Bournemouth has signed a deal with Manchester United to borrow Ethan Laird for the remainder of the season, he reports Mark McAdam.
Laird is expected to have medical examinations 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 move is expected to be one of several changes at Swansea, with manager Russell Martin chasing Matt O’Riley as one of his former club MK Dons’ many targets.
Brighton’s Ostigard ready for Bologna
Brighton defender Leo Ostigard is about to move to Bologna in Italy, he reports Elliot Cook.
Second Heaven in Italy, Ostigard is expected to undergo medical examinations with the Italian club on Monday afternoon. The Norwegian center-back started the season on loan at Stoke, but the Premier League team called him back.
The Seagulls have recalled U23 defender Lars Dendoncker from his loan spell at St Johnstone.
Graham Potter’s team is also expected to complete the signing of Polish starlet Kacper Koslowski this week.
Hibs takes the loan for Arsenal Clarke
Hibernian is set to sign defender Harry Clarke on an initial loan deal from Arsenal, he writes Jaidka beach.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan to Hibs Premiership rivals Ross County before being recalled by the North London club.
It will now move to Easter Road and become Shaun Maloney’s first purchase, with the Hibs boss eager to further add to his squad in this window.
Clarke has scored three goals and two assists in his 17 appearances at Ross County.
Taylor will continue at Middlesbrough
Neil Taylor is set to sign with Middlesbrough again for the remainder of the season as Chris Wilder looks to bolster their push for promotion, writes Lyall Thomas.
The Wales left-back signed a short-term contract last summer which will run until mid-January and has had interest from other clubs including Coventry.
But he should stay at Riverside and then reassess his future in the summer. The 32-year-old is keen to play overseas before his career ends and has had interest from the Middle East and India.
Wales international Taylor is one of the few English football players with South Asian origins. He told Sky Sports News in 2019 that he hopes to one day see a superstar emerge from the region.
Boro is interested in a loan for Arsenal striker Folarin Bolagun to flank Aaron Connolly in attack and may even sign another position before the window is over.
Matete of Fleetwood may be on the move
Fleetwood midfielder Jay Matete could rise in the rankings in January, second Keith Downie.
The 20-year-old is attracting interest from Premier League and Championship clubs, who are ready to bid on the promising youngster.
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