The Bluebirds have missed out on Nathaniel Clyne and Adrien Tameze.

Neil Warnock struggling to get signings over the line at Cardiff

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Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has voiced his frustration over transfer window inactivity and compared deal-making to “climbing a mountain with butter on one of your hands”.

The Bluebirds have suffered a difficult January window so far with moves to land Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne and Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze ending without success.

Warnock also made another visit to France in midweek to watch Nantes striker Emiliano Sala for the second time in a month, but he admits it is unlikely that the Argentinian will be heading to south Wales.

“It’s like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands,” Warnock said ahead of the crunch relegation battle against Huddersfield on Saturday.

“One day you think you are almost there and then you slide back down.

“You get your hopes built up. People say ‘yes, that’s a done deal’ and all of a sudden the next day it’s not a done deal.

“You have to learn to live with that really.”

Warnock branded Liverpool a “disgrace” and accused them of lacking class after missing out on the signing of Clyne.

The England full-back opted to join Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season, with Warnock saying he had discovered on television that his former Crystal Palace player had chosen the Cherries.

The veteran manager claimed he was “promised” the right-back on loan by the Reds, but his attitude over Clyne has softened in the week after the shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham.

“I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth,” Warnock said.

“If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I’d snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.

“I don’t blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established.

“You can’t blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient.

“If nothing happens, so what? I won’t be losing any sleep with the squad I’ve got.

“We’ve done it before and we’ve had a great time.

“I’ve got to give them a team that’s got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that.”

Cardiff entertain Huddersfield one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Warnock’s side are eight points better off than bottom-placed Huddersfield and Terriers manager David Wagner has described it as a “must-win” game from his perspective.

“I don’t think it’s the same for us as them, but I understand his sentiments,” Warnock said.

“When you play teams in the bottom half of the table, they are all must-win games really.

“This one is no different. What they have done in the last three years has been phenomenal and we are trying to do that.”

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Man Utd have ‘offered Paul Pogba’ to Juventus in swap deal for Douglas Costa

MANCHESTER UNITED are prepared let Paul Pogba return to Juventus, in exchange for Douglas Costa, according to reports.

The Italian champions are determined to re-sign the Frenchman who returned the Old Trafford in 2016.

 Tuttosport report Manchester United want Douglas Costa in any deal involving Paul Pogba
 Juventus want to bring Paul Pogba back to Italy

Pogba, 25, looked be on his way out of United if Jose Mourinho would have remained in charge with Barcelona among a host of clubs monitoring the situation.

And according to Tuttosport in Italy, the Turin giants are pushing hard to land the World Cup-winner and will allow Costa to move in the opposite direction.

Pogba has returned to form under interim boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer with four goals in four games.

After missing the FA Cup win over Reading, the midfielder is expected to play against Spurs on Sunday following his return to fitness while at United's warm-weather training camp in Dubai this week.

 Manchester United are prepared to sell Paul Pogba if they can land Douglas Costa
 Paul Pogba has returned to fitness and should start against Tottenham on Sunday

The Old Trafford top brass have not budged on their stance Pogba is not for sale, but the potential inclusion of the Brazilian winger as part of a deal could get them around the table for talks.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is demanding at least £73million.

But with Costa thrown in, Juve hope to significantly lower that figure to seal the deal.

Pogba quit United for Juve in 2012 and went on to win four Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia titles.

Costa, 28, has been a long-term target for United with reports a deal was in place for the winger before Mourinho’s exit last month.

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Barcelona could loan Morata from Chelsea, but only if Arsenal reach Denis Suarez agreement

ALVARO MORATA could be set for a return to La Liga with Spanish champions Barcelona reportedly the latest team interested in the Chelsea flop.

Morata looks destined to leave Chelsea just one season after he arrived from Real Madrid in a deal worth £60million.

 Morata has been linked with a move back to La Liga

According to Spanish outlet SPORT, Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking line and provide cover for hitman Luis Suarez, who has 12 times in 17 league matches this season.

However, Morata’s surprising move back to La Liga hinges on attacking midfielder Denis Suarez going the other way.

Suarez has been subject to interest from Arsenal, though the Gunners are not willing to pay the £10m asking price for the 25-year-old.

Instead, Emirates boss Unai Emery will look to loan in Suarez, though that does not suit Barcelona or Morata, who could only make the shock Nou Camp move if funds were made through sales.

 Barcelona are reportedly keen on the Spaniard
 Morata could only move to the Nou Camp if Denis Suarez is sold

Barcelona can only look to bring ex-Real Madrid forward Morata in if there are departures as the La Liga leaders are up to their limit in wages.

Morata has also attracted the attention of Sevilla and Atletico Madrid who would look to take the striker out on loan.

Reports claim the 26-year-old has held talks with Atletico with a deal suiting the Spaniard as he still has friends and family in Madrid having spent five seasons in Spain’s top flight.

While Seville club's director of football Joaquin Caparros confirmed their interest in the the striker but claimed Chelsea are ‘difficult to negotiate with’.

 The Chelsea man played five seasons in La Liga

Morata’s departure could only be sanctioned if Chelsea find a striking replacement, with a host of names being suggested.

Gonzalo Higuain, currently out on loan with AC Milan, is thought to be the Blues No1 target with the Argentine having scored a record 36 league goals with Napoli under current Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.

The former Juventus striker Morata could find himself back in Serie A covering for Higuain's departure at Milan.

Higuain’s brother and agent was said to be in London meeting with Stamford Bridge chiefs but Bournemouth ace Callum Wilson is also a £50m target for the Blues.

 Higuain is thought to be Chelsea's No1 target
 The Argentine had a proven scoring rate under Sarri
 Callum Wilson is also a target for the Blues

Chelsea have also been handed back Michy Batshuayi, who saw his loan move with Valencia cut short having netted just three times in 23 games.
Despite Chelsea’s striking crisis, it is understood Sarri will lona Batshuayi back out again with Everton keen on the Belgian forward.

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