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.