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Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool and Man United made today’s transfer headlines

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THE transfer window is expected to hot up over the next week or so as the clock ticks towards deadline day.

It has been a relatively quiet month so far, but that is often the case in January, and the speculation is beginning to increase.

The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool made the headlines today as Premier League clubs begin to make their moves.

West Bromwich Albion are close to signing former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi. (The Guardian)

Paul Lambert says a deal to take Manchester City forward Scott Sinclair to Aston Villa is dead. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea are considering making a £20m offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa. (The Guardian)

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson admits Newcastle’s interest in Dele Alli is more than just paper talk. (Daily Telegraph)

Jose Mourinho says it would take a “phenomenal” effort to persuade Chelsea to sell Andre Schurrle this month. (BBC)

Arsenal have made an offer to sign Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi at the end of the season. (Metro)

Chelsea are working on a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian forward Douglas Costa. (The Sun)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Raheem Sterling will sign a new deal soon. (Sky Sports)

David de Gea’s Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes has refused to rule out a move to Real Madrid for the Man United goalkeeper. (Marca)

Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has been offered to Queens Park Rangers. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are lining up a move for Fiorentina goalkeeper Norberto Neto, bringing Wojciech Szczesny’s future into further doubt. (Daily Mail)

Tony Pulis has confirmed West Bromwich Albion’s interest in Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman and Man United’s Darren Fletcher. (The Times)

Man United are hoping to beat Arsenal to the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista with a late bid. (Daily Star)

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has confirmed the club’s interest in Norwich City left-back Martin Olsson and Stuttgart midfielder Alexandru Maxim. (Wales Online)

Man City have asked Southampton to keep them informed about the availability of forward Jay Rodriguez. (Manchester Evening News)

Javier Hernandez could return to Man United in the summer, with Real Madrid not likely to make his loan move permanent. (Daily Express)

Roma want Chelsea to accept an offer of £380,000 as they try to sign Mohamed Salah on loan for the rest of the season. (London Evening Standard)

Hull City want to sign Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon. (Hull Daily Mail)

Bournemouth have seen a third bid for Birmingham City starlet Demarai Gray rejected. (Birmingham Mail)

Meanwhile, it is relatively quiet on the transfer front at Sunderland.