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West Ham reject Marseille's £20 million bid for 'on-strike' Dimitri Payet

The winter transfer window is now in full swing! As usual, Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to which rumours are picking up steam. Check out all the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Hammers reject Marseille bid for Payet

Dimitri Payet's time at West Ham could be about to come to an end following Slaven Bilic's revelation that the midfielder no longer wants to play for the club any more.

Bilic said the Hammers are refusing to sell Payet, but that stance could soon change with the Daily Telegraph reporting that the France international has gone on strike and that he has told the club that he will "never kick a ball again for West Ham" if he is not allowed to move on.

The Daily Telegraph claims West Ham have turned down an offer from Marseille of "just under £20 million" for a player who moved from the Stade Velodrome to East London in 2015.

The Hammers do not want to budge, but will that all change should they receive a bigger offer for their star player this month and his stand-off continues?


22.00 GMT: That will do it for Thursday's live blog -- thanks for joining us! Stay tuned for a fresh batch of rumours from the Friday morning papers in just a few short hours!

21.48 GMT: Sky Sports pundit and Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas has warned the club's current star player, Moussa Dembele, against a move to West Ham.

"I'd just say if Moussa does go, make sure it's the right club. I can speak with experience on this. I had a lot of clubs after me as a young lad," said Nicholas.

"Are West Ham the wrong club at this time? Absolutely."

21.30 GMT: The race is on for Robert Snodgrass, with West Brom reportedly entering the fray to fight with West Ham for the Hull midfield ace, according to the Mirror.

Snodgrass, 29, has opted against signing a new long-term deal with the Tigers and is a hot target after netting seven league goals so far this campaign. 

21.12 GMT: Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has said that the club are not interested in signing United States youngster Gedion Zelalem, or any other players, during this transfer window.

"I don't think that we add somebody [in January]," said Tuchel to ESPN FC in an exclusive interview with Raphael Honigstein.

21.06 GMT: Another transfer window, another wave of rumours about Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and his future. Paris Saint-Germain, the Chinese Super League, Major League Soccer and more. Where should the Mexico international go? ESPN FC's Tom Marshall assesses the options here.

20.58 GMT: Chelsea appear set to miss out as Bayern Munich take control of the race for 21-year-old Hoffenheim defender Niklas Sule, the Mirror reports.

Sule has been an important part of his team's campaign so far; Hoffenheim currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga and are the league's only remaining unbeaten side.

20.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Brazil youth international Leandrinho has signed for Napoli on a deal worth €600,000, according to Ponte Preta's official website

The 18-year-old winger has found the back of the net 11 times in just 16 appearances for Brazil's under-17s and finished as top scorer at the 2015 South American U17 Football Championship.

20.22 GMT:  DONE DEAL x 4 for the Portland Timbers, who have added three players -- winger Victor Arboleda, defender Rennico Clarke and goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh -- from their T2 program to the roster and re-signed winger Jack Barmby.

20.10 GMT: More on Tottenham's Tom Carroll to Swansea... Paul Clement has admitted that he would like to add the midfielder to his squad along with Norwich full-back Martin Olsson, according to the Express.

"The two clubs are talking about that possibility. The stage it's at is we are looking to agree the terms," said Clement.

19.46 GMT: Good news for Madridistas! Pepe is set to renew his contract with Real Madrid through June 2018, according to reports from AS and La Bola.

19.25 GMT: ESPN FC's West Ham blogger Peter Thorne says the Hammers will not be bullied into selling wantaway Dimitri Payet on the cheap, adding that the player can never return to East London with his head held high. Read the text in its entirety here.

19.15 GMT: Pachuca winger and Mexico international Hirving "Chucky" Lozano has his price and his Liga MX club will not stand in the way if the right offer comes in from Europe, according to Los Tuzos' sporting director Marco Garces. The player has been linked with Ajax of late and Manchester United in the past.

"It is obvious that "Chucky" [Lozano] is going through a great moment and that he'll garner interest from important teams," Garces said in an interview with ESPN Digital. "Once those offers come in it is impossible to keep the player. Letting him leave for Europe is part of our plans." 

18.58 GMT: Liverpool under-23 striker and Real Salt Lake academy product Brooks Lennon could return to the Major League Soccer club, league sources have told the Real Salt Lake Tribune.

The 19-year-old Arizona native signed with Liverpool in July 2015 after scoring 31 goals for RSL's academy in 2014-15. He has also represented the United States at the U18 level.

18.36 GMT: Sources have told ESPN FC that Lyon are the only club currently attempting to sign Manchester United's Memphis Depay on a permanent contract, despite several enquiries over a possible loan move for the Netherlands international.

The Ligue 1 side have reportedly offered much less than United's £15 million valuation of the winger, who has scored just seven goals in 53 appearances for his current team. Senior figures at the club will not disclose the size of the offer.

18.20 GMT: Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has attracted interest from Barcelona and Juventus this week. Does his future lie away from Anfield?

It's time to rate some rumours with Shaka Hislop!

18.02 GMT:  The DONE DEAL tags just keep coming. Juventus have announced the signing of 22-year-old Atalanta defender Mattia Caldara on a five-year deal worth €15 million.

The Italy under-21 player will remain with Atalanta on loan until June 2018.

17.44 GMT:  DONE DEAL Everton have announced another move! Midfielder Tom Cleverley has joined Watford on loan for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

17.20 GMT: Everton new boy Morgan Schneiderlin has said thanks and goodbye to those at Old Trafford:

17.00 GMT: DONE DEAL Manchester United have confirmed that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has completed his move to Everton.

Schneiderlin had fallen out of favour at United under Jose Mourinho and has now sealed a four-and-a-half year deal that ties him to the Toffees until 2021.

Everton confirmed a transfer fee of an initial £20 million fee rising to £24 million for the France international. United paid Southampton £24 million for Schneiderlin in 2015.

16.51 GMT: DONE DEAL Paul Clement has wrapped up his first signing as Swansea City boss, bringing in Netherlands international Luciano Narsingh from Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven in a £4 million deal.

16.47 GMT: La Liga club Deportivo La Coruna have said Wolves winger Ola John will have a medical with them on Friday.

16.40 GMT: Rotherham United caretaker boss Paul Warne has denied reports that the club have made an £850,000 offer for Grimsby Town striker Omar Bogle, the Sheffield Star reports.

16.25 GMT: DONE DEAL Newcastle striker Ivan Toney has joined League One high-fliers Scunthorpe on loan:

16.15 GMT: DONE DEAL A loan deal for a potential West Ham star of the future:

16.12 GMT: Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City, sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC.

New Palace manager Sam Allardyce wants to reshape the squad he inherited from Alan Pardew and, as ESPN FC revealed, has made a bid for Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson.

15.53 GMT: DONE DEAL A new signing for Celtic, who have brought in Kouassi Eboue from Krasnador, sealing a £2.8 million transfer for the Ivorian teenager.

The Hoops struck a deal with the 19-year-old's Russian club ast week but have had to wait for a work permit before concluding the purchase.


15.51 GMT: Crystal Palace are attempting to sign Sunderland defender Patrick Van Aanholt who is rated at £10 million, according to the Mail.

It says Palace "have made an initial offer of around £6 million plus around £2 million in add-ons which will be rejected, but Sam Allardyce is hopeful he can reach agreement with his former club." But Sunderland will not allow the player to go without lining up a replacement first.

15.37 GMT: Marseille, under the new ownership of Frank McCourt, mean business -- and Sky Sports reports that they offered West Ham United £19.1 million for their former player Dimitri Payet.

To recap, that comes after the Daily Telegraph said West Ham had turned down an offer from Marseille of "just under £20 million" for the France international and said he had vowed he will "never kick a ball again" for West Ham if he was not allowed to move.

15.33 GMT: A medical medley reported by Sky Sports: Tom Cleverley's loan from Everton to Watford is all but done after he passed a medical while, over at Hull City, Porto midfielder Evandro Goebel and Everton striker Oumar Niasse are both having medicals ahead of moves. Niasse would arrive on loan, while Goegel's would be a permanent switch.

15.30 GMT: DONE DEAL Bradford City have delved into the transfer market to bring in a Newcastle player for the remainder of the season:

15.23 GMT: Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has said Holger Badstuber's six-month loan to Schalke is the right move and will prove to be an "important step in his career."

Schalke signed Badstuber, 27, on loan from rivals Bayern for the remainder of the season on Tuesday after Carlo Ancelotti had indicated that he would be free to leave on a temporary basis.

15.09 GMT: Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli does not anticipate additional reinforcements to arrive this month.

The Andalusian club has strengthened its squad with the arrivals of defender Clement Lenglet from Nancy and striker Stevan Jovetic from Inter Milan since the start of the transfer window.

Sevilla president Jose Castro said this week he did not rule out signing a few more players but Sampaoli said: "I don't know if we will modify the team from here until the end of the month, but as it is right now I don't think another player will arrive. With Carrico's surgery, we had hoped to add another centre-back but I see that as complicated."

14.55 GMT: Juventus have confirmed they are interested in Schalke's left-back Sead Kolasinac. The 23-year-old Bosnian has yet to sign a new contract, with his current one due to expire in the summer.

"I won't deny we have checked our options to sign him," Juve director Giuseppe Marotta is quoted by kicker as saying.

14.42 GMT: Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has said Stewart Downing could be allowed to leave the club this month.

Asked if he will be allowed to leave, Karanka said: "I have said always that a player who wants to leave and Middlesbrough Football Club and another club agree the transfer ...

"To find or to sell a player, to buy a player, to sign a player on loan, to bring in a player on loan from other places, all parties have to agree.

"If Stewart wants to leave and the clubs agree and everybody's happy, then yes, of course."

14.21 GMT: Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking ahead of Tottenham's Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion and cleared up rumours linking Tom Carroll with a move to Swansea City.

 #thfc Poch says Carroll links to Swansea are "only rumours" currently. Edwards is "still recovering" & Lamela to spend another week in Rome.

14.08 GMT: Crystal Palace have made a bid to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, sources close to the Eagles have told ESPN FC.

A number of clubs have made enquiries to sign Jenkinson on loan during this month's transfer window, but Palace are looking to buy the full-back on a permanent deal.

Allardyce previously worked with the player during a loan spell at West Ham when he was manager of the club.

13.55 GMT: DONE DEAL Subject to international clearance Rangers have signed Jon Toral on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

Toral came through the ranks at Barcelona before moving to the Gunners alongside Hector Bellerin. The 21-year-old has also been on loan at Brentford, Birmingham and Granada. 

13.41 GMT: Valencia coach Salvador Gonzalez has confirmed that he is interested in signing Simone Zaza on loan from Juventus.

"Our idea is to bring a striker," Gonzalez said. "We are interested in Zaza and he is a real option. Things take time and our club is working on it.

Fiorentina, Genoa and AC Milan are also reportedly interested in taking the Italy international on loan until the end of the season.

13.25 GMT: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs linked with Atletico Madrid's Yannick Carrasco.

The Belgium international is said to be questioning his future at the club, according to a report in AS.

13.11 GMT: Tottenham Hotspur legend Ossie Ardiles says Real Madrid and Barcelona will be interested in signing Dele Alli, but believes the midfielder could stay at White Hart Lane for many years to come.

"Real Madrid and Barcelona are going to be interested and I would say Dele Alli is the prime suspect right now," Ardiles said. "Everyone wants him, and if I was the manager of Real Madrid and Barcelona, I would want him. He is a wonderful player and very young."

12.57 GMT: Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery says the French champions are looking for a striker to provide backup for Edinson Cavani, with director of football Patrick Kluivert promising that at least one player will arrive in January. Story here.

12.45 GMT: DONE DEAL Manchester City have just announced a sale with George Glendon moving on to Fleetwood Town...

12.18 GMT: An update for you on the Dimitri Payet situation, with Sky Sports reporting that Marseille are keen on bringing the unhappy star back to the club from West Ham...

12.14 GMT: Sam Allardyce mentioned earlier that Crystal Palace have made three or four bids for players... Well, according to the Daily Telegraph, the Eagles have offered £7 million for Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt.

11.55 GMT: Roma defender Kostas Manolas is not too happy about reports claiming that he has turned down a new contract with the Serie A club, taking to Instagram to say of the speculation: "Enough of the lies!!!" Story here.

11.44 GMT: DONE DEAL Omer Damari has joined Israeli club Maccabi Haifa on loan from RB Leipzig until 2018...

11.26 GMT: Lyon have held talks with Adnan Januzaj about a possible move to France but his future remains unclear, says his agent. "Lyon are one of many French clubs who have recently sounded out the plans of Adnan," Dirk De Vriese said. "The ultimate decision is for Manchester United, and we have not yet heard from them that they want to sell Adnan." Story here.

11.09 GMT: It's a busy day for Hull City according to Sky Sports, which is claiming that the club are close to signing Porto midfielder Evandro Goebel, while they are also on the verge of sealing a loan move for striker Oumar Niasse from Everton.

11.00 GMT: We told you of the news a little earlier and now Manchester United have just confirmed it: Marouane Fellaini has signed a 12-month contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. Story here.

10.56 GMT: Liverpool youngster Sam Hart has returned to the club following a loan spell at Port Vale, where he made 16 appearances for the League One side. Story here.

10.46 GMT: We brought you news earlier of Arsenal handing new deals to Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin... Well, Koscielny has since revealed that his contract will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2020.

10.37 GMT: Jesus Vallejo says he does not know if he will return to Real Madrid at the end of the season following his loan spell with Eintracht Frankfurt. "It's not confirmed that I have to go back," he said. "Real are not obliged to do something now, maybe they only do something in June." Story here.

10.21 GMT: Dimitri Payet does not appear to be a happy bunny at West Ham, according to Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. Bilic does, however, insist that the club are not going to sell the France international despite him wanting to leave... Story here.

10.11 GMT: Some breaking news from Arsenal, who have just announced that the French trio of Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin have all signed new contracts with the club... Story here.

09.57 GMT: We have our first DONE DEAL of the day... Napoli have loaned out Roberto Insigne to Serie B side U.S. Latina Calcio until the end of the season...

09.43 GMT: You may have noticed Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has been linked with a loan switch to Werder Bremen to help secure him some more game time... Well, the German club have denied those claims, with sporting director Frank Baumann saying: "We don't want to sign new players this winter -- we want to sell a few instead." Story here.

09.26 GMT: Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has told a news conference that Christian Benteke is not going anywhere, despite reports claiming the contrary. He's also confirmed that the club are chasing a number of new signings... Story here.

09.10 GMT: Tom Cleverley's proposed loan from Everton to former club Watford is all but done and should be completed soon, sources have told ESPN FC. The two clubs had been in talks over a deal yesterday, with Cleverley having fallen out of favour at Goodison Park. Story here.

09.00 GMT: Is Juventus' Patrice Evra set to make a return to Manchester United? ESPN FC's TV crew discusses the idea...

08.47 GMT: With Adam Lallana apparently a transfer target for European big boys Barcelona and Juventus, why not cast your eyes over ESPN FC Liverpool correspondent Glenn Price's piece on how the midfielder's desire and passion has taken him right to the top. Read here.

08.30 GMT: Some news from Old Trafford where Manchester United have secured Marouane Fellaini to a lengthened contract after triggering their option of a 12-month extension to his current deal, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Story here.

08.17 GMT: Chinese Super League club Hebei Fortune have refuted claims that they have made an approach to sign Real Madrid's James Rodriguez. "They linked us with Messi before, now we are 'after' James Rodriguez," said a club spokesman. "We don't know who is spreading these rumours, but they step too far out of line." Story here.

08.03 GMT: Good morning all and welcome to Transfer Talk... It's off to Juventus we head first where Paulo Dybala has insisted he wants to stay, despite reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. "I'm fine at Juventus, my agent will be in Turin in the coming days for the renewal [of my contract]," he said. Story here.


Lallana wanted by Barca, Juventus

Liverpool's Adam Lallana is a transfer target for European powerhouses Barcelona and Juventus, according to a report in The Times.

The newspaper reports that the Spanish and Italian giants want to rival French champions Paris Saint-Germain for the England midfielder, who is yet to begin talks over a new contract.

Lallana's improvement over the past year has in many ways been embodied the club's upturn in fortunes since Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield so it is no surprise that the 28-year-old has been linked with other clubs as his current deal is due to expire in 2019.

A reunion with his former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino was recently mooted in the press, but The Times report sees Lallana now linked with a place among Europe's elite.

Big Sam eyes double dip in January

Crystal Palace are looking to sign Stewart Downing and Jake Livermore in a bid to move away from the drop zone, reports the Mail.

Stewart Downing could be set for a reunion with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace.

Sam Allardyce wants the Middlesbrough winger since Aitor Karanka's plans do not include the former England international. Downing, 32, is also interesting Aston Villa, and he could jump at the move.

Livermore is another target, though the Eagles face competition from Watford for the Hull powerhouse.

West Ham clinch Hogan deal

West Ham are ready to rubber stamp a £15m move for Brentford striker Scott Hogan, writes the Sun. After three bids were rejected, the Hammers appear to have finally satisfied the Bees' demands.

An initial £9m will be paid up front, but a further £6m could arrive in add-ons, with former club Rochdale pocketing 25 percent of the fee from a sell-on clause included in the deal that took the 24-year-old to Griffin Park.

Batshuayi forced to stay put

Chelsea will not allow Michy Batshuayi to leave in January, despite loan offers from West Ham and Swansea, according to the Star. Despite the Blues looking to take Fernando Llorente to Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte wants to keep the former Marseille hit man for his title push.

Michy Batshuayi
While Michy Batshuayi's opportunities have been limited at Chelsea, manager Antonio Conte is determined to keep the Belgian at Stamford Bridge.

The £33m signing has been starved of game time lately but took his chance to score in the FA Cup victory over Peterborough, and he may play a role down the stretch to land the Blues' fifth Premier League title.


- Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is not thought to be in Allardyce's plans, with the Express claiming a swap deal could be in place with West Brom's Saido Berahino. The Baggies are happy to accept a cut-price offer of £14 million, with Stoke most interested, but Tony Pulis would prefer to pick up Benteke if the Eagles are happy to entertain a swap deal.

- Watford have entered the race to sign Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Corriere dello Sport. Walter Mazzarri is keen to bring his countryman to Vicarage Road in order to stave off their slump toward the relegation zone.

- Fiorentina have suffered a blow as Tianjin have cut their offer for Nikola Kalinic from €45m to €30m, reports Gazzetta dello Sport. The reduced offer for the Viola striker is down to the Chinese government putting pressure on the Chinese Super League clubs to reduce their extravagant spending.


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