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Transfer news: Arsenal Brandt boost, Ramos update – today’s football gossip

By Tom Dutton

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Published: 0:21, 8 January 2021

Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Julian Brandt while West Ham are reportedly poised to conclude the sale of Sabastien Haller.

Haller’s move is expected to go through on Friday, potentially paving the way for Josh King to seal a move to the London Stadium.

Elsewhere, talks between Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos reportedly remain in stalemate.

Why Ramos contract talks are stalling

Source: AS

Ramos could be set to leave Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer if the club cannot get past a key stumbling block in negotations with the defender.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among the favourites to land Ramos at the end of the season if he does not agree new terms at the Bernabeu.

AS claims the negotiations have hit a snag over Real’s insistance that Ramos takes a 10 per cent salary drop to remain in Madrid.

Haller completes Ajax medical

Source: The Athletic

Sebastien Haller will join Ajax on Friday after completing his medical ahead of a €22.5million move away from West Ham, according to The Athletic.

David Moyes is hoping to reshape his attack during the January window and the Hammers have been linked with Bournemouth’s Josh King as a possible replacement for the outgoing Haller.

Moyes hopes a change will unlock his attack with top-scoring frontman Jarrod Bowen averaging just 0.28 goals per game this season.

Dortmund ‘make Brandt available for loan’

Source: Bild

Borussia Dortmund have reportedly made Julain Brandt available for loan this January amid links to Arsenal.

Brandt has made just seven starts this summer but the Bundesliga club are not willing give up on him completely. The report states Dortmund recognise Brandt’s “long-term value” and as a result have alerted clubs to his availability for a temporary switch.

The news is a potential boost for the Gunners in their search for creativity in the middle though Football London claims Arsenal would prefer to negotiate a permanent move for the 24-year-old.

Sakho set for Palace exit

Source: Nice-Matin

Nice are closing in on the signing of Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho, according to French newspaper Nice-Matin.

Sakho’s Palace deal is up in the summer and Nice are reportedly set to capitalise as they move in to finalise a deal.

The 30-year-old has made just four appearances under Roy Hodgson this term and has fallen down the pecking order behind Gary Cahill, Cheikhou Kouyate, Scott Dann and James Tomkins. He is one of the highest-earners at the club and Palace will keen to get him off the wage bill.

Arsenal Ozil decision due

Mikel Arteta has confirmed a decision will be taken over Mesut Ozil’s future in “the next few days”.

The 32-year-old has been frozen out by Arteta this season and his contract is set to expire in the summer. Ozil is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides with a view to a summer move, but has also been linked with a possible switch to Fenerbahce in the current transfer window.

“We will decide what’s happening in the next few days,” Arteta said on Thursday.

“We will discuss internally what the best solution for him is for the near future, obviously with the player and agent too, and try to find the best solution for everyone.”