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THE transfer window is open as teams look to make changes ahead of a tough second half of the season.

All Europe's top leagues are currently experiencing competitive title races – and we've the very latest from La Liga, Serie A and of course the Premier League.

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    BREAKING

    Turkish media reporting that Mesut Ozil has agreed a deal to join Fenerbahce.

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    CRAW BLIMEY

    FORMER Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City prodigy Denzeil Boadu is still without a club one year after leaving Crawley Town.

    According to Record, nobody is yet to approach the free agent in the 12 months since his brief spell with the League Two outfit.

    Boadu, 23, was once tipped as the next big thing after kicking off his youth career at Tottenham.

    The versatile forward, who played for England’s U16s and U17s, wound up at Arsenal in 2012 before joining Man City’s academy a year later.

    Reflecting on the switch, Boadu said at the time: “My goal is to become a professional footballer.

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    TOP THE BIL

    SLAVEN BILIC has pocketed himself a mega pay day after being appointed new manager of Beijing Guoan.

    The Croatian has wasted no time stepping back into management after being sacked as West Brom boss on December 16.

    After earning promotion from the Championship, he picked up seven points from 13 league matches before being given the axe.

    But now the 52-year-old has taken on a new challenge at the Chinese Super League club.

    Although his wages are unknown, Beijing's former coach Bruno Genesio was one of the highest paid managers in world football on a staggering £7million-a-year deal.

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    DOUBLE TROUBLE

    GENOA are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal outcasts Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi.

    Both of the defenders have fallen out of favour under the management of Mikel Arteta this season.

    Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Genoa are prepared to offer Sokratis a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    Sokratis, 32, played for the Serie A side from 2008 until 2010 before he joined AC Milan.

    The source states that the 90-cap Greece international has agreed to a move back to Genoa.

    But Turkish giants Fenerbahce are expected to make an offer for him this month.

    Olympiacos could also make a move for Mustafi – who joined Arsenal from Dortmund in 2018.

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    AMERICAN DREAM

    MESUT OZIL is in 'advanced' negotiations with DC United over a move to MLS, according to reports.

    The German is out-of-favour in North London, having not played since March.

    Ozil is free to speak to clubs abroad, now that he is in the last six months of his contract.

    And according to football.london, DC United have offered the 32-year-old an 'attractive' package to join the club, with negotiations at an 'advanced stage'.

    The deal would include an expansion of the Gunners midfielder's M10 brand around the States.

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    SLEEPING GIANTS

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER believes he still needs 'two or three top players' to turn Manchester United into title contenders, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are well and truly in the title race as they sit level on points alongside table-toppers Liverpool with a game in hand.

    United haven't won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

    Poor decisions on and off the pitch, including bad player recruitment has seen United playing catch-up with their fiercest league rivals.

    But they appear back on the right track which is a dramatic turnaround for Solskjaer who was close to the sack in October.

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    CO-ING NOWHERE

    BAYERN MUNICH star Kingsley Coman admits he is flattered over the transfer rumours linking with Manchester United and City.

    The former Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus star has become one of the most coveted wingers in the game since his switch to Germany in 2015.

    Despite the 24-year-old scoring the only goal of the game against his old club PSG to secure the Champions League for Bayern in August, the star has been linked with a move away.

    Premier League duo United and City were both believed to be keen on signing Coman.

    He told SportBild: “It's good to know that good teams are interested in me, it gives me additional confidence.

    “But I have a contract here until 2023, I'm just thinking of Bayern. It's all good, I'm happy…”

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    TRANSFER NEWS

    Manchester City target Lionel Messi is rated as "most likely" to exit Barcelona this summer – as transfer talk over Paul Pogba and Mesut Ozil hots up again.

    New PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he too will pursue Argentina genius Messi, 33.

    And Nou Camp presidential candidate Agusti Benedito said: “Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic.

    “The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer.”

    Manchester United have reportedly rebuffed any hopes Juventus had of a cash-plus-player exchange involving Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa and the Italian champions' old boy Pogba.

    But United left-back Brandon Williams is closing in on a loan switch to Newcastle.

    And Arsenal outcast Ozil is increasingly tipped for a January exit.

    The ex-Germany playmaker, 32, is said to be in "advanced" talks with MLS club DC United.   

    Norwich's Argentinian midfielder Emiliano Buendia, heavily linked with the Gunners, admits "returning to the Premier in the short term is a dream.”   

    And France striker Olivier Giroud, 34, is expected to stay at Chelsea until his contract runs out in the summer, despite interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.

    The Blues have been linked with Strasbourg's £13.5milion-rated defender Mohamed Simakan, 20.

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    LAC OF RUSH ON NEW DEAL

    Arsenal have told striker Alexandre Lacazette to wait until the summer for contract talks.

    Less than two years ago, managing director Vinai Venkatesham said no player would be allowed to enter the final two years of their contract.

    Alexandre Lacazette is into the final 18 months of his Arsenal contract

    But now the club have ditched the policy as unworkable.

    And they risk losing French international Lacazette for nothing.

    The hitman has less than 18 months to run on the £170,000-a-week deal he signed when he joined in a £52million transfer from Lyon in 2017.

    Boss Mikel Arteta said: “We haven’t talked about anything related to his contract.

    “We will speak in the summer — and make a decision then.”

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    BUENDIA’S PREM RETURN DREAM

    Norwich’s Arsenal target Emiliano Buendia admits: ” Returning to the Premier (League) in the short term is a dream.”

    The former Argentina Under-20 midfielder was tipped for a summer exit after the Canaries’ relegation and is now being linked with the Gunners this month.

    And the 24-year-old told his home country’s Radio Residencias Buendia he is focused on helping Norwich go straight back to the Prem – but wants a quick return whatever happens.

    He said: “It is the best league in the world…the players and the teams are the best. I aspire to the best and work every day to get back to it, either in my team or through a transfer.

     “There was a lot of talk in the summer about both I and other teammates could leave the team to continue in the Premier League.  

    “However, I always had my head with the club. I belong to Norwich, I have to do things well for my team. Tomorrow we will see.

    “We are doing well and I am very happy to be here. We are in a good position, I am feeling important, I am scoring goals and making assists.”

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    POGBA WILL COST YA

    Manchester United have reportedly snubbed Juventus offers to part-exchange Aaron Ramsey or Douglas Costa for Paul Pogba.

    Juve remain the frontrunners to re-sign Pogba but Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly content to keep the France midfielder until at least the summer.

    Tat means Juve or Real Madrid would have to come up with something special in the January transfer window to land the 27-year-old this month.

    Ex-Arsenal star Ramsey has never truly settled in Serie A, while fellow 30-year-old, Brazil winger Costa, is on loan at Bayern Munich.

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    WATER OVER THE BRIDGE

    Chelsea could be willing to offload outcast midfielder Danny Drinkwater to the Bundesliga for just £3.5million.

    The former Premier League title winner with Leicester, 30, has flopped in loan spells with for Burnley and Aston Villa.

    But German outlet Fussballtransfers.com claim representatives for the three-cap ex-England star have spoken to German top-flight teams over a possible January move.

    It’s suggested the Blues would be prepared to accept ONE-TENTH of the £35m they paid the Foxes for him in 2017.

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    HAVE YOUR CAIC

    Chelsea are said to be in touch with Independiente del Valle over  midfielder Moises Caicedo – after the Ecuadorian club denied they were in talks with Manchester United over the 19-year-old.

    The Express claim the Blues are the latest club to pursue the full Ecuador international.

    But reports also suggest any interest from United has cooled.

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    ML-MES TALKS

    Mesut Ozil is in ‘advanced’ negotiations with DC United over a move to MLS, according to reports.

    The 92-cap ex-German midfielder, 32, has been frozen out by Arsenal since March.

    And according to football.london, DC United have offered Ozil, 32, an ‘attractive’ package to join the club, with negotiations at an ‘advanced stage’.

    The deal would include an expansion of the Gunners midfielder’s M10 brand around the States.

    And Ozil’s ’39 Steps Coffee’ would also be distributed around their Audi Field Stadium.

    The American side are convinced that the German can be the ‘face of their club’ moving forward.

    They also plan to release a full Ozil merchandise line. 

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    HERR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW?

    PSG have put five players up for sale including Ander Herrera, according to reports.

    The ex-Manchester United midfielder, 31, joined the club in 2019 and has two goals in 42 appearances.

    But he could be sold in order to help raise cash to fund Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer splurge.

    Marca report Thilo Kehrer, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Leandro Paredes are also on the chopping block.

    Herrera, Kehrer and Paredes all started in the Champions League final last summer while Draxler replaced the former but Gueye was an unused sub.

    Draxler has already been linked with a shock move to Leeds on a free transfer in the summer.

    It is thought PSG are hoping to raise in excess of £50million for the quintet.

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    STRIFE BEGINS AT 40

    Premier League bosses have revealed a record 40 positive Covid tests last week.

    Outbreaks of the virus at Manchester City, Fulham and Sheffield United contributed to the number of positives more than DOUBLING from the previous seven days.

    But another factor was the return of twice a week testing, meaning that more than 50 per cent extra samples were taken at the 20 Prem clubs.

    The latest figures, announced by the Premier League, confirmed that 28 new positive results were returned from 1,311 players and club staff tested between December 28 and New Year’s Eve.

    But the second round of weekly tests, comprising a further 984 samples, saw another 12 positive results returned.

    Last week saw three Prem games postponed because of virus outbreaks.

    It has now emerged that Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden warned Prem, EFL and FA bosses that further episodes of “Covidiocy” like the Christmas gather which included Spurs trip Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon plus West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini could make it difficult for the Government to continue to support games being staged.

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    KING TO LEUV AND LEAVE

    Wales midfielder Andy King has joined Leicester's Belgian sister club Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

    The England-born star, 32, helped the Foxes win the 2016 Premier League title but was released over the summer.

    King has agreed a deal with the sixth-placed Pro League side for the rest of the season.

    Leicester loaned him to Championship club Huddersfield last term.

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    NEI CAMP

    BARCELONA are preparing a stunning January move for Leicester hotshot Sidnei Tavares, SunSport's Jordan Davies can exclusviely reveal.

    The 19-year-old midfielder's contract with the Foxes runs out this summer – and Barca are hoping a sizeable sum this month will land them the young talent.

    But SunSport understands that if no deal can be agreed in this window, the Spanish giants have a gentleman’s agreement with Leicester to be Tavares’ first choice destination in the summer should he not extend his current contract.

    Leicester have so far made no attempts to begin talks over a new deal.

    Tavares only moved up to Leicester’s U23 squad last summer, and made a huge impression in pre-season with the senior side where Brendan Rodgers described him as “real talent”.

    He has been a stand-out in the U23s qualification to the second round of the EFL Trophy, including a stunning free-kick away to Grimsby Town in November.

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    KING OF THE WEST?

    West Brom are chasing a cut-price move for Bournemouth forward Josh King, according to reports.

    The Norwegian was in high-demand last summer, when West Ham and Torino both tested the Cherries’ resolve.

    Bids of £13million and £7m respectively were knocked back, however, with Bournemouth not concerned over losing King on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, having only paid £1m for him back in 2015.

    But with the striker having failed to hit the ground running back in the Championship this term, the Cherries may be willing to let the 28-year-old go on the cheap this month.

    According to the Mail, West Brom are interested in signing King to bolster their survival bid.

    New boss Sam Allardyce is eager to add firepower to his front line, especially having lost Karlan Grant to injury.

    King has been goal-shy this season, failing to score in eight Championship outings.

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    BRAND NEW TOON

    Brandon Williams is edging closer to a loan move to Newcastle after Manchester United agreed the framework for his exit, reports say

    The Red Devils are thought to have told the left-back, 20, he can leave temporarily this month.

    Now the Magpies seem to be heading Southampton in the race for the England Under-20 star.

    And with unpopular owner Mike Ashley looking to sell Newcastle, loan moves are preferred in January, according to the Shields Gazette.

    The gate money and match-day revenue lost due to coronavirus restrictions has also been factored into the club’s thinking.

    A list of potential targets, which includes Williams, is being compiled with his versatility and ability to play either side of the defence said to appeal.

    Newcastle have limited competition for Jamal Lewis at left-back while Javier Manquillo, DeAndre Yedlin and Emil Krafth have all been used on the opposite flank.

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    NO ROUD OFF THE BRIDGE

    Olivier Giroud is tipped to stay at Chelsea this month despite interest from Juventus and Inter Milan.

    Goal claim the France striker, 34, will see out the last six months of his Stamford Bridge contract after bagging nine goals in 15 games this term.

    Inter boss Antonio Conte has long been a fan, having signed Giroud for Chelsea from Arsenal in 2018.

    And Italian champions Juventus are said to have joined the race for Giroud’s signature after slipping to fifth in the Serie A table.

    But Giroud told RMC Sport: “My career, in the short term, I see it at Chelsea.

    “Now, we know things go quickly in football, both in good and bad ways. I want to keep my head clear and focus on the pitch.

    “I’m coming to the end of my contract at Chelsea in June, even if we have the option of another year.

    “We’ll go over things at the end of the year. But, once again, I have the ambition of winning something with Chelsea this season because I have a lot of hope due to the quality of our squad.”

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    MESSI MOVE PREDICTED

    Lionel Messi will 'most likely' leave Barcelona in the summer, according to presidential candidate Agusti Benedito.

    The 56-year-old is hoping to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu in the top job at the Catalan club during the elections later this month.

    And he told ESPN: "Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic.

    "Given the club's situation, I think it's really important that he stays at Barca, with the understanding that he understands the next two years we have in front us [could be difficult].

    "He's been here for 20 years; he's a Barcelona fan and I think he's sensitive to the situation. He has given us so much in the same way that Barcelona have given him a lot and it's time for us all to roll up our sleeves.

    "I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his desire is to stay at the club, but he didn't and now we have to wait and see. The truth is I am pessimistic.

    "Remember that in August he said he wanted to leave after 20 years and now he's still not cleared up what he wants to do.

    "The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer."

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    MY ‘BITTERSWEET’ UTD EXIT

    Diogo Dalot has stated his loan switch to AC Milan was a ‘bittersweet feeling’ after his injury woes for Manchester United.

    The 21-year-old – who joined the Red Devils in 2018 for £19million from Porto – was limited to just 20 Premier League appearances for the club.

    Injuries to his meniscus, hip and groin saw him miss over 30 matches, and he then struggled for form on his return to the side.

    And he fell down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season following the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and the emergence of academy graduate Brandon Williams.

    However the Portugal international has revealed he does not regret making the move to the Theatre of Dreams.

    Speaking to Record, he said: “Of course, the feeling is a little deeper, more because I didn’t have the time I liked physically.

    “I spent great moments at United. I played very important games for me and the team.

    “I left with a bit of a bittersweet feeling for not being physically available for all those games I lost due to injury.

    “But it is what it is. I wouldn’t change anything because what I learned was very important for my future and how I am now. 

    “I don’t regret it or look back with disappointment.”

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    DOESN’T BOAD WELL

    Former Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City prodigy Denzeil Boadu is still without a club one year after leaving Crawley Town.

    According to Record, nobody is yet to approach the free agent in the 12 months since his brief spell with the League Two outfit.

    Boadu, 23, was tipped as the next big thing when with Tottenham youths.

    The versatile forward, who played for England’s U16s and U17s, wound up at Arsenal in 2012 before joining Man City’s academy a year later.

    Reflecting on the switch, Boadu said at the time: “My goal is to become a professional footballer.

    “And being given that chance at Manchester City was like another chance to fulfil my dream.

    “After leaving Arsenal I didn’t want to go lower, I wanted to be at the best club possible.

    “And in England I think that is Manchester City.”

    Boadu spent four years with the Citizens but failed to make a senior appearance for them, before playing 29 times for Borussia Dortmund's B team in 2017.

    But on returning to England he lasted less than half a season with Crawley.

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    AND OF THE ROAD FOR LOAN?

    West Ham are considering recalling Felipe Anderson from his loan at Porto this month, according to reports.

    The Brazilian has hardly played for the Portuguese giants since leaving on a season long loan in the summer so the Hammers are said to be looking at other options for the £140,000-a-week winger.

    Despite being in West Ham's top two highest earners, the former Lazio man consistently under-performed for the East Londoners last season.

    The 27-year-old failed to impress David Moyes after he replaced Manuel Pellgerini in December 2019 and the decision was made to let him go on loan at the end of last season.

    But Anderson has made just five appearances for Porto – playing just 218 minutes of football in total since.

    As a result, West Ham are looking at calling him back to see if they can arrange another loan until the end of the season, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

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