Nearly half way through the month of January, and it is proving to be a very busy month in the transfer market, with mangers racing to improve their squads before February 1st.
Reports coming out of Manchester City suggest that Roque Santa Cruz, and Shaun Wright Phillips are close to leaving the club.
Santa Cruz is closing in on a return to former club Blackburn Rovers, while Birmingham, along with two others clubs are supposedly interested in the signature of Wright Phillips.
Leicester City have completed the signing of Everton’s Yakubu on loan until the end of the season. It is believed the prospect of working with Sven Goran Erickson influenced the striker to make the switch.
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has again warned clubs off Captain Charlie Adam, by insisting that it would take more that £3.5 million to prize him away from the Seasider’s. Adams was inspirational in Blackpool’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool last night.
Sebastian Larsson’s move to Newcastle appears to be in danger, after the Birmingham midfielder failed to agree personal terms with the club, while a number of premiership clubs are believed to be interested.
Stoke City have reportedly made a £5.9 million bid for Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, while Sunderland have reportedly made an improved offer for Paris St Germain’s want away midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
In International news, Ryan Giggs has refused to rule out an international return to the Welsh team under new manager Gary Speed.
Giggs had retired in 2007, but has stated that he would find it hard to ignore a call from help from his former international team mate. Speed has already stated how he would like Giggs to return as part of his coaching staff.
The now likelihood of Giggs returning as a player, would be welcomed news for Speed as he prepares for next month’s Carling Nations Cup encounter with the Republic of Ireland.