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January 31, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/31/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.35: That is us done for the night. We leave you with the news that Avram Grant cannot guarantee that no more players will leave Portsmouth on Monday. It promises to be a relatively interesting day so follow it with our special live chat up until the 1700 GMT deadline.

23.27: We have a done deal from Europe where Real Zaragoza have signed former Barcelona and Villarreal midfielder Edmilson. The 33-year-old joins from Palmeiras.

23.26: Still those rumours keep rolling in with the Mail, again, reporting that West Ham are hoping to sign Robbie Keane on loan from Spurs, along with Brazilian striker Ilan, who plays for St Etienne.

23.20: Tony Mowbray has not been shy to put his own stamp on the Celtic squad in January and it could be another busy day tomorrow with Fulham forward Diomansy Kamara, Bayern Munich full-back Edson Braafheid and Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis on their way to Glasgow. Scott McDonald could be joining Middlesbrough, according to the Guardian.

23.09: The Daily Mail is also reporting on Monday that having missed out on Roman Pavlyuchenko and Aruna Dindane, Birmingham will look to sign giant Austrian striker Marc Janko from Red Bull Salzburg.

22.43: Sunderland may well be the busiest club on transfer deadline day with a report in tomorrow's Daily Mail claiming they have turned their attention to James Beattie after trying for Benjani and Robbie Keane. Beattie's Stoke are playing Sunderland in the Premier League on Monday.

22.31: Despite those Mears denials from Burnley, it appears Sunderland are after a right back and reports suggest that Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, who won the African Nations Cup with Egypt on Sunday, is on his way to the club for £2 million.

22.16: Now we are hardly perfect here, but it hasn't been a great day for Sky Sports News. Earlier they jumped the gun by prematurely declaring that Victor Moses has joined Wigan, and now Burnley have denied their claims that Tyrone Mears could join Sunderland.

22.04: After a pretty woeful performance from Arsenal, reader Mr Ash wants Arsene Wenger to get his chequebook out. Sorry to disappoint you, but the man himself has said tonight he will not be bringing in any new faces.

"I sincerely hope that Arsene Wenger would really make a last minute purchase in the transfer window to snap up any midfielder to replace the ineffective Denilson.. he is just too much of a burden!!"

20.46: News reaches us that Sandro Wagner has swapped Duisburg for Werder Bremen. That's all well and good, but we want some juicy Premier League gossip, and there isn't a lot around.

20.37: In another rumour that could develop on deadline day tomorrow, Sunderland are reported to be in talks to sign right-back Tyrone Mears from Burnley.

20.25: Here are the full details of Manchester City's renewed attempt to sign Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough.

20.08: Stoke are believed to have made a £3 million offer for Portsmouth 'keeper Asmir Begovic as they look to beat Tottenham to his signature.

19.14: It is being reported that Manchester City have made an improved offer for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson. He would be a good catch for Roberto Mancini, but will any other clubs make an offer?

18:05: Cesc Fabregas couldn't help Arsenal overcome Manchester United at the Emriates today but he is still catching the eye of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Gunners fan Hassan has made his feeling known about a possible departure for Cesc. He says:

Whoa, where did that piece about Cesc setting up an agreement at Nou Camp come from? I know it's for next window, but seriously? He is the heart and soul of Arsenal. Plus, I'm upset Wenger is not going to get anybody...

17.29: Stefano Okaka scored a late winner for Roma today but after the game he confirmed he is packing his bags and heading for Fulham. The striker will join the Cottagers on loan.

16.50: Sunderland are reported to be interested in signing Aston Villa defender Habib Beye before the transfer window closes on Monday evening.

16.18: Birmingham City pulled out of a deal to sign Aruna Dindane on Saturday but it is being rumoured that Blackburn are now ready to make an offer to Lens for the player who has impressed at Portsmouth in patches.

15.19: It seems that former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has joined Italian club Lazio from Stuttgart. That's a bit of a left-field move. Interesting.

15.01: Aberdeen have confirmed receiving a bid from Middlesbrough for striker Lee Miller. The player is out of contract at the end of the season and Boro have reportedly offered £500,000.

14.20: BREAKING NEWS: It is reported that Victor Moses has left Crystal Palace to join Wigan on a three-and-a-half year deal. This could be quite a coup for the Latics if confirmed by the club.

14.16: Antonio Cassano has decided against joining Fiorentina and will stay at Sampdoria. However, the Viola have now flown in Barcelona striker Keirrison for a medical ahead of a loan move.

14.01: Gabriel Obertan's agent is adamant that the player will be staying at Manchester United despite making little impact since joining the club in the summer.

13:01: Sunderland have denied that they are interested in signing Spurs striker Robbie Keane. That could put Kenwyne Jones' reported move to Liverpool in doubt.

12:30: Serie A side Chievo have snapped up Sochaux's Slovenian international left-back Bojan Jokic on loan until the end of the season, according to L'Equipe.

12:27: Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack fancies a move to his boyhood heroes Celtic. But the striker has not been a regular for the Bluebirds this season has only netted three goals.

12:11: One player not going anywhere is Wayne Rooney. That's according to Manchester United chief executive David Gill, who says United do not need to sell their prized-asset.

11:53: We're hearing that Antonio Cassano is set to join Fiorentina from Sampdoria. The enigmatic Italian forward will likely be a direct replacement for Adrian Mutu.

11:49: It's been a quiet January for Manchester United but Wayne (maybe Mr Rooney himself talking in third person?) reckons it's time for Sir Alex to splash out on a striker and defender. He says:

Manchester united needs a striker to pair with rooney..seems like agbonlahor is the best choice..besides that,a good defender is needed too..chiellini is the best choice of all..i hope man utd will sign this 2 players.

11:45: Aberdeen striker Lee Miller is on the brink of a move to Middlesbrough.

10:35: Spanish giants Valencia announced early on Sunday that former Chelsea left-back Asier Del Horno has been loaned out to struggling Valladolid until the end of the season.

10:20: Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan, according to the player's agent Karim Djaziri. Obertan has failed to impress since moving to Old Trafford from bordeaux last summer, with Turkish daily Vatan suggetsing that Fenerbahce want to take the Frenchman on loan.

10:00: Morning all and welcome to the penultimate day of the January transfer window. The merry-go-round is still spinning and clubs will be working hard to bring in that key player who could be the difference-maker for the remainder of the season.

Let's start by taking a look round the Sunday Papers, for the latest confirmed deals and juicy gossip:

News of the World:
Liverpool midfielder Yoosin Benayoun has had enough of life at Anfield and could be on his way out of the club...Steve Bruce has made a £9 million bid for Spurs striker Robbie Keane...If Keane moves to Sunderland it would pave the way for Kenwyne Jones to jump ship to Liverpool...Both of Barcelona's presidential candidates are campaigning on bringing Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp as their marquee signing...Arsene Wenger is eyeing up a move for Real Madrid winger Pablo Sarabia, whose contract is up in the summer...Alan Hutton to West Ham...Fiorentina tracking Roman Pavlyuchenko...Spurs moving for Ben Foster...Sunderland £3.5 million bid for Majid Bougherra rejected.

Mail on Sunday: Celtic have made a £3 million bid for Preston defender Sean St Ledger...Wigan have won the race to sign sought-after striker Victor Moses...Man City are going to beat Inter to the punch and sign Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga for £7 million from Parma...Barcelona are chasing Franck Ribery and David Silva and if either signed, it would spell the end of Thierry Henry's spell at the Nou Camp...Arsene Wenger has revealed he has a £30 million tranfer war chest, with David Villa and Maurouane Chamakh thought to both be in the Arsenal manager's sights.

Sunday Mirror: Michael Owen will be sent packing this summer after failing to impress Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson...Egypt striker Mohamed Gedo's impressive displays at the African Nations Cup have not gone unnoticed, with Fulham and Wolves both interested in securing his services...Wolves are also trying to pry Stephen Hunt away from hull, though a £4 million bid has not impressed the Tigers.Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne could be on his way to Sunderland.

January 30, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/30/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


Crespo has returned to Parma. © Getty Images

23.55: Well that is us done for the day. Come back tomorrow for more transfer rumours, if there is room in the papers alongside the John Terry story of course...

23.36: Transfer snippets from tomorrow morning's papers are filtering through and the Mail on Sunday claims Robbie Keane is heading to Sunderland in a £10 million move, meaning Kenwyne Jones could yet join Liverpool. A late flurry of transfer activity? We live in hope...

23.11: Phil Brown remains "very confident" of retaining the services of midfielder Stephen Hunt. He scored against Wolves today, the very club that has been trying so hard to prise him from Hull.

22.33: It looked as though Manchester City were poised to sign defender Marco Motta from Roma but now Sunderland have emerged as rivals for his signature. That could be one to watch before the window closes on Monday.

21.54: After already admitting defeat in his attempts to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko, Alex McLeish has now stated that Birmingham will not be signing Aruna Dindane after failing to reach agreement with Lens.

21.28: West Ham owner David Sullivan has claimed the club are closing on a mystery Brazilian striker after missing out on Eidur Gudjohnsen. Can't be Robinho because he has joined Santos!

21.14: Confirmation has arrived that Pedro Mendes has left Rangers to join Sporting Lisbon. He will be missed by the Gers but Walter Smith is adamant he has enough options in midfield.

20.30: Harry Redknapp fears that Stoke will nip in front of Spurs to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from Portsmouth. Younes Kaboul has already made the move from Fratton Park to White Hart Lane today of course.

19.09: Rafael Benitez has confirmed Ryan Babel will be staying at Liverpool for the remainder of the season despite interest from Birmingham City.

18.50: Wigan are believed to be in talks with Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses after Neil Warnock confirmed the club had accepted an offer of £2.5 million from a Premier League club.

18.20: Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Tottenham, Alex McLeish has confirmed that he has withdrawn his interest in Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko having failed to finalise a deal.

17.48: We have some breaking news as Tottenham confirm they have reached a deal to bring Younes Kaboul back to the club from Portsmouth. Will Asmir Begovic follow?

16:49: Former France and Arsenal forward Sylvain Wiltord has signed for Ligue 2 side Metz. The 35-year-old, who helped Les Bleus to European Championship glory in 2000, had been without a club since being released by Marseille at the end of last season.

15:30: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has alluded to the possibility that the club will be unable to add to the signing of Maxi Rodriguez during the current transfer window.

15:08: Stoke are poised to hijack Tottenham's move for Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

14:28: Sampdoria would be reluctant to sell Antonio Cassano, according to their president, Riccardo Garrone, but would seriously consider any offer of €20m or over for the forward.

13:46: Monaco striker Park Chu-Young has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2013.

13:14: The Crespo move has caused the transfer merry-go-round to spring into life in Serie A with Amoruso being sold to Atalanta - his 13th club in Italy - to make way for Crespo, while Robert Acquafresca has been loaned to Genoa, from Atalanta.

12:31: Aaron Ramsey has revealed that Arsenal's dedication to signing him convinced him to snub Manchester United.

12:25: Roma defender Cicinho is being tracked by Sampdoria, who have reportedly opened talks with them.

12:02: Milan are pressing ahead with plans to sign Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic as the Italians prepare a busy summer transfer market.

11:22: He may have been struggling for form in the Premier League with struggling Pompey but, let's face it, West Ham are desperate for a striker and Frederic Piquionne is one of those. 4.5 million euros is the rumoured amount needed to prise Piquionne away from parent club Lyon.

10:42: Saint-Etienne hopes to finalise a loan deal for Rennes defender Carlos Bocanegra before Monday's deadline. Head coach Christoph Galtier revealed his interest in the former Fulham left-back in L'Equipe.

10:25: Hernan Crespo has officially returned to Parma, moving from Genoa to the club where he started his Serie A career back in 1996.

10:21: L'Equipe are reporting that Eidur Gudjohnsen's loan contract at Spurs includes an option to buy the striker at the end of the six-month spell.

10:00: Hello all and welcome to another day of transfer news, gossip and speculation. We will bring you all the latest on who is going where in the world of football. There may be fixtures on this weekend, but that won't stop signings from happening as club's desperately try to bring in new players ahead of Monday's deadline.

We will kick things off with a look around those fountains of transfer knowledge, the newspapers, and round-up what they are predicitng for the day ahead:

The Daily Mirror:Arsene Wenger has made a fresh offer for Marouane Chamakh in a bid to snap up the Bordeaux striker on a pre-contract agreement...David Dunn wants Blackburn to sign their former striker James Beattie as a direct replacement for Benni McCarthy...Spurs have received several bids for out-of-favour right-back Alan Hutton.

The Daily Mail: Wolves are eyeing up Blackburn striker Jason Roberts with a £2 million fee mooted...Manchester City have made a £7 million move for Parma's Kenyan midfielder McDonald Mariga...Despite Maynor Figueroa signing a new contract with Wigan on Friday, chairman Dave Whelan has said he would let the Honduran sign for "a good club"...Birningham have had an improved £9 million bid for Roman Pavlyuchenko turned down by Tottenham and are also still in the hunt to sign Ryan Babel.

The Independent:: Manchester United midfielder Anderson's proposed move to Lyon has hit a stumbling block because of the Brazilian's wage demands...After missing out on Ruud van Nistelrooy and Eidur Gudjohnsen, West Ham are now being linked with a move for Mido.

January 29, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/29/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

17.15 Well that is all we have time for today. Be sure to return on Saturday morning to keep up to date with all the latest transfer news.

  • Harris: Football agents facing a cold January

    17.11 Birmingham City have had a bid for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko rejected by Tottenham Hotpsur.

    17.09 West Brom have confirmed that Paul Robinson has converted his loan spell at Premier League side Bolton into a permanent deal.

    16.32 Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has ruled himself out of the race to sign Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones, claiming the striker is out of his price range.

    16.25 Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has completed a deal to take Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan until the end of the season.

    15.42 Valencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes is set to go on loan to Inter Milan until the end of the season, according to Marca.

    15.32 Highly-rated Wigan Atheltic defender Maynor Figueroa ahs signed a new deal to keep him at the club until 2012.

    15.27 Fiorentina have reached an agreement with Grasshopper for the permanent transfer of Swiss striker Haris Seferovic, the Italian club have confirmed.

    15.16 Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will leave it to Benjani to decide whether he wants to leave Eastlands after Sunderland opened negotiations.

    15.07 Portuguese side FC Porto have completed the signing of Brazilian forward Kleber from Cruzeiro for a fee of €5.5 million.

    14.28 Roma striker Stefano Okaka is to undergoing a medical at Fulham ahead of completing a move move to the Premier League club.

    14.20 Barcelona have €100 million to buy a winger and Arsenal's Cesc Fabragas in the next transfer window, according to Sport. Apparently, Cesc has already accepted the terms on offer at the Camp Nou.

    14.15 Leeds United have signed Gary McSheffrey on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the season.

    14.00 Burnley have completed the signing of left-back Danny Fox from Celtic while Hoops captain Stephen McManus has joined Middlesbrough on loan.

    13.15 Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season, both clubs have confirmed.

    12.48 Bacary Sagna's agent claims Inter Milan could swoop for the Arsenal defender, should Maicon leave to join Real Madrid. "Sagna has attracted big interest from Inter Milan," Christophe Mongai told Le Quotidien du Foot.

    12.31 Sporting Lisbon have agreed a fee, reported to be around £1.5 million, with Glasgow Rangers to take Pedro Mendes back to Portugal. Mendes previously played for FC Porto.

    12.18 According to Ole, Birmingham City are ready to make a £9 million bid to activate the release clause of Estudiantes forward Mauro Boselli.

    12.11 Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Eidur Gudjhonsen from AS Monaco, on loan until the end of the season.

    12.06 Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola must choose between Franck Ribery and David Villa as he looks to bolster his squad for next season, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

    11.42 Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg have beaten Serie A side Lazio to the signing of Gremio defender Rever, for a reported fee of around €5 million.

    11.03 Arsene Wenger says he believes Arsenal's January transfer business is now closed after missing out on Chris Smalling.

    10.59 Serie a side Palermo have confirmed their interest in West Ham's Swiss international Valon Behrami. Club president Maurizio Zamparini told stadionews: "The negotiation is difficult and complicated, especially for the salary the player receives in the Premier League. Behrami is a very good player."

    10.48 Newcastle United have signed QPR defender Fitz Hall on loan until the end of the season along with Chelsea starlet Patrick van Aanholt.

    10.15 Al-Ittihad have rejected a bid from Premier League side Fulham for Egypt striker Mohamed Nagy.

    09.53 West Ham United have ended their interest in Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari, but Sunderland have made a £1.5 million bid.

    09.46 Barcelona striker Thierry Henry has told L'Equipe that he might consider a move to the MLS in the future but at the moment "there is nothing concrete with New York [Redbulls]."

    09.15 Newcastle United have made what they have describe as a fair bid for highly-rated Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses and are "optimistic" a deal will be done.

    09.00 Lens striker Aruna Didane has agreed a £3 million transfer deal with Birmingham City. Didane spent the first-half of the season on loan at Portsmouth.

    08.45 Middlesbrough have slapped a £9 million price tag on Adam Johnson with Manchester City reportedly closing in on the winger, according to the Daily Mail.

    08.30 Hull City manager Phil Brown has refuted earlier reports that his entire squad will be put up for sale and insisted there will be no "fire sale'' as the Tigers attempt to arrest their financial problems.

    Daily Mail: Sunderland have made a £1.5 million bid for Manchester City striker Benjani, while Crystal Palace's administrators are considering bids from Championship top three Newcastle, Forest and West Brom for starlet Victor Moses.

    The Sun: AWOL Manchester United midfielder Anderson is set to join Lyon this weekend, while West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is going to try to tempt David Bentley away from Tottenham on loan. Meanwhile, City have been told to up their bid for Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago to £15 million.

    Daily Star: Hull have made their entire squad available for transfer as new chairman Adam Pearson looks to ease the club's financial worries.

    The Guardian: Celtic boss Tony Mowbray will be given funds for a centre-back and a striker, with Preston and Ireland defender Sean St Ledger the main target.

    07.45: Hello, good morning and welcome to the Friday transfer blog. We'll have a round-up of all the gossip from the morning's papers with you ASAP.

  • January 28, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/28/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    The last we see of Robinho in England? © Getty Images

    23.59: That's all for tonight. Chris Smalling has been the biggest mover of the day, unless you count Robinho, and we knew about both of those already. Wonder what will happen at Pompey tomorrow...

    23.14: Cristian Ledesma's agent still hopes the Lazio midfielder will join Inter Milan despite admitting there are obstacles blocking a move.

    22.52: The latest news from Harry Harris. Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie and manager Avram Grant are so shocked by events in the last 24 hours over transfer talks behind the scenes at the club that they are both contemplating quitting.

    22.02: Valencia midfielder Manuel Fernandes is expected to be unveiled as an Inter player within the next 24 hours, according to reports in Italy.

    21.42: Fiorentina are already preparing for life without Adrian Mutu and have picked out Roma’s Jeremy Menez as their ideal replacement for the Romanian.

    21.08: Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has suggested he was left out of negotiations with Tottenham over the sale of Younes Kaboul.

    20.36: According to Sky Sport Italia, a meeting has taken place between Juventus and the legal team of Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. Not sure about this one at all...

    19.54: Crystal Palace administrators are considering bids from Newcastle, West Brom and Nottingham Forest for Victor Moses. £5 million would go a long way at that club.

    19.04: BREAKING NEWS: Manchester United have confirmed Chris Smalling will join them this summer on a four-year contract from Fulham.

    18.41: Inter are considering turning their attentions to Parma midfielder McDonald Mariga after failing to capture Lazio's Cristian Ledesma, according to tuttomercatoweb.

    18.06: Looks like 'Boro winger Adam Johnson is going to Man City, as he wants permission to speak to the Eastlands club.

    17.59: Joel Thomas has rejoined Hamilton on loan following his summer move to Colchester.

    17.49: Sao Paulo's Hernanes could be on Real Madrid's transfer wishlist if los Blancos are able to strike a deal with Manchester City regarding the exit of Argentinian midfielder Fernando Gago.

    17.30: Sheffield United midfielder James Harper has made his loan move from Reading permanent.

    17.15: Birmingham have agreed a £4 million deal for Aruna Dindane with Lens. Pulling the rug out from the under the feet of Pompey, who have him on loan.

    16.57: Roma full-back Cicinho has admitted that he is likely to stay at Roma at least until the end of the season, despite interest from Brazil.

    16.08: BREAKING NEWS: Robinho has left City to join Santos on a six-month loan deal. City fans won't be sad to see him go. Manager Roberto Mancini has not seen too much of him since he took over, but he said: "Robinho is someone who needs to be playing regularly and we wish him well for the period of his loan."

    16.02 Al Ahly striker Emad Motaeb is attracting interest from Portsmouth with a view to signing him for the next six months on loan.

    15.36 Tottenham Hotspur have turned down a bid from Premier League rivals Birmingham City for Roman Pavlyuchenko, despite having five strikers at the club.

    15.05: Skysports.com is reporting that Fulham are reviving their interest in Roma striker Stefano Okaka.

    15.00: Villarreal's Sebastian Eguren has joined Lazio on loan until the end of the season.

    14.20: The talk of Adrian Mutu joining City always seemed fairly unliklely but it's now set to be downright impossible - reports are coming in that the Fiorentina striker has failed a drugs test. Again.

    14.00: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has indicated he is keen to draft in a right-back before the transfer window closes due to Glen Johnson's injury problems. Rafa told the Liverpool Echo:

    "There are not too many good players around who are available and we will think about it. We still have some time but we will not rush if we cannot find the right player for this position."

    13.40: Voetbal International is reporting that West Brom are set to sign striker Andwele Slory from Feyenoord.

    13.35: The Hull Daily Mail reports that Hull are going to have rejected yet another bid from Wolves for Stephen Hunt. It'll be going in after the teams meet on Saturday, apparently.

    13.32: Liverpool striker Nathan Ecclestone has joined League One side Huddersfield on loan until March.

    13.30: Morten Gamst Pedersen has told Nettavisen he wouldn't mind leaving Blackburn for Turkish side Fenerbahce.

    "Fenerbahce is an appealing option. It is a massive club and they play regularly in the Champions League."

    13.15 Harry Redknapp is eager to bring Younes Kaboul back to Tottenham Hotspur and is in advanced talks with Portsmouth regarding the defender.

    12.40 Premier League transfer target Bojan will not be leaving Barcelona in the January transfer window, according to agent Zoran Vekic. "There is no option of leaving in the winter market," Vekic told Soccernet. "In June we will re-evaluate the situation."

    11.57 Portsmouth striker David Nugent will spend the remainder of the season at Burnley after the club confirmed they have formally activated an extension to his loan deal.

    11.53 Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been offered £2.6 million a year (after tax) by Juventus to transfer his services to Serie A, according to a report in The Independent.

    11.36 Bolton Wanderes manager Owen Coyle has confirmed he is still trying to hammer out a loan deal for Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshire.

    10.58 According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport West Ham United are eager to sign Palermo's Brazilian goalkeeper Rubinho

    10.40 It seems like Tottenham Hotspur have poached Eidur Gudjohnsen from under the noses of West Ham United and the Monaco striker has signed on loan from for the remainder of the season.

    10.20 Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan expects highly-rated winger Adam Johnson to stay at the club despite interest from a number of Premier League sides - including a £5 million bid form Manchester City. Strachan said: "We have had verbal offers in the last week for Adam, but nothing has changed. Adam is still here and I would expect him still to be here for the last 19 games of the season.''

    09.43 We told you on Wednesday that Giovani Dos Santos had left Tottenham Hotspur to join Galatasaray and the transfer has now been confirmed.

    09.24: The Liverpool Echo is reporting this morning that Liverpool are not done in the transfer market and that Rafa Benitez is still hoping to sign a new right back. That could be one to watch.

    09.05: There has been a lot of chat about Maynor Figueroa in January and Roberto Martinez is none too happy about it. He has labelled the speculation "disgusting". Strong stuff from the Spaniard.

    08.35: Here is the full story regarding Adam Johnson's possible move to City. Roberto Mancini has also explained why Robinho did not feature against Manchester United on Wednesday.

    08.12: Time for a quick look around the papers then. It is far from a vintage day for transfer rumours, but here are the ones that caught our eye...

    Daily Mail: Tottenham have turned down an £8 million offer from Birmingham for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, while Eidur Gudjohnsen is on his way to White Hart Lane.

    The Sun: Anderson's future at Manchester United is in severe doubt after he went AWOL. The midfielder will be fined and possibly sold after heading to Brazil in an apparent attempt to arrange a move to Vasco Da Gama.

    Daily Mirror: Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor will make a loan move to Newcastle United, even though the Magpies signed Mike Williamson on Wednesday.

    07.50: Before we get started on the morning's newspaper rumours, we can bring you the news that Manchester City look unlikely to sign Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago. However, City have tabled an offer for Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson and could land the England Under-21 international.

    07.45: Good morning and welcome to another day of transfer rumours and news. Things heated up somewhat yesterday with a few deals being done, let's hope for more of the same.

    January 27, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/27/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Babel: Sunderland are still keen. © Getty Images

    23.56: That's all for tonight. Thanks for joining us and we'll be back in the morning.

    23.55: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez tonight let rip into what he called the
    "disgusting" speculation that has surrounded Maynor Figueroa.

    "In the window there is a lot of talk and speculation, and it is a great moment for the authorities to look into how much we need it. The authorities should look into the necessity of the window and the agents who have this power and unhealthy control in the game, with the backing of a Premier League club, and that's disgusting.

    "It gives the opportunity to certain agents to have a big say in the game. The power is given to the wrong people. We've had two insulting bids for the player, but he is not for sale. I've made it clear we're not going to sell any of our best players.

    "If we're going to sell a player it will be at the right time for the club to collect some money and to reinvest for the next level."

    Sunderland are understood to be the thwarted club.

    23.40: Interesting stuff from Zoran Tosic in Bild. Having joined Cologne on loan from Manchester United, he says that, while there's no option for a permanent deal, "who knows what can happen in the summer?". He joined Cologne to get more first-team football.

    23.00: The Mirror goes big with a story we'd heard on the grapevine - Anderson is AWOL, having left Manchester United to go back to Brazil, and is trying to negotiate a deal with Vasco De Gama.

    22.50: if you were following the Villa-Arsenal match, you may have noticed Nicky Shorey on the bench. Martin O'Neill's recalled him from Nottingham Forest due to an injury to Stephen Warnock, and that most likely means Forest's hopes of keeping him at the club for the promotion run-in are over.

    22.45: Apologies for the break - back now. Here are some quotes from Milan general director Ariedo Braida about how striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar is going nowhere from Tuttomercatoweb.

    "Huntelaar is staying here. Any discussion is superfluous. Arsenal? No, I repeat that the player is staying at Milan."

    19.02 Brazilian midfielder Fabio Simplicio will swap Palermo for Roma, his club have confirmed. "Simplicio has an agreement with Roma. Once his contract here ends, he will play in the capital," sporting director Walter Sabatini told Radio Kiss Kiss.

    17.51 The agent of highly-rated Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses expects a flurry of offers to come in now that the Eagles are in administration. Tony Finnigan said: "A lot of scouts were at Wolves on Saturday ... and some Premier League sides had an interest but that's not the same as making an offer. Now the club is in administration, clubs that were interested who maybe thought he was too expensive, can now [place] a modest [transfer fee] rather than £5m or £6 million."

    17.16 BREAKING NEWS: Burnley have signed Leon Cort from Stoke City for £15 millon on a three-and-a-half year contract.

    17.06 Soccernet understands Blackburn Rovers have joined West Ham United in the race to sign Benjani from Manchester City.

    16.59 Manchester City misfit Robinho is edging closer to a return to Santos but a deal is not yet done, according to a source close to the Brazilian. "The deal with Santos is close, very close, but not concluded," the source told Soccernet.

    16.47 Everton pair Lukas Jutkiewicz and John Ruddy have agreed deals to remain on loan at Motherwell until the end of the season.

    16.31 Dirk Kuyt's agent claims he knows nothing about a link with Juventus... first we've heard of it too. "I know nothing of Juventus' interest," Robert Jansen told Calciomercato.

    15.57 Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that midfielder Giovani dos Santos will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Turkish club Galatasaray.

    15.30: Dinamo Moscow may have claimed they are about to sign Yossi Benayoun but Liverpool are adamant he will not be leaving Anfield in January. Who do we believe?

    15.21: We have some slightly bizarre news arriving from Crystal Palace where the club's administrators have prevented Victor Moses from playing. They could net a windfall if he is sold and cannot risk an injury. He will be off in January then.

    15.03: It is being reported that Portsmouth have signed former Arsenal forward Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on a loan deal from Spartak Moscow, although as yet there is no confirmation from the club.

    14.55: There have been no shortage of Barcelona youngsters moving to England in recent years - with Cesc Fabregas chief amongst them - and now the latest crop of Catalan talents are being targeted by Premier League clubs.

    Sport reports that Chelsea want Thiago Alcantara, Arsenal are tracking Israeli talent Gai Assulin while Everton and Blackburn want Jeffren Suarez. Amusingly, Tottenham are believed to be keen on signing Giovani dos Santos' brother, Jonathan, despite his sibling failing to make any impact and joining Galatasaray on loan earlier today.

    14.25: Yildiray Basturk has been talking about his move to Blackburn and it appears a former Ewood favourite had something to do with it...

    "I had contact with Blackburn for three months and I spoke to Tugay and he said it is a very good club and to come here and try the last few years. I played about 50 games for the national team with Tugay and he always told me how good a club Blackburn is."

    14.06: We have another done deal in the Premier League with Burnley confirming the signing of goalkeeper Nicky Weaver. He joins the club on a six-month deal from Dundee United in the SPL.

    13.43: Spanish daily As reports that Real Madrid are edging ever closer to signing Sergio Canales. Apparently a 4 million euro deal will be announced next week with Canales remaining at Racing Santander for next season.

    13.31: If you want more information on the Tosic and Basturk deals, look no further...

    13.23: A bit of excitement in the January transfer window, who would have expected that? We now have more news with Manchester City edging ever closer to the loan signing of Roma defender Marco Motta, according to reports.

    13.14: BREAKING NEWS - Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic has joined Cologne on loan for the rest of the season after failing to impress at Old Trafford. It's getting busy now, finally.

    13.10: BREAKING NEWS - Blackburn Rovers have announced the signing of Turkey international Yildiray Basturk on loan from Stuttgart for the remainder of the season. We didn't see that one coming. Is that a good move for all concerned?

    12.55: Reports in Holland claim Andwele Slory could be leaving Feyenoord. He was linked with Blackburn earlier in the month and we will try and follow this one up for you to see what's going on there.

    12.35: There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's future, with Everton and Arsenal just two clubs linked with the striker, but it appears Milan have no intention of letting him leave in January.

    "Huntelaar stays here, all talk is unnecessary," general manager Ariedo Braida said. "Arsenal? No, I repeat that the player remains at Milan."

    12.21: Luis Jimenez hasn't made much of an impression at West Ham since his loan move from Inter and it now appears that Parma are hoping to convince him to return to Italy.

    "Jimenez interests us," sporting director Pieto Leonardi told tuttomercatoweb. "In fact, I am heading to Milan to talk about a possible transfer."

    12.07: There have been rumours that Portsmouth are sniffing around Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos but Avram Grant can give up as Galatasaray have announced on their official website that the player has joined them on loan until the end of the season. Frank Rijkaard managed Gio at Barca and clearly hopes to get the best out of him. He joins Jo, Elano, Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill at the club.

    11:50: Nottigham Forest boss Billy Davies has revealed that he has enquired about bringing teen sensation Victor Moses to the City Ground. Forest are flying high in the Championship but it's thought Crystal Palace will be looking to offload the young striker to a Premier League club in order to maximise revenue.

    11:46: Le Parisien are reporting that PSG have refused Le Mans' advances for Younousse Sankharé.

    11:18: Germany international Thomas Hitzlsperger is reportedly looking for a new club after losing his starting spot at Bundesliga side Stuttgart.The former Aston Villa midfielder is looking for first-team football to improve hsi chances of getting in Joachim Low's World Cup squad.

    11:16: According to several reports from Turkey, Galatasaray are chasing Kayserispor defender Ali Turan.

    10:48: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes he can persuade Franck Ribéry to extend his contract with the Bavarian club. "I am not so pessimistic," he is quotes as saying in the German press.

    10:23: Spanish newspaper AS are saying that hot prospect Sergio Canales is moving ever closer to a move to Real Madrid. Seems like a solid career move for the striker, who obviously fancies the challenge of usurping Ronaldo, Raul, Higuain and Benzema.

    10:08: L'Equipe are reporting that on loan Portsmouth striker Aruna Dindane is hoping to stay in the Premier League even if Pompey get relegated. The Ivory Coast striker is due to return to Lens at the end of the season but apparently Birmingham, Blackburn and Stoke are all in the hunt to sign him.

    10:04: After another poor performance by Liverpool last night, Jones reckons it's time for Rafa Benitez to go, and thinks he should take a certain Brazilian midfielder with him. He says:

    I really hope that Benitez does go to Juventus and that he takes Lucas with him..

    10:00: Brazilian striker Ilan could be on his way to Montpellier after being released by St Etienne according to

    Le Parisien
    . the 29-year-old, who has scored only two Ligue 1 goals this season, is also being tracked by former club Sochaux.

    09.52: Everton's Steven Pienaar has been linked with a move, but insists he does not know anything about reported interest from German side Bayern Munich.

    09.27: Santos' Paulo Henrique has said that he’s not keen on heading to northwest England as part of a deal for Robinho. “I don’t want to play for Manchester City. I’d prefer to play for a big club in Europe such as Milan [presumably AC], Real Madrid or Barcelona” said the 20-year-old to Globo Esporte.

    08.48: David Sullivan has told ESPNsoccernet this morning that he is fighting to get Eidur Gudjohnsen back to West Ham out of the clutches of Spurs. Sullivan said: “We thought we had him, but I am worried that he has ‘ducked’ on us. I am chasing it up as we speak.”

    08.43: Tony Mowbray has revealed Celtic have not yet finished in the transfer market. "I am just trying to shape a team and you only get two opportunities to do it. I could sit on my hands and do nothing or I can get started. I don't think any manager is ever totally settled and happy,'' he said.

    08.37: Mehdi Mahdavikia admitted the chance to play regular football was one of the main reasons behind his decision to join Steel Azin from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt .

    08.31: Portsmouth have made bringing Tottenham's Jamie O'Hara back to the club on loan their top priority after finally having their transfer embargo lifted.

    07.47: Pohang Steelers have boosted their attacking stocks with the purchase of Almir Lopes de Luna.

    07.39: Juliano Belletti has revealed on Twitter Chelsea have blocked his chance of a move to Flamengo. Flamengo had prepared a two-year deal, but could not afford to pay a transfer fee and Belletti said: ''Chelsea FC said that they are not going to release me before the end of my contract, which expires in June 2010.''

    07.27: The proposed move of South Korea international Ku Ja Cheol to Blackburn Rovers has been put on the backburner according to reports in Seoul.

    07.00 Morning all, and a look at the papers today...

    Daily Mirror: Tottenham are set to usurp West Ham's bid for Monaco's Icelandic forward Eidur Gudjohnsen... Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is set to make a third and final offer of £3.5m for Hull winger Stephen Hunt... Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere's proposed loan move to Bolton is back on... David Bentley looks set to leave Spurs, with West Ham interested in taking the midfielder... West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is preparing a £750,000 bid for Stoke defender Leon Cort.

    Daily Mail: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is set to renew his interest in Liverpool's out-of-favour Dutch forward Ryan Babel... Fulham plan to pip Sunderland and Celtic to sign Egypt's attacking midfielder Mohamed Gedo, who plays for Al-Ittihad Al-Sakndary.

    The Sun: Tottenham's Roman Pavyluchenko and Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones top a £10 million wish list for Birmingham... Robinho has moved a step closer to ending his Manchester City nightmare after the club opened transfer talks with Santos.


    January 26, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/26/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Is Smalling a done deal? © Getty Images

    23:54: Well that's all folks! No more transfer news tonight. Join us again tomorrow though, for all the news and speculation about who is going where this January.

    23.32 Portsmouth manager Avram Grant is eager to re-sign Jamie O'Hara on loan from Tottenham and keep hold of his star players after the Premier League lifted a transfer embargo on the south coast club.

    23.21: It looks as though West Ham may well make two signings on Wednesday with Benni McCarthy agreeing a move to Upton Park and Eidur Gudjohnsen arriving for a medical. More on that story here.

    22.54: The early editions of tomorrow's papers are bringing forth a new wave of transfer rumours and the Daily Mail claims Sunderland have reignited their interest in Liverpool forward Ryan Babel.

    22.46: It is now being reported that Eidur Gudjohnsen has undergone a medical at West Ham although Spurs have also shown an interest in the player. Expect movement on that potential deal on Wednesday.

    21.26 Reports suggest that Bolton Wanderers are set to win the chase to sign Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere on loan - ahead of West Ham and Burnley.

    20.58 Manchester United and Wigan Athletic will do battle in the race to sign Atletico Madrid's 19-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea.

    20.15 Gianfranco Zola is close to finalising a deal to take his former strike partner Eidur Gudjohnsen to West Ham United, according to The Guardian.

    19.51 It looks like Arsenal will have competition to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. AC Milan are ready to do a swap deal with Roma for Julio Baptista, according to reports in Italy.

    19.05 It's clear that West Ham target Benni McCarthy won't be returning to Ewood Park after Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce bid a furious farewell to the striker. "What he's done is unprofessional," Sam said. "It shows you that the only loyalty a player has got is to himself."

    18.30 It could be a case of one in and one out Zaragoza with Brazilian striker Ewerthon linked with a move to Real Betis.

    18.06 Serie A club Napoli have confirmed defender Matteo Contini is set to join Spanish side Real Zaragoza. Sporting director Riccardo Bigon told Radio Marte: "Contini is very close to Zaragoza and the negotiations should be concluded by tomorrow."

    17.36: Blackburn have been linked with Turkey international Yildiray Basturk from Stuttgart, Stoke's James Beattie and Eidur Gudjohnsen, once a player with Allardyce at Bolton and now at Monaco. Sam Allardyce has hinted at interest them, saying:

    "If those players are available we may start negotiations but the first thing would be to contact the club."

    17.26: Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere's future will be decided this week as the club investigates the possibility of a loan move.

    "We have interest from Premier League teams. It will be decided today or tomorrow. Burnley is an opportunity. At the end of the day, Wilshere will have his word to say, because he needs to decide where he likes to go."

    17.25: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told the London Evening Standard that defender Matthew Upson will be sold in the summer if he does not agree a new contract.

    "He will not be sold now. In the summer he will have 12 months to go on his contract. If he wanted to play Champions League or European football you couldn't stand in his way. So unless Matthew wants to sign a new deal he will have to be sold next summer. Nobody else has to go. The squad is thin and in the summer we will be looking to discover the next Ronaldo."

    17.09: Sky Sports News claims Arsenal have now also had a bid accepted for Chris Smalling.

    17.08: BREAKING NEWS It's understood that West Ham have agreed a fee with Blackburn for Benni McCarthy, but there are a couple of issues still to be ironed out between the clubs.

    17.02: Slight update on Smalling - Fulham say he has yet to complete a medical and agree final terms, but basically he is joining United in the summer.

    16.58: Lazio have blocked Argentine midfielder Cristian Ledesma's bid to free himself from his contract, the Rome club's lawyer said on Tuesday. Inter Milan are known admirers.

    16.50: Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of Stuart Holden, subject to international clearance. More here.

    16.28: German newspaper Bild claims Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic is joining Cologne on a six-month loan deal.

    16.20: Inter outcast Mancini says he turned down a move to Marseille because they said nothing for two weeks and then demanded an instant answer as to whether he was willing to join. "I have a newly-born daughter so I'm not just going to make decisions on my future on a whim," he said in L'Equipe.

    16.10: Tony Mowbray is willing to allow Stephen McManus and Danny Fox to leave Celtic - but insists his decision has nothing to do with their ability. Middlesbrough are reportedly interested in taking the Hoops' club captain on loan while Burnley boss Brian Laws is looking to buy former Coventry left-back Fox.

    15.50: BREAKING NEWS Fulham defender Chris Smalling has agreed terms with Manchester United and will join the club in the summer.

    15.36: BREAKING NEWS Birmingham have confirmed the signing of Craig Gardner from Aston Villa for £3 million on a four-and-a-half-year deal. More here.

    15.33: Steve Bruce hopes the Kenwyne Jones to Liverpool story is "gone to bed and put away". He thinks the whole thing has been led by agents.

    15.23: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish admits he is targeting a striker and wide midfield player before the transfer window closes. Ryan Babel and Roman Pavlyuchenko are known targets and McLeish said:

    "Are any other deals close to being completed? There is nothing close but we are trying a couple of things. I still believe we have to spend some more money to bring in a striker and a wide man for more cover in the squad before the window closes."

    15.18: Carlo Ancelotti insists in-form striker Nicolas Anelka is staying at Stamford Bridge after following speculation that talks over a new contract had stalled. Ancelotti said:

    "It's the same question with Joe Cole. We want to keep him and he wants to stay. There will be a resolution. Anelka has told me he wants to stay. He's happy with me. He's happy to work with me, and I'm very happy to work with him. That's a wedding, no? We don't want to break up."

    15.05: Sam Allardyce has confirmed Benni McCarthy is AWOL. He says the striker has been wrongly advised and that he won't be sold unless the move is "right for Blackburn Football Club". West Ham look set to buy him, but Sam says there's yet to be an acceptable offer.

    15.00: The next exclusive: West Ham have made a bid for Benjani, but Manchester City are reluctant to part with the striker given the impending departure of Robinho. A source close to Benjani told Soccernet:

    "Benjani has only six months left to run on his contract, so it would make sense to sell him now. West Ham urgently need a striker, and Benjani wants to go to West Ham. But City are thinking about it, and don’t seem too keen to sell all of a sudden.

    “The problem is that City are talking now about releasing Robinho on loan and need players as cover. Benjani was nowhere near the squad only a month ago, but suddenly Roberto Mancini has been using him regularly.”

    14.55: Exclusives all around. Manchester United and Wigan want Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea (more here) while Real Madrid and several Premier League clubs want Sevilla's Diego Perotti (more here). Another exclusive coming up any minute.

    14.49: Genoa striker Hernan Crespo will not be leaving the club, despite interest from England according to his agent Fernando Hidalgo.

    14.19: Cristian Ledesma will remain a Lazio player until the end of the season after the Lega Calcio's arbitration panel threw out his case against the club due to inadmissible evidence.

    13.56: Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano insists the club are not interested in taking England striker Wayne Rooney to the Bernabeu. Not that he'd want to join ' that mob' anyway... imagine the look on Fergie's face.

    13.52: Portsmouth are now able to buy players again. Find out more here.

    13.25: Robinho could be off to Santos or Sao Paolo. Roberto Mancini explains why:

    "The World Cup in June is a big problem for him. He wants to play for the national team. I understand that but I must decide what is best for the team. I have five or six strikers to choose from, which makes it difficult for him and me."

    13.15: Wayne Routledge has apparently completed his move from QPR to Newcastle on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

    13.03: The rumour doing the rounds is that United are set to allow Fulham to keep Chris Smalling on loan until the end of the season. The other rumour is that that's now a done deal.

    12.52: Arsene Wenger has confirmed he would still like to sign Fulham defender Chris Smalling despite reports Manchester United have had a bid accepted.

    12.47: Newcastle want Everton striker James Vaughan on loan. Boss Chris Hughton said in the Shields Gazette:

    "James Vaughan is a player we're aware of, and one we're interested in, but I don't know if that one will happen."

    Derby are also interested.

    12.41: On-loan Burnley striker Frederic Nimani today received international clearance and could make his debut against Bolton tonight.

    12.38: BREAKING NEWS Roberto Mancini has confirmed Manchester City are in talks with both Santos and Sao Paolo over a loan move for Robinho.

    12.37: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo expects to keep Robert Koren at the club after the Slovenia midfielder won his place in the side back.

    12.35: Mick McCarthy has brought in a couple of new players already, but he's not done yet. Reports suggest Wolves are still tracking Hull midfielder Stephen Hunt and a striker is still thought to be on the agena. McCarthy said in the Express & Star:

    “I’ve no doubt we’ll be here to midnight on Monday. It’s the usual scenario. We’ve been working at it since the day we walked back in here on July 1 - whether that be to sign players or in training how to get goals and nothing has changed. But we can’t force people to come or to let players go.”

    12.25: Stoke have confirmed that midfielder Tom Soares will remain on loan to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.

    12.07: Roma defender Cicinho is unlikely to leave for Sao Paulo as his agent Riccardo Sarti claims he has pulled out of a deal to go back to Brazil.

    11.42: Former Dutch international Roy Makaay appears to be on his way out of Eredivisie giants Feyenoord, with beleaguered Bundesliga side Hannover having shown an interest in signing the prolific striker.

    11.25: Nottingham Forest are in talks with Aston Villa about extending Nicky Shorey's loan spell at the Championship promotion chasers.

    11.23: Sampdoria Luigi Del Neri is set to drop Antonio Cassano once again as talk of a move to Man City intensifies.

    11.09: Celtic have confirmed the signing of Morten Rasmussen on a three-and-a-half year deal. Svend Frandsen has the lowdown with everything you need to know about the striker...

    10.50: BREAKING NEWS Manchester United have had a bid accepted for Fulham defender Chris Smalling, according to Sky Sports News. Arsenal are also thought to be interested.

    10.25: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is confident Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner will finally complete his move to St Andrew's later today. The Blues have agreed a fee of around £3.5million for the England Under-21 player, who has also passed a medical.

    10.23: Marco Ruben has agreed to join Wigan, according to his Spanish club
    Villarreal. According to reports, Ruben could cost Wigan up to £7million, and he will sign a four-and-a-half-year contract upon arriving in the UK.

    10.17: Another exclusive from Harry Harris - find out which two clubs are battling it out for Eidur Gudjohnsen here.

    10.03: Going back to Forest, Davies has also said the club are still interested in Crystal Palace starlet Victor Moses, who's also been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

    09.45: Exclusive scoop from scoopmeister Harry Harris: Pompey boss Avram Grant has two players lined up in the hope the Premier League lift the transfer embargo on Tuesday. Egyptian World Cup striker Emad Moteab is on Grant’s list and a loan
    deal is set up with his club, Al Ahly, and could go through early next week. Grant also wants to bring back Tottenham’s Jamie O’Hara on loan.

    09.35: Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has confirmed he wants to sign loanees Nicky Shorey and Radoslaw Majewski on permanent deals. Shorey is due to return to Villa on Thursday.

    09.34: BREAKING NEWS Giovani Dos Santos looks set to join Galatasaray on loan until the end of the season. What is it with Galatasaray at the moment? They're trying to sign everyone.

    09.25: PSV Eindhoven will seek compensation should sacked striker Jonathan Reis sign with another club. The 20-year-old Brazilian left PSV yesterday after the club claimed he had tested positive for a banned substance and refused to seek help on the matter.

    08:40: Celtic are set to complete the £1 million signing of Danish forward Morten Rasmussen today once the player completes his medical at Parkhead.

    08:37: Spanish daily AS reckon that Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has caught the eye of La Liga side Malaga.

    08:03: Marouane Chamakh is believed to favour a move to Liverpool, though reports that a four-year deal has already being signed are premature according to L'Equipe.

    07:10: Good morning all and welcome to the beginning of another day in the January transfer window. We're full of hope and optimistic that a big signing will be on its way today, and it could well be Robinho's return to Brazil with Santos. First things first, though, let's have a sweep around the newspapers fort the best of today's speculation and gossip:

    Daily Mail: Robinho is set to tak an £80,000 pay cut to join Santos - and who said all he cared about was money? Man City could be given the first option on Santos’s rising stars Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso as part of the deal... Hull are in line to bring Mido to the KC Stadium to join international team-mate Amr Zaki. Is one moody Egyptian striker not enough for Phil Brown? Stuttgart's Yildiray Basturk in talks with Blackburn over a potential loan deal.

    Daily Telegraph: Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has set his sights on Manuel Almunia's no.1 jersey after penning a new deal with the Gunners.

    Daily Mirror: Everton to test Leeds United's resolve with a £2 million bid for Jermaine Beckford... Birmingham tracking Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko... Sunderland eyeing up £10 million bid for Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul... Blackburn preparing to move for Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen... Middlesbrough closing in on QPR's £1.75 million winger Wayne Routledge.

    The Sun: Anderson could be heading out of the Manchester United exit door... Roberto Mancini has his eye on Fernando Gago, but will need to up his bid from £12 million to £17.5 million in order to prise the midfielder away from Real Madrid.

    January 25, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/25/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Robinho: Chewing over move? © Getty Images

    23:54: Right then, transfer news has slowed down to a snail's pace so it's time to sign off for the evening. Join us again toimorrow though, for all the news and speculation about who is going where this January.

    23:35: Inter Milan's approach for Lazio duo Aleksandar Kolarov and Cristian Ledesma has hit a stumbling block, according to reports on Lalaziosiamonoi.it.

    23:22: Despite there being an injury crisis at Anfield, Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed he is considering sending young midfielder Damien Plessis out on loan. Rafa said:

    "Plessis is a young player who isn't playing games. We were considering a loan but we're talking to the player and his agent. We had an Italian team asking about him and we'll see if we can find a solution that is best for him and for us.''

    23:17: Well it's all slowing down now, though Scotland appears to still be bussing. Falkirk and Scotland defender Darren Barr has agreed a three-year deal with Hearts that will see him make the switch to Tynecastle in the summer.

    22:26: And speaking of Celtic, Hoops defender Danny Fox is expected to move to Burnley for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, according to the Herald. The 23-year-old left-back has struggled to settle in Scotland since failing to settle in Scotland since his move from Coventry City last summer.

    22:07: One-time Celtic target Olivier Giroud will sign for Montpellier on Tuesday, before being loaned back to Tours, according to L'Equipe.

    21:38: And another player staying put is highly-rated Lyon youngster Maxime Gonalons. The versatile 20-year-old can play in either defence or midfield and you may remember that he scored in Lyon's Champions League victory over Liverpool earlier in the season. He has been tracked by plenty of big European clubs but has now signed a contract extension, keeping him at the Stade Gerland until 2014.

    21:31:One player not going anywhere is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who has stated that he is not planning to leave the Old Trafford club.

    21:00: Jay reckons that should Chelsea let Nicolas Anelka go, Marouane Chamakh is a ready-made replacement. He says:

    I don't see Chelsea letting Anelka go. Abramovich is not known for his tight purse, and I don't think he would let his player walk over some money differences. But on another note, does this open a door for Chamakh to get his shot in England?

    20:49: Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Leicester City forward Max Gradel for an undisclosed fee.

    20:14: We're hearing that West Ham United have bid for Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy. The Hammers are desperately chasing a striker and the South Africa international, who has found his chances limited at Ewood Park this season, could well fit the bill.

    19:32: BREAKING NEWS: Santos have confirmed that club officials have flown to London for talks with Robinho over a return to Brazil.

    18:52: With rumours rife that Gianluigi Buffon could be heading out of the Juventus exit door, James reckons that Arsene Wenger should be aiming to add him to the Gunners' ranks. He says:

    If Buffon is available, then Arsenal should take him. Man City hav Given, Man Utd hav Van der Sar, Chelsea hav Cech so Arsenal would be perfect for Buffon as its the only big club without a proper goalkeeper. Even though they hav Almunia, but lets face it he is no asillas or Van der Sar who can pull off a world class saves.

    18:45: QPR striker Patrick Agyemang has joined Championship rivals Bristol City on loan until the end of the season.

    18:03: According to Il Corriere dello Sport, Uruguayan midfielder Sebastian Eguren could join Lazio from Villarreal in the coming days for a fee of around 3.5 million euros.

    17.34: It is being reported that West Ham, having failed to land Ruud van Nistelrooy, are lining up a move for Manchester City striker Benjani. Not exactly like for like, but oh well.

    16.56: The Anelka story is sure to generate some debate but Aadithya does not think that the French striker will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.

    "As a TRUE chelsea fan I don't think Anelka's gonna leave. Even if his contract talks have stalled, Abramovich will make sure he'll stay...forever."

    16.43: Stoke manager Tony Pulis says the club are still in talks to sign Pompey goalkeeper David James and a deal may yet be done. Come on now guys, there is only a week left of the window...

    16.15: We have word from Portsmouth that they fully expect their transfer embargo to be lifted later today. An insider has told us: “At long last we are expecting some good news. We are really optimistic that the Premier League will lift the embargo. In fact we are so hopeful we expect to hear something later today."

    16.10: In his weekly press conference, Harry Redknapp has confirmed he has been keeping an eye on Palermo defender Simon Kjaer, along with half of Europe, and that he wants Roman Pavlyuchenko to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.

    "We've watched him, like the other top Premier League clubs,'' Redknapp said. "He played against Fiorentina at the weekend and is a top young player but we've not made any enquiries about buying him.''

    16.01: Some interesting news is coming out of Chelsea where it is reported that contract talks with Nicolas Anelka have broken down and that the striker could well leave the club in the summer. We didn't see that one coming, do we think it is true, Chelsea fans?

    15.50: Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be striving to complete the loan signing of David James this week so the England goalkeeper can face his old club Manchester City
    in the FA Cup fifth round.

    15.07 Rafael Benitez has revealed that Liverpool have been in contact with Sunderland over a deal to sign striker Kenwyne Jones. "(Managing director) Christian Purslow has been talking with (Sunderland chairman) Niall Quinn so they have to manage the situation because I was not doing anything," Benitez said.

    14.32: According to FilGoal, Mido is in England to complete a loan switch back to the Premier League until the end of the season. The Middlesbrough man has been in Egypt with Zamalek for the last few months but wants to play in England again. Hull and Fulham have both been strongly linked.

    14.20: Sticking with the Buffon thing, the Daily Mail reckons United and Arsenal are on alert, too. Presumably they won't be after they read what his agent's said.

    14.08: There are rumours Buffon wants out of Juve, and his agent, Silvano Martina, has got straight onto the case. He told Tuttomercatoweb:

    "Buffon has three and a half years left on his contract, so these are just rumours. Realistically, it would take a team with a lot of money to make both Juve and the player happy."

    Given that City are one of the clubs linked, you'd think that wouldn't be a major stumbling block. The fact that Shay Given is there already probably is, though.

    14.05: We mentioned earlier that City apparently want first option on Santos youngsters Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar if Robinho goes to the Brazilian club on loan. Here's Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro confirming that story:

    "They want the first choice to buy the two boys. That does not bother us because we sell the players for the best offer. If City have the conditions to match the offer, they can have the players."

    13.55: Lens striker Toifilou Maoulida has told L'Equipe he has a 50/50 chance of leaving the club. He's open to a move to England and West Ham, Wigan and Stoke are said to be interested.

    13.46: BREAKING NEWS And boy is it a big one. Blackburn defender Zurab Khizanishvili has joined Reading on a season-long loan. Reading director of football Nicky Hammond is "very pleased".

    13.43: Brondby striker Morten Rasmussen is in Scotland to have contract talks and a medical with Celtic ahead of a £1 million move, according to BBC Sport.

    13.40: Portsmouth newspaper The News says Pompey are set to sell both Younes Kaboul and Nadir Belhadj this week. Spurs and City are battling it out for Kaboul and Sporting Lisbon, Birmingham and Wigan want Belhadj.

    And, apparently, those sales "will then open the door for either Jamie O'Hara or Giovani Dos Santos to arrive on loan from Spurs".

    13.35: Benni McCarthy has not turned up to Blackburn training today and has no intention of returning to the club, according to Sky Sports News. He's announced that he wants to join West Ham and - as Soccernet told you - it's likely to be a question of sorting out his work permit.

    13.33: Derby are likely to extend Bolton defender Nicky Hunt's loan until the end of the season, according to the Derby Evening Telegraph.

    13.23: According to Diario de Noticias, Real Madrid are interested in Benfica defender David Luz following Pepe’s injury.

    13.15: Burnley boss Brian Laws says the club are continuing talks over Portsmouth striker David Nugent and are confident of completing a deal. He added:

    "We have been working all weekend pursuing a couple of targets and we are closing in on a few. We're delighted at the progress made so far and you never know, there might be one in before Tuesday."

    13.00: Bolton have confirmed the loan signing of Manchester City midfielder Vladimir Weiss until the end of the season.

    12.42: South Korea international Ku Ja-cheol believes his chances of joining Blackburn Rovers are '50-50' after the Jeju United midfielder revealed his representatives have begun talks with the Premier League club.

    12.31: Roma are refusing to contemplate selling Daniele De Rossi despite Real Madrid entering negotiations with his agent, according to As.

    12.30: Spurs have made a €10 million offer for Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, according to The New Fotball Pool.

    12.15: Reports in Spain suggest Fernando Gago's agent, Marcelo Lombilla, is set to speak to Real Madrid general director Jorge Valdano today. Marca says Manchester City are prepared to pay 15 million euros for him, but Boca Juniors and Everton are also said to be interested in the defensive midfielder.

    12.10: In Spain, Diario Sport says Barca are looking to tie Dani Alves and Gerard Pique to new four-year contracts. The paper also claims Barca are looking for a new back-up keeper to replace Jose Pinto - who's likely to leave - and Real Sociedad's Claudio Bravo could be the ideal candidate.

    12.05: Tuttosport claims Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has had enough of the club's failure to challenge for honours and wants to leave. The 32-year-old has been linked with Bayern Munich and Manchester City.

    12.00: Legia Warsaw keeper Jan Mucha is set to join Everton, but apparently they weren't the only Premier League side interested. His agent told SITA:

    "I can confirm the interest of Arsenal. Their scouts watched him in a number of games during the autumn. They labelled him as one of two goalkeepers they were keen to sign, with the addition that Mucha was their primary target.

    "As a result of that I held talks with Arsenal representatives in November. We went through all important matters and then I was waiting only for one call, which has, however, never been made.

    "Indeed, a large number of clubs contacted me, but mostly they have not made a specific offer. Among these teams are Wigan Athletic, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and Stoke City from England."

    11.54: Interesting stuff in L'Equipe. It says Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has not yet made a decision on his future - effectively because he doesn't fancy agreeing to join Liverpool while he thinks there's a fair chance Rafa will get sacked. He still wants to move to England though, apparently, and isn't completely ruling out Liverpool.

    11.50: The full story of Danny Welbeck's decision to play for Fergie Jnr is here.

    11.34: QPR have confirmed the signing of Wolves defender Matt Hill on loan until the end of the season. It's been a busy day at Molineux, well as busy as it has got throughout this frankly disappointing transfer window.

    11.25: It's not strictly transfer news but Arsenal have tied third-choice 'keeper Vito Mannone to a new long-term contract. Arsene Wenger probably fast-tracked that after watching a horrible performance from Lukasz Fabianski at the weekend.

    11.02: Robinho's turned up for training at City today, which may or may not be significant.

    11.00: Former Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi - disgraced during the Calciopoli scandal - has told Studio Stadio that he'd like to see Arsene Wenger at the club.

    “The only foreigner that I see doing well at Juventus is Arsene Wenger of Arsenal, who we had in hand to replace Lippi in 2004, but then Capello freed himself from Roma and it all went like you know.

    “Wenger would be the perfect manager with whom to start again. Even with these directors…

    “Juventus are paying for their incapacity and the leadership at board level. You can see the players aren't going on to the pitch in a calm frame of mind and that they have lost self-esteem. They lack an authoritative point of reference in the club."

    10.55: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed he expects to tie up deals for midfielders Vladimir Weiss and Stuart Holden later today.

    10.50: Jerome Rothen has told France Football he's off to join Ankaragücü in Turkey. The Rangers flop is set to move on loan from PSG until the end of the season.

    10.45: Wolves have signed Chaleroi midfielder Adlene Guedioura on loan until the end of the season. More here.

    10.35: As suggested earlier, Preston have signed Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on loan.

    10.28: Ruud van Nistelrooy says he rejected the chance to head back to the Premier League because he wanted "a new challenge". He told Bild that he had "five good years in England", but feels he's better off at Hamburg as he wants to test himself in the Bundesliga.

    10.20: Steve Bruce is clearly still haunted by the team's display against Chelsea and wants to sign more defenders despite the capture of Matt Kilgallon last week. He said in the Sunderland Echo:

    "That's where we have to improve. We've got strength in that area and before the window closes, hopefully we can strengthen again. Obviously with the injuries to Nosworthy and Ferdinand, we are very, very short at the moment.

    "We're chipping away at various different things and whether something will progress in the next few days, I'm not so sure, but we'll keep trying."

    10.05: The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have offered Milan Jovanovic the chance to move to Anfield at the end of the season. "The Standard Liege striker is out of contract this summer and the Reds have put together a package that would see Jovanovic sign a three-year deal." Reports last week suggested Jovanovic had his heart set on a move to Liverpool despite interest from Italy.

    10.01: Also in the Mail, there's word that Dynamo Moscow want to buy Yossi Benayoun for £7 million.

    09.50: With Robinho seemingly off, the Daily Mail says city will "make the most of a bad situation" by telling Santos they can only have Robinho on loan if they're allowed first option on Neymar and Paolo Henrique. Seems Santos are quite happy to go along with it all, too.

    09.46: The Daily Mirror reports that Wigan are set to spend £7 million on Villarreal B striker Marco Ruben.

    09.21: Striker Robbie Fowler will not be leaving fledgling A-League club North Queensland, chairman Don Matheson has insisted. The veteran was linked with a return to England.

    08.55 The Daily Mail report that Preston North End boss Darren Ferguson is hoping to persuade his father, Sir Alex, to let him have Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on loan.

    08.30 Stoke City's James Beattie is the latest striker to be linked with a move to West Ham United. He would cost the Hammers around £3 million.

    08.20 Everton boss David Moyes has confirmed he would be interested in signing AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar but reports suggest he would need to find £65,000-a-week wages for the Dutchman.

    08.15 Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is chasing highly-rated Bosnia international Senijad Ibricic - for the second time, according to the Daily Mirror.

    08.10 It seems Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has finally realised that it is his defence that needs strengthening and could sign Roma right-back Marco Motta, who has fallen out of favour with manager Claudio Ranieri, on loan.

    8.05 Danish defender Simon Kjaer is still in the news and today it is Harry Redknapp's turn to try and land the 20-year-old Palermo player for Tottenham Hotspur.

    08.00 We start, of course, with Robinho. Will he stay or will he go? Well, The Guardian insists he is on his way as a delegation from Santos, Robinho's former club, is set to meet Manchester City officials this week. Benfica are also interested.

    January 24, 2010
    Posted by John Brewin on 01/24/2010

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    James: Deal to be done Monday. © Getty Images

    23.00: Well, that's it for tonight. Who would move on a night with such drama on the pitch, eh? Tune in tomorrow for more of the same.

    22.14: Stoke City midfielder Tom Soares has expressed his wish to extend his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday. Even though the Potters are now blazing a trial in the FA Cup.

    20.58: Manchester City new boy Patrick Vieira believes he is ''100%'' likely to be heading to the World Cup with France despite the fact he is yet to play for the Premier League outfit. Good move then...

    20.41: Sampdoria Gigi Del Neri sees life without Antonio Cassano. “I am convinced that teams can function without the services of one player,” he declared to SkySport. Could this mean Cassano is on his way?

    19.52: Very, very, little around with all the action on. But Tony Pulis has been asked about David James again. He told BBC Radio 5 Live:

    "We were hoping we would have done (the deal) and got that sorted out before now but it hasn't. It has gone on a little bit longer than we thought it was going to take, but sometimes these things happen. We're still interested in David. If we can do the deal we think it'll be a good deal for Stoke and we think it'll be a good deal for David."

    17.11: Reigning Belgian champions Standard Liege are interested in signing highly rated AZ defender Sebastien Pocognoli during the January transfer window.

    15.57: Robinho looks set to leave Manchester City to rejoin Santos on loan. Quotes from the man himself this time..

    15.13: French striker Toifilou Maoulida has hinted he could be on the verge of leaving Lens for the Premier League.

    13.59: Soccernet newshound has some scoops for you. Portsmouth say they've paid the cash they owe to Udinese so that they can have their transfer ban lifted. More on the David James thing from the Pompey end - deal to be done on Monday. Meanwhile, Burnley have bid £3m for David Nugent - the man they have on loan from Pompey.

    13.37: Manchester City linked with an Italian shocker. This time it's Roma defender Marco Motta, according to their sporting director and Sky Italia.

    12.17: Brian Jensen seems set to quit Burnley this summer. According to his agent, "The Beast" looks likely to head to one of the big three in Portugal.

    11.34: West Ham did not get the break on Ruud Van Nistelrooy but David Gold, one of their new owners - well of 50% - wants a striker. Benni McCarthy seems to fit the bill here.

    10.49: Martin O'Neill is rarely for turning and it seems he does not want Curtis Davies - one of Aston Villa's star men until his shoulder injury - to go on loan to Celtic and link up with old boss Tony Mowbray.

    10.37: Stoke bossTony Pulis tells the BBC that he is hopeful of signing David James - on loan - from Portsmouth.

    9.22: Around the grounds we go with the latest gossip from Sunday's tabloids.

    News of the World: Nemanja Vidic on his way for £25 million? Then it's time for Manchester United to buy Giorgio Chiellini, cheap at half the price from Juventus. Robbie Keane could be headed from Spurs to West Ham in swap deal with Carlton Cole.

    Sunday Times: Benni McCarthy is almost already a Hammer, say The Times, who also say that Bayern Munich want Everton's Steven Pienaar to replace Franck Ribery, without whom any transfer rumour round-up would not be complete.

    Mail on Sunday: Klass-Jan Huntelaar could be heading on loan to Spurs from AC Milan after a deal for Ruud Van Nistelrooy collapsed as the elder Dutch hitman headed to Hamburg. Arsenal continue to be linked with Fulham's Chris Smalling.


    Sunday Mirror:
    Liverpool's stock descended further? Eidur Gudjohnsen is to snub them for West Ham.

    January 23, 2010
    Posted by Dom Raynor on 01/23/2010

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    Van Nistelrooy: No England move. © Getty Images

    23.00 That's all for tonight. Mr Beckford may be worth £5 million tomorrow, come back and find out.

    22.45 Rangers manager Walter Smith admits Jerome Rothen is on the verge of joining Ankaragucu on loan.

    21.59 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has declared it 'impossible' to secure deals for Mathieu Flamini and Giorgio Chiellini during the January transfer window.

    21.24 Everton have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sign Legia Warsaw goalkeeper Jan Mucha at the end of the season.

    20.26 According to reports from Itasportpress, Lazio have recently reached an agreement with Spanish outfit Villarreal for the services of 29-year-old Sebastian Eguren.

    19.51 Ruud van Nistelrooy has joined Hamburg on a one-and-a-half-year contract from Real Madrid, the German club have announced on their website.

    19.15 Jermaine Beckford has probably just put a few millions more on his price tag with two goals against Spurs. How much could Leeds get for him now?

    17.57 Arsenal are reportedly preparing to hijack Manchester City’s move for highly-rated Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses with a £3 million swoop for the 19-year-old starlet.

    16.43 Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists transfer target Joe Cole is going nowhere during the January window. "Joe Cole will be in the squad next year,” Ancelotti said.

    16.15 Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini insists they have plenty of cover up front as Ruud van Nistelrooy inches closer to a move to Hamburg.

    15.51 Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson confirmed Celtic have inquired about defender Sean St Ledger.

    15.49 Inter Milan flop Ricardo Quaresma could be heading home to Portugal to join Sporting Lisbon on loan for the rest of the season.

    15.20 Rangers are set to offload French misfit Jerome Rothen to Turkish side Ankaragucu on loan. The deal could be made permanent for £1.8 million.

    13.56 Veteran defender Roberto Ayala has been released by Spanish Primera Division strugglers Real Zaragoza, who have signed young striker Adrian Colunga.

    13.19 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admits Ruud van Nistelrooy's wage demands mean the Real Madrid striker is unlikely to arrive at White Hart Lane.

    13.01 Ajax striker Luis Suarez has signed a one-year contract extension with the club to quash rumours about his future. "Everyone was speculating about a transfer, but I was negotiating with Ajax," he said.

    12.39 Everton have signed Swiss defender Philippe Senderos on loan from Arsenal for the rest of the season.

    11.50 Spanish newspaper Marca report that Manchester City are stepping up their bid to sign Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago and will pay £15 million to bolster and already overflowing midfield.

    11.23 Fulham have reportedly made a £6 million bid for FC Basle's Swiss striker Marco Streller with Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey both sidelined with injuries.

    11.00 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has turned his attention to Aston Villa defender Habib Beye after failing to sign Guy Demel from Hamburg.

    10.54 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's agent has confirmed that a number of Premier League clubs have made a move for the AC Milan striker, amid reports Everton have joined the race to sign his client. "It is right that there are several English clubs interested in the player," Arnold Oosterveer told De Telegraaf.

    10.22 Real Madrid have beaten Man City and Chelsea to the signing of Racing Santander starlet Sergio Canales, according to his father. "The decision was Sergio's and he thinks that Real offer the best option in a sporting sense," said Angel Canales.

    10.15 Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen is looking to get back to the tremendous form he enjoyed a couple of seasons ago with a January move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

    10.00 The Daily Mail's rumour of the day is that Manchester United have joined Tottenham in the race for £18m-rated Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko - as they prepare to let winger Zoran Tosic join Cologne.

    09.45 Robinho will play his last game for Manchester City in the FA Cup against Scunthorpe this weekend before being shipped out either Barcelona or Brazilian club Santos.

    09.30 A great rumour to start the day: Real Madrid have drafted in super-agent Pini Zahavi to help sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. A Madrid source told The Sun said: "Zahavi has been told to do all he can to try to bring Rooney to the Bernabeu."

    January 22, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/22/2010

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    Chiellini: Joining City or United? © Getty Images

    17.48: Okay, that's all from the transfer blog for today. Thanks for joining us and come back tomorrow to stay up-to-date with all the latest moves.

    17.46: Stoke boss Tony pulis is still hopeful of signing David James, but he's getting a little frustrated:

    "There's been another hold up. I thought we were close last week and then it got pulled right at the end, and I thought it was close today (Friday), but it hasn't happened yet.

    "We are hoping it will be done, but Portsmouth are trying to get the best deal they can, and we're trying to get the best deal we can."

    17.42: More on Canales here.

    17.30: Rangers midfielder Steven Davis believes team-mate Kris Boyd will be very tempted to move to the Premier League. "I can understand the attraction, of course," he said. "For me, it's the best league in the world."

    17.25: Milannews.it believes Klaas Jan Huntelaar could be set to move to Liverpool, with Ryan Babel heading in the opposite direction.

    17.15: Racing Santander wonderkid Sergio Canales has agreed to join Real Madrid, according to Marca. Pretty much every major club in England and Spain has been linked with the 18-year-old playmaker, but it's always looked most likely he'd go to the Bernabeu. Still, no official word, so we'll see.

    16.50: Those Redknapp quotes we mentioned before are right here - and there's a bit of an update on the Pavlyuchenko situation there, too.

    16.30: Portsmouth have rejected claims David James is at Stoke having a medical. Find out more here.

    16.20: Rangers manager Walter Smith is confident Kris Boyd would be a success if he opted for a move to the Premier League, but he has not given up hope of persuading the striker to stay.

    16.00: As West Ham co-owner David Sullivan had suggested to Soccernet earlier, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted Ruud van Nistelrooy's wage demands mean the Real Madrid striker is unlikely to arrive at White Hart Lane.

    15.45: Seems Adrian Mutu almost definitely won't join Manchester City. More here.

    15.28: Another Harry Harris exclusive - Portsmouth have yet to receive a firm bid for Younes Kaboul despite interest from clubs including Tottenham and Manchester City. Read more here.

    15.20: Burnley have completed the signing of Frederic Nimani from Monaco on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

    15.10: Tottenham youngster Sam Cox has joined Torquay on a month-long loan.

    14.55: While David Moyes was open to talking about Mucha, he was less forthcoming on the outcome of Molde defender Knut Olav Rindaroy's two-day trial. Moyes said:

    "He came in and saw us for a day or two this week. That's all I'm saying at the moment."

    14.40: Everton are in talks with Legia Warsaw over a deal to sign goalkeeper Jan Mucha at the end of the season.

    14.32: Wigan winger Daniel de Ridder has completed a loan move to Hapoel Tel Aviv until the end of the season.

    14.21: Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a move for promising Fulham defender Chris Smalling. He said:

    "He is a player we know, yes, but there is no truth in it at the moment. Maybe in the future. At the moment is at the moment. I never rule anything out. I never speak about transfers It is very interesting to make headlines, but the most important is that we inform the press when things are done."

    Read more here.

    14.20: Everton manager David Moyes has revealed he decided to offload on-loan striker Jo back to Manchester City after the Brazilian failed to turn up for training again this week. Jo has since been loaned to Galatasaray.

    14.00: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has dismissed reports that he wants to sign Rangers striker Kris Boyd. He said:

    "Of course, I know the player very well indeed. He was in Scotland when I was in charge of Celtic - but there isn't any truth in it."

    13.40: Steve Bruce has hit out at Liverpool for unsettling Kenwyne Jones. "I might have an unsettled player on my hands," he said. "This notion that I'm going to let Kenwyne go to Liverpool on loan... do me a favour." He says it'll take a big, big offer to tempt him to sell at this stage of the window.

    13.30: Sunderland have failed to tempt Guy Demel away from Hamburg despite offering the defender big money. It seems that Hamburg is just the place to be right now. Read more about why Demel said 'no' here.

    13.10: Atletico Madrid have finally completed the signing of Argentinian striker Eduardo Salvio. The 19-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

    13.05: Nobby Solano has joined Leicester subject to international clearance - word was that he was going to return to Newcastle.

    12.40: BREAKING NEWS Manchester City youngster Vladimir Weiss has joined Bolton on loan until the end of the season. The Slovakia midfielder is looking for more first-team football to aid his development and ahead of the World Cup although, given that his dad's the Slovakia manager, he'll probably be in the squad anyway. Click here for more.

    12.27: The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Wigan Athletic hope to confirm the signing of Real Mallorca striker Aritz Aduriz. We know the Latics are keen to strengthen their attack so this sounds pretty decent to us.

    12.20: West Ham are looking to sign Benni McCarthy from Blackburn but our very own Harry Harris believes the deal is being held up due to work permit issues. Click here for the full story.

    12.02: Following his release by West Ham, midfielder Nigel Quashie has moved across London to join his former club QPR on a deal until the end of the season.

    11.54: Marca is now joining As in reporting that Ruud van Nistelrooy has decided on a move to Hamburg so, with the two big Madrid papers in agreement, it looks like bad news for West Ham.

    11.23: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea, Sunderland and Manchester City have all been linked with a move for Adam Johnson but Middlesbrough are confident he will not leave the club in January.

    11.17: A couple of Premier League kids have gone out on loan with West Ham's Josh Payne joining Wycombe Wanderers and Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale joining Plymouth for a month.

    10.53: We have the full story of Birmingham's interest in Kris Boyd, while Alex McLeish is also closing in on a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner.

    10.39: Reports now suggest that Portsmouth defender Mike Williamson is having a medical at Newcastle, so it looks as though their offer of £1 million has been accepted by the crisis club.

    10.29: Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has confirmed his interest in raiding former club Rangers to sign striker Kris Boyd. The SPL's all-time record goalscorer is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

    10.12: Sporting Lisbon have been looking to sign Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes but the player insists he is happy to remain at Ibrox, despite the chance to return to his homeland of Portugal.

    09.59: As promised, our football correspondent Harry Harris can reveal that West Ham have outbid Tottenham for Ruud van Nistelrooy. David Sullivan is still hopeful of signing the striker, despite interest from Hamburg.

    09.45: We will have some further developments on the Van Nistelrooy story with you in a few minutes,..

    09.20: Former Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster is unlikely to have endeared himself to a number of people in his native Germany by claiming that Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery is already a Real Madrid player in his head. He expects the Frenchman to move to La Liga in the summer. Surely Chelsea will have something to say about that though...

    08.58: West Ham fans look away now, because Madrid-based daily As is reporting that Ruud van Nistelrooy has agreed to join German side Hamburg, rather than indulge in a relegation battle with the Hammers. Even £100,000 per week couldn't tempt him.

    08.17: The Portsmouth News reports Newcastle have succeeded with a £1 million bid for defender Mike Williamson, who has made precisely zero first-team appearances since a £2 million move from Watford in the summer.

    07.46: Our round-up of the morning's paper rumours has arrived and, in keeping with the standard throughout the month, it is pretty slim pickings I'm afraid...

    The Sun: Apparently Steve Bruce is ready to follow up the signing of Matt Kilgallon by recruiting another defender in Aston Villa's Habib Beye, with a £1.8 million deal on the cards. Meanwhile, Manchester City are looking at Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson, who has been attracting a number of clubs.

    Daily Mirror: Scribe Darren Lewis borrows quotes from our very own website yesterday to bolster his story claiming Birmingham and West Ham have enquired about signing AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Meanwhile, Tottenham could sign Palermo defender Simon Kjaer but only if they can agree terms with the player, which is proving problematic at present.

    Daily Mail: Manchester City and Manchester United are battling to sign Italy international Giorgio Chiellini from Juventus, although the player’s agent has also been in talks with Tottenham. Spurs are also looking at Portsmouth’s Younes Kaboul, along with Sunderland and City. Wigan are ready to offer £5 million for Villarreal striker Marco Ruben.

    07.30: Good morning and welcome to another day of transfer madness. Okay, probably not, but yesterday we did have a couple of moves with Sunderland signing Matt Kilgallon and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia joining Wolves. The big story at the moment is Ruud van Nistelrooy, with the striker's agent confirming that West Ham have indeed made him an offer of £100,000 a week to join the struggling side. We await further developments on that, but a comprehensive round-up of the morning's papers will be with you soon...

    January 21, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/21/2010

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    Is Van Nistelrooy set to join Stoke or West Ham? © Getty Images

    23.59 That's it for today, Mr Kilgallon is now a Premier League player. We'll hope for more of the same tomorrow.

    23.26 Loic Remy admits he could be forced out of Nice by the club's disgruntled supporters.

    23.11 Championship side Leicester City have taken veteran Peruvian midfielder Nolberto Solano on trial. He was linked with a move back to Newcastle.

    22.45 Kansas City Wizards have signed Colombian defender Pablo Escobar and Guadeloupe midfielder Stephane Auvray, the MLS team said in a statement on Thursday.

    22.11 Paris Cowan Hall has left Grimsby and returned to parent club Portsmouth after contracting glandular fever. The Fratton Park outfit have been missing an outbreak of illness from their list of woes, so they can cross that off now as well.

    21.27 Steve Bruce has made Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon his first signing of the January transfer window. Kilgallon, 26, has signed a three and a half year deal with the Black Cats after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

    21.20 Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has publicly criticised current supremo Florentino Perez on Goal.com Spain, branding the person responsible for paying Manchester United £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo, “an idiot".

    21.09: West Ham's new owner David Sullivan says that the club have made a wage offer of £100,000-a-week to one striker who he describes as a ''very special player''.

    20.46: According to reports in Italy, Zenit St. Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti is hoping to raid his former club for French winger Jeremy Menez.

    20.14: Mike Leach has his thoughts on news that City are looking at Flamini and Gago for the defensive midfield berth. He says:

    Have Man City swap Robinho for Barcelona's Yaya Toure. Straight swap or throw in Henry. Toure has been replaced by Sergio in defensive midfield and is expendable.

    19.33: UAE Premier League side Emirates Cultural have drafted in former Iran international striker Reza Enayati in a bid to help their season.

    18.54: Everton have now confirmed that Jo has left the club to go to Turkey. Read the full story here...

    18.33: According to Sky Sports, Newcastle have made a bid for Portsmouth defender Mike Williamson and it has been accepted. So Pompey may get some money in after all.

    18.28: According to FIFA transfer agent Ernesto Bronzetti, there is no truth to claims that Roma will sell midfielder Daniele De Rossi to Real Madrid.

    18.07: Schalke manager Felix Magath has ruled out selling highly-rated defender
    Benedikt Howedes.

    17.34: Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo is frequently linked with a number of big clubs and now the Nigerian claims that a move to Inter would be "a dream". I bet it would. Whether Inter want him or not is another matter though.

    17.26: It is being reported that Manchester City striker Jo has cut short his loan spell with Everton to join Galatasaray, again on loan. If the transfer does go through he will be joining former Goodison team-mate Lucas Neill and former City team-mate Elano at the Turkish club.

    17.10: Hatem Ben Arfa may have been linked with a move to Everton in January but Marseille manager Didier Deschamps is adamant he is keeping hold of the talented midfielder, saying: "He will stay."

    16.52: Simon Kjaer has already said today he hopes to remain with Palermo (see 09.57) but now the Italian club have revealed that two unnamed Premier League clubs have offered for the defender (our money's on Spurs and City). Palermo president Mauricio Zamparini said:

    "We have received four offers for Kjaer, two from Germany and two from England. We hope to keep him."

    16.47: Rangers striker Kris Boyd is out of contract at the end of the season and Sky Sports News reports he is in talks with Aston Villa and Birmingham. Boyd can sign a pre-contract deal with a team outside Scotland, should he wish.

    15.47: Fabio Simplicio looks set to move to AS Roma after Palermo's president said he expects the player to move on.

    15.39: Could Fredrik Ljungberg be heading back to Europe? The Seattle Sounders' midfielder is being linked with a move to Serie A side Livorno, and they have said they will speak to David Beckham before completing any deal. "Ljungberg? It's a move that we are working on. We have tried to speak with Beckham to see what he makes of Ljungberg from the last MLS season which finished a month ago," Spinelli told Dahlia TV.

    15.32: Joe Ledley, who looked set for a move to the Premier League when his contract with Cardiff expires in the summer, has reportedly opened talks over a new deal with the Bluebirds.

    15.21: After looking nailed on for a contract with Colchester United, reports are reaching us that Nolberto Solano could actually move up a division and pen a deal with Leicester City

    15.01: Fulham boss Roy Hodgson believes there is no truth in reports Arsenal are lining up a bid for defender Chris Smalling. Fulham have also been linked with a number of strikers following injuries to Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora, and it has been suggested they could make a move for Stoke's James Beattie. Hodgson, though, has refused to be drawn on the accuracy of those reports.

    14.57: Bad news for Schteve McClaren, as Costa Rica international striker Bryan Ruiz says he wants to move from AZ Alkmaar to the Spanish La Liga.

    14.41: United States international Ricardo Clark has joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan until the end of the season. Clark, a 26-year-old defensive midfielder. joins the Bundesliga outfit from Houston Dynamo and the club have an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

    14.28: Marouane Chamakh will be a name familiar to Arsenal and Liverpool supporters and the Bordeaux striker has once again underlined that he will not sign a new contract in France. But will he move in January or wait until the summer and leave on a free?

    14.13: Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi is a man in demand and his agent claims that the player wants to return to Italy from Villarreal in the summer. Juventus, Inter, AC and Napoli are all interested.

    13.57 Manchester City £32.5m misfit Robinho was hoping for a dream return to Santos, the Brazilian club where he started his career, during the transfer window but the escape has been blocked by the Futebol Brasileiro club, according to the Daily Mail.

    13.37: Thanks for getting in touch, Aadithya, But Zamora is out injured at present, hence why Fulham are being linked with so many strikers.

    "Fulham moving for Stoke ace James Beatie...... Could this mean Zamora is off to old club West Ham?"

    13.28: It is the Milan derby this weekend and ahead of the big clash, Ronaldinho has stated he wants to finish his career with the Rossoneri. With six goals in three games, they probably want him too as well.

    13.16: Sky Sports News are reporting that Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon has been in Sunderland for talks over a move to the North East. The Black Cats have also been linked with Portsmouth's Younes Kaboul and appear keen to strengthen at the back.

    13.02: There is an interesting line in Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport which reports Manchester United are showing renewed interest in Giorgio Chiellini and that Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken to the agent of the Juventus defender.

    12.37: Roberto Mancini has already said today that he hopes to sign Fernando Gago from Real Madrid but Marca is now reporting that the player's agent has struck a deal with his former club Boca Juniors. Where does this leave City? Send us your views using the comments form below and we will use the best contributions.

    12.30: Having again had a pop at Steve Bruce for leaving Wigan with a "very iffy" squad, Latics chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed the club are looking for new strikers in what remains of the January window. Any ideas from you lot for potential targets?

    12.24: If you missed it yesterday, Wigan's Daniel de Ridder has joined Hapoel Tel Aviv on loan. The Amsterdam-born winger is looking forward to a new start:

    "Hapoel Tel Aviv are in second place behind Maccabi Haifa and still involved in the Europa League. They finished first from a group with big teams likes Hamburg, Celtic and Rapid Vienna. Now they play Rubin Kazan and have a chance to make further progress."

    However, Roberto Martinez insists it isn't a done deal just yet.

    12.14: This is not strictly transfer news, but Portsmouth have been reported to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by Udinese regarding late payments on the transfer of Sulley Muntari. That could mean that Pompey's transfer embargo will stay in place just yet.

    11.57: Burnley boss Brian Laws has confirmed the club are looking to sign French forward Frederic Nimani from Monaco and that a deal could go through in the next 24 hours.

    11.42: Italian publication Tuttosport reports that Bayern Munich are hoping to bring Gianluigi Buffon to the Bundesliga. Good luck with that one, we can't see Juve ever letting him go.

    11.16: Hull striker Daniel Cousin has been linked with both Fulham and QPR and it seems certain he will leave the KC Stadium after admitting he has a poor relationship with Phil Brown, telling German agency dpa:

    "Me and Phil Brown, the gaffer, we have no good relationship and it is therefore difficult for me to stay in Hull because I do not play and the relationship with the gaffer is not good."

    11.08: Real Madrid have been quiet in January so far, hardly surprising given how much they spent in the summer, but now the Spanish giants are being linked with Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi. That is according to As.

    10.59: We have some breaking news from the Premier League with Wolverhampton Wanderers completing a loan deal for Charleroi midfielder Geoffrey Mujangi-Bia, according to Sky Sports News.

    10.49: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is always a player of interest when the transfer window opens and his agent has now told Soccernet that clubs in England want him and that a deal is possible. Click here for the full story.

    10.30: Spanish daily As has some troubling news for any English clubs interested in Racing Santander wonderkid Sergio Canales, as it appears the player's preference is to remain in Spain. Not only that, he has requested information about England from Newcastle flop Xisco who is currently on loan at Racing. That probably won't be a glowing recommendation then.

    10.08: Chelsea have stayed true to their word that they will not be buying anyone, so far at least, but will players be leaving Stamford Bridge? Not Juliano Belletti, according to the Brazilian, who has dismissed reports linking him with a return to his home country.

    "Flamengo? This is a surprise to me especially as Chelsea have already said that they're not going to release me in January."

    09.57: There has been a lot of chat about Danish defender Simon Kjaer in January, but the player himself has told Sporten in his homeland that he is happy to stay at Palermo. Tottenham are likely to be disappointed to hear that.

    09.36: Sky Sports News are reporting that Stoke and Portsmouth have resumed talks over a possible transfer for David James. It seems a bit of a strange deal that doesn't really suit any parties, but oh well.

    09.15: We start our look around the foreign press in Spain where Marca devotes its front page to the news that Ruud van Nistelrooy will definitely be heading to England after his agent held talks with Real Madrid on Wednesday. Stoke and Spurs are the leading candidates.

    08.52: Roberto Mancini has been told he has to make his next signing without spending any money, but he's undeterred. Find out who he wants by clicking here.

    08.23: Spanish newspaper AS claims West Ham are the latest side to express an interest in signing Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    08.05: CSKA Sofia have signed French attacking midfielder Elliot Grandin on an 18-month contract. Grandin was a free agent after leaving Marseille.

    08.00: Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of the transfer blog. Not a huge amount in this morning's papers as the events of last night's Premier League and Carling Cup action fills a decent amount of pages, but we'll round things up anyway to kick off.

    Daily Star: Stoke apparently made a £2 million bid for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    Daily Mirror: Fulham are set to make a move for Stoke 'ace' James Beattie, while Birmingham have been told Celtic want £11 million for winger Aiden McGeady.

    The Sun: Liverpool's Ryan Babel is ready to do a U-turn and sign for Birmingham for £9 million, with his agent confirming they are "studying an offer".

    The Times: Everton have resurrected their interest in Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos and are set to make a loan offer. Meanwhile, Sporting could make a £4 million offer for Portsmouth's Nadir Belhadj.

    January 20, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/20/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Are City set to bid for Adrian Mutu? © Getty Images

    23.59: It's been a slow night (and month!) but we'll be back, as usual, in the morning.

    23.08: Birmingham are close to completing a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner, according to Blues vice-chairman Peter Pannu. The two clubs are understood to be on the verge of agreeing a £3.5 million fee for the England Under-21 international.

    22.13: After Fulham pulled out of the deal to sign Stefano Okaka on loan from AS Roma, it now seems like he will be heading to Siena.

    22.01: Brian Allison has joined Stirling Albion on loan from Falkirk.

    21.42: The Guardian reports that Portsmouth transfer embargo will not lifted unless they prove that payments in relation to the signing of Suli Muntari from Udinese in 2007 have been rescheduled.

    21.08: Newcastle have completed the permanent signing of loan man Danny Simpson from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

    20.27: Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of USA international Ricardo Clark, who used to play for Houston Dynamo.

    20.12: Meanwhile, Sunderland striker David Healy has said he is desperate to leave the Wearsiders.

    19.53: Danny Webber has said, for some reason, that he has no intention of leaving Portsmouth.

    19.31: Colin Kazim Richards, or Kazim Kazim as he is known on the continent, has completed his move from Fenerbahce to Toulouse.

    18.46: David James' transfer to Stoke might be back on again after the two clubs resumed talks. The deal was on, then off, and might now be back on, as negotiations continue over the complex equation being presented by Stoke on how to pay the England keeper's lavish £2 million a year wages, even though it would only be for half the season.

    18.11: Younes Kaboul could be on his way out of Portsmouth with three Premier League clubs hot on the defender's trail. One of the clubs are Tottenham Hotspur, who sold Kaboul to Pompey. Spurs are still owed £2 million on Kaboul and also have a substantial cut of any sell on fee, so it would be one of the most unusual deals of all-time if Portsmouth sold him back to the Lane.

    17.27: Manchester City want to sign Milos Krasic from CSKA Moscow, according to the winger's agent. Dejan Joksimovic told Italian site Calcio Mercato:

    "Was I in Italy? No I was in England. Many English teams like Milos. Roberto Mancini is thinking of him but currently Manchester City nor the other interested teams have elaborated an official offer. CSKA Moscow want to keep him until June. If he leaves in January, Italian clubs are virtually cut off because the player has no EU passport and he costs a lot."

    17.15: The Birmingham Mail says Alex McLeish could look to revive his interest in Ryan Babel, while Roman Pavlyuchenko remains a potential target. The report adds that Birmingham offered £11 million for Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones but the move collapsed due to the cost of the total package once wages and add-ons were factored in - although Steve Bruce strongly denied having had any enquiries for the striker earlier today.

    17.11: Greek side Larissa are interested in Rangers outcast Jerome Rothen, according to France Football.

    17.05: Reader Aadithya says:

    "Robben surely is convincing Ribery to not join Real madrid.....But all his words against Real Madrid would ultimately give way to him joining Chelsea..."

    But former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster seems to think Franck Ribery is most definitely off to the Bernabeu. He told Munich-based tabloid tz:

    "I believe Ribery is definitely going to Real Madrid. I don't think we even need to discuss it - for me, it's a done deal. From the summer of 2010, Ribery will play for Real."

    16.58: El Mundo Deportivo says Atletico Madrid are interested in Schalke defender Rafinha.

    16.38: Championship strugglers Derby look set to miss out on a loan deal for Everton striker James Vaughan. Vaughan played two games on loan for Derby earlier this season before injury forced him back to Goodison Park and, while an agreement was in place for him to head back to the Rams, boss Nigel Clough is less than confident that he'll be back.

    "There doesn't seem to be any movement at Everton in terms of them bringing players in, so it could well be we miss out on him. We still haven't given up hope yet. Even if it goes past January 31, we can still take him a week into February on a three-month loan."

    16.30: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is not desperate to offload defender Erik Edman, who has been linked with Sheffield United.

    16.19: Sunderland striker David Healy has issued a 'come and get me' plea to potential buyers as he looks for a way out of the club.

    "I know my future is not going to be at Sunderland. I'm more than willing to go back to the Championship and get back to enjoying my football again. I haven't got my eye on anywhere. I have been linked to a number of Championship clubs, but I can't name anybody. If there was a club I was ever going to go back to play for, it would be Leeds. I have huge affection for the club."

    16.06: Serie A strugglers Catania have signed former Barcelona forward Maxi Lopez. Lazio, Birmingham and West Ham were all thought to be interested in the Argentinean.

    15.56: Corinthians want Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Cleber, but AS seems to think they only want him on loan and don't want to pay his full wages.

    15.35: Back to Sunderland and Steve Bruce has confirmed he wants to sign 28-year-old Hamburg right-back Guy Demel.

    "We have expressed our interest in Guy Demel, but he's in Angola and we have to wait and see how that develops. I feel we are a bit short of cover defensively."

    Bruce said, however, that he has no interest in Benfica striker Nuno Gomes.

    15.17: The Daily Mail says Burnley are set to tie up a loan deal for Monaco's France Under-21 striker Frederic Nimani.

    15.10: Good news for West Ham fans - new co-owner David Sullivan insists Scott Parker definitely won't be sold. Read more about their plans for signings here.

    15.06: Stoke chairman Peter Coates says Ruud Van Nistelrooy is still a target for the club, although they've made little progress.

    14.57: Arjen Robben is having another stab at convincing Real Madrid target Franck Ribery to stay at Bayern Munich.

    "It's his choice, but I hope he stays. Here, he is the big star while (at Madrid) he would be one of many. Besides, the two clubs are identical."

    14.45: Middlesbrough striker Mido, currently on loan at Zamalek, has confirmed to Egpytian site FilGoal that Hull, Ajax and Galatasaray want to sign him, and Fulham are also said to be in the mix. And Amr Zaki, his compatriot and former team-mate at both Wigan and Zamalek, seems to have put aside his previous grievances with the man and says he deserves another shot at Premier League football.

    "Mido is an excellent striker. I think his technical and physical abilities easily enable him to play in the Premier League."

    Are Hull really going to pair these two up again? You may recall Mido accusing Zaki of making up stories about him while on international duty with Egypt in April.

    14.25: Manchester City are interested in signing Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu, according to the player's agent. Giovanni Becali said on fiorentina.it:

    "I will be in Italy for the final week of the transfer market. There are several clubs interested in Mutu, clubs that would definitely allow him to increase his wages.

    "There are clubs keen on the player from Russia, Turkey but especially England. (Roberto) Mancini strongly wants him at Manchester City and said that he would be an ideal player for his team.

    "It remains to be seen if Fiorentina will be willing to talk about a possible Mutu transfer."

    Mutu wants money, of course, because he owes Chelsea 17 million euros after he was sacked by the club for using cocaine.

    14.15: Juventus are on the verge of signing Livorno midfielder Antonio Candreva, according to reports in Italy.

    14.02: There's a Guillem Balague interview with Cesc Fabregas in Champions magazine. Surprise surprise, Spanish paper AS is making a bit too much of some comments about his future. Asked if he has considered the reaction of the fans or Arsene Wenger if he decided to leave Arsenal, he said:

    "You can never say never, but I feel grateful, wanted, comfortable and important at Arsenal. Some people will never understand if I ever leave, but you have to feel comfortable with yourself.

    "I’ve given my all for Arsenal. I’ve played when I’ve felt ill, and through injury. I even played in the Champions League a few hours after my grandfather died. I’m proud to be a part of this club, and I’ll always be proud of what I’ve done."

    13.50: Something a bit different. Swedish 15-year-old Rasmus Lindgren has held trials at Everton, Middlesbrough and now Manchester United, but the Avesta AIK midfielder told Soccer Direct:

    "I am too young. Only in a few years could I see myself moving. I have no plans to move abroad. I (held trials) for the experience and because it's fun."

    So there you go.

    13.35: Celtic boss Tony Mowbray says reports he's trying to get rid of Scotland midfielder Scott Brown are "nonsense".

    13.22: New West Ham owner David Sullivan is giving Gianfranco Zola £8 million to spend on three new players and wants to tie up a deal for a striker before next week's game against Portsmouth, according to the London Evening Standard.

    13.10: An update on the Jo situation, with West Ham and Galatasaray among the clubs apparently battling it out for the Manchester City striker. A close associate of Jo told ESPNsoccernet: “West Ham want him, but he is signing for a different club.”

    12.47: BREAKING NEWS: Coach Pep Guardiola has signed a one-year contract with Barcelona.

    12.37: AS says Real Madrid want Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber as a replacement for the injured Pepe. He's valued at about 12 million euros apparently.

    12.20: West Ham's hopes of signing Jo could be dashed by interest from Galatasaray, who suddenly seem to be linked with everyone. They missed out on Ruud Van Nistelrooy after the striker said he was unwilling to go to Turkey, so there could be something in it.

    12.10: Sky Sports News says Arsenal have made an enquiry for Fulham centre-back Chris Smalling but have been rebuffed. It was previously suggested they'd offer £7 million for the 20-year-old.

    12.00: Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has told Sport Bild his former club Bayern Munich should sign Gianluigi Buffon from Juventus.

    "Bayern have even greater ambition and, if you want to achieve something, you need to have one of the best goalkeepers in the world."

    11.40: Sticking with Sunderland, Steve Bruce and the Sunderland Echo, apparently there's been no move for Kenwyne Jones and the talk of a Liverpool loan deal is ludicrous. Bruce said:

    "I've not had any manager inquire about any of my players. What would be the point of letting Kenwyne go out on loan somewhere? No chance. Do they not feel silly running that story? People must question my sanity and judgement if they think I would allow that, and it's not happening. It's ridiculous."

    However, the suggestions Jones could make a £10 million move could be a little closer to the mark. Bruce added:

    "Something – a bid – that is going to blow us away, that is different. We all know that every player has his price."

    11.37: Sunderland are the latest club to deny making an offer for Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster. Harry Redknapp rubbished reports he'd made an approach earlier this week and Steve Bruce has now told the Sunderland Echo:

    "I like Ben Foster and I think he is a good goalkeeper, but there's no truth in the story that we have or will be making a bid there. Just before Craig Gordon broke his arm, he was proving he's a top, top goalkeeper. He's back now and I may give him 45 minutes on Thursday with a view to involving him at Portsmouth at the weekend."

    11.35: Wigan winger Daniel De Ridder - who made only five appearances under Steve Bruce and has yet to feature under Roberto Martinez - is set for a six-month loan switch to Hapoel Tel Aviv, according to the Wigan Evening Post.

    11.32: Championship leaders Newcastle have made a cheeky bid for Nottingham Forest utility man James Perch, but Forest boss Billy Davies is having none of it.

    "They have made an offer for James, but it is a derisory offer and the bottom line is that he is not for sale anyway. We are not interested in selling James at any price, particularly not to one of our rivals in the Championship."

    11.28: Our man Harry Harris understands that West Ham are in talks over a loan deal for Manchester City striker Jo, who's currently at Everton but recently upset David Moyes.

    11.25: West Brom are strongly rumoured to be on the verge of selling Slovakia full-back Marek Cech to Rennes, but the Express & Star says sources close to the club have played down those suggestions.

    11.05: Barcelona have called a press conference for this afternoon which reports in Spain suggest could be an announcement regarding coach Pep Guardiola's future with the Catalan giants. Watch this space from 12.30GMT.

    10.58: Celtic have announced the signing of Norway Under-21 defender Thomas Rogne on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

    10.30: Celtic have been silent over reports Tony Mowbray is planning to sell star midfielder Scott Brown. The player himself is doing the same and told the Daily Record: ''Yes, there was a conversation between myself and the manager but I am not prepared to go into details.''

    10.18: Racing Santander president Francisco Pernia has revealed that Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea are willing to loan teen starlet Sergio Canales back to the club if any of them secure his signature.

    10.06: Portsmouth will sell Younes Kaboul next week to raise the cash to pay the players wage bill for January. There are five clubs battling it out for his signature.

    09.50: Championship side Leicester are planning to bolster their promotion hopes with a move for Birmingham defender Martin Taylor, according to the Birmingham Mail.

    09.45: Arsene Wenger is looking more and more like a man with no intention of spending any money this month. He said:

    "We are not close to signing anybody at the moment and we are so focused on the game that we forget a little bit to speak about transfers. We have so many players out that our talks are more focused on 'When is he back? When is he back?' and it looks like any player we can get back is like a transfer because we have not seen some players this season - like Walcott, like Bendtner. They can be fresh for the second part of the season and they can give us a big push."

    09.30: Chinese stars Zheng Zhi and Shao Jiayi could be set to move to Birmingham City, with the club's new owner, Carson Yeung, apparently expressing an interest in the pair.

    09.18: Maxi Lopez is unlikely to move to the Premier League this month, his British agent has confirmed. Birmingham were showing an interest in the former Barca star, but he's staying in Russia.

    09.11: Danny Simpson is reportedly having a medical at Manchester United ahead of his move to Newcastle. He won't have to go far as he's already on loan at St James' Park.

    08.49: The future of Guus Hiddink is still up in the air after his agent claimed he was being tracked by four clubs and that he would be talking to the new Russian FA president about his position.

    08.40: Real Madrid have never made a secret of their admiration for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, and will return to sign the player even though he has stated his desire to stay in Italy, according to reports in Spain.

    08.22: Pedro Mendes has reiterated his willingness to quit Rangers for Sporting Lisbon. ''It would be difficult to reject a move to Sporting because I am Portuguese and this move could have a big influence on my family life,'' he said.

    08.19: Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has suggested Jermaine Beckford has agreed a deal to join Everton at the end of the season. Sorry Newcastle, even if you do make it to the Premier League next season, he still doesn't want to join you.

    07.59: Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has played down talk linking Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos with a move to Parkhead. With the Swiss not getting a chance at the Emirates, he'll still be keen to find a club.

    07.42: Steven Gerrard insists he remains fully committed to Liverpool after rubbishing reports of a dressing room bust-up with Rafael Benitez.

    07.34: Edin Dzeko looks likely to be staying with current club Wolfsburg after the player’s agent confirmed it will cost €40 million to snatch his client away.

    07.25: And an early line suggests Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is not close to signing his main striking target as he admits his interest in Ruud van Nistelrooy has only got as far as a chance conversation between the club's chief scout and the player's agent.

    07.00: Morning all, and we'll start the action off with some paper gossip:

    Daily Mirror: West Ham's new owners could try to lure Fulham striker Bobby Zamora back to Upton Park, 18 months after he left the club... Tottenham full-back Alan Hutton could also be on his way to West Ham. Blackburn want to take Uruguay international midfielder Sebastian Eguren on loan from Spanish club Villarreal.

    Daily Mail: AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could also be heading to England in a bid to get regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup... Fulham and Hull are weighing up a move for former Tottenham striker Mido... Benni McCarthy could be heading out of Blackburn, with Turkish side Galatasaray keen to sign him... Stoke boss Tony Pulis has tabled a £4m bid for Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil.

    The Times: Galatasaray are monitoring Ryan Babel's situation at Liverpool, with Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard keen on his fellow countryman.

    January 19, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/19/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    City have not approached Milan for Flamini © Getty Images

    23:42: Right that's all folks! Join us again tomorrow for all the transfer news, as well as plenty of speculation about who is going where in the world of football.

    23:37: Last bit of transfer-themed news of the day. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has claimed that the Barca striker has one or two transfers left in him. Mino Raiola will probably be keeping his fingers crossed that 28-year-old Zlatan will move on, as I'm sure he will get a slice of any signing-on bonus. Raiola told AS:

    "He can play until he is 36 or 37 years old and go through a couple of more transfers. I do not think Ibra will finish his career at Barca."

    23:33: Aston Villa fan Andrew appears slightly concerned about Martin O'Neill's revelation that he has to sell before he can buy any new players. He says:

    O'Neill has to sell? With the billions Lerner's worth? Hmmm, I just thought O'Neill was being stubborn, but that changes my whole outlook on this. But we need a new striker. There is no way we're getting 4th without one, it's impossible.

    23:11: We told you earlier about Philippe Senderos being linked to a move to Celtic. But Hoops boss Tony Mowbray has poured cold water on that one:

    "There has been no bid. There is no decision (to be made) from Senderos. You have been watching too much television.''

    Right then.

    21.41 Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko will cost AC Milan, or anybody else for that matter, €40 million, according to his agent Silvano Martina. “He has a clause of €40 million,” Martina said.

    20.25 Premier League transfer targtet Fernando Meira insists he has no intention of leaving Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg.

    19.55 Mainz have signed 31-year-old Czech midfielder Jan Simak from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart. "Jan Simak further expands our options in attack," Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel said.

    18.20 Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted he will have to sell before he can bring in any new players during the January transfer window. Craig Gardner looks set to join Birmingham for over £3 million.

    17.41 Wolves are looking to bolster their forward line with the capture of Stoke City striker James Beattie, according to sources "close to the club".

    17.01: Alberto Aquilani's agent has scoffed at suggestions the player could return to Italy after just a few months with Liverpool. He has been linked with Juventus. "There aren't possibilities that Aquilani will go back to Italy in January," Franco Zavaglia told laroma24.it. "The boy has started playing with some continuity only in recent weeks. So that hypothesis is really far from reality."

    16.56: Birmingham have been told they must fork of £5 million if they want to buy Charlie Adam from Blackpool. No quotes on that though.

    16.50: Serbian striker Danijel Aleksic has been snapped up by Serie A outfit Genoa. The forward, who had been linked with Manchester City, has moved from Vojvodina for an undisclosed fee.

    16.19: Could Valencia be set to strengthen with the signing of attacking midfielder Sofiane Feghouli. Apparently the player has already agreed to move, according to L’Equipe, with his contract up in the summer.

    16.01: Atletico Madrid look to have made a signing. AS is reporting that Eduardo Salvo has passed his medical to move to Europe from Lanus.

    15.44: Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he is looking into the possibility of signing Ruud van Nistelrooy. One of the world's best finishers? Or a crock? Ruud we mean, not Harry...

    15.32: The agent of Corinthians talent Dentinho claims the player is on the agenda of a number of Europe's top clubs. Well, he would, wouldn't he?

    15.09: Harry Redknapp has once again dismissed reports that he wants to bring Ben Foster to Tottenham, but Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy is of interest. It was reported Redknapp met with the player's agent to discuss a move to White Hart Lane.

    14.41: Ryan Babel looked to have sealed his departure from Anfield when announcing on Twitter he had been dropped for the game against Stoke, but the forward is back in the squad for Wednesday's game against Spurs after apologising. Does he have a future at Anfield?

    14.31: We have some relatively big news arriving, for this window at least, with Wolves opening talks with Stoke City regarding the signing of James Beattie. The striker's future has been in doubt ever since a bust-up with Tony Pulis.

    14.05: The agent of Cristian Ledesma has denied suggestions that the Lazio midfielder has already agreed to join Inter, shunning Juventus in the process. Ledesma is awaiting the result of an arbitration panel and could be available on a free transfer if he is granted permission to leave his current club after a contractual dispute.

    13.44: The Coventry Telegraph is reporting that Burnley will have to offer a lot more than £950,000 if they want to bring Aron Gunnarsson to Turf Moor. He has been in good form for the Sky Blues.

    13.30: Interesting - albeit likely baseless - stuff from Italy. Apparently, AC Milan want Kaka back from Real Madrid. The Brazilian's been a disappointment since his big-money move in the summer and Sportal.it suggests he could be set to make a shock return...

    13.10: Fernando Torres is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying he wants his Spain team-mates at Liverpool.

    "If I could, I would take David Villa or David Silva to Liverpool as a partner in attack. I wish they could come. It would be a great asset for our team.

    "We need match-winners like Rooney or Tevez. We need footballers who break the deadlock in matches. Liverpool is losing the Premier League in home matches against average teams."

    13.02: AS and Marca both say Real Madrid are talking to Racing Santander about a deal for Spanish wonderkid Sergio Canales. Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have also been linked.

    12.40: Reader Junior Kennedy asks:

    "Is there any rumours about liverpool have sign mauroune chamakh from bordeux for £25?not sure about this...."

    There has been plenty of talk about a £25 million move but it's almost certain that, if anything happens, it'll happen in the summer when his contract expires. It seems Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is still the main man at the moment. It's been denied that he's heading to Anfield on loan, but the Daily Mail thinks he'll go this week and the Shields Gazette says the rumours around Merseyside are that Rafa is considering a £12 million bid.

    The Liverpool Daily Post adds that Ryan Babel might be off to Galatasaray and says Liverpool have been told they must spend £10 million if they want Jones. There was talk of a swap deal between Babel and Jones but, while that isn't happening, "talks have remained ongoing between Liverpool officials and their Wearside counterparts".

    12.32: Arsenal don't want Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic. The Dinamo Zagreb man, 23, had been linked in reports but when asked if it was true, Arsene Wenger said:

    "No. You will hear a few names until the end of the transfer window without there being any truth in it.”

    12.20: West Ham fans may be interested to read scoopmaster Harry Harris' list of potential targets following the club's takeover.

    12.10: Palermo defender Simon Kjaer has been linked with pretty much every high-profile club in Europe over the last year or so, but the Italian side's sport director, Walter Sabatini, told sportmediaset:

    "It is not an option that interests Palermo to sell him now. We want to keep him until the end of the season."

    12.00: Seems Manchester City might not be looking to add to their ever-growing ranks of defensive midfielders after all. There has been talk that City want Mathieu Flamini, but AC Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida said:

    "We have heard rumours regarding possible interest from Manchester City for Flamini, but for the time being, there has been no official offer, interest or talks between AC Milan and Manchester City. Flamini is an AC Milan player."

    More here.

    11.45: Just to add to the Huntelaar stuff from earlier, he says he wants to play in England, Germany, Spain or Italy, and that six clubs have expressed an interest. De Telegraaf says Shakhtar Donetsk wanted him, but they don't play in England, Germany, Spain or Italy, so nothing came of that one.

    11.35: The New York Post is discussing the possibility of Thierry Henry and Raul leaving Spain to head to the MLS this summer. Seems Henry might head to Red Bull New York when his Barcelona contract expires this summer and Real Madrid legend Raul is a target for the Red Bulls and LA Galaxy after falling down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

    11.26: Villa midfielder Craig Gardner is edging closer and closer to a move to local rivals Birmingham. Read more here.

    11.20: Owen Coyle still wants to take Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere to Bolton on loan. He admits it's probably not the ideal time to be discussing the issue given that they're in the middle of a double header against the Gunners, but said:

    "He's a fantastic young player, a player I believe will eventually play in the Arsenal first team and for England.

    "He's one that I've always admired, but I think that conversation is for after Wednesday night when we've played Arsenal, and we'll take it from there."

    Coyle also said he'd not made any contact with Real Madrid over veteran midfielder Guti, Sheffield United for Matt Kilgallon or Stoke for Andy Wilkinson. Read more here.

    11.00: We mentioned earlier that Klaas Jan Huntelaar is looking for a loan move away from Milan since he's not first-choice, and here are the quotes:

    "I'm thinking of leaving. When I spoke with officials, they comforted me and said they have faith in me. I played a little more, but I want more.

    "It's important for me because, as our national team coach explained to me, to go with the national team it's important to play a lot for your club.

    "I would like to stay in an important league to show I can be a player for Milan. I'd like to be loaned and then come back."

    Arsene Wenger said he wasn't interested at the start of the month, but you'd have to think Arsenal and Liverpool would be tempted by a loan move...

    10.35: Hamburg midfielder Jerome Boateng's been linked with a few clubs lately, but Bild says he's about to sign an extension after talks resumed.

    10.26: Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos would be delighted to secure a loan switch to Celtic. He was linked yesterday and has now said:

    "I am very honoured that a big club like Celtic are interested in me and a loan deal right now would suit me perfectly. My main priority is to get back playing regular football. Hopefully something will be in place over the next few days but I'll wait and see."

    Read more here.

    10.20: France Football believes Liverpool will beat AC Milan to the signing of Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic. The Serb apparently thinks he'll get more first-team football at Anfield and would rather sign for Rafa.

    10.15: L'Equipe says Toulouse have agreed a deal to sign Colin Kazim-Richards on loan. The English-born Turkey international has been at Fenerbahce since leaving Sheffield United in 2007 and likes to be known as Kazim Kazim over there.

    10.10: With the deal for Inter Milan's Mancini having fallen through, Marseille are either after Valencia Joaquin (according to RMC) or Galatasaray's Harry Kewell (according to Le Parisien).

    10.03: Seems Roman Pavlyuchenko may have actually rejected Zenit rather than the other way around, but you can decide for yourself by reading this.

    10.00: Reports suggest Chelsea could be looking at Monaco's Jerko Leko as a replacement for Michael Essien if the Ghana midfielder's injury rules him out until the end of the season.

    09.55: Hamburg insist they have not received an approach for reported Sunderland target Guy Demel. The Ivory Coast defender is out of contract at the end of the month but Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann says there has "not been any bid for him coming in".

    09.47: Nottingham Forest are looking to sign three players this month to bolster their promotion bid and Villa's Nicky Shorey is thought to be among the targets but, asked about new arrivals, boss Billy Davies says he has "nothing to report on that front at the minute".

    09.45: "Lincoln City manager Chris Sutton is keen to extend Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker's stay at Sincil Bank," according to the Birmingham Mail.

    09.35: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says the club will not make any more signings in the January transfer window. Roma's Julio Baptista had been a target but the clubs failed to reach an agreement.

    09.30: Zenit St Petersburg confirmed last night that they are out of the race to sign Tottenham striker Roman Pavlychenko, as we suggested yesterday. Club president Alexander Dyukov said:

    "The management were considering the loan of Roman Pavlyuchenko for six months to the summer in order to decide whether to buy him. Unfortunately, this proposal did not suit Tottenham. We would not like to acquire the player now."

    09.18: Portuguese daily A Bola reports that discussions are continuing between Rangers and Sporting Lisbon regarding the possible transfer of Pedro Mendes.

    09.05: Continuing our scout around Europe, AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has told De Telegraaf in his homeland of Holland that up to six clubs are interested in signing him in January.

    08.41: The Spanish papers are notorious for taking a punt or two but a report in Mundo Deportivo this morning really takes the biscuit. The Catalan daily claims Wayne Rooney has spoken to Gerard Pique about life at Barcelona and that he is open to moving to the Spanish champions. Wow.

    08.15: Okay, so it's not exactly transfer news but the takeover of West Ham is now complete, our man Harry Harris has confirmed. Does this mean the Hammers will have some money to spend in what remains of the transfer window?

    07.45: Good morning and welcome to another day in a transfer window that is proving to be as uneventful as Angola's draw with Algeria on Monday evening. Let's hope for some excitement today though, kicking off with the news that, according to Sky Sports News, Manchester City are in talks to sign Mathieu Flamini on loan from Milan. After all, why stop at one French Arsenal cast-off who plays as a holding midfielder? Next thing you know, Emmanuel Petit will be on his way to Eastlands.

    While you digest that little nugget of gossip, how about a brief look round the English papers...

    Mirror: Birmingham City have made a third bid for Liverpool’s out-of-favour forward, Ryan Babel...Everton will win the race for Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford when his contract expires in the summer... Hull are ready to sell Kevin Kilbane to Championship side Sheffield United.

    Times: Tottenham have been told Ben Foster will cost £4 million, despite Harry Redknapp claiming he is not interested in the goalkeeper... Birmingham City are in talks to sign former Barcelona striker Maxi Lopez, who currently plays for FC Moscow... Fulham have targeted Daniel Cousin after seeing a move for Roma striker Stefano Okaka fall through.

    Sun: Birmingham have been told that they can sign Aiden McGeady from Celtic if they meet the Scottish club’s valuation of the midfielder.

    Mail: Tottenham are closing in on the loan signing of Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy after Harry Redknapp wined and dined his agent... Wolves are targeting a £3 million move for James Beattie... Arsenal have held talks with the father of Spain’s new wonderkid, Sergio Canales.

    Telegraph: Sunderland have told Liverpool that they must pay £10 million if they want to sign Kenwyne Jones, rather than attempting to arrange a loan deal for the Trinidad and Tobago international.

    Independent: Chelsea may be forced into the transfer market as there are fears that Michael Essien could miss the remainder of the season with the knee injury that saw him return home from the African Nations Cup... Sunderland are ready to make a bid for Portugal veteran Nuno Gomes as they target a new striker.

    January 18, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/18/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Amr Zaki has agreed to join Hull on loan © Getty Images


    23.49:
    That concludes our blog for the day. Perhaps tomorrow will bring the megadeals we've all been waiting for.

    23.48: Fulham have handed Lincoln teenager Graham Hutchison a trial at Craven Cottage. The Scotland Under 17 international defender linked up with Roy Hodgson's side on Monday. One for the future.

    22.04: Molde defender Knut Olav Rindaroy will travel to Everton on Tuesday to discuss a possible move, according to the Norwegian club. David Moyes The 24-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has scheduled a two-day visit to meet Toffees officials.

    20.27: Mauro Zarate says he doesn't want to go back to England. Arsenal and Manchester City have both been linked with a young man unsettled at Lazio.

    18.46:: Burnley have confirmed midfielder Remco van der Schaaf is set to rejoin Brondby on a long-term loan. That's the last they'll see of him it seems.

    18.25: Spurs deny the earlier report that they bid for Ben Foster. Or, at least, Harry Redknapp does.

    17.45: Mauro Zarate has dismissed rumours linking him with a return to England. Arsenal were meant to be interested, but perhaps cash-rich Birmingham might have also fancied a bit to bring him back?

    17.38: Mike Williamson, the £3 million signing from Watford, could be on the move without ever kicking a ball for Pompey! Newcastle are keen...

    17.26: Fiorentina have announced they have reached an agreement with Porto for midfielder Mario Bolatti.

    17.04: According to a poll, Real Madrid fans want Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery, Valencia's David Silva and Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas in their side. In that order. Wherever would they play?

    16.46: Monaco striker Frederic Nimani is apparently closing in on a move to the Premier League. Portsmouth anyone?

    16.13: AC Milan are the latest club who are apparently following Chelsea winger Joe Cole. The midfielder is in the process of negotiating a new deal at Stamford Bridge but could be available for free in the summer if he doesn't sign on. Would he be keen to follow Becks' lead though?

    16.00: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says he is hopeful of being able to strengthen his side before the end of the transfer window but is prepared to keep faith with
    the players who have underachieved this season. Perhaps not the best move, all things considered, but then it's not like he has £20 million to spend this month.

    15.44: Eredivisie outfit Roda have secured the services of the versatile Sebastian Svard on a free transfer. The 27-year-old former Arsenal defender/midfielder was without a club after being released by Borussia Moenchengladbach.

    15.17: Julio Baptista will not be joining Inter after the champions failed to reach an agreement with Roma, according to Sky Sport Italia.

    15.05: Tottenham are the latest Premier League side to be linked with Palermo centre-back Simon Kjaer, but his dad says they haven't been in touch. Jorn Kjaer told TV2 Sporten:

    "At the moment, the only thing I can tell you is that there has not been contact between Tottenham and ourselves."

    15.03: According to the Daily Mirror, Benfica are interested in signing Nadir Belhadj from Portsmouth.

    14.29: Good news for Arsenal fans - it looks like Fran Merida could well be staying. The midfielder, who scored against Bolton yesterday, is out of contract at the end of the season and Arsene Wenger had previously suggested he may be headed back to Spain, but the Arsenal boss seems to have changed his mind.

    “I believe, yes [he will stay] – I have not given up on him.”

    14.05: Sky Sports News is now saying that Fulham's loan bid for Roma striker Stefano Okaka has fallen through, which won't be good news for Roy Hodgson after Clint Dempsey joined Bobby Zamora on the sidelines.

    14.00: LFC4EVA has spotted a problem with reports of a bust-up at Liverpool.

    "If true there was a bust-up between players and staff, Ryan Babel would have posted it on this Twitter by now."

    13.58: The Daily Mail carries quotes from Ruud van Nistelrooy's agent saying the Real Madrid striker doesn't fancy linking up with compatriot Frank Rijkaard at Galatasaray. His refusal to consider a move to Turkey will be a sign of encouragement for the likes of Liverpool, Everton, Spurs and Stoke, apparently, because he's almost definitely off somewhere.

    13.40: Sky Sports News claim that Manchester United have rejected an offer from Tottenham for goalkeeper Ben Foster. Interesting...

    13.35: Sergio Canales is all the rage in Spain - read Phil Ball's assessment here - but Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has advised him against joining, erm, Real Madrid. "I don't know if he will end up signing for Madrid or not, or for any other big club. The only thing that I hope is that, being so young, he isn't ruined," he wrote in El Periodico.

    13.10: Roque Santa Cruz is out for a month with a calf injury. Asked whether he would go into the market if the injury proved serious, Roberto Mancini said yesterday: "I don't know - tomorrow we will see." He added:

    "The injury is a problem, because Roque is most important to us. We don't have Adebayor, and only have Benjani. We have some problems."

    Sounds like City are off to buy a striker.

    13.02: Burnley boss Brian Laws was apparently looking to raid his former club for Lee Grant, but it seems the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper's not that bothered. He told Sky Sports:

    "I am very settled here and continue to enjoy playing for the club, so there is no reason for me to want to leave any time soon."

    12.55: One that slipped through the net - the Daily Mirror reckons Philippe Senderos is off to Celtic on a six-month loan deal. He's certainly on his way out at Arsenal, but you'd think Arsene Wenger would be looking to sell him and raise as much cash as possible with his contract due for expiry.

    12.50: Wolves are interested in Stoke striker James Beattie. After their defeat to Wigan at the weekend, Mick McCarthy said:

    “I’ve got four strikers, but we’re looking for someone and if we get someone then fine.”

    And, according to the Express & Star, that someone is Beattie, who's valued at about £3 million.

    12.30: There's been a rumour going round troubling Liverpool fans that there was a big bust-up with players and staff at half-time during the Reading replay, and the upshot is that Steven Gerrard says he won't play for the club while Rafa Benitez is in charge. It sounds like nonsense and Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says he's done some snooping and it most definitely is. He does, however, say that Rafa's relationship with Ryan Babel is reaching breaking point, but then you'd expect that really what with him being left out of an injury-ravaged squad on Saturday and having a pop at the manager on Twitter.

    12.20: Kevin Kuranyi was a target for Sunderland and Birmingham in this transfer window but he stayed at Schalke and proved his worth with a goal at the weekend. But will he stay at Schalke? Maybe. He said in Bild:

    "For me, there is only Schalke. What happens in the summer remains to be seen. I want a decision in the spring."

    12.00: Frank Rijkaard is continuing to find ways to improve his Galatasaray squad - Kaizer Chiefs defender Tshegofatso ‘Ninja’ Ramabu is his latest target. South Africa Under-20 coach Maqsood Chenia told Kick Off:

    "It is good news, not just for the player, but also for the club and country for a young player like Ninja to have attracted European interest from a great coach like Frank Rikaard."

    11.55: It appears Arsenal will have Nicklas Bendtner back in "ten days maybe", according to Arsene Wenger, which could well mean they don't bother buying a striker. Wenger had previously said the decision would depend on the Dane's fitness.

    11.41: Sort of breaking news - Hull have announced the Amr Zaki deal on their website, subject to "work permit and other red tape issues", which effectively is what we had at 10.01. More here.

    11.40: Le Parisien says Lille would be happy to pay 10 million euros for Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul. Lens tried that last week and failed, though, as you might want to read here. Pompey want £14 million.

    11.35: Sevilla striker Arouna Kone wouldn't mind playing in Ligue 1 for the rest of the season. The Ivory Coast international wants first-team football ahead of the World Cup and he's in France Football saying that, if a big French club wants him, he'd be "delighted to go". Monaco have been linked.

    11.30: Seems Celtic are wavering a little. Previous reports had suggested Birmingham were throwing sums between £10m and £15m at them for winger Aiden McGeady, but Celtic were refusing to do business. However, assistant manager Mark Venus is now saying that "every footballer has a price" although, if previous reports are true, you do wonder how much they think is fair for the Republic of Ireland international.

    11.20: Russia striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov has returned to Zenit Saint Petersburg from Dyanmo Moscow on a four-year deal. Kerzhakov, who was linked with Liverpool, played for Zenit for five years before joining Sevilla in 2006. There are reports that Zenit might not want to pay Spurs silly money for Roman Pavlyuchenko as a result of that deal.

    11.08: Sticking with the Ribery to Real Madrid thing, Marca is carrying a poll that shows he would be most people's ideal signing this summer, followed by David Silva and Cesc Fabregas close behind in third.

    11.05: It's the story that just won't go away: Bayern Munich will sit down with Franck Ribery to discuss his future in early March. The club's director of sport Christian Nerlinger said:

    "Franck came to us once in the summer. He said he felt very much at home in Munich and was grateful to the club, but there was one alternative which he could imagine himself taking. We declined, and the matter was closed internally.

    "Franck has always behaved correctly, and I won't hear a word said against him in this respect.

    "We won't put him under pressure. We'll sit down with him and talk in early March. We'll set out our position, and he'll explain his, and we'll see if we can agree. It matters a lot to me that the process is fair and respectful."

    Which presumably means he's still off to Real Madrid in the summer. Read more here.

    10.50: Sticking with Sunderland, chairman Niall Quinn has confirmed in the Sunderland Echo that the club has not entered talks with Liverpool over Kenwyne Jones.

    "Behind the scenes agents may be setting up things with football clubs, but it happens today. We don't want to get rid of anybody at the football club."

    Quinn also said there may still be signings this month. Read more here.

    10.45: The Shields Gazette has been speaking to Steve Bruce and he says he's not letting 17-year-old 'wonderkid' Ryan Noble leave on loan yet.

    "The phone has not stopped with people wanting young Ryan Noble on loan all of a sudden, but my thoughts are very simple in that respect - not yet.

    "The lad is only 17. No matter how well he's done this season, that's not something we're going to forget."

    10.36: This probably doesn't count as bona fide transfer gossip because, other than the fact his contract is up in the summer, there's little reason to think Joe Cole's going to leave Chelsea since Bruce Buck, Carlo Ancelotti and Cole himself have all said they want to sort out a contract extension. Regardless, here's Frank Lampard pleading with his club to keep Joe Cole:

    "Joe's a fantastic player and I really hope we keep him, and I think that goes for everyone at the club.

    "I don't know Joe's personal position with the club but I'm sure that the club want to keep him and the players want him to stay."

    Read more here.

    10.30: Seems Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen isn't off to Bayern Munich after all. Tony Pulis admitted he wasn't sure if Sorensen was staying amid the David James business last week, but it looks like the Britannia Stadium is the place to be.

    "I'm fully committed to Stoke and I'm not going anywhere," Sorensen told BBC Radio Stoke. "I had two meetings with the manager last week and I gave him my word that I wasn't going anywhere."

    10.25: An update on this month's big move - Craig Gardner to Birmingham - as Martin O'Neill admits the midfielder may well leave Villa.

    "I would be sorry to see Craig go but accept the fact if two clubs agree a fee that he would probably would go.

    "Birmingham have made a bid and, as it stands, it hasn't been accepted. There have been other enquiries but, as we speak, those other clubs haven't made a bid."

    Read more here.

    10.16: What with Landon Donovan doing much better for Everton than he ever did at Bayern Munich, it seems his ten-week loan could end up lasting a little longer. In the Liverpool Echo, he said:

    "Who knows what will happen in the future? Football’s funny and you never know what could happen.

    "If I look back after ten weeks and say I really want to stay then maybe I can make that happen. If I say OK it was good, but I’m ready to go then I can go, but for now I’m taking it week by week.”

    10.01: Seems Hull definitely are going to throw themselves into a world of trouble by signing Amr Zaki. The Hull Daily Mail has quotes from chairman Adam Pearson, who says Zaki - the man Steve Bruce called the least professional player he'd ever worked with - is a "risk worth taking". Anyway, looks like it'll be £400k for a loan until the end of the season and it should be done once he gets international clearance. Pearson continues:

    "We're proceeding with the deal to bring Zaki in until the end of the season and we expect all the paperwork to be completed by the end of the week."

    09.40: According to the Birmingham Mail, Birmingham have made an imporved £3.5m bid for Aston Villa midfielder Craig Gardner, adding that "Wolves and Stoke City have also expressed interest, but Blues are firm favourites to land the 23-year-old".

    09.30: That didn't take long. The Daily Mail said this morning that Kenwyne Jones was off to Liverpool on loan, but sources at Sunderland say there's "not a chance" of that happening. Given that Steve Bruce said he was worth £40m on his day, it would be a little odd to send him off to Liverpool on loan.

    09:12: Wolfsburg centre-back Ricardo Costa could be snapped up by Lille when his contract expires in the summer, according to L'Equipe.

    08:12: Neil Warnock has told Sky Sports News that he is resigned to losing starlet Victor Moses this January.

    08:00: BREAKING NEWS - Lucas Neill completes his transfer to Galatasary. But will Ruud van Nistelrooy be joining him?

    07:54: There are suggestions from the Sun that both Liverpool and AC Milan are chasing 28-year-old Standard Liege striker Milan Jovanovic.

    07:30: Hello all and welcome to the start of another week of the January transfer window. We'll keep you up to date on all the movements of transfer targets across Europe and the globe on this fine Monday. Let's start with a round up of all the latest gossip and speculation to come out of the press this morning.

    The Times: Nobby Solano back to Newcastle... Amir Zaki expected to sign for Hull for £500,000...Spurs monitoring Boaz Myhill as a possible reserve to Heurelho Gomes...Ruud van Nistelrooy has received an offer from Galatasaray. “They are a great club with a positive approach,” the Dutchman said...Craig Gardener to swap Aston Villa for Birmingham in £4 million deal, though Wolves and Bolton are waiting in the wings...Erik Edman from Wigan to Sheffield United.

    The Mirror: Spurs to bid for David James...Ryan Babel to be fined a week's wages ahead of move out of Anfield following Twitter 'rant'...West Ham slap £15 million price tag on Scott Parker...Kyel Reid leaving Sheffield united for Charlton.

    The Mail: Liverpool to land Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones on Monday (though the Independent suggest otherwise)...Robinho heading out of Manchester City...Joe Coles set for City switch...Pavluchenko desperately seeking Spurs exit.

    January 17, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/17/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    00.00 That's your transfer lot for today. There was plenty of gossip to keep you occupied. Tune in again on Monday for more of the same.

    22.47 Unofficial reports are saying that striker Amir Zaki has joined Hull City on a season-long loan.

    19.41 Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has accused Inter Milan winger Mancini of a "lack of respect'' after abandoning a bid to sign the Brazilian. "The very least we expected was for him to meet us," Dassier told L'Equipe.

    18.01 Defender Simon Kjaer's father insists that he has heard nothing from Tottenham regarding a move for his son. "We haven't heard anything from Tottenham," he told TV2 Sporten.

    16.41 Birmingham City have had a £3 million bid rejected by Midlands rivals Aston Villa for Craig Gardner. The Blues are expected to increase their offer for the 23-year-old midfielder.

    15.06: Portsmouth have been linked with a move for Romanian international winger Razvan Cocis. He plays for Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.

    15.01: Dave Whelan has insisted Wigan will sell none of their major players during the January transfer window. Leading scorer Hugo Rodallega has been linked with a £10 million move to Stoke and there has been speculation about the future of winger Charles N'Zogbia, who scored in Saturday's 2-0 win at Wolves.

    14.47: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he would prefer to send Jack Wilshere on loan to an English club after he was linked with FC Twente. "I've heard Twente are interested, but I would prefer Jack to play in the Premier League," said Wenger

    14.22: South Korea international Seol Ki-Hyeon has signed for Asian Champions League winners Pohang Steelers after leaving Fulham.

    14.01: Dennis Rommedahl has rubbished talk of a move away from Ajax to Basle. "I'm not interested in a transfer to Switzerland at the moment. I'm really happy at Ajax and I want to stay here until my contract expires next summer," Rommedahl said on Ajax TV.

    13.38: Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has withdrawn his transfer request and decided to remain at Elland Road until the end of the season when his contract expires.

    13.20: After CSKA Moscow forward Milos Krasic was linked with a move to the Premier League in the morning papers, it now seems more likely he will head to Spain or Italy. “It’s not true, but I can confirm that Milos would prefer moving to either Italy or Spain,” his agent Dejan Joksimovic said on Calciomercato.it.“Milos won’t be going anywhere until June. And I guess that Inter and Milan are the only sides in Italy who could compete with other top European sides for his signature next summer.”

    13.17: News from itasportpress, and it seems Rosario Central's Guillermo Burdisso could be set for a move to Italy. His agent said: "I have been mandated by the agent of Burdisso Jr., Guillermo De Andrea, to tout the player in Italy. I can confirm that several Italian clubs are interested in this strong defender and talks are already underway with them.”

    13.00: Monaco striker Frederic Nimani is ready to sign for Burnley. "I have heard about Burnley and that would be a fantastic opportunity for a young player like me," he said. "I am waiting to see what will happen in the transfer window."

    12.49: Real Madrid misfit is set to move to Turkey and sign for Galatasaray, if you believe some newspaper rumours.

    12.22: Marco Andreolli's agent has told Sky Sport Italia that the player will remain with AS Roma until the summer. “Several teams are after him, especially because there are few centre-backs on the market,” Bastianelli said. “His wish is to stay at Roma until June.”

    12.13: More from Villa Park, and the Sunday Mercury says that Craig Gardner will complete a move across the city to Birmingham this week. The fee seems to be £3.5 million.

    12.09: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill says he knows nothing of stories linking Carlos Cueller with a move to FC Sevilla.

    11.57: Juventus have been linked with a loan move for Italian winger Giandomenico Mesto of Genoa, according to TuttoJuve.com.

    11.41: Another newspaper rumour, this time from The People. The paper claims that Ryan Babel has refused to sign for Sunderland, a decision which scuppers any hope of Rafa Benitez signing Kenwyne Jones.

    11.25: Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen says he does not want to leave the club. "I'm fully committed to Stoke and I'm not going anywhere," said Sorensen. "I had two meetings with the manager last week and I gave him my word that I wasn't going anywhere."

    11.12: Bit of bother in relation to the wonderfully named Waldo Ponce of Velez Sarsfield. He's linked with Fulham but the Argentine club claim he is still their player. If Ponce signs a contract with Wigan, we are going to forbid the transfer and report Wigan to FIFA," said club president.

    10.38: Perth Glory's Adriano Pellegrino has been offerer a trial by Celtic and will fly in to Glasgow this week.

    10.02: Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is trying his best to ignore talk of a move this summer. He said: "I do not concern myself with Bayern or Manchester United , I am not watching what's happening there. I have a contract until 2012."

    09.30: Weclome to another day of transfer gossip. We'll start with a speedy round-up of all the morning's newspaper guess work.

    Mail on Sunday: Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester City track Gerrard ... Sunderland and Stoke battle for £4 million Ben Foster ... Arsenal want Mario Mandzukic from Dinamo Zagreb ... Tottenham in lead to sign Palermo's Simon Kjaer ... Chelsea and Wolves in for Boro's Adam Johnson.

    News of the World: Di Maria snubs £38 million Man City transfer ... Sunderland want Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng ... Tottenham, Man City and Man United track Joe Cole ... Hull confirm Zaki move ... Pavlyuchenko fancies Birmingham switch ... and Brum want Sunderland's Kieran Richardson ... Portsmouth are hoping to loan Spurs midfielder Giovani dos Santos ... Wolves won't pay over the odds for Murphy and Hunt.

    Sunday Mirror: Man City will sign Joe Cole ... Birmingham to bid £6.5 million for Adam Johnson ... Newcastle want to loan Arsenal's Jack Wilshere ... Ruud van Nistelrooy set to snub Premier League return ... Everton step up pursuit of French defender Fanni ... Spurs flop Pavlyuchenko edging closer to exit door ... West Ham knock back Man City bid for Behrami.

    January 16, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/16/2010

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    Ryan Babel: Unhappy at Anfield © Getty Images

    23.55 That's your transfer lot for today. Once again, no big movers, but plenty of gossip to keep you occupied. Tune in again on Sunday for more of the same.

    23.30 Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson is wanted by Birmingham City as part of Alex McLeish's Blues revolution and will pay £5 million, according to the News of the World.

    21.42 New Burnley manager Brian Laws wants to make David Nugent's loan deal form Portsmouth permanent. "Hopefully something will happen in the next 48 hours," said Laws. "The club have been trying to keep David for some time and I know enough about him to want him to stay."

    20.30 Italian striker Luca Toni has said that he wants to make his six-month loan move form Bayern Munich to AS Roma permanent. "For the moment I am loan, but I will do all I can to stay at Roma,'' he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

    20.00 Contrary to earlier reports the Daily Mail claim that Tottenham Hotspur have moved closer to sealing the biggest deal of the January transfer window by holding direct talks with Palermo about £11million defender Simon Kjaer.

    19.31: Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has defending the decision to sell Gary Caldwell and Barry Robson considering the club's injury problems. Mowbray said: "Decisions had to be made this week. They were made and I have no regrets."

    18.06: One of the longest sagas last summer was Manchester City's pursuit of Joleon Lescott and now David Moyes has hit out at the club for their conduct, claiming they broke the rules.

    16.14: Siena striker Michele Paolucci is delighted to be back at Juventus after completing his return to the Stadio Olimpico on loan until the end of the season. He said: "When I left here I was little more than a boy. Now I have several years of Serie A and several matches under my belt. I think the experience around Italy helped me to be more ready and motivated.''

    15.12: Portsmouth forward John Utaka is being linked with a move north of the border to Celtic.

    14.44: Marca claims that Mario Suarez could be set to move from Mallorca to Atletico Madrid.

    14.29: Bolton have apparently bid £2 million for Andy Carroll of Newcastle United. That seems like a waste of money to us.

    14.11: Roy Hodgson has said he has not yet decided on completing a loan deal for Roma striker Stefano Okaka.

    13.57: Spanish paper AS says that Real Madrid are ready to sell Guti, who on Friday said he wanted to leave the Bernadeu.

    13.22: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stated there's no chance that Ben Foster will go out on loan from the rest of the season as the stopper looks to make England's World Cup squad.

    12.50: Burnley have officially pulled out of the race to sign Matthew Kilgallon from Sheffield United. The club has stated: The club is not prepared to meet the agent's excessive wage demands for his player. Contrary to a national newspaper report, the club has no intention of breaking its wage structure and disrupting the togetherness of a united squad."

    12.13: Juventus have re-signed Michele Paolucci on loan from Siena.

    12.02: Peterhead have signed Jonathan Crawford on loan from SPL side Aberdeen.

    11.54: If you are wondering why Ryan Babel's face adorns this page, then read our story about why a Twitter tirade has put his future in doubt at Anfield.

    11.15: The future of David Beckham has been the subject of debate in the papers this morning but a source close to the midfielder has now denied claims the player will quit football following the World Cup finals in the summer.

    10.24: As mentioned earlier, Amr Zaki appears to be on the way to Hull to join the Tigers. Given his disciplinary problems at Wigan, can Phil Brown get the best out of him?

    10.18: Here is the full story regarding Arsenal's capture of Bolivian teenager Samuel Galindo. They beat Everton to the signing of the midfielder.

    09.57: Right, onto today's papers and the Star is leading the way with the claim that Steven Gerrard could leave Liverpool, with Real Madrid interested in the Reds skipper.

    Staying with the crisis club and the Sun reports that having sealed his Anfield fate with a Twitter outburst on Friday, Ryan Babel will be used in a swap deal to sign Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones.

    Meanwhile, the Times claims that Tottenham, Birmingham and Fulham are vying to sign Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson who is apparently unhappy at the Stadium of Light at present.

    09.24: Our trawl of the papers has been interrupted by the breaking news that Sol Campbell has signed for Arsenal. We've expected it for some time but that is formal confirmation from the club.

    09.00: Welcome to another day of transfer rumours and, hopefully, a bit of real news. Just before we guide you through the morning's papers, we catch up on developments overnight. Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Bolivian teenager Samuel Galindo while Amr Zaki is flying into Hull for a medical.

    January 15, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/15/2010

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    Fernando Torres wants more new faces. © Getty Images

    17:30: That's your transfer lot for today. Once again, no big movers, but plenty of gossip to keep you occupied. Tune in again at the weekend for more of the same.

    17:29: Burnley have confirmed they were interested in signing Sheffield United's Matthew Kilgallon but were unwilling to match his wage demands.

    17:21: Bolton manager Owen Coyle is debating whether to offer Stuart Holden a contract at the Reebok Stadium. He said: "Stuart has come in and trained well with us. It (his situation) is something we will look at in the next few days. He's obviously got talent, good technique and quick feet. We just have to make that judgment about whether he is better than what we have already got. "

    17:07: Kris Boyd has yet to accept Rangers' new and improved contract offer. Birmingham are known admirers and it wouldn't be churlish to suggest others are as well.

    16:51: England midfielder David Beckham will be able to return to AC Milan whenever he wants after his loan from LA Galaxy expires at the end of the season, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Friday.

    16:45: Not often Mr Ferguson gets a going over, but Benyou10 makes this point:

    Fergie should seriously consider on recruiting some world-class and established players rather than spend loads of money on some unknown young players that was wrongly branded as 'highly talented' like Nani, Tosic, Manucho, Anderson etc.

    16:44: Portsmouth manager Avram Grant says he was baffled by talk of goalkeeper David James moving to Stoke and insists he wants to keep his relegation-battling squad intact.

    ''I must tell you honestly that I don't know what happened,'' said Grant. ''From my point of view, he was training with the team and nothing happened. He belongs to the team and I want him to stay in the team. I've heard many clubs want our players but we want to keep our players.

    16:34: Mick McCarthy has hailed the performances of veteran Wolves defender Jody Craddock and admitted he has given him ''food for thought'' regarding a new contract.

    16:17: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed youngster Vladimir Weiss will be allowed to leave on loan this month.

    16:03: Werder Bremen have completed the signing of Tunisia international Aymen Abdennour on loan from Etoile Sportive du Sahel until the end of the season.

    15:56: Derby have confirmed have recruited former Sunderland defender Russell Anderson. He joins on a free transfer after having had his contract cancelled at the Stadium of Light by mutual agreement.

    15:43: Bayern Munich chief exec Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that 20-year-old Toni Kroos will not be staying at Bayer Leverkusen beyond his current loan agreement, according to bild.de, He said:

    "There is absolutely no discussion at Bayern that Toni will remain in Leverkusen. He will return to 100 percent after this season to Bayern."

    15:28: The Ryan Babel talk continues, with reports in the Turkish press suggesting Rafa Benitez rejected the recent bid from Birmingham for Ryan Babel as they are in negotiations with Turkish giants Galatasaray for a cash plus player deal for captain and star man Arda Turan.

    15:22: Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has slapped a €30m price-tag on of Edinson Cavani's head. The 22-year-old Uruguay international has scored in each of his last three matches in Serie A and a number of clubs, including Lazio, Milan and Wolfsburg are interested in his signature, according to Football Italia.

    14:57: Sky Sports are reporting that Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has admitted his interest in signing Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil.

    14:23: Werder Bremen have denied reports in the Italian media linking midfielder Mesut Özil with a move to Juventus. "We have received no offer from Juventus," a spokesman for German club said/

    14:17: Plenty of Ryan babel fans out their today, with Kurt adding his name to that list.

    It's sad to see a talent like Ryan Babel not even get a game...or a transfer to a club that will value his services. He has a lot to offer but I think that Liverpool under Rafa wasnt the best place for him to go to. Under someone like Arsene Wenger or even Alex Ferguson he would've done better.

    13:43: Arsenal youngster Mark Randall has joined League One side Milton Keynes Dons on laon until the end of the season. The 20 year-old midifielder played on-loan at Burnley last season.

    13:41: Sampdoria have revealed that AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Storari has joined the club on loan.

    13:23: The Daily Mail are speculating that Inter Milan will make a sensational summer swoop for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

    13:00: Spanish daily AS claim that Real Madrid are negotiating the signing of Brazilian Luis Filipe for next season. The Deportivo La Coruna wing back, who played for Real Madrid B for the 2005-06 season, is believed to have a 20 million euro buyout clause in his contract.

    12:44: Ryan Babel has revealed some interesting news on his Twitter feed:

    Hey people, I got some disappointing news, I m not travelling 2 Stoke.. The Boss left me out the squad. No explanation..

    With all the injuries Liverpool have, surely this must spell the end for the Dutch winger?

    12:36: Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena could join former team-mate Djibril Cisse at Panathinaikos on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move to the Greek side, according to L'Equipe.

    12:13: Chelsea tend to be linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry during transfer windows, but I think we may have a contender for most surprising possible target, courtesy of Lamps. He says:

    Danijel Aleksic moving CSKA may be good, as it may imply that Krasic is on the way out, I hope he and Sergio Canales and Ryan Babel come to Chelsea.

    12.07: Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn believes the ''stupid'' transfer window system is little more than a money-maker for football agents. Guess this is all a big waste of time then eh? Sorry...

    12.02: Stoke have pulled out of a deal to sign veteran goalkeeper David James. That might hurt Pompey's hopes of getting some much-needed cash freed up this January.

    11.30: Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has warned new Bolton counterpart Owen Coyle not to bother making a bid for striker Andy Carroll. Coyle is reported to be considering a £2 million offer for the Gateshead-born 21-year-old.

    11.19: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier claims that if Mancini does not sign by Sunday the deal is off. ''It shouldn't be too long now,'' he told L'Equipe. ''We sent off the last documents asked for by his agent yesterday at midday. We have decided to wait for his response until Sunday. After, it will be too late.''

    11.02: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has hinted that he may be interested in signing Middlesbrough winger Gary O'Neil.

    10.55: Larissa are making a move to try to sign unwanted Hull City striker Daniel Cousin.

    10.41: CSKA Moscow are looking into the chances of signing Vojvodina Novi Sad forward Danijel Aleksic.

    10.22: Real Madrid midfielder Guti seems closer to leaving the Bernabeu after admitting he would love to experience life in another country - with Italy top of his wishlist.

    10.02: Tottenham won't be signing Brazilian midfielder Sandro this window. "Sandro is not moving in this transfer window," Internacional's vice-president Fernando Carvalho told Radio Gaucho. "The partnership with Tottenham has not been finalised, there are a number of details which we did not sign up to.''

    09.36: Real Madrid are determined to sign Sergio Canales, and are reportedly willing to pay his buy-out clause of 10 million euros.

    09.24: Genoa striker Hernan Crespo could move to Serie A giants Juventus, according to the player’s agent Fernando Hidalgo.

    08.55: Former Arsenal midfielder Junichi Inamoto has joined J-League side Kawasaki Frontale.

    08.40: Celtic sold Gary Caldwell to Wigan this week, but the defender has now claimed Tony Mowbray wanted to keep him. More here.

    08.10: Good morning and welcome to Friday's transfer blog. There's plenty of talk about Liverpool after Fernando Torres told the club's owners they have to invest money to fix the squad and Guus Hiddink suggested he may consider the job. You can read about both here.

    In the meantime, here's a fun round-up of other gossip from the nationals.

    Daily Mail: Manchester United haven't been deterred by the Nani and Anderson deals as they get ready to invest another £18 million in Portugal - Porto defender Rolando is the man they want, as a replacement for Rio Ferdinand and/or Nemanja Vidic. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are being linked with Victor Moses, which may make him think twice about the interest from the likes of Wigan and Nottingham Forest.

    Daily Mirror: Celtic are going to swoop in and steal on-loan Lens striker Aruna Dindane from poor old Portsmouth.

    Daily Telegraph: But Celtic are going to have to fend off another bid from Birmingham for Aiden McGeady. They'll offer £14 million for the winger apparently.

    The Sun: Oddly enough, The Sun seems to think Birmingham will pay £9 million for Ryan Babel, despite Liverpool having rejected a similar bid a few days ago and reports that Babel doesn't really fancy joining Birmingham.

    January 14, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/14/2010

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    David James: Joining Stoke? © Getty Images

    23.49: The evening is drawing to a close. We'll be back in the morning to bring you the best gossip.

    23.12: Some late stuff breaking from Friday's newspapers that we will have more about tomorrow morning. Senderos to Everton, who also want Real Madrid's Fernando Gago? Yaya Toure says he wants to move to England. Manchester City most linked there but a wealth of suitors would rather like him. Kris Boyd - out for some time after a hernia operation - is wanted by Wigan now - again beating Middlesbrough to the punch.

    22.46: Rumour time. Sam Allardyce and Blackburn have been linked with a move for Portsmouth's Papa Bouba Diop.

    21.37: Slim pickings and all that but Birmingham City legend Luciano Figueroa has joined Rosario Central in Argentina from Genoa.

    20.23 The arrival of Sol Campbell as back-up centre-half would seem to further edge out forgotten man Philippe Senderos. He's been linked with signing a pre-contract agreement with a Serie A club. He was at Milan last year on loan.

    19.47 Falkirk have completed the signing of Enoch Showunmi after the striker was released by Leeds.

    19.21: Getafe have signed Veneuzuela striker Nicolas Fedor, who was released by Valencia last week.

    18.31: Cillian Sheridan has joined St Johnstone on loan from Celtic for the rest of the season.

    18.17: New Burnley boss Brian Laws has told the club's official website he wants to keep loan striker David Nugent at the club.

    17.52: Hapoel Tel Aviv president Amir Lublin has said he has no intention of giving up on trying to sign Daniel de Ridder from Wigan. "Negotiations with Wigan Athletic are still ongoing and there's still a chance that we'll sign De Ridder, However, things are not going easy," he said.

    17.43: Chelsea have been ordered to pay Manchester City £3.5 million, rising to £6.5 million, for striker Daniel Sturridge. The player left City at the end of his contract last summer but City were due compensation due to his age.

    17.29: Tottenham have sent a young midfielder out on loan, with Andros Townsend signing for Milton Keynes Dons until the end of the season.

    17.11: Colchester have yet to make a decision on handing a contract to Nolberto Solano. The former West Ham, Aston Villa and Newcastle winger has been on trial.

    17.02: A new signing for Falkirk now, with Enoch Showunmi moving from Leeds United.

    16.45: Remember Sylvain Wiltord? No, he's not rejoining Arsenal. But he is being linked with signing for French third division outfit Creteil.

    16.27: Spurs are again being linked with a deal for Brazilian midfielder Sandro. The 20-year-old Internacional player is valued at £6 million.

    16.10: More agent speak now, with the representative of Marco Storari saying the goalkeeper will not leave AC Milan to sign for Sampdoria.

    16.06: Julio Baptista's agent has confirmed that he is in talks with Inter Milan. "Baptista to Inter? We are working on this objective. There is something, but we need some time. We have to evaluate certain situations," the agent informed fcinter1908.it.

    16.02: Man City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed his interest in Lazio midfield star Marek Hamsik. "When I coached Inter, I asked for Hamsik," revealed Mancini to the Italian press. "I really wanted the Slovakian but Napoli were quicker than us. I am not at all surprised that the major European clubs are interested in him. He is a real talent."

    15.55: Stoke boss Tony Pulis has confirmed Harry Harris' exclusive that Portsmouth goalkeeper David James could be heading to the Potteries club.

    15.50: Bundesliga side Humburg are being linking with Brazilian striker Vagner Love. The CSKA Moscow is currently on loan at Palmeiras but the Hamburger Morgenpost says a deal is in the offing.

    15.47: Lazio forward Mauro Zarate, who has been attracting interest from Arsenal, is said to want to return to England. His agent Barry McIntosh said: “Mauro thoroughly enjoyed his time at Birmingham and he loves the Premier League. We know the interest in him is big, I cannot say who, but there are some big clubs who would like Mauro.”

    15.42: Everton have confirmed that Lucas Neill will be heading to Galatasaray for an undisclosed fee, but not until after the weekend game against Manchester City.

    15.31: Russell Anderson (who?!) has left Sunderland after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

    15.20: Newcastle United are being linked with a move for Dan Shittu. The defender has failed to make an impression since moving to Bolton Wanderers.

    15.10: Miku has signed for Getafe after being released by Valencia.

    14.59: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed he will be handing a trial to United States international Stuart Holden. "Stuart's had three sessions with us and he will be with us for the rest of the week so we can assess him," Coyle confirmed to Manchester Evening News.

    14:41: Reading say they have had no bids from Liverpool for goalkeeper Adam Federici. "I think Adam has done exceptionally well since the difficult transition from number two to number one," Reading director of football Nick Hammond told the Reading Chronicle. "But we've had no contact from anyone regarding him."

    14:23: It's no Sol Campbell story, but Czech Republic midfielder Libor Sionko has returned to former club Sparta Prague from Copenhagen. Sionko has signed a two and a half years with Sparta, currently second in the Czech league.

    14:20: Sky Sports are reporting that Middlesbrough are lining up a move for Plymouth forward Jamie Mackie.

    13:59: Roman Pavlyuchenko's hopes of returning to Russia have hit a snag as it seems Zenit St Petersburg are unwilling to meet .

    The Tottenham Hotspur striker's agent denied any knowledge of a reported £10.2million bid by Zenit St Petersburg and Sportsmail understands the Russian club's board and new boss Luciano Spalletti are at loggerheads over whether to push through a deal for the 28-year-old.

    In contrast, Zenit are expected complete the signing of Russia striker Alexander Kerzhakov from Dynamo Moscow for a bargain £2.7m fee before the end of the week.

    13:26: The Shield's Gazette are reporting that Danny Simpson's move to Newcastle United is in jeopardy after talks with the club broke down. Simpson has been on-loan at the Magpies since the beginning of the season, with the north-east club keen to sign him in a £500,000 deal.

    12:55: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that former Monaco midfielder Camel Meriem is unlikely to be signed up, despite impressing during a recent trial. Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph:

    “We are still looking at Camel but if I am to get a player into the club, as good a lad as Camel is, I think I need a big impact player if there is one to bring in."

    12:48: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that West Brom are likely to be priced out of the market for Crystal Palace's £5 million-rated teenager Victor Moses. “That price would be out of our range," he told the Birmingham Mail."We have some interest in him but not at those numbers."

    12:43: Sunderland target Guy Demel has claimed that Italian giants AC Milan are also interested in signing him. The 28-year-old Hamburg defender is currently at the African Nations Cup with the Ivory Coast. He tod the Morgenpost newspaper:

    "I know about the interest (from Sunderland). I also know that AC Milan and another English club would like to sign me. But, I am still a Hamburg player. I have felt very content in all my years in Hamburg and continue to be part of this team.''

    12:38: Reigning Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg are tracking Barcelona centre-back Gabriel Milito according to Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung. The Argentina international has fallen down the Nou Camp pecking order with Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Rafael Marquez and Dmytro Chygrynsky ahead of him.

    12:03: With Carlo Cudicini out for the season, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is believed to be tracking a goalkeeper as cover for Heurelho Gomes. That man could be Slovakian international Jan Mucha, who it's thought would cost around £2 million from Polish side Legia Warsaw.

    11:52: Il Corriere dello Sport reckon that Julio Baptista could be on the verge of signing for Inter Milan. Roma reportedly want 5 million euros, but Inter are thought to have offered only 2.5 million. Defender Nicolas Burdisso may be used as a makewight in the deal.

    11:46: Reports in Italy are suggesting that Hernan Crespo could make a shock move to Juventus. The former Chelsea and Inter Milan striker left the San Siro last summer, moving to Genoa as part of the deal that saw Diego Milito sign for the Serie A champions. But he has struggled for form, netting just four times in 18 games for his new club.

    11:34: Hull City have insisted they are "bored" of speculation linking Stephen Hunt with a move away from the club. Wolves have reportedly had two bids rejected already for the Ireland winger. Theclub statement said:

    "The club is now becoming bored of continual speculation within the local media surrounding his future and would like to place, on the record, that the player is not for sale.”

    11:30: Liverpool aren't likely to dip into the transfer market again in January, with the club believed to be a little bit skint. In fact, many reckon that the reason Benitez hasn't been sacked already is because the big bosses wouldn't be able to afford a compensation package. But Kip reckons the fans should dip into their pockets to pay for the Spaniard's departure.

    How much will it cost to sack Benitez? I suggest we Liverpool fans hold a fundraiser to meet the cost!

    11:22: This is one of the stranger stories of the day...French Third Division outfit Cannes are reportedly planning an audacious double swoop for veteran duo Sylvain Wiltord and Pavel Nedved, according to L'Equipe. Having already brought 36-year-old Czech striker Jan Koller to the south of France, the Championnat National side are hoping the giant striker can prise his former international team-mate out of retirement. Former Arsenal striker Wiltord is also a free agent after leaving Marseille last year.

    11:15: New Burnley boss Brian Laws has revealed he is keen to keep on-loan striker David Nugent, amid interest from former boss Owen Coyle at Bolton. Nugent's loan deal from Portsmouth expires at the end of January. Laws said:

    "David is a terrific player, who I once tried to nick him from Bury when I was at Scunthorpe. But I've watched his career and now he's an established striker, a good one, and we want to keep him here."

    10:37: Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic looks to be on his way out of Udinese, with Bayern Munich touted as potential suitors by L'Equipe. The Slovenian international, who has also been linked with Tottenham, will be able to display his talents at this year's World Cup, with his agent saying: "It would be good that Samir leaves Udinese this summer."

    10:27: With Inter winger Mancini yet to officially sign for Marseille, the Gazzetto dello Sport is suggesting that AC Milan may move for the Brazilian, with Czech left back-cum-winger Marek Jankulovski possibly heading in the other direction.

    10:11: Manchester United fan Leche fancies the idea of a return for former starlet Giuseppe Rossi. the player's agent has hinted at a return to Italy for the azzurri striker but would a move back to United be out of the question?

    Seeing Giuseppe Rossi's name brought up as a possible move away from Villarreal, there's a player I'd happily take back at Old Trafford. I like the idea of moving for him (someone else brought him up as a possible move to Arsenal) and pairing him up with Rooney (but I've been wanting this since the 06 World Cup)

    09.40: Some news you might have missed overnight is that Real Zaragoza have signed Jiri Jarosik, he of Chelsea and Celtic fame. Jarosik is 32 and joins a team placed 19th in the Primera Liga table.

    09.16: Marseille have announced on their official website that they have agreed a loan deal to sign Inter Milan winger Mancini. However, the player must still agree to move to France.

    08.58: In one of the more bizarre transfer tales of the window so far, it has been confirmed that Liverpool are interested in Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, who must be considered a replacement for back-up Diego Cavalieri. What do you make of that, Reds fans? That's if you haven't gone into hiding after last night of course...

    08.38: We mentioned it briefly earlier, but here is the full story regarding David James' possible move to Stoke City on loan. Is it a good move for the goalkeeper? Send us your views below.

    08.22: Over at the Bolton News, new manager Owen Coyle claims he does not have to sell highly-rated defender Gary Cahill in the January transfer window and has played down claims he will target players at his former club, Burnley.

    08.17: We will be taking a look round the local papers this morning and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph he is unlikely to sign trialist Camel Meriem as he is looking for a more explosive player. Allardyce said:

    “We are still looking at Camel but if I am to get a player into the club, as good a lad as Camel is, I think I need a big impact player if there is one to bring in."

    08.02: BREAKING NEWS: Galatasaray have announced the signing of Everton defender Lucas Neill on an 18-month deal. No word from the English club yet though.

    07.49: It's time for our scoot round the morning's papers and the story jumping out from the pages of a few national titles is the claim that David James is poised to join Stoke City on loan. Apparently it would prevent cash-strapped Portsmouth from committing to a new contract for the goalkeeper, but will he be able to edge out Thomas Sorensen for a first-team spot? More details can be found in the Daily Mail.

    The Mail also reports that FC Twente manager Steve McClaren is hoping to take Arsenal wonderkid Jack Wilshere on loan for the remainder of the season and that Birmingham have targeted Red Bull Salzburg's prolific striker Marc Janko.

    Meanwhile, the Sun details how Stoke are hoping to sign former Wigan striker Amr Zaki, who is currently playing for Zamalek in his home country of Egypt. Apparently his penchant for going AWOL and holding dubious political views has not put the Potters off.

    07.30: After the almost unprecedented excitement of Wednesday when not one but two, two, Premier League clubs made signings, who knows what is in store for us today? Okay, you might have gathered from that heavy dose of sarcasm that it hasn't been the most thrilling transfer window so far, but the arrival of Maxi Rodriguez at Liverpool and Wigan's signing of Gary Caldwell has given us some hope of some real action. Stay with us today as it all unfolds.

    January 13, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/13/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Maxi waves to the Liverpool fans © Getty Images

    23.59: That's it for tonight. Join us on Thursday for your next installment!

    23.52: Turkish club Galatasaray have announced the signing of Lucas Neill from Everton. No confirmation from Goodison yet.

    23.44: Have Arsenal signed Bolivian wonderkid Samuel Galindo? Newspaper reports are suggesting the 17-year-old is heading to the Emirates.

    23.31: Schteve McClaren is being linked with a loan bid to take Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to FC Twente.

    23.23: Sunderland look set to sign former Arsenal defender Guy Demel from Hamburg in a £2 million deal.

    23.01: Man City midfielder Vladimir Weiss could join Cologne on loan.

    22.44: Birmingham City are interested in Marc Janko, with the Bull Salzburg striker valued at £6.5 million, but it is reported they will fail in their attempt to sign Roman Pavlyuchenko on loan from Tottenham.

    22.13: St Mirren midfielder Stephen McGinn has joined Watford for an undisclosed fee. The product of the Buddies' youth squad had established himself as a regular
    starter in the last couple of seasons.

    21.33: Sheffield United defender Matt Kilgallon, out of contract in the summer, has apparently turned down the chance to sign for Burnley in a £1.75 million move.

    20.50: Uzbekistan club Bunyodkor appear to have signed Denilson and Stevica Ristic from Pohang Steelers. A bit of a coup there.

    20.37: One-time Arsene Wenger signing Junichi Inamoto has moved from Stade Rennes to J-League side Kawasaki Frontale.

    20.02: A signing for Lyon now, with the Ligue 1 club completing a deal for defender Dejan Lovren of Dynamo Zagreb.

    19.21: Liverpool have signed Argentina international Maxi Rodriguez on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid. The 29-year-old winger has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal.

    18.46: Bayern Munich are apparently considering a move for Udinese and Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The player's agent, Federico Pastorello, told Nogomania:

    "I think it's best for Samir that he leaves Udinese in the summer. He is one of the top keepers in Serie A and needs to play for a bigger club. I know that Bayern are interested. They have been scouting him for quite some time and from what I've heard he is highly rated in Munich.

    "I believe the official offer will be made this month, with the deal being closed during the summer. His market price is currently €15 million and only Milan, Inter and Juventus could afford him in Italy."

    Manchester United had previously been linked.

    18.12: "Portsmouth are in negotiations with 26-year-old Al-Ahly striker Emad Meteb," according to Goal.

    18.05: Is Giuseppe Rossi off? His agent, Andrea Pastorello, seems to have suggested as much to Tuttomercatoweb, although it seems he'd rather not go to Russia.

    "After the summer, Juventus no longer contacted us. I think he will remain with Villarreal for now. There have been some important requests for him from (Zenit St Petersburg boss) Luciano Spalletti, as well as from Rubin (Kazan), but we continue to turn them down. Rossi prefers the classic European leagues and he wants to return to Italy in June."

    17.52: Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has joined Olympique Lyon from Dinamo Zagreb, signing a four-year contract.

    17.28: Arsenal have confirmed that young midfielder Craig Eastmond has signed a long-term contract at the club. As ever, they don't tell us how long that long-term contract is.

    17.25: Our man Harry Harris has been scooping and it looks like Owen Coyle might try to take David Nugent to Bolton. The Portsmouth striker, who played for Coyle on loan at Burnley this season, is apparently up for sale at £3 million. Read more here.

    17.20: Roman Pavlyuchenko has seemed almost certain to return to Russia for a while now but, as he hasn't returned yet, there's still talk about other options. The Daily Mirror has a theory that actually seems quite plausible: Birmingham will offer Spurs £10 million for the striker. Failing that, they'll go for Aruna Dindane, cash-strapped Portsmouth's erratic striker.

    17.15: And while we're talking about Hull and wage bill trimming, Nathan Doyle has joined Barnsley on a free transfer. The 23-year-old had been on loan with the Championship club.

    17.10: Hull chairman Adam Pearson may be making Phil Brown's life difficult be insisting he trims the wage bill in the midst of a relegation fight, but he's at least giving him a sporting chance - the Hull Daily Mail insists the club will resist bids for Stephen Hunt, with Wolves and Birmingham looking to tempt him away.

    17.00: The Bolton News has some Bolton news. "Wanderers are ready to snatch USA international Stuart Holden from under the noses of Premier League rivals Blackburn Rovers and Burnley," the paper says. The 24-year-old midfielder is available on a free transfer from Houston Dynamo.

    16.46: Real Betis are interested in Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, according to Sport. The former Bolton, Chelsea and Barcelona man's seen his star fade over recent years and he's not doing too well in Ligue 1.

    16.31: Inter scout (and former Barca and Inter star) Luis Suarez has denied that he was sent to watch Benfica's highly-rated winger Angel Di Maria and their Brazilian starlet Ramires during a recent trip to Portugal. "I was in Portugal to watch some matches and escape the bad weather in Italy," he claimed in A Bola, adding that he'd only watched one game.

    16.20: Going global, Shakhtar Donetsk look like they want to sign Ermin Zek from Croatian side Sibenik. Yep. He's 21, a striker and a Bosnia and Herzegovina international. There's some sort of money issue holding up the deal, though.

    16.16: Incredibly, Arjen Robben wants team-mate Franck Ribery to stay at Bayern Munich. "I hope Franck stays and would appeal to the club to do all they can to keep hold of him," he told Sport Bild. "If they fail, they should get another player of his quality." Real Madrid still look pretty likely to buy Ribery in the summer.

    16.11: According to Bild, Hamburg want colourfully-haired Brazilian striker Vagner Love on loan. Love belongs to CSKA Moscow but is on loan in his homeland at the moment with Palmeiras.

    16.05: Interesting news from Italy. Fiorentina have agreed terms with Partizan Belgrade over the transfer of Adem Ljajic. You'll recall that Ljajic appeared certain to join Manchester United before work permit issues/United's financial problems/United's wealth of young talent put paid to the deal. All a bit confusing, really, but seems he'll be getting a decent move and Partizan will get the money they wanted. More here.


    Sol Campbell back at Arsenal © Getty Images

    16.03: Not 100% transfer gossip really this one, but Karim Benzema wants to prove he has a Real Madrid future after Gonzalo Higuain was ruled out for three weeks. There have been reports the ultra-expensive substitute might be sold off after failing to make an impact, but he's planning to take this "great opportunity" and "prove I can play in this team".

    15.46: Newcastle could be set to clinch a permanent deal for Manchester United defender Danny Simpson. He's currently on loan with the Championship leaders and said:

    "I'm loving it, and I don't want it to end. It's been a good first half of the season for me and the team, and to leave that would be a shame.

    "I would be disappointed, but hopefully I'll do enough to get a contract and get everything sorted out and kick start my career. The fans are unbelievable, and if I can stay here for the next few years, I would be buzzing."

    His loan deal's set to expire this month but talks are ongoing between the club about extending his stay.

    15.30: Despite making only one appearance in the Carling Cup so far, Fulham striker David Elm does not believe he will be leaving the club in January and has revealed that "dialogue" has begun regarding his contractual situation. His current deal expires in the summer.

    15.21: Here's the triple signing you have all been waiting for: Middlesbrough confirm that Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen have all joined the club from Celtic. Gordon Strachan's next target is the Parkhead tea lady.

    15.13: After Rafa Benitez appeared to suggest that Liverpool could sell Fernando Torres if they failed to reach the Champions League next season, Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has strongly denied that key players will be leaving, in an interview with the Liverpool Echo. He said:

    "The suggestion in any way that we would sell players in order to pay down debt or pay money to our owners is preposterous. Neither is true. Neither is possible."

    14.59: The latest player off the Dinamo Zagreb production line that has produced Eduardo, Vedran Corluka and Luka Modric is Dejan Lovren, but instead of heading to England, and despite reported interest from Chelsea, the 20-year-old defender has joined French giants Lyon. That's a done deal.

    14.50: One transfer that continues to bubble along is Fulham's attempt to sign Roma striker Stefano Okaka with his agent now claiming that the player will fly to London on Monday. The deal is a six-month loan with the option for further 12 months. About as long as this story seems to have been going on for then.

    14.26: It must be around 57 years since Nigel Quashie last played for West Ham but incredibly the midfielder is still attempting to leave the club. He fancies a return to QPR but is waiting on further news.

    14.10: Celtic defender Stephen Caldwell has now completed his move to Wigan and has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the club, having turned down Middlesbrough. Read the full details here.

    13:56: Le Parisien report that PSG are waiting in anticipation to snap up Napoli winger Jesus Datolo should his expected move to Olympiakos fall through.

    13:50: AS Monaco have confirmed the arrival of Niger striker Moussa Maazou on a six-month loan deal from Russian side CSKA Moscow. The Ligue 1 side have an option to sign Maazou for 4.5 million euros at the end of the season if he impresses in France.

    13:23: More Juventus job speculation, this time Corriere Dello Sport are claiming that former Holland coach Marco Van Basten is interested in coaching Juve.

    13:09: Sky Sports are reporting that alleged Fulham and Aston Villa target Ricardo Costa has opted to join Valencia. The Wolfsburg defender's contract expires in June and has chosen to move to La Liga after rejecting a new contract from the reigning Bundesliga champions. His agent Jose Caldeira said:

    "The choice lies with the player and it is very clear that his destiny lies in Spain. Ricardo has decided to play in Valencia because La Liga could be excellent for his presence in the national Portugal squad."

    13:01: The rumours about Chamakh to Liverpool have cleary struck a cord with scoobert, who thinks an arrival would help propel Rafa Benitez's side up the table. He says:

    Liverpool have had issues scoring this year against, especially against stronger sides. Bringing in a quality striker like Chamakh would see immediate results, push us to top 4 by season's end, and allow us to keep Torres!

    12:27: Bolton were also linked with Real Madrid forgotten man Guti earlier this month, but the Spanish midfielder has distanced himself from a move away from the Bernabeu. "I do not plan to leave. I want to retire at Real Madrid," he said.

    12:09: USA international Stuart Holden is believed to be on trial with Bolton following the arrival of Owen Coyle as manager this week. The 24-year-old midfielder, who has previously been lined up by Coyle when he was still at Burnley, is out of contract with MLS side Houston Dynamo and is looking for a new club.

    11:56: It's widely agreed that Manchester United should be looking to strengthen if they want to continue to mount a title challenge, but Wan has an outlook that is slightly more pessimistic than most - should the Glazer's remain at the Old Trafford helm. He says:

    Maybe this will be a January Transfer window for Manchester United's Glazer Family to sell to an Asian Consortium worth 1.5 billion and that can save united. And if they cannot refinance and United can't sign a new striker, we''ll see Man United in the Coca Cola League Championship.

    11:51: It has been just as busy a January for manager speculation, with Juventus boss Ciro Ferrara one name who is rumoured to be in danger of facing the axe. Guus Hiddink was touted as a possible successor last week but former Old Lady boss Dino Zoff has emerged as another contender. However, the former Italy goalkeeper has been keen to quash the rumours, saying: "Coaching Juve is not an idea that thrills me". That's pretty clear cut then.

    11:28: Torquay United boss Paul Buckle has been so impressed with on loan Tottenham Hotspur youngster Adam Smith that he is eyeing up a move for other Spurs fringe players, according to the South Devon Echo. We hear Roman Pavlyuchenko is on the look out for pastures new.

    11:26: BREAKING NEWS: Maxi Rodriguez has landed in Liverpool and looks set to have a medical today ahead of his £1.5 million transfer to Rafa Benitez's side. There's plenty of snow up in the north west today so after five years at Atletico Madrid, it may be a bit of a shock to the winger's system!

    11.18: A lot has been said about Racing Santander's Sergio Canales in the past few days and the teenager, reportedly a target for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, wants his future sorted out soon.

    11.10: Blackburn, unsurprisingly, are keen to keep hold of their top scorer David Dunn and chairman John Williams says talks over a new contract are progressing well. DDunn is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

    10.57: Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has not ruled out making an offer for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones, according to the Stoke Sentinel. However, Steve Bruce has claimed he might want up to £40m for the striker, Now that's just silly.

    10.45: Wigan Athletic have confirmed that they have made an offer for Celtic defender Gary Caldwell, who had looked set to join Middlesbrough in the Championship.

    10.31: We alerted you to somewhat dubious reports earlier that Liverpool had secured a deal worth a total of £25m, including wages, to sign Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux. Well now the Liverpool Echo claims the club are denying a deal has been struck.

    10.21: Roma forward Julio Baptista has denied suggestions that he could move to Inter in the January transfer window. With Arsenal buying up their old players, perhaps he is holding out for a move to the Emirates?

    10.10: Reader Dean gets in touch to ask if there is any confirmation about a new signing for Arsenal, and the man in question is just a bit younger than Sol Campbell. Nothing official yet, Dean, but we will endeavour to keep on top of it for you.

    Any verification of the reports that Arsenal have signed Bolivian 17 year-old Samuel Galindo from under Everton's noses?

    09.45: Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has brushed aside reports linking Mauro Zarate with a move to Arsenal. The Argentinian striker is a reported target of the Gunners but the Biancoceleste are adamant they will not sell the 22-year-old. When asked about Arsenal's reported 40 million-euro offer for Zarate, Tare told Corriere dello Sport: ''It's only rumours, there is no truth. Lazio count on Zarate, who is a great champion.''

    09.39: Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club have not held talks with Sunderland over Kenwyne Jones. If he costs £40 million there's no chance!

    09.25: Mirul says Chelsea need a new striker, but not the one they've been linked with most recently.

    Dzeko is not suitable for Chelsea.. I think chelsea should sign Higuain or maybe Pato would be a good signing.

    09.20: Marlon Harewood could become the new Jermaine Beckford at Elland Road, as he eyes a move away from the Premier League this January.

    08.47: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is keeping a close eye on Stamford Bridge following reports that Joe Cole's contract negotiations at Chelsea are stumbling. Could the former West Ham starlet make a move to White Hart Lane in the summer?

    08.22: Brazilian full-back Cicinho has been linked with an imminent return to his former side Sao Paulo, but his agent has dismissed the reports.

    08.01: FC Seoul have beaten Kawasaki Frontale to the signature of former Pohang Steelers right-back Choi Hyo-jin. Full story here...

    07.52: The agent of Juventus forward David Trezeguet has stated that his client will not be leaving the Bianconeri at the end of the season.

    07.43: Scottish midfielder Steven McGarry has signed for A-League side Perth Glory until the end of the current season following his release from Motherwell.

    07.30: One of the stupidest rumours around today comes from the Daily Mirror. Liverpool will sign Marouane Chamakh for a combined package of £25m! Nonsense, given that he is out of contract in the summer. That would trump Man City's purchase of Nigel de Jong for £16m (when they could have had him for less than £3m if they'd waited) as the most insane spending of cash ever. But don't put it past the Liverpool board.

    07.15: We'll start with a round-up of some paper gossip:

    Daily Mirror: Roman Pavlyuchenko could join Zenit St Petersburg who have tabled a £10.2m bid for the Russia striker... Arsenal are looking at Real America's Bolivian attacking midfielder Samuel Galindo... Newcastle United want to sign Bolton defender Danny Shittu... Spurs are set to make a shock move to bring former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini back to London.

    Daily Mail: Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini is attracting the interest of Chelsea... Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is keen on QPR winger Wayne Routledge... Portsmouth have rejected Sunderland’s bid of £5m plus Anton Ferdinand for French defender Younes Kaboul.

    The Guardian: Tottenham have agreed personal terms with Internacional's 20-year-old midfielder Sandro and are set to complete a £6m deal for the Brazilian.

    The Times: Galatasaray have tabled an £800,000 offer for Everton defender Lucas Neill... Rafael Benitez has received assurances that he will be able to reinvest some or all of the money raised by the potential sale of forward Ryan Babel.

    07.00: Morning all, and welcome to a new day of transfer gossip. We're waiting for Sol Campbell to sign for Arsenal today, but there could be some other deals going through as well.

    January 12, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/12/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Younes Kaboul is a wanted man © Getty Images

    23.55: Okay, that's all from the ESPN Transfer Blog for tonight. Thanks for joining us and come back again tomorrow for more transfer business and news hounding.

    23:50: Mathieu Flamini could become even more unpopular with Arsenal fans if the Daily Mail is right: "Tottenham are set to make a shock move to bring former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini back to north London." Flamini's not happy at AC Milan after being used as a defender and has said he wouldn't mind a move back to England...

    23:42: Highly-rated Racing Santander midfielder Sergio Canales, 18, is a target for Real Madrid and several English clubs. His father and agent, Angel Canales, told Onda Cero:

    "Real Madrid are one of the teams we have had conversations with, but I will not divulge all the details. There are English clubs, too. I can't deny that many have asked me about Sergio's future."

    He's out of contract in the summer, so it could be an interesting battle for his signature.

    23:39: Brazilian midfielder Sandro is creeping closer to a move from Internacional to Spurs, with his lawyer Luiz Paulo Chignall revealing:

    "We have now agreed all of Sandro's personal terms – his salary, the length of his contract. Although nothing can be signed yet. Sandro is happy and ready to join Tottenham. We liked the offer. All that remains is for Tottenham and Inter to finalise the small details, including the transfer fee."

    23.31: Odd news from South Africa. Mamelodi Sundowns claimed on their website that their player was off for a trial at Arsenal and then denied it. Read more here.

    23:21: The English press are gearing themselves up and keeping their fingers crossed for some big transfer stories tomorrow, with the Daily Mail claiming that Marouane Chamakh is closing in on a move to Liverpool, in the summer.

    23:13: Speculation mounting that Brian Laws will be named the new Burnley boss tomorrow. Sacked by Sheffield Wednesday but he walks into a Premier League job. Does anyone else think that doesn't quite add up?

    22:46: On-loan Bari midfielder Sergio Almiron has hinted that he would like to stay at the Biancorossi beyond his current deal. The Agentine is ocntracted to Juventus until 2011 but insisted he is happy at Bari. "For the moment, I am happy here," Almiron explained to Corriere Dello Sport. "And I want to stay.

    22:15 One of our readers, leche reckons that some fans should be a little more realistic when predicting potential new signings for their clubs He says:

    These teams don't need and won't get world class super stars in January. These teams need serviceable starters and squad players that don't break the bank, but can be just as productive in the short term as some of these record signings.

    21:29: Barcelona youngster Keirrison will not be seeking an early end to his loan spell with Benfica. The Brazilian striker's agent, Marcos Malaquias, is quoted in Portuguese daily A Bolo as saying: “Keirrison does not want to leave Benfica, he is waiting for an opportunity to demonstrate his quality.”

    21:25: A manager transfer to inform you of now, with former Argentina coach Jose Pekerman reportedly on the verge of taking over at Peruvian club San Martin. A verbal agreement is believed to be in place.

    21:19: Chelsea fan (and England midfielder?) Lamps is happy to suggest wholesale changes at Stamford Bridge. He says:

    Dzeko wouldn't be my first pick but at least it appears we are going to doing some business. Aguero or Pato should be signed but loaned back to their current clubs to continue developing. Kalou should be allowed to depart to Barca, not Arsenal. His replacement (Villa, Gomis, Nilmar, Dzeko, Adriano, Pazzini or Suarez) should arrive immediately. We should also get di Maria and Canales. Malouda and (it pains me to say this) Deco out, Schweinsteiger, Silva, Ribery, Dzagoev, Hamsik or VDV two should arrive to replace them. We also need a winger, maybe Babel, but Krasic or Mata would be better picks.

    20:54: Roma full-back Cicinho is reportedly set to return to his homeland with former club Sao Paulo. The Brazilian club's president told Corriere Dello Sport an agreement is “close,” and that he does “not think that will be necessary to pay money to Roma because the transfer is useful to everyone.”

    20:37: New Bolton boss Owen Coyle has claimed that keeping star centre back Gary Cahill is one of his main priorities after taking over the Wanderers' hotseat. He also revealed he is pessimistic about his chances of signing Jack Wilshere.

    20:33: CSKA Sofia have signed Macedonia defender Igor Mitreski and former Romania striker Daniel Pancu, the Bulgarian club have revealed.

    19:50: There could be a potential glimmer of hope for struggling Portsmouth tomorrow. They will hear their transfer fate from a Premier League panel, who are set to decide whether the south coast club will be allowed to sign any players this month.

    19:42: Juande Ramos' stock has plummeted somewhat since his glory days with Sevilla. Ill-fated spells with Tottenham and CSKA were sandwiched by an admirable caretaker job at Real Madrid, and now he could be set for a return with...Real Betis of the Spanish Segunda Division. Spanish daily Sport seems certain that Betis will shortly relieve coach Antonio Tapia of his duties, with Ramos favourite to take the hotseat.

    19:01 Niger international Moussa Maazou is on the verge of signing for Ligue 1 side Monaco from CSKA Moscow, according to L'Equipe .

    18:30: Centre-back Giovanny Espinoza has been released by Birmingham City. Signed from Ecuador outfit Barcelona Sporting Club last summer, Espinoza never really had much of a chance as Alex McLeish apparently never even wanted to sign him, but was overruled by chairman David Sullivan.

    18:01: Philippe Senderos has told BBC Sport that he is looking for a move away from Arsenal. Probably not too much of a coincidence that it's on a day when Sol Campbell appears to be making a return to the Gunners.

    17:50: Manchester United haven't looked like dipping into the transfer market this January, but Praveen reckons that Sir Alex needs to go fishing for a striker. He says:

    "What's up with Fergie?! There's no target man in the team...no partner for rooney...team not playin well...why aren't u yet fishin in the transfer market....come on...get a good catch."

    17:45: Bild.de report that Vitória Guimarães defender Henrique Sereno Fonseca could be on his way to Schalke.

    17:15: More on Sol campbell's impending return to Arsenal here.

    17:12: West Ham United flop Savio has apparently flopped again. Goodness knows what possessed Fiorentina to snap him up after his ill-fated spell at the Hammers last season, but they appear to have realised the error of their ways and are ready to offload him to Bologna in a loan deal, according to Football Italia.

    17:07: With Patrick Vieira departed to Man City and Mancini expected to sign for Marseille, Parma midfielder Daniele Galloppa has emerged as a possible target for Inter Milan. But the 24-year-old’s agent has denied the speculation, stating: "There is no news. My phone hasn't been ringing and the player is fine at Parma."

    17:05: We're hearing increasingly loud murmurs at Soccernet towers that Sol Campbell is likley to be signed up on a short-term deal by Arsenal.

    16:45: Young Danish defender Michael Lumb has signed a three-year contract with Zenith St. Petersburg, the Russian club have announced. The 22-year-old Denmark international had played for five seasons at Danish team Aarhus.

    16:36: Another former Arsenal and Fulham player, Junichi Inamoto, has departed French shores to return home to Japan. Just six months after joining Stade Rennes from Eintracht Frankfurt, L'Equipe are reporting that the midfielder will sign for J-League side Kawasaki Frontale.

    16:31: Tim Hoogland is rejoining his boyhood club Schalke three years after moving to Mainz. A day after former Fulham and Arsenal defender Moritz Volz was rejected by Schalke, the club where he also started his career, 24-year-old Moogland revealed he will be heading back to the Gelsenkirchen club this summer. He said:

    "Schalke 04 is my hometown club and you have to take opportunities like this when they present themselves. Still, I'll be giving my all for Mainz until the summer."

    16.06: Sol Campbell is playing for Arsenal reserves tonight. Does that mean he'll sign for the Gunners soon? Watch this space.

    15.52: Ivory Coast defender Steven Gohouri has signed for Wigan on a deal until the end of the season.

    15.21: Stoke and England's legendary goalkeeper Gordon Banks believes the Potters would ''shoot up'' the Premier League if they pulled off the audacious signing of Ruud van Nistelrooy.

    15.05: Racing Santander president Francisco Pernia insists reports teenage star Sergio Canales is on his way out ''have as much relation to the truth as an egg to a chestnut''. An odd way to put it, but we like it!

    15.02: Defender Michael Lumb has joined Zenit St Petersburg from Danish first division side AGF Aarhus.

    14.43: Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastian Frey is reportedly attracting the interest of Manchester United, according to the player's agent. With VDS out of action, Fergie could be on the lookout for a new 'keeper and Frey apparently fits the bill.

    14.19: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is to be given £75 million to spend on new players in the summer by the club's owners, the Glazers, apparently. We'll believe that one when we see it.

    13.59: Edin Dzeko's agent claims both Milan and Chelsea want the Wolfsburg striker. Silvano Martina told calciomercato.it: "I can confirm that Milan really likes the player. At the time in Italy they are the club which showed most interest. But attention must be paid to Chelsea as the Blues are following Dzeko."

    13.41: Midfielder Stefano Guberti has joined Sampdoria on loan from Roma.

    13.24: It seems that Celtic centre-back Gary Caldwell is set to snub the chance to sign for Middlesbrough, and move to Wigan Athletic instead.

    13.21: Burnley will choose between former Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws and current Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll as their new coach.

    13.08: Vitoria Guimaraes defender Henrique Sereno Fonseca is reportedly a target for Bundesliga outfit Schalke,

    12.49: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he wants a new striker. "We've got bids in for players but we can't do any business without someone else's permission." He is being linked with Leeds' Jermaine Beckford.

    12.27: Le Parisien thinks that Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux could be set to make a move for striker Jimmy Briand, who plays for Rennes.

    12.24: Marseille boss Didier Deschamps has told La Provence that he is still confident of signing Amantino Mancini from Inter Milan.

    12.16: Birmingham City defender Franck Queudrue has told Le Parisien that he wants to move on for first team football.

    12.01: Falkirk have signed Colin Healy on loan from Ipswich for the rest of the season.

    11.50: A story from Tuttosport links Juventus with a bid for Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma. It was thought that Inter were in pole position but now the Old Lady is ready to move in.

    11.41: Remember Bruno Cheyrou? Yeah, that guy that did nothing at Liverpool. Well, he looks like he could be joining Anorthosis from Rennes.

    11.36: Steve Bruce has admitted he wants to sign Salvador Cabanas from Paraguayan club America, even though his club say they won't be selling. "Cabanas is a fantastic player, whether it's possible, I'm not quite sure. He's somebody who would be of interest but I'm sure if he became available, there'd be lots more interest too."

    11.31: Wolves have denied trying to swap Sam Vokes for Leeds United hotshot Jermaine Beckford. Vokes was on loan at Elland Road earlier this season.

    11.20: Rubin Kazan defender Cristian Ansaldi says that he knows nothing of reports that have been linking him with a move to Manchester City.

    11.17: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is still checking out transfer targets. "The amount of recruiting will depend on many aspects, but we are looking to strengthen in all areas of the field," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post. "Possibilities always present themselves in January - that is the nature of the transfer window."

    11.11: The forgotten man that is Benjani has shown he might have something to offer to Manchester City in the last two matches, and now he's out to earn a new contract. He said: "I’ve always wanted to see out my career at City. I have six months left on my current deal and it would be nice if I could get another year or so. The only thing that is important to me is to fight hard for the right to play and I love the role I’ve had in recent weeks."

    11.02: The Sunderland Echo links the Premier League club with a swoop for Ivory Coast international Guy Demel, who currently plays for Hamburg and will be out of contract in the summer.

    10.59: The Daily Mail claims to have sourced in South America which link Fernando Gago with Manchester City. The Real Madrid midfielder is also on the wanted list of Boca Juniors.

    10.56: Celtic could make another January swoop, with Swansea City's Spanish star Angel Rangel said to be on Tony Mowbray's wanted list.

    10.51: The Liverpool Echo reports that Everton have opened talks with Louis Saha in a bid to tie him to a new contract, as other Premier League clubs including Spurs and Arsenal circle like vultures.

    10.42: Could former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini really head to Tottenham? Reports in Italy suggest he is unhappy at AC Milan and could return to England in a £7.5 million switch.

    10.28: Reading have signed Stoke defender Andy Griffin on loan until the end of the season.

    10.01: Lens have made a €10 million bid for Portsmouth's Younes Kaboul, although have had their move for the defender rejected. ESPN Soccernet sources suggest his former club want him back, However, as we reported at the weekend, Portsmouth want around £14 million.

    09.58: Kevin Kuranyi has ruled out a move to England in January, pledging his future to German side Schalke until the summer at least. "Now I have the chance to make something big happen at this club, I will stay on because of this and because of (coach) Felix Magath," he told Bild.

    09.51: News from agents in Italy who are claiming their players do not want a transfer. Who claims to be staying put? Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi plus Inter duo Davide Santon and Marco Materazzi.

    09.49: Inter Milan star Dejan Stankovic has told Serbian newspaper Blic that the Serie A champions and leaders will sign left-back Aleksandar Kolarov before the transfer window closes.

    09.42: Remember Daniel de Ridder? Well, it turns out he is still at Wigan. And he is being linked with a move to Israel to play for Hapoel Tel Aviv.

    09.35: The Liverpool Echo is suggesting that Rafael Benitez is tracking Roma's Jeremy Menez after he fell out with manager Claudio Ranieri.

    09.24: Funny story this one, as there seems to a bit of chatter about Louis Saha moving from Everton to Arsenal. Just what Arsenal need that, an injury-prone striker. It is also said that Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are interested.

    09.11: News from Italy now. Could Pippo Inzaghi be set to leave Milan in the summer? The 36-year-old striker is out of contract and yet to agree a new deal.

    08.59: Wolves are said to be preparing to up their bid for Hull's in-form midfielder Stephen Hunt. Will the Tigers have to take the cash and accept relegation? A bid of £3.5 million is mooted.

    08.42: The Daily Mail has linked Chelsea with a move for Racing Santander's 18-year-old starlet Sergio Canales. The player is out of contract in the summer.

    08.31: French press reports are suggesting that Everton have made a bid for Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa, but it has been rejected. Everton wanted him on loan for the rest of the season.

    08.14: There has not yet been one bid for wantaway Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy. It won't help that he was injured in the warm-up at Eastlands on Monday night.

    08.00: Morning! It's still absolutely freezing here in sunny London, and we're not sure how much more we can take. We'll be taking a look at the newspapers first of all.

    The Sun: Alex McLeish drops his interest in Kenwyne Jones ... Pompey look to have transfer ban lifted ... Inter will battle Chelsea for Benfica ace Angel Di Maria ... Sheff Utd want Gary McSheffrey from Birmingham ... Wigan want £5 million Real Mallorca hitman Ariz Aduriz.

    Daily Mail: David Dunn could leave Blackburn on a free in the summer ... Fulham to bid £1 million for Polish defender Kamil Glik ... Lens hope for Dindane recall ... Wolves enter race for Beckford.

    Daily Mirror: Sir Alex to get £75million transfer kitty ... Bruce: Clubs cannot afford striker Jones.

    The Times: Tom Hicks promises Liverpool will spend big ... Joe Cole contract talks hit stumbling block.

    January 11, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/11/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Demichelis heading out of Bayern? © Getty Images

    00.01: Right, that is us done for tonight but make sure you come back bright and early in the morning for all the latest gossip from the papers and all the transfer news as it breaks.

    23.48: Things are beginning to wind down but there are rumours that Wolves are preparing a £1.5 million bid for Jermaine Beckford. You may remember him as the man who knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup.

    22.46: The news is beginning to filter in from tomorrow's newspapers and the Daily Mail is reporting that Brian Laws is now the frontrunner for the Burnley job, despite being sacked by Championship Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season.

    22.12: News arrives from Arsenal where young defender Gavin Hoyte has extended his loan spell with Brighton until the end of the season.

    21.29: Here is the full story regarding Birmingham's capture of Michel. That is probably the biggest Premier League deal that has been done so far in the window. How exciting.

    21.07: BREAKING NEWS: Birmingham City have confirmed the signing of Spanish midfielder Michel from Sporting Gijon for a fee of £3 million,..

    21.00: At the top of the hour, news reaches us that youth international Nathan Eccleston has signed a new deal at Liverpool that ties him to the club until June 2013.

    20.42: Reports in Italy claim Fulham are yet to agree a financial package with the agents of Roma striker Stefano Okaka as they seek to tie up a loan deal. However, there could be movement in the next 24 hours so watch out for that one, Cottagers fans.

    20.22: We have more on Stoke's pursuit of Ruud van Nistelrooy with the player's representatives reportedly claiming a deal is unlikely. It never really seemed like a goer, did it?

    20.07: Sky Sports News are reporting that Willo Flood is joining Celtic team-mates Barry Robson and Gary Caldwell in having a medical at Middlesbrough today.

    19.38: There is breaking news from the managerial world with Jim Jefferies leaving Kilmarnock by mutual consent. More on that when we get it...

    19.20: Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has once again confirmed that the club are indeed pursuing a move for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. It remains unclear if the player is open to a move to the Potters though.

    18.43: The agent of Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey claims his client is "on the agenda of Manchester United". We can't see United signing a new goalie in January but could he be a long-term replacement for Edwin van der Sar?

    18.30: Here is the full story of Andy Griffin's transfer from Stoke to Reading.

    18.13: Reading caretaker manager Brian McDermott has claimed the club have signed Stoke defender Andy Griffin on loan. Neither club has formally confirmed the deal just yet though.

    18.01: Franck Ribery continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid and Chelsea but the Bayern Munich midfielder just wants to have his future sorted before the World Cup finals start in June. Read the full story here.

    17.46: Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida is reported to have agreed a move to Atletico Madrid next summer but for now the player insists the only club he is talking to is Arsenal. Do we believe him, or the Spanish press?

    17:25: Apparently there have been Premier League clubs queuing up left, right and centre to give Crystal Palace starlet Victor Moses his chance in the top flight. But his route to the top may be a more unlikely route, through promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest. Palace boss Neil Warnock told the South London Press:

    "They (Forest) enquired about him. I know David Kelly (Forest's assistant manager) spoke to my assistant Mick Jones, but I'm not aware of any concrete offer."

    16:36: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is hopeful of concluding a deal for Lanus forward Eduardo Salvio in the next few days. Reports in Spain suggest the 19-year-old Salvio could cost Atletico in the region of €8 million.

    16:21: Birmingham City Alex McLeish has admitted that his less-than-secret war-chest of £40 million is making it difficult for him to find value for money in his transfer search, with clubs inflating the prices of his targets.

    16:00: Christian Lell has played a grand total of zero matches for Bayern Munich this season, and Hamburg could be about to rescue him with a cut-price move for the defender. Hamburg are also thought to be lining up Schalke's German international Benedikt Höwedes.

    15:54: Marseille are moving closer to a deal for Inter Milan winger Mancini, according to sporting director Jose Anigo. A six-month loan deal thought to be on the table. Anigo told L'Equipe:

    "He is a player that will take time to secure due to the complexities of his contract. It is taking a little longer than we first thought, but we should know more by the middle of the week."

    15:49: Manchester United fan Otmar Fatmi outlines (in some detail) his suggested transfer targets for Sir Alex Ferguson. He says:

    People, please don't see players like Torres, Gerrard, Kaka, Messi etc.as potential signings for United. Sir Alex should sell Nani buy Ashley Young from Aston Villa and sell Berbatov and buy Huntelaar, Pato or Defoe. Find a long-term replacement of Van Der Sar maybe Hugo Lloris as a good goalie.

    15:47: Werder Bremen youngster Mesut Özil has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, with Bild.de reporting that a host of Europe's big names - Sevilla, Arsenal and Chelsea included -are also after the 21-year-old winger.

    15:22: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has revealed in Marca that he has no plans to leave the Bernabeu, despite admitting his disappointment at failing to secure a regular starting berth for Manuel Pellegrini's side. He said:

    "You can say I'm disappointed but it is something that is part of the job. Things are well, I'm in a great club and learning,"

    15:14: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has rubbished reports linking him with a raid on former club Wigan for goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. Bruce told the Sunderland Echo:

    "Talk of me bidding £5million for Chris Kirkland is garbage but he's a very good goalkeeper and I'm a big, big admirer of him."

    15:03: Former Watford striker Heidar Helguson has rejoined the Championship side on loan until the end of the season from QPR.

    15:00: Argentina international Martin Demichelis could be heading out the Bayern Munich exit door after revealing in German magazine Kicker that he is unhappy with life in the Bundesliga and feeling homesick.

    14:55: According to a report in Wolfsburger Allgeime Zeitung, reigining undesliga champions Wolfsburg are thinking of moving for Milan defenders Kakhaber Kaladze and Marek Jankulovski. The pair have made just six and five Serie A appearances respectively for the rossoneri this season.

    14:47: A few sources are suggesting that Barcelona could be trailing Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, with the Ivory Coast international reportedly unhappy with life at Stamford Bridge.

    14:41: Big manager related transfer news, with reports on Russian website Sports.life.ru suggesting that Guus Hiddink could be on the verge of replacing Ciro Ferrara at Juventus in a deal worth seven million euros per year.

    14:33: With Wes Brown appearing increasingly fragile, and Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic injured, mirul ghost reckons that Manchester United are in need of some defensive reinforcements. He says:

    I think man utd should buy younes kaboul with their defensive problems, or they should sign giorgio chiellini because for me he's the best defender for Italy.

    14.09: Celtic have completed the signing of Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld on a three-and-a-half-year contract. The 26-year-old, who is the Hoops' first January signing, has joined from AIK Solna for a fee reportedly in the region of £2 million.

    13:47: South Africa midfielder Elrio van Heerden has left Blackburn for Turkish club Sivasspor on a free transfer after just six months at Ewood Park.

    13:20: One player not going anywhere is Napoli striker Ezequiel Lavezzi who has signed a new five year contract with the club.

    13:12: Shakhtar Donetsk, winners of last season's UEFA Cup, have officially completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa. The Ukrainian club have paid Gremio six million euros to sign the 19-year-old.

    12:59: L'Equipe are reporting that Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng could be on his way to Serie A with either Inter Milan or Juventus, despite being offered a new contract by the German club.

    12:21: Brisbane Roar have snapped up defender Pieter Collen. The former Feyenoord and NAC Brada player has been capped twice by the Netherlands and has joined on an initial three-month loan deal.

    12:17: MUFC_Fan_Jay is keeping his fingers crossed that Liverpool sell Fernando Torres to Manchester City, as rumoured yesterday after Rafael Benitez said he may be forced to sell the Spanish striker.

    If Liverpool sell Fernando Torres, There season is over full stop. They may have Gerrard but they don't have that star striker like Torres (if he left)

    12:00: Spurs have been heavily linked with Manchester City defender Micah Richards of late but Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has quashed the speculation. He said in the Daily Mail:

    "How could I afford to lose Micah? We have only four fit defenders anyway and I rate him very highly. He has played for England and has great potential. It is important that he stays."
    11:42: Bologna striker Pablo Osvaldo has opted to move to La Liga instead of the Premier League after joining Espanyol on an intial six-month deal. The likes of West Ham and Fulham had been linked with a move for the Argentinean striker, who has failed to live up to his £4.5 million price tag since joining Bologna from Fiorentina last January.

    11:30: Former Arsenal and Fulham defender Moritz Volz appears to have missed out on a return to his boyhood club, Schalke 04. The 26-year-old had been on trial at the Gelsenkirchen club - where he started his career - but has failed to convince boss Felix Magath to offer him a contract.

    11:22: Massimo Moratti claimed last week that Goran Pandev would be Inter Milan's one and only signing in the transfer window, but the fractured skull suffered by Christian Chivu has opened the door for the arrival of a defender, with Lazio's Aleksandar Kolarov most likely to be the San Siro's newest recruit.

    11:10: Arsenal fan kurt gidwani thinks the Gunners also need to strengthen in the centre of the park and is hoping Arsene Wenger snaps a combative midfielder enforcer.

    I would love to see a midfield signing as well as an attacking option. Everton really dominated our midfielders at the weekend and soon everyone's gonna figure it out. We need a physical option to counter the likes of fellaini, de jong, essien and carrick amongst others.

    11:06: Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli is hunting for a central midfielder, with Atalanta's Tiberio Guarente and Udinese's Gokhan Inler being touted as possible arrivals by Football Italia. The Viola are looking a it sparse in the middle of the park, with Marco Donadel currently suspended and summer signing Cristian Zanetti recently suffering another injury.

    10:55: Celtic are set to make Jos Hooiveld their first January signing on a reported three-and-a-half year deal. The Hoops are thought to have paid £2 million for the 26-year-old Swedish club AIK Solna.

    10.37: The Times reports that unwanted Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is a target for Turkish club Galatasaray.

    10.33: Stefano Okaka has agreed to join Fulham on loan from AS Roma, they just need to finalise the deal.

    10.27: Radio reports in France say Marouane Chamakh will make a decision on his future by the end of the month. He is out contract in the summer and it is thought he may sign a pre-contract agreement. “I’d like my situation to be fixed quickly, both for me and the club,” Chamakh told RMC Radio. “If I’m not staying I want the club [Bordeaux] to have time to replace me. I’m still thinking about it, it’s not an easy decision which you take on a whim."

    10.11: A report in Fanatik says that Fenerbahce are keen to take Javier Saviola from Benfica this month.

    09.51: Everton's first move into the transfer market could be to sign Andras Gosztonyi from MTK Budapest. The 19-year-old Hungarian Under-21 midfielder is due in for talks after his initial flight was cancelled last week. The player said it would be a "dream" move.

    09.34: NEC Nijmegen could come in with a bid for Wigan misfit Erik Edman as they look to rescue their Eredivisie campaign.

    09.21: The Northern Echo is reporting that Newcastle will have to pay £2 million to get Jermaine Beckford from Leeds United. The Hull Daily Mail, meanwhile, says he is not of interest to Hull City.

    09.08: Could Wolverhampton Wanderers be preparing a raid on West Ham United. According to reports in the Mirror, Jack Collison is on their radar.

    08.26: Johan Elmander, who has failed to impress at Bolton Wanderers, is tipped for a move to France. It is thought he could be set to sign for Marseille. The French club are also being linked with Amantino Mancini of Inter Milan.

    08.03: Birmingham have signed Eddy Gnahore from Manchester City. He is a 16-year-old defensive midfielder from the Ivory Coast. Lille, Monaco, Rennes, Paris Saint Germain, Lens, Nantes and Celtic had all been tracking the player.

    07.25: Welcome to another day of bloggery. We'll kick-off with a round-up of all the press rumours, though it's a quiet morning:

    The Sun: Portsmouth tell Man City and Sunderland they want £14 million for Younes Kaboul ... Liverpool want Nedum Onuoha on loan from Man City.

    Daily Mail: Nottm Forest bid £3 million for Palace starlet Victor Moses ... Fulham will complete a loan deal for Stefano Okaka of AS Roma.

    Daily Mirror: Stoke and Birmingham are fighting for Wigan's Hugo Rodallega ... while Birmingham have refused to bid £10 million for Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones ... Sunderland will sign club America star Salvador Cabanas ... Stuart Holden will snub Burnley to join Bolton ... Wolves want Jamie O'Hara ... Blackburn will sign Camel Meriem ... Bolton want Vladimir Weiss from Man City.

    January 10, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/10/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Voronin has completed his move to Dynamo Moscow © Getty Images

    23.30: Nothing much around on a lazy Sunday, but keep an eye out for something more substantial tomorrow. The window is closing day by day.

    22.28: Marko Arnautovic is set to stay with Inter Milan, his agent has confirmed. Twente have loaned him to Italy, but he has yet to start a game for Jose's men.

    21.48: Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says he will offer striker Erik Nevland an extension to his current deal, which has only six months to run.

    20.43: Preston have told Celtic they must up their offer if they are to land target Sean St Ledger. The defender has a £3 million valuation, while the Hoops are offering just £1.25 million with £500,000 in add-ons.

    20.02: Birmingham winger Gary McSheffrey admits he has no future at St. Andrew's after having only a bit-part role in manager Alex McLeish's plans during the first half of the campaign.

    18.44: Owen Coyle might have left Premier League minnows Burnley for the managerial position at Bolton Wanderers, but he's determined not to be portrayed as the “bad guy”. “Everyone who knows me knows that I put my heart and soul into the club [Burnley] and the community. I wasn't happy to see myself being portrayed as the bad guy,'' he said. ''I have kept a dignified silence about it. You will never hear me say a bad word about Burnley. I never did and I never will.”

    18.09: Premier League strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers have added their name to the list of clubs chasing Leeds United's striker Jermaine Beckford. Newcastle are leading the bidding thus far.

    17.27: Manchester United are set to make a swoop for Real Madrid defensive midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, according to reports. Owen Hargreaves will be pleased...

    17.00: Xabi Alonso has confirmed that Liverpool's pursuit of Gareth Barry was the catalyst behind him leaving Anfield. Ironic, given that Barry ended up at City.

    16.29: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has now played down suggestions he is ready to sign Cristian Ansaldi. Reports have suggested that Mancini had agreed a £6 million deal with Rubin Kazan for the Argentine left-back, but he says he'll stick with Wayne Bridge.

    15.55: Barcelona striker Keirrison, currently on loan at Benfica, is a target for Xerez. The Brazilian has made little impact in Portugal and Barca want him to get more first-team football, with Xerez seemingly happy to help out.

    15.35: West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola will attempt to bring in a striker this week after Guillermo Franco picked up an injury in training. Franco, 33, was the only senior striker left following Carlton Cole's knee problems but now faces the rest of the month on the sidelines after a suffering a muscular complaint.

    14.50: According to Sky Sports, Roma striker Stefano Okaka will be sealing his loan switch to Fulham in the next few days.

    14.01: Dynamo are saying the same thing - looks like Voronin's signed a three-year contract. Read more here.

    13.58: Andriy Voronin claims he has completed his move from Liverpool to Dynamo Moscow. "I had options in both in Germany and in Russia, but I've chosen Dynamo," he said. More to follow...

    13.40: One that slipped through the net earlier from the Sunday Mirror: "Cristian Ansaldi will fly in this week to complete a £6million move to Manchester City."

    12.25: Confused that Roberto Mancini tried to bring ageing Premier League flop to City for big money? It was all just a big joke, apparently. Mancini said: "I called him just to say hello and as we talked I joked with Seba, 'If you want, you can come to play for City', but I was only joking and he knew that. He plays for Estudiantes and is very happy there. It was never a possibility for us." Read more here.

    11.53: Mainz have signed Real Madrid forward Adam Szalai on loan until the end of the season. Read more here.

    11.48: Rafa Benitez has admitted Liverpool could be forced to sell Fernando Torres if they don't finish in the top four this season. Click here for more.

    11.17: Preston have warned Celtic they will not land Sean St Ledger on the cheap after claiming the Hoops were nowhere near meeting their valuation of the player.

    10.21: Remember when Tony Pulis laughed off reports Stoke were going to bid for Ruud van Nistelrooy? Turns out he was lying. Chairman Peter Coates told BBC Radio Stoke: "It may be a long shot but we've made enquiries and we'll see what comes from them." You can read more here.

    09.30: Good morning and welcome to Sunday's transfer blog. As ever, we'll kick off with a round-up of some of the gossip from the nationals.

    Mail on Sunday: Manchester United have put Ben Foster up for sale for £4m, while "with Ferguson no longer able to shop at the top end of the market, he has targeted West Ham's £6m midfielder Valon Behrami to add creativity and is looking at Brazilian defender Joao Miranda of Sao Paulo as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic".

    Meanwhile, "selling Fernando Torres looks increasingly like Liverpool’s only option if they wish to redress their financial worries and ensure they meet Michel Platini’s criteria for qualifying for the Champions League". Platini is said to finalising rules that will stipulate that clubs cannot play in the competition if they make a loss for three consecutive years. Liverpool lost £40m in 2008 and Torres is rated at about £40m. It's a bit of a stretch, that one, to be honest.

    Sunday Mirror: Continuing the clear-out theme, the Sunday Mirror says Dimitar Berbatov - left out of the squad at Birmingham - will head an £80m list of players Sir Alex has lost patience with. Nani's on there, too, along with Anderson, Zoran Tosic and Nemanja Vidic.

    The People: With things not going quite as well as hoped at Sunderland, Steve Bruce continues to be linked with moves for his former Wigan players. Today's linked Latic is goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and Bruce is apparently set to offer £5m.

    January 9, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/09/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Younes Kaboul (L) on the move? © Getty Images

    23.30: That's all for today, join us again tomorrow for more of the same.

    23.25: Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho lamented his lack of options on the bench after his side were
    forced to rely on their unrelenting spirit in a 4-3 comeback victory over bottom side Siena on Saturday, so the Special One may yet buy.

    22.25: Real Madrid have loaned Hungary striker Adam Szalai to Bundesliga team Mainz until the end of the season, the club said.

    21.45: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish expects Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel to become a Blues player in the next 48 hours.

    20.23: Bundesliga outfit Bochum have announced that midfielder Shinji Ono is to head back to his native Japan. The 30-year-old has agreed terms with J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse.

    19:50: Julio Cruz's agent insists his client has no desire to secure a move away from Lazio during the winter transfer window.

    18:49: Turkish side Kayserispor have announced the signing of Middlesbrough's Mohamed Shawky.

    18:17: Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is confident an agreement will be reached with Inter Milan winger Mancini in the next few days.

    17:03: Following the sale of Andrea Dossena to Napoli, combined with the injury to regular right-back Glen Johnson, Liverpool could be in for Matthew Upson.

    15:13: Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones has been heavily linked with a move to Birmingham this week, and Brum forward Cameron Jerome has admitted he would be happy to welcome the Trinidad and Tobago international to St Andrews. He said:

    "Would I welcome a signing like Kenwyne Jones? Definitely, I'd welcome that sort of competition,"

    14:57: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has deinied that he is targeting a move for Tottenham captain Robbie Keane, with John Carew heading in the other direction. He said:

    "I see us linked with players and some of our players are being linked with other clubs, but at this minute I have nothing to report.

    "There is no definite movement in either direction. Maybe like most Premier League managers, I'd probably like to keep it that way. Robbie Keane? There is absolutely nothing in it."

    14.06: Wigan forward Olivier Kapo has joined French Ligue 1 side Boulogne on loan until the end of the season.

    13.52: Bolton boss Sam Allardyce wants Eidur Gudjohnsen and Koo Ja-cheol, according to Goal.

    13.14: City are also planning to keep Roque Santa Cruz. Mancini said: "For me, he is important to the team."

    13.11: Roberto Mancini has no interest in selling Micah Richards. "I rate him very highly, he has played for England and has great potential for the future," he said. "It is important that he stays." Richards was linked with Tottenham, although ESPN Soccernet understands there has been no contact between the clubs.

    12.50: Seems Mauro Zarate is edging further and further towards the exit door at Lazio. His brother and agent has hit out at Lazio coach Davide Ballardini in Corriere dello Sport after he criticised Zarate. Sergio Zarate says either Ballardini makes a public apology or either Zarate or Ballardini leaves the club. Arsenal have been linked with the Argentinean forward, although that may well not be true.

    12.00: Portsmouth want £14 million for defender Younes Kaboul. Read more here.

    11.02: It's understood that Celtic have accepted an offer from Middlesbrough for defender Gary Caldwell and midfielder Barry Robson.

    11.00: West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola is hoping the club's board will give him the green light to bring in a new striker when he meets them for talks next week. "I will have an update next week about this. I think we are going to have an important meeting next week when we can see what we can do." Marlon Harewood and James Beattie are among those who have been linked.

    10.57: Schalke manager Felix Magath has admitted striker Kevin Kuranyi may leave the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League, but says he has yet to receive an offer. Sunderland have been strongly linked, but Magath told Bild: "Agents are talking a lot, but up to now we have not received an actual offer from any club. Our philosophy remains that any player can leave at the right price, apart
    from goalkeepe Manuel Neuer. We are certainly not going to sell four players, but definitely one or two."

    10.55: Hertha Berlin have confirmed their interest in Celtic full-back Andreas Hinkel. Hertha coach Friedhelm Funkel said in the Daily Express: "Hinkel would be an excellent addition to our team for the second part of the season, and while I have not spoken personally to him I know from other people that he would not reject a move back to Germany."

    10.30: Good morning and welcome to today's transfer blog. Let's kick off with some news from the nationals.

    Daily Mirror: Edin Dzeko's name gets bandied around a bit, and now Chelsea are supposedly interested. The striker fired Wolfsburg to the title last season and really wants to join Milan, but a host of Premier League clubs have shown interest and Carlo Ancelotti seemingly reckons he can outbid his former club this month.

    The Sun: "Spurs are locked in a £7million race with Lyon to sign Dinamo Zagreb star Dejan Lovren," apparently. He's a Croatia defender and presumably comes recommended by Niko, Luka and Vedran.

    Daily Mail: Could Louis Saha leave Everton? The French striker has found a bit of fitness lately as all around him have dropped like flies, and now he's apparently demanding £60,000 a week. He's out of contract at the end of the season and David Moyes doesn't seem to want to play ball.

    The Independent: Manchester City are apparently going ahead with their plans to sign 19-year-old Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses, who's rated at about £5 million by his club.

    January 8, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/08/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Patrick Vieira is back in the Premier League © Getty Images

    17.30: It's been a busy week, and it's now time to head down the pub for a well-earned beer. We'll be back in the morning with more tittle tattle.

    17.03: La Provence has revealed that Inter Milan and Marseille have reached an agreement on a loan deal which will see Amantino Mancini move to the Ligue 1 club from the San Siro.

    16.59: Arsene Wenger has played down the chances of giving a deal to Sol Campbell. "Speculation goes very well at the moment, I must say," Wenger said. "Don't worry. Should we sign somebody then I promise you will be the first to know!

    16.51: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has stated the Ligue 1 club may sign two more players this month: “We seek at least one, maybe two players, but we have no obligation to buy.”

    16.47: Wolfsburg have denied they have opened talks with AC Milan over the sale of Edin Dzeko. "There is nothing true," Wolfsburg director Dieter Hoeness told German news agency SID.

    16.44: Owen Coyle has been confirmed as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers.

    16.36: Young Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore has joined Peterborough United on loan for the rest of the current campaign.

    16.18: Arsenal are being linked with Romelu Lakaku, He's a 16-year-old striker on the books of Anderlecht being dubbed the "new Didier Drogba".

    16.05: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce insists Kenwyne Jones is going nowhere. He says in the Sunderland Echo: "We haven't received any bids for Kenwyne. He's an important part of our team and he isn't going anywhere."

    15.56: L’Equipe is reporting that Olivier Kapo's loan move from , Wigan Athletic to Boulogne-Sur-Mer has been completed.

    15.44: On the future of Robbie Keane, Harry Redknapp has stated: "There's real competition between him, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch but unless someone comes up with £50million or something for him I can't see any way he won't be here."

    15.37: Carlo Ancelotti has firmly denied having any interest in Sampdoria star Giampaolo Pazzini. "We don't have any news," said Ancelotti. "We stay with the same squad. I have said that a lot of times. We have a good squad and have a very good striker in Daniel Sturridge. We don't need to have another new player."

    15.24: Rangers have offered Kris Boyd a new contract to try and ward off interest from the Premier League. He is out of contract in the summer. Manager Walter Smith said: "Martin spoke with Kris' agent yesterday [Thursday] and made him an offer. They have been left to think about it. We are hopeful we can reach agreement. It's a big decision he has to make and it's up to him. We hope he will stay with the club.''

    15.21: Rafasel Benitez has confirmed that Liverpool want to sign Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid, while Ryan Babel turned down Birmingham. Benitez said: "I have not said that Ryan has to leave the club. We received an offer for the player and he said that he did not want to leave the club. Therefore we rejected the offer. He is a good player and he works hard, I want him in the squad.''

    15.20: Arsene Wenger has rubbished reports that Cesc Fabregas could be sold. "We have a long-term plan to be a winning team - and Cesc Fabregas is part of that," Wenger said. "We have worked very hard with all of our players, and they all have a very long contract commitment."

    15.11: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he rejected the chance to sign Patrick Vieira. "I was interested in the summer, very interested and he was keen to come to Tottenham at the time,'' Redknapp said. "But it didn't happen because he got back into the squad at Inter Milan and it drifted."

    15.01: Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce says he expects to sign two players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen and South Korea international Koo Ja-cheol are two names being linked with an Ewood Park switch.

    14.44: Another new signing for VfB Stuttgart on Friday. They have sealed the signing of Christian Gentner from Vfl Wolfsburg on a free transfer, though he will not actually move from the Bundesliga champions until the summer. "I've had a great time at Wolfsburg and I'm still enjoying my stay at the club, but Stuttgart has always been in my heart. My love for the club made me decide to return to Stuttgart," said Gentner told the club's official website.

    14.30: We've received this from Frid.

    "I love the Chamakh-to-Liverpool rumor. Being an Arsenal fan I remember the last time when Benitez decided to count on Wenger's intuition and stole Babel from us, didn't work so well. I hope that Benitez realizes soon that players that would flourish in Arsenal would probably nourish in Liverpool as well as a tree in Chernobyl in 1986."

    14.04: Rafael Benitez has told the Liverpool Echo that Andriy Voronin is set to head for Dinamo Moscow. "With Voronin we were talking with Dynamo Moscow and it's also very close. The player is talking with them and we're also just waiting for the paperwork," he said.

    14.02: Slightly different story coming out of the South London Press, though, which claims that Redknapp will be at Crystal Palace on Saturday to watch Victor Moses. Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City have also been linked.

    13.59: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will not be signing players during the January window, he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. Redknapp said: 'This time last year we needed to do something and we did so we brought some good players in. This year it's different. I hate my phone ringing, it's a side of the game that I hate.

    13.31: Hull chairman Adam Pearson says striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink will not be leaving the clulb. There was interest (in Vennegoor of Hesselink) but he is a recent addition and he has done very well for us," Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail. "He is a very good pro and he is someone we are more than happy to have in the squad."

    13.29: Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed former Preston boss Alan Irvine as their new manager.

    13.22: Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta has said he is not interested in moving to the Premier League and is committed to Juventus. "I cannot wait to play again. England? I am fine where I am," he told Juve's official website. "I can only be happy with the market rumours that regard me, but I am only interested in Juventus, where I am fine and I don't have any intention of leaving."

    13.13: Coventry City have signed Carl Baker from cash-strapped Stockport County for an undisclosed fee.

    13.10: Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Juventus midfielder Tiago on a six-month loan deal. The La Liga outfit will have the option of signing the player on a permanent basis in the summer.

    13.05: Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has insisted there's no chance he will become the new manager of Burnley. There had been a lot of money on him on Thursday. He is quoted as saying: "I will not walk out on this football club. I love it here. There is a great rapport with people and this football club is a special place and the fans and the players, with what they're doing, have been absolutely terrific so I'm not going anywhere."

    12.47: Patrick Vieira has completed his move from Inter Milan to Manchester City on a free transfer. He has signed on a deal until the end of the season, with the option of another 12 months.

    12.39: Arsenal defender Armand Traore has told the club's official website that he expected to go out on loan this month but injuries mean his in now a fixture in the team.

    12.22: Misfit defender Mike Williamson signed by former Portsmouth boss Paul Hart, could be heading back to old club Watford after handing in a transfer request at Fratton Park. That's in the Watford Observer.

    12.09: Peterborough want to sign Aston Villa right-back Eric Lichaj on loan.

    12.03: Andrea Dossena has completed his move from Liverpool to Napoli. There's no confirmation on the fee, but reports in the press have suggested that it would be in the region of £4.5 million.

    11.53: Dinamo Zagreb defender Dejan Lovren is still interesting Lyon, despite the fact they have already had one bid rebuffed.

    11.40: ESPN Soccernet understands that Alan Irvine will be appointed as the new manager of Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

    11.35: News from Chile now with newspaper Sport claiming that La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza are about to complete a swoop for striker Humberto Suazo who plays for Mexican side Monterrey.

    11.11: Roma striker Jeremy Menez looks unlikely to move to Marseille this month. “There is no truth in it,” his agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, told Romagiallorossa.com. “Besides, Marseille are set to sign Amantino Mancini from Inter.”

    11.01: Christian Nerlinger, director of sport at Bayern Munich, has told the club's official website they will be making no more signings this month.“I don’t think anything else is going to happen,” he explained. “We now have a very balanced and very good squad.”

    10.51: In addition to Kevin Kuranyi, Sunderland are also being linked with a moves for Guy Demel (Hamburg), Habib Beye (Villa) and Younes Kaboul (Portsmouth).

    10.49: The Daily Mirror claims that Manchester City could be making a move for Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel. His agent, Hakim Slimani, said: "I cannot deny that his progress is being monitored by many of the big clubs - including Manchester City."

    10.42: Hull City boss Phil Brown inists Stephen Hunt remains a vital player for the club and he will not be sold off in January to balance the books.

    10.40: Sol Campbell as told ESPN Soccernet that he would be interested in signing for Arsenal on a free transfer. He has been training with the Gunners since quitting Notts County.

    10.31: Didier Digard, who cost Gareth Southgate £4 million from PSG, has been loaned out to Nice.

    10.22: Alex McLeish has suspended his interest in Liverpool forward Ryan Babel and Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady after being informed that neither player is for sale in the January transfer window.

    10.13: The Reading Chronicle says that Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is looking to sign the 28721st goalkeeper of his tenure by tracking Royals' stopper Adam Federici. Reading have also been linked with Stoke City's Andy Griffin.

    10.11: The Times says that West Ham have made an attempt to bring James Beattie on loan from Stoke but the Potteries side want a permanent sale. The same paper says the Hammers have put Julien Faubert on the transfer list.

    10.07: Portuguese midfielder Eliseu has joined Real Zaragoza from Lazio, it's a deal on loan until the end of the season.

    10.06: La Stampa, a paper based in Juventus' town of Turin, is linking the club with attacking midfielder Pasquale Foggia. Could the Lazio player make a loan move.

    10.05: Schalke full-back Rafinha can leave the club for around £10 million, according to Bild. Juventu, Milan and Real Madrid are all named as possible suitors for his signature.

    10.04: Sportmediaset thinks Wolfsburg director Dieter Hoeness and AC Milan's Adriano Galliani have been locked in talks over striker Edin Dzeko. He seems sure to move to Italy in the summer.

    10.02: Another Gazzetta dello Sport story, which we are sure is reliable, claims that Inter Milan will look to sign three players this month. Lazio duo Aleksandar Kolarov and Cristian Ledesma and Roma striker Julio Baptista are all thought to be wanted, even though president Massimo Moratti had said Goran Pandev would be the only incoming name.


    10.00: Gazzetta dello Sport says AC Milan are determined to keep hold of Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has struggled to make an impression in Serie A after moving from Real Madrid in the summer.

    09.59: The Daily Mirror reckons the race to sign Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux is a two-horse affair between Arsenal and Liverpool.

    09.56: The Northern Echo updates us further on the Kuyani-Jones situation. The paper thinks that Sunderland will be prepared to offload Jones - but only when (which seems uncertain) Kuranyi's move to the Stadium of Light is sealed.

    09.53: Bolton misfit Johan Elmander, a striker that sacked boss Gary Megson wasted over £8 million on, is being linked with a move to Marseille but the Trotters would take a huge loss we think.

    09.51: There's been plenty of talk about Kevin Kuranyi signing for Sunderland as Kenwyne Jones heads for Birmingham. But it seems the German does not want to leave Schalke. “I try not to get involved in it too much. I want to have success with Schalke," he said. “We are in a very good situation at the moment. I have already had success here for three-and-a-half years and have also experienced difficult situations, but I feel good here and I am of course committed heart and soul to Schalke.”

    09.46: Could Eidur Gudjohnsen be heading back to the Premier League? His agent was pretty guarded about the whole affair in the Daily Mirror. "I am not sure what he is going to do," Gudjohnsen Snr said. "He is going to take the next two weeks to decide. He could stay. He is very open. Nobody knows yet. He is obviously seriously thinking about a return to England but he has not made any decision. It is in his hands."

    09.37: John Carew's agent has rubbished talk of his player moving from Aston Villa to Tottenham (yes, the first we'd heard of it too). "It is speculation, John is very happy at Aston Villa," Flod told Sky Sports. "No one at Aston Villa has spoken to me about selling John and the fact is he has a contract until 2011. Aston Villa is a very good club and John is playing well so why should he leave?"

    09.16: Taking a quick look around the European papers, we turn to Spain's Marca, an ever-reliable source of transfer gossip, real insight and, often, complete rubbish. Today they report that Boca Juniors have been knocked back in a bid to sign Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago and that Juventus midfielder Tiago has arrived in Spain to have a medical with Atletico Madrid.

    08.51: Reader George Fitzbein has got in contact to have his say on the news that Liverpool could be snatching long-term Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh:

    "I believe Wenger is the best tactician and he should be sharp enough to realize that he needs a striker like Chamakh right now"

    If you want to send us your views on all the transfer news, or let us know about any rumours you have heard, use the comments form below and we will feature the best contributions in the blog.

    08.40: We are expecting Birmingham to be very busy in the transfer window but their attempts to sign Ryan Babel and Aiden McGeady appear to be on hold. Alex McLeish explains why here.

    08.10: Friday could be a busy day with Patrick Vieira set to sign for Manchester City and Maxi Rodriguez closing in on a move to Liverpool, but one move that may catch us all unawares is the possibility of Arsenal re-signing Sol Campbell on a free transfer. The defender has been training with Arsenal since leaving Notts County, ostensibly to maintain his fitness, but John Cross, writing in the Mirror, claims Wenger will offer his former player a contract if Philippe Senderos departs Emirates Stadium.

    The Mirror also carries quotes from Eidur Gudjohnsen's father, Arnor, suggesting that the former Chelsea forward is keen to return to England. That should give encouragement to West Ham, Tottenham and Blackburn who have all been linked with the Monaco man.

    In the Times, it is reported that Manchester City are edging ever closer to the capture of Rubin Kazan left back Cristian Ansaldi for a fee of £4 million.

    Liverpool are looking to raise capital by selling Andrea Dossena to Napoli in Janaury but the Mail reports that Rafa Benitez is also looking forward to next summer by signing Bordeaux strkier Marouane Chamakh to a pre-contract agreement.

    Finally, the Sun details how Real Madrid's attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal has been dubbed 'Operation Cesc' in Spain. A £42 million offer is seemingly on the cards.

    08.00: To start today's transfer blog we bring you the news that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis does not expect the club to spend big in January, despite claims that Mauro Zarate and Gonzalo Higuain are potential targets. There is a shock contender to join on Arsenal though, more on that when we wrap up the papers in a few minutes...

    January 7, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/07/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


    Vieira has his eyes on France © Getty Images

    21:57: Hats off to Liverpool fan who is optimistic about the Anfield club's chances of success if they hold on to Fernando Torres.

    To all the other teams in the world Torres is not for sale...we will strive for victory!

    21:25: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has claimed his club are currently at the “advanced” stages of sealing a deal to bring Inter's Brazilian winger Mancini to the Stade Velodrome.

    21:15: this is definitely one of my favourite stories of the day. The agent of Lazio striker Mauro Zarate says his client could be heading to Emirates Stadium to join Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with plenty of strikers but the Argentinian has scored a platry two goals in Serie A this season.

    20:11: It's been in the pipeline for a while, but we're hearing that Atletico Madrid defender Michel has joined Birmingham City, subject to a medical.

    19:28: it's difficult to keep up with Birmingham City's transfer prospects, they seem to be linked with everyone! But one player who seemingly won't be joining Alex McLeish's side is Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi, who seems happy in Germany.

    19:24: Chelsea have been heavily linked with strikers of late, with Sergio Aguero on the tip of most people's tongues. But Ozone reckons that it is another striker in Spain who should be getting the Blues' pulses racing.

    Chelsea should sign David Villa to help the attack while Drogba is away on international duty. He is world class.

    18.33: You can expect Manchester City to be linked with any number of players in January but it appears that Antonio Cassano will not be making the move to Eastlands, with his agent claiming the forward will stay with Sampdoria.

    18.23: Okay, it's hardly a transfer to get the pulse racing but it does involve a Premier League team so we feel compelled to tell you that Portsmouth's Marlon Pack has joined Dagenham and Redbridge on loan. Told you it wasn't great.

    18.07: The weather has of course been playing havoc with the fixture list in recent days but now Wolves have been forced to cancel their proposed trial of Toulouse star Fode Mansare due to heavy snow. More on that here.

    17.57: Former Arsenal hero Robert Pires could be leaving Villarreal, but only in the summer. The French midfielder admits he could be tempted by a move to England. Hmmm, that's one to get the rumour mill turning.

    17.44 Real Zaragoza have agreed a deal with Lazio to take the Serie A side's Portuguese midfielder Eliseu on loan until the end of the season.

    17.29 Gordon Strachan has confirmed Middlesbrough are in talks with his former club Celtic over a series of transfer targets. Boro have been linked with Gary Caldwell, Stephen McManus, Barry Robson, Mark Wilson, Willo Flood and Scott McDonald, as well as Rangers striker Kris Boyd, but Strachan is giving nothing away about the names on his wish-list.

    17.19 No managerial move for Laurent Blanc anytime soon, as the Bordeaux coach insists he will not answer any questions regarding his future until the end of the season. ''From now on, as soon as you ask me questions about my future of the France team, I will not respond,'' he said.

    16.58 Newcastle United are keen to sign Jerome Rothen according to Le Quotidien du Foot. The French winger has been on loan at Rangers from Paris St Germain, but has not exactly set the world alight.

    16.42 Roque Santa Cruz's agent, Jan Van Baal, has dismissed the allegation that his client is pursuing a loan move in January, despite not getting a run in the first-team.

    16.25 Rafael Sobis appears to be on his way back to South America, with several Brazilian teams having shown an interest in the Al-Jazeera striker.

    16.09 DaMarcus Beasley has urged Rangers to pick up the phone and speak to his agent if they want to keep him at Ibrox next season.

    15.53 Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is not considering making any further
    moves in the winter transfer market despite the imminent departure of Patrick Vieira and the injury to Christian Chivu.

    15.36 Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has flatly denied that goalkeeper David James will be leaving the club in January. ''As far as we're concerned, he will remain here. There has been no interest in David James," he said.

    15.18 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has brushed aside reports linking defender Simon Kjaer with a move to Manchester City. ''They are just rumours, I have not had any contact with anyone,'' he said. ''Several clubs are interested in Kjaer but for the time being we have not received any offers.''

    15.10 Federico Macheda's agent says Bologna want to take the young Manchester United striker back to Italy on a loan deal, although he feels it is unlikely to happen.

    15.02 The agent of Valencia winger Joaquin claims a move to Juventus would appeal to the Spanish star.

    14.44 Derby have now signed Nicky Hunt from Bolton on a month's loan. They could have at least kept him until the end of the season!

    14.27 Real Madrid central defender Pepe is recovering well after surgery on the damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, so perhaps Madrid won't have to sign a new defender in January after all.

    14.02 Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic has completed his move to Wigan on loan.

    13.48 Hull manager Phil Brown admits Caleb Folan and Daniel Cousin are both likely to be playing elsewhere by the end of the month. In fact, Folan's agent says QPR have agreed a deal to sign the striker on loan.

    13.46 Tours striker Olivier Giroud admits he has given up on the idea of joining Celtic although he will definitely be leaving the Ligue 2 club at the end of the season.

    13.35 Liverpool's Andrea Dossena is another having a medical today. He's made it through the snow to get to Napoli. Good on him!

    13.17 Shakhtar Donetsk have completed the transfer of highly-rated Brazilian youngster Douglas Costa from Gremio for a reported fee of 12 million euros.

    13.07 Bulgaria central defender Zhivko Zhelev turned down an offer from CSKA Sofia to instead join Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest on an 18-month contract.

    13.01 Patrick Vieira is having his medical, we'll keep you updated on whether he passes it or not.

    12.44 According to a report in kicker, Wolfsburg are considering making a move for unsettled Schalke defender Rafinha in the winter transfer window.

    12.32 Siva has his own thoughts, contrary to that of Mr Norman Hubbard, on the future of Leeds man Jermaine Beckford. He says:

    Beckford should stay at Leeds and live the dream. After all they have a fantastic manager in Simon Grayson and the club is on a high after so long in the doldrums. I'm sure Leeds will be a massive club in the next few years.

    12.32 Derby boss Nigel Clough has confirmed he is hoping to sign Bolton defender Nicky Hunt, which is nice of him, because no-one else seems that interested.

    12.00 Stefano Okaka's agent believes the Roma striker could be on his way to Fulham by the end of the week. ''Sporting director (Daniele) Prade has not long returned,'' Domenico
    Scopelliti told Romagiallorossa.com. ''I think that Roma and Fulham will talk in the next two days. It's important that the two clubs talk to each other.''

    11.57 Hull City and West Ham are battling for the signature of striker Marlon Harewood according to his agent. Phil Sproson told the Hull Daily Mail: "I have spoken to both Phil and Gianfranco and both said they were interested in Marlon if they can get the deals sorted at their clubs.''

    11.41 Nice are closing in on a deal for Middlesbrough’s Didier Digard. The French midfielder has not impressed hugely since joining the club last year.

    11.13 Juventus midfielder Tiago's proposed loan move to Atletico Madrid is stalling, amid reports that he has been asked to take a pay cut as part of the deal and is not ready to conform.

    11.09 Motherwell interim manager Craig Brown has heard of no contact from Celtic amid reports Paul Slane is set to sign a pre-contract with the Parkhead club.

    11.06 Arsenal fan 01 has his thoughts on the Arsenal speculation. He says:

    Wenger would never sign Higuain. For how much? 30 million Euros? Forget it... Carlton Cole is more of his target.

    11.04 Rafael van der Vaart looks like he's staying at Real Madrid, which may annoy Liverpool. The Dutchman said: "Pellegrini told me in pre-season training that I was a very good player but he did not have much room for me because they had Kaka, Raul, many players ... And I said: OK, but I will not leave Madrid, I want to fight so let's see.''

    10.54 Reported Manchester City target Jerome Boateng wants to focus on playing and not think about his future despite contract talks with Hamburg stalling.

    10.38 Apparently no-one cares about Ryan Babel anymore. Training was cancelled at Liverpool yesterday, but nobody told the Dutchman, at least not according to his Twitter post.

    Well, Training was canceld [sic] because of the weather.. And nobody told me...

    10.35 Sampdoria have insisted star striker Giampaolo Pazzini will be going nowhere during the January transfer window. "We will not give Pazzini now - 99 per cent he will not go away," said sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.

    10.32 Birmingham are reported by the Birmingham Mail to have been told by Celtic that highly-rated winger Aiden McGeady is not for sale. Alex McLeish has made a firm inquiry about the Irish international, who is rated at over £10 million by the Glasgow outfit.

    10.29 Celtic have turned down an approach from Wigan for striker Scott McDonald. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez revealed he wanted the Australian on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

    10.16 Thank you Marca (09.42). Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted he would love to finish his playing career at the Bernabeu now! Rivals AS have him quoted as saying: ''It would be wonderful to finish my career here.''

    10.15 Former Wigan striker Amr Zaki has been transfer listed by his club, Egyptian outfit FC Zamalek. Zaki, who was labelled by former boss Steve Bruce as ''the most unprofessional player I ever worked with'', failed to show up for training on five consecutive days, much to the dismay of his club.

    10.04 Albert Riera's agent has dismissed reports linking the Liverpool winger with a move to Olympiakos. ''I have not heard from Olympiakos at all," Castell told skysports.com. "Albert has this year and two more years to go on his contract and he wants to stay at Liverpool.

    09.51 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish may offer £9 million for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones this window and Sunderland might just replace him by lining up a loan deal for Schalke's Kevin Kuranyi.

    09.44 Fulham winger Seol Ki-hyeon is weighing up his options in the window, but has ruled out a move to the K-League. Competition for places in a good squad is forcing him out.

    09.42 Spanish daily Marca thinks that Arsenal are in for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. He'd cost a pretty penny though so that one is doubtful.

    09.34 Leche has his thoughts on the Vieira move already. He says:

    More than anything I think Viera brings some much needed leadership to the Man City dressing room. He's been around, he's won championships in both England and Italy, he should be able to help bring the best out of guys like Robinho and Carlos Tevez, because clearly Mark Hughes couldn't.

    09.30 Some more paper gossip from the morning round. The Sun claim that Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa will cost £40m if he is to move to Manchester United.

    The Daily Star have Tottenham ready to use Robbie Keane as bait to land Aston Villa striker John Carew.

    The Daily Mirror think that Portsmouth are set to lose out to Fulham in the race for Jamie O'Hara. I know which club I'd choose...

    The Daily Mail reckon that Benni McCarthy is on his way to Everton after claiming that he wants a move from Blackburn in January.

    09.23 Patrick Vieira is reported to be having a medical at Manchester City this afternoon. Jose said he would leave yesterday, but will he play much at Eastlands? Let us know your thoughts.

    09.12 Andriy Voronin's agent has confirmed the Liverpool misfit is weighing up a move to Russia. Not a moment too soon, although he seems better suited to the Bundesliga.

    08.37 Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen, who used to be really good, is a target for Greek champions Olympiakos. Rovers want £1.8m for the Norwegian.

    08.30 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he's on the look out for a striker and the rumour mill has churned out the name of CFR Cluj striker Lacine Traore as a potential target. The 6ft 8in Ivory Coast striker has already been dubbed 'The New Adebayor'.

    08.15 Roque Santa Cruz's stay at Manchester City could be a short one with Espanyol hoping to take the striker, who has made only two league starts since leaving Blackburn for £17.5m last summer, on loan. Cruz admitted: "My agents have received calls from other clubs asking about me."

    08.00 We kick-off Thursday's transfer blog with the news that Manchester City's latest transfer target is £18 million Palermo centre-half Simon Kjaer. Mancini's scouts watched the Danish international against Sampdoria on Wednesday night and are poised to swoop for the powerful 20-year-old.

    January 6, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/06/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    23.59: That's it for another busy day of rumour. Join us again on Wednesday for another day of drama.

    23.52: The Daily Mirror thinks Everton will boost their forward line by making a move for Benni McCarthy of Blackburn Rovers who has failed to win a starting berth under Sam Allardyce.

    23.26: Long-term Manchester United target Douglas Costa is being tipped to sign for Ukrainian UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk from Gremio.

    23.22: The Daily Mail also has John Utaka joining Sochaux on loan from Portsmouth, while Celtic tell Birmingham that Aiden McGeady is not for sale.

    23.06: Early newspaper rumours now and the Daily Mail claims that Sunderland will move in for Kevin Kuranyi, with Birmingham City making an offer of £9 million for in-demand Kenwyne Jones.

    22.34: Interesting email here from Ralph. Any truth in it?

    Robbie Keane or Pavluchenko will go to Fulham. My uncle was just at White Hart Lane and overheard a discussion between Joe Jordan and one other staffer.

    22.17: Valencia striker David Villa could be ready to leave Spain this summer, saying that he had to stay in his homeland after Euro 2008 due to "personal reasons". "At that moment, when it looked as if I might leave Valencia, it's true that there were a few personal reasons as to why I wanted to continue playing in Spain. I certainly did not want to move away from Spain. But I will analyse it again and this summer will be different."

    21.28: Hamilton Academical manager Billy Reid has admitted that midfielder James McArthur will leave this month, with Hull strongly linked. “He’s earned the right to go and play at a so-called bigger club at a higher level,” Reid said in The Herald. “It’s not a year too soon for James. He’s got 150-170 games in senior football, so he’s prepared to go and play.”

    20.56: A few whispers that Liverpool have rejected Birmingham's £8 million offer for Dutch international Ryan Babel. Are they insane?

    20.51: Jean-Claude Dassier, the Marseille chairman, seems pretty sure that Hatem Ben Arfa will not move this month. "There is a 95% chance of him staying at the club," said Dassier in France Football.

    20.22: "I'm looking forward to embracing Napoli and to experience the emotion of the Stadio San Paolo," wantaway Liverpool defender Andrea Dossena has told Il Mattino.

    19.33: Reports coming out of Uruguay are linking Liverpool with a bid for Nicolas Lodeíro of Nacional. Liverpool were planning to move for him in the summer but interest from Napoli has forced their hand.

    18.34: Swansea have told Burnley they can forget making any approach for manager Paulo Sousa as they look for a replacement for Owen Coyle.

    18.30: Jermaine Beckford has handed in a transfer request at Leeds United - clearly trying to speed up his exit from Elland Road.

    18.03: West Brom have agreed a fee with Vancouver Whitecaps for striker Marcus Haber. Meanwhile, they have loaned Reuben Reid to Peterborough United.

    17.58: Championship side Derby County are hoping to sign out-of-favour defender Nicky Hunt on loan from Bolton Wanderers.

    17.33: Looks like there will be another loan signing for QPR, with the agent of Daniel Cousin claiming the striker will be moving to Loftus Road from Hull City.

    17.27: The agent of Real Madrid's Mahamadou Diarra has told Sport.co.uk that he is free to move on this month. And he has been linked with an unlikely move to Manchester United.

    17.21: Stories coming out of Portugal are suggesting that Pedro Mendes, the Rangers midfielder, has denied having any contact with Sporting Lisbon. "The final decision to sell is down to Rangers. If I receive an offer from Sporting it would be difficult to reject a club challenging for honours," he told Radio Renaiscenca.

    17.10: The Shields Gazette claims that Newcastle have made a third and final bid for Leeds star striker Jermaine Beckford.

    17.03: Sorry Arsenal fans, Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they intend to sign soon-to-be out-of-contract midfield talent Fran Merida.

    16.56: However, Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has suggested they will have to sell players to stay afloat. "If the way to keep this club alive is to sell a couple of players again, we will have to do that - but it will be an owner's decision," said Storrie.

    16.50: Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has revealed he may recall David Nugent from his loan at Burnley in order to boost his striking ranks.

    16.36: William Gallas could be set to sign a new contract with Arsenal, boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed today.

    16.21: AP is reporting that Sampdoria has agreed to loan defender Marius Stankevicius to Spanish club Sevilla until the end of the season.

    16.13: Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has joined QPR on loan for a month.

    16.05: Sport Express now appears to be confirming the News of the World's story that Manchester City are set to snap up Rubin Kazan left-back Cristian Ansaldi. Benfica, Real Zaragoza and Atlético Madrid were apparently in the mix, too, but City look to have edged ahead with a £6m bid for the 23-year-old, who can also play at right-back.

    16.01: The Daily Mirror says Liverpool have had offers for two more fringe players. We already know that Andrea Dossena's probably off to Napoli for £4.5m, but now it seems fellow full-back Philipp Degen could join Stuttgart for £2m and Andriy Voronin could go to Dynamo Moscow for £2.5m. He won't sell Yossi Benayoun or Albert Riera under any circumstances, though, it seems.

    15.28: Brazilian midfielder Mancini hasn't done too well since leaving Roma for Inter in 2008, but Corriere dello Sport has a fun solution: Inter give Mancini back to Roma, Roma give Julio Baptista to Inter. Mancini has also been linked with Marseille.

    15.24: Frederic Piquionne's been linked with Liverpool, Everton and West Ham lately but the Lyon striker, who has recovered his form during a loan spell with Portsmouth, appears to be going nowhere. "All the reports you have heard recently are unfounded," his agent told France Football. "Frederic is happy at Portsmouth. For him to leave, Lyon, Portsmouth and the player would have to be in agreement."

    15.16: Roy Hodgson has no plans to spend big this month, even if they'll be without in-form Bobby Zamora for a while due to a shoulder injury. “Like most other clubs we're not looking to go into a situation where we splash a lot of money around," Hodgson said. "We'll be keeping a close eye on what is available and if something comes up at the right price that could help us out, we'll be interested. But there is a lot of big ifs involved in that and I would say we will be very conservative in the transfer market.

    15.10: One from this morning that slipped through the net: Blackburn are set to offer St Etienne midfielder Amine Linganzi a deal after he impressed training with the club. The Lancashire Telegraph says Sam Allardyce will sign him for a nominal fee, although he's unlikely to feature this season as the 20-year-old learns about English football.

    15.00: The Daily Mirror's now suggesting Spurs could go back in for Patrick Vieira. The Arsenal legend is still "99% certain to go to City", though, apparently.

    14.55: An hour's a long time in football. At 13.51, we were talking about whether Christian Chivu was a target for Manchester City. Turns out he's fractured his skull and Jose Mourinho's not expecting him to return to action for a long time, which almost certainly means that one isn't going to happen.

    14.54: The London Evening Standard says Micah Richards fancies a move to Spurs if Roberto Mancini decides he doesn't want him at City. Liverpool and Villa are also apparently interested. We're trying to speak to a source close to the man himself to see if it's true but the source isn't picking up his phone.

    14.36: Patrick Vieira's definitely leaving Inter Milan and probably off to Manchester City. Following Inter's 1-0 win over Chievo, Jose Mourinho said: "I should give a special mention to Vieira, who certainly played his last game with us. I don't know where he will go, maybe to England which he likes a lot, but we should thank him for what he has done in these years at Inter. The club decided not to renew his contract, which is coming to an end, and to accept the offer of another club." Read more here.

    14.20: Interesting line in the Daily Mirror. Chelsea are apparently tracking Simon Kjaer, the Palermo and Denmark centre-back who gets linked with all top clubs all the time, which isn't that interesting. More interesting, though, is the suggestion that they also want his Palmermo team-mate Javier Pastore, who has been dubbed the Argentinean Kaka.

    14.01: And while we're on the subject of Egyptian strikers and their movements, FilGoal also carries quotes from former Wigan striker Amr Zaki's agent, who says there have been no offers from either Stoke or Galatasaray as yet.

    13.59: Egyptian website FilGoal says two Premier League clubs are looking to bring Mido back to England this month. The clubs are unnamed, but the Middlesbrough striker, currently on loan at El Zamalek in his homeland, looks set for a return to the English top-flight.

    13.51: Manchester City keep getting linked with defenders and players who played under Roberto Mancini, so it's little surprise they were linked with Inter defender Christian Chivu. And little surprise the 29-year-old Romania international's agent knows nothing about any genuine interest. "No one from the English club has contacted me, either directly or indirectly," Victor Becali told TMW. "Cristian is tied to Inter for the next two-and-a-half years, but any interest from another club always makes the player and his entourage proud."

    13.42: Liverpool continue to be linked with strikers whose contracts are coming towards their end. The Daily Mail suggests they'll nip ahead of Arsenal in the queue for Marouane Chamakh, securing the Bordeaux striker's services on a pre-contract agreement ready for a summer move, free of charge.

    Exactly how many players are linked for a move to Liverpool?? Its agonizing to listen to all the rumours without concrete quotes from those involved but at the same time its also like watching a drama unfold. Cant wait for the climax.

    Oh time to top up my popcorn.

    That's the spirit, LFC4EVA.

    13.16: Freddy Adu has ended speculation about a move to Hull by signing an 18-month loan deal with Greek side Aris. He was due to be the American Pele when he was about 14, but it's not worked as planned thus far. Read more here.

    12.54: A question from WarhawkMO.

    What are you hearing of Man City targeting Jerome Boateng of Hamburg?

    The news in Germany seems to be that Bayern Munich want him and Jerome says he's "honoured" to be linked with them in the Hamburger Abendblatt, but that he wants to focus on a strong finish to the season with Hamburg. His agent, Jorg Neubauer, says there are no negotiations with any other sides for now.

    12.47: Could Liverpool be about to make a move for Russia international Aleksandr Kerzhakov? The Dynamo Moscow striker is out of contract in a year and Sport Express is suggesting Zenit, Lokomotiv, Hamburg and Liverpool want him. The player said: "The negotiations about my transfer are on their way. Of course I know what is going on but I will not give the details. I think everything will be decided very soon."

    12.39: Ribery himself, though, is not ruling out a contract extension at Bayern Munich. "Why not? It will be me who makes the decision," he told French reporters when asked if he'd consider a new deal with Bundesliga giants. Still, looks pretty certain he'll be off to Madrid, with German site Ran.de saying a 55m euro deal's in place. Read more here.

    12.29: Last summer wants its news back: Franck Ribery isn't interested in going to Inter, Chelsea or Barcelona because he wants to help Real Madrid continue to over-invest in attacking players, according to As.

    12:14: Unsurprisingly, MUFC_Fan_Jay offers a damning assessment of Liverpool's transfer plans in January. He says:

    If Benitez sells Benayoun, Dossena and Babel to sign Maxi Rodgriguez, They are stupid. Benayoun is ten times better a player than Rodriguez. And Dossena and Babel aren't what you call great football players. They should sell them for about 5 Million each and maybe sell someone else and then buy a striker to partner Torres up front. Gerrard plays better in the centre.

    12:05: David Bentley is widely tipped to be heading out of White Hart Lane in January, but the London Evening Standard reckons that Spurs have been forced to lower their asking price for the England winger. They're hoping that Aston Villa or Sunderland may be tempted to stump up £10 million.

    11:53: Kungseldou reckons Manchester City will be thwarted in their attempts to sign big players, while agreeing that strikers are the key to Arsenal's title charge. He says:

    A lot have been heard about players linked to Man City. The lists are long, but they will not succeed in signing any biggies, maybe next season.

    Wenger has to spent in order to keep the spirits high and Arsenal will definitely win this season's Premier League if he signs a new world class striker.


    11:49: Liverpool have rejected an approach from Olympiakos for playmaker Yossi Benayoun, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently the Greek outfit were willing to pay £5 million to land the Israeli midfielder.

    11:47: Manchester City target Patrick Vieira has told L'Equipe that "Nothing has been signed so far, but it is going well". That could well be a deal that is competed today.

    11:45: It's a busy day at Birmingham, we're hearing reports that they have had a bid of around £2.9 million accepted for Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel.

    11:40: With Joseph Yobo at the African Nations Cup and Phil Jagielka still on the road to recovery, Everton boss David Moyes could be looking to bolster his defensive options by renewing his interest in Arsenal centre-back Philippe Senderos. Reports suggest Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon could also be an option.

    11:36: Having all been led to believe that Kris Boyd would be joining Birmingham City, the Birmingham Mail have thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting that city rivals Aston Villa could be set to swoop for the SPL's all-time record goalscorer.

    11:30: Plenty of Arsenal-based comments today, with joni keeping his fingers crossed that Nicklas Bendtner stays injured to force Arsene Wenger's tranfer hand. He says:

    I don't want to sound harsh, but from what Arsene Wenger has said I hope Bendtner remains sidelined so Wenger will dip into the transfer market.

    Harsh indeed.

    11:28: Patrick Vieira and Ruud van Nistelrooy are two names who have been linked with a host of clubs already, and ESPN Soccernet's Jon Carter reckons the pair both need to move to have any hope of playing at this summer's World Cup finals.

    11:26: Ryan Babel's agent has confirmed to Dutch paper Der Telegraaf that Birmingham have tabled a bid for the Dutchman. Given Liverpool's current financial state, I'm sure the rumoured £8 million offer would be mighty tempting.

    11:18: Algerian midfielder Amine Linganzi is expected to make a move to Blackburn Rovers after impressing Sam Allardyce on trial. The 20-year-old previously played for St Etienne.

    10:31: Peterborough are looking to beat Hearts to the signing of Charlton striker Izale McLeod, according to skysports.com.

    10:26: Bari's Brazilian striker Vitor Barreto looks to be trying to engineer a move to Inter, after telling the Corriere dello Sport that Jose Mourinho's side are his "first choice" if he leaves the club.

    10:22: Crystal Palace have released striker Simon Thomas by mutual consent. The 25-year-old signed from non-league Boreham Wood in 2008 but has been unable to break into the first team.

    10:16: Sticking with Portugal, the A Bola newspaper is reporitng that striker Nuno Gomes could be heading out of the Benfica exit door. Premier League sides Bolton and West Ham are being touted as possible suitors.

    10:11: Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes could be on the brink of a move back to his native Portugal. The former Portsmouth player is apparently on the radar of Sporting Lisbon boss Carlos Carvalhal.

    10:04: Arsene Wenger's potential move for Carlton Cole would probably sit well with Zarfan, who think the Frenchman is unlikely to splash out too much in January. He says:

    I don't think Wenger is going to buy players like Edin Dzeko or Gignac. He might buy another youngster or cheap players.

    10:00: Reports in the Sun suggest that Nemanja Vidic is not seeking a transfer away from Old Trafford, with the Serbian defender saying:

    "Everyone in the club knows I have a marvellous understanding with Ferguson. I am not unhappy at Old Trafford - I am just injured. I hope I will be able to play as soon as possible."

    This appears to confirm what ESPN Soccernet learnt from Vidic's agent yesterday,

    09:52: Arsene Wenger has revealed he "fears the worst" over reports that Spain Under-21 midfielder Fran Merida has signed a pre-contract agreement with Atletico Madrid.

    09.30: Dmitry Verkhovtsov has accused Celtic of wasting his time following his three-day trial with the club. He said: ''I honestly still do not quite understand what happened. I went to Scotland but didn't do any medicals nor participate in training sessions. Throughout the three days, all I had to do was wait until they bought me a ticket to return home. I was given no explanations by any of their managers.''

    09.15: Maxi Rodriguez's agent has confirmed Liverpool are in talks to sign the Atletico Madrid winger, but there are reports that Rafa Benitez will not be given the money he raises in selling players.

    08.52: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he will have no option but to dip into the transfer market this month if Nicklas Bendtner's comeback from injury is delayed.

    08.40: Andrew is hopeful over Aston Villa, he says:

    I hope they buy a player or two. We have players that aren't being used, which is killing us in the form of game fit players, so maybe loan out the likes of Sidwell and Delph and buy players that will play. Make a Scott Parker type player and then a striker to help out Agbonlahor, he can't do it all.

    08.38: Midfielder Kevin Kilbane and striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are heading out of Hull as the Premier League strugglers attempt to cut costs, according to the Daily Star.

    08.25: Striker David Williams has completed a permanent switch to North Queensland Fury after a successful loan spell from Denmark's Brondby.

    08.18: Spurs are on the trail of Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini, who is valued at £22m by his club. Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested.

    08.15: Arsenal are battling it out with Manchester United for Cardiff City's 17-year-old defender Adam Matthews. Another Aaron Ramsey fight on the cards?

    08.12: Argentine striker Claudio Bieler, who helped Ecuador's LDU Quito win South America's top two club trophies in the last two years, is joining Racing Club in his home country.

    07.46: Argentina's Juan Sebastian Veron turned down a personal offer from new Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to join the Premier League club, the midfielder has said.

    07.31: Bolton are prepared to cash in on £15 million-rated defender Gary Cahill to boost Owen Coyle’s transfer kitty. Wanderers are understood to be offering Cahill to their Premier League rivals and have proposed selling him to Manchester City and Manchester United.

    07.20: Some early paper gossip for you:

    The Times: Tottenham have renewed their interest in Miguel Veloso after seeing Sporting midfielder score in Portuguese Cup win over Braga.

    The Daily Mail: Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh’s representatives have held talks with Liverpool over signing a pre-contract agreement.

    The Sun: Arsene Wenger will move for £9 million worth of Carlton Cole if Nicklas Bendtner doesn't recover from injury soon.

    The Telegraph: Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron has turned down a personal offer from Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to join the Premier League club.

    The Times: Rafael Benítez is unlikely to be given any of the proceeds from player sales during the January transfer window to reinvest in new signings this month once the arrival of Maxi Rodríguez is confirmed.

    07.00: An early line, as Manchester City have reported mammoth annual losses of £92.6 million. The eye-watering figure represents the biggest annual loss in English football history, but it's doubtful that it will hinder their January splurge.

    January 5, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/05/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    00.25: On that entertaining note, we'll have to bid you farewell for the evening. Thanks for joining us today and we'll be back tomorrow at 8am sharp(ish) with lies, damned lies and football gossip. Plus some true stuff.

    00.20: Apologies for the delay in updates. One final one before we go - Veron's agent has claimed Man City did actually offer £7m to him and £7m to Estudiantes if he'd play for them for a year, despite the fact he's nearly 35 and failed in the Premier League with United and Chelsea when he was a lot younger. Anyway, the agent - who was speaking to an Argentinean radio station - says life's not all about money and that Veron's happily settled with his family in his homeland, potentially saving Roberto Mancini from one of the most ill-thought-out and overpriced transfers of all-time.

    23.05 Real Madrid are interested in signing Lazio defender Aleksandar Kolarov despite the Italian club's president, Claudio Lotito, declaring that his prize assets are not for sale, according to AS. The Spanish newspaper claims Los Blancos are in need of a left-back and €18-20 million for the Serbian might change Lotito's mind.

    22.37 Wallace Poulter's latest Man City blog lambasts the media for their obviously outlandish transfer claims and the Daily Mail might fuel his ire with a report that manager Roberto Mancini wants to sign Juan Sebastian Veron on £130,000-a-week.

    22.06 Argentine hot-shot Mario Bolatti could be on his way to Barcelona, or Italy, or the Premier League, according to his hard-working agent Jose Maria Carceglia. "We are considering several options," Carceglia told Ole when asked about the Huracan striker's future. "There have been contacts with Fiorentina, Lazio, Espanyol, Barcelona and several English clubs."

    21.20 Standard Liege forward Milan Jovanovic has told AC Milan and Liverpool they will have to wait until the end of the season if they want to sign him. "I will be a Standard player until June," the 28-year-old Serbian said. "News that I have already said yes to AC Milan are not correct. There is also Liverpool and another big European club."

    20.45 Miguel Veloso, a reported transfer target for a number of Premier League clubs, could be heading to Serie A... if he is happy to accept a role as a super-sub. "We like the player," said Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino. "He is a player within our reach, but the problem is that Miguel Veloso wants a starting spot and we cannot guarantee that."

    20.22 Manchester City's forgotten man Felipe Caicedo, currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon, could be heading to Malaga, on loan for the rest of the season. "The interest is real, but a deal is not done," a club source confirmed.

    19.41 Lazio forward Tommaso Rocchi won't be heading to Upton Park. The Italian's agent, Fabio Parisi, told Tuttomercatoweb: "He is not required by either West Ham or Palermo."

    19.28 Liverpool need cash and Birmingham City need a forward. We assume that is the basis of the rumour linking Anfield substitute Ryan Babel with a switch to St Andrews.

    19.04 Stoke City midfielder Amdy Faye could be heading to QPR. New Hoops boss Paul Hart is apparently an admirer of the Senegal international and wants to bolster his squad.

    18.28 The latest instalment of our Maxi Rodriguez watch comes from Guillem Balague, who claims the Atletico Madrid midfielder is very close to finalizing a two and a half year deal with Liverpool. He has been left out of the Spanish club's squad ahead of Wednesday's Cup tie against Recreativo.

    18.12 Napoli's £13 million-rated forward Ezequiel Lavezzi won't be heading to Anfield in January, or anywhere else for that matter, according to the player's agent. "There is interest," Frederic Guerra told sport.co.uk. "But it is impossible for Lavezzi to move, as Napoli want a lot of money for the striker, so it will be difficult. I don't think a transfer will happen in January."

    18.00: Manchester United have decided to wait until the end of the current season before mounting an assault for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to reports in Spain.

    17.47: New loan signing Landon Donovan is looking forward to the short-term challenge facing him at Everton. ''I am ready to enjoy it and I want to personally get myself sharp while I am here,'' he said. ''Tim Howard has had nothing but great things to say about this team so I am excited.''

    17.37: His agent told Soccernet earlier he wasn't going to Madrid and now Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has moved quickly to quash rumours of a feud with Sir Alex Ferguson.

    16.54: Greek side Olympiakos are looking into the possibility of luring Serbian winger Miralem Sulejmani away from Ajax.

    16.32: Andrea Dossena's agent claims a deal to take the Liverpool defender to Napoli is all but done. Reports suggest a £4.5 million fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

    16.02: Francois Clerc's agent says West Ham are interested in signing the Lyon defender. "Francois Clerc is a possibility, but probably for free in the summer," Frederic Guerra told sport.co.uk. "The Premier League club interested in the player is West Ham United for now. But only West Ham from the Premier League. A few others from France and Europe."

    16.00: According to Argentina sports daily Hoy de La Plata, Manchester City have offered Estudiantes de La Plata £7 million for the services of Juan Sebastian Veron. Could he be set to return to Manchester?

    15.45: West Ham playmaker Alessandro Diamanti has distanced himself from reports linking him to AC Milan. ''I know nothing about these stories that I want to go to Milan. To be honest they do not even interest me,'' he said.

    15.26: Patrick Vieira looks set to leave Italy. When asked about the chance of the Frenchman staying at the San Siro, Jose Mourinho told a news conference: "Very little. But as long as he is with us, I trust his professionalism."

    15.06: Ligue 1 champions Girondins de Bordeaux will not be seeking new players in the transfer market this month, according to club owner Nicolas de Tavernost. “Never change a winning team,” he told France Bleu.

    14.45: Aston Villa's teenage striker Andreas Weimann has signed a contract extension with the midlands club.

    14.33: Olivier Kapo is to hold talks with Boulogne-sur-Mer and looks set to leave Wigan this month.

    14.14: Arsene Wenger would be ''surprised'' to see Patrick Vieira turn up at Manchester City, but has no doubts the former Arsenal captain can still do a job in the Premier League.

    13.58: Sporting Lisbon could be ready to sell Miguel Veloso - with Arsenal and Bolton reportedly interested - after it emerged they may be about to agree a deal for Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes.

    13.36: Owen Coyle has ''reaffirmed his desire to leave Burnley'' and join Bolton, the Clarets said in a statement. Burnley will now enter discussions with Bolton regarding compensation.

    13.23: In the news you have all been waiting for, Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn has extended his loan with Leicester City until the end of the season.

    13.16: Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey confirmed earlier the club had made offers for a number of mystery men (see 12.45), but one of the players in question can now be unmasked. The agent of Fode Mansare says the Toulouse winger is in talks regarding a loan move with a view to a permanent switch.

    13.10: Marko Arnautovic only joined Inter Milan from FC Twente in the summer but there is speculation in the Dutch press that his days in Italy are numbered. The Austrian has not made a snigle Serie A appearance this season.

    13.03: Well, Dave Kitson may not be leaving Stoke but another striker has, with Richard Cresswell joining Sheffield United on a permanent deal. Cresswell has been on loan with the Blades since September.

    12.59: One possible transfer doing the rounds is Celtic striker Scott McDonald heading to Wigan, but the player's agent is adamant he wants to stay at Parkhead. Maybe Dave Kitson won't get his dream move after all then (see 11.34).

    12.57: We continue to await more news on Liverpool's pursuit of Maxi Rodriguez, but reader Gavin Quigley has some more advice for Rafa Benitez, should he have some money at his disposal (and I'm not sure he does).

    "David Villa is the one of the best strikers in the world. Fernando Torres is the best in the world and if Benitez gets his finger out we could have the 2 best strikers in the world at Liverpool."

    12.52: Our man Harry Harris has been digging around Portsmouth goalkeeper David James and it looks unlikely that he will be leaving the club in January. More on that here.

    12.45: Wolves have been linked with a number of players in recent days - most notably Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson - and chief executive Jez Moxey says the club have made "one or two bids" for unnamed targets.

    12.34: We mentioned it earlier but here is the full story regarding Birmingham's pursuit of Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel.

    12.28: Okay, back to the good stuff and Lyon appear to have calmed their interest in Patrick Vieira in the face of interest from bigger clubs. Manchester City? We think so.

    12.15: With a brief lull in transfer rumours, we bring you the news that Reading midfielder Scott Davies has extended his loan spell with Wycombe. Feel free to let your jaw drop to the floor in amazement.

    12.02: Renewed reports claim that Birmingham City are on the brink of signing Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel for a fee of £3 million, This one has been dragging on since the summer.

    11.58: Arsenal won their battle with Manchester United to sign Aaron Ramsey back in the summer of 2008 but it appears the two Premier League sides are competing for another Cardiff youngster, Adam Matthews. The Bluebirds are keen to keep hold of the 17-year-old though.

    11.50: Stuttgart have beaten Atletico Madrid to the signing of Juventus defender Cristian Molinaro who has joined the club on loan until the end of the season. More on that here.

    11.34: Stoke City striker Dave Kitson has declared himself open to the possibility of joining Celtic on loan during the January transfer window.

    10.56: The Hulk to Manchester United rumour just won't go away with his agent now suggesting that the striker will look to move to Old Trafford if he wins a place in the Brazil squad for the World Cup finals. Reader Shashwat is not convinced, though.

    "I guess Man Utd don't need Hulk. He's not a world class striker. Edin Dzeko or David Villa will be a much better signing!"

    10.42: We have confirmation that Blackburn Rovers have shown an interest in signing forward Andwele Slory from Feyenoord. His agent has told ESPN Soccernet that the player is interested in a move.

    10.38: Liverpool are believed to be closing in on Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez but they may need to raise a bit of cash first. As we have already heard today, Andrea Dossena is interesting Napoli and now the Liverpool Echo claims Andriy Voronin is in Russia to hold talks with Dinamo Moscow.

    10.31: Exciting news: we have a Premier League sale. Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Neil Collins has joined Preston North End on a permanent deal following a successful four-month loan spell.

    10.15: In an interview with Catalan daily Sport, Valencia star David Silva has once again played down talk of a possible move to Barcelona. How long can both he and David Villa remain at the club though?

    09.48: Continuing our look round the continent, PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay has distanced himself from reports linking him with a move to Barcelona, telling the Dutch press he is unaware of interest from the Spanish champions.

    09.34: We have our first rumour of the day from Scotland with Portuguese daily A Bola claiming that Sporting Lisbon have targeted Rangers star Pedro Mendes as a possible signing in January.

    09.20: Our man in the know, Harry Harris, has been speaking to Leeds United chairman Ken Bates who claims that the club are still awaiting a bid from Newcastle as the speculation continues over the future of striker Jermaine Beckford.

    09.16: Starting our look round the papers on the continent, Spain's Mundo Deportivo reports that Atletico Madrid are closing in on the signing of Lanus star Eduardo Salvio. Meanwhile, the father of Barcelona youngster Jeffren has warned that the player is attracting interest from England.

    09.00: If Liverpool manage to find any cash then it's said they are ready to use it on Bordeaux's in-demand striker Marouane Chamakh.

    08.55: L'Equipe is suggesting that Lyon could pip Man City to the signing of Patrick Vieira.

    08.50: Reports are reaching us that Fran Merida, who started Arsenal's FA Cup win at West Ham, has turned down a new contract and will sign for Atletico Madrid in the summer.

    08.20: Right then. What do the main papers tell us is happening in the world of transfers?

    The Sun: Liverpool expect to sign Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid in the next 48 hours while Andrea Dossena has joined Napoil for £4 million ... FC Porto striker Hulk is in no hurry for a £20 million move to Manchester United ... Wigan want Matty Fryatt from Leicester for £3 million ... Huth in, Upson out at West Ham ... Celtic want Dave Kitson from Stoke ... Middlesbrough will step up their bid for Rangers' Kris Boyd.

    Daily Mail: Spurs have offered David Bentley to Atletico Madrid to try and gazump Liverpool's bid for Maxi Rodriguez... Patrick Vieira will sign for Man City on loan from Inter next week.

    Daily Mirror: Chelsea have been linked with Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini ... Stoke want £20 million for defender Ryan Shawcross ... West Ham, Portsmouth, Burnley and Celtic all want Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal ... Portsmouth have 48 hours to save their deal for Benfica's Miguel Vitor ... West Ham and Bolton are tracking Benfica striker Nuno Gomes ... Wigan will bid £3.5 million for Celtic's Scott McDonald ... Leeds put £2 million price tag on Jermaine Beckford ... Blackburn could move for Under-21 midfielder Stanislas Oliveira from Sedan and is in talks with Camel Meriem and St.Etienne's young powerhouse Amine Linganzi (who is interesting Stoke too) ... Birmingham will complete a deal for Michel but have ditched their bid for Kevin Kuranyi ... Middlesbrough want Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on loan from Hull.

    The Times: Real Madrid are set to pounce following a rift between Nemanja Vidic and Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Daily Telegraph: Portsmouth have no immediate hope of having their transfer ban lifted.

    Guardian: Franck Ribéry's Premier League suitors were offered more encouragement last night after the Bayern Munich director of sport, Christian Nerlinger, admitted the Bundesliga club are seeking to cut their wage bill significantly after recruiting heavily last summer.

    Independent: Birmingham City have kicked off the January transfer sales with an £8 million bid for Liverpool's Dutch winger Ryan Babel - which would then allow the Anfield club to spend some cash.

    08.00: Welcome back to the blog. It will be time for a round-up of all the paper talk shortly, but one morning story for you is Roy Hodgson claiming there could be a bidding war for in-form striker Bobby Zamora!

    January 4, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/04/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    23.59: That is it for today, no doubt Owen Coyle will be the big mover tomorrow, so keep an eye on everything that happens right here on Soccernet,

    23.53: The agent of Roma defender Marco Motta has told reporters that his client will not be leaving the Giallorossi for a Spanish side.

    23.13: Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admits he may have to fight off bids from several clubs for top scorer Bobby Zamora in the January transfer window.

    22.39: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has dismissed speculation concerning Ruud van Nistelrooy and Thomas Sorensen, claiming he knows nothing of moves in or out of the club.

    22.15: Former Czech international striker Jan Koller, out of contract with Russian first division side Samara, has signed for 18 months with French third division side Cannes, his agent has confirmed.

    21.56: Burnley have said no decision will be made regarding manager Owen Coyle's future for the next 24 hours following talks at Turf Moor.

    21.47: Portsmouth must wait for a Premier League board to decide if midfielder Jamie O'Hara can extend his loan spell from Tottenham.

    21.12: Lamps reckons that Chelsea need a new striker. A cheap one too. He says...

    ''Pazzini would be a good signing, I'd pick him over Heskey who we are also apparently chasing every day of the week.''

    21.02: Wigan midfielder Cho Won-hee has joined former club Suwon Samsung Bluewings on a one-year loan deal.

    20.34: Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu won't be moving to Qatar, as the player’s agent has moved quickly to nullify any rumours linking the former Chelsea man with Al-Sadd.

    19.54: Newcastle have insisted claims that midfielder Geremi has signed for Turkish side Ankaragucu are ''premature''. He has not, as they announced, signed an 18-month deal and remains the subject of interest from several other parties.

    19.51: Beleaguered Serie A side Siena have completed the signing of Brazilian defender Sanchez Cribari from Lazio on a six-month loan deal.

    19.31: Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira could join Manchester City on loan during the January transfer window to enhance his prospects of playing for France in the World Cup. Roberto Mancini wants to put the talk on ice until after the Carling Cup game with Man Utd though.

    18.50: Bolton have reportedly agreed a compensation package with Burnley manager Owen Coyle, after the club admitted talks were ongoing with their relegation rivals.

    18.27: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted he wants ''to keep players who are making an impact'' after praising the contribution in recent weeks of in-demand striker Emile Heskey.

    17.53: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will turn to the club's youth system to fill the gaps in his squad in January rather than entering the transfer market.

    17.39: Marseille playmaker Mathieu Valbuena is on the radar of Aston Villa and Birmingham.

    17.24: Lens chairman Gervais Martel says he does not want Aruna Dindane and Nadir Belhadj back at the club even though Portsmouth have defaulted on payments.

    17.01: Manchester City are tracking Denmark defender Simon Kjaer but his club, Palermo, say they have yet to receive a bid.

    16.43: Another mad Stoke story - now they are being linked to Galatasaray's former Liverpool winger Harry Kewell.

    16.26: Blackburn are apparently not interested in signing Kevin-Prince Boateng.

    16.05: Atletico Madrid are to sign Lanus striker Eduardo Salvio, according to AS.

    15.57: Reports in Italy now suggest Christian Molinaro has indeed signed for Stuttgart.

    15.36: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has suggested there will be no new faces at the Nou Camp this month.

    15.23: Bordeaux left-back Benoit Tremoulinas has said he has no plans to move on this month despite rumours of a move.to Real Madrid and Inter.

    15.14: Hold your horses! Apparently Atletico Madrid have not yet completed the signing of Christian Molinaro as Vfb Stuttgart show an interest.

    15.02: Wigan midfielder Olivier Kapo has announced that he is set to leave the club to return to France in the next few days - and revealed that Portsmouth had shown interest in signing him.

    14.59: On the subject of Liverpool, we've received this from Ric.

    First Liverpool signing Maxi Rodrigues is a good signing for them provided that he plays well and can as the play supporting striker and gerrard goes back to central midfield to fill that xabi void.

    14.49: Newcastle say they know nothing about Geremi signing for Turkish club Ankaragucu.

    14.45: The Irish Independent links Tottenham with bids for Peterborough duo George Boyd and goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

    14.41: Lazio say that Aleksandar Kolarov is not for sale.

    14.36: Another fanciful Stoke rumour links them with a loan move for Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu. Pinch of salt with that one.

    14.34: Portsmouth's Tommy Smyth is another player at Fratton Park who fears a January fire sale.

    14.22: Tony Mowbray says he is in talks with quality players as he looks to catch Rangers at the top of the SPL.

    14.13: Atletico Madrid have signed Cristian Molinaro on loan from Juventus and also hope to sign Tiago Mendes.

    14.10: Tony Mowbray has told Gary Caldwell that Celtic will be making all the decisions about his future. Caldwell's contract is up at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move to Middlesbrough, but Mowbray has told him the club will decide whether he leaves in January.

    13.59: Liverpool, Everton and Aston Villa are all watching Portsmouth's Frederic Piquionne.

    13.51: Wigan are said to be looking at Newcastle's Kevin Nolan.

    13.45: Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has surprisingly said he could leave the club this month. He claims a huge club has made an unofficial enquiry for him.

    13.38: The Manchester Evening News claims that Manchester City will complete a deal for Patrick Vieira this week. It will be a loan until the end of the season.

    13.33: Derby boss Nigel Clough wants to re-sign James Vaughan on loan from Everton.

    13.11: Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon has reportedly flown to Liverpool to complete the signing of out-of-favour defender Andrea Dossena.

    13.04: The agent of Goran Pandev claims the player has now signed for Inter Milan.

    12.49: Cardiff City could be set to try and sign Fabian Delph on loan from Aston Villa. Blackburn's Steven Reid is also on their list.

    12.41: Corriere dello Sport says that AC Milan are tracking Hamburg defender Guy Demel.

    12.32: According to reports in France, Portsmouth will sell defender Younes Kabaoul to Lyon.

    12.14: Avram Grant has admitted that he does not know if Portsmouth transfer ban will be lifted by the end of January.

    12.02: Leeds chairman Ken Bates has told ESPN Soccernet that striker Jermaine Beckford will not be allowed to leave on the cheap in January.

    11.40: Il Tempo believes Manchester United will move to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alexander Doni from AS Roma.

    11.34: Could Stoke may a move for Ruud van Nistelrooy? That's what the rumour is in the Potteries. We can't see it.

    11.22: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has been a bit guarded over a permanent deal for Chelsea loanee Michael Mancienne.

    11.15: Il Corriere Dello Sport brings the Franck Ribery story back to life by reporting that player has told Inter Milan he will only join Real Madrid when he leaves Bayern Munich.

    11.07: The Daily Telegraph has claimed that Manchester City want £7 million for Daniel Sturridge at next week's transfer tribunal. He joined Chelsea at the end of his contract but, due to the striker's age, City are due compensation.

    11.01: News from Italy now and reports are suggesting that free agent Goran Pandev has arrived at Inter Milan's training ground to sign a five-year deal.

    10.47: Burnley remain eager to sign Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal.

    10.41: Roma striker Stefano Okaka is apparently set to join Fulham on loan.

    10.30: A message coming in from Errie Musingarabwi on Arsenal's search for a striker. He says:

    Arsene Wenger should go for Mario Balotelli or Edin Dzeko. These two players are good enough to feel the void left by the injued Robin Van Persie. Chamakh should finish his Champions League campaign with Bordeaux, I predict a good season in Europe for the French team.

    10.20: Roma full-back Cicinho wants return to his former club Sao Paulo.

    10.14: Graham Dorrans has signed a new contract with West Bromwich Albion, ending speculation of a move to the Premier League.

    10.07: Spanish paper AS is reporting that Maxi Rodriguez will take a pay cut to earn a move from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool. He was not in their squad against Sevilla at the weekend.

    09.51: The agent of Neven Subotic, the Borussia Dortmund defender, has stated he is not in talks with Manchester City.

    09.44: Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses. who is being tracked by many Premier League clubs and Barcelona too, is being touted as a £5m-man by his agent.

    09.32: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says Charles N'Zogbia will not be sold in the January window but could move on in the summer.

    09.17: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has admitted Craig Gardner could be on the move, with Midlands rivals Wolves and Birmingham said to be interested.

    09.01: L'Equipe reports that AC Milan are prepared to offer Wolfsburg €25 million plus Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to secure the services of Edin Dezeko.

    08.25: Exciting times for David Bentley. The Spurs outcast has endured a miserable time since leaving Blackburn, but The Sun suggests he might be off to Sunderland while the Daily Mirror thinks he might be off to Atletico Madrid on loan instead.

    Tony Pulis looks to be taking on the rather trickier task of convincing an out-of-favour player to leave Madrid to head to the Britannia Stadium: The Sun thinks he's going to make a move for Ruud van Nistelrooy. Tony's not done there, either: the Daily Mirror says he's going to head over to Barcelona to try to convince "brilliant youngster Oriel Romeu" to join Stoke on loan for the rest of the season.

    08.50: Could former Arsenal duo Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira be reunited? Lyon could be in the market this month after a poor Ligue 1 campaign and it appears the French duo may be among their targets. Read more here.

    Over in the Daily Mail, the latest Manchester City target is apparently Crystal Palace starlet Victor Moses and he'll cost them a princely £5 million. Meanwhile, the paper adds that Everton want to replace naughty boy Jo with Frederic Piquionne, the Lens striker who's currently on loan at Portsmouth.

    08.10: Good morning and welcome to Monday's transfer blog. We'll be kicking off in earnest with all the transfer talk from the papers but, in the meantime, you can read about how 20-year-old Freddy Adu - the man once tipped to be the wonderkid of US football - could be on his way to Hull here.

    January 3, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/03/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    22:32: Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford was the matchwinner at Old Trafford today and he has been heavily linked with a move away from Elland Road over the past few months. But his boss Simon Grayson has insisted he is hopeful of holding on to his prized-asset in January.

    21:38: BBC Sport are reporting that record-breaking SPL striker Kris Boyd could be heading to join former gaffer Alex McLeish at Birmingham. Apparently the Blues had scouts watching Boyd in Rangers 1-1 draw with Celtic.

    21:28: ja wallin reckons Arsene Wenger should repeat last January's transfer exploits and bring a Russian forward to the Emirates.

    "I think Arsenal should pursue wantaway striker Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham. We already have one Russian at the club, and Pavly could maybe even keep his current abode! Do it Arsene, as Pavlyuchenko probably hates the Hotspurs as much as the next gooner! Go Gunners for the treble (PL,CL,FA)!!!"

    21:24: A manager transfer could be on the horizon with Bolton Wanderers apparently making an official approach for Burnley boss Owen Coyle, according to Sky Sports News.

    18.31: BostonChris joins the Manchester United debate and also calls for the Glazers to open their chequebook in January. He also fancies seeing Hulk arrive at Old Trafford.

    "United need another winger and I wouldn't hate to see another center half either. I can't wait to buy my red HULK jersey, but there seem to be more pressing needs..."

    17.25: Reader tachena murthy clearly wasn't too impressed with Manchester United's showing against Leeds and calls for widespread changes at Old Trafford. Does Ferguson need a rethink?

    "I think Sir Alex should sell Nani, Berbatov, Gibson and Welbeck."

    16.24: A report in the Birmingham Mail claims Alex McLeish is on the brink of signing midfielder Michel from Sporting Gijon. Birmingham tried to sign Michel in August, to no avail, but should get their man now.

    15.40: Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has reiterated his desire to extend the loan spell of Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara. Pompey are still under a transfer embargo and must resolve that pressing issue soon if they are to strengthen their squad in January.

    15.04: Tottenham's forgotten man, Giovani dos Santos, enjoyed a loan spell at Ipswich Town last season and now Roy Keane says he would welcome the Mexico international back at Portman Road.

    14.25: West Ham defender Matthew Upson has once again stated his uncertainty over whether he will be remaining at Upton Park in January. He said: "It's difficult because there are so many things out of my control and things that may happen."

    13.55: Continuing our foreign sweep, Portuguese publication A Bola reports that Fiorentina are plotting a move for Sporting Lisbon star Miguel Veloso. The midfielder has long been linked with a move to England but could he be heading to Italy in January?

    13.45: Our reader gunners ftw has some advice for Arsene Wenger as he goes about the process of replacing Robin van Persie. Gabby Agbonlahor though, are you sure about that?

    "It's no surprise that Arsenal need a striker or two. If I were Arsene I would be looking to buy one of the Juventus strikers, realistically Iaquinta or even Amauri. I think Agbonlahor would create a lethal combination with Walcott, and even going for Diego Milito or Stephen Kiessling would be good."

    13.36: We have a confirmed transfer from the Bundesliga where Alexander Baumjohann has left Bayern Munich to return to Schalke on a three-and-a-half-year deal. More details here.

    12.59: No doubt Birmingham City would love to grab Joe Hart on a permanent deal this month but the goalkeeper is waiting until the summer before deciding on his future.

    12.36: Crystal Palace striker Victor Moses looks set to be a constant presence on the back pages in January but for now he is ignoring speculation linking him with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal. Oh, and Barcelona.

    12.06: Staying in Italy, La Repubblica is reporting that Real Madrid have offered 63 million euros for AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, who scored against the Spanish side when the teams met in the Champions League group stage.

    11.42: Reports reach us from the continent where Italian rag Gazzetta dello Sport claims Chelsea have opened negotiations with Sampdoria for £19m-rated striker Giampaolo Pazzini. We should of course bear in mind that Carlo Ancelotti has promised to run around Chelsea's training ground naked if he breaks his promise to not sign any players in January. Not a pleasant thought.

    11.20: Our reader MUFC_Fan_Jay has this perspective on the possible link between Manchester United and Porto striker Hulk, as well as one of today's other rumours:

    "I think Man United don't need Hulk. He's not a really decent striker and Birmingham shouldn't waste their money on Rodallega. They've got Benitez and Jerome. I think they need a star midfielder and a star defender, and maybe secure Joe Hart."

    10.30: You can send us your thoughts throughout the month so if you want to let us know who your side should sign, or which players you have spotted hanging around club training grounds or lunching with agents, let us know using the comments form below. We will use the best in the blog.

    10.16: The agent of Porto striker Hulk looks intent on drumming up some interest in his client and has claimed that "big clubs in England" want the Brazilian. That includes Manchester United apparently.

    09.50: The north east's Sunday Sun reports this morning that Sunderland will have to up their offer for Maynor Figueroa to £8 million if they are to sign the left back from Wigan in January. Clearly that wonder goal against Stoke added a few million to his price tag.

    09.00: Good morning and welcome to another day of rumour and intrigue (hopefully) in the January transfer window. To kick things off, we take a look at some of the more eye-catching rumours in the ever-reliable Sunday newspapers.

    The Mail on Sunday dedicates its back page to the news that Chelsea are eyeing up Emile Heskey as they look to compensate for the loss of Didier Drogba to the African Nations Cup. Meanwhile, former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is believed to be a target of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, who managed the Frenchman at Inter.

    The News of the World, when not detailing a fistfight between two of Jordan's ex-lovers (classy stuff today in the Screws), leads with the news that Manchester City have also targeted Rubin Kazan's Argentinian defender Cristian Ansaldi. Across Manchester, the paper have also spoken to the agent of Porto striker Hulk who is a target for Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror claims that Birmingham manager Alex McLeish will use some of the £40 million burning a hole in his pocket to recruit striker Hugo Rodallega from Wigan Athletic.

    January 2, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/02/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    23.15: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have not made contact with Marouane Chamakh since the summer and that he fully expects him to remain at Bordeaux until his deal expires at the end of the season.

    22.30: Here's the news you've all been waiting for: Falkirk have confirmed striker Pedro Moutinho has signed on until the end of the season.

    21.57: We are expecting a lot of speculation surrounding West Ham over the next few weeks and it appears that Valon Behrami is also concerned about seeing a number of his chums depart. The Swiss star has called for clarity over whether there will be a fire-sale at Upton Park.

    21.22: More quotes are leaking out of the FA Cup post-match press conferences with Rafa Benitez claiming that Ryan Babel will not be sold in the January transfer window. More on that story here.

    20.29: Portsmouth's superbly-named Paris Cowan-Hall is on the move having joined Grimsby Town on a one-month loan deal.

    20.11: With the busy FA Cup schedule out of the way, we have a bit of transfer news to catch up on. Sochaux are hopeful of signing Kris Boyd from Rangers, Fiorentina have confirmed the capture of Udinese striker Felipe and Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says a deal for Inter defender Ivan Cordoba is "possible". Interesting.

    13.35 Update: It seems that the football is doing the talking today. Well, that and the snow. Some news from Germany though: Nurnberg have signed defender Breno and midfielder Andreas Ottl on loan from Bayern Munich until the end of the season and are linked with Dutch veteran Roy Makaay.

    The FA Cup is the focus of course but it has to be said that the rumour mill is going strong. The papers' biggest story is The Daily Star's punt that Real Madrid want Wayne Rooney for £60 milliion. That's perhaps for another day and may continue to develop.

    Real meanwhile seem set to lose Ruud Van Nistelrooy to Liverpool if a raft of publications are to be believed. Liverpool are also linked with Atletico Madrid's Maxi Rodriguez but need to sell Andriy Voronin first. Good luck with that...

    Old favourite Marouane Chamakh is either going to Arsenal or not according to who you read but the the Daily Mirror say the Gunners want another striker. Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko and Toulouse's Andre-Pierre Gignac are those mentioned.

    Portsmouth's transfer dealing is in question considering their ban and they seem to have hit further trouble because regulations about transfer windows may mean they cannot cash in the much improved Kevin-Prince Boateng, say The Times. The Daily Mail says they will also lose Jamie O'Hara back to Spurs from whence he is on loan.

    Benni McCarthy meanwhile, could be headed to Celtic for £2.5 million from Blackburn say the Mail who also pinpoint Victor Moses of Crystal Palace as a saleable asset who no less than eight Premier League clubs are scouting.

    January 1, 2010
    Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/01/2010

    We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

    22.00: So, the first day of the transfer window ends and it was a bit of a damp squib. But we promise fireworks, drama and intrigue as the month goes on. Honest. Join us On Saturday.

    21.27: Another Arsenal link now, with Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku linked. He's a prolific 16-year-old Anderlecht striker who has also been linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

    20.54: Chelsea and Tottenham are both being linked with 20-year-old Dinamo Zagreb defender Dejan Lovren.

    19.04: Marca reports than Ruud van Nistelrooy has been told to find a new club by Real Madrid.

    18.33: Tottenham and Man City are both being linked with West Ham's Matthew Upson.

    17.11: Portsmouth have rubbished talk of Asmir Begovic moving to Tottenham. Why would they want him? Just because Harry's there?

    16.44: Corriere dello Sport claims that AC Milan will make a move for Liverpool's Fernando Torres. Move along.

    16.05: Liverpool are said to be weighing up a bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez, who is out of contract in the summer,

    15.56: Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has joined CSKA Moscow on a four-year contract.

    15.21: Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero has distanced himself from speculation over a move to Chelsea. He told Atletico's website: "I have always made my commitment to Atletico clear and the whole world knows it."

    15.01: Fulham want to sign Roma striker Stefano Okaka on loan.

    14.44: Sir Alex Ferguson has stated he will not sign a defender in the winter window.

    14.01: Bolton want Owen Coyle as their new boss, but the Burnley man has already poured cold water on any chance of him leaving Turf Moor.

    13.41: Brazilian striker Jo has been suspended by Everton and could be about to end his Premier League nightmare with a return to CKSA Moscow in January.

    13.26: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has described Petr Cech as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and expects him to bounce back from his recent jitters. Looks like he won't be sold in January then.

    13.10: David Healy has admitted he is planning to leave Sunderland in this month's transfer window. The Northern Ireland international is frustrated with his lack of first-team action at the Stadium of Light as he can't displace Darren Bent.

    12.52: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has been told he has no chance of signing goalkeeper Joe Hart on a permanent basis after the stopper impressed in his few months at St Andrew's.

    12.36: Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has revealed he is considering a move for Roma striker Stefano Okaka on loan.

    12.06: Leeds chairman Ken Bates has laughed off Middlesborough’s quest to sign Robert Snodgrass for £3 million. Bated told ESPN Soccernet: “Yes, its true Snodgrass is going to Middlesborough - when he plays there as a Leeds United player next season!”

    11.56: Arsenal have announced that young midfielder Henri Lansbury has signed a long-term contract with the club. The 19-year-old is currently on loan at Watford and is impressing.

    11.36: Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is, however, not looking to launch January bids for West Ham United defender Matthew Upson and Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

    11.16: A leading agent has informed ESPN Soccernet that Spurs have had a deal for highly-rated Internacional midfielder Sandro ever since the summer and have only been held up signing him because of work permit difficulties.

    10.39: Lomana Lua Lua has returned to Olympiakos on a six-month loan deal, the Greek club have confirmed. The former Newcastle man could sign a two-year deal if he impresses.

    10.27: Manchester City are the latest club to show an interest in teenage Crystal Palace star Victor Moses, but will refuse to meet the Eagles' £5m asking price. Odd, given the amount of cash they have at their disposal.

    10.03: Liverpool could move for Olympiakos right-back Vasilis Torosidis as a replacement for their injured defender Glen Johnson. Perhaps another Philipp Degen?

    09.33: Chelsea are reportedly set to smash the British transfer record with a £40m swoop for Valencia striker David Villa. Don't get too hopeful though, as it would mean Carlo Ancelotti running around naked for a bit.

    09.13: Arsenal have reportedly completed the £3.5 million signing of Brazilian striker Wellington Silva. The 16-year-old, who plays for Fluminense, will not join up with his Arsenal team-mates until his 18th birthday in January 2011 due to FIFA regulations.

    09.00: It's the start of a new year and a bad one for Pompey. Steve Finnan thinks the Portsmouth players cannot help but be worried by the club's current financial plight, meaning sales are coming.