Soccer / football transfers
Raul Uche joins Betis on loan
Young Leicester City striker Raul Uche has joined Real Betis on a loan deal until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. The 20-year-old joined the Foxes from Rayo Vallecano in his native Spain in the summer of 2016 and has since gone on to feature for the Club's Development Squad in the last two seasons. Versatile and quick, the Madrid-born attacker joins the La Liga outfit as they look to maintain a strong start to the season that sees them seventh in the table.
Koziello joins Koln
Koln have been given a boost in their bid to avoid relegation after France under-21 midfielder Vincent Koziello agreed to join them from Nice. The diminutive 22-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half-year contract. A quick and technically gifted central midfielder, Koziello helped Nice reach the UEFA Champions League thanks to a third-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season. This season Koziello played 15 league matches for Lucien Favre's side and also started seven games in the Champions League qualifying rounds and the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Everton complete Walcott signing
Everton have completed the £20m signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal. Sam Allardyce was desperate to sign the England international to boost his side's goal threat. And he's now wrapped up a £20m deal for Walcott - despite Arsenal orignally wanting £30m. Walcott leaves the Gunners after tumbling down the pecking order in the past 12 months. The 28-year-old has made just 15 appearances this season but hasn't started a Premier League game since April last year.
Lisandro Lopez joins Inter Milan on loan
Inter Milan have signed defender Lisandro Lopez on loan from Benfica, with an option for a permanent transfer in the summer. Lopez, 28, underwent a medical on Monday night, after a first training session at Inter's Pinetina training centre, and is likely to make his debut on Sunday against Roma, though he will be probably start from the bench and come in as a substitute.
Dortmund sign Akanji from Basel
Borussia Dortmund have signed Swiss defender Manuel Akanji from Basel for a fee thought to be about €21.5m. The 22-year-old scored five goals in 42 league appearances and also made four appearances for Switzerland. He played every game as Basel progressed from their Champions League group. The Bundesliga club says Akanji signed a deal through to June 2022.
Leicester sign striker Fousseni Diabate
Leicester have signed Fousseni Diabate from French Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio for £4.4million. The 22-year-old striker has agreed to join the Foxes on a four-and-a-half-year deal and will become Claude Puel's second signing this month after the announcement of Adrien Silva. Born in France but represents Mali internationally, Diabate has been the subject of interest among many clubs across Europe but has decided to join the former Premier League champions.
M'Vila joins Saint-Etienne
Saint-Etienne have completed the signing of French international midfielder Yann M'Vila. The 27-year-old returns to France after five years away, joining Les Verts from the Russian club Rubin Kazan, who had released him from his contract. He has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of next season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. M'Vila, who has also had loan spells at Internazionale and Sunderland, has won 22 caps for France, although the last of those came against Spain at Euro 2012.
Pritchard completes Huddersfield move
Huddersfield have completed the signing of Alex Pritchard from Norwich on a three-and-a-half year deal from Championship side Norwich City. The midfielder joins the EPL team for a fee understood to be in the region of €13.5m, with the option for the club to extend his deal by a further year. Pritchard has become Huddersfield's second January signing after the loan acquisition of Terence Kongolo.
Castan joins Cagliari on loan
Roma have confirmed that defender Leandro Castan has joined Cagliari on a six-month loan deal. The agreement runs until 30 June 2018. Castan joined Roma in the summer of 2012, and has since gone on to make 81 appearances for the club - scoring one goal.
Barcelona signs defender Yerry Mina
Barcelona have signed Colombia defender Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras. Barcelona is paying 11.8 million euros for Mina, who will become the first Colombian to play an official game for the Spanish club. Mina was a key part for Palmeiras when it won the Brazilian league in 2016 and was runner-up last year. Barcelona had a deal with Palmeiras to bring him in the middle of the year for about €9m, but agreed to pay extra and advance the deal because of the recent injury to Samuel Umtiti.