Football Transfer News and Rumours – Sat 9th January

Ivo Pinto – Norwich – DONE DEAL

Norwich City have signed Dinamo Zagreb’s 26 year old right back Ivo Pinto for an undisclosed fee as they look to fend off relegation by tightening their defence up.

Alex Teixeira – Chelsea – Deal Close

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Murcia Lucescu has told the newspapers that he would fully support Alex Teixeira’s move to Chelsea should the deal satisfy both clubs. Chelsea have already agreed personal terms with the playmaker, but are yet to put an official offer to Shakhtar.

Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal – Deal Close

Arsene Wenger says that a £7 million deal that will see Mohamed Elneny move to London is just a few days away from completion. The Basel defensive midfielder just needs to gain international clearance and complete a medical before completing the move.

John Stones – Real Madrid

Real Madrid have heeded the advice of sacked manager Rafael Benitez and have joined Chelsea in the pursuit of Everton’s 21 year old centre back John Stones.

Mario Gotze – Liverpool

After reports emerged that Jurgen Klopp was hoping to bring Bayern Munich attacker Mario Gotze, the player has put fuel on the fire by admitting that he might not be playing for Bayern Munich next season. Although the player has said he won’t be leaving in January.

Benik Afobe – Bournemouth

Bournemouth have lodged a £10 million bid for Wolves striker Benik Afobe, and should he come in he would join on loan striker Juan Iturbe as Eddie Howe looks to replace the injured Callum Wilson.

Islam Slimami – Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are hoping to bring in Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimami this January as they look to solve their goalscoring problems. He would cost over £20 million though.

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