Transfer interactive – all the moves involving Europe’s top leagues
Celtic hold the aces with Moussa Dembélé but is £30m a fair price?
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An update from Ben Fisher at Bournemouth now and it appears Nathan Aké won’t be joining Chelsea
Nathan Aké will not be rejoining Bournemouth tonight, although Max Gradel is set to join Hull City for a fee of around £4m and Lewis Grabban will move on loan to Reading for the rest of the season.
Another potential move for Palace now, with Ivory Coast striker Arouna Koné possibly on his way to Selhurst Park. It is understood that Everton would allow him to leave, which could potentially clear the way for Andros Townsend to depart to Newcastle. Watch this space...
Pompey fan Matt Loten has got in touch to let us know about another transfer.
If you’re allowed to post updates, Ed, are we allowed as well? Portsmouth have just confirmed the signing of striker Eoin Doyle, on loan from Preston until the end of the season. We reportedly beat off League One clubs for his signature (including high-flying Bolton), as Doyle was keen to be reunited with Paul Cook, who was his manager at Sligo Rovers and Chesterfield, where they won the League Two title in 2014.
I’m allowed to post my own updates aren’t I? Well Marcus Christenson isn’t looking at the moment so thought I would sneak this one in...
Bournemouth striker Lewis #Grabban going to Reading on loan until end of season #afcb
As discussed earlier, Wigan have dipped into the non-league to replace Norwich-bound Yanic Wildschut. Interesting to see how he steps up.
TRANSFER: Mikael Mandron signs for Latics from @EastleighFC on deal until 2019 >>> https://t.co/Sl1G0Pu1zi #wafc pic.twitter.com/4hlgIm03FF
Some news on Hull’s pursuit of Rennes winger Kamil Grosicki and it seems the Poland international is on his way to Humberside for around £7.7m
The €9m deal has been accepted by #Rennes for #Grosicki so he will sign for #HullCity! @ed_aarons @Jon_LeGossip @RBairner @premierIeagueFR
Delighted Sheffield Wednesday fan Peter has got in touch regarding his club’s move for Jordan Rhodes.
Last transfer window I sent what I thought was quite a innovative tweet “Rhodes, where we’re going we don’t need Rhodes”. I got one retweet from my brother. We have been linked with him every transfer window for the last 3 years. Looks like the Owls have finally signed him
And Moussa Dembélé seems to have ended any doubts about his future with this tweet. Celtic were adamant they would not sell him today but this is one that could be revisited in the summer
What else ? pic.twitter.com/Zp4IQRmjPH
Omar El Kaddouri, who looked like he might be staying at Napoli as late as earlier today, has joined Empoli on a three-and-a-half year deal. Empoli will pay €1.4m for the Moroccan midfielder
It’s all happening now. Sort of...
Southampton’s move for Manolo Gabbiadini looks like going through after the striker passed his medical this afternoon
Gabbiadini ha superato le visite mediche. #SkyCalciomercatoDay https://t.co/thbTx4spjD
Looks like Jordan Rhodes could also be on the move from Middlesbrough. Reports say a £10m fee has been agreed for the Scotland striker, who had been interesting Aston Villa
DEAL AGREED for Jordan Rhodes - striker just has to pass his medical, and he'll be a #SWFC player for £10m... https://t.co/KIVaUqIT8f
An interesting development now at Bournemouth, who it is claimed have offered £18m to sign Nathan Ake from Chelsea. Remember that the Dutchman spent the first half of the season on loan with Eddie Howe’s side only to be recalled at the start of the month. One to keep an eye on...
Some good news from Hull midfielder Ryan Mason now, who has admitted he is “lucky to be alive” after fracturing his skull in the game against Tottenham last week. Here’s wishing him a full recovery
Real Madrid have just announced they have loaned midfielder to Brazilian side Cruzeiro until June 2018
Some Real Madrid breaking transfer news! Forgotten midfielder Lucas Silva loaned to Cruzeiro for next 18 mths https://t.co/FuR3hdAErE
Some news from France now and Rennes winger Kamil Grosicki could be on his way to Hull. The Tigers had bid for Angers forward Nicolas Pépé but it is understood that he will not be leaving the Ligue 1 side
Breaking | Hull City target Kamil Grosicki has been spotted at the airport in Rennes; €9m offer on the table https://t.co/zx9pDhgZOQ
Senegal defender Kara Mbodji has hit out at some of the Anderlecht fans, accusing them of sending him racist messages. The 27-year-old has been the subject of bids from Leicester and Crystal Palace but has let his feelings be known on Twitter, saying he has “always given 300%” for the Belgian side.
It’s quiz time:
Serbian site Mozzart sport have just published a picture of Luka Milivojevic holding a Crystal Palace shirt. According to the article, he will earn around €2m a season and will cost €13m
BREAKING: Luka Milivojevic signed for Crystal Palace! https://t.co/TJ2pGxqDrJ #transferdeadlineday #Milivojevic #CrystalPalace #cpfc pic.twitter.com/iwQ4yRwSbe
Our man in Italy has his finger on pulse and Fabrizio Romano says the deal taking Odion Ighalo to China is now complete despite the Nigeria striker’s reluctance to leave the Premier League.
Odion Ighalo has joined the Chinese side Changchun Yatai for a fee of £17.1m from Watford. The Nigerian striker joined Watford in 2014 and scored 20 league goals as the club were promoted to the Premier League and a further 18 league goals in his first season in the English top flight.
This season, however, the 27-year-old has struggled for form and often been left out of the starting XI by the manager, Walter Mazzari. He was the subject of a bid from China in the summer but both club and player rejected it. Now, the player has, reluctantly it has to be said, agreed to leave the club. He passed a medical on Tuesday and the deal is expected to be announced shortly.
Had enough of transfers for now? Have a peek at today’s Fiver by the excellent Barry Glendenning:
Related: The Fiver | An overpriced tourist attraction for selfie stick-wielding day-trippers
Now everyone remembers Aaron Lennon’s cheery face when he signed for Everton a couple of years back, don’t you? We may have a rival in the form of Ashley Westwood, who has just joined Burnley for £5m. Cheer up Ashley, it’s better than being at Villa!
Burnley Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of @ARWesty15.
More to follow.... pic.twitter.com/fLw3D8jMaE
Crystal Palace have been busy this month and they look close to confirming a third signing of the window
Sounds as if #cpfc are only waiting on international clearance before completing Luka Milivojevic's £11m arrival from Olympiakos
Now it may be transfer deadline day in most of Europe but that’s not the case everywhere. In particular, the Chinese and Russian markets remain open for almost another month so any deals not completed today such as Branislav Ivanovic’s move to Zenit St Petersburg from Chelsea could still go through at a later date.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to when each transfer window is open around the globe.
A confirmed transfer: Watford’s Jerome Sinclair has joined Birmingham on loan
OFFICIAL: We're delighted to confirm that Jerome Sinclair has joined on a Standard Loan until the end of the season. #BCFC pic.twitter.com/MSd3673KMK
An update on West Brom’s pursuit of Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez now. It is understood that there has yet to be a third bid for the forward from Tony Pulis having already seen offers of £10m and £12m rejected, with West Brom unlikely to come in again now despite Southampton still intending to sign Manolo Gabbiadini.
Some interesting stats from the Premier League now, who say that clubs are actually making a profit from this month’s transfer window so far:
Total Spend: £174.6m
Another one for the Championship and Leeds have landed Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal on loan
✍️ @LUFC are delighted to confirm the arrival of @Alfonsopedraza9 on loan from @VillarrealCF. Read more at https://t.co/EMD9pSEgTA pic.twitter.com/T3qyBj0PAh
A historic transfer for you now: Bristol City have signed striker Matty Taylor from deadly rivals Rovers - the first player to make the switch for more than 30 years. And it seems neither the City Twitter account or manager Lee Johnson just couldn’t resist a couple of little digs...
IMAGE: #TaylorSigns #MakingBristolProud #WelcomeToBristol pic.twitter.com/0EcCtRBJNX
Meanwhile Yanic Wildschut’s move to Norwich for £7m (!) , looks like setting off a few dominoes down the pyramid. Wigan are now expected to move for Eastleigh’s Mikael Mandron, with Grimsby’s Omar Bogle continuing to interest clubs in the Championship including Reading and Rotherham.
David Sullivan, no not that one, has been in touch via email to ask if there are any updates on Arsenal. (Shocking, right????) he adds, not unreasonably. Well Carl Jenkinson appears no closer to completing his move to Crystal Palace despite a £7m fee being agreed ages ago. The word is the former Charlton defender wants a cool £70,000 a week to move to south London and join the Sam Allardyce revolution so he may be waiting a while.
As for the player formerly known as Mathieu Debuchy, it seems no one will take him off Arsenal’s hands despite the Frenchman admitting a fee weeks ago that Arsene Wenger barely says hello to him anymore. Sad times.
One of the more remarkable deadline day moves: Steven Caulker, who has not played for QPR in the Championship since the end of October, is undergoing a medical at Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russian club’s Twitter feed is proving something of a tease...
#ComingSoon #ThreeLions #BigBang
Дадим вторую подсказку после 50 ретвитов pic.twitter.com/i5kndFHQwb
Manchester City update alert. Nothing to get excited about though I’m afraid...
Pep Guardiola has confirmed Manchester City will not be signing anyone before the 11pm deadline. He said: “We said no. We have enough players. Good players. The window is important for the club, players. Every weekend I am so sad because I have to leave three players at home. While this happens why should we buy. If players leave, maybe. I’m happy [with the squad].”
Plenty of action going on down the Football League pyramid today as well and here’s one from League Two. Raul Correia has joined Blackpool from Evo-Stik First Division North side Radcliffe Borough
Raul Correia joins from @radcliffeboro for undisclosed fee. #DeadlineDayhttps://t.co/35ziYOADLe pic.twitter.com/hVnFnstEpK
An interesting rumour from France now where Sevilla defender Adil Rami is said to be interesting Marseille and PSG
Adil Rami est actuellement à Paris pour rencontrer les dirigeants d'un club français. Il s'agirait de l'OM ou du PSG. (@KarimBennani_) pic.twitter.com/VVmuTyddL7
Something new for this month: did you know that you can receive Facebook/Messenger transfer updates on your favourite club (we cover every club in the top flight in England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France)?
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Related: Transfer window watch: Keep up with the latest moves with our chatbot
And just like that, we have a Newcastle update from Louise Taylor
Cheik Tiote is finally leaving Newcastle - and heading to Shandong Luneng to join former Tyneside team-mate Papiss Cisse...
Meanwhile Rafa Benítez is said to be “optimistic” about his chances of signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace as negotiations continue.
Afternoon everyone, it’s been a long wait but we’re approaching crunchtime in this year’s transfer window. Lots of deals are finally close to completion so let’s take a look at what might be to come in the next few hours...
And with that I will hand you over to Ed Aarons, who will guide you through this madness for the next few hours. I may or may not be back later.
The West Country may not be a footballing hotbed, but hear me out for a minute. There is uproar in these parts about Matty Taylor’s decision to cross the divide and swap Bristol Rovers for Bristol City. Some Bristolians have drawn comparisons with Luis Figo’s decision to swap Barcelona for Real Madrid (conveniently overlooking the fact that Barcelona and Madrid are 623kms apart – obviously there are a few other details that don’t quite match up as well).
Anyway, the bottom line is that it’s a big story in Bristol, not least because Taylor is the first player to make this sort of switch for 30 years (as my colleague Ben Fisher reported earlier). Taylor also happens to have scored more league goals than anyone else in England’s top four divisions since the start of last season. A senior figure at Rovers has told me that they did everything they could to keep Taylor but were powerless because the striker made it absolutely clear that he wanted to go and also in the player’s contract there was a release clause, which was only £300,000.
There has been talk about Fulham paying the €10m release clause of the Eibar forward, Sergi Enrich, but that will not happen today. All quiet at Motspur Park.
So, Chelsea are interested in the Celtic striker, Moussa Dembélé, and they know that he is currently in London to see a knee specialist. He has previously had the injury scanned in Glasgow – there is nothing to worry about – but he now has an appointment with one of the top people in the field, just to make sure. It would not be a surprise if Chelsea were to try their luck with a cheeky bid for Dembélé, given that he is in town but, even if they did, the chances of it succeeding and a deal being scrambled over the line before 11pm are remote. Brendan Rodgers and Celtic are adamant about the 20-year-old staying for now and Dembélé himself is relaxed about doing so. This is one that will be revisited in the summer.
The last thing I needed right now, frankly, was a triple Darmstadt signing. But here they are… Poor Rob Bleaney who has to update the transfer interactive.
... aber Banggaard ist nicht der einzige Neuzugang Der #sv98 hat auch Wilson Kamavuaka von Panetolikos Agrinio unter Vertrag genommen. pic.twitter.com/51yuw81lpl
Scott Hogan has arrived at Aston Villa’s training ground for a medical after Brentford accepted an offer believed to be an initial £10m for the striker. West Ham had been the frontrunners to sign the 24-year-old who once played for non-league side Stocksbridge Park Steels but decided not to come back with a fourth bid having had three offers turned down by Brentford earlier this month, including one worth up to £12.5m.
The Londoners were holding out for a £15m fee with bonuses and it is understood that Villa were the first to match that offer despite interest from Crystal Palace and West Brom, with an extra £5m due if certain clauses related to appearances and goals are met. Hogan’s former club Rochdale are also due 30% of the fee due to a sell-on clause they inserted when they sold the Salford-born striker in 2014. Incidentally, Hogan was turned down by Rochdale twice before they eventually signed him from non-league side Hyde in 2013. That looks like a shrewd investment now.
Jordon Mutch has joined Reading on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season
Wayne Rooney will not be allowed to leave Manchester United before the end of the season, with José Mourinho stating he cannot afford to lose any more players following the departures of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay.
Rooney is the subject of interest from clubs in China’s Super League, the competition’s transfer window closing at the end of February. Yet after Schneiderlin was sold to Everton and Depay to Lyon, Mourinho does not want his squad to be further depleted, especially as United are still competing in all four competitions.
Celta Vigo have signed the young attacking midfielder Andrew Hjulsager from Brøndby in Denmark. Hjulsager, who will cost the La Liga side €1m, will join up with his compatriots Daniel Wass and Pione Sisto at the Spanish club. He could make his debut against Real Madrid this weekend.
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Glenn Murray has joined Brighton on a permanent deal from Bournemouth. Manager Chris Hughton said: “Glenn has made a big contribution in the first half of the season, not only in terms of his goals, but as a senior member of the squad.
“He has done exactly what we had hoped he would do when we took him on loan from Bournemouth in the summer, and has been a crucial part of our team and squad so far this season. I am delighted that he wants to commit his long-term future to the club.”
José Mourinho has said that Wayne Rooney will not be leaving for China and he will stay at Manchester United until the end of the season.
More to follow
Scott Hogan close to joining Aston Villa from Brentford. Fee nearer £10m than the £15m the Championship club was holding out for from West Ham.
Quiz time! (and then the latest on Odion Ighalo’s move to China)
Latest on Ravel Morrison’s potential return to English football.
Ravel Morison loan move to QPR from Lazio is not going to happen unless he drops wage demands
Luka Milivojevic is having a medical in central London before, if all goes according to plan, joining Crystal Palace in an £11m deal from Olympiakos (subject to international clearance). Mamadou Sakho is also understood to be in London but that deal is far from straight-forward. Liverpool are still holding out for £20m for the French defender while Palace want it to be a loan.
Sunderland are pressing every available button to seemingly no avail – they have just had a £12m bid for the Southampton striker Jay Rodriquez rejected. The problem with Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa is that Leicester are determined not to sell to a relegation rival - which explains why David Moyes is now looking elsewhere…
Inter have signed Trent Sainsbury on loan from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning as a replacement for Andrea Ranocchia, who has joined Hull City.
Ufficiale: @Tsainsbury92 è un nuovo giocatore dell'Inter https://t.co/Kt1NPX8iaf #WelcomeSainsbury #FCIM
One more Lille signing may push me over the edge … this is their third of the day
Official | Lille confirm their 3rd signing of the day: Farès Bahlouli joins from AS Monaco on a 3.5 year deal https://t.co/zx9pDhgZOQ
Karl Held emails (includes details and video on what has been described as a Swabian ravioli)
Curiosity Corner: Former Arsenal, Newcastle, Norwich, Villa and Palace target Jérôme Onguene to sign for 2. Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart? After being hotly tipped for Premionship glory in the summer, it seems the 19 year-old is on his way to the home of Maultaschen* from current club Sochaux. Supposedly he’s in Stuggi for a medical now.
This is well worth a look as we approach lunch time…
Leicester have turned down an improved bid from Sunderland for Leonardo Ulloa, believed to be £8m. If the striker goes anywhere it is more likely to be Spain. He’s injured at the moment but arrived at Leicester’s training ground this morning, leaving 90 minutes later. That could be ahead of a possible move – or just the time he was being treated for? David Moyes is desperate to sign him– he was also on Gus Poyet’s Wearside wanted list – but time is running out.
Robbie Brady is expected to leave Norwich City today with Burnley the most likely destination.
I can understand why no club are willing to pay Liverpool the £20m asking price for Mamadou Sakho. Jürgen Klopp has made it clear he doesn’t trust him – even playing Lucas in defence ahead of him – and then to expect any club to pay £20m is a bit odd. Why not sell him for £10m and then at least you’d save £100,000 a week on his salary.
Drew Gough emails on Adebayor joining Başakşehir
Just a thought on players joining Turkish clubs as they near the end of their careers. As someone who’s relocated to Istanbul: I get it. Lovely weather, great food, gorgeous city, and a short hop to the rest of Europe. Mind you, saying Başakşehir is an Istanbul-based club is like saying Watford are a London-based club: it’s a funny suburb an hour from the centre of the city. Still, I get it, Emmanuel.
A few updates:
Credit here to Stuart James who keeps filing transfer updates despite discovering that he seems to be the only staff writer who doesn’t get a picture with his byline. Keep going Stu! Here he is on Swansea:
It has been a productive transfer window for Swansea so far, given the signings of Martin Olsson, Tom Carroll and Luciano Narsingh, plus the imminent arrival of Jordan Ayew, yet the Welsh club look set to miss out on bringing in the experienced central defender that was so badly needed to strengthen their fragile backline. “Not impossible but very unlikely” is how Swansea describe their chances of signing a central defender on deadline day to compete with Alfie Mawson and Federico Fernandez. The other two options in that position, Mike van der Hoorn and Jordi Amat, are quite simply not up to the job.
This is brilliant, from Paul Joyce (no, not that Paul Joyce). The old man with a beard on the ‘Der Westen’ website is Opa Pritschikowski (real name: ‘Paul Schwarz’), a miner who used to ring his bell when the players ran on to the pitch in the old Glückauf-Kampfbahn stadium. He died in 1983 but has his own song, which describes him carrying on going to watch Schalke no matter how old he got. Which is fitting, because any Schalke fans who managed to sit through their recent performances would have aged even quicker than Opa Pritschikowski did.
And here is the song. So wonderfully German.
Looks like the Monaco striker Lacina Traoré will be joining Sporting Gijón on loan.
Catch up on all of today’s transfers so far here
Jay Rodriguez is talking to Southampton to try to establish where he stands in terms of his future at the club and the sort of playing opportunities he will get over the remainder of the season and beyond. Rodriguez was frustrated earlier in the season that Claude Puel, the Southampton manager, had not given him a run of matches, and the arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli has raised more questions for Rodriguez about his role at the club, especially given Puel has so many attacking options. West Bromwich Albion have a longstanding interest in Rodriguez, who was previously on Tottenham’s radar, and tabled a £10m bid, yet Southampton have not given them any encouragement. Whether that could change on the back of Rodriguez’s discussions remains to be seen.
Everton really have secured £7.5m plus £1.5m in add-ons from Sunderland for Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson. The bulk of the fee is understood to be for the Costa Rican left-back. Must be payback from David Moyes for that cheeky double-bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines when at Manchester United. Anyway, having confirmed that Burnley’s Michael Keane “is on the list” yesterday – albeit more of a long-term target – Ronald Koeman did not rule out late additions providing he feels they will immediately enhance the first team. The Everton manager is unlikely to stand in the way of Arouna Koné or Aaron Lennon leaving Goodison Park should acceptable offers arrive today.
Really? There is a José Rodríguez as well as a Jesé Rodríguez. This is too complicated. Either way, on the same day as Jesé went to Spain on loan so does José…
Mainz 05 verleiht Mittelfeldspieler José Rodriguez (22) bis zum Saisonende an den spanischen Erstligisten FC Malaga.#skyTransfer #ssnhd pic.twitter.com/R0YczN3N6p
The Bundesliga club have turned down a bid from Chelsea for the 23-year-old Bosnian, who is out of contract in the summer. The Schalke sporting director, Christian Heidel, said: “Yes, there was in inquiry but that was immediately turned down”
This is a report from Der Western on the matter but I can’t for the life of me figure out why there is a picture of an old man with a beard and an even older bell with “Schalke” on it.
Apart from hoping Mamadou Sakho finally takes the hint and clears off to Crystal Palace or Southampton, and the latest hint is accepting it may have to be a loan deal and not a permanent £20m transfer, Liverpool’s business is expected to concentrate on loan moves for their young players. Connor Randall’s first start of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday may also prove his last with several Championship clubs interested in the 21-year-old defender. Jordan Williams could also be set for his third loan spell away from Anfield with MK Dons linked with the Welsh midfielder.
The wonderful David Squires and his take on the transfer window
Related: David Squires on … the January 2017 transfer window
Meanwhile, over in Germany, Bayern Munich have agreed to let the 17-year-old Toni Trograncic join Ajax. Trograncic was player Pep Guardiola had high hopes for and had him training with the first team at the age of 15. His career has stalled though and the man who was dubbed “the new Toni Kroos” will have to see whether he can rebuild it in the Netherlands. Hopefully he can.
Here is the brilliant Emmanuel Adebayor interview by Nick Ames from this month
Related: Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I have a bad reputation in England and I don’t know why’
Update and background from Turkish Football, who you can follow here.
Emmanuel Adebayor has completed his move to Süper Lig outfit Basaksehir on an 18-month move. The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker had been a free agent for six months prior to signing for the Istanbul based side.
Eamonn Maloney gets in touch via email regarding Trent Sainsbury, who is about to join Inter.
Australian here - please help. What is noteworthy or amusing about a mighty Socceroo’s name? The juxtaposition of a bland first name evocative of an Aussie labourer with a surname like one of your supermarkets?
Moussa Dembélé not going anywhere today apparently (apart from to London for a check on his knee) but either way you would have expected Ed Aarons to put the accents on before tweeting…
Moussa Dembele has been told he will not be leaving Celtic this month despite Chelsea interest #cfc #celtic
Done deal! And as Fabrizio Romano reported yesterday already, Andrea Ranocchia has joined Hull City on loan from Inter.
Trent Sainsbury? What a name.
#Inter set to sign Trent #Sainsbury to replace Ranocchia: the situation https://t.co/1TK5hlT0yH
Time for a fun quiz while we input the latest Lille signing (there will be a few of those today)?
Related: Football quiz: unlikely transfer deals
Here is Ewan Murray on the deadline day’s hottest prospect, Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé
Related: Celtic hold all the aces with Moussa Dembélé but is £30m a fair price? | Ewan Murray
If Aitor Karanka is unhappy at Middlesbrough, so, too - albeit in a much more subtle way - is his compatriot Rafa Benítez at Newcastle. This month has seen the appearance of the first fault lines in the relationship between Newcastle’s manager and Mike Ashley, the club’s owner. Essentially Ashley seems to believe Benitez should secure promotion without spending but the Spaniard is adamant further investment is needed to guarantee an immediate return to the Premier League.
Accordingly Benitez desperately wants Andros Townsend back from Crystal Palace - whether he gets his way may ultimately help determine his longer term future on Tyneside.
Ravel Morrison is joining QPR on loan from Lazio, according to Sky Italia (and pretty impressive by Mr Baiocchini to get all that in in two languages…
#SkyCalciomercatoDay #Lazio @OfficialSSLazio Ravel #Morrison to @QPRFC on on loan. Prestito con diritto riscatto @SkySport
Sam Allardyce’s squad may be on the south coast ahead of their game at Bournemouth this evening, but Crystal Palace are expecting a busy day as they seek to reinforce ahead of tonight’s cut-off. Having already added Jeffrey Schlupp and Patrick van Aanholt to their ranks, they are confident of securing Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos for around £11m. The Serbian midfielder has apparently said his goodbyes at the Greek club and is London-bound for a medical.
A number of centre-halves are under consideration, with Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, the Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba and Kara Mbodji at Anderlecht all under strong consideration. Reports in Belgium suggest a £10m offer for the latter has already been rejected, while Sakho has spoken of Palace’s interest in this morning l’Equipe, suggesting he may need a few hours still to consider the move (or, presumably, to see if other interest crystalises from clubs further up the division).
Empoli have signed Arnel Jakupovic from Middlesbrough
L’Empoli Fc comunica di aver acquisito a titolo definitivo dal @Boro Arnel Jakupovic: il calciatore ha firmato un contratto fino al 2021
The current position, it is understood, regarding Ashley Young is that Manchester United expect him to stay and that José Mourinho does not expect to do any business at all – in or out before the deadline. The usual caveat about this being football and the wacky world of transfers and so never say absolutely never applies, of course.
Big news from Bristol! Bristol Rovers striker, and 19-goal top-scorer Matty Taylor is set to become the first player to directly join Bristol City and cross the divide for 30 years. The last player to do so was Trevor Morgan in 1987. The 26-year-old is heading for a medical ahead of a proposed move, after City triggered a release clause in the player’s contract.
Hull City are another club with an extremely important day ahead of them. Here is the latest.
Yann M’Vila looms large at the top of Marco Silva’s Hull shopping list. Mike Phelan’s successor would, ideally, like five signings today but the Rubin Kazan midfielder is apparently the one he wants more than any other. Anyone who watched the former France midfielder help keep Sunderland up last season will understand precisely why. M’Vila was on a different level to his Wearside team-mates and consistently raised the tone at the Stadium of Light. If Silva succeeds Hull’s survival chances will surely improve – and Sunderland fans will be very, very, cross.
Another Hull target joins … another club. After Leon Bailey signing for Bayer Leverkusen we now have Jesé Rodríguez moving to Las Palmas on loan. Aitor Karanka will be fuming.
Jesé, cedido por el PSG a la UD Las Palmas. https://t.co/xVtrOJ7WYd
Tom Gourd gets in touch via email.
VVV stands for ‘Venlose Voetbal Vereniging’, which apparently means ‘Venlo Football Association’. ‘Venlo’ is a municipality and a city in the southeastern Netherlands, near the German border.
Could that be right? Football Association. Football club I’d think (just guessing from the word förening in Swedish)
Well, how about this. Inter’s Jonathan Biabiany has turned down an offer to join Chelsea on loan for the rest of the season. He is not keen on joining a club on loan and is also waiting for an offer from China.
Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem has joined VVV Venlo on loan. I wonder what the VVV stands for. Anyone?
De kogel is door de kerk. Gedion Zelalem is officieel gehuurd van @Arsenal tot aan het einde v/h seizoen. Info: https://t.co/w2oh8UpEsA pic.twitter.com/WYzVrGstxH
Here is what we can expect from France today, courtesy of the excellent people at Get French Football News, who you can follow here. The Lille situation is quite remarkable. Talk about last-minute shopping. It’s like having to buy all your Christmas presents on the 24th… And spare a thought for Bordeaux…
Tosin Adarabioyo will not leave Manchester City before the window closes, despite interest from other clubs and the 19-year-old defender having only six months left on his contract. Discussions are ongoing regarding new terms and City, it is understood, are confident he will sign a fresh deal and commit himself to the club in the long term. Negotiations have become prolonged due to Adarabioyo’s demands though there is a sense an agreement will be reached in the end.
Here are all the moves involving clubs in the top five leagues in Europe - day by day and club by club.
We’ve had 430 transfers for a total value of £554,330,639 so far but I reckon we will sail past 500 today and probably £650m. Incredible really for a quiet January window.
There really aren’t enough unveilings with dogs in the background.
#LeSaviezVous ? Après #VanLent #VanDerHart #VanKooten #Koot et @PatrickKluivert, @AElGhazi7est le 6e Néerlandais à porter le maillot du LOSC pic.twitter.com/9HPmyVLzZX
The marginalised Middlesbrough winger Carlos de Pena has joined Spanish second tier side Real Oviedo on loan until the end of the season as Aitor Karanka continues to fume about his board’s failure to secure the names at the top of his shopping list - Robert Snodgrass, Jesé, Bojan et al - this month.
Boro’s manager spent Monday’s press conference effectively throwing his toys out of his pram as he sulkily set himself on an apparent collision course with Steve Gibson, Boro’s owner. It should be intriguing to track events on Teesside in the coming weeks but, more immediately, today will determine whether Jordan Rhodes finally escapes Boro. So prolific at Championship level, Rhodes has barely been offered a kick this season – which rather begs the question are Karanka’s two signings so far this January - the strikers Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford – really better than the forward whose vital goals helped clinch last spring’s promotion?
We are less sure about Saed Kolasinac to Chelsea though. Reports in Germany seem to suggest that Schalke are going to stand firm and not allow him to leave. Whether that is just a ploy and an attempt to get Chelsea to up their bid of £8m remains to be seen.
We also expect this deal to be confirmed today
Related: Southampton agree to buy Napoli’s Manolo Gabbiadini in initial £14.6m deal
News on Emmanuel Adebayor soon. He’s found himself a new club after his impressive performances at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Leon Bailey, a Hull target, has joined Bayer Leverkusen, saying that the club “is well known for developing players and that the football that is played there is very attractive”.
"#Bayer04 ist bekannt dafür, dass man sich gut entwickeln kann. Und die Art, wie hier Fußball gespielt wird, ist attraktiv." #Bailey pic.twitter.com/fwEkuHCVbW
Lille have signed the extremely talented winger Anwar El Ghazi from Ajax. Great signing in my opinion. About €7m.
[OFFICIEL] Anwar El Ghazi (@AElGhazi7) ouvre le #MercatoLOSC
Le communiqué ➡️ https://t.co/M1LgveEa9v#WeAreLOSC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/2UPrOOONKJ
Catching up from yesterday, here is our story on Moussa Dembélé, by Dominic Fifield and Ewan Murray. What a deadline day deal that would be.
Related: Chelsea weighing up £30m deadline-day offer for Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé
Nice have made their first signing of the transfer window, Mounir Obbadi
C’est officiel pour Obbadi ! Bienvenue Mounir !https://t.co/GnlOJkUpn4
Good morning and welcome to our last transfer blog this window. Yes, it has come to this. It is the last day of January and clubs have less than 24 hours to complete deals they could have wrapped up several weeks ago. But let’s now dwell on that. It should be good actually. So many deals that could happen. Moussa Dembélé to Chelsea? Scott Hogan to Aston Villa? Tim Krul to Watford?
There has been a done deal already in France (probably several but I am struggling to keep up already…) but first, here is this morning’s Rumour Mill, including Yannick Carrasco possibly joining Manchester United
Related: Football transfer rumours: Manchester United to sign Yannick Carrasco?
Hello. Marcus will be here shortly.