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August 31, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/31/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

22.56 Serie A side Bari have signed Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati who has gone back to Italy for family reasons, the Scottish Premier League club said on Monday.

22.45 Stoke have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan midfielder Diego Arismendi from Club Nacional for an initial fee of €3m.

22.21 Hertha Berlin bolstered their squad with three new signings on the final day of the transfer window in Germany. Adrian Ramos, Cesar and Florian Kringe were all unveiled by the capital club, who have lost three of their opening four Bundesliga matches.

21.34 Getafe have swooped for defender Miguel Torres from local rivals Real Madrid.

20.21 Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp is set for more deadline-day action and has turned to Portsmouth's Niko Kranjcar to bolster his squad at White Hart Lane.

19.54 Italy defender Fabio Grosso has left Olympique Lyon for Juventus, the seven-times French champions said on Monday.

19.13 Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Portsmouth to sign Niko Kranjcar as a replacement for Luka Modric, who suffered a broken leg at the weekend.

19.04 Sunderland have completed the signing of Hull City defender Michael Turner on a four-year-deal, for an undisclosed fee.

18.13 Reports are coming in that Wolves have signed Stefan Maierhoffer from Rapid Vienna - the Austrain team that knocked Aston Villa out of the Europa League.

18.05 Aston Villa have lodged a bid with West Ham United for defender James Collins.

17.41 West Ham United have signed defender Manuel Da Costa from Fiorentina, and allowed forward Savio Nsereko to move in the opposite direction, Fiorentina have announced.

17.20 Portsmouth have had a bid rejected for Amr Zaki, according to the player's agent. Nader Shawki said: "Portsmouth have made an official bid for Zaki, but Zamalek said they wanted to keep him."

17.06 Portsmouth are in talks with Manchester City over the transfer of centre-back Tal Ben Haim.

16.29 Barcelona's Iceland forward Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to agree a move to French side Monaco before the transfer window closes at midnight on Monday.

15.56 Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has cast doubt over a possible move for Schalke full-back Rafinha after he said the German club had "finally decided not to make any more transfers."

15.10: Fiorentina's Swiss-born Serbian midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic has joined VfB Stuttgart. And the Florence club are poised to sign West Ham United forward Savio Nsereko, who only joined the Hammers in January, with defender Manuel Da Costa set to go the other way before the transfer window closes.

15.01: Swedish striker David Elm is attracting strong interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

15.00: Boudewijn Zenden reportedly is in talks with Portsmouth and Blackburn.

14.51: Stoke boss Tony Pulis has told The Sentinel he hopes to sign four players before the transfer window closes.

14.42: Liverpool have today confirmed the departure of French goalkeeper Charles Itandje on loan to Kavala FC.

14.21: Sky Sports reports that Benjani's move to Hull from Man City has broken down over personal terms.

14.03: Could Amr Zaki be heading to Portsmouth? That's what Sky Sports reckons.

13.35: Massimo Donati has left Celtic and signed for Serie A side Bari.

13.32: Kris Boyd has vowed to ignore speculation linking him with a move away from Rangers. Reports have suggest the striker has rejected an offer from Turkish outfit
Trabzonspor ahead of the transfer deadline.

13.29: Racing Santander are set to add two new faces to their squad after agreeing one-year loan deals for Barcelona defender Henrique and Newcastle striker Xisco.

12.57: Australia left-back David Carney is ready to relaunch his club career with Dutch outfit FC Twente after signing a two-year deal with the Eredivisie outfit. He had fallen out of favour with Sheffield United.

12.54: Sky Sports is reporting that Stoke City are holding talks with Danny Collins of Sunderland.

12.51: Hull striker Daniel Cousin could be on his way to Burnley after the player's agent claimed an approach for a loan deal had been made.

12.30: Dmytro Chygrynskiy has completed his 25million euro move from Shakhtar Donetsk to Barcelona.

12.22: Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham have rejected a bid from Serie A side Fiorentina for Matthew Upson.

12.14: Hull City defender Michael Turner looks certain to sign for Sunderland before Tuesday's transfer deadline after the Black Cats were granted permission to talk to the player.

11.54: Andrea Dossena is likely to stay put at Liverpool, according to the player's agent.

11.25: Wolves have signed Ecuador midfielder Segundo Castillo on a season-long loan from Red Star Belgrade.

11.01: Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves is to head to Doha for a medical as Qatari side Al-Sadd attempt to push through a deal for the Brazilian.

10.46: Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Lazio have offered Goran Pandev to Genoa.

10.34: Fabio Grosso's agent believes it will take a "miracle" for the defender to join Juventus before the transfer window closes tonight.

10.22: Hull boss Phil Brown is in talks with a Premier League defender as he prepares for the sale of Michael Turner to Sunderland.

09.57: Steven Taylor has vowed to stay with Newcastle and lead the club back into the Premier League.

09.11: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of Robinho joining the treble winners before the end of the transfer window, admitting his side are
unlikely to make any more signings this summer.

09.00: Just 32 hours to go until the transfer window shut. What drama will we get today?

August 30, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 08/30/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

22.30: Leeds United have reached an agreement to sign Leigh Bromby from Sheffield United. And that will do it for tonight, with just a few days left before the window closes. Expect a hectic one tomorrow.

21.35: Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves is said to be closing in on a move to Qatari side Al-Sadd. Evidently no-one else is interested.

21.12: Bundesliga side Stuttgart are considering making a move for highly rated Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones.

20.22: Tottenham Hotspur will make a last-ditch attempt to bolster their squad before the transfer window slams shut by bidding for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.

19.44: PSV have completed the loan signing of Serbian defender Jagos Vukovic from RAD Belgrade.

18.49: Dutch powerhouses Ajax are reportedly pondering a swoop for Serbian international Marko Pantelic.

18.03: Everton have agreed a fee with Atletico Madrid for defender Johnny Heitinga. He'll sign before the window closes.

17.38: Sunderland have confirmed defender Paul McShane has joined Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

17.12: Hull have agreed a fee with Manchester City for Benjani. We hope it's not too much.

16.29: Paris St Germain have loaned former Serbia striker Mateja Kezman to Zenit St Petersburg for the rest of the year, the Russian Premier League club said on Sunday.

15.58: Reports in the Italian press have suggested that Fiorentina have targeted Lazio hitman Goran Pandev as a replacement for Adrian Mutu.

15.01: Lee Naylor says he is happy to stay at Celtic and is unsure about a possible move to Portsmouth. Who wouldn't be?

14.31: Dmytro Chygrynskiy arrived in Barcelona on Sunday and expressed his delight at having joined the European champions from Shakhtar Donetsk.

14.09: Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has lined up former Manchester United assistant Brian Kidd for an advisory role for the Citizens.

13.39: Bolton Wanderers want to sign Nantes' Croatian striker Ivan Klasnic on loan.

12.59: Jose Mourinho is worried by the lack of Ibrahimovic at Inter. "Now we have a higher potential even without Ibra. We are more balanced. Without Zlatan, we will only become even more of a football team," he said.

12.33: Fiorentina have made a bid for Matthew Upson apparently. Is he keen to give up on Upton Park and start a new life in Italy? We doubt it..

12.13: Everton manager David Moyes has admitted he is hoping to be able to spend big on players before the end of the transfer window.

11.26: Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure says he has no immediate plans to join his brother Kolo at Manchester City.

10.51: Fabio Grosso could stay at Lyon, after Juventus refused to increase their €2m bid for the World Cup winner.

10.39: Arsenal are reportedly set to make a move for Veljko Batrovic, a 15-year-old Serbian who is known as "the new Messi".

10.24: Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov believes Richard Dunne will prove to be a 'big signing' for the club.

09.52: Blackburn are set to add to their misfiring strikers catagory and land Manchester City striker Benjani in £2m deal.

09.44: Eider Gudjohnsen has rejected an offer from Manchester City and three other Premier League clubs and is set to sign for French side Monaco.

09.21: Notts County director of football Sven Goran Eriksson wants to bring former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg and Italian striker Christian Vieri to Meadow Lane. And maybe Kanu too. Good luck with that.

09.00: Barcelona president Joan Laporta has identified his club's pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas as a ''special case''.

August 29, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 08/29/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

22.30: That's all for tonight. After a hectic few games perhaps there will be some more movers tomorrow.

21.10: Manchester City youngster Ryan McGivern is believed to have joined Leicester City on loan.

20.19: Uruguayan striker Henry Gimenez has joined Bologna, according to reports in Italy.

17.51: Parma have confirmed the signing of Italian defender Cristian Zaccardo from German champions VfL Wolfsburg.

17.36: Reports from the continent suggest that Bayern Munich have beaten Juventus to the signing of Schalke full-back Rafinha.

16.48: Andriy Shevchenko has joined Dynamo Kiev on a two-year deal from Chelsea, according to the official website of the Ukrainian team.

14.10: Former Bolton midfielder Blerim Dzemaili, who currently plays for Torino, is close to joining Serie A side Napoli according to reports in Italy.

13.06: Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dymytro Chygrynskiy says he found it strange playing against Barcelona in Friday's European Super Cup knowing that he will probably seal a move to the Catalan club in the next few days.

12.51: New Everton signing Sylvain Distin says he fears for the future of old club Portsmouth. Perhaps because they have just signed Michael Brown.

12.01: Inter midfielder Patrick Vieira has revealed this will be his last year playing football in Europe, but he could have a spell in the USA.

11.25: Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has insisted that he joined the Eastlands outfit primarily to create history with the club, and not because of the sizeable wage.

10.59: Wigan want to take Celtic striker Scott McDonald on a season-long loan, according to agent Willie McKay.

09.54: Juventus are keen on landing Portuguese international Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon, but the move is being planned for next year.

09.29: Sunderland have reportedly accepted a bid from Stoke for defender Danny Collins,

09.19: Roy Hodgson is surprised no club has bid for Brede Hangeland - but is still keen to hang on to his prize asset.

09.05: And another line from the papers is that David Moyes is set to seal a £5m deal for Atletico Madrid's 25-year-old Dutch defender John Heitinga.

09.00: Morning all, Tottenham have told Zenit St Petersburg they are ready to accept £10m for striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

August 28, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/28/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:


20.32 The weirdness at Pompey continues. Jamie O'Hara first signs a new deal to stay at Tottenham until 2013 and then heads to Fratton Park on loan to join Kevin-Prince Boateng. What an odd selection of players they have there now of whom O'Hara will surely get the first-team football he craves.

19.57 CSKA Moscow will not be able to play Wagner Love against Manchester United in the Champions League as the "homesick" Brazilan striker has returned to Palmeiras on loan in an attempt to win a place at next summer's World Cup.

19.21 A new addition for Steve Bruce at Sunderland in Lyon's Ghanaian John Mensah. Loan deal keeps him at the Stadium of Light until next summer.

17.30 Portsmouth make their third signing of the day with midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng joining from Tottenham Hotspur. There has been a veritable flurry of activity at Pompey today, things are certainly hotting up ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

16.59 The news just keeps on coming from Portsmouth as Ivorian forward Aruna Dindane has finalised his move to Fratton Park. The Lens striker will reportedly cost the club in the region of £4m.

15.49 Harry Redknapp has claimed that he is still hoping to retain the services of Roman Pavlyuchenko despite the striker's desire for first team football meaning his exit is possible before Tuesday's deadline.

14.56 It is now confirmed that Tuncay has joined Robert Huth in moving to Stoke City. What a double deal that is for the Potters.

14.38 Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has denied suggestions that left-back Maynor Figueroa could be heading to Sunderland.

14.14 It is all go at Portsmouth as the club are believed to have agreed a £4m fee with Spurs for Kevin-Prince Boateng as well as asking to take Jamie O'Hara on loan.

14.09 Carlo Ancelotti has denied reports in France that Chelsea have made a £57m offer for Franck Ribery but the Italian has conceded that Andriy Shevchenko will be permitted to leave the club.

13.50 Swansea City have confirmed the club record capture of Craig Beattie, paying up to £800,000 for the West Brom striker.

13.35 In other news from the continent, Arjen Robben has completed his move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, with the winger becoming the second high-profile Dutch departure of the day at the Bernabeu.

13.14 Wesley Sneijder has completed his move to Inter Milan after passing a medical. Thank goodness that saga is out of the way.

12.56 On a busy afternoon, it is also believed that Wigan Athletic midfielder Michael Brown has now joined Portsmouth. That revolving door at Fratton Park is getting a lot of use today.

12.41 Everton have completed the signing of Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. The Frenchman comes in as a replacement for Joleon Lescott following his move to Manchester City.

12.07 Pompey show no signs of resting with local reports claiming that the club are closing in on Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. There looks to be a real rush of activity ahead at Fratton Park.

11.52 Zamalek have told Portsmouth that they will have to wait until January to sign former Wigan striker Amr Zaki. Judging by last season, he will be a spent force by then!

11.48 Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has described reports linking the club with Tottenham defender Gareth Bale as 'speculation'.

11.43 Real Madrid have confirmed that they have accepted an offer from Inter Milan for Wesley Sneijder. It looks as though this lengthy saga could finally be coming to an end.

11.27 Sky Sports are reporting that Sunderland have rejected an offer from Portsmouth for Nyron Nosworthy. Pompey have already signed Tommy Smith and are also looking at Wigan's Michael Brown in a busy conclusion to the transfer window.

11.18 Sources in Italy report that Fiorentina have told Chelsea there is no chance of the English club signing Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic.

11.10 Reports in Spain claim that Bolton have failed with a bid for Real Betis star Achille Emana. The Sevillan club were relegated last season and, in a World Cup year, the Cameroon midfielder could be looking to move.

11.04 Staying in Egypt, sources in the country claim that Celtic are attempting to sign Zamalek playmaker Shikabala.

11.02 Reports in Egypt claim that new Portsmouth owner Sulaiman Al Fahim will attempt to make Amr Zaki one of his first signings after taking sole control of the club on Wednesday.

10.45 Roy Keane is still pursuing the transfers of Sunderland pair Carlos Edwards and Grant Leadbitter and is hopeful that the deals will be done over the weekend.

10.15 Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Wigan midfielder Michael Brown is in talks with Portsmouth regarding a move to Fratton Park.

09.48 We have our first signing of the day as West Ham complete their deal for Livorno striker Alessandro Diamanti. The fee is undisclosed at present.

09.25 Stoke have been linked with an unlikely move for Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones and Steve Bruce has described Tony Pulis's interest as 'bizarre'.

09.00 There may well be one more big transfer brewing in what remains of the window as France Football is reporting that Chelsea have made a £57m offer for Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery. Does that represent value for money?

08.45 As well as bringing you all the latest moves, we like to quash some of the more outlandish rumours too and the agent of Marc Janko, the Austrian goal machine, has firmly denied that his client could be moving to Fulham this summer.

08.30 Just as a heads up, Sylvain Distin could well be joining Everton today while Tuncay is close to moving to Stoke and Richard Dunne is apparently on his way to Aston Villa, even if Martin O'Neill has played that down a touch.

08.00 Good morning and welcome to what will no doubt be another busy day in the transfer market. There are only five days left in the window and plenty of deals to be done. We will bring you up to the minute updates throughout the day so don't go anywhere.

August 27, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/27/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.30 Bayern Munich will complete the deal for Arjen Robben tomorrow, as will Bari for Celtic's Massimo Donati. It's getting interesting now.. and five more days to go. More of the same tomorrow.

23.17 Stoke City are on a roll with signings and are now keen to bring in Sunderland defender Danny Collins too.

22.27 Italian side Bari have now announced they have agreed terms with Celtic to sign Massimo Donati from the Scottish club.

21.47 Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Pascal Chimbonda on a two-year contract from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

21.24 Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben, after an agreement was reached between the two sides.

21.04 Serie A outfit Bari claim they could sign Celtic's Massimo Donati. The first of many departures for the Hoops?

20.11 Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that the signing of Spanish midfielder Michel from Sporting Gijon will bring an end to his club's spending during this summer's transfer window.

19.31 Swansea City have agreed a deal to bring Lee Trundle back to the club.

18.55 Aston Villa have completed the signing of Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock for an undisclosed fee - believed to be around £8m.

18.43 Stoke have completed the signing of Robert Huth from Middlesbrough. The 25-year-old defender today finalised personal terms after undergoing a medical, and he could be followed to the Britannia Stadium by Boro striker Tuncay Sanli.

18.39 According to a report in Voetbal International, reigning Eredivisie champions AZ have completed the transfer of Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm from Kalmar FF for €3m.

18.32 Schalke 04 full-back Rafinha was reportedly very close to joining Juventus yesterday, but today the Old Lady's sports director Alessio Secco denied that this was the case.

18.02 After the action of the Champions League draw, Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Eboue says he is ready to sign a new contract at the Emirates Stadium after going from villain to cult hero among fans.

16.59 Carlos Tevez has once again spoken about his time at Manchester United and claimed that he felt disrespected by Sir Alex Ferguson.

16.33 Stoke have reportedly completed the signings of Robert Huth and Tuncay. Good players for the Potters.

16.27 Portsmouth target, Mike Williamson has apparently handed in a transfer request from Watford.

16.25 Everton look set to bring in Sylvain Distin from Portsmouth, subject to a medical.

15.55 Manchester City have agreed to sell defender Richard Dunne to Aston Villa, the Eastlands club have announced.

15.30 Portsmouth have signed Watford striker Tommy Smith on a four-year contract, for an undisclosed fee.

14.59 Fulham have completed the signing of South Africa midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi after receiving international clearance.

14.15 Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Pascal Chimbonda is only a medical away from completing a switch from Spurs to replace Aston Villa target Steven Warnock.

13.30 Sky Sports are reporting that Stoke have agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for striker Tuncay.

13.22 Jay Simpson is set for a loan move away from Arsenal, most likely to a Championship club.

13.19 Barcelona Sporting director Txiki Begiristain has confirmed they are closing in on Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy, but says that no deal will be finalised before tomorrow's European Super Cup against the Ukrainian side.

13.03 Lokomotiv Moscow defender Jan Durica, said to be a target for Fulham, says there is no news about a move to the Premier League. Greek side Panathinaikos are in pole position right now.

12.55 Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock is now having a medical at Aston Villa.

12.47 Bayern Munich are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben, according to reports in Spain.

12.19 Bolton have tried to re-sign Kevin Nolan on loan from Newcastle, but the Magpies aint dealing.

12.02 Le Havre's Kevin Anin is still hopeful of being offered a deal by Tottenham Hotspur after his trial last week.

11.52 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has confirmed he has contacted Hull City about centre-back Michael Turner. Bruce has also said that Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards are in talks with Ipswich Town.

11.13 Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda says he is waiting to hear if anything will come about a proposed £3.5m move to Blackburn Rovers.

10.35 Following his superb goal against Arsenal last night, Celtic's Massimo Donati has been linked with a move back to Italy with Bari.

10.21 Reports in Portugal suggest Everton have had a bid rejected for Benfica's Brazilian international defender Luisao.

10.05 Stoke City are on the brink of signing defender Robert Huth from Middlesbrough for a transfer fee of around £6m, according to reports.

09.30 Wesley Sneijder started life at his new club Inter Milan with a parting shot at Real Madrid, who, he says, had treated him "very badly".

09.00 Portsmouth manager Paul Hart expects to make Watford forward Tommy Smith his first signing after Sulaiman Al Fahim announced his takeover of the club was completed.

08.30 Bolton Wanderers have launched a bid to re-sign midfielder Kevin Nolan from Newcastle United, just 7 months after selling him to the Magpies.

08.00 Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen is trying to push through a £4m deal for Feyenoord starlet Jonathan de Guzman.

07.30 A cracker to kick-off the transfer blog this morning. Apparently Notts County director of football Sven Goran Eriksson has failed in his bid to tempt Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved out of retirement.

August 26, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/26/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.59 That's all for today - see you in the morning!

23.01 Stoke hope to sign Robert Huth from Boro before the window closes, and may sell three players too.

22.19 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has insisted Roman Pavlyuchenko is going nowhere, while Pascal Chimbonda is on the verge of joining Blackburn.

21.20 Italian press reports claim that Wesley Sneijder has agreed to move from Real Madrid to Inter Milan.

20.32 Fulham defender Fredrik Stoor is desperate to leave the club after failing to break into the team. Who?

19.59 Everton manager David Moyes expects to have at least four new faces
in his squad by the time the transfer window closes next week.

19.01 Middlesbrough striker Afonso Alves could yet be playing his football in Qatar next season. Qatari outfit Al-Saad could make a new bid to sign the misfit Brazilian forward.

18.52 Ipswich manager Roy Keane has turned his attention to former club Sunderland as attempts to strengthen his squad. Town have tabled a joint offer for midfielders Grant Leadbitter and Carlos Edwards.

18.39 Everton's Lukas Jutkiewicz has joined SPL side Motherwell on loan for the first half of the season.

18.02 Malaga have sealed a season-long loan for Inter Milan forward Victor Obinna.

17.11 Brazilian club Internacional are claiming that Tottenham have failed with a £14m offer for their midfielder Sandro. £14m? It sounds like an awful lot to us.

16.33 Further reports in Italy indicate that Inter manager Jose Mourinho has told David Suazo he does not want him to leave the club. The striker spent a spell on loan with Benfica last season.

16.14 Fiorentina have signed Italy Under-21 full back Lorenzo De Silvestri from Serie A rivals Lazio.

15.15 Crystal Palace have handed a short-term deal to former Arsenal and Southampton winger Ryan Smith, who could make his debut in Thursday's Carling Cup tie against Manchester City.

14.50 Gareth Southgate has hinted that Tuncay is close to leaving Middlesbrough after leaving the Turkish star out of his squad for the Carling Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

14.42 Spartak Moscow have declared that they are willing to re-sign Roman Pavlyuchenko from Tottenham, but only at a cut price of £10m. Can't see Daniel Levy going for that.

14.03 Reports in Spain claim that former Chelsea forward Mateja Kezman could be swapping PSG for Real Betis in the next few days.

13.12 More news arrives from Ewood Park as Aston Villa confirm that they are in talks with Blackburn regarding the signing of versatile performer Stephen Warnock.

13.02 Blackburn chairman John Williams has confirmed that the club are in talks to sign Tottenham right-back Pascal Chimbonda.

12.20 Sheffield Wednesday have placed Francis Jeffers on the transfer list after the striker appeared to punch Port Vale's Tommy Fraser in Tuesday's Carling Cup tie.

12.05 Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson says he is determined to keep hold of striker Matty Fryatt following strong interest from Hull City. The Foxes insist they have not had an approach for the player.

11.21 Reports are emerging that Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham have agreed a fee for French full-back Pascal Chimbonda. More on that when we get it.

10.54 The agent of former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista claims he is in discussions with Inter Milan over the possible transfer of the Brazilian to the Italian champions. Looks like The Beast is their back-up choice after Wesley Sneijder's decision to stay at Real Madrid.

10.54 We have more news from Portsmouth where manager Paul Hart has urged defender Sylvain Distin to remain at the club. The Frenchman is reported to be a target for Everton and Aston Villa.

10.13 Portsmouth succeeded with an offer for Watford forward Tommy Smith on Tuesday and the player is now undergoing a medical with the Premier League side.

10.13 South Korean side FC Seoul claim they have turned down an offer in the region of £2.5m from Celtic for their star player Ki Sung-yeung.

10.05 Hi Luke, thanks for the comment. Villa are still being linked with a move for Sylvain Distin but the Manchester Evening News is also reporting this morning that Richard Dunne could be heading to Villa Park. Hope that satisfies your need for transfer gossip!

09.40 Former Fulham and Coventry midfielder Julian Gray has joined Cardiff City on trial. The winger has also spent time with Sheffield United this summer and played nine times during a loan spell with the Bluebirds in 2003.

09.15 We are taking a look around the European papers on your behalf and Dutch daily De Telegraaf reports that Chelsea have dispatched scouts to watch Feyenoord midfielder Jonathan de Guzman in action. However, Valencia are also interested in the 21-year-old.

09.10 The Portsmouth News reports that Paul Hart will unveil his new signings Tommy Smith and Aruna Dindane before the game against Manchester City on Sunday. Apparently a photo of Dindane wearing a Pompey shirt has already been leaked though, oops.

09.00 Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's live transfer blog. On Tuesday night the Joleon Lescott deal finally went through to the relief of Manchester City supporters everywhere, will there be more big developments this morning? Stay with us to find out...

August 25, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/25/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.33 England defender Joleon Lescott has finally completed his move to from Everton to Manchester City. The 27-year-old centre-back signed a five-year deal with the Eastlands outfit.

22.25 Hull city are hoping to complete the signing of Sunderland defender Paul McShane on Wednesday morning.

20.35 Celtic have confirmed they are in talks with representatives of South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yong. Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell said the player is being viewed as "one for the future"

19.21: Lazio striker Goran Pandev says there is 'no truth' to reports that he could be joining West Ham. The Macedonian striker may, however, leave the Bianconeri before the close of the transfer window.

18.40: Watford have now confirmed that Portsmouth have had a bid for Tommy Smith accepted and that the forward must choose between Pompey and Reading.

17.57: Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton is adamant that the club have not recieved any offers for reported Everton and Aston Villa target Steven Taylor. The two Premier League clubs are also believed to be competing for the signature of Sylvain Distin.

17.17: The Wesley Sneijder transfer saga just seems to run and run with Marca now reporting that the Dutchman has once again decided against joining Inter, despite claims earlier in the day that he was en route to Italy to finalise his move. When will it all end??

16.59: Portsmouth are reported to have entered the race for Watford striker Tommy Smith who appeared to be destined for Reading on Monday.

16.14: Arsene Wenger has conducted his press conference ahead of Wednesday's game against Celtic and the Arsenal manager has touched on a couple of transfer lines: there has been no movement on the future of Philippe Senderos while Arsenal are not planning an imminent move for St Etienne's Blaise Matuidi.

15.34: Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses has been linked with a move to Wigan recently but Neil Warnock claims he has heard nothing from the Premier League club.

15.24: News from Campbell's old club, Portsmouth, Sulaiman Al-Fahim is reportedly "very much involved and committed" to the takeover and future of the Premier League club. Not so much he's actually able to sign anyone though.

15.03: Sven-Goran Eriksson's new charges, League Two side Notts County, have announced the signing of former England and Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell on a five-year contract. Five years???

14.33: Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Juventus are poised to announce the signing of Lyon's Italian defender Fabio Grosso.

13.55: Peter Lovenkrands, who is a free agent following Newcastle's relegation last season, claims he has turned down a club in Spain as he is determined to remain in England.

13.52: Defender Alan Tate will be staying at Swansea City after signing a new four-year contract with the Championship side.

13.23: The Hull Daily Mail claims that Leicester City's prolific striker Matty Fryatt could be a target for Tigers boss Phil Brown, although a reported price tag of £4m may well prove a sticking point.

13.19: Harry Redknapp has dismissed reports that Luka Modric could be heading to Manchester United. The Tottenham manager has also played down talk that the club could be targeting David James and Joe Cole.

12.45: Despite being adamant that he does not want to leave Real Madrid, La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Wesley Sneijder could sign for Inter Milan later on Tuesday. The Dutchman is expected in Italy to tie up the loose ends of his transfer to Serie A.

12.17: Livorno president Aldo Spinelli claims striker Alessandro Diamanti is on the verge of a move to West Ham.

11.57: Hull City appear to be closing on the signing of Sunderland defender Paul McShane, who spent five months on loan with the Tigers last season. It is reported that the Ireland defender is undergoing a medical.

11.55: It is being reported that Aston Villa have made an offer for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin, who is also believed to be attracting strong interest from Everton.

11.50: Two players have left Liverpool with young Hungarian strikers Krisztian Nemeth and Andras Simon joining AEK Athens and Cordoba respectively on loan.

11.33: It appears that Sol Campbell is on the brink of a surprising move to Notts County and the former Portsmouth, Arsenal and England defender will be unveiled at a press conference later on Tuesday.

10.59: Wolfsburg right-back Cristian Zaccardo is hoping to secure a move back home to Italy before the transfer window closes.

10.54: United Arab Emirates champions Al Ahli claim negotiations to lure former Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved out of retirement have reached an ''advanced stage.''

10.41: Teenage striker Danijel Aleksic could be set to join Manchester City. The Serbian has been linked with Real Madrid, Villarreal and Bayern Munich.

10.13: Massimo Oddo claims West Ham have expressed an interest in taking him to Upton Park. Reports in Italy have linked Oddo with a move to the Hammers in a swap deal
which would see French midfielder Julien Faubert switch to the San Siro.

09.53: Roma could move for Fluminense striker Fred, who used to ply his trade at Lyon. That's if they fail to pick up primary target Roman Pavlyuchenko first though.

09.29: K-League leaders FC Seoul have confirmed Celtic have expressed an interest in signing highly-rated South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yong.

09.06: Lazio defender Lorenzo De Silvestri is on the verge of completing a move to Fiorentina, who have a bit of money to spend after selling Felipe Melo to Juventus.

08.34: Vidic may have said he's staying, but Anderson has reportedly been told he can leave Manchester United after a furious bust-up with Sir Alex Ferguson. Would they miss him?

08.04: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has hit out at Real Madrid's summer spending policy and criticised Florentino Perez. "He understands a lot about business but signing the best players doesn't mean you know football," said Cruyff to AS.

07.40: AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo says he is putting his family ahead of his own personal and professional interests, and won't move out on loan again this summer.

07.21: Everton have signed Russian international Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

07.05: Chelsea are keeping tabs on Benfica's talented trio Angel Di Maria, David Luiz and Fabio Coentrao. Wow, Frank Arnesen is really earning that promotion.

07.00: Nemanja Vidic has vowed he will prove his commitment to United as he has refuted claims from his agent that he will join Barcelona.

August 24, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/24/2009

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23.00 Thanks for following all the day's developments with us. Remember we will be back bright and early at 7am tommorrow with all the latest gossip and rumours.

22.55 Our final transfer line of the night comes from Tuesday's edition of The Times which claims that Everton have made an approach for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin as they look to replace Joleon Lescott.

22.01 News reaches us from Spain where Barcelona are closing in on a deal for Shakhtar Donetsk's Dmytro Chygrynskiy.

19.50 Paris Saint German's Jerome Rothen has been linked with a move to Blackburn over the summer and the manager of the French side, Antoine Kombouare, has admitted the winger could be leaving the club.

18.49 Watford striker Tommy Smith is heading to Championship rivals Reading after passing a medical at The Madejski Stadium.

17.57 Italian TV channel Mediaset claims that AC Milan and West Ham are in talks over a deal which would see Massimo Oddo and Julien Faubert swap clubs. The Hammers defender spent time on loan with Real Madrid last season. He must have a spectacularly good agent.

17.35 Former Arsenal and Portsmouth defender Lauren is believed to be on the brink of a move to Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

17.35 Reports on the continent claim that Borussia Monchengladbach defender Steve Gohouri has been handed a trial by Portsmouth.

17.29 Lokomotiv Moscow's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is refusing to comment on his reported move to Everton but the Russian press appears confident the deal will be done. "Let's at least wait until tommorrow," the player said.

17.14 Honduras defender Osman Chavez has now expressed an interest in joining compatriot Wilson Palacios at Tottenham, while Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is believed to be a target for Serie A side Roma.

17.14 It is reported that Joleon Lescott has passed his medical at Manchester City, meaning it is only a matter of time before he joins the club from Everton.

16.43 Reports claim that Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane has passed a medical with cash-strapped Portsmouth.

16.36 John Hughes has insisted he wants to keep Colin Nish at Hibernian but up to four players could be on their way out of the club, including striker Jonatan Johansson.

16.19 We have a done deal at Manchester City, but it is not the one you may expect. The club have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal and Barcelona defender Sylvinho on a one-year contract. Now for Joleon Lescott....

15.37 Inter Milan remain patient in their search for a playmaker after failing to prise Dutch star Wesley Sneijder away from Real Madrid.

15.14 The future of German U-21 star Mesut Oezil at Werder Bremen is in doubt after negotiations over a new contract for the youngster collapsed.

15.05 Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands has revealed he would welcome the opportunity to secure a return to Newcastle United.

14.25 Another Honduran could be on his way to England as Tottenham have made a move to sign defender Osman Chavez. Wigan could still swoop in and sign him yet though.

14.02 Watford striker Tommy Smith is having a medical at Reading, according to reports. They're still looking to replace Kevin Doyle, and have a bit of cash to spend.

13.35 Carles Puyol is considering the offer of a contract extension at Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.

12.37 Julio Baptista's agent insists the Roma striker will not be returning to the Premier League this season. The former Arsenal forward has been linked with West Ham and Manchester City.

11.55 Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has extended his contract to the end of the 2010-11 season.

11.35 Everton defender Joleon Lescottt has arrived at Eastlands for a medical ahead of his £24m transfer to Manchester City.

11.07 Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has resigned himself to losing Aston Villa target Stephen Warnock, but he insists the player will only be allowed to leave for the right price.

10.53 Former Fulham midfielder Hameur Bouazza is looking to seal a move back to England after he left Turkish club Sivasspor after just one game.

10.26: Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has stressed he is happy to remain with the French champions this season.

9.43: West Ham have been told to improve their offer if they want to acquire Livorno striker Alessandro Diamanti.

9.14: Richard Dunne is reportedly a target for Everton and Aston Villa after his future became less sure with Lescott's imminent arrival.

9.14: Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is hoping to squeeze any possible funds out of the Giallorossi hierarchy to bring in Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko before the transfer window shuts.

8.51: Barcelona and Holland legend Johan Cruyff reckons the Spanish club need to sign a defensive player either at the back or in midfield.

8.28: Phil Brown has confirmed talks to secure Hull star Geovanni on a new contract are at an 'advanced stage.'

8.10: Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is looking to add former Arsenal full-back Sylvinho to his squad on a free transfer. After Lescott of course.

7.51: Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane is set for a £4m deal with Portsmouth and the south coast club could also be about to sign his fellow countryman Steve Gohouri.

7.21: Wigan have reportedly agreed a £5m fee with Crystal Palace for Victor Moses, 18, but the striker will spend the rest of the season on loan at Selhurst Park as part of the deal.

7.00: Lokomotiv Moscow skipper Diniyar Bilyaletdinov could be heading to Everton for £10m after the agreement of a fee for Joleon Lescott gave the Toffees some cash to spend.

August 23, 2009
Posted by Dale Johnson on 08/23/2009

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21.00 So the Lescott news brings to a close a quiet day. See you tomorrow.

19.45 Everton and Man City have reportedly agreed a £24m fee for Joleon Lescott. He will have a medical on Monday.

18.22 Marca claims Manchester United will move for Arjen Robben of Real Madrid. Pigs fly, too.

16.30 It's very quiet in the world of transfers today.

15.03 In a bizarre transfer twist, Valencia say that Everton have not agreed to loan midfielder Ever Banega nor do they have a work permit, contrary to stories on Saturday. Valencia's Damia Vidagany insisted: "No negotiations with Everton exist or any other club for the loan of Ever Banega. This news is not true."

12.59 AC Milan's Adriano Galliani has been quoted as saying Kakha Kaladze is not for sale, but Massimo Oddo could move with Cristian Zaccardo coming in.

12.02 Everton boss David Moyes has admitted defeat in his bid to keep hold of Joleon Lescott.

11.17 Salomon Kalou, linked with a move away from Chelsea, is considering his options after being offered a new contract.

10.22 Patrick Vieira has ruled out any chance of him playing for Tottenham.

10.01 Another story in Corriere dello Sport. The paper moots a swap deal involving Lazio's Cristian Ledesma and Udinese's Gaetano D'Agostino.

09.42 Corriere dello Sport reports that Monday will be the crucial day in Wesley Sneijder's switch to Inter Milan from Real Madrid. Will it go ahead?

09.00 Welcome to another day of rumour and counter-rumour.

August 22, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/22/2009

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22.00 That is us done on the transfer blog for tonight, make sure you follow all the developments with us tommorow though.

20.45 Cardiff City have announced the signing of Manchester City forward Kelvin Etuhu on a season-long loan deal.

20.45 Wesley Sneijder has told Marca that he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid, despite the club attempting to sell him to Inter Milan.

19.11 News reaches us from Italy where Roma have signed Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso on loan.

18.15 Stephen Warnock was absent from Blackburn's defeat to Sunderland and Sam Allardyce has conceded he dropped the midfielder as his "head wasn't right" following speculation regarding interest from Aston Villa.

18.10 The transfer news is starting to pick up following Saturday's games with Mark Hughes claiming that Manchester City are still talking with Everton as they look to wrap up a deal for Joleon Lescott.

14.18 Wigan have completed the signing of French midfielder Mohamed Diame from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano.

12.51 Cardiff have beaten off competition from Wolves and Portsmouth to sign Manchester City forward Kelvin Etuhu on a season-long loan.

11.42 Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder has insisted he will not be forced out of the club this summer.

11.13 Roma coach Luciano Spalletti is tracking Inter Milan centre-back Nicolas Burdisso.

10.45 Everton have managed to secure a work permit for Argentina midfielder Ever Banega. The 21-year-old is expected to arrive on Merseyside shortly to complete a season-long loan deal from Valencia.

10.23 Arsene Wenger has not ruled out re-signing Patrick Vieira before the month is out. However, the player has told L'Equipe that it won't happen.

10.00 Morning, transfer fans. Last night Greece international Sotirios Kyrgiakos completed his transfer to Liverpool and signed a two-year contract.

August 21, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/21/2009

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17.31 Wesley Sneijder has been linked with moves to both Inter and Manchester United in recent weeks but his agent, Soren Lerby, has told As that the playmaker wants to stay at Real Madrid.

17.27 Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is "praying" he can add to his squad before the transfer window closes having seen a deal for West Ham defender James Collins stall.

17.20 Wigan are yet to confirm the deal is complete but respected French daily L'Equipe claims that Mohamed Diame has joined the club from Rayo Vallecano. The former Lens midfielder, 22, is a likely replacement for Lee Cattermole.

17.08 Liverpool youngster Robbie Threlfall has joined Northampton Town on loan for a month. The left-back has previously spent spells with Hereford and Stockport County.

16.57 Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports that Arsenal have agreed to sell Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona next summer, blaming the club's presidential election for the ongoing speculation surrounding his star midfielder.

16.47 The most shocking transfer of the summer could well be on the cards with local reports claiming that Sol Campbell has been at Meadow Lane to discuss terms with Sven Goran Eriksson's Notts County.

16.20 Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says he had been hoping to recruit a new striker before the recent injury suffered by Andy Johnson. The Cottagers boss has a target in mind and will not consider signing two new faces.

16.13 French midfielder Kevin Anin is set to travel to Spurs ahead of a
possible trial, according to Le Havre.

15.57 Despite being strongly linked with a move for David James, Harry Redknapp has claimed he is not in the market for a new goalkeeper following an injury to Heurelho Gomes.

15.14 Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have opened negotiations regarding a contract extension for Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner.

14.16 Burnley have announced a double deal with youngsters Adam Kay and Chris Lynch joining Chester City on loan until January.

14.00 Chelsea have sent young defender Jack Cork to Coventry City where he will stay until the end of December. It is the fifth loan move of the 20-year-old's career at Stamford Bridge.

13.53 Having already missed out on Fraizer Campbell, Michael Owen and Alvaro Negredo this summer, Hull boss Phil Brown has now denied that he is interested in Portsmouth's David Nugent as his search for a striker continues.

13.39 After signing a one-month deal earlier this month, Kanu has confirmed he has now agreed a one-year contact with Portsmouth that he will sign imminently.

13.24 Lyon defender John Mensah is on the brink of signing for Sunderland, Steve Bruce has confirmed. The Ghanaian will join the club on loan with a view to a permanent move and has completed a medical.

12.53 We have a confirmed transfer involving Arsenal: Henri Lansbury has joined Watford on loan until the end of December. The 18-year-old impressed on loan at Scunthorpe last season and will be looking to make a similar impact in the Championship.

12.35 Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant he will not be making any more signings despite the club scoring only one goal in their opening two Premier League games.

11.30 Ipswich manager Roy Keane says his chances of bringing Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos back to the club on loan are "very, very, very slim".

11.21 We have our first confirmed transfer of the day with Blackburn striker Paul Gallagher joining Leicester City on a three-year deal. The Scot scored eight goals in seven years at Ewood Park.

11.14 Mark Hughes has not yet walked away from the Joleon Lescott transfer saga despite being strongly criticised by David Moyes.

10.52 Gareth Southgate says contract talks with Adam Johnson are continuing and that he hopes to keep hold of the talented winger who has attracted interest from Premier League clubs.

10.12 Stoke winger Matthew Etherington has been trying to convince former West Ham team-mate James Collins to join the Potters. “He was up at the weekend with me when I told him about everything here at Stoke," Etherington said. "I spoke highly of the club, but at the end of the day it’s down to him.”

09.59 Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona are stepping up their attempts to tie head coach Josep Guardiola and gifted midfielder Andres Iniesta to new contracts.

09.51 Sunderland striker Anthony Stokes has returned to the SPL to join Hibernian for an undisclosed fee. The former Arsenal trainee played under Hibs boss John Hughes at Falkirk during the 2006-2007 season, scoring 14 goals in 16 SPL starts.

09.46 Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish has admitted he is open to offers for Gary McSheffrey and Marcus Bent. "It may happen before the window closes," McLeish said. "We anticipate one or two might leave."

09.39 The Portsmouth News reports that Gavin McCann is not keen on a move to Fratton Park and that Bolton team-mate Danny Shittu is a far more likely signing for Paul Hart.

09.17 One of Thursday's lead stories was the transfer of Real Madrid striker, and Hull City target, Alvaro Negredo to Sevilla. Now Tigers chairman Paul Duffen has told the Hull Daily Mail that the striker had agreed to join the club before Real's decision to sell him to Sevilla.

09.03 Espanyol have confirmed their interest in signing Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini as they seek to replace captain Daniel Jarque following his death from a heart attack during pre-season.

08.55 Good morning and welcome to Friday's On The Move transfer blog. We kick things off with the news that Fulham's Adrian Leijer has returned to Melbourne Victory. The defender has signed a three-year deal after failing to make a single appearance for the Cottagers.

August 20, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/20/2009

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23.35 We'll finish off for the night there, as Hull missed out on Negredo. Which striker will they try and poach next? My money is on Shola Ameobi...

22.46 West Brom midfielder Borja Valero has expressed his excitement ahead of a possible return to Real Mallorca. Has to be better than Birmingham.

22.16 Real Madrid have now announced that former Hull-bound striker Alvaro Negredo will join Sevilla in a transfer deal that includes a buyback option.

21.38 Portsmouth could be set to bolster their attacking options with the acquisition of Watford winger Tommy Smith.

20.44 Everton are in talks to sign Newcastle defender Steven Taylor. That looks like the end for the Joleon Lescott affair.

20.18 Alvaro Negredo is reportedly on the brink of signing a four-year contract with Primera Liga side Sevilla. Hmmm Spain, or Hull. Tough choice.

19.48 Greek international Sotiris Kyrgiakos will add strength and experience to Liverpool's defence, said manager Rafa Benitez after agreeing a deal to sign the AEK Athens player on Thursday.

19.08 Marseille striker Mamadou Niang has signed a new two-year contract, the Ligue 1 side have confirmed.

18.30 Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez has confirmed he is hoping to sign Alvaro Negredo after the Real Madrid striker decided against a move to Hull City. "It looks like it's going well, but nothing is confirmed yet,'' Jimenez said.

18.20 Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has told Marca that he hopes to stay at Real Madrid this summer, despite reports that he could be sold by the Spanish giants.

18.10 Croatia international Darijo Srna is being linked with a move to Chelsea. The Shakhtar Donetsk star's agent has claimed that talks with Barcelona have stalled and that a club in England are interested.

17.42 Barcelona have handed a new contract to young winger Pedro. After top scoring in pre-season he is now tied to the Catalan side until June 2014, with his release clause set at €75 million.

17.21 Tottenham have reacted to an injury suffered by Heurelho Gomes by recalling goalkeeper David Button from a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra.

17.18 Fulham have announced that 21-year-old midfielder Wayne Brown will remain on loan with TPS Turku until October 31 after his loan deal was extended.

16.51 Celtic midfielder Landry N'Guemo believes Aiden McGeady must stay at Parkhead if the club are to wrest the Clydesdale Bank Premier League title back from Rangers.

16.23 West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is edging closer to signing Bordeaux forward Marouane Chamakh and is looking to sell James Collins to push the deal through.

16.01 Nicklas Bendtner's father has denied the Arsenal star has agreed a three-year extension at the Emirates.

15.30 Barcelona have not made an approach for Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

14.53 St Etienne have completed the signing of Boubacar Sanogo from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

13.58 Fulham have announced they have agreed to sign Jonathan Greening from West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move, subject to a medical.

13.05 Mick McCarthy is set to swoop for Stoke City midfielder Amdy Faye to bolster his Wolves squad and provide competition for Karl Henry.

12.28 Arsenal have entered the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Raphael van der Vaart, according to the Daily Mirror. Liverpool are also eyeing the Dutchman.

11.54 Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson is trying to flog Danny Shittu and Gavin McCann to Portsmouth but admits that negotiations are proving "difficult and long winded".

11.11 Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Greece centre-back Sotiris Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens, suject to passing a medical. Manager Rafa Benitez said: "He is a player with experience who can hopefully help us in defence."

10.30 Stoke City boss Tony Pulis remains hopeful of agreeing personal terms with West Ham defender James Collins after agreeing a £5m fee with the London club.

10.24 Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero has reiterated his desire to remain at the Vicente Calderon. "I have always said that I wanted to stay here and it has happened,'' Aguero said.

09.49 Sampdoria have signed right-back Franco Semioli from Fiorentina for an
undisclosed fee.

09.14 Wesley Sneijder's agent has claimed the midfielder is ready to swap Real Madrid for Inter Milan after the two clubs agreed a €15m transfer fee.

07.42 Hull City boss Phil Brown has admitted his disappointment at his failure to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, despite having a £12m bid accepted by the Primera Liga club.

August 19, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/19/2009

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Apologies for the breakdown in blogging today - normal service to be resumed on Thursday as we approach the closure of the transfer window on September 1.

13.48: Guti has been told that he is part of Real Madrid's plans for the new season, but he will quit the club next summer to move to England.

13.03: Bayern Munich were prepared to sell Frank Ribery for 100million euros,
according to general manager Uli Hoeness.

12.23: Blackburn have signed Michel Salgado after he left Real Madrid earlier this month.

12.08: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has played down speculation linking Hull with a move for right-back Luke Young.

11.51: Berliner Zeitung says that Hertha Berlin are set to offer a contract to Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

11.39: It looks like Joleon Lescott could be on his way of Everton. He's no longer training with the rest of the first team squad. Surely they will have to sell him to Man City now.

11.00: Corriere Dello Sport reports that Milan want to swap Massimo Oddo with Lorenzo de Silvestri. Will Lazio do business?

10.52: A story in Corriere dello Sport says Inter want to exchange Nicolas Burdisso For Roma's Marco Andreolli.

10.47: Fulham are back in talks with West Bromwich Albion to sign Jonathan Greening.

10.36: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has admitted the capture of Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel will end his summer spending - if the deal goes through.

10.29: Marouane Chamakh is resigned to staying at Bordeaux for the coming season, despite claiming he has recently been approached by West Ham.

09.54: Feyenoord coach Mario Been has revealed he will not stand in the way of striker Roy Makaay if he wants to leave the Rotterdam club.

09.43: Everton will attend a Home Office hearing in London on Friday to try to acquire a work permit for Argentina international Ever Banega.

09.13: Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor has pledged his long-term future to the club by
signing a one-year extension to his contract.

08.22: Nemanja Vidic's agent has moved to reject claims he suggested the centre-back would be interested in seeking a 'dream' move to Barcelona. "This is not true," he said. "I never said these things. Nemanja is happy in Manchester. If Barcelona do make an offer for him then it is up to United to make a decision."

08.06: We've heard Barca want one more and it could be Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk, according to Sport.

07.36: The Daily Mirror suggest Everton are interested in Tottenham duo David Bentley and Alan Hutton. Not quite sure why.

07.00: Morning all. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has told AS that he needs another player before the start of the season. "We need another. I know it and the technical director [Txiki Begiristain] knows it. If an arrival is possible it will happen, if it's not, it won't," he said.

August 18, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/18/2009

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23.00 Liverpool have completed something of a surprise transfer and signed up Greek international Sotiris Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens to bolster their injury hit defence.

20.15 Burnley boss Owen Coyle is delighted with the signing of defender Andre Bikey from Reading. "I'm delighted. I've chased Andre long and hard all throughout the summer," Coyle said.

18.19 Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists he is unconcerned by the club's lack of movement in the transfer market this summer. Guess he doesn't rate Zlatan that much...

17.24 Athletic Bilbao president Fernando Garcia Macua insists Liverpool have not made an offer for Fernando Amorebieta. ''There is nothing at all to this,'' he said. ''This offer does not exist and we are not thinking about his value. It is nothing more than a made-up story.''

17.04 Fulham left winger Hameur Bouazza has joined Turkish side Sivasspor. Shock move there, but at least he'll have more of a chance of first-team action.

16.24 Derby chairman Adam Pearson has denied reports Middlesbrough have made an offer for striker Rob Hulse.

15.59 Portsmouth manager Paul Hart admitted he is seeking to recruit Bolton pair Danny Shittu and Gavin McCann ahead of their Premier League trip to Birmingham on Wednesday.

15.46 Hull boss Phil Brown is refusing to admit defeat in his attempts to sign £12m Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo. He said: ''We have done everything we possibly can and hopefully he is coming in today.''

15.08 Atletico Madrid have insisted that Sergio Aguero will not be leaving the club this summer. "Aguero travelled with us [to Athens] to play and there is no chance of a sale," coach Abel Resino was quoted as saying by AS.

14.53 Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted he needs to bring in further players after being ''a wee bit surprised'' at statistics relating to the workload of his squad last season.

14.19 Two Spanish clubs have shown an interest in signing unsettled West Brom midfielder Borja Valero.

13.55 Dynamo Kiev defender Pape Diakhate has also emerged as a target for the Reds, and the player seems keen.

13.31 Newcastle United's much coveted centre-back Steven Taylor could be the next to leave St James's. Liverpool are reportedly interested in bringing him in to bolster their ranks.

13.02 Fred has done a U-turn in his desire to join Sevilla now that Luis Fabiano is set to stay at the club, and has committed himself to another season in Brazil with Fluminense.

12.12 Birmingham are on the verge of completing a deal for Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel. It is believed the two clubs are close to reaching agreement in terms of how the fee, of around £3m, will be paid by Blues.

12.02 Good news for Fulham as they've managed to land Damien Duff from Newcastle. He has put pen to paper on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee, and is probably pretty glad to be out of Toon.

11.56 Werder Bremen have signed Claudio Pizarro on a permanent bases from Chelsea. Not a huge surprise, and they will have done well to get a bit of cash for him too.

11.42 Sunderland are keen to bolster their ranks by a few more and are showing an interest in Guingamp defender Bakary Kone according to France Football.

11.02 Juventus are eager to add a right-back to their squad and want Schalke's Rafinha. Although Felix Magath doesn't look like letting him go.

10.32 It's a busy morning. Lens president Gervais Martel says he is to meet Portsmouth to thrash out a deal for Aruna Dindane. Has he not been following the Portsmouth story?

10.28 Hull City boss Phil Brown has revealed he hopes to hold transfer talks with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo on Wednesday.

10.23 Bad news for Liverpool fans with Andrea Dossena telling the Liverpool Echo that he wants to stay at the club.

10.21 Another story in Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Adrian Mutu will leave Fiorentina next summer with Zenit St. Petersburg pushing hard for a transfer.

10.19 Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Real Madrid have lowered their asked price for Wesley Sneijder in order to force through a sale to Inter Milan.

10.09 Cameroon defender Andre Bikey has joined Burnley from Reading on a three-year contract, the Turf Moor club have confirmed. The fee is undisclosed.

09.58 Chelsea have signed midfielder Nemanja Matic from MFK Kosice, according to the Slovakian club. The fee is £1.5m.

09.51 A quick moving story with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink said to have turned down St Etienne.

09.41 Nottingham Forest are tracking West Ham defender Calum Davenport.

09.29 AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed the club will not be signing any more players this summer.

09.10 St Etienne have opened talks with free agent Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, the club's sporting director Damien Comolli has confirmed.

08.59 A story in Corriere Dello Sport suggests that Roman Pavlyuchenko is still a target for AS Roma in preference to Alvaro Negredo.

08.21 Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre is keen to bring Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin back to the German capital. A transfer fee could prove a stumbling block, though.

07.46 Reports in Spain from AS claim that Michel Salgado has opted to sign for Premier League side Blackburn Rovers after his release by Real Madrid.

07.00 Hello again. The world of transfers is back in motion for another day.

August 17, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/17/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.59 Stoke are closing in on West Ham defender James Collins, but that's it for tonight. More of the same tomorrow.

23.34 AC Milan will not make any more signings in this transfer window, owner Silvio Berlusconi has said.

23.08 Werder Bremen are currently locked in negotiations with Chelsea over the transfer of Claudio Pizarro. The striker will no doubt sign before Aug 31.

22.15 Star strike duo Giampaolo Pazzini and Antonio Cassano will be staying with Sampdoria, according to the club's sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.

21.28 Former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado is closing in on a move to Blackburn after he was released by the Bernabeu club.

20.59 Julio Baptista will not leave Roma to join Inter. "I don't understand why there's so much talk of Julio leaving Rome. I haven't spoken with anyone, not Inter or any other team,'' said his agent.

20.09 Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic would apparently love to join Barcelona. "Vidic would be delighted to play at Barca as his dream is to go to the Spanish league," his agent Paolo Fabbri told RAC1.

19.19 Germany U-21 star Sandro Wagner has attracted the interest of a number of foreign clubs, with Dutch outfits PSV and Groningen heading the queue, according to Der Westen.

18.43 Highly-rated Arsenal youngster Nacer Barazite has set his sights on a loan to boost his chances of regular football. ''I'd be delighted to join another Premier League outfit on loan,'' he said. ''But I'm also interested in joining a good Eredivisie side. I'm not interested in playing for a Championship outfit, unless it's one of the bigger teams.''

18.08 Philippe Mexes' agent has dismissed speculation the Roma defender is set for a move to Chelsea. ''Chelsea? Personally at least, I do not think there is any truth to it,'' he
told tuttomercatoweb.

17.46 Roberto Mancini has been approached to coach Russian Premier League club Zenit St Petersburg, the former Inter Milan boss said.

17.25 Jan Vennegoor Of Hesselink has been linked with struggling French side Saint-Etienne. After two Ligue 1 matches of the new season, the club are still seeking their first points and have targeted the tall Dutchman as the answer to their scoring problems.

16.35 Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is chasing five new signings before the end of the transfer window. "We are desperately hanging on to four or five deals, but we will do it the right way," Pulis said.

16.20 Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov is hoping manager Martin O'Neill will add some more players to his paper-thin squad. The Bulgarian said: "Other teams in Europe have big squads and we must do that as well."

15.37 Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that the club is yet to receive a bid for Turkey striker Tuncay Sanli, who has been linked repeatedly with Aston Villa.

15.21 Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful of completing a deal for Rayo Vallecano's 22-year-old midfielder Mohamed Diame in the next few days.

12.39 Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has admitted that the Catalans have all but given up on signing Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and speculation is rife that they have now switched their attention to Liverpool winger Albert Riera.

12.05 Boca Juniors teenager Ezequiel Munoz has said he would welcome a move to Fiorentina after confirming the Serie A club were in talks to sign him.

11.48 Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has dismissed reports of a move to one of the Premier League's 'big guns' and insists he is more than happy at the Britannia Stadium. He said: "There's nothing going on. Someone has written something in the paper and then everyone has jumped on the bandwagon."

10.45 Everton are being linked with a swoop for Newcastle United centre-back Steven Taylor as replacement for Joleon Lescott, who is a target for Man City.

10.01 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce hopes to seal a loan move for Lyon defender John Mensah within the next 48 hours.

09.15 West Ham United defender Matthew Upson has beenlinked with moves all over the place, amid rumours the Hammers need to raise some cash, but manager Gianfranco Zola insists he has not received any offers. "As far as I am concerned, we are looking to buy players not sell them," he said.

08.30 Liverpool are set to respond to their opening day defeat at Spurs by signing £10m-rated Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta and Dynamo Kiev's £7m centre-back Pape Diakhate.

08.00 Manchester City are nothing if not tenacious in the transfer market and they are set to make an improved £20m cash-plus-players offer to Everton to land defender Joleon Lescott.

07.00 Good morning, good morning. Welcome to another day of rumour.

August 16, 2009
Posted by John Brewin on 08/16/2009

What with there actually being football to play this weekend the transfer market has taken a back-seat, but that doesn't mean there's been a lack of rumours.

Here's a selection of the best and our view on them:

Sol Campbell to Newcastle: Campbell is out of contract and is available on a free deal. His arrival would free up Steven Taylor to be the latest Toon man to be sold. Everton and Villa are said to want Taylor and both look like they need him.

Verdict: Sol could certainly do a job, meaning we think this rumour definitely has some legs and adds up.

Sven goes galactico: Or should that be geriatrico? Eriksson has been linked with a move to persuade both Luis Figo and Pavel Nedved to come out of retirement. He also wants Patrick Vieira, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Verdict: Can't see this one. Very odd. Almost strange enough to be true but surely pie in the sky.

Andriy Voronin to Hertha Berlin: The Ukraine striker spent a loan period in the German capital and they're prepared to pay £3m for him.

Verdict: Judging by his cameo against Spurs, penalty or no penalty, most Liverpool fans would walk him there. Though Liverpool's problem is lacking bodies to play up front. Maybe it's the hairstyle.

Matthew Upson to be sold by West Ham: Several stories suggest West Ham need to sell. Even to the point where Gianfranco Zola is threatening to walk out of Upton Park.

Verdict: If Manchester City do not get Lescott - we think they will - then Upson is next best, though older, and is ahead of Lescott in the England reckoning. Villa might fancy him too.

Ryan Shawcross to Manchester United: Reports suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson may go back in for a player he sold to Stoke last summer. Liverpool also in for him and it could be a battle.

Verdict: Seems unlikely as Ferguson usually employs the adage of "never go back". However, judging by the injuries to his defenders this looks a viable option as Shawcross is used to playing alongside Jonny Evans.


August 14, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/14/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

17.29 Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed he will sign Rayo Vallecano defender Antonio Amaya, but the deal is subject to international clearance.

17.24 Fulham's veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a one-year contract extension at the club.

16.59 Bury have signed Sheffield United striker Jordan Robertson on loan. Some big deals going down today...

16.44 Huddersfield have confirmed the signing of England Under 19 midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Manchester United.

16.22 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the team will be stronger this season even though defender Kolo Toure and striker Emmanuel Adebayor have moved to Premier League rivals Manchester City. We wonder if he'll feel the same by Christmas.

16.09 Tottenham centre-back Sebastien Bassong would have stayed at Newcastle if Alan Shearer was given the manager's job, Harry Redknapp has revealed.

15.56 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stressed there is 'no chance' of the club selling captain Cesc Fabregas.

15.28 Fulham boss Roy Hodgson hopes to seal a deal for Newcastle midfielder Damien Duff after confirming his interest in the winger.

15.08 Russian outfit CSKA Moscow have completed the signing of former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez from Real Betis.

14.54 Bolton Wanderers have signed South Korean winger Lee Chung-yong from FC Seoul for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club said

14.42 David Moyes has told Manchester City manager Mark Hughes that he makes the decisions at Goodison Park and reiterated that Joleon Lescott is not for sale. ''I make the decisions, they have not talked to me and the player has been consistently told he is not for sale. He [Lescott] should get his head around that and get on with his career,'' he said.

14.09 Kanu has signed a one-month deal at Portsmouth. The point? Presumably to boost squad numbers until they can actually sign someone decent.

14.02 Fulham midfielder Hameur Bouazza is on the verge of signing for Turkish side Sivasspor, according to reports. We wonder if he'll get the same reaction as Darius Vassell.

13.45 Plymouth have signed striker Alan Gow from Rangers for an undisclosed fee but he will not be available for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship match against QPR.

13.15 West Ham have signed Radoslav Kovac on a three-year deal from Spartak Moscow.

12.50 Rafael van der Vaart has revealed that he has turned down the chance to return to Ajax. "Martin Jol has already contacted me, but I do not intend to return to my former team,'' he said.

12.18 Rayo Vallecano sporting director Felipe Minambres is confident Mohamed Diame's transfer to Wigan will go ahead as planned despite the switch being put on hold due to a health concern regarding the midfielder's heart.

11.46 Danny Simpson has joined Newcastle United in a loan switch from Manchester United until January.

11.26 Liverpool's Fernando Torres has signed a contract extension which could see the striker stay at Anfield until 2014. So he won't be going anywhere.

10.56 West Ham have joined the race to sign Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux and have seen their first bid rejected by the French club.

10.36 Roma are closing in on the signatures of Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso and Romanian international goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont.

10.24 Diomansy Kamara insists he will remain with Fulham despite being linked with a move to French champions Bordeaux.

10.04 Royston Drenthe has expressed his anxiety regarding a potential move away from Real Madrid. Given he expressed his anxiety about staying as well last season, it doesn't leave much for his future.

09.38 John Mensah is all set to quit Lyon in order to join Sunderland. Not a bad move for Brucie if he can push that one through.

08.52 Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is on the look-out for three more players before the transfer window closes.

08.04 According to reports, it seems as though Inter Milan have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Wesley Sneijder. Will it go through today?

07.00 Just a day to go until the big kick-off, will there be many moves today?

August 13, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/13/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.30 Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has told chairman John Williams to sign Spanish legend Michel Salgado - as he wins a battle for more cash - according to the Daily Mirror.

22.33 Mark Viduka has held talks with Fulham over a possible move to Craven Cottage, according to reports.

20.34 United States midfielder Clint Dempsey has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Fulham until 2013.

19.42 Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan has gone on loan to Plymouth and will join Paul Sturrock's squad ahead of Saturday's opening home game against QPR.

18.25 Man City manager Mark Hughes has not given up hope of signing unsettled Everton defender Joleon Lescott. The City boss has said that negotiations are ongoing and the Eastlands outfit are preparing to make an increased bid for the England international.

17.33: Gary Megson remains hopeful of adding a striker to his list of summer recruits as new-look Bolton prepare to open their campaign at home to Sunderland on Saturday.

17.21: A big move! Birmingham have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool and Rangers defender Gregory Vignal from RC Lens.

17.02: Manchester City look set to further test Everton's resolve to keep Joleon Lescott with an increased bid for the unsettled defender.

16.48: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce insists the Black Cats were not guilty of unsettling Lee Cattermole ahead of his £6million move from Wigan to the Stadium if Light.

16.04: A rather bizarre story has appeared linking Emmanuel Eboue to Barcelona. We think that's hilarious!

15.42: Gazzetta dello Sport quotes Nicolas Burdisso's agent as saying there has been no contact from AS Roma over a transfer.

15.32: Juventus are interested in Atletico Madrid duo Sergio Aguero and Maxi Rodriguez, according to Marca.

15.24: Bild claims that Hertha Berlin will attempt to sign Liverpool's Andriy Voronin on loan for another season.

15.17: As if by magic! Portsmouth have now completed the signing of Belgium international Anthony Vanden Borre on loan from Genoa for the season.

15.15: It's not a very busy afternoon.

14.48: Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is set to boost his threadbare squad by completing the loan signing of Belgium international Anthony Vanden Borre.

14.24: Wolves have re-signed Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne on a season-long loan.

14.15: Sky Sports believes Sunderland are close to signing Lyon defender John Mensah on a season-long loan.

14.04: Hull manager Phil Brown has said of his move for Real Madrid's Alvaro Negredo: "There are times when you think it is 95% certain and then something happens and it's 50-50 again. But we're still working on it. In time for the Chelsea game on Saturday? I don't know."

13.42: Leandro Rinaudo's agent claims the Napoli defender would be well suited to the Premier League, but believes the Serie A club are not prepared to sell him.

13.33: Le Parisien feels that Inter Milan could complete a deal for Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.for €25m.

13.14: Brazil legend Romario has confirmed he is coming out of retirement to fulfil his late father's wishes and play for America Football Club.

13.00: Kamel Ghilas has completed a move from Celta Vigo to Hull City for an undisclosed fee.

12.59: Prince Tagoe's agent has hit out at TSG Hoffenheim for their "inhumane treatment". The Ghana striker had his contract cancelled this week on medical advice.

12.40: Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie insists the club want to keep hold of defender Sylvain Distin but it is looking likely he will move on.

12.20: Olivier Thomert is desperate to sign for Espanyol. The Stade Rennes striker told L'Equipe: "Espanyol is a good club. The coach speaks French, they have a new stadium and great players like Ivan de la Pena."

12.12: Sky Sports is claiming that Liverpool, West Ham and Fulham all wanr Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

11.41: Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of signing Everton defender Joleon Lescott. "We are still trying to speak to the people who will ultimately make the decision over whether or not the deal continues," he said.

11.11: West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has insisted he is still on the look out for a new striker. We're looking for at least two strikers, that's the idea," he told Sky Sports News.

10.42: Hull have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Stephen Hunt for what the Championship club have described as "a sizeable fee".

10.21: Zenit St Petersburg are in talks with Lazio to sign Goran Pandev.

9.59: Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo wants to join Roma and will wait before signing for either Hull (!), Blackburn or Zenit.

9.54: Schalke boss Felix Magath has told Die Welt that Manchester United are tracking goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

9.32: Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has told ATP that he is determined to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid.

9.24: Portuguese giants Benfica are poised to complete the signing of Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves, after the Brazilian failed to impress in England. Sure he can score in Portugal?

9.05: AC Milan have left-sided problems and seem to think that Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe is one of the best solutions. Not sure about that one.

8.45: Defender Diego Lugano has been a wanted man this summer as he is a free agent, but it appears that his choice has been whittled down to just two clubs: Lazio and Fiorentina.

8.25: Tottenham look set to ignore the fact they need defenders and may move for Crystal Palace forward Victor Moses for £5m.

8.16: David Beckham says he will wait to make a decision on his return to Europe.
"I'm not sure. You never know," he said on links to the Premier League. "I'm not going to say it will never happen, but I enjoyed my time in Milan and they have expressed that they would like to take me back. AC Milan are one of the best clubs in the world, but I have quite a few months to decide on that."

7.59: Brede Hangeland says continued speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal is nothing more than paper talk.

7.46: Portsmouth are apparently closing in on the signing of former Middlesbrough midfielder Bolo Zenden, who is a free agent. Could it be that they actually sign a player before the start of the season?

7.39: Burnley boss Owen Coyle hopes to clinch the £2.8m signing of Reading's Cameroon defender Andre Bikey.

7.32: Barcelona are apparently weighing up a £40m move for Cesc Fabregas before he becomes ineligible for the Champions League campaign when he plays for the Gunners in their qualifier on Tuesday.

7.22: Michael Mancienne is on the verge of signing a new four-year contract with Chelsea before rejoining Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan.

7.12: Chelsea are poised to make midfielder Nemanja Matic their fourth signing of the summer in a £5m deal. Midfielder Matic, 20, from MFK Kosice , is set to fly into London in the next 24 hours to take a medical at Stamford Bridge and sign a four-year contract, having already agreed personal terms according to the Daily Express.

7.02: A possible manager move here, as Ossie Ardiles admits he would love the chance to manage Newcastle again, but concedes there is little chance of him re-taking the helm at St James' Park.

7.00: Morning all, and we expect it to be fairly quiet today in transfer world after all the internationals last night, but you never know.

August 12, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/12/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.14 AC Milan have signed Italian goalkeeper Flavio Roma from French side Monaco on a one-year deal, while letting Australian keeper Zeljko Kalac go, the Serie A club have confirmed.

21.45 Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart will be allowed to leave Real Madrid ona free transfer after falling out of favourat the Bernabeu.

19.58 AC Milan are keen to take David Beckham back on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy in January, according to a spokesman for the England midfielder.

18.48: The Manchester Evening News is linking Manchester United with a move for Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

18.28: Hoffenheim have cancelled the contract of summer signing Prince Tagoe because of concerns over his health.

17.33: Hull have called a press conference for tomorrow afternoon when it is expected they will announce the signings of Stephen Hunt and Kamel Ghilas.

17.14: Werder Bremen have confirmed they are still interested in taking Claudio Pizarro from Chelsea, if the price is right.

16.57: Steve Bruce has got his man! Sunderland have completed the £6million signing of Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole.

16.18: Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Andy Marshall on a one-year deal. The world is going mad!

15.21: The Serbian Daily Press reports that Nemanja Matic will sign for Chelsea. The young Serbia international says terms have almost been agreed.

15.10: Wigan should soon be able to confirm the signings of Rayo Vallecano pair Antonio Amaya and Mohamed Diame, boss Roberto Martinez has told the Wigan Evening Post:

14.49: Amazingly, Vincent Kompany is being linked with a move from Manchester City to Barcelona.

14.40: Coventry look set to sign Martin Cranie having agreed an undisclosed fee with Portsmouth.

14.26: Hull City are closing in on another striker as Real Madrid's Alvaro Negredo looks set to sign, according to the player's agent. "I have had calls with the chairman. He (Negredo) likes the team and it's possible he will play in the Premier League,'' he said.

13.59: Schalke are willing to give Brazilian defender Mineiro a contract until the end of the season if he can convince coach Felix Magath in training this week.

13.32: French youngster Dorian Dervite has revealed his desire to secure a move away from Tottenham, meaning the club now have just one fit centre-back and that's Sebastien Bassong.

12.57: Portsmouth defender Martin Cranie is close to joining Coventry. He'll become the latest player from Fratton to get out of the club as quickly as possible. At this rate, they might not even be able to field eighteen players for the start of the season.

12.37: Everton are weighing up a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O'Neil to bolster their tiny squad.

12.26: Giampaolo Pazzini is not leaving Sampdoria according to general director, Giuseppe Marotta. Chelsea had reportedly made tentative enquiries over an €18m transfer.

11.49: Jerome Rothen has made a positive impression on Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce in training. He was once a good player for Monaco, so who knows, he might get a shot at the Premier League.

11.09: West Ham are reportedly in for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh. His boss Laurent Blanc will only let him go to a ''big club'' so Sunderland fans will be pretty angry if he heads to Upton Park.

10.43: Neven Subotic's agent has dismissed reports linking Arsenal with a move for the Borussia Dortmund defender. The Gunners are in for a giant defender, but look likely to miss out on this one.

10.17: Milan are replacing some of their older player, with goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac heading out of the door. "We are about to rescind Kalac's contract. If all goes well we will sign Flavio Roma," vice president Adriano Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

9.47: West Ham United are still hopeful of signing both Bayern Munich's Luca Toni and Barcelona's Eidur Gudjohnsen before the transfer window closes. It would be a coup if they can.

9.25: Jose Reina believes Liverpool will struggle to replace Xabi Alonso after describing the midfielder as a 'fabulous conductor'. Hardly an endorsement of new-boy Alberto Aquilani.

9.08: Villa, meanwhile, are believed to have made an unsatisfactory bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock. £4m, how dare they! Rovers want an amazing £12m for the versatile player.

8.28: Wesley Sneijder may be away on international duty, but negotiations between Real Madrid and Inter have apparently continued in his absence. Hold on though, because Martin O'Neill and Aston Villa are interested as well.

8.08: David Moyes has said again that he has 'no intention' of selling defender Joleon Lescott. The centre-back wants to leave, but even a £22m bid doesn't seem to be able to persuade the Scot to sell.

7.30: Bayern Munich have claimed they are 'waiting for contact' from Chelsea over their bid to sign Jose Bosingwa. £12m should do the trick, but it may rest on them getting Maicon in from Inter as a replacement.

August 11, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/11/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.59 Right on the button and a bit of news! Marca claims that Blackburn Rovers are interested in Michel Salgado following his release by Real Madrid - a typical Big Sam signing! That;s it for tonight. See you tomorrow.

23.00 Will we get any transfer news before midnight I wonder?

21.25 It's a slow evening in the transfer world with teams off on international duty.

20.14 The Birmingham Mail claims Aston Villa will not sign Tuncay from Middlesbrough.

20.03 Corriere dello Sport reports Juventus general director Jean-Claude Blanc as saying they will make no more signings this summer.

18.51 Gazzetta dello Sport claims Lazio's Goran Pandev is interesting Palermo.

18.32 Another former Liverpool player, Mark Gonzalez, has moved from Real Betis to CSKA Moscow.

18.15 Martin Petrov has told the Bulgarian media he wants to quit Manchester City this summer in order to secure first-team football.

17.52 Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has agreed to join Racing Santander from Atletico Madrid.

17.42 Pavel Nedved is considering returning to football in Major League Soccer.

17.36 Marca claims that Manchester City still want Lionel Messi. We think it's rubbish.

17.27 Schalke are to take Mineiro on trial, the midfielder who supposedly spent last season with Chelsea.

16.58 Blackburn Rovers & Portsmouth have joined Hull in the chase of Bolo Zenden.

16.46 More from France Football now, with the claim that Portsmouth are interested in signing defender John Mensah from Lyon. They have already taken Frederic Piquionne on loan from the deposed French champions.

16.41 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told France Football that his side did not sign Patrick Vieira due to injury doubts.

16.23 Sky Sports says that Birmingham are to hand a trial to Senegal international Boukary Drame.

16.16 Bundesliga club Hannover have confirmed the signing of Didier Konan Ya from Rosenborg.

16.11 Glentoran are weighing up whether to move in for Keith Gillespie, who is currently without a club. We thought he'd be running a pub by now.

15.51 Hull City have made "firm offer" for £13m-rated Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The Tigers are also in for former Chelsea and Liverpool winger Bolo Zenden.

15.15 Reports are coming in that Reading winger Stephen Hunt has agreed terms with Hull City and is preparing to undergo a medical.

14.17 Tottenham Hotspur striker Jon Obika, 18, has joined League One side Yeovil on loan.

13.14 Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez is not on his way to Greek side Olympiakos, according to his agent.

12.39 Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has rubbished reports that Arsenal have made an increased £8m bid for striker Marouane Chamakh.

12.01 French newspaper L'Equipe claim that Portsmouth are interested in signing Lyon's Ghanaian central defender John Mensah on loan.

11.08 Everton have turned down a formal transfer request from defender Joleon Lescott, who his pushing for a move to Manchester City.

10.30 Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur, has said he intends to stay at the San Siro.

09.30 League Two Notts County have moved quickly to say that there is no truth to reports linking ex-england defedner Sol Campbell to Meadow Lane.

08.49 Matthew Upson has given Manchester City hope that he may still join them after rejecting the opportunity to discuss a contract extension at West Ham United.

08.26 The Sun report that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will fly to Germany to make a £40million raid for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and has already made contact with the German club's general manager Uli Hoeness.

08.00 Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is up to his old tricks of recruiting faded veterans from around Europe and has made a shock move for Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado.

August 10, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/10/2009

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can catch the morning newspaper gossip in Paper Round, read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

22.49 Brede Hangeland says that he's happy at Fulham. That may not put off his group of potential suitors, which include Liverpool and Arsenal.

22.15 Chelsea linked with a move for Roma's Daniele De Rossi. Do they need another midfielder? Roma bigwig Bruno Conti says the deal was turned down flat.

21.24 Stephen Hunt looks headed for Hull. Reading's Irish winger may well be reacquainted with Chelsea and Petr Cech if this deal comes through. Hull seem to have finally been able to add some players though it barely looks enough for them.

19.15 Good news for Spurs in that a slight delay in their deal for Sebastian Bassong means that he served a suspension by not playing for Newcastle at the weekend.

18.01 Birmingham City have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland Under-21 winger James O'Shea from Galway United. And young goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has joined Burton Albion on loan.

17.38 And now Blackburn have a permit ahead of signing Nikola Kalinic from Hajduk Split.

17.34 Hull have succeeded in gaining a work permit for United States striker Jozy Altidore.

16.36 The agent of Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder has admitted Inter Milan are interested in signing him, but any deal is some way off.

16.21 Hull City are closing in on Celta Vigo forward Kamel Ghilas. A move to Blackburn Rovers fell through for the Algerian international last month.

16.14 Niko Kranjcar has revealed he will not sign a new contract with Portsmouth and is going to leave the club at the end of the 2009-10 season.

16.01 Radoslav Kovac's agent has revealed West Ham are in pole position to sign the player after he spent time on loan at the club last term.

15.39 Sky Sports report that Fredrik Stoor wants out of Fulham. The Swedish defender has barely played since joining the club a year ago.

15.32 Corriere dello Sport claims that AS Roma are ready to make offers for Real Madrid's Alvaro Negredo and Milan forward Marco Borriello.

15.14 Jonas Gutierrez wants out of Newcastle, and would be interested in a move to Greece with Olympiakos.

15.00 Arsene Wenger admits he could well now head into the first game of the Premier League campaign with the squad he has now - and will "trust" his men to deliver.

14.36 David Moyes is concerned by his failure to significantly add to his Everton squad ahead of the 2009-10 campaign. It's been very quite up at Goodison this summer.

14.01 L’Equipe tells us that Everton are going to bid €17m for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.

13.44 Jens Lehmann has told Bild am Sonntag that Vfb Stuttgart simply must strengthen if they are to challenge this season.

13.33 Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has gone cold on the possibility of signing Paris St Germain winger Jerome Rothen. "Jerome Rothen is of an interest to us, but he is a left sider and I don't feel as though we need strengthening in the wide positions," Allardyce told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

13.21 Fulham have handed a trial to Danish defender Magnus Troest.

13.03 The Liverpool Echo reports that Rafael Benitez has bid £5m for Hull's Michael Turner, which has been laughed out of town.

12.35 According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Jose Mourinho wants Franck Ribery at Inter Milan. It seems unlikely he'll leave Bayern Munich for the San Siro.

11.52 Fiorentina have now confirmed the signing of Cristiano Zanetti on their official website.

11.26 AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze is being linked with a move to Germany to join Bayern Munich.

11.12 Portsmouth boss Paul Hart has denied that David Nugent will never play for the club again and he could actually stay put.

11.00 It's a quiet start to the week.

10.29 Cristiano Zanetti's agent has revealed that the player has joined Fiorentina from Juventus.

09.31 Derby have signed Jake Livermore on loan from Spurs, the player who scored against Barcelona in the Wembley Cup.

09.15 Reports in Holland tell us that Liverpool want Japan international Keisuke Honda. He plays for VVV Venlo

09.02 Meanwhile, Hull City look set to offer a contract to trialist Henri Camara, last seen at Wigan.

08.31 Hull boss Phil Brown has admitted it may be hard to keep Michael Turner with Liverpool lurking.

08.27 Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Juventus want to sign Fernando Gago from Real Madrid.

08.24 Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain has admitted the club want to bring Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas back to the Nou Camp, but will not pay over the odds.

08.00 Morning! The season is just a few days away now. Will anyone spend big this week? Stay tuned.

August 9, 2009
Posted by Dom Raynor on 08/09/2009

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20.35 West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has hinted that a new striker may soon arrive at the club. "Everybody knows that that is a position where we need a bit more cover," he said.

18.31 Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to swoop to sign Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissokho, according to the French press.

16.05 Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has said Chelsea are not looking to sign AC Milan's Alexandre Pato and has denied holding talks with the Brazilian international.

14.30 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed his interest in Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. "He's a player we like and admire but that's as far as it has gone," Bruce said.

14.14 Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano insists he is "not thinking about Milan" despite the Italian club lodging a €14m bid.

12.30 Hull City are keeping tabs on Portsmouth striker David Nugent.

12.00 At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious Gareth Bale's agent has admitted the seemingly jinxed Tottenham Hotspur player would be interested in a move to AC Milan.

11.30 Chelsea are set sign Milan starlet Alexandre Pato for a British transfer record of £45m and then loan him back to the Serie A club for the 2009-10 season.

11.00 Aston Villa are leading the chase for Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, possibly as a replacement for Ashley Young, who is a £21m target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to the NOTW.

10.30 Everton manager David Moyes has told city they must pay at least £30m for Joleon Lescott and has rejected an £8m offer form Besiktas for striker Louis Saha.

10.00 West Ham United are set to sell England defender Matthew Upson to Manchester City as they need to raise £10m to ward off creditors.

09.30 The Blues seem very eager to splash the cash and have also tabled a last-ditch £40m bid for Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery, according to the Sunday Mirror.

09.00 Manchester United fear AC Milan will try to hijack their bid to sign 15-year-old Swedish midfielder Linus Sjobeg, who plays for first division side Vasteras.

August 8, 2009
Posted by Dom Raynor on 08/08/2009

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18.21 Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he held talks with Hull City boss Phil Brown over the possible transfer of defender Michael Turner.

17.16 Birmingham City have failed to land Arsenal defender Armand Traore on loan. Blues boss Alex McLeish said: "I've had a response from Arsene and it is not positive."

14.17 Celtic have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Josh Thompson from Stockport County.

13.40 Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen, who was linked with Liverpool and Fiorentina, could be on the verge of a move back to the Bundesliga with Schalke.

13.01 Portsmouth manager Paul Hart is hopeful of signing former Newcastle United striker Mark Viduka on a free transfer before the start of the season.

12.30 Andrea Pirlo believes his decision to snub Chelsea proves that AC Milan can win the Scudetto. "If I thought Milan's aim was a good place in the standings I'd be at Chelsea now," he said.

12.00 According to reports coming out of Sapin Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has signed a deal with Bayern Munich to buy Franck Ribery on a five-year contract in 2010.

11.30 Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is closing in on Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin and will also make another bid for Wigan Athletic midfielder Lee Cattermole.

11.00 Hull City have rejected a £6m bid from Liverpool for defender Michael Turner and are demanding £12m.

10.30 The agent of Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni believes his client is close to joining Italian countryman Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United.

10.00 Portsmouth are monitoring Celtic full-back Lee Naylor, according to the Premier League club's chief executive.

August 7, 2009
Posted by Dale Johnson on 08/07/2009

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17.30 It's been a quiet afternoon and the end of a week of speculation and signings. Join us again on Saturday.

17.07 And now Portsmouth chief executive says there will be no more sales at Portsmouth. We're not really convinced.

16.36 French midfielder Arnold Mvuemba has been released by Portsmouth.

16.04 West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury has prioritised bringing a striker to Upton Park before the summer transfer window closes.

15.50 Sky Sports is claiming that a number of Premier League clubs want to sign Valencia midfielder Ever Banega.

15.42 Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admits losing Brede Hangeland to Arsenal would be an "enormous blow" for the club.

15.26 Carlo Ancelotti claims Chelsea have finished their business in the summer transfer window.

15.11 AS is Spain reports that Brazilian striker Fred wants to join Sevilla from Fluminese.

15.00 AC Milan have confirmed Klaas Jan Huntelaar has completed his transfer from Real Madrid and signed a four-year contract at the San Siro.

14.42 Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted there are more signings to come from Pep Guardiola this summer.

14.35 It looks like David James is on his way out of Portsmouth. Antti Niemi has just signed for the south coast club on a free transfer.

14.04 Aston Villa have ruled out any chance of young striker Nathan Delfouneso going out on loan.

13.47 El Mundo Deportivo reports that Juan Mata has failed to agree a new deal with Valencia and Barcelona are now ready to pounce.

12.54 French midfielder Jerome Rothen could be set to join Blackburn from PSG. He's coming for talks on Monday.

12.44 Birmingham have put their plans of signing Armand Traore on loan from Arsenal on hold, as the player is not yet available.

12.30 Watford, Reading, Sheff Wed, Celtic and West Brom are all said to want Arsenal's Jay Simpson on loan.

12.01 Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has revealed he is looking for experience to add to his squad.

11.54 Inter Milan have completed the signing of FC Twente forward Marko Arnautovic on a season-long loan deal.

11.38 Too loan deals confirmed. Arsenal's Fran Merida is going to Levante while Sunderland's Martin Waghorn has linked up with Leicester City.

11.33 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told L'Equipe that he still wants Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh but the price is still too high.

11.21 Stoke boss Tony Pulis has revealed he is finding it hard to sign new players. Well, they would have to move to Stoke!

11.02 Hull boss Phil Brown has confirmed that Cardiff have rejected his bid for striker Ross McCormack.

10.33 Hibernian today completed the signing of former Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack.

10.01 Massimo Donati has declared his desire to remain at Celtic after enjoying a new lease of life under Tony Mowbray.

09.55 More woe (or joy?) for Liverpool as Lucas Leiva says he may leave. "You have to see what Benitez plans but the president of Corinthians already knows I am interested and what I want," he told the Sun.

09.23 Portsmouth have confirmed their interest in Celtic left-back Lee Naylor.

08.49 Aston Villa Boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed his is in the market for Wesley Sneijder, who is unwanted by Real Madrid.

08.31 Antonio Amaya and Mohamed Diame look set to join Wigan from Rayo Vallecano.

08.00 Morning! It promises to be a fun day!

August 6, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/06/2009

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23.17 Tottenham Hotspur have signed defender Sebastien Bassong from Newcastle United, the Premier League have club confirmed.

22.26 Wigan athletic are closing on the £3.5m double signing highly-rated Rayo Vallecano midfielder Mohamed Diame and his teammate centre half Antonio Amaya, meaning they may be losing Lee Cattermole.

20.25 Barcelona have agreed to loan Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres to Juventus for next season.

19.31 Hull City chairman Paul Duffen has revealed the Tigers have agreed a fee with Newcastle United to sign defender Habib Beye.

18.56 Arsene Wenger admits the club are no closer to bringing former captain Patrick Vieira, who left for Juventus in 2005, back to Arsenal.

17.54 Hull City have unveiled new signings Seyi Olofinjana, who joined from Stoke City for £3m, and USA striker Jozy Altidore, who has agreed a season-long loan from Spanish side Villarreal.

16.24 The agent of surplus-to-requirements Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen has said Serie A rivals Fiorentina are not interested in his client.

15.47 Jose Mourinho has told Corriere dello Sport that Inter Milan are in the market for a new playmaker.

15.37 Roy Keane looks set to blow £1.7m of Ipswich's money by signing Tamas Priskin from Watford. He's having a medical, we're led to believe.

15.01 And another for the Tigers! USA star Jozy Altidore joins on loan from Villarreal for the season.

14.46 Hull City have signed a player! Yes, believe it! Seyi George Olofinjana has moved from Stoke City after turning down AS Monaco.

14.08 Wolves are in talks with Reading to sign midfielder James Harper.

14.01 Modeste M'Bami is still waiting to find out if he will end up playing for Portsmouth or Bolton.

13.34 Liverpool closed in on the signing of Roma's Alberto Aquilani today with boss Rafael Benitez insisting the midfielder will "excite" the fans.

13.01 Big Sam Allardyce thinks he can turn around the career of Nathan Ellington. We can't see it. Get Matt Jansen back.

12.46 Portsmouth chief exec Peter Storrie is having a laugh today, telling The News the club would be "fools not to want Mark [Viduka] here". Well.... There is some sense, as a move for Amr Zaki looks unlikely.

12.21 L'Equipe reports that Borussia Dortmund could sign Damien Le Tallec from Rennes.

12.12 Sky Sports believes that Arsenal, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham United all want Leandro Fernandez of Dinamo Moscow.

11.52 Wigan are to sign Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

11.48 Burnley have signed Fernando Guerrero on a season-long loan deal from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle.

10.55 AC Milan have confirmed that they have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar which means Premier League interest should be at an end.

10.51 Sunderland have offloaded one player, though, with midfielder Jack Colback reunited with Roy Keane on loan with Ipswich.

10.48 Portsmouth, Stoke, Blackburn and West Ham supposedly casting an eye over Sunderland's Nyron Nosworthy.

10.42 The agent of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo says he is interested in joining AS Roma.

10.30 Reports coming in that Spurs and Newcastle have agreed a fee of around £8m for Bassong.

09.49 FC Twente striker Marko Arnautovic will join Inter Milan on loan for the season, according to the Eredivisie club.

09.38 Valenciennes are set to complete the season-long loan signing of striker Mamadou Samassa from Marseille.

09.11 Manchester United are set to loan out midfielder Tom Cleverley.

08.59 Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has laughed off talk that Spurs will sign Pascal Chimbonda.

08.34 We're hearing that Sebastien Bassong is having a medical at Tottenham. He will move from Newcastle.

08.22 Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insists there is "absolutely no chance" captain Cesc Fabregas will leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

08.12 Midfielder Alberto Aquilani's medical later today could prove to be a pivotal point in his career and Liverpool's future.

08.03 Adelaide United have signed former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan to shore up their defence ahead of their A-League opener against Perth Glory.

08.00 Welcome to another day of transfer drama.

August 5, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/05/2009

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23.41 A quiet night as many teams are involved in friendlies. Perhaps, as is rumoured, Manchester United are locked in talks with Valencia over David Silva. Perhaps not but Spurs fans can rest easy; Heurelho Gomes says he's staying, despite considerable interest. Make sure you Spurs fans sleep tight.

21.28 Twitter is the place to go if you want to hear about football transfers. Team USA striker Jozy Altidore has revealed he may be playing for Hull City by pointing out on the social network site: "First match is against Chelsea, subject to a work permit *wink* *wink*," wrote Altidore. "Thanks for the support and love - keep it coming." Hull are also to sign Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana who looked headed for Monaco when last we checked.

20.30 Xabi Alonso has been unveiled as a Real Madrid player. "It's the best opportunity for me to develop as a footballer,'' says Xabi to a chorus of boos on Merseyside.

19.34 Hull City look to have made a double signing. SA striker Jozy Altidore and Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana are to be publicly unveiled so expect some grandstanding from Phil Brown.

18.06 Strong words from Steve Bruce on Darren Bent. "He's everything I want," says the Sunderland boss who got the striker for £10m, considerably less than Spurs wanted for him.

17.54 Twitter user Darren Bent is now a Sunderland player as his unhappy two years at Tottenham, in which he has grabbed a decent goal tally, comes to an end.

17.26 Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has signed a new three-year contract, which means he'll be at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable.

17.03 Toulouse are expected to demand a huge fee from Tottenham for France youngster Moussa Sissoko.

16.50 Liverpool have agreed a fee with Roma, thought to be around £20m, for the transfer of Italy midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

16.23 AC Milan chief Silvio Berlusconi has informed Chelsea that "Andrea Pirlo has been taken off the market".

15.50 Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has told Arsenal to keep their grubby hands off giant centre-back Brede Hangeland.

15.15 Former West Ham United defender Lucas Neill, who left the Hammers at the end of his contract in June, is reportedly in talks with Sunderland.

14.50 Xabi Alonso has passed his medical at Real Madrid so it looks like Liverpool will be looking for a new midfielder.

14.06 Fulham have agreed a fee with South African club Golden Arrows for midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi and are now awaiting a work permit for Bafana Bafana international.

13.48 Frederic Piquionne, Lyon's 6ft 2in French striker, has joined Pompey on a year-long loan.

12.05 The completion of Xabi Alonso's £30m switch from Liverpool to Real Madrid will bring an end to the Spanish club's summer spending spree, director general Jorge Valdano confirmed.

11.40 Bayern Munich have dismissed speculation that Italian striker Luca Toni is to join West Ham United on loan.

11.25 Bordeaux’s President Jean-Michel Triaud has said that Arsenal target Marouane Chamakh could leave in the "next few days”.

10.38 Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson has indicated he is prepared to listen to offers for Central defender Danny Shittu.

10.01 French international Frederic Piquionne is set to provide a timely boost for Portsmouth boss Paul Hart by agreeing a one-year loan deal.

09.45 According to The Sentinel Stoke City have pulled the plug on a move for West Ham united striker Dean Ashton because of on-going concerns over his fitness.

09.15 Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has confirmed Seyi Olofinjana is set for a £3m move to Hull after the midfielder rejected a switch to Monaco.

08.46 Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is waiting for Chelsea to make a decision on whether to allow Michael Mancienne to rejoin his nwly promoted club on loan.

08.30 The Sun report that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has failed with a £5.5m bid for Sevilla centre-back Federico Fazio.

08.00 The early transfer gossip confirms that Liverpool will use some of the £30m they pocket from the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid to make an £18m offer for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

August 4, 2009
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/04/2009

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23.36 Couple more names to add to the Liverpool wishlist. The Times suggests that Steven Defour, once linked with Everton, is a target as is Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao, like Alonso a Basque playmaker. That rounds up the rumours for the day.

21.38 Portsmouth look like they'll need to sell as they've admitted in a club statement that they're really struggling badly in the financial sense. Not many assets left and amazing to consider they were FA Cup holders 12 months ago.

20.06 Two players in Italy heavily linked with replacing Alonso at Liverpool. Juventus' Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen and Roma's Alberto Aquilani are both being linked in Italy and Spain.

19.01 Aston Villa have completed the signing of Leeds midfielder Fabian Delph for an undisclosed fee. He was also linked with a move to Manchester City.

18.45 Michel Salgado has ended his spell at Real Madrid after 10 years with the Primera Division club. He has been released by mutual consent despite having one year remaining on his current deal.

18.32Sky Sports are claiming that Liverpool are on the verge of signing Christian Poulsen from Juventus.

18.21 Liverpool have agreed a fee with Real Madrid for the transfer of midfielder Xabi Alonso.

18.01 Darren Bent has passed his medical at Sunderland and will complete the move on Wednesday.

17.42 Stoke City midfielder Seyi Olofinjana appears to have snubbed Monaco at the last minute. Seems like the move is off.

17.15 Cardiff City striker Ross McCormack has told the club's official website that he's not trying to engineer a move to the Premier League.

16.46 Sunderland transfer target Darren Bent has been seen at the Stadium of Light ahead of his proposed move from Tottenham Hotspur to the Black Cats.

16.00 League Championship side Doncaster Rovers have signed former Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune.

15.20 Italian newspaper Tuttosport are reporting AC Milan are reportedly set to launch a £30m move for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

14.50 Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has reportedly handed Watford striker Nathan Ellington a trial at Ewood Park.

14.25 having hit the jackpot when they re-signed defender Gerard Pique from Manchester United Barcelona are now apparently eager to capture Jonny Evans for £12m.

13.54 Manchester United have inquired about Valencia midfielder David Silva, but are yet to make a bid, according to AS journalist Guillem Balague.

13.00 Leeds United midfielder Fabian Delph is currently undergoing a medical at Aston Villa. The clubs agreed a £6m fee on Monday.

11.30 Everton have confirmed what the Swiss Federation had already told us; that the Toffees are in talks with Arsenal over a proposed move for Switzerland centre-back Philippe Senderos.

10.30 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told L'Equipe that he will not improve his original offer of £6m for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, which was rejected by the French club.

10.00 French striker David Trezeguet has said he decided to stay at Juventus as a move to Serie A rivals AC Milan would be tantamount to a "betrayal" of the Turin club.

09.30 Manchester United have handed a trial 15-year-old Swedish youngster Linus Sjoberg and the Vasteras player is expected to join the Red Devils later in the summer.

09.00 Hull City and Fulham look set to battle it out for the signature of Villarreal's £6m-rated USA international Jozy Altidore.

08.30 Everton defender Joleon Lescott will write to Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright in a bold attempt to force through a move to Premier League rivals Manchester City.

08.00 According to this morning's newspapers Liverpool have lined up a £20m deal to sign Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani, just in case Xabi Alonso's joins Real Madrid.

August 3, 2009
Posted by John Brewin on 08/03/2009

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23.59 Well, it's bed time for all at Soccernet Towers. See you in the morning!

23.12 The Swiss Football Federation have claimed international defender Philippe Senderos has agreed a move from Arsenal to Everton

21.15 Hajduk Split have now announced Blackburn have struck a deal to sign their Croatia international striker Nikola Kalinic for around £12m.

20.46 Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black has confirmed the club are "very close" to signing striker Darren Bent from Tottenham.

20.13 Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce tonight signed striker Franco Di Santo on loan from Chelsea for the first half of the season.

20.01 The agent of Croatia international Nikola Kalinic claims he has completed a move to Blackburn Rovers.

19.44 Middlesbrough have signed former England Under-21 striker Leroy Lita on a three-year deal.

18.44 Malaga have confirmed they are set to re-sign Almeria midfielder Juanito.

17.48 Aston Villa have confirmed they've reached an agreement with Leeds for Delph. Expect him to be paraded in a claret-and-blue shirt imminently. Well, tomorrow. Probably.

17.29 Young Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo could be hearing pearls of wisdom from Big Sam for a year, after he travelled to Lancashire to chat about a season-long loan deal with Blackburn.

16.41 The chase for highly-rated Leeds youngster Fabian Delph is hotting up. Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a fee with the West Yorkshire club.

15.50 Seems like all the gossip is coming from sources in Italy and Spain today - now we are hearing Liverpool may have agreed an £15.3m fee with Roma for Alberto Aquilani.

15.26 Great news West Ham fans! The club are set to step up their efforts to keep Lucas Neill at the club after his contract expired at the end of last month. A one-year deal could be signed very shortly. Hang on, why aren't you excited?

14.52 Barcelona's finance department are currently drawing up a monster contract for Lionel Messi, according to newspaper reports. The 22-year-old will apparently be offered an inflation-busting £8m a year, and his buyout price will be hiked from £127m to £254m. Enough to make even Man City flinch.

14.04 Andrea Pirlo is remaining tight-lipped over his proposed move to London. "Chelsea? I have nothing to say. I will speak further down the line," Pirlo told Il Corriere Dello Sport.

13.42 More Alonso-based tittle-tattle emanating from Spain. Press reports claim Liverpool have accepted a £27.2m offer from Real Madrid and Xabi will sign on the dotted line by the end of the week.

12.28 Non-transfer news: Bayern Munich boss Louis Van Gaal says Michael Rensing is his first choice, and that all but rules FC Hollywood out of a move for Schalke's Manuel Neuer.

12.16 Real Madrid are in for Inter defender Maicon, suggest Tuttosport in Italy. They've offered 15 million euros plus Wesley Sneijder, another Dutchman they want rid of.

11.37 Should we read anything into this? Joleon Lescott is to sit out Everton's game at Blackpool with a hip injury...

11.06 Xabi Alonso has spoken publicly on his lengthy association with a move to Real Madrid. He's trying not to give too much away but his intentions are fairly clear: "I decided a long time ago to stay on the margin of everything that was happening. My stance has been clear, as you all know. I'm a professional and I must wait for an agreement to be reached, but I hope it is resolved soon, for better or for worse.'' He's off then.

11.03 Real Madrid have so far failed to rid themselves of their Dutch contingent. Rafael Van Der Vaart has signalled his intent to lead the exodus, saying to Bild newspaper: "He (Madrid) coach (Manuel Pellegrini) has told me that I will not play. It makes no sense for me to remain here.'

10.32 Chamakh is behaving like a slapped bottom, saying that Bordeaux are getting in the way of his dream move to Arsenal. "I am angry. I am even disgusted. I don't understand why people are doing this to me," he has told L'Equipe. Another ego looks to be landing at The Emirates.

09.36 Darren "DBthetruth" Bent, to give him his Twitter name, is in Sunderland to seal the move he nearly derailed with his use of social networking websites. Medical in session supposedly.

09.41 Another man rumoured to in the vicinity of his new club is Marouane Chamakh, most heavily linked with Arsenal.

09.07 The Xabi Alonso stuff won't go away. Rumours persist that the Spanish midfielder has stayed on in Spain after Liverpool's game with Espanyol.

August 2, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 08/02/2009

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22.00: That's it for the weekend's rumours. Nothing on Xabi Alonso yet, but that could all be sorted next week, so stay tuned.

21.29: It's been a while since we have heard from Real Madrid. But they are apparently targeting Belgian Steven Defour as a backup if their proposed move for Xabi Alonso does not come off.

20.36: Aston Villa must negotiate a deal to bring Miguel Veloso from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon to the Premier League within the next 72 hours, or end their interest, according to a report in The Birmingham Mail.

19.49: Former Bayern Munich 'keeper Oliver Kahn has claimed that Franck Ribery is a disruptive influence on the club. “He behaves like a diva,” thundered Kahn. “He always creates problems in the team, and I see doubts about the capability of the fans of identifying the player with the club.''

18.59: Newcastle's interim manager Chris Hughton insists he knows nothing about Tottenham's reported bid for Sebastien Bassong either. Great work from one Northern based journalist there.

18.27: A lot of players have been turning down a move to Roma recently, but Brescia’s Andrea Caracciolo would love to head to the Italian capital according to his agent.

17.53: Shay Given in unconcerned by Man City's poor pre-season form. "I was at Blackburn as a player and I don't think they won a game pre-season the year they went on to win the Premier League," he told the club's official website. "There is some exciting quality on the pitch in front of me and I am sure it will be an exciting season. We have some fantastic players in City shirts."

17.10: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger says he has been impressed by Jack Wilshere, who has impressed in pre-season, and might not bring in a new midfielder in order to give the young Englishman a chance.

16.41: Liverpool are reportedly willing to offer Roma €21 million for Italian Alberto Aquilani, but only if they sell Xabi Alonso first.

16.25: With Fiorentina's Champions League campaign set to begin on August 18, the club are looking to strengthen the side as quickly as possible and have set a deadline of Wednesday to sign Emmanuel Eboue from Arsenal.

15.48: Stuttgart general manager Horst Heldt is delighted to welcome Pavel Pogrebnyak to his club after the Russia international passed a medical. We're not surprised either, as the striker is a class act.

15.25: Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sell Wesley Sneijder to Inter Milan, according to reports from Italy. La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that an initial loan deal has been agreed between the two clubs, with the Spanish side receiving €4m, with the Serie A champions having an option to make the transfer permanent for a fee of €18m.

15.18: David James insists he will not be the next high-profile player to leave Fratton Park this summer. Although he is the only one left...

14.54: Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen are considering making a move for highly rated Argentinean forward Maxi Lopez, who failed to make the grade at Barcelona.

14.29: Harry Redknapp has rubbished reports that Tottenham have submitted a bid for Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong. So you can't believe everything you read.

14.19: Lazio star Lorenzo De Silvestri could soon be on the radar of AC Milan should they complete the successful sale of Andrea Pirlo to Chelsea.

13.51: Rafael van der Vaart has confirmed he'll be leaving the Bernabeu this summer. "The coach told me I won't get much chance to play, so it's not an option to stay here," Van der Vaart told De Telegraaf.

13.26: Manchester City have joined the chase for highly-rated Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm, as he attracts attention from most of the top flight English clubs.

12.57: Roma are interested in Diego Lugano, who is available on a free transfer, and he has already been in contact with the Giallorossi, as well as Lazio and Fiorentina.

12.37: Newcastle's Habib Beye won't be going to Hull though, as Tigers manager Phil Brown says he is not prepared to meet the current asking price for the full-back.

12.05: Newcastle have rejected a £10m bid from Tottenham for Sebastien Bassong. The world is going mad if he's worth more than that!

11.45: Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur are all after hot prospect Fabian Delph, but Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has warned them that they'll need to increase their offers if they are serious about securing the teenager.

11.10: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti says he was 'always confident' that John Terry would stay at the club after interest from Manchester City could have made him the best paid player in the world.

10.56: Lucas Neill looks set to stay at West Ham as he's agreed a new contract. Surely he couldn't have been after more money, could he?

10.42: Blackburn Rovers have reportedly agreed a fee with Hajduk Split for Croatian Nikola Kalinic and the striker should be signing shortly.

10.25: Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth will battle it out for the signature of Manchester City striker Benjani, who will leave Eastlands.

10.14: Everton manager David Moyes wants a new right-back and could take Valencia defender Miguel to Goodison Park this summer.

10.04: Fulham could be set to make an approach to sign Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on a season-long loan, should the Gunners make an approach for defender Brede Hangeland.

09.35: Some papers think Lescott is unsettled and is set to hand in a transfer request to force through his £22m move to Manchester City.

09.28: Toffees boss David Moyes is angry with Man City about their pursuit of defender Joleon Lescott. "It is about showing respect - and we are not being shown that," he says.

09.00: The papers are Manchester United mad this morning as everyone seems to think Fergie was lying when he said there would be no more signing at Old Trafford this summer. David Villa, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are all being linked.

August 1, 2009
Posted by Jon Carter on 08/01/2009

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22.00: That's it for today, be sure to join us again tomorrow for more transfer gossip.

21.45: Henrik Larsson broke a knee-cap during his last match for Helsingborg, so despite being linked to various clubs it looks like he'll retire instead.

20.51: Rasmus Bengtsson has dismissed reports suggesting he could be set to join Lazio after impressing for Sweden at the U-21s.

20.06: Luisao is attracting interest of Fiorentina but his club Benfica and La Viola have so far failed to come to an understanding, with the Portuguese side standing firm over their €10m valuation of the Brazil international.

19.26: Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed the club's interest in Leeds teenager Fabian Delph. ''We have an interest in the situation,'' he said. ''He is a young player who has been brought to our attention. I'm not sure where we are up to with that.''

18.58: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is ready to pull the plug on his attempt to buy Darren Bent from Tottenham after growing frustrated with talks with Daniel Levy.

18.17: Middlesbrough are leading the chase for Leroy Lita - unless he 'overstretches' in bed again and ruins any hope of a transfer.

17.36: Edin Dzeko has ended speculation over his future by signing a contract extension with reigning Bundesliga champions Wolfsburg.

17.29: Jan Vertonghen will stay at Ajax after reports connected him with a move to Barcelona. The Spanish club aren't buying anyone else now anyway.

16.58: Spanish paper AS are speculating over the fee for Xabi Alonso, claiming that Liverpool are demanding a fee of €40m: €35m paid up front, and €5m based on the midfielder's performances.

16.45: Colo Colo officials have revealed that an unnamed English club have expressed an interest in Gonzalo Jara. My guess? Wigan.

16.24: Arsenal target Christian Zapata has expressed his desire to stay with Udinese, despite a number of offers for a move elsewhere. “I am happy and settled to stay here in Udine,” Zapata confirmed to Calciomercato.it.

15.43: Zenit St Petersburg striker Pavel Pogrebnyak will undergo a medical ahead of his proposed move to Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart. Just a reported 4.5m euros for the Russia man, what a bargain!

14.56: AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi insists Andrea Pirlo is not on the verge of signing for Chelsea. ''They are all stories, there's no truth at all,'' he told reporters. So he'll probably sign next week.

14.36: According to reports in Italy, Inter Milan are closing in on a loan move for Real Madrid's Rafael van der Vaart, who will almost certainly leave the Bernabeu this summer.

13.55: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says he will return for Toulouse forward Andre-Pierre Gignac next summer. “The only player we have missed is Gignac. But I hope he will be join next year, because we really want him to come,'' he said.

13.14: Stade Rennais will sign naturalised Norwegian midfielder Alexander Tettey from Norwegian side Rosenberg, if he passes a medical.

12.54: Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni is backing Ezequiel Lavezzi to silence his critics and play well for the side again if he doesn't seal a move away from the club.

12.39: Paulo Ferreira has stated his intention to stay and fight for a first-team place at Chelsea. "Carlo Ancelotti has told me that he has confidence in me and I will be part of his plans,'' he said.

12.18: Hajduk Split star Nikola Kalinic is still of interest to Portsmouth, with Blackburn and Porto now believed to be in the race as well.

11.58: Another Roma star pledges his future to the club, as midfielder Daniele De Rossi has told Arsenal that he has no intention of joining them.

11.34: New Marseille defender Gabriel Heinze insists he was not forced out of Real Madrid. ''It is my own decision. I have experienced some amazing seasons at Real but
the life of a footballer is like this,'' he said.

11.04: No more signings? Well, Manchester United have completed the signing of French starlet Paul Pogba. Although he won't be a first-team player just yet. His old club Le Havre are not happy about it.

10.46: Roma striker Julio Baptista will not join Milan this summer, according to his agent, Herminio Menendez. "Julio will continue his adventure with Roma for a very long time," the agent told Romagiallorossa.

10.26: There is only a signature required for Andrea Pirlo to become a Chelsea player, apparently. Don't know why it's taking so long then..perhaps they can't find a pen?

09.59: Jermaine Jenas is going nowhere, as he is focused on finishing in the top-six with Tottenham.

09.37: Robinho says he tried to change Mark Hughes' mind over the sale of Elano to Galatasaray. But evidently didn't try hard enough.

09.32: Rafa Benitez is planning a move for Valencia striker David Villa with the funds generated by Xabi Alonso's £30m sale to Madrid. Evidently nonsense unless they come up with another £20m as Valencia have already been batting away offers for the striker.

09.25: Manchester United are preparing a £3.5m offer for Bursaspor striker Sercan Yildirm, according to the Daily Star.

09.15: There is speculation that Everton have bid for Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos. Which means they could be set to sell Joleon Lescott to City.

09.00: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Claude Makelele is tipping Patrick Vieira to return to Arsenal this summer."He's still a big player. I think he's still one of the best midfielders in the world," he said.