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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Antoine Griezmann to replace Eden Hazard at Chelsea? Man United woes

The winter window opened Jan. 2. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Griezmann as Hazard's replacement

Eden Hazard's well-documented struggles this season have led to speculation that the Belgian international could be allowed to leave Chelsea at the end of the campaign.

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are both said to be interested, and the Stamford Bridge brass might be willing to cash in on the reigning PFA Player of the Year if a bid of around £80 million is made. Indeed, Guus Hiddink has already admitted the decision is out of his hands.

With that in mind, the Mail said plans are already afoot to replace Hazard with Atletico Madrid's star striker, Antoine Griezmann, next summer.

The 24-year-old's contract is believed to have a £60 million buy-out clause, and Atleti could be tempted to allow the Frenchman to leave if they need to fund a rebuild before their FIFA-imposed transfer ban kicks in.

LIVE BLOG

22.02 GMT: And that's it from us for now but rest assured we'll be back very soon as deadline day approaches. Thanks for joining us -- here's to a busy Monday full of moves and gossip!

22.00 GMT: New from Real Madrid. After their 6-0 thrashing of Espanyol, manager Zinedine Zidane revealed Denis Cheryshev may leave tomorrow. Liverpool has been mentioned as a possible destination. 

21.16 GMT: DONE DEAL West Ham have completed the signing of Nigerian international forward Emmanuel Emenike from Fenerbahce. The Hammers have an option to make the transfer permanent in the summer. 

"I've known [West Ham manager Slaven Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we've known each other for a long time. I'm happy to be here and happy to play for him.

21.08 GMT: DONE DEAL Finally, some good news for Gary Neville. The embattled Valencia manager has made a signing, with Atletico Madrid left-back Guilherme Siqueira joining until the end of next season. 

Valencia have also loaned defender Lucas Orban to Levante until the end of this season.

20.52 GMT: Will Newcastle up their bid for Saido Berahino? It sounds as though they'll have to in order to sign the West Brom striker.

20.27 GMT: Loic Remy could spark a deadline day "merry-go-round" at Chelsea if he leaves, the Sun says. Leicester have had a bid rejected, but the paper reports that Remy could yet be allowed to leave despite manager Guus Hiddink saying earlier this month that he would stay at least until the end of the season. And that, it reckons, would mean Chelsea finding a last-ditch replacement.

20.05 GMT: Swansea City could be interested in signing defender James Chester, out in the cold at West Brom, the Mirror says. Welshman Chester has not started a Premier League game since the opening day of the season.

19.50 GMT: So where might John Terry end up? "Elsewhere" is the word the Chelsea captain has used when asked about his plans for life after Stamford Bridge, and ex-Chelsea man Ray Wilkins believes that could be MLS.

19.40 GMT: LA Galaxy are keen to sign Aston Villa captain Joleon Lescott, according to the Mirror. Lescott joined Villa on a two-year contract in the summer but, the paper says, "has endured a difficult spell at the club he grew up supporting."

19.30 GMT: Do we have a new favourite for the deal containing the most twists and turns this year? We may well do: West Brom have rejected Newcastle's £21m cash bid for Saido Berahino, Sky claims.

19.15 GMT: Out-of-favour Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty will not be going to Swiss outfit Sion on loan after talks over the switch broke down.

19.00 GMT: But wait a moment: Newcastle are not going to have it all their own way as far as bidding for Saido Berahino goes, it would seem. Sky Sports reports that Stoke have made an offer "which at least matches Newcastle's."

18.40 GMT: And here's the day's big transfer news: John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the Premier League champions told him they would not be renewing his contract.

Speaking after the 5-1 FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday, the Chelsea captain told reporters that his 18-year association with the Blues would come to an end in the summer.

But the 35-year-old insisted he was not ready to retire and would instead pursue a future away from the Premier League.

17.58 GMT: It's not official, but reports are coming in that Nigel De Jong has signed for LA Galaxy. One to keep an eye on...

17.41 GMT: The Daily Star are reporting that CSKA Moscow are unwilling to sell Premier League target Ahmed Musa in this transfer window.

17.32 GMT: Manchester United are in "advanced talks" with Portugal based side Benfica over the signing of midfielder Renato Sanches, according to The Independent.

17.19 GMT:  DONE DEAL Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin has gone back to Marseille on loan until the end of the season.

16.58 GMT: Aiden McGeady to leave Everton on loan?

"We've agreed terms with two teams in the Championship" Everton manager Roberto Martinez said. "It's just a matter of time before one of the deals is clinched.

16.46 GMT: Leicester take on Liverpool on Tuesday night, and according to The Daily Mirror, Loic Remy could've already joined them in the time for the vital fixture. It's being reported that the Foxes have offered Chelsea £10m for the striker.

16.27 GMT: Leicester are after Swansea target Dwight Gayle, according to The Daily Mail. A fee of around £7m is being reported as the amount required to tempt Crystal Palace into selling the 26-year-old.

16.10 GMT: According to Eurosport, Newcastle have made a £21m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

15.52 GMT: Newcastle United are set to sign Roma outcast Seydou Doumbia on loan before the transfer deadline closes, according to Forza Italia.

15.39 GMT: West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is set to decide where Saido Berahino's immediate future lies. Read the full story here.

15.31 GMT: Middlesborough have pulled out of a deal to sign Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes.

The two clubs had agreed a fee of £9m, but according to The Independent, personal terms are said to have been the stumbling block. Want to find out more? Click here.

15.12 GMT: Leon Osman on his future at Everton: "My contract is up in the summer. I'm still feeling good and that I'm contributing when I'm out on the pitch." 

"As it stands at the minute I'm not looking to finish so we'll wait and see what happens over the next few months."

14.55 GMT: Atletico Madrid stars Diego Godin and Augusto Fernandez both suffered knee ligament injuries in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Barcelona. Could we see a late dip into the transfer market from Diego Simeone? 

14.39 GMT: Stoke City have reportedly made a £5.3m offer for Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio

14.22 GMT: Real Madrid are to hand Borja Mayoral new deal amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.

14.03 GMT: Cardiff City are hopeful of signing Leicester City forward Tom Lawrence on loan  until the end of the season. The 22-year-old -- who recently finished a loan spell with Blackburn -- is a strong contender to be included in Wales' Euro 2016 squad.

13.48 GMT: Stoke are in for Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko, and according to The Daily Star, it'll cost them £20m to prize the midfielder away from Dynamo Kiev.

13.32 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has suggested that Ezequiel Lavezzi will remain at the club until his contract expires in the summer. Read the full story here.

13.15 GMT: Independiente have revealed that they turned down a Real Madrid offer for attacker Martin Benitez. Read more on that story here.

13.03 GMT: According to The Daily Star, Guus Hiddink has blocked the loan exit of Bertrand Traore. It's reported that the Burkina Faso international was receiving interest from fellow Premier League clubs Everton and Swansea.

12.45 GMT: Slow day so far, but hopefully this sparks things into life!

Gateshead winger Adam Wrightson has signed a new 18-month contract with the National League club.

12.29 GMT: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given no secrets away with regards to whether or not he'll sign a player before the transfer window shuts.

"For what happens in the transfer market, you have to wait in the next 48 hours and we will see if something happens or not," Klopp told the club's website.

12.14 GMT: According to The Daily Star, Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard is set to join Burnley on loan for the rest of the season tomorrow. Keep an eye out...

12.00 GMT: Everton have made an offer for Lokomotiv Moscow forward Oumar Niasse, according to Sky Sports

11.45 GMT: Robert Lewandowski has admitted he does not know how long he will stay at Bayern Munich. Full story here.

11.34 GMT: Manchester United have offered Oxford manager Michael Appleton a job...

According to The Daily Star, the Premier League club have offered him a chance to become their new academy chief.

11.16 GMT: Monaco have signed Brazilian defender Jemerson from Atletico Mineiro.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the principality side after the two clubs agreed a fee reported to be in the region of €10m (£7.6m). More on this story here.

11.07 GMT: Inter have reportedly agreed a €3m per year contract with Sevilla's Ever Banega.

10.57 GMT: Who's taken the biggest gamble with transfers during this transfer window? Sunderland. Says who? Their manager Sam Allardyce.

10.41 GMT: Charlton are hoping to complete a loan move for Arsenal's Serge Gnabry before the transfer window closes, according to The Metro.

10.29 GMT: Sydney FC have reportedly agreed a fee with Norwegian club Rosenborg BK for the transfer of full-back Alex Gersbach.

The 18-year-old travels to Europe on Monday and is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday before signing for the club for an undisclosed fee.

10.20 GMT: According to Juve FC, Juventus have reportedly agreed a deal for Corinthians midfielder Matheus Pereira.

10.13 GMT: Eden Hazard to Real Madrid? Well, Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said he still remains a key player for Chelsea in the future. Read more here.

10.01 GMT: Spurs midfielder Milos Veljkovic is reported to be heading out to Germany to sign for Werder Bremen. The initial fee is believed to be around £500,000. 

09.51 GMT: The transfer window is set to close and the likes of Edinson Cavani, Alex Teixeira and Sadio Mane could be the key storylines, writes Miguel Delaney. Full story here.

09.29 GMT: AFC Bournemouth are expected to complete the signing of Sheffield Wednesday left-back Rhoys Wiggins before the end of the window.

09.00 GMT: There are now just 38 hours left in the winter transfer window. Will there be any shock moves? Stick with us...

PAPER ROUND

Remy soon to be a Fox?

Leicester City's unprecedented title challenge looks set to get a timely boost with reports that Chelsea have accepted an £11.5 million offer for Loic Remy.

The Independent reported that Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is desperate to land a striker before the winter window shuts and is chasing Remy after missing out on Eder, who joined Inter Milan during the week, and AC Milan hitman M'Baye Niang.

Remy, 29, has scored eight goals in 28 appearances for Chelsea but has struggled to displace Diego Costa in the Blues' starting XI.

De rumour that won't go away

Hazard isn't the only Premier League star that Sunday's papers have linked with a move to Real Madrid.

According to the Mirror, Los Blancos are also planning a bid for Manchester United keeper David De Gea -- stop us if you've heard this one before?

Yes, it seems Real president Florentino Perez will not allow another summer to pass by without securing De Gea's long-awaited return to Spain.

But what will Man United get in return? The paper said Madrid will offer around £23 million for the Red Devils' No. 1 and will also slip De Gea a £6.5 million signing-on payment as a little sorry-we-messed-up-last-time sweetener.

Sadly, it feels as though this saga might run for another six months, at least.

More bad news for United

De Gea's probably-not-all-that-imminent departure isn't the only transfer news filtering out of Old Trafford. The Express said Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, have demanded cuts of 15 percent across all departments of the business.

If the reports are true, United's renowned youth academy will suffer a severe blow, while there might also be changes to Louis van Gaal's first-team squad.

Veteran midfielder Michael Carrick could be the first man shipped out to ease financial pressures. Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle and a host of Major League Soccer teams are said (by the Sun) to be interested in the 34-year-old, whose contract expires in July.

TAP-INS

- The Sun has linked Everton with a move for Lokomotiv Moscow's Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse. The deal could cost Roberto Martinez upwards of £13.5 million.

- Florian Thauvin appears to be heading back to his former club, Marseille. The Shields Gazette said Newcastle are prepared to allow their summer signing to return to France on a six-month loan.

- Free-agent Greece international Georgios Samaras is on the brink of joining Major League Soccer's DC United, according to the Washington Post.

- Wellington Phoenix have announced that Jeffrey Sarpong and the club have reached a mutual decision to terminate the former Netherlands U21 international's contract.

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