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Man Utd to launch late Mats Hummels bid, Chicharito could go to Serie A

The winter window is still open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and deals here.

TOP STORY: United to test BVB resolve over Hummels

With the euro experiencing a recent downturn, it seems Manchester United might attempt to land Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels with a late, late bid.

The Metro has picked up on reports in German newspaper Sport Bild that the Red Devils will try to take advantage of a weak euro and offer 50 million euros for Hummels, which works out to just 37.3 million pounds.

That's still a fair chunk of change to part with, but United have shown over the past season and a half that, while they might be short of their best on the pitch, they have a strong grip on their finances.

Given the pound's relative strength, an offer to test Dortmund's resolve could bring a dramatic finish to the window.


HEADLINES:

- Sources: Man Utd set up last Hummels push
- Sources: Chelsea to buy Cuadrado 'in next 48 hours'
- Report: Schurrle to Wolfsburg imminent
- Sources: Agudelo signs for New England Revolution
- Yaya Toure a target for Inter Milan, says Mancini
- New York Red Bulls complete Sacha Kljestan transfer
- Balotelli should never have left Man City - agent
- Pogba sale could help Juve build super squad - agent
- Arsenal sign Gabriel, Campbell to Villarreal on loan
- Bale dismisses Manchester United rumours
- Sources: Man United rule out stop-gap January deals


LIVE BLOG:

23.00 GMT: That's all for now. We'll be back in just a few short hours with a look at what the UK papers are saying on Friday morning.

22.46 GMT: U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard has said he loves playing at Everton, but with Roberto Martinez shopping this month for his eventual replacement -- David Marshall and Orjan Nyland among the targets -- MLS teams are watching in case the World Cup hero could be available.

New York City FC, Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy keeping tabs on Howard, the Daily Mail says. The teams are likely hoping that the league will increase the allotted number of designated players per team to four this season, as both LA and Toronto already have three.

21:56 GMT: Man United are getting all their ducks in a row for two final pushes to sign Mats Hummels from Dotrmund and Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao, sources told Miguel Delaney. Louis van Gaal is only going after "top-priority" targets at this stage in the window, but he may be thinking long-term here.

Sources said that even if neither player comes this week, the negotiations will serve United well when they resume this summer.

Read the full story here.

21:10 GMT: Roma are close to finishing a deal to acquire CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia, according to the Daily Mail.

Doumbia is playing with Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup and has not yet agreed personal terms, but Roma have agreed a fee with CSKA for the 27-year-old, who scored three times in two games against Manchester City in the Champions League this season.

20:55 GMT: Celtic are looking to cash in with reports of two players on the move. Israeli international midfielder Beram Kayal has been sold to Brighton, while Burnley are reportedly interested in striker Anthony Stokes.

20.40 GMT: Scott Sinclair has arrived at Aston Villa.

20.06 GMT: It's a game of we said-they said over Serbian Filip Duricic's move to Southampton on loan. The Serbian national team reported that Southampton said the deal was done, when no such announcement has occurred. And reports say while the Saints are interested in the midfielder, talks are still in the early stages.

Read the full story here.

19.41 GMT: Toronto FC's overhaul of seemingly their entire lineup continues with the signing of veteran French midfielder Benoit Cheyrou. The 33-year-old has played for Marseille for seven years and was named to Ligue 1's team of the year from 2008-2010.

19.17 GMT: Stoke have given Leicester permission to speak to Robert Huth about a possible loan move, according to Sky Sports. Earlier today Nigel Pearson said the Foxes weren't yet done dealing.

18.35 GMT: The transfer gears are beginning to grind, as kicker reports that Andre Schurrle's move to Wolfsburg is "imminent."

With Chelsea needing to free up funds to complete the signing of Juan Cuadrado, it appears Die Wolfe will in fact snap up the Germany forward despite all previous protestations. A deal is reportedly agreed between the clubs, with Ivica Olic also set to be granted his move to Hamburg as a result.

18.29 GMT: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists that Raheem Sterling's contract is "in hand" despite a split between the winger's agents.

"I think it's all in hand with the football club and his representatives," the Anfield coach said. "Raheem's playing very well at the moment. I spoke to him and he's very happy. He's happy with his progress. He's a real sponge for learning and he knows he's in the right place to develop."

18.19 GMT: Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is set to complete his loan switch to Aston Villa within the next 24 hours, Press Association reports. The winger will sign until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move, according to PA.

18.10 GMT: Fresh from signing Spanish starlet Carles Gil, Aston Villa bos Paul Lambert now looks set to go toe-to-toe with Newcastle for Dele Alli.

The Mirror reports that Villa will attempt to hijack the Magpies' five million-pound move for the MK Dons midfielder, who now seems stuck between a rock, a hard place, and his current club.

17.56 GMT: Peter Crouch is a happy (and no doubt relieved) man after agreeing a two-year contract extension with Stoke.

The 33-year-old striker's previous deal was due to expire this summer, but the bad knee injury picked up by Bojan this week has seen Mark Hughes needing to consolidate his current forward line.

17.45 GMT: Mattia Destro's move to AC Milan is edging closer, particularly as the Rossoneri have just released a snap of the Roma striker wearing a Milan training top. That's usually a good indicator that the done deal button will be in use soon...

17.32 GMT: Huge news for Chelsea fans... the Blues are set to complete the transfer of Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado "within the next 48 hours," with Mohamed Salah potentially going the other way on loan, club sources have told ESPN FC.

Sources told ESPN FC that the London club have not yet activated the clause in the Colombian winger's contract, but they have reached an agreement on personal terms.

Chelsea will pay around 23 million pounds, with the rest of the fee made up by bonus clauses. But, in order to meet that, and continue to adhere to financial fair play regulations, Andre Schurrle may also leave Stamford Bridge for Wolfsburg now rather than in the summer.

17.15 GMT: Juan Agudelo's lengthy journey to find a new club has officially ended with the New England Revolution, with sources telling ESPN FC that the U.S. international has signed a contract with MLS.

The deal concludes a puzzling spell for Agudelo, who has been out of action since his loan stint with Dutch side FC Utrecht ended last May. Agudelo had been on the books of English Premier League side Stoke City, but after twice having applications for a work permit denied, his contract was terminated.

17.05 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has suggested that he will complete his transfer window business without signing Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United on a permanent deal.

While the Eagles boss expects to add Lille left-back Pape Souare before the window shuts, Pardew said he was "in the dark" about the idea that a deal for Zaha could go through.

"That will be it," he said in a news conference. "Deadline day is one of those days where you look across the board and there might be a player who is attractive to us or something."

16.55 GMT: Mattia Destro has taken to Facebook to announce that he is on his way from Roma to AC Milan.

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16.44 GMT: A series of tweets now from Kevin Strootman that will be a relief to both Roma and Manchester United fans...

16.30 GMT: After half a season spent kicking his heels at QPR, Jordon Mutch has the chance to get playing again at Crystal Palace -- and he seems pretty pleased with the opportunity.

16.20 GMT: Arsene Wenger has been busy adding to his defence this week, but should Arsenal fans be more concerned with January's striking departures? John Cross explores whether the Gunners will be left short of ammunition...

- Cross: Campbell, Podolski & Sanogo exits leave Arsenal light up front

16.00 GMT: With Chelsea having yet failed to tease either Juan Cuadrado or Douglas Costa from Fiorentina and Shakhtar respectively, the Mirror reports that Jose Mourinho will instead make a shock move for West Ham forward Enner Valencia with Loic Remy as part of an exchange deal.

The Ecuadorean has been a big success since a 12 million-pound move to Upton Park last summer, and while he wouldn't come cheap to the Blues, he may be a less expensive option than either of their more long-term targets.

15.48 GMT: Sources told ESPN FC earlier this week that Manchester United may wait until the summer to recruit their main targets rather than spend now on players to plug the gaps, but they may have to look for other midfield options with Kevin Strootman undergoing knee surgery to discover whether he suffered ligament damage versus Fiorentina.

Having only recently returned from a serious knee injury that kept him out for nine months, Strootman may now be considered a risky purchase by the Red Devils, particularly after seeing Owen Hargreaves' career crumble due to knee problems.

15.25 GMT: Swansea are closing on a move for Southampton's Jack Cork, according to the BBC. The 25-year-old is a free agent this summer, and the Saints could be tempted to sell rather than let him leave for nothing this summer.

15.16 GMT: DONE DEAL Free agent Shola Ameobi has now been confirmed as Alan Pardew's latest Crystal Palace signing, while Glenn Murray have also signed a new one-year deal with the Eagles -- a busy day at Selhurst Park!

15.05 GMT: Andre Schurrle has been repeatedly linked with a move to Wolfsburg this winter, but the Bundesliga club's sporting director Klaus Allofs has given the strongest message yet that the Chelsea attacker is not a January target.

"There is no case with Schurrle," Allofs told Sky Deutschland. "I really want to leave aside the name 'Schurrle.' We have already clearly stated that we are happy with our team."

14.50 GMT: Confirmation from Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu now that Lionel Messi was not a happy chappy earlier this month as he rowed with Luis Enrique on the club's training field on Jan. 2.

"Suddenly, for a foul that wasn't given, 'Leo' blew his top. Things got tense, they said a few things to each other," Mathieu told RMC. "The coach came to speak to him in the dressing room afterwards and that's that. It happens at every club, but because it's Barcelona, it's made out to be a huge thing. That's the problem."

A minor spat is unlikely to see Messi packing his bags, but it's all grist for the rumour mill...

14.40 GMT: There could be movement soon regarding Ravel Morrison, with Sky Sports reporting that the West Ham midfielder has agreed a four-year deal with Serie A side Lazio.

The 21-year-old seems to need a breath of fresh air after a troubled career in England, and Italy could well offer the answer. GIven that's he's already taken to Instagram with his new shirt number, this move looks nailed on, we'd assume.

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14.25 GMT: Free agent Shola Ameobi is set to join Crystal Palace until the end of the season, according to ESPN FC correspondent Pete O'Rourke.

14.04 GMT: Some reaction from the powers that be at Stoke on that double contract news. Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website: "Players like Glenn and Peter are very much the backbone of our squad, and we're delighted they have committed to spend at least another two years with the club," while manager Mark Hughes said: "We've been talking to both players for a while, and it's pleasing that want to stay and be a part of what we are striving to achieve."

13.58 GMT: A double announcement from Stoke -- if anyone out there was thinking of signing Glenn Whelan or Peter Crouch, think again, people:

13.40 GMT -- DONE DEAL: New Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said he wanted to add a new face or two to the Eagles' squad -- and here's one:

13.30 GMT: And an update on Ivica Olic, too: he's said he is happy to stay at Wolfsburg after the Bundesliga side blocked his return to Hamburg. Olic, 35, spent his formative Bundesliga years at Hamburg, joining them from CSKA Moscow in January 2007 and scoring 29 goals in 78 league games.

13.20 GMT: A bit more on Berbs, as a Spurs-supporting friend of mine used to call him: Everton boss Roberto Martinez has said he does not need to sign a striker to replace Samuel Eto'o, refusing to comment on a report linking Dimitar Berbatov with a move to Goodison Park. Eto'o completed a move to Sampdoria on Tuesday, just five months after arriving on Merseyside as a free agent and signing a two-year contract.

12.51 GMT: Iain Hume is set to go back at Tranmere after a spell in the Indian Premier League with Kerala Blasters. He has agreed a six-month contract subject to international clearance.

12.46 GMT: Wolfsburg's Klaus Allofs tells a pre-match news conference that "there is nothing new to report" in either the Andre Schurrle or the Ivica Olic transfer situations.

12.40 GMT: A little more on Big Sam Allardyce and his chase for Darren Fletcher. The Upton Park boss is not sure whether the Manchester United midfielder will decide to join West Ham, with West Bromwich Albion also keen to sign him.

12.15 GMT: Roberto Mancini has said he wants to sign Yaya Toure to help turn Inter Milan into a Scudetto-winning side.

Mancini took the Ivorian to Manchester City in 2010 and hopes to be reunited with him as he looks to transform Inter -- who are 10th in Serie A, 23 points behind leaders Juventus -- into a team capable of winning the title.

12.02 GMT -- DONE DEAL: A new arrival for Charlton Athletic as they look to get a season that started so promisingly off and running again. Midfielder Christophe Lepoint is the new face at The Valley, arriving for an undisclosed fee from KAA Gent:

11.50 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Striker Mattia Destro has moved to AC Milan on loan from Roma in a move that could become permanent in the summer. The player posted a message on Facebook in which he thanked Roma, saying: "I was a kid and you helped me to grow up... it was here I discovered that Love with a capital L really exists. Now it's off to Milan for a new challenge but I'm confident and determined."

11.46 GMT: Let's pop back to Germany now, where Werder Bremen defender Luca Caldirola, 23, could leave the club following the recent arrival of Jannik Vestergaard.

11.42 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Caen have completed the signing of Emiliano Sala from Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season.

11.38 GMT: Paul Pogba's a man in the spotlight at the moment - and his agent has said Juventus would regret not cashing in on him while suggesting that Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whom he also represents, should be his replacement. Mino Raiola, who described the 21-year-old France international midfielder as being "like a Van Gogh painting," said the Turin club were likely to receive offers that would be hard to refuse and should accept one of them.

11.35 GMT: Fulham defender Stephen Arthurworrey will stay at League One Yeovil until the end of the season after his deal, originally due to expire at the end of this month, was extended.

11.10 GMT: And another snippet from League One, where Coventry have signed striker Dominic Samuel from Reading on loan.

11.05 GMT: Veteran Scunthorpe United striker Deon Burton, 38, has left the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

10.50 GMT: It's coming towards 11am, which means it's news conference time again -- and this time it's Big Sam Allardyce doing the talking. Big Sam has had a few things to say about possible comings and goings at the high-flying Hammers, dismissing talk of a move for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis but adding that the arrival of Darren Fletcher from Manchester United "is still a possibility, but we'll see."

10.40 GMT: ESPN FC sources say Southampton are in talks with Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic, who is currently playing for Bundesliga outfit Mainz on loan.

10.23 GMT: Tottenham striker Harry Kane is set to put pen to paper on a new deal at the club, sources have told ESPN FC. Kane, 21, only signed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane in August, but his star has risen considerably this season and he is expected to agree a one-year extension until 2020 with a weekly wage of around 35,000 pounds.

10.12 GMT: Is another loan move on the cards for Manchester United's Nick Powell? Quite possibly, says the Daily Mirror, which suggests he could be on his way to struggling Hull until the end of the campaign.

10.05 GMT: A little more from Roberto Martinez, who really isn't in the mood to give much away this morning. Will Everton sign anyone before the end of the window? Won't they? See whether this leaves you any the wiser: "It is hard to tell. We are not looking at this window to try and find solutions. We did that work in the summer. I feel the work is to try and get the players back in a confident mood. But as a football club we will always try to use the windows in our favour." No? Didn't think it would have done.

09.55 GMT: Could Dimitar Berbatov be bringing his languid brand of striking skill to Everton? The Monaco man is reportedly a target for the Toffees, who recently lost Samuel Eto'o to Sampdoria, but manager Roberto Martinez told his news conference ahead of the home game with Crystal Palace: "I know you love to throw names out, but I'll never comment on other players. He is registered with another club, so I won't comment." So just to repeat, that's a NO COMMENT.

09.40 GMT: Back to Germany, where kicker reports that Wolfsburg's sporting director Klaus Allofs is adamant that forward Ivica Olic won't be going anywhere despite interest from Hamburg. "What is true is that HSV have contacted Olic," he said. "But he will stay because he is under contract here and is an important attacker."

09.30 GMT: L'Equipe has reported that Monaco are interested in signing playmaker Mouloud Sana from Italian third division side Novara. The 18-year-old is also interesting Rayo Vallecano and Torino.

09.16 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle has signed a six-month deal with Swiss second division outfit Lausanne. The French forward had been playing for MLS franchise Chicago Fire.

08.41 GMT: More from Sport Bild in Germany, with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski commenting on the Marco Reus situation. Reus looks likely to leave Dortmund in the summer, and Lewa wants him to move to Bayern. "Should he ask me, I'll tell him that I've done everything right by opting for Bayern and against Real," he said. "But I won't tell him you have to join Bayern. In the end, it's his decision."

07.42 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Burton Albion have announced the signing of Abdenasser El Khayati for the remainder of the season, according to the BBC. The 25-year-old will move to League Two from Dutch club Kozakken Boys, for whom he has 10 goals in 10 games this season.

07.09 GMT: This one might not happen until the summer, but it's worth a mention since Brendan Rodgers has vowed he won't spend this winter. The Liverpool boss has his eye on two Hannover 96 players, Lars Stindl and Leonardo Bittencourt, according to the Daily Star. Stindl could be lured to Anfield when the 2.2 million-pound release clause in his contract is triggered this summer. Germany Under-21 international Bittencourt is thought to be available for as little as six million pounds.

06.23 GMT: Queens Park Rangers' Junior Hoilett has attracted the attention of Borussia Monchengladbach, according to the Daily Mail. The Canadian was also on Derby's transfer season wish list, but it seems the Bundesliga club might have the upper hand as they have Champions League designs this season and Hoilett has played in Germany before.

06.11 GMT: Here we go again, folks, as our Live Transfer Talk blog kicks off with a bang for Thursday, Jan. 28. The Metro reports that La Liga giants Real Madrid are readying a shock move for Spurs' sweetheart Harry Kane. Karim Benzema could be the fall guy to help Carlo Ancelotti's club pull together the funds necessary to bring Kane, who is in contract talks with Tottenham, to the Bernabeu.

PAPER ROUND:

Chelsea might pay Cuadrado release clause

In a transfer window of few genuine sagas, the one deal coming anywhere close to that status is Chelsea's protracted pursuit of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

The Colombia international is thought to have a buyout clause of 35 million euros -- a sticking point for the Premier League leaders, who have one eye on financial fair play regulations.

Naturally, Cuadrado's Serie A side are sitting tight in the knowledge they have the upper hand, and Metro reports that Chelsea will acquiesce and cough up the full fee in order to land the 26-year-old despite repeated comments from manager Jose Mourinho that his club won't be buying or selling.

However, with personal terms thought to have already been agreed between the player and the Stamford Bridge club, it would seem that only a medical stands in the way of Mourinho acquiring yet another talented technician.

United striker could head to Serie A

While United fans are busy discussing problems in defence and midfield, boss Louis van Gaal might quietly be more worried about his forward line.

With Robin van Persie uncertain about his future and a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao looking less likely by the day, Van Gaal's options are narrowing -- and the Daily Star reports that United might be prepared to let another striker leave in the form of Javier Hernandez.

The Mexico international is currently on loan at Real Madrid but, with a stay at the Bernabeu beyond the summer unlikely, Lazio are reportedly interested in whisking the forward to Serie A in this winter window.

Carver comes out fighting over Sissoko

John Carver may be Newcastle manager only until the end of the season, but the Daily Mail reports the 50-year-old has told the club's hierarchy they must do all they can to keep midfield talisman Moussa Sissoko.

Sissoko, 25, has been in superb form for the Magpies, attracting attention from the likes of Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, and managing director Lee Charnley has apparently been told by Carter that losing the France international could cost Newcastle a top-10 spot.

More deals for Swansea?

Losing Wilfried Bony to Manchester City was a big blow for Swansea, but the Welsh club could see some comings and goings before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

The Daily Mail reports that, having impressed in helping to dump the Swans out of the FA Cup last weekend, Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede could be on his way into Garry Monk's squad with Rovers valuing him at six million pounds. How's that for revenge?

The same paper suggests another forward could be on his way out of south Wales, with Bafetimbi Gomis looking increasingly likely to sign for West Ham.

Gomis, 29, seems determined to exit the Liberty Stadium, even with more game virtually guaranteed following Bony's departure.