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Griezmann twist

07.50: Antoine Griezmann has supposedly told Real Madrid he will reject Barcelona if Los Blancos meet his demands.

In recent months Barcelona have emerged as surprising front runners for the player’s signature, with Griezmann being mooted as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez.

Yet Spanish outlet Diario Gol say the player is ready to turn his back on Barcelona to sign for Madrid instead – yet only if the club bow to his demands. 

The striker is only ready to go to Real if they promise him first-team football.

Los Blancos’ current forwards are all misfiring, leading to talk one of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale or Karin Benzema will jump ship at the end of the season.

And Griezmann wants to be promised a place in Zinedine Zidane’s XI, such is his reluctance to make do with a place among the substitutes.

The 26-year-old is also said to want help in order to realise his dream of winning the Ballon d’Or.

Keita deal close

07.20: Liverpool are close to an agreement with RB Leipzig for the early signing of Naby Keita.

Liverpool did a deal with the Germans last year to sign Keita in the upcoming summer window.

But, after selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, are hoping to bring the move forward.

Talk of the move happening sooner has escalated this weekend with it emerging he has registered a company in the UK.

Bundelisga expert Lee Price has told Express Sport the deal could happen and transfer guru Ian McGarry believes talks are close to reaching an agreement.

McGarry told The Transfer Window podcast: “I do believe that an agreement is close to be agreed and Liverpool will have to play in the region of close to £12m extra to RB Leipzig in order to progress Keita’s registration in this window.

“And why not? An extra £12m when you’ve just taken a profit of around £130m for what you paid for Philippe Coutinho, even with the (Virgil) Van Dijk deal put in there as well.”

Carroll no go

07.10: David Moyes insists Andy Carroll is not for sale despite interest from Chelsea.

The striker has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge with Antonio Conte keen to add another forward this month.

But Moyes says he hopes to keep his forward line intact.

“I don’t want any of them to go,” Moyes said, ahead of the Hammers’ trip to face Huddersfield.

“We have got no players here who we want to leave. We need to add to our squad. So, ideally, we strengthen. My intention is not to let anyone go.

“What I will say is we have got four or five strikers and the competition is tough for all of them.

“If we were (to let them go) it would take an awful lot of money in this window to prize them away.”

Tuanzebe could go on loan

06.50: Axel Tuanzebe could leave Manchester United on loan – depending on Eric Bailly’s fitness.

Tuanzebe is wanted by Championship club Aston Villa but Jose Mourinho admits he’s concerned with his injuries in defence.

“Tuanzebe’s a very good player that is not having lots of possibilities to play here,” Mourinho said. “But he’s our player and will be our player, no chance we give up on such a talented boy.

“But it is something we are thinking about, a loan until the end of the season. We are a bit afraid of injuries, a bit afraid of needing him, we have Eric Bailly injured, we are not free of other injuries, so we are delaying the decision and we are going to delay until the end of the transfer window.

“If we have a decision at the end of the month and feel Eric Bailly is close to being back, then probably will be good for Axel to go on a loan and be back next season, because he’s a player we like very much.”

Naby Keita joining Liverpool this month

06.40: Liverpool will sign Naby Keita on Sunday, according to reports.

Keita has registered his companied, NK8 Limited, in the UK this week.

And reports from Germany claim he will play his last game for Leipzig on Saturday.

Journalist Chris Williams tweeted: “Information from within Leipzig this evening that Naby Keita will become a Liverpool player on Sunday.”

Sanchez latest

06:15: Bookies believe Manchester United will win the race to sign Alexis Sanchez.

Over the last 48 hours the odds have been slashed from 18/1 into an odds-on 10/11 with Betfair on them  winning the transfer battle.

Manchester City were deemed nailed on to get their man but they are now as big as 15/8 to sign Sanchez. It’s 10/3 for Sanchez to be at Arsenal beyond this month.

Jose Mourinho yesterday refused to deny Manchester United have attempted to hijack City’s bid for Sanchez.

And he inferred that the Arsenal striker is too good a player for Manchester United to ignore if he is available.

The United boss tried hard not to upset the Gunners  by talking about Sanchez specifically but still said enough to suggest he wants to sign Sanchez who he describes as “a phenomenal player.”

“At the general level what I can say is myself and the Manchester United board don’t believe a lot in the January market,” he said. “We don’t believe in signing a player just to sign a player, just to do something.

“What we believe really is there are some players in the football world that if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try – and that’s it.”

Hazard contract update

06.00: Eden Hazard has claimed he will sign a new contract and Chelsea despite interest from Real Madrid.

Hazard has been linked with a move to Spain and his father said he’d rejected  a new deal at Chelsea to wait on their interest.

But now the Belgium star say he, and Thibaut Courtois, will sign new contracts.

“I think Thibaut first,” he told Mirror Football. “Then I will sign.”