Daily Football Round-up Friday 4th January

Good evening all,


Today has seen a few deals completed so I’ll start with those before moving on to the rumours on which the transfer window is built.


Demba Ba has moved from Newcastle United to Chelsea, and West Ham United have signed Joe Cole and Marouane Chamakh from Liverpool and Arsenal respectively. Cole is a permanent deal and Chamakh is on loan until the end of the season.


Newcastle have signed Mathieu Debuchy from Lille too and can now focus on replacing Ba. Wigan Athletic have also announced the signing of Roger Espinoza on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Sporting Kansas City.


Fulham have also announced the signing of long term target Chris David from FC Twente. The Cottagers attempted to sign the Netherlands Under-19 midfielder in the summer but the deal broke down as David apparently failed the medical.


Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal that will see Lewis Holtby join for free from German side Schalke at the end of the season. Arsenal had hoped to snatch the German international from under their rival’s noses but it appears their efforts were in vein.


QPR have signed trialist Tal Ben Haim and Harry Redknapp has admitted an interest in Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore. “I have a lot of time for Jake, and if a deal can be struck with Tottenham then why not?” He told reporters.


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted he would sign Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott if the two clubs can agree on terms.


Ipswich Town have completed the loan signings of Nottingham Forest striker David McGoldrick and Hull front man Aaron McLean until the end of the season. Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy admitted he hopes the McGoldrick deal can be made permanent once the loan deal expires.


Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his disappointment with Tottenham following the shady signing of Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege yesterday. The defender looked certain to sign Spurs in the summer but the two clubs couldn’t agree on a compensation package. They have saved a reported £3 million which has moved Ferguson to urge authorities to look into the deal.


West Brom manager Steve Clarke has insisted Jonas Olsson will not be leaving the club this month amid reports of a £3 million exit.


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that it may be Luis Suarez that has to change position following the signing of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea. He thinks Suarez would flourish in the number 10 position just behind Sturridge.


Arsenal are preparing a second offer for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian Lopez after having their initial offer, thought to be around £10 million, knocked back by the Spanish club. The Londoners are also said to be making a formal approach for Spain’s record goalscorer David Villa from Barcelona. Manager Arsene Wenger, though, has said he expects a ‘very calm’ transfer window at The Emirates.


Despite a quiet start to proceedings from Swansea City, chairman Huw Jenkins has said Michael Laudrup will be given money to spend this month.


Follow: @andrew_willcox