Shane Long joins Bournemouth on loan as Liverpool step up defense


Liverpool stepped up their defense on transfer deadline day by signing Ben Davies on a permanent deal from Preston and Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke until the end of the season.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – also now out for the season – left the Reds short of center-back options, so much so that captain Jordan Henderson was deployed there.

But Davies, 25, put his pen to a ‘long-term contract’ after signing for an initial £ 500,000 plus additions, while Liverpool paid a £ 1million loan fee for Kabak.

The Premier League champions are believed to have an opportunity to buy the 20-year-old, who is seven times capped by Turkey, for £ 18million at the end of the season.

Kabak, 20, has completed the formalities for the change in Germany and will travel to Merseyside this week. He comes to Anfield after two years in the Bundesliga, where he represented Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019.

Three other movements were announced just after 1 a.m. following the filing of the case sheets before the deadline.

Liverpool striker Takumi Minamino has joined the Saints on loan until the end of the season. .

The Japan international replaced Shane Long at St Mary’s which was announced almost two hours after the deadline and paved the way for Josh King to exit the Cherries at Everton.

The Norway international signed a contract until the end of the season and moved for what the Toffees described as “a nominal fee”.

Schalke, meanwhile, may have seen Kabak leave, but they captured Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal as part of a permanent transfer. The Bundesliga team said the 2014 World Cup winner signed a deal until the end of the season.

West Brom have finalized loan signings on deadline for England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal and Turkish midfielder Okay Yokuslu from Celta Vigo.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is expected to join West Brom on loan. Photograph: Peter Powell / Getty

The pair have moved to the Hawthorns for the remainder of the season to help the Baggies’ battle against relegation from the Premier League, with the club seated 19th in the table ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Sheffield United.

The other Fulham wrestlers have stepped up their attacking options in an effort to retain their top spot, signing Bordeaux forward Josh Maja on a loan deal for the remainder of the season.

Maja spent time in Fulham’s youth squad before leaving for Sunderland in 2015 and Bordeaux four years later. The 22-year-old’s return to Craven Cottage includes an option to have the deal made permanent.

There has been no entry to boost Manchester United’s Premier League bid, but teenager Teden Mengi will spend the rest of the season playing under Wayne Rooney at Derby.

PA understands that Chelsea chose not to send Billy Gilmour on loan. New Blues manager Thomas Tuchel wants the teenage star to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Galatasaray has secured the signing of USA defender DeAndre Yedlin from Newcastle, who has signed a loan deal with Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock until the end of the season.

Glenn Murray is looking forward to working with former Brighton boss Chris Hughton again after his permanent move to Nottingham Forest.

The 37-year-old spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Watford but was recalled by the Seagulls and allowed to end his long association with the Premier League club.

West Ham defender Winston Reid has joined Brentford on loan until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old New Zealand international has spent the first half of the season on loan with MLS Sporting Kansas City after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in March 2018.

Tottenham goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga has joined Elche on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Argentine hasn’t played for Spurs this season, behind Joe Hart in the pecking order as number one understudy and club captain Hugo Lloris.

Another goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl, has left Everton to return to Danish side Midtjylland, his first professional club.

The 32-year-old has not made a first-team appearance for Carlo Ancelotti’s side following his departure from Huddersfield in 2019.

The Toffees later confirmed that young right-back Jonjoe Kenny would join Celtic on loan until the end of the campaign.

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