Man Utd join race for Under
The Red Devils are among a host of clubs interested in the Turkish star
Manchester United have joined the race for Roma star Cengiz Under, according to ESPN FC.
The 21-year-old Turkish international appears likely to leave in the summer, with Roma placing a €50 million (£45m/$57m) valuation on the winger.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich are also interested in Under.
Simeone focused on matches, not transfer market
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has insisted he is not concerned with his club’s dealings in the January transfer market.
Simeone’s club have been linked with a move for Alvaro Morata, while defenders Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Diego Godin (Inter) have been linked with moves away.
Harkes, 23, spent two seasons with United and is the son of former USMNT captain John Harkes.
Rapids sign homegrown pair
The Colorado Rapids have announced the signing of forward Matt Hundley and defender Sam Raben as homegrown players.
Hundley, 18, recently completed his freshman season at UCLA, and has featured for the U.S. at the U-17 and U-19 levels.
Raben, 21, made 91 starts for Wake Forest, tied for third most in program history.
Fulham sign £1.8m Babel from Besiktas
Fulham have announced the £1.8 million signing of Ryan Babel from Besiktas until the end of the season.
The 32-year-old Netherlands international is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent three and a half seasons with Liverpool earlier in his career.
Goulart signs with Palmeiras
Ricardo Goulart has signed with Palmeiras on loan with an option to buy.
The midfielder was previously with Guangzhou Evergrande of the Chinese Super League and joins on an initial one-season loan.
Goulart was the Chinese league’s top scorer in 2016 with 19 goals and won five trophies during his stay in Asia.
Doucoure intent on leaving Watford amid PSG interest
Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure is looking to leave the club amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder says he is “flattered” by PSG’s interest while also stressing his desire to play for a Champions League team.
Doucoure also says Italy is an option as is staying in the Premier League.
Arteta called Isco over Man City move
As his status continues to remain unclear at Real Madrid, Isco has been courted by Mikel Arteta recently, according to El Chiringuito TV.
Arteta is looking to convince Isco to join Manchester City as it becomes clear he will leave Real Madrid in the near future.
Isco has been left on the bench in recent weeks by Santiago Solari, who has preferred to play without a No. 10.
PEC Zwolle signs Nakayama
PEC Zwolle announced the signing of Yuta Nakayama on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old defender joins the Dutch club from Kashiwa Reysol, signing a three-and-a-half year contract in the process.
Nakayama has captained Japan’s Olympic team while also being votes as “Talent of the Year”.
“I saw Yuta live in action after we had been on the radar for a long time,” said technical director Gerard Nijkamp. “This created the image of a reliable player, who is strong at the ball and defends his man.
“We therefore see in him a reinforcement for the long term. It is now important that Yuta acclimatizes and becomes acquainted with the club, so that he can start his adventure on Dutch soil as quickly as possible. ”
Strasbourg turn down offer for Lala
Strasbourg have turned down an offer for fullback Kenny Lala, according to RMCSport.
Lala has been a standout for the club this season, earning €8 million offer from Real Betis.
However, the Ligue 1 club have turned down that offer to keep Lala, who has scored three goals and provided six assists in 18 league matches.
Crystal Palace to sign Brazilian goalkeeper
Crystal Palace are set to sign goalkeeper Lucas Perri from Sao Paulo on loan with eyes on a permanent deal, according to the Guardian.
The goalkeeper, who has Italian citizenship, will provide cover for the injured Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey initially.
Palace have competition from Fiorentina to secure the 21-year-old, who the club sees as having potential to contribute once he’s bought permanently this summer.
Bayern want Arsenal’s head of recruitment
Bayern Munich are confident that they can lure Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, back to Germany before the end of the season, the Independent reports.
Mislintat is credited with developing Borussia Dortmund’s scouting operation into one of the most sophisticated in world football and the Gunners had high hopes he could achieve the same at the Emirates.
Things have not gone to plan however, according to the report, with Mislintat’s poor relationship with director of football Raul Sanllehi causing issues.
It is said that the well-respected talent-spotter has put forward several strong recommendations with the club, none of which have been followed up on, leading Bayern to swoop for his services.
Who is Kiko Casilla?
With Real Madrid’s second-string goalkeeper set to finalise a move to the Championship by the end of the week, Goal’s Daniel Edwards profiles the little-known three-time Champions League winner:
Who is Kiko Casilla? The goalkeeper swapping Real Madrid for Bielsa’s Leeds
Why Barca should be scared of Rabiot’s mother
While the prospect of signing Adrien Rabiot may be a tantalising one for big clubs all over Europe, it is one that comes with one major drawback: the midfielder’s agent and mother.
Forrest to Liverpool branded ‘laughable’
Talk of James Forrest being lured to Liverpool from Celtic in an £8 million ($10m) deal has been branded “laughable” by Bhoys legend John Hartson.
“I have to say that I laughed when I saw the figures quoted for James Forrest this weekend,” Hartson said.
“£8m? That might get you his big toe!”
Read Hartson’s full quotes on Goal
Mourinho rumours excite Liga president
La Liga president Javier Tebas has said that a return to the Spanish top flight for Jose Mourinho ‘would be fantastic’.
The Portuguese trainer has been out of work since being relieved of his duties at Manchester United earlier this season.
Since then, reports have linked Mourinho with a return to the Santiago Bernabeu, a propect that excites the Liga supremo.
Read Tebas’ full quotes on Goal
Bowen welcomes Spurs transfer talk
Jarrod Bowen has welcomed talk of interest from the likes of Tottenham and Leicester, but has offered no indication he is looking for a way out of Hull City.
“There is always going to be interest in every single player when you play well,” he told Sky Sports. “But I’ve got agents that represent me that take care of that and they didn’t say anything to me.
“It is nice to see your name linked to some teams, but I am a Hull City player and as far as I’m aware it is just rumours.”
Read the full story on Goal
Betis want Inter’s Martinez
Following the arrival of Diego Lainez, Real Betis will look to further strengthen their squad with the loan signing of 21-year-old Inter striker Lautaro Martinez, according to Diario de Sevilla.
Martinez has struggled for game time in Milan this season and could be allowed to make the temporary switch in a bid to impress Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti and retain match sharpness.
Forest appoint O’Neill
Nottingham Forest have appointed club legend Martin O’Neill as their new manager.
O’Neill replaces Aitor Karanka, who left the club last Friday, and will be tasked with leading Forest into the Championship play-offs.
Who is Emiliano Sala?
Nantes striker Emiliano Sala looks to be on the verge of a switch to Cardiff City (in spite of their manager saying “to hell with the rest of the world” regarding the Brexit debate at the weekend) and Goal has put together a profile on what the Bluebirds can expect from the in-form Argentine.
Read Robin Bairner’s profile of Sala right here on Goal
Hammers to block Hernandez’s Valencia switch
West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has agreed personal terms with La Liga side Valencia, but the Hammers have put a block on any possible move, according to Marca.
The former Manchester United striker is keen to return to Spain after an underwhelming spell at the London Stadium but West Ham are eager for him to stay to spearhead their charge up the Premier League table.
Cardiff chase Samatta
Genk’s Mbwana Samatta is on Cardiff’s radar should they fail in their bid to land Nantes forward Emiliano Sala, report Wales Online.
The Bluebirds are yet to make a bid for the Tanzania international and Sala remains their first-choice option as they continue to seek a new striker.
Arsenal and Manchester United in for Carrasco
Arsenal and Manchester United will go head to head with AC Milan for the signature of Belgium international Yannick Carrasco, report the Daily Star.
The forward has been playing at Dalian Yifang in China but is being courted by a host of European sides this January.
Tottenham weigh up Malcom loan bid
Tottenham are reportedly considering a loan bid for Barcelona winger Malcom after Harry Kane picked up an ankle injury against Manchester United on Sunday, report the Daily Star.
Mauricio Pochettino is also set to lose Son Heung-min to Korea’s Asian Cup campaign later this month, and could turn to Malcom who has failed to make the expected impact at the Nou Camp this season.
Higuain hands in transfer request
Gonzalo Higuain has handed in a formal transfer request at Juventus, according to the TalkSport.
The striker has been on loan at AC Milan this season but is desperate to force through a move to Chelsea to link back up with Maurizio Sarri.
Giroud targeted by Barcelona
Barcelona are on the trail of Olivier Giroud as Ernesto Valverde looks to strengthen his forward line following the departure of Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla, according to RMC Sport.
Chelsea have been expected to offload Alvaro Morata this January but World Cup-winner Giroud could also now be out the door.
Casilla misses Real training for Leeds medical
Kiko Casilla has traveled to England for a medical with Leeds United, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Real Madrid goalkeeper missed training with the La Liga giants this morning ahead of a prospective transfer to the Championship side.
Real make contact over Piatek
Real Madrid have made contact with Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek about a January move, report AS.
Real have struggled to replace Cristiano Ronaldo who departed in the summer and Piatek, who has scored 14 goals in 19 games for Genoa, is high on their list of options.
West Ham want Wilson if Arnautovic leaves
West Ham will target Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson if they let Marko Arnautovic leave for China, according to Sky Sports.
Shanghai SIPG have reportedly had a £35m offer for the Austria international rejected by the Hammers last week.
Allardyce rules himself out of Huddersfield job
Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the vacant Hudderfield manager’s job.
He told Talksport it was unlikely he would succeed the sacked David Wagner at the Premier League bottom club, saying: “He said: ‘As much as I like Huddersfield Town, it’s a very difficult job indeed. For me it’s got to be planning for what’s going to look like relegation.
“Planning for next season and trying to get back up to the Premier League. For me, at this stage of my life, if they made an approach I would chat with them but it’s highly unlikely.”
The former Bolton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Everton boss was installed as the favourite to succeed Wagner with some as short as 2/1.
Wages holding up Balotelli Marseille move
Marseille want Nice’s former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, 28, – but cannot agree a salary with the Italian striker.
L’Equipe report the club’s sports director Andoni Zubizarreta has made the ex-Liverpool and Inter goalscorer his top priority.
Groeneveld wanted by Premier League trio
Netherlands winger Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is a target for Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton, according to The Mail.
Club Brugge have already reportedly rejected a £9m bid from AC Milan for the Nigerian-born rising star.
Morata would take pay cut to leave Chelsea for Atletico
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata – reportedly on 9m Euros a year – is willing to take a pay cut to join Atletico Madrid, according to Marca.
The Spaniard, who cost the Londoners £75m from Real Madrid in 2016, is deemed surplus to requiremets at Stamford Bridge but Atletico would need to sell a player to bring him in for around £40m.
Arnautovic heading to Shanghai SIPG
West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic will seal a £35m move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG before the end of the week, according to The Sun.
The 29-year-old appeared to wave goodbye to Hammers fans after being substituted during the weekend win over Arsenal and earlier his brother and agent stated his desire to leave.
Barcelona plotting Stuani swoop
Having moved Munir out to Sevilla, AS reports that Barcelona have turned their attention to Girona striker Cristhian Stuani.
Ernesto Valverde is eager to bring in another frontman and feels the former Middlesbrough star could be a good fit.