x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Transfer talk: January 7 - Nelsen set for MLS move, Michu sale ruled out

The National's daily guide to the latest big name moves and deals taking place across world football.

Swansea City's Spanish midfielder Michu.
Swansea City's Spanish midfielder Michu.
Harry Redknapp has pledged to scour the world to find the players to rescue Queens Park Rangers' season.

After watching his side gain a fortunate 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion in front of just 8,984 fans at Loftus Road in the FA Cup third round, the manager of the Premier League's bottom club revealed he faces losing the key defender and club vice-captain Ryan Nelsen in the January transfer window.

Nelsen, 35, has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer in the United States, potentially with his former club DC United, and Redknapp believes if he goes it would be a blow to QPR's survival hopes.

Redknapp said: "Nelsen is very important to us, a fantastic leader, a top player. But he has been offered a job in America and I think there is every chance he might want to go. He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.

"He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He's one of the best pros I've ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer. He is a massive part of our team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us."

Nelsen has six months remaining of a one-year deal but Redknapp said: "I'll have to speak to the owner to see what the situation is with that. We'll try [to keep him] but it is difficult."


Michael Laudrup insists there is "no way" star performer Michu will be sold by Swansea City during the January transfer window.

The Spaniard has scored 14 goals in 22 appearances for the Swans this season after taking the English Premier League by storm.

Michu's effect, following his bargain £2 million (Dh 11.8m) signing from Rayo Vallecano, has brought him to the attention of both the Spanish national coach and other clubs.

But with reported interest from Russian clubs Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi Makhachkhala, Laudrup emphasised Michu would be remaining at the Liberty Stadium.

"There is no way he will leave," said Laudrup. "It is absolutely out of the question.

"One reason is because it is so difficult to get someone in right now, and the second is that he is happy here and doesn't want to leave.

"Newcastle have just lost their top scorer midseason and that is obviously very bad. especially because it is not easy to find a guy who scores goals like him."


Wolfsburg have completed a deal to sign Ivan Perisic from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, pending a medical.

The Croatia international flew to Belek, Turkey, where the Wolves are preparing for the second half of the season after the two clubs reached an agreement over a transfer.

"I expect we will be able to present Ivan as a new signing over the course of today," said Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs on his club's website.

Perisic will sign for Wolfsburg upon successfully passing his medical today.

Meanwhile, Wolfsburg have sent midfielder Jungbin Park on loan to Greuther Furth for 18 months.

"It is important for him that he is able to gain match practice at professional level, which is why this is the right step for his further development," said Allofs.

The 18-year-old will spend the rest of the current season and all of next on loan with the Bavarians.


Jose Anigo, sporting director at Marseille, admits his side could sell striker Loic Remy this month.

The 26-year-old has been hampered by injuries this season, limiting him to just one goal, but is reportedly on Newcastle's radar as they seek a replacement for Demba Ba.

"Some English clubs are looking at our players and have not yet come knocking on the door," Anigo said.

"It will come.  The only window of opportunity at the moment is for Loic Remy, if a big club comes for him and he is interested. We will see, but otherwise no one will go.

"His succession of injuries has hampered him, and saw him miss the Euros. But I think he is back. I can see in training there is a renewed confidence.

"But if he left, we still have a strong attack with (Andre-Pierre) Gignac and Jordan Ayew. We are well armed."


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Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan is to train with Glasgow Rangers - but will be unable to complete a move to the Scottish side until September this year because of a transfer embargo.

The 20-year-old, currently with Central Coast Mariners, will spend the next 10 days training with the Scottish Third Division side ahead of his contract expiring.

But because Rangers are under a transfer embargo because of their previous financial problems, the earliest he would be able to complete a move is September.


Luis Advincula, the Peru international, has joined Bundesliga struggers Hoffenheim.

The 22-year-old, who has 20 caps and can play as a right back or winger, was signed from Ukrainian club Tavriya Simferopol - although he had been on loan at Sporting Cristal in his homeland.


Yuto Nagatomo has signed a contract extension at Inter Milan.

The 26-year-old Japan defender has extended his deal to keep him at the San Siro until June 2016.

Nagatomo joined Inter from Cesena in 2011.


Johan Djourou has joined Bundesliga side Hannover on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The Switzerland international, who has made 144 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side, has already passed a medical ahead of the move.

The 25-year-old has appeared just twice for Arsenal this season, captaining the side during in their English League Cup wins over Coventry and Reading.

A statement on the Arsenal website read: "Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Johan well for his time in Germany."