Transfer talk: January 14 - Newcastle to get Remy, Ajman land Driss

As the January transfer window approaches the halfway mark, The National tracks all the big moves, deals and offers across world football throughout the day.

Ajman have signed Moroccan Olympic captain Driss Fettouhi from French side FC Istres.

Fettouhi captained his country's under-23 team to third place in their group at London 2012 - including a draw against Spain.

The midfielder, 23, has joined the Pro League club on a two-and-a-half-year deal, and fills the spot vacated by compatriot Abdessamad Oujaki.


Newcastle United look set to clinch the signing of French striker Loic Remy after agreeing a deal with Marseille.

The 26-year-old forward has been linked with a number of English Premier League clubs, but Vincent Labrune, the Marseille president, confirmed the player had been given permission to talk to Alan Pardew's side about move.

"We have an agreement in principle with Newcastle, it is true," he told French radio station RMC Sport.

"We have therefore given Loic permission to chat with them. For the rest, we must wait patiently."

Remy's Marseille teammate, Joey Barton, himself a former Newcastle player, appeared to indicate the deal was done when he tweeted: "Good luck to Loic in Newcastle. Don't worry I've told him what to expect. Great guy. Perfect club for him. #toonarmy"

Remy was left out of Marseille's squad for their Ligue 1 defeat to Sochaux, though Newcastle were yet to make any official confirmation of the deal being finalised.


Al Nasr have signed Takayuki Morimoto as their Asian player for the rest of the Pro League season. The 24-year-old, who was the youngest player to debut in the J-League, joins on loan from Serie A side Catania.  Get the full story here.

Hannover have made their third winter signing after landing defensive midfielder Franca from Cortiba.

The 21-year-old has joined the Bundesliga side on a three-and-a-half year deal, after passing a medical, and is due to link up with his new side tomorrow.

The move comes after Hannover signed Johan Djourou and Andre Hoffmann this month.

Franca, whose full name is Welington Wildy Muniz dos Santos, will bring more resolve to the midfield, according to Jorg Schmadtke, the club's director of sport

"With his six foot four inch, 88kg build, which he throws around vehemently during games, he has a strong physical presence," he said.

"He is a robust player who, in my opinion, will go a long way with us."


Scotland international Graham Dorrans looks set to leave West Bromwich Albion this transfer window after Steve Clark admitted he was the only senior player he was prepared to sell.

West Brom have already rejected offers from QPR for defender Jonas Olsson and forward Peter Odemwingie, but Dorrans wants out of the Hawthorns to seek a fresh challenge.

"No one is for sale except Graham Dorrans," said Clarke.

"We don't want to sell anyone."The players know the situation. They know what's what at the club. I don't think anyone really wants to go anywhere."


Pro League title chasers Baniyas have signed former Sweden international Christian Wilhelmsson.  The midfielder, who played alongside David Beckham at LA Galaxy last season, joins on an 18-month deal.  Get the full story here.


Chris Hughton, the Norwich City manager, admits he may have to wait until the transfer deadline before signing any of his prospective targets.

The English Premier League side have been linked with moves for forwards Gary Hooper at Celtic and Danny Graham at Swansea, but the manager conceded that any transfer may have to wait for prices to fall.

"We are working hard but the majority of work is done in the last week or 10 days of the window," Hughton added.

"It's very difficult to bring in players at this time because prices are inflated.

"You have to make sure that any player you bring in isn't just an addition to the squad - they have to improve what you have got. We are working hard and we will continue to do so."


Petr Cech believes Frank Lampard may yet sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge to remain at Chelsea next season.

The veteran midfielder's fate is uncertain with Chelsea thought to be unwilling to offer him a new deal.

Lampard could sign a precontract agreement with a foreign club this month, and has been heavily linked with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but Cech thinks there may be a twist in the tale following his recent run of form.

He said: "There are still six months to go until the end of the season so we will see whether he stays or not. I'm not a director but if he keeps playing like that he will keep asking about the extension."

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