Ins and outs

Man United favourites to bag Sporting Lisbon winger and the latest transfer rumours

Elsewhere, Liverpool are close to signing another defender and Anthony Stokes appears set to leave Celtic.

Portugal Soccer Slimani has scored 17 times for Sporting this season. AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

United frontrunners for Sporting Lisbon ace: Algerian winger Islam Slimani has reportedly been scouted by Manchester United in recent months ahead of an expected bid, which would be in the region of £12m (€15m).

Reds set to sign another centre-half: Liverpool are close to securing Schalke defender Joel Matip on a free transfer at the end of the season, after the recent arrival of Steven Caulker.

Gunners bag defensive midfielder: Arsenal have announced the signing of Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel.

Surprise switch for Berahino? The West Brom striker has been looking to leave the club for some time now with Tottenham believed to be favourites, but Chelsea could now make a swoop for him this month.

Gotze’s future unclear: Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer says rumoured Liverpool target Mario Gotze won’t be sold this month but admits that German World Cup winner may not be at the club long-term. 

Villa target new recruits: Remi Garde is aiming to add Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane to his squad on a short-term deal as he looks to pull the club off the bottom of the table.

Dundee United agree deal for Stokes: The Tangerines have offered to take Ireland striker Anthony Stokes on loan for the remainder of the season, but the player has yet to decide with a number of options on the table.

Retro Deal of the Day

When Roy Hodgson took over at Inter Milan in 1995, he gave number 10 Benito Carbone an ultimatum — either play out wide or leave the club.

The colorful Italian chose the latter and found a new home in the English top flight the following year as he joined Sheffield Wednesday for a then transfer record £3m.

PA-1030017 Carbone, a bowl of pasta, and Owls boss David Pleat back in 1996. PA Archive / Press Association Images PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Carbone scored 26 goals in 107 appearances over four seasons at Hillsborough and struck up an exciting partnership with compatriot Paolo Di Canio.

Soccer - Sheffield Wednesday "What do Italians like?" "Erm, pizza...?" "Grand". EMPICS Sport EMPICS Sport

He would go on to play for Aston Villa, Bradford City, Derby County and Middlesbrough before returning for a spell in his homeland.

Watch some of his best goals for the Owls:

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