Transfer Rater: Ashley Barnes to Crystal Palace, Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper.
Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest rumours.
Ashley Barnes to Crystal Palace
Barnes is one of three Crystal Palace transfer targets as the January transfer window comes to a close, according to the Daily Mail. Roy Hodgson's side are reported to be lining up an £11 million bid for the Burnley man, who has also been linked with Chelsea. Diafra Sakho had been on Palace's shortlist, but he has since joined Rennes. Other than Barnes, they are also reported to be looking at West Brom's Jake Livermore and Lille centre-back Ibrahim Amadou.
Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton
The Sun claim Southampton are lining up a loan move for Walker-Peters before the transfer deadline. Mauricio Pellegrino wants cover at right-back for Cedric Soares and has identified the Tottenham Hotspur man as the perfect solution. With Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier ahead of him in the pecking order at Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly willing to let the 20-year-old leave on a temporary basis.
Jack Harrison to Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough are leading the chase for New York City winger Harrison, according to the Daily Star. The England Under-21 international is also a Newcastle United and Stoke City transfer target. It had previously been thought that he was set to move to Stoke, his hometown club. But Middlesbrough are seemingly prepared to pay £6m for the 21-year-old, which is more than any other club at the moment, giving them an advantage in the chase for him.
Jarrod Bowen to Everton
Everton are one of a handful of Premier League clubs who have been scouting Hull City striker Bowen. The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for Hull this season, scoring 11 Championship goals. And the Daily Mail believe that has led to him attracting interest from Sam Allardyce's side, as well as Newcastle and Burnley. But with the Yorkshire outfit sitting in 21st and flirting with relegation, they are unlikely to be willing to sell their brightest prospect and risk relegation two seasons in a row.
Tommy Elphick to Reading
Sky Sports say Elphick is set to join Reading on loan until the end of the season. The defender has made just four Championship appearances for Steve Bruce's side in 2017-18 after falling behind James Chester and John Terry in the pecking order at Villa Park. The 30-year-old wants more first-team football and has even less chance of that happening if he stays after the loan arrival of Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United.