By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Everton remain in talks to sign Leroy Fer and are hopeful of completing a re-structured deal before the window shuts, Goal.com understands.
The transfer hit a major hurdle on Tuesday when the Dutch international’s medical revealed a problem with his knee.
But sources insist the deal has not fallen through and the Merseysiders are still in negotiations with FC Twente about a compromised agreement.
Everton announced on their website on Monday that they had agreed an £8.6 million deal to sign the 23-year-old midfielder.
But the discovery on Tuesday that Fer had suffered serious knee damage while on international duty last September prompted the Premier League club to re-negotiate the terms of the deal.
Everton want to re-structure the agreement, which would allow some of the fee to be paid based upon appearances in case there is a recurrence of the injury.
However, the Dutch club have taken a belligerent public stance, with their chairman Joop Munsterman telling journalists in Holland that Twente did not agree with Everton’s compromised deal. “They can come up with any demand they wish but we’re not playing along with their demands,” he said.
Everton are ready to give Twente a deadline to reach an agreement in order to allow themselves time to secure a replacement.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he could not be happier with the way in which summer signings Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Carzola have adapted to the Premier League.
The trio have put tin a string of impressive performances for the Gunners since joining from the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and La Liga respectively.
And the Frenchman has admitted that the ease with which they have settled in has surprised even him.
“It’s a big surprise [how robust they have been],” the manager told Arsenal Player. “Especially Cazorla.
“He has played more than anybody else since the start of the season and he was the one I absolutely had to rest [against Brighton] because he had played almost all the games.
“I’m happy he got a little breather and I’m certain we’ll have to do that again at some time, but overall they are very robust and all three have adapted very well to the Premier League.”
The 63 year-old also claimed that he is expecting a strong finish from the north London side thanks to a largely injury-free squad.
“I have never been in this situation in January, with so many players available or so few injured,” he said.” So touch wood, let’s hope it continues.
“Is it down to better prevention, is it down to being managed better in the rotation of players? I don’t know, but overall the situation is good.”
Arsenal’s hopes of finishing on the top four do not hinge on whether they are able to sign Barcelona striker David Villa before Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to club legend Ray Parlour.
Arsene Wenger’s side go into Wednesday’s crucial meeting with fellow Champions League aspirants Liverpool four points adrift of fourth-placed Spurs.
Despite the Spanish side’s insistence that the former Valencia man is not for sale, the Gunners continue to be heavily linked with a deadline day move for the 31-year-old.
Parlour, however, a vital member of Wenger’s last title-winning side in 2004, believes that the recent form of summer recruit Olivier Giroud, who has scored four goals in his last two games, means that a failure to secure Villa’s services would not represent a terminal blow to his old side’s ambitions.
“I really thought he might go and strengthen, at least bring in one player in, but it appears David Villa didn’t want to come to Arsenal,” he told talkSPORT
“I’m sure the scouting system is working hard to find players for Arsene Wenger, but nothing has fit the bill.
“It looks like he’s not going to buy anyone at the moment and he’ll have to go until the end of the season with the squad he’s got.
“If Olivier Giroud can bang a few goals in then he can fire them into fourth place.”
Fiorentina have confirmed on their official website that they have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain over the loan signing of Mohamed Sissoko until the end of the season, with the option of a permanent deal.
The Viola are desperate to further strengthen their squad in the January transfer window as they aim to qualify for next year’s edition of the Champions League, and they see Sissoko as a valuable addition to their midfield.
The 28-year-old joined PSG from Juventus in the summer of 2011, and he has since made over 30 official appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
However, the holding midfielder has struggled to secure regular first team action this term, and is therefore keen to move on this winter.
Fiorentina have made it clear that talks with les Parisiens will continue later on Wednesday, and expect to reach an agreement shortly.
Fenerbahce have announced that they are holding talks to bring Emre Belozoglu back from Atletico Madrid.
The Turkey international left the Sukru Saracoglu last summer for Diego Simeone’s side but has been out of favour with the second-placed Liga club for much of the season, and had been rumoured to return to Turkey this month.
NTV Spor claimed on Tuesday night that the Atletico midfielder will sign a two-and-a-half-year contract, and the Istanbul club have confirmed that they are negotiating a deal.
“Talks have begun regarding the transfer Atletico Madrid footballer Emre,” a statement to the Turkish stock exchange read.
Emre, a former Inter and Newcastle United player, started life in Madrid well but his starts have become more sparse, and he has been more of a feature in the club’s European games than in Primera Division matches.
Fenerbahce’s historic rivals, Galatasaray, have been impressively this transfer window, signing Wesley Sneijder from Inter and Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua.