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Transfer news LIVE: Friday February 1

  • Leeds United did not wrap up a deal for Daniel James and the reason why has been revealed
  • Newcastle fans face a wait before seeing record-signing Miguel Almiron play under Rafa Benitez
  • Chelsea sanctioned a late deal with a Premier League rival benefitting from the decision
  • Man Utd have been told to follow up Anthony Martial’s deal by appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

09.31 UPDATE: Inter Milan plan for Ivan Perisic

Arsenal transfer target Ivan Perisic will be slowly reintegrated at Inter Milan having demanded a January move.

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti, though, says the winger has acted in the right way throughout the transfer saga.

“Perisic? Roles need to to be redefined, the transfer window has closed and he’s a professional,” Spalletti said. “He’ll come back to training and he’ll be reintegrated slowly.”

Arsenal made a late move for Perisic, but were unable to agree terms on a loan deal with Inter.

09.25 UPDATE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Anthony Martial

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained Manchester United’s decision to extend Anthony Martial’s deal until 2024.

“It’s a confirmation that we are happy, with him, we believe in him he’s got fantastic potential, he’s had ups and downs he’s been top scorer, hes’s been developing, as a young lad moving abroad it’s not easy but he knows he’s going to stay here for the coming future and I believe in him,” Solskjaer said.

Solskjaer is tipped Martial, who has bagged eight times in the Premier League this term, to do big things.

“Very good, he’s a fantastic finisher, great ability, he’s young, he’s intelligent, knows he’s football, I’d like him to do a couple more runs in behind but I’ve not seen many player with the quick feet and the skills in the last third as he has so we’re gonna build his career and hopefully he’ll grab the chance with both feet,” Solskjaer added.

08.51 UPDATE: Sunderland forced to wait

Sunderland are waiting to see if a deal for Will Grigg was pushed through in time, manager Jack Ross has revealed.

“It’s well documented that we had a bid accepted for Will Grigg very late last night, and my understanding is that it looks like that will all go ahead,” Ross said.

“We are waiting for FA approval. Over the next hour or so we should get confirmation of that.”

Sunderland had tracked Northern Ireland international Grigg throughout January and tried to arrange a late move with Wigan yesterday.

08.20 UPDATE: Late Chelsea exit

Chelsea recalled Michy Batshuayi from a loan spell at Valencia before sending the striker to Crystal Palace late last night.

With minutes to go before the January transfer window closed, Chelsea allowed Batshuayi to join London rivals Palace until the end of the season.

The Belgium international will be eager to prove himself in the Premier League having only got a fleeting chance at Stamford Bridge.

The switch is his third loan move since joining Chelsea in 2016, with a stint at Borussia Dortmund preceding his spell at Valencia.

08.00 UPDATE: Newcastle revelation

Newcastle wrapped up the £21m club-record signing of Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United yesterday.

However, the St James’ Park faithful will have to be patient because he cannot play this weekend.

Paraguay international Almiron is waiting on a work permit in the wake of his transfer to Newcastle.

And that means he will not feature as Rafa Benitez’s Magpies take on Tottenham on Saturday.

07.40 UPDATE: Leeds failure

Leeds United proved unable to get a deadline-busting deal for Daniel James over the line but it was not all their fault.

Last month Marcelo Bielsa and co. identified James as a target who could aid their bid for promotion from the Championship.

And they worked hard to put an agreement in place before last night’s 11pm deadline, only for the move to fall through.

BBC Sport reckon Leeds counted the cost of Swansea making a last-minute u-turn and deciding not to sell so they can try to convince James to sign a new contract.

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