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Andre Schurrle set for Wolfsburg medical on Friday

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of his side's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Saturday.

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

TOP STORY: Schurrle set for Wolfsburg medical

The transfer wheels are well and truly in motion at Stamford Bridge, with the Daily Mail reporting that Andre Schurrle is set to have a medical at Wolfsburg on Friday so that Juan Cuadrado can complete his move from Fiorentina to Chelsea.

Schurrle has found himself the unfortunate fall guy for Chelsea's financial fair play restrictions and, with Jose Mourinho needing to sell to buy, the Germany forward will bring in the necessary funds to finally tie up a deal for Colombia winger Cuadrado.

Sources told ESPN FC on Thursday that Cuadrado was expected to sign "in the next 48 hours," and while the Mail reports that although Chelsea and Wolfsburg are slightly apart in their valuations of Schurrle, the forward has agreed personal terms and a move is more than likely to be agreed. So long, Schurrle, it seems.


- Cuadrado joining Chelsea, says Fiorentina boss Montella
- Van Gaal: No more January signings, Fletcher set for exit
- United target Strootman facing another long spell out
- Schurrle set to join Wolfsburg, agent confirms
- Bale could have been United great - Moyes
- Ings not joining Liverpool, confirm Burnley
Report: Schurrle to Wolfsburg imminent
- NY Red Bulls complete Sacha Kljestan transfer
- Sources: Lennon in talks over Hull loan


22.57 GMT: That's going to do it for today's live blog portion of Transfer Talk. But check back in soon as we'll have the juiciest gossip from tomorrow morning's UK papers in just a few short hours.

22.47 GMT: Newcastle manager John Carver has declared that French midfielder Moussa Sissoko "is going nowhere." Sissoko described Arsenal as "the club of my heart" earlier this month, and admitted in a French magazine interview this week that he would be tempted by an approach from Paris Saint-Germain.

"I am telling you that [Sissoko] is going nowhere, unless someone comes in with a ridiculous amount of money," Carver said. "He is focused and he has got his mind on the job. He has been absolutely first class.

"It annoys me when you see a player who has been tapped up by somebody else and he doesn't train or perform properly. That is what annoys me and he's certainly not doing that." Read more.

21.55 GMT: The news that Darren Fletcher may soon be arriving at West Ham means that vice-captain Mark Noble could become excess goods in Sam Allardyce's midfield. The Mirror are reporting that both Queens Park Rangers and West Brom are interested in the 27-year old. Noble is nearing the end of a three-year deal that has a two-year option that would raise his salary to 50,000 pounds a week.

20.57 GMT: Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella told a news conference Friday morning that Juan Cuadrado would be joining Chelsea, and the deal looks closer and closer to completion. Teammate Micah Richards wished Cuadrado luck Friday afternoon, and posted a photo to his Instagram account of the Colombian saying good bye to his Viola teammates and packing up his gear.

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20.36 GMT: According to well-connected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Roma are accelerating their plans to replace Mattia Destro. The agent of CSKA Moscow forward Seydou Doumbia is expected in Rome on Saturday to finalise the player's transfer.

20.17 GMT: DONE DEAL Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Lille full-back Pape Souare. Souare becomes Alan Pardew's third signing of the week after the arrivals of Jordon Mutch and Shola Amoebi. Read more.

19.54 GMT: Roberto Martinez says that Everton will not be in the market for a new wide attacking player, but will instead grant a larger role to on-loan Christian Atsu once he returns from African Nations Cup duty with Ghana, according to the Liverpool Echo.

"It has always been the plan that Christian Atsu will be an important player for us in the second half of the season and so it was great to see him doing so well and his man-of-the-match award against South Africa," said Martinez. "He is a player who will come back strong and ready to have a big role.

"I'm not saying we won't try and work hard in January, we will, but we are not relying on spending money in January to find solutions when that would be a real gamble and a real risk."

19.35 GMT: Manchester City have brought Bruno Zuculini's loan spell at Valencia to a premature end, according to the Manchester Evening News. The 21-year-old Argentine was signed from Racing Club over the summer and sent to Spain after a successful preseason, but has seen just 45 minutes of action at Valencia. Zuculini is expected to go out on loan again, with Getafe being linked to the striker.

19.12 GMT: Spanish outlet AS is reporting that Real Madrid have come to an agreement with River Plate over the transfer of Argentina U-20 goalkeeper Augusto Batalla. With the Spanish transfer window closing at midnight, Madrid are expected to announce the signing in the coming hours.

18.51 GMT: DONE DEAL Swansea City have confirmed the signing of former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

18.41 GMT: West Bromwich Albion have reopened contract negotiations with England under-21 international Saido Berahino, according to the Mirror. The publication reports that Berahino's camp has taken a U-turn since Tony Pulis' appointment as West Brom boss, and the player is now expected to sign a new contract with the Midlands club.

18.17 GMT: DONE DEAL Veteran MLS defender Heath Pearce has signed a five-month contract with Swedish side IFK Goteborg. Pearce had spent last season with Montreal Impact before being claimed by Orlando City in January's Expansion Draft. The U.S. international last played in Europe with Hansa Rostock, from 2007 to 2009. Read more.

17.55 GMT: Jack Cork is on the brink of completing a move to Swansea, and was due to have a medical on Friday afternoon in south Wales to put the finishing touches on a three-million-pound deal, Swans boss Garry Monk confirmed in a news conference Friday.

"We're just trying to finalise things and hopefully have an announcement pretty soon," Monk said. "It's hopefully more or less a done deal and it's a good move for us."

Monk went on to reveal that 25-year-old Cork declined a contract extension with Saints in order to complete his move to Swansea.

"I understand an offer of a new contract was in place at Southampton, but for whatever reasons he felt he didn't want to sign it." the manager said. "He wanted to come here and we have showed the same enthusiasm to sign him, so that's a good recipe." Read more.

17.25 GMT: DONE DEAL Scotland under-21 international left-back Stephen Hendrie will join West Ham in the summer after signing a pre-contract agreement with the Hammers.

The 20-year-old will move to the Hammers on July 1 from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical, where he has been a first-team regular for the past four seasons.

"I'm absolutely buzzing," Hendrie told West Ham's official website. "The last few days have been busy, but now that I'm down here and I've signed, I cannot wait to start in the summer."

17.15 GMT: Here's the lowdown on exactly what Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella said today -- Chelsea have reportedly activated a 35-million-euro release clause in Juan Cuadrado's contract with a combination of an up-front fee, further bonus payments and Mohamed Salah on loan.

"It was a negotiation which had to be done," he told Friday's news conference. "From my point of view it's disappointing, but the club did the right thing. A top player has left us, but I still see similar characteristics in Salah.

"I don't think [selling Cuadrado] means we have taken a step backwards. [Cuadrado] is a professional and he always wants to play, and I'm pleased because he's joining a top club."

Lucas Silva has been officially unveiled as Real Madrid's latest signing, insisting he feels he has a debt to repay to the club.

17.06 GMT: This latest tweet from Fiorentina's official account seems to suggest that Juan Cuadrado will be signing for Chelsea, with Viola boss Vincenzo Montella (roughly) saying: "Cuadrado out? It was a negotiation that had to be done, [but] from my point of view I am sorry. The company has done the right thing."

16.45 GMT: A bitter blow to both Roma and Manchester United fans now as Kevin Strootman will be out for "much longer" than anticipated after a operation to remove scar tissue revealed further damage to the knee the Netherlands midfielder damaged last year.

16.26 GMT: More movement on the Juan Cuadrado deal, according to Kevin Palmer -- we'll have the latest on this as and when we get it...

16.20 GMT: AC Milan needed a boost this January, and the arrival of Mattia Destro today will be a big lift to Rossoneri fans.

.@MDestroOfficial's day: from #CasaMilan to Milanello! #weareacmilan

16.00 GMT: Despite Nathaniel Clyne being linked with a Manchester United move, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman told his news conference today that there has been no approach for the 23-year-old right-back. That could well change come the end of the season, however,

15.45 GMT: DONE DEAL The debut may have to wait for a while, but Barcelona have announced that the newest addition to the Pique family is an official Barcelona member. And we thought the Blaugrana had a transfer ban...

15.36 GMT: Hellas Verona forward Javier Saviola says he has not for one second considered leaving the Serie A club this winter having struggled to make an impact since arriving in August.

"Tactics are fundamentally important and I think Serie A is the toughest and most beautiful league around," the former Barcelona and Real Madrid forward said. "The games go the full 90 minutes and the result is always in the balance -- nothing can be taken for granted." Read more.

15.20 GMT: Hull City are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur over a possible loan deal for Aaron Lennon, sources have told ESPNFC.

Talks are set to continue between both clubs over the weekend as Hull look to try and finalise the loan move for the 27-year-old winger before the transfer window slams shut on Monday.

15.00 GMT: Marcelo Brozovic said Frank Lampard is his inspiration as he was presented to the media as an Inter Milan player. Full story.

14.40 GMT: DONE DEAL From Salford City to Manchester United -- it's a dream move for Sadiq El Fitouri, who has swapped the Northern Premier League for the former Premier League champions on an 18-month contract.

The Libyan-born 20-year-old right-back -- formerly on the books for Manchester City, no less -- only made his debut for Salford earlier this month but impressed during a week's trial at United, and will now play for the Under-21 side.

"This is honestly a dream come true for me and I have to thank Salford City for the chance, as well as the faith they have shown in me," El Fitouri told United's official website. "I am really looking forward to what happens next and to be given the opportunity to do so at Manchester United is unbelievable."

14.27 GMT: Burnley have ruled out selling reported Liverpool target Danny Ings during the January transfer window.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Ings has been heavily linked in the past 24 hours with a permanent move to Liverpool, with the suggestion that he would then be loaned back to the club for the remainder of the campaign.

"This kind of deal is prohibited by the Premier League under rule V7 which states that a player cannot be purchased and loaned back between Premier League clubs in the same transfer window.

"Chief Executive Lee Hoos said: "This type of move would violate Premier League rule V7 regarding transfers so simply cannot happen. This is the last time we will be making any comment regarding the player's future.

"Over the course of the window, the player himself, Sean Dyche and the chairman have made it clear he won't be going anywhere and we consider that the end of the matter."

14.10 GMT: Here's our full story on Ivica Olic completing his free move from Wolfsburg to Hamburg -- that will surely see Andre Schurrle signing for Die Wolfe imminently.

13.50 GMT: Louis van Gaal has ruled out any further signings for Manchester United in the January transfer window, while Darren Fletcher looks set to exit the club for West Ham.

"We are only selling players, not buying them," Van Gaal told Friday's news conference. Not great news for United fans, that.

13.25 GMT DONE DEAL Burton Albion have signed utility player Tom Naylor on loan from Derby County until the end of the season.

13.25 GMT: Darren Fletcher is having a medical at West Ham, the BBC has reported -- so this one could be happening sooner than Big Sam indicated.

13.17 GMT DONE DEAL This one wasn't going to happen yesterday -- but now, in the best traditions of the transfer window, it has. Ivica Olic has moved from Wolfsburg to Hamburg, returning to his first Bundesliga club, and here's the confirmation:

13.07 GMT: But does Van Gaal want to bring anyone in? No, he says. "Every day I read that I am interested in players. I am not interested in players, only selling." So there you go.

13.05 GMT: Big Sam Allardyce has previously said he's not sure whether Darren Fletcher will move to West Ham from Manchester United -- but United boss Louis van Gaal has told a news conference that he thinks he will. "He is now at West Ham, I believe," he told a news conference. "He is my third captain, an important guy in the dressing room. I like him as a human being, but he has not played so much." So watch this space, as they say.

13.00 GMT DONE DEAL More news from Bolton, who have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks with the loan addition of Manchester United's Ben Amos for a month.

12.43 GMT DONE DEAL And another one: League One Oldham Athletic have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean on loan for the rest of the season.

12.41 GMT DONE DEAL Crystal Palace defender Jack Hunt has joined Rotherham United on loan until the end of the season, while Colchester United defender Kaspars Gorkss has joined Greek side Ergotelis on a permanent deal.

12.28 GMT: Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has said Roma's offer for Luiz Adriano is "not satisfactory," Football Italia has reported. The Giallorossi were linked with the Brazilian striker, but now seem to be more likely to bid for CSKA Moscow's Seydou Doumbia.

12.15 GMT DONE DEAL Blackburn Rovers have signed midfielder Jay Spearing on loan from Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers, a move predicted by Bolton boss Neil Lennon, who had said it would be in the best interests of the player and both clubs.

12.11 GMT: Here's what Sinclair has to say: "It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done. It's taken a few weeks, but I'm happy to be here and ready to play some football. It's nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward.

"I am still hungry to play football, and I'm looking forward to getting started. I believe I have my best years ahead of me. This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there."

12.02 GMT DONE DEAL Remember Scott Sinclair? Well, he's back in the picture after being out of it for so long at Manchester City, moving to Aston Villa on loan for the rest of the campaign. Paul Lambert's side need an injection of creativity up front. Could the former Swansea man be the answer? If he is, the move could become permanent in the summer.

11.56 GMT: A bit more on Hull target Dame N'Doye: the 29-year-old is out of contract at Lokomotiv in the summer and the Russian club are ready to cash in on him now rather than risk losing him for nothing when his deal expires, sources have told ESPN FC.

11.50 GMT DONE DEAL There have been some ins and outs at Charlton Athletic since their recent change of manager, and here's another -- striker George Tucudean has moved to Steaua Bucharest on loan until the end of next season.

11.24 GMT: Out-of-favour Stoke defender Robert Huth is set to move to Leicester City on loan until the end of the season, the Stoke Sentinel is reporting.

11.07 GMT: Andre Schurrle is on the verge of completing his return to the Bundesliga after his agent confirmed that a "verbal agreement" between Chelsea and Wolfsburg had been reached. A sum of around 30 million euros is reported to have been agreed, and Ingo Haspel told Germany's SID agency it "should go through on Friday.''

11.05 GMT: Arsene Wenger has said midfielder Francis Coquelin is "99 percent certain" to sign a new Arsenal contract but added that there is "nothing to announce yet" about the future of club captain Mikel Arteta.

Last week, Arteta's agent said the Spaniard, who joined from Everton in 2011, had signed a one-year extension to his deal, but that has yet to be confirmed by the club.

10.59 GMT: Monaco have loaned young Spanish defender Borja Lopez to Deportivo La Coruna, but the Spanish club do not have an option to make the deal permanent.

10.52 GMT DONE DEAL Mattia Destro's loan move from Roma to AC Milan is confirmed. The player had all but said that yesterday -- and now the clubs have. It is likely that the deal will become permanent in the summer.

10.50 GMT: Here's what Ward-Prowse has had to say about his decision to sign a new deal -- it's all about the opportunities young players get at Southampton. He told the official website: "There's not many clubs in the country -- or the world -- who give young players the chance to play in the biggest league in the world. I'm very fortunate that I've been given that chance, and now it's time to repay the faith that the club have shown in me."

10.45 GMT: It's all about Southampton, all of a sudden -- that new James Ward-Prowse deal mentioned earlier is now a fact, the Saints have confirmed:

10.22 GMT: Talking of Southampton prospects, as we were earlier, here's news of another:

10.10 GMT: Arsene Wenger is pretty impressed with how new arrival Gabriel Paulista has looked so far, telling a news conference prior to his side's weekend home game against Aston Villa: "He's ready. He'll be in the squad. He started his training yesterday and looks fit." He said Joel Campbell, who moved to Valencia as part of the deal that brought Gabriel to north London had moved "because he needed games," adding: "I believe that here, things are a bit obstructed for him, because there are too many players in the same position."

09.50 GMT: And talking of struggles, Wigan's fans must already feel that their stunning FA Cup final win over Manchester City not that long ago already feels like something from another era. The Latics are in very real danger of relegation to the game's third tier, with manager Malky Mackay on the lookout for reinforcements this month. The BBC is reporting that those reinforcements could soon include striker Billy McKay, from Scottish club Inverness, and Leeds defender Jason Pearce.

09.47 GMT: It's pretty evident where Hull's main problem this season has been -- it's their struggle to score goals. Boss Steve Bruce has said he is working hard on possible solutions to that problem, saying a 3.5 million pound deal for Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N'Doye has been agreed but that a move is a long way from being finalised.

09.42 GMT: And more! QPR asked about the possibility of bringing forward Bakary Sako in from Wolves, but "that's as far as it went," Redknapp says.

09.40 GMT: And here's a bit more from 'Arry, being linked - not for the first time - with one of his former players. Asked about any possibility of Emmanuel Adebayor arriving at Loftus Road, the QPR boss said: "I don't see that happening. He's an excellent player -- you don't play for Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Tottenham if you're not. I wouldn't see him leaving Tottenham, and it's too expensive a deal for us."

09.35 GMT: Defender Reece Brown is on the move -- he has left League One Barnsley, whom he joined in the summer, by mutual consent.

09.33 GMT: A little bit more news from Germany, where Paderborn have agreed a deal for 31-year-old Kaiserslautern attacker Srdjan Lakic, who will undergo his medical and is set to sign a deal until 2016. Kaiserslautern, meanwhile, will take their former attacker Simon Zoller on loan from Cologne, football magazine kicker reports.

09.20 GMT: Transfer window favourite Harry Redknapp is having a quieter time than usual this month. The QPR manager, who has been told his job is safe until the end of this season despite Rangers' struggles and record 10 away defeats out of 10, thinks any moves before deadline day won't be permanent. Speaking at a news conference prior to his side's trip to Stoke, he said: "We're looking for a couple of loans -- that's the market we're in at the moment. We're struggling to get anyone in at the moment. It's a really difficult time to do business." But he denied that Netherlands international midfielder Leroy Fer would be moving on after only six months at the club, adding: "The Leroy Fer stuff is a load of rubbish -- he's not going anywhere."

09.10 GMT: In recent days, a Crystal Palace deal to bring Lille left-back Pape Souare to sunny Selhurst Park has seemed more and more likely -- and now that deal has been done, according to French newspaper La Voix du Nord. The paper says the 24-year-old Senegal international has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Eagles, moving for 4.6 million euros, but neither club has confirmed (or denied) this.

09.00 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Southampton's highly-rated midfielder James Ward-Prowse has agreed a new five-year deal with the south coast high-fliers. Not the sort of news that Saints fans became used to in last summer's window, is it?

08.46 GMT: Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo has revealed that he would "love to get one more new player" before the transfer window closes, and sporting director Horst Heldt added: "It'll remain exciting until Monday." Heldt suggested there could be outgoings as well as incomings, and Der Westen reports that former Dortmund centre-back Felipe Santana will join Greek side Olympiakos on loan today.

08.26 GMT DONE DEAL Valencia have announced on their official website that they have released Portugal international Joao Pereira and he has signed for Bundesliga club Hannover. The right-back had also been linked with Arsenal.

08.09: Hamburg have confirmed that Ivica Olic has arrived ahead of his move from Wolfsburg. His exit is thought to be down to the impending arrival of Andre Schurrle from Chelsea.

07.53 GMT: Bild reports that Bayern Munich have turned down Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus. According to the German tabloid, boss Pep Guardiola said Bayern already have enough attacking players and was also concerned about Reus's recent injuries, as well as the criticism levelled at Bayern for poaching Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski from BVB as they tightened their grip on the Bundesliga. An alternative way of looking at it might be that Reus, who reportedly turned down Bayern before signing for Dortmund in 2012 and again last summer, has rejected them a third time, with Real Madrid thought to be leading the race for his services.

07.35 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Liverpool are hoping to sign Burnley's Danny Ings and then let him return to Turf Moor on loan for the rest of the season. Story here.

06.42 GMT: Out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira may be moving to a surprising new home, according to Turkish website fotoMac. Despite being linked to clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, the report says the Germany international is set to be offered a massive deal by Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor. Khedira would be available on a free transfer when his deal expires at the end of the season.

05.31 GMT: Hope springs eternal for Spurs fans who want to see Kevin Mirallas at White Hart Lane and for Everton fans who'd be happy to see him depart Goodison Park. The Daily Mirror is reporting that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy still thinks there's a chance to bring in the Belgian, but his hopes of a straight swap with Aaron Lennon have been dented by the Merseysiders.

04.50 GMT: Good morning and welcome back to the Live Transfer Talk blog. Plenty of rumours floating around to start the day, including a report from the Daily Mail that Jack Cork may soon be leaving Southampton for Swansea City. The report says Swansea have agreed a three million-pound fee for the 25-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

Paper Round

United confident of cut-price Clyne deal?

With Nathaniel Clyne's contract having 18 months left to run and the England right-back in no rush to sign an extension, Southampton are in a quandary -- cash in now, or keep the player and watch his value fall with each passing day?

With Manchester United having been heavily linked with a January bid, the Mirror reports that Louis van Gaal will wait until the summer to make his move, confident that an offer in the region of 15 million pounds will secure a deal for the former Crystal Palace youngster.

If that figure seems low, it would be a real test of the Saints' resolve -- and their board after last summer's shake-up -- should United bide their time before sending a cheeky offer into the St Mary's in-tray.

Liverpool interested in Ings?

The race is on for Danny Ings' signature, with the Burnley striker's contract up at the end of the season -- and various reports in the British media suggest that Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to land the forward.

Ings has scored seven goals in 19 Premier League games for the Clarets this season, and while manager Sean Dyche is unlikely to let the 22-year-old go this January, it is thought Brendan Rodgers' side could launch a bid that would see the England under-21 international remain at Turf Moor on loan until the end of the season.

That would leave Liverpool still lacking goals, though with Daniel Sturridge nearing a first-team return they look prepared to strike a deal and wait for Ings until the summer in order to stave off competition from the likes of Tottenham.

Is Forlan returning to England?

One for the purists here -- Diego Forlan could be about to make a shock return to the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper reports that the former Manchester United striker -- so hapless at Old Trafford that he once wore the wrong boots and couldn't put his jersey back on after celebrating a goal -- is available on loan from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka, with West Brom and Hull both said to be interested.

Forlan more than bounced back from his difficult spell at United with impressive stints at Villarreal and Atletico Madrid, and the 35-year-old may have enough magic left in whichever boots are nearest to hand to help either the Baggies or the Tigers avoid a relegation battle.


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