Carl Jenkinson’s proposed move from Arsenal to Stoke City on loan appears to be back on according to reports in the Metro. The 20-year old right back isn’t getting enough game time at the Emirates, and needs to play regularly to further his development, giving Arsene Wenger a solid reason to sanction a move.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton wants to add more firepower to his attack and has targeted Leeds striker Luciano Becchio. Sky Sports reports that the Canaries are hopeful of securing the deal before the close of the transfer window and could include Steve Elland as part of the switch.
Fulham have revived interest in Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Marin. French daily L’Equipe reports that the Cottagers are keen to sign the defender before the close of the transfer window but Valenciennes want to retain him till the end of the season on loan and want at least €2.5 million severance charges.
Danny Graham will not get an opportunity to lift the Capital One Cup at Wembley next month, with the Daily Mail reporting that the player will make a 5.5 million pound move to Sunderland later today.
The Daily Mirror reports that Wigan are attempting to boost their survival hopes by bringing in Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow. The 26-year old won’t come cheap though and would cost the Latics £5 million.
Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson is on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs according to the Daily Mail. Simpson is hoping to escape the French revolution taking place on Tyneside and is a reported transfer target for West Brom, Fulham and Wigan.
Wigan Athletic could be witnessing the return of a former cult hero after Roberto Martinez admitted to Sky Sports that he was actively working on bringing back Paul Scharner. The versatile Austrian is currently at Hamburg and the Latics want him back to cover for injuries to Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz, with a possible loan move on the cards.
Across Merseyside, a seemingly done deal has now collapsed after Everton and Twente failed to reach an agreement over midfielder Leroy Fer. The 23 year old Dutchman was set to move to Goodison Park pending a medical and that is where the ship hit the rocks as Everton’s docs discovered a problem with the player’s knee. Everton subsequently demanded Twente to accept new terms in the deal, i.e only a part of the £8.6m fee being paid up-front while the rest would be sent over based on appearances. The Daily Mail report that Twente have officially sent a ‘No Way Jose’ mail to Everton, thus bringing a dramatic end to this story.
LeicesterCitywill keep Manchester United defender Michael Keane at the club until the end of the season after agreeing a loan extension. The 20 year old centre-back has been experiencing regular first-team football with the Foxes since arriving last November and manager Nigel Pearson expressed his delight at the deal, telling the club’s website: “I’m really pleased that Michael will be staying with us until the end of the season. It’s been a steep learning curve for him, but he has done exceptionally well for us.”
Reading’s hopes of retaining their Premiership status has been boosted by the signing of striker Nick Blackman from Sheffield United. The 23 year old joins the Royals on a three and a half year deal and he brings plenty of goals with him too, an area of the game that will determine Reading’s fate this season. “I’m really looking forward to it and I’m very excited. I met the gaffer last night, he was fantastic with me and I couldn’t have asked any more from him,” Blackman told Reading’s website.
Meanwhile, Norwich City have announced the arrival of striker Kei Kamara from Sporting Kansas City on loan until the end of the season on their official website . The 28 year old’s move to Carrow Road is still pending the green light from the immigration department.
Over the next 24 hours you will read a lot of rubbish rumours, and we thought we’ll just give you a heads-up on the most absurd ones which are definitely not going to happen, irrespective of who says they are…
Arsenal to sign Edin Dzeko or Luka Modric
QPR to sign Scott Parker
Kaka to any club in England
Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham
Nani to leave Manchester United
Brazil sensation Neymar has put clubs across Europe on high alert after admitting he could move from Santos when his contract expires in 2014.Sky Sports understands that the player has admitted to being uncertain about renewing his contract with Santos and will discuss it with his family and the club.