Solskjaer surprised at any Manchester United incomings | 27th Jan 2021 16:37 | Niall McCaughan
Being one of the biggest clubs in the world, naturally Manchester United dominate the back page transfer columns. However it’s been a quiet one this January for United, with only Amad Diallo coming in on a pre-agreed switch from Atalanta. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested any further additions are unlikely, but there are expected to be some departures from Old Trafford. Tim Fosu-Mensah has already left the club, whilst Marcos Rojo has been told he can leave. Brandon Williams is said to be attracting Premier League interest, but the most speculations surrounds the future of Jesse Lingard. West Ham are allegedly in pole position to sign the midfielder on loan and after their permanent capture of Said Benrahma, they should be able to facilitate the move.
Max Ex-Palace man Meyer takes massive pay cut in return to Bundesliga | 27th Jan 2021 15:30 | Niall McCaughan
Max Meyer had his Crystal Palace contract terminated earlier this month and so was free to find a new club. The midfielder has returned to Germany by signing for Bundesliga strugglers FC Koln. We know Palace pay massive wages to their players and Cologne have even said themselves Meyer has taken a significant pay drop to help them fight relegation. Good luck to the lad.
West Ham to set to make Benrahma deal permanent | 27th Jan 2021 15:25 | Niall McCaughan
West Ham look like they are going to turn Said Benrahma’s loan deal from Brentford in to a permanent one. The Algeria international is currently on a season-long loan from the Championship side, and reports claim the Hammers are keen to keep hold of the player who has only turned out 10 times in the Premier League for David Moyes this season. The fee is hefty (as you’d expect for West Ham) but Benrahma did light things up for the Bees last season and he no doubt has bags of talent. There was a fight for the 25-year-old’s signature in the summer, so the Hammers will be pleased with this.
Jose Mourinho expecting Spurs stay for Dele Alli | 27th Jan 2021 15:18 | Niall McCaughan
Jose Mourinho has been speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool and the Spurs boss was asked about the future of Dele Alli. Mourinho has barely used the midfielder this season and Alli is being strongly linked with a move to PSG, where former Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is now in charge. However, Jose swiftly swatted any suggestions of a Dele departure by claiming he doesn’t expect any incomings or outgoings between now and the closure of the window. Spurs do love a late deal though, don’t they…
Angel Di Maria heading back to the Premier League? | 27th Jan 2021 09:23 | Jim Salveson
Tottenham have made an approach to bring former Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria back to the Premier League according to L’Equipe in France (here’s the link if you can speak French!). The Argentine is currently playing his football with PSG where he has won four Ligue 1 titles since his ill-fated spell in Manchester. Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on the player who could form part of a swap deal with Dele Alli going the other way.
West Ham leading race to land Jesse Lingard | 26th Jan 2021 17:51 | Niall McCaughan
Ah, Jesse Lingard. The 28-year-old that everyone thinks is 23 looks likely to leave Old Trafford before the start of next season. There are conflicting reports over whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is willing to allow Lingard to leave in January however. The midfielder has only played 3 games for Manchester United this season, the most recent of which coming earlier this month in an FA Cup 3rd round win over Watford. If a loan move this month is to be the way things pan out, suggestions that West Ham will be the likely destination are gaining traction. Sheffield United have also been mooted in the past, as have Newcastle – but with the way things are going at the London Stadium for the Hammers right now, that certainly seems a more attractive move.
DONE DEAL: Aston Villa confirm Sanson | 26th Jan 2021 17:38 | Niall McCaughan
In probably the only real interesting bit of news so far this window, the pursuit of Marseille’s Morgan Sanson has finally paid off for Aston Villa. The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park for an undisclosed fee from the Ligue 1 side, subject to international clearance. There were some doubts last week over the deal, but the French international has now agreed terms. Welcome to the Premier League, Morgan!
DONE DEAL: Sokratis signs for Olympiacos as Ozil completes Fener switch | 25th Jan 2021 09:46 | Niall McCaughan
One of the stories coming out of the Emirates Stadium last week was that defender Sokratis Papastathopolos had his Arsenal contract cancelled by mutual consent. As such, he was free to find another club – and it looks like he is on the verge of doing so already. According to Sky Italy, Sokratis is set to return to his native Greece and sign for Athens-based side Olympiacos. 350 miles away in Istanbul meanwhile, Mesut Ozil has officially signed with Fenerbahce after finally leaving the Gunners – although there appears to be some mad rumours surrounding the deal, like Fenerbahce reportedly asking fans to donate money via text message in order to pay Ozil’s wages. Ah, the Turkish league.
DONE DEAL: Aston Villa finally snaffle Sanson | 25th Jan 2021 09:38 | Niall McCaughan
Good morning! I hope you had a top weekend. Plenty of transfer activity to digest over the weekend, including Aston Villa allegedly agreeing terms with Marseille over the transfer of Morgan Sanson. We reported last week that the deal seemed to have hit a roadblock due to an issue over price, but several high-profile sources are now reporting that Sanson will be a Premier League player by the end of the window. He is due for a medical at Aston Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground in the next couple of says, so providing he gets through that with no issues (and those pesky Brexit papers are sorted in time) then Dean Smith will have got his man.
DONE DEAL: Chelsea’s Tomori completes AC Milan switch | 22nd Jan 2021 18:13 | Niall McCaughan
Fikayo Tomori has completed his medical today and has now officially joined AC Milan on loan from Chelsea. As we wrote earlier this week, the defender will link up with the Serie A leaders til the end of the season with an option to buy. Even without fans, the San Siro – despite it’s dilapidated state these days – is a great place to play your football.
Everton striker Cenk Tosun top of West Brom wishlist | 22nd Jan 2021 14:19 | Niall McCaughan
Cenk Tosun’s agent has been talking up a move to the Hawthorns in the Turkish press this week. Tosun has had a rotten time at Goodison Park, with injuries and the form of Dominic-Calvert Lewin keeping him out of the side. In fact, this isn’t the first time he’s been tipped for a move away. The Everton striker is said to be top of Big Sam’s January shopping list at West Brom as they look to stave off relegation. Allardyce was the man who brought Tosun to England when he was Everton boss in 2018, and that is believed to be a major factor in West Brom’s pursuit of the Turkey international. We also mentioned earlier this week that Tosun’s international teammate Okay Yokuslu is catching the Baggies’ eye. You can read more about that potential move here.
West Ham open to lowering Declan Rice asking price | 22nd Jan 2021 13:34 | Niall McCaughan
West Ham slapped an £80m price on the head of star midfielder Declan Rice in the summer, but according to 90min, the Hammers are prepared to lower that to £50m. This is allegedly due to the financial impact of Covid-19, but seeing as Rice has improved this season and is only 22 years of age, it seems a strange thing to consider from the West Ham board. Rice has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United in recent times, and of course he’s English, which is a great excuse to throw on a few extra quid to the asking price. It’s really unlikely that he’ll leave the London Stadium this month, but whether he is a Hammers player this time next year, who knows.
Wolves want Brazilian forward Willian Jose | 22nd Jan 2021 13:01 | Niall McCaughan
Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly deep in negotiations with Real Sociedad over the transfer of striker Willian Jose. Scoring goals has been difficult for Wolves since Raul Jimenez got injured, with 18-year-old record signing Fabio Silva probably a little too green to fill the Mexican’s shoes. As such, it’s no real surprise Nuno Espirito Santo is in the market for reinforcements upfront. There are complications with this deal, which you can read about here, but currently the Brazilian is likely to be on his way to Molineux after snubbing Atletico Madrid for a chance in the Premier League.
Marcos Rojo to leave Manchester United | 22nd Jan 2021 13:01 | Niall McCaughan
Marcos Rojo has been at Manchester United for almost 7 years, but now his stay at Old Trafford is up. The defender, who hasn’t even managed 100 Premier League appearances in his time at the club, will join Boca Juniors in his native Argentina before the end of the month. In December he was allegedly offered to Sheffield United after spending time on loan at Estudiantes for the first half of the season, but he is so out-of-favour at United that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told him not to bother coming back to England. Ouch.
Arsenal sign Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan | 22nd Jan 2021 11:49 | Marley Anderson
Arsenal have signed goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton on loan for the rest of the season. The Aussie had been replaced recently at Brighton by Robert Sanchez, and with Graham Potter handing a new deal to Jason Steele, that was a clear sign that they were happy to let Ryan leave. The 28-year-old has played over 100 times for Brighton in the Premier League, so will add experience to the ranks, and will wear the number 33 shirt at the club he says he supported as a child.
Everton eye swoop for Bayern Munich forward | 22nd Jan 2021 10:49 | Niall McCaughan
Yesterday, Sport Social’s Marley Anderson highlighted that the German press are reporting Everton’s interest in young Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee. The 19-year-old has struggled to get game time ahead of Robert Lewandowski (who wouldn’t?!) and is said to be open to a move. Carlo Ancelotti could orchestrate a deal for the Dutchman as much needed back-up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the Bundesliga side are supposedly only willing to do a loan deal.
Southampton manager confident of Danny Ings stay | 22nd Jan 2021 10:36 | Niall McCaughan
On yesterday’s Football Social Daily podcast, we discussed the ongoing tussle between Danny Ings and Southampton over a new deal. Ings wants to stay – but he’s concerned over the size of the release clause in the new deal that has been offered to him. Saints are willing to make the striker their highest paid player of all time, but the 30-year-old is hesitant to sign because of that hefty release clause – something which may scupper a move to a big club in future. Despite this, Ralph Hasenhuttl is confident that player and club can overcome their differences.
Aston Villa hit snag in Morgan Sanson pursuit | 21st Jan 2021 15:48 | Niall McCaughan
Morgan Sanson, the Marseille midfielder, has been on the radar of Aston Villa this transfer window. Burnley have also been interested in the past, but Villa have been leading the way as of late – but a potential move appears to have hit a roadblock. Marseille want more than the £15m Villa have offered. Fair enough for a French international. There’s still 10 days of the window to go, but nobody is too sure if Villa will return with an improved bid.
DONE DEAL: Jean-Philippe Mateta to Crystal Palace | 21st Jan 2021 09:40 | Jim Salveson
As we mentioned yesterday, Crystal Palace have snapped up Jean-Philippe Mateta on loan from Mainz, which has finally been announced by the club. The Frenchman has scored 7 goals so far this term in the Bundesliga and has joined the Eagles on an 18-month loan deal, subject to international clearance. The Evening Standard are reporting that Palace do have an obligation to make the deal permanent at the end of the loan with a fee of £13million agreed – something we also picked up yesterday for you. Roy Hodgson’s side have only scored 22 goals so far this season so they’ll be hoping Mateta will provide much needed firepower.
Wolves bring in attacking option | 20th Jan 2021 19:47 | Jim Salveson
Nuno Espirito Santo has bolstered the Wolverhampton Wanderers attack with a loan deal for Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose. Jose has bagged 60 goals in 169 La Liga appearances and The Daily Mail are reporting that Wolves have an option to make the deal permanent should all go well in the West Midlands. Wanderers have looked short of goals since the injury to Raul Jimenez earlier in the season and Santo will hope that Jose can provide another option to record signing Fabio Silva who has struggled to find the net since his move to Molineux in the summer.
Arsenal make second approach for Odegaard | 20th Jan 2021 19:39 | Jim Salveson
Mikel Arteta is keen on brining Norwegian attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard to the Emirates and has gone back to Real Madrid with a second offer according to Sky Sports. The player is expecting to leave the Spanish giants this Transfer Window in search of first team football but Real don’t want to lose the talented youngster on the cheap despite him only costing them around £2.7million from Stromgodset back in 2015. Arsenal are facing stiff competition for his signature however including interest from at least one other Premier League club.
Sayonara Sokratis as defender’s Arsenal contract cancelled | 20th Jan 2021 15:43 | Niall McCaughan
There has been a flurry of transfer activity at Arsenal this week, with sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta looking to rearrange the Gunners squad. They haven’t pulled any punches either, with Sokratis Papastathopolous (that’s tough to type) the latest to be shown the Emirates exit door. The Greek defender has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, meaning he is now free to find another club as and when he pleases. Sokratis’ last game was the FA Cup final win over Chelsea – not a bad way to go out. Elsewhere, Mesut Ozil is set to finalise his Fenerbahce move on Friday after a period of self-isolation in Turkey, whilst William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac have been loaned out.
Mainz man Mateta heading for Crystal Palace | 20th Jan 2021 15:29 | Niall McCaughan
Bundesliga club Mainz has been the home of some top talent in the past. Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp cut his teeth there and Sadio Mane also got a Premier League switch off the back of some impressive displays. Now Crystal Palace have plundered the German side of striker Jean-Philippe Mateta, who signs a loan deal at Selhurst Park with an option to buy. Palace have had their eye on the Frenchman for some time, expressing interest in the forward in previous windows, but now look to have finally got their man. This one hasn’t been officially confirmed by either club as yet but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says it’s a done deal – which is good enough for us!
Aston Villa closing in on Morgan Sanson deal | 20th Jan 2021 15:18 | Niall McCaughan
With just over 10 days left of the transfer window, things are finally starting to hot up. Over the past week or so Aston Villa have been strongly linked with Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, and it looks like they are close to getting their man. With Conor Hourihane’s loan departure to Swansea yesterday freeing up some room in Dean Smith’s midfield, the France international could well swap Ligue 1 for the Premeir League. Burnley have also been interested in the 26-year-old in the past, but we will be surprised if Sanson’s destination is anywhere other than Villa Park.
Sheffield United in a fight to land Jesse Lingard | 19th Jan 2021 16:27 | Niall McCaughan
Jesse Lingard has only played 3 times for Manchester United this season, so naturally the rumours surrounding his Old Trafford future are swirling. The Blades are reportedly interested in taking Lingard as they battle to stave off relegation, but as Sport Social’s Marley Anderson writes, Tottenham have now entered the race for his signature. Could Lingard be tempted to link up with former boss Jose Mourinho?
Spurs youngster Harvey White joins Pompey on loan | 19th Jan 2021 14:01 | Niall McCaughan
One of the smaller deals that took place yesterday was Tottenham’s 19-year-old midfielder Harvey White joining Portsmouth on loan. White made an impressive first start for Spurs in their recent FA Cup game with non-league Marine, and links up with the League One side to gain valuable first team experience with Pompey currently in with a shout of automatic promotion to the Championship.
Hourihane heading for Aston Villa exit door | 19th Jan 2021 12:33 | Niall McCaughan
We wrote yesterday about a number of promotion-chasing Championship sides being keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane. Well now it looks like Swansea City have won the race for the Republic of Ireland international, with a loan deal until the end of the season looking most likely. Hourihane hasn’t played for Villa in the Premier League since November and AFC Bournemouth were another side interested in his services, but after the Cherries signed free agent Jack Wilshere yesterday there was no real need for them to bring in the Irishman.
West Brom keen on Turkey international | 19th Jan 2021 10:02 | Niall McCaughan
West Brom may have secured a huge three points against rivals Wolves last time out, but defensive worries continue to be of concern for the Baggies. Despite them having conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season, it is in fact a midfielder who they have been linked with over the last 24 hours rather than defensive reinforcements. Albion are said to be in talks with Celta Vigo’s Turkish international Okay Yokuşlu, according to the player’s agent. You can hear more about West Brom’s pursit of the La Liga man here.
West Ham turn to Spain for Haller replacement | 19th Jan 2021 09:30 | Jim Salveson
West Ham continue to be linked to seemingly every striker in Europe as they search for a replacement for Sebastien Haller, who signed for Ajax earlier this month. The Athletic are reporting that the latest name on the Hammers’ hitlist is Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri. Some sources are claiming however that the West Ham board have remained true to form and only offered 50% of the fee demanded by the Spanish club which means, once again for the Hammers, that transfer is unlikely to get over the line. Sport Social’s Niall McCaughan has more on this story which you can read here.
Chelsea look to steal march on Premier League rivals to land Haaland | 19th Jan 2021 08:27 | Jim Salveson
Chelsea are trying to beat the pack of Premier League clubs chasing Norwegian star Erling Haaland by attempting to agree a deal for a summer transfer. According to Sky Sports journalist Angelo Mangiante, the Blues have two main targets for their summer spending; Declan Rice and the Dortmund striker. The players’ release clause does not activate until the summer of 2022 but Roman Abramovich is allegedly prepared to break the clubs transfer record to seal the deal.
Dele Alli awaits decision on French future | 19th Jan 2021 07:59 | Jim Salveson
Dele Alli will find out this week whether Jose Mourinho will grant his wish and let him leave Tottenham for PSG. Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants Alli as part of his new look PSG side but the London team seem reluctant to part with the player who has only had a bit-part role so far this season. The Mirror are reporting that a decision will be made this week on whether to allow Alli to move to Paris on loan for the rest of the season.