Soccer / football transfers
Jack Cork joins Swansea City
Swansea have completed the signing of Jack Cork from Southampton for an undisclosed fee. The midfielder, 25, has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Swans, ending a seven year association with Southampton. Cork will give manager Garry Monk further options in midfield, although he has previously featured at right-back for England U21s.
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Sinclair joins Villa on loan
Aston Villa have completed completed the loan signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City. The 25-year-old winger has joined Villa until the end of the season. Sinclair has made only 19 appearances for City since joining them in 2012, and had an unsuccessful loan stint at West Bromwich Albion last term.
Mattia Destro joins Milan
Milan have signed Italian striker Mattia Destro from league rivals Roma. The Seria A club have yet to release details of the deal for Destro, 23, who scored five times in just eight starts for second-placed Roma this term. Milan also announce the loan signing of Salvatore Bocchetti from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season. Bocchetti returns to Italian football after four seasons playing in Russia with Rubin Kazan and Spartak Moscow.
Olic set to join Hamburg
Ivica Olic has revealed he is set to leave Wolfsburg and return to former side Hamburg. The 35-year-old striker will have a medical on Friday before signing an 18-month contract. The Croatia international scored 29 goals in 78 Bundesliga games during his previous two-and-a-half-year spell at HSV before joining Bayern in 2009.
According to reports in Germany, Andre Schurrle is close to a €30m move to Wolfsburg from Chelsea and it appears the Bundesliga side are making space for that potential move by offloading the forward.
Villarreal sign Bailly
Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign Ivorian defender Eric Bailly from Espanyol for a fee of €5.7m. The 20-year-old, who is currently representing Cote d'Ivoire at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, has made just five La Liga appearances for Los Pericos since making his first team debut in October.
Palace complete double swoop
Jordon Mutch, 23, has completed his move to Crystal Palace, ending a short, ill-fated stay with Queens Park Rangers, while forward Shola Ameobi, 33, has joined until the end of the season. Mutch has penned a four-and-a-half year contract at Selhurst Park, where the midfielder becomes the first permanent acquisition of the Alan Pardew era. Ameobi has been without a club for the first half of this season after Pardew allowed him to leave Newcastle in the summer. Meanwhile, Pardew also confirmed the south London club are close to signing full-back Pape Souare from Lille.
Ramis joins Levante
Ivan Ramis has agreed to cancel his contract with Wigan Athletic and has joined Levante. The defender, 30, joined Wigan from Mallorca in 2012 but was out for nearly a year with a serious knee injury. Ramis, who has signed a six-month contract with the option of a further year at Levante, made a total of 57 appearances for Wigan, scoring five goals.
Morrison confirms Lazio deal
Ravel Morrison has confirmed he will be leaving West Ham for Lazio in the summer after putting a photo of his new club's shirt on Instragram. The controversial former Manchester United midfielder is out of contract in the summer and will join the Italian side upon the expiry of his deal at Upton Park.
Campbell joins Villarreal on loan
Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has joined Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old's move is part of the deal that will see defender Gabriel Paulista move to the Premier League club. Costa Rica international Campbell has made 10 appearances for Arsenal this season but has not scored a goal. He spent last season on loan with Greek club Olympiakos and played for his country at the 2014 World Cup.
Pape Souare moves to Palace
The Senegalese Football Federation has confirmed Lille left-back Pape Souare is heading to Crystal Palace. Palace reportedly sent a delegation to Equatorial Guinea, where Souare is playing for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, to complete his medical ahead of a move. The 24-year-old is set to become Alan Pardew's second signing of the winter window following Yaya Sanogo's loan signing from Arsenal earlier this month.