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Transfer news LIVE! Camavinga to Man United, Kante wants Real Madrid move, Benrahma to West Ham latest


Welcome back to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the transfer window as head into the final four days of the domestic window.

Clubs in the UK will have until 5pm on Friday October 16 to complete signings in the extended domestic window, but the big, international moves had to be completed by 11pm BST on Monday October 5.

Tottenham have entered talks with Swansea over Joe Rodon, while West Ham are working on a deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma having signed Craig Dawson on loan from Watford .

During the main window, Arsenal sealed a dramatic late deal for Thomas Partey after triggering his £45million release clause, following the news that Houssem Aouar would be staying at Lyon for another season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United announced four signings, with Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri confirmed with Amad Diallo Traore to join the club in January – while today they are being linked with a future move for Eduardo Camavinga!

Live Updates


Scholes: Man Utd should focus on Haaland deal

Manchester United great Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United to focus on a deal for “sensational” Erling Haaland. 


“I think Haaland is sensational,” Scholes told Stadium Astro.

“I think he’ll be up there with your Ronaldo’s and Messi’s levels possibly from what I’ve seen so far.

“That’s why I just never felt Sancho was the right type of player because we’ve got three of that type of player already.

“To spend £100m or whatever, I didn’t think it was right. I wasn’t that disappointed.

“Look, he’s a brilliant player and he’ll probably improve any team but I just didn’t think there was the need for him this year.”


City to return for Tagliafico

Manchester City will make another attempt to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico in January, according to The Sun. 


City were determined to land Tagliafico in the summer as Pep Guardiola sought to bring in competition for Benjamin Mendy. 

However, Oleksandr Zinchenko was determined to stay and fight for his spot despite attempts to offload him. 

City will return for Tagliagico in the new year, with the Ajax man expected to cot around £20m.


Arsenal make Saliba U-urn

Arsenal are set to make a surprise U-turn on William Saliba and keep him at the club, according to The Sun.


Saliba failed to push through a deadline day move to former club Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, and has since been linked with a move to the Championship.

Brentford and Watford are among those reportedly interested in a loan deal.


Tottenham concerns over Kane

Tottenham fear Harry Kane will aggravate his thigh injury if England manager Gareth Southgate sticks with a plan to start his captain against Denmark, according to The Mail. 


Kane complained of cramp during training on Wednesday and was diagnosed with muscle fatigue, meaning he played just 24 minutes as a second-half substitute against Belgium on Sunday.

England will assess Kane ahead of their Nations League clash with the Danes at Wembley, but Southgate is hopeful his captain will feature more than he did against Belgium.

Any issues could pave the way for loan signing Carlos Vinícius to make his debut against West Ham this weekend. 


ICYMI: Chelsea eye Grimsby teenage duo

Chelsea have identified two Grimsby youth prospects as potential signings to add to their talented academy pool.


Louis Boyd, 15, and fellow teenager Ben Grist have both experience senior football for the League Two outfit and are being tracked by Chelsea and Liverpool.

Grimsby are facing a £700,000 hole after the Covid-19 pandemic and could be forced to cash in on the starlets, according to The Athletic.


Fulham close in on Kongolo

Fulham are closing in on the signing of Huddersfield’s Netherlands defender Terence Kongolo, according to Football Insider.


The Premier League newcomers have been in talks for over a month and have now achieved a breakthrough in discussions over the 26-year-old. 

Kongolo spent the second half of last season at the west London club but only made two appearances due to a foot injury.


Spurs to return for Skriniar

Tottenham will renew their interest in Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar in January, according to Team Talk.


Spurs held talks with Inter during the summer, but the Serie A club’s £35million asking price for Skriniar proved prohibitive.

Jose Mourinho had made Skrinier his top target and is not willing to give up on the 25-year-old. 

Spurs are also pressing ahead with their bid to sign Joe Rodon from Swansea.


West Ham face competition for Benrahma

As reported by Standard Sport over the past few days, West Ham are hoping to seal a deal worth in the region of £25m for Brentford star Said Benraham.

But are their other clubs lurking in the water?

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The Mirror reports that Crystal Palace, who were linked with the Algerian, could yet make a late move for the 25-year-old.


Kante wants Real Madrid move

Chelsea star N’Golo Kante wants to join Real Madrid, according to French publication Le Parisien.

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The report claims that the France international, who is contracted until 2023, has his heart set on a move to Madrid and that desire has caused increased tensions between Frank Lampard and the player.

Real Madrid are admirers of the player, but are yet to make any formal approach, with Kante’s representatives reportedly of the opinion that a move next summer is more achievable than the forthcoming January transfer window.


Man United line up Camavinga

Manchester United have reportedly set the wheels in motion to sign France hot-shot Eduard Camavinga should Paul Pogba leave the club.

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Pogba recently reaffirmed his ‘dream’ to play for Real Madrid one day, and Spanish outlet AS report that United have already put a ‘mechanism’ in place to sign the Rennes star as his replacement.

Janmaat leaves Watford

Another defensive departure from Watford following Craig Dawson is Daryl Janmaat, who leaves on a free transfer.

The Dutch full-back made 85 appearances for the Hornets after arriving from Newcastle in 2016.

“I had a great time at the club, it’s a club with really good people and I will look back fondly on a really good time for me in my career,” Janmaat told the club’s official website.

“Reaching the FA Cup Final in 2019 was a real highlight for me, as it was a big achievement in the club’s history.

“Winning the first four games of the season was also a great time for us and set us up for a good season which was very enjoyable.”


Boro sign Man City’s Roberts

Middlesbrough have completed the loan signing of Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts.

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The 23-year-old, who has spent time on loan at Norwich, Celtic and Girona, has rejoined the Championship outfit after making seven appearances on loan at the Riverside Stadium last season.

“I’m really pleased we’ve been able to get him because I felt we needed that bit of something different,” manager Neil Warnock told the club’s official website. 

“I’ve been waiting on Patrick, we all know what he can do and I feel with the current squad we have I can make him a better player.”

Reds not monitoring Butland

Liverpool are not looking to sign Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland to provide cover Alisson Becker.

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The 27-year-old, capped eight times by England, has been tipped to leave the Championship outfit to get his career back on track.

Reports had suggested Liverpool were keen on signing the goalkeeper to provide competition with Adrian for the back-up spot, with Alisson out with a shoulder injury.

But The Mirror claim the Reds are not interested in making any more signings and will use Adrian in goal while their first-choice stopper is sidelined.


Moyes hails Dawson after ending centre-back search

West Ham manager David Moyes says is happy to have added Craig Dawson to his squad, with defence an area he has been looking to strengthen.

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“I’m delighted to welcome Craig to the club. He is a fantastic professional with proven quality and experience in the Premier League,” said Moyes.

“It’s no secret that we have been trying to add more quality to the squad in defensive positions, not only for the longer-term but also to ensure we are well protected right now, and the opportunity bring in Craig on loan was an addition that will make the group stronger through this period.

“I know he will be a great addition to the dressing-room – he is a committed and determined character. We wish Craig all the best during his time here and I look forward to working with him for the rest of the season.”


Craig Dawson says is hoping he adapts quickly to life at the London Stadium after joining West Ham on loan…

“It’s a talented group and I can add competition to that back line, so hopefully I can slot straight in with the lads and help them improve their game as well,” he added.

“West Ham is obviously a massive club and London Stadium is a great home stadium and hopefully the fans are back soon cheering us on.”

Dawson delighted after securing PL return

West Ham signing Craig Dawson says he cannot wait to get started after sealing a return to the Premier League.

“I’m delighted to be here and really looking forward to being back in the Premier League and working with the manager and group of lads,” Dawson said.

“I’m really excited and looking ahead to the game at the weekend. I can’t wait to get started and share my experience.

“We’ve got a lot of experienced lads here anyway and to be joining this group of players is an exciting prospect, so I can’t wait.”


BREAKING: West Ham seal Dawson deal

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West Ham have completed the signing of Watford defender Craig Dawson on a season-long loan, with an option to buy included.

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Dawson only moved to Vicarage Road last summer but was keen to leave after the club was relegated to the Championship.

The 30-year-old has been attracting interest from Premier League clubs and has now joined West Ham until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Dawson is able to operate at centre-back or right-back and will add both experience and depth to the Hammers’ squad.


Chelsea eye Grimsby teenage duo

Chelsea have identified two Grimsby youth prospects as potential signings to add to their talented academy pool.

Louis Boyd, 15, and fellow teenager Ben Grist have both experience senior football for the League Two outfit and are being tracked by Chelsea and Liverpool.

Grimsby are facing a £700,000 hole after the Covid-19 pandemic and could be forced to cash in on the starlets, according to The Athletic.


West Ham in talks over Dawson

West Ham are hoping to do some late business in the transfer market with discussions ongoing to sign Watford defender Craig Dawson, according to Sky Sports.

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The 30-year-old has emerged as a target for David Moyes, who has been trying to sign a centre-back only to see moves for James Tarkowski and Duje Caleta-Car fall through.

But the Hammers will be hoping the lure of Premier League football convinces Dawson to move on from Vicarage Road.


Scholes: Ole didn’t get the players he wanted

Paul Scholes has questioned why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not backed in the transfer market and believes he did not get his top targets this summer.

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United signed Donny van de Beek, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, but failed to land top target Jadon Sancho – and Scholes believes his former club should have backed the Norwegian.

“Towards the end of the season it’s a lot easier to win games, it’s a lot easier to go on a run when the pressure’s not really on,” he told Stadium Astro.

“Okay, you can talk about pressure to get in the top four but that’s not the pressure United want, United want to be winning leagues.

“You felt at the end of last season he would have got more support in the transfer market to go on again to that next level but he’s not been given that.

“It’s quite clear the players he wanted have not come.”

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When does the ‘winter window’ open?

The January transfer window opens on Friday January 1, 2021, and will run until Sunday January 31.

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