Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United latest ahead of the January window


Christmas is now within touching distance. Boxing Day - and more Premier League action - isn't far behind.

And then, oh and then, we'll have the glory of January. And that means the reopening of the transfer window, when you can expect cash to be splashed.


Premier League clubs spent £165.4million in the last winter window. Newcastle (£26.3m), Watford (£26m) and Norwich (£23m) were the most profligate, though it didn't stop two of them from being relegated.

Manchester United are expecting bids for as many as ten of their first team squad and Jose Mourinho is keen to add a new centre-half to to his ranks.
But United are far from the only club looking to do deals. Stick with us throughout the day and we'll bring you all the latest on every mooted deal...

van Dijk.


Van Dijk’s list of suitors is continuing to grow with Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton all keen on the Dutchman.

Now the French champions have joined the race for his signature.

The mounting interest is a headache for Southampton, who are determined to fend off all interest in Van Dijk in January.

He signed a new six-year deal last season, less than a year after his £13m move to St Mary’s from Celtic.

The 25 year-old is now valued at £40m after a string of dominant displays in the heart of Southampton’s defence.


Manchester United transfer gossip round-up

Jose Mourinho has reportedly set his sights on four targets in a mega £180million spending spree.

According to the Telegraph, the Manchester United boss is said to want to land Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benfica defender Nelson Semedo.

It comes as United are nearing the signing of Semedo’s team-mate Victor Lindelof.

The deals are thought to be planned for across the next two transfer windows, as Mourinho bids to continue bolstering his ranks.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Manager Jose Mourinho of Manchester United watches from the touchline during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on December 17, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Mourinho takes United coaching team out for Christmas
Jose Mourinho enjoyed some Christmas cheer alongside his Manchester United backroom team on Wednesday evening.

The United boss was joined by his inner circle as they took the opportunity for some downtime ahead of the hectic festive fixture schedule.
United face Sunderland and Middlesbrough at home before travelling to West Ham in the space of just seven days.

But ahead of that Mourinho went for dinner with Rui Faria and coaches Silvino Louro, Ricardo Formosinho, Carlos Lalin and Emilio Alvarez and analyst Giovanni Cerra.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward was also in attendance.

West Ham set for January firesale 

West Ham are set to stage a big clear-out of flops in the January window – with striker Simone Zaza the first to go.

But the Hammers will fight off all attempts to prise away star player Dimitri Payet .
They have taken a dim view of the Frenchman’s latest interviews, in which he refused to close the door on a move away. 

But they remain resolute that, with with four-and-a-half years left on his contract, they will not be pressured into surrendering their 29-year-old prize asset.

They will, however, allow several other players to leave – starting with Juventus loanee Zaza. West Ham paid a £5million loan fee for the 25-year-old, who arrived in the summer with a further £20m payable if a permanent deal is activated after 15 -appearances.

Slaven Bilic speaks with Simone Zaza

Liverpool consider move for City's Hart'

Joe Hart could make an amazing Premier League return with a move to Liverpool .
Keeper Hart is on a season-long loan from Manchester City to Torino, and there is serious interest from the Italians in trying to tempt him to join them permanently.

But Liverpool are also watching developments closely and the 29-year-old could be interested in a move to Anfield next summer.

England No1 Hart has earned rave reviews in Italy and in addition to Torino being keen to hang onto him, his performances have also alerted other Serie A clubs.

But there would still be a temptation to return to the Premier League, with City ready to sell next summer after he was unceremoniously dumped in pre-season by their newly-arrived manager Pep Guardiola.


Benfica planning for life without United target Lindelof

Benfica defender Victor Lindelof was the consummate professional in what has been billed as his likely last game for the Portuguese club.

He was largely untroubled as Benfica beat Rio Ave 2-0 in their final Primeira Liga match of the year in front of over 50,000 at the Estadio da Luz to restore their four-point lead at the top of the standings.

It completes a remarkable calendar year for the Portuguese champions, especially on the home front, winning 30, drawing two and losing two of the 34 domestic games in 2016.

A major factor in the Lisbon club’s incredible form was undoubtedly the contribution made by Swede Lindelof, who has been an ever-present since he broke into the team in January.

Victor Lindelof celebrates with Luisao

Thursday's transfer gossip round-up

Manchester City and Liverpool are set to battle it out for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.

The striker is having a fine campaign north of the border under Brendan Rodgers.
The Celtic boss wants to keep him but accepts it may be a struggle if this form continues.

And the Sun report the Premier League big boys are both interested, with a £20m fee touted.

Celtic's Moussa Dembele reacts

Howdy cowboys and cowgirls

Well hello there transfer fans, fancy seeing you here? Do you come here often?
Christmas is now within touching distance. Boxing Day - and more Premier League action - isn’t far behind.

And then, oh and then, we’ll have the glory of January. And that means the reopening of the transfer window, when you can expect cash to be splashed.

Premier League clubs spent £165.4million in the last winter window. Newcastle (£26.3m), Watford (£26m) and Norwich (£23m) were the most profligate, though it didn’t stop two of them from being relegated.

Manchester United are expecting bids for as many as ten of their first team squad and Jose Mourinho is keen to add a new centre-half to to his ranks. But
United are far from the only club looking to do deals. Stick with us throughout the day and we’ll bring you all the latest on every mooted deal...


West Ham are set to stage a big clear-out of flops in the January window – with striker Simone Zazathe first to go.

But the Hammers will fight off all attempts to prise away star player Dimitri Payet.

They have taken a dim view of the Frenchman’s latest interviews, in which he refused to close the door on a move away. But they remain resolute that, with with four-and-a-half years left on his contract, they will not be pressured into surrendering their 29-year-old prize asset.

They will, however, allow several other players to leave – starting with Juventus loanee Zaza.



Joe Hart could make an amazing Premier League return with a move to Liverpool.

Keeper Hart is on a season-long loan from Manchester City to Torino, and there is serious interest from the Italians in trying to tempt him to join them permanently.

But Liverpool are also watching developments closely and the 29-year-old could be interested in a move to Anfield next summer.

England No1 Hart has earned rave reviews in Italy and in addition to Torino being keen to hang onto him, his performances have also alerted other Serie A clubs.


Rodriguez "offended" by Real

James Rodriguez is frustrated with his situation at Real Madrid - and just “wants to feel wanted”, ex-Los Blancos boss Jorge Valdano has said,

The Colombian’s future remains up in the air, having failed to nail down a regular starting spot under Zinedine Zidane.

He admitted after the Club World Cup final that he was considering offers from elsewhere.

And Sunday Mirror Sport revealed last week that Chelsea are considering a move for Rodriguez as a replacement for China-bound Oscar.

Valdano, who played and manage at the Bernabeu, understands Rodriguez’s annoyance.

At Real, he’s been hidden in the lower draw and that offends him.

He’s young and in the prime of his career, you can understand his desperation when he’s not getting any minutes.

James wants what all professionals want: to be a little bit wanted, to have minutes and to be a key player.



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