Transfer news, rumours LIVE: Liverpool to pip Chelsea to Thomas Lemar as Barcelona near £130m deal for Philippe Coutinho

Richard Parry, tom dutton

Welcome to the London Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the winter transfer window.

Business hours opened in the United Kingdom on January 1, with Liverpool making a huge, early move in the window with the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

With Manchester City leading the Premier League by a whopping 15 points, their rivals may opt to try and buy their way back into contention – though securing a spot within the top four appears a far easily obtainable feat.

We revealed yesterday that Chelsea are prioritising a move for Thomas Lemar, while the Hammers are eyeing three signings this January.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham will all be linked with moves, while at the bottom, the likes of Crystal Palace and Everton will surely be looking to preserve their place in the division with fresh recruits.

Stay tuned for all of the transfer news, rumours and gossip from the Premier League right here.

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When is the winter transfer window open around the world?

Country Active
Argentina January 8 to February 7
Australia January 3 to January 31
Austria January 7 to February 6
Belgium January 1 to January 31
Brazil January 10 to April 2
China January 1 to February 28
Colombia December 11 to February 9
Denmark January 5 to January 31
England January 1 to January 31
France January 1 to January 31
Germany January 1 to January 31
Italy January 3 to January 31
Mexico January 1 to January 31
Netherlands January 3 to January 31
Northern Ireland January 1 to January 31
Norway January 8 to March 31
Poland February 1 to February 28
Portugal January 3 to February 2
Republic of Ireland December 1 to February 22
Russia January 23 to February 22
Scotland January 1 to January 31
Spain January 1 to January 31
Sweden January 8 to March 31
Switzerland January 16 to February 15
Ukraine January 31 to March 2
USA February 7 to May 1
Wales January 1 to January 31

EPL Table | Premier League 2017-18 season standings

Pos Team P W D L GD Pts
1 Man City 19 18 1 0 48 55
2 Man United 20 13 3 4 27 43
3 Chelsea 20 13 3 4 20 42
4 Liverpool 20 10 8 2 23 39
5 Tottenham 20 10 4 5 19 37
6 Arsenal 19 10 4 5 11 34
7 Burnley 20 9 6 5 1 33
8 Leicester 20 7 6 7 0 27
9 Everton 20 7 6 7 -6 27
10 Watford 20 7 4 9 -7 25
11 Huddersfield 20 6 5 9 -14 23
12 Brighton 20 5 6 9 -10 21
13 Stoke 20 5 5 10 -18 20
14 Southampton 20 4 7 8 -10 19
15 Newcastle 19 5 3 11 -10 18
16 Crystal Palace 19 4 6 9 -13 18
17 West Ham 20 4 6 10 -16 18
18 Bournemouth 20 4 6 11 -13 17
19 West Brom 20 2 9 9 -13 15
20 Swansea 20 3 4 13 -20 13