Tottenham plan January moves for Memphis Depay and Danny Ings
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TOP STORY: Spurs to fight for Depay
Netherlands World Cup star Memphis Depay attracted quite a collection of suitors with his performances in Brazil, including Tottenham. Ultimately, the 20-year-old remained at PSV Eindhoven on Sept. 2.
Now, however, clubs are lining up once again to take PSV's prized asset out of the Eredivisie. According to the Daily Mirror, two of those clubs are Manchester United and Tottenham.
United may hold an edge in being managed by Louis van Gaal, who led the Netherlands to third place in last summer's World Cup, but Tottenham are aiming to close a deal for Depay by the end of the window for a fee of 15 million pounds.
23.00 GMT: That's it for this edition of Transfer Talk. We'll be back in only a few short hours with a look at what they're saying in the Tuesday morning papers.
22.42 GMT: What are the chances of some of these deals being completed? David Amoyal rates rumours involving Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Dani Osvaldo and more. READ IT HERE.
22.16 GMT: Here's a fun/dumb one... the Star says that Liverpool wish to sign Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom in the summer when his current contract expires. Great, eh?
Akpom has reportedly been stalling on a new deal at the Emirates, prompting Brendan Rodgers to take a closer look along with Everton, Man City and Tottenham. Eurosport adds to Akpom's legend with reports that the 19-year-old has been offered pre-contract terms by Borussia Dortmund, FC Twente and Feyenoord!
Pretty impressive for a kid with just six substitute appearances (71 minutes total) and one shot on goal for the Gunners' first team this season.
21.57 GMT: Neil Lennon may have moved south of the border, stepping down as Celtic manager in May and taking on the challenge with Bolton in October, though his efforts to tempt midfielder Kris Commons to do the same appear to have failed. Commons scored 32 goals in all competitions in 2013-14 but has become increasingly marginal under new Celtic boss Ronny Delia. However that doesn't seem to be enough for a deal.
Lennon told STV as much in a recent chat. "Celtic have come out publicly and said he's not for sale, he won't be leaving and we haven't pursued that any further... I've got a great relationship with Celtic, a great relationship with Peter [Lawwell] and I don't want to damage that."
Oh well, Neil. Bolton have a busy week ahead, with Championship fixtures against Rotherham (away) on Tuesday and Wolves (home) on Saturday before hosting Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday, Feb. 4.
21.17 GMT: Swansea have offered French club St Etienne four million euros for the services of left-back Franck Tabanou, France Football reports.
The 25-year-old would appear to be a replacement for Neil Taylor, who is likely to leave for Crystal Palace.
21.10 GMT: DONE DEALS Orlando City have been a very busy team, introducing three new players on Monday.
Northern Ireland international striker Martin Paterson comes on loan from Huddersfield, while the new MLS club also added two young Colombian midfielers: Cristian Higuita and Carlos Rivas.
20.02 GMT: Does anyone need a veteran striker with eccentric tendencies? Well, if so, you're in luck as Parma have announced that Antonio Cassano's contract has been rescinded.
Parma Fc e Antonio Cassano: rescissione consensuale del contratto. Il comunicato http://t.co/NPxiNv3Ura- Parma F.C. (@ParmaFC) January 26, 2015
19.56 GMT: One player who will not be leaving the 20-time English champions is Adnan Januzaj. The 19-year-old, whose start on Friday at Cambridge was his first for Manchester United since Nov. 8, was the subject of an approach from Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent.
However, despite using the Belgian international infrequently, manager Louis van Gaal rejected the bid and the winger will remain at Old Trafford.
19.45 GMT: It looks as though Darren Fletcher's Manchester United career is set to end. The 30-year-old has struggled for playing time in recent weeks and The Telegraph's Jason Burt is reporting that the Scottish midfielder has been granted a free transfer.
If he does depart Old Trafford, he is expected to sign for West Ham. If so, his debut will see him come up against some familiar faces...
Darren Fletcher granted a free transfer. If he signs for West Ham his first game could be Feb 8... at home to Man Utd- Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 26, 2015
19.35 GMT: Juan Agudelo is set to return to the New England Revolution, according to Goal.com. The 22-year-old U.S. international previously played for the Jay Heaps-managed side in 2013 before joining Stoke City.
After his work permit application was rejected, Agudelo joined FC Utrecht of the Dutch Eredivisie on loan. He was released by Stoke in May 2014.
19.10 GMT: DONE DEAL! Inter have completed a move for Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic from Dinamo Zagreb. The deal is reported to be worth about 8 million euros.
18.55 GMT: A further update on Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, who we told you earlier is in talks for a new deal at his club. It appears now that Valencia don't want any interference while their own talks are ongoing, and have placed a massive asking fee for any other interested teams -- 70 million pounds, according to TalkSport.
Liverpool had been linked with a move for Alcacer this month, but it appears that the forward will be staying put for the foreseeable future.
18.33 GMT: Parma striker Antonio Cassano could terminate his contract as soon as tonight, according to Tuttomercatoweb, after he took the club to court last week demanding unpaid wages. Crisis talks between club and player are reportedly scheduled for tonight.
17.27 GMT: The Daily Telegraph reports that Robin van Persie is uncertain whether his Manchester United contract will be renewed when it expires at the end of next season, quoting him as saying: "It is not up to me. For the moment, I am staying here for 18 months. That is it really: I can't look into the future. I don't know what is going to happen after that -- we shall have to wait and see."
17.25 GMT: Further developments from this morning's mooted move: Millwall have brought in Jos Hooiveld on loan from Southampton until the end of the season.
17.20 GMT: Tomas Cerny has joined Scottish Championship side Hibs, and he's pretty pleased about his decision:
Cerny: I'm really pleased to join Hibernian; this move was perfect for me for both personal and professional reasons. pic.twitter.com/isSWoImKoN- Hibernian FC (@HibsOfficial) January 26, 2015
17.15 GMT: MLS club Toronto FC have announced the signing of 30-year-old defender Damien Perquis, a former Real Betis player.
16.30 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign Manchester United's Brazilian teenager Andreas Pereira, the Daily Mail reports.
15.56 GMT: Former Liverpool target Yevhen Konoplyanka is set to disappoint his Premier League suitors by staying at Dnipro this month, sources have told ESPN FC. Liverpool, Everton, Tottenham and Roma have all been linked with moves for the Ukrainian winger, who is out of contract this summer. However, Dnipro are reluctant to let Konoplyanka leave for less than 15 million euros in January, despite the fact they might lose him for nothing at the end of the season.
15.45 GMT: Uche Ikpeazu, on loan at Crewe form Watford, is extending his stay with the Railwaymen and will be at Gresty Road until the end of the season.
15.30 GMT: Midlands newspaper the Express and Star has reported that Crystal Palace could beat West Brom to the signature of Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi. The report comes as the agent of AC Milan's Michael Essien claimed that the ex-Chelsea player had turned down moves to both the Baggies and Queens Park Rangers.
15.05 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Official and final confirmation from Real Madrid of what we've known for a fair old while now -- Lucas Silva has officially signed his five-and-a-half year deal for the club, joining for a reported 14 million euros. Here's how he was welcomed:
- Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 26, 2015
14.50 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Roberto Di Matteo and Schalke have signed Swedish prodigy Christian Rubio Sivodedov from Djurgardens IF in his native country. The 17-year-old will begin his Schalke career in the Under-19s side.
14.46 GMT: Middlesbrough FA Cup hero Patrick Bamford has said he could stay with the club on loan from Chelsea if they are promoted to the Premier league. Boro, second in the Championship, won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bamford on the scoresheet, and the forward told the Gazette: "The prospect of staying at Boro always crosses my mind. If we get promoted it would be a toss-up between whether to go back to get experience with Chelsea and playing a bit part there or be playing week in and week out with Middlesbrough. Put that way, it is an easy decision to make."
14.38 GMT: There may be a few people leaving, but there are also a few arriving at Cardiff. Manager Russell Slade made Huddersfield defender Lee Peltier his third signing of the window, with the deal announced on Saturday. Here's what the player had to say to the official Cardiff website: "I've worked under the gaffer before [at Yeovil], and he's asked me to come in to the group and give it my all. At this stage of my career, I'm looking for success -- and I think I can find that here."
The newspaper reports that the Gunners have received formal Home Office approval for Gabriel's work permit, with the former Vitoria man now undergoing a medical at the club's London Colney training base.
14.01 GMT: Cologne have said they want to bring former Hoffenheim star Carlos Eduardo, 27, back to the Bundesliga, kicker reports. The attacking midfielder joined Rubin Kasan for around 20 million euros in 2010, and Cologne are trying to reach an agreement with Russian club.
13.55 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Scunny disposition: Scunthorpe United have signed goalkeeper Joe Anyon, a free agent who last played for Shrewsbury, until the end of the season.
13.26 GMT: Brendan Rodgers has had plenty to say today, and here's some more: the Liverpool boss has dismissed reports that he is considering a move for Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Asked whether there was anything to rumours that the Hungary international could be heading for Anfield, he said: "Nothing at all."
12.57 GMT: Wigan boss Malky Mackay is pretty pleased with his capture of Aston Villa's Australian defender Chris Herd until the end of the season. This is what he had to say to the Latics' official website: "I'm delighted that Chris has been able to join us on loan until the end of the season. He's a player I've looked at a lot over a period of time. I feel that his energy, his athleticism and his tenacity will be things that can really help us out. I'm delighted we've managed to get him."
12.52 GMT: What does the future hold for Chelsea's Andre Schurrle? Well, it looks increasingly likely to lie away from Stamford Bridge, but Germany's SID reports that a loan to Wolfsburg is not an option because Chelsea want to sell the Germany international. Wolfsburg sporting executive Klaus Allofs has said there is still nothing to the rumours that Schurrle could be heading back to the Bundesliga.
12.34 GMT: Brendan Rodgers isn't anticipating a hectic week ahead at Anfield, telling reporters at his pre-Capital One Cup semifinal news conference: "I think it will end up being fairly quiet for us. Unless something dramatic happens, we will be as we are."
12.27 GMT: And talking of bolstering defensive options, Everton and Aston Villa are considering a move for Porto's Rolando before the end of the transfer window, sources have told ESPN FC.
12.20 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Championship strugglers Wigan have bolstered their defensive options like this:
12.10 GMT: Real Madrid are being investigated by FIFA as it tries to determine whether the Champions League winners have followed rules relating to the transfer of young players, Spanish newspaper AS has reported. Officials at world football's governing body want to establish whether Real have breached article 19 of its regulations on the transfer of players.
12.03 GMT: Here's a bit more from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who says Mario Balotelli will be given the opportunity to save his Liverpool career. Balotelli's long-term Anfield future has been the subject of speculation after a poor first five months at the club.
12.02 GMT: Valencia have offered new deals to Paco Alcacer and Jose Gaya, who are both reported to have been have attracting interest from Premier League clubs.
11.52 GMT: Back in Germany, where kicker reports that Leipzig are set to sign 19-year-old US youth international Matt Miazga from partner club New York Red Bulls. The clubs have agreed a transfer, which will happen "should he immediately be able to help us," sporting director Ralf Rangnick said.
11.39 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Striker Alberto Gilardino is returning to Fiorentina on loan from Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande until the end of the season, when the Serie A club could make the move permanent. The 32-year-old striker, who moved to Guangzhou from Genoa in the summer, played for Fiorentina between 2008 and 2012.
Forza Viola! @acffiorentina- Alberto Gilardino (@GilaGilardino) January 24, 2015
11.21 GMT: BBC Wales reports that Cardiff, amid the exits, could be bringing someone in - and that someone could be Stoke central defender Robert Huth.
Cardiff City are expected to enquire about signing former Germany international centre-back Robert Huth from Premier League side Stoke City- BBC Wales Sport (@BBCWalesSport) January 26, 2015
11.17 GMT: Quite a few envious glances are being cast in the direction of Dele Alli, whose goals and performances for League One MK Dons have lit up their season. Reports suggest Newcastle are keen to bring him to St James' Park, although MK's desire for him to return on loan for the rest of this season could prove a stumbling block.
11.04 GMT: And so the Cardiff exodus continues, with Austria midfielder Guido Burgstaller leaving by mutual consent -- the eighth player to go since boss Russell Slade came in. Slade has said he needs to slash the club's wage bill.
11.01 GMT: Capital One Cup semifinalists Sheffield United, who will battle to overturn their 1-0 deficit to Tottenham on Wednesday and get to Wembley, made three signings on Saturday. And here they are:
10.58 GMT: From one loan move to another? Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld is on loan at Norwich, but he's not playing for the erratic Canaries, so he could be on his way to struggling Millwall. The Lions are in need of a bit of defensive solidity (that's understating the case), and boss Ian Holloway could make Hooiveld part of the solution, according to reports.
10.50 GMT: Let's face it, it's pretty hard to keep Mario Balotelli out of the spotlight, even when he's out of the Liverpool team. At his news conference before tomorrow's Capital One Cup semifinal second leg, manager Brendan Rodgers said: "It's been a difficult period for Mario, but he wants to fight for an opportunity here. I've seen some snippets that that is it for him here, but that is not the case."
10.40 GMT: Staying in Germany, Hannover are set to announce the signing of 19-year-old right back Petar Stojanovic from NK Maribor later today, with the Slovenia international undergoing a medical before signing a four-and-a-half-year deal, kicker reports.
10.30 GMT: Could Lionel Messi ever end up in the Bundesliga? No, he couldn't, says Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Rummenigge ruled out any prospect of making a move for the Barcelona star, saying the La Liga club and the player "should not be separated from each other." Messi, 27, has been at Barca for more than half of his life, but in recent months he has appeared to be considering a transfer away from the club after reportedly clashing with coach Luis Enrique.
10.00 GMT: Here's a bit of what you might call preparing the ground -- Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has spoken of his admiration for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with a move to Stamford Bridge appearing to edge closer. Reports suggest Chelsea have had a bid of 16 million pounds rejected and have submitted an increased offer of 18.7 million.
09.38 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Besiktas have completed the signing of Tolgay Arslan from Hamburg.
09.35 GMT: French newspaper L'Equipe has reported that Clement Chantome is set to join Bordeaux from PSG in the forthcoming days. The France international midfielder, out of contract at the season's end, will cost 750,000 euros.
09.30 GMT: Nani has claimed Manchester United want to keep him, suggesting that he will be back at Old Trafford next season. The 28-year-old is spending this campaign on loan at his former club Sporting Lisbon, having moved there as part of the deal that took Marcos Rojo to United. But he is under contract at Old Trafford until 2018 and believes he has a future there, telling reporters: "The club know my value and I know they want me to stay.
09.05 GMT: A Swansea director has said Wilfried Bony is destined to be on the bench for Manchester City, while claiming he was sold on the cheap. John van Zweden told reporters: "We will miss the goals from Wilfried Bony a lot. The most frustrating thing is that he will sit on the Manchester City bench, for Sergio Aguero remains their main striker. I'd personally love Wilfried to be at the heart of a top club like City."
08.54 GMT: Liverpool are increasingly confident that they will sign James Milner in the summer, sources told ESPN FC.
08.30 GMT: A birthday present for Jose or Brendan today? Chelsea are still chasing Douglas Costa; Liverpool are chasing a striker.
08.14 GMT: Queens Park Rangers turned down the chance to sign Pato but are keen to sign AS Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to the Daily Star.
08.00 GMT: German paper Bild says Andre Schurrle's agent Ingo Haspel -- along with the player's dad Joachim -- were in London for talks with Chelsea about a return to the Bundesliga. It is claimed Wolfsburg want him, but because of FFP regulations they can only afford to take him on loan this month and buy him in the summer.
Market for Ings heats up
Danny Ings' Burnley contract expires in the summer. The Bournemouth academy star has enjoyed an impressive debut Premier League season in which he's caught the attention of some of the league's biggest clubs.
His seven league goals have generated interest from the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City, according to the Daily Mirror. Chelsea and City would likely be addressing their needs for homegrown players, but Spurs could have a genuine use for the England U-21 talent.
With that contact set to expire this summer, Burnley would be entitled to a mere 3 million pounds in training compensation should Ings join a Premier League club at the end of his contract. The Mirror report that a bid surpassing that compensation amount could tempt Burnley into a sale.
Ings, a long-standing Southampton fan, has also been linked with Saints in January. That could become ever clearer with the news of Shane Long's injury on Saturday.
Speroni to be rewarded
Another player with a contract soon to expire is Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who will be free to move in July. However, the Argentine is set to trigger an automatic extension that will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2016, according to the Mirror.
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"I still feel fit and have a good few years left in me yet," Speroni said. "Not once have I ever wanted to play for any other club in England."
Blackburn's outstanding ROI
Twelve months ago, Blackburn Rovers signed Rudy Gestede from Cardiff for a mere 200,000 pounds. Now the 1994-95 Premier League champions are negotiating with Crystal Palace, West Brom and Hull over a 5 million-pound transfer, according to the Guardian.
The 26-year-old has scored 13 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions this year.