22:40 - So, long - that's all for the night

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22:00 - West Brom turn to Turkey in survival bid

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West Brom are hoping to take Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Mirror.
The Senegalese forward has 11 Super Lig goals this term and, with West Brom needing a dramatic turnaround to stay up, the Baggies need fresh blood in the window.
A loan deal is all that is available due to financial constraints.

21:15 - Arsenal still tipped for Aouar

Arsenal remain interested in Houssem Aouar, despite rumours to the contrary, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
Mesut Ozil's exit leaves a creative void in the Arsenal attack and, despite recent reports that they had turned their interest elsewhere, Romano insists the Gunners still want the Lyon star.
"They are still looking for this kind of player, they were also trying for [Dominik] Szoboszlai who then joined Leipzig, but they were trying really for Dominik Szoboszlai,” Romano said on the Feather on Football podcast.
"And also Aouar has always been the first target for Arsenal. They love him and they are convinced he would be perfect in their midfield.
"The problem is that Lyon are asking for €60 million (£53.3m) they are having an amazing season, they want to be back in the Champions League, so at the moment with the president of Lyon it’s really hard to negotiate in January for this kind of player."

20:30 - Guendouzi reacts to Ozil exit

Matteo Guendouzi, himself frozen out by Arsenal and currently on loan at Hertha Berlin, has sent a message to his former Emirates team-mate as he prepares to move to Fenerbahce.
Guendouzi has described Ozil as "the best No 10" in the German national team's history, hinting that he is less than impressed with his parent club letting the 32-year-old go.

19:30 - Salah committed to Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has played down talk of a move away from Liverpool, which he fuelled by voicing his admiration for Real Madrid and Barcelona in an interview with the Spanish press.
"I do not know. If you ask, I say I want to stay here as long as I can, but, as I have said before, it is in the hands of the club," he told Norwegian television station TV2.
"I will always give 100 per cent to the last minute I am in this club and I want to win as many trophies as I can.
"And I want to give 100 per cent to the people, who show me love all the time."

18:45 - Mustafi takes swipe at Arsenal as Ozil departs

Shkodran Mustafi has paid tribute to his departing team-mate and fellow German Mesut Ozil, as the 32-year-old playmaker prepares to move to Fenerbahce.
Ozil has been frozen out at the Emirates since football was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it is clear that Mustafi is not happy with how his compatriot has been treated by his team-mates and manager Mikel Arteta.

18:00 - Arsenal stars jostle for Ozil's No 10 shirt

Arsenal's two star forwards Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are already calling dibs on Mesut Ozil's No 10 shirt, despite the playmaker's move to Fenerbahce not being formalised yet.
The jersey was previously worn by club legend Dennis Bergkamp and was inherited by Ozil after Jack Wilshere's departure from the club in 2018.
Lacazette appears to have won the battle for the number, which he wore at Olympique Lyonnais, according to an exchange between the two played out over Instagram Stories.

17:30 - Huntelaar set to Schalke medical

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set to undergo a medical at his former club Schalke as he nears a return to the Veltins Arena.
Huntelaar, now 37, has shown he still has a goalscoring touch, with Schalke languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga table and in dire need of goals.
Huntelaar will retire at the end of the season, and will see out his career in Gelsenkirchen, where he played between 2010 and 2017.

16:45 - Arsenal consider Woodman

According to Football London, Arsenal are in the market for a new goalkeeper.
One player who could be of interest is Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman, on loan at Swansea.
He has impressed for the Championship side and Arsenal have him on their shortlist.
Given Newcastle are a selling club, and already have Martin Dubravka between the sticks as their back-up, one would imagine there is a good chance they would be willing to let him go.

16:30 - French options for Lingard

Earlier this morning there was a suggestion that Jesse Lingard was wanted by Sheffield United. There's also interest from Inter Milan, and English club Spurs.
However ESPN mention two other possibilities.
The 28-year-old forward is wanted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be meat in the room as there promises to be a busy second half of the season. Another option is a departure to France.
Both Nice and Marseille are interested, as well as Porto and West Ham. Lingard apparently just wants to get back on the pitch, and I'm sure most Manchester United fans are also keen to see him back in action, for someone else.

16:15 - Tomori deal close to done

Fiyako Tomori is set to join AC Milan but it won't just be a loan, but a loan with an option to buy.
The young defender has struggled to get regular time on the pitch now that Thiago Silva has started to adjust to English football.
There have been rumours of a buyback clause for Chelsea, which would offer them some kind of schmuck insurance.

15:55 - Announced Wilshere

And here is our report on that.

15:30 - United want Le Normand

Spanish media organisation Grada 3 report that Manchester United want Real Sociedad defender Robin Le Normand.
The 24-year-old defender has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he is unlikely to get his man this Janaury.
The Basque side are unwilling to negotiate for a player while they enjoy a decent season, so would need his 75 million euro release clause to be negotiated.
From United's point of view, signing a defender now to hit the ground running for next season makes a lot of sense, but that huge fee is hard to meet unless they can raise funds through sales.

15:00 - No Arsenal move for Buendia - yet

Arsenal are soon to be let off paying at least some of Mesut Ozil's £350,000-a-week wages as he prepares to move to Fenerbahce.
They have been in contact with Norwich over the potential transfer of Emi Buendia, according to the Express, but he is unlikely to arrive before the summer.
The 24-year-old Argentine winger has impressed for Norwich for the last couple of years, but he is keen to make a move to a bigger side, and Arsenal are in need of creativity. It is not clear why they would wait to add him, unless Norwich are asking for a huge fee.

14:40 - Big Rom on Alli

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has said this to Sky Sports on the future of Dele Alli: "Paris Saint-Germain are pushing for a loan deal for Dele Alli until the end of the season, theirs is no buy option, it would be a simple loan.
"Dele Alli respects everyone at Spurs - the manager, the owner, everyone – but he is pushing for a move because he just wants to play.
"Pochettino would love to have him back and that is why they are pushing in the hope Daniel Levy, who doesn’t want Alli to go, changes his mind.”

14:20 - No offers for Alonso

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso was not even picked for his side's game at Morecambe, which suggests that Frank Lampard no longer has any use for the player.
The 30-year-old is on £100,000 a week, and his contract runs until 2023.
You can see the problem.
Apparently the Brazilian is content to see out his time and is happy to maintain his match fitness should his manager change his mind, and given the length and size of his contract, it is perhaps no surprise that Inter Milan and others are yet to come forward, according to the Athletic.

14:00 - Leicester rival Arsenal for midfielder

Reports in Italy suggest that Leicester City and Arsenal will battle it out this summer for Porto's midfielder Otavio, says Tutto Mercato.
The 25-year-old Brazilian has done well in Portugal but his contract is close to expiry at the end of the season, which has attracted the attention of Brendan Rodgers as well as Mikel Arteta.
Roma, Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan could also offer a contract to the player, but a move to the Premier League would probably offer the biggest financial rewards.

13:30 - Arsenal keen to find new home for Torreira

Arsenal hope to find a new club for Lucas Torreira, according to reports in Italy.
Italian news site Calciomercato.it reports that Arsenal may be ready to move the 24-year-old Uruguayan on from Atletico Madrid, who have played him in just six La Liga games.
The organisation reports that Torino, Lazio and Fiorentina may want him, with the player known in Italy from his time at Sampdoria.
A move for the player would likely be positive for Arsenal, who will want him either to come back this summer in better form and ready to contribute, or with more interest in him that could spark a bidding war.

13:15 - Brighton sell defender

And it's big news.
There's a chance that Brighton are just tying up loose ends with this transfer, as it gets money into the back account now instead of waiting until the summer to finalise a deal.

12:55 - Today's Euro papers

Worthy of Kubrick:

Eriksen’s agent identifies Prem club for Inter star – Euro Papers

12:30 - Drinkwater's last chance

Danny Drinkwater has joined Kasimpasa on loan until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old midfielder has busted loans at Aston Villa and Burnley, and while he has been given a decent wedge while at Chelsea, he is obviously deeply unhappy with how life has gone since leaving Leicester City.
Perhaps he'll find a way forward in Turkey. But these moves never work, do they?

12:15 - Arsenal chase Salomon

Manor Salomon is reportedly wanted by Premier League side Arsenal.
The Daily Mail claim that the 21-year-old Israeli has been subject of interest from Manchester City, when his then side Maccabi Petah Tikva wanted £10 million.
He has impressed over the last couple of years at Shakhtar Donetsk but now could be ready to move to England. Atalanta have had a £17 million bid rejected for the creative winger, who has an iffy end product.
Sounds perfect for Arsenal, then.

11:50 - Catch up on Euro Papers

You may have missed the weekend's offering.

Arsenal move to loan Barcelona's 'new Iniesta' – Euro Papers

11:30 - Inter working on Eriksen exit

Christian Eriksen's exit from Inter Milan could soon be complete. Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio is trying to arrange a move away.
The 28-year-old playmaker is barely being used by Antonio Conte in Italy and has been linked with a return to Spurs, who will soon perhaps be without Dele Alli, as we've already discussed.
One would have to wonder if he will be able to rediscover his best form, given Jose Mourinho's antipathy towards playmakers and given the Dane's awful recent form, which kicked in before his transfer to Italy.
Speaking to Mediaset, Inter Giuseppe Marotta said: Is there anything in England for Eriksen? Ausilio is working on it and when there is something concrete, we will be the first to inform you."

11:15 - Big Sam's Big Plans

Samuel Allardyce has been on Britain's premier intellectual radio station, talkSPORT, to discuss his side's transfer plans.
The new West Brom boss said: It’s a huge amount of work and it seems to be more active this time around than anything else I’ve experienced.
"There seems to be players available in all parts of the world but in our position it’s a difficult trade.
"We can offer them the chance to come and play for us but we can’t really buy them outright at the moment, so we’re looking at loans.
"Loans to buy if we stay in the Premier League are an option. We started with one very experienced, very good player in Robert Snodgrass and he showed some of his experience at Wolves.
"One, two or even three more quality players would be good. It’s a big task but one I’ve got to try and complete by the end of January.”

11:00 - Haaland Chelsea's next big target

As we discuss here, Chelsea are after Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund's post-match interview specialist.
The player would cost in excess of his £75 million release clause, which does not kick in until 2022.
He would not be considered a replacement for the struggling Timo Werner, rather as a complementary player given his ability to lead the line and Werner's versatility.

10:45 - Wilshere joins Bournemouth on short-term deal - reports

Jack Wilshere has joined Bournemouth on a short deal. The former Arsenal midfielder had played for the south coast side on loan while he was attempting to prove his fitness when he was still an Arsenal player.
He ultimately moved onto West Ham before being released by David Moyes last summer, and had suggested he was looking for a move abroad.
He has now stepped down to the Championship, with the 29-year-old attempting to revive his career. Given his injury struggles, his relative lack of activity in his last season at West Ham, and another six month break until now, it may do his body some good as he looks to get back to competitive football. Should he play to his best ability, then perhaps a return to the Premier League will be possible next season.

10:25 - Lacazette wanted by both Madrid clubs

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are both keen on bringing Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette to Spain, according to reports.
The 29-year-old French forward is out of contract at the Emirates in a year and a half and he has come back into goalscoring form as fellow Francophone striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has tailed off this season.
Atletico have let Diego Costa leave this January so may be looking for a senior striker to partner Luis Suarez, particularly given the Uruguayan's age and occasional injury problems. They also had agreed a deal to buy Lacazette from Lyon, his former club, before a transfer ban saw him signed by Arsene Wenger.
Real, for their part, need a replacement for Karim Benzema who is coming towards the end of his career. Whether Lacazette is good enough for either of those teams is worth considering, but his affordability - Arsenal could not afford to lose him for nothing - might reduce those concerns.

10:00 - West Ham look to En-Ensyri

West Ham are looking for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who was sold to Ajax for 22 million euros, representing a loss of about the same amount on his original transfer fee. The club have alighted on a new option, who might cost about the same amount of cash.
That is Youssef En-Nesyri, the Sevilla forward. He has 12 goals in 25 matches so far this season, and West Ham have made an offer of 25 million euros plus five million in bonuses, claims the Athletic.
That has been rejected by Sevilla for now, but they may still get the Moroccan. The Athletic has reported that Sevilla are prepared to do business, but they're waiting for a better offer. As for West Ham, they are suffering like most David Moyes teams are and struggling in front of goal. Nesyri is decent in the box, but he will have to contend with being hamstrung by the approach of the team.

9:45 - Mandzukic close to Milan switch

In an unusual turn of events, Juventus are not already 14 points clear at the top of Serie A. Last night they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan to fall further behind, with city rivals AC Milan looking to be the real challengers to Conte's men.
One former Juve player might manage to win the Italian league this season though - striker Mario Mandzukic.
The 34-year-old Bosnian is being linked with a move to Milan on a free transfer for the rest of the season, by Football Italia and many other organisations, who believe a move could be completed today. Mandzukic last played for Al-Duhail, but was released from his contract in July.

9:25 - AVB admits Sanson interest

Marseille manager Andre Vilas-Boas has admitted that there could be a Premier League move on the card for midfielder Morgan Sanson.
The 26-year-old Frenchman has impressed this season and with the French club looking to raise funds after being hit by the coronavirus, they could do a deal for the player.
Aston Villa have been, linked, as have Arsenal and Spurs. AVB has admitted there could be a transfer imminent, saying: "He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen."

9:15 - Poch coming for Alli

Tottenham midfieler Dele Alli could soon be reunited with his former manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
The England playmaker was not in Spurs' squad this weekend, and appears to have been largely frozen out by his current boss, Jose Mourinho. The player's form had dipped under Pochettino but he has been given little chance to play ahead of Tanguy Ndombele by Mourinho.
He was linked with a last-minute move to Paris Saint-Germain in the previous transfer window but the arrival of Pochettino at PSG has only strengthened the links. Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano believes moves could be afoot for the coming week.

9:00 - Lingard to Sheffield United?

The Daily Telegraph and local newspaper the Sheffield Star, has suggested that Jesse Lingard is a target for Premier League strugglers Sheffield United.
United are suffering from a miserable second season and are in the market for players on loan as they look to spark their campaign into life. Lingard, Manchester United's 28-year-old forward, has struggled to break into the first team this season because they have now got much better players to choose in his place.
The Star reports that Lingard has been reassured that he won't suffer from moving down the league table, as he looks to secure a bigger club in the summer. Inter Milan have been linked in the past, as Antonio Conte appears to love a mediocre Premier League player.

08:45 - Good morning!

Another day, another slew of transfer stories to grapple with. Alex Netherton will be here at 09:00 to take you through that particular grapevine once more.
However, to whet your appetite, we bring you news that Pep Guardiola is lining up a move for former Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku. The Telegraph report that Guardiola will be handed £200 million to strengthen his side this summer, and will target a new striker, a left back and a defensive midfielder.
The Catalan sees Lukaku as the ideal addition to his squad but also has Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in mind, too.

Arsenal move to loan Barcelona's 'new Iniesta' – Euro Papers

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