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January 31, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/31/2012
January 30, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/30/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.

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Rangers' Nikica Jelavic wants a move to the Premier League.© Getty Images

23.51 GMT: Right, that's your lot for tonight, but we'll be back tomorrow morning for what could actually turn out to be an interesting deadline day. Thanks for joining us and see you then.

23.48 GMT: Not really transfer gossip, to be honest, but Roberto Carlos has been emphasising his club's spending power, claiming Anzhi could buy Lionel Messi if Barcelona made him available. "There would be no problem paying the buyout clause," he told Marca. "We have the cash to sign Messi or anyone, but it's not only a question of money - you have to show that you can deliver a major project."

23.41 GMT: Reader MikeD sends a rumour our way: "Mirror reporting that Rolledega will play Spurs and then join them at the end of the game"

23.39 GMT: Santos coach Muricy Ramalho isn't expecting Ganso to leave for now. "I have been told that when a good offer comes, Santos will open negotiations, but Ganso is a player good enough to be in a World Cup," he said. "It has to be a good offer. From my experience, I think he will not leave Santos now. He wants to show his talent to return to the Brazil national team."

23.28 GMT: Roma general manager Franco Baldini has provided an update (of sorts) on the Daniele De Rossi situation, with the midfielder still having failed to extend his contract.

“It is an issue that has gone on for some time but I am not worried or pressured by the deadline of January 31,” he said. “We’re concerned little by it. Even before this date De Rossi could have signed for other clubs, so I feel no pressure of any kind. It is a decision that will be taken with proper consideration.”

Asked if Roma would sell De Rossi, he said: “No, because from February he will be open to talk about a free transfer.”

23.21 GMT: AS thinks Alexander Hleb, who is back at Barcelona to serve the final months of his contract after his loan spell at Wolfsburg, could join Olympiakos.

23.09 GMT: And speaking of T***z, Roberto Mancini seems to have something against certain agents. Whoever could he be referring to?

"Sometimes it is difficult to understand why some players have certain agents," he said. "If I was a player I would never take an agent like some who work here.

"First the agent should find the player work, after that they should help players in difficult situations; help them, not put them against the club or the manager or the other players. Agents are important for doing this, not only for earning lots of money."

Mancini also said he "never heard" anything about Liverpool's reported swap offer involving Andy Carroll and added: "Carroll is a good player. He is young. He is strong. But at the moment? No.
We don't have any chance to talk about this with Liverpool."

22.59 GMT: It appears the reports of Liverpool (and QPR) wanting T***z on loan will be making the back page of The Times tomorrow. Journalist Tony Barrett, who has good connections at Liverpool, has a co-byline and - as Liverpool did indeed enquire about a swap with Andy Carroll recently - it appears this one has legs.

22.53 GMT: The Guardian's Daniel Taylor tweets his own verification of a rumour West Ham might win the race to sign Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison: "True ---> RT @John__Percy #WHUFC are close to signing Ravel Morrison from #MUFC before deadline"

22.51 GMT - BREAKING NEWS: Everton have agreed a fee with Rangers for Nikica Jelavic, according to Sky Sports News. We're actually set up to see some stuff happen on deadline day, it now seems.

22.48 GMT: Reader Kris tempts us with the promise of final-day drama in the football world's most tedious saga: "twitter exploding w/ T**** 6 month loan deal to Liverpool ... Man City certainly wouldn't agree to this would they?!?"

22.44 GMT: Some words from Spurs defender Vedran Corluka confirming that he’ll be on his way to Bayer Leverkusen on a loan deal - which will also include an option to buy - should he pass a medical.

“I’m not 100% sure it will happen,” he told Sportske Novosti. “Perhaps it’s better to wait until Tuesday for the medical to formally confirm that I’ll be joining Bayer.

“I’ve said goodbye to my team-mates - they’re all great guys and I would really miss them as friends and team-mates. I thank everyone at Tottenham, and the fans, after a wonderful year, but life goes on.”

22.36 GMT: Stoke defender Danny Collins' move to Southampton has fallen through, Press Association Sport understands.

22.29 GMT: There are rumours AC Milan might make a final bid for C****s T***z tomorrow. Newshound extraordinaire Harry Harris is trying to sniff out a lead for us.

22.24 GMT: Former Brazil international Marinho Peres thinks Neymar is ultimately bound for Barcelona. "I am friends with Santos' officials - I can say that Neymar's transfer to Barcelona is at an advanced stage," he told COM Radio. "Sooner or later, Neymar will play at Barca. He has a tremendous talent and he will be a big hit at the Camp Nou.”

22.08 GMT: Sky Sports News is reporting that Bayer Leverkusen are in talks over the signing of Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka.

21.57 GMT - DONE DEAL: Catania have signed Marco Motta on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

21.28 GMT: Midfielder Lucho Gonzalez looks poised to return to Porto from Marseille. Story here.

21.10 GMT - DONE DEAL: Espanyol have signed Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the remainder of the Primera Division campaign. Espanyol have also signed Nigerian striker Kalu Uche from Swiss club Neuchatel on a deal which commits the former Almeria forward to the club until the end of next season. Story here.

21.01 GMT: Goal.com reports: "Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign midfielder Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund for around £400,000. The 19-year-old German has been in London today with his agent Reza Fazeli negotiating a switch to the Premier League club."

20.42 GMT - DONE DEAL: Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has signed for Major League Soccer side the Portland Timbers. Story here.

20.02 GMT - DONE DEAL: Leicester have completed the signing of Wes Morgan from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £1 million. Story here.

19.48 GMT - DONE DEAL: Southampton have announced the signing of striker Billy Sharp from fellow Championship side Doncaster on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Story here.

19.43 GMT: Full story here on Fulham's bid to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak.

19.26 GMT: Reader Mo asks: "Is Gio Dos Santos London nightmare ever going to end?"

Prompting us to link you to our story about how Gio Dos Santos' London nightmare looks like it's never going to end.

19.14 GMT: The Press Association is now of the understanding that Fulham are in talks to sign Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, as we mentioned a little while ago.

18.52 GMT: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has denied rumours of interest in Matthew Bates, Adrian Mariappa and Nicky Maynard but is still hopeful of bringing someone in before the deadline.

"We have had feedback on one to two possibilities and we will see," he said. "There is still a lot of work to do if they are to become permanent signings, but we will see over the next 24 hours and take it from there. We have certainly made no bids as yet but we have been given an indication of what the price would be."

18.33 GMT: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Genoa striker Ze Eduardo is undergoing a medical at the club. Story here.

18.24 GMT: Eastern European football expert @jamesappell tweets: "Stuttgart's Russian international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has undergone medical at Fulham"

18.14 GMT: Sky Sports News says Kevin De Bruyne has turned up at Chelsea's training ground for his medical. Presumably this one will be done and dusted shortly.

17.54 GMT - DONE DEAL Polish striker Pawel Brozek has joined Celtic on loan from Trabzonspor until the end of the season. Story here.

17.45 GMT - DONE DEAL Bournemouth have signed striker Matt Tubbs from big-spending League Two side Crawley for a reported £800,000 fee. Tubbs scored 58 goals from 78 appearances for Crawley but said he could not resist the lure of joining the club he supported as a boy.

17.33 GMT Blackburn Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews has handed in a transfer request, according to Sky Sports. The Republic of Ireland international, whose contract expires in the summer, spent the first half of the season on loan at Ipswich.

17.25 GMT - DONE DEAL Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of 26-year-old Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura on loan until the end of the season. Story here.

17.10 GMT - DONE DEAL Liverpool have signed Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Danny Ward. The club said in a statement: "Danny Ward joins the Reds from Wrexham, the club he signed for as a 14-year-old, and will be based with the reserve squad at the academy."

16.55 GMT AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says he'll be in his office until the transfer window closes waiting for a call from the man who shall not be named. However, if none is forthcoming he'll try to sign the Manchester City refusenik in the summer.

16.45 GMT - DONE DEAL Ipswich have completed the signing of midfielder Ryan Stevenson from Hearts for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old scored 11 goals in 67 appearances for the Scottish club. Full story

16.25 GMT Genoa are close to completing a deal for reported Tottenham transfer target Roger Carvalho. The Brazilian defender will sign from Figueirense. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi said: "Roger Carvalho? He's undergoing medicals, then his signing will be official."

16.08 GMT Hernan Crespo became the hottest property in the Indian soccer league auction today, with Barasat shelling out $840,000. Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro went to Siliguri for $830,000, while Robert Pires of France ($800,000), Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha ($550,000) and Liverpool great Robbie Fowler ($530,000) went to Howrah, Durgapur and Kolkata respectively.

15.45 GMT Everton manager David Moyes has refused to comment on widespread reports that he's about to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Moyes said: "I never talk about players at other clubs, I wouldn't do that."

15.32 GMT - DONE DEAL Cologne have completed the signing of North Korea international Jong Tae-Se - dubbed the Korean Wayne Rooney at the 2010 World Cup - from German second division side Bochum for an undisclosed fee.

15.26 GMT Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt is joining Liverpool on trial. Nordfelt, who has been a free agent since leaving IF Brommapojkarna last summer, told FotbolDirekt.se: "It's really exciting. I'll be flying to Liverpool on Monday with my agent."

15.12 GMT - DONE DEAL QPR have finally secured a deal to sign Samba on loan for the rest of the season. Not colossus Chris Samba though, Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French club Nancy. Rangers have the option of exercising an agreement for a permanent transfer at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

14.56 GMT Queens Park Rangers are set to complete the signing of Djibril Cisse from Lazio before Tuesday night, ESPNsoccernet has been informed. Full story

14.33 GMT Fulham are hoping to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios, according to reports. Barrios, a Paraguay international, has fallen out of favour at Signal Iduna Park in recent times. Full story

14.19 GMT Sunderland's simmering interest in Bolton striker Kevin Davies eventually resulted in bid, but it has been rejected by the Trotters, Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed.

14.10 GMT AC Milan have snapped 19-year-old Austrian striker Philipp Prosenik who was out of contract at Chelsea, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

13.48 GMT Inter Milan have agreed a €1.5 million deal to sign Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin, with a view to an €11m permanent switch, according to Sky Sport24. The reported deal casts further doubt over the future of Thiago Motta at San Siro.

Comment from AJCook: I know it is widely considered ‘imprudent’ to make January purchases for most teams (unless you’re Arsenal), but it certainly would liven things up – the lack of action in this current window is making me want to bash my head against the wall.

13.25 GMT Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not expect any transfer activity at Anfield before the window closes on Tuesday night. "There is no-one going in or out of the club before the transfer window [closes]," he said. Full story

13.05 GMT QPR have now agreed a €5 million transfer fee with Lazio for former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse.

12.45 GMT Hold on to your hats Spurs fans, your club has just confirmed two DONE DEALS. Unfortunately, they're players going out and not coming in, with John Bostock joining League One promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday on loan and Tom Carroll joining Derby on loan until the end of the season.

Comment from Mark: Where is the marquee signing for Spurs? I've been waiting since Nov 2010..three windows and still nothing (actual signings, not loans)...we NEED a world class striker... sign someone Harry!

12.35 GMT Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle wants Kevin Davies to stay at the club but admits an exit could be in the offing if the striker expresses a desire to move on. Sunderland are interested in the striker. Full story

Comment from Alex: Sunderland should be going after better strikers than Davies. They should try to sign Jimmy Briand from Lyon,Dennis Oliech friom Auxerre or Vincenzo Iaquinta from Juve.

12.25 GMT Wolves are waiting to see whether Everton firm up their interest in striker Kevin Doyle by making a concrete bid, or if the Toffees are going to spend all their limited cash on Rangers' Nikica Jelavic.

12.03 GMT Inter Milan`s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he will play for Spanish Primera Division side Espanyol until the end of the season.

11.49 GMT With the vultures circling, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that Victor Moses and James McCarthy are not for sale. "Victor and James are the two younger players in this football club and it would be wrong for us to sell these assets," he said.

11.31 GMT Blackpool midfielder Elliot Grandin has completed his anticipated loan move to Nice.

11.08 GMT What's that? You want even more transfer news? We'll how about a DONE DEAL? Brighton have signed Wales striker Sam Vokes on loan from Wolves until the end of the season. Full story

11.05 GMT And there's more on Bolton's bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, with coach Owen Coyle confirming his club have lodged a bid. "I think it is documented now that we have made an offer, which we have,'' Coyle said. Full story

11.01 GMT Here's a further update on the Kevin de Bruyne transfer. Quite why Chelsea would loan him back to Genk when they are desperate for a winger is up for debate. Full story

10.41 GMT Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed his club's interest in Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan and will attempt to do a deal in the next 48hrs.

10.25 GMT Racing Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will undergo a medical at Chelsea today, but once the reported £8.5 million deal is done he will return to Belgium on loan for the remainder of the season.

10.14 GMT West Brom have made a move for FC Twente winger Emir Bajrami, according to reports. The 23-year-old Swede has made 21 appearances and scored four goals for the Dutch side this season.

09.51 GMT German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim will not be continuing their pursuit of Wolfsburg striker Srdjan Lakic as he is too expensive.

09.27 GMT Juventus have confirmed striker Luca Toni has left the Serie A club after agreeing a deal with UAE Pro-League side Al Nasr. Full story

09.10 GMT Claudio Ranieri has suggested midfielder Thiago Motta will remain at Inter Milan in the current transfer window despite the 29-year-old being linked with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG. Full story

09.02 Bolton boss Owen Coyle is lining up a double swoop for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Porto’s 18-year-old forward Juan Iturbe, according to the Daily Mirror.

08.30 GMT Blackburn are hoping to sell unsettled Argentinian Mauro Formica to Brazilian club Flamengo for around £3 million to give manager Steve Kean some last-minute transfer cash.

08.10 GMT Everton are set to use the cash from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s £5 million sale to Spartak Moscow to bolster their forward line with the capture of Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Everton are likely to go to about £6m including add-ons. Full Story

A quick sweep of the newspapers shows that you just can't keep Carlos T****z out of the headlines, with Daily Telegraph reporting that West Ham United will wait until after the transfer window closes to make a last attempt to re-sign Carlos Tevez on loan from Manchester City.

Meanwhile, The Guardian report that Andy Carroll has no desire to leave Liverpool after the club tried to exchange him for Manchester City's rebel striker only a year after his £35 million arrival from Newcastle United.

The Sun go with a story that Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will step up his bid to sign Bolton striker Kevin Davies today. O'Neill wants to boost his strike force after losing Nicklas Bendtner to an eye injury.

Fulham have offered £2 million plus Andy Johnson for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, according to the Daily Mail. Wigan have already rebuffed a £4m bid from QPR for the Colombian with chairman Dave Whelan demanding £6m.

January 29, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/29/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Liverpool have failed in an audacious attempt to swap Andy Carroll for C****s T***z.© Getty Images

23.59 GMT: And that's it for today - see you on Monday for the penultimate day of the window.

23.34 GMT: Stand-in skipper James Morrison has questioned West Brom's transfer policy and urged the club to bring in new players if they want to become an established force in the Premier League.

23.16 GMT: We're hearing that Fulham have lodged a bid for Wigan's Hugo Rodallega.

22.33 GMT: Spurs youngster John Bostock is set to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the season.

21.50 GMT: Andrés D`Alessandro has rejected an offer of $10 million for a 2 year contract with Chinese club Shangai Shenua, stays with Brazil's Inter. Via Daniel Colasimone on Twitter.

21.33 GMT: Nancy have announced Samba Diakite has joined QPR on loan until the end of the season. Awaiting confirmation from the Rs.

21.05 GMT: Everton have been in touch with Rangers regarding Nikica Jelavic but Press Association Sport reports that no official bid has yet been made.

20.01 GMT: Eden Hazard has confirmed on Canal+ that he will stay at Lille until the end of the season before moving to England. But he didn't say which club ... intriguing. He said: "I want to play in a big club where I am sure to play."

19.07 GMT: Arsene Wenger has revealed Ryo Miyaichi is likely to go out on loan to an English club before the deadline.

17.28 GMT: Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Sunderland are interested in signing veteran Bolton striker Kevin Davies.

17.01 GMT: Genoa have paid €4m for half the rights of Pescara's Italy Under-21 international Ciro Immobile, while they have also signed Brazilian Roger Carvalho.

16.38 GMT: There's obviously plenty of rumours flying around but one we've heard that sounds reasonably feasible is that Everton are keeping tabs on Birmingham's highly-rated young winger Nathan Redmond.

16.07 GMT: Ajax star Christian Eriksen says he doesn not expect to leave the Dutch giants in January, or even in the summer: "I will definitely not leave Ajax this month, and I probably won't move in the summer either. I have an ongoing contract and I feel like I'm in the right place at the moment. Of course, I'm flattered that these big clubs are watching me. A transfer has to be a real step forward for me though."

15.54 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has finally officially signed for Spartak Moscow after leaving Everton.

15.26 GMT: MK Dons have signed former Man Utd midfielder Alan Smith on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season.

14.32 GMT: Kenya international Macdonald Mariga looks set to return to Parma, who he played for between 2007 and 2010, after ending an unsuccessful loan spell with Real Sociedad. His agent Federico Pastorello Tweeted last week: "Mariga wants to go back to Parma ,and a part of his heart did not leave the ducal city."

14.06 GMT:For those of you keen to keep up to date with the FA Cup action this afternoon, feel free to join Dec Warrington for live text commentary of Sunderland v Middlesbrough. Boro are currently 1-0 up in the North East derby thanks to a cracking goal from Barry Robson.

13.48 GMT: Santos are expected to confirm the arrival of Uruguay international Jorge Fucile on a season-long loan deal from FC Porto on Monday. He passed a medical with the Brazilian giants on Friday.

13.25 GMT: James Beattie could have left Sheffield United to move to a bigger club, according to Blades boss Danny Wilson: "James could have earned a lot of money by going elsewhere. But money isn't the issue for him."

13.01 GMT: Nancy's Mali international Samba Diakite is due in London today to finalise his loan move (with a view to a permanent €4 million switch) to QPR.

12.43 GMT: DONE DEAL: Lyon have completed the capture of UAE international defender club Hamdan Al Kamali from Abu Dhabi-based club Al-Wahda.

12.27 GMT: Celtic appear to have beaten rivals Rangers in the race to sign Pawel Brozek after the Polish striker claimed he had agreed a move to Parkhead: "This is a great move and I can't wait to get started. I have been told plenty about Celtic from my former team-mate Maciej Zurawski and Lukasz Zaluska."

12.09 GMT: Lille general director Frederic Paquet is resigned to losing prized asset Eden Hazard at the end of the season. FULL STORY

11.52 GMT: Philadelphia Union's Congo-born forward Danny Mwanga is on trial at Aston Villa, accoring to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

11.31 GMT: Hamburg's on-loan Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma does not seem too keen on a return to Stamford Bridge, telling the Sunday Mirror: "It was my dream to win a first-team place by [the age of] 21. But you must play. At Chelsea it does not look like the chance is coming."

11.10 GMT: Owen Coyle has been talking up Bolton's interest in Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha: "I think there's players out there, and Zaha is certainly one of them, that I think would enhance our club for years to come on a permanent basis, and there are one or two on a loan capacity I'd love to bring in before the deadline on Tuesday."

10.54 GMT: Perhaps not quite a transfer story, though one with big ramifications: Jose Mourinho is ready to quit Real Madrid in the summer and return to England, according to reports on Sunday. FULL STORY.

10.32 GMT: Over to France, where L'Equipe reports that Marseille are in advanced negotiations with Le Havre about signing their Cape Verde striker Ryan Mendes in the summer. He is also believed to have caught the eye of Lorient, Sochaux, Saint-Etienne, Arsenal, Chelsea and Porto.

10.18 GMT: Last bit of Serie A news for now is that Lazio are being widely tipped to complete a deal for CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda in the next 24 hours.

10.06 GMT: The Italian press is also talking up the possibility of Eljero Elia joining Newcastle from Juventus.

09.57 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milos Krasic is in advanced negotiations with Zenit St Petersburg, but Juventus only want to sell the Serbian winger, while the Russian side only want a loan for now.

09.42 GMT: Right, off around Europe now and let's start in Italy, where unfortunately the Man City mercenary is STILL in the headlines. Corriere dello Sport says that Milan have not yet given up on him. We hope they have.

09.25 GMT: Amazingly, we can confirm that Liverpool did indeed make "tentative enquiries" about swapping Andy Carroll for the one who shall remain nameless. FULL STORY.

09.15 GMT: Let's kick things off with our customary look around the English press:

Andy Carroll being swapped seems to be a theme of the day and the Sunday Mirror reckons the lumbering striker will be used as bait for Newcastle’s Demba Ba, while the same newspaper says Real Mallorca want Everton defender Johnny Heitinga; Liverpool are ready to make a double Bundesliga swoop for Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin and Borussia Dortmund striker Luca Barrios, according to the Sunday People.

Metro claims Dirk Kuyt will not be allowed to leave Anfield during January, with Roma and Fiorentina reportedly interested in securing his services, while the paper also tips Spurs to make a last-dicth bid for Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic; Wolves want to take Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best on loan from Newcastle, according to the Express and Star.


09.00 GMT: Good (GMT) morning everyone and welcome to the final Sunday of the January transfer window. Sunday is usually a day brimming with gossip and The Guardian certainly haven't let us down with their story that Liverpool rang up Man City to ask if they could swap Andy Carroll for that Argentina striker they have. Unsurprisingly City resisted that tempting offer.

January 28, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/28/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Saturday sees a fixture at Anfield take precedence over tittle tattle. © Getty Images

00.00 GMT: It's been an unsurprisingly slow Saturday evening again, but with just three days to go, maybe we can expect some more action tomorrow. That's all we've got time for for now but goin us again on Sunday morning.

23.23 GMT: The Daily Telegraph says that Spurs are preparing to go head-to-head with PSG for the signature of Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.

22.51 GMT: QPR are rumoured to be plotting a swoop for Fulham veteran Danny Murphy.

22.08 GMT The Guardian reports that Liverpool may be planning an audacious bid for Carlos Tevez, offering Andy Carroll as part of a swap deal for the wantaway Argentina international. Great story. but surely not?!

21.35 GMT: Wolves forward Sam Vokes is set to sign for Brighton after being present in the directors' box to watch the Seagulls' FA Cup victory over Newcastle.

21.16 GMT: Portuguese dail A Bola is suggesting that Real Madrid may be planning a shock swoop for David Luiz, with Pepe being offered as bait to Chelsea.

20.43 GMT: Beppe Marotta again talking about Juve's transfer activity, although this time outgoing: “Luca Toni’s move to Al Nasr is not yet official, but we believe it will be completed tomorrow."

20.24 GMT: Everton have been linked with a £5 million move for out-of-favour Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

19.56 GMT: Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says the Turin club are looking to sign Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan: "Nainggolan is a player that interests us. I have talked with [Cagliari president] Massimo Cellino but there is no real negotiation.

"We are trying to bring him to Turin as early as January, but there are many things to evaluate and first of all we must find out if Cagliari are willing to sell him.

19.31 GMT Kia Joorabchian has moved quickly to quash the Carlos Tevez-to-West Ham rumour: “He is a West Ham fanatic. That is one club that is very close to his heart but I think that would not be possible."

19.04 GMT: The agent of Milos Krasic has said that the Juventus midfielder favours a move to England, suggesting that Lazio are not a big enough club for him: “There is no news to report. Milos wants a change of team, but will only move to a top club, preferably in England. With all due respect for Lazio, they are not a side in Milos’ thoughts.”

18.42 GMT: Romanian side CFR Cluj have signed French midfielder Nicolas Godemèche on an 18-month deal.

18.25 GMT: Inverness have accepted an offer from Swindon for midfielder Lee Cox.Caley manager Terry Butcher said: "It looks like Lee Cox will leave on Monday. We have agreed a fee with Swindon. It's up to Swindon now.''

18.08 GMT: Diego Maradona has been criticising the transfer policy of his chairman at Al-Wasl: “The management did not make enough reinforcements to the squad, I was promised six new players but only two came. Like we say in Argentina, we would like to bring out all meat from the fridge to serve it, but we were not able to."

17.51 GMT: Felix Bastians has joined Hertha Berlin from Freiburg on a four and-a-half year deal. Hertha's manager Michael Preetz said: "We have agreed on an immediate switch. Felix Bastians will join our club immediately. It is the best solution for everyone involved.
We are happy to add another quality left-back to the squad."

17.32 GMT: Harry Redknapp claims he is not planning any late January swoops: "I can't see an awful lot". Not sure if we believe him.

17.14 GMT: Rumour time: Supposedly, the medium of Twitter and Jeff Stelling say that C****s T***Z will sign on loan for West Ham.

17.03 GMT: Werder Bremen are set to complete a deal to bring promising Austria Vienna playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic to the Weserstadion, say Soccerway.

15.00 GMT: Diouf story here to compound a day of misery for Manchester United. Story.

14.02 GMT: DONE DEAL: Hanover 96 have signed Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf on a contract until 2014, the club said on Saturday.

13.42 GMT: "Roman Bednar has this afternoon ended his four-and-a-half year spell at Albion by joining Blackpool on a free transfer," confirms West Brom's official website.

12.43 GMT: Wolves are interested in taking Leon Best on loan until the end of the season - while Alan Smith looks to be already heading for the St James’ Park exit door, says The Chronicle.

12.40 GMT: WBA boss Roy Hodgson has ended his interest in Fulham defender Chris Baird, who he worked with at the Cottage.

12.36 GMT: Ganso could be taking the usual route of Brazilian players into Portugal first. The Santos playmaker may be on his way to Porto, even after an offer described as 'comical' by his current club president was turned down. However, agent Diogo Kotscho has suggested that the move may be back on. "Porto are a great showcase because they play in a lot of competitions. Besides that, the language make it easier for a young player like him to settle," Kotscho tells O Globo.

12.09 GMT: Liverpool have money to spend in the transfer window but may stick with the squad they have, MD Ian Ayre tells Sky Sports News. "Money is not an issue," Ayre told Sky Sports News. "If we need somebody and there's a player I think our owners have shown the level of commitment you would expect from a good ownership group that the manager will get supported whatever he needs.But that's not the same as saying we will just go spend money because we have got it or just because we can."

11.20 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to beat the transfer deadline and secure the services of Polish striker Pawel Brozek. The Ibrox boss is keen for Brozek to join the Scottish champions on loan from Turkish club Trabzonspor.

11.07 GMT: Alex Bruce of Leeds United could be heading to LA Galaxy to play with Beckham, Keane and Donovan. His dad, Steve, was once a colleague of Becks at Manchester United. Leeds manager Simon Grayson tells the Yorkshire Evening Post that the move might be happening.

11.05 GMT: Silkmen latest: Rotherham United right winger Marcus Marshall has joined Macclesfield Town on a month’s loan.

10.10 GMT: Our friends at insidefutbol.com have an inside line on the future of Eden Hazard, one of Europe's most covered players. PSG and the lure of Carlo Ancelotti's eyebrow have Hazard making eyes. "Of course, PSG is a great club, and a personality like Ancelotti, he makes you want to play there," said Hazard.

10.09 GMT: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has made a £5 million bid for Crystal Palace’s brilliant young attacker Wilfried Zaha, say the Daily Mirror. Bolton need fresh blood, and Palace need dough. Could be a goer.

10.06 GMT: Plenty of talk about Edison Cavani and Liverpool, and though many have a late move for the Napoli man happening, we'd suggest that he won't move until the summer to link up with Luis Suarez. Napoli have Chelsea to come in the Champions League, after all.

10.03 GMT: QPR to sign Djibril Cisse, say The Guardian. The former Liverpool man, who never lived up to that early promise, is at Lazio but seeking a loan.

09.30 GMT: With even C****s T***z resigned to not moving clubs, a damp squib approaches and January 2012 may even be remembered for being about football. Tuesday night will see a raft of Premier League action to further dampen the frenzy. Let's see if we can find some developments.

January 27, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/27/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Chris Samba 'wants a divorce' from his club Blackburn © Getty Images


21.23 GMT: Seeing as it's Friday, and it's a dry old night in transfer land, we'll leave it there for today folks. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a full day's coverage of everything coming in and out of the January window. Have a good Friday night!

20.44 GMT: David Dunn has signed a new deal at Blackburn Rovers. The 32-year-old midfielder has committed himself to the club until 2013.

20.11 GMT: Bayern Munich have apologised for raising hopes of a new signing yesterday. The German giants incurred the wrath of fans when it turned out the exciting new signing they'd hinted at was in fact a Facebook app. "We're sorry. But it wasn't our intention to disappoint you with the new FC Bayern app," Bayern said. "Rather, we wanted to put the focus on you with this action, to show how important each fan is for Bayern Munich."

19.41 GMT: Barcelona youngster Isaac Cuenta has signed a new contract with the club, to take him through until 2015.

19.21 GMT: Tevez saga latest It's looking very much like Carlos Tevez will be staying in Manchester. Talks have fallen through with PSG and Inter, as you know, and this evening Milan have signed Maxi Lopez from Catania - seemingly ruling out a move for Tevez in this window.

18.54 GMT: West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful they'll sign Zenit
St Petersburg winger Szabolcs Huszti before the window closes. "He is a player who comes with a very good CV, a type of player we don't really have at the club, not least with Gera and Brunt injured long term," Hodgson said.

18.27 GMT: Cristian Chivu has denied speculation he's about to switch sides from Inter to AC Milan. "It won't happen, this is a story someone has invented, and it does not interest me," the defender said. That's the end of that one then.

17.47 GMT: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has taken to Twitter to voice his frustration at his latest injury setback. "It is true I have had a set back.] I can't tell you how long I have been set back because I don't know! I am very annoyed but will stay strong." Might Arsenal be pushed into the transfer market?

17.20 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hopeful he can keep hold of striker Nikica Jelavic until at least the summer. Read the full story here.

16.54 GMT: Lille winger Eden Hazard has reacted to speculation linking him with a move to PSG. "Of course, the interest from Paris is tempting. Paris Saint-Germain are a great club," he told Le Parisien. "And especially with a coach like [Carlo] Ancelotti, that makes you even more keen. Only God know where I will be playing my football in 2012 though."

16.25 GMT: The Sunderland Echo is reporting that the Black Cats are weighing up a late bid for Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida.

16.06 GMT: Mark Hughes wants more new faces at QPR before the transfer window shuts next week. The Welshman has said: "As you can imagine there are a lot of conversations going on at the moment. Forward players, midfield players, defenders - that is what happens in the January window." Full story.

15.47 GMT: Manchester City have rejected the claims of Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, that the striker's relationship with manager Roberto Mancini is the reason that he wants to leave the club. Full story.

15.25 GMT: The Daily Star suggests QPR have made an offer for former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse.

15.06 GMT: Vagner Love has expressed his delight at finally sealing his move from CSKA Moscow to Flamengo. He said: "I had promised that I would not cry, but I cannot do it. This gives me such joy. I want to give all my thanks to God for being here. To thank the people who fought so hard so this could happen. It was tough, but we managed to win the war."

14.42 GMT: Neil Lennon claims Jorge Molina is just one of several players he is having trouble in attracting to Celtic.

14.26 GMT: Villas-Boas has been talking about the rather gifted Brazilian Willian. The Portuguese has said: "Willian is an extremely interesting player but I don't think we will progress with our interest because of different issues, from work permit to price valuation. I think our project next year is more important than the actual project at the moment. Not that Willian doesn't have the characteristics for the future but we are betting a lot on what we can build on for next year."

13.54 GMT - Twitter talk: Our very own Adam Digby: "Martin Caceres medicals complete, expect signing [to Juventus] to be announced."

13.33 GMT: Remember the Bayern Munich fiasco yesterday, when the club suggested the unveiling of a signing on Facebook was imminent, only for it to turn out to be a publicity stunt for an app? Well, the club have apologised: "We're sorry. But it wasn't our intention to disappoint you with the new FC Bayern app.''

13.19 GMT - DONE DEAL: AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of defender Gavin Hoyte on a month's loan from Arsenal.

13.05 GMT: And here's the full story on Alex's switch to PSG for a reported fee of around £4 million.

12.51 GMT - DONE DEAL: Chelsea defender Alex has signed for PSG.

12.46 GMT: It is not strictly transfer news, but Arsene Wenger's confirmation that Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury is sure to send the rumour mill a-turning.

12.25 GMT: CSKA Moscow attacker Keisuke Honda is closing on a move to Serie A side Lazio, despite the Japanese saying that Italy can no longer claim to have the best league in the world. Full story.

12.11 GMT: Here is the full story on the Kia Joorabchian quotes regarding Tevez below. Enjoy.

11.43 GMT: Catania have claimed they turned down a €9 million offer from Fulham in order to ensure Maxi Lopez joins AC Milan.

11.24 GMT - DONE DEAL: Lille striker Moussa Sow has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Fenerbahce.

11.01 GMT: Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has told L'Equipe: "If Carlos doesn't leave Manchester City this winter, he doesn't rule out the possibility to join PSG in the summer. Carlos has faith in PSG project. You know he had talks with Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best coaches in the world. He talked with (PSG director of football) Leonardo. Paris can be a possibility."

10.45 GMT: Oh, goodness, here comes a Tevez lead...

10.33 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Steven Pienaar is growing increasingly frustrated that Tottenham are standing in the way of a possible move to Queens Park Rangers

10.20 GMT: Aberdeen boss Craig Brown is keen to sign Stephen Hughes and could swoop for Danny Uchechi.

09.57 GMT: David Moyes has spoken to the Telegraph about AEK Athens defender Kostas Manolas: "He's a young boy we have looked at for a while, and we know quite a lot about him. We could do with a centre-back, although ideally someone who could go straight into the team, and he couldn't at the moment. But he's got potential, his representatives have been in, and we have spoken to the club."

09.39 GMT: Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme insists that he would drop everything to go back to Villarreal and help them out of their current slump. Full story.

09.26 GMT - DONE DEAL: Greek club Olympiakos have signed former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll on an 18-month contract.

09.08 GMT: Rumours that Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury have sparked suggestions Arsenal will now strengthen during the current transfer window.

08.53 GMT: The Mirror: Chelsea want to sign Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba while the Blues' chances of signing Willian have taken a blow due to issues over obtaining a work permit ... Sunderland could bring in Bolton striker Kevin Davies for £1.5 million ... Matthew Upson is unsettled at Stoke ... QPR have been told they must pay £6 million for Hugo Rodallega.

08.40 GMT: The Daily Star: QPR manager Mark Hughes wants to add Blackburn centre-back Samba to his ranks.

08.29 - Twitter talk: French football journalist Julien Laurens: "Alex has just arrived in Paris to finalize his transfer there. Good signing for PSG and good move from him."

08.25 GMT - DONE DEAL: League Two side Crawley have signed Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt, 20, on loan for the rest of the season. One worries we may have just peaked. It's possibly downhill from here. Still, it's Friday.

08.20 GMT: More from The Sun: Victor Moses' has claimed QPR manager Mark Hughes is an admirer of the Wigan winger ... Newcastle are keen on bringing Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez to St James' Park, with a £5 million summer move mooted ... Watford's Adrian Mariappa will hand in a transfer request amid interest from the Magpies ... Giovani dos Santos looks to be heading for Villarreal ... Roma and Juventus are set to battle it out for Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa ... Wolves Mick McCarthy wants to bring in Mame Biram Diouf on loan from Manchester United.

08.12 GMT: First up are quotes carried by The Sun from Blackburn defender Christopher Samba. He has said: "When a couple don't get on they get a divorce - and that's what me and Blackburn have to do."

08.00 GMT: Good morning, all. On first glance, the rumour mill appears distinctly dry. We will, however, endeavour to bring you what transfer talk there is to offer...

January 26, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/26/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Shakhtar's forward can't play in the Champions League © Getty Images

00.00 GMT Right folks, another day of the transfer window draws to a close - thanks for reading. Just five days left now, could Friday be the day when the floodgates open? We predict not.

23.40 GMT: Turkish forward Sercan Guvenisik has joined San Jose Earthquakes, subject to the receipt of a visa. Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said: “We had him on trial last year and followed him ever since. He’s an intelligent, experienced player who should help with the depth on our squad. We’re happy to have him in San Jose.”

23.28 GMT: DONE DEAL: One from the left-field here, Olympiakos have snapped up former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll from OFI.

22.52 GMT: The Daily Mail is doing well to provide us with a gossip stream tonight - apparently Everton boss David Moyes wants to sign Paris St Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau on loan and is also keen on AEK Athens centre-back Kostas Manolas.

22.37 GMT: Fernando (not Torres) has his say on Arsenal:


Is Wenger leaving his January transfer buys to the last possible second, as he did in the summer? He must be because I cannot fathom that he will not make any purchases. If he doesn't, I gaurantee RVP will not re-sign and Arsenal will be left to mid table mediocrity for years to come.

22.14 GMT Monaco have announced the acquisition of ACV Vienna's Dutch striker Nacer Barazite, who is though to have cost the principality club in the region of €3 million.

21.56 GMT: Greek side Panionios have signed Jean-Jacques Pierre on a free transfer, after he was released by Nantes.

21.32 GMT: The Daily Mail believe Sunderland are favourites to land Kevin Davies from Bolton, with the Wearsiders reportedly ready to step up their pursuit after Nicklas Bendtner was ruled out for a couple of weeks with facial injuries.

21.08 GMT: Hardly groundbreaking this one but Wayne Rooney's brother, John, has penned a deal with with American third-tier side Orlando City of the United Soccer League.

20.43 GMT: Fulham boss Martin Jol won't be losing any sleep if Rafik Halliche leaves Craven Cottage in January: "With Halliche, he is probably our fifth centre-back so he is in a difficult position. I feel for him because he played for the reserves when we beat Arsenal and played a terrific match. He is a good player, but I can't play five centre-backs. If there is a good opportunity for him, I would like to help him."

20.22 GMT: Tony Pulis says Stoke may still be tempted into the transfer market despite chairman Peter Coates insisting no business will be done before deadline day:
"Never believe chairmen! We'll see. We are very open to going either way. If there is an opportunity and we think it is a good one, that will never cease at this football club.

20.03 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport reckons that Genoa want to bring out-of-favour Inter Milan attacker Sulley Muntari to the club.

19.50 GMT: DONE DEAL: League Two promotion hopefuls Crawley have signed Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt on loan for the rest of the season.

19.39 GMT: DONE DEAL: Taiwo moves to Leyton Orient on loan. No, new QPR signing Taye has not fallen even further down the football pyramid, his namesake Solomon has moved from Cardiff to East London until the end of the season.

19.21 GMT: Staying in France and Toulouse have agreed a reported €1.3 million fee for Lens teenager Serge Aurier, according to L'Equipe.

19.07 GMT: DONE DEAL: Lorient have completed a deal to bring Senegal defender Lamine Gassama to the club from Lyon.

18.55 GMT: Moussa Sow has headed straight to Turkey after Senegal's African Nations Cup exit to put the finishing touches to his move to Fenerbahce from Lille. Sow said: "Yes, I'm leaving for Turkey. But it's not done until it's official. I'm going to pass the medical and then we'll see. I'll be back tomorrow [Friday]."

18.36 GMT Giovani Dos Santos' name has cropped up plenty of times in the transfer window, but the Spurs attacker won't be heading to Sevilla according to the Primera Division side's president Jose Maria del Nido: "(Tottenham wanted) an exorbitant amount for him. In the end they were asking for 6.5million euros."

18.19 GMT: Toronto FC have confirmed that they have completed a swoop for Ecuador defender Geovanny Caicedo from LDU Quito: “Caicedo brings great club and international experience to Toronto FC and can compete for a starting position. He is a player that we have been watching for some time and we felt he would be a good fit at our club and in Major League Soccer.”

18.01 GMT: Reports in Spain suggest that Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Ajax defender Gregory vander Wiel.

17.48 GMT: A wonderfully/tragically accurate summation of the January 2012 transfer window here from Jake:


"This has been the most anti-climatic transfer window ever and I think it is that way because there was so much activity during the summer. But you would think that teams like arsenal, liverpool, chelsea, or even newcastle who are so close to the 4th spot, would be looking to bring in one or two players that could make a difference."

17.34 GMT Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre claims the club have money to spend in the transfer window but nobody they need to sign. "Money is not an issue," Ayre said. "If an opportunity presents itself I am sure we will look at it, but right now it's about keeping going. We have got some great players in a great squad of players."

16.47 GMT Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been told must sell midfielder Mauro Formica, who is a target for Olympiakos, before he can sign any new players.

16.12 GMT Inverness have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Winnall on loan for the rest of the season, the Highland club have confirmed on their official website.

15.47 GMT - DONE DEAL Championship side Reading have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts on an 18 month contract. Full story

15.34 GMT Hertha Berlin have completed the signing of Freiburg defender Felix Bastians while also agreeing a contract extension with Christian Lell until 2016 on Thursday.

15.24 GMT Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is hoping to land Liverpool's young winger Raheem Sterling on loan, according to the Daily Mail. Coyle will face competition from Swansea City and West Ham United should the Reds decide to loan him out.

14.55 GMT Mark Hughes is eager to keep his recruitment drive going at QPR and has now targeted want-away Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, according to reports. Hughes is ready to offer £4 million for the Colombian, who is a free agent in the summer.

14.22 GMT Lille have confirmed the arrival of Argentinian defender Mauro Cetto on a six-month loan deal from Palermo. The 29-year-old becomes the French champions' second January recruit following the acquisition of striker Nolan Roux from Brest.

13.57 GMT DONE DEAL Injury-plagued Leeds defender Ben Parker has joined Carlisle on loan until February 25.

13.45 GMT Swiss-English right-back Scott Sutter is in talks with Blackburn over a possible move from BSC Young Boys.

13.34 GMT ESPNsoccernet reader Felix vents his anger over the Bayern fake: "I have song for Bayern after THAT announcement: "You're so lame. You even think this rumor is about you, you're soooo laaaame".

13.23 GMT Fulham manager Martin Jol has quashed transfer speculation linking Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora with moves away from Craven Cottage, insisting he wants the to keep hold of the strike duo.

13.11 GMT: Well it's taken a bit longer, but it appears that Bayern Munich have not signed anyone. Instead they have made a page showing your Facebook picture as the new signing... What. A. Let. Down.

12.53 GMT: Nigeria Under-23 striker Daniel Uchechi will join Aberdeen on loan until the end of the season after trials this week.

12.42 GMT: Bayern Munich chief Christian Nerlinger has revealed that the club will reveal a new striker at 1300 GMT. "There will be a spectacular new signing for the offensive area," he said. Stayed tuned for that one... although some suggest that it could be a clever marketing ploy rather than a new player.

12.30 GMT: Chelsea have extended the contract of young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon until 2017 and now have him available for first-team action if they so wish.

12.14 GMT: Sevilla defender Martin Caceres will undergo a medical today in Turin before completing his transfer to Juventus, the Spanish club confirmed today.

12.05 GMT: Chelsea defender Alex has yet to come to an agreement with PSG. His agent Giuliano Bertolucci said: "There is no agreement to date, we have not received a formal offer from PSG. [However] Alex remains eager to join PSG."

11.49 GMT: Gus Poyet has hailed Albion's link to Michael Owen as a sign of the club's progress. "When we are being linked to those kind of players it looks like we are in a good place," he said. "It shows how far Brighton have come. It is a little bit easier now to convince players to come here. It was a very difficult place in the past to convince players to come to."

11.39 GMT: DONE DEAL Kieron Cadogan has joined Rotherham on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

11.33 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has aimed a parting shot at Everton as he prepares to seal his move to Spartak Moscow. "Naturally, it (the open football) attracts me. This is exactly what Everton have been missing lately," he said. "The team has problems with creating scoring chances, and converting them. There was a whole set of circumstances against me. It is not so easy to be a foreign player in England."

11.18 GMT: Juventus are tracking Cagliari's Belgium international Radja Nainggolan and could include Ciro Immobile in a deal for the midfielder according to Tuttosport.

11.06 GMT: DONE DEAL Nedum Onouha has joined QPR from Man City on a four-and-a-half year deal.

10.51 GMT: QPR are in talks with Samba!!! No, not that Samba, in fact it's Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite, which is slightly less interesting than the Blackburn skipper.

10.49 GMT: Jason Roberts is having a medical at Reading, according to Sky Sports.

10.38 GMT: Roma are set to complete the signing of Fluminense attacking midfielder Marquinho on Thursday.

10.27 GMT: Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has revealed he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career, indicating it would be pointless for any club to make a bid for him. He said: "I think other clubs know how much I love playing for Villa. I don't think there's ever been a bid for me. They know this is a club I want to stay at and it's somewhere it would be hard to get me to leave."

10.04 GMT: Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes is confident of persuading Nedum Onuoha to leave Manchester City for Loftus Road. "A lot of boxes have to be ticked but certainly from a football side, I am sure we can convince him this is where his future lies," he said.

09.45 GMT: Lazio are being linked with eeveryone left, right, and centre. Now Il Corriere dello Sport report that Milos Krasic could be on his way out of Juventus in the January transfer window and on his way to Rome.

09.33 GMT: DONE DEAL Bolton defender Tim Ream has signed for Bolton on a three-and-a-half year deal.

09.22 GMT: Roy Hodgson believes West Brom are beginning to see the best of midfielder Graham Dorrans and admits it is like having "a new player'' at his disposal. Not sure it will, Roy.

09.13 GMT: AC Milan will make a final decision regarding the signing of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez tomorrow, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani. They have yet to reach an agreement with City regarding the transfer fee, however: "We will make a definite decision on Friday,'' he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.00 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen custodian Rene Adler is poised to jump ship to Bundesliga rivals Hamburg at the end of the campaign, according to reports from Sport Bild.

08.47 GMT: Newcastle will also have to wait until the summer to sign United starlet Ravel Morrison after they would not pay the £4 million that the Red Devils want.

08.45 GMT: Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez are both understood to be on Newcastle’s list of targets. A senior United source, however, told The Journal nothing was imminent on either.

08.42 GMT: His contract runs out in June 2013, but Goal reckon that Theo Walcott will hold imminent talks with Arsene Wenger before deciding whether or not to stay. Some reports have suggested that he wants around £85,000-a-week.

08.29 GMT: Manchester City denied it yesterday, but it seems they are having talks with Israeli outfit MS Ashdod about signing midfielder Nir Biton. Ashdod owner Jacky Ben Zaken told the Jewish Chronicle: "They want to take him on loan immediately and want an option to buy him in the future."

08.18 GMT: Birmingham are reported to have offered Espanyol the chance to sign Serbian striker Nikola Zigic on a six-month loan.

08.05 GMT: Papers, papers, papers, they are full of some fairly unsubstantiated nonsense this morning. Let's try and find the gems.

Daily Mirror: QPR manager Mark Hughes is ready to launch a £4 million bid for Wigan’s contract-rebel striker Hugo Rodallega, who will leave in the summer... Bolton boss Owen Coyle’s hopes of a daring raid for Porto superstarlet Juan Iturbe are being raised - his dad is pushing him to go out on loan.... Martin Jol is still keen on bringing £7 million-rated FC Twente star Nacer Chadli to Fulham... Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday to boost their League One promotion challenge.

The Sun: Newcastle are trying to land Dutchman Eljero Elia on loan - six months after Juventus pipped them to his signature... West Ham manager Sam Allardyce last night failed with a £7 million bid for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has signed Jean Beausejour from Birmingham on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Daily Mail: West Brom left-back Joe Mattock may go to Birmingham as part of the deal that takes Liam Ridgewell to the Hawthorns. West Brom have offered £1.5m for Ridgewell who has asked to leave... Chris Hughton is interested in signing Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui on loan - if he can shift Nikola Zigic off his wage bill... Wigan are showing interest in Rennes striker John Verhoek.

The Times: Queens Park Rangers have switched their attention to Victor Moses after being unable to sign a winger from Tottenham.

08.00 GMT: First up this morning, Chelsea target Willian has indicated he would be interested in a move to the Premier League club, stating that the prospect of playing for a team which regularly wins silverware "excites" him.

January 25, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/25/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


The Arabian desert is staging the Dubai Desert Classic © Getty Images

00.00 GMT: Right everyone, I'm afraid that's all we've got time for today but be sure to join us for more fun-filled transfer goings on and probably more AC Milan/Inter Milan drivel about the one who shall remain nameless on Thursday.

23.35 GMT: The Daily Star says Tottenham's wantaway Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos is set to snub interest from Bolton and move to La Liga, with either Villarreal or Granada.

23.09 GMT: Fulham have been tipped to make a £500,000 bid for Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams.

22.43 GMT: Gambia international Pa Saikou Kujabi is on trial at Hibernian after leaving German side FSV Frankfurt. He had unsuccessful trials with both Portsmouth and QPR last summer.

22.18 GMT: The Daily Mail reckons West Brom left-back Joe Mattock will be used as a makewight in a deal for Birmingham centre-half Liam Ridgewell.

21.39 GMT Newcastle United have been linked with a swoop for Hamburg's Netherlands winger Eljero Elia.

20.53 GMT: The father of Benfica's Rodrigo says that a return to Real Madrid is not on the cards, at least not in January: "The right moment to handle that issue will be the end of the season. First, he needs to play one full season at Benfica, then in April/May we can talk. No offer whatsoever has arrived, but even if it did, we would have no interest in listening to it."

20.31 GMT: DONE DEAL: We mentioned earlier that Cagliari might have been steeping up their striker interest and they've done just that, rather quickly in fact. Mauricio Pinilla has arrived from Palermo: Mauricio Pinilla from Palermo. “I am proud to become part of a club with such a great history behind it. I never had the chance to come to Sardinia, not even when playing for other teams in Serie A, but I know it is a splendid place with so many beautiful beaches.

20.20 GMT: Just to warn you folks that a night of Cup action across Europe could see posts become somewhat more sporadic.

19.57 GMT: Al Ahli's striker Ahmed Khalil insists he is committed to the club amid speculation that Monaco are keen to secure his services: “I didn’t receive any official offers from any party whatsoever. I have no intentions to leave my country. I have something in mind which I need to accomplish at the national level."

19.41 GMT: France Football claims QPR are looking to tie up a €4 million deal for Nancy's Mali international midfielder Samba Diakite, who is currently on African Nations Cup duty.

19.28 GMT: American goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo has joined New York Red Bulls from Finnish second-division side AC Oulu. New York general manager Erik Soler said:
“After doing extensive scouting, we believe that Jeremy has a very bright future ahead of him and can compete at the MLS level."

19.12 GMT: Chicago Fire have signed Zimbabwean striker Kheli Dube, with coach Frank Klopas saying: “Kheli has been an offensive threat since he came into the league. He’s a gritty, hard working forward that plays for the badge. Since joining us in pre-season Kheli has shown his desire to be part of our club.”

19.00 GMT: Former Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright has been training with MLS side FC Dallas.

18.41 GMT: The comments are still coming in thick and fast and Max is among those to have had his say on Liverpool:

"Are the purse strings tied off at Liverpool? Having spent (wasted) so much money on Suarez, Carroll, Henderson, Downing and Adam, can they even afford to add more players at this point? The Torres money must be all gone and then some."

18.32 GMT: Wow, it's almost like transfer deadline day with all of these actual signings. A busy evening.

18.31 GMT: DONE DEAL - Wigan have signed Birmingham winger Jean Beausejour for a fee believed to be in the region of £4 million.

18.18 GMT: DONE DEAL - Stade Rennes have confirmed the arrival of PSG forward Mevlut Erding.

18.04 GMT: DONE DEAL - Werder Bremen have signed Young Boys defender François Affolter on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy outright. Affolter said: "It was my dream to play for a big European club. Werder is a huge opportunity."

17.52 GMT: DONE DEAL - Internacional have signed Jesus Datolo from Espanyol as a potential replacement for midfielder Andres D'Alessandro, who is expected to move to China before the end of January.

17.36 GMT: Porto teenager Juan Iturbe is prepared to leave the club in search of regular football, his agent says: "I have had approaches for him for three years and every day I get new proposals, but first you need to talk to FC Porto and then we'll decide together."

17.21 GMT: Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has pledged his future to the club by signing a contract extension. He said: "It's good news because I am very happy at the club. This is one of the happiest times I've had in football. It feels like I have been at the club for much longer than a year."

17.13 GMT: Everton have agreed a fee with Spartak Moscow for midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov: "The Blues have been in negotiations with Spartak for several days and an undisclosed figure has now been agreed, paving the way for Bilyaletdinov to return to his homeland."

17.06 GMT: Rangers have rejected a bid - thought to be £7 million - from West Ham for Nikica Jelavic, according to Sky Sports News.

16.53 GMT: Twitter talk from ESPNsoccernet Press Pass Presenter Andrew Orsatti (@AndrewOrsatti): Reports from Italy insists Keisuke Honda will almost certainly join Lazio from CSKA Moscow, 12.5m Euros plus Carrizo is what they're saying.

16.45 GMT: Football Italia reckons that Cagliari are preparing to step up their hunt for a new striker, with Palermo's Mauricio Pinilla and Juventus' Luca Toni reportedly on the Rossoblu's radar. We hear Man City might have a striker they're willing to offload...

16.31 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph earlier reported that Olympiakos are chasing Blackburn's Mauro Formica and that news has now been confirmed by his brother Lautaro, who plays for Greek club Asteras Tripolis.

"Of course I spoke with my brother about this," the elder Formica told Sport24. "There is a possibility to make a transfer to Olympiakos...He told me that he wants to come to play here. It doesn't depend on him. It depends on the two clubs, Blackburn and Olympiakos. We will see what is going to happen."

16.14 GMT: Neymar appears to be happy with his decision to stay at Santos for the time being. "I made the right decision," Neymar told Lancenet. "I do not regret staying at Santos at all. If it was not for Santos, I would not have the profile I now have inside and outside the country. Everything fell into place and I am having a good time, and the team too."

16.07 GMT: Some rumours were talking about Man Utd rebel Ravel Morrison arriving at Newcastle ahead of a £4 million move. However, it appears he's in Tenerife with the United squad for a summer training camp, so that's probably rubbish.

15.57 GMT: Switzerland international Francois Affolter has joined Werder Bremen on loan from Young Boys for the remainder of the year, the Bundesliga club have announced.

15.48 GMT: Peterborough are keeping tabs on non-league hotshot Jamille Matt, who is currently doing well at Kidderminster.

15.37 GMT: Valencia midfielder Ever Banega has extended his contract for two seasons. "I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to continue here and gain more years playing in this team," Banega said. "I have already been at the club for a few years and am very happy. I hope to continue in the same manner."

15.26 GMT: Schalke youngster Julian Draxler is attracting the interest of Inter Milan and Arsenal. "My agent informed me that Inter have shown interest," Draxler told Sport-Bild. "It's a great feeling and new for me. I am tremendously honoured by such a thing. I've read that Arsenal have interest in me. That made me very happy."

15.13 GMT: Ready for another denial? "There is nothing," Leonardo told L'Equipe about the speculation linking PSG with a move for Kaka. "I have known Kaka for 11 years, and when he joined Milan he could have been loaned to PSG. We have a very good relationship but we have never asked Kaka to come here."

15.00 GMT: QPR have agreed a £3 million fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Nedum Onuoha. However, he has yet to agree personal terms.

14.44 GMT: DONE DEAL Flamengo have signed striker Vagner Love from Russian side CSKA Moscow, the Brazilian club confirmed on their website.

14.35 GMT: Bundesliga strugglers Kaiserslautern have bolstered their ranks with the signing of experienced defender Anthar Yahia. The French-born Algeria international, 29, has signed a contract until 2015.

14.19 GMT: Paris Saint Germain transfer target Thiago Motta could make his final appearance for Inter Milan on Wednesday night before swapping the San Siro for the Parc des Princes.

14.05 GMT: Manchester City have played down reports of an imminent bid to sign Israel midfielder Nir Biton. The 20-year-old FC Ashdod player impressed during a recent trial period with the Premier League leaders and there have been suggestions a loan deal is being put together.

13.54 GMT: Leeds United chairman Ken Bates claims former striker Jermaine Beckford was offered to the club last month, before he scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup.

13.42 GMT: Wigan have denied making a bid for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, who is out of contract in the summer. "Contrary to heavy media speculation, no official bid has been made," the club said.

13.31 GMT: Bolton are hopeful that a deal to bring Tim Ream to the club before the end of the week, meaning he could make his debut against Swansea City in the FA Cup.

13.19 GMT: Sky Sports "understands" that Sunderland, Wolves, West Brom, Celtic and Rangers all want Bolton's Kevin Davies, but he's not available on a loan.

13.03 GMT: DONE DEAL: We told you earlier that this deal was close, well now Stuttgart have completed the signing Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim.

12.31 GMT: Granada and Villarreal and believed to be in negotiations for wantaway Spurs midfielder Giovani.

12.18 GMT: Rayo Vallecano have signed Brazilian striker Diego Costa on loan from neighbours Atletico Madrid. Costa, who will be presented later today after passing his medical, will join until June 30, after which he will return to Atletico as Rayo do not have an
option to buy.

12.09 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist claims his club have not received any offers for Nikica Jelavic despite mounting speculation linking the striker with a move to the Premier League.

11.33 GMT: More on Martin Caceres: The 24-year-old is expected to move to Juve until the end of the season with an option to make his stay permanent for a reported 10 million euros.

11.17 GMT: Tevez tedium latest: Here's our story on the man who owes £9.3 million. Story

11.06 GMT: Reader comment from Alex, an Arsenal fan: "Since Shaqiri is available, why isn't AW making a move for him? Hey we need a good left-wing, Arshavin is not as productive, Chamberlain is not physically ready to playing a full game, then why not purchase Shaqiri before some top club snatch him and slap a ridiculous price on him? Bear in mind that we've been defeated on both occasions to Man Utd in the league this season, and this is the player "responsible" for Man Utd not making it through to the next stage of this season's UCL."

11.01 GMT: Stuttgart are closing in on the signing of Vedad Ibisevic, with the Hoffenheim striker set to undergo a medical later today.

10.56 GMT: Tevez tedium corner: Inter Milan board member Marco Tronchetti Provera has told Ansa: "Now we're no longer interested in Tevez. He is following a different path." Milan, or, literally after that £9.3 million fine, bust.

10.54 GMT: MASSIVE DONE DEAL: Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith has joined Championship side Barnsley on a month's loan.

10.51 GMT: Reader comment from Tommy: "I can't get over how poor Liverpool's transfer activity has been over the past few years; it is absolutely mind boggling to me. We obviously need more creativity so why not go after someone like Shaqiri, Kagawa, or Honda? Why would a team with such a fantastic youth academy choose to overpay for British players when they've proven that they can develop their own?"

10.45 GMT: Giovanni Dos Santos looks like he's headed for Villarreal, who must be desperate to pay the silly money Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wanted for a player destined never to light up the Lane.

10.41 GMT: Flamengo and CSKA Moscow have finally reached an agreement on Vagner Love's transfer to the Brazilian club, say insidefutbol.com. The striker, whose blue hair reminds of a member of George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars, wants to get funked up on his home patch after a recent loan spell ended a time in Russia that began way back in 2004.

10.35 GMT: Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, previously linked with a shock move to Liverpool, is open to a move to West Ham United. He told the Daily Record: "West Ham are a great club and not a Second Division outfit. They are a famous English Premier League club who happened to be relegated last season and will return to the top division next season."

10.21 GMT: More of Kevin De Bruyne from this very website. Story

10.06 GMT: BREAKING ACTUAL NEWS: Genk say that Kevin de Bruyne is set for Chelsea, as has long been suggested, though he will spend the rest of the season back at the Belgian club.

10.03 GMT: Luis Boa Morte, freshly of the Orlando Pirates, could soon be joined in South Africa's Premier Soccer League by former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg. Shimuzu S-Pulse is where Freddie is at present. Club not yet specified by our friends at football365.co.za.

10.02 GMT: Watford boss Sean Dyche has hit out at Newcastle United, accusing the Premier League side of offering peanuts for defender Adrian Mariappa. Story

09.38 GMT: Zlatan Muslimovic is training with Sunderland with a view to a move to joining the club over the next few days, say the Sunderland Echo. He had been training with Rangers after being released by PAOK Salonika.

09.31 GMT: The Gazzetta dello Sport says Sevilla's defender Martin Caceres will undergo a medical ahead of his long expected return to Juventus.

09.14 GMT: Premier League champions Manchester United have been put on alert after Xherdan Shaqiri's proposed move from FC Basel to Galatasaray collapsed. Story

08.58 GMT: Twitter talk: From our own Andy Brassell - @andybrassell - "Mevlut Erding tells today's L'Equipe he's "relieved" move from PSG to Rennes sorted. Will sign 3.5 yr deal later today."

08.32 GMT: Twitter talk: Sky's Ian Dovaston - @skydovaston - says Sunderland want Kevin Davies.

08.28 GMT: Mario Balotelli, brother Enoch, is off to Sunderland on a trial - a footballing one and not a criminal one, it is best to point our. Perhaps he is represented by the agent who had a rather unnecessary go at referee Howard Webb. So say The Daily Mirror.

08.23 GMT: Aston Villa may release 34-year-old striker Emile Heskey on a free in the summer, suggest the Daily Mirror.

08.20 GMT: Blackburn Rovers are asking for at least £3.5million for Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica - with Olympiakos’ attempts to get the 23-year-old on the cheap set for failure, says Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

08.18 GMT: Chelsea are set to sign Racing Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne, 20, for £8.5m after talks in London between the two clubs, say the Daily Express.

08.00 GMT: Clubs across Europe are on alert as Xherdan Shaqiri is no longer joining Galatasaray from FC Basel. Manchester United are one of the clubs spuriously linked.

January 23, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/23/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Rangers forward Jelavic. © Getty Images

23.35 GMT Well folks, that's all we have time for tonight, but be sure to check back on Tuesday morning for more transfer tittle-tattle... and maybe a deal or two.

23.23 GMT Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, who is attracting interest from French club Brest, Hannover 96, Hoffenheim and Wigan, has hinted he could be on the move but nothing is official. "I have many contacts, but nothing is done yet," he is qouted as saying in the Daily Mail.

22.59 GMT Manchester City and Juventus are tracking Willem II starlet Jeroen Lumu, according Voetbal International. The 16-year-old scored against PSV Eindhoven last Frdiay.

22.22 GMT Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman says there have been no bids for reported Manchester United target for Nathaniel Clyne. "There has not been one single approach for one of my players, so, so far, so good," Freedman said.

21.43 GMT Bolton Wanderers have been granted a work permit for American defender Tim Ream, according to BBC Sport. Ream, who began his career with Chicago Fire Premier, has won seven USA caps.

21.15 GMT QPR's proposed deal to sign highly-rated Brazil Under-20 Henrique has fallen through after the striker was denied a work permit. Full story

20.42 GMT Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz has issued a come and get me plea to Arsene Wenger. "I am a Trabzonspor player until the end of the season; if I were to move abroad I would want to move to a big club. I would accept a transfer to Arsenal," he told TRT1.

19.43 GMT Galatasaray have announced that they have begun talks with Swiss side Basel over the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri. "The club have officially begun talks with the professional football player Xherdan Shaqiri and FC Basel," The Turkish side said in a statement.

19.01 GMT Celtic winger James Forrest has shrugged off speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League with Tottenham. "It's obviously good to hear but it doesn't bother me," Forrest said. "The main thing is that I want to keep playing well with Celtic."

18.38 GMT It seems that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's proposed return to Russia has now hit the skids as Everton and Spartak Moscow can't agree on a fee, accoridng to talkSPORT.

18.07 GMT There are reports that Andrea Mancini, son of Roberto Mancini, signed for Italian lower league side Alma Juventus Fano 1906 on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season.

17.41 GMT: Werder Bremen have confirmed defender Andreas Wolf has joined French outfit Monaco on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Wolf, 29, joined Bremen last summer on a free transfer from Nurnberg and moves on with nearly 18 months remaining on his contract.

17.33 GMT: DONE DEAL: Coventry defender James McPake has joined Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season.

17.16 GMT: DONE DEAL: Auxerre have signed footballing nomad Olivier Kapo until the summer of 2013.

16.48 GMT: The Daily Mirror's James Nursey says Birmingham's Jean Beausejour is at Wigan for a medical. Amazingly, a £4 million fee is mooted. Full story

16.26 GMT: Torino have signed Palermo goalkeeper Francesco Benussi as they bid seal a return to Serie A.

15.59 GMT: QPR have completed the deal to sign Taye Taiwo on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season, reports Sky Sports. Still awaiting official confirmation.

15.48 GMT: Michael Tonge's loan move from Stoke to Hibernian is off and he is likely to join a Championship club.

15.23 GMT: Wolfsburg's Simon Kjaer wants to make his loan move to AS Roma a permanent deal. His agent said: “He loves this city, the Italian championship and the people. He’s very happy and he isn’t missing Germany.”

15.09 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is set to leave Everton to return to Russia with Spartak Moscow in a £2m deal.

14.47 GMT: Luis Boa Morte is to sign for South African champions Orlando Pirates on Tuesday. He had been at Larissa, after leaving West Ham, until they ran into money troubles.

14.35 GMT: Lyon defender Dejan Lovren has signed a two-year extension to his contract.

14.17 GMT: Danish defender Kris Stadsgaard has left Malaga after his contract was canceled by mutual consent.

14.03 GMT: TEVEZ UPDATE! Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to sign for AC Milan. "I see myself only in the red and black shirt, I am hoping for Milan," Tevez is quoted by m24digital in Argentina.

13.45 GMT: Ligue 1 outfit Ajaccio have signed Felipe Saad after being released by Evian. The Brazilian made 19 appearances in Evian's promotion campaign last season but has played only four minutes in Ligue 1 this season.

13.21 GMT: It is being reported that Inter have rejected an offer from PSG for Thiago Motta.

12.52 GMT: St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza says he opted against signing a pre-contract agreement with Rangers as he felt undervalued by the SPL champions.

12.35 GMT: TEVEZ UPDATE! Milan official Adriano Galliani has confirmed AC Milan have a deal in place for Catania's Maxi Lopez but the club will only sign one of the players. He saidL “Tevez? We want him. The player and his agent know the situation. A striker will certainly arrive. If that isn’t Tevez then it will be Maxi Lopez – but it won’t be both.”

12.12 GMT: Guingamp striker Anthony Knockaert claims he is wanted by Newcastle and talks have taken place. He told FootMercato: "They are in touch with my agent. Now, I take care of my own work and nothing else."

12.04 GMT: Just had confirmation that Wellington has been loaned to Segunda side Alcoyano on Friday, scoring on his debut at the weekend. He had been sent on a season-long loan to Levante but failed to make a single La Liga appearance.

11.59 GMT: DONE DEAL: Leicester City have completed a loan deal to bring promising young Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso to the King Power Stadium.

11.53 GMT: Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent has confirmed that Spurs have taken up their option on extending the player's contract. "Tottenham, headed by Mr [Daniel] Levy, had the option of extending his contract, and they have done so," Oleg Artemov said. This will protect his transfer value.

11.31 GMT: And yet more Sky Sports! Their sources understand that Newcastle United have made a bid for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

11.26 GMT: Sky Sports believes that Wigan are in talks with Birmingham over a possible deal for Chile winger Jean Beausejour.

11.01 GMT: Sky Sports is reporting that Chelsea have had a £16.6m bid for William of Shakhtar Donetsk rejected. Only yesterday Andre Villas-Boas suggested there was no interest this month.

10.47 GMT: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes to sign a new defender before the end of the week.

10.20 GMT: The Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool have distanced themselves from reports suggesting they are leading the chase to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

09.52 GMT: Juan Jesus is set to join Novara on loan from Inter for the rest of the season. “By sending him out on loan to another Italian club for the next few months, such as Novara, he’ll be able to mature and settle in the world of Italian football, said Inter assistant boss Beppe Baresi.

09.33 GMT: Everton could try and hijack QPR's move for Man City defender Nedum Onuhoa.

09.21 GMT: Here's the full story of Nikica Jelavic being linked to Liverpool.

09.12 GMT: Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has denied that Robert Snodgrass will be the next star name to be sold. “He still has 18 months on his contract so we are in a good position. We would like to keep him longer, which is why we offered a new contract," he told the Yorkshire Post. Leeds have already rejected a bid from Norwich.

09.00 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph reports that Olympiakos have made a move to sign Blackburn Rovers’ Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica on loan.

The Sun provides this morning's top transfer story. It is claimed that misfiring Liverpool will sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

Jelavic's dad Philip said: "We know about the interest of West Ham and QPR. But Nikica has five or six clubs that are interested, including that of the great Liverpool. As for West Ham and QPR, Nikica is more ambitious than that. It's most likely that he'll sign for Liverpool."

Here's rest of the day's paper talk:

The Sun: Adel Taarabt wants to stay at QPR under new boss Mark Hughes ... Lyon have joined the chase for Spurs ace Vedran Corluka ... Tony Pulis is sending Michael Tonge and Tom Soares to Hibernian on loan in a Stoke clearout ... Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has been told to sell his stars to save the club.

The Daily Mirror: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is swooping for Guinea’s exciting attacker Ismael Bangoura ... West Brom have slapped an £8million valuation on Peter Odemwingie amid interest from Fulham and West Ham ... Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is set to sign Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso on loan ... Aston Villa will give a trial to Jamaican striker Brian Brown and raid Portsmouth for Aussie midfielder Ryan Williams ... Bristol City axed contract rebel Nicky Maynard against Doncaster to try and persuade him to join West Brom or Wolves now ... Blackpool want ­Celtic’s Paddy McCourt on loan for the rest of the season.

Daily Mail: Steven Pienaar is to seek talks with Tottenham this week after QPR were told he will cost £6million ... Shakhtar Donestsk have confirmed Chelsea's interest in Willian ... Galatasaray and Juventus have been rebuffed in enquiries for Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong ... Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao ... Tottenham Hotspur have backed off from an immediate move for Celtic star James Forrest ... Reading are ready to move for Doncaster striker Billy Sharp this week ... Tottenham have offered out-of-favour Roman Pavlyuchenko to Newcastle and Sunderland ... Wigan are making a £2million move for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard and are interested in Everton's James McFadden ... Blackpool have been told they will have to make a cash offer for Celtic winger Paddy McCourt despite attempts to loan him.

The Times: Tottenham have extended the contract of striker Roman Pavlyuchenko until 2013 but the Russian remains available for transfer.

January 22, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/22/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Real Madrid and Inter Milan are reportedly keen on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez © Getty Images

23.30 GMT That's all for tonight, my kingdom for a DONE DEAL. Hopefully, as the final week of the window draws to a close we might just get some. More of the same tomorrow.

23.09 GMT Anybody want a Russian striker? Slightly used? Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko is being offered to Newcastle and Sunderland, apparently.

22.35 GMT You would think they had enough strikers at the moment, but Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old was subject of a £15 million bid from Tottenham in the summer but his club Internacional want closer to £24 million.

22.00 GMT Lancenet say that Sao Paulo are closing on the signing of Nilmar and could announce it by Tuesday, having agreed a deal with Villarreal.

21.38 GMT Greek champions Olympiakos are reported to be in advanced talks with Blackburn Rovers over Mauro Formica.

21.27 GMT Reports in Italy suggest Everton are showing an interest in Alessio Cerci of Fiorentina, who was linked with Man City last season.

20.59 GMT Reading are closing in on signing Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on loan until the end of the season.

20.52 GMT Want another Carlos Tevez update? I'm sure you do, so here you go: AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri told Sky Italia: "Am I optimistic over Tevez? I'm always optimistic in life."

20.23 GMT Brazil Under-20 international defender Juan has confirmed that he is on the verge of completing a move to Inter Milan. "I have passed a medical; thanks to God everything is okay," the Internacional man is quoted as saying by FcInterNews.it.

Inter assistant coach Beppe Baresi claimed he would go out on loan, and told Sky Sport Italia: "Juan is a young player with good quality. He knows how to defend very well, but he also plays well with the ball."

19.14 GMT Leicester are believed to be interested in taking Nathan Delfouneso on loan from Aston Villa.

18.34 GMT Yuri Zhirkov, who moved to Chelsea from CSKA Moscow for a reported £18 million in July 2009, didn't actually want to join the Blues. "Then I had offers from both Chelsea and Bayern, and I wanted Bayern," he was quoted as saying by Anzhi's website. "(It was) because (former CSKA team mate and friend) Ivica Olic was already playing for Bayern and in general I like Germany more than England. But in the end I was sold to Chelsea."

16.06 GMT - DONE DEAL: Senegalese striker Baba Diawara has completed his move to Sevilla from Maritimo, the Primera Division club have announced.

15.20 GMT Sky Sports are reporting former Chelsea midfielder Tiago is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

14.35 GMT - DONE DEAL: Parma have signed Roma striker Stefano Okaka on loan until the end of the season.

13.52 GMT: Andre Villas-Boas: "Willian is a very interesting player, but he is cup tied in the Champions League. I don't think we should go for players who cannot be involved in all the competitions. We are not stressed regarding what we can do in this transfer window. If a good opportunity arises, we could study it, but at the moment, we are very satisfied."

13.13 GMT: Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo on Carlos Tevez: "It is true that with a player like Tevez, we know that we must make sacrifices." Read into that what you will.

12.45 GMT: Fulham boss Martin Jol has issued a hands-off warning to clubs tracking his hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey.

12.00 GMT: Stuttgart are expected to firm up their interest in Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Schalke on Saturday.

11.16 GMT: The Daily Mail suggests Manchester United could bid £50 million for Tottenham's Luka Modric in the summer.

10.36 GMT: Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Sunderland have rejected offers from abroad for Ji Dong-won.

10.09 GMT: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the key to defeating Arsenal is to nullify the threat of star striker Robin van Persie - a player the Scottish coach considered signing. Full story.

09.45 GMT: The Star: Chris Samba is seeking a pay rise, with the defender out to double his pay at Blackburn to £80,000-a-week ... Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka is open to a loan move to Roma.

09.30 GMT: The Mirror: Tottenham have slapped a world-record £150 million price tag on Gareth Bale, who is a target of Manchester City ... Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that Dimitar Berbatov has a future at the club ... Tottenham are keen on Swansea playmaker Joe Allen.

09.15 GMT: The People: Inter Milan and Real Madrid are interested in signing Liverpool forward Luis Suarez ... Chelsea are closely monitoring Lille star Eden Hazard, who is said to be available for around £25 million ... Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Manchester United's Danny Welbeck.

09.00 GMT: Good morning one and all. We are knee-deep in newspapers for your pleasure. Rumours to follow...

January 21, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/21/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Carlos Tevez's purported switch to PSG is unlikely, say the papers © Getty Images

23.30 GMT: Is Tevez done yet? Please? No... ok then, we can expect some more transfer gossip tomorrow and presumably another story about a possible move for the Argentine.

22.43 GMT: Mark Hughes is preaching caution with his transfer plans at QPR. "I'll strive to keep the character of the group, but along the way if good players become available then that will help us stay in the Premier League, which is what we all want," he said. "I'm sure we'll be able to bring some more players in to help the guys here because it's going to be a long end to the season."

22.15 GMT: A fight is brewing. Portuguese club Maritimo claim that Sevilla's presentation of Baba Diawara was not legitimate, as they have not sanctioned the deal yet. A statement read: "Sevilla FC presented on Saturday morning, in their stadium, Maritimo's player Baba as a new footballer of that Spanish club. This is a situation which Maritimo strongly condemn, because there is no authorization whatsoever for that presentation. This makes that the 'rules of engagement' which were previously defined have been changed."

21.17 GMT: Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent says that his client would be keen on a move back to Russia with Rubin Kazan.

20.06 GMT: Catania keeper Mariano Andujar has moved to Argentine side Estudiantes on a six-month loan deal.

19.35 GMT: Confirmation that Rangers chairman Craig Whyte and his West Ham counterpart David Sullivan have been talking over top scorer Nikica Jelavic. Manager Ally McCoist said: "I spoke to Craig today and I believe Craig had a conversation with David Sullivan. But Craig was very keen to point out that absolutely no offers had been made at all. I think it was just a pretty informal chat they had."

18.56 GMT: Alessandro Del Piero, whose Juventus contract ends in the summer, has reportedly been offered a huge $5m per season contract to join Montreal Impact in the Canadian Major League.

18.45 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill reiterated his desire to keep hold of Craig Gardner after the homesick midfielder sealed victory over Swansea in stunning style.

He said: "We want him to stay at the football club. At this moment, there has been no concrete offer. There is interest from other Premier League teams in and around that area, but there has been nothing concrete and we wouldn't want him to be leaving. I have not thought about an immediate replacement at this moment, so time is running out. We want him to stay."

18.22 GMT: Inter defender Lucio has urged the club to sign Sao Paulo playmaker Lucas rather than Brazil team-mate Neymar. "I know Lucas very well and Inter ought to run to sign him straight away. He is a wide attacker with a great deal of quality, all combined with exceptional pace. He always works hard in training and is a humble lad," the 33-year-old told Il Corriere dello Sport. "I remember during Copa America training, he'd often face Dani Alves during games between ranks and it was always a fiery battle. I think Lucas is better suited to Italian and European football than Neymar."

17.20 GMT: French international Yann M'Vila will not be leaving Rennes this month, according to this agent.

16.40 GMT: Stan Collymore on Twitter: "Rumour.Luis Suarez courted by Real Madrid.€45 million mentioned."

16.00 GMT: It is all understandably quiet on the transfers front as the Saturday matches unfurl. So, in the meanwhile, why not join Chris Murphy for goals, chat and updates. He's over here.

15.26 GMT: West Ham United have announced that James Tomkins has signed a new contract until summer 2016.

14.55 GMT: Simon Grayson has insisted Leeds United have "no intention" of selling any other players ahead of Jonny Howson's seemingly imminent departure to Norwich City.

14.00 GMT: Samir Nasri has been speaking to The Times about his move from Arsenal to Eastlands. He said: "I didn't choose Manchester City for the money. The Premier League table shows that."

13.10 GMT: Leeds United manager Simon Grayson is hoping to persuade Aston Villa to allow the Fabian Delph to spend the rest of the season on loan at Elland Road.

12.30 GMT: Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has confirmed the signing of former Manchester City winger Kelvin Etuhu until the end of the season.

11.58 GMT: Here is the full story on reports that Tevez's switch to PSG is off.

11.30 GMT: Carlos Tevez's proposed move from Manchester City to Paris St Germain is reportedly off after talks broke down. Full story to follow...

10.48 GMT: Chelsea new boy Gary Cahill has hit back at claims he was greedy during contract talks with the Blues. He said: "It's disappointing when you see things in the press. You bite your lip because I didn't read one report that was correct. It was upsetting, but my family and the clubs knew the real situation. It was really hard (to accept the perception I was greedy) because that's the perception I got."

10.20 GMT: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he probably should not have allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to join Tottenham on loan this season.

09.43 GMT: Harry Redknapp has insisted Tottenham have no intention of selling midfielder Niko Kranjcar in January. Full story.

09.29 GMT: The Mirror: Chelsea have launched a £20 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Willian ... Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is chasing Michael Mancienne ... West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is in the race for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

09.15 GMT: The Sun: Carlos Tevez will turn down a £10 million-a-year deal at Paris St Germain, whose football director Leonardo said: "We didn't get a deal with Tevez, maybe we never will." ... Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is against Niko Kranjcar joining QPR ... Everton are close to a £500,000 deal for Portugal Under-23 forward Eder ... Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has rejecte claims Newcastle new boy Papiss Cisse snubbed a move to Wearside.

09.00 GMT: Good morning. Happy Saturday to you. Newspaper round-up to follow, once we have rubbed the sleepy dust from our eyes.

January 20, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/20/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


United and City are both reportedly keen on luring Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica. © Getty Images

21.53 GMT That's all for tonight folks. That's for joining us and be sure to check back tomorrow morning for more of the same!

21.27 GMT David Beckham has been talking about the speculation over his future which finally ended when he committed to LA Galaxy. "It was fun watching it, to be honest. Everyone else was talking about it. I always said at the end of last season that there was a good possibility that I was coming back." Beckham said "one or two" Premier League clubs offered him deals.

21.02 GMT DONE DEAL Lille have signed 18-year-old Costa Rican striker John Jairo Ruiz. He arrives from Deportivo Saprissa.

20.36 GMT Turkey international Mevlut Erding is reportedly a transfer target for Fulham and Sunderland. The striker is struggling to get a game at PSG, and is also said to be interesting Rennes, Galatasaray and Bordeaux.

19.57 GMT Here's West Brom manager Roy Hodgson commenting on rumours surrounding Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie: "There is no truth in it. We've had no contact with Fulham - or any other club - regarding Peter. He is not a player we want to sell and the story is a bit of a waste of breath to be honest. I've said many times that we don't want to sell Peter."

19.29 GMT DONE DEAL Brazil international Thiago Neves has re-joined Fluminense. The 26-year-old midfielder has spent time at Flamengo and most recently was on loan at Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

18.56 GMT Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic could be on his way to West Ham. The Hammers have reportedly tabled a bid for the Croatian, who's been scoring freely in the SPL this season, and talks are said to be ongoing. Here's the story for you, hot off the press.

18.23 GMT Didier Drogba has reportedly told the French media he won't be leaving Chelsea in January. "Not before next June," he said. "I'd like to find more fun, chills, fervour, passion and pressure on the field." Drogba has been linked to a highly lucrative move to China, with rumours of a £270,000/week offer from Shanghai Shenhua.

17.40 GMT Here's what QPR chief executive Tony Beard had to say to Sky Sports News about the club's potential transfer activity this month: "January is a difficult month to do business but the crazy thing is that some of the numbers that appear, in transfer fees and wages, are just madness. Some of the numbers discussed I can tell you are way out of anything we would be looking to do. Any deals we are doing will be right for QPR , right for the player and will be sensible. We want to bring one or two players in to strengthen an already strong squad. But we're not going to do any silly business in January."

17.10 GMT US international striker Edson Buddle is still in with a chance of securing a move to Everton. Here's what David Moyes had to stay about the 30-year-old, currently on trial at Goodison Park: "He has been in for a few days and we will have a look at it and talk about it over the weekend. I would like to add if I can. We are certainly short at centre-half right now and I have always said that if we can get a centre-forward in then that would be great."

16.46 GMT Norwich manager Paul Lambert says the club are closing in on a deal for Leeds United midfielder Jonny Howson, and have no concerns about the knee injury which has kept him on the sidelines recently."You never quite know until someone signs but I'm pretty sure it's nearly there," Lambert said. "We know the extent of the injury and there are no worries about it." Read the story here.

16.17 GMT DONE DEAL Rangers have completed the signing of Swedish midfielder Marvin Celik, who becomes Ally McCoist's first signing of the January window. Real all about it!

16.06 GMT Josh McEachran says Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard helped convince him to join Swansea on loan. "I spoke to Frank a few times before I came down here," McEachran said on Friday. "And he told me I would love it. He said it is a really nice place with great fans. I watch Frank in training every day, he always talks to me. I aspire to be a player like him. I had a few options, but I thought Swansea would be the best club for me with their style of play.

15.32 GMT Fiorentina are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Juventus striker Amauri. "There is an agreement between Fiorentina and Juventus, the only things missing are the player's signature and his medical," said Fiorentina's sporting director Pantaleo Corvino.

15.11 GMT Rangers boss Ally McCoist says the club are on the verge of completing a deal for young Swedish midfielder Marvin Celik. They may also be preparing a bid for Estonian defender Enar Jaager. More on both stories here.

14.51 GMT Owen Coyle on potential signing Sebastien Le Toux: "We have received good reports about Sebastian, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group. He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that."

14.33 GMT L'Equipe says Brazilian defender Paulão is set to join Real Betis from Saint Etienne, despite having only moved to France from Braga last summer.

14.18 GMT New Chelsea signing Gary Cahill admits that he was frustrated by how long it took to complete his transfer from Bolton Wanderers, but is now focused on establishing himself at Stamford Bridge. FULL STORY

14.01 GMT More from Rangers, who are hopeful of a quick conclusion to the signing of Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik.

13.47 GMT France Football correspondent Philippe Auclair tells talkSPORT that Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is desperate to leave White Hart Lane.

13.24 GMT Rangers boss Ally McCoist says he expects to tie up a deal for Estonian defender Enar Jaager after being impressed with him on trial. We were sneakily hoping he didn't do well on trial, so we could use the headline 'Jaager bombs'.

13.06 GMT Harry Redknapp says there is "no chance" of Tottenham letting Niko Kranjcar move to QPR.

12.53 GMT Remember you can lhave your say by using the tool below.

Comment from AJCook: "Why do Man U keep getting linked with transfer speculation - Gaitan, Hazard, Lucas Ocampos etc. Fergie is nearly as stingy as Arsene and has repeatedly said he is not going to spend at all let alone headline signings so just stop ever pretending its going to happen."

12.40 GMT DONE DEAL. Portsmouth have completed the free transfer signing of former Man City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu.

12.23 GMT Corriere dello Sport claim to have details of Lazio's bid for CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda. Apparently, the capital club have offered CSKA €2 million for his loan with an option to buy him for a further €10 million at the end of the season.

12.02 GMT The agent of Udinese striker Antonio Flores Flores has rejected speculation linking his client to Palermo: "Udinese want to keep the player and the player wants to stay at Udine to give his contribution to the team. I don’t think there will be any further developments.”

11.47 GMT Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has returned to Elland Road after signing a one-month loan deal with Leeds.

11.32 GMT We reported yesterday that Anthony Modeste was on the verge of signing for Blackburn on loan from Bordeaux, but it is now a done deal. FULL STORY

11.19 GMT Roberto Mancini on the Carlos Tevez saga: "I hope this will finish very quickly. I don't know [the latest]. I think he has talked with PSG and Inter, but not Milan. I hope for him everything can finish very quickly.''

11.03 GMT Sorry to make it the Manchester United show this morning, but Hannover are keen to take forgotten man Mame Biram Diouf off the Red Devils' hands.

When asked about a possible deal, the Bundesliga side's general manager Jorg Schmadtke said: "That is true. He is fast, resolute and runs straight at goal. We have been after him already some time ago, unfortunately he then moved from Molde to Manchester United. Both clubs, his agent and the player are in talks."

10.51 GMT More from Sir Alex, or not really anything from Sir Alex - read from it what you will - on Ravel Morrison: "I have nothing to say about that. It is nothing to do with a game against Arsenal." FULL STORY

10.38 GMT Sir Alex Ferguson has played down claims that negotiations over a new contract for striker Danny Welbeck have hit a stumbling block: "There is no issue. We know the situation well with Danny. There is nothing to worry about there."

10.12 GMT Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter Milan are stepping up their attempts to keep Maicon at the San Siro by offering him a new, improved contract until 2015 in a bid to stave off interest from PSG>

09.55 GMT Apparently Didier Drogba will take home £270,000 a week in wages if he moves to Shanghai Shenhua. Makes you sick doesn't it?!

09.42 GMT Great story coming up now - Two years after being shot in the head, Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas is set to return to professional football with boyhood team Club 12 de Octubre, according to reports in his homeland. Heartwarming stuff. FULL STORY.

09.26 Portuguese daily A Bola says Inter Milan may try and hijack Juventus' proposed move for Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin.

09.18 GMT Argentina international Lucho Gonzalez is set to swap Marseille for Internacional according to reports in the Brazilian media.

09.07 GMT The transfer merry-go-round is in full flow in France. With Moussa Sow set to leave Lille for Fenerbahce and Nolan Roux to move from Brest to Lille in his place, Brest obviously need a replacement of their own. They are reportedly targeting Auxerre striker Issam Jemaa, who is on his way to the African Nations Cup with Tunisia having top scored for them in qualifying.

08.57 GMT With Drogba already in their sights, Shanghai Shenhua are also chasing Lorient striker Innocent Emeghara and former Real Madrid star Guti, according to L'Equipe.

08.44 GMT The agent of Juventus defender Paolo De Ceglie has revealed interest from Roma.

“I know that Roma and Juventus have discussed De Ceglie, quite apart from the talks that happened when Marco Borriello moved on loan to Turin,” Carlo Pallavicino told Tele Radio Stereo.

08.32 Heading off around Europe now to see what the continent's media have for us. The first stop is Italy, with Football Italia tipping AC Milan to return to their interest in Catania's Maxi Lopez after Alexandre Pato was ruled out for a month with injury.

08.20 GMT talkSPORT says Roma have enquired about Man Utd teenager Ravel Morrison.

08.10 GMT There's not a great deal of stories popping up this morning in the English press, are they running out of rumours? Let's hope not or On The Move will be out of business! Here's a selection of what's cropped up this morning:

The mighty Stoke Sentinel has quoted Stoke chairman Peter Coates denying that Kenwyne Jones is set for a £5 million offer from Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal; The Sun says Roy Hodgson is set to splash West Brom's newly-announced profits on Cardiff's Peter Whittingham and Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard.

The same newspaper says Carlos Tevez will scoop £43m in wages if his proposed transfer to PSG goes through, and also quotes Alan Pardew admitting it could be difficult to hang on to Demba Ba; The Daily Mail reckons Bolton want Stoke defender Danny Collins and that Manchester United and Manchester City are set to fight over the signature of Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan

08.00 GMT Hello everybody, and welcome to today's On The Move transfer blog - jam packed full of Friday feeling.

January 19, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/19/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Nigel de Jong reportedly wants more than £100,000-a-week at Manchester City © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's it for tonight. Join us again in the morning.

23.11 GMT Wolves boss Mick McCarthy expects striker Steven Fletcher to remain a target for the leading teams in the Premier League but is not interested in selling his nine-goal top scorer.

22.08 GMT The Guardian expects Everton to make a move for Portugal Under-21 international Adrien Silva who is on loan at Academica Coimbra club from Sporting Lisbon.

21.37 GMT Francesco Lodi says he has no intention of leaving Catania this month, despite being linked with Genoa.

21.05 GMT Inter director Marco Branca will not give up on Carlos Tevez. He said: "I am not optimistic or pessimistic with regards to Tevez. We are still interested and will continue discussing matters with his agent."

20.44 GMT Salvatore Bocchetti will not join Juventus from Rubin Kazan unless he is bought by the Serie A giants.

20.32 GMT The agent of Barcelona youth Marti Riverola says he is going to Bologna on a four-year deal. Diego Tavano, announcing details of the summer transfer, said: “All told Barcelona will receive €450,000 as a UEFA compensation, which means the deal is an absolute bargain for the Italians. Riverola is very similar to Alberto Aquilani, although maybe with a bit more quality and less physical strength, but those are his characteristics.”

20.03 GMT Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has rejected Carlo Ancelotti's claim that Chelsea must sell Didier Drogba if Fernando Torres is to have any chance of being successful at Stamford Bridge.

19.47 GMT DONE DEAL: Sochaux have signed the wonderfully named Yaya Banana from Esperance.

19.34 GMT Leeds captain Johnny Howson is close to completing a cut-price move to Norwich City.

19.21 GMT It looks like Queens Park Rangers may have signed defender Taye Taiwo on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season.

18.59 GMT DONE DEAL: Derby County's Lee Croft has gone north of the border on loan at St Johnstone for the rest of the season.

18.51 GMT Blackburn boss Steve Kean admits that prospective loan signing Anthony Modeste has a lot to prove after the former France Under-21 striker's failure to live up to expectations at Bordeaux.

18.35 GMT DONE DEAL: AC Milan have formally signed full-back Djamel Mesbah from Lecce. He has penned a four-and-a-half year deal.

18.00 GMT Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom has left AZ Alkmaar and signed a a four-and-a-half-year deal with CSKA Moscow, becoming the Russian side's second January signing after Ahmed Musa.

17.50 GMT Everton have been linked with a move for £5 million-rated Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 27-year-old has scored six times this season but has slipped behind Peter Crouch in the pecking order.

17.22 GMT AC Milan defender and QPR transfer target Taye Taiwo could well leave the San Siro during the January transfer window. “A move abroad is certainly the most likely,” agent Fabio Parisi told MilanNews.it.

16.59 GMT Roma have made a move for Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison and the midfielder is open to the idea of moving to Serie A, according to Talksport. Newcastle are also interested and had a bid of £500,000 turned down last week.

16.24 GMT: Reports in Italy suggest Juventus will line up a move for Fiorentina’s Valon Behrami if a deal for Fredy Guarin cannot be concluded in January.

16.00 GMT: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has held talks with Chris Samba and made it clear to the want-away defender that he will not be sold in January.

15.31 GMT: Yet more from Ancelotti on Tevez. L'Equipe reports he has said: "Everyone knows that we want a striker. Carlos Tevez - it's a great opportunity for us to have a great striker. Today Tevez isn't playing for Manchester City, but he wants to play. Today, nothing is done. We have to talk with the player, and with Manchester City. We hope to find a good solution."

15.13 GMT: Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Austrian club Salzburg for B forward Jonathan Soriano.

14.45 GMT: Kaiserslautern have reportedly signed Sandro Wagner Werder Bremen on loan for the rest of this season and the next.

14.20 GMT - DONE DEAL: Blackpool have completed a move to bring Rangers' attacking midfielder John Fleck to Bloomfield Road on loan until the end of the season.

13.57 GMT: Of Carlos Tevex, PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Sky Sport Italia: "It is in progress. But it is not easy, because he is an important player. We are very interested to take him and there is City's desire to sell. But we must also consider the agreement with the player."

13.27 GMT: Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin has been linked with a move to Lazio in recent days, but the club's sporting director Igli Tare told the Evening Standard: "Arshavin is a great player and I think everyone would like to have him in their squad. But I don't think there is any chance of seeing him in a Lazio shirt. There are a number of reasons why it would be difficult."

13.11 GMT: Kenny Dalglish has confirmed Liverpool are looking at a deal to sign teenage playmaker Joao Carlos Teixeira. Dalglish said: "There might be something about that, yes. If we've something to say we'll tell you but I think there might be something on that. He's only a kid."

12.51 GMT: Stoke chairman Peter Coates has told the The Sentinel: "You always get speculation at this time of year. Kenwyne Jones is a good player who hasn't been playing in every game, so I expect people are taking it from there. But he's a very good player and we want to keep our good players."

12.35 GMT: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has been asked if he would be happy to stick with his current crop of players for the rest of the season. His reply: "That's something I will monitor."

12.19 GMT: New QPR manager Mark Hughes looks poised to make his first signing at Loftus Road after agreeing a deal worth £3 million for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.

12.06 GMT: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed the club are taking a closer look at Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux by taking the player on trial. He said: "We have received good reports about Sebastien, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group. He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that."

11.51 GMT: Aaron Lennon is set to open talks with Tottenham over a contract extension that will extend his stay at the club until 2016, according to the Daily Express.

11.42 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is refusing to be panicked into making a foray into the January transfer market. He said: "I don't think anybody is a fan of it. January becomes a manic month. The problem with it is you realise that when you come to February 1, that's it all over, so whatever team you have assembled at that stage, that's it until the end of the season."

11.30 GMT: French side Bordeaux have confirmed that former French Under-21 international striker Anthony Modeste will move to Blackburn Rovers on loan. Bordeaux say that subject to Modeste passing his medical and agreeing terms, he will join until the end of the season, but without an option to make the deal permanent at the end of that period.

11.27 GMT: Liverpool have also been linked with Ghana Under-20 midfielder Mumuni Abubakar but manager Kenny Dalglish denied any knowledge of that deal. "It must be the academy,'' he said. "We are expecting a quiet (transfer) window - obviously the academy aren't but we are.''

11.19 GMT: Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua remain confident they will sign Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during the January transfer window. "Everything is going well so far though there have been a few obstacles. They never turned us down, which is good for us," club board member Zhou Jun told The Shanghai Daily.

10.58 GMT: Manchester United are confident they will land Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne and could make a €3 million bid this month. "Nathaniel won't sign a new contract," Palace chairman Steve Parish told the London Evening Standard. "I have offered him a very lucrative one and I can't force him to accept it. His agent has got Nathaniel running his contract down - make your own mind up about what's happening."

10.41 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen insists they know nothing of speculation linking them with a move for former star Dimitar Berbatov. "I have been reading that Dimitar (Berbatov) would have flown over to Frankfurt and that we would be in for him there to negotiate a transfer. That was interesting news to me," Bayer Leverkusen executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told Express. "I am clearly out to never say never, but this is nothing we are looking forward to at this point in time. And from today's point of view I would also say we are not after him in the coming summer."

10.24 GMT: Bolton are understood to have made a move for Philadelphia Union striker Sebastian Le Toux.

10.09 GMT: DONE DEAL Colchester United have made their first move in the January transfer window, signing Watford attacker Gavin Massey on a short-term loan.

09.59 GMT: Portsmouth are close to signing free agent Kelvin Etuhu. The Blues are hopeful of bringing the winger in for this weekend’s clash with Cardiff.

09.43 GMT: €100 million is rather a lot for one player isn't it? Well, not if you're Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca, who told Radio Renascenca: "Hulk is one of the best players in the world and he is being followed by big clubs in Europe. One hundred million euros is not such a high figure. Every European club knows that the money spent on him would be compensated by his talent."

09.27 GMT: Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni will be presented by Malaga on Thursday after completing his move to the Andalusian club.

09.14 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Carlos Tevez's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, is set to hold talks with Paris Saint Germain on Thursday.

09.02 GMT: Marouane Chamakh insists he will not walk away from Arsenal in the January transfer window and has vowed to fight for his Emirates Stadium future. Full story.

08.48 GMT: Speaking of the potential signing of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Shanghai Shenhua board member Zhou Jun has told The Shanghai Daily: "Everything is going well so far though there have been a few obstacles. They never turned us down, which is good for us."

08.34 GMT: The Express: Fulham are lining up a £3 million bid for Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky ... Marseille's Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta is keen on a switch to Chelsea. He has said: "If a proposal comes, I will think about it."

08.26 GMT: The Daily Star: Chris Samba will remain at Blackburn despite this week handing in a transfer request ... Andrey Arshavin will leave Arsenal for a return to Zenit St Petersburg in a deal worth £8 million ... Manchester City are set to fail in their pursuit of Daniele De Rossi as the midfielder is poised to sign a new deal at Roma.

08.20 GMT: The Mirror: Mario Balotelli could hold the key to Manchester City's hopes of offloading Carlos Tevez to Inter Milan, as the Premier League club still owe their Italian counterparts £5 million as part of structured payments agreed when Balotelli joined in 2010.

08.12 GMT: The Sun: Manchester City will sell midfielder Nigle de Jong at the end of the season after the Dutchman snubbbed a £100,000-a-week contract offer ... Manchester United are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid teenager Javi Manquillo.

08.00 GMT: Good morning one and all. Your daily newspaper round-up is on its way. Got the coffee on?

January 18, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/18/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Arsene Wenger may lose his signing from January 2009. © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's it for tonight. Make sure you are with us again in the morning.

23.36 GMT AP is reporting that David Beckham has signed a two-year deal with LA Galaxy.

22.47 GMT Everton are reportedly eyeing a move Sporting Lisbon playmaker Adrien Silva, who has been playing on loan Academica.

21.59 GMT Liverpool have now agreed an £830,000 deal for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, according to the Daily Mail.

20.24 GMT AC Milan's floundering bid to sign want-away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is expected to "go to the wire" as the Serie A Side put together a revised deal.

20.10 GMT Ever Banega, 23, has committed his future to Valencia by signing a two-year contract extension. He is now tied to the club until 2015.

19.42 GMT LA Galaxy call a press conference for Thursday to announce that David Beckham has re-signed for the club - and will include a clause that allows him to play in the Olympics.

19.19 GMT It sounds like Barcelona striker Jonathan Soriano will be joining Austrian club SV Salzburg.

18.56 GMT Lille are set to spend €8 million to sign striker Nolan Roux from Brest.

18.33 GMT We're hearing that as well as being interested in Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers also want to sign Sebastien LeToux of Philadelphia Union.

18.25 GMT Celtic have announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim subject
to a work permit application, the club have confirmed.

18.14 GMT Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has denied reports he has agreed a move to big-spending French club Paris Saint Germain.

17.41 GMT St Johnstone have signed Jack Compton on loan from Falkirk.

17.32 GMT Olympique Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta insists there has been no approach from Chelsea but would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if a bid was lodged.

17.19 GMT We said earlier that Southampton are set to go all out to sign Gary Hooper from Celtic. Well the latest rumour is that they may treble their initial bid to £6 million.

17.04 GMT The agent of Hulk believes his player is worth €100 million.

16.28 GMT Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has revealed that only one club, QPR, have made a bid for wantaway defender Chris Samba, despite talk of moves from Tottenham and Paris St Germain. FULL STORY.

16.11 GMT 20-year-old Serbian striker Danijel Aleksic has signed for AS Saint-Etienne on a three and a half year contract.

15.59 GMT Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been linked with a move to Chelsea and has spoken about the reports without actually dismissing them: "For me, these are only rumors. There was no contact, and I am still contracted to OM until 2014. Now, if Chelsea want me, they must first discuss with the OM."

15.44 GMT Riccardo Montolivo's agent says he is not expecting the Fiorentina midfielder to join AC Milan in the transfer window. Carlo Pallavicino told Lady Radio: "As far as I know, there has been no type of request at all from the Rossoneri during this period. It’s true that there are still 10 days to go in the transfer market, but an operation of this kind would take some time."

15.31 GMT Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola claims his client is happy in Manchester. "Mario has no intention of leaving City. He has started to understand certain systems on how to get along there," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Strangely for him, he is admitting that Manchester isn't as bad as he thought or said. Is Milan a better city? It depends on your point of view, but right now Manchester is better for him."

15.14 GMT Lecce have announced the sale of Algerian international midfielder Djamel Mesbah to AC Milan on a permanent transfer. A statement from Lecce read: "Lecce announces it has sold Algerian midfielder Djamel Mesbah to AC Milan on a permanent transfer. In the same transaction, the Salentini club has brought to an end the loan move of midfielder Rodney Strasser, who returns to Milan, and acquired half of the sporting rights of striker David Speziale, who will wear the Lecce colours from next season.''

15.03 GMT Bundesliga side Wolfsburg could be set to reignite their interest in Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and are believed to be ready to offer Everton around £5 million for the winger.

14.42 GMT Alex McLeish says he wouldn't be opposed to allowing Fabian Delph leave Aston Villa on loan. Leeds are interested and he told the Birmingham Mail: "Fabian is one we might think about going out on loan. (Leeds manager) Simon Grayson did try to call me (about Delph) but I've not spoken to him yet."

14.34 GMT Update from earlier, Hannover sporting director Jorg Schmadtke says that he is in negotiations with Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf. "There have been discussions with his agent. We have shared our thoughts. I am now waiting for a response," Schmadke told Bild. "He is fast, robust, and direct."

14.26 GMT Genoa have signed striker Giuseppe Sculli from Lazio for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old returns to his former club one year after being sold for a reported €3 million. A statement from the club read: "Beppe Sculli returns to Genoa, where he played from 2006 until 2011. He has strongly wanted this move and the agreement between the clubs has been
reached.''

14.15 GMT Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a new deal with Fulham until 2013. Now Arsenal aren't interested anymore, that's probably best.

14.13 GMT Defender Aaron Brown he told BBC Tees he had to end his time with troubled Darlington so he could find a deal to help support his family after months without pay.

13.55 GMT Manchester City loanee John Guidetti seems to be staying on loan at Feyenoord for the foreseeable future, despite rumoured interest from other clubs. "The transfer market is open until the end of January, you never know what will happen," he told NUSport. "Nothing is impossible. If I say I'm staying and then two weeks later I leave, that makes me the biggest a**hole in the world. So I'm not saying anything. If the opportunity of a lifetime comes along, I'll grab it. But I have no concrete evidence that such a transfer is coming, so probably not."

13.40 GMT Peter Ramage has left Crystal Palace and gone back to QPR at the end of his loan spell in south London.

13.21 GMT Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon, close to £1 million, to sign one of their most talented young academy players: 19-year-old Joao Carlos who has been likened to Deco.

13.07 GMT Former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi believes Alexandre Pato should have left the Rossoneri when he had the chance: “Pato is a great player, but he would have made a better decision had he left Milan."

12.59 GMT A right-back at Arsenal should be a cherished creature, but Barnet have signed Sead Hajrovic on a one-month loan deal. The Switzerland Under-18 captain has been a regular for the Gunners reserves, but is not ready for the first-team just yet and has been allowed to move. He told the Bees' website: "This has come out of the blue. I am looking forward to first-team football."

12.42 GMT Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't be moving anywhere ever again if you believe his agent Mino Raiola, who told Sky Sport 1: “He wants to end his career with AC Milan because he is well and has a good relationship with the club."

12.31 GMT DONE DEAL: Celtic defender Josh Thompson has joined League One side Chesterfield on loan until the end of the season.

12.22 GMT Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka is unhappy but his agent has scotched rumours of a move to Juventus. "I am aware of the news about Corluka's possible move to Juventus, but they are just rumours around the player," Nikky-Arthur Vuksanha told calciomercato. "In any case, well for the moment at least, he will not be going to Juve."

12.03 GMT Josh McEachran has spoken more about his move to Swansea City on loan from Chelsea. "I'm delighted to be here to be honest,'" he told Swansea's official website. "I wanted to come earlier, but Chelsea had a few injuries and things. The manager [Brendan Rodgers] also had a big impact on my decision. I've known him from his Chelsea days and I think he is a fantastic manager. He's got the team playing well. I watched the Arsenal [v Swansea] game on TV and they did really, really well."

11.37 GMT Busy times at the Cottage creche. Quoth their official website: "Fulham FC can confirm the signing of highly rated Danish U17 international Lasse Vigen Christensen from FC Midjtylland. The midfielder has signed a professional contract with FFC that will see the player remain at Craven Cottage until the 30th June 2014."

11.27 GMT Bild in Germany are linking Manchester United misfit Mame Biram Diouf. Hannover 96 to pay 4 million euros is the talk. Good deal for United, we say. They say Sunderland and Everton are no longer interested. We are not surprised.

11.15 GMT The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta has brushed aside speculation linking his client with a move to Paris St Germain in the January transfer window. Motta's agent Dario Canovi told tuttomercatoweb.it: "There has been no contact with Paris St Germain. He will remain at Inter even though his contract expires in 2013."

10.56 GMT: Sunderland striker Ryan Noble has signed for Championship outfit Derby County on an initial one-month loan deal.

10.46 GMT DONE DEAL: "Fulham FC can today confirm the signing of Aberdeen midfielder, Jack Grimmer, on a professional contract that will see the player remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2015." Grimmer is 17, and was Aberdeen's youngest player in the SPL nearly two years ago. One for the future.

10.41 GMT Juventus striker Amauri has claimed to be in the process of negotiating a move to fellow Serie A club Fiorentina."I hope everything could soon be close," Amauri told Lady Radio. "You know well what is happening. "The two clubs are talking and I hope it could be solved as soon as possible. I hope soon to know the developments of the negotiations. Then we will see what will happen."

10.35 GMT Richie De Laet is back at Manchester United after Norwich City cancelled his loan.

10.28 GMT Couple of goalkeeping links. Daily Mirror says QPR want Spurs' Heurelho Gomes to be good and then bad, while the Daily Mail says that Spurs want Newcastle's Tim Krul, when Brad Friedel retires at 100.

10.05 GMT Rangers veteran David Weir, 41, is being linked with an emotional return to Goodison Park as David Moyes looks for defensive cover. Weir is set to be released today by Rangers having not played a single match for them this season in the SPL, and just 28 minutes back in August in the Champions League.

09.58 GMT: Jordi Alba has reaffirmed his commitment to Valencia, as Barcelona continue to be linked with the attacking full-back. "I've always said I'm very happy here; my intention is to continue here for many years and I have never went against that statement," he told AS.

09.56 GMT Luton Town have seen three of their highly-rated youngsters move to Premier League giants Chelsea, says the Leighton Buzzard Observer. Brothers Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva have signed terms with the Blues in separate transfers, each worth five figures, which will in total net the Town a significant sum. For the record, twins Rio and Cole, are 12, and older brother Jay is 13.

09.34 GMT We should mention our frontpage lead, that Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea must sell Didier Drogba if they are to ensure Fernando Torres blossoms at Stamford Bridge. Story

09.32 GMT Jermain Defoe has reaffirmed his desire to secure regular football, but has insisted he has never asked to leave Tottenham. "At the end of the day it's not a case of me saying 'I want to go here, I'm not playing, I want to leave the club'," he tells Sky Sports News. "I've been here six years, I've never said that once. I think the fans know that."

09.28 GMT: Breaking news does not get bigger: Norwich bid for Leeds' Jonathan Howson.

09.24 GMT West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson insists striker Peter Odemwingie is not for sale. "I'm not aware of any interest in Peter. We don't need to sell him, we don't want to sell him."

09.20 GMT West Ham striker Carlton Cole has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move away by insisting he is going nowhere this month. "I told everybody at the start of the season, I'm there for the whole season," he told Sky Sports News.

09.00 GMT Parma have signed Inter Milan full-back Jonathan on loan until the end of the season.

08.45 GMT Southampton haven’t given up hope of landing Gary Hooper – and could smash their club record transfer fee to land him this month, says the Southampton Daily Echo.

08.35 GMT Johnny Heitinga knows what Spurs are like too. He believes Everton have got no chance of bringing Steven Pienaar back to Goodison this month - despite him being set to leave Spurs in search of first-team football. “They would ask for more money to sell him than they paid us for him, and we don’t have much more," says John to the Liverpool Echo.

08.32 GMT The Daily Mail also suggest that Scott Dann wants to leave Blackburn after Chris Samba. "The news will alert Liverpool and Arsenal," says Chris Wheeler.

08.29 GMT Spurs ask silly price for reserve once more. Bolton have been told they will have to pay £8 million for Giovani dos Santos, having also failed to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, according to the Daily Mail.

08.27 GMT Dimitar Berbatov has emerged as a transfer target for Anzhi Makhachkala, say Talksport

08.24 GMT Sneijder to stay at Inter shocker. Soren Lerby of the opinion that no deal will be done during the current window. "I really think that Wesley will remain at Inter, because a few weeks ago he said he was 90 per cent sure that he would stay," says Soren Lerby, a decent midfielder in his day to calciomercato.com. "Why didn't he say 100 per cent? He wasn't trying to hide any problems he has with the club or the coach, or any offers from other clubs. He left a small percentage, because in football anything can happen. For that same season, I would answer in the same way when asked about his future."

08.22 GMT A positively bizarre headline from the Daily Express backs up the Arshavin story. "ANDREY ARSHAVIN FAIRYTALE OVER NOW," say they. Er, right.

08.16 GMT The Daily Mirror claims, as ever, an EXCLUSIVE. "Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin is a cut-price £6 million January target for Lazio", barks John Cross, the Gunners' official tabloid reporter. An interesting quote from Arsene Wenger follows. "He is a bit older than Van Persie. Sometimes the visual impression you get from a game has been frustrating, but he is very efficient." Not sure about the efficiency.

08.15 GMT Morning all, some action-packed stuff coming your way in the transfer blog today and no mistake. Let's see what we have...

January 17, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/17/2012

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PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti claims to have been offered Chelsea flop Fernando Torres, amongst a host of other players. © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's all for tonight, be sure to come back tomorrow for more of the same.

23.43 GMT Bayern Munich are interested in Borussia Dortmund target-man Robert Lewandowski according to Sport-Bild, and agents are talking. That should please Franck Ribery, who recently said he was a big fan of the Pole.

23.30 GMT Should I stay or should I go? It might not be up to Mohamed Zidan at Borussia Dortmund as it will all depend on team-mate Lucas Barrios. "I am now 30, I want to play regularly and can no longer can accept being second- or third-choice," the Egyptian forward told Bild. "But BVB will only release me if Barrios remains. Lucas or me - only one will be allowed to go."

23.25 GMT Blackburn have yet to finalise the capture of New Zealand's 18-year-old starlet Tim Payne, but are closing in with only a few things left to complete.

23.12 GMT Chelsea have completed a unique deal by signing three young brothers from Luton Town's academy system. Twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, 12, and older brother Jay, 13, joined in separate transfers that were each worth an undisclosed five-figure sum.

“I am hesitant to talk about the boys in the collective term because they all have wonderful unique attributes but this is a historical deal to see three brothers transferred together,” said Luton's head of youth Gregg Broughton.

22.59 GMT Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin is being linked with a £7 million move to Italian Serie A side Lazio.

22.37 GMT It's been a busy night in France, as Nice are on the verge of signing Kevin Anin after agreeing a fee with Sochaux for the midfielder that was once interesting Arsenal.

22.23 GMT Uruguay forward Santiago Silva has reached an agreement to join Argentine club Boca Juniors after just a five-month stint with Italian club Fiorentina.

22.05 GMT Bit of a swap deal going on between Santos and FC Porto. No, not between Hulk and Neymar. Instead it is Jorge Fucile moving to Brazil with Danilo moving in the opposite direction.

21.18 GMT DONE DEAL Newcastle have signed Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club confirmed tonight.

21.00 GMT Nolan Roux is to join Lille from Brest for a fee of €8 million after the French champions paid his release clause. "I am at peace with my conscience," Brest president Michel Guyot told his club's official website. "I want to thank Nolan. He played a major role in our promotion to the league. We wish him well, but we will put a little clause to prevent him from playing against us in April."

20.34 GMT Former Turkey striker Nihat has decided to call time on his playing career at the age of 32. "I would like to share my decision to put an end to my professional career as a footballer," a statement read. He has been unable to find a club for the last six months.

20.10 GMT Palermo have unveiled new signing Emiliano Viviano. The goalkeeper joins on loan from Inter Milan after recovering from a severe knee injury.

19.36 GMT Brazilian side Cruzeiro have signed striker Walter on loan from FC Porto until the end of 2012.

19.18 GMT Sochaux have ended their interest in Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after having two bids rejected.

18.52 GMT AC Milan have brought Alexander Merkel back to the club from Genoa on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old midfielder is needed again following the recent injuries to Gennaro Gattuso and Alberto Aquilani.

18.21 GMT Jadson, who is leaving Shakhtar Donetsk for Sao Paulo, has said: "I will remember the whole period spent in Donetsk. In addition to the trophies, I will take with me the fans’ love and respect towards me and my family. I am very touched. It is a very sad moment.”

17.55 GMT Manchester City have released a statement on reports PSG have lodged a bid for Tevez. It reads: "It is simply not true. Manchester City has not received any offers from PSG for Carlos Tevez."

17.41 GMT Birmingham have confirmed they have rejected a bid from West Brom for Liam Ridgewell.

17.18 GMT Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "I do think we could do with a couple of additions and whilst we accept this is a difficult period to get players, we have to work as hard as we can to strengthen."

17.05 GMT Defender David Weir has announced he will leave Rangers on Friday.

16.46 GMT Celtic have confirmed the signing of defender Jaroslaw Fojut on a pre-contract agreement.

16.31 GMT Blackburn Rovers have insisted they have no intention of selling captain Chris Samba despite the player handing in an official transfer request on Monday. Full story.

16.15 GMT Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong has just written on his Twitter account: "Off to paris!we keep in touch tweeps!"

16.03 GMT Done deal: Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has completed his loan move to Swansea City.

15.50 GMT Former Inter defender and Zinedine Zidane tormentor Marco Materazzi has urged his old club to forget about Carlos Tevez and sign Pato from arch-rivals AC Milant. Materazzi told RMC: "I don't think Tevez will come. We should take Pato. I'd take him right away. He is one of the biggest talents around in my opinion."

15.28 GMT Done deal: Real Zaragoza have signed Croatia international Tomislav Dujmovic from Dynamo Moscow on loan until the end of the season, the Primera Division strugglers have announced.

15.11 GMT Juventus have earmarked Sampdoria and Italy midfielder Angelo Palombo as just the man to keep their title challenge going all the way to the winning line, according to Tuttsport.

14.54 GMT Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse, according to reports. Cisse, 26, has been in superb goalscoring form for his Bundesliga side this season, netting nine times in 17 league starts. Full story

14.32 GMT Borussia Dortmund forward Mohamed Zidan has revealed that either he or team-mate Lucas Barrios will be leaving the German champions this winter. Full story

14.11 GMT PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti, who's had a lot to say today, has hinted at summer move for Real Madrid's Kaka and AC Milan's Alexandre Pato. "The [Pato] deal is dead for January, but only for January," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Kaka could be available in June. He has struggled with injury at Madrid and faces stiff competition for places. He's still a great player though."

Comment from Sam: If Edinson Cavani were really being offered like Ancelotti claims, wouldn't more clubs be looking in his direction? He is a quality player in good form, and many clubs need help scoring goals. If he is up for sale, there is more than one Premier League team that could benefit from his addition to their side.

13.50 GMT - DONE DEAL Sochaux have completed the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Thierry Doubai from Udinese on loan with an option to buy, the French club have confirmed.

13.33 GMT Everton defender John Heitinga says he would be delighted if Steven Pienaar were to return to Goodison Park, but warned that the Toffees will probably be priced out of a move. Full story

13.20 GMT Lille's Eden Hazard is back in the headlines today as Chelsea are closing in on a £25 million deal amid renewed competition from Real Madrid. The Daily Mail claim the Blues lead the race and that the highly-rated forward has provisionally agreed terms with AVB's side.

13.03 GMT The Carlos TeveZzzzzzzzzz transfer just got even more tedious amid talk of offset fees and...... sorry, fell asleep there for a moment. Apparently, Inter Milan now want throw in the £5.8 million they are still owed from Mario Balotelli's transfer to Man City to get the deal done. Please get the deal done. Pretty please.

12.47 GMT Chelsea and Liverpool are both interested in signing Partizan Belgrade defensive midfielder Medo Kamara, according to The Sun. The 24-year-old, who was born in Sierra Leone but who has a Finnish passport, is thought to favour a move to Stamford Bridge.

12.27 GMT Don't get your hopes up Arsenal fans, French side AS Monaco have set a deadline for the sale of defender Sebastien Squillaci. The Ligue 2 side want a decision on a deal for the 31-year-old in the next seven days.

12.14 GMT Having finally landed Gary Cahill, Chelsea are now hot on the trail of Marseille's Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The Daily Mirror claim Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas believes the defender is just the right the man to replace Jose Bosingwa.

11.53 GMT Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho claims his club are discussing a deal with Newcastle, according to French Football Weekly. "Nothing is done yet and I have not been to England for a medical. NUFC and OL are talking but other teams interested as well," Cissokho said.

Newcastle have been involved in some major moves in past windows, who can forget the £35 million deal for Andy Carroll, and Marc Duffy wants this one to close quickly. Newcastle blog

11.28 GMT Swansea director John van Zweden claims the Premier League big boys have sounded him out about goalkeeper Michel Vorm. "Clubs have enquired about Vorm," Van Zweden told VI Radio. "Manchester United have asked, in addition Chelsea and for that matter Newcastle United. Tottenham Hotspur have cautiously announced they are interested. Full story

11.10 GMT PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he's been offered Chelsea flop Fernando Torres, amongst a host of other players. "There is a lot of choice for this January market. Do you want the names?" Ancellotti is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "OK, now I tell you the players the agents are offering on the market, officially or not: Carlos Tevez, Fernando Torres, Dimitar Berbatov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Llorente." Full story

10.53 GMT Levante defender Nano is heading to China to join Guizhou Renhe after the two clubs agreed a €500,000 fee for the 31-year-old. The Chinese league season does not begin until March and Levante will retain Nano’s services for the next two weeks.

10.29 GMT Much sought-after winger Junior Hoilett will see out the season with Blackburn, according to his father and agent David Hoilett. "Considering his contract, there have not been any talks recently and to be honest I don't really see any at the moment. I don't think there will any more talks at the moment," he said.

09.58 GMT Porto's Fredy Guarin is the latest midfielder to be linked with a possible January switch to Juventus, according to Football Italia. The midfielder is valued between €11m and €15m, but the real problem concerns his status as a non-EU player.

09.29 GMT - DONE DEAL Tottenham have agreed a deal with Juventus for the permanent signing of Spanish midfielder Yago Falque, the Daily Express reports. Spain Under-21 star Falque had been on loan since last summer and has made six appearances for Spurs so far this campaign.

09.00 GMT Tottenham are ready to revive their interest in Atletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente. Spurs were heavily involved in negotiations for Llorente’s over the summer and reportedly held talks with the Spanish international when Bilbao came to White Hart Lane to play in a pre-season friendly.

08.30 GMT Blackburn have reacted furiously to a transfer request from £15 million-rated defender Chris Samba - by asking for money back from the player, according to the Daily Mirror. Rovers claim the QPR and Spurs target owes them money after they gave him a six-figure loan to pay for improvements to his house.

Reader's comment: That's just unprofessional by Blackburn. It's their right to ask for their loaned money back but not this way. Just because a player wants to leave you, it doesn't give you the right to try and halt the transfer by using such cheap tactics.

Slim pickings in Tuesday morning's newspapers as far as transfers are concerned. The Carlos TeveZzzzzzz transfer rumbles on and yet more clubs have joined the chase for Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian's old club, Bayer Leverkusen, has been joined by Russian duo CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala, plus Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and his future was cast in doubt when he was pictured on a flight to Frankfurt.

After PSG reportedly made a fresh £25 million bid for Tevez on Monday, Manchester City told Inter Milan today that they can have the AWOL striker for £26 million, according to the Daily Star. Apparently, Tevez has told his advisor Kia Joorabchian he has no intention of joining PSG because his heart is set on a move to Milan, despite the fact Carlo Ancelotti’s men are willing to hand him a deal worth around £8 million a season.

Comment from Toyboy Tim: I'm getting quite angry at this Berbatov stuff! Stats speak for him and if Ferguson is so stupid as to not give him any first team football then Berbatov should go. He'd be great in any league at any club and still has at least three good seasons ahead of him.

The Sun focus on Mark Hughes' recruitment drive at QPR and report that Brazilian star Henrique is on the way to Loftus Road. "I know a lot of clubs are interested in me," the 20-year-old is quoted as saying. "But when I spoke to Mark Hughes and QPR, they made me feel very excited about their plans."

January 16, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/16/2012

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Jermain Defoe: Heading for Liverpool © Getty Images

23.45 GMT That's your lot for today, as Gary Cahill finally wrapped up his move from Bolton to Chelsea. Join us tomorrow for a round-up of all the newspaper talk including another running commentary on all the transfer goings-on.

23.37 GMT - Twitter talk: Samuel J C: "Reports coming through that Galatasaray's deal for Xherdan #Shaqiri is off due to lack of transfer funds. Looking for more on this story."

23.13 GMT The Daily Mirror reports Tottenham want £20 million from Liverpool for striker Jermain Defoe.

23.03 GMT Barcelona's Alexander Hleb is quoted by Stuttgarter Zeitung as saying: "If I'm honest, I've given away with the best years of my career and I have nobody else to blame."

22.37 GMT Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has told Sky Sport Italia: "Tevez is an interesting player. We haven't received any response from Manchester City yet."

22.05 GMT Here's the full story on Eric Abidal's contract extension at Barcelona.

21.18 GMT Steve Kean says Chris Samba is going nowhere. "He's not for sale, it's as simple as that," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. "He'll be back in again and hopefully ready for Everton."

20.42 GMT Twitter talk: Lille striker Moussa Sow. The 25-year-old French striker has been linked to Liverpool in a “dream” £8million move. #LFC, says @liverpoolscout.

20.33 GMT Ah, more on Falque. He's been bought by Spurs outright from Juventus, and they have immediately loaned him to Southampton. Hope that clears that one up.

20.23 GMT Southampton have signed Spanish youngster Iago Falque on loan from Juventus. The midfielder had been on loan at Spurs.

19.50 GMT Mark Hughes' arrival at QPR makes him suddenly attractive to Chris Samba, as Sparky was the man who brought him to English football. Our friends at goal.com suggest a £7.5 million improved offer is to be made for Samba by the R's.

18.54 GMT Striker Lauri Dalla Valle has returned to Fulham following the end of his loan spell with Dundee United.

18.27 GMT French journalist Philippe Auclair on Twitter: "Trial at Everton until end of week for US international striker Edson Buddle, currently at Ingolstadt (German 2nd Div.)."

17.53 GMT Here's the full story on Berbatov's future at Manchester United.

17.28 GMT Interest in Dimitar Berbatov's signature is said to be mounting, with his former club Bayer Leverkusen reportedly considering bringing the Manchester United striker back to Germany.

17.15 GMT Middlesbrough have signed striker Lukas Jutkiewicz on a permanent deal from Coventry City.

17.03 GMT Striker Gary Hooper has sought to dampen speculation linking him with a move away from Celtic by reiterating his commitment to the Scottish Premier League leaders.

16.45 GMT Rangers manager Ally McCoist has described himself as "open-minded" about the prospect of trialists Jorge Claros and Enar Jaager joining the club.

16.30 GMT Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson says the Foxes will not be upping their bid for Doncaster Rovers hotshot Billy Sharp.

16.22 GMT DONE DEAL: Coventry have completed the signing of Hermann Hreidarsson from Portsmouth.

16.15 GMT It appears Eric Abidal will not be moving to Arsenal, as he is ready to sign a new deal at Barcelona.

16.08 GMT West Ham United are said to be ready rival Leeds United for the signing of Aston Villa's Fabian Delph.

15.49 GMT BREAKING NEWS: Christopher Samba submits official transfer request.

15.38 GMT AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy insists that he has no plans to quit the club in the transfer window. "A loan spell was in my thoughts, but even if I am not playing here, I am improving by training alongside great champions," El Shaarawy is quoted as saying on the club's website. "I am being included in a lot of things, I am happy and I hope to stay here forever."

15.29 GMT Tranmere Rovers have signed Lateef Elford-Alliyu on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

15.18 GMT Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi is one the verge of a new contract, to try and head off interest from Chelsea. But it is believed the player is insisting on a minimum fee release clause.

15.06 GMT West Ham are interested in Evian striker Yannick Sagbo.

15.02 GMT Tweet just in from @JMcEachran20, otherwise known as Josh McEachran: "Just arrived at the Liberty Stadium!" He will sign for Swansea on loan shortly.

14.51 GMT Juventus fans have put Amauri on Ebay in a desperate attempt to get rid of him.

14.47 GMT Rochdale are hoping to re-sign Peterborough's David Ball after his loan spell expired.

14.31 GMT Liverpool have handed a trial to the player known as "baby Didier Drogba", known more regularly as Abdul Aziz. He is a Swedish striker.

14.22 GMT DONE DEAL: Carlisle United have signed Sunderland forward Joran Cook on loan.

14.12 GMT Yet more Bolton news. Now the Trotters are said to be tracking Leeds United duo Adam Clayton and Tom Lees.

14.09 GMT Blackburn manager Steve Kean has again insisted that Christopher Samba is not for sale. "He's not for sale, it's as simple as that," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. "He'll be back in again and hopefully ready for Everton."

13.42 GMT Cagliari's Radja Nainggolan is trying to focus on his current club rather than specualtion of a move to Juventus. "I have no intention of letting the rumours from the outside distract me,” he said. “I’m focused on Cagliari and only concentrating on the season ahead with the Rossoblu.”

13.38 GMT Lille striker Moussa Sow thinks Liverpool would be a good move for him. "I am at Lille now but as we all know I want to play in England one day," he told Sky Sports. "Liverpool, well, that is a dream club. Anyone would be happy, scoring goals in front of the Kop can be the highlight of a career."

13.29 GMT Update on Tim Ream from Bolton boss Owen Coyle: "He is a player that we would love to bring to the football club and hopefully in the next few days that can come to fruition."

13.14 GMT DONE DEAL: Bolton and England defender Gary Cahill has completed his move to Chelsea.

12.55 GMT Esteban Granero's agent says the player could leave Real Madrid, bound for Liverpool. "He's finding his chances limited at Real," Teo Lazaro said. "If he can't play at Madrid, then he'll play somewhere else. It's as simple as that. He's keen for a move away - possibly to Liverpool."

12.39 GMT Patrick van Aanholt has now confirmed on Twitter that he will be joining Vitesse Arnhem on loan: "Hello tweeps as u know I'm going on loan to vitesse in Arnhem (holland) till end off the season...;) cnt wait to start there."

12.32 GMT Juventus are are said to be ready to rival Manchester United for the signing of Basel's Granit Xhaka. Hamburg, AC Milan and Lazio are also interested.

12.21 GMT Here's a comment sent in by "A Yankee in King Kenny's Court" on Liverpool's supposed link to a mystery player in the Netherlands.

"I know this is absurd logic, but after going through rosters of Eredivisie clubs(after going off of Grobbelaar's tip) I've came up with a few South American forwards. I believe the player is David Texeira only on the sole fact that his Wikipedia page has a semi-protection edit lock on it which was recently added on today's date. Players who are that young and barely started their careers don't get protection like that. Perhaps we will see him in a red kit by the end of January."

12.14 GMT The Sunderland Echo reports that Algerian midfielder Abdelhakim Omrani has been offered a trial at Newcastle United with a view to a permanent deal.

12.10 GMT Juventus are believed to be tracking Fiorentina's ex-West Ham player Valon Behrami.

12.02 GMT Patrick van Aanholt, the Chelsea left-back who spent the first half of the season at Wigan but failed to make an impact, is being linked with a loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

11.44 GMT Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed his interest in Tim Ream, but is unlikely to move for Giovani Dos Santos.

11.31 GMT Manchester United look set to loan out misfit Mame Biram Diouf to Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenheim with a view to a permanent move.

11.19 GMT Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea is as good as done.

10.58 GMT USA international Edson Buddle has joined Everton on trial. He is currently on the books of German second division club Ingolstadt. His agent, Richard Motzkin, tweeted the news that his client would be in Merseyside this week: For those asking, my client @EdsonBuddle will be on trial this week at Everton FC."

10.49 GMT DONE DEAL: Manchester United's Norwegian striker Joshua King has joined Hull City on loan for the rest of the season. He had been at Bundesliga high-flyers Borussia Monchengladbach but made just two substitute appearances.

10.40 GMT Have Rangers got the moves like Jaager? Enar Jaager says he is keen to take the ''biggest step'' in his career by landing a deal with Rangers after he arrived in Glasgow on Sunday to start a week-long trial.

10.31 GMT There is some talk that Fabian Delph could leave Aston Villa and return to Leeds United on loan.

10.09 GMT Sky Sports are reporting that Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City have made a move for Blackburn's Steven N'Zonzi.

09.27 GMT Carlos Tevez again, then... Massimo Moratti has announced that Inter Milan have made a €25 million bid for the player.

09.15 GMT Mark Hughes has confirmed his intention to add players to Queens Park Rangers' push to avoid relegation, but has ruled out a January bid for Carlos Tevez.

09.08 GMT It looks like Harry Redknapp could have had a wasted trip to Marseille to check out Loic Remy. "I’m staying,” he told Canal+. “I will 100% stay at Marseille until the end of the season and even the end of my contract. I have spoken with the president and the staff. And it would not be right for me to leave this club. We’ll see next summer but that’s not even in my head for now.”

09.00 GMT: Ravel Morrison has denied he turned down the offer of a new contract at Manchester United. He tweeted: ""I have never 1s [once] turned down a contract off Manchester United."

Our top rumour today surrounds the future of Jermain Defoe. Rumours started over the weekend that the player was unhappy with a lack of playing time at Spurs, though Harry Redknapp said there was no chance of him being sold.

This morning the Daily Mirror believes Liverpool could be ready to offer Spurs £15 million to take him to Merseyside.

Let's take a look at the rest of the morning's tittle tattle:

Daily Mirror: Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill wants Senegal striker Papiss Cisse – but faces a massive bid and fitness gamble to get his man ... Mark Hughes insists he will not sell skipper Joey Barton ... Harry Redknapp made a flying visit to Marseille last night to run a personal check on £22 million top target Loic Remy ... Manchester United and Liverpool have been warned that Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha isn’t for sale ... Bolton boss boss Owen Coyle is ready to swoop for Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos in a £4 million deal ... Roberto Martinez will let striker Hugo Rodallega quit on a free – to ensure Wigan keep banking the Premier League’s money ...Blackburn and Montpellier are battling for Bastia's Wahbi Khazri ... West Ham have left a £3million bid on the table for in-demand Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham ... Coventry are making a swoop on cash-strapped Portsmouth to land experienced defender Hermann Hreidarsson ... Ipswich have made a £1.5million bid for the Swindon pair of winger Matt Ritchie and full-back Paul Caddis.

The Sun: Dimitar Berbatov could be on his way to Bayern Munich ... Steve Kean has told AWOL skipper Chris Samba he will not engineer a move away from Blackburn ... Chelsea will this morning finally complete the £7million signing of Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill ... Martin Jol is ready for another battle with Blackburn — over the future of striker Andy Johnson ... Reading manager Brian McDermott is lining up a £400,000 swoop for Northampton wing man Michael Jacobs .... Goalkeeper David Gonzalez is on a week's trial at Brighton ... Bristol City want Fulham's Matthew Briggs on loan until the end of the season.

Daily Mail: Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is set for talks over a return to Bayer Leverkusen ... Manchester City are set to finalise the potential £3.5m signing of 15-year-old Real Madrid starlet Jose Angel Pozo ... Huddersfield Town are ready to offer a new contract to striker Jordan Rhodes, 21, in a bid to head off interest from Fulham and West Ham this month ... Wigan are monitoring Celtic’s Georgios Samaras as they consider bringing in a striker this month ... Blackburn Rovers are close to finalising a loan deal for Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste.

Daily Star: Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen are locked in a battle to sign Manchester United outcast Dimitar Berbatov.

Daily Telegraph: Neil Lennon is willing to let Celtic's star striker Gary Hooper go to Southampton for £35m ... Stand-in captain Steven Davis believes Nikica Jelavic showed again why Rangers must hold on to him

January 15, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/15/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Aston Villa reportedly wanted to swap Darren Bent for Andy Carroll. © Getty Images

11.40 GMT Well, that is all we have time for tonight, but please check back tomorrow for more transfer gossip.

11.30 GMT Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is travelling to Germany for talks over a return to Bayer Leverkusen, while there is also interest from Bayern Munich and Anzhi Makhachkala, according to Sky Sports.

22.59 GMT The agent of Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero has hinted he could sign for Liverpool. "He's finding his chances limited at Real," Teofilo Lazaro is quoted as saying. "He’s keen for a move away - possibly to Liverpool. If he can’t play at Madrid then he’ll play somewhere else. It’s as simple as that.”

21.45 GMT Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was in Marseille tonight to cast his eye over OM striker Loic Remy, who scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Lille.

20.20 GMT Manchester City have reportedly won the race to sign Real Madrid's 15-year-old starlet Jose Angel Pozo, who will sign a five-year deal at Eastlands when he is 16.

19.03 GMT Ranger are set to take Honduran international Jorge Claros on trial. Claros told Honduran newspaper Diez: "I'm in a position to test myself at Rangers, we are working on the rest with the board. I am calm but down-to-earth. I know it is a big team in Scotland. I spent time looking for information on the club."

18.01 GMT New QPR manager Mark Hughes has said his club would have "wait and see" over the potential signing of Chris Samba from Blackburn. "It's common knowledge we've put in a bid for Chris Samba," Hughes said. "We have a number of players we would like to bring to the club. We'll have to wait and see."

17.31 GMT:

Comment from RossMosh: "Can someone explain to me why no one is linked with Stevan Jovetic despite the fact Fiorentina are in 9th? It's as if these scouts are asleep at the wheel. Wake up. He's probably the best player under 23 in Italy at the moment. Someone should step up and buy him. Liverpool desperately need him but Inter Milan and Chelsea could also definitely use him."

17.08 GMT: We've heard on the grapevine that Mark Hughes might raid former club Man City and try to reunite Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz at QPR at the end of the season, with the latter arriving in January.

16.55 GMT: The Daily Mail is saying that Nicolas Burdisso will be Manchester City's only signing of the transfer window.

16.31 GMT: David Moyes has been praising the impact of Everton's on-loan
forward Landon Donovan. FULL STORY
16.18 GMT: St Johnstone striker Fran Sandaza has explained why he rejected pre-contract offer from Rangers, insisting he did not want to be a 'cheap' option.

16.04 GMT: New York Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler has denied that he is trying to bring Chelsea star Frank Lampard and Inter Milan midfielder Dejan Stankovic to the MLS: “I haven’t talked to Frank Lampard or anybody else (at Chelsea). I’ll leave it at that. I haven't talked with (Stankovic)’’

15.50 GMT: Mark Hughes has been outlining his hopes for the January window after QPR's defeat to Newcastle: "If there's quality available and obtainable - then you pursue it. But it has to be the right players and the ones who will make an immediate impact.
We're asking the questions and taking phone calls - but it's not an exact science."

15.29 GMT: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admits he may be forced to go on loan next season to play regular first-team football: "If my situation at Chelsea does not evolve between now and the end of the season, it may be better to be loaned out for a season ... if this situation endures, it might be better to play for another club for a year and then come back. But let's see what happens in the next six months. Many things could still change."

15.06 GMT: Not for the first time this transfer window, Manchester United are being linked with a swoop for Keisuke Honda. Rumour has it, Dimitar Berbatov may be used as a makeweight in any offer for the CSKA Moscow star.

14.41 GMT: Roman Pavlyuchenkp is being priced out of a move away from Tottenham, according to his agent: "We can't agree about the price with Mr Levy. He values Pavlyuchenko according to his own gauge. This is by how much the club spent, his goals and he also wants some profit on him. I don't really know how he's counting."

14.23 GMT: Billy Sharp has decided against a move to Leicester according to Doncaster boss Dean Saunders: "As far as I know Billy will be staying with us until the end of the season. That's a great boost for everybody."

14.07 GMT:

Comment from chelseafc936: "Chelsea really need Higuain to bolster their attack. If Torres got injured right now, we would most likely have to start Lukaku! Plus, Drogba will probably leave sometime in the near future, probably next window, then what will we do? AVB had better get Higuain while he has the chance."

13.52 GMT: Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi has signed a four-year contract with Russian Premier League outfit Rubin Kazan.

13.39 GMT: Arsene Wenger appears to be keen to put On The Move out of business - he wants to abolish the transfer window system. FULL STORY

13.26 GMT: L'Equipe reports that the fantastically named Yaya Banana - 20-year-old Cameroon midfielder currently with Espérance Sportive de Tunis - is expected to sign for Sochaux in the coming days.

13.13 GMT: Majorca are hoping to tie up a six-month loan move for Valencia midfielder Daniel Parejo.

13.01 GMT: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has rejected reports that he would let Luka Modric join Chelsea if Fernando Torres were to come to White Hart Lane in return. FULL STORY

12.48 GMT: La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Barcelona are keeping tabs on Porto striker Hulk.

12.31 GMT: Benfica's Jorge Jesus admits he is an admirer of Matias Rodriguez: "I am not going to say anything further on this, but we know Rodriguez's quality. We must wait."

12.20 GMT: Daniele De Rossi says contract negotiations with Roma are still ongoing: “We are working on it and when we’ve finished then we’ll make it public. Months ago I said that I’d be the first to come here in front of the cameras and explain my decision, as I owe that to the fans. I don’t like soap operas and this is turning into one. Rest assured that at the right moment you’ll know everything.”

12.04 GMT: FC Twente have signed Chilean defender Juan Abarca on loan from Universidad de Chile.

11.56 GMT: The Mail on Sunday reckons Tottenham might make a move for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who has been hugely impressive between the posts for the Magpies this season.

11.47 GMT: Reports in the German press suggest Bayern Munich are keen to offer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov a path out of Old Trafford. The Bulgarian's contract expires next summer.

11.39 GMT: Lyon may let young left-back Timothy Kolodziejczak leave the club this January, with Canal + tipping Freiburg and Cologne to make a move for the former France youth international, whose contract expires in the summer.

11.27 GMT: Lecce coach Serse Cosmi has confirmed that Algeria midfielder Djamel Mesbah will join AC Milan and is expected to sign a contract until 2016 with the Rossoneri in the coming days.

11.16 GMT: Remember you can get your comments in using the tool below, which is exactly what roboatse has done:

"Tevez to PSG makes perfect sense. Bent/Carroll swap would be good for both sides I think. Carroll doesn't get the kind of service to match his skills and perhaps AV can provide that, although I think Stoke would probably be better."

11.03 GMT: West Ham have failed to complete the signing of Japan international Ryoichi Maeda, after the Jubilo Iwata had been on trial with the Hammers.

10.51 GMT: QPR chief Phillip Beard says he is "flabbergasted" by reports linking Joey Barton with a move away from Loftus Road and insisted the Rs captain is going nowhere: "I can categorically tell you there's been no discussions in the time I've spent with Mark or his team this week about anyone leaving."

10.36 GMT: Lazio striker Djibril Cisse has outlined his plan to play in the MLS some day: "Playing in the United States is in my plans for the future. It is a country I love."

10.21 GMT: Rory Delap, 35, will be offered a new contract to keep him at the club until he is 38 – according to the Stoke Sentinel.

10.08 GMT Reports in France suggest that PSG will bid €15 million in an attempt to convince Inter Milan to sell Maicon.

09.59 GMT: Atletico Madrid are believed to be interested in bringing Rayo Vallecano frontmant Lass Bangoura to the club, with a €6 million offer mooted.

09.46 GMT: The Italian media is rife with speculation that Fiorentina midfielder Valon Behrami could be on his way to Juventus for €7 million. West Ham fans looking disbelievingly about that news regarding their former player.

09.34 GMT: Anderlecht striker Matias Suarez has reportedly turned down a January move to Arsenal as he wants to wait until the end of the season before considering his future.

09.22 GMT Heading around Europe, and Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has claimed that it was down to him that Alex Pato snubbed PSG to stay at the San Siro: "I decided to keep Pato because I consider him a player of great talent ... It is a decision that I made autonomously."

09.15 GMT: You know the drill by now, we will kick things off with a scan around the English newspapers.

Arsenal want to sign Schalke’s talented teenager Julian Draxler as a replacement for confidence-shy Andrei Arshavin, writes the Metro – which also claims Everton are chasing Chelsea’s Salomon Kalouto ease their striking crisis; The Guardian says QPR will take Henrique on loan until the summer before signing him for £5 million from Sao Paulo in the summer; The Sun suggests Spurs want to sign Real Murcia goalkeeper Javier Jiminez on loan.

The Mail on Sunday reckons Tottenham are going to make a £20m bid for Marseille's Loic Remy; PSG are pushing ahead with plans to take Carlos Tevez off Manchester City’s hands, according to the Sunday Express; the Sunday Mirror says Roberto Mancini is desperate to be given funds to bring Daniele De Rossi to the club; the very same newspaper is tipping Arsene Wenger to make a move for Man Utd’s Ravel Morrison, though the Daily Star on Sunday believes Barcelona are favourites for his signature.

09.00 GMT: Welcome to what is usually our favourite day of the transfer window week. Sunday's bring an absolute plethora of transfer stories, as the press release some of the juiciest stories they've been saving.

Today appears to be no different, with our lead story above from the Sunday Express, which claims Liverpool have rejected a swap offer of Darren Bent for Andy Carroll from Aston Villa. I know what you're thinking and we can't understand why Villa would possibly want Carroll over Bent either!

January 14, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/14/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Alex could be on his way to QPR© Getty Images

23.47 GMT Time's up for tonight so we'll leave you with a rumour from La Gazzetta dello Sport that Inter Milan are interested in Manchester City’s versatile left-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

Be sure to check back on Sunday morning for another transfer fix. Toodle pip!

23.20 GMT The Guardian report that Mark Hughes wants Henrique, a 20-year-old Brazilian striker who won the golden shoe at last summer's under-20 World Cup, to spearhead his rebuilding of Queens Park Rangers, with a deal to sign him from São Paulo "getting close".

22.45 GMT Tottenham have an ambitious plan to land Marseille's £20million France striker Loic Remy and Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul to boost their Premier League title bid, according to the Daily Mail.

22.01 GMT Chelsea are considering a bid for River Plate winger Lucas Ocampos, according to reports from South America. The 17-year-old is thought to be worth £8 million.

20.21 GMT Reports in the French press suggest Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer for Inter’s Douglas Maicon. "Leonardo is trying to set up an extraordinary team in Paris with Ancelotti, so it’s only normal they’d want Maicon," agent Roberto Calenda told Maxi Foot.

19.30 GMT Blackburn boss Steve Kean refuted claims Chris Samba refused to play in the 3-1 win against Fulham because he wants a move away from the club. "That's not true," he said.

18.20 GMT: Hermann Hreidarsson is poised to complete a free transfer move to Coventry City, says the Portsmouth News.

18.16 GMT: Chelsea have denied they had agreed a fee with QPR for the sale of defender Alex. Andre Villas-Boas said: "I'm sure that the clubs can reach an agreement if they continue to push. We know Alex's market value and we're just not going to let him go quite easily, not that QPR's offer is far, far off. He is a player that has attracted a lot of interest from Premier League clubs and from abroad." Story

17.50 GMT: Espanyol say they have reached an agreement with goalkeeper Carlos Kameni to break his contract, leaving the Cameroon international free to sign with Malaga.

16.48 GMT: St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has hit out at Rangers over their handling of the pursuit of Francisco Sandaza and told the Light Blues fans they should be worried about the running of their club.

15.35 GMT: Pep Guardiola will not be signing anyone for Barcelona in January. "We will fall back on our youth players until the end. Going to the market doesn't guarantee anything," he said. "From the very beginning we designed a small squad because we believe in our youth program."

15.26 GMT: Gary Cahill was enjoying Frank Lampard's goal at Stamford Bridge, to suggest that he will soon be a team-mate of Big Frank at Chelsea.

15.05 GMT: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has told the BBC that the Bhoys have rejected "a couple of offers" for Gary Hooper and will "continue to do that". "We don't want to sell our best players, particularly at this stage of this season. I don't want to lose Gary anyway, full stop. I don't think the speculation will bother him one bit in the slightest, he's happy here," said Lennon.

14.47 GMT: Sunderland's Craig Gardner, who is a target for West Brom, has only been named among the substitutes to increase the speculation.

14.22 GMT: Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero could leave the Bernabeu for Liverpool, according to his agent. Story

13.50 GMT: Carlos Tevez corner: That loveable rogue Kia Joorabchian says he thinks AC Milan still want his pet golfer, and Corinthians will have to give up on getting Tevez back. That's despite Milan not having the dough to sign him from Manchester City. "Carlitos has a huge debt to Corinthians, but they must accept the fact that he wants to play for AC Milan," Joorabchian told Tuttosport. "The conversations between AC Milan and Manchester City have not yet been completed: there will be other meetings, but we will have to wait and wait and wait ..."

13.45 GMT: Alan Pardew has had a further say on the Andy Carroll links made in the week. "I think it's unfair on the Newcastle public and I think it's unfair on Andy," Pardew told Sky Sports."It was speculative journalism that had no foundation."

13.28 GMT: Rivaldo has confirmed he will be joining Angolan team Kabuscorp. "I received offers from several countries, but I chose Angola because of the language and because I liked the project. I have been a champion in every country where I have played, I have always given my best for every club I have represented, so I am confident. I am sure that I will be happy at Kabuscorp and in Angola". Of course, they speak Portuguese in Angola.

12.56 GMT: “I’d still like for (Mame Biram) Diouf to go out on loan,” Ferguson tells Manchester United’s official website. “It would probably do him the world of good. Kuszczak needs to get football. I’m surprised nobody’s actually come in for Tomasz."

12.38 GMT: West Bromwich Albion are keeping tabs on former Villa midfielder Craig Gardner – but Sunderland’s asking price could scupper a move, says local Black Country paper the Express & Star.

12.26 GMT: Schalke president Clemens Tonnies is optimistic Raul will extend his contract by at least another year, warding off links with a move to the US, or back to Spain.

11.58 GMT: This time last week we were speculating that Paul Scholes might return to play for Man Utd - here's hoping something just as exciting happens this weekend. Maybe Roy Essandoh going back to Wycombe. That'd be nice.

11.49 GMT: We've heard this one a couple of times before, but Esteban Granero to Liverpool seems like more of a possibility after his agent said: “He’s finding his chances limited at Real. He’s keen for a move away – possibly to Liverpool.”

11.34 GMT: Coventry striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is expected to complete a reported £2 million switch to Middlesbrough this weekend.

11.17 GMT: Speaking of Arsenal, Oman international Saad Al-Mukhaini is currently on a two-day trial with the Gunners.

11.01 GMT: He only signed for CSKA Moscow last week, but speedy teenage winger Ahmed Musa already appears to be plotting his next career move, with the Nigerian saying: "Someday I hope that I can play for the Gunners."

10.49 GMT: Jose Mourinho has once again inisisted he expects Kaka to be with Real Madrid until at least the end of the season.

10.34 GMT: Sky Sports News reporting that Chelsea have agreed a fee with QPR for Alex.

10.11 GMT Over in Italy there's a few DONE DEALS - with Cesare Bovo joining Genoa from Palermo, Siena have taken Luigi Giorgi on loan from Novara and Cesena have recalled Michele Gabbianelli and Giacomo Bassoli from loan spells at Bellaria and Santarcangelo respectively.

10.04 GMT Chris Samba missed training on Friday as doubts about his Blackburn future begin to gather at a furious pace.

09.51 GMT: Darron Gibson has revealed that it was his mate Wazza [Rooney] who convinced him to sign for Everton.

09.40 GMT: QPR with new manager in tow are understandably at the centre of most transfer talk and Brazilian news outlet Lancenet believes the Rs are keen on Sao Paulo's highly-rated striker Henrique.

09.20 GMT: You know the drill by now - we will kick things off by scanning around those faithful and always oh so reliable English newspapers.

And the best of the rest includes The Guardian saying QPR are on the brink of signing Alex, while the Daily Star claims the Rs want Sulley Muntari. Elsewhere the Metro tips Harry Redknapp to make another loan move for David Beckham and The Times reckons that Jermain Defoe is frustrated by his lack of playing time.

Daily Mail: Eden Hazard has put Man Utd and Chelsea on red alert by saying he would welcome a move to the Premier League; Aston Villa are eyeing a loan move for Palermo’s Slovenia midfielder Armin Bacinovic; Moussa Sow will join Liverpool from Lille in the summer.

Daily Mirror: Juventus want Man City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov; Fulham will try to convince Maxi Lopez to move to Craven Cottage from Catania instead of AC Milan, and Sunderland want Bobby Zamora;

09.15 GMT: Welcome to the second full weekend of the January transfer window and those of you looking for a respite from the gossip and rumours had better search elsewhere. If anything, the weekend seems to give the press license to create even more transfer stories, from the ridiculous to the sublime.

January 13, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/13/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Will he stay or will he go? © Getty Images

22.00 GMT: Time to wrap it up now folks. We'll be back again tomorrow for much more of the same! Thanks for joining me and have a great Friday night.

21.25 GMT: Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has been defending the club's transfer policy: "Over five years, we have generated a £1million 'cash profit' to fund buying players," he said. "Of course, we've spent much more than this buying players: from June 2006 Everton paid out £94million (including agents' fees) on a stream of internationals like Andrew Johnson, Joleon Lescott, Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Yakubu, Marouane Fellaini, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Sylvain Distin and John Heitinga. The club sold Simon Davies, James Beattie, James McFadden, Johnson and Lescott and raised £59million. Accordingly, after all ins and outs, a net £35million has been spent buying new players."

21.07 GMT: DONE DEAL Cameroon international goalkeeper Carlos Kamemi has reportedly completed a move from Espanyol to big-spending Malaga in La Liga. Here's that one for you.

20.32 GMT: BREAKING NEWS The Daily Mirror are reporting Bolton defender Gary Cahill has agreed terms to join Chelsea. Here's an extract from their exclusive: "The England centre-half agreed a £23million contract that runs until 2017 and headed south for a medical tonight." Here's our story on that.

19.59 GMT: Harry Redknapp feels the limited salaries on offer at Spurs make life difficult. "I'd be talking rubbish if I said people wanted to stay at Tottenham just because we're playing good football. I'd be dreaming. If you want to keep the best players, we have to find a way of doing a deal that's near to what they can earn elsewhere, otherwise it will be a problem. If you're a top player and someone wants to give you a fantastic contract, it's very hard to hang on to them."

19.29 GMT: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish says there is "no way we will add to the wages unless some of the wages are offloaded” this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to part with centre-back James Collins. "There's not been an approach as such. We hear there is interest for James and he should be proud of that. He should be proud he is a wanted man but, saying that, he is an Aston Villa player. He has just moved into a new house so we would hope James is here for a long time to come."

19.14 GMT: Thus far unsubstantiated rumours circulating that Queens Park Rangers are close to agreeing a deal for Chelsea's Brazilian defender Alex.

18.54 GMT: Rio Ferdinand doesn’t think Manchester United need to spend this month as injuries are making the squad look weaker than it is. "You see a lot of people moaning about their squads because the transfer window has just opened, but if you took the amount of players we have had out to any other squad in the league, they wouldn't be sitting where we are now," he said. "That speaks volumes for our squad. That is why when I am in the changing room I am more than happy with the people I see around me."

18.23 GMT: DONE DEAL West Ham have caught on to the "loan an MLS player for the winter craze", by signing FC Dallas defender George John on a two-month loan deal. Here that story for you, fresh off the press.

17.55 GMT: DONE DEAL Wolfsburg have completed a deal for Swiss international defender Ricardo Rodriguez from FC Zurich. Here's what coach Felix Magath had to say about his eighth signing of the winter: "Ricardo is a huge talent. He was a starting player for Zurich and played a role in Europe as well. He has also already played for the national team."

17.27 GMT: L’Equipe thinks PSG could turn to Internacional striker Leandro Damiao after missing out on his fellow Brazil international Alexandre Pato. Damiao has a €64 million release clause in his contract.

17.10 GMT: Basel starlet Xherdan Shaqiri would consider a move to Galatasaray. "I never would have imagined that I would go to the Turkish league, but Galatasaray are now a top club," he told 20 Minuten. Full story here.

16.52 GMT: ESPNsoccernet has been informed that Manchester City will not be influenced by Carlos Tevez' own desires if Inter better AC Milan's offer. Story here.

16.44 GMT: DONE DEAL Nottingham Forest defender Kieran Freeman is joining local rivals Notts County on a 30-day emergency loan.

16.39 GMT: Celtic boss Neil Lennon isn’t expecting to see Efrain Juarez back at the club this month despite reports he is set to end his time at Real Zaragoza. “I am not aware of that,” Lennon said. “He is on a year-long loan so I would expect Zaragoza to adhere to that, unless we are told differently. I know there has been a change of coach there but I have no contact from Juarez or his agent, so it's as you were, really.”

16.28 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill on potential signings: "I genuinely haven't had that much time to think about it. Of course, it crosses your mind, but to sit down and start going through things, I haven't had the chance to do that. I will do, obviously, next week."

16.12 GMT: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "We are trying to get the best possible players with the budgets we have, and we are working hard at that. [Chief scout] Graham Carr does a terrific job for us, as his scouting team does and as my staff do, so on that side of it we are really trying to cover everything we can."

15.58 GMT: From journalist Jerome Pugmire on Twitter: "PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti says AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato turned down a move, but he remains confident of signing a big name or two."

15.43 GMT: Following the below entry regarding Real Madrid's transfer activity, Mourinho has said about the Kaka to PSG speculation: "The market is open for another two weeks, but we're not interested in buying or selling anyone."

15.28 GMT: And, following on from the previous rumour, Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal Player: "At the moment we are exploring potential situations we can take advantage of but there is nothing concrete."

15.13 GMT: Word on the street is that Oman international defender Saad Al-Mukhaini is currently on a week-long trial with Arsenal.

14.59 GMT - DONE DEAL: Manchester United have confirmed that John Cofie has joined Belgian side Antwerp on loan.

14.46 GMT: Spanish football expert Sid Lowe on Twitter: "Mou[rinho] says RM have no intention of selling Kaka, or anyone else."

14.32 GMT: Inter Milan president Moratti has been speaking about Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez: "We have decided to postpone talks until next week"

14.22 GMT: Le Havre defender Benjamin Mendy, who has been linked with Arsenal, has told L'Equipe: "There was interest from a lot of clubs. I know Arsenal were one. But I have a sensible head on my shoulders. After Le Havre, I would like to spend two seasons in Ligue 1 and then go to England. I would then like to go to Barcelona, where my idol Dani Alves plays."

14.11 GMT - DONE DEAL: FC Dallas defender George John has been loaned to West Ham United until early March.

14.03 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist has confirmed the club has made a pre-contract offer to Francisco Sandaza. The St Johnstone striker is out of contract at the end of the season.

13.47 GMT: Wolfsburg chairman Dr Francisco Javier Garcia Sanz has given his club's coach Felix Magath his full backing with his transfer dealings this winter, saying he was consulted on every move made in the market.

13.39 GMT: Former Barcelona striker Keirrison could leave Cruzeiro for Coritiba, according to reports in Brazil.

13.27 GMT: BREAKING NEWS Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has confirmed on his Twitter account that he will join Swansea on loan on Monday. "Ive finally found out about my loan! Off to Swansea on monday!!!" he tweeted. Full story.

13.22 GMT: Inter president Massimo Moratti, asked about the Tevez situation, has said that "without a doubt" there has been contact with City but that he is fully focused on Sunday's Milan derby for now.

13.16 GMT: Stoke City have ended their interest in giant Nigerian striker Michael Uchebo, who has been on trial at the club. "He came in and technically he looks a good player, but he's not going to be for us," Potters manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke.

13.05 GMT: Armin Bacinovic's agent has claimed Aston Villa are monitoring the Slovenia international. Amir Ruznic has told Zurnal24: "Everything is still open at the moment. Aston Villa are really serious, but as are Chievo."

12.50 GMT - DONE DEAL: Sunderland reserve goalkeeper Trevor Carson, 23, has joined Hull on a month-long loan, the Wearside club have said.

12.35 GMT: Ferguson on Ravel Morrison: "His demands are unrealistic as far as we're concerned."

12.26 GMT: Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United have turned down a bid from Newcastle United for Ravel Morrison. Full story.

12.15 GMT: It is being reported that Tottenham have rejected a bid from QPR for midfielder Steven Pienaar. Full story.

12.07 GMT: Anderlecht forward Matias Suarez has dismissed reports he could join Arsenal in January. Full story.

11.49 GMT: Sky Italia thinks AC Milan could snap up Sulley Muntari on a Bosman when his Inter contract expires in the summer. Personal terms have been agreed, apparently.

11.38 GMT - DONE DEAL: Former France striker David Trezeguet has been unveiled as a River Plate player as he returns to Argentina, the country where he began his career. Trezeguet told as: "I'm aware that the situation is more complicated - to play in the second division which is predominantly more physical, and I think it will be like this. I feel good, and I am looking forward."

11.22 GMT - DONE DEAL: Bury have signed Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke on loan until the end of the season.

11.08 GMT - DONE DEAL: Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Darron Gibson from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

10.54 GMT: Malaga Hoy is reporting that Malaga are keen to sign Diego Forlan from Inter.

10.42 GMT: Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari could join QPR on loan until the end of the season, according to the Daily Star.

10.20 GMT: Stoke winger Ben Marshall has rejected a new deal with the Premier League club and is now likely to be sold to the highest bidder.

10.05 GMT: Some news (sort of)!. Leicester City have reached an agreement with Joao Teixeira for the cancellation of his contract by mutual consent.

09.45 GMT: In truth, it has hardly been the most bonkers transfer window thus far, and this morning's dearth of news encapsulates that. Fear not, though, as we are doing our best rummaging.

09.32 GMT: New Aston Villa loan signing Robbie Keane believes Chelsea's chance to sign Luka Modric has now gone - because Tottenham have shown they are the better team.

09.10 GMT: The Independent reports Newcastle are lining up an improved offer for Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison, after seeing a £500,000 bid turned down last week.

08.49 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Chelsea and Manchester City by insisting his club have put themselves in the title race the right way rather than breaking the bank. Full story.

08.30 GMT: Serie A side Catania say they have rejected a loan bid from Fulham for Maxi Lopez. "We did not accept Fulham's offer for Maxi Lopez because the English club would like to take him without spending a pound," Catania chief executive Pietro Lo Monaco told Radio Mana Mana.

08.14 GMT: Everton are expected to tie up a £1 million deal for Darron Gibson on Friday, with the Manchester United midfielder believed to have passed a medical on Merseyside. Full story.

08.00 GMT: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has reassured fans he is committed to the Blues in the wake of reports he has fallen out with manager Andre Villas-Boas. Full story.

Lille playmaker Eden Hazard has been a regular feature of our transfer blog for some time now, and on this Friday the 13th he is linked with a move to Chelsea.

The Daily Mail says that the only stumbling block could be that Chelsea plan to table a bid of £25 million, well short of the Ligue 1 side's desired £33m. It comes on the same day that Andre Villas-Boas says Frank Lampard is going nowhere.

Here is the rest of the morning's rumours:

Daily Mail: Liverpool are in the running to sign £10million-rated Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha ... Tottenham have made a £7.5million offer for Blackburn defender Chris Samba ... QPR manager Mark Hughes is making a move for Tottenham's Steven Pienaar ... Newcastle have made an improved offer of £1million for Manchester United's Ravel Morrison ... Bolton will offer Tim Ream 30 times his basic salary to become Gary Cahill’s replacement at the Reebok Stadium ... Fulham's hopes of signing Maxi Lopez on loan from Catania have been dented after their sporting director insisted they want a fee for the 27-year-old ... David Moyes's need to sign a new central defender has assumed an even greater urgency after Sylvain Distin joined Everton’s mounting injury list ... West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson is considering a move for Reading striker Noel Hunt.

The Sun: Darron Gibson will become Everton's first signing of the transfer window in a £2million switch today ... Juventus plan to raid Manchester City for Aleksandar Kolarov ... Hull boss Nick Barmby wants his first signing to be Manchester United's Joshua King ... West Brom are targeting Germany striker Patrick Helmes of Wolfsburg ... West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has made a £2million bid for 20-year-old Watford striker Marvin Sordell.

Daily Mirror: Inter Milan are strong favourites to land Carlos Tevez, after a deal to take him to rivals AC Milan collapsed ... Chelsea defender Alex has turned his back on a move to QPR – because he has had enough of English football ... Sunderland will want all of the £4.7million they paid for “homesick” Craig Gardner back if he makes a rapid return to the Midlands ... Southampton manager Nigel Adkins may offer up to £6million for his former Scunthorpe protege Gary Hooper, now at Celtic ... Niko Kranjcar is being offered an escape route from Spurs' substitutes bench by Russian giants CSKA Moscow ... Mark Hughes is considering a cut-price move for Roque Santa Cruz from former club Manchester City ... Cash-strapped Coventry are ready to sell striker Lukas Jutkiewicz to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.

The Express: Fulham boss Martin Jol could target Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes, as a possible replacement for Andrew Johnson ... New QPR manager Mark Hughes could make a move for Tottenham's Steven Pienaar, who has struggle for regular first-team football at White Hart Lane.

January 12, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/12/2012

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Will he stay or will he go? © Getty Images

00.00 GMT: Right folks, that's all we've got time for tonight but be sure to join us again for more fun-filled transfer-related activity on Friday. If you're a Man Utd fan, get your party poppers at the ready for the departure of Darron Gibson.

23.21 GMT: FULL STORY on Darron Gibson's potential switch to Everton.

22.43 GMT: Santos want Porto's Jorge Facile, according to the Brazilian club's vice president Odilio Rodrigues Filho: "Fucile's name is one of those we are considering, he has earned praise, but his arrival has nothing to do with the problem we have with Porto right now."

22.22 GMT: FUL:L STORY on AC Milan giving up on Carlos Tevez.

22.03 GMT:

Comment from Robert: "Man City need to lower their expectations on any Tevez transfer. He's clearly not going to play for them every again, and 35 million pounds seems pretty high for a player who won't play for the club. Is a 20 million cut deal so bad? Take it or leave it..."

21.42 GMT: Bit of left-field one here, as Angolan side Kabuscorp are apparently trying to bring Rivaldo to Africa. Club president Bento Kangamba said: "The opportunity for us to sign Rivaldo came up and we are committed to making this happen. People talk about his age a lot, but a player with his quality and experience still has a lot to give to football, and hopefully Angola."

21.24 GMT: Dnipro midfielder Giuliano has welcomed reports that Gremio want to take him back to Brazil: "My agent presented me with the enquiries from Gremio, who are interested in signing me. We have barely spoken since then but from that Gremio came in with a serious offer and are working hard to bring me back to Brazil."

21.11 GMT: More on Gary Cahill...but not from Chelsea or Bolton. It's that man with a view on every transfer, Mr Harry Redknapp: "Cahill is a good player, but Dawson is a
good player, King is a good player, Gallas is a good player, Kaboul has been a top player this season and I've got Bassong. `It's a difficult one. I've chased him for two years and I do like him. I think he's a top-class centre-half.''

20.55 GMT: Rumour has it that Darron Gibson has had a medical with Everton and could complete his move from Man Utd on Friday.

20.36 GMT: Juventus are chasing highly-rated Atalanta striker Gabbiadini.
The Italy Under-21 international is not even a regular for his current club yet, but Atalanta sporting director Pierpaolo Marino revealed: “Something is happening. There has been contact with Juventus, but we cannot speak in terms of days it will take to reach an agreement. You will see later.”

20.19 GMT: Not a transfer story, but a greatone nontheless - Mario Balotelli takes an unnanounced toilet break at a Manchester school. FULL STORY.

20.03 GMT: Man City winger Vladimir Weiss says he will soon have to begin considering his future. The Slovakia international is currently on loan at Espanyol, but his father says he has five offers on the table. Weiss said: "My City contract expires in summer 2013. I will soon have to ponder the question whether to extend a new contract there or move on."

19.55 GMT: Standard Liege defensive midfelder Pape Abdou Camara has joined Valenciennes on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

19.32 GMT PSG have signed 37-year-old goalkeeper Ronan Le Crom ona six-month deal after impressing on trial this week.

19.17 GMT: Football Italia reckons Milan have now completely given up on Carlos Tevez and will go back in for Catania's Maxi Lopez. He must feel great to be so wanted.

19.01 GMT: West Ham look set to secure the services of FC Dallas defender George John. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said: "He's a good defender, of the right stature and the right ability and the right ambition who sees his future in this country,” he said.

18.50 GMT: Lazio have signed Uruguay striker Emiliano Alfaro from Liverpool de Montevideo.

18.33 GMT: Swansea have cancelled David Cotterill's contract by mutual consent only two years after he became their record signing.

18.22 GMT: Breaking news from our man Harry Harris. The Carlos Tevez to AC Milan deal is not dead, but the bid of over €20 million was rejected. City insists they want €35 million. FULL STORY

17.59 GMT: Sheffield Wednesday complete the signing of Mike Jones from Bury on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

17.25 GMT: Bolton manager Owen Coyle on reports linking Kevin Davies to Sam Allardyce's West Ham: "Kevin Davies is my captain and a big part of our plans, as he always has been. There is nothing factual in the West Ham link. I have had no dialogue with Sam."

17.10 GMT: Reports spreading that the Tevez to Milan deal has indeed collapsed. When will this saga end? Goodness.

16.55 GMT: However, in a deal seemingly interlinked with the Pato to PSG switch, Sky Sports are reporting that AC Milan have failed to reach agreement with Manchester City over Carlos Tevez.

16.41 GMT: Paris St Germain's sporting director Leonardo has been speaking about the possibility of landing Pato: "I'm optimistic, but I don't think the negotiations will be finalised by the weekend," he said.

16.29 GMT: Celtic defender Thomas Rogne doesn’t think the Bhoys need any more signings this month. “What happens in the transfer window is up to the manager and if someone comes in then great, but I think we have a very good squad and we don't really need any new players.”

16.21 GMT: @tomEurosport tweets: "Reports in Italy that Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has said the Tevez deal is off, following Pato's decision to snub PSG."

16.11 GMT: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers on the proposed loan signing of Josh McEachran: “We have made an agreement with Chelsea, but they have one or two injuries so we are just waiting to hear when he will be allowed to come. The important thing is we have found an agreement, which is fantastic. I understand he will still be at Chelsea this weekend, but if there is any movement it will be in the early part of next week.”

15.55 GMT: BREAKING NEWS Steven Gerrard has signed a contract extension at Liverpool to commit his long-term future to the club.

15.48 GMT: Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent says he is staying at Napoli despite the arrival of Eduardo Vargas. “It is absolutely not true that the arrival of Vargas preludes the departure of Lavezzi,” Alejandro Mazzoni told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Napoli is always thinking ahead but when you say that Inter pulled out of the race for Vargas so as to sign Lavezzi, it is one big lie. Lavezzi will not be leaving, he is not on the market.”

15.31 GMT: Gary Megson, boss of ‘Barcelona of League One’ side Sheffield Wednesday, has rubbished talk of a move for Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey. "We could not get anywhere near Heskey even if we wanted to,” Megson said. Wednesday are likely to sign Bury winger Mike Jones, though, apparently.

15.17 GMT: Sky Sports News is now saying, as a couple of papers did this morning, that Everton are in talks with Manchester United over the signing of Darron Gibson.

15.12 GMT: AC Milan director of sport Ariedo Braida has said talk that PSG have agreed a fee for Alexandre Pato is inaccurate: "The truth is that there's been no agreement with PSG."

14.55 GMT: Fulham boss Martin Jol, asked about Blackburn’s reported bid for Andy Johnson, said: “I feel if people want to speculate about that maybe there is not a lot to write about. But there is not a lot of movement, I will tell you that. There is nothing going on at the moment.”

14.39 GMT: Tuttosport claims Juventus have held talks with Manchester City over the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov. The former Lazio left-back is behind Gael Clichy in the pecking order at City.

14.23 GMT: DONE DEAL Paris St Germain have confirmed the signing of Maxwell from Barcelona.

14.22 GMT: Calciomercato.com says Tottenham are refusing to sell Gareth Bale to Juventus. Quelle surprise.

14.09 GMT: Yet more on the Pato front. Massimiliano Allegri has told Corriere della Sera: "I really don't believe that this [Sunday's match] will be Pato's last derby." That said, those quotes could well be from before this apparent deal was reached - AFP can be trusted on these matters...

13.57 GMT: And, in a piece of news possibly related to the Pato 'deal', Inter president Massimo Moratti has seemingly given up hope of signing Carlos Tevez: "I think Tevez will sign for Milan. That's football."

13.53 GMT: PATO TO PSG? AFP is reporting that PSG have agreed a deal with AC Milan worth €35 million to take Pato to Paris. It'll be €28 million up front and a further €7 million in add-ons apparently.

13.49 GMT: Remember when Harry Redknapp said he’d never heard of Ganso? Goal.com thinks Santos were so upset that they’ve now offered their star midfielder to Spurs for €18 million. Well, Goal.com actually thinks Redknapp was telling porkies and that “Ganso comes recommended by Tottenham’s chief scout, Ian Broomfield, who was the driving force behind the club’s €9.6m swoop for defensive midfielder Sandro in 2010”.

13.36 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is determined to keep midfielder Craig Gardner on Wearside despite suitors looking to cash in on his homesickness. Story here.

13.26 GMT: AVB just keeps on giving: he says progress over Gary Cahill and a deal could be finalised soon.

13.24 GMT: And yet more: AVB confirmed Josh McEachran will go out on loan for the rest of the season - presumably to Swansea - after Saturday's game with Sunderland.

13.22 GMT: Villas-Boas also denied that Chelsea had made a reported £25 million bid for Lille star Eden Hazard but admitted he was a fan of the player.

13.19 GMT: Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed another Premier League club - which is almost certainly QPR - have bid for Alex. Story here.

13.03 GMT: DONE DEAL: Reading have signed striker Karl Sheppard on a free transfer after his Shamrock Rovers contract expired.

12.59 GMT: DONE DEAL: Hibernian have signed 20-year-old right-back George Francomb on loan from Norwich until June.

12.52 GMT: Bordeaux have now confirmed they have reached an agreement to sign midfielder Ludovic Obraniak from Lille.

12.45 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph's Andy Cryer also understands from Blackburn that Chris Samba will not be allowed to leave Ewood Park.

12.26 GMT: DONE DEAL West Brom striker Chris Wood has joined Bristol City on loan.

12.20 GMT: PSG have reportedly upped their offer for Alexandre Pato to €33 million. AC Milan had earlier rejected a €28 million one, it’s claimed.

12.11 GMT: ...and the Lancashire Telegraph's Andy Cryer has now done his own checking with Rovers and confirmed a bid has indeed been lodged for Johnson.

11.55 GMT: Sky Sports News is reporting that Blackburn have now lodged a bid with Fulham for striker Andy Johnson.

11.53 GMT: MARCA thinks Shanghai Shenua have joined PSG in the battle for Kaka. Jose Mourinho and the player himself have indicated that he’ll be staying at Real Madrid, but things are getting awfully smoky and it might just be that there’s a fire.

11.28 GMT: Reader comment from dommeh419:

“Lucas Anderson's a really top prospect, Liverpool or Dortmund would do really well to sign him, surprised other teams aren't interested.”

11.15 GMT: Chris Samba wants out of Blackburn. “I tried to maintain my level of performance but I sense that it is time for a change. The club doesn't evolve at all. I'm resigned,” he told L’Equipe. “I've always put the interests of the club before my own. I've invested a lot, always tried to lead by example, but things have not gone as I was told. I hope people will understand me.” Story here.

10.52 GMT: Espanyol have confirmed that goalkeeper Carlos Kameni is on the verge of joining Malaga. “The deal is imminent,” CEO Joan Collet said.

10.36 GMT: Bolton boss Owen Coyle on Gary Cahill’s move: “Dialogue continues between Gary's agent and Chelsea. We accept it has probably been long-drawn. It is over two weeks ago that we agreed a fee, but sometimes that is the nature of football business. It can take that period of time. Gary is a Bolton player and until I hear something different in terms of negotiations being concluded between both parties, he will be in line to play against Manchester United.” Story here, including the latest on Tim Ream.

10.26 GMT: Sport thinks that, as well as Jordi Alba, Barca still want AC Milan centre-back Thiago Silva.

10.16 GMT: El Mundo Deportivo thinks Spain left-back Jordi Alba, who can also play left midfield, could be set for Barcelona. It seems he’s not renewing his deal at Valencia and Barca need to bolster the position with Maxwell on his way to PSG.

10.04 GMT: BREAKING NEWS Aston Villa have signed LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on loan until February 25, subject to international clearance. Story here.

10.00 GMT: Read Kenny Dalglish’s angry comments about silly media stories that Liverpool might sell Andy Carroll back to Newcastle (madness!) here.

09.48 GMT: Lille midfielder Ludovic Obraniak is on the verge of signing for Bordeaux, according to France Football.

09.37 GMT: AaB midfielder Lucas Andersen, 17, is apparently attracting the interest of Ajax, Liverpool and Dortmund. Aab sporting director Lynge Jakobsen told BT “I think Lucas might be the most valuable asset we’ve had since Gronkjaer.”

09.27 GMT: Full story on Leed United's proposed signing of USA international Robbie Rogers is here.

09.21 GMT: Another one from the Mirror - Manchester City are looking to relieve Manchester United of Paul Pogba, who's out of contract at the end of the season and rejected an extension recently after, Fergie suggested, receiving some bad advice from his agent. Arsenal, Inter and AC Milan are also apparently having a think about signing the 18-year-old.

09.09 GMT: Aston Villa expect striker Robbie Keane's two-month loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy to be completed this morning.

09.00 GMT: Brazilian left-back Maxwell could wrap up a move to Paris St-Germain from Barcelona today after travelling to the French capital on Wednesday night. Barcelona confirmed in a statement they have reached a preliminary agreement with big-spending PSG to sell the 30-year-old, who must now agree a contract and pass a medical before completing the transfer. No fee has been disclosed.

08.56 GMT: Here's the story of how Mario Balotelli is too expensive to return to Serie A.

08.51 GMT: Wilfried Zaha has been advised to stay at Crystal Palace despite interest from Liverpool and Newcastle, lest he follow in the footsteps of forgotten man John Bostock. Story here.

08.49 GMT: The Independent has a more confident take on this morning's lead gossip: "Chelsea are hopeful of completing the deal for Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill today following delays over the buying club's insistence that new financial fair play regulations (FFP) mean they are prepared to pay him a relatively low – by their standards – £50,000 a week."

08.46 GMT: Luis Suarez won't let "hate mobs drive him out of English football", the Daily Star says, and the paper has some quotes to back up their claim: “I was so excited to sign for Liverpool. It was a dream come true and I hope for a long career with them. I grew up watching them and they are a club with such a big history, especially in the Champions League.”

08.30 GMT: Good morning and welcome to the paper round-up. There's plenty around this morning, but today apparently is the day that Gary Cahill will be forced to decide whether he actually wants to play for Chelsea or not.

Daily Mirror: Chelsea will walk away from the Gary Cahill deal if the Bolton defender does not say yes on Thursday ... QPR will sign Chelsea centre-back Alex for £3 million and are also keen on Nedum Onuoha and Wayne Bridge ... Sir Alex Ferguson has told Darron Gibson he is free to leave and could join Everton for £2.5 million ... Swansea are desperate to sign Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard and are offering Leroy Lita and Stephen Dobbie in part-exchange.

Daily Mail: AC Milan have offered Manchester City the chance to take Germany Under-20 midfielder Alexander Merkel as part of the Carlos Tevez deal ... Tottenham have bid £7.5 million for Blackburn defender Chris Samba after QPR expressed an interest ... Galatasaray are ready to offer £8 million for Dirk Kuyt ... Bayern Munich are being linked with Dimitar Berbatov ... Newcastle are attempting to secure first option on Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha ... Everton are closing in on a £1 million deal for Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson.

The Sun: Chelsea and Manchester United are battling it out for River Plate’s £8 million rated 17-year-old winger Lucas Ocampos ... Mario Balotelli could extend his Manchester City contract as agent Mino Raiola thinks that, at £50 million-plus, he is too “big” for Italian football ... Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel could make a loan move to the Championship ... Leeds United have agreed a deal to sign Columbus Crew winger Robbie Rogers but still have to secure a work permit ... Tottenham could beat West Ham to the signing of Evian striker Yannick Sagbo.

Daily Telegraph: Manchester United have put hotly-tipped 18-year-old Ravel Morrison up for sale having "lost patience with his repeated truancy from training" and Newcastle are readying another bid after seeing a £500k offer rejected last week ... Spurs are the clear favourites to sign Chris Samba.

January 11, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/11/2012

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Local hero? Talk of the Toon etc © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's it for tonight. Join us again in the morning for the next exciting installment of the January transfer window.

23.47 GMT Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has slammed the press who have linked Andy Carroll with a cut-price return to Newcastle. He said: "I am worried about the people that invent them [stories]. You have absolutely no foundation whatsoever (for the stories). I don't need to justify what is in the paper. I have stood up - and always will stand up - for the players."

23.12 GMT Sky Sport 24 claims Adriano Galliani is to fly to Manchester to open talks with Manchester City over the transfer of Carlos Tevez to AC Milan.

22.34 GMT Twitter talk suggests Michael Uchebo will not be signing for Stoke after the towering VVV Venlo striker failed to impress on trial.

22.14 GMT It seems Sean St Ledger's loan move from Leicester City to Ipswich Town is off for now, with the Foxes wanting to keep him for their FA Cup replay against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

21.53 GMT Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas talking about progress on transfers so far. "The only one we have outlined to loan is Josh McEachran and a deal is almost done for him. So there is no solution at the moment."

21.22 GMT Robbie Keane's two-month loan move to Aston Villa looks set to be completed on Thursday. Keane could face an instant reunion with Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan in Saturday's home game with Everton.

20.52 GMT There’s been more than one report linking 20-year-old Sao Paolo starlet Henrique with a move to Queens Park Rangers. Perhaps a Hughes signing in the pipeline?

20.30 GMT DONE DEAL Novara have confirmed the signing of 32-year-old striker Giuseppe Mascara from Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

19.34 GMT Lionel Messi says he will play in Argentina before he retires. "In Europe I want to play for Barcelona, I'd stay here always. The more time I could stay here, the better for me, I feel really comfortable and very liked. But before retiring I want to play in my country, I'm very sure that I want to play in Argentina. It is a dream of mine and it will come true," he declared to Buenos Aires sports newspaper Ole.

19.15 GMT Barcelona full-back Maxwell is set to join big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain after the Catalan club revealed that talks were underway over his exit.

18.47 GMT Sochaux have made a further attempt to recruit Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu. The French club have lodged a second bid for the United States international after failing with a previous offer, reported to be in the region of £500,000.

18.15 GMT Liverpool lead Tottenham and Bologna in the race to sign Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos, according to Football Italia. The Dutch forward, 19, joined Inter from Feyenoord in the summer but is now looking to go out on loan.

17.50 GMT New QPR manager Mark Hughes has said he is eager to secure a deal for transfer-listed Chelsea defender Alex. "I'm always a little wary about talking about players and names," Hughes said. "The one you mentioned [Alex] is very much in that level and we would hope to bring that quality of player to the club if that's possible."

17.26 GMT - DONE DEAL Chelsea's French winger Gael Kakuta has joined Ligue 1 outfit Dijon on loan until the end of the season, the club have announced.

17.15 Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has confirmed the Turkish club are interested signing Xherdan 'scourge of Man Utd' Shaqiri from Basel. "Of course I want Shaqiri. We have been interested since July, but this time we're serious and are currently negotiating with him," Terim said.

16.54 Chelsea have approched AC Milan regarding Rossoneri youth team starlet Bryan Cristante, according to TMW. However, the Italian club are keen to keep hold of the player.

16.27 GMT Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent has dismissed rumours linking the Napoli forward with a move to Inter Milan as "fantasy football". Alejandro Mazzoni told Radio CRC. "This is an invention of journalists, because Inter have never contacted me and Napoli tell me that Inter have never asked Lavezzi."

16.05 GMT Maxwell's transfer from Barcelona to PSG rolls ever onward with Le 10 Sport claiming the defender met with executives of the French club today. A deal has apparently been struck and he will have a medical on Thursday.

15.41 GMT Sochaux striker Modiba Maiga is hoping to join Stoke in a 'reverse Demba Ba' after his proposed move to Newcastle fell through last month when he failed a medical, according to the Daily Mirror.

15.18 GMT Hold on to your hats Everton fans, you've actually been linked with a player. The Liverpool Echo claims the Toffees are tracking Egyptian striker Mohamed Nagy, who has scored nine times in 32 appearances for current club Al Ahly.

14.56 GMT And what of these crazy Carlos Tevez to QPR rumours? "You never know - but it's highly unlikely," mega-rich owner Tony Fernandes tells BBC Radio 5 Live.

14.31 GMT New AS Roma co-owner James Pallotta believes he has managed to convince Manchester City transfer target Daniele De Rossi to remain at the Stadio Olimpico. "De Rossi? I think we are closer to him signing after a short conversation we had the other day," Pallotta told Roma Channel.

14.15 GMT Lille expect to keep hold of star midfielder Eden Hazard until at least the end of the season despite the French club claiming to have received a number of offers for his signature. Full story

13.51 GMT Espanyol have revealed that they are in talks with Malaga about letting Carlos Kameni leave Catalonia for the Costa del Sol.

13.35 GMT Newcastle United will take French attacking midfielder Abdelhakim Omrani, who switched allegiance to Algeria in September, on trial. The Racing Lens player will join former team-mate Mehdi Abeid at St James' Park.

13.20 GMT Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Brazilian defender Maxwell is on the verge of joining French side PSG. "The transfer of Maxwell to PSG isn't done yet, but the talks are well-advanced. If he leaves, we can only thank him," he said.

12.55 GMT Former Real Madrid midfielder Guti, who is currently without a club after leaving Besiktas in November, claims Real Zaragoza want to sign him.

12.37 GMT Robert Pires, who is currently training with the Arsenal, has played down speculation that he could follow Thierry Henry in re-signing for Gunners. The former Aston Villa midfielder is looking for a move to Asia. "Nowadays the new destination is China. I am on the negotiation level," he told L'Equipe.

12.20 GMT Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied the earlier reports that he wants to leave Arsenal on loan after becoming frustrated at his lack of first-team action. He wrote on Twitter: "Just to confirm, any rumours about me wanting to leave are completely false, couldn't be happier at Arsenal #AFC #VictoryThroughHarmony.''

11.58 GMT Demba Ba has hit back at a 'lying' agent who has claimed he represents the Newcastle United striker and that Manchester United have demonstrated an interest in his services. Full story

11.37 GMT Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is hoping he will be granted permission to spend a second season with Atletico Madrid, after enjoying a successful spell in La Liga. Courtois joined Chelsea last summer and is seen as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, and was sent on loan to Spain to gain experience.

11.32 GMT Andy Carroll's agent says there is "no truth" in newspaper reports linking the striker with a return to Newcastle United. Mark Curtis told BBC Sport that the 'striker' is "happy at Liverpool".

11.08 GMT Continuing links between Didier Drogba and QPR. He could join Alex in an AVB refuseniks splinter group. Lampard for QPR? You heard it here first.

11.06 GMT Vitalfootball say that Arsenal are considering a request from Wigan Athletic to take young wingman Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on loan until the end of the season. Has the horse bolted on that one? Roberto Martinez found a home for Tom Cleverley last year.

10.37 GMT Newcastle United have dismissed reports linking them with a move for former striker Andy Carroll, with the Magpies saying no bid has been made for Liverpool's not-so-divine pony-tail.

10.23 GMT Football Italia reckons that Bologna are planning to raid Juventus for fringe players Frederik Sorensen and Luca Toni before the end of January.

10.16 GMT West Brom teenage defender James Hurst has joined Chesterfield on a youth loan until the end of the season.

10.05 GMT FC Schalke 04 have agreed a four-year deal with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Roman Neustädter.

09.59 GMT QPR have bid for Chelsea's transfer-listed defender Alex, who last week said he wouldn't mind returning to Brazil and taking a paycut. Staying in London would mean he would want more wonga, surely.

09.46 GMT ESPNsoccernet understands Newcastle United could be set to lodge a bid for Blackburn Rovers winger Junior Hoilett. Story

09.39 GMT Shay Given has welcomed Aston Villa's attempts to sign Robbie Keane on a short-term deal, claiming the striker has given the dressing room a 'lift' by training with them.

09.19 GMT Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be leaving Arsenal in the transfer window, say Talksport, quelling rumours of the starlet wanting more first-team football.

08.56 GMT Widespread reports that Chelsea want Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria, though he will cost upwards of £30 million. Maybe AVB will get to spend that £150 million.

08.54 GMT We expect Gary Cahill to become a Chelsea player today, and that's despite Tottenham and Manchester United still being linked with him. Those personal terms - Cahill wanting to be paid like John Terry, and Chelsea wanting to pay him like Salomon Kalou - are to be bridged.

08.47 GMT Firesale at the Mike Ashley Stadium? Tim Krul will cost you £15 million, say The Sun.

08.45 Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison looks headed for an Old Trafford exit after his new representatives failed to agree a new deal for him. United may well be denied their brightest prospect but here is a young man who looks more trouble than he is worth.

08.42 GMT The Daily Mail has Chris Samba joining old boss Mark Hughes at QPR, while we have our own Blackburn tip that Junior Hoilett will be heading to Newcastle. £17 million the pair, and the Venky's have paid off that pesky loan? How modern football works. PSG are in for Samba too.

08.30 GMT Andy Carroll back to Newcastle for a bargain £15 million reduction from £35 million? Liverpool have issued a denial to the Daily Express, but the jungle drums suggest that Big Andy will soon be sipping Jaegerbombs on the Bigg Market again. That, of course, leaves a striking berth at Liverpool, who are now linked with Demba Ba, along with PSG, Manchester United and Spurs, though some seem to have forgotten he is due to be at the African Cup of Nations.

January 10, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/10/2012

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Mark Hughes is all over the papers © Getty Images

23.46 GMT: That's your all for tonight. Thanks for joining us and we'll be back in the morning, when we'll hopefully have some concrete news on the Gary Cahill transfer and more besides.

23.40 GMT: Could Manchester City be forced into the market to cover for their injuries, suspensions and African Nations Cup absentees? “All the people think we have a lot of players, but we have 19, plus keepers. It is not a big squad,” Roberto Mancini said. “If we are unlucky and we have three or four players injured, like at this moment, we can have a problem. The club knows this.”

23.16 GMT: Poor old Harry Redknapp is having a hard time this month. Saying he’s not “desperate” to sign anyone, he added: “The January window drives you mad. You get phone calls from agents without a clue, offering you useless players. If you do happen to answer by mistake, you would say 'We are in the Premier League, not the Southern League. You are ringing the wrong manager'. It is unreal.”

22.45 GMT: Andre Villas-Boas says Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is “certainly” capable of making the switch from SPL to Premier League and added: "Jelavic is a great goalscorer. A player of his talent, with the right motivation at the right club, can continue to produce.” He was speaking while in Scotland, though, so may have just been “doing a Pele” and saying nice things about players in his host country.

22.21 GMT: It seems Napoli beat Chelsea to the signature of Chilean winger Eduardo Vargas despite scrimping on wages. Agent Cristian Ogalde told Que Pasa: “We would have been proud to see him join Chelsea, and he certainly would have had better wages, but Napoli is the best option for him. It’s important to look at the opportunity for development.”

21.45 GMT: Agent Mino Raiola has confirmed to RAC1 that Barcelona defender Maxwell could be on his way out, with PSG thought to be close to a deal: “Maxwell has many options. Barca know all about it - it’s no secret.”

21.17 GMT: West Bromwich Albion have become the latest Premier League club to be linked with Australia defender Rhys Williams, but it is understood Middlesbrough remain determined to retain his services beyond the January transfer window.

20.47 GMT: Serbian newspaper Blic seems to think Gary Cahill to Chelsea is a done deal. Perhaps Branislav Ivanovic has been feeding them some info.

20.26 GMT: Apparently Neymar’s sparked some speculation after being pictured in Barcelona. Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, the Santos president, has already played it down (“The Spanish love speculation. He causes excitement wherever he goes. It’s not a problem”). He’s shooting an advert there, which is pretty watertight as far as excuses go.

19.48 GMT: Marca’s big story this afternoon is that Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria could be set for a move to England. Apparently an English club will offer €42 million and, with Di Maria struggling to agree a contract extension, he could accept. The paper suggests it might be Chelsea. Sounds distinctly like Di Maria’s agent has just told Marca that there’s some interest so Madrid hurry up and give him a payrise, but that may just be cynicism on our part.

19.23 GMT: Sebastien Bassong has voiced his frustration at a lack of playing time with Tottenham this season, saying he is open to a move away from the club in the January transfer window. “Whether I stay or I go, we must find a solution,” he told L'Equipe. “I need to play.” Bassong came close to a move to QPR in the summer window.

19.07 GMT: Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin, 23, fancies a move to PSG. “I was born in Paris, I am Parisian," he told Le Pays. "When I was little, I went to the stadium and it was a childhood dream of mine to one day join this team."

18.31 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed his interest in Real Valladolid striker Javi Guerra. He told the club's Blues News: "I don't like discussing other team's players but he's very good. We've been watching a lot of games."

Asked if he would be interested in signing the forward if he became available, McCoist said: "Quite possibly. He is a very good player and, if the opportunity arose, yes."

18.14 GMT: Mario Balotelli has been talking about going back to Italy for the 5,000,000th time, and has said the type of thing he usually says.

"I am 21 years old and have spent almost two years away from home," he said. "I have adapted quite well, despite the huge cultural differences, but I have no real friends here. If I had to move, right now, I would choose Italy.

"Here in England the tabloid press writes about absolutely everything, and always exaggerates, but the thing that gives me most trouble is that in Italy the tabloids talk rubbish without a shred of truth to it. So many Italians take everything at face value."

17.53 GMT: Aston Villa remain optimistic Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will join them on loan although the deal is unlikely to be completed today, Press Association Sport reports. The Republic of Ireland international is poised to join Villa for two months and is already training with the club, but the eight-hour time difference between Birmingham and Los Angeles means any announcement will probably happen on Wednesday after the expected completion of the paperwork.

17.22 GMT: Royston Drenthe, who is currently on loan at Everton from Real Madrid, has revealed he has plans to return to Feyenoord within the next three years.

17.04 GMT: Carlos Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian is said to have told Nerazzurri director Marco Branca: "Carlos told me he only wants to play alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan."

16.47 GMT: Basel's director of sport Georg Heitz has warned his club's former coach Thorsten Fink against making a further bid to sign young Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka this winter.

16.30 GMT: QPR chief executive Philip Beard: "We're trying and there are one or two players that we've had discussions about. I can't promise that there'll be new players for Sunday."

16.17 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Kris Boyd is considering an offer from MLS Cup finalists Houston Dynamo.

16.08 GMT - DONE DEAL: FC Schalke 04 have bolstered their midfield options for the 2012-13 season with the signing of Roman Neustadter from Borussia Monchengladbach.

15.49 GMT - DONE DEAL: More news from Germany as Nurnberg complete the free transfer of midfielder Hanno Balitsch from Bundesliga counterparts Bayer Leverkusen.

15.31 GMT - DONE DEAL: Former Germany international Gerald Asamoah has signed for Bundesliga 2 club Greuther Fuerth.

15.13 GMT: When Mario Balotelli speaks, we listen. He has told L'Uomo Vogue: "I am 21 and already I have lived away from home for nearly two years. I have adapted quite well - in spite of the huge [cultural] differences. But I have no real friends here. If I had to move, right at this minute, I would choose Italy."

14.54 GMT: Preston North End goalkeeper Iain Turner is to leave the club and return north of the border on loan at Scottish Premier League club Dunfermline for the rest of the season.

14.38 GMT: Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants to extend his loan from Chelsea for another year. He told reporters at a news conference:"That is a decision that depends on Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and me. There is time to decide because we are in January but I like Madrid, it is a very good club and if I can stay a second year here that would be great.''

14.29 GMT: Jonathan Soriano could leave Barcelona for Benfica this month. "It is true that I have spoken with [ex-team-mate] Nolito about Benfica,” Soriano admitted.

14.21 GMT: Stevenage have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Luke Freeman from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee after a successful loan.

14.10 GMT: Burnley have loaned Alex-Ray Harvey and Joe Jackson to Barrow.

13.52 GMT: Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has urged Jack Grimmer to heed the lessons of Chris Maguire's move south after Fulham expressed interest in the teenager. Maguire, 22, has only made eight appearances since moving to Derby in the
summer.

13.40 GMT: Fulham are reportedly interested in Bristol Rovers’ teenage wing man Shaquille Hunter.

13.31 GMT: Burnley have terminated the contract of central defender Leon Cort by mutual consent.

13.26 GMT: Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb has started training with Bundesliga side Augsburg, although he is not likely to appear for the club officially.

13.19 GMT: Former Manchester United winger Bojan Djordjic has left Blackpool by mutual consent after just six months, having never played for the club and featuring as an unused sub only once.

13.03 GMT: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in Marseille forward Loic Remy. "He's a good player," Redknapp said. "He's a player we like and there's interest there."

12.51 GMT: STV reports that Portsmouth, Bristol City, Burnley and Sheffield United are all keen on Hearts player Andrew Driver.

12.37 GMT: Miguel Llera has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent basis from Blackpool.

12.31 GMT: Francis Coquelin has signed a new long-term contract, believed to run until the summer of 2015, with Arsenal. He has played 12 games for the Gunners this season after spending last season on loan at Lorient.

12.14 GMT: West Brom have officially completed the signing of Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan for an undisclosed fee.

12.05 GMT: Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande appear to be out of the running to sign Didier Drogba. The club have stated on their official website: "We have [had] no contact with Drogba whatsoever, nor... authorised anyone to contact him. The recent Drogba reports are pure speculation, he is not in our plans."

11.26 GMT: Doncaster Rovers are set to offer a new contract to Billy Sharp to try and prevent him joining Leicester City.

11.13 GMT: VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo is on trial at Stoke and thinks a work permit is possible for a proposed move. He told Sky Sports: "My game and my physique are set for English football. Tony Pulis loves strong athletes but quality ones as well. Hopefully the deal can go through and I will get my work permit and play my football on the bigger stage."

10.59 GMT: Local East London paper the Guardian reports that West Ham United have taken Japan striker Ryoichi Maeda on trial.

10.41 GMT: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has confirmed the club are keen to sign Carlos Tevez. Moratti told the club's official website: "If you do something you don't do it as a joke, but because you think it can be a good operation. We've acquired information on how things are going, there's room to act, we'll see if we can do it or not."

10.23 GMT: Le Parisien reports that Maxwell is on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona.

10.07 GMT: Arsene Wenger on signing a new defender: "I hope I can get [Johan] Djourou for Sunday and if we find a solution we will take it. But at the moment we are not close [to a deal]."

09.51 GMT: The Blackpool Gazette reports that Ian Holloway has had a £650,000 bid rejected for Southampton's Jason Puncheon.

09.36 GMT: Inter Milan striker Luc Castaignos is said to be interesting Liverpool.

09.21 GMT: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is ignoring reported interest in Gary Hooper, Kris Commons and Adam Matthews. “It’s speculation. I’m not interested in anyone being sold unless the club receives a knockout offer,” he said.

09.00 GMT: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed a loan for Chelsea's Josh McEachran is almost done. “Hopefully we can get that agreement confirmed in the next 24-48 hours. We’ve obviously made an enquiry,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

It's a quiet morning in the newspapers, no links of Wayne Rooney or Daniele de Rossi to Man City. So let's see what's in the papers.

The Sun: Wayne Rooney on Sir Alex Ferguson: "I want to play for him for the rest of my life." ... QPR expect to name Mark Hughes as their new boss and will give him a £20million January transfer kitty ... West Ham are hoping to finalise a move for FC Dallas centre-back George John ... William Gallas intends to quit Tottenham for Qatar or the United States ... Stoke are to pay £1million for Michael Uchebo - dubbed 'the new Kanu' - of Dutch club VVV-Venlo.

The Mirror: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has agreed a loan deal with Chelsea for England Under-21 midfield starlet Josh McEachran ... West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has made a £4million bid for Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham ... Mark Hughes has been lured back into football at Queens Park Rangers with a £30 million January transfer kitty ... Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is making a new bid to sign striker Loic Remy - but Marseille want a staggering £22 million for him ... Levante want Blackburn's Ruben Rochina.

Daily Mail: Blackburn defender Chris Samba is Mark Hughes' key target at QPR ... Chelsea are closing in on an £8million summer deal for Kevin de Bruyne of Genk ... Daniel Sturridge’s long-term Chelsea future is in doubt after it emerged talks over a contract extension have yet to be scheduled ... Manchester United are considering a move for Olympiakos right back Vasilis Torosidis ... West Bromwich are still pursuing Porto winger Cristian Rodriguez ... Blackburn have turned down a £2.5million bid from Turkey for midfielder Mauro Formica. Bursaspor, Kayserispor and Besiktas are all interested ... Swansea City are willing to include Stephen Dobbie in a cash-plus-player offer for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard.

Daily Star: Man City boss Roberto Mancini wants talks with chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak about a new spending spree to keep the club in the title hunt ... Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to buy in bulk – with a bid for the Hulk.

Daily Express: Mark has told QPR he needs £30million to pull them clear of relegation ... Aston Villa are set to rubber-stamp the loan signing of Robbie Keane after the striker trained with them for the first time ... Blackburn contract rebel Junior Hoilett is set to snub interest from Bolton and hold out for a bigger move ... Swansea expect to complete the loan signing of highly rated Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran.

Daily Telegraph: Mark Hughes is planning a raft of signings at QPR including the exciting young Brazilian striker Henrique of Sao Paulo ... Roberto Mancini wants the Manchester City hierarchy to sanction a January move into the transfer market to avoid the club's title bid being derailed by a player shortage ... Chelsea hope to clinch the £7 million signing of Gary Cahill within the next 48 hours.

Guardian: Mark Hughes is set to make Aston Villa forward Darren Bent a principal target.

January 9, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/09/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid. © Getty Images

23.38 GMT Here's a final rumour to sign off with tonight: Manchester United are considering a move for Olympiakos right back Vasilis Torosidis after scouting the 26-year-old in a 0-0 draw with Doxa Drama on Sunday night, according the Daily Mail. Torosidis, who scored Greece's first goal at a World Cup finals in 2010, has a buy-out clause set at £6 million.

Be sure to check back on Tuesday morning for another transfer fix.

23.21 GMT: Blackpool winger Matt Phillips, 20, is not getting distracted by talk of a move to the Premier League. He told the Blackpool Gazette: "It's no problem for me. I am the type of lad who finds it easy to ignore speculation. Until something happens, I am a Blackpool player and I will continue to give 100%."

22.59 GMT: Mario Balotelli has rubbished speculation he is unhappy at Manchester City. Story here.

22.38 GMT: Brazil legend Ronaldo thinks Santos starlet Neymar needs to leave South America to fulfil his potential. "Neymar cannot just reach Messi - he can be better,” he said. “He has too much talent to stay only in Brazil. He is a talent that we have to export and allow him to dominate the world, to own it playing the game that he does. The prestige and competition in European football is massive."

22.12 GMT: Harry Redknapp says Roman Pavlyuchenko will have to stay at Spurs unless they can find a replacement. “He probably wants to leave, but we can't sell him unless we can find someone who we think could make the difference to us,” he said. “It's no good getting rid of Pav if you can't replace him. You'd leave yourself with two strikers - Adebayor and Defoe - so we can't do that. Pav has quality and he can play. If he is at it, where do you find a better striker? You don't. He is up there with the best.”

Redknapp’s also assured Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar that they’ll get more games in the second half of the season.

21.42 GMT: DONE DEAL Dundee United have confirmed that midfielder Scott Allan has joined West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

21.26 GMT: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has rubbished claims France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff could leave the club. "The journalists writing that Gourcuff is on his way out are simply getting it wrong," he said. "He will be staying. I brought him here because I thought that with him in our ranks, we would have a side with added value, especially in the Champions League."

20.59 GMT: AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri is having to deny reports Alexandre Pato’s upset with him again after he subbed him off against Atalanta. “There is no problem because I was very pleased with the performance of Pato,” he said. “He won a penalty and made two to three important openings. I took him off because we needed someone fresher, that’s all.”

20.26 GMT: GHANAsoccernet says 18-year-old midfielder Mumuni Abubakar, who plays for New Edubiase United, is having a trial with Liverpool.

19.59 GMT: Inter president Massimo Moratti says the club's attempt to sign Carlos Tevez is no joke.

"If we do something it is not in jest but because we think it will be a good move,” he said. “We received information on how things stood and that there was room to act, we’ll see if we can do it or not. There are still 20 days left."

Asked whether he was optimistic about signing Tevez, he said: "It’s not a matter of being optimistic - we’ll just see how things are.”

19.30 GMT Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has recalled Brandao from his loan at Gremio to help cope with a lack of forwards at the club. Deschamps expects Brandao to be available to face Lille on Sunday.

18.56 GMT More on Milos Krasic: The Juventus winger's agent has (again) confirmed that there is interest in the player from the Premier League, but no official bids. "I can rule out the prospect of Milos moving to another Italian team," Vlado Borozan told Notiziario Sportivo. "There is still some interest in him [Krasic] from the Premier League."

18.38 GMT Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to recruit one more player, in addition to Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill: "Apart from the central defender we might get one more player in, but we're not sure yet. " Full story

18.22 GMT Jlloyd Samuel has signed for Iranian club Esteghlal in Tehran and says he looking forward to a new challenge. "I did have opportunities in England, as well as one or two abroad as well. But for myself I wanted a new challenge."

17.30 GMT Fiorentina's Uruguayan forward Santiago Silva is heading to Boca Juniors for just €1.2 million, according to TyC Sports. Silva has scored just one goal in 12 appearances for La Viola.

16.45 GMT Norwich striker Oli Johnson's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent. Johnson, 24, made 23 appearances for the Canaries, 19 from the bench, and has scored four times since he joined from Stockport in January 2010. Full story

16.24 GMT: Danny Rose has spoken of his frustration over his lack of game time at Tottenham, and said he would be happy to move on loan to play more regularly: "It's frustrating for me and I need to be patient, but that's easier said than done. If it was up to me, I would be playing every week. Perhaps there is a chance I might go out on loan but we've got a few injuries lately so we will see what happens."

16.18 GMT: Scotland Under-21 midfielder Scott Allan has expressed his delight at completing his transfer from Dundee United to West Brom: “I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve turned down the chance to play for Celtic and Rangers to play in the best league in the world. It’s the best platform to showcase what I can do."

16.05 GMT: USA defender Tim Ream is expected to finally complete his £2 million switch from New York Red Bulls to Bolton this week.

15.57 GMT: Manchester United's forgotten midfielder Darron Gibson is a target for Everton, who clearly didn''t watch his performance against Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup, according to the Daily Mail.

15.42 GMT: Sky Sport Italia is tipping Egyptian teenager Stephan El Shaarawy to swap the San Siro for Cologne on a six or 18 month loan deal.

15.29 GMT: Marseille's Brazilian striker Brandao says he is happy to be back in France after returning from a year away on loan at Cruzeiro and Gremio: "Everything is agreed, I am returning to Marseille. I am delighted to be back."

15.16 GMT: Algeria midfielder Adlène Guedioura wants to leave Wolves after struggling to hold down a frist-team place at Molineux this season.

15.03 GMT: Comment from RossMosh, who believes the reported £3 million fee that Arsenal may pay to Chelsea for Salomon Kalou would represent an absolute bargain:

"I have no idea how much Chelsea want for Kalou, but anything under £8m has to be seen as excellent value. He's played a bit part most of his Chelsea career yet managed to score 10+ goals every season except his debut. He's also shown he's good for 5-10 assists. Kalou could represent one of the best value purchases of January as long as he can agree to a reasonable wage. I'm not suggesting Kalou is without flaws, but he's definitely worth more than £3m Arsenal are bidding."

14. 54 GMT: Harry Redknapp has re-iterated his interest in Chris Samba: "I like Samba, he is a good player. I wouldn't want to say it's an impossibility."

14.40 GMT: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that he would like the club to sign a "tall, young centre-back".

14.31 GMT: TalkSPORT reckons that Porto are going to beat Man Utd to the signature of highly-rated Basel and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri as the Red Devils are unwilling to negotiate in the January transfer window.

14.18 GMT: Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen insists he will remain at Ajax until at least the summer, in the wake of reported interest from Man Utd, Tottenham and Arsenal: "Everyone knows that I have ambitions, but my ultimate desire is not to go away just yet. I will stay for this season - and it could be that I stay at Ajax until my contract runs out in 2013."

14.05 GMT: Despite Hulk saying last week that he would be happy to discuss a move away from Porto should his buyout clause be met, his agent now says that he wants to stay with the Portuguese champions: "I do not think he wants to leave Porto. He is satisfied, he likes the club and the city."

13.53 GMT: Ally McCoist has confirmed that Rangers are interested in bringing St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza to Ibrox.

13.41 GMT: Steve Kean has dismissed reports that Yakubu may be set to leave Blackburn: "The message is simple - the Yak is our player, he is performing very well, he has done fantastic for us, he is not for sale."

13.27 GMT: It feels like we've said this a number of times already but Robbie Keane is on the verge of signing for Aston Villa. BBC Sport is predicting that a deal will be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

13.18 GMT: One of the more unlikely sounding rumours now, as Sky Sports claims that Turkish giants (and Super Lig) leaders Galatasaray are chasing West Ham striker Carlton Cole. Surely not?!

13.05 GMT: Comment from Rehanveer, who was unimpressed with Paul Scholes' return to action for Manchester United:

"Man United should either buy Hazard, Ganso, Hamsik or Gourcuff after seeing scholes play against Man City."

12.57 GMT: Earlier [11.44 GMT entry] Juve chief Beppe Marotta claimed that there has been no offer from Roma for Amauri, but the striker's agent says his client is "evaluating a number of options".

“A future in Italy or abroad? We are evaluating a number of options without ruling anything out,” Giampiero Pocetta told calciomercato.it. The transfer market is in full swing and is continually evolving. Every day could be the decisive turning point.”

12.48 GMT: Newcastle star Demba Ba has welcomed conjecture linking him with PSG but played down the chances of him leaving Tyneside in January: "Join PSG? Yeah, why not? It's possible. I have always supported PSG. And it's an attractive club. But it will be difficult to do that in January. I'm in Newcastle and the fans like me. The transfer market will be closed when I return from the African Nations Cup, so I won't focus on it."

12.39 GMT: Gael Kakuta has told the Canal Football Club TV show that he is very close to signing for Dijon, despite no official word as yet from Chelsea: "I made the choice to go to Dijon because I saw them play and they play good football. Coach Patrice Carteron convinced me. I hope it will be sorted in the next 24 hours. Talks are still going on."

12.26 GMT: Celtic will assess Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim in a trial this week after the 20-year-old negotiated his release from PSV, Neil Lennon has revealed: "He is on trial. We have got him in for a few days. We are just going to have a look at him in training this week. I know he has had a decent career up until now and he trained on Saturday and looked quite handy but again nothing more than that, just to have a look."

12.17 GMT: Sky Sports reckons that Arsenal are ready to pounce if Eric Abidal decides not to extend his Barcelona contract.

12.09 GMT: Ivica Olic has been talking for months about how he is seeking a transfer away from Bayern Munich but Bavarians coach Jupp Heynckes has now said: "From my point of view, not much stands in the way [of a contract extension]. Because he has something that few have. What distinguishes him is that for 90 minutes he is on the move, he fights hard and is ambitious."

11.57 GMT: Remember you can have your say on all the transfer rumours using the tool below. That's what Rohin Garg has done, giving his thoughts on Mario Gotze's claim that he is staying at Dortmund:

"Why have Dortmund bought Reus then? (in the summer). Every player who's about to be sold says that he's not going, but then leaves. Gotze just garnering support so that he has a good relationship with Dortmund fans. Gotze will be going to Arsenal in the summer, and Dortmund have bought Reus to replace him."

11.44 GMT: Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has been talking Bianconeri transfer targets, insisting that Milos Krasic is going nowhere: “Manchester City’s Tevez? The Argentine is a strong player, but we were not after him before and we don’t want him now. We’ve had no offers for Krasic and he won’t be leaving. Amauri to Roma? There has been no contact.”

11.31 GMT: L'Equipe reports that Lille coach Rudi Garcia is keen on bringing Rennes forward Jires Kembo to the club at the end of the season.

11.18 GMT: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed that left-back is a priority position for him after Patrick van Aanholt returned to Chelsea following the end of his loan spell.

11.06 GMT: Liverpool are monitoring French duo Benjamin Corgnet (Dijon midfielder) and Jawad Boukabous (Nantes striker) according to L'Equipe.

10.58 GMT:Mario Gotze has reiterated his desire to stay at Borussia Dortmund to Bild: "Of course I can imagine extending my contact at Dortmund. I have always said how at home I feel here. And nothing has happened to change that. I have my family and friends here. And the whole Borussia Dortmund package with the coach and the team is simply outstanding."

10.43 GMT: Ipswich have captured Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on a three-month loan deal.

10.36 GMT: Interesting rumour doing the rounds that West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green is a target for Ligue 2 side Monaco.

10.28 GMT: Football Italia speculates that Juventus will sign Uruguay international Martin Caceres from Sevilla by this Friday, with a loan fee of €2m mooted.

10.12 GMT: Despite saying on Saturday that he would like to move away from Napoli , the Slovakia star has now revealed that he is close to signing a new contract with the Partenopei: “Everything has been agreed and defined. All that is missing is a signature.” FULL STORY

10.03 GMT: Neil Taylor insists he is fully focused on life with Swansea, amid reports that Arsenal are weighing up a bid: "I've had a few texts off people telling me [about the Gunners' reported interest], but I just get on with my football. I'm enjoying my football here and I think it's going great."

09.56 GMT: Roma boss Luis Enrique has told Corriere dello Sport that he is confident Daniele De Rossi will pledge his future to the club: "There is a negotiation between the club and the player. It's up to him to decide and I think he will stay. He is a very important player for us and I don't like the idea of thinking about a Roma without him. But I'm not worried, my only focus is on improving this team." FULL STORY

09.42 GMT: Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton has told the Birmingham Mail that he has received no official approaches for Liam Ridgewell: “There will be speculation but at this moment we’ve not had one inquiry for him.”

09.29 GMT: The Bolton News claims that Owen Coyle wants to bring Blackburn Rovers contract rebel Junior Hoilett to the Reebok Stadium.

09.13 GMT: Arsene Wenger says that he might be keen to extend Thierry Henry's loan spell until the end of the season, the way AC Milan did with David Beckham.

09.02 GMT: Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has claimed Fulham have tried to sign him fron Ukrainian club Dnipro: "When the transfer window opened Fulham approached Dnipro to sign me on loan but my club flatly turned down the offer."

08.57 GMT: Nantes forward Florian Raspentino is the subject of interest from Caen and Brest, according to L'Equipe, with Udinese also thought to be considering a swoop after he rejected a new contract offer.

08.44 GMT: Over in Italy, the Corriere dello sport reports that Inter Milan are closing in on Carlos Tevez.

08.32 GMT: Staying in the Bundesliga, and former Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto says he is plotting a potential return to Germany, having left Hamburg for Qatar last summer. The Brazil international is disillusioned with life in the Gulf state and has explained that he favours either a move back to his homeland or to the Bundesliga.

08.20 GMT: Time for us to take a trip around Europe now, with our first stop in Germany, where Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes is reportedly a €15m target for Bayern Munich.

08.10 GMT: As ususal we will start things off by taking a look around the English press:

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail says Arsenal are plotting a £3 million swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou, while the same newspaper tips West Ham to up their bid for Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes and thw Metro suggests Spurs are keen to make a £3 million offer for Aston Villa defender James Collins.

Daily Mirror: Blackburn Rovers want 20-year-old Bastia winger Wahbi Khazri as a replacement for Junior Hoilett; Harry Redknapp says that Newcastle striker Demba Ba has a £5 million release clause that will likely spark a rush to try and sign him; Ipswich want to take Norwich's Aaron Wilbraham across the Suffolk divide for £750,000.

The Sun: Niko Kranjcar is ready to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham; Stoke and West Ham are chasing Reading winger Jimmy Kebe; Hamburg want to extend Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma's loan for another year; Swansea have joined West Brom and Wolves in the fight to sign Bristol City's Nicky Maynard.

08.05 GMT: The headline story above is from The Sun - the only newspaper to pick up on the Paul Scholes return before it happened - which claims that Spain's new top-rate tax laws and an apparently increasingly difficult relationship with the Real Madrid fans have led Cristiano Ronaldo to consider his future at the Bernabeu.

08.00 GMT: Hello and welcome to a fresh week in the January transfer window; we'll be bringing you all the latest gossip and done deals from the world of football. After Henry signing for Arsenal on Friday and Paul Scholes returning to Man Utd on Sunday, we will be on the lookout for Chelsea snapping up Gianfranco Zola, Liverpool swooping for Robbie Fowler and Alan Shearer returning to Blackburn.

January 8, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/08/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Rooney is said to want out. © Getty Images

23.59 GMT: That's all folks. Join us again once more tomorrow when we might find out who gets to spend QPR's cash this month.

23.31 GMT: Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta has opted to join Dijon on loan after weighing up his options and a move is almost complete. Remember all that fuss about him when he signed for the Blues? Seems like he hasn't really cut the mustard at Stamford Bridge.

22.47 GMT: Junior Hoilett could be set to leave Blackburn this January and Tottenham have been sniffing around. However, Bolton have now joined the hunt for the midfielder and could be willing to pay up to £8 million to bring him in.

22.00 GMT: Championship side Reading are lining up a move for Shamrock Rovers striker Karl Sheppard, according to Sky Sports. The 20-year-old spent three years at Everton before moving to Ireland.

21.45 GMT: Ledley King and Willam Gallas are both out injured, so Tottenham may have to dip into the transfer market for another defender. Harry is a known admirer of Gary Cahill, so could he be set to pounce to pluck him out of the clutches of Chelsea?

21.12 GMT: At the age of 26, Barcelona B striker Jonathan Soriano must be getting a little tired of not being able to make his name in a first-team. Therefore, he might be pleased to note that O JOGO reports Benfica are interested in signing him.

20.53 GMT: Ukrainian side Dnipro have rejected an offer from Fulham to sign their Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng.

20.02 GMT: Ipswich Town have completed the loan signing of Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

19.35 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Marco Reus has explained why he chose Borussia Dortmund over Bayern Munich, claiming the Westphalians are more likely to be successful than the Bavarians. He rejected claims from Munich that he chose not to move to them out of fear he would not play regularly by saying that he just does not think they are good enough for him.

"If they want to think that, then let them think it - it does not bother me,'' he said. "I decided this way because I feel there is more potential (in Dortmund) for playing in Europe and measuring myself against the best. In my eyes, Dortmund are the better club.''

18.44 GMT: Eric Abidal is believed to be a possible target for Arsenal as they look for a full-back on loan.

17.57 GMT: Rangers boss Ally McCoist says St Johnstone's Francisco Sandaza is just one of his target. "I'll have a chat with Craig [Whyte] and see where we are on that one," McCoist said of 27-year-old Sandaza. "He is just one of a number of forwards that I'm really, really interested in."

17.14 GMT: Spurs midfieldeer Niko Kranjcar says he will not be leaving this month:"I still believe my future is here,'' Kranjcar said. "I know the next few months I want to stay, get in shape and hopefully have a good Euro 2012."

16.38 GMT: Bolton boss Owen Coyle insists skipper Kevin Davies is going nowhere in January despite the skipper losing his place: "We will absolutely not sell Kevin in the window,. He is a terrific player who has a big role to play for us in the future. He is desperate to return to the level of last year when he was playing for England."

16.21 GMT: Swansea have confirmed they want Josh McEachran on loan from Chelsea: “We’ve enquired about him,” said first-team coach Colin Pascoe. “We want him, he’ll suit us and hopefully he’ll come to us.”

15.48 GMT: Lyon's Aly Cissokho is a reported target for Arsenal but Arsene Wenger has said: "At the moment nothing, we don't have a concrete case but we don't rule it out. A loan defender is the likely scenario."

15.05 GMT: James Tomkins is on the bench for West Ham at Sheffield Wednesday today. If he is not used it could fuel rumours of a move to the Premier League.

14.16 GMT: Chris Hughton believes in-demand young Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond should stay at St Andrew's to further his development as a player.

12.00 GMT: BREAKING NEWS: Paul Scholes has signed for Manchester United until the end of the season.

11.25 GMT: Fiorentina have Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on their wanted list.

11.01 GMT: Raul, out of contract at Schalke this summer, wants to begin talks over a new deal.

10.23 GMT: Harry Redknapp says he still expects Giovani Dos Santos to leave Tottenham despite his Man of the Match performance against Cheltenham in the FA Cup.

10.14 GMT: Nyron Nosworthy's loan spell with Watford ends today - the defender will return to Sunderland.

The not-so surprising rumour from the Sunday morning papers sees Wayne Rooney linked with a £60 million move from Manchester United to Manchester City.

Depite both club and player rubbishing the Independent's story that Rooney would be allowed to leave, the Sunday Mirror have taken up the baton and run with it.

Here's the rest of the morning's newspaper rumours:

Sunday Mirror: Chelsea will honour the remaining 18 months of Frank Lampard’s contract - but won’t stand in his way if he wants to quit Stamford Bridge before then ... Newcastle have pledged to do everything in their power to keep 15-goal striker ­Demba Ba on Tyneside ... Manchester City are weighing up a decisive move to recruit Cheick Tiote from Newcastle ... Arsenal ready to offload Andrei Arshavin ... Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is adamant he will not sanction a sale of Darren Bent - at any price ... Chris Samba is poised to ask for a transfer from ­Blackburn Rovers ... Norwich have checked out Bristol City top-scorer Nicky Maynard, who has refused to sign a new contract ... Barcelona wonderkid Isaac Cuenca has snubbed Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to stick with the Catalan giants ... Luc Castaignos, the lanky Dutch striker currently at Inter Milan, is being offered to Premier League clubs ... James Tomkins is on Spurs’ wanted list.

People: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping tabs on Gary Cahill’s ­proposed move to Chelsea ... Liverpool and Arsenal are keen to trigger Demba Ba’s transfer release clause ... England ace Frank Lampard is on the brink of joining PSG - who are also targeting Wayne Rooney ... Blackburn's hopes of signing Esteban Granero on loan from Real Madrid are decreasing rapidly ... Spurs are planning to challenge QPR for the signature of James Collins – should they miss out on No.1 target Chris Samba ... Bobby Zamora is a target for Aston Villa - if they lose Darren Bent to Liverpool ... Martin Jol looks set to be frustrated in a bid to lure Tom Huddlestone to Fulham on loan.

Mail on Sunday: Manchester United plan to sign Luka Modric to keep Wayne Rooney happy ... Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has claimed Robbie Keane should be able to join up with the club to begin his loan deal first thing on Monday ... Newcastle and Fulham are tracking £3million-rated Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne ... QPR will turn their attention to Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha and James Collins, of Aston Villa, if they are unable to agree a price with Blackburn for Chris Samba ... Bolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that the only remaining sticking point in defender Gary Cahill’s projected transfer to Chelsea was the player’s negotiations over personal terms ... Henry arrival delays Arsenal's Podolski bid ... Paul Scholes and Manchester United are considering a dramatic comeback.

Daily Star on Sunday: Liverpool bad-boy Luis Suarez is Europe’s £30million wanted man. La Liga leaders Real Madrid, loaded French outfit Paris St-Germain and Serie A giants Inter Milan and Juventus would all be interested ... Liverpool will lead the £10million chase for Newcastle hot-shot Demba Ba ... The Carlos Tevez saga is expected to come to an end this week with the AWOL Manchester City striker joining AC Milan.

January 7, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/07/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Yours for £10 million: Demba Ba has a clause that allows him to leave Newcastle © Getty Images

23.59 GMT: That's all folks. More of the same tomorrow and every day for the rest of January. Stay tuned.

23.55 GMT: Lucas Barrios is known to want out of Dortmund, but unless someone comes in with some big cash then he'll be staying. Lucky Malaga are loaded then eh? €10 million should be enough to persuade the Germans to let him leave and they have reportedly slammed this much down on the negotiating table according to Bild.

23.41 GMT: Fulham are being linked with a £3m move for highly-rated Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne, although the likes of Newcastle are also on his trail.

23.00 GMT: French radio station RMC says that Tottenham are keen to swap Roman Pavlyuchenko with Marseille's Loic Remy. Not often we see swap deals, so will keep an eye on how that one pans out...

22.40 GMT: Defender Ivar Ingimarsson has left Ipswich. "He's terminated his contract," Manager Paul Jewell told reporters. "We came to an agreement with him and his agent early last week. It just hasn't worked out for him or for us."

22.27 GMT: Sambafoot reports that Sao Paulo defender Bruno Uvini will travel to Italy this week to sort of his EU passport details, ahead of a €3 million move to Genoa.

21.53 GMT: Daniele De Rossi is going nowhere. "In my opinion, [De Rossi] will remain at Roma. In football, it is a lifestyle and money is not the only thing considered," said Luis Enrique at a press conference on Saturday. "The player will choose his own future but he's fine here and I do not see why he should go away. A sale in January? I exclude it."

21.04 GMT: Norwich fans could be in for a slow month. Manager Paul Lambert said: “We’ve tried to get people in. But I just don’t want to bring people in if they’re just going to make up the numbers. I want people to come in to give us a hand and at the minute nothing is happening.”

Asked if there was any position he was looking to strengthen in particular, he added: “I’m just looking for everywhere really, for all over the field of play. I’m not so sure [if we’ll spend any money]. I’ll do what I can do but I’ll have to wait and see.”

20.29 GMT: Despite suffering a fitness setback, Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen is attracting the attention of various MLS clubs at the tender age of 34.

20.05 GMT: Not much you can do when another manager reveals that your star player has a release clause of £10 million is there? Well this is what Newcastle's Alan Pardew had to say about Demba Ba: "He's a Newcastle player, he has been brilliant for us and that's all I want to say, really."

19.40 GMT: Sporting Gijon coach Manuel Preciado has played down his club's interest in signing Dos Santos from Spurs as €10 million is too much for them to pay.

19.06 GMT: Lionel Messi says that he NEVER wants to leave Barcelona. Shame, there could be a few clubs who are interested in him. "I'm at the best club in the world, no other team could fulfil me as much as Barcelona does; I hope to stay here until they get tired of me, which is hopefully never," he told Marca. "I grew up at La Masia and I am a man made at Barca."

18.43 GMT: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has ruled out a move for Huddersfield's striker Jordan Rhodes. He said: "No, he's a great player but not for Tottenham. We haven't made any offers. It's difficult, we've already got a good squad and there's no need to bring anyone in unless they can go straight in and improve the team."

He also said Giovani Dos Santos will leave during the January transfer window, claiming: "I think he'll probably move but it's got to be the right offer. bHe's looking to move and we'll see what happens this window."

18.26 GMT: Raul, 34, has confirmed he wants to sign a new contract at Schalke. His current deal expires at the end of the season but he told Bild: "I wish to continue to play at Schalke. Whether for one or two years is not decisive. I am confident and optimistic that we can reach an agreement. I'm assuming that it will not take too long. I feel very well - my head is clear and only with Schalke."

17.56 GMT: Reports from Sky suggest that Doncaster have agreed a fee with Leicester for their striker Billy Sharp. It is rumoured to be around £3 million.

17.52 GMT: ESPN.com brought you the news yesterday that Bolton had made a formal bid for New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, and his agent has now said a deal could be close. "Negotiations between Major League Soccer and Bolton are at an advanced stage and ongoing," Patrick McCabe told Goal.com. "We hope to have a positive resolution for Tim in the next few days."

17.33 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is not expecting anyone to leave in January despite speculation over Stephane Sessegnon and Kieran Richardson. "I obviously want to keep players at the football club," he said. "If there is anyone desperately unhappy and there is nothing we can do about that and something arrives in January then I will give that some consideration, but the main point would be trying to stabilise things rather than letting people go.”

17.11 GMT: Istanbul BB winger Edin Visca says he is delighted to be linked with Arsenal. "I am very proud that such a big club is interested in me," Visca told KiP. “Who wouldn't be happy about that? But the truth is, right now I am an Istanbul BB player and that means I cannot think too much about the Gunners. Until something concrete happens, I will only think about Istanbul BB as I want to play in Turkey and be as good as I can.”

16.35 GMT: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani provides a less than illuminating insight into the Carlos Tevez negotiations. "We have an agreement with the player; now there's an ongoing negotiation with Manchester City and we expect an answer," he told Sky Sport Italia.

16.11 GMT: Martin Jol says Fulham won’t sell striker Andrew Johnson unless a significantly improved bid comes in. QPR are said to have offered £2 million for the 30-year-old but Jol said: "What's the point for us - for Fulham, for my club - to sell a player for that sort of money? To get somebody will cost a lot more money so for me there is no problem. He is still under contract so we have to wait and see. If somebody wants him they have to pay a good transfer fee so we can buy another good player.”

15.45 GMT: Harry Redknapp doesn’t seem to want anyone to leave Spurs despite having a host of unhappy players. "The odd game here and there won't be enough to keep them happy, but what can you do? You have got to have a big squad,” he said.

"Danny Rose came to see me and asked if he could go on loan, but I can't because if Benoit [Assou-Ekotto] gets injured, he is in. Gomes wants to move but I don't want him to go as we will need three keepers. You never know, you might get an injury and none of them are young.

"Pienaar is a good player, but he has not been in the team. It is hard to keep them happy, but they are important players still.”

15.17 GMT: CSKA Moscow have signed 19-year-old Nigerian winger Ahmed Musa from VVV-Venlo for €5 million.

14.47 GMT: Reader comment from BigBoyBob.

"Not sure how you missed it but there is a report that Robin van Persie is heading to Real Madrid"

Not the first time that one rumour's cropped up, but this time it comes from Publico in Spain.

14.29 GMT: Nurnberg have offered a trial to Bayer Leverkusen's Hanno Balitsch as they seek cover for the injured Omar Gonzalez. Balitsch was told before Christmas that he is surplus to requirements at Leverkusen and he was advised to find a new club.

13.55 GMT: The Press Association is reporting that Newcastle have no intention of allowing Demba Ba to leave, with the striker happy at the club. It's emerged that Ba has a release clause in his contract that apparently stands at £10 million.

13.30 GMT: Chelsea are said to be close to a deal to sign 18-year-old Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo from Standard Liege. Omroep West says the Blues plan to immediately loan him to Dutch side ADO Den Haag.

13.22 GMT: Luis Enrique fully expects Daniele De Rossi to remain at Roma. “We all know what Roma means for the Romans and that is why I am not worried," he said. "He will stay because this is what he wants - at least, that’s what I think. Someone of De Rossi’s level should’ve renewed some time ago, but every day he trains with a smile on his face. Losing him in January is not an option.”

13.12 GMT: Sky Sports is reporting that Dundee United midfielder Scott Allen has passed a medical at West Brom.

13.02 GMT: David Moyes has confirmed he is in the market for a centre-back this month. Story here.

12.46 GMT: Reader comment from Rohin:

"If he is available, Arsenal should sign Gourcuff. He'll let some of the pressure of van Persie, and can be an option on the wing. Arsenal should also make a loan bid for Taiwo at Milan. Are you listening, Arsene????"

12.26 GMT: Corriere dello Sport thinks Inter Milan are desperate to land Carlos Tevez and, while like AC Milan they are only offering an initial loan deal, the Nerazzurri's option to buy would be raised to €27 million and with higher wages on offer. Football Italia reports that the Italian press are unanimous in claiming Milan are furious with Inter.

11.50 GMT: One line that slipped through the net yesterday - Wigan have announced that they have cancelled Patrick van Aanholt's season-long loan from Chelsea. He's not featured since October 1 and it was decided that it was in both clubs' best interests for him to return to Stamford Bridge.

11.34 GMT: There was talk before that Inter could cancel Mauro Zarate's season-long loan deal this month. Lazio boss Edy Reja has now suggested Zarate might return at the end of the season and could yet be part of the club's plans for the 2012-13 campaign.

11.25 GMT: It appears Lionel Messi has given an interview in which he says there's no club for him except Barcelona and that he could not imagine himself wearing Real Madrid's shirt. Gasp!

10.45 GMT: Werder Bremen's director of sport Klaus Allofs says there is little chance of defender Naldo leaving the club this winter after receiving a derisory offer. Naldo made a transfer request upon returning from his Christmas holidays in Brazil and an official offer for his services was subsequently made by Internacional Porto Alegre.

10.22 GMT: Lee Ryder of Newcastle's Evening Chronicle thinks Demba Ba will stay put: "My view is #nufc will draw up a new deal for Demba Ba, also seems delighted with life here too, told me the Toon more chilled then London."

10.11 GMT: Arsene Wenger wants Theo Walcott to stay at Arsenal. Juventus have been linked with the winger, but Wenger said: "We want to keep Theo and he knows that. Of course [he earns his money] - he works every day and works very hard. His attitude is great. I have no problems with that at all."

09.51 GMT: Marek Hamsik would welcome a move to Barcelona, Chelsea or Real Madrid, his agent says. Story here.

09.33 GMT: AS carries the rumour that Barcelona could try to sign Diego Forlan from Inter after the injury to David Villa.

09.10 GMT: Good morning and welcome to the blog. The big gossip this morning would have been The Independent saying Manchester United were ready to sell Wayne Rooney but for the fact the club denied it before it was even published.

Daily Mail: Demba Ba has a £10 million release clause … Arsenal have lined up a January swoop for Anderlecht forward Matias Suarez … Liverpool have held talks with £8.5 million-rated Jaguares striker Jackson Martinez, who has also attracted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal … Fulham boss Martin Jol is keen to take £4 million-rated midfielder Eyong Enoh from former club Ajax … QPR have had a £5 million bid rejected for Chris Samba but remain keen on the Blackburn defender as well as team-mates Junior Hoilett and Yakubu.

The Independent: The paper sticks with its claim that Man Utd are ready to sell Wayne Rooney despite the club’s denial.
 
The Sun: Paul Scholes would be willing to come out of retirement to ease Manchester United’s injury crisis … Fulham have rejected a bid from QPR for striker Andre Johnson … Espanyol and Villarreal are keen on Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar, Aston Villa, Fulham and Blackburn are keen on AZ striker Brett Holman … West Brom hope to tie up the signing of Dundee United midfielder Scott Allen in the next few days.
 
Daily Mirror: Tottenham wants £10 million-rated Fulham striker Moussa Dembele but is willing to wait until the summer … Arsenal are keen on Aly Cissokho to solve their left-back problem but have also given a trial to 24-year-old Oman international Saad Al-Mukhaini … Aston Villa are ready to sell James Collins to QPR for £5 million and will move for West Brom’s Jonas Olsson as his replacement.

Daily Star: The Daily Mail and Daily Star ran the claim that Man Utd wanted Frank Lampard on Friday and, although Fergie suggested it was nonsense at his press conference, StarSport remains convinced and says they could wait until the end of January before making their move with Chelsea willing to accept £7 million for the midfielder.

January 6, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/06/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Is Frank Lampard to Manchester United the strangest transfer rumour of the window so far? © Getty Images

22.00 THAT'S ALL FOR NOW FOLKS! And with that potential Rooney bombshell I'll bid you all a goodnight. On the Move will be up and running again first thing tomorrow morning. In the meantime, let your dreams be of sensational transfer rumours, and let some of them actually happen. As a sidenote, Jordan Rhodes scored FIVE for Huddersfield tonight, with a rumoured eight Premier League scouts in attendance.

21.40 ROONEY LATEST The talk on Twitter is that Manchester United will be releasing a statement imminently to deny the story set to run in The Independent tomorrow.

21.24 DONE DEALS Sunderland defender John Egan has joined Crystal Palace on a short-term loan deal. Palace have also snaffled up Norwich striker Chris Martin and Doncaster Rovers' Mustapha Dumbuya on loan.

21.00 TWITTER TALK Some BIG Wayne Rooney speculation expected in tomorrow's Indepedent. The suggestion on Twitter is that they're running a story claiming Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to let Rooney leave the club. I can absolutely guarantee more on that tomorrow.

20.34 Here's Michael Ballack on his decision to leave Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the season. "I signed on here for two years and it was clear for both parties from the very beginning that it was only planned for this period of time. I then intended to do something different. I am not going to give up playing altogether. I have never said that. I still have six more months to consider my situation and I will do that without any pressure.''

19.54 ESPN.com are reporting that Bolton have made a formal offer for New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream. Here's a line from Leander Schaerlaeckens' article. "The sides are close to an agreement, with the transfer fee likely worth somewhere between $2.5 million and $3 million, according to a source close to negotiations. Incentives for game appearances could inflate the final value of the deal."

19.23 Nice bit of research from the folks at Vital Football, who've worked out that Carlos Tevez would be a mile closer to his family in Buenos Aires if he does indeed join AC Milan. That's worked out based on flights from Manchester MAN and Milan MXP to Argentina. Brilliant work.

18.52 Manchester United youngsters Michael Keane and John Cofie have reportedly agreed loan deals with Belgian side Antwerp. The two clubs have fostered a strong relationship over the years, and Antwerp have previously benefitted from the loan services of Jonny Evans, John O'Shea, Lee Martin and Darron Gibson, amongst others.

18.27 Vagner Love's agent has revealed his player's anger at CSKA Moscow turning down a 10 million euros offer from Flamengo. “We were upset," Evandro Ferreira said. "They promised they would facilitate the deal, but they placed a high price tag." CSKA said the offer was "inadequate".

17.50 Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro says there is "no rush'' for him to make up his mind about his future. The striker has six months left on his current deal, and has been linked to a host of Europe's top clubs. "Sooner or later, an offer will come and I will take my time to consider it," he said.

17.23 Martin Jol on QPR's reported bid for Andrew Johnson: "What's the point for us, for Fulham, for my club to sell a player for that sort of money? To get somebody will cost a lot more money so for me there is no problem. He is still under contract so we have to wait and see. Of course, if somebody wants him they have to pay a good transfer fee so we can buy another good player."

17.04 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been talking about in-form Newcastle striker Demba Ba. Redknapp has said: "They say there's a release clause in his contract, that's what we all hear."

16.51 Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed Michael Ballack will leave the club at the end of the season, with a move abroad likely for the former German international. Read the full story here.

16.36 Sky Sports are reporting that Fulham have rejected a bid from QPR for striker Andrew Johnson.

16.22 GMT Bayer Leverkusen have confirmed that Michael Ballack will be released when his contract expires this summer: "When we signed Ballack in 2010, it was clear that we would go our separate ways after two years."

16.12 GMT DONE DEAL: Hibernian have secured the services of Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths until the end of the season.

16.03 GMT Blackburn boss Steve Kean admits he may be forced to cash-in on Junior Hoilett, one of the few impressive performers for Rovers this season. Hoilett is out of contract in the summer and available on a free transfer.

"If there is a bid that comes in then we would obviously have to consider that, and the fact that he hadn't signed [a new deal]. But no bids have come in," Kean said.

15.55 GMT Reports from France suggesting Marseille have rejected the chance to sign either Vincenzo Iaquinta or Luca Toni, who Juventus are keen to offload.

15.48 GMT Karabükspor have confirmed the signing of DR Congo defender Larrys Mabiala on a two-and-a-half year deal from Nice.

15.39 GMT TWITTER TALK: Arsenal have made an official bid for Anderlecht's Argentinean forward Matias Suarez.

15.23 GMT Roy Hodgson on West Brom's transfer targets or lackthereof: `We are all in agreement that if people were out there that would really help us, and we could get them at a normal and not a January-inflated price, the club would be keen to do something."

15.01 GMT Some of the stuff that comes out of Harry Redknapp's mouth is just absolute gold dust. When questioned about Spurs' reported interest in Ganso, he produced another fine titibit: "Ganso? I have never heard of him. I don't know him, where does he play? What position?" FULL STORY

14.48 GMT The LA galaxy off-season migration to Europe has continued with 2011 MLS Defender of the Year Omar Gonzalez on the verge of joining Bundesliga strugglers Nurnberg.

14.36 GMT FC Zurich frontman Admir Mehmedi has joined Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev, with the 20-year-old signing on until 2016.

14.28 GMT Austria striker Martin Harnik has penned a new four-year contract with Stuttgart.

14.13 GMT Loads of comments still coming in, keep up the good work! Most people suggesting players they would like their teams to sign, and for abdullah that team Chelsea:

"I think Chelsea should sign Ganso and the Villarreal defender Musacchio. Ganso will offer creativity and defence-splitting passes while Musacchio is wonderful young centre-back."

14.01 GMT Not a player transfer this one, but a departure from Blackburn Rovers nonetheless as assistant manager Paul Clement has left the club and is expected to join Carlo Ancelotti at PSG.

13.47 GMT Fulham manager Martin Jol is reportedly weighing up a bid for Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh.

13.31 GMT German Denis' agent expects Atalanta to take up their option to sign the striker, who is the leading scorer in Serie A this season, on a permanent basis: "He’s settled in well at Atalanta. He’s having a great season and Atalanta have faith in him. I think the club will move to sign him outright in June.”

13.16 GMT Maicon will not be leaving Inter Milan for Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent: "Maicon is and will continue to be an Inter player as he wants to win more honours in this jersey. I can categorically exclude any transfer negotiations with any clubs, there is no contact with Paris SG or with anyone else."

13.02 GMT Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has said he believes Kaka will stay at the Bernabeu until at least the end of the season.

12.55 GMT Amid suggestions QPR have lodged a £5 million bid for Blackburn's Christopher Samba, ESPNsoccernet understands there are concerns manager Steve Kean may not be able to reinvest the funds received from sales. Read the full story here.

12.22 GMT DONE DEAL: Thierry Henry is back at Arsenal.

12.09 GMT Sochaux are keen to bring Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu to Ligue 1 and will return with a second bid having already seen a €600,000 offer for him rejected.

"We are interested in bringing Maurice Edu to Sochaux," assistant coach Stephane Gilli said. "We have two or three other targets, but it's fair to say Edu is our number one target for the midfield position."

11.58 GMT It's being widely reported that Thierry Henry has completed his return to Arsenal on loan from New York Red Bulls, though there is no official confirmation yet from the Gunners. FULL STORY

11.43 GMT The agent of Vasco da Gama midfielder Romulo says Inter Milan are monitoring his client: "Inter really like him. He is one the players they are closely monitoring. There has not been official contact yet, though. There's no guarantee that he will be on the move in January. A summer transfer seems more likely at the moment. Vasco's asking price could prove to be a problem. They want €6-7 million for Romulo and not every team can afford that."

11.31 GMT Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill insists he has had no contact from Arsenal over versatile midfielder Kieran Richardson. FULL STORY

11.19 GMT Keep the comments coming in folks, among those proffering their opinions so far is Mujtaba tariq - outlining his transfer plans for Arsenal:

"I think Arsenal should sign Vertonghen (Ajax) as he can fit anywhere in the back four and Nuri Sahin is a perfect player for Arsenal if he isnt settled in spain. Ramsey and Sahin / Arteta and Wilshere fight for a place in midfield.. And he was sold just around €10mil so within range."

11.06 GMT The latest on Gary Cahill's proposed move to Chelsea from Bolton here from Owen Coyle: "There's a chance the deal can be concluded by the end of the week."

Let's hope so, transfers dragging out is one of our pet peeves here at ESPNsoccernet Towers

10.57 GMT Guinea midfielder Sadio Diallo will swap Bastia for Rennes at the end of the season after the wo clubs agreed a € 4 million fee for the promising 21-year old.

10.42 GMT Arjen Robben has told Kicker that he is keen to extend his Bayern Munich contract. The Flying Dutchman said: "I feel very happy here and I have a great relationship with people here. At the moment, I cannot see any reason why I should leave. It [a new deal] will certainly be discussed in the coming months."

10.28 GMT Reports in Italy suggest that Juventus are prepared to sell a 50% share (right arm, right leg?) in defender Frederik Sorensen this January, but only if a club stumps up €3m for the privilege.

10.15 GMT We'd like to hear your comments on all of today's rumours and feel free to add any that you might have heard. You can contribute using the tool below, which is exactly what ToyboyTim (nice name) has done:

"I had to laugh so hard reading about Redknapp's interest in Ganso (and to an extent Cahill). Little bit overambitious, isnt it? Half of a (half) decent season doesn't give you the right to play with the big boys! hahaha, still cant stop laughing"

10.09 GMT L'Equipe is reporting that Lille will reject Fenerbahce's €12 million offer for Moussa Sow as they do not have enough time to find an adequate replacement and the player himself would prefer to move to the Premier League.

09.56 GMT Man City boss Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring in more players during the January transfer window in order to bolster the club's Premier League title hopes. FULL STORY

09.42 GMT I wonder if any of us saw this coming: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports linking him with a shock swoop for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard in the January transfer window. FULL STORY

09.30 GMT Harry Redknapp is aiming to make two big name signings in January to boost his side's Premier League title hopes and is reportedly interested in a move for Santos starlet Ganso. FULL STORY.

09.22 GMTBolton manager Owen Coyle has revealed that Tottenham's unwillingness to meet the asking price for Gary Cahill means Chelsea are still in pole position to sign the defender. FULL STORY.

09.14 GMT A report in AS claims Real Madrid have snubbed an offer from PSG for Karim Benzema, while his Los Blancos team-mate Kaka has himself snubbed an approach from the Parisians' boss Carlo Ancelotti.

09.03 GMT Spanish daily Sport says Manchester United scout Martin Ferguson was at Barcelona v Osasuna to run the rule over highly-rated Catalans winger Isaac Cuenca.

08.55 GMT Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke is quoted in Bild as saying "the door will always be open to Nuri [Sahin]" amid reports that last season's Bundesliga champions want to re-sign the midfielder, who has struggled to settle at Real Madrid since moving last summer.

08.47 Our final stop in Italy for now takes us to Juventus and unhappy winger Milos Krasic, whose agent says there are a plethora of clubs interested in the Serbian. He said: "It’s true that he hasn’t played a lot in the last few months, but there are teams such as Chelsea, Inter, Tottenham and Fenerbahce, as well as three Russian sides I can’t name, who are following him and want him on loan." Sounds like textbook agent exaggeration to us.

08.34 GMT Staying in Serie A and Inter Milan have denied that they discussed the use of Wesley Sneijder as a makeweight in talks with Man City about Carlos Tevez on Thursday. Technical director Marco Branca assured fans: “In no way, and entirely down to our own wishes, did we discuss Sneijder in today’s meeting in London with Manchester City directors.”

08.28 GMT Time to have a sweep around Europe and Italy is our first destination. In-demand Palermo defender Federico Balzaretti has been tipped to join PSG in the summer by former Rosanero sporting director Rino Foschi, who said: “I would advise Napoli to sign him, but I think that he’s already agreed terms with Paris Saint-Germain. They already wanted him last summer and I do believe that he will head for Paris at the end of the present campaign.”

08.16 GMT Time now for a quick scan around the English press to see if any newspapers have matched the sheer improbability of the Lampard to United story:

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/index.html: Sir Alex wants Frank Lampard and the midfielder wants to swap Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford; Tottenham have joined Chelsea in the race for wantaway Juventus winger Milos Krasic; Celtic want QPR striker Jay Bothroyd and the Rs want Fulham's Andrew Johnson to replace him.

Daily Mirror http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/: Harry Redknapp wants to sign Blackburn pair Chris Samba and Junior Hoilett, and sell Vedran Corluka to West Ham; QPR want Wayne Bridge on loan from Man City for the rest of the season; Wolves and West Brom are chasing Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard.

The Sunhttp://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/: Alan Smith has been talking of his unhappiness at not playing at Newcastle; Chelsea are still leading the race to sign Gary Cahill despite the transfer hitting a stumbling block over wages; Federico Macheda is considering his long-term future at Man Utd; Liverpool and Man City are running the rule over highly-rated young Birmingham winger Nathan Redmond.

08.08 GMT We will quickly kick things off with the most outrageous transfer rumour we have read this morning. Top marks for imagination go to the Daily Mail for their story that Sir Alex Ferguson wants to take Frank Lampard to Man Utd, and that the Chelsea midfielder wants to go. We're ready to be proved wrong on this, but surely not....

08.00 GMT Bonjour, guten morgen, buenos dias and hello to all. It's Friday, which means clubs will probably be frantically working to get their January signings in before the weekend...okay, let's face it - most of them will wait until deadline day before chaotically attempting to put pen to paper at the 11th hour. But anyway, let's plough on.

January 5, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/05/2012

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Michel Salgado is the latest 'big name' linked with a move to China© Getty Images

23.52 GMT: ...and that's your lot for tonight. Join us tomorrow for more of the same.

23.51 GMT: A few bits from Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish before we sign off.

On a loan bid for Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran: “It's something we thought about - but I'm not sure we're going to do it.”

On Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yong: “I think that one would be not happening because we can't add to the wage bill.”

On QPR’s reported interest in James Collins: “Neil (Warnock) has not called me. Maybe the chief executives have spoken, but I've certainly not had any contact with Neil. Normally there are manager's courtesy calls and I've heard nothing. I've no plans to sell anybody.”

23.47 GMT: AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, 38, isn’t planning to leave the club this month despite being told he isn’t mart of Massimiliano Allegri’s plans. “I know what I must do: work,” Inzaghi said. "I am fine and I want to play. I love this shirt too much to think about leaving."

23.42 GMT: While Inter have been in England to talk to Man City about Carlos Tevez, they've been quick to dismiss suggestions there was any discussion over Wesley Sneijder's future. “In no way, and entirely down to our own wishes, did we discuss Sneijder in today’s meeting in London with Manchester City directors," Marco Branca said on the club's official website.

23.21 GMT: Another Gary Cahill update: Goal.com says he's demanding £100k a week and a £4 million signing-on fee if he's to join Chelsea. Sounds like he doesn't really want this deal to go through.

23.05 GMT: TEVEZ UPDATE ESPNsoccernet has learned Inter have now made a formal bid for Carlos Tevez. For the full story, click here.

22.24 GMT: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has no intention of cashing in on his star players after a hugely impressive 2011. "I'm sure there will be a raft of players linked to clubs in the coming weeks, but we want to keep our best players,” he said.

21.54 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport believes AC Milan may make an offer to loan Carlos Tevez that includes an obligation to buy if he plays in 50% of the club’s games from now until the end of the season.

21.25 GMT: Juventus winger Milos Krasic is attracting interest from Chelsea, Inter, Spurs, Fenerbahce and three Russian clubs apparently. Story here.

21.00 GMT: Arjen Robben is looking to extend his deal at Bayern Munich. "The club knows how I feel,” he said. “I feel comfortable here and I see no reason to go away."

20.38 GMT: ESPNsoccernet’s Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) tweets from Argentina: “Argentine press reporting that Italian press are reporting that Carlos Tevez has rented a flat in Milan. Family's opinion unknown.”

20.20 GMT: Inter full-back Maicon won’t be joining PSG, it seems. "Maicon is an Inter player and will stay at Inter," agent Roberto Calenda told Sky Sport Italia. "There has been no contact with PSG."

20.00 GMT: Barry Silkman, the media-friendly agent, has been discussing the Gary Cahill situation. “I would say he would go to Chelsea or Spurs,” he told Sky Sports News. “The problem Bolton have got is that he’s been a big player for them. I hope Owen Coyle has someone to replace him as, if they go down, the £7 million they would get from Cahill would seem like peanuts.”

19.36 GMT: Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olic is out of contract at the end of the season, and Lazio could offer him €2 million a season in the summer as a result. Bayern have ruled out a January exit and are hoping Olic will agree an extension.

19.10 GMT: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish said Darren Bent wasn’t for sale a few days ago, but it appears he may have said it again.

"We've not heard a thing from Liverpool,” he said. “I'm aware of the speculation, but there has been no contact with this club and I think you've had three parties telling you that. Even if there was contact, we would not entertain that. We wouldn't want to entertain selling our top scorer of last season. He is a prolific marksman."


18.49 GMT: Sochaux have revealed that Maurice Edu is their top midfield target this month, though reports suggest an offer of £500,000 has already been rejected for the American midfielder. Assistant coach Stephane Gilli told STV: “We are interested in bringing Maurice Edu to Sochaux. We have two or three other midfield targets but it's fair to say that Edu is our number one target for the midfield position.”

18.26 GMT: Sky Sports News says QPR have made an enquiry to Fulham over Andrew Johnson. Blackburn are also thought to be keen on the striker.

18.18 GMT: Try as he might, Daniele De Rossi's agent doesn't seem to be able to convince the midfielder to leave Roma for the vast riches on offer at Manchester City or Real Madrid. Story here.

18.01 GMT Carlos Tevez wants to join AC Milan and not Inter Milan, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian: "We're here to finalise with Milan. We haven't heard from Inter since August." Story here.

17.41 GMT Uruguay international Diego Lugano will not be swapping PSG for Roma in the transfer window.

“There is no transfer negotiation going on for Lugano,” Alessandro Lucci, who assists the player’s agent in Italy, told Il Sussidiario. “There has also never been any contact with Roma. I can confirm with total certainty that he will remain at PSG.”

17.28 GMT Udinese have signed Switzerland international Gelson Fernandes from French club St Etienne. The former Manchester City midfielder arrives on loan for six months, with the option for Udinese to buy him outright at the end of the season.

17.13 GMT Basel starlet Granit Xaka is the subject of a €7 million bid from Hamburg, with the Switzerland international saying: "Hamburg is a big club in the Bundesliga and a dream. It is naturally gratifying a coach like Torsten Fink wants me."

17.02 GMT Reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille have agreed to sell Moussa Sow to Fenerbahce for €12 million, according to L'Equipe. However, Sow - currently preparing for the African Nations Cup with Senegal - is not thought to be keen on a move to Turkey, with a switch to the Premier League reportedly more appealing.

16.51 GMT Schalke's Cameroon youngster Joel Matip has extended his contract until June 2016.

16.39 GMT Marseille boss Didier Deschamps says he would love to have an active January transfer window, but claims l'OM's limited finances means he will be restricted to loan signings.

"Lots of players would like to come here or hope to come here," Deschamps said. "We've been offered tens of them. We could have had four or five in training today. But we can't invest, so it will have to be in the shape of a loan."

16.23 GMT It's the one you've all been waiting for: Jack Colback has signed a two-year contract extension at Sunderland. Massive.

16.16 GMT DONE DEAL Jose Antonio Reyes has returned to Sevilla, the club at which he started his career from Atletico Madrid. Reyes has signed a contract until 2015 and is believed to have cost €3.5 million.

16.03 GMT It seems that Inter Milan and AC Milan are simultaneously in talks with Manchester City. Sky Sport Italia says Inter sporting director Marco Branca is meeting with City chiefs in London, while Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has been with Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian in Rio.

15.52 GMT Remember to keep your comments coming in using the tool below. In Khairul! We've got one! Particularly! Angry! Man Utd fan! :

"Ferguson!!!! Please sign a natural central midfielder and also some defenders!!! The last match against Newcastle was awful!!! I was ashamed to watch the game, seeing Ba torment the defence!!! Seriously Fergie, buy players!!!"

15.39 GMT New York Red Bulls have signed former academy defender Jonathan Borrajo from Hamarkameratene.

15.22 GMT Borussia Dortmund sportinf director Michael Zorc has announced that Mario Gotze will stay at the club for another season: "We have reached an agreement with Mario and he will still play at Borussia Dortmund next season. He has a contract until June 2014 and we have no reason to sell him. I’m no prophet, though. We would have to think about it if a team makes a £1 billion offer for him tomorrow."

15.04 GMT Arsenal have been told that they will have to fork out £16.6 million for Yann M’Vila, according to the player’s agent. Marc Formeaux, who also represents long-term Arsenal target Eden Hazard, has revealed: "Regarding M’Vila, he is valued at €20m (£16.6m) and he does not know where he wants to go. In Italy, they have linked him to Inter and AC Milan, but we will have to see who can pay his price and then convince him to join them."

14.44 GMT Had enough Chelsea news? Tough, Chelsea reserves trio Nathaniel Chalobah, George Saville and Adam Phillip have penned new deals with the club.

14.22 GMT Carlo Ancelotti is not planning swoops for Kaka or Pato, despite PSG being heavily linked with both players: "Pato is a player of Milan and he has a contract, so we are not interested in him...Right now, there is no chance to sign Kaka."

Well that's that then.

14.08 GMT FULL STORY on Wesley Sneijder saying he expects to stay at Inter Milan.

13.51 GMT Staying with Chelsea and Petr Cech says he would like to sign a new contract with the Blues: "Chelsea are in the world's top competition, so I have no reason to leave. I would like to see myself staying here."

13.38 GMT Dijon manager Patrice Carteron says he has "a gentleman's agreement" in place to sign Gael Kakuta from Chelsea on a six-month loan. Kakuta has been heavily linked with Nice, as well as Marseille and Saint-Etienne, but Cateron says the 20-year-old midfielder sees Dijon as his preferred destination.

"Gael has confirmed to me that he has made the decision to come to Dijon," Carteron said to RMC.Andre Villas-Boas also agrees with the move, but he has yet to convince the Chelsea board. They will have to put in an effort financially to make sure Gael can play at Dijon for a few months."

13.23 GMT A report in the Daily Mirror suggests Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring Marseille right back Cesar Azpilicuetan to Stamford Bridge, with a fee of £12 million purported.

13.11 GMT Roberto Mancini has been speaking once again about Daniele De Rossi but once again suggested that a move is unlikely: “De Rossi is a top player, like Yaya, but he plays for Roma, a top team, and he was born there. I don't know if he will leave."

13.00 GMT Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf has admitted that a loan move to Wigan Athletic is a tempting proposition. "It is an option at the moment and a good one. I want to go and play week in, week out and try to impress Sir Alex Ferguson," he said. Full story

12.32 GMT DONE DEAL: Having officially welcomed Gilardino today, Genoa have waved goodbye to Uruguayan striker Sebastian Ribas, who has joined Portuguese side Sporting on an 18-month loan deal.

12.23 GMT Keep the comments coming in folks, Kevin thinks Kenny Dalglish needs to bolster Liverpool's strikeforce:

"Liverpool need to buy a striker - maybe bring Torres back or sign Tevez, Ba or Dembele and sell Andy Carroll."

12.12 GMT A slight lull in transfer news at the moment, so we'll take this opportunity to direct you towards an article from Richard Jolly, who considers the role Thierry Henry could play at Arsenal during his return to his beloved club.

11.58 GMT DONE DEAL: Genoa have snapped up Italy striker Alberto Gilardino from Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee. Gilardino said: "I can't wait for the beginning of this new adventure, I'm going to play for a big team and I'll do my best to repay the club's confidence. I also wish to thank Fiorentina and their supporters for the beautiful period spent together."

11.44 GMT Inter Milan veteran Dejan Stankovic is being linked with a move to Major League Soccer, with both New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy apparently keen on securing his services. That gives us a good excuse to have a look at this rather superb goal from the midfielder.

11.26 GMT Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal wants Roma's David Pizarro to join him in Turin. Vidal told Gazzetta dello Sport: "He is a great player. We haven't been touch in the past few days, but I'd advise him to join Juventus if he asks me about it. I'm having a great time here."

11.17 GMT Aston Villa have had “productive talks” about the loan signing of LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane and hope to have him on board in time for next week’s Premier League clash with Everton.

11.02GMT A few reports doing the rounds that Man Utd’s woeful defensive performances against Blackburn and Newcastle will prompt Sir Alex Ferguson into hijacking Chelsea’s bid for Gary Cahill.

10.53 GMT Skysports.com reporting that Manchester United starlet Oliver Norwood is wanted by Peterborough, Coventry and MK Dons. The Northern Ireland international impressed during a loan spell with Scunthorpe during the first half of the season.

10.45 GMT DONE DEAL: South Korea midfielder Kim Jung-woo joins K-League club Jeonbuk Motors on a three-year deal from Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.FULL STORY

10.38 GMT Remember, you can comment on what your reading by using the tool below. That’s what David has done, urging Harry Redknapp to raid Chelsea:

"Please Tottenham sign Alex from Chelsea he will be brilliant for us. Samba will also work but Alex is a steal. Harry please read this"

10.25 GMT Japanese daily Sports Nippon claims Ligue 1 big spenders PSG are in contact with CSKA Moscow about a possible €13 million move for Keisuke Honda.

10.12 ESPNsoccernet understands West Ham United have rejected a £4 million bid from Newcastle United for defender James Tomkins, but the defender has NOT asked for a transfer request. FULL STORY

10.03 GMT FULL STORY on Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne claiming he still remains in Chelsea's plans despite failing to secure a move to Stamford Bridge last summer.

09.57 GMT It's been at least 24 hours since we heard anything about Wesley Sneijder and a potential move to Manchester United. So let's quench your thirst for something new on the Inter Milan star.

He's been speaking to Voetbal International: “If I must give a percentage for it, I think I am 90%certain I will stay [until at least the summer]. I enjoy myself here at the moment and at this point I don't have anything to choose from. I don't say that I am 100% certain because something unexpected can always happen.”

09.41 GMT The agent of AC Milan bit-part player Stephan El Shaarawy insists his client will not be leaving the San Siro in January. Roberto La Florio told TMW: “Adriano Galliani and Massimiliano Allegri have already said that the boy will not be leaving. Despite the fact that he continues to be liked by a lot of Serie A sides, he will remain with the Rossoneri.”

09.28 GMT Netherlands international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is quoted in Bild as saying he has no desire to leave Schalke. Huntelaar said: "I want to achieve great things with Schalke."

09.12 GMT Hercules have failed in an attempt to land Barcelona B scoring sensation Rodri. The Catalans hierarchy view him as an important player for the future and have refused to let him leave, according to Sport.

09.01 GMT There may be more than meets the eye to Porto's sending of Brazilian striker Walter on loan to Cruzeiro yesterday, as A Bola are reporting that the Portuguese giants will get highly-rated teenager Seba in return.

08.52 GMT: Over in Spain, Nacho Novo has vowed to stay at Sporting Gijon - for now at least. The former Rangers striker had been heavily linked with a return to Ibrox but he told Marca: "I spent nine years there and of I miss it, but they have treated me very well here in Gijon and I enjoy it."

08.38 GMT Right, let's turn our intentions to Europe now and first stop is Italy, where Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that Juve frontman Fabio Quagliarella is on his way to Inter Milan. The Corriere dello Sport, however, says Roma are leading the race for his signature.

08.20 GMT Let's begin things with a little look around the papers - one piece of gossip that particularly caught our eye was that four Chinese clubs are looking to get a greater influence in the world game by spending big on...Michel Salgado. Hmmm.

Anyway, here's a round-up from the British press:

Daily Mirror: QPR want to bolster their defensive options by signing Aston Villa's James Collins; Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran is a loan target for Aston Villa and Swansea;Blackburn may be forced to offload Junior Hoilett in order to raise funds in January.

Daily Mail: Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is the subject of interest from Liverpool, who will offload Dirk Kuyt to make way for him; Chelsea are ready to step up their hunt for Edinson Cavani by testing Napoli's resolve with a £35m bid.

The Sun: Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne says that Chelsea still want to sign him and "have a plan in place" to do so; Inter Milan are trying to hijack AC Milan's move for Carlos Tevez; Arsenal want to sign Swansea defender Neil Taylor, who has impressed this season; Man City defender Nedum Onuoha is a £4million target for QPR, Sunderland, West Brom and Wolves.

08.00 GMT Hello everyone and welcome to another day of transfer speculation, conjecture and rumour - and if you're lucky, maybe some actual done deals too.

January 4, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/04/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Carlos Tevez: Wanted by Inter, AC Milan and Corinthians... but not by Man City. © Getty Images

23.59 That's all for tonight everyone. More of the same tomorrow morning and some more DONE DEALS we hope as well.

23.42 According to Goal, Aston Villa are looking to move Darren Bent on in January and replace him with Didier Drogba. Rather an odd move if you ask us, as Drogba is coming towards the end of his career and Bent is still in the prime of his. The Ivorian might also be tempted by the various offers from China that would make him the highest paid player in the world.

23.31 The Daily Mail report that Mauro Formica has been denied a loan move to Newell's Old Boys. With Bursaspor, Trabzonspor and Lokomotiv Moscow keen, Rovers will only consider a £4 million permanent deal for the Argentina attacker and won't sanction a loan.

23.18 Newcastle will be without a few players who are off to the African Nations Cup, but they have made a bid for Dijon midfielder Benjamin Corgnet. A scouting network which has found great success with French players may have to look elsewhere as it was rejected.

23.02 Sporting Lisbon have said they have not received any offer for striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Manchester United are believed to be monitoring the 22-year-old's progress, but director Carlos Freitas said: "Sporting are safeguarded by a contract [valid until 2017] and a release clause [of €22m]. There has been no approach for the player. He is satisfied, he is part of our plans and we count on him."

22.28 CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love close to a move to Flamengo, as reports from Brazil suggest that he has agreed personal terms with the Brazilian giants. CSKA are mulling over whether to accept an offer believed to be worth around €6 million.

21.21 We're hearing that Tottenham have rejected a loan bid from Queens Park Rangers to take Jake Livermore to Loftus Road.

20.29 Francisco Sandaza is poised to turn down the offer of a contract extension from St Johnstone in favour of a move to a bigger club, according to his agent.

19.57 Malaga are keeping an eye on out-of-favour Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios. Odd, given he is not reaching the end of his career. Still, a competitor for Ruud perhaps?

19.36 QPR are believed to be showing interest in defender Alex who is unwanted by Chelsea. The defender wants to stay in London and Neil Warnock is readying a £3 million bid.

18.59 Those 'reports' of Kieran Richardson being linked to Arsenal are gathering pace again and various 'sources' claim that the Gunners had a loan move rejected by Sunderland. A rather odd one, but more when we know it.

18.44 Leicester City forward David Nugent is hoping his club makes a move for Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp. "More the merrier," Nugent told the Leicester Mercury. We need competition for places. I heard we had an offer for Billy Sharp rejected but, if he does come in, then fair play, because he is a goalscorer. He is a six-yard-box tap-in player, and it is good to have competition."

18.21 Peterborough United have extended the loan deal of Manchester United teenager Ryan Tunnicliffe until the end of February.

18.00 Nikica Jelavic is flattered by reported interest from Liverpool but has stressed his commitment to Rangers.

He was quoted as saying in Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija: "Of course it (the link to Liverpool) is impressive to me, but I do not know how much truth there is. My task is to play. Liverpool is a great name, but I say the question is are they really interested? Every day in the paper a new club appears that wants me, and it is a little ridiculous. I do not know anything. That's why I just do not read newspapers, I want to concentrate on Rangers."

17.46 Big changes promised by Diego Maradona at Al Wasl. This may not be what Wasl fans expected: They have signed 28-year-old Iranian attacking midfielder Mohammad Reza Khalatbari on a six-month loan spell from Qatar's Al Gharafa.

17.19 DONE DEAL Doncaster Rovers have completed the signing of 17-year-old striker Sam McMahon from Scottish champions Rangers. Youth-team manager Paul Wilson told the club's official website: "Sam is a strong, hardworking and aggressive striker and we are pleased to have him on board."

17.08 We're sure you've heard this one before, but Man Utd are again being linked with CSKA midfielder Alan Dzagoev - dubbed 'the Russia Messi'. His price is likely to be around £18 million, so cheaper than Fergie's other targets.

16.47 DONE DEAL Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Hull on loan until the end of the season. The 23-year-old Italian, who played 10 games on loan with the Championship club last season, has found first team opportunities hard to come by with Arsenal.

16.41 Internazionale have reportedly joined the bidding to sign Carlos Tevez, along with AC Milan and Corinthians, whose new president Roberto de Andrade said the Brazilian club would make a fresh swoop for the rebel Manchester City striker. Unlike Milan and Corinthians, who want Tevez on loan, Inter are willing to pay a transfer fee in a structured deal.

16.36 Blackburn have rejected an offer from Newell's Old Boys to re-sign Mauro Formica on loan as they want to sell the forward for around €5 million. "My agent spoke with the leaders of Blackburn to see if they would let me go on loan. It was a possibility and I got excited a lot," Formica told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph. "But the sporting director told him to sit and talk only if it was a sale."

16.20 Nice have confirmed that defender Larrys Mabiala is in the process of negotiating a move to Turkish side Karabukspor. The 24-year-old, who has started eight games this season, has flown to Turkey to undergo a medical with the Super Lig club.

16.08 Athletic Bilbao forward Oscar de Marcos has signed a contract extension to tie him to the club until June 2016. The 22-year-old former Alaves player's previous deal at San Mames, which he signed upon joining the club in 2009, had been due to expire next summer.

15.55 - DONE DEAL Bayern Munich have lost the race to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Moenchengladbach as Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they have snapped him up for €17.5 million. Reus will join Dortmund at the end of the season.

Comment from jerome: Where are the DONE DEALS man?

Comment from Derek: Psssst. Reports out of Germany have Marco Reus now "officially" headed to Dortmund this summer.

15.39 Taye Taiwo's agent has dismissed reorts that Arsenal have made an offer for the AC Milan defender. "At the moment there is no huge news about Nigerian players, with Arsenal there was only a rumour," Fabio Parisi told Notiziario Sportivo. "Arsene Wenger is looking for a left-back but at this time there has not been any official offer at AC Milan."

15.20 Chelsea target Kevin de Bruyne, who came close to moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer, has confirmed he wants to leave Belgian club Genk. "It is the intention to find something else at the end of the season. Genk knows that, I have already told them last summer,” the winger told Het Nieuwsblad. "Only Genk demands a lot of money for me."

15.03 More on the Carlos Tevez to Inter rumours: Marco Branca, who is head of technical staff at the Serie A club, is set to travel to England in next 48hrs to start negotiations.

14.41 Inter have now reportedly entered the bidding to sign Carlos Tevez, along with AC Milan and Corinthians. Unlike the latter two, Inter are willing to pay an actual transfer fee in a structured deal rather than take the Manchester City rebel on loan.

Comment from Soumitra Roy: And we all thought Tevez was going to be near his family!

14.20 Santos president Luis Oliveira has revealed that Ganso will be allowed to leave the club if he wants to. "The desire of the player is most important. If Ganso wants to leave Santos and our interests are preserved, we can negotiate," Oliveira told O Globo: "If the player wants to leave, we will have to listen to offers. But as of today, no offer for him has yet arrived."

14.02 Sevilla boss Marcelino is refusing to be drawn on the seemingly imminent arrival of Jose Antonio Reyes from Atletico Madrid, saying talk about arrivals and departures would be "disrespectful". He got "angry" when asked about it at a press conference, according to Marca, and added: "I don't want to talk about it. It doesn't concern me."

13.41 Tuttosport thinks Juventus are keen on Gonzalo Higuain and Nani, but says Chelsea are also interested in the former. Apparently Theo Walcott, Fernando Torres and Leandro Damiao are also on the Juve list of targets.

13.30 QPR have added Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor to their list of transfer-window targets. A list which also which also includes Gers' striker Nikica Jelavic.

13.10 Chelsea will offer €35m for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, according to reports from Brazil. Last week, the highly-rated youngster's agent, Wagner Ribiero, said: "I received three offers for my client from Chelsea, Inter and Liverpool."

12.39 Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has revealed he is hoping to sign at least one striker on loan in the January transfer window. "It is vital for us because we know that four players will be away at the African Cup of Nations, and on top of that Dede Gignac is still not fully fit. That means we need at least one extra player," Deschamps said.

12.14 Corinthians new president Roberto de Andrade says his club will be back in for Carlos Tevez, but not for the £40m sum they offered in August. De Andrade said: "City's great mistake was that they did not accept, they missed out on a great opportunity. Today, they will not be able to get half of what was offered back then."

11.47 Veteran AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has insisted he currently has no plans to retire from football at the end of the season. "I have no intention of quitting just yet,” Nesta told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I don't have that desire."

11.30 Aston Villa are considering a £6 million bid for Celtic playmaker Ki Sung-Yueng, according to the Daily Record. Villa boss Alex McLeish has also been highly impressed by another of Neil Lennon’s midfield lynchpins, Beram Kayal.

11.16 Stoke are the latest club to show an interest in Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha, 24, who is also wanted by Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland.

10.42 Reports are circulating that Carlos Tevez's proposed move to AC Milan is back on and Manchester City will resume talks in next 48 hours ... will somebody please just sign him up?

10.20 However, ESPNsoccernet has been told that Tottenham are keen to bolster their defensive options by swooping for Blackburn captain Christopher Samba. A source said: "Spurs are desperate to sign Samba". Full story

10.05 Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for West Ham's 22-year-old centre back James Tomkins, according to the Daily Mail, with main target Gary Cahill negotiating a move to Chelsea.

Comment from Barbarossa: Whether the reports are true or not, as a Newcastle supporter, I would welcome a loan move for Andy Carroll, especially since we'll be losing Ba for the African Nations Cup. Hell, if Liverpool were desperate to sell him, and the price was right (say, under £10 mill), I'd buy him back. Of course, that won't happen!

09.49 Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta is a loan target for Greek side Olympiakos and France's Marseille, who have made last-minute moves to stop him going to another French club, Dijon, report The Mirror.

09.38 Catania sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco has revealed that the club are "evaluating" an offer from Fulham for Argentinian striker Maxi Lopez. Full story

09.00 Bolton midfielder Mark Davies is a reported £4 million target for West Brom as manager Roy Hodgson looks for a right-sided player following an injury to Chris Brunt.

08.30 Fulham have joined Newcastle in the race to sign 18-year-old Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire who is rated by the Blades at £3 million - that's according to The Sun.

Lukas Podolski's on/off move from Cologne to Arsenal or Liverpool is back on again, Bild reports, after the Germany international striker stalled on talks over a new contract at the Bundesliga club.

Comment from gberge: Nice news about Lukas Podoski to Arsenal and Liverpool we really need the full story. (Ed - it's here if you can read German)

Gary Cahill's £7 million move from Bolton to Chelsea is on the rocks due to the England defender's huge wage demands, according to the Daily Express. Cahill has reportedly asked for £120,000 per week, the same salary as Ashley Cole, but some £50,000 per week higher than Chelsea's valuation.

Comment from Hamzat Naseer: To me Cahill is a good player but the £120,000 is too much for him. £70,000 is okay for him.

Frank Lampard has said he will not leave Stamford Bridge and has also warned the club warned the club it will be making a big mistake if they get rid of too many senior players too soon, the London Evening Standard.

Fellow Chelsea veteran Didier Drogba has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge but he won't be heading to Al Wasl to join coach Diego Maradona, who has rejected reports that he is trying to lure the Ivory Coast international and Schalke veteran Raul to the United Arab Emirates. Full story

The Daily Mail report that Newcastle have been offered Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta on loan, while the Newcastle Chronicle claim there is no truth to reports that the Magpies have made a move to bring Liverpool striker Andy Carroll back to the club on loan.

Serie A side Roma are set to offer Daniele De Rossi a bumper new deal in a bid to keep him out of the clutches of Manchester City, according to the Daily Star. City are prepared to offer De Rossi £160,000 a week in the hope of making him their latest big-name signing.

January 3, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/03/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Erm, off to Arsenal? © Getty Images

22.31 GMT For the full story on Wolfsburg's capture of Vieirinha, click here.

22.14 GMT - DONE DEAL Juventus have signed Italy striker Marco Borriello on loan until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent.

21.20 GMT - DONE DEAL Wolfsburg have once again delved into the transfer market by making Portuguese forward Vieirinha their fourth new signing this winter.

20.40 GMT Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed Christian Maggio has signed a new deal with the club, while Marek Hamsik could be next in line to extend his stay.

20.06 GMT Catania chief executive Pietro Lo Monaco has claimed the Serie A club have received an offer from Fulham for Argentine forward Maxi Lopez.

19.40 GMT Motherwell have announced midfielder Stephen Hughes has left the club after his short-term deal expired.

19.04 GMT Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama insists he is not looking to leave the club after his eye-catching displays. Read the full story here.

18.38 GMT: Swansea transfer target John Goossens has turned down a move to the Liberty
Stadium and will stay with NEC Nijmegen for the rest of the season. A statement on the Eredivisie club's website read: "The agent of John Goossens has today told NEC that John is not responding to the offer of Swansea City. NEC had already reached agreement with this club on a transfer but the player has chosen to see out the season at NEC Nijmegen.''

18.21 GMT: DONE DEAL Udinese have completed the signing of free agent Jean-Alain Fanchone. Fanchone, 23, had been training with the club after his release by Strasbourg and has now agreed a five-year deal with the Serie A side.

18.07 GMT: DONE DEAL Aston Villa have confirmed Cardiff have signed goalkeeper Elliot Parish on a permanent basis.

18.04 GMT: AFP report that Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly lining up a sensational €61.5 million double swoop for Brazilian duo Kaka and Alexandre Pato. The agency reckon that the cash-rich French side are keen to make at least three high-profile signings over the next 15 days. One to watch we think.

17.30 GMT: Seemingly on his way out of Dortmund, striker Lucas Barrios may stay after all. "What I would prefer is for Lucas to stay," the club's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told kicker.

17.13 GMT: 18-year-old Brescia goalkeeper Nicola Leali is in talks with Juventus. "There’s no point in hiding it: It's true there have been talks between Brescia and Juventus over Nicola,” Leali's representative Graziano Battistini told Goal.com. “The Bianconeri are strongly interested in the boy."

17.02 GMT: More from those Steve Harper and Hull links. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that the 36-year-old, who had a spell at Brighton earlier this season, is wanted by the Tigers, but that no loan deal has yet been agreed. He said: "There has been a little bit of contact about Harps to Hull. We are looking at that and Harps is considering whether that's a possibility
for him to get some games.''

16.48 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach are sending Joshua King back to Manchester United halfway through his season-long loan as he couldn’t get into the team.

16.37 GMT: BBC Sport journalist @alistairmagowan tweets: “Just spoken to DJ Campbell who says stories of him going back to Blackpool on loan aren't true. He wants to fight for his place at #qpr”

16.26 GMT: DONE DEAL Genoa have signed 29-year-old Italy international Alberto Gilardino from Fiorentina for a reported €8 million. A statement on Fiorentina’s website read: “The company would like to thank Alberto for the time he has spent with us and the pleasure he gave the fans. The club wishes him every success for the rest of his career.”

16.23 GMT: @barcastuff tweets a tale from El Mundo Deportivo: “Because his situation has changed, Barcelona will make B winger Isaac Cuenca (20) an improved contract offer for minimum 3-4 seasons.”

16.19 GMT: Frank Lampard says he doesn't have any plans to leave Chelsea. "I am very committed," he said in the London Evening Standard. “The thing is for me it is much easier when I'm playing regular games and starting, playing 90 minutes to get into the rhythm that I have found since I have been here. That is what I love doing.

"The boss is the boss, he picks the team; for me personally I know that's when I'm at my best (playing regularly). I will always stay completely behind the cause of Chelsea because it's me now. Chelsea is my club."

16.11 GMT We mentioned earlier that Atletico Madrid's Jose Antonio Reyes is thought to be closing in on a move to Sevilla and Rojiblancos coach Diego Simeone has confirmed that the Spaniard is keen on a switch. Simeone, who replaced Gregorio Manzano last month, said Reyes "told us he wants to leave".

16.00 GMT Rangers midfielder Thomas Kind Bendiksen has left Ibrox to return to his Norwegian homeland with Tromso. He said: “I had a very good contract offer from Rangers but I said ‘no thanks’. Tromso are a good club with ambitions to be even better. I aim to play my way to a permanent place in the team and look forward to an exciting season, both at home and not least in the Europa League.”

15.52 GMT: Martin Jol earlier dismissed talk of Bobby Zamora leaving Fulham and Bolton boss Owen Coyle has now denied that he is interested in the England striker.

"Bobby Zamora is an outstanding footballer but I certainly have not had any dialogue with Martin Jol or any people at Fulham," Coyle said. "You only had to look yesterday to see the qualities that Bobby Zamora has but there has been no interest from Bolton Wanderers."

15.43 GMT: Further confirmation of Beckham's decision to stay in LA coming from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has said: "David Beckham is not coming. We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal ... maybe in the future.' David Beckham is (with) Los Angeles and he's going to stay there.''

15.37 GMT: There is a rumour doing the rounds on Twitter that Blackburn are keen to make a move for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero, with an £8 million price tag suggested. We're not sure if former Los Blancos star Michel Salgado will be giving Ewood Park a ringing endorsement though.

15.24 GMT: A development in the 'Beckham snubs PSG' story now, with ESPNsoccernet sources close to the player revealing that the former England captain is on the brink of signing a new deal with LA Galaxy. Full story here

15.12 GMT: The agent of Juve midfielder Michele Pazienza has confirmed Udinese want to sign him, but stressed that he will be staying in Turin.

Vincenzo D’Ippolito told Tutto Juve: “The player is certainly liked by Udinese. There are no doubts about that so the voices that we are hearing are true, even if the situation is another… I can say with total tranquillity that Pazienza will remain at Juventus and he will not be moving in January."

15.01 GMT: Wesley Sneijder's agent, Soren Lerby, gave a "no comment" response when asked by Calcio Mercato if his client would be leaving Inter this month. We mentioned earlier that there are reports in Italy that Inter might want to cash in.

14.54 GMT: NEC Nijmegen have announced that midfielder John Goossens has decided against a move to Swansea. The 23-year-old’s out of contract at the end of the season and could join Feyenoord.

14.50 GMT: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told ESPNsoccernet that the club are looking to sign "two or three" players in January. Story here.

14.44 GMT: Newcastle defender Davide Santon says his former Inter team-mate Mario Balotelli could still leave Manchester City. “We often speak and sometimes we meet up,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I do not know what he wants to do in the future because sometimes he says he wants to return to Italy and sometimes he says he wants to stay a long time with City.” Seems maybe the English tabloids might be onto something, despite the protestations of Mino Raiola (below).

14.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Burnley have announced the signing of defender Kieran Trippier, 21, from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. He'd been on a season-long loan at Turf Moor.

14.36 GMT: DONE DEAL Aston Villa have signed Enda Stevens from Shamrock Rovers on a three-and-a-half-year deal. This was all agreed in the summer but the left back's move has finally gone through.

14.34 GMT: SV Ried midfielder Anel Hadzic, 22, claims he close to a move to Championship high-fliers Middlesbrough. “My next club is Middlesbrough, " the Bosnian told Sport10. “I was quite surprised when I heard this club was interested in me. I'd be stupid if I would say no to such an opportunity. Now I have to pass my medical tests and then I'll be able to sign."

14.26 GMT: Skysports.com is reporting that Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain are among the clubs looking at Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison. The youngster is out of contract at the end of the season and Fergie recently made some noises about his agent giving him bad advice.

14.17 GMT: Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle says the club are monitoring the progress of Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk, but they may not make a move until the end of the season. Talk of a bid for Chris Samba is a no-go too apparently.

14.06 GMT: Owen Coyle offers a less than exciting update on Chelsea’s move for Gary Cahill: "We had agreed a fee between the clubs. It is now up to Chelsea and Gary's representatives to conclude that, or not. I think there has only been one meeting on that, so we'll take it from there."

13.56 GMT: The Corriere dello Sport says Inter midfielder Dejan Stankovic, 33, is considering a move to the MLS.

13.49 GMT: Sky Sports News says Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua, Dalian Aerbin and Guangzhou Evergrande all want Didier Drogba - and Guangzhou are offering £400,000 a week - but the striker would rather stay at Chelsea.

13.41 GMT: This probably isn't really transfer gossip but it's close enough: Pep Guardiola says he's thinking of promoting Barcelona B forward Jonathan Soriano to the main squad as a result of David Villa's injury, although the "problem is he then can't go back to the B-team".

13.33 GMT: Agent Mino Raiola has told Radio Crc that claims Mario Balotelli could be on his way to Inter or AC Milan are nonsense. “There is no truth in what the English tabloids write. Yesterday I even read there were talks with Inter or AC Milan for Balotelli, but there is no truth in it.” He added: “The English tabloids are only good for cleaning the windscreen of your car..."

Asked also whether Chelsea could sign Napoli duo Edinson Cavani or Marek Hamsik, he added: “The news emerged from the British newspaper The Sun. It is a newspaper that is not even good enough for cleaning your windscreen with, so if Abramovich did want Cavani and Hamsik, he would have changed his mind after reading the news that day.”

He’s not keen on The Sun, it seems.

13.25 GMT: Felipe Melo is enjoying his loan spell in Turkey and appears to have no intention of returning to Juventus if he can at all help it. “I absolutely want to stay at Galatasaray,” he is quoted as saying. “I love this club, the fans appreciate me and I am finally happy. It’s practically impossible to see me wear the Bianconeri shirt again. I don’t want to go back.”

13.14 GMT: CSKA Moscow forward Vagner Love is set to sign for Flamengo for around €6.2 million in the coming days.

13.05 GMT: ESPNsoccernet podcast presenter @_DanMason tweets: “West Ham ask about Niko Kranjcar. Spurs quote us £9m. You have to laugh.”

12.58 GMT: Corriere dello Sport says Inter are back in for Carlos Tevez and sporting director Marco Branca has met with City’s football administration officer Brian Marwood. Inter could offer €25 million for the portly and unstable Argentine. FIFA agent Mino Raiola has said he thinks a move to Inter is "possible".

12.43 GMT: FC Twente attacker Luuk de Jong, 21, has been linked with a move to England and the Netherlands international seems quite keen. “The Premier League is a really nice competition. I don’t have real plans for the future - I’ll see what comes my way," he told fifa.com.

12.27 GMT: DONE DEAL Leeds have signed Danny Pugh from Stoke for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old has been on loan from the Potters this season, impressing enough to convince manager Simon Grayson to make the deal permanent.

12.15 GMT: Italy international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has told Inter he wants to go out on loan to get some first-team football, according to his agent. “We hope that Inter will agree to it seeing as if he does leave then it will only be on a loan basis,” Claudio Vigorelli told Sportnews.eu.

12.06 GMT: Sky Sports News says Thierry Henry has signed the contract on his two-month loan deal for Arsenal and the formalities relating to the transfer are close to completion.

11.55 GMT: Santos are apparently looking to sign Pablo Mouche to partner Neymar, and the Boca Juniors forward told TyC Sports: “I don’t know where I’ll be playing or if there are any offers. I always listen and consider offers because a player’s career is short, but if I stay at Boca I won’t be upset. If I stay, I’ll still fight for the team, as I always have.”

11.39 GMT: BREAKING NEWS: PSG sporting director Leonardo has now confirmed David Beckham will not be joining the club. "He will not come to PSG," he told the Brazilian media on Tuesday, citing "family reasons".

11.37 GMT: Villa want Robbie Keane on a two-month loan, but in the meantime the LA Galaxy striker will be training with former club Tottenham. A Spurs statement read: “The club can confirm that Robbie Keane will train with the first-team squad up until January 20 in order to build up his fitness ahead of returning to LA Galaxy for the start of the new MLS season.”

11.27 GMT: L’Equipe says the David Beckham to PSG deal is now looking very unlikely and he’s almost certainly going to be staying at LA Galaxy. “It is very likely that he will stay in the United States to extend his contract with the Galaxy,” a source close to the transfer told the paper. “The decision hasn’t been 100% taken, but that’s the way it’s looking. David will announce his choice in the coming days.”

11.18 GMT: Lee Ryder of Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle tweets: “Sources at the KC Stadium have confirmed Hull City have attempted to bring Steve Harper to the Championship side on loan #nufc”

11.10 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport has some story about Inter considering selling Wesley Sneijder, but it’s probably not worth thinking about that just now. We had plenty of that during the summer and, although it was eventually confirmed that Manchester United did go in for him, it doesn’t seem overly likely that it’ll be happening in January.

11.03 GMT: Metro carries a rumour that Arsenal could move for Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho. Wayne Bridge isn’t under consideration, the paper says, which will no doubt delight Gooners everywhere.

10.55 GMT: There’s been plenty of talk that Alexandre Pato could leave Milan, influenced significantly by comments from his agent and the fact the Brazilian had a minor fall-out with coach Massimiliano Allegri, but the rumours are getting shot down fairly convincingly by his club. "He wants to stay,” Allegri says. “I hope, and believe, that he will stay this season and for many years to come."

10.47 GMT: Everton defender Shkodran Mustafi has passed a medical at Serie B side Sampdoria this morning, according to Calcio Mercato. He joined Everton from Hamburg in 2009 but hasn't been able to break through into the first-team reckoning.

10.42 GMT: DONE DEALS: Wolfsburg have completed their second and third signings this winter with the arrivals of Serbian midfielder Slobodan Medojevic and Macedonian forward Ferhan Hasani. Medojevic has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract and arrives from Vojvodina Novi Sad while Hasani has been given a two-and-a-half-year deal, joining from Shkendija Tetovo.

10.28 GMT: It’s reported in Italy that Inter are to bring an end to Mauro Zarate’s stay halfway through his season-long loan from Lazio. The forward’s scored once in 18 games at Inter.

10.18 GMT: Martin Jol, asked whether Bobby Zamora was going to be leaving Fulham after his winner against Arsenal on Monday, said: “He has never asked me for a transfer request. For me, it is just speculation. Maybe you know more than me?”

10.13 GMT: Reports in Spain indicate Atletico Madrid winger Jose Antonio Reyes’ move to Sevilla is all but done, and he will sign a contract until 2016. The 28-year-old left Sevilla for Arsenal in 2004, and it was while in Andalusia that he was involved in the famous testicle-biting celebration incident, which was funny.

10.00 GMT: Bolton defender Sam Ricketts thinks Chelsea should do all they can to push through the Gary Cahill deal. “It would be a big loss, he's been a fantastic player for the club and he's a great lad to have around,” he said. “If he goes, I wish him all the best and, if not, then we're delighted to have him.”

09.52 GMT: The Guardian this morning repeats an earlier rumour that Aston Villa want LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on a two-month loan.

09.43 GMT: QPR boss Neil Warnock, who is said to be interested in Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, has said he’ll “hopefully get a couple of players” in January.

09.33 GMT: The Sport newspaper believes new Catalonian tax laws could hamper the chances of Eric Abibal extending his Barcelona contract. Incomes over €300,000 will be taxed at 56% instead of 49%, and Abidal presumably can't tolerate the sudden onset of poverty he'd have to endure to continue playing for the best team in the world. He's out of contract in June.

09.23 GMT: Ligue 1 side Dijon are keen to sign Chelsea youngster Gael Kakuta on loan, but coach Patrice Carteron has told Goal they face competition from six other clubs including Marseille and Olympiakos. Kakuta has had loan spells at Fulham and Bolton already but has made little impact.

09.18 GMT: Barcelona back-up 'keeper Jose Pinto has agreed a new one-year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2013. He hasn't signed it yet, though.

09.09 GMT: On that note, Jose Mourinho doesn't seem to be desperate to offload Kaka. He said yesterday: "I wouldn't like any of my men to leave in the winter transfer window. I'd like to end the season with the same players I had when it started. My men and the board of directors are aware of this. Everything is open until 31 January, but I haven't asked for a signing and I surely wouldn't like anyone to leave. We have a number of players that add balance to the team in the three competitions."

09.05 GMT: Interesting line in Marca on Kaka's future. The Brazilian has struggled a bit since his world record (briefly at least) move from AC Milan and it was said he'd been put up for sale, but Iker Casillas uploaded a picture of himself with the midfielder onto Facebook and said: "Kaka told me he is not going anywhere. He's going to be staying here with us."

08.50 GMT: Reader comment from Sam:

"Tevez may well join inter Milan instead of ac. The rumors are that Milan won't buy carlitos outright, but would rather take him on loan with an option to buy in the summer. This will prompt inter supremo massimo moratti to make a bid in the £20 million range. Plust, inter have a huge argentine contingent to persuade tevez to join the blue and black side of Milan."
We normally start the day with the top transfer rumour, but sometimes we have to bring the most incredible to the top of the pile. The Daily Mirror, in an article quite rightly dubbed 'exclusive', tip Arsenal to make a move for Sunderland's Kieran Richardson. Yes, you read that right.

Okay, let's round-up the rest of the morning's football gossip:

Daily Mirror: Rafael van der Vaart has promised to stay and fire Tottenham to glory ... Arsenal teenager Ryo Miyaichi is a loan target for Fulham and Feyenoord ... Wolves will have an opening bid of £1 million for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard rejected.

The Sun: AC Milan are plotting a move for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli by cashing in on striker Alexandre Pato ... West Ham are set to sign Spurs right-back Vedran Corluka on loan until the end of the season ... Ipswich want to complete a deal for Newcastle's ex-England star Alan Smith, 31.

Daily Mail: Manchester City want to sign Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol and could also splash out £5 million on 15-year-old Madrid starlet Jose Angel Pozo ... Aston Villa have joined Sunderland and Everton in the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar ... Transfer-listed Chelsea defender Alex is to hold talks with QPR on Tuesday despite interest from Juventus and Santos.

The Times: Porto star Hulk says “there would be no problem to reach an agreement” if a club - presumably Chelsea - matched his buyout clause, QPR are targeting sought-after Rangers Nikica Jelavic to boost their attack, Newcastle are considering a £4 million move for Chievo defender Marco Andreolli.

Daily Express: Didier Drogba has given up hope of securing a two-year deal at Chelsea and is now ready to move on. A source close to the striker told the newspaper: “Didier did want to stay. But it has gone too far now. He has a number of offers.”

Daily Star: The Star expected Manchester City to sign Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi, but now believes Roma will offer him a bumper contract to keep him at his hometown club and that Roberto Mancini "faces a fight".

January 2, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/02/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Daniele de Rossi: Manchester bound? © Getty Images

Manchester City are set to make Roma star Daniele de Rossi their first signing of the January transfer window, according to The Sun. The midfielder, 28, has been a long-term target of City boss Roberto Mancini, who has made no secret of his desire to capture the Italian international.

Swansea City have agreed a loan deal with German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson until the end of the season, subject to Premier League clearance.

Barcelona have agreed a one-year contract extension with back-up goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto, the European champions have announced. Full story

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says PSG target Alexandre Pato will not leave the San Siro in January. "Pato wants to stay and my wish is that he does not leave," Allegri told reporters.

Comment from Arvs: Why didn't anybody pick up Anelka from Chelsea? He is still an excellent poacher and certainly might score a better percentage of goals than Andy Carroll at Liverpool. He was after all, top scorer for the Blues for two seasons not long ago.

Newcastle United transfer target Aly Cissokho has cooled talk that he will be quiting Lyon and heading for the Premier League during the January transfer window. Full story

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has insisted he won't let Scotland star Graham Dorrans move to Ibrox. Rangers boss Ally McCoist has admitted he’s keen on the midfield ace, 24, but when asked about a possible move, Hodgson said: "No, I’m not interested."

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says there is no chance striker Darren Bent will leave for Liverpool during the January transfer window. McLeish said: "He won't be leaving." Full story

Comment from Anish Chattaraj: Why are Liverpool going after Bent? He is good, but not good enough for £24 million.......Liverpool should go after Fernando Llorente or Higuain.

Wolves are interested in West Ham United striker Frederic Piquionne, according to the Daily Mail. The 33-year-old is available for a cut-price fee as West Ham look to bring in Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard and Fulham’s Bobby Zamora.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says rebel Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will provide AC Milan with an "extra weapon" if he completes his proposed switch to the San Siro. Full story

Chelsea are locked in talks with Real Madrid over a £25 million move for Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Daily Express. After the disastrous 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa on New Year’s Eve that ended any hopes of the title for Roman Abramovich’s club, the Russian owner has stepped up efforts to back under pressure manager Andre Villas-Boas with squad reinforcements.

Comment from Jacc: Madrid will never sell Higuain in this situation because Jose Mourinho is not stupid enough to sell one of only two stirkers.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has joined Premier League rivals QPR on loan until the end of the season. QPR manager Neil Warnock has targeted four new players to boost his "small squad" and Macheda, 20, becomes the London club's first signing of the January transfer
window. Full story

Tottenham are set to raid Blackburn for giant centre-half Chris Samba in an £8million swoop, claims The Mirror. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been put on alert that owners Venky’s may sell a star in the window.

Although, the Daily Mail insist the star to be sold will be winger Junior Hoilett, while other reports link midfielder Steven N'Zonzi with Chelsea.

The Blues are also tracking 17-year-old Crewe forward Nick Powell, according the The Mirror. Arsenal and Chelsea both saw the 6'1" sensation in dazzling form against Bristol Rovers and are poised to make bids as business opens in the market.

January 1, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/01/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Could Chelsea's John Terry be heading to China? © Getty Images

England and Chelsea captain John Terry is a transfer target for China's top two clubs, Shanghai Shenhua and Guangzhou Evergrande, according to the Sunday Express. The Chinese duo are believed to be ready to offer Terry a loan or short-term deal on up to £200,000 a week, provided Chelsea can be persuaded to let him go.

The Daily Star Sunday claim that Theo Walcott and Arsenal are at WAR over his demand for a new £85,000-a-week, four-year deal. That’s put the England winger’s long-term Emirates future in real doubt - and alerted Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool as well as mega-rich French outfit PSG and Italian giants Juventus.

However, Arsenal are believed to be preparing a £10 million transfer bid for Lukas Podolski, amid reports the FC Cologne striker has fallen out with the club's director of sport, Volker Finke. Full story

The Mirror report that Qatar-based club Al-Sadd are ready to match Queen Park Rangers’ £15 million ­valuation of unhappy ­midfielder Adel Taarabt. The 22-year-old was a target for Paris Saint Germain, but his price-tag put them off.

And QPR boss Neil Warnock is ready to spend the cash as part of a swoop for up to four new players in January to boost his "small squad".

The Sunday Mail suggests Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could swoop for Manchester City's Wayne Bridge on loan after Thomas Vermaelen suffered a calf problem against QPR.

The People claims Liverpool are lining up a £24 million move for Aston Villa's Darren Bent as they look to bolster their frontline.

The Daily Star Sunday reports Newcastle are monitoring Montpellier’s France Under-21s defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, although they have ended their interest in Olivier Giroud.

Also today, Lille midfielder Joe Cole has hinted he would like to make his move to France a permanent one when his loan deal from Liverpool expires at the end of the season. Full story

The Mail on Sunday claim Liverpool are planning a shock raid for England and Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. Kenny Dalglish will test Villa's resolve with a £24 million bid in the coming weeks as the Anfield boss looks to add firepower for the second half of the season.

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has admitted he has been in contact with AC Milan and former club Inter as the transfer season swings into action. Full story