WITH speculation really hotting up nine days into January, some of the biggest news yesterday was about two players who look set to stay put this month.
Borussia Dortmund are adamant England winger Jadon Sancho is going nowhere — though he is sure to have a queue of suitors in the summer.
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Barcelona and Real Madrid, are keeping tabs. And Wilfried Zaha is understood to have been wanted on loan by Bayern Munich, an approach which was rejected by Crystal Palace.
The Eagles value their talisman, who has also been linked with Tottenham, at £80million. Spurs are said to be looking at loan options to bolster their midfield, with Moussa Sissoko out for three months with a knee injury. The Frenchman had surgery on Tuesday.
On the grapevine
■ Aston Villa could bring in former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina from AC Milan to cover injured No.1 Tom Heaton, whose season is over.
■ Former Everton winger Ademola Lookman is being linked with a move from RB Leipzig to Newcastle. Initial talks are reported to have taken place.
■ Norwich striker Dennis Srbeny has rejoined former club SC Paderborn in the Bundesliga.
■ Cenk Tosun had looked set for a return to his native Turkey from Everton but Crystal Palace have now been linked with the striker.
■ Middlesbrough defender Sam Stubbs has joined Alan Pardew at Eredivisie club Den Haag on loan.
■ Southampton, Brighton and Crystal Palace are interested in taking Spurs full-back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan.
■ £40m — Value Brighton have put on forward Neal Maupay in a bid to fend off interest from Serie A club Napoli
■ £17m — Offer reportedly tabled by Chelsea for Metz and Senegal striker Habib Diallo. They have also been linked with Lyon’s former Celtic and Fulham frontman Moussa Dembele
They said it
‘Certainly not in the short term. We want Odsonne here’ — Celtic boss Neil Lennon on the chance of prolific striker Odsonne Edouard leaving amid talk of him joining his old Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers at Leicester for £30m