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August 31, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/31/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer window update here.


Could Adebayor go to Spurs? © Getty Images

09.00 BST: Join us for live updates throughout the day. Just click here.

08.50 BST: West Ham are interested in signing a goalkeeper and Roma’s Brazilian No. 2 Doni is top of their wishlist.

08.43 BST: Sky Sports reporting that Emmanuel Adebayor and Shay Given will be staying at Manchester City.

08.38 BST: Aston Villa defender Curtis Davies is reportedly a loan target for Celtic.

08.33 BST: A source close to the transfer transactions told ESPNsoccernet: “The possibility of Zamora going to Liverpool was a non starter, not even worth going there. But Liverpool remain interested in Carlton Cole.

08.28 BST: Manchester United's Tom Cleverley is reportedly close to completing a loan transfer to Wigan Athletic.

08.23 BST: Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is interested in a move to Liverpool, according to the player's agent. "When a club like Liverpool inquires, their interest cannot be pushed off the table," Ferber told Kicker.

08.17 BST: More Birmingham news: The Blues are hoping to complete the £5m signing of Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb. We'll keep you updated on that.

08.15 BST: Birmingham have lodged an offer for 20-year-old Arsenal full-back Armand Traore on loan until the end of the season. The Blues are also thought to have begun negotiations with Russian side Spartak Moscow over a cut-price deal for versatile defender Jiranek, whose contract expires in December.

08.08 BST: Shay Given will be allowed to leave the Republic of Ireland's training camp if an offer comes in for him today. Fulham and Arsenal have been linked with the Manchester City keeper.

07.54 BST: Roma have reportedly offered Julio Baptista to Milan in exchange for Marco Borriello. Boriello is believed to be surplus to requirements at the San Siro following the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

07:38 BST: Joseph Yobo could make a loan switch to West Ham from Everton. Although why he would want to jump onto a sinking ship is beyond us.

07:31 BST: Liverpool are being linked with a move for Utrecht's Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Newcastle are also reported to be tracking the striker.

07:26 BST: Palermo have turned their focus back onto West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami, who could be on his way.

07:17 BST: AC Milan want Robinho on the cheap and there could be a long way to go in negotiations before a deal is struck.

07:11 BST: Asamoah Gyan has been seen at Sunderland, as Steve Bruce looks to wrap up a £12 million deal for the Ghanaian.

07:09 BST: Schalke have completed the signing of Klass-Jan Huntelaar for £10.5 million from AC Milan.

07:05 BST: And some paper gossip for you:

The Guardian: Goalkeeper Shay Given has decided to stay at Manchester City, which is odd given he won't get much game time. AC Milan are looking to lure Robinho to the San Siro on the final day of the window.

The Daily Mirror: Eidur Gudjohnsen is ready to sign for Fulham on a year-long loan from Monaco after turning down Stoke. Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be on his way to Spurs. Aston Villa are being linked with a shock move for Everton boss David Moyes. Robbie Keane will learn whether he will rot on the bench at Spurs or not? Spurs are also seen on Steven Pienaar. Rodrigo Moreno is arriving to sign for Bolton from Benfica. Wigan want to take Jason Roberts to the club again from Blackburn.

The Daily Mail: West Ham want to keep midfielder Scott Parker after rejecting a fresh £7 million bid from Tottenham. Armand Traore is in demand and Birmingham are also looking at Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb in a £4 million deal. They are also keen on Spartak skipper Martin Jiranek. Blackpool need some more players and Strasbourg midfielder Mamadou Bah is top of the radar, while they have also asked about Kyle Lafferty on loan from Rangers. Martin Waghorn could be set for a £2 million move to Leicester. West Brom want Rochdale defender Craig Dawson.

07:02 BST: First up, let's take a look at the papers and most of them seem to contain the shocking story that former Arsenal man Emmanuel Adebayor will make himself even more popular at the Emirates by moving to Spurs on loan because he can't get a game at Man City. Thoughts?

07:00 BST: Hello and welcome to the final day of the transfer window, we'll have it all for you and will keep you up to date with a LIVE update throughout the day.

August 30, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/30/2010

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


Could Emmanuel Adebayor be heading to Spurs? © Getty Images

23.34 BST: Okay, that's all for tonight. Make sure you join us tomorrow for deadline day as all the last-minute deals go through.

23.33 BST: The Daily Mirror says Curtis Davies may join Celtic on loan from Aston Villa.

23.20 BST: Fighting talk from Barca new-boy Mascherano. "Roy Hodgson knows the truth," he said. "This is a happy moment for me so now is not the time to say it, but a lot of lies have been told about me and I will respond to them."

23.12 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Shay Given has decided to fight for his place at City despite interest from Fulham. That would likely mean Mark Schwarzer stays put at Fulham, and Arsenal rely on Manuel Almunia until January at the earliest.

23.10 BST: A far more exciting Spurs rumour comes courtesy of tomorrow's Daily Mirror: "Harry Redknapp has made a sensational bid to land Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Mirror Sport understands talks have taken place at the highest level with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy prepared to sanction a loan deal and payment of nearly half the 26-year-old’s £170,000-a-week salary."

23.01 BST: 'When Harry met Sulley' part two? The Daily Mail says Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is looking for a reunion with former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari, who is surplus to requirements at Inter.

22.37 BST: There's been talk of Inter making a bizarre bid for Cesc Fabregas, but director Marco Branca said: “I don't feel we need a big signing."

22.30 BST: Rafa Benitez is as revealing as ever in interviews. Asked whether anyone would be joining Inter tomorrow, he said: "We will see what can be done now. If not, we will wait until January to see if we can give this team more equilibrium.”

22.20 BST: Stoke are close to signing Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson in a part-exchange deal that would see two players - said to be Dave Kitson and Liam Lawrence - move the other way. Pompey boss Steve Cotterill told The News: "The deal has been agreed with Stoke. Marc has more or less agreed terms up there and we are very close with getting one across the line but the other one still has a little way to travel."

22.15 BST: It is understood that Anthony Stokes will become a Celtic player tomorrow pending the successful completion of a medical.

22.05 BST: OFFICIAL: Hercules have completed the signing of David Trezeguet on a two-year deal.

21.40 BST: Wigan are apparently close to signing Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo.

21.24 BST: Barca's sporting vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has said that there are no plans for further signings this transfer window despite the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “The squad is now complete and we will not sign anyone else," he said. "We have reached the decision that there is no need to strengthen the team any further.”

21.19 BST: OFFICIAL: Barcelona defender Martin Caceres has joined Sevilla on loan.

21.17 BST: Makeshift left-back Daniel Agger is pleased Paul Konchesky is joining the club. “It will be good if and when he comes in," he said in the Liverpool Echo. "He is a specialised left-back and I’m not. It all means that it is good for the team. We need the competition."

21.15 BST: Huntelaar might not be the only Milan striker to leave tomorrow. Corriere dello Sport believes Juventus have agreed a loan deal for Marco Borriello.

21.05 BST: Sky Sports News says Tottenham have made an enquiry for Everton's Steven Pienaar tonight. He's out of contract in a year but there's little indication that Everton want to cash in.

21.00 BST: Martin Dimichelis has changed his mind about leaving Bayern Munich. "I will be staying at Bayern and I will fight with pride," he said.

20.45 BST: AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set to join Schalke after the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic limited his first-team opportunities at the San Siro.

20.20 BST: Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald has denied claims Spurs have been in touch over Ashley Young. He said: "We've not had any contact from Tottenham for Ashley Young, nothing at all. We've not had any bid from them at all."

20.10 BST: A Bola says Benfica have failed to agree a deal for Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb.

20.05 BST: Skysports.com says Wigan have agreed a deal to sign Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United.

19.50 BST: David Trezeguet has confirmed he is set to join Spanish side Hercules.

18.55 BST: It's understood that Birmingham boss Alex McLeish could add defenders Martin Jiranek and Armand Traore to his squad before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

18.50 BST: Grenoble forward Danijel Ljuboja is to join Nice tomorrow after completing a medical.

18.45 BST: OFFICIAL: Barcelona have completed the signing of Javier Mascherano.

18.20 BST: OFFICIAL: West Brom have signed former Wigan player Paul Scharner on a two-year contract.

18.10 BST: Shay Given has apparently left the Ireland camp and looks set to join Fulham if he can prove his fitness amid fears over a shoulder problem. That, of course, paves the way for Mark Schwarzer to join Arsenal.

18.05 BST: OFFICIAL: Brescia have signed Swiss defender Fabio Daprela on a permanent transfer from West Ham.

17.47 BST: Rapid Vienna have signed former Celtic and Hull striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink on a two-year deal. "I had several interesting offers from all over
Europe but at Rapid my family and I instantly got a great feeling," he said.

17.29 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed a medical at AC Milan ahead of his loan switch.

17.25 BST: Fulham defender Paul Konchesky is at Liverpool and the move is expected to go through today.

17.20 BST: Sky Sports News says talks are going on with both Milan and Fenerbahce over a deal for Robinho. City are also talking to Lazio about the Santa Cruz deal.

16.49 BST: OFFICIAL: Werder Bremen have signed Mikeal Silvestre on a two-year deal. He was available on a free transfer after leaving Arsenal.

16.43 BST: OFFICIAL: DaMarcus Beasley has completed his move to Hannover.

16.27 BST: Sky Sports News says Birmingham want Arsenal defender Armand Traore on loan. They'll face competition from Juventus.

16.10 BST: Corriere dello Sport says Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will complete a move to Schalke today.

16.05 BST: From the Barcelona website: "Javier Mascherano has passed his medical at FC Barcelona on Monday and will now put pen-to-paper on his contract at Camp Nou at 18:00 to complete a move from Liverpool."

15.54 BST: Udinese claim that midfielder Gokhan Inler will be staying at the club but, surprise surprise, his agent appears to have other ideas, suggesting that there are several other clubs interested in his client's signature.

15.43 BST: Espanyol have reached an agreement to sign experienced Argentinian midfielder Aldo Duscher.

15.32 BST: Monaco have confirmed that Real Madrid defender Royston Drenthe has turned down a move to the principality. Drenthe and Mahamadou Diarra were left out of Jose Mourinho's squad for Real's Primera Liga opener on Sunday, leading many to believe their days at the Bernabeu would be numbered. Drenthe, however, appears to be holding out for a better offer.

15.18 BST: DaMarcus Beasley is on his way to Hannover from Rangers.

15.17 BST: We've got a comment through from reader MigH:

"Since a text came through regarding Beasley to Hannover and since that text was from ESPN, soeems like you would mention it. Cheers!"

15.11 BST: One player seemingly going nowhere is Luis Fabiano. The Brazil striker has just signed a new contract with Sevilla that will keep him at the club until at least 2013. We have a feeling they may have been a slightly bigger release clause included too!

14.44 BST: We laways seem to have one of these just-too-bizarre-to-be-taken-seriously rumours, and today it is provided by Sportmediaset.it, which suggests that Inter milan have failed in an audacious attempt to sign Cesc Fabregas - apparently having an offer of 35 million euros, plus Sulley Muntari, rejected by Arsenal. Hmmm....

14.21 BST: Hibernian have signed sealed and delivered a deal to take former Scotland Under-21 international Darryl Duffy on loan from Bristol Rovers.

14.10: Birmingham boss alex McLeish says he wants to make one more signing before the transfer window closes. It seems likely that very signing will be Spartak Moscow defender Martin Jiranek.

14.03 BST: Brest have snapped up France Under-21 international Paul Baysse from Ligue 2 side Sedan.

13.47 BST: Remember, you can add your comments using the tool below, just like Kyle Johnson - who reckons the proposed loan move of Liverpool youngster Daniel Ayala to Hull will be mutually beneficial:

"Daniel Ayala to Hull? I think that is a great move for both. I think the Championship will toughen him up, but having said that, he acquitted himself very well every time his has played for Liverpool. Smart move by both parties I reckon."

13.32 BST: Luis Suarez has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from Ajax. The prolific Uruguay striker said: "I would have no problem with playing for this club for many years to come.''

13.16 BST: Defender Wilfred Bouma has been snapped up on a free by former club PSV, who he left to join Aston Villa two years ago. 32-year-old Bouma has signed a two-year contract.

13.05 BST: As promised, there's more info on the Parker bid here.

12.46 BST: Our man in the know, Harry Harris, has informed us that Spurs have made a new bid for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker. More on that coming up soon.

12.23 BST: The Mail is reporting that Sunderland are in the hunt for France right back Rod Fanni, though the Wearsiders are waiting to discover the extent of an injury, picked up while playing for current side Rennes, before making a move.

11.59 BST: It appears one-time Birmingham target Mauro Camoranesi is on his way to Stuttgart after the Bundesliga side's sporting director Fredi Bobic was quoted as saying: "We are waiting on the medical, but it's looking good for Camoranesi."

11.37 BST: AC Milan are interested in signing Robinho according to Rossoneri chief Silvio Berlusconi. Read the full story here.

11.14 BST: Napoli have signed Argentinian midfielder Jose Sosa from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.

10.47 BST: Roque Santa Cruz could complete his proposed move from Manchester City to Lazio today, with the Italian side ready to fund the transfer by selling Mauro Zarate to Fiorentina, according to Il Messaggero.

10.24 BST: Ayala to Hull! Sorry to get your hopes up Tigers fans, but it isn't former Argentina captain Roberto Ayala; young Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala is on his way to the KC Stadium on loan.

10.10 BST: Goal.com is reporting that wantaway Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could complete a €12 million switch to Bayern Munich later today.

09.48 BST: The agent of Stefano Okaka has insisted his client will stay at Roma this campaign, saying: "Stefano will not move from Rome. He has the confidence of the coach (Claudio Ranieri) and is happy with his current situation.''

09.34 BST: The Times reports that Wigan will make a bid of £3 million for Bolton goalkeeper Ali-al Habsi.

09.15 BST: The Express is reporting that Spurs will try to prise Ashley Young away from Aston Villa by offering £15 million plus any one of Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas or Alan Hutton.

08.54 BST: PSG are still weighing up a move for Dynamo Kiev's Moroccan left-back Badr El-Kaddouri, according to L'Equipe.

08.48 BST: Remember that we want to hear your comments on any of the rumours doing the rounds. Just use the tool below, like reader Chris - who is not to happy about the Premier League's big guns snooping around other club's young talent:

"Why does the gutter press continue to spread rumours about Everton players going to this club or that club? A message from Moyes to Ferguson, Wenger, Ancelotti and Mancini, why don't you develop your own young players instead of unsettling ours? If Rodwell does go to another club, he will become a bench warmer. These clubs and their managers do not have the ability or desire to nurture young talent. Rodwell should stay put. He should trust Moyes to take care of his career."

08.10 BST: What story could emerge as a dramatic late capture of Dimitar Berbatov-to- Manchester United-in-2008 proportions? Let's have a look around the English press first.

The Mail: Spurs are set for talks with Monaco striker Eidur Gudjhohnsen about a return to the Premier League; Spartak Moscow captain Martin Jiranek has been offered to Birmingham; West Brom are considering an approach for former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner.

The Sun: Manchester United are ready to launch a £10 million swoop for hot Everton prospect Jack Rodwell, with Michael Carrick thrown into the mix as a makewight; third-choice Arsenal left-back Armand Traore is a target for Juventus; West Brom are hoping to complete a £3 million deal with midlands rivals Aston Villa for Steve Sidwell.

The Mirror:Spurs will make one last attempt to bring Luis Fabiano to White Hart Lane - with Giuseppe Rossi and Klass-Jan Huntelaar still on Harry Redknapp's striker radar; Sunderland are closing in on Ghana World Cup star Asamoah Gyan - who will cost the Wearsiders £15 million; £8 million-rated Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel culd be on his way from Utrecht to Newcastle; Stoke are far from finished in the transfer market with Jermaine Jenas, Marc Wilson, Hugo Rodallega and David Wheater all still targets.

08.00 BST: Good morning all, can you feel the anticipation?! There are less than 48 hours until the transfer window closes so expect a frenetic Monday and Tuesday as clubs, despite having all summer to have bought players, try desperately to clinch some last-minute signings.

August 29, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/29/2010

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


Robbie Keane on the move? © Getty Images

11.30 BST We'll that's all we have time for this evening, but be sure to check back on Monday for more transfer updates.

10.45 BST Hibs boss Hughes might be 'disturbed' by Celtic's interest in top scorer Anthony Stokes but the two clubs have agreed a transfer fee.

21.51 BST Spanish giants Real Madrid could be set to beat Liverpool to PSV Eindhoven's 24-year-old hot-shot Ola Toivonen.

20.34 BST Sunderland are in negotiations with Rennes over the transfer of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan. Full story.

20.10 BST Man City manager Roberto Mancini expects Roque Santa Cruz and Robinho to leave the club before the transfer window closes. Asked if there are offers on the table, he said: "For Roque and Robinho, yes."

19.34 BST Liverpool have made an official enquiry for West Ham United striker Carlton Cole, according to reports.

19.07 BST Sunderland manager Steve Bruce thinks Wigan's £9 million valuation of Charles N'Zogbia is too much. Bruce said: "I'm a big admirer of him, but that sort of money might be too rich."

18.10 BST Tuttosport are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur are on the brink of signing Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan.

17.43 BST: Juventus are in for Arsenal left-back Armand Traore. The Frenchman is not needed at the Emirates and the Italians need a defender or two. Perfect fit?

16.04 BST: Stoke are in talks to sign Eidur Gudjohnsen from Monaco. The Icelander played for Spurs last season, so he could be tempted by a Premier League return.

14.51 BST: Sami Hyypia has agreed to extend his contract with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen by an extra year before then joining the coaching team. ''We are glad that such a key player and symbol of our team like Sami has been tied down to us for a longer term,'' said Bayer's general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser.

14.42 BST: Despite interest from Arsenal, Everton's Phil Jagielka is happy at Goodison. "I'd like to think I'm grounded. I love playing football and I love being at Everton, and I'm not going to try to bully my way into getting a transfer,'' he said. ''I've always felt loyalty. I found it really hard to leave Sheff. Here, I've been given a chance by a great club and hopefully playing here will lead to many more England appearances. Me and the gaffer spoke (about Arsenal) and he let me know where the land lay. I was more than happy with his explanation and I'd like to think the way I've played so far this season shows it's blatantly obvious that I'm happy to still be here.''

13.53 BST: Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia has agreed terms with Greek side Panathinaikos. “It is an exceptional honour for me that I will be able to continue my career with Panathinaikos. It is a big opportunity for me to win new titles in my career with the biggest club in Greece,” he said.

13.33 BST: More from West Ham camp. Former Hammer Alessandro Diamanti has revealed why he left "No one pushed me out but when I met the new coach Avram Grant, he didn't tell me anything but I understood wouldn't have been a regular in the team. When I realised that, I asked my agent to move me as quickly as possible,'' he said.

13.12 BST: Ashley Young is still on the radar of Tottenham. Boss Harry Redknapp told the News of the World: "Ashley Young is difficult but it could all change. Someone might pop up, maybe a loan."

12.57 BST: Hammers co-owner David Gold admits signing David Beckham is no longer going to happen. "It was a possibility and we really did try to get him, but we have not heard back," Gold said to The Sunday Express. ''It would appear he has gone on to other things and now we have to move on too."

12.34 BST: West Ham have made a bid for Hamburg's defender Guy Demel. Will that help them out of their hole?

11.47 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has delivered a parting shot to Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and accused him of breaking his ''dream'' of playing for the Spanish side. “When I walk into a room, [Pep] Guardiola will walk out,'' he told journalists. ''I don’t know if he is scared of me. He is the philosopher who has broken my dream of being at Barcelona. The coach did not want me and I will not waste any more time. I want to retrieve my love of football with another team. I leave with more motivation and the strength to do better. In football, things can change within 24 hours.”

11.17 BST: Shay Given could be set to move to Fulham, as Mark Hughes has lavished praise on the stopper. "Mark Schwarzer has made it clear that he would like to go to Arsenal so we are trying to look at other options," said the Fulham manager. "I'm always interested in quality players and Shay Given is a quality player. Make of that what you will. But I have said that if we can't get anyone else in, Schwarzer will have to stay."

10.58 BST: Schalke coach Felix Magath wants to sign Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from Milan. “Of course we have held talks with Milan. However, I can say nothing about it,” he told kicker.

10.27 BST: Liverpool may not be interested in player exchanges for Javier Mascherano, but they could offer Ryan Babel or Lucas to West Ham in exchange for Carlton Cole. My money's on Lucas.

09.59 BST: Stoke chairman Peter Coates has revealed the club have rejected an offer from Chelsea for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believed to be around £4.5 million. ''You may have heard a rumour and it may be pretty good information, but the fact is we've rejected any offer they've made. They made an enquiry and they did make an offer and it was rejected,'' he said.

09.35 BST: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has left out Mahamadou Diarra and Royston Drenthe from his squad to face Real Mallorca, suggesting they could be on the move.

09.11 BST: Robbie Keane is being linked with a move away from Spurs again as Villa and Newcastle show some interest.

09.00 BST: Morning all, and it's a jam-packed transfer Sunday already. Here's some paper gossip for you.

News of the World: Liverpool may drop interest in PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen because of the Dutch club's £13m asking price. But they still want Carlton Cole and Paul Konchesky. Tottenham will turn their attentions to Giuseppe Rossi if their loan move for AC Milan's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fails. They've also asked about the availability of Rio Ferdinand (?!) Craig Bellamy wants a permanent move to Cardiff if they gain promotion this season. Charles Insomnia's move to Birmingham has collapsed over wage demands.

The Sunday Express: Mario Gomez is tempted by a loan move to Liverpool. Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg will stay in Holland despite interest from Arsenal. West Ham, Wigan and Bolton are all monitoring Robert Pires (36), who is a free agent after leaving Villarreal.

The People: Jack Rodwell, £20m, to Manchester United. Is he the new Wayne Rooney? In terms of joining United from Everton at a young age for a big fee of course... Wigan could sign Franco Di Santo from Chelsea for £2m.

August 28, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/28/2010

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


Zlatan Ibrahimovic said goodbye to Barca©Getty Images

23.57 BST Well that's your lot for Saturday, but check back on Sunday for more updates a transfer talk.

23.29 BST Liverpool have confirmed a fee has been agreed with FC Porto for the transfer of Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles to Anfield. Full Story.

23.08 BST Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has joined the growing fan club of Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, according to the Daily Mail, and has made him a long-term target.

22.00 Palermo have bolstered their midfield with the arrival of Slovenia duo Armin Bacinovic and Josip Ilicic from Maribor.

21.12 BST AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona on loan, subject to passing a medical, with the option to buy him next summer for €24 million. Full story

20.33 BST Juventus have confirmed French striker David Trezeguet has joined Hercules in Spain after ten years at the Turin club.

19.56 BST Reports coming out of Italy claim that Barceloan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will complete his move to AC Milan tonight.

19.24 BST: Latest update on Mascherano. He'll sign for Barcelona on Monday once all the medical/contract type stuff is out of the way. Thank goodness - imagine the fuss if he'd been forced to stay.

19.02 BST: It was the Beatles who sang, 'Money can't buy you love', but Chelsea's Didier Drogba is the latest to say it can't buy you titles either. “Money cannot guarantee success in football," Drogba told The Sun. "[Manchester] City paid a lot for players last season but did not make the Champions League.

17.54 BST: Arsene Wenger says that could be it for the Gunners in the transfer window. "At the moment it's all dead. For us the transfer period is already over," he said.

17.35 BST: Javier Mascherano has said it's a "dream" to join Barcelona (although he hasn't actually joined yet) and seems to have a short memory. "Just like I have with every team I have played for, I will give everything and really want to help in any way I can," he said.

16.25 BST: Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti looks set to join Benfica.

15.58 BST: Juventus are said to be interested in Karim Benzema, who failed to impress at Real Madrid last season and is said to have rowed with Jose Mourinho last week.

15.15 BST: Pep Guardiola seems to have a slightly skewed view on Javier Mascherano. "He'll give us a lot," he said. "I know many people see him purely as a defensive player, but he is capable of much more. He keeps it simple and can play the ball." No, he can't.

14.55 BST: Roma have signed Nicolas Burdisso from Inter on a four-year contract following the Argentina defender's loan spell at the club last season.

14.30 BST: UAE League defending champions Al Wahda have signed Brazilian midfielder Hugo Assis from Gremio.

14.18 BST: Lazio are close to signing Roque Santa Cruz, according to coac Edy Reja, but it could be bad news for one of their existing forwards. “Santa Cruz is one of the players we’re negotiating with, but I don’t know if you could consider the matter closed," he said. “If we do sign Santa Cruz from Manchester City, then someone else has to leave. Obviously with his arrival, it would damage everyone: Pasquale Foggia, Tommaso Rocchi, Sergio Floccari and Mauro Zarate."

14.03 BST: OFFICIAL: Newcastle have signed Hatem Ben Arfa on a season-long loan deal.

13.52 BST: Pep Guardiola has spoken out on the Ibra situation. "I am tired of the Ibrahimovic situation," he said. "We will see what happens in the coming hours. For now Ibrahimovic is a Barcelona player. We will see what happens." More here.

13.12 BST: We told you the other day that West Ham had made a bid for Hamburg defender Guy Demel, and his agent has now confirmed it. "West Ham have made an offer on Friday of €2 million for Guy," Saif Rubie told skysports.com.

12.46 BST: Shaun Wright-Phillips will fight for his place at City.

12.33 BST: The Liverpool Echo says the Mascherano deal is worth over £20 million and that Roy Hodgson will be allowed to spend all of it. It appears Meireles and Konchesky could use up a large part it, while the Echo says another Ola Toivonen bid will be made.

12.30 BST: From Barca's official site: "Javier Mascherano has arrived in Barcelona and travelled straight to the club’s offices at Camp Nou where he posed for photographers ahead of undergoing a medical. Mascherano will not undergo a medical until Monday. The first part of his tests will take place at 08:00 in the Hospital de Barcelona before the travels to the FC Barcelona Centro Médico at Camp Nou at 11:00. Afterwards he will sign his contract and be prevented as a new Barça player in the afternoon."

12.22 BST: Diego Forlan is refusing to rule out a move to Inter.

12.07 BST: Renascena says Porto representatives have flown to Liverpool to hammer out the details of the Meireles deal. Sounds like this one's a goer.

11.58 BST: Skysports.com says Paul Konchesky is now undergoing a medical at Liverpool.

11.35 BST: Pep Guardiola has left Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of his Barcelona squad for tomorrow's Primera Division opener against Racing Santander.

11.15 BST: Gabriel Agbonlahor says he is very happy at Villa. "I'm a local lad and you look at people like Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard - they don't want to leave their clubs, and it's the same with me," he said. "Being from the area, I've got no reason to ever leave."

10.50 BST: Corriere dello Sport says Roma and Manchester City could swap Alexander Doni and Shay Given.

10.47 BST: For anyone who missed the stories overnight, Carlos Salcido has joined Fulham, Blackburn have signed Benjani and Charles N'Zogbia's move to Birmingham has collapsed.

10.22 BST: West Ham have failed with a bid for David Trezeguet, but they are convinced Scott Parker is about to commit his future. More here.

09.55 BST: An update on the Ibrahimovic to Milan story - his agent, Mino Raiola, has said: “The kid is not born yet but let's say we are at the eight month stage." He added, however: “There are still plenty of things to clear between us but also between the two clubs."

09.34 BST: Plenty more speculation here on where the Mascherano cash is going from the papers.

Daily Mail: Liverpool are allowing youngsters Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic to join Fulham as part of the deal to sign Paul Konchesky, Sunderland want Stoke forward Tuncay.

Daily Mirror: Roy Hodgson will use the Mascherano cash on Gokhan Inler, Ola Toivonen and Konchesky, Spurs will offer Robbie Keane as part of their bid for Villa winger Ashley Young, City could now move for Stoke 'keeper Asmir Begovic.

The Sun: Liverpool could sign Raul Meireles from Porto for £10.7 million, Mark Schwarzer will leave Fulham on a free next summer if they deny him a move to Arsenal, Shaun Wright-Phillips won't leave Manchester City.

09.18 BST: Good morning and welcome. We'll bring you the gossip from the papers shortly but, for now, our man in Belgium says reports over there are saying Liverpool will finally move for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour after agreeing to sell Javier Mascherano to Barcelona. Defour is under contract till 2013, though, so he won't come cheap.

August 27, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/27/2010

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


Will Huntelaar join Tottenham? ©Getty Images

17.32 BST: We are wrapping up the transfer blog for today, but remember to come back tomorrow for all the latest news and rumours as the transfer window enters the final straight.

17.18 BST: The agent of Juventus striker David Trezeguet claims both West Ham and Birmingham are aiming to sign his client. However, Hercules are also hoping to take him to Spain, according to reports.

17.07 BST: According to Sky Sports News, Portsmouth have given a new three-year deal to Kanu! Yes that is cash-strapped Portsmouth, and the 34-year-old Kanu. Can anyone explain this bizarre decision?

16.48 BST: Everton boss David Moyes is not expecting to make any moves in the transfer market before the summer window closes on Tuesday. "I'll be surprised if we do," he said. "We don't have any funds to do that just now."

16.34 BST: Steve Bruce has revealed that Sunderland are locked in negotiations over a top striker to replace Kenwyne Jones. He refused to name names, but confirmed the player in question is a long-term target.

The Black Cats have been repeatedly linked with Rennes' Ghana international Asamoah Gyan, who enjoyed an impressive World Cup, and more recently, with West Ham's Carlton Cole.

16.16 BST: According to Korean media reports, Kaiserslautern are interested in FC Seoul´s Seung-Yeoul Lee.

16.07 BST: Harry Redknapp has accused Sevilla of demanding "crazy money" for Luis Fabiano as he finally admitted Tottenham had made a move for the striker. Redknapp claims Sevilla are demanding in excess of £24million for the 29-year-old.

15.40 BST: Mikael Silvestre has agreed a deal to join Werder Bremen, according to Sky Sports. Bremen confirmed their interest in the Frenchman earlier this week as they look to bolster their defensive options.

15.33 BST: West Ham are trying to tempt Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson away from the clutches of Stoke with a late bid just days before the transfer window closes.

15.09 BST: Following the signing of Ramires, Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has said: "The transfer window is closed for us already."

14.57 BST: Fernando Cavenaghi has penned a season-long loan deal with Primera Liga outfit Real Mallorca. The Argentine striker moves to Spain from Ligue 1 giants Bordeaux, where he has spent the last three years.

14.51 BST: Chelsea have rejected speculation that they are lining up a bid for Monaco's South Korean striker Park Chu-Young.

14.42 BST: Schalke have signed CFR Cluj´s Ciprian Deac for a fee of around €3million.

14.33 BST: Liverpool club secretary Ian Sylvester has spoken about the implications of Javier Mascherano's transfer to Barcelona. He said: "Mascherano is one of the best midfielders in the world and he has decided to go, and I'm sure Roy would not want one of his best players to leave without anyone coming in.

"There's still a few days until the transfer window closes. We need to improve on last season domestically, there's no doubt about that, we want to get back into the Champions League."

14.15 BST: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has declared that he will stay with Juventus after his season long loan finishes. Juve have a £13m option to buy the Italian off the Reds.

“England has been a very beautiful experience, but I am here to stay," Aquilani said. "Leaving Roma was a difficult choice, but I helped my club resolve financial problems."

13.52 BST: Here is the full story of Birmingham's successful bid for Wigan midfielder Charles N'Zogbia.

13.28 BST: West Brom have re-signed striker Marc-Antoine Fortune from Celtic for an undisclosed fee.

13.25 BST: Wigan have confirmed they have accepted an offer from Birmingham for Charles N'Zogbia after the Blues matched the Latics' valuation.

13.20 BST: Luke Varney's loan move to Blackpool from Derby has been confirmed by the Premier League side.

13.11 BST: OFFICIAL: West Brom have re-signed striker Marc-Antoine Fortune from Celtic.

13.04 BST: Ibra's agent, Mino Raiola, has told Sky Sport Italia: "If Zlatan, chooses it will be Milan for sure. He has not decided yet. I will leave him in peace to let him do his own things. I won't force him to make a decision."

13.00 BST: Reports in Italy say striker Fabio Quagliarella is in Turin for a medical with Juventus. It's apparently a loan deal, with Juve paying €4 million now and then having the option to buy him permanently for €10 million.

12.42 BST: Harry Redknapp has played down talk Robbie Keane could join Newcastle by saying: "Robbie is here. He is available. Robbie is always part of my plans."

12.40 BST: Skysports.com says Spurs will test Aston Villa's resolve to keep Ashley Young with a firm offer.

12.21 BST: OFFICIAL: Leeds have signed Ross McCormack from Cardiff on a three-year deal.

12.20 BST: Blackburn look set to complete the signing of free agent Benjani. "We are trying to sign him on a contract because of his wealth of experience," Sam Allardyce said. "He has trained with us a few days. He has shown us that we think he will be okay to play for us in the Premier League, so we are trying to sort something out."

11.59 BST: Tottenham have made an enquiry for Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano but Harry Redknapp doubts a deal will be done.

11.50 BST: BREAKING NEWS! West Ham have confirmed the signing of Inter Milan and Nigeria striker Victor Obinna on a season-long loan deal.

11.36 BST: Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed he is ready to quit Manchester City due to his limited first-team opportunities.

"If you're in a team and you're not playing, and there is a team that comes in for me, then I will definitely be on my way out because I'm a footballer and I love playing," Adebayor told talkSPORT.

11.29 BST: Scott Parker will sign a new five-year contract at West Ham - if he's still at Upton Park when the transfer window shuts, according to the Mirror.

11.22 BST: Luke Varney is deemed surplus to requirements at Derby and is set for a move to Bloomfield Road to play Premier League football with Blackpool.

10.59 BST: Chelsea have denied tabling a €40million (£33m) offer for Real Madrid's Spanish international Sergio Ramos, according to Sky Sports.

10.50 BST: West Ham have made a bid for Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson, according to Sky Sports.

10.42 BST: Hatem Ben Arfa's agent, Michel Ouazine, says the player was targeted by Real Madrid but wanted first-team football. "For the time being, Hatem is not ready," he told 10 Sport. "With all the stars there, how would he earn a starting place?"

10.15 BST: Celtic are eyeing a double swoop for Hibs striker Anthony Stokes and £2.5million-rated Israeli attacker Itay Shechter from Hapoel Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Record. The talented pair are on the radar of Parkhead manager Neil Lennon as he seeks to boost his striking options before the transfer window closes.

10.01 BST: Stoke City are waiting on Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson to agree terms with Portsmouth as part of a complex three-man deal that would see Marc Wilson move to the Britannia Stadium. Portsmouth have already entered negotiations with the players' representatives, but could face late competition for Kitson from QPR.

09.53 BST: Newcastle boss Chris Hughton remains hopeful of keeping defender Steven Taylor as talks over his contract continue. The 24-year-old was transfer-listed on Wednesday after he and his representatives had failed to reach agreement with the club, although the Taylor camp later insisted they were happy to continue the negotiations.

09.47 BST: Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri has lined up Napoli striker Fabio Quagliarella as his next signing, just 24 hours after selling the Brazilian Diego to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, according to Reuters.

09.39 BST: Tottenham striker Robbie Keane could be set for a loan move to Newcastle, according to Friday's Daily Mail.

09.31 BST: Wolfsburg have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Diego from Juventus.

09.28 BST: Senegal international Mickael Tavares is expected to complete a loan switch from Hamburg to Boro today, according to the Championship sides' official website.

08.58 BST: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has confirmed Hatem Ben Arfa is to join Newcastle on loan with an option to buy.

08.39 BST: Barcelona and AC Milan are keen on signing Robinho. More here.

08.22 BST: More from Mancini on the subject of Roque Santa Cruz: “I think if Roque wants to stay I’m happy but Roque is a good guy, a good player. I think it is better for him because - like Shay [Given] - he wants to play. I think that if Roque finds a good situation for him, he can go.”

08.05 BST: The chances of Shay Given could have increased as Roberto Mancini has admitted it will be hard to give the Ireland 'keeper game-time. Joe Hart played in the Europa League last night despite massive changes in the outfield, and Mancini said: "The position of goalkeeper is different. I can't change every time and Shay knows this very well. Joe knows this too."

07.54 BST: Here's a round-up of the gossip from the morning's papers.

Daily Mail: Arsenal have made an enquiry for Lille goalkeeper Mikael Landreau, Mark Hughes wants to take his former City players Shay Given and Roque Santa Cruz to Fulham, Newcastle want Robbie Keane and John Utaka.

Daily Mirror: Sergio Ramos has denied the non-story that he's leaving Madrid for Chelsea, Spurs are talking to AC Milan about a £12 million deal for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

The Sun: Mark Hughes will allow Paul Konchesky to join Liverpool, Chelsea are no longer interested in South Korea striker Park Chu-Young, Arsenal and Spurs want Peterborough defender Ryan Bennett.

07.36 BST: Hello and good morning. The massive breaking news this morning is that Barcelona have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Javier Mascherano. It seems Dirk Kuyt, though, will be staying at Anfield.

August 26, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/26/2010

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


Robinho has reportedly agreed personal terms with Milan. ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's your lot for today. Join us again for more of the same tomorrow.

23.14 BST: Some good stuff from Woy about Mascherano. We knew it already, but it is funny. ''I saw a fax the other day but I think it was sent tongue-in-cheek to be honest,'' he revealed. ''The offer was so unbelievably far from a valuation it seemed to me the sporting director was putting the fax in to maybe satisfy people at the club. We didn't even bother to answer it, that is how ridiculously far from a serious offer it was.''

22.51 BST: Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has insisted that he had no update on the proposed transfer of Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia after his side's 3-2 Carling Cup win over Rochdale. He said: ''There is nothing I can say on it. Until the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed there is no point talking about it. I've no comment on it [Martinez's reaction]. That will only sell you papers.''

22.32 BST: Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso is still holding out for a move to Roma, despite Juventus showing interest. He'll have to seal a move somewhere soon.

21.59 BST: Hatem Ben Arfa is close to sealing a move to Newcastle on loan. Watch this space.

21.00 BST: Dirk Kuyt, persistently linked with a move to Inter Milan, told ESPN that he will most likely be staying at Liverpool: ''Everyone has said a lot about my future but as far as I know my future is at Liverpool,'' he said. ''I've had a great time so far and I hope my future will be great here. All I want is to win trophies with Liverpool.''

20.28 BST: Brian Marwood believes criticism of Manchester City's big-spending is 'laughable' and insists the Blues have a long-term plan. City's football administrator, believes the £120 million worth of summer signings are part of an investment in the club's future. He explained: ''A lot of people are misinformed, they form opinions without knowing the true facts. It's become laughable, some of the comments about our football club. We are comfortable in terms of what we set out to do and the direction we are heading. We are extremely fortunate to have owners who invest in the club, in all areas. It's for the future.''

19.36 BST: Chelsea have not made a move for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, despite reports of a 40 million euro bid. ''It is absolutely false," sporting director Frank Arnesen said. ''We haven’t made any bid for Ramos. What did surprise us is that a person called us on behalf of the player to see if we were interested in signing him."

19.16 BST: It is reported that Real Mallorca have signed striker Fernando Cavenaghi on loan from Bordeaux for the season.

18.25 BST: After being turned down by Antonio Di Natale, reports in Italy suggest Juventus have signed Fabio Quagliarella from Napoli. He is expected to join on loan.

17.04 BST: Juventus are looking to include Fabio Grosso in a swap deal for Villarreal left-back Joan Capdevila, according to Sky Sports.

16.32 BST: Wolfsburg have confirmed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Diego on their official website. "We have reached an agreement with Juventus over the transfer today," announced Wolfsburg's managing director Dieter Hoeness at a press conference today. "This evening, his father and his assistant are due to arrive here."

16.22 BST: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has criticised Birmingham boss Alex McLeish for going public over his club's interest in Charles N'Zogbia - and claims the Blues' offer is less than one they rejected earlier in the summer.

16.10 BST: Crystal Palace manager George Burely has issued a hands-off warning to Leicester City, who are reportedly interested in signing midfielder Neil Danns.

15.43 BST: Arsene Wenger has revealed that no deal for Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer is imminent, although he may still try to sign a new goalkeeper before the transfer window closes. "I do not rule it out, but at the moment I say I am not in a position to sign anybody. At the moment, it is all dead."

15.28 BST: Liverpool are reported to have been offered Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra. The Malian admits he would be interested in a move to England as he wants to be playing regular first-team football. "A chance to play in the Premier League would be excellent for me because I simply desire to play and not be on the sidelines," said Diarra.

15.11 BST: Sky Sports News have confirmed that AC Milan have contacted Manchester City over the sale of Robinho. Earlier, AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani revealed Robinho is a target should they fail with the bid for Ibra. He told Sky Italia: "Robinho is the alternative to Ibrahimovic, but we want the Swedish striker."

14.55 BST: Kilmarnock have agreed a deal to sign Aston Villa striker Harry Forrester on loan.

14.49 BST: Fiorentina have announced the signing of winger Alessio Cerci from Roma. The 23-year-old will cost €3million on a four-year deal worth €800,000 a year, according to Italian press reports.

14.40 BST: Couple of deals being confirmed in Germany: Freiburg sign Yacine Abdessadki on a one-year deal and Schalke sign Leverkusen's Hans Sarpei on a two-year deal. Meanwhile, Wolfsburg only want to sell Misimovic to Schalke, if they can get Farfan in exchange.

14.25 BST: Rafa Benitez is not rising to it. He's played a straight bat to Roy Hodgson's intimation that he's been getting involved in Dirk Kuyt's supposed move to Inter. According to the corpulent Spaniard: "I will not talk about this because I am the coach. The coach cannot sign any players. It has to be the technical director and the chairman. The club can do it. I am the coach, not the manager."

13.59 BST: Manchester United could make a last-minute bid for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour amid continuing concerns about Owen Hargreaves, according to the Daily Mail.

13.53 BST: Another twist in the Hatem Ben Arfa saga: Newcastle have agreed a deal with Marseille for the French midfielder, according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle. The player has still got to finalise personal terms but could they poach him from under the noses of Werder Bremen...

13.44 BST: Huddersfield Town have signed Crystal Palace striker Alan Lee on a undisclosed fee. The 32-year old former Republic of Ireland international has signed a two-year deal.

13.30 BST: Arsenal have finally completed the signing of France defender Sebastien Squillaci from Sevilla. The Spanish club accepted an offer for Squillaci, 30, last week and the player has now completed a medical and signed with the Gunners.

13.25 BST: Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale has rejected a move to Juventus, according to Sky Sports Italia.

13.16 BST: Robinho has agreed terms with AC Milan, according to Sky Sports Italia... Does that open the door for Ibrahimovic to join Man City?

13.07 BST: Werder Bremen are closing in on the €7 million signing of Newcastle and Liverpool target Hatem Ben Arfa, but the deal has been held up after a fax from Marseille went missing, according to L'Equipe.

12.42 BST: Blackburn Rovers are interested in Elfsborg striker Denni Avdic, according to reports in Sweden. It is believed Avdic is attracting interest from a number of clubs given he is the top scorer in the Swedish league.

12.31 BST: AC Milan have offered Spurs Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on a season long loan with an opportunity to sign the player permanently according to talkSPORT.

12.23 BST: Barcelona utility player Victor Sanchez will complete his season-long loan to Getafe in a presentation at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez on Friday morning, the club has announced.

12.08 BST: New Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic has been granted a work permit today by the Scottish Football Association, the club have confirmed.

12.03 BST: Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is being chased by Bundesliga side Schalke 04, according to claims in German tabloid Bild on Thursday.

11.57 BST: Diego has passed his medical at Wolfsburg. All the big names want to work with Steve McClaren it would seem...

11.55 BST: Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald has met Randy Lerner to discuss transfer targets ahead of Tuesday's deadline, according to the Birmingham Mail.

11.49 BST: Blackpool have made a fresh bid to sign DJ Campbell. The striker has been boss Ian Holloway's number one transfer target after firing 11 goals in 18 games during the club's promotion run last season.

11.43 BST: Bordeaux have bolstered their strike force with the loan signing of Niger international Maazou Moussa from Russian club CSKA Moscow.

11.27 BST: Wolves have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne on a season-long loan.

11.09 BST: Our man Harry Harris can also reveal that the Hammers have made a bid for Hamburg’s Ivory Coast right back Guy Demel.

10.59 BST: Blackburn Rovers are set to start talks with striker Benjani about an Ewood Park deal after he proved his fitness during two weeks of training with the squad, as Sam Allardyce looks to boost his firepower options.

10.53 BST: Soccernet understands West Ham have completed the signing of Victor Obinna from Inter Milan, subject to a medical.

10.49 BST: Inter Milan have reportedly offered Liverpool £12million plus Sulley Muntari in exchange for Javier Mascherano. Marco Branca, Inter's sporting director, confirmed to the Mirror that they had entered the race to sign the Argentina captain.

10.37 BST: Wesley Sneijder has told the Gazetta dello Sport that he asked Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti to sign Dirk Kuyt. “Dirk's very welcome at Inter and not just because he’s Dutch. I talked to everyone about him, even with Moratti.” The Liverpool forward will cost Inter at least £10million.

10.20 BST: Diego is reportedly already in Germany for his medical with Wolfsburg, giving Juventus €15m plus bonuses. According to German newspaper Bild, the Brazilian was spotted arriving late last night and will have medical tests with his proposed new club this morning.

10.07 BST: The Daily Mail report that Blackpool are battling with West Brom and Hull City to sign the Spurs right-back Kyle Walker on a season-long loan. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is expected to release Walker on-loan before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

09.59 BST: Chelsea have lodged a £10million bid for Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis, according to the Daily Mail, despite the player wanting to join Sevilla.

09.51 BST: West Ham have edged in front of Liverpool, Aston Villa and West Brom in the race to sign Juventus striker David Trezeguet, according to the Mirror.

09.39 BST: Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has denied having a "communication problem" with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and said he will give him a second chance if he fails to leave Barcelona before the end of the transfer window.

09.30 BST Saint-Etienne have accepted a €1 million offer from Serie A giants Juventus for centre-back Yohan Benalouane, according to L’Equipe.

09.08 BST Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has warned Chelsea against making a fresh offer for AWOL goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Full story.

09.06 BST After Newcastle United placed defender Steven Taylor on the transfer list, both Everton and Blackburn Rovers have been linked with a move for the centre-back.

08.53 BST Rangers chief executive Martin Bain has made Kenny Miller a second new contract offer. Miller's current deal is due to expire next summer and the 30-year-old striker has turned down an extension which would have seen his basic wage cut. Full story.

08.43 BST Unsettled Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to play alongside Ronaldinho at AC Milan. He told Sky Sports 24: "I would like to play alongside a player such as Ronaldinho."

08.20 BST: Stoke chairman Peter Coates is determined to keep Asmir Begovic out of the clutches of Chelsea. "He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in the Premier League and we are not interested in any new offers from Chelsea," he told Sky. "We are not interested in what Chelsea do and we have already rejected an offer, from them, for Begovic. We wouldn't welcome another bid from Chelsea and, as far as I am aware, we have not received a new offer from Chelsea for him."

07.58 BST: Lionel Messi has told Liverpool they must allow his Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano to join him at Barcelona. "Javier won't play for the club again, I can assure you of that, and I think the Liverpool coach knows that now," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Express. "Javier's family are unhappy and the pressure of seeing that is making him depressed. Liverpool must act humanely and let him go."

07.37 BST: Juve star Claudio Marchisio's agent says Inter are keen to sign him. “Benitez really likes Claudio and pin-pointed him as the alternative to Javier Mascherano in midfield," Carlo Pallavicino told Radio Radio.

07.33 BST: Hello and welcome. Here's a round-up of some of the top rumours in this morning's papers.

Daily Mail: Chelsea - despite Carlo Ancelotti's denial - have made a £10 million bid for Bayern centre back Martin Dimichelis but the 29-year-old wants to join Sevilla.

The Sun: Dirk Kuyt has told Roy Hodgson he wants to leave Liverpool, super agent Pini Zahavi says Santos starlet Neymar will join Chelsea eventually, Inter have made a £20m offer for Javier Mascherano.

Daily Mirror: Barca are also close to reaching an agreement for Javier Mascherano, Everton and Blackburn want transfer-listed Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, West Ham are leading the race for Juve striker David Trezeguet and could also take Spurs right-back Kyle Walker on loan.

August 25, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/25/2010

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


Darijo Srna could be set to join Chelsea ©Getty Images

23.47 BST: We are wrapping up the transfer blog for today, but come back tomorrow for more of the same. Maybe Arsenal will even sign Sebastien Squillaci, finally...

23.27 BST: Fulham manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his interest in PSV left-back Carlos Salcido. The Mexican for the Liverpool-bound Paul Konchesky? Sounds like a good deal to us.

22.37 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he hopes to join AC Milan: "I haven't spoken to Guardiola for six months. I do not know the reason for this, but there are certainly problems. As for Milan, for now, I do not know anything about a possible move, so I will remain a Barcelona player. But I would like to play alongside a player such as Ronaldinho." Interesting stuff, it seems as though this huge transfer could be going through.

22.07 BST: It has been a busy night in Europe and the Carling Cup, but to brings things back to transfer news, AC Milan have said that they will continue talks with Barcelona on Thursday as they attempt to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

19.01 BST: Blackburn have reportedly joined West Brom in monitoring Elfsborg striker Denni Avdic. The 21-year-old is the top scorer in Sweden this season, with 17 goals.

18.22 BST: Wolves striker Andy Keogh has finalised his loan move to Championship side Cardiff. The Bluebirds are assembling quite a strike force.

18.12 BST: Roberto Mancini has publicly stated his desire to prevent Brazilian striker Jo from joining the player exodus at Manchester City.

"I have been able to see Jo close-up in the last two months and what I have seen makes me think he's a good player," Mancini told the Guardian.

"I can also remember seeing him play for CSKA [Moscow] a few years ago when I was with Inter and he's a good striker. We want to keep him."

18.00 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodsgon has set a Sunday deadline for the completion of Javier Mascherano's transfer to Barcelona.

17.50 BST: Steven Taylor's 'people' have issued a statement saying he is still happy to continue talks with Newcastle, despite the club putting him on the transfer list.

It reads: "Figures released to the media do not accurately reflect the position of either Steven or his agent. Both remain happy to continue negotiations over a new and extended Newcastle United contract.

"Steven was disappointed and surprised to hear through third parties that the club had decided to transfer list him. He has always given 100% to the club and will continue to do so given the opportunity.''

17.30 BST: Darren Bent wants to see some new faces at Sunderland. "Hopefully the gaffer can make one or two additions to the squad before the transfer window closes next week,'' he said. "I think we have got a strong squad to take into the new year, but one or two new faces never do any harm and I'm sure the manager has his targets."

17.13 BST: Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could move to Dynamo Moscow as the club's sporting director Konstantin Sarsaniya revealed talks are ongoing. "We've been negotiating for quite a while. There is some progress, but the situation is not completely clear. We have to wait for Bayern Munich. I think Thursday it will be clear what's what," he told Sportbox.ru.

16.52 BST: Victor Obinna is having a medical at West Ham, so the Hammers look like they will wrap up his signing soon.

16.30 BST: Newcastle are interested in a loan deal for Roque Santa Cruz apparently. Big, tall strikers are evidently the name of the game at St James'.

16.24 BST: Reader David in DC asks:

Grant has claimed Upson is staying at West Ham. Is that definitive? Has there been any additional talk of him moving away from West Ham?

West Ham have indicated that they'd be prepared to sell him if they received a £6 million offer, but that seems very unlikely. You can be pretty certain Upson will still be a Hammer beyond September 1.

16.20 BST: It's claimed that Juventus have left David Trezeguet and Diego out of their Europa League squad amid speculation they're set to leave. Diego is linked with Wolfsburg while Trezeguet has been linked with a host of clubs including Liverpool, New York Red Bulls, Real Zaragoza, Hercules and Lazio.

16.17 BST: Liverpool have confirmed that Hungary striker Krisztian Nemeth has joined Greek club Olympiacos.

16.15 BST: Inter striker Victor Obinna is now having a medical at West Ham.

16.08 BST: Roma's Brazilian shot-stopper Alexander Doni is being lined up by Benfica.

15.55 BST: The Sun suggests Chelsea could be ready to make an £8 million bid for Monaco and South Korea striker Park Chu-Young.

15.40 BST: Our man Harry Harris tells us that Robinho does still want to join Barcelona. Any move would hinge on Ibrahimovic leaving and Pep Guardiola changing his mind about Robinho being a potentially disruptive influence, as has been widely suggested.

15.32 BST: ...and Barca's head of external relations, Manuel Estiarte, is pretty unimpressed with Raiola. "His agent should be more careful with what he is saying because he talks too much and, in my eyes, he is damaging Ibrahimovic's image," he told Tuttomercatoweb. "He says one thing one day and something else entirely the next. We're definitely unhappy with the attitude of Ibra's agent."

15.25 BST: Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, can't seem to stop insulting Pep Guardiola at the moment. "He's not as perfect as people think," he said. "He is having trouble with himself. I say what I think about the people who treat my players in the wrong way. Do not buy a Rolls Royce car and then suddenly realise you cannot afford it. When they deliver the car, you need to be prepared to pay.”

15.10 BST: It seems the mood among Liverpool fans has deflated a little after keeping key players and talk of a takeover helped create grounds for optimism over the summer. Reader Ryan says:

Coming off a pasting from ManC and now being linked to the following: Mario Gomez, Ola Toivonen, Carlos Salcido, Carlton Cole, whatever reserve players Barca want to throw in the Masch deal (Hleb/Caceres), Konchesky, Mahamadou Diarra, Hatem Ben Arfa, and Mattieu Debuchy. None of which we can actullay afford. And now we have to go to Turkey up one goal without Gerrard, Torres, Maxi, and Masch.

No really, its a good time to be a Liverpool fan.

14.55 BST: Eindhovens Dagblad says Fulham have reached an agreement with PSV for Mexico defender Carlos Salcido. Liverpool were also thought to be interested, but it now appears they will take Fulham's Paul Konchesky.

14.35 BST: Croatian site SEEbiz says Darijo Srna is in London and will complete a €16 million move to Chelsea this week. Carlo Ancelotti had previously suggested he could be interested in the Shakhtar Donetsk right back as a replacement for Juliano Belletti.

14.30 BST: The Daily Mail says Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is set to complete his loan switch to Spurs shortly.

14.22 BST: Larissa have signed Cameroon defender Geremi, 31, on a two-year deal. Geremi had been with Ankaragucu after having spells with Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough and Newcastle earlier in his career. A Larissa statement read: “With experience in two of the major European leagues, and in two of the biggest clubs in the world, the superstar is the biggest transfer ever for Larissa and one of the greatest in Greece."

14.20 BST: Barcelona still appear to be playing hardball with Liverpool over Javier Mascherano. President Sandro Rosell said: “There is little to improve on from last season, but between now and the end of the transfer window we may make an addition to the squad. But we will not throw money out of the window."

14.10 BST: Ibrahimovic's agent floated the possibility of a move to Real Madrid earlier, but it doesn't appear too likely as Jose Mourinho feels he belongs in Italy. "Zlatan is a great player, but he was happier in Italy than he is in Spain," he said. "If he joins Milan, he'll have a great season."

13.55 BST: More on the Steven Taylor story here, with Newcastle now having confirmed that he is on the list.

13.50 BST: Cardiff are still apparently keen to cash in on midfielder Peter Whittingham and, with a number of Championship clubs said to be interested, the player is apparently set to make a decision on his future in the next 24 hours.

13.35 BST: AC Milan striker Dominic Adiyiah has joined Serie A side Reggina on loan.

13.30 BST: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has confirmed they have made an improved offer for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia. “We’ve made another bid for Charles and we wait to see if it’s successful,” he said.

13.28 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has refused to join Schalke, much to the annoyance of Milan. Huntelaar said last night: “I am playing here. I have still not really had a chance as a striker, because last season I was almost always used on the wing, but I am training and waiting for my chance. I am happy and I am not leaving."

13.20 BST: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has played down talk of a move for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra. "I would be surprised if there is anything happening here before the window closes," he said. "It could, but at the moment I couldn't say we are close to doing any deals, selling or buying. It is pretty dead out there."

13.15 BST: Werder Bremen are closing in on the signing of former Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre.

13.10 BST: Stoke's Sentinel newspaper says Tony Pulis wants to tie up a deal for Portsmouth captain Marc Wilson that would involve striker Dave Kitson going the other way.

13.07 BST: It's being reported that Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been transfer-listed. It was reported at the weekend that Newcastle were set to offer him a new big-money contract.

13.04 BST: Roberto Mancini says Robinho wants to play in Italy or Spain, and has also provided an update on Roque Santa Cruz and Jo. Story here.

12.57 BST: Juve could also sign World Cup-winning left-back Joan Capdevila from Villarreal. His agent, Horacio Gaggioli, told calciomercato.it: "There is no agreement yet, but we are negotiating."

12.33 BST: OFFICIAL: Juventus have announced the signing of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani on loan with an option to buy for €16 million.

12.32 BST: More Liverpool news - Roy Hodgson has told Dani Pacheco he wants to give him a chance to prove himself despite reports of a move. Pacheco told the club's official website: "The manager has told me he doesn't want me to go away on loan. He wants me to stay here and be a player for the first team. I hope I finally break into the first team this season but I'll have to work hard for this."

12.29 BST: Sky believes Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Fulham left back Paul Konchesky.

12.25 BST: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy says Andy Keogh's joining Cardiff on loan. "It's a racing certainty that Andy will be going to Cardiff," he told the club's official website. "It was my decision to let him go but he goes with our best wishes and warmest regards."

12.10 BST: Sky says there's "nothing sinister" in Arsenal's delay in confirming the Sebastien Squillaci deal, so presumably we'll have that confirmed today at some point.

12.00 BST: AS believes Liverpool want Real Madrid outcast Mahamadou Diarra to bolster the squad as Javier Mascherano nears his move to Barca. Meanwhile, Juventus have apparently already made enquiries about Rafael van der Vaart, who wants to stay at the Bernabeu but is surplus to requirements following the arrival of Mesut Ozil.

11.55 BST: Victor Sanchez has not trained with Barcelona because he is on the verge of joining Getafe, according to Sport.

11.29 BST: Philipp Lahm wants to commit his long-term future to Bayern Munich. "There will definitely be talks about my contract his season,'' he told the Bild newspaper. "I assume that the club will approach me. I can imagine signing for the long term, because as a player in the coming years at Bayern you will play for international titles."

11.25 BST: United may have blundered with their £7.4 million signing Bebe, if a report in the Guardian is to be believed. Apparently, reserves boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn't even deem him good enough for the second team after his training performances.

11.20 BST: Plenty on the Ibra situation here, with his agent suggesting Milan, City and Real Madrid are the only clubs capable of signing him. The chances of him going to Madrid seem about as high as the chances of him joining Huddersfield, but there you go.

10.55 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Udinese star Antonio Di Natale is almost certain to join Juventus. Di Natale has told fans he wants to stay but Gazzetta seems to think he's now asked Udinese for time to think about the move.

10.50 BST: Sevilla coach Antonio Alvarez has no plans to rush into the market despite the Champions League exit to Braga. "I will speak calmly about these things," he said. "I am not a person to be nervous of the first change but I think things through coolly. I hope the players can raise their level and improve. I trust a lot in this group."

10.48 BST: Chelsea defender/midfielder Michael Mancienne could be set to rejoin Wolves on a season-long loan. He's asked for a transfer but Wolves aren't prepared to pay the asking price, thought to be between £5 million and £6 million.

10.45 BST: Werder Bremen forward Markus Rosenberg helped the team beat Sampdoria in the Champions League last night after coming on from the bench, but it seems he's unhappy with the super-sub role. "I have told the club that I would like to transfer out because I want to play," Rosenberg said. "It would be a dream to stay at Werder and play
regularly, but it doesn't look like that at the moment. Now I will wait and see if an offer comes in until the end of the transfer period in the coming weeks."

10.28 BST: ...and El Mundo also seems to think City are still hoping to sign Ibra.

10.24 BST: El Mundo Deportivo says Pep Guardiola wants to offload Ibra because he doesn't understand the philosophy of Barcelona, both on and off the pitch.

10.14 BST: Everton expect Steven Pienaar to stay despite a link with Spurs and there could even be another signing before the window closes. More here.

10.05 BST: Vitesse have signed Ajax midfielder Ismail Aissati on loan.

09.48 BST: There's been talk of Yakubu and Joseph Yobo leaving Everton, but assistant boss Steve Round appears to have dismissed the rumours as he said they "will hopefully play a big part in us having a good season".

09.22 BST: Talk of Wesley Sneijder leaving Inter has pretty much died off now, but just in case anyone thought a move might happen still, he's stressed his commitment. “I am very happy and I am enjoying myself with my team-mates, who are exceptional," he told Inter Channel. “We have won everything, so why should I think about leaving if the club doesn’t want me to?”

09.18 BST: An update of sorts on the Ibrahimovic-to-Milan story. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said upon arrival in Barcelona: “If it’s necessary, I’ll stay here even until August 31.” His agent, Mino Raiola, has also said it would only work as a permanent deal: “There’ll be no loan, unless it’s for four years.”

09.10 BST: Here's some news the whole world expected: Javier Mascherano is missing from Liverpool's squad for their Europa League game tonight.

09.01 BST: Harry Harris, our man in the know at West Ham, says Liverpool and Sunderland have indicated that they are ready to launch bids for striker Carlton Cole. More here.

08.55 BST: Looks like we can put the Burdisso to Chelsea talk to bed as Carlo Ancelotti's ruled it out.

08.28 BST: Leeds United manager Simon Grayson will meet Cardiff striker Ross McCormack today and is also likely to hold talks with his team-mate Gavin Rae.

08.20 BST: West Brom have made a £3 million bid for Getafe's Ghanaian international Derek Boateng, according to Talksport.

08.00 BST: Chelsea are lining up a bid for Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso as they need cover follwoing Ricardo Carvalho's departure to Real Madrid.

07.45 BST: Everton have been scared off making a bid for Peter Crouch after Tottenham slapped a £10 million price tag on the striker. Meanwhile, Spurs target Steven Pienaar looks set to stay at Goodison Park.

07.30 BST: As always, we begin with a round up of the morning papers here in the UK and most of it is still about Liverpool and what Mascherano's departure would mean for the club.

The Daily Mail claim Barcelona will have to pay £18 million in cash by the weekend to buy Mascherano and that leaves the rest of the papers speculating where that money will be spent.

The Daily Mirror expect Reds manager Roy Hodgson to spend a £6 million chunk of it on West Ham United striker Carlton Cole.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim that Liverpool will use the money, or at least £7 million of it, to land Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

On the other hand, The Guardian claim that very little money will exchange hands and Barca will in fact offer midfielder Alexander Hleb and defender Martin Caceres in part-exchange for Mascherano.

August 24, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/24/2010

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


Will Barcelona increase their bid for Javier Mascherano? ©Getty Images

23.45 BST: Right, that's yer lot for today people. Pop back tomorrow when we enter the final week of the transfer window. Let's hope there are some big deals in the pipeline.

23.40 BST: Chievo Verona have signed Roma defender Marco Andreolli and French striker Cyril Thereau, the Italian club confirmed on Tuesday night. Thereau joins the club from Belgian side Charleroi.

23.25 BST: Tony Pulis has hit out at goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for refusing to play in Stoke's Carling Cup tie on Tuesday night. It looks as though the transfer talk is distracting the player.

23.00 BST: Werder Bremen chief Klaus Allofs says the club are unlikely to make an offer for Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa: "We don't have means for such a player."

22.24 BST: Apologies for that hiatus in the transfer blog, we were focusing on events in the Champions League and Carling Cup tonight. Asmir Begovic did not feature for Stoke, sparking speculation that he could leave the Britannia Stadium before the close of the transfer window.

20.55 BST: Robinho has been linked with both Fenerbahce and Besiktas but he says he will not consider a move to Turkey: “With all due respect for Turkish football, I will not go to play there,” Robinho told Rete Globo. “Fenerbahce are the only side to have made a formal offer, but I have already decided I won’t go there. Negotiations are on-going, but I can’t talk about it right now. All I can say is that I will play in Italy or Spain.”

20.03 BST: Rubin Kazan have signed Brazilian forward Carlos Eduardo from Hoffenheim. He has signed a four-year deal and has cost in the region of £17 million.

19.07 BST: It is rumoured that Bari are now looking to sign Anton Ferdinand from Sunderland! He is being linked with a few Italian clubs this summer.

18.33 BST: Italian source Mediaset claims AC Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have come to an agreement over a contract. That means the Italian club must now agree a deal with Barcelona to complete one of the biggest transfers of the summer.

18.17 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed his interest in Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, although he may not be able to afford a Frenchman. Having already signed William Gallas is he trying to assemble a team of former Arsenal players from France? Pascal Cygan must be next on the list...

17.52 BST: Regarding Chelsea's interest in Martin Demichelis, can you really see John Terry playing alongside someone who said this at the World Cup: "Seeing the way Terry played against Germany, if I was Terry I wouldn't be able to go back to my country." No, neither can we!

17.27 BST: The Daily Mail website reports that Juventus are keen on Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos and that he could be involved in a swap deal for David Trezeguet. How often do these swap deals actually come off? Hardly ever, but you never know...

17.14 BST: The agent of Bayern Munich defender Martin Demichelis claims Chelsea are one of a number of clubs interested in his client. He wasn't the most convincing at the World Cup, was he?

16.55 BST: If you want to know the full details of Alessandro Diamanti's move from West Ham to Brescia, look no further.

16.34 BST: Chelsea have confirmed that youngsters Nemanja Matic and Slobodan Rajkovic will spend the season at Vitesse Arnhem. Rajkovic has previously had spells with PSV Eindhoven and FC Twente.

16.18 BST: BREAKING NEWS! West Ham have confirmed that Italian forward Alessandro Diamanti has joined Brescia for a fee of €2.2 million. He showed glimpses of ability, but never quite hit the heights expected of him, did he?

16.04 BST: Lazio are reported to have made a loan move for Roque Santa Cruz. The Paraguayan looks hugely unlikely to secure a spot in Manchester City's 25-man squad this season.

15.35 BST: Sevilla have a replacement for Sebastian Squillaci after the signing of Alexis Ruano from Valencia.

15.27 BST: Marseille have completed the signing of Loic Reimy, to end a summer-long saga and in the face of a medical report about a heart problem. But he has now been given a clean bill of health.

15.07 BST: FC Porto have signed Nicolas Otamendi from Velez Sarsfield, and clearly have forgotten his horror show for Argentina against Germany in South Africa. In fairness, he will play in central defence, as an expected replacement for Bruno Alves.

14.57 BST: Miroslav Klose is linked with a move to Besiktas, according to reports in Turkey.

14.49 BST Lazio are in talks with Manchester City over a deal to sign Roque Santa Cruz on loan for the season. "The Santa Cruz deal is still very open," Lazio president Claudio Lotito told la lazio siamo noi. "We are thinking in depth about some issues. We will make the right assessments and will decide soon."

14.31 BST Martin Demichelis' agent claims the Bayern Munich defender could be on his way to Chelsea... Juventus, Barcelona or Seville. "We spoke with Juventus, but they are not the only club interested," he said.

13.57 BST Alessandro Diamanti's time at West Ham appears to be up and he is expected to join Brescia this week. The two clubs have reportedly agreed a fee, and the forward is in the process of agreeing personal terms with the Serie A side.

13.30 BST Inter Milan are offering Liverpool a choice of several players - Sulley Muntari, Nelson Rivas, Amantino Mancini, Nicolas Burdisso and David Suazo - in a cash plus player deal for £14 million-rated Dutchman Drik Kuyt, according to Corriere dello Sport.

13.10 BST Everybody's favourite Frenchman Loic "The new Thierry Henry" Remy has completed his move from Nice to Ligue 1 champions Olympique Marseille.

12.58 BST Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola on Javier Mascherano: "I will speak about him when he's here". Before quickly adding: "If he comes.''

12.35 BST Fiorentina are preparing a bid for AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate, according to Il Corriere dello Sport. Coach Sinisa Mihajlovic will offer to loan Abate for a year.

12.23 BST West Ham United opted out of a loan deal for Manchester City starlet Felipe Caicedo, not because of an administrative error, but because they are hoping to secure an alternative player. Full story.

12.00 BST Spanish side Real Zaragoza have joned the race to sign Juventus striker David Trezeguet on loan for the season according to AS. The Frenchman was yesterday linked with Liverpool.

11.24 BST Manchester United fans can expect an increase in the amount of signings from Sweden after ex-Barcalona star Patrik Andersson joined the club as their Scandinavian scout.

11.03 BST AC Milan wamt to offer Marco Borriello in exchange to loan Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as long as the Spanish club continue to pay 50% of Ibra's wages, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

10.35 BST Birmingham City are set to make a bid for Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia, according the Birmingham Mail. But La Nazione claim that Serie A side Fiorentina are tracking the Frenchman.

10.23 BST Liverpool are preparing to swoop for Lille's versatile defender/midfielder Mathieu Debuchy, according to L’Equipe.

10.09 BST Yesterday Tottenham's Robbie Keane was set to be swapped for West Ham's Scott Parker, but today Spurs are looking to sell him to raise money to buy Luis Fabiano form Sevilla.

09.39 BST Benfica have confirmed that Algerian centre-back Rafik Halliche has joined Fulahm. He has ragreed a three-year contract and becomes manager Mark Hughes second signing.

09.11 BST: Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of a move for Didier Drogba or Emmanuel Adebayor. City's wealth makes it difficult for even Real Madrid to lure players, says Jose, who admits he lost out to City on Aleksander Kolarov.

08.42 BST: It seems that Alberto Aquilani's proposed loan move to Juventus has hit a stumbling block and, surprise surprise, it appears to have something to do with his fitness. After a medical that lasted six hours on Monday, he will undergo more tests on Tuesday. But his agent still appears confident of pushing through a deal: “It is all good. He will undergo more tests [but] everything is going well, up to schedule.”

08.26 BST: Robinho will meet Fenerbahce officials in Manchester on Tuesday in an attempt to seal a move from Manchester City, according to the Telegraph.

08.01 BST: The Sun is reporting that West Ham have made an £8 million bid for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, who scored 17 Ligue 1 goals last season.

07.42 BST: Remember you can send in your comments and also add any rumours you may have heard, using the tool below. That's what reader Brian Gregory did - letting us know his thoughts on the transfer of Yoann Gourcuff to Lyon:

"Its done, Lyon and Bordeaux have agreed to terms on the transfer of yoann gourcuff. My season might just be sunk. Bordeaux are looking at yoann cabaye as a replacement, but with the club only getting 20 mill for gourcuff and a 15 mill debt, theyll be reluctant to spend much, if any at all. im also hearing rumors that wendel wants to leave as well."

07.38 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson insists the club will not be held to ransom over Javier Mascherano's departure from Anfield. Barcelons have reportedly already had a £12 million plus Alenader Hleb offer turned down by the Reds.

07.11 BST: Let's kick things off by having a scout around the English press, though it seems surprisingly sparse one week before deadline day:

Daily Mirror: Everton boss David Moyes is leading the chase for Peter Crouch and is willing to let Steven Pienaar move in the other direction in order to seal the deal; that could leave Tottenham with a veritable smorgasbord of midfielders, as they will also sign out of favour Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Daily Mail: Chelsea have been priced out of a move for Benfica's £27 million-rated defender David Luiz and will turn their attention to Inter Milan's Nicolas Burdisso; Sunderland want West Ham striker Carlton Cole after failing to bring Ghana's Asamoah Gyan to Wearside from Rennes.

Daily Star: Ian Holloway is targeting Newcastle's Leon Best and Swansea's Stephen Dobbie to help bolster Blackpool's squad; Alessandro Diamanti will quit West Ham for Brescia after holding talks with the Serie A club.

07.05 BST: Good morning all and welcome to what is sure to be another action=packed day of transfer rumour, gossip, and the odd actual move thrown in there for good measure.

August 23, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/23/2010

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


Crouch: Heading to Stoke? ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's all for tonight, no doubt more on Mr Mascherano tomorrow.

23.29 BST: Porto will sign Argentina's World Cup defender Nicolas Otamendi from Velez Sarsfield.

23.09 BST: Jose is done and dusted at Real Madrid. No more coming in, but one player is on his way. "I agree with the club. It's made important financial efforts and the current squad has great quality. We'll need luck in order to avoid problems during the season. I am grateful to the club for making such a great effort to sign quality players," he told Real Madrid's official website. "We have 26 players right now and we want there to be 25. Someone will leave, but no one else will arrive. The decision of who might leave will depend on the player's perception of the chances he may or may not have of playing this year. I cannot understand players who wish to stay at a club knowing they will hardly get any chances to play."

22.35 BST: Update on Mascherano, from Roy Hodgson himself. ''It will get resolved as quickly as it can get resolved. I'd like him to stay, I don't want to sell him. It is up to the clubs to sort it [the fee] out. I am hoping Javier Mascherano will still play for us because he is such a good player.''

22.05 BST: Lyon have reached an agreement to sign Yoann Gourcuff according to sources in France.

20.52 BST: Serie A side Lecce, back in the big time, have signed Uruguayan striker Javier Chevanton on a one-year deal.

20.01 BST: Looks like Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani is going to move to Juventus on loan tomorrow. He reportedly passed his medical earlier and will be presented as a loan signing.

19.50 BST: Odd. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and AC Milan seem to have agreed a contract according to the Italian media. The deal will see the Swede earn €6 million per year and the rest of his wage will be covered by Barcelona apparently.

19.33 BST: Celtic are continuing to close in on the loan signing of Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The 6ft 7in goalkeeper was at Parkhead today to finalise his move to Glasgow.

19.06 BST: West Ham United attacker Alessandro Diamanti could be set for a return to his homeland soon. "Going back to Italy? I have many possibilities. Brescia wouldn't be an unwelcome solution," he said.

18.59 BST: Stop the presses! Hamilton have signed Hasselbaink! Oh wait... it's not the former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd, but his 19-year-old nephew, Nigel. Manager Billy Reid told www.acciesfc.co.uk: ''Nigel gives us more options up front, he is pacy and has a good shot. I've liked what I've seen in him.'' If he packs a shot HALF as powerful as his uncle, he could be a real hit.

18.54 BST: Crystal Palace manager George Burley has confirmed the club have accepted a bid for Alan Lee from Huddersfield Town. Burley told the South London Press: "I'd like to keep Alan, but they have offered him a three-year contract on more money and it is very difficult to stand in his way."

18.30 BST: Leeds boss Simon Grayson has confirmed Calum Davenport is training with the club. "He's training with us," Grayson told the club's official website. "He is available and we have given him the opportunity to train with us. He looked fit and strong, he's got a bit of work to do but we'll see how it goes.''

18.07 BST: After a poor performance by Bogdan Lobont in the Super Cup, Roma are reconsidering the position of goalkeeper Alexander Doni and could keep him on.

17.29 BST: Arsenal may not be done strengthening their defence yet, as they look to tie up a deal for Sebastien Squilacci. Brazilian Juan is also on the radar and AS Roma could let him go for around £5 million.

17.00 BST: Rumour time. Javier Mascherano will not play for Liverpool against Manchester City and is headed for Barcelona. The Guardian claim he has agreed terms and the Spanish side have offered £12.2 million plus Alexander Hleb and Martin Caceres as makeweights.

16.16 BST: OFFICIAL: Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has completed his move to Serie A newcomers Cesena.

16.15 BST: Palmeiras boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has denied he is interested in signing free agent Rivaldo. "I didn't talk to him," he told the Brazilian press. "The fans have their dreams, but nothing will come of it."

16.09 BST: Martin Demichelis has signalled his intention to leave Bayern Munich and refused to sit on the bench this weekend, and the club's honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer, will not be sad to see the back of him. "He has very often contributed to things not going too well for us in the past," he said on Sky television. "My word, there have been plenty of errors from him in recent years. He is an excellent player, but he just wants to play in the centre of the defence because then he does not have to do much running."

15.55 BST: Soccernet can confirm, though, that West Ham are in talks for Inter striker Victor Obinna. More on that to come.

15.42 BST: We mentioned earlier that the Evening Standard was reporting that West Ham were after Robbie Keane and the Spurs striker could be involved in a part-exchange deal with Scott Parker. Our man Harry Harris has spoken to his Hammers sources and learned that they're not in for Keane, while Parker is set to sign a four-year deal "within 48 hours".

15.17 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is still looking for more bodies. "I need to buy some more players before the transfer window goes, because I had three against Arsenal who I did not select and that is all I had," he said. "I need at least five or six more to give my lads even half a chance to survive anything until January."

15.02 BST: Ajax have signed Egyptian striker Mido on a year-long contract.

15.00 BST: Entertaining stuff from Mohamed Al Fayed as he warns Manchester United not to try to sign any of his Fulham players. We're not sure exactly which players he might be referring to, but here you go. "We gave United a warm welcome but that doesn't indicate an invitation to them to walk away with the Fulham family treasures, as happened when first Saha and then Van der Sar went there," he said on talksport.co.uk. "Of course, there is also Chris Smalling. But as a shopkeeper and proud to be, I must warn them they cannot go on looking in our window whenever the fancy takes them."

14.55 BST: Sticking with Corriere dello Sport, it's claimed Lazio director of sport Igli Tare has flown to England to seal a loan deal for City striker Roque Santa Cruz for €2 million.

14.50 BST: Corriere dello Sport believes Real Madrid are close to signing Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. Manchester City were interested previously but seem to have backed away due to his price tag, while Juve are no longer in the running having signed their one permitted non-EU player for this transfer window.

14.47 BST: Mikael Silvestre, without a club after leaving Arsenal, has rejected a move to Turkish side Kayserispor, according to L'Equipe, as he wants to play for New York Red Bulls or another English club. Fulham are apparently in the mix.

14.35 BST: Maicon's agent, Antonio Caliendo, is up to his old tricks again, trying to generate speculation and seal his client a lucrative move away from Inter despite there being little sign of actual interest. "I cannot say much, but Maicon's situation can be discussed on Friday after the European Super Cup," he told Fcinter1908. "On this occasion, many presidents of some of Europe's top clubs will be present. Maybe they will speak about Maicon, but this is just my own hypothesis."

14.25 BST: The Daily Mail says Wigan could be set to tie up a deal for Chelsea youngster Franco Di Santo in the coming days.

14.18 BST: Interesting stuff from Italy. AC Milan have confirmed they are to talk to Barcelona about a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Read all about it here.

13.54 BST: The London Evening Standard says Spurs look certain to sell Robbie Keane before the end of the window, with West Ham and Aston Villa interested, and it's claimed there is a chance of a swap deal with the Hammers for Scott Parker.

13.52 BST: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed he is interested in Charles N'Zogbia, but no official contact has been made with Wigan Athletic.

13.46 BST: Juve striker David Trezeguet's agent appears to have confirmed reports Liverpool are interested. "There are requests, not just from Liverpool," Antonio Caliendo told calciomercato.it. "In Spain there is the interest of Real Zaragoza and Hercules. We are considering [offers]. Today is a day of reflection; we will know more tomorrow."

13.44 BST: Bristol City have beaten Blackpool to the signing of Brett Pitman from Bournemouth.

13.42 BST: Jeffrey Sarpong has agreed to join Real Sociedad from Ajax.

13.20 BST: The Wigan Evening Post says Guillermo Franco is set to sign for the Latics "possibly as soon as today". The 33-year-old Mexico striker is a free agent after leaving West Ham.

13.15 BST: Corriere dello Sport claims Schalke are in talks with roma over a deal to sign Julio Baptista.

13.04 BST: Sevilla have released Uruguayan striker Javier Chevanton to pave the way for his return to Lecce.

13.01 BST: OFFICIAL: Ipswich have completed the signing of Wigan striker Jason Scotland for an undisclosed fee.

12.58 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Jose Sosa, 25, is set to join Napoli for €2.5 million, according to Corriere dello Sport.

12.51 BST: Blackburn look to be making a bit of progress on the striker front. Sam Allardyce says they're negotiating for Bulgarian striker Ivelin Popov from Litex Lovetch.

12.27 BST: Newcastle have apparently joined the race for Roque Santa Cruz, but Sky Sports News is also claiming that Roberto Mancini is happy with the striker and he could yet stay at City.

12.25 BST: Ipswich manager Roy Keane says Jon Stead will be joining Bristol City today. "The clubs have agreed a fee and he has agreed personal terms," he told the club's official website.

12.22 BST: OFFICIAL: Wigan have signed former Burnley defender Steven Caldwell.

12.15 BST: Sky Sports News says West Ham striker Alessandro Diamanti is discussing personal terms with Brescia.

12.10 BST: Liverpool are keen on PSV striker Ola Toivonen, but PSV aren't keen to sell. More here.

11.54 BST: Stoke boss Tony Pulis has played down talk he could sign Peter Crouch.

11.45 BST: Blackburn are looking for another striker but Sam Allardyce is less than optimistic. “We are trying but I wouldn’t say we are close to anything at the moment," he told the Lancashire Telegraph. "There is a limited number of front men who are available and we have to find out whether we consider them good enough to come into this league and produce the goals we need. Anybody we get now is going to take a considerable amount of time to adjust to the Premier League anyway because it is going to be from abroad no doubt."

11.42 BST: Sunderland have irons in the fire but boss Steve Bruce says they have yet to table any bids. "There's no movement at the moment," he told the Sunderland Echo. "We have one or two things in progress but nothing imminent and I have no bids in for players at the moment. Obviously we have two or three targets, but I have to balance the books."

11.40 BST: Liverpool are set to step up their bid for PSV duo Ola Toivonen and Carlos Salcido, according to the Liverpool Echo.

11.15 BST: Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has ruled out a transfer this summer and vowed to win back his place in the team. "I have made my position clear - there will be no transfer," he told Bild.

11.00 BST: Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou says West Brom have had another bid rejected for Marc Wilson, while boss Steve Cotterill has played down talk of a loan move for Gabriel Obertan. More here.

10.51 BST: Owen Coyle has played down reports Matty Taylor is set to leave Bolton.

10.46 BST: Leeds are looking at former West Ham defender Calum Davenport, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. Davenport, 27, is on the lookout for a new club after suffering serious leg wounds in a stabbing incident. He trained with Nottingham Forest a couple of weeks ago.

10.42 BST: Robert Pires is said to be keen on a move to PSG or Marseille, and has reportedly ruled out a move to China with Shanghai Shenhua FC. He turned down a move to Philadelphia Union earlier this month and said: "I don't want to be difficult, but if I'm leaving to take my family far away, I prefer that it's in a beautiful city."

10.40 BST: Alou Diarra is hoping to see Yoann Gourcuff stay at Bordeaux despite strong rumours he is set to join Lyon.

10.32 BST: Bordeaux striker Fernando Cavenaghi could leave the club this summer, according to L'Equipe, and Sunderland are apparently ready to swoop. He's reported to have asked team-mate David Bellion, formerly of Sunderland, about the move. "Why not? If a club wants to sign me, I have to think about it," Cavenaghi said. "That is part of a footballer's life."

10.28 BST: Saint-Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere - who has been dubbed the new Thierry Henry - would like to move to the Emirates Stadium. "Arsenal would really be the jewel in the crown for me," he said. "They play a fast-moving, attacking style of football, and they're always shooting on goal. It's fantastic. I respect Thierry Henry for who he is. He has always inspired me." Lyon, Juventus and Marseille are also said to be interested.

10.22 BST: Rumours suggest Inter are considering a move for unwanted City striker Roque Santa Cruz, which seems a little odd.

10.10 BST: Genk have not yet completed the signing of Malmo striker Edward Ofere, according to KickOffNigeria.

10.07 BST: The Daily Record says Celtic will complete the signing of Necastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan today.

10.02 BST: PSG star Stephane Sessegnon has been linked with Spurs and West Ham and is refusing to rule out a move.

09.41 BST: Looks like Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to stay at Barcelona despite Milan's determination to sign him. His agent has all but ruled out a move.

09.25 BST: Juventus director general Beppe Marotta has vowed to bolster the squad further with a defender and a midfielder before the transfer window closes. “We still lack some pieces and will try to get them in the last few days of the market," he said.

09.23 BST: Attacking midfielder David Fuster has left Villarreal to sign for Olympiakos.

09.05 BST: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has joined Juventus on loan but denied claims he could have returned to Roma. “There were no other offers from different clubs," he told Tuttomercatoweb.com. He added: "I am so happy to be back in Italy."

08.50 BST: Vitesse are set to bring in a couple of Chelsea youngsters. The Eredivisie club's owner, Merab Jordania, said in De Telegraaf: "Slobodan Rajkovic and Nemanja Matic? Yes, they will come." Another Chelsea youngster, Jacob Mellis, has been linked with a move to Arnhem, too, while Jordania also confirmed that Ajax's Ismail Aissati is "on his way".

08.42 BST: L'Equipe says France and Bordeaux playmaker Yoann Gourcuff could join Lyon for €20 million.

08.39 BST: RAC1 claims Barcelona have had a €20 million bid for Javier Mascherano rejected.

08.37 BST: Swansea are interested in taking Arsenal starlet Henri Lansbury on loan, according to BBC Wales.

08.35 BST: Aston Villa, Birmingham and Stoke could all be interested in Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd.

08.22 BST: Blackpool are rumoured to be interested in Birmingham back-up 'keeper Maik Taylor.

07.46 BST: It is a bit of a disappointing effort from the papers this morning, but here are the best rumours on Monday...

The Guardian: Manchester United have infuriated Ajax by signing Gyliano van Velzen from the Dutch club’s famous youth academy. United are adamant that the midfielder has been recruited in accordance with FIFA rules on the matter though.

Daily Mirror: Inter Milan striker Victor Obinna is expected to arrive at West Ham on Monday to undergo talks with the club. Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could return to Doncaster Rovers on loan and Blackpool remain hopeful of signing Angel Rangel and Stephen Dobbie from Swansea City.

Daily Mail: Stoke are showing interest in Tottenham striker Peter Crouch, although Everton could also be in for the England international. If Stoke do sign Crouch they will send their own gangly striker Dave Kitson on loan to Portsmouth.

07.15 BST: Right, we will take a look round the morning's papers to see which stories are making the headlines in the English press...

07.05 BST: Good morning, transfer fans. We expect Arsenal to sign Sebastien Squillaci at some point today, and there should be plenty of rumours as always. Stick with us for comprehensive coverage of the day's transfer developments.

August 22, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/22/2010

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


Adebayor: Real Madrid target ©Getty Images

23.32 BST: Right folks, Sunday night is always a quiet time and tonight is no exception. The rumour mill has slowed down to a standstill and so it is time to sign off. But join us again tomorrow where we will probably be confirming that Sebastien Squillaci has signed for Arsenal.

22.54 BST: Christian Panucci has announced his retirement, with the 37-year-old revealing that he rejected overtures from the MLS before deciding to hang up his boots. Panucci told Sky Sport Italia: “I had offers from the United States, but I just don’t feel the same hunger anymore. I thank all the teammates I ever played with, the coaches who trained me and the clubs I worked with."

22.30 BST: Sergio Aguero has reiterated that he is happy at Atletico Madrid and will only leave the club if they need to sell him in order to recoup a big transfer fee. Aguero said: "I have told the club that I want to stay here, so they will sort out with my agent whether to renew my contract or not. I don't get involved with that. But as I have always said, I'm happy and when the club needs to sell me for the money, they will do. But right now they don't want to and I'm here.''

22.07 BST: Genoa and Italy defender Salvatore Bocchetti has been linked with Juventus, but his agent claims that his client is a target for Milan.

21.38 BST: We're hearing that Arsenal target Sebastien Squillaci will have a medical with the Gunners tomorrow ahead of a move to Emirates Stadium. Sevilla have announced on their official website that the defender will leave the club.

21.22 BST: After a stunning personal start to the season, the only rumours surrounding Paul Scholes have been related to an international call-up. He didn't need to pledge his future to Manchester United, but he's gone ahead and done it anyway. Scholes said: “I have stayed here because it’s the best club,” said Scholes. “I’m from Manchester, so why would I want to move? As long as the manager wants me I have wanted to stay. How can I be bored of winning trophies? Bored of winning games every week, or most weeks? Who can get bored of that?”

21.00 BST: Skysports.com is suggesting that Manchester United are keeping tabs on young Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky.

20.17 BST: Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is reportedly tracking Sunderland centre-back Matthew Kilgallon, who has failed to impress at the Stadium of Light since moving from Sheffield United this January.

19.35 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted that he wants to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but insists it will be difficult for a move to materialise. Galliani said: "It will be very difficult to sign Ibrahimovic, but we will try."

19.07 BST: According to reports Middlesbrough are interested in Bolton Wanderers full-back Jlloyd Samuel.

18.32 BST: Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster is poised to complete a loan switch to Celtic subject to a medical on Monday.

18.15 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is chasing a striker, with Newcastle's Leon Best thought to be on his radar.

17.50 BST: Reader Matt believes Tottenham have done a great bit of business in signing former Arsenal skipper William Gallas:

"I think Tottenham made a great move by getting Gallas. We need a big, strong, and established center half who can stay fit for most of the season. Overall I thought it was a fantastic move, especially considering Tottenham got him on free transfer."

17.35 BST: Arsenal reportedly have set their sights on Dutch international keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

17.16 BST: Luis Van Gaal says centre-back Martin Demichelis can leave Bayern Munich after the Argentinian defender refused to sit on the bench for the German champions opening game of the season. Van Gaal, who started with Daniel van Buyten and Holger Badstuber, said: "He can go if he wants to, it would be no problem for me. We still have Maximilian Haas (the captain of Bayern's reserves)."

16.57 BST: Gianluigi Buffon says he has no regrets about turning down a move to Manchester City and advised Roberto Mancini to do the "Italian" thing and sign some defenders, or risk not being able to even challenge for a place in the Premier League's top four. Ouch.

16.27 BST Another rumour to file under 'dubious', this time from the News of the World: Joe Hart will be given a mammoth £18 million pay deal to recognise his new status as Manchester City's number one goalkeeper.

14.55 BST Great rumour from Marca. Chelsea are reportedly set to make a €40 million bid for Real Madrid right-back Sergio Ramos. File that one under 'dubious'.

14.46 BST Newcastle United have agreed terms with Dutch side FC Twente for the transfer of Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote. Full story.

14.35 BST Manchester United are keeping tabs on young Esbjerg goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, who spent time on trial at United this summer.

13.53 BST Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is ready to make an £8 million swoop for Asamoah Gyan, according to reports from Ghana.

12.53 BST Dirk Kuyt has told a Dutch newspaper that Liverpool have received a transfer offer from Inter Milan, where Rafa Benitez is manager. Full story.

12.25 BST Centre-back Brede Hangeland has reiterated his commitment to Fulham, where he is perfectly happy. "Some people in football are too keen to move on all the time," Hangeland said.

11.57 BST Former Arsenal defender William Gallas has completed his move to Tottenham on a one-year deal, the club have confirmed. Full story.

11.23 BST Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has said he is happy his club have been linked with a move for David Beckham. "I see our prospective new owners linked us with David Beckham this week," Allardyce wrote in his News of the World column. "Well that was music to my ears because I have tried to sign him twice in the past."

11.00 BST Arsenal have has two bids rejected for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and are now eyeing up a swoop for Ajax keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

10.30 BST The Sunday Times claim that Barcelona are ready to make Liverpool an offer for midfielder Javier Mascherano because his familly are unhappy in England. Old news with a fresh angle that one

10.00 BST Arsenal are monitoring St Etienne striker Emmanuel Riviere, who is one of the most highly-rated young players in France.

09.30 BST We begin as always with a round up of the morning newspapers here in the UK.

The Sunday Express claim that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is ready to launch a £20 million move for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The former Arsenal star, signed for £25 million last summer, found himself on the bench under current manager Roberto Mancini when City opened their season at Spurs last weekend.

The Sunday Poeple claims that Manchester City have blocked Shay Given from leaving Eastlands. The dramatic move by City will leave the Republic of Ireland keeper fuming and disappoints the three clubs chasing him - Celtic, Fulham and Arsenal.

Daily Star on Sunday report that Joleon Lescott - a £24million signing by Manchester City only a year ago - has been offered to other Premier League clubs on loan.

August 21, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/21/2010

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


Dirk Kuyt: Heading to Italy? © Getty Images

23:56 BST: right folks, it's been a pleasure as always but we are signing off for the day. Be sure to join us again tomorrow though - Sunday is always the best day for transfer gossip as the Sunday papers wait all week to run the juiciest stories!

23.53 BST: Emmanuel Adebayor could be on his way out of Eastlands fter he had showdon talks with Roberto Mancini after the opening day draw with Spurs. The Togo striker reportedly said he will leave in January if he is not promised a regular starting spot.

23.22 BST: Blackburn Rovers youngster Alex Marrow has joined Crystal Palace on a six-month loan deal.

22.56 BST: Manchester City's Brazilian flop Robinho could complete a move to Fenerbahce by the end of the week, with officials from both clubs trying to thrash out the terms of a £20 million transfer to Turkey, according to the Daily Mail.

22.40 BST: Goal.com is reporting that Inter Milan are closing in on a deal for Parma full-back Luca Antonelli that will see the Nerazzurri pay around 5 million euros for co-ownership of the player.

22.12 BST: Celtic are keen on Deportivo La Coruna's Spanish goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia, according to reports in La Opinion A Coruna.

21.50 BST: Reader MUFC_Fan_Jay_10 thinks that the rumoured transfer of Netherlands midfielder Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid to Manchester United makes sense:

"Van Der Vaart would be a good player for United. With him in our team, we would be even more of a serious title contender. If we sign him, he would play next to Fletcher in the centre of midfield."

21.32 BST: Former Italy international Cristiano Lucarelli has joined Napoli on loan from Parma, as a replacement Argentine German Denis, who recently moved to Udinese. Lucarelli said: "I'm happy that this deal is finally concluded, for me it's a great satisfaction to be able to play with the Napoli shirt at the San Paolo stadium in front of excellent fans, It's a dream come true and the fact it's come at 34 [years old] is even better."

21.12 BST: Spanish newspaper Sport reckons that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is going to swoop for Emmanuel Adebayor, and that Karim Benzema will be used as bait to bring the Manchester City striker to the Bernabeu.

21.00 BST: Brazilian Carlos Eduardo is expected to leave Hoffenheim for Rubin Kazan after his current boss admitted the club are in discussions to sell the midfielder. Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick said: "It is true we are talking to another club about selling him and so it made no sense to pick him in the squad for today," said Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick.

20.43 BST: Reader Zach has been keeping his eye on some French transfer news for us:

"According to Ligue1.com Marseille have agreed a deal with Toulouse for Andre-Pierre Gignac. The deal is for 5 years and cost OM a cool 16 milllion euros."

20.36 BST: Jose Sosa's move from Bayern Munich to Napoli is being finalised, and should be completed on Monday, according to his agent Favio Bilardo. He told CalcioNapoli24.it: “He’ll complete his move on Monday. Bayern lowered their demands. The initial request was €3.5m, while Napoli put on the table €2.5m plus bonuses tied to European qualification, appearances, goals and a percentage on a future sale."

20.19 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Manchester City outcast Roque Santa Cruz is wanted by Lazio, though he would apparently have to lower his wage demands in order to join the Serie A club.

20.08 BST: Dutch champions FC Twente have confirmed that confirmed that Ivory Coast midfielder Cheik Tiote will soon be a Newcastle United player, with the 24-year-old reportedly on Tyneside ahead of his transfer from the Dutch champions. Twente director Jan van Halst told VoetbalPrimeu: "It is with some regret we are losing Tiote, he is a physical player and one of Europe's top players. But as a player he's had the chance to go to the United Kingdom. And once there is interest from a club, there is nothing more you can

19.58 BST: The Daily Mail is reporting that AC Milan are poised to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic an escape route from Barcelona in a deal that could see the Spanish champions make one last effort to sign Cesc Fabregas before the transfer deadline.

19.49 BST: Bristol City are hoping to finalise a move for Ipswich striker Jon Stead by Monday, according to skysports.com.

19.31 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Gago seems unworried by the host of new signings in his position at the Bernabeu this summer. The former Boca Juniors man insists he is ready to fight for his place in Jose Mourinho's starting line-up.

19.30 BST: Right, after a little break for the afternoon/early evening's football, you will be pleased to hera we have returned for some transfer blog action.

15.00 BST: A nice lack of rumours while the action gets going... follow all Saturday's games here.

14.04 BST: PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon may leave the club with Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham all interested in him. Sessegnon told the club's official website: "While the transfer window is open then everything is possible, today I am a PSG player, and I give my all like usual but who knows tomorrow, a move is possible, despite that the club want me to stay here."

13.41 BST: Liverpool have announced an agreement with Juventus for Alberto Aquilani to return to Serie A on loan this season.

13.23 BST: Spanish paper AS reckons that Jose Mourinho will be told to search for a new striker in the Real Madrid reserves. No Drogba move then... instead someone like Alvaro or Juanlu.

13.12 BST: Vladimir Weiss is confident his loan move to Rangers will boost his career in the long-term despite warnings about the standard of the SPL. ''People were telling me that this league is not as hard as the Premier League or they were comparing it to the Championship. I've seen a lot of games and playing for a club like Rangers is a pleasure for me. I don't think this league is easy at all,'' he said.

12.41 BST: Bayern Munich centre-back Martin Demichelis has admitted that he wants to leave the club. "The truth is that a cycle is ending and it's better for both sides if we go separate ways," Demichelis told Bild newspaper.

12.29 BST: Real Madrid look set to get rid of Royston Drenthe to Portuguese giants Benfica. Although the deal looks to be in trouble over the fee and player's wage demands.

12.14 BST: Aston Villa have rejected an approach from Blackpool to take midfielder Barry Bannan back on loan.

12.00 BST: More financial woe at Everton. They couldn't even afford to bring Craig Bellamy in. Manager David Moyes has said: "If we had big, big money we would have tried to buy a top-class forward, but we've had to go down other routes. How close did we come [to signing Bellamy]? We had a genuine interest. We just couldn't afford the whole thing."

11.50 BST: Juventus have announced on their official website that they have signed winger Milos Krasic from CSKA Moscow.

11.15 BST: Well it may not happen now, but Wesley Sneijder wants Dirk Kuyt at Inter. "With him it's like playing with 12 and not 11 players," Sneijder told Corriere dello Sport of Kuyt.

10.52 BST: Liverpool are after a striker and have made an offer of £9 million for PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen, apparently.

10.34 BST: Arsenal are considering whether to bring West Ham defender Matthew Upson back to the club. With just one year left on his contract, offers of about £7 million for the England international could tempt them into a sale.

10.22 BST: Werder Bremen have moved quickly to fill the void left by the sale of Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid by signing Brazilian midfielder Wesley from Santos.

10.02 BST: Juventus apparently want more firepower up front and have eyed Milan forwards Marco Borriello and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

09.44 BST: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson had 'gentlemen's agreement' with Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed over the signing of his old players, but that could come crashing down if he goes for £3 million worth of Paul Konchesky.

09.30 BST: Birmingham are evidently having trouble sleeping as they want to bring in Mr Insomnia - sorry, Charles N'Zogbia - with a bid of around £8.5-£9 million.

09.15 BST: As if they don't have enough widemen already, Manchester United are reportedl close to signing 16-year-old Ajax winger Gyliano van Velzen.

09.05 BST: Here's a look through some of the paper gossip today.

Daily Mirror: Keeper merry-go-round here, so Mark Schwarzer goes to Arsenal and Mark Hughes wants Stoke's Asmir Begovic to replace the veteran Australia international. If this all fails Maarten Stekelenburg goes to to Arsenal and Shay Given stays put. Everton want to get rid of Joseph Yobo apprently. And Stephen Ireland already feels at home at Villa.

Daily Mail: Luke Young didn't agree terms with Liverpool, but now he's set to join West Ham! £2.5m is a popular figure as a deal for Celtic's Marc-Antoine Fortune could also be in the offing. Tottenham have been quoted £8.5 million to take Lassana Diarra after Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho said he will not allow the midfielder to go out on loan.

Daily Star Jose Mourinho wants Didier Drogba and will pay £20 million to bring him to Real Madrid. Inter say they are not in for Mascherano and Steven Pienaar has been told that this contract offer won't increase.

09.00 BST: Good morning everyone, an early line from the papers says that Dirk Kuyt and Javier Mascherano won't be allowed to join Inter, according to Roy Hodgson.

August 20, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/20/2010

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


Aquilani: Anfield flop © Getty Images

17.33 BST: That's all the transfer news for today... We're back on Saturday with all the latest deals.

17.31 BST: West Brom have completed the Somen Tchoyi from Red Bull Salzburg for an undisclosed fee.

17.14 BST: The agent of Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani confirms that he is working on the details of a potential loan move to Juventus.

16.49 BST: Edgar Davids has completed his shock move to Crystal Palace.

16.30 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has admitted Chelsea have given up on their quest to sign Brazilian star Neymar, after the striker signed a five year deal with Santos. "He is staying at Santos - but I knew this because he was a Santos player, he is a Santos player, and we are not interested in Neymar," said Ancelotti. "I said he is a young player that everyone is looking at, but this doesn’t mean this will be a Chelsea player.”

16.02 BST: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has hinted that he may bring in some new faces ahead of the new Primera Liga season. Despite the signings of David Villa and Adriano Correia, Guardiola would like to strenghten a midfield weakened by the loss of Yaya Toure. "New signings could arrive,'' he said at a press conference ahead of tomorrow night's Spanish Supercup second leg against Sevilla.

15.45 BST: Rodrigo Possebon has left Manchester United and joined Brazilian side Santos on a four year deal, after the 21-year-old midfielder failed to make it into Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team plans. The youngster’s return to his homeland comes two and a half years after joining United from Internacional.

15.26 BST: Cardiff City manager Dave Jones has completed a busy week by finalising the signing of left-back Lee Naylor on a free transfer from Celtic.

15.14 BST: Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Sevilla defender Sebastien Squillaci but the club are "far from being close" to completing a deal for the France international.

15.00 BST: David Moyes says that he has received no contact from Celtic regarding a possible loan move for Joseph Yobo. The Nigerian has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison and rumours suggest that Everton could be open to selling him this month if the right offer comes in.

14.51 BST: Schalke are preparing a €14 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling, according to Kicker.

14.44 BST: Mark Hughes remains determined to keep Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer at Craven Cottage. Arsenal tabled a £2 million bid in May for the veteran Australian, who has handed in a transfer request, and on Thursday they repeated the offer. "There wasn't an improved offer from Arsenal - it was exactly the same one that was put forward in May,'' Hughes said.

14.36 BST: Middlesbrough have completed the loan signing of Matt Kilgallon. Kilgallon, 26, joins Boro for the rest of the season and is line to make his debut against former club Sheffield United on Sunday.

14.25 BST: Real Madrid are willing to offer Karim Benzema to Manchester City in a swap for Emmanuel Adebayor. El Pais says Real are ready to sacrifice former Lyon forward Benzema in order to secure the signing of Adebayor from the big-spending Eastlands club. This morning, Real coach Jose Mourinho admitted he was still in the market for a "new No9".

13.36 BST: Blackburn Rovers are chasing Fulham midfielder Jonathan Greening. The Mirror says Greening, 31, is not in new Fulham boss Mark Hughes’ plans and Rovers have been cleared to speak to him. However, the deal may hinge on Hughes bringing in extra players to his small squad at Craven Cottage.

13.25 BST: Fenerbahce are reportedly making a late move for Manchester City winger Robinho. The Mirror says Robinho could finally be about to end his ill-fated two-year spell with City after Besiktas made a £16million bid for British football's most expensive player. Robinho is said to been keen on the deal but Fenerbahce are also believed to be interested, and will hold talks with City in the coming days.

13.09 BST: West Brom have completed the signing of Lokomotiv Moscow forward Peter Odemwingie on a two-year deal. Odemwingie, 29, represented Nigeria at the World Cup finals and joins the Baggies for an undisclosed fee. The club also have the option to extend his contract to three years.

13.03 BST: Birmingham are being linked with a £6 million move for Tottenham full-back Alan Hutton, with manager Alex McLeish still hopeful of adding new signings this month. Hutton would follow in the footsteps of Mat Derbyshire, Nikola Zigic, Ben Foster and Enric Valles, who have all joined Blues this summer.

12.47 BST: Newly promoted French side Arles Avignon have offered to take French defender Jonathan Zebina off Juventus' hands. Zebina is up for sale in Turin and made his desire to leave public last night despite having a year left on his contract.

12.34 BST: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has accused Newcastle of arrogance in their pursuit of midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. The France international had been in talks with the Magpies over a loan move to St James' Park, but Marseille insist the midfielder will stay at the club this season.

12.15 BST: Crystal Palace manager George Burley has confirmed that former Ajax and Juventus star Edgar Davids is "80-20" in favour of joining the Eagles. "He's a world-renowned player, he's a very nice fellow and he's keen to play again," Burley told talkSPORT. "He's been doing a lot of training and after a number of chats with him I'm optimistic, put it that way. I would say it's 80-20. Hopefully things will materialise in a day or so."

12.04 BST: Celtic striker Morten Rasmussen has joined German club FSV Mainz on a season-long loan deal. Rasmussen, 25, joined Celtic from Brondby in a £1 million deal in January but has been unable to impose himself on the first team.

11.49 BST: Ipswich manager Roy Keane has confirmed that striker Pablo Counago is close to sealing a loan move to Crystal Palace. Keane said: "Pablo is in talks with Crystal Palace and there is a chance that could go through on Friday."

11.33 BST: Krisztian Nemeth looks set to join Olympiakos from Liverpool, according to FIFA. The talented Hungarian youngster is highly-rated on Merseyside, however the 21-year-old is keen on a move to Greece – where he spent last season on loan.

11.24 BST: Dirk Kuyt's agent has confirmed that Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing Kuyt to Inter Milan. "Dirk is being professional," Rob Jansen told Voetbal International. "Yes, there is real interest from Inter, but Dirk has not decided yet whether he does want to leave Liverpool. He must think carefully before leaving.

11.10 BST: Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman has rejected the initial offer of personal terms at Blackpool, according to Sky Sports. Pitman has been holding talks regarding a move to Bloomfield Road after Blackpool saw a reported £600,000 offer accepted by Bournemouth earlier in the week.

10.52 BST: Middlesbrough are set to offer former Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright a way back into football. Gordon Strachan is looking for a new keeper after Brad Jones joined Liverpool.

10.41 BST: Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic is in Glasgow to complete a medical ahead of his move to Rangers from Rapid Vienna. The Evening Express report that Jelavic is expected to agree personal terms with the Ibrox club today. The move follows the loan signing of Vladimir Weiss from Manchester City on Thursday.

10.22 BST: Roberto Di Matteo has told the Birmingham Mail that is hoping to complete the double signing of Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchyoi in time for West Brom's game against Sunderland on Saturday.

10.09 BST: Emile Heskey has been linked with a return to the club where he made his name, Leicester City. The Foxes were taken over by Thai businessman Vichal Raksriaksorn last week and he is believed to providing coach Paulo Sousa with £10 million in transfer funds.

10.00 BST: Edgar Davids tweets: "On my way to Crystal Palace training ground Selhurst"...

09.55 BST: Serbian winger Milos Krasic told Tuttosport that he is the "happiest man in the world" as he prepares to join Juventus from CSKA Moscow in a deal worth a reported €15 million.

09.44 BST: West Ham are to tempt Bolton Wanderers with a £2m offer for winger Matt Taylor. Hammers boss Avram Grant told the Bolton News is need of a specialist set-piece taker and sees Taylor as a good option. The two clubs meet at Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.

09.30 BST: Diego Forlan has laughed off suggestions that he was ready to quit Atletico Madrid to join Inter Milan this summer. Reports have suggested the former Manchester United forward was ready to quit Spain to join the Italian and European champions. “They were just rumours,” said the Uruguayan striker. “I didn’t receive any offer. I’m not moving anyway – I have three years on my contract and I’m happy.”

09.21 BST: Reports in L’Equipe suggest that Real Madrid are interested in buying Michel Bastos from Lyon and will offer Royston Drenthe in part exchange. Bastos played at left back for Brazil but is a winger at club level. He is basically a much better version of Drenthe.

09.15 BST: West Ham have confirmed they will accept an offer of £6 million for defender Matthew Upson, although the club are still hopeful of tying him to a new contract,

08.47 BST: Rafael van der Vaart has given an interesting interview in which he suggests he would welcome the chance to move to Manchester United. But do United want him?

08.31 BST: It is reported that former Barcelona, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan star Edgar Davids is travelling to England to hold face-to-face talks with Crystal Palace. This could really be happening.

08.14 BST: We know Alberto Aquilani is leaving Liverpool on loan and Corriere dello Sport reports that Juventus will be his destination.

07.46 BST: Here are the best transfer tales from the morning's newspapers...

The Guardian: Robinho is close to agreeing a move to Turkish club Besiktas. It is believed he will cost £16 million, with a further £10 million in add-ons, which represents a sizeable loss. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish will not confirm an interest in Wigan star Charles N’Zogbia, but says: “[We may need] a couple more. They are out there, but can we get them over the line with some of the prices?"

The Independent: Arsenal view Fulham’s £5 million valuation of goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer as unrealistic. Gunners defender Armand Traore could join Benfica in a £3.5 milliion deal though.

The Telegraph: Reporter Jason Burt details how agents tried to orchestrate a swap deal involving Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, which seems hugely unlikely given Real have about five holding midfielders already.

Daily Mail: It looks like being a busy end to the transfer window for Tottenham, who in addition to William Gallas have targeted Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra (another man with Chelsea and Arsenal on his CV) and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

Daily Star: Another Spurs target, and yet another former Arsenal player, is Alexander Hleb. The Belarus international will leave Barcelona this summer but Sevilla are also interested in a possible deal.

07.31 BST: Right, let's have a look around the papers and see what is making the headlines this morning...

07.25 BST: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani will be allowed to leave the club and go on loan to his native Italy. He hasn't exactly impressed following his £20m move last summer has he?

07.16 BST: There has been some bad news for Chelsea overnight with Neymar snubbing interest from Stamford Bridge to agree a new deal with Santos. Will the Blues have to go back in for a new striker? Let us know below...

07.01 BST: Good morning and welcome to any day of transfer news and rumours. Quite unbelievably, William Gallas could complete a move to Tottenham today. Yes, that's the same William Gallas who has played for both Chelsea and Arsenal.

August 19, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/19/2010

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


Is William Gallas on his way to Spurs? © Getty Images

23.31 BST: Right folks, a busy night of Europa League action means we are going to have to end the transfer blog a little early tonight. But join us tomorrow as we wait nervously to see if the rumours about William Gallas are true. Goodnight all.

23.11 BST: Hull have completed the signing of Arsenal forward Jay Simpson on a three-year deal. The 21-year-old forward goes straight into the Tigers squad to face Watford on Saturday in the Championship.

22.52 BST: Flamengo have confirmed that the club has signed attacking pair Diogo and Deivid on the eve of the Brazilian transfer window, with the players moving from Olympiakos and Fenerbache respectively.

21.52 BST: William Gallas being on the verge of a move to Spurs must surely be the biggest transfer story of the day, and reader jricka reckons it will be a good move for Harry Redknapp to make.

"It seems like a no-brainer that Spurs would snatch up Gallas. If that terrible 30 minutes against Young Boys proved anything it's that Spurs defense needs help. Now that Defoe is questionable they need a striker too so I wouldn't be surprised if they hold on to Keane until another striker can be secured."

21.20 BST: Tony Pulis has played down suggestions that he is interested in Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, telling Sky Sports News: “I spoke to Roberto [Martinez] on Monday actually, but it wasn’t about him.” Just a chin-wag then, eh?

21.00 BST: Reader SoccerStateOfMind has given us a heads up about a transfer he is expecting to happen in the near future:

"Manchester United appear to be closing in on deal for Raul Meireles. FC Porto have reportedly decided to hold him out of today's Europa League match so he won't be club tied. Considering Sir Alex's love of Portugal players, this one seems to make a lot of sense."

20.42 BST: Portuguese daily Record claims Porto have struck a deal for Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi. Presumably they didn’t watch his performance at right back against Germany at the World Cup finals, though in fairness the Velez Sarsfield man is highly rated.

20.15 BST: We understand that William Gallas will have a medical at Tottenham tomorrow ahead of a move to White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp is determined to improve his defence, and we would be too after watching them against Young Boys!

19.43 BST: Football365.fr reports that Marseille have made a €10 million offer for Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro. Having tied up a deal for Loic Remy, Marseille are also targeting Andre-Pierre Gignac and Gameiro is only a back-up plan in case that offer fails.

19.10 BST: Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic is set to become Walter Smith's third summer signing for Rangers. Jelavic will arrive at Murray Park tomorrow for a medical and to conclude personal terms after the Ibrox club finally reached agreement with Rapid Vienna
today.

18.55 BST: Werder Bremen have denied having an interest in Marseille playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, which will no doubt come as a relief to Newcastle. "We do not need a replacement for Mesut," sporting director Klaus Allofs told Sat 1 ."While we always look for players to improve ourselves, Ben Arfa is not one of them."

18.26 BST: Santos chairman Luiz Alvaro Ribeiro has confirmed that midfielder Wesley is determined to seek a new challenge. “He wishes to leave,” Ribeiro said in A Bola. Wesley is known to be a target for Benfica as they seek a replacement for Chelsea’s new signing, Ramires.

18.03 BST: The transfer of Loic Remy from Nice to French champions Marseille has been signed, sealed and delivered. Read the full story here.

17.45 BST: Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers says he hopes to sign West Ham’s young striker Franck Nouble on loan, having worked with the player at Chelsea’s academy. "Frank's one that I worked with at Chelsea and he's an excellent prospect for the future," Rodgers said.

17.33 BST: Vladimir Weiss has joined Rangers on loan from Manchester City. The young Slovakian will spent the season at Ibrox. That's a good deal, especially as the winger said he wanted to join Celtic recently!

17.21 BST: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce says he will need to be reassured that Benjani is in top physical condition before completing any deal for the former Manchester City striker. "What we need to find out is if the knee can stand up to the medical," Allardyce told BBC Radio Lancashire. "We know what he can do on the field of play which is reassuring."

17.08 BST: Here is the full story of Arsenal's failed bid for Mark Schwarzer, as well of news of a serious injury for the Gunners.

16.52 BST: Reports suggest Fulham have rejected a second bid from Arsenal for goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

16.35 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Juventus will imminently confirm the signing of CSKA Moscow winger Milos Krasic. The Serbian has been followed by the club for some time, but Juve were distracted for a few weeks when trying to sign Edin Dzeko as their final non EU player.

16.14 BST: Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton says he hopes to extend the loan contract of Arsenal striker Luke Freeman. The teenager suffered a suspected broken leg recently but only sustained bad bruising.

15.47 BST: Luis Fabiano and Jesus Navas could both sign new contracts with Sevilla shortly. Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said: "The key theme of September will be the contract extensions of [Jesus] Navas and Luis Fabiano. Everything is planned well and we are within budget."

15.35 BST: Stoke manager Tony Pulis was disappointed he was unable to lure Craig Bellamy to the Britannia Stadium but hopes to ``shake the place up'' with several more signings before the end of the transfer window. ``I'm hoping next week we'll get another four players in if we can,'' Pulis said. ``We are really, really desperately keen to change one or two things around and shake the place up.

15.27 BST: It looks like there's a chance that Juan Mata could be on the way out of Valenica. His father and agent, Juan Mata Snr, said: "The situation is the same as it was. There is no conflict, but the club have not made an offer of renewal, and this is stretching the issue out too much. The club has to try to renew, or try to sell. It is illogical to allow [Mata] to stay until the end of his contract.”

15.21 BST: Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs has ruled out making a move for Newcastle United transfer target Hatem Ben Arfa. He told Sat.1: "We do not need a replacement for Mesut. While we always look for players to improve ourselves, Ben Arfa is not one of them."

15.12 BST: It's all a bit mysterious on the future of Juventus midfielder Diego who is supposed to be heading back to the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg managing director Dieter Hoeness said: "We are not prepared to hand the media an idea on our personnel planning," he said. "This is simply often handing a club a disadvantage in negotiations as this is laying one's cards on the table."

15.07 BST: Another comment on the Arsenal move for Squillaci from Deepak Menon:

Arsenal need a gooalkeeper and a defender looking at the injury history the club has. Squillaci's addition would boost the team.

15.03 BST: Promising young Hamburg attacking midfielder Soeren Bertram has been loaned to Augsburg for the season for first team experience.

14.47 BST: Chelsea are said to be tracking Polish goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski who plays in the Norwegian second division for Sogndal. "What I can say is that Piotr has got an enormous potential," club chairman Egil Mundal told Bergens Tidende. "We know it's a question of time before he will play on a bigger stage."

14.31 BST: The agent of Alberto Aquilani has rubbished suggestions that the midfielder could leave Liverpool for a loan spell with Napoli. Franco Zavaglia told CalcioNapoli24.it: "Aquilani to Napoli? This news is absolutely unfounded. Every time someone dreams this up. Dreaming does not cost anything, but it is not a viable hypothesis. Aquilani is a Liverpool player and will remain in England. And his new coach Roy Hodgson says this will be the year of him establishing himself in the Premier League. I deny even the rumours of his return to Roma."

14.22 BST: Stoke City reportedly want Darron Gibson on loan for the season from Man United, but we don't see him being loaned out by Sir Alex.

14.15 BST: Atletico Madrid have loaned Eduardo Salvio to Benfica for the season.

14.08 BST: Matt Kilgallon has joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan from Sunderland.

13.51 BST: We've just received this comment from Ashwin:

I think the Squillaci deal is good news for all Arsenal fans and players.. what with Koscielny suspended and Djourou injured.. I would not like to see makeshift Song play at CB or some untested youngster even if it's Blackpool.. !! and for the GK situation... what's keeping you Professor.. Given and Schwarzer have shown clear interest.... GO FOR IT

13.41 BST: Rapid Vienna star Nikica Jelavic has told the club he will not play for the club as he looks to win a move to Rangers. Rapid president Rudolf Edlinger told the Croatian Times: "Against our expectations, Nikica Jelavic informed us this morning that he does not want to perform for Rapid any more. This is a shock for the whole ‘Rapid family’. Rapid is a club with a lot of passion and emotion."

13.37 BST: A blogger is claiming that Robinho has signed for Besiktas. No proof of that little rumour.

13.32 BST: Real Madrid will trim some members of their squad, after a summer of more new arrivals at the Berbabeu, according to Real Madrid's general manager Jorge Valdano. He told Marca: "We have 26 players right now, so we need to lighten the squad and it will happen in the coming days. This position does not affect the Spanish players currently on our books."

13.27 BST: Arsenal full-back Armand Traore looks set to be leaving for Benfica. The 20-year-old signed from Monaco in 2006 but has not been able to break into the first team on a regular basis and spent a season's loan at Portsmouth. With the emergence of England international Kieran Gibbs, the left-back appears set for a move to the Portuguese champions in a reported £3.2 million deal.

13.10 BST: Santos have reportedly offered a new deal to striker Neymar in an attempt to hold off interest from Chelsea. Santos president Alvaro Luis De Oliveira was quoted as saying: "I hope that before the weekend his agent will give us a definitive answer but we are not pressing. I do not know what will happen - the decision is in Neymar's hands now."

12.51 BST: Spurious rumour here from bdog:

I heard from an unnamed source that when Blackburn get their 100 million pounds in transfer money they are going to spend it all in a swoop for Messi.

12.45 BST: Krisztian Nemeth's agent has confirmed that the player is about to leave Liverpool for Olympiakos. "We can confirm that there have been talks between the two clubs," Viktor Kovsedi told Pepsifoci. "What is more they agreed about the details verbally, but there are numerous teams which want to sign Nemeth so his future is not decided at all."

12.29 BST: Wolves have swooped to sign 18-year-old Irish defender Matt Doherty. He moved across from Bohemiams and follows Jake Cassidy into Molineux. That's in the Express & Star.

12.17 BST: The news that Loic Remy will be staying in France has led West Ham to be linked with Robbie Keane.

12.06 BST: Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has played down reports Charles N'Zogbia could leave the club before the closure of the transfer window. He said: "Charles is a Wigan Athletic player and that is the top and bottom. He has been working really hard and been training well. We will have to get used to speculation and rumours and we need to take it as a compliment when other clubs want to take our players. Unfortunately this is the instability the window brings to a club like ours."

12.03 BST: Juventus will move for a left winger before the end of the transfer window, after director general Beppe Marotta admitted that they will not spend money on any other position. The club have been involved in a long chase for CSKA Moscow's Milos Krasic for most of the summer, with Hamburg's Eljero Elia also linked with a move to Turin lately.

11.52 BST: Sevilla have confirmed that Arsenal made a bid for their central defender, Sebastien Squillaci. A statement on the website read: "Sebastien Squillaci has his future in the air. This was recognised away from the microphones by the sporting deputy general, Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo Monchi, who said at the airport in Oporto that the club had an offer from Arsenal, and the player said before the [Champions League] meeting [with Braga on Wednesday evening] that he was not able to play."

11.49 BST: Rumours now that Fulham want Carlos Vela as part of any deal that would see Mark Schwarzer move to Arsenal.

11.44 BST: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has suggested he is prepared to let Shay Given, Robinho and Roque Santa Cruz leave the club. "If Robinho, Shay or Roque want to stay, I'm happy because they are fantastic players, but it is most important the players are happy," the Italian explained.

11.32 BST: Marseille have confirmed they have reached an agreement in principle with Nice for Remy. Nice accepted Marseille's offer which, according to reports, was
in the region of 15million euros (around £12.4 million).

11.24 BST: Striker Loic Remy is about to have a medical at Marseille, which seems to put to an end talk of a move to England.

11.12 BST: Hold fire on that Ivelin Popov story because Blackburn Rovers have denied that a deal has been done. Rovers chairman John Williams said: "He is one of a number of strikers currently under consideration. We have not made an offer to his club."

11.03 BST: Crystal Palace manager George Burley has played down suggestions that they are about to sign Edgar Davids.

10.51 BST: Blackburn have completed negotiations for Litex Lovech striker Ivelin Popov and the 22-year-old Bulgarian will move to the club next week if he is granted a work permit. Popov, 22, has around a one in three strike-rate for the club and is also a Bulgarian international, for whom he has bagged three goals in 16 games.

10.35 BST: Shay Given is reportedly unsure what to do over his future at Manchester City as he has been left on the sidelines since manager Roberto Mancini gave Joe Hart the No. 1 spot. A source close to Given told the Manchester Evening News: "Shay is confused and torn over what to do. He only joined City 18 months ago and wanted to win things after 10 years at Newcastle. But he just wants to play and he doesn't see Roberto Mancini leaving Hart out now, even if he makes a mistake. He'll want to stand by his man."

10.21 BST: Inter are hoping to sign Juventus and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio, according to Gazzetta. It is reported that Massimo Moratti is sanctioning an offer of €15 million plus defender Nicolas Burdisso.

09.52 BST: Kevin-Prince Boateng is predictably pleased to have completed his move from Portsmouth to AC Milan, saying: “Playing for this club was a dream and now I have realised it. I want Milan with all my power." Sounds like he has been lusting over this move for some time.

09.32 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in PSV Eindhoven striker Ola Toivonen. "We have discussed his name, that's true," Hodgson said. "Like all teams, we are looking at a lot of players."

09.11 BST: Loic Remy has been flouted around the various clubs of Europe by his agent like some form of budding teen pop star but it seems he will be staying in France with Marseille. Story.

09.10 BST: More flesh to the bones on the Sebastien Squillaci to Arsenal story here.

08.53 BST: Manchester City fledgling Vladimir Weiss is headed for a shock loan to Rangers, it is reported on the Daily Record. That will come as a shock for Celtic and VfB Stuttgart. It seems Rangers have offered a higher loan fee and also may yet sign Nikica Jelavic from Rapid Vienna. Story.

08.36 BST Talk of William Gallas joining Spurs grows, if you believe the Daily Mirror. Harry Redknapp supposedly wants Gallas to cover for the perma-injured likes of Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King. If a deal happens then one would suggest it won't happen until Spurs get past Young Boys. And that's a big 'if'.

08.22 BST: Jorge Valdano says that Mezut Ozil will be Real Madrid's last signing in this window.

08.16 BST: Litex Lovech striker Ivelin Popov has agreed terms to join Blackburn Rovers, say Reuters, who say Bulgarian club Litex Lovech will receive 3 million euros for the 22-year-old international.

08.04 BST: Roberto Mancini has responded to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s criticism of Manchester City’s “kamikaze spending” this summer. “All the other teams [like United] spent a lot of money in the past,” Mancini told The Mirror.

07.53 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson insists Javier Mascherano will see out the remaining two years of his Anfield contract if the club's valuation of the player is not met.

07.30 BST: Roma's Julio Baptista has reportedly turned down the chance to join Turkish giants Galatasaray.

07.00 BST: Some paper gossip for you:

Daily Mirror: Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for Sevilla's Sebastien Squillaci. Bolton left-back Jlloyd Samuel is a loan target for Middlesbrough.

Daily Mail: Mexico winger Andres Guardado is interesting Man Utd at around £12 million. Charles N'Zogbia has been told he can quit Wigan as soon as a bidder matches the Latics' £10m price tag. Former West Ham chairman Eggert Magnusson is heading for a surprise return to English football after mounting a rescue bid for Sheffield Wednesday. Tottenham could miss out on Loic Remy after Marseille agreed a £12million fee for the Nice striker

August 18, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/18/2010

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


Jack Rodwell: Leaving Goodison? ©Getty Images

23.34 BST It has all gone quiet on the transfer front so it's time to sign off for the day. Be sure to check back on Thursday morning for more updates and check the main Soccernet site for all the latest news.

23.06 BST Cardiff City have expressed their disappointment after Football League Chairman Greg Clarke threatened to refuse their registration of new signing Craig Bellamy.

22.37 BST AC Milan director general Ariedo Braida has said “it’s not easy to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but it is possible". The Barcelona striker is seeking a move after the arrival David Villa at the Nou Camp. Full story.

22.32 BST Parma have signed Massimo Gobbi on a free transfer after he was released by Fiorentina. The 29-year-old, who won one cap for Italy, was also linked with Roma and Schalke.

21.52 BST It's been a quiet night, and that is reflected in a comment sent by Yezen:

The transfer market today is nothing what is what like a few years ago. Clubs are too catious to buy players, they're are wary of the risks and consequences of their deals.

21.21 BST Leeds are hoping to sign Henri Lansbury on loan from Arsenal. They already have Sanchez Watt from the Gunners.

21.05 BST Blackpool have agreed a fee with AFC Bournemouth for striker Brett Pitman, after having a bid turned down earlier in the day. The League One striker scored a hat-trick against Peterborough at the weekend and scored 43 goals in the last two seasons in League Two.

20.49 BST Press reports in Lancashire tell us that Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara will not be joining Bolton Wanderers on loan for the season as Pep Guardiola wants to keep hold of him.

20.42 BST SPL side Kilmarnock have signed Mohamadou Sissoko on a one-year loan from Udinese. No, not the former Liverpool one.

20.21 BST Liverpool have apparently agreed to sell Krisztián Németh to Olympiakos after he failed to make the grade at Anfield. He played for AEK Athens on loan last season.

20.05 BST Juventus coach Luigi Del Neri has told the press that midfielder Diego will remain with the club and is not set to join Bremen as Mesut Ozil's replacement.

19.29 BST Roberto Mancini has claimed Manchester City have ended their summer spending spree with the signing of James Milner from Aston Villa - £123 million spent.

19.00 BST Parma have signed Benfica midfielder Danilo Pereira on a permanent basis and he will be presented to the media on Thursday. The 18-year-old talent had been linked with a number of top clubs in Europe, including Inter, Juventus and Genoa.

18.22 BST Marseille have apparently reached an agreemen with Nice to sign French striker Loic Remy - once described as the new Thierry Henry - who is also a target for Tottenham and Arsenal.

18.12 BST Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined Liverpool in the hunt for Swedish hot-shot Ola Toivonen. The PSV striker has scored 5 goals in his 2 Eredivisie games so far this season.

17.47 BST Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has urged manager Arsene Wenger to snap up Fulham's Mark Schwarzer. "Both Almunia and Fabianski did not end last season well," Seaman said. "It means if the quality of someone like Mark Schwarzer becomes available, then Arsene needs to look at him."

17.34 BST Real Madrid flirt Frank Ribery now wants to see out his career at Bayern Munich. "I could imagine playing on at the club until my retirement," Ribery said.

17.21 BST Bayer Leverkusen chief Wolfgang Holzhauser has confirmed that veteran centre-back Sami Hyypia was close to re-signing for Liverpool. “Sami came to us asking if there would be any chance to return to Liverpool," Holzhauser told the Express. "Sami accepted straight away that we were desperate to keep him here."

17.12 BST West Brom have stolen a march on Everton and made a bid in excess of £2.5 milion for FC Twente midfielder Cheick Tiote.

16.56 BST Aston Villa have completed the signing of Stephen Irleand from Manchester City, as part of the deal that saw James Milner head in the opposite direction.

16.43 BST James Milner has crossed the 'i's and dotted the 't's on his new contract and has completed his £20 million move to Manchester City from Aston Villa. Full story.

16.34 BST Chelsea plan to step up their pursuit of highly-rated Brazilian striker Neymar by tabling a £25 million take-it or-leave-it offer with Santos in the next 24 hours. Full story.

16.16 BST Stoke City have signed 26-year-old Ipswich Town striker Jon Walters for an initial fee of £2.75 million. The Potters had been tracking the former England Under-21 international for a while and fought off interest from QPR.

15.59 BST: Perhaps the most bizarre transfer of the summer has been completed as Kevin-Prince Boateng has moved from Portsmouth to Genoa, and then straight out on loan to AC Milan. The Rossoneri have an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season meaning he may move on without ever playing a game for Genoa.

15.36 BST: Here's the full story of Moussa Dembele's move from AZ Alkmaar to Fulham. He has signed a three-year deal at the club.

15.22 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Fulham have announced the signing of Belgium international Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar.

15.17 BST: Liverpool have formally announced the signing of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones on a three-year contract.

15.14 BST: Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce does not expect any takeover to be completed before the close of the transfer window, meaning he is unlikely to have funds at his disposal. "John [Williams, chairman] tells me we can't get the deal done any sooner than maybe even as far as the end of September,'' Allardyce said. "This transfer window will be well and truly shut at the end of August, so that will not allow us to do anything between now and then."

14.44 BST: Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Stuttgart teenage starlet Serge Gnabry after being impressed by the 15-year-old during a ten day trial.

14.32 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre has signed for the club.

14.21 BST: It appears increasingly likely that Shay Given will leave Manchester City after Roberto Mancini revelaed Joe Hart will retain his place between the posts against FC Timisoara in the Europa League. Mancini said: "Joe Hart will play. I had a very difficult choice to make before the Spurs game because I have two world-class goalkeepers. It is difficult for one of them to sit on the bench. I respect Shay Given a lot. He is a good man and I want him to stay, but I also understand any decision he might make."

14.12 BST: Also on Twitter, Raul Meireles - a reported target of both Manchester United and Chelsea over the summer - has been dropped from Porto's Champions Leegue squad to face Genk, further fuelling speculation that he is set to leave the club.

14.10 BST: Glancing around Twitter has brought up a few interesting bits of speculation including reports that Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson heading to Stoke on loan.

14.02 BST: Reports in the north east suggest that Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan is about to add ANOTHER former Old Firm player to his ranks by picking up Lee Naylor, the left-back who he signed for Celtic in 2006. Naylor was released by the Hoops at the end of last season and is available on a free transfer.

13.53 BST: Spurs have sold French defender Dorian Dervite to Villarreal. Dervite arrived at White Hart Lane in July 2006 but failed to establish himself in Spurs' first-team squad, spending time on loan at Southend United towards the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

13.41 BST: Turkish club Kayserispor say they pulled out of a deal to sign wantaway Middlesbrough striker Mido due to the player's poor attitude.

13.34 BST: Blackpool have signed Israel defender Dekel Keinan on a one-year contract from Maccabi Haifa.

13.29 BST: Marseille boss Didier Deschamps may turn to former Arsenal and Manchester united defender Mikael Silvestre to plug the holes in his leaky defence. The reigning Ligue 1 champions have lost both of their openeing two fixtures this season.

13.16 BST: El Mundo Deportivo claims Manchester City have held talks with Barcelona over a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but the player rejected the chance to be reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini and has said he will only leave Barcelona for AC Milan.

13.05 BST: Reader Wilson James has added his voice to the ever increasing numbers of fans who believe Neymar would be an excellent signing for Chelsea:

"It will be good move if Chelsea go ahead to signing a good striker like Neymar. It is a big boost to the squad's attacking options and enhances our chances of wining champions league. Chelsea really need to win champions league and i believe Carlo can make history for the club, please buy Neymar!"

12.53 BST: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed the club have agreed terms with Lokomotiv Moscow forward Peter Odemwingie. Di Matteo said: "He's got a great CV and he's a good player. We need a few new faces and it lifts everyone when you see a player like him coming in."

12.41 BST: Uruguay captain Diego Lugano could be on his way to Roma according to Il Corriere dello Sport. The newspaper claims that the Giallorossi have become frustrated with Inter Milan's demands for nicolas Burdisso, so will turn their attention to Fenerbahce centre-back Lugano. He impressed during Uruguay's run to the World Cup semi-finals and it's thought that Schalke are also interested in acquiring his services.

12.30 BST: Ajax Cape Town have completed the signing of striker Thembinkosi 'Terror' Fanteni, who returns to the club having left in 2008 for spells with Maccabi Haifa and Orlando Pirates.

12.21 BST: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is the latest person to reveal that he failed in an attempt to sign Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy. Pulis told the Sentinel: "We inquired about Craig. But unfortunately for us his main concern was getting back to Wales to be close to his young family. It would have been nice if we could have sorted something out because we all know what an asset he can be as a player."

12.14 BST: Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald says he expects the part exchange deal involving James Milner and Stephen Ireland to be completed on Wednesday.

12.00 BST: The fantastically named reader Wocka Watson has been left stunned - and not in a good way - by Liverpool's being linked with a move for Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky:

"How could Liverpool even consider a player as marginal as Konchesky? The lunatics have definitely taken over."

11.50 BST: Maccabi Tel Aviv have announced the signing of Montenegro defender Savo Pavicevic Montenegro. The 29 year old defender arrives from Greek club Kavala and goes straight into the squad to face PSG in the Europa League.

11.41 BST: Our man in the know, Harry Harris, reliably informs us that Cardiff are paying just £6,000 a week for Craig Bellamy's services, with Manchester City still stumping up the rest of his £90,000-a-week wages.

11.34 BST: Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has revealed the club agreed a deal to sign Craig Bellamy on loan, only to be rejected by the player as he chose to join Cardiff City.

11.23 BST: Bulgaria forward Ivelin Popov has started a trial at Blackburn Rovers as Sam Allardye looks to add to his attacking options. The 22-year-old, who can operate on the right of midfield or as a support striker, currently plays for reigning Bulgarian champions Litex Lovech.

11.12 BST: Dynamo Kiev defender Pape Diakhate, could return to France with Lyon for a fee of around 4 million euros, according to Le Parisien. The Senegal international played for Nancy for six years before moving to Ukraine and was on loan at St Etienne for the second half of last season.

11.01 BST: Jose Mourinho revealed that Anderlecht wonderkid Romelu
Lukaku will not be moving to Real Madrid...at least, not this season. The 17-year-old striker has attracted longing glances from the Bernabeu but with a host of attacking talent at his disposal - the Special One will not be snapping up Lukaku yet. Mourinho said: "His father is very intelligent and will not let his son go now. [But] We will see next season.''

10.52 BST: Giorgio Chiellini will hold contract talks with Juventus this week with the Bianconeri thought to be ready to offer the centre-back a new €3.5 million a year. Italy international Chiellini has been linked with a host of clubs over the summer including Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

10.41 BST: Francefootball.fr is reporting that St Etienne striker Sebastien Grax is on trial at Crystal Palace. The 26-year-old former Monaco frontman was loaned to Guingamp last season, and has been told that he once again doesn't feature Christophe Galtier's plans this time around.

10.34 BST: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has denied having a bust-up with Charles N'Zogbia, but admitted the player will be free to leave if an acceptable bid is made. Martinez said: "The situation with him is the same as with any other player. If a club comes in with an offer that matches our valuation - and the player wants to move - then he will be allowed to go."

10.23 BST: Inter Milan are believed to be weighing up a move for Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos, who made his first start for Spurs in 11 months in the Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday.

10.18 BST: Tuttosport is reporting that Juventus will swoop for promising Netherlands winger Eljero Elia, who currently plies his trade for Bundesliga side Hamburg.

10.06 BST: Werder Bremen say it will be "impossible" to replace the departed Mesut Ozil by bringing Brazilian playmaker Diego back to the club from Juventus. Werder director of sport Klaus Allofs said: "Sure, he was happy here, but he was given the chance to play at Juve and earn far more money and they are wages that we cannot pay."

09.55 BST: Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop has admitted that the club may have to sell stars like Luis Suarez, Jan Vertonghen and Maarten Stekelenburg to balance the books, according to Sport.co.uk

09.41 BST: Inter’s efforts to sign Genoa striker Giuseppe Sculli have hit a stumbling block, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with Genoa reportedly unimpressed by the Nerazuurri's offer of 5 million euros plus Victor Obinna.

09.32 BST: Neymar's proposed move to Chelsea has been big news this morning, and reader jwchew believes the transfer should go through - though his reasons appear a tad questionable:

"Chelsea please buy Neymar because your squad is sufficient to retain the EPL but still lack a spark to capture the Champions League. I am still waiting for this transfer so that I can print No.9 instead of No.7 Ramires for the new away shirt."

09.25 BST: After Mesut Ozil's departure to Real Madrid, Werder Bremen are in the hunt for a creative midfielder and have targeted the in-demand Hatem Ben Arfa, according to L'Equipe. Werder join a long list of clubs reportedly interested in the former Lyon star - and are prepared to offer 8 million euros to secure his services.

09.19 BST: Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri has signed for newly-promoted Sere A side Cesena, according to a report in TuttoPalermo. Brad Jones' arrival at Anfield signalled the end of the line for Cavalieri, who made a grand total of zero league appearances for the club in his two years on Merseyside.

09.07 BST: Stuttgart are interested in Manchester City starlet Vladimir Weiss, according to the Bundesliga club's general manager Fredi Bobic. Weiss recently said that he would "love" to join Celtic on loan but Bobic is hoping to convince the Slovakia winger to move to Germany. Bobic told Deutsche Presseagentur: "We are in talks and we would like to sign Vladimir Weiss. The player would like to come over, but there are other clubs also interested in his services. We have yet to agree a move as the other clubs involved have other ideas."

08.58 BST: Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is determined to step up the club's pursuit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to Corriere dello Sport, while the newly committed Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart (see 08.40 entry) is also on the radar. FC Koln striker Lukas Podolski and wantaway Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa are also reported targets.

08.51 BST: Another player going nowhere is Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic, who has stressed his desire to stay at the Nou Camp, despite the arrival of David Villa over the summer. Bojan told Sport: "I must try to step forward and take responsibility in this team. I hope to play and participate. Last year I showed I can be in there at the decisive moments."

08.40 BST: One person not worried by Ozil's arrival - perhaps a touch surprisingly - is Rafael van der Vaart. The Netherlands midfielder scored in Real's 1-1 friendly draw with Standard Liege on Tuesday and insisted afterwards that he is ready to stay and fight for his place at the Bernabeu. With Sami Khedira, Angel Di Maria and Sergio Cananles also added to the Merengues squad over the summer, he is certainly a brave man!

08.32 BST: Remember to keep your comments coming in using the tool below. Leche did just that, telling us that he is a little confused by Mesut Ozil's decision to leave Werder Bremen for Real Madrid:

"Horrible move by Ozil. If Sneijder and Robben couldn't make it at the Bernabeu, how does this kid ever plan to? Hope he enjoys his time accompanying Karim Benzema on the bench."

08.27 BST: L'Equipe is reporting that Gabon striker Daniel Cousin is set to return to Larissa from Hull, but this time in a permanent deal. Cousin was on loan with the Greek side last season and will sign a one-year contract having been told he can leave the Tigers - who want his salary off their wage bill.

08.08 BST: Chelsea are hoping to sign Brazilian starlet Neymar before the close of the transfer window but he has been told by his national coach to stay at Santos.

07.34 BST: Here are the stories doing the rounds this morning...

Daily Mail: Chelsea are considering a move for Everton star Jack Rodwell, with Carlo Ancelotti saying: “Rodwell of Everton is a good player.” Meanwhile, Aston Villa have made an approach for Poland winger Kamil Grosicki, who plays for Jagiellonia Bialystok - a club that sounds like an Everton defender appearing in The Producers.

Daily Mirror: Everton are hoping to sign Russian winger Marat Izmailov from Sporting, while Blackpool are hoping to take James Vaughan from Goodison in a loan deal. Neighbours Liverpool could sell Ryan Babel to Wolfsburg for £9 million and Paul Konchesky could arrive at Anfield from Fulham for a fee of £3 million.

The Sun: Roque Santa Cruz is poised to leave Manchester City on loan and join West Ham for the duration of the 20010-11 season, with the option for a permanent move.

07.16 BST: Of course, we will also keep you up to date on the crazy rumour that Edgar Davids could be signing for Crystal Palace. A lot of the newspapers seem convinced. Speaking of which, we will round-up the headlines doing the rounds in a few minutes...

07.03 BST: Well it was a busy day for Manchester City yesterday, what with a deal being done for James Milner, Stephen Ireland and Craig Bellamy leaving the club and Roque Santa Cruz being told he has no future at Eastlands. I wonder what will happen today? Stick with us for all the latest news.

August 17, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/17/2010

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


Jermaine Jenas: Heading to Serie A? ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's all for tonight. Come back for more of the same tomorrow.

23.48 BST: Rafael van der Vaart has no worries about competition for places at Real Madrid now that Mesut Ozil has arrived. "For me there is no problem with Ozil arriving. I will fight for my place, '' he said. ''The club has not spoken to me, but [Jose] Mourinho always tells us that we all have opportunities. Being at Madrid is very hard, especially now, with the arrival of a player of great quality. But I want to stay and I know I'm going to play a lot."

23.19 BST: Blackpool have made an offer of £400,000 for Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman according to Sky Sports sources.

23.05 BST:The Mail is reporting that Spurs are ready to outbid West Ham for PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon, with Harry Redknapp allegedly ready to part with £6.5 million for the Benin international.

22.52 BST: Also in the Mirror, West Brom are set to complete a £2.5 million deal to bring Lokomotiv Moscow's Nigeria striker striker Peter Odemwingie to the Hawthorns.

22.43 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson appears willing to face the wrath of West Ham as he prepares to make a fresh bid for Scott Parker, according to the Mirror.

22.13 BST: Arsenal are considering hijacking Newcastle's move for wantaway Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa - with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger thought to be a long-time admirer of the France international.

21.15 BST: Ipswich have confirmed the loan signing of Celtic defender Darren O'Dea.

21.01 BST: Roberto Martinez is set to splash out £4 million to bring Tuncay Sanli to Wigan, while Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo could also be on his way to the DW Stadium.

20.42 BST: Arsene Wenger has received plenty of transfer advice from Soccernet readers over the last few weeks and Alex has provided Arsenal's boss with a little more fat on which to chew:

"I really hope Arsenal can sign a world class goalkeeper like Adler and defender like Garay. We have enough on midfield and forward. Once we can fill the gap on the defensive side, I'm pretty sure we'll land some silverware this season."


20.28 BST: Juventus boss Gigi Del Neri has given a hint about the club's future transfer activity after leaving Mauro Camoranesi, Fabio Grosso and Jonathan Zebina out of his Europa League squad to face Sturm Graz. Interestingly, Brazil midfielder Diego is included despite reportedly being in talks with Wolfsburg about a possible move.

20.12 BST: Former Barcelona and Hull midfielder Geovanni, has signed for MLS side San Jose Earthquakes. The 30-year-old Brazilian had been a free agent since leaving Hull at the end of last season and arrives as one of the Earthquakes Deisgnated Players.

19.43 BST: Lazio have dismissed reports linking €6 million-rated midfielder Cristian Ledesma with a move away from the club. He spent six months of last season in the stands because of a contract dispute and has been linked with Inter, Juventus and Fiorentina. But Lazio director of sport Ighli Tare said: "I really doubt that Ledesma will leave Lazio. Our intent is to keep hold of him. I understand there are teams interested in him, as he has a truly exceptional vision.However, Ledesma is perfect for our style of football and I don’t see why we ought to sell, especially to a direct rival for places in Europe like Fiorentina.”

19.36 BST: An update on one of the most bizarre transfer stories of the day. Genoa are believed to have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng from Portsmouth but he will be allowed to immediately leave to play on loan at AC Milan. Let's leave it to Genoa president Enrico Preziosi to explain:

“Boateng is a Genoa player who, awaiting the finalisation of an agreement between Milan and Genoa over the next few days, has been given permission to train and play friendlies with the Rossoneri. Milan have an unusual situation, as they have many players on the last year of their contracts and are keeping an eye on the balance sheet.

“Instead we had more of an opportunity to move for Boateng. For now he is joining the Rossoneri on loan. Will he return to Genoa? He could do, but in a way I hope he doesn’t. If Milan buy him outright then it’ll mean we both saw this is a great player and Genoa will have made a healthy profit.”

Sill confused? Thought so!

19.29 BST: Mido's proposed move to Ajax has stalled once again as Middlesbrough remain reluctant to allow the Egypt striker to leave the club on a free.

19.00 BST: The Marseille stories keep rolling on in...the French champions are now closing in on France international Andre-Pierre Gignac. When asked about the potential signing of the Toulouse striker, Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier told AFP: "We have reached agreement with the player but there also has to be agreement with the club."

18.52 BST: Paraguay World Cup striker Nelson Valdez is set to complete a 4 million euro move from Borussia Dortmund to La Liga newcomers Hercules, ending a nine year stay in Germany. Valdes told German newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung: "The two clubs reached an agreement and I am going to Alicante on Wednesday for the official presentation."

18.35 BST: Napoli have confirmed that striker German Denis has been sold to Udinese in one of those complicated co-ownership deals that the Serie A clubs seem to love for some reason.

18.31 BST: The Express and Star reveals that Wolves have completed a deal for Airbus Broughton youngster Jake Cassidy. Despite interest from West Brom, Everton and Tottenham, the 17-year-old has moved to Molineux.

18.25 BST: Genoa are believed to be interested in signing German World Cup star Lukas Podolski but FC Koln's financial demands of €10 million are making a deal unlikely, according to the Italian press.

18.18 BST: A couple of quick transfer lines from the chaps at Sky Sports News: Arsenal left-back Armand Traore could join Benfica and Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo has passed a medical at West Ham.

18.11 BST: Marseille coach Didier Deschamps admits that playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, who has gone on strike, is likely to leave the club. Newcastle are interested in signing the France international.

18.02 BST: Marseille striker Mamadou Niang has completed his transfer to Turkish side Fenerbahce. "My transfer was hard for both clubs but we finally reached an agreement," Niang said. "I have made a career choice. Now I want to do everything for Fenerbahce."

17.51 BST: Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton, fresh from a 3-0 humbling at Old Trafford, has told the Newcastle Chronicle that he is “very confident” of strengthening his squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.

17.31 BST: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that Shay Given could be leaving the club after losing his first-team place to Joe Hart. Will he be going to Arsenal?

17.17 BST: If there was ever a time for agents to be posting videos to Fergie, this could be it. The Manchester United manager has admitted that he didn’t even see new signing Bebe play before sanctioning a £7 million deal to bring him to Old Trafford

16.57 BST: Craig Bellamy completed his move to Cardiff City today but claims he harbours no ill-feelings towards Manchester City or Roberto Mancini.

16.47 BST: It is reported that James Milner is currently undergoing a medical with Manchester City. It has already been confirmed that City have reached an agreement with Villa of course.

16.33 BST New Ligue 1 outfit Arles have boosted their ranks with a couple of aging Greeks - Angelos Basinas and Angelos Charisteas on two-year contracts.

16.28 BST Reports in the South London press suggest Crystal Palace are on the verge of signing Edgar Davids, who retired two years ago. Last season he turned down the chance to join Leicester City.

16.22 BST Roberto Mancini seems to suggest that he will alow Shay Given to move on, with Joe Hart now his number one. "I hope he can stay," said Mancini. "But I respect his decision if he wants to leave."

16.12 BST Sir Alex Ferguson has accused some of Manchester United's rivals of going on a "kamikaze'' spending spree. Ferguson did not mention any club by name. However, given Manchester City unveiled their latest big-money capture, Mario Balotelli, barely an hour before the United boss spoke, and confirmed James Milner is on the verge of completing his switch from Aston Villa, it was fairly easy to come up with a suggestion.

16.04 BST Spurs are said to be ready to go back in for Luis Fabiano if they get past Young Boys and into the group stage of the Champions League.

15.51 BST The agent of Mauro Zarate claims that six Premier League clubs want to sign the player. And the player wants to return after a spell at Birmingham City. Lazio wanted 30 million euros a year ago. They can sing for that now!

15.35 BST Here's a message from Sean Woodward on Mesut Ozil.

I think that United didn't really miss out on the Ozil signing as our current squad has the wheels to drive on to trophies. We have loads of competition for starting spots in our midfield, with CM being the toughest of them all. If Carrick finds his form, Gibson gets comfy, Scholesy stays healthy, and Fletch continues to perform we will have the best looking bench in the league! On another note I like our new look up front and look to see Berba come alive this season!

15.32 BST Brazil legend Mario Zagallo has said that young stars Ganso And Neymar should snub interest from Europe and stay with Santos. He said: "I believe it is far too early for a player of 17, 18, 19 years old to leave Brazil. The base must be formed here."

15.29 BST It looks like Lyon may be forced into the transfer market to find cover for Ederson, who has been ruled out of action for three months.

15.24 BST Schalke coach Felix Magath has told SPOX.com that he intends to sign two new players before the end of the month. "We have players in mind who have more quality than those who are here," he said. Wolfsburg's Zvjezdan Misimovic is said to be one of the players.

15.19 BST West Ham's England Under-19 striker Frank Nouble is set to move on loan to the Championship, with three clubs chasing his signature.

15.11 BST Get the full lowdown on the Mesut Ozil to Real Madrid story.

15.03 BST Everton striker is about to move to Blackpool from Everton, so thinks the Daily Mirror.

14.46 BST CONFIRMED! Mesut Ozil is now officially a Real Madrid player. Manchester United players can weep into their tea.

14.42 BST Man City boss Roberto Mancini says he expects James Milner to have signed for the club by Wednesday evening. Mancini told reporters: "I hope we can close it either today or tomorrow. I think that Milner is a good player, an English player which is important. I think that Milner can play in different positions. We have today and tomorrow to close the deal."

14.31 BST As is reporting that Real Madrid have agreed a €15 million fee for Mesut Ozil and he will sign on a five-year contract.

14.19 BST Arsenal are being tipped to sign 15-year-old Stuttgart midfielder Serge Gnabry after he impressed during a trial spell.

14.07 BST L'Equipe claims that Atletico Madrid and Rennes have agreed terms for defender Rod Fanni to move to La Liga.

13.19 BST Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent says there is no chance of the player moving to Marseille.

13.11 BST With Craig Bellamy heading to Cardiff, it is being suggested that Hull City could come in for Ross McCormack. They tried to sign him last summer.

13.06 BST The Guardian is reporting that James Milner's move to Manchester City is a done deal, for £18 million plus Stephen Ireland going to Aston Villa.

13.02 BST Manchester City's official website have confirmed that Craig Bellamy has signed for Cardiff City on loan for the season. Amazing scenes.

12.50 BST Kevin-Prince Boateng has reported arrived at AC Milan's traning ground ahead of his move from Genoa. Don't worry, we're as confused as you as his move to Genoa from Portsmouth has not yet been officially confirmed.

12.41 BST There seems to be a two-way fight on for the services of Cristian Ledesma. The Lazio player is said to be wanted by both Juventus and Inter Milan.

12.33 BST Dynamo Kiev striker Artem Milevskiy is reportedly being tracked by Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson as he looks to boost his forward line.

12.17 BST Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Fiorentina are set to sign Eduardo Salvio on loan from Atletico Madrid.

12.13 BST Palermo will no longer be signing Anton Ferndinand from Sunderland. Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini said: "Anton Ferdinand and Bacinovic were offered to us, but even though they are two good players we have not considered their purchase. Anton Ferdinand is a physically strong defender that we like, but we decided to give up because we don’t need another central defender.”

12.06 BST Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan says "I don't see myself leaving" this summer.

12.03 BST Osama Pai has sent us a message about the Arsenal goalkeeper situation:

Dear Wenger, please buy Shay Given. I can not see Arsenal winning anything without a world class goalkeeper. We cant afford anymore defensive line and goalkeeping errors and for that we need Given even if you have to pay a little more, Arsenal Till I Die.

11.55 BST Could Big Sam be boosted by a transfer budget of £100 million? That's the claim in the press.

11.51 BST Jay Simpson is set to join Hull City on loan from Arsenal. He did well at QPR last season.

11.42 BST The Birmingham Mail thinks that Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie will sign for West Bromwich Albion in the next 24 hours. He has already passed a medical ahead of a £2.5 million move. “I’ll be a West Brom player soon,” Odemwingie said. “I opted for West Bromwich because for a long time I have wanted to play in England."

11.29 BST A new line in the Mesut Ozil story, with the player's father saying he will join Real Madrid on a free next summer if a fee cannot be agreed before the end of the month. "We promised (Real Madrid president) Florentino Perez that if Bremen did not let Mesut go now, then next year he would come for free when his contract expires," his father Mustafa told Turkish paper Hirriyet.

11.17 BST One-time Birmingham target Mauro Camoranesi would be willing to move from Juventus to AC Milan, so says his agent. Sergio Fortunato said: “Obviously it would be a pleasant destination, but at the moment no one from the Rossoneri have got in touch with me. I consider it only a simple piece of journalistic indiscretion."

11.06 BST Reports are suggesting that Craig Bellamy WILL sign for Cardiff later today. Amazing stuff.

11.03 BST Schalke have ruled out a move to bring Diego back to Germany from Juventus. "We are not signing Diego," said Schalke manager Felix Magath. "We don't have any chance of that."

10.52 BST Wolves have signed promising Welsh striker Jake Cassidy from Airbus UK Broughton for an undisclosed fee.

10.39 BST Dutch paper Elf Voetbal says that Everton are in the box seat to sign FC Utrecht midfielder Dries Mertens for £3.2 million, but they could face competition from PSV Eindhoven and Dutch champions Twente Enschede.

10.26 BST Greece's Euro 2004 hero Angelos Charisteas has left Nurnberg to begin a new adventure with French Ligue 1 side Arles-Avignon.

10.16 BST Daniel Guiza, who won Euro 2008 with Spain, is being linked with a move home to Hercules from Fenerbahce.

10.04 BST The local press in east London claims that West Ham are at the head of the queue to sign Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City.

09.56 BST Simon Davies has signed a new three-year contract at Fulham. The 30-year-old midfielder, who retired from international football with Wales earlier this month, is now tied to Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.

09.45 BST Interesting talk on the Mesut Ozil front. Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs claims the club will not leave him out of their Champions League squad tomorrow if a sale has not been agreed. If Ozil gets on the pitch against Sampdoria he will not be able to play for another club in the competition this season. He told the Deutsche Presseagentur: "The facts are pretty clear. If a club is looking to sign Mesut to play Champions League, then that club needs to make a decision before Wednesday. If Mesut Ozil is a player of Werder Bremen on Wednesday, we are going to play him against Sampdoria. We have not lined up any plan to not do that for whatever reason. It would be up to Real Madrid to show up with the right answer to this all."

09.31 BST Glasgow Rangers have taken Etienne Esajas on trial. The winger flopped at Sheffield Wednesday.

09.22 BST Canal+ believes that Marseille have jumped in front of Loic Remy's Premier League suitors to be in pole position for his signature.

09.03 BST Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is training with Spurs in a bid to win a loan move to the club. “He’s with us for a week or so, just to see how he is,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News. “If he’s fine and he’s okay, he’ll join us. He’ll give us good competition and good cover in that position.”

08.44 BST Stoke City are reportedly prepared to break the club's transfer record once again with a £9 million bid for Wigan Athletic forward Hugo Rodallega - beating the £8 million the Potters paid for Kenwyne Jones.

08.27 BST Chelsea target Neymar will decide today whether to complete a £24m move to the Premier League, according to The Sun. Santos are holding out for the £29.6m buy-out clause in his contract.

08.00 BST Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is still hopeful of keeping want-away midfielder Javier Mascherano at the club but admits they have a verbal agreement with the player to allow him to leave if a decent bid is received. Full story.

07.45 BST Celtic are hoping to announce their second signing in 48 hours as they bid to wrap up the transfer of Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre.

07.30 BST A frustrated James Milner has set a Thursday deadline for Manchester City to secure his transfer from Aston Villa. Full story.

07.15 BST We start, as always, with a round up of the UK press and the news that Jermaine Jenas is set to join Juventus. According to the Daily Mirror, the Tottenham midfielder is going to Serie A on loan for the season with a view to a full-time £10 million switch.

But The Sun claim it's Turkish club Galatasaray that heads the queue to sign Jenas and are hoping to fight off interest from AC Milan to land the Englishman.

Also in the Daily Mirror: Chelsea target Neymar, the 18-year-old Santos forward, will decide today whether to complete a £24m move to the Premier League. And Manchester City are hoping to sell flog Robinho to Schalke 04 to raise some cash to buy Benfica defender David Luiz.

The Daily Mail reports that Harry Redknapp has urged Craig Bellamy not to throw away his career by dropping into the Championship to play for Cardiff. Plus, Man City will offer new deal to benched goalkeeper Shay Given to keep him at the club.

The Guardian cliam that Everton have joined the lengthy queue of clubs hoping to sign Craig Bellamy even though they can't match his Man City salary.

August 16, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/16/2010

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


Where will Craig Bellamy be playing come September 1?© Getty Images

23.55 BST: Here's our final piece of news for the day: Marek Jankulovski has been made available for transfer by new Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, but the Czech defender says he is determined to stay at San Siro. “I want to stay,” he said. “I have a contract until 2011 and I intend to respect it.”

Remember to come back tomorrow for all the developing transfer news and rumours.

23.41 BST: Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso still hopes to complete a permanent move to Roma following his successful loan spell last season, however, talks will only continue after the Italian Super Cup between the two sides. “There isn't a meeting scheduled this week with the Inter directors,” said agent Fernando Hidalgo. “At the moment, there is nothing new to report. We are still working on it. We hope that the deal will at least be resolved after the Super Cup.”

23.33 BST: San Jose Earthquakes have announced the signing of former Hull City midfielder Geovanni. The Brazilian midfielder has passed a medical and joins the MLS side as a designated player.

23.20 BST: Barcelona-based daily Mundo Deportivo reports that two of the club’s young talents have been targeted by Deportivo, who need a replacement for departed left-back Filipe Luis after his move to Atletico Madrid. Marc Muniesa and Carles Planas are the talented youngsters in question.

22.54 BST: Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie claims he has signed a contract with West Brom and will complete his move to the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

22.39 BST: Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan, who was named the best player of the 2010 World Cup, says he has had no offers to leave Atleti this summer. “I know nothing of interest from other teams,” AS quoted Forlan, who has been linked with a move to Juventus. “I know what I read in the newspapers but I have not received anything and neither have the club. I am very comfortable here. I have a three-year contract and I’m happy.”

22.15 BST: Another midfielder who could be moving to AC Milan is Juve’s Mauro Camoranesi. His move to Birmingham fell through last week but a transfer to San Siro would be more than adequate compensation, even if his agent is playing things down at the moment. Sergio Fortunato told calciomercato: "Obviously it would be a welcome destination, but since no one at the Rossoneri have gotten in touch with me I can only believe it's journalistic indiscretions."

21.50 BST: Brad Jones will sign a three-year deal at Liverpool on Tuesday, the club have confirmed. Here's the full story.

21.44 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Liverpool have confirmed that a fee has been agreed with Middlesbrough for goalkeeper Brad Jones.

21.43 BST: Tuttosport reports that Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is in Milan to complete his move to the Rossoneri. The Ghana international is expected to join in training on Tuesday. What a move that is for the midfielder who struggled to make a lasting impression at Spurs when he first moved to England from Germany.

21.25 BST: Sky Sports reports that Craig Bellamy will return to training with Manchester City on Tuesday having reportedly been told to stay away from the club by Roberto Mancini. Cardiff, Celtic, Tottenham and Fulham have all been linked with the Wales international.

21.07 BST: Manuel Almunia says he could be forced to consider his future at Arsenal if the club do sign Mark Schwarzer from Fulham before the close of the transfer window.

20.35 BST: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has firmly denied suggestions that the club were invloved in tapping up Santos starlet Neymar.

20.05 BST: Harry Redknapp has confirmed he will sign Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa if he can prove his fitness during a trial period. "He's with us for a week or so, just to see how he is,'' Redknapp said. "If he's fine and he's okay, he'll join us. He'll give us good competition and good cover in that position.''

19.55 BST: Dekel Keinan has joined Blackpool from Maccabi Haifa, according to reports from Sky Sports.

19.38 BST: Here is the full story regarding Matt Derbyshire's return to England with Birmingham.

19.17 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Birmingham City have announced the signing of Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire.

18.57 BST: There are suggestions floating around that Bayern Munich are interested in signing Chelsea’s young midfielder Gael Kakuta. Surely though, having gone through so much hassle to sign the midfielder, and after seeing him impress for France Under-19s this summer, Chelsea won’t be letting him leave just yet?

18.29 BST Celtic have signed Sweden international defender Daniel Majstorovic on a two-year contract from AEK Athens, the SPL club have confirmed. Full story.

18.09 BST Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones has been in Liverpool to undergo a medical with the Premier League club and is expected to move to Anfield imminently. Full story.

17.35 BST Marseille have reached a deal to sell striker Mamadou Samassa to Valenciennes. Samassa, 24, spent last season on loan at Valenciennes, scoring seven goals, after taking four months to score his first goal for Marseille.

17.18 BST Italian Serie A side Palermo have announced they are no longer interested in taking Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand on a season-long loan.

16.52 BST Werder Bremen have dismissed reports that Real Madrid have made a renewed €14 million offer for playmaker Mesut Ozil. “We didn't get a new offer," sporting director Klaus Allofs said."There is no change. I said that their offer was unacceptable, but I could also also say that it was ridiculous." Full story.

16.34 BST Reformed bad-boy Antonio Cassano has pledged his future to Sampdoria amid rumours Inter Milan are about to make a bid. "For me, the chances (of joining Inter) are zero." Cassano told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I want to finish my career here. At Samp I'm fine, I feel like a king."

16.30 BST Roberto Di Matteo is ready to make a move for Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie, according to the Daily Mail, after seeing his shot-shy West Bromwich Albion forwards muster just one attempt on target during Saturday's 6-0 defeat by Chelsea.

16.20 BST Brazilian club Fluminense have announced that Chelsea will have the first pick of their young talent as part of the deal that took Portuguese midfielder Deco to the club, according to FourFourTwo.

16.10 BST Arsenal legend David Seaman has claimed that the club need to buy a goalkeeper this summer and hopes that it will be either Fulham's Mark Schwarzer of Manchester City's Shay Given. Full story.

16.01 BST Shay Given’s former Newcastle United teammate Warren Barton expects the goalkeeper to sign for Arsenal after speaking to the 34-year-old Manchester City substitute. “For me there is no doubt he could be at Arsenal football club," Barton said.

15.45 BST Everton striker Victor Anichebe could be on his way to Newcastle United, according to the Liverpool Echo. The Magpies have made enquiries about the 22-year-old, whose contract expires next summer.

15.23 BST: West Brom are lurking for a loan move, but David Ngog says he doesn't want to leave Liverpool. "I am happy at Liverpool. I am focused on the club and I'm trying to do my best for Liverpool,'' he told the club's official website.

15.08 BST: Toulouse have been dealt a major blow just two games into the Ligue 1 season with the loss of striker Xavier Pentecote for around six months. Blackburn are also going to be annoyed as they were quite keen to sign him.

15.04 BST: Matt Derbyshire, of Olympiacos lest we forget, is apparently having a medical at Birmingham. Evidently he's tired of the Greek life and fancies the Midlands instead.

14.50 BST: According to Goal.com UK, Everton have around €5 million to spend on Russian midfielder Marat Izmailov. The Sporting winger is apparently keen to link up with countryman Diniyar Bilyaletdinov at Goodison.

14.38 BST: Ghana star Anthony Annan will play for Rosenborg in the Champions League, therefore making him cup-tied if he moves to another club. He recently said “I want to play for a bigger club and am ready to go if there is an interesting offer from the club," but no offers have been forthcoming.

14.29 BST: Ryan Shawcross wants to see more faces at Stoke. He told The Sentinel: "Kenwyne was one of the toughest strikers I faced last year, so he is going to be a challenge for any centre-half. He will suit us and the style we play and might add that bit of quality. If we can bring a few more players in, that might add more quality as well.''

14.16 BST: West Ham are reportedly interested in bringing Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz to the club for around £8.5 million.

13.57 BST: Swedish centre-back Daniel Majstorovic has signed for Celtic on a free transfer. Not using up the McGeady money just yet then...

13.42 BST: German Denis will move from Napoli to Udinese as the deal reaches a conclusion. “We are finalising the last details of the transfer deal. In a day or two, we could close it out,” agent Riccardo Bigon told Sky Sport Italia.

13.19 BST: Man City winger Vladimir Weiss wants to go to Celtic. He told the Daily Record: "I'd love to play for Celtic. It would be like a dream come true for me. The thing is, it's okay me saying I'd love to go to Celtic but it's not just up to me.''

13.10 BST: Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is training with Tottenham Hotspur as the club monitor his knee before deciding whether to offer him a loan deal. "Yes he's here with us," said manager Harry Redknapp. "He's had a bad knee, and so I think he's just going to spend a week or so with us and train to see how his knee is."

12.49 BST: In-demand defender David Luiz will not be leaving Benfica unless they receive an offer in excess of €40 million according to the Portuguese club.

12.14 BST: Mick McCarthy won't be making any new signings. The Wolves manager told his club's official website when asked if he will make any more significant signings: "I don't think so. Although we will keep looking because sometimes things can happen and it can be a moveable feast. There's still a bit of time to go, but we're not forcing anything.''

11.50 BST: So close they do everything together... twin brothers Dmitri and Kirill Kombarov have joined Spartak Moscow from Dinamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

11.39 BST: Brad Jones has been given the green light to move to Liverpool. Middlesbrough have agreed a fee, believed to be in the region of £2.3 million, for the Australian goalkeeper to leave and he's heading off for contract talks today.

11.25 BST: Werder Bremen look keen to take Julio Baptista off Roma's hands. The striker has already been the subject of interest from Galatasaray, Genoa, Olympiacos and Hamburg this summer.

11.12 BST: Wolves are set to seal a deal for Airbus UK striker Jake Cassidy. Airbus secretary Phil Bailey told the Express & Star: "We are currently in negotiations with Wolves and there could be further developments early next week. We will not be publishing the amount of the offer, but there will be performance-related sums based on appearances built into any agreement. He's due to undergo medicals prior to any agreement being finalised.''

11.05 BST: Manchester City have reportedly given Craig Bellamy permission to train with Cardiff City, meaning the Welshman could be set to join the side on loan.

10.55 BST: Fiorentina (and boss Sinisa Mihajlovic) are being linked with another Balkan player, namely Wolfsburg's Zvjezdan Misimovic. If Juve's Diego makes the move back to Germany then expect this one to happen very quickly.

10.36 BST: Despite Pep Guardiola and Zlatan Ibrahimovic himself claiming that he would be staying at Barcelona, the striker is still being linked with a loan move to AC Milan. Aside from being a former Inter player and having no desire to leave Spain, this one is a real goer.

10.21 BST: Liverpool are reportedly weighing up a £5 million move for PSV Eindhoven's Swedish striker Ola Toivonen. Maybe David Ngog's form will persuade them not to bother after all.

10.17 BST: Bayern Munich's Uli Hoeness claims that the club will sign a left-back. “We still have time, the transfer window is still open,” he told Bild. “Maybe we'll do something and if it works we will take someone who will defend the left side, but we will not pay an unreasonable sum. In the worst case, we might react when the market reopens this winter.”

10.09 BST: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admits his side still needs strengthening, despite an opening day thrashing of Wigan. "It was like waiting for a bus last week and all of a sudden six players turn up. Hallelujah," he said in The Sun. "Normally the players already at a club are worried but not my lot. They welcomed them. We've just been catapulted into this and I have to say it's just mad. It's like being in Big Brother. I need a few more players but they're all so expensive - it's a shock.''

09.43 BST: Emilio Izaguirre has vowed to be a success at Celtic. The Honduras international arrived in Glasgow at the weekend and is undergoing a medical ahead of a reported £600,000 move. ''I thank God I have been given this chance and I hope and pray I can be a success. I will not waste this opportunity. It will make me a better footballer and a more experienced one.''

09.27 BST: Scott Parker will sign a new bumper five-year contract on Tuesday to end all the speculation that he will be going to Spurs or Liverpool.

09.05 BST: West Ham are not planning on selling Scott Parker anytime soon. Chairman David Sullivan has said: "I have told Spurs again that he's not available and not to bother us any further or we'll report them to the Premier League."

08.43 BST: Inter midfielder Thiago Motta looks like he's staying at the San Siro for the future as his agent has claimed: "Thiago Motta will remain in Milan, and there will be no problems as to this."

08.15 BST: Reports in France suggest Marseille may be ready to give up on signing Luis Fabiano and turn their attention to Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko instead.

08.00 BST: Arsenal are likely to step up their pursuit of a goalkeeper with Shay Given firmly on the radar. But the Irishman will only be allowed to leave City on loan, according to the Telegraph.

07.52 BST: Mesut Ozil will complete a move from Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in the next few days but the club are yet to completely agree on a fee. The Spanish giants are unwilling to match the 18 million euro asking price but may well part with 14 million to sign the Germany star. That's all according to not-always-reliable Spanish daily Marca.

07.44 BST: L'Equipe is reporting that Schalke will make a move to re-unite Robinho with former Real Madrid team-mate Raul, with Felix Magath ready to pay 25 million euros to bring the Brazilian to the Bundesliga.

07.38 BST: Remember to let us know your thoughts on the latest rumours by posting below. That's what Richmond Amartey has done, telling us that he believes Chelsea should snap up another Brazilian.

"I think Chelsea needs a better striker who can dribble like Neymar because he has a VERY bright future"

07.15 BST: First things first, let's have a look around the English press at their latest news and transfer musings.

The Sun: Charles N'Zogbia is on strike at Wigan until he gets a move away from the DW Stadium - he refused to play against Blackpool at the weekend; Spurs have made an official £12 million bid for in demand Nice striker Loic Remy; Included as part of the deal to take Mario Balotelli to Manchester City was an agreement not to sell the striker on to Inter Milan's cross-city rivals AC.

Daily Mirror: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is weighing up a move for Toulouse striker Xavier Pentegote to bolster his attacking options, though he suffered a knee injury at the weekend; Harry Redknapp is still in pole position to sign Craig Bellamy from Manchester City; Hull boss Nigel Pearson is trying to sign Cardiff striker Ross ­McCormack – in a swap deal for Daniel Cousin.

Daily Mail: Cardiff are ready to offer Craig Bellamy a way out of Manchester City and the Wales striker is thought to be keen on a move home; Chelsea will return to Stoke with a £4.5 million offer for goalkeeper Asmir Begovic - who the Potters only signed earlier this year; Algeria World Cup defender Rafik Halliche is on his way to the Premier League, and will have a medical with Fulham ahead of a £1.3 million move from Benfica - but Newcastle could make a last-ditch attempt to hijack the move.

07.10 BST: Happy Monday everyone and welcome to a brand new week of transfer gossip and speculation - with a few actual moves thrown in there for good measure. It's a big week in the transfer market as there are Champions League qualifiers aplenty; players who play for their teams in those matches (such as Werder Bremen's Mesut Ozil) will be ineligible to play for another team in the competition.

August 15, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/15/2010

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

23.59 BST: A quiet end to a quiet Sunday night. We'll be back on Monday morning.

23.24 BST: Bolton are said to be ready to sign Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

22.46 BST: Could Newcastle be about to try and hijack Fulham's attempts to Algerian defender Rafik Halliche? The Daily Mail thinks so.

21.44 BST: Liverpool are again being linked with a £5 million move for PSV Eindhoven forward Ola Toivonen.

20.31 BST: Cardiff are closing in on the capture of out-of-favour Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy.Surely he could get a better club than that?

19.41 BST: A comment here from Wahid on a quiet night:

Ozil is greedy for money that's why he wants to move to spain.

18.22 BST: Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is set to head for Italy with Bologna.

17.39 BST: Tottenham are said to be weighing up an improved offer for West Ham's Scott Parker.

16.49 BST: Kevin-Prince Boateng is set to join AC Milan, say Il Corriere dello Sport.

15.41 BST: Big news on the big deals. Keep it Soccernet for gems like this. Spanish Segunda side Girona have announced the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Tebar for the almighty fee of 100 euros.

14.36 BST: Neymar to Chelsea is one of the summer's slow burners, give or take Santos' anger at the approaches made to their latest jewel. The Brazilians want to keep him but Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro has told The Daily Star: "It is useless for Santos to offer Neymar a pay rise.He wants to become the best player in the world. The chances of him doing that while playing in Brazil are zero."

13.20 BST: Celtic are planning loan moves for Manchester City’s Shay Given, Craig Bellamy and Vladimir Weiss, according to reports.

12.52 BST: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp reckons London rivals Fulham are now favourites to sign Craig Bellamy. "He's never going to come here on loan," admitted Redknapp.

12.07 BST: We've heard it all now. Aston Villa are linked with a move for Jermaine Jenas, and the price quoted is £10 million by Spurs. Meanwhile, Spurs want Scott Parker but for less. Go figure. Parker is expected to sign a new deal by West Ham.

11.44 BST: This one won't go away. Manchester United linked with a move for Porto's indian-inked midfielder Raul Mereilles. £15 million is the price quoted.

11.23 BST: Newcastle target Hatem Ben Arfa says he is prepared to sit out the next season if Marseille do not let him leave.

10.33 BST: Mezut Ozil says he has his sights set on a move to Real Madrid. "When you have such an opportunity like this, then you want to take it," he
said after Werder Bremen's 4-0 win over Ahlen in the DFB-Pokal on Saturday. "It is any footballer's dream to play for the biggest teams in Europe."

09.33 BST: Time to delve into the Sunday papers for the best of the rumours.

THE PEOPLE:
Barcelona will move ahead of Inter Milan in the race for Javier Mascherano this week when they offer Liverpool £15million plus Alexander Hleb.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp has stepped up his pursuit of Scott Parker after tabling a £12million offer to West Ham.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Shay Given is on the way out at Man City after losing his place to new England number one Joe Hart, who stole the show at White Hart Lane. Charming Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck last night ridiculed Liverpool by declaring: "Joe Cole has gone to a smallish club somewhere north of the M25".

SUNDAY TIMES: After the biggest spend in history, Manchester City are organising football's biggest giveaway. The hyper-rich club are prepared to cut their losses on record signing Robinho by selling him to Fenerbahce for little more than half the £32.5m the Brazilian cost two summers ago.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Arsenal could move for dejected Manchester City keeper Shay Given, who watched from the subs' bench as England's new number one Joe Hart stole the show in the goalless draw at Spurs.

August 14, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/14/2010

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


Gallas: Heading to Spurs?© Getty Images

23.59 BST: A quiet end to Saturday's rumour mill. We'll be back in the morning.

23.19 BST: AZ Alkmaar have denied reports that Fulham have had an offer accepted for Moussa Dembele. A host of Premier League clubs want him.

22.33 BST: Aston Villa are said to be ready to spend the James Milner money on Robbie Keane and David Bentley of Spurs. Even though they have no manager?

22.04 BST: Cardiff are interested in Craig Bellamy. Good for them, it will never happen.

21.25 BST: Liverpool are being linked with a move for Spurs midfielder Giovanni. Could he be surplus to requirements,

20.44 BST: Striker Mamadou Niang has joined Fenerbahce from Marseille. The Ligue 1 champions confirmed the 30-year-old Senegal international was leaving the club after their 3-2 defeat at Valenciennes this evening.

20.05 BST: Roberto Martinez, smarting from the thrashing at the hands of Blackpool, wants Charles N'Zogbia's future sorted. "We have to resolve the situation internally,'' he said. "The squad and the team are more important than any other individuals and it is too early to tell what will happen. We have not finished in the market because we are very light in numbers. The demands of the Premier League are really high and we will work extremely hard to get our squad completed before September 1.''

19.21 BST: Aston Villa caretaker Kevin MacDonald has updated us on James Milner's move to Man City: "The latest I heard, there was still a stalemate with Man City. But that could change within hours.''

19.01 BST: More from Hughes, this time on transfer target Craig Bellamy: "I said on Friday if there is an opportunity to bring him to the club, we will investigate that, but I'm aware that there are other clubs interested. Obviously we would like to do some things in terms of bringing him to the club, but there is a long way to go and the key to it is what Craig wants to do. I think it is really important that he takes the right step for him. I'm sure he will take his time and eventually come to the right decision.''

18.42 BST: Fulham manager Mark Hughes again insists he wants to keep Mark Schwarzer: "That is the intention, yes. Nothing has moved on. Myself and Mark have had conversations and I fully understand the reasoning behind the fact that he maybe wants to take up the opportunity (to join Arsenal). But I think he also understands that we have to protect our position as well, and that is what we are doing. We are not going to put Fulham's position or reputation at risk by making promises we can't fulfil, so at the moment it's very much the status quo and nothing has moved on.''

18.03 BST: Celtic defender Darren O’Dea is set to join Ipswich Town on loan.

16.59 BST: Roberto Mancini says that he wants to keep Shay Given. We shall see about that.

16.01 BST: Coventry City have signed Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner on an emergency loan deal.

15.08 BST Cardiff City boss Dave Jones has all but ruled out a move for Craig Bellamy that looks unlikely at best. "On a scale of one to 10 we would be one, or even on a minus," Jones told the South Wales Echo.

13.23 BST Nothing concrete in this but Shay Given's presence on the Manchester City bench and a so-far fine showing from Joe Hart will surely start the speculation. Arsenal and Fulham bound to be linked.

12.41 BST: An agent claims Giovani dos Santos would be prepared to leave Tottenham if an offer arrives from Italy. “I spoke recently to his father, who became his new agent, and he said Giovani would only move if an offer came in from Italy,” Lodovico Spinosi told Calciomercato.

12.24 BST: Juventus manager Luigi Del Neri appears to have rejected suggestions that Diego will be leaving the club, to join either Wolfsburg or Schalke. “Is Diego on his way out? We never considered him like that,” said the boss.

11.55 BST: Manchester City confirmed the signing of Mario Balotelli on Friday evening but it appears the young forward did not want to leave Italy.

11.29 BST: Again, it's not strictly transfer news but we thought you might like to know that Arsene Wenger has signed a new contract until 2014.

11.03 BST: This may be stretching the definition of transfer news but it is a great story... Mikel Arteta could be on the brink of making a sensational move to... the England national side. Well, Steven Gerrard certainly hopes it happens.

10.42 BST: It is a bit of a poor morning on the rumour front as the papers all focus on the big kick-off today, but here are a few interesting snippets...

The Mirror: Kenwyne Jones turned down Liverpool in order to link up with Tony Pulis at Stoke City. Meanwhile, Manchester City would rather sell Shay Given to Celtic than allow him to join Arsenal.

Daily Mail: Joe Hart has been given the nod for Manchester City’s game against Tottenham, meaning Shay Given will seek to leave the club before the close of the transfer window. Birmingham are closing in on the £2 million signing of Sunderland defender George McCartney.

10.31 BST: On the European side of things, Werder Bremen have rejected an offer from Real Madrid for Germany international Mesut Ozil. So Fergie might still have a chance of signing him then...

10.16 BST: We will get those paper rumours to you shortly, we promise, but there is a fair bit of news around this morning! Mark Hughes has confirmed that Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request at Fulham, for starters.

Incidentally, The Guardian reports that if Shay Given is left out by Man City against Spurs today, Hughes will attempt to purchase him as Schwarzer's replacement.

10.07 BST: Here is the full story regarding Harry Redknapp's interest in free agent William Gallas.

09.31 BST: We will be looking through the morning papers to bring you the best transfer lines.

09.15 BST: It might be the first day of the new Premier League season but that does not mean we will be neglecting the transfer gossip today. To kick things off, Harry Redknapp has said that he is pursuing a move for William Gallas and Mark Hughes has confirmed Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request at Fulham.

August 13, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/13/2010

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


Have City offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a £96 million contract?© Getty Images

18.00 BST That's all for Friday's transfer blog, but you can keep up-to-date with all the news on the main Soccernet site and then check back here on Saturday morning for your transfer fix.

17.48 BST Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has dismissed reports that he is trying to offload England stiker Peter Crouch. “Not a chance. He is not for sale. He is not going anywhere," Redknapp said.

17.07 BST Lyon manager Claude Puel has reiterated that Juventus target Michel Bastos will not be leaving Stade Gerland. "He won't move [away] from here," he said. "We talked about it and he wants to stay. I can remove any doubts."

16.48 BST Blackpool have made Bolton midfielder Chris Basham their sixth signing in two days. He could play in Saturday's opener at the DW Stadium.

16.17 BST Blackpool have handed a trial to Slovenia international Branko Ilic as they look to bolster their threadbare squad, according to Sky Sports.

15.23 BST Bordeaux have confirmed Nice's France Under-21 international Anthony Modeste has signed a four-year contract at the Stade Chaban Delmas.

14.59 BST SPL giants Rangers have agreed a deal to sign former England striker James Beattie from Stoke City. Full story.

14.53 BST Roy Hodgson insists Christian Poulsen was not brought to the club as a replacement for Javier Mascherano and says he does not expect the Argentina captain to leave Liverpool in the imminent future. Full story.

14.48 BST Chelsea look set to complete the signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires by the end of today. "Ramires is doing medical tests again and we hope that he will sign a contract,'' said Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.

14.42 BST West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker, who has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham over the summer, is close to signing a new five-year contract.

14.21 BST Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists there is no chance he will sign Aston Villa winger Ashley Young this summer. "There's no truth in that one," he said.

13.58 BST Aiden McGeady has joined Spartak Moscow from Celtic on a four-year contract, the Scottish club have confirmed.

13.46 BST The father of Santos star Neymar has urged the Brazilian club to accept Chelsea's improved £21 million offer for his son."The opportunity to leave Brazil is there. What I believe is that we have to think about valuing the player, not just the finances," he said.

13.01 BST Not strictly transfer news, but according to TalkSport Bob Bradley has quit his job as USA coach. He has of course been linked with the Aston Villa job.

12.48 BST: Ossie Ardiles tells Soccernet why Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool

12.41 BST Anton Ferdinand has not been given a squad number for the new season by Sunderland, casting doubt on his future at the club.

12.09 BST Although Aston Villa seem willing to let James Milner go, they are keen to keep Ashley Young and will reportedly offer him a new and improved contract to ward off interest from other clubs.

11.55 BST Motherwell have added two strikers to their squad ahead of the SPL opener against Hibernian after signing Spaniard Esteban Casagolda and taking Blackburn's Nick Blackman on loan.

11.28 BST Hull City have completed the signing of midfielder Robert Koren on a free transfer following his release by West Brom this summer.

11.05 BST Belgium forward Moussa Dembele is making advances towards Fulham, claiming the Cottagers are "a really nice club" as he attempts to seal a move to the Premier League.

10.43 BST It's all happening at Manchester City, with Roberto Mancini now saying that he expects a deal to sign Aston Villa's James Milner to go through in "another two or three days".

10.29 BST Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects to sign Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli "today or tomorrow" and admitted the deal was "close" to completion.

10.13 BST Fulham manager Mark Hughes has declared his interest in signing Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy for a third time. Hughes signed Bellamy for both Blackburn and City and worked with him during his stint as Wales manager.

10.01 BST Mario Balotelli has flown into Manchester to undergo a medical and Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting the two clubs have agreed a fee of £23 million.

09.53 BST: Skysports.com is reporting that Birmingham are lining up a loan move for former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire.

09.42 BST: Stoke are considering a move for Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia. He requested a transfer yesterday...but to Stoke? Really?

09.36 BST: Mario Balotelli is on a plane on his way to England. It is believed the Inter Milan striker will have a medical at Manchester City today.

09.33 BST: Any deal for in demand Germany star Mesut Ozil may depend on whether he plays in Werder Bremen's Champions League qualifier next Wednesday. If he is involved in the game it would make him ineligible to play for another team in the compeition.

09.28 BST: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier, says Hatem Ben Arfa is going nowhere, amid interest from Newcastle, Benfica, Hoffenheim and Genoa. Dassier said: "Hatem is part of our squad and it will stay that way. There is no serious offer from Newcastle. It's a crazy situation."

09.13 BST: Manuel Almunia will quit Arsenal if Arsene Wenger signs Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, according to the Star.

09.07: The agent of Mauro Camoranesi has blamed Birmingham's Italian representative for the Italian's proposed move to St Andrew breaking down. He said: "If I organise a meeting in Turin and they tell me a figure, then I meet with Juve and come to an agreement with them, then I go to England and they tell me another number then the deal is blown."

08.56 BST: L'Equipe is expecting West Ham to launch a bid for PSG midfielder Stephane Sessegnon. The 26-year-old Benin international still has three years left on his contract with the Ligue 1 side.

08.48 BST: Aston Villa winger Ashley Young is reportedly a target for Liverpool and Spurs, but he will apparently wait until the new Villa boss is appointed before making a decision about his future.

08.39 BST: Don't forget, you can add your thoughts in our comments section below.

08.32 BST: Naughty naughty Chelsea. Allgedly of course. Santos have accused the Blues of tapping-up Neymar and the Brazilian club's president is not impressed. Remember Chelsea were handed a transfer ban for indiscretions in their pursuit of Gael Kakuta and they could find themsleves in trouble if the accusations turn out to be true.

08.28 BST: Marseille fans will be waiting anxiously for news of Luis Fabiano's proposed 18 million euro move from Sevilla today, as talks will resume between the clubs and the player in the next few hours, according to L'Equipe.

08.21 BST: The Mail is reporting that Steve Bruce will use the £8 million from the sale of Kenwyne Jones to fund a move for Ghana World Cup star Asamoah Gyan,.

08.13 BST: Carlos Tevez looks like he will be heading out the Manchester City exit door...but only in a few years time. The Argentina striker admits that he is homesick and dreams of returning to Argentina in the future. He said: "Every day I have less will to continue playing in Europe. I will be there for two or three more years and then I will think about heading back to Argentina. Football doesn't make me happy or as fulfilled as before."

08.00 BST: Stephen Ireland's demands for a pay-off appear to be scuppering the part-exchange deal with Villa for James Milner. More here.

07.42 BST: According to El Mundo Deportivo, club sources at Barca have confirmed they are trying to sell Ibrahimovic to City but it depends on the striker's willingness to leave.

07.40 BST: Ole claims Barca will sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool for €15 million plus Alexander Hleb.

07.35 BST: Good morning and welcome. Here's the transfer gossip from this morning's national papers.

The Sun: Manchester City have offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic a four-year deal worth £96million, Tottenham have beaten a host of English clubs to sign 17-year-old Honduras whizkid Anthony Lozano, Steve Coppell quit Bristol City after two games because he didn't want David James.

Daily Mirror: City will pip Chelsea to Benfica defender David Luiz, Blackburn want to sign Stoke striker James Beattie despite Rangers making their move this week, Hatem Ben Arfa will go on strike to secure Newcastle move.

The Guardian: Chelsea have been given the go-ahead to complete the signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires, Manchester City are in talks with two clubs - perhaps Besiktas and Schalke - over a £20 million-plus Robinho deal, Manchester United do not expect to sign Mesut Ozil due to the player's indecision.

Daily Mail: Robinho is reluctant but willing to stay at City and fight for his place, Anton Ferdinand - linked with Palermo - has had a bust-up with Steve Bruce.

August 12, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/12/2010

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


Christian Poulsen has signed for Liverpool© Getty Images

23.59 BST That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning.

23.38 BST Zlatan Ibrahimovic will stay and fight for his place at Barcelona. "Every day people are linking me with new clubs. All this interest pleases me, but I still have four years on my contract with Barcelona and I don't have any intention of leaving," said Ibrahimovic. "I am in the best squad in the world."

23.05 BST Aston Villa are set to give Ashley Young a bumper pay rise to keep him at the club.

22.31 BST Rumours coming out of the USA that Santos are unhappy with Chelsea supposedly approaching striker Neymar with Brazil in the States to play an international friendly.

21.49 BST Sunderland may move for another striker by signing Ghana World Cup star Asamoah Gyan.

21.33 BST Souces are suggesting that Aidan McGeady has agreed to sign for Spartak Moscow from Celtic in a deal worth just shy of £10 million.

21.21 BST Fulham have moved into the box seat in the race to sign Moussa Dembele from AZ.

20.58 BST Juan Roman Riquelme, once hilariously linked with West Ham, has penned a four-year contract with Boca Juniors.

20.37 BST Marseille insist there has been no offer from Newcastle United for Hatem Ben Arfa, and he will be staying at the Ligue 1 club.

20.18 BST More on Mario Balotelli now, with the player's agent, Mino Raiola, saying the deal could go through on Friday. "On Thursday there was a step forwards, I can confirm that," Raiola told Sky Italia. "So I am very confident about closing the deal soon but it doesn't just depend on me."

19.45 BST Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan. Welbeck has been linked with Sunderland for much of the summer and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has now allowed him to leave for Wearside.

19.29 BST We told you earlier than an unnamed club wants Sunderland's Anton Ferdinand on loan? Well, it's supposed to be Serie A side Palermo.

19.20 BST Bristol City, despite not having a manager, have signed Jimmy Keohane and Patrick Hoban from Wessex United and Mervue respectively on one-year contracts.

19.09 BST Portsmouth are weighing up a move for Darryl Flahavan.

18.47 BST Mark Schwarzer has urged Fulham to allow him to move to Arsenal. "I need it to happen," said Schwarzer. "I've had a couple of chats with [manager] Mark [Hughes]. It's delicately poised."

18.07 BST Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted he has made a move to sign Wales striker Craig Bellamy from Manchester City.

17.28 BST Serie A side Bologna have signed promising 19-year-old striker Manu Gavilan from Real Betis on a free transfer.

16.54 BST Real Madrid look set to beat Ac Milan to the signing of Santos star Ganso, according to Milan News. Ganso said: "Real Madrid is the club where I'd like to play. It would be a dream to express myself alongside Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo."

16.30 BST: Everton defender Phil Jagielka has scotched rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal. "There's nothing I can do about the speculation, but the gaffer has pulled me aside and told me I'm not going anywhere," Jagielka told talkSPORT. "I'm happy with that. I'm an Everton player, I love playing for the club, and I'm just going to get on with my job there."

16.25 BST: Rivaldo, released by Bunyodkor yesterday, has denied he's joining Real Mallorca. "Everything that is being reported is untrue," he wrote on Twitter. "The only truth is that I am now unemployed and I'm heading back to Brazil." He added that, although he's 38, he still feels capable of playing in Brazil or Europe.

16.20 BST: Middlesbrough have denied that any deal has been agreed to sell goalkeeper Brad Jones to Liverpool. A club statement read: "Boro have this afternoon confirmed that they have not reached an agreement with any club for the sale of goalkeeper Brad Jones."

16.18 BST: Portsmouth have rejected a £2 million bid for defender Marc Wilson from West Brom. "To be honest, we would not want to sell Marc Wilson," boss Steve Cotterill said in the News. "There is no way, absolutely no way, we want Marc Wilson to leave."

16.15 BST: The Birmingham Mail belives James Milner will be a Manchester City player by the end of tomorrow at the latest.

16.05 BST: Fulham are set to complete a move for Benfica and Algeria defender Rafik Halliche shortly. "There is an agreement between the two clubs and Rafik will be assessed by Fulham in London," agent Ivan Modia told skysports.com. "Hopefully we can sort out the situation early next week."

16.01 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, is in Milan to try to force through the Inter striker's move to City.

15.58 BST: Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan is travelling to Bulgaria today to complete a move to CSKA Sofia.

15.52 BST: Fulham attacker Zoltan Gera says he does "not know anything" about rumours linking him to Liverpool.

15.45 BST: A few people are asking for the latest on United and Ozil. There's nothing about in England or Germany right now to suggest he's Old Trafford-bound. The big news was that United created a player profile on their site but, as we've all come to learn over recent years, that means nothing.

15.40 BST: Chelsea were said to be in for Inter defender Nicolas Burdisso - a target for Roma - but his agent says they're not. “Chelsea did not contact me about Nicolas,” Fernando Hidalgo said on Calciomercato.it. “Yesterday I did speak to the Blues over another matter, but Burdisso’s name never came up."

15.30 BST: Sky Sports News claims Liverpool have agreed a £2.5 million fee with Boro for goalkeeper Brad Jones.

15.25 BST: It's rumoured that City striker Felipe Caicedo could join West Ham on loan.

15.15 BST: Morten Gamst Pedersen says he considered quitting Blackburn this summer when his contract expired but is pleased to have committed to the club. "It is always a temptation when other clubs are interested in you and you are in the position I was," he said. "You can be tempted to think the grass is greener, but when I sat down and thought about it, I knew the right thing was to stay."

15.07 BST: Schalke are reported to have matched Wolfsburg's €16 million offer for Juve midfielder Diego.

15.05 BST: Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd has revealed Celtic have not made an improved offer for Keiren Westwood since the Championship club flatly rejected what the Sky Blues manager called a "derisory" bid three weeks ago.

14.55 BST: The Guardian says Robinho is back at City and will be training in five minutes.

14.54 BST: Uruguay defender Diego Godin has formally completed his move from Villarreal to Atletico Madrid.

14.50 BST: Andres Iniesta says he would welcome Mesut Ozil at Barcelona.

14.30 BST: The Hull Daily Mail says Jimmy Bullard is reluctant to leave Hull and wants to fight for his place. Hull appear to want him off their books due to his wages.

14.21 BST: Sky Sports News says Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand is the subject of interest from an unnamed Italian club.

14.12 BST: Birmingham could be set to snap up Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia. Alex McLeish said: "We are looking at one or two things and I'm confident we will have players in by the second game of the season rather than the first one at Sunderland."

14.10 BST: L'Equipe claims Luis Fabiano's move from Sevilla to Marseille is "imminent". Marseille director general Antoine Veyrat is apparently in Seville right now to begin the final negotiations.

14.04 BST: Birmingham have pulled out of their bids for both Mauro Camoranesi and Moussa Dembele. Dembele could well be on his way to West Ham.

13.52 BST: The Express & Star also says Ashley Young is set for showdown talks with Villa today. Spurs are said to be interested.

13.50 BST: Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey remains hopeful David Jones will stay at the club despite contract talks stalling.

13.46 BST: Liverpool are to return with an improved offer Boro 'keeper Brad Jones today, according to the Liverpool Echo. They previously had a £2 million offer rejected.

13.42 BST: Sky Sports News says Charles N'Zogbia will hand in a transfer request at Wigan later today. He made his France debut yesterday.

13.40 BST: El Mundo Deportivo reckons Barca are actively looking to offload Ibra, too, and also cites Manchester City as a likely destination. Chelsea could be interested as well, though.

13.35 BST: According to AS, Real Mallorca are close to signing 38-year-old former Barcelona star Rivaldo.

13.25 BST: Skysports.com says Harry Redknapp was in attendance to watch Loic Remy as France played Norway last night.

13.14 BST: Player exchange deals are very, very rare, especially involving top-level players, but Sport is claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be involved in yet another. Apparently, Barca president Sandro Rosell is working on a "very difficult and very complex" deal to swap him with Robinho. Both Barca and City have expensive flops on their hands who don't like playing second fiddle, but it seems very, very unlikely.

13.05 BST: Mauro Camoranesi's agent seems to have noticed income gets taxed, which could jeopardise his move to Birmingham.

12.51 BST: Bebe has said "it's a dream to play for Manchester United". We think he actually said that before United made the bid, incidentally. Jorge Paixao, who was Bebe’s coach at Estrela da Amadora, told Antena 1: “He’s an old-school player. He learned to play in the street and has that natural creativity, an irreverence, and that makes all the difference. He improvises very well, because he has quality, and he has a set of characteristics that are difficult to find in a single footballer: he’s tall, he’s good in the air, he’s technically gifted and he’s very fast.”

12.40 BST: OFFICIAL Ricardo Carvalho has passed his medical at Real Madrid and has now put pen to paper on his deal.

12.26 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter and City are closer to agreement over Mario Balotelli, with City offering €26 million and Inter demanding €28 million. Inter were said to have earlier demanded €30 million and City had offered €24 million.

12.21 BST: Burnley have taken Jack Cork back on loan from Chelsea.

12.10 BST: Tottenham have announced that England Under-19 international Dean Parrett has signed a new deal until 2013 and gone on loan to Plymouth.

11.59 BST: Edin Dzeko has blasted Wolfsburg for not allowing him to leave the club.

11.36 BST: West Brom utility player Gonzalo Jara has signed a new three-year contract.

11.33 BST: Not quite sure what's going on with this one. Estonian newspaper Postimees says Roman Abramovich wants to buy Dutch club NEC Nijmegen. Their website now carries a quote from his representative saying the story is "complete stupidity" and "does not match reality". Quite odd all round, really.

11.26 BST: Celtic boss Neil Lennon expects Aiden McGeady to complete his move to Spartak Moscow shortly. “We're hoping it's going to get over the line today or tomorrow,” he said. “He was having a medical with Moscow. I'm sure that will be fine - hopefully it will be done this week.”

11.20 BST: Stephen Carr has signed a new deal at Birmingham.

11.10 BST: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed he would also be keen to sign Craig Bellamy. “There's a lot of clubs who would love Craig Bellamy,” he said. “He's a fantastic player but whether it's possible, I'm not quite sure. I've been a big admirer of Craig's for a long, long time. If he's available, which it looks like he is, and if we could afford him, then I would love to bring Craig to the football club.”

11.03 BST: FilGoal.com says Anderlecth have demanded the Egyptian FA send them the International Transfer Certificate of Zamalek winger Shikabala. Shikabala has apparently invoked article 17 and signed a four-year deal with Anderlecht, but Zamalek don't seem to be going along with it. Shikabala has yet to comment.

10.55 BST: Ghana Under-20 international Frank Acheampong, who plays as a striker for King Faisal, is close to a move to Palermo, according to Ghanasoccernet.

10.51 BST: Blackpool new boy Marlon Harewood says he rejected offer offers to sign for the Seasiders. "I had other offers to move somewhere else, but I feel Blackpool is the right move at this stage of my career and I am ready for the Premier League season," he told skysports.com.

10.19 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon today confirmed they have approached Manchester City with a view to taking striker Craig Bellamy on loan.

10.15 BST: Wigan have confirmed they have accepted an offer from Ipswich for striker Jason Scotland.

10.13 BST: Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho is in Madrid for a medical ahead of his expected move to the Bernabeu.

10.11 BST: Bolton have signed striker Tom Eaves from Oldham for £200,000.

10.07 BST: Rangers have made bids for Stoke striker James Beattie and Portsmouth attacker Tommy Smith.

10.05 BST: Blackpool are in talks to sign Bolton defender/midfielder Chris Basham.

10.01 BST: Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is to have a medical at Sunderland today with a view to a season-long loan at the Stadium of Light.

09.55 BST: Liverpool have now announced Poulsen has signed a three-year deal.

09.46 BST: Having played against him on Tuesday, Kolo Toure believes Mario Balotelli would be a great signing for City.

09.35 BST: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says they are unlikely to sign Everton striker Yakubu.

09.20 BST: Tuttosport says Robinho, Luis Fabiano and Lukas Podolski are all targets for AC Milan.

09.10 BST: Marca says Mesut Ozil is back on the agenda at Real Madrid.

08.50 BST: BREAKING NEWS: Juventus have confirmed Christian Poulsen has finalised his move to Liverpool for €5.475 million. Let's get your thoughts on that one.

08.45 BST: Chelsea's attempts to bring in Ramires is well known, and reports suggest they're looking to sign Benfica defender David Luiz following the sale of Ricardo Carvalho. But it appears they're reviving their interest in another Brazilian: Santos starlet Neymar. Read the latest on that one here.

08.19 BST: Here are the key stories doing the rounds on Thursday morning...

The Independent: James Milner is expected to complete his move from Aston Villa to Manchester City on Thursday, with Stephen Ireland going the other way. However, Milner may not be the final departure from Villa Park.

The Telegraph: Santos wonderkid Neymar is close to securing a move to Chelsea. The club’s chief scout Michael Emanelo watched the 18-year-old score against USA on Tuesday and is believed a deal worth in the region of £20-25 million could be done.

Daily Mirror: Stephen Ireland is holding out for a move to Tottenham, but the best story in the Mirror this morning concerns Manuel Almunia, who could be moving to Aston Villa. That would mean that Brad Friedel joins Fulham and Mark Schwarzer switches to Arsenal. Crazy.

The Sun: Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signing of 14-year-old Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore. Meanwhile, Liverpool have been told they must pay £20 million if they want to sign Carlton Cole and Jeremie Aliadiere could be his replacement at West Ham, having landed a trial at Upton Park.

07.46 BST: We will have a quick look around the morning's papers to try and bring you the best transfer stories on Thursday. Don't go anywhere.

07.35 BST: Now James Milner is done with international duty for England, it is expected that his move from Aston Villa to Manchester City will go through in the next 24 hours.

07.15 BST: Good morning, transfer fans, After Manchester United signed a former representative of the Homeless World Cup named Bebe on Wednesday night, anything could happen today.

The big story doing the rounds this morning is the news that Javier Mascherano has confirmed he wants to leave Liverpool in order to play in a new country. Mascherano told Sky Sports: "My problem is not to play for Liverpool. I'm very proud to play for Liverpool. It's another thing. I said to him (new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson) that maybe for my life I prefer to change the country, not to change the club - that is the fact."

August 11, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/11/2010

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


William Gallas is being linked with a move to Tottenham © Getty Images

22.42 BST Apparently Manchester United's £7.4 million signing Bebe was raised in an orphanage after spending part of his childhood on the streets and has represented Portugal in the homeless World Cup. Full story.

22.13 BST: International friendlies tonight mean that the rumour mill has slowed down to a near standstill, but Manchester United HAVE made a signing. Vitoria Guimaraes striker Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, better known as Bebe, has moved to Old Trafford - subject to a medical.

20.52 BST Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has signed his second defender of the day with the capture of Manchester City centre-back Nedum Onuoha on a season-long loan. Full story.

20.14 BST Wayne Rooney's younger brother John, 19, is currently on trial with Seattle Sounders FC of the MLS.

18.58 BST Blackpool have made Marlon Harewood their fifth signing of the day. The 30-year-old has agreed a two-year-deal at Bloomfield Road.

18.27 BST Stoke City have completed the signing of Kenwyne Jones from Sunderland for a club-record £8 million fee. Full story.

18.24 BST Sunderland are eyeing up a swoop for transfer-listed Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard, according to reports. Steve Bruce wants to take him on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

17.47 BST Olympique Lyonnais have declared that €22m-rated left-back Michel Bastos “is not for sale” amid interest from Juventus, Milan and Inter. Full story.

17.11 BST Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna would like to see Montpellier centre-back Emir Spahic at the Emirates. "He is gifted enough to join a club like Arsenal," Sagna told Le Foot Hebdo. "If he does join the club, he would be welcomed."

16.51 BST: Wigan Athletic have accepted an offer from Ipswich Town for striker Jason Scotland, who failed to impress for the Latics last season.

16.25 BST: BREAKING NEWS! West Ham have announced they have done a deal to sign Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani on loan. The Hammers are now awaiting a work permit to sign the Serbian.

16.11 BST: Genoa have confirmed striker Roberto Acquafresca is due to join Genoa. “The signs converge in the direction of a transfer to be completed soon,” read a statement on the club's official website. “Probably it will be done by the end of the week. Between Thursday and Friday a meeting is set between the directors of the two clubs to clear the way for his passage to the Sardinian side.”

15.47 BST: The London Evening Standard reports Tottenham have told Everton and Liverpool that Peter Crouch is not for sale this summer.

15.32 BST: After agreeing a deal to sign Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea, Real Madrid appear keen to free up space in their squad and AS reports that left-back Royston Drenthe will be joining Racing Santander on loan. Presumably he will be announcing this on his Facebook page any time soon, ahem.

15.15 BST: Marca reports Ricardo Carvalho is due to arrive in Madrid on Wednesday and that the Chelsea defender will undergo a medical with Real Madrid on Thursday morning. Chelsea have agreed to sell the defender for a reported fee of €8 million.

14.56 BST: Mario Balotelli will not rule out the possibility that he could stay at Inter Milan, although the striker has hinted he will be leaving the Italian club to join Manchester City.

14.45 BST: Wigan are still targeting two or three new players despite tying up deals for Antolin Alcaraz, James McArthur, Mauro Boselli, Ronnie Stam and Ali Al Habsi this summer. Manager Roberto Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post: “We are trying to bring two or maybe three players in before the end of the transfer window. It’s a long time to go until January, when you can next do something about your squad.”

14.33 BST: Rangers are also hoping to sign Portsmouth forward Tommy Smith, with administrator Andrew Andronikou confirming there has been “dialogue” between the two sides. Meanwhile, teams from France and Asia are believed to be targeting Pompey forward John Utaka.

14.23 BST: Arsenal midfielder Nacer Barazite has impressed Rangers after joining the club on trial. “Considering he has only had a week of pre-season training, I thought Nacer did well,” Ibrox coach Durrant told the club's official website after a game against Glentoran. “You can see he has got a level of ability.” The player himself said: “Moving to Rangers would be good for me. It would be a step forward, not back, because they are a very big club and they play in the Champions League.”

14.11 BST: Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has played down suggestions that the club are poised to sign Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. "There isn't anything," he said. "We are aware of the speculation and that he has been linked to us but he is very much a Marseille player. There hasn't been any direct contact."

13.57 BST: Kenwyne Jones has arrived at Stoke for talks over a move from Sunderland. The Black Cats have confirmed the striker is undergoing a medical with their Premier League rivals.

13.54 BST: Radoslav Kovac’s agent says the West Ham midfielder could be moving to Stoke City this summer. "There's an interest and I can confirm that some discussions have already taken place," Pavel Zika told Deniksport.cz. "However, so far there has been no specific offer on the table."

13.35 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Ghana defender John Mensah has rejoined Sunderland on another season-long loan deal. He is the thinking man's defender, that's an intelligent signing.

13.31 BST: We have more details on claims in the German media that Juventus playmaker Diego is heading to Wolfsburg.

13.27 BST: Marca says that with Mourinho now happy with his defensive options, all that remains is for the coach to sign a new striker for Real. Players in contention include Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez, Sevilla star Luis Fabiano, Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente, Hugo Almeida of Portugal and, brilliantly, Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner.

13.09 BST: Sevilla are reported to be interested in signing Premier League target Loic Remy. The Frenchman could well be a replacement for Luis Fabiano if his move to Marseille goes through.

12.51 BST: The Liverpool Echo says West Ham have offered £7.5 million for Everton’s Nigerian striker Yakubu. He cost the Toffees £11.5 million when joining from Middlesbrough in 2007 but has never really settled into the first team at Goodison, largely due to injury troubles.

12.27 BST: Juventus could soon find themselves short of defensive midfielders having agreed to sell Christian Poulsen to Liverpool and Tiago to Atletico Madrid, so AS claims the Italian side are hoping to recruit Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid. He could be surplus to requirements following the signing of Sami Khedira.

12.17 BST: Portuguese daily Record says Chelsea will waste little time in targeting Benfica’s David Luiz to replace Ricardo Carvalho. The Blues are poised to announce the signing of Ramires and could snatch another Brazilian talent away from the Portuguese club. Luiz had also been targeted by Real prior to their signing of Carvalho, and could cost as much as €30 million.

11.55 BST: Fulham have officially denied a report in today's Sun newspaper that claimed Mark Schwarzer has handed in a transfer request at Craven Cottage. "The club has not received a transfer request from Mark Schwarzer," a spokesperson said, "Mark is under contract with us until the summer of 2011 and the manager has underlined his commitment to keep hold of his best players."

11.43 BST: Mundo Deportivo believes Barcelona will secure the signing of Mesut Ozil inside 24 hours if they get the go-ahead from Pep Guardiola, but the coach is wavering and may well turn the player down. It is said Guardiola does not want to stymie the development of players like Thiago Alcantara and Jonathan dos Santos.

11.25 BST: Per Mertesacker may have been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer but the defender says he will not be leaving Werder Bremen. "I'm staying at Bremen," Mertesacker told German daily Bild. "There have been so many rumours concerning me, but I've never had to be concerned because none were concrete."

11.01 BST: West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo says he is still hoping to sign striker David Ngog from Liverpool this summer.

10.51 BST: The Lancashire Evening Telegraph reveals that Benjani, available as a free agent following his release from Manchester City, has been training with Blackburn Rovers. Benjani will seek to impress on trial for Sam Allardyce, who targeted the Zimbabwe striker last season before he joined Sunderland on loan.

10.37 BST: According to the Manchester Evening News, Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the “green light” to sign Mesut Ozil from Werder Bremen. However, he must of course fend off interest from Barcelona.

10.15 BST: We mentioned last night that Blackpool were poised to announce a number of signings and now the club have obliged, confirming the arrivals of Craig Cathcart from Manchester United, Ludovic Sylvestre from Czech side Mlada Boleslav, Elliot Grandin from Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia and Malaury Martin from Monaco. Cathcart looks a decent signing, he is a defender of some potential.

10.10 BST: Anderlecht are honoured to see striker Romelu Lukaku linked with a move to Real Madrid but the player's agent says it is too early for the teenager to leave Belgium.

09.58 BST: No proof to this story, but is there ever? Despite claims last night that Villa would not be selling Ashley Young, there are rumours that Spurs are now in talks over a £20 million transfer.

09.51 BST: Real Madrid consultant Ernesto Bronzetti has revealed to Marca that the collapse of the Maicon deal led to Jose Mourinho signing Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.

09.43 BST: Guillermo Burdisso has joined Roma on loan from Rosario Central. He is the brother of Nicolas.

09.33 BST: Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence says he is no longer interested in joining Celtic after the prospective move "dragged on" too long.Lawrence, 29, was expected to move to Parkhead as Neil Lennon looks to assemble a team capable of reclaiming the SPL title, and the impending sale of Aiden McGeady was due to provide the money required to fund a bid.

09.14 BST: Robert Koren, released by West Brom in the summer, is set to join Hull City ahead of Blackpool and Leicester City.

08.59 BST: The Liverpool Daily Post says the Reds can't complete their move for Juve midfielder Christian Poulsen until Javier Mascherano moves on. Which may take a while, as Inter can't make a bid till they sell Mario Balotelli, and Barca don't appear to be keen on splashing out £25 million right now.

08.35 BST: Sky claims Stephen Ireland is still in talks with Villa despite Martin O'Neill's resignation.

08.20 BST: The Sun says Mark Schwarzer will hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Arsenal.

07.35 BST: Good morning. Here's what's in some of the tabloids this morning.

The Sun: Spurs may be frightened off ex-Arsenal defender William Gallas as he wants a two-year deal, Scott Parker will sign a new four-year deal with West Ham, Robinho will hold talks with Roberto Mancini today, Portsmouth will sell Tommy Smith to QPR for £1.5 million.

Daily Mail: Chelsea ready to sign David Luiz to replace Real Madrid-bound Ricardo Carvalho, West Ham step up bid for Yakubu.

Daily Mirror: Stoke 'keeper Begovic will demand a move to Chelsea if he is not made first-choice, Fulham are set to sign Algeria defender Rafik Halliche for £1.8 million, West Ham are in talks with Marseille midfielder Benoit Cheyrou.

August 10, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/10/2010

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


Mesut Ozil is in the papers on Tuesday. © Getty Images

23.47 BST: Just time to squeeze in another rumour tonight: Portuguese daily A Bola reports that Benfica have redoubled their efforts to sign Santos star Wesley and that the player is keen on a move to Portugal. However, Werder Bremen have offered a more attractive salary package.

That's us done for now. Remember to check back in the morning for a round-up of the papers and the best coverage of the day's transfer news.

23.31 BST: Feyenoord might be interested in recruiting Portugal international Ariza Makukula from Benfica, but Elfvoetbal reports the Rotterdam club cannot afford the financial package demanded by the Portuguese club.

23.17 BST: AS claims that Atletico Madrid and Juventus have agreed a €4.5 million deal that will see midfielder Tiago move to Spain. Atleti might struggle to match his wages but are prepared to offer a contract of three years, which would appeal to the former Chelsea man.

23.01 BST: Having seen their bid to sign Emiliano Insua fall through, Fiorentina are now targeting Chievo’s Andrea Mantovani. “I know that (Fiorentina director general Pantaleo) Corvino has spoken to Chievo,” agent Graziano Battistini told Violanews.com. “He wanted him before this season and wants him now. I don’t know where we are in the negotiations, we’ll have to see over the next few days.”

22.47 BST: Blackpool have published an intriguing message on their website that claims they will unveil “a number of new signings” on Wednesday morning. We will keep an eye out for that.

22.36: BST: The Northern Echo has picked up on the fact that Brad Jones was left out of the Middlesbrough squad to face Chesterfield in the Carling Cup tonight. Liverpool are believed to be ready to up their earlier offer of £2 million that was rejected by Boro.

22.05 BST: Germany coach Joachim Low believes a reported move to Barcelona would be of great benefit to Mesut Ozil. “Playing in Barcelona is very special for a player,” Low said. However, Manchester United are also reported to be very keen on the Werder Bremen playmaker.

21.28 BST: Both Chelsea and Real Madrid have now confirmed that a deal has been struck for Ricardo Carvalho. Chelsea fans, are you disappointed by this news?

21.01 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he would consider a move to England in the future, even if he remains committed to Barcelona at present.

20.43 BST: Here is the full story regarding Real Madrid's deal to sign Ricardo Carvalho. We will let you know as soon as this is confirmed by either party.

20.19 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Marca claims that Real Madrid have secured a deal for Ricardo Carvalho that will see the defender move to the Bernabeu for a fee of €8 million.

19.45 BST: The Manchester Evening News really states the obvious in leading with the claim that Martin O’Neill’s departure from Aston Villa could slow the deal to bring James Milner to Manchester City. Villa are in a touch of turmoil, aren’t they?

19.08 BST: If Manchester United miss out on Mesut Ozil they could turn their attention to highly-rated Mexico international Andres Guardado, according to caughtoffside.com. The Deportivo La Coruna winger could be the creative spark that Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly after, though Ozil is believed to remain his No. 1 choice.

18.49 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly ready to take advantage of Aston Villa's uncertain predicament by bidding for Stephen Warnock and Stiliyan Petrov.

18.27 BST: French first division newcomers Arles have snapped up former France international midfielder Camel Meriem on a one-year deal. Meriem said: "I am looking forward to the challenge. It is going to be tough but it isn't impossible. I am only 30 and I have a point to prove."

18.15 BST: They must be busy down at Sky Sports - new breaking news is that Sunderland have agreed a deal to take Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha on a season-long loan to the Stadium of Light.

18.04 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham have made an official offer to Everton for Nigeria striker Yakubu.

17.52 BST: Reader Stive is keeping his fingers crossed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet finished his transfer dealings for the summer:

"Can someone tell us what exactly the Arsenal coach is thinking about. He has defensive problem and goalkeeping issues but time is running out with only 3 days left to the start of EPL. Please Wenger sign another defender!!!"

17.43 BST: Werder Bremen midfielder Peter Niemeyer has joined Hertha Berlin BSC on a season-long loan. The former Germany Under-21 international has found opportunities hard to come by at Bremen and will be hoping to get some regular football under his belt at Hertha in 2.Bundesliga.

17.26 BST: Nice general manager Patrick Governatori says he won't drop Loic Remy's price tag despite the striker pleading for a move to the Premier League. "I am not moved in any way by his words," he told L'Equipe. "We have set a fee and it is either that sum or he stays here and plays out the two years on his contract." Tottenham, Stoke, West Ham are all interested while Liverpool and Arsenal have also been linked.

17.16 BST: Daryl Murphy has backed Liam Lawrence to deliver the goods if his former Sunderland team-mate joins him at Celtic. "There are a lot of names being linked with the club, but if it was to come off it would be a very good signing," he said.

17.15 BST: James Milner's move to City is likely to be held up after Martin O'Neill quit Villa, according to the Manchester Evening News.

17.10 BST: Micah Richards says he wants to fight for his future at City despite interest from Spurs. "There have been lots of things said and written about my future at City this summer but I think from the effort I have put in during training and in the pre-season games that it is evident to everyone that I want to stay at City," he told the club's official website.

17.00 BST: Maicon's agent's a charmer. Having seemingly seen his client priced out of a move to Real Madrid, he's now hankering for the Inter defender to get a payrise. “I have just spoken to the player,” agent Antonio Caliendo said. "He said to me: ‘After five Scudetti, Moratti has noticed he has a real champion under his own roof’. I think Inter ought to show a little recognition to a player like Maicon.”

16.55 BST: Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani is poised to join West Ham on a season-long deal.

16.50 BST: It seems Barca fans would be happy with Ozil arriving, though, with 84% of visitors to Sport's website saying they'd like him at Camp Nou.

16.45 BST: Visitors to German website Bild have voted overwhelmingly to say Mesut Ozil isn't good enough for Barca, apparently. Germany boss Jogi Low seems happy about a prospective move, though: "If he does make this move, you can say that playing for Barcelona is very special for a player."

16.42 BST: Rangers defneder Madjid Bougherra - previously linked with Arsenal and Liverpool - has shown a bit of loyalty to his employers. More here.

16.32 BST: Marca believes Benfica would accept €25 million plus karate-kicking Royston Drenthe for David Luiz as Real Madrid continue their search for a defender.

16.25 BST: A Bola claims A-League side Gold Coast United are interested in Benfica's Nuno Gomes.

16.20 BST: Craig Bellamy has said he's committed to City and might quit if he's not in their 25-man squad. He also turned down Wolfsburg. Read more here.

16.15 BST: Fulham forward Zolatan Gera has played down reports he's set to join Liverpool. "This is the first time I've heard about the interest of these teams for me," he said in the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle.

16.10 BST: The Sun says Liverpool have priced Mascherano at £25 million.

15.35 BST: This would be very surprising. L'Equipe says Sevilla and Brazil striker Luis Fabiano is "well and truly on the verge of joining French champions Marseille". Fabiano was linked with Manchester United and AC Milan earlier in the summer and Harry Redknapp told Soccernet he was keen on a deal, but he had been expected to stay put for the final year of his contract.

15.26 BST: Reader David in DC asks:

Will there be fantasy discussion on the pod tomorrow? If there will not be fantasy discussion on the pod will there be a live chat and/or article or blog post giving a season preview of the fantasy game and players poised for successful seasons?

We'll be doing a fantasy preview chat at 4pm BST on Thursday, and there'll be an article with tips on bargains going up shortly.

15.20 BST: Steven Pienaar is worried he hasn't signed a new deal at Everton, according to his business manager. "In the case of Pienaar it is surprising that he is the player with the least amount of time remaining on his contract, yet the last to be tied up with a new deal," Rob Moore told KickOff.com. "You have to ask yourself, 'Does this mean Everton actually want to sell him'? Obviously if he does not sign a new deal before the end of the transfer window on August 31 then the chances of him doing so are greatly reduced because he will be in the last year of his current deal and able to start negotiating with other clubs in January. But the player has never said that he wants to leave."

15.10 BST: Skysports.com claims Hull are close to sealing a deal for former West Brom midfielder Robert Koren.

14.55 BST: It's not like anyone's spoken about it for a while, but Didier Drogba has played down whatever speculation there might still be about a Chelsea exit. "You saw me in a Chelsea shirt on Sunday and I think that is how you will see me all season," he said in the Daily Mail.

14.51 BST: Brad Friedel has dismissed reports that a possible move for him from Aston Villa to Fulham was one of the reasons behind Martin O'Neill quitting the club. He told Sky Sports News: "That story was made up. I've never had contact from Fulham or with Fulham. I never had a conversation with Martin O'Neill about Fulham. I really don't know where that came from."

14.42 BST: Sky Sports News claims Inter want an initial £25 million for Mario Balotelli, rising to £30 million, while City are only willing to pay an absolute maximum of £25 million. The deal is close, though, apparently.

14.40 BST: Former Germany keeper Timo Hildebrand - now a free agent - is training with fourth-tier side Stuttgarter Kickers to keep fit as he's now a free agent. Celtic and Rubin Kazan are said to be interested, but he told Bild: "There's contact, but nothing concrete."

14.32 BST: Juventus defender Fabio Grosso has been linked with a move to Birmingham, but his agent says there's not been any contact. "I know about the interest through an intermediary, but I haven't heard anything directly from Birmingham," Giuseppe Bozzo told Sky Italia. "Last year, he signed a three-year deal with Juventus, but now I'm reading that he is not part of Del Neri's plans. We'll see if something major happens that not only meets economic demands but more importantly the requirements of the man and his family."

14.20 BST: Portsmouth are set to take Anthony Vanden Borre back to Fratton Park, according to the News. His parent club, Genoa, are currently in talks to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng.

14.07 BST: Hull head of football operations Adam Pearson has confirmed his interest in signing Arsenal forward Jay Simpson. "Jay Simpson is a player we have expressed an interest in and that is as far as it has gone," Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail. "We still have to move players on before we can consider signing anyone, so our situation would need to change."

14.05 BST: Carlos Tevez was said to be unhappy at City a week or so ago, but it seems he may be planning a long stay. "I hope we improve on last season and can challenge for the title right to the end," he told ZOO. "That's what we want, but the first challenge is to qualify for the Champions League. Five years is a long way off, but I think we will have won the league title by that time."

14.00 BST: Sport claims the Barcelona board were considering a move for Robinho but, when they asked Guardiola, he said he didn't want him because he might upset team spirit. Bad news for Manchester City.

13.54 BST: The Birmingham Mail also claims Alex McLeish is weighing up whether to take Juve veteran Mauro Camoranesi on a free transfer after he made a good impression during yesterday's talks. Camoranesi apparently earns €2.5m a year, so - given that he's 33 - the Blues need to tread carefully.

13.52 BST: Birmingham face competition from West Ham for AZ striker Moussa Dembele, according to the Birmingham Mail.

13.45 BST: The London Evening Standard says Tottenham could make a shock swoop for William Gallas. The defender is without a club after failing to agree terms with Arsenal.

13.36 BST: Federico Marchetti has been linked with Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham United, but the goalkeeper now looks set to stay at Cagliari. "He would be happy and proud to stay," agent Beppe Bozzo on Sky Sport Italia.

13.25 BST: Sky Sports News says Stoke are in talks with West Ham over midfielder Radoslav Kovac.

13.00 BST: Roman Pavlyuchenko says he's a target for Spartak Moscow. "I know that Spartak is really interested in me and as their former player it’s very pleasant," he told Sport Express. "However, there is nothing to comment on now, because I am Tottenham player. I am preparing for the season in my team and I am focused on my work."

12.40 BST: More on the Ozil deal - Werder director of sport Klaus Allofs says the talk of an agreement with Barca is "nonsense". Read the updated story here.

12.35 BST: Some quotes from Mido last night: "I have officially ended my spell with Middlesbrough and I am travelling to Amsterdam tonight to join Ajax. I reached an agreement over a permanent transfer to Ajax, rather than a loan move."

12.24 BST: Shay Given, who may seek a loan if he's not first-choice at City this season, has suggested he'd quite like to go to the Emirates. "To discuss now would be a little disrespectful to the goalkeepers they have already," he said. "Arsenal are a fantastic club, it's just too soon."

12.01 BST: Owen Coyle is predicting a big future for Danny Ward at Bolton but may yet decide to send the young forward out on loan again. Ward enjoyed a successful loan stint with Swindon last season, scoring nine goals as the Robins reached the League One play-off final. "I've had half the Championship on about him already this summer and that's if, and that's a big if, I decide to send him out again,'' Coyle told the Bolton News.

11.51 BST: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has declared Asmir Begovic is not for sale after Chelsea showed an interest in the goalkeeper.

11.42 BST: Reader Omar H feels Ozil will plug the gap at Barca neatly until Fabregas joins.

Well if this Ozil/Barca deal comes through, it is very good business in deed. Then we can sign Cesc next season or whenever he's ready to come home,by then Xavi would be ready to hand over the reigns.Obviously Wenger can't prohibit the move for ever.

11.40 BST: Let's keep Ozil watch ticking over: Werder Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs has suggested that the deal could progress in the near future. He told the Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper: “It is possible that there is now a bit of movement in the issue, but I am not running backwards and forwards to the fax machine or getting sweaty palms when I check my emails to see if maybe an offer has arrived.”

11.28 BST: Mesut Ozil says he knows nothing about the Barcelona bid. More here.

11.11 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Kevin-Prince Boateng has already had a medical at Genoa. He's been expected to join AC Milan on loan if he completes that move, but it appears Genoa may now want to keep him around.

11.01 BST: Coventry have completed the signing of Birmingham goalkeeper Colin Doyle on an emergency one-month loan.

10.50 BST: Inter duo Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti have signed new deals. More here.

10.44 BST: Javier Mascherano is now apparently keen on a move to Barca given that Inter don't appear to be stumping up the cash. “The player would like to talk to Barca. After all, the sums requested are half of what they put on the table for Fabregas,” agent Horacio Zandonadi told Com Radio.

10.33 BST: Sportsport.ba reckons Wolfsburg are closing in on a deal for Juve star Diego and that will mean Zvjezdan Misimovic will be allowed to move on, with Galatasaray joining the race for his signature.

10.30 BST: Don't forget, you have unlimited transfers in our Premier League fantasy game until the big kick-off on Saturday. Pick your 15-man squad now.

10.20 BST: Nikica Jelavic has reiterated his desire to join Rangers but admits his long-term goal is to play in the English Premier League. More here.

10.15 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has spoken of his disappointment at failing to secure the services of striker DJ Campbell, who scored 11 goals for the Seasiders while on loan from Leicester last term. "The one I wanted to do more than anything else was DJ. I'm sorry I am not in control of that,'' Holloway said. "We're not going to pay £2 million or £3 million for him because he is 28, but I tried my utmost and we almost did it."

10.11 BST: Michael Mancienne has signalled his intent to quit Chelsea and Mick McCarthy wants him back at Wolves, but it appears he will only be making a loan offer.

10.10 BST: Marca claims Real Madrid could move for 17-year old Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku. chelsea are believed to be interested in Lukaku and Didier Drogba has apparently tried to convince the player to move to Stamford Bridge.

10.00 BST: Peter Niemeyer has left Werder Bremen to join second division side Hertha Berlin on a one-year loan just hours after extending his contract with the club. More here.

09.59 BST: ...and to complete this flurry of Ozil activity, the Daily Mail says Chelsea could also bid for the Germany midfielder.

09.57 BST: El Pais says Barcelona have agreed a fee with Werder Bremen for Mesut Ozil. Bad news for United fans.

09.56 BST: Kicker claims Schalke could offer Robinho a way out of his Manchester City nightmare. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is an alternative target as they seek a partner for Raul.

09.55 BST: Cardiff have completed the loan signing of midfielder Seyi Olofinjana from Championship rivals Hull. The 30-year-old Nigerian international has joined on a season-long deal.

08.48 BST: Stephen Jordan, formerly of Burnley, has signed for Sheffield United.

08.33 BST Kenwyne Jones wants to quit Sunderland for a move to London, according to North East newspaper The Journal. However, only Stoke City are in for him at £9 million.

08.27 BST Mezut Ozil has replaced Cesc Fabregas as this summer's talking horse. Barcelona have agreed a deal for him for £8 million, says The Irish Independent, but it relies on Pep Guardiola's say-so.

07.15 BST: As usual, we'll get the blog started with a look at the day's paper gossip - well, the gossip that doesn't feature Martin O'Neill, of course.

The Sun: Spurs insist that Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane will stay ... Man United fear Barcelona will beat him to Mesut Ozil ... Fulham boss Mark Hughes wants Mikael Silvestre, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Rafik Halliche of Benfica ... Christian Poulsen is closer to joining Liverpool after he pulled out of Denmark’s squad ... Everton hope Steven Pienaar will be persuaded to sign on by Mikel Arteta staying.... Jason Scotland is on the way out of Wigan and a target for Ipswich ... Blackpool will make ex-Barcelona starlet Ludovic Sylvestre their first summer buy.

Daily Mail: Liverpool in for £12 million Carlton Cole ... Ashley Young could be next to leave Villa ... Fulham on brink of signing Eidur Gudjohnsen, who has snubbed Birmingham ... Everton join Loic Remy race with £13 million bid ... Newcastle closing on loan deal for Haten Ben Arfa ... Bolton and Burnley are battling for young Oldham striker Tom Eaves ... West Brom want Portsmouth defender Marc Wilson ..Marlon Harewood cannot agree personal terms with Blackpool.

Daily Mirror: Xavi: Barca could still poach Cesc Fabregas in January ... Stoke to land Kenwyne Jones in record £9m deal ... Steven Caldwell is hoping to win a contract with Wigan ... Roma lining up West Ham's Behrami ... Marc Wilson is a West Brom target ... Swans swoop for Scott Sinclair.

Daily Telegraph: Man United set to miss out on Mesut Ozil ... Tottenham set to sign Stipe Pletikosa.

The Guardian: Chelsea want Begovic as back-up to Cech ... United consider £13.5 million bid for Ozil ... Liverpool close to signing Poulse ... Newcastle haggle over Ben Arfa loan.

August 9, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/09/2010

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


Aston Villa are reportedly keeping an eye on Steven Pienaar's ongoing transfer talks. © Getty Images

00.00 BST: And that, I'm afraid everyone, is that. But keep your comments coming in and join us on Wednesday for even more gossip and speculation.

23.59 BST: Final story of the day from the Mail now, which is reporting that Everton will bid £13million for alleged Spurs target Loic Remy - funding the offer by selling Yakubu to West Ham.

23.23 BST: Deco has been officially unveiled as a Fluminense player, and appeared delighted to have returned to Brazil from Chelsea. He said: “It’s a great responsibility to come back to Brazil. Fluminense opened their doors to me and showed me what they wanted and presented a serious project, to win titles. I am certain that I will be happy here."

23.06 BST: The Mail is reporting that Bolton try to thrash out personal terms with Oldham striker Tom Eaves on Tuesday after agreeing a £350,000 deal, though Burnley have also had a bid accepted.

22.52 BST: Argentine pair Diego Milito and Javier Zanetti on Monday signed contract extensions with European champions Inter Milan. Zanetti said: "I'm delighted and very proud. My thanks go out to my family, the Moratti family (of Inter president Massimo Moratti) and everyone at Inter and to our fans who have always supported me and always will."

22.41 BST: Mido is on the verge of signing for Ajax. The Egypt striker will be in Amsterdam for a medical tomorrow.

22.25 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Liverpool will complete the signing of Juventus midfielder Christian Pulsen in the next 48 hours.

21.46 BST: Okay back to something a little more high profile now, as Ajax have confirmed the arrival of veteran Netherlands defender Andre Ooijer at the Amsterdam Arena on a free transfer. He was at Ajax's arch-rivals PSV last season, and played for three seasons in the Premier League with Blackbrun before that.

21.42 BST: So, it's that time of the evening when the rumour mill appears to have slowed down to a near standstill. Perhaps best exemplified by the next piece of news I'm going to give you. Wait for it...non-league side Mangotsfield United have confirmed that combative midfielder Dan Spill has re-signed for the club. I know, it's massive!

21.25 BST: AC Milan are reportedly interested in Spurs Mexican outcast Giovani Dos Santos. Apparently the Rossoneri are ready to spend €6 million on the 21-year-old, news that is sure to please our reader Ben (see comment at 19.22).

21.09 BST: Real Madrid fan Ravid Ahmadi believes his side's galacticos are in need of some defensive support and has asked...no, demanded, that the Special One makes signing a defender his priority:

"I was very impressed by the teams performance against LA Galaxy but saw many errors defensively. I am strongly requesting Mr. Mourinho to convince Perez to sign at least one experienced defender this summer. For the last two years I am very disappointed at how we ended season without winning major trophys. Please Mourinho end Barcelona's hegemony."

20.50 BST: Sheffield United have signed former Burnley and Manchester City defender Stephen Jordan, who had spent a period of pre-season with Portsmouth.

20.36 BST: Stuttgart have confirmed the arrival of French forward Johan Audel on a four-year contract from Ligue 1 outfit Valenciennes FC.

20.29 BST: Inter have revealed today that a move for Javier Mascherano is unlikely because of Liverpool's asking price, but reader Levinski has offered Nerazzurri boss Rafael Benitez an alternative:

"I think Inter are making a mistake with Mascherano. They already have numerous holding midfielders but they could use another creative force. They need to pick up someone like Montolivo from Fiorentina. He is both creative and young, something Inter seems to lack behind Sneijder."

20.10 BST: New Fulham boss Mark Hughes has played down speculation linking him with a move for out of favour Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, who he signed when manager at Eastlands and at Blackburn. Hughes said: "People are making assumptions because I've worked with him before".

19.46 BST: Swansea have completed the signing of highly-rated Chelsea winger Scott Sinclair on a three-year contract, for an initial fee of £500,000 that could rise to more than £1 million.

19.31 BST: Sky Sports News is reporting that Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa is set to move on loan to Premier League newcomers Newcastle United.

19.22 BST: It's been a quiet summer for AC Milan in the transfer market and reader Ben wants Rossoneri boss Masimilliano Allegri to buck his ideas up and some sign some much-needed reincforcements:

"I'm growing sick and tired of all of the transfer talk and speculation surrounding AC Milan. There have ben way too many rumors and not enough action. I like a few of the signings in defence that we have made, but Allegri should realize that the squad isn't good enough the way it stands to compete with Inter. Make the loan move for Zlatan...shore up the midfield with some youth....PLEASE!"

19.11 BST: West Ham boss Avram Grant could be about to step in and hijack Wigan's plans to sign Sekou Baradji.

18.48 BST: Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan does not expect Peter Crouch to leave White Hart Lane, amid reports that the England striker will be sold to raise funds to sign Nice striker Loic Remy. Jordan said: "I don't think we will let him go too easily. He is a player that has proved himself at Tottenham.''

18.36 BST: Sport.co.uk is reporting that Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci has issued a come-and-get-me-plea to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, though he would only be prepared to quit the Bundesliga for the Gunners.

18.28 BST: Regular commenter Aadithya is among those speculating about the reasons behind Martin O'Neill's exit:

"I personally feel that O'Neil's exit would definitely have something to do with Ashley Young. Young is a star at Villa and his possibility of leaving to White Hart Lane could mean a double blow,a dip in villa's performance and more competition from rival Spurs.So,which manager does not quit if he has such problems??"

17.09 BST More mega news from Aston Villa....Nicky Shorey has joined West Brom. Could that have been the deal to force out O'Neill?

17.08 BST Twitter time and Manchester United fans look away now. According to barcastuff "Barcelona and Werder Bremen have reached a deal on a transfer of Ozil for 12-15M. The transfer now depends on the "ok" by Guardiola."

17.04 BST Speculation time. It seems that the walk-out may have resulted from his inability to spend the expected cash from James Milner's move to Manchester City.

16.19 Intrigue now as Martin O'Neill resigns from Aston Villa. Is this related to some transfer business? We think it may be.

15.54 BST Liam Lawrence is cued up to replace Aiden McGeady at Celtic should the latter finally decide to join Spartak Moscow. "I will be chomping at the bit to achieve things at Celtic because they need to push this year and win things again," he told Scotland's Evening Times.

15.48 BST Shay Given says he might be happy to go on loan if Manchester City decide Joe Hart is first choice and the reverse scenario may be true of Hart too.

15.23 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has put a swoop for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano on hold until the Nerazzurri can raise some money through player sales. "At this moment, we're unable to make any transfers of this magnitude," Moratti said. "We can't make any big transfers until we've sold someone." Full story.

15.00 BST West Ham United manager Avram Grant is on the verge of signing Ajax winger Miralem Sulejmani on a season-long loan, according to talkSPORT.

14.22 BST Everton manager David Moyes insists he has no intention of selling any players despite speculation that Toffees striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu was set to join West Ham United to make way for Peter Crouch's arrival from Tottenham. Full story.

13.56 BST CSKA Moscow's Serbian winger Milos Krasic has agreed personal terms with Juventus after rejecting a move to Manchester City. "I have an agreement with Juventus. All that is missing now is for the two clubs to agree terms," Krasic told Sky Sport Italia.

13.41 BST This morning, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was ready to sell Robbie Keane to fund a swoop for Craig Bellamy but now Aston Villa's Ashley Young is his reported target. But Young wants an increase on his £65,000-a-week wages.

13.07 BST Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has told Radio Five Live that he expects an £18 million deal to sign Benfica midfielder Ramires to be wrapped up "pretty shortly".

12.44 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that Maicon's protracted high-profile transfer to Real Madrid is off. "I can confirm that Maicon is not transferable. If Real Madrid really wanted him, they should have tried harder," Moratti said.

12.24 BST Ghana midfielder Stephen Appiah, who used to attract interest from some of Europe's biggest clubs and played for Juventus, has signed for newly-promoted Serie A side Cesena.

12.13 BST German Bundesliga side Hamburg have denied receiving a €11 million bid from Juventus for Dutch international Eljero Elia. The World Cup finalist is contracted to Hamburg until 2014.

11.51 BST Soccernet's very own Fifth Official has just seen Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson emerge from the Glazer's London office grinning like a Cheshire cat... has deal for Mezut Ozil just been sanctioned?

11.44 BST More from Corriere dello Sport: Serie A side Bologna are hopeful of signing young Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic on loan form the Premier League club.

11.30 BST Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Ipswich are one of several clubs interested in Jason Scotland. Full story.

11.25 BST Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a move for Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Asked if he was interested in a deal for the former England Under-12, Allardyce said: "No. Not at all. We are trying to bring someone in before Saturday though."

11.05 BST Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is optimistic of completing a double swoop for £5 million-rated Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele and Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, who is due to arrive for talks this week.

11.02 BST Blackpool boss Ian Holloway could be on the verge of making his first signing of the summer after declaring an interest in Bolton's Chris Basham. Bolton would be willing to let the youngster go for the right price. Full story.

10.59 BST Stoke City and West Ham United transfer target Loic Remy has urged Ligue 1 side Nice to lower his £14million price tag to allow him move to Tottenham Hotspur. "I want to go. I really hope there can be an agreement before the end of the month," he said.

10.41 BST Marko Arnautovic could be on his way out of Werder Bremen only a month after joining the club after he upset club bosses with his attitude both in training and friendly matches recently. Read the full story here.

10.32 BST AC Milan are chasing the double signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Genoa defender Salvatore Bocchetti, according to the Corriere dello Sport ... but the newspaper claims Newcastle United have already made a €6 million bid for Portsmouth's Boateng.

10.17 BST Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that striker Jason Roberts is up for sale. “I think everyone knows by now we would listen to an offer for Jason,” Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph. Rovers are reportedly interested in signing Fenerbahce striker Dani Guiza as a replacement.

10.06 BST Juan Roman Riquelme will either sign a new deal with Boca Juniors today or tell them he wants to leave, according to reports in Argentina. Premier League side West Ham United are on alert.

09.54 BST According to North East-based newspaper The Journal, Newcastle United have agreed a fee of around £700,000 to secure the services of the French international Hatim Ben Arfa on loan from Marseille, with an option to purchase the player at the end of the season.

09.33 BST: Roberto Mancini has suggested Joe Hart will not be allowed to go out on loan this season, with Sunderland interested, and will instead battle Shay Given for the number one jersey. "In this moment we have two good goalkeepers and one will play and one will stay on the bench," Mancini told the Daily Telegraph. "We play many games, a lot of games, in one year - three games every week - so we could play both goalkeepers."

09.25 BST: L'Equipe believes that West Ham United could be about to move for Marseille's Benoit Cheyrou - and the Ligue 1 club are ready to sell the midfielder.

09.09 BST: QPR manager Neil Warnock is considering offering a deal to striker Marlon King, who is looking for a way back into football. "He has served his time and we live in a country that we say when they have finished their time, give them another opportunity," he said. "He is a good player and I think he will score goals."

08.59 BST: The Birmingham Mail is tipping Aston Villa to make Stephen Ireland their first summer signing in a deal which would surely be part of James Milner's move the other way. Ireland is valued as an £8 million makeweight in a £26 million deal.

08.40 BST: Reports in Italy are suggesting that Inter Milan are interested in signing enigmatic Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano.

08.24 BST: Alexander Hleb has been linked with plenty of clubs in this transfer window - now caughtoffside.com reckons Liverpool will try to sign the Barcelona outcast.

08.16 BST: Despite Sir Alex Ferguson seeming to distance himself with a move for Mesut Ozil on Sunday, the Guardian is reporting that Manchetser United's supposed move for the Germany star is still very much alive.

08.09 BST: Manchester City fan Tom is looking forward to the new season, but wants Roberto mancini to be careful with who he allows to leave Eastlands before the end of the transfer window:

"As a lifelong City fan I am excited by the new look squad over the past few years but would hate to see the likes of Ireland (perhaps our most creative player), Bellamy (one of our best last term), or homegrown talent like wright-phillips, M.Johnson and Onuhoua leave."

07.33 BST: Remember, we want to hear from you today, too, so leave your comments below on the latest gossip and moves. Who does your club need to sign before the window closes in three weeks time?

07.15 BST: First things first, we've had a scout round the English press for you.

The Sun: Palermo are eyeing up a move for Everton midfielder Leon Osman; Arsenal defender Bacaray Sagna has talked up the credentials of reported Gunners target Emir Spahic; West Ham boss Avram Grant is keen to further add to his squad and has Ajax striker Ajax striker Miralem Sulejmani in his sights. Grant said: "We don't have enough players."

Daily Mirror: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is trying to convince Manchester City to let Shay Given leave the club, after being wanred off his team-mate Joe Hart; Marlon King is wanted by Coventry; Blackpool are set to make an improved £1.5 million bid for Leicester striker DJ Campbell, who was on loan at Bloomfield Road last season; Hull are ready to splash out £1.2 million to capture Arsenal starlet Jay Simpson; Liverpool will return with a £2 million offer for Middlesbrough keeper Brad Jones.

Daily Mail: Spurs are ready to offload striker Peter Crouch, with Liverpool in the frame for his signature, in order to make room for Lyon frontman Loic Remy, who has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the club; Marlon King, recently released from prison, could sign for QPR; Blackburn will further add to their strike force by lodging a £5 million bid for Fenerbahce forward Dani Guiza; Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to swoop for Steven Pienaar should his contract talks with Everton break down.

07.10 BST: Hello and happy Monday to you all. Though a new week at work has begun - fear not because as always we will bringing you all the latest transfer gossip and speculation, as well as some actual transfers thrown in too.

August 8, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/08/2010

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


Most papers expect Ferguson to bid for Ozil after his trip to Craven Cottage © Getty Images

23.55 BST: We have one last story for you on the blog tonight: Mlada Boleslav playmaker Ludovic Sylvestre is closing in on a move to Blackpool. Sylvestre's agent, Pavel Zika, told sport.cz: "The transfer has been about to happen for the past week. Ludovic is to undergo a medical on Monday and then he will sign a two-year contract with the club."

Remember to check back with us tomorrow for all the latest developments in the transfer window.

23.27 BST: Real Madrid's transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti has confirmed that the club's interest in Inter Milan defender Maicon has come to an end. Full story here.

23.07 BST: Dirk Kuyt’s agent has denied reports in the English media that his client is poised to sign a contract extension with Liverpool. Rob Jansen told Elfvoetbal: “There is absolutely no truth that Dirk is negotiating with Liverpool.” We suspect those rumours of a move to Inter won’t be dying down just yet then.

22.45 BST: Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara says he has no intention of leaving the French champions before the close of the transfer window. He has been linked with clubs in England and Italy in recent weeks.

22.15 BST: Reports in France claim Tottenham are poised to make a move for in-demand Nice striker Loic Remy. Stoke have already been rejected by Remy but it appears Spurs may now make an offer. Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham have also been linked with the player.

21.35 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that Aiden McGeady will travel to Russia to complete a £9.5 million move to Spartak Moscow.

21.17 BST: Sky Sport Italia reports this evening that Inter Milan have taken defender Maicon off the market. It was reported that he just needed to agree personal terms with Real Madrid but now appears a deal is off the table at the insistence of Inter president Massimo Moratti.

20.55 BST: Here are the full quotes from Pep Guardiola regarding Arsenal's refusal to negotiate the sale of Cesc Fabregas this summer.

19.57 BST: Mourinho has also acknowledged that Real have no chance of signing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has in any case committed his future to the Reds. "He is part of the history of Liverpool, he belongs to the club - he is too important to them,'' Mourinho told reporters in Los Angeles. "The same thing happened when I tried to take Frank Lampard to Inter Milan. The problem exists when a club buys a player that is 30 and that cannot be sold later on.''

19.27 BST: Having already ruled out a move for Ashley Cole, Jose Mourinho has now suggested that Ricardo Carvalho is too old to be a target for Real Madrid this summer. "Ricardo is also a good player, but he is at an age that, if somebody is looking to build a team for the future, he cannot think of him,'' Mourinho said. "Ricardo belongs to the current moment. He is a man with a great professional and private life, so he has no problem when it comes to playing at a high level at the age of 32.''

18.49 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has played down speculation that he could sign both Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy from Manchester City this summer. Redknapp told Sky Sports News: “I like Bellamy but if City don’t want to sell him... I was after him before when he went to Man City. They belong to Man City, it wouldn’t be fair to talk about them.”

18.15 BST: Here is the full story of Sir Alex Ferguson playing down his interest in World Cup star Mesut Ozil.

17.58 BST: Inter captain Javier Zanetti has joined Rafa Benitez is appealing for the club to keep Real Madrid target Maicon. “Maicon is the best full-back that we have," he said. "In fact, he’s the best full-back in the world. It is very important that he stays with us."

17.35 BST: Carlo Ancelotti says there is "no news" on Ramires. We're still expecting that one to go through fairly soon, though.

17.28 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken about his trip to Craven Cottage and said he was just having a look at Fulham under Mark Hughes. Asked directly about Mesut Ozil, he told Sky Sports: "I think he's interested a lot of teams but at this moment in time I trust the ones I've got." It doesn't sound like an outright denial, but we'll see.

17.20 BST: It's been reported in Turkey that Galatasaray's Arda Turan - who was linked with Liverpool - could be off to AC Milan in a €14 million deal.

16.43 BST: Pep Guardiola says he completely understands Arsenal's refusal to sell their captain. "I understand Arsenal and I understand Wenger," he said. "I just hope that Cesc can enjoy a good season in the Premier League." On the subject of alternative targets, he said: "We'll look to see what we can find but there's no hurry. We have a very strong squad."

16.01 BST: Rafael Benitez has remained coy on Mario Balotelli - "We must wait and see how the situation evolves," he said - and he has again said he wants to keep Maicon: “We know that Real Madrid are interested, but he is too important for us."

15.50 BST: Arsene Wenger doesn't believe Arsenal have merely delayed Cesc Fabregas' departure by a year. “We are not in a Cristiano Ronaldo place,” he said. “We are just focused on the new season. Fabregas is one of our best players. We want him to stay and be focused. He will be our captain this season and I hope for many seasons to come.”

15.22 BST: Reader lalok_gunners, presumably disgruntled with Barcelona, has hailed Jose Mourinho for accepting that Chelsea don't want to sell Ashley Cole.

that's how to sign a player.... if the club do not want to sell their player, let them be.... do not need for player to speak anything.... well done mourinho.... thumbs up...

15.20 BST: Kaka has hailed Ramires as he closes in on his move to Chelsea. "For me, there is no doubt that Chelsea have signed the very best young central midfield player in the world," he said. Read the full quotes here.

14.36 BST: Jose Mourinho has accepted defeat in his bid to sign Ashley Cole.

14.05 BST: Liverpool defender Philipp Degen has joined Stuttgart on a season-long loan.

13.51 BST: There have been some highly unlikely rumours floating around about Madrid offering Karim Benzema as part of a swap deal for Ashley Cole, but Jose Mourinho insists the France striker is an important part of his squad.

13.22 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Genoa plan to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng before loaning him to AC Milan. The deal to take him from Portsmouth may even be done tomorrow.

12.56 BST: Part-exchange deals pretty much never happen, but Lyon could be set to allow Michel Bastos to join Juventus with Momo Sissoko or Vicenzo Iaquinta heading the other way.

12.45 BST: Roy Hodgson seems to want experienced heads at Liverpool. According to reports from Italy, Liverpool are in advanced talks with Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera, 30, who can play at right back or centre back.

12.43 BST: Apparently Barca are keeping their options open, because El Mundo Deportivo thinks they want Bordeaux playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.

12.35 BST: It's the story of the day, so here's some more on Mesut Ozil.

12.15 BST: Reader Josh asks:

How accurate is the speculation linking Ozil with United?

Ferguson has repeatedly implied he's not buying anyone, but it's hard to see why else he was at Craven Cottage on Saturday, particularly as United could do with a creative midfielder. He's young and he's out of contract in a year, so you'd think he represents the value Ferguson is always talking about.

12.11 BST: Sport suggests Barcelona have made enquiries about Mesut Ozil.

11.55 BST: Sky believes misfiring Wigan striker Jason Scotland could be set to join Ipswich.

11.50 BST: Reader Christian Asemota asks:

What is the situation report about Ramires and Chelsea move?

You'll (probably) be pleased to hear that it's on the verge of completion, and you can read more about it here.

11.24 BST: Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has revealed he would be open to playing in Croatia again in the future.

11.15 BST: Villa full back Nicky Shorey has passed his medical at West Brom and is set to complete the move in the next 24 hours.

11.00 BST: German paper Bild also carries the story that Ferguson was at Craven Cottage as Werder Bremen - and Mesut Ozil - took on Fulham. Apparently, Fergie's been interested in Ozil for years and his interest is now greater than ever. No official offer as yet, though.

10.40 BST: The News of the World suggests Tottenham could be set to step up their interest in Villa winger Ashley Young. Spurs apparently offered £21m last summer, but Young is now said to be keen to return to London.

10.10 BST: Werder Bremen boss Thomas Schaaf has insisted Per Mertesacker wiull not be joining Arsenal. "This is the time of speculation," he told Sky Sports News. "You can be sure Per Mertesacker will be playing for Werder Bremen."

09.51 BST: And here's what's in the papers this morning...

News of the World: Liverpool are discussing the return of Peter Crouch, Manchester United are plotting a swoop for Mesut Ozil after Sir Alex Ferguson watched Fulham v Werder Bremen, James Milner's move to Manchester City will spark a flurry of transfer activity.

The People: City will pay Milner £72k a week, Carlo Ancelotti is struggling to persuade Ashley Cole his future lies at Chelsea amid interest from Real Madrid, Fenerbahce will offer William Gallas a £3m-a-year (tax-free) deal.

Sunday Mirror: Robinho is set to be left out of City's 25-man squad, Liverpool are winning their battle with Arsenal for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Mail on Sunday: Harry Redknapp is frustrated in his attempts to boost his squad this summer, Stoke are set to blow their transfer budget by spending £10m on Carlton Cole, ex-Spurs star Steffen Iversen, 33, wants to join a Championship club when his contract expires later this year.

09.40 BST: Good morning and welcome. We'll give you a full round-up of the Sunday papers in the next few minutes.

August 7, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/07/2010

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


Arsenal have been linked with a £23m bid for Pepe Reina © Getty Images

23.45 BST: One final transfer rumour for you tonight... It is reported in France that Marseille expect Hatem Ben Arfa to join Newcastle on Monday or Tuesday. The Magpies will pay a loan fee of €800,000 with the option of a permanent deal. Right, that is us for tonight, remember to come back tomorrow for more transfer news!

23.25 BST: Have Real Madrid signed a bit of a prima donna in German midfielder Sami Khedira? AS reports that he withdrew from training on Saturday due to a sore toenail! Dear, oh dear.

23.10 BST: AS reports that Portugal midfielder Tiago is closing in on a move to Italy having met with Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta on Friday. The former Chelsea man could be a replacement for Christian Poulsen, who looks set to join Liverpool any time now.

22.24 BST: Adel Taarabt completed a permanent move from Tottenham to QPR this week and scored in the club’s 4-0 over Barnsley on Saturday. Manager Neil Warnock reckons Spurs have let a great prospect leave. “He's got real talent,” said Warnock. “He thinks he should be playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona, and I've told him that if he sticks with me he can get there. At the moment, they wouldn't touch him with a barge pole.”

21.55 BST: Alexander Hleb has been linked with a number of English clubs this summer, as well as Marseille and Lyon. But the Barcelona midfielder’s agent, Uli Ferber, says there have been no talks with Ligue 1 clubs. “I have not heard of these rumours,” Ferber said in Sport. “We have not offered Hleb to France and we have not received any offers from France.” So it looks as though the former Arsenal man could be heading back to the Premier League.

21.28 BST: When questioned after Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Valencia whether the club are close to signing James Milner and Mario Balotelli, Roberto Mancini replied: “Probably, could be.” He was reluctant to expand on that, but it appears both players will be heading to Eastlands.

20.42 BST: Responding to reports that Birmingham could be interested in signing free agent William Gallas, Alex McLeish has simply said: “No, definitely not.” The former Arsenal man continues his search for a new club.

20.05 BST: Here is the full story of Deco's return to Brazil with Fluminense. Were Chelsea right to let him leave the club?

19.55 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Fluminense have confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Deco on a two-year deal.

19.24 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson was spotted at Fulham’s friendly win over Werder Bremen, giving further momentum to speculation that he is interested in bringing Germany World Cup star Mesut Ozil to Old Trafford.

18.51 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says he is reluctant to sell Robbie Keane after the striker scored twice in a 3-2 win over Fiorentina on Saturday afternoon. “I’m not keen,” Redknapp said. “I don’t want to sell him. He scores goals, he is infectious, he trains great, it is trying to find someone better, that is very difficult.”

18.37 BST: Birmingham City are closing in on the signing of Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, and his agent reckons Blues will also seek to sign left-back Fabio Grosso from the Italian club. Vlado Borozan told Tuttomercatoweb: “Birmingham strongly want Grosso. Of course, without the player’s consent nothing can be done, but we are talking about two different deals.”

18.11 BST: Speaking after Fulham's 5-1 win over Werder Bremen, new manager Mark Hughes has confirmed he is interested in bringing Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz to Craven Cottage.

17.38 BST: Young Liverpool forward Dani Pacheco has been linked with a move back to Spain this summer, but he says he's determined to prove himself at Anfield.

17.15 BST: Roy Hodgson has said Liverpool need a big enough squad to cope with injury to Fernando Torres and, according to the Liverpool Echo, that means he's ready to crank up his search for a new striker.

17.10 BST: Rangers boss Walter Smith remained tight-lipped when asked about the possibility of Eidur Gudjohnsen joining on loan. "We have been offered millions of loan deals," he said. "Hundreds of players are being offered on loan to clubs, not just us."

16.51 BST: Chelsea midfielder Deco has said he expects to join Fluminense very soon.

16.25 BST: Nice general manager Patrick Governatori has said Loic Remy will not be heading to the Britannia Stadium. "It will not be sorted out with Stoke," he told L'Equipe.

16.10 BST: Mauro Camoranesi is closing in on a move to Birmingham.

15.55 BST: Mikel Arteta has ended speculation over his future by penning a new five-year deal at Everton.

15.35 BST: Milan have said he's not for sale, but Big Phil Scolari would still be keen to sign Ronaldinho for his Palmeiras side.

15.03 BST: Slovenia midfielder Robert Koren, a free agent after leaving West Brom, is said to be weighing up offers from Leicester, Celtic, Cesena and Real Sociedad. "We believe we have all our final offers in now and it's down to Robi to make a decision on where he feels comfortable moving his family to and working with," agent Zoran Krneta told skysports.com.

14.30 BST: Alessandro Diamanti says he is happy in England and is not planning to leave West Ham.

14.20 BST: Rafa Benitez may not have any involvement in transfers, but he doesn't want Maicon to join Real Madrid.

14.05 BST: Tuttosport reports that Juve midfielder Mauro Camoranesi will head to Birmingham on Monday to discuss personal terms.

13.55 BST: Anthony Annan has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, but it looks like he might be staying at Rosenborg.

13.45 BST: Manchester United are unlikely to make any further signings this summer, but Darren Fletcher doesn't think it's a problem. "The manager knows what is best for Manchester United," he said. "He knows what this club is capable of and what the players can do. Younger players are a year older. The ones we brought in last season have the experience of being around for a season."

13.17 BST: Barcelona are already working on alternatives to Cesc Fabregas, but it seems it's most likely to be a youngster or two from La Masia.

12.47 BST: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has revealed he has rejected a bid from Blackpool for Chris Basham, but he says he would consider a sale if an improved offer came in.

12.30 BST: Ex-Chelsea man Kerry Dixon seems to think the Torres saga didn't just end and wants the Blues to make a move. "I would have thought they'd buy a striker," he told Goal.com. "I hoped it would be Torres. I still haven't given up hope."

12.25 BST: Villa defender Nicky Shorey is set to complete a move to West Brom, but Forest still want him. "I have said all along that we need a very experienced left back - a workhorse type, if you like," boss Billy Davies told the Nottingham Evening Post.

12.15 BST: Agent Patrick McCabe believes US players will be tempted by the prospect of playing in Denmark. "There are good facilities and the development of young players is a priority," he told Bold.

12.03 BST: Sao Paolo have announced that midfielder Hernanes has joined Lazio on a five-year deal.

11.48 BST: Here's an interesting one - Roy Hodgson has confirmed he has failed in a bid to bring Sami Hyypia back to Liverpool.

11.32 BST: Fabrice Muamba has signed a new four-year deal at Bolton.

11.30 BST: Roberto Mancini will hold talks with Roque Santa Cruz before making a decision on his future.

11.08 BST: The Mirror claims Blackburn could make a £1 million move for Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

10.40 BST: Now their bid for Cesc Fabregas is dead for a year, Barca could be set to enter the market for an alternative. Pep Guardiola actually said they'd just use youth players, but it's a quiet morning so we'll present you with Sport's list of options anyway: Mesut Ozil, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata.

10.10 BST: Ghana international John Mensah is to return to Sunderland on loan, according to French club Lyon.

09.58 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson has once more been talking about the lack of value in the market. Read more here.

09.35 BST: Many of the papers seem to have noticed Cesc Fabregas sounded slightly reluctant in his commitment to Arsenal, but there's plenty more paper talk this morning.

The Sun: Arsenal are lining up a £23 million bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, Liverpool aim to become the world's most powerful club if the Chinese takeover is completed, West Brom are still interested in David Ngog despite Roy Hodgson saying he's going nowhere, Tuncay could leave Stoke for Blackburn.

Daily Mirror: Stoke's bid for Loic Remy has collapsed, Villa are going to swoop to sign Celtic's Aiden McGeady despite talks with Spartak Moscow, Spurs will go back with a fresh bid for Watford 'keeper Scott Loach.

Daily Mail: Christian Poulsen will seal his move to Liverpool this week, West Brom move for £2.5m Cameroon winger Somen Tchoyi, Chelsea have had to give up on Kaka due to his knee injury.

The Guardian: City are offering Stephen Ireland to Villa as part of the the James Milner deal, Roy Hodgson will offer Jamie Carragher a new contract.

09.15 BST: Good morning and welcome. To kick us off this morning, we have the news that James Milner is almost certainly off to City, and Arsene Wenger delighting in the news that Cesc Fabregas has committed his future to Arsenal. Paper round-up on its way.

August 6, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/06/2010

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


Cesc Fabregas: Transfer saga over... until next year. © Getty Images

18.30 BST Well, the transfer blog is shutting down early, what with this being Friday night an' all, but you can keep up to date with all the latest news on the main website and then check back here on Saturday morning.

18.00 BST Stoke City and Liverpool target Loic Remy will not be rushed into a decision on his future, according to his agent. "Loic is thankful for Stoke for showing an interest in him and he wishes them all the best for the future," Frederic Guerra said. "However, Loic is in no rush to make a decision on his future."

17.29 BST Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident his club can complete deals for Mario Balotelli and James Milner before the transfer window closes.

17.08 BST More on Ronaldinho NOT leaving Milan. The Rossoneri said earlier today that the Brazilian was not for sale and now the player's agent says his client wants to remain at the San Siro. “Ronaldinho is happy in Milan and is happy to stay,” Roberto De Assis said.

16.27 BST Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has slammed the latest media reports regarding the future of Ashley Cole as "totally rubbish". The Blues were apparently lining up an £18 million bid for highly-rated Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao with Cole set to join Real Madrid.

16.01 BST Liverpool left-back Emiliano Insua, who recently priced himself out of a move to Fiorentina, could be heading to Serie A with Genoa, according to Sky Sport Italia.

15.48 BST "Wigan Athletic can confirm that Olivier Kapo has left the club by mutual consent," the Premier League club have announced in a statement. Kapo was on loan to Boulogne last season and hopes to return to French football.

15.29 BST West Ham United have set their sights on signing Serbian striker Miralem Sulejmani from Ajax, according to the Daily Mirror's Football Spy. Apparently Avram Grant tried to sign him when he was manager of Portsmouth.

15.12 BST Juan Roman Riquelme's contract demands look set to scupper his move to Boca Juniors after members of the club's board baulked at the deal, according to Argentinian newspaper Ole.

14.53 BST Portsmouth's Ghana star Kevin Prince-Boateng wants to join Serie A side Genoa but administrator Andrew Andronikou likes the look of a heftier bid from Lazio. "His representatives are trying to put pressure on us to accept far less money than he is worth," Andronikou said. "He wants to go to Genoa but we have a much higher offer from Lazio."

14.45 BST "AC Milan confirm yet again that Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva are absolutely not for sale," the tetchy Serie A club said in a statement. LA Galaxy and Real Madrid will be devastated.

14.43 BST Christian Poulsen's agent has revealed he expects the Denmark international to complete his move to Liverpool next week. Jorn Bonnesen has been on Merseyside to hold discussions about a potential move from Juventus.

14.29 BST Liverpool outcast Philipp Degen has joined Bundesliga side Stuttgart on a season-long loan after playing just seven games in two seasons at Anfield. Deggen said: "For me this loan represents a great chance to rediscover my best form."

13.42 BST Bolton Wanderers have rejected an offer for Chris Basham, 22, from Premier League new-boys Blackpool. The size of the bid has not been disclosed.

13.30 BST Stop burning your Cesc Fabregas shirts Arsenal fans! The Barcelona transfer target has issued an official statement to say that he will be staying at Emirates Stadium and that the Gunners rejected two formal offers from his former club.

13.27 BST Arsenal have accepted two bids worth £1.2 million from Hull City and Leeds United for Jay Simpson. "I can confirm a couple of clubs have agreed a deal with Arsenal and we are now in talks with them," the 21-year-old's advisor Uben Gray told Sky Sports.

13.17 BST Inter Milan chief Massimo Moratti has rejected a fresh offer from Real Madrid, who raised their €24m bid to €26m, for Brazilian defender Maicon, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

13.04 BST Juve director general Beppe Marotta has given up hope of signing Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg this summer. "For Dzeko it is almost over as Wolfsburg just don't want to sell," Marotta admitted.

12.46 BST Man City will face stiff competition in the race to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic with controversial football don Luciano Moggi tipping him to join AC Milan. "Zlatan would allow Milan more balance up front and he would open spaces for [Alexandre] Pato," Moggi wrote in his Tutto Mercato column.

12.28 BST AC Milan will be willing to pay Manchester City €3m to take Robinho on loan, accordin to Football Italia. However, Robinho wnats to retunr to Santos and City apparently already have options on certain Santos players as part of last term's loan deal.

11.58 BST:West Bromwich Albion are closing in on a deal to sign Cameroon international winger Somen Tchoyi from Red Bull Salzburg. He was last season's Austrian Bundesliga player of the year.

11.56 BST: John Mensah nears a move back to Sunderland, according to the Black Cats' official website. He returned to Lyon after a loan spell at the end of last season.

11.54 BST: Valon Behrami has been linked with a move to Roma but his agent says West Ham want to keep hold of the Swiss midfielder. "West Ham considers Behrami a major player," he told Sky Italia. "The situation is therefore a little difficult." It seems clear he wants his client to move from that.

11.34 BST: More on those Manchester United movements. Diouf is heading out on loan, while Danny Wellbeck will join him in that, perhaps at Sunderland. Tom Cleverley meanwhile. is staying, having looked headed for Wigan. All that from Sir Alex Ferguson. A decent source, you'd say.

11.32 BST: Not a transfer but a hands-off. Thomas Muller has signed a new deal at Bayern Munich. We'll have to wait for him to be the target for the big boys, as he surely will be one day.

11.14 BST: Hull City have given up hope of signing John Bostock on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Hull Daily Mail.

10.46 BST: Blackburn Rovers have emerged as favourites to sign striker Mame Biram Diouf on loan from Manchester United.

10.25 BST: Sunderland are being linked with a £6m move for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha, which seems like an odd way to waste a lot of money.

10.13 BST: El Mundo Deportivo reckons that Manchester City could make a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Barcelona striker could be surplus to requirements - it sounds like a lazy link to me.

09.56 BST: Manchester United goalkeeping target Anders Lindegaard has admitted he would move to Old Trafford. "When you play in Scandinavia it’s a big dream to go abroad for me, especially to the Premier League or to Great Britain,” he said. “Of course, who wouldn’t go to Manchester United”

09.41 BST: Stuttgart are just a medical away from the loan signing of Philipp Degen from Liverpool. General manager Fredi Bobic told ZDF: "Philipp Degen will arrive for his medical on Friday and, if this all works out, then he will sign his contract. We have reached an agreement with the club and also with the player."

09.22 BST: The agent of Mario Balotelli thinks his move to Manchester City will still go ahead. "It's not true what has been written by the British tabloids," Raiola told Sky Italia. "Mario has never asked for anything, he doesn't live for the money, but his passion is playing football. There is still something to find for an agreement between us and City, but I am confident there are only details."

08.57 BST: Rapid Vienna say they have rejected an improved offer from Rangers for Nikica Jelavic. The Daily Record quotes a Rapid spokesman as saying: "There was no solution found to the Jelavic situation. Rangers will now fly home and it is up to them if they come back with a new offer. But the offer made today was not acceptable."

08.41 BST: It looks like Emmanuel Adebayor will be staying at Manchester City. They have stated on their official Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/mcfc): "Take it from us everyone, despite reports, MCFC has no plans to sell Emmanuel Adebayor; our new no.9 for this season - and that's official."

08.22 BST: Birmingham are facing competition from West Brom for AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele. ''Dembele is top quality but I'm advertising him to everyone else by speaking about him,'' Alex McLeish said. ''It's difficult when someone has got options and he is a top player. The player maybe knows as well. Some perhaps have a little self doubt but the very top players don't have that.''

07.55 BST: Roque Santa Cruz will wait to decide on his future at Man City. ''We'll see,'' he told Goal.com when asked if he would be staying at the club. ''Like in previous seasons we have a lot of great players in the squad, even up front. It's about working hard to get opportunities to impress. Every time I step onto the pitch I want to score, because goals are the best argument there is.''

07.39 BST: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill accepts the speculation surrounding his future may never go away. He told the Birmingham Mail: ''I've never worried about looking for votes of confidence or anything like that. I've never bothered about it in the past and certainly now, as I get older, I'm less concerned about it than ever. Who's to say it (the speculation) has gone away? This is the nature of the game.''

07.30 BST: Robinho will plead with Manchester City over his future. You may guess that he wants to stay at Santos.

07.10 BST: Paper round-up for you:

Daily Mirror: Emmanuel Adebayor wants to go to Juventus. Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will let Ashley Cole move to Real Madrid - as he closes in on his replacement, £16m rated Portugal World Cup star Fabio Coentrao. Aston Villa have launched a move for Aiden McGeady as they are on the verge of finally selling James Milner to Man City. Stoke City’s swoop for French striker Loic Remy is on the rocks - after a break-down over the fee and terms.

Daily Mail: Chelsea have been offered Real Madrid misfit Karim Benzema as part of Jose Mourinho's plan to lure Ashley Cole to the Bernabeu. Hull have completed the signing of John Bostock from Tottenham on a 12-month loan deal. Manchester United target Anders Lindegaard is being monitored by at least two other Premier League clubs. Nicky Shorey is set to end his nightmare at Villa Park with a move to West Brom. Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan has delivered another blow to rebel striker Mido and left him out of his 25-man squad for the season.

The Sun: Bob Wilson is confident Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas will remain a Gunner. Ramires credited former Arsenal players Gilberto Silva and Julio Baptista for helping him make the decision to join Chelsea this summer.

07.00 BST: Morning all. Early one for you, Liverpool are looking for a new goalkeeper - even though they have five on their books - and could move for Reading's Adam Federici after being rebuffed in their move for Middlesbrough's Brad Jones.

August 5, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/05/2010

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


Will United sign Piotr Trochowski? ©Getty Images

23.30 BST Well it's all gone quiet, so that's it for Thursday’s transfer watch. Be sure to check back on Friday to get your daily dose.

22.45 BST Manchester United reserve team coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was at Fir Park as reported Old Trafford target Anders Lindegaard, Aalesund's goalkeeper, faced Motherwell in the Europa League.

21.18 BST West Ham United have signed New Zealand international Winston Reid from Danish Superliga club FC Midtylland in a deal reported to be worth £4 million.

21.13 BST Brazilian striker Robinho ahs signed for five-time UAE League champions Al Sharjah. Okay, so it's not THE Robinho. This one is a 22-year-old from Vasco da Gama.

20.41 BST Great rumour that Spartak Moscow have offered Celtic winger Aiden McGeady £40k a week, an apartment, a chauffeur, a translator, a bodyguard and a personal chef.

19.58 BST Paraguay World Cup striker Lucas Barrios would shun any approach from Manchester City to stay at German side Borussia Dortmund. “I'm happy here in Dortmund," Barrios said. "Under no circumstances will I leave BVB.”

19.06 BST Ghana international John Mensah has reportedly sealed a permanent move to Sunderland. “John is going to Sunderland but not as loan as is being reported," Mensah’s agent, Fabien Pivateau said.

18.31 BST France U19 skipper Gueida Fofana has invited offers from Europe's top clubs and reports suggest that Liverpool are interested.

17.54 BST Kilmarnock have confirmed the signing of Chelsea reserve team defender Ben Gordon on a short-term loan deal. The England U17 international has been at Stamford Bridge since 2007.

17.30 BST: Loic Remy is another Liverpool target but he has spent the afternoon at Stoke discussing a move. A rather amusing semi-interview on Sky Sports News revealed that he was just visiting, or so his agent told him to say. He did, however, sign some shirts for Potters fans. Here's the news story.

17.27 BST: Middlesbrough claim to have rejected a £2 million bid for goalkeeper Brad Jones from Liverpool.

17.10 BST: Alexandr Hleb's agent has signalled that Spurs are looking into tempting in the former Arsenal player though Sevilla are also linked. As ever, with loyalty bonuses in play, he also says his client is happy to stay at Barcelona.

16.56 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Palmeiras are willing to pay £7 million to loan Ronaldinho from AC Milan.

16.53 BST: Tottenham have loaned out young goalkeeper Oscar Jansson to Northampton for a month.

16.32 BST: Zenit have signed midfielder Sergei Semak from Rubin Kazan.

16.31 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Maicon may have agreed personal terms with Real Madrid. Madrid haven't agreed a deal with Inter, though.

16.28 BST: Former Arsenal captain Kenny Samson says he's spoken to Arsene Wenger and Cesc Fabregas is definitely staying. Fellow ex-Gunner Bob Wilson has also had a pop at Barca. Read all about it.

16.07 BST: Sebastian Giovinco has now joined Parma on loan. More here.

16.01 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport claims LA Galaxy are determined to sign Ronaldinho and have made AC Milan an €8 million offer.

15.58 BST: Calcio Mercato believes Velez Sarsfield centre back Nicolas Otamendi - who played at right back for Argentina at the World Cup - is close to moving to AC Milan.

15.52 BST: Blackburn could be the subject of a takeover, but Sam Allardyce is realistic about the chances of a big transfer budget arriving before the end of the month. "The new investment is not going to arrive before the transfer window is shut," he said. "That is probably certain now."

15.50 BST: Brazil midfielder Ramires has given his reasons for leaving Benfica for Chelsea. "I hope that everyone understands that it was a very good opportunity for me on a personal, sporting and financial level," he told A Bola.

15.42 BST: Ghana starlet Andre Ayew is set to sign a new deal until 2013.

15.28 BST: Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has confirmed his interest in Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. “I will get ahead of myself here and say we’ll sign Boateng, but loan him out to another team,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.

15.26 BST: Bristol City have snapped up Wolves striker Sam Vokes on loan.

15.20 BST: The Glasgow Evening Times reports that Rangers chief executive Martin Bain travelled to Austria this morning to present Rapid Vienna with a £3.5 million offer for striker Nikica Jelavic.

15.15 BST: Stoke have refused to be drawn on reports linking them with a £3 million bid for Ipswich Town winger Jon Walters.

15.10 BST: West Ham defender Matt Fry has joined Charlton on loan until January.

15.05 BST: Sport Express claims Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has flown to Russia to hold talks with Spartak Moscow.

14.30 BST: Juve starlet Sebastian Giovinco is set to complete his loan move to Parma with an option to buy tonight.

14.20 BST: Robinho has again said he wants to stay at Santos: "I hope to continue. My heart is here and I want to stay but I have to talk to my team. Santos have brought me happiness and good things."

14.10 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he's not finding the market much fun this summer after failing to seal deals for DJ Campbell, Stephen Dobbie and Seamus Coleman, who were all on loan as they clinched promotion. "Unfortunately, two or three of the lads who helped us do it aren't here now," he told the Gazette. "I've spent most of the summer trying to buy them and I can't. We offered the money their clubs wanted for them and they still turned us down."

13.55 BST: Christian Poulsen's agent has confirmed he held talks with Liverpool, although he's remained fairly coy on the success of those talks.

13.52 BST: El Mundo Deportivo has claimed Manchester City could turn to Diego Forlan if the Mario Balotelli deal falls through. Roberto Mancini ruled that one out a little while ago, but the Balotelli and Edin Dzeko deals seem to have run into money troubles.

13.43 BST: Sport.co.uk claims Liverpool and Tottenham are both eager to sign Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb.

13.20 BST: Big news: Emmanuel Adebayor has said he expects to leave Manchester City and would welcome the chance to Juventus.

12.55 BST: Nice striker Loic Remy is in Stoke as Tony Pulis looks to snap up the highly-rated attacker. Remy has also been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Lyon, Bordeaux and various other clubs.

12.53 BST: Swansea hope to seal a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Scott Sinclair. "We have spoken to Chelsea about Scott," chairman Huw Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post. "Brendan obviously knows him pretty well from his time at Chelsea and we hope that could play a part in Scott's decision. The next step is to try to make contact with the player.

12.45 BST: Michel Bastos says Lyon have priced him out of a move to AC Milan.

12.40 BST: Skysports.com reports that Sunderland are set to take Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck on loan.

12.32 BST: Reader Conan asks:

Did Man Utd ever signed a German international before? I would love to see Ozil in the team but it will be against all odds. He is a good player and can bring new dimension to the squad. He will come cheap too.

We don't believe they have. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who left the club this summer, is a Germany Under-19 international.

12.30 BST: Fabregas has returned to the Emirates and applauded the fans out on the pitch. He looked pretty happy too.

12.28 BST: Alberto Aquilani's agent has rubbished claims he could return to Roma. Franco Zavaglia told Calcionews24.com: "There is no truth to this story. It's a press invention."

12.10 BST: Ipswich have signed Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop on a two-year deal.

11.58 BST: Arsenal youngster Sanchez Watt is eager to show what he can do after joining Championship side Leeds on loan. "You can't just talk the talk if you want Arsene Wenger to give you chances," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I want to give him a big reason why I should be in the team."

11.53 BST: Genoa defender Anthony Vanden Borre, who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, could join Cologne for around €3 million, according to Itasportpress.

11.50 BST: Milan defender Thiago Silva keeps saying he's not leaving, but his agent keeps saying he might go to Real Madrid. "If the clubs can find an agreement, then we can talk," agent Paulo Tonietto said.

11.45 BST: Ghanasoccernet says John Mensah has signed for Sunderland in a permanent deal. More on that when we get it.

11.42 BST: It's all happening at the City Ground. Forest have Vaasan Palloseura centre back Jani Tanska on trial as well as Calum Davenport. "What I have heard from Nottingham is that they are trying to play good football," he told Vepsu. "The image of the English just playing the long ball game is a bit outdated."

11.38 BST: United have also been linked with Hamburg midfielder Piotr Trochowski. His agent told Hamburg's Morgenpost newspaper: "Trochowski is a Hamburg player. He has a contract with the club. I do not intend to make any statement."

11.35 BST: A few Manchester United fans have been commenting about the lack of activity and the potential deal for Mesut Ozil, so this might give them a bit of hope. Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs said: "Should there be an offer on the table, we would consider it. Everything is still possible at the moment."

11.23 BST: Corriere dello Sport and some Spanish papers have claimed Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi to beg for a move. Ibra said the other day he was definitely staying, but presumably he's just noticed David Villa's arrival. Since Milan can't afford him, he'll apparently join on loan and then sign next summer. Hmm.

11.20 BST: Rosario Central striker Milton Caraglio looks set to stay in Argentina after a second move collapsed. Caraglio had been expected to join West Ham but they decided against the move on the basis of a knee problem, and Catania have now said he has failed a medical there.

11.07 BST: AS reports that Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago is set to join Juventus on Sunday.

10.51 BST: Adel Taarabt has finally completed his move from Tottenham to QPR.

10.50 BST: Wolfsburg playmaker Zvjezdan Misimovic will be allowed to leave for €12 million, according to Bild, with Atletico Madrid, Fiorentina and Schalke all interested.

10.45 BST: Bild says that, as Mario Gomez has said he is determined to prove himself at Bayern, they won't be making a bid for Wolfburg's Edin Dzeko any time soon.

10.40 BST: Middlesbrough are looking to tie up a loan deal for Sunderland's Matt Kilgallon, according to the Sunderland Echo.

10.30 BST: Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand has joined Nottingham Forest on a six-month loan deal.

10.24 BST: The Manchester Evening News claims Manchester City will reject Sunderland's bid to take Joe Hart on loan.

10.05 BST: To follow up on the Whittingham story, the Mirror claims Forest are set to announce that they've signed him along with Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley for £2 million each. Chelsea left back Ryan Bertrand is also set to join on loan.

10.01 BST: Peter Whittingham has reportedly rejected the offer of a new contract from Cardiff.

09.55 BST: Montpellier believe there's no truth to the story that Arsenal will sign defender Emir Spahic.

09.51 BST: Datasport says Palermo will make a fresh bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, potentially offering £7 million.

09.44 BST: Celtic boss Neil Lennon has suggested he wants to take Craig Bellamy back to the club: "I would hope we could make a signing like that - we would all hope so - but it's still up in the air." More here.

09.30 BST: ...today's the day Cesc returns from his post-World Cup holiday, though, and he's expected to tell Arsene Wenger he still wants to join Barca. More here.

09.10 BST: Theo Walcott is convinced Cesc Fabregas will stay. "Cesc's a big player for Arsenal so I'm looking forward to playing with him next season," Walcott said in The Sun. "I've been texting him. I sent my congratulations for the World Cup and said what a great pass he made for the winner. I'm looking forward to seeing him back. He's a fantastic player for us and our captain."

08.56 BST: Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has confirmed he is considering signing Calum Davenport. The former West Ham defender, 27, is a free agent after he was stabbed in the leg in 2009 at his mother's home.

08.50 BST: Stoke could have (rather more attractive) competition from AC Milan in the race to sign Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, according to Italian reports. Lazio are also said to remain in the mix.

08.45 BST: Nemanja Vidic was strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, but he says there's no way he would have left Old Trafford.

08.21 BST: Birmingham are closing in on the signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele in a £5 million deal.

07.15 BST Welcome to Thursday's transfer blog. Let's begin with a full round-up of the day's transfer rumours:

The Sun: Harry Redknapp will again move for Craig Bellamy ... West Ham sign New Zealand international Winston Reid for £3 million ... Walcott thinks Fabregas will stay with Arsenal ... and Vermaelen says stars have begged Cesc to stay ... Chelsea tie up £18.2 million Ramires deal ... Stoke to bid £4 million for Kevin-Prince Boateng ... Blackpool want James Beattie ... Michael Ball to train with Blackpool.

Daily Mail: Arsenal want Cesc Fabregas to make a public pledge of loyalty ... Zenit to bid £21 million for Zhirkov ... Cleverley to join Wigan on loan from Man Utd ... Birmingham 'make approach' to sign Juventus and Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi ... Walters set for Stoke as Ipswich agree £3 million fee.

Daily Mirror: Fulham boss Hughes to snap up Luke Young but has snubbed Steve Sidwell ... Stoke join West Ham and Liverpool in battle for Remy ... Mancini insists: I pick our transfer targets not Cook or Marwood ... Bostock in, Cousin out at Hull ... Liverpool ponder move for Flamini ... West Ham eye Miralem Sulejmani ... Chelsea plot move for Dario Srna ... Boro plot move for Speroni ... Hodgson: Poulsen deal close ... Celtic make Bellamy move ... Deco closes in on Brazil return.

Daily Star: Balotelli move to Man City is off over pay demands ... Stephen Ireland won't take Aston Villa pay cut.

Daily Telegraph: City to offer players in James Milner deal.

August 4, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/04/2010

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


Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in Christian Poulsen ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's all for tonight, you know where to come tomorrow for more of the same.

23.40 BST: Marseille insist that Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang will not be granted his wish to join Turkish giants Fenerbahce - at least not this season. "Fenerbahce's offer has come in so late that it would be suicidal for us to respond positively only three days before the start of the championship," Jean-Claude Dassier told L'Equipe on Wednesday.

23.04 BST: Giuseppe Sculli is on the verge of joining Inter. The Genoa striker could replace Mario Balotelli as Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini told Pianetagenoa1893.net: "Sculli is practically an Inter player. He is almost ready to leave."

22.18 BST: Wayne Rooney has given his backing to the new 'home-grown' players quota that comes into force in the Premier League in the coming season. Rooney told the Premier League Season Review: ''I think the new home-grown rules coming in are important.

''As an academy graduate myself I like to see young players coming through because I think they're vital for the future of England and the Premier League. I also think it's important for clubs to have a bunch of home-grown players because they are the lads who know their history. For me it's a welcome ruling because it will make the league a bit more interesting, especially in the transfer market.''

21.24 BST: Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna reckons Montpellier's Emir Spahic would be a good signing for the club. "I used to follow him in French football last year and he is a good player,'' he said. "He's definitely good enough to play for Arsenal and everyone will welcome him if he does come."

21.02 BST: Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is hopeful that Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta will start the new season at Goodison Park. Speaking at a shareholders' forum, Kenwright said: ''I can't stand here and say this is going to happen but I remain hopeful. It is huge, the pull of the blue. I hope they say to themselves, 'Is there anywhere better than this?' ''

20.42 BST: Sky Sports are claiming that a fee has been agreed for Ramires between Chelsea and Benfica. €22 million is the magic number.

20.39 BST: West Ham United are reportedly interested in Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. Arsenal were linked with the Italian, who filled in for Gianluigi Buffon in South Africa, but no bids as yet.

20.12 BST: Palermo have confirmed they have completed the signing of Argentinian teenager Ezequiel Munoz from Boca Juniors.

19.49 BST: Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has warned Manchester City that they will not be able buy the Premier League title this season. ''You can buy as many players as you can but it doesn't mean you can win titles. I don't think it is the key to success,'' said the Belgian.

19.14 BST: Mario Gomez is staying at Bayern Munich this summer. "I have not talked to any other club," said the striker, according to Spox.com. "I do not want to give up after one year, but assert myself at FC Bayern. For years I have dreamed to be here."

18.41 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed rumours linking the north London club with a move for Sporting Lisbon striker Yannick Djalo. ''It's not true,'' he told reporters. ''I believe he's a good player, but he is not and never has been in our plans.''

18.20 BST: Ghanasoccernet reports that Milan striker Dominic Adiyiah has been left out of the 22-man squad for pre-season training in the US, paving the way for a loan to Hannover or Mainz.

18.14 BST: A clarification on the Koumas story mentioned earlier: Cardiff won't be able to play him until their transfer embargo is lifted.

18.10 BST: West Ham have apparently joined Arsenal and Fulham in the race for Cagliari and Italy goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. The Times suggests they'll make a £5 million bid.

18.02 BST: Milos Krasic's agent, Vlado Borozan, says Juventus may have to sell before they can buy the CSKA Moscow winger. “A deal can be done with the Moscow club on the basis of a €15m transfer," he told Sky Italia. “A lowering of the price from €18m can facilitate negotiations with the Bianconeri, but before they close the deal they must sell some important players." Christian Poulsen is set to be one of the players sold.

17.48 BST: Bild says Germany star Thomas Muller has signed a contract until 2015 with Bayern Munich. The paper also says that he's likely to replace the injured Arjen Robben on the right-hand side of midfield for the start of the season.

17.37 BST: Schalke have confirmed Brazilian defender Rafinha has joined Genoa, becoming the club's fifth signing of the summer following Luca Toni, Miguel Veloso, Franco Zuculini and goalkeeper Eduardo.

17.15 BST: Have Barca actually given up on Fabregas? New sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has admitted there looks to be no hope of signing the Arsenal captain, saying: "The only solution would have been for him not to leave (Barca in the first place)." He added: "Pique also went (to England) and then came back to show what a great player he is. Cesc is also a great footballer and perhaps the decision he took to go to Arsenal has made him a better player and a better person."

17.10 BST: Reader Eric is a little disappointed at reports Jozy Altidore could be heading to Turkey.

With the way the MLS has brought in a couple of higher profile, experienced players, it is kind of a shame that Altidore couldn't go to a team like NY Red Bulls (I know, couldn't have happened with Angel also being there), and learn from a guy like Henry. Hopefully he gets the starting gig he needs to gain experience!

17.08 BST: Cardiff have reportedly signed Wigan midfielder Jason Koumas on a season-long loan. Cardiff are under a transfer embargo, though, so we're not 100% sure about that one.

16.45 BST: Roy Hodgson has confirmed his interest in signing Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen.

16.30 BST: The Mirror reports that Hull are set to sign Arsenal striker Jay Simpson for £1.3 million. The fee will be paid in stages, apparently.

16.20 BST: Goal.com claims Villarreal and USA striker Jozy Altidore is set to join Turkish side Besiktas.

16.07 BST: Jose Mourinho has revealed he hopes to make further signings. "I think the club can still give me a defender but it's difficult to find quality players and youngsters with a lot of potential," he told Record. "As well as a defender I would like another striker." More here.

16.05 BST: Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi has signed a new five-year contract.

16.04 BST: Marca carries quotes from Milan defender Thiago Silva saying he's "very happy about Real Madrid's interest", but it seems nothing has changed and he still plans to stay at the San Siro.

15.58 BST: Harry Harris, our man in the know, can confirm the identity of West Ham's new signing. More here.

15.32 BST: Barcelona defender Dani Alves has refused to rule out a move to Manchester City. Alves is out of contract in 2012 and he said: "I'm very happy at Barcelona and intend to fulfil my contract unless the club decides differently. I never say never to anyone and I'm greatly flattered that other clubs are interested in my work."

15.24 BST: Roy Hodgson says Liverpool haven't had any offers for Javier Mascherano and hopes the midfielder will stay at the club.

15.05 BST: The Manchester Evening News has revived the rumour City could offer Robinho in a swap deal for Inter starlet Mario Balotelli.

14.50 BST: Sunderland have made a bid to take Joe Hart to the club on loan.

14.40 BST: Some gossip from reader SpursFanInAmerica.

Rumour has it that 'Arry is considering raiding Pompey one last time to bring in Richard Hughes as a backup in midfield and defence. He could bring some good cohesion to the squad, but I don't know that he would make the 25...

14.36 BST: A bit of BREAKING NEWS for you. Bolton have brought Ivan Klasnic back to the club on a two-year deal. The striker was available on a free transfer.

14.34 BST: Corriere dello Sport says Inter have opened talks over the signing of Javier Mascherano as Liverpool are closing in on the deal for his replacement, Juve midfielder Christian Poulsen. The Reds are set to discuss personal terms with the Denmark international shortly, apparently.

14.26 BST: Genoa have announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Rafinha from Schalke.

14.20 BST: The agent of Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi claims the player is the subject of an official approach from Birmingham.

14.15 BST: Rangers - and maybe Everton - are keen on signing Nikica Jelavic, but Rapid Vienna are confident he'll stay. More here.

13.46 BST: Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley so could turn to Stoke's Michael Tonge.

13.44 BST: Belgium striker Moussa Dembele is expected to leave AZ and could be on his way to Birmingham. If you're unfamiliar with his work, you should watch this.

13.22 BST: Good old Lionel Messi doesn't know when to let sleeping dogs lie, apparently. "I am still confident Cesc will come home this summer," he said in the Express. "Arsene Wenger is an intelligent and decent man and he knows where Cesc's heart is. I am still confident he will arrive this summer [and] there is nothing anybody can do to stop Cesc joining Barcelona if it be this summer or the next."

13.20 BST: Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Uruguay defender Diego Godin from Villarreal.

12.56 BST: An email has just flooded in from Alpha Kargbo on the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga:

"I think that if Fabregas wants to go as he has shown, he should be allowed to go. dont forget that Wenger can always find another Fabregas.He found another Viera in Fabregas, why the fuss in wanting to keep a player that doesn not want to play for a team anymore. Let him go if he wants to, but let him stay if he desires and make it known now."

12.41 BST: Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco, who starred for Spain in the Under-19 Euros, is interesting Real Sociedad, Malaga, Mallorca, Espanyol, Levante Benfica and Genoa. That's if you believe the Sun.

12.31 BST: Preston have signed free agent Darel Russell following his release by Norwich this summer.

12.22 BST: Werder Bremen have confirmed they are ready to listen to offers for Mesut Ozil. General manager Klaus Allofs told Bild: “There are many clubs interested in Mesut, but none of these clubs have made an offer as yet, Should there be an offer on the table, we would consider it. Everything is still possible at the moment. I would like to see the transfer window close now, with the team we have, because we are looking forward to competing in the UEFA Champions League."

12.01 BST: The agent of Timo Hildebrand says the Germany goalkeeper wants to play in the Premier League this season. Martin Stopper said: "He is very keen to challenge himself in the English game. Hildebrand feels the time is right to play in the Premier League."

11.57 BST: Marseille forward Mamadou Niang has told the French champions he wants to join Fenerbahce, despite president Jean-Claude Dassier stating his wish to keep the player at Marseille for at least another year.

11.49 BST: Palermo are being tipped to make an increased bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas, who may leave along with Javier Mascherano.

11.31 BST: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is said to be considering a loan move for Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart with Craig Gordon injured.

11.22 BST: Misfit Liverpool defender Philipp Degen is said to have agreed personal terms with Stuttgart and will leave Anfield.

11.06 BST: Adel Taarabt, the man who claimed he would definitely play for Real Madrid or Barcelona this coming season, seems set to return to QPR from Tottenham on a permanent basis.

10.51 BST: Zenit St. Petersburg have swooped to sign Bruno Alves from FC Porto for a fee in the region of €22 million. They must have more money than sense. The centre-back has passed a medical and agreed personal terms

10.44 BST: Nottingham Forest are set to make an improved offer for Cardiff winger Peter Whittingham.

10.32 BST: The Northern Echo believes that Sunderland will complete the signing of John Mensah on another season-long loan today.

10.21 BST: Nikica Jelavic has declared he wants to join SPL side Rangers from Austria Vienna. Jelavic told the Daily Record: "I am ready to take on a new challenge. I'm keeping my fingers crossed the move materialises. I have always dreamed of playing in Britain and this is my big chance. I hope Rapid will grant me this favour in return for my goals and my endless fight for the club."

10.03 BST: Werder Bremen seem determined to stop Arsenal from signing Germany international Per Mertesacker. General manager Klaus Allofs said: 'Per remains 100% committed to Werder. I have already said this several times. Nothing has changed. Per and his advisers have so far not commented due to a request from us.'

09.44 BST: Highly-rated Spurs centre-back Steven Caulker, who played for England at the Under-19 Championships, is set to join Leeds on a season-long loan.

09.18 BST: Very interesting comment here from our reader Matt, who has revealed who West Ham's mystery World Cup signing may be:

"Just reported on local 6pm news here in New Zealand, All Whites Winston Reid to West Ham within the next 48 hours "

09.12 BST: Leeds have signed Arsenal's highly-rated youngster Sanchez Watt on a season-long loan deal,

08.59 BST: Spanish daily Sport is reporting that AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi may offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a return to Serie A, with the Barcelona striker reportedly unhappy with the idea that he will play second fiddle to new signing David Villa at the Nou Camp in the coming season.

08.44 BST: Newcastle and West Brom are considering signing Arsenal starlet Henri Lansbury on loan after Arsene Wenger signalled his intention to allow him to leave on a short-term deal this season.

08.29 BST: L'Equipe is reporting that Fluminense had prepared a welcome celebration for Deco in Brazil, but they were left disappointed as the Chelsea midfielder has yet to agree a deal to have his contract at Stamford Bridge cancelled.

08.17 BST: Nicolas Burdisso appears to be getting increasingly agitated at Inter and Roma's failure to agree a deal to take him to the Stadio Olimpico. The Nerazzurri defender spent last season at Roma and is desperate to return, according to his agent Fernando Hidalgo, who told Sky Sport Italia: “Nicolas has not changed his mind. He wants Roma, but his opinion counts for nothing. The two clubs have to reach an agreement between themselves."

07.58 BST: Mario Balotelli is demanding £180,000 a week in wages, plus extensive image rights as part of any deal taking him from Inter Milan to Manchester City. That's according to Soccernet's man in the know, Harry Harris.

07.47 BST: Remember that you can send in your opinions on all of the gossip doing the rounds and let us know any rumours you have heard relating to your club. That's what reader Tommy has done:

"Fabregas is NOT worth 50 million and while i'm at it Huntelaar offers no improvement for the spurs squad, it would be a massive waste of mr. redknapp's limited funds. He should go for landon donovan who is cheaper, more experienced, and a better ballplayer (even if they do play different positions)."

07.17 BST: First things first, we shall have a scan around the English press to see what their latest transfer speculation is today.

The Sun: Liverpool have opened talks with Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen over a potential £6 million deal, seemingly paving the way for Javier Mascherano to leave Anfield; Chelsea striker Scott Sinclair is wanted by the likes of Ipswich and Blackpool, but if he completes a loan move away from Stanmford Bridge he favours a move to Manchester, where his actress girlfriend films Coronation Street; Liverpool striker Daniel Pacheco is wanted by seven clubs, with Real Sociedad, Malaga, Mallorca, Espanyol, Levante, Benfica and Genoa all vying for his signature.

The Mail: Birmingham are considering moving for Italian World Cup-winning left-back Fabio Grosso on a season-long loan from Juventus; Spurs midfielder Adel Taarabt, who was long touted as 'the next big thing' looks set to join QPR - who he was on loan with last season - in a £1 million deal; Cesc Fabregas' family are desperately disappointed that the Arsenal captain has yet to complete his move to Barcelona.

The Mirror: James Milner's proposed move from Aston Villa to Manchester ity could be completed this weekend, with Stephen Ireland used as a makeweight in the deal; Spurs have officially opened talks with Sporting Lisbon's £4 million-rated striker Yannick Djalo but Newcastle are also waiting in the wings to swoop; Manchester CIty are closing in on highly-rated Israeli youngster Gai Assulin, who left Barcelona last week and is available on a free.

07.13 BST: Good morning all and welcome to another day of transfer speculation, gossip and some real moves thrown in there too. We're expecting Ramires to sign for Chelsea later, while of course Fernando Torres will be going nowhere after his declaration that he wants to stay at Liverpool.

August 3, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/03/2010

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


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: A target for Tottenham ©Getty Images

23.40 BST: That's all from us for today. Join us again tomorrow for the latest news and gossip from the transfer market.

23.28 BST: Another Blackpool rumour - Sky says they could move for free agents Marlon Harewood and Michael Ball.

23.00 BST: The Guardian says Chelsea "Chelsea may have to appeal to obtain a permit under the special-circumstances ruling" for Benfica midfielder Ramires as he hasn't played 75% of Brazil's games over the last two years. It's the latest snag in a deal that was already complicated by third-party business.

22.35 BST: Staying with Celtic, they still need a goalkeeper, and STV suggests they could move for Real Valladolid's Jacobo Sanz.

22.09 BST: Aiden McGeady will miss Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Sporting Braga after travelling to Russia for talks with Spartak Moscow.

21.55 BST: The Bolton News says Bolton have joined the race to sign Manchester United starlet Tom Cleverley on loan. Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Blackpool are also said to be interested.

21.10 BST: Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has denied reports he could join Chelsea. "I really haven't heard anything about Chelsea's interest in me," he told SportSport.ba.

21.05 BST: It appears Arsene Wenger may have set his targets on a new defender and a deal could be done in the coming days. Find out who here.

20.45 BST: Loic Remy is set to start the season with Nice, but he still wants to leave and says he hopes "the issue is resolved quickly". He has turned down Fenerbahce and says the Premier League remains his "priority", with Liverpool, West Ham, Stoke and Tottenham all having shown interest.

20.30 BST: France Football says Mamadou Niang has told Marseille he wants to Fenerbahce, where he'd pick up a tasty payrise, apparently.

20.24 BST: The London Evening Standard says Tottenham flop Adel Taarabt is set to join QPR after the clubs agreed a £1 million deal.

20.20 BST: AS believes Manchester United could offer a whopping €24 million for Lassana Diarra, who's apparently now surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. It's hard to see United offering even half that, but we'll see.

20.15 BST: We reported earlier that Liverpool are said to have been given permission to speak to Christian Poulson, but Calcio Mercato is reporting that Poulson is merely a back-up option - Roy Hodgson, apparently, has made AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini his first-choice replacement for Javier Mascherano.

20.10 BST: Blackpool could be set to bolster their squad in the near future. The Daily Mail believes they could land Chelsea attacker Scott Sinclair on loan, while the Gazette says they expect to land Swnasea defender Angel Rangel if they go back with an improved bid.

19.56 BST: Taking the Poulsen story on, Sky Sport Italia claims Liverpool have been given permission to speak to the Juventus midfielder.

19.54 BST: Lazio are set to confirm the signing of Sao Paolo midfielder Hernanes. Sao Paolo vice-president Carlos Augusto de Barros e Silva said: “There are still some details to iron out, but we are talking about simple red tape. At this moment I cannot make any formal announcement until the contracts have been signed.”

19.45 BST: Leeds have signed young Arsenal winger Sanchez Watt on a season-long loan deal.

19.25 BST: Hull boss Nigel Pearson expects Jimmy Bullard to leave the club. Asked where the midfielder would be playing next season, Pearson told Sky Sports News: "Probably elsewhere. It's fair to say both parties are looking for a solution."

19.22 BST: The Liverpool Echo says the Reds will step up their bid to sign Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen. He's thought to be a potential replacement for Javier Mascherano and, while Inter have yet to make a suitable bid for the Argentina captain, Roy Hodgson is set to press on regardless, apparently.

19.15 BST: It must be at least 35 minutes since we had someone at Barcelona talking about Cesc Fabregas, so here's some comments from Andres Iniesta from earlier today: "We all want him to come because he will help us to go up a level. He's very complete. However, he belongs to Arsenal and the two clubs must understand each other in order for a deal to be done."

19.05 BST: Spurs have allowed goalkeeper David Button to join Plymouth on a season-long loan. Harry Redknapp is set to bring in Croatia 'keeper Stipe Pletikosa to bolster his options.

18.40 BST: Pep Guardiola says Barcelona could turn to their youth players to plug the midfield gap this season as the Cesc Fabregas bid looks doomed to end in failure.

18.02 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has spoken about the Ramires deal. "I will speak about Ramires when Ramires will be a Chelsea player," Ancelotti told Sky Sports News. "Until now, he is not a Chelsea player. We hope, but until now nothing is decided."

17.58 BST: Things seem to be looking up for Liverpool at the moment, and reader Doug has more positive news.

More good reports coming from Liverpool...They have not only decided to retain Daniel Pacheco for the upcoming season, but also to give him more first team opportunities

17.35 BST: Championship newcomers Burnley are reportedly leading the race for Rochdale defender Craig Dawson, thought to be valued at around £700,000.

17.13 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he will look to complete two more signings before the close of the transfer window as Chelsea close in on the signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires.

17.06 BST: Fiorentina director Pantaleo Corvino has confirmed that Emiliano Insua's transfer to la Viola is off because of the left-back's excessive wage demands. Corvino told Sky Sport Italia: "Last night I had dinner with the director of sport at Liverpool until 2am. The player will remain in England. He is owed money by the club and he asked for wages we cannot possibly provide."

16.54 BST: Mark Hughes was unveiled as Fulham boss today and outlined his transfer plans, saying: "Some of the players may be out of our scope in terms of money and wages, but we're actively looking at bringing in better quality than what we already have here." That could well rule out a move for Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy.

16.40 BST: Reader Doug appears to be fairly happy about Fernando Torres' apparent confirmation that he will be staying at Anfield:

"Thank you Torres! Stay at Liverpool and become a legend!"

16.32 BST: Russia Today claims Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa will have a medical at Spurs this week. He's also been linked with Celtic.

16.13 BST: We mentioned earlier today that Thiago Silva has been linked with a €20 million move to Real Madrid, but the AC Milan defender has poured cold water on the speculation by saying that Milan are like a second family to him. He told the Milan Channel: "I feel complete here. I did a great job at Milan last year. It's the first time that I have seen this newspaper and I know absolutely nothing about it."

15.41 BST: The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that Georgia defender Zurab Khizanishvili has turned down a move to an unnamed Turkish club.

15.24 BST: Palermo have not given up hope of signing Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to the Serie A club's sporting director Walter Sabatini - though he admitted that a deal is not currently in the pipeline. Sabatini told Calcionews24.com: "Leiva is a very strong player and I like him very much. But to speak of a deal already is not accurate. We have to wait. I cannot say any more."

15.20 BST: For more details on the latest transfer speculation and to have your say, chat live now with Soccernet's Jon Carter.

15.08 BST: Spanish daily AS is now reporting that Maicon's proposed transfer to Real Madrid will go ahead after the Inter Milan full-back agreed terms with the Spanish giants. Maicon had been struggling to agree personal terms but has apparently now accepted a €5.5m a year deal to move to the Bernabeu.

14.53 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway appears resigned to losing out on promising Evrton full-back Seamus Coleman, who was on loan at the Tangerines last season. Holloway told the Liverpool Echo: "He is playing so well that David Moyes won’t want to let him go. I’ve asked him, I’ve left messages, I’ve spoken to Moyesy’s brother (agent Kenny), so I’m trying all I can. However, I think the honest answer is probably no."

14.37 BST: Corriere dello Sport is reporting that Lazio are closing in on Portsmouth's Kevin Prince Boateng. The Serie A club are reportedly ready to pay Pompey's €7.2 million asking price for the Ghana midfielder. The move is dependent on Lazio agreeing to Boateng's wage demands, something they failed to do earlier this summer.

14.13 BST: The agent of Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan has told sport.co.uk that he is in talks with a number of clubs interested in his client's services - with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all linked with the Rosenborg player. He said: "The situation is as follows. We are talking with a number of clubs and we will see how things go. At the moment a move could happen this week, or at the end of August. We will have to wait and see.”

13.56 BST: Fernando Torres appears certain to stay at Liverpool after revealing his excitement at starting the new season at Anfield. He told the club's official website: "My commitment and loyalty to the club and to the fans is the same as it was on my first day when I signed."

13.45 BST: Juventus are considering bidding for Hamburg's German international Dennis Aogo, who would likely cost in the region of 7-8 million euros according to Bild. The Bianconeri are reportedly ready to offer Hasan Salihamidzic and/or Christian Poulsen as part of any deal.

13.23 BST: Reader Abubakar Saleem believes Liverpool's potential new owners will bring the good times back to Anfield:

"Liverpool will be dangerous this coming season.Torres is going nowhere and more signings are coming as soon as the new owners come in."

13.08 BST: Hoffenheim are competing with Newcastle to sign highly-rated Marseille winger Hatem Ben Arfa, thought to be valued around £6 million. Owner Dietmar Hopp said: "If we get Ben Arfa, he will be sensational in Germany. He is a magician. Technically he's very strong and very fast."

12.52 BST: Veteran Benfica striker Nuno Gomes is being linked with a move to MLS club New England Revolution. Apparently, Boston's thriving Portuguese community could be a big draw for the Portugal international.

12.39 BST: Former Manchester City midfielder Ousmane Dabo is still a free agent and the 33-year-old, who also played for Inter, Lazio and Monaco,has admitted to France Football that he has yet to receive any offers.

12.22 BST: Tal Ben-Haim has joined West Ham on a five-month loan deal and will be reunited with former Portsmouth boss Avram Grant at Upton Park.

12.03 BST: Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is hoping to re-sign Ivan Klasnic on a free transfer after the striker's contract was cancelled with Nantes. "Ivan is a great lad who's well liked by the fans and well liked in my dressing room," Coyle told the Bolton News. "If we can find a way to bring him back to the club, I'd love to do it.

11.58 BST: Bordeaux are still seeking a replacement for Marouane Chamakh and France Football believes they will move for Serbian striker Dragan Mrdja. The FK Vojvodina frontman , who scored 22 goals last season is thought to be available for around €5 million.

11.45 BST: Manchester United have handed a trial to 20-year-old Finland keeper Lukas Hradecky, who currently plays for Danish side Esbjerg, according to the Sun.

11.33 BST: Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has his eye on Everton striker James Vaughan, who has been valued at £1.5 million by David Moyes.

11.22 BST: According to A Bola, Porto defender Bruno Alves is set to complete a move to Zenit St Petersburg. The two clubs have reached an agreement for a fee of somewhere between 18 and 23 million euros.

11.11 BST: Chelsea's move to sign Brazilian midfielder Ramires could yet fall through after Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira admitted a third party hold 50% ownership of the player.

11.06 BST: The agent of Inter Milan defender Maicon met with Real Madrid on Monday but emerged from the transfer summit angered by the Spanish club's attitude.

11.00 BST: Apparently Fulham aren't the only side interested in Alexander Hleb, with Sevilla also thought to be considering a bid. But Hleb has told Blaugrana Pep Guardiola that he intends to stay at the club, even though the coach had made it clear he isn't required.

10.55 BST: Bolton boss Owen Coyle was impressed by the performance of Oldham striker Tom Eaves in a pre-season friendly last week, so much so that he is looking at signing the teenage striker - who scored a hat-trick against the Trotters.

10.42 BST: Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic has urged employers Rapid Vienna to allow him to join Rangers. He said: "I was informed about Rangers' interest in me and I really want to go. It has always been my dream to play in Britain and Rangers are a big club with tradition. I would love to play there."

10.36 BST: The Cesc Fabregas saga seems a long way from finishing yet, but reader emmanuel olu has come up with a deal that could be more attractive to the Gunners:

"Arsenal should request Xavi, Puyol plus 10millon euros in exchange for Fabregas."

10.32 BST: Schalke have completed the signing of Sergio Escudero from Real Murcia for a fee of €2.7 million, according to Bild. The left-back had courted interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Ajax, Dynamo Moscow and Anderlecht and becomes the third player to join Schalke from Spain - following Real Madrid pair Christoph Metzeldr and Raul to Gelsenkirchen.

10.22 BST: Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic has urged employers Rapid Vienna to allow him to join Rangers.

10.14 BST: The Sun is reporting that Barcelona could turn to Everton star Mikel Arteta if the Catalans' move for Cesc Fabregas falls through.

10.08 BST: Fenerbahce are considering moving for Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, who starred at the World Cup in South Africa, according to L'Equipe. Rennes are thought to be after at least €18 million for Gyan, and Fenerbahce may stump up the cash, having been frustrated in their attempts to sign Mamadou Niang from Marseille.

09.58 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Juventus striker Vicenzo Iaquinta may be used as a makeweight to push through the much-protracted transfer of Milos Krasic from CSKA Moscow. The Russians have reportedly now dropped their asking price from €18 million to €15 million for Serbia winger Krasic- a figure that would decrease still further with the inclusion of Iaquinta.

09.49 BST: The Mirror is reporting that new Fulham boss Mark Hughes is weighing up a loan move for Barcelona's outcast midfielder Alexander Hleb.

09.44 BST: Reader joe razin has outlined his transfer recommendations for Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti:

"I think Chelsea must sign a striker and attacking midfielder. Pato or Thomas Muller are a right choice. They are still young and are very talented players who can replace Drogba or Anelka if either of them are injured. For an attacking midfielder, Wesley Sneijder or Mesut Ozil would be perfect players."

09.38 BST: Remember to send in your qustions queries and opinions on all the transfer speculation and feel free to throw in your own suggestions if you have heard of any gossip or rumours surrounding your club.

09.36 BST: Gokhan Inler could be on his way to Napoli after Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo admitted he would be prepared to sell the Switzerland midfielder. The two clubs are already in talks regarding the transfer of Napoli striker German Denis to the Stadio Friuli. Pozzo told Calcio Napoli 24: “The talks for Denis are still open. Our director of sport is following them up. If they want Inler, we are ready to negotiate. We’ll sit around a table and arrange something.

09.22 BST: Sevilla have announced the signing of Napoli midfielder Luca Cigarini, subject to a medical. He will move to La Liga on an initial season-long loan deal, with Sevilla having the option to turn that into a permanent deal at the end of the 2010-11 campaign.

09.14 BST Real Madrid are pushing again for AC Milan defender Thiago Silva. Italsportpress.it say that they will offer €20 million plus attacking midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart for the defender.

08.57 BST Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that he wants to sign Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on loan. "We will have a conversation when Manchester United get back from the USA and see if we can make progress there," Bruce told the Sunderland Echo.

08.30 BST West Ham manager Avram Grant has insisted that Stoke target Carlton Cole will not be leaving the Hammers. "I don't want to sell Carlton. He's working very hard and his attitude is good," Grant said.

08.00 BST Blackburn Rovers are lining up a loan move for Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, according to Sky Sports. Sam Allardyce's friendship with Sir Alex Ferguson can only help matters.

07.45 BST In the pick of our morning round up of the UK newspapers Klaas-Jan-Huntelaar and Roque Santa Cruz could be on the move.

The Sun: Tottenham are ready to swoop for AC Milan's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - and offer Giovani dos Santos in return.

Daily Mirror: New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is hoping to sign Manchester City's Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz for third a time.

Daily Star: Chelsea look set to complete an £18 million deal for Benfica star Ramires in the next 24 hours.

Daily Mail: Kanu is close to agreeing a new contract with Portsmouth after making a surprise return in Saturday's friendly with Fulham.

07.30 BST Good morning all. It's the story that just won't go away to kick us off, as former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has urged incumbent Sandro Rosell to meet with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger if he wants to sign Cesc Fabregas.

August 2, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/02/2010

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


Is Roberto Mancini worried that Carlos Tevez will stay away? © Getty Images

23.00 BST As we close off a quiet evening some lines from the Daily Mail to feast on. Ramires will join Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas is not playing ball with Wenger's pleas for him to say he's staying. And Kanu is staying at Portsmouth to play in goal...maybe. Good evening to you.

20.47 BST Leicester City have signed young Slovenian Leon Crncic.

20.05 BST Rafael Marquez is set to join old team-mate Thierry Henry when he heads to join New York Red Bulls. "Mexican superstar Rafael Marquez signs with Red Bulls," says the MLS website. Which is over-egging the pudding somewhat. ESPN's story is here.

19.05 BST The summer's talking horse is Barcelona on Cesc Fabregas. Another of their number have joined the throng. Former president Joan Gaspart advises current equivalent Sandro Rosell: "My advice, and that's what I've told him (Rosell), is that this will
end by catching the plane to London and sitting down face to face with Wenger. Not by telephone, not with intermediaries - this has to be resolved with a meeting in person. Rosell must not be scared. If he fails, the whole world will understand but no-one will be able to say that he didn't try until the end. This fear that he is going to fail - he shouldn't have it. It's very difficult for Arsenal to want to keep a player who doesn't want to stay." He also lets slip that Wenger almost joined Barca in 2001. Story here.

18.05 BST Philipp Deggen looks likely to end his time at Liverpool, at least for the time being, when he heads to VfB Stuttgart on loan, with a view to a permanent move. That's according to local news website Click Liverpool.

17.01 BST: Sam Allardyce has rubbished reports that Vince Grella is leaving the club and heading for Galatasaray. "We have had no contact whatsoever from Galatasaray, I am led to believe, and so Vince is still our player and I am glad to see him get another 60 minutes in," Allardyce said at the weekend.

16.41 BST: Wolves have confirmed that giant striker Stefan Maierhofer has signed for German second division club Duisburg on loan for the season after failing to impress at Molineux.

16.33 BST: Cologne have signed full-back Andrezinho on a free transfer. The Brazilian was without a club after leaving SC Guimaraes.

16.26 BST: Marco Naletilic, the agent of Milos Krasic, has denied reports in Gazzetta dello Sport that Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta is heading to Moscow for talks with CSKA over a deal. "I do not know where this information has come from. There is no news on the negotiations about Milos Krasic yet, so why would Marotta urgently fly to Moscow?" he was quoted as saying by Bobsoccer.ru.

16.19 BST: A rumour coming in from Jonathan Yeoh. But Arsene Wenger is keeping tight-lipped on this story:

I hear that Arsenal is set to confirm the signing of Per Metersacker by the week.

16.11 BST: Remember we told you earlier about the striker Blackburn Rovers were bidding for? Reports now suggest that it is John Utaka of Portsmouth. We can't see how he will exactly bring to an end their scoring woes.

16.03 BST: It seems as though Newcastle could have some competition for the services of Hatem Ben Arfa. Bundesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim are ready to pay £6.5 million. "If we can sign Ben Arfa, that would be sensational for the Bundesliga," general manager Ernst Tanner is quoted as saying in Rhein-Neckar Zeitung. "He is a magician. Technically extremely strong and very fast."

15.55 BST: Schalke have signed Spanish defender Sergio Escudero from Real Murcia for an undisclosed fee, making him the second Spanish player in their squad following the arrival of Raul.

15.43 BST: Another snippet from AS, which claims that Mesut Ozil has verbally agreed to join Real Madrid on a free transfer at the end of his Werder Bremen deal next summer.

15.42 BST: Blackpool are reported to have had a bid rejected by Leicester for
striker DJ Campbell, a player who enjoyed a successful loan stint with the Tangerines last term.

15.36 BST: Paris St Germain duo Guillaume Hoarau and Stephane Sessegnon insist nothing has yet been agreed for them to leave the Ligue 1 club, but have expressed doubt over their long-term futures. Schalke have been linked with a 10 million euro bid to take Hoarau to the Bundesliga, while speculation also surrounds Sessegnon.

15.29 BST: Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano insists he will be staying at the Andalusian club, despite continued talk of a possible move to either Italy or England this
summer. The Brazil forward has been linked to AC Milan and Tottenham he insists his
future lies at the Sanchez Pizjuan. "My future is with Sevilla,'' he told AS.

15.21 BST: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is looking to make "three or four'' more additions to his squad - but has denied he has had a bid turned down for England striker
Carlton Cole (again). Asked if there was any truth in reports that West Ham had rejected an offer
from the Potters for Cole, Pulis said "none whatsoever'', but the manager did confirm he is hoping to bolster his squad with several new faces. ``We are not just after a striker, but three or four players if we can,'' he told the Stoke Sentinel. "We have money to spend, but it's got to be the right players at the right prices.''

15.12 BST: The agent of Christian Poulsen has insisted there has been no contract from Liverpool regarding the future of the Juventus player. "I've also read the voices on newspapers but I can't comment on the rumours," Joern Bonnesen told Calciomercato.it. "I have not heard from anyone from Liverpool. Juventus have not called me and I have not found it necessary to do it. How many chances does Poulsen have to leave Juventus? No comment."

15.03 BST: Wigan are expected to offer a contract to trialist Sekou Baradji. He left West Ham in the summer without making a first team appearance.

14.53 BST: Bayern Munich director of sport Christian Nerlinger is furious with the continuing rumours over the future of Mari Gomez. He told Sportinformationsdienst: "I am unhappy about the rumours regarding his (Gomez's) future. The manager came up with a statement on his situation and this then became a big fuss. The manager did not just make a statement on the one player. Mario Gomez has a valid contract with our club, he is a player of Bayern Munich."

14.44 BST: Newcastle striker Leon Best has insisted he does not want to go out on loan and will look to fight for his place.

14.35 BST: Genoa, Parma and Bari are all awaiting news on Sebastian Giovinco's future as he nears an exit from Juventus. His agent, Andrea D'Amico, told Calciomercato.it: "There are no developments today. We will speak with Juventus and other clubs during the week so we can evaluate our options. We have the projects of all the teams in mind, but the player has not decided yet. But everything will be decided over the next few days."

14.33 BST: Kim Kallstrom says he fancies a move from Lyon to a Premier League club, with Everton and Spurs being linked.

14.29 BST: A bit of a mixed message from the agent of Gordon Stipic, as reported by Tuttosport. Could he join Juventus from Hamburg? It seems possible: "The thought of him playing in Italy and especially at Juventus thrilled him. Hamburg do not want to sell him. However, I have spoken with the club managers, who would negotiate if an interesting offer comes in." But Hamburg refuted those claims: "We will not sell Aogo."

14.26 BST: Lazio president Claudio Lotito has told Sky Italia that Cristian Ledesma is going nowhere this month. He said: “We have not put him on the market. In life you make decisions by mutual consent. If he were to assume a different position and wanted to leave, then the club would evaluate that, but at the moment the player is not on the market. We hope that he'll soon sign a new contract.”

14.20 BST: Steve Bruce is still hopeful of signing John Mensah and Danny Welbeck. He said: "I would love to bring John Mensah back. We know he has fitness problems, but he's one of the best defenders I've ever worked with. I'll do everything in my power to bring him back to the club. We won't give up on that one.

"He had a wonderful World Cup, which didn't help our cause. He is worth pursuing because of his natural talent. He went away after the World Cup and, to be fair to John, he needed a rest."

On Welbeck he said: "We will have a conversation when Man United get back from the USA and see if we can make progress there. It's something I'm still very keen on but the transfer window closes at the end of August, not this week, so there is time for things to develop. Last year we did our best business in the last week or so with Darren Bent and Michael Turner, so there will be more to-ing and fro-ing to come. We are all jostling for position."

14.15 BST: According to the Islington Gazette, both Southampton and Charlton are hoping to sign Arsenal kid Emmanuel Frimpong on loan. Great name!

14.03 BST: Scottish PFA Player of the Year Steven Davis is said to be wanted by Everton. The former Aston Villa midfielder won the SPL title with Rangers last season.

13.58 BST: More on Manchester City, and it is being claimed by the Daily Mirror that Roberto Mancini will beat Arsenal to the signing of Yoann Gourcuff.

13.54 BST: The Manchester Evening News believes that former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes will look to take Craig Bellamy to Fulham.

13.52 BST: Maicon's agent is said to be en route to Madrid to try and thrash out his move from Inter to Real - but his wage demands are said to be excessive.

13.49 BST: Former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez insists his future has yet to be decided despite reports he has agreed to join New York Red Bulls. Marquez, 31, is currently a free agent after his release this summer, but he insists he is keeping his options open before committing to a deal.http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=811367&sec=transfers&cc=5739

13.46 BST: Swansea are expecting a new bid from Blackpool for the superbly named Angel Rangel. Swans coach Alan Curtis told said: “I think the club are trying to persuade Angel and trying to open talks over a new contract. But obviously the lure of playing in the Premier League is something he is probably going to find very difficult to turn down. It looks likely that he may well move on, but that might not be for a couple of weeks yet."

13.38 BST: Lionel Messi has reiterated his desire to see Cesc Fabregas return to Camp Nou."It would be a pleasure to play again with Cesc," he said. "If he comes then he would have no problem adapting."

13.25 BST: Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that there is no news on the future of Mario Balotelli. "There aren't any movements at this hour on a Monday morning,” Moratti is quoted as saying. “I know less about Balotelli than you and when I do know something, I'll tell you."

13.11 BST: How about this for a bit of randomness? Blackburn chairman John Williams says the club have increased their offer for a striker, but he's given us no idea who that might be. He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have made an improved offer for a player and are waiting to hear the outcome of it. Negotiations will be ongoing this week."

13.03 BST: French paper Le Parisien says that Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez is wanted by Inter Milan. Another average Rafa Benitez signing?

12.56 BST: Corriere dello Sport thinks that AC Milan could make a bid for Tottenham midfielder Giovani dos Santos, who has failed to make any impression. A swap deal with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is mooted.

12.48 BST: Clubcall believes that Manchester United will make a move for Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil in the coming weeks. And Ozil would be tempted with a move to the Premier League. "There are four or five clubs in Europe that you would have to say as a player would be a dream to play for. United and Chelsea are very much two of them," he said. "I am a winner and, when I am looking for a new club, I simply look at where I can be the most successful and where I can win the most trophies. If you look at the recent history of United and Chelsea then it's clear that a player can be very successful there."

12.43 BST: Misfit Wolves striker Stefan Maierhofer has joined German side Duisburg on loan. No confirmation from the Midlands club on that yet though.

12.39 BST: Arsenal midfielder Denilson believes Cesc Fabregas wants to stay at Emirates Stadium. "I don't believe what Puyol says, I believe in Cesc, because Arsenal has helped Cesc Fabregas a lot in his career, and I think that he wants to stay," he said.

12.31 BST: Fulham defender John Pantsil is playing down talk of a move to West Brom, which would seem something of a strange move. "I don't know anything about that report and I am fully concentrating on Fulham with the season just about to start," Ghanasoccernet.com reports. "Coach Mark Hughes has not even met the playing body yet so it is impossible that such conclusions have been made. Journalists must cross checks facts before coming out with such stories because it is causing a lot of discomfort." Ghanasoccernet is no relation, by the way.

12.25 BST: It looks like Bolton boss Owen Coyle is going to have to look elsewhere, as Jack Wishere looks set to stay with the Gunners as part of their first team.

12.21 BST: Young Chelsea striker Danny Philliskirk has joined Oxford United on loan, initially for a month.

12.12 BST: Hilarious reports coming from the Sunderland Echo, which is claiming that Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia, who has been linked with Sunderland, is being tracked by, erm, Juventus!

12.06 BST: England Under-19 star John Bostock is being linked with a season-long loan move to Hull City. That could be a cracking signing for the Tigers.

12.03 BST: Spurious talk in Spain has linked Mikel Arteta with Barcelona. He's good, but it's not right.

11.57 BST: Blackpool have had an offer rejected for Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay. "A club did show an interest (in Tudgay)," Irvine told the Sheffield Star. "They were well short of anything that would tempt us. I think everyone is looking at the Lee Grant situation and thinking that Wednesday are a selling club now. We're not."

11.55 BST: Could Aston Villa about to become a selling club? Both Liverpool and Tottenham are being linked to Ashley Young.

11.52 BST: Wolfsburg have ruled out a sale of Brazilian striker Grafite after having already declared Edin Dzeko and Zvjezdan Misimovic not for sale at any price. Wolfsburg's managing director, Dieter Hoeness, told Kicker magazine that "the issue has been dealt with" and that the player would be staying put.

11.36 BST: Marseille and several Premier League clubs have shown interest in Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, according to the player's agent.

11.12 BST: Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits winger Aiden McGeady is "in a difficult situation" as speculation rages over his future. Asked if he had played his last game for the club, he said: "Possibly. You never know what might happen."

11.03 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he is unlikely to be able to bring Seamus Coleman back to the club from Everton. "He is playing so well that David Moyes won't want to let him go," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette. "I've asked him, I've left messages, I've spoken to Moyesy's brother (agent Kenny), so I'm trying all I can."

10.57 BST: L'Equipe says Tottenham are targeting Lyon midfielder Jean Makoun.

10.53 BST: England Under-19 international Ryan Bertrand is expected to go out on loan to Nottingham Forest from Chelsea this week.

10.39 BST: Turkish champions Bursaspor have made a formal offer for Middlesbrough striker Mido, according to FilGoal.com.

10.33 BST: It looks like Marton Fulop is on the way out of Sunderland, with the Black Cats said to have agreed a fee with Ipswich Town over his sale.

10.19 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Rafael Benitez could be about to make Giuseppe Sculli his first new face at the San Siro. Benitez wants the Genoa striker, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.52 BST: And another snippet on Manchester United, with claims they make a move for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra once the Spanish club has signed Sami Khedira. That's also from the Manchester Evening News.

09.49 BST: Here's a story from the Manchester Evening News, which suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to put his transfer plans in place after a meeting with chief executive David Gill.

09.27 BST: Could Ivan Klasnic be set for a return to the Premier League? His contract with Nantes has been cancelled and he's now free to move on.

09.06 BST: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill still does not know if James Milner will still be at the club at the end of this month. "I don't really know,” he told Sky Sports News. “I don't think at this stage I would be in a position to give you a definitive answer. I've said before that almost everyone, to a man, would want James to stay at the football club."

08.46 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has again rejected suggestions Real Madrid star Kaka could join Chelsea this summer. "Kaka cannot come to Chelsea," Ancelotti told Sky Italia . "He was one player of mine and has done so much for Milan, but now he belongs to Real Madrid and he will decide about his future along with his current club. Certainly neither I nor Chelsea will do it (decide his future)."

08.15 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Inter defender Maicon's agent is making a last-ditch attempt to secure his client a move to Real Madrid.

07.45 BST: And here's a quick round-up of what's in the papers this morning.

Daily Mirror: Tottenham willing to offload Peter Crouch for around £7 million, City are anxiously awaiting the return of Carlos Tevez as he may not return from World Cup duty - and Real Madrid are waiting in the wings.

Daily Mail: Newcastle set to clinch loan deal for United youngster Tom Cleverley, Olympiacos have joined Marseille in the race for Roque Santa Cruz.

Daily Telegraph: Chinese billionaire Kenneth Huang is set to secure a takeover at Liverpool, Roy Hodgson is looking to complete a £4 million deal for Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen.

The Sun: Aston Villa may have been priced out of a move for Celtic winger Aiden McGeady, the arrival of Mark Hughes could cost Steve Sidwell his chance of moving from Villa to Fulham in a £3 million deal.

07.33 BST: Hello, good morning and welcome. To kick us off, Martin O'Neill's said he's unsure whether James Milner will be staying and Gareth Barry - who quit Villa for City a year ago - has told his former team-mate he needs to make his mind up.

August 1, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/01/2010

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


Mesut Ozil would welcome a "dream" move to the Premier League © Getty Images

23.30 BST: That's all for tonight, join us again tomorrow.

23.01 BST: Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton says he's happy with Xisco’s form, so it doesn't look like the club are looking for another striker. However, Hughton does want a few more new faces. “It would be nice to get more players in over the next couple of weeks,'' he said. ''Can I guarantee anything? Of course I can't, but we're working very hard on it.”

21.59 BST: After earlier rumours linking Ashley Cole with Real Madrid, Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has said: ''He will not be sold at any price... Everyone can forget about Ashley Cole leaving this club.''

21.32 BST: Villarreal have signed World Cup-winning centre-back Carlos Marchena from Valencia. The 31-year-old, who can also operate as a holding midfielder, passed a medical and will be presented at El Madrigal on Monday before joining his new team-mates in training the following day.

20.59 BST: Andreas Hinkel admits he is still unsure whether he will begin the season at Celtic. ''I don't know where I will be when the season starts,'' said Hinkel. ''Everyone knows the situation. I have one year left on my contract. I spoke to the manager about it and I am still here now but I have one year left. We will see what happens by the end of the transfer window.''

20.05 BST: Jamie Carragher is pleased Steven Gerrard has committed himself to Liverpool and wants Fernando Torres to follow the captain's example. "Well, he's our best player," Carragher told Liverpool's official website after a 1-0 pre-season defeat. "For me he's [Gerrard] probably the best player in the history of the club, alongside Kenny [Dalglish], so it's obviously going to give everyone a massive lift. Hopefully Fernando will do the same and we can bring one or two more in so that we head into the season with a real feel-good factor."

19.32 BST: Celtic's Scott Brown has said that he wants Aiden McGeady to stay at the club. "I think everyone in the dressing room wants him to stay," said Brown. "Aiden's a fantastic player. I think he'd fit in well to any Premier League team as well. If he goes, we wish him all the best, but we hope he stays."

18.58 BST: Bad news for Manchester City fans as striker Carlos Tevez admits he is struggling for motivation ahead of the new season. "I'm trying to motivate myself, because the World Cup was my goal,'' he said. ''For the first time in my life, I'm having problems to find something that motivates me."

18.11 BST: Everton look set to miss out on the signing of American star Landon Donovan this summer after manager David Moyes admitted that the club do not have finances to push any deal through.

17.52 BST: EXCLUSIVE here from Tom Adams at the Emirates. Edin Dzeko's international team-mate Miralem Pjanic has told Soccernet that the Bosnia striker is very keen on joining Manchester City from Wolfsburg and that he will be a star in England.

17.39 BST: Espanyol legend Raul Tamudo is keen to look to the future after being presented by newly-promoted Real Sociedad. ''My time at Espanyol was wonderful, but I have to forget the past and live the present,'' he said. ''I will give everything to help Real every Sunday.''

17.22 BST: John Mensah's agent expects his client to re-sign on loan for Sunderland ahead of the new season. The Lyon defender was on loan at the Wearsiders last season but persistent injury problems led Steve Bruce to decide against making a permanent move for the Ghana international.

17.17 BST: Marseille have told Turkish giants Fenerbahce that Mamadou Niang is not for sale. Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier told AFP: "Mamadou is at the club and he will be staying here."

17.05 BST: The agent of Udinese centre-back Cristian Zapata claims that his client dreams of a move to England amid reports of interest from Arsenal. Massimo Italiani said: "I don't know what will happen this summer, it's still unclear. There are a number of clubs that are interested. At the moment it's more likely he will move abroad than sign for another Serie A club. A move to play in England would be a dream."

16.56 BST: Emiliano Insua’s move to Fiorentina has reportedly collapsed after the Liverpool left-back failed to agree personal terms.

16.44 BST: On Saturday we told you about Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi's declaration that he would welcome a move to Inter Milan. But the Star is reporting that his former club Manchester United could be set for a £12million swoop. Sir Alex Ferguson sold him for £6.75 million three years ago but insisted on a buy-back clause
that gives United first option to re-sign the Italy forward.

16.22 BST: Reader Conor believes that Arsenal might as well just cut their losses with Cesc Fabregas and sell up, with Kaka a much-coveted replacement:

"Arsenal should let Fabregas go to Barcelona if he wants to. Keeping a player who doesn't want to stay seems to me to be a waste of time and money. If they let Fabregas they could use that money to get Kaka. Throwing Kaka in with the likes of RvP, Arshavin, and Chamakh would make stopping Arsenal's offense a scary thought."

16.13 BST: Marseille striker Mamadou Niang appears closer to remaining with the French champions but he admits anything can still happen. He had wanted to leave the club but apparently there have not been too many interested parties.

15.58 BST: Newly-promoted Real Sociedad have offered Raul Tamudo a La Liga lifeline. The former Espanyol striker, who ended a 13-season association with the Catalan club in May, has signed for Sociedad on a one-year deal.

15.42 BST: Wantaway Manchester City striker Robinho may struggle to get the move away from Eastlands that he craves, mainly because no teams are interested in paying a huge transfer fee, while the Brazil forward's wages are also somewhat off-putting - according to our man in the know Harry Harris.

15.28 BST: L'Equipe is reporting that Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro has expressed a "desire to leave" the club, with Monaco, Villarreal and Valencia reportedly interested in the 23-year-old.

15,16 BST: Slightly contradictory quotes have come through from Mesut Ozil, who seems to be a little bit more coy on a move away from Werder Bremen with the German press. He told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper: "I am a friend of honesty. Many people extend their contracts long-term for better conditions, but two weeks later, they want to leave. I have never done that but have rather always respected my contract and been happy to fulfil it. Why should now be any different?''

15.03 BST: Kaka has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid today and one of our readers muhammad alif believes that the best destination for the Brazilian, should he leave the Bernabeu, would be Liverpool:

"Kaka should join Liverpool and help them win trophy and the combination between kaka and Gerrard will be the best in epl..Torres must stay and villa is not the right man to make the decision for Fernando."
14.34 BST: This may be hard to believe but another Barcelona player has expressed his desire for Cesc Fabregas to move to the Nou Camp. We know, astonishing isn't it?! Lionel Messi is the latest to tell the world that he would love the Arsenal captain to return to Barca.

14.09 BST: France Under-19 sensation Gueïda Fofana is being monitored by the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool, according to L'Equipe Dimanche. The Le Harve midfielder has a year left on his contract but club president Jean-Pierre Louvel has revealed that he has been contacted by several clubs interested in Fofana.

13.56 BST: We're pretty sure Manchester City have got enough midfielders already, but apparently they are after another one. Canal + is reporting that Youan Gourcuff is receiving amorous glances from Eastlands, with City reportedly ready to offfer €26 million for the France midfielder.

13.36 BST: Hernanes is very close to completing his protracted €13.5 million move from Sao Paulo to Lazio, but it looks as though he will stay in Brazil until the middle of August to play in Sao Paulo's Copa Libertadores campaign.

13.21 BST: Our roving reporter Harry Harris has been talking to a source close to Gai Assulin - the precocious teenager, described bys some as "the new Lionel Messi", who was released by Barcelona last week. Apparently, a number of English clubs are interested in signing the 19-year-old Israeli attacking midfielder.

13.06 BST: Liverpool signed Fabio Aurelio on Saturday but reader Doug isn't convinced that will be enough to convince Fernando Torres to stay at Anfield:

"I don't know if Fabio will be enough to persuade Torres to stay...Still hoping for someone like Huntelaar/Remy to partner El Niño up top."

12.47 BST: Qatar side Al Rayyan have signed South Korean international Cho Yong-Hyung from Jeju United. Cho, 26, agreed a two-year contract and he becomes the second Korean defender playing in Qatar after compatriot Lee Jung-soo joined Al Sadd.

12.34 BST: Bayern Munich's 22-year-old striker Deniz Yilmaz believes he has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League and would be happy to move to England. “It's true, there have been specific requests from Britain and I am convinced I will fit in there due to my playing style," he told goal.com.

12.22 BST: Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has urged manager Mark Hughes to bring Manchester City's Craig Bellamy to Craven Cottage.

12.01 BST: In demand Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has admitted that it would be difficult to turn down a "dream" move to the Premier League with either Manchester United or Chelsea.

11.40 BST: Hannover have signed Portuguese midfielder Carlitos from Swiss champions Basle on a two-year contract.

11.22 BST: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says he would consider another loan move if he does not get regular first-team football at Eastlands. The goalkeeper would surely be a decent coup for any Premier League side?

11.03 BST: Spain Under-19 star Rodrigo has left Real Madrid to join Benfica. The 19-year-old Brazilian born striker has signed a five year contract at the Estadio da Luz after the Portuguese giants paid six million for his services. Real Madrid included a clause which states that they can buy him back for 12 million euros next summer if he is a success.

10.31 BST: Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has urged team-mate and Manchester City target Mario Balotelli to improve his attitude or risk failing to reach his true potential.

10.20 BST: The Times is reporting that Jose Mourinho could be ready to let Kaka leave Real Madrid. The Brazil midfielder endured a difficult first season at the Bernabeu.

10.08 BST: Genoa President Enrico Preziosi has denied that the club have sold Giuseppe Sculli to Juventus in a cash plus player deal including Sebastian Giovinco. Preziosi said: "If Sculli does leave, it certainly won’t be in exchange for Giovinco. This story is completely untrue. Giovinco is an excellent player, but he’s not what we’re after."

10.00 BST: Over the next hour, we'll be looking at some of the latest news from Europe.

09.58 BST: Right, plenty of gossip in the papers and we will continue to scour the press for new stories. Remember you can leave comments below on any of the rumours or actual transfers, but perhaps try to make them slightly less sarcastic than this one from reader Patrick:

"Breaking News -- Luis Figo, Maradona, Cantona, Dunga, Original Fat Ronaldo and Zizzou to sign with NY Red Bulls, as Red Bull are set to announce a new geriatric beverage line called Red Bull Ensure Fizzy Lifting Drinks. Michael Davies is set to produce the mockumentary about the Cosmos Part Deux."

09.35 BST: Let's kick things off this Sunday with a look around the bulging British press:

News of the World: The lead story is that Ashley Cole has told Carlo Ancelotti that he wants to quit Chelsea to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid; Manchester City ready to up their bid for James Milner to £25 million, though Aston Villa are standing firm on their £30 million valuation; Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he can leave Eastlands, with Serie A Clubs AC Milan and Juventus interested in the Togo striker; Arsenal will swoop for Montpellier centre-back Emir Sphaic, but only if Arsene Wenger fails to land No. 1 target Per Mertesacker; Stoke have given up on Carlton Cole and will turn their attention to signing City reject Jo on a season-long loan; Landon Donovan will not be returning to Everton.

The People: Manchester City are back in for Fernando Torres and will launch a £50 million bid for the Liverpool striker; Fulham are preparing to make a bid for much-maligned West Ham goalkeeper Rob Green; Stoke will smash their transfer record with a £13 million swoop for Nice striker Loic Remy - though Liverpool and West Ham are also monitoring the Frenchman; The Potters also have their eye on a £3 million move for Davod N'Gog; Manchester City have invited former Barcelona teenager Gai Assulin to the club for a trial. The playmaker left the Nou Camp last month after failing to secure first-team football.

Sunday Mirror: The lead story is that Liverpool are preparing an £8 million bid for West Ham captain Scott Parker, just days after the Hammers rebuffed Tottenham's approach; Blackburn bos Sam Allardyce has rejected reports linking his midfielder Vince Grella with a move to Galatasary; Roy Hodgson is weighing up a £5 million move for Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa; Roque Santa Cruz could be on his way to French champions Marseille, though Manchester City are unlikely to recoup the £17 million they paid for the striker last summer.

09.30 BST: A new month has arrived and with it a host of new (and of course some of the same old same old) transfer speculation and gossip. An early story today is that David Villa has expressed his surprise that Spain team-mate Fernando Torres has not yet left Liverpool. I'm sure that 's gone down well on Merseyside.