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Football transfer rumours: Benteke and Musa to join West Brom?

Scott Murray
·2-min read
<span>Photograph: Alastair Grant/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Alastair Grant/Reuters

Arsenal had the FA Cup wrested from their paws at the weekend, so are cheering themselves up with some retail therapy. It looks like they might have landed Martin Ødegaard, the New Messi of 2015, on loan from Real Madrid until the end of the season. Real Sociedad are however still hoping to entice him back to San Sebastian, where he enjoyed himself during the 2019-20 season. Arsenal are therefore hedging their bets by keeping close tabs on Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendía.

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Demarai Gray has of late been dribbling down the metaphorical blind alley at Leicester City. The 24-year-old winger hasn’t quite delivered on all that early promise, and he’s out of contract in the summer, but Crystal Palace are prepared to stump up a couple of million to land him now. Palace meanwhile will offload Christian Benteke to West Brom, who are also interested in winger Ahmed Musa, formerly of Leicester but currently without a job.

Available on loan: Chelsea starlet Billy Gilmour and ever-youthful Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard. Their destinies are as of yet unknown, but keep checking in as the Rumour Mill keeps on grinding for what could be a busy final week of the January transfer window. In fact, you’d have thought the Mill would be picking up to industrial speed about now, powered by all the emergency centre-backs Liverpool are being linked with.

Yes, you’d have thought so. A battle in the summer with Manchester United for Dayot Upamecano, and another attempt to convince David Alaba to choose Anfield over the Bernabéu when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season, don’t really address a rather more immediate issue. A strange business, all told.

Burnley also want to bolster their defence but, unlike the champions, aren’t faffing around. Nottingham Forest captain Joe Worrall is very much in their sights.

Liverpool are preparing to make one move, though, and it’s a million-pound bid for young Derby County striker Kaide Gordon. But given Manchester United are also interested in the 16-year-old prospect, Rams boss Wayne Rooney may have one or two things to say about that particular wheeze.