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January 31, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/31/2011

Join us for all the action and reaction from the Transfer Deadline Day.

Follow the transfer news live here.

DONE DEALS:

23.35: Torres is paraded on the Chelsea website with a blue shirt. He said: "I am very happy with my transfer to Chelsea and I am looking forward very much to helping my new team-mates this season and for many years to come."

22.55: Confirmation from Liverpool that they have sealed the signing of Andy Carroll. He will wear the number nine shirt.

21.51: We still await confirmation on the big three deals: Torres and Luiz to Chelsea, and Carroll to Liverpool.

21.13: Blackburn have signed Mauro Formica from Newell's Old Boys.

20.52: Newcastle have confirmed the loan signing of Stephen Ireland from Aston VIlla, and Villa have finally sealed a deal for Michael Bradley.

20.26: Blackpool have signed James Beattie on loan from Rangers and Jason Puncheon from Southampton.

19.46: Liverpool have confirmed on their website they've agreed a fee with Chelsea for Fernando Torres. Andy Carroll has arrived at Liverpool's training ground too.

19.06: Blackburn have signed striker Ruben Rochina from Barcelona on a permanent deal until 2015..

18.42: Napoli have signed Catania striker Giuseppe Mascara, according to reports in Italy.

18.30: Looks like David Luiz's move to Chelsea could be back on. Portuguese newspapers are reporting a £21 million deal has been done.

17.30: Liverpool have had a bid accepted for Andy Carroll, while Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam is reported to be on his way to Anfield.

17.23: Deportivo have re-signed Newcastle flop Xisco as well as Jose Sand and Javito.

17.11: Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Tuncay from Stoke as well as Patrick Helmes from Bayer Leverkusen and Jan Polak from Anderlecht.

17.05: Liverpool have confirmed the loan signing of Coventry midfielder Conor Thomas, 17, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.

16.27: Cameron Stewart has made his loan deal from Manchester United to Hull permanent.

16.18: Shrewsbury have signed Wolves midfielder David Davies on a month-long loan deal.

16.15: Rubin Kazan striker Obafemi Martins has joined Birmingham on a six-month loan deal.

16.13: Stoke striker Lewis Moult has joined non-league Mansfield on a month-long loan deal.

16.09: Wolves have recalled Andy Keogh from Cardiff and sent him on loan to Bristol City.

15.51: Manchester City goalkeeper David Gonzalez has joined Leeds on loan.

15.40: Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis has joined Barnsley on loan.

15.22: Blackpool have signed midfielder Andy Reid from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

12.23: Wolves have signed goalkeeper Adriano Basso until the end of the season of a free transfer.

10.01: Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala was confirmed as having joined Derby on loan, but the deal has now collapsed.

09.56: Paul Konchesky has joined Nottingham Forest on loan. It's believed to be an emergency loan deal due to the fact he's already played for two clubs this season, so he can only stay at the City Ground for three months.

09.30 Sunderland have confirmed defender Paulo Da Silva has joined Real Zaragoza.

MAJOR RUMOURS:

18.26: According to Portuguese daily ABola, Benfica have accepted an offer of £20 million plus Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for David Luiz.

17.20: Andy Carroll has submitted a transfer request at Newcastle.

16.30: It's claimed the Andy Carroll move to Liverpool could be worth £40 million with add-ons.

15.00: Liverpool are reported to have tabled a £35 million bid for Andy Carroll.

14.00: Torres is now due to arrive at Chelsea in the next 30 minutes to complete his move.

13.01: Chelsea are hoping to revive the deal to sign Benfica defender David Luiz.

12.49: Marca reports that Tottenham have tabled an official offer for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan.

12.34: Chelsea have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Fernando Torres and the player is now en route via helicopter.

11.15: Liverpool have seen a £30 million bid for Andy Caroll rejected by Newcastle.

January 30, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/30/2011

Bored of Fernando Torres yet? We hope not, as there will be plenty of talk about the Spain striker with just two days remaining in the transfer window. The latest is that Chelsea could offer Nicolas Anelka in part exchange to land the Liverpool man.


Has Torres scored his last goal for Liverpool?© Getty Images

23.59 That's all we have time for today, but join us for an action packed deadline day on Monday. You'll be able to chat with our journalists and follow the drama all day right up until 11pm GMT when the transfer window closes. As we know, though, many deals will still filter through after this time!

23.45 More Liverpool! And misfit defender Paul Konchesky is now being linked with a loan move to Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest!

23.31 The rumour is that Nicolas Anelka would not entertain a move back to Liverpool - which would essentially scupper any move for Fernando Torres.

22.56 ESPNsoccernet has been informed on Sunday night that Liverpool do not wish to sell Fernando Torres, but would be willing to do a deal worth £50 million which includes Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka returning to Anfield.

22.02 Sky Sports are reporting that Tottenham have made a £38.5 million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero. That matches his buy-out fee, but Atletico have rejected the offer. Do Spurs really have that kind of money?

21.32 Juventus striker Amauri could be about to move on, with the player's agent suggestion he is willing to listen to offers. "In the next few days opportunities could present themselves," Gianfrano Pocetta told ilsussidiario.net. "He would like to stay at Juve and prove his worth, but he needs to be happy and he isn't in Turin. He might be somewhere else."

21.19 Harry Harris has been doing some digging and has discovered that Robbie Keane's loan deal at West Ham will become permanent if they stay up. He will sign a two year contract with another two years in the club's favour.

20.55 Luis Suarez has passed his medical at Liverpool. The Uruguayan handball expert will complete the formalities of his move from Ajax on Monday.

19.59 Vedran Celjak has signed for Serie A side Sampdoria. The 19-year-old defender has moved NK Zagreb in his homeland of Croatia.

19.12 West Ham and Tottenham have now officially confirmed the loan of Robbie Keane until the end of the season.

18.29 West Ham boss Avram Grant has said of the reported loan signing of Robbie Keane: "He (Keane) is not just a good player, he is a good character that we need in the next 14 games.''

18.19 Rangers manager Walter Smith is hoping to recruit another player before the end
of the transfer window following the capture of David Healy.

18.01 Deportivo La Coruna are closing in on the services of striker Xisco from Newcastle and Jose Sand as the Primera Division outfit seek to bolster an attack that has struggled for goals this season.

17.17 BREAKING NEWS: It is reported that Robbie Keane has now joined West Ham on a six-month loan deal, although there is no official confirmation.

17.15 Pulis also had an update on the future of Ricardo Fuller: "Sunderland also definitely made a bid for Ricardo. Not good enough? I'm not saying that. I'm just saying Sunderland made a bid and the clubs are talking."

16.32 Stoke manager Tony Pulis has confirmed the club have received an offer from Wolfsburg for Turkish forward Tuncay.

16.09 Here's our full story on David Healy's move from Sunderland to Rangers today. Will he finally replicate his international form at club level?

15.23 BREAKING NEWS: Sunderland striker David Healy has joined SPL club Rangers on loan.

15.07 BREAKING NEWS: Wolves sign Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

15.02 Gerard Houllier has refused to elaborate on the news that Aston Villa are to sign United States midfielder Michael Bradley. “I don't want to say anything about it, maybe in two days' time,” he said.

14.33 Dave Whelan believes Charles N’Zogbia will be remaining at Wigan, despite interest from rival clubs in the French winger. Whelan said: “We want to keep our team and our players. We have had clubs chasing Zoggy (N'Zogbia) but he wants to stay and we are delighted.”

13.55 Birmingham City believe there is still some way to go before they can complete the loan signing of Rubin Kazan striker Obafemi Martins. The former Newcastle man is yet to undergo a medical.

13.25 Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara is expected to join Wolves on loan for the rest of the season. It is believed he has already undergone a medical with the club.

13.01 Sky Sports News reports that Robbie Keane has arrived at West Ham for a medical. The Tottenham striker is expected to join the Hammers on loan, with a view to a permanent move.

12.16 Liverpool defender Daniel Agger says he has no intention of following in the footsteps of Fernando Torres and asking to leave the club.

12.01 Sky Sports News reports that Manchester City will turn down any transfer request from Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has been linked with a move to Fulham or Bolton.

11.37 Here's our full story on the news Stephen Ireland is to join Newcastle on loan for the rest of the season.

11.23 Stoke forward Tuncay could be on the move, with Sky Sports News reporting the Turkey international could be linking up with former Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren at Wolfsburg.

10.45 Now Sky Sports News is reporting Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland it to have a medical ahead of a loan move to Newcastle United. He has seemingly lost the faith of Gerard Houllier so this makes sense to us.

10.25 Southampton manager Nigel Adkins says it is unlikely that the club will allow Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to leave the club in January, despite interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. "We are not envisaging selling him, we're not looking to sell him,'' he said after Saints lost to United in the FA Cup. "We don't want to sell him. I think it is beneficial for him to be playing regularly for Southampton in the Football League, giving him a chance to develop. Yes, he is well courted and you can see today that he has ability about him. Southampton Football Club are not looking to sell Alex Chamberlain.''

10.03 Luis Suarez could complete his move to Liverpool today and he says he is joining a club that deserves to be in the top four of the Premier League.

09.34 The Mail on Sunday’s take on the Torres situation is that Liverpool will let the striker go for a total package to the value of £50 million. The paper suggests this could comprise around £42 million and former Reds striker Nicolas Anelka, which would be an interesting development.

Chelsea could be busy in the next two days as The People reports Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to snatch Wigan youngster James McCarthy before the transfer window closes. That would be an imaginative move by the Blues.

Another man looking to beat the deadline is Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who according to the Mail on Sunday has made a £26 million offer for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente after failing to sign Andy Carroll. That would be some coup.

Looking ahead to the summer, and the Sunday Express claims Manchester United have won the £20 million race to sign Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Finally, despite suggestions that Inter will offer £40 million for Gareth Bale in the summer, the Sunday Mirror instead believes it is Barcelona who will offer the same amount for the Tottenham star.

09.00 Good morning, transfer fans. It's the penultimate day of the window and we could see confirmed deals for Luis Suarez and Robbie Keane today. Who knows what the immediate future holds for Fernando Torres? Let's take a look through the papers...

January 29, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/29/2011

There really is no place to start today other than the big news that Fernando Torres has handed in a transfer request at Liverpool. The Reds have rejected his request, but will Chelsea manage to prise him away from Stamford Bridge in the next two days?


Has Torres scored his last goal for Liverpool?© Getty Images

23.59 That's all we have time for tonight, but join us again on Sunday with time ticking away in the window.

23.25 Some reports claim that Liverpool will demand Nicolas Anelka as part of any deal for Fernando Torres. Seems like an even better deal for Chelsea!

22.59 Burnley boss Eddie Howe has issued a "hand off" warning about Chris Eagles after the winger's impressive recent form.

22.34 Shinji Okazaki, fresh from winning the AFC Asian Cup with Japan on Saturday, will now fly out to Stuttgart to sign for the Bundesliga club. Shimizu S-Pulse have agreed a deal to sell the player.

21.41 Wolfsburg have agreed to sign Srdjan Lakic from Kaiserslautern, with the striker joining Steve McClaren's club in the summer.

20.56 West Brom striker Roman Bednar has emerged as a target for Championship side Bristol City. Bednar recently returned to the Baggies after a loan spell with Leicester. SV Hamburg striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is also still on the Baggies radar
as the transfer window enters its final two days.

20.23 Nigel Adkins insists that Southampton have no intention of selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite interest from some of the Premier League elite. "We are not envisaging selling him, we're not looking to sell him,'' he said. "We don't want to sell him. I think it is beneficial for him to be playing regularly for Southampton in the Football League, giving him a chance to develop."

19.32 Celtic boss Neil Lennon has again refused to rule out another bid to buy Kelvin Wilson, who has signed a pre-contract deal with the club. ``We might go again but Nottingham Forest have been pretty firm so far in that respect and I can understand that, they are going very well in the Championship,'' he said.

19.19 And McLeish has also confirmed an interest in bringing in Obafemi Martins on loan. He said: "We're trying to get him. We're working hard on that but it's not a done
deal yet.''

19.15 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed that Racing Santander was to take Nikola Zigic back on loan. McLeish said: "Santander have been in touch but we'll be together in the decision with the board as we always are. I said after the midweek game that it would be difficult to let Ziggy go on that kind of form.''

19.04 Reports are reaching us that John Utaka is to sign for French side Montpellier. Portsmouth will have around 80,000 reasons a week to get rid. That's from Montpellier. No confirmation from Pompey.

18.48 Sunderland have confirmed the signing of striker Stephane Sessegnon on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Paris St Germain. He's a Benin international and he's cost £6 million. No, we've never heard of him either.

18.27 Ian Ashbee, who played for Hull in all four divisions and was nursed back to action following a serious injry, has agreed a deal with another club for the summer and has handed in a transfer request. Manager Nigel Pearson said: "I'll give you the facts as they are. Yesterday he came in and before training, told me a club had offered him a contract - make of that what you will. In the afternoon, we had a written transfer request. Apart from that, I'm not
making any more statements on that situation. `Those are the facts as they are. I'll see how that one develops.''

17.35 Schalke 04 midfielder Ivan Rakitic has agreed to join Spanish side Sevilla with Ghanaian Anthony Annan set to replace him.

16.09 We hear fresh reports of another Chelsea bid for Torres - £35 million plus Daniel Sturridge, and that's been turned down.

15.50 Andy Carroll will not be agitatating for a move to Spurs, according to Harry Harris' sources.

14.49 BREAKING NEWS: Sunderland land loan of Sulley Muntauri.

13.45 Spurs have had a £23 million bid for Andy Carroll turned down by Newcastle, who want £30 million.

13.26 Morocco international Houssine Kharja has joined Inter Milan on loan from Genoa until the end of the season. Odd one, that one.

13.01 And our sources - well-placed too - say Michael Bradley is to join Aston Villa on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.

13.00 Spurs have tried to land Scott Parker again, but West Ham have rebuffed them, according to Harry Harris.

12.20 It is reported that Primera Liga side Real Zaragoza have been given permission to talk to Sunderland defender Paulo da Silva.

12.04 Shay Given has said he is ready to leave Manchester City on loan and join a club in the Championship. "I just want to play football," Given is quoted as saying in the Irish Times. "I do not want to go for an entire season without playing, which is how it's looking if I don't get games.

11.41 Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome has said he has no intention of leaving the club. “There has been speculation in the papers about me but no one has come to me and said you are going anywhere,” he said. “I'm quite happy here, I'm playing every week, I am learning my trade here under a great manager.”

11.02 Harry Harris has an update on Fernando Torres. He has learned that Chelsea will up their offer to £35 million plus striker Daniel Sturridge for the Liverpool man.

10.35 Harry Redknapp has firmly denied that Inter will be walking off with one of Tottenham's star men this summer. "We won't be selling Gareth Bale in the summer, it's up to the chairman but I'd be very surprised if we were interested in selling him at any price," Redknapp said. "You have special players in your team and if we're going to be a top team you've got to keep your top players, you can't be selling Gareth Bale."

10.16 Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has confirmed the club are taking an interest in Ajax and Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg as a possible replacement for Edwin van der Sar. "Stekelenburg is indeed the 'keeper who is at the top of our wanted list," Meulensteen said. "We naturally talk a lot among ourselves about who should replace Van der Sar. Alex Ferguson has spoken about Stekelenburg with Edwin and that does not seem strange to me at all."

09.55 The Daily Mirror reports Chelsea are ready to offer £60 million to sign Torres - a figure that would smash the British transfer record.

However, The Guardian expects Chelsea to return with an offer in the region of £40 million, plus young striker Daniel Sturridge.

Away from the Torres story, The Sun reports Tottenham have made an offer of £25 million for Newcastle and England striker Andy Carroll.

09.15 We will have a quick scout around the morning's newspapers to see what rumours are doing the rounds this morning...

09.05 Good morning and welcome to the third last day of the winter transfer window. Will we have any fresh developments regarding Torres? Liverpool are also expected to sign Luis Suarez from Ajax at some point over the weekend.

January 28, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/28/2011

Ajax striker Luis Suarez is set to join Liverpool after agreeing a deal, but Liverpool revealed that they have rejected a substantial bid from Chelsea for star striker Fernando Torres. Will they get to play together?


Luis Suarez will move to Anfield© Getty Images

22.00 That's it for today, Luis Suarez should seal his move tomorrow and there could be more developments in the Fernando Torres saga. Join us again in the morning.

21.29 Liverpool's Joe Cole won't be rejoining West Ham this January. Co-owner David Gold said: "We don't leave any stone unturned. But I would discount that now. I think that has run its course."

21.00 Blackburn have let young defender Gavin Gunning join Motherwell on loan until the end of the season.

20.35 West Brom have secured the loan signing of Arsenal striker Carlos Vela until the end of the season.

20.19 Algerian winger Hameur Bouazza has joined Millwall on a contract until the end of the season from Arles-Avignon.

19.45 Genoa have been busy boys this window and are now in talks with Juventus over the transfer of striker Amauri.

19.33 Danny Drinkwater has now moved to Watford on loan, while Swindon have signed Celtic's Milan Misun on a permanent deal.

18.46 Mark Hughes says that he wants to keep Zoltan Gera at the club. "I've spoken to Zoltan and I don't want him to go. He's a great player. I like him as a player and I like him as a person," he said. "He's indicated he feels he needs to move. I don't agree with him, I want him to stay.''

18.31 Watford are reported to be ready to take Manchester United youngster Danny Drinkwater on loan.

18.04 Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he rates Southampton flyer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain very highly, although the Manchester United manager refused to confirm whether the club was in the running for his signature.

17.50 Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie is being linked to Celtic and Cesena. And presumably some other six-lettered clubs beginning with 'C'.

17.25 Tom C has his view on the Suarez deal:

''Superb news for Liverpool, finally something to build on. Now if the owners are deadly serious, lets get a left sided player in and see what we can get out of this season.''

17.05 DEAL AGREED: Luis Suarez to Liverpool for £22.8 million. Personal terms and a medical are the only things standing in the way now.

17.00 He was linked with Sunderland, but it appears that USA midfiedler Michael Bradley is ready to join Turkish giants Galatasaray, according to Lig TV. Personal terms agreed, and they now need to find a fee.

16.41 Sevilla are close to completing a switch for Universidad Catolica and Chile midfielder Gary Medel. The midfielder has been on loan at Boca Juniors and has passed a medical at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

16.20 Shock! AC Milan have confirmed the signing of a young player: Espanyol left-back Didac Vila. The Catalan comes in as a €3 million replacement for the injured Gianluca Zambrotta.

16.09 Rosenborg midfielder Anthony Annan is set to join Schalke. Sevilla were reported to be interested in the Ghana international, but his agent, Lars Petter, told TV 2 Sporten: “I can confirm that Anthony Annan is ready to join Schalke. All the formalities are in place and the only thing that remains is his medical.”

15.59 Inter Milan have confirmed the signing of Italy international Giampaolo Pazzini from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee. "The player will be unveiled tomorrow," an Inter statement read. "As part of the deal, Inter have transferred Jonathan Biabiany to Sampdoria.''

15.55 Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea, asked about the reports Manchester United are keen to sign him, told AS: “I’m very happy here and will try to remain here for many years to come.”

15.51 Birmingham have now confirmed the signing of defender Curtis Davies from Aston Villa, in deal believed to be worth £3.5 million.

15.46 It’s a good time to be a Juventus fan: they are looking at Djibril Cisse, Giorgios Samaras and Miroslav Klose to solve their attacking problems, according to reports in Italy.

15.35 Ruud van Nistelrooy was said to be upset that Hamburg refused him the chance to return to Real Madrid, but he told Bild: “I promise that, until my final day here, I will give everything for HSV.”

15.28 SportSport.ba reports that Chelsea and Manchester United are battling it out to sign midfielder Muamera Tankovica. He’s a Swede with Bosnian roots and plays for Norrkoping in Sweden. And he’s 15.

15.18 Benfica's full statement on David Luiz deal: "Negotiations between Benfica and Chelsea FC, with a view to the possible transfer of David Luiz, were concluded today without the parties having reached an agreement.''

14.58 Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is very happy to have offloaded troublesome striker John Carew to Stoke: "I don't want to say anything about John Carew and that is to his advantage!"

14.35 Mark Hughes has denied Fulham are hoping to recruit Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar. "We're not interested in Niko," Hughes said. "We've got a lot of midfield players and he's not a priority for us.''

14.27 Breaking News Benfica say that David Luiz's proposed move to Chelsea is off. The Portuguese club issued a statement that said at no time did Luiz try to force a move and that he is "a model professional".

14.13 Look away Bolton Wanderers fans, Carlos Vela's agent has apparently told Mexican TV that the Arsenal striker will join West Bromwich Albion on loan.

13.56 The agent of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa has laid to rest the rumours that Manchester United are snooping around the Japan international. “We have not had any contact or an offer from Manchester United. Nobody has contacted me.” Thomas Kroth told Sport.

13.48 Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti on Fernando Torres approach: "Im not surprised, because I know very well what the club is doing now. I am happy because the club is doing a fantastic job in this transfer market. The club is trying to do everything to improve the squad."

13.37 Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba, who handed in a transfer request earleir this month, is now close to signing a new contract with the club, according to manager Steve Kean.

13.33 Injury-plagued Tottenham Hotspur defender Jonathan Woodgate has turned down a loan move to Wolves despite needing first team football to get back to full fitness.

13.29 Former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins has joined Birmingham City on a six month loan from Rubin Kazan. Rubin coach Kurban Berdiyev said: "His child was born, and he asked to let him go to England, because Obafemi wants to be closer to his family."

13.20 Ajax coach Frank de Boer on Liverpool's bid to sign Luis Suarez: "I think it's a 50-50 chance that Luis Suarez continues here. Liverpool know what we want for Suarez. Luis is gone when they pay that amount. I expect them to make a higher bid."

13.04 Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has signed for Birmingham on a three-and-a-half year contract. There had been reports that Seb Larsson would be part of a swap deal but that doesn't seem to be the case.

12.59 Diego Forlan has confirmed that Atletico Madrid rejected a bid from city-rivals Real. "I'm fine here. Whatever I say will be interpreted wrongly. People like to speculate and seem to know more than I do, " Forlan added.

12.37 Sir Alex Ferguson is retaining hope that Paul Scholes will commit to one more year at Manchester United.

12.28 Schalke's Ivan Rakitic is set to sign for Spanish club Sevilla. "The Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic arrived last night (Thursday) and, if everything goes well, he will become a Sevilla player," said a statement on Sevilla's official website.

12.17 ESPNsoccernet understands that West Ham United are on the verge of signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane on loan, with a view to a permanent move.

12.08 Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini has revealed he could not resist the lure of Inter Milan and has agreed to join the Serie A champions. "You can't say no to Inter," he said.

11.42 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he is confident of signing Inter midfielder Sulley Muntari and PSG's Stephane Sessegnon.

11.21 Reports are emerging that Chelsea are willing to break the bank to land Fernando Torres and would make the Spanish striker the highest paid player at the club.

11.13 Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong says he is committed to staying at Spurs to fight for his place, following talks with manager Harry Redknapp.

11.00 Werder Bremen have admitted defeat in their bid to sign Niko Kranjcar from Tottenham. "We were unable to materialise a deal at the very end," the Bundesliga club's general manager Klaus Allofs said.

10.54 Spanish journalist Guillem Balague claims that striker Fernando Torres has asked Liverpool to listen to Chelsea's offer after the Anfield outfit rejected a £35 million bid.

10.25 West Ham United have finally completed the protracted transfer of Senegal striker Demba Ba from Hoffenheim.

10.10 More details of Chelsea's Fernando Torres bid are emerging. Apparently the Blues had a £28 million plus a player bid rejected last week and returned with an improved £35 million offer.

09.56 Stoke boss Tony Pulis claims he has made an official bid for Sunderland striker Ricardo Fuller, but the Black Cats have refuted this.

09.47 Reported Barcelona target Gregory van der Wiel says he expects to still be playing at Ajax next season and knows nothing of the Spanish club's interest. He said: "Barcelona is definitely a nice club, but I know absolutely nothing of any interest in me."

09.25 Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic may have inspired the club to reach the Carling Cup final this week but he could now be sent out on loan to Racing Santander, according to reports in Spain.

09.04 Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has suffered an injury scare that could hamper Shaun Wright-Phillips' chances of leaving the club on loan.

08.44 Manchester United will dip into the transfer market to replace retiring goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar in the summer. Goalkeeping coach Eric Steele said: "We have looked at the best targets and we have a nice one, two and three who we think can fill the job."

08.19 Newell's Old Boys forward Mauro Formica is all set to join Blackburn Rovers despite initially turning down a move to Ewood Park.

07:57: Emmanuel Adebayor completed his loan move to Real Madrid on Thursday, but Marca says that he will not be displacing Karim Benzema, who has reportedly been given assurances by Jose Mourinho.

07:45: West Brom's resolve could be tested by an £8 million bid from Blackburn for midfielder Graham Dorrans, according to the Mail.

07:30:The Fernando Torres story came as a massive shock, but let's see if there are any other surprising rumours knocking around the press this morning:

Thursday's revelation that Edwin van der Sar will retire at the end of the season has of course led to new rumours about who will be the man to fill his hefty gloves. The Metro is speculating that Lyon's French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is the man to step between the Old Trafford posts, but the Mirror believes that Atletico Madrid custodian David De Gea will be the Dutchman's replacement.

The Times says Sunderland are ready to successfully complete their month-long pursuit of PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon and Inter Milan's Sulley Muntari, while The Metro has tipped the Wearsiders to make a move for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

Highly-rated Sao Paulo teenager Lucas Piazon has turned down Chelsea and confirmed his ambition to join Juventus, according to talkSPORT, who are also reporting that Birmingham's massive striker Nikola Zigic will move on loan to Racing Santander.

The Mirror reckons that Tottenham are ready to launch a new bid for Everton captain Phil Neville on Monday, while The Sun reports that Spurs will let Jonathan Woodgate move to Wolves on loan for the rest of the season, and The Metro believes Harry Redknapp will also allow wantaway midfielder Niko Kranjcar to join Fulham, should the Cottagers move for Shaun Wright-Phillips fall through.

07:20 GMT: Hello everyone and welcome to the penultimate working day of the transfer window. It ends at 5pm on Monday but while there will undoubtedly be a later flurry of action then, today is likely to be a busy one too.

January 27, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/27/2011

Paul Konchesky’s looks set to end his Liverpool nightmare and return to Fulham.


Paul Konchesky has had a torrid time at Liverpool © Getty Images

00.05 On that bombshell, we will tie things up here! Be sure to return tomorrow for the fall-out from the Torres story.

23.52 Liverpool have confirmed that they turned down an offer from Chelsea for Fernando Torres. Wow.

23.45 BREAKING NEWS: There are reports that Liverpool have rejected an offer from Chelsea for striker Fernando Torres, we are looking into those right now.

23.40 Inter Milan have officially denied they are planning to offer £40 million for Tottenham star Gareth Bale.

23.17 Friday’s edition of The Guardian reports that Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies has agreed personal terms with Birmingham City and will complete his £1.75 million move imminently. Sebastian Larsson may well move the other way.

22.53 Dutch source Voetbal International claims Liverpool and Ajax have once again failed to reach agreement over a deal for Luis Suarez. Ajax have already set a deadline of Saturday for the deal to go through and it is suggested Liverpool are offering an initial €15 million, while the Dutch side are looking for more in the region of €30 million.

22.27 Sky Sports News is reporting Liverpool's Milan Jovanovic has turned down the chance to join Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

22.12 Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that the lesser-spotted Riga Mustapha has departed the club “by mutual consent”. He made only 22 appearances for the club after joining in 2008.

21.35 Bolton are apparently firmly in the chase to sign Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has also been attracting strong interest from his former manager, Mark Hughes, at Fulham.

21.08 Monaco have confirmed that Real Madrid midfielder is heading to France to sign for the club. Diarra has hardly featured this season for Real and is set for a return to Ligue 1, having formerly played for Lyon.

20.52 Here's our full story on Michel Salgado's decision to sign a new contract at Blackburn. Will Chris Samba be the next to follow? He has been strongly linked with Aston Villa of course.

20.15 It's not strictly a transfer, but Blackburn defender Michel Salgado has signed a new contract until the end of next season.

19.51 Netherlands international Edson Braafheid has linked up with international colleague Ryan Babel by swapping Bayern Munich for Hoffenheim.

19.25 BREAKING NEWS: It is reported Celtic have now completed the signing of Derby midfielder Kris Commons.

19.22 According to the BBC, talks are ongoing that could see Sebastian Larsson and Curtis Davies swap clubs. That's from Birmingham to Aston Villa, and vice versa, of course.

18.49 Our reader Bernard has a message for Liverpool's owners...

"Konchesky is leaving. Who's next? Jovanovic? We already got £6m for Babel & assuming Jovanovic is leaving for £6m as reported too, then NESV owners should give Comolli the green light to up the bid & make sure we get Suarez now, not in the summer but NOW!"

18.21 Milan say Genoa defender Domenico Criscito will not be heading to the San Siro. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says: "We are looking for a left-back. I rule out that it's Criscito. The full-back we have chosen plays abroad and can participate in the Champions League."

18.12 Spurs have just released a statement to the Guardian telling them that the newspaper's 'exclusive' is nonsense.

18.03 Tommy Carroll has joined Leyton Orient on loan from Spurs.

17.54 Finnish striker Roope Riski has signed for Serie A side Cesena. He bagged 12 goals in 18 games for TPS Turku which is a fine return for a 19-year-old.

17.35 The Guardian have gone big on the story that Inter Milan will offer £40 million for Gareth Bale. Their online editor chose to build up a Twitter suspense and then dropped this 'bomb'. The Twitterati are none too impressed, and he's getting loads.

17.27 Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has rejoined League One Huddersfield Town until the end of the season but will not be playing for his club when they visit the Emirates on Sunday.

16.48 Blackpool have signed Morocco international Salaheddine Sbai from French club Nimes, the Seasiders have confirmed.

16.38 Inter Milan will sign Samdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini for €10 million plus striker Jonathan Biabiany and a youth team player, according to Sky Italia. Quite why they need him with Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o and Goran Pandev already up front is another matter...

16.34 Kris Commons is having a medical at Celtic, according to ESPN sources. The Derby winger is available on a cut-price deal.

16.29 Victor Ruiz's move to Napoli from Espanyol has been confirmed by the two clubs.

16.02 Plymouth's Onismor Bhasera is in talks with Blackpool over a loan move to Bloomfield Road. The loan deal would see the full-back initially join Ian Holloway's side until the end of the season with the Seasiders having the option of signing the Zimbabwean on a permanent basis at the end of that period.

15.54 AC Milan are hopeful of making another signing before the transfer market closes on Monday. Reports in Italy claim the Serie A leaders are targeting Espanyol left-back Didac Vila. Despite signing Urby Emanuelson from Ajax last week, the Rossoneri still need Champions League cover as the Dutchman is not eligible to feature in the European competition.

15.40 Athletic Bilbao president Fernando Garcia Macua insists Fernando Llorente will not be allowed to leave the club. Llorente, 25, has been linked with a number of clubs around Europe but Real Madrid had appeared the most likely destination.

15.22 Napoli have signed highly-rated defender Victor Ruiz form Espanyol.

14.55 West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has denied claims Nicky Shorey is set to return to Nottingham Forest. "There's no truth in it," he told the Express and Star.

14.33 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has played down rumours his club could swap winger Sebastian Larsson for Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies. "I have never heard that from the club," he said

16.10 Emmanuel Adebayor hopes to have put a turbulent 12 months behind him after completing what he described as a dream move to Real Madrid.

13.52: Inter are reported to be on the verge of signing Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini.

13.37: OFFICIAL: Juventus have completed the signing of defender Andrea Barzagli from Wolfsburg. More here.

13.28: Benfica have released an official statement on the David Luiz negotiations with Chelsea: "A negotiation process is currently ongoing and the market will be informed when it is completed."

13.25: OFFICIAL: Real Madrid have confirmed that Emmanuel Adebayor has put pen to paper on his loan deal and the official website adds: "The player was no doubt impressed by the grandeur of Real Madrid."

13.20: It's now been confirmed that Sulley Muntari is on Wearside to seal his switch to Sunderland.

13.09: OFFICIAL: Ghana international Samuel Inkoom has completed his €7 million move to Ukrainian club Dnipro.

12.57: More here from Mark Hughes on his struggles to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips.

12.47: Skysports.com believes Fulham are in 'advanced talks' to take Konchesky back to Craven Cottage. Mark Hughes, asked about the prospect of more arrivals this month, has said he "will look and see what is out there".

12.41: Roberto Mancini seems to want Emmanuel Adebayor to impress Real Madrid, who incidentally have the option to make his loan permanent. “This is a big chance for him and I hope he can do well," he said in the Manchester Evening News. “He will be with Real Madrid for the next five months and I hope he plays often and scores a lot of goals. La Liga is a very good league to play in and I’m sure he will enjoy his time in Spain alongside players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.”

12.33: Sebastien Bassong insists he will not be leaving Tottenham this month after holding talks with Harry Redknapp over his future at the club.

12.20: The full story on the proposed Birmingham-Villa player swap deal is here.

12.13: OFFICIAL: Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard has joined Ipswich on loan.

12.12: The Daily Mail says Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is the No. 1 target for Manchester United with Edwin van der Sar retiring.

11.56: The Bolton News says Arsenal will inform Bolton today whether Carlos Vela will be heading to the Reebok Stadium on loan. Valencia are currently favourites.

11.48: The Hull Daily Mail says Jimmy Bullard has joined Ipswich on loan and the deal will be announced later today.

11.39: Read all about Sergio Busquets' contract extension here.

11.34: Ghanasoccernet reports that Inter midfielder Sulley Muntari could join Sunderland by the end of the day. He's in England and apparently "desperate to play for Sunderland".

11.25: The Press Association reports that Aston Villa and Birmingham are in talks about a possible swap deal involving Villa central defender Curtis Davies and Blues winger Sebastian Larsson.

11.22: You can read the full David Luiz story here.

11.11: Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black says a deal for PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon could be sealed soon. "All parties are in discussions right now," he told RMC. "We hope to reach agreement in the coming hours."

10.58: Dinamo Zagreb sporting director Zorana Mamica says Arsenal have not been in touch regarding full-back Sime Vrsaljko since November. It was reported that Arsenal had been over this week and were offering €12 million with a further €3 million in bonuses but Mamica told Sportske Novosti: "Sime Vrsaljko remains a Dinamo player. Arsenal's representatives have not been over in Zagreb since November."

The paper notes, though, that when Arsenal signed Eduardo from Dinamo Zagreb in 2007, the club's executive manager, Zdravko Mamic, revealed afterwards: "Arsene Wenger told us that the deal for Eduardo would come to nothing if one word of the negotiations made it into the media before it was done."

10.51: Benfica boss Jorge Jesus claims Chelsea are not alone in the race to sign David Luiz. "There are several clubs interested, but still nothing on the table," he said.

10.48: OFFICIAL: Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Camp Nou until 2015.

10.42: More on West Ham's attempts to sign Robbie Keane and Demba Ba here.

10.31: Derby midfielder Kris Commons looks to be on his way to Celtic. More here.

10.17: Skysports.com reports that West Brom are chasing Brazil striker Ewerthon, who is available on a free after leaving Palmeiras.

10.06: According to our man Harry Harris, West Ham will make a last-ditch attempt to sign Robbie Keane and will also find a solution to the insurance hitch over Demba Ba after defeat in the Carling Cup semi-finals leaves them concentrating on Premier League survival.

09.53: L'Equipe believes Monaco will sign Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra on loan.

09.38: Mauro Camoranesi is available on a free transfer and Roma could look to sign the player.

09.17: Arsenal fan? Screaming for a signing this month? Chairman Peter Hill-Wood is attempting to hold his nerve and ignore you. More here.

09.12: Sky Sports News says the issue in the David Luiz deal is Chelsea don't want to pay as much as Benifca would like upfront. Incidentally, he was allowed to take a penalty for Benfica last night, which appeared to be a farewell gesture. He missed.

08.56: It's claimed Liverpool are looking increasingly likely to sign Luis Suarez in the summer. They'll make one last bid, apparently, but the owners think they can get him for a more reasonable price at the end of the season and are prepared to wait it out.

08.49: BREAKING NEWS: Edwin van der Sar will retire from football at the end of the season. Presumably the chase for his replacement will be cranked up a notch.

08.44: More on El Hadji Diouf's proposed move to Turkey here.

08.32: The same paper reckons Birmingham are stepping up the chase for Villa defender Curtis Davies, which may be a little tricky with the raw hatred between the clubs.

08.28: The Sun has the story that Pablo Zabaleta is saying Roberto Mancini drove Emmanuel Adebayor out of Eastlands, but that might be over-egging the quotes a little. "I think the situation was becoming difficult as in the last few games he wasn't even in the squad as City signed Edin Dzeko," he said. "He didn't have a lot of time on the pitch. The way Mancini plays, Carlos Tevez is the only striker in the team but that is working well."

08.22: Dalglish has appeared keen to give Christian Poulsen a chance to prove himself at Anfield, but the Daily Mirror thinks the 30-year-old could be given away to Monaco if replacements come in.

08.20: King Kenny's now on a winning run but says he's frustrated by the lack of transfer activity. More here.

08.17: Not transfer news as such, but presumably the end of his playing career: the Daily Mail claims Gary Neville has been lined up as a replacement for Andy Gray on Sky Sports. We look forward to his analysis of Liverpool and Manchester City.

08.00 Blackburn's El Hadji Diouf has been targeted in £3 million raid by Turkish side Konyaspor.

07.30 Blackpool have been linked with a move for Fulham’s Zoltan Gera as manger Ian Holloway plans for life after Charlie Adam.

07.15 Fulham manager Mark Hughes has launched a bid to throw former Fulham defender Paul Konchesky a lifeline with a loan move away from Liverpool for the remainder of the season.

January 26, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/26/2011

Tuesday night's revelations that Sergio Aguero is back on the Chelsea agenda but the news that he and Diego Godin are worth more than £52 million may cause shockwaves today. Has Roman woken from his slumber?


Aguero: Long linked on ESPNsoccernet and that speculation looks accurate © Getty Images

23.59: That's it for tonight, see if David Luiz's move is on or off tomorrow...

23.26: Celtic could move for Derby's Kris Commons, and pip rivals Rangers to his signature. Boss Neil Lennon said: "That is an option. He is a name that has been linked with us for a while and I have known him from my Nottingham Forest days. I know he is a decent player and he has had a decent season at Derby so far.''

23.14: Paul Konchesky is in talks with Fulham about rejoining the club. The Liverpool left-back has not impressed at Anfield and could be set to crawl back to West London.

22.59: Well, this doesn't happen every day.... an AC Milan player has joined Kilmarnock. So who is it? Andrea Pirlo? Clarence Seedorf? How about Rino Gattuso back in the SPL? Nope, it's good old Gabon international Willy Aubameyang. Apparently he was released by Milan and has chosen to start his career afresh in Scotland on a free transfer.

22.28: Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the signing of striker Urko Vera from SD Lemona on a two-and-a-half year deal.

21.26: Given that no-one really wants to sign him, Adrian Mutu appears desperate to get back into the Fiorentina fold after his recent behaviour.

20.41: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed he is looking to sign two players this month. He told the Journal: "There will be some activity probably in the last few days of the window and I hope we will be part of that. As much as we want a player - and we actually want two with Wayne [Routledge] going - it has to be right.”

20.22: Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra, regularly linked with a move to Arsenal, is trying not to get distracted amid reports of mass sales at Ibrox. "We need to stay professional,” he said. “Experience helps you take this transfer speculation in your stride, and keep working, because if you keep working, whether the rumour is true or not, the big move will come one day."

19.55: Our sources have been hard at work, and they say that David Luiz's move to Chelsea has almost collapsed. It's all over as little as £1 million apparently.

19.22: Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini claims that Manchester United and Chelsea are hoping to add Chile winger Alexis Sanchez to their squads. Larini told calciomercato: ''If Sanchez continues like this he can do well. He is a versatile player, with much room for improvement.

''Chelsea and Manchester United? They are two clubs that have followed him and want him but there are also others. Inter have tried in January just as the other teams did. But the wish of the club is to have Sanchez in Udine until June.''

18.44: The Western Mail claims West Ham are interested in Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley, who is out of contract this summer.

18.27: Portuguese paper Record is now claiming talks between Chelsea and Benfica for David Luiz have broken down and the deal is off. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, though?

18.24: Milan striker Alberto Paloschi, who was co-owned with Parma, is now co-owned with Genoa, and he's on loan there. Francesco Modesto and Luca Antonelli have swapped clubs, with the former now at Parma and the latter at Genoa. Also, Genoa's share of Raffaele Palladino has gone to Parma. I expect you followed all that.

17.58: Brondby and Gambia striker Ousman Jallow, 22, is attracting interest from “a club in the Champions League and another big European club,” his agent has told Ekstra Bladet.

17.47: Reports in Italy suggest Bayern have made an approach for Fiorentina's Juan Manuel Vargas, who can play at left back or left midfield. They're offering €13 million plus Diego Contento, apparently.

17.35 Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti has confirmed the club are keeping tabs on Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini. "Pazzini is a player to look to with interest because he has great qualities," Moratti said. "We are considering the possibility of a deal but I don't know if we'll be able to do it."

17.26 Everton striker James Vaughan has returned to Crystal Palace on loan. The youngster has rejoined the Eagles for a second time this campaign after snubbing interest from Burnley and Celtic.

17.04 Chelsea's ongoing pursuit of David Luiz looked set to drag on for at least another 24 hours today after the defender returned to the Benfica squad for Wednesday night's Portuguese Cup tie at Rio Ave.

16.19 Ajax coach Frank de Boer has told Liverpool they have until Saturday to make an acceptable offer for Luis Suarez, or the club won't sell him.

16.16 The Italian press are linking Aston Villa and Everton with a swoop for Cagliari striker Alessandro Matri. However, Villa boss Gerard Houllier has said he doesn't expect to sign anybody esle in the transfer window.

15.51 Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar could be on his way to German side Werder Bremen after Spurs rejected a £3 million offer from Everton.

15.37 Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt has completed his loan move to Sven Goran Eriksson's Leicester City, the Blues have confirmed.

15.18 Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has left Stuttgart after just five months with the struggling Bundesliga side. The 34-year-old said he enjoyed being in Stuttgart "even if things didn't go as we would have liked from a sporting point of view."

14.55 Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been hailed as a "physical marvel" after passing his medical to complete a loan move to Real Madrid.

14.40 Fiorentina have completed the signing of midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.

14.31 Paul Scholes has fuelled speculation that he will retire in the summer by refusing to confirm he will be at Manchester United next season.

14.23 Wolves have agreed a £150,000 deal to sign Dundee strike Leigh Griffiths, although the Premier League club are not expecting him to make an immediate impact. “Look, with the greatest respect to Leigh, I don't want anyone thinking we are signing a Premier League striker that is going to come in and rip it up at the moment because that is not the case,” manager Mick McCarthy said.

14.08 BREAKING NEWS: Chelsea's promising young midfielder Gael Kakuta has joined Fulham on loan.

13.58 BREAKING NEWS: West Ham have confirmed that Valon Behrami has joined Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee.

13.51 Radio station talkSPORT details how reports in the Swiss press claim Lazio are interested in signing Johan Djourou from Arsenal. Given he has carved out an established place in the first team and Arsenal have only two fit defenders, this sounds distinctly unlikely to us, and that’s putting it kindly.

13.33 Barcelona star Dani Alves has been linked with a move to Manchester City recently, and it is believed that if he does leave Camp Nou, Ajax right back Gregory van der Wiel could be his replacement in Pep Guardiola’s side.

13.08 In Italy, the press are linking Inter Milan with a possible move for Sampdoria striker Giampaolo Pazzini, while Udinese’s much-vaunted Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez is also under consideration. There are plenty of alternative candidates to strengthen the Inter attack, including Feyenoord wonderkid Luc Castaignos.

12.57 Sky Sports reports Fulham have rejected an offer from Sampdoria for popular midfielder Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian has only started for ten of his 21 Premier League appearances.

12.42 Our sources tell us that Robbie Keane’s move to West Ham is now back on and that he will join the Hammers in a deal that could cost £6 million if the club manage to steer clear of relegation at the end of the season.

12.25 The Sunderland Evening Chronicle reports Paris Saint Germain playmaker Stephane Sessegnon has flown to the North East to finalise his £5 million move to the Stadium of Light. He is likely to be joined at the club by Sulley Muntari of Inter Milan, who is poised to sign a loan deal imminently.

12.01 Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss has said he would consider extending his loan deal at Rangers into another season. "I'm enjoying Rangers and what happens next season is a question of what Manchester City want to do," Weiss said in the Daily Record. "There are a lot of good players but if you want to play at the biggest level you have to try to progress in the better squads. I said before I don't want to do a loan again but probably Rangers would be the only club I would go on loan to."

11.47 Madrid-based daily As reports Real Madrid will offload Mahamadou Diarra having signed Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City on Tuesday night. They need to make space in their squad for the temperamental Togolese striker.

11.25 More Wolfsburg. They've sold Andrea Barzagli to Juventus, so he's back in Serie A.

10.53 Arsene Wenger has all but ruled out any new signings, he tells his club's official website.

10.46 Milan Jovanovic is a legacy of the Rafa Benitez regime who has not worked out, and there is some dispute over his future. It is suggested he is wanted by Wolfsburg, who are very active indeed in this window, and then there are quotes from the player himself suggesting that he may stay and play under Kenny Dalglish. Judging by the Ryan Babel case of Monday, that signals to us that he's off. Story here.

10.19 Lower-division ace Charlie Austin is staying at Swindon, according to beleagured boss Danny Wilson.

09.57 Wolfsburg have agreed a deal to sign Dieumerci Mbokani on loan to scupper Everton's hopes of landing the Monaco striker. "Dieumerci Mbokani will be joining VfL Wolfsburg," the Wolfsburg's general manager Marc Keller told Allgemeine Zeitung. "He has already been travelling to the club."

09.37 Harry Harris has some inside stuff from West Ham: "Sunderland have indicated they would offer £3.5m for Frederic Piquionne only to be immediately rejected by West Ham United. The offer arrived via an agent but was dismissed out of hand by the Hammers, who have no intention of selling Piquionne, although Sunderland have shown interest in Carlton Cole in the past, but the England striker has shown no interest in them. Steve Bruce has been scouring the market to find a replacement for Darren Bent after his £24 million sale to Aston Villa. Sunderland are trying to seal moves for Ricardo Fuller from Stoke City but Bruce is eager for another striker signing and has shown interest in Birmingham's Cameron Jerome, which has sparked unrest with manager Alex McLeish who insists his striker must stay at St. Andrews."

09.13 Seb Larsson will stay at Birmingham, despite a raft of speculation, according to Alex McLeish. Full story here.

08.58 Eidur Gudjohnsen has stepped out of his role as pundit in the Keys-Gray suspension game to concentrate on your actual football. He's not keen on life in Stoke, supposedly and is considering his options. "I'm able to sign large contracts in America and Dubai, but my preference is to go to (Ajax) Amsterdam," Gudjohnsen told the Daily Star. "It is not about money. The sporting challenge is paramount because my career would gain a new impetus."

08.43 Odd one from the Daily Mail: "Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham all had scouts watching Dulwich Hamlets starlets Quade Taylor and Paul McCallum against Romford."

08.39 Chelsea have offered Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic as the makeweight in the €30 million (£25.5 million) deal to sign David Luiz, according to The Telegraph.

08.35 Peter Crouch is not for sale, says Harry Redknapp. Story here.

08.15 Time to round up the rest of the revelations, or otherwise.

Sir Alex Ferguson's gambit that Charlie Adam is worth more than £10 million may be right, according to the Daily Mirror, who say Blackpool actually want £12 million for him. Anger on Merseyside at that, though he still needs to work on his fitness if last night is a guide. Paul Green of Derby and Ireland is the replacement

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, will cost ya loads, say the Daily Star.

January 25, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/25/2011

Arsenal are playing a waiting game for Eden Hazard, but are struggling to find a new defender, while Chelsea look set to seal a move for Benfica's David Luiz.


Arsene Wenger is not close to a defensive deal. © Getty Images

That is all we have time for tonight, but check back tomorrow for more transfer deals, news and rumours.

23.32 Fresh from another victory, Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier claims he is unlikely to make any further signings in the January transfer window to add to those of Darren Bent and Jean Makoun

22.30 Atletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil claims the Spanish club have rejected a £52 million bid for Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin from Chelsea.

21.59 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims his club are not close to concluding a deal for highly-rated Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, or any other of their transfer targets. "There is no news, and I would be surprised if there will be any,'' he said.

21.15 Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is hopeful of securing a loan move for Carlos Vela, with the Arsenal manager keen to offload the striker to an English club.

19.53 It seems the deal wasn't just "close" it was very close. Real Madrid have just confirmed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan for the season.

19.09 Real Madrid are still waiting to complete a loan deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but "it is close".

18.39Ryan Babel has sealed his switch to Hoffenheim from Liverpool and has signed a two-and-a-half year deal.

18.23 Gael Kakuta is close to leaving Chelsea on loan after arriving at Fulham for a medical.

17.52 Birmingham City are really stepping up their bid to sign a striker and are eyeing a swoop for Brescia's Andrea Caracciolo, but Blues will have to fight off interest from Fiorentina.

17.30 Newcastle have rejected a bid from Birmingham for striker Shola Ameobi. Blues boss Alex McLeish has already missed out on Kenny Miller and Robbie Keane.

17.16 Manchester City's midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong is another player eager to stay exactly where he is. "I can't ever see myself leaving this club," de Jong said. "City have done so much for me as a player and a person over the last two years."

16.50 Following Steven ­Pienaar’s £3 million move to Spurs, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov senses his big chance and says he's committed to Everton. He said: "I will definitely spend the coming half a year at Everton."

16.29: Bild say that Croatian striker Srdjan Lakic could leave Kaiserslautern to join Wolfsburg, who are suddenly flush with cash.

16.22: Transfer news of sorts. Sky Sports pundit Andy Gray has left his job after "new evidence of unacceptable and offensive behaviour" came to light.

16.16: Pep Guardiola has had his say on Daniel Alves' contract talks. “We have talked about it with Dani, I told him how I feel, and I do not want him to stay here while he is unhappy,'' he said. ''He deserves to ask for what he wants, and the club has the right to give it, or not. I want him to be happy here, or anywhere.'' Sounds like Barcelona might be looking for a new right-back fairly soon.

15.59: Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to seal a loan move to Real Madrid 'within hours' according to Marca.

Meanwhile, Iker Casillas' journalist girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, told Italian TV: "By the end of January, either Adebayor or [Miroslav] Klose will be in Madrid to replace Higuain."

15.47: Rangers boss Walter Smith is interested in Derby winger Kris Commons. "He's someone we are interested in trying to get. We've made an enquiry and we are in talks with Derby to see what the situation is," Smith said. ''It's important, with us having a small squad of players, if we do get a player in, that he can play in more than one position. Kris can do that.''

15.34: Avram Grant has revealed that ''the deal [for Behrami to Fiorentina] is nearly done. I think everything will be okay. It is just formalities and of course money.''

15.26: Inter Milan are in talks with Genoa midfielder Houssine Kharja, but the player claimed last week that he would like to join Napoli.

15.13: Ghanaian international Samuel Inkoom is joining high-flying Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk from FC Basel.

15.11: Nigel de Jong wants to finish his career at Man City. "I can't ever see myself leaving this club," the 26-year-old told the official Manchester City magazine, Manc. "City have done so much for me as a player and a person over the last two years. Now the plan is to be successful for a long time to come."

15.07: The Croatian press are suggesting that Schalke’s Ivan Rakitic will join Sevilla. His contract is up in the summer and a 5 million euro bid is believed to have been enough to tempt him away.

15.00: David Luiz's work permit appplication goes ahead on Wednesday with a view to Chelsea and Benfica finalising the deal, with the Portuguese side selecting a young player as the makeweight in the transaction - as revealed by ESPNsoccernet on Monday.

14.51: Paraguay international Lucas Barrios could be set to move from German league leaders Dortmund after he was quoted as saying: "This is a difficult time for me, because I really want to be part of the starting XI every week. I'm very happy in Dortmund and the fans really love me. However, I'm the team's leading goalscorer and I'm warming the bench. That worries me."

14.47: Richard Stearman and Karl Henry have committed their futures to Wolves by signing new deals.

14.39: Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta could be set to join Fulham on loan, as there are reports that he is having a medical at the club.

14.25: JoeUSA says of Carlos Vela:

'He has been a big disappointment, and even if he went out on loan it is hard to see him ever getting into the Arsenal team. Perhaps physically he doesn't have what it takes to play in the Premier League, but his finishing has even been erratic; sometimes he is the height of composure and sometimes he looks worse than Bendtner.''

14.17: Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury is staying at Norwich until the end of the season after penning a new loan deal.

14.09: Giuseppe Rossi has pledged his long-term future to Villarreal, signing a new contract that will keep him at El Madrigal until 2016. The Italian had been linked with a number of top European sides inclding Tottenham and Juventus.

13.52: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still keeping his fingers crossed that Carlos Vela will be snapped up by a Premier League club on loan, after it emerged on Tuesday that Valencia are currently favourites to land the Mexican. Wenger said:

"There's nothing done at the moment, no. But that could be sorted out Wednesday or Thursday. Personally I wish (he would go to a Premier League club) because he's a great player and it will be easier for me to follow his progress but he is attracted by Spanish football because it is his home language. But hopefully we can find a good solution for him in England."

13.43: Aston Villa youngster Jonathan Hogg has joined Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season. The 22-year-old midfielder recently extended his contract at Villa Park until 2013, and manager Gerard Houllier thinks the opportunity to play first-team football will be valuable. "Jonathan has competed very well in the games he has played this season and this loan move will greatly assist in his career development," Houllier said.

13.31: Highly-rated Palermo starlet Javier Pastore says he is happy to stay in Sicily, though admitted that he dreams of one day moving to a bigger club. Pastore, who was named Serie A's Young Footballer of the Year last night, said: “Playing for a big club one day in the future is my dream. But right now the best decision is that of staying at Palermo to develop."

13.16: Everton are keen to add some creativity after Steven Pienaar's exit, but Goal.com say that they have had a bid of £3 million rejected for Spurs' Niko Kranjcar.

12.58: Sydney FC have threatened to file a complaint to FIFA after accusing Japanese club Shimizu S-Pulse of breaching regulations in their attempt to sign Alex Brosque.

12.53: Walter Smith is yet to be tempted to delve into the January transfer market and bolster his title-chasing Rangers squad, but says he is still considering his options. The Rangers boss told Blues News: "We've been looking over things but so far nothing has come up that would interest us. Therefore, we are as we are just now.''

12.40: Ruud van Nistelrooy's agent has revealed that the striker is angry at Hamburg after they did not let him join Real Madrid. "A contract extension with Hamburg can now be ruled out," Rodger Linse told the Hamburger Morgenpost. ''He cannot understand it (why Hamburg did not let him go) and he has got a problem with it. It is very, very painful. It is sad because Hamburg have no idea what they are doing to Ruud with this decision."

12.11: Hoffenheim may be on the verge of bringing in Liverpool's Ryan Babel, but Dutch defender Edson Braafheid appears to be on his way out of German titleholders Bayern Munich and could be of interest.

11.51: French teenager Antoine Griezmann, currently at Real Sociedad, says he is happy to be linked with Marseille.

“I like Marseille and yeah, it attracts me a lot,” he confessed to RMC. “OM makes me dream with their history and their supporters. But I'm really good at Real Sociedad. I play. For a 19-year-old, what is important is to have game-time.

“For now, I'm at Real Sociedad. I want to assert myself and become a major player here. The league is my style of play and is one of the best leagues in the world.”

11.40: Aritra thinks Arsenal need to focus on a defender rather than court Hazard:

In terms of signings we require, with the funds we have at our disposal, I would certainly rate the chances of a defender or a DM over Eden Hazard in January. Over the summer, however, if we can lay off Denilson and maybe Arshavin; Hazard would be a gem of a buy.

11.40: Leicester's interest in Villa defender Curtis Davis is hotting up as they look to take him on loan.

11.38: Another Juventus striker story - if you haven't been paying attention they have been linked with ALMOST every striker in game thus far - and now you can add Schalke 04 hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to the list. He wasn't great while at AC Milan, and surely just needs to stay put. Will he be keen?

11.28: West Ham's Valon Behrami is set to sign for Fiorentina after the Italian side reportedly agreed to pay the Hammers around £4.3 million.

11.15: Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel has joined AC Milan after he asked for his contract at the German club to be terminated. "Captain Mark van Bommel is joining AC Milan effective immediately," Bayern said in a statement. "The Dutch international asked for his contract to become void to transfer for sporting reasons."

10.51: Arsene Wenger has insisted there has been no approach for Tottenham's Jonathan Woodgate.

''That was not on our mind at all, completely out of the blue,'' Wenger said. ''I like Woodgate as a player, but we are not after him.''

The Gunners boss added: ''We are nowhere near (signing a central defender). At the moment I am not too confident.''

10.44: Uruguay defender Mauricio Victorino won't be moving to Blackpool on loan, as he has agreed a four-year deal with Cruzeiro. ''For my part the decision is made," he told La Nacion. "I have to think with my head and it is going to be a four-year contract."

10.28: AC Milan are now reported to be in pole position to sign Ganso. "Leonardo likes Ganso? I never went to Brazil for a holiday... his clause? This is very negotiable," Adriano Galliani told Il Corriere dello Sport.

"Milan are in advantage now in terms of Ganso's preferences. The deal could happen already by the start of next season," said one of the player's representatives.

10.17: Newcastle have emerged as the favourites to sign Aston Villa's out-of-favour midfielder Stephen Ireland.

10.11: Chelsea's Patrick van Aanholt could be Sven Goran Eriksson's next Leicester signing. It may only be on loan, but the Foxes are still keen to add more quality.

09.50: As they need a striker quickly, Real Madrid will make a move to sign Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor, according to Marca. Not really new news, but with Ruud Van Nistelrooy staying at Hamburg, their hand has been forced somewhat.

09.44: Tottenham are apparently keen to land Mark van Bommel if they can't do a deal with Real Madrid for Lassana Diarra.

09.29: Mohamed Diame has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United and Liverpool after blasting Wigan a "crappy place".

09.12: Inter are also chasing Santos star Ganso. "Ganso is a midfielder that we are talking about for the future, and not for January," Inter director Marco Branca said.

08.54: Ajax are not best pleased with Liverpool's chase for Luis Suarez. "We'll have to wait for them to come back with something more respectful," an Ajax spokesman is quoted as saying by The Guardian.

08.40: Sergio Aguero has said in the past that he "would never play for a team beginning with R", refering to Real Madrid, and former club Independiente's rivals Racing. But that hasn't stopped the Spanish press from linking him with a 35 million euro move to Real in the summer.

08.26: Arsenal's Carlos Vela is close to moving to Valencia after a deal was agreed in London last week, according to reports in Spain.

08.18: West Ham United are expected to complete moves for Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil and Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba on Tuesday.

08.10: Round up from the papers:

The Sun: Sir Alex Ferguson has made a late bid to nab Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain from under Arsenal’s noses. Johan Cryuff thinks that Barcelona are ready to sell Dani Alves to Manchester City. Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren has offered £6m for Kop flop Milan Jovanovic.

Daily Mail: Ruud van Nistelrooy's move to Real Madrid has been scuppered by Hamburg, who will not be listening to any offers. Rangers are targeting a deal for Portsmouth's Hermann Hreidarsson. Inter Milan director Marco Branca has said the club are after Sevilla striker and long-standing Tottenham target Luis Fabiano.

Daily Mirror: Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf is reportedly attracting attention from West Ham, but our source says that is rubbish because of his previous history of spitting at Hammers fans. Everton captain Phil Neville is still being tracked by Spurs, who could make another bid. Shaun Wright-Phillips was spotted at the Reebok stadium watching the defeat to Chelsea, so is being linked to Bolton. Nicola Zigic may give up on Birmingham and move back to Racing Santander.

08.00: Morning all, first rumour of the day is less than a rumour and more a quote from Arsene Wenger on Eden Hazard. ''He's a player that I have followed for some time, but I do not want to unsettle Lille now,’' explained Wenger. ''When he is available for transfer, we will see if there is the possibility to sign him.’'

January 24, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/24/2011

The father of Southampton's in-demand teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has confirmed that Arsenal are the "ideal choice" for his son, with reports suggesting a deal could be agreed imminently.


Highly-rated youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to be on his way to Emirates Stadium.© Getty Images

23.49 Closedown time. The window will be open tomorrow and we expect movement on Charlie Adam, David Luiz and Ryan Babel.

23.02 More on David Luiz from Carlo Ancelotti. "We are trying to find a solution," said the Chelsea boss after their defeat of Bolton. "He's a very good young player but we have not agreed anything. He is the only signing we are trying to make but if it's not possible, nothing changes."

22.10 We are told that West Ham are making a last-ditch attempt to sign Robbie Keane. He seems to have very few other irons in the fire...

21.59 New York Red Bulls have signed Norwegian midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli.

21.17 U-turn time - Ryan Babel will join Hoffenheim now, and that's despite Kenny Dalglish earlier saying he was set to stay. Story here.

19.20 Whispers on the BBC suggest that David Luiz is set for a work-permit hearing this Wednesday, which rather suggests that the move will go through.

19.12 The David Luiz saga continues, as Chelsea and Benfica are unable to agree a price, according to Harry Harris. We also hear that the old spectre of third-party ownership may be playing a part in this deal.

18.56 Joey Barton looks set to stay at Newcastle until the end of the season. He wants to sign a new deal, according to local newspaper, The Chronicle.

18.51 Fulham have sold Swedish forward David Elm to Swedish club Elfsborg, for an undisclosed fee. He's a Hodgson signing that didn't work out too well.

18.05 Our sources indicate that West Ham are to sign Gary O'Neil from Middlesbrough. Just what they need, another mediocre central midfielder. £1.5 million is the fee.

17.31: Could Fulham make a move for Jamie O'Hara? He's been linked with a switch now that Steven Pienaar is in at Spurs.

17.22: Sampdoria have signed former Middlesbrough striker Massimo Maccarone on a permanent contract from Palermo. Remember him?

17.13: Fulham have insisted that winger Damien Duff is not for sale. Cottagers boss Mark Hughes said: "I think Blackburn were trying to get in touch with me two or three weeks ago to see if there was any possibility of getting Damien but I didn`t even take the call. So that tells you my answer."

17.04: Ipswich Town boss Paul Jewell is being linked with Jimmy Bullard. The Hull City player, on a huge wage at the KC Stadium, has again barely played this season because of injury.

16.51: Birmingham chairman has defended the lack of transfer activity at the club this month, with David Bentley the only new face, saying owner Carson Yeung has spent heavily. "Carson has so far, in aggregate, spent £26.3million since his arrival," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "Unfortunately, most of the purchases have not been playing much and have not improved the team directly. There are no blames here against anybody. These things do happen. Equally, no one can blame him if he feels he is not sure if his money is well spent."

16.43: Patrice Evra's agent Federico Pastorelo says the Manchester United full-back will not be leaving Old Trafford in January, but did suggest that the Frenchman will make a decision on his future at the end of the season. Pastorelo said: "There has been interest, and I have read about Real Madrid but really the only official interest was from Inter Milan last summer. We had a long chat with Sir Alex Ferguson and it was decided he would stay in Manchester. We will sit down in the summer with Manchester United and decide whether he will extend his contract or move on."

16.21: Lens left-back Marco Ramos has joined Portuguese outfit Braga, the home city of the French-born defender's parents. Ramos said: "I am very proud of playing for such a big club as Braga as I will return to 'my' town - my parents are from Braga and live there. I am very excited about this opportunity as Braga's recent achievements have been praised all over Europe. I feel I am privileged to wear this shirt."

16.06: Simon Kjaer's agent Mikkel Beck says Chelsea are yet to approach Wolfsburg about a move for the Danish defender. Beck told Onside.dk: "We haven't heard anything from neither Wolfsburg nor Chelsea. We are concentrating on the fact that Simon is happy to play for Wolfsburg and has three-and-a-half years left on his contract."

15.53: West Ham have never been far from the headlines in this transfer window and ESPNsoccernet understands they have rejected a bid of £3.5 million from Sunderland for striker Frederic Piquionne.

15.42: South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala, the man who scored the opening goal of the 2010 World Cup, will join Championship side Nottingham Forest in June. Tshabalala wants to stay in South Africa until the end of the current season, in a bid to win the league with Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs.

15.31: Derby County are hoping to steal Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala from under the noses of Hull City, who he has been playing for during the first-half of the season. The Rams are keen to take the Spanish centre-back on loan, with boss Nigel Clough telling BBC Radio Derby: "We are trying for Daniel. He has had a hamstring injury so he is getting fit. We are just about agreed with the club, it's just convincing the player and trying to do the deal."

15.15: Napoli are closing in on Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz, with the 21-year-old centre-back thought to be hours away from moving to Italy in an €8.5 million deal.

14.53: MLS side Seattle Sounders have been linked with a shock move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan, according to Cadena Ser.

14.32: Former Mexico striker Guillermo Franco has joined Argentine side Velez Sarsfield.

14.18: Read the full story here about Charlie Adam's Blackpool transfer request.

14.06: It seems that Adriano Galliani's talks went pretty well in Munich. Voetbal International is reporting that Mark van Bommel has agreed terms with AC Milan and is heading to the San Siro from Bayern.

13.58: ESPNsoccernet understands that Shaun Wright-Phillips will be allowed to leave Manchester City for free in order to clear him from the club's wage bill. Read the full story herehttp://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/870225/shaun-wright-phillips-can-go-for-free?cc=5739.

13.50: Liverpool fan Bernhard Lew gives us an in depth look at who he reckons Kenny Dalglish should be in the market for this week:

At last we're hearing some movements & improvements from the Transfer Supremo ! C'mon, complete the long waited signing of Suarez ! No doubt Adam is a decent player but being priced at £14m by his club is such a joke ! Should offer max £5m take it or leave it to Blackpool. N'Zogbia would be a decent signing if we can't afford the likes of Young, Hazard or Elia. Hey, how about Downing ? SWP would be useful & can add width to the team too.

13.25: Il Corriere dello Sport says AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani is in Germany to complete a deal for Bayern Munich midfelder Mark van Bommel.

13.12: Wolfsburg have made an offer of £6 million for Liverpool attacker Milan Jovanovic, according to talkSPORT. The Serbian has failed to assert himself on the Reds first-team since joining the club from Standard Liege last summer.

12.57: Amsterdam-based newspaper Het Parool claims that talks between Liverpool and Ajax have broken down, with the Ducth giants apparently playing hardball in valuing Uruguay striker Luis Suarez at £30 million.

12.48: BBC Sport is reporting that Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam has put in a transfer request after the Tangerines rejected a bid from Liverpool for the midfielder.

12.34: Blackburn are looking to offload controversial attacker El Hadji-Diouf but West Ham won't be bidding for the Senegal international. A Hammers source told ESPNsoccernet: “I don’t think West Ham supporters would fancy him coming to Upton Park, especially in terms of an example to young children !" Diouf was accused of spitting at West Ham fans when he was playing for Liverpool in 2002.

12.26: Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo has stressed that in-demand Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez is not for sale. He warned Inter Milan and Chelsea off the Chilean, telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "Sanchez and (striker Antonio) Di Natale will stay put. I reiterate that nothing will happen until the end of the season. I want to keep Sanchez for at least another year. He is young and the players here know there is an opportunity to do something important and I don't think they want to leave.''

12.10: Apparently any Chelsea deal to bring David Luiz to Stamford Bridge would see a Blues youngster head in the other direction to Benfica on loan, with left-back Patrick van Aanholt or centre-half Jeffrey Bruma likely to be prime candidates.

12.05: Here's the full story on Ryan Babel staying at Liverpool.

11.54: According to our man in the know, Harry Harris, Demba Ba may have failed his West Ham medical, just as he failed his Stoke medical last week. We hsall keep you posted.

11.41: La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Wolfsburg defender Andrea Barzagli will complete a €500,000 move to Wolfsburg on Tuesday to provide some competition for centre-backs Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

11.24: German daily Bild is reporting that Wolfsburg have made a £10.2 million offer for prolific Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse, who has netted 15 goals in 17 Bundesliga games this season.

11.06: Inter Milan chief Marco Branca has revealed his plans to sign a striker as cover for Diego Milito. Branca said: “We have to be competitive on all fronts. If there is the chance to rest someone for some games, it can be an advantage to get certain results." La Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested Juventus' Amauri, Brescia's Andrea Caracciolo, Bolton's Johan Elmander and Sevilla's Luis Fabiano as possible targets, though the Nerazzurri are believed to be about to tie up a deal for Feyenoord frontman Luc Castaignos.

10.58: Ryan Babel is staying at Liverpool according to Kenny Dalglish. Will we see the Dutchman given a new lease of life?

10.48: Blackburn Rovers look set to miss out on a deal to sign Newell's Old Boys forward Mauro Formica, who is on the verge of agreeing a move to Monaco.

10.26: Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila says he would prefer to stay in France should he leave the club, with Lyon or Marseille his favoured destinations despite reported interest from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. “I don’t want to go abroad to be a substitute,” he told Surface magazine. “It would be a waste of time, even though financially it would be great. I don’t want to have too much hassle like that and become a flop.
Of course there are teams that are interested in France, like Marseille and Lyon, who could be a springboard for me to other clubs.”

10.12: Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to bring 20-year-old Belgium winger Eden Hazard to Arsenal, though he said he will wait patiently until Lille are ready to sell. Wenger said: "He's a player that I have followed for some time, but I do not want to unsettle Lille now. When he is available for transfer, we will see if there is the possibility to sign him." Read our profile of Eden Hazard here.

10.08: it's the one you have all been waiting for: Slovan Liberec forward Andrej Keric has agreed to join Czech giants Sparta Prague this summer on a three-year deal.

10.04: Real Madrid have offered Hamburg €2 million for Ruud van Nistelrooy, plus the opportunity to play them in a friendly for the Bundesliga side's 125th anniversary in 2012. The offer, though, has been flatly rejected by Hamburg president Bernd Hoffmann, who described the sale of the Dutch striker as "unthinkable", according to Marca.

09.54: West Ham have completed the loan signing of Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba. He failed a medical at Stoke last week, but that hasn't put off the Hammers.

09.50: Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo has committed his short-term future to the club, though from his comments you would think he may consider a move on Tuesday. He said: “As of today there is a 100 per cent chance of staying in Florence. Tomorrow I don't know. I have the moral obligation of only thinking about Florence.”

09.32: Here is the full story on Sulley Muntari's propsed move to Sunderland.

09.15: Remember that you can add your own comments and opinions using the tool below. That's exactly what Connor has done, offering his views on the current situation at Inter Milan:

Inter need to start looking to buy some talent. Yesterday's outing showed the age of the squad, and while I'm happy with our current players, they are getting old. I'd like to see a striker come to us, Lukaku if we could but he seems to have sealed his fate by choosing City, therefore ending his career...

09.06: Liverpool transfer supremo Damien Comolli has landed in the Netherlands as he looks to thrash out a deal for Ajax striker Luis Suarez. Voetbal International says that a €15 million bid has been rejected, though €20 million will reportedly be enough to prise the Uruguayan away.

08.57: Tuttomercatoweb.com reckons that out-of-favour Stuttgart midfielder Mauro Camoranesi is ready to end his Bundesliga nightmare by joining Real Zaragoza.

08.46: Looking around Europe now and a story from L'Equipe that Claudio Cacapa has returned to France with Ligue 2 side Evian-Thonon-Gaillard. It's been quite a fall from grace for the Brazilian, who won five Ligue 1 titles in five years as Lyon captain; his career was basically destroyed by a season at Newcastle and he has been back in Brazil with Cruzeiro for the past two years.

Three and a half years after leaving Lyon, will return to France. According to our information daily, Brazilian defender aged 34 is expected Tuesday in to go the traditional medical and sign in the wake of a six-month contract. These last two seasons, he moved to Cruzeiro, where he played only 23 league games.

08.17: Time now for a round-up of what the English press have to say this fine morning:

Despite Sulley Muntari ruling out a move to the north of England earlier this month, the Sun claims that Sunderland are ready to take the Inter Milan midfielder on loan with a view to signing him in a £6million deal. The newspaper also reports that Liverpool have flown officials out to the Netherlands for further talks with £20 million-rated Luis Suarez.

The Mirror is positively swarming with stories today - Emmanuel Adebayor to Monaco for £9 million, Sunderland to clinch £4 million signing of Ricardo Fuller, Charlie Adam to push through £5 million move to Liverpool and Harry Redknapp denying that Jonathan Woodgate will join Arsenal.

The Mail reports that Chelsea will finalise a deal to bring Benfica defender David Luiz in the next 24 hours, with the Portuguese defender set to seal a £26 million move. The very same newspaper says Tottenham will have to fork out £18 million if they are to prise Lassana Diarra away from Real Madrid, while Everton may revive their interest in Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani, with Hoffenheim and Sunderland also keen.

08.10: An early story this morning is that Southampton's 17-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has decided to follow in the footsteps of former Saint Theo Walcott and further his football education at Arsenal. The likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were also thought to be interested but he has chosen the Gunners, according to his dad.

08.05 GMT: Hello everyone and welcome to the penultimate Monday of the January transfer window. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the last full week will see a flurry of activity, as teams desperately search for additions that will help them in their pushes for honours or fights for survival.

January 23, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/23/2011

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has targeted Didier Drogba to ease his striker crisis at Real Madrid after initial negotiations to recruit Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor broke down, according to reports in the Sunday press.


Didier Drogba would be reunited with Jose Mourinho© Getty Images

23.54: Okay, that's your lot for tonight. We'll be entering the final week of the window tomorrow so join us in the morning as we look towards a day of transfer activity and groundless rumour.

23.52: Alan Pardew wants to keep Sol Campbell at Newcastle, even if he seems to have little interest in playing him. "He is a giant figure in the game and players can learn from him - even if he does not get in the team," he said.

23.41: Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are closing in on the signing of Ghana full-back Samuel Inkoom, with his club, Basel, describing the interest as “very concrete”.

23.35: Ian Holloway, asked if Charlie Adam would still be at Blackpool in February, replied: “I really don’t know.” He added that the transfer fee, though, would “have to have a one in front of it”. He’s been talking about his disgust for the £4 million Liverpool and Aston Villa bids on a regular basis lately.

23.25: Newell's Old Boys midfielder Mauro Formica looks set to join Monaco. Blackburn had been interested in the player.

23.18: It seems the MLS will have to do without Robbie Savage as he's turned down a move to Vancouver Whitecaps. More here.

22.55: Blackburn boss Steve Kean has also spoken of his annoyance at missing out on Seb Larsson. “It’s been a little bit frustrating to be honest. We bid for Seb Larsson and he’s now not available,” he said. “We respect Birmingham’s decision and we now move on.”

22.43: Here's a turnaround: Blackburn defender Chris Samba is set to sign a long-term deal in the next 24 hours. More here.

22.23: Fiorentina captain Riccardo Montolivo has no intention of leaving the club. “I can declare 100% that I will stay with Fiorentina,” he said.

22.04: Ajax coach Frank De Boer is less than delighted Urby Emanuelson left during the January window. “We have good talents coming through but some of them need another half a year,” he said. “Because players leave we have a thinner squad. We just need to look at how we deal with this."

21.42: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is reported to have held talks with Stoke over a move for Ricardo Fuller as he looks to replace Darren Bent before the close of the window.

21.24: An update, of sorts, from Jose Mourinho on his attempts to sign a new striker. “I haven’t spoken to Valdano,” he said. “I talk directly with the president and Jose Angel Sanchez. We haven’t spoken about signings. Until January 31, anything can happen but it can also not happen.”

21.15: Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is ready to take his chance now that Steven Pienaar has joined Tottenham. "I will definitely spend the remainder of the season at Everton,” he told Sport Express. “Now that Pienaar has gone, I will have more chances and I am going to ensure I take them - at the same time, though, I don’t want to be back in the team purely because another player has left."

21.00: Pep Guardiola remains hopeful Dani Alves will sign a new contract at Barcelona. “As far as I know, the negotiations have not collapsed,” he said.

20.46: Boca Juniors striker Pablo Mouche has agreed a loan move to West Ham but is still awaiting a passport. More here.

20.18: West Ham will pay £500,000 to take Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba on loan for the rest of the season, plus £1.5 million in wages. The Wayne Bridge deal is already costing the Hammers £2 million with wages.

20.09: Sky Sports News says Southampton starlet Alex Chamberlain is unlikely to join City as it's not viewed as the ideal place for a youngster to develop. Arsenal are said to be leading the race, and a bid is expected this week.

19.48: Mido has joined Egyptian side Zamalek after his stay at Ajax turned sour.

18.37: Guinea winger Pascal Feindouno is set to go on trial at Wigan after leaving Qatari club Al-Sadd.

18.05: Lazio coach Edy Reja insists Mauro Zarate will not be joining Juventus. “Zarate will not be leaving Rome and I can confirm this 200%,” he said. “I read an article in the Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday linking the boy to Juventus but I can declare that there is no truth to the story. I simply don’t know where such an idea sprung from.”

17.31 AC Milan have signed left-back Urby Emanuelson from Ajax, the Serie A club have confirmed. Emanuelson has signed a contract with the Rossoneri until June 30, 2014.

16.48 Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston insists Charlie Adam's future remains at Bloomfield Road. He said: "He's still a player who is under contract with Blackpool and Liverpool's offer only matches previous offers we have recently turned down from Aston Villa."

15.57 Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller is finally set to seal a move to Premier League rivals Sunderland early next week.

14.58 West Ham United are expected to complete the signing of Demba Ba on Monday after seeing off competition from Stoke, Everton, West Brom and Sunderland.

14.15 Joey Barton is on the verge of signing a new contract with Newcastle United after agreeing to take a drop in wages at St James Park.

13.15 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told French TV show Telefoot that Lille midfielder Eden Hazard is a player that interests him. Wenger said: “He is a player that I have followed for some time ... When he is available for transfer, we will see if there is the possibility to sign him.”

12.35 Sao Paulo have confirmed that 38-year-old playmaker Rivaldo has joined the club on a one-year loan deal from Mogi Mirim.

12.06 Liverpool target Luis Suarez claims he is ready to test himself in the Premier League. "It's because of the energy, and the spirit they put into the game in England," he said. "Now, I think it's a kind of football that suits me."

11.33 Manchester City have joined the chase to sign Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku, according to his agent.

10.50 A great rumour this one: Arsenal could make a shock move for Tottenham's injury-plagued centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, who is out of contract in the summer, in move to sure up their defence.

10.30 Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not want Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to join him at the San Siro. "How many top striker can you have at one club?" Ibrahimovic said.

09.59 Shaun Wright-Phillips is close to agreeing a move to Fulham which will see the England winger join on loan before signing on a permanent basis in the summer.

09.30 Arsenal will let out-of-sorts Russian striker Andrei Arshavin leave in the summer, according to the News of the World.

Newspapers: The Mail on Sunday claims Arsenal have won the race to sign Southampton starlet Alex Chamberlain and only a last-gasp bid from Manchester City could derail the deal. The paper also believes Shaun Wright-Phillips is set to join Fulham on loan and will complete a permanent move for £4 million if they stay up.

The Sunday Mirror believes Jose Mourinho, desperate to secure a striker at Real Madrid, will move for Didier Drogba.

Hamburg have rejected a Real Madrid bid for Ruud van Nistelrooy, according to Bild am Sonntag, and - although the player clearly wants to return to the Bernabeu - coach Armin Veh said: “You can expect him to stay.”

The People reports that Blackburn have targeted a summer move for 29-year-old Valencia winger Vicente Rodriguez. The same paper believes Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia.

09.00 Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has targeted Didier Drogba to ease his striker crisis at Real Madrid after initial negotiations to recruit Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor broke down, according to reports in the Sunday press.

January 22, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/22/2011

It seems unlikely that Charlie Adam will still be at Blackpool by the end of the January transfer window with Liverpool joining Aston Villa in the race to sign the Tangerines' skipper.


Charlie Adam: £4.5 million bid rejected© Getty Images

23.53: That's all for tonight. Make sure you're back tomorrow for all the big Sunday paper gossip.

23.42: Dirk Kuyt seems to be keen on a deal for Luis Suarez. “In our attack we really need a quality injection,” he said in the Mirror. “Only then I can see us climbing up again. We don’t have enough power and options up front right now.”

23.37: Lazio president Claudio Lotito has revealed the club could move for Sampdoria full-back Reto Ziegler after AC Milan refused to meet the asking price.

22.55: Dinamo Zagreb full-back Sime Vrsaljka, 19, is apparently attracting attention from the Premier League's top clubs, but Sportske Novosti says Arsenal have dropped out of the race. Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City, though, are said to retain an interest.

22.45: Palermo striker Massimo Maccarone's agent has denied he is set to join Fiorentina.

22.02: Lazio star Mauro Zarate seems to be permanently linked with a move somwhere or other but, after the latest reports of a row with coach Edy Reja, president Claudio Lotito said: “There is no Zarate problem. He has never been for sale and is absolutely not for sale, because he is a treasure for Lazio in the very long term."

21.33: Steve Bruce has again stressed that he will not be panicked into signing a replacement for Darren Bent.

21.19: Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is also talking down Liverpool's hopes of signing Charlie Adam. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We received a verbal bid of £4 million [from Liverpool] for Charlie on Friday, but it doesn't change the situation. He's still a player who is under contract with Blackpool and Liverpool's offer only matches previous offers we have recently turned down from Aston Villa."

20.48: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has said he might have to strengthen this month after seeing his side thrashed by Arsenal.

20.01: Ian Holloway, having complained for a long time about Villa's attempts to sign Charlie Adam for £3.5 million, now considers Liverpool's £4 million bid offensive. "I thought fantastic what a great club for him to go to and them when I heard the bid I thought it was
disgraceful," he said. "I don't think it was Kenny that put that offer in. Mr Comolli should look at what is going on and get realistic."

19.25: Arsene Wenger is maintaining his stance on January arrivals. “I am open-minded on it and if the right opportunity turns up we will take it,” he said. “It is not just because you want to buy that you find exactly what you need. Trust us, if the opportunity is there, we will take it; if it's not, we will play with the players we have, and I will not use that as an excuse if we don't win trophies.”

19.19: Birmingham won't be getting rid of Cameron Jerome this month. Blues' boss Alex McLeish said: ''How can we let someone go when we have not even brought anyone in. It would be madness. Jerome has these positives. He is quick and strong. We could do with getting someone else in who can compete for a place in the side alongside him as well as the other strikers.''

18.23: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has confirmed his club have turned down bids for captain Charlie Adam from Birmingham, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

18.00: Wolfsburg defender Andrea Barzagli is to join Juventus, according to his agent.

17.28: Claudio Marchisio has no plans to quit Juventus under any circumstances. “If I was called by Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea, I would be very polite, but my response would be: ‘No, thank you'," he told Tuttosport. “It’s true there was contact with Inter during the summer, but I would never have gone there. I want a career only in the Bianconeri jersey.”

16.57: It's a busy day for Genoa: they've signed midfielder Abdoulay Konko from Sevilla.

16.33: Santos have confirmed striker Ze Eduardo is set to join Genoa.

15.42 Liverpool manager has remained tightlipped about whether Charlie Adam would soon be heading to Anfield. "I know what's going on (regarding transfers) but that doesn't mean I have to tell you,'' Dalglish said.

14.58 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp says Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar can leave the club in the January transfer window.

14.14 AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has confirmed Ajax left-back Urby Emanuelson wil join the Italian giants, but not until the summer. "Emanuelson will be a Milan player in July surely," Galliani said.

13.32 Sulley Muntari's agent, Fabien Piveteau, claims that Sunderland lead the race to sign the Inter Milan midfielder.

13.15 Ajax manager Frank de Boer to hurry up and make an offer for striker Luis Suarez, insisting any deal must happen sooner than later.

12.53 Newcastle United have made another enquiry about the availability of Bayen Leverkusen midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta, but Anderlecht winger Jonathan Legear is also on Alan Pardew's radar.

12.43 Championship leaders QPR have raided the Premier League again to land West Bromwich Albion striker Ishmael Miller on loan.

12.38 Benfica have left their willingness to negotiate the transfer of David Luiz too late and Chelsea will sign Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer instead, according to Talksport.

12.23 Birmingham City have rejected a transfer request from want-away winger Sebastian Larsson, according to his agent.

11.58 Fulham manager Mark Hughes is hoping to sign young Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta on loan. "He's a player I know and I like the qualities he has," Hughes said.

11.38 West Ham United have been offered Blackburn Rovers forward El-Hadji Diouf but the relegation strugglers have a number of concerns about the controversial Senegal international.

11.17 Benfica have sent a contingent of officials to London to negotiate the transfer of defender David Luiz to Chelsea, according to reports in Portugal.

10.57 Blackburn Rovers captain Ryan Nelsen has signed a new deal which will keep him at the Premier League club unitl 2013.

10.41 Birmingham City winger Seb Larsson, who is being tracked by a number of Premier League clubs, has handed in a transfer request which has been rejected by Blues.

10.03 David Beckham will consider a permanent move back to the Premier League on a free transfer as he prepares for his final season with Los Angeles Galaxy.

09.57 Aston Villa are hoping to bring Peter Crouch back to Villa Park to partner new-signing Darren Bent, according to reports.

09.30 Newcastle have been linked with a swoop for Aston Villa misfit Stephen Ireland with Alan Smith a long-term injury victim.

Newspapers: The Daily Mirror report that West Ham are ready to move for controversial Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf and manager Avram Grant has a transfer list that also includes Robbie Keane, Demba Ba, Jamie O'Hara and Joe Cole.

Newcastle have made an inquiry for Bayer Leverkusen's Swiss midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta and Stoke City are trying to land £4 million Birmingham's striker Cameron Jerome, according to the Daily Mail.

According to The Sun, Michael Carrick, who has 18 months left on his contract, will be allowed to leave Manchester United in the summer due to injuries and a drop in form.

09.00 Liverpool have raised their offer for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam but the Seasiders have rejected the £4.5 million bid.

January 21, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/21/2011

After his general performance against Leeds United in the FA Cup on Wednesday night, few wouldn't forgive Championship clubs for turning down the chance to sign Nicklas Bendtner, but it's claimed that the Dane is worth an amazing £15 million.


Bendtner scores a rare goal. © Getty Images

17.40 That concludes the blog for the day. Join us tomorrow for more transfer tittle tattle.

17.40 Wayne Routledge has joined Queen's Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season.

17.23 Aston Villa are still in for Blackpool's Charlie Adam, according to Gerard Houllier. "We made no mystery after what was said by [Ian] Holloway in the press," said Gerry. "It is true we made a bid and it is true we like the player. It is true we would like to have him here." So that one will run and run.

17.00 Arsene Wenger refuses to be drawn on Gary Cahill. "At the moment, I can not come out with any name," he told reporters at his weekly press conference. "I think Gary Cahill is a very good player, but I can not tell you more. We like to keep our transfer negotiations always very secret, because it puts more pressure on when you go public so you would understand we don't want to speak publicly about that."

16.45 Harry Redknapp has had his say on a number of possible transfers.
First on Pavlyuchenko: "I know Steve (Bruce) is looking for a replacement (Darren Bent), but I doubt it very much."

Next up: Giuseppe Rossi: "Rossi? He's a good player but he's not available. Incredible Hulk? No. Not going to happen. I couldn't say we're close to doing anything with anyone.''

16.32: Parma say they are still in talks to sign Fabio Borini from Chelsea, the young striker who was expected to break into the Chelsea team this season but hasn't made the grade.

16.27: Tottenham have sent Ryan Mason out on loan to Championship side Doncaster Rovers for first team experience.

16.21: Carlo Ancelotti was in no mood to expand on possible transfer targets in his weekly press conference as he denied that the club have made contact with Udinese over Alexis Sanchez, refused to elaborate on Chelsea's pursuit of David Luiz and rejected reports that he had met with Steven Pienaar prior to the player joining Tottenham (as we mentioned earlier.

16.17: Sky Sports believe that Newcastle United want to sign Bayer Leverkusen's Tranquillo Barnetta, the Swiss international.

16.12: Has Arsene Wenger given a guarded hint that he will indeed be signing a certain Bolton Wanderers defender? He said: "At the moment, I cannot come out with any name. I think Gary Cahill is a very good player, but I cannot tell you more."

15.59: Carlo Ancelotti says he never wanted Steven Pienaar at the club, and that he has plenty of quality midfielders. Sour grapes?

15.51: ESPNsoccernet's Harry Harris has confirmed that El Hadji Diouf has been offered to West Ham United.

15.45: Mike Grella's move from Leeds to Motherwell is off as he has already played for Carlisle and Leeds this season. He cannot play for more than two clubs in one season.

15.37: Birmingham misfit Michel, signed by the club a year ago after an 18-month pursuit, has left the club on loan to join AEK Athens. His made just nine appearances - nice work.

15.29: It looks like, as Harry Harris revealed on Thursday, Juan Roman Riquelme will not be moving to Blackburn with manager Steve Kean saying: "I don't think a marquee signing will happen." He also revealed that two bids for Birmingham's Seb Larsson have been rebuffed.

15.23: Rangers striker Kenny Miller has officially signed for Bursaspor and been paraded in front of thousands of fans. Quite bizarre pictures of that.

15.14: Galatasaray have made a trio of signings this Friday. Goalkeeper Robinson Zapata and striker Bogdan Stancu have moved from Steaua Bucharest, while Kas?mpasa SK midfielder Yekta Kurtulus has moved there too.

15.02: Following on from the news of the Aaron Ramsey loan to Cardiff, Carlos Vela and Henri Lansbury are also confirmed to be going out on loan. "I am considering to give Ramsey one month out on loan, with a possibility of him going to Cardiff,” said Wenger. “I don’t want [Ramsey] to go to a Premier League club because I want him to finish the season with us. I just look for competition for him. There is much interest in [Vela] for a loan, that is what I want to do. We have plenty of clubs who are interested in him. At the end of the day I look for a guarantee [that he will play]. For him, he has as well to agree to join the club who wants him."

14.56: Manchester United have again been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Now, which club is short on strikers at the moment...

14.51: Crystal Palace are expected make a loan move for Everton reserve striker Magaye Gueye.

14.28: ESPNsoccernet's Harry Harris informs us that Stoke City have asked about the availability of Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome. But with Stoke having signed John Carew do they really need another big man up top?

14.13: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has attempted to put an end to speculation about his future by insisting that he wants to play for the Bianconeri for the rest of his career.

14.08: Blackburn want to sign Barcelona youth Ruben Rochina on loan for the rest of the season. Barcelona? Or Blackburn? Tough decision.

14.04: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said in his weekly press conference that he is likely to send Aaron Ramsey out on loan to Cardiff as he continues to build up his fitness.

14.02: Ian Holloway has revealed that his hopes of signing George Boyd and Craig Mackail-Smith from Peterborough United could fail. "We were only offered £3.5million for Charlie Adam. Peterborough want that for two lads who were in a team that got relegated from the Championship," said Holloway, quoted in the Blackpool Gazette. "I don't mean that as an insult at all but I'm saying let's have a look at reality.

13.51: It looks like Roman Pavlyuchenko could leave Spurs, as he is concerned about dropping down the pecking order should they make new signings up front. He has also turned down contract offers. He told Sport Express: "The proposed conditions do not suit me yet. The amount became a bit more, but not as much as I want. But this is not the only reason I have taken a pause - I want to see what else will happen before the transfer window closes."

13.40: Liverpool defender Steven Irwin has started a trial with SPL side Aberdeen and could be on the move before the end of the month.

13.30: Ajax have admitted that Liverpool target Luis Suarez is destined to leave the club sooner rather than later, but it seems they would rather not sell him this month. Is that deal dead in the water?

12.54: Tottenham have been linked with a move for Manchester United utility defender Wes Brown, but Sir Alex Ferguson says he will be going nowhere. “Wes is such a good defender, but I certainly won’t be letting him go on loan,” said Ferguson.

12.50: Stephane Sessegnon may have returned to training with PSG, but his move to Sunderland is edging closer. The Sunderland Chronicle says he will fly to the club for talks over a £4.5 million transfer this weekend.

12.47: Chelsea are rumoured to be at the front of the queue to sign Werder Bremen's Marko Marin, who is a 21-year-old playmaker.

12.45: Italy World Cup goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has been told he can leave Serie A side Cagliari after the player had been banished from the club at the start of the season for comments made to the press. He is like to join Genoa.

12.42: Liverpool transfer supremo Damien Comolli has confirmed the club are interested in signing Luis Suarez and Ashley Young. "We are looking primarily for an attacking player with pace because the team is short on pace," Comolli told Canal+Sport. "And as far as Suarez is concerned, at the moment there is no dialogue with Ajax. He is one of the players we are interested in. Will he be available in January? This is another story. For Young, if he is on the market then we will be interested. But I don't believe that is the case."

12.34: We're hearing whispers that Stephen Ireland is to leave Aston Villa after just six months and join Newcastle United on loan for the rest of the season. What a terrible move that has been for the former Man City man.

12.26: Malaga are expected to completed the signing of River Plate midfielder Diego Buonanotte later on Friday. He will move for a fee of around £3.5m.

11.59: John Carew has completed his loan move to Stoke City, and remember that Ricardo Fuller is about to leave Stoke for Sunderland which completes a transfer triangle started by Darren Bent.

11.40: Sampdoria are locked in talks to sign Pasquale Foggia from Lazio.

11.34: Keisuke Honda, the Japan midfielder, says he wants a move to La Liga rather than the Premier League when it opts to leave CSKA Moscow, according to his agent.

11.31: Marco Ramos has left Lens, with the defender moving to Portugal to sign for Braga for an undiscosed fee.

11.26: Championship side Millwall have signed Darren Purse following his release by Sheffield Wednesday.

11.22: Liverpool defender Stephen Darby has been loaned to Notts County for the rest of the season.

11.10: Another West Brom story, with the Premier League club loaning Romaine Sawyers and Kayleden Brown to League Two club Port Vale.

10.56: Middlesbrough need a new defender to replace David Wheater, and there are reports that West Brom's Abdoulaye Meite could join on loan.

10.52: Blackburn have officially terminated the contract of unsettled defender Pascal Chimbonda. He was told by former manager Sam Allardyce in November he could leave this month and new boss Steve Kean has followed that through.

10.31: BBC Radio Stoke is reporting that Sunderland have had a bid of around £3 million accepted by Stoke for striker Ricardo Fuller.

10.23: Youssouf Mulumbu has signed a new contract with West Bromwich Albion which will run until the summer of 2013.

10.09: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish says he is in no hurry to sell Seb Larsson despite strong interest from both Newcastle and Blackburn.

09.59: Plenty of stories around claiming that Everton have completed the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier - but nothing on their official site as yet.

09.45: Rio Ferdinand is adamant Manchester United have the strongest squad in the Premier League, despite Manchester City's continued spending in the transfer window.

09.29: Stephane Sessegnon has returned to training with PSG after going AWOL in order to try and force through a move to Sunderland.

09.12: Defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila says his dream is to one day play for Manchester United. The Rennes player is quoted as saying: "Manchester United is the club of my dreams. It's a very prestigious club and I dream to play for them."

09.00: Nottingham Forest midfielder Matt Thornhill will join SPL side Hibernian on a free transfer on Monday.

It's time to take a look through the morning newspapers:

The Sun: Nicklas Bendtner has told Arsenal he will not be forced out of the club despite being given limited chances, with the Gunners valuing him at £15 million ... Sunderland have upped their bid for Charles N'Zogbia to £9m but Wigan want £10 million ... Chelsea will have new talks with Benfica to sign David Luiz ... Man City will move for Gregory van der Wiel of Ajax, who has a £17 million release clause ... West Ham will sign Demba Ba on loan with the option to buy ... Spurs have been quoted £35 million for Villarreal's former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi ... Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United do not need to spend as they have the best squad in the league.

Daily Mail: West Ham could try and sign El-Hadji Diouf on a free transfer from Blackburn and will move again for Robbie Keane ... Everton are to sign Eric Dier on loan from Sporting Lisbon ... Blackburn have cancelled the contract of Pascal Chimbonds ... Liverpool are closing in on Luis Suarez.

Daily Mirror: Borussia Dortmund say Manchester United want £20million-rated midfielder Shinji Kagawa ... Blackburn will offer Chris Samba a new contract and make him their highest paid player ... Birmingham boss Alex McLeish says it is not certain they will sign anyone this month ... Seb Larsson has handed in a transfer request at Birmingham ... Sunderland have been left stunned by a £12m asking price for Charles N'Zogbia ... West Ham have again ruled out sending Robbie Keane out on loan ... Alan Pardew has pleaded with owner Mike Ashley to release transfer funds at Newcastle ... Fulham will sign Gael Kakuta on loan from Chelsea.

Daily Express: Steve Bruce will not pay £14 million for Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Independent: Villarreal's Guiseppe Rossi is available for £16.25 million.

January 20, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/20/2011

Andrei Arshavin has been in less than sparkling form for Arsenal of late, and it appears his former club would be ready to offer him an escape route should Arsene Wenger look to cash in.


Andrei Arshavin is attracting attention from his former club

23.59: That's your lot for today, more of the same tomorrow as we draw closer to the end of the window.

23.05: Liverpool director Damien Comolli has revealed the club ARE interested in Luis Suarez and Ashley Young, although there is no movement over their potential transfers to Anfield.

"We are looking primarily for an offensive player because the team is short on pace,'' he said. ''As for Suarez, At the moment there is no dialogue with Ajax but he is one of the players we are interested in. Will he be available in January? It's another issue.

"As for Young, if he is available then he will be of interest for us. But I do not think that this is the case."

22.21: Manchester City have decided to loan out Javan Vidal - no relation to namesake Gore - to Chesterfield for a month's loan. Bit too much competition for places at Eastlands.

21.29: The Philadelphia Union have announced they have signed two Colombian internationals, goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon and defender Carlos Valdes.

20.51: Mark Hughes is keen to tie up a deal to keep Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy at the club as his contract expires in the summer. "We are still talking but we are very hopeful that a deal will be concluded very quickly," said the Fulham boss. ''There's a will to do it on both sides. Danny's a fit guy, leads his life well, and there's no reason why he cannot play at the top level for a number of years."

20.17: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has again stressed that he has no plans to leave the club. "I signed a new contract last summer and still have more than five years left to run on it,” he said. "Obviously, I want to be part of a team that has the chance to win the title, win major trophies and to play with the best players, but I expect that to happen here at Liverpool, and for the club to return itself to that level. I plan to stick with my contract.”

19.50: Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano appears to be keen on a move to Juventus. “In truth, Juve have not yet officially manifested their interest with me or with Sevilla,” agent Jose Fuentes told Calcio Mercato. “Neither has Wolfsburg. The only official bid has come from Corinthians.

“Obviously Juventus are a great club and he’d love to move to Italy, but at the moment there is no formal offer. If he has to stay at Sevilla, then he will, but if an official bid comes in from an interesting club then we’ll evaluate it and consider the idea of leaving.”

19.24: FIFA agent Fabrizio Ferrari claims Lyon star Michel Bastos is attracting the attention of Italy’s top clubs. "Certainly I don't exclude their interest, even if I haven't witnessed it and there has been no offer from Inter," he told Tuttomercatoweb. "As far as I know, Juventus and Milan are the clubs mostly on track for Bastos."

18.56: Skysports.com reports that Birmingham are stepping up their interest in Leicester midfielder Richie Wellens.

18.30: Sevilla defender Antonio Luna has joined Almeria on loan until the end of the season.

18.27: St Etienne striker Dimitri Payet, linked with Liverpool last year, could be heading to Italy. “His dream is to play for a big club like Inter or Milan," his agent, Jacques-Olivier Auguste, told Calcio Mercato. “For the time being, there are no negotiations with clubs in either France or Italy.”

18.11: Rangers have confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Bursaspor for the transfer of Kenny Miller. More here.

18.10: It's being claimed Pascal Chimbonda's contract at Blackburn has been terminated tonight.

18.00: More from Zenit St Petersburg sporting director Igor Korneev. Zenit are reported to have made a €15 million move for Cologne forward Lukas Podolski and, while he has denied that suggestion, he has hinted that they are monitoring the situation: "If it is said that we are interested then that may be correct, but there have been no concrete discussions."

17.52: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is keeping quiet over his transfer plans. Asked whether he was interested in Manchester City striker Jo, he replied: “I don't want to talk about names. It is better I remain tight-lipped and I don't give the fans false hope.”

17.48: Reader Gfunk believes Arsenal should give serious consideration to any offer for Andrei Arshavin.

This news of Arshavin comes as no surprise, look at his form this year. Arguably one of his worst seasons to date. I would welcome a transfer for the Russian assassin but do you really think AW would do such a thing. Arshavin still has quality football left in him and once a certain matchup comes in less than 30 days, you will see a revitalized AA. The champs league is where Arsenal need Arshavin, unfortunately the truth of it is he doesn't care about the league or pointless trophies like the carling cup. The last week of the window is always so interesting, if Arsenal get a legit offer for Arshavin the move must be made and in return a world class CB must be signed.

17.37: Steve Bruce has warned Sunderland fans not to expect a big-money replacement for Darren Bent this month. “I have to say to the Sunderland fans it would be wrong for them to think I am going to go and spend £20 million on a striker,” he said. “That ain't going to happen.”

17.25: Everton are to sign 17-year-old English defender Eric Dier on loan from Sporting Lisbon. Read all about it here.

17.13: Zenit sporting director Igor Komeev has revealed he would be happy to bring Andrei Arshavin back to the club. "With Arshavin it is very simple - we would always welcome him back to the club, whether that is now or in the future," he said at a press conference. He also denied Danny could leave the club: "He has no plans to leave Zenit. Danny will not leave us."

17.08: Parma are edging closer to a deal for Chelsea striker Fabio Borini. “I want to clarify that for now the player still belongs to Chelsea,” Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi told Sky Sport Italia. “It is an important transfer operation and we are optimistic that we can positively close the negotiations.”

17.02: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is still banging on about Aston Villa’s £3.5 million offer for Charlie Adam. Asked about a fair price for Adam, he replied: “How do I work out what that market value is when clubs are paying absolutely ludicrous amounts of money for people I don't see as being as good as Charlie? Obviously Aston Villa are a massive club, but how can they rate Darren Bent at that sort of figure [£24 million] and offer me that for Charlie? I think it is quite derisory.”

16.50: Victor Obinna's agent, Valentino Nerbini, has revealed the Inter striker wants to remain on-loan at West Ham despite reports he could be tempted to try his luck elsewhere.

“I can exclude Birmingham,” Nerbini told Tuttomercatoweb.com. “There has been some talk about the player but as it stands right now, he intends to stay put unless we receive a tempting offer from Italy. The player is happy at West Ham and this is the reason why he is set to remain there until June 2011. So far, three clubs - Fiorentina, Bologna and Udinese - have come forward in this transfer market.''

16.37: SkySports.com claims Millwall have joined Nottingham Forest in the race to sign South Africa star Siphiwe Tshabalala.

16.33: Watford have signed Tottenham winger Andros Townsend on loan until the end of the season. Townsend, 19, spent the first half of this campaign on loan with Ipswich and marked his full Spurs debut with a goal in the FA Cup win over Charlton earlier this month.

16.26: You might have thought that Mauro Boselli was a complete failure at Wigan who lost his place in the team and so had to leave, but it turns out he joined Genoa on loan because he hadn't been aware of the weather in the area. "I left England because it was too cold," he said.

16.20: Reader Tim Herb writes:

A player that seems to have been forgotten about this transfer window has been Steven Defour. He was high on so many teams' lists last window, and I've yet to see anything about him this month. He's a great center midfielder and needs to get out of Belgium to really flourish.

It’s most likely because he’s currently injured - and will be for the next five weeks or so - but former Standard team-mate Milan Jovanovic says he is still in contact: “Sometimes I hear something from Steven Defour. He supports me in Liverpool and I support him now that he is injured."

16.17: Wolfsburg centre-back Andrea Barzagli, 29, is reportedly planning to ask club officials to allow him to join Juve.

16.10: Juventus have apparently failed to reach an agreement for striker Diego Forlan due Atletico Madrid’s excessive asking price. Attentions will now turn to Sevilla's Luis Fabiano by the sounds of things. Juve are desperate to sign another striker after Luca Toni became the latest injury victim.

16.02: Hamburg are determined to keep Ruud van Nistelrooy, but Real Madrid aren’t giving up on him. “We're on it,” Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano said. “This week is going to be definitely one way or another.”

15.46: Will on-loan Benfica winger Rodrigo be making a permanent £6 million move to Bolton. “Bolton are very happy with the performances of Rodrigo and they showed interest in having him permanently, but this is something to be dealt with by both clubs,” the player’s father said. The Bolton News says that, as Real Madrid have the option to re-sign Rodrigo for £10 million, Bolton feel the £6 million price tag is a little steep.

15.41: ESPNsoccernet has been in touch with Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent to see whether the striker is leaving White Hart Lane. Find out more here.

15.31: This one's moving quickly: Villa striker John Carew has passed a medical at Stoke, according to Sky Sports News, ahead of a loan move.

15.20: Steve Bruce might be stepping up his efforts to sign a striker now as Danny Welbeck's out until March, leaving Sunderland with just one fit striker in the first-team squad. Stephane Sessegnon could be joining soon, though. More here.

15.08: Meanwhile, Demy de Zeeuw has denied the rumour that Luis Suarez had said goodbye to his team-mates on Wednesday as the move to Liverpool was in place, and said Suarez wouldn’t leave without saying goodbye. Talks are apparently still ongoing.

15.03: Frank de Boer seems determined to hang on to Liverpool target Luis Suarez even if they’re doing fine without him after his seven-match suspension. Speaking after the 2-0 win over Feyenoord on Wednesday, he said: “We need players like Suarez if we want to be champions - that’s why we don’t want him to go to Liverpool. Without Suarez, though, I believe we have won four matches...”

14.52: Striker Erik Jendrisek has completed his move from Schalke to Freiburg. “Jendrisek is a young, experienced and accurate striker who fits well with our team," Freiburg sporting director Dirk Dufner said.

14.41: The Manchester Evening News reports that Steve Bruce is hoping to seal a permanent deal for on-loan Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck with the cash raised from Darren Bent’s departure. The London Evening Standard, though, “understands that [Bruce] wants to sign Peter Crouch because he feels the England international will suit the team's style of play and combine well with Asamoah Gyan”.

14.26: Seems Wigan aren't planning to strengthen this month. “I don’t think there’ll much in the way of activity,” chief executive Jonathan Jackson told the Wigan Evening Post. “Fortunately, I think we’re over the worst of our injury crisis, and we’re hoping to see the return of Victor [Moses] and James [McCarthy] soon in addition to Franco [Di Santo]. That’s a huge boost for the club - it’s almost like having three new signings."

14.17: Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp has confirmed the club have held talks with Aston Villa striker John Carew.

14.13: Motherwell have signed Leeds striker Mike Grella on loan until the end of the season.

14.05: Hugo Almeida seems to want a move to Real Madrid despite agreeing a move to Besiktas last month. “To be reunited with Mourinho remains an ambition and I cannot deny that,” he told Record. “It is a dream to work with the best coach in the world. We have discussed the possibility that I would join Real Madrid in recent months and, although ultimately nothing came of it, I still want to work with Mourinho in the future.”

13.47: According to A Bola, Porto are close to completing the signing of Quilmes forward Juan Manuel Iturbe. Still just 17, he has inevitably been compared to Barcelona genius Lionel Messi.

13.39: Inter coach Leonardo has sparked speculation that, having helped bring Alexandre Pato, Thiago Silva and Kaka to former club Milan, he could now strengthen his current club’s Brazilian ranks with an offer for Santos playmaker Ganso. Leonardo told the Italian press he “really likes” the young international.

13.31: Bursaspor claim they have now reached an agreement over Rangers striker Kenny Miller.

13.24: Tuttosport says Juve are looking to sell midfielder Mohamed Sissoko in order to finance a move for Sevilla and Brazil striker Luis Fabiano, who has signalled he is ready to leave the Spanish club. Sissoko has been linked with Schalke, as well as Fulham and Newcastle in the Premier League.

13.17: He's apparently talking to Stoke, but reports in Norway suggest John Carew could be heading to Sunderland. Verdens Gang says the Villa striker could be arriving as a replacement for £24 million man Darren Bent.

13.10: Hong Kong club South China have followed up their signing of Nicky Butt with the capture of former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman.

13.06: Feyenoord captain Ron Vlaar says he is undecided about his future with his contract set to expire in 2012.

13.00: Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport reports that Diego Forlan’s agent was in the city yesterday, leading to speculation that the Atletico Madrid striker could be joining the Bianconeri. The club could also sign Wolfsburg’s Italian defender Andrea Barzagli.

12.47: Sky Sports News reports that Villa striker John Carew, who has a difficult relationship with Ged Houllier, is in talks with Stoke.

12.46: Bild details how Zenit St Petersburg are interested in bringing Lukas Podolski to the club from Cologne. The forward is prolific at international level but not so in the Bundesliga. Perhaps a change of environment would do him good.

12.28: Anderlecht star, and Golden Shoe winner, Mbark Boussoufa says he would welcome the chance to replace Steven Pienaar at Everton. "Listen, I am very happy here but you never know what will happen in football," he said. "Once all parties are happy, you can move on. Everton? They are a very good club and to play in England would be fantastic."

12.17: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan says the club have not received any offers for Sunderland target Charles N’Zogbia. “I’ve always said to Charles if a top-six club comes in for him, he can speak with them,” Whelan told the Manchester Evening News. “We’ll never stand in a player’s way. We don’t want to sell him, we’ve no plans to sell him and we haven’t received any offers at this stage."

12.03: Disappointingly, Harry Harris tells us that Blackburn will not be signing Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme. It would have been great to see him in England.

11.57: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has conceded he is interested in Anderlecht teenager Romelu Lukaku, who is wanted by just about every club in Europe, but says nothing will happen in the immediate future. More here.

11.52: Harry Harris has learned that Chelsea's fear of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations has left them reluctant to push the boat out for Benfica defender David Luiz.

11.31: It appears Real Madrid have secured a deal to sign little-known 17-year-old Dragovoljca starlet Eduard Husinec. “I’m delighted,” he told Sportske Novosti. “Cristiano Ronaldo gave me a shirt, I talked a lot with Fernando Hierro, and I met Jose Mourinho.”

11.15: Here’s one we missed earlier from the newspapers: the Daily Telegraph claims Manchester United are planning for the possible loss of Patrice Evra by targeting Benfica’s Fabio Coentrao and Everton’s Leighton Baines. Are they of the required standard at Old Trafford?

10.56: BREAKING NEWS: It is reported that Wolves have signed Barnsley winger Adam Hammill on a deal until 2014. The former Liverpool youngster had a £500,000 release clause in his contract.

10.47: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says he has had productive talks with the club’s owners regarding transfer targets, although he would not speak directly about Ajax forward Luis Suarez despite talks continuing between the two clubs. “They are good people and we had a positive meeting with John and Tom," Dalglish said. "We discussed many things, one was obviously transfers. We are not going to give names or talk about sums of money.”

10.25: Want more on David Wheater's move from Middlesbrough to Bolton Wanderers this morning? Look no further than our full story on the first move of the day.

10.06: Here's our full story on the news that Everton have tied up the long-term contracts of Victor Anichebe and Seamus Coleman.

10.02: L’Equipe reports that Fulham could be closing in on the loan signing of Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta, who has had sporadic chances to impress in Carlo Ancelotti’s first XI this season. It would be nice and easy to move down the road, so this one seems a goer.

09.48: Manchester City’s spending spree is showing no sign of ending and despite having Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta and Jerome Boateng on their books, Dutch paper De Telegraaf reports a club delegation watched Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel in action against Feyenoord on Wednesday.

09.37: BREAKING NEWS: Bolton confirm the signing of Middlesbrough defender David Wheater. Will this pave the way for Gary Cahill to leave the club?

09.24: We have news of a confirmed transfer from Italy where Sampdoria have completed the signing of Hungarian defender Zsolt Laczko. He arrives at the club as a replacement for former Spurs man Retio Ziegler, who has been targeted by AC Milan.

09.05: Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme to Blackburn? Eh? According to an agent close to the club, it could well happen in January. Given he struggled to settle in Spain, we aren't sure a move to Lancashire is really on the agenda for the playmaker in all honesty.

09.01: BREAKING NEWS: Everton announce that Victor Anichebe and Seamus Coleman have both signed new contracts at Goodison Park.

08.41 Having turned down a move to Birmingham City, it appears Rangers striker Kenny Miller is in Turkey to put the finishing touches to his move to Bursaspor.

08.33: The Independent's Sam Wallace leads the way this morning with his report that Spurs could be poised to make an offer for former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi, who has been in excellent form for Villarreal this season. The paper also reports that Liverpool and Ajax are £8 million apart in their valuation of Luis Suarez, which is a fairly big obstacle to overcome.

The other story catching our eye this morning comes courtesy of the Daily Mirror, who report that Monaco could be interested in luring former striker Emmanuel Adebayor back to the club. How the 'mighty' have fallen eh? It appears Manchester City have no place for the striker.

The Daily Mail don't let us down this morning, reporting that Chelsea will turn to Manchester City's Joleon Lescott if they cannot agree a deal for Benfica's £26 million-rated defender David Luiz. Meanwhile, Liverpool could loan Paul Konchesky back to Fulham and Aston Villa have upped their offer for Charlie Adam to £4 million.

Finally, the Daily Express details how Sunderland's interest in Roman Pavlyuchenko has fallen through as Spurs are determined to recoup the £13.8 million they paid for the Russian striker.

08.15: We will take a quick look around the morning newspapers to bring you the headlines doing the rounds on Thursday morning. Back in a few minutes...

08.05: Good morning everyone, and welcome to our latest instalment of the rolling transfer blog. Bent, Pienaar and Edin Dzeko aside, this has been a bit of a barren January, but let's hope for some fresh developments today.

January 19, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/19/2011

Chelsea are eager to sign a new defender, with two targets in mind: Simon Kjaer and David Luiz.


David Luiz and Simon Kjaer

23.55: That's all for the transfer blog for tonight. Thanks for joining us - we'll be back again tomorrow morning.

23.18: Mexico international Nery Castillo has signed for Greek side Aris on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk.

23.12: Leeds boss Simon Grayson says there are no plans to sell any players this month. "Hopefully the ambition of the players can be fulfilled here - we are not a selling club and don't need to sell anybody."

22.50 Former Aston Villa striker Juan Pablo Angel is on the move, he has joined David Beckham at the LA Galaxy after his contract with the New York Red Bulls expired.

21.33: Toulouse defender Franck Tabanou is attracting interest from Inter, according to his agent, but he won't move until June.

21.05: Everton striker James Vaughan appears to be close to sealing a loan move to Celtic.

20.35: The talk of Luis Suarez heading to Liverpool has been heating up, but reader Ken is dampening expectations.

I am a big liverpool fan and to anyone who thinks we can get sergio ramos to sign for us is an idiot and NESV aren't going to spend tons of money in the winter window because players are overpriced and they know that. They have spent money on the Red Soxs because they have made money there and i would like to see them make a move, but if you remember John Henry said when they move for a player they do not want the media circling them. I want Suarez bad to be at Liverpool, but dont be surprised if we get Arda Turan or Keisuke Honda because they have both been quiet this window and Kenny is fond of them both.

20.31: The BBC is reporting that Jose Bosingwa - out of contract in the summer - is set to sign a new one-year deal soon. Milan hinted they could make a summer move for the 28-year-old recently.

19.46: Zamalek have announced that Ghana midfielder Ibrahim Ayew has joined Belgian side Lierse.

19.21 Sampdoria full back Reto Ziegler is being linked with a move to Serie A leaders AC Milan according to Football Italia. Zsolt Laczko's move to Samp apparently frees up the former Spurs man to make the switch.

19.06 Chelsea have had a third bid for Benfica defender David Luiz rejected, with the Portuguese club understood to be holding out for £25 million for the 23-year-old. Read all about that transfer battle here.

18.45: The Express & Star says Wolves are closing in on the deal for Barnsley winger Adam Hammill.

18.37: Former Juventus director Luciano Moggi isn't impressed with the club's recent signings. “We need to look at the immediate needs," he said. "Luca Toni obviously isn't a name for the future. As for Antonio Floro Flores, he's a reserve at Udinese…”


18.01: Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, asked if the club could still bring in big names like Fernando Torres, said: "Yes. Look at our history. We will be driven by value but we certainly have the resources to have some targets. We are in this for the long-term and every pound that we make will strengthen the club. We do have great resources."

17.44: Marca claims Sporting defender Jose Angel wants to join Malaga.

17.20 Tottenham's Luka Modric has rejected speculation he could leave for a Premier League rival or move abroad. "There's no truth in all these rumours," he told Sportske Novosti back in Croatia."The only truth is that I'm a Tottenham player and I'm happy to be where I am. I'm fully focused on my job. Following my arrival in 2008 every transfer window is the same. Newspapers are always talking about me moving away." Yes, these transfer tittle tattlers really are a pest...

17.00 Reports in Ghana suggest Sulley Muntari is wanted by Sunderland and Everton.

16.57 Does anyone want him? Robbie Keane isn't wanted by Sunderland either. Story here.

16.24 AC Milan look set to miss out on Christian Eriksen, who has revealed to Voetbal International he is happy to remain with Dutch giants Ajax. At just 18, he is not yet ready to take the next step.

15.52 Mirko Vucinic's agent has insisted the striker has no desire to leave Roma after being linked with both Tottenham and Inter Milan.

15.49 More on Lukaku from our man in Belgium: "According to French magazine Sport/Foot, Anderlecht's highly rated teenager, Romelu Lukaku, will move to Manchester City at the end of the current season. Sport/Foot quote a "reliable source" who says the player's agents will travel to Manchester today to finalise contract talks, which have supposedly taken 15 days. Lukaku's manager formally denies the rumour. Should the move materialise, Lukaku, a hot favourite to win Belgium's Golden Boot award this evening, would link up with fellow Belgians Dedryck Boyata and Vincent Kompany."

15.46 Watford have signed Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann on loan until the end of the season. That will pay a small proportion of Darren Bent's wages.

15.36 La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Sampdoria have told Milan they must bid more if they want to sign former Spurs defender Reto Ziegler.

15.29 Striker David Trezeguet is being linked with a move back to Italy with AC Milan after just six months in Spain with Hercules.

15.22 Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback is a loan target for both Blackpool and Preston North End.

15.16 Aston Villa have insisted they did nothing wrong in their move for Darren Bent after Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn seemed to suggest there was something fishy about it.

15.05 Chelsea are stepping up their bid for Benfica centre-back David Luiz, but are also looking at Danish star Simon Kjaer as a back-up if they cannot persuade the Brazilian to move.

14.59 SPL side Celtic have released Olivier Kapo after he failed to make an impact on a short-term contract.

14.54 Could Liverpool be priced out of the market for Luis Suarez? If so, it's rumoured they could turn to Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo - a player who turned down Hull City in the summer of 2009.

14.41 Valon Behrami is eager to leave West Ham and move to Fiorentina, but the deal appears to have hit a snag. "Will I come to Florence? Good question. At the moment my arrival in Florence is far from certain," Behrami told Corriere Fiorentina.

14.29 Udinese have bolstered their ranks with the signing of Joel Ekstrand From Helsingborg. "It feels sad to leave the club that I love, but incredibly inspiring to get the chance to play in one of Europe's best leagues," said the 21-year-old defender.

14.12 All that talk of Romelu Lukaku having moved to Manchester City appears to be false. Though he is almost certain to leave Anderlect in the summer.

13.56 Veteran Birmingham City striker Kevin Phillips looks ready to move on after growing tired of sitting on the bench. Phillips said: “I’ve had a chat with the manager and he’s said that I can go if the right offer comes along. It’s a bit disappointing but I accept that, at this stage in my career, perhaps I need to be playing games."

13.47 It seems Stéphane Sessegnon is effectively going on strike to force a move to Sunderland by refusing to train with PSG. “The most important thing is that Stephane returns to the group again. He's part of the family and we want him to stay," said club president Robin Leproux.

13.32 Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic looks set to be rewarded for his performances this season with a new deal. Both AC Milan and Juventus are said to be monitoring the situation forcing Chelsea to act before he moves into the final year of his current contract.

13.19 Brazil teen sensation Ganso could move to European football shortly, but he seems to be in no hurry to make the natural move away from South American football. "Of course I would like to play in Europe but in due course," he said. "My present and my future is Santos. Now I'm injured and I just want to get well soon so I can help my club in the Copa Libertadores."

13.12 Shaun Wright-Phillips is attracting the attention of Fulham and Newcastle, and his agent has revealed that the Manchester City winger is not short of options. "My understanding is that Fulham have made an enquiry for Shaun, as have Newcastle," Wayne Lindsay said. "There are two other clubs also showing an interest, one loan and one permanent. There is also interest from a French club, but these are all options Shaun will have to consider."

13.01 Both Everton and Liverpool are being linked with Wolves midfielder Matt Jarvis, who is one of few players from Molineux that would interest other Premier League clubs.

12.50 Just as it seemed certain Cardiff (and England!) striker Jay Bothroyd would sign a pre-contract agreement with Newcastle United, it is now being suggested that Sunderland could try and usurp their neighbours as a replacement for Darren Bent.

12.36 Genoa have insisted that there is no chance they will sell full-back Domenico Criscito, who has been linked with Milan, Napoli, Inter and Fiorentina. President Enrico Preziosi told Sky Sports Italia that “Criscito won't move from Genoa even if there was a bomb".

12.15 Even more West Ham. Monaco are to bid £1.5m for West Ham defender Herita Ilunga, according to L'Equipe.

11.48 Valon 'Bit of an animal' Behrami, wants to leave West Ham, Harry Harris tells us. Fiorentina want him but are not prepared to pay the £4.5 million that the Hammers want and are offering 2 million euros on a drip. He may stay homesick for a while. Story here.

11.44 Demba Ba has been one of the transfer window's leading lights. He's already failed a medical at Stoke City, and West Ham are circling too. Stoke are willing to take hin on loan but Hoffenheim want the money to fund their purchase of Ryan Babel. Confused? Read our story here.

11.29 Twitter-tattle time. Ben Lyttleton, expert on Franco football, says a Belgian magazine Sport/Foot report that Romelu Lukaku will join Manchester City this summer. Just what they need, another striker. Dzeko to be sold this summer?

11.23 Big news on the Moss Rose estate. Simon Yeo has re-signed for Macclesfield Town.

11.06 The Real Madrid needing a striker condundrum will not be solved by a Ruud Van Nistelrooy return. HSV Hamburg won't let him go, and that's that. Even though he really wants to go. Hamburg boss Armin Veh told Deutsche Presseagentur: "There is a clear decision of our club: we are not going to let Ruud van Nistelrooy leave.I have respect for him and his point of view, I am aware he is very keen on residing in Madrid after the end of his career. I have a huge respect for his intensions and for him as a person, but he is under contract at our club. He is finally in great shape right now and him leaving is a clear no-go for us."

10.27 Remember when Manchester City were hailed for the quality of their academy. It was a couple of years ago now, and events, dear boy, events, have taken over since then. One of their starlets, Kelvin Etuhu, is set to leave the club after refusing a new contract. A Championship destination looks likely with Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, QPR and Blackpool all linked. And, yes, we know Blackpool are Premier League now. Coventry, however, are not interested at all.

10.20 Sebastian Larsson is a player linked with several clubs, and Blackburn is the latest, according to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. He's no Ronaldinho or Beckham, but he does have to compete with David Bentley nowadays.

10.05 Nicklas Bendtner is not interested in going to West Ham, according to his dad, also his agent. "That's not interesting," Thomas Bendtner told Ekstrabladet. "If Arsenal want to sell and have set a price, then that's up to them. That's nothing that we have been involved in. I can only say that this is nothing of interest to us." Bendtner watched West Ham from the sidelines as an unused sub last week and can have been none too impressed. Story here.

10.03 Celtic have loaned out misfit defender Jos Hooiveld has moved to FC Copenhagen and we think he's eligible to play in the Champions League for them against Chelsea.

9.49 David Wheater was once highly rated by many but has been a victim of Middlesbrough's decline. He looks in line for a move to Bolton and back to the Premier League but that move will likely see many wonder about the future of Gary Cahill.

9.43 The Journal, a Newcastle paper, has Shaun Wright-Phillips heading Toon-side, with wages not a problem, they say.

9.32 Perhaps sillier is The Guardian's linking of a Real move for Van Persie, which we can't see here.

9.23 Comedy for Chelsea fans here. Claudio Pizarro, he of the acceleration of an HGV, is now linked with Real Madrid, according to newspaper Generacion. Well, Mourinho did sign him, we think, which begs the question why. Jose didn't stay much beyond his July 2007 transfer to Chelsea so perhaps didn't see him at his one-paced peak.

9.10 Here's one to put all of Europe's big boys on alert. Sergio Ramos wants away from Real Madrid, after a bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo and henceforth Jose Mourinho. Full story here.

9.03 Kenny Miller to Bursapor, which seems an odd one. Walter Smith seems equally confused. "We don't know whether he is away yet or not," said Smith. "Both clubs haven't agreed a fee. I think Kenny and his advisors have agreed their part with Bursaspor. We'll just have to wait and see if they can reach agreement with our own club."

8.41 Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra will not be leaving the club this month and will fight for his place in the team, according to his agent. Diarra has been linked with moves to Manchester United, Liverpool, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, but agent John Williams claims that his client is 'satisfied' at the Bernabeu, despite only featuring in 12 games this season. Story

8.38 Thomas Ince of Liverpool may well be linking up with daddy Paul at Notts County, depending on how a chat with Kenny Dalglish. He's been there on loan before. According to the Liverpool Echo, "Liverpool will only agree to send Ince back out on loan to the League One club if he pens a new deal. But so far, the midfielder is unwilling to commit his long-term future to the Reds."

08.03: Fulham are now favourites for Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Arsenal refused to let youngster rejoin Saints on loan.

07.52: Ryan Babel's agent has revealed his client's preference for Ajax. Winnie Haatrecht said in the Sun: ''Hoffenheim will only be an option if Ryan isn't allowed to go on loan to Ajax or they do not want him.''

07.43: Where do West Ham turn in their hour of need? Well, according to the Daily Telegraph they want to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, but have been prevented from making a bid by his £15 million price tag.

07.26: Chelsea have upped their bid for Benfica defender David Luiz to £21 million apparently. Not sure they will take less than £25 million, but we'll see. Read all about him here.

07.14: A round-up of what's in the papers for you:

The Sun: Bolton are set to seal the signing of David Wheater from Middlesbrough for around £2.5 million. Blackpool want to bring in Peterbrough's George Boyd as Charlie Adam's replacement. Barnsley winger Adam Hammill will join Wolves for £500k and get a £20k per week deal.

The Daily Mail: Blackburn want Argentine Mauro Formica from Newell's Old Boys and will snap him up for £3m. The midfielder was being linked to Galatasaray. Sunderland want Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani to replace Darren Bent and could get a cheap deal by landing him on loan. Fulham want to sign Man City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips on loan before the weekend. West Ham striker Benni McCarthy is holding talks with QPR over a possible move.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal want Chris Samba as their top transfer target this month. Chelsea are eyeing a deal for Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, who would cost around £5m. QPR are interested in bringing in Wayne Routledge from Newcastle and Blackpool are keen to take Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback on loan.

07.10: First up, Marseille defender Taye Taiwo is being tracked by Spurs and Everton and would cost around £5 million.

07.00: Morning all, and it's a brand new day of transfer fun. Exciting day yesterday, but much of this morning is about players who aren't going anywhere. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the first to admit he's finding it all a bit tough.

January 18, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/18/2011

Liverpool striker Ryan Babel has revealed he is keen to return to Ajax on loan on the very same day that the Reds announced they have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim.


Ryan Babel: Nine appearances Premier League this season.

23.59: That's all we have time for this evening, make sure you join us again in the morning.

23.15: Celtic's Joos Hooiveld has completed a loan move to FC Copenhagen.

23.11: Arsene Wenger is still in no rush to sign a new defender. "It is still nowhere. We get many offers but at the moment, nothing concrete," Wenger told Arsenal's website. "If you look at the centre-backs we have, they are quality; [Johan] Djourou, Squillaci, [Laurent] Koscielny, Vermaelen."

23.02: Real Madrid are reported to be tracking Robin van Persie in a £25 million deal. Well, they seem to like injured strikers at the moment.

22.03: Now this is a funny one. Sunderland are being linked with Michael Owen to replace the departed Darren Bent. But for £2.5 million? Surely not. Maybe £2.50.

21.11: Reports are claiming that Southampton wonder kid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be heading for Fulham. It is said that a move to Arsenal has broken down as the Gunners have refused to loan him back to Saints for the rest of the season. A deal totalling £10m is needed to prise him away from the League One club.

20.46: Staying in Italy and Genoa have dismissed reports that they are to sell Domenico Criscito to Milan. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi said “Criscito is not moving, at least not until the summer." And the club’s sporting director, Stefano Capozucca, echoed his pressident's sentiments, saying:“Criscito to Milan? That seems strange as President Preziosi today confirmed that Criscito will be staying at Genoa."

20.22: Massimo Maccarone is one unhappy bunny. He has only been at Palermo for six months but has been transfer-listed by the club and looks set to move to Bologna. This is Maccarone's take on things: “I would have liked to have respected my contract with Palermo, but the club has informed me of their intention to sell. It takes two people to make a marriage in football. Often it's not your fault if it gets interrupted. Being a nice guy in football counts for little, but I am used to these situations."

20.10: In his first press conference as an Aston Villa player, Darren Bent denied that money was behind his decision to join the club, while Gerard Houllier said that Stewart Downing and Ashley Young are not for sale.

19.50: Who realised Chelsea's captain was a keen follower of On the Move? Now you're right, it could just be a namesake, but Jon Terry has been putting forward his suggestions for some changes to Chelsea's playing personnel:

While the Chelsea defensive line's fitness problems do warrant the David Luiz interest, Ancelotti should turn his attention to buying some pace on the flanks with a flying winger or striker with pace. I was disappointed that the Neymar bid didn't materialize during the summer and a forward of his pace is in need. Udinese's Alexis Sanchez is a high quality player with a real eye for goal or Lukaku of Anderlecht. The attacking force of Drogba, Malouda, and Anelka is lacking pace for me this season.
19.34 Emmanuel Adebayor is being tracked by Ligue 1 strugglers AS Monaco, according to Sky Sports.

19.28 Gerard Houllier has just revealed they spent five million euros on Lyon's Jean Makoun - much less than the £6m price that was reported.

19.05 It looks like Benni McCarthy's move to QPR from West Ham could be on. He played for the Rs in a behind-closed-doors match against Tottenham on Tuesday.

19.02 Are Aston Villa back in the market for another player? There's a suggestion that they could pip Arsenal to the signing of Montpellier's Bosnian defender, Emir Saphic.

18.59 Steven Pienaar has officially completed his move from Everton to Spurs for an undisclosed fee, which we understand is in the region of £3 million.

18.47 Spurs are once again being linked with Luis Fabiano, with reports suggesting a £15 million bid is in the offing for the Sevilla striker.

18.34 Reports are coming in that ambitious Championship side Queens Park Rangers have signed Wayne Routledge on loan for the rest of the season. And they are also being linked with West Ham United misfit Benni McCarthy,

18.09 Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara looks set for another spell out on loan after the signing of Steven Pienaar pushed him further down the pecking order.

17.51 Genoa have swooped to sign Antonio Floro Flores on loan from Udinese for the rest of the season with an option for a permanent deal. Moving out of Genoa is Giuseppe Sculli, who has moved to Lazio.

17.27 Aston Villa have confirmed that they have signed Sunderland striker Darren Bent. However, they do not mention the transfer fee and I assume that will be the first question from the press at his unveiling at 19.00 GMT tonight.

17.12 Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is being reported as saying the Steven Pienaar deal is "finalised". No official confirmation yet though.

17.10 Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, who was called "not financially viable" by Birmingham has said he was never going to join Blues anyway. "The Birmingham thing was never on anyway," Keane said. "So that stuff that was on Sky yesterday was very strange to see."

16.47 Liverpool have now confirmed that they have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim for the transfer of Ryan Babel, who will now discuss personal terms with the Bundesliga club.

16.15: Lyon sporting director Bernard Lacombe has dismissed talk Michel Bastos will leave the club. "Everyone asks me about Juventus or Milan, but at the moment the player will not leave here. It is out of the question," he said.

15.52: Cardiff City have signed Arsenal's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on loan until the end of the season.

15.45: Extraordinary turnaround in the Ryan Babel reports. Bild claims the Liverpool forward has agreed a €7 million move to Hoffenheim.

"We needed a striker because of the imminent departure of Demba Ba and the injury to Chinedu Obasi," Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp said. "Babel was the attacker we really wanted and sporting director Tanner is convinced he's the right man for us."

Full story here.

15.36: Is Shaun Wright-Phillips off to Bolton? Probably not. More here.

15.28: Seems there could be more happenings at Ewood Park. Blackburn owner Balaji Rao told The Times of India: "We wanted Ronaldinho to come to the English Premier League but he did not want to come here. Yes, we were trying to get Beckham much earlier. Then we went lax on it as we were pursuing Ronaldinho. Nevertheless, I assure you we'll get a big name playing for us pretty soon."

15.06: Steven Pienaar has announced that he's joining Tottenham on Twitter: "To end speculation I am going to Spurs. I've had brilliant years at Everton and it will always be a special place in my heart." More here.

Comment from Paige: Liverpool need at least three signings this January. Suarez is perfect for attack, Elia from Hamburg would be great on the wing, and they should sell Joe Cole and Agger so they can purchase a world class defender like Mertesacker, Fabio Contreao or David Luiz.

14.51 Bad/good news for Liverpool: Wolfsburg have stepped up their efforts to sign Bayern Munich captain, and reported Reds target, Mark van Bommel. The 35-year-old has been offered a contract until 2012, according to Bild.

14.47 Reports coming out of Tottenham indicate that Steven Pienaar is having a medical at Spurs Lodge and that Harry Redknapp expects to tie up the deal before Premier League rivals Chelsea can counter-offer.

14.27 Darren Bent's jilted strike partner Asamoah Gyan has called on fellow Ghanaian Sulley Muntari to join him at Sunderland. "Sulley would give us a big boost," said Gyan. "He would be loved by the fans if he was here. The fans like players who fight for the team and he is certainly one of them."

14.24 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent Japanese teenager Ryo Miyaichi to Feyenoord on loan to gain experience. The Gunners have struck an unwritten agreement with the Dutch club to help develop players.

14.07 Ajax coach Frank de Boer has opened the door to a potential bid for Ryan Babel, but has warned Liverpool that it will take a massive amount to tempt them into selling Luis Suarez. "The advantage is that he knows the Ajax system well," De Boer said of Babel. He added: "We are resolute and do not want to lose Suarez but if a 'super club' offers an absurd amount, we would let him go."

14.03 Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge will rejoin Championship promotion-hopefuls QPR on loan until the end of the season.

13.45 Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is he's scheduled to return to the USA tomorrow so it would appear that Sven Goran Eriksson's ambitious bid to sign him for Leicester City is over.

13.21 Seville have joined the race to sign Everton, Tottenham and Sunderland target Sulley Muntari. Seville will table a bid for the out-of-favour Inter Milan midfielder after missing out on Rosenborg’s Anthony Annan, according to reports in Spain.

13.08 PSV's Swedish hotshot Ola Toivonen has joined Ruud van Nistelrooy and Fernando Llorente as the latest player to be touted as a replacement for injured Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain.

12.39 Cristiano Ronaldo feels that Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente is just the kind of player Real Madrid should sign. Ronaldo said: “Fernando Llorente is a great player, and has the features that the coach is looking for in a player."

12.24 Manchester United are hoping to snap up 17-year-old Real Madrid starlet Juan Manuel Iturbe, according to talkSPORT. Meanwhile, Los Blancos' young defender Jaime Navarro is on trial at Motherwell.

12.06 Owen Coyle has rubbished reports linking Bolton with a swoop for unsettled Man City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips. “We can sit here and a million names can be banded about,” Coyle said. “But the bottom line is that there is nothing positive or concrete to reports on players. It’s pure speculation.”

Comment from Red_John: Liverpool's owners would prefer players under the age of 25, for the long term of the club. Luis Suarez is one good example. I hope there will be more young signings this January.

11.51 More on Ryan Babel to Ajax: "They [Liverpool] have to re-finance the squad and Babel is an interesting asset for a sale," his agent, Winnie Haatrecht, told Dutch magazine Voetbal International. "Ryan will only consider a permanent move if it is perfect in every sense ... he would rather be loaned out."

11.45 Victor Obinna's agent claims that West Ham want to keep the on-loan Inter Milan forward on a permanent basis. "He is doing well at West Ham," Valentino Nerbini said. "This is why the English club would like to keep him."

11.32 The arrival of Wayne Bridge at West Ham means Herita Ilunga is now keen to leave the club, according to L'Equipe, with West Brom, Fenerbahce, Malaga and Monaco all showing interest in the leftback.

Comment from Tony: This would be great for Liverpool. But also look at it in this way: where is this money that these owners have for transfers? Smells a lot like last owners. Hope I'm wrong. 11 days left in transfer market and we need at least five players but we are again looking for bargin basment deals: Van Bommel and English players that aren't good at their own clubs - what's the difference?

11.16 Liverpool striker Ryan Babel is eager to secure a move back to Ajax with Luis Suarez seemingly destined to go the other way. Babel said: "If Liverpool and Ajax - whether in combination with Luis - can reach an agreement over me I will surely come to the club. For the chance to play I am willing to settle for far less pay."

11.11 Reports coming out of Aston Villa indicate that Darren Bent has agreed personal terms on his £18 million move from Sunderland.

Comment from Ashvath: I don't think that Liverpool is the right club for Joe Cole but before bringing him back to Upton Park they should remember that last time when he came there he captained the Hammers to relegation and history has a bad bad habit of repeating itself. A club with a position just behind the striker (his preferred one) and having great ambitions should be good for him. I guess Bolton or Sunderland?

11.09 West Ham are ready to make an approach to take one of their old heroes, Joe Cole, back to Upton Park on loan from Liverpool. "It's a very long shot, but we are willing to have a go," a West Ham source told ESPNsoccernet.

10.55 Paris St Germain striker Peguy Luyindula would not rule out a move to West Ham in the January transfer window. "West Ham is London, and I have half my family in London," the 31-year-old said.

10.47 Having failed to lure Everton's Leighton Baines to Munich, Bayern are now reportedly tracking Necwcastle United left-back Jose Enrique, who was recently linked with Manchester United.

10.36 Sunderland are already scouting potential targets to spend their wodge of Darren Bent cash on and Fox Soccer claim Borussia Monchengladbach's American midfielder Michael Bradley could make a €6m move to the Stadium of Light.

10.18: Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba claims Aston Villa have made contact with his club regarding a possible transfer. "I heard about interest from Lyon, but there is no contact," Samba told France Football. "However, there is contact between Blackburn and Aston Villa."

10.13 Birmingham City and Fiorentina target Kenny Miller has agreed to join Turkish champions Bursaspor, according to reports in the Turkish press. The Rangers striker has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal.

09.59 Barcelona contract rebel Sergio Busquets, who has been touted around Europe by his agent, has verbally agreed to a new deal that will keep him at the Camp Nou until 2016.

09.42: Mario Balotelli has confirmed he wants to quit Manchester City and join AC Milan... in two years. "Me with Ibra and Cassano at Milan? It'll happen soon. For this year, and another, I will stay at City where I'm fine," said Balotelli.

09.25: Barnsley midfielder Adam Hammill says he will only move to a club in the Premier League. A Barnsley spokesman has confirmed offers from Blackpool and Nottingham Forest and says a bid from Wolves is expected.

09.15: Liverpool are showing interest in Mark van Bommel, according to his agent. More here.

08.41: OFFICIAL: Blackburn have completed the loan signing of Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones. Full story here.

08.38: Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck has warned Romelu Lukaku will not be allowed to leave on the cheap.

"Our price will be around €30m," he said. "If you ask for between €20m and €30m for a footballer in Europe there are a maximum of 15 teams who can pay this amount. These 15 teams are all interested in Romelu Lukaku but it depends sometimes on what resources the team has at the time.

"We received one offer from an English club three days before the end of the August transfer period. It was €10m immediately and €10m in one year. We would not accept the offer because we want to keep the player."

Comment from Hafis: Liverpool should go for Podolski..he's a good finisher, highly talented striker and comes with cheap price tag of course!

08.26: Ryan Babel's agent has been talking up the prospect of a return to Ajax. We'll have more on that later.

08.10: Here is our look over the main transfer stories in the English press on Tuesday morning:

The Sun has an interesting transfer line as they report West Ham will attempt to sign their former player Joe Cole on loan from Liverpool. We will try and follow this one up and get the inside track from the East London club.

The Guardian reports Tottenham have stepped up their attempts to sign Ajax striker Luis Suarez, who is also believed to be attracting interest from Liverpool. Sevilla forward Luis Fabiano is an alternative target, while Liverpool are also pursuing Aston Villa’s Ashley Young and Stephen Warnock.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Aston Villa are hoping to follow the imminent capture of Darren Bent by completing their pursuit of Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam and also prising Maynor Figueroa from Wigan. The Honduran would be a replacement for Warnock. Sunderland, meanwhile, are expected to sign PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon and possibly Stoke forward Tuncay.

The Daily Mirror is always a rich source of transfer rumour and does not disappoint this morning: David Wheater is to join Bolton from Middlesbrough for £2.25 million; Fulham are confident of signing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips in a £4 million deal; and Chelsea are “increasingly confident” about signing Benfica and Brazil defender David Luiz for £22 million.

Comment from Ike Fortune: Please, Arsenal don't need 'Richard Done'. Arsene Wenger should do everything to sign Mertesacker. We need somebody of his quality.

Finally, in the Daily Mail it is reported that Sven-Goran Eriksson has made an audacious attempt to bring Thierry Henry to Leicester City on loan from New York Red Bulls. Good luck with that one, Svennis. In two more desperately unlikely stories from the newspaper, Arsenal are reported to have enquired about Aston Villa’s Richard Dunne, while Manchester United are linked with Lyon star Michel Bastos. Not going to happen.

07.47: As well as possibly seeing the Darren Bent deal done today, we may also learn whether Steven Pienaar has chosen to join Tottenham or Chelsea in a £3 million move from Everton. Watch out for that one.

07.30: Good morning, and welcome to what will hopefully be another busy day in the January transfer market. We will take an in-depth look through the morning's papers in a few minutes, but the lead story appears to be Chelsea's developing interest in Benfica defender David Luiz. More on that shortly.

January 17, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/17/2011

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed to ESPNsoccernet that Darren Bent is holding transfer negotiations with Aston Villa after the relegation strugglers had a bid, believed to be £18million, accepted. Bruce said: "I'm disappointed but that's the way it is."


Darren Bent: Set for shock switch to Aston Villa

23.20 About to close things down here, but we hear a whisper that Newcastle have signed Jay Bothroyd on a pre-contract agreement from Cardiff City. Bothroyd, of England fame, is available on a Bosman deal this summer.

22.53 A quiet evening after the big news surrounding Bent and Pienaar, but The Guardian suggest that Martin O'Neill will not now be joining West Ham. Not really a transfer but it could have a knock-on effect on transfer business nonetheless.

20.59 We expect that the Bent to Aston Villa deal will go through tonight or early in the morning. Money has talked on this one, we reckon.

20.39 Alexis Sanchez of Udinese is a much coveted player, and now the club's chairman has confirmed that Chelsea have shown an interest. And he wants £25 million for the Chilean too but is not actually wanting to sell him. "It's useless to talk about something that we don't want to do because we cannot remove anyone from the team when we are midway through a season," said Giampaolo Pozzo to Sky Italia.

19.20 Valon Behrami is expected to join Fiorentina for £4.5 million from West Ham to free up funds for Avram Grant...or AN Other.

18.27 Everton have now accepted a bid for Steven Pienaar from Tottenham to follow up on their accepting Chelsea's bid. How many attacking midfielders do they require? We may be just about to find out. Story is here.

18.06 Alan Pardew may no longer go into the transfer market to sign another striker. He claims the form of Andrew Carroll and Leon Best means there's no need to strengthen. We're sure they'll keep on scoring...

18.01 Fiorentina have wrapped up a deal for Norberto Murara Neto from Atletico Paranense. The ‘the new Julio Cesar’, or so we're led to believe.

17.47 Barnsley have yet to receive an official bid in writing for winger Adam
Hammill. The 22-year-old winger, who has a £500,000 buy-out clause in his current Tykes'
contract, has claimed two Premier League clubs - understood to be Blackpool
and Wolves - and two Championship clubs have made enquiries, with two of them
tabling offers.

17.31 A new signing for Doncaster Rovers, who have snapped up Paul Keegan (no relation) from Irish side Bohemians on a free transfer.

17.16 Now John Carew is being linked with a move to West Ham United. That said, every player up for transfer is linked to West Ham in some way. I think I might be soon.

17.05 It sounds like the Darren Bent deal could be done by the end of Tuesday. Things are moving very quickly.

16.48 Everton defender Sylvain Distin will be disappointed to see Steven Pienaar join either Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur. "I don't think it's a done deal yet, but it's disappointing," he said.

Comment from Jay: I'm not sure why Spurs are linked with every midfielder mentioned this window. Surely the priorities on their shopping list should be a decent striker and a better left back?

16.20 Birmingham have confirmed they are no longer interested in signing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, stating that it "would not be in the best financial interests of the club'' to pursue the deal.

16.07 Darren Bent's dissatisfaction at Sunderland may run deeper than previously thought as reports are emerging that he handed in transfer request back in August but had it turned down.

15.50 The Demba Ba transfer has taken another twist with Hoffenheim's sporting director Ernst Tanner claiming the striker, who failed a medical ahead of £7m deal, will not be joining Stoke City on loan. "Stoke are so keen on Demba they have now come up with a proposal to sign Demba Ba on loan," Tanner told Heilbronner Stimme. "This is certainly nothing we are going to agree to."

15.35 Birmingham's on-loan newcomer David Bentley believes his Tottenham team-mate Robbie Keane would be "a great addition'' should he join him at St Andrew's. City have agreed a £6million deal with Spurs for Keane but negotiations with the player are still at an early stage.

15.15 Steven Pienaar is no closer to joining Tottenham or Chelsea, with neither club having thrashed out a deal to sign the Everton midfielder. Spurs remain at loggerheads with the Toffees over a transfer fee, while there is no sign of Pienaar reaching an agreement with Chelsea over his wage demands.

15.09 Blackburn have put El-Hadji Diouf up for sale as they close in on Barcelona striker Ruben Rochina and Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones. Blackburn’s new boss Steve Kean wants troublesome Diouf sold off in a cut-price deal as it is tough to control the Senegalese striker.

Comment from John Livingston: I would personally choose Jonas Gutierrez above Michel Bastos in the left-wing department for Man Utd, simply because Jonas has proved his worth in the biggest league in the world, while (personally) I have a feeling that Bastos might not cut it in the Premier League.

14.58 L'Equipe are keeping alive the Michel Bastos to Manchester United story, although the Premier League side will have to wait until the summer to buy the Brazil international.

14.43 West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami is set to return to Serie A after Fiorentina agreed a €4m fee for the former Lazio player, according to the Corriere dello Sport.

14.24 Not to be out done by Darren Bent, Hamburg striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has reiterated that he wants to rejoin Real Madrid. "It's not easy for me as it's not just any club that is coming calling," he said. "Hopefully things will be sorted out soon. I can't leave the lads in the lurch by having my head elsewhere. Real Madrid is the only club that could change my mind."

14.08 AC Milan are free to sign midfielder Andrea Lazzari as long as they stump up enough cash, according to Cagliari President Massimo Cellino. “There is a willingness to negotiate,” Cellino said. “If Milan and Lazzari want [the move], then there is no problem. But we need an adequate compensation.”

13.44 Further to the earlier reports suggesting Celtic could swoop for veteran Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips, the player himeslf has admitted he could leave St Andrews "if the right offer" came in his way.

Comment from Tom C: What a superb acquisition Darren Bent will be to Gerard Houllier's side. A proven Premier League goal scorer who will guarantee you 20 goals a season. This is a player who scored 3 less goals than Defoe, Heskey and Crouch put together last season, and they all went to the World Cup! Very under-rated!

13.22 With the Bent deal set to jolt the transfer window into life, Sunderland have already been linked with potential targets to spend their £18m windfall on. Manager Steve Bruce is known to be a fan of Adam Johnson, Charles N'Zogbia and Stewart Downing.

13.14 Sunderland manager Steve Bruce confirms Darren Bent deal to ESPNsoccernet: "I'm disappointed but that's the way it is." Full Darren Bent story.

Comment from Dave: That transfer of Bent to Villa, surely Spurs will get a cut of that fee as most contracts now involve taking a portion of monies made within a certain time period

13.06Bent has handed in a transfer request and Sunderland have reluctantly accepted. £18 million is a hell of a lot for Villa to pay, but Bent is a much better goalscorer than anyone else at Villa Park. £18m to stay up? A snip.

Comment from MSterling: Good move for Bent and Villa - there is no way Villa goes down but GH is making sure by adding some strength. Spending some of the £27m windfall from Milner - great midfielder buy in Makoun and now Bent

12.59 Bent to Villa reports are gathering pace. The Mirror are now running the story and The Sun are tearing up twitter.

12.51 Breaking News: Tentative reports coming out Sunderland suggest Darren Bent has travelled to the Midlands to discuss terms with Aston Villa after the Wearside club accepted a £18m offer ... watch this space!

12.34 And sticking with Ajax for the moment, Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad report that Italian giants AC Milan have made an €11 million bid for Amsterdam wunderkind Christian Eriksen.

Comment from Joel: Liverpool have tabled an offer for Ajax striker Luis Suarez, according to the Dutch publication De Telegraaf.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer was recently quoted as saying Suarez was ‘ready’ to move and, having received the green light, Liverpool are thought to have offered the Eredivisie giants a figure in the region of £17m.

However, Ajax are thought to be holding out for around £20m, and meeting that figure is not thought to be a problem for Liverpool’s new owners who are keen to strengthen the squad in January.

12.19 According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Liverpool have made an official offer to buy Ajax striker Luis Suarez, who is eager to team up with Fernando Torres at Anfield.

12.01 AS Monaco are keen to re-sign Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor with want-away forward Dieumerci Mbokani eager to join Hoffenheim, whose striker Demba Ba may or may not join Stoke.

Comment from Taiwo Olukotun: Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart is right to tell Harry Redknapp to sign Bayern Munich midfielder, and Holland teammate, Mark van Bommel because is going to be a boost for them.

11.43 Spurs star Rafael van der Vaart has urged Harry Redknapp to sign Bayern Munich midfielder, and Holland teammate, Mark van Bommel. "He's a great player with lots of experience who would help any club," VdV said. "Tottenham can take the next step to get to the level of our rivals Arsenal. I think that's possible. Therefore, we can use good players."

11.29 Hamburg boss Armin Veh is eager to keep of veteran striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has been linked with a surprise return to Real Madrid.

11.13 Stoke manager Tony Pulis has revealed that the deal to sign Demba Ba fell through after the Hoffenheim striker failed a medical. However, the injury to his leg is temporary and if he can get fit before the window closes Stoke might still sign him.

10.57 Chelsea transfer target Alexis Sanchez will not be leaving Udinese in January, according to the Serie A side's coach Francesco Guidolin.

10.38 Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is close to deciding whether or not to sign Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings on a short-term loan deal. Houllier said: "I see Omar getting better and better with every training session. I will make a decision about him soon."

10.31 Highly-rated Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed he believes he is more likely to move to England than Spain. "Chelsea and Arsenal tried to sign me when I was 13, 14," Lukaku said. "I see England as more likely than Spain."

10.21 SPL leaders Celtic are lining up a move to sign Birmingham City's veteran striker Kevin Phillips, according to Scottish newspaper the Daily Record.

10.07 South Africa international Siphiwe Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal at the 2010 World Cup, is to undergo at week-long trial with Championship side Nottingham Forest.

09.41 Manchester City captain Carlos Tevez insists he is now happy at Eastlands despite recently handing in transfer request. "I am happy now," Tevez said. "The issue is in the past. I had my discrepancies with the boss, but we spoke as two men and everything is solved and I'm very happy."

09.22 Aston Villa have made a £1 million bid to sign Sebastian Larsson from Birmingham after Newcastle had a similar offer accepted but failed to agree personal terms.

09.11 Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has moved to quash reports he could be on his way to Juventus by insisting he wants to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge. "I want to stay here. I hope it will be sorted out soon," he said.

08.44 Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman has made a £850,000 bid to sign Everton striker James Vaughan. The 22-year-old, who came on as a sub in Sunday's Merseyside derby, has already spent a spell on loan at the Eagles.

Comment from liverspudlian: Love Alan Pardew trying to say that Andy Carroll isn't for sale. He must have forgotten that Mike Ashley is a businessman first, not club loyalist. £30 million would be a third of want Ashley wanted for the club earlier; you think that he wouldn't take the money and run?

08.30 It is just as well that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from reports linking Spurs with a swoop for striker Andy Carroll because Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insists he is not for sale at any price.

08.15 Bundesliga side Hoffenheim claim Stoke City have made an move to sign Demba Ba on loan after a bid to sign striker on a permanent basis fell through.

There is plenty of transfer speculation in this morning's papers, as you would expect, including a report in The Sun that Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has failed with a bid to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

The Daily Mail insist that Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers have joined Fulham in the race to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City and Everton's Steven Pienaar will restart transfer talks with Chelsea this week.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claim that Dutch sides PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are keeping an eye on Stoke City forward Eidur Gudjohnsen.

07.55: The Daily Mirror also claims that Robbie Keane's move to Birmingham could be in doubt after the Spurs striker - on £65,000 a week - asked for a payrise if he is to make the switch.

Comment from Kanyesigye Pison: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be a positive addition to the Gunners' young stars like Jack, Theo and Gibbs.

07.52: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in British football at the moment and Southampton have apparently put a £10 million price tag on the 17-year-old midfielder. Both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star believe Arsenal are the most likely to sign him after Saints boss Nigel Adkins said: "We would only let him go to a club that would nurture him and treat him properly."

January 16, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/16/2011

Less than a year after he left Real Madrid for Hamburg, Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy could be set to make a sensational return to the Bernabeu. Reports surfaced in Germany on Saturday that Los Blancos were weighing up a move, and the La Liga giants' boss Jose Mourinho has welcomed talk of a Ruud return.


Ruud van Nistelrooy could make a sensational return to the Bernabeu

23.30: So that's about it from the weekend. Perhaps more on where Steven Pienaar will end up tomorrow? Join us again.

22.40: Here's an odd one for you. We know that Rangers striker Kenny Miller is eyeing a move away from Ibrox, but would he really want to go to Turkey's reigning champions, Bursaspor? They are apparently in talks to sign him, but surely Darius Vassell will warn him of the perils of such a move?

21.33: If they can't get Pienaar, it appears Spurs may fancy a €15 million bid for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi. We'll see how Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch feel about that.

20.06: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitted his side were unlikely to match Chelsea's bid for Steven Pienaar. ''If they've accepted an offer from Chelsea, £3m, I don't know if we would be prepared to match that offer, I doubt it very much,'' he said. ''I'd think if Chelsea are coming in the wages they would pay would be far in excess of what we would pay.''

20.02: £30 million for Andy Carroll? Not likely, as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said that he would not sell the young striker. "They [Tottenham] can put together whatever they like. He is not for sale. I am going to say it one last time, he is not for sale,'' he said.

19.29: It's possible this one may have passed you by, but Portsmouth have taken Saudi Arabian midfielder Mazin Alhuthayfi on trial.

18.41: Harry Redknapp has admitted that time is running out in his bid to sign David Beckham on loan. He said: ''David has to be back there (America) in February and there`s not a lot of time, which is a shame.''

18.28: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is prepared to let £10,000-a-week slip from his paypacket in order to persuade the club to sign him up to a new deal.

17.15: Everton have accepted a bid from Chelsea for Steven Pienaar after they left him out of the Liverpool derby. They want some money for the midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, and are set to sell him to the Blues for £3 million. Tottenham, though, will have to up their bid.

14.21: Sheffield Wednesday have signed Carlisle United forward Gary Madine and Motherwell defender Mark Reynolds.

13.58: Football Italia is reporting that West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami is on the verge of making a return to Serie A with Fiorentina. Apparently, La Viola have had a bid of €4 million accepted for the former Lazio man.

13.32: Leeds United have promised to use all the income from their two FA Cup matches against Arsenal to fund the arrival of new players.

13:12: And there is still an incessant flow of gossip from the Sunday papers - the Mirror says that Harry Redknapp is determined to offload Wilson Palacios to make way for Lassana Diarra, while Gabriel Heinze is also on the Tottenham wanted list.

12.48: We said earlier that Kenny Dalglish's first signing for Liverpool could be Stewart Downing, but the Sunday Telegraph is reporting that Bayern Munich midfielder Mark Van Bommel may be the player to claim the title.

12.27: Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari is seeking a move away from the club, according to the Nerazzurri's technical director Marco Branca, who said: "He has made himself available to leave as long as a team wants him and is interested in him."

12.08: Remember, you can add your own comments using the tool below and we'd like to hear what transfers you would like to see your club make. That's what Markus Jefferson has done - here are his slightly left-field suggestions for Arsene Wenger:

Arsenal need to buy Robert Green. West Ham are going to be relegated and he will leave so Arsene needs to take advantage of that. Same with Lukas Podolski. Cologne are in relegation trouble and he can replace Arshavin if he leaves.
11.55: Chelsea have been told to stump up at least £26 million if they want to sign in-demand Benfica defender David Luiz.

11.42: Here's the full story on Van Nistelrooy's response to interest from Real Madrid.

11.30: The Sunday Express claims that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish wants to make Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing his first signing since returning to Anfield.

11.08: Ruud van Nistelrooy has confirmed than an offer from Real Madrid is something that must be "seriously considered", though Hamburg's director of sport Bastian
Reinhardt says that no official approach had been made. The full story on that will follow shortly.

10.55: Uruguay midfielder Egidio Arevalo has signed for Brazilian club Botafogo on a two-and-a-half year deal. The move will disappoint La Liga side Sevilla - who were reportedly tracking the 29-year-old.

10: 36: Injury-plagued Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves' contract expires this summer, but he will be offered a pay-as-you-play deal to continue at the club next season, according to the News of the World.

10.18: A rumour of a possible managerial transfer for you now - the Sunday Express is reporting that former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, who is having a tough time of things at Roma at the moment, could make a shock return to English football with Liverpool this summer.

10.01: According to the News of the World, Montpellier's Bosnian centre-half Emir Spahic is unwilling to complete his proposed move to Aston Villa as he fears Gerard Houllier could soon be sacked.

09.45: Palermo boss Delio Rossi has requested that he be allowed to sign a striker. Rossi's side are currently suffering from an injury crisis up front, but another striker may also be necessary as Javier Pastore has been strongly linked with a move away from the club.

Rossi said: “I admit that I have asked the President for a new striker during the January transfer window. We could do with someone who has different characteristics to the forwards we already have.”

09.30: Let's kick things off by having a good old rummage through the English press:

News of the World: After failing in their £2 million bid for Phil Neville, Spurs will turn their attention to Manchester United's Wes Brown; Despite steven Pienaar reportedly wanting to move to White Hart Lane over Stamford Bridge, Spurs are unwilling to match the £3 million bid made by Chelsea; Mido will make a shock return to Middlesbrough on a six-month loan deal from Ajax.

Sunday Mirror: Tottenham are preparing a massive £30 million swoop for Newcastle's England striker Andy Carroll; Luis Suarez, who shares the same agent as Fernando Torres, has asked his representative to sound out Liverpool about a possible move from Ajax; Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is considering brining out-of-favour Manchester United striker Michael Owen to the club.


Mail on Sunday:
David Beckham is set to quit the MLS in order to finish his career in English football; Emmanuel Adebayor's proposed move to Real Madrid is on hold as the Spanish club have opened talks with Ruud van Nistelrooy; Arsenal will give up their efforts to sign defender Gary Cahill because Arsene Wenger does not feel Bolton's £20 million price tag is realistic.

09.15: Hello everyone and welcome to what is probably my favourite day of the week for transfers, it's Sunday! Often the papers save up their juiciest stuff to release on Sunday so prepare yourself for plenty of rumours, speculation and gossip - and maybe a couple of real stories along the way.

January 15, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/15/2011

Robbie Keane sealed his £6 million move to Birmingham on Friday night, but will anyone be following him in securing a transfer this weekend? Saturday and Sunday usually bring plenty of unexpected rumours; today's highlight being that Inter Milan are preparing a £17 million swoop fpor Gareth Barry.


Could Gareth Barry really be a target for Inter Milan?

23.30: Jermaine Jones to Blackburn, practically a done deal we understand. Hope he doesn't get confused by the presence of another Jones, Phil, in the squad. That's your lot for today, but join us again for more of the same tomorrow.

22.48: Norwich boss Paul Lambert wants to extend Arsenal loanee Henri Lansbury's stay at the club. ''We'd like to keep him here and the good news is that he would like to stay as well, hopefully for the rest of the season,'' he said.

22.11: More on Ruud and his potential transfer to Real Madrid. ''I need a good weekend to mull it over,'' the man himself said. ''It is also not easy for me, it is not any old team who is coming in for me."

HSV sporting director Bastian Reinhardt, however, told Sky that he expects Van Nistelrooy to honour his contract, "There is only one trend: he stays! Of course it is always an honour for a player when a request from Real Madrid comes. But we didn't get any offer yet and also the timing, being so close to the start of the second half of the season, is not perfect, as you can imagine. The player knows that there is an request, but the player also knows that he has a contract."

21.38: Here's our full story regarding Blackburn's imminent signing of Schalke's Jermaine Jones.

20.27: Real Madrid official Jorge Valdano has said it will be "very difficult" to bring Ruud van Nistelrooy back to Spain, but it appears the player has been speaking to the press following Hamburg's win over Schalke. We will bring you those quotes as soon as we get them.

19.43: Jose Mourinho says he would be only too happy to bring Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the club from Hamburg. The full story is here.

18.53: Blackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed the club are close to signing midfielder Jermaine Jones on loan from Schalke.

18.34: Ian Holloway has had another pop at Aston Villa for their pursuit of Charlie Adam. He said: "You've got every right to ask me the question, but Mr Houllier should not talk about someone else's player when he hasn't put up enough money to buy him. Will I honestly sell him to Aston Villa? The answer is no because I am managing his career. Don't talk about my player and I got the raving hump about it because it's not etiquette and it's wrong."

17.52: Walter Smith says he has "no idea" if Kenny Miller has played his last game for the club. Birmingham have had a bid accepted by the striker, while Fiorentina have also been linked with a move.

17.24: Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck says the club will not accept less than £25 million for attacking prodigy Romelu Lukaku, and that the top 15 teams in world football all want the Belgian.

16.43: The agent of Genoa defender Domenico Criscito says AC Milan are in pole position to secure the signing of the Italy international.

15.17: Stoke City have confirmed that their bid for striker Demba Ba has fallen through. Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said: "Having agreed all the financial terms of the deal with Hoffenheim and the player, he failed his medical. We will therefore not be signing him on a permanent basis."

14.47: Spanish newspaper Marca has polled 50,000 Real Madrid fans and 80% are supportive of an attempt to bring Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the club, as mentioned earlier. Real, of course, are desperate for a new striker in January.

13.46: Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Claude Makelele is being linked with a move to LA Galaxy.

13.31: German daily Bild is reporting that Real Madrid are set to make a sensational swoop to bring Hamburg striker Ruud van Nistelrooy back to the Bernabeu.

13.12: Remember, you can add your comments using the tool below - we want to hear your views and also any rumours you may have picked up on the grapevine. Kranthi Chand has offered his view on what Kenny Dalglish needs to do to turn around Liverpool's fortunes:

I wish Liverpool would shift to 4-3-1-2 formation. I would love if they could rope in Taiwo as LB, G.Milito at CB, J.Martinez or Diarra to strengthen the MF. Suarez would be an awesome signing to boost the Strike force. A Left Back is a must, but the rest - I guess they can wait until summer.

13.00: Here's the full story on Jean Makoun's transfer to Aston Villa.

12.45: Sunderland defender George McCartney has rejoined Leeds on loan for the rest of the season.

12.30: Wolves are tracking Lens midfielder Sidi Keita, the uncle of barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita, according to the Daily Mail.

12.11: Aston Villa have completed the £6 million signing of Jean Makoun from Lyon, with the midfielder joining on a three-and-a-half year deal.

11.58: Diego Forlan has played down reports that he is the subject of an offer from Juventus. He was quoted in Gazzetta dello Sport as saying: "I have said it many times, I am fine here and I have no trouble staying. Until now I have not been contacted or received anything concrete. I cannot speak about Italy because there is nothing, it's just rumours."

11.40: The Sun claims that Celtic and Rangers fare chasing Derby midfielder Kris Commons, whose contract expires in the summer.

11.26: Blackburn and Fulham are in the hunt for Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz according to The Times.

11:11: Staying with Italy, Football Italia reports that Gianluigi Buffon's return to first-team action with Juventus may see the departure of the man who has been keeping his gloves warm, Marco Storari. The Bianconeri's reserve goalkeeper has reportedly expressed his unhappiness at the prospect of retruning to the subs' bench.

10.55: Sampdoria's on laon striker Federico Macheda has been impressing the club's boss Domeneco Di Carlo since his short-term move from Manchester United. Di Carlo said: “Macheda is still a little behind the others in terms of match fitness, but he is very eager and motivated. He also comes from a team with a winning mentality and that is very important.”

10.41: Manchester City are ready to finally let Shay Given leave the club, but not until they find an adequate replacement according to The Guardian.

10.28: ESPNsoccernet understands Stoke City’s £7 million 'deal' for Demba Ba is on hold while he undergoes a medical and West Ham are still hopeful of hijacking the Potters' move for the Hoffenheim striker.

10.15: Algeria playmaker Karim Ziani has moved to Turkish high-flyers Kayserispor on an initial six-month loan deal - though there is an option for them to sign him on a full-time basis from Wolfsburg for 2.5 million euros.

10.00: Harry Redknapp says that Tottenham will abandon their loan move for David Beckham. Full story here.

09.48: ESPNsoccernet understands that Blackburn are very close to agreeing a deal for Schalke's USA midfielder Jermain Jones.

09.34: And of course, my favourite of all today - talkSPORT's claim that Inter
Milan are in the hunt for Manchester City's Gareth Barry. For £17 million. Brilliant.

09.20: Let's kick things off by bringing you a round-up of the speculation flying around the English press:

As always, the Daily Mail's rumour mill has been grinding away vociferously, reporting that Manchetser United are preparing to sign Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao as a replacement for Patrice Evra, who they are expecting to move abroad in the summer.

That very same newspaper believes Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock is heading back to Liverpool on loan, meaning that Manuel Figueroa will be brought in from Wigan to take his place, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan are all monitoring the progress of Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez.

The Daily Mirror says Chelsea have bid for Steven Pienaar, but that the South African will snub the Blues to sign for Tottenham. And if The Times is to be believed, Spurs will also be swooping for Marseille left-back Tat Taiwo, who is out of contract in the summer.

Jose Mourinho will not be letting Karim Benzema leave the club in January, according to The Independent, but the France striker could be set for more competition for places as the Daily Mail reckons that Real Madrid are upping their efforts to sign Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan.

09.00: Happy Saturday everyone, it's rare that any definitive deals are completed at the weekend but that doesn't stop the rumours flowing. We'll be keeping you updated with all the transfer news and gossip throughout the day.

January 14, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/14/2011

The lead rumour in Friday's newspapers surrounded the future of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. And on Friday afternoon Gerard Houllier quite rightly pointed out that it's nonsense. Check out our round-up of the newspaper talk.


Real Madrid's Karim Benzema in action. © Getty Images

18.29: Okay, that's all for the blog for today. Thanks as ever for all your comments and we'll be back tomorrow for the weekend gossip.

18.27: Juventus striker Amauri was talking up a move to Palermo yesterday, but now Luca Toni's injured he seems to have changed his mind. “Right now things aren't going well, but I don't want to escape," he told Sky Italia. "I want to stay at Juve at least until June.”

18.21: While the Benzema deal turned out to be a no-goer (who'd have thought?), Villa's hopes of signing Charlie Adam from Blackpool aren't quite dead yet. Ian Holloway was angry about their £3.5 million bid, but Houllier said: "We did things the right way. We went to the club and said we were interested in the player, but there has not been any official reply except what I read from Ian. Everyone is entitled to say what they want.

"Will we be back in for him? It is difficult to say at the moment. He knows we want him, probably, but he has got a contract with his club so I can't say more about that."

18.00: Birmingham have had a £6 million bid for striker Robbie Keane accepted by Tottenham, according to the Press Association. More here.

17.57: King Kenny's not giving much away over Liverpool's targets. "There has been plenty of speculation but we are not contributing to that - we have nothing to report," Dalglish said. "I don't need to agree with the speculation or respond to it."

17.44 Grant also played down suggestions Matthew Upson could be on his way to Arsenal. “I'm sure if Arsene Wenger wanted a player from me I would have got a call from him but I didn't receive a call," he said.

17.42 Avram Grant is refusing to admit defeat in West Ham's bid for Robbie Keane. "We have a few targets we want to bring in," he said. "It's not a secret that I am friends with Harry [Redknapp] and I speak with him every couple of days. He (Keane) is a player we want to bring for sure. We are dealing with this."

17.32 Roque Santa Cruz is not ruling out the prospect of a permanent return to Blackburn. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Maybe we can do something permanently. Blackburn's always been home to me they've treated me very well."

17.28 Robbie Findley, USA World Cup striker of sorts, has been granted a work permit to join Nottingham Forest.

16.34: Arsene Wenger says Andrei Arshavin is going nowhere. He said: “We have had no contact. As soon as a player doesn't play fantastically well, he is criticised. We all know that. I am very happy with Arshavin."

16.30: Liverpool have signed teenage winger Jason Banton after he was released by the Arsenal Academy. Liverpool Academy director Frank McParland told Liverpoolfc's official website: "Jason has been training with us here at the Academy for the past three to four weeks. He's a talented winger who we feel can be a very good player for us."

16.11: Toronto FC head coach and technical director Aron Winter has rejected Celtic's application to keep Dwayne De Rosario at Parkhead after a successful trial. "Celtic inquired about the possibility of extending Dwayne's time with them,” Winter said. “My preference is for Dwayne to start the season with Toronto FC right from training camp."

16.06: Newcastle United are tipped to sign England international striker Jay Bothroyd from Cardiff City for £2 million.

15.57: The agent of striker Fabio Borini says the move is set up but not yet ready to go through as Chelsea and Parma wait for the transfer market to hold up. Marco De Marchi says the Blues defender has other options but Parma are first choice.

15.44: Portsmouth have completed the signing of Ritchie De Laet on loan from Manchester United Blues boss Steve Cotterill said: “He’s a very flexible defender who can play across the back four. The defence was an area we needed to strengthen, so I’m delighted."

15.29: Celtic have given up on trying to sign SK Brann forward Erik Huseklepp.

15.17: Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier quite rightly pointed out that the Karim Benzema story is nonsense. "I don't think Benzema will come to Villa," Houllier told the Birmingham Mail. "Jose said he is missing strikers so how can he get rid of one of the only ones he has available at the moment? I think he is trying to sign a new striker. I didn't even dare to get in touch with Jose because I know the situation he is in at the moment."

15.15: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is talking about that man again. "It's unfortunate that Cesc didn't come last summer," he told Voetbal International. "He could have given a lot to this team." He added: "I am very confident that from this summer he will be my team-mate."

15.14: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping his cards close to his chest about links to Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. "I cannot speak about that,” he told the club's official website. “If we go any further with any player, we will inform you."

15.06: Everton are once again being linked with Marseille's Taye Taiwo.

15.02: AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani says there is unlikely to be any more new faces at the club this month.

14.59: Manchester United reserve team defender Richie de Laet is being tipped to join Portsmouth on loan.

14.42: The Steven Pienaar story has now moved on a bit. Everton have confirmed that they have accepted one of two bids for the South Africa international to move this January. We still think it's Bayern Munich. He said: “We have had two offers for Steven Pienaar. One has been accepted and the player is in talks.”

14.30: Crystal Palace have signed Jermaine Easter from MK Dons for an undisclosed fee.

14.21: Aston Villa have finally agreed a £5 million fee with French Ligue 1 side Lyon for the transfer of midfielder Jean II Makoun, so it seems like there will be no need for Mark van Bommel.

14.10: AC Milan director Ariedo Braida has ruled out a January move for Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa but suggested a summer deal is possible. "We always like good players and Bosingwa definitely falls into that category, but we're just on standby," he said. "At the moment, there is no interest from us in the player, but who knows when it comes to June?"

13.52: Marca reports that Malaga will shortly seal deals for striker Diego Buonanotte from River Plate and defender Gabriel Milito from Barca.

13.46: Nassim Ben Khalifa has left Wolfsburg to sign an 18-month loan with Nuernberg.

13.31: Espanyol's Victor Ruiz is said to be interesting Manchester City and Tottenham, but sporting director Ramon Planes says there have been no enquiries. "I don't know about Manchester City's or Tottenham's interest in Victor Ruiz," he told calciomercato.it.
Planes said there has been interest Pablo Daniel Osvaldo from two Premier League clubs. He added: "I've received two bids for him from Fulham and Blackburn but for us, he's a player not for sale."

13.20: Aston Villa's fan information line is linking the aforementioned Van Bommel if the deal for Lyon's Jean Makoun collapses.

13.13: Coventry City have loaned out defender Jermaine Grandison to Shrewsbury Town.

13.01: A fanciful story from Talksport now, with reports that Liverpool will steal Victor Obinna from West Ham. The striker, who is on loan at Upton Park from Inter Milan, could be set for a permanent move to Anfield. That will make them contenders again...

12.47: Scunthorpe United have signed central defender Paul Reid from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee.

12.39: Mark Van Bommel has told Radio 538 that he has held talks with AC Milan but that there are also clubs from England, Italy and Holland to have expressed an interest.

12.32: Sky Sports are reporting that Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar will sign a pre-contact agreement with a major European club in the next 48 hours. Bayern Munich have been strongly linked. Talks between Chelsea and Everton have collapsed.

12.21: Manchester City have confirmed that Roque Santa Cruz has returned to Blackburn Rovers on loan for the rest of the season. Will he stay fit?

12.15: The Sunderland Echo is reporting that Paris St Germain’s wantaway midfielder Stephane Sessegnon is still on the club's radar but the loan agreement is dragging on.

12.12: Burnley have dismissed talk they could be about to sell Chris Eagles for £1.5 million.

12.01: West Ham's hopes of signing Robbie Keane on loan from Tottenham have been scuppered. "It was a loan situation," Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said of the reported offer from Upton Park. "West Ham wanted a loan but he's not for loan. We wouldn't be loaning him out. He went out on loan last year so we won't be doing that again. If someone wants him they will have to buy him."

11.52: Roque Santa Cruz is having a medical at Blackburn - could he be in the Rovers side to face Chelsea this weekend?

11.40: Leeds United have taken George McCartney on loan from Sunderland for a second time.

11.33: Another Premier League to Championship loan now, with Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim heading out to strugglers Scunthorpe United. He is a Norway Under-21 international.

11.31: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he is eager to keep hold of all his players during the transfer window, amid reports goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and forward Andrei Arshavin could be on their way out.

11.24: Southampton are determined to fight off the advances of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal to keep highly-rated youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. That sounds more like an attempt to make sure the price is closer to £10 million.

11.18: Hull City have now confirmed that loan signing of Man United kid Corry Evans.

11.12: Sheffield United have signed Australian teenager Marc Warren from Central Coast Mariners. The two clubs have close links, and the 18-year-old has penned a two-year contract.

11.07: Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract with the club, which ends speculation that the Australian goalkeeper could move to a Premier League club this January.

10.56: Notts County have signed Alan Judge from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed, six-figure fee.

10.41: Blackburn are said to be tracking Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, who is a full United States international.

10.37: Could highly young Chile winger Alexis Sanchez be on the move? Stories doing the rounds on Friday indicate Chelsea, Manchester United and Inter Milan all want him.

10.28: Hull City are said to have signed Manchester United's Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans on loan for the rest of the season. Awaiting official confirmation on that one.

10.24: Football Italia reports that Juventus are on the verge of signing Antonio Floro Flores from Udinese.

10.21: Scott Parker has joined the long list of names being linke with Liverpool, but West Ham will be reluctant to sell.

10.18: Reading will sign Sean Morrison from Swindon next week after agreeing a fee.

10.09: Demba Ba, the Hoffenheim striker who wants to move to the Premier League, is reportedly having a medical at Stoke City.

10.02: Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has confirmed they are in the market for a striker after this week losing Gonzalo Higuain for a lengthy period.

09.51: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is set to discover on Friday how much cash he has to splash in the transfer window as owner John W Henry flies in for Sunday's Merseyside derby.

Friday morning's newspaper rumours:

According to the Daily Mirror, Benzema is ready to be reunited with Gerard Houllier at Villa Park to bring an end to his Real Madrid nightmare. The former Lyon striker has struggled to find the back of the net in La Liga in 18 months in Spain.

But the paper does insist that the whole deal depends on a merry-go-round of transfers and incidental issues. First, Mario Balotelli must avoid surgery, which will then mean Manchester City will allow Emmanuel Adebayor to move to Real on loan - thus freeing up Benzema to leave the Bernabeu. Did you follow that?

So that's the big one, let's take a look at the other rumours.

Daily Mirror: Chelsea were last night closing in on Benfica centre-half David Luiz as the first piece in their new defence. Paulo Ferreira will be part of the £21 million deal ... Avram Grant's bid to bring Hoffenheim’s Demba Ba to West Ham could be hijacked by Stoke ... Arsenal's Arsene Wenger is eyeing a bargain deal for former Gunner Matt Upson - but is only willing to pay a cut-price £500,000 ... Bolton boss Owen Coyle wants to snap up Middlesbrough’s David Wheater and Benfica starlet Rodrigo Moreno - but he has vowed not to waste the club’s cash ... West Ham are new favourites to sign Argentine wonderkid Pablo Mouche ... England striker Jay Bothroyd is in talks with Newcastle over a January switch ... Blackburn boss Steve Kean has won the race for Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson - but is willing to wait until summer to clinch the deal.

The Sun: Chelsea are set to see off Spurs after bidding £3 million for Steven Pienaar ... Chris Eagles is on his way to Everton from Burnley in a £1.5 million deal ... Southampton are ready to fight off Man Utd and Liverpool to keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ... West Ham may sign Guinea winger Pascal Feindouno, released by Qatar club Al-Sadd ... Millwall's bid to sign Southampton's Jason Puncheon has stalled due to the £700,000 price tag ... Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger is wanted by both Fiorentina and Malaga for about £3 million ... Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury will ask with Arsene Wenger to let him stay on loan at Norwich.

Daily Mail: Mark Hughes has ruled out a move for Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor but refused to deny he was trying to bring Shaun Wright-Phillips to Fulham ... Arsenal are close to agreeing a £5million deal for Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ... West Ham are confident of pushing through a cut-price deal for Robbie Keane after emerging as favourites to sign the unsettled Tottenham striker ... Pavel Pogrebnyak has postponed a move to England until the summer after being talked into helping Stuttgart's relegation fight ... Sunderland have tabled a £4 million bid for Paris Saint Germain's want-away midfielder Stephane Sessegnon after his club rejected a loan request ... Birmingham are weighing up a return move for free scoring Brescia striker Andrea Caracciolo in case they fail in their bid to sign Kenny Miller ... Newcastle manager Pardew is ready to follow up his interest in Wolfsburg midfielder Karim Ziani and make him his second signing ...

Daily Star: Southampton boss Nigel Adkins won’t let £10 million-rated teen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave without a fight ... Gerard Houllier expects to clinch the £7.5m signing of Jean Makoun today in time for him to make his debut for Aston Villa against bitter rivals Birmingham.

Daily Express: Arsene Wenger insists there is little chance of Arsenal letting anyone leave in the current transfer window. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and forward Andrey Arshavin have been linked with moves.

Daily Telegraph: Chelsea are looking to shake up their defence by putting right-back Jose Bosingwa up for sale and targeting £15 million centre-half Diego Godin from Atletico Madrid.

Guardian: John Rooney, Wayne's younger brother, has been selected by New York Red Bulls in the second round of the MLS draft

January 13, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/13/2011

There have certainly been more outrageous transfer rumours this January, but could Emmanuel Adebayor really make a return to the English capital to be reuinted with former boss Mark Hughes at Fulham?


Emmanuel Adebayor left London for Manchester in summer 2009 ©Getty Images

23.30: Okay, that's all for tonight. Thanks for all your comments today and we'll be back in the morning for all the latest.

23.01: An update on Milan's reported interest in Genoa full back Domenico Criscito. Agent Vincenzo D’Amico told Radio Sportiva: “For now I have received no contact from Milan, so it is all newspaper rumour. I believe that president Enrico Preziosi spoke with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani several times in Brazil over the past few days, but I don’t know what they discussed. Criscito is the best Italian left-back, so the price-tag is certainly high, but I leave that kind of suggestion to Genoa.”

22.29: Juventus had already outlined their determination to bring in a striker this month with Fabio Quagliarella out for the season, and Luca Toni - less than a week after joining - has now strained his knee. Expect to see that striker pursuit stepped up a notch or two.

22.01: Former Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo, 34, is a free agent after terminating his contract at Real Betis. "I’ve never seen fans like these," he said. "I could not succeed at Betis, but they have so much support and I hope to be here in June to celebrate promotion.”

21.49: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan isn't expecting anyone (except Mauro Boselli, presumably) to leave the club in January. “I’m not expecting us to sell anybody this month,” Whelan told the Wigan Evening Post. "We’ve got a good squad here, although we’re probably short of one striker."

21.35: Juventus forward Amauri could well be on his way back to Palermo. "The two clubs have details to work on, but if I have to reply with my heart then you know my answer," he told Stadionews. “I left a part of me in Palermo, as I love the city and its fans.”

21.09: Daniel Agger is apparently negotiating a move to Fiorentina. More here.

21.00: Wayne Rooney's brother John was today picked by the New York Red Bulls in the second round of the Major League Soccer 'super draft'. The 20-year-old, who previously played for Macclesfield, joins former Champions League winners Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez in the Red Bulls squad.

20.15: You may recall that Montpellier defender Emir Spahic was quoted as saying he was on the verge of joining Arsenal in the summer. That didn't happen, of course, and now TV station Hayat claims Aston Villa have lodged a bid for him.

19.45: Looks like it could be a busy night for Genoa - they've just confirmed the loan signing of Wigan striker Mauro Boselli. More here.

19.43: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has confirmed he has made an approach for Barnsley midfielder Adam Hammill but isn’t getting too carried away. “He's not my player and there are a lot of things that have got to happen before he is,” he said. "There are a lot of other clubs who want him, so the boy is in a great situation."

19.35: Santos striker Ze Eduardo is on the verge of sealing a move to Genoa, according to his agent.

19.14: Rangers coach Ian Durrant remains hopeful that Kenny Miller will stay at Ibrox despite accepting a £600,000 bid from Birmingham. He told Blues News: “Kenny is in a position where he's in the final months of his contract but we're still hopeful he will stay.”

18.41 Marca reports that in their desperation to find a new striker, Real Madrid have turned to Bayern Munich's Miroslav Klose. Yes, he has 58 goals for Germany, but surely he is past it at club level? More here.

18.23 Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani has reiterated his desire to leave the club, having been linked with Everton. Despite the recent appointment of Laurent Banide, he said: "I stand by my decision. I still want to leave. I haven't changed my opinion. It has come too late. I have told the vice-president (Michel Aubery) that if he had an offer for me, he must accept it."

18.08 In reference to another Manchester City player, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Hughes was equally evasive, adding: "He's a player I've worked with, a player I know. There's a number of players out there that there's speculation about that I've worked with before. It's unfair for me to comment on specific situations or specific players."

17.48 Fulham manager Mark Hughes has reacted coyly to suggestions that he could be looking to sign Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Hughes said: "Manu is a guy who I like as a person. As a player, he did well for me. He had problems when he went out of the team but he's a good guy. Any team that had a player of the quality of Adebayor would be strengthened. But that doesn't mean that we're in a position to bring him here, I have to say."

17.30 Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone has denied reports of a possible player exchange with Parma - swapping Valeri Bojinov and Nicola Pozzi. "No. It is absolutely out of the question," Garrone said.

17.28 Aston Villa defender Shane Lowry has joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season. The Australian was on the verge of a call-up to the World Cup squad for the Socceroos.

17.23 Villarreal have signed Roma full-back Cicinho on a six-month loan deal, with an option of a permanent transfer, the Spanish club have confirmed.

17.06 Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has denied the club are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies. "We have made no enquiries for either player," Coates told The Sentinel.

Comment from Lenny: Mauro Camoranesi would be a good signing for Liverpool! Along with Babel, they would have the wing positions pretty much locked up! Why does everyone want Arsenal to sign another forward? Has everyone already forgot about Marouane Chamakh? Ii believe him to be the #1 striker for Arsenal with RVP behind him.

16.37 The agent of Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has brushed aside reports linking his client with a move to Juventus this month. Bruno Carpeggiani said: "Antonio is happy in Udine and has no intention to leave the Friuli outfit."

16.21 SPL side Aberdeen have also picked up striker Nick Blackman on loan from Blackburn Rovers, Dons manager Craig Brown has confirmed.

16.00 Fulham have shipped out a couple of players. Swedish defender Fredrik Stoor has moved from FFC to Norwegian club Valerenga Fotball on a permanent deal and Robert Milsom has moved to Aberdeen.

15.47 Given that Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has fallen out with the club's hierarchy over their reluctance to spend any money in the transfer window, I'd take reports linking the Los Blancos with a £40m double swoop for Man United's Nemanja Vidic and Chicharito with a pinch, or even a bag, of salt.

15.32 Reported Manchester United target Shinji Kagawa is not for sale according to his German club Borussia Dortmund. Warning off any potential suitors, general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke told Stern magazine: "They can stop all of their efforts - Kagawa will not be sold, definitely not."

15.11 Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen has confirmed the club are interested in Ajax star Gregory Van Der Wiel but a deal will have to wait until the summer as the Blues are currently focused on signing a defender. "Gregory is on our number one list but not currently at the top," Arnesen told Ajax Life. "Our priority is now a central defender with Alex injured."

15.15 Stoke City have made a €10 million offer to sign West Ham United target Demba Ba, according to Kicker. The want-away striker is keen to quit Hoffenheim and head to the Premier League.

14.55 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has made a third bid for Paris St Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon as he attempts to bolster his squad during the transfer window.

14.40 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted it is likely Shaun Wright-Phillips will leave the club in January and claimed the winger has a host of teams on his tail.

14.24 Everton are on the verge of completing a deal for Burnley playmaker Chris Eagles as a replacement for outgoing midfielder Steven Pienaar, according to Sport.co.uk.

14.15 Sebastian Larsson's proposed move to Newcastle United is in doubt after the Birmingham midfielder failed to agree a contract. "Newcastle made a bid but I don't think Seb could agree terms so he is still a Birmingham player," Blues boss Alex McLeish said.

14.00 Italian midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has had his request to leave Stuttgart granted and is now on the transfer market after only half a year with the Bundesliga club.

Comment from Andi: Why Arsene Wenger hasn't already snapped up Chris Samba is beyond me. He is a big, strong defender who has scored a plethora of decisive goals (something that Arsenal are in need of), he is only 26, has tons of Premier League experience and he wants out of Blackburn. With Wenger contemplating publicly to add an experienced Premier League defender I also wonder why the rumour mill hasn't done its usual part to crank up such a move.

13.37 Charlton have completed the loan signing of Liverpool forward Nathan Eccleston until the end of the season. Eccleston wrote on his Twitter page: "Happy and looking forward to the challenge at Charlton. With hard work the team is capable of achieving success."

13.26 Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud admits the club are unlikely to be able to complete the signing of Lorient forward Kevin Gameiro, despite having a bid accepted, because the player favours a move to Valencia.

13.21 Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has played down suggestions that David Wheater is set to join the club in January. The Trotters are short of options at centre-back - with just two specialists on their books - and Coyle is thought to be looking to bolster the ranks in the transfer window.

12.55 Aston Villa's bid to sign Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun has moved a step closer to completion following a cordial meeting between Gerard Houllier and Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. The French club said in a statement: "The progress of the talks are still subject to the player and his advisers' agreement."

12.30 Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has confirmed his promotion-chasing Championship side have signed Everton striker Yakubu on loan until the end of the season.

Comment from CYQ: Arsenal should really get rid of the players who are under performing such as Arshavin and Bendtner. Arshavin may be great at times but he's too inconsistent to be of much use to a team that wants to challenge for the title.

Bendner should also be sold off, he wasted tons of chances in the Ipswich game and the Leeds games. Arsene Wenger should buy Luis Surarez as back up for RVP.

12.14 Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is still hoping to land Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on loan and insists he has not held any talks with Arsene Wenger, or anybody else, regarding the sale of Trotters' defender Gary Cahill.

11.56 Mark van Bommel's agent claims the AC Milan target would prefer a move to England. The Bayern Munich star's representative Mino Raiola told De Telegraaf: "There is some interest, but not serious yet. Many clubs will think about it. Mark prefers to move to England."

11.40 Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled out a swoop for Tottenham's Gareth Bale despite heaping praise on the winger. "I did an interview with an Italian paper where they asked me about him and I said he was a very good player," Mancini explained. "I never said I wanted to buy him. This is not true."

11.15 AC Milan are planning a January swoop for Genoa and Italy left-back Domenico Criscito, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. However, the Rossoblu have already sold defender Andrea Ranocchia and are reluctant to part with another key player.

11.01 Manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed Wigan are close to completing a deal to send Mauro Boselli out on loan for the rest of the season after the striker tweeted: "Six months at Genoa. I am very happy.''

10:50 Martin O'Neill is set to replace Avram Grant as the manager of West Ham United and is due to be made an offer in the next 48 hrs, according to a source close to the club.

10.42 Want-away Stoke City striker Tuncay has helped put himself in the shop window by posting a video of his top 10 goals on Facebook.

Comment from Azizane: Somebody should really get Connor Wickham! You hear me Alan Pardew?

10.35 Manchester City's forgotten man Michael Johnson will ask manager Roberto Mancini to send him out on loan. The 22-year-old, who is recovering from a cruciate ligament injury and last played for the senior side in October 2009, said: "It is better for me to go and get games now. Ideally maybe going out somewhere for the rest of the season and getting match fit."

10.16 Juventus intend to replace injured forward Fabio Quagliarella in the January transfer window. "We'll look to take the opportunities that present themselves in the transfer market,” general manager Beppe Marotta said. Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan is top of the list, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

10.04 Blackpool are keen secure a loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to TALKsport. Ian Holloway's side can offer the young Welshman first team football as he looks to resurrect his career following a long-term injury.

09.50 Another Ipswich 1-0 Arsenal inspired rumour for you: the Gunners were so impressed with Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham that they are going to sign the 17-year-old for around £10 million. Apparently Arsene Wenger has been monitoring Wickham's progress for the past 12 months.

Comment from Brian Gregory: Bordeaux and Lorient have agreed to terms over Kevin Gamiero but apparently he isn't having it and would prefer to move to Valencia. In other Bordeaux news, they have made an offer of £10m for Djibril Cisse but Pana wont sell for under £14m.

09.30 Blackburn striker Jason Roberts could be on his way to former club Wigan or promotion-chasing Queens Park Rangers as the Rovers make space in the squad for the possible return of Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City.

09.18 AC Milan are hoping to land Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa on the cheap, according to the Daily Mail. The Portugal international signed for Chelsea for over £16 million in 2008 but his contract expires in the summer.

09.08: With last night's defeat to Ipswich, rumours are beginning that Russian forward Andrey Arshavin could both be about to leave the north London club. Arsenal are believed to be ready to listen to offers in the £17 million region - which would actually represent a profit for the Gunners.

Comment from Ovie Onas: Arsene Wenger should place a strong bid for for Porto goal machine Radamel Falcao.

08.56: Kevin Nolan thinks that Newcastle need to bring in some 'new faces'. With rumours of a clear-out at St James's it looks likely they will have to replace a few players this month.

08.39: Dundee's Leigh Griffiths looks set for a move to Wolves after receiving a formal bid. "If there is a sensible bid, and the type of money we are talking about is reasonably sensible, then the administrator will decide," Dundee chief executive Harry MacLean told BBC Scotland. "The chances are Leigh will have to leave the club in the near future."

08.39: Roma defender Cicinho is set to join Villarreal, as he looks for more regular football.

08.25: Six clubs, including Tottenham, are all chasing Wes Brown as he may be allowed to leave Man Utd this month. He'd be a great signing for anyone at under £5 million.

08.13: AC Milan's injury crisis at the back has seen them linked with a move for the Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa. Not sure they'd be able to get him on the cheap as they may want though.

07.55: Here's a summary of the best of the rest from the English press on Thursday morning:

Manchester United and Tottenham are weighing up a move for FK Partizan midfielder Radosav Petrovic according to Metro, which also suggests that Manuel Almunia and increasingly unpopular Russian Andrei Arshavin could be set to leave Arsenal.

Matthew Upson to Arsenal was a story doing the rounds yesterday and should that happen, West Ham may look to fill the void left by their captain by bringing in Newcastle outcast Sol Campbell. That's suggested in the Mirror, along with Kenny Dalglish being so impressed with Charlie Adam in Blackpool's win over Liverpool last night that he is ready to put in a bid.

Philippe Mexes has yet to commit his future to Roma and the defender is thought to be a target of Chelsea and Liverpool. But talkSPORT says that AC Milan are favourties to land the 28-year-old Frenchman because of an injiury crisis at the San Siro. That very same radio station is also tipping Blackpool to snap up Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey on loan.

Chelsea and Liverpool's hopes of signing Roma defender Philippe Mexes have been hit by an injury crisis at AC Milan, the Serie A leaders now favourites to sign the 28-year-old French international.

Comment from Joe: Chelsea should be looking at a younger players, they have enough older players. I think Neven Subotic, or even his partner at Dortmund Hummels or Simon Kjaer would all be better.

07.40: Sticking with Adebayor and the Mirror reckons that Real Madrid are still favourites to snap up the Togo international as short-term cover for injured frontman Gonzalo Higuain.

07.35: A quick scout around the papers offers some interesting rumours today - including that former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return to London from Manchester City and join Fulham on loan. But his £140,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block, according to the Mail, which claims the Cottagers will only offer £80,000.

07.25: Bonjour and guten morgen to you all. On Wednesday, Wayne Bridge completed his loan move to West Ham, David Bentley completed his loan move to Birmingham and Arsenal teenager Wellington moved to Levante on a short-term deal. This transfer window still hasn't really offered too much excitement, let's hope it comes today!

January 12, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/12/2011

Liverpool and Arsenal are after the new Theo, while Stoke seem keen to add to their ranks in January and could take advantage of West Ham's predicament.


The new... and the old. ©Getty Images

00:00 Right, that's all we've got time for today folks - but join us again on Thursday morning (GMT) for another action-packed days of real transfers and ridiculous rumours.

23.56: Apparently, AC Milan are looking to get some value for money in the transfer market in the form of Chelsea right-back Jose Bosingwa. The £16.2 million signing from Porto is out of contract in the summer and the Blues may be tempted to cash in rather than let him go for free, according to the Mail.

23.36: Reader Matt believes that Manchester United should target a Belgian triumverate to help their quest for a treble of trophies:

I would love to see Man Utd go after a trio of young Belgians to help with the midfield in Steven Defour, Axel Witsel and Eden Hazard. The likes of Kompany, Vermaelen and Fellaini prove that Belgains can be useful in the Premier League.

23.28: BBC Sport is reporting that Wolves are close to tying up a deal for 20-year-old Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths, with a £150,000 move set to be completed in the next 48 hours.

22.47: A few of the stories from tommorrow's papers are beginning to filter through now, with the Mail suggesting that Stoke will swoop for out-of-favour Aston Villa centre-back Curtis Davies for £2 million. Apparently, the Potters are also tracking highly-rated Huddersfield winger Anthony Pilkington.

22.28: A nice friendly message from Daniel here:

As if I can be bothered reading all that to find out who's transferred where this summer. Surely there is a straight up list somewhere? I can't find it. Lift your game soccernet.

For your information, the list you speak of can be found here.

22.13: Palermo have just advanced to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals after beating Chievo, and it may be a day for a double celebration, as Corriere dello Sport claims that they have completed a deal for Novara striker Pablo Gonzalez at the end of the season.

21.59: Inter Milan fan Connor is hoping Leonardo is given some additional players to work with for the rest of the season and believes it's time for Massimo Moratti to dip into his pockets.

I think Inter need to buy some quality subs for the midfield. The biggest problem we had so far this season is that when our players get injured, we get messed because we have to call up half the reserve squad. I'd like to see some players bought and not sold. Moratti definitely has the money to do so, so why not spend it?!

21.38: Lyon have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Aston Villa over the possible trasnfer of Jeanm Makoun. A statement on Lyon's website read: "President Jean-Michel Aulas met Gerard Houllier in Paris this morning. The progress of such discussions remain subject to the agreement of the player.''

21.03: Inter Milan fans hoping that new boss Leonardo may be able to convince some of his former players at AC Milan to join him at the Nerazzurri will be disappointed to hear that one of them has no chance of making such a switch. Milan striker Alexandre Pato said: “I just want to win with this jersey, which I will wear as long as the club wants me to. Would I go to Inter? No, never. I only want Milan."

20.40: Peterborough supremo Barry Fry earlier described Aston Villa's bid for goalkeeper Joe Lewis as an "insult", but Villa have muddied the waters by insisting they never made a bid. "The simple truth is that we haven't made a bid for the Peterborough goalkeeper," Villa chief exec Paul Faulkner said. "I've seen some of the reports today linking us with a bid for this player, but I can confirm that no bid has been made by Aston Villa." Somebody must be lying!

20.17: Canadian football fans prepare yourselves, because Robbie Savage may be on his way to new MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. The Derby captain has admitted that he is weighing up an offer to cross the Atlantic. He said: "The presentation they made to me was brilliant. To be honest, it blew me away. I am fully committed to Derby and seeing out the end of my contract there but Vancouver have asked whether they will release me so I can be ready for the MLS season starting in March."

19.43: PSV technical director Marcel Brands says the Dutch giants are 'open to discussions' with Hungarian winger Balasz Dzsudzsak about a possible new deal at the club.

19.31: Here's the full story on Wayne Bridge's move to West Ham. Here at ESPNsoccernet HQ we are wondering exactly how Manchester City's second-choice left-back can help keep the Hammers in the Premier League.

19.09: Arsenal's young Brazilian striker Wellington has gone out on loan to Spanish side Levante.

18.50: Gerard Houllier has already confirmed his interest in Jean Makoun today, but the Aston Villa boss has also stressed that he is still in the hunt for Blackpool captain Charlie Adam.

18.41: Arsenal are in need of a defender and West Ham captain Matthew Upson has refused to commit his future to the club before the end of the season. The Independent has put the two together and reckons that Arsene Wenger is ready to welcome the player he let go in 2003 back to the club.

18.29: Staying with Birmingham - and Blues' boss Alex McLeish is apparently considering moving for Leicester City star Richie Wellens.

18.09: David Bentley has completed his loan move to Birmingham until the end of the season after passing a medical. His first game for the club is likely to be be this weekend in what should be a tasty Midlands derby. Full story here.

17.52: BREAKING NEWS: Wayne Bridge has passed a medical at West Ham.

17.48: Portsmouth are hoping to keep on-loan Wolves defender Greg Halford at Fratton Park until the end of the season. Halford has scored four goals in 12 appearances for Pompey, but was due to return to Molineux this month.

17.33: Sky Sports News is reporting that Blackburn have approached Barcelona about signing teenage forward Ruben Rochina. But Rovers have yet to make a formal offer for the 19-year-old, who plays for Barcelona B

17.16: Wolfsburg defender Andrea Barzagli has confirmed that Juventus are interested in signing him. The 29-year-ld former Palermo centre-back said: “Juve are certainly an interesting option and I am pleased to see their interest in me. I don’t know anything about the details of the negotiations, but the two clubs are talking and then we’ll see what happens.”

16.53: Osasuna right winger Juanfran Torres has signed for Atletico Madrid in a in a deal the Spanish press believe is worth in the region of €4 million.

16.30: Stephane Sessegnon is to meet with PSG to determine whether he has a future at the club. Clubs in England and Italy are said to be showing interest.

16.16: The Manchester Evening News reports that Tottenham, Sunderland, Blackburn, Everton, Birmingham and Newcastle are all interested in Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

16.03: Newcastle's pursuit of Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson appears to
have run into the buffers over the player's wage demands.

15.52: Jose Mourinho is continuing to grumble loudly about his lack of options at Real Madrid now Gonzalo Higuain's been officially ruled out for at least four months. "The club know my opinion on a new striker," Mourinho said. "Most great teams have many strikers, but we only have Benzema.”

15.28: David Trezeguet could return to Italy just six months after joining Hercules. The Spanish side have been struggling to pay players and agent Antonio Caliendo told Ilsussidiario.net: "He could head back to Serie A, but it all depends on Hercules. There are economic problems, but everything can be resolved in a week as there is a big sponsor coming in that could help the Spanish club."

15.14: Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Tobias Sippel has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2013.

15.09: Scotland international Kris Commons has been linked with a £750,000 move to Rangers or Celtic this month with his Derby contract due to expire at the end of the season. Commons ran down his contract at Nottingham Forest in 2008 but Rams chief executive Tom Glick told the Derby Telegraph: "We remain optimistic. We are focused right now on signing an extended contract with Kris. That is priority one and we haven't moved to plan B yet."

15.02: Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed they are looking for a striker to replace the injured Fabio Quagliarella and did little to deny talk of a move for Diego Forlan.

“We have lost Quagliarella, our goalscorer, and it's a big absence for us,” he said. “Our aim is to replace him. Have we made an offer to Diego Forlan? I can only say that we will evaluate until the end the best that this market can offer us."

14.52: Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier remains confident of bringing Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun to Villa Park. Read the full story here.

14.31: Doncaster have completed the signing of defender Matt Kilgallon on loan from Sunderland.

14.17: Harry Redknapp believes David Bentley can resurrect his career when he completes his loan move to Birmingham. More here.

14.09: Newell's Old Boys midfielder Mauro Formica won’t be joining Geno, but it seems Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu might be.

“The deal fell through and it was partly our fault,” club president Enrico Preziosi told Sky Italia. “However, we are looking at other possibilities. Like others, we are waiting to see what happens with Mutu. Mutu is a player that does interest us but we have not spoken to Fiorentina yet.”

13.45: Canal+ seems to believe Emmanuel Adebayor is on his way to Real Madrid on loan. It wouldn't be the first time we'd heard that one, and it would solve a problem for both clubs. To an extent.

13.35: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insists he is not worried about the prospect of midfielder David Jones running down his contract at Molineux. He told the club’s official website: “It's Jonah's prerogative to see his deal out and see what's out there but who's to say he doesn't sign for us next year? It's nothing for us to get uptight about and I know Jonah will give his best when he plays.”

13.24: Mark van Bommel's agent, the ubiquitous Mino Raiola, is now adopting a coy approach to the idea his client could join AC Milan. "If Milan are interested then I don't know as I have not heard from them," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Will I meet [Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani? This is my business, not yours."

13.08: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter are close to tying up a deal for 18-year-old Feyenoord striker Luc Castaignos. The deal is likely to go through by the end of the week.

12.51: Reports in Germany suggest Chelsea will move for Borussia Dortmund centre back Neven Subotic. Bild reckons they've bid €21 million and that, unlike many of the transfer rumours doing the rounds, sounds entirely plausible.

12.38: More City news, in that Mancini has said the club won't move for Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon. ''We have decided for some time to point on [Joe] Hart, who is a young player with enormous potential,' he said. ''Hence, I can categorically say that we will never make any offers for Buffon.''

12.26: Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson accepts he might have to go out on loan for the remainder of the season. “We have a lot of world class players,” he told the club’s official website. “It is better for me to go and get games now.”

12.15: Tottenham seem pretty adamant that Gareth Bale is going nowhere, but Roberto Mancini has been discussing the possibility he will be up for sale in the summer in an interview in Italy. Read the story here.

11.52: Promising Blackburn striker Nick Blackman has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal, which will keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2013.

11.40: Corriere dello Sport believes Juventus may have a deal in place for 29-year-old Wolfsburg centre-back Andrea Barzagli.

11.29: Skysports.com reports that Liverpool have entered the race to sign Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam. He's a fine player, but possibly not the man the fans had in mind.

11.09: Former Chelsea, Newcastle and Real Madrid midfielder Geremi, 32, has been
released by Greek club Larissa. A club statement read: "The club were very satisfied with Geremi's attitude but unfortunately he had difficulties adapting to life in Greece." The 32-year-old had signed a two-year contract in August.

11.00: Norway star Erik Huseklepp - who scored twice in a 2-1 victory over France in August - has his heart set on a move to Celtic. The Brann forward told Bergens Tidende: "I really want to play for Celtic and to get my chance in the Scottish league." He's willing to give up a bonus to push the move through, he says.

10.47: It appears there's nothing in the rumours Mark van Bommel could be heading to Milan. More here.

10.34: Rumours in Spain suggest Real Madrid could move for Atletico Madrid forward Kun Aguero. Aguero signed a new deal until 2014 recently, but it's claimed that new deal saw his release clause brought down to €45 million.

10.23: ONA FM believes Malaga and Genoa are in pole position to sign Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito.

10.06: River Plate legend Ariel Ortega is set to sign for All Boys. More here.

10.02: A Bola has it on good authority that Maritimo striker Kleber, on loan from Atletico Mineiro, will join Porto in the summer.

09.52: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Juventus have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over Diego Forlan.

09.49: Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese has urged the side to invest if they are to get out of their current slump. "We could really use some quality new players," he said.

09.36: Portuguese newspaper Record claims Real Madrid are keen to tie up a deal for Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao.

09.16: Wayne Bridge was at the West Ham game last night, and sources at the club have told Harry Harris the move is now 95% done.

08.57: Scottish clubs are starting to receive bids from abroad once more - Andy Moir takes you through the latest from the SPL here.

08.24: Real Zaragoza are keen to sign Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz, but City want to get rid of him on a permanent deal and may want to wait to see the full extent of Mario Balotelli's injury first.

08.16: West Brom are also keen to bring in Papa Bouba Diop from his spell in Greece and are preparing a bid of £400,000.

08.06: Other Premier League clubs will be put on alert as West Brom could be ready to sell Scott Carson. The Baggies are keen to bring in a new No. 1 and Carson could be on the way out, with a host of others interested.

07.49: Ian Holloway thinks that the transfer window makes clubs sack managers. What do you reckon?

07.39: Everton have reportedly agreed a deal with Tottenham over Steven Pienaar with a contract worth £70,000 a week over four years. They are just deciding whether to pay £2 million now, or wait for him to become a free agent in the summer.

07.28: Aston Villa have been put off by Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton's wage demands of around £67,000-a-week and won't make a move for him. Possibly a lucky escape there.

07.10: Much talk over Manchester United's move for a left-back and it could be Lyon's Michel Bastos apparently.

07.00: Morning all, and welcome to the day's transfer gossip. We'll begin with some paper talk as usual.

The Daily Mirror have news that Liverpool are chasing 'the next Walcott', as Southampton look set to lose another young star at an early age - 17-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal are also chasing him for £10 million, but they do already have the current Walcott.

There is also news that West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is on the radar of Stoke, who want to pick him up for £4 million, while also keeping their eyes on striker Carlton Cole. And Everton fans could be pleased to see the back of the Yak as he has been persuaded to move to Sven Goran Eriksson's Leicester.

The Daily Mail think that Villa's striking woes can be fixed by Spurs' Roman Pavlyuchenko and Nigel Reo-Coker could be on the way to Turkey to join Galatasaray.

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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/11/2011

Few saw this coming. Reports on Tuesday morning said that Tottenham could be closing in on the signature of none other than Everton's Phil Neville, but David Moyes has since denied that the midfielder was going anywhere.


Phil Neville: An unlikely transfer target. ©Getty Images

23.59: That's all we have time for tonight, but we'll be back with you in the morning for what promises to be another exciting day of transfer gossip.

23.40: Arsene Wenger says he has not yet decided if he will bring in another defender, but has indicated he will buy from within the Premier League if he does. Wenger told Arsenal's official website: "We always have people in mind, and we look everywhere. It is difficult to find at this period of the season, but overall I feel at the moment we have so many games that it is very important to focus on the next game."

23.07: Blackpool are being linked with a loan swoop for Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Lots of Arsenal news tonight!

22.44: Real Zaragonza want to take Roque Santa Cruz on loan from Manchester City.

22.29: Both Arsenal and Chelsea are said to be monitoring veteran Juventus centre-back Nicola Legrottaglie.

22.01: Young Trelleborg goalkeeper Viktor Noring has been handed a trial by Fulham.

21.35: Amantino Mancini is to sign for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. "Mancini will leave Italy after eight years to go back to Brazil on a permanent transfer,” agent Roberto Calenda told Sky Sport Italia.

21.23: SPL strugglers Hamilton have signed Mickael Antoine-Curier who has been without a club since leaving Dundee.

21.01: Didier Domi, once of Newcastle and Leeds, has signed for New England Revolution.

20.52: Leicester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson looks set to complete a audacious loan move for Everton striker Yakubu.

20.36: We've just received an email telling us that agent Dennis Lachter was sacked by Andrei Arshavin in June 2009, so I think we can discount his comments.

20.31: Montpellier defender Emir Spahic has issued a 'come and get me' plea to Arsenal: "If Arsenal were interested again I could not say no. In the summer Montpellier were not interested in selling me because he (the manager) did not want to weaken the team. But I hope that something could happen in the next 7-10 days. Arsenal would be something really special for me personally.”

20.22: A message on Arsenal here from Tee Jay

Arsene Wenger should go for a strong defender we need someone like Ivanovic with Vermalen up there. It will really help the team. And get a matured defensive midfielder to help.

20.10: Shaun Wright-Phillips is being linked with a move to Liverpool in some places this evening. At least that may give them some proper width. Not good width, though.

19.35: The agent of Barcelona kid Mauro Icardi says he is to join Sampdoria on loan.

19.12: Sir Alex Ferguson is supposedly ready to spend £30 million on Aston Villa's Ciaran Clark and Ashley Young at the end of the season.

18.30: Andrei Arshavin's agent Dennis Lachter says the player won't be leaving Arsenal for Juventus: "I think it's just speculation. Juventus could have taken Arshavin two-and-a-half years ago, but they didn't want to."

18.01: Bolton are said to want defender Santiago Gentiletti, who plays in Argentina for Argentinos Juniors, in case Gary Cahill is sold.

17.27: PSV's Erik Pieters is happy about agreeing a new contract with the club. The defender said: "We have reached a verbal agreement on a contract extension until the summer of 2014. This is really good news. We will now have to wait until everything gets official, but I'm very happy with this contract extension.''

17.19: A report in Sovsport suggests that Zenit St Petersburg are interested in signing Cologne striker Lukas Podolski. It would take a big offer to get him away from Germany though.

17.07: Johan Mjallby wants striker Georgios Samaras to stay at Celtic and claims they are in talks over keeping him. He said: "The club and Sammy are in talks. I would be delighted to see him stay. He's on form again. He's one of those players who is a bit of an enigma.''

Meanwhile, he also says that the club are after Brann Bergen forward Erik Huseklepp. ''We are interested in him and we are in talks so we will see what happens,'' he said. ''Before the transfer window opens, you always identify different targets and hopefully this is going to come good for us and we sign him. If not, then we have to go for other people."

16.46: Mario Balotelli is only using Man City as a stepping stone according to his agent, who said: ''His next step will be to prove his worth so that AC Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea or others may have to battle to take him.''

16.26: Aston Villa have reportedly tabled a new, improved offer for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam. They had a £2.5 million bid rejected last week, but now are going back again.

16.14: The one you have all been waiting for. Genoa have landed Slovakia midfielder Juraj Kucka from Sparta Prague for around £3 million.

15.58: Peterborough United's former England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Lewis has handed in a transfer request after the club rejected an offer from an unnamed Premier League club.

15.46: Genoa are reportedly interested in re-signing Sevilla full-back Abdoulay Konko, though the La Liga side have apparently already turned down a bid of €4.5 million as they are holding out for a figure closer to €6 million.

15.38: Staying in Italy and a potentially huge story should it be true; Francesco Totti wants to leave Roma. Il Corriere dello Sport has reported that Totti, who has been at the Roma since 1992 and is the club's all-time leading appearance maker and captain, has grown tired of life under coach Claudio Ranieri and is considering moving on.

15.21: AC Milan have their eye on Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel, according to Football Italia. Apparently Rossoneri vice president Adriano Galliani is due to meet the Ductman - who is out of contract in the summer - on Thursday. If that move fails to materialise, though, Milan will swoop for Cagliari's Andrea Lazzari.

15.08: Manchester City new boy Edin Dzeko has taken a swipe at the club's rivals Manchester United at his first press conference in English football. The Bosnia striker said: "I hear a lot about the fans and that most of the people from Manchester are Manchester City fans." I bet that will go down well at Old Trafford! Full story here.

14.49: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho is now the frontrunner to join Arsenal according to France Football. But does Arsene Wenger need to bring anyone else in?

''Wenger should really consider Shaun Wright-Phillips, he could be a good combination to supply dangerous crosses to RVP and Bendtner,'' says Alex

14.44: He may want to be No. 1 at Man Utd, but goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has been the subject of a loan enquiry from Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson according to the Leicester Mercury.

14.27: Malaga are showing their ambition after being taken over in the summer and are now keen to bolster their defence by bringing in Barcelona's Gabriel Milito on loan until the end of the season.

14.08: David Moyes has told Tottenham that he is not willing to sell Phil Neville. "At no time was any offer made - nor would one have been welcomed. Phil Neville is our captain and is an important part of the Everton set-up," he said. Shame, that could have been rather interesting.

13.54: West Ham's Valon Behrami is a target for Fiorentina, but the club are not holding their breath just yet. "We are hopeful," said club administrator Sandro Mencucci to Rai 3. "But until he is in Florence and he has signed, we cannot be sure."

13.17: Kagisho Dikgacoi's Fulham contract has been extended by 12 months and the decision has confused his agent somewhat. "I have been notified that they have exercised the option on the contract to extend it for a year, but I'm completely bewildered by the news to be honest," said Mike Makaab in the Ealing Gazette.

"KG was not even on the bench for the FA Cup match against Peterborough at the weekend, so for the manager to say he is still in their plans is very surprising, especially because they have just signed another player in his position in Steve Sidwell.''

12.55: Arsenal don't look likely to pick up defender Per Mertesacker this month, as the player has said he wants to focus on Werder Bremen. ''We are in a difficult moment with Werder and we should not be talking about me at this time,'' he told the Kreiszeitung newspaper. ''I am needed here for our day-to-day work and it is my duty to concentrate on that. I cannot deal with anything else.''

12.48: Bernard has his eyes on a few players for Liverpool to bring in. Might be a bit hopeful though.

I hope NESV can flex their financial muscle & back Dalglish in bringing in the likes of Suarez, Young, Elia, M'Vila, Coentrao, Cahill, Hangeland.

12.46: Leeds United have given a six-month contract to 18-year-old Everton midfielder Zac Thompson after he impressed while on trial.

12.24: Unable to make his mark on the Chelsea squad, Fabio Borini is set to leave Chelsea for Parma according to his agent. "The transfer to Parma is not official yet, but the situation is well advanced with the Gialloblu," Marco De Marchi told Radio Mana Mana. ''In recent months, there was interest in the boy from Lazio and Roma, but Parma have advanced things.''

12.03: Genoa have confirmed they are chasing the signature of Wigan striker Mauro Boselli. "I like Boselli, he is our aim," said Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi told Primocanale. "He's an interesting player in perspective. He played with (Rodrigo) Palacio (at Boca Juniors), they know each other. We will try to seize the best opportunity."

11.52: Ajax striker Luis Suarez is being tracked by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, as the club have reportedly put a €23m price on him.

11.32: No more fights with Zlatan in training as US defender Oguchi Onyewu has left Milan to join FC Twente on loan.

11.07: Enyi Donald thinks he can spot what Arsenal need:

The Gunners definitely will be better off with a player of Per Metesacker's qualities. They have suffered too much from set pieces, so need a player who is decent in the air.

11.05: Rangers want to see Kenny Miller's future resolved quickly. The latest round of gossip reckons that he will join Fiorentina(?!) before January is over.

10.44: The Newcastle United story moves on as they are reported to have appointed controversial Iranian businessman Kia Joorabchian as a football advisor at a time of speculation of a potential clear out at St James' Park.

10.18: Michel Salgado is not going anywhere, despite the change in ownership at Blackburn. The veteran defender is keen to stay at Ewood Park and said: "I am enjoying the Premier League and enjoying Blackburn. It's about a new manager, new owners and the fans. One of the main reasons I'd like to stay and have one more year is because we have a little more chance to do something big."

10.01: With Manchester United obviously on the lookout for a new goalkeeper with the retirement of Edwin Van der Sar edging closer, The Express has a story that they are keen to bring in Scotland international Craig Gordon from Sunderland. But he will cost around £15 million.

09.45: Our source tells us that Newcastle are readying themselves for a clear-out. New boss Alan Pardew is keen to make his mark on the side so a number of players could be let go. Sol Campbell, Xisco, Ryan Taylor and Danny Guthrie are all possible departures.

09.26: Will the rumours over new arrivals at Juventus ever stop? All they need is defenders, but they are again linked with strikers as Liverpool's Fernando Torres is poised to complete a €30 million move, plus Brazilian-born striker Amauri going the other way, according to the Italian media. Nonsense, we say.

09.13: Napoli president Antonio De Laurentiis has said he would not even sell striker Edinson Cavani, who scored a wonderful hat-trick against Juventus at the weekend, to Manchester City. He said in the Daily Mirror: "I wouldn't even sell him for €50m. I would say 'no' if Manchester City wanted him."

08.58: Harry Redknapp has now said it will be "difficult" to sign Phil Neville, but has not ruled out the prospect that the Everton captain will arrive at Spurs.

08.31: Matthew Upson says he has no intention of signing a new deal with West Ham before he discovers the club's fate at the end of the Premier League season.

08.10: Right then, here is a run through of the stories making the headlines on Tuesday morning:

The Guardian reports that David Beckham is ready to take a pay cut to join Tottenham on loan and that talks with LA Galaxy are to continue on Tuesday. Presumably the chance to play alongside Phil Neville once again will swing this for Becks.

According to The Independent, Wayne Bridge has agreed to join relegation-threatened West Ham on loan from Manchester City after the club agreed to pay all of his £90,000-a-week wages. He is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday.

Another player on the way out of Manchester City is Shaun Wright-Phillips, with The Sun reporting the winger is poised to link up with his former manager Mark Hughes at Fulham. He could cost in the region of £4 million.

Aston Villa failed with an offer of £2.5 million for Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam on Monday but the Daily Mirror reports they will up this to £3.5 million and are hopeful of signing the Scottish star.

Spurs are being continually linked with a move for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar and the Daily Mirror believes he could move for £1.5 million in January, with Robbie Keane going on loan to Goodison Park.

07.37: We are taking a quick diversion from the newspapers to bring you the news that Flamengo have completed the signing of Ronaldinho. Looks like Jason Roberts will be keeping his place in the Blackburn side then.

07.23: On that bombshell, we will take a look around the rest of the stories doing the rounds in the national press this morning...

07.20: According to the Daily Mail, talks are at an "advanced stage" to take Neville to Tottenham. Here's all the gory details.

07.10: Good morning then. I bet the world sees a strange place doesn't it? Birds falling from the sky in America, millions of fish found dead in Brazil, and now 33-year-old Phil Neville is a target for Champions League side Tottenham. If that's not the first three signs of the apocalypse, I don't know what is.

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Potential loan-star David Beckham has arrived at Spurs Lodge clutching his boots... but so far it is only to train. No deal has yet been done for the LA Galaxy midfielder but he is reportedly undergoing a medical.


David Beckham is at least training with Spurs. ©Getty Images

23.57 That's all for tonight. Thanks for joining us and come back tomorrow for all the latest news and gossip from around the world.

23.41 Fulham are prepared to offer £4 million for City misfit Shaun Wright-Phillips, according to The Sun.

23.22 Sulley Muntari has ruled out a move to Sunderland but says he would consider a move to London. “If I have to leave Inter Milan, I’ll go to London,” he told the Italian media. “That is the only possibility.” Is a reunion with Harry Redknapp on the cards?

23.03 Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, who had been linked with Aston Villa, has signed a new contract until 2014.

22.39 Rangers boss Walter Smith says he doesn't know what's happening with Kenny Miller as both Birmingham and Fiorentina try to secure his signature. “He's currently in negotiations with two clubs and we don't know what the outcome of those talks are going to be so we just have to wait and see,” Smith said. “We don't know whether he's going to leave or not.”

22.17 Caught Offside believes Manchester United are considering a move for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets.

21.28 Here is the full story on Kaka's future at Madrid.

21.12 Jose Mourinho insists Kaka is going nowhere. We'll bring you the full story shortly.

20.55 Reports in Brazil suggest Ronaldinho has reached a verbal agreement with Flamengo. You'd think this one would have resolved itself by now, but here we are.

20.08 Giuseppe Rossi's agent claims the Villarreal striker is worth at least €25 million.

"He wants to finish the season at Villarreal," Federico Pastorello told Sky. "We are renewing his contract until 2015, raising his buy-out clause from €40 to €50 million. Last year an English club offered €19m and it was refused.

"If you look at how he is playing, his assessment has increased. He's worth at least €25m."

18.42 Everton striker James Vaughan is said to be attracting interest from Cardiff and Leicester.

18.03 Kenny Dalglish will be playing a full role in Liverpool's transfer plans this month by the looks of things. More here.

17.44 Philippe Mexes has reported to have rejected a new contract offer at Roma and Milan are said to be ready to swoop.

17.34 Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini insists Alexis Sanchez will be going nowhere in January and has denied valuing the Chile forward at €25 million. Manchester United have been linked with the player.

17.19 Reports in Brazil suggest that Corinthians could yet sign Ronaldinho, taking him out of the clutches of Flamengo. He would link up with Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos at the former. How good would that be?

16.52 No sooner had former Juventus director Luciano Moggi claimed that all the club need to do in January is buy some new defenders, than Sevilla defender Abdoulay Konko (or at least his agent) revealed that the full-back is ready to open talks with the Bianconeri.

Comment from David S: Keep up the good work on the blog! This is the only place I go for my transfer rumors.

16.34 I'd take this one with a big pinch of salt, but there are rumours flying around that Shay Given could return to Newcastle and that his current club, Manchester City, want to sign Preston's Andy Lonergan to allow the Ireland international to leave.... I'm not having any of it myself.

16.24 Blackpool have today rejected bids from Aston Villa and Birmingham for captain Charlie Adam and manager Ian Holloway insists his club do not need to sell in the transfer window. Holloway said: "We have got no reason to sell anyone. We are a well-run club and we want to add in this window, not lose anyone."

16.15 According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport Fiorentina are interested in signing Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander.

15.50 "I'd like to get one player in during the transfer window if I could," Man chester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Sunday. Since then, the Red Devils have been linked with a host of players including Julio Cesar, Rene Adler, Jose Enrique, Edison Cavani and Jordan Henderson. Today's addition to that list is Borussia Dortmund's Japanese star Shinji Kagawa, who will cost £15 million.

Comment from Onodeku Obatarhe: Sir Alex should sign Larssa Diarra before the weekend to bolster man utd's mildfield and as a back up to Scholes and Anderson.

15.27 Seven-times UAE League champions Al Wasl are hoping to sign Ruud van Nistelrooy from Hamburg. Owner Sheikh Mohammed Ashra Fahmad, who last year bagged Athletic Bilbao star Francisco Yeste, said: "I'm a fan of Ruud van Nistelrooy. He still scores great goals and I want him playing on my team."

15.03 Liverpool winger Milan Jovanovic (remember him) seems happy to stay at the club now that Kenny Dalglish has tkaen charge. "For now, I do not get any signal to think about a possible transfer from Anfield," the Serb said.

14.40 The agent of Manchester City striker Jo claims the Brazilian is ready to turn down five offers from abroad in order to fight for his place at Eastlands.

14.18 Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed that he is in a battle with Fiorentina to sign Rangers striker Kenny Miller: "We have an agreement with Rangers and are talking to Kenny. He's torn about coming back to the Premier League or going to Italy," McLeish said.

14.11 Tottenham transfer target David Beckham has arrived at the Spurs Lodge training ground for the second time today. Did he forget his lucky pen to sign the contract?

13.48 Tottenham midfielder David Bentley is undergoing a medical at St Andrews so it would seem like Birmingham have a ready made replacement for want-away winger Seb Larsson.

13.37 Birmingham have given Newcastle United permission to speak to Swedish winger Seb Larsson. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are also reportedly interested in the midfielder.

13.13 Sunderland's double swoop for Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari and PSG's Stephane Sessegnon has hit the skids. Muntari doesn't want to go to Wearside and Sessegnon's French club don't want him to leave. PSG official Eric Pecout told RMC: "He [Sessegnon] still has his ideas, but the club has not changed its position, because PSG does not want to let him go."

12.36 Beckham update! The man himself has spoken. "I'm thankful to Tottenham and Harry Redknapp for giving me the opportunity to train with the team over the next month. I'm also grateful to Galaxy for allowing me to train with Spurs. I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible."

So if he is only training what is the medical for? Mmmm. Still more to come on this one I think.

12.20 Chelsea striker Fabio Borini could be on his way to Parma in a €500,000 deal, rather than a loan transfer, just days after his agent blasted the Premier League club's treatment of the Italian youngster. "Fabio has suffered very, very bad behaviour from Chelsea, they've acted against a player who is an example of professionalism," said agent Marco de Marchi.

12.04 It seems it is de rigueur for veteran players to train with Premier League clubs today. Thierry Henry has just pitched up for a bit of a workout with former club Arsenal, although there is no suggestion that it's with a view to playing for the club again... give it time though and the rumours will start.

11.55 Tom Soares was supposed to be the next big thing a few years ago but now the Stoke City midfielder looks set to be heading to Swansea having not made a Premier League appearance since his move from Crystal Palace.

11.32 West Ham and Aston Villa are duking it out to see which one of them will have the dubious honour of paying Wayne Bridge's £90,000-per-week wages. The Manchester City defender will decide which club to join on loan in the next 48 hours.

11.22 Deportivo La Coruna president Augusto César Lendoiro presumably adopted his best Clint Eastwood voice when he blasted young Spanish striker Adrian Lopez for joining Wigan Athletic for "a few dollars more".

11.10 Aston Villa have outbid Birmingham in the race to sign Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam but their £2.5 million offer has also been rejected.

10.54 Uruguay volleyball specialist and Ajax striker Luis Suarez has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe, including Tottenham and Liverpool, and Ajax boss Frank De Boer has refused to completely rule out a deal.

10.40 West Ham might be eager to offload a number of players in the transfer window but the Hammers have turned down Fiorentina's initial bid for Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami.

10.26 Loan-star David Beckham has arrived at Spurs Lodge clutching his boots... but so far it is only to train. No deal has yet been done.

10.10 Tottenham are hoping to derail Aston Villa's bid to sign Olympique Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun, according to The Sun. Villa have already offered £4.2 million up front and a further £1.7 million in bonus payments but Lyon want £8 million.

09.54 Manchester United are set to swoop for Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg after Edwin van der Sar recommended the Dutchman as his replacement, according to reports in Holland.

09.31 Atletico Madrid and Valencia have joined the increasingly lengthy queue to sign Birmingham City midfielder Sebastian Larsson, who is also wanted by Newcastle and around half a dozen Premier League clubs.

09.06 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has taken a break from trying to sign David Beckham to weigh up a move for Palermo striker Edinson Cavani, who is currently on loan at Napoli.

08.56 Reports that Chelsea are interested in signing AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato just won't go away. Today's rumour suggests that the Blues will lodge a €30 million bid when Milan managing director Adriano Galliani returns from Brazil, where he has been negotiating the sale of Ronaldinho.

08.30 Serie A side Fiorentina could scupper Birmingham's bid to sign Rangers striker Kenny Miller. "Kenny has been really impressed with the offer Fiorentina have made to him and at this minute they would be his first choice," A source told the Daily Record.

08.15 Aston Villa have offered Nigel Reo-Coker in part exchange for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton. The 28-year-old is currently negotiating a new contract with the Magpies.

08.00 The David Beckham to Tottenham transfer saga continues to rumble on. On Friday manager Harry Redknapp said a deal would be done by Sunday. On Saturday it was off again because of insurance issues and this morning it is back on. "I was led to believe that insurance was a problem, but apparently that's not the case," Redknapp said.

Arsenal are in need of defensive cover following an injury to Sebastien Squillaci and the Daily Mirror claim the Gunners will swoop for Bolton defender Gary Cahill or Werder Bremen's Per Mertesacker. But don't worry, if that's not your cup of tea then the Daily Express report that Newcastle centre-back Sol Campbell could be in line for a remarkable third spell with Arsenal.

Comment form Buchi Obioha: The joke of the season is Sol Campbell returning to Arsenal for a 3rd spell. That will shock my grandma in her grave.

West Ham are also set to be busy in the transfer window with the Hammers joining the hunt to sign Tottenham's Robbie Keane (Daily Telegraph) and also cobbling together a bid for £2.5 million-rated Odense striker Peter Utaka (Daily Mail).

Birmingham are making headlines on Monday morning with manager Alex McLeish linked with four big name signings: David Bentley; Robbie Keane; Kenny Miller and Boca Juniors forward Pablo Mouche. The Blues have also had a £2 million bid for Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam turned down (Daily Mirror)

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Welcome to another day of transfer speculation and rumour. Steven Gerrard is one of the names rumoured to be on the move, but surely he's a bit past it for La Liga?


Gerrard on the move? © Getty Images

22.04 A slow night of transfer business but Manchester City misfit Jo is wanted by five clubs, says his agent, as well he might. "Jo has five offers right now from clubs outside of England but he doesn't want to leave," Guliano Bertolucci told Greek website Sday. "There is no offer from Olympiakos. We have offers from Spain, France and Russia."

18.12: Swedish keeper Viktor Noring is set to join Fulham on trial from Trelleborg.

17.09: Alan Pardew wants to sign two players in the transfer window after apologising for his Newcastle side's humiliating defeat by League Two Stevenage in the FA Cup Third Round. "I certainly need one (player) but we are working on the idea that we can get
two in,'' Pardew said.

15.59: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has revealed he expects defender David Wheater to be sold to a Premier League club this month.

14.44: A comment here from Barca fan Nick Rochester:

The Spanish papers will continue to read of hopeful headlines of Fabregas's departure, no matter what happens or what Wenger does.

13.01: Federico Macheda's international clearance has come through and he sits on the bench for Sampdoria after joining on loan from Manchester United.

12.21: It's now official. Beckham's move to Spurs is off and he will instead spend a month training with the club.

11.51: Manchester United are set to make Rene Adler’s dream come true by triggering a £15million get-out clause, according to the Sunday Mirror.

11.27: We've just got Redknapp's quotes in: "I don't think it's going to happen, I think there are problems with the insurance. David is welcome to come and train here for a month or so which I think he would like to do but it looks like, as far as playing goes, it looks like a no-goer."

11.17: Mark Robins has ­admitted that he expects prize asset Adam Hammill to quit Barnsley for the Premier League this month, says the Sunday Mirror. Everton are leading the chase.

10.56: Reports are now claiming that David Beckham will NOT sign for Spurs on loan, but will just train with them. Guess we'll get more on that later from Redknapp's press conference.

10.15: Harry Redknapp is ready to sign David Beckham beyond his short-term loan deal if he impresses at White Hart Lane.

Let's round-up Sunday morning's newspaper talk:

Sunday Mirror: Real Madrid want to exploit the Liverpool crisis by luring skipper Steven Gerrard. The Spanish giants, coached by Jose Mourinho, are planning a £20million transfer coup this summer ... Spurs reveal Becks could sign on permanent deal ... Chelsea are ready to make a £20 million move for Micah Richards ... Sol Campbell may be given the chance of an incredible THIRD spell with Arsenal ... Sir Alex Ferguson is ­planning a double raid on the north east. The Manchester United boss is leading the chase to sign Sunderland ­midfielder Jordan Henderson and is keeping tabs on Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique ... Manchester City have stolen a march on their ­rivals United and are set to offer new Brazilian teen ­sensation Fernando a trial after his starring role in the Nike Cup last year ... Liverpool are ­pressing ahead with a £20million swoop for Belgian strike sensation Romelu Lukaku ... Mark Robins has ­admitted that he expects prize asset Adam Hammill to quit Barnsley for the Premier League this month. Everton are leading the chase for the former ­Liverpool winger.

News of the World: Inter Milan want Man City's Carlos Tevez and AC Milan want Mario Balotelli ... Shay Given has been told he can leave Man City ... Japan international Shinji Kagawa is tipped for a £15 million move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United ... Manuel Almunia is wanted by Galatasary.

Mail on Sunday: Arsene Wenger has brushed aside new rumours about Cesc Fabregas' future.

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Edin Dzeko completed his big money move to Manchester City late on Friday night, and Steve Sidwell signed for Fulham. And South Africa World Cup star Bongani Khumalo completed a £1.5 million move to Spurs.


Dzeko has signed for City. © Getty Images

23.59: Okay, that's all for tonight. We'll be back tomorrow for more updates as David Beckham is expected to seal his loan to Spurs.

23.51: Ronaldinho, it seems, is definitely heading to Flamengo. Gremio president Paulo Odone said: “It all seemed to be finalised, we were just waiting for Ronaldinho to put pen to paper, but things changed. Flamengo can pay Milan a buy-out clause thanks to their sponsors, while we cannot go beyond our limits and therefore we consider the negotiations to be closed."

23.29: It was never going to happen and Blackburn are now accepting as much in public. Boss Steve Kean says a bid for Ronaldinho is now "dead in the water".

23.10: Harry Redknapp has repeatedly played down talk of a move for Luis Suarez, and it appears the Uruguay forward plans to stay put. "I will stay at Ajax. I have been linked to many clubs, but I know nothing," he told NUSport. "There are a lot of stories written in the Netherlands, but I have given only one interview and I never said that I wanted to leave. I have a contract with this club until 2013 and I want to be a champion with Ajax."

21.35: Will Matt Derbyshire be making his move to Birmingham permanent at the end of the season? We're not sure. "He is on loan until the end of the season," Alex McLeish said. "I have been waiting for the strikers to settle from the start of the season. We have worked hard and I cannot fault them with their efforts but they have been unfortunate with the finishing side of things."

21.06: David Beckham's set to join Tottenham on loan tomorrow, but Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't seem to think it's a great move. More here.

20.39: After an FA Cup and technology-related delay, we're back. Arsene Wenger says there's no agreement to sell Cesc Fabregas to Barca and hinted at a summer move for Eden Hazard. Read about it here.

14.27: Harry Redknapp says he is a fan of Luis Suarez, but says it is highly unlikely he will be making an enquiry for the Ajax striker in the January window even if Robbie Keane goes.

13.34: Southampton in-demand teen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being tracked by Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, but he said: "It's nice to know that some Premier League clubs are watching, but my focus is on the game and continuing to play well and grow as a player."

12.59: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Jonathan Woodgate can go out on loan. "He is still looking to get back to fitness and needs to get a game under his belt before he is ready to get out anywhere and play," he told the Daily Mirror. "We would let him out on loan if he's okay. We'd let him go out to Leeds or QPR.

12.12: Bundesliga side Freiburg have agreed to sign Swiss defender Beg Ferati from nearby FC Basle for next season.

11.02: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Nottingham Forest defender Kelvin Wilson will join the Glasgow club. The centre-back has agreed a pre-contract deal with Celtic after entering the final six months of his Forest deal.

10.24: Kenny Miller has reportedly turned down the opportunity to join Birmingham after the Premier League club had a bid accepted by Rangers for the striker on Friday.

There's not too many rumours doing the rounds on Saturday morning as the papers are full of FA Cup previews. But we'll round-up what is reported.

Daily Mail: Wolves may be back in for Portsmouth's Michael Brown after Steve Sidwell opted to join Fulham ... Sunderland and Newcastle will fight each other for Birmingham's Seb Larsson ... Ryan Babel is in talks with German side Hoffenheim ... Blackburn and Newcastle want Uruguay defender Mauricio Victorino.

Daily Mirror: West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami hopes to tie up a move to Fiorentina over the weekend ... Villa want Wayne Bridge and Jean Makoun ... Nicky Shorey wants to go back to Reading from WBA ... QPR and Leeds want Jon Woodgate on loan ... And QPR want Pascal Chimbonda ... Bolton are closing in on Boro's David Wheater.

Daily Star: Blackburn boss Steve Kean still thinks he can sign Ronaldinho.

Daily Telegraph: West Ham will try and hijack Villa's move for Wayne Bridge.

The Independent: Arsene Wenger has confirmed an interest in Lille's Belgian winger Eden Hazard, but will not make a move until the summer.

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With Edwin van der Sar set to retire at the end of the season, Manchester United are in the hunt for a new first-choice stopper (sorry Anders Lindegaard!) and there have been plenty of names thrown into the hat, including the likes of David De Gea and Gianluigi Buffon. The latest player to be linked is Inter Milan custodian Julio Cesar, mainly because of recent comments he made, saying "England is sensational for football because of the atmosphere and fans' passion".


Julio Cesar has been praising English football© Getty Images

17.35: And that's all we've got time for folks, join us on Saturday for more updates on all the latest transfer gossip and done deals.

17.30: Birmingham have been busy this evening - David Bentley has joined the Blues on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season.

17.16: Valencia have reportedly made tentative enquiries about Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng.

16.51: Rangers have accepted an offer from Birmingham for prolific striker Kenny Miller, according to Sky Sports News.

16.33: Fulham are closing in on the £3.5 million signing of Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa. Cottagers boss Mark Hughes said: "We are just waiting for a little bit of documentation. He has passed his medical, no problems there."

16.08: Swiss side FC Sion have completed a deal for Club Africain's Malian striker Mohamed Traore, who joins the club on a four-and-a-half year deal.

15.51: Manchester City look set to seal the signing of Edin Dzeko, but reader Lenny believes that Roberto Mancini should be focusing on strengthening elsewhere.

Does anyone else believe that Man City over spend on players that arent worth their value?! Gareth Barry and James Milner, seriously!! Milner couldnt take on space 1 on 1 never mind a defender and Barry is way too soft to be a defensive midfielder and not creative enough to be an attacking mid!!

Get Adam Johnson on the field, sign another wide player - NOT Edin Dzeko!! Tevez and Adebayor or Balotelli or even Jo can handle the load up front!! A player like Pablo Aimar would be great for a year or two as the playmaker!! I have no problem with over spending, but get some real value for your money!!

15.33: Juventus have been hit by the news that top scorer Fabio Quagliarella will be out for the season with a knee ligament injury - but fear not Bianconeri fans, as the club have snapped up tall striker Luca Toni.

15.16: Tottenham Hotpsur have completed the transfer of Bongani Khumalo from South African side Supersport United on a four-and-a-half year deal. Full story here.

14.59: Perennial young hope Freddy Adu has moved on to the seventh club of his career, signing for German Second Division side Ingolstadt. The club's coach Benno Mohlmann said: "We know his history, we know he has not confirmed in recent years the potential he showed when he was 15-16 years old." American teenage prodigy Adu, who is now 21 - I know, it brought gasps of shock from ESPNsoccernet HQ too - has already played in the USA, Portugal, France and Greece.

14.45: Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed his interest in signing Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge on loan. Houllier said: "There has been dialogue (regarding Bridge). It is true we have been talking to them.''

14.40: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is hoping to bring Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari and PSG's Benin international Stephane Sessegnon to the Stadium of Light on loan this month. Full story here.

14.27: L'Equiphttp://blogs.espncricinfo.com/MT/images/formatting-icons/link.gife reports that Benfica have signed 23-year-old Argentine Jose Luis Fernandez from Racing Club for €1.5 million. Benfica fans will be hoping he can replicate the success of compatriot Angel Di Maria, who starred in Portugal before moving to Real Madrid last summer.

14.08: As usual in On the Move, the Liverpool comments are flooding in - with the latest coming from Seth, who has launched an impassioned defence of Brazil midfielder Lucas. Well, I guess someone has to.

LUCAS- What defensive midfield problem? Lucas is irreplaceable in the side. He lifts morael in the camp while being a steady influence on the field and a consistent performer. Central Midfield is the one place that Liverpool has plenty of depth (Gerrard, Lucas, Meireles, Shelvey, Spearing, and Cole if necessary) and is the last position that needs strengthening.

13. 46: Birmingham are confident of sealing a deal for Spurs striker Robbie Keane in "the next few days".

13.23: West Brom left-back Nicky Shorey has urged the club to complete the signing of his former Aston Villa team-mate John Carew, who is reportedly on the brink of a move to the Hawthorns.

13.11: Galatasary seem to be mentioned umpteen times a day in this blog and today is no different - though they have actually signed someone. Argentinean midfielder Juan Culio has moved to Turkey for €2 million from Romanian side CFR Cluj.

12.48: Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he is still optimistic on the club's chances of signing Ronaldinho, though he may be the only person who is! Kean told the Mirror: "No it's not over, as far as I'm aware that hasn't happened, It seems to have gone back on, and gone a little bit more positive in the last 24 hours rather than negative which is encouraging.

12.20: Genoa are willing to let Giuseppe Sculli leave for Roma this month, but only if they get Matteo Brighi in return, according to Football Italia.

11.58: CONFIRMED: Highly-rated young Tottenham striker John Obika has signed for Peterborough on loan until the end of the season.

11.34: Tottenham are expecting a deal to be done for LA Galaxy star David Beckham before this Sunday.

11.21: gerard Houllier is reportedly interested in bringing Borussia Dortmund No.1 Roman Weidenfeller to Aston Villa. The 30-year-old is available on a free transfer in the summer, but quite why he would want to swap the Bundesliga leaders for relegation-threatened Villa is anyone's guess.

11.08: CONFIRMED: Former Manchester United reserve team captain James Chester has joined Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

10.48: Edin Dzeko has passed a medical at Manchester City but has yet to officially sign. But the Bosnian striker looks certain to move to Eastlands and he says that he can guide Roberto Mancini's side into the Champions League.

10.26: Be sure to keep leaving us your comments and any rumours you may have heard through the grapevine. That's what eddie has done, suggesting that Liverpool need a more capable defensive midfielder than Lucas or Christian Poulsen:

I think Liverpool should go for Ghana defensive midfielder Antony Annan, who plays just like Makelele. He is also one of the best defensive midfielders in Noway and had a wonderfull World Cup, he will be able to solve the Reds' defensive midfield problem.

10.19: Fiorentina are ready to get rid of Adrian Mutu after he walked out on training , but while Cesena had previously been touted as a likely destination, Galatasary have now emerged as leading contenders for the troubled striker's signature.

10.08: We reported yesterday that Wigan had made enquiries about a loan move for Hamburg starlet Eljero Elia. Well I'm sorry Latics fans, but the Netherland international appears to have his sights set a little higher. Elia said: "Clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United really are something special." And Wigan, Eljero, and Wigan.

09.42: Manuel Almunia's Arsenal career could be nearing an end, with Atletico Madrid, Malaga and Galatasaray all poised to offer the out-of-favour Spaniard and Emirates exit.

09.29: Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun appears to be on his way out of Lyon, with Turkish giants Fenerbahce and Premier League strugglers Aston Villa hoping to secure his services.

09.18: Arsenal are favourites to land Lille's highly-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard, though it's likely the Gunners would have to fork out £15 million for the 19-year-old, who has also been a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid.

09.00: Our transfer news hound Harry Harris has been sniffing around Upton Park and a reliable source has informed him that West Ham have upped their bid for Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba to £7 million.

08.48: Bolton have their sights set on Middlesbrough defender David Wheater, as they brace themselves for Gary Cahill's exit to either Liverpool or Chelsea, according to the Mail.

08.44: The Mirror is reporting that Birmingham midfielder Seb Larsson is on his way to Newcastle in a £1.5 million move. The Swede has just six months left on his contract and Alex McLeish is keen to cash in if he can't tie him down to a new deal.

08.34: Firstly, a scout round the English press. The red-tops are usually pretty good value for transfer gossip.

The Sun: Arsenal are considering swooping for Porto's Colombian striker Falcao, who has scored 18 goals in 24 games this season; Manchester United are tracking Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who is believed to be interested in a move to the Premier League after he said: "England is sensational for football because of the atmosphere and fans' passion."

The Mirror: Man City are holding on to Roque Santa Cruz, at least until Blackburn will agree to turn a potential loan move into a permanent deal at the end of the season; Birmingham are steping up their interest in Blackpool talisman Charlie Adam, though Blackburn are waiting in the wings; Aston Villa look set to land Wayne Bridge from Man City, while Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell now appears to be on his way to Fulham.

08.20 GMT: Hello everyone and welcome to another day of transfer gossip, rumours and hopefully some actual deals if we are lucky. Edin Dzeko is expected to be confirmed as a Manchester City player today, while Robbie Keane could sign for Birmingham. You can bet your bottom dollar that West Ham will be linked with someone too!

January 6, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/06/2011

An outbreak of actual football and the threatened future of four Premier League bosses means that transfers may, just may, have to take a back seat on this day. But that's not to say that there is not a wealth of speculation.


Robbie Keane is waving goodbye to Tottenham© Getty Images

23.59: That's all for tonight. Thanks for joining us today - we'll be back tomorrow for all the latest goings on in the global transfer market.

23.57: Just a quick line before we call it a night - Braga have allowed Felipe, George Lucas, Leo Fortunato, Andres Madrid, Luis Aguiar and Elton to leave the club, seemingly to help bring down wage costs.

23.03: Birmingham first-team coach Peter Grant says we'll find out "in the next few days" whether Robbie Keane will be joining the club. "If it's not Robbie Keane then hopefully it will be the next one, somebody else," he added.

22.44: According to Globoesporte, striker Ewerthon has agreed to terminate his contract with Palmeiras and is now a free agent.

22.22: Here's the full story about Ronaldinho's plans to return to Brazil.

21.48: German second-tier side Ingolstadt have taken Freddy Adu on trial. Adu, 21, has struggled to live up to the massive hype that surrounded his teen years and is currently a free agent.

21.23: Yet another twist in the Steve Sidwell story - it seems Fulham are now leading the race for his signature. He passed a medical at West Ham and was due to sign on Monday, but that move was put on hold and he held talks with Wolves today. That move now seems to be off, so Fulham could move in.

20.54: Sporting Life reports that Edin Dzeko has passed his medical at Manchester City and agreed personal terms. The work permit is now the outstanding issue, it seems.

20.49: Rangers boss Walter Smith accepts he'll have to sell before he can buy this month as he looks to retain the SPL title.

20.42: Zaragoza and Racing Santander are said to be interested in Newcastle striker Xisco.

20.17: Chievo midfielder Kevin Constant reckons both Milan clubs want him. “My agent is in negotiations with Inter and Milan, but up until now there is nothing concrete," he told RMC. "You can't refuse Inter or Milan, but I can't leave Chievo this winter. I could only sign for another club starting from next summer."

20.01: Stoke defender Robert Huth has rejected speculation he could be on his way to Anfield. "I've heard nothing from Liverpool," he told The Sentinel. "I have a contract with Stoke. I am sure they are happy with what I am doing, and I am also happy."

19.32: Mancini could be set to leave Inter to return to Brazil with Atletico Mineiro. Football Italia carries the report.

19.05 As one door closes another one opens, and Blackburn - along with West Ham - are now in for Barcelona centre-back Gabriel Milito, according to reports in Spain.

18.30 Ronaldinho has reached an agreement to end his contract with AC Milan, but the bad news for Blackburn fans is that he will return to Brazil and not head to Ewood Park.

18.10 Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has reportedly attracted interest from Chelsea, but Potters boss Tony Pulis has been quick to downplay the speculation. "Nobody from Chelsea has rung us,'' he said. "There's rumours flying around at this time all of the time.''

17.37 A great rumour doing the rounds in Italy: New Inter Milan manager Leonardo wants to sign Carlos Tevez and is willing to offer Samuel Eto’o and a wedge of cash for the Man City striker.

17.17 Tottenham Hotspur's 20-year-old right-back Kyle Walker, who has recently returned from a loan spell at QPR, has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.

17.07 Blackburn Rovers are optimistic that a deal to bring Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood Park could be agreed by the end of the week... still waiting on David Beckham and Ronaldinho though.

16.56 Ian Holloway is eager to get some new faces in at Blackpool. "I've just come from a meeting with my chairman and he's got a [transfer] list as long as my arm. He's annoying everyone by ringing them and hopefully he'll get some joy."

16.38: Millwall have completed the permanent signing of Bournemouth’s 21-year-old striker Josh McQuoid, while Crystal Palace have also captured Blackburn’s Alex Marrow on a long-term deal. It’s a busy day in the Championship.

16.21: Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, who has been threatened with the sack after going on strike in order to force through a move to West Ham, says the German club had given him permission to leave. “I just want to ask my club to be honest and to respect the green light that I was given,” Ba said. “A club made an offer to Hoffenheim. From there, I had a talk with our sporting director to discuss my desire to take one more step in my career and join the Premier League. Recently, I dream to have a new challenge, and a club offered me the opportunity to achieve my dream.”

16.03: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that he has made an approach to sign Arsenal forward Carlos Vela on loan. "It's already been documented in the press and various other sources that we certainly want to add one or two,” he said. "We have made an enquiry to Arsenal for Carlos Vela on loan and we'll await what the outcome of that is."

15.40: Young Everton striker Kieran Agard, who was the club’s reserve player of the year last season, has moved on loan to Peterborough until the end of the season.

15.13: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has ruled out making an approach for Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland, who has had a torrid time since his move from Manchester City this summer. "No, that's not true. I've not even spoken to Gerard [Houllier]," Pulis said. "If we were going to do anything it would be through that channel."

14.54: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he hopes to sign one player prior to the weekend, with reports suggesting it could be Tottenham winger David Bentley. "We've made a few enquiries and are talking to one particular club trying to get a deal done before the weekend," Pardew told the Shields Gazette. "It think that'll be quite important now."

14.33: Preston North End defender Eddie Nolan has signed a permanent deal with Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee. Nolan joins the club on a six-month deal.

14.09: QPR striker Rowan Vine has returned to the club following a loan spell with Brentford in which he failed to make a solitary appearance for the club. A combination of fitness problems and postponements were not helpful.

13.49: Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose, who boasts such a prolific record at the World Cup finals, says he will consider leaving the club after failing to make little impact in the Bundesliga of late. He told Kicker: "My first point of contact is Bayern Munich. But I am open to anything and could seriously imagine a move within the Bundesliga or overseas."

13.31: The Leicester Mercury reports the Championship club have made an audacious attempt to sign Yakubu on loan from Everton. The Foxes could also face competition from Wolves as they look to bring Curtis Davies back to the club from Aston Villa.

13.14: Rennes have conceded that winger and Liverpool target Sylvain Marveaux will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. He will miss long spells of his time remaining at the club recovering from injury. "We met Sylvain twice and I will meet him again, but I don't think he wants to stay at Rennes," general manager Pierre Dréossi told the club's official website. "He would have played only five or six more games for Rennes this term, that's all."

12.51: West Brom striker Chris Wood has extended his loan spell at Brighton until the end of the season. The 19-year-old, who represents New Zealand, scored two goals in six games in his initial two-month loan move to the League One club.

12.31: With Steve Sidwell’s move to West Ham falling through, it now appears as though the midfielder will be joining Wolves on loan, and he could be accompanied by Aston Villa team-mate Carlos Cuellar, according to the Express and Star. Sidwell was at Molineux for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Chelsea.

12.14: We have more from Wolves boss Mick McCarthy on his club's attempts to sign Steve Sidwell from Aston Villa: "A fee had been agreed with the clubs beforehand. And as I'd said before, his family were closer to West Ham and I had no gripe with that at all. But if he's available and we can agree a fee and terms I would take him in a heartbeat. If that's the case then I would love to sign him."

11.55: The agent of Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano says the Brazil international would be open to a move to Italy or England, with Inter linked with a move. "Yes, it's true. Leonardo has always followed Fabiano in recent years, and when he was the coach of Milan," Jose Fuentes told Ilsussidiario.net. "At the moment we have had no contact from Inter's officials. He [Fabiano] has a contract with Sevilla, but if a concrete offer came from Italy, Spain or England, we would be willing to evaluate it if it's a big club."

11.20: According to Gazzetta, Juventus are hoping to bring Andrea Barzagli back to Italy and have made contact with the Wolfsburg player.

11.05: Hoffenheim general manager Ernst Tanner has said that striker Demba Ba will not be allowed to leave the club in January after going on strike in order to force through a move to West Ham, however, he will be heavily punished: "I have told him to expect legal action," Tanner said on Hoffenheim's website. "He will be fined and have his contract terminated, but he will not be able to play for any other club.”

10.42: With their manager’s future in severe doubt, it appears Liverpool are still planning ahead in the transfer market with skysports.com reporting they have made an enquiry for Stoke City defender Robert Huth.

10.23: It is reported West Brom are seeking to rescue John Carew from his Gerard Houllier-imposed nightmare at Aston Villa in January. It seems a deal that could well happen to us.

10.01: Villa might be flirting with relegation but at least they have a new signing on the horizon in the shape of Tottenham defender Kyle Walker. "We were looking for full-backs and Kyle Walker is [arriving] on loan from Tottenham, I can confirm that," Gerard Houllier has said.

09.53: Fiorentina are ready to sue Adrian Mutu with the forward having skipped training, and according to reports in Italy the Viola are ready to replace him with Bologna’s Marco Di Vaio.

09.33 Gabriel Milito has been linked with a loan move from Barcelona to West Ham but our sources have laughed that one off.

9.21 West Ham's long pursuit of Steve Sidwell looks done. The Birmingham Mail says that he's headed for Wolves instead. After last night's matches, it may well be that he is making his decision based on footballing reasons.

09.14 Chris Samba doesn't like it in Blackburn any more. So, where to now? According to environmental hazard Metro's website: Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal want him. And Arsenal is favoured, they say.

09.06 Things are bad at Liverpool but losing out to Wigan on a transfer target? That's not going to be popular. Eljero Elia, described as the "new Ryan Babel", is the subject of an offer to Hamburg, for a loan move. He was great during the World Cup, briefly, but he is out of favour at the Bundesliga club.

09.00: Here's our look around the newspapers this morning:

Emmanuel Adebayor, he of the training ground charm, is the subject of a great deal of talk. The Sun says that both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur want the errant Togolese, though it is suggested that City do not want to let him go to Spurs on account of the two teams' close rivalry in the race for a Champions League spot.

More of a flier, and possibly more use to City in the sense of out of sight and out of mind, is a move to Qatari petro-gas-dollar-rich Malaga, who the Daily Mirror link with Adebayor.

The Sun also says that Valon Behrami of West Ham is off to Fiorentina, though the Swiss midfielder had seemed set for Roma.

Robbie Keane is surely not wanted by Spurs any more. That much is true. But a series of stories see Keane as key to them. The David Beckham saga will be solved if Keane's £500,000 fee pays for Becks insurance, say The Sun. But the Daily Mail offer a rather unbelievable scenario that unless Spurs get Andy Carroll, they will not sell Keane. Odds on that he will be at Birmingham soon.

January 5, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/05/2011

Daniel Agger has been linked with a move away from Liverpool pretty much since Roy Hodgson arrived, and it now seems he might be heading out of Anfield.


Daniel Agger doesn't seem too happy with life at Liverpool© Getty Images

Well that is all we have time for today folks but be sure to check back on Thursday morning for more transfer updates. Cheerio.

23.45 The Ronaldinho saga continues to twist and turn. It seemed the 30-year-old had been priced out of a return to his native Brazil but Gremio president Paulo Odone reckons the playmaker will terminate his contract with AC Milan and join his club in the next 48 hours.

22.45 Fresh from victory over Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean is lining up a loan move for Arsenal forward Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who is yet to feature in Arsene Wenger's first-team plans so far this season.

21.51 Malaga have made a bid to sign Mahamadou Diarra from Real Madrid but the 29-year-old's agent says the Mali international is going nowhere. “The situation is very simple," Frederic Guerra said. "Mahamadou will be staying at Madrid.” 

19.15 West Ham target Demba Ba has reportedly landed in England to seal a move to a Premier League club, but the Upton Park might not be the Hoffenheim striker's destination.

20.49 Ronaldinho has hit out at AC Milan for pricing him out of a return to his native Brazil with Gremio of Fluminese. Blackburn on alert then?

20.32 Inter Milan want Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik, according to their chief executive Ernesto Paolillio.

20.17 Sky Sports is reporting that Edin Dzeko has completed his medical at Manchester City, and now it's just a matter of time before he signs for the club.

19.42 Birmingham have reportedly now agreed a £7m fee with Tottenham for the transfer of Robbie Keane.

19.11 Goalkeeper Luke Daniels has joined Bristol Rovers on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

18:45 Celtic could be set to snap up Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp, according to the Glasgow Evening Times. The 26-year-old is rumoured to be available for £1m due to Brann Bergen’s financial problems.

18:10 One completed deal is Nottingham Forest's swoop for Sheffield Wednesday's Marcus Tudgay. The striker has joined the club on a permanent basis having been on-loan at the City Ground.

17:51 Swindon hot-shot Charlie Austin has attracted the attention of two Premier League clubs according to Talksport. Fulham and Newcastle are thought to be tracking the 21-year-old.

17.26:Manuel Fernandes has joined Portuguese compatriots Hugo Almeida and Simao at Turkish side Besiktas, moving to the club on loan from Valencia until the end of the season.

16.41: Despite AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri stating earlier that Ronaldinho would be moving back to Brazil, the player himself has claimed that the Rossoneri are demanding too much money to facilitate a return to his homeland with boyhood club Gremio.

16.07: Birmingham look to be the favourites to land out of favour Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, with Sky Sports News claiming that the Blues are in talks with the Ireland captain.

15.54: Former Manchester City and Lazio midfielder Ousmane Dabo says he is on the brink of a move to the MLS. Dabo told France Football's website: "It is under way. I am not interested in playing in Europe anymore. I have played here 15 years. My career is done. Over there, salaries are nowhere near what they are in Europe, except for superstars such as Henry and Beckham. I am a defensive midfielder, I am almost 34. I will not be the one selling shirts."

15.24: Reading forward Shane Long has played down reports linking him with a January move to West Ham, insisting he is happy at the Royals. Long told the Reading Evening Post: "There's always rumours going around and there were a lot in the summer as well. I'm enjoying my football here at Reading at the moment and I know this team is destined for big things and I want to be a part of that."

14.58: PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon is trying to engineer a move away from the French capital, with Everton and Aston Villa rumoured to be in the hunt. His relationship with coach Antoine Kombouare has broken down and Sessegnon told skysports.com: "I am looking forward to my new life. I am not happy with things here. The fans are fantastic but, to be honest, I think it would be better for everyone if I left."

14.46: Turkish Super League leaders Trabzonspor have snapped up Polish international twins Piotr and Pawel Brozek from Wisla Krakow on three-and-a-half year deals.

14.38: We reported yesterday that Sergio Aguero signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid and Diego Maradona's son-in-law gushed about the Rojiblancos as he confirmed he had penned a new deal. BUT, the Daily Mail smells a rat and is saying that 'Kun' has a new £38 million release cause in his contract, £13 million lower than his previous one. Could Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan be sniffing around the striker?

14.11: Seems Emmanuel Adebayor's hopes of a move to Real Madrid have been dashed. Jose Mourinho doesn't expect to spend any money in the January window, so it looks like he'll be relying on Karim Benzema till Gonzalo Higuain returns.

14.09: Milan have confirmed Ronaldinho's off back to Brazil, probably with Gremio, which means the Blackburn deal will not go ahead. We're all shocked.

13.35: The Daily Mail carries a story about, and picture of, David Bentley's wife, whose efforts to help her husband secure a new club via Twitter seem to have upset people.

12.56: Steve Bruce has played down talk of Jordan Henderson leaving Sunderland - although the Wearsiders boss seems to be a bit confused as he goes on to say he probably would consider an offer.

Bruce said: “I sincerely hope there won’t be a bid, but it would have to be absolutely huge offer, a crazy offer, anyway. The bottom line is that we want to keep him and the good thing we’ve got is that Jordan doesn’t want to go anywhere either.

“He is Sunderland through and through, he doesn’t want to leave and he knows his next development over the next 18 months to two years is going to be with us. Now, if someone comes in and offers him and offers us the right sort of deal, football is football, and sometimes it happens.

Good strength of convictions there from Mr Bruce.

12.44: Samuel Eto'o's agent has dismissed reports that he wants to make a move to Real Madrid to be reunited with former boss Jose Mourinho. AS.com reported that Eto'o was considering a return to the Bernabeu, but his agent Jose Maria Mesalles told Sky Sport Italia: "Real Madrid are not looking for Eto'o, he will play with Inter until 2014. Eto'o is in Cameroon and he has never spoken. He is fine at Inter and wants to remain there for the remainder of his contract which expires in 2014."

12.39: Sky Sports News is reporting that LA Galaxy are "open to the idea" of David Beckham moving to Europe on loan. I wonder if the MLS club's change of heart might have had something to do with the big fat cheque Daniel Levy will be writing them to secure Beckham's services for Spurs...

12.24: Colin Kazim-Richards aka Kazim-Kazim will become the 34th player to represent both Fenerbahce and Galatasary after crossing the Istanbul Strait to sign for Gala. The former Sheffield United midfielder will wear the No. 80 for Galatasary, after Gheorghe Hagi snapped him up just two days after his contract with Fenerbahce was terminated.

12.11: Roma defender Philippe Mexes had been linked with a move to Chelsea towards the end of 2010, but despite him having not yet signed a new contract with the Serie A side (his current deal expires in the summer), the Frenchman appears confident of staying in Italy. He said: “I am certain that there will be no problems. Any decision made about my future will be in total harmony with the club to which I owe a lot.”

12.01: Sticking with Liverpool and it seens Alberto Aquilani will be on his way out of the Anfield exit door, with Juventus reportedly keen to make his loan deal permanent. Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia told Radio Sportiva: "The release from Liverpool depends only on Juventus but I think there will be. Alberto is very, very happy in Turin and has found an environment where he can express himself."

11.56: An anonymous Liverpool fan has given us his/her view on who the Reds should sign. Prepare yourself for a detailed list!

ROY HODGSON! If you're reading this, get these players to save our season:

- Suarez (Ajax)= an excellent finisher and perfect partner to our world class striker Torres

- Adam Johnson (Man City)= tricky and speedy winger who can trouble every defence easily

- Coentrao (Benfica)= one of the most classy left-backs and a very powerful winger

- Joey Barton (Newcastle)= a player who has an eye for the ball and feeds his teamates in a similar way to Xabi Alonso

Sell: Poulsen, Jovanovic/Maxi and Konchesky

These players are enough to spark revival into Liverpool's season and start winning all the games. Most importantly, restoring the supporters' belief in this legendary club.

11.18: According to AS, Manchester United are interested in Real Madrid defender Pepe. Doesn't sound like the type of signing Fergie tends to make these days, but we'll see.

11.14: Goal.com is reporting that LA Galaxy have approved David Beckham's loan deal, which should pave the way for a switch to Spurs.

10.55: Harry Redknapp has hinted he is interested in signing Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar when the midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season. "If he doesn't sign a contract he'll be a great free transfer for someone at the end of the year, if he doesn't stay at Everton," he said. "He still belongs to Everton, so it's a difficult one."

10.40: Has Ronaldinho said yes to Gremio? Seems he might have done. Have a read about it in English here.

10.25: Sky Sports News is reporting that Newcastle have dismissed Spurs' enquiry for Andy Carroll. Did they fail to offer the full £30 million? We may never know.

10.20: Villa could move for Kyle Walker. More here.

10.08: OFFICIAL Hatem Ben Arfa has now completed a permanent move to Newcastle. He's been on loan since the summer and, although he's still out with a broken leg, Newcastle still felt he was worth the money. More here.

10.03: Reader Ben Haraseb is frustrated with Liverpool and seems to think a change of manager could do more good than a squad overhaul.

rafa almost won the league two seasons ago with a same players and i believe it was his own making by not bringing out the best out of the players last season and its the same thing happening to hodgson. how can the players becomes bad players over one season. The fear of loosing and motivation of players before and after half times is lacking in the current manager because some time there is just no reaction from the players after breaks, showing no commitment what so ever. very dissapointed but still Liverpool supporter!!!!

09.57: SuperSport.ba is also reported that Dzeko is on his way to City for his medical and will be at the Arsenal game tonight.

09.54: Wigan are looking at Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, according to The Sun.

09.39: Here's a little more detail on the reports Edin Dzeko is travelling to Manchester.

09.26: According to Marca, both Diarras have asked to leave Real Madrid, and it appears Manchester United could have interest in both Lassana and Mahamadou, although presumably they'd only want to sign one of them.

09.20: "Spurs in shock Carroll swoop," The Sun says. The biggest shock appears to be that he's valued at £30 million despite only having delivered at the top level for half a season and causing a number of off-field 'distractions'.

08.56: Wondering which emerging SPL talents are likely to be the subject of interest in January? Andy Moir provides you with the answers here.

08.46: Harry Redknapp is urging David Beckham and LA Galaxy to hurry up if the veteran midfielder is to join Spurs on loan. Presumably that will do little to encourage LA Galaxy, who don't seem massively keen on the idea of loaning out their most marketable player given that he sustained a serious injury while at Milan last year.

08.42: Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba is one of a vast array of attacking talents to have caught West Ham's eye, and it appears he's now gone on strike in an attempt to force through a move. Hoffenheim seem to be doing the right thing by threatening to let him rot in the reserves, but that never seems to actually happen, so presumably this will be another victory for player power.

08.39: Stephen Ireland has had a less than successful start to life at Aston Villa, and the Daily Mail seems to think he might now head off to Monaco in a swap deal with Dieumerci Mbokani. Is France ready for his unique sense of style?

08.33: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is apparently planning to raid former club Wigan for Charles N'Zogbia. That'll set him back £8 million, according to The Sun.

08.30: The Daily Mirror claims Aston Villa could move for highly-rated Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

08.28: The channel also reports that Newcastle are expecting to make their loan move for Hatem Ben Arfa permanent. Presumably today, as we've been expecting that they'll make it permanent for a good while now.

08.27: On Sky Sports News, the talk is that Edin Dzeko is currently flying to Manchester to complete his medical at City.

08.25: To kick us off this morning, we have Daniel Agger issuing a play-me-or-I'll-quit threat. You can read about that one here on espn.co.uk.

January 4, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/04/2011

Edin Dzeko's imminent transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City was probably the worst kept secret in football, but Roberto Mancini has today confirmed he has "agreed a fee'' with the striker's German club.


Wolfsburg wanted €40 million for the striker© Getty Images

23.59 That's it for tonight. Make sure you join us again in the morning for more transfer gossip.

23.35 Leicester City - managed by Sven Goran Eriksson - are being tipped by the Daily Mail to make a move for Yakubu who is warming the bench at Everton.

23.06 And in double Sao Paulo news, defender Joao Miranda has moved to Atletico Madrid - though he will not move to Spain until next season.

23.01 Former Arsenal player Juan (remember him? no?) has been unveiled as a Sao Paulo player.

22.47 There may be reports that Ronaldinho has already agreed to sign for Gremio, but there are claims that Flamengo want to hijack the deal.

22.22 Chelsea youngster Fabio Borini is being linked with a move to Parma, with the young defender failing to break through at the Bridge this season.

21.51 Carlisle want to keep Arsenal youngster Tom Cruise (no, not him) on loan at Brunton Park.

21.17 Birmingham City are believed to have opened talks with Spurs over the transfer of Robbie Keane.

20.56 Gazzetta Dello Sport is reporting that Ronaldinho has signed for Gremio on a permanent deal, dashing Blackburn Rovers' hopes.

20.41 Blackburn Rovers are in negotiations with Manchester City about bringing Eastlands outcast Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood Park, ESPNsoccernet sources have told us.

20.22 A comment here from Okey Ike, who says:

What Liverpool need are players that would take them to the next level in the premiership. Players like Taye Taiwo to cover the left back, winger like Ashley Young and a striker like Suarez to support Torres up front.

19.59 Aston Villa have been linked with Kyle Walker, currently on loan at QPR from Tottenham Hotspur.

19.46 Gareth Bale's agent claims that three Italian clubs want to sign the flying winger. Juve, Inter, AC Milan - and Real Madrid - are said to be interested. Click here for the full story.

19.27 The agent of Alberto Aquilani says the Juventus loanee will move from Liverpool permanently. Zavaglia told Radio Sportiva: "The release from Liverpool depends only on Juventus. Alberto is very, very happy in Turin and has found an environment where he can express himself."

19.05 Andrei Arshavin's agent says that the player has no interest in moving to Juventus.

19.01 Fiorentina say there is no chance that Alberto Gilardino will be sold. A statement read: "Given the continued references regarding a potential transfer of Alberto Gilardino, we state that the player is absolutely not for sale. Our objective is to grow and invest to improve the current squad."

18.52 Steve Bruce insists he will not be selling any of his star players this month. He said: "It would take crazy offers for me to consider anything. The ones who are out on loan are the ones where I would envisage there would be a bit of business to be done. But as for the big 'uns we have got, we have worked extremely hard, the chairman and the owner, to get the club in this situation, so the last thing you would want to be doing is dismantling it."

18.38 Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero has agreed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the Vicente Calderon until summer 2014. Aguero had been widely tipped to leave Atletico last summer, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly interested in acquiring the talented Argentina international.

18.12 Blackburn captain Chris Samba has repeated his desire to quit Ewood Park after claiming he does not want to be part of the club under new owners Venky's.

17.42 Sky Sports reckon that Newcastle are ready to swoop for in-form Leeds United forward Max Gradel.

17.21 Inter Milan have no interest in Kaka or Ronaldinho. "Kaka? We have never given any consideration to such an eventuality," said Inter's technical director, Marco Branca. "Ronaldinho? When I read this in the morning I thought it was more a media necessity to fill space, rather than serious news."

17.04 Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito has been told he is free to leave the Nou Camp this month. "There are decisions that I make or the club makes but this one is exclusively his (Milito's)," coach Pep Guardiola said. "Knowing him, I understand (his wish to leave). But I am not upset. It's impossible to be upset with Gaby."

16.52 Freiburg boss Robin Dutt says Papiss Demba Cisse is not for sale at any price.

16.31 Lorient president Loic Fery says the club have yet to receive an offer for Kevin Gameiro. The 23-year-old striker, valued at around 10 million Euros, has been linked with Bordeaux and Valencia.

16.26 Looks like Jack Wilshere would like Mr Beckham to join Arsenal. He's just said on Twitter: "Bring Becks to Arsenal what a great Example he would be for all of us! His professional attitude, ability and experience! Love 2 work with him!"

16.02 Juventus have identified Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as the man to fill the gap on their left flank, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Bianconeri boss Luigi Del Neri is a big fan.

15.28 West Ham manager Avram Grant has joined the queue of Premeir League managers eager to sign David Beckham. "There are other teams who want him, he's a big player and a big personality,'' said Grant. "But if David Beckham wants to come to West Ham he is welcome."

15.14 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp loves a bit of action during the transfer window and he has urged his fellow managers to come and take injury-plagued Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate on loan to help him through his latest rehabilitation. "I think he'd be happy to go and play in the Championship on loan because he has been out for a while," Redknapp said. "That would probably suit us better."

Comment from Chris: Does anyone else think that the MLS and Ronaldinho are made for each other? He would draw a crowd to every game and finally show the USA what the game is all about. Plus he would go back to being the best player on the pitch. I'm sure he wouldn't mind the night life in a city like LA.

14.50 Last month's rumour regarding Liverpool's interest in Man City striker Emmanuel Abedayor has predictably resurfaced. Despite manager Roberto Mancini saying "at this moment, no player will leave", Sky Sports reports the Reds have made a fresh approach.

14.30 Fiorentina insist that striker Alberto Gilardino is going nowhere despite ongoing speculation the 28-year-old is heading to Juventus. "Having witnessed continuous reports from the media regarding negotiations about Alberto Gilardino, Fiorentina communicates the player is absolutely not for sale," the club said in a statement.

14.20 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger seems to have been sweet-talked by Bolton boss Owen Coyle and is willing to send striker Carlos Vela on loan to the Reebok Stadium. Gunners starlet Jack Wilshere spent time on loan at Bolton last season.

14.14 According to the London Evening Standard Tottenham Hotspur are eager to land Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll and are prepared to offer David Bentley and Robbie Keane in exchange.

14.02 West Ham United manager Avram Grant has confirmed what we already knew: Aston Villa's Steve Sidwell has passed a medical at Upton Park but the deal is not yet done. The Hammers are also eager to sign Demba Ba, according to the Hoffenheim striker's agent.

13.45 Eidur Gudjohnsen, 32, has failed to make an impact at Stoke City since joining in the summer from Monaco and Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to sign the Icelander on loan.

13.23 More on the future of Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz: the Blackburn Rover's target seems very keen to join Italian side Lazio, telling La Repubblica: “I am talking to Lazio and I can't wait to land in Italy and wear the blue and white shirt.”

13.18 Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has poured cold water on rumours that striker Emmanuel Adebayor is heading to Real Madrid on loan, saying: "At this moment, no player will leave."

Comment from CS Johansen: Man City signing Dzeko for anything less than £30m is a real scoop. I rate him as high as any "box striker" (Drogba, Torres and the like), and he´s sure to be a Premier League succes.

Being a long time Man Utd fan, I'm sorry to see United not going for Dzeko, all though they could go for Porto striker Hulk or maybe Romelu Lukaku in the summer. What they really need though is to offload fringe players like Kuszack, Brown, O´Shea, Hargreaves, Carrick, Gibson, Anderson, Park, Owen and even Berbatov.

Continuing the omnious megalomania, who they should bring in is: Neuer (all though I like Lindegaard), van der Wiel, Sakho, a holding midfielder (Las Diarra, Rodwell, Tiote), playmaker Nuri Sahin and Hulk (now that they missed out on "best striker available", Dzeko).

13.00 Blackburn are interested in taking Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood Park, according to the Daily Mirror. Santa Cruz has found playing time limited at Eastlands but £80,000-a-week wages might prove to be something of a stumbling block for Rovers.

12.45 Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has become one the first Premier League manager to say he DOESN'T want to sign David Beckham in the January transfer window.

12.23 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has reiterated his interest in signing much-sort-after-midfielder David Beckham but has rubbished reports linking Spurs with a swoop for Uruguay volleyball star and Ajax striker Luis Suarez. "I see Blackburn are in as well. Maybe they have more to offer him. They can offer him free chicken for life and we can't compete with that.,'' Redknapp joked.

12.10 Leighton Baines' homesickness cost the Everton defender a place in England's World Cup squad and now his love of home comforts may have cost him a move to Bayern Munich. "We cannot force him to join us," Bayen chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told The Mirror. "He would rather live in Liverpool than Munich, and that’s that."

Comment from Steve: I live in Greece and have heard on tv here that [Panathinaikos striker Djibril] Cisse may be on his way back to Liverpool.

11.57 Reported Manchester City transfer target Hulk, the Brazilian forward, has said he doesn't want to leave Porto in the January transfer window ... although any deal now seems redundant with Edin Dzeko's transfer to City all but done. "I want to be a champion with Porto and carry on the season playing for the club,” Hulk said.

11.38 Aston Villa will have to pay £2 million if they want to turn the loan of Colorado Rapids striker Omar Cummings into a permanent deal. “That is not over the top for a guy who is 28, at the prime of his career and who has been outstanding for us for the last two seasons,” a Colorado source said.

11.27 Sundeland manager Steve Bruce says he has had a conversation with LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham and would be interested in signing the former England captain. The duo played together at Manchester United in the early 1990s.

11.00 Manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed that Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign VfL Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, worth a reported £27 million. "We have agreed a fee," Mancini said.

10.54 Championship-leaders QPR have made a bid to take West Ham United striker Benni McCarthy on loan and would be prepared to make a permanent move if they secure promotion to the Premier League.

10.36 Everton manager David Moyes is searching for a solution to his team's lack of goals and the Toffees have joined West Ham in expressing an interest in a loan deal for Monaco striker Dieumerci Mbokani, who moved to France from Standard Liege for £7m.

10.29 Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have signed Sweden striker Denni Avdic from Elfsborg as a replacement for Besiktas-bound Hugo Almeida. "We are very happy to have acquired Denni," said Werder general manager Klaus Allofs.

10.14 The £20 million asking price for Bolton's Gary Cahill might be proving a bit too steep for Chelsea but owner Roman Abramivich is willing to bankroll a swoop for Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel, according to The Daily Express.

10.08 Robbie Keane seems certain to leave Tottenham Hotspur but his destination is less certain. Already linked with Wolves, West Ham, Birmingham and Celtic, MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps have now thrown their hat, or should that be cap, into the ring.

Comment from Rufus Egbo: I think Sir Alex Ferguson should look to the area of Ronaldinho. Because there is no better wing player in the United front line since the departure on Ronaldo.

09.47 Blackburn Rovers, who have confirmed that they have made a bid to sign Ronaldinho, are also eager to bag David Beckham. Blackburn boss Steve Kean said: "With someone like Beckham, someone will get a good player if he comes over here, and if he does come back to this country, he is someone we would be interested in."

09.30 Reported Inter and Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez is going nowhere during the January transfer window, according to Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini. “He’s staying here,” Larini said.

09.10 Blackburn Rovers' want-away skipper Chris Samba could be heading to Aston Villa in a cash-plus-player deal, according to The Sun.

Comment on Liverpool from Jay Wright: Luis Suarez was my preferred top target with Gervinho arriving with him, but I guess Elia would be a decent signing also. The team just needs to get younger and more athletic (Kuyt & Maxi out), bigger and stronger (physically dominant centre back and central midfielder coming in)

I don't see the point in the Sturridge rumours though, for either party. He's better than N'gog, but not by much, and wouldn't be starter quality for Liverpool either. He's also better off at Chelsea where Anelka & Drogba are on the way out, and he can surely usurp Kalou sooner or later also.

08.28: Roy Hodgson has asked for the backing of the board in the January market as he battles to hang onto his job.

07.44: The Sun also claims Juventus could swoop for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.

07.42: This one's been going around for a while now, but it seems far more likely now Gonzalo Higuain's out for the season: The Sun reports that Jose Mourinho wants to take Emmanuel Adebayor to Real Madrid.

07.40: Meanwhile, The Independent seems to think Tottenham could provide competition for Luiz Suarez with key figures in the club suggesting the Ajax forward would be a better option than David Beckham.

07.38: Chelsea need a centre back - that much is clear - and the rumours that they'd like David Luiz or Gary Cahill have been doing the rounds for a while. The Daily Telegraph, though, reckons Bolton's £20 million valuation of Cahill is going to be a problem.

Comment from Rowan: As long as Liverpool buy at least one wide player of genuine quality, they should improve. Elia is a good fit - quick, good technique, can pass. Suarez, on the other hand, would be a luxury rather than a necessity.

07.35: The Daily Mail carries pretty much the same story on Liverpool's transfer targets, but removes the part about Elia.

07.30: To kick us off this morning, the Daily Mirror provides a lowdown on the Liverpool makeover plans: "Hamburg's Eljero Elia has emerged as favourite to help ease the burden on Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Liverpool have also identified giant Ivory Coast international Lacina Traore, Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Ajax forward Luis Suarez as potential targets." Read about that one here.

January 3, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/03/2011

We have two big stories greeting us on Monday morning, with Blackburn Rovers reportedly making an audacious attempt to sign Ronaldinho and Manchester City agreeing a fee for Edin Dzeko. It could be a busy day in the transfer market, and we will be upping our efforts with a rolling blog throughout the day, so keep this page bookmarked.


Ronaldinho: Unlikely to be lining up alongside Jason Roberts© Getty Images

22.35 Time to shut up shop for the evening with the news that erstwhile pal of Soccernet, Hulk is not for leaving Porto, and so Manchester City are off the scent. Join us tomorrow for the morning flush of speculation. Bye for now.

22.40 Besiktas go Portuguese by unveiling a trio of signings in Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Manuel Fernandes. Simao comes from Atletico, Almeida from Werder Bremen, and Fernandes is loaned by Valencia,

21.25 Doom at Anfield, as the superbly named Ricky van Wolfswinkel has supposedly opted for Napoli rather than Liverpool.

21.07 So, David Bentley wants to leave Spurs? The feeling's surely mutual.

20.22 Malaga have continued their winter rebuilding with the signing of Brazil international Julio 'The Beast' Baptista from Roma.

19.44 Kiko Macheda's Sampdoria move is all but done. “I am very happy that Macheda has chosen Sampdoria and I think it’s the same for the fans,” said Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone. “Macheda has easily filled the void left by (Antonio) Cassano, he will definitely do well. In these five months we will try to treat him well. With him here, the enthusiasm has increased tenfold.” Cassano has fled to AC Milan.

18.35 Looks like Alan Pardew has given up the ghost in the Beckham saga 2011 model. The BBC sought out a quote from LA Galaxy, but could only extract "no comment".

17.35: Over in De Eredivisie, Ajax have strengthened their defence with the capture of Lahti defender Henri Toivomaki. The 19-year-old full back impressed on a trial period and took the advice of former Ajax forward Jari Litmanen before moving to Amsterdam.

17.22: Roma striker Adriano says he will end his unhappy time in Italy to return to Flamengo in the summer. “I will play with Flamengo in June. You can come and wait for me at the airport. I have already been there long enough. No one is made of steel. For this reason, I will be happy when I return to Brazil and play with Flamengo.”

17.05: In Portugal, Record details how Benfica’s imminent new signing, Racing Club starlet Jose Luis Fernandez, has arrived in Lisbon to undergo a medical and sign a contract that lasts until 2015.

16.40: In France, Football365.fr details how Lens striker Razak Boukari missed training on Sunday as he is poised to move to Rennes. He is expected to undergo a medical on Monday and sign a four-and-a-half year deal.

16.17: Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini says Inter and Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez will not be leaving the club in the transfer window. “Inter in January? Nothing true,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Sanchez will remain with us until June.”

16.01: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish says he is targeting a new striker now the transfer window has opened, with Robbie Keane and Jay Bothroyd both linked with Blues. “We are working actively, the board and myself, to try and enhance the striking positions,” he said. “The board are understanding of the situation and there are a few names we have talked about that could enhance the team.”

15.31: Though Alan Pardew is playing down his interest in David Beckham, the Newcastle manager hasn’t exactly ruled out a move for the former England captain either. “People are suggesting we are in the market for him because I have said I want an offensive player and obviously, he is one of the few on the market,” he said. “I have not dismissed it, but in no way are we in talks or anything like that. I have not dismissed anyone because I don't want to limit my chances here.”

15.15 Serie A club Cagliari have announced the signing of defender Dario Biasi from Serie B side Frosinone. That's one to get you all excited, I can tell.

15.07: Remember former Manchester United 'ace' David Bellion? Well he is poised to join Nice on loan from Bordeaux.

14.46: Inter have announced they have purchased the total rights to young Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia. Inter secured a co-ownership agreement with Genoa last summer, where Ranocchia has been playing this season, but he now becomes the sole property of the Nerazzurri.

14.25: Interesting quotes reach us from Germany where Bayern Munich have confirmed they did show an interest in Everton defender Leighton Baines. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “Seriously, we are not going to sign any more players in January. We cannot force him (Baines) to join us. He would rather live in Liverpool than Munich, and that's that.”

14.07: AC Milan have officially confirmed the signing of Antonio Cassano from Sampdoria. It seems a risky move to bring in a combustible figure with the club top of the table, but will it prove a masterstroke?

13.50: The agent of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda says the striker is poised to join Sampdoria on loan, disappointing West Brom. Giovanni Bia told Sky Sport 24: "The only thing missing is the formalities. I hope to finish everything by tonight so the player will be available for Sunday."

13.24: Bild also reports that with his contract expiring, Mark van Bommel’s future at Bayern Munich is very much in doubt at present. Surely the World Cup hatchet man, who attracted a fair degree of infamy in South Africa, won’t be short of offers from clubs desperate for an enforcer.

12.55: David Moyes has warned Everton fans not to expect fireworks in the January transfer window, although the Toffees are of course notoriously thrifty, so it comes as little surprise. "We will try and look around and see what we can get. We've got to look to see who's available on loan. There might be a lot of deals done, but they might not be done in the first week of January."

12.41: Valencia have confirmed on their official website that they have secured the signing of France international defender Adil Rami from Lille. He has been linked with plenty of clubs in recent months and that is a coup for the Spanish side.

12.21: We have a done deal in the Championship with QPR signing Portsmouth forward Tommy Smith on a two-and-a-half year deal.

12.12: According to German newspaper Bild, Werder Bremen are close to completing the signing of Elfsborg striker Denni Avdic, 22, for a fee of €2.5 million. “An agreement is very likely,” said sporting director Klaus Allofs.

11.53: Here's our full story from Owen Coyle's press conference on Monday morning, as he discusses Gary Cahill and Carlos Vela.

11.40: In Italy, Corriere dello Sport claims Inter are considering orchestrating a swap deal with Real Madrid involving Maicon and Kaka. New Inter coach Leonardo was instrumental in bringing Kaka to city rivals Milan in 2003 of course.

11.20: Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has given an interesting press conference today in which he hints he will consider a loan move for Arsenal's Carlos Vela. "Carlos Vela is an outstanding player," Coyle added. “I think Arsene said at the weekend he could go on loan and people have looked and put two and two together. We have a good relationship with Arsenal, obviously with Jack Wilshere last year and hopefully we played a small part in his development, and there is no doubting Carlos Vela is a wonderful player."

Coyle has also said that any clubs hoping to sign Gary Cahill will have to pay upwards of £20 million for the highly-rated defender. "I don't fear bids for Gary or any other player,” Coyle said. “Could it happen? Yes, because they are quality players. But when they move for £20 million, £25 million or £30 million, which is what it takes to buy them, they would be better moving in the summer as they need a pre-season as if they move in January they are under too much pressure to make an immediate impact."

11.08: Bayern Munich have finalised the signing of Hoffenheim's Luiz Gustavo - the transfer that forced coach Ralf Rangnick to quit the club. "We are very happy that everything has finally been cleared up,'' Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "We would like to thank Hoffenheim's owner Dietmar Hopp, who has enabled this transfer to go through in this form." Full-back David Alaba goes the other way on loan.

10.49: Harry was right on the mark with that transfer line as Rovers owners Venky's have now denied that they are attempting to sign Ronnie, despite their official website declaring as much yesterday. “That is not true," director Venkatesh Ra told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. "There is no interest at all, they are just rumours."

10.42: Our man Harry Harris has been tapping up his contacts at Blackburn for information on the Ronaldinho deal and it seems their interest in the Brazilian may not be as concrete as first appeared. Indeed, he is hearing that the club are not interested in signing the Milan star. Perhaps Ronnie's agent was attempting to eke more money out of his Brazilian suitors?

10.27: AS points out that the Spanish transfer window only opens officially today, meaning Barcelona will complete their move for PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, while Malaga wrap up deals for Sergio Asenjo, Enzo Maresca, Martin Demichelis and The Beast himself, Julio Baptista.

10.11: Our first, and certainly not the last look at Madrid-based Marca for the month of January turns up the news that a poll conducted by the paper reveals 65.9% of readers approve of the possible signing of Emmanuel Adebayor. With Gonzalo Higuain facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Jose Mourinho is desperate for a new striker and it has been suggested that Adebayor could be a loan target.

09.57: This comment on Edin Dzeko comes from an anonymous reader. Please leave your name on comments so we can give you a shout-out.

"Dzeko at that price is a tremendous signing for City. He provides them a true target man in the box, which they are desperately lacking, and he is still a young player with room for further growth in the best league in the world. Once he gets comfortable with his new club, and team-mates, City will have the most formidable side in the EPL."

09.45: News of Samp's interest in Federico Macheda is our cue to take a look at what stories are doing the rounds in the foreign press this morning...

09.42: Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he is willing to allow Federico Macheda to leave Manchester United on loan and West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has wasted little time in declaring his interest. "Macheda is someone we looked at right at the start of last season," he said. "He's a striker, we are after a striker and we have to look at whether Manchester United will let him join us." However, there are reports that the striker is destined to move to his homeland Italy with Sampdoria. We will keep you posted.

09.32: In other news from the morning's papers, the Daily Mail reports Bolton are hoping to replicate Jack Wilshere's success by signing Carlos Vela on loan from Arsenal, the same paper believes Aston Villa are Newcastle are vying to sign Stephane Sessegnon from PSG and the Daily Mirror says Spurs are willing to let David Bentley, Robbie Keane and Niko Kranjcar leave if they can recoup £29 million.

09.15: The Daily Telegraph supplies us with our other big story of the morning with the news that Manchester City have agreed a fee of £27 million for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko, and weekly wages of £100,000 with the player. Here's our take on the story.

Does that represent value for money? Let us know using the comments form below, and we will post your best responses throughout the day.

09.01 GMT: Good morning everybody, and welcome to the start of the transfer window proper. We will start taking a look through the morning's papers but there is really only one place to start: Blackburn's brilliant effort to sign former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho!

January 2, 2011
Posted by Robin Hackett on 01/02/2011

With City seemingly struggling to offload the likes of Wayne Bridge, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Emmanuel Adebayor due to their exorbitant wages, you'd think they'd know better than to offer another player crazy wages.


Edin Dzeko seems to want a lot of money© Getty Images

Edin Dzeko, the Wolfsburg striker widely expected to move to Eastlands in January, has been offered £125,00 a week according to the Mail on Sunday. Crazy money, we're sure you'll agree, but the paper also claims that Dzeko isn't happy about that and wants £180,000 a week. City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is apparently stepping in to sort things out: Dzeko will be offered £150,000 a week. He'll also cost £30 million. Those UEFA financial fair play rules are going to cause problems, aren't they?

The Sunday Mirror, which also carries the Dzeko story but with slightly less distasteful figures, reckons they'll go back in for Kaka. Kaka memorably "bottled it", according to Garry Cook, when City went in for him a couple of years ago, so it'll be interesting to see how much bottle he has this time.

In the Daily Star Sunday, the suggestion is that Kaka could be off to Manchester United on loan with a view to a permanent £50 million deal. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but we'll see.

The Mail on Sunday believes Tottenham midfielder David Bentley - the new David Beckham - is off to Newcastle to make way for the old David Beckham.

Arsenal were linked with Per Mertesacker in the summer but, as Arsene Wenger seems to prefer surprise signings, it seems he may be off to Liverpool. The Sunday Mirror says Damien Comolli has put in a recommendation.

The same paper also reckons Bolton could move for Carlos Vela on loan.

In other news, Roy Hodgson and Damien Comolli were at the DW Stadium on Sunday to watch Wigan vs Newcastle and, presumably, casting their eyes over a January target.

Meanwhile, Ivory Coast centre-back Sol Bamba has been reunited with former international manager Sven-Goran Eriksson at Leicester. The former Hibs player could make his Foxes debut on Monday against Swansea in the npower Championship subject to international clearance.

January 1, 2011
Posted by Robin Hackett on 01/01/2011

Could David Beckham really be set for a return to the Premier League? He has always previously dismissed the suggestion he could play for any English club other than Manchester United, but then we already know how desperate he is to prolong his England career.


David Beckham has always been willing to do his bit for England© Getty Images

ESPNsoccernet revealed way back in 2010 (remember that year?) that Spurs were his most likely destination and now Harry Redknapp has said he has every intention of pursuing the deal if possible.

Over at the Daily Mail, the claim is that Manchester City have been in contact with Anderlecht over Romelu Lukaku. The new Drogba, as he's most commonly described, is 17 and worth about £18 million apparently, but it seems more likely he'll head to Real Madrid.

As the whole world is talking about Roy Hodgson's failures and the search for his replacement, there is at least a bit of positive news around for Liverpool fans: the Daily Mirror says they're set to beat Real Madrid to a deal for the France defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila. The 20-year-old, who plays for Rennes, will cost £15 million.

Arsene Wenger tends to be very quiet about transfer business, but The Guardian carries quotes from him admitting Manuel Almunia could be off.

Over at Football Italia, there's quotes from reported Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez saying he quite fancies playing in England but he's not sure that he's ready to leave Udinese as yet.