New Everton boss Sam Allardyce has identified West Brom defender Jonny Evans as his No 1 transfer target for January.
Liverpool will not be able to sign on-loan West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi from under the Baggies’ noses, according to the player’s manager at parent club Al Ahly. That is because the west Midlands side will have first refusal on the Egypt international, who has reportedly been attracting the interest of the Reds, at the end of the campaign.
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Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who has reportedly been attracting the interest of both Arsenal and Everton, has confirmed he wants to leave the La Liga club.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has given his backing to summer signing Fernando Llorente after a slow start to the Spain striker’s White Hart Lane career.
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Pep Guardiola says Man City did not make a big-money offer to sign Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on a free.
The Man City boss has also explained why Bernardo Silva, brought in from Monaco last summer, has been absent from the first team for much of this campaign.
Newcastle have joined the race for in-demand Dundee defender Jack Hendry, according to reports in the British press.
Sunderland are interested in signing Bolton striker Gary Madine in January.
Stoke winger Thibaud Verlinden is training with the Potters’ sister club St Pauli in Germany’s Bundesliga II ahead of a possible loan move in January.
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Nigel Adkins has moved closer to becoming the new Hull boss after claiming he is ready to return to management with the Championship club.
Leonid Slutsky’s departure from Hull has all but ended any chance of out-of-favour Leicester forward Ahmed Musa joining the Tigers on loan in January.
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Swansea are reportedly keen on signing Slavia Prague right-back Jan Boril.
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QPR are running their eye over Wealdstone winger Abobaker Eisa with a view to signing the player in January.
Meanwhile, reported QPR transfer target Saman Ghoddos has spoken for the first time about the possibility of joining the west London club when the transfer market reopens in January.
Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield are all reportedly interested in signing Newcastle winger Rolando Aarons in the January transfer window.
Celtic are set to move for St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan, who is also reportedly interesting Nottingham Forest.
Meanwhile, Forest boss Mark Warburton has refused to comment on whether it was “bad business” for Rangers to have sold Barrie McKay to the Championship club for only £500,000.
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Paul Lambert is one of the favourites to replace Leonid Slutsky at Hull.
Reading defender Liam Moore says it is his ambition one day to play in the Premier League.
On-loan Chelsea winger Izzy Brown claims he has no regrets about joining Brighton this campaign rather than returning to Huddersfield, who he played for on loan in the second half of last season.