The January transfer window is well underway in Europe, with a number of big names and clubs linked to one another as always.
While the summer typically brings the biggest moves involving the most high-profile names and the largest transfer fees, the winter window is no stranger to blockbuster deals.
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Here are the latest rumors, reports and buzz during the latest edition of transfer season:
Monday, Jan. 16
• West Ham continues to stand firm on its stance on Dimitri Payet, reportedly turning down a second bid from Marseille worth around £20 million. The French star will continue to be omitted by manager Slaven Bilic until he changes his tune about wanting out of the club, where he was rewarded with a new contract last February.
• Star striker Diego Costa is reportedly training on his own amid a crisis at Chelsea, which involves a record offer and salary from a club in the Chinese Super League.
• Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller insists the club is not looking to sell Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez during this window, but the club would have to consider “crazy offers” for the Mexican forward, who has struggled to match his form from a season ago.
• The Chinese Super League has instituted new rules to limit the number of foreign players allowed in a game at all times to three, down one from four, in an effort to tighten the reins on the over-the-top spending clubs have done to lure stars from Europe and South America.
• After buying Morgan Schneiderlin for a deal that could cost as much as £24 million, Everton remains busy as a buyer, reportedly agreeing on a £10.4 million fee for Standard Liege and Algeria striker Ishak Belfodil.
• West Ham is interested in a loan move for Michy Batshuayi, the summer signing who has fallen out of favor with Antonio Conte at Chelsea. The Blues were reportedly hopeful of using Batshuayi as a makeweight in a deal with Swansea City for Fernando Llorente, but the Belgian prefers a move within London to West Ham.
• Stoke City has bid for West Brom's want-away forward Saido Berahino, but it's reportedly less than a previous Stoke bid and Tottenham bid, both of which were turned down within the last 18 months.