Transfer news and speculation, 23 January

Sbragia has mystery signing lined up for Fulham game
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Sunderland manager Ricky Sbragia has confirmed he is on the trail of five potential signings. He does not expect to capture all five, but is hopeful of landing at least one by the time Fulham head for the Stadium of Light next Tuesday evening. Sbragia is giving little away about his targets, but has confirmed that four are defenders and one a midfielder. He previously insisted he would look for experienced Premier League players, but has dismissed speculation linking the club with a move for Bolton's Danny Shittu. Sbragia said: "We have made enquiries about five and we are waiting to see where we stand. There's one we have got our eye on, and if we bring him in, then he should be starting on Tuesday's game against Fulham. We might have one in by Tuesday, we might have two. We really just have to see how the weekend goes. Of the five we have got under consideration, four are defenders and one is a midfielder. But we're not expecting to get all five in. We have just looked at players who we think would suit us."

Quashie to join Molineux on loan

Wolverhampton Wanderers are poised to sign Nigel Quashie on loan from West Ham until the end of the season – just days after their promotion rivals and near neighbours Birmingham opted not to extend his stay at St Andrew's. The experienced 30-year-old midfielder spent the maximum three months on an emergency loan at the Blues, whose manager Alex McLeish decided not to take his interest in the Londoner any further, having bolstered his midfield ranks during the January window.

Mowbray looking at Hibs keeper

West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is running the rule over Hibernian's teenage goalkeeper David Grof, who has slipped down the pecking order at Hibs and is spending a few days training with the Premier League club. Mowbray worked with the 19-year-old during his spell in charge at Easter Road before making the switch to the Baggies two years ago. The Hungarian has made only one senior appearance this season for Hibs and is now fourth in line after the arrival this month of Grzegorz Szamotulski.

Valencia about to seal keeper Cesar's switch

tottenham Cesar Sanchez is set to put the finishing touches on his switch from Tottenham to Valencia today. The La Liga club have confirmed the 37-year-old goalkeeper will undergo a medical at around midday. Spaniard Cesar, who counts Real Valladolid and Real Madrid among his former clubs, joined Tottenham from Real Zaragoza last summer but has found his chances limited at White Hart Lane.

Haynes caps progess by signing new deal

Ipswich Town centre-forward Danny Haynes has signed a new contract that will keep him at Portman Road until 2011. The 21-year-old joins defender Tommy Smith in signing a new deal this week while Alex Bruce rejected an offer last week. Haynes told the club's official website: "I feel I am making progress and have been working hard on my all-round game with the coaching staff."

Rumour mill: Tales from the web

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is looking to pep up the Reds' faltering title challenge by raiding La Liga for Real Madrid's Arjen Robben and Barcelona's Thierry Henry. football-rumours.co.uk

Sir Alex Ferguson will seek to strengthen his European champions further by bringing in midfielders Joao Moutinho and Diego and the Lyons forward Karim Benzema to Old Trafford in the summer. football-rumours.co.uk

The Malaga midfielder Apono has dismissed reports linking him with a move to the Premier League with either Tottenham or Hull, stating his immediate wish to remain in La Liga. Sky Sports

Eidur Gudjohnsen's father and agent has rejected stories linking the former Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea forward with a reunion with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn. Sky Sports

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