Mourinho confident of Rooney capture

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Jose Mourinho is confident he can land Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.GettyImagesJose Mourinho is confident he can land Wayne Rooney at the end of the season.

Well, well, well -- Jose Mourinho has not given up on signing Wayne Rooney despite the Portuguese failing to secure Manchester United's No. 10 last summer. With David Moyes' side struggling in the Premier League and seemingly unlikely to be able to offer the England international Champions League football next season, the Times and the Telegraph report that Mourinho is confident of capturing him come the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are closing in on Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa (according to the bookies) and Liverpool, annoyed with their slow pursuit of Basel's Mohamed Salah, have revived their interest in Dinamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

So many rumours…

22.45 GMT The last update for tonight finds the agent of Cruzeiro's Dede playing down interest from Man United. Ubiraci Cardoso told Lancenet: "Zenit came to us recently but it wasn't interesting. Dede wants to stay at Cruzeiro, he is very happy there there. I can't talk about this Manchester United rumour, because it is something I know nothing about."

21.49 GMT Chelsea and Southampton have been strong linked with a move from Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin in recent days, but boss Walter Mazzarri hopes that he will pledge his future to the San Siro club.

21.00 GMT Big news just in. Hull City have announced on their Twitter account that they have agreed a fee with Everton for the transfer of striker Nikica Jelavic.

20.07 GMT An instant update on Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has calmed fears of an imminent exit from the club. "Nothing is happening for me. When you know what you want, it is easier," he said.

19.12 GMT DONE DEAL Huddersfield Town have smashed their club transfer record to sign Nakhi Wells from Bradford City, last season's Capital One Cup finalists, for an undisclosed fee.

18.42 GMT Alan Pardew is confident Yohan Cabaye remains fully focused on Newcastle despite a developing saga over his future. Pardew woke this morning to reports that Cabaye could invoke the so-called "Webster Rule" in FIFA's transfer regulations to buy out his own contract and therefore secure a move.

The 52-year-old said: "It doesn't worry me. The point you are raising is something that has been raised at an international level, it's not isolated to Yohan Cabaye. Whether that's possible, I don't know, it's not my department, if I am honest."

18.04 GMT Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has spoken of his admiration for Wes Hoolahan
-- but stressed the midfielder is Norwich's player. A deal could be done by the end of the month.

17.30 GMT Yuto Nagatomo has been identified as a potential long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, should Manchester United David Moyes fail in his attempts to lure Leighton Baines from Goodison Park. Switzerland media organisation Infoticker claim that Manchester and Real Madrid are both interested in Inter's Japanese star who could cost up to 18 million euros.

17.20 GMT Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella is hopeful of keeping Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado at the club, despite interest from a host of top European sides. Cuadrado has scored two goals and racked up three assists in 13 Serie A performances this season, alerting the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Inter Milan with his dribbling skills. "I would hate to lose him. I hope he still feels not ready [to leave] and wants to continue to develop with us," Montella told Tuttosport.

17.10 GMT The Huddersfield Daily Examiner claim that in-demand Bradford City striker Nakhi Wells is on the verge of agreeing a move to the John Smith's Stadium. The 23-year-old Bermudan forward shone on Bradford's path to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley last season and has already scored 15 goals this term. Wells is expected to complete a 1.2 million deal plus add-ons and could face Millwall tomorrow if he can agree terms and pass a medical in time.

17.00 GMT Alan Pardew is determined to bring one or two new faces to St.James' Park in the January transfer window and the Newcastle Journal say that he has highlighted Werder Bremen star Aaron Hunt and Lyon midfielder Gueida Fofana as potential signings. Pardew is said to be hopeful of agreeing a cut-price deal for 27-year-old playmaker Hunt, whose contract expires in the summer, while he will need to raise five million pounds to lure 22-year-old defensive midfielder Fofana from Ligue 1.

Alan Pardew is also still in the market for a striker with Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu, Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk De Jong and West Bromwhich Albion's Shane Long all on his shortlist.

16.50 GMT After missing out on Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons, Rafa Benitez has reportedly switched his attentions to capturing Rubin Kazan's Yann M'Vila. The 23-year-old has expressed an interest in moving away from Russia and reports in Italy suggest that Napoli have now joined Benitez's former side Liverpool in the race for the French midfielder.

Elsewhere in Serie A, Roma midfielder Marquinho has reportedly turned down the advances of Genoa while Besiktas are rumoured to be interested in landing Milan forward Robinho after losing out on fellow Brazilian Ronaldinho.

16.40 GMT The Daily Star say that David Moyes is contemplating a swoop for Cruzeiro duo Everton Ribeiro and Dede as he looks to revive Manchester United's top-four hopes. Centre-back Dede is considered a long-term replacement for captain Nemanja Vidic while 24-year-old Ribeiro, who was named player of the year in Brazil's top flight last term, could address the Red Devils' creative problems in midfield.

However, Cruzeiro president Gilvan de Pinho Tavares insists that it would take a large offer to lure the highly-rated pair from Brazil. "I am good at keeping players at the club, so the fans can be calm as it won't be any offer that will be enough to sign Everton Ribeiro," he said. "They will need to offer a lot of money to sign him."

16.25 GMT Despite the summer arrival of Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro is adamant that it will not affect his future at the club. The veteran Paraguayan forward has scored one goal in three Bundesliga appearances this season and is out of contract at the end of the season. "I am feeling very well at Bayern and would love to stay here," Pizarro was quoted as saying by TZ. "That Lewandowski is joining Bayern in the summer does not change anything for me. I will have to wait and see how I feel in the next six months or so and then make a decision on my future."

16.15 GMT Two pieces of Championship news now as Leeds United have announced that the club have formed a partnership with NFL side San Francisco 49ers while Reading have revealed on their club website that they expect to keep hold of goalkeeping duo Alex McCarthy and Adam Federici.

16.10 GMT The Arsenal rumour mill is in full swing now and Roma striker Mattia Destro is the latest name to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. Destro has only recently returned to full fitness for the Giallorossi but has scored three goals from just four league appearances. Talksport reveal that Arsenal have contacted the player's agent Claudio Vigorelli to discuss whether the 22-year-old is available.

16.00 GMT Stoke manager Mark Hughes is hopeful of turning Stephen Ireland's loan move into a permanent deal this month, but is keeping his other transfer targets under wraps. Ireland has impressed for the Potters since joining from Aston Villa, scoring three goals in 15 appearances. "We're looking into that (permanent deal) for Stephen, that's the intention," said Hughes. "If it does happen, it frees up another loan for us domestically that would give us a bit of flexibility, which would help. We'll try and use that loan in a good way. If Stephen does join permanently that's credit to him since he's been here because he has done very well."

Stoke have been linked with moves for a number of strikers in the January transfer window, with Mame Biram Diouf, Ivica Olic and Shane Long all touted as potential candidates.

15.55 GMT Arsenal have been linked with a plethora of attackers in the January transfer window and Portuguese daily Diario De Noticias are reporting that the Gunners have made a 15 million euro offer for Antoine Griezmann. The Real Socieded attacker has scored 12 goals in 16 appearances this season although it is believed that Arsenal will have to double their offer to prise the Frenchman away from the Anoeta. They also claim that Benfica have joined the race to sign Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata and are prepared to pay seven million euros for the Spanish striker.

15.45 GMT Sky Sports News say that Watford have entered talks with Fulham regarding the signing of 30-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng. New Hornets boss Giuseppe Sannino is hoping to reignite the club's promotion hopes and feels that Boateng's experience will prove a major asset. Boateng is believed to be open to a move, having made only five appearances in all competitions for the Cottagers this season.

15.35 GMT In this afternoon's press conference, Jose Mourinho has said there is “no chance” that Eden Hazard will leave Chelsea for Paris Saint-Germain and refused to be drawn on the latest rumours about Wayne Rooney's future. Take a look at the full story on what Mourinho had to say regarding Chelsea's transfer activity.

15.30 GMT Italian champions Juventus have been heavily linked with a bid to sign Tottenham's Erik Lamela in recent days, amid reports that they are willing to offer striker Mirko Vucinic as part of a potential deal. However, it seems Tim Sherwood is determined to try to integrate the 21-year-old into his Spurs lineup, insisting that the Argentine is going nowhere. Story here.

15.20 GMT Wigan have confirmed the signing of Everton defender Tyias Browning on a one-month loan deal. The England Under-19 international becomes Uwe Rosler’s first signing as Latics Manager, and is held in high regard by the Toffees after agreeing a two-year contract extension in the summer.

15.15 GMT Manchester City have once again signalled their intent to build for the future by signing Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho. Goal.com report that the Under-17 World Cup Golden Ball winner will sign professional terms when he turns 18 in 10 months time and he could soon be followed by international compatriot Chidi Nwakali.

15.05 GMT The speculation continues to build around Loftus Road and Sky Sports are claiming that QPR have set their sights on Livingston starlet Coll Donaldson. The Scotland Under-19 international enjoyed a spell on trial at QPR last month and manager Harry Redknapp is believed to be keen to strike a deal with the SPL outfit after being impressed with the youngster.

15.00 GMT Cardiff's hopes of landing former Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf have been boosted after his current club Hannover 96 completed the loan capture of Hamburg's Artjoms Rudnevs. The Senegalese talisman is reportedly keen to link up with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Wales and Bild are reporting that an offer of three million euros could prise him away from the Bundesliga outfit.

14.55 GMT Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has announced that there any no ongoing discussions regarding players coming in or going out of the club. Despite already adding Adil Rami and Keiuske Honda to their ranks, the Rossoneri have been linked with a number of players such as Chelsea's Michael Essien and Porto midfielder Fernando. Yet Galliani did hint that several players such as Alessandro Matri, Jherson Vergara and Gabriel could leave the Giuseppe Meazza if the club receive a suitable offer. "Matri? We will see what happens. We have many strikers, and it's also possible that a striker could leave," he said. "There aren't any ongoing negotiations. I won't promise anything nor will I rule out anything. Vergara won't join Reggina because of the non-EU rules, he can't join a Serie B club -- only a Serie A club. Gabriel? We will see if he or Amelia leaves the club this month."

14.40 GMT Reports in Spain suggest that Liverpool attacker Iago Aspas could be set for a return to La Liga. It is rumoured that Valencia are exploring the possibility of a loan deal until the end of the season, despite Brendan Rodger's insistence last week that the 26-year-old is not for sale.

14.35 GMT Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has dismissed reports that Argentine winger Erik Lamela will leave White Hart Lane in the transfer window. Speaking in his press conference ahead of the weekend contest with Crystal Palace, Sherwood insisted that Lamela needs more time to settle into English football and still has a part to play for Spurs this season. “We’re going to take it nice and steady with him and I really want to put him on the stage when he’s ready to perform," he said. “He won’t be leaving on loan this transfer window.” The news will no doubt disappoint Serie A trio Juventus, Inter and Lazio who had been hoping to snap up the unsettled attacker.

14.25 GMT Speaking of Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United No.10 will miss this weekend's Premier League clash with Swansea as he continues to struggle with a groin injury. David Moyes has sent the striker off for some warm weather recuperation in the United States in the hope that he will regain fitness in time for the clash against Chelsea next weekend.

14.20 GMT Speaking at Chelsea's press conference ahead of the Premier League game against Hull at the weekend, Jose Mourinho insisted that the club had no intention of selling Eden Hazard, amid speculation that he could move to PSG at the end of the season. Mourinho also admitted that he was not interested in signing Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin or Porto striker Jackson Martinez while he thought it was disrespectful to talk about Wayne Rooney considering Chelsea face Manchester United in the near future. Mourinho accepted that the departure of Kevin de Bruyne is a possibility with Wolfsburg heavily expected to land his signature but he announced that the club have received "zero" bids for Juan Mata and Michael Essien, ruling out a loan switch for the midfield duo.

14.05 GMT Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has ruled out making any first-team signings during the January transfer window. “We have decided to do nothing. I am not a friend of winter transfers,” Zorc told a news conference in Dortmund’s winter training camp in La Manga, Ruhr Nachrichten editor Matthias Dersch reports. However, Dortmund have landed FC Honka striker Tim Vayrynen who is the top scorer in the Veikkausliiga. The 20-year-old scored 17 goals in 24 games, and is set to join the BVB reserves after the club confirmed that he signed a contract until 2016. "He's a great talent with a really good perspective for the future," BVB II coach David Wagner said.

Zorc also admit that players could leave Dortmund in the transfer window, referring to recent interest from Turkey in the Dortmund youngster Koray Guenter. Meanwhile, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke reiterated to fans that Die Schwarzgelben are to invest in new players in the summer, with the club assessing a number of striking options to replace the Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski.

13.55 GMT Bayern Munich have already sealed the summer signing of Robert Lewandowski but sporting director Matthias Sammer has refused to confirm that the European champions have agreed a deal for Sebastian Rode. Yesterday, Eintracht Frankfurt chief Heribert Bruchhagen announced that Frankfurt midfielder Rode will join Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer, but Sammer told a news conference in Qatar that news of a done deal was wide of the mark. “We will only announce something when there is to something to announce," he said.

On the subject of Bayern’s veteran players Daniel van Buyten and Claudio Pizarro, who both will be out of contract in the summer, Sammer said that a decision will be made closer to the end of the season.

13.45 GMT Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen has confirmed Bryan Ruiz could leave the club during the January transfer window as he cannot promise the Costa Rica captain regular first-team football ahead of the 2014 World Cup. "Don't get me wrong, he is a very good player. I've come in, I've looked at the squad, worked with these players, I've picked my teams on what I think are the right reasons and motivations, but I can also understand Bryan's point of view," he said. Story here.

13.35 GMT Crystal Palace have confirmed that Jimmy Kebe has joined Leeds United on loan until the end of the season with view to a permanent transfer. The 29-year-old Mali winger has struggled to make an impact since signing for the Eagles in the summer and has been told that he is surplus to requirements by new boss Tony Pulis.

13.20 GMT Hull City manager Steve Bruce is believed to be growing frustrated in his pursuit of a new striker after negotiations for Sunderland's Steven Fletcher and West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long came to a standstill. The Daily Mail report that the Tigers have joined Crystal Palace and West Ham in the hunt for Everton striker Nikica Jelavic while Nantes' forward Filip Djordjevic and Greek international Giorgios Samaras have been touted as alternative candidates.

13.15 GMT Leicester City appear to have strengthened their promotion bid by landing Le Havre winger Riyad Mahrez. Sky Sports News are reporting that the 22-year-old French-Algerian has rejected the advances of Serie A side Torino to sign for the Foxes on a three-and-a-half year deal.

13.10 GMT La Gazzetta dello Sport speculate that Southampton have joined Chelsea in the pursuit of Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin with Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri admitting his club would struggle to hold on to him, if the right offer were to arrive. "Of course I'd like it if he stays, but if you think that he could leave, then this just shows what kind of a situation the club is in," said the Nerazzurri coach after their elimination from the Coppa Italia by Udinese on Thursday night. Inter could use Guarin as bait in their attempts to lure Pablo Osvaldo back to Serie A.

13.00 GMT Xabi Alonso has admitted that his relationship with coach Carlo Ancelotti played a major part in his decision to extend his contract at Real Madrid for two more years. The Spain midfielder also added that he was grateful for the support he had received from teammates and fans alike while he hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will be named the Ballon d'Or winner at Monday's ceremony in Zurich.

12.50 Here's the full story on Sebastian Kehl's contract situation as Borussia Dortmund prepare for the second half of the Bundesliga season, boosted by the return to fitness of Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels.

12.45 Fulham have confirmed that they are willing to listen to offers for Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz. The attacking midfielder signed for the Cottagers from FC Twente for an estimated 10.6 million pounds in 2011 but has failed to become a regular under new coach Rene Meulensteen.

12.40 GMT Catania have confirmed the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fito Rinaudo on a six-month loan deal with view to a 5 million euro permanent transfer. The club have moved swiftly to replace the outgoing Panagiotis Tachtsidis who will move to fellow Serie A outfit Torino.

12.30 GMT Former Bolton Wanderers attacker Rodrigo is reportedly on the verge of a 35 million euro move to Russian moneybags Zenit St Petersburg. A Bola say that Benfica chairman Luis Filipe Vieira plans to meet with Zenit officials to discuss a potential deal which could be resolved early next week. The 22-year-old striker has been identified as the leading candidate to help Zenit reclaim the Russian title and will join up with ex-Benfica midfielder Axel Witsel if the deal goes through.

12.20 GMT Reports from France say that Lyon have rejected a 10 million euro proposal from Arsenal for pacey French attacker Alexandre Lacazette. Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his attack in the wake of Theo Walcott's long-term knee injury but he has been snubbed in his pursuit by former Arsenal player Remi Gaarde. The Lyon coach is not prepared to sell his key players in the January transfer window as the Kids look to make up lost ground on the Champions League places.

12.10 GMT According to the Metro, Liverpool are preparing a bid for Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M'Vila after the player's agent admitted that his client was keen to move to the Premier League. "I think many players dream of playing in the Premier League – Yann is no different," said Werner Baader. "I will not deny there is interest from many European clubs, including English teams."

There is further positive news for Liverpool fans as Denmark defender Daniel Agger has insisted that reports linking him with a transfer away from Anfield this window are unfounded. "I'm not thinking about moving at the moment, not at all," he said.

12.00 GMT QPR have confirmed that 21-year-old striker Tom Hitchcock has joined League 1 side Rotherham United on a one-month loan deal. The forward scored three goals in six appearances during a short stint for Crewe Alexandra earlier this season.

11.55 GMT Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Tomas Rosicky will sign a new contract with the club, despite reports that the midfielder has received lucrative offers to play in the MLS. The 33-year-old Czech Republic star will be rewarded for his fine recent form for the Premier League leaders after scoring his first goal of the season in Arsenal's 2-0 FA Cup win over North London rivals Tottenham last weekend. Story here.

11.50 GMT Schalke remain hopeful that Julian Draxler will remain with the club beyond the summer, but sporting director Horst Heldt admits they may be powerless to keep him. Draxler is expected to be one of the youngest members of Germany's World Cup squad for the finals in Brazil and will be able leave if his 45 million euro release clause is activated. Meanwhile, Schalke youngster Max Meyer has told Bild that he has no plans to leave the Royal Blues any time soon. “I have only just prolonged [my contract] until 2018, and don’t see a reason to move on,” he said. Story here.

11.45 GMT MLS side New York Red Bulls are reportedly plotting an audacious swoop for Barcelona midfielder Xavi. The 33-year-old was lauded by club president Sandro Rosell as Spain's best-ever footballer when receiving the Fair Play award by the Barcelona Players' Association on Thursday although Xavi has recently suggested that his long-term future could lay away from the Camp Nou. Xavi's current contract runs until 2016 but Thierry Henry is rumoured to be pushing his former teammate to join the MLS.

11.35 GMT Amid interest from Sunderland, QPR manager Harry Redknapp has insisted that he expects winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to stay at Loftus Road this transfer window. Redknapp is the bookies' favourite for the West Ham job should Sam Allardyce be relieved from his post but he insisted that his priorities laid with the search for a new striker for his current club. Inter youngster Mauro Icardi and Everton forward Nikica Jelavic have been highlighted as potential options to bolster the QPR attack.

11.30 GMT Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the January transfer window will see the club focus solely on bringing a striker into the club, but he admits the search may prove to be fruitless. Story here.

11.20 GMT More news from Germany now where the transfer market is in full swing. Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl looks set to end his 12-year stay at Westfalenstadion as his agent Joerg Neubauer says that the club have still not offered him an extension to his current deal which expires in the summer. “No decision has been made,” Neubauer told WAZ, while Sport Bild report that Dortmund have no intention of offering the midfielder a new deal.

Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin has rejected Italian media reports that Werder are negotiating with Juventus defender Marco Motta, 27. “Right now there are no negotiations with Motta," he said.

Elsewhere, FC Nurnberg want to loan midfielder Michael Mendler, 21, to a second tier club. He has not played a minute of Bundesliga football this season. Defender Berkay Dabanli, 23, who played four games so far will be allowed to leave the club.

DONE DEAL - Dynamo Dresden have taken Hoffenheim midfielder Vincenzo Grifo on loan until the end of the season. The Italy under-20 international joined Hoffenheim in 2012, and clocked up 12 Bundesliga appearances during those 18 months.

11.05 GMT Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has revealed his frustration at the increasing difficulty in signing British-based players. The Uruguayan is desperate to boost the Black Cats' survival hopes and is expected to complete the signing of towering Argentine centre-back Santiago Vergini within the next 24 hours. The Sunderland Echo say that Poyet has been a long-term admirer of Vergini who will move from cash-strapped Estudiantes for an estimated 500,000 pounds. “I watched him for about six months when he was with Newell’s Old Boys, and the way he plays, understands football and his physical size made me think of him as a potential signing," he said.

Poyet will also be pleased to hear that Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has no intentions of recalling South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng. The 24-year-old has thrived on Wearside, and although the Swans could recall the player, Laudrup feels it serves both parties for him to remain at the Stadium of Light. "Of course it's a possibility [to recall Ki to ease their mini injury crisis], but there are a lot of things you have to take into consideration," he told the South Wales Post. "Sunderland are last in the table, but they are in a cup semi-final and Ki is playing regularly."

Elsewhere on Tyneside, the Chronicle report that Newcastle are hoping to agree a loan fee with Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk De Jong who has netted just six times in 23 Bundesliga games.

10.50 GMT Reports in Italy say that Arsenal are eyeing up out-of-favour Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco. The 26-year-old "Atomic Ant" has made only two Serie A starts this season and is believed to be desperate to secure first-team football ahead of Italy's World Cup campaign. Arsenal have reportedly already held preliminary talks with the player’s agent, Andrea D’Amico.

10.45 GMT Off to France now where Saint-Etienne president Roland Romeyer has denied the advances of two clubs for Kurt Zouma. Speaking to RMC, he said: "It's out of the question" to sell the 19-year-old defender in January. Romeyer has also admitted that he is prepared to take "radical action" against violent factions of his club's support.

Elsewhere, Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has told RMC that he is interested in signing Monaco wantaway striker Valere Germain although he has ruled out making a bid for Porto forward Kleber.

Meanwhile, Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis has admitted Remy Cabella could still leave the club in January if they receive "an offer that is impossible to turn down". Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for the 23-year-old midfielder although any deal could hinge on the future of Yohan Cabaye.

10.35 GMT Former Manchester City midfielder Elano is hopeful that he can break into Luiz Felipe Scolari's plans for the 2014 World Cup after signing for Brazilian side Flamengo. "I'm very excited. Playing in the Libertadores could get me to the World Cup," he told reporters at his unveiling.

10.30 GMT Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has signed a new two-year contract extension with the Cottagers. The 21-year-old shotstopper recently rejoined League 2 outfit Accrington Stanley on a short-term loan deal.

10.25 GMT Championship high-flyers Burnley have strengthened their promotion push with the signing of Brighton midfielder Ashley Barnes. The 24-year-old midfielder will wear the No.30 shirt at Turf Moor and is hopeful of making his debut against Yeovil at the weekend.

10.20 GMT Real Madrid pair Alvaro Arbeloa and Asier Illarramendi have expressed their delight at Xabi Alonso's decision to sign a new two-year contract with the club. Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool were all rumoured to be interested in luring the Spain midfielder away from the Santiago Bernabeu but were thwarted in their attempts. "If he'd have gone, there is no other player like him in the world to replace him," Arbeloa said. "It is great news for everyone associated with Real Madrid and for him too, so everyone is happy".

Illarramendi echoed Arbeloa's sentiments and admits that it is a particularly important moment for him as he looks set for two more years under Alonso's mentorship. "He is an important player and when he is not there you notice it. We are delighted that he is staying here for another two years. He is a reference and I can learn many things from him" he added.

10.15 GMT Speaking at his side's press conference ahead of the Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Monday night, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is confident of extending Tomas Rosicky's contract. The 33-year-old Czech Republic captain's current deal expires at the end of the season but he looks set to be rewarded for his recent good form for the league leaders.

10.05 GMT Arsene Wenger has been dealt a fresh blow with the news that Alvaro Morata will not be allowed to leave Real Madrid in the January transfer window. Wenger is keen to to strengthen his attacking options after losing Theo Walcott to a long-term knee injury but Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he is not willing to allow the 21-year-old Spanish forward to leave on loan, despite reports in today's newspapers. "We have not changed our plan and, also, Morata has not asked to leave. I am very happy with him," Ancelotti said. Story here.

10.00 GMT More news from Italy now where Juventus are said to be awaiting Tottenham's response after proposing an Erik Lamela-Mirko Vucinic swap deal. Both players have found first-team opportunities hard to come by this season and it is believed that a potential exchange could benefit both parties. However, Tottenham are reportedly reluctant to let Lamela go, having splashed out 30 million pounds on the Argentine winger less than six months ago.

One man who will not be returning to the Bianconeri however is Sunderland midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini who claims that he is "100 per cent" committed to helping Sunderland's survival bid.

Elsewhere, Antonio Cassano admits that his rivalry with Sampdoria president Riccardo Garrone means that he will not make the move back to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the near future. “I really wanted to go to Sampdoria, but I am also happy here, so it’s not going to happen,” Cassano told TV show Striscia La Notizia. Cassano is also hoping to make a comeback to Cesare Prandelli's national side and fired a warning to the Italy coach. “Remember Cassano still exists,” he added.

09.45 GMT Following Michael Bradley's 10 million dollar move to Toronto FC, Roma coach Rudi Garcia has admitted that he was reluctant to allow the American midfielder to leave the Italian capital. The signing of Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan appeared to have pushed Bradley down the Giallorossi pecking order and Garcia admits it was in the best interests of the player to move, citing a need for more regular football ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Story here.

09.40 GMT Here's the full story on Eden Hazard's reported interest in a summer move to Paris Saint-Germain with former France goalkeeper Gregory Coupet eagerly anticipating the Belgian's potential return to Ligue 1.

09.30 GMT Over to Germany now where the transfer market continues to churn out the deals. German media has picked up a statement by FC Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro who claims that Wolfsburg midfielder Diego appears set for a return to Brazil. “If nothing happens, Diego will sign a pre-contract with Santos on February 1.” he says. The Wolfsburg playmaker will reportedly earn 185,000 euros / month.

ESPN informed you earlier of Artjoms Rudnevs loan move to Hannover and Hamburg boss Bert van Marwijk has urged his club to sign a new striker. “Rudi can only leave when we get a new striker in January. That was my condition,” he is quoted as of saying by Bild, who believe van Marwijk could be looking in the Benelux region. However, NDR speculates that sporting director Oliver Kreuzer could get on the phone with his old club Bayern Munich to ask them about a loan deal for 18-year-old winger Julian Green.

Meanwhile, Kreuzer drops hints that HSV could sign former Borussia Dortmund right back Patrick Owomoyela, 34, on a free. The former Germany international has been out of contract since the beginning of the season, recently turned pundit, but is keeping fit at the HSV reserves. “Patrick is healthy and fit. He will get his player's license soon and can play in every team. You never know what happens. Football can be a fast business,” Kreuzer told Bild.

09.15 GMT The Gazzetta dello Sport say that Michael Essien is on the verge of a move out of Stamford Bridge with Milan a possible destination for the 31-year-old Ghanaian. With limited first-team chances at Chelsea, Essien is said to be keen for a new challenge and could join up with fellow international teammate Sulley Muntari in Italy. Not content with signing Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda, Porto midfielder Fernando is also rumoured to be on the Rossoneri shortlist as Massimiliano Allegri looks to bolster his midfield.

09.01 GMT: DONE DEAL Oh Ryan Nelsen, that "top-four Premier League clubs interested in Jermain Defoe" comment was clearly a red herring. Tottenham have now confirmed that the England striker will join MLS side Toronto FC on Feb. 28.

08.45 GMT: DONE DEAL Hannover have officially confirmed their loan swoop for Artjoms Rudnevs. The Latvia striker passed his medical, and joins Hannover until the end of the season from Hamburg.

08.21 GMT: Juventus are waiting to hear back from Tottenham Hotspur after making them an offer for former Roma forward Erik Lamela, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The Serie A leaders have reportedly offered Mirko Vucinic as part of a swap deal and are now just waiting to hear back from Spurs.

08.04 GMT: Time to give the rumour pot a good ol' stir. Jermain Defoe to Arsenal? We know, it may sound audacious on the surface of it but Toronto FC boss Ryan Nelsen has hinted as much.

The MLS side are thought to be favourites to land the Spurs and England striker, but Nelsen said: "I think if you ask any Premier League club then they would take Jermain right now. I know Tottenham are getting offers everywhere for him for his services at the moment -- and from top-four clubs in England at the moment as well."

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07.51 GMT: Julian Draxler's future remains up in the air, with Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt telling Bild: "We still hope that Julian stays. But there are arrangements we can’t influence." Draxler has a 45 million euro buyout clause, which can only be activated this summer.

07.38 GMT: With De Bruyne on his way in (eventually), South Korea skipper Ja-Cheol Koo could be on his way out of Wolfsburg. Mainz and Augsburg have been strongly linked with the midfielder, but so far Wolfsburg have been reluctant to discuss a transfer. But now the 24-year old could be granted a winter transferm with coach Dieter Hecking telling kicker: "Should there be an offer for him, out of respect for the player alone we will look at it. That can lead to us selling him,"

07.23 GMT: The Mirror is reporting that Kevin De Bruyne's long-mooted move to Wolfsburg has been completed but the Bundesliga club's sporting director Klaus Allofs told kicker reporter Thomas Hiethe: "That's bit premature. It's not like we can declare 'mission accomplished.'"

07.01 GMT: Time for our early look around Europe and we begin today in France, where RMC claims Eden Hazard is interested in a move to PSG; Greg Coupet says "it would be magnificent" to have him back in Ligue 1.

GMT 03.30: Veteran Brisbane Roar defender Shane Stefanutto has extended his contract for another year. The two-time A-League championship player has struggled with injury this season but is optimistic about the future.

"It was an easy decision to make," Stefanutto said. "I'm still very motivated to work hard. I love this club and it's exciting to be a part of the culture we're continuing to build here.”

GMT 03.00:The Mirror is reporting that Real Madrid are inclined to send out Alvaro Morata on loan in the January window. Though still unwilling to sell the young Spaniard, Madrid will release the forward for a 1.7 million pound loan fee. Premier League contenders Arsenal and Liverpool are said to be leading the race.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is turning away a host of world class talent as he continues his chase for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Mourinho is rumoured to be on the look-out for a new striker to kick-start his ailing frontline but according to The Telegraph, the Portuguese boss will not dip into the January transfer window as he is confident he can land the England international Rooney at the end of the season.

Premier League Arsenal are looking the club to land Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa -- if you’re a betting person. According to the Daily Star, which is using the latest odds, Arsenal are set to beat Chelsea and Manchester United to the signature of La Liga’s top scorer. Arsenal are desperate to boss their striking power and are set to buy one of Europe’s top forwards with a whopping 30 million pound plus offer.

Newcastle United maybe taking a massive gamble if they don’t sell ace midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the January window. According to the Mirror, France international Cabaye could buy out the last two years of his contract under FIFA’s Webster rule, meaning the club could lose as much as 6 million pounds in the summer. Former admirers Arsenal are said to have lost interest but French champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to be willing to buy if Newcastle bite the bullet and decide to sell.

Finally, the Daily Mail are reporting that Liverpool have reignited their interest in Dinamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko. The Reds are rumoured to be in pursuit of Basel’s Mohamed Salah, but as the Swiss club continue to drive up the price, Liverpool have begun to look at different options. And Yarmolenko, who has scored eight goals in 16 appearances for Kiev this season, is building as a viable option.

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