Dante hits peak at United?

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DanteGettyImagesDante has impressed with Bayern, but a big bid could tempt him away.

Manchester United have turned their attentions to Bayern Munich's Brazilian centre-back Dante in a quest to to salvage their stuttering season, though club sources have told ESPN that no concrete move has been made yet despite the player confirming the Red Devils' interest.

Meanwhile. ESPN FC has been told that United are closing in on the signing of Juan Mata, with Chelsea now understood to be open to a sale.

22.45 GMT: No doubt this will be covered in full in the latest On the Move, but here's the sort of juicy rumour we like to see.

22.14: Blog: Phil Lythell reckons Juan Mata to Manchester United makes no sense for Chelsea.

21.40 GMT: Goalkeeper Oscar Ustari will go straight into the Sunderland squad for Wednesday night's Capital One Cup semifinal clash with Manchester United after signing a short-term deal. FULL STORY.

21.04 GMT: A little less glamorous a transfer rumour, perhaps, but nonetheless...

20.29 GMT: Manchester United are hopeful of securing a deal for Chelsea's Juan Mata by this weekend, sources at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge have told ESPN. FULL STORY.

20.05 GMT: Everton are that little bit closer to bolstering their frontline...

19.38 GMT: A busy week for Sunderland could be set to continue with claims that Lee Cattermole is close to a move to Stoke City, reports the Stoke Sentinel..

19.01 GMT: Celtic are going to take a look at young Kopsvar Hungarian forward Mark Murai, with the 17-year-old due to arrive in Glasgow for a trial spell with the Scottish champions.

18.58 GMT: Manchester United sources have indicated to ESPN FC that the champions are "making progress" with attempts to bring in Juan Mata from Chelsea. No more, no less.

18.48 GMT: Hold you horses, too, on this one: Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic and Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin have been left in limbo after talks over a swap deal broke down on Tuesday.

18.38 GMT: Hold your horses before you get too carried away about a potential move to Manchester United for Dante this month. Marcus Marin, the Bayern man’s agent, is quoted by Press Association Sport as saying: "There is no way that is going to happen. He is not going to leave Bayern in the window. At the moment, Bayern are the only people we have spoken to anyway because we are talking over a new contract. We are still waiting for an answer from them and, although things happen very quickly in football, until that situation changes, we cannot speak to anyone else anyway."

18.25 GMT: Juventus remain in the hunt for Nani. The winger wants to leave Manchester United but Juve are reluctant to pay the Premier League champions' asking price, Tuttosport reports.

18.15 GMT: Wigan boss Uwe Rosler revitalised Brentford, and is aiming to do the same at the DW. He's hoping to add one or two new faces to the Latics ranks well before the end of the window, explaining: "I would prefer to do any business sooner rather than later."

18.00 GMT: The Daily Mail has linked Manchester City with a summer move for Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

17.45 GMT: SportsDirect News reported that Liverpool are keen to sign AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong as cover for Lucas, who has been sidelined with a knee injury.

17.30 GMT: Here's our full story on Dante so far -- Manchester United have not made any solid move for the Bayern Munich star, club sources have told ESPN, despite the Brazil defender stating that the Premier League champions are interested in signing him. READ MORE.

17.20 GMT: More Dante news for you now: Goal's assistant editor Sammy Lee reports that he has spoken to the Brazilian's agent Marcus Marin, who says that there has been no contact with Manchester United -- but refused to rule out a deal between Bayern Munich and the Red Devils in the future.

17.12 GMT: Stephen McPhail has signed a one-month contract extension with Sheffield Wednesday, the club have confirmed on their official website. The midfielder's previous deal ran out after the fixture against Burnley on Saturday, but McPhail will now stay with the Owls until 19 Feb.

17.01 GMT: One of Manchester United’s Da Silva twins is set to leave Old Trafford this January according to the Guardian, who are reporting that Fabio is on the verge of joining Bundesliga club Freiburg on loan. The Red Devils have Alexander Buttner as cover for Patrice Evra, but letting the Brazilian go could mean David Moyes is still keen on adding another left-back to his ranks this January.

16.53 GMT: The Guardian reports that Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is facing two months on the sidelines with a knee injury -- could that force Brendan Rodgers into the transfer market as the Anfield side look to keep their Premier league title hopes alive?

16.48 GMT: DONE DEAL! In case you missed it yesterday, Sao Paulo have completed the signing of Inter full-back Alvaro Pereira on an 18-month loan deal.16.42 GMT: While Dante is not necessarily a long-term prospect for Manchester United -- he is 30, after all -- the Brazilian would undoubtedly restore some sense of calm to the Manchester United back line. However, whether the Red Devils can persuade the centre-back to leave arguably the best team in the world in Bayern Munich is another story. David Moyes may be able to potentially persuade Dante with a fresh challenge in the Premier League, and a January deal suggests the Old trafford boss is looking for solidity at the back in order to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League.

16.34 GMT: ESPN's James Horncastle has delved into the murky world of deals between Juventus and Inter in the wake of the proposed swap deal for Mirko Vucinic and Fredy Guarin -- here's a snippet:

"Whatever happens the Vucinic-Guarin affair has told us a lot about where both clubs are at. If it goes through, it will only add to the impression that in this rivalry the exchange rate (Boninsegna for Anastasi / Cannavaro for Carini) is nearly always favourable to Juventus, not to Inter."
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16.22 GMT: Julio Cesar has made no secret of his desire to leave QPR this month, and club chairman Tony Fernandes has told Sky Sports that he expects the Brazilian goalkeeper to leave the Championship club before the transfer window shuts. "I think so," he said when questioned if Cesar would be on his way out of Loftus Road. "It's a waste for someone with such immense talent not playing and I think he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so I'm sure someone will pick him up and let's see how that goes."

16.13 GMT: Fox Sports Brasil have just tweeted that Dante has spoken to them live on air and suggests that while a deal has not been completed, the defender is currently negotiating with Manchester United over a move from Bayern Munich -- we're working to confirm the ins and out of what exactly was said, so stick with us for the latest as it unfolds.

16.07 GMT: There could be some intriguing news coming out of Brazil for Manchester United fans, as Fox News Brasil journalist Gustavo Villani has just put a message out on Twitter suggesting that Bayern Munich centre-back Dante will sign for the Red Devils. We'll have more on that if it develops, but the Chelsea game made clear that David Moyes will need to strengthen his defence significantly if they are to compete for top honours in the near future.

15.55 GMT: More news from Italy now, and Football Italia reports that Javier Pastore has refused to rule out a move to Roma despite being happy at PSG. "I am happy here and, as I've said, I don't want to leave," he told Fox Sports. "Roma? There are teams that have spoken with the club and with my agent. Roma are doing very well and have a strong squad. If they were to call me then I’d have to see what happens. But at the moment I am happy in Paris."

15.45 GMT: Time for some expert analysis now, and ESPN's Michael Cox takes a look at whether it is time for Manchester United to part company with Nemanja Vidic after the captain's disastrous performance in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday. Here's a taste...

"At his peak, the Serbian was the most dominant aerial centre-back in Europe, but pace has always been his major weakness... Between the second goal and the red card, Vidic's weaknesses were laid bare. Positioning himself yards behind the rest his defence suggests he's not confident in his mobility while the Hazard challenge indicates someone aware of their own limitations against tricky opponents."
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15.37 GMT: DONE DEAL! Birmingham have signed Manchester City attacking midfielder Albert Rusnak on a one-month youth loan deal, the Championship club have confirmed on their official website. The 19-year-old Slovakia U21 international's deal will run up until 22 Feb.

15.28 GMT: Football Italia has picked up on reports in Italy that Paul Pogba could be the subject of a huge bid from PSG this month. Corriere dello Sport suggests the French champions hope to lure the young France international to Paris by doubling his salary, while Juve's interest in Fredy Guarin could potentially be a way of bolstering their options should a big offer come in this month.

15.16 GMT: Barcelona board member Javier Faus said his disagreement with Lionel Messi is settled, while suggesting the club would soon offer the attacker a record-breaking new contract. "[Messi] is the best in the world and he has been that for the last five years, whatever the awards say," the investment fund manager said. "He will continue playing for Barca. I would second the president’s words -- he is the best player in the world and he deserves the best economic treatment." READ MORE.

The Argentine maestro may have lost his Ballon d'Or crown to Cristiano Ronaldo, but he'll be worth every penny...

15.07 GMT: DONE DEAL! Sunderland have completed the signing of goalkeeper Oscar Ustari on loan for the rest of the season, the club have confirmed on their official website. The 27-year-old shot-stopper has been brought in by Gus Poyet after a spell with Spanish club Almeria, whom he joined from Boca Juniors last year.

15.04 GMT: Here’s our full story on Belgium international Toby Alderweireld saying he is missing his old life at Ajax -- but does not regret joining Atletico Madrid. "I miss Amsterdam. I played for Ajax for nine years and you realise what you had when you no longer have it. I miss the Ajax style of play and my ex-teammates, but I don't regret the move." READ MORE.

14.55 GMT: Gus Poyet has now confirmed the imminent capture of Argentine goalkeeper Oscar Ustari. The custodian only recently left La Liga side Almería, after joining the club in the summer. With Keiren Westwood out injured, Poyet has been eager to bolster his goalkeeping options, adding: "I hope it gets over the line so we can go tomorrow to the game [against Manchester United] relaxing and having him on the bench to cover."

14.47: DONE DEAL! Stoke have announced the signing of Juan Agudelo on their official website, and will immediately loan him FC Utrecht for the rest of the season in order to apply for a work permit for the US international. The Potters failed with an initial application in November, but decided to snap up the young striker and send him to the Eredivisie in the hopes of securing a permit in the near future. Chief executive Tony Scholes said: "We have signed Juan but he cannot play in this country, so we’re loaning him out to Utrecht to allow him to not only develop his experience of playing in Europe but also to stay match sharp."

14.42 GMT: Here's our full story on Miralem Pjanic stating that PSG are the only club he would leave AS Roma for during the transfer window. "I love the Roma fans. It's a great club and I'm extremely happy here," he explained to France's TF1 television. "But PSG's interest is appealing and they are the only club I would go to if I were to leave here one day, but all three of us would have to be in agreement: the two clubs and I. That's not the case at this moment in time." READ MORE.

14.37 GMT: With Keiren Westwood currently out injured, Gus Poyet has moved quickly to secure a replacement goalkeeper. Speaking today, the Sunderland boss confirmed the club are 'very close' to announcing a loan deal for Argentine goalkeeper Oscar Ustari. The 45-year-old is optimistic he can have the deal completed by the end of the day.

14.32 GMT: It seems Newcastle are doing little to change the perception that they most do their shopping in France, as links have today resurfaced claiming the club are interested in Cederic Bakambu. The forward has six goals this season in a struggling Sochaux side, with ActuaFoot.fr valuing him at around 4 million euros.

14.26 GMT: Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen wants to keep Steve Sidwell at the club despite the Cottagers midfielder free to negotiate with other clubs after rejecting a contract extension in October, according to the Fulham Chronicle. "It's clear that Steve would love to stay here. He's doing very well here so I hope we come to a suitable solution. He will definitely get the credit he deserves from us. His fellow team-mates respect him, as do the staff, for the tremendous job he does for us."

14.18 GMT: Here's our full story on the news that a source at Old Trafford has told ESPN that Manchester United have not yet made a bid for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. This story is set to run until the transfer window shuts, and we'll bring you the latest as soon as we have it. READ MORE.

14.13 GMT: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says he would love to publicly reveal the exact details of Neymar’s transfer from Santos, but maintains that a confidentiality agreement stops him doing so. “When the club signs a contract we respect it,” Rosell said. "If we sign a confidentiality clause, it is because the other party has asked for it. And we respect it at all moments and only on the order of a judge can we break it." READ MORE.

14.06 GMT: Sky Sports sources are reporting that Blackpool have sacked manager Paul Ince -- that could have an impact on the future of his son Tom Ince, whose contract with the Championship club is up at the end of the season. The 21-year-old forward has been linked with a host of clubs including Swansea, Crystal Palace and even Monaco, so a January move could be coming if that news is accurate.

14.00 GMT: Fulham have emerged as contenders for the signature of Porto midfielder Steven Defour, according to the Fulham Chronicle. The Cottagers have yet to agree a fee with the Portuguese club for the 25-year-old, but the Belgian could be receptive to a move to the Premier League in order to win a place in Belgium's World Cup squad.

13.51 GMT: Sky Sports reports that French international Alou Diarra, has told L'Equipe he may leave West Ham United this month after failing to establish himself under Sam Allardyce. "Since the very first day people wanted me to accept that I am second choice," the 32-year-old told L'Equipe. "I'm in a dead end. It was a bad career choice and I need a real challenge. A January departure? Yes it is very likely. To France? I've explored it all."

13.43 GMT: It's not just Manchester United who are standing firm in the Rooney-Mata saga, according to the Evening Standard -- the paper reports that Chelsea are unwilling to let the Spanish midfielder join a direct Premier League rival, and also suggests that the fallout from their failed bid for Wayne Rooney in the summer could scupper any plans David Moyes has of landing Juan Mata. It's a curious case of both sides wanting each other's player, but neither side seems willing to let a deal happen in case they strengthen their rivals, and thus an impasse seems to have been reached.

13.34 GMT: QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar could pull his gloves on with more regularity in the second half of the season with a move to Serie A side Cagliari looking possible. The Brazil number one told Italian website tuttomercatoweb.com. that he would welcome the chance to move to Sardinia for the next six months. "Why not, the sun is always shining there," he said. "I would like it, but I've not had any offers yet in all honesty and I still don't know what I'll be doing in the second half of the season."

13.26 GMT: The Evening Standard reports that Tomas Rosicky could be a shock target for Bayern Munich. The 33-year-old midfielder has only made seven league starts this season but has impressed for the Gunners, and the German treble winners are apparently interested in his services. Rosicky has yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates and while Arsene Wenger maintains he will sign a contract extension, the lure of playing for Pep Guardiola could tempt the Czech playmaker away. Bayern wanted Rosikcy in 2001, but 13 years later they may finally get their man.

13.16 GMT: DONE DEAL! Huddersfield Town have completed the signing of Norwegian youth international midfielder Sondre Tronstad, according to the club's official website. The promising 18 year-old has joined the Championship club after his current contract with two-time champions IK Start finished at the end of the Norwegian season in Nov. 2013.

13.11 GMT: More Manchester United news now, and the Guardian reports that Manchester United will not entertain any potential swap deal including Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney. ESPN FC has been told that the Red Devils have not made a bid for the out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder, and the Guardian's article states David Moyes' side will not be forced into letting the England striker leave for Stamford Bridge even if they do launch a formal bid for Mata.

13.02 GMT: Borussia Dortmund have hit out at sections of the media for publishing fake quotes attributed to Marco Reus about being linked with a move away from BVB. "For the second time in the last couple of days, we fumed when looking at the media round-up," the club wrote on their Facebook page. “The reason is unfair reporting. We think it’s time to say it right out in the open here." READ MORE.

Juan Mata Chelsea ball Hamlet-esqueAllsportJuan Mata is reported to be unhappy with his lack of chances at Chelsea.

12.55 GMT: Manchester United manager David Moyes will undertake a personal scouting mission to evaluate the talents of promising German youngster Patrick Herrmann, according to the Telegraph. The Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder is turning heads in the Bundesliga, and the Red Devils manager use the break in United’s fixture list to watch him line up against Bayern Munich on Friday -- a perfect test of his talents.

12.40 GMT: Thomas Vermaelen will not be leaving Arsenal for Napoli, according to the Independent. The Belgian centre-back has been kept out of the side by the fine form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, but Arsene Wenger is apparently unwilling to let the player go should he require cover as the Gunners still contest three trophies.

12.30 GMT: El Confidencial reports that Koke could still be a target for Manchester United despite reportedly signing a new deal with Atletico Madrid that includes a release clause of around 50 million pounds. David Moyes is desperate to add to his midfield, and the rumours surrounding the young playmaker have not gone away. Money is seemingly not an issue for the Red Devils with Champions League qualification on the line, but 50 million seems a little too steep even in these troubled times.

12.22 GMT: DONE DEAL! Monaco have loaned defender Marcel Tisserand, 21, to second division side Lens until the end of the season. The player's Twitter message translates to "Proudly Lensois for the next five months!"

12.15 GMT: Calcio Mercato reports that Napoli are closing in on Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue, but there could be problems regarding how much Spurs want for the player. If the fee continues to be a sticking point, Rafa Benitez's side may try to take the France international on loan with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

12.08 GMT: West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been charged by the FA for his controversial quenelle goal celebration, and could be set to face a five-match ban. It's not strictly transfer news, but any potential ban could force Pepe Mel into the transfer market in order to secure the Baggies' Premier League survival this season, as Albion are just four points from safety.READ MORE.

12.03 GMT: News from Italy now, and Miralem Pjanic says he would only leave Roma for PSG, amid interest from the French club. The forward has spoken recently about being 'flattered' by interest from Laurent Blanc's side and Manchester United, so a move could well be on the cards.

11.55 GMT: After completing the 2.5 million euro signing of Swedish international forward Ola Toivonen from PSV yesterday, Rennes are also reportedly looking for a wide player. The Breton club are considering Boban Lazic, 19, of Ajax and Nicolai Jorgensen, 23, of FC Copenhagen, according to L'Equipe.

11.46 GMT: Here's our full story on the news that the swap deal between Inter and Juventus for Fredy Guarin and Mirko Vucinic is yet to be completed as the clubs continue to negotiate. READ MORE.

Here's a look at the type of player Juventus will be getting if the deal goes through...

11.40 GMT: Another potential loan move for Liverpool to consider now, as Sky Sports reports that Sebastian Coates is closing in on a temporary six-month loan deal with Nacional in his native Uruguay to help him overcome his ACL injury. "It would be beautiful to join Nacional and complete my recovery in Uruguay with my family and friends," the centre-back told Radio El Espectador 810. "The negotiations can be hard sometimes, and we have to wait a bit."

11.31 GMT: Chelsea fans look away now -- PSG may make a monster offer for Eden Hazard in the summer, and are willing part with more than 80 million euros (£66m) for the Belgian attacker according to France Football. Hazard is central to Jose Mourinho's plans, but a fee of those proportions could tempt Roman Abramovich given the club's desire to keep within FIFA's financial fair play regulations (FFP).

11.22 GMT: The Guardian reports that despite Manchester United's faltering season, David Moyes and the Glazers will not be rushed into panic-buying during the January transfer window. Perhaps taking the signing of Marouane Fellaini into account, the club have taken the view that they will still be able to attract top-class talent in the summer, rather than rushing around for last-minute additions that aren't of the required quality.

11.12 GMT: Michael Laudrup may soon be forced into the transfer market as the Mail reports that police were called to Swansea's training ground following an altercation between Chico Flores and Garry Monk on Friday. A statement from South Wales Police confirmed: "Police were called to the training ground at around 1.30pm on Friday 17 January. Club officials were spoken to and no police action was required." While the issue seems to have been peacefully resolved, it will be up to the struggling Swans manager to see if he can move forward with the players at his disposal. READ MORE.

11.06 GMT: Sunderland's interest in Ignacio Scocco appears to have cooled, with Cardiff City now in pole position for the Argentine winger.

11.00 GMT: Eduardo Vargas' loan deal from Napoli to Valencia is waiting to be concluded, as it has been for about a fortnight now. The latest news is that Valencia will have to pay about 600,000 euros between now and June to make the move happen, and they are rooting around trying to find the cash to make it happen. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said: "It would be good for Eduardo to play in Spain, he should be playing and the situation should be resolved as soon as possible. I hope we have Eduardo Vargas at a high level because he is a determining player for us." Super Deporte reckon Valencia are also trying to sign Iago Aspas on loan from Liverpool, and Spaniard could be up for the move having almost moved to Mestalla last summer and rarely featuring at Anfield.

10.54 GMT: Turkish Super Lig Sivasspor want to sign Modibo Maiga from West Ham, but the striker is still set on a move to Harry Redknapp's QPR according to the Mirror.

10.48 GMT: Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven have called time on their interest in Luuk De Jong, leaving the door wide open for Newcastle United to sign the striker this month according to the Journal.

10.42 GMT: While the rumour mill kicks into overdrive about a possible Manchester United bid for Juan Mata, one former Red Devil isn't convinced the Spaniard is the right fit for Old Trafford. Gary Neille has told Sky Sports that buying the Spaniard may mean a change of footballing philosophy for David Moyes.

"Does he fit with what I would call the typical philosophy of Manchester United? I would say no. The first question, I think, is where are you going to play? Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are up top if they are fit so where are you going to play him? Are you going to play him off the left or off the right? Maybe they have to change the philosophy and maybe that's what David Moyes is thinking. Maybe he wants to play narrow wide players and maybe a three in midfield."

10.35 GMT: Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed he plans to leave the club at the end of the season and hopes to end his playing career with Real Mallorca. "I'll always like Barcelona, but I personally prefer Mallorca," Eto'o revealed to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "My son has pressured me to finish my career there, my son is from there. I have signed on at Chelsea for the entire season and will try to enjoy it and later on, I will go to Mallorca." READ MORE.

10.26 GMT: Here's our full story on the confusion over Montpellier winger Remy Cabella's proposed move to Newcastle -- if the Magpies do eventually get their man, they could have a top forward on their hands. READ MORE.

10.21 GMT: The BBC reports that Nottingham Forest are closing in a loan deal for Sunderland striker Danny Graham. The 28-year-old striker is on a season-long loan at Hull, but hasn't played for the Tigers since Jan. 1 and wasn't in their squad for Saturday's loss at Norwich.

10.15 GMT: It just goes from bad to worse for Wilfried Zaha -- the winger's troubled first season at Manchester United his hit a new low after he was only named as a substitute for the Red Devils' under-21 team last night. The former Crystal Palace player got 35 minutes but has been heavily linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford, and it surely only seems a matter of time before he is allowed a temporary spell away from the club to get some vital playing time. READ MORE.

10.07 GMT: Toby Alderweireld has hinted that he's not happy at being a reserve for Atletico: "I miss Ajax, the style of play, my ex-teammates. At Atleti, not playing I cannot feel 100 per cent happy. The team is going very well and I will keep fighting for a place, but I do not think it is my fault [not playing]." The Belgian has played in just 10 of 30 games for Atletico this season. Having already played for Ajax this season before making the move to Spain, the only place he can move to is back to the Dutch club on loan, which seems unlikely.

10.01 GMT: Daniel levy is keen on bringing Dimitar Berbatov back to Tottenham according to the Mirror, but manager Tim Sherwood isn’t so sure -- and reportedly doesn't want to risk unsettling in-form Emmanuel Adebayor. "Everyone knows Berba. He is proven in this division," Sherwood said. "He is a Fulham player and I am not sure what they are thinking about that. But we have options to take us through to the end of the season."

09.56 GMT: In case you missed it yesterday, Roberto Martinez also confirmed that his club have agreed a deal to sign Monaco striker Lacina Traore on loan until the end of the season, subject to a work permit being granted. "Lacina is a player who I really like and is someone who would fit in in really well in the role we want the player to come in," Martinez said. READ MORE.

09.50 GMT: Good news for Everton fans now, as Barcelona have put a picture of Toffees loanee Gerard Deulofeu training back at Ciutat Esportiva – the Catalan club’s training base – in order to overcome his hamstring injury. There’s no time frame for a return yet, but Roberto Martinez is looking forward to having the young forward back soon.09.42 GMT: Off to Spain now, where reports suggest Sevilla have turned down a faxed bid of 12 million euros from Napoli for young left-back Alberto Moreno. While there's no concrete evidence, it is believed the talented defender will stay at Sevilla until summer and then join Real Madrid.

09.36 GMT: We've got an update on Remy Cabella now, and Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has told Midi Libre he has reached an agreement with Newcastle United for the sought-after midfielder: "We have an agreement with the Newcastle board that I will not reveal. But it doesn't include a departure for Remy before the month of June, that's a certainty," Nicollin stated. However, Nicollin Sr's comments came after his son, Laurent, who runs the club on a daily basis at his father's behest, had told RMC no deal had yet been struck with the English Premier League club: "There's no agreement concerning Remy Cabella. He'll be a Montpellier player until the end of the season. If the Newcastle board want to talk in June, there's no problem." We'll have more as we try to untangle this tricky transfer web.

09.29 GMT: Sky Sports reports that Manchester City are fighting to keep hold of 14-year-old starlet Tom Dele-Bashiru with the likes of manchester United and Liverpool interested in his signature. "I have been contacted by a number of clubs and agents to ask about my son's situation at Manchester City," said his father Dele-Bashiru Snr. "It is flattering that other clubs are interested in Tom, but we are no rush to make a decision on his future as it is important we make the right decision so that he can continue his development."

09.22 GMT: DONE DEAL! Cetic's 21-year-old Australian midfielder Tom Rogic has joined Melbourne Victory on loan until the end of the season, the Scottish club announced on their official website.

09.15 GMT: More on the Fredy Guarin and Mirko Vucinic deal now -- Guarin has already passed a medical with Juve while Vucinic was undergoing his in Pavia, south of Milan, last night. The two clubs still need to reach an agreement over the terms of the transfer. "We'll see tomorrow, the transfer's not done yet," said Juve's general manager Beppe Marotta to Tuttosport.

09.06 GMT: DONE DEAL! Hertha BSC Berlin have loaned attacking midfielder Ben Sahar to second-tier side Arminia Bielefeld. The 24-year-old Israel international is hoping for game time before returning to Berlin in the summer. The club's tweet roughly translates to: "Ben Sahar is on the way to Belek to clarify the final details with @Die_Blauen."

08.55 GMT: Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin has joked in Bild that his club are due part of the fee that took Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea to Wolfsburg, as it was only because of the Belgium international's good season at Bremen that it was possible to get over 20 million euros for him.

08.33 GMT: Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has played down talk of a deal for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia. Asked whether a transfer was in the offing, he replied: "Not that I know of. There's no plan for that -- we'll see." The centre-back Andrea Ranocchia has been linked with a move to the Westfalenstadion by the Italian media.

08.17 GMT: The swap deal between Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin and Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic is expected to go through today. Inter owner Erick Thohir had initially blocked the plan for a straight swap, asking for Vucinic plus five million euros, as Nerazzurri fans do not appear to welcome the move, but it appears the path is clear for a switch to be completed now.

08.01 GMT: Samuel Eto'o may have scored a hat trick for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday, but he is still expected to leave at the end of the season and could be set for a return to Real Mallorca. The Independent quotes him as telling Spanish radio station Cadena Cope: "I'll always like Barcelona, but I personally prefer Mallorca. My son has pressured me to finish my career there, my son is from there. I have signed on at Chelsea for the entire season and will try to enjoy it and, later on, I will go to Mallorca."

United were strongly rumoured to be keen to sign Spain international Juan Mata in the summer, and now the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent and the Daily Mail all report that a club record bid is in the offing. The Daily Mirror is not alone in reporting that United have denied they are readying a bid, but the Mirror adds in a separate report that a bid is indeed expected.

United are thought likely to offer something in the region of 37 to 40 million pounds, and perhaps the most interesting line comes from the Mail: "Despite posturing from both clubs, Chelsea are willing to sell the Spanish playmaker if United match their valuation."

Meanwhile, Liverpool are closing in on their first transfer of the January window as they are preparing to bid for FC Basel star winger Mohamed Salah, but Brendan Rodgers could face an upcoming bidding war for the Egypt international, with Sky Sports claiming Newcastle United are interested.

The Mirror believes AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari may be on his way back to England -- with Hull. Milan don't want to lose the Ghana international for nothing and are said to be willing to sell him for 3.9 million pounds. The newspaper quotes a source who said that Muntari was one of fired manager Massimiliano Allegri's favorite players and looks to be surplus to Clarence Seedorf's requirements.

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