Crystal Palace lining up Patrice Evra; Bayern to swoop for Niklas Sule
The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Evra could be 'Big Sam's' first big buy
Juventus defender Patrice Evra is set to become Sam Allardyce's first signing at Crystal Palace, with Sky Sports reporting the five-time Premier League winner has approved a move back to England.
Evra, 35, has been linked with Valencia and a return to Manchester United after losing his place at Italian champions Juve. But Palace are now favourites to complete a deal for the France international, who also won the Champions League during a successful eight-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford.
Allardyce, who has failed to win any of his first four games in charge of the Eagles, told a news conference on Thursday that defensive reinforcements were his priority in the January transfer window.
22.11 GMT: That's going to do it for this live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and check back in a few short hours when we return with the best gossip from Saturday's papers.
21.52 GMT: Crystal Palace have cooled their interest in Juventus left-back Patrice Evra following the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp earlier on Friday, reports CalcioMercato. Valencia have reportedly offered to take the Frenchman for the remainder of the season.
21.29 GMT: Is Diego Costa about to swap West London for the riches on offer in the Chinese Super League? Fellow Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi sure thinks he's about to get his chance ...
My time is soon💯💯 pic.twitter.com/pmjSwZ7Ls3— Michy Batshuayi (@mbattshuayi) January 13, 2017
21.07 GMT: Sunderland manager David Moyes expects Adnan Januzaj to see out his season-long loan at the Stadium of Light. "My understanding is that the loan [from Manchester United] could be cut short if someone bought him," Moyes is quoted as saying by Chronicle Live, "but we have not even heard a whisper of anything like that."
20.44 GMT: Sevilla, Southampton and Swansea all are interested in Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho, reports Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, though none of the three can match the Frenchman's £105,000-a-week wages.
Sevilla, Southampton and Swansea interested in Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho but can't match £105,000 a week he's on at Anfield— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 13, 2017
20.22 GMT: Benfica striker Raul Jimenez is being chased by several clubs in the Chinese Super League, the Liverpool Echo cites Portuguese outlet O Jogo. The Mexico striker had been a target for Liverpool, though with Chinese clubs reportedly prepared to pay €50 million for his services, the Reds may now look elsewhere.
19.57 GMT: Juventus have agreed a €4.5 million deal plus add-ons with Serie B club Ascoli for Italy U20 international Riccardo Orsolini, reports CalciaMercato.
19.35 GMT: Swansea City have agreed a £4.5 million deal with Tottenham for midfielder Tom Carroll, who will now travel to South Wales to undertake a medical, according to the Star.
19.13 GMT: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the subject of a "big" offer from China, according to ESPN FC correspondent Liam Twomey. The Telegraph has reported that a Chinese Super League club is offering £80 million for the Spain international, and are willing to pay him £30m a year.
18.50 GMT: DONE DEAL Fabio Quagliarella has extended his contract with Sampdoria until June 2019, the Serie A club have announced. Full story.
18.28 GMT: Former U.S. international and current FOX analyst Stuart Holden has tweeted that Midddlesbrough keeper Brad Guzan will be allowed to join MLS expansion side Atlanta United in January on a free if Boro can find a suitable replacement before the window closes.
18.06 GMT: Leicester City have agreed personal terms with Middlesbrough attacker Gaston Ramirez, the Leicester Mercury cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting. The report suggests that a bid of £15m will activate the release clause in the Uruguayan's contract, which has another two years remaining.
17.43 GMT: After missing out on the signing of Memphis Depay in 2015, Paris Saint-Germain are considering a bid for the Manchester United reject, reports the Sun. While the Premier League giants have reportedly rebuffed a £10 million bid from Lyon, PSG could strike a deal for the Dutchman at £15m.
17.21 GMT: Hull City have made enquiries over Fenerbahce defender Gregory van der Wiel, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
ESPN FC have been told that the 26-year-old would be interested in a move to the Premier League, but finances could be a problem with the player on lucrative wages.
17.02 GMT: Manchester United will hand Jesse Lingard a new four-year contract and a substantial pay-rise to £95,000-per-week, the Sun reports.
It is said the 24-year-old, who has started nine of United's Premier League games so far this season, currently earns £30,000-per-week on a deal with 18 months to run.
16.50 GMT: The DONE DEAL keep coming! Sheffield Wednesday have confirmed the signing of Sam Winnall from Barnsley on a three-and-a-half year contract.
The 25-year-old striker has scored 11 goals in 20 games so far this season.
16.43 GMT: The Guardian reckons Robert Snodgrass has plenty of offers on the table should he decide to leave Hull City in the transfer window.
The Scotland international, who has seven goals and two assists this season, is wanted by clubs in China and Turkey, as well as West Ham United and Middlesbrough.
16.30 GMT: That DONE DEAL we promised you... here it is! Crystal Palace have signed Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City on a four-and-a-half year contract.
Sam Allardyce told Palace's official website: "I am delighted we have been able to secure Jeffrey's services, he is a player I have admired for some time and is a talented and athletic player.
"He will bring strength and experience to the defence and will be a major asset for the club having just turned 24-years-old."
16.15 GMT: Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has been linked with a move to Chelsea during January, but Aitor Karanka has a clear message for the 23-year-old.
AK: "Ben Gibson is playing well has a lot of potential, and a lot of people are talking about him. He has to keep focused on his football."- Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) January 12, 2017
16.02 GMT: There could be another done deal in the Premier League soon with Sky Sports reporting that Crystal Palace have signed Jeffrey Schlupp on a four-and-a-half year deal from Leicester City.
15.44 GMT: Dimitri Payet has rocked West Ham by saying he wants to leave. Where will the mercurial Frenchman end up?
ESPN FC's club bloggers and correspondents discuss whether their team should make a move for the 29-year-old. Full story here.
15.37 GMT: Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring Lazio and Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij with an eye on making a move in the summer, according to reports in Italy.
De Vrij, who joined Lazio following the 2014 World Cup, is contracted until 2018 and it is said he will not sign an extension. The 24-year-old is valued at €40m.
15.20 GMT: DONE DEAL Empoli have signed Mame Baba Thiam on loan from Juventus. The 24-year-old Senegalese forward will be presented later on Friday afternoon.
15.10 GMT: Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has told the BBC that goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini is set to join Atalanta on an 18-month loan deal. There is no official word from either club yet, but Bruce told BBC West Midlands:"It came out of the blue last night. We agreed a deal and it was done in a couple of hours and he's now gone off to Atalanta."
Gollini signed for Villa on a four-year contract under former manager Roberto Di Matteo in July.
14.53 GMT: Alessandro Canovi, the agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta, has stated his client will not sign an extension to his current contract, which ends this summer.
"I can exclude a contract extension," Canovi said. "There is a very low possibility that this happens. He feels good physically, as evidenced by his high number of appearances already this season.
"An offer from a Chinese club? It is too early to talk about that, so for the moment there is no information. There are so many opportunities to be considered at this time."
14.45 GMT: Further to Eddie Howe's comments earlier, Antonio Conte has said John Terry will remain a Chelsea player and is going nowhere in the January transfer window.
He says Terry has been a big help to him and will 'stay with us.' #CFC- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2017
14.32 GMT: There's no let up for David Moyes at Sunderland. The Black Cats boss has confirmed he has rejected an offer from Crystal Palace for Patrick Van Aanholt and has had to turn down bids for several of his players already this month.
MOYES: "I want to keep all my good players and build. @pvanaanholt is a really important player for us. He's done very well."- Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 13, 2017
14.21 GMT: Jose Mourinho has given an update on Memphis Depay's situation at Manchester United.
Mourinho on Lyon bid for Memphis Depay: "The offer that we had is far from being reasonable for us. At the moment, he's our player"- Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 13, 2017
13.59 GMT: Speculation around the future of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi looks like it will rumble on until the end of the transfer window.
- Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 13, 2017
But would the Belgian get any more playing time at PSG where he would be behind Edinson Cavani?
13.44 GMT: West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic says that Dimitri Payet not wanting to play for the club has left him feeling "sad" and "angry."
Writing in his column for the London Evening Standard on Friday, Bilic said the situation was hard to take but that it had been "developing for a little while."
"To be completely honest, the last thing I want to talk about in this column is the situation surrounding Dimitri Payet," he wrote. "I said what I needed to say in my news conference yesterday, although I do understand that many West Ham fans will be reading this today and will feel as disappointed as I do that it has come to this. They will want to know why this has happened.
13.31 GMT: There is a DONE DEAL in the Championship where Benfica's Ola John has cut short his loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers to join Deportivo la Coruna until the end of the season.
13.10 GMT: Free agent Didier Drogba has been linked today with a move to Corinthians, but it seems he is not set for a move to Brazil after all. "We will not be bringing in Drogba," Corinthians director of football Flavio Audato said, while Marseille have also ruled out a move. Story here.
12.56 GMT: New Swansea City signing Luciano Narsingh has spoken of his excitement at playing in the Premier League...
12.44 GMT: Another update for you on the future of West Ham's Dimitri Payet... Marseille boss Rudi Garcia has confirmed his interest in the Frenchman, telling RTL: "You are talking to me about Dimitri Payet and obviously I would take him here every day of the week."
12.28 GMT: West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has told his unsettled star Dimitri Payet that he will not be allowed to train with the first-team squad until his attitude of not wanting to play for the club changes, the Evening Standard reports, while a Hammers source said to the newspaper of the state of affairs: "This is a lose-lose situation for the club."
12.11 GMT: Southampton's wantaway captain Jose Fonte will be hoping a club comes in for him in January if he wants to kick a ball this month...
#saintsfc boss Claude Puel has told me he won't reassess playing Jose Fonte until the end of the January transfer window.- Chris Wise (@chriswisey) January 13, 2017
11.54 GMT: DONE DEAL Hull City have just announced not one, but two transfers with Oumar Niasse and Evandro both joining the club. Niasse arrives at the KCOM Stadium on loan from Everton until the end of the season, while Evandro has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after joining from Porto...
11.50 GMT: Fernando Llorente's shock move from Swansea to Chelsea could still be on, The Sun claims, after Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of the race for the striker. Blues boss Antonio Conte worked with the Spaniard at Juventus and may bring him in this month with Michy Batshuayi heading the other way to Swansea on loan as part of the deal.
11.36 GMT: More from Arsene Wenger, who has also said this morning that he doesn't think Mesut Ozil's Arsenal future is tied directly to his own, but expressed optimism that the club can reach a new deal with the German "very quickly." Story here.
11.30 GMT: Simone Zaza's nightmare loan spell at West Ham looks to be over with Sky Sport Italia claiming he's on the verge of completing a move to Valencia...
11.18 GMT: News of a DONE DEAL in Germany, where RB Leipzig have signed Dayot Upamecano from sister club Red Bull Salzburg. Leipzig have reportedly beaten off competition from Arsenal and Manchester United for the defender's signature. Story here.
11.12 GMT: Staying in the Championship, Derby County have announced that Will Hughes has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2020...
10.58 GMT: DONE DEAL Fulham have loaned out Jozabed to Celta Vigo for the rest of the season...
10.46 GMT: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also dismissed reports that his club are in talks to sign Chelsea's John Terry on loan. "No. No negotiations with Chelsea at all," Howe said. "There's been no discussions and no meeting. Nothing."
10.32 GMT: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has admitted in his news conference this morning that it was a blow to lose Nathan Ake after Chelsea recalled the defender from his loan spell at the Vitality Stadium...
EH: "It was a disappointment @NathanAke was recalled. He was improving with every game and was putting in consistent performances."- AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) January 13, 2017
EH: "@ChelseaFC have every right to recall him and we respect them for that. We hope the loan benefited all parties."- AFC Bournemouth �� (@afcbournemouth) January 13, 2017
10.25 GMT: Borussia Dortmund could be willing to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after all if the right offer comes along, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted. "If something comes up which strikes him, we'll discuss it," he said. "But a transfer is not certain." Story here.
10.06 GMT: DONE DEAL Manchester City goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has departed the club for Doncaster Rovers...
09.54 GMT: Sassuolo sporting director Giovanni Carnevali says Francesco Acerbi is not for sale despite claiming that Leicester City have made an approach for the defender. "We don't want to let him go," Carnevali said. "We want to keep him through to the end of the season, despite the enquiries from Leicester." Story here.
09.43 GMT: Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his interest in signing unsettled Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion at his news conference this morning...
MH on Berahino transfer talk: I'm hopeful that we'll be able to get something done. We're interested in him as a number of other clubs are.- Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 13, 2017
09.38 GMT: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also spoke about the future of two of his right-backs at his news conference, stating that Carl Jenkinson is likely to move to Crystal Palace soon, while Mathieu Debuchy may also be on his way out of the club... Story here.
Wenger confirms Jenkinson could move to Crystal Palace in the next few days.- Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 13, 2017
Wenger on Debuchy move: "The door is not definitely closed. But it depends on the qualities of the opportunities he'll have."- Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 13, 2017
09.28 GMT: Arsene Wenger has had plenty to say on transfers in his news conference this morning, including on Arsenal's reported interest in Torino striker Andrea Belotti...
Wenger on Arsenal's supposed bid for Torino striker Belotti: "That's what you call today fake news."- Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) January 13, 2017
09.17 GMT: According to the front cover of L'Equipe, West Ham's Dimitri Payet is on his way back to Marseille...
Payet has reached an agreement with Marseille pic.twitter.com/hzJz353yiY- Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) January 13, 2017
09.06 GMT: Didier Drogba is heading to Brazil. That is what the Daily Mirror is reporting, with the newspaper claiming that the Chelsea legend is in talks with Corinthians over a one-year contract following his departure from MLS side Montreal Impact.
08.57 GMT: Talking of the Chinese Super League, ESPN FC's Paris Saint-Germain correspondent Jonathan Johnson has this to say...
Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng are reportedly readying a lucrative offer for PSG's Blaise Matuidi. https://t.co/h1Hy4U0e1U- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) January 13, 2017
08.48 GMT: Galatasaray forward Lukas Podolski has been linked with a move to Beijing Guoan this week, leading the Chinese Super League club to come out and dismiss the speculation. "Podolski is an outstanding player, but he's not our target this winter," sporting director Jiayi Shao said. Story here.
08.30 GMT: It looks like being a busy month for Crystal Palace, who seem to be on the verge of completing a move for Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp. Sky Sports is reporting that Schlupp is having a medical with Sam Allardyce's side today.
08.22 GMT: Could wantaway Dimitri Payet be on his way to Chelsea? Well, according to The Sun, the Blues will target the unhappy West Ham star this month after missing out on Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal.
08.12 GMT: We've had a DONE DEAL in the A-League, with leaders Sydney FC having added Dutch defender Jordy Buijs to their squad until the end of the season.
08.03 GMT: Good morning all and welcome to Transfer Talk -- we're off to Borussia Dortmund first, where Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that the club are not interested in signing U.S. youngster Gedion Zelalem from Arsenal, or any other players, during the January transfer window. "I don't think that we add somebody [in January]," he said. Story here.
Bayern may beat Chelsea to Sule
Unless the team in question is Barcelona or Real Madrid, there are always bigger fish in the footballing pond, and Chelsea may be about to find that out the hard way.
Bild reckons the Premier League leaders attempts to sign Niklas Sule will end in frustration with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich set to step in and snap him up.
It is reported the 21-year-old, who has only missed one game for Hoffenheim during their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season, has agreed a five-year contract and would move for £17.5 million.
Having missed out on several defensive targets already since arriving at Chelsea in the summer, it looks like Antonio Conte will have to head back to the drawing board again.
Wilshere left in Arsenal wilderness
Arsenal announced they had extended the contracts of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin on Thursday, but Jack Wilshere is yet to hear anything from the club regarding his future despite being in the same position, according to the Daily Star.
Wilshere is currently on loan at Bournemouth where he has already started more games for the Cherries in half a season than he has in the previous two campaigns combined for Gunners.
The 25-year-old has 18 months to run on his current Arsenal deal, the same as French trio Giroud, Koscielny and Coquelin, but could look for a permanent move at the end of the season with AC Milan, Manchester City and Everton among the clubs tipped to show interest.
- Having called it quits with Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer, Didier Drogba may have already found a new home. According to Goal, the 38-year-old is nearing completion of a deal to join Brazilian club Corinthians, with the former Chelsea legend saying his knee "got a little annoyed" last season, but that he still feels good.
- Real Madrid defender Pepe will reject the millions on offer in the Chinese Super League to stay with the European champions for one more year, A Bola reports. The Portugueses defender would reportedly be in line to earn €20m over two years in China, but instead will accept Real's offer of €5m for another 12 months as his presence in the Spanish capital gives him a greater chance of making his country's squad for the 2018 World Cup.
- Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are among the clubs scouting Nottingham Forest forward Ben Brereton, the Daily Mail reports. The 17-year-old has scored 15 goals in 20 under-23 appearances for Forest so far this season.
- Another bit from MLS, where a move by Atlanta United FC for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan could be held up until the summer. The deal was initially rumoured to be ready to go for the January window, but Boro's reluctance to let the U.S. international go for free could force the first-year expansion team to use a Designated Player spot on Guzan -- a move that MLSSoccer.com sources say Atlanta aren't ready to make.
- Paul Clement has wasted no time in getting to work at struggling Swansea City. Claude Makelele has arrived as a coach and Luciano Narsingh has signed. And it looks like those two arrivals could just be the start with the Daily Express claiming Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Carroll and Norwich full-back Martin Olsson are also being lined up.
- Crystal Palace are another club at the foot of the Premier League scrambling to tie up deals in order to accumulate points. The Irish Independent says Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp is in talks with the Eagles after a £12m offer for the versatile 24-year-old was accepted.