Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the January Transfer Window.
Standard Sport understands Manchester United will not pay Sporting Lisbon’s asking price for Bruno Fernandes for fear of putting their summer transfer plans in jeopardy, and are ready to walk away.
Meanwhile, former United target Erling Braut Haaland showed the Red Devils what they are missing with a hat-trick on his Borussia Dortmund debut. Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente has been linked with a loan move, plus United have reportedly lodged a bid for Birmingham 16-year-old Jude Bellingham.
Elsewhere, Arsenal have reportedly agreed a summer deal for PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa – but Thomas Tuchel says he is not ready to let the defender go this month.
Stay tuned to our Transfer News Live blog today for the latest rumours, gossip and breaking stories….
WEST HAM NEWS
Moyes keen on Diop stay
West Ham boss David Moyes has confirmed his desire to keep Issa Diop stays at the club and says he wants to help develop him into a better player.
The French centre-back has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, but Moyes believes the 23-year-old can improve under his guidance.
“If you ask me, I think he’s got a lot of developing to do as a young centre-half, and has a long way to go,” Moyes said.
“I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming years, as I think I can help him and make him better. Absolutely, I’d like to keep him.”
Gunners looking for signings – Arteta
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta has confirmed the club are looking at bringing in players in the January transfer window but says there are no impending arrivals at the Emirates Stadium.
“The circumstances are changing daily because we keep getting more and more injuries and suspensions,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.
“We are there, we are in the market and we are looking for options that could improve us and give us more stability in certain areas, but it’s [too] early to tell anything.”
When asked if the club will be forced to make loan signings, he replied: “I don’t know. The club will know better than me.”
Lampard: We know where we need to strengthen
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed the club will try to sign an attacking player in January after watching his side fail to find the net in a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
“If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals.
“We need to be clinical and we can’t make any bones about that. I’m pleased with the players we’ve got but we can’t work any more in training on finishing. We need that killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals if we need to get to where we need to get.”
Asked about impending arrivals, Lampard said: “It doesn’t matter until it’s done. I’m quite clear about where I know where we need to strengthen. We shall see.”
Will defeat tempt Chelsea into signings?
Chelsea’s top four hopes have just taken a blow with a late 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
The Blues still sit five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United, and the Red Devils face the small matter of beating Liverpool tomorrow to close the gap.
But even if United do slip up at Anfield, Chelsea will surely feel this result was an opportunity missed – especially with Arsenal and Tottenham also drawing today.
Mourinho seeking striker in January
“If it’s possible yes, if it’s not possible no,” he said. “We all know, we all want the best for the team, the best for the club. That is obvious.
“But we have to do things when it is possible to do, it is the right thing to do.
“This is not the last match of Tottenham’s history. Next Wednesday we have another one, next season we have many more.
“We have to be calm, be loyal to these boys, respecting everything they are trying to do. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.”
MAN UTD NEWS
* Haaland scores hat-trick for Dortmund
Erling Haaland now has three goals in 23 minutes after coming off the bench.
That’s one way to announce yourself… and to make Manchester United fans a little sad.
Manchester United wanted him, but Dortmund got him – and Erling Braut Haaland is off the mark for BVB on his debut at Augsburg – it’s 3-3 there, and there could be more goals with half an hour to play.
Here’s more from Dan Kilpatrick after Tottenham’s new loan signing made his debut at Vicarage Road…
The biggest positives for Spurs, aside from the rare clean sheet, was probably the performance of Giovani Lo Celso and a late substitute appearance for new signing Gedson Fernandes. Mourinho admitted Lo Celso was tired after completing 90 minutes – and scoring – against Boro on Tuesday but the Argentine looked full of energy as he attempted to drive Spurs forward early on.
He is clearly a fine footballer, with vision and technique, who can play in a number of positions. Given Eriksen’s situation, Mourinho should surely keep look to build around Lo Celso going forward.
The late appearance of Gedson just a few days after his arrival was also a plus. The 21-year-old has barely played since October after being injured and then struggling to get back in the Benfica team but Mourinho clear believes he is ready to help the Spurs squad immediately.
Tottenham need a striker
Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son again rotated as the false nine, and both squandered good opportunities to score in the first half. Lucas had a dink smothered by Ben Foster when set 1v1 with the goalkeeper by Dele Alli’s through pass, while Son volleyed over from Harry Wink’s raking ball.
Son, in particular, did not bring his shooting boots and blazed over again in a second half in which Spurs did not have an effort on target until stoppage-time, when Erik Lamela nearly bundled home only for a fraction of the ball to remain the wrong side of the line.
Son is usually a smart finisher but it is as if Mourinho’s insistence that he is not a striker is starting to wear off on the South Korean. Having been similarly profligate against Liverpool and Middlesbrough last week, it is increasingly clear that Mourinho’s approach is not going to work properly without a centre-forward to finish chances. The sooner they can sign a new striker, the better.
MAN UTD NEWS
Now then… Standard Sport’s James Robson reports that Manchester United could end their January chase for Bruno Fernandes over the fear that agreeing an over-inflated deal could scupper their summer plans.
United have made it clear they will walk away unless Sporting Lisbon significantly reduce their asking price for the midfielder.
The Old Trafford club are adamant they will not meet the Portuguese club’s valuation of £65m plus £13m in add-ons for the 25-year-old.
Instead they are prepared to pay closer to the £38m Tottenham bid last summer, with performance-related add-ons.
While Solskjær is still desperate to land Fernandes this month, the fear within the club is that the deal could set a dangerous precedent ahead of a critical summer.
Solskjær has made James Maddison and Jadon Sancho leading targets at the end of the season – but could see their prices significantly inflate as a result of over-paying for Fernandes.
While talks have not completely broken down, the deal is in serious jeopardy, despite claims personal terms had been agreed with the player.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Tosun makes first Palace start
January signing Cenk Tosun has been handed a first start for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson makes one change to the side which drew with Arsenal.
Tosun comes in to face Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in place of Max Meyer, who was injured in the clash with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in last week’s draw.
Meanwhile, Hodgson has been buoyed by the return of Joel Ward to training this week and the right-back has been named among the substitutes at City.
Hodgson was hoping to have Meyer fit for the trip north, but the German is not quite ready to return.
Watford vs Tottenham
79 mins: Gedson Fernandes is on!
The Portuguese has replaced Lo Celso for the final 10 minutes here to make his Spurs debut.
Watford also make a change, with Roberto Pereyra coming on for Chalobah.
MAN UTD NEWS
Bruno Fernandes angered by Sporting stance
Bruno Fernandes is angry after Sporting told him they would not accept the current offer from Manchester United, according to Duncan Castles on The Transfer Window podcast.
United have tabled a bid of around £42million up front which includes up to £26million in add-ons, but it is reported Sporting see the bonuses as unrealistic.
They are said to include United winning the Premier League, Champions League or if Fernandes finishes in the top three for the Ballon d’Or.
Sporting are holding out for more up front but the stance has frustrated Bruno.
CRYSTAL PALACE NEWS
Crystal Palace bank on Scott
Crystal Palace are set to complete the signing of Dundee United attacking midfielder Scott Banks, according to Sky Sports.
The 18-year-old is expected to travel to London this weekend to complete the move.
Banks was reportedly on the verge of reaching a pre-contract agreement, but it is now thought he will sign for Palace this month for an undisclosed fee.
Palace had a £400,000 bid knocked back in the summer, but have now landed their man. He joins countryman James McArthur in south London.
Christian Eriksen dropped
Christian Eriksen has been dropped for Tottenham’s clash at Watford.
Eriksen drops out of the team after five consecutive starts as his agent continues talks with Inter Milan.
Jose Mourinho yesterday claimed the Italians are yet to bid for the Dane and aimed at dig at their boss, Antonio Conte, for discussing the 27-year-old’s situation publicly.
Kurzawa wants Arsenal move
Arsenal have been told Layvin Kurzawa will cost them £6million as Mikel Arteta pursues a deal for the PSG full-back, according to The Sun.
Kurzawa is available on a free transfer in the summer, but the Gunners are keen to tie up a bargain deal in the January window as Arteta needs defensive reinforcements as a matter of urgency.
PSG are happy to sanction a deal if the valuation is met.
However, there is a twist. France Football are reporting that the Gunners will wait it out and nab Kaurzawa on a free in the summer after he snubbed interested from Inter Milan and confirmed the Emirates was his prefered destination.
MAN UTD NEWS
United also want Atleti midfielder Llorente on loan
Manchester United’s search for midfield reinforcements does not stop at Bruno Fernandes, according to Manchester Evening News.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his sights on a loan deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.
Llorente has made just three starts since a £35m move across Madrid from Real in the summer, and Solskjaer hopes to take advantage of the situation by negotiating a short-term deal.
The United boss confirmed: “We are looking at a couple of signings,” he said. “Strengthening here and there, but the core group is there and the attitude is there and the physical robustness.”
Inter Milan agreed £17m Eriksen fee
Inter Milan have agreed a deal in principle to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham for a fee in the region of £17million, according to The Sun.
Speaking at yesterday’s press conference, Jose Mourinho said: “If they are confident it is because they are ready to make us an offer, which didn’t happen yet.”
But it now seems the deal is moving forward.
Spurs are keen to offload Eriksen this month. His contract is up in the summer and Daniel Levy is keen to get a fee for the player now rather than lose him for free in six months.
Inter are wary that a number of other Euro heavyweights will enter the chase for Eriksen if he is available on a free.
MAN UTD NEWS
Man United move for Bruno Fernandes stalls
Depending on who you believe, Manchester United’s move for Bruno Fernandes has hit another stumbling block.
Bruno featured for Sporting in last night’s defeat to Benfica, after which manager Silas said he hoped to still have the midfielder available for forthcoming games.
There was much talk of a £60m deal being struck before last night’s fixture, but this morning the talk seems to centre around the deal stalling as Sporting play hardball over the fee.
The Sun report United have offered £34million, with a further £25.5m in add-ons.
However, Sporting consider many of those add-ons unrealistic, including United winning the Premier League and the Champions League.
It’s time to take a look at Saturday’s transfer news and gossip as the Bruno Fernandes saga rumbles on, while United are looking at a couple of other midfield targets.
We’ll have the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of PSG full-back Layvin Kurzawa, while there’s news on Inter Milan’s pursuit of more Premier League targets. The Serie A giants wrapped up a deal for Ashley Young yesterday, with Olivier Giroud, Victor Moses and Christian Eriksen among others linked with a move to the San Siro.
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When does the January transfer window close?
Transfer deadline day is on Friday, January 31, 2020. The window will close at 11pm GMT, with Premier League sides needing to submit deal sheets before that time to be able to complete all of the necessary documentation on a deal after the deadline has passed.
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