Frank Lampard is desperate for a forward but Olivier Giroud is desperate to leave Chelsea. The word now is that Chelsea are willing to let Giroud go to Spurs if they can bring in Dries Mertens from Napoli. Lots of ifs – Napoli aren’t keen on selling Mertens.
Cedric Soares has passed medical at Arsenal and his loan move until the end of the season will be confirmed imminently. The Portuguese full-back is out of contract in the summer, but Arsenal have paid a loan fee. Southampton are not expecting to bring anyone in today, while youngsters Callum Slattery and Kayne Ramsay are heading on loan to De Graafschap and Shrewsbury respectively. Leicester hold an interest in Jannik Vestergaard but Saints value the defender at around £18m.
Edinson Cavani will stay at PSG for the remainder of the season after Atlético Madrid failed to reach a deal with the French club for a transfer in this window. The Uruguayan had been desperate to join up with Diego Simeone’s team but will now join the La Liga side on a free in the summer instead.
This is from our man in Manchester, Jamie Jackson, on Josh King. Bournemouth: “Joshua King remains on Manchester United’s radar. Unless Bournemouth can bring in another forward they may be reluctant to sell King given he is one of only three senior strikers there, along with Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke. As always on transfer deadline day there could be developments.”
However, Eddie Howe sounded resigned to losing King in his press conference to preview their match with Aston Villa this weekend. Here’s what he had to say:
I’m not going to deny anything you’ve read [about Bournemouth rejecting a bid for King]. Who knows what’s going to happen? Josh is much valued and loved by us and another club has obviously seen how good he is. Speaking as the manager, with a day to go, I would be very reluctant to lose a player of that quality [but] a lot of these things are out of my control. I love him as a player and person. I know what Manchester United means to him with his history with the club. He’s a massive part of out team. He brings that unique pace and strength that he has. He can play an number of positions for us too.
It sounds like it’s just a matter of Manchester United increasing their bid for him.
As Hull prepare to say farewell to Jarrod Bowen, they are primed to welcome Marcus Maddison from Peterborough United as his replacement. The former Gateshead winger, who has a £2.5m buyout clause, is out of contract at the end of the season. Posh had accepted a bid this month from Charlton but the player failed to agree personal terms with Lee Bowyer’s side.
Bournemouth have turned down an approach from Manchester United for striker Joshua King, who previously worked with Ole Gunnar Solskjær with United’s reserves. Bournemouth paid Blackburn £1m for the forward in 2015. Here’s an interview with him from earlier this season:
Couple of things happening in London early on. Firstly it looks like West Ham have agreed a fee – around £22m – with Hull for Jarrod Bowen. The forward is set to have a medical today before a move to the Premier League. Secondly Chelsea are poised to lose Tariq Lamptey to Brighton. The right-back is out of contract at the end of the season and has rejected Chelsea’s latest offer. Brighton still need to agree a fee with Chelsea, though.