The January transfer window is finally open!
Premier League sides up and down the land are scouring the market as they bid to bolster their ranks for the end-of-season run-in.
Whether they are trying to avoid relegation, secure a top-half finish, battle for the top four or try and extend their already ridiculous lead at the top of the table (we’re looking at you, Pep), plenty of teams are on the lookout for new talent.
Liverpool have already landed Virgil van Dijk in a world record move for a defender – but could Southampton use the cash to take Theo Walcott back to the south coast?
Will Manchester City decide Alexis Sanchez is worth the cash given news of Gabriel Jesus’s injury worries?
And can Barcelona finally convince Liverpool to part ways with Philippe Coutinho?
Stay tuned as we’ll bring you all the latest done deals, new contracts, rumours, gossip and everything else ahead of the window’s opening, here – in association with Ladbrokes.
- Leeds agree fee for Ideguchi
- Wenger confirms Arsenal will sign Greek defender Mavropanos
- Cole re-signs for Galaxy
- Coutinho will become a Barcelona player ‘in the next few days’
- Sean Goss swaps QPR for Rangers
Torino sack Mihajlovic
Serie A side have sacked manager Sinisa Mihajlovic after 18 months in the post.
A club statement read: “Torino Football Club announces that he has exonerated Sinisa Mihajlovic from the position of coach of the First Team. Sinisa and his staff are thanked for the commitment and the passion shown in these 18 months past.”
United keeping tabs on Moura?
Manchester United, meanwhile, have their own eye on PSG winger Lucas Moura, the Sun says.
Mourinho is hopeful of agreeing a loan deal for the 25-year-old, who is yet to make the starting XI this season for the Ligue 1 leaders. However, it is thought PSG will only go ahead with any possible move if it leads to a permanent £40million deal next summer, the paper reports.
Forlan joins Hong Kong side Kitchee
Former Uruguay and Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has signed for Hong Kong side Kitchee ahead of their appearance in the group stages of the Asian Champions League, the club announced on Thursday.
Forlan, who last played professionally in 2016 for Indian Super League side Mumbai City, will arrive in Hong Kong Wednesday and will be unveiled at an official press conference the following day.
The 38-year-old, who played 112 times for Uruguay and won the Golden Ball Award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup finals, finished as the top scorer in Spain’s La Liga while with Villarreal in 2005 before going on to join Atletico Madrid.
Millwall defender heads out on loan
Millwall defender Sid Nelson has joined Chesterfield on loan for the rest of the season.
The centre-half spent the first half of the campaign at League Two Yeovil.
However, the 22-year-old will now hook up with the Spireites for the remainder of the season.
Sandro going nowhere
Both Manchester United and Chelsea could be left disappointed in the January transfer window over their pursuit of Juventus’ Alex Sandro, the Independent reports.
The 26-year-old is said to be keen to leave the Italian club, but the Serie A champions seem reluctant to lose their defender midway through the season.
Jack Wilshere has confirmed there has been no progress in talks about him staying at Arsenal.
Wilshere opened the scoring in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea and turned in another impressive display.
He has worked his way back into the fold this term, starting Arsenal’s last six games.
But the midfielder is out of contract in the summer and can speak to clubs abroad this month.
After being asked about contract talks, he said: “No progress there.”
Walcott handed lifeline
As many as four Premier League clubs are keen on Arsenal’s Theo Walcott.
The winger is out-of-favour in north London and his long-term prospects appear bleak.
And the Daily Star reports Southampton, Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are all keen on securing a deal.
Whether or not a deal goes through may well depend on how quick Olivier Giroud recovers from injury.
Will Walcott get his move?
Swansea want Hammers’ Sakho
Swansea are trying to sign West Ham hitman Diafra Sakho but the striker would prefer a switch to France.
Senegal hitman Sakho, 28, nearly quit the Hammers in August.
He infamously attempted to instigate a potential transfer to Ligue 1 side Rennes by flying to France only for the move to not materialise.
He remains keen on a move across the Channel but bottom club Swansea are trying to tempt Sakho to stay in the Premier League.
He has played 17 times for the Hammers this season -scoring four goals – but has mainly been used off the bench.
Sakho is currently behind Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic in the queue for a starting place.Sakho, signed for £3.5million from Boulogne in 2014, was not included in West Ham’s squad for their win over West Brom and Swansea’s new boss Carlos Carvalhal is keen for more firepower.
New Galaxy deal for Cole
Ashley Cole has signed a one-year contract extension at MLS side LA Galaxy.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back moved to the US in 2016 after two years in Italy with Roma.
Leeds agree fee for Ideguchi
Leeds United have confirmed they have agreed a fee for Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi.
The 21-year-old Gamba Osaka midfielder will now undergo a medical.
Assuming he passes that medical, he will sign before being loaned out to Cultural Leonesa until the end of the season.
Everton ‘want Tosun by tomorrow’
Everton are hopeful of signing Cenk Tosun in time for the FA Cup third-round clash against Liverpool, the Independent says.
The 26-year Besiktas forward has long been a favourite of Sam Allardyce and it looks like a deal worth £25million could now be close to being completed, giving Allardyce a fresh option for his squad in the derby match on Friday.
United board ‘don’t want Rose’
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign Tottenham’s Danny Rose, but is facing resistance from the board, according to the Daily Mail.
Mourinho is said to see the 27-year-old as a good fit for the team, though the executives are reportedly still putting their confidence in Luke Shaw, who has fallen out of favour with Mourinho after a bad run of form and injury issues.
Wenger confirms Arsenal will sign Greek defender Mavropanos
Arsenal will sign Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos from PAS Giannina this month — and then send him out on loan.
Mirror Football revealed on Wednesday the club was in talks to sign the 20-year-old centre-half, and Arsene Wenger then confirmed the deal after the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
When asked about if Mavropanos would join the club, Wenger said: “Yes, but he’s not ready to play for us. We’ll give him out on loan.”
Werder Bremen are understood to be a likely loan destination for the Greek U21 international, who will cost around £2.2million.
United fear Mourinho will quit
Manchester United fear Jose Mourinho could quit the club at the end of the season.
The Portuguese boss is in his second season at Old Trafford but is reportedly unhappy with Ed Woodward’s transfer policy.
And the Mail reports there is growing concern among United bosses that Mourinho could well walk away in the summer.
Mourinho has been spending less and less time in Manchester and frequently returns to his home in London.
Will he extend his stay at Old Trafford?
Keane poised for Wolves homecoming
Premier League-bound Wolves are planning a sensational return ‘home’ for Robbie Keane to join their promotion party.
The Republic of Ireland’s much-travelled record goal-scorer, now 37, is playing in the Indian Super League for its Kolkata-based champions, ATK.
Keane is under contract until the end of the Indian season in March, but it is understood can secure an early release — paving the way for an emotional homecoming to Molineux, where he made his pro debut at age 17 in 1997.
Wolves wanted to sign Keane in the summer after his departure from LA Galaxy at the end of the 2016 Major League Soccer season, but he had already committed to ATK.
However, Molineux chief Nuno Espirito Santo has kept close tabs on his progress.
An Achilles injury prevented Keane making his debut until December. But he is now fully fit and has scored once in three games under boss Teddy Sheringham, his former Spurs team-mate.
West Brom want new Evans deal
West Brom want Jonny Evans to commit to a new contract — or are ready to sell him this month.
Manchester United have emerged as serious competition to Manchester City in the race for their former defender and are prepared to make a £20million move to take him back to Old Trafford.
Evans, who turned 30 on Wednesday, has 18 months left on his current deal.
Relegation-threatened Albion are desperate to keep him and have offered their captain £100,000-a-week to sign a new pact.
But they also know his value will drop as his contract runs down, and there is a feeling at the club they may have to listen to offers unless Evans re-signs.
Tosun agreement edging closer
Everton are hopeful of agreeing a deal for Cenk Tosun at last after increasing their offer for the Turkey international striker.
Goodison officials travelled to London on Wednesday afternoon to meet Fikret Orman, president of Tosun’s club Besiktas, as they attempted to thrash out a fee near £25million for the 26-year-old.
There is confidence within the Blues’ camp they are close to a deal to replace last season’s top-scorer Romelu Lukaku, after discussions moved towards increasing the fee with achievement-based add-ons.
Tosun has scored 14 goals for the Istanbul side this season in 26 appearances and is regarded as their prime asset.
Spurs’ plan to make Kane highest-paid
Tottenham are prepared to make Harry Kane the highest-paid English player to help fend off Real Madrid, according to reports.
Raheem Sterling currently stands as the top paid Brit on £180,000-a-week but Spurs are reportedly willing to offer Kane more.
According to the Daily Mail, Kane is poised for a bumper pay rise as the hierarchy believe that that his current £110,000-a-week deal does not reflect his ability.
Kane is only the joint-35th highest paid player in the league as it stands.
Real Madrid remain interested in Kane’s signature and could make a mega-money move in the summer.
Burnley eye Ritchie move?
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is reportedly looking at Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie as he looks to add another wide player to his squad.
Robbie Brady is set to miss the rest of the season through injury, leaving the Clarets short on the flanks and the club are therefore looking to add a fresh face this month, claim the Daily Mail.
Jordan Jones, James McClean and Aaron Lennon are all on the Clarets’ list of potential signings.
Ritchie was a £12million signing for the Magpies in 2016 and is under contract until 2021, so will not come cheap. The 28-year-old has notched up five Premier League assists this season.
Valverde coy over Coutinho
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is remaining coy over a possible move for Philippe Coutinho.
The Catalan giants are growing increasingly confident they will be able to lure the Brazilian away from Anfield this month.
Barca had three bids rejected for Coutinho in the summer but are ready to return with a £133m bid.
Despite speculation he has played his last game for Liverpool, Valverde is giving nothing away.
“Coutinho plays for another team and he is a great player for that team. If he plays for Barca in the future or not, I don’t know,” he said in his press conference ahead of the clash with Celta Vigo.
Neville mocks pal Carragher over Coutinho’s rumoured Barcelona move
Gary Neville has mocked Jamie Carragher over his suggestion Liverpool should wait until the summer to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
The Blaugrana are ready to make a British record offer of £110m plus £30m more in add-ons for the Brazilian.
The Catalan giants want the Reds’ No.10 last summer but failed with three offers with the highest touching £114m.
But with Jurgen Klopp’s side in top form of late, Carragher is adamant selling Coutinho now could have grave consequences for Liverpool and their involvement in next season’s Champions League.
Wolves announce Mir arrival
Wolves have completed the signing of Rafa Mir from Valencia.
The 20-year-old forward was linked with Real Madrid but he has opted to join the West Midlands club’s promotion charge.
Mir has scored 15 times in 19 games for Valencia’s B team.
Cole re-signs for Galaxy
Ashley Cole has re-signed with LA Galaxy.
The former England left-back, 37, was expected to retire.
But he has now put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal.
Bury sign Hanson
Bury have snapped up James Hanson from Sheffield United.
The former Bradford striker has struggled for game time at Bramall Lane this term.
He moves to Gigg Lane until the end of the season.
Will Poch let Kane go?
Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham may be forced to sell Harry Kane to Real Madrid – if the striker pushes for the move.
The England striker is a reported target for Real after an incredible 2017 for club and country.
Zinedine Zidane has refused to comment on Real’s interest and Pochettino has no plans to let him go.
But he concedes Tottenham may not be able to stand in Kane’s way, if he wants to follow in the footsteps of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.
If you look at it from a the personal side, if the player asked to go like Modric or Bale, we would have to see but today that has not happened .
I hope that Harry Kane will be here for many years and bring lots of goals and victories and win some titles, that’s what we want,
Being responsible for a club like Tottenham, I would say if Real Madrid came, we would tell them we do not want to sell him. He would stay here and he would have to understand.
Kane doesn’t have a price because we love him here. He is off the market.
Zidane discusses Real Madrid’s transfer plans
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is expecting a quiet transfer window at the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman says he does not expect any ins or outs this month, but has left himself a get-out clause with his comments from earlier today.
“I talked with the president and we looked at everything,” he said at a press conference.
“We could speak about reinforcements, but there will be no signings at the minute, although anything could happen before the end of January. Of course, I don’t want any of the squad to leave.”
Championship duo eye Dutch midfielder
Sunderland and Hull are planning January bids for Maikel Kieftenbeld.
Dutch holding midfielder Kieftenbeld,27, is out of contract at Birmingham in the summer after joining from FC Groningen in 2015.
He nearly joined Championship rivals Derby on deadline day in August but the deal collapsed due to red tape.
He has since broken back into Birmingham’s side and has played a key role in helping Steve Cotterill’s struggling side win back to back matches.
But his long-term future remains in doubt and new Tigers boss Nigel Adkins has been to watch him recently.
Colchester bag two
Colchester are the latest to go raiding the non-league scene for talent.
The Us have snapped up a couple of players from Maldon and Tiptree.
They both have linked up with the squad on a permanent basis.
Liverpool want Lemar as Coutinho replacement
Liverpool have identified £90million-rated Thomas Lemar as the man they want to replace Philippe Coutinho.
Anfield officials have made contact with his club, French champions Monaco, to re-start negotiations for a player they tried to get last summer.
France international midfielder Lemar is also wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, but has indicated he is leaning towards the lure of Kop boss Jurgen Klopp and his emerging young team.
The Gunners tried to get the 22-year-old on deadline day in August, and were expected to move again for him, but now fear the player would prefer a switch to Anfield.
Lemar is widely considered to be one of the best young attacking talents in Europe and getting him would soften the blow of losing Coutinho, with the question now not if the Brazilian will leave Anfield, but when, and for how much.
Liverpool have admitted defeat in their attempts to persuade him to ignore the overtures of Barcelona, after he made clear he will not agree a new, improved contract because he has set his heart on a move to the Nou Camp.
Inter consider Mata move
Inter Milan are keen on Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata.
Mata’s current contract expires at the end of the season but United have an option to extend his deal by an extra 12 months.
Spain star Mata, 29, will want to be sure he continues to have a future at Old Trafford before committing himself to a new deal.
But Inter are now watching developments closely and will be ready to move in should Mata be allowed to leave at the end of the season.
Despite being shipped out of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has used Mata regularly at United.