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Chelsea are chasing Diego Costa as a summer acquisition.GettyImagesChelsea are chasing Diego Costa as a summer acquisition.

Chelsea are not a club to rest on their laurels. It may be the January transfer window but the Blues are already looking ahead to the summer market -- and specifically to Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

Elsewhere, former Chelsea marksman Salomon Kalou is eyeing a Premier League return with Tottenham, while Monaco are reported to be winning the chase for Blackpool's Thomas Ince.

Stay tuned for more rumours and deals...

23.00 GMT: That's all for today folks, but we'll be back before you know it for some more transfer action.

22.41 GMT: The Daily Mirror reports that Southampton have rejected an offer from Inter Milan to take Dani Osvaldo back to Italy from Southampton.

22.22 GMT: Juve coach Antonio Conte says he is hoping his side's Serie A rivals don't steal a march on them by reinforcing in the January transfer window, saying: "The fact that our opponents, in spite of having achieved something extraordinary, are strengthening further definitely leaves me unable to relax. We have to keep up an extraordinary pace to maintain our position. That they are reinforcing is certainly not a positive thing. I also see the second half of the season as a busy schedule and therefore we must hold a lot of attention."

21.59 GMT: Stoke City will soon loan American striker Juan Agudelo to Dutch club FC Utrecht, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. FULL STORY.

21.38 GMT: Lucas Moura's agent says the Brazil midfielder won't be leaving PSG in January. Wagner Ribeiro said: "Lucas Moura isn't playing as much as we want, but he has been playing the most important games," he told Globo Esporte. It's not part of the plans to leave Paris now, he is slowing gaining his place in the team."

21.15 GMT: The Vancouver Whitecaps have finally confirmed the sale of Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo to Liga MX side Queretaro FC for a "club record" fee, which has not been disclosed.

20.47 GMT: Hertha Berlin striker Ben Zahar to Bild on his future: "I would like to stay on in the German leagues, definitely. I had a good conversation with the bosses of Arminia Bielefeld and it handed me a positive feeling about it. But nothing is done yet."

20.21 GMT: Tim Sherwood has reportedly made an audacious bid to land Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Bernard on loan for the remainder of the season. The Metro says that Sherwood is hoping to prise the Brazil international away from Ukraine as he has struggled to establish himself as a regular since moving for 20 million pounds in the summer.

19.49 GMT: Eduardo Vargas is another player who could be on his way out of Italy, with Valencia eyeing up the Napoli winger. The Chile youngster spent 2013 on loan at Gremio and Vargas' agent is hopeful that a deal will be resolved shortly. "I believe that the deal [with Valencia] is reaching its conclusion," Cristian Olgade told Superdeporte. "Valencia is one of the most important clubs in Spain and Edu has followed them since he was in Chile. The boy needs to play given that there are four months until the World Cup."

19.25 GMT: A busy month for Gus Poyet has seen him attempting to secure a clutch of new players for his Sunderland side. One deal that looks set to rumble on involves striker Ignacio Scocco. Heavily linked with the Black Cats, this week has seen talk surface of a potential return to former club Newell's Old Boys.

Speaking on the matter, Internacional president Giovanni Luigi told Globo Esporte: "Scocco's agent has scheduled a meeting with us, he is arriving this Friday and we'll discuss. No club names have been mentioned, and nobody has contacted Internacional at this moment. We bought Scocco and we expect him to be sold too."

19.06 GMT:Mark Hughes has already bolstered Stoke's attacking options with the loan signing of Manchester City starlet John Guidetti but the Stoke Sentinel claims that he is also interested in bringing Monaco's Emanuele Riviere to the Britannia Stadium. The 23-year-old has scored eight goals in 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season and his signature could pave the exit for either Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch to re-join former boss Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace.

18.43 GMT - DONE DEAL: 17.20 GMT DONE DEAL! Malaga have completed the signing of Argentine midfielder Pablo Perez from Newell's Old Boys. The 28-year-old admits that he is relishing the challenge of playing in Europe and could make his debut against Valencia. "I really enjoy a challenge and I can’t wait to play in Europe, perform well and become recognised within Spanish football," he said.

18.28 GMT - DONE DEAL: We told you earlier that Monaco were closing in on the signing of Nigeria left-back Elderson Echiejile and the Ligue 1 side have now confirmed the deal. The former Rennes left-back joins Claudio Ranieri's side from Braga for a 1.5 million euro fee.

18.03 GMT: Alvaro Pereira's agent has confirmed that his client is in talks with a number of clubs, including Sao Paolo and Gremio. The Uruguay international reportedly turned down a move to Marseille earlier this week but is determined to leave Inter after falling behind Yuto Nagatomo in the pecking order.

"Sao Paulo is one of the clubs interested and with whom we are in contact," Flavio Perchman told Radio Globo. "Alvaro absolutely wants to go to the World Cup and with Inter, this year, he has not found enough space."

17.41 GMT: The Daily Star says that Tottenham have invited Nigeria midfielder Gabriel Reuben to train with the club. The 23-year-old was part of Nigeria's African Nations Cup-winning squad but had his contract with Kilmarnock revoked following a series of disputes.

17.25 GMT: Sky Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke says that both Leeds and Barnsley are keeping tabs on Swansea striker Leroy Lita. The 29-year-old recently returned from a loan spell from Brighton and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has admitted that the club are open to offers.

17.07 GMT: Sunderland's rivals Newcastle are expected to be quiet this window, but reports in France suggest Remy Cabella of Montpellier could be on his way to St James' Park. Eurosport reports that he remains the Magpies primary target.

16:43 GMT: With Sunderland busy trying to bring in new faces, there is also news of a potential departure. Out of contract in the summer, Sebastian Larsson may leave the club in the near future. Speaking to the Gothenburg Post, his agent said: "We'll see what happens with Sebastian, nothing is clear but he needs the playing time."

16.25 GMT - DONE DEAL: Hamburg have completed the loan signings of Dutch duo Ola John and Ouasim Bouy from Benfica and Juventus respectively.

16.03 GMT - DONE DEAL: Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of Leicester defender Zoumana Bakayogo on a one-month loan deal.

16.01 GMT: Spurs manager Tim Sherwood is prepared to allow some of Tottenham's fringe players to leave the club this January. Lewis Holtby, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli have all been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane, and Sherwood is willing to allow players to leave and play regular football ahead of the World Cup.

15.58 GMT: Manchester United are confident of signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundoga, according to the Daily Mail, which says he could leave the Westfalenstadion if his 23 million pound release clause is activated in the summer. David Moyes is also rumoured to be interested in signing Sheffield United’s teenage striker Diego De Girolamo.

15.45 GMT: GMT Sports Direct News reports a new twist in the Etienne Capoue to Napoli story by claiming that Tottenham are lining up a swoop for Goran Pandev. It is believed that Napoli officials are in London today to discuss a potential deal. The Macedonia striker has scored six goals in 16 Serie A appearances this season, but the emergence of Lorenzo Insigne seems destined to push him down the pecking order at the San Paolo.

15.31 GMT: Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri is keen on Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic, who has scored 11 goals in 23 Ligue 1 matches this season and could be available for a cut price as his contract expires in the summer.

15.28 GMT: Coy stuff from Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who won’t be drawn on speculation that his club could be bidding for Southampton’s Luke Shaw. "No, no, no -- I don't confirm about any names because we are not concerned about that in this moment. We are just thinking about Cardiff tomorrow and not in the winter transfer window," he said. "During the whole of January we will see what happens, all the clubs can do transfers but I am not interested in one name especially. I don't say nothing about it."

15.10 GMT: Reports in Italy say new Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is hoping to make Netherlands international midfielder Adam Maher his first signing. However, the deal may be complicated by the fact that the 20-year-old joined PSV from AZ on a five-year contract only six months ago.

15.07 GMT: Sunderland have parted company with director of football Roberto De Fanti. It is believed that Black Cats owner Ellis Short was not happy with the results of the club's summer spending spree. De Fanti has been trying to bring Brighton's Liam Bridcutt to the club.

14.57 GMT: Revisiting those Jonas Gutierrez comments from this morning: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said: “He’s not left -- he’s on loan,” he said. “He wasn’t playing first-team football, and he wanted to play. I wish him well at Norwich. Chris [Hughton] knows him very well. He’s been a great player for us, but he wasn’t playing. The World Cup isn’t far away. There’s an opportunity for him to play at Norwich.”

14.37 GMT: Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says Arsene Wenger has met Mirko Vucinic's representatives about a move from Juventus. Juve have informed Arsenal that the Montenegro striker is not available for loan, and Wenger must now consider whether he wishes to purchase the 30-year-old on a permanent deal.

14.30 GMT: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will meet the club's American owners John W Henry and John Werner to discuss the club's budget for the January transfer window. Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Basel winger Mohamed Salah, Ajax youngster Ricardo Kishna and Roma forward Mattia Destro in recent days.

14.14 GMT: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says he is still in the market for a creative midfielder. Villa have been linked with the likes of Steven Defour and Hiroshi Kiyotake -- but Lambert insists those links are wide of the mark. “There are a few No.10s I looked at, as I call them, and some we just can’t do. There’s other positions I’d like to strengthen and we’re trying to bring in a couple," he said. “No [to Defour], there’s nothing in that. [Kiyotake] was a lad I tried to get in the summer, but things have moved on from that. He's a good player, but Nuremberg are fighting to stay in the Bundesliga.”

14.12 GMT: Hull manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that defender Jack Hobbs will sign for Nottingham Forest for one million pounds. The former Liverpool trainee has impressed at the City Ground alongside young defender Jamal Lascelles, who has become a transfer target for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle."He's done particularly well for Forest and I wish Jack all the best," Bruce said.

14.03 GMT: Swansea will not be recalling Ki Sung-yueng from his loan at Sunderland, Swans boss Michael Laudrup has said, explaining: "For it to happen now needs all three parties to agree -- us, Sunderland and the player. He has done well for them."

13.54 GMT - DONE DEAL: Carlisle United have signed Aston Villa striker Michael Drennan on loan.

13.52 GMT: Good news for Southampton fans: Katharina Liebherr says the Saints won’t be losing players. "The club has no plans to sell any of the squad during the January transfer window," she said.

13.49 GMT: Also in the French capital, Arsenal and Chelsea are rumoured to be keeping tabs on 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

13.48 GMT: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has reportedly become Paris Saint-Germain's No.1 target, with the French champions hoping to partner him alongside Uruguay compatriot Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Marca says PSG are willing to spend up to 42 million euros on Suarez and hope to tempt Liverpool by adding either Jeremy Menez, Ezequiel Lavezzi or Javier Pastore in exchange.

13.45 GMT: Reports in Italy claim Alvaro Pereira's proposed loan move to Marseille has broken down after he rejected talks. The Uruguay international left-back finds himself behind Yuto Nagatomo in the Inter pecking order, but has decided a move to France is not his best option at the moment.

13.43 GMT: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has hinted that he could dip into the transfer market next week, and the Magpies have been linked with Remy Cabella of Montpellier and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Luuk De Jong.

13.35 GMT: Reports in Italy suggest Napoli are closing in on the double signing of Verona's Jorginho and Tottenham's Etienne Capoue. Jorginho, an attacking midfielder, has impressed on Verona's return to Serie A, and it is believed he will have a medical at the Partenopei training ground after the two clubs agreed a five million euro co-ownership deal.

13.20 GMT: Netherlands defender Johnny Heitinga looks to be on his way to Italy after holding talks with Roma. The Everton defender has already snubbed moves to West Ham and Newcastle in January, but Metro says he is keen to switch to Italy. It is rumoured that the Serie A high-flyers could sign him for as little as one million pounds.

13.10 GMT: The Daily Mail reports that Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is considering an offer for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor as a long-term replacement for John Arne Riise. Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo has been touted as an alternative loan option, while Fulham have also joined the race to sign Livorno striker Paulinho, who has scored six league goals for the Serie A newcomers.

13.00 GMT: Swansea are weighing up a move for young Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim, according to the South Wales Evening Post.

12.35 GMT - DONE DEAL: West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long has completed his move to Hull:

12.33 GMT: Monaco are expected to complete the signing of Elderson Echiejile from Braga for 1.5 million euros. The former Rennes left-back impressed for Nigeria at the Confederations Cup in Brazil last year and will sign a three-and-a-half year contract with Claudio Ranieri's side. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep is in England to discuss a potential six million euro move to QPR.

12.31 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis wants to strengthen the Eagles' defence and has reportedly identified Scott Dann as his No.1 target. The Mirror says Pulis is prepared to tempt Blackburn with a three million pound bid for the 26-year-old, while also considering the possibility of landing out-of-favour striker Leon Best.

12.24 GMT - DONE DEAL: Hoffenheim have signed Germany under-20 international Janik Haberer, 19, from third tier club Unterhaching. The attacker has scored three times in 15 games for Unterhaching this season.

12.21 GMT - DONE DEAL: Ian Holloway has signed right-back Ryan Fredericks on loan from Tottenham as he beefs up his defensive options at Millwall. Fredericks played in Spurs' 4-1 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala at the end of last year.

11.50 GMT - DONE DEALS: United Arab Emirates side Al Jazira have pulled off a double swoop, confirming the signings of Jucilei from Anzhi Makhachkala and Ecuador international striker Felipe Caicedo from Lokomotiv Moscow.

11.50 GMT: Confirmation of Anderson's loan move from Manchester United to Fiorentina shouldn't be that far away: the midfielder has flown to Italy and is set to complete the deal upon passing a medical. The Viola have tweeted a picture of the Brazilian and he is expected to go straight into the squad, alongside fellow signing Alessandro Matri, for the trip to Catania at the weekend.

11.46 GMT: The Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is plotting a bid for Barcelona's Munir El Haddadi. The 18-year-old striker of Moroccan descent is highly rated at the La Masia academy, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also registering an interest.

Elsewhere, speculated Arsenal target Antoine Griezmann has spoken to RMC about his future. The Real Sociedad winger has revealed that he would one day like to play for Real Madrid, saying: "I will finish the season with La Real, and then we will see. Since I was a boy, I have preferred Real Madrid."

11.34 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph has reported that ex-Burnley striker Chris Iwelumo has terminated his Scunthorpe United loan deal early. He has scored twice this season.

11.28 GMT: Borussia Dortmund will sign former Sunderland attacker Ji Dong-won on a free transfer in the summer. On Thursday, Augsburg announced that they had signed the 22-year-old South Korea international -- who played for them on loan in the first half of last year and helped them avoid relegation -- until the end of the season. He will sign a four-year contract when he moves to Dortmund in the summer, and BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said: “We are delighted that we can sign this talented player on a free for next season.”

11.15 GMT: has reported that Wilfried Zaha has stormed out of a meeting with Manchester United officials after David Moyes vetoed a loan move. Cardiff and Newcastle had been linked with the England winger, but it appears Moyes has changed his mind about a loan deal amid injury concerns over wingers Ashley Young and Nani.

11.10 GMT: Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a summer bid for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, which would allow Fabio Coentrao to leave at the end of the season. Moreno has attracted interest from a number of European clubs, and Real are believed to be prepared to pay his 30 million euro release clause. AS has reported that Sevilla sporting director Monchi could be tempted by an 18 million euro bid in the January window. "His name should be being talked about in the technical departments of important clubs," he told club radio but confirmed that no offer had yet been received. He also said Sevilla would take up the option to permanently sign Portuguese centre-half Daniel Carrico, on loan from Reading.

11.01 GMT: Speculation in Germany suggests that Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia could be another target for Borussia Dortmund.

10.53 GMT: Speaking at Chelsea's press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday, Jose Mourinho said he is happy with his squad for the season and the future. Nemanja Matic will go straight into the squad for the Manchester United match after rejoining the club from Benfica and Mourinho hopes that the Serbian will have an immediate impact:

10.45 GMT: In an interview with Gulf News, Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti has said he was perhaps too rash in allowing Mesut Ozil to leave for Arsenal. However, the Real Madrid coach says that the club are well equipped in terms of strikers, thereby ruling out a January bid for Luis Suarez. "I think we made a mistake when we gave him [Ozil] the possibility to leave," he said. "However, we have fantastic strikers and don't need a back-up after [Gonzalo] Higuain's departure."

10.35 GMT: Cristian Tello has dismissed speculation that he is set to leave Barcelona in the January window -- but said he could do so in the summer. The 22-year-old winger got a rare start and provided the assist for Lionel Messi's first goal in the 2-0 cup win over Getafe this week, and insists that he is happy for now. "I'm not playing as much as I did last year, but I'm not giving up," he said. "I am definitely staying with Barcelona until June, then in the summer we will see."

10.27 GMT: Borussia Dortmund are lining up a bid for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, Gazzetta dello Sport has reported. The paper says a seven million euro offer the 25-year-old will be tabled next week, although twice as much may be required to seal a move. Signing a new centre-half is one of coach Juergen Klopp's priorities this winter, even though Mats Hummels is on the way back from injury.

10.18 GMT - DONE DEAL: Chelsea fullback Ryan Bertrand is joining Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season. Bertrand, 24, a Champions League winner with the Blues, will boost Villa’s defensive options and their boss Paul Lambert said: "Ryan brings a lot of big-game experience, so he'll be really good for us. The way he plays the game, and as the humble person he is, he'll fit in here great." Chelsea's Jose Moutinho also revealed that a deal to take Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg is close to completion:

10.14 GMT: More from Arsene Wenger, who hopes to tie up new deals for defensive duo Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker within the next week:

10.03 GMT: It looks as though Shane Long's move to Hull will be confirmed in the next few hours as reports circulate that the Republic of Ireland international has signed a three-and-a-half year contract. The striker is believed to have undergone a medical at the club last night and Steve Bruce hopes to have both Long and fellow big-money signing Nikica Jelavic in his squad to face Norwich tomorrow.

09.45 GMT: Let's head over to Italy for some morning transfer news -- Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta says that the club have received no offers for Paul Pogba and would have a "polite response" to any bid from Paris Saint-Germain. Marotta also confirmed his admiration for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, but said no new players would be arriving in this transfer window. However, he expects Andrea Pirlo to sign a new contract.

09.35 GMT: Doncaster Rovers have confirmed on their official website that Romanian international defender Gabriel Tamas has joined the club on a free transfer. The experienced centre-back will stay at the Keepmoat Stadium until the end of the season after leaving FC Cluj and is expected to partner former West Brom teammate Abdoulaye Meite as Paul Dickov's side seek to move themselves away from the relegation places.

09.30 GMT: Straight from the horse's mouth, this one, and via Arsenal's Twitter account. No new deals are close in that corner of north London:

09.25 GMT: Jonas Gutierrez, who has joined the increasingly grim struggle that is Norwich's season on loan until May, has said he still does not fully understand why he fell out of the first-team picture at Newcastle. He said: "The manager told me in December I was not going to play any more, and told me to find myself another club. I don't know why that happened, and I don't understand what I did wrong."

09.10 GMT: The much-travelled El-Hadji Diouf could be off wandering again, with Leeds manager Brian McDermott saying he can leave Elland Road. Diouf, brought to Yorkshire by Neil Warnock, now appears surplus to requirements and McDermott said he can go "if there's an opportunity that's right for him."

08.50 GMT: Championship strugglers Yeovil could be poised to strengthen their rather leaky defence with a move for a move for Leicester's Zoumana Bakayoko. Meanwhile, Standard Liege midfielder Anil Koc could be on his way to the now Belgian-owned Charlton Athletic.

08.25 GMT: Chelsea might have to wait a little longer if they are to land Diego Costa -- Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta has said the club should be able to keep Costa and other sought-after stars for at least another year at least despite their perilous financial situation. The Blues have been linked with a 40 million pound move for the Brazil-born player in the summer.

08.09 GMT: Stoke boss Mark Hughes has dismissed rumours linking Charlie Adam with a move to Galatasaray. Sky Sports quote him as saying: "I don't know where that came from. Charlie's a good player and he's playing very well at the moment. If they've been watching his recent games they would have been impressed, like a lot of teams are. But no comment to that one."

07.17 GMT: Fulham have insisted to the Independent that reported Arsenal target Dimitar Berbatov is not set to leave the club.

GMT 06.30: The Daily Star has claimed that Southampton want a whopping 30 million pounds for left-back Luke Shaw. Chelsea have reportedly already had a 21 million pound bid turned down as the Saints look to break the world record fee for a full-back.

GMT 05.40: Everton's chase of young Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi could be in trouble with the Mirror reporting Portuguese giants Benfica are targeting the Belgian as a replacement for Rodrigo Moreno.

GMT 03.40: DONE DEAL! SBS is reporting that Sydney FC has completed the signing of Serbian midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic until the end of the season.

Chelsea’s transfer activity has only just begun for the winter but the Daily Star is reporting that the Stamford Bridge club are already thinking ahead, with La Liga’s top scorer -- Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa -- earmarked as their number one summer target. Chelsea are already the big spenders of the January window after clinching a 21 million pound deal to re-sign Serbia international Nemanja Matic, but are looking to send their summer budget into the stratosphere with the purchase of the 25-year-old Costa. The Brazilian-born striker has a 32 million pound buy-out in his contract and is wanted by Blues boss Jose Mourinho to kick-start his misfiring forward line. However, Premier League rivals Arsenal are also chasing the striker’s signature.

Across London, and a former Chelsea player could be returning to the Premier League with the Mirror reporting that Tottenham are closing in on Lille attacker Salomon Kalou. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international has been in good form for the Ligue side this season and is rumoured to be itching for a return to England. And an interested Tottenham look ready to buy with a 3 million pound move said to be on the table. However, high-flying Lille are reluctant to lose one of their top strikers and have already stated that don’t wish to sell.

Finally, the long, drawn out transfer saga of Blackpool winger Thomas Ince could finally be coming to an end with The Telegraph claiming that French big-spenders Monaco are favourites to sign the 21-year-old. Ince has long been on the radar of many clubs both in England and abroad, but with the youngster’s contract running out in the summer, Monaco are seizing the opportunity to sign the England Under-21 international as a free agent. That’s bad news not only for Blackpool, who will receive no transfer for the player they have nurtured, but also Liverpool, which would have received a 35 percent share of the sale as part of the deal that took Ince from Merseyside to the Tangerines.


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