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West Brom sign Sturridge on loan from Liverpool; Giroud set for Chelsea?

With less than a week to go in the January window, Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Plus, check out the completed moves.

TOP STORY: Sturridge signs for West Brom

We have an answer to one of Monday's biggest questions: Who will win the race to sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool?

Speculation linked Newcastle with a deal for the 28-year-old, but Rafa Benitez has been gazumped by his old rival Alan Pardew at West Brom.

Inter and West Ham were also linked with Sturridge, who will play in Birmingham -- the city of his birth -- for the rest of the season. 


22.09 GMT: And with that, we bring an end to Transfer Talk on the day before the day before Deadline Day. It's been a hectic one and the pace won't drop; there's plenty of not-quite-done-yet deals still to be resolved. Stay with ESPN FC for the latest news as it breaks!

21.45 GMT: Well, it's been an hour since we had an Olivier Giroud update, so here's another one: Chelsea are keeping tabs on Tottenham's Fernando Llorente as a possible alternative up front.

21.39 GMT: DONE DEAL Charly Musonda will be a Celtic player for the next 18 months, having completed a loan move from Chelsea. 

21.09 GMT: DONE DEAL Just like buses, one confirmed move follows another: Gerard Deulofeu has completed his loan move until the end of the season from Barcelona to Watford. 

21.04 GMT: DONE DEAL And it's a big one: Daniel Sturridge has signed for West Brom on loan until the end of the season.

As well as helping the Baggies in their fight against relegation, the England international is eligible to play in the FA Cup; West Brom knocked out his parent club Liverpool on Saturday, something one of Sturridge's new teammates was quick to point out!

20.44 GMT: Another development in the saga of Olivier Giroud: Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Chelsea have reached an agreement worth £15m plus bonuses with Arsenal for the French international. 

The deal should be finalised when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves to the Emirates and could also set the scene for Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi to move to Borussia Dortmund.

20.15 GMT: DONE DEAL Almost 14 years after he left the London club for Everton, Tim Cahill is a Millwall player once again. The 38-year-old has signed a deal that keeps him at The Den until the end of the season.

20.12 GMT: One in, one out at Watford? Sky Sports report that Gerard Deulofeu is set to join the Vicarage Road club on loan from Barcelona, while Stefano Okaka will move to Fulham on loan, according to ESPN FC sources. 

19.54 GMT: Having been traded earlier today to Orlando City, Justin Meram has said his goodbyes to Columbus.

19.40 GMT: Barcelona are closing in on a deal for Gremio midfielder Arthur, Marca reports, that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian remain in his home country for another six months or even 18 months -- despite the two clubs not yet agreeing a fee.

19.17 GMT: West Brom's move for Troy Deeney is off, sources tell ESPN FC, with the club instead looking to finalise their loan deal for Daniel Sturridge, meaning Deeney now looks set to stay at Watford.

18.54 GMT: Earlier (see 11.02 GMT) it appeared that Chelsea's interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud would come to nothing but Gianluca Di Marzio, who also said that Edin Dzeko would not move from Roma to Stamford Bridge, has suggested a move could still be possible

18.46 GMT: It looks as if PSG forward Lucas Moura will be a Tottenham player very soon.

18.05 GMT: DONE DEAL As Chelsea get set to bring in one left-back (see 17.41 GMT), another is on his way out. Baba Rahman returns to Schalke 04, where he also spent last season on loan. 

17.48 GMT: Mexican international Miguel Layun is on the move, from Portugal to Spain. The deal will be a loan and is not done yet, but appears to be very close.

17.41 GMT: Good news and bad news for Chelsea? Gianluca Di Marzio reports that left-back Emerson Palmieri will have a medical in London on Tuesday and sign for an initial fee of €20m, but that a deal for striker Edin Dzeko "has all but fallen apart."

17.27 GMT: Reading were interested in Preston's Jordan Hugill back in the summer, and they have returned for the striker on Monday with an £8m bid. But according to the Guardian's Ed Aarons, the Royals' Championship rivals have immediately dismissed the offer.

17.11 GMT: West Ham are desperate to bring Fulham captain Tom Cairney to the club this month, with Sky Sports reporting that the Cottagers have rejected an £18m bid for the midfielder.

16.51 GMT: Derby County's Johnny Russell is on his way to Sporting Kansas City, according to the Kansas City Star. The 27-year-old Scotland international was offered a new contract Pride Park but has opted to sign a four-year deal with the MLS club.

16.30 GMT: Stoke will have to pay £16m if they want to sign Galatasaray's Badou Ndiaye, The Sun reports. The Potters hope to secure a deadline-day busting deal for the Senegal international along with New York City FC winger Jack Harrison.

16.10 GMT: In the Championship, Millwall have snapped up Norwich left-back Harry Toffolo on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

15.58 GMT: Former Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 38, has returned to Brazilian side Flamengo where he started his career 20 years ago.

15.41 GMT: DONE DEAL! Barnsley have brought in Bournemouth winger Connor Mahoney on loan until the end of the season. The 20-year-old joined the Cherries from Blackburn in the summer.

15.23 GMT: It looks like Man City have finally got their man. Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that Aymeric Laporte's release clause has been paid, with the defender saying his goodbyes on the club's Twitter account. Laporte is set to become City's record signing for £57m.

15.19 GMT: DONE DEAL! West Brom have signed Egypt international defender Ali Gabr on loan from Zamalek until the end of the season. Gabr joins his compatriot Ahmed Hegazi at the Hawthorns.

15.11 GMT: L'Equipe reports that Nantes captain Leo Dubois is all but a Lyon player from next summer. The France under-21 international full-back, 23, is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to sign a five-year deal with the seven-time French champions.

15.04 GMT: With two days left in the transfer window, David Amoyal sorts through the speculation and rates how likely the rumoured moves are to take place.

14.48 GMT: You can forget talk of Graziano Pelle joining West Ham - sources have told ESPN FC that the deal is all but dead after the Hammers failed to reach an agreement with the striker over his wages.

14.46 GMT: Turkish giants Besiktas have snapped up former Monaco striker Vagner Love, announcing the transfer in typically stylish fashion on Twitter.

14.41 GMT: Meanwhile the Hammers' shortlist continues to grow at a frightening pace. Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, Fulham right-back Ryan Fredericks and Krasnodar striker Fyodor Smolov are the latest names to be linked to David Moyes' side.

14.36 GMT: The Swans are close to bringing Andre Ayew back to the Liberty Stadium for £16m, though, sources close to West Ham have told ESPN FC.

14.29 GMT: Atletico Madrid winger Nicolas Gaitan has rejected the chance to join Swansea, claims Spanish outlet AS. The Argentine had reportedly been offered £120,000 a week by the Premier League basement boys.

14.21 GMT: Here's an update from George Caulkin of The Times on Daniel Sturridge's proposed move to Newcastle. It has been reported that West Brom have joined the Magpies in trying to sign the Liverpool striker on loan.

14.08 GMT: DONE DEAL! Leeds have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Pascal Struijk from Ajax. The teenager has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Elland Road.

13.49 GMT: Mourinho also says he will not stand if Zlatan Ibrahimovic's way if the striker wants to join LA Galaxy. Read more here

13.40 GMT: Jose Mourinho hopes Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract at Manchester United before his current deal expires in the summer.

13.23 GMT: Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa is close to completing his loan switch from Swansea to Sevilla after arriving in the Andalusian city on Sunday. The 28-year-old will undergo a medical on Monday morning before becoming Sevilla's second signing of the winter transfer window. 

12.53 GMT: Barcelona have confirmed that Gerard Pique has signed a contract extension at the club until 2022.

12.46 GMT: Keita Balde has dismissed reported interest from Napoli, insisting that he's staying at Monaco. Napoli are said to be ready to pay €45m for the Senegal international forward, who moved to the French champions from Lazio last summer. However, Balde told Canal+ on Sunday: "My head is at Monaco now, and not with another team."

12.37 GMT: Ademola Lookman has struggled to gain regular first-team football at Everton this season, but he won't be heading out on loan, reports sports journalist Pete O'Rourke.

12.22 GMT: Tick tock, tick tock! How many transfers could still happen before the window slams shut? Mark Ogden answers the big questions.

12.16 GMT: Big news from the North East now, where Newcastle are lining up a loan move for Daniel Sturridge. The England striker has been tipped to leave Liverpool this month, with Times journalist George Caulkin reporting that the Magpies have entered the race for his signature.

12.04 GMT: Bournemouth are close to signing promising Stevenage prospect Ali Omar, sources close to Stevenage have told ESPN FC.

11.57 GMT: West Ham have opened talks over a deal for Graziano Pelle following Diafra Sakho's exit to Rennes, sources have told ESPN FC. The former Southampton striker moved to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng in 2016.

11.38 GMT: Leon Bailey has told Sky Germany that he will stay at Bayer Leverkusen this month, but has refused to commit his future to the club beyond that. He has been linked with summer moves to Manchester United and Arsenal, and featured in ESPN's Scouting Spotlight earlier in the season.

11.23 GMT: DONE DEAL! West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has joined Rennes on a two-and-a-half year deal.

11.18 GMT: Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard has told kicker that "as of now" he will be staying at the club next season.

11.13 GMT: Remember Loic Remy? Getafe have signed the French striker on loan from Las Palmas until the end of the season. Remy, who scored five goals in 12 league appearances since joining Las Palmas from Chelsea last summer, was keen to leave the La Liga club after falling out with coach Paco Jemez. 

11.02 GMT: Meanwhile, Bild also reports that Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi will head to Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season. It looks as though Olivier Giroud will stay at Arsenal despite Chelsea pursuing their interest in the Frenchman.

10.59 GMT: According to Bild, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's €63m switch to Arsenal is expected to go through on Monday, once Stan Kroenke gives his final approval. Aubameyang will become the most expensive Arsenal player ever, earning €10m a year plus bonuses.

10.46 GMT: DONE DEAL! Brighton have confirmed the capture of former striker Leonardo Ulloa on loan from Leicester until the end of the season.

10.43 GMT: Deportivo La Coruna have announced the signing of Denmark international Michael Krohn-Dehli from Sevilla, subject to a medical. The 34-year-old has agreed a contract with the Galician outfit until June 2019.

10.33 GMT: Teenage US star Taylor Booth is nearing a permanent switch to Bayern Munich, according to kicker.

10.29 GMT: Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is in Glasgow to finalise an 18-month loan move to Celtic, Sky Sports are reporting.

10.22 GMT: Steve Bruce has confirmed that Tommy Elphick is close to joining Reading on loan. The Royals desperately need to strengthen to stave off relegation from the Championship after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night.

10.07 GMT: Brighton are eyeing a move for Hertha Berlin striker Davie Selke, who has also been linked with Stoke and Newcastle, sources close to the club have confirmed to ESPN FC.

10.03 GMT: Chelsea are still searching for a new striker in the final days of the window but the solution to their attacking issues could be staring them in the face. Read more here.

09.58 GMT: Stoke defender Josh Tymon is set to join MK Dons on loan, sources have told ESPN FC. The 18-year-old signed a five-year deal with the Potters after leaving Hull City in the summer.

09.55 GMT: If Chelsea do want Olivier Giroud, they'll have to pay up to £35m for the striker, claims the Daily Mail. The 31-year-old Frenchman has started only one game in the Premier League this season, but that hasn't stopped Arsenal slapping a huge price tag on his head.

09.48 GMT: Watford are hoping to close a deal for former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, Mundo Deportivo reports. The 23-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at Barcelona following Philippe Coutinho's arrival.

09.39 GMT: With Giroud reluctant to move to Germany, it's thought Dortmund will look to bring Anthony Modeste back to the Bundesliga from China. The French striker, valued at €30m, worked with BVB coach Peter Stöger at Cologne.

09.36 GMT: According to kicker magazine, Olivier Giroud would prefer to join Chelsea over Borussia Dortmund, ESPN FC's Mark Lovell reports:

09.29 GMT: Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is excited about Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester United and hopes his Chile teammate will prove all of his worth with the Red Devils.

"I hope he gets into the rhythm and proves all of his quality," Vidal told Radio Cooperativa when asked about Sanchez's debut against Yeovil in the FA Cup. "I saw him happy because he started to play again."

08.59 GMT: Having found himself out of favour at Paris Saint-Germain, L'Equipe reports that Inter Milan could be ready to offer Javier Pastore an exit route of Parc des Princes. Inter's sporting director Piero Ausilio has said there is "a feeling" between the club and the player.

The Argentina international recently stated "Inter are a big club and Italy is a league I like a lot", sparking speculation that the Nerazzurri have fuelled still further.

"We're proud a champion like him considers Italy an opportunity," Ausilio said. "Between him and us there is a feeling, like with so many Argentines who have come to Inter."

08.36 GMT: Tottenham have not made a signing in January since 2015, when they bought Dele Alli and loaned him back to MK Dons, but TF1's Telefoot reckons Lucas Moura is closing on his move from Paris Saint-Germain.

08.17 GMT: Patrice Evra is still a free agent after he left Marseille in disgrace earlier this season. A report in France Football says he could pen a deal with either Galatasaray or Fenerbahce.

08.00 GMT: There's just TWO DAYS to go in the transfer window -- get ready for the usual rush to the finishing line at 11 p.m. GMT on Wednesday.


Ronaldo to make Prem return with... Chelsea?

Talk of a potential Premier League comeback for Cristiano Ronaldo has focused on Manchester United -- but the Sun reckons he could end up at Chelsea instead.

It reports that Ronaldo remains "unhappy with life in Spain" but says United's signing of Alexis Sanchez "has slammed the door on a potential return to Old Trafford."

Instead, the paper says it "understands Ronaldo would be open to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer."

The key could be Eden Hazard, repeatedly linked with Madrid, with the Sun saying Chelsea "could be tempted to let Hazard leave for the Bernabeu if Ronaldo was included in a deal."

Arsenal's Auba swoop to bring striking changes

Arsenal's move for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is drawing closer, says the Mail -- and that will spark a striker merry-go-round.

It reports that Arsenal have made a breakthrough after "moving closer to Dortmund's £60m asking price."

And despite widespread reports that Olivier Giroud would go to Germany as part of the deal, the Mail says he will join Chelsea "if they meet Arsenal's £35m valuation."

Meanwhile, Dortmund are ready to make an approach for Michy Batshuayi, who scored twice in Chelsea's cup win over Newcastle.

City on verge of Laporte deal

Manchester City will wrap up a move for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte very soon, the Telegraph reports.

It says they have triggered Laporte's £57m release clause -- making him Man City's record transfer -- and a medical will take place on Tuesday.

The France Under-21 international has been "a priority target" since the appointment of Pep Guardiola.

Meanwhile, negotiations with Shakhtar Donetsk over a £45m move for Fred are ongoing, with the Telegraph saying he could return to Donetsk on loan for the rest of the season once the transfer is concluded.

Liverpool suffer Alisson angst

Talk of what Liverpool may do in the market often revolves around goalkeepers, with Jurgen Klopp reportedly unconvinced by either Simon Mignolet or Loris Karius.

But the Mail says Klopp has been frustrated after Roma rebuffed a move for Alisson Becker.

Citing reports in Italy, it says Klopp "has identified Alisson as a key target" but Roma want more than £40m and have rejected a bid from Anfield.

West Brom weigh up Deeney swoop

Given the verve with which they attacked at Liverpool, you wouldn't have thought much needed adding to the West Brom frontline.

But the Mail says the Baggies are "lining up an £18m bid" for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

It reports that manager Alan Pardew has "discussed possible targets including Deeney and Richmond Boakye of Red Star Belgrade."

Watford have been said to want around £25m for Deeney, but the Mail claims they could accept a lower offer.


-- Southampton are closing in on a loan move for Tottenham's Kyle Walker-Peters, the Sun reports.

It says Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino "could consider allowing England under-21 right-back Walker-Peters a short-term move, with Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier ahead of him in the pecking order."

-- Fulham face a battle to keep midfielder Tom Cairney, according to the Mirror, which says West Ham are among the clubs interested.

It reports that although Fulham "have slapped a £30m price tag on Cairney," they are weighing up potential replacements including QPR's Luke Freeman.

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