The transfer window is in full swing, with Newcastle continuing to dominate the headlines after a deal last night to sign Burnley forward Chris Wood.
Elsewhere, there is a lot of business to be done, both on and off, at the opposite end of the Premier League table.
Arsenal are looking for a new forward, while Man United is answering inquiries about Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Stay with Sporting News throughout the day for the latest transfer news, with the most important stories for January 12 below.
Zakaria receives offer from United
Manchester United have made an initial offer to Denis Zakaria, according to image.
Ralf Rangnick has identified Zakaria as a target, although talks have not yet taken place with Borussia Monchengladbach. The midfielder has no contract this summer,
Defoe wants out
Jermain Defoe is close to dropping Rangers in the current window, according to the athletic.
The consummate center-forward is a player-coach for the Scottish giant, and he doesn’t want to stop playing just yet, despite the 39-year-old appearing in the Premiership for just nine minutes this season.
Coman signs new contract with Bayern
One man who is going nowhere is Kingsley Coman.
The winger, who scored the winning goal in the 2019/20 Champions League final against his hometown PSG, has been committed to Bayern Munich for the next five years.
Digne heading to Medical Village
According to multiple reports, Everton fullback Lucas Digne is heading to Birmingham for a medical with Aston Villa.
Digne has been linked to a departure from Merseyside since falling out with new coach Rafa Benitez.
Now the France international has agreed to join Villa and the two clubs have reportedly agreed to a transfer fee of $ 34 million.
A Ligue 1 and La Liga champion, Digne racked up more than 30 league appearances in each of his three full seasons with Everton, and now has the opportunity to be a point man in Steven Gerrard’s Villa revolution.
Deal closed: Balogun leaves on loan from Arsenal
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Folarin Balogun on loan.
The forward started this season in Arsenal’s starting eleven in the opening day loss to Brentford, but has since struggled to seize opportunities, with an 11-minute cameo against Chelsea that is his only other playing time in the Premier League.
Balogun is now set to play a key role for Boro in their Championship promotion push, under new manager Chris Wilder.
Arteta responds to Vlahovic’s links
Mikel Arteta refused to get involved in Dusan Vlahovic’s rampant speculation at his Wednesday morning press conference, telling reporters: “I am very sorry to disappoint you, but I will not discuss any rumors.”
However, the Arsenal manager continued to speak about the club’s power of attraction in the market: “Historically, this club has always been targeting the best players in the world, and the best players in the world have always been interested in coming. here.
“I can say that the situation has not changed. So every time I spoke to any player, they were so willing to come. I have not faced any other situation. That is one of our greatest powers.”
“Our ability to get people’s attention to come and join our club is a huge asset to us.”
Gunners fans are hoping that Fiorentina forward Vlahovic will be one of those players, having scored 16 goals in 19 league games this season.
Will Mourinho attack Arsenal again?
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka continues to be wanted by José Mourinho, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Mourinho tried to bring Xhaka to Roma last summer, when the Swiss star’s relationship with Arsenal (and the fans in particular) seemed to have come to an end.
Since then, the 29-year-old has bounced back and into good form alongside Thomas Partey, while Roma have addressed his midfield needs by bringing in another Arsenal midfielder, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
However, Mourinho is ready for more talks with his old friends in North London next summer.
Dortmund start talks with Haaland
Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland are scheduled for talks next week, according to the German daily Bild.
The star forward has been the subject of constant transfer rumors in the past two windows, with Barcelona and Real Madrid apparently interested in his signing.
Father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola are now scheduled to meet with Dortmund bosses, who want to resolve what is fast becoming a crisis situation for the Bundesliga giant, given that the 21-year-old has a summer release clause of just $ 85 million.
Mourinho calls Ndombelé
José Mourinho didn’t seem like Tanguy Ndombele’s biggest fan when the two were together in North London, but that’s not an obstacle in Roma’s transfer strategy.
Ndombele personally received a phone call from Mourinho, according to French outlet Telefoot, in an attempt to convince the midfielder to join him in the Italian capital.
Roma is considering the 25-year-old on an initial loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent in the summer.
Rashford uncertain before contract negotiations
Manchester United and Marcus Rashford are preparing for contract negotiations before the summer, according to the Daily mail.
Rashford currently makes $ 270,000 per week with 18 months left to execute on his contract.
The England international is said to be concerned about his form and future prospects at Old Trafford, so discussions will not be easy.
AC Milan get closer to Bailly
Eric Bailly is the subject of an AC Milan rapprochement, according to sky italy.
The Serie A giant is keen to sign a new center-back in the January window, with Manchester United’s Bailly and PSG’s Abdou Diallo on the radar.
Bailly has played in just four Premier League games this season, with a total of 217 minutes.
Conte wants three signings
The Spurs have been set to make a trio of moves in the January window, according to The times.
In a frank meeting with President Daniel Levy, new coach Antonio Conte demanded a full-back, a midfielder and a forward.
Mari, Arsenal defender, ready to go
Udinese is closing a deal for Pablo Mari, according to sky italy.
The Serie A club lost another Brazilian defender to Watford this month, in Samir. Mari has been designated as a temporary substitute, on loan until the end of the season.
Mari has not been seen in the Premier League since Matchday 2 of the campaign, when she simply couldn’t beat Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku.
Spurs to wait for Lingard
Jesse Lingard is a target for Spurs, but not in the current window, according to the Evening standard.
The Manchester United winger is a longtime target of the north London club, more than specifically manager Antonio Conte, with an approach made last summer.
Rather than rehire the England international this month, the Spurs will wait until he becomes a free agent in June.
Lingard shone during his loan stint with West Ham last season, racking up 14 goal contributions (five assists and nine own goals) in just 16 games, as the Irons sealed a spot in the Europa League.