Take a read through the latest Premier League transfer news for today with Football Whispers! All possible transfers are rated out of 5, based on their likelihood.
The January transfer window is upon us and the transfer rumours have been hotting up. Premier League teams have identified the areas they need to strengthen and from what we can see, it looks like it's going to be a busy winter window, both in terms of incoming and outings.
Today's Premier League transfer news and rumours
Romelu Lukaku – to Man City – 4.5/5
Football365.com are reporting that Manchester City will go on a £200m summer spending spree and that Romelu Lukaku tops the list of striking targets.
Guardiola is said to be very keen to add a new striker, ball-winning midfielder and a left-back before the start of next season. Sergio Aguero has struggled with injuries this season and the club are looking to replace the Argentine with a striker that is readymade to take on the starting role and at 27 with bags of Premier League experience behind him, Lukaku is seen as the perfect replacement.
Lukaku really impressed on-loan for Everton and eventually signed for the club on a permanent basis in 2014 where he went on to score 87 goals in 166 appearances before moving to Man Utd for around £70m. The Belgian's time on Manchester was shorter than expected but Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 games for the Red Devils and has impressed at Inter Milan with 51 goals in 73 games.
Not many expected Lukaku's name to be linked with a move to City given his age and the fact that he used to play for their local rivals, but the Belgian international has proved himself in Serie A and has always scored goals wherever he has gone, so bringing him in would be a great move by the club.
Jesse Lingard – to Sheff Utd – 4.7/5
Jesse Lingard, remember him? The Man Utd midfielder is being linked with a move to Sheff Utd according to The Star.
Despite sitting at the foot of the Premier League table, Sheff Utd are said to be confident that they can bring the England international to the club, due to the fact that the Blades can offer Lingard first-team football.
Chris Wilder has expressed the need for Sheff Utd to bring in some new players and even if this deal turned out to be no more than a season-long loan, it would surely be beneficial for both parties. Lingard is now 28-years-old and can't afford to be stagnating in United's reserves. If he does more to Sheff Utd and performs well he could earn a move to an even bigger club.
This rumour feels like it has some weight to it, but I'm sure the Blades won't be the only side vying for his signature.
Morgan Sanson – to Aston Villa, West Ham, Tottenham or Arsenal – 4.6/5
Marseille manager, Andre Villas-Boas, has declared that midfielder Morgan Sanson is being pursued by a number of English clubs, according to the Daily Mail.
The French midfielder is valued at around £20m and Marseille have seemed keen for a while now to cash in on the player. Aston Villa, West Ham, Tottenham and Arsenal are all said to be interested in a move for the 26-year-old, but the smart money would be on the Hammers or Villa being Sanson's next destination. If Sanson isn't good enough for Marseille then why would Tottenham or Arsenal consider a move for midfielder given his age and wages demands?
Everton were linked with the player a couple of transfer windows ago and even then, Marseille seemed keen to sell Sanson. Sanson has chipped in with 25 goals and 22 assists in just over 150 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, so clearly possess some level of talent and could prove a decent addition for the right Premier League club.
Gaetan Laborde – to West Ham – 4.3/5
West Ham continued to be linked with moves for a striker since they sold Sebastian Haller to Ajax. The latest name that is rumoured to be on his ham to the Hammers is Montpellier's Gaetan Laborde.
Laborde, 26, is apparently available for around the £16m mark and West Ham are said to be keen on bringing him to the Premier League, according to the Guardian. As far as his stats go, Laborde has never really established himself as a consistent scorer of goals at the top level.
In his three seasons with Montpellier, Laborde has only reached double figures in goals on one occasion but has netted 2-goals in his four appearances in this campaign. West Ham would be unlikely to bring in a player like this after selling Haller and would be more likely to move for a more consistent goalscorer or a striker with Premier League experience.
Dele Alli – to PSG – 4.5/5
We've converted this story before but rumours of Dele Alli's potential move to PSG just won't go away. Fabrizio Romano has stated on his personal Twitter account that PSG want to bring Dele Alli to the French capital and that the player himself is trying to force a through a January move.
Reports suggest that Spurs aren't that willing to let Dele Alli leave the club in January and would prefer to sell the player at the end of the season if they couldn't convince him to stay at the club. This deal is said to have a lot of moving parts and could take right until deadline day to go through as Spurs would need to find a replacement for the goalscoring midfielder.
Past Premier League transfer news
Romain Faivre – to Man Utd – 4.5/5
The Sun are reporting that Man Utd will go head-to-head with PSG for the signing of Brest midfielder, Romain Faivre.
Brest only paid a nominal fee for Faivre last season and the 22-year old looks set to notch the Ligue 1 side a healthy profit. The talented youngster has scored four times this season and created three goals for the mid-table club, including the winner against Monaco back in October.
Faivre extended his contract at Brest until 2025 recently, but this was probably more in the interest of his current employers who will want to get the most bang for their buck when the former Monaco man does leave the club. Brest won't be under any pressure to sell in January but if the right offer comes in then they are likely to allow Faivre to leave.
United's chances of signing the Brest youngster will probably depend on how much first-team football they will be willing to give him. At 22-years of age, Faivre will not want to sit in the reverse for too long and PSG are more likely to bring him straight into their first-team squad given the fact that his has already proven himself at Ligue 1 level.
Felipe Anderson – to Everton – 4.3/5
TeamTalk have reported that Everton are interested in signing Felipe Anderson from West Ham. The Brazilian is currently on-loan at Porto but has apparently fallen out with manager Sergio Conceicao and is due to be sent back to the Hammers shortly.
The current FIFA and Premier League rules state that a player cannot play for more than two clubs in a single season, which Anderson has, but due to the pandemic both authorities are believed to be relaxing these rules. Everton would have to wait until the rule changes before they can make their move for Anderson, but would West Ham want to sell or loan any other players to one of their rivals for the European places?
AC Milan are reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian midfielder and this move would make far more sense than a move to Goodison Park. Ancelotti knows Anderson well from his time in Serie A and will be keen to add a new attacking midfielder to the ranks once Bernard completes his move to Roma, but it is doubtful that Anderson will be that player.
Fikayo Tomori – to Newcastle – 4.7/5
Newcastle remain confident of completing a loan move for Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori, according to Chronicle Live. The Englishman has not been given enough time under Lampard and is thought to be very keen on a move to another Premier League club.
Tomori was linked heavily with a loan move to Everton in the summer but Chelsea pulled the plug on the deal, stating that they needed the defender. Now it seems Lampard has decided that the player can leave the club, but only on-loan until the end of the season.
Newcastle will be hoping to get rid of a few players before they can complete a number of possible January transfer window deals, with Atsu, Saivet and Lazaar all deemed surplus to requirements.
Josh King – to Everton – 4.8/5
Sky Sports are reporting that Everton have renewed their interest in Bournemouth striker Josh King and hope to complete a deal for the Norwegian international this window.
The Toffees are light on options up-front and believe King would be a great signing as he can play in numerous positions and is of a similar style to Dominic-Calvert Lewin. King is yet to score in the league for Bournemouth this season but netted a brace in the FA Cup at the weekend. The former Man Utd man has pace and is very physical, something Ancelotti is believed to be very keen to add to his frontline.
Everton tried to sign the forward in the summer and are actively looking to sell Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, despite the former Besiktas man scoring a lovely goal in the FA Cup against Rotherham on Saturday. Tosun lacks the pace and simply hasn't delivered during his time at Goodison Park but Crystal Palace and West Brom are both thought to be interested in his services.
King would relish a move back to the Premier League and would likely accept being a squad player at Everton. This deal looks destined to go through before the window closes and both parties will be hoping to sign the dotted line sooner rather than later.
Ismaila Sarr – to West Ham – 4.6/5
West Ham are believed to be ready to step up their interest in Watford's Ismaila Sarr following the departure of Sebastien Haller to Ajax.
Sarr was linked with moves to Man Utd and Liverpool during the summer and Crystal Palace had a £25m bid for the winger rejected, but the Hammers believe that a bid of £30m in January would be enough to prize the sort after player from the Hornets, according to Sky Sports.
The Senegal man has played in 19 games for Watford this season, scoring 4 goals in the Championship. Sarr made his name at Metz before making his move to Rennes and in 2019 Watford brought him to the Premier League.
Despite getting relegated with Watford last season, Sarr has remained Watford and has played really well in the Championship. However, the pacey winger is thought to be keen to leave Watford at the first opportunity and the club are likely to sell the player if the right offer comes in.
Dele Alli – to PSG – 4.5/5
Mauricio Pochettino's announcement as the new PSG manager over the weekend has added further fuel to the ongoing rumours of a possible move to the French capital for Dele Alli.
Alli played his best football under the guidance of Pochettino and it is believed that the Argentine manager is keen to be reunited with his former player. The Mirror have reported that the new PSG boss will be allowed to bring in some new players during the January transfer window and that Dele Alli tops the cue for both manager and club.
Current Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho, has been publically critical of Alli this season and has not picked the midfielder in many of his starting line-ups. The relationship between Mourinho and Alli is believed to have soured and a loan move to Ligue 1 could well be on the cards for the England man.
it is believed that Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, wants Alli to stay at the club but if the fee was right, a permanent move to PSG might well be the best option for both parties involved.
Moise Kean – to PSG – 4.8/5
Sky Sports have announced that PSG are in talks with Everton to sign on-loan striker Moise Kean on a permanent basis.
Kean failed to show his true potential at Everton and wasn't trusted with many starting appearances for the Premier League club. Since his move to Ligue 1, Kean has rediscovered the form that saw Everton pay Juventus £27m for and now the club are looking to seal a deal for the talented youngster.
Everton are believed to be open to allowing Kean to leave for the right price, but the £31m that has been quoted seems low. Kean is an Italian international and still only 20-years-old. The forward still has 4-years on his Everton deal, so the Premier League club will either be looking to play the player when he returns from his loan spell or look for a fee of around £50m for one of the hottest prospects in world football.
Kean would surely be keen on making his move to PSG permanent as he is playing regularly alongside the likes of Neymar, not to mention guaranteed trophies and Champions League football.
Paulo Dybala – to Man Utd or Man City – 4.3/5
Juventus are set to offer Dybala one last contract extension and if the Argentine forward doesn't accept then it is believed the club will try to sell the player in January, according to footballitalia.net.
Dybala has only featured in 9-league games for Juventus this season, scoring 2-goals. Despite playing well for most of his 6-seasons at Juventus, Dybala's future now looks set to be away from the club with Man Utd and Man City constantly linked with the 27-year old.
Juventus clearly want to keep the player for a while longer, or at least get him to sign a contract so they can sell him for a higher fee, but the forward has never been the most prolific or consistent during his career. Man City are believed to be on the lookout for a new striker but Dybala would hardly be an improvement on Jesus or Ageuro, while he could fit in well at Man Utd as he can play out wide in a front three.
Dybala may well decide to decline the new contract offer and choose to leave Juventus on the free in 2022, as he would almost certainly have a lot more suitors vying for his signature if there were no transfer fee.
Demarai Gray – to Southampton – 4.7/5
We've heard previously that Demarai Gray has no future at Leicester City and now Southampton are the latest club to be linked with a move for the English winger, according to The Sun.
Gray, still only 24, is out of contract at the end of the season so Leicester are keen to sell him in January in order to get some money back for the player. A move to the South Coast could present Gray with more of the playing time he desires, but there is certainly competition for places at St. Mary's.
Given his age, Gray will have lots of clubs trying to sign him in the summer as he clearly has the talent and just needs the right manager to get the best out of him. English and homegrown players are becoming even more important under the new rules following Brexit, so Gray might even find himself with a better offer in the summer, which is why Southampton will be keen to sort out a deal ASAP.
Hamza Choudhury – to Newcastle – 4.6/5
Sticking with Leicester, Hamza Choudhury's time at the club could be coming to an end with the Chronicle Live suggesting that Newcastle want to sign the midfielder.
Brendan Rodgers will assess the midfielder over the next couple of weeks and then decide whether to let him go or not. It is believed that a loan deal to Newcastle has been agreed in principle but this could well spell the end for Choudhury, who hasn't lived up to the hype or been able to hold down a regular first-team position at the Foxes.
Newcastle will be desperate to bring in a few players in January, but Choudhury is a defensive midfielder and isn't likely to offer anything going forward for a Newcastle side that lack creativity and goals at times.
Wilfried Zaha – to AC Milan – 4.5/5
Wilfried Zaha is constantly linked with a move away from Selhurst Park for green pastures, and AC Milan are the latest club to have an apparent interest in the Ivory Coast international.
AC Milan top the Serie A table and want to reinforce their squad as they look to end Juventus's 9-year run as champions of Italian football, and The Sun is reporting that Zaha tops their transfer targets list for the January window.
Zaha has been in great form for Crystal Palace this season, notching 8-goals and 2 assists in 14 appearances for the Eagles. The main stumbling block AC Milan will find in their pursuit for Zaha is how much Crystal Palace need him, meaning it would take a large transfer fee to prize their talisman away.
Everton failed to reach Crystal Palace's valuation of Zaha in 2019, offering £50m+, and the Eagles are thought to want a similar amount this time around. AC Milan aren't exactly flush with cash right now and the January transfer window isn't normally the one where the ‘nig' deals are made, so while we're sure Zaha would love to more to AC Milan and potential win Serie A this season, this deal might have to wait until the summer.
Joan Jordan – to Arsenal – 4.7/5
The Sun are reporting that Arsenal want to sign the Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan, a player Arteta rates highly and has been closely monitoring for the last 3-years.
Jordan, 26, is thought to be available for around £32m despite having a minimum release fee of £55m. Arsenal certainly need to strengthen their midfield and it is believed that the club will invest during the January transfer window.
Arteta is under a lot of pressure due to some woeful displays from his side this season, but the manager has claimed that he is trying to his team an “identity” and that will mean bringing in new players and getting rid of some of the deadwood.
Jordan plays mostly through the middle and is considered a hardworking, ball-winning midfielder, that has an eye for a pass. The Gunners could certainly do with a player like that in the heart of their midfield and the player is also believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
Matias Vecino – to Aston Villa – 4.6/5
Aston Villa are being heavily linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder, Matias Vecino, in the January window, according to the Birmingham Mail.
The Uruguay midfielder is 29-years old and missed a large part of the season with a knee injury and is now said to be surplus to requirements at the San Siro. Vecino had been linked with a move to Everton in the summer but the Toffees decided not to make a move for the want-away midfielder.
West Ham are also said to be interested in Vecino if he is available for a small fee or even a loan move. Both Aston Villa and West Ham have impressed this season but the lure of London might mean that the Hammers edge any potential move for the Inter Milan man. Vecino's recent knee injury will be of concern to any potential suitors, especially given his age and resale value, but he could do a decent job in the short term.
Sergio Ramos – to Tottenham – 4.2/5
Jose Mourinho is thought to be keeping a close eye on the Sergio Ramos situation at Real Madrid, as the club captain of the Spanish giants is yet to sign a new contract with the club.
Ramos, 34, played under Mourinho when the Portuguese manager was in charge at Real Madrid and the pair are thought to have a very good relationship. The Daily Mail believe that Mourinho will be hoping to open contract talks with the Madrid star in January as the player will be free to talk to other clubs in the final 6-months of his contract according to the Bosman ruling.
Whether or not Tottenham have the financial clout to attract someone of Ramos' ilk is yet to be seen and given the players age, Ramos may decide to play out the final few years of his career in a lucrative league such as the MLS.
As a player, Ramos has won it all and has nothing to prove from that point and any move to Tottenham would be seen as a challenge, so a lot will depend on the players' mindset following 15-years at Real Madrid. We believe Ramos will probably end up staying at Madrid for another few years and then might decide to play out his final season in the USA, but we hope to see him in the Premier League.
Diego Costa – to Arsenal – 4.3/5
Diego Costa is being linked with a return to the Premier League in January, and that move came a step close today when Atletico Madrid agreed to terminate his contract early. The former Chelsea striker is now 32-years old and his return to Atletico Madrid hasn't worked out for the best.
The Express have reported that Arsenal are keen to bring Costa back to London, as Arteta looks to add another option up-front and Costa has the experience, knowledge of the Premier League, and would be available on a free transfer. However, there will be other clubs interested in the Spanish international striker, clubs that would probably guarantee Costa more first-team football than he would get at Arsenal.
Costa played for Chelsea between 2014-2017, scoring 59-goals in 120 appearances in all competitions, but hasn't managed to reach double figures in league goals since in any of his four seasons back in the red and white of Atletico Madrid. We are sure that speculation regarding Costa's future will continue over the next few weeks as more and more teams throw their hats into the ring.