Chelsea exit nears for Terry

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Could John Terry be the next to exit Chelsea?GettyImagesCould John Terry be the next to exit Chelsea?

Chelsea stalwart John Terry could be the next big name to leave Stamford Bridge with the former England international fearing a new contract is unlikely to come his way this season.

Meanwhile, Javier Hernandez is finally tiring of the Old Trafford bench and is looking at his options away from the reigning Premier League champions and West Ham United are on the verge of a double loan swoop.

Stay tuned for all the latest rumours and done deals...

23.06 GMT: And on that note, it's time to call it a night. We'll be back shortly with all the latest from the Saturday papers.

23.03 GMT: Arsene Wenger has denied that Arsenal will do business for Schalke’s Julian Draxler in this window, and refused to get drawn into a slanging match with Jose Mourinho over comments about the Juan Mata transfer. STORY HERE.

22.23 GMT: Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has just put in a fine showing against Bayern Munich, and Pep Guardiola thinks his former club Barcelona will have made an "excellent signing" if he heads to the Camp Nou as expected.

22.15 GMT: Championship side Nottingham Forest have signed Algeria international Rafik Djebbour from Olympiakos, who had been on loan at Sivasspor, according to the player himself.

21.58 GMT: Asked about Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells BT: "No, there is no news about that at all." BT pundit Steve McManaman seems to believe something is in place, though.

21.55 GMT: Manchester United are making the right move in signing Juan Mata, Ian Darke writes.

21.23 GMT: Here is the full story on this latest Mata update.

21.03 GMT: And here's the one many of you have been waiting for...

20.53 GMT: Very interesting tweet from former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft.

20.44 GMT: Stoke City boss has dismissed claims Peter Crouch could join QPR, telling reporters: "No, it is not an option."

20.15 GMT: The Corriere dello Sport claims Galatasaray have registered an interest in Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, who had thought he was heading to Juventus in a swap deal only for it to fall through.

19.51 GMT: Michael Essien has arrived in Milan, excited about the prospect of working under Clarence Seedorf and achieving great things together at AC Milan ahead of his expected transfer from Chelsea. STORY HERE.

19.27 GMT: Roma have announced that midfielder Miralem Pjanic is "not for sale" after Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc expressed an interest in the player. FULL STORY.
19.04 GMT: ESPN FC’s Gab Marcotti believes former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko’s return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace is a done deal.
18.45 GMT: Everton have signed Lacina Traore on loan from Monaco. STORY HERE.

18.18 GMT: Norway international Jo Inge Berget has joined Cardiff. FULL STORY HERE.

18.06 GMT: Following reports earlier in the day that Sunderland had made an enquiry for Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, ESPN FC sources close to the Premier League club have confirmed there is an interest in signing the Argentina international.

17.58 GMT: Sky Sports News says Mohamed Salah’s proposed move to Chelsea must make progress before the Blues will allow Juan Mata to join Manchester United.

17.33 GMT: DONE DEAL Everton have completed the loan signing of Lacina Traore from Monaco.

17.28 GMT Middlesbrough have confirmed the permanent signing of Spanish defender Daniel Ayala from Norwich. The former Sevilla and Liverpool man joins on a three-and-a-half deal after impressing on loan and becomes Aitor Karanka's third signing of the transfer window.

17.20 GMT Napoli are closing in on an estimated 1.5 million euro deal for Catania goalkeeper Mariano Andujar. The 30-year-old Argentine had a medical at the Partenopei earlier today and he is expected to replace Pepe Reina at the beginning of next season -- when the Spaniard's season-long loan deal at the San Paolo comes to an end.

17.07 GMT Sky Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke reports that Greek champions Olympiakos have completed the signing of Abdisalam Ibrahim. The 22-year-old Norwegian was released by Manchester City on Wednesday after a loan spell at Stromsgodset.

17.00 GMT Jose Mourinho says Chelsea only made a move for Basel winger Mohamed Salah after it was decided to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United. Story here.

16.50 GMT Michael Laudrup is desperate to bring in new faces to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea look to avoid a relegation scrap. The Welsh side are currently on an eight-game winless streak in the Premier League and Sky Sports say that they have made a three million pound bid for out-of-favour Norwich midfielder Anthony Pilkington.

16.41 GMT DONE DEAL! ESPN brought you details of Cardiff's bid for Norway international Jo Inge Berget earlier today and the Bluebirds have now confirmed the transfer. It marks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's third signing of the transfer window as the 23-year-old joins on a two-and-a-half year deal from Solskjaer's former side Molde.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jo to the club. He’s a forward and arrives on a very good deal for us," Solskjaer said. "He knows the way I want to play, he’s a secondary frontman and is a very strong and intelligent footballer. He’ll do well for us.”

16.32 GMT Rennes have confirmed on their Twitter that Sivasspor winger Kamil Grosicki is set to undergo a medical at the club tomorrow. Grosicki has made 21 international appearances for Poland and is expected to sign a three-and-a-half year deal.

16.25 GMT Reports in Germany suggest that Arsenal have identified Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Jung as a long-term replacement for Bacary Sagna. The Gunners' right-back is out of contract in the summer and should the club fail to reach an agreement with the France international, Wenger is expected to make a move for the Frankfurt 23-year-old.

16.14 GMT Marco Borriello may not be the only player heading to West Ham as Sky Sports News report that the Hammers have made a bid for Leeds United forward Ross McCormack. The Scotland international has netted 17 times in 26 Championship appearances this season.

16.04 GMT PSG coach Laurent Blanc confirmed his interest in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic earlier today but the Serie A high-flyers have dismissed the possibility of the Bosnian leaving the Stadio Olimpico via their Twitter.

15.58 GMT Milan have posted a statement on their official website confirming that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will land at Malpanesa airport later this evening.

15.52 GMT Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about to make his first non-Norwegian signing? Wales Online claim that the Bluebirds are leading the chase for Wigan defender Ivan Ramis although it is believed they face stiff competition from fellow strugglers Crystal Palace for his signature.

"There have been a couple of clubs who met the asking price and we gave Ivan permission to talk to them, that's all I can say," said Wigan boss Uwe Rosler. "One is well documented. One is Cardiff."

15.43 GMT The Birmingham Mail say that West Brom are weighing up a move for former Liverpool winger Albert Riera. Pepe Mel is believed to be a long-term admirer of the Galatasaray wideman and hopes to make the 31-year-old his first Baggies signing.

Elsewhere in the Midlands, Paul Lambert is rumoured to be interested in bringing Chelsea misfit Gael Kakuta to Aston Villa after the 22-year-old was recalled from his loan spell at feeder club Vitesse.

15.31 GMT There are strong rumours emerging from Italy that Michael Essien has agreed a permanent move to Milan. It is believed that he will sign on an 18-month deal but Chelsea will receive no transfer fee.

15.25 GMT Reports in Ecuador say that 18-year-old Barcelona Sporting Club midfielder Carlos Gruezo has signed a four-year deal with VFB Stuttgart. More on that as it unfolds...

15.19 GMT With Monaco striker Radamel Falcao set for a lenghty spell on the touchlines, Claudio Ranieri is desperate to bolster his side's strike force in order to close the gap on Ligue 1 leaders PSG. RMC claim that Ranieri could turn to former side Chelsea in an attempt to lure out-of-favour Senegal forward Demba Ba to the Stade Louis II although he could be tempted to match Juventus' 10 million euro asking price for Mirko Vucinic.

15.10 GMT Blackpool have confirmed on their Twitter account that the club have completed the double loan swoop of Middlesbrough midfielder Andy Halliday and Blackburn striker David Goodwillie.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity. It is a great platform to kick-start and get back playing games," Goodwillie told Blackpool's official club website. "I would have travelled miles just to get a game; hopefully I’ll score as many goals as I can."

15.04 GMT It's been a quiet transfer window for Arsenal so far but could there finally be some activity at the club? Sky Sports say that Emmanuel Frimpong is expected to secure a move away from the Emirates Stadium this month, with a number of English and foreign clubs interested in the Ghanaian's signature.

14.57 GMT Pablo Armero has reportedly been denied a move for the second time in a week after Juventus defender Federico Peluso refused to move in a swap-deal to Napoli. Football Italia say an initial five-month loan swap between the two was on the table but Peluso rejected the chance to move to the San Paolo.

A similar situation occured earlier in the transfer window when Kevin Constant rejected a switch from Milan, with Armero set to depart in the opposite direction.

14.45 GMT Reports in the U.S. say that Sporting Kansas City have turned down a 1 million dollar bid from Juventus for 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown. The defender was recently called up to the U.S. Under-20 side and is the youngest active player in the MLS.

14.35 GMT West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been desperately searching for a striker in the January transfer window and it appears that he has finally found his man as Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Roma forward Marco Boriello will undergo a medical tomorrow after agreeing personal terms.

14.23 GMT Algeria striker Raffik Djebbour has confirmed on his personal Twitter account that he is set to move to Nottingham Forest. The 29-year-old scored 22 goals in 36 appearances for Olympiakos last season but spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Turkish side Sivasspor.

Forest are also believed to be making significant progress in their efforts to complete the loan signing of Sunderland striker Danny Graham.

14.08 GMT Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is focused on trying to add new faces to his struggling squad and the Daily Mail say that he has identified Leicester City defender Liam Moore as a key target. The Cottagers are still trying to negotiate a deal with West Ham for England Under-21 international Ravel Morrison while young midfielder Alexander Kacaniklic has signed a one-year contract extension at the club.

Derek Boateng is set for the exit door however, with Watford and Evian both interested in the Ghanaian's services.

13.58 GMT Despite Juan Mata's imminent arrival at Old Trafford, Shinji Kagawa's agent has played down talk linking the Manchester United playmaker with a move away from the club. The Japan international has failed to replicate the displays of his Borussia Dortmund days since joining in 2012 but Thomas Kroth has dismissed speculation that he could return to the Bundesliga side or join fellow admirers Atletico Madrid.

"At this moment I am sure Shinji will stay" he told Sky Sports. "There has been no contact and so it is just rumours."

13.45 GMT Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has been told to forget about making a move for Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson. Sky Sports reveal that Redknapp was in Amsterdam to watch the Iceland international in Ajax's midweek win over Feyenoord but the player's brother and agent, Adri Sigthorsson, insists he will not move to the Championship.

"Kolbeinn won't leave Ajax for a club from the English Championship," he told Algemeen Dagblad. "Sigthorsson is staying where he is."

13.35 GMT Bologna have confirmed that Alessandro Diamanti's transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande has fallen through. Confirming the news via a letter on their official website, the club said: "First of all we thank you for your kind interest in the player Alessandro Diamanti; unfortunately we have to inform you that due to the non acceptance of our requests related to the agreement, we are forced to stop negotiation."

13.28 GMT Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has confirmed the club's interest in Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic but admits that he is an alternative winter transfer target to Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

13.19 GMT ESPN brought you news of Colombus Crew's approach for Hertha BSC Berlin defender Maik Franz yesterday but the Berliner Morgenpost today claim that the 32-year-old has turned down a move to the MLS. The former Wolfsburg defender has been frozen out of the starting lineup and Hertha coach Michael Preetz admits that the club are open to offers.

13.12 GMT The transfer window is certainly hotting up and ESPN can bring you news on three more confirmed transfers. Cardiff City defender John Brayford has joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season, Southampton striker Lee Barnard has rejoined former side Southend United on a six-month loan deal and Blackpool have completed the loan signing of Middlesbrough midfielder Andy Halliday.

13.03 GMT DONE DEAL! Schalke 04 goalkeeper Lars Unnerstall joins Swiss side FC Aarau on loan until the end of the season. Unnerstall lost the race for the spot between the sticks to Ralf Faehrmann and recently dropped to the club's third-choice keeper after a long-term knee injury.

12.57 GMT Jose Mourinho believes that Chelsea-bound winger Mohamed Salah will prove a good fit for his side. The Egypt international is expected to complete an estimated 10 million pound transfer in the coming days and Mourinho is excited by the 21-year-old's potential. Mourinho also admits that Michael Essien can leave the club if he wishes but is equally happy for him to stay.

12.48 GMT Gus Poyet insists that new Sunderland signings Oscar Ustari and Santiago Vergini will make their Sunderland debuts in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Kidderminster. The Black Cats boss has also confirmed that summer signings Valentin Roberge and Modibo Diakite could leave the Stadium of Light this month, with the latter closest to the exit door.

12.41 GMT The Juan Mata to Manchester United deal is edging closer and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits that he expects the deal to be completed in the near future.

12.38 GMT Could Hulk be on his way to a London club? The Zenit St Petersburg forward has posted a picture on his Instagram account which says that he was at London Luton Airport. Reports in France suggested that Monaco were in talks with the Brazil international but are Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham leading the chase?

12.30 GMT While Schalke forward Julian Draxler remains Arsene Wenger's No.1 transfer target, the Mirror say that the Arsenal boss is lining up candidates for the club's next generation of young players. Wenger reportedly sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch Charlton's promising right-back Jordan Cousins last week while he is also believed to be monitoring Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles.

12.20 GMT Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has ruled out the prospect of bringing his son Diego Poyet to the Stadium of Light. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut for Charlton in Tuesday’s FA Cup victory over Oxford United and is regarded as a bright talent, having been capped by England at Under-16 and Under-17 level. However, the Black Cats boss is rumoured to be working on deals to raid former club Brighton for Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley.

“I’ve seen the rumour about Diego, my son," he told the Sunderland Echo. “But why would I want to sign my son? He’s at Charlton, just made his debut, he’s only 18. It’s going really well for him there.”

12.10 GMT Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan has attracted interest from a number of clubs in previous transfer windows and he could be set to follow Nemanja Matic out the exit door as Portuguese paper Record say the Argentine is set for crunch talks with the club this weekend.

12.03 GMT Hull City have recalled defender Jack Hobbs from his season-long loan spell at Nottingham Forest to provide cover for James Chester's injury.

11.57 GMT Celtic have announced that highly-rated 17-year-old midfielder Liam Henderson has signed a new three-year deal at the club.

11.49 GMT DONE DEAL! A-League side Perth Glory have completed the signing of Lithuanian striker Darvydas Sernas on loan from Turkish side Gaziantepspor. The 29-year-old has scored five goals in 35 international caps, including goals against Spain and the Czech Republic during Lithuania's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

11.42 GMT Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is hoping to bolster the Eagles' survival chances with the signing of Mali midfielder Momo Sissoko. Sky Sports say that the former Liverpool, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is currently in London to discuss terms with the Selhurst Park outfit ahead of a potential free transfer.

11.34 GMT Barcelona's quest for a centre-back continues with Catalan newspaper Sport reporting that the Spanish league leaders are preparing a summer bid for Sevilla defender Fazio. The Argentine is contracted at Sevilla until 2018 but is rumoured to have a 10 million euro release clause.

11.25 GMT Reports from France suggest that Lille are on the verge of signing Sochaux right-back Sebastien Corchia. The 23-year-old had been an Arsenal and Tottenham target in the summer but it seems Rene Girard could snap up the former France Under-21 captain for as little as two million euros. Elsewhere, Evian are hoping to ease their relegation fears by signing Stuttgart and Denmark midfielder William Kvist.

11.15 GMT Despite Chelsea announcing that they have reached a deal with Basel to sign Mohamed Salah, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that he has not given up hope of signing the Egyptian winger. Speaking to Talksport, Rodgers claimed that he did not believe it is a done deal and further added that he would rather develop younger players than buy players just to build squad depth.

"I'm not sure whether that deal is definitely done yet or not," Rodgers said. "The young guy is a good player. We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him. It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done."

"I know the club has been working very hard to get players in so I'll leave that to them and see how they get on," Rodgers added. "I'd rather wait and look at our young players than bring in one or two squad players."

11.00 GMT Are Paris Saint-Germain set to make their first move in the transfer market? Le Parisien say that the French champions are prepared to release Jeremy Menez from his contract six months early in order to join either Fiorentina or Milan.

It looks to be a case of one in one out however as Laurent Blanc has already lined up Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka as a replacement. The Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger impressed in the FIFA World Cup play-off against France and could leave if his 20 million euro asking price is met.

10.45 GMT Napoli's search for a holding midfielder continues and Footmercato.net say that Rafa Benitez has now turned his attentions to Standard Liege midfielder William Vainqueur after losing patience in his pursuits of Maxime Gonalons and Yann M'Vila.

10.38 GMT Over to France now where Monaco are rumoured to be frantically searching for a striker after the news that Radamel Falcao has suffered anterior ligament damage. L'Equipe claim that talks have already begun with Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk while Mirko Vucinic is touted as an alternative option.

The arrival of either Hulk or Vucinic would pose a problem as Monaco already have the maximum-permitted four non-EU players. Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, who has barely featured since his summer move, could go while Brazilian full-back Fabinho is linked with Inter Milan.

10.29 GMT Toronto FC have been busy in the transfer market and Blackburn defender Bradley Orr looks set to join Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe after he announced that he was flying to Canada on Twitter.

10.22 GMT Manchester United are expected to complete the signing of Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata later today and former striker Michael Owen hints that he may not be the only player heading to Old Trafford.

10.17 GMT DONE DEAL! Valencia confirmed late last night that they had completed the loan signing of Chile international Eduardo Vargas. The winger has netted 11 goals in 27 international caps and was granted the move to the Mestalla after Napoli coach Rafael Benitez deemed him surplus to requirements.

"I am excited about this new challenge in my career," Vargas told Valencia's official website. "I feel very proud that a club as big as Valencia have shown interest in me, and now I just need to return that confidence with great performances."

10.09 GMT DONE DEAL! Blackburn have confirmed that Portuguese winger Fabio Nunes has joined Serie B outfit U.S. Latina Calcio on a free transfer.

10.03 GMT Speaking at Cardiff's press conference ahead of their FA Cup fourth round tie with Bolton, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed his interest in Norway international Jo Inge Berget but insists that Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha has not yet undergone a medical at the club.

09.55 GMT The Bundesliga is finally back underway this evening and Freiburg are on the cusp of bolstering their strike force with SV Grodig forward Philipp Zulechner. The 23-year old Austrian tops the Austrian Bundesliga scoring charts with 15 goals after 22 matchdays and is expected to sign a contract until 2017.

Marca say that Werder Bremen are interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Diego Perotti while Bild report that David Moyes will fly to Germany to scout Borussia Monchengladbach duo Max Kruse and Patrick Herrmann in their clash with Bayern Munich tonight.

09.45 GMT Reports in Italy suggest that Clarence Seedorf is busy identifying targets to strengthen his Milan side. ESPN understands that Milan are awaiting the go-ahead from Chelsea to secure the loan signing of Michael Essien while Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been identified as a long-term replacement for Christian Abbiati.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Burdisso says it is the right time to leave Roma as the defensive competition of Leandro Castan and Mehdi Benatia is too strong while fellow Genoa newboy Marco Motta believes a spell of regular football can help him get into Cesare Prandelli's World Cup squad.

Another player who looks set for a move in the tranfer window is Paolo Cannavaro as his agent has reiterated once again that he does not want to be a burden on Napoli and is looking around for a new club.

09.35 GMT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to raid former club Molde once again after Norway international Jo Inge Berget announced that he would not extend his contract beyond the summer. Solskjaer bought the 23-year-old for Molde from Udinese in 2011 and Sky Sports say that he is closing in on a deal to bring him to South Wales.

"I feel ready for new challenges now," Berget told Norwegian paper Hadeland. "My contract runs out this summer, and I'm not going to extend."

09.20 GMT Having missed out on the signing of Chelsea-bound Mohamed Salah, Brendan Rodgers has turned his attentions to buying a defensive midfielder, with Lucas set to be on the sidelines for a lengthy spell. The Daily Express say that Liverpool have contacted Spartak Moscow with regards to signing Brazilian midfielder Romulo while there are also reports that Nigel De Jong could join on a loan deal from Milan.

GMT 05.00: Chelsea writer Phil Lythell examines the impact of the signing of Egypt international Mohamed Salah on Jose Mourinho’s side. READ THE FULL STORY.

GMT 04.30: Australian defender Eddy Bosnar is on the verge of signing Sydney FC after joining the A-League club on a training stint.

The exit door at Chelsea could still be turning at the end of the season with the Mirror claiming that the long-serving John Terry will be heading out of the club in the summer. At a time of major change for the club, it is rumoured that Terry is consigned to leaving the Stamford Bridge outfit as talks over a new contract are continually stalled. Bearing witness to the imminent departure of fan favourite Juan Mata and the arrival of a new generation in the form of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, Terry -- despite wanting to finish his career with Chelsea -- knows there is no sentimentality left in the game for a 10-year veteran. Galatasaray are an interested suitor.

Meanwhile, at the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester United, departures are also on the mind with the Sun reporting that striker Javier Hernandez has had enough with life on the bench. The Mexico international has only started four games in the league this season and is thought to be assessing his option as United continue their chase of Chelsea schemer Mata. Serie A giant Inter Milan are interested but the Old Trafford outfit are said to be holding out for a deal in the region of 15 million pounds.

And finally West Ham United are rumoured to be close to the double loan swoop of AC Milan’s Antonio Nocerino and Roma striker Marco Borriello. The Hammers have been ravaged by injury this season and are desperate for reinforcements in the January window to save their season from relegation. The Daily Star is reporting that 28-year-old Nocerino has been deemed surplus to requirements by new AC Milan boss Clarence Seedorf while Borriello -- no stranger to loan deals -- has only netted one goal in 11 appearances for the title chasing Roma.

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