January transfer latest: Burnley chairman Alan Pace in Croatia to seal Mislav Orsic deal

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Wolfsburg's Wout Weghorst in action with RB Leipzig's Willi Orban - Reuters
Wolfsburg's Wout Weghorst in action with RB Leipzig's Willi Orban - Reuters

Burnley chairman Alan Pace is in Croatia trying to wrap up a deal for £7 million rated Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder Mislav Orsic.

The Lancashire club are desperate to bring Orsic to Turf Moor before the window closes on Monday night in their bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Pace has travelled to the Croatia capital in an attempt to get the transfer over the line with Dinamo digging in their heels.

Reports have claimed the deal has been held up by Zagreb’s desire for the fee to be paid in full immediately, despite Orsic’s desire to move to Burnley.

Pace’s decision to travel to France and talk directly to Maxwel Cornet last summer played an influential role in Burnley persuading the Ivory Coast forward to join the club from Lyon for £12.9m and the chairman is hoping his presence in Zagreb can convince Dinamo to part company with Orsic.

Dinamo fans have been campaigning for Orsic to stay and the club’s hierarchy are under pressure for the 29-year-old to play in Sunday’s top of the table clash against Rijeka.

At the same time, Burnley are hoping to complete a deal for £12m rated Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst.

Weghorst, 29, is understood to have had a tour of Burnley’s training ground on Thursday, with manager Sean Dyche having settled on the 6ft 6in striker as the ideal replacement for Chris Wood, who left for Newcastle this month in a £25m deal.

Weghorst is said to have trained individually at Wolfsburg on Friday as talks continue over his future.

Raheem Sterling contract talks scheduled for end of season

Manchester City are expected to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling before the end of the season.

The England forward will have 12 months left on his existing £300,000 a week contract this summer.

City and Sterling are both understood to be fairly relaxed about the situation and plan to sit down towards the end of the season.

Sterling raised doubts about his future at City in October when he refused to rule out a move if he did not become a regular starter again under Pep Guardiola.

City recognised that Sterling had little interest in coming to the table at that stage and agreed to give him the time and space he wanted but the situation is due to be addressed before the season is over.

Sterling has since enjoyed a marked return to form, with eight goals in his last 13 appearances and a regular place back in Guardiola’s team, and he is thought to feel the happiest he has done for 12 months.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with Southampton's Mohammed Salisu - Reuters
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with Southampton's Mohammed Salisu - Reuters

City had originally attempted to instigate formal discussions over a new contract at the start of last year but that was around the time Sterling was parting company with his long-term agent Aidy Ward and talks were put on the back burner.

Sterling’s fortunes began to take a downward turn from March last year when he increasingly found himself on the bench at City, although he did start the Champions League final defeat against Chelsea.

His impressive form for England at the Euros last summer did not lead to an immediate improvement in his circumstances at City, though, and in October he told the Financial Times Business of Sport US Summit that he could be forced to consider a move elsewhere. “If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it,” he said at the time.

He was briefly linked with a loan move to Barcelona and City were braced for an approach only for the Catalan club to instead turn their attention to Sterling’s team-mate, Ferran Torres, whom they signed last month for £55m.

The outlook at City appears a lot brighter for Sterling now although he is understood to be keeping his head down and focusing on maintaining his form and will turn attention to his future later in the campaign.

Crystal Palace keen on Donny van De Beek

Crystal Palace and Valencia are vying to sign Donny van de Beek on loan with Manchester United braced for more approaches for the Holland midfielder.

Palace and Valencia are both in talks about taking Van de Beek on loan for the remainder of the season and United are expecting other watching parties to formalise their interest.

Patrick Vieira, the Palace manager, is keen to bring Van de Beek to Selhurst Park after a frustrating past 18 months at Old Trafford since a £35 million move from Ajax, during which time he has made just four Premier League starts.

United are demanding a loan fee in addition to all of Van de Beek’s wages being covered, with the Dutchman desperate for regular football with the World Cup finals at the end of the year.

Donny van de Beek of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys - Getty Images
Donny van de Beek of Manchester United in action during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys - Getty Images

The 24-year-old has lost his place in Holland’s squad and been told by coach Louis van Gaal that he will not be considered for selection until he is playing again.

Jesse Lingard is also still hoping to secure a move away from Old Trafford over the coming days. United have rejected loan approaches from West Ham and Tottenham for Lingard because they view both clubs as top four rivals and Newcastle have so far baulked at the Manchester club’s demands for a £12m “survival bonus” should their north east rivals avoid relegation.

It remains to be seen if Newcastle come back to the table and a deal can be revived but Lingard does not want to be stuck on the bench at Old Trafford over the remainder of the season and he has interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s blessing to leave.

Man City youngster wanted on loan

Swansea, Queens Park Rangers and Rangers have all made approaches to sign the Manchester City and England Under-20 attacking midfielder James McAtee on loan.

The 19-year-old, who is regarded as one of the most exciting of City’s emerging talents, is in demand among a host of clubs eager to secure his services for the remainder of the season.

Leicester, Brighton, Southampton and Aston Villa have all given varying consideration to a permanent move for McAtee but City are unwilling to sell a player they have high hopes for.

McAtee made his senior debut for City in the 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe in September and his first Premier League appearance as a late substitute in a 3-0 victory over Everton two months later. His last appearance came in the 4-1 FA Cup win against Swindon earlier this month.

Swansea, Queens Park Rangers and Rangers have all made approaches to sign the Manchester City and England Under-20 attacking midfielder James McAtee on loan.

The 19-year-old, who is regarded as one of the most exciting of City’s emerging talents, is in demand among a host of clubs eager to secure his services for the remainder of the season.

Leicester, Brighton, Southampton and Aston Villa have all given varying consideration to a permanent move for McAtee but City are unwilling to sell a player they have high hopes for.

McAtee made his senior debut for City in the 6-1 Carabao Cup win over Wycombe in September and his first Premier League appearance as a late substitute in a 3-0 victory over Everton two months later. His last appearance came in the 4-1 FA Cup win against Swindon earlier this month.

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