Latest Transfer news for Friday, September 25

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Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti appears to have finally lost patience with inconsistent keeper Jordan Pickford.

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti appears to have finally lost patience with inconsistent keeper Jordan Pickford.

England stopper Pickford (pictured above), 26, has struggled for any kind of consistency over the last two seasons and his latest error-strewn performance against Fleetwood in midweek has prompted his boss to act, according to the Mirror.

The report suggests that Manchester United’s Sergio Romero could be bound for Goodison Park, with the 33-year-old available at a cut-price £6million after slipping to third choice at Old Trafford behind David de Gea and Dean Henderson.

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Although a formal offer has yet to be made, it looks increasingly likely that Ancelotti will bolster his options before the window shuts on October 5.

Another stopper set to be on the move is Kepa Arrizabalaga, with the Sun suggesting that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has given the green light for a loan move to be arranged.

The Spaniard has endured a torrid time since moving to Stamford Bridge for a world record £71m fee in 2018, and the arrival of Edouard Mendy from Rennes suggests he will soon be put out of his misery.

Arrizabalaga is highly unlikely to be the only departure in the coming days as Lampard looks to balance his now-oversized squad.

The Guardian believe that Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a loan target for both West Ham and Aston Villa, while talkSPORT report that Callum Hudson-Odoi is also pushing for a season-long switch in search of regular game time.

Staying in the capital, Sky Sports suggest that Atletico Madrid’s interest in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira could boost the chances of long-term Gunners target Thomas Partey heading in the opposite direction.

The Spanish club are keen to take Torreira, 24, on a season-long loan and while Arsenal would prefer a permanent deal, any business between the two clubs could prove beneficial should Arteta reignite his interest in £45m-rated Partey.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is growing frustrated over long-drawn-out negotiations with prospective suitors Roma, according to the Daily Mail.

Smalling, 30, enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico last term and is keen to make a permanent switch, but has been left in limbo while the two clubs are yet to agree on a fee.

United are said to be holding out for £18m, which has led Smalling to train alone at the club’s Carrington complex as he awaits a resolution.

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