Transfer news LIVE: West Ham sign Dawson, Benrahma talks continue, Arsenal Aouar snub, Rodon to Tottenham


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

Tottenham have entered talks with Swansea over Joe Rodon, while West Ham are closing in on a deal for Brentford’s Said Benrahma.

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.

Stay tuned for all the latest transfer news and rumours in our live blog….

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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.”


Man Utd target Tagliafico

It seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen for more additions to his Manchester United side despite making five summer signings, with a move for Nicolas Tagliafico on the horizon in January.

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The Ajax full-back had looked certain to leave the Eredivisie giants in the summer but despite interest from Chelsea and Man City, the 27-year-old stayed put.

United eventually signed Alex Telles in a £13.8m deal for Porto but The Sun claim the Norwegian is still on keen on bringing in another left-back, with Tagliafico rated at £20m.

Scholes takes temporary charge of Salford City

Paul Scholes has been placed in temporary charge of Salford City after the sacking of manager Graham Alexander.

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The 45-year-old, a co-owner of the League Two club, will assume first-team duties on a temporary basis while the club search for long-term successor.

Former Manchester United player Scholes’ most recent coaching role was at Oldham Athletic, where he resigned after just a month in charge citing interference from the club’s owner.


Ozil rejects £5m Saudi Arabia move

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has turned down a £5m move to Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr, according to reports.

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The 31-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since the coronavirus pandemic and is out of favour under Mikel Arteta.

The German still has a year to run on his deal, reportedly worth £350,000-a-week, and seemingly intends to see it out after turning down the Saudi outfit’s two-year contract offer, according to TYC Sports.


Solskjaer hits back at Monchi over director of football comments

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Sevilla sporting director Monchi’s suggestion that Manchester United should have a director of football, claiming he is content with the current structure.

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“There’s always people who want to talk about how well they’re running things and how well they’re doing,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by The Metro.

“We’ve all got different views on how football should be played and how clubs should be run. We’ve got good people running our club and there’s always discussions behind the scenes, which people don’t know about, around how we’re doing things and evaluating everything.

“It’s a process the club is going through all the time, discussing if we’ve got the right people in the right positions.

“It’s not for me to say whether we should have a Director of Football. At the moment we’re working with this structure and I feel the results last season we’ve seen a big improvement, fans looked at us and said we’re moving in the right direction. Hopefully we can carry that on this season.”

Hornets keen on Bennett

Watford are interested in signing Cardiff City full-back Joe Bennett, reports Sky Sports.

The 30-year-old has a year left to run on his contract but featured in 50 games for the Bluebirds last season.

Watford boss Vladimir Ivic is reportedly keen to add Bennett to his squad before the October 16 deadline, though Cardiff could demand a sizeable fee for their first-choice left-back.


Man Utd to battle Real for Camavinga

Reports in Spain suggest Manchester United will rival Real Madrid for the signing of highly-rated teenager Eduardo Camavinga.

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The teenager has already made his senior international debut for France after bursting onto the scene with Rennes aged 16. 

Camavinga, now 17, is thought to be interesting Madrid as a long-term replacement for Luka Modric in midfield but AS claim United see the midfielder as successor to Paul Pogba.

United have made recruiting young stars their transfer priority, with 18-year-old duo Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri signing from Atalanta and Penarol last week.


Cottagers set to win Kongolo race

Fulham are set to add another defender to their ranks after beating Sheffield United to the signing of Huddersfield’s Terence Kongolo.

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Football Insider report the Cottagers have continued to work on a deal for another centre-back despite bringing in Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo on deadline day.

And Scott Parker’s side are reportedly confident of getting the deal over the line before Friday’s domestic deadline, after seeing off Sheffield United for the Dutch defender.

Konogolo made one appearance for Fulham after joining on loan before picking up a foot injury and now looks set to reunite with the west London club.


Inter eye audacious Aguero move

Manchester City may face a battle to hold onto Sergio Aguero if they sign Lionel Messi next summer, reports in Italy suggest.

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Calciomercato report Inter Milan are keen on signing the 32-year-old, who is out of contract in 2021 and is yet to agree a new deal.

City have made no secret of their willingness to sign Messi from Barcelona, with an exit likely next summer, but it could mean that Aguero leaves after nearly a decade at the Etihad Stadium.

Aguero has previously stated his intention is to return to boyhood club Independiente in Argentina before he retires, but a move to Serie A may appeal if he wishes for one final challenge in Europe.

West Brom chase Andre Ayew

West Brom are hoping to clinch another signing before the domestic transfer deadline with a move for Swansea forward Andre Ayew.

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The Daily Mail report the Ghanaian is on the Baggies’ list after their bid for Bournemouth striker Josh King was turned down.

The Swans are unlikely to let the 28-year-old leave for a cut-price fee, however, with Ayew scoring 18 goals in 48 appearances since returning to the Liberty Stadium.


Koeman confirms Wijnaldum interest

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has revealed he tried to sign Georginio Wijnaldum from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

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The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Anfield with less than a year left on his contract and there is no forthcoming agreement on a new deal.

The arrival of Thiago Alcantara was thought to indicate Wijnaldum could leave and Barca boss Koeman said he wanted to sign the Netherlands international.

“He [Wijnaldum] was on my list,” he told NOS.

Wijnaldum has indicated he would be interested in signing a new deal but with the midfielder able to speak to foreign clubs about a free transfer in January, the Reds could lose him for nothing.

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