LIVE Transfer Talk: First England, now Chelsea for Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson?

ESPN FC’s Alejandro Moreno assesses the latest transfer rumours around Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Jadon Sancho and many more.
Mauricio Pochettino shrugged off rumours he rejected Real Madrid, indicating he’s solely focused on Tottenham.

The transfer window for all of Europe’s big five leagues is closed, but that doesn’t stop Transfer Talk from rummaging around to find out who will be moving where come January.

TOP STORY: First England, now Chelsea for Callum Wilson?

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has had a pretty good week, given that he’s just landed his first call-up to the senior England squad.

The 26-year-old’s good form hasn’t gone unnoticed by Chelsea either, with seven goals in 13 games propelling him to the top of their wishlist according to the Sun. Though that might also be something to do with the fact that he would only cost £35m, while Inter striker Mauro Icardi (£90m) and Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek (£50m) are a bit more expensive.

Wilson has also suffered two serious knee injuries in recent years, so Chelsea may be better keeping their powder dry in January and giving him a bit more time to impress.

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21.45 GMT: Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen is attracting attention from Juventus and several Premier League sides. However, Inter Milan have the upper hand to get Andersen, as Calciomerato explains, because Alessandro Bastoni (on loan at Parma from Inter) is a Sampdoria target and could help ease a move. 

21.30 GMT: The Mirror report that Arsenal and Chelsea are keen on signing Cyril Ngonge from Club Brugge. The Belgium youngster has impressed for both club and his country’s Under-19 squad. Despite Premier League, Brugge feel they can keep their budding forward. 

16.50 GMT: Reports suggest that Crystal Palace could make a loan move for Roma forward Patrik Schick after Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck, a reported target for manager Roy Hodgson, suffered a significant ankle injury during his side’s Europa League draw with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday.

15.50 GMT: French club Nice could move for Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet during the winter window, the Mirror, citing reports in Belgium, says. Mignolet had indicated in the summer that he wanted to leave Anfield after his first-team chances were reduced by the signing of Alisson.

14.40 GMT: Queens Park Rangers are poised to sign Angel Rangel until the end of the season, extending the short-term agreement that brought him to the Championship club, according to reports.

13.55 GMT: Liverpool and Wolves are monitoring young Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo, according to reports.

13.15 GMT: There’s a new contract for Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, who has committed his future to the Scottish champions until 2022.

12.40 GMT: Jadon Sancho has told Bild that he is “wasting no thought on a transfer.” The England international said: “I owe a great deal to Borussia Dortmund and plan to do great things with this team. I am happy here, and it’s not for nothing that I signed for such a long time.”

11.40 GMT: Teenage West Ham defender Declan Rice has said he wants to sign a new deal at the club, the London Evening Standard reports, despite talks having recently stumbled.

11.10 GMT: Samir Nasri “wants a £5 million-a-year to move to West Ham,” where he would link up again with his former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, according to the Mail.

It says Nasri “is in talks with the Premier League club after returning from a drugs ban.”

10.40 GMT: To Italy now, where Sampdoria have extended Danish defender Joachim Andersen‘s contract until 2022.

10.20 GMT: The agent of River Plate youngster Exequiel Palacios has said he has spoken to Real Madrid with a view to reaching an agreement for a transfer next summer.

Madrid are reportedly set to pay €20 million to purchase the 20-year-old midfielder in the winter transfer window, but agent Renato Corsi wants him to remain at River until the end of the Superliga season before arriving at the Bernabeu.

10.00 GMT: Paris Saint-German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, has indicated to Bild that he could stay.

He said: “I cannot decide alone what will happen next summer. I am still under contract with PSG and it also depends on what Eintracht want to do. I feel good here but there must be high aims, of course. Europe could be a factor, but not an essential one. Money will not be the only decisive factor.”

09.40 GMT: The chief executive of the EFL has said FIFA should allow clubs outside the Premier League to sign loan players outside transfer windows, the Telegraph reports.

Shaun Harvey said the move would boost homegrown players who are unable to break into top-flight teams, allowing them to gain valuable experience.

09.00 GMT: Fulham need something as they are bottom of the league and not looking great right now, but are they really interested in signing Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko? The France midfielder has NOT impressed on loan at AC Milan, but Calciomercato say the London club are keen.

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Shaqiri off to Gala?

The timing seems a little off, but Galatasaray are apparently hoping that Liverpool will allow Xherdan Shaqiri to join them on loan in January.

TalkSPORT claims Shaqiri is “unhappy” with his circumstances at Anfield despite playing a fairly prominent role for the Reds over the past month or so.

The Swiss winger arguably got off to a slow start with the Reds, but has since impressed with decisive contributions in recent matches against Huddersfield, Cardiff and Red Star Belgrade.

Nevertheless, Gala are reportedly confident that they will be able to land the 27-year-old on a six-month loan and plan to open negotiations in the New Year.

Chelsea chase Fekir

Chelsea are confident they will be able to pip Liverpool to the signing of Nabil Fekir despite the France international nearly joining the Merseysiders last summer.

Fekir’s switch to Anfield looked all but completed before Lyon pulled the plug on the deal after deciding to hold onto the attacking midfielder for another season.

The Sun claims the Blues have now nudged into the lead in the race to bring Fekir to the Premier League amid reports in L’Equipe that the 25-year-old has informed Lyon he will not be renewing his contract.

The contract is not set to expire until summer 2020 but, in choosing not to extend, Fekir will all but force the Ligue 1 side to offload him for a decent fee while they have the leverage to do so.

Tap-Ins

– Noting that he is struggling for minutes at Chelsea, the Daily Star has linked Cesc Fabregas with a move to Manchester United that would see the Spanish playmaker reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho.

– Fulham may attempt to sign Chelsea flop Tiemoue Bakayoko in January should AC Milan decide to cut the French midfielder’s season-long loan deal short, says Calciomercato (via Sky Sports).

According to Sport, Liverpool have expressed an interest in 18-year-old Mallorca striker Victor de Baunbag, who has finished as top goalscorer in every single academy age category he’s played in for the past three seasons.

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