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Liverpool move for Alex Teixeira, Neymar 'caught' in talks with Madrid?

Alex Teixeira has been repeatedly linked with a move to England.

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: Liverpool move for Teixeira, Neymar to Real Madrid?

Liverpool have reportedly made an offer of €32 million (£24.6m) for the Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, according to The Guardian and the Liverpool Echo. The Brazilian has previously been linked with Chelsea but Jurgen Klopp seems keen to get the jump on their rivals and seal a deal in January. Read the full story here.

With Luis Suarez unlikely to leave Barcelona any time soon and Lionel Messi declaring his desire to stay at the Camp Nou despite Manchester City's interest, Neymar is the likeliest lad to make way. Onda Cero reports that the Brazil captain and his father reportedly met with representatives from Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid while attending the 2015 Ballon d'Or ceremony earlier this month.

But a transfer may not be the ultimate goal for Neymar's camp: Contract talks with the Blaugrana are said to have stalled, so what better way to engineer smoother negotiations than by being caught with the enemy? The enemy in question appear to be shoring up their own stars, with Marca reporting that Los Blancos -- top of Deloitte's Money League for an 11th consecutive season -- want to extend Gareth Bale's contract to ward off the likes of Manchester United this summer.

LIVE BLOG

23.00 GMT: Right that'll do it for another interesting day of transfer chatter. Join us back here in an hour or two for Friday's installment!

22.47 GMT: Is it time up for Christian Benteke at Anfield? Our ESPN FC crew look at his chances -- and those of Daniel Sturridge -- if Liverpool do indeed sign Alex Teixeira.

The ESPN FC crew weigh in on rumours that an unsettled Edinson Cavani might be headed to Manchester United.

22.30 GMT: Is there any truth to the rumours that Fernando Torres has "eight offers" on the table as he ponders his future?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop isn't buying it.

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his take on the likelihood that the latest transfer rumours will come to fruition.

22.05 GMT: Chelsea just won't take no for an answer when it comes to the transfer market. Having been rebuffed at least four times (that we know of) in the summer for Everton defender John Stones, a few media outlets are reporting that Blues owner Roman Abramovich has approved a £50 million bid for the young defender in order to get the deal done.

Stones, 21, has been in wobbly form this season for Everton but is an undeniable talent for the future and could easily anchor things at Stamford Bridge for much of the next decade. But will Roman's lucre be enough to finally crack the Toffees' resolve?

21.49 GMT: Here's a juicy rumour as the night draws on. La Gazzetto dello Sport reports that Tottenham could make a late swoop for young Juventus forward Alvaro Morata in the January window.

The way the media outlet tells it, Morata's opportunities have been sorely limited by Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala while the club is also chasing Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani which would leave even less room for the young Spaniard.

Similarly, Spurs need a credible back-up for Harry Kane and Morata would definitely fit that bill.

It's all a bit speculative, as these things usually are, but it'd be quite the coup for Spurs chairman Dan Levy if he could pull it off.

21.11 GMT: Leggo my oft-injured midfielder! It's not strictly transfer news but it is significant in terms of keeping someone who's yet to play a single minute this season from potentially joining another club for a bargain price. The Express reports (via some other site) that Arsenal are set to give Jack Wilshere a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2021 at a weekly salary of £110,000.

We here at Transfer Talk really need the phone number for Jack's agent.

20.58 GMT: Ahead of his impending move to Fiorentina (see 12.56 GMT below), Mauro Zarate has written some nice things about West Ham before he leaves.

"I would like to thank David Sullivan and David Gold for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity of playing at such a special club like West Ham. I would also like to thank my teammates for the good times we shared and wish them the very best for the future, and especially I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart all the West Ham fans for their unconditional support and affection, you are truly unique.

"Thank you all very much! COYI."

COYI, indeed. Zarate will cost just £1.6 million.

20.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Look at this, more completed business! Chelsea have confirmed on their official site that 19-year-old playmaking prospect Alex Kiwomya has joined Fleetwood Town on loan until the end of the season.

Kiwomya is a fixture in the Blues' U-21 squad and has represented England at U-16 through to U-19. Good stuff.

20.25 GMT: FC Dallas are looking for depth and media reports indicate that they're on the verge of signing Vfb Stuttgart midfielder Carlos Gruezo.

The 20-year-old Ecuadorian international is clearly surplus at the German side having made just 18 appearances in the Bundesliga since signing in January of 2014.

20.08 GMT: DONE DEAL Some action involving Manchester United! The club have confirmed a trial for 15-year-old Polish goalkeeper Bartosz Mrozek.

Polish media claimed that United had first inquired in December while it's also reported in the Express that the club have been interested since November of 2014. Mrozek's trial runs through the end of the weekend at which time they'll presumably have seen enough to make a long-term decision.

19.58 GMT: Keeping things up north, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says he's looking to complete at least two or three more deals before the January window closes.

His side have already added Jan Kirchhoff and Dame N'Doye during the current transfer period but that's not enough for Big Sam.

"We're looking at several players, but it's been very difficult to acquire anyone in January, particularly when the club is in this position. They've got to be able to come in and join the fight and want to join the fight."

19.45 GMT: Are Newcastle about to move on to other target? The Telegraph reports that their interest in Saido Berahino and Andros Townsend, a pair of gifted and inconsistent attacking threats, might be for nothing given a lack of movement on either front.

More worrying yet is that the paper's been told by sources that it's as much to do with the club's insufficient funds to purchase both than it is the players being reticent to sign up.

The Magpies have managed to sign Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet this month but might turn to cheaper options up front, namely Burnley's Andre Gray, if necessary.

19.28 GMT: DONE DEAL It's a minor move but a move nonetheless as Sampdoria have agreed to loan Federico Bonazzoli to Virtus Lanciano until the end of the season.

Bonazzoli, 18, was bought from Inter in early 2015 and is very much an attacking prospect for the future having represented Italy at every age level from U-15 to U-21.

19.11 GMT: Here's the latest edition of ESPN FC's Rumour Rater in which Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes dive into the Alex Teixeira, Neymar and Gareth Bale news of the day.

Check it out!

18.49 GMT: Are West Ham about to make another splash?

Having completed a move for Leeds right-back/right-midfielder Sam Byram, the Hammers are being linked to Fenerbahce and Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike. The 28-year-old striker has been on loan at Al-Ain having failed to make an impact in the Turkish Super League since moving there in 2013 for €10.3 million.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic knows Emenike from his time in charge of Besiktas and is reportedly keen.

18.28 GMT: Real Madrid are trying their best to cement a couple of deals before their transfer ban kicks in at the end of January. Eurosport reports that they're hoping to sign 18-year-old Uruguayan Rodrigo Betancur, currently playing in Argentina for Boca Juniors.

Their article compares Betancur to Fernando Gago, a five-season player at the Bernabeu, and media in South America think the deal would be completed for around €10.5 million. That said, Rodrigo's dad is being cautious.

"He's focusing on the pre-season with Boca and we don't want to jump the gun."

18.09 GMT: DONE DEAL Well well! We have a completed signing!

After a miniature tug of war between Major League Soccer and Europe for his services -- Werder Bremen had hoped to sign the former Stanford phenom -- Jordan Morris has been confirmed as a Seattle Sounder.

17.56 GMT: Athletic Bilbao ace Inaki Williams has penned a new long-term deal with the La Liga club.

The 21-year-old was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal recently after an impressive season so far has seen him net six goals in 16 games.

17.41 GMT: Chinese clubs have signed four players from the Corinthians starting lineup that won the league title in November.

The latest to go was defender Gil, who signed this week with Shandong Luneng. Brazilian media reported that his transfer fee was $11m, with a monthly salary of $350,000.

17.28 GMT:  DONE DEAL Is this a sign that Joe Mason (see 15.13GMT entry) is about to leave Cardiff?

#WelcomeLex | @ImmersLex joins #CardiffCity on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance pic.twitter.com/2rky32krhg

Lex Immers has joined the Wales-based club on loan from Feyenoord until the end of the season.

17.12 GMT: Burnley have tied Sam Vokes down for three and a half more years. He joined the club from Wolves back in 2012. 

17.00 GMT: "The coaches are working on the topic of Fernando Torres and they will be the ones who will decide his future in the coming days," Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said to AS. Read the full story here.

16.45 GMT: "After the Emirates Cup the boss [Arsene Wenger] spoke to me in his office and he told me he wanted to keep me this season," Chuba Akpom -- who's currently on loan at Hull City -- told Arsenal's official website.

"If I had stayed I would have been involved and made a few cameo appearances but he also wanted me to get as much game time as possible, so he gave me the option [of leaving on loan]".

16.35 GMT: Celtic manager Ronny Deila has said Stefan Johansen is part of his long term plans and that the midfielder is not on the way out.

The player's in the last 18 months of his contract and has been linked with a £5m bid from Aston Villa, according to Sky Sports.

16.17 GMT:  DONE DEAL QPR's Brandon Comley has gone up north on loan to League 2 outfit Carlisle United. 

16.00 GMT: According to the Sunderland Echo, Sam Allardyce wants three more signings before the transfer window is up. So far, the club's brought in Jan Kirchoff from Bayern Munich and Dame N'Doye from Trabzonspor.

15.42 GMT: Sheyi Ojo was on the score sheet for Liverpool last night in their 3-0 win over Exeter, but it could all have been very different.

The Express are reporting that the 18-year-old was very close to signing for Chelsea back in 2011, with the Blues willing to pay £2m to MK Dons for him.

15.29 GMT: Norwich City's defender Harry Toffolo has has joined League 1 side Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season. 

15.13 GMT: Cardiff City want at least £5m for Joe Mason.

Wolves are said to be interested in the 24-year-old striker who came through the ranks at Plymouth Argyle before moving to Wales-based club in 2011 for £250,000.

15.00 GMT: Chelsea are unlikely to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi during the January transfer window despite their interest in the forward, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.

14. 43 GMT: Real Madrid have told Manchester United target James Rodriguez that he will be sold if his behaviour does not improve, The Metro reports.

14.27 GMT: Jordan Morris chose not to sign for Werder Bremen because he was "homesick," the club's CEO Thomas Eichin has told Bild. Full story here.

14.10 GMT: Frankfurt say they won't allow Carlos Zambrano a winter transfer. The centre-back had been linked with Schalke, who need to bolster their back four after Benedikt Höwedes' thigh injury which will see him sat on the sidelines for three months.

"Everything's said. He vowed to stay here, at least until the summer," coach Armin Veh told kicker

13.55 GMT: Wolves could be set to make Emiliano Sala's stay at Nantes a short one.

The Argentine attacker, 25, only joined Nantes from Bordeaux on a five-year contract in the summer. Having been bought for €1 million, he could be sold on to the Championship club for €4 million, according to L'Equipe

13.40 GMT: Marseille are planning to bolster their attack by trying to take Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan, according to L'Equipe.

The Ivorian is currently on loan at CSKA Moscow, for whom he scored 11 goals in the first half of the season - including six in the Champions League. 

13.26 GMT: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he expects a "quiet" end to the January transfer window, indicating that he will make no more signings unless an "exceptional" opportunity comes up. Full story here.

13.13 GMT: DONE DEAL Werder Bremen have signed Papy Djilobodji on loan until the end of the season. Full story here.

13.11 GMT: Stoke and Southampton are interested in Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong. But L'Equipe says Lorient want at least €10 million for the player and are not likely to sell him until the summer. 

12.56 GMT: West Ham striker Mauro Zarate is closing in on a move to Fiorentina, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story here.

12.50 GMT: Crystal Palace and Wales midfielder Jonny Williams is set for loan move to MK Dons, sources have told ESPN FC.

12.39 GMT: DONE DEAL Sunderland striker Lynden Gooch has signed for Doncaster on loan. 

12.25 GMT: Robert Lewandowski has played down a move to the Premier League.

"I don't know what Bayern's plans for the future look like, but it would not be a problem for me if they signed another striker - regardless of whether that's Higuain or someone else," he said. "I will still be playing if another striker arrives."

12.10 GMT: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has denied making a move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge. Full story here.

11.58 GMT: ESPN FC sources have confirmed Liverpool have sent out a delegation to speak with Shakhtar about Alex Teixeira, 26, during the Ukrainian side's winter break. Full story here.

11.56 GMT: DONE DEAL Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu has joined Blackpool on loan until the season's finished.

The 20-year old arrives at Bloomfield Road following a stint with fellow League One side Port Vale, where he scored six goals.

11.40 GMT: According to Sky Sports News, West Brom haven't received any bids for striker Saido Berahino during this transfer window.

11.37 GMT: Aston Villa are reportedly in talks over a transfer for former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic this January, according to the Metro.

11.20 GMT:  DONE DEAL Huddersfield Town have confirmed the signing of Karim Matmour.

The Algerian international has signed on a free transfer after leaving his previous club, Al-Arabi of Kuwait. 

11.10 GMT: Spurs manager Pochettino on Gareth Bale: "If we have the option to sign him, why not? He's a great player and a player that can improve our squad. This is the kind of profile that we find." Full story here.

11.00 GMT: Borussia Dortmund need to bolster their squad during the January transfer window, coach Thomas Tuchel has said. Read the full story here.

10.45 GMT: It's looks like Victor Valdes is off, with Standard Liege being touted as the destination. Full story here.

10.35 GMT: Who saw this one coming?

10.33 GMT: Midfielder Joe Allen was on the score sheet again last night as Liverpool beat Exeter in the FA Cup, and this morning he's back in the transfer talk.

Wales Online are reporting Swansea have asked Liverpool about his availability, and have been told to wait until the summer if they want to try and sign the Wales international.

10.25 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has said the club will not sell midfielder Kevin Kampl to Atletico Madrid. Full story here.

10.02 GMT: Liverpool have reportedly made an offer of €32 million (£24.6m) for the Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, according to The Guardian and the Liverpool Echo.

The Brazilian has previously been linked with Chelsea but Jurgen Klopp seems keen to get the jump on their rivals and seal a deal in January.

09.50 GMT: Swansea sent a scout to watch Sassulo's Gregoire Defrel last night, sources have told ESPN FC. Defrel has scored two Serie A goals in 19 appearances this season. 

09.10 GMT: Mauricio Pochettino is wary that a new player in January could disrupt what Tottenham are building. "We have one of the best strikers in the world [Harry Kane]," Pochettino said. "If we get another offensive player, we need to bring the right one, who will fight for us. Because if you take the wrong decision, maybe you break the balance in the squad and changing room."

08.45 GMT: AC Milan striker Luiz Adriano has denied his move to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning fell through because he changed his salary demands.

"It's not true what people are saying," Luiz Adriano told Calciomercato.it. "I didn't ask for more money as soon as I had arrived in China. The truth is I was not given any guarantee at all over my salary.

08.21 GMT: Robert Lewandowski is confident he can continue to shoulder the responsibility of leading Bayern Munich's attack despite links with Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain.

07.51 GMT: Roma left-back Lucas Digne has told Radio Roma, in quotes reported by Le Parisien, that he would not mind staying at the club beyond this season. Digne, 22, has been playing in Italy since August after being loaned out by Paris Saint-Germain.

07.30 GMT: Good day! Let us begin with Stoke City, who are ready to offer Porto €25 million in order to purchase their summer signing Giannelli Imbula, according to L'Equipe.

The Portuguese side signed the rangy central midfielder from Marseille for €23m but the 23-year-old has made only 10 appearances in the league during a difficult season for the club so far. Aston Villa, Southampton and West Brom have also reportedly expressed an interest in the former France under-21 international.

PAPER ROUND

Pedro considers Chelsea exit

Remember when Chelsea fans were ripping into Manchester United after pipping the Red Devils to Pedro last summer? Five months is a long time in football, and the Spain international may already be eyeing an exit from Stamford Bridge. The Star reports that the 28-year-old former Barcelona forward "is looking for a way out" of West London, with the Premier League champions "open to the idea" of a summer sale to the likes of Valencia or Villarreal.

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is desperate for goals, and multiple sources have told ESPN FC that Alexandre Pato is close to signing from Corinthians. The 26-year-old former AC Milan forward has confirmed he is interested in moving to the Premier League this winter, and ESPN FC has been told that Chelsea are in advanced talks with the forward's agent.

Berahino price set at £30m

West Brom played hardball last summer with Saido Berahino, as the young striker was reduced to a tantrum when the Baggies rejected a fourth Tottenham bid for the 22-year-old. With interest in the English forward not set to dissipate any time soon, The Sun reports that Hawthorns chairman Jeremy Peace is finally considering letting Berahino go -- but will not accept anything less than £30m.

The paper suggests that with Chelsea, Spurs and Newcastle all clearly after strikers this January, the Baggies are sitting safe in the knowledge that they can demand a fee "at least 50 percent higher than Berahino's true valuation" in the winter window. However, the Mirror reports that Spurs have no intention of repeating their original summer bid of £25m, given that Berahino has scored just four goals since then.

Mauricio Pochettino's men could be close to Sandro Ramirez though, with Sport suggesting that Spurs will offer £9m for the 20-year-old Barcelona forward.

Any Spurs fans dreaming of a Gareth Bale return from Madrid? Marca reports that the North London club have first refusal on any bid for the Wales star until June 30, 2019, which would also expire 72 hours after Madrid inform Spurs of any offers.

United eye Cavani

Manchester United are contemplating an official bid for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, sources have told ESPN FC, with the Uruguayan striker extremely keen on a move to Old Trafford. The 28-year-old's representatives initiated the contact with the United hierarchy, hoping to rekindle the club's previous interest in the player, and there is an increasing feeling for the Premier League side that he may provide a solution to their striking problems.

At the other end of the pitch, David De Gea's future looks set to hinge on whether he starts for Spain at Euro 2016. Sources have told ESPN FC that United are confident of keeping the goalkeeper if he gets Vicente del Bosque's No. 1 spot, though one reason he has been tempted by a move to Madrid is because he feels it is necessary to get the status and visibility to finally usurp Iker Casillas.

Victor Valdes' chances of replacing De Gea as United's No. 1 have been slim to none for a while now, and the Mail reports that the 33-year-old is closing on a loan move to Standard Liege. And Andreas Pereira has admitted he is frustrated at a lack of first-team football at United and hinted he would consider going out on loan.

Would Edinson Cavani help Man United's attack?

Sane and Xhaka to England?

One wanted man this month is Schalke's Leroy Sane. Sport Bild have reported that Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain had already contacted the attacking midfielder's agent Jurgen Milewski regarding a move, but Schalke say they have not received any offers for the 20-year-old talent.

Sporting director Horst Heldt told Sport1 that any transfer for the Germany international would be "in Schalke's hands," but, he admitted, "Should Leroy's career progress like it has in the past, it is clear that it's only a question of time until he wants to make the next step." Transfer Talk assumes that's Heldt's cue for Europe's elite to start a bidding war.

Another young midfielder linked with the Premier League is Granit Xhaka -- and the 23-year-old has sent Arsenal and Chelsea fans into a frenzy by saying that playing in England would realise a "childhood dream," though he added that Borussia Monchengladbach have yet to receive any offers for him. Xhaka, who wears No. 34 at Gladbach, joked that he had already been in touch with Arsenal's No. 34 Francis Coquelin, telling Gladbach fanzine torfabrik.de: "Yeah, I already talked to him; he'd take another number."

Vidic at Villa?

Nemanja Vidic never recaptured his Manchester United glory days after joining Inter Milan in 2014, but plenty of clubs could do worse than the 34-year-old given his reputation, attitude and the sheer fear he could strike into young, rich upstarts in need of some professionalism.

Having departed the San Siro by mutual agreement earlier this week, the centre-back could be heading to Aston Villa to help Remi Garde's side in what looks to be a hopeless relegation battle -- that's according to The Sun.

Villa could be making way for Vidic after confirming that defender Jose Angel Crespo has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of the season.

TAP-INS:

- The good news for West Ham? The club announced the signing of highly rated full-back Sam Byram from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday. The bad news? Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said that Hammers target Simone Zaza is "untransferable" this month, adding that he would like to play the 24-year-old Italy striker more in the second half of the season.

- Watford are not giving up on Mario Suarez. The Mail reports that the Hornets have renewed their bid for the Fiorentina midfielder and want to sign him on loan with view to a permanent deal.

- Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has told the Liverpool Echo he is targeting a return to England as his next transfer move. Release the kraken!

- Fulham's Ross McCormack is the subject of a £9m bid from Middlesbrough, according to the Mail, and Boro are willing to throw in striker Kike for good measure.

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