Manchester United could be in for a long wait for that world-class midfielder with the reigning Premier Champions set to miss out on the signing of Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazil international Lucas Moura.
Meanwhile, Southampton are rumoured to have knocked back a bid from Inter Milan for striker Dani Osvaldo and West Ham United are furious that Everton beat them to Monaco’s Lacina Traore.
Stay tuned for more speculation and done deals...
22.31 GMT AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has warned Clarence Seedorf cannot expect to make any new signings this month. “Milan are not going back into the market,” he told journalists.
22.06 GMT Juventus director general Beppe Marotta says Mirko Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella would be allowed to leave Turin if they request a move. “We have always said that the players decide their own fate,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “If one of them were to come to us and say: ‘I want to leave because I’m not getting enough chances,’ we would try to grant their request. Obviously that would depend on there being offers for them.” Arsenal have been linked with Vucinic, but Arsene Wenger said earlier today: “We are not especially in for Vucinic.”
21.32 GMT Roma coach Rudi Garcia has revealed negotiations are at an “advanced stage” for Brazilian winger Michel Bastos despite earlier reports suggesting he was set to join Napoli. The former Lyon man, 30, has been playing for Al Ain in the UAE but is set for a move to Italy.
21.04 GMT Doncaster boss Paul Dickov has reiterated his desire to sign another striker. "The priority before the game was to bring in a striker on loan, and that hasn't changed," he said. "I'd like to sign a couple, if possible, but we will concentrate this week on bringing one in before we go to Blackpool on Saturday."
20.27 GMT Neil Lennon has refused to encourage speculation he is keen to sign Norwich forward Robert Snodgrass. “There's nothing in that,” he said. "I'm going to get linked with a lot of players but I'm not going to talk about players who are contracted to other clubs. You end up with a Rene Meulensteen situation.”
20.02 GMT Promotion-chasing QPR are in a desperate search for extra fire power but keeping their cards close to their chest. Assistant manager Kevin Bond said: "That search is still continuing - that's all I can say at this stage."
19.29 GMT DONE DEAL Jorginho has officially signed for Napoli player after completing his medical and agreeing personal terms. He moved from Hellas Verona for an undisclosed fee.
19.01 GMT Arsene Wenger has played down suggestions a deal for Juventus' striker Mirko Vucinic is imminent, with reports representatives from Arsenal had held meetings with the player's agent. "We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic,” Wenger said. “Some people have visual capacities that I don't have.”
18.40 GMT Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer also reiterated that hot-property striker Jordan Rhodes is not for sale. "Speculation will happen for the next six windows," he said. "I get instructed by the owners that they do not want to sell him. So, unless somebody comes up with a Gareth Bale type of offer, it is not going to happen."
18.11 GMT DONE DEAL We told you earlier that Blackburn Rovers were looking to farm out some players during this window. Now we can confirm that Yann Songo'o has joined Ross County on loan.
17.30 GMT David Moyes has been dealt another blow in his pursuit of a creative midfielder as Marca say that Koke has signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid. It is believed that the 22-year-old has extended his deal to 2018 and his buyout clause now stands at 60 million euros. Fellow Atletico youngsters Oliver Torres and Javi Manquillo have also signed new long-term deals.
17.10 GMT Manchester City are considering a loan move for out-of-favour Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi in the absence of Samir Nasri, according to Sports Direct News. Nasri will miss the next eight weeks through injury and Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be keen to add some more attacking depth considering City's busy fixture schedule.
16.53 GMT Napoli have confirmed the signing of Verona midfielder Jorginho. The Brazilian will wear the No.8 shirt after signing a four-year deal with the Partenopei.
16.38 GMT Newcastle and Milan target Siem de Jong has dismissed speculation that he is set for a move away from Ajax in the January transfer window. The 24-year-old has scored 51 goals in 154 games for Ajax but has admitted that he would one day like to play in the Premier League or the Bundesliga.
“I will not transfer during the current window, so there will be no Milan move,” he told reporters. “I could change sides in the summer, however my preference would be an English or German club.”
16.25 GMT New Wolfsburg signing Kevin de Bruyne revealed that he left Chelsea after losing his joy of football. The Daily Mail say that the Belgium winger turned down offers from Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid as he felt that Wolfsburg offered him the best opportunity for regular first-team football.
"I didn't leave Chelsea because I have to go to the World Cup -- it could be over after three games," De Bruyne said. "I left because I lost my joy. I am very pleased that my transfer has come about. I want to play my part in ensuring we continue to be successful and return to international business [in European competitions]."
16.10 GMT Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed talks will begin soon about the club's transfer strategy in the wake of director of football Roberto De Fanti's departure on Friday.
"I didn't have any time to think about it because it was just before the game," Poyet said. "I think between now and Monday morning we're going to sit down and analyse everything and I'll let you know everything in due course. The phone is going to be ringing a little bit more. We've got the targets."
15.55 GMT Inter owner Erick Thohir says the club are capable of signing world class players but insists that Nerazzurri fans should not expect any major signings in the January transfer window. Inter are ten points behind third-placed Napoli, who occupy the final Champions League spot, but Thohir says the length and timing of the window makes transfers difficult.
"Players like Messi can be bought," he told Republika Online. "But only on the condition that the club's finances are not affected. In January, though, it will be difficult to recruit new players because the window is so narrow and there's only half a season left to play."
15.40 GMT After UFO quips, are Arsenal any closer to signing Julian Draxler? Patience might be a good idea suggests ESPN blogger Andrew Mangan.
15.28 GMT According to the BBC, Swansea City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Middlesbrough's Australian international Rhys Williams. The Swans are currently on a seven game winless streak in the Premier League and manager Michael Laudrup is desperate to boost his depleted squad as he has only two fit senior midfielders available.
15.15 GMT AS Monaco have confirmed on their official website that they have terminated the contract of midfielder Gary Coulibaly.
15.10 GMT Fresh from signing Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, Hull City manager Steve Bruce has reportedly set his sights on landing Wigan winger James McClean. Bruce bought the Republic of Ireland international for Sunderland from Derry City two-and-a-half years ago and Sports Direct News say that the Hull boss remains an admirer of his talents.
14.55 GMT Saint-Etienne vice president Dominique Rocheteau has refuted claims that highly-rated defender Kurt Zouma is set to leave the Ligue 1 side in the January transfer window. The 19-year-old has been touted as a future France international and has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea in the last week. However, Rocheteau says that a deal for centre-back, valued at 20 million euros, is out of the question at this time.
"It's true that many clubs are watching him but there is no chance he leaves in the winter transfer window," Rocheteau told beIN Sport. “He will remain with us until the end of the season.”
14.40 GMT Football Italia report that Sassuolo have had a bid turned down by Livorno for striker Paulinho. The 28-year-old Brazilian has scored six goals in 18 Serie A appearances this season and has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs. However, Livorno director Stefano Capozucca says that he is reluctant to sell the talisman. “Sassuolo formulated a good offer for Paulinho, but the President has taken him off the market," Capozucca told Calcionews24.com.
14.25 GMT Napoli are set to complete the signing of Verona midfielder Jorginho in the coming days. The 22-year-old Brazilian has scored seven goals in 18 appearances this season, helping promoted Verona to climb to sixth in Serie A. "Jorginho is here but we need a bit of time to put the fine details on the contract," Napoli coach Rafael Benitez told a news conference ahead of Sunday's trip to Bologna. "Jorginho is a quality young player which means he can help the team today but also be a player for the future."
14.10 GMT Remy Cabella's father has told French media that he expects his son to complete a January move to Newcastle. The Metro say that Alan Pardew is a long-term admirer of the Montpellier playmaker and a 12 million pound deal is expected to be finalised in the coming days. "Yes we are negotiating Remy’s transfer," Hector Cabella told the French press. "He will join Newcastle this winter."
13.55 GMT Reports in Spain say that Barcelona could listen to offers from Paris Saint-Germain for Alexis Sanchez and Dani Alves. The Catalan side are hoping to make summer moves for a centre-back and centre-midfielder but will need to sell some players to free up funds. It is believed that Sanchez and Alves could be available for 40 million euros each.
13.35 GMT DONE DEAL! Fiorentina have confirmed the loan signing of Anderson from Manchester United. The Brazilian midfielder has failed to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford and in an exclusive interview with the Viola on the club's official website he expressed his ambition to help Fiorentina qualify for the Champions League.
13.25 GMT Reports in France say that Arsenal officials were in attendance at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard yesterday to watch Lille full back Pape Souare in action against Saint-Etienne. The Senegal left-back has impressed since Lucas Digne's departure to PSG in the summer and has scored three goals in 20 Ligue 1 appearances this season.
13.15 GMT Queens Park Rangers have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Livingston defender Coll Donaldson. The Daily Record say that the 18-year-old will move to Loftus Road for 150,000 pounds after impressing Harry Redknapp in a week-long trial.
13.05 GMT Valencia are exploring the possibility of bringing Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato back to Europe. Sports Direct News say that the Spanish club are desperate to recruit a new striker and have turned their attentions to the former Milan talisman after failing in attempts for Mirko Vucinic and Dani Osvaldo.
12.55 GMT DONE DEAL! Juventus have confirmed on their official website that full-back Paolo De Ceglie has joined Genoa on loan for the remainder of the season. The 27-year-old has struggled to break into Antonio Conte's plans this season and could soon be joined at the Luigi Ferraris by Juventus misfit Marco Motta.
12.45 GMT In-demand Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban has silenced speculation linking him with a January move by signing a new contract with the Cherries. The Bournemouth Echo say that the club's top goalscorer was in discussions with Brighton after the Seagulls activated his release clause but has now decided to sign a new long-term deal at Dean Court.
BREAKING: Lewis Grabban has committed his future to the Cherries by signing a new three-and-a-half year deal at the Goldsands Stadium. #afcb— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 18, 2014
12.30 GMT Liverpool are rumoured to be sizing up a bid for Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva. Brendan Rodgers will meet with Liverpool's owners after the Premier League match with Aston Villa today to discuss the January budget and is believed to have identified the Italy international as a priority target. However, the Daily Express say that a potential transfer may be complicated by Udinese's co-ownership of the player.
12.20 GMT Arsenal are considering making a second bid for Real Sociedad attacker Antoine Griezmann after the 22-year-old admitted that he would consider quitting the La Liga side if it meant he could earn a regular run in the France team. The Metro say that Griezmann, who has scored 12 goals in 17 La Liga matches this season, could be available for 24 million pounds -- half of Arsenal's original offer. "I want to play for a leading European team and I hope this can help me get a place in the France team," Griezmann told RMC.
12.05 GMT Barcelona are considering a summer bid for Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte. The Basque club, amid Barcelona's interest, recently offered the 19-year-old a new deal which extended his buyout clause to 36 million euros. However, Marca say that the Catalan side could gamble on the youngster if they are unsuccessful in their pursuits of David Luiz, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen and Eliaquim Mangala.
11.55 GMT Milan are reportedly closing in on the signing of Parma midfielder Marco Parolo. Football Italia say that Rossoneri CEO Adriano Galliani was in talks with Parma President Tommaso Ghirardi over the last 24 hours regarding a potential deal which could see either Riccardo Saponara or Jherson Vergara going the other way.
11.45 GMT Juventus are rumoured to be plotting a double swoop for Manchester United pair Patrice Evra and Nani. Tuttosport say that Antonio Conte is interested in Evra's European experience and feels that he will add more stability to Juventus' left side. Evra's contract is due to run out in the summer and Manchester United may decide to cash in on the France left-back now rather than lose him on a free. The Bianconeri are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
11.35 GMT Italian newspaper Il Tempo says that Manchester United have reignited their interest in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. The Giallorossi are hopeful that the Bosnia international will sign a new contract at the club but United, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all rumoured to be waiting in the wings. It is also believed that Roma have identified Southampton's Gaston Ramirez as a potential replacement.
11.25 GMT Blackburn Rovers are preparing for a January clear-out with Ruben Rochina, Bradley Orr and Yann Songo'o all set for the exit door. Rovers boss Gary Bowyer is reportedly hopeful of cutting down the club's wage bill and the Lancashire Telegraph say all three are likely to move on loan in the coming days.
11.15 GMT Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that the Toffees will need to qualify for the Champions League if they are to have any chance of signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal. The Belgium international has scored nine goals since joining Everton on loan and Setanta Sports say that Martinez is eager to strike a deal.
“Rom is highly regarded at Chelsea, we are talking to them all the time and we need to wait until the end of the season to see how the experience went," Martinez said. "I’m sure as a club we have a better chance of attracting players like Rom if we are in the Champions League than not. In my eyes we need to get into the Champions League to attract players like him.”
11.05 GMT Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo fears the club may be priced out of a permanent move for Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The 21-year-old Belgium international has earned rave reviews on loan at the La Liga title chasers but the Mirror report that Cerezo feels Chelsea's 20 million pound valuation is too high.
“Courtois is incredible on the pitch. We are interested but the price is too much for a keeper," he said. "We want to try to do business, but it depends on Chelsea. We must study everything. For me, it is clear that Courtois is the best goalkeeper in Europe.”
10.55 GMT DONE DEAL! FSV Mainz have completed the signing of South Korea captain Ja-Cheol Koo from fellow Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg sanctioned the move shortly after tying up a deal for Chelsea's Kevin de Bruyne.
10.50 GMT New Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is determined to restore order to the Rossoneri's chaotic league campaign and is planning to bring several new faces to the San Siro. The Times say that Seedorf has identified Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul as a priority target and hopes to lure his fellow Dutchman to Italy with the promise of European football.
10.40 GMT Celtic manager Neil Lennon is desperate to land Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass but could be denied by the Canaries' six million pound asking price. The Daily Record say that Lennon has identified the Scotland international as the ideal candidate to boost his midfield but is only willing to pay 4.5 million pounds. Snodgrass is reportedly willing to accept a lower salary in order to complete the move to Parkhead.
10.30 GMT Reports in Portugal say that Liverpool defender Thiago Ilori is set to join Granada on a six-month loan deal. Brendan Rodgers signed the highly-rated youngster from Sporting Lisbon in the summer but the centre-back is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool. Having seen Suso flourish in La Liga at Almeria, Rodgers is keen to give Ilori similar first-team experience.
10.15 GMT Manchester United manager David Moyes has defended his decision to veto Wilfried Zaha's proposed loan move. The England winger is believed to be growing frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford and was keen for a loan spell to play some regular football. However, a statement on the Manchester United website explained that Moyes could not risk losing Zaha with Ashley Young and Nani currently sidelined by injury.
"I said to Wilf if I couldn’t get him games I’d put him on loan," stated Moyes. "But he can’t go out loan while I’ve got Young and Nani out injured. I’m surprised anybody was even thinking about that as a possibility with that situation arising."
10.00 GMT Luiz Felipe Scolari has warned Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar that he must leave Queens Park Rangers this month in order to be considered for his 23-man World Cup squad. The 34-year-old was Brazil's No.1 and played a key role at the FIFA Confederations Cup last year but the Daily Mail say that Scolari is losing patience with his lack of playing time for the Championship side and must move on or face World Cup heartache. Sunderland are rumoured to be interested but his 70,000 pound-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.
09.46 GMT: As promised, here are the details on De Bruyne's return to the Bundesliga, as he inks a deal with Wolfsburg that will keep him at the club until 2019.
09.30 GMT: BREAKING: Chelsea have confirmed Kevin de Bruyne has completed his transfer to Wolfsburg. Full story to follow.
08.00 GMT: Some quotes from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on last summer's transfer target, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Mourinho told national newspapers: "Man United made it clear in the summer they don't swap or sell players to their direct rivals. They were clear in the way they approached the Rooney situation. For them, it's pretty clear. They don't swap. They don't sell. I think maybe this summer they will try to sell to a non-direct rival. But they were very clear."
GMT 06.40: Monaco striker Radamel Falcao believes it “doesn’t seem possible” that he can join Chelsea in the near future. READ THE FULL STORY.
GMT 05.00: Sky Sport Italia is reporting that Verona playmaker Jorginho’s move to Napoli is imminent with the Brazil-born Italy under-21 international didn’t train with his team-mates and could be his way for a medical.
GMT 02.30: The Daily Mail is reporting that Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen will return to former club Manchester United for young winger Larnell Cole.
Manchester United’s pursuit of a new midfield general looks likely to continue with the Daily Star reporting that reigning Premier League champion’s pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain’s Lucas Moura will come to no avail. United boss David Moyes has been on a far-ranging scouting mission across Europe and was spotted in France watching PSG with rumours swirling he was keeping track of the Brazil international Moura. Those rumours intensified with the 21-year-old reported to be unhappy at an apparent lack of game time with the French champions. But according to the player’s agent, leaving the French capital “is not part of the plans”.
Southampton have rejected a bid from Inter Milan to return striker Dani Osvaldo to the Serie A as the fallout from the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese continues to overshadow the Premier League club. New non-executive chairman Katharina Liebherr has pledged that no players will leave in the January window following Cortese’s exit, but according to the Mirror, Inter are committed to testing the resolve of the club’s position with Osvaldo. But despite starting only nine league games, the 28-year-old will remain a Saints player.
Finally, West Ham United officials are furious after the Sun reported that Everton had beaten the London club to the signing of Monaco striker Lacina Traore. The 23-year-old Traore, who only recently joined the big-spending French club from Anzhi Makhachkala, is rumoured to be joining the Toffees on loan for the remainder of the season. And that news has sent the Hammers into a tailspin with the club convinced the giant striker was joining them after completing a medical and getting the green light on a work permit. But a late move by Everton has scuppered that deal with Monaco more than happy to let their young prospect join Roberto Martinez’s high flying squad.