football news round-up – friday, january 11

06:30    11 Jan 2019

Anthony Pilkington
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Friday, January 11.

International and European club football

UEFA released a statement saying that it is still open to the idea of Tottenham Hotspurs hosting a home UEFA Champions League match at their new ground, should they progress that far; and UEFA announced their rule changes for the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages on Wednesday - which come into effect this season.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Arsenal can only afford to loan players during the January transfer window and cannot make permanent signings, says manager Unai Emery; Wigan Athletic have signed forward Anthony Pilkington on an 18-month deal subject to international clearance; and manager Ian McCall says no Ayr United players will be sold this month unless they are immediately loaned back.

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

Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel stated that the team's Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinal exit at the hands of Guingamp has changed nothing regarding the January transfer window; FC Groningen have ended the loan spell of Mexican starlet Uriel Antuna six months earlier than planned, sending him back to parent club Manchester City; Leeds United striker Caleb Ekuban has told Haber61 that he wants to make his loan move to Turkish side Trabzonspor permanent, after settling in well at his new club; and SIMA Product Andre Shinyashiki impressed on the final day of 2019 MLS Combine.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Chelsea will reportedly report Bayern Munich to FIFA if they find evidence of an illegal approach by the Bundesliga club to Callum Hudson-Odoi, his family or his representatives; West Ham are said to have rejected an offer of £35m from a Chinese Super League club for Marko Arnautovic but could be tempted to sell if they receive a bid closer to £50m; and Manchester United reportedly paid Jose Mourinho's £15m compensation package immediately after he was sacked.

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