Chelsea’s move for Benfica defender David Luiz is on the verge of collapse. The Blues are refusing to meet the Portuguese club’s asking price of £30m.
Liverpool have been given until Saturday to come up with the cash to buy Luis Suarez from Ajax. The Dutch club are holding out for £25m for their 24-year-old striker, but the Reds are hoping to pay about half that figure.
Turkish side Konyaspor have made an offer for Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf, although his agent says his first preference is to remain in England.
Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu (left) could make a shock return to the Premier League, with Newcastle keen on signing the 32-year-old, who was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.
Blackpool are eyeing up a move for Fulham midfielder Zoltan Gera as they prepare for Charlie Adam to leave Bloomfield Road.
The Tangerines chairman, Karl Oyston, has told Adam to withdraw his transfer request and help the club stay in the Premier League.
But Blackpool’s move for striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who is a free agent, has hit a snag and may be called off.
Bolton are poised to sign 21-year-old Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on loan.
German side Werder Bremen want to sign Tottenham midfielder Nico Kranjcar, who is free to leave White Hart Lane, but he is thought to want to stay in England.
Spurs striker Robbie Keane could be leaving White Hart Lane to join West Ham on loan, with a possible permanent move to follow in the summer.
Spurs have already agreed a deal with the Hammers for Keane to move to east London and they have approached Atletico Madrid over a £9m move for 31-year-old Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan.
Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies could be on his way across town to bitter rivals Birmingham, with midfielder Sebastian Larsson going in the opposite direction.
Liverpool defender Paul Konchesky could be offered a way out of his nightmare time at Anfield with a return to Fulham on loan.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has revealed he will get a share of any profit made on the sale of Charlie Adam if the midfielder leaves the club.
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he is heading back to the Premier League. The Real Madrid boss reportedly said: “I’ve decided to return to England.”
Manchester United’s 36-year-old midfielder Paul Scholes says he does not know if he will be playing football next season.
Sheffield Wednesday are lining up Notts County’s Paul Ince as a possible successor to under-pressure manager Alan Irvine.
Genoa have agreed to sign Wigan’s Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli on loan. Boselli has scored only once for the Latics since they broke their club record to bring him to the DW Stadium in a £6m move from Estudiantes in the summer of 2010.
Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race to sign £10m-rated Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Manchester United are lining up a bid for Lyon’s Brazilian wing-back Michel Bastos.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has made a £4m bid for West Ham midfielder Mark Noble and is also keen on Hammers striker Carlton Cole.
West Ham are poised to make a move for Udinese striker Antonio Floro Flores, who is keen to leave the Italian club.
West Ham are confident they will complete the loan signing of Manchester City and England left-back Wayne Bridge in time for him to face Arsenal on Saturday.
Bolton are hoping to finalise a deal to sign Argentine defender Santiago Gentiletti from Argentinos Juniors.
Chelsea will make a renewed attempt to sign 20-year-old Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who they see as the perfect long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.
Aston Villa are interested in Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko but the Russian striker is expected to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane.
Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has pulled off a major coup by persuading Everton striker Yakubu to join the club on loan.
Everton have bluntly told Tottenham that veteran midfielder Phil Neville is going nowhere, despite the London club’s willingness to pay up to £2m for the 34-year-old.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is aiming to bring in at least one of his three top targets this month – Bolton’s Gary Cahill, Werder Bremen’s Per Mertesacker or Emir Spahic of Montpellier – after defender Thomas Vermaelen suffered another setback in his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury.
AC Milan look set to scupper Tottenham and Manchester City’s moves for Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel by taking the Dutch international to Italy.
Aston Villa have had a bid rejected for Peterborough’s England Under-21 goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
Leeds and Leicester are interested in taking midfielder Michael Johnson on loan from Manchester City following his recovery from long-term injury.
Tottenham have agreed a deal in principle to sign Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, having seen off competition from Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
Birmingham still hope to persuade Rangers striker Kenny Miller to move to England, despite him rejecting two deals since the clubs agreed a fee and being close to joining Fiorentina instead.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed the rush of managerial sackings on foreign club owners. “I don’t think they have the patience of older generations,” he said.
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is determined to make up for what has been an injury-ravaged season so far by scoring the goals to help the club win major silverware.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted ahead of the Carling Cup semi-final, first leg against Ipswich on Wednesday that he is feeling the pressure of having to win a trophy after six years without silverware.
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky says he began to study physiotherapy during his 18-month absence with a knee injury in an effort to sort out his own problems.
Chelsea captain John Terry concedes his side’s recent poor form has been “unacceptable” and they have to think about winning games before they can think about winning trophies.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish was “the skeleton in the closet” who meant former Reds boss Roy Hodgson never stood a chance of success at Anfield.
Celtic hope Georgios Samaras (pictured) will stay at Parkhead, despite the striker turning down a 12-month contract offer because he wants a longer deal.
There is only one Torres left in this season’s FA Cup – and it is not Liverpool’s Fernando. Sergio Torres, Crawley Town’s match-winner in their shock third round win over Derby, used to stack the shelves at Boots in Basingstoke and worked at his father’s brick factory in his native Argentina.
Former Foreign Secretary David Milliband, an Arsenal fan and the MP for South Shields, has been offered a position of vice-chairman at Sunderland.
Kenny Dalglish was unveiled as Roy Hodgson’s successor earlier today. The Liverpool legend will take charge of the team until the end of the season. Paul Eaton interviews Kenny.
Shortly after arriving at the team hotel in Manchester ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup showdown with Manchester United, Kenny Dalglish sat down with Liverpoolfc.tv to give his first in-depth interview after being named Reds boss for the second time.
Firstly, Kenny, another dramatic day at Liverpool Football Club?
Obviously it’s a great honour for me to be back in charge of a football club which means so much to so many people. When somebody gets a bit of pleasure there’s always the disappointment of someone else, and it’s Roy. Roy is a very honourable guy with loads of integrity and I feel really sad for him. He came in at the start of the season when Rafa left, he tried his best but it just didn’t happen for him and the disappointing thing for me is that this opportunity has come along and he has lost out. If you ask any manager if they want to manage Liverpool Football Club there’s no way in the world they’re going to say no, so he came in and unfortunately for himself and everyone else it didn’t work out as we all hoped and I don’t think there’s anybody who supports the football club who will get any pleasure out of seeing it not work.
How does it feel to once again be the manager of Liverpool Football Club?
I’m a very lucky person. That’s twice I’ve been very fortunate. I came here as a 15-year-old boy when Shanks asked me to sign and I was a wee bit homesick thinking I was too young to leave home. Then I got back as a player and left the club in February 1991. I’m fortunate to come back, even if it’s only to the end of the season it makes no difference to me, this place is very special and all we can do is try our best to move the club forward a bit and try to win some more games.
What was your immediate reaction when you were asked to step in and help the club out?
Marina and I were away for a break, but I said at the start of the season that if they wanted me to help in any way, shape or form then I would do. My situation never changed. I was there to be of help to the football club and if John and Tom and Ian Ayre and Damien were happy to offer me the position then there was no way I could be disrespectful and not take it. I’ve been a very lucky boy to be asked to do this. All I would say is I’m going to do the best I possibly can to try and help the club, but everybody has to pull in the same direction. There’s no point not being a unified unit. If we pull in different directions we won’t get anywhere. I’m really looking forward to it and it’ll be a real pleasure for me to be in that dressing room again and on the bench.
What’s the reaction been like so far from your family, friends, ex-players and fans you’ve seen?
I was on the plane to come back from Dubai and it went out to take off and the news hadn’t broken. Then it came back in to repair something and everybody’s phone was going and people were coming up to me to say ‘Congratulations, all the best’. My family have been brought up here and know what the football club stands for and what it means to a lot of people, so they’re delighted. The excitement has to calm down a wee bit, we have to make sure we turn the excitement into some positivity for everybody and make sure we win games. That’s the most important thing we have to do and the best way for us to do it is to support each other and we’re very good at that. As someone once said, the closer we are and the harder we work then the luckier we’ll get. So we’ll work hard to get the luck we need.
You’ve spoken in the past about your desire to manage the club again, how confident are you that you can turn Liverpool’s fortunes around this season?
I always said I’d help but I also made it perfectly clear I wasn’t going to stand on anyone’s toes to help. I was happy to help in any way I could, the football club and Roy. I think people know what they’re getting and what’s in the package with Kenny Dalglish, they know they’ll get honesty and a great deal of commitment. I’ll take my chances and hopefully we’ll get more positive results than negative ones.
It has been a disappointing campaign so far but why do you think the results haven’t been what we’d like and will a big part of your job now be trying to lift the confidence of the players?
Some people may find it strange that you’re talking about some great players – Steven, Fernando, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Raul Meireles – and you mention confidence. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you’re not confident in what you’re doing and not believing that it’s going to turn for you then you’re not going to play as well. You can point them in the right direction and tell them how good they are, but they’ve got to believe in it. Our lads will admit themselves that they’ve not achieved this season and not maintained the standards that they’re very capable of reaching. I might be fortunate and I might come in and get the luck that Roy missed out on. I’m sure Roy will be sitting and watching and hoping that we do well, because when you read the statement he made when he left the club then that tells you how dignified the man is.
On Sunday you’ll walk out at Old Trafford to the sight and sound of 9,000 Liverpool fans singing your name – how do you think you’ll feel when you make that walk along the touchline?
I’ll feel very humble and probably a bit emotional. They know that they’re equally as important as what we are, not just for Sunday’s game but for every game. We might lose a game – not necessarily on Sunday – or we might not play too well and that’s when we’ll need their support. We also as a squad of players and as a management have to give them something to cheer about as well. I’m sure our people will respond if we go out there and they see that our lads are proud to play and that they’ll do their best for Liverpool Football Club. We’ll do our best to get the results that they all want, we won’t always be successful, and to be perfectly realistic I think we have to say ‘Let’s just start walking before we run’. Let’s not go crazy here and think the season changes and we’re going to sweep everything aside now and go undefeated from now to the end of the season. We’re perfectly capable of doing it but let’s be realistic, let’s just go out there and try our best and take things one game at a time.
Manchester United away in your first game back – exciting or daunting?
It’s the same for both clubs I think. I’m sure Fergie would have picked an easier game if he could have picked one. Old Trafford is a fantastic stage to go and play your football, it’s an FA Cup tie and the FA Cup has been devalued of late with people fielding weakened teams. United lost to Leeds last year after putting out a weakened side and I can’t see him doing that tomorrow. All we’ve got to do is concern ourselves with us. Sammy, Mike, Damien and Roy up to today have been getting the boys ready for the game so they’ll be the ones who are bigger players than me, but I’ll be there beside them on the bench and we’ll all be singing from the same hymn-sheet.
And have you thought about what you’ll say to the players in your first team talk?
Yes, but it’s changed 25 times on the flight home, so I’m sure it’ll change again before the morning.
Do you think you’ll feel nervous before kick off?
I felt nervous last night after I got the phone call, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with feeling that anticipation. I also feel a great sense of pride to try and help everybody get what they want, which is results.
You’ll be renewing past rivalries with Alex Ferguson as well, of course….
Yes, I don’t have a problem with that. You have to respect what Alex has done in the game and you don’t do it through gritted teeth. It’s a fantastic achievement what he’s done, his track record is fantastic, we respect him as a person and a football manager. It’s all well and good people disliking him or disliking Manchester United, but it doesn’t mean you don’t respect what other people have done in football.
Away from matters on the pitch, will you be having conversations with Damien Comolli and the owners with a view to bringing in new players during this transfer window?
I’m just in the door. I’m sure there will be conversations but honestly, I have had minimal conversations about what’s happening. I need to sit down and be told. I’ve got straight off the plane to do this interview and to try and get a message to the supporters and hope that I can repay the trust that John, Tom and the other footballing people, Ian and Damien, have put in me.
How excited are you by the challenge which lies ahead this season?
I’m really looking forward to it. You get nervous with anticipation but I’m looking forward to it. The games come up thick and fast, Sunday and then Wednesday at Blackpool and then the derby next Sunday. We’ve got to get on with it. It’s really exciting and something I’m looking forward to. There’s no fear, just a nervous anticipation about what’s going to happen.
What is your target for the rest of this season?
To get as many wins as we can muster and then take it from there.
And finally, what’s your message to Liverpool supporters as we all look forward to your second term as manager?
I’d just say if there’s excitement among the supporters then I can share in that excitement. I think we’ve got to be realistic and a little bit patient. It’s not going to turn overnight. I know there are lots of times when a manager leaves a football club and a new guy comes in and gives everyone a lift, well if the players get a bit of a lift then it has to last for more than one game. We’ve got to get it right between now and the end of the season and as I said earlier, there might be some disappointments but the biggest disappointment for me is if everyone who is involved in this football club doesn’t give everything they have to give. If we do that then we have a good chance of finishing the season well.
I’m sure everybody is right behind you Kenny and we all wish you the best of luck…
It’s a great pleasure to be back. We’re working for people we know we can trust and working for people who only want the best for us as well. Let’s just hope we can take this journey over the next five or six months together and have a successful time.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon is eager to bring out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne and midfielder Stephen Ireland to Parkhead on loan.
Sir Alex Ferguson is set to reinforce his Manchester United midfield with a £12m New Year move for Real Madrid’s Lassana Diarra.
United are also preparing a summer move for CSKA Moscow keeper Igor Akinfeev, who Ferguson sees as a long-term replacement for current number one Edwin van der Sar.
Fulham hope to make Chris Samba their first signing of the January transfer window but the Blackburn defender wants assurances over Mark Hughes’s future first.
However, the Cottagers may face competition from Arsenal, who are keen on the £8m-rated centre-back.
The Gunners are also reportedly back in the hunt for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker.
Liverpool have rejected a loan offer from Birmingham City for 24-year-old winger Ryan Babel, who has also attracted interest from West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool’s new Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli was at Southampton yesterday to run the rule over the Saints’ latest teen sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Juventus are preparing a £27m-offer for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie and the Italian side may also be willing to throw midfielder Felipe Melo into the deal.
Stoke are close to signing on-loan winger Jermaine Pennant, 27, on a permanent contract from Spanish side Real Zaragoza.
German side Werder Bremen are interested in Aston Villa’s 25-year-old defender Curtis Davies, who is currently on loan with Leicester City.
Villa manager Gerard Houllier has handed a trial to Colorado Rapids’ Jamaican striker Omar Cummings.
Villa are also keen to sign striker Nicklas Bendtner from Arsenal, who may also be joined out of the Emirates exit by fellow striker Carlos Vela, midfielder Denilson and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.
Real Madrid centre-back Pepe has received a lucrative offer from Manchester City, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Mick McCarthy wants to bring Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane back to Wolves, the club the Republic of Ireland forward first joined in 1997.
West Ham look set to sign Dieumerci Mbokani on loan from Monaco if they can get a work visa for the Congolese striker.
The Hammers may also look to sign Manchester United’s Michael Owen on loan after the striker admitted he may have to leave Old Trafford to reignite his career.
Valon Behrami has given Roma until 10 January to reach a deal over his transfer from West Ham. The Swiss midfielder is desperate to return to Italian football after an injury-hit spell in the Premier League.
Everton, Newcastle and Blackburn are chasing Barcelona’s teenage midfielder Oriol Romeu.
Hull have been put off a bid for James Vaughan after his club Everton put a £2m price-tag on the striker.
However, the Tigers are close to sealing a £1.5m-deal for Leicester striker Matty Fryatt after Foxes boss Sven Goran Eriksson admitted the player is almost certain to leave in January.
England boss Fabio Capello has risked angering Europe’s top clubs by backing calls for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held during the winter. Capello, who is due to leave his role with England in 2012, believes it would be too hot to play in Qatar during June and July.
Blackburn caretaker boss Steve Kean has refuted accusations that there were underhand tactics at play when he was asked to take over from Sam Allardyce. “It was an absolute shock when I received the phone call from the chairman which was half an hour before it hit the press that Sam was going to leave,” said Kean.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes the side are struggling to find “the right chemistry” this season. The Blues are on their worst run in 11 years after a 3-1 loss at Arsenal left them six league games without a win.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes that champions Chelsea are now out of the title race after the 3-1 defeat at the Emirates.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes that the attacking, passing football played by sides like his own and Arsenal will benefit the next generation of English footballers. “When you play in that sort of style players are forced to make decisions and think on the pitch,” said Martinez.
Former Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is poised to become the new manager of Sheffield United.
Liverpool are to reward striker David Ngog with a new long-term contract. The 21-year-old has 18 months remaining on his current deal.
Birmingham City have upped their contract offer to winger Sebastian Larsson. The Swede, 25, who cost £1m from Arsenal, can leave at the end of the season.
Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier (pictured) has revealed why John Carew was late to report for his club’s Christmas programme – the striker was stuck in snow in his native Norway.
Everton are on the trail of out-of-favour Manchester City strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz.
Meanwhile City will look to replace want-away striker Carlos Tevez with River Plate’s £10m-rated forward Rogelio Funes Mori.
Manchester City will also attempt to lure Wolfsburg’s 24-year-old striker Edin Dzeko to Eastlands with a five-year deal worth £6m per year.
City face competition from Arsenal who are planning a big money January move for Dzeko.
Defender Pascal Chimbonda will be asked to leave Blackburn, despite Steve Kean taking over from sacked manager Sam Allardyce.
Russian side Zenit St Petersburg are lining up a move for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech with the Blues looking to sign CSKA Moscow stopper Igor Akinfeev (left) as a replacement.
Manchester United are set to raid Bundesliga strugglers Borussia Monchengladbach for talented midfielder Marco Reus.
United are also thought to be leading the chase to sign Borussia Dortmund’s teenage midfield sensation Mario Goetze.
The Red Devils are also believed to be interested in Shakthar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa. Chelsea and Arsenal are believed to be chasing the 20-year-old.
It promises to be a busy Christmas period for United who have also upped their interest in Zenit St Petersburg attacking midfielder Danny. The 27-year-old Portuguese international scored nine goals in helping his side win the Russian championship.
Real Madrid are set to offer £60m as well as a player for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale.
Tottenham youngster Danny Rose has stunned the club by saying he wants to leave.
Rangers are set to pip Stoke, Wigan, and Bolton to the signing of Leeds midfielder Brad Johnson.
Newcastle United are hoping to seal a deal for Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Jose Fonte.
Midfielder Valon Behrami will be one of the first West Ham players axed in the January transfer window.
Tottenham face stiff competition from Atletico Madrid for Borussia Dortmund striker Shinji Kagawa.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is considering whether to take the captain’s armband away from Carlos Tevez over the player’s demands to leave.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will not ‘bottle’ out of taking a penalty against Chelsea despite his horror miss against Arsenal on Monday.
Liverpool fans are in outrage after defender Paul Konchesky was left red-faced by his mum’s Facebook blast.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will speak to defender Ledley King about his conduct after he was photographed looking bleary eyed leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.
Former England manager Steve McClaren has two games to save his job at Wolfsburg.
Newcastle midfield dynamo Cheik Tiote did not own a pair of football boots until he was aged 15.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson should stay on at Old Trafford until 2030, according to England manager Fabio Capello. Ferguson would be nearly 90 by that time.