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Transfers: Deadline day looming

The deadline for doing deals in the January transfer window is on the horizon and there's still plenty of potential business to be done.

Every window seems to play out in the same fashion, rumours swirl, clubs make tentative offers and then inevitably, it all comes down to a mad panic the final few hours.

This month has been no different and, with the 31st January deadline now within touching distance, there's likely to be some busy boardrooms and potentially a chopper or two dashing between stadiums.

Clubs in England and Europe have until Monday to finalise any deals but the times do vary from league to league.

The Premier League, EFL, La Liga and Ligue 1 will be working through until 23:00 GMT, while the Bundesliga's deadline is 17:00 GMT and Serie A's window closes at 19:00 GMT.

You can keep up to date with all the latest deals via bet365's Transfer Tracker.

Premier League clubs making moves

Aston Villa, priced at 20/1 to finish in the top six, have been the busiest in the top flight so far as Steven Gerrard looks to put his stamp on the club after taking charge in November.

Calum Chambers became Villa's fifth addition of the month when agreeing to make the switch from Arsenal on 27th January. He joins Lucas Digne and Kerr Smith in penning permanent deals, while Philippe Coutinho and Robin Olsen have been drafted in on loan.

There have also been plenty of outgoings at Villa Park, with no fewer than eight departing on loan this month as Gerrard looks to make sure he has space for his new arrivals.

Elsewhere in the Midlands, Adama Traore has returned to boyhood club Barcelona on-loan from Wolves for the rest of the season.

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Traore was heavily linked with several Premier League club's but Barcelona have won the race and they have the option to make his move permanent in the summer.

Wolves, meanwhile, have triggered their option to make Hwang Hee-Chan's loan move a permanent one and they've subsequently handed over £14m to RB Leipzig.

The only other departure of note comes from Old Trafford after Manchester United outcast Anthony Martial completed a loan switch to La Liga outfit Sevilla until the end of the campaign.

Manchester City are yet to announce any signings but River Plate president Jorge Brito claims a "full agreement" is in place for striker Julian Alvarez to join the Premier League champions.

Brito confirmed the "deal is done" and the 21-year-old Argentine will be loaned back to River Plate until 7th July.

Liverpool have also been quiet throughout January but the club confirmed their first signing of the window on Sunday with forward Luis Diaz arriving at Anfield. The Reds have handed over a "long-term contract" to the man who has spent the past two-and-a-half seasons at Porto.

Late deals on the cards

The rumour mill is working overtime in the final days of the month and there should still be incomings and outgoings in the Premier League.

It's understood that West Ham, 11/10 to finish in the top six, are pursuing two players from rivals Leeds after making offers for Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha.

Reports suggest Leeds, who are 6/1 to be relegated, have rejected an initial bid of £40m plus £10m in add-ons for the Brazilian, while they are also expected to turn down a £50m offer for Phillips.

Tottenham are believed to have moved ahead of Villa in the race to sign Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, offering £30m plus bonuses.

New Watford boss Roy Hodgson wasted little time in getting to work following the arrival of Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux for £3m.

Brighton have been assessing options in attack all month and German striker Deniz Undav, who plays for Belgian league leaders Union St Gilloise, is the latest to be linked.

Staying at the Amex and the Seagulls are still holding out for a bigger fee from Newcastle, who are chasing defender Dan Burn.

Newcastle's latest bid of £10m plus add-ons still falls well short of Brighton's £15m valuation.

The Magpies, however, are on the verge of completing the signing of midfielder Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon after a deal was agreed in principle for £35m with a further £6.7m in add-ons.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are standing firm on their valuation of striker Eddie Nketiah amid interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

Juventus splashing the cash

The action in Europe has been relatively quiet so far but Juventus did fork out £62.5m this week to bring in highly-rated forward Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina.

The forward, who is 11/8 to be the top scorer in Serie A this term, has already bagged 17 goals for the Viola in 2021/22 and was linked with Tottenham and Arsenal.

Fiorentina have already found a replacement with Brazilian hitman Arthur Cabral signing from Basel for £11.6m.

Over in Spain, midfielder Ilaix Moriba has linked up with Valencia on-loan from RB Leipzig, while Daniel Wass has left Los Che to sign for Atletico Madrid in a £2.1m deal.

The biggest deal in Germany over the past week came at Wolfsburg with DC United teenager Kevin Parades arriving for £5.2m.

It has been relatively quiet in France but reports suggest Manchester United defender Phil Jones is in talks with Ligue 1 side Bordeaux over a potential loan switch.

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