Also, the biggest move of deadline day is now official … Mercedes have confirmed Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari at the end of this season!
A big outlay from the Clarets on deadline day, a reported £10.2m to sign a centre-back with big potential – announced in truly bantorious fashion.
Sky are reporting that Enes Ünal to Bournemouth is a done deal, but the club haven’t confirmed it – although they do have the small matter of a Premier League game tonight, at West Ham. The hosts have named Kalvin Phillips in their starting line-up with Maxwel Cornet – linked with a loan move to Palace tonight – on the bench.
Some breaking and somewhat surprising news from outside the world of transfers: Brighton Women head coach Melissa Phillips has left the club.
Luton have signed 18-year-old forward Taylan Harris from Reading for an undisclosed fee. “My aim is to play in the Premier League –every player in the world wants to do that,” Harris said. “This has given me an opportunity to do that and achieve that.”
“Taylan is technically very good. He is a winger or forward who is very quick, has a real eye for goal and likes a shot from range,” said the Hatters head of recruitment, Mick Harford. “We are looking forward to working with him and seeing how he develops.”
More on Adam Wharton joining Palace, for a fee that reportedly could rise to £22m.
The 19-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at Selhurst Park, and is the club’s second January signing after Colombian right-back Daniel Muñoz. He will wear No 20 for the Eagles.
“I’m delighted that Adam, a player whose rapid development we have followed closely, has decided to join us,” said the Palace chairman, Steve Parish. “We believe Palace to be the perfect place to harness his undoubted potential.”
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and to play for such a big club like Crystal Palace is a great honour,” Wharton said. “The way they’ve brought players from the Championship and developed them into world-class players is something that stood out to me, and it’s a big reason why I wanted to come here.”
If you’re seeing Laporte and Inter Miami trending on Twitter, it’s nothing to do with transfers …
“I know he’s not a big name but Ajdin Hrustic is Australia’s most skilful player and he’s been sidelined at Hellas Verona, losing his national team place in the process,” writes
Ajdin Hrus Matthew Stephens. “Have you heard any news of a possible transfer?”
Well, we don’t usually take requests – but according to my sources (Twitter) he could join Ascoli on loan before the Italian deadline – which is coming up in about 20 minutes.
This one has been on the cards for some time, but it’s now confirmed with an announcement video built around a solid, if stereotypical gag.
The Armando Broja to Fulham deal has been described to me as being on a sliding scale. All sounds a little complicated. Rather than £4m straight up, it will be dependent on how many games the striker plays when he is fit and available.
Sources close to the deal have said Fulham won’t be paying a loan fee if Broja plays half of their games between now and the end of the season. Remember that Chelsea wanted a £5m loan fee at the start of the day. There was even talk of them wanting £50m for him to leave permanently earlier this month …
It’s a done deal. Eintracht Frankfurt have confirmed the arrival of striker Hugo Ekitike from PSG. The deal is reportedly a loan until the end of the season with a €30m mandatory fee in the summer.
“If West Ham need a replacement winger with all their outgoings, they can have Bryan Gil,” says Stephen Brown. “I would even suggest Spurs pay them to take him.” Only about 45 minutes’ drive between the two training grounds, too. Pop him in an Uber.
Thanks, Professor Brewin. Here’s another done deal to bring you – Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson has joined Copenhagen after leaving Arsenal. He could run into Manchester City again in the Champions League last 16.
And with that, I shall hand you back to Dr Niall McVeigh.
Fulham are indeed set to sign Chelsea’s Armando Broja on loan. It’s a loan fee of £750k but with his salary taken on board I’m told that the package will total £4m. Chelsea will be glad to be bringing in a little money, I suppose, but you wonder where it leaves them for the rest of the season. With Broja gone Nicolas Jackson is the only No 9 in the squad. Of course Christopher Nkunku is fit again but he’s more of a No 10.
Morgan Rogers, who has joined Aston Villa, has played for an inordinate number of clubs for a 21-year-old:
“Boro resisted Villa’s early overtures for a player who began his professional career at West Brom and had loans at Lincoln, Blackpool and Bournemouth during his time with City, but finally settled for a healthy return on a player who cost them about £1m. City stand to benefit from a sell-on clause.”
Then again, Harry Kane was well travelled before his Spurs breakthrough. Rogers returns to his Midlands roots.
Feels like that Broja deal may be going through. Dharmesh Sheth on Sky has just called it for Fulham. What might be the formula for the deal? This is a player valued at £50m, let us recall. The loan fee increases if he plays less football.
Hello, I shall take the reins for the next few. Email me if you need to.
Time to hand over to John Brewin for a short while …
Aston Villa sign Morgan Rogers and Lino Sousa
Bournemouth close on Getafe striker Enes Unal
Fornals and Benrahma nearing West Ham exits
Palace waiting on loan deal for Maxwel Cornet
Frankfurt poised to sign Hugo Ekitike from PSG
Fulham and Wolves chasing Armando Broja loan
You again? Goalkeeper Jed Steer has found a new club after his Peterborough deal expired three days ago, signing for … Peterborough. “I was gutted to leave in the first place, but I am here now, and I can’t wait to get back out there at training,” cheered Steer.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Armando Broja will be made available for loan by Chelsea tonight, and it will be up to him whether he joins Fulham or Wolves.
Sheffield United are still working on signings, with Mason Holgate expected to arrive after interest in Leicester’s Harry Souttar came to nothing. Meanwhile, the pressure of the Premier League relegation battle appears to be getting to Chris Wilder …
Fulham remain in the hunt for Chelsea’s Armando Broja. There has been some progress in talks over a loan, but still a long way to go.
Isak Hansen-Aarøen has left Manchester United to join Werder Bremen on a permanent transfer. The Norwegian midfielder was out of contract this summer and was not expected to extend his deal . United have decided to move him on now, securing a fee, sell on clause, add-ons and future matching rights.
One minute you’re cocooned in the youth setup at Colney, the next you’ve pulled up outside Home Park in a balaclava to re-enact a weird viral video.
A second deal today for Aston Villa: they’ve signed young Arsenal left-back Lino Sousa, and immediately sent him on loan to Plymouth – who have announced the deal. Stay tuned for a memorable unveiling video …
Has Neal Maupay launched a new era of Premier League needle? We can only hope.
It’s 5pm (GMT), which means the Bundesliga window is now closed. We’re still waiting on confirmation on Hugo Ekitike’s move to Eintracht Frankfurt, while Stuttgart winger Silas has opted to stay at Stuttgart amid interest from Fulham.
Pablo Fornals is poised to join Betis permanently, for an initial €6m fee. Will West Ham also let Saïd Benrahma and Maxwel Cornet leave today without bringing a new winger in? Surely not.
There’s been more transfer buzz around managers than players in the last week, so I’m throwing this one out there. Local press are reporting that Neil Warnock could replace Barry Robson at Aberdeen. It’s quite a commute from Cornwall, to be honest.
The transfer window story that refuses to die: Fulham and Wolves are still trying to get a loan move done for Chelsea striker Armando Broja. Wolves are hosting Manchester United tonight, while Marco Silva needs a new striker with Raúl Jiménez out for several weeks. The Fulham manager wasn’t in the best mood at his presser earlier. Asked by Sky if he was “excited” by deadline day, he said “what does it look like to you?”
Understand that Crystal Palace have agreed terms over a potential Maxwel Cornet loan, but the move still hinges on West Ham being able to sign a replacement before tonight’s deadline.
The Bundesliga window will shut at 5pm (all times GMT), so in half an hour’s time. Serie A will follow at 7pm, before Ligue 1 at 10pm and the Premier League at 11pm. The Scottish Premiership window is open until 11.30pm, with La Liga shutting up shop at 12am.
Elsewhere, the Saudi window has already closed while Turkish clubs can bring in players for another eight days.
A little more on Enes Ünal, who is set to join Bournemouth today. He’s passed his medical on the south coast and will join on an initial loan from Getafe before a £14m permanent move this summer. That should also free up Kieffer Moore to join Ipswich on loan.
Real Betis have sold Luiz Henrique to Botafogo today for €16m, freeing up funds to sign Pablo Fornals from West Ham. What that means for Maxwel Cornet and Saïd Benrahma – who is set to join Botafogo’s partner club, Lyon – we’re not quite sure.
Strasbourg keeper Matz Sels has got his best trainers on, and is hopping on a private jet to Nottingham …
Some bits and bobs from the Football League: Forest winger Alex Mighten has joined Port Vale on loan, while Swansea have brought in Arsenal attacker Charles Sagoe Jr. Meanwhile, Stoke are after Vitesse winger Million Manhoef, and are willing to pay €3m, which seems three times too much.
Ryan Kent joined Fenerbahce from Rangers last summer, but has fallen out with the club after limited first-team chances. Now it seems he’ll be on the move today, joining Lazio. Maurizio Sarri is absolutely set on bringing in an English winger, having seen bids for Morgan Whittaker and Jack Clarke fail this week.
Sean Dyche’s gravelly tones are drifting out of my TV, informing us all that any Everton arrivals today are “improbable”. Dyche expects Mason Holgate to join Sheffield United – “a good deal for this football club” – and is happy to hold on to the players he has.