Manchester United have decided to refit their midfield with a German engine after rumours surfaced that the Old Trafford club were preparing a mega offer to lure Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan to the Premier League. One problem -- he hasn’t played since August!
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could be tempted to end his career with Turkish giants Galatasaray, while Fulham could add further woe to West Ham United’s campaign by pinching both Ravel Morrison and Mohamed Diame.
Another day, another great round of transfer rumours …
22.59 GMT That's your lot for tonight, but be sure to bring yourself back here tomorrow for more of the same.
22.37 GMT Interesting quotes from Arsenal's Arsene Wenger tonight. "A club like ours to find players who strengthen our team in January, it is nearly impossible, honestly," said Wenger, who has been linked with a loan move for Real Madrid starlet Alvaro Morata as well as £32m-rated Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa. "It is not even about the money. It is just about the potential."
22.02 GMT Shock, footballer gets 'dream' move. Aiden McGeady is such a fella, but he almost joined Roberto Martinez at Wigan. "I was close to joining the manager a year ago when he was at Wigan," he said. "He plays football the right way and has got a few good results along the way. I just want to play for a big club like this and I am relishing the challenge. I have said for a long time now that I want to try myself in the Premier League. Now I have a big chance at a great club, under a good manager. I couldn't be happier. It's a dream move really."
21.35 GMT Good news for Man Utd fans, in that Robin van Persie is back in training and won't in fact be out for another six weeks. If United are to dip their toes into the transfer market, it looks like it won't be for a striker.
20.51 GMT Tony Pulis knows his side have to add in January after Crystal Palace lost 2-0 to Tottenham. "We've got to add a little bit of depth to the squad we've got," he said. "We need to bring a few players in and we need to strengthen certain areas to give us a chance because at times, when we're up against it, we need different options."
20.05 GMT Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen has said he could be looking to bring in reinforcements during January -- but only if they are "players you know will definitely strengthen the team." He also said there had been "no indication" that Dimitar Berbatov, briefly linked with a move to Arsenal, could be on his way out of Craven Cottage.
19.55 GMT Birmingham's midfielder Darren Ambrose could be on his way to Greece on loan, the Blues' Twitter feed reports:
NEWS: Lee Clark has confirmed that Darren Ambrose is set to undergo a medical with Greek club Apollon Smyrni with the view to a loan move.— Birmingham City FC (@BcfcDotCom) January 11, 2014
19.30 GMT Fulham defender Bryan Ruiz could be on his way to PSV Eindhoven on loan until the end of the season, according to reports in the Netherlands. He has also been linked with Real Betis.
19.00 GMT A short-term deal done and dusted: U.S. international defender Oguchi Onyewu has joined Sheffield Wednesday on a deal until the end of the season after leaving Queens Park Rangers.
18.15 GMT Here's a little more on Cardiff's latest signing -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer worked with him at both Manchester United and Molde.
18.15 GMT Midfielder Wes Hoolahan, a reported target for Aston Villa, remained on the Norwich bench throughout defeat at Everton, but manager Chris Hughton insisted the player was staying at Carrow Road.
He said: "There is no situation. He is a Norwich City player. He was very much in my thoughts to play today and is a strong part of my squad."
18.03 GMT Cardiff City have signed Norway international midfielder Mats Moller Daehli from Molde, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
17.25 GMT Leicester City have confirmed on their official website that they have signed Le Havre winger Riyad Mahrez. The 22-year-old joins the promotion-chasing Foxes after scoring six goals and registering five assists in 20 Ligue 2 games this season. “Riyad is a pleasing addition to a squad that already has a lot of quality and I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure his signature," said Leicester manager Nigel Pearson. “He is a talented player, technically very good, and he gives us another option in attacking positions."
17.15 GMT After failing in their attempts to land Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons and new Roma man Radja Nainggolan, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is rumoured to have turned his attentions to Valencia's Ever Banega. The imminent arrival of Felipe Caicedo means that Valencia will need to sell one of their non-EU players and new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi could be tempted to cash in on the Argentine. Benitez is said to have 30 million euros at his disposal for new players and it seems that Banega is the latest man to appear on the Partenopei radar.
17.00 GMT Speaking after his side's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Chelsea, Hull manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he is hopeful of luring Nikica Jelavic to the KC Stadium. Hull agreed a fee with Everton for the Croatia striker last night and Bruce seeks to boost his strike force even further after signalling his intentions to sign West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long.
"We agreed a fee [for Jelavic] last night and we hope we can persuade him to come here," said Bruce. "We've had a conversation with West Brom about Long's availability at boardroom level but that's as far as that goes at the moment. They've appointed a new manager, so I would have thought they would have to have a conversation with him, so we'll see how that develops." Hull's top goalscorer this season is midfielder Robbie Brady who has found the net on just four occasions.
16.45 GMT Arsenal appear to have joined Liverpool and Juventus in the race for Genoa defender Sime Vrsaljko. Arsene Wenger has received glowing scout reports about the 22-year-old who joined Genoa from Dinamo Zagreb in the summer and reports in Italy suggest that Wenger is plotting a bid for the Croatia international right-back, as Bacary Sagna continues to stall on contract negotiations.
16.30 GMT Austria captain Marc Janko has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Celtic by claiming that he would walk from Turkey to Glasgow for a chance to move. The Daily Mail say that the 30-year-old striker is unsettled in Turkey at Trabzonspor and is eager for Celtic boss Neil Lennon to offer him a way out.
"If Celtic are looking for a striker to come in and score goals, then tell them I would walk to Glasgow from Turkey to join -- honestly," said Janko. "If I was to get the chance to talk with Celtic again, then I would be interested. For me, the time so far in Turkey has been terrible. I don’t know why it has turned out so badly."
16.15 GMT Highly-rated French defender Kurt Zouma could be on his way out of Saint-Etienne, with Inter, Chelsea and Monaco leading the way for his signature. According to L'Equipe, the Ligue 1 side have received two offers in excess of 11 million euros but Saint-Etienne are determined to hold onto the 19-year-old until at least the end of the season.
“Serie A is an interesting destination, as are Inter, for the tactical growth of the lad,” Zouma's agent David Venditelli told L’Equipe. “Of course he wouldn’t mind moving to the Premier League, hopefully to Chelsea, where he could work with Jose Mourinho or to Monaco in Ligue 1." Zouma is currently serving a 10-match ban after breaking the leg of Sochaux midfielder Thomas Guerbert.
16.00 GMT Former Arsenal striker Eduardo has admitted that he would one day like to return to club, amid reports that he is set to leave Shakhtar Donetsk. The Brazilian-born Croatian forward scored 21 goals in 67 games for the Gunners before moving to Ukraine and Sky Sports reveal that he is desperate for more regular football ahead of the 2014 World Cup, with Inter also at the top of his list.
"Who would not like to go to Arsenal? Everybody knows that when I left, everything was done in a friendly manner," he told Il Sussidiario. "We are still friends and after leaving I spoke several times with Arsene Wenger. I still have many friends in London but of course this does not mean that I will come back to Arsenal."
"I would like to play more because of the World Cup. Inter Milan are a great club with great tradition. Who wouldn't want to play for them?" Eduardo added. "The Italian league remains one of the most difficult and it is always hard to play against all teams in Serie A."
15.45 GMT The agent of Manchester United target Everton Ribeiro has revealed that his client has had a number of offers from European clubs but insists that he is content to stay in Brazil. The attacking midfielder has been in excellent form for Cruzeiro and was named as the best player in Brazil's top flight last season.
“Everton likes Cruzeiro, he is happy in Belo Horizonte and has the dream of playing in the Libertadores," Robson Ferreira told Lance. “Cruzeiro is part of the project for the player but so is Europe. Let’s talk to the board of Cruzeiro to see what we all think and take it from there. Football is dynamic, a lot can happen until January 31st.”
15.35 GMT Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic could be set for a return to the Premier League after announcing his intention to leave the Portuguese side. The Metro say that Matic is keen for a return to Stamford Bridge where he made three appearances during the 2009/10 campaign. Benfica are reportedly reluctant to let the Serbian leave but an offer of 17 million pounds could be enough to prise him away from the Estadio da Luz. However, any potential deal is unlikely to be completed until after Chelsea offload unsettled midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
15.20 GMT Monaco are eyeing up a potential move for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole, according to Sports Direct News. The Ligue 1 big-spenders are hoping to build a squad capable of competing in the Champions League next season and Claudio Ranieri has identified Cole as a priority target. Real Madrid are also rumoured to be interested in Cole, whose contract expires at the end of the season, which could force Monaco to turn their attentions to Patrice Evra.
15.05 GMT As ESPN told you earlier, Everton have agreed a deal with Spartak Moscow for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady. Everton unveiled the 27-year-old in front of the Goodison Park faithful before the kick-off of their Premier League encounter with Norwich and the move has now been confirmed by the Toffees' official twitter account.
14.55 GMT Football Italia say Serie A strugglers Bologna are close to sealing a double swoop for Lazio striker Sergio Floccari and Copenhagen midfielder Thomas Delaney. Newly-appointed coach Davide Ballardini is anxious to boost the Rossoblu's survival hopes and is eager to team up with Floccari again who he knows from his time at Lazio. 22-year-old Delaney impressed in Copenhagen's Champions League campaign and made his international debut in Denmark's 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Malta in October.
14.45 GMT Everton fans, listen up! Spartak Moscow have confirmed on their official website that Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady is on his way to Everton. The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in 93 games for the Russian side and has reportedly already said goodbye to his Spartak teammates after the two clubs agreed a fee. ESPN understands that McGeady is in attendance at Goodison Park today to watch the Toffees' Premier League encounter with Norwich.
14.30 GMT Yohan Cabaye has assured Newcastle fans that he has no intention of leaving the club in the January transfer window. The France international has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal but has insisted that he does not pay attention to the speculation. “For me to go to Paris or another club, there is nothing. I just want to be focused on the next game," report the Journal.
Meanwhile, Magpies boss Alan Pardew has announced that he is determined to strengthen his current crop by adding at least one new face. “I would say it would be better to buy now but the problem you have in this window is that clubs are very, very reluctant to sell," he said. "We are not in a position of negativity like last year. We ain’t got that pressure on us but, having said that, I still want to bring a player in."
14.15 GMT Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is planning a major clear-out at Selhurst Park as he looks to free up funds for the Eagles' Premier League survival bid. The Mirror say that Pulis could listen to offers for the likes of Danny Gabbidon, Barry Bannan and Dwight Gayle before turning his attentions to former club Stoke. Pulis is reportedly hopeful of bringing Jonathan Walters to Selhurst Park while Matthew Etherington and Peter Crouch have also been linked.
14.00 GMT Manchester United target Marco Reus has insisted that he will not follow in the footsteps of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandoswki by leaving Borussia Dortmund for rivals Bayern Munich. Gotze left the Westfalenstadion in the summer in a 32 million pound deal and scored in the recent Bayern win over Dortmund while Lewandowski will join the European champions on a free at the end of the season. However, Reus has assured the BVB faithful that he will never make the move to Bayern Munich. "I wish luck to Lewa and Gotze, but Bayern will never have me. Money is not everything," he reportedly told German media.
13.40 GMT A number of Italian clubs have joined the race to sign young Swedish talent Valmir Berisha. The Halmstads striker, dubbed the 'new Ibrahimovic', has reportedly turned down trials from Manchester United and Arsenal in the past to focus on his development at the Allsvenskan outfit. However, Sport Mediaset say that the 17-year-old is now prepared to discuss a move and Serie A high-flyers AS Roma are believed to be in the driving seat for his signature. "I still have not been to Rome, but I know that the Giallorossi want me," Berisha said. "If I am offered a good contract, it is possible, but they are other clubs chasing me both in Italy and in Europe. Atalanta, Chievo, Juventus and AC Milan want me."
Sports Mediaset also reveal that Galatasaray have expressed an interest in Sampdoria forward Manolo Gabbiadini and are prepared to table an offer of 12 million euros for the highly-rated Italian.
13.25 GMT Having already tied up a deal for former Manchester United midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem and reportedly closing in on a loan swoop for Wilfried Zaha, Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could also be set to land Brazilian defender Fabio. The Norwegian manager is determined to add several new faces to assist the Bluebirds' survival bid and the Manchester Evening News say that the Manchester United full-back could move to the Welsh capital outfit on a six-month loan deal after failing to impress David Moyes. The twin of Rafael has made only one league appearance this season and has come under heavy criticism after being sent off in Manchester United's recent FA Cup defeat to Swansea.
13.15 GMT Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers continues to be denied in his pursuit of a new winger. The Metro say that Liverpool target Jeremy Menez has made a u-turn in his decision to leave Paris Saint-Germain and is now happy to fight for his place at the Parc des Princes. "Jeremy will remain at PSG until the end of the season," said Menez's agent Jean-Pierre Bernes. Juventus were also rumoured to be interested in the France international.
13.05 GMT Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has dismissed reports that striker Rickie Lambert is set to leave the club. The 31-year-old England international has been linked with a move to West Ham in the January transfer window but Davis insists that Lambert is committed to the Saints. "Rickie is 100 per cent happy here," he said. "He is committed to this club and for all he has achieved with us he has got a lot of respect. If ever Rickie left, I am sure it would be because both parties were happy to do so, but I would not put any money on it happening." Lambert has scored six goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season.
12.55 GMT Udinese have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the signing of Levski Sofia striker Antonio Vutov. The 17-year-old has made an impact on the Bulgarian scene at a young age, scoring two goals in 19 top flight appearances. The Zebrette have also announced that they have recalled Cameroon striker Leo Steve Beleck from Belgian side Mons.
12.45 GMT Yeovil have extended the loan signing of Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls. The 20-year-old has been a regular figure in the Glovers' midfield, making 18 Championship appearances so far this season.
12.40 GMT Tottenham and Liverpool have joined the race to sign talented Real Betis starlet Alvaro Vadillo. Sky Sports say that the Spain Under-19 international is wanted by a number of Premier League sides, with Milan and Fiorentina also registering an interest. Vadillo is considered as one of the hottest young talents in Spain but Betis are unlikely to let him leave as they battle to avoid relegation from La Liga.
12.30 GMT Promotion-chasing RC Lens have been dealt a huge blow with the news that they have been banned from signing any players until the end of the season. The Ligue 2 high-flyers are being punished for their debt problems although a statement released on the club's official website says that they will appeal the decision. "The club, alongside its shareholder, believes that this decision does not reflect the reality of the financial situation and the project [at the club]. That is why we immediately appealed against this decision and wait calmly for the new hearing."
12.25 GMT Reports in Germany say that Borussia Dortmund have lined up Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as a summer replacement for the Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski. Bild claim that Dortmund will attempt to cash in on Los Blancos’ interest in Ilkay Gundogan by asking for Benzema in exchange, as well as cash. Gundogan scored BVB's only goal in the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last season and has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
12.15 GMT La Liga strugglers Real Betis have confirmed on their official website that they have completed the loan signing of Atletico Madrid striker Leo Baptistao. The 21-year-old Brazilian joined Los Colchoneros in the summer after an impressive spell at Rayo Vallecano but he has struggled to earn a spot in Diego Simeone's starting lineup, making only one league start this season. Baptistao becomes the first signing of newly-appointed coach Juan Carlos Garrido as he looks to steer Betis off the foot of the La Liga table.
Leo Baptistao ya es jugador del Betis http://t.co/66fA04YQ9Z— Real Betis Balompié (@RBetisOficial) January 11, 2014
12.05 GMT Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is hopeful that in-demand midfielder Paul Pogba will stay with the Italian champions for a few more years. The 20-year-old France midfielder has attracted interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Arsenal but Bonucci has urged Pogba to focus on his football in Turin. "It's right that [Pogba] doesn't listen too much to voices coming from the outside," Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia. "It's normal though, he's a 20-year-old boy who has done some incredible things in the last two years and it's right that big clubs should want him. However, I hope that Juventus can keep him for another few years."
Bonucci also pledged his future to the Old Lady and insisted that he was determined to win a third successive Scudetto. "I don't have any intention of moving," added the 26-year-old. "I have always said that for me it would be an honour to continue at Juventus and to end my career here, because it's a shirt you are proud to wear."
11.55 GMT Having fallen 17 points off the Champions League places in Serie A, Milan are determined to make up lost ground by adding a few more faces to their squad. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has identified the need for a new central midfielder and reports from Italy today suggest that the Rossoneri are eyeing up potential loan deals for Chelsea's Michael Essien, Valencia's Ever Banega and Real Madrid's Casemiro. New signings Adil Rami and Keisuke Honda are expected to be in the squad for the Rossoneri's trip to Sassuolo tomorrow.
11.45 GMT Everton boss Roberto Martinez is looking to bring in one or two new faces to assist the Toffees' push for a top-four finish and L'Equipe say that Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette and Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere are on his radar. Both Lacazette and Riviere have been in fine goalscoring form this season, notching nine goals and eight goals in Ligue 1 respectively.
L'Equipe also say that Rennes are hoping to tie up a deal for Newcastle target Cedric Bakambu while Napoli have reportedly set their sights on Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux.
11.35 GMT Milan misfit Alessandro Matri could be on his way out of the Giuseppe Meazza just five months after joining from Juventus in an estimated 10 million euro deal. The 29-year-old striker has scored just once in 15 Serie A appearances and has been linked with a move to Fiorentina who are looking for attacking reinforcements after losing top goalscorer Giuseppe Rossi to injury. Speaking ahead of the Serie A clash with Torino, Viola coach Vincenzo Montella said: “We have very clear ideas on the forward we are looking for. Matri? I don’t like discussing individual players."
New West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel is also thought to have registered an interest in Matri, although he could make a move for out-of-favour Roma striker Marco Boriello should Shane Long leave The Hawthorns.
11.25 GMT Chris Hughton is looking to add more defensive resolve to Norwich in the transfer window and the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press claim that the Canaries have been thwarted in their attempts to land Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia despite a 10 million euro fee being accepted. The 25-year-old allegedly admitted that he was not interested in a move to Carrow Road and reports in today's Italian press suggest that the Nerazzurri man is now on Borussia Dortmund's radar.
11.15 GMT Reports in Italy suggest that Palmeiras are planning an audacious double swoop for Serie A pair Andrea Pirlo and Luca Toni. The Brazilian side are hoping to mark their centenary year in style and Sky Italia say club president Paulo Nobre has identified the Italian duo as his preferred marquee signings. Pirlo is out of contract with Juventus at the end of the season while Verona striker Toni is the fourth highest goalscorer in Serie A this season with nine goals. However, the Gazzetta dello Sport say that Pirlo has pledged his future to Juventus and is hoping to sign a contract extension with the Old Lady.
11.05 GMT Watford have confirmed that Paraguayan striker Javier Acuna has joined Osasuna on loan for the rest of the season. The 25-year-old joined the Hornets from parent side Udinese but has struggled to impress in English football and returns to Spain where he previously played for the likes of Cadiz and Real Madrid Castilla.
OFFICIAL: Javier Acuna has joined Osasuna on loan for the rest of the season.— Official #watfordfc (@watfordfcsays) January 11, 2014
10.55 GMT Christian Maldini, son of Milan legend Paolo, is set to join Serie B side Brescia on loan. The highly-rated 17-year-old is hoping to enjoy a regular spell of first-team football after impressing in the Rossoneri academy. The left-back is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father and Milan have insisted before that the No.3 jersey will only be worn by a member of the Maldini family.
10.45 GMT Are Arsenal set to make another offer for Demba Ba? The Gunners showed an interest in the out-of-favour Chelsea forward in the summer, only to see a loan deal vetoed by Jose Mourinho at the last moment. However, Sky Bet have slashed the odds of Ba making the move to the Emirates Stadium this transfer window to 2/1 with West Ham and Crystal Palace also in the hunt for the Senegalese striker.
10.35 GMT Tottenham are interested in signing Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca on loan, according to the Metro. The 22-year-old enjoyed a spell at Ajax last season and has recently recovered from a long-term knee injury. It is understood that Barcelona are keen to send the winger out on loan in an attempt to give him regular first-team football and fellow La Liga side Elche have already registered an interest.
10.25 GMT Sports Direct News say that David Moyes is exploring the possibility of landing Inter playmaker Ricardo Alvarez in an exchange deal for Nani. Moyes has reportedly identified Alvarez as a potential option to boost Manchester United's top four hopes and could offload the out-of-favour Nani in the process. Alvarez has been in good form for the Nerazzurri this season, scoring four goals and notching six assists in 16 Serie A matches.
10.15 GMT New Valencia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has made a striker a priority in the January transfer window and Marca claim that Lokomotiv Moscow striker Felipe Caicedo is set for a return to La Liga on a six-month loan deal. Valencia were frustrated in their attempts to land Napoli's Eduardo Vargas and they have now identified Ecuador international Caicedo as the ideal candidate to boost their attacking options. The former Malaga and Levante striker has publicly announced his intention to leave Russia as he seeks more regular playing time ahead of the 2014 World Cup. "Right now my priority is one hundred percent to be loaned out for six months and put on the Valencia jersey," Caicedo told Radio Valencia.
Should Caicedo arrive, Valencia will be forced to sell a non-EU player in order to comply with the league's financial regulations and it is believed that Argentine midfielder Ever Banega could be the player to depart.
10.05 GMT Manchester United manager David Moyes has questioned whether some of his players' best is good enough for the club to salvage their season. Moyes has admitted that it is unlikely that Manchester United will make any signings in the transfer window but concerns over the long-term fitness of Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney could force him to dip into the transfer market. “I think a lot of them are giving their best, but if that is not enough, it is something I need to have a look at,” Moyes said. Story here.
09.55 GMT Juventus coach Antonio Conte has made it no secret that he looks to strengthen his squad with a new winger and Tuttosport say that he has composed a four-man shortlist. Fiorentina's Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado is his preferred candidate but injury to Viola top goalscorer Giuseppe Rossi makes any deal unlikely, although Juventus are hoping to sweeten the deal by including Fabio Quagliarella as part of potential exchange. Jeremy Menez is another candidate for the Bianconeri with Manchester United's Nani and Parma's Jonathan Biabiany as back-up options.
09.45 GMT Manchester United outcast Wilfried Zaha looks set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's second signing as Cardiff boss. The 21-year-old winger has appeared in only two Premier League matches since joining in a big-money move from Crystal Palace in the summer and the Mirror say that Solskjaer is ready to offer the England youngster a sustained spell of first-team football. Zaha was reportedly in Cardiff to tie up a six-month loan deal last night and his arrival could pave the exit for fans' favourite Craig Bellamy.
09.30 GMT PSV Eindhoven representatives have entered discussions with Manchester City over the permanent signing of Dutch defender Karim Rekik. The 19-year-old is currently on loan at the Philips Stadion and De Telegraaf say that PSV coach is hoping to use his good relationship with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to seal the deal. Rekik has impressed since joining on loan in the summer, scoring one goal in nine Eredivisie appearances. "The main building at this age is that he plays a lot, and that he can join us," said Cocu.
09.00 GMT Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will only enter the transfer market if the right player becomes available and the Express say that Lyon midfielder Yohan Gourcuff and Juventus attacker Sebastian Giovinco fit the bill. Gourcuff was linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the summer and it is believed that the Ligue 1 side could part with their playmaker for as little as four million pounds in order to cut down on their wage bill. Wenger is supposedly reluctant to make a big-money signing until the summer so a six-month loan deal for out-of-favour Giovinco could provide a better fit.
GMT 05.40 Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has allayed any fears of his immediate departure by telling the BBC: “For me to go to Paris or another club, there is nothing. I just want to be focussed on the next game, Man City.” READ MORE.
GMT 04.00 Looks like Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas isn’t going anywhere this January window with manager Carlo Ancelotti telling RNE he would “wage war” to ensure the goalkeeper
finished his career at the Bernabeu. READ MORE.
GMT 03.00: DONE DEAL! Joel Griffiths is back in the A-League and the Newcastle Jets. The former Golden Boot winner and Johnny Warren medallist has returned to his home club from Chinese Super League club Qingdao Jonoon for the remainder of the 2013-2014 A-League season.
"It was more about love over money, that was the biggest thing," Griffiths told SBS.
"There were definitely offers from other clubs involving much, much more money, but I’ve always wanted to come back to where it all began and I’ve been going to bed dreaming about this move.
Manchester United are on the cusp of solving their midfield woes with the Mirror reporting that the Old Trafford club are preparing to make a 24 million pound bid for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. United have long been searching for the solution in their oft-maligned engine room but have time and again failed in their bids to secure the club’s major targets. But 23-year-old Gundogan could end that frustration with United boss David Moyes a big admirer of the German international. Even the fact that Gundogan hasn’t played since August because of a back injury isn’t slowing United’s pursuit.
Meanwhile, over at Premier League leaders Arsenal, defender Bacary Sagna has been offered a massive final pay day with Turkish giants Galatasaray. Sagna is out of contract at the end of the season and can start talking to other clubs with the France international already piquing the interest of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and sides from the Middle East. But Galatasaray is firming as strong favourite to land the 30-year-old with the Mirror reporting that the Turkish side is offering a four-year contract worth 4 million pounds-a-year. However, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still hopeful of convincing Sagna to stay in London.
Finally, West Ham’s pain might not be consigned just to the Premier League table with the Daily Mail reporting that Fulham will make a double bid for Ravel Morrison and Mohamed Diame. Morrison, who’s current contract expires at the end of the season, is said to be looking for a way out of Upton Park while Diame is seen by Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen as the perfect addition to his midfield.