Monday, 20 January 2014

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Transfer Window LIVE!
Goal guides you through all the latest news and rumours from the January transfer window as and when they happen.

Make sure to get involved, join the debate and have your say on Facebook and Twitter!

Hosted by John Stammers
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Chime in with Goal.com and other users and share your opinions.
Transfer Window LIVE!
Goal guides you through all the latest news and rumours from the January transfer window as and when they happen.

Make sure to get involved, join the debate and have your say on Facebook and Twitter!

Hosted by John Stammers
5:22 PM WAT
1/20/14
And here is Eto'o speaking to Cadena Cope: "I'll always like Barcelona, but I personally prefer Mallorca. My son has pressured me to finish my career there, my son is from there. I have signed on at Chelsea for the entire season and will try to enjoy it and later on, I will go to Mallorca."
5:03 PM WAT
1/20/14
Michu refused to target a specific return date, however, adding: "With this injury, though, you need to be careful and see how the ankle is every day so I don’t want to say ‘I want to be back for this date or game’. If I am going to play I need to be 100 per cent and not just 60 per cent. I want to be fit and I want to play at my highest level, so we will wait until I am fully fit.”

4:53 PM WAT
1/20/14
LIKE A NEW SIGNING KLAXON

Well, nearly. Swansea attacker Michu has outlined how he's looking forward to getting back on the pitch for the Welsh club, telling their official website: “I am improving a lot. I have started running and although I’m in a little pain I am happy with my progress. I want to be play as soon as possible. I am desperate to play because I am happy when I am on the pitch."
4:42 PM WAT
1/20/14
Just going back to the Zoopla, West Brom & Anelka news, it's worth remembering that the Baggies are playing Everton this evening - it will be interesting to see whether the French forward is named in the squad, as you would have expected him to be before this latest development.
4:31 PM WAT
1/20/14
Taylor was a regular fixture in the Swansea line-up until an ankle fracture saw him lose his place to Ben Davies, and he has struggled to break back into the team after the youngster's impressive performances in the first XI. As of yet Michael Laudrup has indicated he doesn't intend to sell the defender, though.
4:21 PM WAT
1/20/14
TRANSFER TALK!

Fulham have made a £4 million bid for Swansea left-back Neil Taylor, according to the Times.

4:11 PM WAT
1/20/14
More on West Brom, now. Sponsorship deals have so far played as big a part as signings during this transfer window, and following Nicolas Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' gesture Zoopla has announced it will NOT renew its contract with the club once it expires. More on that as it comes, folks.
3:57 PM WAT
1/20/14
Back in the Premier League, new West Brom manager Pepe Mel takes charge of the club for the first time against Everton this evening. He's hoping for a quick impact on the team's playing style, telling the Baggies official website: "It's still very soon, but it is something that will be noticeable."

But does that require new signings? Let us know your thoughts here.
3:45 PM WAT
1/20/14
GLOBAL GLANCE

Blackburn Rovers' forward Ruben Rochina has joined Rayo Vallecano on loan until the end of this season. The striker arrives having been loaned to fellow Spanish side Zaragoza last season. Rayo Vallecano will also have the option to buy the former Barcelona youth player next summer.
3:30 PM WAT
1/20/14
DONE DEAL

More big news as Liverpool have confirmed that Tiago Ilori, a £7 million summer signing from Sporting Lisbon, has joined La Liga outfit Granada on loan until the end of the season. The London-born centre-back has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Reds.

3:25 PM WAT
1/20/14
There's a general air of confusion as to why Juventus would want another midfielder as they discuss offloading Mirko Vucinic to Inter and taking Fredy Guarin in part-exchange. The Italian champions already have a wealth of options in midfield...but that might not always be the case.

David Moyes was recently spotted watching the Bianconeri and is rumoured to be keen on bringing Claudio Marchisio to Manchester United this January, while in-demand Paul Pogba has been linked with a host of clubs and his future in Turin seems decidedly uncertain. Andrea Pirlo, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Maybe Juve do need Guarin after all, it's not like Arturo Vidal can run the midfield all on his own. Actually, he probably could...

3:08 PM WAT
1/20/14
Arsenal haven't just dodged a bullet in missing out on Mirko Vucinic, but a "missile", according to @midEdAvid. Meanwhile, @e_dejann says the Gunners did not need the Montenegro striker in the first place.
2:59 PM WAT
1/20/14
Mirko Vucinic is understood to have already said goodbye to his team-mates at the Vinovo, Juventus' training ground, ahead of a looming move to Inter.

Have Arsenal dodged a (30-year-old) bullet, or was the Montenegro striker the perfect player to provide short-term cover and competition?
2:44 PM WAT
1/20/14
Arsenal fans might want to look away for a moment, as it appear Mirko Vucinic is set to move to Inter in a part-exchange deal with Fredy Guarin. The Montenegro striker had been linked with a loan move to the Emirates Stadium, but Juventus' desire to secure a permanent transfer has seen the Serie A champions open talks with their divisional rivals over a swap deal.

2:32 PM WAT
1/20/14
GLOBAL GLANCE

Benfica star and reported Manchester United target Nicolas Gaitan has outlined his intent to remain with his current club until the end of his contract. "I am at Benfica now. I have a contract until 2016 and I want to respect that," the Argentine told reporters. "If an offer comes in like the one that Benfica received for Nemanja Matic, we'll see what happens."
2:26 PM WAT
1/20/14
TRANSFER TALK!

Southampton could be set for a double blow of attacking departures this month, according to the Times, with the newspaper reporting West Ham are set to bid for Rickie Lambert and claiming Galatasaray are keen on Gaston Ramirez.
2:19 PM WAT
1/20/14
But does he think he'll get Spurs into the top four? Here's more from Sherwood: "Realistically, we should be in and amongst it but it's not easy is it? There's a lot of top teams in there and no-one seems to be giving any leeway. I keep looking at the results thinking 'surely they're going to drop points here today' and they don't seem to be doing it. It's going to go right down to the wire - it's about keeping that consistency and belief."

2:08 PM WAT
1/20/14
GOODBYE CHARLIE

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has admitted missing out on Champions League football at White Hart Lane could see him sacked. He told reporters: "If the season were to end tomorrow, I don't think the chairman would be too happy because we're fifth. The final league position has to meet the expectation of the club, otherwise it's 'goodbye Charlie'."
2:00 PM WAT
1/20/14
Now, Norwich midfielder and Scotland international Robert Snodgrass has played down reports linking him with a move to home town club Celtic, insisting he is happy at Carrow Road.

Read the full story here.
1:49 PM WAT
1/20/14
TRANSFER TALK!

Following the news from earlier that Yohan Cabaye is happy at Newcastle, the Daily Telegraph reports that Paris Saint-Germain are considering testing that theory with a £26 million bid.
1:44 PM WAT
1/20/14
IT'S ALL GOOD

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted "everything is fine" with star striker Radamel Falcao despite his recent goal draught. Reports have at times in the past have suggested the Colombian is unsettled at the French outfit, with others indicated interest from a number of clubs.

1:34 PM WAT
1/20/14
GLOBAL GLANCE

According to reports in Asia Italian legend Alessandro del Piero could be on his way to Thai side PTT Rayong. On the links, manager Peter Withe told Goal: "Okay listen, now my friend is in Sydney.So it's up to Mr. Del Piero whether he signs the deal or not. If he signs, he'll be here. If he's not, he'll stay at Sydney. That's it!"
1:24 PM WAT
1/20/14
Now, since joining Chelsea in the summer Samuel Eto'o hasn't quite hit the dizzy heights that we all know he was once capable of, however, he was on top form yesterday as he hit a hat-trick in the club's 3-1 win over Manchester United.

He's therefore Goal's World Player of the Week.
1:14 PM WAT
1/20/14
SCOUTING REPORT

Following a weekend jam-packed full of action, we've had a look at how various Premier League targets did for their current clubs. This week's report features Marchisio, Astori, Zouma & more - check it out here.
1:02 PM WAT
1/20/14
TRANSFER TALK!

According to Il Mattino Tottenham want Napoli attacker Goran Pandev in return as part of any deal for their midfielder Etienne Capoue.

12:58 PM WAT
1/20/14
Here's Big Sam talking to reporters: "Frustrated is an understatement in the amount of deals we've tried to do in the last six to eight weeks. Our need is to produce a really good signing that can hit the ground running and have an impact right away." Read on here, folks.
12:52 PM WAT
1/20/14
Now, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been talking about the lack of movement so far this window. With the Hammers so far bringing in just one player - Roger Johnson on loan - the boss admits he is becoming increasingly frustrated.
12:41 PM WAT
1/20/14
Let's move on to another midfielder linked with Manchester United in the past; Cesc Fabregas. The Barcelona man appeared to react angrily when substituted during the La Liga side's 1-1 draw with Levante yesterday - but has moved to clarify that he was simply "frustrated with the game" and not with being taken off.
12:32 PM WAT
1/20/14
And here he is, looking pretty happy indeed ...

12:28 PM WAT
1/20/14
Here's Cabaye speaking to reporters: "My mentality hasn't changed, even after what happened in the summer. I will do my best for the team every day. If the manager or the staff are happy with my performances, and the fans who are supporting me are happy, I am happy."
12:24 PM WAT
1/20/14
With the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain all linked with moves for the France international in the past, Cabaye has insisted that he is perfectly happy at Newcastle. Read all about it right here.
12:21 PM WAT
1/20/14
BIG news coming up if you're a Newcastle fan, and it's regarding Yohan Cabaye ...
12:12 PM WAT
1/20/14
TRANSFER TALK!

Tuttosport are reporting that Manchester United winger Nani tops Juventus' wishlist of players to spend any money raised from the sale of Arsenal-target Mirko Vucinic.

12:05 PM WAT
1/20/14
And in the Correspondent's Column, Wayne Veysey questions whether the Manchester United players truly believe David Moyes is up to the job. He also explains how Nicola Cortese's thirst for power took over at Southampton.

Get all the juicy deets right here.
11:59 AM WAT
1/20/14
Back to the Premier League now, and let's bring you some reaction to Manchester United's 3-1 loss at the hands of Chelsea. Firstly, Nemanja Vidic has admitted the loss means United are now out of the title race, but insisted David Moyes is still the right man for the job.

Does being out of the title race mean signing much-needed, big-name additions will be even harder this month?
11:36 AM WAT
1/20/14
11:28 AM WAT
1/20/14
Meanwhile at the Emirates, Andries Jonker has been appointed as Arsenal's new academy manager and will succeed Liam Brady at the end of the season. He is currently assistant manager at Wolfsburg and has previous experience of coaching youngsters within the Dutch football federation, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
11:19 AM WAT
1/20/14
We've been debating that news over on Twitter - asking you whether Vucinic is a sensible option for Arsenal. So far it seems most people think a short-term loan deal would make sense, but a permanent move would not. Have your say here.
11:14 AM WAT
1/20/14
Goal also understands that Wenger is in no rush to sign a striker, though, with Arsenal having just two more fixtures in January - Coventry in the FA Cup and out-of-form Southampton in the Premier League. The Frenchman is therefore happy to wait until the final few days when other clubs may be more willing to sell.
11:05 AM WAT
1/20/14
Goal understands Juventus offered Vucinic to Arsenal when the Gunners enquired about the availability of fellow striker Fernando Llorente. It is also understood Arsene Wenger is considering a loan move for the 30-year-old, but the snag could be the fact that the Serie A champions want to sell.
10:54 AM WAT
1/20/14
Right, moving on to this morning, we've got BIG news of a potential Arsenal signing; Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic's agent is set for talks with the Gunners today.

10:10 AM WAT
1/20/14
Yesterday was pretty quiet in terms of transfer news, with Manchester United's defeat to Chelsea - and Tottenham's win over Swansea - the main talking points, but let's just bring you a quick reminder of what did happen ...
10:03 AM WAT
1/20/14
Hello, good morning and welcome back to Goal's Transfer Window LIVE on this fine Monday morning. I'm John Stammers and I'll be your host for today, bringing you all the breaking developments as and when they happen!
7:00 PM WAT
1/19/14
Right, that's it for another edition of Goal's LIVE January Transfer Window Blog! It's been a quiet day in terms of deals, but as Chelsea have just beaten Manchester United 3-1, the coming week should see plenty more debate as to who David Moyes needs to bring in to fix his ailing squad.

A defender or two? Check.
A midfielder or two? Check.
A miracle worker? Double-check.

I've been Tom J Doyle, and thanks for adding your thoughts to another healthy debate. Stick with Goal for more transfer news and match reaction, and report back same place tomorrow at 9am sharp. Bye for now.

6:50 PM WAT
1/19/14
LIKE A NEW SIGNING KLAXON

I'm running out of klaxons - Tim Sherwood has praised the reborn Emmanuel Adebayor after the Togolese forward scored a brace in Tottenham's 3-1 win at Swansea, but refused to take the credit for his fine form.

"I've just given him the stage to go and play. He hasn't had that stage for a while," Sherwood said. "It's not as I've turned Adebayor into a good player. We all know he's been a good player at every club he's been at. He's been fantastic."

Sounds like more of a damning statement of Andre Villas-Boas' limitations than anything else, really.

Read the full story here
6:45 PM WAT
1/19/14
NEW SIGNING KLAXON

I told you I'd sound it - Nemanja Matic has come on to shore things up for Chesea with five minutes to play.
6:43 PM WAT
1/19/14
Javier Hernandez has scored for Manchester United - can they mount an unlikely comeback? Regardless of the scoreline today, here are your Twitter reactions to who Moyes needs to buy...

@Demolisher_007: him leaving will be better than any signing.

@yoshimoshikoshi: only God can save united now, and sadly he isn't too fond of devils. :(

@muzty_: A new squad.
6:39 PM WAT
1/19/14
AGUDELO LOAN

New Stoke signing Juan Agudelo has confirmed he will spend the rest of the season on loan at FC Utrecht in order to gain his work permit to play in the Premier League.

"Excited to be joining fcutrecht FCUtrecht on Loan for the rest of the season. First European debut," the 21-year-old striker said on his Twitter account.
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