Chelsea are closing in on Benfica’s Brazilian defender David Luiz, while Newcastle remain in pole position to sign Stephen Ireland from Aston Villa.
Chelsea have had a €25 million bid, plus a player, accepted by Benfica for their Brazilian defender David Luiz.
It is believed that Benfica will take either; Slobodan Rajkovic, Nemanja Matic, Patrick van Aanholt or Fabio Borini as part of the deal.
Luiz is expected to arrive in London today to complete a medical and finalise the deal.
Newcastle United are in line to sign out of favour Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Ireland signed for then Villa boss Martin O’ Neill, but has failed to cement a place in the squad under Gerard Houllier.
The deal is believed to be in the later stages of completion, with the former Irish internationals high wages being the only stumbling block.
Ryan Babel’s on-off move from Liverpool to Hoffenheim now appears to be back on, after reports suggest Sunderland failed in an attempt to hijack Babel’s move to the Dutch outfit.
The winger is now expected to finalise his switch to Hoffenheim this week, after flying to Holland for talks with the club.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that 19 year old Mexican striker Carlos Vela will leave the club on loan by the end of the week.
A number of clubs are reportedly interested in the player, with Bolton being favourites following Jack Wilshire’s successful loan spell at the club.
West Ham manager Avram Grant has made his third signing during the January transfer window, after capturing Middlesbrough’s Gary O’ Neill for an undisclosed fee.
The 27 year old midfielder joins Wayne Bridge, and Demba Ba at West ham this month, with more signings expected to follow, as Grant looks to climb out of the relegation zone.