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Summary

  1. Transfer window shuts on Wednesday at 23:00 GMT
  2. Man City sign defender Laporte from Athletic Bilbao
  3. Aubameyang move hinges on two other deals
  4. Mahrez hands in transfer request at Leicester

Live Reporting

By Craig Lowe

All times stated are UK

Goodbye for now

That's it from me for today - the football continues here on our live Premier League match page.

I'll leave you with three transfer stories that got you talking today:

Man City complete deal for Aymeric Laporte.

Riyad Mahrez hands in transfer request at Leicester.

And the ongoing saga of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's proposed move to Arsenal.

Get some sleep tonight - it should be a busy old day tomorrow.

£50m not enough for Mahrez

Simon Stone

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Leicester’s position from the summer has not changed and they have no wish to lose Riyad Mahrez.

In addition, the reported fee of £50m falls well below their valuation of Mahrez.

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Keiran Lee Kendrick: Chelsea should sack Giroud off and put in a late last minute bid for Aubameyang.. he is already in London after off.. get him on that Subway!

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I don't know why I'm updating this page. As a Liverpool fan all I'm going to see are outgoings rather than any incomings.

Rob Barrie

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Wilson: If I were Arsenal fan the Giroud deal would infuriate me infinitely more than Sanchez. Why sell arguably the best impact sub in the league to solve your city rival's most glaring problem? Madness.

Giroud to Chelsea for £18m?

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The Telegraph report Chelsea have agreed to pay £18m for Olivier Giroud and that will allow Arsenal to complete a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

They say Michy Batshuayi will join Dortmund on loan as his replacement.

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Forest sign Figueiredo on loan

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How to follow tonight's football

BBC Radio 5 live

There are three matches in the Premier League tonight.

BBC Radio 5 live have full commentary of Huddersfield v Liverpool and they'll bring you updates from Swansea City v Arsenal and West Ham v Crystal Palace.

We will also have a full text service on the BBC Sport website from 1830 GMT.

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John Hill: What are the odds of Chelsea signing Aubameyang, with Batshuayi going the other way, from under Arsenal’s noses?

Conte not happy with deadline day fixture

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Chelsea are still chasing a striker. It could go down to the wire (re 16:14) and Antonio Conte is not happy his side have to play Bournemouth tomorrow night.

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If you saw Fousseni Diabate playing on Saturday at Peterborough you might believe that Leicester already have the new Marez.

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You can read about his performance here.

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Jon Spurling: I do hope that #Arsenal players are more focussed on tonight's match than the fans. Let's hope that they're not also lamenting the imminent departure of #Giroud and debating whether #DavidLuiz isn't just as flaky as current #AFC defenders.

Another Leicester player targeted

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The Daily Mail report Middlesbrough and Sunderland are both keen on taking Leicester City midfielder Andy King on loan.

King has not been used in the Premier League since Boxing Day.

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England to play behind closed doors

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England's first away game in the Nations League against Croatia will be played behind closed doors.

The ban on fans is part of Croatia's punishment after a swastika was marked on their pitch before a Euro 2016 home qualifier against Italy.

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Dan: Lack of respect from City coming in this late for Mahrez. Think every Leicester fan would give their blessing for him to go to such a great side for the right price but where on Earth are we supposed to find a replacement at this time?

Murty could not stand in Wilson's way

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Rangers manager Graeme Murty says he could not deny Danny Wilson his move to Colorado Rapids.

Wilson has left Rangers to join the MLS side on a three-year contract and Murty would have liked to have kept him.

"Danny found it very difficult in the circumstances previous to my own appointment," Murty said.

"He decided he had an option that he worked really hard to get for himself and his family in a different place.

"We had a bit of a heart-to-heart and talked about his options. I couldn't, hand on heart, stand in his way."

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Don’t agree with Joshua (17:20), kante is a main man at Chelsea and drinkwater is getting more time as the season goes on, would only encourage Mahrez if anything...

Andrew, Plymouth

Pep Guardiola on further transfers this month

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Pep Guardiola was asked earlier today if Man City were likely to make any more signings before the window closes.

This is what he said: "I don't know. I don't think so but in football everything can happen. I am 95-99 per cent that nothing is going happen."

By my reckoning that means there is a one to five per cent chance of something happening then...

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Tom West: As a LCFC fan it's the timing of this that really annoys me. Riyad for sure deserves to play for a Champions League side (whether Man City are the right one is another debate), but this leaves us with almost no time to find an adequate replacement. Should demand 60m+

Napoli in for Klaassen?

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Paul Joyce, from The Times, reports Serie A leaders Napoli could bring Davy Klaassen's unhappy spell at Everton to an end.

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Deulofeu will be involved at Stoke

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Watford's new loan signing Gerard Deulofeu will be be involved in their game at Stoke tomorrow.

"We know the qualities that he has got and he is a fantastic player coming from Barcelona," said Watford assistant Zigor Aranalde.

"He has not had minutes at Barcelona and he needs to play and this is a magnificent club to go forward.

"We know what kind of player he is. He is a Spanish international, and a Barcelona player. I am sure he will help us to achieve the objective."

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joshua byers warner: Mahrez will be very Niave to go too Manchester City or any of the big PL sides! Danny drinkwater and Kante are finding that out.

Mahrez hands in transfer request

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Riyad Mahrez has handed a transfer request in at Leicester. It is understood Manchester City have bid for the player.

Stand by Leicester City fans I have some big news coming up.

Watford to sign a second player from Barca?

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Reports in Italy suggest Watford could sign wing-back Aleix Vidal from Barcelona. He'd join Gerard Deulofeu at Vicarage Road.

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(Re 16:32) What exactly like your title challenge last year James ... #youputthepressureon

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OK so a Spurs fan had a cheeky dig and now we've had a response, can we all agree to be friends again?

Coutinho's long goodbye

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And while we're on Coutinho (16:54), he's reportedly back in Liverpool to say his goodbyes and plans to have a celebration with his former team-mates. How nice.

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Liverpool took a "gamble" selling Coutinho - Purslow

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Philippe Coutinho's move from Liverpool to Barcelona is the biggest deal of the window so far but it has not impressed former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow. Not one bit.

Purslow told Sky Sports (quotes from goal.com) that the club's owners have taken a "gamble".

He added: "The winners were Barcelona, the losers were Liverpool – other than their bank balance. Fans don't care about bank balances, they care about winning."

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RE MAHREZ: I love mahrez best ever most skillful player since Izzet. They can have him for £75 million ... plus swap for any of the silvas or sterling. I’m not gonna be picky.

Dan Vitran from Leicester

Boro in Besic talks

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Middlesbrough are in talks with Everton over a potential loan move for Bosnian international midfield man Mo Besic before Wednesday's transfer deadline.

Dialogue is continuing between the clubs and Boro boss Tony Pulis is keen to add the 25-year-old to his squad.

Besic, whose Everton career has been troubled by injury since he was signed by then manager Roberto Martinez in a £4m deal from Hungarian side Ferencvaros in July 2014, has figured in only nine games this season and has not played since the turn of the year.

Lambert hoping Jese can make impact at Stoke

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Stoke boss Paul Lambert says he's looking forward to working with Jese.

The forward, who is on loan from Paris St-Germain, has not played since November after being allowed to return to Spain for personal reasons.

He's now back training with the club and Lambert said: "Going forward, he looks impressive but that has never been in question because we know the type of player he is.

"He obviously started the season very brightly.

"It's been a difficult period for him personally, as a club we will continue to support him with that, but hopefully now he can also go on to play a big part for us until the end of the season."

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For a Spurs fan the Aubameyang saga is becoming comedy gold! Surely it won't collapse at the last minute? Will it?

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You're a bad man James...

Jonny Evans unlikely to join Arsenal this month

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The Daily Star report Arsenal are unimpressed by a £25m valuation placed on Jonny Evans by West Brom.

Evans is carrying a hamstring injury and has been linked with a number of clubs.

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Not CNN T-101: (re 16:06) Mahrez would be mad to sign for Man City. City don't need him. But, assuming Mahrez left, I would have loved to see Delofeu replace him - unfortunately that's now too late.

Chelsea cause Aubameyang complications

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David Ornstein

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is pencilled in for a medical in London on Wednesday morning.

As we know, the deal can only happen if Borussia Dortmund secure a replacement.

Earlier today, everything was set for Batshuayi to join Dortmund on loan with Giroud moving to Chelsea for £20m.

However Chelsea – through their transfer negotiator Marina Granovskaia – are now said to be trying to drive the Giroud price down at the last minute.

Arsenal have not taken well to that and are threatening to end negotiations with Chelsea and send Giroud on loan to Dortmund, in order to complete the Aubameyang signing.

The problem with that, of course, is whether Giroud will agree to join Dortmund (which was the original plan before Chelsea entered the fray).

If not and Giroud stays at Arsenal, Dortmund would have to source an alternative replacement if the Aubameyang transfer is to proceed.

Mahrez to Man City??

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Now this would be something...

Manchester City are to make a shock - and extremely late - £50m move for Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez, report the Daily Mail.

Pep Guardiola wants to add the 26-year-old Algerian to his side after missing out on Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United and Leroy Sane to injury.

Mahrez handed in a transfer request at King Power Stadium in the summer.

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boredy geordie: We should have brought in 3-4 players long before this. Rafa has done everything he can but it's time to go he deserves better.

This is a bit of a theme among Newcastle fans who are getting in touch today....

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Time to say goodbye?

Roque Mesa heads back to Spain

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Swansea midfielder Roque Mesa has joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season.

Mesa has made 16 appearances for the Swans following his £11million summer move from Las Palmas.

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West Brom end Deeney interest

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West Brom's loan deal with Liverpool for Daniel Sturridge has led to them ending their interest in Watford's Troy Deeney according to a report in the Hertfordshire Mercury.

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Ricky Kelehar: My feeling is that Chelsea will get more from Giroud than Arsenal will gain from losing him and gaining Aubameyang so don’t sell Olly to arch-rivals! Very peculiar - let’s hope it doesn’t take that for the deal to go through

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