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Friday's transfer roundup: Marko Arnautovic staying at West Ham as Crystal Palace deny Borussia Dortmund approach for Wilfried Zaha

All of Friday's news, gossip, rumours and done deals from the January window

Friday 25 January 2019 16:57 GMT
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Marko Arnautovic put an end to “all the writing and speculation” as the Austrian took to Twitter to confirm he will stay at West Ham this season.

The striker had been subject to lucrative bids from China and appeared to wave goodbye to supporters before insisting today that his future was with the club.

The Hammers were reported to have Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez lined up as a replacement and remain in talks with the Spanish side.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Roy Hodgson denied that Crystal Palace had been approached by Borussia Dortmund over Wilfried Zaha while Mauricio Pochettino confirmed Tottenham are looking at new signings.

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Good morning and welcome to today's Independent transfer live blog.

The January window is upon us with the Premier League’s biggest clubs set to spend, spend, spend as the sales re-open.

We'll bring you all the latest news plus all the done deals and the juiciest gossip throughout the day right here so don't touch that dial.

Without further ado, off we go.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 07:45

Let's start at the Emirates and what could be a headline-grabbing, late-window move.

Arsenal have investigated the possibility of signing James Rodriguez on an initial loan deal, with intermediaries having made contact.

The Colombian star is currently on an extended loan at Bayern Munich, and set to return to parent club Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The European champions want to sell James on a permanent deal at that point, with that having attracted interest from Arsenal as well as Napoli.

All clubs have would favour an initial loan now, something it is believed that Bayern would not be averse to.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 07:53

To Manchester United where Juan Mata could be on the move.

Goal report that Barcelona have approached the Spaniard over a potential summer move to the Nou Camp.

The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and as a result could leave Old Trafford for nothing.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 07:59

Over to Manchester City where the champions could be tempted back into the market before the window shuts.

They want Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt, according to the Sun, but would have to let Nicolas Otamendi leave to do it.

Barcelona are interested in the Argentine.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 08:11

Manuel Pellegrini does not know whether wantaway striker Marko Arnautovic has played his last game for the club.

Arnautovic did not travel with the Hammers for last weekend's defeat at Bournemouth after revealing he wants a big-money move to China.

West Ham have turned down an initial bid of £35million from Shanghai SIPG and maintain they do not want to lose their joint top-scorer.

Pellegrini wants to keep the Austrian, at least until the summer, but will agree to the sale this month if his price tag is met.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 08:24

Liverpool have joined the race to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea.

That's according to Bild who say the Reds are interested in taking the 18-year-old, who only has 18 months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Bayern Munich remain favourites, however, and have persuaded the youngster to turn down a £85,000 per week contract offer from the Blues.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 08:37

Manchester United are looking to revamp their sporting structure and there's a new name in the frame to lead it.

Atletico Madrid's Andrea Berta is apparently the man United want to become their new technical director.

However, according to the Mirror, the Spanish side are readying a bumper offer to keep hold of the 47-year-old, who's pictured below on Thomas Lemar's left.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 09:02

To Chelsea who look like they're going to be busy over the final week of the window but one man not arriving is Leandro Paredes.

The Telegraph report that PSG have won the race for Zenit's Argentina international midfielder.

The move will cost the French champions upwards of £31m.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 09:17

Staying at Chelsea and Victor Moses looks set to leave.

The 28-year-old is set to join Fenerbahce on loan for the remainder of the season after falling down the pecking order following Maurizio Sarri's arrival last summer.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 09:31

Could Wilfried Zaha be off to Germany?

Well, Borussia Dortmund are keen on him according to Bild.

Crystal Palace would want upwards of £50m for the 26-year-old but have money to spend after agreeing to sell Christian Pulisic to Chelsea.

Ben Burrows25 January 2019 09:50

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