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Taylor’s Tuesday Transfers brings you all the latest transfer window news (Image: GETTY and Ian Scammell)

Hello and welcome to the second installment of Taylor’s Tuesday Transfers in January, after 10 weeks of chaos last summer. The winter window is really starting to kick in as top clubs set off in search of new signings in time for the Premier League’s return, while the majority of managers are keen to remove deadwood from their squads as well. Before I get to some of this week’s stories, I would just like to thank everyone who watched my first YouTube video last week, if you haven’t watched yet you can. here. My second video will be released later this week …

Tottenham try 17 sensational out-of-league goals

Tottenham have invited Ramsgate forward Joshua Ajayi, 19, to train with the club this week at Hotspur Way after catching the attention of scouts while in action for seaside club Kent.

The much-loved teenager, who is the son of professional boxing coach Tunde Ajayi, has scored 17 goals this season in the Southeast Isthmian League (stage 4) – topping the scorers’ standings.

Ajayi can play wide or in the middle and was a product of the Crystal Palace academy before his release in the summer of 2020.

League Two side Stevenage also likes the young striker and is said to be preparing an offer for his services.

Up to 20 clubs have watched Ajayi in action this season for the Rams, who are now poised to support their player’s dreams of a break from pro play.

This isn’t the first time in recent years that Ramsgate has taken an interest in his young players, either.

In 2018, forward Rory Smith enjoyed a successful try with Scottish Premiership team Aberdeen before deciding to stay put at Southwood.

A year later, teenage center-back Jacob Mensah – who now plays for League side One Morecambe – signed for Crystal Palace after the Eagles beat players like Wolves and Cardiff to his signing.

On Monday evening, Ajayi returned to Ramsgate’s ‘Talent Center’ to meet some of the club’s future stars, offering advice and guidance to the children ahead of the start of his trial with Spurs.

Ramsgate forward Joshua Ajayi

Ramsgate forward Joshua Ajayi to stand trial with Tottenham Hotspur this week (Image: Ramsgate FC)

Newcastle prioritize overseas signings

Newcastle are expected to prioritize arrivals from overseas after encountering problems in making deals with other Premier League clubs, according to Express Sport.

With the Magpies locked in a dreaded battle against the downside, Eddie Howe is now getting restless in the search for reinforcements from the club, especially after the 1-0 FA Cup third round clash against League One side Cambridge on Saturday.

Still, doing business with Premier League rivals is now proving difficult as there appears to be a reluctance to shake hands with Newcastle in the wake of the club’s 305million takeover of the club. pound sterling.

Understandably, Burnley refuses to strike up a conversation with the Magpies about two of their key players: James Tarkowski and Chris Wood.

Not only are the Clarets determined to retain two of their most valuable assets this winter in their quest for survival, the idea of ​​bolstering a relegation rival is also completely ruled out.

Newcastle have also expressed interest in West Ham’s Issa Diop, but the Hammers are not interested in selling the Frenchman this month due to a number of notable injuries in defense.

Moreover, Liverpool have refused to sell Newcastle Divock Origi while Lucas Digne appears to have snubbed the Magpies in favor of a move to Aston Villa.

So far, Newcastle’s experience from the January transfer window to date has forced them to attack the European market, where there is a feeling that the negotiations are more viable.

Discussions are underway with Stade Reims over the signing of 19-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike, who has eight goals in Ligue 1 this season.

Newcastle have also had formal talks with Monaco over signing 20-year-old center-back Benoît Badiashile, but any deal now seems unlikely after the defender suffered a muscle injury against Nantes last weekend, while Diego Carlos of Seville remains of great interest.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Abdou Diallo has also been offered to the club in recent months, although AC Milan have set their sights on the Frenchman after also being told by Lille that Sven Botman is not for sale.

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Eddie Howe and Newcastle

Eddie Howe and Newcastle struggle to recruit recruits in January (Image: GETTY)

Search for Arsenal midfielder intensifies

Arsenal want to sign a new central midfielder this week – ideally in time for the North London derby on Sunday with Tottenham.

Mikel Arteta is wiped out in the middle of the park, although the club’s lack of body in the department is partly his own fault.

While the loss of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny to the Africa Cup of Nations is unfortunate timing, Arteta recently sanctioned the release on loan of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who joined Roma until the end of the season.

Granit Xhaka has since been stricken with a positive COVID-19 test, meaning Albert Sambi Lokonga is the Gunners’ only available senior central midfielder.

Young academy prospect Charlie Patino was given a starting spot in the FA Cup loss at Nottingham Forest on Sunday, but his performance suggests he is not yet ready to feature on a regular basis.

Arsenal have a few backstage dishes with technical director Edu particularly keen on a loan deal for compatriot Arthur Melo.

However, although there has been no club-to-club contact, Juventus are now keen to keep the Brazil international after his impressive appearance on the bench in Sunday’s 4-3 win in Rome.

The introduction of Arthur and Alvaro Morata completely changed the game for the Bianconeri, who came back 3-1 in the second half to turn the game around.

Elsewhere, Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes remains of great interest but given his price tag (valued at around £ 40million) any deal may have to wait until summer.

One name that presents a window of opportunity is Denis Zakaria of Borussia Mönchengladbach, whose contract is due to expire in June.

Gladbach is set to accept offers in the order of £ 6million this month to avoid losing the Switzerland international on a free transfer at the end of the season.

As an exclusive snapped by Express Sport last week – pending a negative COVID-19 test – Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun will travel to Teeside on Tuesday to undergo a medical with Middlesbrough ahead of his one-season loan change.

Newcastle could block Chelsea deal

Newcastle could hamper Chelsea’s chances of reviving a deal to sign Jules Kounde this summer if they manage to secure a deal in January for Diego Carlos.

The Magpies saw a £ 25million opening bid rejected for the Brazilian earlier last week, but could still come back with an improved offer.

However, Sevilla are keen on keeping Carlos this month as the club are currently second in La Liga as they chase leaders Real Madrid.

But Andalusians are no strangers to a player sale with sporting director Monchi, one of the best wheel dealers in the business.

Still, if Carlos leaves Roman Sanchez Pizjuan, Chelsea may face problems if they wish to rekindle their interest in Kounde.

Selling the club’s two first-choice center-backs nearby does not appeal to Sevilla at all.

Chelsea are set to return for the 23-year-old Frenchman at the end of the season – after seeing a £ 42.5million offer rejected last summer – with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta all currently without a contract.

Interestingly, Kounde also has a role to play in Newcastle’s pursuit of Carlos.

The defender was forced to a halt at halftime with a back injury on Sunday against Getafe and if the issue called Kounde to a spell on the sidelines, Sevilla would have to reject any move from Newcastle for Carlos this month.

Jules Koundé

Chelsea love Jules Kounde but Newcastle want to sign central partner Diego Carlos (Image: GETTY)

Brighton gets closer to ‘Paraguayan football diamond’

Brighton are getting closer to signing Club Libertad forward Julio Enciso, 17.

The teenage winger, who has already been selected twice by Paraguay at the international level, has been identified by the South American scouting network of the Seagulls, which had already advocated the signings of Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister in recent years. .

Graham Potter’s side have shown their willingness to invest in young prospects across the globe since being appointed and have already shelled out £ 8million to land 18-year-old Poland international Kacper Kozlowski this month.

Club Libertad chiefs are due to meet on Wednesday to determine Enciso’s future with Brighton in pole position to sign the “Paraguayan football diamond”.

The teenage winger, who has already been selected twice by Paraguay at the international level, has been identified by the South American scouting network of the Seagulls, which had already advocated the signings of Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister in recent years. .

Graham Potter’s side have shown their willingness to invest in young prospects across the globe since being appointed and have already shelled out £ 8million to land 18-year-old Poland international Kacper Kozlowski this month.

Club Libertad chiefs are due to meet on Wednesday to determine Enciso’s future with Brighton in pole position to sign the “Paraguayan football diamond”.

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Club Libertad Julio Enciso

Brighton move closer to Club Libertad striker Julio Enciso (Image: GETTY)

Josh Maja could return to England

Former Sunderland Netflix star Josh Maja could return to England in January, with Bordeaux desperate to get rid of the Nigeria international.

Maja spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham, where he scored three times in 15 Premier League appearances under Scott Parker.

It is understood that the French club are said to be ready to accept offers in the range of £ 3-4million for the striker.

Bordeaux are under pressure to release funds due to financial difficulties off the pitch and Maja is one of many players identified as transferable this month.

He could prove to be an attractive generic option for Newcastle as they continue their search for a striker.

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