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Transfer news LIVE: Lamptey set to sign new deal, Rose Tottenham contract, plus Messi, Man Utd and Juventus updates

THE January window is now OPEN and moves are happening around the UK and Europe.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, clubs are still managing to drop big money on signings – and we've the very latest from the Premier League and abroad.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUE MOON

    AC Milan are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Fikayo Tomori.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "AC Milan director Massara always wanted Fikayo Tomori, also when he was working at AS Roma.

    "Negotiations are now in advanced stage w/Chelsea to sign him on loan with buy option [and *not* obligation] around €30m (£26m). AC Milan hope to complete the deal in the coming days."

    Romano then stated that the Blues are also set to offload Danny Drinkwater on loan.

    He added: "While negotiations with AC Milan for Tomori are progressing, Chelsea loan out Danny Drinkwater to Kasimpasa until the end of the season."

  • Jake Lambourne

    SHRED OF DETAIL

    Mesut Ozil are reportedly ready to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract with the club.

    The midfielder remains well out of the first-team picture, with boss Mikel Arteta unlikely to add him to his squad list for the second half of the season.

    Now, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Gunners are ready to cut their losses six months early.

    Romano posted on Twitter that 'negotiations are still on' but that there has been no agreement to rip up his contract yet.

    Turkish giants Fenerbahce are the favourites to sign the 32-year-old, and they are prepared to wait until the end of the transfer window to get him.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GOT TO GO

    Leeds United are sending starlet Robbie Gotts to Salford on his second loan move of the season. 

    Midfielder Gotts will go into the League Two side in his normal role after spending much of his fine with Lincoln out of position at right-back. 

    Marcelo Bielsa wants Gotts to return to the first team squad next season and the chance to play for Salford is a better step forward.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FLASH GORDON

    Man Utd are reportedly in competition with Liverpool in the race to sign Derby starlet Kaide Gordon.

    According to Sky Sports, the highly-rated 16-year-old will leave Pride Park in the next fortnight.

    It has been claimed that the Rams have already turned down an offer in the region of £1million for the attacking midfielder.

    Gordon made his Championship debut in Derby’s 4-0 victory at Birmingham last month.

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOFF LOVE

    Everton confirmed they were able to sign James Rodriguez for free last summer, clearing up his mysterious transfer.

    Everton's director of football Marcel Brands revealed at their Annual General Meeting that the deal was in fact wrapped up with no fee, despite reports stating he joined for £22million.

    He said: "It was one of the most difficult and weirdest transfer windows ever. The pandemic was clearly involved in this transfer window.

    "We finished the window with a squad of 27 players – a little bit more than originally planned.

    "We signed six new players. Three on a permanent transfer – Allan, Doucoure and Ben Godfrey.

    "One on a free – James Rodriguez. One on a training compensation – Nkounkou. And one loan without a loan fee – Robin Olsen."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TIME TO BALE

    Tottenham are reportedly 'not considering' a second loan move for Gareth Bale.

    The Welshman has struggled to impress since he returned from Real Madrid in September.

    According to The Times, no plans are in place for Spurs to extend his stay in North London.

    But Jose Mourinho is believed to be pleased with the 31-year-old's 'attitude' and 'character'.

    Bale is also said to be one of the most popular players in the Tottenham dressing room.

    But the ex-Southampton star has struggled to impress Mourinho on the pitch this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    END THIS MES

    Mesut Ozil should QUIT Arsenal this month or face being 'physically in trouble', according to former defender William Gallas.

    When asked if Ozil leaving this month would be in the interests of both player and club, Gallas told PlayOJO: "Maybe…

    "It’s been a long time since he last played and I’m sure he’s frustrated.

    "When you don’t play, physically you’ll be in trouble when you come back. If he can leave, he should leave."

    The Frenchman added: "I don’t think the board want Ozil so right now they need to find a solution and let him go to another club."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON'T BANK ON IT

    Premier League sides have reportedly accepted that pre-season tours around the world won't happen this summer due to coronavirus.

    It will be the second summer in a row that the money-spinners are shelved as the pandemic rages on.

    MailOnline reports that 'tours are already off the agenda', with there even being concerns around trips within the UK.

    The government is rolling out a huge vaccination programme with it hoped that by mid-July 'huge numbers of the UK population will be vaccinated'.

    But there are still worries that travel restrictions will remain in place.

    Premier League clubs are set to miss out on millions in merchandise and TV deals from games around the globe.

    And Mailonline adds that they could be hit with 'penalty payments' for being unable to honour deals with sponsors.

  • Marc Mayo

    MORNING TRANSFER NEWS

    Aston Villa have joined Manchester United in trailing Bournemouth's David Brooks – while Mesut Ozil is "closer than ever" to joining Fenerbahce.

    That's the pick of the domestic transfer talk – but further afield Chelsea and Tottenham are reportedly duelling for South Korean superstar Kim Min-jae, nicknamed ‘The Monster’.

    Beijing Guoan's 6ft 3in centre-back, 24, has been a Chinese Super League sensation this term.

    Meanwhile, Wales midfielder Brooks, 23, is being increasingly linked with a Premier League return.

    And Fenerbahce sporting director Emre Belozoglu claims negotiations over Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil are edging towards a January move.

    Barcelona reserve keeper Neto is the latest name mentioned as a possible incoming new deputy for Bernd Leno at the Emirates.

    But the Gunners are tipped to delay any bid for Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia until later this month, as they wait to see how the hunt for Lyon star Houssem Aouar pans out.

    Elsewhere, England midfielder Jesse Lingard is rated likely to stay at Manchester United for at least the rest of the season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LAMP STILL BRIGHT

    Tariq Lamptey is on the brink of signing a bumper new long-term Brighton contract.

    Lamptey, 20, will net a big pay hike from the £14,000-a-week deal he agreed when joining from Chelsea for an initial £4m this time last year.

    Ex-Chelsea defender Tariq Lamptey could still be targeted by Arsenal

    The rampaging right-back has been Brighton’s standout player this season with a string of eye-catching displays.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan as he looks to overhaul his squad.

    German giants Bayern Munich are also watching him closely.

    So Amex chiefs are keen to get Lamptey — currently crocked — to extend a deal that runs out in summer 2023.

    Arsenal are reportedly ready to make a move if they lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona.

    And with the Gunners enduring a torrid first half of the season, it would be no surprise if Arteta shakes things up this month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TARIQ TIPPED FOR NEW DEAL

    Ex-Chelsea wing-back Tariq Lamptey is tipped to land a lucrative new Brighton deal – despite interest from Arsenal.

    The England Under-21 star, 20, has so far been rewarded for his decision to quit Stamford Bridge last January for regular action with the Seagulls.

    And in return he could reward the Premier League strugglers for giving him that chance by staying – at least for now.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DIALLO WILL QUIZ BAILLY FOR HELP

    Amad Diallo will look to fellow Ivorian Eric Bailly for help in adapting to life at Manchester United.

    Having arrived from Atalanta, the young winger also named Paul Pogba as a senior star who can offer him advice at his new home.

    He told the club website: “Eric will be a definite reference point for me. 

    “I’ve actually already been in touch with him over the last few months and we’ve been chatting. 

    “I’ll be asking him for advice and will be listening to all he says, and also the other players who speak French and Italian like Pogba for example, he will be another good reference point for me.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    KOP LOAN LEWIS TO ARGYLE

    Liverpool wing-back Adam Lewis, 21, has joined League One side Plymouth Argyle on loan for the rest of the season.

    The England Under-20s star was borrowed by French second-tier side Amiens earlier this term, playing nine times.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ODION DREAMS OF EXTENDING UTD STAY

    Odion Ighalo is set to leave Manchester United this month, but the striker has revealed he is desperate to extend his loan at the club.

    The Nigeria striker, 31, has played just four times this season – with just one of those coming in the Premier League – after his loan from Shanghai Shenhua was extended.

    Ighalo has slipped further down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order thanks to Edinson Cavani’s summer arrival.

    And while the ex-Watford ace has admitted he wants to stay at Old Trafford, he’s aware his time could be coming to an end.

    Ighalo told ESPN: “Today, I’m in Manchester but at the end of the month I don’t know where I’m going to be.

    “If it’s possible I’d like to stay here but if not I have to go. I have options. I wait for my agent. He is doing his job and I’m doing mine.

    “At the end of the month, we have to decide what is best and we’ll take it.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    VILLA EYE UTD TARGET BROOKS

    Manchester United target David Brooks is now on Aston Villa’s radar.

    Wales star David Brooks is one of the Championship’s most wanted playersCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Bournemouth’s Wales midfielder, 23, has shone since returning from injury this season, notching three goals and five assists from 17 games.

    Brooks is keen on getting back to the Premier League but the third-placed Cherries are hoping for an instant return after relegation.

    But Villa are now considered favourites, should he move in this transfer window.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JARR OUT OF TOFFEES

    Everton centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite is off to Championship side Blackburn on loan for the rest of the season.

    The Toffees want the 18-year-old to gain more competitive experience as he has played just five senior games since signing from hometown club Carlisle last January.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NETO IS '£18m ARSENAL TARGET'

    Barcelona reserve keeper Neto has been rated an £18m Arsenal target.

    Neto is the latest name linked with joining the Gunners as back-up keeperCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Gunners' boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants a new second-choice stopper to Bernd Leno.

    Summer signing Alex Runarsson has struggled to impress as successor to back-up Emiliano Martinez, who is now shining for Aston Villa.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FENERBAHCE ‘CLOSER THAN EVER’ TO OZIL DEAL

    Fenerbahce sporting director Emre Belozoglu says Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil is ‘closer than ever’ to joining the Turkish giants.

    His comments come after the Turkish side’s president Ali Koc talked up the possibility of bringing the World Cup winner to the club.

    He too admitted that the Super Lig giants are in contact with the 32-year-old – who is in the final six months of his contract in North London.

    And the former Real Madrid playmaker, who has spoken of his love for Fenerbahce, would want Arsenal to spread out the rest of his £350,000-a-week pay across three years.

    Sky Sports quote Emre as saying: “Mesut Ozil has been one of the most special players in the world for his position in the last 20 years.

    “If this transfer takes place, it will be a first. I regard it as a very positive move for both our community and our president, but I don’t think it will be easy.

    “We had a meeting with him and his agent. It’s happening slowly, but Mesut is closer than ever to Fenerbahce.

    “If Mesut can make a deal with his club on the terms we expect, it won’t be a burden for us financially considering our limits this year.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    STOKE SIGN SPURS STRIKER

    Tottenham's £10million frontman Jack Clarke has joined Stoke on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 20-year-old has made just three appearances, all as a sub, since arriving at Spurs from Leeds in July 2019.

    Stoke manager Michael O'Neil hailed Clarke as "an exciting young wide player who will bring an added dimension".

  • Ian Tuckey

    FAR FROM PAUL SYSTEMS GO

    Chelsea are not currently in the market for Paulo Dybala.

    The Blues are one of several clubs tipped to make a move for the Juventus striker if he becomes available.

    Yet Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported on the lack of contact between the Premier League club and Dybala’s camp.

    However, he does insist that the Argentine will likely leave Turin if he cannot agree on a new contract by the summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GUNNERS BIDE TIME ON BUENDIA

    Arsenal are tipped to delay any bid for Norwich midfielder Emiliano Buendia until later this month.

    Boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly prioritising a midfielder in this transfer window and will first wait to see how the hunt for Lyon’s France star Houssem Aouar pans out.

    Argentinian Emiliano Buendia has admitted he'd like a quick return to the PremCredit: Reuters

    Journalist  Fabrizio Romano told AFTV the Gunners have spoken to Argentinian Buendia’s agent.

    But he added: “It’s not sure he will be the perfect player. They will decide after selling players, the best option they have. They will go for it.

    “It’s normal for a top club like Arsenal to go to many agents and to be ready, particularly when talking about a quick market like January, you have 10 days or 15 days to decide about your targets.

    “They’re talking with many agents for many opportunities and Buendia is one of the chances. 

    “But also Norwich want to keep the player so it won’t be so easy.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    DELE ODDS-ON FOR PSG SWITCH

    Spurs' England midfielder Dele Alli is rated 2-5 with bookmaker Coral to rejoin old boss Mauricio Pochettino at his new club PSG.

    But they also believe the 24-year-old switching to a Premier League rival is not out of the question.

    Odds: 2-5 PSG, 6-1 Everton, 8-1 Manchester United, 10-1 Liverpool, 14-1 Real Madrid, 25-1 Arsenal

  • Ian Tuckey

    SWANS SWOOP FOR HAMER

    Swansea City are snapping up keeper Ben Hamer from Huddersfield on loan – with a view to a full-time move. 

    Steve Cooper needs a new shot stopper and the Terriers are willing to let 33-year-old Hamer leave as he has lost his place in their side. 

    The ex-Charlton and Leicester keeper is out of contract at the end of the season and has a chance to make his Swans' move permanent.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GARD AGAINST EXIT

    England midfielder Jesse Lingard is tipped to stay at Manchester United this month.

    The Telegraph report on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeing the midfielder as a useful squad option in the title fight ahead.

    With a new contract signed recently, Lingard did feature in the FA Cup win over Watford.

    But a permanent move in the summer may be on the club’s agenda.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CHELSEA JOIN ‘MONSTER’ FIGHT

    Chelsea have joined Tottenham’s pursuit of a South Korean superstar defender nicknamed ‘The Monster’.

    Spurs are reportedly revving up their interest in 6ft 3in Beijing Guoan centre-back Kim Min-jae  in response to rival clubs hovering for the 24-year-old.

    And the Blues are said to be racing up the queue for the 30-cap ace, who has been with his Chinese Super League club since 2018.

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