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THE January window is hotting up and moves are happening around the UK and Europe.

Despite the coronavirus crisis, clubs are still managing to drop big money on signings – and we've the very latest from the Premier League and abroad.

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  • Craig Mahood

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    Leicester City flop Ahmed Musa claims he has 'unfinished business' in the Premier League amid links with West Brom.

    The 28-year-old is a free agent after leaving Al-Nasar in November and Sam Allardyce is set to get a look at him this week.

    He scored just five goals in 33 appearances for the Foxes.

    The deal is for the rest of this season claim the Mail, with West Brom requesting a visa for Musa to travel here for tests during the week.

  • Craig Mahood

    MORNING AFTER THE DAY BEFORE

    Holders Arsenal are out of the FA Cup after yesterday's loss to Southampton.

    Boss Mikel Arteta was disappointed to exit the competition so early and bemoaned the 'unforced errors' that led to their demise.

    “I am really sad to be out of the competition, congratulations to Southampton obviously to get through to the next round.

    “We had some issues in the first half controlling certain aspects.

    "A lot of unforced errors as well, that was leading them to the high press that they do but when we break that pressure, we had two or three, in the first half, important moments but we didn’t hit the target."

     

  • Craig Mahood

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that Burnley and Arsenal are battling it out for Stoke’s Nathan Collins — and Sean Dyche has a real chance.

    Potters’ defender Collins, 19, is the Clarets’ top choice to replace James Tarkowski in a £10million deal.

    Boss Dyche’s transfer team are focusing on the Irishman as they know Tarks will go at some stage.

    Collins has moved ahead of Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall in that wish list with a string of impressive performances.

    He is the type of signing the new American owners want for their long-term plans — and they could even bid BEFORE Tarkowski is sold.

    But the Gunners also have their sights on young colossus Collins as a future star — and from the club where they found legendary pair Lee Dixon and Steve Bould.

    Meanwhile, SunSport can also reveal that Crystal Palace are in the race for Leicester’s out-of-favour winger Demarai Gray.

    The Eagles will swoop for Gray as a replacement for Andros Townsend if he leaves this month — or at the end of his deal in the summer.

    Gray seems sure to seek a fresh start after Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers sidelined him.

    He has only played one Premier League game in a season that has seen Leicester storm into third, two points off the top.

    Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are looking to sign a handful of players, as many of his squad are set to leave this summer.

    And finally, Liverpool will reportedly prioritise tying Virgil Van Dijk down with a new deal before holding talks with Mohamed Salah.

    The reigning Premier League champions are keen to extend crocked centre-back Van Dijk’s contract at Anfield before turning to Salah amid rumours about his future, according to Eurosport.

    The Dutch talisman, 29, is recovering from an ACL op and is still on the same terms as when he joined the club for £75million from Southampton in 2018.

    The report states it was always in Liverpool’s plan to offer him a bumper new deal this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    FOOT THE BILL

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Newcastle and Bournemouth may do a possible swap deal involving winger Matt Ritchie and Philip Billing.

    Cherries have a long-term desire to bring back Ritchie, who left for Toon in 2016, and midfielder Billing is a possible trade.

  • Joe Brophy

    HOWE-AY THE LADS

    Exclusive by Paul Jiggins: Eddie Howe is wanted by Newcastle and Celtic.

    The two giants are both eyeing the former Bournemouth boss to be their next manager.

    Bookies Paddy Power suspended betting on Howe taking over at Celtic — while Newcastle want him as their new gaffer if they decide to axe Steve Bruce.

    Howe, 43, is itching to get back into management after leaving relegated Bournemouth last summer.

    But he is still recognised as one of English football’s brightest young bosses after the incredible job he did in taking the Cherries from the lower divisions to the top flight and then keeping them there for five years.

    He is also renowned for playing stylish attacking football – which would go down well with Newcastle and Celtic fans who are both unhappy with the way their idols are playing at the moment.

  • Joe Brophy

    DAYLIGHT ROBBERY

    Manchester United are set to put one over on Liverpool by snapping up £55million centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

    Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp has targeted the RB Leipzig star, 22, to bolster his creaking backline in the long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk.

    But with Klopp insisting he will NOT enter the market this month, United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could add to the German’s woes by nipping in to sign him.

    Upamenco’s £38m release clause is only activated in the summer.

    And if United fail to land him, they could turn their attention to Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane in the summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    BURN THE COLL

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Burnley and Arsenal are battling it out for Stoke’s Nathan Collins — and Sean Dyche has a real chance.

    Potters’ defender Collins, 19, is the Clarets’ top choice to replace James Tarkowski in a £10million deal.

    Boss Dyche’s transfer team are focusing on the Irishman as they know Tarks will go at some stage.

    Collins has moved ahead of Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall in that wish list with a string of impressive performances.

    He is the type of signing the new American owners want for their long-term plans — and they could even bid BEFORE Tarkowski is sold.

    But the Gunners also have their sights on young colossus Collins as a future star — and from the club where they found legendary pair Lee Dixon and Steve Bould.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEM IN DEMAND

    Exclusive by Alan Nixon: Crystal Palace are in the race for Leicester’s out-of-favour winger Demarai Gray.

    The Eagles will swoop for Gray as a replacement for Andros Townsend if he leaves this month — or at the end of his deal in the summer.

    Gray seems sure to seek a fresh start after Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers sidelined him.

    He has only played one Premier League game in a season that has seen Leicester storm into third, two points off the top.

    Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are looking to sign a handful of players, as many of his squad are set to leave this summer.

  • Joe Brophy

    BELE FLOP

    Chelsea are among the clubs reportedly keeping tabs on Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

    Sport claim the Blues are set to rival Manchester United, Juventus and Bayern Munich by monitoring the Frenchman’s contract situation.

    Dembele is only tied to the Liga giants until 2022 and Camp Nou officials are said to be against letting him enter the final 12 months of his deal.

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Manchester United winning the title and moving on Paul Pogba in the summer would be “a win-win” situation at Old Trafford, says Paul Parker.

    He told Eurosport: “Paul Pogba's recent performances have been reminiscent of the player from Juventus: he is respectful, humble and is not looking for excuses.

    “Suddenly he has become a team player again. He’s earning the right to play.

    “However, let's reserve judgement as we have been here before – Pogba needs to be consistently excellent; great players don’t play well the odd game, they have consistency.

    “However, this week, at least, Pogba has been – alongside Bruno Fernandes – United's best player.

    “If the season was over three games then great. It’s quite interesting that his level has spiked as United start to challenge at the top.

    “If he wants to leave, there’s no better place to showcase yourself than playing for a team that’s competing to win a league title.

    “It is a win-win if Manchester United finish as champions and Pogba gets a move.”

  • Joe Brophy

    UPA AND AWAY

    Frank Lampard has targeted RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as the long-term successor to Thiago Silva, according to reports.

    The Evening Standard claim the Blues have joined Manchester United and Bayern Munich for the 22-year-old's signature.

    The report adds that Chelsea view Upamecano as a possible long-term replacement for Silva who will be 37 at the end of the year.

  • Joe Brophy

    DAN AND OUT

    Tottenham outcast Danny Rose could be heading to Turkey.

    Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor have set their sights on the left-back, according to the Daily Mail.

    An offer has reportedly been lodged and talks are set to take place between all three parties.

    Rose, out of contract at the end of the season, fancies a move abroad to kickstart his career.

    The 30-year-old has not featured for Tottenham since December 2019 after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.

  • Joe Brophy

    SLICK RICK

    Arsenal are reportedly lining up a move for Crystal Palace youngster Tyrick Mitchell.

    The Gunners are chasing cover at left-back for Kieran Tierney.

    And they are one of a number of clubs courting 21-year-old Mitchell, according to The Evening Standard.

    Mitchell has taken his chance to shine at Selhurst Park after breaking into Roy Hodgson’s first team.

  • Joe Brophy

    MUS PAY UP

    Jamal Musiala's wage demands have been holding up contract negotiations with Bayern Munich.

    The 17-year-old wants £100,000-a-week after just 20 senior appearances for the Bundesliga champions.

    He has 18 months left on his youth agreement and Allianz Arena bigwigs are eager to secure his future.

    A failure to agree fresh terms could spark a summer transfer amid interest from Manchester United.

    But Goal claim negotiations between the club and player are advancing.

    The former Chelsea youngster is reportedly happy to remain at Bayern despite having plenty of admirers in the Premier League.

  • Joe Brophy

    DO OR DIJK

    Liverpool will reportedly prioritise tying Virgil Van Dijk down with a new deal before holding talks with Mohamed Salah.

    The reigning Premier League champions are keen to extend crocked centre-back Van Dijk's contract at Anfield before turning to Salah amid rumours about his future, according to Eurosport.

    The Dutch talisman, 29, is recovering from an ACL op and is still on the same terms as when he joined the club for £75million from Southampton in 2018.

    The report states it was always in Liverpool's plan to offer him a bumper new deal this season.

  • Joe Brophy

    PRICE IS RICE

    West Ham are reportedly considering slashing their asking price for Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice.

    According to the Guardian, Hammers bigwigs could be willing to sell the England international for £50million at the end of the season.

    The potential new fee is £30MILLION less than the asking price just last summer.

    It is claimed that West Ham are thinking of slashing their players' valuations due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

  • Joe Brophy

    GUN FIRE

    Folarin Balogun appeared to send boss Mikel Arteta a message just minutes after the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Southampton.

  • Joe Brophy

    HAMMER TIME

    West Ham plan to offer David Moyes a new contract at the end of the season, according to reports.

    Hammers bigwigs have revelled in their revival in the Scot's second spell in charge.

    A return to 32 points from 19 games has the team in the hunt for European football.

    Moyes has six months left on his current deal, with the option for another year.

    But he is set to be rewarded with a long-term extension as reward for his fine work, according to the Guardian.

  • Joe Brophy

    CUNDO ATTITUDE

    Facundo Pellestri is heading out on loan after failing to play for Manchester United since his summer arrival.

    The Uruguay winger's agent believes the 19-year-old will join a Spanish club temporarily.

    And with a loan exit looming, Pellestri's representative Edgardo Lasalvia said: "We’re working on that, surely Spain is the destination."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ART DEALER

    Mikel Arteta has spoken of the imminent loan signing of Martin Odegaard following the 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

    Asked about the player, the Arsenal boss said: "Obviously we played today.

    "Since last night I don’t have any updates.

    "Probably I will get a few phone.calls today and see where we are with every deal."

  • Jake Lambourne

    VAR FROM HOME

    Man Utd target Raphael Varane wants to quit Real Madrid with his contract expiring in 2022, reports say.

    The Frenchman has been at the club since 2011, joining aged 17, and has since won 18 trophies in the Spanish capital.

    But according to SPORT, Varane feels his time with Madrid is drawing to a close, leaving him considering a new challenge.

    His contract expires next summer, meaning he is allowed to talk to clubs over a free transfer in 12 months time.

    To avoid losing the 27-year-old for nothing, Madrid need either cash in and sell him or convince the defender to stay and extend his deal.

    But, it is understood Varane will not sign a new contract.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAMMER BLOW

    West Ham have reportedly seen a loan enquiry for Emerson Palmieri rejected by Chelsea.

    The Hammers are looking to provide competition for Aaron Cresswell with Arthur Masuaku currently injured.

    And the London side have turned to Palmieri, according to the Mirror.

    However despite the defender out of favour under Frank Lampard, the Blues are said to have turned down West Ham’s enquiry.

    They want Palmieri as cover should they pick up an injury.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DAN AND OUT

    Tottenham outcast Danny Rose could be heading to Turkey.

    Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor have set their sights on the left-back, according to the Daily Mail.

    An offer has reportedly been lodged and talks are set to take place between all three parties.

    Rose, out of contract at the end of the season, fancies a move abroad to kickstart his career.

    The 30-year-old has not featured for Tottenham since December 2019 after being frozen out by Jose Mourinho.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOR GOOD NEWS

    Aston Villa have reached an agreement with Marseille to sign midfielder Morgan Sanson.

    The deal could potentially reach £15.5million with add-ons.

    Sanson, 26, has chipped in with two goals and three assists in 12 Ligue 1 matches this term.

    He is expected to arrive in Birmingham next week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CAI IT AIN'T SO

    Man Utd and Chelsea look set to be beaten to the transfer of Ecuador wonderkid Moises Caicedo by Brighton.

    Caicedo plays for Independiente del Valle in his native country of Ecuador, where he has become a regular feature.

    The 19-year-old box-to-box midfielder has also featured for Ecuador's national side making four appearances.

    Sky Sports reports that Caicedo is flying in to the UK to finalise a £4.5m move to the Seagulls.

    According to his club's general manager Santiago Morales, a work permit has already been arranged.

    There is also a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the transfer.

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