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Hoedt free to leave Southampton


Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will allow Wesley Hoedt to leave this month if he wants to.

The former RB Leipzig manager has yet to name the defender in a starting line-up since taking over from Mark Hughes, under whom the Dutchman was a regular figure.

"Yeah, it's not the best for Wesley, that's right. It's the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it's better for them. For Wesley it can be the same. We don't send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it."

Paredes to replace Fabregas


Leandro Paredes is set to replace Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea this month, according to the Mirror.

The Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder has reportedly agreed a £30m (€33.6m/$38.56m) deal with the Blues, and Nicolo Barella of Cagliari is also rumoured to have agreed a £40m (€44.8m/$51.4m) switch to Stamford Bridge.

However, Barella is reluctant to leave Cagliari mid-season, paving the way for Paredes to join this month, with the Italian possibly joining him in the summer.

Hairston joins Houston Dynamo


Marlon Hairston has joined Houston Dynamo from Colorado Rapids for a fee of $175,000, according to the Rapids' official website.

The 24-year-old winger has managed just seven goals and 13 assists from 95 MLS appearances and will hope to revive his career at a new club.

However, his new club will no doubt be pleased to have picked up a versatile, relatively young player with extensive experience for such a low amount.

Leeds to land Casilla?


Leeds United are set for a sensational move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 32-year-old is now third-choice behind Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas, and has not made a single appearance for the club in all competitions this season.

Marcelo Bielsa is hoping to have the deal wrapped up before the club's next match against Stoke, with a new goalkeeper a priority since on-loan shot-stopper Jamal Blackman broke his leg and had to be sent back to Chelsea.


Guardiola: No need for January signings


Pep Guardiola has said he is usually not able to sign the players he wants in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City boss has admitted that his side are unlikely to be welcoming any new faces despite being involved in four competitions and having no genuine replacement for defensive midfielder Fernandinho.

Guardiola insisted that long-term signings are generally unavailable mid-season and that he would prefer to wait for the right target.

Read more from Guardiola's press conference right here on Goal!

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Sevilla reach agreement for Wober


Sevilla have reached an agreement to sign young Ajax defender Maximilian Wober, subject to a medical, according to their official website.

The Austrian, 20, is a left-footed centre-back who can also operate as a left-back, and will move for a fee thought to be in the region of €10.5m (£9.4m/$12m).

Wober has made 16 appearances in all competitions for Ajax this season, although many have been from the bench.


Balotelli to stay at Nice?


Mario Balotelli could remain at Nice this season, despite reports of a breakdown in the relationship between the striker and manager Patrick Vieira.

The enigmatic forward had often been criticised this season and was heavily linked with a January exit, but Vieira has said that "nothing is impossible" regarding the Italian's future.

Balotelli has been left out of Nice's last four matches as the club seeks a resolution to the problem.

Read the full story right here on Goal!


Colorado Rapids sign Feilhaber


Colorado Rapids have confirmed the signing of midfielder Benny Feilhaber on a free transfer via their official website.

The 33-year-old has left Los Angeles FC upon the expiry of his contract, and is an MLS veteran, having made 236 league appearances across three clubs.

He has notched 37 goals and 56 assists in that time - a creditable return for a midfielder.

Cardiff eye N'Jie loan


Cardiff City are hopeful of landing Clinton N'Jie on loan from Marseille, according to Sky Sports.

The 25-year-old winger represents the Bluebirds' best chance of a signing this winter, having hit stumbling blocks over proposed deals for Nathaniel Clyne - who joined Bournemouth - as well as Adrien Tameze and Emiliano Sala.

Cardiff face competition from Burnley and Huddersfield for the wide-man, but Neil Warnock will be determined not to let a fourth player slip through his fingers.

Sevilla sign Munir


Sevilla have confirmed the signing of Muir El Haddadi from Barcelona.

The forward, 23, has been picked up for a meagre €1,050,000 fee, with just six months left on his contract.

He was set to sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of next season, but Sevilla have instead paid a small transfer fee to acquire his services this month.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Gattuso: I hope Higuain stays


AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso says he hopes Gonzalo Higuain stays at the club.

The Argentine is on loan from Juventus with an option to buy at the end of the season, but there have been rumours his deal could be cut short and the Argentine could be sold to Chelsea.

Higuain has notched eight goals and three assists in all competitions so far this campaign.

Read the full story right here on Goal!


Cardiff's Tameze move collapses


Cardiff City's proposed move for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze has collapsed, according to Sky Sports.

The Bluebirds were in talks over an £8.5m (€9.5m/$10.9m) deal for the defensive midfielder but they were unable to reach an agrement with Ligue 1 outfit Nice.

It is a blow for the newly-promoted side as they look to ensure Premier League survival. 

Hibernian land Gauld


Hibernian have announced the signing of Ryan Gauld from Sporting Lisbon on loan until the end of the season, according to the BBC.

The 23-year-old winger said he was convinced to join by the eagerness Neil Lennon's side showed to bring him in.

And his acqusition could prove an important one for Hibs, who reinforce in a key area following an injury to Martin Boyle on Asia Cup duty last month.

Warnock wants a striker


Neil Warnock is desperate to sign a striker and remains hopeful of a £20m (€22.4m/$25.7m) deal to bring Nantes forward Emiliano Sala to Cardiff City, according to Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old has registered 12 strikes in Ligue 1 this season and Cardiff are in dire need of a goalscorer, with Warnock often forced to use Callum Paterson as a makeshift centre-forward.

However, the player is reportedly concerned about signing for potential relegation candidates and will need convincing to move to south Wales.

Yeovil land Chelsea and Bournemouth youngsters


Yeovil Town have signed Josh Grant and Alex Dobre on loan from Chelsea and Bournemouth, respectively, according to the BBC.

Defender Grant and winger Dobre, both 20, have signed temporary deals until the end of the season.

Yeovil are 22nd in League Two and will hope their bright, young acquisitions can help them avoid relegation from the Football League.

Wolves linked with Origi


Wolves have been linked with a move for Liverpool forward Divock Origi, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Nuno Espirito Santo suffered a major setback this month when on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham opted to remain with Championship side Aston Villa despite a proposed move to Molineux.

The Portuguese has reportedly turned his attention to Origi, but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may be reluctant to part with another striker after selling Dominic Solanke to Bournemouth.

Jokanovic targeted as Karanka replacement


Slavisa Jokanovic has been highlighted as the primary candidate to replace Aitor Karanka at Nottingham Forest, according to Sky Sports.

Karanka asked to terminate his contract on Friday morning and the former Fulham boss is now being strongly linked with taking over a Forest side that sit seventh in the Championship, four points off the playoffs.

Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham earlier this season with the Cottagers bottom of the Premier League, but he has a strong promotion record, having taken both his former side and Watford into the top flight. 

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Bilbao want Llorente back


Athletic Bilbao are desperate to re-sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.

Llorente has played just 27 Premier League minutes over five substitute appearances so far this season but provides cover for Harry Kane up front.

The Spaniard scored 111 goals in eight seasons with Athletic and could be persuaded to move in search of first-team football, but it remains to be seen if Spurs will allow Vincent Janssen to assume the mantle of second-choice striker.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

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Burton sign Clarke on loan


Burton Albion have signed Josh Clarke on loan until the end of the season from Brentford, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The right-back, 23, featured in 28 Championship games last season but has only played in one so far this term.

He is a versatile player, able to fill in on the right-wing or at left-back if needed.

Monaco announce Fabregas


Monaco have announced the £10m (€11.2m/$12.8m) signing of Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea via social media.

A deal had already been struck between the Ligue 1 outfit and the Blues, but it was not known if the midfielder would be moving this month or in the summer. 

However, the announcement confirms that Fabregas will be linking up with former team-mate Thierry Henry at the principality club immediately.

Read the full story right here on Goal!


Liverpool's Awoniyi joins Mouscron on loan


Liverpool's Taiwo Awoniyi has joined Belgian outfit Royal Excel Mouscron on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical, according to Liverpool's official website.

The striker, 21, had his loan deal at KAA Gent ended early as he scored just three goals in 22 appearances for the club.

He now rejoins a club where he spent the 2017-18 season on loan, scoring 11 goals in all competitions. 

Besiktas interested in Choupo-Moting


Besiktas are looking into the prospect of signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Paris-Saint Germain, according to France Football.

The forward has made just eight Ligue 1 appearances since his surprise move from Stoke City and the Turkish side hope that they can lure him away with the prospect of regular, first-team football.

The Cameroonian is currently behind the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Julian Draxler in the pecking order.

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Birmingham not getting Marshall


Birmingham City have been knocked back in their pursuit of Norwich City winger Ben Marshall, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Garry Monk has limited resources to work with and was reportedly interested in a loan move for the wide-man.

However, Norwich are not interested in allowing the player to leave, having only signed him his summer.

Arsenal linked with free agent Brahimi


Arsenal are considering a move for Porto's Yacine Brahimi, whose contract expires at the end of this season, according to the Mirror.

The 28-year-old winger has scored six goals in 16 league appearances for the Portuguese outfit.

However, Everton and Inter are also rumoured to be monitoring the Algeria international's situation. ​

Everton consider Batshuayi bid


Everton are weighing up an offer of up to £18m (€20.1m/$23m) for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.

The Belgian is set to have his loan spell at Valencia cut short after struggling for form, scoring just once in 15 La Liga appearances.

The Toffees would need to make the deal permanent, however, due to already having Kurt Zouma on loan from the Blues. 

Cardiff and Palace battle for Moses


Cardiff City and Crystal Palace are both interested in signing Victor Moses from Chelsea, according to The Sun.

The Nigerian, 28, is reportedly available for a fee of around £12m (€13.4m/$15.4m), having played just 26 minutes of Premier League football this season under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

The former Napoli coach believes that Moses' best position is as a wing-back, and does not trust him as a full-back or a winger in his preferred 4-3-3 set-up. 

Sarri: In my opinion we need two players


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he would like to sign two players during the January transfer window, but admits the decision is out of his hands.

The Blues have been linked with several top European stars this month, including AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea's home clash in the Premier League against Newcastle on Saturday, Sarri stated: "In my opinion, we need two players, but it's up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.”

Read the full story on Goal.

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Neymar begging for Barca return branded 'fake news' by his father


Neymar's father has rejected claims from Spanish publication El Mundo that his son has been begging Barcelona for a return to the club.

El Mundo released a story which states that the Brazilian has regularly contacted his former club to discuss a possible transfer back to the Camp Nou from Paris Saint Germain over the last year.

But Neymar Santos Sr has dismissed the report has false on social media, posting an image of the article with 'fake news' branded across it.

Check out the full story on Goal.

Juventus eye swoop for Russo


Juventus have identified Genoa goalkeeper Alessandro Russo as a future long-term number one, according to Calcio Mercato.

The 17-year-old represents Italy at U-17 level and has been tipped for a bright future at the highest level.

Russo's current market value is set at 10m (£9m, $11m), but Genoa hope to retain his services as his price rises over the next few years.

Sarri rages at Bayern amid Hudson-Odoi saga


Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has accused Bayern Munich of being 'unprofessional' in their pursuit of teenage winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The Bundesliga giants have submitted three bids for the 18-year-old during the January transfer window, with the latest coming in at £35m ($45m).

Sarri expressed his anger over the situation in a press conference on Friday, stating: "I think it's not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea, so they didn't respect our club, I think."

Read the full story on Goal.

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Real Madrid interested in Zaniolo


AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, who could be lining up a January approach.

According to Diario Sport, Los Blancos have been monitoring the 19-year-old's progress in Serie A this season, but the Italian giants are desperate to keep a hold of him.

Roma's Director Monchi is keen to tie Zaniolo down to a new deal, after initially noticing his talent while he was at Inter Milan

Brighton interested in Alexis Mac


Brighton have identified Argentinos Juniors midfielder Alexis Mac Allister as a January transfer target, according to Sky Sports.

Should Mac Allister complete a move to the Premier League he will likely join up with Brighton's U-23 squad until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has contributed three goals in nine games at the start of the 2018-19 Argentine Primera Division campaign.

Monaco in talks with Batshuayi


Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has emerged as a primary transfer target for AS Monaco, after he was called back to Stamford Bridge early from his loan-spell at Valencia.

The Belgian striker's agent Meissa N'Diaye has flown out to France to discuss a possible move to Ligue 1.

Batshuayi only managed to score two goals in 23 matches for Valencia, with the team now languishing in mid-table in La Liga.

Read the full story on Goal.

Gabbiadini completes Sampdoria switch


Manolo Gabbiadini has completed a move from Southampton to Sampdoria on Friday, ending his two-year stay in the Premier League.

The Italian striker scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for the Saints, including an impressive brace in the 2017 Carabao Cup final.

Gabbiadini returns to Sampdoria for his second stint with the club, for an undisclosed fee.

Collins completes move to Ipswich


Former Aston Villa defender James Collins has completed a move to Ipswich Town, on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving Villa Park in December due to a shoulder injury, but he will now make his return to the Championship.

Collins has racked up over 300 career appearances at club level, spending the majority of his career in London with West Ham United.

Everton line up £15m bid for Soares


Southampton defender Cedric Soares is the subject of interest from Everton, who are preparing to table a £15m ($19m) offer.

According to The Sun (print edition) via the Daily Star, the Saints are happy to let the Portuguese full-back leave in order to free up funds for new boss Ralph Hasenhuettl to spend in January.

Soares would give Toffee's manager Marco Silva an extra option in defence, with Seamus Coleman currently serving as the club's first-choice right-back.

Blackpool sign Kirby from Crystal Palace


Blackpool have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Nya Kirby on loan until the end of the current season.

The 18-year-old signed a new contract with the Eagles back in October after featuring in the club's pre-season Asia Trophy campaign.

Kirby will link up with the Blackpool squad ahead of their trip to Portsmouth in League One on Saturday - as per the club's official website.

Barnes returns to Leicester City


Leicester City have recalled Harvey Barnes from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, the club has announced on Friday.

The 21-year-old has shone in the Championship this season, contributing nine goals and six assists for the Baggies in 26 appearances.

He will be available to feature for Claude Puel's side at the King Power Stadium against Southampton on Saturday, subject to approval from the Premier League.

Chelsea warned Wilson is not for sale


Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is not for sale 'at any price', according to club boss Eddie Howe.

Speaking ahead of his team's trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday, the Cherries head coach addressed reports linking the Englishman with a switch to Stamford Bridge.

"I’ve been told about the speculation, it’s not something I seek to read," he told reporters on Friday. "I wouldn’t sell at any price but I’m the manager of the team trying to create the best team that I can."

Read the full story on Goal.

Balerdi closes in on Dortmund switch


Boca Juniors midfielder Leonardo Balerdi has agreed a €16m ($18m, £14m) move to Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild.

The 19-year-old will sign a four-year deal at Westfalenstadion next week before joining up with his new teammates.

Balerdi attracted attention from a number of top European clubs with his displays in South America last year, but Dortmund have won the race to secure his services.

Klopp rules out Camacho Liverpool exit


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims that teenage full-back Rafa Camacho could leave the club on loan during the January window.

Sporting Lisbon had been interested in securing the 18-year-old's signature but it now looks as though he will stay put until at least the end of the season.

As per the Liverpool Echo, when asked about Camacho at a press conference on Friday, Klopp stated: "No, Rafa will not leave. That's the answer!”

Man United starlet Hamilton joins Rochdale on loan


Rochdale have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Ethan Hamilton on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has spent four years with the Red Devils as part of their youth set-up and featured regularly for the U-23's in 2018.

Hamilton will now focus on helping Rochdale avoid relegation from League One, with the team currently sitting in 18th place.

Huth denies Derby agreement (in his own style!)


Former Chelsea and Leicester City man Robert Huth has been without a club since being released by the Foxes at the end of last season.

As such he continues to be linked with other clubs, with Derby County the latest side rumoured to be interested.

However, it seems Huth will not be joining anyone in January... or ever again! 😂😂😂

Arsenal slammed over Ramsey departure


With Aaron Ramsey set to depart Arsenal for Juventus on a free transfer this summer, the Gunners have been slammed for their transfer policy in recent years.

Ex-Arsenal striker Paul Mariner believes it is "madness" that players of Ramsey's ilk are being let go without a transfer fee and has admitted he is puzzled by the way the club has run things in recent years.

Check out the full story right here!

Barca consider Morata loan move


Spain international keen to leave Chelsea

Barcelona are considering a January loan move for Alvaro Morata, according to Sport.

The Chelsea striker is keen to leave Stamford Bridge this winter, with his agent having already held talks with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.

But Barca are now set to enter the race as they look to bring in a back-up forward for the second half of the campaign.

Inter line up transfer swoop for Dybala


Inter are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Paulo Dybala, in the event that Mauro Icardi ends up leaving the club.

According to Tuttosport, the Nerazzurri have been unable to negotiate a contract extension with the Argentine striker, who has been linked with several top European clubs.

If Icardi does depart, club director Giuseppe Marotta wants Lautaro Martínez to lead the line and Dybala to come in and compensate for his loss of star power.

AC Milan & Juve reject Chelsea's loan offer for Higuain


AC Milan and Juventus have rejected Chelsea's loan proposal for Gonzalo Higuain, according to Tuttosport.

The Blues had hoped to secure the Argentine's signature on a temporary deal until the end of the season, after holding talks with the player's brother in London.

Higuain is currently on a season long-loan with Milan from Juve and the Bianconeri are only willing to listen to permanent transfer offers for the 31-year-old at this stage.

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Juventus contact Real Madrid regarding Isco


Juventus have approached Real Madrid to discuss the possibility of signing Isco, according to Di Marzio.

The Bianconeri have already agreed a deal to bring Aaron Ramsey to Turin from Arsenal this summer, but they also have their sights set on landing the Spaniard. 

Isco has fallen out of favour at Santiago Bernabeu in recent months and his entourage have already held discussions with Juve's Sporting Director Fabio Paratici.

Man United propose Pogba for Costa exchange


Manchester United would be willing to consider a swap deal with Juventus as they bid to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin.

The Red Devils want Douglas Costa in exchange, but the Bianconeri are reluctant to offload the mercurial winger - according to Tuttosport.

Juve want to re-sign Pogba in this summer, two years after selling him to United for a then world-record £89m ($113m) fee. 

Lennon rules out Griffiths signing


Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has ruled out the possibility of signing Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.

In an interview with BBC Sport, when asked about the Scottish forward Lennon responded: "He's a big Hib's fan obviously. But he's very expensive, I don't know if he'd fall into our budget."

Griffiths has featured in 11 Scottish Premier League games this season, contributing two goals and one assist.

Neymar desperate for Barca return


Paris Saint Germain winger Neymar has contacted Barcelona several times over the last few months to discuss a return to the club, according to El Mundo.

The Brazilian swapped the Camp Nou for the Parc Des Princes in 2017 for a world record €222m (£201m, $256m) fee, ending a four-year stint in Spain.

However, Neymar is now regretting his decision and has expressed his desire to go back to Barcelona, with his father mediating negotiations. 

Barcelona have no intention of signing Morata


Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will not be sold to Barcelona in January, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Contrary to widespread reports, the Spanish champions are not interested in signing the 26-year-old, who has struggled at Stamford Bridge since his switch from Real Madrid in 2017.

Sevilla looks like the most likely next destination for Morata, but Atletico Madrid have also made contact with Chelsea to discuss his availability.

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Arsenal slammed over Ramsey saga


Arsenal’s inability to keep Aaron Ramsey at the club is “staggering” and “astonishing”, claims Martin Keown, but they only have themselves to blame.

The Wales international midfielder is heading towards free agency as his contract runs down, with a move to Serie A champions Juventus expected to be made.

Read the full story on Goal!

Klopp keen to keep Origi


Jurgen Klopp wants to keep Divock Origi at Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian striker has found himself on the fringes of the fold at Anfield this season, but is considered to be a useful squad player and will not be allowed to follow Dominic Solanke through the exits.

Monaco consider Batshuayi move


Ligue 1 side Monaco are among the clubs considering an approach for Michy Batshuayi, according to L’Equipe, with the striker heading back to Chelsea.

Valencia have confirmed that they will be cutting short a loan agreement, allowing the likes of Everton and now Thierry Henry – who has worked with the forward before in the Belgium national set-up – to piece together transfer packages.

Celtic to bring in Gutman


Celtic have a deal in place with American defender Andrew Gutman, according to the Scottish Sun.

The 22-year-old Chicago Fire star took in a trial at Rangers back in December, but will now link up with their Old Firm rivals once a work permit has been put in place.

Ramsey would favour Anfield switch


If Aaron Ramsey shuns interest from abroad and opts to remain in English football, then BBC Sport claims that Liverpool will be his favoured option.

The Arsenal midfielder, who is heading towards free agency, is wanted by leading sides across Europe, with Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain all eager to do a deal.

Moreno ready for Liverpool exit


Alberto Moreno will not be signing a contract at Liverpool, reports the Express.

Instead, the Spanish left-back is seeking to either leave Anfield in January or as a free agent in the summer - with a return to his homeland or a switch to Italy his preferred options.

Morata to Sevilla unlikely as Munir nears Barca exit


Spanish side hoping to land forward this winter

Munir El Haddadi is set to leave Barcelona in order to sign for Sevilla in a move that lessens the chances of Alvaro Morata joining the Seville club, Goal understands. 

Munir has rejected multiple offers from the La Liga champions over a new contract, having already settled on joining Sevilla when his contract expires on June 30. 

Read the full story right here!

Galaxy sign Romney to new deal


Dave Romney will get the chance to prove himself under Guillermo Barros Schelotto, with the 25-year-old defender signing a new deal with the LA Galaxy on Thursday. 

The California native was the first player to sign with the senior side from LA Galaxy II back in 2015 and has become a solid contributor for the club, making 59 starts since joining the first team. 

Feilhaber agrees to deal with Colorado


Former U.S. national team midfielder Benny Feilhaber has agreed to a free agent deal with the Colorado Rapids reports that the 33-year-old, soon to be 34, will sign a deal that will pay him around $500,000 for 2019. 

The midfielder is just the latest signing in what has been a busy offseason for the Rapids, who have also landed MLS veterans Kei Kamara, Diego Rubio, Keegan Rosenberry and Nicolas Mezquida. 

'King Kazu' Miura signs new Yokohama deal aged 51


The seemingly never-ending career Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue on for at least one more year. 

Japanese second-tier side Yokohama FC have announced an extension of the contract with 51-year-old, giving him the chance to extend his own records. 

Read the full story right here on Goal

Irish youngster drawing looks from Everton, Derby & Villa


Watford's Ryan Cassidy has a host of Premier League clubs interested in his signature, according to the Irish Mirror

The 17-year-old is highly rated by his current club, but they'll face a test to keep him with Everton, Aston Villa and Derby County all interested in the young striker. 


Former Villa and Birmingham defender Ridgewell leaves Portland


Liam Ridgewell is leaving the Portland Timbers, with club and player having agreed to part ways. 

The 34-year-old spent five season with the MLS club, earning two All-Star nods and helping the team to the MLS Cup title in 2015. 

New York City FC wants Scotland international


New York City FC has approached Aberdeen for permission to speak with Gary Mackay-Steven, Sky Sports reports. 

The winger's current contract runs out this summer and the MLS side hope to land the 28-year-old. 

Molde planning for Solskjaer return


 Norwegian outfit Molde are still planning on the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer. 

The 45-year-old has won five matches in a row since taking over for Manchester United in December, prompting some speculation that he could be handed the job on a full-time basis. 

But Molde are not planning on an extended stay for their manager in the Premier League

"The deal is until May 12. That is our Plan A and our Plan B,” Molde managing director Oystein Neerland was reported as saying by the Daily Mail.  

Read his full comments right here on Goal 


Dubravka distances himself from Juve links


Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has claimed he has no interests in reports linking him with a move to Juventus.

As quoted in the Daily Star, the 29-year-old said: “For me, I am just focused 100 per cent on doing my job for Newcastle United and making sure we stay in the Premier League.”

“We can’t allow ourselves to be focused on things we cannot do anything about,” he added.

Gracia happy with Watford squad


Watford boss Javi Gracia does not expect much transfer activity this month and has told reporters he is happy with his current team.

“In this moment, maybe different things happen, but I am happy with the squad I have,” said Gracia.

“With the players we have we can complete a very good season and if in one week something changes, we will see.

“But at the moment I prefer to value the players I have because they deserve that. We have to be demanding with the players and we have to be ambitious with them, too.”

Smith never doubted Abraham would remain


Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has claimed he never doubted Tammy Abraham would leave the club, despite speculation linking him with a move to Wolves and Crystal Palace.

“It’s been messy from the outside, but I couldn’t see him going anywhere,” he told reporters.

“I said that from the start, I’d have been amazed if he had gone anywhere, and I’ve told Tammy that before.

“My understanding was that if Chelsea wanted to bring him back to play for them. They had no intention of selling him, I didn’t think they’d pull him back to send him out on loan again - he’s been out three times on loan already.”

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Southampton line up Fournier as director of football


Southampton are lining up Nice general manager Julien Fournier as the club's next director of football, the Daily Mail reports. 

The 44-year-old helped recruit Patrick Vieira​ as the French side's manager and has an impressive resume, having been secretary general of Marseille previously, along with being the youngest president of Strasbourg

Mulumbu to leave Celtic on loan


Youssouf Mulumbu is among three players Celtic are ready to let leave on loan. 

“Youssouf is at the age where he needs to play really," manager Brendan Rodgers told The Scotsman. "He came in as a support player to the team but he’s at the age really where he needs to play in the next part of the season so he’ll probably go out on loan.”

The 31-year-old has struggled for playing time this season and is likely to be joined by Lewis Morgan and Jack Hendry in going out on loan deals.

West Ham considering Shelvey move


West Ham are considering a swoop for Jonjo Shelvey from Newcastle, the Daily Mail claims. 

The Hammers will face stiff resistance as they chase the midfielder, but Manuel Pellegrini​ admires the former Swansea and Liverpool man and would love the chance to bring him to London this window. 

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Inter following Empoli's Traore


Inter are set to meet with the agent of Hamed Junior Traore of EmpoliGianluca Di Marzio reports. 

The midfielder has impressed during his first season as a starter in Serie A and has caught the eye of the Italian giants. 


Chelsea have rejected Barcelona's offer of a Willian-Malcom swap


Blues view Brazilian as a key member of their squad

Chelsea have turned down an offer from Barcelona that would see cash and Malcom come to London in exchange for winger Willian, according to The Telegraph

The Blues are looking to gain a stronger position in the winter window and see letting a key member of the squad leave as a step in the wrong direction.

The club also value their Brazilian winger higher than the deal from the Spanish giants, with Malcom and the cash on offer valued at around £50 million​ ($64m).