football news round-up – monday, january 7

06:30    07 Jan 2019

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, January 7.

International and European club football

Genoa director Giorgio Perinetti has revealed Premier League interest in their Ivorian attacker Christian Kouame – but says the player will not be leaving in the January transfer window; and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists his side will be able to cope with the absence of Korean star Son Heung-min, who will be headed off to the AFC Asian Cup.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has warned club-record signing Adama Traore that he must improve; Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka praised his side’s efforts as they put in a dogged display in a 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea; and Lassana Coulibaly insists he has more to offer Rangers as Steven Gerrard eyes Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Celtic are close to concluding a deal to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Timothy Weah on loan for the remainder of the season; Super agent Mino Raiola has declared that his client Hirving Lozano will not be leaving Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven during the January transfer window; and Liverpool are reportedly closing on a £27m deal to sign Trabzonspor teenager Abdulkadir Omur, who is being seen as a long-term replacement for Adam Lallana.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Naby Keita has not reached the same levels he performed at with Leipzig since joining Liverpool says Jurgen Klopp, but he remains undeterred by the midfielder’s potential; Roy Hodgson admits signing a striker is Crystal Palace’s top priority during the January transfer window; Gary Madine has passed his Sheffield United medical ahead of completing his loan move from Cardiff until the end of the season; and Manchester United are set to offer Yannick Carrasco an escape route from China where he is playing for Dalian Yifang, reports the Sun on Sunday.

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