SIMON JONES: Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are continuing negotiations over a proposed deal for Andros Townsend to return to the North East.
Sportsmail revealed talks had begun last week with Townsend open to the move but seeking an initial loan.
The 25-year-old wants to take stock of his situation in the summer once the futures of both clubs are clearer. Newcastle are pushing for promotion to the Premier League while Palace are hoping to stay up and Townsend would obviously prefer to play in the top flight.
Palace would prefer to recoup the majority of the £13million they paid Newcastle last summer now to re-channel into Sam Allardyce’s transfer funds for the final week of this window.
Palace are due to pay the next £3m instalment from that fee this month but may negotiate that as part of a loan fee.
One for those transfer speculators among you…
Andros Townsend has been linked with a return to Newcastle during the January transfer window, but it was not clear whether Crystal Palace would be willing to let him depart.
After all, the winger only moved to Selhurst Park from the north east in the summer window.
But Townsend has been left out of Palace’s starting line-up for the game against Everton.
An indication of where his future might lie? Maybe not, but one to keep an eye on nonetheless.
Hoping the Real Madrid striker might be on the move in January or the summer? Well, I’ve got some bad news for you…
LUKE AUGUSTUS: Alvaro Morata has revealed that he still feels ‘goosebumps’ every time he steps out on to the Santiago Bernabeu pitch in the white of Real Madrid.
The Spain international is back at his boyhood club after re-joining from Juventus last summer as Real took up their option to re-sign him.
And despite winning five trophies in two seasons at Juve, as well as reaching the 2014-15 Champions League final, the 24-year-old believes the Italian giants don’t compare to their Spanish counterparts.
MATT MALTBY: Thierry Henry has backed Arsene Wenger’s belief that Arsenal do not need to sign Dimitri Payet — and believes Alex Iwobi can be just as good as the West Ham rebel.
The France playmaker is refusing to play for the Hammers as he looks to push through a move to former club Marseille after turning down a huge, £500,000-a-week offer from China.
Wenger said he is a fan of Payet but he does not need to buy another attacking midfielder; and Iwobi has impressed in an advanced role for the north London outfit this season.
AMITAI WINEHOUSE: AC Milan icon Paolo Maldini is hopeful Gianluigi Donnarumma will stay at the San Siro for the rest of his career like the defender.
Maldini made his first team debut for Milan at 17 and went on to play for the Italian giants for 25 seasons. In that time he won Serie A seven times and the Champions League on five occasions.
His commitment to the cause saw him earn a permanent place in the affections of fans of Milan.
SAM MORSHEAD: Not one to hold a grudge, Memphis Depay has written a heart-felt thank you to Manchester United fans as he puts an end to his Old Trafford nightmare.
The Dutchman took to social media on Friday after completing a £21.6million move to Lyon, where he will wear the No 9 shirt.
Given the difficulties he has faced in the Premier League, and the mixed reception he has received from supporters, Depay could have been forgiven for leaving without a parting word.
JAMES DUTTON: Carlos Tevez has denied reports that he became the highest paid player in world football when he swapped his boyhood club Boca Juniors for the Chinese Super League.
The Argentine international was unveiled by Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday and later trained with his new team-mates for the first time.
But during his first press-conference the 32-year-old quashed reports that he is earning £620,000 at his new club.
LUKE AUGUSTUS: West Ham vice-chairwoman Karren Brady has warned Marseille that wantaway playmaker Dimitri Payet won’t be sold cheaply – with his talent befitting that of the very best in the world.
The Hammers have already rejected two offers for the France international – who is determined to force a move back to his former club.
West Ham bought Payet from Marseille for £10.7m 18 months ago and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic insists they will hold out for the best price – a sentiment echoed by Brady.
Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng are apparently interested in signing Manchester United’s Ashley Young.
Those oh, so infamous Sky sources say they understand Shandong are not in a rush to get the deal done, though.
That’s because the Chinese window is open for another month.
DOMINIC KING: Everton are furious with AC Milan and insist they have yet to reach an agreement with the Italian giants that will allow Gerard Deulofeu to leave on loan.
The Spain winger has struggled to convince Ronald Koeman of his worth and Everton have been open to offers for him since the start of the window. He attracted interest initially from Deportivo La Coruna.
AC Milan have been in negotiations with Everton for the last 10 days and were convinced they reached a resolution that on Friday night.
SAM MORSHEAD: Adnan Januzaj has revealed how Paul Pogba has been nagging him about a return to Manchester United.
The Belgian winger, who is close with United’s world record signing having come through the ranks with the Frenchman at Old Trafford, moved on loan to Sunderland in August.
He still has 18 months to run on his Red Devils contract, however, and said that Pogba has been asking him when the pair will get to play together again.
KIERAN GILL: Robbie Keane is considering offers from the United States, Australia and England but is expected to sign for a Championship club next week.
The 36-year-old striker is a free agent following his exit from Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in November.
Preston is his likeliest destination but Leeds and Brighton are also among those that are believed to be interested. Shamrock Rovers are also being talked about.
Another story on L’Equipe‘s front page is about Patrice Evra.
The French newspaper say Lyon are in for the former Manchester United defender. They write the Ligue 1 club are ‘tempted’ by the 35-year-old.
French newspaper L’Equipe are today reporting that Marseille have offered 30million euros (£25.9m) for West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.
They add they think it will be enough for West Ham to sell their superstar.
L’Equipe write: ‘It is a record amount in the history of the club.’
SAMI MOKBEL: West Ham have announced the signing of Southampton captain Jose Fonte on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Hammers sealed the deal for the Portuguese European Cup winner after having an £8million bid accepted by the south coast club, while back in Southampton Fonte’s defensive partner Virgil van Dijk took to Twitter to say he was ‘gutted’ to see his team-mate leave.
Van Dijk tweeted a heartfelt thanks to the Portuguese ace for helping him while at Southampton, after the pair struck up a telepathic defensive understanding out on the pitch.
SAMI MOKBEL: Saido Berahino ended his Hawthorns hell last night and hit the jackpot when he signed a five-and-a-half-year contract at Stoke City worth £70,000 a week.
Stoke moved to sign the unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker, 23, for an initial £12million fee rising to £15m if he meets performance targets.
But the Potters were forced to fight off serious late interest from Watford to get their man.
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