Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham sign Timo Werner, Branthwaite to Real Madrid and Henderson’s future

The January transfer window can be a strange beast on occasions, slow to start but frenzied at the end of the month as teams try to fix flaws or add depth in a compressed timeframe – and often with clubs who don’t want to deal. That can result in inflated fees or extremely late deals being done, but the rumours themselves start early and simply keep going.

This month, Arsenal and Chelsea are expected to be two of the teams trying to bring in at least one player each, with Ivan Toney a name on both clubs’ wishlists. That might depend on sales though, while Tottenham and Liverpool could look to bring in reinforcements to deal with the likes of Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah being absent at mid-season international tournaments.

Follow the live blog below for all the latest news, rumours and updates in the transfer market and find the latest football betting odds and tips here.

Table of Contents

January transfer window LIVE

  • Tottenham sign Timo Werner on loan with option to buy

  • Spurs also negotiating Radu Dragusin transfer

  • Kylian Mbappe reportedly agrees Real Madrid move

  • Chelsea linked with buyout deal for Osimhen

  • Pochettino confirms Gallagher talks

  • Real Madrid interested in move for Everton’s Branthwaite?

  • Ajax emerge as contender for Jordan Henderson signing

Brighton set to sign 19-year-old Boca star

19:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Brighton are closing in on another South American talent, this time the 19-year-old Boca Juniors left back Valentin Barco.

That’s according to David Ornstein, who says Brighton have agreed a $10m deal with the Argentine club.

Barco, a Argentina U-23 international, is set to undergo a medical in his home country.

DONE DEAL! Tottenham sign Timo Werner

19:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham have signed former Chelsea forward Timo Werner on loan from RB Leipzig until the end of the season, with an option to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Transfer market still an option for under-strength Manchester United claims Erik ten Hag

18:44 , Jamie Braidwood

Erik ten Hag has not ruled out using the transfer market to strengthen his squad as injuries and illness continue to hit Manchester United hard.

The number of absentees reached double figures for Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win away to League One’s Wigan Athletic, with Christian Eriksen out due to illness and Antony injured.

Although Ten Hag is optimistic a number of players could return in time for Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Tottenham, a United bench made up almost entirely of youngsters at the DW Stadium pointed to the stretched resources.

“We consider everything,” Ten Hag said when asked about the January window. “So what is in the best interests of the players and also the best interests for us, the team, for Manchester United. So we’ll see how we progress during the window.”

Erik ten Hag did not rule out using the January transfer window to add depth to Manchester United’s squad (Bradley Collyer/PA) (PA Wire)

Erik ten Hag did not rule out using the January transfer window to add depth to Manchester United’s squad (Bradley Collyer/PA) (PA Wire)

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea LIVE

18:10 , Jamie Braidwood

Elsewhere tonight, Middlesbrough host Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. With Liverpool and Fulham facing off in the other semi-final tomorrow evening, Middlesbrough are the only non-Premier League team left in the competition and will know their home leg is crucial to their chances of heading to Wembley and lifting silverware next month.

You can follow build-up to the first leg of the semi-final over in our match blog.

Middlesbrough vs Chelsea LIVE: Latest Carabao Cup semi-final updates

Werner to have Spurs medical

17:58 , Jamie Braidwood

Timo Werner is undergoing a medical with Tottenham today after flying to London last night to complete his loan move to the north London club.

The RB Leipzig player will join Spurs on an initial six-month loan with an option to buy for around £15m.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen is scheduled to undergo a medical with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday ahead of his loan to the German club.

The deal is in the final stages and does not include any option nor obligation to buy the left-back who will play in the Bundesliga until the summer.

United eyeing up Jonathan David?

17:14 , Jamie Braidwood

Pencil this one down as one of those Manchester United rumours that pop up every single transfer windows but Lille striker Jonathan David is apparantly on the club’s radar.

It is no secret that United need to bring in a forward capable of converting their chances – especially after last night’s wasteful display against Wigan.

Football Transfers are claiming that the Red Devils are interested in the Canadian star and could make an offer during the January transfer window.

This season the 23-year-old has 10 goals and 6 assists from 24 appearances across all competitions so knows how to find the back of the net. His age makes him an investment for the future too.

David’s contract is expiring in 18 months so Lille will likely want to cash in on any sale with a rumoured price of £34m being touted should this rumour progress into something more substantial.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep Conor Gallagher but doubts remain

16:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Conor Gallagher’s future remains up in the air but his manager wants him to stay at Chelsea for the long term.

Mauricio Pochettino revealed he has had conversations with the England midfielder, who has only 18 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is yet to be offered a bumper long-term deal by the club.

Gallagher’s performances have been one of the few positives in a frustrating season for Chelsea so far.

“If you want to ask me if I was talking with Conor about this situation, yes,” Pochettino said. “Like all the players when some rumour happens, it’s always good to have a good conversation with the player, like Ian Maatsen, or different players like this, Andrey Santos.

‌“I think it’s always important for us, the coaches, to have very clear and very direct, honest conversations with the players. It’s healthy to have these types of relationships.”

Chelsea are yet to rule out the possibility of Gallagher leaving this month, and could be tempted by a big offer, given his contract situation, according to the Telegraph.

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Cundle joins Stoke on loan

16:15 , Mike Jones

Stoke have secured the signing of Luke Cundle on loan from Wolves until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old was recalled from a loan spell at Plymouth. Cundle has scored five goals and provided six assists in 27 games in all competitions so far this term.

Real Madrid interested in shock move for Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite?

16:05 , Jamie Braidwood

From Goodison Park to the Bernabeu? Real Madrid are interested in Everton’s 21-year-old centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite, according toDaily Mail.

Branthwaite has certainly caught the eye for Sean Dyche’s team this season, a tall, rangy, and technically excellent left-sided centre-back, who displays a fine passing ability.

He has attracted interest from Premier League sides, including Manchester United and Tottenham, as well as England manager Gareth Southgate ahead of this summer’s Euros.

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(Getty Images)

Liverpool confirm Trent Alexander-Arnold injury blow with Virgil Van Dijk set to return

16:00 , Mike Jones

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury that means he will miss both legs of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final.

The right-back, who has shone for the Reds in recent weeks, sustained the injury during his starring role in Sunday’s 2-0 FA Cup win at Arsenal, faces a race against time to be fit for the Premier League clashes against Chelsea and Arsenal over five days at the end of January and the start of February.

But while Liverpool have lost their vice-captain, captain Virgil van Dijk is set to return for Wednesday’s first leg against Fulham after missing the victory at Arsenal with illness.

Liverpool confirm Alexander-Arnold injury blow with Van Dijk set to return

Pereira returns to Luton

15:45 , Mike Jones

Luton winger Dion Pereira has returned to Kenilworth Road after a loan spell in League Two with Sutton.

The 24-year-old – who made his international debut for Antigua & Barbuda in October – made 17 appearances and scored twice during the loan.

Ajax interested in Henderson

15:30 , Mike Jones

Jordan Henderson could be nearing his return to Europe says Fabrizio Romano who claims that Ajax are seriously interested in the England international.

Henderson would need to get the green light to leave Al Ettifaq in January transfer window but several clubs are keen on seeing if they can bring him in.

Davidson appointed Queen’s Park head coach

15:15 , Mike Jones

Former St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has been appointed as the new head coach of Scottish Championship side Queen’s Park.

The ex-Scotland defender has been out of work since leaving McDiarmid Park in April 2023. Queen’s Park are ninth in the Championship – their 2-1 win against Dunfermline on Friday was their first victory since August.

Bergwijn to make Premier League return?

15:00 , Mike Jones

Ajax may be tempted to cash in on Steven Bergwijn if West Ham United make an offer for the former Tottenham Hotspur forward.

HITC Football says that the Ajax captain could potentially be on his way back to the Premier League just 18 months after Tottenham accepted a £26m bid for the striker.

West Ham United are keen on the Dutch international with the likes of Crystal Palace, Brentford, Fulham, Wolves and Everton also monitoring the possibility of a move.

Ajax would prefer to retain Bergwijn’s services beyond the winter window but such is the size of his contract, and considering Ajax’s financial concerns, the chance to recoup some of their £26m investment is one they may be tempted by.

The Luis Diaz finish that changed Liverpool’s January plans

14:45 , Mike Jones

Eventually, Liverpool found their match-winners, even if the first came from a player in white. Without Mohamed Salah for the first time this month, it was a touch off Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior that ensured the Reds advanced into the FA Cup fourth round and avoided a replay against their title rivals, whose winless run extended to a fourth game.

It would have hardly been Jurgen Klopp’s plan – but as Luis Diaz rifled in a late second, it meant Liverpool can now enter a crucial phase of their season without their talisman and leading scorer but bolstered by a big win.

It is Diaz, Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota who will all need to step up over the next month to cover for the absence of the Egypt captain, as the Reds battle on three fronts in the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

Instead, after missed chances, misplaced passes, and a growing sense that Liverpool’s wastefulness was going to cost them, it was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inswinging corner that was directed past Aaron Ramsdale by the unfortunate Kiwior. If it relaxed Liverpool, Diaz finally brought some composure with a thumping late finish to seal it.

The Luis Diaz finish that changed Liverpool’s January plans

Tottenham negotiating Radu Dragusin transfer — and include player for swap deal

14:42 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham are negotiating with Genoa on the transfer fee and clauses for centre-half Radu Dragusin, Miguel Delaney reports.

Wages have been agreed for the 21-year-old, with Djed Spence potentially going the other way on loan, but the main talks right now are centred on the price.

Spurs don’t want a package that exceeds £25m while Genoa are pushing for closer to £30m. It is likely that around £5m of the deal will involve add-ons and clauses, which is the source of discussion at the moment. Agents fees also have to be resolved.

Tottenham negotiating Radu Dragusin transfer — and include player for swap deal

Lincoln sign Luton striker on loan

14:30 , Mike Jones

Lincoln have completed the loan signing of striker Joe Taylor from Luton. The 21-year-old will spend the remainder of the season at the LNER Stadium.

Taylor spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Colchester, for whom he scored 12 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.

Ramsey leaves QPR after nine years

14:15 , Mike Jones

Chris Ramsey has left his role as technical director/head of coaching at QPR, the club have confirmed.

Ramsey joined the club in November 2014 and managed the first team between February and November 2015. He leaves following a review of the west London club’s academy structure.

Speaking to the club’s official website, chairman and CEO Lee Hoos said: “Chris has been a great servant to the club and was an integral part of putting together the foundations of our Academy. On both a personal and professional level, Chris is an outstanding person.

“However, as we thoroughly rationalise everything we do, and following very amicable discussions with Chris, it is felt this move is in the best interests of all parties.

“I cannot thank Chris enough for his incredible hard work, dedication and guidance since my own arrival here. Whilst we are parting ways, he is, and will always remain, a friend of the club and we wish him every success for the future.”

Wolves target PSG striker

14:00 , Mike Jones

Paris Saint-Germain striker Hugo Ekitike is a being mentioned as a potential target for Wolves who are looking to bolster their attacking line in this window.

With Sasa Kalajdzic and Fabio Silva leaving the club this month on loan the midlands side could do with reinforcements to get them through Asia Cup period as top scorer Hwang Hee-Chan is absent.

No approach has been made just yet for Ekitike but Wolves are seriously considering a bid.

Ekitike has scored 4 goals in 33 appearances for PSG but previously had 11 goals in 28 appearances for Stade de Reims before he joined the French champions.

Real eyeing up summer move for Bayern’s Davies

13:45 , Mike Jones

Real Madrid are interested in a summer deal for Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies. Reportedly Real squad planner Juni Calafat has advised Davies’s representatives that he should not extend his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern have been negotiating a new deal for Davies, with his current deal expiring in 2025. The left-back wants between £8.6m (€10m) and £11.2m (€13m) a year, which Bayern do not want to pay.

That is between £165k and £215k per week.

If Madrid were to accept that wage bill, a sale could likely happen this summer.

Even in victory Manchester United manage to showcase their biggest flaw this year

13:30 , Mike Jones

Two-nil is supposed to be a dangerous scoreline. For Manchester United, it was more of an unknown one, offering a level of comfort to which they have become unaccustomed. After 29 games this season, they mustered a first 2-0 win. That is not the damning part, however, or the fact their victims, Wigan Athletic, lie in the lower reaches of League One.

It was only the third match this season they have won by more than one goal. By way of comparison, Manchester City have won 15 by at least two goals, Liverpool 17. United beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in the Carabao Cup, Everton by the same scoreline in the Premier League and now Wigan in the FA Cup.

They have offered three isolated examples of times when they have been able to relax and savour the scoreline, for Erik ten Hag to make changes without the risk one mistake could be fatal. The Dutchman took the opportunity, summoning Willy Kambwala, Facundo Pellestri, Omari Forson and Hannibal Mejbri in the last few minutes, simply to give them an outing and spare some of his premier players.

Even in victory Man United manage to showcase their biggest flaw this year

What can Manchester United do in the transfer window?

13:15 , Jack Rathborn

After performing way below expectations during the first half of the campaign, the need for a squad refresh at Old Trafford is clear.

Primarily, Erik Ten Hag would seem to require a forward to give the attack more of a cutting edge and a defender, where he has not settled on a preferred centre-back pairing.

New faces would also give the place a lift in general but some players may need to be moved on first.

The futures of Rafael Varane and Casemiro are uncertain while Anthony Martial is again being linked with a move away. Outcast Jadon Sancho appears set for a loan move to former club Borussia Dortmund.

Forest duo return from loan spells

13:00 , Mike Jones

Nottingham Forest duo Alex Mighten and Hwang Ui-jo have returned from their respective loan spells at KV Kortrijk and Norwich City, the club have confirmed.

It remains to be seen if both players will be loaned out again this month or whether Nuno Espirito Santo can fit them into his plans for the back half of the season.

Newcastle to reject Bruno Guimaraes bids

12:45 , Mike Jones

Newcastle United will reject any January offer for Bruno Guimaraes as their star midfielder is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The French champions are one of a few top clubs who are interested in Guimaraes, with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City also linked with the Brazil international.

Guimaraes has been a transformative figure in Newcastle’s midfield since signing for £40m almost two years ago and sources in Brazil claim the interest from PSG is genuine.

The prospect of a departure has been firmly played down by Newcastle though Guimaraes does have a release clause in excess of £100m if any team is willing to meet it.

Manchester United consider four sporting directors in eight-week audit of club

12:30 , Mike Jones

Sir Dave Brailsford will decide whether Manchester United need one chief or two in an audit that will last eight weeks.

The outcome will also detail other key appointments, but there will be no major decisions taken until its conclusion.

This is likely to mean a quiet January and ensure Erik ten Hag is safe as manager until the end of the season.

The audit, mandated by Ineos as they also go through the Premier League Owners and Directors Test for a minority stake in the club, is primarily an attempt to understand “the performance challenge”.

Man Utd consider four sporting directors in eight-week audit of club

Will Chelsea continue to spend?

12:15 , Mike Jones

The Stamford Bridge outfit have spent more than £1bn on transfer fees over the past 18 months but results this season indicate they have not yet got things right.

Bringing a centre forward would appear to be a necessity for manager Mauricio Pochettino but the Londoners also need to give serious thought to balancing the books.

Outgoings are likely with rumours abounding over the future of Conor Gallagher, despite some impressive recent performances. With his contract due to expire in 2025, the England midfielder could be let go for around £50m.

Chelsea to extend Ian Maatsen before Dortmund loan?

11:59 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea full-back Ian Maatsen will sign a new contract before heading to Borussia Dortmund on loan.

The Dutch player will extend terms to 2027 before a six-month move to Germany, reports Fabrizio Romano.

There will be no option or obligation to buy in the loan for the 21-year-old, while the Blues retain some control over his long-term future.

Ideguchi moves to Japan

11:45 , Mike Jones

Yosuke Ideguchi has left Celtic to return to Japan and sign for Vissel Kobe.

The 27-year-old midfielder’s move to the club from Gamba Osaka was confirmed in December 2021 but he played just six times in the 2021/22 season.

Ideguchi has been on loan at J1 League side Avispa Fukuoka this term.

Any updates on Kalvin Phillips?

11:30 , Mike Jones

Kalvin Phillips has failed to establish himself at Manchester City since his £42million switch from Leeds in the summer of 2022.

Injuries curtailed his involvement last season and, with so much quality in Pep Guardiola’s squad, even substitute appearances have been few and far between.

As Euro 2024 approaches, Phillips may have to move now to ensure he stays in the England picture.

Newcastle are apparently keen but there has also been reported interest from Juventus.

Brentford working on deal for Turkish teenager

11:15 , Mike Jones

Brentford are working to complete a deal to sign Turkish midfielder Yunus Emre Konak says Fabrizio Romano.

A medical is reportedly due to take place this week in England and the terms have all been agreed with Sivasspor.

Fiorentina interested in Gil

11:00 , Mike Jones

Sky Sports are reporting that Fiorentina are interested in Tottenham winger Bryan Gil with Spurs apprantly open to discussions over a potential deal.

The 22-year-old has only started two Premier League games so far this season and spent the second half of last term on loan at Sevilla.

Koch signs for Frankfurt

10:50 , Mike Jones

Leeds United midfielder Robin Koch has signed a permanent contract with German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The midfielder has been on loan at the club but he has now signed a contract to remain in the Bundesliga until 2027. He made 77 appearances across three seasons at Elland Road.

Toney responds to Arsenal and Chelsea transfer speculation ahead of Brentford return

10:42 , Mike Jones

Brentford striker Ivan Toney says he wants to “repay” the club’s faith in him as the striker prepares to return to football following an eight-month ban for betting offences.

Toney, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, has been sidelined since May after admitting to 232 breaches of the FA’s rules for betting on football but is to make his comeback this month.

The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with a January move, however, with The Independent reporting that Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing the striker, who Brentford value at £100m.

Ivan Toney responds to transfer speculation ahead of Brentford return

Brentford set huge Ivan Toney transfer price as Arsenal and Chelsea consider player sales

10:34 , Mike Jones

Brentford have set a price of £100m for Ivan Toney to be sold this January, as Chelsea are looking into making sales in order to challenge Arsenal for his signature.

While both of the wealthier clubs are unwilling to go to that price, Brentford’s position is bolstered by the fact strikers are at a premium as the most in-demand position with few options.

Arsenal have recently been seen as favourites to sign the 28-year-old, with Mikel Arteta now wanting him as they suddenly encounter attacking issues in the Premier League.

Brentford set huge Ivan Toney transfer price as Arsenal and Chelsea consider sales

Will Ivan Toney be moving?

10:28 , Mike Jones

The England striker is set to return to action this month as his eight-month ban for multiple breaches of betting regulations comes to an end.

Given their poor form of late, Brentford will undoubtedly welcome the striker back with open arms and he has said he is keen to repay the club for their support during his suspension.

However, his value remains high and with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea both looking for goalscorers, potentially head-turning approaches are more than possible.

Toney himself has been vocal about wanting to repay Brentford for sticking with him during the ban so a transfer for the forward seems more likely in the summer.

Oxford United target Chelsea goalkeeper

10:16 , Mike Jones

Oxford United are reportedly eyeing up a loan deal for Chelsea’s Jamie Cumming after losing goalkeeper James Beadle.

Oxford were dealt a blow when Brighton decided to recall Beadle from his stint with the League One club with Beadle subsequently joining up with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

Beadle had been the Oxford’s starting goalkeeper over the first half of the season, keeping nine clean sheets in 28 games overall.

With the League One side needing a replacement Chelsea’s Jamie Cumming is on the shortlist. After remaining at Stamford Bridge in the summer, the 24-year-old is keen to play over the second half of the season.

He’s had spells with Stevenage, Gillingham and MK Dons and has played 89 times in League One, so the deal could be an easy one to make.

Will moves for Phillips and Henderson boost Euro chances?

10:05 , Mike Jones

Two of England’s Euro 2020 stars, Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson, find themselves under scrutiny when they turn out for the national team due to a lack of game time and a lack of quality in the Saudi Pro League – where Henderson currently plays.

Both players are open to moves away from their current clubs in January in the hopes of boosting their chances of being selected for the summer’s European Championship.

Sky Sports’ Alan Smith addressed whether both players could secure moves saying: “Kalvin Phillips has every chance of a move. Pep is not [picking him, he will feel frustrated and with the Euros in the summer, he will be desperate to get away, that’s for sure.

“If that means taking a cut in wages, because that’s sometimes a sticking point, I think he’d do it to get back on the pitch.

“Jordan Henderson depends on the attitude of his club in Saudi as to whether they will say: thanks for the memories, goodbye. There haven’t been many memories and if there have been, they’ve been bad ones.

“Somebody would get a very good player in Henderson, he’s coming to the end of his career but he’s a very good figure in the dressing room.

“So I don’t think there will be a shortage of teams after him, if he’s available.”

How do Liverpool cope with Alexander-Arnold injury?

18:47 , Jamie Braidwood

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders insists no-one is irreplaceable after influential full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was ruled out for at least three weeks with a knee injury.

The England international tore a lateral ligament after hyper-extending the joint in Sunday’s FA Cup win at Arsenal and is not expected to feature until the end of the month at the earliest.

Liverpool’s winter break means he may only miss three matches – both legs of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham and the Premier League match at Bournemouth – and he could be back for the January 31 visit of Chelsea.

With the team already without central defender Joel Matip and both left-backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas and Joe Gomez deputising on that flank, it leaves them short at the back.

But it is Alexander-Arnold’s pivotal contribution to the way the team operates, stepping into midfield in his now well-established hybrid role, with two goals and eight assists this season which makes his absence so difficult to cope with.

Liverpool can handle Trent Alexander-Arnold loss, insists Pep Lijnders

Fulham boss expecting quiet window

09:56 , Mike Jones

Fulham are another Premier League side who are performing brilliantly this term and can afford to bolster their finanical position without too much risk enetering a relegation battle.

The Cottagers are 13th in the table and nine points clear of the relegation zone.

As such, manager Marco Silva is not in desperate need of reinforcements and says this January transfer window will ‘unfortunately’ be very quiet for the club though admits he is happy with the current squad.

What is happening with Jordan Henderson?

09:48 , Mike Jones

The former Liverpool captain could be on the move again after reports emerged over the weekend that he would like to cut short his stay in Saudi Arabia, where he signed a three-year contract with Al-Ettifaq amid much controversy last summer.

At 33 and still firmly in the England plans, Henderson could be an attractive proposition for many clubs based purely on football terms, but the financial obstacles to bringing him back to Europe could be significant.

It remains to be seen if genuine interest emerges but a loan move could be a possibility though any potential Premier League club would have to account for his massive Saudi wages.

A return to Anfield would seem unlikely with Liverpool’s midfield having been rebuilt since his departure.

Transfer market still an option for under-strength Manchester United claims Erik ten Hag

09:40 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag has not ruled out using the transfer market to strengthen his squad as injuries and illness continue to hit Manchester United hard.

The number of absentees reached double figures for Monday’s 2-0 FA Cup win away to League One’s Wigan Athletic, with Christian Eriksen out due to illness and Antony injured.

Although Ten Hag is optimistic a number of players could return in time for Sunday’s Premier League match at home to Tottenham, a United bench made up almost entirely of youngsters at the DW Stadium pointed to the stretched resources.

Transfer market still an option for under-strength Manchester United claims Ten Hag

Xavi recommends Sergi Roberto extension

09:31 , Mike Jones

Barcelona manager Xavi says he has made a recommendation to the club’s board to renew Sergi Roberto‘s new contract.

The 31-year-old has been at Barcelona for his entire professional career and has scored three times in six La Liga games during in an injury-hit season this year.

Xavi said: “I would recommend to the club that they renew Sergi Roberto. They already know it. He is important, he can play in many positions.

“You have to explain very little to him. He knows what Barça is, what it represents. A highly criticised footballer, but he always plays at a high level. I’m delighted with him.”

Werner to have Spurs medical

09:22 , Mike Jones

Timo Werner is undergoing a medical with Tottenham today after flying to London last night to complete his loan move to the north London club.

The RB Leipzig player will join Spurs on an initial six-month loan with an option to buy for around £15m.

Elsewhere, Chelsea’s Ian Maatsen is scheduled to undergo a medical with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday ahead of his loan to the German club.

The deal is in the final stages and does not include any option nor obligation to buy the left-back who will play in the Bundesliga until the summer.

United eyeing up Jonathan David?

09:16 , Mike Jones

Pencil this one down as one of those Manchester United rumours that pop up every single transfer windows but Lille striker Jonathan David is apparantly on the club’s radar.

It is no secret that United need to bring in a forward capable of converting their chances – especially after last night’s wasteful display against Wigan.

Football Transfers are claiming that the Red Devils are interested in the Canadian star and could make an offer during the January transfer window.

This season the 23-year-old has 10 goals and 6 assists from 24 appearances across all competitions so knows how to find the back of the net. His age makes him an investment for the future too.

David’s contract is expiring in 18 months so Lille will likely want to cash in on any sale with a rumoured price of £34m being touted should this rumour progress into something more substantial.

Tottenham close in on Dragusin amid Bayern interest

09:08 , Mike Jones

Tottenham are said to be close to coming to an agreement with Genoa in the transfer of sign central defender Radu Dragusin says Sky Sports News.

Talks have reprotedly reached the advanced stages following Spurs’ offer of an initial £21.5m (€25m) plus an extra £4.3m (€5m) in bonuses.

This would amount to Genoa’s valuation of just under £26m (€30m), which is what the Italian club had been holding out for.

There is still some danger that this deal could get hijacked as Bayern Munich have been making inquiries about signing Dragusin thought they are yet to make an offer for the player.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep Conor Gallagher but doubts remain

09:03 , Lawrence Ostlere

Conor Gallagher’s future remains up in the air but his manager wants him to stay at Chelsea for the long term.

Mauricio Pochettino revealed he has had conversations with the England midfielder, who has only 18 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is yet to be offered a bumper long-term deal by the club.

Gallagher’s performances have been one of the few positives in a frustrating season for Chelsea so far.

“If you want to ask me if I was talking with Conor about this situation, yes,” Pochettino said. “Like all the players when some rumour happens, it’s always good to have a good conversation with the player, like Ian Maatsen, or different players like this, Andrey Santos.

‌“I think it’s always important for us, the coaches, to have very clear and very direct, honest conversations with the players. It’s healthy to have these types of relationships.”

Chelsea are yet to rule out the possibility of Gallagher leaving this month, and could be tempted by a big offer, given his contract situation, according to the Telegraph.

Will Conor Gallagher stay at Chelsea? (Getty Images)

Will Conor Gallagher stay at Chelsea? (Getty Images)

Tottenham negotiating Radu Dragusin transfer – and include player for swap deal

18:25 , Jamie Braidwood

Tottenham are negotiating with Genoa on the transfer fee and clauses for centre-half Radu Dragusin, The Independent’s Miguel Delaney reports.

Wages have been agreed for the 21-year-old, with Djed Spence potentially going the other way on loan, but the main talks right now are centred on the price.

Spurs don’t want a package that exceeds £25m while Genoa are pushing for closer to £30m. It is likely that around £5m of the deal will involve add-ons and clauses, which is the source of discussion at the moment. Agents fees also have to be resolved.

Ange Postecoglou has been keen on another centre-half since Micky van de Ven got injured, with Spurs set to be one of the busiest sides in the first weeks of January.

Tottenham negotiating Radu Dragusin transfer – and include player for swap deal

Fiorentina interested in Gil

14:53 , Jamie Braidwood

Sky Sports are reporting that Fiorentina are interested in Tottenham winger Bryan Gil with Spurs apprantly open to discussions over a potential deal.

The 22-year-old has only started two Premier League games so far this season and spent the second half of last term on loan at Sevilla.

Erik ten Hag reveals why Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek struggled at Manchester United

Monday 8 January 2024 20:00 , Mike Jones

Erik ten Hag believes Manchester United need players with the character to cope with the scrutiny and pressure of life at Old Trafford, as Jadon Sancho is set to follow Donny van de Beek to the exit after failing to realise his potential at the club.

The Dutchman managed Van de Beek at Ajax, where he played in a side who reached the Champions League semi-finals, but gave him just two Premier League starts for United and just 21 minutes of first-team football this season before the midfielder joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan.

And Sancho, one of the most expensive players in United’s history, is set to return to Borussia Dortmund on loan after the two clubs agreed a deal in principle.

Seeing how some players have struggled at Old Trafford has convinced Ten Hag that it is a question of finding footballers with the personality to survive as he argued it is simpler to play for almost any club other than United.

Erik ten Hag reveals why Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek struggled at Man Utd

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 19:45 , Mike Jones

Mauricio Pochettino has been in talks with the Chelsea higher-ups about possible January signings despite the Blues already having a huge squad of players and skirting the edges of Financial Fair Play rules.

“We are assessing the squad, like always,” said Pochettino. “We had a conversation with the owners and sporting director yesterday and today.

“We are looking, like the other teams, for opportunities.”

Asked how those conversations went, Pochettino added: “Really good, really nice. Always we keep a good relationship. Everything is going well. They are normal conversations that we need to have.”

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 19:30 , Mike Jones

Newcastle might be in the market for a player or two this month but their first big news is one player staying – for an extra year.

Centre-back Fabian Schar has been excellent this past year and really since signing for the Magpies overall, and he extends his deal now until 2025.

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 19:15 , Mike Jones

Jordan Henderson appears to want to leave the Saudi Pro League already but according to transfer writer Ben Jacobs, he will only be able to do so if a club pays decent money for him, or covers the entirety of his wages for a loan deal.

He’s on big money at Ettifaq and Liverpool will also receive a percentage of any sell-on deal, he further reports.

A “tough negotiation” for him to exit in this window.

Tony Mowbray named Wayne Rooney’s successor as Birmingham City manager

Monday 8 January 2024 19:00 , Mike Jones

Tony Mowbray has been announced as Birmingham City’s new manager, replacing Wayne Rooney. The former Sunderland and West Brom boss has penned a two-and-half-year deal at St Andrew’s.

He becomes the Blues’ third manager of the season after John Eustace and Rooney, with the latter’s departure coming after just 83 days.

Mowbray said: “I am excited to be joining Birmingham at this time. I can’t wait to get back on the training pitch and start working with this talented group of players.”

Mowbray named Wayne Rooney’s successor as Birmingham manager

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 18:45 , Mike Jones

Kylian Mbappe is out of contract at PSG this summer and while he recently said he hadn’t made his mind up on a summer switch, the latest updates suggest that’s no longer the case.

The Mirror are citing French outlets claiming Mbappe will let a £69m loyalty bonus go to secure himself a move to Real Madrid on a free transfer.

In contrast, The Times recently suggested the striker’s entourage were “unimpressed” with the Spanish club attempting to force him into a rushed decision, with Liverpool among the clubs who would be willing to make a move if he indicated an openness to the deal.

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 18:30 , Mike Jones

Timo Werner is expected to fly into London this evening ahead of his move to Tottenham. The former Chelsea forward will undergo a medical when he lands ahead of signing his loan move until the end of the season.

Should Werner perform strongly for Spurs they have an option to keep him with a permanent purchase of around around £15m.

January transfer news – live

Monday 8 January 2024 18:15 , Mike Jones

Brighton goalkeeper James Beadle has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

The England U21s goalkeeper has made the switch from League One club Oxford United to the Championship side Wednesday.

Brighton’s technical director David Weir said: “This is an excellent opportunity for James to test himself at Championship level, having excelled with Oxford United in League One during the first half of the season.

“Like his new long-term contract, this is another reward for his progress and hard work, and we look forward to monitoring his progress with Sheffield Wednesday in the second half of the season.”

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