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Everton readying to sell Ross Barkley; Man United eye Morgan Schneiderlin

The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and done deals here.

22.30 GMT: A quiet night, but come back tomorrow for more.

20.23 GMT: Manolo Gabbiadini is on the verge of completing his move from Sampdoria to Napoli after the Partenopei announced that the striker has passed his medical with the club...

19.57 GMT: Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwazer has been strongly linked with a move to Leicester in recent days, and Jose Mourinho has since confirmed that the 42-year-old will be departing during the transfer window to join the Foxes.

19.24 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollscheid is on the verge of joining Stoke on loan for the rest of the season, Potters boss Mark Hughes has confirmed.

"It is a deal that is likely to happen and we are likely to see him here early next week I would suggest," Hughes told Stoke's official website. "He has superb quality and in my opinion he is a very good footballer, so we are very pleased to have agreed the terms of the deal."

18.35 GMT: Newcastle have announced that they have terminated the contract of Hatem Ben Arfa, with the midfielder now set for his move to Nice as a free agent.

Nice confirmed on Saturday that Ben Arfa is due for a medical with the club, having failed to establish himself on loan at Hull this season, and with Newcastle deeming him surplus to requirements. 

A Newcastle statement read: "Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent. Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.''

17.47 GMT: Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a move away from Galatasaray this January, with the likes of Manchester United and Southampton having been credited with an interest.

However, according to the player's agent, the Netherlands international will be staying put in Istanbul for the time being...

"The Galatasaray board told me that they won't sell Sneijder," Guido Albers told Bugun TV. "Wesley loves Galatasaray and the fans. Both he and his wife Yolanthe want to stay in Istanbul."

17.03 GMT: QPR boss Harry Redknapp is aware his team need attacking reinforcements, but he doesn't seem confident about adding the required quality. He said to talkSPORT: "Who is going to loan you a striker to play in the Premier League? You need a miracle to find one, it's very difficult."

15.49 GMT: Morgan Schneiderlin may have been linked with a move away from Southampton, but he's on the scoresheet for the Saints in today's FA Cup action.

14.58 GMT: As mentioned, Ronaldo could one day be off the United States, according to his agent Jorge Mendes. Read the full story.

14.09 GMT: The big news this week has been that of Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool at the end of the season for the United States... Well, he could one day be followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Real Madrid player's agent hinting at a similar move for his client further down the line.

"He will finish his career at Real Madrid, and after that, perhaps he will go to the United States. Only God knows what will happen," Jorge Mendes told Telefoot. "There is no way he will sign for Paris Saint-Germain, that's impossible -- including for Cristiano, someone for whom anything is possible".

13.47 GMT: Manchester United target Morgan Schneiderlin has said he expects to remain as a Southampton player for the rest of the season.

United, along with Arsenal and Tottenham, have been linked with a January move for the midfielder, but it looks as if they will have to wait until the summer before getting their man.

"It's always difficult to leave in January," Schneiderlin told Telefoot. "I think I'll finish the season at Southampton and we'll see what will happen next. I don't set my mind on these things anymore."

13.19 GMT: AC Milan are lining up a move for Newcastle full-back Davide Santon, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Milan have apparently made an enquiry about the former Inter Milan defender -- who made his return from injury for the Magpies on Saturday -- in hope of taking him on loan with an option to buy.

13.03 GMT: We mentioned earlier that Levski Sofia's 17-year-old attacking midfielder Bozhidar Kraev has arrived for a trial with Manchester City... Well, he has since gone on to speak of his excitement about the opportunity:

"I am looking forward to having a really great time at City. This invitation from Manchester is an honour to me," Kraev said. "I am not nervous at all."

Read the full story here.

12.48 GMT: Torres, who made his debut for Atletico in 2001 before moving to Liverpool in 2007, has said he is delighted to be back home...

12.36 GMT: Fernando Torres is currently being unveiled to the Atletico Madrid supporters ahead of his loan move back to his hometown club from AC Milan, and there is a full Estadio Vicente Calderon to welcome their hero...

12.09 GMT: Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens has spoken of his regret at the club's decision to sell Joshua Kimmich to Bayern Munich next summer.

The defensive midfielder, currently on loan at Red Bull Leipzig, will join Bayern on a five-year deal at the end of the season for a reported seven million euros, despite having yet to make his debut for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

"When Bayern Munich come along, it becomes very difficult to say no,'' Stevens told Sport1 television. "But of course, the managerial staff are sad about it. I would have loved to work with him."

11.50 GMT: Werder Bremen midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic has not ruled out extending his contract at the Weserstadion amid reported interest from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach. "My agent's getting enquiries all the time, but he will only let me know if anything serious comes in and that has not happened yet,'' Junuzovic told the Kreiszeitung. "The fans shouldn't worry. It's incredible how much they are doing to fight for me to stay."

11.22 GMT: The Guardian reports that Levski Sofia's 17-year-old attacking midfielder Bozhidar Kraev has arrived for a trial with Manchester City, and he will watch today's FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. He has already had a trial at Juventus.

10.59 GMT: The Liverpool Echo is backing up the reports earlier today in the national press that Liverpool are close to finally agreeing a new contract with Raheem Sterling, and say it could be done before the end of the month.

10.38 GMT: DONE DEAL Alex Kiwomya, the nephew of former Arsenal and Ipswich man Chris, has joined League One side Barnsley on loan from Chelsea.

10.11 GMT: Another story from The Sun now, and it's another striker link to Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini is playing without a striker at the moment, so could he look to strengthen in the summer? Aston Villa's Christian Benteke is tipped to move to Manchester, and with the Villans scoring just 11 Premier League goals this season that would be a mighty blow.

09.30 GMT: The Sun claims that striker Didier Drogba will try and convince Chelsea to sign his former Ivory Coast teammate Wilfried Bony at the end of the season. That contradicts the overnight story in the Daily Mirror we reported below.


Barkley a £45m January option?

Roberto Martinez could do with a bumper transfer budget to strengthen his squad in January with Everton sitting 13th in the Premier League table, and the Daily Mail reports the Toffees might be willing to let Ross Barkley leave this winter for a fee in excess of 45 million pounds.

The 21-year-old has been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea in the past, but the England starlet's departure would provide much-needed funds to fend off a relegation battle. Either that or provide Martinez's potential successful with a transfer war chest, should he be shown the exit door.

Southampton's midfield will be shored up thanks to the return of Morgan Schneiderlin from suspension.
Hey, we thought the Southampton exodus was over last summer. Morgan Schneiderlin could be the latest to leave.

United join race for Schneiderlin?

Louis van Gaal has raved about Michael Carrick's performances this season but is well aware the Manchester United midfielder turns 34 this year -- with that in mind, the Old Trafford coach has joined the race for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Daily Mirror.

With Arsenal and Tottenham apparently willing to pay 27 million pounds for the 25-year-old France international, United are set to make it a three-horse race for his signature. Expect fireworks.

Sterling odds-on for new Anfield deal

It's been a tough week for Liverpool fans, with the news Steven Gerrard is leaving at the end of the season for MLS -- with a source telling ESPN FC that the Anfield skipper is closing on an 18-month deal to LA Galaxy -- so they will be suitably buoyed by reports across the British media that Raheem Sterling is set to sign a new five-year contract.

The Daily Telegraph states the 20-year-old is holding out for 120,000 pounds a week, though with Liverpool said to be offering around 70,000, both parties might meet somewhere in the middle with a heavily incentivised deal.

City closing on Swansea striker?

Wilfried Bony scored a quite spectacular goal for Swansea at QPR on New Year's Day before signing off for African Nations Cup duty, and it could well be his last for the club, with the Daily Mirror reporting Manchester City will step up their chase for the Ivory Coast international.

The paper suggests the Premier League champions are willing to pay as much as 25 million pounds for the striker as they go toe to toe with Chelsea in the title race, and Bony would no doubt relish the chance to test himself in the Champions League against Barcelona.

Could Radamel Falcao be on the move just as he's starting to find his feet in Manchester?

Juventus expect Falcao chance

Radamel Falcao has just started to look like the player Manchester United thought they were getting on loan back in September, though the Daily Mirror reportED Juventus are waiting in the wings, as they do not expect Louis van Gaal to spend more than 40 million pounds to make the Monaco loanee's move a permanent one.

With three goals in 15 appearances, the Colombia international is thought to have until April to convince United over a full-time move, though Serie A champions Juve are reportedly confident they will get the chance to sign the striker instead.


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