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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/10/2012

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.

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

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.


Posted by matthew on 01/10/2012

is real madrid going to make a move for suarez or is it just made up

Posted by brenton on 01/10/2012

Chelsea TV reporting Cahill deal done on a 5 year deal.

Posted by J on 01/10/2012

I really hope Redknapp goes for a striker. All the fans want him to go for a center back but we can't forget we're in a title race and Adebayor cannot play against his parent club in the city game! assuming Pav will leave we need another physical striker like Remy because Defoe is simply a supporting striker

Posted by Barbarossa on 01/10/2012

A player being labeled "the new Kanu" does not inspire me to imagine greatness in his future. How underwhelming.

Posted by Chris on 01/10/2012

Wait - Mancini thinks that City have a "player shortage"? This is the same guy who deemed Adebayor to be excess parts at the start of the season. I hope the Sheik keeps his money in his wallet this time.

Posted by abdullah on 01/10/2012

i think it is man u who need de rossi more than man city because right now there is a lack of a good defensive midfielder

Posted by Levinski on 01/10/2012

Inter should forget about Tevez. With that same money would could buy Riccardo Montolivo for creative midfield, Domenico Criscito for LB/CB, and maybe even sign/resign Quagliarella or Mattia Destro for the front line. It seems like that would solve more problems now and in the future.

Posted by Grant on 01/10/2012

Oh, woe is Mancini... When you buy African players, you do so knowing full well they are going to be taken away for a month every two years. They've been playing the ACN for decades, and you should plan for it. Suspensions due to card accumulation shows a lack of discipline - that's on the manager. And every club has injuries this time of year. United and Arsenal have had decimated defenses most of the season, but they are just getting on with it (and that's saying something for Wenger). Get this guy out of the Premier League...

Posted by ameer on 01/10/2012

Some Twitter and Facebook Buzz that Gary Cahill has signed a 5 Year deal with chelsea. People claming source is Chelsea TV

Posted by Brian on 01/10/2012

Any truth to the Chelsea bid for Di Maria rumors?

Posted by John on 01/10/2012

Unfortunate news for LFC: Rory Donnelly is nearly a done deal for Swansea. Who will KD look to next to fill the club with more B and C-list players?

Posted by David in DC on 01/10/2012

Yes, Tevez only wants to play along side Ibrahimovic at Milan until the slightest thing goes wrong then he'll be home sick and go back to Argentina to golf or be with his family.

Posted by zarate on 01/10/2012

come on Mancini
why you loaned out Boyata and Adebayor? And Wayne Bridge is still with the team

Posted by Andy on 01/10/2012

Haha if people keep looking at the Neymar situation like that then he's also rumored to be New York Red Bull.

Posted by Alex on 01/10/2012

Bassong should go to Saint-Etienne. They need to bolster their defense and he would fit in perfectly.

Posted by david on 01/10/2012

is there any true that Alex from chelsea is going to tottenham as it would be a very easy change for him as tottenham is only 30 minutes from where he is at. this would be a great buy for Spurs.

Posted by David in DC on 01/10/2012

Regarding Napoli/Chelsea/Vargas it is really nice to see a player getting good advice and deciding to make a little less now in an opportunity to develop to his full potential. If he went to Chelsea he'd spend a lot of time on the bench and stand a good chance of stagnating, but at Napoli he will most likely start and be a regular allowing him to develop against top competition.

Posted by marco THSpurs4me on 01/10/2012

Harry if you reading this,open the spurs wallet let the moths out and lets spend.Samba and Demba Ba would be a good start and mayb you want to add another central defender of your choice.coys

Posted by Raza on 01/11/2012

Suarez? Taylor? Cissoko? Podolski? We haven't even had a rumor update for 2 days now for God's sake. And how dare Mancini complain about a player shortage after all the players he has deemed surplus to requirements?

Posted by fadal on 01/13/2012

qpr please bring in some fresh faces likes
chris samba,
and more
do it fast

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