The winter window opened Jan. 2. As always, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest rumours and gossip. See the latest deals here.
TOP STORY: Martinez key to Atleti's Costa hopes?
Could Diego Costa yet end up back at Atletico Madrid? Well maybe, just maybe, he could, says the Sun, which claims Atleti will offer Jackson Martinez to Chelsea in their efforts to bring the Spain international back to the Calderon.
The paper reports that Martinez -- who has failed to find his form since arriving from Porto in the summer -- could be used as bait and claims that Costa "frequently speaks to his former Calderon teammates and pines for a return to the Spanish giants." It says the Blues are unlikely to want to do business now, but adds that "even if they fail, Atletico will be back in again this summer."
Atletico were banned by FIFA from registering new signings for the next two transfer windows after breaching rules on the international transfer and registration of players aged under 18, but the team appealed. And on Friday night the sanction, imposed earlier this month, was provisionally suspended.
23.00 GMT: Right, that's Transfer Talk done for Saturday, Jan. 30. We have just TWO days remaining in the January window -- what on earth will happen? We don't know. But we'll enjoy finding out. Check back at ESPNFC.com soon for Sunday's installment of our must-read rolling liveblog! Cheers!
22.50 GMT: Relax and breathe easy, Sporting Kansas City fans. The club has slickly quelled rumours on Twitter about the impending exit of Benny Feilhaber.
It ain't so. https://t.co/2wWXE9w50K
- Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) January 30, 2016
The reassurance comes after a hectic week for SKC in which rumours surfaced of top striker Krisztian Nemeth leaving for a club in Qatar and his teammate, Dom Dwyer, saying goodbye to him on social media -- much like the "farewell" message above regarding Feilhaber.
That's a bit of good news.
22.34 GMT: After a busy day of FA Cup action and Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid, we're grinding to a halt on the Transfer Talk front. A small tidbit involving West Brom next, with the Wolves Express & Star reporting that Wolves are interested in Sebastian Pocognoli.
The West Brom left-back has struggled to get a spot in Tony Pulis' side at the Hawthorns, with Wolves seemingly eager to take the 28-year-old Swiss defender on a loan deal.
22.04 GMT: A fun rumour involving Major League Soccer and a heroic Greek striker... D.C. United are reportedly interested in Georgios Samaras, according to the Washington Post's Steven Goff.
Samaras turns 31 next month but is still capable of scoring goals, having been valuable at several clubs around Europe. He recovered from a back injury last year by training with the New York Cosmos over the winter, which is where D.C. could have made contact.
21.31 GMT: Would you look at that, we have an impending transfer involving a Premier League club! It's not Edinson Cavani or anything, but it still counts.
Everton are reportedly poised to sign striker Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow. We know, another attacking player at Goodison Park! The best defence is a good offence, it seems.
Niasse, 25, is a Senegal international and hasn't found goals hard to come by in Russia, winning Player of the Year in 2015 and following that up with 12 goals and 10 assists this season. But can he replicate it on a warm Saturday afternoon in Stoke?
The fee for Niasse is reportedly £13.5 million and has been agreed, leaving both sides to dot the i's and cross the t's. Congratulations to all.
21:03 GMT: United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann says he's thrilled that Matt Miazga has joined Chelsea, but urged fans to be patient as he adjusts to his new club. Read the full story.
Meanwhile, Fulham's American centre-back Tim Ream has reached out to his countryman after the 20-year-old's move to London earlier today.
- Tim Ream (@timream5) January 30, 2016
20:42 GMT: Newcastle are making a late push for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, the Telegraph reports.
20.10 GMT: DONE DEAL Norwich City have completed their loan move for Chelsea's Patrick Bamford.
- Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 30, 2016
19:47 GMT: Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign left-back Rhoys Wiggins from Sheffield Wednesday, according to Sky Sports.
19.08 GMT: DONE DEAL Spain international Mario Suarez has completed his move to Watford from Fiorentina, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Hornets.
- Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 30, 2016
18.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Monaco have sent 21-year-old centre-back Borja Lopez to Barcelona, who assigned him to their B team.
- FC Barcelona - Masia (@FCBmasia) January 30, 2016
18.26 GMT: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed Serge Gnabry will end his loan at West Brom, but that he's likely to go out elsewhere.
Boss on if @SergeGnabry is returning from loan: "Yes. I am tempted to let him go somewhere [on loan], do with him what I did with Coquelin."
- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 30, 2016
17.58 GMT: talkSPORT are reporting that Liverpool are assessing their options away from Shaktar donetsk playmaker Alex Teixeira right now, with Roma's Leandro Paredes reportedly taking the eye of Jurgen Klopp.
17.53 GMT: Despite Sunderland's prominent activity in the transfer market so far -- most recently today's signing of Wahbi Khazri -- the Premier League side are still on the hunt for even more signings, The Chronicle Live reports.
- Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) January 30, 2016
17.35 GMT: Read more about John Brooks' contract extension with Hertha Berlin here.
17.20 GMT: Arsenal could seal the signing of Inter's Marcelo Brozovic for £15.2m, according to The Metro's report.
16.50 GMT: Hertha Berlin sporting director Michael Preetz has announced John Brooks has penned a new deal at the club!
- Michael Preetz (@michaelpreetz) January 30, 2016
16.45 GMT: Despite Sunderland's trouble in trying to sign Andre Ayew this month, they plan to continue their pursuit of the Swansea man this summer by potentially offering up Fabio Borini as extra bait.
- Andy (@SAFCsource) January 30, 2016
16.31 GMT: Andros Townsend may have only just arrived for Newcastle, but according to reports the one making way for the Englishman is Florian Thauvin who could be off to Marseille.
16.14 GMT: DONE DEAL Kansas City have sold Krisztian Nemeth to Qatari club Al-Gharafa.
- Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 30, 2016
16.01 GMT: Leicester City have joined the chase for highly rated Walsall defender Rico Henry, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.
15.50 GMT: Former Manchester United winger Nani is the latest player to be attracting attention from China.
- Nigeria Newsdesk (@NigeriaNewsdesk) January 30, 2016
15.33 GMT: Nigeria Under-17 captain Kelechi Nwakali is flying to London to complete his move to Arsenal, according to The Metro.
15.19 GMT: Emmanuel Emenike to West Ham? That's what The Express are reporting.
15.05 GMT: Wales Online are reporting that Swansea City striker Eder could be on his way out with Marseille said to have made an approach.
14.49 GMT: The agent of Chelsea midfielder Juan Cuadrado has contacted Barcelona ahead of a potential transfer, according to The Metro.
14.36 GMT: Swindon have extended the loan stay of Michael Doughty from QPR.
- Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) January 30, 2016
14.14 GMT: DONE DEAL Matt Miazga has joined Chelsea from New York Red Bulls.
- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 30, 2016
14.06 GMT: Florentino Pérez insists that he will sign David de Gea, according to a report from AS.
14.00 GMT: Swansea defender Jordi Amat has signed a one-year contract extension. Read the full story here.
- Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 30, 2016
13.44 GMT: According to Galatasaray sporting director Faith Isbecer, Real Madrid have made a €12m offer for Independiente striker Martin Benitez.
13.27 GMT: According to Marca, Real Madrid are eyeing up defender Marquinhos. The club are said to be looking for someone to battle it out with Raphael Varane, Pepe and Sergio Ramos for a starting sport.
13.11 GMT: Former Brazil international Adriano has signed for Miami United FC in the National Premier Soccer League as he seeks a stint in Major League Soccer. Full story here.
13.02 GMT: Despite being linked with Sevilla, Aiden McGeady is in talks with Sheffield Wednesday over a move to the Championship club.
- Transfer News Live (@LiveTransferNew) January 30, 2016
- Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) January 29, 2016
12.52 GMT: Patrick Bamford is said to be in Norwich today completing his move from Chelsea.
12.41 GMT: Spurs are very close to completing the signing of Moussa Dembele from Fulham. Read our full story here.
12.26 GMT: Another story from The Express today says Watford are prepared to spend £3m on Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair and a further £4m to prize Mario Suarez away from Fiorentina.
12.10 GMT: Spurs are set to offer Mauricio Pochettino a new contract, according to The Express.
11.50 GMT: DONE DEAL There's been a signing in Italy! Jacopo Sala -- a product of Chelsea's youth academy -- has left Hellas Verona to join Sampdoria.
- Sampdoria English (@sampdoria_en) January 30, 2016
11.36 GMT: Guus Hiddink has ruled himself out of the running to be Chelsea's next permanent manager for now, but hints he could be tempted to change his mind. Read more on this story here.
11.22 GMT: DONE DEAL An understandably slow morning as many teams fully focus on their games today, but Luton Town have loaned Scott Griffiths out to Woking for 28 days.
We can confirm that defender Scott Griffiths has joined National League Woking on a month's loan. Good luck Scott. pic.twitter.com/hzVmYTHN4u
- Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) January 30, 2016
11.09 GMT: The Express are reporting that Fulham striker Moussa Dembele has decided to sign for Spurs over Manchester United.
10.55 GMT: Mauricio Pochettino is confident he has a like-for-like replacement for Jan Vertonghen in Kevin Wimmer, after confirming the Belgian could miss two months of the season. Full story available here.
10.40 GMT: Everton's Ross Barkley to Manchester City?Arsenal's Hector Bellerin to Barcelona? Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho to Real Madrid?
Take a look at all the deals that no one's talking about here!
Ross Barkley has now scored 7 goals for Everton in all competitions this term. pic.twitter.com/3VJRNSvnPn
- Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 27, 2016
10.26 GMT: The Daily Star are reporting Loic Remy could be on his way to Leicester after Chelsea have reportedly accepted a bid for the striker.
10.12 GMT: Leicester City have joined the chase for highly rated Walsall defender Rico Henry, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story here.
10.00 GMT: Players, managers, agents and the media take us behind the scenes of the twice annual player trading madness of deadline day. Read Kevin Palmer's feature here.
09.41 GMT: Middlesbrough could complete the £9 million signing of Blackburn Rovers hotshot Jordan Rhodes today. Boro have agreed a fee and been given permission to discuss personal terms.
09.17 GMT: Here's a DONE DEAL that slipped through the net last night:
- Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) January 29, 2016
09.00 GMT: Welcome to another day of transfer talk. Now there's less than 72 hours to go until the window slams shut. Who will move in the market before time runs out?
Bera' late than never for Newcastle?
With time ticking towards the close of the January window, is it too late for a Saido Berahino move? After the summer's ongoing links with Tottenham, this window has seen him strongly linked with Newcastle -- only for recent reports to suggest he would now be staying at the Hawthorns until the summer.
But hang on a minute. The Magpies haven't given up on signing the striker, with the Star reporting that the powers that be at St James' Park are readying a last-ditch bid. It says they are "ready to offer £18 million this weekend" and "have not been put off by West Brom's insistence that the 22-year-old is not for sale."
- Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) January 29, 2016
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, whose side are currently in the Premier League relegation zone, has made it clear that he wants to boost the attacking options in his squad before the window closes. And the Star says the Magpies believe West Brom "could decide to cash in on their prized asset at the 11th hour."
But if a move for Berahino doesn't come off, what else might McClaren and Newcastle do? The Chronicle reports that a "plan B" is in place, and it involves "brokering short-term deals to cover gaps up front." Seydou Doumbia of Roma is one possible incoming forward, it reports.
Debuchy poised for Villa move?
France international Mathieu Debuchy could yet end up at Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season, with talks being held after interest from Monaco and Sunderland fizzled out, the Mirror reports.
The Arsenal defender, out of the first-team picture at the Emirates, wants to secure first-team football in the run-up to Euro 2016 -- and his fellow Frenchman Remi Garde is keen to add his experience to bottom-of-the-table Villa's ranks.
But the paper says a Debuchy departure wouldn't necessarily mean the Gunners will make a move for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell, a reported target, in this window and are more likely to try and sign him in the summer instead.
Garde, though, has been frustrated in another direction, with the Telegraph reporting that Villa's last-ditch attempt to sign Lovre Kalinic has been dismissed by the Football Association.
The Hajduk Split goalkeeper's £4.9m move is now definitely off after he was denied a work permit because he has won only two caps for Croatia.
Toffees target striking success
Everton could do with a pick-me-up after a run of only one win in 10 Premier League games and a Capital One Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester City.
Perhaps that lift could come from Ecuadorian striker Miler Bolanos, the Sun suggests. Manager Roberto Martinez is looking to bring in the prolific player, who scored 36 goals for Emelec last season.
Bolanos -- like so many other strikers this winter -- has also been linked with a move to Newcastle, with Championship promotion contenders Brighton also said to be interested.
- Good news for Tottenham fans -- chairman Daniel Levy is ready to offer boss Maurico Pochettino a new contract, the Daily Mirror reports, despite the fact there is plenty of time left on his current one.
But could that mean bad news for Southampton fans? With Spurs having a long-term interest in Kenya international midfielder Victor Wanyama, and with Levy having pledged to back Pochettino in the transfer market, the Saints may soon have to brace themselves for an offer from White Hart Lane.
- Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has said he thinks the club got things wrong in the summer window and should now focus on adding some "star quality" to Jurgen Klopp's squad.
Thompson told the Mirror that Liverpool had brought in too many players and made a mistake by not trying to sign striker Charlie Austin from QPR following the Londoners' relegation to the Championship. "We spent a huge amount of money in the summer -- but buying so many players didn't help us, it hindered us," he said. "I'd rather use the whole transfer budget on three top quality players. We need to add some star quality."
- After previous transfer windows in which it has appeared increasingly likely that prolific Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes would be on the move, could this be the one where he finally is?
A fee has been agreed with Middlesbrough, again challenging for promotion from the Championship after losing last season's playoff final, and a statement on the official Blackburn website said, "Blackburn Rovers can confirm that they have reluctantly given Middlesbrough permission to speak to striker Jordan Rhodes."