Dele Alli expected to stay at Spurs claims Mourinho

Paris St Germain, now managed by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, are pushing to sign the 24-year-old on loan for the rest of the season.

Alli has fallen out of favour under Mourinho, who has barely used him this season, but chairman Daniel Levy is understood to be hesitant to let him leave.

And Mourinho is not expecting any movement ahead of Monday’s deadline.

“I expect (him to be here) and I am saying that since the beginning of the window,” Mourinho said ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Thursday.

“I was not expecting anyone to leave or expecting anyone to come. We are almost at the end of the window. I don’t believe that anything will happen, but it is open still.

“Football is football and the transfer window is open and sometimes unexpected things can happen, but I don’t expect it.”

If any deal is to happen it would be late in the window, something Tottenham traditionally specialise in, and that goes for any potential arrivals too.

Mourinho has said all month that he does not believe the club will make any signings and he is sticking to the message.

“Don’t think so. Honestly, I don’t think so,” he said. “As I was saying before, the transfer window is open and anything can happen until the last second.

“I’m convinced nothing is going to happen. If something happened it would be a huge surprise for me.”

Alli will be missing from Thursday’s game with Liverpool as he is injured and Mourinho hinted that several of his other players will also miss the game, though chose not to reveal who.

Full-backs Matt Doherty and Ben Davies are doubts, while Giovani Lo Celso is a long-term injury problem.

“We have more problems than that what I’m not going to share,” Mourinho said. “You have to wait for tomorrow, but we have a little bit of more problems than that.”

Liverpool won the reverse fixture in December with an stoppage-time goal to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League but their form has fallen off a cliff since.

They are winless in their last five and are now seven points shy of leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho says that every top club will have a dip this season and thinks they will bounce back.

“Every club, especially the traditional top six, has this situation,” he said.

“Not one team started with winning and is still winning after 19 matches and a few months of competition. Everyone has a difficult period. Some early, some later, some in the middle.

“Great evolution in what is historically considered below top-level team and ambitions, great performances from many of them. Very good teams, very good squads.

“I feel completely natural that some results happen. And then Liverpool had a period where the results are not going in their direction. But the coach is the same, the players are the same and the team is the same.”

West Ham to sign Benrahma on permanent deal

The midfielder lit up the Championship last season as the Bees narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League, with his performances catching the eye of a host of top flight sides.

It was the Hammers who won the race for the Algerian’s signature, bringing the 25-year-old to the London Stadium on a season-long loan deal.

Now David Moyes looks set to turn that loan switch in to a permanent one, with it reported West Ham are set to sanction a £34m deal to sign Benrahma permanently.

The player has only made 12 Premier League appearances this season and is yet to score his first top flight goal, but the Hammers feel they have seen enough from him to warrant securing his services for the long term.

As reported by Sky Sports’ Jim White on Twitter, West Ham have agreed a deal with Brentford which will be announced in the coming days.

The move to tie down Benrahma will also open the door for Jesse Lingard to complete his speculated switch to the London Stadium from Manchester United before the month is out, on what is also expected to be a loan move.

The Hammers moved up to 4th in the Premier League standings on Tuesday with a 2-3 win at Crystal Palace.

Max Meyer heads back to Bundesliga after Crystal Palace exit

Midfielder Meyer, 25, has agreed a deal until the end of the season.

Cologne managing director Horst Heldt told the club website: “The change to FC was only possible because Max was extremely accommodating to us financially.

“He can be used in several positions in midfield, he is intelligent, very good on the ball.

“Max wants to bring that to us by the end of the season and prove his qualities again in the Bundesliga.”

Meyer joined Palace from Schalke in August 2018 and made 56 appearances for the Eagles.

But the Germany international played only once for Roy Hodgson’s side this season, in a Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Bournemouth in September.

Meyer said: “For me the perspective was crucial to be able to play.

“I want to use the chance at FC to present myself at the top level and to help keep the club up.”

Cologne are currently two places off the bottom of the Bundesliga in 16th place.

Arsenal sign Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard

Odegaard, 22, had found first-team opportunities hard to come by at the Bernabeu and was expected to depart during the current transfer window.

Having impressed on loan at Real Sociedad last season, it was initially anticipated that the Norway international would return for another stint.

But instead Arsenal made a move to take Odegaard to the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s great that we’ve secured Martin to come to us until the end of the season,” Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said.

“Martin is of course a player that we all know very well and although still young, he has been playing at the top level for a while.

“Martin will provide us with quality offensive options and we’re all excited to be integrating him into our plans between now and May.”

Odegaard revealed he spoke to Arteta before making the decision and was impressed by what the Spaniard had to say.

“I spoke to him before coming here, of course,” he told Arsenal.com.

“That was very important for me and he seems like a top manager and I liked his ideas, the way he sees football and also the way he is.

“He gave me a great feeling and that was important for me to come here. He was crucial.

“I think every time you go to a new place, you want to make sure that it feels good and that there is a plan. But I think everything here just seems good.”

The Gunners had highlighted the need to bring in a player who can occupy a number of attacking midfield roles and Odegaard follows Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan in joining the club until the end of the current campaign.

Odegaard will link up with fellow Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos in north London but Arsenal have no option to buy either player this summer.

“Dani text me the other day and he had only good things to say about the club, the manager and everything,” Odegaard added.

“That was also important for me and he was happy for me to come here, so that was a good thing for me, to know someone here and to hear from someone inside the club as well. It’s good.”

While Odegaard is not injured, it would be a surprise to see him start against Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday given his lack of first-team football at Madrid in recent weeks.

The signing follows the exit of former Real Madrid man Mesut Ozil, who joined Fenerbache last week after his Arsenal contract was terminated.

Further Manchester United signings unlikely claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The Old Trafford giants are top of the Premier League at this stage of a season for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, and also remain in the hunt for FA Cup and Europa League glory.

But Solskjaer is not expecting any additional faces to boost United’s bid for silverware before the February 1 transfer deadline.

“I wouldn’t think so, no,” the Norwegian said. “I’d be surprised if we do any incomings.

“The squad is strong, it’s full of quality. I still need to leave players out for the squad at times.

“Bar something surprising happening, I wouldn’t think something will happen (in terms of) incomings, no.”

United have brought in one new player this month but it remains to be seen when highly-rated Amad Diallo will be involved in a first-team matchday squad.

The Old Trafford giants reached an agreement with Atalanta for the 18-year-old in October, with the winger completing his £18.7m move in January – a deal that could reach £36.5m.

Asked if Diallo has the potential to be a long-term solution to United’s right wing issues, Solskjaer said: “Well, that’s his preferred position. He’s clever at finding space.

“He can go inside and outside. He’ll get the time to prove that he is the one.

“Of course along the way we’ve got Mason (Greenwood), Marcus (Rashford) who’s played out there, Dan (James), Juan (Mata) so we’ve got options.

“Paul (Pogba) has played there but I think when you look at the squad and you look at Amad you think yeah, that’s probably where we’re going to work to fit you in.”

Solskjaer says it will not too long until Diallo is involved, but fellow teenager Facundo Pellistri looks set to leave to get some much-needed first-team experience.

“There has been talks and there’s been quite a few clubs interested in Facundo to go out on loan and that’s maybe something we will let him do now,” Solskjaer said of the 19-year-old, who has yet to make his debut since leaving Penarol for £9m in October.

“He’s had a few games in the reserves. We want him to have regular football, of course, at a high level of course.

“With Amad, I think it’s a different scenario. He’s just come in, he’s going through a good training regime and training programme and he’s doing well. It won’t be too long, I feel, before I can bring him into the squad.”

In terms of outgoings, Timothy Fosu-Mensah has already this month completed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen and Odion Ighalo’s loan from Shanghai Shenhua expires on January 30.

The striker said on Twitter: “It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end.”

Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero have been told their deals will not be extended beyond the summer, while home-grown full-back Brandon Williams has been linked with a temporary exit in search of first-team minutes.

The PA news agency understands there has been interest from home and abroad in a loan deal for Jesse Lingard, with a switch to West Ham reportedly in the offing for the out-of-favour England international.

Asked about the situation with Williams and Lingard, Solskjaer said: “They’re still part of the club, part of the squad, training well. No deal has been struck for any of the players yet going out – still a little period left, of course.

“There’s been many clubs interested in our players, so let’s see what happens.

“For me, it’s also important to take our wishes and our plans into consideration but also the players of course, because they are Man United people and players through and through.”

Everton’s Cenk Tosun a top West Brom target

West Brom are in a fight to preserve their Premier League status and manager Sam Allardyce is keen to add to his attacking ranks to aid the cause.

Allegedly top of Big Sam’s January shopping list is Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, who the Baggies boss signed for Everton in 2018 when he was in charge at Goodison Park.

However, things haven’t gone to plan for Tosun at Everton, with a combination of injuries and playing second fiddle to Dominic Calvert-Lewin pushing him closer to the exit door.

According to Tosun’s agent Mesrun Izzet, his client is ‘first choice’ for Albion following a meeting with Allardyce earlier this week.

Speaking in Turkish outlet Fanatik, as picked up by Sport Witness, Izzet seemed exceedingly confident that West Brom will be Cenk Tosun’s next destination due to being a ‘former student’ of Big Sam at Everton.

It seems unlikely that Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti will block any exit for Tosun, particularly amidst recent Toffees links with Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Zirkzee this month.

Turkey international Tosun has bagged 9 Premier League goals in 49 top flight appearances for Everton since his arrival 3 years ago.

West Ham consider lowering Declan Rice asking price

90 min report that the Hammers may entertain offers of £50m for the 22-year-old, a significant drop from the £80m fee they placed on Rice in the summer.

The reasoning behind a possible price drop is alleged to be due to the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen club revenues slashed due to the loss of matchday income in the absence of fans in the stands.

Although understandable in the current climate, it seems peculiar timing from the West Ham board considering Rice’s game has improved noticeably on the field.

The England midfielder has become club captain this season, with David Moyes handing duties over to Rice in place of ageing colleague Mark Noble.

All things considered, the player’s stock is rising in East London and although West Ham could do with some funds to reinvest in a thin playing squad, a cut-price deal for a prized asset may be worth reconsidering.

It is extremely unlikely that Rice will leave West Ham this month, but amidst links to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks, it remains to be seen whether he is still playing in Claret and Blue this time next season.

Wolves on course to sign Real Sociedad striker

Although no deal has yet been agreed between Wolves and the La Liga club, the player himself is said to have turned down a move to Atletico Madrid in order to pursue a career in the Premier League.

With Raul Jimenez’s injury leaving Wanderers light upfront, manager Nuno Espirito Santo has had to rely on 18-year-old record signing Fabio Silva to plug the gaps – a big task for the teenager which has been difficult to execute.

Therefore, it is no real surprise that 14th placed Wolves are in the market for a new forward whilst Jimenez steps up his recovery from a fractured skull.

An agreement to bring the Sociedad man to Molineux is set to be finalised today, according to Noticias de Gipuzkoa, as translated by website Sport Witness.

Several other Spanish outlets have claimed the only real catch in the deal is an agreeable fee -surprise surprise.

The latest as things stand is that a loan deal is set to be sanctioned with Wolves wanting an option to buy at the end of it and Sociedad wanting an obligation to buy.

That, along with the price of the player is what is allegedly ruffling feathers. Sociedad want £25m, Wolves won’t pay more than £20m.

Despite this, it seems that a deal will be thrashed out sooner rather than later, and Willian Jose will end up at Molineux; what the terms of the deal are though remains to be seen.

Wanderers take on non-league side Chorley in the FA Cup 4th round on Friday night.

Marcos Rojo’s Manchester United exit looms

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the defender will be allowed to leave Old Trafford before the closure of the transfer window.

Rojo has been surplus to requirements at United for a while now, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a raft of centre backs to choose from – the majority of whom are ahead of the 30-year-old in the pecking order.

Having been a Manchester United player since 2014, it’s fair to suggest he has been underwhelming during his time at the club, amassing just 76 Premier League appearances in that time – only 8 of those have come under current boss Solskjaer.

Rojo was loaned to Estudiantes in his native Argentina in the first half of the season and he has remained in his homeland for several weeks after the expiry of the deal at the beginning of January.

Argentina is almost certain where he will stay, too – with Boca Juniors his believed destination come the end of the transfer window.

Estudiantes are also said to be keen on a permanent deal, but as picked up by Sport Witness, Rojo’s father is a ‘fanatic’ Boca fan.

The player is under contract at Manchester United, and it’s claimed that he will need to cancel his deal with the Red Devils by mutual consent in order to free up a switch away from Old Trafford.

Arsenal cancel Sokratis’ contract

The 32-year-old joined the north London club from Borussia Dortmund in July 2018 for an undisclosed fee and went on to make 69 appearances.

Sokratis helped Mikel Arteta’s men win the FA Cup last August – with the final against Chelsea proving to be the Greece international’s last first-team appearance for Arsenal.

In a statement, the Gunners said: “Working closely with Sokratis and his team, we have decided to cancel his contract by mutual consent.

“This gives Papa the freedom to negotiate a contract with a new club and return to action as soon as possible.”

Sokratis was out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer and technical director Edu sent his thanks to the departing defender.

“On behalf of Mikel, our coaches, players and everyone at the club, I would like to thank Papa for his contribution to the club,” Edu said.

“He has been an important part of our group and has been a model professional throughout. The negotiations to end his contract have been collaborative and we wish Papa and his family well for the future.”

Mesut Ozil is set to follow Sokratis out of Arsenal, with the playmaker in Turkey ahead of a move to Fenerbahce.

Sead Kolasinac has joined Schalke on loan and William Saliba will spend the rest of the campaign at Nice.

Crystal Palace land Mainz man

The Eagles have landed the French forward on an 18-month loan deal from the Bundesliga club with an obligation to buy.

That fee is believed to be in the region of £13m, and it comes as no real surprise considering loan deals of that length almost always signal a permanent move.

Roy Hodgson is in need of some more firepower in attack and the 23-year-old may provide much needed competition to the misfiring Christian Benteke up top.

Benteke is out of contract in the summer and will likely leave Selhurst Park, whilst fellow striker Michy Batshuayi is on loan from Chelsea and hasn’t had much game time.

Jordan Ayew is also an option going forward but with just one goal so far this season, his form has dipped.

There appears to be a movement at Crystal Palace to bring in younger talent – in the 2019/20 campaign, the Eagles had the highest average age of any Premier League squad.

Recent additions including Ebere Eze and Nathan Ferguson highlight that – with Mateta another who could make a name for himself at Crystal Palace.

This move has yet to be confirmed by either club, but it has been reported by ever-reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, which is good enough for us!

Aston Villa continue Morgan Sanson chase

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Villa Park in recent days, with reports suggesting that manager Dean Smith is closing in on the capture of the French international.

It’s believed no deal has yet been agreed between the Ligue 1 club and Aston Villa but talks are ongoing around a £15m switch.

The 26-year-old has been at Marseille since 2017 after signing from Montpellier and helped guide the South-of-France club to a 2nd place finish in the French top flight last season.

Marseille boss – former Chelsea and Tottenham gaffer Andre Villas-Boas – said of Sanson recently:

“Sanson is a player who is highly rated.”

“He is a boy who interests English teams because of his characteristics, and it is possible that something could happen.”

With 23 goals in 148 appearances so far for Marseille, Sanson has been an influential player – but with 11 days remaining in the transfer window it remains to be seen whether he will be plying his trade in the Premier League come the end of the month.