Coutinho coup for Liverpool

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Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho. Elsewhere, Jack Butland is the man they are all after as Chelsea and Stoke make moves for the Birmingham goalkeeper and Mario Balotelli's troubled time in the Premier League came to an end on Tuesday as AC Milan confirmed they would be signing the Italian striker.

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23:59 GMT: That's another day of transfer news over. Who will get in before the window closes on Thursday? Stay tuned for the paper round-up.

23:00 GMT: The word on Twitter is that Fenerbahce have given up on signing Younes Belhanda from Montpellier, as they could not agree a fee for the midfielder.

22:50 GMT: Josip Radosevic has signed for Napoli for a fee in the region of €3 million, are reporting.

22:41 GMT: Brendan Rodgers has said that even if Tom Ince does not join in this window, he may still become a Liverpool player in the future. The deal for the player is "complicated."

22:26 GMT: Done deal from earlier today. Palermo have completed the signing of Argentine striker Mauricio Sperduti from Newell’s Old Boys.

22:10 GMT: Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga is returning to Parma on a short term loan deal, according to

21:50 GMT: Brighton boss Gus Poyet has revealed that his bid to sign Dutch prospect Virgil van Dijk "is over," reports

The Seagulls have had two bids knocked back as Poyet needs a centre-back to help cover the current absence of Gordon Greer and Lewis Dunk. He will assess his options before tomorrow night's transfer deadline. "At the moment there's nothing. It's going to be very difficult."

21:40 GMT: Reports coming through that a fee has been agreed to take Danny Graham from Swansea to Sunderland. Fee believed to be £5.5million. Medical expected tomorrow.

21:30 GMT: Aston Villa are poised to make their first signing of the January transfer window in French midfielder Yacouba Sylla, Press Association Sport understands.

21:16 GMT: Celtic’s valuation of striker Gary Hooper may prevent a return to England this month despite interest from Norwich and Tottenham, reports the Daily Mail. The Scottish champions want more than £10million for the 25-year-old striker they signed from Scunthorpe for £2.4million two-and-a-half years ago.

20:51 GMT: According to BBC Sport, Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has said efforts have been made to strengthen the squad before the end of the January transfer window.

"We've put some bids in for players, at the moment it's the other club's prerogative to either accept the bid or not as the case may be."

20:30 GMT: Mario Balotelli is expected to be presented as an AC Milan player on Friday evening at the San Siro. Balotelli has told Milan TV: "I have wanted to play for Milan for such a long time, so when there was the chance, I ran."

20:08 GMT: Fulham have refused an increased bid from Queens Park Rangers for captain Brede Hangeland, according to the Daily Mail. Martin Jol is quoted saying: "He's our strength and we would be silly to get rid of him or sell him now."

19:48 GMT: Inter Milan have reached an agreement for Dinamo Zagreb’s Mateo Kovacic. Dubbed 'the next Luka Modric', the 18-year-old will join Inter for €11 million.

19:39 GMT: Sean Smith discusses how the signing of Yun Suk-Young now paves the way for QPR to shed the ineffective Ji-Sung Park from their squad. Read the blog here.

19:20 GMT: Sky Italia are reporting that Kaka will stay at Real Madrid at least until the summer. AC Milan and Anzhi Makhachkala won't try to sign him now.

19:05 GMT: Inter Milan have possibly made one of the biggest mistakes in their history by selling Phillipe Coutinho to Liverpool, writes Mike Whittaker. Read the blog here.

18:50 GMT: DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Khaled Al-Rashidi has completed his move to Nottingham Forest, the club have announced. The 25-year-old joins on a free transfer from Al Arabi.

18:46 GMT: DONE DEAL: Reading have now completed the signing of Sheffield United forward Nick Blackman, on a three-and-a-half-year-deal.

18:37 GMT: FC Nurnberg have announced the signing of former Nagoya Grampus winger Mu Kanazaki on a free transfer. FULL STORY HERE.

18:18 GMT: BREAKING: Sky Sports are reporting that Reading are closing in on Sheffield United striker Nick Blackman.

18:10 GMT: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has described the imminent signing of Mario Balotelli as a "dream come true."

Quoted on the club's website,, he said: "I certainly do not have to introduce Mario Balotelli. It is a dream come true and something that we all wanted, with the president Silvio Berlusconi at the forefront.

"With the arrival of Mario, we have strengthened our team a lot. We have worked so hard and Mario has been in our hearts for a long time and finally we have succeeded in signing him."

17:45 GMT: Highly rated Mainz forward Shawn Parker, 19, has extended his contract with the club until 2017.

17:30 GMT: BBC's Ben Smith on Twitter: "Told Luciano Becchio has travelled to Norwich to discuss personal terms despite a fee not yet being agreed with Leeds United."

17:12 GMT: Stoke have made an enquiry for Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland, who as reported earlier, turned down a move to Chelsea.

17:10 GMT: DONE DEAL: Blackburn Rovers have signed teenage Everton striker Anton Forrester on a free transfer after a successful trial, reports BBC Sport.

16:50 GMT: DONE DEAL: Norwich City have confirmed the signing of Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara on loan until the end of the season.

16:42 GMT: Coutinho on his move to Liverpool: "I'm feeling very happy, it's a very important step in my career and I'm expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch.

"Liverpool is a great club with great players. We've always heard about Liverpool's history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football."

16:30 GMT: Better news for Everton fans. Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has told Sky Sports: "There will be plenty more activity at Goodison to see if we can succeed with those other options."

16:11 GMT: DONE DEAL: Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho, after a work permit was granted for the Brazilian.

16:00 GMT: BREAKING: Leroy Fer's transfer to Everton is off. It emerged yesterday that the FC Twente player has a knee injury which Everton are not prepared to gamble on. The latest news which has filtered through, is that the transfer has now been ruled out.

15:50 GMT: DONE DEAL: West Brom midfielder Yassine El Ghanassy has joined Dutch side Heerenveen on loan until the end of the season.

15:27 GMT: Sky Sport's Bryan Swanson on Twitter: "We're told Palermo agree deal with QPR over loan signing of Alejandro Faurlin."

15:15 GMT: Fenerbahce are considering a move to bring their former left-back Andre Santos back to the club from Arsenal before the January transfer window closes this week, reports

14:47 GMT: Alain Casanova has ended all specualtion surrounding his star midfielder Etienne Capoue's future. Toulouse already lost Moussa Sissoko to Newcastle this month and Casanova said of the matter: "He is going nowhere. We've already lost one player."

14:37 GMT: Rolando Bianchi's agent, who is also his brother, has alerted Atalanta and Palermo to the striker's availability after confirming he will be at the Ata Hotel (notoriously known to be the place agents, directors and players meet on deadline days) tomorrow. Bianchi has six months left on his contract but has no particular desire to leave his current club Torino.

14:30 GMT: Wilfred Bony, a target for Newcastle United, has had a representative making noises about a potential move away from Vitesse Arnhem. Bony's agent Francis Kacou said: "In two days I will be looking to complete a deal. In the last three to five days [of the transfer window] there are always more clubs worrying."

14:22 GMT: Hull City have had a bid for in-form striker Sylvan Ebanks Blake rejected by Wolves. It had been thought Wolves were willing to sell and a bid from Crystal Palace had been accepted but that seems not the case. Ebanks Blake has six-months left on his contract.

14:18 GMT: Carl Medjani, the Algerian defender, has signed for AS Monaco from Ajaccio in France.

14:12 GMT: Being touted as the Barcelona of English football has it's drawbacks for Swansea City. In the last few days key players Michu and Michel Vorm have been linked with moves away from the club and now star centre-back Chico Flores is a potential loss. Bayern Munich are said to be the club interested but any deal for any of the players mentioned will not happen until the summer.

14:05 GMT: Busy day in Italy as Sampdoria announce player arrivals and departures. Leaving the club is Fernando Tissone who has had his contract terminated after signing for the club in 2009. Arriving at the club is Chilean right-back Matias Rodriguez from Universidad de Chile.

13:59 GMT: Stoke are the latest club to be linked with a move for out-of-favour striker Darren Bent. Aston Villa seem to think he is surplus to requirements and a deadline day move could be on the cards.

13:49 GMT: In a flurry of lunch-time activity, Fenerbahce look close to sealing the transfer of Cameroon international Pierre Webo. The Turkish side are also looking at bringing in Younes Belhanda and Belezoglu Emre.

13:44 GMT: Young defender Reece Wabara has left Manchester City on loan and will join Blackpool for the rest of the season.

13:42 GMT No new arrivals for Arsenal yet but one player that could be on their way out is Sebastian Squillaci. He has attracted the interest of AS Monaco despite an unhappy couple of years in North London.

13:40 GMT: German outfit Nuremburg have signed Japanese international Mu Kanazaki until 2014 with a view to two more years.

13:30 GMT: The clearout at Lyon continues as Jimmy Briand undergoes a medical at AS Monaco. Another player off the wage-bill at the French giants for at least another six months while Briand is on loan.

13:28 GMT: Ronald Zubar's name can be taken off the wage-bill at Wolves as it is announced that French club Ajaccio have signed the defender. The contract was terminated by mutual consent and Ajaccio were the first to snap up his signature.

13:23 GMT: Loads going on in Europe. Sporting Lisbon's Portugal Under-21 international Pereirinha looks set to swap Portugal for Italy, moving to Roma on a three-and-a-half year deal.The agent of Mauro Zarate, who once played for Birmingham City and is now being touted for a move to the Premier League, has stated the striker will be joining Dynamo Kiev. Another departure from Portugal is that of national team's No.2 keeper Beto who is leaving Braga for Sevilla on loan, with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

13:12 GMT Tom Huddlestone is the subject of a £5m bid from Fulham. It is thought the midfielder would relish the chance to reunite with Martin Jol but with Spurs light in midfield, Andre Villas-Boas may block the transfer.

13:01 GMT: The Press Association understands that QPR have met the release clause in the contract of Anzhi Mahkachkala defender Christopher Samba.

12:39 GMT: Defensive midfielder Medo Kamara is on the radar of Dougie Freedman at Bolton. The Sierra Leona international was subject to interest from Spurs last summer but it seems Partizan Belgrade are now willing to sell according to Sky.

12:30 GMT: More on Norwich City's search for a striker. They are set to sign Sierra Leone international Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City.

12:23 GMT: Didier Drogba's move to Galatasaray has confused his current club Shanghai Shenhua. They have claimed he is still under contract at the club and his move violates the terms of that contract.

12:07 GMT: More information on the Kuzmanovic to Inter deal. It appears the Italian ginats will pay just £1m to secure his services.

11:48 GMT: It would appear QPR's pursuit of Porto defender Rolando is coming to an end. Reports in Italy would suggest the 27-year-old is on his way to sign for Napoli on a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

11:43 GMT: A fee has been agreed for the transfer of Nick Blackman from Sheffield United to Premiership strugglers Reading. It is being reported that Blackman will sign for £1.2m on a three year deal.

11:32 GMT: And now in Italy, it seems Inter Milan are close to signing Zdravko Kuzmanovic from Stuttgart. The reason the official Coutinho announcement is being delayed for his transfer from Inter to Liverpool is that officials at the San Siro want to secure replacements in Kuzmanovic and Ezequiel Schelotto before announcing any departures.

11:26 GMT: Main news coming out of Spain is all from the Madrid clubs. The big news is that former Ballon D'Or winner Kaka cannot find a club. Real Madrid are willing to let the player go but there seems to be no viable options for the Brazilian to leave. Neighbours Atletico Madrid are trying to offload Turkish midfielder Emre as he has barely featured this season and it seems Fenerbahce could be his destination.

11:20 GMT: Cash-strapped Birmingham City have confirmed they have rejected bids for Curtis Davies and Marlon King from local rivals Wolves.

11:16 GMT: Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has become a target for West Ham United after being told by Blackburn boss Michael Appleton he can leave the Lancashire club.

11:06 GMT: Chris Hughton is also looking to offload a striker from his squad. Simeon Jackson has been available for some time and it seems Derby County are interested.

11:00 GMT: Talksport have reported that Norwich have had a third bid for Celtic's Gary Hooper rejected. The Canaries keep falling below the asking price which is said to be around £8m.

10:50 GMT: Here are some highly unlikely rumours straight out of left field. Arsenal are thinking about a late swoop for Manchester City's Edin Dzeko. Aston Villa need goals and so are planning an audacious swoop for David Villa. QPR are looking to sign Scott Parker from Spurs. And finally, Arsene Wenger feels he can lure Luka Modric back to north London at the end of the season. Can't see any of these happening yet they can be found in the darkest corners of the internet.

10:42 GMT: It seems there is no-one QPR will not buy. Harry Redknapp has apparently earmarked Scott Parker as another transfer target for the R's. Surely this one will not happen.

10:30 GMT: Highly rated young goalkeeper Jack Butland has turned down the chance to move to Chelsea because he feels he would get no first-team football. Chelsea and Birmingham had agreed a fee of £3.5m but the 20-year-old would rather stay with his current club.

10:23 GMT: DONE DEAL: Urby Emanuelson has confirmed he will be leaving AC Milan to join Fulham on loan until the end of the season.

10:18 GMT: Having sold Coutinho to Liverpool, Inter Milan are ready to replace the winger with Argentine Ezequiel Schelotto. The Atalanta winger is said to be delighted negotiations are coming to an end as he awaits his move to the San Siro.

10:12 GMT: DONE DEAL: QPR have signed South Korean Yun Suk-Young. The defender was granted a work permit and has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road.

10:10 GMT: Peterborough United have agreed a fee with Crystal Palace for George Boyd. The Posh midfielder has spent six years at the club and is currently talking terms with Palace. Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: "George has been a Palace fan all his life and now has a chance if he joins them to help them get promoted to Premier League."

10:05 GMT: Argentinian full-back Lionel Scaloni has joined Atalanta on loan for the rest of the season from Lazio.

09:54 GMT: Leroy Fer's proposed move to Everton is in doubt after the player's medical. There is a problem with his knee having suffered injuries to that area in the past and Everton now wish to pay the fee in installments but FC Twente seem to be having none of it. Chairman Joop Munsterman said: "Everton have additional requirements on the method of payment. Here we do not agree so it's stuck."

09:45 GMT: In other Championship news, Lee Clark's struggling Birmingham could be on the verge of selling one of their prize assets in Nathan Redmond. Watford have bid £2m for the winger.

09:42 GMT: Chris Hughton has been on the look out for a new striker all window and may finally have found his man. Leeds United topscorer Luciano Becchio could be moving to Norwich for £1m + Steve Morison going in the other direction.

09:33 GMT: Tough-tackling French midfielder Étienne Capoue is in London to talk to QPR about a possible transfer accoridng to Le10. His current club Toulouse are willing to do business and Harry Redknapp is keen to bring Capoue in after missing out on Yann M'Vila to Rubin Kazan.

09:11 GMT: Didier Drogba's move to Galatasaray has been thrown into doubt with Shanghai Shenhua insisting the striker is still contracted to them. "Drogba is still a Shanghai Shenhua Football Club member as the contract between the two parties is still within its period of validity," a statement read.

08:44 GMT: Chelsea are the first club to make a firm bid for England Under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland but it is far from certain he will head to Stamford Bridge from Birmingham City.

08:06 GMT: Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has revealed the club are close to securing the signature of USA international Brek Shea. FULL STORY.

07:37 GMT: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated he is keen to reward captain Steven Gerrard with a new contract at Anfield. FULL STORY.

06:55 GMT: The Daily Mail has a snap of Philipe Coutinho holding a Liverpool shirt. Surely positive signs for Reds fans.

05:15 GMT: Hoffenheim have signed Belgium forward Igor de Camargo from
Borussia Monchengladbach for the rest of the season in a bid to avoid relegation.

03:20 GMT: Stoke are close to securing the signature of FC Dallas winger Brek Shea, pending a medical and the United States international securing a work permit. "I think it is close now, and we are hoping that we can get that deal done in the next day or so," Pulis told Stoke's official website.

01:00 GMT: Here's a look at what is making headlines in Wednesday's papers.

Just a matter of hours after finalising a deal for Mario Balotelli to move to AC Milan, Manchester City have already set about replacing the troubled striker. And fans could happily forget the Italian if City are successful in their pursuit of Barcelona forward David Villa. According to the Mirror, the Premier League champions are ready to launch an audacious bid for the Spaniard, although Barca have insisted that Villa is not for sale. Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday that Arsenal were turned down by the Spanish giants, but Roberto Mancini is supposedly ready to make an offer for Villa, who is rated at around £15 million. The club is hopeful of ending negotiations quickly and signing the 31-year-old before Thursday's deadline.

Chelsea may have found a long-term replacement for Petr Cech as Birmingham have paved the way for the Blues to begin talks with goalkeeper Jack Butland, the Sun reports. Butland has been chased by a host of Premier League clubs - including Liverpool, Everton and Fulham - but it seems Chelsea lead the race to sign the 19-year-old. It is believed the European champions will bid around £3.5m for the youngster and the offer may be too good to refuse for Lee Clark's side which faces growing financial uncertainty.

Stoke could make a last minute move for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, although they would be forced to sell forward duo Peter Crouch and Kenwyn Jones to free up some cash for the wantaway player. According to the Mirror, Potters boss Tony Pulis has informed QPR and Swansea that they are free to chase Crouch and Jones respectively, with Bent likely to take up the offer to leave relegation-threatened Villa. Charlie Adam could also leave the Brittania before Thursday as Stoke's attacking ranks receive an overhaul.

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