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  • Josh Graham

    PIAZ OF CAKE

    Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon’s move to Braga is reportedly set to be ‘made official soon’.

    The Record reports the player is ready to seal a permanent switch to Portugal.

    His Blues contract is up in the summer and he was most recently on loan at Rio Ave.

    Piazon has not appeared for Chelsea in EIGHT years, spending them all on loan, but is technically the Blues’ longest serving player.

  • Josh Graham

    WIZARD OF OZ

    Mesut Ozil’s future will ‘become clear’ in the next few days, according to Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut.

    The Arsenal outcast has reportedly signed a three-and-half year deal to join the Turkish giants.

    Bulut was asked about the transfer following his side’s 2-1 win over Alanyaspor on Thursday.

    The Fenerbahce coach confirmed Ozil’s next move will be decided in a matter of days.

    He told Bein Sports: “Mesut Ozil’s situation will become clear in the coming days.

    “Mesut’s name is very common. It is not possible for me to make a comment before he comes.”

  • Josh Graham

    SEIZE THE DIA

    Arsenal target Boulaye Dia is in talks with London rivals West Ham.

    The Senegalese striker who plays for Stade Riems is the latest name on Irons boss David Moyes’ shopping list to beef up his frontline.

    Boulaye Dia is attracting Premier League interestCredit: AFP or licensors

    Moyes has offloaded Haller to Dutch side Ajax for around £25million after finally losing patience.

    Dia, 24, has scored ten goals in France’s Ligue 1 already this season and is available for around £14m plus add ons.

    He was previously linked with the Gunners by French outlet Le 10 Sport.

  • Josh Graham

    IVAN THE GREAT

    Tottenham are in talks to sign Inter Milan attacker Ivan Perisic on loan this month.

    Jose Mourinho is believed to be a huge admirer of the 96-cap Croatia international.

    French source Foot Mercato claims the two clubs are locked in talks over a possible move.

    Spurs are keen to sign the 32-year-old on loan until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

    But an official agreement has not yet been reached between the two clubs.

    Mourinho tried to sign Perisic while he was in charge of Manchester United.

    He came close to completing a £45million deal to sign the Inter Milan star in 2017.

  • Josh Graham

    TOON EXODUS

    A trio of Manchester United stars could be set to swap Old Trafford for Tyneside.

    As referenced in The Guardian’s Rumour Mill, Steve Bruce has reportedly tapped up his United contacts.

    And left-back Brandon Williams, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard are all being eyed up.

    The three could all make loan moves to the Magpies to bolster Bruce’s squad.

  • Josh Graham

    MOUS TRAP

    Lyon striker Moussa Dembele has snubbed a move to West Ham, according to reports.

    Hammers boss David Moyes was looking at the Frenchman to replace the departing Sebastien Haller who has joined Ajax in a permanent deal for an undisclosed.

    With West Ham thought to have pocketed around £25m for Haller, Moyes wants a new front man to ease the burden on Michail Antonio.

    But Goal reports how the manager will need to get back to the drawing board.

    Dembele, 25, instead eyes a move to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish table-toppers made an enquiry.

    Diego Simeone is also in the market for a new striker after releasing Diego Costa from his contract six months early.

    Dembele, who began his career with Fulham before cementing his reputation at Celtic, wants to leave Lyon this month despite having two-and-a-half years left on his contract in France.

  • Josh Graham

    DONE DEAL: HALLER TO AJAX

    West Ham have confirmed the sale of flop forward Sebastian Haller to Ajax.

    The permanent deal has gone through with an undisclosed fee believed to be around £25million.

    Ivory Coast striker Haller, 26, scored 14 goals in 50 games during an 18-month spell with the Hammers.

    He arrived in 2019 from Eintracht Frankfurt for a club-record £45m but David Moyes has decided to cut his losses.

  • Josh Graham

    BRITISH BEEF

    Chelsea are on a mission to land the best young British stars as Brexit has led to restrictions on overseas recruitment.

    Frank Lampard’s side have been busy developing relationships around the UK with junior teams including Newcastle City Juniors.

    English clubs will no longer be allowed to sign players from abroad until they turn 18 due to Britain’s Brexit deal.

    A points-based system will also be introduced to cap the number of foreign players that are able to play in the UK.

    The Blues have created a link with Newcastle City Juniors – who train just three miles from St James’ Park.

    Chelsea have even loaned a state of the art camera system to the youth club to allow them to record training sessions and games.

    According to the Mail, a spokesman from Stamford Bridge said: “Establishing and maintaining good relationships with grassroots clubs up and down the country is something we have always been keen on.”

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    Manchester United have confirmed the £37million signing of 18-year-old Amad Diallo from Atalanta as their first January signing.

    The clubs agreed a deal before the transfer window closed in October but the teenager stayed with his boyhood club for the first half of the 2020-21 season while work permits, personal terms and a medical were finalised.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised United fans one of the most exciting young players in world football with the arrival of Diallo.

    He said: “As a club, we have followed Amad for a number of years and having watched him myself, I believe he is one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

    “Manchester United has such a proud history of developing young players and everything is in place to enable Amad to reach his potential here.”

    Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp admitted it is ‘unlikely’ Liverpool will sign a centre-back this month, despite the injury crisis at the heart of his defence.

    The Reds are without first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to long-term injuries and stand-ins Fabinho and Joel Matip have struggled for form and fitness.

    Klopp said: “I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world.

    “We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well.

    “There might be some clubs with absolutely no financial problems.

    “But this club always was – and will always be with these owners – just very responsible with the things we do.”

    And finally, Wales international Rabbi Matondo has vowed to help Stoke City’s promotion push after joining the Potters on loan.

    The 20-year-old became Michael O’Neill’s first capture of the January transfer window after agreeing to join from Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 on loan until the end of this season.

    Matondo, who has seven Wales caps, has featured 30 times in the German top flight since making the switch from Manchester City in 2019.

    Matondo said: “I’m delighted to sign for Stoke City until the end of the season and am looking forward to it. I’ve come here to help the lads in every possible way I can.

    “As an attacking player, hopefully I can add some goals and assists to try and help the team make the promotion spots.”

  • Joe Brophy

    HOT ROD

    Leeds face a battle with Liverpool if they want to land Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul this month.

    Leeds have been tracking attacking midfielder De Paul since last summer.

    But Marcelo Bielsa is in two minds whether to bid in January or make a final decision before the start of next season.

    However, champions Liverpool have now made their interest known.

    And that could force Elland Road bosses to accelerate their plans and try to buy the Argentine during this window.

    De Paul has flagged up well on Liverpool’s meticulous scouting system as they look to invigorate the squad in an attempt to stay ahead of their rivals in the Premier League.

    Antonio Conte’s Inter have also made it clear they would be interested in the 26-year-old.

  • Joe Brophy

    SERGI-GO

    Manchester United’s wantaway keeper Sergio Romero is reportedly nearing a move to Boca Juniors.

    The Manchester Evenings News claim the Argentinian has already said his goodbyes to his Red Devils teammates ahead of his Old Trafford exit.

    The 33-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, is expected to end his six-year stint with the club in this month’s transfer window.

    Romero has been training in Argentina and local reports in Buenos Aires claim he is keeping fit in the Argentinian capital ahead of a move to Boca.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEVIL MAY CARE

    Amad Diallo has admitted it is a dream come true to finally seal his move to Old Traford.

    The winger – who is yet to decide on his shirt number – told the United website: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.

    “I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game; when I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.

    “This is a really exciting squad with so many great players, I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them and give everything to develop my game.

    “The coaches have been fantastic since I signed, we have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.

    “I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally, and I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TY HIM OVER

    A wealth of Championship clubs are reportedly interested in Leeds attacker Tyler Roberts.

    The Yorkshire club are well clear of the relegation zone upon their return to the Premier League and are weighing up a loan move for the 21-year-old.

    Marcelo Bielsa has handed Roberts just two starts in the league, with the forward yet to score.

    According to the Mail, the manager highly rates his player but could nonetheless allow a temporary exit.

    Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, Cardiff, Bournemouth and Preston are all named as interested parties in the Welshman's future.

  • Joe Brophy

    NIC OF TIME

    Wilfried Zaha has accepted that Arsenal chose Nicolas Pepe ‘over him’ following a failed move to the club.

    He told Jamie Carragher’s The Greatest Game Podcast: “I had a conversation with the manager actually.

    “[Unai] Emery was just like, ‘We don’t really need to go through much’. “He said he’d seen me play, he knows I can change games at any time and stuff like that.

    “He was like, ‘Yeah we’d love to have you’ and I was just like, ‘Yeah I’d love to come’.

    “The conversation was rather straightforward because I played against him when he was manager of Arsenal.

    “He saw what I could do, saw my work-rate, and what I could add to the team.”

    He added: “Obviously, it was up to the club who they chose.

    “And they chose Pepe over me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MAT MAKER

    Wales international Rabbi Matondo has vowed to help Stoke City’s promotion push after joining the Potters on loan.

    The 20-year-old became Michael O’Neill’s first capture of the January transfer window after agreeing to join from Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 on loan until the end of this season.

    Matondo, who has seven Wales caps, has featured 30 times in the German top flight since making the switch from Manchester City in 2019.

    Matondo said: “I’m delighted to sign for Stoke City until the end of the season and am looking forward to it. I’ve come here to help the lads in every possible way I can.

    “As an attacking player, hopefully I can add some goals and assists to try and help the team make the promotion spots.”

  • Joe Brophy

    RED ALERT

    Jurgen Klopp admitted it is 'unlikely' Liverpool will sign a centre-back this month, despite the injury crisis at the heart of his defence.

    The Reds are without first-choice pairing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to long-term injuries and stand-ins Fabinho and Joel Matip have struggled for form and fitness.

    Klopp said: "I cannot say definitely we will not bring anyone in, it’s just not likely because of the situation in the world.

    “We should not forget that the situation is a tough one for all people and for football clubs as well.

    "There might be some clubs with absolutely no financial problems.

    "But this club always was – and will always be with these owners – just very responsible with the things we do."

  • Joe Brophy

    PEP TALK

    Lionel Messi is now the world’s 97th most valuable footballer.

    Incredibly, Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself 131th with two of the greatest players of all time both trailing Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe.

    That is according to the latest CIES Football Observatory, whose algorithm uses such factors as performance, age and contract length, as well as club and country represented to determine an individual’s worth.

  • Joe Brophy

    WELL I NEV-ER

    Phil Neville is one step closer to a sensational reunion with David Beckham as boss of Inter Miami.

    The MLS side sacked their manager Diego Alonso on Thursday, opening the door to the outgoing England Women boss who has been heavily linked with the job.

    Neville is understood to have held preliminary discussions with the Major League Soccer side about the position.

    The Lionesses' boss, 43, revealed he would step down as national boss in July after this summer's Euros.

    SunSport understands he has held positive talks with old Manchester United mate Becks over taking charge of his new franchise.

  • Joe Brophy

    LONG LIVE THE KING

    West Ham have Josh King in their sights to replace Sebastien Haller – but may have to pay Bournemouth more than they thought to land him.

    David Moyes failed to land the Bournemouth star in the summer when the Championship club rejected the £13million deal the Hammers were willing to come up with.

    But Moyes has retained his interest since then and sees using King through the middle – a position he prefers to play – now that Haller is on his way to Ajax.

    West Ham value King at the same price, but the problem is the 28-year-old is also on the radar of Newcastle and West Brom.

    Bournemouth have been told Newcastle and the Baggies would both be willing to stump up around £15m, more than Hammers owner David Sullivan had hoped to pay.

    King, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season but the Cherries are determined not to let him go on the cheap in January.

  • Joe Brophy

    DIALLO DONE

    Manchester United have confirmed the £37million signing of 18-year-old Amad Diallo from Atalanta as their first January signing.

    The clubs agreed a deal before the transfer window closed in October but the teenager stayed with his boyhood club for the first half of the 2020-21 season while work permits, personal terms and a medical were finalised.

  • Joe Brophy

    RICH REWARD

    Bayern Munich have reportedly opened talks over a free transfer for Reading star Omar Richards.

    The Mail claims Richards, 22, is seen as a potential replacement for David Alaba.

    Austria ace Alaba is out of contract this summer and looks set to leave the German champions on a free transfer.

    Bayern already have highly-rated Alphonso Davies playing at left-back.

    But losing Alaba will see them light in cover, with versatile Lucas Hernandez often used in the middle.

    And England U21 star Richards has been identified as the ideal man to come in.

  • Joe Brophy

    INTO THE LIONS DEN

    Millwall are in talks to sign Motherwell star Allan Campbell, SunSport's Paul Jiggins has revealed.

    The Lions have moved for the midfielder after failing to land Brighton’s Jayson Molumby with a bid of £1million plus add-ons.

    Republic of Ireland international Molumby, who spent last season on loan at the Den, has since joined Preston for the rest of this campaign.

    Millwall boss Gary Rowett is believed to want permanent signings so he has turned his attention to Campbell.

    The Scotland Under-21 ace’s contract at Motherwell runs out at the end of the season, meaning he can talk to clubs about a move elsewhere.

    The Lions are hoping they seal a deal for him this month as they look to strengthen their squad following a poor recent run of results.

  • Joe Brophy

    SERGI-GO

    Manchester United's wantaway keeper Sergio Romero is reportedly nearing a move to Boca Juniors.

    The Manchester Evenings News claim the Argentinian has already said his goodbyes to his Red Devils teammates ahead of his Old Trafford exit.

    The 33-year-old, who is out of contract this summer, is expected to end his six-year stint with the club in this month's transfer window.

    Romero has been training in Argentina and local reports in Buenos Aires claim he is keeping fit in the Argentinian capital ahead of a move to Boca.

  • Josh Graham

    GIVE IT A JESS

    Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move to West Ham.

    The Star claims the Hammers have opened talks with the player’s agent.

    Lingard, 28, is entering the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford.

    David Moyes is looking to reunite with the attacking star after coaching him at the Red Devils.

  • Josh Graham

    SLAM DUNC

    West Brom and Burnley have suffered a transfer blow after Duncan Watmore committed his future to Middlesbrough.

    The forward was released by Sunderland last summer after an injury-ravaged few years but was offered a career lifeline by Neil Warnock in November with a two-month deal.

    Watmore, 26, has repaid that faith by rifling in five goals in eight matches for play-off hopefuls Boro.

    That form caught the eye of both Baggies boss Sam Allardyce and Burnley's Sean Dyche as they eyed a free transfer swoop along with Championship rivals Stoke.

    But Watmore, who has been nominated for the Championship’s Player of the Month prize, has now ended speculation over his future by penning a contract at the Riverside until 2023.

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