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August 15, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/15/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Future team-mates, perhaps? © PA Photos

15.00 BST: If you are still here then you shouldn't be. We have moved to ESPN FC blog format and you can follow the new On the Move here.

14.54 BST: Sponsored underwear specialist Niklas Bendtner is a reported target for AC Milan. Arsenal are willing to sell him. And talking of transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

14.22 BST: It's thought Kevin Mirallas is very close to completing a move from Greek giants Olympiakos to Everton - the striker is believed to be set for a medical on Merseyside at some point in the next 24 hours.

13.58 BST: Ligue 1 side AJ Ajaccio claim to have struck a deal to bring former Chelsea and Juventus striker Adrian Mutu to France.

13.41 BST: Sampdoria are bidding to bring Malaga’s Enzo Maresca back to Italy, where he last played for Fiorentina in the 2004-05 season.

13.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Barnsley have signed goalkeeper David Gonzalez, formerly of Manchester City and Brighton, on a non-contract basis.

13.25 BST - DONE DEALS: Two new arrivals at Burton Albion: Striker Matt Paterson, a free agent, has signed a six-month deal, while Blackburn right-back Anthony O'Connor joins on loan.

12.25 BST: Karl Henry, who captained Wolves to the Premier League in 2009, has signed a new four-year deal with the club despite relegation to the Championship, saying he remained “fully committed to the cause”.

11.25 BST: Croatia coach Igor Stimac has hit out at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, accusing him of breaking promises to midfielder Luka Modric over a possible move to Real Madrid.

10.56 BST: Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has admitted he would be interested in a move to Barcelona. Agger, 27, has made it clear he would rather stay at Anfield, but has only a year left on his contract and talks over a new one have stalled.

The defender himself has played down talk of a move to City, telling Danish newspaper Politiken that he is happy at Liverpool and any decision over a transfer is out of his hands. But speaking at a media gathering ahead of Denmark's friendly against Slovenia, he suggested that he would be interested in a move to the Camp Nou.

10.50 BST: Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson on a season-long loan. Manager Sean O'Driscoll told the Nottingham Evening Post: "When you talk about good characters, he is certainly one of those. He is somebody who is on our radar."

10.16 BST: Lazio’s Javier Garrido is reportedly set to sign for Norwich City on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent. Garrido, 27, played for Manchester City from 2007 to 2010 before joining Lazio, for whom he made 21 Serie A appearances.

09.11 BST: West Brom boss Steve Carke is hopeful that Swedish defender Jonas Olsson will stay at the club despite persistent rumours linking him with a move away. Olsson has a year left on his contract, but Clarke said: "There has been no indication that Jonas is going to leave us. Over the summer, he's worked well, played games and played with his normal 100% commitment.”

09.01 BST: In the Mail (in addition to political correctness gone mad and the lurking threat of Marxism everywhere), some Chelsea news: the Blues “are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk”.

The paper adds: “The South Americans have been on the European champions’ radar throughout the summer transfer window. But both moves have stalled over financial reasons and the Blues are now threatening to completely withdraw their interest in the attacking duo.”

08.57 BST: Royston Drenthe is considering offers from numerous clubs including Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, according to the former Everton winger's agents.

Drenthe is a free agent after his contract with Real Madrid expired earlier this summer, and his representative Antonio Salerno says the 25-year-old is now hoping for a permanent move to a "big club".

08.50 BST: Brendan Rodgers says he will not break the bank to make Liverpool competitive at the top of the Premier League again.

Kenny Dalglish's marvellous eye for a realistically-priced player enraptured us all and has given Rodgers a tough act to follow but - less than two years after Liverpool almost entered administration as the era of Tom Hicks and George Gillett came to an end - the current manager is determined that the club will not find itself in that position again.

08.50 BST: World of common sense update: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists the newly-promoted club were prepared to blow their budget "for several years" in order to snare Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

Carroll was the subject of a successful £19 million bid from the Hammers earlier this month, but the striker opted instead to stay at Anfield and fight his place in the first team. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce made public his desire to bring the striker to the club, and Sullivan says the club was willing to back his judgement.

"I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already," Sullivan told the Mirror. "My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him. Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.

08.48 BST: Meanwhile, an actual deal: Levante striker Arouna Kone is to join Premier League side Wigan for a reported €3.5 million.

Kone, 28, scored 15 Primera Division goals last season as both player and club completed their best-ever La Liga campaigns. The move was confirmed by Levante on their official website, with a statement saying: "Levante UD and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement to transfer Arouna Koné to the English club.

08.45 BST: Just when you thought this morning would have a realistic amount of Van Persie in it, it turns out that it doesn’t. It’s got a whole load more. Let the Mirror explain: “Robin van Persie is closing in on a sensational £20 million-plus move after Arsenal officially began negotiations with Manchester United.”

The paper claims the clubs were in negotiations over a deal on Tuesday night, and that the transfer could now go through before the weekend. It adds: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to settle on a fee of just above £20 million as United prepare to increase their offer for the Dutch forward. It is understood the clubs are very close to agreement on a fee.”

08.38 BST: Here’s one we haven’t heard much about so far: the Sun says Everton boss David Moyes is “ready to splash £5.3 million on crack Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas”. What's a crack Belgian striker, exactly?

The paper reports: “Moyes finally has money to spend after Jack Rodwell’s £15m move to Manchester City. And he has wasted no time in lining up a hitman to support Nikica Jelavic, in the shape of 24-year-old Olympiacos hotshot Mirallas.”

The Belgium international is due to arrive on Merseyside tomorrow for a medical, and could complete the formalities of a move by the weekend.

08.30 BST: An important part of the sheer joy of living is, of course, the daily Robin Van Persie update. So here it is: the Gunners have reiterated that no club, be it Manchester United, Manchester City or Juventus, has yet met their asking price of round about £25 million. Team-mate Thomas Vaermaelen said: “I hope he stays the next four years. I don’t know what happens behind the scenes, but at the moment I can only say he’s a player for Arsenal.”

08.15 BST: Good morning, and welcome to an Arsenal transfer rumour that - for once - isn’t all about Robin Van Persie. It’s about Alex Song, and Barcelona. According to the Sun, the Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu was in London on Tuesday to open talks with the Gunners over a £12 million deal. Arsene Wenger doesn't want to sell, however, and Song has said he's happy at the Emirates...

August 14, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/14/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Kompany would like to welcome RVP as a new team-mate © PA Photos

23.45 BST Right folks, it's all gone quiet on the western front so we'll leave it there for this evening. But be sure to join us from 08.00 BST on Wednesday as we see if Man Utd have upped their bid for RVP or if they are still in disagreement with the Gunners over a fee.

23.31 BST Alex Song's Cameroon team-mate Carlos Kameni has claimed the midfielder has told him he wants to leave Arsenal for Barcelona. Kameni is quoted in A Bola saying: “We were together on holiday and he said he wants to go to Barcelona. Everyone wants to play for Barcelona. Song would fit right in at Barcelona. He has all the qualities to play there."

23.03 BST Aston Villa's Jean Makoun (yes, we forgot he still played for them, too) is being linked with a return to France with Rennes.

22.40 BST Genoa's Andreas Granqvist is still keen to push through a move to Lazio despite talks between the clubs stalling. The Sweden centre-back said: “The negotiations between Genoa and Lazio are a long story, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I hope it can be resolved. I am happy at Genoa, but going to Lazio is a great opportunity for me.
I like the idea of joining a club that plays in Europe almost every year. In any case, I am prepared to respect my contract.”

22.28 BST Maurice Edu has told Goal.com he is not aware of any negotiations between Rangers and Ipswich about a possible transfer to Portman Road.

21.58 Valencia have reached an agreement with Rubin Kazan to sign Nelson Haedo Valdez, Los Che have confirmed.

21.39 BST France Football are confident that Juventus lead the race for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.

21.12 BST LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan says he would consider a move to a Mexican club, having come close to signing for Club America when he joined Everton on loan in 2010. Donovan said: “I don’t know what the future will hold.But there was a time, when I went to Everton last, I considered it. And I would [again] if it was genuine.”

20.47 BST There are some murmurings that Everton are lining up a bid for Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas, who currently plays for Greek giants Olympiakos.

20.26 BST Algeria striker Adda Djeziri has confirmed that he will be joining Blackpool after a trial period at the club. He told the Blackpool Gazette: "I will be signing with Blackpool. We have been in negotiations for two weeks and this is a very exciting opportunity for me. It all happened at random. The manager had heard of me and asked me in for a trial. I've played some training matches, scored some goals and created some assists. They have been excited about my performance, so that is awesome. This is a step up for my career."

20.02 BST As always, some entertaining comments coming in, including this offering from frustrated Liverpool supporter How:

"I am getting increasingly tired of Tottenham trying to poach all of our targets. Go after someone else's targets. I swear if they get Ramirez out from under my beloved LFC I may just lose all hope... Not really but I sure won't be in a good mood."


19.47 BST Nice boss Claude Puel is determined to hang on to Kafoumba Coulibaly, who has been linked with Turkish side Kasimpasa. Puel said: "He stays with us. I do not want to weaken."

19.23 BST Former Manchester City left-back Javier Garrido (remember him?) could be returning to English football with Norwich City. Sky Sport Italia reckons the Canaries will sign him on loan from Lazio with an option to buy.

18.58 BST Bologna president Albano Guaraldi is hopeful the club can keep Gaston Ramirez despite reported interest from Inter and clubs in the Premier League.

“There is nothing in the air for Ramirez,” he said. “He is an indispensable player for Bologna. I want to keep him, but if he accepts a different destination in an operation that is acceptable in economic and technical terms then we’ll see.”

18.31 BST FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti, always on hand to discuss deals he’s not involved in, says AC Milan have only an infinitesimal chance of re-signing Kaka.

“In Italy it’s impossible to pay €10 million net wages,” he said. “When Real Madrid absolutely have to give him away, then they might have a chance, but unfortunately right now Kaka is a prisoner of his wages. As of today, his chances of joining Milan are 0.001%. I know he wants to return to Milan, but I’d like to go out with Monica Bellucci – that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. There was some contact with New York Red Bulls, but he wants to stay in Europe.”

18.05 BST Statement from Levante on Arouna Kone's move to Wigan: "Levante UD and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement this afternoon to transfer Arouna Koné to the English club. The levantine outfit wish to thank the Ivorian international for his professionalism and his commitment defending the azulgrana shirt, and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his career."

17.53 BST Extraordinary. Royston Drenthe’s agent says Manchester City have enquired about the Dutchman, who’s currently without a club. "We didn't expect this either, but they asked me about his numbers, how much he would cost salary-wise. There are also clubs from the Serie A and Turkish clubs interested and also Dinamo Kiev," he told Goal.com.

17.40 BST DONE DEAL: Wigan tie up a deal for Arouna Kone, who has signed a three-year deal with the Latics after a deal was agreed with Levante.

17.31 BST Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez has rejected a move to Spurs, according to his agent. Oscar Betancourt told Calcio Mercato: “The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered €16 million, but the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.

“Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramirez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more."

17.20 BST DONE DEAL Juventus have confirmed that Felipe Melo has rejoined Galatasaray on loan. The deal includes an option to make his stay permanent for €6.5 million.

16.59 BST Fulham are planning to send David Stockdale out on loan in order for him to gain more first-team experience, according to goalkeeping coach Hans Segers. “David's a top keeper and needs to play, so as a club we're looking to get him on loan somewhere where he's playing week in, week out, with a recall clause,” he told the Fulham Chronicle.

16.45 BST Vernon Anita wants to talk to Alan Pardew before deciding whether to join Newcastle. Story here.

16.27 BST - DONE DEAL: Bury ‘keeper Cameron Belford has rejoined Southend on loan after the clubs agreed a one-month deal. The 23-year-old spent three and a half months with the essex club at the end of last season.

15.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Eastwood on non-contract terms. The 23-year-old has been training with the Fratton Park club and played in friendly matches including the recent game against AFC Wimbledon.

15.10 BST: Hello, nostalgia fans: Arturo Lupoli could make a return to English football. The former Arsenal player, who spent loan spells at Derby, Norwich and Sheffield United and plays for Italian third tier Grossetto, is reported to be interesting numerous Championship and League One clubs. And while we're talking about transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

15.02 BST: More Modric: Marca reports that he will travel to Madrid on Thursday after playing in Croatia’s friendly in Split... Athletico Madrid have reportedly signed defender Goromel from Koln for €3.5 million - only to send him straight on loan to Betis.

Valencia midfielder has to,d a press conference he will stay, adding: “I had offers to leave [from Lille], but after talking to [new coach] Pellegrino I changed my mind.”

14.59 BST: Swansea have accepted a bid from Blackpool for Stephen Dobbie, reports in the north-west suggest. The Scottish forward, a previous loanee at Bloomfield Road, is due to hold talks with Ian Holloway’s Seasiders in the near future.

14.57 BST: Not content with moving closer to a deal for Marlon Harewood, Barnsley are also looking at bringing in defender Martin Cranie, a free agent who last played for Coventry.

14.38 BST: This just in: Blackburn are trying to get Marouane Chamakh on loan from Arsenal. It's almost certain he'll say no. They turned to him after giving up on Jordan Rhodes and John Guidetti.

14.29 BST: Arouna Kone is reportedly at Wigan having a medical ahead of a move to the DW Stadium.

14.07 BST: Manchester United are reported to be close to sealing a deal for Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez, although rivals Manchester City are stepping up their interest.

Henriquez, 18, is believed to be high on United's wanted list, and it is said that, with City having joined the race for his services, Sir Alex Ferguson has moved quickly in a bid to finalise a deal while the player is in Europe with Universidad's youth team. And while we're talking about transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

13.17 BST - DONE DEAL: St Johnstone have completed the signing of former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie on a one-year deal. He had also been linked with a move to Rangers.

12.35 BST - DONE DEAL: Forward Simon Cox has completed his move from West Brom to Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee, with the City Ground club announcing that he has put pen to paper on a three-year contract after passing a medical.

12.29 BST: Wolves have rejected Sunderland's £12 million bid for striker Steven Fletcher. The Scotland striker had submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force the move through.

12.26 BST - DONE DEAL: Blackburn defender Myles Anderson has joined Aldershot Town on a one-month loan deal as boss Dean Holdsworth bolsters his defensive options.

12.22 BST: Lyon have confirmed that they rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer.

Lloris, 25, is said to be high on Tottenham's list of targets, with current first-choice shot-stopper Brad Friedel having turned 41 in May.

12.21 BST: Croatia coach Igor Stimac has said he believes Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric will join Real Madrid sooner rather than later.

Stimac said he expected the unsettled Spurs star - whose future has been the subject of a summer-long saga - to complete his switch to Spain despite Real's current failure to meet Tottenham's £40 million asking price.

12.19 BST: Much-travelled forward Marlon Harewood is close to agreeing a one-year switch to Barnsley. Harewood, 32, left Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

12.15 BST: Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez is reportedly set to undergo a medical at Manchester United – but Manchester City are also said to be in the market for him.

11.15 BST: Forward James Harper is training with Doncaster Rovers and could finalise a move to the club after being released by Hull City at the end of last season.

10.54 BST: Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta says he wants to leave the club and move somewhere where he can play regular first-team football. The 21-year-old told L'Equipe: “My decision is definite now. It is an important moment in my career. It is better for me to leave the club and find one where I could play matches regularly.

10.45 BST: Fulham forward Moussa Dembele has claimed that Real Madrid have made an inquiry about him.

Dembele, 25, has been linked with a move away from Fulham this summer, with Manchester United said to be monitoring the regarding the Belgium international's situation.

10.21 BST: Arouna Kone is close to making a €5 million to Wigan from Levante, according to Marca. Levante have reportedly signed Theofanis Gekas on a free as his replacement.

09.30 BST: The Mail reports that Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck is set to sign a five-year contract worth £75,000 a week at Old Trafford after protracted negotiating-type chit-chat, while Everton could be on the brink of stepping in to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, a Liverpool target, and Manchester City have given midfielder Nigel de Jong permission to talk to Inter Milan about a move.

09.09 BST: The Star says Adam Johnson’s Manchester City career could be over, and that the winger will be on his way out “after a bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini before the Community Shield” and, as speculated yesterday, that Fernando Llorente is a £30m target for Manchester United and rivals City.

09.05 BST: Manchester United could switch their attention to Swansea's Neil Taylor in their search for cover at left-back, says the Mirror, which reports that Spurs striker Jermain Defoe fears he could be forced to quit the club if he faces another season on the bench and says Fulham Clint Dempsey is still hopeful that a move to Liverpool will go through.

09.02 BST: The Sun reckons Van Persie will be going to the red, rather than the blue, half of Manchester. It says: “Arsenal were last night set to cave in and strike a deal with Manchester United for Robin van Persie. They are ready to start serious talks, with United boss Alex Ferguson hoping to seal a £22 million move before the weekend’s Premier League opener.”

The paper also reports the Cristian Tello to Liverpool link, claiming Brendan Rodgers has targeted him as a third signing of the summer, while M’Baye Niang is having trials at Everton with a view to a permanent move. “The 17-year-old Caen hot-shot has been chased by Arsenal, where he spent a week on trial earlier this summer,” it says.

08.57 BST: Liverpool are reported to be close to agreeing new terms with defender Martin Skrtel, who said earlier in this summer that other clubs had made approaches for him.

The 27-year-old, Liverpool's player of the year last season, could sign an improved four-year contract later this week.

08.53 BST: And a snippet from Germany: St Pauli centre-back Carlos Zambrano is reportedly about to sign for Eintracht Frankfurt, who are also in the market for Club Brugge attacker Dorge Kouemaha.

08.48 BST: And now it’s time for RVP’s rival for long-running, and running, and running, saga of the summer. Ladies and gentlemen: Luka Modric.

AS has found out what some of the Spurs midfielder’s Croatia international team-mates feel about the possibility of him moving to Real Madrid. Stipe Pletikosa has no doubts: “Last year, Levy promised to let him go if someone offered the same amount as Chelsea (€40 million) if a big team wanted him. Who is bigger than Madrid?

“This train comes only once in a lifetime. Luka knows it. He does not want to hear anything else. And on top of that there is Mourinho. He will win two of the next three Champions Leagues if Levy does not ruin his dream".

Croatia coach Igor Stimac, meanwhile, thinks it’s all an unwelcome distraction for his star midfielder, explaining: "I do not like the situation he is in, without having played any games this summer. He will end up signing for Madrid before the transfer window closes.”

Modric, displaying a Ron Knee-esque tight-lippedness, said only: “This is not the time to talk,” but AS still believes the deal is all but done, with €32 million the final price.

08.42 BST: In Spain, AS reports that Liverpool director Ian Ayre is poised to clinch loan deals for Madrid’s Sahin and Barcelona’s Tello. Tello’s future has been the subject of speculation this summer because he remains on a low Barca B contract. Liverpool could offer €4 million for him, AS says – but Mundo Deportivo begs to differ, saying the club would not let him go either on loan or permanently, and Sport says he will sign a new Barca deal this week.

08.38 BST: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Alex Song could leave the club for Barcelona – and he’s not all that impressed with the Spanish papers, either.

Wenger, quoted in the Sun, says: "There's nothing going on with Song. There's nothing in that. Song has three years' contract - he's not in the same situation as Robin van Persie.

"In Spain, the newspapers are not really serious. We've had the experience of that. We've never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona."

08.30 BST: Further reports from France suggest Spurs are very much in for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and are prepared to pay €15 million to land him.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation this summer, with Rennes hoping to get €20 million for him – but they may be prepared to accept less because of their current financial situation, L'Equipe says.

08.15 BST: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may have publicly all but given up hope of signing Robin van Persie – but that hasn’t stopped his skipper, Vincent Kompany, from flashing come hither glances at the Arsenal striker.

City, United and Juventus have all been linked, without cease, with a move for van Persie ever since the Dutchman declared that he would not be signing a new deal at the Emirates.

Asked about Van Persie, Kompany told Sky Sports News: "It's very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie. He's a great player. He's proved it so many times last season, and any team he would play for he'd make stronger."

August 13, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/13/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


This man is going nowhere, says Arsene © PA Photos

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight. Make sure you join us again in the morning.

23.28 BST - DONE DEAL: St Etienne have signed Brandao following his release from Marseille.

23.01 BST: Danny Welbeck is reportedly set to sign a new five-year contract with Manchester United.

22.33 BST: Here's the full story on what Dan Agger has had to say

21.50 BST: Daniel Agger says he wants to stay at Liverpool but suggested it may not be down to him.

“I know there has been something from Manchester City, but i dont know what Liverpool thinks of it. I’m fine with my situation. The club must find out what they want. I have heard nothing from them."

21.05 BST: Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed he will leave Arsenal. He told sporten.dk: "Arsenal is not an option and that is something both the club and I agree on. I expect to have found a solution to my situation before the window closes. There are concrete negotiations in the works."

20.19 BST: Jordan Rhodes has revealed playing for Celtic was his boyhood dream - but he will not let intensifying speculation over his future derail him from the immediate reality of playing for Scotland and Huddersfield.

19.26 BST: Ian Holloway has quashed speculation that Blackpool are poised to move for QPR midfielder Joey Barton. "I haven't got a clue where the Joey Barton rumours came from,'' he told the Blackpool Gazette."I can't sign someone who I couldn't pick for 12 matches."

19.11 BST: Xabi Alonso has suggested he is no longer happy at Real Madrid, sparking rumours of a return to the Premier League.

18.26 BST: You may remember German specialist Raphael Honigstein appearing on our Euro 2012 podcast? Well now he is insisting that Nuri Sahin will only go to Arsenal and not Spurs, who want him as part of the Luka Modric deal.

Raphael said: "He’s made them both aware that he’s not interested in a move to Spurs. He’s quite categorical, so they are quite out of the picture as far as he’s concerned."

18.12 BST: Ajax have accepted a bid of around €8.5 million from Newcastle for midfielder Vurnon Anita, the player has claimed, but said he had yet to agree terms with the Magpies.

17.28 BST: Derby County are eyeing up a bid for Nottingham Forest full-back Kieron Freeman say Sky Sports. Manager Sean O'Driscoll has already confirmed the youngster's intention to depart.

17.10 BST: Jordan Rhodes has played down reports of a high-profile transfer to Aston Villa, Celtic or Fulham, saying: "While it's fantastic and very flattering, you don't really take too much notice of it because you don't really think too much of it is true."

16.46 BST: According to Sport.fr, Manchester City have secured the signature of highly rated 16-year-old Le Havre midfielder Jules Olivier Ntcham on a four-year deal. The youngster had been linked to Arsenal and Inter Milan in particular.

16.30 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer of €15 million for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to reports in France. M'Vila, 22, has been the focus of intense speculation this summer, with Rennes hoping to receive €20 million for him.

16.06 BST: Fulham's Italian striker Marcello Trotta has signed a new deal, keeping him at Craven Cottage until summer 2015.

16.02 BST: Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Dutch side SC Heerenveen in January.

Pappa, 24, joined Chicago from Municipal in 2008 and had attracted interest from a number of clubs in Europe, including Wigan Athletic, but has decided to continue his career in the Eredivisie.

15.57 BST: Blackburn Rovers have failed in an audacious bid to take John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City.

Manager Steve Kean had hoped to get Guidetti in to spearhead Blackburn's promotion push but City would prefer to sell the Sweden striker rather than loan him out, and Rovers are reluctant to pay their £6 million asking price.

15.38 BST: Ajax have accepted a bid of around €8.5 million from Newcastle for midfielder Vurnon Anita, the player has claimed, but said he had yet to agree terms with the Magpies.

15.16 BST: Hot news from the Milton Keynes football frenzy, where manager Karl Robinson would like to bring in Tottenham outcast David Bentley but doesn’t believe he’ll be able to do so. Robinson said: “It's a deal I'd love to try and make happen but David Bentley has got tremendous quality and I'd be very, very surprised to see him playing outside of the Premier League."

15.11 BST: Alex Song has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but insists he is happy at Arsenal.

Barca have made little secret of their desire to sign Song, with players Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique all having spoken publicly of their desire to see the midfielder at the Camp Nou. However, Song, who is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2014, is happy with the Gunners and is reported to be keen to discuss an extension.

15.09 BST: Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa has confirmed that he has reached a pre-contract agreement with Dutch side SC Heerenveen. The Guatemalan international said: “I’m very excited about taking the next step in my career and signing with SC Heerenveen."

14.57 BST - DONE DEAL: Defender David Artell has joined Northampton on a two-year deal after deciding not to stay at troubled Port Vale.

14.36 BST: Martin O'Neill has told the Sunderland Echo he is looking to strengthen ahead of the start of the Premier League season next weekend. Stephen Warnock may be a target, having been left out of Villa's latest friendly fixture.

14.18 BST: German media outlet TZ believes a €33 million Bayern bid for Javi Martinez has been accepted, based on reports from Spain. Athletic did not mention that deal at their earlier press conference.

14.08 BST - DONE DEALS: Barnet have completed the signing of ex-Gillingham duo Barry Fuller and Curtis Weston, a midfielder and a defender respectively, on free transfers.

13.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has joined Wigan on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old Japan international enjoyed a successful spell at Bolton towards the end of last season.

13.29 BST: Brentford have agreed to sign Millwall defender Scott Barron, with the deal to be completed once Barron has passed a medical a Griffin Park.

12.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough have snapped up FC Basel goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler on a free transfer after he impressed on trial at the Riverside.

12.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Danny Shittu is to have a second spell at Millwall, with the 31-year-old defender agreeing a one-year contract after a successful trial spell dahn the Den.

12.27 BST: Athletic Bilbao have announced that Fernando Llorente has decided not to renew his contract with the club – but warned anyone wanting to buy him that they would have to meet the €40 million release clause in his contract. Juventus have bid €16 million for the player, who is also said to be interesting Tottenham.

12.25 BST: Ipswich and midfielder Jimmy Bullard have parted company by mutual consent. Bullard lost his place in boss Paul Jewell’s starting line-up in November, and has made only seven appearances as a substitute since. Jewell said: “He wants to play regular first-team football, and I can't guarantee him that here.”

12.18 BST: Peter Coates will continue to negotiate with Michael Owen over a potential transfer to Stoke City and insists hope of a deal to sign the former England international is not dead.

It appeared over the weekend that Owen had blighted his chances of a Premier League swansong at the Britannia Stadium when his wage demands were revealed to be around £70,000-a-week.

12.07 BST - DONE DEAL: Brighton defender Tommy Elphick has made a move along the south coast, joining Bournemouth on a three-year-deal.

12.05 BST: Hamburg director of sports Frank Arnesen has said the club has no plans to sign further players from Chelsea.

Arnesen, who worked at Stamford Bridge from 2005 to 2011, took a number of players from the Blues last year, including Jacopo Sala, Michael Mancienne, Gokhan Tore, Slobodan Rajkovic, but Hamburg endured a hugely disappointing season.

11.45 BST: Leeds United striker Billy Paynter is on the brink of a move to Doncaster and could tie up a two-year deal later today.

11.42 BST: Algerian forward Adda Djeziri says he’s off to the seaside and will become a Blackpool player in the near future. The Danish-born player, a free agent, had trials at the Championship club earlier in the summer and is off to the land of kiss-me-quick hats and the Tower Ballroom on a permanent basis. He told bold.dk: "I will be signing with them. We have been in negotiations for two weeks, and this is a very exciting opportunity for me."

11.20 BST: Speculation in Germany suggests that Javi Martinez is heading for Bayern Munich, with some reports saying a deal has already been done and that his current club, Athletic Bilbao, will hold a press conference later this morning. Abendzeitung München, citing Spanish sources, says the deal has been completed, but there is no official confirmation as yet.

10.18 BST: Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he will not play for Manchester City this season. Roberto Mancini has taken a hardline stance with the striker as he attempts to get him to reduce his wage demands and complete a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

The two clubs agreed a £5.5 million fee for the Togolese, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, but Adebayor - who has earned £170,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium - has been reluctant to accept a lower salary.

09.43 BST:Wolves manager Stale Solbakken could be poised for another shopping trip to his former club Cologne, with defender Pedro Geromel his latest target.

08.43 BST: Juventus have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Athletic Bilbao over the transfer of Fernando Llorente.

Llorente, 27, has entered the final year of his contract and indicated to Athletic that he does not intend to sign an extension, with reports suggesting he is unhappy with Marcelo Bielsa's management.

08.37 BST: Staying in Spain, Valencia are close to signing Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez from Rubin Kazan for €2 million plus extras. They also need a left-back and are targeting Lyon’s Aly Cissokho and Malaga’s Nacho Monreal. Malaga have asked PSG for attackers Houarau and Luyindula on loan, hoping the Qatar connection will help the deal go through.

08.30 BST: What’s this on what is, apparently, Alex Song’s Twitter feed? There’s a swirl of speculation in Spain about him and Barcelona: AS says Song has agreed personal terms, but Arsenal are still not keen to sell and won’t budge from a €25 million asking price. Mundo Deportivo believes Barca have bid €15 million. This is what Song has tweeted – make of it what you will: "I'll always have Arsenal in my heart..." "As it stands, I'm a Gunner, will always be..." and "Home game v Sunderland next week, three points needed."

08.15 BST: Another Monday, another Robin van Persie story as the summer’s longest-running transfer saga rumbles on. It’s safe to say Van Persie wasn’t exactly rapturously received by Gunners fans at Cologne this weekend – but, undaunted, Arsene Wenger again reiterated his desire to keep the Dutchman at the Emirates.

Arsene may not have been amused by reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping up his attempts to bring the Arsenal skipper to Old Trafford and stressed that he had no intention of letting the £25 million-rated striker depart the club prior to the start of the season.

"There's no news on van Persie," Wenger told the Sun. "Our fans want him to stay, so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about van Persie would be a lie because he's our player and that's it.

“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player. He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don't know more.”

He said Arsenal’s new signings had not been bought with the intention of replacing Van Persie but with the intention of strengthening the squad and him staying. More on this, undoubtedly, tomorrow. And on Wednesday. And Thursday. And forever.

August 12, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/12/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Hulk is ready to leave Porto. © PA Photos

23.45 BST MAJOR BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS: The Olympics has moved from London to Rio. For quite a lot of money. Thank you and goodnight.

23.01 BST Victor Moses' agent has scotched reports of an agreed deal between Chelsea and the Wigan attacker. "Reports that a £9m deal has been agreed between Chelsea and Wigan are not true," Neil Fewings told Sky Sports.

22.45 BST Reports about Pep Guardiola looking for a house at Lake Como in Italy suggest perhaps he is targeting a move to Italy? Or just a nice house?

22.19 BST West Ham have been linked with a move for Sevilla's Argentine defender Federico Fazio in the Spanish press.

21.55 BST Ajax's Vurnon Anita on a move to Newcastle: "The clubs have agreed a fee [€8.5m], but I have not. I'm still an Ajax player. I think it will be finished soon, but you never know how it will go."

21.20 BST Rodders you plonker (one for our international audience there). Jack Rodwell has only gone and joined Man City for around £12 million on a five-year deal. But will he play? Read more

20.51 BST Corriere dello Sport report that Roma are in negotiations to sign 18-year-old defender Marquinhos from Corinthians. Does that mean the end for Philippe Mexes, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal?

20.03 BST Mexico's Olympic hero Oribe Peralta has declared his desire to follow Manchester United star Javier Hernandez into English football. "Yes, of course I'd love to come and play here," he said. "It would be a challenge and it would be really great for me."

19.38 BST One for the rumour mill. A Polish commentator has claimed that his sources from Dortmund say there's a €30m bid from Man Utd being discussed for Robert Lewandowski.

19.01 BST Heerenveen coach Marco van Basten wants some new additions, saying: “I'd like to bring in some reinforcements, but it will not be easy to make that happen."

18.20 BST It's the latest craze: Italian Serie A players leaving for France. And Adrian Mutu could be the latest after Ajaccio expressed an interest in acquiring the forward, according to L'Equipe.

17.54 BST Roberto Mancini is not done yet and there will be more transfers to come. He said after the Community Shield win over Chelsea: "We are looking for other players. I don't know which players. I don't want to say which. Speak with Brian Marwood (sporting director)."

17.46 BST We mentioned earlier that Fernando Llorente looks to be on his way out of Athletic Bilbao and El Correo is tipping Juventus to land the Spain striker.

17.27 BST Football Italia reckon they've put two and two together and made four - suggesting that Jack Rodwell's move to Everton means Nigel De Jong is on his way to Inter Milan.

17.04 BST Having once called El-Hadji Diouf a "sewer rat", it was a tad surprising to see Neil Warnock sign the former Liverpool winger for Leeds. But Warnock has defended the move, saying: "I met him about six or seven weeks ago... we ended up having an hour-and-a-half chat and I told him what I disliked about him and he talked to me about the things that he's done in football.

"It opened my eyes in what I thought about him and nobody has said worse things about him than I have. It would have been easy for me not to bring him to the club but I've never been one to shirk a situation. A friend of mine, Micky Walker, who was at Doncaster Rovers, couldn't speak highly enough of him. He said he's good in the dressing room, he's excellent with the youngsters, and is a bit of a likeable rogue.

16.43 BST Not quite transfer gossip but a cracking story nonetheless - Usain Bolt thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi. Discuss.

16.26 BST Roberto Mancini on Manchester City's imminent signing of Jack Rodwell: "We consider Jack Rodwell to be a good, young player. He will be an important midfielder for the England national team and for us. We need someone who wants to win, is good tacticall and is a good player for the future."

16.01 BST Saint Etienne are believed to have landed former Marseille striker Brandao.

15.38 BST Could Napoli be ready to sell Edinson Cavani. CalcioMercato reckons Chelsea will try to tempt them with a big cash-plus-player offer, with Raul Meireles tipped to be the man used as bait.

15.20 BST AC Milan want to sign Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin according to Tuttosport.

14.44 BST Newcastle United have agreed a fee for long term target Vurnon Anita- according to reports in the Netherlands.

14.13 BST DONE DEAL Motherwell have signed promising young Birmingham defender Fraser Kerr on a six-month loan deal.

13.47 BST Former West Ham and Fulham defender John Paintsil is set to finalise a move to Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv today.

13.30 BST Manchester City and Chelsea have just kicked off in this season's Community Shield. You can follow all the action live with Chris Murphy HERE.

13.14 BST The Rodwell move appears to have taken you as much by surprise as it has us. Reader Tamu is unimpressed by the signing,however:

"Come.on. Man City is signing Rodwell. Really? Why? So he can sit on the bench and ruin his England career? Are they selling De Jong? Toure? Surely Tevez will play behind Balo or Aguero and Dzeko leaving the six world-class midfielders to fill 3-4 spots....and that doesn't include Rodwell."

13.06 BST Although Barca players have thus far restrained themselves from using the phrase "Barcelona DNA", their collective talking up of Alex Song's abilities is getting a bit ridiculous. The latest offering is from Gerard Pique: "He is physically very strong and is good with the ball at his feet. We are open to his arrival. If he comes, and from what I have read he could do, we would love to have him."

12.49 BST The Metro reckons that Liverpool will sign Tottenham's Michael Dawson as a replacement for Man City-bound Daniel Agger.

12.33 BST BREAKING: Everton have confirmed they have accepted a bid from Manchester City for 21-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.

12.18 BST Stephen Warnock's Aston Villa future appears in doubt after he was omitted from the club's pre-season trip to Germany.

12.05 BST You can add your comments on all transfer dealings and rumours using the tool below. Reader Vincent has been having his say on Manchester United:

"As we have lost Lucas Moura to PSG, i hope Sir Alex tries to advise David Gill to release money to buy RVP. If it's possible we should also go for Joao Moutinho."

11.46 BST Rennes chairman Frederic de Saint-Sernin has confirmed club have received an offer for Yann M'Vila but refused to reveal the identity of the club. Saint-Sernin told Canal+ "He has a very concrete offer from England,"

11.33 Joao Moutinho on continued speculation linking him with a move away from Porto: “Future? This is something we have to ask FC Porto. I know nothing and was focused on the [Portuguese Super Cup] game.”

11.19 BST Sir Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United's pre-season friendly with Hannover on Saturday as he steps up his efforts to sign Robin van Persie. FULL STORY HERE

11.00 BST In Spain. AS is reporting that Fernando Llorente is continuing to stall over Athletic Bilbao's offer of a new contract. The striker has a 36 million euro buyout clause but if he refuses to pen a new deal Athletic may have to let him go for less.

10.46 BST Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy insists he still wants to leave the Stade Metropole despite the club stating that he won't be sold. He said: "I heard what the
chairman said. The transfer window is open until September 4 (in France). I still want to go. We will see.''

10.28 BST Over to France now, where Marseille are searching for a defender to step in for Souleymane Diawara - who is out injured until October. L'Equipe reckons that Sevilla centre-back Emir Spahic could be an option, though there are apparently are some concerns about the Bosnia captain's temperament.

10.14 BST Here is one of those left-field rumours we predicted would come out today - Corriere dello Sport reckons AC Milan want Nicklas Bendtner and want him so much that they would offer Arsenal Philippe Mexes in part-exchange for the striker. Madness.

10.01 BST Chievo have announced the capture of 16-year-old striker Mehdi Guenouche from French club Nancy.

09.45 BST Time to journey around the European continent now and our first destination is Italy, where Torino have completed the signing of journeyman midfielder Matteo Brighi on a one-year loan from Roma. He started his career with hometown club Rimini and has played for Juventus, Bologna, Parma, Brescia, Roma, Chievo and Atalanta.

09.32 BST The Sunday Telegraph reports that Stoke City and Michael Owen remain a long way from agreeing terms.

09.18 BST Roberto Di Matteo is adamant that Daniel Sturridge won’t be leaving Chelsea, according to talkSPORT.

09.10 BST Time for our daily look at the English press now, and we’ve again needed our magnifying glasses to scour in amongst the Olympic stories, with Mo Farah’s 5000m gold medal occupying all of the back pages this morning.

Sunday Mirror: Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to enter a bidding war for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell; Robin van Persie will start the season as an Arsenal player; Emmanuel Adebayor is set to finalise a permanent move to Spurs after Man City agreed to give him a slice of the transfer fee as a pay-off and subsidise his White Hart Lane wages for two years

Sunday People: Clint Dempsey will be frozen out at Fulham after making it clear he wants to leave, with Martin Jol targeting David Ngog, Kieran Richardson and Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes to bolster his squad; William Gallas is on his way out of Tottenham, with QPR his most likely destination.

Mail on Sunday: Sir Alex Ferguson is concerned that Arsene Wenger will stop Robin van Persie from joining Manchester United; Andre Villas-Boas is not concerned about his lack of strikers and will play 19-year-old Harry Kane in the club’s first game of the season; Brendan Rodgers will use Charlie Adam as bait in a bid to lure Clint Dempsey from Fulham; Spurs will turn their attentions to Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar after missing out on Lyon’s Hugo Lloris.

Metro: Arsenal will join Manchester United in the hunt for highly rated Malaga midfielder Isco – the cash-strapped La Liga club would accept a fee of £8 million for him; Brendan Rodgers wants to bring Theo Walcott to Liverpool to inject some more pace into his squad.

09.05 BST Our picture story (see above) today is Hulk claiming he is ready to leave Porto for English shores. The quotes came through last night after Brazil’s Olympic final defeat but his comments will have angered Porto, as well as leading to fevered speculation about his possible destination. Chelsea are, as always, thought to be leading the race for his signature.

09.00 BST Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to what is always one of our favourite days in On The Move. The Sunday press is usually reserved for some of the most outlandish transfer gossip of the week so expect some left-field rumours today.

August 11, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/11/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


If he goes, I go: Roberto Mancini really wants to keep hold of Mario Balotelli © PA Photos

23.30 BST: That's all for tonight, more of the same tomorrow. See you there!

23.00 BST: Nuri Sahin’s reported loan deal to Arsenal may fall through as the Turkish international’s agent hinted that he could well move to Serie A instead next season.

22.42 BST: Wolves' manager Stale Solbakken confirmed that England winger Matt Jarvis wants to leave the club. Solbakken said: "He wants to leave but it has to be right for Wolves. At the end of the day I am not making the final decision."

22.22 BST: What was that about Hulk earlier? Now he says: "This could be the time for me to move. I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me." Read more

22.04 BST: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has denied reports that DJ Campbell is close to rejoining the Seasiders. "We are about as close to re-signing DJ Campbell as there is of me wearing high heels and calling myself Sheila," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.

21.41 BST: Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has taken to Twitter to confirm the signing of Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox from West Bromwich Albion.

21.14 BST: Porto president Pinto da Costa is reported to have said that Hulk is unlikely to leave this summer. Da Costa insists he will only leave if a club were to meet his €100 million buy-out clause.

20.36 BST: The Daily Mail report that Manchester City are looking at South Korean Olympic left-back Yun Suk-Young, who could cost as little as £1 million.

20.05 BST: Sky Sports now reporting that Manchester City are looking at Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell as they look to strengthen ahead of the new campain.

19.46 BST: Mutterings in Italy suggest that Fiorentina are making enquieries into the future of Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.

19.23 BST: PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Sporting Lisbon over the release of Zakaria Labyad, who will now join the Portuguese side.

18.49 BST: Transfer Mercato Web report that Argentine defender Federico Fazio could be on the move from Sevilla, with West Ham favourites for his signature.

18.22 BST: This is big. Sportmediaset in Italy claim that Milan and Real Madrid have agreed terms over a deal that will see Kaka return to the San Siro. There will no doubt be more to follow on this story this evening.

17.54 BST: Nicolas N'Koulou, who has been linked with Arsenal in recent times says he is staying at Marseille to help them battle. "I am staying to test myself against the Ibrahimovics of this world," he told reporters.

17.34 BST: Sky Sports report that Wolves and Middlesbrough are in contention to secure the services of Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on loan.

17.04 BST Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca: "Hulk has a contract, he likes FC Porto, but at the moment everything has a question mark. We sometimes want a player to stay, but the conditions aren't the best. Sometimes clubs have to give up a right, a player, or a person to keep their structure. People come and go, but the clubs stay. Everything is possible in the world of football."

16.46 BST Ajax havesold Armenia forward Aras Ozbiliz to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar for a fee of around €1million (£800,000).

16.31 BST West Brom striker Simon Cox is reportedly set to sign for Nottingham Forest,

16.07 BST Joe Allen's transfer to Liverpool was completed yesterday and Richard Jolly feels he will be a key piece in Brendan Rodgers' progressive puzzle at Anfield. READ MORE.

15.56 BST Keep the comments coming folks - Ify has been giving his views about Robin Van Persie.

"Have the feeling that RVP must surely leave. The comment on his site alone might have annoyed AW and many on the board. Even the players purchased shown that AFC are really prepared for going on without him."

15.35 BST Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner in case their move for Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta falls through.

15.17 BST Blackburn Rovers are close to completing their ninth summer signing - with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Diogo Rosado set to move to Ewood Park.

15.02 BST Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi appears to have revealed on Twitter that Ryo Miyaichi is joining the Latics on loan from Arsenal.

@AliAlhabsi, "I am happy that our team, Wigan, has acquired Japanese Arsenal player Ryo on loan for a season. It'll be nice to have a fellow Asian with me in the team."

14.46 BST DONE DEAL While we're on the subject of notorious bad boys, El Hadji Diouf has signed for Leeds United.

14.29 BST Joey Barton won't be signing for Fleetwood Town as QPR don't want him to play in League Two. But Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon has heaped praise on the former Newcastle defender.

"Joey has gone back to QPR," Mellon told Sky Sports. "His influence in and around the football club was nothing more than fantastic. (He was) a great lad, up to standard for us, players saw how hard you have to work to be a Premier League footballer. Nothing but positives came from the time we had with Joey. We always knew it was going to come to an end at some stage."

14.04 BST Joris Mathijsen is believed to have completed his return to the Netherlands, leaving Malaga for Feyenoord.

13.41 BST Sky Sport Italia with a rumour that has made us chuckle in the office - Theo Walcott to Inter Milan. Surely not.

13.28 BST It's been a while since we've been able to publish some Ian Holloway comedy gold so the Blackpool manager's response to a question about re-signing DJ Campbell has brought us much delight:

"Because of how much they are paying him at the moment at QPR, it's not going to happen. We are about as close to re-signing DJ Campbell as there is of me wearing high heels and calling myself Sheila."

Thank you Ian.

13.13 BST Newcastle have bid €8m for versatile Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita, according to reports in the Netherlands.

12.58 BST Reports in the Spanish media claim that Alex Song has agreed a a five-year contract worth £75,000-per-week to move to Barcelona.

12.40 BST Emile Heskey has rejected the advances of Blackpool. He is a free agent at the moment but scoffed at the Tangerines' offer of £90 a week.

12.27 BST Torino want to sign former Real Madrid and Everton winger Royston Drenthe, according to Tuttosport. Drenthe was released by Madrid at the end of last season.

12.01 BST Fiorentina are monitoring wantaway Spurs forward Giovani dos Santos, according to talkSPORT

11.48 BST The Sunderland Echo is tipping Martin O'Neill to take a punt on Jermain Defoe aas attempts to sign Steven Fletcher look to have hit stormy waters.

11.33 BST With Aleksandar Kolarov expected to leave Manchester City, Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen to sign South Korean left-back Yun Suk-Young as cover for Gael Clichy.

11.25 BST Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani has confirmed the club are closing in on Genk's Belgium international striker Jelle Vossen.

11.07 BSTSky Sports News are reporting that Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has handed in a transfer request. In the paper round-up earlier we mentioned that he had been linked with a switch to West Ham.

10.52 BST Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists the club's floatation on the New York Stock Exchange will not affect their ability to spend in the transfer market and again denied that the Glazers' ownership has damaged the Red Devils prospects on the pitch. FULLSTORYhttp://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1132071/david-gill:-manchester-united-have-money-to-spend

10.40 BST AS claims that Real Madrid are in talks with Gonzalo Higuain about extending his contract to the summer of 2018.

10.29 BST We want to hear your thoughts on the summer transfer window and you can post your musings using the tool below. That's what Alex has done as he makes a potential transfer merry-go-round appear oh so simple:

“Alright Real Madrid. Sell Kaka to Milan and spend the money on Luka. Spurs, go buy Lloris and Damiao.”


10.07 BST Roma have offered €12m for Sao Paulo centre-back Rhodolfo, according to Corriere dello Sport.

09.56 BST DONE DEAL: Stoke City have signed Macedonia left-back Goran Popov on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev.

09.42 BST Over in Italy, Lazio's proposed move for Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist is looking likely to collapse as their goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo - included in the part-exchange deal - is refusing to move to Genoa.

09.28 BST Heading around Europe now and first stop is France - where L'Equipe reports that Loic Remy could be set to leave Marseille. Clubs in England are keen, but he's turned one initial approach down.

09.15 BST Time now for our customary round-up from the English newspapers. The Olympics is still going strong but come next week, we're expecting football to be dominating the agenda once again!

Daily Mirror: Luka Modric is desperate for talks with AVB as he fears his dream move to Real Madrid is in danger of collapsing; Adam Johnson could be Brendan Rodgers’ new target after he finally landed Joe Allen from Swansea; Ian Holloway wants Joey Barton to come on a season-long loan to Blackpool.

Metro: Liverpool want Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin to replace Daniel Agger if he joins Manchester City.

Daily Star: PSG just won’t end their spending and have made a £40 million offer for Mario Balotelli – Man City have rejected it though; Sunderland will use Connor Wickham as bait in their continued efforts to bring Steven Fletcher to the Stadium of Light from Wolves.

Daily Mail: Wolves have told West Ham to up their bid for Matt Jarvis to £10 million after they initially offered £6 million.

The Sun: Spurs want to sign Julio Cesar from Inter Milan and the Nerazurri will let him leave for free to get him off the club’s wage bill.


09.01 BST The inspiration for our headline and photo above today is taken from the rumours circulating that Roberto Mancini has told the Manchester City owners he would quit if Mario Balotelli is sold. Two things we like about this - firstly, despite everything that has happened, Mancini still seems to love Balotelli like a son. It's heartwarming. Secondly, it's a pretty bolshy move to lay down the law to your billionaire owners. Good work Roberto.

09.00 BST Good morning world. Three weeks from today the transfer window will have just closed (sob, sob) but fear not as that leaves us 20 more days of gossip, rumour, tittle-tattle, hearsay....you get the picture. Fingers crossed for another exciting day of transfer activity - incredibly some deals were actually done yesterday with Bellamy to Cardiff, Allen to Liverpool and Lukaku's loan to West Brom among them.

August 10, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/10/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Lucas: Almost at United... but then not © PA Photos

20.58 BST: That's it for tonight then. It heated up this evening with the move of Craig Bellamy to Cardiff, Romelu Lukaku to West Brom and then, finally, Joe Allen to Liverpool. More awaits tomorrow when the Transfer Blog re-opens.

20.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Netherlands defender Joris Mathijsen has left money-troubled Malaga to join Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

20.11 BST - DONE DEAL: Could Alejandro Bedoya face Celtic in the Champions League? The US international has left rivals Rangers to join Helsingborgs.

19.52 BST - DONE DEAL: Liverpool have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Joe Allen for an undisclosed fee, ending one of the summer's longest transfer sagas.  Read the full story here.

19.22 BST - DONE DEAL: Blackburn have secured the capture of Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards on loan from Galatasaray.

19.02 BST - DONE DEAL: Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku has joined West Brom on a season-long loan, ending speculation over his future. Read the full story here.

18.42 BST: It's been rumoured for a day or two, but AS Roma have now officially confirmed that Gabriel Heinze has had his contract rescinded, leaving him free to complete a likely move to Newell's Old Boys.

18.13 BST: The Daily Mail are full of talk today and they report that Chelsea have taken an interest in Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, having failed to agree a deal with Marseille for Cesar Azpilicueta.

17.53 BST: Santos have re-signed one of their fabled "meninos da Vila" with Andre rejoining from Atletico Mineiro. That's three of the four back together (Neymar, Ganso, Andre), but will we see Robinho return.

17.42 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto would be allowed to leave. A long-term target for some in the Premier League, it is suggested, though, that he may return to his homeland.

17.21 BST: The agent of former Liverpool player Ryan Babbel has downplayed suggestions that he is close to a move to Fiorentina. Winnie Haatrecht told TMW: "Ryan has a contract with Hoffenheim, so it would not be a problem for him to remain in Germany. The initiative now lies with the German club."

17.03 BST: Blackpool are claiming that an illegal approach has been made for winger Matt Phillips and are set to report the incident to the Football Association.

16.43 BST: ITV News suggest that Alex Song could indeed join Barcelona, with Cristian Tello heading the other way.

16.24 BST: The Daily Mail report that Atletico Madrid are eyeing Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, who has been linked with Arsenal and QPR in recent weeks.

15.58 BST - DONE DEAL: Villarreal have signed Swedish defender Olof Mellberg, who left Olympiacos at the end of last season, as they attempt to bounce back to La Liga following relegation.

15.53 BST - DONE DEAL: West Ham have completed the signing of Alou Diarra from Marseille on a three-year deal. He moves to Upton Park for an undisclosed fee.

14.34 BST - DONE DEAL: Craig Bellamy has completed his return to Cardiff City, joining them from Liverpool on a two-year deal.

14.34 BST: Carlos Vela has completed a permanent move from Arsenal to Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee, the Gunners have confirmed. The Mexican international spent the 2011-12 on loan at the Spanish club.

14.29 BST: Here’s Gerard Pique on Alex Song speculation: "I know him - he's a great player. If he joins, which seems possible from what I read in the papers, he'd be welcome."

14.27 BST: Sunderland, who have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market so far, are reportedly interested in signing defender Scott Dann from relegated Blackburn.

14.24 BST - DONE DEAL: Motherwell have signed Birmingham City defender Fraser Kerr on a six-month loan.

13.56 BST: More Chelsea news: manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will go out on loan this season. He said: “At this stage of his career, for him the most important aspect is to play every week and gain more experience and football time."

13.29 BST - DONE DEAL: Ben Gordon has joined Birmingham City on loan from Chelsea until January 7.

13.05 BST: Wolves have reportedly turned down a £9 million bid from West Ham for winger Matt Jarvis, while goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is reportedly interesting Liverpool. De Vries played for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.

12.30 BST: DJ Campbell could be on his way back to Blackpool after QPR allowed him to open talks with the Seasiders, reports say. Campbell joined Rangers last summer on a two-year contract, but suffered an injury-plagued season and made just three starts.

12.17 BST - DONE DEALS: Some done deals for you: Former Preston ‘keeper Andreas Arestidou has joined Morecambe on a free, ex-Reading trainee Harry Cooksley has moved to Dean Holdsworth’s Aldershot, also for free, striker Nick Blackman has joined Sheffield United from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee and teenage midfielder Ryan Watson goes from Wigan to Accrington Stanley on loan.

11.32 BST: Newcastle officials are reportedly heading to Holland this weekend to speak to Ajax about signing Vurnon Anita. Meanwhile, Sunderland have been linked with a move for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

11.25 BST: Maurice Edu is reported to be interesting Ipswich Town. Edu was one of several player who declined to transfer their contracts to the Rangers newco.

10.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Huddersfield defender Antony Kay has joined the Milton Keynes thing from Huddersfield Town on a two-year deal.

10.44 BST: Why always him? Why? Why?? Why??? Roberto Mancini has said Manchester City have rejected several bids for Mario Balotelli from top clubs this summer.

Mancini, who had insisted earlier this summer that the Italian would remain at Eastlands, urged Balotelli to build on his excellent Euro 2012 by becoming more consistent this season.

"This summer, we had a lot of requests for him," the City manager revealed. "Many important teams wanted him."

10.21 BST: Reports say Bellamy has arrived in Cardiff for his medical. They just missed out on promotion last time he was there - can he help them go one better second time around?

10.21 BST: FC Porto are believed to have threatened to report Atletico Madrid to FIFA as they claim money remains outstanding from last summer's €40 million transfer of Radamel Falcao.

Spanish daily Marca has reported that Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was close to making an official complaint that could see FIFA impose a transfer embargo on Atletico.

09.55 BST - DONE DEAL: Arsenal have said that 19-year-old midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup has completed a move to Turkish side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee. He made two senior appearances for the Gunners.

09.50 BST: Internacional have swatted away speculation that Spurs could be about to swoop for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao amid reported interest from Tottenham.

Cocking a snook in the direction of North London, president Giovanni Luigi told O Jogo: "I think it's very hard for the transfer to happen unless Tottenham pay the €60 million buyout fee that is included in his contract.

"Leandro Damiao has four more years on his contract. He is a very well-paid player and has nothing to complain about. And we don't need to sell. We are a rich club with an enviable structure."

09.46 BST: Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni is feeling all weirded out by what he says is an unusual transfer window. He should try having to wade through thousands of stories about Andy Carroll and Robin van Persie - but anyway, this is what he says: "We know who we're after, but this is a strange transfer window with the Financial Fair Play rules set to kick in.

"We know we're a bit short but we've already said that. We need a midfielder - that much is clear just looking at the numbers. This year we're starting a fresh but the president wants to build a great Inter team."

09.43 BST: Craig Bellamy is set to have a medical at Cardiff after agreeing to take a significant pay cut to complete a move to his hometown club from Liverpool.

The 33-year-old is understood to have accepted a deal worth £35,000 a week - a huge drop from the £90,000-a-week he was on at Anfield. Cardiff are also offering a £1 million promotion bonus if Bellamy helps them to the Premier League.

09.40 BST: Wayne Rooney is fluttering his eyelashes at Robin van Persie, saying he believes the Arsenal skipper would be a "great addition to the squad".

Van Persie has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus – but Old Trafford now appears to be a likely destination, according to some reports (despite Fergie’s frustration with the Gunners).

"Of course he's a player that I admire," Rooney told the Mirror. "He's a fantastic player: he's been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all - he scored a lot of goals. If he does come here, he would be a great addition to the squad."

09.30 BST: As August rumbles on, the possibility of Luka Modric staying at Tottenham increases - and coach Andre Villas-Boas has told the want-away midfielder to get his head right and "respect" his current employers.

The Croatian has spent pre-season training away from his team-mates but, with the Premier League kick-off approaching, his boss wants him committed to the Spurs cause. "He is training alone because we decided to do that until his mental state is ready for him to return to the team," Villas-Boas said. "It is important that, in the coming days, he understands he must return to the first team. We respect the player's ambition, but he must also respect the club."

Reports in the Spanish media say that, with Paris Saint Germain no longer interested, Tottenham chief executive Daniel Levy has lowered the asking price for the midfielder from €45 million to €38 million, although ESPN understands that he has no intention of doing so. Madrid sources say Jose Mourinho's side will only pay €30 million. So on we go...

08.15 BST: Hello, good morning and welcome to an On The Move featuring more frustration for Sir Alex Ferguson. Yesterday, the old Trafford manager was gnashing his teeth over the Robin Van Persie stalemate. Today, he’s unlikely to be amused by reports that Lucas Moura had agreed to sign for Manchester United before the Red devils were gazumped by Paris Saint-Germain.

The French club, spending money faster than a drunk dowager with a handbag full of credit cards wandering through the West End, confirmed that the 19-year-old will be joining them from Sao Paulo in January. This after a resigned Fergie had said on Wednesday: "When somebody's paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy, you have to say the game's gone mad."

Lucas’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said a Lucas move to Old Trafford was all but certain before PSG sporting director Leonardo, a former Sao Paulo player, made contact.

"Everything was agreed between Sao Paulo and Manchester United," he told UOL. "The contract had been written and just needed to be signed, but then Leonardo called me and asked to talk to Lucas.

"They talked. Leonardo was helped by the fact he is Brazilian. He was very gentle with Lucas. The possibility of living in Paris - a much more pleasant city than Manchester - also influenced his decision, but it was PSG's project that impressed Lucas."

August 9, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/09/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.

Sir Alex is in a bad mood with Arsenal
© PA Photos

23.45 BST: That's it for tonight. Expect Joe Allen to move tomorrow and there will be plenty of DONE DEALS as well I'm sure.

23.33 BST: Juventus are keen to secure a €20 million transfer for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, according to Tuttosport. And that money would surely be enough to tempt Arsene into selling RVP to them as well.

23.00 BST: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes that Robin van Persie would be a "great addition to the squad" if a deal can be reached this summer. Read Rooney's comments here.

22.16 BST: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to complete the £15 million signing of Joe Allen on Friday. Full story here on ESPNsoccernet.

22.16 BST: Fiorentina have announced the signing of Chilean midfielder David Pizarro from Roma for an undisclosed fee.

21.59 BST: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is looking to sign Galatasaray forward Colin Kazim-Richards on a season-long loan.

21.25 BST: Wondering where all the money went? Well, clubs spent a total of £21.7 million on agents fees during the 2011-12 season, the Football League has revealed in its annual report.

20.06 BST: Swansea's Joe Allen is in the crowd at Anfield tonight. He wants to move and surely a £15m offer is on the way, if not already in the fax machine.

18.32 BST: Aiden McGeady is apparently pushing Spartak Moscow to allow him to move to Sunderland.

18.12 BST: Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia inhas played down reports that he is ready to sell striker Cacau to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.

17.43 BST: La Gazzetta dello Sport report that AC Milan could be prepared to allow Antonio Cassano join Roma in return for Marco Borriello, who has already spent time at the San Siro.

18.35 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria has signed a new contract, tying him to the Spanish champions until 2018. Read the full story here.

18.35 BST: Brazilian media giant Globo Esporte report that AC Milan have switched their attention from Kaka to Paris Saint-Germain winger Nene, after struggling to agree a fee with Real Madrid.

18.15 BST: Sochaux defender Jeremie Brechet has joined newly-promoted Troyes ahead of the start of the Ligue 1 season this weekend.

17.46 BST: The Bimingham Mail report that Aston Villa are set to join Sunderland in the race for Scotland forward Steven Fletcher, after the striker's public request to leave Wolves.

17.20 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo is not expecting Kaka to return to AC Milan. "Whether Kaka will leave the club or not is a decision he has to take himself, but I think he will stay here," he said. "For me his is one of the best players in the world, and all the best players have to be at Real Madrid."

16.53 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed FC Cologne winger Slavomir Peszko on a year-long loan from FC Cologne with a view to a permanent deal.

16.23 BST:Martin O’Neill says he is prepared for Sunderland’s summer transfer activity to go right to the end of the transfer window. O’Neill, who has signed only Carlos Cuellar so far, said: “I have been involved in late scrambles before, so it's nothing new to me in that sense.

“Obviously, the most important issue is to try to get them [new faces] in before the deadline finishes. Ideally it would be great to get them in and be part of the club before you kick off the season, and we will do our utmost to do that.”

16.15 BST - DONE DEALS:A double signing for Rochdale: Ian Craney and Ray Putterill have joined on a non-contract basis, with both midfielders having played for boss John Coleman during his time in charge of Accrington Stanley.

16.02 BST: Another “every player has his price” type of remark: here’s Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini on Daniele De Rossi.

Sabatini told a press conference: "I never said that De Rossi is not unsellable, I just made a general consideration regarding the whole of football. If a monstrous bid materialised, we would evaluate it - but we are not looking for buyers for Daniele because he is a pillar of our team.”

15.53 BST: Reports in Spain say Malaga have rejected a €3m bid from Valencia for Ignacio Monreal and that Enzo Maresca could leave the same club for Olympiacos, but the reports have not been confirmed.

15.06 BST - DONE DEAL: That Slawo Peszko loan move to Wolves didn’t take long to go from likely to done: he has moved to Molineux from Cologne on a temporary basis, but with a view to a permanent deal.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, formerly of Cologne, told the Express and Star, said: "Slawo is a player who can operate on both wings and had a very good first half to the season last year, setting up a lot of goals for Lukas Podolski.

"I know the quality that he can offer us, including great acceleration. He's also not afraid - while he may not be the biggest player in stature, he's fearless, which is one of his real strengths.”

14.41 BST: Notts County midfielder Alan Judge has turned down the offer of a new contract at Meadow Lane. He says he is not unhappy at the League One club but feels he deserves a better deal.

14.32 BST: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will not be joining Fulham on loan, according to the player's agent.

Lukaku, 19, struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge after joining from Anderlecht last summer for a substantial fee, and is expected to spend the 2012-13 campaign elsewhere to further his development.14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.10 BST Kicker reports that Hamburg are keen to bring midfielder Milan Badelj in from Dinamo Zagreb earlier than planned and are willing to increase their offer for him to €3.5 million to do so.

14.02 BST Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has flown to Turkey for a medical with Galatasaray.

13.29 BST: Reports in Turkey have linked Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma with a move to Tottenham or Sunderland. Besiktas board member Tamer Kiran confirmed Quaresma would not feature in the club’s plans this season, saying: "Despite being contracted to the club, we do not see a future for Quaresma here. We wish to part ways with Quaresma: we want to find him a new club.”

13.15 BST: Everton prospect Conor McAleny, a 19-year-old striker, is reportedly set to sign a new long-term contract at Goodison Park.

12.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Former West Brom striker Roman Bednar has signed for Turkish side Sivasspor after rejecting an offer to stay at Blackpool, whom he joined on a short-term deal in January.

12.11 BST: Charlton are reported to be weighing up a bid for Brentford’s attacking midfielder Sam Saunders as they look to add to their squad following promotion back to the Championship. Saunders could cost around £250,000.

11.23 BST: West Ham are reported to have agreed a deal with Marseille to sign France international and former Liverpool midfielder Alou Diarra.

10.43 BST: Developments amid the continuing uncertainty at Malaga: Joris Mathijsen is reportedly almost on his way to Feyenoord in a €1 million deal, and coach Manuel Pellegrini could yet stay, despite widespread expectations that he would leave.

10.40 BST: Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa says nothing has been resolved about the future of striker Fernando Llorente, reportedly a target for Juventus, Chelsea, Spurs and Bayern Munich. Bielsa said it was “a private matter, not yet resolved”, adding only: “I want the best for the team, the player and the club.”

10.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Doncaster Rovers have signed former Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn, who left the Bluebirds at the end of last season following a three-year stint with the club. Donny boss Dean Saunders said the 27-year-old “is an experienced player who knows his position".

10.05 BST: Ally McCoist says he is resigned to Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya leaving Rangers – but he still hopes Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian will stay at the Third Division newco. McCoist told the Daily Record: “It looks like Maurice and Alejandro will be leaving, but I'm planning on Carlos and Dorin being here until I hear otherwise."

09.50 BST: More on Swansea, Liverpool and Joe Allen - here's the latest: Liverpool are understood to have made a £15 million bid for Joe Allen, triggering a release clause in the Swansea midfielder's contract.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that the offer - an increase on an earlier £12.5 million bid - will land the Wales international, who represented Team GB at the Olympics. Allen, 22, has been a Liverpool target since Rodgers left Swansea for Anfield in June.

09.28 BST: Ryan Babel could be on his way from Hoffenheim to Fiorentina, Kicker reports.

09.12 BST: Sławomir Peszko could be on his way to Wolves for €400,000. The 27-year-old Poland international midfielder, who plays for Cologne, is admired by Wolves boss and former Cologne coach Stale Solbakken, who said: “Slawo has always been a good player. He could be a match-winner here in England... I hope we can reach an agreement on Thursday.”

09.01 BST: Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke is a £250,000 target for Ipswich, according to the Star, which also says that Sheffield United are considering a bid for Blackburn striker Nick Blackburn.

08.58 BST: Chelsea could be selling Raul Meireles, the Mail says, with Napoli interested... and bright prospect Josh McEachran is interesting both Blackburn and Bolton, who would like to bring him in on loan.

08.54 BST: The Mail also reports that Manchester City have checked on Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, 23, who is a target for Tottenham as the North Londoners continue to be frustrated in their efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a full-time basis.

08.52 BST: Taking time off from being paranoid about Marxism, the Daily Mail says Chelsea are preparing an improved bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle. The paper says the 21-year-old Schurrle “remains a priority target, even though Leverkusen have not heard from Chelsea since their opening offer of £16 million”.

08.49 BST: Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has refused to entertain speculation that the club is interested in signing Alex Song from Arsenal, insisting he will not comment on any transfer rumours.

Reports in the Spanish press in recent days have suggested that the Catalans are ready to swoop for Song, who enjoyed a fine 2011-12 campaign for Arsene Wenger's side.

"I don't like talking about players who are not in our squad," Vilanova said. "There are many players outside of Barca who I like and I cannot talk about them. It would be a lack of respect to other clubs."

08.44 BST: The Mirror’s take on RVP goes like this: Arsenal will charge United a bit extra if they buy the striker.

The paper says: “Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned it will take an ‘unbelievable’ offer to persuade Arsenal to sell Robin van Persie to him.

“Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will not sell for less than £20m - and will demand a premium fee of more than £25m from Fergie and Manchester United because Arsenal do not want to do business with a direct Premier League rival.”

08.43 BST: Liverpool want no less than £23 million and Adam Johnson on loan if they are to sell Daniel Agger to Manchester City, says the Mirror. City have already had two bids for the Denmark international rejected, but Boss Brendan says he could go for the right price – and everyone has a price.

08.37 BST: And another! Modric and Madrid! Yes, again! He could still go to Spain, says the Sun, if Jose Mourinho can offload Kaka first.

Although Real have yet to table an offer that matches what Tottenham want – thought to be somewhere between £35 million and £40 million – they could do so if they can sell the Brazilian to AC Milan.

08.30 BST: And now another old favourite from this summer’s round of transfer speculation: Joe Allen from Swansea to Liverpool, where he would be reunited with Brendan Rodgers and his critically-acclaimed brand of football etc etc.

The Sun reports that the deal is almost done, saying: “Joe Allen will be a Kop idol after Liverpool triggered his release clause at Swansea.

“The Reds hit the £15 million magic figure that lets the midfield ace quit. And today Allen, 22, meets his Swans boss Michael Laudrup and will tell him he wants to rejoin his former gaffer Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.”

The paper says the transfer is expected to go through by the weekend, with Swansea having agreed not to stand in Allen’s way if a buyer came up with the asking price.

08.15 BST: Sir Alex is having a bit of a fume. Why? Because Arsenal are apparently keeping Manchester United hanging on as the Red Devils attempt to bring Robin van Persie to Manchester.

Everyone knows the score with Van Persie now: if he ends up going somewhere, it’s likely to be one of Manchester United or Manchester City, with Juventus having – depending on who you believe – dropped out of the race to some degree or other.

Speaking after United’s friendly against Barcelona in Gothenburg, Ferguson said: “It’s difficult to know why they [Arsenal] are operating in this way. We’ve been trying our best but there’s been no progress.

“You know we’ve made a bid [of £15 million], but Arsenal have been trying to negotiate with other clubs. They are not giving anything away. We have not had any breakthrough.”

August 8, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/08/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Liverpool want a minimum of £25 million for Daniel Agger © Getty Images

23.52 BST After a surprisingly busy night on the blog, it's time to call it a night. We'll be back in the morning with as many Robin van Persie updates as you can stomach and more. Join us then. It'll be fun.

23.47 BST Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hopeful the club can sign Colin Kazim-Richards on loan from Galatasaray. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We've got Colin with us for a few days and we're hopeful we can do something. We've put in a bid and we'll see if that's accepted from his club.”

23.31 BST Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni offers his musings on the club’s potential signings: “I think it’s important that we focus on players who are useful and functional. The characteristics of the team go beyond a single name.

“I would see a problem if a player arrived who did not function in the way we play. When the first name on the list fades it is not a problem. What is important is that the players who do arrive are functional. I would be worried if by August 31 the players with the characteristics I am after have not arrived, but I’m not worried at this time.”

23.18 BST Speaking of non-EU spots, the point has been raised on Twitter that AC Milan - with the arrival of Cristian Zapata - no longer have space in the squad for the Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. Although, as PSG will demonstrate at some point before January, they could just sell another non-EU player.

23.12 BST PSG need to free up a non-EU spot ahead of the arrival of Lucas Moura in January, and L’Equipe thinks they could send Serbian defender Milan Bisevac to Lyon with right-back Anthony Reveillere heading in the opposite direction.

22.57 BST It hasn’t stopped Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta talking about it this week, but Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says discussing a potential deal for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song would not be decorous. “As a coach, I prefer not to talk about players of other clubs,” he said. “That would be a lack of respect.”

22.42 BST United Arab Emirates midfielder Omar Abdulrahman, 20, has tweeted that he is going on trial at Manchester City.

22.16 BST Fergie on Van Persie and Lucas Moura is here.

21.49 BST Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked about Robin van Persie and said: "We have to persevere. Hopefully it comes our way." More on that when we get it...

21.26 BST Arsenal are reportedly keen on 22-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate but the club’s general manager, Herman van Holsbeeck, told Het Laatste Nieuws: "There has been no bid for him.

"We know some clubs have looked at him and he has been in the spotlight. I don't see anybody leaving, but if he leaves it would be for a lot of money - but Kouyate cannot move to the Premier League because he has not played matches for Senegal."

21.09 BST Sky Sports News says senior Manchester United players are of the belief that Robin van Persie will be joining the club very shortly. This appears to be gaining momentum now...

20.54 BST: DONE DEAL Valencia have signed Sergio Canales from Real Madrid on a permanent basis. Story here.

20.34 BST Sportmediaset thinks Juventus are going to revive their interest in Fiorentina attacker Stevan Jovetic as their hopes of Robin van Persie dwindle. That rumour has a rather reheated feel to it, but perhaps it’s true.

20.09 BST Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweets: “Robin Van Persie informed Juventus via a phone talk that negotiations between him and Manchester United are on advanced stage”

19.45 BST Here’s one that slipped through the blog net from earlier: Atletico Madrid are keen on Zenit defender Bruno Alves.

19.17 BST: DONE DEAL Villarreal have signed 34-year-old former Aston Villa and Juventus defender Olof Mellberg on a one-year deal.

19.05 BST Manchester City are being linked with Denmark defender Simon Kjaer, who is keen to leave Wolfsburg after spending last season on loan at Roma.

18.40 BST The Lucas Moura story is here.

18.27 BST: BREAKING NEWS PSG have confirmed they have reached an agreement over the signing of Lucas Moura. More to follow...

18.17 BST Sportmediaset believes Napoli are trying to sell Edinson Cavani and touts Chelsea as a likely destination as his asking price has now apparently been reduced to €30 million.

17.52 BST The full story on Zapata's Milan move is here.

17.39 BST Goal.com believes Adam Johnson is set to leave Eastlands as Manchester City are close to tying up the signing of Scott Sinclair from Swansea.

17.13 BST: BREAKING NEWS Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has announced on Twitter that he has handed in a transfer request. Story here.

17.05 BST Villarreal have now confirmed the rumour we brought you at 16.20 BST. A brief statement on their official website read: "Villarreal and Milan have reached an agreement to transfer Cristian Zapata for this season. Thus the Colombian defender will return to play in Italian football with the Rossoneri."

16.35 BST: DONE DEAL Stoke have confirmed the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. Story here.

16.20 BST Cristian Zapata could be on his way back to Italy from Villarreal – reports say he has had a medical at AC Milan and will complete a transfer worth around €6 million.

16.16 BST Sevilla are reported to be signing Alberto Botia from Sporting Gijon. He is believed to have undergone a medical, but there is no confirmation of a deal as yet.

16.14 BST Kilmarnock – it’s where a lot of former Real Madrid youth players tend to end up. And sure enough, former Real Madrid youth player Borja Perez is hoping to earn a contract from manager Kenny Shiels after arriving on trial.

16.01 BST Blackburn boss Steve Kean has praised Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes as “a quality player”, saying Rovers remain in the frame to sign him. Kean said: "I don't know what will happen now - I will leave that in the hands of the directors and see how that develops."

15.59 BST - DONE DEAL Oldham boss Paul Dickov has dipped into the transfer market again, this time signing teenage striker Jordan Slew from Blackburn on a six-month loan deal.

15.16 BST - DONE DEAL Northampton Town have signed Liverpool’s academy graduate striker Henoc Mukendi, 18, on loan until January.

15.05 BST Alan Pardew has said Newcastle will need to play a waiting game when it comes to transfer deals. He Toon boss has struggled to land many of his main summer targets, but told the Evening Chronicle: “My message would just be to be patient. We’ve got a great side, and a great underbelly to the team. If we add one or two, or even three, we’ll have a great squad.”

14.45 BST Swansea are holding talks with Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter over a season-long loan deal.

14.32 BST Alvaro Pereira's agent is to hold talks with Porto amid increasing speculation that the defender is on his way to Chelsea. "We are due to hold an important meeting with Porto, but I do not want to speculate on what the outcome will be," Alejandro Savich told Maisfutebol.

14.23 BST Queens Park Rangers are one of the Premier League teams keeping a close eye on Dynamo Kiev's Yevhen Khacheridi.

14.07 BST De Telegraaf reports that Oussama Assaidi is on his way to Ajax, with the Eredivisie champions having reached an agreement with Heerenveen over his move.

If you're a little bored by what's on offer in the transfer window today then don't forget there is plenty of Olympic coverage to get your teeth into on ESPN.co.uk

13.59 BST Our man in the North says Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron has been granted a UK work permit ahead of his proposed move to Stoke City.

13.45 BST Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is thought to have asked about the availability of Swansea midfielder Stephen Dobbie when the two clubs played each other in a pre-season friendly.

13.06 BST Younes Kaboul has dismissed talk that he could be leaving Tottenham, telling L’Equipe: “I have four years remaining on my contract at Tottenham and, more importantly, I am happy here and in England. There is a new challenge here and a new coach, who has been working very well.”

13.05 BST Here’s Valntijn Driessen, of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, on two possible Newcastle signings. On Gregory Van Der Wiel (Ajax right-back): “I can imagine he has been offered [to Newcastle]. Now they [Ajax] can make money from him, next season they can’t.”
On Anita: “He is coming from the youth of Ajax - they are not the best paid players. Since 10 days ago, he has a new agent, Mina Raiola, and he wants to sell players.”

12.24 BST Spain international Javi Martinez’s agent has said the Athletic Bilbao midfielder wants to move to Bayern Munich. Sport 1 quoted Ersin Akan as saying: "He wants to go to Bayern, and Bayern are still interested in signing him.

"I know that they still want him, but the transfer fee is a problem. He's just waiting to see how things pan out, but he would like it if the transfer takes place. I'd say chances that it will go ahead are 50-50 now."

12.15 BST - DONE DEAL Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Real Madrid's Joselu. Joselu, 22, who was born in Stuttgart, has signed a four-year deal and coach Marks Babbel said: “Joselu has shown his class at Real. He is still a young player and has a lot of potential. He fits into Hoffenheim and the team perfectly."

12.12 BST West Brom are optimistic that Swedish international defender Jonas Olsson, coming towards the end of his current Hawthorns deal, will sign a new contract.

11.20 BST Wolves have rubbished reports that they have accepted a £12 million Sunderland bid for striker Steven Fletcher. "Rumours that we have accepted a bid from Sunderland are incorrect," chief executive Jez Moxey told the Express & Star. "They want the player, but we haven't accepted anything."

11.15 BST - DONE DEALS Defenders Carl Regan and Tom Williams have joined Notts County on six-month contracts. Both were free agents. Manager Keith Curle explained: "They have had a long pre-season with us, and have signed on six-month contracts purely because of the finances.

"But if more money becomes available, and if they perform, there is an opportunity to extend that for a minimum of a season.”

11.15 BST - DONE DEAL More Huddersfield: they have completed the signing of Anthony Gerrard from Cardiff City. The defender has joined for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.

Grayson told the Terriers’ official website: "We've worked very hard to seal his signature amid a lot of competition from other clubs."

11.11 BST Simon Grayson believes striker Jordan Rhodes – who has been linked with Blackburn, Fulham and Reading, would be better off staying with newly-promoted Huddersfield in the Championship.

"I do think another year in the Championship will be the best thing that can happen to Jordan," Grayson told the Yorkshire Post. "I am not saying Jordan couldn't make it in the Premier League if someone comes in. He has always scored goals at whatever level.

"But I have seen it happen a few times where a player leaves the Championship to go to the Premier League and then only plays a dozen games, or spends most of their time coming off the bench.”


11.08 BST Let's have a Modric moment. Why not?

Real Madrid have handed Tottenham a €30 million 'take it or leave it' bid for Luka Modric, which has been rejected, according to ESPN sources.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has set the price for the Croatian midfielder at around £40 million, though £35 million (plus success-dependent add-on clauses) would be enough to clinch the deal.

But Real are refusing to bid that high and have told Levy that their latest offer will be their last - meaning Spurs are now "stuck" with the unhappy Modric as there are no other clubs willing to meet the North Londoners' valuation.

11.04 BST Hull boss Steve Bruce says he’s not quite finished in the transfer market yet and could add a couple of new faces before he season begins next weekend.

"Are we ready? As managers we always want a little bit more and I'll keep knocking," he told the Hull Daily Mail. "I would like to bring a couple in if I could, but I might have to wait on that. There's two or three weeks to go [of the transfer window], so we'll see what we can do.”

10.35 BST Ally McCoist is hoping to add striker Craig Beattie to his newly-burgeoning Ibrox ranks, saying: "We'll see if we can push that one forward. Craig's certainly someone we have been looking at.”

10.33 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Merseysiders have held talks with Cardiff City about a return to Wales for Craig Bellamy.

10.15 BST Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has reportedly told the club he wants to leave to play Champions League football, with Serie A holders Juventus poised to make a €20 million offer.

Llorente, 27, has made up his mind to reject a new contract offer and move on, according to Basque TV station ETB.

09.18 BST He may have been linked with a move to Stoke, and been encouraged to make that move by Peter Crouch, but Norman Hubbard can't help wondering where - if anywhere - Michael Owen's career is going.

09.14 BST Wolves winger Michael Kightly is reportedly due to have a medical at Stoke today, meaning his move to the Potteries could be confirmed before the end of the day.

09.14 BST The world of Luka Modric to Madrid continues to rumble on without any end in sight. AS speculates that Tottenham are preparing to sign €20m-rated Partizan Belgrade midfielder Medo Kamara as a replacement, but there is still no sign of a North London/Spain meeting of minds on a Modric transfer fee.

09.01 BST Striker Akpo Sodje, who is on trial at Preston North End, could move to Norwegian club Brann, according to reports. He is available on a free transfer after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda.

08.48 BST Norwich manager Chris Hughton says Nottingham Forest have made no official contact with Carrow Road officials to register their reported interest in defender Elliott Ward.

He also said he believed Ward’s defensive colleague Daniel Ayala, on loan at Forest for the season, had a big future at Norwich, adding: “”I wasn’t interested in selling him. He has gone out on loan to a good club with a good manager that will certainly play a good, attractive passing game. But he has also gone to a club where there is a bit of pressure.

“They have got high expectations, the Forest supporters. They have brought in new players and they have new owners so it was important for me he went somewhere with that pressure. They are a club who want to have a go in the division, and that played a part in it as well.”


08.43 BST Israel international striker Itay Schechter could be heading for Swansea City, with reports suggesting that the 25-year-old could move to Wales on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.

08.39 BST Hamburg are set sign former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner on a two-year deal, reports in Germany say. Kicker magazine says Hamburg are also interested in doing a loan deal for Genoa’s Chile international Cristobal Jorquera.

08.34 BST Winger Juan Manuel Vargas, linked with a switch to Liverpool, has said he hopes to stay at Fiorentina despite his agent having earlier called an Anfield move “an option”.

08.30 BST Craig Bellamy, in possible tribute to Ron Knee, is tight-lipped about the possibility of making a return to Cardiff, saying that he is taking things “day by day”.

The 33-year-old Liverpool forward is expected to join the Bluebirds in the next few days, but told the South Wales Echo: "Look, you know me better than to expect me to talk publicly about that. I've no immediate plans at the moment. What will be, will be."

08.28 BST And in other news from the Reebok, reports suggest that Bolton have turned down a bid from Swansea, believed to be £5 million, for midfielder Mark Davies. The news that the Swans are in the market for a midfielder can only add to the continuing swirl of speculation about Joe Allen and his future – is Liverpool beckoning? Will we ever, ever find out?

08.25 BST Valenciennes midfielder Carlos Sanchez won’t be going to Bolton - Owen Coyle is not impressed with what the Colombia international, available on a free transfer, is demanding. The Wanderers manager said: “There was no point meeting with the player because of the demands they had put forward. They were far and away beyond our means and, I've got to say, would be out of the reach of a lot of top six clubs as well.”

He has accused the player and his agent of having changed their demands after the Championship club had made initial inquiries earlier in the summer.

08.10 BST Time for our customary look around the English newspapers - though another day full of Olympic gold medals means we will probably be scanning the fine print for gossip:

Daily Mail: Arsenal, clearly not deterred by Park Chu-Young’s lack of success at the club so far, will swoop for another South Korea international, Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung; Chelsea will offer Gael Kakuta to Marseille in part-exchange for defender Cesar Azpilicueta; Roberto Martinez wants Wigan to stand firm and not accept anything less than £10 million from Chelsea for Victor Moses

Daily Mirror: Zenit St Petersburg have dug deep to make an offer of £40 million, plus Bruno Alves, for in-demand Porto striker Hulk; Real Madrid have upped their Luka Modric offer to £30 million but Spurs are holding out for £40 million; Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, is being targeted by three Serie A clubs after turning down a move to Fulham following his departure from Bolton.

The Sun: Peter Crouch has told Michael Owen to join him at Stoke City; Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is set for crunch talks with Real Madrid today about the future of Luka Modric; Manchester City and Arsenal are both considering making a move for Anderlecht’s Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who has impressed at the Olympics.

Daily Star Sheffield United captain Nick Montgomery is a £500,000 transfer target for Championship clubs Leeds, Burnley and Millwall.

08.05 BST Our first major story of the day is the lead on our site - we understand that Liverpool will only consider an offer of £25 million for Denmark international defender Daniel Agger amid interest from Manchester City.

Liverpool sources have confirmed that City have made approaches about Agger, 27, but that the two sides are some way apart in their valuation of the player, who has two years left on his contract.

08.00 BST Good morning, football fans, and welcome to what we, as always, hope is an action-packed day in the summer transfer window. A number of sagas continue to roll on as we ponder whether Luka Modric will ever end up at Real Madrid and wonder which of Europe's giants Lucas Moura will be playing for in the coming season.

August 7, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/07/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Bolt of lightning © Getty Images

23.53 BST That's your lot for the blog tonight. Join us in the morning for all the latest from the papers.

23.51 BST The Rangers FC could sign former Hearts striker Craig Beattie, but Ally McCoist said: "We will see if we can push that one forward but there is nothing as yet that
I can tell you in terms of signing. Craig is certainly one player we have been looking at and there are a good number on the radar as well."

23.48 BST Stephan El Shaarawy seems keen for AC Milan to re-sign Kaka from Real Madrid. “I’d love to know Kaka and learn from him, as I’ve heard he is a great man,” he said. “Naturally, he’s also an incredible player.”

23.29 BST Fulham boss Martin Jol has told Sky Sports News: “We need at least one midfield player. We need at least one or two strikers as well.”

23.13 BST: According to As, Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has refused to negotiate a loan move with Turkish side Besiktas adding to speculation that a move to Arsenal is on the cards.

23.05 BST: More on that Fernando Llorente story from earlier. Basque TV station ETB reports interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Athletic striker. Will he be leaving the San Mames this summer?

22.50 BST: Cesc Fabregas has welcomed Arsenal's signing of Santi Cazorla, tweeting: "I'm so happy to hear that my mate Santi Cazorla is finally a gooner. Top guy, special player. A great signing! Come onnn!"

22.50 BST: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has refused to comment on speculation linking the club with a move for Gabriel Obertan. The Dane said: "I can only say this. Speculation about players coming in, I don't want to comment on that.

"It is better for me to say I don't comment on rumours, I can comment on things about our players as it is different. When something is near or is done then you can ask me all you want."

22.29 BST Aly Cissokho’s agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, has confirmed there’s no chance of the left-back moving to Napoli and told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The reality is that he’s a Lyon player who still has a contract. If there is a team with a genuine interest then a solution will be found.”

21.52 BST Caen striker M’Baye Niang, 18, has been linked with a whole host of top clubs around Europe but it seems AC Milan might be his destination of choice. Having been taken on a tour of the training ground, he said: “I was so impressed - it’s magnificent. I am really interested in Milan.”

21.11 BST It's reported that Fernando Llorente has rejected a new contract at Athletic Bilbao and wants to leave. Manchester United are being credited with an interest in the 27-year-old striker.

20.50 BST: DONE DEAL Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has joined Maccabi Tel-Aviv on loan from Lille. Story here.

20.16 BST AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti believes Kaka could follow in Andriy Shevchenko’s footsteps and return to the club. “He’s a player who has given so much to Milan and he’s a wonderful guy,” he told Milan Channel. “In football anything can happen. In the past we’ve had players who have left and then come back, like Sheva.”

19.48 BST If you didn't click on the Andres Iniesta story on the main site earlier, you might have missed his comments on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who presumably has Barca DNA. "(Song) is technically very good and physically very powerful," he said. "If he comes, it is because he has the standard to play here and we would welcome him."

19.17 BST: Sunderland will make one final attempt for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, rumoured to be worth £12 million. Read the full story here.

18.49 BST: With Yanga-Mbiwa out of their price range, TMW indicate that Milan have turned their attention to Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, who is also a target for Roma.

18.19 BST: Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has not ruled out a move to Newcastle, insisting to Tutto Mercato Web that the English side are still interested after AC Milan appear to have dropped out the running.

17.52 BST: Liverpool have now officially announced that Luis Suarez has signed a new contract, following on from the last update. Some quotes can be found here.

17.32 BST: Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, ESPN can confirm. Read the full story here.

17.09 BST: Could Gabriel Heinze be returning to the Premier League? Talk in Italy suggests that QPR and Real Mallorca are eyeing the Argentine centre-back.

16.44 BST: Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin would be prepared to move to Turkey, according to his agent, amid reports of a £4 million bid from Galatasaray.

16.29 BST DONE DEAL: Forest have confirmed that Norwich's central defender Daniel Ayala has moved to the City Ground on loan, while rising star Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new long-term deal and has immediately gone on loan to Stevenage.

16.26 BST: Reports suggest that Nottingham Forest are interested in Norwich defender Elliott Ward.

16.10 BST: Blackpool are targeting Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie, who was on loan at Bloomfield Road last season, after failing to agree terms with Emile Heskey – but manager Ian Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: “I don't know whether we can get him back. We are playing Swansea [in a friendly] and I might be able to talk to their manager while I am down there.

"But I am not that hopeful because he went and banged a hat-trick in the other week. That won't help my cause, but it might help his."

15.53 BST: Notts County manager Keith Curle wants to bring winger Lloyd Sam back to the club after his successful loan spell last season. Sam, 27, is a free agent after being released by Leeds United, but Curle says he will have to find a way of freeing up funds before any deal could be done.

14.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Ex-Newcastle defender Tamas Kadar has joined Dutch club Roda JC on a free transfer. The Roda Technical Director Gerard Wielaert said: "We are delighted to have signed Tamas. Given his age of 22, he is a player with a bright future."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Toulalan's agent, Michael Manuello, has refused to comment on speculation linking the Malaga player with a move to the Magpies.

14.33 BST: Former Bolton defender Paul Robinson could be about to sign for Toronto FC, and has reportedly travelled to Canada for talks.

14.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have re-signed Kevin Kyle as they look to rebuild as a Third Division club.

14.11 BST: Could Liverpool be looking to hijack Arsenal's bid to take Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid? That's what reports on Merseyside suggest.

13.39 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have been in contact with Sao Paulo about a €45 million bid for Lucas Moura, the Brazilian club have confirmed.

The Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, speaking to newspaper Le 10 Sport, said officials from the big-spending French club had approached them about signing the 19-year-old.

13.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have completed the signing of former St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza and defender Emilson Cribari, who was on trial at Ibrox. Both have signed two-year deals.

12.57 BST: Huddersfield are being linked with a move for Cardiff midfielder Anthony Gerrard, who made 20 appearances in the Championship last season.

12.48 BST: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says Newcastle remain interested in signing him. But Montpellier’s France international defender – also interesting AC Milan - told TuttoMercato: “It is possible that I can renew my contract with Montpellier, just as it is possible that I will not renew it.”

12.40 BST - DONE DEAL: Derby County have announced the signing of teenage full-back Michael Hoganson on a one-year deal. The former Newcastle player had spent a successful trial spell at Pride Park.

11.50 BST: Chile midfielder David Pizarro could be on his way to River Plate after being omitted from Roma's pre-season training camp in Austria.

11.38 BST: Birmingham boss Lee Clark wants to add one more player to his squad. "Before the end of the week I'm hoping to do a bit more business," he told the Birmingham Mail. "And then I think I'd be done, unless we have to go into the market to replace anyone who goes out of the club."

11.34 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Manchester City are preparing to enter bidding for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi again. He was strongly linked with a move to Roberto Mancini’s side as contract talks stumbled last season and, although a new deal is in place, sources claim Mancini will have another go at signing a player once described by his club as
"untransferable".

10.50 BST - DONE DEAL: West Brom have completed the signing of Markus Rosenberg, with the Swedish striker signing a three-year deal at the Hawthorns.

10.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has signed for Arsenal and joined up with the pre-season training camp in Germany after completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems initially delayed the deal being finalised but he is now on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne after the announcement was made.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad."

10.14 BST: Tony Pulis says Stoke are close to finalising the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves. The Potters had an earlier bid for the winger rejected by relegated Wolves, but Pulis said: “I'm hoping it will be done. I think he can score goals. It's not just his ability to go past people and provide.” Meanwhile, Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has denied speculation that he is set to leave for Wigan Athletic.

09.44 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona would consider an opening bid of around £15 million for Arsenal’s Alex Song – but the Gunners value him at £25 million.

09.30 BST: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has passed a medical and joined up with Arsenal at their pre-season training camp in Germany ahead of completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems have delayed the deal being finalised, but Cazorla is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Gunners this week. In the meantime, Malaga have given the 27-year-old special permission to train with his new team-mates, and he is on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne.

09.17 BST: Ibrahim Afellay’s agent appears to have changed his tune. Only recently, he said the Barca player could be off on loan. Now he says: "There are clubs interested in him, but he wants to stay".

09.06 BST: Left-sided Portuguese player Eliseu is the latest Malaga star to be linked with a move away as the financial turmoil engulfing the club shows little sign of abating. The player told media in his home country that he would “like to move to Benfica, but it is not easy”, while his agent says six clubs are interested in signing him.

08.59 BST: French side Olympique Marseille have confirmed Chelsea have made an approach for defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has held a long-standing interest in Azpilicueta, and Marseille have confirmed the Blues have stepped up their interest in the Spanish right-back.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune revealed: "Chelsea have made a serious approach for Cesar."

08.57 BST: Big-club-on-the-way-back Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with a move for striker Ricardo Fuller, a free agent after his Stoke contract came to an end.

08.53 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for in-demand midfielder Lucas Moura, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

Lucas, 19, is one of football's hottest properties at present, with the Nerazzurri, Manchester United and PSG among those clubs interested in swooping for him. But while United had appeared to be in the driving seat to secure a €30 million move, Moratti believes the Red Devils will be trumped by PSG - who are prepared to splash out an extra €15 million to land the Brazil international.

08.51 BST: Now, you may have thought that no transfer saga could run on longer than Andy Carroll’s or Robin van Persie’s, but those two might have a rival. Step forward Joe Allen, whose will he/won’t he Swansea to Liverpool saga seems to have been going on for a fair old while now.

Despite that, and perhaps with a hint of irony, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he wants a speedy resolution to the matter, and has also warned Liverpool and their former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers, that Allen will not come cheap.

Swansea are believed to have turned down an offer worth £12.5 million for the midfielder last month, and Laudrup said: “He is worth a lot of money because he's a good player. We saw they bought a couple of midfielders in the last few years for a lot of money but, with all due respect, Joe is on a level above.

“In my opinion, if one is worth £17 million then Joe is worth more, perhaps over £20 million. I'm talking as a football man, not as a chairman - but if the chairman asks my advice then I will tell him the same.”

08.45 BST: More on West Brom/Rosenberg (well, a bit): Sources close to the Baggies are confident that a deal will happen soon, which would make the striker the club’s fourth summer signing after midfielder Claudio Yacob, winger Yassine El Ghanassy (on loan from AA Gent) and goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Rosenberg scored 40 goals in 123 appearances for Bremen and previously had a spell with Ajax. Albion striker Simon Cox, who is entering the final year of his contract, could be going the other way: Championship Nottingham Forest have inquired about him.

08.30 BST: Our big story of the morning has a bit of crossover with the Olympics - 100m champion Usain Bolt has spoken of his desire to have a trial at Manchester United.

Bolt, 25, is known to have a few silky skills on the football pitch and would like to transfer them into the Premier League.

"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said: 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no," Bolt is quoted as saying in the Sun.

"I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference."

08.15 BST: Let's take a look around the newspapers.

The Sun: Santi Cazorla flew to Germany with his new Arsenal team-mates last night and is set to complete his £16 million move from Malaga today ... Galatasaray have offered £4 million for Arsenal midfield flop Andrei Arshavin ... Chelsea have stepped up their attempt to sign Marseille’s Cesar Azpilicueta after having a bid for the £8 million-rated defender rejected last week ... Man City will have to pay £20 million to land Daniel Agger ... Swansea have told Liverpool to cough up £15 million or forget about signing Joe Allen ... Michael Kightly is poised to seal a £2.5 million move to Stoke ... West Ham's Nicky Maynard has leapfrogged Craig Mackail-Smith on Leeds’ wish-list.

Daily Mail: QPR are also keen on Arshavin, as are clubs in the Middle East ... Andre Villas-Boas will start his Tottenham cull this week after finalising a list players he deems surplus to requirements. David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Sebastien Bassong, William Gallas and Kyle Naughton are all expected to be told they can leave ... Manchester United's Nani is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract ... Stoke are in talks with Poland full back Sebastian Boenisch ... West Brom hope to confirm the signing of free agent striker Markus Rosenberg over the next 24 hours.

Daily Mirror: Italian giants Juventus are ready to switch targets and try to snatch Luis Suarez away from Liverpool ... Craig Bellamy is turning down a staggering £60,000-a-week offer to be reunited with Mark Hughes at QPR to sign for his hometown club Cardiff ... Chelsea are on the brink of landing right-back Wallace from Brazilian side Fluminense ... Birmingham's owners are annoyed by Nikola Zigic's insistence on sticking to his bumper St Andrew's contract. Serbia striker Zigic is Blues' top earner on £60,000-a-week.

Daily Star: Roberto Mancini has rejected a bid from AC Milan to sign Edin Dzeko on a season-long loan.

Guardian: Manchester City have been told they will have to pay more than £22 million to lure Agger from Liverpool, having made an informal approach for the Denmark international.

August 6, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/06/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.


Moses is a man in demand. © Getty Images

00.00 BST Right folks, after a quiet last three quarters of an hour it's time to shut up shop for the evening. But we will be back from 0800 BST tomorrow where a night of less British golds at the Olympics should leave some free space in the British newspapers for some juicy gossip. Fingers crossed.

23.14 BST Stoke are chasing Poland full back Sebastian Boenisch, according to the Daily Mail.

22.57 BST Robin Van Persie is believed to have flown out to Germany with the Arsenal squad for pre-season training camp - as speculation grows that the Dutch striker will stay at Emirates Stadium.

22.30 BST Scottish winger James McFadden is a target for Fulham and Turkish Super League club Bursaspor according to reports.

22.04 BST Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has urged Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to sign a new deal with the club. Heldt said: "Huntelaar is to set the agenda. We want to sign a new deal with him and I feel it would be just reasonable for both parties to sign a new contract. But we need him 100 per cent committed. I am unable to force him into signing a new contract at our club."

21.46 BST West Ham have informed ESPN that they have conceded defeat in their big money pursuit of Andy Carroll after three weeks of chasing the England centre-forward.

21.35 BST Tweet from @barcastuff: Official: Sevilla confirm the loan of Sevilla B forward Luis Alberto (19) to Barcelona B for one year, including a buy option next year

21.18 BST He hasn't quite said that Luka Modric has "Real Madrid DNA", but Sergio Ramos remarked tonight: “I like football and good footballers, and Modric is one of them.”

20.42 BST Raul Albiol has signed a new contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2017. He said: "I am very happy because this means that the club and the coaching staff here are confident in me. I am very happy at Real Madrid and now I have to prove that I can be a valid player for this team."

20.28 BST DONE DEAL: ESPNsoccernet's Dale Johnson will be pleased as Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of Michail Antonio from Reading for an undisclosed
fee.

20.03 BST Benfica's Bruno Cesar has received some lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East but would prefer to stay at the Estadio da Luz, according to O Jogo.

19.44 BST The comments are continuing to flow in - here is one from the fantastically named O-Spud:

"Still wondering where Clint Dempsey goes. Liverpool makes no sense if his aim is to play Champions League. Valencia and Schalke would be great fits""

19.26 BST Andrei Arshavin on rumours about his future: "That's all 'virtual news'. At the moment I am an Arsenal player, and I've just arrived for pre-season with them."

19.19 BST The Daily Mail reckons Stoke will complete a £2 million move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly imminently.

18.50 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says Inter Milan have given up on signing Lucas Moura as the club cannot meet the fee of €45m PSG have offered for the Brazilian.

“We would never have gone up to that sum,” Moratti said. “In any case, there are no regrets that we didn’t finish off the move, as the cost was already pretty high a few days ago.

“The €45m that PSG offered are completely illogical and for us it would’ve been very out of key with our approach. PSG are starting a new era, so they are completely reconstructing the squad. At least I can relish the fact I’m saving money...”

18.32 BST Gonzalo Higuain is keen to see more playing time at Real Madrid next season. "On a personal level I'd like to play more," he told told Major League Soccer's official website.

18.19 BST Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is set to return to Israeli football - joining Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan, according to L'Equipe.

17.47 BST ESPN understands Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected, but the Blues are expected to meet Wigan's £8.5 million price tag in the next couple of days. http://es.pn/NeFvIX

17.31 BST Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is keen to resolve Joe Allen's future as soon as possible.

Laudrup said: "Joe Allen showed up today at the training ground, he did not train but I had a small chat with him, but we did not touch the subject right now. I did not think it was the proper moment, but we will have to talk about that with the player to see what he wants so we can say something official, otherwise the rumours will go on until August 31, which is not in anyone's interest."

17.08 BST Russian website lifesports.ru says Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink is keen to sign Axel Witsel amid other reported interest in the Benfica midfielder from AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

16.46 BST Former Manchetser United and Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze does not feature in the plans of new Roma coach Zdenek Zeman and is considering offers from Parma, Bologna and Olympiacos - according to reports in the Italian press.

16.25 BST: Heracles striker Samuel Armenteros has issued a come and get me plea to Dutch giants Ajax. "I have had three wonderful years and have to thank Heracles for everything,'' he said. "I am now 22-years-old and have two full seasons as a player. I would like to develop further.

"Ajax is a step up. They are champions and play in the Champions League. We are all born as humans and just like everyone else I want to reach the top. Heracles probably know what they can ask for me. Next season I walk out the door for free.''

16.21 BST: Despite heavy speculation linking Demba Ba with a move to Turkey and Russia, the Senegalese international said there is nothing new to discuss. “I have always said the same thing. So far nothing has happened.There is nothing new to talk about on that.” he said. “Everybody has stopped talking about it now.”

16.17 BST: Deportivo la Coruna's new forward Nelson Oliveira expects playing regularly in La Liga will help him develop as a player. Our man in Spain has the story here.

16.00 BST: Edin Dzeko has had a pricetag of €31.5 million placed on him by Manchester City apparently. Milan will have to pay some serious cash for the Bosnian.

15.47 BST: Inter Milan are weighing up a bid for Napoli midfielder Walter Gargano. The Uruguay international recently annoyed coach Walter Mazzarri, leading to speculation over his future.

15.27 BST - DONE DEAL: Birmingham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Ravel Morrison on a season-long loan from West Ham United. The 19-year-old moved to Upton Park from Manchester United.

15.23 BST: Defender Alan Hutton, who has been liked with Stoke, could leave Aston Villa before the end of the transfer window, Villa manager Paul Lambert has said.

15.21 BST: Ibrahim Afellay's agent says his client will not – contrary to rumours - be leaving Barcelona this summer. The Dutchman has made only eight league starts since arriving at the club in December 2010, but Rob Jansen told Voetbal International: “People should not take all these rumours about an imminent transfer too seriously. Leaving Barcelona is not an option at this point.”

15.17 BST: Striker Erwin Hoffer will stay with Eintracht Frankfurt after the Bundesliga side confirmed they had reached agreement with his parent club, Napoli.

14.59 BST: The Rangers FC are close to tying up a deal to sign former St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza.

Sandaza, 27, is available on a free transfer and is reported to have been offered £5,000 a week to move to Ibrox. "I'm hopeful there will be a deal done very, very soon," manager Ally McCoist said.

14.40 BST: Emile Heskey will not be joining Blackpool, Ian Holloway has confirmed. Former England striker Heskey is still without a club after leaving Aston Villa at the end of the season and had been linked with a move to Bloomfield Road. But Holloway said: "Unfortunately he has got other things in the pipeline and he is not interested in coming to us - so that is dead and buried.”

Blackpool, though, could make a permanent move for 18-year-old James Caton, who left Bolton earlier this summer.

14.37 BST: Everton have confirmed that defender Joseph Yobo has joined Fenerbahce on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old had spent the last two seasons on loan at the Turkish club, and told Everton's website: "My family have settled well in Turkey and enjoy the life there, so I'm glad they will be re-uniting with friends."

14.15 BST: Reading midfielder Jem Karacan has denied reports that talks over a new contract at the club have stalled, saying: “There's nothing to believe in the rumours. I've been here at Reading for eight seasons and am looking to be here a long time further.”

13.48 BST: Leeds striker Billy Paynter is close to completing a move to Doncaster Rovers, Elland Road manager Neil Warnock has said. The 28-year-old Paynter was put on the transfer list at the end of last season.

13.46 BST: Napoli, Palermo and Lazio have held talks over the signing of Royston Drenthe, according to the player's agent.

Drenthe, 25, is a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Real Madrid, having failed to secure a permanent move to Everton after a loan spell last season.

13.04 BST: Oldham manager Paul Dickov is not remotely impressed by rumours that the Lancashire club are about to sign striker Lee Hughes from Notts County, saying: “Lee Hughes has never been a target, and what has been written is absolute rubbish.” That would seem to settle that one, then.

12.43 BST: A Dzeko development, of sorts: AC Milan are reported to have bid £22 million for him – some £3 million short of what City want for him.

12.08 BST: Wolves could make a move for teenage midfielder Tim Jakobsson, who plays for Swedish club IK Frej, after he impressed during a trial spell.

11.52 BST: Malaga’s summer of woe could be stepping up a gear: Reports that Joaquin could leave the crisis-hit club and move to China.

11.49 BST - DONE DEALS: Walsall appear to be signing almost as many people as Paris Saint-Germain, but they’re doing it with a different financial approach: Ex- Hereford players Ben Purkiss and Nicky Featherstone have joined them on free transfers.

11.14 BST: Hoffenheim have tabled a new offer for Real Madrid striker Joselu, and manager Markus Babbel believes a deal is close to being done. He said the clubs were now “just talking about the details of an agreement” and added: "We still have an interest in the services of the player, and the player definitely wants to come over to our club as well. It is all up to Madrid.”

11.11 BST: Stoke are reported to have agreed a fee with Wolves for winger Michael Kightly. The Potters had an offer rejected earlier this summer, but returned to Molineux with an improved bid.

10.39 BST: Interesting: Globo Esporte says Lucas Moura is about to joining PSG for a fee higher than € 38 million, and claims Sir Alex Ferguson repeatedly attempted to contact the Manchester United target in an effort to dissuade him from doing so. The Brazilian website also alleges that other players told him Manchester is a boring city. It isn’t.

10.35 BST: AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has said everyone at the club would be delighted if Kaka rejoined from Real Madrid. The Brazil midfielder has been consistently linked with a return to the San Siro, and Ambrosini told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Kaka is welcome here at Milan. Everyone would like it if he came back.

''Kaka is one of those players who left Milan despite still having some unfinished business. He is a great player who still has a lot to give. In my opinion, it does not seem like he has any physical problems.''

10.10 BST: Andre Schurrle is staying at Leverkusen and not going to Milan – at least that’s what his dad says. Joachim Schurrle said his son was content with his current deal and had not had any contact with Inter. "Andre is with Bayer Leverkusen, " he said. "He still has a contract at the club.”

10.07 BST: More on Dzeko: City manager Roberto Mancini says he’s pretty sure he’ll be staying put despite increasing rumours of a move away. "It’s pretty unlikely he will leave,” Mancini said. "He is right to say it’s no fun being on the bench, but when you join a big club then competition is normal."

10.05 BST: Happy Hammer Ravel Morrison, who joined the Upton Park club from Manchester United in the January transfer window, could be on his way to Birmingham on loan as he searches for more opportunities to play first-team football.

09.59 BST: Matias Suarez is remaining positive despite the collapse of a big-money move to CSKA Moscow. "I am glad that I'm staying at Anderlecht," he told VTM. "I feel good here. The club and the fans have always supported me."

09.57 BST: That Daniel Agger to Manchester City story won’t go away. The Liverpool defender has been increasingly linked with a move to the Premier League champions, who are reported to have had two bids for him rejected.

Undaunted, City and their limitless pot of cash are reportedly back in for him: a £100,000-a-week wage and a £20 million bid this time. Watch this space, as they say.

09.39 BST: A host of Europe's leading clubs have been alerted by an admission from Ibrahim Afellay's agent that the Barcelona midfielder could be available on a season-loan deal.

Premier league sides Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Netherlands international Afellay, while Serie A clubs Inter Milan, Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina, as well as Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and French club Lille, are also reportedly interested.

"Afellay could go out on loan for a year," his representative, Rob Jansen, told Italian reporters over the weekend. "Yes, that is a possibility."

09.19 BST: Hibs manager Pat Fenlon says he needs to bring in “a few players” before the close of the transfer window in order to strengthen his side. Hibs were swatted aside 3-0 by Dundee United at the weekend, and the manager admitted: "We'll make changes after that performance - there's key areas in the team that we need to strengthen."

09.17 BST: Internacional have brushed off rumours that Spurs have made a new bid for Leandro Damiao, but say they have turned down offers for the striker from other clubs. Both Internacional and Leandro say they have previously rejected a bid from the North London club.

09.11 BST: James Vaughan seems to be attracting a lot of attention thse days: the talented but injury-hit Norwich striker is reported to be a target for both Huddersfield and Birmingham. Blues boss Lee Clark, a former Huddersfield manager, is said to be ready to finance a £1 million deal by selling the towering Nicola Zigic.

09.06 BST: Been a while since we read anything about the Luka Modric/Real Madrid saga, isn’t it? And especially since we read something uncannily similar to something that’s already been said several times.

So here it is: Andre Villas-Boas is planning for life without Luka Modric but has again told the Croatian midfielder that he will not be sold on the cheap. He said: "The individual is a good professional and is going through a difficult situation, but the club can do nothing about it.

"He has to understand the club can't do anything about other clubs' offers. The offer does not meet the chairman's demands, and we can't do anything."

08.59 BST: It’s been a strange weekend for Blackburn Rovers, whose friendly at NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands was cancelled amid what police said was a threat of fan violence. Unsettled off the pitch and on, Rovers haven’t had the greatest of pre-seasons and lost 4-2 at Go-Ahead Eagles on Friday. But there might be one reason to be cheerful: the signing of Huddersfield’s uber-prolific striker Jordan Rhodes. Rovers manager Steve Kean said: "I can confirm that we have a bid in for Rhodes, and are also interested in other players."

08.40 BST: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he would like to follow David Beckham and play in Major League Soccer before the end of his career. “I think they do it well,” Ronaldo told the MLS website when asked for his thoughts on the league. “To come here and do the pre-season, for me it’s great, because this county is brilliant - the mentality of the people, the conditions.

“[They] are in the right place. I think the soccer here, they do it the best [they] can, but it can be better. So if I can help there to be better soccer here - I they’re great, they are in a good way, and I hope to come here to play one day.”

08.24 BST: Norwich boss Chris Hughton has confirmed Nottingham Forest are keen to sign defender Daniel Ayala. "At the moment nothing is confirmed," Hughton said. "There has been that interest, and we'll just see where that goes, but nothing has yet been confirmed. It is an enquiry - that is all I would say."

08.21 BST: Interesting quotes from Edin Dzeko this morning. "I have been following what has happened in Italy and I know that AC Milan have sold two of their best players," he told Goal.com. "I would also like to play, of course, in Italy at some point."

08.11 BST: A paper round-up, but be warned that there is little around that does not include a medal of some sort.

The Sun: Aston Villa are keen on Schalke's Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan... Tottenham still need a striker after they lost out on Malaga's Salomon Rondon, who joined Russian side Rubin Kazan... Cristiano Ronaldo says he would like to follow David Beckham and play for a Major League Soccer side.

The Times: QPR are in for Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin, who may not have a future at the club... Craig Bellamy is in Cardiff this week (not just for Team GB) to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed move from Liverpool... Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez has Bolton all excited, but West Ham could well steal him away.

The Daily Mail: Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas, who is available for £6.4m, is on the radar of Arsenal if the RVP talks don't go as planned. However, he is also being scouted by Liverpool... Sir Alex is still trying to push through the signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie... Blackpool have failed to agree terms with Emile Heskey...

08.00 BST: A fairly slow morning of transfer gossip given that the papers have gone GOLD crazy with the Olympics. But one to watch could be the Chelsea move for Wigan forward Victor Moses, who they hope to sign before Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.