Transfer news LIVE! Erling Haaland NOT leaving in January; Coutinho confirmed; Messi, Digne, Vlahovic updates

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Transfer news - LIVE!

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly began considering a move away from Manchester United after a frustrating first season back at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese superstar returned to the club in the summer but has been blamed, fairly or otherwise, for much of the club’s woe under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick. It’s also claimed Paul Pogba, who is out of contract in the summer, has been offered a huge deal by United.

Lionel Messi is pondering his future at Paris Saint-Germain, while Man City have reportedly made Erling Haaland their top target. However, the Dortmund CEO has said the striker will not leave this month.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have a job on in persuading Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger to stay ahead of their contracts expiring. The Blues have received a boost in their bid to sign Lucas Digne though, with Rafa Benitez confirming the left-back wants to leave Everton. Chelsea are also considering recalling Emerson Palmieri.

One defender on the move is Kieran Trippier, who has signed for Newcastle from Atletico Madrid, with the club also linked with a move for Anthony Martial.

Across the Premier League in Liverpool, the Reds are said to have rejected a £7million opening gambit for defender Nat Phillips. West Ham, who have extended Michail Antonio’s contract, have been rumoured to want the centre-back.

Former Anfield hero Philippe Coutinho’s future is now sorted with a loan move to Aston Villa agreed, which includes an option of a £33m permanent move from Barcelona. Villa are reportedly interested in Yves Bissouma too.

Arsenal continue to be active in the market and Fiorentina have issued an update on Dusan Vlahovic’s future amid interest from the Gunners, Tottenham, Real Madrid and Juventus. Spurs are also believed to be preparing a fresh bid for Adama Traore.

Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been tipped to leave PSG.

Follow all of the latest transfer news with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.

Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Ronaldo considers Man Utd exit

  • Messi tipped to leave PSG

  • Dortmund CEO says Haaland won’t leave in January

  • Pogba offered huge new contract

  • Coutinho agrees to join Aston Villa

  • Newcastle sign Trippier

  • Digne tells Everton he wants to leave

  • Arsenal target Vlahovic latest

  • Messi tipped to leave PSG

22:15 , Matt Verri

Diego Costa had only been at Atletico Mineiro for five months, but he has reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract and leave with immediate effect.

In that time, Costa helped the club to their first league title in 50 years - things are never quiet when he’s around.

Who knows what will come next for the 33-year-old, who is now a free agent...

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Hasenhuttl calls for change in rules

21:30 , Matt Verri

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes players signed in January should not be allowed to play in fixtures that were postponed before their arrivals.

“This should be something the Premier League is discussing,” Hasenhuttl said

“We have 18 games postponed so far, and it is something that you cannot stop playing in December and wait for the signings in January to play.

“Nobody has done this, but it could be an opportunity in the future and this is what we shouldn’t get.

“It’s also the same for us because we have a new owner and could sign four players and then play (the rearranged game) against Brentford (on January 11) with a different team. This is not fair, and it’s why they should be thinking about it.

“I raised it at the last Premier League meeting and that we should think about it because of the integrity of the league. We had some issues in the past and we should try to be very strict in this way.”


Manchester City could make Gavi swoop

21:01 , Jonathan Gorrie

Manchester City could take advantage of Barcelona’s financial problems with a swoop on Gavi.

Reports in Spain suggest the Spaniard is a £42m target for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Gareth Bale to retire?

20:58 , Jonathan Gorrie

According to The Athletic, Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will consider retirement at the end of the season should Wales fail to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

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Tottenham have Diaz approach rejected

20:50 , Matt Verri

Liverpool have been linked with a move to Luis Diaz, but they are not the only Premier League team interested in the Porto man.

O Jogo report that Tottenham made a £50m offer for the 24-year-old, though it was swiftly rejected by the Portuguese club as it did not meet their valuation.

The Reds look to be the front-runners for Diaz but with other interested clubs, Porto will likely be eyeing a huge fee for their player.

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Messi to leave PSG?

20:08 , Jonathan Gorrie

Lobo Carrasco, a former Barcelona midfielder, has suggested Lionel Messi could look to leave PSG soon. ‘If he succeeds, which means winning the Champions League, he could extend his stay for another year.

‘If PSG don’t win the Champions League then this year is going to be a long one.

‘I don’t think he regrets his decision in a sporting sense, but on a personal level he realised (he made a mistake).’

All the confirmed signings so far

20:00 , Matt Verri

It’s been a busy day of transfer activity in the Premier League.

Philippe Coutinho agreeing to join Aston Villa, Kieran Trippier being officially announced by Newcastle... you can keep on top of all the league’s incomings right here!


Newcastle’s hopes growing on Diego Carlos

19:27 , Jonathan Gorrie

The Daily Telegraph claim that Newcastle United’s hopes of landing Sevilla defender Diego Carlos for £40m are GROWING.

The ambitious swoop could follow the signing of Kieran Trippier to really make a statement under the club’s new ownership.

United favourites to land Alvarez

19:10 , Matt Verri

This might lift the mood at Old Trafford...

CalcioMercato claim that Man United are in pole position to secure the services of striker Julian Alvarez, who is attracting plenty of attention across Europe.

It’s reported that the 21-year-old’s agent is currently in Italy, ahead of talks with Inter Milan, Juventus and Milan, but it is United and Bayern Munich who are most likely to sign Alvarez.

It seems that River Plate will sell their striker, but there is a real battle for the highly-rated striker.

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Rangnick on United’s unhappy dressing room

18:30 , Matt Verri

Ralf Rangnick has insisted that there is not widespread dissatisfaction in the Man United dressing room, but the interim boss admitted that some players are unhappy with their lack of minutes on the pitch.

Reports have emerged in recent days suggesting a large number of players are already frustrated, so soon into Rangnick’s time in charge, after a string of poor performances.

The German believes that players will inevitably be left irritated at being left out when the squad is such a big one. He also confirmed there were a couple of players looking to leave the club.

You can read the full story on that here.

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17:54 , Matt Verri

Leicester appear to be lining up a move for Club Brugges striker Charles de Ketelaere in the coming weeks.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed today that Jamie Vardy will be out for two months with a hamstring injury, and with Kelechi Iheanacho already away at the Africa Cup of Nations, the need to sign a striker is pressing.

According to Voetbal Nieuws, the Foxes are very interested in De Ketelaere, who is likely to cost in the region of £33m. Plenty of other clubs have been linked with the 20-year-old, but Leicester are believed to be leading the race.

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Tuchel: Rudiger does not need ‘pampering'

17:34 , Matt Verri

Antonio Rudiger is out of contract in the summer and there are no signs of him yet agreeing a new deal at Chelsea, but Thomas Tuchel won’t be resorting to coffee dates to win the defender over.

“I don’t know if it helps if I take him out for a lot of coffees, maybe it pushes him out,” Tuchel laughed.

“I don’t feel that he needs a lot of coffees with me; he’s a guy who needs to trust you, he needs to feel the connection, to feel the trust, and he wants to feel it by minutes and by actions.

“I don’t feel Toni that he needs a lot of words, pampering, coffee talks and invitations to dinners and whatever. He’s a top professional, this is what he has proved. He’s very important and nothing has changed.

“We’re in talks, it’s in good hands, because I trust the club 100 per cent and I have trust in my player. So it’s a no-problem situation for me, obviously also for Toni.”

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Done deal!

17:15 , Matt Verri

Claudio Ranieri confirmed the deal in his press conference, but the club have now officially announced it.

Watford have signed midfielder Edo Kayembe from KAS Eupen, on a four-and-a-half year deal. The club have also secured Nice left-back Hassane Kamara to replace Danny Rose, as well as centre-back Samir from Udinese.

“There is Kayembe, the midfielder,” Ranieri said earlier today. “He is another left foot. He is strong. I think these three new players can improve the team.”

Lage doesn’t rule out Wolves selling stars

17:00 , Matt Verri

Bruno Lage does not want Wolves to sell star players like Adama Traore and Ruben Neves this month, but admitted sometimes it’s impossible to turn down a huge bid.

“When you want to make the next step and you sell your best players, the next step never happens,” said Lage.

“The main thing, and we can clarify this, we are here with a project of our ideas - chairman, sporting director and manager - the main point is to continue with the same players, to improve them and go to the next level.

“But in modern football if a big transfer appears, like it did when I was at Benfica - two years ago a team came and paid €120m for one player [Joao Felix] - you cannot say no. You can say no, but you don’t receive money to improve the team and you continue with the same players.

“In the transfer window you need to decide what is best for the club and for the player.”

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City consider Gavi swoop

16:41 , Matt Verri

Man City are considering a move for Barcelona’s teenage wonderkid Gavi.

That’s according to El Nacional, who report that the 17-year-old has a £42m release clause in his current deal and City are eyeing up a potential move for the midfielder.

Gavi has already made four caps for Spain, and has started 13 times in La Liga for Barcelona this season. Could he be tempted by Guardiola and City?

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Conte: Eriksen always welcome at Spurs

16:14 , Matt Verri

Antonio Conte has revealed “the door is always open” for Christian Eriksen to train at Tottenham.

Eriksen is looking for a new club after being released by Inter Milan, where he won the title under Conte last season, and has said he wants to play in the Qatar World Cup later this year.

The Danish playmaker, who spent seven seasons at Spurs, suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the European Championship and is unable to play in Italy due to rules preventing defibrillators in Serie A.

Read everything the Spurs boss had to say on the situation here.

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15:49 , Matt Verri

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that Erling Haaland will not be leaving the club in January.

Man City are believed to have made the striker their top priority, while plenty of other clubs around Europe are also interested.

But Dortmund have no plans to let their star man go this month.

“Haaland will not leave in January,” Watzke told Der Spiegel.

“No way. Who accepts to sell top European striker during the winter break when they don’t have to?

“Next year? Of course, it will be difficult to keep him. Nevertheless we want to and we’ll try”.

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Villa interested in Bissouma

15:37 , Matt Verri

They’ve already secured Philippe Coutinho and now Aston Villa may well turn their attention to Yves Bissouma.

Sky Sports report Steven Gerrard is interested in bringing the midfielder, who is away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Mali, to Villa Park.

Bissouma has 18 months left on his Brighton contract, so the Seagulls may soon have to make a decision about whether to cash in or not.

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Chelsea looking at transfer options

15:18 , Matt Verri

Chelsea are drawing up January transfer plans, with Thomas Tuchel concerned about their ability to cope without Ben Chilwell for the rest of the season.

Recalling Emerson Palmieri from his loan at Lyon remains the priority, but the German is also considering alternative options during this window.

Everton’s Lucas Digne is another player on his radar, but Newcastle and Aston Villa are also interested in the left-back, who has asked to leave Goodison Park.

Click here for the full story on Chelsea’s plans this month.

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West Ham to do business in ‘correct fashion'

14:58 , Matt Verri

David Moyes says West Ham are changing their ways to operate in the “correct fashion” when it comes to new contracts and signings after Michail Antonio was handed a contract extension.

The Hammers have taken up the option of extending Antonio’s deal by a year and adding in another option for a further year, meaning he could stay at the club until 2025.

The striker’s new deal was sealed two months ago but emerged this week, while Moyes added that other players have also extended their contracts but would not name them.

More on West Ham’s strategy here.


Arsenal pushing for midfield signing

14:50 , Matt Verri

With Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny at the Africa Cup of Nations, Arsenal are extremely stretched in terms of their options in central midfield.

That’s only got worse with Maitland-Niles leaving, and Arteta confirmed the club are looking to act this month.

“We are going to move and we are going to look for options because we are very short there,” Arteta said.

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Arteta explains Maitland-Niles exit

14:41 , Matt Verri

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on the verge of completing his loan move to Roma, though there is no option to make it permanent in the summer.

The Arsenal boss revealed that the 24-year-old is excited about the opportunity to play under Jose Mourinho.

“Ainsley came to me and explained the reasons why he thought the best thing for him and his career was to move away,” Arteta said.

“He believed the opportunity to play and work under Jose was a really good opportunity for him.”

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Arteta to continue talks with Nketiah

14:34 , Matt Verri

There seems to be no progress regarding Eddie Nketiah’s future, with the striker out of contract at Arsenal in the summer.

Mikel Arteta has repeatedly voiced his desire for Nketiah to stay at the club, and the Arsenal boss had this to say at his press-conference this afternoon.

“I already spoke about Eddie and how I feel about him, the intentions of the club and where we are,” Arteta said.

“He’s with us and I will keep having those discussions with him.”


Rangnick admits there are frustrated players

14:26 , Matt Verri

Ralf Rangnick has admitted there are a number of players at Man United who are unhappy over their lack of minutes.

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are among those linked with a January move away from Old Trafford, with other reports suggesting there is a lot of disharmony within the United squad.

Rangnick confirmed that the size of the squad is leading to players getting frustrated.

“When you have a big squad and only 10 can play and three be substituted, you have quite a number of players who don’t play and are not in the squad,” Rangnick said.

“Those players are not happy, it is clear. It is about the players to deal with the situation in a professional way.”

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Wesley back out on loan

14:10 , Matt Verri

After spending the first half of this season on loan at Club Brugge, Aston Villa striker Wesley has joined Brazilian club Internacional on a 12-month loan deal.

The 25-year-old joined Villa in 2019 for £22m, but suffered a serious knee injury in January 2020 and his career at Villa Park never got back on track.

Wesley will now spend the rest of 2022 in his home country.

More West Ham extensions...

13:54 , Matt Verri

Michail Antonio has extended his contract until the summer of 2024, with the option of a further year, and it sounds like he’s not alone in committing his future to West Ham.

No confirmation yet of who that could be.

Newcastle keen on Diop

13:46 , Matt Verri

West Ham are already short on centre-backs, after injuries to Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, and now Newcastle are considering a move for Issa Diop.

L’Equipe report a they a considering a bid of £10m for the Hammers defender, as they look to further bolster their defensive options after signing Kieran Trippier.

Should West Ham decide to sell the 24-year-old, they would surely need to bring in a replacement this month.

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Hasenhuttl on Southampton’s plans

13:31 , Matt Verri

Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned Southampton fans not to suddenly expect huge spending after the club’s recent takeover.

“I understand that fans are always talking about how much they want to spend because this is the only thing they need to see from a new owner - I see it a little bit different,” said Hasenhuttl.

“We get a lot of knowledge. We get also the chance to be earlier in our signings definitely but that doesn’t mean now that we change our behaviour, so we don’t go now out on the market and buy everything that is available for us, it doesn’t make any sense.

“We want to pick the players - the Livramentos, the Brojas - that are around there and this new owner gives us the chance to get these guys earlier.

“In the past, it was very often that we had to sell players before we could sign new players. And this will change now massively. But it doesn’t mean we are now going for every player that is available.”

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Rose likely to leave Watford

13:15 , Matt Verri

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has confirmed that former Tottenham defender Danny Rose could leave the club this month.

Rose only joined the Hornets in the summer, arriving on a free transfer after his contract with Spurs expired.

The left-back signed a two-year deal then, but he could already be on the move now the transfer window is open again. Ranieri has confirmed Watford are ready to let Rose depart if they can find a new club for the 31-year-old.

“I don’t know [why it hasn’t worked for Rose at Watford],” Ranieri.

“I prefer other kind of players. He’s a good man, good player, but I decide it’s much better to change something.”

More on that story right here.

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Benitez confirms Digne wants to leave

12:56 , Matt Verri

It comes as no real surprise, but Rafa Benitez has confirmed Lucas Digne wants to leave Everton this month.

The left-back reportedly fell out with Benitez last month, and Everton have since signed Vitaliy Mykolenko as an apparent replacement.

However, the Toffees boss said that any rumoured interest from any clubs is irrelevant until an offer is received.

“I had a couple of conversations with him,” Benitez said.

“I have no explanation [for why he wants to leave]. If someone is happy or not happy, you are paid big money and have to perform.

“Modern football, maybe the stats and the priorities have changed and maybe people think about themselves before the team. Do we want to grow and improve or just to manage the egos?

“I’d like to sign Haaland and Mbappe but you need a commitment. You can make an enquiry but you need a commitment. People can talk and talk.”

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Suarez turns down Juventus

12:43 , Matt Verri

Luis Suarez’s contact at Atletico Madrid expires at the end of the season, with the 34-year-old’s future uncertain.

Corriere dello Sport claim that Juventus have approached the striker to sign him in the summer, but Suarez has reportedly turned them down. The Italian club are looking to replace Alvaro Morata, who will return to Atletico at the end of his loan spell.

A move to the MLS looks likely for Suarez, who has revealed in the past his desire to one day play in the US.

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Eddie Howe on signing a striker

12:25 , Matt Verri

Here’s what the Newcastle boss had to say on Wilson’s injury, and what it could mean for the club’s transfer business this month.

“We don’t have a clear diagnosis at the moment,” Howe said.

“Callum will have another scan very shortly to try to determine exactly how long he will be out – there’s still a little bit of grey over the length of time.

“Those results will possibly impact what we do, but it’s all dependant, of course, on who’s available and who we can recruit because it’s probably the toughest position at any time of the year to recruit in.

“The quality of players in that position really is very short on the ground.”

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Newcastle consider Martial loan

12:17 , Matt Verri

Callum Wilson’s injury is a major concern for Newcastle, with the severity expected to be revealed next week.

There are fears he could be out for much of the season, which would force Newcastle to make a signing in January and that could well be Anthony Martial.

According to The Times, a loan move could be made for the Frenchman, who has made it clear he wants to leave Man United.

His wages of close to £200,000-a-week will likely put off many clubs, but Newcastle would be able to cover them.

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Smith unsure if Norwich can keep Cantwell

12:02 , Matt Verri

Norwich boss Dean Smith cannot guarantee Todd Cantwell’s future at Carrow Road following talk of interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.

The midfielder is reportedly available for a January transfer if an interested club can meet his £15million valuation.

“He is contention to play on Sunday, but I don’t deal with the speculation, Stuart [Webber, Norwich sporting director] does, so I don’t know is the honest answer,” Smith said.

“Hopefully he will be here still and playing well, because that is what we want from him. We know what we can do at this level and are working hard to get him back to that.”

Click here for more on that story.

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Villa have option to buy Coutinho

11:52 , Matt Verri

Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa for the rest of the season, but his time at Villa Park may well extend beyond that.

BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty reports that the club have the option to make the deal a permanent one for £33m in the summer, but there is no obligation to do so.

Coutinho has five months to prove he’s worth that fee...

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Vieira coy on Ramsey and Nketiah links

11:44 , Matt Verri

Aaron Ramsey and Eddie Nketiah have both been linked with moves away this month.

Ramsey looks certain to leave Juventus, while Nketiah is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer. Crystal Palace are rumoured to be interested in the pair, and boss Patrick Vieira had this to say.

“When you look at [Ramsey’s] pedigree and experience, I think he would improve a lot of teams in the Premier League,” Vieira said.

“I like the player, like a lot of players. He’s a terrific player and I think he can do well for teams in the Premier League.”

On Nketiah, Vieira added: “He’s just the same as Aaron, I think those players, with what you can hear, it looks like Aaron wants to come back to the Premier League.

“There’s not much to say about those players but for us, what is really important is really concentrating and focusing on the players we have.”

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Chelsea keen to tie down defensive duo

11:34 , Matt Verri

Chelsea have stepped up attempts to secure the futures of out-of-contract players Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta.

Fresh talks have been held with both defenders, who are now free to negotiate with interested clubs from abroad.

After successfully tying down Thiago Silva to a new one-year deal this week, the European champions want to end the uncertainty over their other key players who can walk away for nothing at the end of the season.

More on Chelsea’s contract discussions right here.

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Antonio earns West Ham extension

11:24 , Matt Verri

Michail Antonio has been rewarded for his fine form at West Ham this season with a new contract extension.

The 31-year-old has signed on for another two years with the Hammers, taking his time at the club up to 2025.

Antonio, who has scored nine goals in all competitions so far this term, signed a new deal in November 2020 and West Ham have now taken up the option of an extra year that was included in that agreement while adding another 12 months on top.

Click here for the rest of the story on that.

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11:13 , Matt Verri

Paul Pogba’s contract at Man United runs out at the end of the season, meaning he is able to speak to clubs across Europe this month and potentially sign a pre-contract agreement.

The Sun claim that in a bid to stop that happening, United have offered the Frenchman a huge £500,000-a-week deal and hope that will persuade Pogba to stay. It would make him the best-paid player in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old could demand a big signing-on fee elsewhere should he hold out for a free transfer. Big decisions for Pogba to make in the months ahead...

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City make Haaland top priority

11:02 , Matt Verri

It’s a transfer story that will run and run until Erling Haaland’s future is decided.

The Borussia Dortmund striker is a player every club in the world would love to have, and the Athletic report that Man City have made Haaland their top target as they look to sign a striker.

It’s claimed the club will holds talks with Haaland and his team in the coming weeks, and are ready to fight Europe’s elite to secure his signature.

Watch this space...

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Spurs plot fresh Traore approach

10:53 , Matt Verri

Tottenham are believed to be planning a new bid for Wolves winger Adama Traore.

The north London club are prioritising a right wing-back in the January window, and they see Traore as a potential option.

According to the Athletic, Matt Doherty could make a return to Wolves as part of the deal.

Traore has just 18 months left on his current contract and there are no signs of a new deal being agreed, so Wolves may decide to cash in on him while they can.

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Middlesbrough confident of landing Balogun

10:41 , Matt Verri

Middlesbrough are confident they will win the race for Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun.

A number of Championship clubs, and some sides from abroad, have expressed an interest in signing Balogun on loan and Arsenal have agreed to let him leave.

The 20-year-old is assessing his options, but Middlesbrough are confident they are in pole position after making a pitch, with Chris Wilder known to be a big fan.

You can read the full story on that here.

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Liverpool eye Diaz move

10:34 , Matt Verri

Jurgen Klopp is slightly short in attacking areas, with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations this month, but Luis Diaz could ease his woes.

The 24-year-old has played against Liverpool for Porto in the Champions League this season, and clearly impressed Klopp as The Sun report that a £60m move could be in the offing.

Diaz already has 12 goals and three assists in the league for Porto this season, so would certainly bring some firepower to Liverpool in the absence of their two stars up front.

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Caballero extends Saints spell

10:24 , Matt Verri

The veteran goalkeeper joined Southampton in December on a one-month deal, after injuries to Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster, but Willy Caballero will now stay at the club until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old played two Premier League matches for the Saint last mont - a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal and a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

Leicester eye Belgian starlet

10:07 , Marc Mayo

Belgian youngster Charles De Ketelaere is interesting Leicester, amid admiring glances from Real Madrid and PSG.

The Club Brugge winger is valued at £37.5million, according to RTL, with an initial fee of £29m plus bonuses also an option.

The Foxes are reportedly in a strong position to seal the summer deal despite their big-name competitors.

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What next for Bale?

10:02 , Marc Mayo

Gareth Bale will consider quitting football when his Real Madrid contract expires in the summer.

The Welsh winger has barely featured for Los Blancos since returning from a loan spell at Tottenham and looks set for pastures new this year.

However, only a 2022 World Cup spot is said to motivate Bale, so say The Athletic, and a failure to reach the tournament will lead to him thinking of hanging up his boots.

Should he stay in the game, money and glory will not be too high up his priority list with staying fit for Wales duty his main consideration when picking a new team.

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United edge away from Alvarez

09:57 , Marc Mayo

Julian Alvarez is not a target for Manchester United, according to MEN.

The River Plate star has been touted for a move to Europe with his release clause set at just £17million after a fine spell of form in Argentina.

But the Red Devils are said to be focusing their efforts elsewhere with a summer move for a central midfielder further up their agenda.

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Coutinho terms agreed

09:45 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa will sign Philippe Coutinho on loan until the end of the season once a medical and work permit are sorted.

The club even say they have agreed a fee for a permanent transfer in the summer...

Coutinho will travel to Birmingham over the weekend to sign on the dotted line.

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Done deal!

09:35 , Marc Mayo

And there it is! Philippe Coutinho agrees to join Aston Villa.

Reports suggest Coutinho picks Villa

09:29 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa have COMPLETED the deal to sign Philippe Coutinho.

According to the Mail, Steven Gerrard has convinced the Barcelona man to move to the Midlands on a loan deal to the end of the season. Over at Sky Sports, they say the deal is close.

Villa are said to be confident that Coutinho can hit the ground running and be an instant success back in the Premier League.

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Trippier delighted with Toon switch

09:19 , Marc Mayo

Kieran Trippier has expressed his joy at returning to the Premier League with Newcastle.

The right-back has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after costing the Toon £12million, in their first move since being taken over by a wealthy Saudi-led consortium.

He said: "I'm delighted to be joining this fantastic club. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be.

"I'm aware there is a lot of work ahead of us but I know the demands of Premier League well and I know what an amazing club this is with very talented players. I can't wait to get started and I'm excited to step out at St. James' Park as a Newcastle player."

Manager Eddie Howe said: "I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and have followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn't hesitate.

"A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the January transfer window long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move. I would like to thank everyone involved, particularly our owners, and I'm very much looking forward to working with Kieran again on the training pitch."

Done deal!

09:13 , Marc Mayo

Newcastle have completed the signing of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

Coutinho down to two options

08:59 , Marc Mayo

Philippe Coutinho has narrowed his Barcelona exit options to just two clubs.

Aston Villa, Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle are all said to be keen on the attacking midfielder with as many as six teams reportedly in the mix.

But Sky Sports now claim that only two teams are being considered for the move.

Barcelona want to sell or loan out Coutinho this month to cut his wage bill off their books.


Karius in Anfield purgatory

08:40 , Marc Mayo

Loris Karius is stuck at Liverpool despite interest from Greuther Furth.

The German team want to sign the goalkeeper, who hasn’t played for the Reds competitively since the 2018 Champions League final.

Out of contract in the summer, Liverpool are said by Kicker to be demanding a transfer fee for his exit with prospective buyers unable to afford that and his £65,000-a-week wages.

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Rudiger in no rush

08:28 , Marc Mayo

Antonio Rudiger will not rush into signing a pre-contract agreement with a new club.

Chelsea are yet to secure the defender’s future, with his current deal up in June, and admiring glances have reportedly arrived via Barcelona, Juventus and PSG.

But Sky Sports report on the German being well aware of the interest and wanting to take his time in deciding his next step.

It is also noted that Rudiger is aware of potential Premier League interest if he becomes a free agent.

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Italiano looks ahead to rest of window

08:19 , Marc Mayo

Fiorentina are hoping to shut up shop and keep Dusan Vlahovic through the rest of the January window.

With Jonathan Ikone signed and Krzysztof Piatek on the way, coach Vincenzo Italiano has referred to sporting director Daniele Prade in stating whether the club will do any more business this month.

“If Prade says so, you have to believe him,” said Italiano. “Let's see what will happen between now and the end of the window.”

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08:09 , Marc Mayo

Cesar Azpilicueta has refused to guarantee that he will sign a new Chelsea contract - but insists he remains fully committed to the Blues cause.

With his deal expiring in June, the Spaniard has attracted interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

“As I always said, I feel I have the trust and confidence of the club and now I am focused on every game,” said Azpilicueta.

“They are very tough games, and I am enjoying the moment. Eventually the moment will come, but I am fully focused on hopefully getting as many trophies as we can and then we will see.

“I cannot say anything more than that I am really committed and have a lot of things ahead in the coming months and hopefully we can have a very good season.”

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Bid rebuffed for Phillips

07:59 , Marc Mayo

Liverpool have turned down a £7million bid for defender Nat Phillips.

According to the Mail, the unnamed club have been told to stump up £15m for the Reds reserve, who has been interesting West Ham of late.

It has also been claimed that Italian clubs are tracking Phillips.

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Coutinho enters the housing market

07:49 , Marc Mayo

Aston Villa target Philippe Coutinho is hunting for houses in the West Midlands.

Spanish outlet La Porteria de Beteve claim the Brazilian has begun looking for where to live in England after he completes an imminent loan exit from Barcelona.

The LaLiga giants want the midfielder to leave to allow them to register Ferran Torres and make a big saving on his wages.

And Coutinho is said to have contacted former teammates and Brazilian Premier League players to determine where is best to settle down during his stay.

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Messi to leave PSG?

07:44 , Marc Mayo

Spanish journalist and former player Lobo Carrasco has told TV show El Chiringuito that Lionel Messi could leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

The Barcelona legend and former Spain international reckons his Blaugrana alumnus will push for an exit if his club fail to win the Champions League.

It is also claimed that Messi is struggling with life in Paris.

The Argentine signed for the Ligue 1 leaders after his shock departure from the Camp Nou as a free agent.

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Ronaldo considers Man Utd future

07:38 , Marc Mayo

Cristiano Ronaldo will ask to leave Manchester United if he is not satisfied with their next managerial appointment.

According to the Star, interim boss Ralf Rangnick is someone the veteran striker does NOT want to see given the reins full-time.

They quote a source near the player who says he “thought it would be better than this” when re-signing from Juventus in the summer.

New executive vice-chairman Richard Arnold is set to make the final call on United’s next manager with Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers linked.

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Good morning!

07:33 , Marc Mayo

Welcome to a potentially huge day in the transfer market!

We have lots of managers talking to the media today, plus updates on Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and more...

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