Manager Aitor Karanka expects Gaston Ramirez to remain at Middlesbrough amid rumors of an exit during the January transfer window.
In response to chatter that linked the 26-year-old with a £10 million move to Leicester City, Aitor Karanka remains confident that Gaston isn't leaving Middlesbrough. "It's just rumours. I can't understand why he wouldn't (still be at the club)," Karanka told BBC Tees. "He's been an important player here in the last year, he's really pleased to be here." Ramirez, who is currently sidelined with a knee problem, has been a vital member of Karanka's side since sealing his permanent move from Southampton, scoring nine goals and tallying seven assists in 35 appearances.
Southampton are rumoured to be tracking Borussia Monchengladbach's Julian Korb as a potential signing.
The 24 year old is primarily a right-back, who could act as able cover for Cedric as summer signing Pied has been ruled out for the season. His versatility will also appeal to Claude Puel, as he can play as a centre-back. Korb has not been essential for Borussia this term, only starting 12 matches. The Saints are also rumoured to face competition from West Ham to land the signature of the German.
Manchester United have triggered a clause in the contract of right-back Antonio Valencia to extend his contract until the summer of 2018.
Valencia's contract was due to expire in the summer. Valencia, who is now 31, arrived at Old Trafford from Wigan back in 2009 as a winger. He has since been converted to a wing-back by Louis Van Gaal after being introduced to the role by Alex Ferguson. Valencia has been a stalwart for Jose Mourinho since arriving at the club, figuring 26 times for the side. That total is only exceeded by key men Ibra, De Gea and Pogba.
Sheffield United have signed Manchester United's young full-back Joe Riley on loan until the end of the season.
The Blades, who currently sit at the summit of the League One table, had been chasing the 20 year old for a number of weeks but were forced to patiently wait for him to recover from a hamstring problem before swooping in for the youngster. Riley made two appearances for United's senior team last season. He came on as a substitute in the FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town and started in the 5-1 victory over Midtjylland in the Europa League after Chris Smalling pulled up injured.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a £10 million bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore.
Pulis is in the market for a midfielder with a defensive mentality, having unsuccessfully pursued Morgan Schneiderlin already in this winter transfer window. Livermore was signed by Hull in 2014 from Spurs and has a single cap for England. He started last Saturday's victory against Bournemouth on the bench with Ryan Mason and Tom Huddlestone both being favoured by new boss Marco Silva.
Hull City have loaned out striker Johan ter Horst to National League side York City.
Ter Horst signed for the Tigers back in the summer of 2014, signing a 3 year contract which expires in the summer. The 21 year old, who arrived after a prolific season for Folkstone Invicta in the Ryman League where he scored 26 goals in the season, has been featuring for Hull's under-23 side for whom he netted in his past 2 games. Ter Horst has not made an appearance for Hull's senior side.
Eldin Jakupovic appears to be new Hull manager Marco Silva's first choice goalkeeper.
There was little surprise when Jakupovic was selected by Silva for his first two games in charge in cup games, first in the FA Cup against Swansea and days later against Manchester United in the League Cup semi-final. However, Jakupovic's start in the Premier League against Bournemouth last weekend signals that he is Silva's first choice 'keeper. Summer signing David Marshall has had a torrid time since he arrived at the club, failing to keep a single clean sheet in 21 appearances and conceding an average of 2.47 goals per game.
Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor is set to join Championship side Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season.
McGregor, 34, is currently viewed as third choice for the starting XI slot between the sticks at present, behind Jakupovic and Marshall. McGregor arrived at the club in 2013 for £1.5 million, and went on to make over 100 appearances for the Tigers. However, he lost his starting place in the team in May last season as Hull pushed for promotion to the Premier League after picking up a back injury which eventually required surgery and six months on the sidelines. Cardiff, managed by Neil Warnock, have only two clean sheets in 14 matches since October when Warnock took charge. The veteran manager said he expects to announce the signing of a PL goalkeeper on Thursday, which is widely believed to be Hull's Scotsman.