Frank Lampard is reportedly set to be sacked by Chelsea today. The Blues beat Luton in the FA Cup on Sunday, but it seems that hasn’t been enough to save the manager’s job after a dismal run of five defeats from eight Premier League matches.
The Gunners are finalising a loan switch for the Real Madrid playmaker, with a deal until the end of the season worth around £1.8million set to be completed. Odegaard is understood to be undergoing a medical in north London on Monday.
Arsenal are still said to be interested in signing Norwich’s Emi Buendia despite the imminent arrival of Odegaard.
Elsewhere, West Ham are rumoured to be chasing Jesse Lingard – in addition to Copenhagen striker Jonas Wind – as Manchester United prepare to sanction a January exit, while Liverpool are reportedly beating United and Tottenham in the battle to land Derby winger Kaide Gordon.
Crystal Palace are believed to be tracking Leicester’s Demarai Gray, with Sam Allardyce admitting West Brom’s interest in striker Christian Benteke.
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Lampard ‘to be sacked by Chelsea’
Huge breaking news from The Telegraph, who report that Frank Lampard will be sacked by Chelsea today less than 24 hours after their FA Cup win over Luton.
They claim that Chelsea’s players have been instructed not to report for training until this afternoon.
Confirmation of Lampard’s sacking is expected to come today after a dreadful recent run that has seen the Blues lose five of their last eight Premier League matches.
More on this to come from Standard Sport shortly.
Allardyce confirms Benteke interest
Speaking of Crystal Palace…
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has declared his interest in signing Christian Benteke, Jack Rosser reports.
The former Palace boss is desperate to bring in a striker this month to aid the Baggies’ battle against the drop.
Benteke has forced his way back into Roy Hodgson’s side this season but his future is in doubt following the arrival of Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan from Mainz last week.
Benteke is into the final six months of his more than £100,000-a-week deal at Selhurst Park and will become a free agent in the summer.
It is understood the Belgian has little interest in leaving Palace, who are 11 points clear of relegation, for a side in the midst of a relegation battle and where he would have to settle quickly.
Allardyce, however, says he would certainly be interested if Palace are happy to talk.
“I am not sure if Christian is available,” Allardyce said this morning. “If they came to me and said he was available….I am not sure that is the case at the moment.
“If he is available I would be interested, everybody knows I am interested in a front man.”
Crystal Palace in Gray race
It appears there are plenty of goings on Crystal Palace as we head towards the final days of the window.
After last week’s loan signing of Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, the Eagles are reportedly considering a move for Leicester winger Demarai Gray.
The Sun claim this would be as a potential replacement for Andros Townsend, who is out of contract in the summer.
Runarsson or Mustafi out?
The departures of Mesut Ozil, who joined Fenerbahce on Sunday, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have freed up space in the squad, but Arsenal will still need to offload another non-homegrown player once Odegaard has signed, adds Simon Collings.
Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan, who joined on loan last Friday, has taken up one non-homegrown spot in the Arsenal squad and another must be found to add Odegaard.
Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson is one player who could go on loan, while Shkodran Mustafi – who has six months left on his current deal – is attracting interest from Lazio.
Odegaard to Arsenal latest
Standard Sport’s Simon Collings has the very latest on Martin Odegaard’s move to Arsenal…
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is due at Arsenal’s training ground today to finalise his loan move to the club.
Odegaard has agreed to join the Gunners until the end of the season, with the loan deal containing no option for Arsenal to make the move permanent in the summer.
The 22-year-old has made just seven LaLiga appearances for Real Madrid this season and he is eager to gain more action in the second half of the campaign.
Odegaard had also attracted interest from Real Sociedad, where he spent last year on loan, but Arsenal have won the race for the attacking midfielder.
The Gunners have been in the market for a playmaker throughout the current transfer window and have looked at a number of targets.
Odegaard’s availability became clear last week, when Real Madrid decided he would go out on loan, and Arsenal’s technical director Edu has acted swiftly to tie up a deal.
The Norwegian is due at the club’s training ground on Monday to undergo his medical and finalise the relevant paperwork before joining Arsenal, who are thought to be paying a loan fee of around €2million (£1.8m).
Arsenal wanted to sign a creative midfielder this month to provide competition for Emile Smith Rowe, who has burst onto the scene and into the first team.
Will Gilmour leave Chelsea on loan?
Frank Lampard says it is unlikely that Billy Gilmour will leave Chelsea this month after his performance against Luton, but has left the possibility of a loan exit open nonetheless.
Gilmour starred for the struggling Blues on Sunday in their 3-1 FA Cup win over Championship opposition at Stamford Bridge and afterwards the subject of his immediate future was once again raised with many clubs said to be keen on a temporary deal.
“Playing like he did today it’s very difficult (to leave him out) because he was outstanding,” Lampard said.
“His comfort on the ball, the way he moves it, his discipline, personality on the team. When he plays like he did today he makes it very difficult for me not to give him a run.
“He trains that way and with his youth and the injury he’s had and the difficult time we’ve had in the last month or so I think it’s been about me trying to find the right time to get Billy in there and today felt the right time and he was brilliant.
“Let’s see going forward. In the short term for me, looking at him today, he won’t be going on loan. But let’s keep that open until the end of the month.
“But Billy is a Chelsea player and the levels he showed today, shows that he’s right to be a Chelsea player in the middle of the park.”
Liverpool winning Gordon race
Liverpool look poised to win the race for Derby starlet Kaide Gordon.
The Telegraph claim that the Reds are beating the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in a battle to sign the talented teenage winger.
A deal to take the 16-year-old Gordon to Anfield would reportedly cost around £1m.
West Ham eye Lingard move
West Ham want to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, per reports.
The midfielder has yet to make a Premier League appearance so far this term and was even left out of the squad for yesterday’s FA Cup fourth round win over Liverpool.
That has led to speculation over an exit before the deadline, with rumours that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to let Lingard leave Old Trafford on loan.
The Daily Mail say that West Ham are among the suitors for the 28-year-old, who is also on the radar of Newcastle and West Brom.
Gunners still want Buendia
It seems that the imminent arrival of Odegaard hasn’t dampened Arsenal’s ambitions to prise Emi Buendia away from Norwich.
According to football.london, the Argentine remains one of Mikel Arteta’s priority targets, though it remains to be seen if anything can be done in the current window with Daniel Farke’s Championship leaders unsuprisingly reluctant to sell their top asset midway through a Premier League promotion push.
Odegaard set for Arsenal medical
To the biggest transfer story first on this Monday morning!
Martin Odegaard’s loan move to Arsenal looks to have been agreed, with widespread reports that the Real Madrid playmaker will undergo a medical today.
The Norwegian, 22, is set to join the Gunners until the end of the season, with the Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal will pay a £2.5m loan fee in addition to covering Odegaard’s wages during that period.