Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd prepare Rice bid, Coutinho to Arsenal update, Chelsea hijack

Everton working hard to improve team in January – Rafael Benitez

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The January transfer window opened on Saturday and will remain open until Monday 31st, giving Premier League clubs the opportunity to inject fresh quality into their squads and also offload unwanted players. Tottenham and Newcastle are expected to be among the busiest teams while the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea could also do deals.

Everton were the first club to announce a completed deal on New Year’s Day when Vitaliy Mykolenko’s arrival was confirmed.

The Ukrainian left-back arrives from Dynamo Kiev for around £18million and that could pave way for Lucas Digne to leave, with both Newcastle and Chelsea linked.

There will undoubtedly be a flurry of other deals to come in the next few weeks with clubs needing to strengthen more than ever as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc.

Express Sport rounds up all the latest transfer news you need to know below.

Chelsea eye Newcastle hijack

Chelsea are considering thwarting Newcastle’s bid to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid this month.

That’s according to the Guardian, who state that the England full-back is of interest to the Blues following injuries to Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

Newcastle are looking to make Trippier their first signing of their new Saudi-led era.

But Chelsea could now look to wreck the Magpies’ hopes of doing so with a bid.

Newcastle plot £20m bid

Newcastle are said to be weighing up a £20million bid for Blackburn’s Ben Brereton-Diaz.

The Chile international has ripped up the Championship this season and has 20 goals in 24 games.

The Sunday Mirror say Blackburn are braced for offers from Newcastle.

Man Utd preparing Rice bid

Manchester United are reportedly drawing up plans to table a bid for Declan Rice at the end of the season.

United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is thought to have given his thumbs up over the England international midfielder.

And the Red Devils are putting the pieces in place to make a concerted effort to sign the West Ham talisman in the summer.

It’s thought Rice could cost as much as £100million, which would make him the joint-most expensive Premier League signing of all time.

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