Williams joins MK Dons on loan
The done deals are coming thick and fast this afternoon.
And now we’ve got another one.
MK Dons have completed the loan signing of Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams.
The Welshman had been with Nottingham Forest earlier this term.
Oxford snap up Bowery
Oxford have signed former Aston Villa striker Jordan Bowery on loan until the end of the season.
Bowery moved to Rotherham at the start of last season but has fallen out of favour.
He spent time with Bradford earlier this term and has now joined the League Two side.
“I’m really pleased to be joining Oxford. I have seen them play a couple of times this season and they play decent football and are challenging at the top of the table.”
Wimbledon have completed the signing of Ireland Under-21 international Connor Smith.
Dons manager Neal Ardley snapped him up after he was released by Watford.
“I am delighted,” said Smith. “I had been at Watford for a long time, ever since I moved over from Ireland. It’s tough to leave Watford, but I will always have good memories of my time there. I am happy to join this club. Hopefully I can get playing every week and help the club into the play-offs and promotion.”
Watford signings’ squad numbers revealed
Watford have revealed the squad numbers for their new signings.
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Rotherham sign Burke
Rotherham have signed Nottingham Forest midfielder Chris Burke on loan until the end if the season.
“Chris is a very experienced player and he knows the level,” said manager Neil Redfearn.
“He has got that turn of pace, the ability to go past people to create and score.
“He adds good competition and he adds some real Championship quality that perhaps we have been lacking a little at times.”
Liverpool keeper joins Portsmouth on loan
Liverpool keeper Ryan Foulton has joined Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season.
Foulton, who has been with the club for almost a decade, signed a new contract at Liverpool last year.
Lolley signs new deal at Huddersfield
Joe Lolley has signed a new deal at Huddersfield.
The forward’s new deal runs until 2019.
Alonso misses Real Madrid
Is Xabi Alonso fishing for a move back to Real Madrid?
The Bayern Munich winger has been speaking about how much he misses the club.
In an interview with GQ, he said: ”Of course I miss Real Madrid. I had five great years there. I felt appreciated, valued and respected there, and that’s something that’s really important for me.”
Luton loan Sheehan
It’s the big one.
Luton have signed Alan Sheehan on loan from Bradford for the rest of the season.
Elneny on joining Arsenal
Mohamed Elneny has been speaking about joining Arsenal.
“I expect it to be a massive shift in my career and a big starting point,” he told the club’s website. “I would like to achieve a lot and prove to myself and everyone that I am capable of playing in the Premier League and any league around the world. Hopefully I can develop my skills more and more.
“I always work hard to develop all aspects of my skills to benefit the club I play for. As I mentioned before, Arsenal is a big club and I have to live up to this responsibility. That’s why I work hard to develop myself continuously.”
Don’t ask Pellegrini about transfers
Manchester City’s manager doesn’t like being asked about transfer rumours.
“I don’t talk about rumours,” he said at his Friday press conference. “We could have very long press conference every week about the different players that will arrive here at Manchester City.
“We are happy with the squad and not thinking about bringing in any player or to sell any other player. I don’t want to talk about individual names because after that what I say will be highlighted or changed.”
Hughes admits some stars may want to leave
Mark Hughes admits he cannot keep all his big-name Stoke players happy.
Hughes says some of his senior players have complained to him about their lack of game time and the likes of Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf and Charlie Adam have spent most of the season on the sidelines.
The Stoke boss understands their frustrations, but says it is hard to make too many changes when the team are doing well and challenging on
“There’s a little bit of frustration because we have senior players who aren’t playing as regular as their talent deserves,” said Hughes.
“We can’t address that for them at the moment because of the games we have.
“They have made me aware of their frustrations and I want that.
“It isn’t ideal for them, but it’s difficult for them to break into the side at the moment as a consequence of the form we are showing.”
Newcastle confident of signing Townsend
Steve McClaren is closing in on a move for Tottenham outcast Andros Townsend.
Newcastle boss McClaren is pushing hard for a £10m deal and is increasingly confident of getting the deal done in January.
It is understood fresh talks have taken place and Newcastle are hopeful of agreeing a deal.
England winger Townsend, 24, is keen on the switch but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for a bigger price.
Townsend knows he has no future at White Hart Lane after falling out of favour with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino after a bust-up with a fitness coach.
Townsend wants to make the switch to push his claims in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next summer’s Euros.
Newcastle have given McClaren big money to spend in January and they are also set to bid for West Brom’s Saido Berahino.
But the Berahino deal is far more complicated as the ex-England under-21 striker would prefer a move to London and Tottenham.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is also playing hardball and threatening not to sell in this window even though Berahino has just 18 months left on his contract.
Newcastle are desperate to sign a striker to feed off Townsend’s service but, despite being ready to test West Brom’s resolve, they know the Berahino deal could become a long running saga.
Pellegrini delivers warning to Toure
Yaya Toure has been told to put thoughts of a summer move to the back of his mind and concentrate of leading Manchester City’s title charge.
Boss Manuel Pellegrini addressed the latest uncertainty over Toure, insisting his priority should be helping City in their pursuit on all fronts.
The Chilean said: “I think that for Yaya and for every player the most important thing is to think in the present, in this moment, the next game.
“At the end of season you never know what will happen with anyone.
“It is very important not to think what is your future. It is important to demonstrate why you are here in Manchester City and the most important thing is to try to win the title this season.
“After that the future can be in different ways.”
Aguero tempting Messi to City
Sergio Aguero has revealed he is working hard to tempt pal Lionel Messi to join him at Manchester City.
The City favourite says he has discussed his adopted hometown with the Barcelona forward and Ballon d’Or winner.
“He already knows there’s no beach! said Aguero.
“We play every three days so we just eat, rest between games – so the weather is not really that important.
“So I told him that Manchester is ideal as a city because you stay at home all day, you play every three days, we can eat, we can meet up, drink Mate [a traditional South American drink] and play football together.”
Devante Cole joins the Cod Army
Fleetwood have completed a deal for Devante Cole.
“We’re really pleased to have signed Devante. It happened very quickly to be honest and we had a couple of things bubbling away yesterday.
“We didn’t ever foresee the Devante one developing but things moved quickly and we’re absolutely delighted to have him here.
“Devante has got terrific speed and is an exciting player. I hope he brings goals because we need a number nine we can rely on to score goals.
Harry Redknapp on Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin completed his move back to the Premier League earlier this week – joining Southampton – and now his former QPR boss Harry Redknapp has had his say on the striker’s move to the south coast club.
Here’s what he had to say in his Evening Standard column:
“Charlie Austin will fit in well at Southampton, and Queens Park Rangers just have to accept they took a gamble which didn’t pay off,” Redknapp wrote in The London Evening Standard.
“QPR supposedly turned down about £13million from Leicester for him last summer on the basis he could score the goals to get them straight back into the Premier League.
“He has scored 10 in 12 starts this season — which is a pretty good return — but they are 15th in the Championship and his contract is up at the end of the season.
“In that respect, £4m is not a bad deal from them but it’s a better one for Southampton. Their style of play will suit Charlie, they create a lot of chances and I can see him having a positive impact there.”
New deal for Ivanovic
Chelsea have handed Branislav Ivanovic a new one-year contract, Guus Hiddink has confirmed.
The Serbian defender was out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
But he’s now tied down until the summer of 2017.
New deal for Mick McCarthy
It’s been a good day all round for Mick McCarthy hasn’t it.
The Ipswich boss has now signed a new deal with the Tractor Boys.
He’s now signed up until 2018, as is trusty No.2 Terry Connor.
Luton defender heads to Stevenage
Luton have confirmed the sale of defender Luke Wilkinson.
He’s joined Stevenage on a permanent deal.
The 24-year-old departs Kenilworth Road after making 72 appearances in an 18-month spell.
Pharoah set for Rome
Stephan El Shaarawy is nearing a loan move to Roma.
The AC Milan forward had been on loan at Monaco, but saw that terminated.
Now reports in Italy say he’s set to join Luciano Spalletti’s Giallorossi – on loan with a £10million permanent option.
Chesterfield’s Jake Orrell has joined non-league side Matlock Town on loan.
Orrell, 18, joins the Derbyshire club for the next month.
Ashley Young injured; so where now for United?
Ashley Young has done well playing fullback for Man United of late.
But the England man is not out for a considerable period with injury.
That could well see United dip into the transfer market.
As such here’s a look at something that as thrown out in December:
New deal for Souare
Crystal Palace have handed a new contract to left-back Pape Souare.
The Senegalese defender has signed a new three-and-a-half deal with the Eagles.
“I just want to thank every fan for helping me to find my level and the manager as well,” he said.
“I’m very happy to be at this club.”
Klopp on transfers
Jurgen Klopp has refused to discuss Liverpool’s bid for Alex Texeira – but claims the Reds will not make panic buys.
Liverpool have offered £24.5million to Shakhtar Donetsk for Texeira and the Ukraine side are understood to want £38million for the Brazilian attacker.
But Klopp would not be drawn on Liverpool’s efforts to sign Texeira, which could smash the club record fee of £35million they paid for Andy Carroll.
“I have nothing to say about this,” said the Reds boss.
“We could talk about a lot of players in the world and I could, if we had time for this, talk about the qualities they have.”
Liverpool are struggling for goals, but Klopp claims any business they do this month will not be a knee-jerk reaction to their poor Premier League form.
Jordan Bowery leaves Rotherham
He was the club’s record signing.
But now Jordan Bowery is no more at the Millers.
Aaron Collins signs for Wolves
Wolves have signed a striker.
But they hasten to add, he’s not for the first team.
Aaron Collins has joined the Championship club from League Two Newport County.
He’ll go straight into the club’s Development squad.
Newcastle and Burnley had previously been tracking the 18-year-old.
Gary Hooper joins Sheffield Wednesday
We mentioned Gary Hooper earlier.
Now his permanent move to Sheffield Wednesday is complete.
The Norwich striker has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Hillsborough.
And here he is doing precisely that:
Congratulations to @HOOP588 in your move to @swfc Looking forward to sing you in this new chapter of your career. https://t.co/eLGLg5Jehw
— Sidekick Management (@SidekickManagem) Fri Jan 22 11:24:57 +0000 2016
Hull tie down Meyler
Promotion-chasing Hull have handed David Meyler a new contract at the KC Stadium.
The Irish international has penned a two-year extension.
Foles in McCarthy reunion
Mick McCarthy is having his own little Wolves reunion.
He’s signed ex-Wanderers fullback Kevin Foley for Ipswich.
Foley joins until the end of the season.
Knoyle leaves West Ham for Scottish adventure
West Ham kid Kyle Knoyle is heading out on loan.
The 19-year-old right-back joins Dundee United for regular first-team action.
He moves to Tannadice until the end of the season.
Giuseppe Rossi gets his move – assuming he passes a medical
Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi has moved on (almost).
The Italian international, out of favour at Fiorentina, is moving back to La Liga (where he thrived previously with Villarreal) to join Levante.
Rossi, 28, has had horrible injury troubles in recent years and must pass a stringent medical before the deal is confirmed however.