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January move looks unlikely for Lozano


PSV have confirmed Hirving Lozano has left hospital but will be assessed ‘day-to-day on the basis of the applicable FIFA protocols’.

The striker suffered a head injury in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Groningen that meant he had to be withdrawn just before half-time.

Given that head injuries normally require several weeks to recover from, it appears unlikely Lozano will be fit for a move this month and should remain at PSV beyond the window.

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Everton and Watford to battle for Lobotka signature


French outlet Le10Sport claim that Premier League rivals Everton and Watford will battle it out to sign Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.

However, they could be beaten to the deal by Paris Saint-Germain, who are also interested in the Slovakian.

It is believed Lobotka could cost upwards of £26m ($34m).

Southampton target Cedric replacement


Rangers have slapped an £8m price tag on the head of Southampton target James Tavernier.

The south coast club are in need of a new right -back after Cedric Soares departed the Saints earlier in the week and Tavernier has been lined up as a potential replacement.

As well as Southampton, the Express are reporting that Brighton and West Brom are also interested in the 27-year-old.

Hudson-Odoi remains tight-lipped on Chelsea future


Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was given nothing away when asked about his future following the Blues' 3-0 FA Cup win against Sheffield Wednesday.

The youngster has reportedly handed in a transfer request and could be on his way to Bayern Munich.

"I don't know. I can't say,” Hudson-Odoi responded when asked if he will soon join Bayern.

“I just keep working hard and you never know what happens. I can't say [if I spoke to Bayern],” he added.

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Giroud hints at French return


Chelsea striker Oliver Giroud has claimed he would not rule out a move back to his native France.

In a n interview recorded before Gonzalo Higuain’s signing, Giroud said: “If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.

“I've never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.”

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Everton reject PSG offer for Gueye


Paris Saint-Germain have had a bid of €30m (£26m) turned down by Everton for Idrissa Gueye.

French outlet RMC have claimed the Parisian’s offer has been rejected as they search to find a defensive midfielder.

PSG have also been linked with Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure

Galatasaray consider Bony swoop


Turkish side Galatasaray have not ruled out a move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, claims Ugur Demirkirdi.

However, the journalist confirmed that the Ivorian is not Galatasaray’s first choice in the market.

Bony missed the Swans’ FA Cup fourth-round victory against Gillingham on Saturday and it is reported he is set to leave the club this month.

Young stars should avoid Arsenal and the Premier League, warns former Gunners coach


Former Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker has said he would advise younger players to avoid the Gunners and the Premier League’s other sides.

Several of England’s best young talents have struggled to break into senior sides in recent season and instead, moved to the continent for more first-team opportunities.

Most notable in the group is Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, who failed to force his way into Pep Guardiola’s plans at Manchester City, but is now a regular at the Bundesliga club.

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Higuain 'not the right striker for Chelsea'


Gonzalo Higuain is not the right striker for Chelsea and will struggle to play in the same team as Eden Hazard and Willian, according to former Blues boss Ruud Gullit.

Chelsea finally agreed a deal to bring the Argentine forward to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday after weeks of speculation.

Higuain has joined on loan from Serie A champions Juventus until the end of the season, whilst Alvaro Morata is set to be offloaded to Atletico Madrid.

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West Ham's Oxford wanted by Forest


Nottingham Forest are keen to complete a move unwanted West Ham defender Reece Oxford, according to the Nottingham Post.

Aston Villa open to Hogan offers


Aston Villa will listen to bids for unsettled striker Scott Hogan, reports the Daily Mail.

Sheffield United and Bristol City are among the teams linked to the 26 year old.

Perisic benched as Marotta confirms Croatian wants to leave Inter


Ivan Perisic has been left on the bench for Inter's Serie A encounter with Torinoamid speculation linking the midfielder with a transfer to Arsenal.

Inter have reportedly rejected a loan offer made for the 29-year-old by the Gunners, whose boss Unai Emery has already confirmed he will only be able to sign players on a temporary basis in January.

But a potential move for Perisic may have edged closer, with Luciano Spalletti having left the Croatia international out of his starting XI for Sunday's visit to Torino.

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Stay away from Arsenal warns former coach


Former Arsenal academy director Andries Jonker has advised young players to avoid signing for the Gunners, or any other English team.

Jonker spent two and half years with the club and saw very few of his youth players given opportunities in the first team during that time.

“I have serious doubts if young talent are making the right step if they go to England at this moment. I would advise them not to go, but to play 100 games in first-team football on the continent first,” he told the Mirror.

“Young players in England, who have huge talent, will only go and play in an Under-18 team. And, when they are improving, they then only go the Under-23 team. 

“So Jadon Sancho went from Man City to Borussia Dortmund – and he is a sensation there. Reiss Nelson, of Arsenal, is choosing the same route. He is getting plenty of chances and minutes at Hoffenheim.”

Palace, Newcastle, Cardiff & Burnley chase Bolasie


Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is a transfer for target for a number of Premier League side, TEAMtalk are reporting.

The 30-year-old cut short his loan move from Aston Villa earlier this month as he wishes to play Premier League football.

Among the interested parties are his former side Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Cardiff and Bunrley, all of whom would like to bring Bolasie in on loan until the end of the season.

Ronaldo turned down Real contract before Juve move


Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo rejected a new Real Madrid contract last summer before moving to Juventus.

Julen Lopetegui had no idea Cristiano was leaving,” he told the GB Transfer Show.

“There was no real push from Real Madrid for him to go. Cristiano was saying to Real ‘if you want me to stay, then give me a new contract.’

“Florentino Perez said OK - but if you wouldn’t mind, lower your buyout clause. To a more manageable buyout clause

“He [Ronaldo] was like ‘they don’t want me, they don’t want me! Go get me a team to Jorge Mendes [his agent]."

Valencia could join Newcastle or Fulham


The Sun claim Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia could leave the club before Thursday night’s transfer deadline.

The Colombian’s contract is yet to expire next summer and it looks unlikely he will be offered a new deal.

While many expected him to remain at United until the end of the season, it appears he could be sold this window for nothing.

Both Newcastle and Fulham are reportedly interested in acquiring Valencia.

Arsenal target defensive reinforcements


Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been ruled out for up to a month, Arsenal have confirmed, and with the mounting injury toll at the Emirates Unai Emery wants to sign a defender this month.

The Gunners boss has already confirmed he will not make any permanent signings in January, so it seems likely any incoming defensive recruits will be on loan.

Gary Cahill is one name that has been linked with a move recently, but that deal could be scuppered should the Chelsea man join Crystal Palace as has been reported.

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'If I deserve a new contract, it will come' - Herrera


Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says that he isn’t focused on securing a new deal at the club, instead preferring to direct his energy to his performances at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils have currently recorded eight wins from eight games since interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer took the reins following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.

“I’m not going to talk about my contract,” Herrera stated. “We have more important things happening now than my contract so I just try to perform."

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Higuain wrong for Chelsea, says Gullit


Gonzalo Higuain isn't the right striker for Chelsea according to former Blues boss Ruud Gullit. 

Higuain finally joined Chelsea on loan last week after weeks of speculation, but Gullit told BBC Sport he doesn't believe the team's style of play is right for the Argentine. 

"Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play," said Gullit. 

"Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example."

Neymar PSG regrets helped influence de Jong's Barca decision


Barcelona chiefs showed new signing Frenkie de Jong text messages sent by Neymar to close friends expressing his regret at leaving the club for PSG, report AS.

The Brazilian has reportedly complained that he is unhappy about the lack of competitiveness in Ligue 1, and regrets making the move to PSG in 2017. 

Those sentiments helped sway the Netherlands international in favour of choosing Barca over the French champions. 

Rebic reveals Premier League ambitions


Croatia striker Ante Rebic has piqued the interest of Premier League sides by revealing his desire to move into English football, according to the Mail

Manchester United had been linked with Rebic last summer before former boss Jose Mourinho was sacked.

Arsenal and Tottenham are also known to be keeping tabs on the £35million Eintracht Frankfurt striker.

Newcastle back in for Barreca


Newcastle are ready to revive their interest in Monaco's Antonio Barreca, report the Mail

The Magpies enquired after the full-back before Theirry Henry was sacked and are set to try again for the player now that Leonardo Jardim has retaken the reigns at the 2017 champions.

Hannover sack Breitenreiter after Dortmund thrashing


Hannover have sacked manager André Breitenreiter, the club have confirmed.

Breitenreiter was relieved from his duties following the club's 5-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, and leaves with the club just one place off the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Assistant boss Volkan Bulut has also left the club.

Monaco confirm Gelson Martins loan


Monaco have confirmed the signing of Gelson Martins on loan until the end of the season. 

The Ligue 1 strugglers fended off competition from Arsenal and Newcastle to land the Atletico Madrid man in their bid to stave off relegation.

Monaco owner Dmitry Rybolovlev said: "Welcome to Gelson Martins. Gelson is a fast attacking midfielder who has shown great things in the Sporting jersey and who will be able to bring to the squad all his speed and his abilities."


Sako returns to Crystal Palace


Bakary Sako has rejoined Crystal Palace until the end of the season, the club have announced.

The 30 year-old made 50 appearances for Palace during three seasons spent at Selhurst Park, scoring eight goals before his contract expired in 2018.

Boss Roy Hodgson said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to bring Bakary back to Palace. He’s a player with a huge amount of talent and as he showed when he was fully fit last year, he is able to provide a boost to our attacking options."

Havertz going nowhere, says Voller


Kai Havertz will not leave Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, according to boss Rudi Voller.

Havertz has been linked with Bayern Munich and Manchester City, and Voller acknowledged that interest in the Germany international was inevitable, before conforming the club has no plans to allow the 19 year-old to leave in 2019. 

Voller told Sky Sports: "It is normal that such a once-in-a-century talent will have other ambitions at one point. Then we will discuss it. But it's not that time yet. He won't leave in the summer."

Partey 'could have played for City or United' - Simeone


Diego Simeone says that Thomas Partey could have played for Manchester City or Manchester United as he lauded the Atletico Madrid midfielder.

Partey impressed at the heart of midfield in Atletico's 2-0 win at home to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday.

The Atleti boss said: "I liked Thomas today. He and Rodrigo [Hernandez Cascante] were great. I think he's improving, Thomas is an amazing player. He could have played for Manchester City [or] Manchester United." 

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Lukaku and Hazard would welcome Henry back for Belgium


Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have expressed their support for sacked Monaco boss Thierry Henry, with both admitting they would welcome him back to the Belgium fold with open arms. 

The 41-year-old left his post as the right-hand man to Roberto Martinez in the Red Devils set-up to take the reins at the Ligue 1 club in October.

But following a disappointing three months in charge, the Frenchman was dismissed after mustering only four wins in 20 games.

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Palace circling Cahill loan


Eagles join Fulham in chase for Chelsea man

Crystal Palace are hopeful of landing Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill on loan before the end of the January transfer window, per The Sun.

The 33-year-old, out of favour under Maurizio Sarri, had been linked with a move from the Blues to Premier League rivals Fulham.

However, Roy Hodgson is hopeful that the Eagles can swoop in to steal the deal and bring the Champions League winner to Selhurst Park.

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Atletico pass on Sanchez pursuit


Atletico Madrid passed over attempting to sign Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United after the forward demanded a salary in line with that of his current contract at Old Trafford, according to Don Balon.

The Chile international joined the Red Devils in January last year from Arsenal but has failed to produce his best form at the club, though he is improving under new interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer.

Atletico were interested in taking the striker to La Liga, though they have signed Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata instead following their refusal to match Sanchez’s requests.

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Liverpool land teenager Koumetio


Liverpool have apparently secured their first signing of the January transfer window with the acquisition of teenager Billy Koumetio, per ESPN.

The 16-year-old had a trial with Jurgen Klopp’s side last year and now has purportedly put pen to paper on a deal with the Anfield Club.

Koumetio had been with second-tier French outfit Orleans and plays as a left-sided centre-back.

Luiz poised for Chelsea extension


The Brazilian will agree fresh terms

Chelsea defender David Luiz is close to agreeing a new one-year extension with the club to remain at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

The experienced Brazilian had looked set to become a free agent at the end of the current campaign.

However, he now is poised to agree fresh terms with the Blues to keep him on their books until the end of the 2019-20 campaign at the very least.

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Navas set for Madrid exit


Real Madrid are set to plunder their La Liga rivals to find a replacement for goalkeeper Keylor Navas at the end of the season to play as back-up to Thibaut Courtois, reports Don Balon.

Navas, formerly the first-choice shotstopper for Los Blancos, has slipped down the order since the arrival of the Chelsea man last year.

With Kiko Casilla having already left for Leeds United, the Costa Rica man looks set to follow him out of the door – and Madrid have identified Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo , Sociedad’s Geronimo Rulli and Alaves’ Fernando Pacheco as potential replacements.

Atletico hold onto Lucas


Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez will remain with the La Liga club for the rest of this season, his agent confirmed, per Calcio Mercato.

The 22-year-old had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich among others during the transfer window.

Now however, advisor Manuel Garcia-Quilon has stated that the France International, who won the World Cup with his country in Russia last year, will remain with the Spanish outfit.

Drinkwater poised to make Turkey change?


Former Leicester man set for Super Lig switch

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater could be set for a switch to Turkey with Super Lig giants Fenerbahce linked with a move for his services, per the Daily Mail.

The Blues have already loaned out Victor Moses to their European rivals but reports suggest that they are also chasing the former Leicester City player too.

Drinkwater, who won the Premier League with the Foxes, has won three caps for England but has otherwise struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.

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Alves wants to stay with PSG


Dani Alves is keen to remain at Paris Saint-Germain beyond the expiration of his current deal at the end of the season, reports L’Equipe.

The Brazilian has been a key player for Thomas Tuchel’s side in midfield, helping to serve as a key component in their attack.

The 35-year-old is yet to be offered a new deal beyond the middle of 2019 but is reported to have made up his mind to accept if one is tabled.

Kean staying put at Juve


Teenager Moise Kean will not be allowed to leave Juventus on a permanent or loan deal this year, head coach Massimiliano Allegri has stated, says Le 10 Sport.

The 18-year-old has attracted interest from a number of clubs across Europe, with Marseille thought to be one keen party.

Allegri however has fired down any speculation that Kean will depart Turin and the Scudetto holders, stating he will remain at San Siro.

Isco keen to resolve future


Out-of-favour Real Madrid man Isco wants a concrete response from club president Florentino Perez over one of three prospective moves away from Los Blancos, per Don Balon.

The Spaniard has struggled for regular game time under Santiago Solari and has been linked with a move from La Liga to improve his prospects.

The championship-winning trio of Juventus, Manchester City and Bayern Munich have all apparently tabled offers for his services and Isco is pressing Perez to make a decision sooner rather than later.

Liverpool and Man Utd monitoring Birmingham youth star


Birmingham prospect Romello Mitchell is drawing interest from multiple top clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite just turning 16 years old, Mitchell has featuring regularly with the club's U18 side, and put on strong performances for the U16 team against Liverpool and Manchester United.

As a result of those outings, Premier League clubs are thinking of whether or not to table offers for the teenager.

Arsenal face competition from Atletico for Perisic


Arsenal may lose out on Inter's Ivan Perisic as Atletico Madrid have entered the fray for the winger, according to Gazetta dello Sport.

Perisic's price tag has been set between €35 million - €40m (£30m-£35m) with Arsenal looking to do a loan deal with a purchase option for the summer.

However, Atletico may be willing to do a deal with the money being paid now, which could be preferrable to Inter, even if the Premier League is believed to be Perisic's preferred landing spot.

Valencia could leave Man Utd in January


Antonio Valencia could depart Manchester United this week amid interest from Premier League rivals, according to the Sun.

The defender's contract runs down at the end of the season with both Newcastle and Fulham interested in bringing him in before the close of the window.

Other clubs are looking at a loan move for Valencia and United are willing to let him go, which has surprised the defender, who was willing to play out his contract at Old Trafford.

Stoke City make Vokes enquiry


Burnley's Sam Vokes has been subject of a £9 million ($12m) enquiry by Championship side Stoke City, according to the Daily Mail.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is interested in bringing in reinforcements for his attack and could use the funds to sign Vincent Janssen from Spurs for £15m.

Meanwhile Vokes would like the opportunity to play more often and would be willing to try his hand at getting Stoke into the promotion playoff.

Hull leading race for Liverpool's Woodburn


Liverpool are looking to loan out attacker Ben Woodburn once more and Hull City are in the lead to sign him, according to the Sun.

Woodburn struggled in a first half of the season loan with Sheffield United, as he was left to the fringes of the squad.

The Wales international is again likely destined for the Championship and Hull City are hoping to recapture the success they had with another Liverpool player, Harry Wilson, on loan last season.

Ben Woodburn, Liverpool

Rapids turned down $3m offer for Acosta


The Colorado Rapids have turned down a $3 million offer for midfielder Kellyn Acosta, according to

The bid for U.S. national team midfielder, who was acquired by the Rapids midseason in 2018 from FC Dallas, came from a unnamed club in the English Championship.

West Brom interested in Kamara


West Brom are interested in bringing in frozen-out Fulham forward Aboubakar Kamara and the player is considering the move, according to the Daily Mail.

Kamara has been sidelined by the London club after numerous incidents over the past month, including a recent clash with a security guard at Fulham's training group.

The forward had been nearing a loan move to Yeni Malatyaspor in Turkey but West Brom have entered the picture in hopes of landing him before the deadline.

Fire announce Kappelhof return


The Chicago Fire have announced centre-back Johan Kappelhof has re-signed with the team, with Targeted Allocation Money used to complete the deal.

The defender has spent the past three seasons with the MLS side after making the move from Groningen and is now signed through 2021. 

“We are very happy to have Johan back with the team,” Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic said in a statement. “Adding a player with his quality and experience, in addition to the time that we have spent working together, is priceless.”

PSG target Allan staying at Napoli


Carlo Ancelotti insisted Allan will not be moving to Paris Saint-Germain, declaring "the matter over" after the midfielder missed Napoli's draw at AC Milan.

Allan was dropped for Saturday's 0-0 Serie A stalemate in Milan amid uncertainty over his future, with French champions PSG reportedly finalising a transfer in excess of €100 million (£87m/$114m).

Ancelotti confirmed post-match that 28-year-old Allan had been contacted by a club regarding a move, but that the matter was finished and the midfielder would be staying.

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West Ham will replace Arnautovic with Gomez in summer


West Ham will replace Marko Arnautovic with Maxi Gomez this summer, despite the current Hammers striker signing a new deal Saturday, according to the Guardian.

Arnautovic inked fresh terms ending speculation of a January move to China, but West Ham will sanction a £45 million ($59m) exit to the Super League this summer.

In his place, they will bring in Celta Vigo's Gomez by meeting his £43.5m release clause this January, and then loaning him back to Celta for the rest of the season.

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Schalke make new Matondo bid after £8m offer rejected


Schalke will make a fresh bid for Manchester City's Rabbi Matondo after their £8 million ($11m) bid for the youngster was rejected, reports the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old winger has also drawn interest from Bayern Munich and Bourssia Monchengladbach, as German clubs look to pounce on another Premier League based younger looking to earn the chance for more playing time. 

Kompany's Man City future in doubt


Centre-back may be in final months with Premier League champions

Manchester City may hold off offering Vincent Kompany a new contract following his latest injury, according to the Mirror.

A muscle injury sustained in his side's win over Liverpool earlier this month has kept the Belgian centre-back out of their last six matches.

The club looked set to offer the 32-year-old a new one-year contract extension, but his ongoing fitness issues have forced them to reconsider.

Kompany's current deal expires at the end of the season.

Players demanded Hibs sack Lennon after fight


A training ground bust-up with Florian Kamberi has sparked the downfall of Neil Lennon at Hibernian, the Daily Express reports.

The manager was suspended and will not likely return to the club after an incident with the player on Friday which prompted other members of the squad to demand he be sacked.

While Lennon was initially suspended by the Edinburgh side, his assistant, Garry Parker, has been put on gardening leave.

Real Madrid turn attention back to Hazard


Eden Hazard is once again the top priority on Real Madrid's list of transfer targets after they dropped their interest in Christian Eriksen, says AS.

The Spanish side had been chasing the Tottenham star, but this week called off their attempts to lure him away from the Premier League.

Their sights have turned back to Chelsea star Hazard and hope to persuade him to ditch the Stamford Bridge outfit for them with promises of building the team around him.

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Man Utd stay patient on new manager decision


Manchester United are willing to bide their time as they weigh up their options for a new manager, The Mirror claims.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's start of eight straight wins since his appointment as caretaker manager has convinced many that he is the right man for the permanent job.

However, United are still intent on hiring Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham, meaning Solskjaer must continue to impress if he is to turn the heads of the decision makers.

Arsenal move for Malcom amid Barcelona struggles


Premier League side eye loan deal

Arsenal are hoping to persuade Barcelona to let them sign Malcom on loan for the rest of the season, says The Sun.

The Gunners had initially been trying to lure Denis Suarez away from Camp Nou, but there has been no progress in talks over a loan.

Arsenal have now turned their attention to his team-mate, who has struggled to settle in since his summer move from Bordeaux. 

Barca are reluctant to sell the Brazilian, but could be willing to let him leave on loan to help him on his way back to top form ahead of next season.