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Arsenal keen on Andriy Yarmolenko, James back on Man United radar

The winter window opened Jan. 2. 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: Arsenal in for Yarmolenko, James to United?

Arsenal have just signed one player, Mohamed Elneny, and are now they want to bring in another, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola. The player in question is Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who will cost around £20.5 million from Dynamo Kiev.

Meanwhile, it's not the first time in this transfer window that Manchester United have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez -- but now things could now be getting more serious, the Sun reports.

It claims the Colombia star, who has struggled for playing time at the Bernabeu this season and been named in reports in Spain as a player who could be on his way as Zinedine Zidane looks to reshuffle his squad, is again on the occasionally bored Louis van Gaal's radar.

United broke the British transfer record when they signed Angel Di Maria from Real (a move that, as it turned out, didn't work out so well) -- and they will have to shell out even more than the near £60m they paid for him if they are to land Rodriguez, the report says.

LIVE BLOG:

22.58 GMT: That will do it for Saturday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with all the latest rumours picked from Sunday morning's papers.

22.55 GMT: West Ham have joined favourites Tottenham and Monaco in the race for Fulham starlet Moussa Dembele, according to the Brentwood Gazette.

22.28 GMT: Manchester United attacker Andreas Pereira has no plans to leave the club on loan, despite reports suggesting otherwise, according to Goal.

22.06 GMT: With numerous high-profile transfer targets not finding their way to Old Trafford yet, Manchester United are turning their attentions elsewhere. The Independent reports that Louis van Gaal's side are contemplating a £12 million offer for Sporting striker Islam Slimani.

21.43 GMT: The Star has reported quotes published in Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte attributed to Corinthians manager Tite saying that Pato's future will be decided in "two or three days." The Brazilian has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.

21.07 GMT: West Ham are considering a cut-price £10 million deal for Liverpool's Mario Balotelli, who's on loan at AC Milan, to shore up the Hammers' strike corps following Andy Carroll's latest injury setback, reports the Brentwood Gazette.

20.44 GMT: Real Madrid still plan to sign David De Gea in the summer, despite their looming transfer ban, according to the Independent.

20.26 GMT: Along with Ashley Cole, the LA Times reports that the Galaxy are also closing in on deals for Belgian defender Jelle Van Damme, 32, and AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, 31.

20.15 GMT: A big Ashley Cole update for you now -- sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that the former England international has agreed to a settlement of his contract with Serie A side Roma, clearing the way for him to sign a non-Designated Player deal with the LA Galaxy.

19.39 GMT: Great news for Tottenham fans -- Christian Eriksen has revealed he is in talks with Spurs about a new contract, and says he is "very happy" at the club after scoring in Saturday's 4-1 win against Sunderland. Story here.

19.10 GMT: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has described his side's transfer ban as "absurd,'' but believes things will be resolved in the coming week.

He told a news conference on Saturday ahead of Sunday's league visit of Sporting Gijon: "It seems absurd because I've been here in Madrid my whole life with my family and kids. Everything's going to be resolved and what's important is to find out what's happened. I'm sure that next week we won't be talking about it any more.'' Story here.

18.50 GMT: Alan Pardew confirmed he will be looking at signing a new forward for Crystal Palace this month after watching his Eagles side fail to find the net once again as Man City rode out comfortable 4-0 winners at the Etihad.

"Maybe we do need another striker at this time -- that would give us all a boost I think," Pardew said after the game. "We are not going to hide from it. Whoever it is it will hopefully help the situation we are in. Sometimes you just need a goal out of nothing."

18.20 GMT: Portugal striker Hugo Almeida is returning to the Bundesliga to reunite with coach Thomas Schaaf at relegation-threatened Hannover. Story here.

17.40 GMT: Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara has left Mainz, with the Bundesliga club confirming they have agreed to terminate the player's contract.

17.33 GMT: Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says that having signed Charlie Austin from QPR, the Saints are not planning on making any sales this January.

The Dutch coach told BBC Sport: "He was our target for January. The number of goals he's scored in the Premier League is amazing. We're looking forward to having him in the squad, and having more competition. That will be good. Will someone be sold? No. Nobody is for sale in January. At the end of the season, you don't know, but not now. We like to make the squad stronger, that means Charlie in, nobody out."

17.12 GMT: Former Chelsea and Arsenal left-back Ashley Cole is considering an offer from LA Galaxy, according to the Guardian. The MLS side are "confident" of convincing the former England international to cancel his contract with Roma and follow the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo to the U.S., with the Giallorossi reportedly "desperate" to be rid of the defender.

Roma reportedly want to end Ashley Cole's contract.

16.30 GMT: Newcastle's France international Moussa Sissoko is a £12m January target for Serie A leaders Napoli, according to Sky Sport Italia. The 26-year-old has been linked with a switch to a number of the Magpies' Premier League rivals, though the Italian side may have to stump up a little more cash than the proposed fee.

15.54 GMT: Spurs came from a goal down to beat Sunderland 4-1 today, but even a glut of goals isn't enough for some fans...

15.00 GMT: This one's for Arsenal fans...

14.40 GMT: Charlie Austin has taken to Twitter to speak of his joy at moving from QPR to Southampton -- a great move for both the striker and the Saints for just £4m, we're sure you'll agree.

14.15 GMT: Denmark centre-back Erik Sviatchenko is having a medical before a proposed £1.5m transfer from Midtjylland to Celtic, according to the BBC.

13.35 GMT: Italy striker Graziano Pelle is set to leave Southampton after the club signed Charlie Austin from QPR, sources have told ESPN FC.

Austin completed a move to Southampton on Saturday for a fee of around £4 million, sparking suggestions that Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long could be sold by the south coast club.

Long has been linked with a move to Liverpool or Tottenham in recent weeks, but sources have told ESPN FC that Pelle will be the player making way for Austin, after the Italian and his advisers displayed a reluctance to open talks over extending his current contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2017.

Graziano Pelle has six goals in 16 Premier League matches for Southampton.
Graziano Pelle has scored six goals in 17 league games this season.

13.00 GMT: Norwich City have agreed a deal to sign Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose, sources have told ESPN FC.

Norwich have had an offer of £8 million accepted by Wolfsburg for Klose and the Switzerland international is due to fly to England on Sunday for talks and a medical.

12.20 GMT: The Times reports that Man United want Tottenham's head of coaching and player development, John McDermott, to revamp their academy. With United's current head of youth player recruitment, Derek Langley, set to depart due to reports of "disillusionment" at the current setup, it could be a busy summer behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

12.00 GMT:  DONE DEAL Southampton have announced the signing of QPR striker Charlie Austin for a fee reported to be £4 million. Austin has signed a deal until 2020 and will join up with his new teammates next week. Story here.

11.55 GMT: Having so far been frustrated in their chase for West Brom's Saido Berahino, Totttenham could make an €8m move for Toulouse forward Ben Yedder. That's according to France Football, who report that Spurs could loan the 25-year-old back to the Ligue 1 club for the rest of the season.

11.25 GMT: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he is open to a move to MLS in the future, in an interview in GQ magazine.

"Maybe in the future will be a good chance for me to play there [in America]," the Portuguese forward reveals in quotes reported by AS. "You never know, but it's something interesting. I consider it, of course, because as I've said, soccer there has become better and better... I think that this is maybe going to be possible."

11.18 GMT: We knew someone would get him, but Southampton are reportedly set to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin for what seems a bargain fee of £4m.

11.02 GMT: Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose is close to signing for Norwich City, according to kicker. Klose, 27, is reportedly set for a medical ahead of a £9.2m move and Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said: "Yes, there is concrete interest."

10.45 GMT: Chelsea have sent young goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney to League Two side Newport County on a month loan. 

10.32 GMT: Are Spurs closing in on a new midfielder?

10.22 GMT: Poor old Everton. As if having Manchester United, City and Chelsea sniffing around John Stones wasn't bad enough, now Barcelona are keen apparently. With both Madrid clubs out of transfer action for a while, the Catalans are keen to snap up one of the best young defenders in world football while they can.

10.09 GMT: Liverpool are considering a January move for Southampton striker Shane Long, according to The Sun. The Irish international has eight goals in 19 appearances and his all-action style could suit Jurgen Klopp's style of football.

09.49 GMT: George Thomson has moved to FC United of Manchester from Chester FC on a permanent deal.

09.42 GMT: Napoli are interested in Newcastle's French international Moussa Sissoko, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. Newcastle will be loathe to let one of their stars go, but despite his current deal expiring in 2019, they may want to raise some cash for more January spending.

09.23 GMT: Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could be on his way to Aston Villa on loan, according to L'Equipe. The Frenchman has lost his place in the first XI to Hector Bellerin but wants to play at Euro 2016.

09.00 GMT: Former Liverpool player and Champions League winner Luis Garcia has joined A-League club Central Coast Mariners, who recently sold midfielder Anthony Caceres to Manchester City.

PAPER ROUND

Where there's a Will, there's a way

Good news has been thin on the ground in what has turned out to be a bafflingly difficult campaign for Chelsea -- but there could be some coming up soon, says the Sun.

The paper reports that midfielder Willian, the Blues' top scorer and best player in what has been a traumatic title defence, has made it clear that he is keen to extend his contract and stay at Stamford Bridge despite the season's upheavals.

The Brazilian -- whose fine form has seen him linked with a move away from the Londoners -- is three years into the five-year deal he signed when joining from Shakhtar Donetsk, and the paper quotes him as saying: "The club know how I feel. I am very happy here."

Liverpool 'weighing up Williams bid'

No matter how much Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp tries to suggest he's not really in the market for all that much this month, those Anfield-related rumours keep on coming.

Here's another one: the Merseysiders are running the rule over Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams, according to the Mirror, with Klopp facing a busy spell of fixtures minus the services of the injured Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi.

So what do we know about Williams? Well, he's a Spain Under-21 international with a frankly frightening turn of pace, and has scored 10 times in 21 outings this season. Although he is under contract until 2017, that deal has a buyout clause of a shade over £15m.

But hold on, says the Mirror -- Bilbao are keen to tie the 21-year-old to a new contract with an even bigger buyout clause, meaning there would be no time like the present if Liverpool are going to make a move.

And hold on some more -- Williams is also interesting north London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, so the Reds might not have things all their own way.

John Stones is a better person and player after going through last summer's transfer saga, says Roberto Martinez.

Stones stronger for Stamford Bridge saga - Martinez

Everton defender John Stones loomed large in the summer transfer window, with Chelsea having multiple bids turned down as Goodison Park supremo Bill Kenwright put his foot down and insisted the England man was staying put.

Another transfer window has seen another slew of Stones stories, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid linked, but manager Roberto Martinez believes last summer's saga has done the player plenty of good.

How so? Well, the Guardian quotes Martinez as saying he believes Stones has become a better player and person since then, explaining: "You need to understand that the human side of a footballer gets heavily tested in that period.

"You get a lot of influences, some influences were wrong from the outside, and they affect you. Psychologically, he has become a man in a very short period of time."

TAP-INS:

- Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, now a free agent, has been linked with more than a few clubs, most recently Watford. Crystal Palace are the latest names in the frame, and could try to tempt Adebayor to return to London.

With the Eagles suffering a four-game run without scoring, could he be the man to get them firing in front of goal again?

Alan Pardew, who has given that possibility plenty of thought, said: "Adebayor is a player who is there for somebody, and it is a question of ourselves wondering whether we are the right club for him and is he the right player for us."

- More striker-related news, with the Mirror saying Southampton had better get a move on if they want to keep Graziano Pelle, who joined them from Feyenoord last summer.

It says talks over a new deal for the Italian, in the final 18 months of his current contract, have been delayed -- and that could encourage both Juventus and Fiorentina, who have been monitoring his situation.

But it quotes manager Ronald Koeman as saying: "Graziano's situation is different to other players because he will be 31 this year, and that is difficult. It is too early to conclude about his future. Maybe that will happen in the summer, maybe after."

- And yet more -- Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford could now be heading to another London club on a temporary deal after cutting short a loan at Palace, says the Daily Mail.

Which club might that be? The Mail claims it's Queens Park Rangers, whose season has so far failed to take off as hoped since the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager.

Bamford shone on loan for last season's beaten Championship playoff finalists Middlesbrough, and Rangers hope he can replicate that sort of sparkle at Loftus Road.

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