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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.

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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    Morgan backs Wilshire Arsenal return

    Outspoken Arsenal fan Piers Morgan says the club should give their unattached former midfielder Jack Wilshire a contract to ease their midfield woes.

    The Gunners have been left short in central midfield due to Africa Cup of Nations call-ups for Ghana's Thomas Partey and Egypt's Mohamed Elneny.

    Sun columnist Morgan tweeted: "Would love to see @JackWilshire back in an Arsenal shirt.

    "Spoke to him recently and he's fit, training well and desperate to get playing again."

    Newcastle bid for Badiashile

    Newcastle have reportedly entered talks with Monaco to sign centre-back Benoit Badiashile.

    French outlet L'Equipe claims the Magpies sent representatives to meet officials at the Ligue 1 side last the weekend.

    It is thought Toon are willing to spend £33milion to sign the player.

    However, their move has been hampered by the defender suffering a muscle injury against Nantes on Sunday.

    It is claimed the Ligue 1 ace could be out of action for three weeks.

    Coutinho arrives in Birmingham

    Philippe Coutinho has arrived in Midlands ahead of his unveiling as Aston Villa's newest player.

    The Brazil playmaker took a private jet from France and is reported to have landed in Birmingham, according to Sky Sports.

    It is thought the 29-year-old's surprise loan switch from Barcelona could be finalised in time for the player to face Manchester United.

    Villa confirmed the Brazilian had completed his medical yesterday.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Swansea rivalling Cardiff for Christie

      Swansea City are reportedly in a race with Cardiff to sign Cyrus Christie.

      The Fulham right-back is available for a loan or a permanent deal if suitors match the Cottagers' asking price.

      Struggling Cardiff are thought to be long-term admirers of the Republic of Ireland international who is also attracting interest from Blackburn Rovers.

      And Swansea have now entered the three-way battle and are now favourites to land the out-of-favour defender.

      The 29-year-old has not played since a Carabao Cup game in September.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Tottenham's Romero close to fitness return

      Cristian Romero is nearing a return from injury at Tottenham.

      The Argentina defender has been out since November with hamstring damage.

      But Spurs gaffer Antonio Conte revealed he could be back playing again very soon.

      The Tottenham chief said: "We are talking about a player that’s very close to coming back.

      "Today Cristian had a little part of a training session with us.

      "He’s very close, very close to coming back.

      "We lost him for almost two months and I think we faced this situation in the best possible way because Cristian for sure is an important player for us.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Leeds linked with Muriqi

      Leeds United are thought to be in the race to sign Lazio striker Verdat Muriqi, according to reports.

      The striker, who has attracted Hull City interest, is also thought to be on theElland road team's radar.

      Muriqi, 27, has reportedly fallen down the pecking order at Lazio scoring just twice in 43 outings.

      However, the Kosovo international enjoyed a more prolific spell at former club Fenerbahce where he netted 17 times in 36 appearances during the 2019-20 season.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Newcastle in for Darwin

      Newcastle are reportedly preparing a bid for Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.

      Toon are rumoured to be desperate to sign a goal threat following an injury to striker Callum Wilson.

      And it is thought the Prem side see Nunez as a potential replacement.

      Portuguese outlet O Jogo claims the club could be prepared to splash £50million on the player.

      Nunez has netted 18 goals in just 23 appearances across all competitions this term.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Villas-Boas wants international job

      Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing an international coach's role before he quits management.

      SunSport's Jordan Davies has exclusively exclusive revealed the ex-Chelsea and Tottenham boss hopes to land a role before the 2026 World Cup.

      The Portuguese coach, 44, has been out of work since February 2021 after walking out on Marseille following a public spat over player transfers.

      The former Spurs boss has previously talked of his desire only to be in management for around 15 years.

      And he sees the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada as a potential swansong.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Millwall bid for Fortuna rejected

      Millwall have had a £1million bid for Zian Flemming turned down by the Dutch sideFortuna Sittard star.

      And SunSport reports the Lions have also had an initial offer for Derby’s Louie Sibley turned down.

      Den boss Gary Rowett is eager to add an attacking midfielder to his squad and could make improved offers for both players.

      Flemming, 23, has netted 13 goals in 40 League games since joining Fortuna from PEC Zwolle two years ago.

      Sibley, 20, has made 14 Championship appearances this season but has not played since the 1-1 draw with Millwall in early November.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Taylor seals Middlesbrough deal

      Neil Taylor has agreed to remain with Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

      The Wales full-back, 32, joined Chris Wilder’s promotion chasers in November

      And the left-back's short-term contract which was due to end this week.

      SunSport says the ex-Swansea and Aston Villa defender has agreed to stay at the Riverside with a deal expected to be formally announced within 48 hours.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Tottenham reject Ajax Bergwijn bid

      Tottenham are thought to have knocked back Ajax's £15million bid for Steven Bergwijn. 

      SunSport claims Spurs are willing to sell the Netherlands winger for a suitable price to fund a move for Wolves ace Adama Traore.

      And it is thought the club are after £20million for the player.

      Tottenham paid £27.8m to sign Berwijn from PSV Eindhoven two years ago.

      But the player has struggled with form and fitness issues and has made just three Prem starts this season.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      World's oldest pro joins new club

      Kazuyoshi Miura is set to play for another year after signing for a new side in Japan.

      Miura, who will be 55 in February signed a deal with Suzuka Point Getters, who are managed by his older brother Yasutoshi.

      The ex-Japan forward has joined the club on loan for Yokohama FC.

      The player, who is the same age as Jurgen Klopp, made his senior debut as a professional player in 1986.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Haaland decision on future

      Erling Haaland is reportedly on the verge of making a decision on his club future in the coming weeks.

      The Daily Express reports the star is being assisted by his agent Mino Raiola with Chelsea and Manchester United thought to be monitoring his situation.

      Haaland, 21, has emerged as a major target for Europe's biggest sides with the striker thought to be mulling over his next destination.

      The Real Madrid target has a £68million release clause in his contract with current club Borussia Dortmund.

      Man City, Real Madrid and Barcelona are thought to be among the clubs eyeing a swoop.

      And it is thought the player is interested in a possible move to Spain.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Salah'sdemands 'not crazy'

      Mo Salah insists he is not asking for "crazy stuff" as he continues negotiations with Liverpool over a new contract.

      Reports claim new deal discussions between the Reds icon, 29, are still ongoing with his current contract due to expire in 2023.

      It is rumoured the player is after a weekly salary of £200,000 which would smash Liverpool's wage structure.

      In a GQ interview, Salah said: "I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff.

      "The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something (they should) because they appreciate what you did for the club.

      "I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me. But with the administration, they have [been] told the situation. It’s in their hands."

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Chelsea and City chase Coman

      Chelsea and Manchester City have made attempts to prise Kingsley Coman away from Bayern Munich, according to L'Equipe.

      The French outlet claims the winger, 25, is expected to extend his contract with German giants for another three years.

      But it is thought a number of clubs including the Prem rivals are looking to try and acquire the player.

      Sport Witness and L'Equipe say the France star could earn between £14million and £16.6m should he sign a new deal with Bayern.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Barca chasing Oscar

      Barcelona are thought to have made contact with ex-Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

      Brazilian outlet TNT claims the Catalan giants have been in touch with the Brazil star, 30, who currently plays for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Sport.

      But it is thought the player's enormous wages could be an obstacle for attempts to sign him.

      The ex-Blues man is thought to earn a whopping £560,000-a-week.

      And his current contract with Shanghai runs until 2024.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Toons after Palace's Mateta 

      Newcastle are thought to be keen on signing Crystal Palace forward Jean-Philippe Mateta.

      Eddie Howe is rumoured to want to sign a striker this month with Callum Wilson currently crocked and out of action.

      RMC Sport claims Mateta is among the players on the Toons' radar.

      But it is not clear whether the Tyneside giants are after a loan deal or a permanent switch.

    • Sandra Brobbey

      Dean keen on move

      Dean Henderson has informed Manchester United of his wish to seal a loan move this month.

      talkSPORT claims the Red Devils stopper, 24, is eager to get some first-team action.

      But he is facing a battle to dislodge first-choice United stopper David de Gea.

      However, Ralf Rangnick has reportedly told the keeper he would like to stay at Old Trafford in case injury or Covid leads him to be called into action.

      Rangnick told talkSPORT “A couple of weeks ago he asked me but I told him I’d rather have him stay until the end of the season.

      “We are very happy with our goalkeepers but if it’s up to me I wouldn’t want him to leave.”

      “David is playing well but we have Covid, you can have an injury and we need three top goalkeepers.”

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      Tottenham are reportedly ‘confident of sealing’ the transfer signing of Adama Traore this month.

      Wolves winger Traore, 25, has been linked with a move to North London for months.

      Now The Athletic reports that ‘there’s confidence that a deal can be done’ for Traore before the end of the January transfer window.

      Meanwhile, Philippe Coutinho has completed his medical ahead of his loan move to Aston Villa in style after taking a private jet to France.

      The Brazilian star, 29, agreed to reunite with former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard in the Midlands on a short-term deal last week.

      The out-of-favour Barcelona star took a private jet to France with wife Aine and friend Juan Vasconcellos.

      However, Newcastle aren’t having much luck in the transfer market as their proposed move for Sven Botman is OFF, according to reports.

      Lille see Botman, 21, as ‘untouchable’ and will open talks over an improved contract in the summer, despite his current deal not expiring until the end of the 2024-25 season.

      And finally, Barcelona reportedly ruling themselves out of the running for Arsenal transfer target Renato Sanches.

      El Nacional claims the Lille midfielder is ready for a new adventure this summer.

      But Barcelona boss Xavi is not convinced Sanches has the right attributes to succeed in Spain.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Gerrard faces United boo-boys

      Steven Gerrard turned and stared down a hostile Manchester United crowd who booed him as he walked to the dugout for this evening's FA Cup clash at Old Trafford.

      The Aston Villa manager got a less then friendly reaction from the Red Devils faithful because of his legendary status with their big rivals Liverpool.

      Gerrard was often barracked by United fans during his incredible 17 years of service as a player for the Reds.

      But this evening's clash at Old Trafford was the first time he has led a side out as a manager.

      The 41-year-old walked out of the tunnel and started making his way up the touchline.

      As he did so he heard the loud boos coming from behind him and spun on his heels to stare back at the baying crowd.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Rashford back with girlfriend

      Marcus Rashford is back dating his childhood sweetheart — just eight months after their “painful” split.

      Marcus and Lucia Loi — both 24 — are believed to have linked up again shortly before Christmas.

      University graduate Lucia was then spotted getting into the England forward’s car following United’s 1-0 defeat against Wolves on January 3.

      She also posted a cryptic picture on Instagram of a tattooed man’s hand resting on her boot.

      A source said: “The intent for them to get back together has always been there.

      “The break was good for their relationship as it offered them both space and assurance that they wanted to make this work moving forward.

      “They have been together since school so an opportunity to breathe and focus on themselves was important.”

      Another source said: “They have a shared history. She is one of the people who knows him best. They got back together before Christmas and are taking things slowly.

      “But they make each other happy and he knows she is loyal and he can trust her.”

    • Justin Lawrence

      Spurs Kessie chase given boost

      Spurs' transfer pursuit of Franck Kessie has been given a huge boost as the midfielder's contract talks with AC Milan have reportedly fully collapsed.

      Milan have been trying to pin down Kessie to a new deal but talks hit a brick wall quite some time ago and haven't yet reconvened.

      And according to Sky Sport Italia, Kessie's agents have no plans to launch negotiations again either.

      Which will be great news for Tottenham who have been tracking Kessie for quite some time.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Arsenal speed up Wijnaldum interest

      Arsenal have reportedly ramped up their interest in PSG midfielder Wijnaldum.

      The Gunners have been linked with a move for the ex-Liverpool man in this January's transfer window.

      And now the Gunners have heightened their pursuit of the Dutch star, according to Fichajes.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Newcastle keen on Hugo Ekitike

      Newcastle are interested in Stade Reims striker Hugo Ekitike, according to reports.

      The 19-year-old only made his senior debut in August but has exploded on to the Ligue 1 scene since.

      French Ekitike has eight goals and three assists from his 17 league appearances this season.

      And the Magpies are keen to add him to their ranks, according to Sky Sports News.

    • Justin Lawrence

      Fans mock Rooney

      Fans hoping to spend a night with Wayne Rooney will have to fork out up to £450 for a ticket.

      For that huge price you meet the footie ace and get a signed Man United shirt.

      But many mocked the cost of the Evening With . . . event.

      Steven Garrett posted online: “The prices are a f disgrace.”

      Jill Moorehead wrote on Facebook: “Not at that price.”

      And David Bryan added: “Would be a waste of money.”

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