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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Manchester United to swoop for Schneiderlin before Arsenal, Spurs

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.

TOP STORY: United consider swooping for Saints star

If you can't beat them, sign them -- that's Manchester United's approach according to the Daily Express, who report that Louis van Gaal is considering a 25 million-pound January bid for Morgan Schneiderlin after watching the Southampton midfielder dominate proceedings as the Saints left Old Trafford with a 1-0 victory on Sunday.

With United's Champions League hopes hanging in the balance as Ronald Koeman's side leapfrogged them into third place in the Premier League, the paper states that Van Gaal will attempt to push through a move for the France international to bolster his midfield options and prevent Arsenal or Tottenham landing him this summer.

The 25-year-old has said this month he feels a move away from St Mary's is unlikely before the end of the season, but money talks, and United are who the January window was made for -- the rich and the desperate.


HEADLINES:

- New York City FC announce Mix Diskerud deal
- Messi in control of his Barcelona future - Busquets
- Yaya Sanogo leaves Arsenal for Crystal Palace loan
- Falcao's Manchester United future in doubt - agent
Ravel Morrison's West Ham future uncertain, Lazio linked

- U.S. teen Green vows to improve at Hamburg
- Hildebrand leaves Frankfurt, could join MLS club


LIVE BLOG:

22.28 GMT: That's it for another day of Transfer Talk but fear not, we'll be back soon with the Wednesday morning back-page headlines. Thanks for reading!

22.19 GMT: Liverpool legend Steve Nicol says the Anfield club should target Alexandre Lacazette, the Lyon striker who leads all Ligue 1 scorers with 19 goals, and that Fabian Delph would be a good addition to Brendan Rodgers' squad.

21.56 GMT: DONE DEAL Goalkeeper Troy Perkins has signed with the Seattle Sounders. The 33-year-old, who finished the 2014 season with the Montreal Impact, debuted in MLS in 2004 and has also played for D.C. United and the Portland Timbers, as well as a two-year stint with Valerenga in Norway.

21.16 GMT: Middlesbrough will not offer former Arsenal and Atletico Madrid midfielder Fran Merida a contract, according to Goal.com. The 24-year-old has been training with the Championship outfit for the last week. 

20:30 GMT: The Guardian reports that Louis van Gaal is planning a major clearout of his Manchester United squad, with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, David De Gea, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all possibilities to depart Old Trafford.

Could two of United's biggest names be set for the exit?

Falcao is on loan from Monaco and the others have 18 months remaining on their current contracts and are not close to agreeing new deals.

Van Persie turns 32 in August, De Gea has been linked regularly with Real Madrid and persistent injury problems are said to have dented Van Gaal's faith in Jones and Smalling.

18.45 GMT: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin has responded -- in rather generic fashion, admittedly -- to speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

"That's up to everyone's personal choices and the club choice," the French midfielder told the BBC. "We are going to see where we are going to finish and what everyone's going to do but right now I can't predict anything.''

18.34 GMT: More now on Krystian Bielik with The Guardian reporting that Arsenal are set to win the race to sign the Polish teenager. The report states that Gunners representatives flew to Warsaw on Tuesday to complete a deal for a fee of up to three million euros.

18.25 GMT: Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has suggested the Spanish giants have no need to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Calderon told talkSPORT: : "I don't know, but what I do know is we already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Iker Casillas. We also have just bought Keylor Navas. I don't see any need to get any other goalkeeper.

"De Gea is perhaps also one of the top five goalkeepers in the world but Casillas can still be at the top for three or four more years. I don't see any need (for De Gea)."

17.49 GMT: Interesting tweet from our PSG blogger about the future of striker Ezequiel Lavezzi:

17.31 GMT: Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal's official website that he thrives in the centre: "I have more space [in the middle], more possibilities to score and assist, and I like this position very much. I always can help the team and I love when I play in the middle."

Things could get congested for Arsene Wenger with Mesut Ozil returning to full fitness -- is there space for both players at the Gunners?

17.24 GMT: A recap from earlier on today then on Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas telling Le Parisien that reported Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette is "a lot better" than Gareth Bale, and closed the door on a departure for the in-form forward.

That's high praise indeed. Full story.

Lacazette is Ligue 1's top scorer this season.

17.07 GMT: Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident Danny Ings is not being affected by speculation surrounding his future, and says the club have no financial need to sell the striker.

"We're quite secure," the Clarets coach said. "The good side of not spending millions and millions of pounds -- we've spent a few quid by Burnley standards, but not by the Premier League market -- is that we're in a good place financially."

16.53 GMT: It's all systems go for Carles Gil at Aston Villa -- with the midlands clubs just three points above the relegation zone, Paul Lambert will be hoping the young midfielder can bring some creativity to his goal-shy side.

16.40 GMT: It's fair to say NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis is pleased with his club's latest piece of business...

16.33 GMT: Manchester City are battling to keep hold of starlet Ashinme Kigbu amid interest from their Premier League rivals, sources have told ESPN FC.

Teenage sensation Kigbu is attracting the interest of the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham as they look to lure the 15-year-old away from the Etihad Stadium. Full story.

16.25 GMT: DONE DEAL New York City FC have signed USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud on a free transfer, with the club using its No. 1 spot in Major League Soccer's allocation ranking.

The deal was set to bring in the 24-year-old as NYCFC's third big-name signing alongside Spanish striker David Villa and England midfield stalwart Frank Lampard, whose arrival at the club has been delayed until July. Full story.

16.20 GMT: Spanish under-21 international Carles Gil has joined Villa reported fee of just over three million pounds.

Gil, 22, came through the youth ranks at Valencia and made his senior debut for Valencia B team in 2009 as a 17-year-old. He has spent the last two seasons on loan at Elche. Full story.

16.03 GMT: DONE DEAL Aston Villa have completed the signing of Carles Gil from Valencia.

15.56 GMT: The Daily Mail reports that Tom Cleverley is willing to let his Manchester United contract run down and assess his options as a free agent in the summer.

Cleverley is currently on loan at Aston Villa, and though Paul Lambert is keen to sign the midfielder, the Villans are thought to be reluctant to pay the 7.5 million pounds needed to make it a permanent deal in January.

15.44 GMT: Here's our full story on the thoughts of Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Lionel Messi's future. Full story.

15.30 GMT: Burnley boss Sean Dyche says the club have had no bids for young striker Danny Ings, and do not intent to sell the England youngster.

"In the last three days nobody has made an enquiry," Sky Sports reports Dyche as saying. "We are no further on with his [Ings'] contract situation, we've been talking to him and his agent which he have been doing for a long time as we have with many other players at this football club.

15.15 GMT: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been speaking about the respective futures of Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique.

Asked whether Messi and Luis Enrique would both be at the club next season, Bartomeu told beINSPORTS: "Of course... Lionel Messi has a contract until 2018, so it's a contract that last summer we [renewed]. He's happy. He's very happy. Him, his family, the club, the fans with him. He's the best of the world.

"Luis Enrique has an objective which is difficult because this year new players came to the team, new players left, so his work here is to combine the players that we had with the new players and have a good team and win."

That doesn't sound great for the coach...

14.55 GMT: Here's our full story on Matija Nastasic denying he fell out with Manchester City manager Manue Pellegrni before making a loan switch to Schalke.

14.40 GMT: Juventus have dealt a blow to Premier League clubs looking for a new right-back by tying down Stephan Lichtsteiner to a new deal. Full story.

14.27 GMT: Sergio Busquets believes Lionel Messi will be staying at Barcelona despite the Argentine star's recent comments about his future being uncertain.

"Messi is a very down-to-earth person," he said at a news conference on Tuesday. "He may be an amazing player but, as he said the other day, he's a squad member like any other.

"He controls his future and he has said he has no intention of leaving and that's very important for us. All he was saying yesterday was the typical cliche that you never know what might happen in the future."

14.15 GMT: Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he still thinks about Manchester United and that he misses Sir Alex Ferguson. Full story.

14.00 GMT: With Lukas Podolski moving on loan to the San Siro this month, Uli Hesse takes a look at the Nerazzurri's rich history of German players...

- Hesse: Podolski latest in Inter's long history of Germans

13.52 GMT: Javier Hernandez's future is uncertain beyond this summer,  but Goal reports that the Manchester United loanee rejected a move to MLS in order to stay in Europe.

The 26-year-old striker is currently on loan at Real Madrid, but is thought to have been contacted by Chicago Fire and LA Galaxy. It seems for now, though, that Chicharito's immediate future remains in Europe.

Javier
The Mexico international is on loan at the Bernabeu this season.

13.43 GMT: Kevin Doyle has returned to Wolves after his Crystal Palace loan ended.

13.36 GMT: The Daily Star reports that despite missing out on Angel Di Maria to Manchester United last summer, Paris Saint-Germain will launch a huge bid to try and lure the Argentina midfielder at the end of the season.

With the futures of both Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi in doubt, the paper reports that Laurent Blanc could sell the duo to fund a move for Di Maria. However, it would surely have to be a club-record fee to eclipse the 59.7 million pounds United paid Real Madrid for the 26-year-old.

13.24 GMT: Donis Avdijaj has been sent on a loan to Sturm Graz, who are fifth in the Austrian league.

The 19-year-old attacker has a 49.5 million euros release clause -- the highest known in Bundesliga -- in his contract, but has failed to impress at Schalke this season. Avdijaj is without a Bundesliga minute so far, and has found it hard to win minutes for the club's reserve side as well.

13.15 GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt have terminated Timo Hildebrand's contract, potentially paving the way for the goalkeeper to sign for an MLS club. Full story.

13.08 GMT: Matija Nastasic has told Sky Sports that Schalke is the "best option" for him after agreeing a deal to join the Bundesliga club on loan from Manchester City.

"Schalke is the best option for me and I hope everything will be alright," he said. "I had a couple of options to stay in the Premier League but the club, my agent and I decided that the best option for me was at Schalke.

"At the moment it's a loan and at the end of the season we will see what happens. I have already spoken with Roberto Di Matteo and he told me about the club and the team and I hope we have a good ship there. It was hard for me not to play for six months at City."

The 21-year-old centre-back has featured just once for City this season.

12.55 GMT: Mino Raiola is at it again, with the agent claiming that while Juventus would be a great club for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move to, a departure from  Borussia Dortmund looks "almost impossible" given BVB's strong financial position.

12.40 GMT: Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola says the Italy international needs more time to prove himself at Liverpool, and confirms Juventus are not interested in signing the striker. Read more.

Serie A champions Juventus have denied they will bid for Italy international Balotelli.

12.25 GMT: Nicolas Anelka will not be able to continue his career in Algeria because he is too old under league rules. Full story.

12.15 GMT: DONE DEAL Torino have signed Maxi Lopez from Chievo Verona.

12.02 GMT: United States attacker Julian Green has told Hamburger Morgenpost he wants to fight for his place in the Hamburg side when the 2014-15 Bundesliga season resumes. Read more.

The appearances have been few and far between for Julian Green at Hamburg.
19-year-old Green's parent club are Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

11.50 GMT: Mesut Ozil has wished Yaya Sanogo well for his loan spell at Crystal Palace. Get the full story on that loan move here.

11.36 GMT: We've got an update on Mathieu Debuchy's shoulder injury now -- if the Arsenal defender is out until April, that could well force Arsene Wenger into the transfer market this January.

11.22 GMT: Aston Villa's move for Carles Gil has hit a last-minute hitch over agents' fees, according to Press Association Sport.

The Valencia midfielder's representatives have increased their demands in the final stages of the deal, but PA Sport understands that Villa are still confident of signing the 22-year-old. Read below for more on how these type of negotiations play out...

- How a transfer works

11.13 GMT: The Daily Mail reports that after agreeing a 28 million-pound deal for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, Manchester City are also considering a 20 million-pound move for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez.

The 25-year-old Saints striker has been out since April with a cruciate knee ligament injury, though his fine 2013-14 season could persuade City to launch a bid with Liverpool and Tottenham also reportedly interested.

11.05 GMT: Radamel Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes admits the striker's Manchester United future is uncertain amid reports that the Monaco striker could move to Serie A side Juventus at the end of the season. Full story.

The Colombian striker's agent has not ruled the 29-year-old out of a move to Serie A.

10.54 GMT: An update on Arsenal target Krystian Bielik for you now -- a source close to the Legia Warsaw player has told ESPN FC that, for now, Bielik could be looking to play in the Bundesliga, with many young Polish players making their first steps in the German top flight and Hamburg providing opportunities to young talents under Josef Zinnbauer.

10.45 GMT: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says his club have "no intention" of letting reported Arsenal, Napoli and Inter Milan target Mario Suarez leave this January. Full story.

10.25 GMT: A reminder now that sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool are preparing to open talks with defender Martin Skrtel over a new contract.

The Slovakia international's current deal runs until June 2016, and the club are seeking to extend it. Full story.

Skrtel has impressed Brendan Rodgers after returning to the side following a poor run of form.

10.08 GMT: Hamburg are hopeful of persuading Legia Warsaw's teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik to sign for them over Arsenal. The Bundesiga club's coach Joe Zinnbauer told Hamburger Morgenpost: "The question is whether he'd fit in with Arsenal. He certainly fits in with us." Full story.

09.50 GMT: Crystal Palace are celebrating the loan capture of Yaya Sanogo from Arsenal this morning -- is he the player to keep the Eagles up?

09.37 GT: An update on Radamel Falcao now...

09.25 GMT: The curious case of Hatem Ben Arfa rumbles on... Nice remain hopeful they will be able to play the 27-year-old this season despite the former Newcastle United winger not receiving clearance to appear for his new club. Read more.

09.14 GMT: Bastian Schweinsteiger is in no rush to open negotiations over a new contract with Bayern Munich. Full story.

09.03 GMT: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Le Parisien that reported Liverpool target Alexandre Lacazette is better than Gareth Bale and closed the door on a departure for the in-form forward. Read more.

08.37 GMT: DONE DEAL - Arsenal have confirmed striker Yaya Sanogo has joined Crystal Palace on loan. The Frenchman will spend the rest of the season at Selhurst Park, having struggled for regular playing time with the Gunners in recent weeks. Full story.

08.13 GMT: Peter Crouch says he wants to stay at Stoke City despite links with West Bromwich Albion. Read more.

07.45 GMT: Sam Allardyce has cast doubt over the future of Ravel Morrison at West Ham United amid reports the midfielder could be set to join Lazio. Full story.

07. 15 GMT: 1. Hamburg target Innocent Emeghara, who recently terminated his contract with Azerbaijan side Qarabag Agdam, has joined up with Hamburg during their training camp in Dubai. "I want to play in a stronger league again," the attacker told kicker.

06.15 GMT: Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC's Marc Stein that New York City FC are poised to announce the signing of USMNT midfielder Mix Diskerud on Tuesday.


PAPER ROUND:

Carvalho 'dreaming' of Premier League move

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is doing his best to engineer a January move to the Premier League, with the Daily Mirror reporting the 22-year-old to have told Portuguese publication Record: "My dream is to play in England. I know some clubs are interested but my agent Jorge is looking after it and I am relaxed.

"Now my mission is to work in Sporting and they will be in charge of any transfer and my future. That is very important."

Whether Arsenal will be in the market for a defensive midfielder remains to be seen: Morgan Schneiderlin is unlikely to leave Southampton until the summer (unless he moves to United, that is), and with Francis Coquelin currently impressing, Arsene Wenger may well hold off till the end of the season.

Falcao fears for United future

It's not a great sign when any loan player fails to make his temporary manager's matchday squad; much more so when said player is on a huge six-figure weekly salary. Louis van Gaal's decision to leave Radamel Falcao out of his 18-man selection against Southampton on Sunday backfired with a 1-0 defeat, though the Daily Mail reports that the Colombian striker is doubtful of ever convincing the United boss of his talents.

The paper states that the pair met on Monday with Van Gaal telling Falcao he made the decision for tactical reasons, though with time running out on whether United decide to sign the Monaco striker permanently, it appears the former Netherlands boss has already made up his mind regarding the 29-year-old.

Liverpool set for midfield swap

January transfers are often dependent on clubs subsidising incoming deals for outgoing players, and the Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are set to let Lucas Leiva leave for Inter Milan providing they land Fabian Delph from Aston Villa.

Delph has been increasingly linked with an Anfield move in recent days, and though his Villa contract is up at the end of the season, it is thought Brendan Rodgers will try to push through a signing this month in order to prevent a bidding war come the end of the campaign.

That in turn would allow Brazilian Leiva to leave for the San Siro, who, despite struggling over his Anfield career, has looked sharp of late. A bold move from Rodgers? It has to be at this stage of the campaign.

Wenger smokes out alternative goalkeeper

With Wojciech Szczesny simmering on the touchline after being dropped as Arsenal's No.1, the Daily Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger will target Genoa's Mattia Perin after seemingly losing out on German starlet Loris Karius.

German under-21 goalkeeper Karius has been linked with a host of top clubs after impressing for Mainz, but is reportedly joining Borussia Dortmund this summer to become Jurgen Klopp's new No.1. That means Wenger could look to 22-year-old Perin, who is building a strong reputation in Serie A.

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