It’s January, and you know what that means.
Here are the top transfer stories from Friday’s newspapers:
Claudio Ranieri wants to make West Brom striker Saido Berahino Leicester’s latest fox in the box as he bids to boost their surprise title challenge.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is heading to China after agreeing an £8million move to Shanghai Shenhua.
Brazilian club Corinthians are trying to persuade Chelsea that Alexandre Pato is the answer to their striker problems. The troubled 26-year-old has no future at the club and has been left out of the squad that travelled to the USA for pre-season this week.
Alan Curtis hopes to stop Swansea’s staggering decline by going on a spending spree. Targets include Everton striker Steven Naismith and Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, who spent two seasons on loan at the Welsh club from 2012.
Everton have beaten West Ham to the signing of Sam Byram after having a £3million bid accepted by Leeds.
Crystal Palace are ready to sign the currently clubless ex-Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham star Emmanuel Adebayor as a short-term fix after being frustrated in their search for a striker this month.
Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is a cut-price £5m summer target for Juventus.
Norwich are set to sign £6.5million Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller as part of a double swoop including highly-rated York City starlet Ben Godfrey.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has targeted a loan move for highly-rated Manchester City striker Patrick Roberts. The Cherries also continue to rival West Brom’s interest in £8million QPR winger Matty Phillips.
Middlesbrough are ready to rival Bologna for Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez.
Liverpool will listen to offers for their young striker Jerome Sinclair, whose contract is up at the end of the season. Watford lead the chase for the England U17 forward and are prepared to pay a fee to take him in the January window.
Andreas Pereira admits he may need to go out on loan from Manchester United to get more first-team action.
Newcastle are set to concede making a big transfer mistake by loaning Florian Thauvin to French club Marseille, just six months after buying him for £12m.
Mohamed Elneny called his Arsenal move “indescribable” and revealed he knows “everything” about his new club and team-mates already following a much-anticipated £5m transfer from Swiss side Basel.
After being hit with a transfer ban starting in the summer, Real Madrid are set to go on a £250million spending spree this month – and targets include Eden Hazard, David De Gea and Sergio Aguero. (Sun)
Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Everton defender John Stones are also targets for Real Madrid. (Star)
West Brom have warned their Premier League rivals that Saido Berahino is not for sale. (Telegraph)
Chelsea are close to signing Alexandre Pato, but will have to meet Corinthians’ £10m valuation. (Telegraph)
Newcastle are keen on Tottenham winger Andros Townsend – and could make a £12million bid. (Sun)