Liverpool target Salah and West Ham want Lambert

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The January transfer window is open! The Liverpool Echo reports that Brendan Rodgers wants to bring Basel winger Mohamed Salah to Anfield, while West Ham want to sign Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, according to The Mirror.

21.32 GMT: Jose Mourinho also said he expected Chelsea to have a quiet January transfer window, saying: "The window is open, and when it's open anything can happen -- but we don't think a lot is going to happen for us. If somebody really wants to leave, probably we have to bring in somebody but we are going to do things in a very calm way."

21.51 GMT: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he does not want to see Juan Mata leaving in the January transfer window. Mourinho said: “I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open."

21.13 GMT: Striker Jermain Defoe has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, but Spurs boss Tim Sherwood insists: "I have heard nothing regarding Jermain. I just want to get him fit and hopefully he can help out this squad."

20.09 GMT: Man United boss David Moyes insisted his team's defeat to Spurs, which leaves United 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal, will not have any impact on whether he spends in the winter transfer window. He said: "The result today would never have any effect on what we do, whether in January or the summer. It wasn't our day but it won't change the way we go about our business."

19.25 GMT: The agent of Sebastian Giovinco insists the player has no intention of leaving Juventus despite being linked with moves to Torino, Inter, Genoa and Parma.

18.41 GMT: L'Equipe is reporting that Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho is in talks with Turkish club Besiktas after his contract with Atlético Mineiro in his homeland expired.

18.04 GMT: West Ham are being linked with a move for Ishak Belfodil. The Algeria international wants to leave Inter Milan for first team football in a World Cup year.

17.22 GMT: John Heitinga looks to be heading to West Ham, with Sam Allardyce confirming to BBC Sport that Everton have given his club permission to speak to the defender.

"We've had the ok from Everton and we're talking to his agent so hopefully that will happen in the next day or so."

The Hammers certainly need reinforcing at the back -- a 2-1 defeat at relegation rivals Fulham today leaves the east London side three points from safety.

17.15 GMT: League One strugglers Tranmere are set to sign Huddersfield defender Liam Ridehalgh on a permanent deal on Friday having already signed him on loan, according to Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Rovers' 1-1 draw at home to Wolves earlier on today.

17.10 GMT: Manchester United host Tottenham at 17:30 GMT -- and David Moyes believes he needs to 'rebuild' the Old Trafford club with additions from both inside and outside the club, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"I think if Sir Alex was still here, he would have said there would have needed to be a rebuilding job,” he said.

"We're always looking to the Academy first and foremost, asking whether we can bring young players through from there. After that, we'll go out and look and see if we've not got a position covered, then we'll try to find someone out there better than what we've got or to push what we've got it."

17.00 GMT: Swansea narrowly lost to Manchester City 3-2 in today's early kick-off with Wilfried Bony scoring a brace, but former Swans striker Dean Saunders told Sky Sports that Michael Laudrup need to invest in January to avoid a relegation scrap.

"Bony was brilliant against Man City, scoring twice, but Swansea need another striker. They are sliding towards the relegation zone and cannot wait six weeks for Michu to recover from his ankle surgery."

16.52 GMT: Luis Suarez scored another beautiful free kick today to lead Liverpool to victory over Hull City, and former Anfield legend Ian Rush told Tuttosport yesterday that the striker could be worth as much as 120 million pounds.

"When we renewed Luis' contract, we put in a clause of 120m. If Gareth Bale went to Real Madrid for 86m, why should we not ask more for Suarez?"

16.32 GMT: Juan Mata has been substituted early in the second half for Chelsea against Southampton, and the midfielder does not look pleased at all with Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard has struggled to make himself a regular starter since the Portuguese took over in the summer, and his reaction to being replaced by Oscar may alert some of Europe's top clubs to a potential deal during the transfer window.

The Blues now lead 2-0 after goals from Fernando Torres and Willian -- the latter saw Oscar assisting his compatriot, so Mourinho may well feel justified in replacing Mata.

16.20 GMT: Lyon have been strongly linked with Napoli captain Maxime Gonalons, but the Ligue 1 side's president Jean-Michel Aulas has told L'Equipe that a deal is taking place.

16.00 GMT: Manchester City youngster Abdisalam Ibrahim is a target for several French sides including St Etienne, Toulouse and Lorient, according to Sky Sports.

"I'm hoping my future is sorted out in the coming few weeks," the 22-year-old said.
"I wanted to sign for a Premier League club but it looks like I could be going abroad as I am getting better proposals."

15.51 GMT: Wolfsburg have announced that Belgium under-21 international Junior Malanda will play for the Bundesliga club after the winter break, having been on loan at Zulte Waregem for the first half of the season.
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The 19-year-old featured in The Scout's Notebook of Belgium's home-based stars of the future, and now looks set for a promising career in Germany.

15.40 GMT: Tottenham youngster Ezekiel Fryers has denied manipulating the transfer system as the former Manchester United defender prepares to return to Old Trafford for the first time since leaving the champions, according to The Times.

Sir Alex Ferguson wanted an investigation into the transfer to Spurs a year ago, just five months after the north London club failed to agree a compensation deal with the Red Devils when his contract ended. Fryers moved to Standard Liege, who sold him to Tottenham after just a year -- a move that Ferguson called "blatant manipulation".

"There were always going to be accusations," Fryers said. "I wanted to go abroad to farther my career, as it's rare that English players do that like foreign players coming to England."

15.25 GMT: Struggling Premier League clubs will no doubt view the case of Bolton Wanderers with alarm -- the Championship are 163.8 million pounds in debt after announcing a loss of 50.7 million during the financial year ending June 2013 on their official website.

The Trotters were relegated in 2012, and their precarious state may well persuade the chairmen of clubs around the bottom of the top flight to invest in this window.

15.15 GMT: It's been confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently watching Cardiff City take on Arsenal at the Emirates. Vincent Tan suggested that former manager Malky Mackay wouldn't get a 'single penny' to spend in January, but the former Manchester United striker may have a slightly larger budget should he choose to leave Molde for the Bluebirds.

15.00 GMT: More Hull City news for you now -- Steve Bruce is considering recalling Jack Hobbs from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

The defender's contract expires at the end of the season, and the Premier League side have reportedly been made aware of interest from another Championship club for the 25=year-old's services.

14.50 GMT: Fulham have enquired about signing Danish forward Simon Makienok from Brondby, according to the Daily Mail.

Reports suggest the tall striker will be available for 3.5 million pounds, but Crystal Palace are also rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old.

14.20 GMT: Not being content with hitting Fulham for six on Saturday, Hull City boss Steve Bruce is interested in signing Celtic forward Georgios Samaras, according to the Daily Mail.

The report states the Tigers are set to lodge a 1 million-pound offer for the 28-year-old, who previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City.

14.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Stoke City winger Brek Shea has joined Championship outfit Barnsley on an emergency 28-day loan. Story here.

ESPN FC revealed yesterday that the deal was close to being finalised, and the US international will now join up with the struggling Championship side, who are rooted to the bottom of the table.

14.00 GMT: Manchester City are currently drawing 1-1 at Swansea City, and one player that may be on his way out of the club is Joleon Lescott, with the Daily Mail reporting that Besiktas are interested in the defender.

The centre-back joined City in 2009 for 22 million pounds, but is out of favour with Manuel Pellegrini after a number of shaky performances this season. He’s on the bench today, but a move to Turkey would afford him guaranteed playing time ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

13.50 GMT: With Arsenal facing up to a possible injury crisis and Arsene Wenger admitting he is struggling to find to to rest Olivier Giroud, the Gunners boss admits he could be on the lookout for another 'special' signing like Mesut Ozil to keep them in the hunt for the Premier League title.

"I don't know if we will do anything," he told reporters. "We are on alert and if something special comes up we will not turn it down."

13.32 GMT: Rickie Lambert has been linked with a move to West Ham, but former Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier would be shocked if the striker left St Mary's for Upton Park, reports talkSPORT.

"I'd be surprised," he said. "9 million pounds is a lot of money for someone of Rickie's age and the number of seasons he's got left in the Premier League, not for his ability though.

"From what I know though and what I hear, Rickie is pretty happy at Southampton so I'd be surprised if he left."

13.25 GMT: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has agreed to become the new Cardiff City manager, according to TV 2 in Norway.
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TV 2 reports that Molde have accepted that Solskjaer, who has six months remaining on his contract with the Norwegian club, will leave and that the 40-year-old is set to be presented as the Bluebirds’ new manager before Saturday’s FA Cup meeting with Newcastle.

13.20 GMT: Talented centre-backs are at a premium these days, and the Metro reports that it will cost the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Barcelona 42 millions pounds to recruit Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio.

The Argentinian is held in high regard across Europe, though with a contract running until 2018, the high potential fee may price the likes of Jose Mourinho's side out of the market.

13.10 GMT: Manchester United will undoubtedly be linked with many young talents during this window, but sources have told ESPN FC that Southampton are determined not to let the Red Devils prise Luke Shaw away from St Mary's. Story here.

Both manager Mauricio Pochettino and executive chairman Nicola Cortese are determined to keep the highly-rated England Under-21 international, who will be a target for David Moyes should Everton's demands for Leighton Baines prove prohibitive for the Premier League champions.

12.55 GMT: Given the news on Chelsea's potential budget constraints earlier on today, it's worth reminding that Michael Essien's agent says the midfielder could make a move away from Stamford Bridge in the transfer window -- potentially freeing up some funds for Jose Mourinho. Story here.

"It's true that he could leave Chelsea this winter," Fabien Piveteau said. "Several big European clubs playing in the Champions League have made enquiries and it should play out in the next 10 days or so. Michael wasn't included in Chelsea's list of players for European competition, so he's free to play in the Champions League with another club."

12.45 GMT: Loic Remy has dealt Newcastle United a blow by declaring he may leave if the Magpies fail to secure Champions League football next season, reports the Metro.

The forward is enjoying a fine loan spell away from QPR, netting 10 goals in 19 games while at St James' Park.

"I miss the Champions League," he told reporters. "It is a very special competition. Next season I can play the Champions League again. We will see what happens, if I stay here or if we play in the Champions League."

12.35 GMT: DONE DEAL Djibril Cisse has completed his return to Ligue 1 by signing for Bastia.

The 32-year-old striker had six months left to run on his contract with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, and is now hungry to succeed with his new team. "I'm a winner, very demanding and never satisfied," he told the club's official website.

12.15 GMT: Reports are spreading that former Manchester United favourite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has travelled to Cardiff by private jet to holds talks with Vincent Tan about becoming the Bluebirds' new manager.

Former boss Malky Mackay was sacked on Dec. 27 after weeks of uncertainty surrounding his future, and Solskjaer -- currently managing Molde -- looks to be the frontrunner for the role.

12.10 GMT: Brendan Rodgers is continuing his search for promising young players by netting a 'first option' deal for Derby County's Will Hughes, according to The Mirror.

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed the Liverpool boss enough to secure the agreement should the Rams decide to sell, with Rodgers also allowing Andre Wisdom to stay at Pride Park on loan for the rest of the season.

11.58 GMT: Manchester City are nearing a deal for 17-year-old Nigerian midfielder Chidi Nwakali, according to Goal.

The Shuttle Sports Academy starlet impressed at the Under-17 World Cup in November, and will fly to Manchester from Lagos tomorrow to hold talks with the Premier League club. Nwakali is set to earn 300,000 pounds a year in wages, fees and extra when he turns 18 on December 26.

11.50 GMT: The Times is reporting that Jose Mourinho will not have any significant funds to spend in the January transfer window following Chelsea recording a loss of 49.4 million pounds for the year ending June 2013.

The Europa League holders are attempting to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, and the Portuguese boss may even have to offload players before he can recruit new additions next summer.

11.38 GMT: The Scout's Notebook spends the year reporting on the best of youth talent from around the world, but now we are switching attention to players whose talents are not being maximised at present.

Here are the 10 players who should be on the radar of European sides of varying standards this January as they look to seal the best available options in the market. Story here.

11.23 GMT: Rio Ferdinand still has a part to play at Manchester United, manager David Moyes has insisted, despite not even being on the bench in their last five games. Story here.

The centre-back's contract is up at the end of the season, but Moyes told British newspapers: "He's had a few injuries, a few niggles in his calf, but overall Rio's very much a part of it. The form of the team and the form of some of the young players has meant I've not needed to look to change it around too much."

11.10 GMT: The Mirror reports that Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is ready to offer Wilfried Zaha a loan move back to the Eagles as the Manchester United winger attempts to kickstart his Old Trafford career.

David Moyes has been reluctant to use the 21-year-old despite Sir Alex Ferguson signing him for 15 million pounds last year, and a loan move could be the best way forward for all parties as Pulis looks to save Palace from relegation.

10.54 GMT: John Heitinga is all set for a move to West Ham, according to The Daily Mail.

The 30-year-old Everton defender has failed to work his way into Roberto Martinez's plans and has apparently reached an agreement with the Toffees over the outstanding 1.5 million pounds due of his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

The utility man would give Sam Allardyce further options as he looks to lead an injury-ravaged squad out of the relegation zone.

10.41 GMT: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is refusing to rule out a return for Alfred N'Diaye. Signed last January from Bursaspor, the midfielder returned to Turkish football this summer after a testing first six months on Wearside.

“I'd like to have a chat with him," Poyet told The Journal. "I need to know if he's a player we need to think about in a different way."

10:30 GMT: Could Papiss Cisse be set to depart Newcastle? The out-of-form forward is understood be to a loan target for West Ham according to the Evening Chronicle. With the Hammers in desperate need of forward recruits, the Chronicle understands that the Magpies are not keen on the idea of losing Cisse.

10.10 GMT: Goal reports that Everton have put a 25 million-pound price tag on Leighton Baines to discourage Manchester United from a January bid for the left-back.

Old Trafford boss David Moyes raided his former club for Marouane Fellaini last summer but failed to land Baines despite repeated attempts, and is determined to add the 29-year-old to the Premier League champions' squad after a difficult start to the season.

10.00 GMT: Chelsea have completed the signing of Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Story here.

The 18-year-old seems ready for the challenge of breaking into Jose Mourinho's side, saying: “I'm an attacking midfielder. I can play in the No. 10 position, I can play on the wings and I'm good on the ball. I can shoot well and am strong in a one vs. one situation, so I can score goals."

09.50 GMT: Liverpool are interested in signing Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, according to The Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers is keen on making additions to his squad in January in order to stay in the hunt for the Premier League title, and has made recruiting a left-back a priority.

However, Everton could also be interested in the 24-year-old if Manchester United step up their pursuit of long-term target Leighton Baines.

09.35 GMT: DONE DEAL Bertrand Traore has completed his move to Chelsea, the club have announced on their official website. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder agreed to sign a four-and-a-half year deal with the Blues in October, and joins Jose Mourinho's side from Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso in his native Burkina Faso.

09.30 GMT: United States winger Brek Shea is on the verge of moving from Stoke City to Barnsley on a short-term loan deal, sources close to the situation have told ESPN FC.
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The move could be finalised as early as today. If the move happens that quickly, Shea could go straight into Barnsley’s squad for their New Year’s Day game away to Birmingham City.

09.20 GMT: La Repubblica reports that Roma have agreed a contract extension with Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. A host of top European clubs including Manchester United were reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, but a new deal -- said to run until 2019 -- would end any hopes David Moyes has of landing the talent.

Did you hear that? That was the sound of the transfer window opening! For the next month, expect activity to resemble a school dance: the majority of time will be spent with the two sides of a potential union casting furtive glances at one another from a distance before, as the lights are about to be turned on, a mad rush ensues to pair up. So, as the music starts, who’s flirting with whom?

The Liverpool Echo reports that the red half of Merseyside would like to make Basel’s Egyptian international, Mohamed Salah, the next recruit to Brendan Rodgers’ Anfield revolution while, across Stanley Park, John Heitinga is set to depart Everton for West Ham who, according to the Mirror, also want to sign Rickie Lambert. Whether he wants to leave Southampton is another question, presumably.

Meanwhile, after Fredy Guarin said on Monday that Jose Mourinho “is simply number one”, reports linking Inter Milan's Colombian midfielder with a move to Chelsea persist. Should he arrive, it’s possible that Michael Essien will exit Stamford Bridge, according to comments made by the Ghanaian’s agent to French radio station, RMC.

Elsewhere, Ezequiel Lavezzi has told French media that he does not want to leave PSG for Inter so the Nerazzurri, as well as Milan and Juventus, may turn their attention to Tottenham’s Erik Lamela, who has underwhelmed since his summer move from Roma. The only problem with that cunning plan, according to the Mail, is that the White Hart Lane outfit does not want to part with a player who cost them 30 million pounds just a few months ago.

And finally, as Arsene Wenger admits he would be keen to sign a "special player" this month, Manchester United manager David Moyes told reporters on Tuesday that January is “not a brilliant month to do business”. Given the transfer troubles endured at Old Trafford last summer, it can’t be any worse. Can it?

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