Bournemouth have reached a deal with Manchester United to loan Ethan Laird for the remainder of the season, reports Marc McAdam.
Laird is scheduled to undergo a medical examination with the Cherries within the next 48 hours. The 20-year-old defender spent the first half of the season on loan at Swansea where he made 21 appearances.
Laird’s decision is expected to be one of many changes at Swansea, with manager Russell Martin chasing down Matt O’Riley as one of the targets of his former club MK Dons.
Brighton’s Ostigard to join Bologna
Brighton defender Leo Ostigard is getting closer to his move to Bologna in Italy, reports Elliot Cook.
According to Sky in Italy, Ostigard is due to undergo a medical examination with the Italian club on Monday afternoon. The Norwegian center-back started the season on loan at Championship club Stoke, but the Premier League side have called him back.
The Seagulls have recalled U23 defenseman Lars Dendoncker from his St Johnstone loan.
Graham Potter’s side are also expected to complete the signing of Polish starlet Kacper Koslowski this week.
Hibs secures loan for Arsenal’s Clarke
Hibernian set to sign defender Harry Clarke on first Arsenal loan deal, writes Sahil Jaidka.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan with Hibs’ Premiership rival Ross County before being called up by the north London club.
He will now move to Easter Road and become the first signing of Shaun Maloney – the Hibs boss keen to add more to his squad in this window.
Clarke has scored three goals and had two assists in his 17 Ross County appearances.
Taylor will continue to Middlesbrough
Neil Taylor is set to re-sign with Middlesbrough for the remainder of the season as Chris Wilder looks to step up his promotion, writes Lyall thomas.
The Wales left-back signed a short-term contract last summer until mid-January and has attracted interest from other clubs including Coventry.
But he is expected to stay at Riverside and then reassess his future again this summer. The 32-year-old is keen to play abroad before his career is over and has attracted interest from the Middle East and India.
Welsh international Taylor is one of the few English football players of South Asian descent. He told Sky Sports News in 2019 that he hoped one day to see a superstar emerge from the region.
Boro are interested in a loan deal for Arsenal striker Folarin Bolagun with partner Aaron Connolly up front and could sign another post before the window ends as well.
Fleetwood’s Matete could be on the move
Fleetwood midfielder Jay Matete could move up to the leagues in January, according to Keith Downie.
The 20-year-old is attracting interest from Premier League and Championship clubs, who are set to make offers for the promising youngster.
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