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Manchester United's £15m move for Saul Niguez rejected by Atletico?

Saul Niguez
Saul Niguez's fine form for Atleti has caught Man United's attention.

The winter window opened Jan. 2, and as always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: LVG's move for Atleti mid rebuffed

A lot of people have had a lot to say about Manchester United's style of play this season. Many words have been bandied about, with not many of them flattering. And now manager Louis van Gaal has said he has been bored by United at times, too.

The Dutchman -- who revealed that there were matches during which he has been "bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponents" -- has been linked with moves for a host of names who could add a little sparkle and offer a boost to his creative options, but nothing has come to pass so far.

And nothing will come of his interest in Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez either, according to the Sun.

The paper reports that United have had a £15 million bid for the 21-year-old Spaniard -- who it says is admired by LVG for his creative abilities and has scored five goals this season -- rejected.

Niguez has also been linked with Arsenal, but manager Diego Simeone wants to keep him at Atletico.


23.00 GMT: Right, that's it for another edition of Transfer Talk. Come back to soon for Wednesday's edition!

22.45 GMT: Gut punch for Norwich City? The Mirror reports that long-time Canaries target, Everton midfielder/attacker Steven Naismith, might end up rejecting a move to Carrow Road.

According to the paper, the 29-year-old Scot is considering waiting until the summer when more offers might emerge. It's no secret that his current manager, Roberto Martinez, has given Naismith his blessing with regard to a move but it might be a surprise to the Merseyside club who need to sell in order to buy these days.

22.21 GMT: Fancy some more Man United whispers? Fresh off their 3-3 draw with Newcastle United comes news of some small business involving Louis van Gaal's side.

Young midfielder Liam Grimshaw has been recalled from a loan at Motherwell in advance of an expected move to Preston, according to the Star. The site also reports, via Tuttomercatoweb, that United are inquiring about 16-year-old forward Mirko Antonucci, who has just signed his first professional contract at AS Roma in 2015.

21.48 GMT: West Ham need help up front, Leicester have an apparent surplus of attackers. Therefore there might be a bit of mutually beneficial business afoot: the Express reports that the London club are interested in fringe forward Andrej Kramaric.

Kramaric, 24, has struggled for playing time this season given the brilliance of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, playing just twice in the Premier League off the bench vs. Liverpool and Arsenal. Leicester paid £9 million for the Croatian last January but West Ham appear to be offering £6 million.

Watch this space.

21.33 GMT: DONE DEAL Some minor moves are confirmed by Manchester United, next, as two youth goalkeepers seal loans to the lower leagues. Dean Henderson is joining Stockport County and Kieran O'Hara is heading to Morecambe until the end of the 2015-16 season.

21.21 GMT: Time to look at Sunderland. The Shields Gazzette has a host of tidbits about Sam Allardyce's side as they dig in for what's sure to be yet another grueling battle against relegation.

Allardyce has gone on record with his side's need for at least two more signings this month, but in order for that to happen, some players will need to head for the exit. "I would like to get two more if I can, but I'm bordering on the generosity of the owner if I don't get anybody out," said Allardyce to the paper. "And also, I've got to be very aware of the wage scenario today with the regulations."

The reported "ins" include Trabzonspor forward Dame N'Doye (who scored five goals in 15 games for Hull City last season) to join Jan Kirchhoff, while the "outs" list is lengthy: Will Buckley (reportedly heading to Birmingham City on loan), Jordi Gomez, Danny Graham are named as surplus, while current loanees DeAndre Yedlin and Ola Toivonen could be cut short to save money. Steven Fletcher is also named given that he has just six months left on his current contract.

Lots of moving parts, but how many of them will actually move?

21.03 GMT: News out of Australia up next. Socceroos attacking midfielder James Troisi has terminated his contract with Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad due to unpaid wages and a quartet of A-League sides will reportedly fight for his services.

Troisi, 27, has attracted Melbourne City, Wellington Phoenix, Adelaide United and his former side Melbourne Victory since leaving the club he joined over the summer.

"I want to make a decision in the next week or so, ideally as soon as possible," Troisi said, "but I won't rush into a decision for the sake of it... I'll weigh my options up in the next week or so."

Where will he end up?

20.41 GMT: Liverpool might face competition for one of their reported targets as Everton are looking at Leeds United's defender/midfielder Sam Byram. The 22-year-old comes highly rated and has a contract expiring this summer, hence his Championship club trying to sell him for some amount of money this month.

The right-sided player, who can serve as full-back or wide midfield, is priced at £5 million by club chairman Massimo Cellino but Everton are seemingly preparing a £3 million offer.

20.28 GMT: Is Ciro Immobile heading back to Italy? Reports from Gazzetta dello Sport online claim that the striker could seek a return to Torino, the site of his biggest successes, having failed to make an impact both at Borussia Dortmund and recently, Sevilla on loan.

There's not a ton of meat on this transfer bone just yet, but it's intriguing given that plenty of teams could use a forward these days...

20.03 GMT: West Brom looking for reinforcement? The Birmingham Mail reports that they're looking at Brentford defender James Tarkowski, who is also a target for promotion-chasing Burnley.

Tarkowski, 23, has already been the subject of a rejected bid -- Burnley offered £2.5 million plus add-ons last week -- and would be a decent pick-up for either side.

19.45 GMT: Oh, there's Premier League action today as Bournemouth host West Ham, Aston Villa welcome Crystal Palace and Newcastle entertain Manchester United. Hop over to our live ESPN FC Boot Room to follow along. (Well, actually, just open it in a new tab.)

19.20 GMT: DONE DEAL Whoever said the January transfer window isn't exciting clearly didn't get a load of this news from Bristol City, as they've completed the loan signing of Richard O'Donnell from Wigan until the end of the season. Bang.

O'Donnell will likely slot in immediately as the Latics' starting goalkeeper given the injury to Frankie Fielding in the FA Cup over the weekend, and manager Steve Cotterill is excited about the prospect.

"He's a goalkeeper who can play and he's also a down-to-earth guy, so will fit in well with our group of players."

That's good enough for us too.

19.05 GMT: Another potential deal brewing in Serie A as Fiorentina full-back Gilberto is discussing a loan move to Genoa. The 22-year-old's potential move was confirmed by his agent.

"I cannot say the deal is finalised, as there are still some elements missing," said agent Angelo Arquilla to "We know of Genoa's interest, are happy with that and are working to find a solution as soon as possible."

Gilberto has made just seven appearances for Fiorentina since joining from Botafogo for €2 million in the summer.

18.40 GMT: ESPN FC's very own Shaka Hislop has some thoughts he'd like to share regarding Liverpool's stunning move for Steven Caulker.

18.20 GMT: DONE DEAL Well well! Jonjo Shelvey has completed his move to Newcastle. Look, the club's done a tweet about it!

Shelvey and fellow new arrival Henri Saivet from Bordeaux will be introduced today.

17.58 GMT: League 2 Barnet have extended the contract of 18-year-old Harry Taylor after the defender impressed while on loan at non-league side Hampton & Richmond Borough. 

17.50 GMT: According to Shields Gazette, Newcastle United are being linked with former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

It's said the Danish international is feeling unsettled at his current club Wolfsburg and he wants out, with German newspaper Bild also reporting his desire to leave. 

17.38 GMT: Spurs need a striker -- do you agree with ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop

17.32 GMT: According to ESPN FC sources, Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is yet to decide whether to keep Christian Atsu or loan him out again.

He recently had his Bournemouth loan spell cut short by the club, but Hamburg and Levante have shown an interest in the winger since his arrival back to Stamford Bridge.

Read the full story here.

17.16 GMT: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez has given little away with regards to his long term future at Bayer Leverkusen.

"You can never know what happens," the Mexico international told reporters at Leverkusen's winter training camp in Orlando.

Read the full story here.

17.04 GMT: According to Italian publication Gianluca Di Marzio, Inter have terminated Nemanja Vidic's contract at the club.

16.45 GMT: Nikica Jelavic is set to leave West Ham, according to Standard Sport. Slaven Bilic is looking to free up funds to bring in a couple of players, and Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande are the favourites to sign the 30-year-old Croatian.

16.30 GMT: Wolves midfielder Lee Evans has extended his loan deal at Bradford City until the end of the season.

16.23 GMT: And in the managerial market, Oldham have sacked David Dunn.

16.19 GMT: Arsenal are set to make a £12m bid for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, according to The Express.

16.02 GMT: AEK Athens are interested in signing Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia, as reported by The Birmingham Mail. Remi Garde -- speaking at his pre-Crystal Palace press conference -- said he needed to 'improve the atmosphere' at the club, hinting at the removal of certain players.

15.50 GMT: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is looking to sell Jackson Martinez to Arsenal, according to reports in Spain, notably from Don Balon

Simeone is eyeing Inter's Mauro Icardi as a potential replacement for the Colombian, according to The Metro

15.32 GMT: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini rules out a return to Swansea for striker Wilfried Bony, as reported by Wales Online.

15.20 GMT: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Branislav Ivanovic are both in contract talks with Chelsea. 

Ivanovic -- whose contract expires at the end of the season -- has been linked with AC Milan and Galatasaray during this transfer window. 

15.03 GMT: Mauricio Pochettino has said if the right player comes up to support Harry Kane, then he could buy, but admits a deal isn't vital. Read the full story here.

14.54 GMT: Hartlepool United, who narrowly lost to Championship side Derby at the weekend, have signed Nathan Thomas from fellow League 2 outfit Mansfield Town.

14.37 GMT: Roberto Martinez has admitted three clubs -- two domestic and one from abroad -- have expressed an interest in taking Aiden McGeady on loan, as reported by the Irish Independent.

14.19 GMT: Chelsea 19-year-old Kenedy has attracted attention from multiple clubs around the continent, but Guus Hiddink has insisted there's no chance of the Brazilian of going out on loan. 

"They [young players] get a lot of experience on a daily basis in training with experienced players," Hiddink said.

"He will stay here until at least the end of the season."

14.05 GMT: Jonjo Shelvey is very nearly a Newcastle player. He's undergoing his medical today. Full story here.

13.59 GMT: Leicester's January transfer dealings are over already...

13.45 GMT: Quique Sanchez Flores has said he's interested in signing two former Spurs players -- Emmanuel Adebayor and Andros Townsend

"I can understand why a lot of clubs in England want to sign Adebayor," said Flores.

And in reference to the Townsend, the Watford boss added: "He has the characteristics that we are looking for."

13.31 GMT: According to Turkish news outlet Fanatik, Charlie Austin is among one of three names Galatasaray are looking to bring in during the transfer window. They're also reportedly interested in Ciro Immobile and Damaio.

13.16 GMT: Tom Huddlestone will be staying at Hull despite links with Derby County, according to manager Steve Bruce. 

"Do you think I'm going to sell Tom to Derby? It would be madness to sell to a rival," Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside.

13.01 GMT: Liverpool have signed Steven Caulker on loan for the rest of the season. 

12.57 GMT: According to Gazetta World, Atalanta are in for Alessandro Diamanti. The Watford player has played just three times this season and is already being linked with a return back to Italy.

12.44 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez hasn't ruled out a future move to Arsenal, as being reported by The Metro

"In this sport, it does not matter whether you sign a contract for ten years or ten times prolong by one year. In six months, everything can again be different," Hernandez said.

12.29 GMT: Derby have joined the chase -- along with Norwich -- for York City starlet Ben Godfrey, a source has told ESPN. 

12.16 GMT: Crystal Palace have joined Southampton in the chase for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro, according to talkSPORT. And according to The Mirror, Ronald Koeman's club had a £12.7m bid already rejected for the midfielder. 

11.59 GMT: Ollie Shenton has signed a new deal with Stoke City. 

11.45 GMT: In contrary to The Times report from this morning which states Branislav Ivanovic has agreed a one-year contract extension, a source has told ESPN that Chelsea are still yet to agree new deal and that talks are still ongoing.

11.32 GMT: Will Randall has joined Wolves from Swindon on an 18-month deal.

11.19 GMT: Arsenal are close to agreeing deals to sign Nigeria under-17 prospects Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story here.

11.03 GMT: Dele Alli has signed a new contract with Spurs which will run until 2021. Read the full story here.

10.56 GMT: Lionel Messi has ruled out a future move to the Premier League, according to FOX Sports, stating that he's set on finishing his career at Barcelona.

10.39 GMT: Cardiff City have had a bid of £500,000 accepted by Bolton Wanderers for midfielder Josh Vela, according to Bolton News.

10.24 GMT: Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2019. 

10.14 GMT: Schalke have rejected reports of a €37 million buyout clause in winger Leroy Sane's contract. Real Madrid, Barcelona along with Manchester City are said to be interested in signing the 20-year-old.

9.55 GMT: L'Equipe claims that Edinson Cavani does not feel he is sufficiently valued by Paris Saint-Germain and is considering pushing to leave the club at the end of the season.

9.37 GMT: We're hearing that Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker is on the verge of joining Liverpool on loan for the rest of the season. He is currently on loan at Southampton and has suffered a torrid time there -- his last appearing being in Saints' 6-1 Capital One Cup defeat to... Liverpool! Read the full story here.

9.17 GMT: Torino are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to bring Ciro Immobile back to Serie A after a horrendous spell first in Germany and now Spain, but Sevilla are said to be holding out for a further €1 million.

8.59 GMT: Newcastle have now reportedly agreed a £12m fee with Swansea for midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. Sources last night told ESPN FC that a deal was close.

8.29 GMT: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says he expects another Lyon defender to leave the club this month but it will not be either Lindsay Rose, who is wanted by Hellas Verona, or reported West Brom target Henri Bedimo. Instead, Aulas says Burkina Faso centre-back Bakary Kone, 27, is likely to follow in the footsteps of new Lazio signing Milan Bisevac by quitting last season's Ligue 1 runners-up.

07.51 GMT: Bristol City are hoping to complete the signing of Zach Clough from beleaguered Bolton Wanderers in the coming days for a fee of £2 million.

07.07 GMT: Morning all! We kick off today's Transfer Talk with news that Arsenal are readying a £13.4 million bid for Celta Vigo striker Nolito, according to Mundo Deportivo.


Saido Spurred on by Lane aim

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has "set his heart" on a move to White Hart Lane, says the Sun, amid growing interest from both Stoke and Newcastle in recent days.

The 22-year-old, it reports, is "ready to snub any other offers to make sure he becomes a Tottenham player."

Berahino was at the centre of a long-running summer saga over a switch to Spurs, only for a possible deal to collapse -- leaving the striker furious with the club and chairman Jeremy Peace.

But the Sun believes a move could be back on now winter is here, with Spurs keen to back Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to add support for star striker Harry Kane.

Forgotten defender nearer to Chelsea exit

Ligue 1 club Marseille and German outfit Stuttgart are both interested in Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji, a surprise arrival at Stamford Bridge from Nantes in the summer, the Star says.

The 27-year-old centre-back has played literally only seconds of first-team football, with those fleeting moments coming in the Capital One Cup at Walsall back in the sunnier days of September.

His situation has led to interest from Turkish club Besiktas in recent weeks -- but now they face competition for a player former Blues boss Jose Mourinho said was not his choice, but that of his scouts, as a summer signing.

Townsend tag is £14m, say Tottenham

Both Watford and West Brom have been keen on bringing in Tottenham winger Andros Townsend on loan -- but they may have to think again, warns the Sun.

The paper reports that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy does not want to let England international Townsend, who has not played a full 90 minutes this season, leave on a temporary deal -- and he wants £14m to strike a permanent one.

It says 24-year-old Townsend is "out in the cold at White Hart Lane" and had hoped to get first-team football by going out on loan. But Levy is reportedly having none of that and believes £14m is a fair sum to ask for a player who has won 10 international caps.

Neither the Hornets nor the Baggies, though, are believed to be willing to pay that much, meaning Townsend's White Hart Lane frustration is set to continue.

Andros Townsend's White Hart Lane exile could extend past January.

Villa boss delivers stark squad warning

Life for an Aston Villa fan at the moment is no fun at all -- and it doesn't seem to be much fun for manager Remi Garde either.

With his side adrift at the bottom of the Premier League table having amassed only eight points so far, Garde has told club owner Randy Lerner that his squad is in need of radical surgery, says the Star.

The Frenchman, it reports, has said a "rip it up and start again" philosophy needs to be adopted because the Villa Park crisis is "even worse" than Lerner believes.

None of which seems unfair on current evidence -- but the question is, which players would want to come to Villa with things the way they are at the moment?


- There's going to be a battle between Southampton and Crystal Palace over Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro, the Mirror predicts, with the Saints having seen a bid of more than £12.5m for the ex-Genoa man turned down. But Palace are also keen, despite manager Alan Pardew having said his January priority would be another striker.

- Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is another boss who is keen to get a striker in -- and sharpish. With the struggling Magpies light on goals, McClaren has made it clear what he feels needs to be done this month, the Guardian reports.

"It's not rocket science," he said. "We're just not putting the ball in the net. We're not scoring enough goals to win games." Will the powers that be listen to his plea?

- Perhaps Newcastle could take a fresh look in the direction of Queens Park Rangers man Charlie Austin, a reported target of theirs this summer? Austin, who QPR would not be surprised to lose this month, was also linked with West Ham -- but Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says that line of thinking has gone, the Mirror reports.

It quotes him as adding: "He was linked with most clubs when QPR got relegated. We were among those clubs in the summer, but we have chosen other options now."


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