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When does the January transfer window open?

In the Premier League, the January transfer window opened at 00:00 GMT on Saturday January 1.

When does the January transfer window close?

For clubs in England, the window closes at 23:00 GMT on Tuesday January 31.

The window shuts on the same day across Europe but at varying times - the Bundesliga is 17:00 GMT, Serie A 19:00, La Liga 23:00 and Ligue 1 23:59.

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KEEPING CAICEDO IS KEY

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi insists the club must keep wantaway midfielder Moises Caicedo if they are to maintain their bid for a place in Europe.

The Ecuador international, 21, has made public his desire to join Arsenal following Albion's rejection of a £60m bid from the Premier League leaders.

Premier League top tacklers stats including Moises Caicedo.

Albion, currently sixth, knocked out FA Cup holders Liverpool to reach the fifth round on Sunday.

Leandro Trossard has already joined Arsenal this month and Caicedo is now keen to join him.

“Caicedo is a very good guy. I understand it when you are 21 and the chance of a big team in Europe but I would like him to finish the season with us," said De Zerbi.

“We lost Trossard and if we also lose Caicedo it’s a problem for us if we want to fight for Europe. If we don’t lose Caicedo we are ready to fight.”

Moises Caicedo stats.

GORDON COMPLETES NEWCASTLE MOVE

Newcastle have completed the signing of Everton forward Anthony Gordon, the clubs have announced.

The 21-year-old has signed what Newcastle described as a “long-term” deal which is understood to be worth an initial £40million, with £5million of add-ons.

Anthony Gordon 22/23 stats

DE ZERBI HOPEFUL ON CAICEDO

As expected, Moises Caicedo was missing from the Brighton squad for their FA Cup match against Liverpool after being told to stay away from the club until the window closes on Tuesday night.

The Ecuador international, 21, has made public his desire to join Arsenal following Albion's rejection of a £60m bid from the Premier League leaders.

Premier League top tacklers stats including Moises Caicedo.

But speaking before their meeting with Liverpool, Roberto De Zerbi said he still hopes to keep the wantaway midfielder.

“Moises is a good guy, we will see tomorrow and the next days what happens," the Brighton boss explained.

"We hope he stays with us until the end of the season. In life you can make mistake. For everyone there are many solutions. We will see the best solution for him and for us.”

Caicedo's stunning form since joining Brighton has seen him become one of the most sought-after players in the Premier League this month.

Moises Caicedo stats.

ANOTHER ONE IN AT CHELSEA

Chelsea have completed the signing of France under-21 right-back Malo Gusto from Lyon, where the 19-year-old will finish the season on loan.

Gusto, who has signed a deal until 2030, is the club's seventh January signing after the arrivals of Mykhaylo Mudryk, David Datro Fofana, Benoit Badiashile, Noni Madueke, Andrey Santos and Joao Felix.

It would appear Blues chairman Todd Boehly, who has now spent more than £400m since completing his takeover last summer, has followed our advice from the beginning of the window to back his new manager:

ERIKSEN SET FOR ANKLE SCAN

Manchester United could yet be forced into the market in the final few days of the window, with midfielder Christian Eriksen expected to have a scan on his ankle after leaving Old Trafford on crutches following Saturday’s 3-1 FA Cup victory over Reading.

The Denmark midfielder sustained a knock at the start of the second half and was then caught on the ankle by Reading forward Andy Carroll, who saw red in the second half of the match for two other bookable offences.

Eriksen has established himself as a key part of United’s revamped midfield since his summer arrival from Brentford, recording nine assists from 4.54 expected assists (xA) in 25 appearances in the Premier League and Europa League.


LEICESTER SIGN BRAZIL WINGER

Leicester have signed Brazil Under-23 winger Tete on a deal to the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

The 22-year-old is contracted to Shakhtar Donetsk, but has been at Lyon since March 2022 under the FIFA ruling which allowed all foreign players to suspend their contracts in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. He is currently due to return to Shakhtar on July 1.

Tete, who will become the first Brazilian to play for Leicester, has made an incredible impact since arriving in France, scoring eight goals (6.21 xG) and providing nine assists (3.0 xA) in 26 Ligue 1 appearances.

OBAFEMI JOINS BURNLEY ON LOAN

Burnley have completed the signing of striker Michael Obafemi on loan from Swansea with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.

The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals in 52 appearances for the Swans since joining from Southampton 18 months ago, and should boost Burnley’s promotion charge as Vincent Kompany’s side sit top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Obafemi becomes Burnley’s fourth signing of the January window following the arrivals of Ameen Al-Dakhil, Hjalmar Ekdal and Lyle Foster.


GUSTO COMPLETES CHELSEA MEDICAL

Malo Gusto has reportedly completed his medical ahead of a move from Lyon to Chelsea.

The 19-year-old full-back is set to join the Blues for a fee in the region of €30m.


BARLASER CLOSE TO BORO

Middlesbrough are close to signing Dan Barlaser from Rotherham, according to boss Michael Carrick.

The club have reportedly agreed a deal with the Millers that will see Barlaser return to his native north east to provide some central-midfield competition for Jonny Howson and Hayden Hackney.


OUNAHI IN FOR MARSEILLE MEDICAL

Marseille have scheduled a medical for Azzedine Ounahi.

The World Cup star is set to move to the French giants for a fee in the region of €8m plus €2m in add ons.


LEEDS EDGING CLOSER TO MCKENNIE

It is being reported that Leeds and Juventus are working on a deal which will see Weston McKennie move to the Yorkshire club on loan, with an option to buy in the summer.

Juve value the USA international midfielder at €30m.

Leeds had previously been in talks to buy the player.


CAICEDO TOLD TO STAY AT HOME

Brighton have told midfielder Moises Caicedo to stay at home and not come to training until after the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

Caicedo released a post via social media on Friday night making it clear he wanted to leave the club.

Brighton have made it clear to Caicedo he won’t be leaving in this window and is not for sale.

They appreciate his head has been turned by the £60m offer from Arsenal, as well as interest from Chelsea, and have given him a few days away to get his head right for the remainder of the season.


AFTERNOON

The FA Cup takes centre stage today, so be sure to check out our previews - along with transfer updates! - throughout the day.

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NIGHTY NIGHT

That's all from our blog tonight - check back here over the weekend for all the latest. Seems Everton are close to appointing Sean Dyche as manager - and sanctioning the sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle...

Only four more days of the transfer window to go!


TOON TIE DOWN TRIPPIER

Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier has signed a contract extension to keep him at the club until the summer of 2025.

The 32-year-old England right-back, who joined the Magpies from Atletico Madrid in January last year, has helped Eddie Howe’s side keep 16 clean sheets in all competitions this season.

Newcastle boss Howe added: “He’s been outstanding both on and off the pitch, showing real leadership at a difficult moment when he first arrived, and now he’s excelled in a team doing well. I can’t praise him enough for everything he’s given the club.”


HORNETS SIGN HIBS DEFENDER

Watford have signed defender Ryan Porteous on a four-and-a-half-year contract from Hibernian for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who has one senior cap for Scotland, made over 150 appearances for Hibs during his 10-year stay at the club.

The Hornets, third in the Sky Bet Championship, had previously signed striker Henrique Araujo and Brazilian teenager Matheus Martins on loan from Benfica and Udinese respectively during the transfer window.


SEMENYO IS CHERRY-PICKED

Bournemouth have announced the signing of Antoine Semenyo from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

The Ghana forward has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at the Vitality Stadium, with the Cherries retaining an option for a further year.

Semenyo becomes the club’s third January signing as boss Gary O’Neil battles to keep them in the Premier League.

The news comes after Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson, 21, has reportedly failed a medical with the Cherries, who have called their £22.5m deal off.


MAGPIES CLOSE TO GORDON DEAL

Newcastle United have agreed a fee with Everton for Anthony Gordon, Sky Sports News are reporting.

The two clubs have come to on an initial fee of £40m plus add-ons that could see the deal rise to £45m in total.

Personal terms still are now being discussed as Gordon's move to St James' Park edges closer.


CAICEDO 'SHOULD STAY UNTIL SUMMER'

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi says he spoke to Moises Caicedo “like a father” to advise him on his future amid continued transfer interest from Arsenal.

The 21-year-old midfielder has been the subject of an opening offer in the region of £60million from the Gunners as they seek to tempt Brighton into a deal before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

“He’s a good guy,” said De Zerbi. “He’s focused only on Brighton. I hope he can stay with us until the end of the season because in my opinion, it’s the best solution for him, for us.

“I spoke with him Wednesday and I told him my opinion. I think it’s always difficult to change (during) a season. Because you can find problems. For our way, it’s important for him to stay another four months with us.

“He is relaxed. He’s a good guy. I spoke with him like a father, not like a coach. Because I understand when one player has the possibility to change team and go to a very big team. I understand. My work is to give the style of play, but to give also advice for his career, his life.”


ANTONIO TO REMAIN A HAMMER

David Moyes insists there is no chance of Michail Antonio leaving West Ham this month.

Antonio seems to be angling for a move having this week revealed on The Footballer’s Football Podcast that he has been in contact with other clubs.

But Moyes, who lost new signing Danny Ings to an injury on his debut against Everton last weekend, has no intention of letting West Ham’s all-time top Premier League goalscorer leave.

“Well, it’s not the club talking about Micky Antonio, I think Micky is the one talking about it,” said the Hammers boss.

“Micky said it but we here have got no intention of doing anything. Sometimes players choose to do that, some of them want to go. But at the moment we want Mick here, we want him playing well, we want him scoring goals, and we’re happy to have him.”

Losing Ings was a major blow for Moyes, who spent £12million to prise the 30-year-old frontman from Aston Villa in a bid to inject more goals into his side.

Moyes is already without Italian forward Gianluca Scamacca with a knee injury, leaving Antonio as West Ham’s only fit senior striker for Monday’s FA Cup tie at Derby - but his numbers and game time are massively down on last season.

Michail Antonio stats


NISBET IGNORES LIONS' CALL

Hibernian striker Kevin Nisbet has decided against a move to Millwall.

Easter Road boss Lee Johnson confirmed at earlier on Friday that the Scotland international was down south to discuss his transfer to the Championship outfit.

The PA news agency understands Hibs had accepted a bid of £2.3million which includes add-ons for Nisbet.

However, a statement issued to PA from Nisbet’s representatives, Quanic Sports, read: “Kevin has taken time to consider this opportunity but remains unsure about making the move at this time. He’s happy to focus on Hibs for the time being.”


SAINTS SEEK ATTACKING ADDITIONS

Southampton boss Nathan Jones says Saints remain in the market for additional “potency in the attacking area”.

Saints have scored just 17 goals in 20 Premier League games this season, a big reason why they sit bottom of the table - with midfielder and captain James Ward-Prowse their top scorer with five.

Jones said: “We are clear on what we want, in the attributes that we need in everything, so we are working tirelessly to bring that in. Hopefully we will do that by the end of the window to give us added firepower.

“If we do add real potency and goals then I think we are in a better place, but we are not going to panic over it. If we get that, then brilliant if we don’t then we continue to work.”

Southampton scorers in the Premier League 2022-23


FULHAM WANT TWO MORE IN

Marco Silva is hoping to add two new players to his Fulham squad before the January transfer window closes.

The Cottagers have exceeded all expectations in the Premier League this season and currently sit in seventh place, two points above Liverpool and Chelsea.

“(I am hoping we will sign) two players, probably two players,” Silva said.

“Probably some players they can go and probably two players they should come and they should sign deals before the end of the market, but we will see and we can hope.”


THAT'S ALL...FOR NOW!

Tom signing off, the team will take you through the remainder of the day. Enjoy!


HOEVER JOINS STOKE

Stoke have signed Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever on loan from Wolves for the rest of the season.

The Sky Bet Championship club confirmed a deal had been struck to bring the 21-year-old to the Potteries, having spent the first half of the season on loan at PSV Eindhoven in his homeland.

Hoever’s first English club was Liverpool, before he moved to Wolves in 2020. He becomes the third Wolves player to join Stoke on loan this month, following the arrivals of Matija Sarkic and Bersant Celina.


GELHARDT MAKES SUNDERLAND SWITCH

Leeds forward Joe Gelhardt has joined Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old is their third signing of the January window, with the Black Cats sat just one point outside the play-off places in ninth with 18 games left to play.

Gelhardt has made 15 league appearances so far for Jesse Marsch’s team this season and could make his Sunderland debut against Millwall next week.


LEEDS REMAIN IN MCKENNIE TALKS

Leeds are haggling with Juventus over a fee to sign USA star Weston McKennie.

The Whites’ offer of £20m plus add-ons is short of Juve’s £30m valuation, but the Premier League club remain ‘convinced’ that they are leading the race to sign the midfielder.

McKennie could join USA team mates Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams if the move is completed.


ARSENAL MAKE CAICEDO BID

Arsenal have submitted a £60m bid to sign Moises Caicedo, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Chelsea had a £55m verbal proposal recently rejected by Brighton, although they have since cooled their interest.

The Seagulls have little interest in selling but Arsenal are pushing to get the deal done.

This could be a huge transfer that happens before Tuesday's deadline.


GOMES SET FOR WOLVES

Wolves have agreed a deal to land Brazilian midfielder Joao Gomes from Flamengo, according to The Times.

The Premier League club had a £15m offer for the 21-year-old accepted earlier in the month before the move was called off when Lyon approached the Brazilian side.

He would become Julen Lopetegui’s sixth signing of the winter transfer window.


LEEDS LOOK TO BRING IN TETE

Leeds are closing in on the signing of Brazilian winger Tetê from Shakhtar Donetsk, according to French publication L'Equipe.

This is one of those transfer stories that has come out of nowhere, with Leicester also holding an interest.

The 22-year-old, on loan at Lyon, has scored six goals in 17 Ligue 1 games this season, contributing a further three assists.

This feels like a case of Leeds replacing Jack Harrison, who has been interesting other clubs, or wires have been mixed up somewhere with Leicester long linked with a move this month.

We'll see what happens...


CHELSEA COOL CAICEDO INTEREST

The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea have ‘cooled’ their interest in Brighton star Moises Caicedo.

Arsenal remain interested though, and they’re prepared to battle with Brighton over a fee.

It’s easy to see why the Ecuadorian international is in such high demand. He leads this Brighton squad in both tackles and interceptions.


PORRO IN FOCUS

Tottenham are close to completing the signing of Pedro Porro from Sporting in a deal worth €45m (£39.6m), according to The Times.

Porro has agreed personal terms with Spurs over a five-year contract, with the final details of the transfer fee the only part left to be agreed.

Ninad Barbadikar highlighted him as the perfect candidate for Spurs before the January window opened - "Porro ticks several boxes for an ideal Conte player."

READ THE FEATURE HERE

Pedro Porro

A NEW STRIKER AT OLD TRAFFORD?

Manchester United have set their sights on a surprise move for Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias.

Reports in Spain claim that United are interested in bringing the 30-year-old to Old Trafford in an attempt to boost Erik ten Hag’s squad.

Iglesias has scored eight goals from 7.13 xG in 16 La Liga appearances this season, while also contributing two assists.


BIELSA 'TURNS DOWN' EVERTON JOB

Another huge line coming out of the currently chaotic Everton Football Club.

Marcelo Bielsa has REJECTED the chance to become their first team manager, according to the Daily Mail.

It comes despite positive talks after he flew into London yesterday, with Bielsa preferring to take on the role in the summer.

That means we're likely to see Sean Dyche's odds for the job continue to shorten, although he is eyeing up a long term deal.


WHAT NEXT FOR GORDON?

One of the big transfer stories as we approach the Tuesday deadline surrounds Anthony Gordon and his Everton future.

The Daily Telegraph report that the Toffees are expected to drop their asking price for Gordon after the forward missed training for a third day.

Newcastle have been confident of signing him after holding talks with Everton over the England U21 international this week.

It's believed that his current club were hoping to agree a deal worth up to £60m.


MORNING!

Tom with you on this Friday, and with just days remaining until the day, I'm optimistic that it could be a busy one.

Let's kick things off with the top line from Friday's Paper Talk, and that concerns current Premier League leaders Arsenal.

Real Sociedad have told Arsenal they will have to pay Martín Zubimendi's €60m (about £52.8m) release clause if they want to sign the midfielder this month.

READ MORE HERE

Monday's Paper Talk

SIGNING OFF

Not a transfer that's fallen through, just me finishing for the night.

We'll be back tomorrow with more updates on the transfer front. See you then.


SUNDERLAND SIGN LIHADJI

Sunderland have announced the signing of Lille forward Isaac Lihadji for an undisclosed fee.

Lihadji, 20, has signed an initial two-and-a-half-year contract at the Stadium of Light, with the club holding an option of a 12-month extension.


CELINA OPTS FOR COLD, RAINY NIGHTS

Stoke have signed midfielder Bersant Celina on a six-month loan deal from French side Dijon.

The 26-year-old Kosovo international has experience of English football following spells with Manchester City, Swansea and Ipswich, while he spent the first half of this season on loan with Turkish club Kasimpasa.

Potters boss Alex Neil told the club’s website: “He’s a player who knows the Championship well and it’s apparent that he is really keen to make his mark again in English football.”

WIGAN SACK TOURE

Wigan have sacked manager Kolo Toure after less than two months with the Latics failing to win any of his nine games in charge.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender signed a three-and-a-half year deal when he took the job on November 29, but picked up only two points from seven league games and also suffered defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Luton following a replay.

Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to the same opposition in the league left Wigan bottom of the table, four points from safety.

The job was Toure’s first as a manager following coaching roles with his native Ivory Coast as well as Celtic and Leicester.


SAINTS BRING IN BREE

Southampton have signed defender James Bree from Luton on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

Bree, 25, becomes Southampton’s third January addition after the signings of Mislav Orsic and Carlos Alcaraz and is reunited with former Luton boss Nathan Jones at St Mary’s.


BIELSA SPOTTED AT HEATHROW

Marcelo Bielsa has been photographed at Heathrow airport by the Daily Mail today, reportedly arriving from Brazil.

Have Everton landed their man?

BAJCETIC REWARDED AFTER BREAKTHROUGH

Liverpool teenager Stefan Bajcetic has been rewarded for his first-team breakthrough this season with a new contract.

The 18-year-old has made starts in the Premier League – also scoring his first goal – FA and Carabao Cups and also made his Champions League debut in 10 appearances.

Bajcetic, who admits his rapid rise from under-18s football last season to first-team squad has surprised even him, has agreed a new four-year deal.

Manager Jurgen Klopp praised Bajcetic’s progress this season, saying: “There was a door – I’m not even sure it was open – but he ran through it and he was really exceptional.”

WEGHORST WANTS TO PROVE HIS WORTH

On-loan striker Wout Weghorst hopes to persuade Manchester United to keep him beyond the end of the season.

The Netherlands international scored his first goal in Wednesday’s 3-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win at Nottingham Forest.

Asked afterwards if he hoped to show Ten Hag that he is worth keeping beyond this loan stint and stay even longer, Weghorst said: “Yeah, of course. The situation now was how it was, and it was for a loan.

“It’s a massive club so I will try to do everything as good as I can, and if it will work out of course it will be a good option.”


HOSTILE TAKEOVER

Michael Beardmore has been ousted from the transfer blog by Liam Kelly. A hostile takeover.


BIG DUNC TAKES OVER AT FOREST GREEN

Everton are seeking a new manager but one Toffees legend has dropped a couple of divisions to take over as manager of League One strugglers Forest Green Rovers.

Duncan Ferguson has been appointed as head coach of Rovers, who are bottom of the third tier, four points from safety, after losing 17 of 28 games this season after being promoted as League Two champions.

Ferguson was a fans’ favourite as a player at Goodison Park across two spells, first between 1994 and 1998 and then between 2000 and 2006. He was an FA Cup winner with the Toffees in 1995.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE


PREM CLUBS SPEND BY FAR THE MOST

The Premier League’s dominance of the international transfer market has been highlighted again in a new FIFA report.

The world governing body’s Global Transfer Report for 2022 found English clubs spent just under 2.2 billion US dollars (£1.78bn) on international deals in the January and summer windows last year, with Italian clubs a distant second with 673.3m US dollars (£543.6m) spent.

England’s total spending accounted for just over a third of the global total for international deals, which FIFA put at 6.5bn US dollars (£5.25bn). This was an increase of 33.5 per cent compared to 2021 but still lower than the record mark of 7.35bn US dollars (£5.93bn) set in 2019.

English clubs were the buyers in six of the 10 biggest transfers identified in the report, which included Manchester City’s purchase of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool’s signing of Luis Diaz from Porto and Manchester United’s recruitment of Brazilian duo Antony and Casemiro.

Deloitte said earlier this week that Premier League clubs had already smashed the previous record for spending in the current January transfer window, when there was still a week of it to go. The financial services firm said their gross spend by 3pm on Tuesday was £440m, already surpassing the previous record of £430m set in January 2018.


THE CASE FOR CAICEDO

We mentioned earlier the burgeoning tug-of-war between Arsenal and Chelsea for Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

What makes the 21-year-old Ecuadorian so special that figures of £75m are being bandied about for his signature?

Well, we crunched his numbers and they are pretty darn impressive - click the image below or here to read our analysis.

caicedo cutting through


HORNETS PICK UP PORTEOUS

Sky Sports are reporting that Hibernian have accepted a bid from Watford for defender Ryan Porteous.

Porteous is out of contract in the summer and has already said he would be leaving the club.


ZIYECH ON HIS WAY?

It seems everything is about Newcastle, Chelsea and Everton today, doesn't it??

Morocco forward Hakim Ziyech had a good World Cup but he has hardly pulled up trees since arriving at Chelsea a couple of years ago.

While the Blues are not keen to loan him to a Premier League rival, they may wish to free up funds by doing so - and it is Newcastle and Everton who are apparently leading the race for the 29-year-old's signature.

But with the Toffees' belts tightened, they would need an outgoing first - meaning the departure of Anthony Gordon (see entry below) is a distinct possibility.


LATEST IN GORDON SAGA

Despite rumours having abounded to the contrary, Sky Sports are reporting that Everton winger Anthony Gordon has NOT handed in a transfer request at Goodison Park.

That doesn't mean he's not leaving the club, however, with the Daily Mail's north-east correspondent Craig Hope saying there is a "50-50 chance" he moves to Newcastle in the final few days of the transfer window.

Hope claims Gordon, 21, is the Magpies' "top domestic target" - and with Chelsea reportedbly set to drop their interest due to the fee being demanded - around £55-60m - Newcastle are in pole position, although they want that sale figure reducing too.

For more on why Gordon could be a good January buy, read this


GUNNERS JOIN BLUES IN CAICEDO RACE

One of the biggest developments overnight is the news of Arsenal entering the bidding war for in-demand Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

Chelsea were regarded as frontrunners to sign the player, who impressed for Ecuador at the World Cup in Qatar.

However, Arsenal - who lost out to the Blues for Mykhailo Mudryk earlier in the transfer window - are believed to be preparing a £75m bid to strengthen their title chances.


WE'RE BACK AGAIN

Good morning folks, Michael Beardmore here on hand to talk you through Thursday's transfer titbits.

We begin with Paper Talk where there are moves away from the Premier League mooted for two top stars plus...

  • The latest on Newcastle's pursuit of Everton's Anthony Gordon
  • Chelsea's Caicedo chase takes twist as London rivals join race
  • Bielsa or Dyche for Toffees job?

READ IT HERE

Paper Talk graphic with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joao Cancelo

THAT'S ALL FOLKS

That's everything from me, be sure to check in early in the morning for the latest paper talk and rumours.


GORDON BACK IN TRAINING

After missing training for two days, Everton winger Anthony Gordon will be with the squad for tomorrow's session.

Gordon has been linked with a move to Newcastle over the past few days.


YET MORE PROBLEMS FOR BARCA

There's more bad news coming out of Barcelona from a financial perspective.

Gavi, the talented 18-year-old midfielder, who signed a new four-year deal at the club back in September with a release clause of £1bn, can't be registered as a first-team player.

The Spanish league has very strict Financial Fair Play rules and at the moment, and Barca's wage bill is still too high and is above the salary cap.

This means that Gavi has to continue playing on his old contract, one he signed when he was 16 years old. It was a contract he signed with the B team which means he has to continue wearing the No 30 shirt.

He was going to wear the No 6 shirt but you have to be a first-team player in order to wear a shirt between 1 and 25. The problem is also affecting young defender Ronald Araujo.


BENTLEY TO WOLVES

Wolves have signed Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will provide competition for current number one Jose Sa.


BAFANA BAFANA IN BURNLEY

Burnley have signed South African forward Lyle Foster from Belgian side Westerlo for a fee in the region of £8m.

In what has become a sensational series of announcement videos, this one probably tops the lot...


STRAIGHT SWAP

That's me done for the day on the transfer blog. I'll leave you in the hands of a substitute...


DANJUMA DEAL DONE

A good old-fashioned hijacking!

Tottenham have signed forward Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal until the end of the season.

Danjuma, who starred in a two-year spell playing in England with Bournemouth between 2019 and 2021, had been expected to join Premier League rivals Everton before Spurs nipped in and secured the services of the 25-year-old Dutchman.

MILLERS SIGN HUGILL

Rotherham have signed striker Jordan Hugill from Sky Bet Championship rivals Norwich.

The 30-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Millers after being linked with several other clubs during this month’s transfer window.


ASSISTANT ARMAS

Leeds have appointed Chris Armas as their new assistant head coach.

The former United States midfielder, who worked under Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United, will team up with countryman Jesse Marsch’s backroom staff at Elland Road, subject to obtaining a work permit.

Marsch said: “I’m delighted to welcome Chris to Leeds United. He will be a fantastic addition to the staff.

“He brings a wealth of experience from across the world and, having worked closely with him previously, I am sure he will help us to improve every day.”


WHERE HAS GORDON GONE?

So, someone was missing from Everton's first-team training at their Finch Farm base this morning — Anthony Gordon.

Gordon, who has been heavily linked to Newcastle in recent days, also missed training on Tuesday with a planned absence.

Fuel to the fire for rumours of his transfer.


SULEMANA IN FOCUS

The latest of our 'Cutting Through' series of Paper Talk focuses on Rennes winger Kamaldeen Sulemana.

Everton's failed bid to land Arnaut Danjuma on loan has resulted in the Toffees reportedly revisiting a deal for Rennes winger Sulemana.

It's undoubtedly a risk, but Sulemana has the potential to impress in the Premier League.

READ THE FEATURE HERE

Paper Talk Cutting Through - Kamaldeen Sulemana

CHERRIES CHASE VINA

It is understood that Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Roma left-back Matias Vina.

The 25-year-old, who played twice for Uruguay at the World Cup in Qatar last year, will join initially on loan with an option to buy, after the player failed to win a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s Serie A side this season.


SILVA SENT ON LOAN

After leaving his loan spell at Anderlecht, Wolves have announced Fabio Silva is to join PSV Eindhoven for a spell at the Dutch side.

The striker will link up with Ruud van Nistelrooy's side for the rest of the season.

Ki-Jana Hoever will return to Wolves from PSV, but sporting director Matt Hobbs has stated he will also be loaned out to another club.

THE FIVE MARKET INFLATING TRANSFERS

If you're thinking prices are a bit mad these days, check out the FootballTransfers feature on site, which looks at five transfers from the 2022-23 Premier League season which can be considered inflated.

Here's a snippet on the Darwin Nunez move...

"Liverpool made Darwin Nunez their club record signing in the summer of 2022 as they paid Benfica a fee which will reach €100m.

The Reds moved for the Uruguayan as they looked to spruce up their attack following the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich and the decline of Roberto Firmino.

Nunez commanded such a huge fee mainly because he enjoyed a brilliant 2021-22 season in which he scored 34 goals in 41 games in all competitions.

But €100m represented an insane amount for a player who had only two international goals and only one top season to his name in a much weaker league.

FootballTransfers valued him at €25.7m at the time of his move and, given his first six months at Liverpool, this seems a more accurate representation."

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Chelsea's Mykhailo Mudryk

OH YES FOR POSTECOGLOU'S CELTIC

Celtic have announced the signing of South Korea international Hyeongyu Oh on a five-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old forward joins from K League 1 club, Suwon Samsung Bluewings, where he has played since 2019.

“I have watched Oh for some time and he is the striker I really wanted as I think he will be a great fit in our squad,” manager Ange Postecoglou told the Hoops website.


MOSHIRI: EVERTON 'NOT FOR SALE'

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri insists the club have not been put up for sale but are seeking investment to help fund the new stadium.

Moshiri, who has vowed to do “whatever it takes to get the fans on board”, says he remains committed to the Merseyside club but does want to bring in extra finance for the new ground that is being built at Bramley-Moore Dock.

“The club is not for sale, but I’ve been talking to top investors of real quality to bridge a gap on the stadium,” Moshiri said in a video interview with the Everton Fan Advisory Board, posted on the club’s website.


MORNING PAPER

Hi. Liam here to take you through all the transfer updates this Wednesday.

Let's start by bringing you all the latest from the back pages this morning, including...

  • Brighton's £100m man
  • Lionel Messi's contract situation
  • Newcastle's plan

...and much more!

READ IT HERE

Wednesday's Paper Talk

BENTLEY IN WOLVES MOVE

Wolves are set to complete the signing of Bristol City goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, according to the Telegraph.

The 29-year-old will undergo a medical at the West Midlands club on Wednesday.

The deal will allow Matija Sarkic to move out on temporary terms and join Sky Bet Championship side Stoke on loan for the remainder of the season.


PL CLUBS SET JANUARY RECORD

Premier League clubs have already shattered the previous spending record for the January transfer window with a week still to go, according to Deloitte.

The financial services firm said that as of 3pm on Tuesday, top-flight sides’ gross spend was £440million, surpassing the previous highest mark of £430m set in January 2018.

Chelsea alone have spent close to £200m this month, with Ukrainian forward Mykhailo Mudryk joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal reportedly worth up to £88.5m.

The Blues have also brought in David Fofana from Norwegian side Molde, Benoit Badiashile from Monaco, Andrey Santos from Brazilian club Vasco da Gama and Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven.


TONIGHT'S ACTION...

As much as we love the transfer news and gossip, there is actual football to watch too, with numerous games taking place tonight.

We'll start with the Bundesliga, where Matchday 17 is an Englische Woche - a round of midweek fixtures.

The first game sees RB Leipzig travel to Schalke - one that kicks-off in just under 45 minutes - and I've previewed that with a best bet included.

READ MORE HERE

Our best bets from the Bundesliga

SANTOS MADE POLAND BOSS

One 'done deal' which comes following the World Cup in December. Former Portugal boss Fernando Santos has been appointed Poland’s new head coach.

Santos led Portugal to European Championship glory in 2016 and was at the helm for eight years until his reign came to an end after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“It is a great honour for us because we are talking about a great country, with an extremely rich history and culture,” Santos told a press conference in Warsaw after signing a contract to be in charge for the Euro 2024 and 2026 World Cup cycles.

“Polish football also has a history that has marked my generation.

“The national team has many players of great quality, it is among the best in the world. From today I am a Pole, I am one of you.”


IN FOCUS: ANTHONY GORDON

Throughout January, we've been delving into Paper Talk to deliver a daily 'Cutting Through' feature focusing on one player who has been linked with a move away.

Friday's was all about Anthony Gordon, who is expecting to move to Newcastle before the deadline.

But what will he bring to Eddie Howe's side?

"From a direct goal perspective, Gordon needs far more production, but his defensive work rate and desire to press from the front makes him an attractive prospect for many clubs."

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Paper Talk - Anthony Gordon

NEWCASTLE 'ON VERGE' OF GORDON AGREEMENT

We're a week away from the transfer deadline, and things are starting to get really interesting.

A big one we look likely to see over the next few days involves Anthony Gordon, with The Telegraph reporting that Newcastle are 'on the verge' of beating Chelsea to the Everton winger.

They report that the club are confident of getting a deal done, and Gordon is keen on the switch to join up with Eddie Howe's side - who currently occupy a spot in the top-four.

The 21-year-old has scored three goals from 3.29 xG in 16 Premier League appearances this season.


DANJUMA SET FOR SPURS MEDICAL

Afternoon all! Tom on for the remainder of the day.

We've got a good January transfer saga here, with Sky Sports reporting that Tottenham have scheduled a medical for Villarreal's Arnaut Danjuma this evening.

That's despite the forward already agreeing to join Everton, with it seeming like all that was needed was the announcement.

Strong Dan James to Leeds from Swansea vibes to this one.


SPURS TO SWOOP LATE FOR DANJUMA?

Tottenham have made a late move to sign Arnaut Danjuma on loan from Villarreal - despite the forward agreeing to join Everton.

The Toffees - who sacked manager Frank Lampard on Monday - were expected to complete Danjuma's signing on Tuesday.

However, the Netherlands international is now travelling to London for talks with Spurs.

Last season Danjuma averaged a whopping 0.74 xG/95 in La Liga, and while his average this season is down to 0.53, that is still impressive given his limited game time.


OYESYES FOR ONANA

Earlier in Paper Talk we told you that Amadou Onana was being linked with some of the Premier League big hitters, well what would he bring?

We've taken a look in today's 'Cutting Through'

Onana paper cutting through

FOXES IN THE HUNT FOR TETE

Leicester are in talks with both Shakhtar Donetsk and Lyon over a potential deal for Brazilian winger Tete - though the complexity of the deal could yet be a stumbling block.

Tete is currently on loan in Ligue 1 and had a blistering start for Lyon where he scored four goals in his first four games. He added two assists in the French cup game against Chambray on Saturday.

He has averaged 0.29 xG and 0.11 xA per 95 minutes in Ligue 1 this season.

It’s thought Shakhtar are open to a possible sale, but Leicester would also have to strike a deal with Lyon, who would have to agree to release him from the rest of his season-long loan.


TOSIN TO LEAVE COTTAGE?

Four Premier League clubs and a host of others from Europe are enquiring about Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo.

Top teams from France, Germany and Spain are interested in bringing the former Manchester City academy defender to the continent.

Having been instrumental in their promotion campaign last season, he started the first nine Premier League games of this term, but has begun only three since October. He has made a total of 15 Premier League appearances this season.


SPURS STILL CHASING PORRO

Tottenham and Sporting Lisbon are set to hold another round of talks for a deal for wing-back Pedro Porro.

Spurs are reportedly offering €37m plus add-ons, and potentially a player as part of the deal.

Porro has six assists in the Primeira Liga this season, averaging 0.37 xA/95.


MORNING!

Happy Tuesday everyone, and to get you started why not check out the latest lines from the Tuesday back-pages, where it appears Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head on the transfer front yet again...

Paper Talk Onana

LAMPARD OUT, DYCHE IN?

The first part we know to be true - Frank Lampard has been dismissed by Everton.

The Toffees currently sit second-bottom of the Premier League table, joint with basement club Southampton on just 15 points after Saturday's 2-0 defeat to West Ham.

The second part we do not yet know, but Sean Dyche is favourite.

Dyche, out of work since being sacked by Burnley almost a year ago, leads the market at 9/4 with Sky Bet.

Click here for the latest.

Everton's BIG Mistake

HORNETS SNARE ARAUJO

Watford have announced the signing of striker Henrique Araujo on loan until the end of the season from Benfica.

The 21-year-old came through the Benfica youth ranks and has featured in both the Champions League and Portuguese top flight this season.

Portugal Under-21 international Araujo scored in the 6-1 victory against Maccabi Haifa as Benfica secured a place in the last 16.

The move is subject to international clearance as Watford manager Slaven Bilic looks to strengthen a squad which currently sit third in the Sky Bet Championship table.


DONE DEAL

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Colombia international Jhon Duran from Chicago Fire, the Premier League club have announced.

Villa agreed a reported £14.75million deal with the Major League Soccer franchise for the 19-year-old striker last week, as we reported, and it's now been confirmed.

Hopefully he's hungry (like the wolf) to get going, and not one of those wild boys. I suppose it's a matter of feeling. They could've gone for a loan with a view to a k̶i̶l̶l̶ permanent deal but chose not to. It's no ordinary world down there at Villa Park.

Eh?


WOLVES WAITING ON JOAO GOMES

Wolves are waiting to hear back from Flamengo over the potential signing of midfielder Joao Gomes.

Wolves agreed a deal with the Brazilian club last week and the player was set to arrive in the UK.

However, Lyon then trumped Wolves’ €17m offer.

It is understood the player wants to go to Molineux - but Wolves are reluctant to raise their offer given they had an agreement.


SIGNING OFF...FOR NOW

Tom signing off for the afternoon, but we're expecting further news today, the biggest of which being Frank Lampard departing Everton.

The team will guide you through the rest of Monday. Enjoy!


FERNANDEZ WORTH THE HUGE FEE?

That latest update takes us nicely back to our FootballTransfers feature, as they looked at the midfielder and his 'true' value:

Argentina started the 2022 World Cup without Benfica ace Enzo Fernandez in their first-choice midfield.

An unconvincing group stage showing changed that, with Lionel Scaloni quick to realise that Fernandez was crucial to his side’s hopes in the tournament.

Combining grit and steel with poise and calmness in midfield, Fernandez drastically changed the outlook of Argentina’s midfield, simultaneously making them more defensively solid and more potent in attack, which helped them to glory in the final against France.

Despite his rise to prominence for the newly-crowned world champions, Fernandez has just six months of experience in European football under his belt, and as a result he is valued by FootballTransfers at just €24.3 million - a fraction of his €120m release clause at Benfica.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE


CHELSEA BACK IN FOR FERNANDEZ

Chelsea are planning a fresh move for midfielder Enzo Fernández.

That's according to The Guardian, who claim that the club are going back in having previously failing to agree a deal for the Benfica and Argentina star.

Fernández featured as La Albiceleste won the World Cup in December, and various reports claim that his contract contains a £106m release clause.


HOW MUCH FOR OUNAHI?

From our recent FootballTransfers feature focusing on player valuations, with Leeds 9/4 favourites to sign Azzedine Ounahi this month:

Morocco’s feat of reaching the last four is made all the more impressive when considering the fact that two of their key men - Azzedine Ounahi and Sofiane Boufal - play for relegation-threatened Angers in Ligue 1.

During the tournament, it was Ounahi who caught the eye more, with AS Roma head coach Jose Mourinho eager to praise the midfielder for his performances in Qatar.

Ounahi was a vital member of Morocco’s squad, with his ability to evade pressure and keep possession in tight spaces often allowing the side to maintain the ball and sustain attacks even against better opposition.

He has since been targeted by Napoli and Premier League clubs, with the Italians publicly admitting their interest.

We value Ounahi at €12.4m right now.

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Five World Cup stars and their true values

BEDNAREK RETURNS TO SOUTHAMPTON

Defender Jan Bednarek has been recalled from his loan spell at Aston Villa by Southampton.

The 26-year-old Poland international moved to Villa Park in the summer but made just four appearances.

He has now returned to St Mary’s to help Nathan Jones’ squad as they battle against relegation from the Premier League.

Bednarek has played 153 times for the Saints since joining from Lech Poznan in 2017.


NDIAYE IN FOCUS

Each day we pick out a player and cut through the noise to give analytical, objective insight. Monday's focus is on Iliman Ndiaye.

His star performances have helped to guide Sheffield United to a commanding position in the Sky Bet Championship promotion race.

They sit 13 points clear and feel like certainties to go up, despite the fact we haven't yet hit February.

Clubs continue to be linked with a move, but what does he bring and where are his strengths?

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Paper Talk - Iliman Ndiaye

LAMPARD 'SET TO LEAVE' EVERTON

We've just spoken about one potential incoming at Everton, but now news of a departure, and a significant one.

Various reports are claiming that Frank Lampard will leave his post as manager of the Toffees today.

It comes after the former Chelsea and Derby boss spoke with owner Farhad Moshiri and chairman Bill Kenwright over the weekend, along with director of football Kevin Thelwell.

They were beaten 2-0 by West Ham on Saturday, making it ten competitive games in a row without victory.


EVERTON CONSIDER NDIAYE MOVE

Everton are considering a £15million move for Sheffield United star Iliman Ndiaye, according to The Sun.

The Senegal international has ten goals from 8.09 xG in the Sky Bet Championship this season as the Blades aim for a return to the Premier League.

Frank Lampard’s Toffees currently sit in the relegation zone and desperately require reinforcements this month.

Iliman Ndiaye's Sky Bet Championship

A BUSY WEEK FOR LEICESTER?

Brendan Rodgers is targeting two new signings this week as he prepares for a potentially pivotal month in Leicester’s season, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Foxes aren’t out of relegation trouble, and they recently welcomed the addition of left-back Victor Kristiansen from Copenhagen.

One of those currently linked is Lyon’s Brazilian winger Tete, who has six goals from 30 shots and 3.54 xG in Ligue 1 this season.


ZIYECH TO DEPART CHELSEA?

It’s been a busy month at Chelsea, and while we’ve seen plenty of incomings, attention may now be turning to who is leaving.

Hakim Ziyech could be the first victim of the club’s transfer spree by departing to join Serie A side Roma.

The winger has made just four starts in the Premier League this season, failing to score from his ten shots but posting an assist (1.43 xA).


MONDAY'S PAPER TALK

Get all the latest from the back pages on this Monday morning, including:

  • Nicolo Zaniolo to Tottenham
  • Everton's interest in Iliman Ndiaye
  • Two new signings at Leicester

...and much more!

READ MORE HERE

Monday's Paper Talk

ZANIOLO TO SPURS?

Roma winger Nicolo Zaniolo is keen on joining Tottenham, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 23-year-old wants out from the Italian club in this window and, with his contract expiring next year, Roma are ready to cash in.

At this stage, terms of any potential deal are unclear, but reports claim the Serie A side would be willing to agree to a loan with future buying conditions.


MORNING!

Tom signing on to take you through all the transfer news on this Monday.

A fairly quiet one for done deals over the weekend - although Craig Dawson was the latest in at Wolves as he made the switch from West Ham.

We saw plenty of action across the Premier League though - which you can read about in our review here.


DAWSON MAKES WOLVES SWITCH

Wolves have completed the signing of Craig Dawson from West Ham.

The centre-back seals a return to the Midlands having spent a large chunk of his playing career at West Brom before moving to London in 2019.

Dawson joins Wolves for a £3.3million fee after weeks of speculation, which saw West Ham boss David Moyes critical of Julen Lopetegui’s side for allegedly making their interest in the defender public earlier this month.


SLOW SATURDAY

A slow Saturday is expected given all the football on today, but Burnley have announced the signing of defender Hjalmar Ekdal from Djurgarden IF for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old Sweden international has arrived at Turf Moor on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Check out our football tips section for plenty of content, though.


GUNNERS LAND TROSSARD

Arsenal have completed the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton for a fee believed to be in the region of £27m.

Read more here.

SIGNING OFF...FOR NOW

That's all from me on the transfer blog today.

The team will guide you through the remainder of the day. Enjoy!


POTTER QUIET ON MADUEKE

Chelsea boss Graham Potter was tight-lipped on the potential arrival of England Under-21 international Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven.

Winger Madueke has reportedly undergone a medical with the Blues ahead of joining in a transfer said to be worth £35million.

Asked what he could say about the former Crystal Palace and Tottenham youth player, Potter replied: “Nothing really.

“I know there is a lot of noise around there but at the moment nothing to announce, the club hasn’t announced anything and I’m not in the position to speak any more.

“Until he’s a Chelsea player, nothing further to say. I don’t like to talk about players who aren’t Chelsea players.”


WOOD JOINS FOREST

Chris Wood has become Nottingham Forest’s 24th signing of the season after joining on loan from Newcastle.

The 31-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign at the City Ground and the move will become a permanent one until the summer of 2024 if certain conditions are met.

He leaves St James’ Park after 12 months, having joined from Burnley for £25million and played a big part in Newcastle’s survival.

But he has fallen down the pecking order behind Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak and will get regular action under Steve Cooper at Forest following a long-term injury to Taiwo Awoniyi.

Wood has scored twice from 2.28 xG in 18 Premier League appearances this season, although only four of those were starts.


DEPAY IN AT ATLETICO

Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 28-year-old Netherlands international moves from Barcelona, where he had been in the final year of his contract and had fallen down the pecking order this season.

Atleti, who had been looking for attacking reinforcements after Joao Felix’s loan move to Chelsea and Matheus Cunha’s temporary switch to Wolves, have reportedly paid an initial fee of £2.6million.

A club statement read: “Memphis Depay is a new Atletico Madrid player following the agreement reached with FC Barcelona for the transfer of the Dutch striker to our club, signing for the remainder of the season and two more seasons.”


GO FOR GORDON IN JANUARY?

The latest in our 'Cutting Through' series of Paper Talk focuses on Everton forward Anthony Gordon.

Despite being just 21, Gordon has already made 78 appearances for Everton - emerging as an exciting prospect and quickly becoming the Toffees' most valuable asset.

Attacking numbers leave a lot to be desired, but his defensive statistics are significant.

READ THE FEATURE HERE

Paper Talk - Anthony Gordon

BLADES UNDER TRANSFER EMBARGO

Sheffield United have been placed under a transfer embargo after defaulting on a payment to another club, the English Football League has confirmed.

The Blades, on course for promotion to the Premier League, have been listed as one of two Sky Bet Championship clubs, alongside Reading, under an embargo on the EFL’s official website.

United have breached EFL Regulation 52.2.3, which states: “If a club is in default of payments due to another club under a transfer or compensation agreement the club shall be subject to a registration embargo, such that it shall not be permitted to register any player with that club without the prior written consent of the league until such times as the agreement is honoured.”

The PA news agency has asked the club to comment and understands the embargo will remain in place until the money owed has been paid.


DAN DEAL! INGS JOINS WEST HAM

Just as I tuck into my lunch (some kind of cheesy pasta), we have news of a done deal!

Danny Ings has completed his move to West Ham from Aston Villa for a fee believed to be £15m.

The striker joins on a deal until summer 2025 and has been registered in time to face Everton this weekend.

"I’m really excited to join West Ham United,” Ings told the club website. "It’s important I settle in as quickly as I can do – and do the important stuff on the pitch for West Ham.

"We’ve got some massive games ahead of us – and I’ve come here to try and score as many goals as I can to help the team to get some positive results."

DE ZERBI ON TROSSARD DEPARTURE

Roberto De Zerbi is regretful at how the last few weeks have unfolded with Leandro Trossard, but he is confident Brighton can cope without the outgoing forward.

Trossard has not played for the Seagulls since their 4-2 defeat against Arsenal on New Year’s Eve and he is on the verge of sealing a transfer to the Premier League leaders.

The forward was dropped ahead of last weekend’s match against Liverpool after leaving training early without permission, and his agent has urged cooperation on a switch which is “beneficial for both parties”.

“The situation was difficult because I understood he wanted to leave,” De Zerbi told a press conference ahead of Brighton’s trip to Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m sorry for the last period because I prefer when people are clear, not when there is some different behaviours. But we will see. I think we are a good team, we can play well with Leo or without Leo.”


HOWE EYES UP WOOD REPLACEMENT

Eddie Howe has been discussing Chris Wood's move to Nottingham Forest, where he's claimed they will be searching for a replacement.

The Newcastle boss has warned the move could leave his side "dangerously short of players".

"Hopefully planning to replace him," he told a press conference.

"Certainly from my side there was no thought of letting a player go and not replacing him because I think that would leave us dangerously short of players, but there’s no guarantees."

WOOD UNDERGOES FOREST MEDICAL

Newcastle striker Chris Wood is undergoing a medical at Nottingham Forest.

He's set to join the club on loan for the remainder of the season, adding to Forest's already well-stacked forwards department.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis signed in the summer to join Sam Surridge and Brennan Johnson at the club.

Wood has scored twice from 2.28 xG in 18 Premier League appearances this season, although only four of those were starts.


GUEDES MAKES BENFICA SWITCH

Wolves attacker Goncalo Guedes has joined Benfica on loan for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old only moved to Molineux from Valencia for £27.5million in the summer but boss Julen Lopetegui has let him leave.

He scored twice in 18 appearances for Wolves - one of which came in the Premier League from 19 shots and 1.24 xG - and has now made a return to Benfica, where he started his career.

Wolves are busy in the market having agreed a £3.3million fee with West Ham for Craig Dawson.


NEWCASTLE'S NINE IN FOCUS

Newcastle have a nine-man transfer shortlist for January, according to the Daily Telegraph.

They report that includes Everton winger Anthony Gordon - who has scored three goals from 26 shots and 3.29 xG in 16 Premier League games this season.

Eddie Howe's club are also eyeing up a trio of Chelsea players - Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Friday's Paper Talk

MORNING!

It's Friday, and we're getting ready for another action-packed weekend across England and the major European leagues.

So much transfer talk has been flying around across the past few days and we're expecting a busy final couple of weeks of the January window.

Let's start your day off with our latest feature, where we've teamed up with FootballTransfers to provide the 'true' valuations of some World Cup stars this month.

They factor in a number of key metrics to arrive at the valuations - including:

  • Player performance over time
  • Player potential (what level are they playing at now?)
  • Player age
  • Contract length

Intrigued? READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Five World Cup stars and their true values

WOLVES AGREE DAWSON DEAL

Wolves have agreed a £3.3million fee with West Ham for Craig Dawson.

It is understood the defender could move to Molineux ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester City.


MCCARTHY NAMED BLACKPOOL BOSS

Mick McCarthy has returned to management after being appointed Blackpool boss on a deal until the end of the season.

Any excuse to post this...

BLACKBURN BID FOR PORTEOUS CONFIRMED

Blackburn manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has confirmed the Sky Bet Championship club have made a bid for Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous but feels they face stiff competition.

Udinese and Watford are among the other clubs who have been linked with the Scotland centre-back, whose contract expires in the summer.

“We have made an offer, yes,” former Malmo boss Tomasson told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“We’re still waiting for the situation (to resolve) and that’s what we’re waiting for."


MADUEKE CHELSEA'S MAN

Although there are details to iron out, Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sign winger Noni Madueke from PSV Eindhoven.


ARSENAL TO ADD TROSSARD

In big news, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Brighton to sign Belgium forward Leandro Trossard.

The Gunners have been in the market to bolster their attacking options in the January window, beaten by Chelsea for Mykhailo Mudryk's signature, and have now agreed a fee for the 28-year-old.

It is understood a deal has been struck worth £21million plus add-ons.

Tom Carnduff cut through the paper talk a few days ago to assess Trossard. Check it out...

Trossard - Paper Talk

COOPER CONSIDERS KEEPER COVER

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper says the club will consider signing a goalkeeper this month after Dean Henderson was ruled out for several weeks.

Henderson suffered a thigh injury in the 2-0 win over Leicester and scans have shown a tear which Cooper says will keep him out for four to five weeks.

Wayne Hennessey will play this weekend against Bournemouth, but Forest could turn to the transfer market.

Cooper said: “It is certainly a discussion point, we have two League Cup games (against Manchester United) that Dean wouldn’t have played in anyway because of the loan ruling so we were always planning without him for those games.

“We need to get this weekend out of the way and see where we’re at after that."


WHAT INGS WOULD BRING HAMMERS

As reported earlier this morning, Sky Sports sources are saying that West Ham are on the verge of clinching a £15m move for Aston Villa striker Danny Ings.

The Hammers are desperately in search of goals as they bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League - but would Ings be a good fit?

Michael Beardmore analyses just that in today's Cutting Through The Noise transfer window piece below.

Ings Paper talk cutting


BRERETON SET FOR SPANISH SWITCH

Blackburn Rovers goal machine Ben Brereton Diaz's contract at Ewood Park expires this summer and there will be a host of clubs interested in signing the Chile striker as a free agent.

The 23-year-old scored 22 Championship goals for Rovers in a breakthrough season last term and has 10 already this campaign for a Blackburn side dreaming of promotion back to the Premier League.

But the Daily Express reports he will likely leave the club regardless of what division they are in - with La Liga side Villarreal the favourites to secure his signature. Spain in the summer or east Lancashire? Tough one.


HULL LOAN EAGLES FORWARD

Hull have signed Crystal Palace forward Malcolm Ebiowei on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ebiowei, a former trainee with Arsenal and Chelsea, signed for Palace in the summer after being given his professional debut by Derby County during the 2021-22 season, scoring once in 17 outings.

Eagles boss Patrick Vieira has used the 19-year-old on five occasions this term but he is yet to make his full debut for the Premier League outfit.


TROSSARD GOING TO GUNNERS?

It's a busy morning for London clubs - with Arsenal reportedly set to make a surprise swoop for out-of-favour Brighton forward Leandro Trossard, according to respected football transfers journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners' north London rivals Tottenham were favourites to sign the 28-year-old Belgian but have apparently cooled their interest in the player.

Arsenal are looking for attacking reinforcements due to the injury suffered by Gabriel Jesus during the World Cup and missed out on Mykhailo Mudryk after the Ukrainian opted to join Chelsea instead.

Trossard is out of contract at Brighton in the summer and is involved in a bit of a stand-off with the club after being left out of the Seagulls' past two games - but the south coast are holding out for a fee they believe to be acceptable.


WEST HAM GET THEIR MAN

Sky Sports News are reporting that West Ham have signed Danny Ings from Aston Villa for £15m. Blimey, those "advanced talks" moved quickly!

We're just awaiting official confirmation from the clubs concerned but seems it is a done deal.


MOURA OFFERED TO EVERTON

Tottenham have offered Lucas Moura to Premier League strugglers Everton as the Toffees continue to seek players able to help them fire in front of goal.

The 30-year-old Brazilian is out of contract in the summer at Spurs and will not be given a fresh deal, meaning Everton could be tempted by a short-term or loan move.


HAMMERS IN FOR INGS

One of the most eye-catching rumours in today's Paper Talk involves West Ham's move for Aston Villa striker Danny Ings.

The striker has only been at Villa Park for around 18 months following a move from Southampton - but Sky Sports News say the move is gaining traction this morning with the Hammers in "advanced talks" over the transfer.

And it appears the deal for the 30-year-old, who has scored six goals in 18 Premier League games this season, would be a permanent one rather than a loan switch.


GOOD MORNING

Hello once again, Michael Beardmore here on Transfer Blog duty today to take you through all the biggest moves, rumours and gossip as the transfer deadline of January 31 looms into view, just 12 days away.

We begin with the best titbits from the back pages of the national newspapers, including an impending battle between Chelsea and Manchester United for the £20m services of a highly-rated Premier League goalkeeper...

There's also:

  • West Ham targeting Villa striker
  • Liverpool's Mbappe snub
  • Spurs bid knockback
Paper Talk graphic with Brentford keeper David Raya


A SOMMER SIGNING IN WINTER FOR BAYERN

Bayern Munich are close to completing a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, according to reports.

Sommer was held out of training on Wednesday to travel to Munich to finalise the deal and undergo a medical.

The two clubs had already agreed a fee of around £7m, plus £1.2m in bonuses, for the 34-year-old Switzerland international

He is set to become Bayern’s No 1 in the absence of Manuel Neuer, who is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg suffered while skiing.


CANOS TO VALENCIA?

Valencia have shown an interest in signing Brentford's Sergi Canos.

Brentford are open to offers for the winger-turned-wing-back, who is frustrated at a lack of game time and wants to find a club that will give him more minutes.

However, Valencia have not yet made an official approach.


FOXES CLOSING ON DEFENDER

Leicester are in advanced talks to sign Victor Kristiansen from FC Copenhagen, with the left-back closing on a move.

The Denmark U21 international has played 23 times for his club side this season, including eight Champions League matches.


TACTICAL CHANGE

Right, that's my race run for the day - I'll hand you over to Jake Osgathorpe. Have a great evening!


MORE FOREST TRANSFER BINGO?

The fact they signed a whopping 20-odd players in the summer is not putting Nottingham Forest off more January transfer window action as the Premier League newcomers continue to be linked with every name under the sun.

Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.

As well as enquiring about Conor Gallagher (scroll down), Forest are also looking at Newcastle striker Chris Wood, whose opportunities at St James' Park have very much been limited this term.

And with Dean Henderson suffering injury issues, they are also looking for another goalkeeper, with 36-year-old former Real Madrid stopper Keylor Navas - who shone for Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup - top of their list.


JUDE'S DAD SAYS HEY TO REDS

Reports in Germany are suggesting that England midfielder Jude Bellingham will not sign a new deal with Borussia Dortmund - and that Liverpool are definitely the frontrunners for his signature.

Bellingham's World Cup 'bromance' with Jordan Henderson fuelled suggestions he will be heading to Anfield when the Bundesliga side decide to sell - and the teenager's father has allegedly already held talks with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Bild TV presenter Valentina Maceri told Sky Sports News: "Our information is that Jude's father is talking to Liverpool and Klopp wants to sign him."

She added that she believes Bellingham will turn down more lucrative offers from Manchester City and Real Madrid in order to join the Reds this summer.


NEW KINKLADZE FOR CITY?

Manchester City have been noticeably quiet during this transfer window - but then again, as the old riddle goes, what do you buy the man who has everything?

One of the Serie A league leaders' best players could be the answer to that eternal conundrum.

Georgia winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, 21, has scored nine goals in 15 games for Napoli this season, including seven in the league, in which he also boasts seven assists - numbers that have piqued City's interest according to the Daily Mail.

A new Georgi Kinkladze for the modern City generation?

Serie A goal involvements 2022-23 including Napoli's Khvicha Kvaratskhelia


GARNACHO A TEEN TALENT - AND A RARE ONE

Alejandro Garnacho is emerging as a future target for some of Europe's biggest clubs - and no wonder with the start to first-team life he's had at Manchester United.

Setting up a derby winner against Manchester City, scoring a late winner himself at Fulham and making a number of huge impact performances off the bench, the teenager clearly has a bright future.

I've assessed just what he brings to the plate and where he needs to improve too. Click the image below to read my 'Cutting Through the Noise' analysis.

Garnacho cutting through


OPTIONS APLENTY FOR GALLAGHER

We reported yesterday that Crystal Palace were interested in bringing Chelsea and England midfielder Conor Gallagher back for a second spell - but it seems they are not the only team sniffing around the 22-year-old.

Relegation battlers Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Everton are also reported to have enquired about his availability but perhaps the most tempting destination could be high-flying Newcastle who have also shown interest.

Much apparently depends on the player himself, who appears settled at Stamford Bridge given his increase in first-team involvement - however, most of his 23 appearances this term have been off the bench and he would be a starter elsewhere.


TOFFEE MOUSSA?

Mmmmm... sounds good. Although you suspect there is little that would satisfy mutinous Everton supporters right now.

Frank Lampard has made no secret of his side's need to strengthen their attacking options in January after sinking into the Premier League relegation zone.

And reports in France are linking the Toffees with a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, 26 - the former Fulham and Celtic forward is out of contract at the end of this season.


GARNACHO 'CLOSE' TO NEW DEAL

Another Manchester man mentioned heavily in our Paper Talk dispatches (see entry below) is the Red Devils' exciting teenage winger Alejandro Garnacho.

(Love that name, you can just imagine it rolling off the tongue of a Mexican wrestling ring announcer).

Anyway, the Spanish-born Argentina youth international, 18, is attracting attention from some of European football's biggest heavyweights, including Real Madrid and Juventus.

But the Telegraph is reporting this morning that Garnacho is in "advanced talks" with United over fresh terms and is "close" to signing a new deal at Old Trafford. His current deal expires in 2025.

We'll have more on Garnacho later...


RISE AND SHINE!

Good morning and welcome to our Transfer Blog on Wednesday - Michael Beardmore on duty here to take you through all of today's signings, rumours and more.

And there are some pretty big names in our Paper Talk column this morning, particularly in Manchester with stalwarts of United and City - Harry Maguire and Ilkay Gundogan - linked with moves away.

Read it all by clicking the image below...

Paper Talk graphic with Harry Maguire


WOLVES COMPLETE SARABIA SIGNING

Wolves have announced the signing of Pablo Sarabia from Paris St Germain for £4.4million.

The attacking midfielder has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Molineux, ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup third-round reply with Liverpool.

Sarabia, 30, was captain for Spain Under-19s when Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui was in charge.

They were also briefly at Sevilla together, for a month, before Sarabia left to join PSG in July 2019.

He made 89 appearances while in the French capital, helping them win two Ligue 1 titles, and spent last season on loan at Sporting.


SIR RATCLIFFE'S FIRM ENTERS UNITED BIDDING

Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s firm Ineos has officially entered the bidding to buy Manchester United.

Ratcliffe, one of the UK’s richest men, has been linked with a takeover of the Premier League giants after the Glazer family, the current owners, announced last year they were willing to listen to offers.

A spokesperson for Ineos told the PA news agency: “We have formally put ourselves into the process.”

Ratcliffe, a boyhood United fan, attempted to purchase Chelsea last year but his late offer was rejected as Todd Boehly was successful in taking over from Roman Abramovich.


NO LATE TRANSFER PANIC AT CELTIC

Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou is confident there will be no need for late panic in the transfer window should any of his players leave.

Speculation has been mounting over the future of Giorgos Giakoumakis, with reports claiming he is likely to complete a £3.5million move to Urawa Red Diamonds in the coming days.

But Postecoglou had received no information on any definite departures after his squad’s final training session before Wednesday’s cinch Premiership encounter against St Mirren.

“By bringing in those key players early we are not really on tenterhooks for January,” he said. “If we do happen to lose players, we are not scrambling about trying to replace them.

“We’ve got a strong squad which I’m happy with and we can make our decisions about incomings or exits without the need for any sort of panic on our behalf. Our planning has always been that we try and get our business done early."


LYON AIM TO HIJACK WOLVES DEAL

Lyon have made a bid to sign Wolves target Joao Gomes, according to The Athletic.

The Premier League side were hoping to conclude a deal for the Flamengo midfielder this month, but his current club have refused to sign off the deal amid interest from France.

Despite Lyon's attempts to hijack, Wolves are believed to be optimistic that they will get the deal done.

Only two players averaged more tackles per game than Gomes in Brazil's top-flight last season.


GUILBERT DEPARTS VILLA

Afternoon all! Tom on transfer duties for the remainder of the day, and we'll start with news of a departure from Villa Park.

Aston Villa have announced Frederic Guilbert has completed a permanent move to French club Strasbourg for an undisclosed fee.

The full-back arrived at the Premier League club from Caen in January 2019 and went on to make 31 appearances.

His last game for Villa came in August 2021 in a Carabao Cup clash against Barrow.


SARABIA IN WOLVES MEDICAL

Pablo Sarabia is in England for a medical at Wolves ahead of his move from PSG for a reported fee of £4.4m.

The attacking midfielder is a real coup for Julen Lopetegui, as despite rarely featuring for PSG this season, the Spaniard lit up the Portuguese league when on-loan there last season.

He helped Sporting Lisbon to the title, scoring 15 times and assisting a further six goals, highlighting his attacking capabilities.

Sarabia averaged 0.53 xG/95 and 0.32 xA/95, with those figures ranking incredibly highly, while he also performed well in the Champions League (0.32 and 0.26).


SAINTS CLOSE TO SIGNING JACKSON

Southampton are working on a permanent deal to sign Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal.

The 21-year-old has an asking price of around £18m.

Senegalese forward Jackson has scored just twice this season in La Liga, assisting a further two goals.

His underlying numbers are steady though, averaging 0.35 xG/95 and 0.19 xA/95.


TROSSARD CAN LEAVE BRIGHTON

Leandro Trossard will be allowed to leave Brighton if chairman Tony Bloom's valuation is met.

The Belgian trained alone last week and has missed the last two matchdays after a bust up with Roberto De Zerbi.

Tottenham are one team interested in acquiring him, but what would they be getting?

Well, Tom Carnduff took a look in yesterday's 'Cutting Through' article:

Trossard - Paper Talk

GUNNERS TO TURN TO DIABY

After missing out on Mykhailo Mudryk, it is being reported that Arsenal are to turn their attentions to Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.

Diaby has six goals and three assists this season, with his xG/95 at 0.28 and his xA/95 an impressive 0.34.

He would provide depth and competition in the wide areas for Mikel Arteta's side.


PALACE RETURN FOR GALLAGHER?

Conor Gallagher has struggled for game time at Chelsea this season, and it is reported that Crystal Palace - the place he played on loan last season - are hopeful of seeing the England international return to Selhurst Park.

He scored eight goals for the Eagles last season while providing three assists, and was a fan favourite.

His 0.20 xG/95 and 0.11 xA/95 were impressive figures for a midfielder.


GOOD MORNING!

Morning readers, Jake Osgathorpe on transfer duty today, and let's start with some lines from today's Paper Talk:

  • Arsenal targeting Declan Rice
  • Newcastle could raid Chelsea this month
  • Dortmund would sell Jude Bellingham for £133m

Read more below

declan rice paper talk

DANILO SIGNS FOR FOREST

Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Danilo from Palmeiras.

Danilo has signed a six-and-a-half-year contract at the City Ground and becomes Forest’s 24th new arrival since the club won promotion back to the Premier League last year.

The 21-year-old is the second player to join Forest from Palmeiras in recent weeks after Gustavo Scarpa completed a move to Steve Cooper’s side.

Forest are understood to have beaten off competition from a number of clubs to sign Danilo and he is relishing the opportunity to play in England after talking to Scarpa regarding the transfer.

“I’m really happy to be fulfilling my dream of playing in the Premier League and playing for Nottingham Forest,” said Danilo.

“I learnt a bit about the history of the club and saw they had won two European Cups. I spoke to Gustavo Scarpa as well, and he told me that Nottingham is a great city and Forest have a quality squad with really good staff.

“I will show a lot of determination and a strong desire to win and will always look to do my best on the pitch to achieve positive results.

“I’m excited about getting started and meeting my new team-mates.”


SARABIA SECURED

Wolves have reportedly reached an agreement to sign attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia from Paris St Germain.

The Spain international is set to join on a two-and-a-half-year deal for a fee of five million euros (£4.4million).

The agreement is subject to Sarabia passing a medical evaluation on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old joined PSG from Sevilla in 2019 and was part of Spain’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and as we touched upon earlier, this was expected - even if Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui didn't want to talk about it.


SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY'RE BONKERS

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has described a potential transfer deal for Giorgos Giakoumakis as “bonkers” as details emerged over his possible move to Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds.

The striker has been linked with a number of clubs throughout January and previously after it was claimed he failed to secure the improved personal terms he wanted from Celtic.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed Urawa had agreed a fee of about £3.5million with Celtic but Major League Soccer side Atlanta were still trying to sign the Greece international.

Reports in Japan have claimed Urawa are likely to sign the 28-year-old although personal terms have still to be finalised.

Giakoumakis scored Celtic’s second goal in their 2-0 Viaplay Cup semi-final win over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

He later posted a photo of his celebrations on Instagram with a caption that read: “Enjoy every moment like it’s your last! On to the final.! Thank you for the immense support.”

Sutton reacted to Romano’s tweet by writing: “I’m not sure what goes on behind the scenes and who maybe coming in the door but this seems bonkers letting Giakoumakis go right now for such a small fee… there’s a league to win!”

While Sutton is technically correct, it should be noted that Celtic's lead is nine points and that they're currently priced at 1/50 with Sky Bet. In other words, they'll still win the league.


THAT'S ALL FROM ME!

Tom signing off for the afternoon.

The team will be with you to go through the rest of the afternoon.


LOPETEGUI QUIET ON INCOMINGS

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui refused to discuss any incoming transfers as he remained cautious over new arrivals.

The head coach shut down any talk of signings ahead of Tuesday’s FA Cup replay with Liverpool.

Paris St Germain head coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed attacking midfielder Pablo Sarabia is poised to move to the Premier League, with Molineux his expected destination.

“We will see, it’s true we have interest in some players but when they are here and our players we can talk about them, not before,” said Lopetegui.

“I want to put the focus on our players. We don’t want to waste energy on other things. We will talk only about our players.”


VILLA AGREE DURAN DEAL

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign striker Jhon Durán from Chicago Fire.

The 19-year-old netted eight goals in 27 MLS games last season - 14 of which were starts - with an average of 0.50 goals and 0.46 xG per 95 minutes.

Reports claim that the fee is around the £20m mark, including add-ons.

"The deal is subject to the player passing a medical, agreeing personal terms and obtaining the necessary work visa," Villa confirmed in a statement.


PALACE MAINTAIN GALLAGHER INTEREST

Crystal Palace will make one final effort to tempt Chelsea's Conor Gallagher back to the club on a permanent deal this month, according to The Sun.

Gallagher spent the 2021/22 campaign on-loan at Palace, scoring eight goals from 52 shots and 6.42 xG.

The midfielder has been a part of the Blues' first team this season, although nine of his 17 Premier League appearances have been from the bench.


TALENTED TROSSARD A JANUARY GAMBLE

The latest in our 'Cutting Through' series of Paper Talk focuses on Brighton's Leandro Trossard.

It appears that his revitalised spell of form under Roberto De Zerbi's guidance was a short-lived one.

Five of the forward's seven goals in the Premier League have come since the managerial switch - a player who has demonstrated flexibility and understanding of various tactical set-ups.

The likelihood of a January move has developed through methods not relating to performance, but attitude.

READ MORE HERE

Trossard - Paper Talk

CHERRIES CLOSE IN ON WINGER

Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Lorient winger Dango Ouattara for a reported £20m fee.

The 20-year-old has scored six goals from 5.14 xG in Ligue 1 this season - contributing a further six assists from 2.92 xA.

Cherries chairman Bill Foley and Black Knight Football Club recently acquired a significant minority ownership in Lorient, which has helped them to conclude this deal.


49ERS KEY TO RUTTER DEAL

We've just mentioned that Leeds spent big to sign Georginio Rutter from Hoffenheim - the deal is worth £35m including add-ons.

Now, The Athletic reports that 49ers Enterprises - who control 40% of the club - were key to the move happening.

They also claim that Leeds could see new majority owners in the summer, with the 49ers going earlier on their option to purchase the club.


'WORLD CLASS POTENTIAL' IN RUTTER

Leeds splashed the cash to bring Georginio Rutter to the club from Hoffenheim.

Options up front have been thin with Patrick Bamford yet to return to first-team action from his injury and Willy Gnonto the only out-and-out striker.

Rutter’s addition therefore brings valuable depth with high potential.

But what will he bring to the Premier League and what kind of a player is he? Ninad Barbadikar delivers his verdict

READ THE FULL FEATURE HERE

Rutter celo

MORE BUSINESS AT CHELSEA?

Mykhailo Mudryk arrived over the weekend but Chelsea aren't done yet - they are expecting to make at least two more signings by the end of January.

That's according to the Daily Express, who claim that it could be a busy month at Stamford Bridge.

Mudryk became the 14th first-team signing since Todd Boehly bought the club last year, with total spending for his short reign now totalling over £350m.


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