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Wolves set to complete permanent Jonny deal


Wolves are set to complete a permanent move for Atletico Madrid defender Jonny, according to AS.

The 24-year-old moved to England on loan at the start of 2018-19 after finding first-team opportunities limited at the Wanda Metropolitana.

Arnautovic signs new West Ham contract


Marko Arnautovic has signed a new contract with West Ham in a move the club hope will end speculation over the forward's future.

Arnautovic had been heavily tipped to move to the Chinese Super League, having reportedly received a lucrative proposal from Shanghai SIPG, but he issued a statement on social media on Friday confirming he would not be leaving London Stadium.

The Austria international has now agreed to a new deal that the club says highlights his "100 per cent commitment to the Hammers", with the player insisting, contrary to some reports, that he had never refused to play or train in order to force through a transfer.

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Morata set for Atletico medical on Sunday


Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will have a medical with Atletico Madrid on Sunday in advance of a move to the La Liga giants, reports Sky Sports.

Morata will join Atletico on a loan with the capital club having the option to purchase the striker.

The proposed move has not been greeted with wholesale approval from the club's fans, with manager Diego Simeone having to address complaints over the transfer.

Hudson-Odoi tables transfer request


Teenage star asks Chelsea to let him leave

Callum Hudson-Odoi has handed in a transfer request at Chelsea, Goal understands.

The 18-year-old winger has snubbed the offer of a new contract at Stamford Bridge as he seeks to force through a move to German giants Bayern Munich.

Read the full story here

Barcelona & Betis close on deal for Atletico Mineiro's Emerson


Full-back will join Liga rivals with an option to move to Camp Nou

Barcelona are closing in on another transfer, with Atletico Mineiro wonderkid Emerson set to sign in a complex deal struck with Betis, according to Sport.

Currently on international duty with Brazil's Under-20s at the South American Championship, the full-back will initially sign in Seville on a six-month loan with a purchase option at the end of the season.

Part of the funds for that move will be provided by Barca in exchange for a first option on Emerson to be exercised 18 months down the line.

Spalletti opens door for Perisic exit


Inter coach Luciano Spalletti admits that Arsenal-linked Ivan Perisic could be allowed to leave San Siro should the right offer materialise.

"Perisic is a very good player, of course there's rumours about him during the transfer window,” he told reporters on Saturday.

If a player is good, it's obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through.

“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far. “

Simeone respects anti-Morata protests


Diego Simeone says the opinion of Atletico Madrid fans should always be respected after some supporters protested against the proposed signing of Alvaro Morata.

The Spain striker has been tipped to join the La Liga club on an initial loan deal following Gonzalo Higuain's move to Chelsea from Juventus.

Atleti fans voiced their disapproval of a deal for the former Real Madrid man on Saturday, though, with chants of 'Less Morata and more Borja Garces' heard during the 2-0 league win over Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Should Arsenal move for James?


‘Neymar back to Barcelona makes no sense’


Jordi Alba is not convinced that Neymar is looking for a return to Barcelona, with the Spanish full-back unable to “see much logic in him wanting to come back”.

He told Spanish publication Sport: “Neymar's a tremendous player, one of the best, but he decided to go and I don't see much logic in him wanting to come back. I don't believe it.”

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Ake heading for big-money move


Bournemouth are resigned to the fact that Nathan Ake will be making a big-money move away from the club this summer, claims The Mirror.

The Dutch defender has been linked with a return to Chelsea, while fellow members of the Premier League's top six have had him watched on several occasions this season.

Lorenzo turns down Leicester exit


David Lorenzo has turned down the chance to leave Leicester on loan, claims TMW.

The 24-year-old forward linked up with the Foxes in December and wants to make his mark at the King Power Stadium, rather than take in a stint with a Football League club.

Pogba to Juve?


Chelsea table Semenyo bid


Chelsea have tabled a £1 million bid for Bristol City forward Antoine Semenyo, reports the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old has been starring on loan at Newport and the Blues are eager to buy into his obvious potential.

Everton knock back Tosun bid


Everton have snubbed an approach from Crystal Palace to take Cenk Tosun on loan, reports the Liverpool Echo.

The Turkey international has struggled for goals during his time with the Toffees, but will be given more opportunities to prove his worth.

RB Leipzig enter Hudson-Odoi race as Bayern ready new bid


German champions prepared to go as high as £40m this time

Bayern Munich are preparing another bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi, but face new competition for his signing from RB Leipzig, according to the Daily Mail.

The Bundesliga champions have long been trying to sign the 18-year-old from Chelsea and are hoping their next £40 million ($53m) bid will convince the Premier League side to let him go.

However, their league rivals are ready to chip in and are offering a much lower fee of £20m ($26m), but will include a buy-back option in the deal, which could prove more tempting for Chelsea.

Inter sign Cedric from Southampton


Inter have signed Cedric Soares from Southampton on loan with an option to buy.

The 27-year-old defender spent three and a half years with the English side, featuring 18 times in the Premier League this season.

He will spend the rest of the season with the Nerazzurri but may end up staying on a permanent basis.

'Impossible' for Man Utd to ignore Solskjaer in manager search


Former Manchester United star Andy Cole says the club should not look any further than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they look to appoint a new permanent manager.

Solskjaer has guided the Red Devils to eight straight wins in all competitions since replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm in December. The Norwegian is only tied to United until the end of the season, when they will appoint a long-term replacement.

But Cole says they cannot ignore the man currently in charge, especially if they maintain their current form.

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Alba discusses future amid Man Utd & Juve interest


Manchester United and Juventus are reportedly trying to lure Jordi Alba away from Barcelona, but the left-back says he would rather stay at Camp Nou.

Rumours linking the English and Italian sides to the Spain international have been circulating in recent weeks as he enters the last 18 months of his contract.

Although the 29-year-old would not rule out a departure from Barca, he would rather sign a new contract and remain with the club until the end of his career.

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Reims sign Zeneli from Heerenveen


Arber Zeneli has completed a transfer from Heerenveen to Reims, the French side confirmed.

The 23-year-old spent three years with the Eredivisie club, scoring 21 times in 100 appearances, but has left to sign a five-year contract with Reims.

Will Dortmund move for Zaha?


Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has hailed Wilfried Zaha's talents but stopped short of confirming an interest in signing the Crystal Palace star.

The German side have been linked with the 26-year-old, even though Roy Hodgson dismissed the prospect of him being sold.

Zorc admitted that Zaha has stood out, but would not address reports of a potential move told. He told Sky: "We don't comment on those rumours, as always. He is a good player."

West Ham to sign £43m Gomez


West Ham are close to signing Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo, Sky Sports reports.

The Premier League side will snap the 22-year-old striker up after apparently agreeing to pay his £43 million ($57m) release clause.

The Hammers may end up sending him back to the Spanish side on loan for the rest of the campaign.

Inter & Man Utd told to pay €50m for Barella


Cagliari star wants move to Old Trafford

Manchester United and Inter are locked in a race to sign Nicolo Barella from Cagliari this month, but have been warned they must pay €50 million (£43m/$57m) to land him.

Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter are determined to challenge the Red Devils, who have been closely linked with the 21-year-old midfielder.

Barella is said to fancy a move to Old Trafford, but Cagliari are determined to get a good price for him.

Burke not staying at Celtic, insists Moore


West Brom manager Darren Moore insists Oliver Burke will return to the club after his loan at Celtic ends.

The Scotland international joined Brendan Rodgers' team for the rest of the season and has had a great start to life in Glasgow.

The prospect of Celtic signing him on a permanent deal has been raised, but Moore says West Brom want to keep him in the long term.

“All this will be for the benefit of West Bromwich Albion,” he said said. “I’m sure we’ll see the player we’ve invested in when he gets back.

“He’s a tremendous player, he just needs the volume of games. If he gets that we’ll see a great player for West Brom."

Man Utd offered Coutinho hope


Barcelona would prefer to sell Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United rather than Paris Saint-Germain, claims The Mirror.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move to bring the former Liverpool playmaker back to England and may be about to see the transfer door opened.

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Chelsea handed Hazard warning


Chelsea have been warned that Maurizio Sarri’s public questioning of Eden Hazard could “end in tears”, with Chris Sutton surprised to see such a risk being taken.

Speculation regarding the long-term future of the Belgium international at Stamford Bridge continues to rage, and it is not helped by Hazard himself keeping the rumour mill ticking over with admissions of his ambition to try his luck in Spain.

Here's what a former Blues striker has had to say on the 28-year-old's current situation.

Where next for Mourinho?


Jose Mourinho has been warned it will not be “easy to find a club that he really likes”, with Ramon Calderon considering the former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss to be a “problem”.

The ex-Blancos president told Love Sport Radio: "A club that has the possibility to win titles and also the money. I think he’s the most paid in the world nowadays. Not many clubs to go to now."

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Juventus doubt Pogba deal could be done


Massimiliano Allegri concedes it is "very difficult" to see Paul Pogba playing for Juventus again having appeared to settle at Manchester United since Jose Mourinho's departure.

The France international has been linked with a return to Turin at regular intervals since leaving for Old Trafford in the summer of 2016.

Find out what Allegri has had to say on the possibility of brining him back here.

'Arsenal will be forced to spend'


Arsenal will be forced to spend before the transfer deadline passes, says Martin Keown, with a mounting injury list requiring them to shelve plans to only seek out loan deals.

Unai Emery has previously revealed that he will be given no funds in the January window, leading to talk of possible moves for Denis Suarez and James Rodriguez.

Here's what a former Gunners star has had to say on a change in approach.

Sako close to Palace return


Crystal Palace are closing on a deal to bring Bakary Sako back to the club, reports Sky Sports.

The Mali international winger linked up with West Brom as a free agent in October, but is set to complete a return to Selhurst Park.

Rodgers in control of Celtic recruitment


Brendan Rodgers insists he does have the final say on transfer dealings at Celtic.

The Bhoys boss has responded to claims that he has had little input in supposed interest in Maryan Shved, having said: “I can’t say I know a great deal about him. We’ve got about a million wingers, we don’t need another.”

Any additions at Parkhead will be sanctioned by the man at the helm.

Brendan Rodgers Celtic

Caceres 'not a makeshift solution' for Juve


Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has defended the club's decision to move for Martin Caceres as Mehdi Benatia's replacement.

"Martin Caceres is not a makeshift solution, but a strong choice," the Italian told a press conference.

"Caceres is a good player and knows this environment. I know Caceres and he can give a lot to Juventus."

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Slimani to be loaned to Cardiff


Leicester will recall Islam Slimani from Fenerbahce and loan the striker to Cardiff City, Record claims.

The move would be a gesture of solidarity from the Foxes, with the Welsh side's record signing, Emiliano Sala, having disappeared during a flight from Nantes.

Barca & Betis go half and half on Emerson


Barcelona and Real Betis have reached an agreement to share the signing of Atletico Mineiro right-back Emerson, according to Marca.

The report claims that both sides will pay €6 million each, with the 20-year-old set to spend at least two seasons at Estadio Benito Villamarín.

In 2021, Barca have the option to buy out Betis, with the Seville club earning a percentage of any potential future sale.

Fulham's Almeida bid rejected


Fulham have seen an €8 million bid for Benfica right-back Andre Almeida rejected, O Jogo reports.

The Portuguese club are, however, willing to negotiate with the Premier League side, with talks over a move to Craven Cottage for the 28-year-old to continue over the coming days.

Man Utd saw move for Milenkovic snubbed


Manchester United saw an approach from Jose Mourinho for Fiorentina defender Nikolas Milenkovic knocked back, the Serie A club’s chief executive has revealed.

The now jobless Mourinho took in a trip to watch Serbia in action during the October international break, with Milenkovic believed to be among those he was keen to cast another eye over.

Fiorentina, though, had no intention of parting with the 21-year-old.

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Madrid withdraw Eriksen interest


Real Madrid have withdrawn from the race to sign Christian Eriksen, AS reports.

The Spanish outlet claims Madrid had intended on spending between €56-84 million on the midfielder, but say that Frenkie de Jong's €86m move to Barcelona has increased Eriksen's value.

It is said that Daniel Levy is using De Jong's price as a yardstick for the Dane's market worth, though that stance carries a risk as the player can leave Tottenham for free in 2020.

The report also states that Eriksen will definitely not renew with the London side as he feels his performances merit a far higher wage packet.

Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are all credited with an interest.

Arsenal open talks over Perisic


Attacker open to Emirates switch

Arsenal have approached Inter regarding the availability of Ivan Perisic, the BBC reports.

It is claimed that the Gunners want the winger on loan with a £35 million ($46m) option to purchase, while the Croatian is open to leaving San Siro.

In addition, negotiations over moves for Barcelona's Denis Suarez and PSG's Christopher Nkunku are ongoing.

Kagawa could be available for as little as £2m


Borussia Dortmund could allow Shinji Kagawa to leave the club for as little as €2-3m (£2-3m) according to Bild.

The former Manchester United man has not played for Dortmund in the Bundesliga since September and it seems that his time at the Signal Iduna Park is coming to an end.

It is reported at this stage Kagawa hopes to move to Spain but there are currently no interested parties.

Pulis rules out Bolasie move


Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has said there is no substance in the rumours that Yannick Bolasie will move to the Riverside on loan this month.

The winger played under Pulis at Crystal Palace but has claimed the pair will not be reuniting anytime soon.

“Yannick will not come here, we have not spoken about him,” he said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Bolasie returned to Goodison Park this week after a disappointing loan spell with Aston Villa, but is likely to leave on another temporary deal this window.

Dreyer joins St Mirren


Brighton midfielder Anders Dreyer has joined St Mirren on loan until the end of the season.

The Buddies are currently bottom of the Scottish Premiership, but will be hoping Dreyer’s addition can help improve their fortunes.

The 20-year-old is yet to play for the Brighton senior side, but has been capped at underage level by Denmark.

Sarri rules out Emerson exit


Everton could derail Tottenham’s result of Rabiot


Everton have joined the growing throng of clubs currently interested in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

TEAMtalk are reporting that the Toffees could steal a march on the chasing pack if they are willing to offer Idrissa Gueye in exchange.

The Senegal international is rumoured to be a transfer target of the Parisian side and his departure to Parc des Princes could see Rabiot move the other way this month.

Klopp confirms Woodburn could be sent on loan again


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said Ben Woodburn may be sent on loan again in January.

The Welsh international endured a frustrating time at Sheffield United earlier this season and his loan deal was cut short early this month due to injury and lack of playing time.

Woodburn returned to training on Friday and Klopp admitted in an interview with the club’s website that the youngster may leave again temporality to play first-team football.

“We have to see. There are a couple of clubs interested, but to be honest if these clubs don’t give me the guarantee that he will play, there is absolutely no reason from my point of view to give him on loan,” he said.

Dortmund considered Hummels return


Borussia Dortmund are not planning to bid for Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels, but according to German outlet Bild, they were interested in signing their former player earlier this month.

Hummels played for Dortmund between 2008-2016 and was part of the side that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

While Lucien Favre was tempted to bid for the German international this month he opted against it given the player’s age and wage demands.

In his place Dortmund signed Argentinian Leonardo Balerdi.

City reject bid for youngster Matondo


Schalke have had an offer for Manchester City youth product Rabbi Matondo turned down.

The Welsh under-21 international is yet to make a senior appearance for City, but is believed to be one of the brightest stars in their academy.

German outlet Bild claim it could cost Schalke as much as £10m ($13m) to lure the 18-year-old from the Etihad.

He's done alright in the last five years...


West Brom to loan Murphy


Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy looks set to leave St James’ Park this month and join Championship side West Brom.

Despite playing 12 times for the Magpies this year, Murphy has started just once in the last 18 Premier League games and could be allowed to depart the club temporarily.

As per Football Insider, Darren Moore has lined the 23-year-old up as a replacement for Harvey Barnes, whose loan at the Hawthorns was cut short short earlier this month.

Levy furious with Madrid over Eriksen pursuit


Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was livid upon learning news that Real Madrid are preparing a bid for Christian Eriksen

Spanish outlet AS, claim a well-placed source told them Levy ‘went into a fit of rage’ upon hearing of Real’s plans.

The 56-year-old has dealt with Los Blancos before when he sold Luca Modric and Gareth Bale to the reigning European champions, but it is believed Levy wants to hold onto his top asset this time around.

Eriksen’s Tottenham contract expires in 18 months and with a new deal looking increasingly unlikely there have been numerous rumours that he could depart the club next summer in a cut-price deal.

Leicester show ‘significant interest’ in Tielemans


Leicester City are reportedly keen on signing Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans.

According to the Daily Mail, the Foxes have shown “significant interest” in the 21-year-old and could lodge a bid soon.

Any deal for the Belgian could cost Leicester upwards of £20m ($26m).

Simeone confirms Morata will join Atletico


Fiorentina chief confirms United offer for Milenkovic


Manchester United have been linked with a move for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic this month.

The 21-year-old, it has been claimed, was initially marked as a transfer target under Jose Mourinho, something Fiorentina chief executive officer Pantaleo Corvino has now confirmed.

"We rejected great offers [last summer] from Lyon for [Jordan] Veretout, from Marseille for Simeone and from Manchester United for Nikola Milenkovic," Corvino told Gazzetta dello Sport.

Guardiola claims it is 'almost impossible' to fight Barcelona & Madrid in the transfer market


Pep Guardiola has claimed Manchester City cannot compete with Real Madrid and Barcelona in the transfer market.

The 48-year-old watched on in despair as his former side Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax, a player City were also interested in.

“We have to be quicker and smarter and try to buy the players,” he admitted.

"We have to adapt. It’s difficult to buy top, top players at a good price. It’s almost impossible.I said many times, Barcelona and Madrid it's impossible to fight against them.”

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Warnock hopes Toure can solve right-back conundrum


Cardiff City could make a late attempt to sign Monaco defender Almamy Toure, report Wales Online.

Manager Neil Warnock has made signing a right-back one of his main priorities in January and was left disappointed by Nathaniel Clyne’s decision to join Bournemouth.

However, he has now set his sights on Toure, who can also operate in the centre of a back four, and could be available on a free this window with his contract set to expire in the summer.

Arsenal target Nkunku loan


Unai Emery is hoping to raid his old club, Paris Saint-Germain, and lure Christopher Nkunku to the Emirates.

The youngster has impressed for the French side this season and has made 13 league appearances.

The Mirror claim Arsenal are planning a lion move for Nkunku this month which could become permanent next summer for a fee of £18m ($24m).

United plan to hijack deal for Chelsea target


The Blues have been linked with a move for Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella this month, as a potential replacement for Csec Fabregas.

However, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the Italian could be on his way to Old Trafford for a deal worth £50m ($66m).

Barella, who operates mainly as a box-to-box midfielder, has also attracted the interest of Inter but it appears the Serie A side are unwilling to fork out such a large fee on the 21-year-old.

Nicolo Barella Cagliari 2018-19

Pep wants Silva to stay at Man City


David Silva's contract is set to expire in 2020, but Pep Guardiola wants the Spanish star to remain with Manchester City.

The manager admitted that the midfielder would be almost impossible to replace, adding that he wants to keep hold of him for awhile longer.

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Boyd linked with MLS move


Terrence Boyd is in discussions over an MLS move with Toronto FC seen as the most likely destination, according to ESPN.

Boyd earned 14 caps for the U.S. national team and has been on the books with Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund, Rapid Wien and, currently, Darmstadt.

The discussions are "exploratory", although Toronto FC could use a forward to replace Tosaint Ricketts, who left the club this winter.

Dutch defender Bulthuis moves from Heerenveen to Ulsan Hyundai FC


Dutch defender Dave Bulthuis has completed a move to Ulsan Hyndai FC of the K League 1, his former club Heerenveen announced.

The 28-year-old defender played in 24 matches for the Eredivisie sign after joining from Azerbaijani side FK Qabala.

"Dave wanted to go on a foreign adventure once again and we were also open for a departure," said technical manager Gerry Hamstra. "We want to thank Dave for his efforts and, of course, wish him all the best in South Korea. "

Arsenal and West Ham chase Fornals


Arsenal and West Ham are reportedly chasing Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, who is believed to have a £28.5million buy-out clause, according to Sport

Fornals has been a highlight of a poor season for Villarreal, making 29 appearances for the club who are second from bottom and three points from safety in La Liga.

The Spaniard scored a superb last-minute winner to defeat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu last season for Villarreal.

Hibernian suspend Lennon


Hibernian have suspended manager Neil Lennon after a heated exchange with the club's chief executive Leeann Dempster, reports The Scottish Sun.

Lennon's two-and-a-half-year reign as Hibs boss appears over after the manager ripped into his team following a poor run of form.

Having seen the rant, Dempster got involved and told Lennon that he'd be sacked pending the results of a club review. 

Tottenham eye cut-price Rabiot deal


PSG could look to sell the midfielder in January rather than lose him for free in the summer

Tottenham are hoping to seal a cut-price move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot before the end of January, The Sun claims. 

Spurs want to land Rabiot for £20 million (€23m/$26m), with the 23-year-old otherwise set to leave the French champions for free in the summer.

Before they allow Rabiot to leave, however, PSG want to have a replacement signed, with Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye a main target.

Newcastle call off deal for Lukaku


Newcastle's proposed deal to sign defender Jordan Lukaku on loan from Lazio has collapsed, the club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old, brother of Man United striker Romelu Lukaku, was expected to join the Magpies on loan until the end of the season after flying to Tyneside on Friday.

However, the club have since released a statement saying the move is off, with Sky Sports reporting that the deal collapsed on medical grounds.

Inter and Milan to battle for Carrasco


Inter and city rivals Milan are both after Dalian Yifang winger Yannick Carrasco, claims Gianluca Di Marzio. 

Carrasco left Atletico Madrid for the Chinese side last year, but has attracted plenty of interest from several clubs looking to bring him back to Europe. 

The 25-year-old Belgium international is also being chased by Arsenal.

Jardim wants Mendes at Monaco


New Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim wants to sign Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes, according to Le10Sport

Jardim was re-appointed as Monaco manager on Friday, taking over from Thierry Henry. 

The Brazilian is one of Jardim's top priorities this month, with Napoli and Everton also chasing the 26-year-old. 

Boyd in talks for MLS move


SV Darmstadt forward Terrence Boyd is in talks over a move to Major League Soccer, ESPN FC reports. 

Boyd has been in Europe his entire career, spending most of his time in the 2.Bundesliga and Austrian Premier League. 

Toronto FC have interest in the 27-year-old who has 14 caps with the United States, the most recent of which was in 2016.