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Chelsea chasing Paul Pogba, Real Madrid sign Martin Odegaard

The winter window is now open, and that means the LIVE transfer blog swings back into action. Find out the latest news, gossip and deals here.

TOP STORY: Chelsea chasing former United starlet Pogba?

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to many players over recent years: Arjen Robben, Damien Duff, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel to name a few -- and they look set to rub more salt into the wound by launching a 40-million-pound bid for former Old Trafford prodigy Paul Pogba, according to the Daily Express.

The paper reports that Jose Mourinho's side are after the Juventus midfielder, and are willing to offer a cash-plus-player(s) deal, with the likes of Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Mikel in the firing line.

Any enquiry for Pogba would likely lead to a bidding war across the continent, though Chelsea have shown in recent months that they are adept at landing their targets early and with a minimum of fuss. Europe, you have been warned.


HEADLINES:

- Sterling will sign Liverpool deal soon, says Rodgers
- Odegaard: Real Madrid move is a dream come true
- Arsenal hopeful of Gabriel deal despite work permit issue
- Gunners set for showdown talks over Campbell's future
- Chelsea target Cuadrado not leaving Fiorentina - Montella
- Van Gaal coy on Darren Fletcher's Man United future
- No Pogba-Verratti swap deal with PSG and Juve - agent
- Everton's Samuel Eto'o 'closer to Sampdoria transfer'
- Lucas Silva targeted by Madrid again, says father
- Kyle Naughton completes move to Swansea
- Report: Roma near deal to sign Chelsea's Salah


LIVE BLOG:

23.54 GMT: That's all for Transfer talk tonight! We'll be back here in just a few short hours with the best of what the papers will say on Friday morning.

23.48 GMT: First Brendan Rodgers said he was hopeful Raheem Sterling would sign his new Liverpool deal soon. Now he's saying the same about Glen Johnson, despite the fact no offer yet exists.

"There's nothing new as of yet. I know that the club and his agents spoke towards the beginning of the season. But I'm hopeful that he will stay," Rodgers said.

23.12 GMT: West Brom have reached out to free agent Shola Ameobi with an offer, according to the Daily Mail. Tony Pulis is hoping to transform his front line as he tries to save the Baggies from relegation, and they don't come cheaper than the former Newcastle forward, who is available for free after his contract with Turkish side Gaziantep ended.

22.18 GMT: West Brom are still totally interested in signing Callum McManaman from Wigan despite having two offers rebuffed, Tony Pulis says.

But the Baggies are no longer the only team interested, with Sky Sports reporting Hull City also have their eyes on the winger.

21.56 GMT: Chelsea's Mohamed Salah is near a deal to join Roma, according to the Telegraph. Earlier in the day, Press Association reported that Salah would only move on loan this winter if a team were willing to do a permanent deal this summer, and that appears to be exactly what Roma will do with the Egyptian.

Roma have offered 700,000 euros to take Salah on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy him for about 14 million euros at the end of the season, the newspaper reported.

Click here for the full story.

20.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Werder Bremen have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Koen Casteels on loan from Wolfsburg until the end of the season.

Wolfsburg signed Casteels, 22, from Hoffenheim this week and have immediately shipped him out to Werder for the rest of the current campaign.

20.18 GMT: Manchester City's Devante Cole has joined MK Dons on loan until the end of the season. The move comes after the 19-year-old scored seven goals in 23 games for Barnsley, but now he's set to play against them on Saturday.

20.09 GMT: Queens Park Rangers are trying to lure forward Alexandre Pato on loan, according to the Mirror. The Brazilian is currently playing for Sao Paulo on loan from Corinthians, while QPR are desperately in need of firepower.

Harry Redknapp can free up the money to save the 25-year-old by dealing Adel Taraabt to Dubai club Al-Ahli, the newspaper said.

19.16 GMT: Manchester United's Will Keane has sealed his loan to Sheffield Wednesday.

19.08 GMT: Chelsea's Marko Marin has completed his loan to Anderlecht, the Blues finally confirmed. The 25-year-old winger spent the first half of the season with Fiorentina but will now move to Belgium.

The Blues also announced that Mexican attacker Ulises Davila has moved his loan from Tenerife to Vitoria in Portugal.

18.42 GMT: Real Madrid's acquisition of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva is completed and will be announced later tonight, the vice president of Cruzeiro told ESPN Brasil.

"Lucas Silva is signed and the announcement should be made on Thursday. As of now there is nothing more to wait on. When the athlete wants to go and there's pressure in this business the high salaries in Europe prevail," Marcio Rodrigues said.

Read the full story here.

18.08 GMT: DONE DEAL Kyle Naughton has completed his long-rumoured move from Tottenham to Swansea. The 26-year-old full-back, who can operate on either the right or the left-side of defence, has signed a three-and-a-half year contract in a deal reported to be worth 5 million pounds.

Read the full story here.

17.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Belgian centre-back Laurent Ciman has signed a three-year deal with the Montreal Impact. Ciman, who earned a spot on Belgium's World Cup squad this summer, was allowed to leave Standard Liege on a free transfer so he can seek medical care for his daughter in Canada.

He will not be a designated player for the Impact. Read the full story here.

17.26 GMT: The Press Association reports that Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month as part of a permanent deal worth over 11 million pounds. This will have come as a blow to the Serie A club as they had hoped to take Salah on loan.

16.55 GMT: DONE DEAL Evian have confirmed the loan signing of Dany Nounkeu from Galatasaray until the end of the season...

16.37 GMT: Raheem Sterling is set to sign a new Liverpool contract "very imminently," according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

"The player's very happy. He's working. It's nothing to do with Raheem, he wants to be here," Rodgers told a news conference. "So we hope we'll get the solution on that very soon."

Read the full story here.

16.16 GMT: DONE DEAL It really has been a busy day for Reading as they have just confirmed the loan signing of Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea until the end of the season.

"He will certainly enhance our already strong midfield department with his qualities," Royals boss Steve Clarke told the club's official website. "We welcome Nathaniel to the club and look forward to him playing his part in a more successful second half to the season."

15.53 GMT: More on Martin Odegaard, who has said he believes joining Real Madrid was "the best option" upon his official unveiling by his new club.

"It's a dream come true. I think it's amazing and it's an honour to be at the biggest club in the world," he told a news conference.

Read more of what he had to say here.

15.48 GMT: DONE DEAL News of another loan deal, this time involving Millwall's Matthew Briggs, who has joined Colchester...

15.40 GMT: DONE DEAL Tottenham have confirmed that Dominic Ball has left for Cambridge United on loan until the end of the season...

15.36 GMT: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has also had this to say on a possible exit for Darren Fletcher...

"It is the transfer month, so you never know," he told a news conference.

Mixed messages, then, from the Dutchman - you can read the full story here.

15.14 GMT: We mentioned bright and early this morning that Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella does not believe Juan Cuadrado will be leaving the club for Chelsea -- and here is proof of him saying so...

15.09 GMT: Want to know all about Martin Odegaard after he was unveiled as a Real Madrid player today?

Look no further...

14.48 GMT: Lazio president Claudio Lotito has fuelled speculation that his club could sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli after failing to rule out a move for the Italy international.

"Balotelli? There are a lot of rumours," Lotito told a news conference. "When I first came here, people ran away [from Lazio], now a lot of them want to come to Lazio. Whoever wants to join us must respect our standards."

14.18 GMT: We mentioned earlier that Darren Fletcher could be on his way to West Ham... Well, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has since played down talk of a move for the midfielder during his news conference today.

"He is a Manchester United player. He is one of my three captains," Van Gaal said.

14.01 GMT: Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio is flying to England today in an attempt to seal a deal for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, Football Italia reports.

Ausilio may also use his trip to enquire about a move for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, the website suggests, as well as for Manchester City's James Milner, who is out of contract in the summer.

13.50 GMT: Joel Campbell's agent has travelled to England for talks with Arsenal as the Costa Rica interntional seeks a move away from the North London side, sources have told ESPN FC.

Real Sociedad have enquired about the forward, while Villarreal are also keen on him and could ask for Campbell to be included as part of any possible deal for Gunners target Gabriel Paulista.

Read the full story here.

13.21 GMT: DONE DEAL It's been a busy day at Reading as Craig Tanner has joined AFC Wimbledon on loan until the end of the season after signing a new deal with the Royals...

13.18 GMT: DONE DEAL Championship club Reading have signed Jure Travner on a free transfer following the defender's departure from Azerbaijani side Baku...

12.57 GMT: Everton could be about to receive a 20 million-pound player-plus-cash bid from Tottenham for James McCarthy, Goal.com reports.

The website claims either Younes Kaboul or Aaron Lennon could be included by Spurs in a deal to help persuade the Toffees to let their midfielder go.

12.30 GMT: Real Madrid have welcomed Martin Odegaard to the club on Instagram, having reached an agreement with Stromsgodset for the transfer of the Norwegian wonderkid.

Welcome to Martin Odeegard, our new player! / ¡Bienvenido a Martin Odeegard, nuestro nuevo jugador! #HalaMadrid #Odeegard #RealMadrid #MartinOdeegard

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12.18 GMT: Darren Fletcher seems to be a man in-demand this month... Well, according to the Evening Standard, the Manchester United midfielder is on his way to West Ham.

The newspaper claims the Hammers will beat off competition from the likes of Valencia and West Brom to sign the Scotland international on loan with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.

12.12 GMT: The Metro claims Manchester United are to sign Radamel Falcao from Monaco on a permanent deal -- but only so that they can swap him for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani.

Here, the ESPN FC TV crew discuss whether there's any truth in that mighty rumour...

11.53 GMT: DONE DEAL Bordeaux have completed the signing of Isaac Kiese Thelin from Malmo, with the attacker having signed a contract with the Ligue 1 club until 2019...

Read the full story here.

11.37 GMT: In that story Arsene Wenger also confirms that Arsenal have offered a new contract to midfielder Francis Coquelin, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

11.35 GMT: More now from Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's attempts to sign Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista...

"Can we find an agreement? I don't know. We are slowly progressing and there is a chance," he told a news conference. "It is 20 million euros [being discussed], which is 15 million pounds. We are ready to pay the price we think is right for a good player. If we think it is the right price, we will pay."

Read the full story here.

11.25 GMT: Neil Lennon revealed in that same news conference that Crystal Palace have contacted Bolton about trying to sign midfielder Chung-Yong Lee, although he added: "There are no confirmed bids."

11.24 GMT: Bolton manager Neil Lennon has told a news conference that he is interested in signing Celtic forward Kris Commons, but admitted: "I doubt we could get a deal done."

11.19 GMT: Real Madrid have reopened talks with Cruzeiro over the signing of Lucas Silva, according to the midfielder's father.

"Luiz Rocha [Lucas Silva's agent] called me today and told me that negotiations with Real Madrid are back underway, but he didn't give me any more details," Miguel Vieira told Superesportes.

Read the full story here.

10.45 GMT: The ESPN FC TV crew discuss the latest rumours linking Manchester City with a move for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus...

10.40 GMT: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo could be set for a move to one of Queens Park Rangers, Juventus or Boca Juniors after he failed to turn up to Inter MIlan training for two days this week.

The forward, who is currently on loan at Inter from Southampton, looks like he will now be sent back to the Premier League side this month, only to then be moved on to another club.

Read the full story here.

10.32 GMT: Reading are edging closer to signing Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan, if getreading.co.uk are to be believed.

The 20-year-old, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Burnley, has also been linked with moves to Ipswich and Watford this month.

10.05 GMT: ESPN FC's Kevin Palmer is at that news conference and has an update from Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's interest in Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista...

10.01 GMT: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had this to say on potential signings at his news conference this morning...

09.53 GMT: Here's that full story for you on Samuel Eto'o, who is "sat on a plane" waiting for clearance to complete his move to Sampdoria...

"Let's just be prudent and say we're 50 percent, or let's say 51-49," Samp president Massimo Ferrero told Sky Sport Italia about how close the club are to getting the deal done to sign the Everton man.

09.46 GMT: Dinamo Moscow have expressed an interest in signing Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

"We have spoken to Gignac's agent," Dinamo sporting director Guram Adzhoev told a Russian press agency, according to La Provence. "The player is interested in a transfer to Dinamo Moscow, but he has scored a lot of goals this season and his price has gone up."

Read the full story here.

09.41 GMT: Ryan Mason has committed his future to Tottenham by signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2020...

09.19 GMT: Toulouse are one of a host of clubs following Levante midfielder Pape Diop, footmercato.net claims... The midfielder is currently away on international duty at the African Nations Cup with Senegal.

09.00 GMT: Samuel Eto'o is "sat on a plane" waiting for clearance to complete his move to Sampdoria, according to the Italian club's president Massimo Ferrero.

08.35 GMT: Marco Verratti's agent has insisted his client will not serve as a makeweight should Paris Saint-Germain attempt to move for Juventus' Paul Pogba. Read more.

08.00 GMT: Here's the full story on Montella's quotes regarding Cuadrado. The Times claims Chelsea have already seen an offer rejected.

07.34 GMT: There is "no possibility" that Chelsea target Juan Cuadrado will leave Fiorentina, according to the club's manager Vincenzo Montella.

07.06 GMT: West Bromwich Albion striker Georgios Samaras is poised to sign for Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal on a six-month loan with a view to the move becoming permanent, reports the Express & Star.

6.23 GMT: One player who doesn't look to be going anywhere during the winter window is Manchester United's Anderson. The Daily Mail report that exactly zero teams have approached United regarding the services of the Brazilian, who cost in the neighborhood of 20 million pounds when he moved to Old Trafford from Porto in 2007. Ouch.

3.40 GMT: Wilfried Bony has already left Swansea for Manchester City in one of the winter window's biggest deals thus far. Now it seems Swans could take another hit to their strike force with the Mirror reporting Crystal Palace are eyeing up Frenchman Bafetimbi Gomis for a 9 million pound buy.

Were that deal to happen -- and right now signs point to yes according to the report -- Garry Monk and company are set to make a move for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes to fill the void.

Odegaard decides to join Real

One of the most hotly anticipated deals of the season has been completed, with Real Madrid confirming that they have reached an agreement with Stromsgodset to buy Norwegian star Martin Odegaard.

The 16-year-old Norway international has been coveted by Europe's top clubs for months now, visiting training ground after training ground on the equivalent of transfer open days.

However, the teenaged midfielder has decided that his development would be best served by moving to the current Champions League holders and La Liga leaders -- a smart move in anyone's book.

Odegaard is set to hold a news conference around lunchtime on Thursday in Madrid, dashing the hopes of the likes of Manchester City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and practically every other elite European club.

Cuadrado edging closer to Stamford Bridge?

Jose Mourinho has hinted he will only let players go should he be able to recruit new talent, and a right-sided attacker with defensive nous appears high on his list.

Sources told ESPN FC on Tuesday that Chelsea are eyeing a January move for Juan Cuadrado, and the Guardian is now reporting that the West London club have entered into talks with Fiorentina regarding a 26.8-million-pound move for the 26-year-old.

If that figure seems rather particular, it is because that is the Colombian's buyout clause. The Italian side are loathe to lose one of their top players halfway through the campaign, but with Serie A struggling to compete of late in terms of finances, that money would be vital in rebuilding the squad for future seasons.

Any such deal could see either Andre Schurrle or Mohamed Salah depart Stamford Bridge, which would admittedly be not a great loss to Mourinho. The Daily Express reports that Chelsea are ready to let Germany international Schurrle leave for Wolfsburg, though Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are also thought to be interested.

Milner targeted by trio of clubs?

We may all have had a laugh at the "boring" James Milner Twitter account, but the Manchester City midfielder suddenly seems more interesting given the Daily Mail is reporting three top clubs are chasing the England international's signature.

The paper states that Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan have all enquired about signing the 29-year-old, who can move on from City for free in the summer.

Milner has never been one of City's stars, though his tireless performances have not gone unnoticed elsewhere, and Manuel Pellegrini could face the uncomfortable prospect of losing one of his most reliable performers for nothing come the end of the season.

Nobody wants Anderson

Considering Anderson was brought to Manchester United back in 2007 as the player to solve the club's midfield problems, it is a quite spectacular fall from grace that the Daily Mail reports precisely zero clubs are interested in signing the 26-year-old this January.

The Brazilian's fitness issues are well documented, with various Old Trafford insiders insisting the player's love of fast food rather than fitness drills (and who club blame him?) left Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal deeply unimpressed.

United look desperate to get the midfielder off the books with his bumper contract up this summer, though it seems not one single club in this beautiful world of ours is willing to sign Anderson before his deal runs out.

With United craving a central midfield force, Anderson is, quite simply, not the player they hoped he would be.