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SIMON JONES: Swansea remain keen to add a midfielder to their squad but any return for Joe Allen will be shelved until the summer when Liverpool and the player take stock of his situation.

The Swans are looking to bring in reinforcements this month in a bid to avoid relegation but Liverpool have rebuffed an enquiry for the Welshman.

Allen is in the final 18 months of his contract at Anfield.

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Liverpool have rejected an enquiry from Swansea to re-sign midfielder Joe Allen

SAMI MOKBEL: Bournemouth defender Simon Francis has signed a new and improved contract, keeping him on the south coast until 2019.  

Francis has played a key role for Eddie Howe’s side this season as the Cherries look to stay in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old – named in the 2014-15 PFA Championship Team of the Year – has captained Bournemouth in the absence of Tommy Elphick and made 24 appearances this term.

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Algeria international winger Karim Matmour has agreed to join Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old has previously played for Freiburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. 

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of defender Elliott Ward from Bournemouth. 

Ward has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Ewood Park. 

Leicester have allowed club-record signing Andrej Kramaric to join Hoffenheim on loan for the rest of the season.

Much was expected of the 24-year-old when the club beat Chelsea to the striker’s signature last January, with the Foxes paying Rijeka £9.5million for his signature.

However, Kramaric has struggled to find his feet at the King Power Stadium and now will spend the rest of the season with the side bottom of the Bundesliga table. 

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High flying Leicestr believe they can do without Kramaric for the rest of the season

JOHN DOWNES: Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has admitted that his struggling former club need to make several changes to their squad when their current campaign draws to an end.

And the New York City midfielder expects the reigning Premier League champions to bring in personnel as owner Roman Abramovich looks to get his Stamford Bridge outfit back on track.

Guus Hiddink’s men currently lie in 14th position in the league table with a mere 25 points from 22 games, just four clear of the relegation zone.

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Blues legend Frank Lampard believes the club will spend big in the summer

JACK GAUGHAN: Andreas Pereira wants to fix a loan move away from Manchester United this month in order to win an Olympics spot.

The Brazilian, who starred in United Under 21’s rout of Southampton on Monday night, has long been someone who Louis van Gaal has thought about using in the first-team.

Pereira, 20, has turned out seven times for United this season, scoring in the Capital One Cup win against Ipswich.

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Andreas Pereira has made only seven appearances for United this season

Everton are holding contract talks with Muhamed Besic at the end of the month amid interest from European clubs. 

Besic was due to discuss revised terms anyway following his initial deal in 2014 but has been in impressive form since his return from a hamstring injury and that has prompted enquiries about his role in Roberto Martinez’s plans.

Everton are holding contract talks with Muhamed Besic at the end of the month

SIMON JONES: Tottenham are continuing to take stock of their forward options but have not made a bid for Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez. 

Reports emanating in Spain said the White Hart lane club had offered £23m for the Colombia international but Tottenham are holding fire as the transfer window enters it’s busiest stage. 

Barcelona’s Sandro Ramirez, Saido Berahino at West Brom and Moussa Dembele at Fulham remain names on their list.

Tottenham are also continuing to monitor Coventry’s exciting young midfielder James Maddison but no bid is imminent. 

As reported in Sportsmail, David Pleat has been a regular spectator at Coventry games and has been accompanied by head of player identification Rob Mackenzie and recruitment director Paul Mitchell at different matches.

Tottenham want to sign a striker but they have not made a bid for Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez (right)

Middlesbrough are ready to offer Spanish striker Kike plus cash in their latest bid to tempt Fulham into selling Ross McCormack.

Fulham have rebuffed Boro’s approaches so far including an £8million offer.

McCormack has scored 17 goals this season and Championship promotion chasers Boro want a player who can help gain them an edge in their bid to reach the Premier League. He cost Fulham £11m from Leeds in 2014.

Middlesbrough have not given up on signing Fulham striker Ross McCormack (left)

Watford have renewed their bid for Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez.

Sportsmail reported their interest in the former Atletico Madrid player early this month before talks stalled. Watford’s recent dip in league results has prompted a re-think and Quique Sanchez Flores is keen to link up with the 28-year-old.

Watford initially wanted a loan but may now be forced to sign him on a permanent deal.

They remain keen on signing Andros Townsend from Tottenham on loan but recognise the threat from Newcastle United. They have yet to receive any enquires for forward Odion Ighalo.

Watford have renewed their bid for Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez

SIMON JONES: Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore is wanted on loan by Marseille. The Burkina Faso international also has interest from Ajax and Everton.

Talks are continuing with Ezequiel Lavezzi’s representatives over a proposed move from Paris St Germain which may be on a free transfer in the summer. 

Chelsea are closing on a £7m deal for Alexandre Pato from Corinthians after further talks on Tuesday night. 

The three-year deal is understood to have been delayed while Pato’s agent, Gilmar Veloz, was in China trying to sell fellow Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano from AC Milan to Jiangsu Suning only for that deal to fall through.

Chelsea starlet Bertrand Traore (right) is wanted on loan by Marseille this January

SIMON JONES: West Ham will look at Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi for the summer.

Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike is expected to arrive on loan from Fenerbahce over the next week but the club is keen to bring in a 20-goal a season striker ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.

They have identified the £20million-rated Batshuayi and are ready to turn to agent Mark McKay to help.

McKay was credited by co-chairman David Sullivan for being instrumental in the signing of Dimitri Payet from Marseille and West Ham hope to utilise his strong relationship with Marseille president Vincent Labrune again to steal a march on rivals in the summer.

Tottenham have also been following Belgium international Batshuayi who has scored 15 goals this season but their priorities could change in the last week of this window if they revive a bid for Saido Berahino or Barcelona’s Sandro.

West Ham have interest from Fiorentina, Bologna, Malaga and Real Betis in Mauro Zarate. They have also wrapped up the signing of Sam Byram from Leeds United after he underwent a medical on Tuesday.

West Ham are willing to wait until the summer to move for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi (centre)

SIMON JONES: West Bromwich Albion are discussing a loan deal for Marseille right-back Brice Dja Djedje.

The French club would rather sell but Albion are unlikely to buy any players in this window. Tony Pulis is looking to bring in loans with views to permanent deals in the summer.

Djedje is a tough tackling 25-year-old who started out at Paris St Germain before moving to Evian then Marseille in 2013. An Ivory Coast international, he can play on either flank though his preference is the right.

West Brom are discussing a loan deal for Marseille right-back Brice Dja Djedje

SIMON JONES: Crystal Palace have expressed an interest in Swansea’s Bafetimbi Gomis though the player is keen on a move to Newcastle.

Palace are still looking at a deal for Emmanuel Adebayor but want another striker they can rely on. Gomis is available for £7m, his trigger clause, and Palace have Dwight Gayle to offer in negotiations.

Gomis is 30 years old and Swansea will sell as they believe the clause represents decent value. The France international is willing to move on but has eyes on a move to Newcastle. 

They are pressing for West Brom’s Saido Berahino but may re-assess their options should they fail to persuade him to leave the Hawthorns. Newcastle’s policy is to go for players under 27 but Gomis could prove an exception if they fail to get what they want.

Crystal Palace are interested in Bafetimbi Gomis (right) but the Swansea striker wants a move to Newcastle

SIMON JONES: Sunderland have offered £6million plus a player for Andre Ayew at Swansea. The club’s initial proposal was rejected but Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin is understood to be interested in Sunderland’s Fabio Borini.

Midfielder Jordi Gomez has been mentioned as another possible makeweight.

Sportsmail reported last weekend how Sunderland were prepared to offer up to £11m for die-hard Liverpool fan Ayew.

Swansea though are reluctant to sell to relegation rivals as they look to strengthen their own attacking options. Sunderland are also pursuing alternatives.

Swansea remain keen to add a midfielder also but any return for Joe Allen will be shelved until the summer when Liverpool and the player take stock of his situation. Allen is in the final 18 months of his contract but is yet to start new talks.

Sunderland have offered £6m plus a player for Swansea forward Andre Ayew as they look for additions

SIMON JONES: Chelsea are discussing a £7million transfer fee with Corinthians for Alexandre Pato.

The Brazil striker is willing to take a pay cut and has agreed a three-year deal in principle; Corinthians had wanted around £12m for the 26-year-old who will still need to gain a work permit. 

Known as ‘The Duck,’ Pato’s arrival could signal the departure of Loic Remy as Chelsea have interest from Spartak Moscow in the Frenchman.

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Chelsea are discussing a £7million transfer fee with Corinthians for striker Alexandre Pato

Well he’s joined Serie A side Sassuolo today from Avellino

Comes as no surprise but West Ham have confirmed that highly-rated right back Sam Byram has joined from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

He told West Ham’s website: ‘I’m unbelievably proud and happy to join a Club as big as this. I’m just looking forward to what the future holds and hopefully I can achieve things with the team going forward.

‘It’s a childhood dream of mine to play in the Premier League, so to have the chance to get into a team like this and I just want to get my head down, work hard and hopefully get a chance.’

Gary Neville could have a new signing before the end of the month as Valencia desperately look to kick start their season.

The club installed Jesus Garcia Pitarch as Sporting Director last week and he is negotiating with the Spanish League in a bid to allow them to bring in at least one player before the transfer deadline.

New rules in Spain limit a club’s wage bill according to its revenue and although Singapore-based owner Peter Lim has pumped money into the club since taking over part of the capital injection is not due to be recognised by the League before the end of January.


ESPN Brazil are reporting that Alexandre Pato’s proposed move to Chelsea is nearly done, with the two parties coming to a ‘verbal agreement’.

The former AC Milan striker has been linked with a Premier League move throughout January and speculation is growing that West London could be his next destination.

Could this spell the end for Loic Remy? And does this end their interest in West Brom’s Saido Berahino?

DOMINIC KING: It was one of Jurgen Klopp’s most illuminating press conferences. Though it was ‘only’ to preview an FA Cup third round replay against League Two opposition, Liverpool’s manager was in fine form.

He tackled issues about his dealings with the transfer committee – he firmly reiterated that he gets the final say – and fired out a warning to the squad’s younger players to think about their football education rather than their bank balances when entering contract discussions.

Amongst all that, though, two words jarred. Klopp, in between sips of his bottle, spoke calmly and quietly but this particular sound bite – delivered in response to a question about Daniel Sturridge – could not have grabbed more attention had Liverpool’s manager used a megaphone.


Jermaine Pennant caused more than a few raised eyebrows this week when he announced he’d signed for Tampines United in Singapore.

The former Arsenal and Liverpool winger has taken the path less travelled from Wigan to the Far East, but he certainly isn’t the only Brit playing in far-flung destinations overseas at the moment.

Discounting the British presence in Major League Soccer, we take a look at some of the others plying their trade in distant corners of the globe.


Blackburn have signed Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan until the end of the season.

Graham, 30, the club’s third transfer window signing following Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson, is expected go straight into Blackburn’s squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game at Charlton.

‘It’s been a mad 24 hours. I was training with Sunderland (on Tuesday) morning and then I came down here (on Tuesday) night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done,’ Graham told Blackburn’s official website.


CHARLES SALE: Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has recalled how ‘frustrating and disappointing’ it was that the club failed to sign Dele Alli despite prolonged negotiations with the player, with Tottenham clinching his bargain £5million signing from MK Dons.

However, it’s understood Liverpool’s American owners regarded Alli, quickly emerging as one of the stand-out stars in the Premier League, to be just a promising Under 21 prospect and were going to pay him accordingly — about £4,000 a week.

Alli, still only 19, instead joined Spurs in January 2015 before heading back to MK Dons for the remainder of last season and helping them to win promotion to the Championship. 


RORY BRIGSTOCK-BARRON: Emmanuel Adebayor has provided further hints he could be set to move to a London club, after spending a day with his personal shopper at Harrods.

The Togo striker even climbed aboard a Spyder F3 three-wheeled vehicle worth about £20,000, as he shared his trip with fans on his team_adebayor Instagram page on Tuesday.

Adebayor, who has posted several videos of himself keeping fit during his sabbatical from football, also sampled some new gym equipment for his London home.


Striker Wilfried Bony has stressed he has no regrets about joining Manchester City and is not looking to leave the club.

In December the 27-year-old publicly questioned City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to demote him to the bench for a 2-1 loss to Arsenal and start the fit-again Sergio Aguero, despite Bony having scored three times in the previous four games.

He has recently been linked with Swansea, the club he left to sign for City last January.


Aston Villa defender Jose Angel Crespo has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of the season, the Barclays Premier League club has announced.

Crespo has endured an unsuccessful six months at Villa Park since signing from Cordoba in the summer.

He has made just one league appearance in the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke in October, and the Spaniard has now returned to his homeland.


The future of Gaston Ramirez as a Southampton player has been put in doubt after manager Ronald Koeman said he doesn’t intend on playing the Uruguayan.

Ramirez arrived at St Mary’s in 2012 from Bologna when Nigel Adkins was manager and cost the club £12million – a record fee at the time for Southampton.

He enjoyed a strong first season in the Premier League, scoring five goals and playing 25 times.


MATT MALTBY: Lionel Messi has ruled out leaving Spanish giants Barcelona for another European club ‒ although the superstar hinted he could return to Argentina before hanging up his boots.

Messi, who scooped his fifth Ballon d’Or crown earlier this month, has been linked with Premier League title contenders Manchester City and French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. 

But the Barcelona superstar has ruled out leaving the La Liga side for City or PSG by insisting he could never ‘play for another European club than Barcelona’.


DOMINIC KING: Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool’s young players to think carefully about how they plot their careers as he prepares to field another team of novices in the FA Cup.

Liverpool scrambled a 2-2 draw with Exeter when the sides first met in the third round and one of those goals was scored by Jerome Sinclair, who is in the history books at Anfield as being the youngest player to make a senior appearance for the club.

He, however, is in the middle of a long-running contract stand-off with Liverpool. He is in the final few months of his current deal and has yet to sign the terms he has been offered and is now a target for Watford.


Bayern Munich goal machine Robert Lewandowski has welcomed the potential arrival of Gonzalo Higuain… but is bullish about losing his first team spot.

The Argentinian has been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena but Lewandowksi is confident his place is not in danger. 

‘I don’t know what Bayern’s plans for the future look like, but it would not be a problem for me if they signed another striker, regardless of whether that’s Higuain or someone else,’ Lewandowski told Sport Bild.

‘I will still be playing if another striker arrives. I’m convinced of my own qualities. I am strong enough.’

Where has the time gone? Madness.

MATT MALTBY: Graeme Le Saux has urged his former team Chelsea to ‘fight to keep’ Eden Hazard at the club despite the winger’s disappointing performances this season.

Sportsmail revealed earlier this month that the Belgium star has sparked a bidding war between European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid after deciding he wants to leave the club. 

It comes after the 25-year-old’s surprisingly frustrating campaign so far, where he is yet to score for the west London club and it is believed he has now set his sights on a move away.


CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United want to kick off the overhaul of their youth system by tying academy boss Nicky Butt to a new contract.

United chief executive Ed Woodward travelled back to Manchester on the team bus following Sunday’s win at Liverpool, and spent Monday at the club’s Carrington training base.

The root-and-branch review of United’s academy is understood to have been one of the issues on the agenda, with Butt yet to sign his contract as head of the new set-up.


Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent has confirmed that Chelsea are keen on signing the Argentinian, reports Football Italia. 

‘Inter are the most interested team at the moment,’ Alessandro Moggi confirmed.

‘There was interest from Barcelona and Chelsea, and we’re talking with the Blues.

‘I can’t rule out him only leaving Paris at the end of the season though, as Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in keeping him.’

JACK GAUGHAN: Bournemouth remain hopeful of landing Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook this month. 

The Premier League side – who have already signed Benik Afobe, Juan Iturbe and Lewis Grabban – are ready to splash yet more cash in their quest for survival. 

It is understood Cook would cost Eddie Howe’s Cherries way in excess of £5million to seal a deal for the highly thought of schemer. 


CHRIS CUTMORE: Yaya Toure is open to ‘every offer’ to leave Manchester City this summer, according to his agent.

The outspoken Dimitri Seluk is never shy to express his opinion, once infamously claiming Toure could leave City because the club did not buy him a birthday cake.

‘He won’t move in January, but in the summer everything could change,’ Seluk told SportItalia about his client’s future.

‘We’re ready to listen to every offer that will come to the table.’


NEIL ASHTON: Daniel Levy is playing hardball with Newcastle over the future of Andros Townsend after they made a cheeky attempt to sign the winger on loan.

The Tottenham chairman wants a straight £14m for the Tottenham player and doesn’t want his value to be affected by a loan move to any other club.

Newcastle want to try before they buy, but Levy fears his value will plummet if Townsend doesn’t perform well if it is only a temporary move until the end of the season.


SIMON JONES: Aston Villa have opened talks over a potential £4.9million deal for Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.

Coach Tony Coton has been to watch the 6ft 7ins Hajduk Split keeper and a deal could be pushed through quickly.

Sunderland and Leicester have also shown interest in Kalinic while Besiktas had an offer turned down on Monday.


West Ham are targeting a January move for former Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike as they continue to step up their chase for a new striker. 

The agent of Emenike was in London earlier this week as the 28-year-old remains in the frame to seal a move to the east London outfit. 

Emenike, who has previously played in Europe in Russia and Turkey, has been on loan at Al Ain in Abu Dhabi from Fenerbahce but the deal is being cut short so he can seal a move to the Premier League. 


SIMON JONES: Gillingham have rejected a £1million offer from Bristol City for midfielder Bradley Dack. 

The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals from midfield in all competitions this season and Championship strugglers Bristol City had hope he can transfer his form to aid their cause to push up the table. 

However, their £1m offer for the Gills star was rejected as the Kent club told City it was short of their valuation.


Ronny Deila racked up the biggest winning margin of his career on Tuesday night – then set his sights on Celtic’s second capture of the transfer window.

Croatian holding midfielder Ljuban Crepulja pitched up in Glasgow before the ’s 8-1 humiliation of hapless Hamilton Accies to allow the Parkhead manager to carry out final checks before committing to a deal.

The Scottish champions completed the signature of £2million Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko on Sunday. And now Crepulja, who plays in the Croatian top flight for Slaven Belupo, could be next after coming to the attention of Celtic scouts as they tracked Rijeka’s Croatian international midfielder Ivan Mocinic over the festive period


SIMON JONES: Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will sign his new contract this week after agreeing a new one-year deal.

The 31-year-old was recently offered a new deal by the Blues amid interest from Manchester City, AC Milan, Inter and Zenit St Petersburg.

Ivanovic, who has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea this season, is out of contract in the summer and free to talk to foreign clubs.


SIMON JONES: Swansea City have made enquiries about a £5million deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. 

The 28-year-old was poised to join Aston Villa on loan but Bordeaux want a permanent deal. 

Sane is also a Senegal international and has won 25 caps for his country.


Temperatures may be below freezing outside but the transfer window is beginning to heat up!

Aston Villa look to be making moves and will Newcastle be able to get Andros Townsend or Saido Berahino ‘over-the-line’?

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Clubs from the Premier League and rest of Europe are beginning to show their hand in the January transfer market with the player carousel well and truly under way.

Aston Villa left it late to get past League Two Wycombe in the FA Cup on Tuesday and if they want to stay in the Premier League then manager Remi Garde is looking for a new goalkeeper and Croatian Lovre Kalinic is at the top of his list. 

Elsewhere, Emmanuel Emenike, Alexandre Pato and Demba Ba are all on West Ham’s radar.

Remember to keep up to date with all the comings and goings throughout the month with Sportsmail.


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