Everton will consider Ross Barkley among their goals for loan signings in January as Rafa Benitez looks to strengthen his squad for the second half of the season.
Barkley, who left Goodison Park for Chelsea four years ago, could be cleared to leave on a short-term contract if Thomas Tuchel believes he has numbers to face a busy schedule.
It is understood that he was discussed at Everton as a potential arrival on loan, which hints at the possibility that one of their great youth talents will return to Merseyside, eight years after entering the first team under Roberto Martinez as a teenager.
The 28-year-old was loaned out to Aston Villa last season and since his return he has only started one Premier League game, with his other appearances in Tuchel’s squad coming in Cup matches. EFL and in the last Champions League group match.
Benitez would welcome competition in his squad from an attacking midfielder like Barkley, as well as his full-back options when the window opens next month.
QPR wants Bournemouth captain
Queens Park Rangers were beaten by Bournemouth on Monday night and are interested in their club captain Steve Cook.
Cook, 30, has started three league appearances this season and has fallen out of favor under Scott Parker, with QPR looking to move quickly to land the center-back for his own promotional ambitions.
They face competition from Nottingham Forest, with Steve Cooper looking to strengthen his backline at the City Ground for the second half of the campaign.
Free transfers are key to recruiting in January
Clubs usually look to players from Scandinavia and America for free transfers in January, but might unexpectedly come closer to home this time around.
The impact of Covid-19 has seen players arrive at English clubs on short-term deals that end mid-season. Willy Cabellero, Andy Carroll, and Phil Jagielka have all played games, which makes them more attractive to managers compared to free agents who have trained on their own.
Caballero signed a short-term contract at Southampton to cover the goalkeeper injury crisis, while Carroll played for Reading and scored in the victory over Swansea City. Jagielka, 39, will also be available after playing regular games at Derby.
Ferran Torres completes Man City exit
Ferran Torres has completed the final stages of his move from Manchester City to Barcelona, ââdespite the Camp Nou financial crisis which saw them lose Lionel Messi this summer.
But the terms of the Â£ 55million deal, including additions, mean payments will be staggered and major payments will not begin until next year.
Leeds will miss the American midfielder
Leeds United are expected to miss US midfielder Brenden Aaronson following Red Bull Salzburg’s qualification to the Champions League round of 16.
The Austrian club face Bayern Munich in their round of 16 in February and Aaronson’s departure is considered distant as they have so much to play for.
The 21-year-old impressed in his first two seasons in Europe after playing senior football as a teenager at the Philadelphia Union.