Transfers & Rumours

Arsenal

Reports: Arsene Wenger Has Signed Two-Year Contract Extension, Arsenal Waiting For ‘Good Time’ To Announce It

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With the wrangling and speculation over his contract situation still churning away, it's being mooted that Arsene Wenger has come to a decision about his immediate future with Arsenal.

Speaking in the tunnel after Saturday's slovenly defeat to West Brom, Wenger admitted thathe'd made the calland that everybody would be informed "very soon".

Nearly Men: Arsene Wenger Adds Kylian Mbappe To Long List Of Players He Almost Signed For Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has added a new name to the ever-lengthening list of players he's nearly signed for Arsenal over the years.

The player in question is Kylian Mbappe, with Wenger revealing that he attempted to pilfer him from Monaco last summer only to realisethat he was in direct competition with every other big club in Europe.

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez Dropped For Liverpool Match After ‘Storming Out Of Training’ Midweek

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Not that it took a wild leap of imagination to guess, but it has emerged Alexis Sanchez was dropped from Arsenal's starting line-up for their match against Liverpool as punishment for storming out of a training session in midweek.

According toDavid Hytner in the Guardian, Wenger decided to start with Sanchez on the bench after the Chilean instigated a "dressing-room slanging match" with some of his teammates.

Arsenal: 14,000 Chileans Signed Up On Facebook But Only FIVE Fans Attend ‘Free Alexis Sanchez’ March

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Turns out the clamour in Chile for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal isn't quite as fervent as first thought.

Of the thousands of irked fans who signed up on Facebook to march through the capital city of Santiago in protest of Sanchez's perceived career stagnation at the Emirates, a mere fraction turned up.

Thousands Of Chile Fans To March Through Santiago In Support Of Alexis Sanchez Leaving Arsenal

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Fed up at seeing their main man let down by his teammates, thousands of Chile fans have organised a campaign to persuade Alexis Sanchez to ditch Arsenal at the end of the season.

A Facebook event page has been set up called "National March for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal", with over 5,000 Chilean zealots signing up to march through the city of Santiago on 1st March.

‘I Have Three World Class Goalkeepers’ – Arsene Wenger Rules Out Arsenal Taking £15m Summer Dabble On Joe Hart

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Amid a flurry of tabloid chatter, Arsene Wenger has ruled out making a move for Joe Hart come the end of the season.

Speculation was rife on Thursday morning that Arsenal were preparing a £15million offer for Hart, who is currently plugging away at Torino on a season-long getawayfrom Man City.

Nearly Men: Arsene Wenger Adds N’Golo Kante To Long List Of Players He Almost Signed For Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger has added a new name to the ever-lengthening list of players he's nearly signed for Arsenal over the years.

The player in question is N'Golo Kante, with Wenger revealing that he attempted to pilfer him from Leicester City after their title-winning season only to watch the French workhorse join Chelsea in a £32million deal.

Official: Arsenal Whippersnapper Gedion Zelalem Joins VVV Venlo And Could Not Be More Miserable About It (Photo & Videos)

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Arsenal have confirmed that Gedion Zelalem has moved to Dutch side VVV Venlo on loan for the remainder of the season.

Having spent last seasonat Rangers, the 20-year-old midfield prodigy had been a staple of the Arsenal Under-23s thiscampaign.

However, it's been decided that a short stint in the Dutch second divisionwould be a better option.

Manchester United

Man Utd Allow Bastian Schweinsteiger To Join Chicago Fire, German Midfielder Signs One-Year Contract With MLS Side

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Word on the wire today is that Manchester United are close to allowing Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave the club mid-season in favour of a switch to MLS.

The German, who has made just four appearances for United this season, has reportedly agreed a short-term deal with Chicago Fire.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a deal was struck between the two clubs yesterday with a medical and a Visa now the only obstacles to overcome.

Reports: Wayne Rooney May Depart For China Next Week If He Misses Out On Man Utd’s EFL Cup Final Squad

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Cutting the cheese: Wayne Rooney's last act as a Manchester United player?

Having failed to trouble the Manchester United starting line-up for several weeks, rumours have once again begun to churnthat Wayne Rooney will be heading off to China before the Super League's transfer window shuts next week.

Man Utd Target Antoine Griezmann Insists He’s Perfectly Happy At Atletico Madrid Thank You Very Much

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With a prospective move to Manchester United keeping the rumour mill churning for what seems like an age, Antoine Griezmann has finally piped up to let everybody know that's he's perfectly happy at Atletico Madrid.

That said, in doing so, the French forwardalso revealed that he's been studiously mulling over his options of late.

Everton

Reports: Romelu Lukaku Rejects Most Lucrative Contract Offer In Everton History

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How quickly things can change, eh? Just when it looked like Romelu Lukaku was odds-on to extend his stay at Everton, it emerges that the Belgian striker has now rejected the offer on the table.

Last week Lukaku was reported to have agreed terms on a mammoth new £140,000-a-week contract extensionthat would've madehim the highest-paid player in Everton history, with his agent Mino Raiola saying the deal was "99.

Everton: Romelu Lukaku Has ‘Agreed Terms’ Of Mammoth New Five-Year Contract, Deal Now Imminent

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It's being claimed that Romelu Lukaku has agreed terms on a mammoth new contract at Everton and will sign it later this week.

Talks have been churning away for weeks over a new deal, with the Belgian striker's agent Mino Raiola recently confirming that an announcement was "very close".

According to TalkSPORT, who have been in contact with Raiola, the finer details have now all been agreed on an improved five-year contract and both camps are just waiting for the chairman to get his cheque-signing biro out.

‘He Could Make Everton Stronger’ – Ronald Koeman Openly Flirts With Idea Of Signing Wayne Rooney

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With Wayne Rooney looking like more of a spent force at Manchester United with every passing week, there's a good chance his number might be upat the end of the season.

While the Chinese Super League has already come a-callin'to no avail, it's all the more likely that Rooney will end up either, A) continue clogging everything upat Old Trafford forever and a day, or B) opt for a less disruptive move to another English side.

The Yak Is Back: Coventry City Take Premier League Legend Yakubu On Trial

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The huge news emanating from League One today is that Coventry City have welcomed a bona fide Premier League legend into their fold.

Indeed, the Sky Blues have taken former Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Everton hero Yakubu 'The Yak' Aiyegbeni on trial...

Yakubu is on trial at Coventry City.

Ligue 1

West Ham: Dimitri Payet Reveals He Forced An Exit Because He Was ‘Bored’ Of Playing For Hammers

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Further endearing himself to the fans he left behind, Dimitri Payet has claimed he was desperate to leave West Ham because he was "bored" of playing for them.

In an interview with L'Equipe, Payet discussed the questionable manner in which he forced through a move to Marseille in January.

Theway of approaching matches, the defensive system put in place, did not please me.

‘Our Colours Will Never Be Yours’ – Saint Etienne Fans Force January Signing Anthony Mounier Out Of Club After Just Four Days

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On 27th January, Anthony Mounier (above) signed for Saint-Etienne on loan for the remainder of the season.

By31st January, he was gone, gone, gone.

The reason? The French midfielder was hounded out of Saint-Etienne by fans after just four days on account of him once playing for bitter local rivals Lyon.

Football League

Official: Yakubu Signs For Coventry City On Short-Term Contract

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It's official. The Yak is back and there ain't a gosh darn thing y'all can do about it.

After impressing on triallast week, Coventry City have taken up the option to sign ex-Everton, Portsmouth and Nigeria striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni on a short-term contract until the end of the season...

SIGNING: #CCFC complete the signing of striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni until end of the current season.

Official: Kevin Nolan Pulls Off First Signing As Notts County Manager… 34-Year-Old Kevin Nolan

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Strapped for cash following a tumultuous takeover period, Notts County have resorted to desperate measuresin order to bring in January reinforcements.

Indeed, the big news coming out of Meadow Lane today is that, with the club's transfer embargo being lifted, Magpiesboss Kevin Nolan has finally been able to pull off his first signing as manager.

Southampton

Reports: Southampton On Verge Of Signing Ex-Juventus Defender Martin Caceres To Ease Centre-Back Shortage

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Southampton are on the cusp of shoring up the signing ofMartin Caceres, after the former Barcelona and Juventus defender came through a medical today.

According to the Guardian, Caceres a free agent since leaving Juve last summer will reportedly sign for the Saints "in the next few days" pending the approval of a work permit.

Official-ish: Steven Caulker Encapsulates Madness Of Deadline Day By Joining Lokomotiv Moscow (Photo)

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As if to crystallise the random, chaotic, gip-inducing jumble sale circus that is transfer deadline day, it's being reported that Steven Caulker is on the verge of completing a transfer from QPR to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Yes, you did indeed read that correctly: Steven Caulker, formerly of Southampton, Liverpool and, ever so briefly, England.

Newcastle United

Official: Cheick Tiote Leaves Newcastle To Join Beijing Enterprises Group FC (Photo)

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After months and months of negotiations, Cheick Tiote has finally brought his seven-year stint at Newcastle to an end and left forthe bright lights of China.

It was initially reported that Tiote was in talks to join former Toon teammate Papiss Cisse at Shandong Luneng, but today it's been announced the Ivorian has signed for Beijing Enterprises Group FC on a two-year deal.

‘I Didn’t Know Who My Teammates Were’ – Andy Carroll Admits He Had To Google Several Liverpool Players After Joining Them

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At the behest of the Daily Mail, Andy Carroll fritter away an indeterminate period of time chatting to Jamie Redknapp recently the poor sod.

The pair discussed Carroll's career to date, including his expensive and rather ill-fated stint at Redknapp's old club, Liverpool.

After acknowledgingthat things"never really happened" at Anfield, Carroll also admitted that he didn't know who someof his new teammates were upon signing for the Reds in 2011 partly because, by his own admission, he doesn't really like watching football.

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What Robbie Keane Did Next: Irish Veteran Trains With Al-Ahli After Leaving LA Galaxy (Photos)

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Despite his advancing years (he's 36, you know!), it would appear that Robbie Keane isn't quite ready to call it a day.

The Republic of Ireland's all-time top scorer left LA Galaxy when his contract expired a couple of months ago and has since tendered offers from several prospective suitors, with Sunderland reportedly having a nibble a few weeks ago.

Muckers: Brilliant Image Surfaces Of Burnley Teammates Robbie Brady And Jeff Hendrick Together At Boyhood Club (Photo)

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Over the course of the season so far, Burnley's dabbling in the transfer market has finally brought togethertwo of football's oldest muckers reunited at Turf Moor.

Indeed, Burnleybroke their transfer record to bring in Robbie Brady on deadline day, thus reunitingthe Irish midfielder with boyhood teammate Jeff Hendrick.

Official: Emmanuel Adebayor Joins Turkish Side Istanbul Basaksehir (Photos)

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Emmanuel Adebayor's blessed geneticshave earned him a contract atTurkish sideIstanbul Basaksehir.

After angling hard for a move back to the Premier League last week, it's the team currently second in the Super Lig that have taken the plunge on the temperamental Togolese target man.

Official: West Ham Snap Up Hull Midfielder Robert Snodgrass In £10.2m Deal

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Robert Snodgrass has joined West Ham United from Hull City for a fee of £10.2m.

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The 29-year-old midfielder had been expected to leave the KCOM Stadium, with a number of clubs interested in his services. including Middlesbrough and Burnley.

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However, the Hammers got their manon Friday, with the Scottish international signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Londoners.

Watford

Official: Odion Ighalo Leaves Watford To Join Chinese Super League Outfit Changchun Yatai

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After what feels like months of dilly-dallying, it's now official: Watford have confirmed that Odion Ighalo has been flogged off to the Chinese Super League.

Having spent 2014/15 and the first half of 2015/16 scoring for fun, the goals have dried up dramatically for Ighalo since then netting just thrice in his last 37 outings.

Official: Watford Fork Over £2.3m To Sign Mauro Zarate From Fiorentina

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Watford have announced that they've secured the signing ofMauro Zarate.

The Hornets have reportedly paid £2.3million to nab the former Birmingham, QPR and West Hamstriker, who joins from Fiorentina...

OFFICIAL: Mauro Zárate has joined #watfordfc from @acffiorentina in a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Sunderland

Official: Crystal Palace Sign Patrick Van Aanholt From Fellow Stragglers Sunderland (Photo)

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Just a quickie to confirm that Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Patrick van Aanholt from fellow stragglers Sunderland.

The Dutch full-back has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Eagles...

#CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of @pvanaanholt on a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee!

Sunderland Set To Make Hefty Profit On Patrick Van Aanholt As Crystal Palace Agree £14m Fee

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Sunderland are set to make a tidy little profit on Patrick van Aanholt after accepting Crystal Palace's £14million bid for the Dutch full-back.

According to ITV News, Van Aanholt filed a transfer request and informedSunderland officials that he no longer wants to play for the club, who are currently rock-bottom of the Premier League.

The Rest

Nine Years Later: Jonas Olsson Leaves West Brom With Immediate Effect To Join Swedish Side Djurgarden IF

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Out of the blue yonder, Jonas Olsson has ended his nine-year stint atWest Brom with a sudden move back home to Sweden.

The 34-year-old has left the Baggies with immediate effect, mulching the last few months of his contract in order to join Djurgarden IF.

Judging by his statement onthe official West Brom website, the news even seems to have taken Olsson by surprise:

It's all happened so quickly I've not had chance to say a proper farewell to so many people.

Norwegian Top-Flight Club Kristiansund BK Use Crowdfunding To Sign New Defender

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Nikita Baranov is unveiled at Kristiansund (Photo: @KristiansundBK/Twitter)

Norwegian top-flight side Kristiansund BK have utilised an alternative income streamto help bolster their squad ahead of their new season.

With the 2017 Eliteserien campaign due to kick off in early April, KBK were able to bring in a handfulof free transfers over the off-season.

Official: Chelsea Stalwart Branislav Ivanovic Moves On To Zenit After Nine Years At The Bridge (Photo)

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As George Harrison once famouslypostulated, all things must pass and, alas, it would appearthat his fatalistic dictum even extends to Branislav Ivanovic.

After nine years and nine trophies at Chelsea, the 32-year-old Serbian stalwart is moving on specifically to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Indeed, after posting a photo of him wearingZenit togsyesterday, the Russian side have nowconfirmed Ivanovic has signed for them on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Bushwatch: Meet Reading Fan Jacob South Klein, The Man Who Spends Every Deadline Day Hiding In Bushes Outside The Madejski Stadium!

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Amidst all the deal-making and the rumour-churning, a new hero emerged on transfer deadline day, and his name was (and still is) Jacob South Klein.

That's him up there, in the little brown cowboy hat.

For the past few years, Reading fan Klein has spent deadline day lurking in the bushes outside Madejski Stadium and updating fellow supporterson the various comings and goings.

Up On The Deal: Premier League Clubs End Transfer Window In Collective Profit For First Time Ever

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A relatively dullmonth of tradingensured that the Premier League ended a transfer window in profit for the first time ever.

According to Deloitte, the Premier League clubs combined spent a six-year high of £215million in January 2017.

On deadline day, the big money was spent on Manolo Gabbiadini (who joined Southampton from Napoli in a £14million deal) and Robbie Brady (Norwich to Burnley for £13million).

Official: Hull City Pull Off Impressive Deal For Italian International Andrea Ranocchia (Photo)

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Hull City have pulled off themost impressive coup of deadline day so far with the signing of Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan.

The Italian international centre-back has joined The Tigers on a six-month loan deal...

| We are delighted to announce the loan signing of Andrea Ranocchia from @Inter_en #WelcomeAndrea pic.

‘I Will Never Play For Leicester Again’ – Leonardo Ulloa Spits Dummy Out On Twitter Over Claudio Ranieri’s ‘Broken Promises’

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Leonardo Ulloa has publicly declared that he will never play for Leicester City again after the club 'broke promises' they made to him.

Just last week, Ulloa's agent branded Claudio Ranieri a "selfish, egocentric egotist" for reneging on his promise to renew the Argentinian striker'scontract, and then blocking his transfer request thereafter.

Official: Mainz Welcome Bojan Krkic After Stoke City Send Striker Out On Loan For Rest Of Season (Photos)

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Theymay have ever so slightly snuck it under the radar, but Mainz 05 secured the services of one Bojan Krkic for the rest of the season yesterday.

Having found it hard to keep hold ofa stable place in the first-string so far this season, Stoke City decided to letthe 26-year-old forward to finish 2016/17 in the Bundesliga to help keep his eye in.

Middlesbrough In Talks To Bring Jese Rodriguez In On Loan For Remainder Of Season

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Eight months ago he was winning the Champions League with Real Madrid and now, via PSG, it looks like Jese Rodriguez is about to turn up in Middlesbrough.

Hardly the most well-trodden of football paths.

Anyway, it's being widely reported that Jese is in talks with Boro' over a six-month loan deal after failing to make a dint at PSG since his £21million move last August.