Pogba key to United's Griezmann move; Pato could triple wages in CSL
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: Pogba key to a Griezmann move to United
Jose Mourinho hopes to take advantage of Paul Pogba's friendship with Antoine Griezmann in order to convince the Atletico Madrid striker to move to Manchester United this summer.
The Daily Record reports that United failed to entice Griezmann last year, but Manchester hope the France international will change his mind with world-record signing Pogba now on the case.
There will be no problem putting a financial package together to satisfy Atletico and Griezmann, but selling the move to the player remains the outstanding issue.
United are said to view Griezmann as Wayne Rooney's long-term replacement at the club due to his tactical flexibility. Although he has only just broken United's all-time goal-scoring record, Rooney can leave if an acceptable offer is tabled. Mourinho said earlier in the week that he wouldn't criticise his captain for ending his career elsewhere.
22.01 GMT: That's going to do it for Friday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in just a few short hours when we return with the best rumours pulled from Saturday's back pages.
21.55 GMT: Flamengo have confirmed the sale of Brazil international left-back Jorge to Monaco. Full story.
21.33 GMT: Liga MX champion Tigres have announced that Chile international forward Eduardo Vargas will be joining the club from Hoffenheim. Full story.
21.11 GMT: If Southampton are unable to agree a deal for Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini before the January window closes, CalcioMercato reports that the 25-year-old Italian will move to AC Milan in the summer.
20.48 GMT: DONE DEAL West Ham have announced the £10.2 million signing of Hull forward Robert Snodgrass, on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Full story.
20.26 GMT: Villarreal have given Alexandre Pato permission to travel to Italy on Friday to finalise his transfer to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, according to ESPN Brazil.
20.04 GMT: Watford are considering a "very important" offer for striker Odion Ighalo, Sky Sports reports, with West Brom, an unnamed Chinese Super League club and numerous others supposedly interested in the 27-year-old Nigerian.
19.39 GMT: If Chelsea are unable to convince Celtic to sell goalkeeper Craig Gordon, the Premier League leaders are set to turn to Italian international and PSG backstop on loan at Sevilla Salvatore Sirigu, writes the Sun.
19.17 GMT: DONE DEAL The San Jose Earthquakes have announced the signing of Costa Rican international Marcos Urena on a "multi-year contract" using Targeted Allocation Money.
18.54 GMT: Radamel Falcao has claimed he has rejected a big-money move to China three times in the hope of fulfilling his dream of picking up the Ligue 1 title with Monaco this season. Full story.
18.32 GMT: West Ham have agreed a deal with Hull City for Robert Snodgrass, according to Sky Sports, with a fee reportedly to reach as high as £ 10 million.
18.10 GMT: AS Roma have agreed a deal with Lyon for the transfer of midfielder Clement Grenier, according to CalcioMercato. The Frenchman reportedly will travel to the Italian capital on Saturday to undergo a medical and put pen to paper.
17.47 GMT: Even though Philippe Coutinho just penned a fresh contract at Liverpool that will see him on Merseyside until 2022, French outlet Le 10 Sport reports that Paris Saint-Germain have been in talks with the Brazilian's representatives about a mega-money move in the summer.
17.25 GMT: Fulham are reported to be among several Championship clubs weighing up a move for Peterborough winger Marcus Maddison before the close of the window next week.
17.10 GMT: DONE DEAL An exciting signing for Fleetwood Town, who bring in Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan on loan:
17.05 GMT: And the reason Barnes could be on his way in at Blackburn is because Rovers winger/defender Ben Marshall is on his way out and will link up again with his former manager Paul Lambert at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Marshall will cost Wolves close to £2 million.
17.00 GMT: Blackburn manager Owen Coyle is keen to add to the ranks at Ewood Park as he looks to pull his strugglers away from the danger zone. And one of the players on his way in is Giles Barnes of Vancouver Whitecaps, the Sun reports. Coyle and Barnes worked together at Houston Dynamo.
16.45 GMT: DONE DEAL We reported earlier that Barnsley were close to wrapping up a deal for Leeds United midfielder Alex Mowatt -- and now they have done exactly that:
16.18 GMT: DONE DEAL Swindon Town have snapped up Chelsea defender Dion Conroy:
16.15 GMT: New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has rubbished speculation linking Sami Khedira with a move to the Major League Soccer club.
Reports claimed in November that Khedira, 29, could leave Juve for MLS, with NYCFC, LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls all being touted as possible destinations for the Germany international.
15.57 GMT: Watford boss Walter Mazzari has said the club are "evaluating" an offer for striker Odion Ighalo which "might be from China."
15.52 GMT: DONE DEAL Tottenham Hotspur's Luke Amos is going to be beside the seaside for the rest of the season:
Luke Amos has joined League One side Southend United on loan until the end of the season. Good luck, Luke! pic.twitter.com/MmoylFFPuI- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 27, 2017
15.22 GMT: Brentford striker Scott Hogan continues to be linked with West Ham United -- and the Bees could go for Grimsby Town's Omar Bogle as a replacement, says Sky Sports.
15.15 GMT: To Carrow Road, where hard work is going on. Can Norwich add a new face or two to revive their hopes of promotion back to the Premier League?
Alex: "We are working as hard we can to improve the squad, as always. We are aiming high to bring those players in." #ncfc- Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) 27 January 2017
15.08 GMT: DONE DEAL And another one as Rochdale raid Middlesbrough to strengthen their defensive options with Mark Kitching:
15.02 GMT: DONE DEAL Promising young midfielder Kyle McAllister moves to Derby from Scotland:
14.56 GMT: Leeds United manager Garry Monk is expecting to bring in two new signings before the window ends, with midfielder Alex Mowatt set to join Barnsley as a replacement for Connor Hourihane, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
14.50 GMT: And a bit more on the two new Burton arrivals courtesy of manager Nigel Clough, who describes Christensen as "a good attacking midfielder who is quite young but with the right experience" and Woodrow as "one to add to our striking options."
14.46 GMT: DONE DEAL A double deal for Burton Albion, struggling in the Championship, who have brought in two Fulham players, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Cauley Woodrow, until the end of the season:
14.33 GMT: Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is close to signing a new long-term deal at the club, a source has told ESPN FC. The Reds are in advanced talks with the 19-year-old about penning a deal, which will most likely be a five-year contract, lasting until 2022. Story here.
14.20 GMT: Is Monaco striker Radamel Falcao set to join a Chinese club this month? Well, the Colombian has just wished a happy Chinese New Year to his followers on Twitter, while also sending out a message in Mandarin... Is he hinting at anything, I wonder?
Happy new year my friends! Hope all your dreams come true. May the coming year bring you joy, love, and peace to you and your families. ���� pic.twitter.com/43GuVbYtkg- Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) January 27, 2017
14.10 GMT: DONE DEAL A new signing for struggling Rotherham, who have brought in Swansea winger Alex Bray on loan:
14.00 GMT: It seems as though Championship side Birmingham may have completed their January window business:
Gianfranco Zola reveals it is likely Blues have done their incoming transfer window business unless something crops up that suits #BCFC- Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) 27 January 2017
13.45 GMT: Villarreal coach Fran Escriba has confirmed there is a "solid offer" from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian for Pato and said he would "run any risk of injury" to the player against Granada on Saturday.
Earlier, it was reported that representatives of the Chinese club -- who were linked with Diego Costa and are managed by Fabio Cannavaro -- would meet their Villarreal counterparts this weekend in an attempt to close a deal for the Brazilian striker.
Escriba said: "There is a concrete offer for the player to leave Villarreal and we are going to respect his decision if he wishes to leave. If that is the case, we are not going to run any risk of him getting injured."
13.32 GMT: Hull boss Marco Silva says Robert Snodgrass, who is reportedly undergoing a medical with West Ham, has made it clear that he wants to quit the club. "The player, when he talked with me and with the club, said he wanted to leave," Silva told a news conference. Story here.
13.22 GMT: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking about the futures of Asmir Begovic and Branislav Ivanovic at his news conference this afternoon...
Conte on Begovic: "Only if we have a good substitution he can go. Otherwise he will stay here. I don't know the chances" #cfc- Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 27, 2017
Conte on Ivanovic: "I don't know [if he will leave in January]. There is this window & a lot of speculation - a lot of lies & truth" #cfc- Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 27, 2017
13.07 GMT: The Sun reckons it has some good news for Arsenal fans should Alexis Sanchez fail to sign a new deal with their club -- Arsene Wenger will replace the Chilean by buying Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus for £ 51 million.
12.50 GMT: We mentioned earlier Leon Bailey was undergoing a medical with Bayer Leverkusen ahead of his move from Genk -- and the German club's coach Roger Schmidt has now confirmed that is true. Story here.
12.35 GMT: Talking of Manchester United, 21-year-old midfielder Sean Goss is set to leave the club for Queens Park Rangers, Press Association Sport reports. QPR are to pay an initial £500,000 but the deal could rise with add-ons depending on Goss' success at the Championship club. Story here.
12.20 GMT: Anthony Martial was linked with a loan move away from Manchester United earlier this month, but Sky Sports is reporting that the Frenchman is content with life at Old Trafford.
12.05 GMT: And a DONE DEAL in France, with Saint-Etienne signing Anthony Mounier from Bologna on loan until the end of the season...
[OFFICIEL] Anthony Mounier en Vert https://t.co/GiSKWdoFV0- AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) January 27, 2017
11.56 GMT: DONE DEAL Some movement at Everton, with young goalkeeper Russell Griffiths departing on loan for Motherwell...
11.45 GMT: Andy Delort is set to join Toulouse from Mexican side Tigres for €6 million, L'Equipe reports. Delort is due to arrive in France to undergo a medical on Friday before signing a four-year deal with the Ligue 1 club.
11.29 GMT: We mentioned earlier this morning that Shanghai Shenhua are apparently interested in luring Wayne Rooney to China... Well, that was seemingly incorrect as the Shanghai Football Association has moved to reject the speculation. "The head of the Shanghai FA described the report as totally groundless and sheer fictitious," the association has reportedly said.
11.16 GMT: Arsenal are ready to send highly rated striker Stephy Mavididi out on loan with a number of clubs in England and abroad chasing his signature, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Story here.
11.07 GMT: Another DONE DEAL, this time in Serie A, where Atalanta have signed Bryan Cristante on loan for the rest of the season from Benfica, with an option to extend the deal for the 2017-18 campaign and to make it permanent...
10.50 GMT: Chelsea have opted to recall Dion Conroy from his loan stint at Aldershot Town... Perhaps Antonio Conte has plans for him in the first team at Stamford Bridge?
10.39 GMT: A DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Brentford have signed Florian Jozefzoon from PSV Eindhoven on a six-month deal with the option to extend his stay at Griffin Park for an extra year...
10.27 GMT: Lille are continuing their pursuit of Sao Paulo forward Luiz Araujo, L'Equipe reports. An initial offer of €6 million was turned down by the Brazilian club, but an improved bid of €6.5m has now been tabled by the Ligue 1 side.
10.12 GMT: Genk winger Leon Bailey is to undergo his medical with Bayer Leverkusen on either Friday or Saturday, according to kicker. Leverkusen are apparently paying €11 million plus add-ons for the 19-year-old, who has also been attracting plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.
09.51 GMT: Sunderland have confirmed that they have accepted a bid from Crystal Palace for Patrick van Aanholt and given him permission to speak to the club. The Blacks Cats also said in a statement that the defender "advised officials that he no longer wanted to play for the club and submitted a transfer request." Story here.
09.36 GMT: Quincy Promes may have been linked with a move to Liverpool, but the Spartak Moscow man says he is only thinking about playing for the Russian side. "I never thought about other clubs -- never," he said. Story here.
09.24 GMT: We have our first DONE DEAL of the day -- Alex Ferrari has joined Hellas Verona on loan from Bologna until the end of the season...
09.12 GMT: Serge Gnabry's father has had a few words of advice for his son, telling him to stay and develop at Werder Bremen for another three years, amid talk of a move to Bayern Munich or a return to Arsenal for the winger. Story here.
08.57 GMT: Another player closing in on a move seems to be Robert Snodgrass, with The Guardian stating that the Hull midfielder is due for a medical at West Ham on Friday ahead of a £10 million switch to the London Stadium.
08.39 GMT: Crystal Palace are edging closer to completing the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland, the Daily Telegraph claims...
08.27 GMT: Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira is not set for a move to New York City FC, despite speculation suggesting otherwise. "There is nothing I can say because he's not one of the players that we are targeting," NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira said.
08.16 GMT: Could Wayne Rooney be the next player set for a big-money move to China? According to The Sun, Shanghai Shenhua are interested in the Manchester United captain and are offering him the chance to earn £600,000-a-week in wages.
08.03 GMT: Good morning all and welcome to another edition of Transfer Talk... It's in Scotland we start this morning, where Celtic have told Chelsea that goalkeeper Craig Gordon is not for sale, Press Association Sport reports. The Blues are in the market for a new keeper as backup to Thibaut Courtois after sources told ESPN FC that Bournemouth are looking to sign Asmir Begovic. Story here.
Liverpool to move for Durmisi?
Liverpool may have found a solution to their problem at left-back after Denmark international Riza Durmisi has been linked with a move to Anfield by the Daily Mail.
James Milner has done a fine job playing out of position for Jurgen Klopp's side this season, but Real Betis man Durmisi presents a better solution in the longer term.
The 23-year-old moved to La Liga from Brondby last summer, but he has a £17 million buyout clause, making a transfer a legitimate possibility.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen and Germany striker Julian Brandt is also on Liverpool's wanted list; speculation about Daniel Sturridge's future continues.
Pato could triple wages in CSL
Just when you thought it had all gone quiet on the Chinese Super League front, Alexandre Pato has emerged as Tianjin Quanjian's latest target.
Marca claims representatives of the club -- who were linked with Diego Costa and are managed by Fabio Cannavaro -- will meet with Villarreal chiefs this weekend in an attempt to close a deal for the Brazilian striker.
Former Chelsea and AC Milan player Pato signed a deal until 2020 with Villarreal when he joined in the summer and is said to earn €2m a season, although he could triple that amount in China.
- Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has been linked with a move to Zenit St. Petersburg, but Tony Pulis, always keen to bolster his defensive options, is interested in bringing the Serbia international to West Bromwich Albion. The Daily Mirror reports that Chelsea will field offers for 32-year-old Ivanovic, with Everton also a possibility.
- Manchester United midfielder Sean Goss is set to drop down a division and join Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £500,000, the Independent reports. The 21-year-old midfielder, who would have been a free agent in the summer, rejected a new contract with United in order to pursue first-team football.
- Dimitri Payet has agreed to terms with Marseille ahead of a move back to France, but a deal is not in place with West Ham United. The Daily Mirror reckons the Hammers turned down an offer of £25m plus £3m in add-ons for the France international, but OM still hope to take Payet on loan with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.
- Crystal Palace have agreed to a fee of almost £13m to sign midfielder Luka Milivojevic from Olympiakos. A deal for the Serbia international is almost over the line, the Independent claims, with just the percentage of any future sale to agree upon. Milivojevic has won the League and Cup double in Belgium with Anderlecht and in Greece with Olympiakos.