The January transfer window is in full swing, and Football FanCast’s daily roundup puts all of the biggest transfer stories doing the rounds into one convenient place.
Jack Clarke’s loan move to QPR has now been confirmed by the Championship club. The Tottenham Hotspur winger signed for the north Londoners in the summer and was then immediately loaned back to Leeds United. However, he made just one 19-minute substitute appearance in the Championship during the first half of the season, and subsequently found himself recalled by Spurs.
He now joins a QPR side that have found themselves languishing in mid-table this season, losing three of their last five games in the Championship. They will be hoping the 19-year-old can improve their fortunes.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa. The France international’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Gunners are hoping they can therefore sign him for a small fee, or potentially without cost at all – instead offering PSG the chance to get him off the wage bill six months early.
Arsenal’s interest comes amid an injury crisis at left-back. Kieran Tierney is a long-term absentee while Sead Kolasinac has been suffering from recurring injury problems – and is expected to miss this weekend’s game against Sheffield United. As an experienced international, Kurzawa is seen as a potential solution, despite doubts over his attitude in France.
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Aston Villa are hoping to snap up striker Mbwana Samatta in a £10m deal, according to BBC Sport. The Tanzanian international, who boasts 20 goals for his country, has found the net 10 times across all competitions this season, including seven strikes in the Belgian top flight.
Villa are in desperate need of added firepower for the second half of the campaign with summer signing Wesley out for the rest of the season and the club hoping to part with Jonathan Kodjia, who has barely featured in the Premier League this season.
There is still some way to go in this saga, however, with the finer details of the transfer yet to be agreed.
West Ham have confirmed Martin Samuelsen’s departure to Championship side Hull City. The Irons signed the midfielder from Manchester City back in 2015 with high hopes of him becoming a first-team regular. However, the youngster only ever made two first-team appearances for the East London club, instead spending time out on loan with the likes of Peterborough, Burton and Haugesund.
The 22-year-old now finds him representing a Tigers outfit in need of greater consistency – they have won eleven but lost 10 Championship games this season. Hull will also be hoping Samuelsen can help ease the burden on their in-demand talisman Jarrod Bowen.