12pm Transfer news LIVE: Kounde to Man Utd latest, Wilson set for late Liverpool exit, Clyne to join Crystal Palace – The Sun

THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

The EFL transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday, October 16.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

  • Joe Miles

    KANTE BELIEVE IT

    Declan Rice would be an 'upgrade' on N'Golo Kante for Chelsea, claimed Darren Bent.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent said: “For me, I think Declan Rice would be an upgrade.

    “Not only because he can play that role really, really well, he can get about the pitch, has got good energy and can read the game but he can also drop into centre half, so that's two positions he can play in.

    “For someone like Kante, he has been superb but we've not seen him play in the role over the past season and a half so if they sell Kante and bring in Rice, I am all for that.”

  • Joe Miles

    IN THE BAGG

    West Brom are reportedly close to completing a deal for Karlan Grant from Huddersfield Town.

    According to Football Insider, talks between the two clubs are at an 'advanced stage'.

    A fresh breakthrough has allegedly given them hope that a deal can be completed before Friday's domestic deadline.

    Grant is expected to join West Brom on loan with an obligation to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

  • Joe Miles

    CRYSTAL CLYNE

    Nathaniel Clyne is reportedly poised to join his former club Crystal Palace for free on a short-term deal after being released from Liverpool

    Clyne, 29, is on the verge of signing a contract with Palace that will see him at Selhurst Park until January, according to the Athletic.

    He has been training with the Palace squad over the past month and boss Roy Hodgson has been impressed with what he's seen.

    Upon his arrival Hodgson said: “It will be very nice to see where Nathaniel is and if there is an opportunity for us to offer him something or if he is interested in us offering him something, then him joining us.”

    The right back began his career at Palace in 2008 and made 137 appearances before leaving for Southampton in 2012.

    Hodgson continued: “We are happy to welcome him back into the fold to give him that opportunity.”

  • Joe Miles

    MAR TO COME

    Mario Balotelli has revealed he will sign for a new club “in a few weeks”.

    The former Manchester City star has been without a team since he left Brescia at the end of last season.

    During a live chat with his brother Enock, Balotelli was quizzed about where his future lies.

    The 30-year-old said: “I still don't play, in a few weeks I'll sign, don't worry.”

  • Joe Miles

    HURRY UP HARRY

    Liverpool winger Harry Wilson will return from Wales’ Nations League tie in Bulgaria tomorrow and spend two frantic days trying to settle his short term future.

    Fierce East Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest both want to sign the 23-year-old on loan while Welsh duo Cardiff City and Swansea City are also in the frame.

    The 18-times-capped Welsh international had hoped to tie up a permanent move to a Premier League club this summer.

    Leeds United or Aston Villa and Burnley were all interested in the goalscoring winger.

    However, after agreeing a near £10million move to Burnley, Liverpool were surprised when Clarets boss Sean Dyche had an 11th hour change of heart and pulled out of the deal.

    Now Wilson will have to go on loan to a Championship club to guarantee himself regular top team football ahead of next summer’s European Championships, where he hopes to play a major part for Ryan Giggs’ Wales.

  • Joe Miles

    MES BE JOKING?

    Mikel Arteta is reportedly SAVING Arsenal money over his decision to freeze Mesut Ozil out of his side.

    The Gunners boss hasn't included the German in a matchday squad at all this season, with the 31-year-old's last competitive appearance coming in March.

    According to The Athletic, Arsenal have had to pay the ex-Real Madrid star a loyalty bonus of £8m in September after they failed to offload him.

    But they state that the North Londoners have been saving themselves money by Ozil not playing.

    It has been claimed the former Schalke supremo is due bonuses for every appearance he makes due to a clause in the contract he agreed in January 2018.

  • Joe Miles

    NOU START

    Thiago Alcantara snubbed a move to Barcelona to join Liverpool, reports claim.

    Jurgen Klopp signed the midfielder in a £25million move from Bayern Munich.

    The Guardian claim Barcelona tried to persuade Thiago to rejoin them at the last minute.

    But the 29-year-old was determined to join the Premier League champions this summer.

  • Joe Miles

    'JOR THE ONE'

    Chelsea are ready to offer Jorginho a shock new contract, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 28, was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    But after snubbing Arsenal's interest to stay put in West London, the Blues could reward him with a new deal.

    According to AreaNapoli, the Italian wants to put pen to paper on an updated contract.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTY TRANSFER FANS

    Manchester United have reportedly lined-up teenage sensation Eduardo Camavinga to replace Paul Pogba – but will face a fight with Real Madrid.

    Reports say the Red Devils have 'put in place' a mechanism to sign the 17-year-old as interest in him rises.

    Spanish outlet AS report that United are putting the building blocks in place to sign the young midfielder from Rennes.

    His contract runs down in 2022 and he has already turned down a renewal from the surprise Ligue 1 league leaders.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are reportedly 'posing a threat' to Real Madrid, who have long had ambitions to capture Camavinga.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea were one of many clubs to try and tempt Marc-Andre ter Stegen during the transfer window.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, the Blues urged the goalkeeper to reject a new Barcelona contract.

    Juventus and Inter Milan were also poking at Ter Stegen, 28, in a bid to lure him away from the Blaugrana.

    But, with his contract to 2022 currently up for renewal, the German apparently wants to remain in Spain.

    Finally, SunSport can exclusively reveal Sergio Romero has begged United to let him leave after his transfer window hell.

    It is understood the outcast stopper does not want any sort of pay-off from the club, despite being owed around £1.5m.

    He wants to be released from his contract by the end of the month, and fancies a switch stateside to Major League Soccer.

    If United refuse to let him go, Romero will see out the final few months of his deal, which runs out next summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CENTRAL FOCUS

    Man Utd have reportedly made Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde their top target.

    ESPN claims the former Man City target is seen as a new partner for captain Harry Maguire.

    And United could be set to pay as much as £82million for the Frenchman.

  • Anthony Chapman

    SIGGY STARDUST

    Everton turned down a deadline bid from Al Hilal for Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    The Athletic claim Carlo Ancelotti still sees the Icelandic playmaker as a vital part of his squad.

    Sigurdsson has slipped down the pecking order following the arrivals of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan.

    But he will get a chance to fight for his place at Goodison Park.

  • Anthony Chapman

    BEN NOT GONE

    West Ham remain confident of signing Said Benrahma from Brentford.

    TalkSport claims negotiations are still ongoing despite reports the deal had collapsed.

    Brentford want somewhere in the region of £30million for their star man, though.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ED HUNTER

    Man Utd are lining up a move for Rennes star Eduardo Camavinga next summer.

    Mundo Deportivo claims the youngster has been identified as a target for Paul Pogba.

    Real Madrid are known to also be interested in Camavinga, as well as Pogba.

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY DAN CUTTS

    Sergio Romero has begged Manchester United to let him leave after his transfer window hell.

    It is understood the outcast stopper does not want any sort of pay-off from the club, despite being owed around £1.5m.

    He wants to be released from his contract by the end of the month, and fancies a switch stateside to Major League Soccer.

    If United refuse to let him go, Romero will see out the final few months of his deal, which runs out next summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    FROM SUNSPORT’S GRAEME BRYCE

    Liverpool winger Harry Wilson will return from Wales’ Nations League tie in Bulgaria tomorrow and spend two frantic days trying to settle his short term future.

    Fierce East Midlands rivals Derby County and Nottingham Forest both want to sign the 23-year-old on loan while Welsh duo Cardiff City and Swansea City are also in the frame.

    The 18-times-capped Welsh international had hoped to tie up a permanent move to a Premier League club this summer with Leeds United or Aston Villa and Burnley all interested in the goal-scoring winger.

    However after agreeing a near £10million move to Burnley, Liverpool were surprised when Clarets boss Sean Dyche had an 11th hour change of heart and pulled out of the deal.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NOTHING ELSE MATAS

    Juan Mata reportedly rejected a lucrative £200,000-a-week deal from Saudi Arabia to stay and fight for a place at Manchester United.

    Spanish outlet Sport reports the midfielder, 32, snubbed a big-money move to the Middle East, preferring to remain at Old Trafford for the last year of his contract.

    Mata turned down a £40,000 pay rise as the former Chelsea star reels in £160,000 a week at Old Trafford.

    The unnamed Saudi club improved on their initial rejected offer but it was not enough to tempt Mata away.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LUCKY LEMAR

    Thomas Lemar has reportedly been given a lifeline at Atletico Madrid after they snubbed the advances of three different clubs including Wolves.

    Atletico were keen to recoup the £63.3million they paid for Lemar from Monaco in 2018 but none of the interested clubs could stump up the cash, according to AS.

    And now he is staying at the club, manager Diego Simeone is willing to give him another chance to prove himself.

  • Anthony Chapman

    WEL I NEVER

    Former Man United and Arsenal star Danny Welbeck is wanted by Brighton.

    The striker was released from his Watford contract following their relegation to the Championship.

    And the Mail claims Graham Potter wants to bring Welbeck back to the Premier League on a free transfer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    ALA-BYE

    Juventus are leading the race to sign David Alaba on a free transfer next summer.

    SportMediaSet claims the versatile defender will leave Bayern Munich when his contract expires.

    Man Utd and Chelsea were both linked with moves for Alaba in the last window.

    But the Austrian looks set to join Juve despite also being monitored by Man City and PSG.

  • Anthony Chapman

    POG’S DINNER

    Real Madrid and Barcelona are joint-favourites to sign Paul Pogba.

    The midfielder’s Manchester United future is in doubt as his contract runs down.

    And Real and Barca are both priced at 6/4 by Ladbrokes to sign Pogba in 2021.

    Elsewhere, Juventus are listed at 7/2 to re-sign the World Cup winner.

    Paris Saint-Germain are 9/2, with Inter Milan completing the list at 10/1.

  • Marc Mayo

    EXCLUSIVE

    Liverpool star Harry Wilson is being offered a loan move to Swansea City to keep him in the shop window, writes Alan Nixon.

    Welsh midfielder Wilson missed out on a Premier League transfer and is facing a spell in the shadows at Anfield.

    Wilson will now have the chance to join the Swans for the rest of the year as they look for extra class in their promotion bid.

    Championship rivals have inquired since Wilson was made available to go out on a loan deal but Swansea are at the front of the queue.

    Liverpool like the way Rhian Brewster was handled by the Welsh club and returned to be sold – the same fate that would ideally await Wilson.

  • Marc Mayo

    THIA-NO

    Thiago Alcantara reportedly rejected a last-ditch offer from Barcelona before joining Liverpool from Bayern Munich.

    Barca made the attempt to re-sign Thiago over the summer but the midfielder already had his heart set on Anfield, according to the Guardian.

    He went on-to sign for the Reds for £20million with £5m in add-ons.

    The same report also claims that Jurgen Klopp was instrumental in Thiago moving to Merseyside.

  • Marc Mayo

    HAMMERS HOPEFUL

    Said Benrahma’s move to West Ham from Brentford has hit a snag – but the Premier League side are still confident of pulling off the deal.

    With just over three days left to seal the winger’s signature, the Hammers are hoping to sign the winger for £30million.

    According to talkSPORT, the deal is being held up by an issue between the clubs.

    However, West Ham are “not panicking” over the prospect of the deal falling through.

  • Marc Mayo

    I WANT KOU

    Manchester United have entered the race for Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

    It was Manchester City who were strongly linked to the Frenchman during the autumn window, with a bid reportedly rejected.

    But ESPN now believe the Red Devils will make a play for Kounde in January.

  • Marc Mayo

    PAR-DON ME?

    Thomas Partey has been given some… interesting advice from his father.

    As he moves to Arsenal, the midfielder has been told by dad Jacob to keep his eye on the football – and not chase girls.

    Jacob told My Joy Online: “My advice to him was irrespective of the big move, he has to keep training seriously and not lose focus.

    “Not chase ladies so he doesn't flop! He was very receptive of that.”

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