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Man City lead Prem race for Reece Oxford; Newcastle say no to Pato

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: Man City lead Prem giants in race for Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford rose to prominence earlier this season with a seasoned display as West Ham beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates, and the 17-year-old has been linked with the Premier League's top clubs ever since.

The youngster has spent his time afterward playing for the Hammers' under-21 side, but The Sun reports that Manchester City have scouted Oxford's last three performances. The paper says Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are also looking at the adaptable defensive talent, but City could "test the Hammers' mettle" with a bid to beat their rivals to the English youngster and boost their homegrown ranks in the process.

Speaking of the race for young stars, the Mail reports that Chelsea have beaten United to Ajax's highly rated midfielder Juan Familia Castillo. The Netherlands under-16 captain was apparently expected to sign a deal at Old Trafford, but Chelsea seem to have landed the 16-year-old with a "late push."


22:35 GMT: That's all for the live Transfer Talk tonight, but we'll be back in a few short hours with a look at the tomorrow's papers!

22:28 GMT: Everton winger Aiden McGeady is the target of Championship clubs Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers, with his former club Spartak Moscow also interested in bringing the winger back, according to the Daily Mail.

22.00 GMT: Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed that Sam Byram will indeed be joining West Ham over Everton.

21.50 GMT: Wilfried Bony will be staying at Manchester City this month after his agent ruled out a move, despite links to Swansea and West Ham.

"A departure this winter was never on the agenda, and City simply wouldn't sell him," Francis Kacou told Foot Mercato.

21.15 GMT: Former Man United defender Nemanja Vidic is now a free agent after Inter terminated his contract. Read the full story here.

20:53 GMT: A week ago, Everton reportedly agreed a fee with Leeds for Sam Byram, but now West Ham have come over the top to hijack the deal in the 11th hour, sources tell ESPN FC. Read the full story here.

20:34 GMT: DONE DEAL The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed midfielder Deybi Flores to a permanent deal after the Honduras youth international spent last season on loan with the MLS club.

20:17 GMT: Sunderland's out-of-favour goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon could be headed to Watford as soon on Tuesday, Martin Tyler reported on NBC's broadcast of the Hornets' match at Swansea.

Earlier in the day, multiple reports had linked Pantilimon with a move to Espanyol.

19:59 GMT: What's the hold-up on Emmanuel Adebayor joining Crystal Palace? Sources tell ESPN FC that Palace only want to test him out until the end of the season, but Adebayor is holding out for an 18-month offer. Read the full story here.

19:47 GMT: Real Betis and Tottenham are both interested in signing young striker Sandro Ramirez from Barcelona, according to SPORT.

19:16 GMT: DONE DEAL Watford have confirmed the signing of Nordin Amrabat from Malaga.

19:05 GMT: Scott Sinclair is eager to leave Aston Villa and move back to Swansea, who are willing to pay £2million to bring back a player they sold to Manchester City three years ago, the Mirror reports.

18:47 GMT: DONE DEAL Lost in the uproar over Simon Mignolet's new contract was Liverpool announcing 18-year-old Allan has joined Belgian club St Truiden on loan for the rest of the season.

18:25 GMT: DONE DEAL Swansea have completed a deal to bring in defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg on a three-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee.

18:15 GMT: The Colorado Rapids of MLS appear to have taken another step closer to signing Tim Howard from Everton after trading starting goalkeeper Clint Irwin to Toronto FC.

The move comes three days after sources told ESPN FC that the Rapids are attempting to acquire U.S. keeper Howard from Everton, and getting Irwin off the books has removed one obstacle to a possible deal. Read the full story here.

17.58 GMT: Frank de Boer has said Ajax would make an exception to their policy of signing only younger players if Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could be persuaded to return from Schalke. Read the full story here.

17.44 GMT: Watford have completed the signing of Nordin Amrabat from Malaga for a fee of €8m, the Watford Observer understands.

17.31 GMT: DONE DEAL National League side Forest Green Rovers have signed former Yeovil striker Kieffer Moore.

17.22 GMT: Is this the Liverpool goalkeeping saga resolved? Simon Mignolet has signed a contract extension until 2021. 

17.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Another Manchester United and Preston North End dealing! 

Liam Grimshaw joins former United teammates Ben Pearson and Sam Johnstone in signing for Preston during this January transfer window. 

16.59 GMT: Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens has insisted he is going nowhere amid speculation that he could leave the club this month. Read the full story here.

16.43 GMT: Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has hinted that striker Andrej Kramaric could be heading out on loan this month.

Ranieri said: "Maybe I don't see him involved very well with the team but he is a fantastic player, works hard during training sessions and it is so sad I don't give him the opportunities."

"I want to speak with him and feel what he wants to do."

16.23 GMT: Swansea have announced their new signing in the dugout -- Francesco Guidolin!

16.17 GMT: The Metro are reporting Tottenham have bid £6.1m for Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder.

But, according to France Football, the Ligue 1 outfit are wanting a further £1.5m if they are to consider selling the striker. 

16.00 GMT: With Salvatore Sirigu now supposedly on his way to Torino later this week, Liverpool have had to look elsewhere for goalkeeping reinforcements and are now said to be after are QPR's Rob Green, according to The Express.

15.42 GMT: Middlesbrough hope to complete a move for Swedish international Victor Lindelof within the next 24 hours, according to Gazette Live.

15.28 GMT: talkSPORT are reporting that Chelsea and Liverpool target Antonio Candreva could be about to sign for Inter Milan, according to his agent. 

15.15 GMT: Hull manager Steve Bruce has told Arsenal that he wants to sign Isaac Hayden on a permanent deal, according to The Express. He's made 11 appearances since joining the club on loan in the summer. 

15.03 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has said he cannot rule out the possibility that midfielder Granit Xhaka, a reported target for Arsenal, could leave in the summer. Read the full story here.

14.53 GMT: Jerome Sinclair will leave Liverpool when his contract expires in the summer, as being reported by BBC Sport

He was said to have been offered a new deal but instead wants to look at the possibility of playing abroad.

14.32 GMT: Liverpool are looking to continue their raid of Southampton as sources have told ESPN FC that the Anfield club have had an enquiry rejected for striker Shane Long. Read the full story here.

14.25 GMT: Former Barcelona player Keirrison will move to Thai Super League side Buriram United from Coritiba later this week.

The 27-year-old striker completed a £12m to Camp Nou in 2009 but failed to make a single appearance for the club.

14.11 GMT: Torino striker Ciro Immobile says he is ready to move on after a testing 18 months at Borussia Dortmund and is targeting the Euros later this year.

"Coming back here to Toro, I also hope to earn the chance to go to the Euros," he said.

Read the full story here.

13.59 GMT: U.S. international striker Jordan Morris joined Werder Bremen on trial in their winter training camp in Turkey last week and now looks set to stay for longer. Read the full story here.

13.44 GMT: Adrian Mutu -- former Chelsea forward -- has joined ASA Tirgu-Mures in a bid to try and win a place in Romania's Euro 2016 squad.

The club's current strike force already includes George Tucudean who is on loan for Championship outfit Charlton Athletic. 

Read the full story here.

13.31 GMT: According to Brazilian outlet Globoesporte, Ramires could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with Borussia Dortmund said to be interested.

13.18 GMT: According to Sky Sports, Moussa Dembele's representative is in talks with Wolfsburg and Monaco about a pre-contract agreement to leave Fulham.

13.05 GMT: "We're not going to lose him, nor do we want to move him on," Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said regarding Karim Benzema's future. Read the full story here.

12.50 GMT: Arsenal have ended their interest in Dinamo Moscow forward Aleksandr Kokorin, according to the Russian club's former sporting director.

Konstantin Sarsaniya, who is highly respected in Russia, told Sport Express: "I don't know where Kokorin is going to play next. Arsenal were interested in the past, but not anymore."

Arsenal are said to have had a loan bid for Kokorin rejected in the summer.

12.35 GMT: West Ham United are set to let Reece Oxford, Elliot Lee and Mark Cullen go out on loan, sources have told ESPN FC.

12.24 GMT: Newcastle have put a £26.6m valuation on midfielder Moussa Sissoko to scare off any potentially interested clubs -- according to The Express.

12.10 GMT: Juve striker Alvaro Morata will not be sold to Real Madrid, according to the Italian club's director general Giuseppe Marotta. Read the full story here.

11.55 GMT: Ajax ace Nicolai Boilesen is due for a medical at Wolves later today, according to The Wolves Express and Star. The defender -- who is also captain of the Dutch outfit -- is said to be available for as a little as £300,000.

11.40 GMT: talkSPORT are reporting that Liverpool target Salvatore Sirigu is heading to Torino on loan later this week.

11.25 GMT: Could Pablo Zabaleta be on his way to Inter Milan to rejoin old boss Roberto Mancini? Read the full story here.

11.13 GMT: Former Liverpool player Emiliano Insua joins Newell's Old Boys on loan from Udinese.

11.00 GMT: Newcastle hope to push home their interest in Tottenham winger Andros Townsend this week as head coach Steve McClaren looks to strengthen his attacking options.

The Magpies have opened talks over the England international and are hopeful of landing him either on a permanent deal, or on a loan basis with an option to buy in the summer.

Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old, who has also been linked with Watford and West Brom in recent weeks, has indicated a willingness to make the move to Tyneside.

10.45 GMT: Ghana and Copenhagen international Daniel Amartey is very nearly a Leicester player. The club are hopeful of agreeing personal terms and sealing the deal by the end of the week. Read the full story here.

10.39 GMT: The man who found Riyah Mahrez and N'Golo Kante for Leicester has joined Arsenal.

Ben Wrigglesworth -- head of Leicester's technical scouting -- is now on gardening leave ahead of his move to Arsenal, the second member of the Foxes' scouting team to leave the club in the past 18 months.

10.27 GMT: Liverpool are in for Javier Hernandez, according to The Daily Star.

The Reds has scored just 25 league goals this campaign, which is not an encouraging stat considering fellow top four contenders Spurs have scored 38 goals while West Ham have also netted 34 times. 

10.15 GMT: According to the Evening Standard, some of Chelsea's players believe Alexandre Pato could be in their changing room by the end of this week.

09:58 GMT: Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl has said he has no plans to leave amid reports linking him with a move to Manchester City.

09:32 GMT: Standard Liege manager Yannick Ferrera has confirmed that club captain Jelle Van Damme is on the verge of sealing a move to LA Galaxy.

Van Damme, 32, was left out of Standard's squad for their 2-0 win at Lokeren on Sunday and later said goodbye to the Belgian club's fans via Instagram.

09:15 GMT: There could be an arrival at Norwich today...

09:03 GMT: Bayern Munich are aware of Mario Gotze's contract situation and are relaxed about his future following speculation about a move to Liverpool, the club's sporting executive Matthias Sammer has said.

08:38 GMT: New Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has said he wants to keep Gervinho amid reports the forward is close to a move to China.

Former Roma boss Rudi Garcia, who was sacked last week, bought Gervinho from Arsenal in 2011.

08:18 GMT: Sunderland are set to launch a bid to sign Marseille's defensive midfielder Alaixys Romao, according to L'Equipe.

The Togo international, 32, is out of contract in June and has also been linked with Saudi club Al-Ahli and Ligue 1 strugglers Toulouse. Marseille have also offered the player a two-year contract extension.

08:01 GMT: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny says he rejected interest from other clubs in the past and could end up finishing his career with the Gunners.

07:46: AC Milan general manager Adriano Galliani has played down talk of a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, who is now expected to sign for Sampdoria.

Ranocchia, who has also reportedly attracted the attention of Norwich and Liverpool, has already agreed terms with the Blucerchiati, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, and is set to join them this week.

07:30 GMT: Luis Suarez was not Barcelona's "first choice" when they signed the striker in 2014, the club's former sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has told Marca.

Suarez, 28, joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £65 million after the 2014 World Cup, but the Spanish giants had initially set their sights on Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.


Liverpool lose out on Long

If Liverpool's defeat at home to Manchester United on Sunday proved anything, it's that Jurgen Klopp needs a proven finisher if his side are to get anywhere near the Champions League qualifying spots this season. The Mirror reports that Liverpool are once again looking to raid Southampton, although the Reds appear to have failed in an £8 million bid for Shane Long.

The Saints are "determined" to keep the Republic of Ireland striker, despite having just signed former QPR forward Charlie Austin for a bargain £4m, but reportedly might let Graziano Pelle go instead. Liverpool have shown with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne that they usually land whoever they want from St Mary's, but Long could prove a trickier purchase.

To add insult to Liverpool's injury problem, former Anfield coach Brendan Rodgers said that he was not to blame for Raheem Sterling's acrimonious transfer to Manchester City and that the club could have signed Spurs' Dele Alli and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez. All bases covered there, Brendan.

Meanwhile, Southampton's Saturday goal hero James Ward-Prowse has backed Austin to make an immediate impact, saying: "I think it's very exciting. He's got a great record and overall he's a top striker. He can offer a lot to the team."

Newcastle no-go for Pato

Newcastle are January's big spenders so far, having treated Steve McClaren to deals for Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, though it seems that the even the struggling Magpies aren't keen on Alexandre Pato.

The Brazilian striker has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal among others, but the Chronicle reports that Newcastle have turned down the chance to sign the 26-year-old former AC Milan forward from current club Corinthians.

Luis Suarez, who scored a hat trick for Barcelona on Sunday, was the Catalan club's second choice striker.

Barca wanted Aguero over Suarez

You'd imagine Barcelona are pretty happy with how their move for Luis Suarez has panned out with the Uruguayan hitting a hat trick on Sunday after having starred in the Treble-winning 2015-16 campaign. But Manchester city star Sergio Aguero appears to have been their first-choice signing.

Former Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Marca: "We had several options, but Luis Suarez was not the first option -- he knows that. We were planning to sign Aguero, but that didn't come off. After that, though, there were no doubts: Luis Suarez was our only objective."

Not a bad second choice, eh?

Terry wants new deal

John Terry made amends for an own goal against Everton with a slightly fortuitous 98th-minute equaliser to earn Chelsea a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. And now the Blues captain wants a new contract so he can finish his career in West London.

Asked by reporters if he sees himself at Chelsea next season, the 35-year-old replied: "I certainly think so. I think when you get to age, there are a lot of people out there saying, 'He's 35, almost 36, maybe his legs have gone.' I've never had legs, it's as simple as that. I've never been quick, all my career. I want to finish my career here, of course."

Interim manager Guus Hiddink backed his captain for a new contract beyond the end of the season, saying: "I fully agree [he showed his importance], not just with his equalising goal, but with his attitude and the actions he did defensively and offensively. If I'm asked I will give my honest opinion about his contract. If I say what I'm saying now, spontaneously out of my heart, then you can imagine what I think.

"For me, there's not much difference between John in 2009 and now. For me, you would have to underline that with data. You have to make tests that show he has lost some speed, but with the eye I cannot see that. I cannot see that he is slowing down at all."

He's still quick enough to be a yard offside and still fool the assistant referee, so that should prove it.

Cherries cash in

New £12m Bournemouth signing Benik Afobe has spoken of his joy at opening his Cherries account in Saturday's 3-0 win against Norwich, with the Mirror quoting him as saying: "To score three goals, keep the clean sheet and get my first Premier League goal -- I'm delighted, it is a highlight of my career. It was unbelievable when it hit the net, words can't describe that. I've dreamed about it since I was a little boy. I've never felt any pressure. As a child, I used to just go out and play football to enjoy it, so I've tried to keep that."

Meanwhile, Harry Arter -- who arrived on the south coast a year after the club almost dropped out of the Football League -- is shocked by the club's rise to prominence and newfound wealth, saying: "The club was in a real bad way. It was wash your own kit and bring your own lunch. There's been a massive change; the comparison is ridiculous. Benik looks at home in the Premier League."

Quite a story.


- Juventus will not be selling Alvaro Morata back to Real Madrid, with the club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta quoted as telling Premium Sport: "There is no intention to negotiate with Real Madrid or any other team. We have never thought of selling Morata. He is a pillar of this Juventus team, he is a young man who has become increasingly important. We need to keep hold of these types of players."

- Pablo Zabaleta has ruled out a January move away from Manchester City, but the defender -- who described himself as a "very ugly man" due to the scars picked up playing for the club -- will consider his future at the end of the season.

"At the end of this season, I will have one more year left on my contract," he told reporters. "It's January, and everything comes from the media about players coming in or going out but I am 100 percent focused on City at the moment. I want to finish the season here and am not thinking of going anywhere in January."

- The Mirror reports that Roberto Martinez is set to start his January transfer business as Steven Naismith closes in on an £8m move to Norwich on Monday, with Dynamo Kiev's winger Andriy Yarmolenko the Toffees' main target. The Star reports that young Leeds defender Sam Byram has passed a medical ahead of a three-year Goodison Park deal worth an initial £3m.

- Watford are close to a £6.7m deal for Malaga winger, Nordin Amrabat according to the Mirror, with the owner of the Moroccan's current club, Abdullah Al-Thani, saying: "We do not wish to sell the player, but everyone must understand: He told me it was his dream and I could not tell him he couldn't go. We are human beings."


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