How to watch a trade deadline in 2019
The Irish news, sport and entertainment channels are on the move as the world’s top football clubs meet to trade away their stars for cash.
The first of the summer transfer windows opens in earnest on Monday, and as the clock ticks away, we look at the best stories, events and gossip.
The new edition of The Irish Star will be published on Tuesday.
It is expected that a number of major clubs will make moves to secure players and key resources in a bid to boost their chances of survival at the end of the season.
We can reveal that Tyneside outfit Tranmere Rovers, who have just completed a £1.3 million summer move from Aston Villa to Nottingham Forest, are among those that have made an offer for goalkeeper James O’Connor.
He has signed a three-year deal at the club, which will see him earn around £100,000-a-week at a £50,000 a week wage, while a £150,000 loan deal has been agreed for striker Josh Schache.
We also know that Manchester United are keen on striker Jack Colback, who is valued at around £40m by Manchester City, with the Blues reportedly ready to offer the 27-year-old a new contract worth around £60,000 per week.
But we also know the Blues are set to be without their top scorer Robin van Persie, with his international debut against Austria on Friday delayed due to illness.
It will be interesting to see how much interest Manchester United and City have in acquiring the Ireland international.
Meanwhile, Tynesider-based football club Drogheda United have been linked with a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, with a deal for the Spain international expected to be completed on Monday.
In addition, we can reveal the Premier League outfit Cardiff City are considering a move to take on Swansea City forward Ashley Williams.
Williams, who joined the Welsh side in the summer, scored two goals and registered a brace in his first two games with the Championship side.
Swansea have a £8.5m release clause in their contract, so the Welsh club have an option to buy the 29-year old forward for the remainder of the current season.