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Transfer news: Martin Odegaard set to join Real Madrid – as it happened!

Martin Odegaard seems set to sign for Real Madrid; Palermo have told Manchester United - and other clubs - that Paulo Dybala is not for sale in January but that he may leave in the summer

And with that today’s transfer blog draws to a close. It has been a fairly quiet - but very enjoyable - day. Martin Odegaard seems set to sign for Real Madrid; Palermo have told Manchester United - and other clubs - that Paulo Dybala is not for sale in January but that he may leave in the summer; while there were reports that United had made a €35m bid for Valencia’s Nicolás Otamendi.

Marca’s Juan Castro tells Norwegian paper VG that Martin Odegaard is unlikely to get any regular playing time for Real Madrid’s first team over the next three years. No surprise but kind of reinforces the sentiment that he may have been better off joining another club to start with.

Wilfried Bony, meanwhile, has been speaking about his move to Manchester City. Seems like Manuel Pellegrini did a good job in convincing him to join the club. This is from PA

“The Champions League is a competition I haven’t played in yet. I really want to feel it and enjoy it,” Bony said. “I want to be in the action, not watching it on TV. It’s good motivation for me.”

Bony’s prolific return of 20 goals in 2014 made him an obvious target for City, who allowed Alvaro Negredo to move to Valencia last summer.

Bony hinted other teams were interested in him, but he says he only had eyes for City. “I think so,” Bony said when asked if City was the only offer he considered. “I don’t know if I should have chosen the other one. I think this is the best club for me.”

If Bony harboured any doubts about moving to the Etihad Stadium, they were quickly erased by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who told the striker he would have an important role at the Premier League champions.

Bony added: “He [Pellegrini] talked to me [and said] ‘I really need you here, you will be part of our project. I hope you will enjoy it here and I think it’s the right way for you to get one step more in your career and your life. I think you will enjoy here’.”

OK, this is not a transfer but full credit to Express newspaper in Germany for putting this picture on a story about someone from FC Cologne spying on Hamburg’s winter training camp...

Another player who is likely to be moving in the summer is Dirk Kuyt. The former Liverpool player’s contract with Fenerbahce runs out in the summer and, according to reports in the Netherlands, the 34-year-old is wanted by a host of clubs, including Feyenoord, Milan, Lyon, Valencia and West Ham United.

The man can still do a job, as he showed at the World Cup last summer.

If you want to read more about Palermo’s wonderful forward Paulo Dybala then this is a good place to start. Here is Paolo Bandini on the Argentinian in his excellent Serie A blog.

And here is another reported Manchester United target NOT joining the club this January: Paulo Dybala. The Palermo forward has been quite heavily linked with a move to the Premier League but the Italian club’s president, Maurizio Zamparini, said today that he will sign a new three-year contract this week.

“He will renew his deal and sign a three-year deal,” Zamparini told GR Parlamento. “And if he continues to play that well in the next six months then a big club from abroad will sign him. Where will he go? Abroad. In order I would say England, France, Germany and Spain, because the two big clubs in Spain [Real and Barça] already have a lot of forwards.”

Now this has cheered me up. Apparently Norwich City’s Martin Olsson is the brother-in-law of German basketball legend Dirk Nowitski.

Must be a quiet news day in Germany as well as Bild have done a news story on it with the headline “Brother-in-law of Dirk Nowitski subject of transfer bid from Swansea.

Someone’s moving!

OFFICIAL: Deportivo sign Hélder Costa from Benfica on loan until the end of the season.

Mundo Deportivo say Atlético Madrid have turned down a €7m bid from Milan for Guilherme Siqueira and that Diego Simeone is holding out for €10m.

Seems quite a lot of money for Siqueira - and Milan are apparently thinking the same and may go back to see if they can, after all, sign the Fiorentina captain Manuel Pasqual.

Here is more on, er, Setubal losing patience with Paciencia (sorry, coudn’t resist)

Goal-shy Vitoria Setubal parted company with coach Domingos Paciencia on Monday after reaching the halfway point of the season three points clear of the Primeira Liga relegation zone. Setubal said the 46-year-old former Braga, Sporting Lisbon, Deportivo La Coruna and Kayserispor boss had left by “mutual consent” following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Braga. Paciencia, who memorably led modest Braga to the Europa League final in 2011, is the third coaching victim of the Portuguese season.

Gil Vicente and Penafiel are the other sides to have made changes among the 18 top-flight teams. Setubal are fourth from bottom with 14 points and have scored 11 goals, the joint lowest total in the league. Paciencia joined the club in May having previously lasted just two months at Turkey’s Kayserispor.

Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio says that Napoli have turned down a bid from Shakhtar Donetsk for Duván Zapata. Can’t be easy for Shakhtar to attract players under the current circumstances - but they may need some new faces if they are to have a chance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16.

#Napoli, rifiutata l’offerta dello #Shakhtar per #Zapata http://t.co/MQLtMEyMpN

Here we go. Should be Sebastian Giovinco signing for Toronto FC at 1pm ET then. What an interesting squad they will have then, including Michael Bradley, Steven Caldwell, Jozy Altidore, Luke Moore and Sebastian Giovinco. Anything could happen!

Toronto FC will make a major player signing announcement at 1 PM ET. Tune in here: http://t.co/N73ertWxtU #TFCLive pic.twitter.com/9LaInIyYQj

Here are some quotes from Danilo Pantic, who looks close to joining Chelsea from Partizan.

18-year-old Danilo Pantic looks likely to join Chelsea and from there he will spend time at Vitesse, which he says he is excited about.

Pantic: "At 18 you can hardly have a chance with Chelsea, where they play experienced and already proven stars of world football."

Suso has arrived in Milan, leaving Liverpool behind. And here he is, er, playing with a drone he got given for Christmas one year.

The dog doesn’t seem that impressed…

Now José Mourinho may have said that Chelsea are not spending a huge amount of money in the January transfer window but there seems to be a few negotiations going on. According to Serbian website Vecernje Novosti Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal for 18-year-old midfielder Danilo Pantic.

And last week there were reports that they have leapfrogged Liverpool in the race to sign the St Etienne teenager Rayan Souici.

Over in Germany the Schalke players say they have been mightily impressed by Matija Nastasic since he joined, initially on loan, from Manchester City. Roman Neustädter said today that ‘His [Nastasic’s] class is obvious from the first moment’ and the captain Benedikt Höwedes added: “He will bring stability to our defence.”

Must say I am slightly surprised City let him go and that they spent so much money on Eliaquim Mangala. I think Schalke have got themselves a really good deal there, especially if - as reported - he will join them on a permanent deal if he plays seven or more games until the end of the season.

Hamburg, having lost out to Arsenal in the race to sign Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw, are actively trying to sign Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, according to the reliable Hamburger Morgenpost. José Mourinho said at the weekend that he would not let Salah go unless he was given the option of signing a replacement for £50m - but Hamburg still have hopes of landing the Egyptian international, even if it is only on a six-month loan.

Another managerial change, this time in Portugal as Domingos Paciência leaves Vitoria Setúbal. Mútuo acordo surely means “by mutual accord” yes?

ÚLTIMA HORA: Domingos já não é treinador do V. Setúbal http://t.co/cZVsM2HyUr

Reports are coming in saying that West Brom have had a £5m bid for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy turned down, although that has not been confirmed yet.

Well, if you can pay £10m for Brown Ideye then anything is possible.

Those crazy Norwegians ...

‘Sandefjord unveil camouflage kit … ‘to show we are ready for battle’

Don’t think Nicolás Otamendi will join Manchester United in this transfer window. Our information is that the club are not looking to bring him in in January and that no concrete offer has been made to the Spanish club.

Cheeky. This won’t go down well in Turin ... Zinedine Zidane has been talking about Paul Pogba and a possible transfer to Real Madrid, saying … “The best players normally end up at Real Madrid.”

Ouch

The Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has begged Giovanni Trapattoni to join the club. “When he gets tired of being a manager he can come here and become president,” Zamparini said today. Trap responded: “There are still some options for me to manage, in South America and Central America. Let’s see.

Trap’s 75 years old now. Good for him.

Will be very interesting to see how Martin Ødegaard gets on at Real Madrid if the negotiations between the clubs go well. It doesn’t feel like the obvious option for a 16-year-old if he wants some playing time any time soon.

There have been all these reports that he is a Liverpool supporter but, if you can’t blame him can you? If you were a 16-year-old boy who had just been offered a deal by Real Madrid you would find it quite hard to turn down, wouldn’t you?

Sampdoria are hoping to complete the signing of Everton forward Samuel Eto’o on Tuesday. The Genoa outfit has been in talks with Everton and Eto’o’s representatives in recent weeks with a view to completing the move for the 33-year-old.

“Eto’o should be here in Genoa on Tuesday,” Samp sporting director Carlo Osti told Italian TV station Telenord, according to PA. Eto’o, who joined Everton only five months ago from Chelsea, is set to sign an 18-month contract with the Genoa outfit.

Lots of detail in that Drammens Tidende report. Martin and his father, Hans Erik Ødegaard, will move to Madrid straight away and they have a villa there waiting for them. Hans Erik has been offered a job at Real and the 16-year-old is set to play games for the B team until the summer - unless he shows that he is so good that he can be involved in the first team squad on match days.

And he is indeed joining Real Madrid. Local paper Drammens Tidende says that negotiations have started between the Spanish club and Strømsgodset and that Ødegaard has played his last game for the Norwegian club.

He will start training with the first team straight away.

And so, finally, Martin Ødegaard has decided which club to join ...

Brendan Rodgers is holding a press conference as we speak, confirming that Divock Origi is likely to stay at Lille for the remainder of the season.

Feeding off scraps here but this one seems to have gone through at least (says Sky Sports): “Birmingham sign Lloyd Dyer from Watford on loan until end of the season”

Here are more quotes from Oussama Assaidi upon his unveiling at Al-Ahli

At Liverpool, I didn’t get a lot of chances in the end. It was a wrong choice to go to that club. When I played, I didnt actually play that bad, but the clubs in England keep buying new players, and that’s where it has gone wrong, I think. My period at Stoke was wonderful, and I hope I can continue in the same vein at Al-Ahli

Talking of unexpected January signings ... “Sylvester Stallone to deliver half-time message at Everton v West Brom”

Full story here.

You couldn’t make it up… Oussama Assaidi has expressed his delight at joining Al-Ahli from Liverpool, saying: “This is one of the biggest clubs in the United Arab Emirates and it is an honour to play for this club and in this great city.”

Alan Pardew clearly has money to spend at Crystal Palace. Must make a nice change for him. According to BBC, Palace have made a bid for Blackburn Rovers’ Rudy Gestede.

Could be a good signing for them.

Will the injury problems never end for Borussia Dortmund? The latest player to suffer an injury is the defender Sebastian Kehl, who “crashed” into his team-mate Mats Hummels in training. I doubt Jürgen Klopp will sign a replacement though, especially before the extent of Kehl’s injury is known.

Hmm. Could this be another Ander Herrera for United?

A couple of transfer stories: MUFC made a €35m offer for Otamendi that has been rejected. More on @revistadelaliga 6pm today

And could Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher be on his way to Valencia? Sky Sports seem to think so and it does not look as if he will get a lot of playing time under Louis van Gaal. West Bromwich Albion another option apparently but he doesn’t strike me as a Tony Pulis player ...

Well, this is interesting. Seems like the one of the richest men in China, Wang Jianlin, is buying 20% of Atlético Madrid. Just imagine what Diego Simeone can do to Barcelona and Real Madrid if he can keep his best players...

Here is the initial report (in Spanish) from Marca.

Now Martin Butcher is clearly a nice man. He - rightly - senses that I am in need of some transfers actually going through so sends an email titled:

Striker leaves Ware FC for champions League (maybe)

Ware have been dealt another blow to their Ryman North play-off aspirations following the departure of striker Albert Adu.

Adu has signed a one-year contract with Havnar Bóltfelag, the Faroe Islands League side who have regularly featured in the Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds.

And, like we said this morning, Divock Origi looks certain to sty at Lille for the remainder of the season

#Lille have had a move for Hannover striker #Briand rejected, so it seems likely #Origi - still injured - will stay with them until summer.

To recap the action so far today then for any lunchtime visitors:

So this morning I was told that today is “Blue Monday”, the most depressing day of the year. I don’t believe that but if it really is here is something to combat that.

I challenge you all to find a video which contains more hairspray than this … the extraordinary Swedish Metal Aid from 1985, featuring Europe’s Joey Tempest among others.

Danish paper BT says that the odds for Michael Laudrup making a return to the Premier League have plummeted … but can’t see that happening myself. QPR? Possibly but not sure anyone would go for the Dane now, despite that League Cup win with Swansea

And here is the full story on Crystal Palace’s attempt to sign Neil Taylor from Swansea

Reports in Italy are saying that Stefano Okaka has had a bust-up with the Sampdoria manager Sinisa Mihajlovic and has left their training camp. He’s likely to find himself on the transfer list soon (if he isn’t already).

#Okaka lascia il ritiro della #Samp dopo un litigio con #Mihajlovic. Si apre un caso dopo le recenti esclusioni della punta #gds

More strange January transfers … this time from Declan Clark:

James Beattie, for six million of “Cash Strapped Everton”’s pounds, has to be up among the main contenders. Although matters were not helped by providing him with zero service and expecting him to “run the channels” in the manner of Marcus Bent...

Right, here is Dominic Fifield with some Crystal Palace transfer news:

Palace are to lodge an improved bid of around £4.5m for Neil Taylor at Swansea City, with the Welsh club having lined up Norwich’s Martin Olsson as a potential replacement. Palace have targeted the signing of a left-back this month having utilised Joel Ward and Martin Kelly – both natural right-backs – in the role to date this term. The London club signed Zeki Fryers from Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day in September in the hope he might make the position his own, but he has failed to impress and has since been loaned to Rotherham United in the Championship.

I like the headline on the article announcing Jozy Altidore’s arrival at Toronto FC: “Altidore arrives in Toronto with something to prove”

They’re not wrong…

And still no confirmation from Toronto FC on that surprise signing of Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus but it still looks like that one is going through.

And would you know it? Granada has appointed a new manager as well. Suddenly it is all happening…

OFICIAL | Abel Resino, nuevo técnico del Granada http://t.co/LD53vbfTv1 pic.twitter.com/JUHa8UWf5m

Ah, an actual transfer!!! That’s better. It’s not a biggie but I’ll take it the way things are going today.

Cardiff have offloaded another Norwegian from the failed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer project with Jo Inge Berget signing a three-year deal with Swedish side Malmo FF.

Andrew Cooke gets in touch, lamenting Middlesbrough’s signings of Afonso Alves and Mido (four months apart)

Dear Marcus

There can have been few window breakers worse than Afonso Alves. Here’s the Boro website announcing his arrival in the January 2008 transfer window.

Let’s see what’s happening in France then … disappointingly little, it turns out. CAN SOMEONE JUST SIGN FOR SOMEONE???

Anyway, no transfer is too small for this blog and according to L’Equipe Eliran Atar is on his way to Maccabi Haïfa from Reims. Who’d have thought it?

Not a transfer story as such but big news anyway ...

BREAKING: Massimo Cellino's appeal against disqualification as owner of Leeds United has been rejected.

Oh yes, had forgotten about this one:

@m_christenson Julien Faubert on loan at Real Madrid from West Ham in 2009: 4 months, 2 appearances and 1 well-documented nap on the bench

Dominic Pipe emails in with another strange January transfer.

Might have only been a one month loan deal but blimey o’ Reilly – Andy Booth to Tottenham in January 2001 has to be right up there as a proper smack in the chunks for weird January signings

While we’re on Podolski: Just spotted this as well, the former Cologne player Mikael Ishak telling Swedish website Fotbollskanalen about when he played alongside the German at the Bundesliga club: “Every training was like a match. There was nothing like ‘here you are, have the ball’. Of course you were kicked. They looked after me but on the pitch there was no messing around. I remember I had played there for six months when we picked up three academy players - and Podolski kicked all three of them. Despite them not even having the ball. I think it was a way of laying down a marker…”

One transfer that obviously went through earlier in the window was Lukas Podolski to Inter - but that hasn’t worked out that well (so far). The German is three matches into his Italian adventure and the Italian media is not impressed with La Repubblica writing at the weekend:

Podolski is soft and absent; he does not really puts his opponent under pressure.

Anyone knows what happened to Savio Nsereko? According to Wikipedia his last club was FC Atyrau in Kazakhstan and, worryingly, in October 2012, he was allegedly arrested by the police in the Thai resort of Pattaya on a false kidnap claim. He had reportedly attempted to extort €25,000 from his family by telling them he had been kidnapped and demanding a ransom.


Meanwhile, this is a great shout for weirdest January transfer of all time.

@m_christenson Savio Nsereko to West Ham from Brescia in 2009 for £9m has to be a contender

Tony Fernandes on Harry Redknapp:

There’s been a lot of rumours about Harry’s position being under threat, so I thought it was time to end all the speculation, so everyone can focus on the challenge ahead. I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.

He has great experience and having spoken to him at length over the last week or so, he is determined to turn this around and help us maintain our Premier League status. This is Harry’s squad of players, so he is the man to move us forward.”

Breaking: Tony Fernandes says that Harry Redknapp will remain as QPR manager.

So what’s happening with Hatem Ben Arfa’s move to Nice then? Not very much it seems. He has been talking this morning, saying: “I do not understand why they would try to stop me from playing in France, my home, and say I should be in England or somewhere else,” he said. “Why always try to create problems where there are none?

“I have only one desire - to play again on the pitches of Ligue 1, to have fun with my team-mates, and to give pleasure to the fans who have welcomed me as ever.”

Swansea, meanwhile, could find themselves in real trouble if Bafétimbi Gomis leaves as well. ‘Me leaving? It is possible’ he says here. Losing one striker in January is bad enough; losing two can probably be described as a small disaster.

So … let’s get everyone involved. If Kim Källström possibly ranks as Arsenal’s worst January transfer – or at least the most surprising - who is the equivalent at your club? Email me and we’ll see if we have a winner at the end of the day.

Big win for Napoli and Rafael Benítez against Lazio at the weekend (1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico) and even better news today as Gonzalo Higuaín has said that he will be staying at the club, at least until the summer.

“Me leaving Napoli? No, I am happy here,” he says.

PSG’s Thiago Motta has been talking, seemingly suggesting that Marco Verratti is worth more than Paul Pogba. Well, what do you expect? Motta and Verratti are team-mates at PSG. Video in Italian here.

Mino Raiola wouldn’t agree, would he? This is what he had to say about Pogba the other year: “[Pogba] is worth more than Bale. If the Welshman is worth 100 million, then Balotelli and Pogba are worth twice as much. And if Mario is the Mona Lisa, Paul is without doubt a Salvatore Dali in terms of how precious and important he is.”

One club that is really struggling at the moment is Hull. They may well have to sign someone before the end of the month.

Hull City's injury crisis just gets worse. James Chester could be out for up to 10 weeks if he needs shoulder surgery. #hcafc

Excitement - and tears surely if you excuse the extremely poor pun - in Italy as Cristian ‘The Onion’ Rodriguez lands at Linate ahead of his transfer to Parma. If you don’t believe me here is proof ... His transfer from Atlético Madrid should go through today

It must still go down as one of the most curious January transfers of all time...

It seems that Kim Källström - who is still with Spartak Moscow - has slightly more positive memories of his spell at Arsenal than most Gunners fans. Here he is talking about his six-month spell in north London. “It was a surprising and interesting experience. It was really a bonus. It was great to live in London - a big contrast to Moscow. And it was great to have Arsène Wenger as a manager for a few months,” he told Swedish paper GP earlier this month.

So Arsenal fans have been wondering whatever happened to Kim Källström … news coming up ...

Schalke, meanwhile, have received a €5m transfer boost after Genoa finally paid up the last money they owed for the Rafinha transfer - that took place in 2010! But will they spend it in January? Doesn’t sound like it.

Here is the Stuttgart sporting director Robin Dutt on that €7m bid from Swansea for Alexandru Maxim: “Selling him is not an option for us. He is a very important player for us.” Hmm, not entirely convinced about that. He only started six times before Christmas ...

Breaking: Swansea have made a €7m bid for Stuttgart’s Romanian playmaker Alexandru Maxim - but the Bundesliga club won’t let him go. According to Kicker - and if there is one publication I trust when it comes to transfer news it is Kicker - the sporting director Robin Dutt has not intention of letting him go.

Now let’s talk about Paul Pogba. Clearly one of the best midfielders in the world at the moment and, unsurprisingly, a lot of rumours about that he will leave Juventus, if not now then in the summer. However, according to L’Equipe the Juve sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has ruled out a move for the Frenchman, adding that there has been NO CONTACT from PSG re a possible deal. NO CONTACT. But then when Mino Raiola is involved you never know.

Juliette Ferrington has the latest on West Brom’s attempts to sign Wigan’s Callum McManaman, saying that a £4m bid has been turned down by the Championship club. How much does Tony Pulis want him? £6m? Surely he won’t pay more than that for him?

#WBA £4?million bid for Callum McManaman was made over the weekend. #wafc

So no January move for Divock Origi to Liverpool then. Makes sense for all parties and with Fabio Borini scoring a goal a game since, er, Saturday, and Daniel Sturridge coming back soon Liverpool may be alright until the end of the season.

So here is confirmation of what we already knew - that Liverpool won’t be spending big in January. Brendan Rodgers have been on talkSPORT this morning saying “It will be quiet. I’ve said before we wouldn’t be doing much over the course of January.

“There are players who are linked with Liverpool all the time. That may be agents looking to get their player a move. For us, it will be pretty quiet.”

The other piece of news coming out of Italy this morning is that Stefan Savic will not be moving anywhere this window - he has just signed a contract extension with Fiorentina until 2019. I haven’t watched him a lot since he moved from Manchester City - has he been good for Fiorentina?

Two little bits from Italy coming up: first is that Milan - poor Milan - are in need of a new full-back and have, according to Corriere della Sera, made inquiries regarding Atlético Madrid’s Guilherme Siqueira - but so too have Juventus apparently. I know where I would go if I had the choice ...

A managerial one to watch: Verona coach Andrea Mandorlini has brushed aside suggestions that he could be fired after a nightmare four days which saw his team concede 10 goals in two games against Juventus.

“My future is not an issue and there is no problem with the club,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “It just can’t be that everything changes in one week.”

In old transfer news - José Mourinho has said that failing to sign Steven Gerrard remains one of his greatest football disappointments. “We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there. I was dreaming of [Claude] Makélélé, Gerrard and [Frank] Lampard in midfield.

“We were playing in a proper triangle without a No10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and [the former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.”

Today’s Rumour Mill has landed, courtesy of John Ashdown. Some highlights for you ...

Teddy Bishop to Liverpool?

Where to start then? Well, why not with Arsenal considering yesterday’s impressive performance. Now Arsenal fans may have gone from thinking they need six new players (four of them defenders) to thinking they are absolutely fine without any new signings. That’s what a solid 2-0 win at the Etihad can do to you.

Not that Villarreal’s defender Gabriel seems to care. He says that his agent is in talks with Arsenal to secure a move before the January window closes. The best thing, though, is that he says that he won’t “lose his head” whatever happens, whether he stays or goes. Full story here.
Oh, and Arsène Wenger has just slapped a £20m price tag on Francis Coquelin. Actually, he hasn’t. But maybe he should after yesterday’s performance at the Etihad.
Over in the Bundesliga, Hamburg are after some reinforcements to pull clear of the relegation zone but their plans to sign the Swiss international Josip Drmic from Bayer Leverkusen have been thwarted by an injury to Bayer’s Stefan Kießling. Hamburg do need to sign someone, though, that much is clear.
Nicklas Bendtner has ruled out leaving Wolfsburg this month despite talks with the manager Dieter Hecking over the lack of goals. “I don’t know what has happened, Bendtner told Kicker, “I thought I was on the right way.” Ecking does not seem wholly convinced: “To constant work, and to get involved all the time, will be important areas for him [to work on] if he wants to make an impression in Germany.”
Having said that, the HSV coach Joe Zinnbauer may find it hard to attract new signings after he told all players that from January their working days started at 7.30 every weekday. Ouch. That’s like “proper” work. And the quotes from the club’s sporting director, Peter Knäbel, are unlikely to have made any work-shy professional footballer out there wanting a transfer to HSV. “That is not a punishment that is rather to show them that we want to be with them, that we would like to have an intense working relationship with them.”
West Ham, meanwhile, may be another club who do not feel they need to mae any signings this window but that hasn’t stopped Swedish central defender Marcus Nilsson deciding to travel to London to train with Sam Allardyce’s side this week. His contract with Utrecht has run out and he would be available on a free transfer.
More news from Sweden (and France) as SVT revealed last night that Bordeaux have improved their offer for Malmo FF’s Isaac Kiese Thelin from €1.9m to €3m. The forward has only been at the club for six months after joining from IFK Norrkoping and would be the sixth player to leave the club after the Swedish season finished.

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