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The latest January transfer news on Liverpool’s centre-back search and updates on the future of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dele Alli and more.
TRANSFER HEADLINES – WINDOW NOW OPEN UNTIL FEB 1

Deadline Day: Every PL club’s to-do list | January deals that may still happen | PL ins and outs | Done deals
Papers: Mustafi, Long options for Liverpool? | Klopp: Signings have to be right | Klopp: No £80m CBs available
Lingard joins West Ham on loan | Transfer Talk: Can Lingard reignite career?
Leverkusen close on Gray | Podcast: Celtic need clear out | Pellistri set for Alaves loan, Rojo to join Boca
Chelsea interested in Haaland, Alaba | Transfer Talk: How Chelsea can land Haaland?
WBA, Saints chasing Maitland-Niles | What will Odegaard bring? | West Brom sign Diagne
Transfer rumours: Arsenal: Mustafi to leave? | Man Utd: Koulibaly keen? | Liverpool: 72-hour CB dash
14:23
PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFERS SO FAR…

The clock’s ticking for clubs looking to bolster their squads in the January window.

Who’s rolled the dice so far and done business? Check out our club-by-club guide.

14:18
THE SKY SPORTS EFL PODCAST

Jonathan Oakes is joined by pundit Don Goodman and commentator Daniel Mann to discuss all the latest news from the Championship, League One and League Two.

The panel take a look at all the latest EFL action and transfer latest, assess the appointment of Mick McCarthy at Cardiff and we hear from Norwich’s Todd Cantwell in Ten To Tackle.

All that and much more!

Listen to the latest episode of the Sky Sports EFL Podcast below for free or search ‘Sky EFL’ to listen & subscribe via your regular podcast provider.

Subscribe to the Sky Sports EFL Podcast here

14:09
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: WHAT CHELSEA MUST PROVIDE TO GET HAALAND, WHY LINGARD TO WEST HAM MAKES SENSE & THE DEADLINE DAY RUSH

Pete Graves and Dharmesh Sheth are joined by European football writer Tom Williams to discuss the fallout from Frank Lampard’s sacking as Chelsea boss and their appointment of Thomas Tuchel.

They analyse the issues facing Tuchel, including improving the fortunes of big-money summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, and what he will need to do to land top target Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

West Ham could be set for a busy couple of days and having tied up a deal for Jesse Lingard, the panel debate whether this move could reignite the winger’s career and also chat about David Moyes’ desire to add a new striker.

With Deadline Day upon us, Dharms and Tom discuss the moves that could go to the wire and state which clubs need to be busy ahead of Monday’s 11pm cut-off.

Plus, there’s news from Manchester City, Arsenal, Rangers, Celtic and much more, including Pete’s final thought, this week on Rafa Benitez and the high-calibre managers currently out of work.

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13:26
WHERE DOES ALLI’S FUTURE LIE?

Paul Gilmour takes a 360 degree look at Dele Alli’s future. Will the midfielder stay at Tottenham amid reports linking him to Paris Saint-Germain?

12:58
PITCH TO POST PREVIEW – ARSENAL vs MAN UTD BUILD-UP, MAN CITY’S TITLE CHARGE, LIVERPOOL’S RETURN TO FORM AND PROBLEMS FOR SPURS

In this week’s Pitch to Post Preview Podcast Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp joins Peter Smith to look ahead to the big Saturday night clash between Arsenal and Manchester United, and gives his verdict on Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard – and why Man Utd slipped up against Sheffield United.

We also get the inside story on Man City’s title pursuit from Sky Sports News reporter Ben Ransom, who explains how one City star has been transformed by Pep Guardiola’s methods this season.

And Sky Sports feature writer Adam Bate reflects on Liverpool’s much-needed win at Tottenham – and the injuries sustained which could impact both sides. Plus he makes his Pitch for what will happen in the next round of Premier League games…

Listen to the Sky Sports Pitch to Post Podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox

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12:44
BLUES IN TALKS FOR SIMMONDS

Birmingham City are in advanced talks with Manchester City about signing academy striker Keyendrah Simmonds.

Simmonds has entered the final six months of his contract. The 19-year-old has scored for City’s U21 team in this season’s Football League Trophy and has been capped by England at U18 level.

12:20
LIVERPOOL TRANSFER RUMOURS – MUSTAFI, LONG CONSIDERED?

Liverpool have not ruled out a move for Arsenal defender Skhodran Mustafi, who is in talks to end his contract at the Emirates six months early, according to the Daily Telegraph and Daily Express.

Liverpool are also interested in signing New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to ESPN.

Keep up-to-date with all the Liverpool rumours with just 61 hours until the Deadline…

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12:07
WILL NEWCASTLE SIGN CHOUDHURY?

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits he likes Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury, while Brendan Rodgers explains his stance on letting his player leave.

11:50
DEADLINE DAY: EVERY PL CLUB’S TO-DO LIST

With the January transfer window shutting on Monday, the Sky Sports editorial team assesses what every Premier League club still has to do…

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11:25
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: WHAT CHELSEA MUST PROVIDE TO GET HAALAND, WHY LINGARD TO WEST HAM MAKES SENSE & THE DEADLINE DAY RUSH

Pete Graves and Dharmesh Sheth are joined by European football writer Tom Williams to discuss the fallout from Frank Lampard’s sacking as Chelsea boss and their appointment of Thomas Tuchel.

They analyse the issues facing Tuchel, including improving the fortunes of big-money summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, and what he will need to do to land top target Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

West Ham could be set for a busy couple of days and having tied up a deal for Jesse Lingard, the panel debate whether this move could reignite the winger’s career and also chat about David Moyes’ desire to add a new striker.

With Deadline Day upon us, Dharms and Tom discuss the moves that could go to the wire and state which clubs need to be busy ahead of Monday’s 11pm cut-off.

Plus, there’s news from Manchester City, Arsenal, Rangers, Celtic and much more, including Pete’s final thought, this week on Rafa Benitez and the high-calibre managers currently out of work.

Download & subscribe on iTunes | Or listen on Spreaker

11:20
TRANSFER HEADLINES – WINDOW NOW OPEN UNTIL FEB 1

Deadline Day: Every PL club’s to-do list | January deals that may still happen | PL ins and outs | Done deals
Papers: Mustafi, Long options for Liverpool? | Klopp: Signings have to be right | Klopp: No £80m CBs available
Lingard joins West Ham on loan | Transfer Talk: Can Lingard reignite career?
Leverkusen close on Gray | Podcast: Celtic need clear out | Pellistri set for Alaves loan, Rojo to join Boca
Chelsea interested in Haaland, Alaba | Transfer Talk: How Chelsea can land Haaland?
WBA, Saints chasing Maitland-Niles | What will Odegaard bring? | West Brom sign Diagne
Transfer rumours: Arsenal: Mustafi to leave? | Man Utd: Koulibaly keen? | Liverpool: 72-hour CB dash

11:15
LIVERPOOL GOING LONG?

Liverpool are interested in signing USA defender Aaron Long before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to ESPN.

The New York Red Bulls centre-back, 28, has played 18 times for the US, spending his entire career in the American leagues.

A late bloomer, Long didn’t break through the Red Bulls side until 2017.

With the MLS season suspended until April at the earliest, Long is allowed to look for temporary moves away.

10:58
JOSE READY TO LET ALLI LEAVE

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to let Dele Alli leave before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to the Daily Mail.

However, chairman Daniel Levy still needs to approve the midfielder’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain, who want to sign the 24-year-old on loan.

Alli is looking to get his career back on track having played just 74 minutes in the Premier League for Mourinho’s side this season.

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10:39
LIVERPOOL’S FRANTIC SEARCH – MUSTAFI NOT RULED OUT

Liverpool will spend the final 72 hours of the transfer window in an increasingly frantic late dash to sign a centre-half, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The latest injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho has left Jurgen Klopp short again in central defence, and the Liverpool boss says they have been studying a list of targets throughout January.

A move for Shkodran Mustafi, the Arsenal defender, has not been dismissed; he is out of contract in the summer and is reportedly in talks with Arsenal to negotiate a settlement.

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10:28
A YEAR OF FERNANDES

Who says you can’t get value in January?

Bruno Fernandes arrived at Manchester United on January 30, 2020 and spoke of his fond memories of watching Cristiano Ronaldo light up Old Trafford. Twelve months on, he is their star now.

Here, we analyse the impact he has had at Old Trafford

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10:08
SATURDAY PAPER TALK

The latest transfer rumours from this morning’s back pages…

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to let Dele Alli leave before Monday’s transfer deadline but chairman Daniel Levy still needs to approve the midfielder’s exit to Paris Saint-Germain (Daily Mail)
Christian Benteke is attracting interest from Italian duo Parma and Fiorentina ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline (Daily Mail)
Liverpool will spend the final 72 hours of the transfer window in an increasingly frantic late dash to sign a centre-half (Daily Telegraph)

01:09
TINDALL EXPECTS KING TO STAY

Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall has told Sky Sports he expects Norwegian forward Josh King to remain at the Vitality Stadium this month.

“He [King] said to me today that he’s staying here until the end of the season,” said Tindall, following the Cherries’ 3-1 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

“That’s great news for us and I’m sure Josh will be looking to do extremely well for us from now until the end of the season.”

01:08
LANSBURY JOINS BRISTOL CITY

Midfielder Henri Lansbury has joined Championship promotion hopefuls Bristol City after his Aston Villa contract was terminated by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old has signed a short-term deal at Ashton Gate, according to the club’s official website.

City head coach Dean Holden said: “Henri will add to the group both on and off the pitch. He’s a fantastic character, someone I’ve always admired for the way he plays the game. He’s a fantastic passer of the ball, and he can create and score goals too.”

Welcome to #BristolCity, Henri Lansbury! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Q0YWe3N8Av

— Bristol City FC (@BristolCity) January 29, 2021
00:13
‘ALLI WOULD HAVE TO HAND IN TRANSFER REQUEST’

Dele Alli would need to hand in a transfer request to leave Tottenham in this window, according to The Transfer Show.

00:12
WHO IS HWANG AND WOULD HE FIT AT WEST HAM?

European football writer Tom Williams told the Transfer Talk podcast:

“Hee-chan Hwang has a skills set that is not totally dissimilar to Heung-Min Son. He’s quick, two-footed, he’s very mobile and much more physically powerful than Son, more of a No 9 with quite a stocky build and he gets in behind an awful lot.

“We saw last season at RB Salzburg, he formed a front three with Erling Haaland and Takumi Mimamino and was very effective with 16 goals and 21 assists. He impressed against Liverpool in the Champions League which suggests he has what it takes to thrive against Premier League defences.

“Having said that, he left Salzburg last summer and moved to their sister club, RB Leipzig and has barely featured. He had Covid during the autumn so was on the sidelines for a bit, but he’s only made seven substitute appearances in the Bundesliga so hasn’t been a huge success there and is still trying to find his feet.

“I wonder if the thought of coming to West Ham and being a deputy to Michail Antonio, which effectively he would be, would appeal to him. He needs game time and things haven’t worked out for him so far at Leipzig, so I think that would be a consideration for him. If they were to bring him in and play him up front alongside Antonio, you could see that appealing.

“But I wonder if he has the right profile in terms of someone who is going to be happy to sit on the bench and come on for the last 30 minutes or when Antonio needs a breather. But in terms of his playing style, he looks like a good fit for English football.”

00:04
CUTRONE CLOSE TO VALENCIA LOAN

Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone is close to agreeing a deal to join Valencia on loan for the rest of the season.

Nuno Espirito Santo said “anything can happen” with the player this month during Friday’s press conference.

Asked about the possibility of Cutrone departing, Nuno said: “We have to wait. The intention about recalling Patrick was mainly because we needed (him), and because he was not in a good position in Florence.

“So we decided to call him back, and now I count on him, his work and his training, but anything can happen. So let’s wait and see.”

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00:01
TRANSFER TALK PODCAST: WHAT CHELSEA MUST PROVIDE TO GET HAALAND, WHY LINGARD TO WEST HAM MAKES SENSE & THE DEADLINE DAY RUSH

Pete Graves and Dharmesh Sheth are joined by European football writer Tom Williams to discuss the fallout from Frank Lampard’s sacking as Chelsea boss and their appointment of Thomas Tuchel.

They analyse the issues facing Tuchel, including improving the fortunes of big-money summer signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, and what he will need to do to land top target Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.

West Ham could be set for a busy couple of days and having tied up a deal for Jesse Lingard, the panel debate whether this move could reignite the winger’s career and also chat about David Moyes’ desire to add a new striker.

With Deadline Day upon us, Dharms and Tom discuss the moves that could go to the wire and state which clubs need to be busy ahead of Monday’s 11pm cut-off.

Plus, there’s news from Manchester City, Arsenal, Rangers, Celtic and much more, including Pete’s final thought, this week on Rafa Benitez and the high-calibre managers currently out of work.

Download & subscribe on iTunes | Or listen on Spreaker

23:57
WILL INGS MOVE TO SPURS?

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth told the Transfer Talk podcast:

“It’s a massive six months for Southampton and Danny Ings. He has entered the final 18 months of his contract and is yet to sign a new deal.

“Ralph Hasenhuttl, when he speaks at news conferences, is publicly quite confident and hopeful that Ings will sign a new contract. Financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic are making things tricky, in his words.

“Ings turns 29 in July and this can’t be underestimated. Could this be his last opportunity for another big move? Injury disrupted most of his time at Liverpool.

“With regards to Tottenham, it will be the age old issue of any striker coming in would effectively be back-up to Harry Kane. I know he has just got injured again, but when fit, Kane starts.

“They’ve also got Carlos Vinicius, currently on loan from Benfica, he’s scored six goals in 12 matches, but has he done enough to earn a permanent deal? We might soon find out if Jose Mourinho throws him into the team instead of Kane. No doubt though that Mourinho will want to address that before going into the market.”

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23:34
BREAKING NEWS

West Ham have completed the signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and is yet to make a Premier League appearance this campaign.

Lingard told West Ham TV: “I’m excited. It’s another new chapter in my life.
“Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience. That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.”

JLingz is a Hammer 🤘 #WelcomeJesse pic.twitter.com/NXEk9xirbz

— West Ham United (@WestHam) January 29, 2021
23:33
DZEKO-SANCHEZ TALKS BREAK DOWN

Talks between Roma and Inter Milan over a swap deal involving Edin Dzeko and Alexis Sanchez have broken down.

Sky in Italy report the two players’ wages, although similar, remain a major obstacle.

Roma will not pursue the deal any further if Inter do not come back with more favourable terms and chief executive Tiago Pinto has travelled back to Rome signalling the end of talks between the two boards.

Dzeko is now expected to remain at Roma until the end of the season but his situation at the club remains unstable after falling out with head coach Paulo Fonseca.

Roma are also expected to announce the signing of Stephan El Shaarawy on a free transfer Saturday, with the Italy international set to return to his former club on a two-and-a-half year deal.

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23:27
WYCOMBE TAKE OBITA OFF OXFORD

Wycombe have signed Jordan Obita from neighbours Oxford on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 27-year-old, who can play either left-back or left-sided midfield, made six starts in League One for Oxford, joining the Us in November following his release by Reading.

He had been with the Royals for 19 years having graduated from their academy, and Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth revealed he sees Obita as cover for first-choice left-back Joe Jacobson.

23:20
MAN UTD READY TO END ROJO CONTRACT

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Marcos Rojo on ending his contract early.

The defender’s deal was due to expire in the summer but it now means Rojo will be a free agent at the end of the month.

The 30-year-old has been in Argentina since receiving treatment there for a calf injury and has been seen this week training with Boca Juniors.

Rojo, who’s been at United since 2014, hasn’t featured for the club in the current campaign and made just a single Premier League start last season.

Marcos Rojo has been linked with Estudiantes and Boca Juniors
23:13
TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: EACH PL CLUB ASSESSED

With the January transfer window shutting on Monday, the Sky Sports editorial team assesses what every Premier League club still has to do…

With the January transfer window shutting on Monday, we assesses what every Premier League club still has to do…

— Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 29, 2021
23:09
ANDRESSON REJOINS EXETER ON LOAN

Reading keeper Jokull Andresson has rejoined League Two Exeter on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year Icelander made nine appearances for the club during an emergency short-term stay earlier in the season, and played against them for Morecambe on a similar basis on Tuesday evening.

Manager Matt Taylor told the Grecians’ official website: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jokull back to the club and he is a player we know well.

“We tried to get him earlier in the month but we were made to wait. He affected us positively the first time round and it’s absolutely great that he’s back.”

23:07
LANSBURY TERMINATES VILLA DEAL

Aston Villa have confirmed that Henri Lansbury has left the club after agreeing a mutual termination of his contract.

The midfielder signed in January 2017 from Nottingham Forest made 53 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring two goals.

All the best, Henri. 👊

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 29, 2021
23:03
FRIDAY’S PL TRANSFER NEWS CLUB BY CLUB

The Transfer Show’s Dharmesh Sheth and Kaveh Solhekol bring you the latest transfer news from each of the Premier League’s 20 clubs.

22:53
SMITH HEADS FOR BURTON

Burton have signed winger Jonny Smith from Bristol City on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Smith joined City in 2016 but did not make a first-team appearance for the Robins and was sent out on a series of loans, most recently to Swindon, from where he was recalled on Friday.

The 23-year-old has now left City permanently and the move reunites him with assistant Burton boss Dino Maamria, whom he played under at Oldham last season.

💬 @JonnySmith_11#BAFC

— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) January 29, 2021
22:47
HARDIE JOINS PLYMOUTH

Former Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has joined Plymouth on a permanent basis from Blackpool.

Hardie has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Home Park after the two League One clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old Scot has had two loan spells at Plymouth over the last 13 months, scoring 11 goals in 42 appearances.

22:43
PELLISTRI SET FOR LOAN MOVE

Manchester United youngster Facundo Pellistri is set to join La Liga side Alaves on loan for the rest of the season.

A deal for the 19-year-old Uruguayan has been agreed in principle with the Spanish club.

A deal for the 19-year-old Uruguayan has been agreed in principle with La Liga side Alaves.

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 29, 2021
22:29
‘POTENTIAL BARGAIN TO BE HAD WITH DRAXLER’

European football writer Tom Williams told the Transfer Talk podcast:

“A player who could potentially be crossing the Channel is Julian Draxler.

“He is still on the books at PSG, barely getting a kick, has been endlessly linked with English clubs, only has six months left on his contract at PSG and they are desperate to sell him. They’ve been desperate to sell him for the last two or three years, ever since Neymar and Kylian Mbappe came in and he was frozen out of the first team picture.

“He’s still only 27, a German international and from a technical perspective, an absolute Rolls Royce of a footballer. There hasn’t been a huge amount of chatter around the prospect of him leaving but I think there’s a potential bargain to be had if there’s a club in need of a bit of spark in attacking midfield areas and are willing to stump up a small fee to get him off PSG’s books.”

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22:17
JONES JOINS SUNDERLAND ON LOAN

Rangers have confirmed that Jordan Jones has joined Sunderland on loan for the remainder of the season.

After putting pen to paper, the winger said: “I’m absolutely over the moon and I’m delighted to be here. I know what football means to people in the North East and how much Sunderland means to the supporters, so hopefully I can bring them some entertainment and good results.”

Manager Lee Johnson added: “As Jordan comes in, we are looking forward to working with him and seeing what he brings to our squad. He is a player with the type of qualities that fit the positional profile we wanted to add to the group.”

🔏 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿…#SAFC are delighted to announce the loan signing of Jordan Jones from @RangersFC. #WelcomeJones

— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 29, 2021
21:54
WHERE NEXT FOR MAITLAND-NILES?

Dharmesh Sheth tells The Transfer Show:

“He’s one of a number of players not getting first-team football at Arsenal. Southampton are interested in taking him on loan.

“Interestingly, Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he was hopeful of bringing in a player on loan before Monday’s deadline. It’s thought that if Arsenal do allow Maitland-Niles out on loan, it would be preferably to Southampton.

“There was a thought when we were hearing about Arsenal’s preference that they might want to get Ryan Bertrand as part of that deal, but Hasenhuttl poured cold water on him leaving at all during the transfer window – he says they need him. On the flip side, he is into the last six months of his contract.”

21:53
ABERDEEN AFTER STEWART

Aberdeen are targeting Ross County striker Ross Stewart as a potential replacement for Birmingham-bound Sam Cosgrove.

The 24-year-old is out of contract in the summer.

Ross County boss John Hughes said last week that it would take a bid of more £500,000 for them to consider selling the player.

21:52
RAHMAN SET TO JOIN PAOK

Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman is set to join Greek side PAOK on loan for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old signed for £21.7m in August 2015, but has been out on loan to Schalke across three seasons, Stade Reims and RCD Mallorca.

Rahman is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and has agreed a switch to Thessaloniki in search of regular football.

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21:48
ANY CHANCE OF UNITED SIGNING SANCHO?

James Cooper tells The Transfer Show:

“I think he’s on the radar but I said last summer they wouldn’t spend £100m and that market is now changing, and it’s nothing like £100m now. “If last summer was bad in terms of finances, I think it’s even worse probably coming into this summer bearing in mind that Old Trafford has been empty for almost a year.

“Financials come into play and also we mentioned Pellistri we mentioned, on Diallo, if he becomes a success on the right wing then you might ask why do you need Sancho.

“I think it also raises questions about the priorities going into the next window for Manchester United, I think they’d like to cover right back, we’ve seen the kind of knock on effect on Alex Telles coming in and Luke Shaw playing his best football for Manchester United as a consequence, so I think they want proper backup there, so you’ve got two players for each position.

“There’s no doubting they’d love to have a centre-back but I don’t think money’s going to be in huge eminence, although I will counter that by saying that in Ed Woodward’s last proclamation during the last financial, he said we will be concentrating on the summer window – I think they are probably two or three players away from being a proper challenger for, you know, all the titles, not just a Premier League title.”

21:44
DIAGNE AVAILABLE TO FACE FULHAM

West Brom new striker Mbaye Diagne’s registration was submitted in time for him to feature tomorrow against Fulham, if Sam Allardyce decides to pick him.

✔️ A prolific scoring record
✔️ @ChampionsLeague experience
✔️ Exceptional form

Here are 𝗙𝗜𝗩𝗘 facts you’ll want to know about Mbaye Diagne 🇸🇳

— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 29, 2021
21:43
PEP: GARCIA IS OUR PLAYER

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has questioned Barcelona presidential candidates speaking in public on the club’s quest to sign defender Eric Garcia.

Garcia’s time at City is coming to an end and the centre-back is keen to secure a move back to the Nou Camp before Monday’s deadline.

But Barca are struggling to reach the asking price of around £2.65m in a week their accumulated debt was revealed to have eclipsed £1bn.

“I don’t want to talk anything about this. He’s our player,” Guardiola said on Friday.

“The transfer window is finishing in a few days. He’s our player and were fully committed with him here, because he’s an exceptional player and guy, that’s all.”

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21:33
VASSILEV SIGNS FOR CHELTENHAM

Cheltenham have signed Aston Villa striker Indiana Vassilev on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old had spent the first half of the season on loan at Burton Albion, where he made 12 appearances in League One.

Vassilev has made six substitute appearances for Villa’s first team since moving to Birmingham from the United States a year ago.

Good luck, Indi! 👊

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) January 29, 2021
21:31
GRAY CLOSE TO LEVERKUSEN

Kaveh Solhekol on The Transfer Show:

“Someone close to the deal, to take Demarai Gray to Bayer Leverkusen from Leicester, has just been in touch to say it’s close to being agreed, he says it’s at the paperwork and diligence stage.

“The player and Bayer Leverkusen have agreed terms, there’s no further details and no updates about a possible medical at the moment.”

21:28
NEWPORT SIGN FARQUHARSON

Newport have made a seventh signing of the winter transfer window with the addition of defender Priestley Farquharson for an undisclosed fee.

The centre-back has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Sky Bet League Two outfit after a successful spell under Andy Morrison at Cymru Premier club Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Exiles boss Michael Flynn backed the 23-year-old to handle the move, telling the club website: “I’ve tracked Priestley’s progress for a while and have been keen on bringing him to the club in previous transfer windows.

“He has made great strides with Connah’s Quay over the last few seasons and I’m sure he learnt a lot from Andy Morrison, so I feel it is now the right time to get him on board with us.

“It’s a big step up from the Cymru Premier to this division, but I feel it is a challenge that he’s ready for.”

21:20
WHERE WOULD MAITLAND-NILES PREFER TO GO?

The latest on Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles with West Brom and Southampton both interested in a loan move.

21:05
BREAKING NEWS

West Brom have signed striker Mbaye Diagne from Galatasaray on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old Senegal international has scored 11 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for the Turkish giants this season.

A club statement read: “Diagne arrives at The Hawthorns with a wealth of experience having played Champions League and Europa League football over the course of the last two years with Club Brugge and Galatasaray respectively, as well as appearing in the Africa Cup of Nations for his country in 2019 – helping Senegal reach the final.”

Diagne announced ☑️✍️

We’ve signed Senegal international striker Mbaye Diagne on loan from @GalatasaraySK 🇸🇳

— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 29, 2021
21:03
NORWICH-BOUND SOTO GRANTED WORK PERMIT

American striker Sebastian Soto has officially been granted a work permit to join Norwich.

Soto signed for Norwich from Hannover last July but spent the first half of the season on loan at Dutch side SC Telstar, scoring seven goals in 12 appearances.

The 20-year-old made his international debut in November and scored twice in the United States’ 6-2 friendly win over Panama after coming on as a substitute.

Confirmation that Sebastian Soto has been granted a work permit and will head to Norfolk to begin training with Norwich ⬇

— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 29, 2021
20:45
CHELTENHAM SIGN SMITH FROM READING

Cheltenham have signed Reading striker Sam Smith on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has made 11 appearances for the Royals, scoring twice, and had loan spells at Oxford, Shrewsbury, Cambridge and Tranmere.

Cheltenham manager Michael Duff told the club website: “He is a player we have known about for a while.

“He did well against us last year when he was at Cambridge. He has experience of the level and has physicality and pace to run in behind.”

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ROSS UNSURE OVER PORTEUS, NISBET FUTURE

Jack Ross is unsure if Ryan Porteous and Kevin Nisbet will remain at Hibernian after interest from Millwall and Birmingham respectively.

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