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THE transfer window is almost here as clubs look to freshen up their squads going into a packed second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races meaning there's plenty of work to be done among the big guns.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

    The January transfer window is fast approaching and transfer news is popping up left right and centre!

    Former West Ham forward John Hartson believes that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice would be a good signing for Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old is also being tracked by his former club Chelsea who want to bring him back to the club.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, Hartson: “I think he’s better than Fred, I think he’s better than McTominay. 

    “[Bruno] Fernandes is outstanding, he’s been Manchester United’s best player in the last 12 months since they bought him. 

    “[Paul] Pogba, we’re not quite sure what Pogba is going to turn up – some weeks he’s great, others he is languishing and doesn’t look up to it. 

    “I think he would be a great signing for them.”

    Tottenham could make a move for RB Leipzig captain Marcel Sabitzer with the players contract expiring at the end of next season.

    It is believed that the club cannot afford to give Sabitzer a bumper contract lucrative enough to keep him at the club, and it could force Leipzig’s hand into a sale.

    Spurs are reportedly willing to offer £45million to bring him to the Premier League.

    Chelsea are looking at offering defender Kurt Zouma a new contract in the New Year, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Romano said: “There are no negotiations right now.

    “The Chelsea board are thinking of offering a new contract to Zouma. 

    “They will start to talk with Zouma, they expect to talk with Zouma to extend his contract. 

    “He has two more seasons left on his contract at Chelsea, but they want to extend the contract. Zouma is a priority.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    DAN’S THE MAN

    Sam Allardyce is looking to bring Manchester United winger Dan James to the Hawthorns in January, according to the Daily Star.

    Allardyce is keen to bring the Wales international in on loan to help the club in the fight to stay in the Premier League.

    He can expect some competition from fellow Premier League competitors with the likes of Leeds, Burnley and Brighton all interested.

    The 23-year-old heading into this weekend had only played four times in the league.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GREAT SIGNING

    Former West Ham forward John Hartson believes that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice would be a good signing for Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old is also being tracked by his former club Chelsea who want to bring him back to the club.

    Speaking to Stadium Astro, Hartson: “I think he’s better than Fred, I think he’s better than McTominay. 

    “[Bruno] Fernandes is outstanding, he’s been Manchester United’s best player in the last 12 months since they bought him. 

    “[Paul] Pogba, we’re not quite sure what Pogba is going to turn up – some weeks he’s great, others he is languishing and doesn’t look up to it. 

    “I think he would be a great signing for them.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    ALL WEL AND GOOD

    West Ham boss David Moyes has admitted he considered signing Danny Welbeck, but he was wary of the strikers injury record.

    Moyes said: "I am really pleased for Danny because I enjoyed working with him at Manchester United, he is a great boy and enthusiastic.

    "He has had a few injuries and he was someone who I did consider and I was probably just a little concerned about his injuries in the past more than anything else.

    "I have got to say I am really pleased for him because he is a good boy, a good footballer who has worked hard on his game and been doing well for Brighton."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BRANDT DEAL

    Arsenal reportedly have 'reservations' over signing Houssem Aouar but are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt.

    The Athletic reports Lyon ace Aouar was a previous Gunners target but has now slipped down the scouting pecking order.

    The Gunners are set to dip into the January transfer window to add some creativity to the ranks after a horror start to the Premier League season left them hovering above the relegation zone.

    Mikel Arteta's side had reportedly 'weighed up' a move for Dominik Szoboszlai but the player opted to swap RB Salzburg for RB Leipzig.

    And now after chasing £55million-rated Aouar in the summer, the club appear to have had a change of heart after developing 'reservations' over signing the players.

    The report states Dortmund's Brandt is on their radar – despite only starting six league games this season.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SAB THAT

    Marcel Sabitzer's wage demands could force RB Leipzig to sell him with Tottenham interested in bringing the midfielder to the Premier League, according to reports.

    According to journalist Christian Falk, Spurs are interested in bringing the Austrian to the Premier League.

    Sabitzer is one of RB Leipzig's top earners with an annual salary of £5.5million, and the club would struggle to increase his wages, handing Spurs a massive boost.

    And the player is reportedly interested in a move to Spurs which would see his six-year stay at Leipzig come to an end. 

    The player's contract is due to expire in the summer of 2022, and Leipzig could look to get some money for the player instead of letting him go for free at the end of next season.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ZOUM CALL

    Chelsea are set to open contract talks with defender Kurt Zouma in the New Year, according to reports.

    According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Blues want to reward Zouma for his fine form this season.

    The 26-year-old has helped Chelsea get off to a good start, forming a solid partnership with Thiago Silva as well as scoring four goals in 13 Premier League appearances.

    Zouma also played a key role in Chelsea's flawless Champions League group stage clean sweep which saw them qualify for the knockout stages unbeaten.

    Speaking on the Here We Go Podcast, Romano said: "There are no negotiations right now.

    "The Chelsea board are thinking of offering a new contract to Zouma. 

    "They will start to talk with Zouma, they expect to talk with Zouma to extend his contract. 

    "He has two more season left on his contract at Chelsea, but they want to extend the contract. Zouma is a priority."

  • Daniel Brookes

    NO MARCELO MOVE

    Juventus have no interest in a move for Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, according to Calcio Mercato.

    The Old Lady have long been linked with a move for the Brazilian defenderbut have no plans to launch a bid in the near future.

    Marcelo has fallen down the pecking order at Real Madrid, with Ferland Mendy now Zinedine Zidane No1 pick at left-back.

  • Daniel Brookes

    ALLI OVER ERIKSEN

    Mauricio Pochettino would refer to sign Dele Alli over Christian Eriksen for Paris Saint-Germain, according to Le10Sport.

    Pochettino is in advanced talks with PSG to replace Thomas Tuchel as manager.

    Alli was linked with a move to the French champions in the summer and could jump at the chance to reunite with his former boss, having fallen out of favour at Spurs.

    Eriksen meanwhile, has endured a torrid time at Inter Milan with the Italian side offering him to clubs around Europe less than a year after signing him.

  • Daniel Brookes

    HAK BACK

    AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli is confident Hakan Calhanoglu will sign a new contract at the club.

    The 26-year-old's current contract at the San Siro expires at the end of the season.

    Pioli told DAZN talks with the Turkish midfielder have taken place and were progressing positively.

    Bild reported in October that Calhanoglu had held talks with Manchester United regarding a free transfer next summer.

  • Daniel Brookes

    CHAMPS ALLI-SEES

    Maurico Pochettino will make Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli his No1 transfer target if he becomes Paris Saint-Germain manager.

    Alli was a key player for Spurs during Pochettino's time in charge but has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

    Pochettino is in advanced talks with PSG over their vacant managerial position following Thomas Tuchel's dismissal on Christmas Eve.

  • Daniel Brookes

    YA NEVER KNOW

    Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is unsure whether he will leave the club in January.

    The former Crystal Palace man came close to joining Middlesbrough in the summer and it is thought the Championship side could renew their interest.

    Bolasie said: "I did want to go because I know the gaffer [Neil Warnock] and I know what the gaffer can do for me.

    “I know that I was flying because I played the pre-season games and knew what I did in pre-season.

    “I don’t know if it’s 100 per cent there now, now it’s a total different picture.

    "That was before, it’s a total different picture now.”

     

  • Daniel Brookes

    ALABA TO REAL?

    Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, according to The Athletic.

    The 28-year-old's contract at Bayern expires at the end of the season and the two parties have so far failed to agree on a renewal.

    As a result, he is free to discuss pre-contract terms with other clubs from next month.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested but reports suggest Real have stolen a lead on the competition and are willing to offer Alaba a bumper contract.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NU PLAN

    Real Madrid are eyeing Sporting Lisbon left-back Nuno Mendes as a long-term replacement for Marcelo, according to Mundo Deportivo.

    June Calafat, one of Real's global transfer chief has reportedly run the rule over the 18-year-old, who has established himself as a first-team regular this season.

    Mendes has also been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United but is expected to sign a new contract in the Portuguese capital which will increase his release clause from around £40m to £63m.

  • Daniel Brookes

    POCH WANTS MESSI

    Mauricio Pochettino would welcome the chance to sign Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain, according to Le Parisien.

    The Barca star's contract expires in the summer and he is free to discuss pre-contract terms with other clubs from next month.

    Pochettino looks set to be appointed as PSG's new manager following the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel earlier this week.

  • Daniel Brookes

    NOT SCHUURS

    Ajax defender and Liverpool target Perr Schuurs has ruled out a transfer away from the Eredivisie champions.

    He said: "I am now a starting player which was my goal beforehand.

    "I am very happy about that. I feel at home here.

    "I’m not really in favour of going abroad early. I feel at home here so I want to play here for a few more seasons."

  • Daniel Brookes

    MADE HIS MARC

    Jose Mourinho wants to add RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer to his Tottenham squad, according to Bild.

    Sabitzer, 26, scored twice against Spurs in the last-16 of the Champions League last season.

    The Austrian is reportedly one of Leipzig's highest earners and the Bundesliga side could be ready to let him go.

  • Daniel Brookes

    'LAUTARO HAPPY AT INTER'

    Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez is happy at Inter Milan, according to his agent.

    The Argentine forward was linked with a move to Barca in the summer but the Spanish giants were unable to fund a deal, and his agent Beto Yaque believes he is now settled at the San Siro.

    Yaque told Ole: "Lautaro is happy at Inter.  

    "He is growing and learning because he is a boy with enormous potential, I would say without limits.

    "He can become an elite player."

  • Daniel Brookes

    CAPOUE OFF?

    Villarreal and Valencia are interested in Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue, according to Superdeporte.

    The Frenchman was expected to leave Vicarage Road following the Hornets' relegation last season.

    However, new manager Xisco Munoz could try to tempt the 32-year-old into staying at the club as they bid for a swift return to the Premier League.

    Capoue has made 10 appearances for Watford in the Championship this season.

  • Ian Tuckey
  • Ian Tuckey

    FOXES UNCHANGED VS UTD

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    1 Schmeichel, 2 Justin, 3 Fofana, 6 Evans, 27 Castagne, 25 Ndidi, 8 Tielemans, 11 Albrighton, 10 Maddison, 15 Barnes, 9 Vardy.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    DECISION TIME ON MESUT AND KOLASINAC

    Former Gunners' hero Ian Wright added: "I would say to the people upstairs: give Mesut Ozil the money if you’re not going to play him and move him on. 

    "Same with (Sead) Kolasinac and same with those players that are in and around the club and aren’t going to contribute. 

    "That’s what he needs, players who are contributing. "

  • Ian Tuckey

    PLAY OZIL OR PAY HIM OFF

    Ian Wright is urging Mikel Arteta to ditch three big-name Gunners and wants Mesut Ozil paid off unless he earns a January recall.

    Emirates legend Wrighty believes youngsters like William Saliba, Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock should oust top summer signing Willian, Shkodran Mustafi and Sead Kolasinac.

    He told Optus Sport’s The Kelly and Wrighty Show: "With the manager and the players he’s picking now, I think people like Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock and those guys, I’d like to see them have a chance.

    "That’s simply because you’re looking at the Willians, it’s not happening and he’s not playing well. 

    "Why are you playing people like Kolasinac? Why are you playing someone like Mustafi?

    "I’d rather see Saliba who is playing in the Under-23s, I’d rather see Smith Rowe and I’d rather see something different."

  • Ian Tuckey

    POCH MESS MONSTER SIGNING?

    Mauricio Pochettino is tipped to make Lionel Messi his top transfer target at PSG.

    Ex-Spurs boss Pochettino is dreaming of Messi joining Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for a stunning front three next season as he closes on the PSG job.

    Mauricio Pochettino reportedly believes he can lure Lionel Messi to PSG

    The French champs are poised to appoint Poch within days after Thomas Tuchel's Christmas Eve sacking.

    And Le Parisien believe the Argentinian's arrival would boost PSG's chances of beating Inter Milan and Manchester City to his fellow countryman.

    Former Barcelona team-mate Neymar is among the friends Messi already has at last season's Champions League finalists.

    Messi, 33, is still rated likely to depart the Nou Camp in the summer, despite settling his differences and accepting he had to stay for this campaign.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OZIL: I'D NEVER JOIN SPURS

    Exiled superstar Mesut Ozil admits it's a 'difficult time for everyone' at Arsenal – but promised he would never join big rivals Tottenham.

    The 'frustrated' midfielder, 32, insists he is itching to return for the Gunners, despite reports of secret talks over moving to Fenerbahce.

    And as 15th-placed Arsenal prepare to host Chelsea on Boxing Day evening, Ozil spoke out on being sidelined since March amid the Gunners' worst ever start to a Premier League season.

    The 92-cap ex-Germany playmaker tweeted: "It’s a very difficult time for everyone around the club – not just for me.

    "The situation is frustrating for everyone.

    "Of course I would wish I could help the team especially right now, but as long as I don’t get the chance I just hope that we get better results very soon again."

    And Ozil underlined to fans where his loyalties lie by posting a clip of Spiderman flipping through "NO" answers, above the words: #Askmesut would you leave Arsenal for Tottenham Hotspur if there's Chance."

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