Arsenal are pushing to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, Lucas Digne is on the verge of swapping Everton for Aston Villa, plus latest news on Man Utd’s wantaway stars, Chelsea’s contract issues, Tottenham and Liverpool
The January transfer window has stepped up a notch after Aston Villa completed the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho and Newcastle closed on the £25million arrival of Burnley striker Chris Wood.
Both clubs are expected to make further signings before the window shuts, with Villa agreeing a £25million deal with Everton for unhappy left-back Lucas Digne, while Eddie Howe is looking for more arrivals at St James’ Park.
Arsenal are also in the hunt for a frontman and continue to work on a deal for Dusan Vlahovic despite reports suggesting he will stay put at Fiorentina this month, thought the Gunners have lined up Alexander Isak as a possible alternative.
Meanwhile, Man Utd are still struggling to shift Anthony Martial and Dean Henderson wants out, Tottenham have rejected an offer for Steven Bergwijn and Chelsea and Liverpool continue to look for potential recruits.
Oh, and Erling Haaland is said to be deciding his future this month – no biggie.
Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis is completing his move from Hull City to become Wigan’s first January signing.
Wigan agreed a fee with Hull and personal terms with Magennis on Tuesday and the former Charlton forward had his medical yesterday.
Magennis, 31, will replace Charlie Wyke, who is still recuperating after his heart scare, and the deal includes add-ons for the Tigers should Wigan win promotion to the Championship.
Dean Henderson’s future is a source of much debate.
He wants to leave and has requested Ralf Rangnick allow him to move.
Rangnick wants his No.2 keeper to remain.
Here’s how Henderson’s brave decision to fight for the No.1 spot at Old Trafford – a fight he was winning 6 months ago – has backfired.
Jurgen Klopp is feeling “very positive” about Mohamed Salah’s contract situation at Liverpool but has admitted that the relevant parties are still locked in negotiations.
Salah’s current deal expires in 18 months’ time, with the Reds spending much of the season attempting to tie their star man down to fresh terms ahead of the summer transfer window.
Klopp has repeatedly kept positive about the predicament Anfield chiefs and the 29-year-old find themselves in, and his latest comments revealed where those involved stand.
Following Salah’s latest declaration that he wants to sign a new contract – on his “not crazy” terms – the Liverpool manager was asked for his verdict ahead of the Reds’ Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Arsenal on Thursday.
“Nowadays, especially, I think it’s really dangerous with these interviews,” Klopp stated. “We know, I know that Mo wants to say, we want Mo to stay.
Atletico Madrid are putting plans in place to beat Newcastle to the signing of Darwin Nunez.
Wealthy Premier League strugglers Newcastle moved for Benfica’s Uruguay forward Nunez, 22, earlier this month.
But his Portuguese club only want to sell the ace, who has 16 goals this term, in the summer for £50million.
It has opened the door for Atletico who are set to be in the market for a new forward this summer with fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez’s contract up.
Newcastle have turned to Burnley frontman Chris Wood, instead this month after failing to land Nunez but are ready to bid again for the striker if they stay up.
Toon boss Eddie Howe, backed by Saudi financial muscle, is also after a new centre-back this month. He is among the admirers of Freiburg stopper Nico Schlotterbeck, 22, as well as Burnley duo of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski.
Brighton have recalled Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo from his loan spell at Belgian side Beerschot.
The 20-year-old, who made his Albion debut in a 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Cardiff in August, returns to the Amex Stadium to provide cover in the absence of Enock Mwepu and Yves Bissouma.
Mwepu sustained an injury in the weekend FA Cup third-round success at West Brom, while Mali international Bissouma is currently unavailable to head coach Graham Potter due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Seagulls technical director Dan Ashworth told the club website: “We have recalled Moises to give Graham an additional midfield option.
“It makes sense for Moises to come back here as part of the squad for the second half of the season.”
Arsenal defender Leah Williamson has signed a new contract with the club.
Williamson said: “It’s a dream come true. It was a dream come true the first time that I signed here and the feeling hasn’t changed. I’m as grateful as ever to have the opportunity to do what I do here – at home – and I’m very proud to continue to represent my family playing for Arsenal and to wear the badge.”
Big news from Bayern Munich.
Kingsley Coman has signed a new contract with the German champions.
The France international has put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2027.
It’s been a long time coming this one, and at a number of points hadn’t looked like getting done.
But Coman gets the pay rise he wanted and Bayern keep one of their star men, who is, still, only 25.
“I’m very happy because FC Bayern are one of the best clubs in the world and I know we still have a lot of opportunities and big goals here.
“I’ve been at the club since 2015 — it feels like a big family. Everything is perfect here. My best years as a footballer are still ahead of me, and I’m glad I’ll be spending them at FC Bayern.
“My biggest goal is to win the Champions League again — and this time, please, together with our fans.”
Aston Villa youngster Caleb Chukwuemeka has moved north of the border.
He’s joined Livingston on loan to get some first-team experience.
His older brother, Carney, is pushing for more starts at Villa and won’t be loaned out this month.
Mikel Arteta has shot down suggestions Eddie Nketiah will leave Arsenal this month.
“The situation is that Eddie is our player and Eddie is going to stay here with us,” Arteta said.
“He is our player, he is under contract so he will stay with us.”
Sorting out Marcus Rashford’s new contract is among Manchester United’s top priorities, according to ESPN.
The forward’s deal continues to wind down and, despite the host of attacking options available at Old Trafford, trying down the Englishman is of paramount importance.
Czech Republic Under-21 midfielder Jan Zamburek has left Brentford to join Danish club Viborg for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old spent over three-and-a-half years in west London and made 29 first-team appearances for the Bees.
Zamburek played nine times last season as Brentford won promotion to the Premier League and also spent three months on loan at Shrewsbury in Sky Bet League One.
Brentford director of football Phil Giles told the club website: “Jan is moving to a good club and we know their head coach, Lars Friis, very well from his time with us.
“Jan is a B team product who made a good contribution to the first team in recent seasons, but who now needs to kick on playing regular games.”
Here’s more on the situation concerning Aston Villa and Lucas Digne.
The Frenchman is now due at the club later this afternoon/early evening for a medical and further talks.
Mirror Football understand they hope to announce the signing tomorrow – which would make him available for the weekend meeting with Manchester United.
League One side Plymouth have confirmed that striker Kieran Agard has departed after his contract expired.
Boss Steven Schumacher said, “Kieran is one of the best professionals I’ve ever worked with as a player or as a coach.
“He trained every day, with a smile on his face and always supported his team mates even when he may have been frustrated with a lack of opportunities.
“I felt that the game time he might have got in the second half of this season may not have been enough for him at this stage in his career, and therefore we felt it was the best decision for him to go and find a club where he can play more football.
“I wish him all the best in the future”
He said: “Historically this club has always been interested in the best players in the world and the best players have been interested in coming here, I can tell you that situation hasn’t changed.
“That is one of our biggest powers.”
Lucas Digne to Aston Villa has taken a major step forwards this morning.
According to Sky Sports, a £25million deal has now been agreed with Everton for the France international.
Digne, 28, has fallen out with Rafa Benitez and wants out of Goodison.
Looks like he’s set to get his way.
Atletico Madrid are planning for the departure of Luis Suarez this summer, reports COPE.
The Uruguayan’s contract is winding down and he continues to have ambitions of playing in the MLS.
The 34-year-old helped Atletico win the title last term but could leave in the coming months.
Borussia Dortmund are sitting down to discuss the future of Erling Haaland.
The German side are determined to keep hold of the Norwegian, who is attracting plenty of attention.
As a result they are prepared to pay him a mammoth £325,000-per-week deal, reports The Sun.
Tottenham are interested in signing Jesse Lingard from Man Utd according to Sky Sports.
The midfielder is struggling for minutes at Old Trafford and contact has been made regarding a move.
Lingard is out of contract and will be free to leave in the summer.
Juventus are leaning against a move for Arsenal outcast sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners forward is out of favour and could leave north London this month.
However a serious injury to Federico Chiesa means the Italan side are considering a move for Zenit Saint Petersburg winger Sardar Azmoun, according to Tuttosport.
Mikel Arteta has drawn up a three-man shortlist if a deal for Dusan Vlahovic collapses.
The Gunners have reportedly made an approach to sign the Serbian, but that has been rejected as he wants to explore his options in the summer.
Fiorentina have slapped a £58million price tag on their prized asset who has 18 months left on his current deal, according to Daily Mail.
And the report claims the 21-year-old is also demanding a £300,000-per-week wage wherever he ends up next.
Arsenal would prefer to acquire the striker this month, but the summer is not of the question either.
And if the north Londoners are still looking for a frontman at the end of the season, CBS Sports claims Alexander Isak, Jonathan David and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will emerge as targets.
Newcastle United have reportedly activated the £20million release clause in Chris Wood’s contract.
The Burnley striker emerged as a target for Eddie Howe’s side and could now swap Turf Moor for their relegation rivals at St James’ Park.
Sky Sports reported Wood travelled to Tyneside on Tuesday evening to undergo a medical.
Erling Haaland will make a decision on his future before the January window closes, reports Sky Sports.
The Borussia Dortmund hotshot is arguably the most sought-after player in world football at present, ahead of his £68million release clause becoming active in the summer.
Manchester City are thought to be one of the leading contenders for his signature, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also among the potential suitors.
Dortmund are keen to seek clarity from Haaland so they can prepare their own transfer arrangements going forward.
Arsenal have been urged to go all out to sign Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic this month as the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
The Gunners are facing a potential striker exodus and want the Serbian to spearhead their attack in Mikel Arteta’s new-look side.
Ex-Leeds striker Jermain Beckford thinks it is imperative Arsenal get the deal done now, to eliminate the risk of them losing out altogether.
“Dusan Vlahovic would be Arsenal’s No 1 striker were he to join the club now. I’d be tempted to move now, if I were him,” Beckford told Sky Sports.
“I’d be looking at what’s happening with Aubameyang, Lacazette and Nketiah. All three of them have contracts that are up at the end of the season. Why not get acclimatised now and get used to the way Mikel Arteta is building.
“If he came in now, the fans would absolutely love him for it and get behind him. If I was on the Arsenal board, I would do all it takes to get him in now. They could structure a deal in a similar way they did to sign Pepe.”