor Solomon. But don't get too excited just yet Gunners fans, any move is not expected until the summer.


🔁 LIVERPOOL READY TO REPLACE WIJNALDUM

Liverpool are stepping up their preparations ready for the exit Georginio Wijnaldum.

Should the midfielder now leave Anfield, the Premier League champions of have identified Udinese's Rodrigo De Paul as Wijnaldum's replacement.


👍 WILSHERE IMPRESSING ON SOUTH COAST

Jack Wilshere may have finally landed himself with a new club.

The Daily Mail state that the midfielder has been impressing manager Jason Tindall so much in training that he wants to offer Wilshere a short-term deal at Bournemouth as they look to strengthen their bid for promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.


😄 SALAH HAPPY AT ANFIELD

Mohamed Salah is apparently happy at Liverpool and wants to stay at Anfield.

He hasn't said that himself, but that's the belief of team-mate Fabinho after recent speculation linking Salah with a move out of England.


🔵 BRIGHTON BEAT UNITED...

... Not on the field, but off it to the signature of Moises Caicedo. The deal isn't done yet, but The Daily Star report that Brighton appear to have edged out Manchester United for the Ecuador star.


⚪️ BROWNE TO STAY AT PRESTON

Preston captain Alan Browne has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

The Republic of Ireland international was out of contract at Deepdale in the summer and had been linked with a move away.

But the 25-year-old midfielder’s new deal is set to see him bring up 10 years with the Lilywhites. He has made 273 appearances for the club.


🇫🇷 SLIMANI MAKES LYON MOVE

Lyon have signed Leicester striker Islam Slimani to replace Atletico Madrid-bound Moussa Dembele.

Slimani, 32, has signed an 18-month contract at Lyon after the Ligue 1 club agreed the loan of former Fulham and Celtic forward Dembele to Atletico until June 30, 2021.

Lyon said in a statement that the loan deal worth 1.5 million euros is accompanied by a purchase option set at 33.5 million euros.

On top of that there may be added incentives up to five million euros, as well as a sell-on fee of 10 per cent on a possible future transfer.


🇪🇸 ATLETICO MADRID SIGN MOUSSA DEMBELE

Atletico Madrid have completed the loan signing of Lyon forward Moussa Dembele until the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 24-year-old has featured in 16 Ligue 1 games this season, scoring one goal. Dembele was previously at Celtic and Fulham.

In a statement, Atletico said: "With Dembele'’s arrival, we add a young yet experienced footballer who’s strong both physically and as a finisher. His height also makes him a threat in the air and his speed allows him to run past the opposition’s defenders."


✍️ HUDDERSFIELD COMPLETE FORWARD DEAL

Huddersfield have signed forward Sorba Thomas from National League side Boreham Wood for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old has agreed terms with the Terriers until 2024, when the club will have the option of extending the contract by a further year. Thomas began his career with West Ham before progressing through the Boreham Wood academy ranks to eventually make his debut in 2017.

“We’re very happy to complete the signing of Sorba today, as there has been a lot of interest in him dating back to the summer window,” Leigh Bromby, Huddersfield’s head of football operations, told the club website.

“Sorba has a lot of potential and many qualities that will fit the way we play, and this is a really positive acquisition for the club moving forward.”


👹 FOSU-MENSAH LEAVES FOR LEVERKUSEN

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £1.75million.

The 23-year-old left the Ajax youth set-up for United in 2014 and went on to play 30 times in all competitions for the first team.

Fosu-Mensah made nine of those appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having recovered from an ACL injury that kept him out for much of the 2019/20 campaign.

But the Holland international, who previously spent spells on loan at Crystal Palace and Fulham, has not appeared since the 3-2 loss at RB Leipzig on December 8.


🥜 CHARLIE BROWN LEAVES CHELSEA FOR MK

League One side MK Dons have signed 21-year-old striker Charlie Brown from Premier League giants Chelsea.

Brown failed to break into the first team set-up at Stamford Bridge, where he was a regular scorer for Chelsea's youth teams, and told the Dons' website: "This is an opportunity I've been waiting for."

Manager Russell Martin added: "He's shown a lot of intent to come and play for MK Dons - turning down some more lucrative offers because he believes in what we're doing here."

The fee for Brown is undisclosed so MK might well have got him for peanuts. Sorry, we couldn't resist that one.


🤔 BUENDIA OR BRANDT FOR GUNNERS?

Norwich playmaker Emi Buendia and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt are both short odds to move to Arsenal in the January transfer window - but one looks far more likely than the other.

German midfielder Brandt is 2/1 to join the Gunners after falling out of favour with the Bundesliga giants but a season-ending Achilles injury for Alex Witsel has altered the landscape for Dortmund.

"We will fill the void with our own personnel," said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, who confirmed the club would not be seeking to bring in a replacement, moving Brandt up their pecking order.

Buendia, meanwhile, is enjoying another fantastic season in the Championship with the Canaries, who have placed a £40m price tag on his head.


🇦🇷 BARCA KEEN ON AGUERO

Manchester City's Argentinian hotshot Sergio Aguero is wanted on a free transfer by Barcelona this summer, report The Sun.

Aguero, 32, is out of contract at The Etihad in June and his near decade-long stay at City could be coming to an end.

The striker, who has won four Premier League titles since leaving Atletico Madrid for Manchester in 2011, is also on the radar of new Paris St-Germain boss and Aguero's compatriot Mauricio Pochettino.


💰 BIG BUCKS FOR KOULIBALY

Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis - a film producer by trade - has told Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool they must offer at least £100m if they want to secure the blockbuster signing of Kalidou Koulibaly.


😬 QUIET MONTH FOR SAINTS?

Southampton may have to tighten their belts for a little while after announcing that they reported a £76.1m loss in their latest set of financial results, which have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The club said revenue would have shown a five-and-a-half per cent increase up to £157.8m had it not been lost or deferred due to the Covid-19 crisis, while the group’s overall net loss for the financial year would have stood at £47m.

Transfer business was also significantly impacted, with the summer window not opening until July 2020, which was after the latest financial year had ended.

The sales of Charlie Austin and Sam Gallagher during the previous summer helped see a profit of £13.9m – but these were offset by the purchases of Che Adams, Moussa Djenepo and the loan of Kevin Danso.


✍️ STOKE SIGN NORRINGTON-DAVIES

Stoke have completed the loan signing of Sheffield United defender Rhys Norrington-Davies for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old Wales left-back becomes the Potters’ second arrival of the January transfer window, having had a spell at Sky Bet Championship rivals Luton.

Norrington-Davies, who joined the Blades’ Academy in 2017, made 22 appearances over his four-month stay with the Hatters.


🍺 CLARE JOINS BREWERS

Sean Clare hopes to “chip in with some goals and assists” after joining Burton on loan for the rest of the season from Sky Bet League One rivals Oxford.

The 24-year-old made 20 appearances in all competitions this campaign for Oxford after signing from Hearts last summer, but will now bolster Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s midfield options in Albion’s battle for League One survival.


🚑 FLEETWOOD SIGN EMERGENCY KEEPER

Sky Bet League One side Fleetwood have signed Blackburn goalkeeper Joe Hilton on an emergency loan deal.

With two keepers unavailable, Fleetwood have found themselves in urgent need of a player to fill the role after deciding not to extend the contract of Jayson Leutwiler.


💚 IRVINE HEADS NORTH

Hibernian have signed Australia midfielder Jackson Irvine until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old former Celtic and Ross County player, whose last club was Hull before he was released last June, joined up with his new team-mates at Hibs’ training ground on Tuesday.

Ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership match against Kilmarnock, head coach Jack Ross told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to be able to add a player of Jackson’s calibre to the squad and I think he’ll complement the other players that we have.

“Jackson has played at a high level as an international. He can go box-to-box, he offers a goal threat and he’s hungry to play. He joins us at an exciting time with some big games coming up.”


✍️ HOLDING ON FOR A FEW MORE YEARS

Rob Holding has signed a new three-year contract at Arsenal with the option for a further year following an impressive 12 months.

The centre-back has become a regular under Mikel Arteta this season and played 18 times in all competitions – the same total he managed throughout the whole of the 2019-20 campaign.

Technical director Edu told the official club website: “He is 25-years-old so is still coming into the peak of his career and we are delighted that he’ll be with us during these important years.”

Arteta added: “Since I started as manager, I have been hugely impressed with Rob’s contribution to the club and the dressing room, on and off the pitch.

“We are all very happy that Rob has signed a new contract, he is very popular with all the players and staff and we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow with us in the coming years.”


❌ MOURINHO RUBBISHES HARRY WINKS TALK

Jose Mourinho has rubbished suggestions that Harry Winks is going to join Valencia on loan.

“What do I have to say to stop with this talk? I said already that he’s going nowhere,” he said in a press conference. “When I say he’s going nowhere, what more do you want me to say?

“He played the last matches. He didn’t play the last one because it was a chance to let players like Gedson (Fernandes) get minutes.

“Tomorrow he’s selected again. If someone’s talking to other clubs I’d say don’t waste your time.”


🔴 OZIL TARGETS TURKEY OR USA MOVE

Mesut Ozil has revealed he plans to play his football in Turkey or the United States when he does eventually exit Arsenal.

He took part in a Twitter question and answer session on Monday and dropped plenty of hints about his next destination, with Fenerbahce and DC United reported to be among the teams leading the chase for his signature.

Ozil replied: “I definitely will. There are two countries I want to play football in before I retire: Turkey and USA. If I went to Turkey, I could only go to Fenerbahce.”

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❌ CREWE REJECT BLACKBURN BID

Crewe boss David Artell has confirmed the club have rejected a bid from Blackburn for full-back Harry Pickering.

The Alex are loath to lose the 22-year-old, who has been standing in as captain of late, and felt Rovers’ bid fell short of their valuation.

Artell told the club’s website: “I can tell you that we have had a bid for Harry from Blackburn but we have turned that down.

“We don’t sell our players – clubs buy them. We don’t go round trying to sell our players. Clubs come in for them and we know what they are worth. We know their value. We discuss it and we go from there.

“I’ve spoken to Harry and he knows the situation. There are three weeks left of the window and there is a possibility he might not be here. There is also the possibility that he will be here and then we will look at it again in the summer.

“In the meantime, he can play some good football, with his mates and try and get us playing at a higher level. Harry agrees with that and he is a top lad and a terrific professional. We have his best interest at heart and we have worked on that for over 10 years. That doesn’t change because we have had one bid.”


🌳 KNOCKAERT REMAINS AT FOREST

Nottingham Forest have announced that Anthony Knockaert’s loan deal has been extended until the end of the season.

The winger initially joined on-loan until the start of January from Fulham.

The 29-year-old has made 16 Sky Bet Championship appearances for Forest since the switch, scoring once and assisting another two goals.


🔵 CHELSEA MIDFIELDER AIMS FOR PERMANENT MOVE

Tiemoue Bakayoko's agent has said securing a permanent move to Napoli at the end of the season is a 'priority' for the Chelsea midfielder.

The 26-year-old is spending the season on-loan at the Serie A side and has scored one goal in 13 appearances.

Bakayoko played 43 games for Chelsea, scoring three goals and assisting a further three.


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