ESPN - Tuesday 16th January, 2018
The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page.
Hammers fearful over Carroll
After reports that Chelsea want Andy Carroll on loan, West Ham are worried that their striker "has had his head turned," the Mirror says.
It reports that the Hammers have been offered a swap deal involving Michy Batshuayi, but manager David Moyes is keen to keep his key players at the London Stadium as he looks to build on fine recent form.
Carroll is now "understood to have his heart set on a move to Stamford Bridge, where he would play Champions League football." Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke, though the Mirror says that Carroll "would be their preference."
10.55 GMT: Manchester City are preparing to make a renewed move for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans after abandoning attempts to sign Alexis Sanchez, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Premier League leaders, who pulled out of the race to sign the Arsenal forward on Monday due to the cost of the deal, had been keen to sign Evans during the summer transfer window.
10.35 GMT: Norwich City midfielder James Maddison has turned a few heads with his performances and goals this season, and the London Evening Standard reports that Tottenham Hotspur are among the interested clubs.
It says Spurs "have been tracking the 21-year-old since before he joined the Canaries from Coventry in February 2016," but Norwich do not want to let him go. Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester have also been credited with an interest.
10.20 GMT: A little more on Aubameyang: Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger has offered him an opening to return to the matchday squad when they travel to Hertha Berlin on Friday.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Stoger said: "He's a BVB player, he's in training, and he has the chance to get back into the team if his attitude is right.
10.00 GMT: Leon Goretzka is being linked with Bayern Munich, but Schalke remain hopeful that he could yet stay at the club.
"There's nothing new to report," sporting executive Christian Heidel said after the player reportedly met club president Clemens Tonnies. "All of the club, including Tonnies, is fighting to keep him here."
09.50 GMT: Another DONE DEAL for you, this time from Italy -- Inter Milan have signed defender Lisandro Lopez on loan from Benfica, with an option for a permanent transfer in the summer.
Lopez, 28, had a medical on Monday after a first training session at Inter's Pinetina centre, and is likely to be on the bench against Roma on Sunday.
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09.40 GMT: Liverpool are set to send midfielder Marko Grujic on loan to a Championship club because they want to ensure he gets first-team football, the Liverpool Echo reports.
It says that although Grujic, 21, is interesting top flight sides West Ham and Huddersfield, Liverpool want "guarantees that Grujic would start matches rather than simply be a squad player."
09.25 GMT: Emre Can has been increasingly linked with a move to Juventus, but the man himself denies that any deal has been struck with the Italian champions.
Can, out of contract at Anfield at the end of the season, said he was still talking to Liverpool officials about a new deal.
09.15 GMT: To Spain for a DONE DEAL in which Athletic Bilbao have signed Romania international Cristian Ganea from FC Viitoru Constanta.
The left-back will join in July 2018 and has signed a contract until June 2021 with an option to extend it for a further season.
09.00 GMT: West Ham have no interest in allowing Andy Carroll to leave on loan during the window, assistant manager Alan Irvine has said.
The 29-year-old forward, who is due to miss West Ham's FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury on Tuesday through injury, has been linked with a temporary move to Chelsea.
07.56 GMT: Jose Mourinho says Manchester United have "a chance" of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, while admitting Henrikh Mkhitaryan could leave.
Sanchez has been linked with a move to Old Trafford with Mkhitaryan going the other way. Meanwhile, sources have told ESPN FC that Manchester City have now pulled out of the race for the Chilean. Read more here.
07.41 GMT: Judging by the noise on social media this morning Everton are close to signing Theo Walcott from Arsenal for £20m.
Everton boss Sam Allardyce confirmed talks last week and it sounds like they are now progressing.
07.12 GMT: Good morning, we'll kick off Tuesday's Transfer Talk live blog with news that struggling Swansea will attempt to bring in two players from Atletico Madrid in an effort to beat relegation.
Wales Online reports that the two men in question are Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan -- a striker and a playmaker to sort out their problems in front of goal. It's certainly ambitious.
Arsenal have held negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but are waiting for the future of Alexis Sanchez future to be settled before completing a deal, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Gunners are confident that a deal can be done with Dortmund after Gabon international Aubameyang was punished for skipping a team meeting over the weekend.
But Arsenal want Sanchez's situation clarified before launching a formal bid, especially as a deal with Manchester United for the Chile international could see Henrikh Mkhitaryan come the other way, sources said.
It comes after the Guardian reported that Arsenal "are increasingly confident" about signing Aubameyang.
However, it added that the Gunners might have to pay more than £50 million for the 28-year-old, with "negotiations over a fee ongoing."
In the meantime, Arsenal are closing in on Bordeaux forward Malcom, likely to cost around £40 million.
Chelsea make late bid to snatch Sanchez
Just when it seemed that Manchester City's withdrawal from the race to sign Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez had opened the way for United, along comes some potential late drama.
The Telegraph reports that Chelsea "are trying hijack United's bid to sign Sanchez in another dramatic twist to this extraordinary transfer saga."
It says United have offered Mkhitaryan to Arsenal as part of their bid to land Sanchez and -- for now -- remain in pole position to sign him.
Chelsea "are thought to be undeterred at this stage by the huge costs involved in trying to sign Sanchez," though there is not believed to have been any direct contact between the Blues and Arsenal yet.
The paper concludes that "it would take another dramatic turn of events for United to lose out on him," but that isn't impossible.
-- Everton are favourites to sign Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in a £20 million deal and will stave off competition from his old club, Southampton, to do so, according to the Guardian.
It says talks between the Merseysiders and Walcott's representatives have moved forward, with the Goodison Park hierarchy undeterred by his transfer fee.
-- Hands up who had Paul Lambert in the Stoke manager sweepstakes? No? Well, Lambert has landed and will be given a transfer kitty to spend as he looks to steer the Potters away from danger.
The Mirror said the new manager "will meet the club's owners to discuss potential targets," though it warns that Stoke "will not break the bank."
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