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Gareth Bale scared off by Man United mess; Chelsea saying bye to Bamford?

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: United turmoil scared off Bale

Here's a new twist on a well-worn tale for you. The names of Gareth Bale and Manchester United have been mentioned in connection with each other more than a few times, but now the Independent reports that fears of "turmoil" at the club resulted in him choosing to stay at Real Madrid last summer.

The paper says Wales captain Bale "gave serious consideration" to joining United when they offered £100 million for him during the window, but eventually opted to remain at the Bernabeu because of the "state of uncertainty" at Old Trafford.

In addition, it believes the former Spurs star and his advisers "will need to be persuaded that United have a cogent strategy in place and can offer him success" if they are to have any sort of joy with another bid in the summer.


22.58 GMT: That will do it for Tuesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Be sure to check back in a few hours when we return with the latest gossip from Wednesday morning's papers.

22.51 GMT: A source has told NBC Sports that it is "highly likely" that Everton goalkeeper and U.S. international Tim Howard will leave the club following the season to join Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer.

22.39 GMT: Malaga have announced the signing of winger Cifu on loan from Segunda Division side Elche. Read the full story.

22.18 GMT: Gabriele Marcotti, Brian McBride and the rest of the ESPN FC TV crew discuss Ramires' proposed £25 million move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning.

21.55 GMT: DONE DEAL Columbus Crew SC have signed free-agent forward Conor Casey, the MLS club announced on Tuesday. Read full story.

21.33 GMT: Just six months after signing centre-back Sebastian Coates to a permanent deal, Sunderland are now shopping the 25-year-old Uruguayan to Sporting Lisbon, according to the Sunderland Echo.

21.10 GMT: West Ham United's move for Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike has moved a step closer after Fenerbahce agreed to loan him out, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.

20.46 GMT: Monaco are on the verge of signing a pre-contract with Fulham's Moussa Dembele, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, dashing any hopes Tottenham had of signing the 19-year-old forward.

20.20 GMT: Andros Townsend has confirmed he is joining Newcastle United from Tottenham, and says the Magpies are the "only club" he wanted to join. Read the full story.

19.58 GMT: DONE DEAL Roma have confirmed the loan signing of Stephan El Shaarawy from AC Milan until the end of the season. Read the full story.

19.37 GMT: Sunderland are keeping tabs on Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, Press Association Sport reports. Read the full story.

19.03 GMT: Having been relegated to the bench by the arrival of Petr Cech, David Ospina would like to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce on a six-month loan, only for Arsene Wenger to deny the Colombian's request, according to the Sun.

18.41 GMT: DONE DEAL Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020. Read the full story.

18.18 GMT: Despite having several bids rejected in the summer, Tottenham are preparing to return to West Brom with an offer of £18 million for Saido Berahino in the next 48 hours, according to the Mirror.

17.54 GMT: DONE DEAL The LA Galaxy have signed 32-year-old Belgian defender Jelle van Damme from Standard Liege.

17.32 GMT: DONE DEAL Crystal Palace have confirmed that they have signed free agent Emmanuel Adebayor until the end of the season...

17.27 GMT: West Ham may face competition from Crystal Palace for the signature of Emmanuel Emenike, according to the Evening Standard. The Hammers have reportedly agreed terms with the Fenerbahce striker, currently on loan at Al Ain, over a temporary move but could still lose out to the Eagles.

17.20 GMT: We mentioned a little earlier that Luis Enrique is confident Neymar will renew his Barcelona contract, despite speculation Real Madrid and Manchester United are both interested in signing the Brazil captain... Well, here is the full story for you now on that one.

17.14 GMT: DONE DEAL Derby County have sealed a move for Blackburn Rovers full-back Marcus Olsson...

17.09 GMT: Swansea are closing in on a deal to sign striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, Sky Sports claims. If the transfer goes through it is expected to prompt the exit of Bafetimbi Gomis from the Liberty Stadium.

16.58 GMT: Is Fernando Torres on his way to Barcelona? The ESPN FC team discuss...

16.49 GMT: Kelechi Nwakali's brother has said that the talented Nigerian teenager is close to joining Arsenal but is still waiting to be granted a visa. "I don't think there's anything to fear about the deal not going on as planned," Allwell Nwakali told Complete Sports. Read More.

16.22 GMT: Yet another update on Andros Townsend... Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that he is flying up to Newcastle on Tuesday night to begin talks ahead of his move and will have a medical on Wednesday. Townsend is also set to be handed a £55,000-a-week contract by the Magpies.

16.14 GMT: Troyes attacking midfielder Jimmy Cabot is set to complete a move to Lille, according to L'Equipe, with the 21-year-old costing over €1 million.

16.08 GMT: DONE DEAL Fiorentina have completed the signing of Cristian Tello from Barcelona on loan until the end of the season, with the Serie A club having also secured an option to make the move a permanent one in the summer. Read More.

15.48 GMT: Andros Townsend has had this to say ahead of his likely move to Newcastle... "As soon as I knew of Newcastle's interest they were the only club I wanted to join," he told Sky Sports News. "I can't wait to play my first game at St. James' Park."

15.34 GMT: Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Manchester United but ESPN FC's Craig Burley says he can't see the France international heading to Old Trafford...

15.32 GMT: Sunderland are hoping to beat Aston Villa to the signature of Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, The Guardian reports. Blacks Cats boss Sam Allardyce wants to bring the France international in on loan until the end of the season.

15.20 GMT: Alexandre Pato's arrival at Chelsea looks to be edging ever closer as the Corinthians striker is due to land in London on Tuesday to finalise a six-month loan move, sources have told ESPN FC. Read More.

14.44 GMT: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says his club will not sign anybody in the January transfer window, despite their FIFA-imposed ban from the market kicking in in the summer. Read More.

14.07 GMT: Having spent significantly during the current transfer window, Saint-Etienne are now looking to cut their squad. Ismael Diomande is expected to join Caen, according to L'Equipe, while Moustapha Bayal Sall has offers from teams in Turkey. Nolan Roux is wanted by Reims and former club Lille, while Pierre-Yves Polomat, Benjamin Corgnet and Jonathan Brison could also all join the clear-out.

14.02 GMT: Arsenal have failed in their bid to sign midfielder Jorginho from Napoli, Football Italia claims, with the Serie A club refusing to consider a sale until the summer.

13.48 GMT: And now some more on Newcastle's transfer activity... The Magpies are also interested in signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, the Daily Telegraph reports, and are willing to pay more than £20 million to land the 24-year-old.

13.48 GMT: It's going to be a busy few days in the transfer window for Newcastle, if the Daily Mirror are to be believed. With Andros Townsend seemingly set to join the Magpies, the club are also looking to bring back Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea.

13.32 GMT: Andros Townsend looks set to complete a move to Newcastle -- but that's not to say he isn't sad to be leaving Tottenham...

13.19 GMT: Eintracht Frankfurt attacker Alexander Meier has revealed that he turned down an offer from China. Read More.

13.16 GMT: Those Neymar-to-Manchester United rumours may still not yet have quite died down, but Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is adamant the Brazilian's future remains at the Camp Nou. "I believe Neymar will end up renewing his contract," he told a news conference on Tuesday.

13.05 GMT: Crystal Palace are set to complete the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on Tuesday, according to the Evening Standard. Adebayor has been a free agent since leaving Tottenham in September, but could be in line to make his Eagles debut against Stoke in the FA Cup on Saturday.

12.38 GMT: DONE DEAL Confirmation that Middlesbrough have signed Gaston Ramirez from Southampton on loan until the end of the season...

12.34 GMT: Football Italia are claiming that Hebei China Fortune have reportedly signed Gervinho from Roma after the Ivory Coast international was pictured with the Chinese club's shirt...

12.28 GMT: Leicester face competition from Inter Milan for the signing of Sampdoria forward Eder, with the Genovese club's director of sport Carlo Osti confirming the Nerazzurri are interested in their player. Read More.

12.05 GMT: Southampton's wantaway midfielder Gaston Ramirez is set for a loan move to Championship club Middlesbrough, sources have told ESPN FC.

12.00 GMT: Fernando Torres' future looks very much up in the air at the moment, with the 31-year-old out of contract in the summer when his loan deal at Atletico Madrid from AC Milan expires. Atletico captain Gabi, though, is hopeful his club will keep hold of the striker... Read More.

11.49 GMT: DONE DEAL Burnley have snapped up a former England No. 1 until the end of the season on a free transfer...

11.40 GMT: According to Sky Sports, Newcastle have agreed a fee of £12 million for Tottenham's Andros Townsend, with the winger set to undergo a medical on Wednesday.

11.12 GMT: DONE DEAL Fulham's Cameron Burgess has joined Cheltenham Town on a youth loan deal for the remainder of the season...

11.08 GMT: Liverpool's highly-rated teenager Jerome Sinclair is to tell the club he wants to leave before the end of this month's transfer window, the Daily Telegraph claims, as he goes in search of first-team football. Liverpool will apparently demand £3 million for a player who is out of contract in the summer and has reportedly caught the eye of Watford.

10.55 GMT: Despite being rebuffed by Swansea upon their first attempt at registering an interest in Andre Ayew, Sunderland, it seems, have not given up hope of signing the Ghana international. Press Association Sport understands there has been further contact from the Black Cats and that their interest is "firm and ongoing."

10.39 GMT: Mainz have pulled the plug on Yunus Malli's move to Borussia Dortmund, sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed. "I informed BVB on Monday evening that Yunus will be staying in Mainz," he said. "The decision was not made based on finances, but rather we weren't sold on the overall idea."

10.13 GMT: One you might have missed from late yesterday, former Manchester City and Chelsea midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has been re-signed by New York Red Bulls. The MLS side announced that Wright-Phillips, along with goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielders Mike Grella and Sal Zizzo, will be part of their side for the 2016 season.

09.56 GMT: Fulham's 22-year-old Australian striker Adam Taggart is set for a move away from the Championship club and a return back to A-League outfit Perth Glory, sources have told ESPN FC.

09.35 GMT: Another update for you on Chelsea attacker Bertrand Traore, who has already been linked with loan moves to Marseille and Saint-Etienne in the past few hours...

The Burkina Faso international, according to kicker, could be on his way to Hamburg, who are hoping to sign the player on loan once they have completed a temporary deal for Sporting Lisbon's Carlos Mane.

09.19 GMT: L'Equipe reports that Bordeaux striker Cheick Diabate could be set for a move to the Middle East before the end of January. The Mali international, who has scored five goals this month, is out of contract in June.

08.55 GMT: John Brooks might not be off to Schalke, but Bild reports he wants a release clause for a Premier League move in his contract.

08.35 GMT: Inter Milan are reported to have made a bid for Sampdoria's Eder, with Samp's sporting director Osti admitting there is interest in him and Soriano.

08.02 GMT: Stephan El Shaarawy has arrived in Rome to complete a loan move from his parent club AC Milan. France Football says the short-term deal will cost Roma €2 million, who will have an option to buy him at the end of the season for €13mn. The 23-year-old is being brought in as a replacement for Gervinho, who is set to leave for China. 

07.40 GMT: Marseille are close to getting Chelsea and Burkina Faso attacker Bertrand Traore, 20, on loan. However, they face competition from Saint-Etienne as well as clubs in the Netherlands and Germany, according to L'Equipe.

Meanwhile, Marseille still have a "very small chance" of signing Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia, 28, according to Roma. Florian Thauvin is still waiting for the green light to return from Newcaste on loan, while the French club have also been linked with TP Mazembe's Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta, 23.

07.18 GMT: Hello! Let's begin in the North East of England... Newcastle are in a strong position to sign Chelsea's Loic Remy after Crystal Palace cooled their interest in the France striker, a source has told ESPN FC.


Souness: Klopp needs four windows to fix things

How long do you think Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp might need to get the Merseysiders back to the title-challenging heights hit by the Luis Suarez-inspired side of not so long ago?

Well, Anfield legend Graeme Souness says the German needs at least two years to turn the club back into serious contenders. The Mirror quotes him as claiming it "will take at least three or four transfer windows just to improve things" and he warns ex-Dortmund boss Klopp that he "has got a huge job on his hands."

Townsend and Wanyama in swap deal?

The future of Tottenham winger Andros Townsend remains up in the air. One minute Watford are said to want him, the next Spurs want £14m for him, and the minute after that he is reported to be ever closer to joining Newcastle.

But the Sun thinks there could be a twist in the Townsend tale, reporting that Spurs are set to offer him as bait to land one of their own long-term targets.

The target in question? Well, that's Southampton's Kenya international midfielder Victor Wanyama, and the paper reports that a swap deal featuring the two could be in the offing. Is there frustration ahead for both the Hornets and the Magpies, then?

Cherries look to Loftus Road star

Injuries have been tremendously unkind to Bournemouth this season, with Cherries manager Eddie Howe facing the possibility of having to dip into the transfer market again to cover for yet another.

The Mirror reports that winger Junior Stanislas is likely to be out for six weeks after suffering ligament problems in the draw at Sunderland, meaning Howe could make a move for QPR winger Matt Phillips to plug the gap.

Phillips, who the paper says would be likely to cost around £8 million, had been linked with a switch to the south coast club before the double signing of forwards Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban earlier in the winter window.

Loic Remy had a successful loan spell at Newcastle during the 2013-14 season.

Magpies man backs Remy return

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko has told Chelsea striker Loic Remy that he should return to Tyneside, according to the Sun.

Remy, who came on in the Blues' 1-0 weekend win at Arsenal, has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge after struggling for first-team opportunities, and the paper claims Sissoko has "urged" him to move back to St James' Park, where he had a successful loan spell in the 2013-14 season.

But Sissoko might have to work hard to persuade him, with Crystal Palace also interested. And as if that wasn't enough, he has also told winger Florian Thauvin, who is currently out of favour, to "hang on and fight" for a place in Steve McClaren's team.

Blues to say bye to Bamford?

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has had his fair share of loan moves -- although the last one, to Crystal Palace, didn't work out so well -- but now he could be set for a permanent exit, according to the Telegraph.

The paper reports the Blues are prepared to let Bamford, a huge hit at Middlesbrough last season, leave as the arrival of Alexandre Pato draws nearer -- but only if any deal includes a clause enabling them to buy him back again.

Boro, Championship promotion rivals Hull and Premier League strugglers Norwich are all reported to be interested in the 22-year-old.


- Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says there's a good reason why he often looks overseas when plotting how to strengthen his teams: English players are too expensive, the Mail reports.

It quotes Allardyce as citing the example of West Brom's sought-after forward Saido Berahino and said: "It's £30m for Berahino. That tag, because he's English, or because he's played in this country, or because he's a homegrown player, because he's a striker, is the size of the valuation now. The foreign market has always been better value for money overall."

- Defender Sam Byram reckons his decision to move to West Ham from Leeds will make him a better player, the Guardian reports.

Byram, who had also been linked with Everton, came on after 13 minutes as the Hammers drew 2-2 with Manchester City and said he believed Upton Park boss Slaven Bilic was the man to move his career forward. "He'd identified the areas he thinks I can improve on and explained how he would help me improve on them," he added.

- Championship side Nottingham Forest have made a bid for highly-rated teenage Livingston striker Matthew Knox, according to the Edinburgh News.

The paper reports that Livingston manager David Hopkin had confirmed the offer for the 16-year-old, who has been monitored by Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham.


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