There are just days left until the January window slams shut and while it’s hardly been the busiest month of transfer activity, there are still several deals that could go through.
However, thoughts are already turning towards the summer, with reports this morning that the Blues are interested in another raid on the Bundesliga, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba among their top targets.
Elsewhere, Arsenal confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard earlier this week and it looks as if any further business will likely be in the outgoings department. Versatile academy graduate Ainsley Maitland-Niles is being heavily linked with a loan move to West Brom as he seeks regular playing time.
Standard Sport understands that West Ham have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Jesse Lingard on loan, while Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of Derby youngster Kaide Gordon. It remains to be seen whether Joel Matip’s injury forces Jurgen Klopp to dive into the market in search of a centre-half.
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No permanent Lingard option for West Ham
Standard Sport’s James Robson believes Lingard to West Ham is a move that suits all parties, with the player in need of a change of scenery.
He also confirms that the loan deal includes no option for a permanent summer transfer.
Lingard to West Ham latest
Here’s an update from Standard Sport’s own Jack Rosser on the Jesse Lingard to West Ham deal…
West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United until the end of the season.
Lingard has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford having made only three appearances all season – none of which came in the Premier League.
The Hammers have made Said Benrahma’s loan from Brentford permanent this week instead of waiting until the end of the season in order to free up a loan spot for Lingard.
Standard Sport understands West Ham will pay a loan fee of £1.5million and also cover the entire cost of the 28-year-old’s wages of more than £100,000-a-week.
Manager David Moyes worked with Lingard briefly during his time as Manchester United manager, playing him during pre-season before the midfielder spent the season away on loan with Birmingham City and Brighton.
West Ham are on course for their best-ever Premier League season and, having sold Sebastien Haller and Robert Snodgrass this month, Moyes is keen to ensure their fine form is not scuppered by a lack of depth.
The Scot said recently: “If I can get another player in then great, another two even better. I want us to stay competing and being competitive between now and the end of the season.
“We’re quite strong but I want to make sure we’ve got enough creativity and enough people who can score me the goals and make the difference at the top end of the pitch when needed. If I see the right players around and I can get them, I’ll try and do so.”
West Ham clinch Lingard deal
West Ham have sealed a deal for Jesse Lingard, reports suggest.
According to Sky Sports, the Manchester United midfielder will join David Moyes’s side on loan for the rest of the season after rejecting similar advances from Newcastle and West Brom.
Sky claim that the deal will cost West Ham around £3m with the initial loan fee and wages.
It is reported that to make space for another loanee in Lingard, the Hammers will bring forward Said Benrahma’s permanent £25m summer move from Brentford.
‘Sign a CB’ Liverpool fans demand
Liverpool might be on the verge of adding a talented teenager winger to their ranks, but fans are making it very clear what they want to see before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
‘Sign a CB’ is currently trending on Twitter as Jurgen Klopp prepares to use his 11th centre-back pairing in 20 Premier League matches against Tottenham, with Jordan Henderson back in a makeshift defensive role alongside the returning Joel Matip with Fabinho now sidelined due to a minor muscle injury.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain out with those long-term injuries, meanwhile.
Despite fan impatience and that injury list, Klopp is still not expecting a dramatic end to the window.
“Not really, no,” he told reporters yesterday. “I would not say absolutely 100 per cent no but I don’t expect anything to happen, to be honest.”
Celtic agree Davies deal
Celtic are poised to sign Preston defender Ben Davies.
Per Sky Sports, the versatile centre-back has agreed a pre-contract with the reigning Scottish champions that will see him move to Glasgow in the summer.
Davies had entered the final six months of his contract at Deepdale and had also attracted interest from Sheffield United.
Celtic recently lost talented full-back Jeremie Frimpong to Bayer Leverkusen.
Done deal! Watford sign Elliot
A confirmed move from Watford, who have signed goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
The 34-year-old arrives at Vicarage Road on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Former Republic of Ireland international Elliot – who left Newcastle last summer – has been training with Watford, who are keen to increase their options between the posts with first-choice ‘keeper Ben Foster currently sidelined with a broken finger.
Rooney: Gordon to Liverpool ‘looks likely’
Derby boss Wayne Rooney has conceded that talented young Rams winger Kaide Gordon is likely on his way to Liverpool.
The gifted teenager – whom some have dubbed as the “best 16-year-old footballer in the country” – is set to move to Anfield in a deal worth in excess of £1m after rejecting a new contract at Pride Park.
“It looks that way,” Rooney said about Gordon moving to Liverpool, per The Mirror.
“Kaide is a fantastic player. I brought him into the first-team squad because he was showing the qualities I want.
“We offered him a deal which he didn’t take. Liverpool have become aware of that and stepped in. Once a team like Liverpool come in for one of your players it is hard to turn that down.”
Arteta offers Arsenal transfer update
Mikel Arteta has been speaking to the press this morning and offered updates on several of his Arsenal players as deadline day looms.
On Lucas Torreira’s loan spell at Atletico Madrid being cut short:
“We have been talking to Lucas, Edu has been very close to the situation. He hasn’t been playing as many minutes as he would like, as we would like, but to be fair the team is doing so well in Spain and it is understandable they don’t change the team so much.
“We just want to be right behind Lucas, protect him, help him make the right decisions for the future, so let’s see what happens.
“But we are monitoring the situation very closely. I don’t know. At the moment he’s going to stay at Atletico, that’s my belief and I don’t know if that is going to change in the next two or three days.”
On Reiss Nelson possibly leaving on loan:
“That’s a conversation that we are having with the players that are not having a lot of time. “Obviously we want to keep their development going and we will make decision in the next three days with some of them on what the best thing is to do.
“We try to be clear and transparent with what the plans are and their roles in the team and after that, we decide on the best thing for the players and the club.”