The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Chelsea ‘back in for Celtic’s Gordon’
After the Mirror reported that a move to Bournemouth is drawing closer for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic — as long as the Londoners bring in a replacement — Sky Sports says the Blues’ pursuit of Celtic keeper Craig Gordon is ongoing.
Begovic, who played against Brentford in the FA Cup, has no regrets about joining Chelsea but is desperate to get back to playing first-team football.
And he could soon do just that, with Sky reporting that the Blues “have launched a second bid, of £4 million, for Gordon after having an initial offer rejected on Friday.”
Celtic, the defending champions and runaway leaders of the Scottish Premiership, have said they want the goalkeeper to stay and sign a new contract.
14.43 GMT: DONE DEAL Burnley have loaned out winger Josh Ginnelly to FA Cup giant-killers Lincoln City for the rest of the season…
– Lincoln City FC (@LincolnCity_FC) January 30, 2017
14.37 GMT: Dimitri Payet has been unveiled by Marseille as their new signing — and he’s had this to say about former club West Ham…
– Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) January 30, 2017
14.30 GMT: Barcelona fans have expressed concerns about Lionel Messi‘s contract situation as well as fears about life at the Camp Nou after the Argentina captain has moved on, according to a survey of the club’s registered members. Story here.
14.22 GMT: We mentioned West Ham’s interest in Brentford striker Scott Hogan a little earlier… Well, Sky Sports is now reporting that Crystal Palace are also in the hunt to sign him and have made contact with Brentford over his availability.
– Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 30, 2017
14.17 GMT: DONE DEAL Everton’s Tyias Browning has signed a new deal with the club and been loaned out to Preston for the rest of the season as well.
– Everton (@Everton) January 30, 2017
14.00 GMT: Earlier today, West Brom boss Tony Pulis said he would not be signing Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic — and now the Mirror reports that the player is in advanced talks with Russian club Zenit St Petersburg, who had also been strongly linked with him.
13.27 GMT: Could Southampton’s move for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini fall through? talkSPORT reports that it may do because both clubs are locked in talks over a fee and frustrated Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis could now pull the plug.
13.24 GMT: News from France, where Romain Alessandrini is set to leave Marseille and join LA Galaxy on a three-year deal, L’Equipe reports.
13.19 GMT: DONE DEAL Nottingham Forest have brought in Aston Villa midfielder Aaron Tshibola on loan for the remainder of the season:
– Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) January 30, 2017
13.15 GMT: Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji is refusing to return to the Belgian club from the African Nations Cup, where he has been representing Senegal, in protest at a move to Leicester being blocked, Belgian paper Nieuwsblad is reporting.
13.12 GMT: West Ham have been pursuing Brentford striker Scott Hogan for most of the month and have reopened talks with the Bees, who want £15 million for their star forward, the Mirror reports.
Speaking after the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea, Brentford boss Dean Smith said: “If Scott does go I’ll shake his hand because I can understand him harbouring ambitions of playing in the Premier League.”
12.58 GMT: QPR will sign Bristol City winger Luke Freeman, who turned down the offer of a new deal at Ashton Gate, on a three-and-a-half-year contract, sources have told ESPN FC.
12.34 GMT: As we reported earlier, West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has ruled out a move for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic — and he has now ruled out a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson as well.
12.26 GMT: DONE DEAL A departure from Stoke:
– Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 30, 2017
12.16 GMT: Birmingham, still without a win under new boss Gianfranco Zola after defeat at Norwich on Saturday, are interested in Watford striker Jerome Sinclair, sources close to the Blues have told ESPN FC.
12.13 GMT: DONE DEAL And another! Rotherham have brought in Cardiff defender Semi Ajayi on loan until the end of the season:
– Rotherham United (@OfficialRUFC) January 30, 2017
12.11 GMT: DONE DEAL And another Championship done deal, this time from Reading:
CONFIRMED | We’re delighted to officially welcome Adrian Popa to Reading! Bine ai venit, Adi! ����
– Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 30, 2017
12.05 GMT: DONE DEAL He has been training at Portman Road for a while nopw, and Ipswich have confirmed that former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, a free agent, has joined them:
CONFIRMED | Town are delighted to announce that Steven Taylor has officially signed his deal at the Club, subject to international clearance pic.twitter.com/hJ2sooi90Q
– Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) January 30, 2017
11.42 GMT: Burnley have had a £10 million bid for Hull City defender Andy Robertson, sources close to the clubs have told ESPN FC.
11.41 GMT: The splendid seaside town of Brighton has a promotion-challenging team to grace it this season — and that team could soon be added to by Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom who is poised to join on loan, according to the Mirror.
11.18 GMT: A bit more from Arsene Wenger — he has stressed that right-back Carl Jenkinson is unlikely to complete a move before Tuesday’s deadline and dismissed speculation that he is interested in Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.
Arsenal had agreed a deal with Crystal Palace for Jenkinson but the defender failed to agree personal terms, and Wenger told a news conference: “There’s no news about him at all.
11.02 GMT: Suddenly, it’s all about Crystal Palace. Sam Allarduce has said he is interested in ex-Juventus defender Martin Caceres, a free agent:
SA: Caceres is one who may appear after the window as he’s not attached to a club. Yes, I have an interest.
– Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 30, 2017
10.37 GMT: DONE DEAL Bolton are trying to get back into the Championship, and this is one of the players they feel can help them do that:
– Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) January 30, 2017
10.35 GMT: West Ham United’s Reece Oxford and Ashley Fletcher are being lined up for loan moves to Nottingham Forest and Leeds, sources close to the Hammers have told ESPN FC.
10.21 GMT: DONE DEAL You know how we were talking about Crystal Palace’s transfer window frustration a short while ago? Hold that thought:
– Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 30, 2017
10.01 GMT: DONE DEAL Well that didn’t take long, did it?
– KRC Genk (@KRCGenkofficial) January 30, 2017
09.51 GMT: Valencia coach Salvador Gonzalez has said negotiations for the departure of goalkeeper Matt Ryan on loan are at an “advanced stage.”
Marca reports that the Australia international will play at Belgian club Genk on loan until the end of the season.
09.47 GMT: Big Sam Allardyce has spoken of his big frustration at Crystal Palace’s transfer window so far, with targets slipping away. And he won’t be too thrilled about this: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told a news conference that a move for defender Carl Jenkinson to Selhurst Park “doesn’t look like it will happen.”
09.36 GMT: If you can’t beat them, get them to join you: Watford are weighing up a move for Millwall winger Fred Onyedinma, who helped the League One side to a 1-0 win over the Hornets at the Den on Sunday, says the Mirror.
09.25 GMT: Sunderland need new faces and, says Sky Sports, these could be two of them:
BREAKING NEWS: Sky sources: Everton’s Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are to have medicals at Sunderland ahead of permanent moves. #SSNHQ
– Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 30, 2017
09.11 GMT: And now to Italy, where Javier Pastore won’t be going to Juventus, according to his agent. Ever Banega, meanwhile, is happy at Inter Milan and will stay until the end of the season.
09.05 GMT: A first visit of the day to Germany, where Hamburg are set to sign 21-year-old midfielder Wallace from Gremio Porto Alegre for around €10 million today, kicker reports.
09.00 GMT: Another Anfield-related snippet: Real Betis defender Riza Durmisi has said he is aware of reported Liverpool interest in him.
Left-back Durmisi has been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, with James Milner and Alberto Moreno currently the only options in that position for Jurgen Klopp.
08.45 GMT: The Sun says Liverpool “are determined to land Roma star Leandro Paredes as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to turn around recent slump in form.” It says the Merseysiders are willing to pay around £25 million for the 22-year-old.
08.40 GMT: First he was joining. Then he wasn’t. Now he is again — Ajax defender Mitchell Dijks is on his way to Norwich City on loan for the rest of the season, says the Eastern Daily Press, after manager Alex Neil “made a persuasive case to resurrect the proposed deal.”
08.30 GMT: Bristol City could do with a boost after a nightmarish losing league run, and the Bristol Post suggests Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove could be on his way in to pep up their attack. Fellow wide player Luke Freeman, meanwhile, appears to be on his way out of Ashton Gate with QPR likely to sign him.
08.15 GMT: Over to Spain, where Marca reports that PSG’s Jese, who had been interesting Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, will be joining Las Palmas on loan instead.
08.05 GMT: And so here we are – the penultimate day of the January transfer window. By tomorrow night, you will know just who your club has (or hasn’t) managed to sign. Let’s start today with Burnley: Midfielder Steven Defour has indicated that he could be part of a growing exodus to China at some point, saying: “I can’t say I’m staying here forever if there is a big opportunity in China or elsewhere, or even in England.”
Pulis quashes Ivanovic speculation
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has said he will not be making a move to sign Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Asked about a potential switch from Stamford Bridge, the Baggies manager said: “Definitely not.”
When Ivanovic scored for Chelsea in their FA Cup stroll against Championship Brentford on Saturday, there was speculation that it could have been his last goal for the club.
The Sun reported that Pulis was in the stands at Stamford Bridge to watch the defender.
It added that West Brom “want to bring Chelsea outcast Ivanovic to the Hawthorns this month” — but Pulis has said that won’t be happening.
It leaves Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg as favourites to sign Ivanovic.
Saints close in on Napoli striker
Cometh the hour, cometh the Manolo? The Mirror thinks so, reporting that Southampton feel they can wrap up a £17 million deal for Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini before Tuesday night.
The Saints want to offer Gabbiadini, 24, a four-year deal that would put an end to Everton’s interest in the player who stretches back to last summer’s window.
The Mirror says the Italy international remains a target for “a number of Premier League clubs,” but EFL Cup finalists Saints are now at the front of the queue.
Foxes hunt double deal
Champions Leicester City are hopeful that they can wrap up moves for Middlesbrough’s Gaston Ramirez and defender Kara Mbodji of Anderlecht before the bell tolls for the end of the window, according to the Leicester Mercury.
It reports that although the Foxes have seen bids for both players turned down, they are “prepared to go down to the wire to land their targets.”
Ramirez has submitted a transfer request in an effort to secure a switch to the King Power, but the Mercury reports that move will only happen if the northeast club can bring in a replacement.
Leicester, however, “remain confident a deal with Boro can be done, possibly even on Monday.”
– Leeds United fans could do with a fillip after the shock FA Cup defeat to non-league Sutton United, and the man to provide it looks like being West Ham United striker Ashley Fletcher, says the Mail.
It reports that the former Manchester United player is likely to be heading to Elland Road on loan after starting only three games for the Hammers this season.
Fletcher, the Mail adds, “is keen to join a club of Leeds’ standing and to play regularly,” with the move likelier to go through if and when West Ham complete their protracted pursuit of Brentford’s Scott Hogan.
– Middlesbrough were one of several clubs interested in signing Hull City’s Robert Snodgrass, but having missed out on him, they are turning their attentions to Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney.
The Sun says Cairney is now the top target for Boro boss Aitor Karanka, who is “attempting to seal a £7 million deal for the former Blackburn player,” with officials at the Riverside Stadium hopeful a deal can go through.
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