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Saturday 02 December 2017 17:41
Premier League transfer window: The key moves

We're now into the month of December which means only one thing - the transfer window is primed to swing open once again. Strap yourselves in folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

The vast majority of Premier League clubs will be looking to add to their squads for the second-half of the season.

Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool are all in contention at the top of the table and the three clubs could become involved in a winter bidding war as they fight it out for Jonny Evans – who West Brom could decide to cash in on.

Manchester United are meanwhile willing to let Luke Shaw leave on the cheap. Does that mean a bid for Tottenham full-back Danny Rose could be in the works?

And who will Chelsea move for? Antonio Conte has made no secret that he wants to add to his small squad this winter so expect a few incomings.

Stick with us throughout the day as we round-up all the latest transfer news and rumours.

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What the papers say 

A quick round-up of the Saturday morning gossip:

Daily Mail: Tottenham are refusing to alter their wage structure which means Toby Alderweireld could be set to leave the club.

The Telegraph: Jose Mourinho wants to bring Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil to Manchester United.

ESPN: Jurgen Klopp is confident Philippe Coutinho will stay at the club amid Barcelona interest.

AS: Real Madrid will not let £38m signing Vinicius Junior stay on loan at Flamengo for another season and will ask him to report to the Bernabau in the summer.

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 10:31

Swansea look to strengthen 

Swansea City are looking to recruit attacking players in the January transfer window to provide a much-needed boost to their misfiring forward line-up, manager Paul Clement said ahead of Saturday's Premier League match at Stoke City.

Swansea are 19th in the standings after scoring just seven goals in 14 games, the lowest in the league, and level on points but a place ahead of bottom side Crystal Palace with Clement hopeful that new players can rescue the Welsh side.

"When you see our goal-scoring record and our ability to take chances, you can see we need to strengthen the forward positions," Clement told reporters on Thursday.

"How many players that will be? I don't know. It's hard to say at the moment, but certainly I think we need one or two.

"Our recruitment department are working hard to identify good players who can bring us more quality and more help in the forward positions, and who are realistic targets for us."

Swansea's defensive solidity is keeping them within reach of safety as they lie three points behind 17th-placed West Bromwich Albion. 

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 10:32

Ozil to United?

The morning's biggest rumour is that Manchester United could sign Mesut Ozil in January.

Ozil's contract runs out next summer which means he is free to begin negotiating with other clubs from January.

And Mourinho was yesterday coy on the whole situation.

"[Marouane] Fellaini finishes his contract," he said when asked about the Ozil situation.

"There are other important players in Europe in other teams that they finish their contracts.

"Sometimes players decide to go in this direction, which is the right that they have.

"They gamble because imagine one of these players has a big knee injury, if one of these players has one of these injuries, probably next season, he is without a club.

"Players have the right to do that and I don’t blame the clubs because the clubs, they try and try, but the players they have the right to go into this type of situation.

"Many times it is good for them because they sometimes go on a free transfer and they can get huge salaries.

"Other times, the clubs make an extra effort to keep them and they go with them also to very high salaries.

"I repeat, I am not speaking about Alexis [Sanchez] or Ozil, I am speaking about the general situation.

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 10:36

Here's more on the Ozil situation courtesy of our northern football correspondent Mark Critchley:

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 10:58

And here's the latest news on Philippe Coutinho, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona:

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 11:06

Brighton looking to buy 

Brighton and Hove Albion will assess their requirements ahead of a crucial January transfer window as they aim to have the best possible team for the second half of the Premier League campaign, manager Chris Hughton has said.

Brighton bought in several key players in the pre-season window, including midfielders Davy Propper, Pascal Gross and winger Jose Izquierdo, that have been instrumental to the club's rise to 10th in the league after 14 games.

Hughton is keen to further strengthen his squad and says new signings could be on the horizon, especially in case current players suffer long-term injuries.

"We're always thinking about January and we know what an important period it is," Hughton was quoted as saying by Brighton and Hove Independent.

"We'll work hard towards it but that doesn't mean we'll bring anybody in. We'll assess it continually going through the month of December.

"Sometimes there are decisions which are made for you with an injury... but we have a responsibility to try to be as good as we can and have a squad as good as we can going right through until the end of the season," he said.

Hughton also said that 25-year-old winger Jiri Skalak, who has two League Cup appearances this season, could possibly go out on a loan spell.

Brighton are winless in their last three league games and host fifth-placed Liverpool, who have won four of their last five league outings, on Saturday. 

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 11:50

Will Poch spend this winter? 

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks. Will he delve into the January transfer market to try and lift his team out of their recent slump?

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 12:48

Sandro to quit Juve for Chelsea? 

The Sun are claiming that Juventus full-back Alex Sando has told the club he wants to leave next summer, alerting Chelsea.

Antonio Conte tried to sign the full-back last summer but the Londoners saw a bid of £50m rebuffed.

But the Brazilian has told the Italian champions he has no intention of renewing his current contract, seemingly paving the way for a move to the Premier League.

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 13:25

Some news from Spain... 

Alaves have hired coach Abelardo Fernandez to try to leave the bottom of the standings in the Spanish league. Fernandez replaces Italian coach Gianni de Biasi, who was fired on Monday after three wins and five losses during his time in charge. 

Alaves had already fired coach Luis Zubeldia earlier in the season. 

Fernandez, a former Spain defender, has been without a coaching job since leaving Sporting Gijon in January. Alaves impressed last season by finishing mid-table in the Spanish league and making it to the Copa del Rey final. But they have only six points from 13 rounds this season, although they have advanced to the last 16 in the Copa del Rey. 

Fernandez says that "together we can overcome this situation." Alaves' next match is at Girona on Monday in the Spanish league. 

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 14:21

Manchester City back in for Sanchez? 

Manchester City are ready to launch a January move for Alexis Sanchez after initially failing to sign him in the summer, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Although there's a preference to wait until the end of the season when the Chilean becomes a free agent, Pep Guardiola doesn't want to risk missing out on the player. For Arsenal, January will be the last chance to cash in on the forward. Do they wait or do they sell? 

Vithushan Ehantharajah2 December 2017 15:29

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