Two days down, 29 to go until the Transfer Window opens.
1) The big transfer story gathering momentum is Alvaro Morata to Arsenal. It actually first appeared over the weekend in the Spanish media, that the Gunners had convinced the forward to join on loan in January. The Star, and latterly The Metro, have both repeated the claims today, but have no new information on reports which carried no quotes to speak of or official confirmation in the first instance. HITC writer Olly Dawes writes that such a deal would place Arsenal in pole position to sign him permanently next summer. Morata has a superb goals record of 12 goals in 11 games for Spain's under-21 side, but has been unable to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid this season. Spanish newspaper Punto Pelota reported last week that it was in fact Tottenham who were closer to a loan deal, and they have tonight re-asserted that claim, also hinting Swansea are in the mix, so Arsenal's 'deal' is clearly not as done and dusted as The Star and Metro have their readers believe.
2) PSG playmaker Javier Pastore has moved to end speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League or Italy, insisting he wants to stay at the Ligue 1 club. The Argentine had been suggested as an option for Liverpool after a lack of playing time in the French capital, but wants to kick on prove his worth in Paris. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he won't spend for the sake of it in January.
3) Two players who are keen to move if their situations do not change, are Barcelona duo Martin Montoya and Cristian Tello. Liverpool MD Ian Ayre flew to Spain last week to discuss a deal for Montoya, whose contract expires next summer. Winger Cristian Tello has been repeatedly linked with the Reds over the past year. Both issued statements today to Spanish paper AS saying they are considering their future. Tello said he wouldn't move in January but made no assurances beyond that: "I'll wait for to see how the season goes and if by the end season do not play what I want, I will find my way out." Montoya meanwhile said: "I'm staying on the sidelines. But I'm young and I want to keep playing"
4) Speculation over Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini's January exit is growing again, after a series of tweets from the player's wife back home in Argentina urging him to rejoin her, having left England herself. Coloccini tried to leave the club last summer for 'personal reasons', but a deal could not be struck. Newcastle's promising Premier League campaign makes his departure difficult, and the club may push to try and convince him to stay until the end of the season.
5) Italian side Napoli are being linked with another deal, this time for one-time Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Gaitan. The player's agent refused to rule out a switch, with reports in Italy confirming the Argentine has been 'approved' by the Italian club's hierarchy, who intend to make an offer to Benfica in January, write Portuguese paper O Jogo.