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Transfer window: Latest transfer updates, done deals & rumours from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe


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.


🤔 SIGNINGS TO COME AT LEEDS?

The San Francisco 49ers have increased their stake in Leeds to 37 per cent, the Premier League club have announced.

Paraag Marathe, the president of 49ers Enterprises who was already a member of the Yorkshire club’s board, becomes the Whites’ vice-chairman.

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: “We are delighted to welcome further investment into our club from 49ers Enterprises and I am confident that this latest partnership will help Leeds United continue to grow and develop into the team our supporters deserve.

“I have always been open to bringing partners on this journey with me, as long as these actions can benefit the long-term strategy of the club. Paraag and the team at 49ers Enterprises are uniquely positioned to collaborate with myself, (chief executive) Angus Kinnear, (director of football) Victor Orta and our management team to help us achieve our goals.”


🔵 MILLWALL SIGN BIRMINGHAM MIDFIELDER

Millwall have signed Maikel Kieftenbeld from Birmingham on an 18-month contract.

The 30-year-old Dutch midfielder made 183 appearances for Blues and scored six goals.

Kieftenbeld, who featured 12 times for Birmingham this season, is expected to go straight into the Millwall squad for their game against Watford on Tuesday night.


🤔 BENTEKE TO WEST BROM?

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed he would be interested in signing Christian Benteke if the Crystal Palace striker was available.

The Belgium international played under Allardyce during his time in charge at Selhurst and there have been reports that the two clubs are in talks.

“I am not sure if Christian is available, that’s down to the head of recruitment and (technical director) Luke (Dowling)," said Allardyce.

“If they came to me and said Christian is available…I’m not sure that’s the case at the moment as I think everybody would like to keep hold of their strikers, particularly in the Premier League."


✍️ 🔵 WRIGHT SIGNS RANGERS PRE-CONTRACT DEAL

Aberdeen forward Scott Wright has completed a pre-contract agreement to join Rangers at the end of the season.

The attacking midfielder, 23, has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Pittodrie, playing 19 times and scoring twice despite missing two months through hernia trouble.

Wright can play on the wing and has occupied a more central attacking role behind the main striker this season, similar to the system Rangers manager Steven Gerrard employs behind his centre-forward.


🦉 HUTCHINSON RETURNS TO WEDNESDAY

Sam Hutchinson is back at Sheffield Wednesday after signing a deal until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old midfielder had been a free agent since leaving Cypriot club Pafos FC in December.

Hutchinson, who started his career at Chelsea, made 151 appearances and scored six goals in his previous spell with the Owls.


🐶 HUDDERSFIELD RETURN FOR HOLMES

Duane Holmes has “grown as a player” since his first spell at Huddersfield, according to head of football operations Leigh Bromby.

The 26-year-old midfielder has rejoined the Terriers from Derby for an undisclosed fee on an initial deal until the summer of 2024.

Holmes made 26 appearances for Town after making his debut in September 2013 having come through the club’s academy.


🔴🔨 JESSE LINGARD TO WEST HAM?

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard looks set for a loan move as he looks to somehow give his ailing career a shot in the arm.

One of the stars of England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia has pleaded for an exit all month.

Lingard, 28, has not started a league game since United lost at Arsenal on New Year's Day last year and is now 11/10 with Sky Bet to join West Ham.

Read in full here.

Jesse Lingard 2017/18 Premier League stats


🔫 ODEGAARD ON VERGE OF ARSENAL DEAL

Arsenal's deal to sign Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard on loan is all but done, and could be announced as early as today.

The Gunners have agreed to pay a £1.8m loan fee, and his £38,000 wages for the rest of the season.


🔵 GILMOUR TO HEAD OUT ON LOAN?

An excellent performance from fit-again Billy Gilmour in Chelsea's FA Cup fourth-round win over Luton has alerted several clubs to the possibility of a loan deal for the young Scottish midfielder.

The teenager is now hoping to convince Frank Lampard to allow him to make a temporary switch, if the Chelsea boss isn't going to be able to guarantee game time.


👋 OZIL REFLECTS ON 'AMAZING JOURNEY'

Mesut Ozil has thanked Arsenal for an “amazing journey” after his departure to Fenerbahce was confirmed, saying he goes with no grudges despite not playing for nearly a year.

Ozil said goodbye to his Arsenal team-mates a week ago and his move to Turkey had now been wrapped up, ending his seven-and-a-half-year stay at the Emirates.

“I’d like to thank the club for this amazing journey over the past seven-and-a-half years,” said Ozil, who has not played for the Gunners since March, with his £350,000-a-week deal set to expire at the end of the current season.

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📝 VISA ISSUE FOR YEDLIN

DeAndre Yedlin’s future at Newcastle is shrouded in doubt after manager Steve Bruce revealed there was a “visa issue” that prevented him from being involved against Aston Villa.

The news comes after the USA international spoke out last week about the club stalling on talks over a new deal.

The 27-year-old right-back will be out of contract in the summer and it seems now faces an uncertain future.

Asked about Yedlin’s absence from the 2-0 Premier League defeat at Villa Park, Bruce said afterwards: “There’s an issue with his visa. I’m not sure quite how quickly it will be resolved, but there’s certainly an issue there. We’ll let you know when he’s available.”


🤝 FORMER FULHAM MAN ON THE MOVE

MK Dons have announced the signing of former Fulham midfielder Matt O’Riley.

The 20-year-old, a free agent after leaving Craven Cottage in July, has been training with the Dons since the start of this season.

O’Riley told the Dons’ official website: “I’ve been here training with the boys for six months now and I’ve loved every minute. I initially came here just to keep fit after leaving Fulham but it felt like the perfect place for me. We looked into whether something could be done and, eventually, here we are.”


🔎 ONE TO WATCH

Super agent Mino Raiola has reportedly snapped up Crystal Palace starlet Zion Atta who is being targeted by Liverpool and Manchester City among others.

The 16-year-old forward moved to Palace at the age of 13 when the club paid £60,000 to prise him away from Millwall and now the likes of Ajax are also said to be in the hunt for the player.


🔃 MANAGERIAL MERRY-GO-ROUND?

Sunday's back pages aren't short on rumours surrounding managers. The Mirror are suggesting Chelsea could turn to Brendan Rodgers if the axe falls on Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge, while Rafa Benitez is reportedly set to become Celtic's new manager.

Click here for the all the latest in today's Paper Talk.


✈️🇹🇷 OSAYI-SAMUEL TO LEAVE QPR EARLY


🔵🤝 POMPEY SIGN CHARLIE DANIELS

Portsmouth have signed former Bournemouth full-back Charlie Daniels on a contract until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old recently left Pompey’s Sky Bet League One rivals Shrewsbury after his short-term deal expired, having scored twice in 16 appearances.


🐺✍️ WOLVES SIGN WILLIAN JOSE

Wolves have completed the loan signing of Brazilian striker Willian Jose from Real Sociedad until the end of the season, with the option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

The 29-year-old is not expected to be available for Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea.

Nuno Espirito Santo has been short of options up front since Raul Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal two months ago.

Wolves have won only one of nine league matches since, scoring just 10 goals in the process.


😭 KLOPP WON'T CRY OVER LACK OF SIGNINGS

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he will not “cry like a five-year-old kid” if he does not get what he wants in the transfer market.

The Reds boss was short of a centre-back even before the season started after opting not to replace Dejan Lovren when he joined Zenit St Petersburg.

Klopp’s plan was to use Fabinho as a stop-gap solution but serious knee injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, plus Joel Matip’s ongoing fitness issues, mean the Brazil international is virtually a permanent fixture in the back four.

“I am not a five-year-old kid any more and if I don’t get what I want I start crying,” said Klopp.

“Most of the time in my life I didn’t get what I want. We are all probably pretty much used to that."


🤝 TOMORI COMPLETES LOAN SWITCH TO MILAN

Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has completed his loan switch to AC Milan.

The 23-year-old has joined the Rossoneri until the end of the season, Chelsea announced on Friday evening.

Milan are understood to have retained an option to buy Tomori for £25million in the summer, following the loan.

Thiago Silva’s summer arrival at Chelsea pushed Tomori further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order, with Kurt Zouma, Toni Rudiger and Andreas Christensen all also ahead of him.


🇳🇴 ODEGAARD CLOSE TO ARSENAL LOAN

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Norwegian ace Martin Odegaard on loan until the end of the season.

Odegaard is reported to have wanted to return to Real Sociedad, where he spent a successful spell on loan last season but his parent club Real Madrid do not want to lend him to another La Liga side who are fighting for Champions League qualification.

The 22-year-old has barely featured for Zinedine Zidane's side this season.


🤕 ALLI IS INJURED - MOURINHO

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho revealed Dele Alli missed last weekend’s win at Sheffield United through injury.

The 24-year-old, linked with a move away from the club this month after falling out of favour with Mourinho, was not in the 20-man squad at Bramall Lane as he had a small problem with his tendon.

Alli remains a doubt for Monday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash at Wycombe.

“The reason he did not play, or was not selected for Sheffield, is everything in relation to the injury that he has,” Mourinho said.


🛑 CHAMBERS NOT LEAVING ARSENAL

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has revealed there are no plans to loan defender Calum Chambers out this month.

The 26-year-old suffered a serious knee injury soon after Arteta’s appointment in December 2019, and since working his way back to fitness has found first-team opportunities hard to come by, starting just once this season.

“I don’t think (a loan deal) is going to happen,” said Arteta. “I am really happy with Calum. He has gone through a really difficult period, he has worked so hard.

“He has looked really good in the last few weeks in training. We want to give him minutes when we can because he is a player that we believe in.”


✍️ STOKE SIGN DOUGHTY

Stoke have signed winger Alfie Doughty from Charlton for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old becomes the Sky Bet Championship club’s first permanent arrival of the transfer window following loan deals for Jack Clarke, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Rabbi Matondo.

Doughty, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and not played since October, scored three goals in 36 appearances for the Addicks after coming through the League One side’s academy system.


🇹🇷 MEJIAS LEAVES BORO FOR TURKEY

Middlesbrough have allowed goalkeeper Tomas Mejias to leave and sign for Turkish second division outfit Ankaraspor on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old only recently returned from a loan at Dinamo Bucharest. He made only two appearances in his second stint at Boro, both under previous manager Jonathan Woodgate in the FA Cup last season.

Boro signed goalkeeper Jordan Archer at the start of January to provide competition for first-choice Marcus Bettinelli.


🤷‍♂️ KLOPP UNSURE ON LIVERPOOL SIGNINGS

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the authority to sign players in the transfer window is not his but the people who hold the purse strings.

Following the 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Thursday night the Reds boss said “I cannot decide if we do something in the transfer market or not”.

Klopp was asked to clarify exactly what that meant at his press conference ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Manchester United and he said: “Of course somebody else is making the decisions. It was always like this.

“We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, could we improve something or not and we make recommendations but I cannot spend the money. I never did.

“I don’t want to confuse anybody. I just said what I said.”


👋 BAHRE LEAVES BARNSLEY

Sky Bet Championship club Barnsley have announced that German midfielder Mike Bahre has left the club by mutual consent.

The 25-year-old joined the Tykes from Hannover in August 2018 but has not featured in the first team since July.


✍️ ARSENAL SIGN BRIGHTON'S MAT RYAN

Arsenal have signed Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan until the end of the season. The 28-year-old has been out of favour on the south coast and will now provide back-up to Bernd Leno.

The Gunners had been keen to add a goalkeeper in January after summer signing Alex Runarsson had struggled during his few outings.

“We know Mat very well through his performances with Brighton in recent seasons and he brings additional quality to our squad,” said Mikel Arteta.

"Mat has very good Premier League experience and has played over 100 times in the league, which is something that will benefit us greatly on and off the pitch.”


🗓 ARSENAL WAIT FOR BUENDIA

Arsenal's long-time pursuit of Emiliano Buendia looks as though it will be extended for at least a few more months.

The Norwich winger has been a target for the Gunners since midway through last season, but the recent emergence of several of the club's young players - including Emile Smith Rowe - has seen the club's haste to bring the Argentine in diminish slightly.


😊 MAN UTD MAKE CHEEKY ERIKSEN BID

Manchester United have reportedly made a low offer for Christian Eriksen in the hope to take advantage of both his hellish situation at Inter, and the current financial uncertainty in Italian football.

The Dane has endured a terrible 12 months since forcing through a January move from Tottenham, and has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, as well as PSG, over the past few weeks.


🥊 LIVERPOOL AND MAN CITY FIGHT FOR TRAORE

Adama Traore has found himself at the centre of a transfer tug of war between two of the Premier League's big boys.

Both Liverpool and Manchester City want to sign the flying Wolves winger, but will have to pay upwards of £50m to bring the Spain international in.

That price tag has reportedly taken Leeds out of the running.


🐺 WOLVES MOVE FOR DOUGLAS

Nomadic Brazilian winger Douglas Costa could be set for a move to the Premier League this month as Wolves look to solve their issues in both attack and defence.

The former Shakhtar man, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Juventus having previously done the exact opposite, could provide some much needed balance in the left-wing-back role.


😇 SAINTS CONFIDENT INGS WILL STAY

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl remains confident striker Danny Ings will sign a new contract with the club.

The 28-year-old’s current three-year deal expires in the summer of 2022 and he has yet to commit to extending his stay with the Saints amid reported interest from Tottenham.

Hasenhuttl said: “As long as there is no signing of the contract, a new one, (the question) will not stop I think.

“I can only say that we want him to stay here. We’ve shown as a club that we want him to be here, definitely, and he’s shown signals that he wants to stay with us. So I’m still positive that we’re fine together for the future.”


🔴 BAYERN DIG IN FOR UPAMECANO

Champions League holders Bayern Munich are determined to win the battle to sign Dayot Upamecano, as Europe's top clubs line up for his signature.

The France international is believed to have a release clause of just £40m in his RB Leipzig contract which will become active this summer, but Bayern are reportedly willing to jump the gun this month to avoid a summer scrap.


🔵 BLUES SIGN HARPER FROM WEST BROM

West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper has joined Birmingham on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Birmingham-born 20-year-old was just the second player born during this century to appear in the Premier League when he made his debut for the Baggies against Bournemouth in 2017.

Harper, who has represented England at under-17 and under-19 levels, will wear the number 24 shirt and could make his debut against Coventry on January 30.


✍️ TOTTENHAM CHASE INGS

Tottenham are thought to be the leading candidates to sign Southampton striker Danny Ings, who is looking increasingly likely to turn down a new contract in pursuit of Champions League football.

Ings, whose current deal expires in 2022, has scored 36 goals since joining Saints, initially on loan, in the summer of 2018.

Spurs will need a new frontman unless they make Carlos Vinicius's loan deal from Benfica permanent.


👑💪 WEST HAM WANT KING OR ARMSTRONG

West Ham are weighing up who to move for in the remaining 10 days of the transfer window as they seek to plug the gap left by Sebastien Haller's £20m departure to Ajax.

Blackburn's Adam Armstrong, who has taken the Sky Bet Championship by storm this season, and Bournemouth's want-away Norway international Josh King are the prime candidates.


🦅 CRYSTAL PALACE SIGN JEAN-PHILIPPE MATETA

Crystal Palace have completed the loan signing of forward Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz on an 18-month deal.

The Eagles have the option to make the move permanent and this transfer is the latest effort by the club to bring down their average age of the squad.

Mateta is the third player aged 23 or under to join Palace since the summer following the additions of Nathan Ferguson and Ebere Eze.

“I’m very happy to come to Crystal Palace and I look forward to training," he said.

“Playing in the Premier League was my dream when I was a child. Now I can play, I will show the fans of Crystal Palace what I can do.”


🔴✍️ ARTETA TARGETS ARSENAL SIGNINGS

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to turn his attention to incomings in the January transfer window with the club continuing to move on those players who have no future at the Emirates Stadium.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos was released from his contract on Wednesday while Mesut Ozil will also be allowed to depart – with his free transfer to Fenerbahce being held up by quarantine rules in Turkey. Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba have already departed on loan deals.

He would not be drawn on recent reports linking Arsenal with a loan move for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard.

“We are in that process (of signing players) now,” Arteta replied when asked if it was now time to start bringing players in.

“We have done the first part more or less and we are focusing now on the second phase.


🔴 ASSOMBALONGA'S BORO FUTURE IN DOUBT

Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock says he will not worry about the future of £15m striker Britt Assombalonga.

The 28-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, netted a fifth goal of the season to set Boro on their way to a 2-1 win at his former club Nottingham Forest last night.

“When Britt’s like that, he’s as good as anything,” said Warnock. “I just wish he’d do that every week.”

“We don’t worry about (his contract) here, there are a lot of players out of contract. What will be, will be, we’ll worry about that when we have to."


👹 MATA'S MAN UTD DAYS NUMBERS

Juan Mata looks as though his Old Trafford career is drawing to a natural close.

The Manchester United midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, but the club are open to letting him leave this month should an appropriate offer be made, according to reports, given that he is now well down the pecking order.


🦅 MATETA ON VERGE OF PALACE MOVE

Crystal Palace have now all but completed the loan signing of French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz after he underwent a medical last night.

Mateta, who has scored 10 goals this season, is expected to join until the end of next season, with Palace having the option to sign him permanently.


🔴 EDWARDS SET FOR ANOTHER LOAN SPELL

Stoke have recalled defender Tom Edwards from his temporary stay at Fleetwood and are set to send him on loan again.

The 21-year-old made 12 appearances for the Cod Army, but missed the last three games through injury.

Stoke said in a statement: “Stoke City can confirm that Tom Edwards has been recalled from his loan spell with Fleetwood Town with a view to being loaned out again.”

Fleetwood added: “Everyone at the club would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.”


🦢 HOURIHANE JOINS SWANSEA

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane has joined Swansea on loan for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international could make his Swans debut in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at home to fellow Sky Bet Championship club Nottingham Forest. He has scored 29 goals in 150 appearances for Villa since joining from Barnsley in January 2017 but has been restricted to just four Premier League outings this campaign.

Villa head coach Dean Smith told his club’s website: “Conor is never happy when he’s not playing and we have respected his desire to go on loan to Swansea to play football games and to help them in their push for promotion.

“It’s a loan until the end of the season which gets him back in the heart of a promotion chase and playing regular football.”


🚣‍♂️ ROWE IN AT BRADFORD

Bradford have beaten off strong competition to sign Oldham striker Danny Rowe for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old, who has scored eight goals for Latics this season, has joined the Bantams an on initial 18-month contract.

Rowe told City’s official website: “I am very happy to be here, at what is a massive club at this level. I got the call and was desperate to get the deal done and signed. I am concentrated on climbing up the table with Bradford City.

“I have joined to score goals and win games. I cannot wait to get going and am here to stay and be successful.”


🤝 CLARK EXTENDS NEWCASTLE STAY

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark has extended his stay at St James’ Park by signing a new two-year contract, the Magpies have announced.

The Republic of Ireland international, who joined the club from Aston Villa during the summer of 2016, has made 103 appearances for the club.

A Newcastle statement said: “Newcastle United are pleased to announce that defender Ciaran Clark has signed a new two-year contract with the club.”


🗣 DYCHE STILL HOPING FOR BURNLEY SIGNINGS

Sean Dyche is optimistic about new arrivals at Burnley this month but admitted the situation is complicated by the new hierarchy having to conduct business remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

American investment firm ALK Capital completed its takeover of Burnley on New Year’s Eve and new chairman Alan Pace pledged to back Dyche in the transfer market this month as the club bid to retain their Premier League place.

Dyche, who was tight-lipped about speculation linking Bournemouth and Norway forward Josh King with a move to Turf Moor, said there was still, “No news at the moment on transfers."


✍ GILLS GRAB JOHNSON FROM SOUTHAMPTON

Gillingham have completed the permanent signing of forward Tyreke Johnson from Southampton.

The 22-year-old had initially joined the Gills on loan earlier this month and made his debut in the home Sky Bet League One defeat by Burton.


❌ RANGERS WON'T SIGN PRESTON'S DAVIES

Rangers will not be making a move for Preston defender Ben Davies.

The 25-year-old is out of contract this summer and has been linked with both halves of the Old Firm.

One report this week claimed Gers were ready to step up their interest and were piecing together a pre-contract offer which would see him join Steven Gerrard’s side at the end of the season.

But sources suggest the Gers boss is now looking elsewhere.


🤝 FORMER UTD MIDFIELDER HARROP MAKES IPSWICH MOVE

Ipswich have announced the signing of midfielder Josh Harrop on loan from Preston for the rest of the season.

Stockport-born Harrop, 25, came through the Manchester United youth set-up and went on to make his senior debut on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign, scoring in the win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

It proved to be his only appearance for the Red Devils as he signed for Preston in the summer of 2017.


🔴 SOKRATIS LET GO BY ARSENAL

Arsenal have cancelled defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ contract by mutual consent.

The 32-year-old joined the north London club from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 for an undisclosed fee and went on to make 69 appearances.

Sokratis helped Mikel Arteta’s men win the FA Cup last August – with the final against Chelsea proving to be the Greece international’s last first-team appearance for Arsenal.


🍒 BOURNEMOUTH'S VINCENT JOINS WALSALL

Walsall have completed the loan signing of Bournemouth midfielder Frank Vincent.

The 21-year-old has signed a deal until the end of the season with the League Two club.


🔵 EVERTON'S SIMMS JOINS BLACKPOOL ON LOAN

Blackpool have signed Ellis Simms on loan from Everton.

The 20-year-old striker, who has scored eight times for the Toffees’ under-23s this season, will spend the rest of the season at Bloomfield Road and could make his debut in this weekend’s FA Cup trip to Brighton.


⚪️ THE MAK-INGS OF A DEAL FOR DANNY?

The Sun are reporting Spurs to be pushing ahead with a summer move for Southampton and England striker Danny Ings.

Ings has scored 36 goals in a Saints shirt and once from just three career appearances for the Three Lions.


👀 SNODGRASS TRANSFER TO BE EXAMINED

The Premier League is looking into the ‘agreement’ between West Ham and West Brom which prevented Robert Snodgrass from playing on Tuesday night.

Snodgrass joined West Brom from the Hammers a fortnight ago and played in their 3-2 win at Wolves at the weekend.

But it emerged prior to kick-off that West Ham and Albion had agreed that the Scottish midfielder would not face his former side at the London Stadium. Snodgrass instead watched on from the stands as his new club were beaten 2-1.

But Premier League rules state that “no club shall enter into a contract which enables any other party to that contract to acquire the ability materially to influence its policies or the performance of its teams in league matches”.


💰🔵 ERLING HAALAND TO CHELSEA?

Chelsea have emerged as a surprising candidate to sign wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland.

The Norway striker, 20, has taken Europe by the storm in recent seasons, first with RB Salzburg and now Borussia Dortmund.

He is available for £66.6m in 2022 because of a release clause, but The Athletic reports that Chelsea are will to pay significantly more to steal a march on their rivals.


🦅 PALACE CLOSE ON MATELA

Crystal Palace are expected to complete the loan signing of Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz before the weekend.

He is expected to join until the end of 2021/22 season, with Palace having the option to make the deal permanent.

The French striker has scored 10 goals so far this term, with seven coming in the Bundesliga.


⚪️ PARKER AIMS FOR A STRIKER

Scott Parker revealed in his pre-match press conference that he is eager to reinforce his striking options during the January transfer window but admits “time’s not on our side”.

“We’ve got draws, we now need to turn some of those draws into wins,” said Parker. “That’s the next big challenge for us. We’ve been able to stay in games, give ourselves a platform, become a lot more solid. The fine margins of this division, you need to take your opportunities when they come.

“To do that, you’ve got to do the hardest thing in the game and that’s put the ball in the back of the net. We have one recognised striker in the building in Mitrovic. We understand where we are a little bit light.

“But this window is a tough window and time’s not on our side, really. We’ll work relentlessly hard to try and improve our attacking play.”


🤝 KEOGH MAKES HUDDERSFIELD MOVE

Huddersfield have completed the signing of MK Dons centre-back Richard Keogh on a deal until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old former Derby captain joins the Terriers for a second spell, having briefly represented the club when on loan from Bristol City in 2007.

Keogh, a Republic of Ireland international, made 21 appearances for the Dons to add to a tally of over 150 League One appearances and over 400 Championship games played.

Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan said on the club website: "Richard is a player with an amazing background and a lot of experience in the Championship.

He has regularly played over 4,000 minutes per season at his previous clubs, and you need the combination of his experience alongside our young players to create a competitive team."


🔴 SOLSKJAER OPEN TO FURTHER DEPARTURES

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to a couple more players leaving Manchester United this month but underlined the importance maintaining their advantageous strength in depth.

Solskjaer allowed Timothy Fosu-Mensah to join Bayer Leverkusen last week and suggested others could follow, with speculation continuing over the likes of Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.

Asked if the latter would still be at Old Trafford come the end of January, he said: “Well, I don’t want to go into individuals but we can probably allow maybe one or two more to go out.

“But then one of the strengths we have is that we have had a fit and deep squad. Strength in depth. So, we don’t want to give our advantage away by easing off on our players. I can’t give you a better answer than that.”


✍️ CARDIFF COMPLETE DEFENDER DEAL

Cardiff have confirmed the signing of Crewe defender Perry Ng for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old joins the Bluebirds on a deal running until the summer of 2024. Ng made over 180 appearances for Crewe after making his debut for the Railwaymen in November 2015.

The right-back could make his debut at home to QPR on Wednesday should Cardiff receive international clearance in time.

A Crewe statement said: “Ng has been a fantastic player, professional and influential captain during his long association with Crewe Alexandra, and everyone at the club would like to thank him for his incredible service and wish him all the best in his new venture in south Wales.”


🎯 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.

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🔵 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."

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🤝 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

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😕 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.


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