Transfer Deadline Day roundup: Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal, Chelsea get Olivier Giroud and Spurs sign Lucas Moura

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Manchester City's proposed deal for Riyad Mahrez fell through after the club were put off by Leicester's valuation of the Algeria forward. 

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City were said to be willing to pay around £60million for the 26-year-old but ended discussions, despite the player handing in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to join Pep Guardiola's side. 

"He's a Leicester player", said Guardiola about Mahrez, following his side's 3-0 win over West Brom. "I don't talk about it too much, the window is over, the guys who are here will finish the season."

City's withdrawal from the Mahrez deal was one of many twists on a busy deadline-day which saw Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund involved in a three-way transfer.

Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal?


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival at Arsenal for a club-record fee from Dortmund was confirmed just after 11:15am and then, just before the transfer window closed in Germany, it was announced that Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi had completed a loan switch to the Bundesliga side.

That in turn had paved the way for Olivier Giroud to leave Arsenal and be unveiled as a Chelsea player, for a fee of £18million. The France forward was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to see his new team suffer a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in?

Arsenal failed with a late approach for Jonny Evans, bidding far below West Brom's valuation of the defender. 


Mathieu Debuchy followed Giroud out of the Emirates Stadium, joining French side St Etienne until the end of the season after his Arsenal contract was terminated.

Tottenham completed the signing of winger Lucas Moura from Paris St Germain on a contract until 2023.

Moura moves to Spurs for £25million, having fallen behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the PSG pecking order, and was presented to the crowd at half time during Spurs 2-0 win over Manchester United - the same club which the 25-year-old Brazilian was strongly linked with when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford.

Lucas Moura - Credit: GETTY IMAGES
Lucas Moura was presented to Spurs at half time on Wednesday night Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Watford brought Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong in on loan, while goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg signed a five-and-a-half-year deal from Goteborg before returning to the Swedish side on loan for the rest of the season.


Costel Pantilimon and Isaac Success were both sent out on loan for the rest of the season, to Nottingham Forest and Malaga respectively.

Elsewhere, Everton's England Under-21 winger Ademola Lookman joined Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season, while Stoke signed Badou Ndiaye for £14million. He was present at the Bet365 stadium for the 1-1 draw with Watford.

Newcastle were able to sign two players at the very last minute, taking Islam Slimani on loan for Leicester until the end of the season and were close to confirming another loan deal, this one for Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, by the time the transfer window had closed.

Jack Colback moved to Nottingham Forest on loan and Rafa Benitez concluded his deadline day business by sending young English goalkeeper Freddie Woodman out on loan to Aberdeen, where he will gain first team experience covering for the injured Joe Lewis.



A tale of two strikers

That's a £30million striker on loan. The Premier League transfer market is mental. And don't forget about Jack Colback.




Here's a strange one

Andy King has moved to Swansea on loan. 

And Leicester have confirmed that Islam Slimani will also move out on loan, to Newcastle.



TDD summarised

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund

  • Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021

  • Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan

  • Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea

  • Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price

  • Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham

  • Reece Oxford rejoins Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season

  • Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew (again)

  • Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan

  • Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million

  • Newcastle confirm signings of Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka

  • Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton

  • Ademola Lookman heads to RB Leipzig on loan in move Sam Allardyce describes as one of the weirdest he's been involved in



Some excellent quotes from Antonio Conte here

Matt Lawhas some very telling words from the Chelsea boss, who is said to look thoroughly downhearted after Chelsea's defeat to Bournemouth. 

“We must be worried (about the top four),” said head coach Conte. “We must be worried. It won't be easy. But this is normal.

“If we want to speak about football and if we think to understand football, we know very well this will be very difficult for us. If we want only to dream and not see the reality – in this case, I can tell you now we can fight to win the title this season!

“It will be very important to look at the reality and to know that, if we are able to reach a place in the Champions League, it will be a great success for us. Otherwise we have a normal season.”



Even though the window's closed...

Clubs can still complete deals. They're allowed to get an extension to 1am if they ask nicely enough. The window closes in Scotland at 12am, which means there's still time for Aberdeen to sign Kevin De Bruyne.



Live footage of Riyad Mahrez at home






Two minutes left



Newcastle sign a goalkeeper

Martin Dúbravka had his medical before and after the Newcastle 1 - 1 Burnley match and should be confirmed in the next few minutes. Hopefully. As long as the paperwork is done the clubs can announce whatever whenever they want.


Lazar Markovic off to Anderlecht

Remember him? He's gone on loan to the Belgian club. The same Belgian club that Mitrovic was meant to sign for. 


15 minutes to go

And someone has sent a picture of their dog in a yellow tie to Sky Sports. It's all happening now.


Islam Slimani joins Newcastle United

A signing! They've done it!


Man City done for the window



Aleksandar Mitrovic on his way to Anderlecht.

Or is he? According to Sky Sports, he flew all the way to Belgium to find out that Anderlecht couldn't sign him for a reason I don't entirely understand but which sounds like they weren't able to get a player off their books and had no room to sign him. Regardless, he's not going there and has ended up heading in a plane to London to sign a loan deal at Fulham.

In other Newcastle news, Martin Dúbravka is very close to signing, while Islam Slimani has apparently passed his medical and will join on loan.


Sam Allardyce on Lookman's move to Liepzig

"It's one of the most unusual situations I've been in. It was his choice. He was adamant he wanted Germany. We tried to persuade him not to. But his stubbornness got him his way."


45 minutes to go

OH MY LORD can you even believe it? Who will the transfer hawk swoop for next? Which top striker will be gripped in football talons? Stay with me for all the information on all the exciting transfers which may or may not happen in the next under-an-hour!


Lucas Moura at half time

lucas moura - Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Lucas Moura was announced to Spurs fans at Wembley during half time of Spurs' remarkable 2-0 win over Man Utd that just finished. You can follow all the live reaction to that with Alan Tyers over in our liveblog


Newcastle fans not happy

You may already have seen this amazing crowd display at St James' Park from tonight's match against Burnley:

St James Park - Credit: PA
Credit: PA

It's a Kevin Keegan quote and reads:

“Don’t ever give up on your club. Keep supporting it, it’s your club and trust me, one day you will get your club back and it will be everything you wanted it to be.

"Newcastle United is bigger than anyone. It hurts I know, but just keep going. He is only one man we are a city, a whole population. Trust me.”

 Still no signings announced tonight...


Deadline day update

Here's what we know so far:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund

  • Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021

  • Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan

  • Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea

  • Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price

  • Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham

  • Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move

  • Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park

  • Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton

  • West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker

  • Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season

  • Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew

  • Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan

  • Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million


Alexander Sorloth

He has a name like a B-plot character from Game of Thrones, but to Crystal Palace fans, Alexander Sorloth might offer hope! Crystal Palace are very close to sealing a £9million transfer for the Norwegian striker.


Islam Slimani almost done...



Manchester United sign a goalkeeper!

But they're playing an important game at Wembley. How could it be? 

Matej Kovar is a 17-year-old from Czech Republic who likes to stop footballs going between the metal sticks. He's had a successful trial at Man Utd and will join their youth academy.


David Silva off injured

Man City's Spanish superstar has been substituted in the game against West Brom because he can't shake off an injury. Riyad Mahrez is sitting at home worrying about how much his football friends don't like him any more.

1+1 = £90million bid.


Stoke sign expensive footballer!

Even more genuine transfer news for you! Stoke have signed Badou Ndiaye for £15million, which I suppose isn't that expensive in the grand scheme of things. He moves from Turkish club Galatasaray but won't be able to play until a work permit is sorted.


Swansea sign Andre Ayew!

This is one that's been going on all day and has just been confirmed now.

Andre Ayew, brother of Jordan and ex-Swansea player, has signed from West Ham on a three-and-a-half year deal in a club record transfer worth £20million.


Man City's record transfer playing well

Aymeric Laporte - Credit: AFP
Credit: AFP

Man City's new centre-back Aymeric Laporte is playing well at the heart of Man City's defence this evening. Fernandinho has put them ahead against Alan Pardew's West Brom. I wonder how much both Pep and Alan are aware of behind the scenes in regards to transfers going on right now. 

Here's Laporte feeding a turtle.



Swansea spending some money to reunite family

By John Percy. 

Swansea are breaking their transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew in a deal worth up to £18m.

Ayew is returning to the Liberty Stadium from West Ham in a record deal which eclipses the £15.5m paid out for striker Borja Baston in the summer of 2016.

Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is also signing on loan - a big moment for the Wales international as he leaves the Midlands club for the first time since 2004.


Everton spring a surprise

Chris Bascombe has this for us:

Bit of shock at Goodison before kick-off as Everton announce winger Ademola Lookman will spend the rest of the season with RB Leipzig.

Lookman has looked promising when used, but opportunities have been limited. Plenty on Merseyside would have liked to see the 20-year-old get more chances.


Newcastle transfer confirmed!

But it's a loan. And the player is moving away from the club. And it's Henri Saivet, who doesn't really get a game anyway.

Henri saivet - Credit: GETTY IMAGES

The Senegalese international has joined Sivassport in Turkey until the end of the season. And there's even more news:



Arsenal fail in bid for Jonny Evans

John Percy has even more wonderful insider knowledge on Arsenal's failed Jonny Evans bid:

Arsenal have failed with a late - and derisory - £12m offer for long-term target Jonny Evans.

West Brom have snubbed Arsenal's last-ditch attempt to sign the Northern Ireland international, who will now be staying at the Hawthorns despite interest from Manchester City and Everton.

Apparently it was a very brief conversation. It has to be said Evans has conducted himself brilliantly throughout this window (and indeed the summer) and many other Premier League players could learn a lot off him.


Lucas Moura signs for Spurs

He might regret that after watching this video:

A great signing for Spurs though. He's 25, hugely talented and can play in a few different positions and for £25million is something of a steal.


Inside scoops from John Percy

Aitor Karanka was so annoyed with Forest's 3-0 home defeat to Preston on Tuesday he's buying an entire new midfield.

Ben Watson, the Watford player, is set to join on loan after being withdrawn from the squad to play Stoke - days after admitting it was the biggest game of Watford's season.

Newcastle's Jack Colback and Middlesbrough's Adlene Guedioura are also set to join the Championship club.


Deadline Day 

So much is happening and it sounds like there is a lot more which could and will go on between now and 11pm. And that's ignoring the actual football games which are taking place tonight. Here's a roundup of what we've seen so far today:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund

  • Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021

  • Michy Batshuayi sings for Dortmund on loan

  • Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea

  • Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price

  • Lucas Moura is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham

  • Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move

  • Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park

  • Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton

  • West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker

  • Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season

  • Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan


Team bonding going well at Arsenal



Lucas Moura move still on!

Jason Burt

Lucas Moura’s £25million move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur is still on. Sources close to the deal remain confident it will be signed off this evening, before the 11pm deadline, amid concern over the delay.

The Brazilian winger was waiting for a piece of documentation to complete the deal after a fee and personal terms were finalised. The financial side of the deal was fully agreed on Tuesday evening. The 25-year-old has passed his medical while Spurs fans have grown increasingly anxious at the delay over it being formally announced.


Leicester sign Callum Wright

It's not the Leicester transfer related news you might be constantly refreshing various websites for, but Callum Wright has joined Leicester from Blackburn Rovers on a three-and-a-half-year deal.


How a transfer works

Three years ago I made this. Three years. Has anything changed? The references are a little dated but otherwise... not really.



Newcastle appealing to higher powers

And they said polytheism was dead.



Didier Ndong moves to Watford on loan

That's a really strange move. Usually Premier League clubs loan fringe players to Championship clubs, not Championship clubs loaning their better players to the big league! 

A Gabonese international midfielder, Ndong is Sunderland's all time record transfer. Great business by Watford.


Aubameyang words as an Arsenal player

I'm really happy to be here and I can join Micky! It's great to be here in this great team.

The club has a big history, they have great players like Thierry Henry, I'm really happy.


Reece Oxford back to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan

Reece Oxford - Credit: GETTY IMAGES
Reece Oxford howls into the night sky to summon Borussia Monchengladbach contract negotiators Credit: GETTY IMAGES

The highly rated young English defender came home for Christmas but has decided to go out on loan again in order to get games for a European football chasing club, instead of sitting in the youth team/reserves/bench at a Premier League club keen to spend spend spend on shiny new ready made players.

FAO other young UK born Premier League footballers: you play more abroad. To be fair to David Moyes, he did bring Oxford on as a sub against the mighty Wigan and Shrewsbury. And he gave him four minutes against Crystal Palace. 


City's shenanigans

I agree with Matt. 


Aston Villa to sign Lewis Grabban on loan

John Percy has this for us:

Lewis Grabban - Credit: GETTY IMAGES
Lewis Grabban scoring for Sunderland Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Aston Villa are set to sign Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban on loan.

Villa have beaten off Championship rivals Cardiff in the race to sign Grabban, who is having a medical.

The capture of Grabban ends Steve Bruce’s pursuit of a striker, after Leonardo Ulloa opted to join Brighton from Leicester.


Giroud holding a blue shirt

How does this make you feel, Arsenal fans?

The striker has signed an 18 month contract with Chelsea. I reckon that's an absolutely superb signing for Antonio Conte and means he can use his Euro 2016 Italy tactical setup, knocking balls long to the target man and getting the rest of the troops to advance quickly up the pitch!

Dan Zeqiri's article on where Giroud fits into Chelsea's plans is excellent, and below:

What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in?

 Michael Owen's analysis isn't quite as in depth. It is shorter though.



Michy Batshuayi signs for Borussia Dortmund on loan!

I don't speak German (where's Ben Bloom when you need him?) but can work this one out. Batshuayi is off to Germany!



Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal

According to Sky Sports, Man City have decided to walk away from a transfer for Riyad Mahrez because Leicester want way too much money for him. More on that as we get it!

That'll be an awkward changing room for Mahrez tonight.


Thierry Henry's opinion on Arsenal's business

"Sanchez was always going to be like that, we got Mkhitaryan. Yes we lost Sanchez, Chamberlain, about to lose Giroud, Walcott - I'm not gong to name everyone (he just has). We got some players in return, that can be a plus.

"When I played there were always two strikers, now managers like to pack the midfield. You might think those two have similar attributes, they do, and I don't know what Arsene is going to do or to play with two strikers, but it is an idea.

"I rate him (Aubameyang) a lot but what I rate even more is goals. Like I always say the supporting case needs always to play to this level."


Busy busy busy

Hello everyone, JJ Bull here for Transfer Deadline Day. I used to love this day.

There is a lot going on at various clubs this evening though and this might actually be something close to very exciting. Newcastle are busy - Islam Slimani is having a medical, apparently - West Ham are doing things, Man City are up to tricks, Arsenal want to buy people. I'll be bringing you all the lovely transfer news right through until the window shuts. 


One more in at Arsenal?

'They'd be better off spending all that money on defenders', has been a popular refrain among Arsenal sceptics. Well they might be about to according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein...



Giroud is a done deal!


Man City make third bid for Riyad Mahrez 

Jason Burt

Manchester City have submitted a third bid for Riyad Mahrez. The offer is believed to be in excess of £60million – although it still falls someway short of the £90million British record valuation that Leicester City were quoting on Tuesday.

Mahrez is desperate to make the move before the transfer window closes having submitted a transfer request. It is possible that City will return with yet another offer, if this one is rejected, and the make-up of the latest bid is unclear amid claims they may also be willing to offer Leicester a player.

City have so far failed with offers of around £50million and £55million for the Algerian international who is not in the squad for Leicester’s Premier League fixture away to Everton this evening.


West Ham register Hugill interest

Sam Wallace

West Ham have made an inquiry about the Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, whose rise through the Football League has taken him all the way from a loan at Gateshead in the Conference Premier in 2013 to the possibility of a move to the Premier League this window.

Crystal Palace had looked at the 25-year-old but are currently hopeful of signing FC Midtjylland’s Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth for around £9 million which would end their interest in Hugill. There is also interest in the Preston target man from both Reading and Hull City who are both looking for that style of striker.

Jordan Hugill - Credit: Getty Images
Jordan Hugill rises to score at Newcastle last term Credit: Getty Images

Preston have resisted attempts so far to sell the player, who did miss Tuesday’s win over Nottingham Forest because of the uncertainty around his future. The premium placed on strikers in the Football League has meant that Hugill has attracted interest from the division above.

So too in League One where Jack Marriott, top goalscorer in the division, has been valued at £7 million by Peterborough United. That figure has deterred the clubs interested in him, in particular Leeds United.


Giroud to Chelsea announcement could be imminent 

Our man Matt Law says the deal is done and Giroud has signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge after the clubs agreed an £18m fee.  


Take it or leave

Sky Sports News reporting Manchester City have made a final offer of £65 million plus 'a player' for Riyad Mahrez. Leicester are 'considering the offer' with no response yet.  



Deadline Day recap: what has happened so far

Just over eight hours to go in this January transfer window. If you have managed to miss everything that has gone on so far today then firstly, well done, and secondly, here's what has happened:

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund

  • Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021

  • Michy Batshuayi has been pictured undergoing a medical at Dortmund ahead of a loan move

  • Olivier Giroud could complete his move to Chelsea before the deadline

  • Leicester are holding out for £90m for Riyad Mahrez with Man City interested

  • Lucas Mourai is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham

  • Islam Slimani is in Newcastle ahead of a loan move to the club

  • Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park

  • Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton

  • West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker


Everton update: Mangala close to loan move

This from Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe:

Everton's move for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is close to completion. The loan is now likely to include a provision to make the deal permanent in the summer.

Davy Klaassen, however, has gone off the idea of moving to Napoli, indicating he wants to fight for his place. 

 Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Manchester City and Bristol City - Credit: Getty Images
Everton bound: Eliaquim Mangala Credit: Getty Images



Arrival at Crystal Palace

Being a Sky Sports deadline day reporter has not been easy in recent years, so this is nice to see.



Goalkeeper en route to the Premier League

Quick, deploy Flight Radar!

Goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka is on his way to England, according to his current Sparta Prague, with an unnamed Premier League club in line to secure his services.

Reports in the north-east suggest Newcastle will be the lucky recipients - a loan move before a permanent transfer in the summer.



Quiet deadline day for Liverpool, but one departure

The have confirmed 22-year-old Lloyd Jones has left for League Two Luton Town.

As our correspondent Chris Bascombe reported earlier, very little is expected from the club before the 11pm deadline. Perhaps another outgoing.

Liverpool FC can confirm that Lloyd Jones has today completed a permanent transfer to Luton Town.

The defender joined the Reds from hometown club Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and subsequently progressed through the club's Academy teams.

Recent seasons have seen Jones gain further experience out on loan with Cheltenham Town, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Swindon Town.

He now heads permanently to Luton Town aiming to boost their push for promotion from League Two.

Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes Lloyd all the best for the future.


Islam Slimani arrives in Newcastle

The Leicester striker has landed in the city to finalise his loan move to St James' Park.

One of the final stages will be a medical, despite having a thigh problem.

Newcastle in need of a striker so much they are ready to give Slimani a go.



Samir Nasri anyone?

There's no getting away from Arsenal news and connections today as we learn that Samir Nasri is a free agent after Turkish side Antalyaspor agreed to terminate his contract.

Just after half a season after moving from Manchester City to Turkey, the 30-year-old is on the hunt for another club after Antalyaspor's financial woes meant they had no other choice but to let him go.

As an out of contract player Nasri would have to wait until the end of the transfer window before he can join anyone. But surely the likes of West Ham, Leicester or Watford might come in for the former Arsenal midfielder in the coming days?

Nasri puts a finger to his mouth  - Credit: Reuters
Nasri is a free agent Credit: Reuters


Before the uproar over Ozil wages

This is an interesting tweet from Sporting Intelligence's Nick Harris. It's all relative. 


And the Arsenal news doesn't stop there

It's not been a bad way for Arsenal to shake off that woeful loss to Swansea last night by breaking their transfer record fee for Aubameyang and tying up Ozil to a new deal.

Now there are rumours circling that the club want to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer so the club would be open to sensible offers having accepted he will leave the club either in this window or at the end of the season.

Bild claim Arsenal will make their move today rather than waiting until the summer. The German paper was spot on with their Ozil exclusive. This could be one to watch.

Max Meyer helped Germany U21s reach the final of the Euros last summer - Credit: AP
Max Meyer helped Germany U21s reach the final of the Euros last summer Credit: AP




Ozil deal confirmed 

Jeremy Wilson, deputy football correspondent here at Telegraph Sport, has been talking to the suits at Arsenal who have confirmed that Germany international Mesut Özil has just become the club's highest paid player of all time. Read all about it right here.


Carvalhal preparing triple swoop 

Not content with earning back-to-back wins in the Premier League following their defeats of Liverpool and Arsenal, Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is hoping to strengthen his squad before the day is over. John Percy has all the latest . . .  

Swansea City are in talks with Leicester City over a possible loan deal for Wales international Andy King.

Carlos Carvalhal is desperate to land at least three new signings today and midfielder King is on his radar.

Andre Ayew is expected to seal a return to the Liberty Stadium in an £18 million move from West Ham, while talks are ongoing with Liverpool over a deal for Lazar Markovic.

Liverpool prefer a £15m permanent arrangement for Markovic but a loan looks most likely at this stage.


West Ham in for Dendoncker

One of our many writers with their ears to the ground – Matt Law  is hearing that West Ham are looking to bolster their midfield with a 22-year-old from Passendale in Belgium. As yet, though, the east Londoners have yet to find their man.

West Ham United have had an opening bid rejected by Anderlecht for Leander Dendoncker.

David Moyes's side want to sign a midfielder today, as well as a striker, and have watched Dendoncker in recent weeks. But Anderlecht want at least £20 million for the player and West Ham’s opening offer fell way short of that.

West Ham may well make a second bid before the window shuts at 11pm.


Ozil's new contract a done deal?

The BBC's David Ornstein has backed up Bild's report this morning that Mesut Ozil has signed a new deal at Arsenal.

According to Ornstein, the Germany international has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2021. The report adds that he will become the "highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax".



Lewandowski bids farewell to Aubameyang

The two were rivals on the pitch and enjoyed their battles but all's fair in love and war as Robert Lewandowski becomes one of the first Bundesliga players to say ta-ta to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


Sorloth and Hugill on Palace's radar

Christian Benteke has welcomed Palace's search for attacking recruits. Sam Dean has the latest from Selhurst Park and what the Belgian makes of Roy Hodgson's attempts to strengthen their frontline.

Crystal Palace are clearly keen to sign a striker today, with Alexander Sorloth of FC Midtjylland and Preston's Jordan Hugill both linked with a move to south London.

The efforts to recruit another attacker are hardly the greatest vote of confidence in the struggling Christian Benteke, who has scored just two goals all season, but the Belgian has welcomed the prospect of competition up front.

"I think it's fair from them," he said when asked about Palace management looking to bring players in. "I am ready to fight for my place and hopefully if they can bring another quality player in, it will be more than welcome."




As cryptic tweets go, this is quite something.



The final piece in the puzzle?

Matt Law has the latest on Olivier Giroud's switch to Chelsea, which would complete the transfer merry-go-round.

Chelsea believe they can stick to club policy by handing Olivier Giroud an initial 18-month contract once his medical is complete.

Giroud’s agent travelled to London to complete the formalities of the 31-year-old’s £18 million switch from Arsenal.

With Michy Batshuayi in Germany undergoing a medical ahead of his loan move to Borussia Dortmund, Giroud is due to take his Chelsea tests.

The Blues have broken recent policy by paying a fee for an outfield player over the age of 30, but hope to stick to their strict rules regarding contracts.

By signing Giroud to an 18-month deal, Chelsea will ensure that the Frenchman will be in the same position as their other 30-plus stars, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and David Luiz, in the summer.

All of the over-30 brigade will have 12 months remaining on their contracts at the end of the season, with Chelsea only set to offer one-year renewals. One of the reasons Chelsea pulled out of a move for Roma’s Edi Dzeko was that the Bosnian wanted a two-and-a-half-year contract that would have broken club policy.

Giroud hand on Arsenal club badge - Credit: Getty Images
Giroud played the final 14 minutes of Arsenal's defeat at Swansea last night Credit: Getty Images



Batshuayi having Dortmund medical 

The three-way transfer is happening. The Aubameyang deal has been signed off, now Dortmund are finalising their replacement with Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi currently having his medical.

Olivier Giroud's agent is said to be at the Emirates going through the details of his expected switch to Stamford Bridge. Isn't it great when a plan comes together?



Arsenal to reveal Aubameyang's squad number in due course

Here's what Arsenal have to say about their club-record arrival who joins on a long-term contract.

Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club.   That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist.  

Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015.   This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly.   

#YoPierre ��

— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018



Done deal!



Dortmund confirm Aubameyang switch

Borussia Dortmund say they have reached an agreement to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal for £56m. We're now just waiting on word from Arsenal.



Blind will join Roma - but not until the summer

Daley Blind isn't likely to leave Manchester United for Roma today, but a deal will be concluded in the summer instead.

That's the verdict of the defender's father, Danny, who confirmed the Italians are keen on the 27-year-old.

The word on the street was that Roma were keen to sign Blind as a replacement for Emerson Palmeri who joined Chelsea last night. 

"I can confirm that Roma want Daley but United don’t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis," Danny Blind told LaRoma24.

"They don’t want to sell him now, only in the summer. Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps, but we’ve only got a few hours.”

Daley Blind looks on course to move to Roma in the summer - Credit: AP
Daley Blind looks on course to move to Roma in the summer Credit: AP

Blind has not travelled with the United squad to London ahead of their fixture against Tottenham due to an ankle injury.

The Dutchman has not featured for United since January 5.


Gone in 14 days

Will Aubameyang and Lacazette fill the void?



Saints' deal for Promes hits the rocks

Spending the Virgil van Dijk cash has been harder than Southampton thought. This just in from our deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson.

Southampton’s potential club record £26.4 million signing of Quincy Promes has become increasingly unlikely amid Spartak Moscow’s failure to recruit a replacement.

Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks and, while Southampton are willing to meet the valuation and Promes is ready to join, Spartak have been reluctant to lose their star player without an incoming signing.

Southampton broke their club record with the £19.2 million signing last week of striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco, but the priority this month was to add the pace and goal threat that the 26-year-old Promes would have provided.

An attempt to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal also failed, with Everton willing to pay around £140,000-a-week in wages against a package from Southampton worth £120,000 that would have made him the best paid player in their history.

Quincy Promes (middle) in training  - Credit: Getty Images
Quincy Promes' (middle) move now looks increasingly unlikely Credit: Getty Images

Southampton also considered Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge but he moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. Barring any change now from Spartak, Southampton are now looking elsewhere today in the hope that other opportunities could emerge amid the trading elsewhere.

Southampton sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million before the January transfer window had even opened so that they had the funds to make signings but it has been a largely frustrating month.

The team have still not won in the Premier League since November and have slipped into the relegation zone. A lack of creativity has been the main problem, with injured striker Charlie Austin their top scorer so far this season with six. Their other two main strikers – Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long – have just four goals between them.

Carrillo made only two starts all season at Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 but had the best year of his career under current Southampton manager Manuel Pellegrino when they were together in Argentina at Estudiantes. "It’s really important as a player, above all as a striker, to be given confidence by the manager, coaches and the club," said Carrillo. "It gives me lots of confidence and I want to take that confidence out onto the pitch."


Slimani to Newcastle in on

There could finally be some joy for Newcastle and Rafael Benitez in the transfer market. After missing out on Daniel Sturridge, it looks like Islam Slimani will be heading to St James' Park.

Only stumbling block, however, could be whether the Algerian has suffered an injury setback in training. Sky are reporting the 29-year-old picked up a thigh problem which could rule him out for a couple of weeks.


News from the Championship

And our midlands man John Percy also has the latest goings on away from the top-flight.

Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is a target for Nottingham Forest but the move appears remote at this stage.

Derby striker Chris Martin is set to have a medical at Reading later today as he prepares to move on loan. Derby's pursuit of West Brom's James McClean is over after they were quoted a mind-boggling £15m.

Quite a coup for Nigel Clough at Burton Albion too - the strugglers are signing Manchester City's 2016 young player of the year, Jacob Davenport, on loan. He's a holding midfielder who can also cover at left-back and is highly regarded by City.


Stoke close on Ndiaye

John Percy says Stoke are confident that their deal for Badou Ndiaye will not be held up by a work permit issue. Here's the latest from the Potteries.

Stoke are close to completing a £15m deal for Galatasaray's Badou Ndiaye, with the midfielder undergoing a medical on Tuesday night.

Ndiaye, a Senegal international, is expected to attend tonight's game against Watford and Stoke are confident a work permit will not be an issue.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have been told to pay £10m for USA international Geoff Cameron, who also has interest from Burnley.

But Stoke are expecting a quiet day with no other incomings. In my opinion, the fact they have avoided selling Joe Allen - who has been brilliant this season - is a huge plus point.


Moura nears £25m Spurs switch

Lucas Moura's expected £25m switch to Tottenham has moved a step closer with reports that the winger has completed his medical.

The 25-year-old was once spoken as one of the most exciting young talents in the world but has found himself on the fringes at Paris Saint Germain in recent months.

Lucas Moura looking unhappy - Credit: AFP
Lucas Moura has not enjoyed the happiest of times at PSG recently Credit: AFP

Neymar has been upset by PSG's treatment of the Brazil international. He said of Moura's likely departure:

“I'm sad, because he's a good friend, he's a quality player who was rarely used.

“I think it's very unfair. He is my brother in football.

“I wish him the best. Whatever the destination, I hope he will score a lot and he will return to the Brazilian national team.

“He's not just a friend, he's a very good guy. Here he could have been used a lot more but I'm not the owner of the team, not the owner of Paris.

“For me, he should never have left Paris."

Lucas has won four league titles in France and has made more than 30 appearances for Brazil.


Mahrez update

Here's the latest news on Riyad Mahrez's future from our football news correspondent Matt Law

Riyad Mahrez is set to miss Leicester City’s game against Everton tonight as he tries to force a deadline day move to Manchester City.

Having handed in a transfer request, Mahrez has not been part of Leicester’s preparations for the Everton game.

The Algeria international is not with the rest of the Leicester squad at the team hotel as he waits to discover his fate. City are thought to be ready to pay around £55 million to sign Mahrez today, but Leicester value the winger at closer to £90m.

Sources close to the deal believe it could go either way at this stage, but Mahrez is ready to fight to try to make a transfer happen.


Powell wanted by Brighton

Nick Powell has been running rings round defenders in League One for leaders Wigan this season but how would he adjust to life back in the Premier League?

The 23-year-old has recovered from the injuries which hindered his Manchester United tenure to score 11 goals this season and has drawn attention from Brighton among others.

Now it seems Chris Hughton has tabled a £3m bid for the forward and wants Powell to make what would be a massive switch in terms of gulf of standard and mileage on the map.

According to some reports, a potential deal could be held up as Wigan are in the middle of a takeover to new Chinese owners.



A busy day for Hodgson and Palace

Crystal Palace's injury to Bakary Sako last night means Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff will be active in the transfer market today. Here's what our man Sam Dean, who was at the London Stadium covering Palace's 1-1 draw with West Ham, has to say.

It will come as no surprise that both David Moyes and Roy Hodgson were asked about potential comings and goings after last night's draw at the London Stadium.

Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has been saying ever since he arrived that they are in need of reinforcements, and they are very much in the market still despite already signing Poland centre-back Jaroslaw Jach and Erdal Rakip, the Sweden under-21 international.

Hodgson said the injury to Bakary Sako last night makes it even more important that Palace are busy today.

"We have been talking about it since September 12," Hodgson said. "Nothing changes. I suppose you could say it [the injury] makes it a bit more imperative to bring players in as we are going to have a very small squad... I am hoping for some good news in the next few hours."

As for West Ham, Moyes confirmed that Swansea had made an offer for Andre Ayew, but said he could not make a decision on that until "we get players in". Stay tuned.

Bakary Sako suffered injury against West Ham  - Credit: AFP
Bakary Sako limped off in the first half at West Ham Credit: AFP



Newcastle close on deal for Slovakia goalkeeper

Our north east correspondent Luke Edwards says that Newcastle have two bits of business they are hoping to tie up today.

While we've already covered their interest in striker Islam Slimani, Rafael Benitez is confident of signing Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on loan.

Dubravka has won nine caps for Slovakia and faced both England and Scotland during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. 


Happy Jim White day

The legend of the transfer deadline day window is alive and well on this fine day. His first tweet of the day ladies and gentlemen. It's a bold one to kick off proceedings.



Nothing doing at Liverpool...

And across Stanley Park, our man Chris Bascombe has the latest goings on at Anfield. Although we use the latest wording loosely...

Jurgen Klopp has said he won’t be adding to his squad today and he is not bluffing. Liverpool kicked off the transfer window by signing Virgil Van Dijk, which is far too organised for some tastes. Far better to let the month drag on and scramble a deal in the last minute, obviously.

They also sold Philippe Coutinho but decided to wait until the summer to re-invest the £142 million. So all that is left is an assortment of fringe players. Ovie Ojaria looks to be heading to Sunderland on loan, and Lazar Markovic is being touted to just about any club in Europe. Swansea is the most likely destination.

There is also the possibility of Jon Flanagan moving on loan at some point today. 


Everton step up Mangala interest

Our Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe has the latest news on goings on at Goodison Park.

Despite playing down expectations, Everton manager Sam Allardyce is evidently still trying to add to his squad before tonight’s deadline. Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is the latest to attract interest. Everton would like him on loan for the rest of the season.

Given Allardyce had earlier suggested a left back was his priority it is an intriguing move, particularly given the number of centre-halves at the club.

Everton are also likely to be active trying to offload many of those lauded so much when they were signed in the summer. Striker Sandro has already agreed a loan move to Sevilla, which will proceed subject to a medical.

And Davy Klaassen is interesting Napoli. The more Allardyce can shift, the more likely he is to add new faces before 11 pm. The deal of last summer, however, look more suspect by the week.


Song trains with Arsenal

Arsenal love nothing more than allowing former players to join their squad in a training session or two if they are a) continuing their rehabilitation following a lengthy lay-off or b) helping them maintain fitness levels while said player is on lookout for their next club.

Well, Alex Song falls into the latter category after Rubin Kazan told the 30-year-old to find another club as they are not financially sound to pay his wages.

Song, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in a £15m deal in 2012, has in recent days been training with the club and could potentially be resigned by Arsene Wenger after the window closes this evening. He would be available on a free transfer.

Song watched Arsenal's 2-1 League Cup semi-final second leg win over Chelsea at the Emirates last week and has been sharing the odd picture on social media as he cuddles up to current members of the team.

Song will have fond memories of his time at Arsenal and indeed Barcelona - aside from this one moment perhaps at the Nou Camp...


Tug of war over Slimani

West Ham have also joined the race to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani. Newcastle, Watford and Monaco have all indicated their desire to sign the Algerian international and now the Hammers are said to have joined the queue.

While Monaco are keen on a loan move for the 29-year-old, Leicester want Slimani to leave on a permanent deal after fellow strikers Leo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa went out on loan.

Slimani set Leicester back around £28m when he joined in the summer of 2016 and the club are keen to recoup some of the fee.

Slimani has scored two goals in 17 appearances for the Foxes this term. If he doesn't move to another Premier League rival this window, there is always the option of a move to China where the window doesn't close until the end of February. Watch this space.

Islam Slimani stares down the camera - Credit: Andrew Fox
Islam Slimani is a player in demand Credit: Andrew Fox



West Ham back in for Cairney

West Ham are reported to have reignited their interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney. 

An initial bid thought to be around the £15m mark was made by West Ham for the reigning EFL Player of the Year earlier in the month, only for the Championship side to slap a £40m price tag on their playmaker.

The Hammers haven't been put off by Fulham's demands and are expected to try their luck with another bid, according to one club insider.

Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has been a reliable source of insider information surrounding the club, says West Ham will step up their interest.

Reece Oxford, meanwhile, will sit down with David Moyes this morning to discuss his own future at London Stadium.

Oxford spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach making four appearances. West Ham recalled him at the start of the year, and could yet be needed to remain in London due to their injury crisis.


La Galaxy coy on Zlatan rumours

There are contrasting rumours circling around Zlatan Ibrahimovic this morning. French sports daily L'Equipe claim the Swede signed a deal with MLS giants LA Galaxy THREE WEEKS AGO, but the club's head coach Sigi Schmid has been coy on such revelations.

 “There’s been a lot of talk about it in the past and it’s something that maybe gets opened up again.

“I don’t know what’s there. If there was something there, I’m sure we’d all know. Right now, it’s all rumors.”

Ibrahimovic is currently recovering from an injury setback he suffered last month and his contract at Manchester United expires this summer.

The report in L'Equipe adds that he will finish his rehabilitation at United before heading to California ahead of the MLS season getting under way in March.



And Ozil is staying put...

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deal may not yet be finalised but his near arrival has been enough for Mesut Ozil to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates. That's what Bild are reporting this morning.

And it's not the only burning issue the German international has said yes to. The article adds that the 29-year-old will get married to his girlfriend Amine Gülse after this year's World Cup in Russia. So does that mean she asked him? The details aren't exactly clear. 

The German newspaper adds that Ozil will earn €350,000 (£306,691) a week to extend his stay in north London. 


Arsenal jump the gun on Aubameyang signing

Ooops. Spare a thought for one member of Arsenal's website team this morning who appears to have let adrenaline and excitement get the better of them over the expected signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Arsenal uploaded a new video to their official website in which Wenger confirmed their record signing.

The video was swiftly removed but not before quick-thinking Arsenal supporters watched the clip. 

The interview, on Arsenal Player, starts with the interviewer saying to the Arsenal manager: "So, Aubameyang is an Arsenal player, you must be delighted to get the deal done?"

Wenger responds: 

"Yes, it is good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power.

"At the moment, we aren’t enough going forward and I am convinced he will give us that.  He has a big challenge in front of him. He wants to do well in the Premier League. It is absolutely good news for us.

"His pace, his finishing. The quality of his runs. His huge physical capacity, that will be important in the Premier League."

Wenger has confirmed that Aubameyang has signed for Arsenal:

— Sam (@samuelJayC) January 31, 2018



Sandro returns to Spain

After just 15 appearances for Everton, Sandro Ramirez has returned to Spain and joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old forward only arrived in the summer for £5.2m and has scored one goal in the Europa League.

Another of Everton's summer signings, Davy Klassen, could be on his way out of Goodison Park.

Klaassen has played just 13 games since joining as one of Ronald Koeman's big-money signings but has struggled to settle on Merseyside.

The £24m recruit is looking for a route away from the club having not featured for Sam Allardyce's side since December.

Napoli are interested in the 24-year-old and are said to have opened talks over a loan deal.

Sandro Ramirez in happier days signing paperwork at Everton - Credit: Getty Images
Sandro Ramirez hasn't enjoyed the best of spells on Merseyside Credit: Getty Images


Eto'o a staple of the window

A grand total of £105.3m has been spent on transfer fees for Samuel Eto'o in just nine years. The former Cameroon international has become a regular face and name of windows gone by and this one is no different. 

The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker, who is still only 36-years-old, is expected to sign for Turkish top-flight club Konyaspor later after being released by Antalyaspor. Konyaspor are likely to pay £1.35m for his services. He's still a big draw where ever he goes, though...

This video warrants Samuel Eto'o a monument from his country. Konyaspor fans hail his arrival from Antalyaspor.

— ekondedaniel (@ekondedaniel4) January 31, 2018



Mahrez wants out at Leicester

Perhaps one of the biggest twists on transfer deadline day eve, if there is such a day in the calendar, was Riyad Mahrez's late call to declare his unhappiness with life at Leicester and slap another transfer request on the manager's desk. Ok, so Mahrez might not have been quite as forceful with his decision to lay his cards on the table, but it's a kick in the teeth for Leicester's Claude Puel who has been doing a fine job at the King Power Stadium since replacing Craig Shakespeare. No wonder Puel wants the January transfer window to be scrapped in future.

Mahrez's people have been quick to take note of Leroy Sane's long lay-off at Manchester City and jumped to the conclusion that Pep Guardiola would now be in the marker for a like-for-like replacement, and they appear to be on to something.

Leicester's owners are taking a hard stance on the situation, though, and insist one of their biggest assets is not for sale. It is thought £90m might persuade them otherwise! Here's the full story. 

Mahrez wants out at Leicester - Credit: Getty Images
Mahrez is alleged to have failed to turn up for training on Tuesday, ahead of their game at Everton Credit: Getty Images



Bye, bye, Giroud?

Olivier Giroud looks to have played one last time in an Arsenal shirt with Arsene Wenger admitting after last night's awful 3-1 loss at Swansea that he was likely to be heading for pastures new. The France targetman is in search of more regular first-team football to boost his own World Cup hopes and still is on course to complete an £18m to Chelsea at some point today.

Giroud was brought on late on with Arsenal chasing the game at the Liberty Stadium as Wenger trusted his compatriot not to let the club down. Wenger said:

“It’s a tribute to Olivier, yes, because he is a guy who gave great service to the club and never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times. I have absolutely no doubt when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes I have no problem with that. That is why I put him in because it was needed. Unfortunately he couldn’t help us.”


It's transfer deadline day!

Morning all and welcome to our transfer deadline day coverage which promises to be a lively affair.

The bar was set high at the start of the month when Liverpool splashed out a staggering £75 million on defender Virgil van Dijk. 

Will that figure remain the biggest outlay on a player this month, or could we see one club throwing all their lot in on one star-studded individual which could push the total spending past the 2011 record of £225m?

Alexis Sanchez had long been expected to be the big-name dominating this month's transfer talk. But following a surprising twist to the tale and his unlikely move to Manchester United being completed long before D-day, what treats lie in store now for the 12 hours ahead?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on course to be one of the biggest deals of the day as his £60m move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal nears completion.

Will this trigger Oliver Giroud's switch to Chelsea and will Michy Batshuayi be elbowed out of Stamford Bridge and sent packing to Germany?

Jonny Evans' name has crept up in more than a handful of transfer stories over the past four weeks and the West Brom defender is another likely mover on deadline day.

West Brom want around £25m for the former Manchester United centre-back with Arsenal favourites to land the northern Ireland international.

Annoyingly, or to Sam Allardyce at least it is, there are a handful of Premier League fixtures taking place this evening which will eat into the time managers and backroom staff have to finalise transfers. 

But then, clubs have had 30 other days to get their houses in order so shouldn't bemoan too much the fixture list.

What moves do you expect to be completed today. Who do you want your club to sign and what rumours have you heard? Get in touch at