Twelve days in and it’s fair to say the transfer window has yet to really get going – but that could all be about to change.
Bruno Fernandes is once again the centre of attention as Manchester United look to give their squad a shot in the arm in an effort to rescue a season slowly going from bad to worse.
Another Fernandes, Gedson, is wanted by a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham and he looks to be another one on the move.
Liverpool are unlikely to add to their squad but may already have completed the best business in the top flight by sneaking Takumi Minamino in under the radar.
Follow all the latest news from the January transfer window from across the Premier League and beyond right here…
Tottenham have reportedly joined the race to sign Gedson Fernandes despite West Ham agreeing a deal in principle to sign the midfielder.
The Benfica star had looked to be closing on a move to east London but Tottenham have emerged as late rivals, reports the Daily Mail.
Fernandes has also been interesting Chelsea.
Tottenham have failed to reach the levels they have set themselves over the last four seasons.
The appointment of Jose Mourinho in November excited many, as the Special One was chosen to turn last season’s Champions League finalists back into title contenders.
Mourinho has a history of spending big at all the clubs he has been at, and these large transfer sums are often followed by the thing that has eluded Spurs for over a decade – trophies.
The north London club has struggled defensively this season, and have been unfortunate with some lengthy injuries to key players.
Click here to see who we think Mourinho could snap up this month in a bid to boost his side…
Chelsea blow as Kante ‘wants move to Real Madrid’
Chelsea have been handed a huge blow with reports N’Golo Kante is targeting a to move to Real Madrid.
Midfielder Kante is believed to have a strong relationship with Real boss Zinedine Zidane and sees the club as the ideal new challenge next season, according to The Sun.
However, the report says Real president Florentino Perez is reluctant to pay over the odds for the France international, who would cost more than £100m.
Bayern Munich and Juventus are also said to be keen on the 28-year-old.
Mourinho: No January quick fix for Tottenham
Jose Mourinho has claimed he will not be able to fix Tottenham’s injury crisis with an influx of big-money signings this month.
The Spurs boss, who is preparing his side for their Saturday night clash with Liverpool , is on the lookout for fresh faces after Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko suffered serious injuries.
But Mourinho insisted it will take more than one transfer window to build the team he wants at Tottenham.
“Amazing transfer windows – you need less time. Balanced transfer windows – you need more time,” said Mourinho.
“So more transfer windows because we are not going ever to be the transfer window king.”
Chiesa hopes for Fiorentina exit amid Liverpool link
Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa – who has been linked with Liverpool – could be leaving the club this month.
The 22-year-old attacker, who can also play on either wing, has scored three goals and registered five assists in 16 games for La Viola this season.
His dad and agent has been in discussions with Fiorentina’s owner Rocco Commisso about Chiesa leaving the club, according to Sportsmole.
Juventus and Inter Milan have been credited with an interest in the Italy international, along with Liverpool.
Tottenham eye Ings as Kane replacement
Tottenham have reportedly identified Danny Ings as a short-term replacement for injured Harry Kane.
The Daily Star reports that Southampton striker Ings is on Spurs’ radar, along with Moussa Dembele of Lyon and AC Milan misfit Krzysztof Piatek.
Former Liverpool striker Ings, 27, has scored 13 goals in 21 Premier League games for Southampton this season.
Klopp linked with Dembele move
Liverpool have once more been linked with a swoop for Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, according to reports from Spain.
Spanish publication ElDesmarque claims Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is open to the idea of signing Dembele as competition for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
But the report says Barcelona will want at least 100million euros (£85m) for the 22-year-old, who has been touted as a potential Liverpool target in the past.
Waddle urges Tottenham to snap up Giroud after Kane blow
Tottenham have been urged to sign Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud to fill the void left by Harry Kane’s injury.
Kane has been ruled out until April with a hamstring injury in a huge blow for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham .
And Spurs legend Chris Waddle believes Giroud could be the ideal short-term signing as the Chelsea striker looks to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
Giroud’s agent is understood to have agreed personal terms with Inter Milan – although Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted no deal has yet been struck.
Waddle said: “I like Giroud. I know he misses a few but he scores them as well which tells me he knows where to find space in the box to accumulate chances.”
Sporting boss seeks Bruno Fernandes alternatives amid Man Utd link
Sporting Lisbon boss Jorge Silas said he was “starting to think of alternatives” amid speculation Manchester United are closing in on signing Bruno Fernandes.
And Silas said: “I’m starting to think of alternatives within our team if Bruno doesn’t stay with us.
“I hope that doesn’t happen. In Portugal, unfortunately, we can’t keep the best players for long. Bruno is the best player in the league.”
Xavi ‘offered deal’ to replace Valverde as Barcelona boss
Barcelona chiefs have reportedly offered their former star Xavi Hernandez a two-and-a-half-year contract to replace Ernesto Valverde as manager.
However, Qatari club Al-Sadd, where Xavi is currently head coach, have said there is no immediate prospect of the Spain legend leaving and insisted they had received no contact from Barcelona.
Valverde’s position as Barcelona boss has come under increasing pressure following Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup defeat to Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
And Barcelona chiefs reacted on Friday, holding a two-hour meeting with Xavi before offering him a deal, according to AS .
Solskjaer won’t sign players just to save his job
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he will not sign short-term fixes to protect his Manchester United job.
Solskjaer is dealing with an injury crisis, with seven players out, including first-choice centre midfield duo Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.
Former United skipper Gary Neville said ex-team-mate Solskjaer needs to sign players this month to safeguard his position, with his job under threat.
But Solskjaer said he will not bring in players just to save his own skin and will always put United ahead of his own interests.
“No, not at all,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not going to protect myself. I’m going to do what’s best for the club, what I think and we feel is right for the club and I will never put myself before the club.
Lampard hints Giroud could leave Chelsea
The Blues boss has admitted for the first time that Chelsea do not necessarily need to sign a replacement for Giroud to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
Giroud’s agent is understood to have agreed personal terms with Inter, but Lampard insisted no deal has yet been struck.
Asked if Chelsea need to recruit a replacement before Giroud can leave, Lampard said: “Not necessarily.
“With Ollie the situation is, if it’s right for everybody, and first and foremost that’s us as the club, then we’ll look at whether he can leave the club.
Mourinho wants options like Klopp as Tottenham prepare to host Liverpool
Jose Mourinho has admitted he is envious of the options Jurgen Klopp has at his disposal – and hinted he is hoping for reinforcements in the January transfer window.
Tottenham have been hit by the loss of Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko as they prepare to host Klopp’s Liverpool on Saturday.
And Mourinho was impressed that Klopp signed Takumi Minamino on January 1 despite already having a breathtaking arsenal of attacking options.
The Tottenham boss said: “Even the coaches without injuries, even for example Jurgen, with the best team and an amazing squad, he was happy to have a new player. We are all the same…”
Bruno Fernandes’ agent deletes Twitter account amid Man Utd link
Bruno Fernandes’ agent has deleted his Twitter account amid speculation Manchester United are closing in on a deal to sign the Sporting Lisbon midfielder.
It is thought the 25-year-old Portugal international could wrap up a move to United this month after Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana discussed the deal with United chiefs.
Sporting captain Fernandes was linked with both United and Tottenham last summer, but the Red Devils appear to have moved ahead in the race to sign him, with the fee expected to be around €70million (£60m).
And amid frenzied speculation that a deal is close, it has emerged that the Twitter account of Fernandes’ agent Rui Guimaraes of the Positionnumber group has been deleted.
Tottenham ‘try to hijack West Ham’s deal for Fernandes’
Sky Sports report that Tottenham are trying to muscle in on West Ham’s deal for Benfica youngster Gedson Fernandes.
The Hammers have agreed an 18-month loan deal for the 21-year-old, but Spurs are trying to usurp them due to their midfield injuries.
Frank Lampard on Pedro
Chelsea winger Pedro has fallen down the Blues pecking order as Frank Lampard has prioritised picking younger players, but the Blues boss still wants to keep the World Cup winner at Stamford Bridge.
Pedro has been linked with a return to Barcelona as well as a surprise move to Aston Villa, but Lampard said:
“He is part of my plans. I know he wants more games, I get that.
But he has something that he can contribute here.
I know his contract is up at the end of the season but I am not even looking that.
I need everybody because football can change very quickly”
Pepe Reina back in the Premier League at Villa
Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign the former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina until the end of the season, with our sources suggesting that it should go through on Monday.
The 37-year-old last played in England in 2013, before spells at Napoli, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
Reina has been drafted in by Villa boss Dean Smith following a season-ending injury to Tom Heaton.
Rio drops Fernandes hint
Manchester United fans scouring the internet looking for any news on the potential arrival of Bruno Fernandes were given a bit of a jolt by Rio Ferdinand on Friday evening.
Suggestions that a delegation from Sporting Lisbon including president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been in Manchester holding talks with United have been gathering pace, with Portuguese outlet Record reporting those claims.
As is usually the way with these things, everyone has then reported those reports, but given their apparent lack of urgency in the transfer market in recent years then United fans are understandably wary over reading too much into anything.
Everton linked with… Everton
This would be fun wouldn’t it?
Everton, the football club, are being linked with a move for Everton, the Gremio and Brazil forward, by Gazeta Esportiva in Brazil.
Do it, Carlo. You know it makes sense.
Wolves confirm Cutrone exit six months after joining club
Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone has joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan deal. The Premier League club have said the move includes an option for the Serie A side to make the switch permanent.
Cutrone joined from AC Milan last July in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £16million. But the 22-year-old has struggled to force his way into Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting XI.
He made only nine starts, with just one of those coming in Wolves’ last 15 games. Cutrone made 24 appearances in total, scoring three goals – two of which came in the Premier League against Chelsea and West Ham.
“Everyone at Wolves would like to wish Patrick the best of luck at Fiorentina,” said a statement on the official club website.
Bruno Fernandes ‘talks held’ with Man Utd chiefs
Sporting Lisbon chiefs have reportedly paid a visit to Manchester United’s offices to thrash out a deal for Bruno Fernandes, according to Portuguese outlet Record .
Portugal international Fernandes has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and the reports in his homeland claim that Sporting president Frederico Varandas and sporting director Hugo Viana have been discussing the deal with United chiefs.
The 25-year-old – who was also closely linked with Tottenham in the summer – would reportedly be available for around £60million, and Record claim that there is an increasing confidence that a deal could be reached during the January transfer window.
Did Jones goal block Rangers move?
Liverpool’s Curtis Jones was reportedly being lined up for a January loan move to Rangers before his stunning winner against Everton in the FA Cup last weekend.
The 18-year-old Scouser scored his first senior goal in the Merseyside derby at Anfield, but prior to that he was on the cusp of joining Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard at Ibrox for the remainder of the season, according to Football Insider.
Jurgen Klopp is now going to keep Jones at Anfield for the remainder of the season after being impressed with his display, and he could get more opportunities to play following injuries to James Milner and Naby Keita.
Kyle Lafferty set to agree Sunderland deal
Northern Irish forward Kyle Lafferty is close to being confirmed as a Sunderland player, moving to the 11th different club of his career.
The 32-year-old left Norwegian side Sarpsborg last month, and he has seemingly chosen a switch to the Stadium of Light over a move back to former club Hearts.
Leeds to add Man City winger Poveda to squad
Our colleagues from Leeds Live says that Marcelo Bielsa is hoping to tie up a deal for Manchester City winger Ian Poveda in the coming days.
Poveda, who was born in London to Colombian parents, could join the Championship promotion chasers on loan this month with a view to a permanent deal in the summer, or even make a permanent switch now.
The 19-year-old is a regular in the England youth setup, and has four under-20 caps to his name.
New deal for Wilder
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has signed a new contract at the club, extending his stay until 2024.
Currently the 10th longest-serving boss in the English leagues, Wilder has overseen an excellent campaign in the Premier League after clinching promotion last year.
The Blades sit eighth in the table, and will jump to fifth if they can beat West Ham at Bramall Lane tonight.
Bruce plays down Lookman move
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says any deal for RB Leipzig’s Ademola Lookman is a long way off.
The Magpies have been linked with a move for the ex-Everton and Charlton winger, but Bruce said:
“I think I’ve been linked with 38 players and he’s another one of them.
“He’s a good player, I like him, but who wouldn’t do? It’s a bit far off at the moment.”
Bola back at Blackpool
Marc Bola has returned to Blackpool for a second loan spell.
The Greenwich-born left black played for the Tangerines on loan from Arsenal last season, and after joining Middlesbrough in the summer he’s now headed back to Bloomfield Road for the rest of the season.
“It feels very good to be back.
I’ve been welcomed by my team-mates and the staff and I can’t wait to get back playing now.
I’m looking to pick up from where I left off and play as many games as I can.”
Emile Smith Rowe joins Huddersfield on loan
Huddersfield have completed the signing of Emile Smith Rowe on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old joins the Terriers having made 15 senior appearances for the Gunners, as well as three more on loan at RB Leipzig last season.
Huddersfield boss Danny Cowley said:
“We’re delighted to complete the loan move to bring Emile to the Club today, as it’s the culmination of an ongoing process that began in early November.
“Nicky and I spent a week at Arsenal in the summer and Emile is a player that we know well. We’ve got some good relationships with the Club and we’re very appreciative of them loaning us one of their very best young players.
“Emile will give us the creative link that we’ve been missing. He can play in a range of attacking positions and he can speed up our play. We’re really looking forward to working with him.”
Mourinho insists Spurs ‘won’t panic buy’
Kane has been ruled out until April with a hamstring injury, while Sissoko is set for a similar lay-off following knee surgery.
But Mourinho has warned Spurs will not be forced to do business in the current window, and will only strengthen if the right deal presents itself.
“If the boss arrives with a solution that can help us to face these difficult months that we are going to have ahead of us then so be it, then welcome,” he said.
“But if we don’t find the right solution, the right opportunity, then we are going to wait for the next summer to try to make the right decisions for the evolution of the team.”
Vitesse defender discusses Liverpool speculation
Liverpool target Max Clark has admitted it is “nice to be linked” with the European champions following recent speculation.
The Vitesse defender is on Liverpool’s radar following his impressive performances in the Dutch league.
And despite keeping his focus on life at Vitesse, Clark revealed he was aware of the reports.
“Friends sent it to me, but I can tell you it is just rumours,” Clark told Omroep Gelderland . “In football everyone is confronted with rumours, you have to deal with that.
“It’s nice to be linked to them. I think everyone would be happy with these teams. It’s great, but it’s rumours.”
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