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MATT BARLOW: Well, if any club have the ability conjure a random deal out of nowhere with the deadline looming, it’s Spurs.
Historically, Levy likes a late one. Sees it as good value. But I think there’s been a bit more cohesion about Tottenham’s recruitment in recent windows. Certainly, the two under Postecoglou have been sensible, delivering the priorities quickly without getting drawn into auctions.
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Mail Sport’s chief Spurs man MATT BARLOW will be with us shortly on what could still be a busy day at Hotspur Way.
Another club making a move for Leicester star?
The Blades have been pursuing a deal for the Australian international all window but now face competition from Daniel Farke’s Championship challengers.
The 25-year-old has made just three appearances for the Enzo Maresca’s Foxes this term after falling out of favour at the King Power Stadium.
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How exactly are deals done on deadline day?
More fascinating insight from Simon as to how the deal process works, especially as the clock ticks down.
If it’s Deadline Day then clubs are up against it. That often becomes an agent saying I’ve got this midfielder who can go on a free loan today or this striker wants out as he’s not playing, they’ll take £2m now and a bonus end of season, for example. The club will then have a quick meeting and say whether the player is for them and put the onus on the agent to get it done. Sometimes they will have two or three similar deals running parallel then drop the less desired ones later in the day.
Depending where the player is, once a deal is agreed, the buyers may say don’t travel just do your medical at the nearest centre where you are, don’t start driving up the M40 or running for a private plane as it will save time. On some loans for instance, a full medical isn’t always done so they can get paperwork done and beat the deadline.
Sheffield United rebuff moves for starlet
SIMON JONES: Sheffield United will keep hold of midfielder Oliver Arblaster this window despite a lot of interest around the England U20 international
The 19-year-old had an outstanding first half of the season on loan at Port Vale and was promptly called back by Chris Wilder on his re-appointment as manager this month. He has yet to start again owing to a cut knee but is expected to play a role in the Blades’ battle to stay up.
However, Brighton, Brentford and Newcastle United have taken keen interest in the teenager and will consider approaches in the summer if he continues to make progress.
Latest from our transfer expert
Thanks very much to LEWIS STEELE for his time this afternoon.
Mail Sport’s resident transfer guru SIMON JONES has rejoined us for all the latest from deadline day.
LEWIS STEELE: Some are saying this could be the start of a magical run but I’d disagree – it has been going a long time!
Liverpool have still only lost one Premier League match this season and that was down at Tottenham when they were hampered by VAR decisions – Luis Diaz’s goal being wrongly disallowed and two red cards. If they win at Arsenal on Sunday, they’re the firm favourites for the Premier League title I think.
As well as Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s sporting director Jorg Schmadtke is also departing the club.
Here’s the latest on their search for a replacement from LEWIS STEELE:
The process is being run from Boston where Liverpool’s Fenway Sports Group owners are based, with president Mike Gordon at the heart of it. We know that he has already put some calls in – former sporting director Michael Edwards rejected a chance to rejoin the club in a different capacity.
Any outgoings at Liverpool before 11pm?
LEWIS STEELE: As I said earlier, they won’t rush through a transfer. I’d be surprised if there’s any outgoings, too. Nat Phillips left for Cardiff earlier in the week and Calvin Ramsay joined Bolton, both stories broken first on Mail Sport.
The only one to watch, I’m told, was Bobby Clark, the young midfielder who has played against Arsenal and Chelsea plus a Carabao Cup semi-final. There is a lot of interest in him from EFL clubs and Jurgen Klopp was set to decide on whether the son of Lee Clark was to go out on loan or not. Given the fact he came off the bench last night, that one looks unlikely now.
This, of course, is the last transfer window of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool career.
In fact, he revealed during his shock interview informing the world he would be leaving at the end of the season that it was during a meeting about this summer’s transfer business when he made his mind up.
What can we expect from Liverpool today?
LEWIS STEELE: Not a lot, I’m afraid to say. Liverpool were always closed for business in terms of incoming transfers this month and that would have only changed if one of the star men got a season-long injury or they saw a potential opportunity to bring forward the signing of a summer target.
It isn’t helped by the fact the sporting director Jorg Schmadtke is leaving but Liverpool don’t need any new players. The next fortnight should see them return to a near-full complement of players with the likes of Thiago back on the training pitch after not playing since April. And those fans who were calling for a new right back or centre half in the summer have been silenced with the performances of academy stars Conor Bradley and Jarell Quansah in recent weeks.
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Many thanks to Chris there. I suspect he will soon be making the journey to Molineux for United’s game at Wolves…
We’ll be moving on to Liverpool next so do get your questions in for LEWIS STEELE.
Any news on United’s sporting director?
CHRIS WHEELER: Nothing yet but it would make sense to have someone in place sooner rather than later. Planning for the summer starts soon after the January transfer window closes, so it makes no sense to leave it until the end of the season.
Dan Ashworth and Paul Mitchell are two of the leading contenders due to their existing relationship with Ineos and their sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford. Dougie Freedman is known to be another name in the frame. As I mentioned, it’s possible United could really beef up their operation by appointing a head of recruitment as well.
CHRIS WHEELER: Mourinho has always been a polarising figure, and I don’t it would be any different on this occasion. Some fans will have fond memories of the manager who oversaw the most successful period at United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Others will recall the levels of toxicity the Portuguese left behind when he was eventually sacked in December 2018. There have been equally messy departures from Tottenham and Roma since then. For a man whose residence at the Lowry Hotel suggested that he was just passing through first time around, it seems curious that he would be keen to return.
Ten Hag is on thin ice, no question, but would United have Mourinho back? That seems very unlikely. Ineos want to be the architects of a bright future at Old Trafford and Mourinho would feel like a step backwards.
CHRIS WHEELER: Rashford has only recently signed a new £315,000-a-week contract until 2028 after much speculation over his future, so there is no immediate issue. But he hasn’t been himself and four goals this season compared to 30 last term is proof of that.
There have been question marks over his relationship with Ten Hag and that hasn’t been helped by Rashford signing up with the public relations company that represents Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. United have had concerns about Rashford for a while now and the details of his nights out in Belfast won’t help in that regard.
A lot of things are up in the air going into the summer. What is Ten Hag’s future at old Trafford now Ineos are in situ? Will Rashford become a target for Paris Saint-Germain again if Kylian Mbappe leaves for Real Madrid? Rashford is a Manchester boy and huge United fan who wanted to stay when he signed the new contract last summer. It will be interesting to see how the scars of the last week heal in determining whether this is a minor blip or evidence of a deeper problem with Rashford and the club.
A few have asked for an update on Marcus Rashford following his controversial antics in Belfast this week, including a reported 12-hour tequila bender.
CHRIS WHEELER: Hard to tell but if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say no. I think Ten Hag will put Rashford on the bench, as he did at Newcastle at the start of November when the player went nightclubbing after the Manchester derby defeat.
United won’t say how – or if – Rashford has been punished for his Belfast drinks binge last week, but I think Ten Hag will want to underline the message that it’s not ok. He has a number of wingers to choose from.
Facundo Pellistri may have gone on loan to Granada but Alejandro Garnacho and Antony started the FA Cup win at Newport, with Amad Diallo and Omari Forson on the bench alongside Pellistri. It’s not as though Rashford has been setting the world on fire either.
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And what can we expect of them in the summer?
CHRIS WHEELER: I think we’ve seen two things so far with Ineos: United re-evaluating the big contracts handed out to the likes of Casemiro and Raphael Varane as they try to fall in line with FFP, and offloading fringe players like Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Facundo Pellistri and Hannibal Mejbri.
The process of monetising some of the excess academy talent had begun before Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s investment, but United will become more streamlined and efficient under Ineos.
They will appoint a new football director and possibly head of recruitment as well to improve the club’s performance in the transfer market and prevent overpaying for players like Antony and Rasmus Hojlund. Again, the uncertainty over Ten Hag’s future makes it difficult to say what direction United will take in the summer regarding new signings.
They will obviously need at least one new striker once Antony Martial leaves, and most likely a new centre-back to replace either Varane, Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof. Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be on his way, so they will be in the market for a right-back. And possibly a central midfielder if Casemiro goes along with Sofyan Amrabat.
CHRIS WHEELER: You never know. The consistent message from Old Trafford throughout this transfer window has been that no significant incomings are expected, and it certainly looks to be playing out that way.
But United are crying out for a striker to take some of the burden off Rasmus Hojlund in the second half of the season after Anthony Martial was ruled out for 10 weeks, and I’m sure Ten Hag would love to bring one in.
The United boss has said publicly what the club are saying privately, that there simply isn’t room in the budget to meet FFP requirements. But you just wonder if Ineos might pull a rabbit out of the hat in the final hours so it hasn’t been all one way in terms of player movement this window.
We’ll be taking your Man United questions next!
Thanks to Simon for his fascinating insight there. More from him later.
Next up, CHRIS WHEELER is here to answer your Man United questions – transfer window related and otherwise…
‘Expect a busy summer transfer window!’
SIMON JONES: There’s no doubt the punishment meted out to Everton and the charges they and Nottingham Forest face have brought caution to the market. Eddie Howe, Gary O’Neil and Mikel Arteta have all pointed to it as has Erik ten Hag. However, this window has also provided the perfect storm with a combination of unrealistic prices, AFCON and the Asian Cup. When those tournaments come around clubs are less inclined to let fringe players go because they want to cover for the absences of key players and possible injuries. You then have players who wanted to go suddenly encouraged they have a chance because they are getting three games in January. There is also the element of the Saudi Pro League not wanting to spend too much this month and that is the only place that can really accommodate the wages Premier League players are paid.
It’s possible next January may have a similar air of caution but the summer is expected to be very busy.
Manchester United will want to make an impact with three or four signings, Chelsea will want to sell a few then add a top centre forward, such as Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, while Liverpool’s new manager and sporting director will want to tweak a few areas and Arsenal intend to upgrade and add at least another three players to their squad.
When do other transfer windows close?
SIMON JONES: The Saudi Pro League closed on Tuesday, January 30
Premier League – Thursday, February 1 at 11pm
La Liga’s window also closes at 11pm, Serie A shuts at 7pm, Bundesliga at 5pm, and France’s Ligue 1 at 10pm.
The Turkish Super Lig is one that can throw a few late curveballs into the market, that is open until Friday, February 9
Take us inside a football club on deadline day
SIMON JONES: For clubs it’s about being prepared. They’ll be in contact with the Premier League, so as to expect paperwork, the club doctor, medical centres, player liaison staff, agents, even canteen staff to lay on extra food. Or simply call out for Domino’s. Then arrange accommodation too.
Some players will start driving themselves to a new club after training once they’ve got the all clear to go, others will be doing their best to force the issue and skip training but that’s never advised if they want everyone to help at the end.
Depending on the player’s standing, clubs may lay on a private plane, or tell the agent to sort it and they’ll foot the bill. Or they may just be told: get the train, it’s cheaper.
If it’s too late, they may just have to share medical records between doctors. There is incredible pressure on medical staff. If they find a concern, how hard do they push to stop it? There’s huge money at stake and if the player breaks down, days or weeks later, the manager will be asking why didn’t you tell me?
If there’s a game that night, as per West Ham and Bournemouth, there’s even greater pressure. When Spurs were playing Arsenal on deadline day in 2007, they were going to swap their striker Mido for Bernardo Corradi at Manchester City immediately after the game. Mido was playing in the game, so City sent a medical officer who was stood in the tunnel waiting for him to come off. In the end, Spurs manager Martin Jol convinced Mido to stay instead.
Club secretaries are spinning so many plates they need to cover for all scenarios. Club staff are often left scrambling round cupboards looking for an ironing board and then grab a shirt from the club shop to make sure the new signing looks pristine for photos.
Some fascinating insight into what goes on during deadline day, one of the most frantic across the entire footballing calendar.
SIMON JONES: It’s a day were relationships are often fractured. It usually spills over from the night before as time is of the essence at this stage. Calls continuing into the early hours. Some medicals may start at 6.30am.
It’s a strained time. People fall-out. There’s a lot of texting or people cutting you off. Journalists can ask too many questions and often forget we are interrupting multi-million pound deals, so not every agent or director wants to tell you their business, in case it costs them money or a player. Sometimes agents feed you a line on a player to instigate interest from another club.
The press officers at clubs can be of limited help as they are often last to find out and told to keep a distance. They are waiting for news to filter down from chairmen, directors or managers and negotiations don’t always run smoothly. They’ll be getting harassed about who’s in the building or if someone is being sold.
What else could happen before 11pm?
SIMON JONES: In terms of other deals, Forest will send Serge Aurier to Galatasaray and are juggling goalkeeper options like Sam Johnstone at Palace and Matz Sels from Strasbourg.
West Ham’s Said Benrahma has still to agree to join Lyon. Burnley are having a go for right-backs such as Lorenz Assignon from Rennes and Thomas Meunier at Dortmund with Connor Roberts talking to Leeds.
Atalanta will come back in for Jordan James, Birmingham City’s talented young midfielder.
Man United starlet heading out of Old Trafford
SIMON JONES: Manchester United’s Isak Hansen-Aaroen is going to Werder Bremer as he didn’t see a first team pathway at Old Trafford and had turned down contract offers.
Latest on Conor Gallagher to Spurs
SIMON JONES: Conor Gallagher has been floated all window but his representatives have yet to hear from Tottenham – as of 10am Deadline Day.
It would seem they have run out of time.
SIMON JONES: The obvious one is Armando Broja to Fulham then whether Chelsea try for Villa’s Jhon Duran despite his hamstring injury.
A few would like Broja but Chelsea have needed to drop their figures to make things happen. Even the £5m loan fee is too much for some.
‘Chelsea and Spurs could spring a surprise’
SIMON JONES: Chelsea always have the capacity to surprise now and Tottenham always like a late deal.
West Ham could do with another forward but with a fixture tonight too it’s difficult. David Moyes will be delighted with getting Kalvin Phillips in anyway.
Our resident transfer guru is here!
SIMON JONES has kindly joined us for the next half an hour or so.
First question: Which club is the most likely to spring a surprise on deadline day?
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