January transfer window: Latest updates from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe

Follow the latest transfer rumours and done deals with our live Transfer Market blog
Follow the latest transfer rumours and done deals with our live Transfer Market blog

Follow all the latest from the January transfer window with moves involving the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe.

Premier League clubs are permitted to make changes to their squad lists throughout the January window; the deadline to re-submit those is 14:00 GMT on February 5.

The window for the Premier League and Sky Bet EFL will close at 23:00 GMT on Friday 31 January 2020.

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho with Christian Eriksen
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho with Christian Eriksen

Jose Mourinho says Inter Milan have yet to bid for Christian Eriksen and that the midfielder will play against Watford on Saturday.

Reports suggested the Denmark international, who is in the last six months of his contract, was close to a move to the Serie A side, with his agent in Milan to broker a deal during the current transfer window.

Mourinho, though, said Spurs have not even received an official offer as the situation looks set to rumble on.

"You have to ask the agent and Inter Milan because they know more than me," Mourinho said.

"If they are confident, they are confident because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn't happen yet.

"So when I see people speaking, especially people with responsibilities speaking about it, I am a little bit surprised. That's all I can say.

"I think it's normal that until January 31 his brain is not totally in focus. I think it's a normal consequence of the situation.

"I think it's normal that a player doesn't know very well what is going on, but I still don't understand that optimism because, in this moment, for a few matches people are speaking about is Eriksen going?

"Eriksen played his last match for the club, and the situation didn't change, Eriksen plays tomorrow."

New signing Gedson Fernandes could also play at Vicarage Road following his loan move from Benfica this week and Mourinho is hopeful of doing more business before the end of the month.

A striker is on the top of his wish list following the potential season-ending injury to Harry Kane.

"Lots of names are coming and the majority of them are coming by players' entourages, agents, people that want to put players' names in the market," he said. "Do we need a striker? Yes, if possible yes.

"But it has to be a positive situation for us, so in this moment we have these attacking players that of course are very good: Son (Heung-min), Lucas (Moura), (Erik) Lamela, (Giovani) Lo Celso, Dele Alli. Of course they're very good but we miss that target man.

"So if it's possible then we are doing everything possible. It's not easy but we're trying to add players to the squad."


Ross Barkley celebrates his goal against Nottingham Forest
Ross Barkley celebrates his goal against Nottingham Forest

Frank Lampard has insisted Ross Barkley is going nowhere despite West Ham admitting interest in signing the Chelsea midfielder on loan.

Barkley has just shaken off a niggling foot injury and forced his way back into Chelsea's first team picture, and impressed in the Blues' 3-0 Premier League win over Burnley.

Lampard criticised the 26-year-old earlier this season for lacking professionalism after a row with a taxi driver in Liverpool, but has now insisted Barkley remains central to his Stamford Bridge plans.

Asked about Barkley being linked to a West Ham switch, Lampard said: "There's no talk here of Ross Barkley going anywhere; he's our player.

"He's played the last couple of games and done very well. I've got a lot of faith in Ross.

"That was news I heard just like everyone else, but there's absolutely no feeling towards that here. I'm very happy with him."

Inter Milan are understood to be pushing hard to sign Olivier Giroud this month, but Lampard insisted that no deal has been agreed with Chelsea.

Former Blues manager Antonio Conte wants to link up with Giroud in Milan, but Lampard again hailed the World Cup-winner's professionalism at Stamford Bridge.

"If everything is right it might happen but it's not, so whilst it's not he's our player," said Lampard.

"And the great thing about Ollie is that he's got great experience and professionalism, and he's been nothing but great with us."


Neil Lennon has confirmed Celtic have agreed a deal with Israeli side Bnei Yehuda to sign Ismaila Soro.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who was born in the Ivory Coast, played in Moldova and Belarus before moving to Israel in 2018.

Ahead of the William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie against Partick Thistle on Saturday, the Parkhead boss said: "I think a deal has been agreed.

"We are waiting on paperwork now so hopefully that can be resolved over the next few days."

Soro is set to join Poland Under-21s striker Patryk Klimala who signed for the champions on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Jagiellonia Bialystok earlier this week.

Lennon said: "It will be good. He (Soro) is a good player, strong, technically very good, quick across the ground, hungry.

"We have done a lot of work on him. We've done a lot of work on Klimala and he is in the building.

"It is good to get a couple of players in to freshen things up a bit.

"It gives a lift. Training has been good and the boys are itching to get back into it."



Steve Bruce emerged from his meeting with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley convinced he has his backing as he attempts to improve his squad this month.

The Magpies have been linked with a series of potential targets, the latest Inter Milan's Valentino Lazaro.

Their need for reinforcements in attack in particular is seemingly growing by the week with Dwight Gayle facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and Andy Carroll battling a hip problem.

They will tackle Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday evening with their only fully-fit specialist frontman £40million summer signing Joelinton, who ended his 20-game goal drought against Rochdale in the FA Cup on Tuesday night, and with Bruce actively pursuing targets.

Asked about his discussions with Ashley on Tyneside this week, he said: "He's been fully supportive of the idea of trying to improve the squad.

"That's been my remit since I walked through the door, how can I take the club forward? It's my way - and he agrees with it - that we buy quality, not quantity, and that's got to be the mantra if we are going to improve.

"We've got a very, very decent squad now - if we're going to improve, then we've got to bring in that bit of quality that makes us better. That's what we're trying to do."

There has been some disquiet among fans that the talks did not take place until half of the winter window had elapsed, but Bruce insisted that he, head of recruitment Steve Nickson and managing director Lee Charnley formulated their plan months ago.

He said: "Our plans have been in place for who we're trying to get since last September, really. September, October, November, we've been planning what we're doing.

"I speak to Lee and Steve Nickson every day and we are the ones who drive it. When we identify the ones that we want or we think we can get, then of course Lee asks the question."


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been speaking to the press about Ashley Young's impending move to Inter Milan from Manchester United.

He said: "Ashley is 35 this year and if he gets a two-year contract somewher, it's up to him to take that. We aren't ready to offer that, we've got players coming through, and when Ashley's mindset was on trying this, why not now?"


Layvin Kurzawa
Layvin Kurzawa

PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa has announced he has changed agents Widespread reports suggest Arsenal are in talks for the left back.

It is thought PSG are reluctant to let him leave in January, but he is into the final six months of his contract.



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Christian Benteke celebrates
Christian Benteke celebrates

Bordeaux have ended their pursuit of striker Christian Benteke as they do not want to pay the £500,000 loan fee Crystal Palace are demanding.

Sky Sports News has confirmed reports in French newspaper L'Equipe that Bordeaux are now considering alternatives to Benteke.

Palace are happy to let Benteke leave the club on loan this month.


Celtic have reached an agreement in principle to sign Ismaila Soro from Israeli side Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv, according to Sky Sports.

It is understood a fee of around £2m (€2.5m) has been agreed for Soro, who is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year contract at Parkhead.

The Ivorian midfielder requires a work permit to join the Scottish champions so a deal is some way from being finalised, but he is expected to arrive in Scotland on Friday ahead of a medical.


Sevilla announced the signing of striker Youssef En Nesyri on Thursday, from Leganes on a five-and-a-half year deal, subject to a medical.

The LaLiga club paid the Moroccan player's 20million Euro buy-out clause and he could make his debut against Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The 22-year-old, who has scored four goals in 18 LaLiga games this season, has previously played for Malaga before joining Leganes in the summer of 2018.

He has represented Morocco at the 2018 World Cup and scored against Spain in the group stages.


Jonathan Kodjia: Aston Villa forward celebrates his hat-trick against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup
Jonathan Kodjia: Aston Villa forward celebrates his hat-trick against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia appears set for a move to Qatar after Al Gharafa claimed the striker was scheduled to arrive for a medical.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international, out of contract at the end of the season, has made just nine appearances in the current campaign, with his only two goals coming against Liverpool's youth team in last month's Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Kodjia has not played for Villa since the FA Cup defeat to Fulham nearly a fortnight ago because of illness and boss Dean Smith - who is closing in on an £8.5million deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta - confirmed on Thursday he would not feature against Brighton this weekend.

Qatar Stars League side Al Gharafa, managed by former Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic, claim, however, he is set to join them.

"Ivorian international Jonathan Kodjia arrives in Doha tomorrow, God willing, to perform a medical examination in preparation for signing for the club," the club announced on Twitter.

Kodjia had been linked with Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest.


Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours
Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Here's the latest from the back pages to kick off your Friday...

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⚖️ Opening offer for Eriksen

👀 Liverpool and Chelsea on alert as striker's Bayern move falls through

🔎 Clubs circling Man City prodigy

🤑 Mourinho's £2m bonus

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Reece James celebrates his goal against Ajax
Reece James celebrates his goal against Ajax

Chelsea defender Reece James admits he is "living the dream" after signing a new long-term contract.

The 20-year-old, who began training with the club at the age of six, has established himself as competition for Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back under Frank Lampard despite missing the first three months of the season with an ankle injury.

Having first signed forms to officially join Chelsea's academy at under-nine level, a new five-and-a-half-year senior contract for James is the realisation of long-held dreams.

"It is a great moment for me and my family. I've been at Chelsea since I was a young kid and to extend my contract is a great feeling," he told Chelsea TV.

"When you are that young you don't think too far ahead, you just play week in, week out and then as you gradually get older you start to realise it is getting closer and closer.

"There are a few of us playing in Chelsea's first team now that have all come through the academy at the same time and that is great, it shows how well the academy has brought us through and how well we are doing.

"It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea and play week in, week out and to have a contract for another five-and-a-half years is living the dream again."

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A deal to bring Ashley Young to Inter Milan from Manchester United has been completed, according to Sky Italy.

They report that the fee is €1.5m (around £1.3m) plus add-ons, with the player moving to the San Siro on a deal until summer 2021 subject to a medical.


Jarrod Bowen has been a star for Hull
Jarrod Bowen has been a star for Hull

Leeds are looking to sign Hull forward Jarrod Bowen in a deal worth £18m, according to The Sun.

They report that the deal will see Leeds pay a £3m loan fee to take Bowen for the remainder of the season before handing over another £15m if they are promoted to the Premier League.

Leeds were one of a number of clubs to enquire about Bowen 12 months ago.


Marcelo Bielsa has defended Leeds' recruitment policy as the club's struggles to strengthen their squad continue.

Bielsa wants to bring in a new striker and a winger following the return of loan players Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke to Arsenal and Tottenham respectively.

Leeds, whose Sky Bet Championship promotion push has stalled in recent weeks following one win in six matches, have been linked with Southampton striker Che Adams and Manchester City winger Ian Poveda.

But both potential deals appear no nearer to completion before Leeds' game at QPR on Saturday and fans have expressed concerns Bielsa's squad is too thin to maintain a top-two challenge.

"We are aware that we have to replace two players," Bielsa said. "(Director of football) Victor Orta is working very hard to try to resolve this, the president supports the needs of the team and if we can't resolve it, it's not going to be for as lack of effort or because someone is not engaged."


Layvin Kurzawa
Layvin Kurzawa

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa, according to The Athletic.

The 27-year-old's contract expires in the summer but the Gunners intend to bring him to the club this month. It is reported that head of football Raul Sanllehi is leading the negotiations.

The North London club are hopeful that they can recruit him without paying a fee.


Gedson Fernandes has moved to Tottenham on loan
Gedson Fernandes has moved to Tottenham on loan

David Moyes remains hopeful of adding to his West Ham squad despite missing out on Gedson Fernandes, he has said.

“Was I disappointed [to miss out on Fernandes]? Well I don’t know, we will see in time,” said Moyes.

“I’m sure Tottenham will see him as a good signing. We’ve got other targets we have in mind and are looking at and will look to bring in the right ones if we can do.”

Moyes refused to be drawn on the chnces of bringing in Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea, after reports in the national press this week.


Watford celebrate Andre Gray's goal in their Premier League win at Norwich
Watford celebrate Andre Gray's goal in their Premier League win at Norwich

Watford boss Nigel Pearson has been discussing transfer news linking Andre Gray with a move to the Championship, with Nottingham Forest and Leeds expressing an interest.

Pearson said: "I've spoken with Andre, and he's very much a part of what we're trying to do here. We'll be looking to strengthen our squad this window."


Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes

Sporting manager Silas says Manchester United target Bruno Fernandes is irreplaceable and they would need to sign three players to replace him.

Silas confirms Fernandes will play in the Lisbon derby v Benfica tomorrow night.

“The only certainty I have is that Bruno will play. We prepared the game with him and he trained very well. I've heard some people talk about money. He isn't worth the numbers they refer to, he's worth a lot more. In Portugal there are good players, but to replace Bruno we need three.”


Hearts manager Daniel Stendel has responded to reports from Italy linking teenager Aaron Hickey with a sensational move to AC Milan, according to Sky Sports.

Speaking at his weekly press conference, he said: "In my opinion, he is one of our best players. I am happy for him that the interest is there, but we need him in the situation that we're in at the moment.

"It's a good thing for us when a player in our position is attracting the interest from elsewhere, but we are focused on what he can do with us here."




Aston Villa are close to agreeing a deal for Genk striker Mbwana Samatta.

The Tanzania international has emerged as Villa's number one target to ease their goal scoring worries.

No deal has been struck with Genk yet but the PA news agency understands Villa are close to sealing a move for around £8.5million.


Fulham have completed the deal to sign Terence Kongolo on loan from Huddersfield according to Sky Sports.

The defender undertook his medical with the west London club on Wednesday.


There we have it.

QPR have signed winger Jack Clarke from Tottenham on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old spent the first half of the campaign at his former club Leeds, but struggled for game time after joining Spurs in the summer.

Clarke could make his debut on Saturday against Leeds, where he came through the ranks last term.

He told QPR's official website: "I am delighted and looking forward to getting started. Hopefully I can kick on and help the team.

"I like to create chances, take people on, I'm very direct with the ball and love running with it."

R's boss Mark Warburton added: "I'm really pleased to bring Jack in - he is a talented, young, hungry player with lots of energy and there's no doubts about his quality.

"I am looking forward to working with him."





Peterborough confirm the loan signing of Sam Szmodics from Bristol City until the end of the season.



Arsenal celebrate scoring against Manchester United at the Emirates
Arsenal celebrate scoring against Manchester United at the Emirates

With his depleted numbers in defence, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may yet dip into the January transfer market.

He ruled out a move for Manchester City's John Stones earlier in the week but the club has since been linked with Paris St Germain full-back Layvin Kurzawa.

"We have a lot of issues at the back, the fact that Calum got the big injury is modifying our plans," Arteta said before speculation over a move for Kurzawa emerged.

"It is what we have, the situation, it can happen between December and January, it is very common. We have to live with it, this is what we have.

"We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I am sure we will. They will try their best, and I will try to select the ones who in my opinion are the best fit for that game."

Arteta will at least have an extra option in attack after deciding against sending Eddie Nketiah back out on loan.

The England Under-21s striker spent the first half of the season at Leeds but was recalled due to a lack of game-time and was expected to join another Sky Bet Championship club for the remainder of the campaign.

However, having trained with the first-team since his return, Arteta has been suitably impressed by Nketiah and will now keep hold of the 20-year-old.

He could even feature against Sheffield United on Saturday and is likely to be named on the bench, with captain and top goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang serving the first of a three-match ban.


Shkodran Mustafi: German defender feels Arsenal criticism 'escalated and became irrational'
Shkodran Mustafi: German defender said earlier in the season that Arsenal criticism 'escalated and became irrational'

Shkodran Mustafi has been offered an Arsenal lifeline as head coach Mikel Arteta admits he currently has a dearth of defensive options.

Germany international Mustafi appeared certain to leave the Emirates Stadium either last summer or during the January transfer window having been told by former boss Unai Emery he was surplus to requirements.

But, having started just one Premier League game this term, Mustafi could be handed further opportunities by Arteta due to a lengthening injury list.

With Calum Chambers sidelined for the remainder of the season and Konstantinos Mavropanos allowed to leave on loan to Nurnberg, Mustafi is one of four central defenders available to the Gunners - along with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz and Rob Holding.

Meanwhile, injuries to full-backs Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac has left Arsenal even shorter at the back.

Mustafi has been linked with a move away this month but, asked if he could afford to lose another centre-back, Arteta replied: "Can we afford? The ideal scenario is no.

"If it happens, we will have to invent something. We are already playing with full-backs that are not full-backs.

"They are wingers or central midfielders and could we afford to lose full-backs? No, but we don't have any full-backs."

Mustafi has struggled for form since moving to Arsenal from Valencia in 2016 and often comes in for criticism from the club's supporters.

But Arteta, who has previous experience of working alongside the 27-year-old following Mustafi's short stint at Everton, is ready to offer him a clean slate.

"I know his history at this football club, but it is up to him," the Spaniard said.

"I told everybody from day one: 'It is up to you guys. You show me how much you want it, you show me you are committed here, you are going to have a chance and it is going to come this week, next week or the following one'.

"They are all going to have the chance to play. After it is up to them to show it."



Boubakary Soumare is set to decide between signing for Manchester United or Chelsea before the transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports.

Arsenal are said to be no longer in the running for the sought-after Lille midfielder, and neither are Real Madrid nor Valencia.

United and Chelsea have held talks over the player but no decision is expected to be made before Lille play Paris-Saint-Germain on January 26.

The 20-year-old, who has two-and-a-half years left on his Lille contract, is a box-to-box midfielder in the mould of Paul Pogba and has impressed across 23 appearances in all competitions this season, including six in the Champions League.

Soumare is expected to be the only one of Lille's promising young stars to be sold this month.


Jack Clarke has agreed to join QPR on loan for the rest of the season. The 19-year-old has passed a medical in West London and is set to join the club until the summer.

Tottenham winger Clarke spent the first half of the season on loan with Leeds.

The Hoops are understood have beaten-off competition from a host of Championship clubs including Middlesbrough as well as Scottish Champions Celtic.


Hull have signed midfielder Martin Samuelsen from West Ham on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Norwegian, 22, leaves the Hammers after four-and-a-half years and he becomes Grant McCann’s second signing of the January transfer window following Herbie Kane’s loan switch from Liverpool.

Samuelsen told Hull's official website: “I’m really excited to be here. It was an easy decision to join Hull City, especially so with the Club’s recent history.

“The manager was also a big factor. I know him well from my time on loan at Peterborough earlier in my career. He was a big influence on me during my time there and I’m looking forward to working with him again. I can’t wait to get going.”


John Stones: More injury woes for the Manchester City defender
John Stones: More injury woes for the Manchester City defender

Mikel Arteta has distanced himself from reports that he would be going back to former club Manchester City to try and sign John Stones.

Arteta and Stones joined City at the same time and Pep Guardiola has never seem totally convinced that the England man was his first choice centre half.

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Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages
Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages


Yes, you read that right, Brazilian winger Everton Soares is being chased by the Toffees as they look to bring in some new faces for Carlo Ancelotti to work with.

Arsenal and Tottenham have also watched the Gremio man in action, but surely he's got to go to Goodison Park hasn;t he?


Charlie Mulgrew has returned to Blackburn from a loan spell at Wigan.

The Scotland international made a Summer deadline day move to the Latics, where he started 12 Sky Bet Championship games.

At the player’s request, the loan agreement has now been terminated and Mulgrew has returned to his parent club.


Beram Kayal has returned to parent club Brighton after his season-long loan at Charlton was terminated by mutual consent.

Israel midfielder Kayal made six Sky Bet Championship appearances for the Addicks but had not featured since early November.

According to an Albion statement, the 31-year-old recently underwent minor surgery on a groin injury and is close to returning to full fitness.

Kayal joined the Seagulls from Celtic in January 2015 but has been a peripheral figure since the club won promotion to the Premier League in 2017.

He was restricted to just 17 top-flight starts in two seasons before moving to The Valley last summer.


Paul Pogba 'is likely to leave' Manchester United
Paul Pogba 'is likely to leave' Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is 'likely to leave' the club in the summer, according to Sky Germany.

The World Cup winner has featured in just seven Premier League games this season as he continues to battle an ankle injury.

It is reported that Real Madrid and Juventus would be interested in signing Pogba - although Sky Germany say that the LaLiga giants are his preferred choice.

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West Brom are considering a move for Huddersfield Town forward Karlan Grant, according to Birmingham Live.

Grant, who joined the Terriers from Charlton a year ago, has scored 12 goals in the Sky Bet Championship this season.


Manchester City winger Ian Poveda will travel to Leeds on Thursday for further talks with the Sky Bet Championship leaders.

The 19-year-old's contract expires in the summer but City are willing to allow him to leave this month.

Poveda has made one appearance for Pep Guardiola's side and has been involved on their pre-season tour.

Despite interest from Italy, Leeds remain confident that they can secure a deal. The Whites plan to utilise him in Marcelo Bielsa's first team squad.


Jose Mourinho gave us an interesting update...


"I’m delighted to be back at West Ham United," he said.

"I had two great years at the Club previously and still have a lot of friends here, so I had no hesitation in coming back. West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players.

"It’s a great challenge for me and I am really looking forward to working with the goalkeepers here and helping the team in any way I can.

"I’d like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough – the management, staff, players and fans – for their support. I had a great time there and wish them all the very best for the rest of the season.

"This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It’s a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can’t wait to get started."


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho
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West Ham have re-signed former goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough.

The 32-year-old, who spent two years with the Hammers before leaving to join Boro in 2017, returns for an undisclosed fee and has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

"I'm delighted to be back at West Ham United. I had no hesitation in coming back. West Ham is a massive club, with fantastic supporters and an excellent squad of players," Randolph told the club website.

"This opportunity was simply too good to turn down, though. It's a great feeling to be back in the Premier League with such a fantastic club, and I can't wait to get started."


Tottenham have been offered the chance to sign Porto striker Ze Luis on loan.

He is one of a number of strikers Tottenham are considering following the injury to Harry Kane.


Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is set to join Swansea on loan for the remainder of the season.

The 19-year-old was recalled from his loan at Charlton over the weekend and he trained with the Blues first-team on Monday.


Celtic have signed Polish striker Patryk Klimala on a four-and-a-half year contract for a reported £3.5 million.

The 21-year-old joins from Polish top flight side, Jagiellonia Białystok, where he has scored seven goals in 17 league appearances so far this season.

Klimala said: "I'm looking forward to playing for a club with such a big history and I know Celtic are a huge club in Europe. I want to give fans a lot of happiness and hopefully score a lot of goals for Celtic."


Arsenal have made a further enquiry about the availability of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie but might face competition from West Ham.


Sky Bet Championship side Hull City are close to concluding a deal to make West Ham United playmaker Martin Samuelsen their second new arrival of the January transfer window.


The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Leeds United have improved their offer to get their hands on Che Adams.

However they are still awaiting a response from Southampton.

Ralph Hasenhüttl has stated he is keen to keep Adams, despite his lack of impact in the Premier League.


Eddie Nketiah
Eddie Nketiah in action for England

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah is hoping to have his future resolved this week after being given the green light to head out on loan again.

The youngster was on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United for the first half of the season, but was recalled due to a lack of game time, with Arsenal keen to see the striker join a club where he will be given more starts


Nathan Ake scores for Bournemouth against Southampton
Nathan Ake is no longer a Chelsea target

Chelsea seem to have decided re-signing Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake is not the way to go, with The London Evening Standard reporting they've cooled their interest in him.

Instead they are reassessing their defensive transfer targets to look elsewhere.


Gedson Fernandes has moved to Tottenham on loan
Gedson Fernandes has moved to Tottenham on loan

Spurs have been quick off the mark on Wednesday morning, confirming the signing of Gedson Fernandes.

He joins Tottenham on an 18-month-loan from Benfica, with the deal coming with an option to buy for around £43million.

On the international stage, he has made more than 50 appearances for Portugal,

We will have a full analysis piece of what Gedson Fernandes will bring to Tottenham onsite later on Wednesday - so watch out for that.

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Jesse Lingard: Manchester United midfielder backed to kick on after returning from injury
Jesse Lingard wants away from Manchester United

Jesse Lingard's new agent Mino Raiola has got to work quickly, looking for a way out of Manchester United.

The England man's agent has reportedly offered Lingard up to four clubs so far in January, as he attempts to get him out of Old Trafford.

But will anyone want him after his recent dip in form?


Former Wolves and Perth Glory striker Andy Keogh has signed a deal to join Indian Super League club North East United from Saudi Club Al-Qadsiah.


Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages
Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages

Wednesday's Paper Talk focuses on the latest football gossip from the back pages, including:

  • Manchester United are close to signing Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly but any deal will not happen until the summer.
  • Arsenal have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Marseille wonderkid Isaac Lihadji.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are ready to launch a late bid to snatch Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen from under Inter Milan's nose.

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Striker Rafa Mir has returned to Wolves after his loan spell with Nottingham Forest was ended.

The 22-year-old appeared in 13 games for Forest this season but failed to find the net.


Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has expressed his disappointment after being caught cold by Chelsea's decision to recall midfielder Conor Gallagher from his loan.

The 19-year-old was a revelation during his time at The Valley, scoring six goals in 26 appearances, and earning four caps with the England Under-21s.

Bowyer has revealed that Gallagher's exit has now forced him into trying to find a replacement.

Speaking to the club website, Bowyer said: "I'm disappointed. I didn't see this coming if I'm honest, which makes it harder to take. At the end of the day, though, we have to move on.

"He's been a credit and a pleasure to work with. He's come in and put his body on the line every single day. He's scored us goals and helped us win games.

"For someone so young, he's a great talent to work with. He's come in, learnt and he's going back a better player than we received and that's what our job is - to improve players.

"The most important thing now is that Conor goes on and progresses in his career, and we've got to move on and try and find a replacement."


Huddersfield Town are in talks with Leicester City over a loan deal for midfielder Andy King, according to Sky Sports.

King has spent the majority of the last two years out on-loan, spending time at Derby, Swansea and most recently Rangers.

His deal at Ibrox was cut short in September because of a lack of game time under Steven Gerrard.


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Watford have completed the permanent signing of versatile midfielder Ignacio Pussetto from Udinese.

Primarily a winger, the 24-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at Vicarage Road.

He made 50 appearances during his 18 months at the Serie A club, scoring five goals.

Pussetto has previously played for Huracan in Argentina before his move to Europe in 2018, and has mostly been used as a substitute during his time in Italy.


Patryk Klimala insists he is ready for the challenge at Celtic after clinching his Parkhead move.

The Poland Under-21 striker has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year contract after the Hoops agreed a reported £3.5million fee with Jagiellonia Bialystok.

Klimala told the Celtic website: "It's a big moment for me and I'm very excited. I'm very happy to be here at such a massive club.

"The last 24 hours were intense. I was waiting for the decision to be finalised so I could finally come here and meet everyone. I had the chance to see the stadium and I felt the atmosphere.

"It was amazing so I'm looking forward to playing here in front of the fans. I'm very happy that everything is finished now and looking good."


Boss Nuno Espirito Santo remains confident Wolves will land his transfer targets to boost their thin squad.

The club are chasing a defender and a striker in the January window.

Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo remains at Molineux but is expected to move on loan elsewhere this month once he finds a new club, while forward Patrick Cutrone joined Fiorentina last week.

Wolves head to Manchester United on Wednesday for their FA Cup third-round replay and Nuno is sure the club will sign reinforcements.

"I'm confident, I don't think on 'ifs'," he said.

"It's very difficult for all the clubs. It's a transfer window which isn't the best one.

"Many players are involved in their teams. Sometimes you want a target and they are not available because they are playing.

"Sometimes you want things to move faster than they do. It's a tough moment but we're working on it."


The January transfer window opened two weeks ago but has not exactly exploded into life as yet.

Here, the PA news agency looks at five deals, involving Premier League clubs, that have caught the eye so far this month.

Takumi Minamino

Japan midfielder Minamino came to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's attention when he scored at Anfield for RB Salzburg in October. The £7.25million signing, who scored 64 goals in 199 matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, arrived on January 1 and has so far made one appearance, in the youthful Reds side which beat derby rivals Everton in the FA Cup.

Danny Drinkwater

Forgotten man Drinkwater was snapped up by Aston Villa on loan from Chelsea. The title-winner with Leicester endured a chastening debut, however, looking distinctly under-cooked as Manchester City ran riot in a 6-1 victory at Villa Park.

Ondrej Duda

Slovakian midfielder Duda has moved to relegation-threatened Norwich on loan from Hertha Berlin. The 25-year-old notched 11 goals and six assists last season, but has registered precious little so far this term and has not played a match since December 6.

Cenk Tosun

Turkey striker Tosun has swapped Goodison Park for Selhurst Park, joining Crystal Palace on loan from Everton. The 28-year-old, who has scored one goal this season, made his debut as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

Ivan Cavaleiro

Wolves winger Cavaleiro spent the first half of the season on loan at Fulham and has now joined the Championship promotion hopefuls on a permanent deal, signing a contract until the summer of 2024. The 26-year-old from Portugal has scored five goals this term.


Victor Camarasa's loan agreement between Real Betis and Crystal Palace has ended early with the midfielder returning to Spain.

The 25-year-old was expected to remain at Selhurst Park until the summer after joining on a season-long loan in August, but struggled for game time under Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

He only appeared once in the Premier League this campaign - as a late substitute during a 4-0 loss at Tottenham - and started one other game in the Carabao Cup; a penalty shoot-out defeat to Colchester.

A number of injury and fitness issues hampered the former Spain Under-21 international's time in London, although when available he sometimes struggled to make the bench for Palace.

Camarasa was recently absent with a calf strain, but has since joined LaLiga side Alaves on loan until the end of the season.


Conor Gallagher has been recalled from his loan spell at Charlton by Chelsea.

The midfielder will train with the first team before being loaned out again. A number of Premier League and Sky Bet Championship clubs have registered an interest.


Watford have agreed a £6.8m fee with Udinese for winger Ignacio Pussetto, according to Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old is having a medical at Watford this morning, with the move expected to be completed later today.

He will sign a four-and-a-half-year contract.


Xherdan Shaqiri scores for Liverpool against Manchester United
Xherdan Shaqiri has endured an injury hit season

Liverpool have rejected an approach for Xherdan Shaqiri from Roma, according to the Daily Express.

The Switzerland international has made just ten appearances in an injury-hit campaign.


Celtic want Ismaila Soro, but will need to outbid interest from Belgian side Genk if they are to sign the Ivorian midfielder.

The 21-year old plays for Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv in Israel, and the club’s new manager Elisha Levy has been quoted as saying a deal has been agreed for Soro to move to Scotland


Liverpool have offered 15m euros (£12.8m) to Trabzonspor for their 23-year-old Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir.


Alexandre Lacazette: Arsenal forward set for spell on sidelines
Arsenal face a fight to keep Alexandre Lacazette

Atletico Madrid have made Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette their number one target should they fail to sign PSG striker Edinson Cavani.


John Stones: More injury woes for the Manchester City defender
John Stones is being linked with a move to work with his former coach

According to The Sun, Manchester City defender John Stones is a shock target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

Would the England man really go to Arsenal, would City really let him go?


Sky Sports News' chief reporter Bryan Swanson reports that Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is likely to leave the club in the summer and would consider a move to the Premier League.


Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours

Paper Talk rounds up the latest football gossip from the national newspaper, including...

  • Manchester City defender John Stones is a shock target for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
  • Jose Mourinho wants two strikers this January to cover for the injury to Harry Kane, with Krzysztof Piatek and Edinson Cavani on his shortlist.
  • Christian Eriksen is a step closer to leaving Tottenham after reaching an agreement in principle with Inter Milan worth about £100,000 a week after tax.

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Everton have signed teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 17-year-old has made 11 senior appearances for the Sky Bet League Two side this season.

Branthwaite will link-up with David Unsworth's Under-23 side and is excited to get started.

"The pathway is superb - that's what made me want to join Everton," he told Everton's website.

"I want to settle in, get to know all the boys and put in some good performances for the Under-23s.

"My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for Everton's first team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream."


AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club have announced.

We told you earlier this move was expected to be concluded at some stage and, lo and behold, they've decided to confirm it during an enthralling game of snooker on Eurosport.

No respect, those Villains.

Milan have wasted no time in replacing the Spaniard, snapping up Asmir Begovic on loan from Bournemouth.

He spent the first half of the season at Qarabag but will now head to Serie A, which seems like a step up with the greatest of respect to the Azerbaijanis.


Manchester United are moving things along with Bruno Fernandes with the club reportedly in talks with Sporting Lisbon about a proposed £60m move to Old Trafford.

The 25-year-old playmaker is a highly-rated target and the red Devils believe he can be key to providing that extra class and cutting edge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Portugal international is thought to be keen on a move to Manchester but no deal has yet been struck.


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho with Christian Eriksen
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho with Christian Eriksen

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Christian Eriksen will start Tottenham's FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough despite speculation surrounding an imminent exit.

Eriksen's situation at the club has rankled with fans and he was booed off against Liverpool on Saturday after a particularly disappointing display.

"He plays tomorrow," Mourinho revealed. "After that I have a match on Saturday and maybe he plays Saturday, again I cannot tell you much more than that."

Mourinho, who admitted his midfielder was poor against Liverpool, can understand the predicament Eriksen has found himself in.

"If you ask me if I think this is the best Christian I have to be honest and say no," Mourinho said.

"If you ask me if I know the reasons, I am not an idiot, I am in football for many years and know clearly a player in this situation is not a player that is even if he wants...

"I am not blaming or criticising the player, I am just saying it is normal a player in this situation doesn't perform at the highest level."

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Bad news for the shirt printers, especially if you still pay per letter, as Arsenal defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined second-tier German side FC Nurnberg on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has struggled to break into the Gunners' first-team since signing from PAS Giannina in January 2018.

Mavropanos has made just one appearance so far this season, with competition and injuries playing their part in keeping him out of the side.

He will now look to earn more game-time at Nurnberg, who sit 16th in 2.Bundesliga, after it was revealed the club had initially made a move for the Greece Under-21 international in the summer.


Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has accepted a bid from Charlton Athletic for forward Marcus Maddison.

Charlton have been given permission to speak to the 26-year-old, who has 10 goals in 26 appearances this season.

MacAnthony says two other Championship clubs have made multiple bids for Maddison but "do not currently have permission to speak to the player."


Steve Bruce is running low on players as his injury crisis deepens, the team sheet against Rochdale will be interesting. No worry though, as he says Mike Ashley will back him in the transfer window.

Because Ashley's been pretty good at that in the past....

"I am meeting up with the owner (Mike Ashley) in the next couple of days," he said. "If there is something that can really make us better and are available, we will try and act on something.

"I will ask the owner of course who was really supportive in the summer. I will not bring players in for the sake of it. Most of the injuries we have picked up are minor and will keep them out for 2/3 weeks.


Slaven Bilic's West Brom remain top of the Sky Bet Championship
Slaven Bilic's West Brom are top of the Sky Bet Championship

They are back at the top of the Sky Bet Championship but that doesn't mean West Brom bossSlaven Bilic is resting on his laurels.

He's revealed that he is looking to add two players to his squad this month, as WBA seek to intensify their promotion challenge.


Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips has returned to Stuttgart on loan until the end of the season.


Nottingham Forest want to push forward with their attempt to land Glenn Murray this week, as the striker enters the final six months of his Brighton contract.


Lewis Dunk made his debut against the United States
Lewis Dunk is being scouted by Chelsea

Chelsea have made an enquiry about Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, with the Seagulls valuing the England defender at £50m.


Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of Moussa Dembele after they reportedly sent scouts to watch the Lyon striker in action against Bordeaux, report The Sun.

United are also reportedly prepared to offer two players to Sporting Lisbon including Marcos Rojo to secure the services of playmaker Bruno Fernandes.


Ashley Young's contract at Manchester United expires this summer
Ashley Young's contract at Manchester United expires this summer

Manchester United's Ashley Young is a man in demand in the this transfer window

The former England full-back has already been offered an 18-month deal by Inter Milan, but now Crystal Palace and Lazio have jumped in with interest.

Young is out of contract in the summer at Old Trafford, but boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will only let him leave if he gets a replacement in first.


With Pepe Reina leaving AC Milan, the Italian giants need a new goalkeeper for cover and The Sun report that that could have been Joe Hart.

AC looked at the former England stopper but decided against the move. Hart had already hoped to go to Aston Villa, but also lost out on that move.

Milan have instead gone for Asmir Begovic.


Pepe Reina should complete his loan move to Aston Villa later today.

Villa agreed a loan fee with AC Milan on Friday night, and Reina watched from the stands as Manchester City’ crushed his new side 6-1 on Sunday.

He will complete a medical later this morning before completing the formalities of a deal until the end of the season.


Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes is expected to fly to London in the next 24 hours to complete his 18 month loan move to Tottenham.

The two clubs have agreed a deal in principle and are finalising terms, with personal terms are not expected to be a problem.


Patryk Klimala arrived in Glasgow last night to complete his medical at Celtic.

The 21-year-old, who still has 18 months of his contract left at Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok, has scored seven goals so far this season.

He would be Celtic’s first signing of the January transfer window and should be completed on Monday


Out of favour Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton could be given a new lifeline to save his career in the Netherlands t

New ADO Den Haag boss Alan Pardew is looking to bring the striker in on loan.

Brereton didn’t make the Rovers’ squad for their 1-1 draw with Preston and has struggled to make an impact at Ewood Park following his big money move from Nottingham Forest.

Pardew is looking to boost his attacking options with his side currently second from bottom of the Eredivisie


Wolves are in pole position to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Thomas Lemar.

It is stems from the club's relationship with Lemar’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who has brought several former Atletico players to Molineux already, including Raul Jimenez, Jonny and Diogo Jota.


Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours
Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Paper Talk rounds up the latest football gossip from the national newspaper, including:

  • Barcelona have made Mauricio Pochettino their top managerial target - despite the ex-Spurs boss vowing never to work for them.
  • West Ham will not pursue a January move for Marouane Fellaini.
  • Nottingham Forest want to push forward with their attempt to land Glenn Murray this week, as the striker enters the final six months of his Brighton contract.

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Pepe Reina was at Villa Park watching his proposed new club in action - he may well be reconsidering after watching them get thumped 6-1 by Man City. If he does sign from AC Milan it looks like he'll be busy at least.

Dean Smith is looking for new faces all over the Park but Reina seems to be the first arrival in as he's set to join on loan from the Serie A side.

Villa also need reinforcements up front, as they had to play without a striker against City and Smith admitted as much after the game.

He said: "We’re in the market, looking for centre-forwards as everybody knows, and hopefully that will strengthen us."


Arsenal have been on Jerome Boateng watch for a while now, but AC Milan have joined the race for the 31-year-old stopped, who can also play at full-back.

Bayern want around £13m if they are to part with Boateng but Lucas Hernandez's prolonged spell out injured means they dragging their heels when discussing a deal.

Arsenal won't be happy as all the waiting around has given time for the Italians to make a move, and if it's a straight shootout between the two they risk losing him to the Serie A giants.


It's not quite the big name transfer Everton fans had hoped for, but the club are close to signing Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle for around £1m.

The 17-year-old had also been watched by Southampton but the valuation of the teenager forced them out of the race. Everton are believed to have had a second bid of £500,000 and may have to nearly double that to get their man.

Everton are expected to sign Carlisle defender Jarrad Branthwaite, despite having an initial offer rejected.


Inter Milan seem determined to land some unwanted Premier League players, and after Ashley Young they've now turned their attentions to Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, according to our old friends in Sky Italy.

Aston Villa have been keen to bring in the Frenchman on loan and Ligue 1 side Lyon are also interested, but Serie A could be his most likely destination.

A deal of around £5m may get is finalised and although the teo parties haven't agreed on a final fee it is thought to be close.


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No, you read that headline right, Asmir Begovic could be joining AC Milan.

The Italian giants are hopeful of signing the Bournemouth goalkeeper as their replacement for Pepe Reina.

Reina has been acting as number two to Gianluigi Donnarumma but is set to leave for Aston Villa early next week after a loan deal was agreed between the clubs.

Begovic has just returned to the Vitality Stadium after spending the first half of the season on loan in Azerbaijan with Qarabag.


Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has ruled out a move for Gary Madine.

Speaking after their Sky Bet League One victory over Wycombe Parkinson said he stills wants to make one or two more new additions, however now they've signed Kyle Lafferty they do not need Madine.


  • Leeds want £15m-rated forward Che Adams but Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to keep him as cover.
  • Newcastle are prepared to allow Dwight Gayle to leave on loan but with a £20m obligation to buy.


Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he does stand his ground in discussions with Ed Woodward.

It was put to the Manchester United boss during his Friday press conference that some fans believe he is not forthright enough in pushing the case for investment in the squad when he talks to executive vice-chairman Woodward.

Solskjaer's response was emphatic, the Norwegian saying: "Of course I am, of course we've got open discussions.

"I wouldn't say to you what I say to him. We are building towards something, I'm almost getting bored myself talking about what we do have as a vision and a plan. But it doesn't change from August until now."


Ashley Young's contract at Manchester United expires this summer
Ashley Young's contract at Manchester United expires this summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he would not be worried about a lack of leadership should Ashley Young leave, and that Jesse Lingard's decision to link up with agent Mino Raiola was of no concern.

United captain Young has been strongly linked with a move to Inter Milan, although Solskjaer hinted the club would not let him leave this month.

"We've got a leadership group, we've got experience there, so I'm not worried about that," he said.

Raiola is also the agent of Paul Pogba and has been highly critical of United.

Solskjaer said: "Jesse is working for Man United and whoever he speaks to and gets his advice from is none of my business. Jesse knows what we expect from him. I've got a great, open relationship with Jesse, we speak freely. I don't speak to the agent of many players."

Mino Raiola
Mino Raiola


Jose Mourinho arrives for Tottenham's game at Wolves
Jose Mourinho: Tottenham boss needs time

Jose Mourinho said it will take several transfer windows for him to get his Tottenham squad into shape and accepts his big-spending days are behind him.

Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November knowing he would never have the spending power that he has enjoyed at Chelsea and Manchester United in the past.

It leaves him with a depleted squad, as even though star man Harry Kane and midfielder Moussa Sissoko have been ruled out until April, Mourinho says they are not going to be "kings of the transfer market" in the current - or any - window.

It is a far cry from his days at Chelsea, where in 2004 he built one of the greatest Premier League side's in one summer transfer window, but it is a challenge he is determined to enjoy.

On the comparison to Chelsea, he said: "Come on! But that was quite simple in the sense of, 'Which one is a central defender that I want? That one, thank you very much'.

"But again we are a different club, we have to do it in a different way.

"Time compensates transfer windows. Amazing transfer windows, you need less time.

"Balanced transfer windows, you need more time and this is the profile so for me it's about time and time to work, so more transfer windows because we are not going ever to be the transfer window king.

"Of course, it's a different challenge. I think you should look to it also in a different way.

"For me, it's very enjoyable. Again, I came to the club so happy to come.

"One of the reasons I was so happy to come was because everything was crystal clear.

"Nothing was promised to me that in this moment, I say, 'Oh, it was not truth, I am very disappointed, we didn't know'.

"Everything was honest and clear and I'm giving to the club what I promised so I don't also mislead, and the only thing that I promised is what I'm giving."


There is never a good time to lose your talisman and top scorer, who could easily not play again this season, but January does at least offer Spurs a chance to replace him.

Krzysztof Piatek is one player who could fit the bill, but Mourinho did not want to get drawn on the AC Milan forward.

"I don't speak about rumours," he said. "I don't speak about players from other clubs.

"Imagine if I speak about Piatek, is he happy that I speak about him?

"Is AC Milan happy that I speak about him? I don't speak about players from other clubs, I'm sorry."

Whether it is Piatek or anyone else that Spurs do manage to bring in, Mourinho insists the January transfer window is not the ideal time.

"I think it's very difficult," he said. "It's the window of opportunity. Sometimes opportunities come for some reasons.

"Some clubs they have too many. Some clubs save an important salary.

"Sometimes players and coaches are not having the best empathy and both have the desire to split.

"Some players are not playing because of some reason and because of the Euros they move to play, to try to get in the Euros with national team ambition.

"Sometimes opportunities are coming but other times not.

"The desire of every team, and we are not different, is to improve. The best way to improve on the long term, is it to do something now?

"In the summer with more options? Or now to try to help the team until the end of the season or no?

"Again, we have to be calm and patient, and see. Instead of us chasing the market, let's see if something happens in the market and see if the market decides to knock on our door.

"I think it's better that way."


Frank Lampard has admitted it would be a calculated gamble to let Olivier Giroud leave Chelsea without signing a replacement.

Blues boss Lampard has given the clearest indication yet that Giroud could leave Stamford Bridge in the January window, conceding the France striker could depart even if no replacement arrives this month.

Giroud's agent is understood to have agreed personal terms with Inter Milan, with ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte keen to recruit the World Cup-winning striker.

"There are a lot of things in football and the squad that are a risk, otherwise you would line up three or four of the best players in each position," said Lampard.

"We have some adaptable players in our team who could take up different roles, so that would have to come into my thinking at that point."


  • Tottenham remain desperate to offload Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract in the summer and able to discuss a free transfer with overseas clubs this month.
  • West Ham will not pursue a January move for Marouane Fellaini.
  • Tottenham target Krzysztof Piatek grew up an Arsenal fan admiring Gunners legends Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.
  • Mesut Ozil has claimed new Gunners head coach Mikel Arteta is restoring "the old Arsenal virtues" and has brought the joy back to their football.
  • Lee Bowyer's future should become clearer over the weekend when his agent and new Charlton chairman Matt Southall meet to thrash out talks about his contract.


Chelsea are in talks to sign Dries Mertens on a free transfer next summer.


Eddie Nketiah's proposed move to Bristol City is in doubt after interest emerged from two Premier League clubs - Aston Villa and Norwich.


Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are also among the clubs monitoring Brighton defender Ben White during his current loan at Leeds, according to Sky Sports.

There is no break clause in his season-long loan from the Seagulls, however, so the most likely chance of a deal this month would be for a club to buy him and agree to loan him straight back to Leeds for the rest of the campaign.


Raul Jimenez celebrates scoring for Wolves against Burnley at Molineux
Raul Jimenez celebrates scoring for Wolves against Burnley at Molineux

Manchester United are interested in signing Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and are looking at Lyon's Moussa Dembele, but a deal for either striker would be difficult to finalise in January.

Jimenez, who became Wolves' record signing when he made his switch to Molineux permanent in April last year having initially joined on loan, has previously hinted his long-term future could be away from the club.

He told Marca in Spain he was enjoying life at Wolves but always wants to improve.

Jimenez said: "I'd have to look at the conditions [of a possible move], if they suited myself, Wolves and the other club."

Lyon striker Dembele has been the subject of a failed £34m bid from Chelsea but is also being monitored by United as a potential future signing.

The former Celtic forward has scored 30 goals since moving to Ligue 1 for £20m 18 months ago.


Inter Milan are due to hold further talks with Christian Eriksen’s agent over the weekend about a potential deal for Tottenham midfielder, according to Sky in Italy.

Inter met his representative yesterday in Milan and outlined an offer for the Denmark international and discussions are to continue today.


Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes is odds-on to sign for Man Utd

Manchester United could make a big splash in the transfer window after they went odds-on to sign long-term target Bruno Fernandes after claims in Portugal that a deal was close to becoming sealed.

The Portugal international was continually linked with both United and Tottenham last summer but a move never materialised, and he signed a new deal with his club in November to apparently quash all talk of him moving to the Premier League.

However, financial difficulties at Sporting mean they may be forced to sell, and that has led to reports of a deal being pretty close that would bring him to Old Trafford to join United.

Portuguese sports paper O Jogo has now been reporting that talks have been taking place between the two clubs and O Jogo editor Filipe Dias has appeared on Sky Sports News to reiterate their belief that a deal is close.

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Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone has joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan deal, which includes an option for the Serie A side to make the switch permanent.

Cutrone joined from AC Milan last July in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £16million but the 22-year-old has struggled to force his way into Nuno Espirito Santo's starting XI.

He made only nine starts, with just one of those coming in Wolves' last 15 games.


James Maddison of Leicester
James Maddison of Leicester

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has been forced to reiterate to clubs hoping to prise away James Maddison that the playmaker is not for sale.

Maddison, who cost the Foxes £22.5million when he moved to the King Power Stadium from Norwich in the summer of 2018, continues to be linked heavily with a move to Manchester United, a club he has long supported.

The 23-year-old has been a revelation this season, scoring nine goals and playing a major role in helping Jamie Vardy become the Premier League's leading goalscorer with 17.

A composed Rodgers recognises tongues will continue to wag over Maddison, but he said: "It is difficult, every time we have a press conference, to come up with various ways to say 'No, he is not for sale!'

"James is very much a big part of our plan here. Having worked with him for a period of time, I've seen lots of rumours and gossip around his potential transfer from here.

"But the boy is so focused on his game and his improvement. I think his performances will tell you that."


Emile Smith Rowe has made the loan move to Huddersfield
Emile Smith Rowe has made the loan move to Huddersfield

Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield have completed the loan signing of Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe.

The 19-year-old will spend the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign at the John Smith's Stadium.

Smith Rowe made six senior appearances for the Gunners this season with three of those coming in the Europa League.

Despite that, new Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was keen to ensure that the midfielder moved out to get more regular minutes elsewhere.

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Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall
Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall

Sabri Lamouchi has made it clear that he won't allow defender Joe Worrall to leave Nottingham Forest this month.

“No way. With me, it is impossible, because we are here to try to achieve a dream altogether," Lamouchi told the media.

"Don’t talk to me about money. Don’t talk to me about challenges. Joe Worrall is from Forest. Matty Cash is from Forest. We have started a job together.

"I will never give permission to do that. They (the club) have permission to give me more players only.

"I prefer to be clear. The owner wants to get our fans to the best league - the Premier League. To achieve that, he has invested a lot of money until now. But it has not been enough."


Manchester City winger Leroy Sane goes off injured during the Community Shield
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane goes off injured during the Community Shield

Pep Guardiola admits he would not be able to stop Leroy Sane from leaving should the German winger decide to pursue a move away from Manchester City.

Sane's future was the subject of much speculation last summer, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in taking him back to the Bundesliga.

That conjecture ended in August when Sane suffered a serious knee injury in his first appearance of the season - the Community Shield against Liverpool at Wembley.

That is likely to rule out any January bids but, with just one more year remaining on Sane's contract, reports are suggesting he will be in demand again come this summer.

City boss Guardiola, who arrived at the club in the same summer as Sane, in 2016, said: "It's a question for Leroy, his agents and the club. I'm not involved in that.

"What's important now is that he has to recover well and after that he knows what we think of him, that we believe in him.


Elia Caprile in action for Italy's u18s side
Elia Caprile in action for Italy's u18s side

Chievo goalkeeper Elia Caprile is set to join Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds.

The 18-year-old has made 13 appearances for Chievo Primavera this season - the Serie B club's youth side.

He also featured on the bench in six games for the senior side - playing deputy to first-choice Adrian Semper.


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has downplayed links to Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, insisting the Blues have not seriously discussed a deal for the ex-Celtic star.

Lampard said: "He's a player I know and a player the club know, but I'm surprised to see his name crop up so frequently in relation to us to be brutally honest.

"And I could say the same thing about a number of players this week.

"I don't want to go cut and dried on anyone. But it's not one we're openly talking about."

Asked if Chelsea are close to finalising any signings, Lampard added: "No, not at the moment. But what is close? It's January, and if it's right we'll look at it.

"Nothing's imminent, we're not going to have any big news today, or tomorrow."


Crystal Palace have announced the loan signing of Everton striker Cenk Tosun.

The 28-year-old Turkey international has joined Roy Hodgson's side until the end of the season.

Full story here


Lewie Coyle, 24, has spent the last two-and-a-half years on loan at Fleetwood and now he has a permanent deal.


Cenk Tosun is undergoing his medical at Crystal Palace this morning ahead of six-month loan deal from Everton, according to Sky Sports.

Tosun’s move could allow Connor Wickham to leave for a Sky Bet Championship club on loan - with Sheffield Wednesday set to be his destination.


George Thomas has made three senior appearances for Wales
George Thomas has made three senior appearances for Wales

Leeds are among a group of Sky Bet Championship clubs who are interested in signing Leicester winger George Thomas.

The 22-year-old has had direct involvement in eight goals during 14 Premier League 2 games for the Foxes' u23s side.

Thomas spent last season on-loan at Scunthorpe, scoring three goals and providing a further seven assists in 37 Sky Bet League One matches.

Primarily a winger, Thomas also has experience playing up front and in central midfield. His contract expires in the summer.


Celtic winger Lewis Morgan has been given permission to speak to Inter Miami and complete a move to David Beckham’s franchise club in the MLS.

According to Sky Sports, a fee has been agreed with Celtic for Morgan, who still has 18 months left on his contract.


Gareth Bale was booed on Saturday
Gareth Bale will remain in Spain

Gareth Bale is "going nowhere" in January and is highly unlikely to leave Real Madrid in the summer, his agent has claimed.

We are sure this will not stop his name constantly coming up during this transfer window


Tottenham look to have agreed a deal worth £28m for AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek.


Aston Villa's hopes of finding a quick buy to cover the long term injury to goalkeeper Tom Heaton look to be frustrated.

AC Milan says the will not allow Pepe Reina to leave for Villa until they have found another goalkeeper.


Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages
Football gossip and transfer rumours from the back pages

Friday's Paper Talk includes

  • Tottenham are keen on Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo, with the Catalans and RB Leipzig entering the race for their preferred target, Norwich defender Max Aarons.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is refusing to give up on Juventus defender Merih Demiral - but has competition from Manchester City.
  • Chelsea are poised to make a £40m January move for West Ham's French defender Issa Diop.


Marouane Fellaini celebrates
Marouane Fellaini celebrates a goal for Manchester United

Sky Sports are now reporting that West Ham want to bring Marouane Fellaini back to the Premier League.

The Belgian, 32, is currently in China with Shandong Luneng and is apparently wanted by new boss David Moyes, who managed the midfielder at both Everton and Manchester United.


Harry Kane injured for Tottenham at Southampton
Harry Kane injured for Tottenham at Southampton

Tottenham have announced striker Harry Kane is set for surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his left hamstring, with the England captain expected to return to training in April.

Kane suffered the injury during the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day and specialists advised an operation was needed.

Read more, including Spurs' statement, here


Aston Villa will have to wait to secure the services of Pepe Reina while AC Milan seek to find a replacement, according to the goalkeeper's agent.

Following the recent season-ending ACL injury to Tom Heaton, and with back-up Jed Steer facing at least another two months out as he recovers from a calf injury, boss Dean Smith has made the recruitment of a goalkeeper one of his priorities this month.

Read the full story here


Christian Eriksen arrives to meet Jose Mourinho
Christian Eriksen: On his way out?

Manchester United have ruled out making a bid to bring Christian Eriksen to Old Trafford in this window, according to Sky Sports.

Reports have linked United with a £20m offer for the Tottenham midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but no bid has been made. United held discussions with Spurs about a deal for Eriksen last summer but the player remained in north London.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports News understands that Eriksen sees his future away from the Premier League and is likely to be on his way to Inter Milan.

The Italian club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta confirmed earlier this week that they are interested in the Denmark international but said they have had no discussions with Spurs yet.


Che Adams has been linked with a move to Leeds this month
Che Adams has been linked with a move to Leeds this month

Southampton striker Che Adams could still depart for Leeds this month - despite boss Ralph Hassenhuttl wanting him to stay.

Adams only made the switch to the south coast in the summer - joining from Birmingham for a £15million fee.

The striker has been unable to establish himself as a regular in the side. Although he started Saints' games against Chelsea and Crystal Palace over the Christmas period.

He also assisted Jake Vokins' late strike in their recent FA Cup third round victory over Huddersfield.

That added to the one Premier League assist currently on his tally, which came after he won a penalty in Southampton's 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth in late September.

Read more here


Sky Sports reporting that West Ham have agreed a deal with Benfica for Gedson Fernandes ahead of rivals Chelsea. It's reportedly an 18-month loan deal but strangely with no option to buy at the end of it.

Chelsea reportedly offered a guaranteed £55m transfer fee at the end of their loan offer...


Ashley Young has turned his back on a new Man Utd deal

Ashley Young seems set to leave Manchester United and join Inter Milan in the summer after turning down the offer of a new contract at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils captain was linked with the Serie A side on Tuesday, which prompted United to then come forward with the offer of a new one-year contract. Young, though, has rejected that deal and now seems set to move to Serie A in the summer, if not before.

Get the full story here


Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is staying at Real Madrid - says his agent

Gareth Bale will not be leaving Real Madrid in January and unlikely to go in summer, says his agent Jonathan Barnett.

The 30-year-old has long been considered to be on the verge of leaving Real Madrid but is still with the Spanish giants despite numerous transfer links - and his agent says he is "going nowhere" in January.

Man Utd remain interested but those wages demands remain the huge stumbling block.

Click here for the full story


That link with Inter Milan worked a treat for Ashley Young! Manchester United have responded by offering him a one-year contract extension.

Let's see if he takes that up or chances his arm in Italy...


It's Gedon Fernandes' 21st birthday today, and he could soon becelebrating with a move to the Premier League to London - but will it be the East End or the King's Road?

The player himself could have the final say now as Chelsea have come in with a move to rival West Ham for the Benfica midfielder.

Both London sides are thought to have tabled loan bids but with 'obligations to buy' after 18 months, althugh it seems Chelsea have offered a lot more in total cash, with their bid thought to be £55m in total.


New signing Scott Sinclair has a message for his new fans.


It's fair to say Steven Nzonzi has had an eventful career since running out for Blackburn and Stoke - having been successful in Sevilla, rejected by Roma and loaned to Galatasaray. He's now having a testing time in Turkey.

A fall out with Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim has seen him dropped from the side and he's now looking to get out of his season-long loan in Turkey.

Nzonzi's contract with Roma runs until 2022 but Sky Sports News is reporting that the Serie A side are willing to let him return to the Premier League if the right deal can be found.


Another day, another gaggle of gossip from those rascals at the national papers.

*Prince Harry shakes head*

Click the image below for Thursday's Paper Talk.

Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours
Premier League and EFL football gossip and transfer rumours



Eddie Nketiah in action for England u21s against Austria
Eddie Nketiah is a wanted man

Arsenal's young striker Eddie Nketiah is a wanted man after he came back from this loan spell on Leeds slightly frustrated with his lack of playing time at Elland Road.

There are plenty of suitors from the Sky Bet Championship though, with Nottingham Forest currently in talks while Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday are also keen. Much will depend on what first team football they can offer.

Here's how the market sees it (Sky Bet odds).

  • Bristol City - 4/11
  • Nottingham Forest - 3/1
  • Sheffield Wednesday - 8/1
  • Brentford, Middlesbrough - 20/1

Head here for more


Former Everton winger Ademola Lookman is looking to leave RB Leipzig after a furstrating time with the Bundesliga challengers, and Newcastle are one of the teams leading the chase.

Talks have been taking place between the two clubs but no deal is yet in place, says the Chronicle, but the deal being mooted is a loan move until the end of the season with an option to buy.

The Magpies are thought to be upset that the news has broken but Lookman has reportedly told his agent he wants to leave, so no surprise to see the information come out!



Jadon Sancho has been a star for Dortmund
Jadon Sancho has been a star for Dortmund

Jadon Sancho will be staying at Borussia Dortmund and not moving to the Premier League during the January transfer window, according to reports in Germany.

The England international was one of the big names expected to be on the move during the winter transfer window, but Sky in Germany, are reporting that the German side are standing firm, for now.

He's still expected to leave in the summer...

Click here for the full story


The latest Premier League Weekly Podcast
The latest Premier League Weekly Podcast

Will anyone sign Jadon Sancho, should Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford, who will Chelsea be after? We answer all the questions in our latest football podcast.

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Arsenal are battling rivals Tottenham to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico Madrid in January, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 24-year-old has made 15 appearances in LaLiga this season.

Sky Bet make Arsenal 6/4 favourites to secure his signature this month, with Tottenham at 5/1.


Inter Milan are among the clubs to have contacted Christian Eriksen’s representatives about his future, according Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old’s Tottenham contract is expiring in the summer and he is free to speak to foreign clubs this month.

Eriksen is currently 4/1 with Sky Bet to join the Serie A giants this month.

Odds correct at time of publication

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