After two weeks, football fans finally have a big European transfer to celebrate as Nemanja Matic heads to Chelsea from Portuguese giants Benfica. But while one star comes in from Portugal, another big name may be headed that way. Reports have surfaced, emanating from the Mirror, that Manchester United's Nani wants a return home to his childhood club Sporting Lisbon. However, the Portuguese side face some serious competition from Juventus and Inter. And according to Metro, even Fulham are interested in an ambitious bid for the winger.
22.37 GMT DONE DEAL: And finally tonight, Bristol City have confirmed the signing of Bristol City have announced the signing of Brighton defender Adam El-Abd for an undisclosed fee.
22.03 GMT: Cardiff City misfit striker Etien Velikonja looks set to join Sarajevo on loan. They are also owned by Vincent Tan.
21.21 GMT: Lazio midfielder Hernanes could be on his way to the Premier League, with Il Tempo reporting that his agent Joseph Lee has been in England and has held talks with both Manchester United and Totttenham.
20.53 GMT: Tony Pulis has told talkSPORT of his frustration at being unable to add to his squad so far in the transfer window. "I thought we would have got them in by now," he said.
20.12 GMT: Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club are doing all they can to support manager Brendan Rodgers in the January transfer window. Full story here.
19.41 GMT: Sky Sports is reporting that Sunderland are in talks to sign defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Estudiantes for the rest of the season.
19.07 GMT: An interesting development in the transfer of Ji Dong-Won to Augsburg. The South Korean international signed a six month deal at the club today, with German outlet kicker claiming he will then join Borussia Dortmund in the summer until the end of the 2017-2018 season. The forward had been linked with a move to BVB prior to Christmas, following a failed bid in the last window.
18.42 GMT: Crystal Palace midfielder Jonathan Williams has signed a new contract to keep him at the South London club until the summer of 2018. "I'm very proud to be playing for Palace and to be signing another contract," he said.
18.10 GMT DONE DEAL: Not long after we brought you news that this deal was in the offing, Chelsea's defender-cum-midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the season.
17.30 GMT: Sky Sport reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has tweeted a picture of Anderson apparently arriving in Italy ahead of his proposed loan move to Fiorentina. We'll have more on that deal as it unfolds.
17.20 GMT: Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has once again looked to Chelsea for loan options, with Nathaniel Chalobah poised to move to Teesside. The talented 19-year-old will join Blues teammate Kenneth Omeruo at the Riverside, after he recently agreed a loan deal with the club. Chalobah recently returned to Stamford Bridge following a loan spell with Nottingham Forest, and yesterday thanked the Reds for the experience he gained while at the City Ground.
Back at Chelsea now. Thanks to Billy Davies, the staff and the fans at Nottingham Forest for the support, and the players for welcoming me.— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) January 15, 2014
17.15 GMT: Following his departure to Augsburg today, Gus Poyet has revealed the deal to take Ji back to the German side was done over the course of the last few days. "We were not even thinking about this possibility, it was all done in three days," he told the Sunderland Echo. "There was a decision to make and we made that, and he's gone to Germany. It's simple. Everything came together to the point where it was good for everybody."
17.05 GMT: Let's return to Hull now, who are making a good go of the January transfer window. While Shane Long's move hasn't been confirmed yet, Nikica Jelavic did sign yesterday -- and here is the former Everton frontman at the KC Stadium. "As a striker you need to be scoring goals and my target is to score as many as I can for Hull City," he told the club's official website. "I am looking forward to being a part of this club. I can already feel that this club is more like a family and I really feel that this will be a good move for me."
16.53 GMT: Fresh from signing Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley, Toronto seem to be looking forward to the MLS draft today judging by their Instagram account -- here are the managers lining up for the photoshoot ahead of the draft.16.48 GMT: Football Italia reports that PSG are ready to bid for Juventus youngster Paul Pogba. The site has picked up on a story in France Football that puts the French champions ahead of European rivals for the former Manchester United midfielder's signature.
16.38 GMT: Here's our full story on Mateja Kezman's claims that Nemanja Vidic is ready to commit his future to Manchester United with a new deal. "Nemanja Vidic is a top player and big friend of mine. I spoke to him a few months ago and he said then that he was waiting to see what will happen with his contract. He's not unhappy. He's been there for years and would like to stay for another season."READ MORE.
16.28 GMT: Goal reports that Schalke are negotiating with Tottenham to re-sign Lewis Holtby, but the Bundesliga side aren't keen on meeting Spurs' 10 million pound asking price. And with Daniel Levy seemingly keen on scuppering any potential Arsenal bid for Julian Draxler, this could be a messy deal.
16.23 GMT: DONE DEAL! Leyton Orient have signed striker Chris Dagnall on a permanent basis, according to the League One club's official website. The forward was released by Barnsley last week and has signed an 18-month deal.
16.15: DONE DEAL! Wigan Athletic have signed Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard on a loan deal until the end of the season, the Championship club confirmed on their official website.
16.10 GMT: Nacer Chadli has responded somewhat emphatically to stories linking him with a move away from Tottenham in comments on an Instagram picture: "I love Tottenham And I Never ever say I want to leave the club." He goes on to criticise the media with some choice words -- let's just say he is ticked off with the rumours. His agent Daniel Evrard has also stated the winger's preference to stay at White Hart Lane: "Nacer has thought about a loan, but after a good conversation with the club, we have decided to stay."
16.00 GMT: Breaking away from St Mary's for a moment, and Arsenal have entered the race with Rennes for Auxerre's 21-year-old striker Paul-Georges Ntep, according to Ouest France. However, reports the French club have only received one bid so far, and that was from Rennes.
15.52 GMT: A picture that will warm the hearts of Southampton supporters now, as Pochettino and star left-back Luke Shaw seemed in good spirits at training this morning.
15.44 GMT: And yet more from the Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino now: “I want to make one thing clear -- no-one is for sale at Southampton, no-one. And I believe the same thing. No player that I don't want to leave will leave this club." That seems as clear as you can get, but it will be intriguing to see if any clubs see if they can tempts the Saints hierarchy into selling players with big offers before the window shuts.
15.32 GMT: Here's more from Pochettino on Nicola Cortese -- it's clear the former executive chairman meant a lot to him, but the news that the manager is staying is undoubtedly fantastic for the Saints.
15.22 GMT: Breaking news out of Southampton may settle Saints fans a little -- Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he will remain the manager of the club, and is "100 percent" committed to the south coast club. That will bring stability to the squad, and should prevent a possible mass exodus of their star players this month.
Mauricio Pochettino: "I am staying as #SaintsFC manager. I have a professional responsibility to everyone at the Club and the fans."— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 16, 2014
15.15 GMT: The Mirror reports that Manchester United midfielder Anderson has flown to Italy to complete a loan move to Fiorentina for the rest of the season. The Brazilian has struggled to impose himself at Old Trafford despite his obvious potential, and our very own Musa Okwonga has analysed a missed chance -- for both the player and the club. READ MORE.
15.08 GMT: With Nemanja Matic coming in to Chelsea, Kevin de Bruyne's impending move to Wolfsburg looks a certainty -- and Die Wolfe sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed to kicker that the player is currently undergoing his medical. Should everything go according to plan, he'll sign a contract until 2019.
15.00 GMT: Goal reports that Dimitar Berbatov could be a shock target for former club Tottenham. Spurs have been short of goals this season and the Bulgarian would be available for a bargain price considering his contract at Fulham runs out in the summer.
Here are some of his best memories while at White hart Lane...
14.53 GMT: Back to Stoke where Mark Hughes has also spoken about the subject of Charlie Adam's future -- and it seems to lie with the Potters.
On rumuored interest from Galatasaray on Charlie Adam, there have again been no offers and manager see's him as a valuable member of squad— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 16, 2014
14.48 GMT: And off to Italy now -- here's our full story on Napoli coach Rafael Benitez expecting to be able to welcome two new arrivals into his squad in time for Sunday's Serie A trip to Bologna. "I'm sure the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] will do something this week," he said. "He's told me he will and I trust him." READ MORE.
14.43 GMT: Steve Bruce has confirmed that Shane Long is having his medical at Hull right now, and the Tigers will confirm the deal for the West Brom striker either tonight or tomorrow if all goes to plan. That would be two new strikers in two days -- the club obviously mean business in the second half of the season.
SB: "Shane Long is having a medical as we speak. Hopefully we will be able to announce something later today or tomorrow morning." #UTT— Hull City Official (@hullcityteam) January 16, 2014
14.39 GMT: And now for our story that Michael Essien’s agent says the midfielder is set to leave Chelsea, but Milan have yet to make an approach for the Ghanaian. “The player will leave Chelsea,” Piveteau told Tuttomercatoweb. "I have had a lot of contact with different clubs, but Milan are not one of them -- or at least I personally haven’t had direct contact with the Rossoneri."
14.35 GMT: Good news for Arsenal fans now -- Gunners captain Per Mertesacker would welcome Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler at Arsenal. "Players like him are welcomed here," he told Spox.com. "Julian Draxler has a great influence on Schalke and the Germany team, despite his young age. But let's wait and see what happens."READ MORE.
14.30 GMT: Carlton Cole's new deal at West Ham looks to spell bad news for Modibo Maiga, as the Mirror reports that the striker could be set for a cut-price move to QPR. The 26-year-old has struggled to impress at the Hammers, and a move to the Championship could well be a likely outcome.
14.21 GMT: According to Bild, Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin will travel to Turin today and stay there until Sunday. "It's more a trip for the summer, but maybe an opportunity for the winter comes along. However, everything has to fit," he said. Bremen have been linked to Marco Motta, and Eichin says: "It might be that during our talks we will also discuss Motta." Crafty. that one.
14.15 GMT: Rennes are considering a move for Ibrahim Afellay, according to L'Equipe. The former PSV winger is still under contract with Barcelona until 2015, but has seen his progress dramatically hindered by injuries in recent seasons. The 27-year-old -- who has won 44 caps for the Netherlands -- last played in Nov. 2012 while on loan at Schalke.
14.06 GMT: Bild reports that Barcelona are interested in signing Ilkay Gundogan, and the Dortmund star could well be a replacement for Xavi should the mercurial middle-man decide to move to New York after the World Cup. That would be bad news BVB, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
14.00 GMT: Hughes has also had his say on new loan signing John Guidetti and potential target Juan Agudelo...
MH: Guidetti is a little different from other players we have. He's technically good enough and if he gets chances he will score goals— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 16, 2014
On Agudelo: Club feel he's an outstanding talent and wants to make him a part of his squad. Confirms they will try to make any deal happen— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 16, 2014
13.55 GMT: Stoke manager Mark hughes has confirmed Kenwyne Jones will play no role for the Potters this weekend, but says no offers have been made for the striker yet.
On Kenwyne Jones, the striker will not be included in this weekend's squad— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 16, 2014
MH: Rumours of Everton making a bid, there have been no offers for Jones.— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 16, 2014
13.47 GMT: DONE DEAL! Augsburg have resigned Ji Dong-Won from Sunderland until the end of the season. South Korea internatioanl Ji says he had a "super time" at Augsburg last season, stating: "Tthat's why I wanted to go Augsburg and Augsburg only for the rest of the season." One of his motives is to win minutes to make it to the World Cup.
13.43 GMT: La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that both Juventus and Inter are now after Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The young forward is hot property with the likes of Arsenal also interested, so competition for his signature will be fierce should he leave the Bernabeu on a temporary deal this month.
13.40 GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt put striker Srdjan Lakic, 30, on the market. “Should he come to us and ask for a transfer – we are ready to talk,” sporting director Huebner tells Bid. Lakic currently not close to a place in the starting formation.
13.35 GMT: Meanwhile here's our story on Mats Hummels insisting Borussia Dortmund will not fall apart despite fears further stars will follow Robert Lewandowski out of the club. "I knew as early as 2012 that Robert Lewandowski would leave us. Those in charge have always found stellar replacements and they will do so again this year."READ MORE.
13.28 GMT: Here's our full story on West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald quashing speculation that Ravel Morrison is on strike to try and force through a move to Fulham. "He trained on Wednesday with a huge, big smile on his face with the rest of the squad so [reports he may go on strike] are news to me." READ MORE.
13.25 GMT: Another young star Arsenal could be after this month is Red Bull Salzburg forward Kevin Kampl, the Mirror reports -- and the 23-year-old has issued a fairly obvious come-and-get-me plea to the Gunners: "England has its own charm and London is a unique place," he told Ekipa. "There's also Arsenal, the club that I like very much because of their style of football. Sometimes when I watch their games, I close my eyes and dream of how it would be if I was there playing for them. This certainly is a dream and I hope that one day it will come true for me which is why I'm always giving my all during training sessions."
13.20 GMT: An intriguing sub-plot to Nicola Cortese's departure from Southampton from the BBC now, which reports that at least one leading Saints player has a clause in his contract related to the future of the former chairman. How big an impact the loss of Cortese will have on the squad remains to be seen, but we could see some speculative bids for St Mary's players before the end of January.
13.12 GMT: Back off to St James' Park now, and the Evening Chronicle reports that Tim Krul is still a target for Milan despite Massimiliano Allegri being sacked by the Serie A club. The Newcastle keeper's performances have been consistently excellent for the Magpies, but it remains to be seen whether he would be tempted by a move to the struggling Rossoneri.
13.05 GMT: Bosnian winger Miroslav Stevanovic is leaving Spain after ending his loan deal with Elche. He was on loan at Sevilla who [with help from Doyen Group] paid over 1 million euros for him last January, but has done little at either club to show he was worth the outlay. AS says he is likely to return to a club in Bosnia, perhaps FK Vojvodina, as he looks for minutes ahead of the World Cup.
12.55 GMT: Goal reports that Tottenham have put a 10 million pound price-tag on Etienne Capoue's head. Napoli are interested in the midfielder but Spurs are not willing to let the out-of-favour Frenchman leave for a low fee, it seems.
12.43 GMT: There's no keeping Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas quiet this month, as he has confirmed that the club have offered a new contract to one-time Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff. The French international, 27, starred in Lyon's League Cup quarter-final win over Marseille on Wednesday despite struggling to live up to expectations since making a 22 million euro move from Bordeaux in 2010.
12.35 GMT: Crystal Palace and QPR are interested in signing Marseille left-back Jeremy Morel on loan, according to L'Equipe. The ex-Lorient defender, 29, returned from injury to play in the French club’s League Cup loss to Lyon last night.
12.20 GMT: Turkish club Trabzonspor have made a failed attempt to sign Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic this month. The 26-year-old Serbian knocked back the offer and Sky Italia believes that he will instead join Lazio when his contract expires in June. Djordjevic has scored eight goals in 20 matches for newly-promoted Nantes this season, and also netted twice in last night’s League Cup quarter-final win over Nice, his first goals since Nov. 10.
12.12 GMT: Benfica winger Ola John is set to join Hamburger SV on loan until the end of the season. Hamburg had been looking for a replacement for the injured winger Maximilian Beister, who will be sidelined for the rest of the season, and have now struck a deal with 21-year-old two-time Netherlands international, Hamburger Morgenpost reports.
12.08 GMT: West Ham may be willing to let Ravel Morrison go this January -- but only for 8 million pounds, according to the Mirror. Fulham are keen on the midfielder amid a complaint to the premier League over their conduct from the Hammers, and Sam Allardyce is desperate not to let the promising player leave on the cheap.
12.03 GMT: Back off to Germany where Dong-Won Ji is set to end his unsuccessful spell at Sunderland and return to FC Augsburg, according to kicker. During a six month loan from January 2013 to June 2013, the 22-year-old struck five goals in 17 games and helped Augsburg to stay in Bundesliga. The German football mag reports that the deal is nearly done. Ji had been linked with several other Bundesliga clubs, with Hamburger SV and Eintracht Frankfurt only recently dropping out of the race.
12.00 GMT: News out of Spain concerning Valencia now, and Bankia's deadline for offers for Valencia ended last night, with reports suggesting 'numerous' bids were received including one from America which is bigger than Peter Lim's. The bank and partners KPMG will now take their time to choose the best bid. Lim had said he would withdraw if his offer was not accepted by last night, but there is no sign of that having occurred, with rumours mounting that he wants to sign Jackson Martinez from Porto [with the help of agent friend Jorge Mendes].
11.55 GMT: Schalke have now confirmed that Timo Hildebrand will leave the Royal Blues at the end of the season. Sporting director Horst Heldt explains that Hildebrand "has been very important for us since joining Schalke in October 2011, [but] our job now is to make decisions for the future. We have other plans for the goalkeeper position and informed Timo about this." The 34-year old former Germany keeper told kicker that he believes he has "three or four years on a high level" left in him.
11.50 GMT: Chelsea aren't the only club with an interest in Kurt Zouma according to L'Equipe, who report that Monaco have already held talks with St Etienne over a move for the central defender. There's big interest in the youngster, so this one could rumble on until the end of the window.
11.45 GMT: The latest Southampton star to be linked with a St Mary's exit today is jay Rodriguez, with the Star reporting that Liverpool are interested in the 24-year-old England forward.
11.40 GMT: Hull have been busy in the last 24 hours, and they've just announced that Mohamed Geddo is returning to parent club Al Ahly following a loan spell with the Tigers.
11.35 GMT: Former African Player of the Year George Weah says he would be interested in taking up a role with PSG. He's a friend of PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi, and apparently they have discussed finding a job for him at the club.
11.30 GMT: DONE DEAL! 32-year-old winger Liam Lawrence has joined Championship club Barnsley until the end of the season.
Liam Lawrence has signed for the Reds until the end of the season. Welcome to Oakwell, Liam! pic.twitter.com/W8vrf6QVas— Barnsley FC (@bfc_official) January 16, 2014
11.25 GMT: Although Sunderland are set to add a defender this week, it seems one may also be departing the club. Summer signing Modibo Diakite is being linked with Genoa in the Italian press, a move which will see him link up with Sunderland midfielder Cabral. The report via CalcioMercato.it claims the proposal requires the player's approval before discussions can advance.
11.20 GMT: Here's our full story on Kurt Zouma declaring his interest to join Chelsea at the end of the season. READ MORE.
11.15 GMT: Off to Barcelona again, where winger Isaac Cuenca looks likely to go back to Ajax on loan -- not Spurs, as Sports Direct News reported yesterday. The 22-year-old has been fit for a move since October after recovering from a long-term knee injury, but not been given any game time at Camp Nou with likes of Cristian Tello ahead of him.
11.10 GMT: It's all about the de Jongs for Newcastle today, as the Evening Chronicle reports that Papiss Cisse does not want to move to Borussia Moenchengladbach as part of the deal to bring in Luuk de Jong to St James' Park. The same paper also says the Magpies are no longer interested in Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong and Blackpool winger Tom Ince -- but it looks as though Alan Pardew will be busy right up to the deadline at this rate.
11.01 GMT: Xavi has told Mundo Deportivo that he almost joined Bayern Munich in 2008, just as Pep Guardiola was taking over at Barca. "It was pretty serious. There was even a meeting with a Bayern coach and [FIFA agent Giovanni] Branchini. There was not time for anything. Pep grabbed me and said I could not go, that he had in mind for Barca to revolve around some certain players, including me, that I could not leave the club. And I was not wrong. It was another good decision, as my desire is to retire here at Barca." Oh the irony of it all... "And who was going to say this? Now it is Pep who is at Bayern, these are the turns that football takes. It is incredible."
10.55 GMT: VfB Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim will be staying in Stuttgart. He had been linked with a switch to Fenerbahce, but VfB sporting director told Stuttgarter Naachrichten: "That's not an issue and I won’t say anything more about this."
10.50 GMT: Fresh after signing Nemanja Matic yesterday afternoon, Chelsea could be in the market yet again -- Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, back from a 10-game suspension, confirms he wants to leave the club in the summer and that he received a call from Jose Mourinho last month. Inter and Monaco are also interested in the 19-year-old.
10.43 GMT: Radja Nainggolan says he is delighted with his first impressions of playing for Roma. Of the offers on the table, the former Cagliari midfielder declared the Giallorossi's was the most attractive.
10.38 GMT: DONE DEAL! Bradford have signed Hull striker Aaron McLean on a permanent two-and-a-half-year deal, the League One club have announced on their official website. Bantams boss Phil Parkinson said:"I'm thrilled by the arrival of Aaron. He is someone I have monitored for a while now and he has a proven record at this level."
10.35 GMT: Galatasaray are thinking of bringing in David Villa to replace Didier Drogba in the summer, according to AS. Any such deal could be complicated as it would involve both Atletico Madrid giving their blessing and Barcelona receiving as much as 2 million euros due to terms of the move which saw him leave Camp Nou last summer -- but anything is possible.
10.26 GMT: Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay wants Pierre-Michel Lasogga back -- the attacker is currently on loan at Hamburg where he has struck nine goals in 13 games. Hamburg (and Wolfsburg) have hoped to secure Lasogga for next season, but Luhukay told B.Z that he "has no bigger wish than the return of Lasogga and him hunting goals for Hertha alongside Adrian Ramos."
10.18 GMT: French champions PSG are monitoring Benfica attacker Lazar Markovic, according to Eurosport.fr. The Serbian international joined the Portuguese club from Partizan Belgrade last summer for 10 million euros and he has also been linked with Chelsea in the past.
Under contract until 2018, the 19-year-old is thought to have a release clause of 40 million euros.
10.12 GMT: It seems the north London rivalry can even spill over into the January transfer window -- the Mirror reports that Tottenham may block Lewis Holtby's proposed move to Schalke as a means of throwing a spanner in the works of Arsenal's bid for Julian Draxler. It seems as though the Bundesliga club want the Spurs midfielder on loan as a potential replacement for Draxler, but Daniel Levy could prevent it all happening by vetoing Holtby's move. Cue two unhappy clubs, two unhappy players, and one very happy Mr Levy.
10.05 GMT: DONE DEAL! In case you missed it last night, Fiorentina have finally completed the loan signing of Alessandro Matri from Milan, according to la Viola's official website. The striker is set to be unveiled at a press conference at 13:00 CET.
09.58 GMT: DONE DEAL! Crawley Town have agreed to keep former striker Matt Tubbs on loan from Bournemouth for the rest of the season. The fan-favourite joined on a one-month deal this month, but manager John Gregory did not rule out a permanent move: "We will see what happens at the end of the season in respect of the long-term with Matt," he told a press conference ahead of the Reds' game with Wolves.
BREAKING NEWS: Matt Tubbs is staying on loan until the end of the season.— Crawley Town (@crawleytown) January 16, 2014
09.53 GMT: Hull City have had an undisclosed fee for West Brom striker Shane Long accepted, and will now negotiate with the player over his contract terms. The Baggies revealed the player has declined a new deal on their official website, and now expect to recoup 7 million pounds for the player who is in the final year of his contract, despite the club having a 12-month extension option. "Despite our best endeavours, Shane has declined to sign a new contract. Shane effectively only has 18 months left on his deal and with him no closer to accepting our terms and then Hull making an acceptable offer, we felt it was in the club’s best interests to accept the bid," said sporting & technical director Richard Garlick.
09.42 GMT: The words 'fire-sale' send a chill up and down the spines of fans everywhere, and the recent unrest at Southampton could force a January clear-out at St Mary's, according to the Mirror. With executive chairman Nicola Cortese resigning and Mauricio Pochettino's future uncertain, Cortese's replacement Katharina Liebherr could look to sell the Saints' biggest stars -- such as Rickie Lambert -- this month before selling the club. That would be a nightmare for fans of the south coast club, who look on the right track this season.
09.37 GMT: More on that man Nani now, and Tuttosport reports that the Manchester united winger wants a move to Juventus. With the Red Devils' reported interest in both Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba and Juve needing to free up their wage budget for a move, a potential swap deal could be on the cards. Most probably not, but it would give David Moyes something to negotiate with at least.
09.30 GMT: Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has announced that midfielder Cristian Erbes is moving to Real Betis. "The position of Boca was that he was not leaving on loan, and a few hours ago an email from the president of Betis arrived announcing the purchase of 50 per cent [of Erbes' rights]," he told TyC Sports. "The form of payment changes, but the sale is for 1,257,000 euros. As we do not need the money immediately, we accepted."
09.22 GMT: Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that Baeftimbi Gomis could end up at Marseille. The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and a proposed move to Newcastle fell through in the summer. The forward has been strongly linked with Marseille since then and he scored in Lyon's League Cup win over them on Wednesday. "It's nice to see Bafe score against Marseille," Aulas told France 3 after the game. "Maybe he'll score others for them in the future." Cryptic.
09.12 GMT: Barcelona star Xavi has dampened speculation he could be moving to the MLS with either New York City or New York Red Bulls by stating no offers have been made to him -- and he has not been phoned by former Barca team mate Thierry Henry about joining him in the Big Apple.. "Nobody has made me any proposition," he said. "I know nothing else about New York apart from that it is very cold there. Henry has not called me, nor have I spoken with him. I do not have his telephone number."
This is what the pair can do when they're on the same pitch...
09.00 GMT: After progressing to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia last night, Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says "two signings" will be made this week. As mentioned at 07.31, Etienne Capoue of Tottenham looks to be one and Jorginho of Hellas Verona could well be the other, but we'll have more on these deals if, as, and when they occur.
08.47 GMT: Mame Biram Diouf's agent tells kicker that the striker will see out his contract at Hannover. "Diouf will definitely stay until the end of the season. There are four clubs for whom Mame would play. But nobody is willing to meet Hannover’s asking price," Jim Solbakken told kicker. The interested parties are believed to be Cardiff, Stoke, West Ham plus another unnamed club. Trabzonspor were also interested and offered some 4.5 million euros but the former Manchester United attacker favours a Premier League return.
08.22 GMT: According to kicker, former Germany keeper Timo Hildebrandt will not be offered a new Schalke contract and, in the summer, can leave the Royal Blues on a free. The 34-year old believes he has "three or four years on a high level" left in him.
08.05 GMT: Sport Bild reports that 12 clubs made a move for Robert Lewandowski before he agreed to move to Bayern Munich. Here's the full list: Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg and... Dortmund.
07.49 GMT: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted that Baeftimbi Gomis could end up at Marseille. Gomis, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season and a proposed move to Newcastle fell through last summer. The forward has been strongly linked with Marseille since then and he scored in Lyon's Coupe de la Ligue win over them on Wednesday. "It's nice to see Bafe score against Marseille,” Aulas told France 3 after the game. "Maybe he’ll score others for them in the future."
07.31 GMT: Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon arrived in London on Wednesday to discuss the transfer of midfielder Etienne Capoue from Tottenham, according to Le Parisien. Capoue, 25, is the subject of a €9 million bid from the club managed by Rafa Benitez. But the Italian outfit could still make a final attempt to prise midfielder Maxime Gonalons from Lyon.
07.13 GMT: In France, Paris Saint-Germain are monitoring Benfica attacker Lazar Markovic, according to Eurosport.fr. The 19-year-old Serbia international joined the Portuguese club from Partizan Belgrade last summer for €10 million and he has also been linked with Chelsea in the past. Under contract until 2018, Markovic is thought to have a release clause of €40 million euros.
06.38 GMT: Moving away from England, if Valencia are sold to Singaporean businessman Peter Lim, his reported first target is AS Monaco striker Falcao, AS reports. Meanwhile, El Confidencial is reporting that Inter and Fiorentina have both tabled loan bids for promising Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. And finally, Lazio's Brazilian playmaker Hernandes could be on his way to Inter in a 15 million euros move, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
05.42 GMT: If Fulham aren't successful in their bid for Nani, they could revisit talks for England starlet Ravel Morrison. The attacking midfielder wants out of West Ham and is apparently willing to go on strike if he doesn't get his wish, according to The Independent.
05.13 GMT: United may also be able to solve their midfield problems as they've reportedly targeted Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan. Bild claims that the reigning Premier League champions have bid 30 million pounds for the Germany international but are competing with Real Madrid, who have tabled a similar bid.
04.00 GMT: With Anderson and Nani out of the door for United, it would appear that the club is in a selling, not buying mode, but there is good news for Red Devils fans. Highly rated Luke Shaw, who is considered the best left-back prospect in English football, has been put in the shop window by Southampton, the Telegraph reports. With the club facing internal turmoil after chairman Nicola Cortese resigned, the Saints are now seemingly willing to sell the 18-year-old. The price tag is 20 million pounds and United will be in a bidding war with Chelsea and Manchester City for his services.