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  • January transfer window is open with clubs looking to do business
  • Former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng rejoins AC Milan
  • Manchester United are preparing a £75million-plus bid for Gareth Bale
  • Barcelona register 77 new players after 14-month transfer ban is lifted
  • Leicester planning £2m swoop for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong
  • Pep Guardiola admits he wants to manage in the Premier League
  • Quique Sanchez Flores wants his former Atletico Madrid star Mario Suarez
  • Mohamed Elneny misses Basel training as he closes in on Arsenal move 

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RORY BRIGSTOCK BARRON: Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has rubbished talks of Simone Zaza joining a Premier League side on loan saying the forward is better off staying with the Serie A champions.

Zaza has scored five goals in 11 appearances since arriving in Turin in the summer, but has been used sparingly by Allegri.

And the Italy international has been linked with a temporary move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, West Ham and Bournemouth all showing an interest.

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Juventus striker Simone Zaza (right) has been linked with several Premier League clubs

ROHAN BANERJEE: Kevin-Prince Boateng has rejoined AC Milan on a free transfer, signing a contract until the end of the season. 

The 28-year-old midfielder had his previous terms with Bundesliga side Schalke terminated in December following a heated fallout with management.

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Kevin-Prince Boateng has rejoined AC Milan on a free transfer

MATT MALTBY: Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has hinted he could leave Wolfsburg after labelling the current situation as ‘undoubtedly unsustainable’ – but insists he remains committed to the club.

Bendtner arrived at the Bundesliga side in 2014 after failing to cement a first-team place during his lengthy spell with the Gunners.

However, his time in Germany hasn’t gone to plan and he has managed just three league goals in 28 appearances. 

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Wolfsburg striker Nicklas Bendtner has become frustrated with his lack of first-team football

Larnell Cole has extended his loan from Fulham and will stay at the Greenhous Meadow until the end of the season.

Cole joined Town on loan at the start of September and has so far played 19 games and found the net twice during that time.

SIMON JONES: Bournemouth will rival Sunderland for defender Steven Caulker.

The 24-year-old is on loan at Southampton from QPR but the Loftus Road club are willing to sell for the right price.

Bournemouth have also asked about Hull’s Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson.

MATT MORLIDGE: Basel have confirmed Mohamed Elneny missed Monday’s training session ahead of his imminent £5million move to Arsenal.

The Egyptian midfielder has completed his medical and is now awaiting international clearance before joining up with his new team-mates at the club’s London Colney HQ.

And the Swiss club, who resumed training after the winter break on Monday, revealed that Elneny missed the session as he prepares for the Premier League ‘in the coming days’.


SIMON JONES: Blackburn manager Paul Lambert has made an enquiry for Sunderland forward Danny Graham.

Manager Sam Allardyce is willing to offload some of his fringe players to help rebuild elsewhere and counterpart Lambert believes Graham’s work rate can help lift his side up the Championship table.

Lambert has also enquired after Grant Holt at Wigan who has returned from a loan at Wolves and is turning to his former charges at Norwich in a bid to revive Blackburn’s promotion campaign.


KIERAN GILL: Chelsea are ready to lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur to sign Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel this month.

The Barclays Premier League champions held talks with the 26-year-old about a £23million transfer during the summer but the deal never went through.

Sportsmail has been told that Chelsea remain interested in the Belgium international, however, with Witsel keen to leave Russia during the January transfer window.



Bournemouth have asked about Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi but he is keen to stay in Italy.

The Premier League side have seen similar loan requests for Juventus forward Simone Zaza and Fiorentina’s Guiseppe Rossi fall by the wayside.

* Swansea City have been rebuffed in an ambitious approach for Napoli’s 24-year-old Italy international forward Manolo Gabbiadini.

* Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was quick to downplay suggestions Bojan Krkic could leave the Britannia Stadium any time soon.

The silky midfielder is enjoying his career at Stoke and has drawn attention from scouts at Manchester United, Chelsea and Valencia but it is understood the £10million release clause that has been mooted only exists should Stoke be relegated.

Hughes said: ‘There’s a lot of mis-information out at the moment. It’s just a little bit of mischief making.’


TOM FARMERY: Leicester fans are keeping their fingers crossed that Jamie Vardy will be wearing their shirt long beyond this record-breaking season – but they might have been alarmed if they had caught sight of a Newcastle jersey lying in his garden.

Vardy’s fiancee Bex, who posted a picture of the top on Twitter, saw the funny side though as she tweeted: ‘To whoever put this over our wall… Absolute #banter.”

If it was a Toon fan trying to tempt Vardy to Tyneside, who could blame them?


SIMON JONES: Watford have spoken to Fiorentina about the proposed loan of midfielder Mario Suarez.

The 28-year-old holding player worked with Quique Sanchez Flores at Atletico Madrid and was a target for West Ham United last year prior to moving to Italy.

A Spain international, Suarez is a consistent performer with lots of experience but has been restricted to just 12 appearances at Fiorentina.

Watford have yet to receive any enquiry from Arsenal for striker Troy Deeney and are unlikely to pursue a deal for free agent Emmanuel Adebayor.


JOE RIDGE: Chris Ramsey has made a surprise return to Queens Park Rangers as their new technical director, just two months after being sacked as manager.

Ramsey was in charge of the Rs for nine months, initially as an interim manager, before losing his job after relegation from the Premier League and a poor start to life back in the Championship.

QPR announced Ramsey’s role will see him ‘oversee all aspects of coaching and coach education within the academy, and be responsible for developing and implementing player development strategies.


SIMON JONES: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is poised to be reunited with his former West Ham head of recruitment, Martyn Glover.

Glover moved to Leeds United in the summer but is leaving Elland Road, once compensation is finalised, to take up a similar post with Allardyce at Sunderland.

Glover, a former PE teacher, worked with Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers and was part of the 61-year-old’s backroom team at West Ham before moving to Leeds in June.


SIMON JONES: Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote is wanted by Chinese side Beijing Guoan.

The 29-year-old has been the subject of varied interest from abroad over recent seasons but has so far stayed at St James Park.

Guoan, whose fierce rivals are Nicolas Anelka’s former club Shanghai Shenhua, finished fourth in the Chinese Super League last season and want to kick on. The team is based in the Chaoyang District of Beijing where many of the foreign embassies are situated and their home stadium is the Workers Stadium that has a capacity of over 66,000.

Chinese clubs are looking to invest heavily in English Premier League players with potential increased commercial revenues and the likes of John Terry and Wayne Rooney have also been approached.


Manchester United are planning to bring Will Keane into the first-team squad following his recall from a loan spell at Preston. United cut short Keane’s season-long loan at Deepdale last week.

The 22-year-old striker scored two goals in 22 matches for the Championship club, but United manager Louis van Gaal has a shortage of strikers in his squad.

Keane returned to action for United in their Under 21 win over Tottenham on Monday, but could soon be playing first-team football for the club.


SIMEON GHOLAM: Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has backed the possible return of Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge as a coach.

Drogba had two spells at the club as a player, first an eight-year stint from 2004 before returning for another year last season.

The Blues are in talks about the prospect of the Montreal Impact striker returning for a third time and Courtois would be happy to see it happen.


BEN NAGLE: Guardiola admits he chose not to renew his contract at Bayern Munich because he wants to manage in the Premier League.

The former Barcelona boss will leave the German champions at the end of the season, and although there is speculation he will join Manchester City, Guardiola insists he has not made a decision on his next club.

Speaking at a press conference, he revealed: ‘The reason I have not extended my contract is simple. I want to manage in the Premier League.


‘There’s nothing concrete on the sales front,’ Castro told Estadio Deportivo.

‘We’ve received several offers from Italy for Immobile, but we have no plans for him to leave Sevilla.’

‘The reason I have not extended my contract is simple. I want to manage in the Premier League.

‘I’ve very happy and grateful to Bayern for the trust they’ve shown me but I need a new challenge.

‘When I have a new club, the club will communicate that. At the moment, I can’t say anything else because nothing is fixed.’

JOE RIDGE: Neil Warnock has told in-demand Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin to sign for their London rivals Crystal Palace.

Austin, 26, opted to stay with QPR in the summer despite strong interest in him after he scored 18 goals in his debut Premier League season.

But with the club languishing down in 16th place in the Championship and his contract expiring in the summer, QPR could look to cash in this month.


Neil Redfearn on Rawson’s loan: ‘Faz has been impressive when he has played; he is a talented young lad with a long career in front of him.

‘The more games that he gets under his belt, the better he is going to be at this level.’

SIMON JONES: Reading have accepted an offer from Sheffield Wednesday for forward Nick Blackman.

The 26-year-old joined Reading from Sheffield United in 2013 for £1m and has also been a target for Derby County.

He is out of contract in the summer and has scored 13 goals this season including a last minute winner against Bristol City at the weekend.

Ambitious Wednesday are hoping to push into the play-off places and hope Blackman can provide extra goals.


Dundee United manager Mixu Paatelainen is optimistic that John Souttar will sign a new contract despite the club’s offer being withdrawn.

With his deal expiring in the summer, the 19-year-old is free to speak to other clubs over a summer move and both Celtic and Rangers have been linked with the versatile defender.

But Paatelainen believes Souttar, who has made more than 70 first-team appearances, is best placed to continue his development at Tannadice and expects negotiations to be revived.


RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Kenwyne Jones will complete his loan move from Cardiff City to Al Jazira Club in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old striker is currently having a medical in the Middle East, with the terms of the deal already agreed.

Cardiff are desperate to clear Jones’s £35,000-a-week salary from their wage bill, with the UAE club picking up the tab until his contract expires in the summer.


JOE BERNSTEIN: Brighton and Hove Albion will underline their Premier League ambitions by giving manager Chris Hughton the money to spend on at least two new players in the January transfer window.

Albion, who currently sit fourth in the Championship table, are considering paying the £1million buy-out clause required to land Birmingham City and Wales midfielder David Cotterill and are also looking at the South American market to bring in a new striker.

After a long unbeaten run at the start of the season, Brighton have failed to win any of their last six matches due to a lengthening injury list that includes Solly March, who is out for the season, Kazenga LuaLua and captain Gordon Greer.


SIMON JONES: The 27-year-old wing-back has been at Bristol City this season but is in discussions over linking up with his former boss Paul Lambert at Ewood Park instead. 

SIMON JONES: The 26-year-old forward joined Reading from Sheffield United in 2013 for £1m and has also been a target for Derby County.

He is out of contract in the summer and has scored 13 goals this season including a last minute winner against Bristol City at the weekend.

Ambitious Wednesday are hoping to push into the play-off places and hope Blackman can provide extra goals.

They also plan to make an improved offer for Brentford winger Alan Judge after having a first bid rejected.

JOE BERNSTEIN: The January transfer window can be risky as 2015’s selection of buys have proved over the last 12 months.

You can end up with a Darren Fletcher… or a Juan Cuadrado.

We take a look at some of the hits and misses from players who moved a year ago.


SUNNI UPAL: It’s been a busy start to the transfer window for Barcelona after their ban on signing players was lifted. 

The Catalan club were given a transfer ban for 14 months by FIFA for breaching rules on signing players younger than 18 years of age.

But the ban is over and Barca have let the rest of the league know about it – registering no fewer than 77 new players.


PETE JENSON: Rafa Benitez was sacked by Real Madrid after just seven months in charge in a move that could increase Manchester United‘s chances of landing Gareth Bale at the end of the season.

United remain keen on Bale and with the Welshman upset that so little patience has been shown in a coach he was very comfortable working with, United’s chances of persuading him to leave at the end of the season are understood to have improved.

The Spanish club overlooked Jose Mourinho, choosing to replace Benitez by promoting youth team coach Zinedine Zidane.


SIMON JONES: High-flying Leicester City are continuing to chase AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and are lining up a £2million bid. 

The Dutchman is out of contract in the summer and Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri is keen to bring the 31-year-old enforcer to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester are currently exceeding expectations in the Premier League, and having been widely tipped to be relegated at the start of the season are now sitting second in the table with 40 points from 20 games.


Swansea City caretaker manager Alan Curtis has bemoaned how difficult it will be to reinforce his strikeforce this month due to a lack of available forwards and increased competition in the market.

The Welsh club have won just two of their last 16 Premier League fixtures, leaving them 17th in the table after 20 matches and just two points above the relegation zone.

‘I have said before that possibly a striker is needed but finding the right striker, probably at inflated prices, is going to be very difficult,’ Curtis said.


LAURIE WHITWELL: Leicester City will look to offer Jamie Vardy a new contract in January in a bid to ward off interest from both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.

Vardy’s exceptional form has brought the matter of improved terms on to the agenda and initial soundings have taken place.

Fresh terms could see Vardy, the Premier League’s joint-top scorer, more than double his current £40,000-per-week deal to bring him in line with the division’s premium strikers.


Derby County have signed Guinea international Abdoul Camara from French Ligue 1 side Angers for £1.25m.

The 25-year-old, who can play out wide or as a striker, has joined the Championship side on a three-and-a-half year contract. 

Camara told told BBC Radio Derby: ‘I am happy to be here. Playing in England is my dream. I am ready to be here.


SIMON JONES: Brighton are keen on Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry after he was recalled from his loan at West Brom.

The Germany Under-21 international made only one Premier League appearance for the Baggies this season since joining Tony Pulis’ side from the Emirates in an initial season-long loan.

Gnabry could now be set for a move to the Championship during the second half of the season, after the 20-year-old was forced to frequently play for West Brom’s Under-21 side before Christmas.


MARK WILSON: Rangers have opened talks to land Accrington Stanley duo Josh Windass and Matt Crooks on pre-contract agreements — sparking a Twitter outburst from the English club’s owner.

Businessman Andy Holt, who took majority shareholding at Accrington in October, revealed the approach as he hit out at cross-border transfer rules.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the season. Rangers would have to pay training compensation as they are both only 21 — provided that the League Two outfit have offered them equal or better terms than their existing deals.


MARK WILSON: Ronny Deila has cast his eye over Serbian centre-back Aleksandar Pantic as he continues to weigh up transfer options.

The Celtic manager travelled to Spain on Sunday to watch Eibar’s resounding 4-0 La Liga win away to Real Betis.

Deila is also thought to have looked at forward duo Sergi Enrich and Borja Baston as part of a wide-ranging spying mission.


SIMON JONES: Crystal Palace are keen on signing Wolves striker Benik Afobe and Swansea’s out of favour midfielder Jonjo Shelvey but the deals could set them back £20million in total.

Alan Pardew snapped up Bakary Sako from Wolves on a free in the summer and is now considering returning to the Championship club to poach this season’s top scorer.

The Palace boss admitted his side were lacking a cutting edge up front in their 3-0 defeat by Chelsea and Afobe could be the answer, having netted 10 times for the mid-table team.


SIMON JONES: Derby and Middlesbrough are to fight it out for Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

The Championship promotion chasers have contacted Fulham for McCormack who is keen to play in the Premier League

McCormack has scored 15 goals this season in a struggling Fulham side. He was courted by Aitor Karanka last summer and the Middlesbrough manager is prepared to revive his interest with alternative option Patrick Bamford keen to push his claims for a place at Chelsea. 


CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United want to keep Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford for now and have already rejected several approaches to send the Belgium midfielder out on loan in the January transfer window.

AC Milan are one of the clubs interested in signing Fellaini but United are reluctant to let him leave in mid-season following a difficult period in which they have suffered from poor results and a spate of injuries.

It is understood that the 28-year-old, who is under contract until 2018, still feels he can have a future at the club.


SAMI MOKBEL: Sadio Mane was late to Saturday’s pre-match team meeting because Ronald Koeman brought it forward by 10 minutes.

Mane was dropped and publicly criticised by Koeman on Saturday for turning up late to a meeting ahead of the defeat by Norwich.

But the Saints hierarchy are confident the forward’s late arrival was the result of a misunderstanding rather than a deliberate show of indiscipline after Koeman pushed the meeting forward.


SIMON JONES: Leicester City are to pull out of their ambitious bid for Dynamo Kiev defender Aleksandar Dragovic after the Ukraine club changed the asking price.

Claudio Ranieri concluded the £3.75million transfer of Demarai Gray from Birmingham on Monday and had signalled a £12m plus add-ons offer for Dragovic.

However, Kiev, who are developing a reputation for being difficult to deal with, have raised their price from £16m to £25m.


JOE BERNSTEIN: Wigan Athletic are to sign former West Ham United midfield prospect Danny Whitehead from National League Macclesfield.

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell has agreed a nominal fee for the 22-year-old who joined West Ham on the same day as Andy Carroll in 2013.

But left having made just one first-team appearance, in the infamous 5-0 FA Cup third round defeat at Nottingham Forest.


West Ham midfielder Diego Poyet has rejoined Charlton on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old, the son of former Chelsea and Tottenham player Gus Poyet, moved to Upton Park from the Addicks in 2014 but has struggled to break into the first team.

Poyet was previously on loan at MK Dons, but was recalled by West Ham over the weekend after dropping out of favour.


With Rafa Benitez sacked from Real Madrid yesterday evening, and Los Blancos legend Zinedine Zidane set to take charge, January is already proving to be a dramatic month.

I will be taking you through all the action as it unfolds on this fine Tuesday, January 5.    



The January transfer window is upon us once more as Premier League clubs look to do deals to improve their seasons.

While Arsenal and Manchester City will be on the hunt for star names to bolster their charge for the title, Chelsea will be hoping they can bring in the right men to save their faltering campaign.

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

John Downes takes you through the all the action as it unfolds on January 5.   

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