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Man United in for Antoine Griezmann, Alexandre Pato to seal Chelsea loan

The winter window opened Jan. 2. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to all the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Griezmann to United, Pato to seal Chelsea loan

Manchester United can't score at the moment so no wonder they are being linked with Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. Atleti may not be able to sign a replacement due to their transfer ban, which could hold things up, but United are keen according to the Manchester Evening News and they may also make moves for defensive duo Ricardo Rodriguez and Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin.

Chelsea's January transfer activity so far has revolved around whether or not Alexandre Pato will be playing his football at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season, but the latest reports are suggesting that that's not the only deal currently happening at the club. Multiple news outlets -- including our own ESPN FC sources -- are reporting that Brazil international Ramires is the one making way for his fellow countryman's arrival. Sky Sports are reporting he's set for £25m move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

LIVE BLOG

22.59 GMT: That's going to do it for another live edition of Transfer Talk. Please check back in just a few hours when we return with all the best rumours pulled from the headlines of Monday's papers.

22.50 GMT: DONE DEAL Brighton have signed Steve Sidwell from Stoke on loan until the end of the season. Read the full story.

22.41 GMT: According to Sky Sports, Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk are some £10 million apart in their valuation of 26-year-old Brazilian Alex Teixeira.

22.27 GMT: Just six months after signing Kevin Wimmer from Cologne, Tottenham are in "advanced talks" with Schalke over selling the 23-year-old centre-back, reports the Express.

22.04 GMT: Former Inter Milan captain Andrea Ranocchia is set to move to Sampdoria on a six-month loan after falling down the order of Roberto Mancini's centre-backs, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

21.39 GMT: Newcastle are close to finally landing Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.

21.16 GMT: Borussia Dortmund have reportedly reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over the transfer of 21-year-old Oliver Torres, according to transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio.

20.59 GMT: West Ham are planning on moving into the Olympic Stadium with a bang as the East London club prepare a £20 million summer bid for Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to the Sun.

20.29 GMT: DONE DEAL Chelsea have confirmed that Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has joined La Liga outfit Malaga on loan until the end of the season.

20.07 GMT: AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has confirmed that 23-year-old striker Stephan El Shaarawy is on the verge of joining Serie A rivals Roma on loan, reports Goal.

19.44 GMT: With Chelsea closing in on the loan signing of Alexandre Pato, there is renewed belief that Loic Remy could be on the move, with a reunion with former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace being mooted by the Mirror.

19.21 GMT: Arsenal and Tottenham have both enquired about Juventus striker and former Real Madrid No. 9 Alvaro Morata's availability for a January move to North London, reports TalkSport.

18.58 GMT: Didier Drogba will return for preseason training with the Montreal Impact, but owner Joey Saputo stopped short of saying that the Chelsea legend will spend the entire 2016 season with the MLS club. Read the full story.

18.36 GMT: Barcelona have reportedly made their final offer to Celta Vigo for attacker Nolito, according to Catalan outlet Sport. The report suggests that Barcelona are angling to take back the player who left the club in 2011 on loan until the end of the season, with an option -- but no obligation -- to buy in July.

17.57 GMT: According to The Irish Independent, Liverpool and Alex Teixeira have agreed personal terms but Shaktar are holding out for a fee of €50m.

17.42 GMT: The Belfast Telegraph are reporting Chelsea will have to pay £38m if they want to sign striker Falcao on a permanent basis. The report also states the Colombian was loaned by Monaco to the Premier League champions free of charge.

17.29 GMT: DONE DEAL Job done for former Sheffield United midfielder Otis Khan and Barnsley.

17.12 GMT: Well, we've had another change around with regards to La Liga, there transfer deadline will close on February 1 rather than January 29. Read the full story here.

17.01 GMT: Fulham have rejected a bid from Bristol City for striker Matt Smith, sources have told ESPN FC.

16.46 GMT: Marseille and AC Milan are both set to make late transfer window offers for Swansea and Leicester target Seydou Doumbia, according to talkSPORT.

16.28 GMT: The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle United are set to make another attempt at trying to lure Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette to the Magpies.

16.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Toumani Diagouraga has signed for Leeds from Brentford.

The 28-year-old midfielder -- who had a loan spell at Portsmouth in 2014 -- has been at the Championship club since 2010.

15.45 GMT: Steve Sidwell is reportedly back at former club Brighton...

15.43 GMT: The Spanish transfer deadline has been moved so that it closes on Friday, Jan. 29 at midnight (23.00 GMT), leaving Real Madrid and Barcelona until the end of the week to strengthen their squads. Full story here.

15.27 GMT: DONE DEAL Defender Giulio Donati has joined Mainz 05 from Leverkusen, signing until 2019.

15.15 GMT: Southampton are in no rush to hold contract talks with Graziano Pelle despite speculation over his future, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story here.

14.55 GMT: Manchester City are ready to loan more players to sister club New York City FC after Patrick Vieira took charge of the Major League Soccer side. Read the full story here.

14.44 GMT: Bristol City striker Kieran Agard is reportedly attracting interest from Wigan Athletic, Celtic and Fulham.

14.29 GMT: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has backed Roberto Firmino to continue to thrive as the club's main striker. Does this mean Christian Benteke could be on his way out? Read the full story here.

14.13 GMT: DONE DEAL Finally, a signing! Eddy Lecygne joins Doncaster from Stoke on a month's loan.

CONFIRMED: "Rovers Recruit Lecygne" - French U19 international joins for a month https://t.co/Z7UNA0eISf #DRFC pic.twitter.com/vVdaLKZtWX

13.59 GMT: Hertha Berlin will not sell United States international John Brooks to Bundesliga rivals Schalke, the club's CEO Michael Preetz said after Royal Blues chief Clemens Tonnies suggested they have already contacted the player to sound out the chances of a possible winter transfer. Full story here.

13.47 GMT: Spurs' Milos Veljkovic absence tonight is not transfer related, despite recently refusing to sign a new contract.

13.26 GMT: "We were close at Espanyol to signing Lionel Messi but this was true," Former Espanyol and current Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"A centimetre [away], unbelievable but this was true, maybe Dele [Alli] wasn't true but this was."

Read the full story here.

13.01 GMT: Ramires looks like he's leaving Chelsea...

12.58 GMT: Will this forces Wolves into the transfer market?

12.39 GMT: Birmingham City are hopeful of completing the permanents signing of Watford forward Diego Fabbrini.

12.25 GMT: The Daily Cannon are reporting that Mathieu Debuchy is keen on a loan-only move to Aston Villa. The full-back has attracted interested from Bayer Leverkusen, but reports are suggesting he'd rather remain in the Premier League.

12.11 GMT: Leicester are in talks with Sampdoria over the signing of striker Eder, according to Sky in Italy.

11.59 GMT: Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Brazil striker Alexandre Pato on loan, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story available here.

11.45 GMT: Charlton Athletic are in talks with Bolton Wanderers for winger Liam Feeney, according to The Sevenoaks Chronicle.

11.30 GMT: Didier Drogba will not return to Chelsea this season after deciding to see out the final year of his contact with Montreal Impact, interim manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed. Read the full story here.

11.16 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Levante, Malaga and Rayo Vallecano have agreed deals with Chelsea for a loan deal for Christian Atsu. Read the full story here.

11.05 GMT: With Alexandre Pato's arrival at Chelsea becoming closer and closer by the day, manager Gus Hiddink is looking at who he can get rid of to make space for the Brazilian striker. And according to The Daily Star, Patrick Bamford is the player being told to make way.

10.51 GMT: Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore is reportedly the subject of a loan bid from Borussia Dortmund, according to Foot Mercato.

10.38 GMT: Gregory van der Wiel has stalled on signing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain, according to talkSPORT. Chelsea or Manchester United bound, perhaps?

10.24 GMT: Sunderland signed Dame N'Doye, but he was limited to an unused substitute role against Bournemouth -- why?

Allardyce said: "We would have had to bring him on for Jermain [Defoe] because I couldn't risk the two up front.

"The midfield battle was three v three and it had to stay like that.

"If I had diluted us in that area, we might have given Bournemouth a bigger opportunity to win than us."

10.10 GMT: According to The Daily Star, Hull are lining up a loan bid for Manchester United starlet Nick Powell.

09.49 GMT: Borussia Dortmund would not sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang even if a club were to offer €100 million for the African Player of the Year, CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said.

09.26 GMT: More from L'Equipe as Arsenal scout Giles Grimandi has reportedly been sent to Monaco to scout 17-year-old Kylian Mbappe. Seen as 'the next Anthony Martial.'

08.56 GMT: Nice attacker Hatem Ben Arfa is a transfer target for AC Milan, according to L'Equipe. Ben Arfa, 28, has helped lift his side to third in Ligue 1 this season with 10 goals in 21 matches and it is reported that Milan have enquired about the former Newcastle player's plans for this summer.

08.32 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain have offered a new contract to Dutch full-back Gregory van der Wiel, according to L'Equipe. The former Ajax player's current deal expires in the summer. Van der Wiel, 27, scored in the 5-1 win over Angers on Saturday but is now the second-choice right-back at the club behind Serge Aurier.

08.01 GMT: A rumour involving Arsenal's Sunday opponents Chelsea now, with Ramires' future the subject of conjecture. ESPN Brasil reports that the midfielder could be set to leave Stamford Bridge to sign for a club in China.

07.30 GMT: Hello there! Let's begin today's live Transfer Talk blog with some an Arsenal development concerning Mathieu Debuchy...

PAPER ROUND

Van Gaal on the brink

Louis van Gaal does not look destined to be Manchester United manager for much longer, with the Dutch coach practically admitting he has failed at Old Trafford following Saturday's awful home defeat to Southampton.

The Times reports that Jose Mourinho -- fresh from writing a six-page letter to United bosses -- is confident of landing the job, and the Mail says that top United stars have given Van Gaal the "thumbs down," but it may not even reach the point of a sacking. The Sun suggests that the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief will quit instead.

The paper suggests that United are still planning for Ryan Giggs to take over rather than Mourinho, but the former Old Trafford winger is said to want the authority of a full-time role and a transfer kitty to match his ambitions to restore the club to its glory days.

Torres to Camp Nou?

Fernando Torres has neither been a hit nor a miss since his return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid after a disastrous Chelsea spell, scoring vital goals in some games while struggling through many others. Still, AS reports that Barcelona are interested in signing the 31-year-old on a free transfer this summer, with Luis Enrique keen to add experienced cover for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Atletico may be forced to speed up any potential contract plans they have regarding the Calderon legend's future given that their impending FIFA transfer ban, due to kick in this summer, may suddenly make retaining Torres' services a lot more attractive. But given that clubs from MLS, Japan, China and United Arab Emirates are all being linked with big-money offers for the former Liverpool forward, Diego Simeone could have a difficult task in convincing Torres not to leave Los Colchoneros for the second time in his career.

No Chelsea return for Drogba

Montreal Impact fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has confirmed that Didier Drogba will not be leaving MLS to join his Stamford Bridge coaching staff.

Following the Premier League champions' victory at Arsenal on Sunday, Hiddink said of a potential imminent move for Drogba: "In the short term, no, but in the longer term we talked about players with a big image for this club being welcome. There's no time issue on this so I wish him all the best now in one of his later seasons."

Drogba confirmed earlier Sunday that he was travelling to Qatar to prepare for preseason training with Impact, and it seems the Canadian club will have at least one more year of the 38-year-old Ivorian legend's impudent back-heels and free kicks to enjoy.

Foxes need a fox in the box

There has been plenty of talk suggesting Jamie Vardy could be leaving Leicester City this month, but Claudio Ranieri is looking at adding more firepower to keep the Foxes top of the Premier League table.

The Italian is quoted by the Mail as saying: "It's important to have two players for every position. I'd like another striker to give support to the other three, because our strength is playing at high intensity and it's not possible to play at high intensity for all the season."

Can the Foxes find the striker to help them pull off what would be one of the greatest shocks in footballing history? Ranieri added: "I know it's difficult but we must try. We must try for our respect for our fans and for our respect for this league. This is a strange league. The big teams are not at the top. There is Leicester. What happened? I don't know but we want to stay there. I want to bring in players with our spirit."

You wouldn't bet against him with a speech like that.

TAP-INS

- Charlie Austin told the Mirror that his delight at scoring the winner for Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday was partly down to the relief after overcoming a "nightmare" Saints initiation after having to sing Ben E. King's classic "Stand By Me" to his new teammates. Don't expect the Saints to change their methods if they literally get results.

- Sam Allardyce clearly needs some new Sunderland signings, and the Black Cats boss says he is even prepared to miss his favourite TV shows to find the right players. Time is running out, lads.

- Roma forward Gervinho has joined the list of European-based talents considering a move to China, with the Giallorossi confirming that they are in negotiations with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning over the transfer of the former Arsenal striker.

- West Ham are set to finally make a move for a striker in the January window, with the Brentwood Gazette quoting Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz as telling Turkish publication F5 Haber: "A West Ham transfer [will] occur within two or three days." The Turkey international reportedly missed training with his club as he prepared for a move to the Premier League club, so that deal could be sewn up soon enough.

- The Mirror reports that Quique Flores is considering a fresh bid for Fiorentina midfielder Mario Suarez this week.