Ezequiel Lavezzi in London, Man United told Romelu Lukaku fee is £65m
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: Lavezzi in London, Everton say Lukaku fee £65m
Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is in London, with Chelsea interested in signing him according to Sky in Italy. The 30-year-old's contract expires in the summer so he could be available on the cheap and the Blues would bag themselves an Argentina international with 22 goals in over 100 appearances for the French champions.
Everton are enjoying Romelu Lukaku's red-hot goal-scoring form safe in the knowledge that every strike brings them more points while adding a few extra million to the Belgian's asking price. The Sun reports that with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea seemingly interested in a deal for the 22-year-old, likely favourites Manchester United would have to pay £65 million to land the striker.
Calciomercato reports the Red Devils could raise funds after setting Marouane Fellaini's asking price at £20m (€26m) ahead of talks with AC Milan, and they may need all the help they can get after it was revealed Anthony Martial's eventual fee could eclipse Angel Di Maria's British-record figure of £59.7m. What's more, Louis van Gaal may not be around long enough to worry about any of it as the Mirror reports that the coach could quit a year early due to the constant pressure.
22.00 GMT: That will do it for Transfer Talk on this Wednesday! Be sure to check back in a few hours for the start of Thursday's transfer activity.
21.06 GMT: DONE DEAL Championship side Reading have added to their fleet of strikers, with the signing of Yann Kermorgant. The Frenchman joins from Bournemouth.
19.54 GMT: Fiorentina continue to be active, with SportItalia reporting that former Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, who has seen little playing time at Porto, will join the Serie A club.
19.08 GMT: Swansea, Sunderland, Norwich City and Crystal Palace are all evaluating Roma's Seydou Doumbia as a possible reinforcement, according to Tuttomercatoweb. The striker is playing on loan at CSKA Moscow, where he has 11 goals in 21 games.
18.49 GMT: Keko has been a big part of Eibar's success and according to Marca, Sevilla are keen to pry the right winger away with a €4million offer.
18.41 GMT: Help could be on the way for Gary Neville's Valencia, with SuperDeporte reporting that Jeremy Toulalan of Monaco and Lass Diarra of Marseille could be on the way to shore up the defence.
18.26 GMT: West Ham striker Mauro Zarate has his sights set on Fiorentina. Brother and agent Rolando Zarate told Radio Bruno that despite interest from Real Betis, Mauro "wants Fiorentina".
17.48 GMT: Looks like Giuseppe Rossi is headed back to Spain. After three years in Italy with Fiorentina, the injury-plagued New Jersey native will return to La Liga first to play at Levante before joining Villarreal this summer, according to reports in Italy. Rossi spent six-and-a-half seasons with the Yellow Submarine from 2007-13.
17.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Three in a row! Colchester United have signed Nicky Shorey to boost their survival battle. The defender played twice for England back in 2007.
17.29 GMT: DONE DEAL Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric has joined Hoffenheim on loan until end of season.
17.16 GMT: DONE DEAL Elliott Ward has left AFC Bournemouth and joined Blackburn Rovers in a two-and-a-half-year deal. He joins Danny Graham in arriving at Ewood Park today.
17.02 GMT: According to Globo Esporte, Leicester are in a three way tussle with PSV and Malaga to close a loan deal for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.
16.45 GMT: How do Manchester United scare off David De Gea desirers Real Madrid?
With the national team, apparently. De Gea's future at United looks set to hinge on whether he starts for Spain at Euro 2016, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Old Trafford club are confident of keeping the goalkeeper if he gets Vicente del Bosque's No. 1 spot.
16.33 GMT: West Ham will look at Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi for the summer, according to The Daily Mail.
Michy Batshuayi: Has scored or assisted 16 of Marseille's 28 goals in Ligue 1 this season (57.1%) pic.twitter.com/bV5MExMNcF- WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 10, 2016
16.18 GMT: Well, Derby County have been busy... Luke Thomas along with Lewis Walker, Jayden Bogle and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson have agreed to join the club.
16.07 GMT: The Metro are reporting Portuguese media claims that Renato Sanches has very nearly signed for Manchester United.
Sanches, 18, burst onto the scene just this season attracting attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs. His release clause is £61.4m.
15.53 GMT: Sunderland are set to offer Swansea £6m plus Fabio Borini for Andre Ayew, according to The Daily Mail.
15.37 GMT: According to the Sunderland Echo, Will Buckley wants to extend his loan spell at Birmingham until the season's end.
The winger -- who scored 19 in 96 games for Brighton -- has struggled since he moved to the Stadium of Light in 2014, and has made just 27 appearances for three different clubs since then.
15.25 GMT: Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has told the Liverpool Echo he is targeting a return to England as his next transfer move and wants to play until he is 40.
15.15 GMT: "I'd never play for another European club," Messi told France Football. "Barcelona is my home and I want to retire here."
15.00 GMT: Croatian midfielder Ljuban Crepulja is in Glasgow for talks with Celtic, as being reported by the BBC.
The 22-year-old midfielder -- who has represented Croatia at under-20 level -- plays for Slaven Belupo.
14.44 GMT: Cheick Tiote is still eyeing a move to Shanghai Shenhua.
The Chronicle are reporting that the delay in a potential deal being done is not related to a wage dispute as the midfielder is supposed to have already agreed terms last week.
14.32 GMT: DONE DEAL Serie A club Sassuolo have signed former Fulham and Brentford striker Marcello Trotta. Full story is available here.
14.05 GMT: DONE DEAL Sam Byram has left Leeds United and joined West Ham. Full story here.
13.59 GMT: Schalke have said they have not received any offers for attacking midfielder Leroy Sane. Full story here.
13.46 GMT: West Ham United are lining up a move for Fenerbahce's Nigeria international striker Emmanuel Emenike, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story available here.
13.36 GMT: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said Simone Zaza will not be going anywhere this month, adding that he would like to play him more in the second half of the season. Read the full story here.
13.30 GMT: DONE DEAL Werder Bremen have signed Laszlo Kleinheisler from Videoton.
13.24 GMT: After Hartlepool's heroic great escape at the of last season, they once again find themselves at the wrong end of League 2.
Manager Ronnie Moore has made a couple of signings so far this January transfer window, but he told the BBC that they still have to perform to keep their place in the side.
He said: "They've come to us to get games, but if they don't give us what we're looking for, then they don't play."
13.09 GMT: Spanish newspaper Marca claim Chelsea have offered Christian Atsu and £15m to Leicester City for their star player Riyad Mahrez.
The Daily Star are also reporting...
12.52 GMT: Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Alexandre Pato from Corinthians, multiple sources have told ESPN. Full story here.
12.50 GMT: According to Croydon Guardian, Watford have reservations over a move for Emmanuel Adebayor. However, Crystal Palace are still said to be interested in the former Spurs striker.
12.37 GMT: Has Mauricio Pochettino hinted Saido Berahino to Spurs could be a no-go.
He told Standard Sport: "We want to find good players but also good people. People who share our philosophy, behave well, show respect to the club and their team-mates and supporters; respect the badge."
12.25 GMT: DONE DEAL Besiktas have completed the signing of FC Dnipro goalkeeper Denys Boyko.
Denys Boyko'nun transferi ile ilgili olarak Kulübü FC Dnipro ile görüşmelere başlanmıştır. pic.twitter.com/yqauOEVp5J- Beşiktaş JK Kurumsal (@BesiktasJK) January 20, 2016
12.10 GMT: Swansea have been linked with a move with Southampton's Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Ramirez, according to South Wales Evening Post.
The 25-year-old has struggled for game time on the south coast and his contract expires in the summer, hinting at a possible early exit.
11.56 GMT: Simon Francis is set to sign a new three-and-a-half-year contract at Bournemouth, sources have told ESPN FC
11.48 GMT: DONE DEAL Sunderland forward Danny Graham has joined Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.
11.37 GMT: Milan to initiate a spending spree?
According to Sport Bild, Borussia Dortmund are thinking of recruiting both Ben Arfa & El Shaarawy.- AC Milan 100% (@Planetmilan) January 20, 2016
11.25 GMT: DONE DEAL Jose Angel Crespo has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the 2015/16 season.
11.15 GMT: The Daily Star are reporting Chelsea have offered Pedro back to Barcelona.
However, Barcelona are said to be interested in Nolito, Jonathan Soriano and Denis Suarez more than a return for the Spanish winger.
11.04 GMT: Manchester City's Wilfried Bony has come out and addressed the speculation that he's on the way out of the Etihad...
"I'm happy at the club, all this speculation is not true," Bony said.
Man City rumours are false - Bony: Wilfried Bony has told BBC World Football there is no truth in the rumours ... https://t.co/Wj66fUpEIY- BBC Football (@BBCFtbl) January 20, 2016
10.50 GMT: Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has issued a come-and-get me plea to clubs in France. Full story here.
10.40 GMT: Pedro Obiang's agent -- Jose Miguel Gonzalez -- claimed the player "would be perfect" for table-topping Napoli, according to The Evening Standard.
Obiang signed for West Ham from Sampdoria in the summer for £4.3 million.
10.28 GMT: Branislav Ivanovic has agreed a new contract with Chelsea. Full story here.
10.25 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka could be on his way to Arsenal in the summer, according to The Telegraph.
"I don't know what will happen in the summer," Monchengladbach director Max Eberl said.
10.14 GMT: Wales Online are reporting Cardiff City are chasing Feyenoord midfielder Lex Immers.
The 29-year-old has been playing for the Dutch outfit since the beginning of the 2012/13 season after moving from ADO Den Haag.
09.58 GMT: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he cannot rule out moving from the club one day but stressed that he has no interest in leaving the European champions.
09.26 GMT: Reported Real Madrid target Rodrigo Bentancur is happy at Boca Juniors for the moment, according to his father.
Madrid have been tracking Uruguayan playmaker Bentancur, 18, according to reports, with Serie A side Juventus also said to have shown an interest.
09.03 GMT: Radamel Falcao has not given up on playing for Chelsea again this season as he battles the latest setback in his recovery from a thigh injury. Falcao has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal, but remains positive about featuring in the first team again before he returns to his parent club in the summer.
08.28 GMT: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he cannot rule out moving from the club one day but stressed that he has no interest in leaving the European champions.
08.01 GMT: Liverpool to let Christian Benteke go? It doesn't seem likely. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he rates Benteke and scouted the striker when he was Borussia Dortmund boss.
Benteke, 25, has recently struggled for regular playing time in Klopp's starting XI, despite forwards Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi being sidelined.
07.37 GMT: Yaya Toure's agent has suggested that the Manchester City midfielder is ready to listen to offers from other clubs when the Premier League season comes to an end.
Toure, 32, said last summer he is happy with Manuel Pellegrini's side but with reports linking the player with a move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, his agent Dimitri Seluk has indicated a move at the end of 2015-16 could be in the offing.
06.48 GMT: Good morning! There's plenty of transfer news out there so let's get started! China's Jiangsu Suning FC have tabled a bid for PEC Zwolle defender Trent Sainsbury, according to Fox Sports. The move comes just hours after AC Milan striker Luiz Adriano reportedly backed out of a €14 million move to the Chinese Super League side.
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It was less than two years ago that Liverpool's fearsome front line of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling almost fired the club to a Premier League title, but now the final member of the trio still at Anfield is in danger of leaving Merseyside. Suarez and Sterling left of their own volition for Barcelona and Manchester City, respectively, but the Brentwood Gazette reports that West Ham are plotting a surprise £18 million move for Sturridge as Jurgen Klopp looks to offload the injury-prone striker.
Sturridge's fitness problems have been a constant source of frustration for Klopp, who could cash in on the England international despite his obvious talent. Should the 26-year-old depart, Gazzetta dello Sport reports, Klopp wants to replace him with Juventus striker Alvaro Morata. However, even a €60m (£46m) bid and the prospect of replacing Morata with PSG's Edinson Cavani may not be enough to tempt the Serie A champions to sell.
Chelsea eye Watford striker
With Tuesday's reports that Chelsea could lose a host of key players this summer -- including the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard -- it makes sense that the Premier League champions are being linked with a host of players ahead of a potential squad overhaul. The Mirror reports that Watford's star striker Odion Ighalo is among the Blues' main targets, with the Stamford Bridge club "impressed" by the Nigerian's 13 goals in 23 league games for the Hornets this term.
While Ighalo could make a move to Chelsea at the end of the season, the Star reports that the Blues may also have to wait for long-term target Alex Teixeira. According to the paper, Shakhtar Donetsk's billionaire president Rinat Akhmetov is refusing to sell the free-scoring Brazilian playmaker this month, with a "source close to the negotiations" quoted as saying: "I know Shakhtar well and they will not let this happen in this window."
And Chelsea could still be rid of Radamel Falcao this month, with the Telegraph reporting that the striker's parent club Monaco are again looking at the possibility of the Colombian striker returning to the principality from his London loan six months early.
One man staying in West London is Branislav Ivanovic. The Mail reports that the defender will sign a one-year contract extension to see him through till summer 2017.
Cole closes in on Galaxy move
Ashley Cole edged nearer to becoming the latest former England star to join the LA Galaxy after Roma announced that the left-back's Giallorossi contract has been terminated by mutual consent.
The move clears the way for Cole to complete a long-reported move to the Galaxy, and the BBC reported on Tuesday that the defender had agreed terms with the MLS side. Cole had been frozen out at Roma after refusing to cancel his contract at the beginning of the current season. The former Chelsea and Arsenal defender may be getting on at 35 years old, but the Galaxy may well have landed themselves a bargain if he can find form in the U.S.
Cadena Cope reports that Roma are already plotting Cole's replacement, with the Serie A side willing to pay €8m for Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez.
Spurs after Atletico outcast
Jackson Martinez has found life tough at Atletico Madrid following a big-money summer move from Porto, with just three goals for the Calderon club this season -- but Tottenham's need for a striker could well save the Colombian from his Spanish slump.
Marca reports that Spurs have offered Atletico €30m (£23m) for the 29-year-old, but Los Rojiblancos are reluctant to lose the striker for less than the €35m they paid Porto less than a year ago. But with Mauricio Pochettino keen on a striker and Atletico likely to want to offload Martinez and recruit another forward before their impending transfer ban, it wouldn't be surprising to see a compromise reached before the winter window slams shut.
No easy bid for Nolito
Celta Vigo forward Nolito has been strongly linked with a return to Barcelona this month, though Arsenal and Liverpool have also been touted as potential rivals for the 29-year-old's signature. But any club hoping to get Nolito on the cheap have been told that he will cost the full €18m (£12.6m) buyout clause.
Celta's sporting director, Miguel Torrecilla, says: "In the case of Nolito, Celta will stick with the clause. It is something simple and easy to respond to -- there is a release clause and everything ends there. Whoever wants to take [Nolito] now must pay the clause, there is no other option."
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