00.14 – That might be it…
I don’t want to jinx it, but we might be done. We’ve seen Arsenal spend all the money on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Liverpool loan all of the players out, Riyad Mahrez go absolutely nowhere once again. But once you start reporting on Martin Cranie’s whereabouts, you do wonder where it all went wrong in life.
It has been an awful lot of fun. Please do relive it all below.
11.59 – A triple Palace update
Ibrahim Amadou? Ibrahim Amadon’t.
Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou leaving Crystal Palace office in London after £16m transfer collapsed at the last minute pic.twitter.com/BfOxeUjZk8
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2018
Also, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita isn’t going anywhere. Getafe claim Palace tried to lowball them late on. But in better news, Alexander Sørloth has been confirmed. Swings and roundabouts.
23.53 – Mitrovic goes Cottaging
It turns out that Aleksandar Mitrovic would rather join Fulham than Bordeaux. Who knew?
23.51 – Midfield matters
Mo Besic has left Everton to join Middlesbrough on loan, and Nottingham Forest have signed Andrea Pirlo. The ginger version, that is. Time for Jack Colback to get his international career back on track.
23.40 – Business end
Jordan Hugill has joined West Ham from Preston for £8m. Martin Cranie has left Huddersfield. Jon Flanagan is headed to Bolton on loan. Andy King is leaving Leicester for Swansea. I’m currently in negotiations with my bed.
23.31 – One more deal done
Slimani is a Newcastle player until the summer. Any more for any more?
23.00 – We started from the bottom
And now we have arrived at our destination. The January transfer window is shut, but for the clubs who filed that fabled Premier League deal sheet before 11pm. They now have until 1am to finalise their transfers.
According to Bryan Swanson of Sky Sports, four deals are ‘subject’ to said Deal Sheet. Two could well be for Crystal Palace, with Alexander Sørloth and 25-year-old Danish goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow of Brøndby in the pipeline. Slimani to Newcastle could be another, or Andy King to Swansea.
22.45 – Lazar tag
Yay for Lazar Markovic!
Bienvenue Lazar Markovic!
Welkom Lazar Markovic!
Welcome Lazar Markovic!
— RSC Anderlecht (@rscanderlecht) January 31, 2018
Liverpool also confirm that Harry Wilson has signed a new deal and joined Hull on loan. Busy.
22.43 – Lolley pop
Just when it seemed as though Joe Lolley had earned his chance at Huddersfield – he even scored a goal and everything – he is off. Nottingham Forest sign him for an undisclosed fee.
22.33 – Sophie’s choice
Or Aleksandar’s, rather. Mitrovic can choose between Bordeaux or Fulham, with his move to Anderlecht off. What a decision that is.
22.29 – Busy Palace
Crystal Palace fans had better prepare to phone into work sick tomorrow, because you might be working on only couple of hours sleep. Sky Sports say the club are ‘still hopeful’ of ‘two to three’ more deals being done. Ibrahim Amadou and Alexander Sørloth are your best bets.
22.23 – The Ev
Sam Allardyce says Mangala to #efc is close. Lookman – "chose Germany. We tried to persuade him not to but he was stubborn." Klaassen – "The weirdest thing. He's got a sporting contract with a company and that was part of the reason it (Napoli) failed. God knows how."
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) January 31, 2018
22.00 – What might still happen?
There is an hour left of the January transfer window. Only a handful of moves seem to be on the horizon.
Will Newcastle get their move for Islam Slimani over the line?
Will Lille let Ibrahim Amadou join Crystal Palace?
Will Eliaquim Mangala go to Everton?
Will Aleksandar Mitrovic find a home?
Will anything else happen?
21.33 – Palace hard at work
If there is a wire, Crystal Palace are working right down to it. Ibrahim Amadou appears to have chosen them over West Ham, but there is a stumbling block for any deal: Lille. They are refusing to sell him. Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol says the midfielder is ‘pleading’ with his club on the phone to let him leave.
Free the Amadou one, folks.
21.24 – Evans above
Earlier today, it emerged that Arsenal had made a ‘derisory’ bid for Jonny Evans that was ‘laughed off’ by West Brom. Reports claimed that the offer made was of £12m. Which is indeed ‘derisory’.
But the Daily Star suggest it was even worse. Their sources claim the bid was £8m, a frankly ludicrous sum for a player touted for around £20m earlier in the month. True, he can leave West Brom for £3m in the summer, but only if they are relegated.
Can clubs sue other clubs for taking the p*ss?
21.08 – Slimani all good
What a minute for Newcastle. Reports of Islam Slimani failing his medical appear to be wide of the mark, as the club have confirmed to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail. A few seconds prior, Jamaal Lascelles put them 1-0 up against Burnley. Top stuff.
21.05 – Ayew, okay?
West Ham and Swansea continue their game of pass the parcel with Andre Ayew. He has been reunited with brother Jordan in south Wales. How lovely.
It is a club-record £18m fee, and it means that Bournemouth are now the only Premier League club yet to make a signing this month. Something tells us that won’t change.
20.58 – Stoke’s done deal
Completely forgot about this one. Stoke announce the signing of Badio Ndiaye, who may adopt the nickname of ‘curl up’.
👀 Good things come to those who wait…
Say hello to our new €16m recruit Badou Ndiaye!
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) January 31, 2018
20.49 – Newcastle have done a Newcastle
Newcastle might well have absolutely f***ed it. The club have been trying to force through a loan move for Islam Slimani all day, with the Leicester striker having flown in to discuss terms and undergo a medical. The latter stage is where everything seems to have fallen apart.
According to Algerian outlet DZ Foot, Slimani has failed his medical. Quite what Newcastle were expecting, considering the striker is currently sidelined with a thigh injury, is beyond us mere mortals.
Belgium’s DH are saying the same, and the only reason they are reporting on the issue is because Aleksandar Mitrovic will not be leaving if Slimani does not arrive.
This really is the most Newcastle of Newcastles.
20.35 – The deadline edges closer…
And nothing much is happening. It’s almost like everyone is focusing on the actual football.
Jordan Hugill is still expected to join West Ham for £8m, while Alexander Sørloth is, according to Dominic Fifield of The Guardian, ‘agreed by the sounds of things’. Christian Benteke almost has a striker to challenge him at Crystal Palace.
20.19 – Agent of change
It’s been a while since we’ve had a big old update, and this one comes from German newspaper Bild. They report that Julian Weigl, a regular transfer target for Manchester United, has changed representatives.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has swapped EMG Mundial, who are said to be “very surprised” at his decision, for SportsTotal. Manchester Evening News say this will put clubs on ‘red alert’. We are not sure why.
19.58 – The Wright stuff
Leicester have signed some bloke called Callum Wright from Blackburn. Jim White must be going mental.
19.51 – Newcastle business
Still no update on Islam Slimani, but Newcastle are doing what they do best: getting rid of players. Henri Saivet has left to join Sivasspor in Turkey, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is still looking for anyone who will take him.
19.39 – Look, man
The Premier League is so bizarre that Everton are able to loan Ademola Lookman out to a better club. The winger has joined RB Leipzig. It must come as a surprise to Sam Allardyce.
Everton's Ademola Lookman joins RB Leipzig on loan until the summer – two days after Sam Allardyce said he would not be leaving
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 31, 2018
19.38 – Watford sign a human
Watford have signed goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg on a five-and-a-half-year deal. He returns to Goteborg for the rest of this season before moving to Vicarage Road in the summer.
In other news, Riyad Mahrez’s mate has been explaining why he felt he had to “go to war” with Leicester.
19.27 – Hold onto your hats…
Because Oliver McBurnie is about to join Barnsley on loan from Swansea.
I wish Premier League clubs would stop f***ing loaning players out. Selfish b*stards.
19.19 – What would my Amadou?
Never fear, for Ibrahim Amadou is here to ensure transfer deadline day remains interesting. The Lille captain has arrived in London by train ahead of his expected move. The plot twist is that both West Ham and Crystal Palace want him, and no-one knows where he’s off.
19.12 – Will they play the Chuba?
Why look, it’s Chuba Akpom leaving Arsenal on loan for Belgian side Sint-Truidense. Remember when Arsene Wenger didn’t sign a striker in 2016 because he had him and Yaya Sanogo?
OFFICIAL: Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has joined STVV on loan until the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/SQYwNvOnra
— TransferNewsCentral (@TransferNewsCen) January 31, 2018
19.08 – I’m all a loan
A couple of Premier League outgoings for you. Ovie Ejaria has left Liverpool for Sunderland, and Rolando Aarons has departed Newcastle for Hellas Verona. Both are on loan. It’s bloody hotting up.
18.57 – Good Evans
This sounds much more like Arsenal, not breaking transfer records and the like.
18.47 – Another Arsenal departure
Jeff Reine-Adelaide has joined Ligue Un side Angers on loan. Do Arsenal have any players left?
18.40 – WILSOOOOOOOOON
Harry Wilson is heading to Hull City on loan after signing a new Liverpool contract. And poor Aleksandar Mitrovic cannot catch a bloody break. His proposed move to Anderlecht is off, according to the BBC.
18.24 – Adieu, Mathieu
What a ruddy day at Arsenal. Out goes Mathieu Debuchy, whose contract has been mutually terminated. He has joined St Etienne.
18.13 – Panic at the Isco
You know what this transfer deadline day needs more of? Don Balon, that’s bloody what.
The Spanish bullsh*t merchants bring us an update on Isco, a player linked with a move to the Premier League since he was in the womb. They say he ‘feels betrayed’ by Real Madrid, who encouraged him to sign a new contract last year by promising him more minutes. Considering only two players have made more appearances for the club this season, that sounds like a load of balls.
But no, Isco is not happy with his lot. And he has three specific offers which, fortunately for outlets on these shores, are all Premier League clubs. Chelsea want to link him up with Alvaro Morata again, Liverpool see him as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, and Pep Guardiola is a fan.
Again, take this with an absolute vat of salt. If it does ever happen, it probably won’t be in the next five hours or so.
17.52 – Sticky Toffees
We forgot to include one man in our update at 17.26. Eliaquim Mangala is still available. And according to Sky Sports, Everton have agreed a deal ‘in principle’ to bring him in on loan. Phil Jagielka needs the company.
17.49 – From leftfield
Didier Ndong has just joined Watford on loan from Sunderland. How weird.
‘The Hornets will have an obligation to purchase the player, should certain criteria be met,’ say Sunderland. God only knows what that criteria is.
17.48 – Oh Arse
David Ornstein wrote earlier that Arsenal wanted another defender, with either David Luiz or Kostas Manolas on the agenda. John Cross, clearly his inferior, says they will wait until the summer. Boo.
17.40 – Riyad to nowhere
This is interesting. Some are claiming that Manchester City have stepped away from a deal for Riyad Mahrez after their third offer failed to even touch the sides. Jamie Jackson of The Guardian says different.
In lines clearly fed to him by City, Jackson says that the club ‘never even made one bid’ for the Algerian. They held talks on Wednesday morning but baulked at Leicester’s £95m proposal. City feel that valuation was ‘crazy’.
Mahrez was a target for long-term position of wide player post-Sanchez not happening, not a short-term fix because of Sane's ankle injury.
— jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) January 31, 2018
That is also guff.
17.26 – Just hours remaining…
So what Premier League incomings are still in the pipeline?
- Andre Ayew is headed to Swansea from West Ham. He’s had his medical.
- So has Islam Slimani, who is leaving Leicester for Newcastle on loan.
- Swansea are also signing Andy King on loan from Leicester, and are turning down the chance to bring Lazar Markovic in from Liverpool.
- We have heard little with regards to Lucas Moura and Tottenham. Expect that to go through soon.
- West Ham are thought to have agreed a fee with Preston for striker Jordan Hugill.
- Crystal Palace wanted Hugill, but could yet bring in three others. Striker Alexander Sørloth, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and midfielder Ibrahim Amadou.
Are we missing anyone?
17.15 – Leicester lose their religion
Islam (Slimani) is headed to Newcastle on loan. He’s been pictured looking suitably glum after undergoing a medical. Reece Oxford’s move to Monchengladbach is now completed.
17.00 – TASTY UPDATES
You can read more about Olivier Giroud’s hunt for trophies here, but we have yet more transfer updates for you.
Swansea appear to have made their decision between Andy King and Lazar Markovic, and it’s bad news for the latter. Will no-one rescue him from his Liverpool-based purgatory?
But the biggest news is that Manchester City have abandoned their pursuit of Riyad Mahrez. Leicester were asking too much, you see. They wanted around £95m. So he can come out of hiding now.
16.48 – Some actual business
The dominoes have finally fallen. Olivier Giroud joins Chelsea, and Michy Batshuayi is off to Borussia Dortmund.
16.43 – The dream is over
It was fun while it lasted. The news of Arsenal’s interest in David Luiz never seemed concrete, but Nizaar Kinsella and his Chelsea contacts at Goal.com have put the final nail in this beautiful coffin. He says the Brazilian is going nowhere until this summer at the earliest.
16.37 – The mystery player
We are still yet to discover the identity of the mystery player Manchester City have offered to Leicester, as well as £65m, for Riyad Mahrez. Perhaps it was Eliaquim Mangala, and Leicester are trying to negotiate a deal to just receive the £65m?
16.32 – Where there’s a Willock
Expect to see this update in a ‘Manchester United complete transfer move’ story at some point in the next hour or so. Manchester United have loaned out Matty Willock to St Johnstone. That’s a massive move.
Huddersfield have also sent two academy kids, Jack Boyle and Dylan Cogill, to Clyde FC.
16.29 – Giroud boy
Just to warn you, we are painfully close to seeing Olivier Giroud in a Chelsea shirt. Imminent is the damn word.
LEAKED: Olivier Giroud has completed his move to Chelsea and will wear the number 18 shirt ✅🔵 pic.twitter.com/SRbVZoqV5m
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) January 31, 2018
16.16 – What’s that coming over Hugill?
Is it West Ham? Yeah.
We hadn’t even heard of Jordan Hugill before this week, but the Preston striker is enjoying his time in the sun. Crystal Palace have been linked but it seems as though the Hammers have won the race. Simon Stone of the BBC is reporting that a fee has been agreed. Sky sources say the clubs are in ‘advanced talks’. Well done Sky sources.
He’s hardly Ilan or Benni McCarthy, mind you.
16.05 – Hardly a Success
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 31, 2018
Bloody ripe for a punchline. But don’t Watford need more strikers? What are they planning?
15.59 – ScatterGunners
Well this is interesting. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal earlier in the day and Max Meyer has apparently been targeted, but only now have the club realised their defence needs bloody sorting.
According to David Ornstein, two players are on what can only be described as a shortlist as the deadline edges closer. David Luiz, who had been mooted as a target earlier this week, and Kostas Manolas. Arsenal liked him a while back before he moved to Roma.
‘Would be one or other, no idea if it will happen. Defence a clear concern,’ Ornstein writes. Quite.
15.53 – Hammer blow
My Russian is not what it used to be, but this seems to suggest that West Ham are not signing Fedor Smolov from FC Krasnodar.
🔥🔥🔥 Форвард "горожан" Федор Смолов заявил о продолжении своей карьеры в "Краснодаре"!
— FCKrasnodar (@FCKrasnodar) January 31, 2018
15.48 – An Oxford update
No, not United. Reece. That fella who plays for West Ham and marked Mesut Ozil out of the game on his professional debut is headed back to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan, with no option to buy. Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian says so.
Speaking of West Ham, Samir Nasri needs a new club. He has had his contract with Antalyaspor ripped up, hopefully literally. The dildo brothers will surely be on the phone soon.
15.45 – Only one Premier League signing today
That’s just shoddy, isn’t it? Yes, it was a massive deal but it is just one deal. We are expecting an Olivier Giroud signing within minutes though.
15.42 – Palace to sign giant?
This has all gone a bit quiet but Crystal Palace are apparently still confident of signing FC Midtjylland’s Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth for around £9 million. He is not a Midtj.
15.32 – Ayew being served?
According to the BBC, West Ham and Swansea have reached an agreement for Andre Ayew to return to Swansea for a fee of £18-20m. He will join up with his brother Jordan, whose form is one of the reasons Swansea have suddenly got good.
Sticking with Swansea, it looks like they have a decision to make on Lazar Markovic.
Deal is in place for Swansea to take Markovic on loan from Liverpool. Just whether Swansea want to press the button. Obviously taking Markovic would rule out another PL loan (Andy King, for example).
— Stuart James (@StuartJamesGNM) January 31, 2018
15.26 – Mahrez goes AWOL
That’s the line coming out of the Daily Mirror, who say that Mahrez did not turn up for Leicester training on Tuesday, thus ruling himself out of tonight’s game. Of course, we are hoping that he turns up in Manchester in true Peter Odemwingie style.
15.04 – Mahrez offer incoming
Sky Sources: #mcfc have made what they’re calling a “final offer” for Riyad Mahrez. Bid worth around £65m they say, and is cash PLUS an as-yet unnamed City player. No response yet from #lcfc See #ssn for more.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 31, 2018
Obviously we are hoping that the player is Eliaquim Mangala in order to break Sam Allardyce’s heart.
15.00 – Giroud says oui
Breaking | Olivier Giroud has signed his Chelsea contract, deal official in the coming minutes. More follows. (RMC)
— Get French Football (@GFFN) January 31, 2018
According to just about everybody on the internet, this deal is about to be announced. Come on, fellas.
14.51 – Amadou-dou-dou
There are conflicting reports about the exact amount offered but it seems that Crystal Palace have bid for Lille midfielder Ibrahim Amadou, with a loan spell being followed by a summer move if Palace avoid relegation, which seems likely.
14.41 – City add another £5m for Mahrez
After having bids of £50m and £55m turned down for Riyad Mahrez, the Mail say that City have returned with a third bid of £60m. If earlier reports are to be believed, their inevitable fourth bid of £65m will do the trick.
Man City have made an inquiry for Riyad Mahrez.. but #lcfc in no mood to sell and a £60m bid would be instantly dismissed. Valuation significantly higher now following the Coutinho & Van Dijk deals this month
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 30, 2018
14.37 – Not alright said Fred
Remember last week when Manchester City were signing Fred from Shaktar Donetsk. Well now it seems they will wait for the summer to sign the £45m Brazilian. Instead they are focusing all their attention on Riyad Mahrez.
14.33 – Mitrovic out of Toon
Islam Slimani is on his way to Newcastle; there will be a locker free…
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) January 31, 2018
14.28 – Watford in business
Didier Ndong has completed his medical at Watford and will sign on loan from Sunderland. Isaac Success, Costel Pantilimon and Stefano Okaka could all go out on loan to Championship clubs.
14.22 – Hugill in demand
For reasons we do not pretend to understand, both West Ham and Crystal Palace are said to be interested in Preston striker Jordan Hugill, who has scored eight goals in the Championship this season.
14.16 – Mangala incoming
Eliaquim Mangala is having discussions about personal terms with Everton before completing a loan from Manchester City. Sam Allardyce really cannot resist a big centre-half, can he?
14.12 – We await transfers
It’s fair to say that not much has actually happened beyond the rather large deal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal. But we are told that Swansea, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are all looking to be pretty active. Swansea in particular may get three – Lazar Markovic, Andre Ayew and Andy King. Enough to survive?
14.10 – Slimani in the Toon
He has arrived; it really is only a short flight from Leicester to Newcastle.
Idea of Islam Slimani having a medical at Newcastle is amusing, given that:
a) they literally have no other options.
b) he's injured.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 31, 2018
14.02 – Lamela to march in?
This would be an odd one for Tottenham to countenance. We are expecting Spurs to confirm the arrival of Lucas Moura for £25m and the upshot of that deal could be Erik Lamela joining Southampton on loan, according to The Independent. The Saints have apparently failed to sign Quincy Promes and they do still need a winger.
13.57 – Klaas act going nowhere
Poor Davy Klaasen. He has been told by Sam Allardyce that he is not part of his plans and he thought he was going to escape to Napoli. But then it seems that Napoli noticed he had already played in the Europa League. The man is going nowhere.
But Everton have undone some of their summer business by sending striker Sandro Ramirez on loan to Sevilla.
13.53 – Giroud just a medical away
He looks damned fit to us.
But seriously, Olivier Giroud will join Chelsea today as soon as he passes a medical. The Mail say that a fee of around £20m has been agreed and the man himself has agreed an 18-month contract with an extra year’s option.
13.42 – How much for Mahrez?
First we were told ‘almost £100m’ and then £75m and now it seems that Manchester City could get Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez for just £65m (according to ESPN). Which is probably why there was earlier talk about Leicester played being p***ed off with the Algerian; the club are preparing the ground for him to leave.
13.40 – Hammers fail in Dendoncker bid
West Ham United have had an opening bid rejected by Anderlecht for Leander Dendoncker. It seems the Belgian club wants £20m and the Hammers have fallen well short.
13.33 – One more for Arsenal?
Oooh, this is good. German newspaper BILD – who were right about Mesut Ozil’s new contract – are claiming that Arsenal want to sign 22-year-old Schalke midfielder Max Meyer today. He is out of contract in the summer but the Gunners will not wait that long. That’s what watching Granit Xhaka at Swansea can do to a club.
Max Meyer is available for free in the summer, would be an interesting move. He's played deeper this season under Tedesco and been really impressive.
— Lewis (@LGAmbrose) January 31, 2018
13.25 – Lazar love?
Liverpool remain in talks with Swansea and Wolfsburg for a loan deal for midfielder Lazar Markovic. They want to sell but nobody wants to buy a player for £15m who has not played competitive football since May.
13.22 – Slimani flies…
Islam Slimani has gone all Alexis Sanchez on us, putting a video on Instagram of him boarding a private jet. Bound for Newcastle? (IG: islamslimani09) pic.twitter.com/FumTF57Oco
— Tony Mabert (@TonyMabertESPN) January 31, 2018
13.14 – Mahrez in bother
Has it come to the point when Riyad Mahrez has become Alexis Sanchez? Would Leicester be better off selling if Man City offer more than the £55m currently on the table?
Understand a number of #lcfc players feel angry and let down by Riyad Mahrez as he tries to force through a move to #mcfc. Mahrez failed to turn up for training yesterday and hasn’t travelled with the squad to face #efc
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) January 31, 2018
13.11 – West Brom sell
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 31, 2018
12.46 – One in, two out at Everton?
Everton are said to be favourites to sign Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan, while Davy Klaasen could join Serie A leaders Napoli on loan (though that might be scuppered by the Dutchman being unavailable for the Europa League) and Mo Besic could be heading to Middlesbrough. The Allardycing of this squad continues.
12.38 – Newcastle doing some business
They sure have left it late but it looks like at least two loans will go through – Islam Slimani from Leicester and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague.
Oh and this one is slightly left-field: Rolando Aarons has rejected a loan move to Hull in favour of a temporary switch to Italian side Hellas Verona. To be fair, Verona is helluva nicer than Hull.
Hellas Verona's manager Fabio Pecchia was Rafa's assistant previously at Newcastle so presumably knows the player quite well.
— Jack Storry (@JackStorry) January 31, 2018
12.28 – How much for Mahrez?
‘Manchester City will have to up their offer for Riyad Mahrez to at least £75million if they are to land the Leicester winger before the transfer deadline,’ say the Daily Mirror.
We say ‘forget it, that Bernardo Silva is pretty good’. This one is going to run and run…
Leaving Leicester today will be Islam Slimani (for Newcastle) and Andy King.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 31, 2018
12.22 – Arsenal in fourth
Premier League net spend table for the January window, as of midday: that confirmed £56m purchase for Arsenal pushes them up to their favourite place in the table.https://t.co/ws2aE3iLYG pic.twitter.com/4P3KPHbnVN
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) January 31, 2018
12.18 – We’re Orny…Orny, Orny, Orny
According to the Arsenal man himself, Mesut Ozil has signed a new Arsenal deal worth £350,000 a week.
EXCLUSIVE: Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at #AFC & 32yo pic.twitter.com/600XtVnbnH
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018
12.10 – Loans done
A couple of loan deals to tell you about and slip into the completed transfers list. Ben Hall has left Brighton for Notts County and Tom Anderson has joined Doncaster from Burnley.
12.06 – Giroud only gets short-term deal
Olivier Giroud is set to join Chelsea today for around £18m but the claim from the Daily Telegraph is that the Blues want to stick to their club policy of offering only short-term deals to players over 30, so the Frenchman will be out of contract next summer along with Cesc Fabregas. The reason they struggled to complete the signing of Edin Dzeko was his reluctance to sign an 19-month contract.
12.05 – Evans above all this
Wondering why we haven’t mentioned Jonny Evans? Well it seems that bringing Daniel Sturridge in on loan means that West Brom do not need an influx of transfer money. He will stay put until the summer at least.
Nothing in the pipeline for Jonny Evans to leave @WBA. Having got Sturridge in, keeping him gives them good chance to avoid drop. Tough start to that task tonight mind you.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 31, 2018
11.54 – This one will drag on and on…
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has moved, which will presumably mean pretty swift deals for Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
But there is one deal that will run and run…
This Mahrez Leicester-Man City situation is going to get messy. Mahrez will push like hell to go – as will his agents, obviously. Leicester are annoyed with City for coming in late and bidding low (conversation started at £45m). City are edging up but not by nearly enough. Yet.
— Stuart James (@StuartJamesGNM) January 31, 2018
11.49 – Everton favourites for Mangala
This one still appears to be on the boil. We didn’t think Everton needed a new centre-half, but then we’re not Sam Allardyce, who cannot resist a big central defender.
11.48 – Powell not moving to Brighton
Wigan have turned down an undisclosed bid from Brighton for midfielder Nick Powell, according to the BBC. The Latics
11.44 – Giroud arrives at Chelsea (possibly)
— Feroze Ali (@feroze17) January 31, 2018
11.40 – Saivet the last dance for Turkey?
One man has left Newcastle after a thoroughly underwhelming spell. It’s a loan deal with a view to a permanent move.
🔥✅ OFFICIEL : Henri Saivet rejoint Sivasspor ! pic.twitter.com/SlpYoqStxp
— MercaFOOT (@VyMercato) January 31, 2018
11.37 – Spurs the next to move?
Brazilian winger Lucas Moura has completed his Tottenham medical ahead of his £25m move from PSG.
11.31 – Are the dominoes about to fall?
We could have all major business done by lunchtime at this rate. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Arsenal so Olivier Giroud can join Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi can join Borussia Dortmund. How lovely and neat.
11.29 – And he isn’t even expensive
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 31, 2018
11.24 – Dortmund have a parting shot
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc on Aubameyang: “Apart from the unpleasant episodes in the past few weeks we would like to remember that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at BVB was a real success story. In this team he performed superbly for Borussia Dortmund and scored many important goals and was part of the team that won the German Cup in 2017. We wish Pierre-Emerick all the best for his future at Arsenal.”
11.14 – Arsenal say it’s done too
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018
11.09 – Aubameyang done
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018
The price is 63.75m Euros, which is £56m on current exchange rates.
Here we sodding go.
11.06 – How much for Mahrez?
Well, according to gossip-meister Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, Leicester want almost £100m for Riyad Mahrez. Wow. They also want Andros Townsend to replace him, so presumably Palace would ask for £50m. Why not? Football is mental.
11.03 – #freeMichy – the escape is on by bicycle
— Chris Davison (@c11davison) January 31, 2018
11.02 – Slimani to Newcastle it seems…
‘We’re told Newcastle have agreed a deal with Leicester to take Islam Slimani on loan,’ say Sky Sports. That would be a lovely signing. Though he is out for two weeks with a thigh injury.
10.58 – Arsenal ridding themselves of goalscorers
Aubameyang has undergone medical. Arsenal poised to sell their top scorer in each of the past five seasons (Walcott 21 goals, Giroud 22, Sanchez 25, Giroud 24 and Sanchez 30) in the space of 14 days.
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 31, 2018
Oh wow. And for a comparison of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s statistics with other Arsenal strikers, click here.
10.53 – Liverpool want Markovic out
One interesting thing to emerge is that Swansea want Lazar Markovic from Liverpool but only on loan…Liverpool just want rid of a player who has not playing a single minute under Jurgen Klopp.
10.50 – Blind deal a no-go
Daley Blind’s daddy has said that Manchester United will not let his boy join Roma on loan. Full story here.
READ MORE: The best of deadline day on Sky Sports News
10.45 – Who will get Slimani?
We thought it would be Newcastle, and then we thought it would be West Ham. Now it seems like it is all about Newcastle again…
Asked source close to Islam Slimani if West Ham were in for him. Response: NEWCASTLE
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2018
10.43 – Talking of Watford…
Stefano Okaka and Isaac Success are apparently available for loan, but Troy Deeney is staying put. They don’t need to lose strikers; they need to sign one.
10.42 – One in, one out at Sunderland
“Ndong has gone to Watford,” said Sunderland boss Chris Coleman last night. “He’s made it clear that he wanted to go back to the Premier League, and the deal suited us in the end.
“We’ll be bringing one in to replace him – a boy from Liverpool, Ovie Ejaria. He’s coming to us until the end of the season, which I’m very excited about.”
Neither of those deals has been completed yet, mind.
10.35 – Au revoir, Olivier
According to the Mail, Olivier Giroud’s agent has arrived in London to finalise the striker’s move to Chelsea. He will move across the capital for less than £18m. And yes, that does still sound mental.
10.32 – Zlatan on his way
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s time at Manchester United is on the verge of being brought to an end after a report claimed he agreed to join Los Angeles Galaxy three weeks ago. Full story here.
10.28 – Stoke doctor busy too
There are an awful lot of medicals going on today and one of those is at Stoke, where Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye is coughing and showing somebody the balls of his feet.
10.24 – Saints might have to march on alone
It looks increasingly unlikely that Southampton will get a deal done with Spartak Moscow for Quincy Promes, who has apparently asked to leave the Russian club three times. But three times the Russian club have turned down Southampton bids.
Southampton willing to pay £26.4m valuation for Quincy Promes and player ready to move but deal increasingly unlikely as Spartak Moscow still want a replacement
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 31, 2018
10.22am – #freeMichy in full flight
— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) January 31, 2018
We are waiting for this one to fall into place. Bring it home, people…
10.20am – Palace to be awful busy
Alexandr Sorloth could be on his way to Palace and there is also talk from Turkey that midfielder Ozan Tufan could join on loan from Fenerbahce for the rest of the season.
10.17am – Lucas Moura medical done
It might be the first big deal of the day, though right now we would take anything. Lucas Moura has apparently completed his medical at Tottenham ahead of a £25m move.
10.15am – Newcastle want a striker. Any striker.
Breaking: According to https://t.co/8VSpetNyCX, Newcastle are willing to meet the €20m release clause of Spartak Moscow’s striker Ze Luis today, though no official offer has been made yet. #NUFC #DeadlineDay
— David Sansun (@RFN_David) January 31, 2018
Ze Luis has scored four goals in Russia this season for Spartak Moscow.
10.01am – Erm, what are Newcastle doing?
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 31, 2018
If Newcastle fail to sign a striker but let one of their three go, you can prepare for some serious mutiny on Tyneside. But then again, of course that is exactly what they will do.
9.48am – Newcastle letting two players go on loan
Newcastle are apparently letting Rolando Aarons go on loan to Hull City and Freddie Woodman go to Aberdeen. Both are young, both need minutes and both deals make sense. But they really do need to sign some players.
9.40am – Powell back to the Premier League?
Brighton just watched Match of the Day highlights of his performance against West Ham in the FA Cup and remembered he exists, didn’t they? Still, it would be lovely to see Nick Powell get another chance in the Premier League but away from Manchester United.
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) January 31, 2018
9.37am – Newcastle sign a player?
But it’s another bloody goalkeeper. They already have Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott, Matz Sels, Tim Krul and England Under-20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on the books.
Newcastle agree deal to sign Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague https://t.co/1KsNxVI7p1
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 31, 2018
9.35am – We love the Football League too!
Gillingham are hopeful of re-signing Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean Clare, say the Beeb. We will try and bring you some Football Stuff today, but it is busy and there are only three of us to do everything.
9.30am – Besic out of Everton
When Mo Besic was named Everton’s Player of the Month in January 2016, the Toffees thought they had unearthed a £4m midfield gem. He was combative, aggressive and impressive, a midfield enforcer who was strong in the tackle and had an underrated ability on the ball. Now he’s apparently joining Middlesbrough on loan for some Tony Pulis lovin’. That’s what injuries can do.
9.26am – There are other countries too
Now don’t go all Little Englander on us. This is a Deadline Day across Europe, and we shouldn’t forget that. Let Dan Bridges tell you why Athletic Bilbao have won the transfer window in Spain.
— Football365 (@F365) January 31, 2018
9.18am – PEA having his medical
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 31, 2018
At this stage, we’re not sure whether this is news or something we’ve known about for 12 hours. But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is having his medical at Arsenal. Is everything going to be done nice and early?
9.08am – The dominoes are starting to fall
At some point today, one deal will happen which will set another few in motion. As we type, social media guys at clubs are probably preparing banterous videos for social media traction.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) January 31, 2018
According to the BBC’s Simon Stone, the first of those deals is about to happen. We’ll miss Michy…
9.02am – Mangala closing in on Everton loan
Everton now confident of signing Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala on loan.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 31, 2018
And Paul Joyce is very much a reliable source on all things Merseyside. Another one in for Big Sam. And we have the story for you to read right here.
8.58am – Crystal Palace after a few
We’ve mentioned Swansea City as a likely candidate to be the busiest Premier League club on Deadline Day, but what of Crystal Palace? Roy Hodgson has been chasing goalkeeper Vicente Guaita for some time, while Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou has also been strongly linked. Then Alexandr Sorloth has been mentioned and so too has Andre Schurrle. That would be a turn-up for the books.
8.54am – Hear Pep Guardiola talk about Riyad Mahrez
Guardiola on Mahrez. I think we should take this as a yes. A very awkward yes. pic.twitter.com/GgfYHO1ZFp
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) January 30, 2018
That’s courtesy of Goal.com’s Sam Lee. It’s a move that really has come out of nowhere.
8.50am – And who would have thought?
Rafa Benitez still trying to push through a couple of loan deals today: one from the PL, one abroad. Newcastle taking it to the wire …
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) January 31, 2018
Colour us surprised. We’re going for one deal completed but no striker, leaving Rafa Benitez thoroughly p*ssed off.
8.46am – Will Swansea be busy?
It’s always intriguing to wonder which Premier League team will be the busiest on Deadline Day, but Swansea might have a chance. After consecutive wins over Liverpool and Arsenal they are an attractive club to play for again, and there are rumours linking them with a few.
Andre Ayew could join his brother for a fee of £18m at some point today, while Swansea also want Lazar Markovic on loan from Liverpool. Perhaps a full-back too?
8.39am – Top of the Klaassen
It’s gone pretty well for Davy Klaassen at Everton. He arrived as a highly-rated Ajax academy graduate. Seven months on and he is Everton’s forgotten man. Sam Allardyce said recently that Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney cannot play together in Everton’s attacking midfield, but at least they are getting mentioned. Klaassen has dropped completely from the radar.
Anyway, the Liverpool Echo say that Napoli are likely to take Klaassen on a loan deal until the end of the season, presumably with an option to buy. Don’t be surprised if he does bloody well there.
8.32am – Is Mangala going to be loaned out?
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 31, 2018
BBC Sport are bob on, there. Newcastle, Everton and Valencia have all been linked with a move for Mangala. Pep Guardiola spoke on Tuesday to insist that the Frenchman was still very important to City, but the arrival of Aymeric Laporte puts Mangala another place down on the pecking order. Does Everton seem the most likely destination?
8.28am – Blind off to Roma?
Right, after a short burst of faffing we’re here with you for the duration. And we’re opening up with news that Roma have reportedly been in contact with Manchester United over the signing of Daley Blind. That’s according to the Daily Mirror. Is Jose Mourinho going to let anyone go?
8.07am – And what of Giroud?
He was in Arsenal’s matchday squad for the trip to Swansea, but Olivier Giroud is not long for this Arsenal world. Arsene Wenger confirmed after the game that his striker would be leaving the club, and the only question is whether he will join Borussia Dortmund or Chelsea. That might depend on whether Chelsea continue to play silly buggers about what already looks a low price.
8.03am – Mahrez to Manchester City
Leroy Sane’s injury for at least six weeks seems to have caused an extreme reaction at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola wants to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, and his bosses will spend Deadline Day thrashing out a deal. Mahrez was pulled out of Leicester’s trip to Everton after he submitted a transfer request, but Leicester will not let him leave for anything below a stupid price. We’re talking £65m or more.
7.59am – Moura to Arsenal
Anything Arsenal can do, Tottenham can do too. Tottenham haven’t sold their best player, but they do also need an attacking player to address concerns about a lack of options. Fernando Llorente has been an abject failure as Harry Kane’s back-up, and Lucas Moura might be the Plan C. He’s not a striker, but could Moura’s arrival allow Heung-Min Son to operate in a central role?
7.55am – Aubameyang to Arsenal
Arsenal could do with a good news story after last night’s shambolic defeat to Swansea City. That story might be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining from Borussia Dortmund. The striker arrived in England on Tuesday and it looks likely that a deal will go through at some point. Let’s hope he wasn’t watching last night.
7.53am – Good morning
Ah yes, we meet again. Welcome to the Football365 live blog for Deadline Day, a phrase that now demands capitalisation because it is so ingrained in our sporting culture. That might make you feel sick, but you’re still here. So, what are the big themes expected to run through the day and night?