Transfer window news - Saturday 26 January as it happened

All the latest transfer news and rumours ahead of this weekend's FA Cup fourth-round action.

26 January 2013 Last updated at 11:36 GMT

As it happened

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    Our Transfer window news has come to a close but fear not as we have another text-based treat up and running right now in the form of FA Cup live text.

    Head over there to follow all the action from today's 12 FA Cup fixtures, while Transfer window news will return on Sunday morning at 0900GMT. Cheerio.

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    The Scottish Third Division match between Berwick and Stirling is postponed due to snow.

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    Brendan Rodgers moves to end speculation linking Luis Suarez with a move away from Liverpool, saying he believes in the club's vision, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Uruguayan striker has been linked with a number of top European clubs following a season in which he has already scored 20 goals.

    "He committed to the club. He sees the vision going forward, and he believes in that," says Rodgers.

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    Liverpool Post and Daily Post (Wales) writer Ian Doyle: "Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains intent on completing a few more deals before the transfer deadline. They are keen to beef up their attack while also looking to the future in defence.

    "Liverpool are hopeful of signing Inter Milan's young Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Blackpool winger Tom Ince, although there's no guarantee both deals will be completed this transfer window. The arrivals of the two, coupled with Daniel Sturridge's earlier signing, would be an impressive haul."

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    Neil Warnock insists Leeds United's on-going attempts to strengthen in the transfer market will not be disrupted by Luciano Becchio's shock transfer request.

    Nothing changes in that respect, as our targets are the same with or without him," he tells the Yorkshire Post.

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    Burnley confirm their home game against Birmingham City goes ahead as planned. Still waiting for news from an 1100GMT inspection at Rotherham for their League Two game against Bristol Rovers.

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    Liverpool emerge as favourites to secure the services of Swansea's Ashley Williams, given the close relationship between Brendan Rodgers and the man he made captain at the Liberty Stadium, reports Setanta Sports.

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    Newcastle United reporter Lee Ryder of the Newcastle Chronicle: "Kevin Keegan used to say: "You can't have too many good players." And you won't hear many Geordies disagree with that outlook. We have made a few singings already, I understand that long-term they are looking for a goalkeeper to increase competition for the years ahead.

    "There have been plenty of names linked, some of them right on the mark, some of them way off the scale. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one Newcastle like the look of. Danny Graham has been offered but does not tick all the boxes in the club's blueprint of signing players Under-25.

    "Daftest rumour I have heard, without any doubt Jeremie Aliadiere. His agent must see some media men coming every window. There's more chance of Newcastle signing Jeremy Goss!"

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    Alan Evans on Twitter: "How about the squad you start the season with is the squad you end the season?"

    ABR on Twitter: "Why on earth does Wenger blame other teams who are active in the market? He could do the same."

    Sam Coleman on Twitter: "It is just a time to add to your squads when you need it so I half agree with putting a cap on the amount of signings allowed."

    Agree with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that the January transfer window should have a limit of two signings per team? Send us your thoughts, #bbcfootball

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    Hull City, who play Barnsley in the FA Cup today, confirm their game goes ahead today, writing on Twitter: "In case you were in any doubt - GAME ON!"

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    Harry Redknapp has spent the week flying around Europe trying to get players to join Queens Park Rangers in their battle against relegation.

    Toulouse's Etienne Capoue and Porto defender Rolando are two players he is interested in, reports the Sun.

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    Rotherham will hold a pitch inspection at 1100GMT to determine whether their League Two game against Bristol Rovers at New York Stadium will go ahead.

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    Fulham Chronicle reporter Jake Murtagh, who covers Fulham: "Martin Jol is not a big fan of the winter window but needs to bolster his squad in a couple of positions. Fulham need to add some creativity in middle as they never replaced Mousa Dembele in the last window.

    "FC Dnipro's Derek Boateng is a target, while Fulham have also been strongly linked with Roma keeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Daftest rumour is Mario Balotelli. Fulham couldn't afford him - or his wages.

    "Fulham have lacked creativity from midfield so that's a priority, while they could also do with another defender."

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    Mr Powell on Twitter: "What about if a team's star player is suspended against one team, but eligible against another? Is that also unfair Wenger?"

    Sam Webster on Twitter: "Wenger forgets he can buy players too. Isn't a case of everyone else can and Arsenal can't!"

    Phillip Lucas on Twitter: "Seems to me that Arsene Wenger is just sour that nufc have signed all that players that he was watching."

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    Liverpool make a final offer to Inter Milan in an attempt to conclude a deal for Philippe Coutinho, reports the Daily Mail.

    The Anfield club have not increased their £7.2m bid for the Brazilian midfielder, who is also a target for Southampton, but restructured it in a way that would see Inter receive more money up front.

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    Liverpool Post and Daily Post (Wales) writer Ian Doyle: "Everton boss David Moyes may have to plunder the loan market again for any incomings. Moyes has been running the rule over a number of players but, with little money to spend, his options are extremely limited.

    "There remain lingering rumours John Heitinga could be prised away from Everton by a decent offer - which would leave Moyes seeking a new centre-back.

    "Daftest rumour I have heard is anything that involves Everton spending £10m on anybody. Unless they cash in on the likes of Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines - which Moyes has absolutely no intention of doing - then such funds are mere fantasy."

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    Lee Clark admits his fear that some of Birmingham's best players are likely to be sold before the transfer window shuts on Thursday, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    "We have had one bid, for Chris Burke, from Nottingham Forest, which was turned down immediately because it was nowhere near what we value Chris at.," Clark says.

    "My biggest worry is that after the games at the weekend, from Sunday to Thursday, my phone is going to be red hot but it's going to be about players I want to stay that the vultures are coming round."

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    Richard Neill on Twitter: "Sounds like Arsene Wenger is annoyed and frustrated that once again the purse strings are closed tight."

    James Taylor on Twitter: "Arsene Wenger is right in a way but we should have 2-3 week winter break and that be the transfer window period."

    Fahad Khan on Twitter: "Lets face it. If players on top of my wishlist were moving to other clubs, I would be making the same comments as Wenger."

    Do you agree with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's views that the transfer window should have a two-player signing limit? Let us know, #bbcfootball

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    Dundee United's Scottish Premier League meeting with Ross County is ON after passing a Saturday morning pitch inspection.

    Three Scottish Football League matches, Brechin City v Queen of the South, Albion Rovers v Stenhousemuir and Elgin City v Queen's Park, were called OFF on Friday.

    We have a full list of postponed fixtures, which will be updated with the latest to fall victim to the weather, on the BBC Sport website.

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    Arsenal reporter Paul Chronnell from the Islington Gazette: "Arsene Wenger is starting to make familiar noises about the strength of his squad and players coming back from injury. But I am sure he wants to bring in at least one player before 31 January. Ideally, we need cover in central defence, central midfield and up front.

    "The names that have been linked so far are Adrian Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Biglia (Anderlecht), and James McCarthy (Wigan), while as for outgoing Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci would be handy to get off the wage bill, and never play. Both have proved fairly disastrous signings."

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    Over the last week we have talked to local newspaper journalists covering Premier League and Championship clubs for their views on what their team's January transfer window activity is likely to be.

    There is some really great insight, so to kick things off, Arsenal...

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    Sunderland are linked with a loan move for former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner, with the Austrian claiming he is close to a Premier League return, according to the Shields Gazette.

    Reports in Germany suggest the Black Cats are interested in taking Scharner on loan until the end of the season from Hamburger SV despite him only joining the Bundesliga club last summer.

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not a massive fan of the January transfer window and suggested on Friday it should be limited to two signings per club only.

    Wenger's argument is that with a club such as Newcastle signing six or so players, teams who have already played them twice have an unfair advantage on those who haven't, given that they will be a much-changed side.

    What are your thoughts on Wenger's comments, and how do you think the current transfer window format could be improved? Should it be abolished altogether? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, #bbcfootball

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    West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie is said to be upset that his transfer request was rejected, according to Sky Sports.

    "I'm deeply hurt and in some ways offended by the lack of reciprocal common respect from the management of West Bromwich Albion," he said in a statement.

    "During my time at the club I believe I have delivered performances, effort and goals. I never complained when I found out that the club failed to inform me of enquiries that might have interested me and my family in the past."

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    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Mario Balotelli will not leave the club after reports emerged that a loan bid from AC Milan had been rejected.

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    Just a quick deviation away from transfer news and gossip to let you know a number of clubs have tweeted that their respective FA Cup games are ON today, despite inclement weather.

    So far, Middlesbrough v Aldershot; Huddersfield v Leicester; Derby v Blackburn and Macclesfield v Wigan are all confirmed as going ahead as planned after calling on volunteers to help clear paths.

    The remaining eight fixtures are all okay as things stand, but if anything changes we will let you know.

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    Speculation over Wilfried Zaha's future was finally ended on Friday when it was confirmed the Crystal Palace winger will join Manchester United.

    Attention now turns to other players who are expected to move in the coming days, with the likes of West Bromwich Albion's Peter Odemwingie's future uncertain, while it is not yet certain who reported Liverpool and Southampton target Phillipe Countinho will be playing for after the window shuts.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith has predicted the 10 deals that could well go through before Thursday's deadline.

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    As ever, the best way to kick-start the day is with BBC Sport's gossip column, so here are the three top lines from today.

    Middlesbrough are keen to sign free agent Kieron Dyer, 34, who was released by Queens Park Rangers earlier this month. (Daily Mail)

    Stoke have made a shock move to take Arsenal's England right-back Carl Jenkinson on loan. But Arsene Wenger is reluctant to let the 20-year-old leave, even on a short-term basis. (Daily Mirror)

    West Ham have had a £1.75m bid rejected for Montpellier defender Henri Bedimo. The 28-year-old Cameroon international left-back can also play in midfield. (Daily Mail)

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    Good morning and welcome to Transfer window news, coming to you from a slightly snowy BBC Sport centre in Salford.

    With deadline day on Thursday, activity in the market could well start to hot up this weekend as clubs look to push through deals to ensure they are equipped for a push for the league title, or to avoid relegation.

    As ever, we will bring you every deal as they go through, as well as all the rumours and gossip so stay with us right here for all the latest news.

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