Liverpool told extra £11m will seal key January midfielder transfer as Spurs consider bold Bayern Munich raid

A roundup of some of the latest updates on the January transfer rumour mill - including Liverpool, Spurs and West Ham news
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We are entering the final stages of the January transfer window and while there are still deals lingering close to the finish line, many look like they are going to be put on ice until the summer. Premier League clubs are scrambling to bring in reinforcements to aid their respective season missions but with it being halfway through the season, some deals are proving trickier than others.

How many transfers will be finalised before the winter Deadline Day? There are plenty of rumours to digest so let's get stuck into some of the latest from this week.

West Ham loan offer 'makes no sense'

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West Ham reportedly tried to bring Emile Smith Rowe to the London Stadium on loan this month but Fabrizio Romano has claimed this 'makes no sense' for Mikel Arteta's side, who are looking to make up some cash through player sales.

Speaking on the Caught Offside YouTube channel this week, the transfer expert said it 'makes no sense' for Arsenal to let Smith Rowe leave on loan but a January exit could still be possible if they are presented with an 'important proposal or permanent transfer' for the midfielder.

"West Ham tried to make a deal happen on loan for Smith Rowe, not even a buy-option clause included and Arsenal are never going to accept that," Romano said.

The 3AM Verdict: Arsenal are in a position where they can't afford to turn down offers for their fringe players but it must be a permanent deal for them to add much-needed cash to their own transfer funds. Smith Rowe has struggled for regular playing time over the last two seasons and at 23, his best years are still ahead of him. His current Transfermarkt value is €25 million (£21m) so West Ham could sign him for a fairly friendly price. Plus, with Pablo Fornals out of contract this summer and Lucas Paquetá sidelined due to injury, the Irons will benefit from a new midfielder who is itching to prove himself.

Liverpool must find extra £11m for midfielder

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Liverpool have registered their interest in Teun Koopmeiners as they look to bring in a new defensive midfielder. The Atalanta star is attracting some attention this window but the club aren't willing to let him go easy. According to TuttoAtalanta, the Reds are 'preparing to launch' a £40 million offer for Koopmeiners but the club are reportedly looking for somewhere in the region of €60-65 million (£51-56m).

Liverpool will need to up their bid if they want to get a deal done for the 25-year-old this window, otherwise the talks will trickle into the summer instead.

The 3AM Verdict: Koopmeiners would be a big signing for Liverpool but his price tag may not be doable this month, especially if there's a chance of a lower fee at the end of the season. It seems the Italian side are reluctant to let the 25-year-old leave halfway through the season, so talks may be easier when the summer market opens up.

The Reds have Wataru Endō but they are still searching for another No.6 option, particularly one who can really fill the gap left behind by Fabinho. Koopmeiners can also play more centrally and as a No.10, so his versatility will certainly benefit Jurgen Klopp's side.

Spurs considering Bayern Munich superstar

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After signing Harry Kane and now Eric Dier, Bayern Munich are now on the other end of the scope as Tottenham Hotspur return the attention. According to Fichajes, Spurs are one of the three Premier League sides in the running to sign Leroy Sané, who is 'destined' to leave the club this year, with his contract due to expire in 2025.

There's a lot of competition to take on if Ange Postecoglou wants to bring in the former Manchester City star but with his exit seemingly imminent, who will Sané turn to?

The 3AM Verdict: Any club would benefit from having a player like Sané at their club. He was impressive at City and he has continued his blistering form in Germany but Spurs may need to have a rejig in their attack if they do bring him in. Sané can play on both the left and right wing, which is hugely beneficial, but it could force the exit of some key players.

If he plays on the right, Dejan Kulusevski and Brennan Johnson will be bumped down the pecking order but if he plays on the left, Spurs will probably shift Son Heung-min into the No.9 role, leaving no room for Richarlison. It's a tricky puzzle to consider but with 18 goal contributions in 17 league fixtures, it's very hard not to want to snap up Sané.

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