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THE January transfer window is rapidly approaching.

We're set for another frantic month as teams look to strengthen their squads before the big push towards the end of the season.

Takumi Minamino has been confirmed as a Liverpool player and will join on January 1 while Everton are set to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as manager imminently.

Follow all the latest gossip and updates below…

  • WEST HAM are interested in signing Stoke midfielder Joe Allen but do want to pay the £15million asking price, according to reports.

    The Hammers looked at the midfielder before when former boss David Moyes was keen but the East Londoners are only looking to pay around half of Stoke's asking price this time around.

    West Ham value the 29-year-old at £8m so will see if anyone else comes in for him before deciding whether to act, according to the Mail.

  • OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has revealed he is hopeful of making signings in January.

    He said: “Yeah (I am hopeful). As a manager, you always hope that you can do something. But, then again, it's not something that's nailed on.

    “It has to be the right player, the right age, going to fit into this squad and for the right value. We're always looking and it's a transfer window that's open, but it might not happen.

    “We're getting players back. We're getting Paul (Pogba) back, we're getting Timothy (Fosu-Mensah) back, Eric Bailly back, Diogo (Dalot) back so that's four extra bodies for us for the coming months anyway.”

  • BURNLEY are considering a January swoop for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.

    The youngster has impressed during his loan spell at Championship club Charlton Athletic.

    And the Daily Mail claim Clarets boss Sean Dyche is keeping a close eye on Gallagher, who has scored six goals in 21 games for Charlton this season, after a disappointing loan spell from his Blues team-mate Danny Drinkwater.

    However, the decision over Gallagher's future lies with parent club Chelsea, who have the option of cutting the midfielder's loan spell in January short.

  • TOBY ALDERWEIRELD has signed a new Tottenham deal – scuppering Manchester United's hopes of bringing the defender to Old Trafford on the cheap.

    The North Londoners announced the news this morning and confirmed the deal runs until 2023.

    The 30-year-old's last contract was due to expire at the end of last season but Spurs exercised a year-long extension in January.

    But extending his stay triggered a clause that meant he could have left for £25million in the summer and Man Utd were his main suitors.

    United failed to stump up the cash at the time but were reportedly ready to move again in January with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to bolster their defence.

    Jose Mourinho has been a long time admirer of the Alderweireld and tried to sign him in 2018 when he was United manager.

  • FORMER Everton defender Joleon Lescott has claimed Carlo Ancelotti won't be as good of a fit for the club as David Moyes.

    He told sportingbet: “David Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti are the two favourites to take the Everton job, both are great candidates but the most likely option for me would be David Moyes making a return to Everton.

    “He knows the club inside out, and although Ancelotti is a top-class manager, he may not fit as well for Everton.

    “Ancelotti leaving Napoli would have derailed Everton’s thought process and it’s great that they can attract top class managers despite their position in the Premier League, but I feel David Moyes would suit the club more and may be the best bet to get the club out of the relegation zone.”

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