The race to snare Sneijder

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Hello and welcome to ESPN FC's On The Move blog, where we'll be giving you all the latest transfer news and gossip throughout the January transfer window. Many of the usual suspects - Wesley Sneijder, Alvaro Negredo - are being mentioned in dispatches, but there are sure to be many new names making grist for the rumour mill over the next month. Stick around through the day to see what January 1 has in store...

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Serie APA PhotosWesley Sneijder has not played for Inter since September

23.30 GMT: That's all for tonight. Hope you have all had a nice start to 2013 and make sure to come back tomorrow to see some more deals confirmed as they happen.

23.07 GMT: Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison has revealed he has spoken with Chelsea and would like to play with former team-mate Oscar. "I went to England (some weeks ago) just to take a look. I talked to the president," he told Diario Popular. "I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want to play with him again."

22.00 GMT: Charlton midfielder Bradley Pritchard is being tracked by Aston Villa, Fulham and Reading, according to Sky Sports.

21.22 GMT: Sevilla have announced the signing of Bosnia forward Miroslav Stevanovic, subject to a medical. The 22-year-old arrived in the Spanish city today to have his medical tomorrow and should that be successful, he will be confirmed as a Sevilla player.

21.01 GMT: Napoli’s sporting director Riccardo Bigon has confirmed they will striker Eduardo Vargas, who has been targeted by Grêmio, São Paulo and Flamengo, leave the club on loan in January. “He will be loaned. We have several alternatives in Europe and South America,” he told Italian newspaper La Republicca. “We will analyse them to choose the best for him to continue developing. Adaptation to Italian football and life on a day-to-day basis has proved more difficult than expected.”

20.28 GMT: BREAKING NEWS: Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will not be signing for the club on loan in Jan, manager Arsene Wenger has said. "He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway. At the moment, we are not on that case,' he said. Asked whether a move could still happen, he said: "No."

20.09 GMT: Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt is hopeful Germany centre-back Benedikt Howedes will sign an extension with the club, with his current deal due to expire next year. "Of course, we want to extend his contract early with him,” Heldt told Sport Bild.

19.55 GMT: Tony Pulis is hoping he will be able to improve his Stoke squad this month.

“We would like to do some business but we have to wheel and deal as well,” he said. “We have to get a few out. If we can do that we will try to get a couple in. I think the squad needs a little bit of fresh blood but we have to generate it. We can't go out and spend the money. If we get room and space and the players are available then we will do it.”

19:27 GMT: Slovenia midfielder Josip Ilicic, 24, has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Milan but he has told Tuttosport he’s going nowhere: “I have absolutely no intention of leaving Italy. I am very happy here, I’m very close to home and I love Serie A. My future is at Palermo. I have a contract until 2016 and would like to become a symbol for this club.”

18:59 GMT: New Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish is considering strengthening his squad after the 3-0 defeat at Blackburn. “We've had a lot of names thrown at us which suggests that they're available, which we are looking through,” he said. “I don't think there's a pot of gold available but we'll present the case to the owners and that's the way we'll work, to see what can be done.”

18:36 GMT: Any Spurs fans hoping for new signings this month - Wesley Sneijder, perhaps - will be disappointed to hear Andre Villas-Boas' post-match remarks today: "I would say it’s extremely unlikely we will do anything in January."

18:19 GMT: DONE DEAL Sunderland striker Ji Dong-Won has joined Augsburg on loan. Story here.

17:50 GMT: Michu has proved to be perhaps the signing of the summer in the Premier League, and Swansea scout Erik Larson has explained how the club managed to snag him from Rayo Vallecano for only £2 million. “Rayo were in administration,” he told Ekstra Bladet. “That means administrators rather than the club make decisions on who will be sold. Administrators are not particularly football-savvy.”

17:18 GMT: Reports from Brazil claim Santos have made a final bid of €7 million for Robinho, but AC Milan aren’t going to accept it. The player is, in any case, apparently unhappy with the wages on offer.

16:43 GMT: Demba Ba has dismissed suggestions he is motivated by the desire for personal wealth. His move from Newcastle to Chelsea apparently fell through due to wage demands but he told the Daily Telegraph: “Something which is easy for me to give is money. I feel detached from it. I look after myself and my family, but I won't forget people who struggle. The money I earn is not just for me - it is made for me to give to the people. My father lives in Senegal most of the time, and my mother goes there for five months a year. They are from similar villages, and know how to distribute money to people who need it. For me, it's not about being Demba Ba, or a footballer, or at Newcastle. I'm no better than anybody else.”

16:15 GMT: Arsenal are being strongly linked with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, but Nigel Adkins says the Saints don't want to sell.

15:46 GMT: Lucas Moura has just completed his move to PSG, but the Ligue 1 side are not intending to sign anyone else this month. More here.

15:17 GMT: Lazio striker Tommaso Rocchi is very, very close to completing his move to Inter Milan, according to the 35-year-old’s agent.

15:01 GMT: DONE DEAL: Sheffield United have signed Stoke's Danny Higginbotham on a free transfer, with the defender signing an initial six-month contract.

14:40 GMT: Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew remains hopeful that striker Demba Ba will agree a new contract with the club which eliminates his £7 million release clause and fends off interest from the likes of Chelsea. Fancy his chances?

13:55 GMT: Danny Rose is happy at Sunderland and doesn't want to head back to Spurs right now. "I'm very happy up north. I'm close to my family, and playing every week," he said. "I love the staff, players and management here, and I'm not looking to go back south and not play."

13:40 GMT: Denmark manager Morten Olsen has advised midfielder Christian Eriksen to stay at Ajax by another couple of years and not make a move to one of Europe's top leagues quite yet. The 20-year-old's former team-mate at the Dutch club, Jan Vertonghen, has urged him to follow him to Tottenham, but Olsen disagrees.

"He's still only 20 years' old, but he's a player who is developing all the time," Olsen told Denmark's TV2 Sport. "He's played two, three years and been a champion a couple of times, he's played over 25 internationals and been in a lot of Champions League games.
"(A move) would be a bad idea. There are many positives (with Ajax), they play for the title, they're at the top, they're regularly in the Europa League playing big games."

13:00 GMT: Marouane Fellaini has said he is prepared to see out his current deal at Everton - which runs until 2016 - as long as the club want him. However, the big Belgian has revealed the reason he has had to move to Manchester because "women would suddenly climb all over me" in Liverpool.

12:30 GMT: DONE DEAL! Well, kind of. Lucas Moura has finally put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract with Paris Saint-Germain, officially completing his €40 million move from Sao Paulo agreed in the summer.

11:50 GMT: QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirms that he plans to speak to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers about taking midfielder Joe Cole to Loftus Road on loan, but only if they can cut a deal over the 31-year-old's wages. For those playing Redknapp bingo on this New Year's Day, 'Arry says neither 't'riffic' nor 'top, top player' in this story.

11:15 GMT: Theo Walcott has reiterated his desire to stay at Arsenal despite negotiations over a new contract still yet to start. He says he hopes to sign da ting "very soon".

10:15 GMT: For some reason, Bundesliga club Hannover have reportedly set their sights on Arsenal defender Johan Djourou as the man to plug their leaky defence. Only Hoffenheim have shipped more more Hannover's 31 league goals so far this term, so there would be a lot of pressure on the Switzerland international's shoulders should he make the move.

10:00 GMT: Mario Balotelli is one player expected to figure prominently in this transfer window, but Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says that the club's owner does not want the Italy international to be sold: "Sheikh Mansour likes Balotelli because he recognises the talent and he exports the name of City over the world. We need to realise Mario was signed as a major investment and this is not a club that throws its capital through the window. I think Mario will stay but the future depends mostly on him."

09:45 GMT: A quick glance at a couple of notable transfers which were agreed yesterday

Veteran goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has decided to see out the end of his career by leaving Tottenham and joining LA Galaxy. Why he would want to switch Seven Sisters Road for Sunset Boulevard is anyone's guess.

Sporting Lisbon captain Daniel Carrico has agreed a deal to join Reading and help their fight against Premier League relegation.

09:00 GMT: Here's this morning's paper round-up

The battle to lure out-of-favour Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League appears set to heat up in the opening week of January, with the Daily Mirror reporting Liverpool and Tottenham have joined Manchester United in the race for his signature. Sneijder has stated his desire to seek pastures new many times in recent weeks, and Inter may be set to oblige after dropping their asking price to £10 million. The Dutchman could replace Nuri Sahin at Anfield following revelations that Brendan Rodgers wants to end his loan spell from Real Madrid early.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to bolster their squad this month as they aim to put pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United. Rafa Benitez views Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo as a player who can help him achieve that goal, according to a report in The Sun. The Blues are set to offer £14 million for the 27-year-old, which would come as a welcome cash boost to the struggling La Liga outfit.

Arsenal's pursuit of Southampton’s Luke Shaw will reach its conclusion today, the Daily Mirror states. The £5 million-rated left-back is reportedly in talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who had an offer for Shaw rejected last summer. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have both come to Arsenal via the Saints, but Wenger believes Shaw could be the pick of the trio once he has matured. It is claimed Wenger and chief scout Steve Rowley see the 17-year-old as having more potential than Spurs' Gareth Bale.

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