Feels like that Broja deal may be going through. Dharmesh Sheth on Sky has just called it for Fulham. What might be the formula for the deal? This is a player valued at £50m, let us recall. The loan fee increases if he plays less football.
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Time to hand over to John Brewin for a short while …
Aston Villa sign Morgan Rogers and Lino Sousa
Bournemouth close on Getafe striker Enes Unal
Fornals and Benrahma nearing West Ham exits
Palace waiting on loan deal for Maxwel Cornet
Frankfurt poised to sign Hugo Ekitike from PSG
Fulham and Wolves chasing Armando Broja loan
You again? Goalkeeper Jed Steer has found a new club after his Peterborough deal expired three days ago, signing for … Peterborough. “I was gutted to leave in the first place, but I am here now, and I can’t wait to get back out there at training,” cheered Steer.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Armando Broja will be made available for loan by Chelsea tonight, and it will be up to him whether he joins Fulham or Wolves.
Sheffield United are still working on signings, with Mason Holgate expected to arrive after interest in Leicester’s Harry Souttar came to nothing. Meanwhile, the pressure of the Premier League relegation battle appears to be getting to Chris Wilder …
Fulham remain in the hunt for Chelsea’s Armando Broja. There has been some progress in talks over a loan, but still a long way to go.
Isak Hansen-Aarøen has left Manchester United to join Werder Bremen on a permanent transfer. The Norwegian midfielder was out of contract this summer and was not expected to extend his deal . United have decided to move him on now, securing a fee, sell on clause, add-ons and future matching rights.
One minute you’re cocooned in the youth setup at Colney, the next you’ve pulled up outside Home Park in a balaclava to re-enact a weird viral video.
A second deal today for Aston Villa: they’ve signed young Arsenal left-back Lino Sousa, and immediately sent him on loan to Plymouth – who have announced the deal. Stay tuned for a memorable unveiling video …
Has Neal Maupay launched a new era of Premier League needle? We can only hope.
It’s 5pm (GMT), which means the Bundesliga window is now closed. We’re still waiting on confirmation on Hugo Ekitike’s move to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Stuttgart winger Silas has opted to stay at Stuttgart amid interest from Fulham.
Pablo Fornals is poised to join Betis permanently, for an initial €6m fee. Will West Ham also let Saïd Benrahma and Maxwel Cornet leave today without bringing a new winger in? Surely not.
There’s been more transfer buzz around managers than players in the last week, so I’m throwing this one out there. Local press are reporting that Neil Warnock could replace Barry Robson at Aberdeen. It’s quite a commute from Cornwall, to be honest.
The transfer window story that refuses to die: Fulham and Wolves are still trying to get a loan move done for Chelsea striker Armando Broja. Wolves are hosting Manchester United tonight, while Marco Silva needs a new striker with Raúl Jiménez out for several weeks. The Fulham manager wasn’t in the best mood at his presser earlier. Asked by Sky if he was “excited” by deadline day, he said “what does it look like to you?”
Understand that Crystal Palace have agreed terms over a potential Maxwel Cornet loan, but the move still hinges on West Ham being able to sign a replacement before tonight’s deadline.
The Bundesliga window will shut at 5pm (all times GMT), so in half an hour’s time. Serie A will follow at 7pm, before Ligue 1 at 10pm and the Premier League at 11pm. The Scottish Premiership window is open until 11.30pm, with La Liga shutting up shop at 12am.
Elsewhere, the Saudi window has already closed while Turkish clubs can bring in players for another eight days.
A little more on Enes Ünal, who is set to join Bournemouth today. He’s passed his medical on the south coast and will join on an initial loan from Getafe before a £14m permanent move this summer. That should also free up Kieffer Moore to join Ipswich on loan.
Real Betis have sold Luiz Henrique to Botafogo today for €16m, freeing up funds to sign Pablo Fornals from West Ham. What that means for Maxwel Cornet and Saïd Benrahma – who is set to join Botafogo’s partner club, Lyon – we’re not quite sure.
Strasbourg keeper Matz Sels has got his best trainers on, and is hopping on a private jet to Nottingham …
Some bits and bobs from the Football League: Forest winger Alex Mighten has joined Port Vale on loan, while Swansea have brought in Arsenal attacker Charles Sagoe Jr. Meanwhile, Stoke are after Vitesse winger Million Manhoef, and are willing to pay €3m, which seems three times too much.
Ryan Kent joined Fenerbahce from Rangers last summer, but has fallen out with the club after limited first-team chances. Now it seems he’ll be on the move today, joining Lazio. Maurizio Sarri is absolutely set on bringing in an English winger, having seen bids for Morgan Whittaker and Jack Clarke fail this week.
Sean Dyche’s gravelly tones are drifting out of my TV, informing us all that any Everton arrivals today are “improbable”. Dyche expects Mason Holgate to join Sheffield United – “a good deal for this football club” – and is happy to hold on to the players he has.
Hull are also looking to bring in Burnley’s Anass Zaroury today, which would complete a lively transfer window as Liam Rosenior’s side set sights on a playoff place.
Newcastle have signed a player from Manchester City, but don’t get too excited – it’s 18-year-old midfielder Alfie Harrison, who will join up with the academy.
Brighton, meanwhile, are clearing a couple of spaces in their talent factory in the hope that Sunderland’s Josh Robertson will join today, in addition to Reading midfielder Caylan Vickers.
Another confirmed signing, this time at Hull City – or, as they’re now called on Twitter, Hüll City. The Tigers have signed midfielder Abdülkadir Ömür from Trabzonspor and rebranded to celebrate. Careful with that sort of thing now, admin.
Having previously agreed to join Bayern in the summer, the Granada winger has brought his move forward, initially on loan until the end of the season.
“I’m moving to Bayern to grow here at one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he told the club website. “I’m very grateful to Granada for the great time we’ve had together. I’ll never forget that. I also feel great support at Bayern now. I’m looking forward to what’s coming. We’re aiming high.”
Thanks, Michael. Let’s get this drive time shift up and running with a couple of done deals …
Going to hand over to Niall McVeigh, who will guide you through the next few hours of transfer wibble. Enjoy!
Ah, yes: Jonathan David. The Canadian has enjoyed almost Julian Draxler levels of transfer speculation in the last couple of years, regarding a move to England. Looks like we’ll have to wait for another window.
This just about sums it up, at the moment.
This was expected, but still nice for Bees fans to hear out loud. Thomas Frank has been chatting into a microphone.
Ivan will stay. It is nice to know what you are working with so in that situation. I think with any player we have a contract in general so at the end of the day we decide if they leave or not. Of course money talks and we also know that we are a ‘selling’ club as you could call it – we know that is part of the strategy. We want to have young, talented players in, develop them and make them better. Be on a journey with us, improve and hopefully do some fantastic stuff in the league and maybe one day win something. But at the end of the day, after some years if they are good enough they will progress to the next level.
An email from Sam Dalling, who is occasionally of this parish.
Newcastle season ticket holder here. Absolutely stunned by Forest’s move for Sels. And I mean truly flabbergasted. If you’ve got a goalkeeping issue, this lad is not the answer. Comfortably amongst the worst I’ve seen between the sticks. Not even a Championship numero uno. Had a wobbly pre-season debut and got worse from there. All very strange. Why add to your gaggle of bang average keepers? They had Ethan Horvath, who got promoted with Luton last year, on the books who wasn’t even in the PL 25. That said, Sels will doubtless put in some sort of Banks-esque shift when we got to the City Ground next week.
Without knowing which winger West Ham are pushing for, it does seem a bit odd that they are simultaneously willing to sell Maxwell Cornet, who I’ve always rated, despite his recent injury record.
A huge deal for the Bundesliga club, who sold striker Randal Kolo Muani to PSG in the summer of course.
Burnley, the scamps, are closing in on another signing. Vincent Kompany has revealed Montpellier defender Maxime Estève is “in the building”. Here are some details, courtesy of PA. Estève is a 21-year-old centre back, and Montpellier will replace the Frenchman with Utrecht’s Modibo Sagnan for around €3m, according to L’Équipe.
Maxime Estève looks set to join on-loan Chelsea forward David Datro Fofana as a January arrival at Turf Moor. Footage on social media appeared to show Esteve in attendance at the 3-1 loss at Manchester City on Wednesday.
And when asked at a press conference before Saturday’s home clash with Fulham how close the Frenchman was to joining, Clarets boss Kompany said: “If he’s in Manchester, then pretty close. Walking up here, there’s still nothing official, so until then. But he’s in the building and hopefully we can announce it soon. I hope if it does happen that everybody will see what we saw in him, but until the ink is on the paper, I’m not going to say too much.”
After Reading’s dire financial situation was laid bare earlier this month by Ben Fisher, it appears the League One club is now having a fire sale of its best young talents.
Taylan Harris has joined Luton Town and now …
It’s quiet out there. Too quiet.
In other keeper news, Arsenal will release Alex Rúnarsson, with the 28-year-old due to sign for FC Copenhagen. The Icelandic stopper made only six appearances for the Gunners in three years, including a truly disastrous Carabao Cup display against Manchester City in 2020 in which Rúnarsson was culpable for at least two City goals.
He played just once more for Arsenal before a number of loan spells. He is technically at Cardiff City now, but is expected to be released from all contracts and head to Denmark.
Here we go!
Not transfer news, but thought these Pochettino quotes were pretty damning re Chelsea’s performance at Anfield last night.
I haven’t watched too much of Chelsea recently, outside of a few highlights, but despite an upturn in results, there doesn’t seem to be too much optimism from the fans. Tim Rolls is a respected Blues fan of 50-ish years and was an Anfield last night to watch the 4-1 defeat. He’s normally fair and I take his opinion as a good barometer of how things are going at Chelsea. Which leads me to …
Thanks Tom. Back to business we go.
And with that, I’ll hand you back to Michael to see what gets firmed up this afternoon. Bye.
Marco Silva speaks, but offers little transfer-wise, while informing us that Raul Jimenez could be out for around six weeks, which has heightened a goal-shy side’s need for forwards. But he has nothing to say about Armando Broja: “I’m not going to make comments on players, rumours, it’s not necessary. I’m here to talk about our players.”
Time for something different. The latest Moving the Goalposts newsletter lands, charting the revival of Ghana’s women’s team.
Benrahma move to Lyon edges closer. That said, Sky can tell us that Lyon are expecting Saïd Benrahma to arrive at the club this afternoon for a medical after reaching agreement on terms with the West Ham winger, who has landed at Lyon. We’re talking loan with an option to buy worth around £15m.
As Sky’s crews mill around outside Craven Cottage and Molineux hoping for some – increasingly unlikely it would seem – Armando Broja news, another email on the theme arrives, from Tim Gill. “I agree with you that this is the quiet window we need in terms of financial stability (can a salary cap be far away?) but Stephen Carr is also right: watching Sky eke this out for hours after a turgid month is comedy gold.”
“Afternoon Tom.” Afternoon Stephen Carr. “The turd polishing on Sky Sports News on this whisper quiet deadline day is a joy to behold.” You should have been doing this liveblog a couple of weeks ago – this is thrill-a-minute stuff compared to then. Though as I’ve argued before, a quiet January window at the top might be a healthy and necessary thing for the game.
And still more from the second tier. Birmingham have signed Alex Pritchard from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee, reuniting the midfielder with his former boss at the Stadium of Light, Tony Mowbray. Could be a handy deal for the Blues, that one.
More top of the Championship/bottom of the Premier League tussling: Mason Holgate, who’s been on loan at Southampton this season, is set to join Sheffield United on loan, Sky reports, though rival interest from Leeds persists. Leeds are also finalising a loan deal for Burnley’s Connor Roberts. The right-back is due to have a medical at Elland Road this afternoon.
Spurs are set to loan the striker Alejo Véliz to Sevilla. The 20-year-old Argentinian, who joined last summer for £12.9m from Rosario Central, has made eight appearances in the Premier League, all of them as a substitute, scoring one goal – in the 4-2 defeat at Brighton on 28 December. He has been out since picking up an injury against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve, Ange Postecoglou initially saying it would sideline him for “a couple of months”. It appears the assessment was overly pessimistic, with Véliz now back in training. Postecoglou’s attacking options will be swelled when Son Heung-min returns from the Asian Cup. Manor Solomon is also close to a comeback from injury.
More gossip among the parachute payment clubs in the Championship. Leeds have enquired about Leicester’s defender Harry Souttar, but the second-tier leaders are thought to be unwilling to sell to a promotion-race rival. While West Brom have reached a loan deal with Celtic for the winger Mikey Johnston
To the WSL now and Aston Villa’s women have endured a difficult season. It’s just got harder, too, with news that Lucy Staniforth has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an ankle problem, while her fellow midfielder Laura Blindkilde has joined Manchester City.
Here’s more from PA Media:
Aston Villa’s Lucy Staniforth is to miss the rest of the season due to an ankle issue, boss Carla Ward has said. Ward said the 31-year-old, who has 17 England caps, is set for surgery after suffering the “bizarre” injury in the warm-up prior to last week’s League Cup match against Sunderland.
Since then Villa have also lost Staniforth’s fellow midfielder Laura Blindkilde Brown, with the youngster joining Manchester City on transfer deadline day. Ward told a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Women’s Super League home clash with Bristol City: “Lucy Stan and Laura Brown have been ever-present in our midfield, so it’s a massive hole. Lucy has been excellent for us.
“It’s an injury that requires intervention and we’ll get that done on Wednesday and get her ready for pre-season.”
The England Under-23 international Blindkilde Brown, 20, made her move with Villa saying City had triggered a “substantial” buyout clause in her contract. It is reported City have paid £200,000.