Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Premier League clubs doing some late January business

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The January transfer window has been relatively quiet, with very few big moves taking place involving Premier League clubs. However, there seems to be a host of negotiation’s taking place, as English top-flight clubs look to strengthen their squads. Here are a few of the late deals reported to be close:

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham to Inter, £16.8million)

The Danish playmaker is currently in Milan having a medical ahead of a proposed £16.8million switch to Inter. The midfielder is out-of-contract in north London in the summer and revealed in the summer that he wanted a new challenge.

Eriksen’s form has dipped in the last 12 months, with speculation over his future reportedly distracting the 27-year-old.

Inter have already raided the Premier League in the January transfer window for Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses on-loan and veteran Manchester United star Ashley Young for a small fee.

Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven to Tottenham, ongoing talks)

Sky Sports are reporting that Tottenham are looking to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn. The report suggests that the two clubs are in negotiation’s and that the 22-year-old is in the English capital ready to have a medical.

The youngster missed PSV’s weekend 1-1 draw with FC Twente, amid reports he had refused to play in the game. However, he has since moved to deny the reports and revealed he had permission from his club to miss the encounter.

Although very different types of players, Bergwijn will no doubt be considered as Eriksen’s replacement. Spurs have already strengthened their midfield with the signing of Portuguese midfielder Gedson Fernandes from Benfica.

Sander Berge (Genk to Sheffield United, ongoing talks)

This is another story Sky are reporting, with the Norwegian the subject of a reported bid of £17million rejected by Genk. However, it seems that reports are ongoing, as the highly-rated midfielder is keen to make the switch to the Yorkshire side.

Berge is believed to have turned down a move to the Blades last summer. However, with Chris Wilder’s team thriving in the English top-flight, the midfielder seems keen to make the move. In fact, the Blades are still in with a chance of a top-six finish, something are odds of 6/1 to achieve.

Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague to West Ham, undisclosed fee)

The Czech midfielder looks set to make a move to West Ham, as he is currently in the English capital discussing personal terms ahead of a potential medical. Neither are likely to hinder the move for the 24-year-old.

Soucek is currently Czech Player of the Year and although a fee has not been stated, he is reported to be worth around £16.million. The midfielder will add a much-needed goal threat from the centre of the park for the Irons, as he has scored 12 times this season in 26 appearances. On paper, it looks like it could be a shrewd signing from the Hammers.

Islam Slimani (Monaco/Leicester, to Manchester United or Tottenham, reported talks)

Reports from the French media suggest that both Manchester United and Tottenham are in talks with Monaco to sign striker Islam Slimani. The 31-year-old is only on-loan at the Ligue One club from parent club Leicester. However, it seems that he is looking to cut short his loan in order to make a return to the Premier League.

United and Spurs are both currently without their first-choice strikers, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane and United’s Marcus Rashford both sidelined due to injury.

Activity is likely to intensify

With the transfer window closing for Premier League clubs closing on Friday, the next few days we are likely to see an increase in transfer activity. Stay with Soccernews, as we will keep you up to date on all the latest transfer moves.

Who will be the big mover before the January transfer window closes on Friday?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
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