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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today’s transfer news.

It has already been a busy morning of activity. Aston Villa have made their second signing of the January transfer window as they welcomed left-back Lucas Digne from Everton. Newcastle United have also announced a new arrival, signing New Zealand striker Chris Wood from Burnley.

We will also be bringing you updates from a number of moves still in development, with insight provided from our team of reporters and correspondents from across the UK and Europe. Stick with us for all of that and more.

We want to hear from you: get involved by emailing [email protected] and sharing what you think.

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January 13, 2022 at 12:45 PM EST
He only won one Brazil cap last year, but after leading the team at the Olympics and completing a sensational return to Barcelona, Dani Alves is back in the Brazil squad for their games against Ecuador and Paraguay.

Brazil not shy of picking elder statesmen of the game, with 38-year-old Alves joined by 37-year-old Thiago Silva.
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Dani Alves – a reminder of Barcelona’s glorious past and their painful present
January 13, 2022 at 12:14 PM EST
The Aston Villa winger has joined on loan until the end of the season.

El Ghazi will wear the No 34 shirt while at Goodison, in tribute to former Abdelhak Nouri.

What do you make of this one then, Everton fans? Let me know via [email protected].

(Photo: Getty Images)
January 13, 2022 at 11:45 AM EST
Striker Liam Cullen has joined Lincoln City on loan until the end of the season.

Cullen will be hoping to solve some of Lincoln's problems in front of goal, with the League One side sitting 18th having scored only 29 in 24 so far this season.
January 13, 2022 at 11:26 AM EST
Then look no further, we've got you covered.

Today's Transfer Daily show is now live.
Your Tielemans is stalling over a new #LCFC deal and wants to 'keep his options open'.

Our latest Transfer Daily show – exclusively for @ApplePodcasts subscribers – is out now.

🎙️ @danbardell, @charlotteharpur + @gunnerblog and @RobTannerLCFC https://t.co/qYVskgRzxF
January 13, 2022 at 10:59 AM EST
Here on The Athletic we will be bringing you some under-the-radar players to look out for during this year's AFCON.

Check out part one below.
⭐️ 🌍 𝗔𝗙𝗖𝗢𝗡 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀 – 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗢𝗻𝗲 🌍 ⭐️

The Athletic shines a light on some of the lesser-known stars impressing at #AFCON2021

🇪🇹 The fleet-footed Ethiopia forward
🇩🇿 The free agent with shades of Riquelme
🇬🇼 The Guinea-Bissau gem

📝 @SebSB
January 13, 2022 at 10:02 AM EST
Stina Blackstenius' contract has expired and the Sweden striker is on the market.

Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal have all been linked.

Want to find out more about her?

Well, Florence Lloyd-Hughes has got you covered.

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Why WSL sides want to sign Stina Blackstenius
January 13, 2022 at 9:46 AM EST
Leicester City will be bolstered by the return of five players for the trip to Burnley on Saturday, including James Justin.

Justin has been out since damaging his ACL against Brighton in February last year but after making his comeback in the under-23s last weekend, he is deemed ready to return to the squad, although he is expected to only make the bench.

However, Caglar Soyuncu, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Patson Daka and Luke Thomas all return from injury and could go straight into the starting line-up after Leicester were reduced to just eight senior outfield players and had to play a number of under-23s players in the FA Cup against Watford last week.

They subsequently had to postpone their midweek rearranged trip to Everton but the five returning players takes them to the 13 senior outfield players required as a minimum to fulfil fixtures in the Premier League.

“We've got a number of players returning, which is just really good news for us,” manager Brendan Rodgers said.

“We're going to be in a much better position than we were for the previous game.”
January 13, 2022 at 9:40 AM EST
Not good news, I'm afraid Brighton fans.

Enock Mwepu is looking at a "few weeks" out with a hamstring injury.

Andy Naylor has more detail on the issue here.
January 13, 2022 at 9:32 AM EST
Chris Wood admits that even he did not expect any club to trigger his £25 million Burnley release clause, following his whirlwind move to Newcastle United.

The New Zealander, who has provided double-figure goal returns in each of the past four Premier League seasons, accepts even he was surprised that a club had met the necessary price to ensure Burnley had to let him depart.

Chris Waugh has more here.

January 13, 2022 at 9:16 AM EST
The Athletic Football Podcast is one show that you have to subscribe to.

It covers everything you need to know, perfect for a lunchtime break or on your way to and from work…or the kitchen.

This week Mark Chapman & Matt Slater are joined by Stewart Robertson, managing director of Scottish Premiership champions Glasgow Rangers football club.

Click here for a fascinating listen.
January 13, 2022 at 8:40 AM EST
I know we had a thrilling El Clasico last night but there's another one just round the corner….

Barcelona have sold 50,000 tickets for their Women's Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid which is to be played at the Nou Camp on March 30.

It's the first time the reigning champions will play at the historic venue in front of fans.
5⃣0⃣.0⃣0⃣0⃣ ENTRADES VENUDES! 😱

Aconsegueix la teva entrada aquí 👉 https://t.co/9gXGmj6hSi

🔥US HI ESPEREM, OMPLIM EL CAMP NOU!🔥 pic.twitter.com/KgrqnzCr0S
January 13, 2022 at 8:34 AM EST
This month, The Athletic are looking at which positions a club needs to strengthen.

We use insight from our reporters and data from our analytics team to consider players who might fit the bill.

Today is the turn of Southampton .

They want strength in depth in every position, so who are some sensible targets for the No 10 position?
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Sensible Transfers – Southampton: Analysing No 10 options including Fulham’s rising star Carvalho
January 13, 2022 at 8:09 AM EST
Jan Paul van Hecke and Reda Khadra will spend the rest of the season at Blackburn.

The duo, who are on loan from Brighton, have been key parts of a Blackburn side that are third in the Championship.

Khadra has four goals in 16 appearances, while Van Hecke has played 12 times.
January 13, 2022 at 7:43 AM EST
Big boost for Manchester City Women who have hit the ground running with Steph Houghton's return.

She has signed a contract extension and although the club have not revealed the length of her contract, they say she has “committed her immediate future to the club”.

The England captain has been out for four months having suffered an ankle injury ahead of England's meeting with North Macedonia in September but she is back!

More detail here.
January 13, 2022 at 7:33 AM EST
"I was talking to the Leeds United owners to try to do something when they were in the Championship. The problem is that Mike Ashley came and that was a nicer girlfriend. So we went for that one (Newcastle) and lost sight of this one. Then they (Leeds) made it to the Premier League, so we missed that opportunity."

Orlegi Sports Group held talks with Newcastle in 2017 and is confident its multi-club model can work in the Premier League and beyond.

It is determined to take on a new club as soon as possible and is in discussions with at least one club in Europe.

For more on this intriguing story, click below.
January 13, 2022 at 7:24 AM EST
Riyad Mahrez was one of the star men when Algeria won the competition in 2019.

Could he do the same this time around?

Well, Sam Lee thinks so…

January 13, 2022 at 7:18 AM EST
This is a really powerful read from The Athletic's Peter Rutzler.

Adam Stansfield died aged 31, leaving behind his wife and children.

His legacy has been incredible and his son is now following in his footsteps.
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How the death of footballer Adam Stansfield inspired his family to change lives
January 13, 2022 at 7:02 AM EST
Fancy sharing your thoughts on the January transfer window?

Or perhaps, you've got a bone to pick?

Well, either way, we want to hear from you

So get involved by emailing [email protected]
January 13, 2022 at 6:54 AM EST
The Tunisia vs Mali group game on Wednesday was always going to make history… but CAF didn't want it to happen like this.

For a full debrief on what happened in a bizarre set of circumstances, click below.
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Three final whistles, two penalties, a dubious red card and a potential replay – the AFCON game mired in controversy
January 13, 2022 at 6:51 AM EST
Well, this was quite a tale…

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has said that it is looking into the incident which saw referee Janny Sikazwe blow the final whistle early twice during the Africa Cup of Nations fixture between Tunisia and Mali.

CAF has confirmed that they are gathering the match officials’ reports and will forward these to the relevant CAF bodies.

The game was initially ended after 89 minutes and 49 seconds. Tunisia’s coaching staff protested after the game, questioning the referee’s decision to end the match on the pitch. The game clock is not shown anywhere in the Limbe Stadium in Cameroon.

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