Welcome to the Evening Standard’s latest LIVE coverage of the January transfer window.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are all keeping a close eye on Brighton’s Leeds loanee Ben White, according to the latest reports from Sky Sports.
The same outlet claims that Manchester United are interested in Leicester star James Maddison, but know that it will be difficult to complete such a high-profile deal in January.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan have denied making a bid for Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen, with The Mirror saying that Antonio Conte would prefer a swoop for Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal.
The short-term futures of two young strikers look poised to be settled in the next 24 hours, with Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster set to join Swansea City on loan and Sheffield Wednesday favourites to land Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah on a similar deal, per The Sun.
Stay with us as we bring you all the latest transfer news and deals as they happen in addition to all the usual rumours and gossip….
Newcastle in Babel talks
Ryan Babel could return for a third spell in the Premier League, reports suggest.
According to Eurosport France, Newcastle are in talks over the possibility of signing the former Liverpool and Fulham winger, who currently plies his trade in Turkey with Galatasaray.
However, the Magpies face competition for Dutch international Babel from Ajax.
Penaranda poised for early Watford return
KAS Eupen are ready to pull the plug on Watford forward Adalberto Penaranda’s loan deal after just four months, writes Simon Collings.
The 22-year-old moved to the Belgian club in September, agreeing a switch that would run until the end of the season.
Penaranda has failed to shine since making the move, however, playing just four games for Eupen.
The Belgian side are now ready to cancel his loan deal and have kicked off talks with Watford about sending him back to Vicarage Road this month.
Eupen are currently at a training camp in Qatar, but Penaranda is not part of the squad and his future is expected to be resolved swiftly.
Big things were expected of the Venezuela international when he joined Watford in 2016, however he has so far failed to live up to expectations with just one goal to his name for the Hornets.
WEST HAM NEWS
Randolph set for West Ham medical
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph is set to undergo a medical this morning ahead of his return to West Ham.
That is the latest from Sky, who report that a £4m fee was agreed between the two clubs yesterday.
Republic of Ireland international Randolph previously spent two seasons at West Ham before joining ‘Boro for £5m in 2017.
Liverpool fans excited over Nike and Mbappe
News of Liverpool’s kit deal with Nike has inevitably sparked more excited talk among fans on social media about a certain Kylian Mbappe.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward – along with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho – is a Nike ambassador and many seem to believe that this will make it easier for a high-profile transfer to be completed in future.
Wishful thinking or genuine possibility?
Charlton will listen to Taylor offers
The South London Press also have a report this morning that will be of big interest to Charlton fans.
They say that new Addicks owners East Street Investments (ESI) have now withdrawn their contract offer to striker Lyle Taylor and will consider any bids received for his services this month.
Meanwhile, Charlton are said to remain interested in signing Blackpool frontman Armand Gnanduillet.
Rowett confirms Clarke interest
Millwall boss Gary Rowett has confirmed his interest in completing a January loan move for Jack Clarke as the resurgent Lions look to sustain their Championship play-off push.
The winger is currently back at Tottenham having been recalled early from a disappointing loan spell at former club Leeds due to a lack of regular first-team opportunities.
“Jack Clarke is the type of player we have an interest in, and the reason we have is because we’re looking for that extra bit of quality but also that type of player who fits into our profile,” Rowett said, per the South London Press.
“But we have made lots of enquiries for lots of good players. I’m sure there will be many other links over the next couple of weeks.”
Liverpool announce ‘multi-year’ kit deal with Nike
Liverpool have signed a multi-year kit deal with Nike starting from next season.
The £30m-a-year partnership will begin on June 1 2020, following the conclusion of their deal with New Balance at the end of the current campaign.
Liverpool managing director and chief commercial officer Billy Hogan said: “Our iconic kit is a key part of our history and identity.
“We welcome Nike into the LFC family as our new official kit supplier and expect them to be an incredible partner for the club, both at home and globally as we continue to expand our fanbase.
“As a brand, Nike reflects our ambitions for growth, and we look forward to working with them to bring fans new and exciting products.”
It will be interesting to see what impact this has on Liverpool’s transfer business moving forward…
Arteta happy with Aubameyang commitment
Mikel Arteta believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has shut down any talk over an Arsenal exit with his comments on Monday night.
Writing in the club’s official matchday programme for the FA Cup tie against Leeds, the Gunners captain reiterated that he was committed to a club that he “loves” and remains desperate to take it back to the top.
Asked if we can now stop talking about a potential move for Aubameyang this month, Arteta said: “He’s done it, I do it, I want him here, I’m so happy with him so hopefully it’s the end of the story.”
On the notes themselves, he added: “I was told about that and I’m really happy.
“His commitment since the day I walked through the door has been phenomenal, the work he’s put in, his attitude around the place with the players – so I hope we can do that [keep him].”
MAN UTD NEWS
Man Utd ‘enter Fabian Ruiz race’
Is there another midfielder in Manchester United’s sights?
The Daily Star cite an outlet in Italy who claim that the Red Devils have entered the race to sign Napoli’s Spain international Fabian Ruiz.
Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also said to interested in a player who has thrived since moving to Serie A from Real Betis in the summer of 2018.
Arteta swerves Boateng question
Standard Sport understands that Arsenal are exploring the possibility of signing centre-back Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich as an alternative to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.
Mikel Arteta was inevitably asked about that interest following last night’s win over Leeds, but did not let anything slip.
“We don’t talk about any transfers and we are working on a few things,” he said.
“When the club has something to say I will let you know.”
Haaland reveals why he chose Dortmund
New Borussia Dortmund signing Erling Braut Haaland has been speaking about his reasons for choosing a switch to Signal Iduna Park.
A handful of Europe’s biggest clubs – including Manchester United – had been chasing a deal for the Norwegian teenager following his prolific form for Red Bull Salzburg and he eventually opted for Dortmund on a four-and-a-half year deal.
“The club said directly: ‘we need you up front. We like your playing style and we want to have you here,‘” Haaland told BVB.TV, via Bundesliga.com.
“I liked how they spoke to me then and that’s what triggered me. That’s when I felt that me and Dortmund was a good match.”
Sinclair set for Celtic exit
Is Scott Sinclair poised to make a return to English football?
Sky are reporting that the former Manchester City forward missed Celtic training in Dubai this morning as he closes in on a move to Championship play-off hopefuls Preston.
Sinclair’s current deal with the Scottish champions – for whom he has scored 62 goals in 167 appearances since leaving Aston Villa in 2016 – is due to expire in June.
Conte prefers Vidal to Eriksen
Last night we brought you the news that Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has denied that the club are in contact with Tottenham over Christian Eriksen.
A new potential twist in the saga comes from The Mirror, who report that there is something of a transfer battle currently going on at the San Siro.
They claim that while Marotta wants Eriksen, manager Antonio Conte would prefer a deal for Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal.
MAN UTD NEWS
United wary of Maddison difficulty
Staying with Sky for a moment, the broadcaster are reporting that Manchester United ARE interested in signing Leicester playmaker James Maddison.
However, they are apparently wary of how difficult it would be to pull off such a big deal in January, though injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay have made things a little more urgent in the midfield department.
Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, has been adamant that none of his key players will be leaving the King Power Stadium this month.
Surely one for the summer?
Heavyweight trio eye Leeds loanee White
We start with news of a player who featured in last night’s FA Cup clash between Arsenal and Leeds that appears to be in significant demand.
According to Sky Sports, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are all keeping a close watch on central defender Ben White, who is currently impressing for the Championship leaders on a season-long loan from Brighton.
However, with no break clause in that loan deal, it could be that any club wishing to buy the 22-year-old would have to agree to send him straight back to Elland Road for the remainder of the campaign.
Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport’s live coverage of the January transfer window.
Stay tuned for all the latest news, rumours and gossip…
Leicester up Demiral offer
A report in Corriere dello Sport claims that Leicester have made an improved offer for Juventus centre-half Merih Demiral.
The 21-year-old is seen as one of the hottest young properties in Italy, and the Foxes had a £25million offer batted back earlier this week, but have supposedly returned with an improved £34m bid.
Modric ‘in talks over MLS move’
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly held talks with MLS side DC United over a possible move to the US, according to The Athletic.
The Croatian has 18 months left to run on his contract at the Bernabeu, while DC United could be after an international superstar, following Wayne Rooney’s departure.
Madrid want Werner in summer
Real Madrid are willing to pay £68million to sign RB Leipzig star Timo Werner in the summer, according to a report by El Desmarque.
The Spanish giants are still looking for a potential long-terms successor to Karim Benzema, with Luka Jovic thus far having failed to find form following his move from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Inter: No contract over Eriksen
Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says there has been no contact with Tottenham or Christian Eriksen about a January transfer.
Speaking to Sky Italy, he said: “Eriksen? It’s not a done deal and we’re not in contact with Tottenham.
“He’s a fantastic player and there here are many clubs in talks to sign Eriksen because he’ll be a free agent. I can just say he’s an interesting player.”
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