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Transfer deadline day, winter 2021: Liverpool in Ozan Kabak talks – live!





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A little movement regarding Arsenal loans. They are in talks with Newcastle to send Joe Willock there before tonight’s deadline; that one is ongoing but the signs are looking good. Willock needs a run of games somewhere and to shake off the “Europa League specialist” tag he’s assumed. I get the sense Arsenal do not expect today’s business – there will be more – to be wrapped up especially early …





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Danny Rose – remember him? The 30-year-old left-back has been in the deep freeze at Tottenham, having not even been given a squad number. His football this season has been a pair of appearances for the club’s under-23 team in November. Rose will be out of contract in June but the club do not expect him to be on the move today, raising the prospect of a damaging stand-off being prolonged.





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Bit more Spurs news. With Dele Alli set to stay, the focus will be on a few more fringe loans. Troy Parrott will be recalled from Millwall and sent to Ipswich for the remainder of the season and Gedson Fernandes, who has six months to run on his contract, is expected to join Galatasaray. Paulo Gazzaniga could get a loan to Spain.









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West Ham’s Winston Reid is joining Brentford on loan until the end of the season. The defender has just returned from a loan in MLS side Kansas City and is nowhere near David Moyes’s first team. The 32-year-old, whose West Ham career hit the rocks when he suffered a bad knee injury in February 2018, needs regular football. He was once a key player for West Ham, signing a six-year deal in the summer of 2017. That deal still has two and a half years left on it …





On Dele Alli, José Mourinho said after Sunday night’s defeat at Brighton that he “always told that I did not have any indication he was leaving.” That is not strictly true. The Tottenham manager was asked repeatedly about Alli’s situation previously January, amid a link to Paris Saint-Germain, and he tended to sidestep the question. I don’t know, it’s not up to me, I don’t want to comment etc … The change in tone would appear to indicate that Mourinho has accepted he will still have Alli for the coming months and the bigger question for him, really, is whether he is happy about that.

Mourinho has not put his trust in Alli at all this season and he was believed to feel that a loan move would be best for all parties. On the other hand, nobody at Spurs, least of all Mourinho, has wanted to weaken the squad and so there has been pressure (mainly from him) to find a new midfielder before tonight’s deadline. That has been difficult. Christian Eriksen has been available but it always looked like a difficult deal to do.









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Jonas Lössl has started what could be a bit of a clear-out at Everton today by returning to Danish club FC Midtjylland on a permanent transfer. The 31-year-old goalkeeper, signed from Huddersfield in July 2019, has not featured under Carlo Ancelotti and was way down the pecking order behind Jordan Pickford, Robin Olsen and João Virginia.

With Cenk Tosun rejoining Besiktas on loan Everton are in need of striking cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. “We’re looking but we’re not desperate,” Ancelotti said after Saturday’s dismal display against Newcastle. Bernard, also omitted from the match-day squad against Newcastle, is in talks over a move to Al Nasr in Dubai while Jonjoe Kenny has interest from several clubs including Burnley and Celtic.

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It’s expected to be a slow day at Frank Lampard’s … Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. One player who had a chance of leaving was Billy Gilmour, who has been left out of Tuchel’s first two matchday squads. The 19-year-old midfielder was open to the idea of going on loan to get some games under his belt after returning from a knee injury, with his place in Scotland’s squad for the Euros in mind. However I’m told that Gilmour will be staying. Tuchel indicated as much during his unveiling last week, praising the youngster and saying there will be chances for everyone in his squad, and the situation is unlikely to change.





It’s fair to say Mikel Arteta was unwilling to give much away about Arsenal’s deadline day when he faced the media at 9am. Might they sign a left-back before the bell tolls? “Things can happen. They might happen, they might not happen. We are on it,” came the answer. Arteta would, in fact, like to sign some back-up for Kieran Tierney and Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt is one name that has been mentioned. There is a chance that one could develop today.

As for outgoings, does Arteta know who he would like to send out on loan? “Yes we have decided and we are working on it, so we’ll find out before 11.” Hopefully it won’t take that long to confirm a temporary home for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has a clutch of clubs at his tail but seems likely to join either Southampton or Leicester. Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock, who both need to get their careers going, are other names to look out for today. Shkodran Mustafi could also depart, particularly if the club find a way to settle up his contract. At this early stage in the day, talk of a move to defender-hungry Liverpool seems highly fanciful – but stranger things have happened as the last-ditch scramble heats up.













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