Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool interested in Tielemans, Newcastle eye Ruben Neves, Traore UPDATE, Chelsea 'in market'

THE January transfer window is OPEN and deals are being completed all over Europe.

Tottenham are thought to be confident in wrapping up the signing of Adama Traore from Wolves.

While Newcastle are set to seal a move for Chris Wood, with the Kiwi striker signing from relegation rivals Burnley.

SunSport can exclusively reveal Liverpool are eyeing a £60m deal for Porto's Colombian winger Luis Diaz.

And the Reds are also interested in Barcelona's wonderkid Gavi and are prepared to pay him 50 TIMES his current salary at the Nou Camp.

Philippe Coutinho has completed a return to the Premier League.

Barcelona have accepted a loan offer from Aston Villa, bringing the former Liverpool star back to England.

And Erling Haaland is a summer target for Real Madrid, who are confident they can land both him and Kylian Mbappe.

When does the 2022 January transfer window close?

The transfer window opened on January 1, and closes on the 31st at 11pm.

Clubs will be able to sign and sell players during that time, with the Premier League's winter break due to take place while the final week of the window is going on.

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

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Good morning

    Youri Tielemans is being linked with Arsenal, while Aston Villa close on £25million Everton left-back Lucas Digne.

    Leicester star man Tielemans' agent is reportedly in talks with the Gunners.

    Liverpool are also keen on the Belgium superstar.

    And hot on the heels of recruiting Philippe Coutinho, new boss Steven Gerrard underlined a new era of spending for Villa by pouncing for Frenchman Digne.

    Manchester United are reportedly prioritising a midfield anchorman and right-back.

    It's claimed the Red Devils have joined Arsenal in pursuing Borussia Mönchengladbach‘s Denis Zakaria.

    And United share Newcastle's interest in RB Leipzig ace Amadou Haidara, as well as fancying Wolves' star man Ruben Neves.

    Tariq Lamptey, 21, has veered onto United's radar but Brighton rate him at £40m – £10m more than United's valuation. 

     On the pitch, VAR denied Spurs three times as Chelsea reached the Carabao Cup with a 1-0 away win – via Antonio Rudiger –  and 3-0 aggregate success.

    And Jarrod Bowen's double put West Ham fourth in the Prem with a 2-0 home victory, bottom side Norwich's sixth successive Prem defeat. 

    Carlos picks JT over Becks

    Roberto Carlos has snubbed former Real Madrid teammate David Beckham by naming John Terry as his favourite England player.

    Carlos and Beckham spent four years together at the Bernabeu at the height of the Galacticos era.

    They both regarded as the best dead-ball specialists in world football at the time.

    And a combination of their free-kicks and corners saw Real win a LaLiga title in 2007.

    However, Carlos, 48, has candidly revealed that Beckham is not his favourite player to represent England.

    That honour falls to ex-Three Lions captain Terry, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League at Chelsea while being capped 78 times by his country.

    Carlos even had the chance to link up with Terry at Stamford Bridge when he left Real in 2007.

    But the iconic Brazilian left-back opted for Fenerbahce instead.

    Step too VAR for Spurs

    Chelsea fans turned to goad Tottenham supporters as they watched their side book their place in April's Carabao Cup final.

    Behind the away section in the lower North-East corner of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium sit corporate hospitality boxes housing home supporters.

    And this fact didn't go unnoticed by jubilant Chelsea fans.

    Blues supporters entertained themselves by singing 'Tottenham get battered' for much of the evening. They turned to mock Spurs supporters behind them.

    There didn't appear to be any violence but stewards were on hand to intervene just in case. Dressed in high-vis jackets, they attempted to form a line between the two sets of fans.

    The Blues had already led 2-0 on aggregate thanks to last week's win at Stamford Bridge.

    And things got even better for them just 18 minutes into this one when Antonio Rudiger profited from a Pierluigi Gollini clanger to head home.

    Spurs thought they had earned a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Rudiger fouled Hojbjerg. But following a lengthy VAR check the infringement was adjudged to have occurred outside the 18-yard box.

    The home side were then awarded another penalty in the second-half when Lucas Moura was adjudged to have been brought down by Kepa Arrizabalaga – only for this one also be overruled.

    Harry Kane then had the ball in the net, before VAR deemed him narrowly offside.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Result: West Ham 2 Norwich 0

      In-form Jarrod Bowen's double fired below-par West Ham fourth after bottom side Norwich's sixth successive defeat

      Bowen headed home Vladimir Coufal's 42nd minute cross soon after having a long-ranger ruled out by VAR.

      Adam Idah twice went close for the Canaries. who are now without a Prem goal for 540 minutes.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Result: Spurs 0 Chelsea 1

      The Blues cruised to the Carabao Cup final, Antonio Rudiger's scrappy winner on the night ensuring a 3-0 aggregate triumph as VAR denied Spurs THREE TIMES.

      Tottenham thought they had a way back into the game as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was taken down by Rudiger in the area, but VAR decided contact had begun outside the box and reversed the decision.

      And they were denied ANOTHER spot-kick after replays showed Kepa got the ball in a coming together with Lucas Moura.

      Kane smashed in after Kepa's error moments later, but that was also chalked off for offside.

      Tottenham tried in vain to find a way back into the contest, but it was Tuchel's men who saw things out to book their place at Wembley.

      READ ALL THE REACTION ON OUR BLOG HERE

    • Ian Tuckey

      Haid and seek

      Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

      The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

      Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

      But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

      They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

      The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season’s relegation battle.

      But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

      Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Villa close on £25m Digne

      Aston Villa are nearing a £25million swoop for Everton's French full-back Lucas Digne, after agreeing a fee.

      The former Barcelona star, 27, is expected to tie up the deal following a medical tomorrow.

      NINTCHDBPICT000704723544Credit: PA

      It is a clear sign of the pulling power Gerrard has brought to Villa, who are bankrolled by their two billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Scholes: It’s poisonous

      Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes claims Manchester United ‘feels poisonous’.

      And the former England midfielder worries it might affect their ability to bring in a top-class manager next season, as well as proven players now or in the summer.

      He said: “Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      H/T: West Ham 1 Norwich 0

      Man-of-the-moment Jarrod Bowen's header rewarded the Hammers' late first-half improvement against the Prem's bottom side.

      Bowen had a long-ranger ruled out on VAR after 34 minutes before his opener.

    • Ian Tuckey

      H/T: Spurs 0 Chelsea 1

      Tottenham are struggling to make the breakthrough they urgently need as they trail on the night and 3-0 on aggregate in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Latest: Spurs 0 Chelsea 1

      Antonio Rudiger's scruffy opener on 18 minutes left the Blues 3-0 up on aggregate in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.

      And Spurs are being outhussled as they bid to get back into it.

      Tottenham stand-in keeperPierluigi Gollini cocked up a Mason Mount corner, with the ball bouncing off Rudiger's back and in off the bar.

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    • Ian Tuckey

      Tanguy Domb-hell

      Tottenham fans rejoiced as Tanguy Ndombele was struck from their squad to face Chelsea tonight.

      The wantaway midfielder was booed off the field after a lacklustre performance in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Morecambe.

      And Antonio Conte heeded supporters’ jeers by leaving Ndombele out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match squad.

      The playmaker was nowhere to be seen when Tottenham revealed their starting XI and bench.

      Ndombele now faces an uncertain future in London, less than three years after a £55million switch from Lyon.

      But Conte received the backing of supporters on Twitter, with many revelling in the manager's brutal decision.

      One said: "Ndombele not in the line-up, we're about to boss that midfield again."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Rovers race for O'Riley

      Blackburn are getting creative in their bid to sign Matt O’Riley from MK Dons.

      The talented midfielder, 21, is being chased by a number of clubs at home and abroad.

      Rovers are very keen but are struggling to afford the £1.7million so are looking at other ways of financing the deal.

      That could involve either including a player in the deal.

      Or coming to an arrangement on the sell-on fee they are due from MK selling goalkeeper Andrew Fisher to Swansea – who are also extremely interested in O’Riley.

      Ex-Fulham kid O’Riley has caught the eye this season with seven goals this term, including the winner in Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

      Belgium pair Anderlecht and OHL are the latest foreign sides to show an interest, joining the likes of Bordeaux, Venezia and PSV.

      SunSport revealed earlier this month that O’Riley is also being closely watched by the Danish FA.

      He qualifies for Denmark and Norway on his mother’s side, and speaks Danish, as well as England.

      Meanwhile, Leeds and Brighton are fighting over Blackburn goal machine Ben Brereton.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Cout to impress vs Man Utd

      Aston Villa star signing Philippe Coutinho linked up with his new team-mates in training for the first time since his loan move was completed.

      Coutinho reunited with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, with whom he played at Liverpool, as he moved to Villa Park on an initial six-month deal from Barcelona.

      The attacking midfielder was pictured in Bodymoor Heath putting himself through the paces as Gerrard is hoping he will be available for Saturday's Premier League clash against Manchester United.

      The Brazil international is excited with the new chapter of his career – and the same goes for his wife Aine.

      The 29-year-old's spouse embraced her husband's new challenge by sharing a picture of them on Instagram posing with the claret and blue shirt.

      This comes after the Brazilian stated he is looking forward to working with Gerrard again.

      Coutinho said: “It’s a pleasure to be here, it’s a great club.

      “I spoke a lot with the manager, with Stevie, and he told me about the club and his ambitions. I’m very happy to be here and I'm looking to enjoy my football.

      “I’ve known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and I learned a lot from him. He’s someone who I have big admiration for.

      “I hope to do my best here. For sure, I will work hard, and I hope together we can do good work.”

    • Ian Tuckey

      AF-CONNED: Re-writing history

      Mali’s Africa Cup of Nations clash with Tunisia ended in farce as the referee blew the final whistle too early, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

      The Tunisians, trailing 1-0 at the time, were left completely incensed as Zambian official Janny Sikazwe blew up with the clock at 89:48.

      Bafflingly he’d also appeared to blow for full-time in the 86th minute… before waving play on.

      The half hadn’t been short of action – with penalties awarded for both sides, while El Bilal Toure was sent off for Mali.

      Tunisia thought they’d get a fair chunk of added time in which to try and equalise – but Sikazwe had other ideas.

      The Eagles of Carthage were eventually invited to finish the game by tournament organisers, but furiously declined with press conferences having already started.

      The incident got us thinking – what would have happened if this blunder had happened in other huge games down the years?

      Let’s run through seven of the most interesting examples.

      BAYERN WIN 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
      MAN UTD WIN PREM IN 2012
      LIVERPOOL WIN 1989 TITLE
      WEST HAM WIN 2006 FA CUP
      ENGLAND FAIL TO REACH 2002 WORLD CUP
      CHELSEA REACH 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
      AJAX REACH 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

      CLICK HERE FOR A RUN-DOWN ON THOSE MOMENTOUS FINISHES

    • Ian Tuckey

      Youri seller?

      Youri Tielemans’ agent is in talks with Arsenal over a huge move for Leicester’s Belgium midfielder.

      That’s the claim from Goal – suggesting an upgrade in the Gunners’ targets for one of their problem positions.

      Tielemans is out of contract at the end of the season, so this month would be the Foxes’ last chance to cash in.

      Liverpool have also been linked with the ex-Monaco ace, 24.

      Credit: Getty
    • Ian Tuckey

      Last Tan-go

      Tanguy Ndombele looks certain to leave Tottenham in January.

      And a return to his native France with heavyweights Lyon is his most likely destination, according to bookmakers Betfair.

      However, there are several other candidates in the running with Newcastle, Roma and Barcelona tipped to challenge for his signature.

      Tottenham paid Lyon a club-record £53.8million for Ndombele in 2019.

      The 25-year-old has since made 91 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists.

      Ndombele has made just nine Premier League appearances this season and has only once completed a full 90 minutes.

      Things went from bad to worse when the player was jeered by supporters as he walked slowly off the pitch while Spurs were 1-0 down against Morecambe in the FA Cup.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Wurst deal ever

      A Brazilian TV chef has put Birmingham City's fan food through the mincer – after slamming a £4 hot dog as "f***ing horrible".

      Danilo Galhardo laid into the Brum bun deal with more relish than it contained – as the hot dog was literally just a plain roll and sausage.

      And simmering discontent over the 'meal' on social media reached boiling point when it was contrasted with a mega serving of Brazilian football food – costing just £1.84.

      Galhardo dished out an insult in Brazilian when when he saw a picture on Twitter of a supporter holding up the Blues' hot dog.

      And after being told "Not sure what that means but we probably agree",  the gastronomy lecturer didn't hold back from explaining in English.

      He replied: "Hahahahahahahahaha! I Love you Guys! I said that's a F** Horrible!"

      One fan responded: "This is dire @BCFC  just dire. You must be starving to eat this."

      Another asked: "No sauce at all….WHYYYY?"

      The heat was then turned up even more once a snap was shown of the £1.86 offering from Brazil, including fries, salad and other toppings.

      One fan – admittedly with the Twitter name of Dan Bacon – posted: "That would be worth paying the £2k in flights."

    • Ian Tuckey

      Toon and Utd Newcastle duel for Haidara

      Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

      The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

      Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

      But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

      They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

      The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season’s relegation battle.

      But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

      Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Gunners snubbed Rangers bid for Clarke

      Arsenal rejected Rangers’ bid to sign young defender Harry Clarke – before sending him to Hibernian on loan.

      The Gunners cut short the 20-year-old star’s season-long loan at Ross County last week.

      And just days later, Mikel Arteta and Co shipped the former Ipswich academy star on loan to their Scottish Premiership rivals, Hibs.

      Clarke played for Arsenal in the 2-1 pre-season defeat at the hands of Hibernian last summer.

      But he clearly impressed enough to land an 18-month deal at the Edinburgh giants.

      SunSport can exclusively reveal Emirates chiefs rejected a permanent transfer bid from Rangers for Clarke before shipping him off to Easter Road.

      But Clarke’s season-and-a-half loan deal in the Scottish capital includes TWO break clauses.

      That means Arsenal can recall Clarke either in the coming summer or in January 2023.

    • Ian Tuckey

      Sevilla 'withdraw from Martial hunt'

      La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

      The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United’s stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.

      Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.

      Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Exclusive – Fabianski to sign new deal

      Lukasz Fabianski is set to sign a new deal and remain a key part of West Ham’s push to join the Premier League big guns.

      The Irons’ number one is out of contract at the end of the season but is close to agreeing a one-year extension and help maintain the momentum under boss David Moyes.

      West Ham are also keen on tying up a summer deal for West Brom’s highly-rated keeper Sam Johnstone.

      But news that experienced Fabianski will be staying on for at least one more year will be a huge boost for the fans.

      Moyes’ long-term plan is for Fabianski to stay put and help with the transition of Johnstone into a future first choice.

      Credit: Getty
    • Giacomo Pisa

      Conte desperate to ease Kane pressure

      Antonio Conte says Tottenham need another striker so Harry Kane can have a breather.

      And the Spurs boss has told the club they need two quality players for every position.

      The Italian revealed he met chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici last week to discuss transfer targets.

      Conte has admitted he needs to overhaul the North Londoners’ squad if they are to regain their top four status.

      And he is determined to find a solution to the club’s age-old problem of being unable to sign a centre forward to compliment or rival star man Kane.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Arthur deal hinges on replacement

      Juventus will not allow Arthur to join Arsenal on loan until a replacement midfielder is found.

      That’s according to Goal in Italy, who report Juve are happy for the deal to go through when a replacement is sourced.

      It’s claimed the Gunners are currently in advanced talks to sign Arthur on a loan deal until the end of the season.

      Mikel Arteta is following through on his promise to sign ‘world-class’ players, according to reports.

      But a move still hinges on whether Juve can find someone else to come in for the Brazilian midfield man.

    • Giacomo Pisa

      Wood 'Proven in the Premier League'

      Former Premier League player Trevor Sinclair reckons the £25m Newcastle are set to pay Burnley for Chris Wood is a 'snip' for the proven Prem talent.

      Speaking on talkSPORT, Sinclair said: "I think if you’re going to put a sell-on clause into a contract, you make it a clause where the money that you’re going to receive, you can get a player of similar quality, and I don’t think that Burnley have done that.

      "£25 million, I think that’s a snip.

      "I’ve watched him a few times this season, I think he’s very mobile, his holdup play is great, he scores goals.

      "He’s one in three over his whole career, and that is international football as well. He’s played 75 games for New Zealand, scored 25 goals.

      "He is a good footballer. He’s a good striker, and he’s proven in the Premier League. If you look at his stats – 12 goals last season, 14 the season before, 10, 10 – double figures almost guaranteed every season."

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