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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

United ready to lock up De Gea with new deal, Eto'o to New York Cosmos

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

TOP STORY: De Gea out to break records

David De Gea's superb performances for Manchester United have attracted the attentions of Real Madrid of late, and the Daily Express reported the Premier League club will do everything in their power to avoid losing another star to Los Blancos.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to commit 200,000 pounds a week to David De Gea in an effort to keep him out of the arms of Real Madrid.

The Red Devils have reportedly valued the 23-year-old goalkeeper at 50 million pounds to dissuade any potential Bernabeu bid, with the Express stating a five-year, 200,000-pound-a-week deal will be offered to the Spaniard to keep him at Old Trafford.

United certainly have the money to hand De Gea a bumper contract such as that and, given their defence, are in no fit state to protect less-agile goalkeepers, it seems a sound investment. But when Real come calling, they rarely leave empty-handed.


HEADLINES:

- Sources: Chelsea monitor Fiorentina star Cuadrado
- Arsenal target PSG striker Augustin, sources say
- Real not interest in Pogba 'at the moment' - Ancelotti
- Mourinho decided against signing Di Maria and Falcao
Philippe Coutinho open to new Liverpool contract

- Aguero delighted with new City signing Bony


LIVE BLOG:

22.58 GMT: That's all for tonight, but before we sign off for the night, we'll leave you with this: Spanish expert Sid Lowe tells us a return to La Liga is an option David de Gea has considered and believes Real Madrid would be tempted to sell Gareth Bale. Watch the video here.

22.48 GMT: There were reports that Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado was at Anfield tonight amid speculation he could be set for a move to Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho suggested he knew nothing about it, asking reporters: "He was here?"

22.40 GMT: Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson believes the club will cash in on Mario Balotelli this month, telling Sky Sports: "To me, I would think if there's an offer there for him from another club, then they will take it, as long as [Daniel] Sturridge is ready to come back."

22.23 GMT: ESPN FC's Sid Lowe breaks down the latest transfer talk surrounding Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi, who's been linked with a move to Manchester United. Watch the video here.

22.05 GMT: Championship side Nottingham Forest are reported to be keen on taking Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish on loan, but boss Stuart Pearce has remained coy over his interest, telling Sky Sports: "You're asking me to speculate on a player I've not confirmed I'm interested in, to suggest what kind of impact he might have at my football club ... He's quite good, with a bright future."

21.32 GMT: Sky Sports reports that West Ham are now rivalling Valencia for the signature of Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, whose contract expires in six months.

20.49 GMT: Click here for the full story on New York Cosmos' bid to sign Samuel Eto'o from Everton.

20.25 GMT: Sweden international Rasmus Elm has returned to Kalmar FF in his homeland after a stomach illness prompted an exit from CSKA Moscow. Full story.

20.00 GMT: An update on Samuel Eto'o. A New York Cosmos spokesman has told ESPN FC: "Samuel Eto'o is under contract with Everton. We think he would be fantastic in New York, but we can't speak with Samuel until we have permission from his club. We have great respect for Everton and Roberto Martinez and we will always go about these things in the most professional way."

19.40 GMT: Very interesting update on Samuel Eto'o. We reported in this blog a couple of hours ago that Everton had suggested the striker's move to Sampdoria might not be going ahead. Since then, we've had word that New York Cosmos could land him, and their head coach, Giovanni Savarese, has confirmed to Tuttomercatoweb: "As a club, we are interested in a player of that level for his quality, his determination, for his great desire to win. He's a player who, if it were possible, we would be interested in signing."

Watch this space...

19.26 GMT: Sporting Kansas City have announced the exit of Claudio Bieler. The forward has agreed to join Argentine club Quilmes, newspaper El Sol reports. Full story

18.59 GMT: Done Deals Parma have announced the signings of Silvestre Varela on loan from Porto and Uruguay winger Cristian Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid. Full story.

18.25 GMT: Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu thinks Henrikh Mkhitaryan really could leave Borussia Dortmund for Juventus. The Italian club have been hinting at an interest, but there has been a sneaking suspicion they might be making mischief ahead of their Champions League clash against BVB.

However, Lucescu, who coached the Armenia international at Shakhtar, has told Tuttosport: "I wouldn't be surprised to see him at Juve. He's a guy who needs to be loved and Dortmund put him under too much pressure. I think his 'cycle' at Borussia is over."

17.56 GMT: Could Samuel Eto'o's move to Sampdoria be off? The Italian club had said they expected the striker in Genoa today to seal the deal, but Everton boss Roberto Martinez says there's "nothing imminent" -- which Football Italia suggests is a sign of the English club's irritation over the way the deal has been approached.

17.30 GMT: James Milner could be edging closer to a Manchester City exit, with The Guardian reporting that the player and club are "a long way off" agreeing a new contract.

The 29-year-old midfielder's current deal runs out at the end of the 2014-15 season, and is said to be considering three offers from English and Italian clubs, including one "particularly attractive pre-contract offer" that he could sign before the end of the winter window.

17.11 GMT: While Saido Berahino may be staying at West Brom, two other players are leaving The Hawtorns.

Silvestre Varela has had his loan from Porto cancelled by mutual consent, and is now in talks with Parma. The Baggies are also in the final phases of agreeing a deal with Argentinian outfit San Lorenzo which will see Sebastian Blanco leave.

16.52 GMT: West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has confirmed that Saido Berahino is not for sale, and says the Baggies would only consider selling the England striker should head coach Tony Pulis decide to move to forward on. Full story.

"I said in the autumn that the club had no interest in selling Saido and that remains the case," Peace told the club's official website. "Unless Tony decides otherwise, the view will surely be that he is far too important to us to consider trading.

"His goals are capable of keeping us in the Premier League and would be hugely difficult to replace.

"I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the position and the club's thinking to our supporters now that Saido can put this unhappy chapter behind him."

16.38 GMT: Here's our full story on Chelsea winger Marko Marin joining Anderlecht on loan until the end of the season. Read more.

16.26 GMT: Several have been held for questioning in relation to an investigation into France international Andre-Pierre Gignac's transfer to Marseille in 2010, reports Reuters.

16.15 GMT: The French football league (LFP) will ask FIFA for further clarification before it rules on whether Hatem Ben Arfa can play for Nice, RMC reports. Read more.

16.06 GMT: DONE DEAL Anderlecht have signed Chelsea winger Marko Marin on loan until the end of the season.

Marin, 25, had been on loan at Fiorentina for the first half of the 2014-15 campaign, but Belgian side Anderlecht have now taken him on with the option to buy.

16.00 GMT: Meanwhile, the Press Association reports that Kyle Naughton is set to miss Spurs' Capital One Cup semifinal against boyhood club Sheffield United as a five million-pound move to Swansea edges closer.

15.50 GMT: DONE DEAL Tottenham youngster Milos Veljkovic has joined Charlton Athletic on loan for the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.

15.40 GMT: Nigel Pearson has called on Leicester players to create the chances for new January signing Andrej Kramaric to save them from relegation.

"He's a finisher," Pearson told the Foxes' official website. "So clearly we've got to be able to get him into that penalty area with enough quality to make the most of what he is about. That's the challenge for us moving forward."

15. 30 GMT: Arsenal are eyeing a move for highly rated Paris Saint-Germain youngster Jean-Kevin Augustin, sources have told ESPN FC.

Augustin, 17, is out of contract at the Parc Des Princes in the summer and he is ready to move after failing to get a chance in PSG's expensively assembled squad. Full story.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Arsenal have held talks with Augustin's agents and are ready to make a move.

15.20 GMT: DONE DEAL Brighton have completed the signing of Leon Best on a half-season loan from Blackburn Rovers.

15.12 GMT: Manchester United's young goalkeeper Sam Johnstone could be on his way out of Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

Given that Louis van Gaal has just handed a contract to Victor Valdes, the club will listen to offers for the 21-year-old, who is now fourth choice behind David De Gea, Valdes, and Anders Lindegaard.

15.04 GMT: The Daily Mail reports that West Ham been quoted a quite staggering price of 12 million pounds by Arsenal if they want to sign Carl Jenkinson permanently.

Th 22-year-old right-back has been in fine form for the hammers this season, but Sam Allardyce's club are likely to baulk at that valuation from the Gunners. He's good, but he's not that good.

14.50 GMT: An update from Norwegian newspaper Drammens Tidende here, who report that Martin Odegaard is set to agree a deal with Real Madrid for around two million euros, with a contract that will run until 2018.

14.30 GMT: Here's our story on Tin Jedvaj leaving Roma for Bayer Leverkusen on a permanent deal. Read more.

The 19-year-old joined the Bundesliga club on loan and has impressed enough for a permanent deal.

14.15 GMT: Jermain Defoe is in his first press conference as a Sunderland player -- here are a few snippets from Sunderland's Twitter account...

"It's been good and it always helps knowing a few of the players when signing for a new club," he said. "The lads have been great.

"I have always known over the years that it is a special club with special fans. I'm really looking forward to making my home debut. First and foremost I want to be back here playing games and scoring goals. I've missed the Premier League."

14.00 GMT: Big Chelsea news for you now -- sources have told ESPN FC that Jose Mourinho's club are monitoring Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado for a potential January move.

However, any transfer probably remains dependent on the departure of either Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah. Full story.

13.45 GMT: Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is hot on the trail of Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, and the Daily Mail reports that the former Manchester United boss will learn on Wednesday whether an eight million-pound bid for the 22-year-old has been successful.

13.29 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Marquinhos has been linked with Manchester United of late, but PSG boss Laurent Blanc seems smitten by the 20-year-old defender.

13.10 GMT: The Tottenham January sales have begun according to the Daily Mirror, with Kyle Naughton reportedly agreeing a five million-pound switch from White Hart lane to Swansea. The arrival of U.S. international DeAndre Yedlin at Spurs this winter is likely to have made Naughton's mind up over an exit.

12.55 GMT: Saido Berahino could be in line for a big pay-rise at West Brom, with The Sun reporting that the Baggies are set to offer the England striker a two-year contract extension worth 50,000-pounds-a-week.

12.45 GMT: Jermain Defoe's new Sunderland teammate Seb Larsson is looking forward to linking up with the striker -- that partnership will be crucial if the Black Cats are to avoid relegation this season.

12.38 GMT: Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha has told South London Press that he would consider a permanent move back to Crystal Palace in the future after admitting he is "happy to be playing again."

The winger is thriving after rejoining the Eagles on loan after struggling to impress at Old Trafford last season.

When asked where his long-term future lies, Zaha replied: "I can't answer that right now. Coming back to Palace would be great but that's in the future, so I'll decide then."

12.20 GMT: Borussia Dortmund could well be force into the winter market once again with the news that former captain Sebastian Kehl will miss up to a month of action with a separated shoulder. The injuries keep piling up for BVB boss Jurgen Klopp...

12.12 GMT: Fulham defender Sean Kavanagh has signed a new contract which will see him remain at Craven Cottage until 2018.

11.57 GMT: Valencia have made a move to sign Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher during the winter transfer window, according to reports in Spain. Read more.

11.45 GMT: Yet more good news for Arsenal fans -- the Daily Express reports that Edinson Cavani would prefer a move to the Gunners rather than Liverpool or Manchester United if he leaves Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

Laurent Blanc says he needs Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi this season despite the duo returning from their Christmas break late, but the PSG coach could well shift both on come the end of the 2014-15 campaign in order to rebuild.

11.31 GMT: A slight correction to that latest done deal from Bayer Leverkusen there -- it's even better news as for the fans as it's a longer deal for Tin Jedvaj, until 2020...

11.29 GMT: DONE DEAL Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of young defender Tin Jedvaj on a permanent deal until 2019. The versatile 19-year-old had been on loan from Roma previously.

11.20 GMT: Liverpool midfielder Lazar Markovic insists he will be concentrating only on beating Chelsea in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal on Tuesday night after Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to sign him. Full story.

11.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Leicester City have announced that 20-year-old midfielder Michael Cain will stay on loan at Walsall until the end of the season.

11.00 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain are following reported Manchester United target Paulo Dybala, according to football365.fr.

The 21-year-old Argentine forward is expected to extend his Palermo contract which expires in June 2016, but was reportedly watched by PSG during his team's 1-1 draw with Roma on Saturday in which he scored the Sicilian club's goal.

10.47 GMT: DONE DEAL After leaving Bolton for free yesterday, Paddy Kenny has been snapped up by Ipswich Town on a four-month contract.

10.39 GMT: DONE DEAL Brentford have signed England youth international striker Chris Long from Everton on an initial one-month loan deal. He doesn't look best pleased about it...

10.28 GMT: Real Madrid senior figures Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane have both played down potential interest in Paul Pogba, star midfielder at their former club Juventus, for the moment at least. Read more.

10.14 GMT: Arsenal have marked the anniversary of one particular January transfer window signing -- has Theo lived up to his potential?

10.05 GMT: Andre Schurrle is a big Bundesliga target according to the Daily Mail -- the paper reports that the Chelsea attacker is wanted by Borussia Dortmund, though Wolfsburg will attempt to beat BVB to the World Cup winner's signature with a 23 million-pound bid.

Given that Jose Mourinho has benched the 24-year-old on regular occasions this season, such a big bid would surely be hard to turn down.

09.55 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen squad manager Jonas Boldt has neither confirmed nor denied rumours that Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado is being lined up as a replacement for Josip Drmic. Full story.

09.46 GMT:  Lille's hopes of signing Jimmy Briand this winter have been dashed by the Hanover player's agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes.

"He's struggling to settle, not on the pitch, but in daily life," the French agent told L'Equipe. "There won't necessarily be a departure this winter, but rather in the summer. He will have to ask himself whether he wants to come back to France at that moment. He's ready to make sacrifices for his family. He won't come this winter."

09.35 GMT: Eljero Elia's fine form for Southampton is not only good for the Saints -- Werder Bremen chief Thomas Eichin has told Bild that he's delighted to see the Dutch winger score goals for the Premier League side, who can trigger a 5.5 million-euro option to buy until May.

"We'd be very happy if Southampton were to buy him in the summer," Eichin said. On the basis of his match-winning brace at Newcastle, most Saints fans would also be happy to see Elia permanently secured.

09.20 GMT: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu yesterday reiterated his desire to keep Lionel Messi at the club, saying that he "does not see any option" to sell the Argentine forward, or any other Barca players.

Bartomeu told Catalan TV: "We have to see how he is now. He is perfect in all senses. He has enormous motivation to win everything this year. I was with him, and he is happy.

"He is No. 1 in the world, although others win the prizes. We have Messi for many years, and I do not see any option to sell him, or any of his teammates. They should give Messi every Ballon d'Or, for how he is, and how he plays football."

Transfer Talk thinks Cristiano Ronaldo may have something to say about that...

09.08 GMT: Tottenham's Milos Veljkovic is poised to join Charlton on loan until the end of the season, according to ESPN sources.

08.45 GMT: West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis confirmed he has made a bid for Wigan Athletic's Callum McManaman as he looks to add a winger to his squad. Read more.

08.24 GMT: Philippe Coutinho has told the Daily Mail he would be keen to commit his long-term future to Liverpool. Coutinho said: "It is not a hot topic for me about signing a new contract. But I would be very happy to stay here for a long time and, maybe, I could become like one of the great players who have been here. I want to win trophies here of my own."

08.03 GMT: Jose Mourinho has revealed he had the opportunity to sign both Angel Di Maria and Falcao for Chelsea but opted against bringing in the pair due to the wages involved. Read more.

07.45 GMT: Good morning, and welcome to day 20 of the 2015 January transfer window. Coming your way first are some quotes from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Angel Di Maria and Falcao. Watch this space...


PAPER ROUND:

Otamendi and Paulista a no-go for United?

It might be easier to list the elite defenders Manchester United aren't being linked with this January, though the Daily Mirror reported the Red Devils have denied making a bid for Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi.

Reports surfaced Monday that Louis van Gaal's side had lodged a bid of around 27 million pounds for the 26-year-old Argentina international, though the Mirror cites "senior United sources" as both denying a bid was lodged and the club were ever interested in Otamendi -- or Villarreal defender and Arsenal target Gabriel Paulista for that matter.

Whether that's the equivalent of United grumpily pretending they didn't really want to dance with either player at the disco after being snubbed is up for debate, but the search for reliable defenders goes on for Van Gaal.

Arsenal target new Coquelin deal

Just weeks ago it appeared Francis Coquelin's Arsenal career was certain to finish this summer, but the times are a-changin' at the Emirates. The 23-year-old's impressive displays in defensive midfield have coincided with a newfound tactical sturdiness from the Gunners -- never more so than Sunday at Manchester City -- but they might have to act quickly to keep the Frenchman.

The Guardian reported Arsenal have opened talks with Coquelin's representatives, given his current deal runs out this summer: it would be galling for Arsene Wenger to lose an emerging talent in the one position Gunners fans have been crying out for reinforcing for years now.

Although the broadsheet suggests Wenger is still after another deep-lying midfielder this winter, it seems Coquelin has earned more time to impress at the Emirates.

When the Levy breaks (even)

Roberto Soldado lurches from one miss to another at White Hart Lane, and one feels that were he to pray for the ground to open up and swallow him, he'd miss the gap.

Still, Bayer Leverkusen are keen on ending the Spaniard's Spurs nightmare, according to the various reports in the British media but might be priced out of a move by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Sport Bild reported Thursday that Soldado is a target for the Bundesliga club as they look to replace Hamburg-bound Josip Drmic, but the Mail stated that with Levy keen to recoup as much of the 26-million-pound fee paid to Valencia in 2013 for the striker's stuttering services, Leverkusen might not be able to afford the deal.

Reid sets sights on Arsenal

Winston Reid can make a free move this summer once his West Ham contract runs out, but the Daily Mirror suggested the New Zealand captain wants to make a winter move to Arsenal should Arsene Wenger come calling this month.

The 26-year-old seems likely to leave Upton Park with the likes of the Gunners and Tottenham circling with big deals lined up, but the centre-back would reportedly welcome the chance to make the step up at the Emirates if Wenger decides to try and land the defender before Spurs come the end of the season.

One wonders what West Ham could achieve if they can keep their squad together, but that's the January transfer window for you -- casually ripping up the best-laid plans of mice, men and Sam Allardyce.

While Reid dreams of a step up, Darren Fletcher has emerged as a shock target for West Ham, according to various reports in the British press. Manchester United's third-choice captain (demoted from vice captain after less than half a season) has six months remaining on his Old Trafford contract, and the word is Allardyce wants the midfielder this winter to bolster his options in the hunt for European football.

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