Friday 19 January 2018

Pulis hoping for busy transfer deadline day with deal for Lambert

West Brom manager Tony Pulis
West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Jeremy Wilson and John Percy

WEST BROM manager Tony Pulis is poised for a typically frantic final day of the January window as he attempts to bring in at least two new signings. Pulis wants the Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert and Neil Taylor, the Swansea left-back, and could offload the £10 million record signing Brown Ideye.

Ideye, the Nigeria international, is attracting serious interest from the Qatari club Al Gharafa but Albion will only sanction a permanent deal for the striker.

The Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, whose proposed move to West Ham United collapsed, is not believed to be an active target.

Pulis is hopeful of repeating his transfer business of 12 months ago, when he recruited four players on the final day of trading which helped Crystal Palace to remain in the Premier League.

"I'm not spinning as many plates as I usually spin, but if the ones drop for us I'll be very pleased," Pulis said.

"We're batting away with every other team in the Premier League to try and improve. One or two might leave but I can't see a busload going. If the deal is good for the football club we'll speak to the players but it's their decision, we're not chucking them out the club.

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"You line a few up and hope they drop for you. If they drop for us, it will give us a lift - if they don't we'll get on with what we've got."

Tottenham Hotspur have made a late attempt to try to snatch the MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli from under the noses of Aston Villa and Newcastle United. There is also growing confidence at White Hart Lane that Spurs have won the race to sign the central defender Winston Reid from fierce rivals West Ham in the summer.

Villa remain hopeful of landing Alli, 18, on a deal that will see him stay at MK Dons for the rest of the season after rivalling Newcastle's interest in the player. But Spurs have matched the bids lodged by Villa and Newcastle, leaving Alli with a tough decision to make on the final day of the transfer window.

Alli has already held talks with Newcastle, but uncertainty over the long-term manager's position at St James' Park may count against the North-East club.

Reid is out of contract at the end of the season and is believed to have agreed a £60,000-a-week contract in principle to make the controversial move to Spurs in the summer. The New Zealand international is not allowed to sign a formal pre-contract agreement with an English club, but sources close to the deal believe he is set for Tottenham.

Chelsea still expect to confirm the second biggest signing of the transfer window today for Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado although the £26.8 million deal remains dependent on reaching final agreement to sell Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg.

Chelsea are understood to have dropped their asking price for Schurrle to close to £20 million and negotiations were at an advanced stage but still not complete yesterday.

"There is no agreement at the moment," the Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said. "The clock is running out. Our options are getting less hour by hour. It depends on money. We still would like to sign him."

Chelsea, though, were remaining confident of reaching agreement, with Mohamed Salah also set to join Fiorentina on loan as part of the Cuadrado deal.

Chelsea have agreed to pay Fiorentina an initial £23.3 million that could rise to Cuadrado's £26.8 million release clause.

Cuadrado has now passed a medical and, after Manchester City signed Wilfried Bony from Swansea City for £28 million earlier in the month, Chelsea are preparing to respond with their own squad upgrade.

The 26-year-old is ready to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal and actually attended the match at Stamford Bridge against Manchester City on Saturday. He would then be available for the fixture against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Manchester's two titans, United and City, are not expected to make any new signings and are focusing on their targets for the summer.

Fenerbahce have expressed an interest in the City forward Edin Dzeko but Manuel Pellegrini, the manager at the Premier League champions, will not sanction the release of the Bosnia international at such a late stage in the window.

Southampton are confident of at least one new signing today after a loan deal for the Serbian attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic was agreed in principle with Mainz 05. The club have also bid around £5 million for the Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena to replace Jack Cork, who has joined Swansea.

Vilhena played under Ronald Koeman, now the Southampton manager, at Feyenoord and negotiations remain ongoing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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