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The representatives of Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, have held initial discussions with Nice over a loan move, with an official approach expected in the next week.

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce retains the support of owner Mike Ashley, despite fans calling for him to be sacked following the midweek defeat by Sheffield United.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s agent is looking for a new Premier League club for the Portuguese, who signed a new deal at Molineux in September.

Tottenham Hotspur could cancel Danny Rose’s contract during the January transfer window, with West Bromwich Albion interested in the 30-year-old England left-back.

Arsenal’s former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, has offered to forgo some of the £7m he is due to earn before the end of the season so he can cut his contract short and leave this month.

Meanwhile, the Gunners’ England Under-20s forward Folarin Balogun, 19, has agreed to join Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Liverpool are planning a summer move for Brighton’s English defender Ben White, 23.

Manchester City and Spain defender Eric Garcia, 20, has agreed personal terms with Barcelona, but a transfer is some way from completion.

Barca boss Ronald Koeman is confident of signing two Netherlands internationals – Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, and 26-year-old Lyon forward Memphis Depay – for free this summer.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho insists England midfielder Harry Winks, 24, will not be sold or leave the club on loan this month.

Everton defender Jonjoe Kenny could leave in the January transfer window, with Burnley interested in the 23-year-old Englishman.

AC Milan have had talks with the agent of former Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic over a move for the 34-year-old Croat, who is available on a free transfer.

Celtic and Rangers both want Liverpool’s 23-year-old Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi, who is on loan at Bundesliga side Union Berlin.

Former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere, 29, has impressed Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall and the Englishman could earn a short-term contract with the Championship side.

English winger Jack Clarke, 20, is set to finalise a loan move from Tottenham to Championship side Stoke City.

Forward Cengiz Under is playing for his Leicester City future, with the club to assess the 23-year-old Turkey international’s impact at the end of the season.

Derby County could be forced to sell the likes of Republic of Ireland midfielder Jason Knight and England Under-19s midfielder Louie Sibley, both 19, to raise money for their delayed wages.

Brighton’s 20-year-old English defender Alex Cochrane, who is on loan at Belgian second division side Union St Gilloise, is a target for Sunderland.

Middlesbrough have recalled Stephen Walker from MK Dons and could allow the 20-year-old English striker to join another club on loan before the end of January.

Source: BBC Sport

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