Transfer news LIVE! Arsenal and Spurs plot surprise deadline signings
Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all expected to make further signings before January transfer window closes next week. With the deadline looming fast, Arsenal have confirmed they want a new midfielder and have made Brighton’s Moises Caicedo a key target, though face competition from the Blues. The Gunners are also interested Ivan Fresneda, though Borussia Dortmund have something to say about that.
Chelsea could also rival Arsenal for Everton’s Amadou Onana, but are now happy for Newcastle to sign former target Anthony Gordon. Matheus Nunes is a new name on Graham Potter’s wishlist, with Liverpool also tracking the Wolves star. Lyon right-back Malo Gusto should join, but Benfica’s Enzo Fernandez looks out of reach despite a renewed bid.
Spurs have finally made their first signing of the window after hijacking Everton’s loan move for Villarreal winger Arnaut Danjuma, and are confident of wrapping up a £39million deal for Sporting right-back Pedro Porro. They have even been tipped to add a surprise before the deadline. Manchester United want Harry Kane and Liverpool are not giving up on Jude Bellingham. Follow all the latest January transfer news, rumours and gossip live below!
Man Utd look at Kane alternatives
Manchester United are weighing up alternatives to Harry Kane.
The Tottenham striker is a target for the summer, but will not come cheap. As such, according to Estadio Deportivo, United are taking an interest in Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias.
Wout Weghorst is the stop-gap for now, but the Spain international could also be an option should the get priced out of Kane.
Spurs are expected to ask for a fee in the region of £80million for their talisman, and perhaps more for a team supposedly a direct rival.
Antonio staying put
West Ham expect Michail Antonio to remain at the club beyond the end of this month’s transfer window, despite the forward claiming he has held talks over a possible move away, writes Malik Ouzia.
Scamacca is currently sidelined with a knee problem and Danny Ings, brought in in a £12m deal from Aston Villa earlier this month, also suffered a knee issue while making his debut as a substitute last weekend’s victory over Everton and is set for a short spell out.
More to follow.
Valladolid waiting on first Arsenal bid for Fresneda
Real Valladolid are yet to receive a bid for Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund target Ivan Fresneda, the club have confirmed.
Reports in Spain claim BVB are closing in on the deal, but it situation now appears wide open.
“(Fresneda) has aroused the interest of many teams, but we have not received an official offer,” Real Valladolid sporting director Fran Sanchez told Diario AS.
“It is true that several clubs have contacted us and that interest of many clubs is real, but there is no official offer.
“We are not desperately trying to sell the player.”
Read more here: Real Valladolid yet to receive offer for Arsenal target Ivan Fresneda
Lyon tracking Spence
Talking of Lyon and right-backs, Djed Spence is a loan target for the Ligue 1 side.
L’Equipe report that Lyon are interested in taking the defender for the rest of the season after Tottenham made the player available.
Chelsea told Gusto is staying put
Chelsea have been told by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas of all people that Malo Gusto is STAYING at the club this season.
Lyon, we understand, are happy to sell the defender but only if he remains on loan until the summer.
Ball is in your court, Chelsea: accept those terms or move on to other targets.
Record spending once again
The Premier League’s dominance of the international transfer market has been highlighted again in a new FIFA report.
The world governing body’s Global Transfer Report for 2022 found English clubs spent just under 2.2 billion US dollars (£1.78bn) on international deals in the January and summer windows last year, with Italian clubs a distant second with 673.3m US dollars (£543.6m) spent.
England’s total spending accounted for just over a third of the global total for international deals, which FIFA put at 6.5bn US dollars (£5.25bn). This was an increase of 33.5 per cent compared to 2021 but still lower than the record mark of 7.35bn US dollars (£5.93bn) set in 2019.
Danjuma shirt number revealed
Talking of Tottenham, Arnaut Danjuma has been handed the no16 shirt after putting pen to paper on a six-month loan deal.
Surprise deadline day signings at Spurs and Arsenal
Deadline day could be very busy in north London, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Both teams are working on deals for Pedro Porro and Ivan Fresneda, respectively, but are actively searching the market for further new signings before Tuesday’s deadline.
Romano said on his YouTube channel: “Tottenham and Arsenal could be part of a deadline surprise.
“Tottenham are not done yet on the market. It doesn’t mean they are 100 per cent signing a new player after [Arnaut] Danjuma and Porro, but they are still exploring the market, looking at opportunties and options.
“The situation is open around Tottenham and deadline day surprises are also for them and at Arsenal. Let’s see what happens with Fresneda .. Arsenal are exploring midfield options, with Edu keeping an eye to find the right opportunity.
“Chelsea are also busy on many things.”
Duncan Ferguson appointed by Forest Green Rovers
Duncan Ferguson has been announced at the new manager of Forest Green Rovers!
A surprise appointment, especially considering he’s usually the man to step into the Everton dugout on an interim basis every 12-18 months after a manager is sacked.
But not this time! It’s the first permanent gig for Big Dunc.
Onana does not want to join Chelsea
Chelsea have been dealt a blow after Everton midfielder Amadou Onana rejected the club’s initial approach for his services, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Blues have spent over £420million across two transfer windows and want to sign a midfielder before the January deadline on Tuesday.
Chelsea are interested in Moises Caicedo, but have been put off by Brighton’s reluctance to sell. They have not completely given up hope of landing the Ecuador international, but are looking at other possible options too.
One of those identified is Onana, however Chelsea have now had an initial approach turned down by the player. They could yet return and try to persuade him after further talks, but Everton are reluctant to sell anyway.
Read more here: Chelsea REJECTED by Onana with Nunes among Caicedo alternatives