Transfer deadline day: Man U hunt Celtic's Victor Wanyama
Alex Ferguson sees the Kenyan playmaker filling the shoes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs
IT'S BEEN the least exciting transfer window in living memory, but could that change on deadline day as deals are wheeled and dealed?
In truth, there doesn't seem to be much in the pipeline, though Caughtoffside.com claims that Manchester United will launch an £8m bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama (above).
The Bhoys are said to be reluctant to sell the Kenyan playmaker, who arrived at Parkhead 18 months ago in a £900,000 move from Belgian club Beerschot. But according to Caughtoffside, United hope that by tabling a bid they will alert Wanyama to their interest and perhaps prompt him to seek a move south.
United boss Alex Ferguson has been tracking the 21-year-old for a while and sees him as the long-term replacement for the veteran duo of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
The official Liverpool website has confirmed that they have snapped up midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan. The Reds sent a negotiating team to Italy at the start of the week and it's paid off, with the 20-year-old Brazilian becoming Liverpool's second signing of the January transfer following the arrival from Chelsea of Daniel Sturridge.
It's believed Liverpool handed over £8.5m to Inter Milan and Coutinho is delighted at the move. "I'm feeling very happy, it's a very important step in my career," the young playmaker told the official website. "I'm expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch."
Everton have confirmed that their attempt to sign FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer has turned turtle. It had been assumed that the deal was done and dusted after the Dutch club accepted the Toffees' £8.6m offer earlier in the week. But when the 23-year-old underwent a medical it was discovered by the Everton staff that Fer's knee wasn't what it should be, a result of a serious injury sustained on international duty in September.
According to Goal.com, Everton attempted to "restructure the deal with part of the fee based on appearances made for the club". But that didn't go down well in Holland with Twente chairman Joop Munsterman blasting: "[Everton] can come up with any demand they wish but we're not playing along with their demands."
In response Everton chief executive Robert Elstone admitted the collapse of the transfer was a "real shame" but added: "The transfer didn't go smoothly and there were some issues in the end but as our fans would expect we have to put the club's interests and finances first."
So with more than £8m burning a hole in their pocket, are Everton poised to make a bid for Fernando Amorebieta? According to Talksport the Athletic Bilbao centre-back is "ready to quit" Spain in favour of Goodison Park.
The 27-year-old has spent all his career at Bilbao but is apparently unsettled after the club began selling some of its top players, including Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich. Bilbao have offered Amorebieta a new five-year deal worth a total of £8.5m but Talksport claims that unless the Venezuela international agrees to the deal by the end of the week, "the proposition will be withdrawn".
It's believed Everton manager David Moyes is monitoring the situation and is also aware that the South American holds a Spanish passport, meaning there wouldn't be a need for a work visa.