Transfer news and rumours LIVE - PSG to offer Neymar new contract, Brazilian wants to stay
Transfer LIVE - Join us throughout the day as we bring you the latest breaking news and the best gossip during the January transfer window. On Sunday, there are reports Paris Saint-Germain are set to make their first offer of a new contract to Neymar with the Brazilian forward keen to stay at the Parc des Princes.
Napoli are plotting a raid on Arsenal for full-back Kieran Tierney.
Scotland international Tierney’s stock his risen at a time when temperatures have plummeted around the country. Tierney has won fans for adopting a short-sleeved shirt when others have opted for multiple layers, gloves and tights.
Tierney’s attitude and approach to the game are huge assets, and the Telegraph is claiming that the Serie A side have him on their radar for the summer.
21:50 - Edmondson heads back to Leeds
Ryan Edmondson has returned to Leeds United following the end of his loan spell at Aberdeen.
The teenage forward joined the Dons in the summer, with the terms of the deal running to January 2021.
The clubs have not worked on an extension, with Leeds Live saying they expect Edmondson to join a club in the EFL.
21:05 - Reinier in line for return to Spain
Reinier's spell at Borussia Dortmund could be cut short, with Valladolid looking to land him from Real Madrid.
The forward is on loan at BvB until 2022, but Michael Zorc has said they would respect the player's wishes to leave should he ask to do so.
"If someone is unhappy due to a lack of minutes, we will listen," Zorc told Sport 1.
The German outlet is citing reports in Spain that are saying Real are happy to let the Brazilian head to Valladolid, who are owned by Madrid great Ronaldo.
20:15 - Milic signs for Lech Poznan
Croatia international Antonio Milic has left Anderlecht to sign for Lech Poznan.
The defender is looking to revive his fortunes ahead of the European Championship, after struggling for regular playing time in Belgium.
The Polish club confirmed the 26-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with an option to extend by a further 12 months.
19:30 - Palace back in for Kouame
Crystal Palace have revived their interest in forward Christian Kouame.
The Eagles were close to a deal 12 months ago, but a knee injury put the move on ice.
He has since moved from Genoa to Fiorentina, but could be on the market again - and La Nazione says Palace, Eintracht Frankfurt and Marseille are interested.
18:56 - Conte rules out Inter January arrivals
Inter Milan are unlikely to make any signings in the January transfer window.
Coach Antonio Conte is working on a strategy set out by the club, and claims he does not want any new additions.
"The strategy is clear,” Conte told Gazzetta dello Sport following his side’s 2-2 draw with Roma. "I don’t want anyone, I work with these players. There are strengths and weaknesses, but that’s who we are and I am happy.
"Forget the transfer window, that’s what I was told.”
18:30 - Soumaoro joins Bologna on loan
Bologna have confirmed the signing of defender Adama Soumaoro from Lille.
The 28-year-old has made the move on loan with an option to buy, the club confirmed in a statement on Twitter.
17:45 - Lopetegui signs new deal
Julen Lopetegui has pledged his future to Sevilla by signing a new deal until 2024.
The former Spain and Real Madrid boss has revived his career at the club. He led them to Europa League glory last term and Sevilla are keen to continue the adventure.
17:05 - Lampard opens up on Tomori future
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has admitted Fikayo Tomori could leave Stamford Bridge on loan this month with the young defender linked with a number of interested clubs.
Tomori made his first team breakthrough for the Blues last season, but has struggled for game time this term, leading to suggestions he could leave Chelsea on loan in January.
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"The situation with Fikayo is open about the moment," Lampard told reporters after Chelsea's FA Cup win over Morecombe.
"There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today."
Tomori clearly has ability, but needs game time to continue his development. What does he think looking at how Tariq Lamptey, who broke into the Chelsea team at the same time, has kicked on since leaving the club? That's the sort of move Tomori needs.
16:45 - Can Pedri convince Messi to stay?
Lionel Messi is in excellent form right now having scored seven goals in his last seven games. The difference? His growing relationship with Pedri.
While this season has been a difficult one for Barcelona, Pedri has been one very bright spot. The emergence of the teenage playmaker has electrified the club and rejuvanted Messi, who is playing with a smile on his face again.
Graham Ruthven (that's me again!) has written a piece looking at how Pedri has changed the dynamic at the Camp Nou and how he could convince Messi to stick around beyond the end of the season.
Spoiler - Pedri is really good and Messi might want to play with him longer.
16:25 - Striker's agent confirms West Ham talks
As if there hasn't already been enough West Ham transfer talk today, here's some more - the agent of Reims striker Boulaye Dia has confirmed he held talks with the London club.
The Hammers are widely believed to be in the market for a new striker following the exit of Sebastian Haller to Ajax and Dia is one of the players mentioned as a potential target.
"We talked a lot last month with West Ham. However, we have not moved forward," Frederic Guerra was quoted as saying. "He is a player that interests them. After that, the question this winter is whether by choosing West Ham or another club, we do not exclude many other clubs this summer."
Guerra also told TF1, proving the latest: "I could leave as I could stay. The month is very long, I am focused on Stade de Reims, I only think of that I do not control thing outside sport. I am very well in Reims, it is is a beautiful family.”
Dia might not be of the calibre of someone like Mariano Diaz, who has also been linked with a switch to the London Stadium, but the Hammers certainly need another centre forward.
16:00 - Gedson facing uncertain future at Spurs
He was Jose Mourinho's first signing as Tottenham Hotspur manager, but Gedson Fernandes is now facing an uncertain future in North London.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola has provided an update on the midfielder's current situation, with Gedson falling down the pecking order at Spurs.
Gedson Fernandes von Tottenham Hotspur
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It's reportedly unlikely Tottenham will sign Gedson on a permanent basis, leaving the midfielder in limbo over his future. This will see him return to Benfica at the end of the season, when his loan ends.
Gedson was Mourinho's first signing, but Spurs have moved on since then. They are a better team and have made higher calibre signings in the past 12 months. In a sense, the fact Tottenham have no use for Gedson shows how they have improved.
15:35 - Man Utd monitoring Ligue 1 midfielder
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Romain Faivre, with the Brest midfielder impressing in Ligue 1 this season.
Le10 Sport () claim the Old Trafford outfit, along with Paris Saint-Germain, are watching Faivre despite the 22-year-old signing a new contract until 2025 as recently as Christmas Eve.
Faivre has four goals and three assists in 17 Ligue 1 appearances this season, attracting attention from a number of clubs.
15:10 - Liverpool to let defender leave on loan
Liverpool have been linked with a number of defenders this month to ease their injury woes at the back, but one defender could be on his way out of the club.
Goal reports the Premier League champions are willing to let Sepp van den Berg leave on loan in January, with talks already under way with a number of clubs.
While a number of youngsters have forced their way into the first team reckoning at Liverpool this season, van den Berg has so far been denied significant game time. Nonetheless, it seems peculiar that the Reds would be ready to deplete their defensive ranks even further!
14:30 - Koeman on Puig's future
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman insists he has "nothing against" Riqui Puig despite continued speculation about the young midfielder's future at the Camp Nou.
Puig made his breakthrough at Barca towards the end of last season, but has been frozen out of the first team under Koeman, leading to speculation the midfielder could leave the club.
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"I have nothing against Riqui Puig," Koeman replied when asked about a reported incident which saw the Dutchman accuse Puig of being a leak in the dressing room.
"We have very young players like Konrad (de la Fuente), Matheus (Fernandes) and Junior (Firpo) who don't have many minutes, but you always think I'm talking about Riqui."
Puig is hugely talented and has a bright future ahead of himself, as Graham Ruthven (that's me!) wrote in this piece. But can be persuade Koeman of his quality?
13:45 - Atleti reach agreement for Dembele signing
We mentioned earlier in the day that Atletico Madrid were close to signing Moussa Dembele and it now appears the Spanish club have got their man.
Marca reports the French striker is on his way to the Spanish capital on loan until the end of the seaso, with Atletico Madrid and Lyon reaching an agreement in principle.
Included in the loan agreement will be an option for Atletico Madrid to sign Dembele permanently for €33 million, which seems like good value for a striker of the Frenchman's calibre.
Of course, Atletico Madrid currently sit at the top of La Liga. This signing will give them additional firepower and could help them get over the line in a title race.
13:15 - PSG to offer Neymar new contract
Paris Saint-Germain are expected to start contract discussions with Neymar soon, with the French champions set to make their first offer to the Brazilian forward.
Telefoot reports PSG are optimistic about their chances of keeping Neymar as the 28-year-old wants to stay at the Parc des Princes despite continued speculation about his future.
Of course, a large part of Neymar's renewed willingness to stay at PSG is likely the narrowing of his options. With Barcelona in financial peril at the moment, where could he possibly go?
Besides, where would he find another club willing to let him have a holiday coveniently timed around his birthday every year?
12:45 - Benzema/Hazard out, Haaland/Mbappe in!
Real Madrid are set to push Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard out of the club to make space for Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe according to reports.
It's all in today's Euro Papers which covers reports from Spain that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to overhaul the club's attacking line before the start of next season.
Mbappe AND Haaland in, as Madrid purge big names - Euro Papers
Mbappe does indeed seem somewhat destined to play for Los Blancos at some point in the future, but would partnering him with Haaland even work?
The Norwegian is an out-and-out centre forward, so would this mean putting Mbappe on the wing? Of course, he likes to start out wide, but frequently surges through the middle. This is one to keep an eye on, but don't count on it happening.
12:30 - Allardyce to be 'extremely busy' in January
Sam Allardyce expects to be "extremely busy" in the transfer market this month, with the West Brom manager having already secured Robert Snodgrass as his first signing.
The Baggies have been linked with a number of targets and Allardyce talked up the chances of there being more new arrivals at the Hawthorns before the end of the month.
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“I’m hoping to be extremely busy in the window as I have been extremely busy in every window,” Allardyce said.
“It’s part of the process to work tirelessly on outs and ins until the end of January. Everybody knows what we need to do. We need to move players in this window. We need to bring players in.
“Everybody needs players, but I think more than anybody in the Premier League we need players to give us a chance of moving out of the position we’re in.”
11:45 - West Brom make offer for French midfielder
West Brom have lodged an offer for Stade Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier as Sam Allardyce looks to reshape the squad at the Hawthorns this month.
Football Insider reports the Baggies see the 30-year-old as a target and have made their move to sign him in January despite the player being out of contract at the end of the season.
Stade Rennes are suffering financial problems this season as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and this could aid West Brom in their efforts to sign Grenier.
11:15 - Everton in talks over King swap deal
Everton and Bournemouth are in discussions over a potential swap deal involving Norwegian striker Josh King.
The Sun claims the Toffees are keen on signing King, and have been in the past, but are unwilling to pay Bournemouth's asking price for the player.
However, Bournemouth could ask for Jonjoe Kenny in exchange for King. Kenny enjoyed a good season on loan at Schalke last term, but has struggled for game time at his parent club.
King would give Everton good depth in attack, although the Norwegian will find it difficult to dislodge Dominic Calvert-Lewin as Carlo Ancelotti's first choice number nine.
10:50 - West Ham target Watford's Sarr
There's a lot of West Ham chatter around this morning with The Sun also reporting the London club are lining up a £30 million offer for Watford's Ismaila Sarr.
It's claimed the Hammers are willing to pay more than the £25 million the Hornets paid for Sarr in the summer of 2019 in order to lure the winger to the London Stadium this month.
Sarr is primarily a winger, but can also play through the middle. This could be useful to Moyes, with the West Ham manager currently struggling for forward options following the sale of Haller.
There's no doubting Sarr has a lot of potential - we saw that in the famous Watford win over Liverpool last season. But he needs refinement to become a truly top tier performer on a consistent basis.
10:30 - West Ham target Real Madrid striker
West Ham have identified Mariano Diaz as a potential loan target, with the 27-year-old centre forward currently out of favour at Real Madrid.
The Hammers are believed to be in the market for a new striker this month and the Daily Mail reports the club is exploring a loan deal for Mariano.
Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz- Inter-Real Madrid Champions League 2020-21
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It's claimed the player is open to leaving the Santiago Bernabeu on loan this month having made just six appearances for the Spanish champions this season.
West Brom held talks with Mariano over a move to the Premier League last summer, but the former Lyon forward would prefer to play for a club in London.
Mariano is a poacher and would give West Ham something they now lack following the departure of Sebastian Haller to Ajax earlier in the week. There is a proven goalscorer in there somewhere. Can David Moyes unlock that potential?
10:15 - Lyon chief confirms Dembele close to Atleti switch
Lyon sporting director Juninho Pernambucano has confirmed Moussa Dembele is close to sealing a January move to Atletico Madrid after losing "motivation" at the Ligue 1 club.
The French striker has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital after Atleti released Diego Costa from his contract and Juninho has confirmed Dembele has agreed verbal terms.
"Moussa came to see me. He thinks that this is the moment to change teams, that he has lost a bit of motivation," the former Brazilian midfielder told Telefoot (via Daily Mail).
"This was not something we foresaw. I like him a lot. Keeping someone who does not really want to keep up the intensity through the next five months - that is not ideal. We are in talks with Atletico, I think that Moussa has found an agreement with Atletico."
Dembele has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. This will represent a step up for the former Celtic striker. Forwards don't always thrive under Diego Simeone. He will be expected to do things he hasn't had to do much until this point in his career.
09:50 - Brooks on Villa's January hit-list
Aston Villa are interested in signing David Brooks from Bournemouth as Dean Smith hopes to strengthen his squad further following an impressive first half of the season.
Smith's are flying high in the Premier League table, currently sitting in eighth place, and Brooks is reportedly on Aston Villa's radar ahead of a potential January move.
The Mirror claims Aston Villa have identified Brooks along with Reading's Michael Olise as targets. Smith reportedly wants to add young players to his squad.
Brooks has struggled with injury in the last two seasons and has yet to replicate his form of 2018/19, but the Welshman is quite clearly very talented. Villa could be a good destination for him to grow and develop further.
09:30 - Newcastle and West Ham want Serie A striker
Newcastle United and West Ham are reportedly on the trail of Spezia striker M'Bala Nzola ahead of a potential switch to the Premier League this month.
Calciomercato claims the Magpies and the Hammers have joined Napoli in the hunt for the 24-year-old who has scored eight goals in 12 appearances in Serie A this season.
With concerns over Michail Antonio's fitness, it makes sense that West Ham are in the market for another striker. But Newcastle would surely be better putting their resources into finding a midfield creator. Callum Wilson is already doing the business for them as a goalscorer.
09:15 - Rice wants to stay in London
Hello, all! Graham here! A story that is being covered by a number of the papers this morning - Declan Rice has told friends he would prefer to stay in London should he leave West Ham and has no interest in signing for Manchester United.
The West Ham midfielder has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including United, but the Mirror claims Rice wants to sign for Chelsea, with Frank Lampard believed to be a big fan of the England international.
Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on December 15, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
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It's getting to the point where it's difficult to imagine Rice moving anywhere other than Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, however, will have to stump up the cash to sign him - West Ham reportedly want £80 million!
Chelsea would be able to find a similar player for much less somewhere else, but there's no doubting Rice would improve Lampard's squad.
09:00 - Inter in for... Lingard?
That's the eyecatching lead for Sunday morning's Paper Round as Antonio Conte has reportedly been convinced by a couple of United old boys that Jesse Lingard could be an astute bit of business. Read more here.
Plus, there's news on why Lionel Messi may well stay at Barcelona after all...
08:50 - PSG lining up Pogba
Hello and good morning. Graham will be with you shortly to guide you through the day in transfers, but just to get us started, the Daily Star Sunday is reporting that Paul Pogba still wants to leave Manchester United and that new PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to make him the centrepiece of his team in the French capital.
As reported by the paper: "The French midfielder, 27, is desperate to leave Old Trafford and United are ready to sell him at the end of the campaign. But while Real Madrid - or a second spell at Juventus - had appeared his most obvious destinations, that picture has changed following Pochettino’s arrival in the PSG hot-seat. The ex-Tottenham manager, who assumed the reins in Paris last week, believes Pogba is the perfect player to rebuild a new team around."
PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus are always the three teams most frequently linked with the midfielder and a move to Paris seems a fair bet for the summer - even if, as reported in Inside Football, Pogba's immediate thoughts were of a switch to Madrid...