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August 31, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/31/2011

Welcome to a slightly different On The Move for transfer deadline day. You can keep up to date with all the latest rumours and chat with ESPNsoccernet journalists on our Deadline Day Live , but amidst all the madness, On The Move will provide quick and easy reference point for all the main deals. As well as the actual completed transfers of course.

23.00 - DONE DEAL That's it! It's all over. So... completed deals in short: Arteta to Arsenal, Meireles to Chelsea, Bendtner to Sunderland on loan, Villa sign two Spurs players Hutton and Jenas. For every deal completed today, head over to our Transfer section. Phew, what a night!

22.30 - DONE DEAL Scott Dann joins Blackburn, Shaun Wright-Phillips is at QPR and Craig Bellamy has rejoined Liverpool. Busy busy...

21.45 - DONE DEAL Per Mertesacker to Arsenal is a done deal from Werder Bremen. The fee is believed to be around €9 million.

21.14 - DONE DEAL Arsenal's Henri Lansbury has moved to West Ham on loan for a season. Read more

20.37 - DONE DEAL Chelsea's Gael Kakuta has joined Bolton on loan until January 1, the London club have confirmed. David N'Gog is also going to join him on a permanent deal.

19.48 - DONE DEAL Manchester City have confirmed the signing of free agent midfielder Owen Hargreaves on a one-year deal. Read more

19.34 - DONE DEAL Wigan have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on a season-long loan.

18.49 - DONE DEAL Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney has joined Wigan on a permanent deal.

17.58 - DONE DEAL Joel Campbell and Giles Sunu have left Arsenal to join Lorient, Campbell on loan and Sunu on a permanent four-year contract.

17.30 - DONE DEAL Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago has joined Serie A side Roma on a one-year loan deal, the Lega Serie A have confirmed.

17.15 - DONE DEAL Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that out-of-favour winger David Bentley has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan. Full story

16.45 Birmingham City centre-back Scott Dann is having a medical at Blackburn.

16.38 - DONE DEAL Fulham have completed the signing of former Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera on a free transfer. Full story

16.30 - DONE DEAL Roma have announced the signing of Miralem Pjanic from Lyon for a fee of around £9 milliion. Full story

16.25 - DONE DEAL Manchester City striker John Guidetti has completed a loan move to Feyenoord for the rest of the season, the Premier League club have confirmed. Full story

16.11 Arsenal have confirmed that Per Mertesacker will join the club from Werder Bremen, "subject to the completion of formal registration processes". Full story

16.03 - DONE DEAL French club Evian have confirmed the loan signing of Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen. Full story

15.26 - DONE DEAL Young goalkeeper Tommaso Trani has joined QPR on a two-year deal following his release by AC Milan. Full story

15.25 Tigre's Argentine striker Denis Stracqualursi is undergoing a medical at Everton.

15.18 - DONE DEAL Inter Milan have completed the transfer of Diego Forlan from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee. Full story

15.15 - DONE DEAL Arsenal have completed the signing of Fenerbache's Brazilian defender Andre Santos, the Premier League club have confirmed. Full story

15.05 - DONE DEAL Tottenham have confirmed that Scott Parker has joined the club from West Ham. Full story

14.45 - DONE DEAL Wolves youngster David Davis has join SPL side Inverness on loan until January. Full story

14.37 - DONE DEAL Barcelona have confirmed Alexander Hleb has joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on loan.

14.31 - DONE DEAL St Etienne have completed the signing of Ivory Coast international Max Gradel from Leeds with the 23-year-old forward signing a four-year deal.

13.49 - DONE DEAL Chelsea have sent Ulises Davila on loan to Vitesse Arnhem just days after singing the midfielder from Chivas. Full story

13.16 - DONE DEAL Real Madrid midfielder Pedro Leon has returned to city-rivals Getafe on loan until the end of the season.

13.14 - DONE DEAL AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo has joined Serie A rivals Lecce on a season-long loan deal.

13.05 QPR have agreed a fee with Sunderland for defender Anton Ferdinand. The 26-year-old will now undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

12.45 - DONE DEAL Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has joined French champions Lille on a season-long loan. Full story

12.28 Stoke City have agreed a fee with League Championship side Birmingham City for striker Cameron Jerome.

12.13 - DONE DEAL AS Roma have signed Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer on loan from Wolfsburg, the Lega Serie A have confirmed. Full story

12.06 - DONE DEAL Udinese have signed Argentina Under-20 international Maximiliano Pereyra on a permanent transfer from River Plate. Full story

11.29 Bolton have agreed a fee of £4 million for the transfer of Liverpool striker David Ngog. Full story

11.20 - DONE DEAL: Hannover have confirmed the signing of Austria international Daniel Royer from SV Ried for an undisclosed fee. Full story

11.00 - DONE DEAL Juventus have completed the signing of Netherlands international Eljero Elia in a €9 million deal from Hamburg. Full story

10.30 Manchester City winger Shaun-Wright Phillips is close to a £4 million switch to Premier League new boys QPR.

10.00 Wigan have agreed a fee with Celtic for the transfer of forward Shaun Maloney.

09.30 Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has claimed he is attracting interest from Sunderland. Full story

09.00 The agent of Alvaro Pereira has claimed Chelsea are in ongoing negotiations with FC Porto to try and reach a deal before the close of the transfer window. Full story

Newspapers: The Daily Mail: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to follow up his interest in Everton's Mikel Arteta and Lille's Eden Hazard ... Sebastian Bassong has been mooted as a possible makeweight in Spurs' pursuit of Gary Cahill ... Chelsea are said to be considering a swoop for 17-year-old Everton sensation Ross Barkley ... Heurelho Gomes is in talks with CSKA Moscow over a loan ... Aston Villa have bid £4 million for Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams.

The Sun: Arsene Wenger has an astonishing list of 20 targets, including Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta ... Sunderland and Stoke will battle it out for the signing of Tottenham's Peter Crouch ... CSKA Moscow want Manchester United's Tomasz Kuszczak.

The Daily Mirror: Tottenham are looking to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill ahead of rivals Arsenal ... Arsenal have made an enquiry to Everton to see whether they could land either Mikel Arteta or Marouane Fellaini ... Porto star Alvaro Pereira is set to get his dream £20 million move to Chelsea today.

While we have your attention, it's worth pointing you in the direction of today's Deadline Day Live chat, which begins at 0800 BST.

August 30, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/30/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


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Chelsea have offered £8 million plus Yossi Benayoun for Raul Meireles

00.00 Right then, that's all we've got time for on this penultimate day of the transfer window. Join us again tomorrow as we work towards the transfer window slamming shut at 11pm BST. Should be a cracker!

23.51 And heading in the opposite direction to Spain could be Wolfsburg midfielder Diego, who has been tipped to join Atletico Madrid.

23.30 Reports from Germany suggest that Alex Hleb could sign for Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

23.14 Lorient have signed Fulham youngster Cheick Toure.

23.03 Charlie Adam on Twitter: "Just read we have now signed sebastian coates welcome to LFC"

22.56 For those of you who are wondering how well Sebastian Coates is likely to cope with the rigours of the Premier League, look no further than this analysis at the Uruguay international's prospects from our South American football expert Sam Kelly.

22.43 - DONE DEAL Sebastian Coates finally completes his move to Liverpool. FULL STORY HERE

22.18 Birmingham City have rejected a transfer request from defender Liam Ridgewell, according to the Daily Mail. Ridgewell is keen on a return to the Premier League, with West Brom and Stoke among those clubs linked with him this summer.

22.01 Big spending Russian Premier League side Anzhi are being linked with a swoop for Standard Liege's Moroccan midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez.

21.48 For a while it seemed though Simon Kjaer's move to Roma was off, then it was back on again. Now, it appears he will initially move on loan - in a deal that will cost Roma €3 million - according to reports from Sky Sport 24.

21.37 It's a busy old evening in France, as Nancy become the latest club to welcome new players. Romania striker Daniel Niculae and French midfielder Thomas Mangani have arrived on loan from Monaco.

21.23 Newcastle have added Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Rob Elliot to their ranks, the Addicks have confirmed.

21.02 Fulham are really set to splash the cash, with the Coattagers agreeing a fee of £10.6 million with FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz.

20.48 Liverpool have confirmed that Christian Poulsen has been given permission to speak to Ligue 1 new boys Evian after the two clubs agreed a fee.

20.36 Still no official confirmation on Coates - come on Liverpool! But, elsewhere, Brazil midfielder Elias has joined Sporting Lisbon from Atletico Madrid for €8.85 million euros.

20.22 It would seem that Sebatsian Coates has signed for Liverpool - Luis Suarez has been on Twitter welcoming his Uruguay team-mate to Anfield. Suarez said: "I want to welcome Coates, partner in the uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool!"

20.10 FULL STORY HERE on Davide Santon's move to Newcastle.

20.02 The comments are still flooding in and Leicester fan Jake was not to impressed by Sven's bizarre £6.5 million bid for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

"As a Leicester supporter, I'd rather see us pursuing young strikers with a strong history of scoring the Championship then spending loads of cash in a desperate attempt to make a splash at the deadline. That Matty Fryatt lad seems to score a lot of goals..."

19.56 Juventus have now confirmed that Eljero Elia is in town for his medical. Right, we promise that's the last you'll hear of Elia until he actually signs. The updates on his movements have been unnervingly regular.

19.45 Better news for Newcastle is that they have signed Inter Milan defender Davide Santon. Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "We are delighted to bring to Davide to Newcastle. He is a quality left-back and an established international who also gives us flexibility in defence. Davide is a young lad and a great signing for us and I am sure he will adapt to the Premier League very quickly."

Santon added: "I am really pleased to sign for Newcastle. The chance to play in the Premier League and in front of 50,000 fans at St. James' Park was too good to turn down. This is an ambitious club who want to move forward and I want to help them achieve that."

19.34 Saint Etienne say they have reached an agreement with Leeds over the signing of Max Gradel. That's bad news for Newcastle's hopes of signing Modibo Maiga, as Sochaux said they would only sell Maiga if they had a suitable replacement, with Gradel thought to have been in advanced talks with them.

Saint Etienne said: "Agreements in principle have been made with Steaua Bucharest and Leeds United for the arrivals of Banel Nicolita Max-Alain Gradel"

19.12 Juventus have released Czech Republic defender Zdenek Grygera, paving the way for him to move to Fulham. This one has been on the cards for the last few days and the centre-back now looks certain to join the Cottagers.

A Juventus statement said: "After four years, Zdenek Grygera's four-season spell at Juventus comes to an end. The Czech player has today consensually terminated his contract with the
club."

19.03 - DONE DEAL West Ham have signed former Fulham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop on a free transfer from AEK Athens. The Sengal international's arrival surely signals the departure of Scott Parker.

Diop said: "I am very happy today. I enjoyed playing again and it is good to be here to sign. I want to help West Ham go up and I hope we can be successful. English football is the best in the world. I have come here to work hard and give 100 per cent in every game I play for West Ham United. I want to show the people I am back again."

18.52 Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic has refused to rule out the possibility that he might leave the club, with Roma and Lazio believed to be waiting in the wings to swoop for the Bosnia international.

Pjanic said: "The transfer market is still open and so anything can happen from now until August 31," Pjanic is quoted as saying by Corriere dello Sport. "If something has not happened until now, it does not mean that it will not happen. Everything depends on any offer which Lyon receive. Nothing has been defined yet."

18.39 Blackpool's attempts to bring Nile Ranger to Bloomfield Road may not be over yet, with skysports.com reporting that the striker will reconsider leaving Newcastle having initially turned down the Tangerines.

18.22 Lyon have signed full-back Mouhamadou Dabo from Sevilla on a four-year deal. OL confirmed: "The transfer fee is one million euros, with €800,000 of possible incentives."

18.09 - BREAKING NEWS Scott Parker hands in an official transfer request, with Spurs the favourites to land him.

Parker said: "I have had a fantastic four years at West Ham United and will never forget all the support I have had from the fans and everyone associated with the club.

"The manager and board have tried hard to convince me to stay but at this stage in my career, I need to be playing in the Premier League, especially now that I am involved with England.

"I hope the fans will understand and respect my decision and I wish the club every success in their fight for promotion this season."

17.56 Swansea have bought another goalkeeper, with German Gerhard Tremmel arriving at the club after a successful trial. Tremmel has previously previously played in the Bundesliga for Hannover, Hertha Berlin and Energie Cottbus. He was a free agent having left Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg this summer.

17.49 Among all the high-profile transfers, there are some lesser known deals that also need reporting. Here is one: Gambia international Dawda Bah has joined Bundesliga side Augsburg, who were promoted to the German top flight last season.
"(We've signed) a player who can play anywhere up front so we're happy," said Augsburg official Andreas Rettig.

17.38 Sunderland have been linked with a late £10 million bid for Peter Crouch, though Tottenham are thought to want more than that. FULL STORY HERE

17.23 Another comment has come in, this time from Mikael, who questions the integrity of the words of modern footballers:

"A couple of weeks ago Elia denied he would contemplate a move to Juventus saying he didn't want to go to a club like Juventus that isn't better than Hamburg. Now he's there. Can footballer just shut their mouths and stop talking to the media?"

We fear that no is almost certainly the answer to that question.

17.20 Rangers have rejected a £6.5million bid from Leicester for striker Nikica Jelavic, the SPL club have confirmed on their official website. We kid you not - £6.5 million for Jelavic. Madness!

17.12 - TWITTER TALK Scott Parker has completed his move to Spurs, according to reports across the social network.

17.08 Agent Ernesto Bronzetti, who works for Real Madrid on their transfer deals, says that Roma have been making enquiries about Lassana Diarra. Bronzetti said: "Roma have also made an attempt for Diarra, but Real Madrid do not want him to leave him unless there is a definite offer to buy him."

16.56 Further to our entry at 13.55 which confirmed Eljero Elia was on his way to Turin, we can now confirm he has arrived there ahead of his move to Juventus from Hamburg. The Dutch winger appears to be pretty pleased too. "I am very happy," he told Sky Sport Italia, before being taken off to complete his medical.

16.51 Still a regular stream of comments coming in, though this one from Geoff brought a few sniggers of laughter from around Soccernet HQ:

"What Arsenal needs now is to appoint Arsene Wenger as general manager and get Tony Adams as team manager...Wenger can continue his wonderful youth policy and Tony could sort out the defence."

Surely things haven't got that desperate...

16.42 Sky Sports News reporting that Shaun Maloney could be on his way to Wigan from Celtic. The two clubs are apparently in talks.

16.31 Read Madrid's Fernando Gago is set to join Roma on loan with a view to a €6 million move. Agent Ernesto Bronzetti told Tele Radio Stereo: "I have spoken with Real Madrid directors and they have given the transfer the go-ahead."

16.17 Sportske Novosti report that Ivan Klasnic says his Croatia team-mate Luka Modric has told him he is going to stay at Tottenham.

16.06 - TWITTER TALK BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein: "Reliably informed Tottenham are interested in signing [Gary] Cahill before window shuts, and that Modric to Chelsea is dead."

16.00 USA international Michael Bradley has moved to Serie A side Chievo from Moenchengladbach, his New York-based agent Ron Waxman told the Washington Post “Michael is very excited about the move. This is a chance to establish himself in Italy.”

15.50 - DONE DEAL Valencia have signed centre-back Victor Ruiz from Napoli on a five-year deal. Valencia technical secretary Braulio Vazquez said: "He will help to complement our existing defence and offer something different to our squad." Full story

15.38 Spurs and Fulham are chasing Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari, according to the player's European representative. "Tottenham and Fulham are several of the Premier League teams that are interested,'' Claudio Mossio said. "But right now his destination is not unclear." Full story

15.30 - DONE DEAL Arsenal have confirmed the signing of South Korea international Park Chu-Young from Ligue 1 club Monaco. Full story

15.23 - DONE DEAL Wigan have signed winger Albert Crusat from Almeria on a two-year contract, the Premier League club have announced.

15.20 AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani insists his club will not be making anymore signings. "The Milan market is closed ... all the names that have been linked with Milan, in these last hours, are completely unfounded," he told Gazzetta.it. Although Galliani did say almost the same thing last summer before signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robinho.

15.04 Liverpool have been linked with Craig Bellamy for a while but it seems the striker is poised to stay at Manchester City after the club refused to offer him a package to cover the final year of his contract.

14.49 QPR are in talks with Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand and are close to agreeing a deal worth around £4 million to bring him to Loftus Road. Full story

14.37 Fulham youngster Cheick Toure has joined Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient. Meanwhile, the Cottagers have pulled out of a move for FC Twente's Nacer Chadli due to the physical condition of the player, according to De Telegraaf. Full story

14.30 Arsenal have signed Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker, according to Canal+. No official confirmation though.... not a DONE DEAL just yet.

14.25 Manchester United striker Federico Macheda could be set to join Newcastle or QPR on loan, according to the Italian's agent. "At this time, Newcastle has the edge over Queens Park Rangers," Giovanni Bia told Calciomercato.

14.14 DONE DEAL:Celtic have secured the signing of Sierra Leone striker Mohamed Bangura from AIK in Sweden. Full story

14.05 Leeds United have rejected Sochaux's bid for Max Gradel. Sochaux chairman Alexander Lacombe has said: "This case is closed now."

13.55 Hamburg have confirmed that winger Eljero Elia is on his way to Turin to talk with Juventus.

13.51 Udinese have signed Romania winger Gabriel Torje from Dinamo Bucharest for an undisclosed fee, the Italian club confirmed. Full story

13.32 Germany coach Joachim Low has given Arsenal target Per Mertesacker permission to leave the squad's training camp to hold transfer talks and expects him to return tonight having signed for 'a new club'.

13.23 West Ham co-owner David Sullivan on Scott Parker to Spurs: "The deal will probably happen although we are desperately trying to persuade him to stay." Full story

13.15 Aston Villa are hopeful of concluding a £3 million deal for Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton, according to BBC Sport.

12.57 Owen Hargreaves could be set for an incredible move to Manchester City after he was reported to have undergone a three-hour medical. Full story

12.54 Uruguay captain Diego Lugano will be unveiled as a Paris St Germain player this afternoon following his move from Fenerbahce, the French club have confirmed.

12.52 - TWITTER TALK BBC journalist Dan Roan says: "Liverpool's Joe Cole on way to Lille - v close to agreeing 1 year loan I understand."

12.50 Arsene Wenger’s belated delve into the transfer market has reignited their interest in Blackburn Rovers skipper Christopher Samba, according to The Telegraph.

12.43 - TWITTER TALK Ben Smith at The Times says: "File this one under 'you what?' Owen Hargreaves has reportedly had a medical at #MCFC today."

12.40 Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has signed a three-year contract with QPR, the Loftus Road club have confirmed. Full story

12.30 - TWITTER TALK Apparently, Per Mertesacker is already on his way to London for a medical with Arsenal after boarding a flight from Dusseldorf. The Gunners have agreed a €9m fee with Werder Bremen.

12.25 Blackburn boss Steve Kean is in a race against time to seal the £5million signing of striker Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim, according to the Daily Star

12.14 But at the moment Eljero Elia is expected to undergo a medical at Juventus and sign a four-year contract.

12.10 There are some mixed messages over the final destination of Hamburg's Eljero Elia. Gazzetta dello Sport say Juventus' €10m bid has won the race, with Arsenal unwilling to pay more than €9m. But Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf insists Elia's heart is set on a move to the Premier League.

11.59 Sochaux have confirmed they have received a bid from Newcastle for Modibo Maiga but insist they will not sell the Mali forward until they have found a replacement. Full story

11.43 Fulham have clinched an impressive deal to land defender Zdenek Grygera, according to The Sun. Boss Martin Jol is close to sealing a one-year deal with Juventus for £20,000-a-week. The Italians will pay the rest of his £120k-a-week wage.

11.30 - BREAKING NEWS Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Rob Elliot is having a medical at Newcastle United. Full story

11.22 Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is considering bringing in former Man Utd midfielder Owen Hargreaves as a replacement for Wilson Palacios. Full story

11.04 Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan will undergo a medical at Inter Milan today. "You don't often get a chance to go to Inter at the age of 32 and I hope I can live up to the expectations," the Uruguay striker said.

10.55 Mauro Zarate is unlikely to leave Lazio this summer, according to the player's agent. ''There was minor interest from Inter but the loan option did not satisfy (Lazio president Claudio) Lotito,'' Giuseppe Bozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport. Full story

10.42 Blackburn have agreed a £5 million fee with Birmingham for defender Scott Dann in a bid to head off competition from ambitious QPR, according to reports.

10.30 Manchester City have failed with a fresh bid for AC Milan midfielder Mark van Bommel, according to the player himself. Full story

10.19 L'Équipe claim that Arsenal have virtually signed £9 million centre-back Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, but German daily Bild claim the the deal is far from done. Full story

10.07 Swansea are ready to make an improved £2 million bid for Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates, according to the Daily Mail.

09.54 Stoke City have made an approach to take Chelsea's new £18 million signing Romelu Lukaku on loan until Janaury, according to the Stoke Sentinel. Full story

09.50 French World Cup winner David Trezeguet is set to join Grafite, Luis Jimenez and Lucas Neill as another high-profile foreigner to head to the UAE Pro-League, as he nears a move to Bani Yas. Full story

09.41 - BREAKING NEWS Inter Milan left-back Davide Santon is having a medical at Newcastle.

09.24 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is ready to make a move for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras, according to The Sun. Maybe Bruce has read the reports that North East rivals Newcastle are also in for Manchester United loan star Federico Macheda.

09.06 Simon Kjaer is closing on a €10 million move from Wolfsburg to Roma and his agent claims that a deal will soon be completed. Full story

08.49 Shaun Wright-Phillips, who is surplus to requirements at Manchester City, is set for transfer talks over a £2 million switch to QPR, according to The Mirror.

08.30 Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen says that the club have not abandoned hope of landing Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Full story

08.15 The Sun claim that Arsenal have had a £6.2 million bid for Fenerbahce left-back Andre Santos accepted and are set to make an £8 million offer for Chelsea winger Florent Malouda.

08.00 Arsenal target Mario Gotze will not be leaving German champions Borussia Dortmund this summer, according to his agent. Full story

NEWSPAPERS Well, there is now less than 48hrs before the transfer window closes and Tuesday morning's newspapers are full of potential deals. Top of the list is Chelsea's attempt to capture Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, with the Blues seemingly admitting defeat in their bid to sign Tottenham's Luka Modric.

The Daily Mail report that a bid of £8 million plus Yossi Benayoun for Meireles has been rebuffed by Liverpool and Andres Villas-Boas must now decide whether to return with improved terms before Wednesday night.

However, other reports suggest that Liverpool could take either striker Daniel Sturridge of Salomon Kalou instead.

The other big news on the back pages, at least on the back page of The Sun, is that Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is a shock £25 million target for mega-rich side Anzhi Makhachkala. The Russians want to follow their £20m capture of Inter striker Samuel Eto'o by adding a top-class defender.

The Daily Mirror claim Sunderland will make a club-record £14 million bid for Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse and may also look to recruit Manchester United forward Federico Macheda on loan.


August 29, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/29/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


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Arsenal value Alex at around £7 million but Chelsea want £10 million.

23.50 SHUTDOWN: There we have it, Monday done, and some intriguing movement on show. Thank you for all your comments today. Tomorrow marks the penultimate day of this summer's transfer window - expect things to really hot up. Sleep well. We'll see you in the morning.

23.31 The Telegrpah rates the chances of Scott Parker's proposed move from West Ham to Tottenham going through as "50/50".

23.07 Blackburn have emerged as favourites to sign Birmingham defender Scott Dann, according to reports.

22.35 Cedric Mongongu, who has been linked with Blackburn, has left Monaco to join Ligue One side Evian.

22.04 TWITTER TALK: Our own Dale Johnson: "Sebastian Coates to Liverpool seems just about done."

21.40 Here's the emerging story of Arsenal's reported capture of left-back Santos.

21.16 There is also speculation Arsenal are keen on Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze, although the German side are said to want €35 million for the 19-year-old.

20.43 Rumours suggest that Arsenal are interested in signing Brazil left-back Andre Santos from Fenerbahce.

20.28 DONE DEAL: Auxerre have signed Venezuela international striker Yonathan Del Valle from Deportivo Tachira. The diminutive 21-year-old arrives with Auxerre having won one of their four Ligue 1 matches so far.

20.07 Sky Sports journalist Pete O'Rourke on Twitter: "Tottenham are lining up a shock move for former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves."

19.37 Samir Nasri has claimed he held talks with Paris Saint-Germain before signing for Manchester City. Read the full story here.

19.20 Here's the full story on Ledley King's concern over the speculation surrounding Luka Modric's future.

19.01 Sky Sports News is reporting that Arsenal have made an enquiry for Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun.

18.30 The uncertainty surrounding Luka Modric's future has affected Tottenham's start to the season, according to defender Ledley King. Full story to follow.

17.55 DONE DEAL: Aston Villa have confirmed Jean II Makoun has joined Olympiakos on a season-long loan, subject to FIFA approval. For the full story, click here.

17.38 DONE DEAL: West Ham United have signed Paraguayan striker Brian Montenegro on loan.

17.25 Juventus have completed the loan signing of Paraguay international Marcelo Estigarribia from Deportivo Maldonado, the Serie A club confirmed. Full story

17.18 Paris St Germain have rebuffed any outside interest in Mevlut Erdinc by stating the striker will stay with the Ligue 1 club for the rest of the season.

17.10 Cetlic skipper Scott Brown admits only his "nitpicking" is preventing him signing a new deal at Parhead. Full story

16.48 Espanyol have reached an initial deal with Manchester City to take Vladimir Weiss on loan for the coming season, the Primera Division club announced on their website. Full story

16.21 - DONE DEAL Inter have confirmed Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli has joined the club on loan until the end of the season, with an option to extend his stay until June 2016.

16.00 Hamburg winger Eljero Elia, who previously said he did not want to go to Juventus, could now be on his way to the Italian club. "We are negotiating with Juventus about the player’s transfer, but there is nothing new at this moment," Klaus Vink, the player's representative, told calciomercato.com.

15.40 Arsenal transfer target Eden Hazard says he does not want to leave Lille. "The rumours must stop. I am here," the Belgian winger said. Michel Seydoux, the Lille president, told talksport: "Our team is built around Eden so we will not lose him now."

15.16 Tony Pulis insists Stoke will not break their wage structure to bring in new players. He said: "I've got great backers. I've been told there is money available. They have said 'there is a pot of money, if you can find the right players, then spend it.' There is money there and I'm just hoping and praying we can get players in who will help us again. But the wage structure won't be broken. The basic wage at our club won't change."

15.00 Diego Forlan has basically confirmed he will be joining Inter by saying goodbye to the Atletico fans. Read more

14.22 Real Betis have confirmed the signing of Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz on a one-year loan from Manchester City. Full story

13.50 Cesena have confirmed the loan signing of Uruguayan midfielder Jorge Martinez from Juventus, according to Football Italia. He cost Juve €12 million one year ago.

13.30 Saint-Etienne striker Gonzalo Bergessio has signed a four-year contract with Catania after spending the end of last season on loan at the Sicilian club.

13.12 Juventus striker Amauri has confirmed he could join Paris Saint-Germain before Wednesday. “My agents told me there is something brewing with Paris Saint-Germain,” he told L’Equipe. "It’s pleasing, although Leonardo hasn’t called me yet."

12.51 Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has quashed reports he is about to rejoin AC Milan: "...I always said that I wanted to stay at Real Madrid. The rumours about a possible exit from Madrid are all lies." Full story

12.30 Greek side Olympiakos have re-opened talks with Aston Villa about a loan deal for midfielder Jean Makoum.

12.13 Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benyoun looks to be heading for the Stamford Bridge exit after confirming on Twitter he has a number of suitors. "Negotiating with several team (sic) ...news soon.'' Full story

11.43 Despite being down to the bare bones, Arsenal have shipped out Armand Traore to QPR. The defender will have a medical at QPR's Harlington training complex later on Monday before securing a loan move.

11.25 Martin Jol's winless Fulham are finalising a £3 million move for Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera, according to the Daily Mail.

11.02 Saprissa's teenage striker John Jairo Ruiz is the latest young Costa Rican to attract interest from Europe as his agent claims Barcelona have made an offer for him. Full story

10.43 Bolton manager Owen Coyle has told Arsenal he won't be rushed into selling highly-rated centre-back Gary Cahill on the cheap as the transfer window nears an end.

10.25 More on Davide Santon's proposed move from Inter Milan to Newcastle with Italian daily Corriere dello Sport insisting the fullback is "thinking seriously" about a move to St James', but his wages might be a problem.

09.58 Newcastle United have agreed a £5m illion deal for Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon, according to the Daily Mail. Manager Alan Pardew turned to the 20-year-old Italy international after hitting a snag in negotiations over PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters.

09.30 Blackburn boss Steve Kean is facing a crisis after his bosses scrapped a £6m swoop for Vedad Ibisevic, report the Daily Mirror. While the Daily Record claim Celtic have joined Rovers in the race to sign AIK Stockholm forward Mohamed Bangura.

It may be a national holiday here in the UK but that doesn't stop the newspapers churning out the transfer rumours and top of the pile today is Arsene Wenger's search for new players following Sunday's humiliating 8-2 defeat at Manchester United.

The Arsenal defence was all at sea at Old Trafford and The Sun reckon that Chelsea's Brazilian centre-back Alex could be on his way to Emirates Stadium. "Desperate Gunners boss Wenger finally realised he had to act," explains the newspaper.

Arsenal value the 29-year-old at around £7 million but their London rivals want £10 million.

Meanwhile, over at Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp could be set for some late wheeling and dealing with Peter Crouch on his way to Stoke (The Guardian) with Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios following in a £6 million deal (The Sun) and Scott Parker arriving at White Hart Lane from West Ham.

Liverpool have a few irons in the fire but look set to miss out on Birmingham's Scott Dann, with QPR now favourites to sign the defender (Daily Mail). Heading out of Anfield are Christian Poulsen, who is reportedly going to Espanyol, and striker David N'Gog, who is set to join Bolton in £4 million deal (Daily Mirror).

August 28, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/28/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we pwill be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


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Could Manchester City be about to make a late swoop for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi?

23.58: Things should be heating up nicely tomorrow with the window closing on Wednesday, so join us at 0800 BST and, if you're lucky, you might just see DONE DEAL written once or twice. Chelsea and Spurs look like prime candidates for some late business.

23.54: One last entry for today, via A Bola in Portugal: Alvaro Pereira is looking to force a move to Chelsea after Porto rejected two bids. The first was €18 million - which Porto president Pinto da Costa said he “rejected in 30 seconds” - and the second was €25 million.

It appears no one expected the Porto president to be this difficult about it, but he’s upset with Andre Villas-Boas for leaving and is demanding the €30 million release clause is paid in full as a result. Pereira, therefore, is having to try to force his way out, not unlike Luka Modric at Tottenham.

23.42: According to France Football, Aston Villa midfielder Jean Makoun arrived in Athens today to meet with Olympiakos. He’s agreed to the move, apparently, and will undergo a medical on Monday. It will be an initial loan with an option to make it permanent for €4 million.

23.37: Talk of Kaka leaving Real Madrid persists but, after his efforts in the 6-0 win over Real Zaragoza tonight, the club's sporting director, Miguel Pardeza, said: "Kaka has been training really well. He's an extraordinary player and will contribute greatly to the club. He's had his share of injury problems, but he's going to have a great year."

23.15: CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love fancies a move to Porto, but their first bid has been rejected,” the Brazilian told Globoesporte. "Porto made an offer, which was considered low by CSKA. There is no news so far, but we will wait for this next week. I have been here for seven years - it would be good to breathe new air.”

22.49: Juventus striker Amauri is keen to join PSG. “My agents told me there is something brewing with Paris Saint-Germain,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s pleasing, although Leonardo hasn’t called me yet. Juve let me know I am not part of their plans, but I will only leave for a side on the same level. Otherwise, I’ll stay until January. PSG are a great club and I am interested.”

22.36: O Jogo believes Porto’s Alvaro Pereira is now on the verge of completing his move to Chelsea.

22.32: @dan_bu tweets: "Mainz 05 want to sign Schalke's Mario Gavranovic on a loan deal, but Schalke manager Heldt hasn't made a decision about the transfer yet."

22.02: According to Sky Sports Tottenham have offered West Ham the chance to take Jake Livermore on a season-long loan as part of their bid to land Scott Parker. The midfielder was left out of West Ham's squad for the visit to Nottm Forest on Sunday.

21.48: It looks like Celtic are keen to land AIK Stockholm striker Mohamed Bangura, after a glowing recommendation from ex-Bhoys sttriker Henrik Larsson.

21.34: It sounds as if Steve Bruce is also in the market for players - more specifically a striker. He said of his team's showing at Swansea: "We struggled in front of goal and that’s an area we need to look at. We are looking to see if we can do something and have one or two irons in the fire. Let’s see what develops.”

21.09: Tony Pulis is planning on a busy few days between now and the close of the transfer window on Wednesday: "I am hoping to bring in three, four or maybe even five players if all goes according to plan, while a couple who have not played regular first team football of late may be leaving, but as ever, I won't say anything until the deals are done," he said.

20.43: More news from Italy, this time concerning Vincenzo Iaquinta who could soon be making a move from Juventus.“We are evaluating proposals that have arrived from abroad,” his agent Andrea D’Amico told Sky Sport Italia.

20.16: Lazio's Mauro Zarate has been hankering for a move all summer but if he does leave the club, it won't be on loan. His agent Beppe Bozzo said: “Inter are interested in a loan with an option to buy, but this formula is not particularly appreciated by President Lotito. He will not accept a loan deal. The real negotiations have to take place in a different way. If people want something to happen, then it will.”

19.52: More on Daniele De Rossi's proposed move from Roma to Manchester City. The Italian club's new owner Thomas Di Benedetto told Sky Sport Italia: "Daniele is a Roman and a Romanista 100 per cent, a great player, an international and a great figurehead for us.

"Therefore we hope he can play for Roma to the end of his career, but ultimately it’s his decision. If he had different ambitions, then we’d have to take that into account.”

19.38: Despite seeing his Arsenal side thrashed 8-2 today, Arsene Wenger is keeping a cool head over transfer acquisitions. "I know that in England when you lose a game signings are always the solution,'' he said. "We had eight players out today. Anybody would suffer with eight players missing.''

19.30: Liverpool and Bayern Munich are rumoured to be interested in Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas.

19.05: More from Redknapp - Luka Modric asked not to play against Man City as he remains determined to join Chelsea. Story here.

18.34: Harry Redknapp has confirmed Wilson Palacios has had a medical at Stoke. Read about Palacios, Peter Crouch and Scott Parker here.

18.02: Ajax have announced they have agreed to sign NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen but that the deal is “dependent on several conditions being met, and a medical examination”.

17.36: Alan Pardew is hoping is to complete a couple of signings before the close of the window, with PSV left-back Erik Pieters and Soachaux forward Modibo Maiga seemingly the men in question. “I am frustrated that we haven't got a couple of bodies in yet,” he said. “Hopefully, we will get it over the line this week.”

16.59: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce told Sky ahead of his side’s 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest that Scott Parker’s move “will come to fruition in the next 24 hours or so”. He refused to name the team, but it’s thought to be Spurs.

16.32: Roma's CEO Claudio Fenucci has told Adnkronos of the bid for Simon Kjaer: "We had a deal with Wolfsburg for Simon Kjaer for a loan with the right of a permanent switch, but then the conditions have changed and so we decided not to ratify the agreement. Roma's sporting director, Walter Sabatini will consider the player an option, but only if Wolfsburg come back on our terms and conditions. Then we will be ready to continue and close the deal."

16.02: Samir Nasri has revealed Leonardo - the former Inter coach and now PSG sporting director - tried to prise him away from Arsenal. "I spoke with Leonardo. He already wanted me at Inter. However, the situation was a bit more complicated at Paris Saint-Germain," Nasri told Telefoot. "They had already planned to sign Javier Pastore, while I had announced my intention to join Manchester City. It was thus a bit difficult for PSG to find the funds to sign me."

15.15: Sport Bild believes Galatasaray are set to bid €9 million for Eljero Elia.

14.37 Bolton boss Owen Coyle has reaffirmed his position on Gary Cahill, insisting that he will only consider a big bid for the in-demand centre-back.

"Everybody knows Gary's desire to play for an elite club, with the Champions League and everything else," Coyle said. "I fully endorse that but he is an outstanding man as well as a footballer. But I've had a chat with Gary about it and he knows my opinion.

"The bottom line is, we don't have to be taking poor offers. I would probably want more for Gary than would be accepted but it still has to be a good offer. I think Gary could play for anybody, so my valuation would be higher than anybody's."

14.14 Blackburn are considering a move for AIK Solna's Sierra Leone striker Mohamed Bangura, according to Rovers' head of scouting n Scandanavia.

"Blackburn have been looking at him since the beginning of the season," Rolf Andersson told Aftonbladet. "Things have happened lately with new owners, new organisation and new priorities, but now the interest is big again.

"I know that people are on their way to Sweden. But I want to add that nothing is decided or confirmed. In this world things happen so fast that I don't know if they will come before I see them. I can't confirm that someone is coming from England or what contact he has with AIK. They haven't decided on a meeting."

13.52 Bayer Leverkusen sports director, Rudi Voeller, saus the club would be open to offers for veteran midfielder Michael Ballack, though none have arrived as yet.

"If there was an offer, I will be open and honest, we would sit down together and find a reasonable solution," Voeller told Sport1 television.

13.31 Remember you can leave your comments using the tool below, which is exactly what Rajan has done - giving his view on Man Utd's refusal to let Dimitar Berbatov leave:

"What's the point of holding Berbatov back. Man Utd have 6 strikers without him. We can fetch easily between 10-15m now but his price is bound to fall. Loan out Diouf and Macheda."

13.14 L'Equipe reports that Saint-Etienne are ready to move for Standard Liege striker Mohamed Tchité, who scored 12 goals in 27 games last season.

12.59 Palermo have confirmed the signing of Belgrano’s Franco Vazquez.
“We wanted to sign him now, as we consider him a player who can make the difference,” director of sport Sean Sogliano told Il Giornale di Sicilia. “Both Belgrano and the player pushed to put back the transfer until January. We decided to accept, because we believe so much in the qualities of this player."

12.43 Scott Parker looks to be moving closer to his long-protracted departure from West Ham, after he was left out of the Hammers squad to face Nottingham Forest today.

12.28 Simon Kjaer's propsoed £7 million move to Roma appears to be off after he returned to Wolfsburg. Roma's Europa League exit is reportedly the reason behind them pulling out of the transfer.

12.02 NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is set to sign a five-year contract with Ajax. A statement from the Dutch champions said: "Ajax and N.E.C. have, in broad terms, reached an agreement for the transfer of Jasper Cillessen.

"The deal is tentative and is dependent on several conditions being met, and a medical examination. After this, the keeper would sign a contract in Amsterdam with a length of five seasons, until June 30, 2016."

11.41 Espanyol are closing in on Manchester City's Slovakia winger Vladimir Weiss, according to a report in Spanish enwspaper Sport.

11.25 FULL STORY HERE on Zdenek Grygera's proposed move from Juventus to Fulham after four years with the Bianconeri.

11.09 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has told Canal Plus that he has made a final €10 million offer for Auxerre midfielder Delvin Ndinga.

10.52 A report in AS states that Fernando Gago's agent is in Rome to negotiate the terms of a transfer from Real Madrid to Roma.

10.37 FC Braga have snapped up Fran Merida on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid. The former Arsenal midfielder did not feature in Gregorio Manzano's plans for the coming season. Braga hailed him on their official website as "one of the most promising players in Spanish football".

10.22 Over to Portugal, where A Bola claims Alvaro Pereira is determined to force through a move to Chelsea from Porto, though the Portuguese champions are insisting they will not accept a fee of less than &euo;30 million.

10.01 According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve will swoop for Hamburg winger Eljero Elia after having a bid of €14m for Diego Perotti turned down by Sevilla.

09.48 Time to look around Europe now, starting with Italy. Gianluigi Buffon has been linked with a move away from Juventus many times in the past, but his agent says he will finish his career with the Bianconeri.

“Gigi will be tied to Juventus for life,” Silvano Martina told Radiosportiva. “If his desire was to leave, then he would’ve gone already. He received many offers over the years, but the Bianconeri fans were always behind him.”

09.33 TalkSPORT reckons that Chelsea have agreed a deal with Ajax to bring eEtherland defender Gregory van der Wiel to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £28m.

09.18 Now for a bit more of an in depth look around the Sunday papers:

Mail on Sunday: Peter Crouch is set to leave Spurs for the second time in his career, with the arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor facilitating the England striker's sale to Stoke. Wilson Palacios will join Crouch in the Potteries in a £15m double deal;
Stoke also head the list of clubs chasing Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha; Roman Abramovich will try to tempt Tottenham with a final, take-it-or-leave-it offer of £40m for Luka Modric.

Sunday People: Sir Alex Ferguson is refusing to sell Dimitar Berbatov this summer, despite the Bulgarian's lack of game time so far this season; Arsene Wenger will offer Nicklas Bendtner to Everton in a bid to lure Mikel Arteta to Emirates Stadium to fill Arsenal's creative midfield void.

Sunday Mirror: Arsenal will finally sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill this week with a £12m bid that will rise to £15m over a five-year contract; Fulham will bid £5m for Crystal Palace’s young striker Wilfried Zaha; QPR are currently the only club willing to meet Scott Parker’s £70,000-a-week wage demands; Marseille are holding out for £7m from Arsenal for Lucho Gonzalez, with the Gunners currently only willing to take him on a season-long loan.

09.10 Our lead picture above is of Daniele De Rossi because the Sunday Express is reporting that Manchester City are going to launch a £25 million bid for the Roma man, who has been with the Giallorossi his entire professional career. Watch out Nigel De Jong!

09.00 Good morning everyone and welcome to the final (sob, sob) Sunday of the summer transfer window. The deadline is moving ever close, which means we're expecting all sorts of rumours to be flying about over the next few days.

August 27, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/27/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we pwill be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


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Will Arsenal make a move for Netherlands winger Eljero Elia before the close of the window?

00.00 Right, that's the end of On The Move for today, but looking forward to seeing what the newspapers come up with for the final round of Sunday rumours before the transfer window shuts. Join us again tomorrow.

23.49 Final Daily Mail rumour now, we promise - it's a pretty juicy one though! Apparently Roman Abramovich has launched a final £40m bid for Luka Modric, while Spurs have raided Man City again for Emmanuel Adebayor.

23.28 Still some comments coming through, with Jake giving his opinion on reports linking Kaka with a return to the San Siro:

"The Kaka to Milan rumor has to be false, just today Allegri said that he has finished his transfer business and yesterday it was reported Real wanted 50M for Kaka which is stupid. As a Milan fan I love Kaka but we already have signed Aquilani who is very versatile in midfield."

23.10 France Football reports that 21-year-old Venezuelan striker Jonathan Del Valle will have his medical on Sunday ahead of a switch from Deportivo Tachira.

22.47 Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Fernando Gago is “not in my plans,” leaving Football Italia to speculate that Roma, Manchester City and AC Milan will all be tempted to move for the €8m-rated midfielder.

22.24 Could Francesco Totti ever leave Roma? The Giallorossi idol has been responsible for the departure of a number of managers over the years but it seems if he is unhappy at his lack of playing time under Luis Enrique, he will have to like it or lump it.

Roma owner Thomas Di Benedetto said: “I admire Totti very much, as he is a great player and very important for our project, but the coach decides who plays and when.

22.01 Saturday night usually means it'll be a slow time for transfer stories, aside from the Daily Mail - which releases all it's Sunday scoops around this time. Another story from them says that Steve Bruce wants to sign Wolfsburg striker Patrick Helmes for Sunderland.

21.39 A rumour doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment that Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will test David Moyes' resolve by bidding for Jack Rodwell. Fergie may be better swooping for youngster Ross Barkley - he's looked very impressive for the Toffeees.

21.23 The Daily Mail claims Fulham will make a £2.5million move for precocious Crystal Palace teenager Wilfried Zaha.

20.58 Fenerbahce claim they have reached an agreement with PSG over the transfer of Diego Lugano.

20.34 Owen Coyle on the effect of Arsenal's interest in Gary Cahill on his performance against Liverpool: "I do think it had an effect on him today. It's probably the first time I have seen him not be the normal outstanding lad that he is. But that can happen to anyone.''

20.17 Reports in the Italian press have suggested that Blackburn may make a move for Juventus striker Vincenzo Laquinta, though why the Italian World Cup-winner would want to move to Ewood Park is beyond us.

19.51 His move to Anfield may amazingly still not be official, but Sebastian Coates was in Liverpool's directors' box to watch Liverpool's 3-1 win over Bolton this evening. He's expected to seal his switch from Nacional VERY soon.

19.32 Sky Italia is reporting that Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas wants Porto's Brazilian midfielder Fernando to fill in for injured Michael Essien.

19.05 Inter Milan chief Massimo Moratti responds to another round of questions about Wesley Sneijder by saying: "Sneijder? He stays."

18.32 Southampton are close to landing Bristol City defender Liam Fontaine, who will move to St Mary's subject to agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

18.00 DONE DEAL: Chelsea have announced the signing of Mexico Under-20 international Ulises Davila from Chivas Guadalajara. Blues technical director Michael Emenalo told the club's website: "Ulises has been a highly-scouted player by a lot of clubs, and has made great progress in the last couple of tournaments we have seen him play in.

"We are delighted to have been able to get this deal done. Chivas is a superb club with a strong reputation in player development and world football, and we are confident Ulises will be able to continue his fast development to become an important Chelsea first-team player.''

17.30: QPR boss Neil Warnock says he hopes Joey Barton and Luke Young will be among “five or six” new signings before deadline day.

16.50: Gazzetta dello Sport believes Inter are close to tying up the loan signing of Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli. There will be an option to make the deal permanent, apparently.

16.24: Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano expects striker Diego Forlan to complete his move to Inter Milan in the "next few hours". He said: "He is in negotiations with Inter - that is public news and everyone knows how it is going. It is expected that it will be resolved in the next few hours and he will stop being an Atletico player and one owned by Inter."

16.06: Roque Santa Cruz has arrived in Spain for a medical ahead of his proposed loan move to Real Betis and he told reporters: "I have wanted to play in Spain for some time. I can demonstrate to people that I am able to do big things. My desire is to work this next week with the squad."

15.55: Marseille chairman Vincent Labrune says Lucho Gonzalez is definitely staying put. "It is official,” he told L'Equipe.” I held talks with Lucho on Friday night and I can confirm that he will remain with us this season.”

15.26: Goal.com says AC Milan have opened talks with Real Madrid over Kaka and are hoping to tie up a €15 million deal.

15.13: The Daily Mail claims Stoke City have completed the signing of Wilson Palacios from Tottenham for between £7 million and £9 million and could now add Peter Crouch for somewhere between £11 million and £13 million. No confirmation from either club just yet.

15.11: Fulham boss Martin Jol feels he needs new signings in several areas: “It is not only about strikers. Nine players left the club and there will probably be one or two leaving the club [by the end of the window].

“I am not only after a striker, you know. We need players for the numbers as well because we could not field a second XI [on Thursday], for example, so you have to field your best players all the time.

“That is not what you want and that is why we are trying to get players. We are very close [to making signings] but it is always the same, you know. If you want a good player there are always other clubs involved so you have to wait and see.”

14.45: @JackWilshere tweets: “Don't understand why Chelsea brought Mata when they have a player like Josh Mceachran in the squad! Class player #justsaying”

14.28: Roma striker Marco Borriello has agreed to join Paris St Germain in an €8 million deal, according to reports in France.

13.53: DONE DEAL Luke Young has joined QPR from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. Story here.

13.52: BREAKING NEWS Monaco striker Park Chu-Young is set to undergo a medical at Arsenal in the next 24 hours. Story here.

13.27: Mercato 365 believes Arsenal have already reached an agreement with Lille starlet Eden Hazard. However, there's no agreement with the club, apparently. Arsenal, it's said, have had a €30 million bid rejected and are now ready to offer €35 million.

13.23: Twitter talk @garbosj: #CFC pulled out of deal to sign Van der Wiel earlier in summer as too expensive. Bit more desperate now after Perreira knock back.

13.12: Although he hasn't actually discussed a return with Arsene Wenger, Sol Campbell says he would be keen to rejoin Arsenal. Story here.

13.06: Internacional have warned they will only accept an "abnormal" offer for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao. Story here.

12.34: Twitter talk @johncrossmirror: #mcfc forward Vladimir Weiss set for move to Espanyol...

12.24: DONE DEAL Catania have landed Argentina midfielder Sergio Almiron from Juventus for an undisclosed fee.

12.00: Juventus are on the verge of completing the loan signing of Paraguay
international Marcelo Estigarribia from Le Mans. The 24-year-old passed a medical today in Turin and will become Juve's eighth acquisition this summer.

11.50: Owen Hargreaves has revealed he offered to play for Manchester United for free. Story here.

11.30: Micah Richards has signed a four-year contract extension at Manchester City. Story here.

11.29: Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci could seal a move to Zenit shortly. Agent Davide Torchia told Sportitalia: “There is nothing new right now. We are in negotiations with Zenit, but there’s no need to sprint. The move could be completed within days. At the moment, however, it’s all in stand-by.”

11.13: Reader comment from SamAFC:

"I am not sure Elia is the answer for Arsenal. He is an awesome talent, but can he fill in for Fab's or Nasri's creativity?
He would be a good buy to reinforce the offense when Gervinho and Chamakh are gone for the ACN and considering that Arsenal gets playmaker as well.

I'll fancy another Dutch that wears the #10 :)"

11.10: A rumour from Italy via Football Italia: “After loaning Goran Pandev to Napoli, Inter are said to have secured Atletico Madrid's Diego Forlan and Sampdoria midfielder Andrea Poli.”

10.58: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says Alberto Aquilani will be the club’s final signing of the summer: “I believe that with Aquilani's arrival our transfer market is complete. He can cover all roles in midfield and he is a player that has great quality with attacking characteristics. I believe he will adapt well in our midfield line.”

10.43: DONE DEAL Aston Villa midfielder Jonathan Hogg has joined Watford for an undisclosed fee. Story here.

10.33: Former Arsenal and Celtic winger Freddie Ljungberg has signed for Japanese club S-Pulse, subject to a work permit. Story here.

10.23: According to The Independent, Tottenham have actually signed Scott Parker from West Ham in a £6 million deal...

10.19: Seems Arsenal will have competition from Juventus if they do want to sign Eljero Elia. The winger was earlier quoted as saying he didn’t really fancy joining Juve as it didn’t represent a step up, but Hamburg coach Michael Oenning has now said: "There seems to be an interest there. We will see what they're doing.”

10.00: L’Equipe believes Monaco forward Park Chu-Young is on the verge of signing a three-year deal with Lille.

09.49: Read all about Carlos Tevez staying at Manchester City here.

09.32: Andre Villas-Boas on Chelsea’s recruitment plans: “We know that we need one more number in midfield, but if it doesn't happen it's because we trust in [the current players]. Anything can happen but, at the moment, nothing is happening.”

09.20: DONE DEAL Napoli have confirmed the signing of Goran Pandev on a season-long loan deal from Inter Milan. Story here.

09.07: DONE DEAL Emiliano Insua has left Liverpool to join Sporting Lisbon on a five-year deal. Story here.

09.05: Good morning, all. We'll kick off with a look at what's in the papers, with the Daily Mail suggesting Arsenal are looking to bolster their options with another winger.

Daily Mail: Arsenal are looking to sign Hamburg winger Eljero Elia, Chelsea remain interested in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho and will make a move if they admit defeat over Luka Modric, Fulham have made an £8 million bid for FC Twente forward Nacer Chadli after seeing a £4 million offer rejected last week, Wigan have bid £2 million for Almeria winger Albert Crusat, Stoke are planning a £2 million move for Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

Daily Telegraph: Manchester City rejected Inter Milan’s offer to swap Wesley Sneijder for Carlos Tevez earlier this month and, although Inter are ready to sell the Dutchman, Manchester United are unlikely to make a renewed bid unless the player drastically reduces his wage demands.

Daily Mirror: Carlos Tevez no longer wants to leave Manchester City as his family are in England, Real Betis want Nicolas Anelka but only if Chelsea let him leave on a free transfer.

The Sun: A Porto source has admitted Alvaro Pereira is likely to complete a move to Chelsea after being left out of the Super Cup but Joao Moutinho is likely to stay put, Tottenham last night made a £5 million bid for West Ham star Scott Parker, QPR hope to complete deals for Shaun Wright-Phillips and Luke Young after signing Joey Barton, Aston Villa will revive their interest in Alan Hutton, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has rejected Josh McEachran’s request go out on loan.

Daily Star: Scott Parker is on the verge of signing for Tottenham.

August 26, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/26/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


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Could Craig Bellamy be heading back to Anfield?

23.45 Well that's all we have time for tonight but be sure to check back with us tomorrow as more deals are done with the end of the transfer window edging ever closer.

23.23 New signing Simon Vukcevic will be eligible to make his Blackburn debut against Everton on Saturday, after receiving his visa and work permit.

22.24 West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is prepared to be patient over the signing of former Manchester United midfilelder Owen Hargreaves. "There is no rush on our side. It can take the time it takes," Hodgson said of the 30-year-old free agent. "Owen has been out of football totally for a year and last played briefly four years ago. Weeks and days don't make that much difference."

22.00 DONE DEAL! West Ham have signed MK Dons striker Sam Baldock for an undisclosed fee. "I am so pleased to be here. I am just excited to be coming to such a great club, caked in so much history," the 22-year-old said. "I just want to hit the ground running."

21.45 Turkish giants Galatasaray have not given up hope of signing Cologne stiker Lukas Podolski depsite the Bundesliga side insisting he is not for sale. "We just have to sit on the table with Cologne's management, then we can make a deal quickly," Galatasaray officials told Express.

21.22 Aston Villa youngster Jonathan Hogg is set to sign a three-year deal with Watford, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old midfielder made the breakthrough into the Villa first-team set-up last season.

20.37 Inter striker Goran Pandev has spoken about his loan move to Napoli. "I am very happy to be able to play the Champions League with a club like Napoli as they are a very important club," he told Sky Sport Italia.

19.45: Harry Redknapp has been talking up new loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor. "(I'm) pleased to have him here, he's a real talent in my opinion and he will bring something different in terms of ability, a different style of ability to what we already have here," Redknapp said. "(He has) different style of abilities to other strikers, they are all different, but he has got lots of flair and can do things. He was a top player at Arsenal in my opinion and if we can get him to reproduce that sort of form he will be a great for us."

19.30: Joey Barton has been talking up his QPR move on Twitter. QPR owner Tony Fernandes Tweeted: "Welcome to QPR Joey". Barton replied: "@tonyfernandes thanks mate, looking forward, exciting project. The whole place is alive, good move on ticket prices, tip of the hat on that."

18.50: Rangers youngster Gregg Wylde admits he is relieved to be able to focus fully
on events on the park now after signing a new long-term contract. "It's been carrying on for a wee while now and I'm just delighted to get it settled and to concentrate on things on the park," he told the club's official website. "It went on for a few months but I spoke to the gaffer a few days ago and told him I wanted to stay and he was delighted because that was what he wanted too."

18.44: The Liverpool Echo are certain Sebastian Coates will be joining Liverpool imminently, with the fee £7 million. They quote the Uruguayan, presumably saying his farewells to his current club Nacional: "For the fans I can only give words of gratitude, they have always treated me fantastically and supported me in the hardest times. I will wear the Nacional jersey again, however, and I hope when this happens I get the same great backing.”

18.37: Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi's agent has scotched talk of a move to Napoli."I publicly thanked President Aurelio De Laurentiis for his kind words about the player,” Federico Pastorello said. "However, Giuseppe is not on the transfer market and his Spanish club have made that very clear. Nevertheless, in life, you never know what might happen in the future."

18.21: Napoli are closing in on a deal for Inter Milan striker Goran Pandev. "The move is very probable," Inter transfer chief Marco Branca told Football Italia.

18.00: Dedryck Boyata on his season-long loan from Manchester City to Bolton Wanderers. "I'm really looking forward to working with the manager (Owen Coyle). I have seen how he got the best out of young players like Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge. I am only 20 years old and I am still learning and want to improve. To come to Bolton Wanderers for a loan period is a great opportunity to do that."

17.50: Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz is reportedly on the verge of a move to Spain, to join Real Betis. Santa Cruz will undergo a medical over the weekend.

17.30 DONE DEAL: MK Dons have signed Charlie MacDonald from fellow League One side Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

17.10 DONE DEAL: Joey Barton has signed a four-year deal at Queens Park Rangers - FULL STORY HERE. "The ambition of the club really impressed me," Barton told the club's official site. "There's obviously a great set of lads here already and that's why they had such a great season in the Championship. The gaffer is talking about adding two or three more bodies and that, combined with the potential of the club and the new owners' ambitions, bodes really well for the future."

16.36: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says the club will be looking to replace Luke Young immediately if his deal to QPR goes through as expected. "QPR have put a bid in for Luke which the club have accepted and he is talking to them now with my approval - as long as we can add to the squad. The deal is not done yet but the indications are he will go to QPR. We will be looking to bolster the squad with an experienced player. If we are thin on the ground, it is (in terms of) experience. We have got a list of players. We have to be ready with some names for the board."

16.20 DONE DEAL: Portsmouth have completed a one-year deal for Hungarian striker Marko Futacs. "It’s very exciting and I’m very happy to be here,” 21-year-old Futacs told the club's official website. “It’s fantastic to come to England and I will work very hard to impress the fans."

16.15 DONE DEAL: Bolton have signed defender Dedryck Boyata on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

16.10: Kenny Dalglish has given Alberto Aquilani his blessing, after the midfielder signed a loan deal at AC Milan. "It's a great move for Alberto. He's got his wife and kid over there," Dalglish said. "It was difficult for him here. When he came back his pre-season training was excellent. We gave him a few games, he did well in those games. But the problem for us was trying to get him in the team. We couldn't get him in the team. Obviously everybody wants to play and Alberto is moving over to a fantastic football club. He goes there with the best wishes of everyone and we hope it works out for him, because he was never a problem in any way, shape or form."

16.00: QPR are reportedly set to announce a four-year deal for Joey Barton. That's yet to be confirmed, but we'll keep you posted there.

15.55: Shaun Wright-Phillips' agent Wayne Lindsay has told Press Association Sport: "There have been three bids accepted, one from QPR, and at some point he will be speaking to all those clubs.'"

15.42: Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal are definitely in the market for a goalscorer before the transfer window closes on August 31st. "We are looking for one more striker because we know he [Bendtner] will leave,” Wenger said. "We will be short this season because we also have Chamakh leaving for the African Cup of Nations.”

15.30 DONE DEAL: Ipswich have confirmed a loan deal for Ibrahima Sonko, the former Stoke defender. Sonko played in a "behind closed doors" friendly for Ipswich this week and impressed suitably to earn himself a deal. He should be in the Ipswich squad for their Championship clash with Leeds United.

15.10: Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa has addressed continued speculation linking Alvaro Pereira to Chelsea. "Every player who has an escape clause in his contract can leave if somebody makes us an offer that matches that fee. But for Pereira, that escape clause is €30million," Da Costa said. Chelsea's initial bid, said to be around €20 million, was turned down.

15.03: DONE DEAL AC Milan have confirmed a season-long deal for Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani. More to follow on that one shortly...

14.47: QPR have reportedly now been given permission to begin negotitations with Shaun Wright-Phillips.

14.39: Arsene Wenger has hit back after Bolton manager Owen Coyle labelled a £6 million Arsenal bid for Gary Cahill "worse than derisory". "That number is wrong," Wenger said. "It is completely wrong. I believe every negotiation is between two parties and you only have to sell the player if you are all right with the price. In this case the information is below what has been spoken about You only have to sell the player if you are all right with the price. It is not true. You can believe Gartside or you can believe me. It's not right. It's not the truth. If Gartside can say I am lying I am ready to confront him..."

14.32: LOAN DEAL Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths has joined Hibernian on loan. According to a report at the Express and Star website, the 21-year-old could arrive in time to feature in tomorrow's game against Hearts. The loan deal will apparently be made with a view to a permanent move in January.

14.23: Update on the Luke Young to QPR situation. The full-back is reportedly undergoing a medical at the club at this very moment.

14.08: Manchester United chief executive David Gill has ruled out any late moves before the transfer window closes. "I don't think there will be another arrival," said Gill. ''We're very comfortable with that. We've looked at various players but we're comfortable with the squad. We'll progress now and I'm sure Sir Alex will get the best out of them over the next few months. We're very happy with the squad. We've made some great additions and are well equipped for the months ahead."

14.01: West Ham have confirmed that they are in talks with Tottenham over Scott Parker. That will kill any possible deal for Real Madrid's Lass Diarra.

13.29: QPR are also keen to bring in Shaun Wright-Phillips from Man City and have made a bid alongside Stoke.

13.20: QPR are in talks with Villa over Luke Young. Although who the Villans will get as a replacement is still up for debate.

12.40: According to reports in Italy, Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda is keen on a move to Juventus.

12.09: Newcastle are to sign highly-rated Lens defender Darnel Situ apparently.

11.54: Not strictly transfer news, but of interest: Football League spending figures have revealed that clubs paid out a total of over £16 million on agents' fees last season, and increase of £4 million on the
previous campaign.

11.31: Bolton boss Owen Coyle says Arsenal and his side are a distance apart in terms of their valuation of Cahill. He said: "There was a conversation between (Bolton chairman) Phil Gartside and a representative of Arsenal. I'm only passing this on as a third party, but the word derisory doesn't even cover it. When I make an offer for a player, I'd like to think in the right ball park, but this wasn't even close. I spoke to Gary Cahill about it before the Macclesfield game, and he knows everything that's going on.''

11.14: Steve Kean has told El Hadji Diouf he should be on his way from Blackburn before the transfer window shuts next week.

11.02: Inter are still sniffing around a few players and could still reach an agreement with Genoa for Juraj Kucka before the end of the transfer window, according to the player’s agent.

10.33: Erik Pieters has confirmed he may have made his last appearance for PSV
Eindhoven as he closes in on a move to Newcastle. ''If a club from the Premier League says they want you, and that is the case, then you know the financial means they have,'' he told Algemeen Dagblad newspaper. ''Whether I play for PSV at Excelsior on Sunday or am already at Newcastle I do
not know. I have not seen much of Newcastle myself but my friend (and fellow Dutchman)
Tim Krul keeps me informed.''

10.28: Primera Division newcomers Rayo Vallecano have signed former Spain international Raul Tamudo on a one-year contract, the club confirmed on their website.

10.16: You may not be that surprised to hear that Bolton have rejected Arsenal's bid for Gary Cahill. If it was £6 million then quite right too.

10.05: Man City outcast Roque Santa Cruz is poised to join Real Betis according to reports in Spain.

09.55: Catania have reached a deal with Juventus to sign Sergio Almiron, according to the player’s agent. “There is an agreement between Juventus and Catania, now there will be a meeting to finalise the players transfer to Sicily,” agent Claudio Vagheggi told Sportitalia.

09.38: West Brom defender Marek Cech will quit the club if he gets the right ppportunity. The 28-year-old said: "No player is happy to sit on the bench. I've one year left of my contract at West Brom and, if I get the right pportunity to change clubs during that time, then I will. But, if not, I will be professional and fight hard for a place in the team.''

09.25: More Uruguayan defender news from France Football, Diego Lugano this time. He is being tracked by the PSG, but apparently Juventus and Valencia are also in the mix.

09.18: Spanish daily AS claims Real Madrid are seeking €50 million for Brazilian Kaka. PSG, AC Milan and Arsenal all linked of late, but doubtful any of them will get anywhere near the midfielder.

09.06: Twitter has an interesting RT from Bolton chairman Phil Gartside. A fan had written: ''#arsenal are you taking the p*** £6m for Garry Cahill f*** right off!!! #BWFC''. In response to a Mirror story today that suggests the Gunners are being a little cheeky with their offer.

09.00: Bolton still want to tie up a £3 million deal for Liverpool striker David Ngog, with rumours of more arrivals at Anfield before the window ends.

08.49: Could another Arsenal player be on his way? Tomas Rosicky is reportedly interested in a move to Wolfsburg, who will have a bit of cash to spend with the impending exit of Simon Kjaer to Roma.

08.43: Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates is expected in Liverpool on Friday ahead of a €7.9m move with his father reported to already be in the city discussing personal terms.

08.33: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is aware that midfielder Luka Modric may become resentful if he doesn't move to Chelsea, but is willing to risk it. "It is difficult for him [Modric] though,'' he said. "I was talking to [Spurs assistant manager] Joe Jordan and he said to me ‘he's going to be sitting there thinking every week when they are in the Champions League or looking to win the Premier League, he could have been earning 100 grand more every week, or looking to win the Champions League'. That's the risk you run, you'll have to take that risk.''

08.28: Marseille president Vincent Labrune thinks Lucho Gonzalez will not leave the club this summer. "It is very likely Lucho will stay," Labrune told L'Equipe.

08.21: Palermo have had a €4million offer for goalkeeper Rafael rejected by his club Santos.

08.12: Inter Milan are reportedly considering a bid for Schalke midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado, if reports from Italy are to be believed.

08.05: A paper review reveals:

The Daily Mail: Caen youngster M'Baye Niang, 16, is the latest kid to linked to Arsenal after a great debut season. Dedryck Boyata has opted to join Bolton, while West Brom are keen to get Nedum Onuoha.

The Sun: Leandro Damiao is top of Harry Redknapp's wishlist at £16m, which means the end for Peter Crouch or Jermaine Defoe surely. Former Fulham star Papa Bouba Diop has never played for Bolton but West Ham are looking at bringing in the giant midfielder. Fernando Gago.is attracting the eye of Man City as he can't seem to get a game at Real Madrid.

Daily Mirror: Arsene Wenger has offered just £6m, plus extras, for England international defender Gary Cahill. Pretty poor given that they want closer to £17m. Vedad Ibisevic is closing on a move to Blackburn for £6m but must prove his fitness first. Striker Hugo Rodallega won't be allowed to leave Wigan now, with Liverpool and Arsenal monitoring his situation.

08.00: Early doors, and Craig Bellamy could be set for a stunning return to Liverpool as Manchester City have made it clear that there is no room for him at the club after his loan move to Cardiff last season.

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23.57: That's all for tonight folks, we'll back at 8BST tomorrow for what promises to be another enthralling day of transfer speculation and done deals. Thanks for joining us!

23.54: DONE DEAL Pablo Barrera will be swapping West Ham for Real Zaragoza this season after the clubs agreed a loan deal for the winger. Barrera has apparently been "struggling to adapt to life to London since his arrival from Mexico because of language and personal reasons", according West Ham's official website.

23.52: Harry again, this time on Lassana Diarra: "Things haven't broken down. There is still a good chance. the chairman is working on it. I signed him at Portsmouth and they sold him for £22 million. He's real talent, a fantastic player and it's a real possibility still.''

23.50: Harry Redknapp on Luka Modric: "He'll be playing on Sunday for sure. I think there was a meeting. Daniel (Levy, Spurs chairman) just said the same thing, he's not for sale. It's been difficult for him but we want him to stay and he will stay. He'll train tomorrow and Saturday and should be fit for Sunday. He could have kicked up and been a problem and if he had done it would have been difficult to keep him. If players want to be destructive they can be but he's not got that in his nature. He'll stay and play and will be great as he has been every other year.''

23.42: Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson has suffered an ankle injury in training, potentially scuppering an August move away from Old Trafford. According to Guardian.co.uk, Gibson has been told he's surplus to requirements at United and is looking for a new club. Blackburn and Aston Villa are among the clubs said to be interested in the 23-year-old.

23.32: More on that Spurs deal for Juventus midfielder Yago Falque - read the story here.

23.24: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Joey Barton's proposed move to QPR: “He's been down there and is going to take some time about the decision he makes. If he comes back he knows me and him have great respect for each other and we'll carry on.”

22.42: Tottenham have done two deals already tonight, but Harry Redknapp has indicated there are more signings to come: "We're working hard, the chairman's on a couple of transfers at the moment."

22.22: DONE DEAL Tottenham confirm their second season-long loan deal of the evening as Yago Falque joins from Juventus.

21.43: Radio Marca believes Paris St Germain are to hold a meeting with Real Madrid on Monday over the signing of Kaka. These rumours of a Kaka exit will not die down, it seems.

21.16: Udinese president Gianpaolo Pozzo feels his club are on the verge of signing the new Lionel Messi from Dinamo Bucharest. “Over the next few days we will make official the arrival of the much-discussed trequartista. He will be Gabriel Torje, who everyone calls the Leo Messi of Romania. We are also still looking for a defender, considering the treatment room is full.”

20.39: Sky Sports News says Joey Barton has passed his QPR medical but will not make a decision on the move until tomorrow morning at the earliest.

20.27: Genoa have no interest in Roma striker Marco Borriello. “We’re talking about nothing,” sporting director Stefano Capozucca told Radio Mana Mana on Thursday. “This story is without foundation.”

19.55: DONE DEAL ...and Spurs have confirmed the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan from Manchester City. Story here.

19.37: Manchester City football administrator Brian Marwood has confirmed Emmanuel Adebayor has had a medical at Tottenham today ahead of a proposed loan move.

19.34: It seems Chelsea have indeed failed with their bid for Porti full-back Alvaro Pereira. "I confirm that Chelsea have made an offer which took 30 seconds to be responded to," Porto president Pinto da Costa told RTP. Chelsea's bid was said to be about €20 million, but his release clause is €30 million.

19.19: Reader comment from Brian, who offers an explanation to the confusing matter of Atletico loaning out loan signing Dani Pacheco.

"Option to buy. Atletico did not have a place for the player in their starting 11, but may be interested in negotiating an option to buy on the player, so they loan in Pacheco with a negotiated fixed purchase price, then they loan out Pacheco to where he will see some action at a club they can easily scout. Well played Atletico Madrid."

19.08: ESPNsoccernet's South America-based journo Sam Kelly tweets via @HEGS_com: "#LFC fans: Coates has said good bye to his Nacional team-mates at training today. He's either on his way to England now, or will be soon."

18.49: Rangers midfielder Gregg Wylde has signed a new five-year deal. His club rejected a bid from Bolton earlier this summer.

18.21 Manchester United chief executive David Gill is said to have told Sky Sports that no more players will be arriving at Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.

18.08 Some very dubious speculation coming up here, but a few reports in Italy are suggesting Arsenal could bid for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder. If Manchester United reportedly couldn't afford his wages then what hope for Arsenal?

17.53 DONE DEAL: Juventus have signed forward Emanuele Giaccherini from Cesena on a three-year contract.

17.35 Porto coach Vitor Pereira claims to be unaware of any bids for his players after Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas stated on Thursday Chelsea have lodged a bid for Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira. "I am the coach of Porto to maximise the team's potential," said Vitor Pereira.

"These issues are beyond me. As far as I am aware, there has been no contact from Chelsea for any of our players. We are friends, Andre Villas-Boas and myself. He was one of the people who contributed to us being here, but now we want to savour the moment and prove our quality."

17.15 Click here for the full story on Aquilani's switch to AC Milan.

17.07 Wolves boss Mick McCarthy seems unlikely to delve further in the transfer market. He said: "I am delighted with the squad I have got. It is unlikely that anyone else will be coming here before the transfer window shuts."

16.56 DONE DEAL: Liverpool have confirmed they have agreed a loan deal with AC Milan for midfielder Alberto Aquilani, subject to a medical. Director of football Damien Comolli said: "I want to pay tribute to the way Alberto has conducted himself during these discussions. Throughout the entire process, his only desire has been to play football and he has put this ahead of any other considerations and at personal cost to himself. We wish him well for the season ahead." The deal includes an option to make the move permanent.

16.42 Andre Villas-Boas on the future of Florent Malouda: "As we are speaking about the number of goals and assists that Mata has made at Valencia, let's speak about the number that Malouda has made for Chelsea. We can't let ourselves sell talent of this quality."

16.20 Reports suggest that Luka Modric and his advisors are in talks with Daniel Levy over his Tottenham future.

15.54 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to complete the signing of goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel within the next 48 hours.

15.41 Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has not yet received any satisfactory bids for playmaker Diego. "Diego is in contact with Atletico, but we aren't,'' he said. "Therefore, there is no offer worthy of mention.'' Read more

15.23 Sebastian Coates has been caught on camera at the airport on his way to England. But is he going to Liverpool or Man City? Here's the pic

15.06 Bolton have made an offer to lure Real Madrid's Pedro Leon to The Reebok on a season-long loan, according to reports.

14.45 Utrecht have strengthened their squad by bringing in defender Daan Bovenberg on a four-year contract from Eredivisie rivals Excelsior.

14.23 If you're keen to know why Dani Pacheco is allowed to move to Rayo while on loan at Atletico from Liverpool, FIFA has a rule, 10.3:

''The club that has accepted a player on a loan basis is not entitled to transfer him to a third club without the written authorisation of the club that released the player on loan and the player concerned.''

So as long as they are all in agreement, he can go. Why Atletico want to do that is beyond us...

14.17 Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is looking forward to making a big impact at the San Siro as his loan move to AC Milan nears completion. "I am delighted to have arrived here,'' said Aquilani. "This is a leap in my career. I have come to Milan to do well.''

14.06 Barton, however, has told Sky Sports News: "I'm not sure [if the transfer will go through]. There are still a number of things to be sorted out. It's a process that you have to take step by step and that's the stage we are at at the moment. I've not made a final decision yet but, having spoken to the club, it's a club with ambition and I had to come down and hear what they had to say and go through the formalities of the medical side of it just in case something does happen."

13.50 Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is at QPR's training ground undergoing the second part of his medical.

13.37 Stoke manager Tony Pulis has spoken to The Sentinel about this transfer plans: "We have not spent any money yet, we have brought in two free transfers (Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson). So there is money to spend and we will be doing our damndest to spend it. But it has to be right for the club. We have a wage structure we want to keep to.

"Yes, we miss out on deals, and we have to be big enough to accept that. If supporters get a little bit disappointed then so be it. It won't be the first time we have missed out on deals because we have said no. We want to make sure we try to keep our structure as much as we possibly can. I know other clubs do that successfully."

13.20 Liverpool face competition from Newcastle United in the race to sign Italian full-back Davide Santon according to reports.

13.03 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the club have made a bid for Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira, but says he is ''not very confident'' of signing the player.

12.53 Argentina striker Pablo Osvaldo has completed his move to Roma from Espanyol.

12.50 Twitter talk says Diego Forlan has signed for Inter Milan in a deal worth €6million from Atletico Madrid. We await confirmation.

12.46 DONE DEAL Dundee United have snapped up Fulham's Finnish under-21 striker Lauri Dalla Valle on loan.

12.42 Some Twitter talk from someone claiming to be Jimmy Bullard - although quite clearly they are not. ''They tried to make me go to Ipswich/ I said no, no, no. Then they sacked me and I sed 'yes, yes, yes'.''

12.38 Tottenham are reportedly poised to sign highly-rated Juventus winger Yago Falque on loan.

12.27 Fiorentina have confirmed that Riccardo Montolivo will be sold to a foreign club this summer. ''Montolivo doesn’t believe in the Fiorentina project,” sporting director Pantaleo Corvino noted. “As a result, the player will be sold abroad.”

12.16 PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters is on the brink of completing a move to Newcastle United, according to his agent. Read more

12.00 Fenerbahce captain Diego Lugano is on the verge of making a switch to Paris Saint-Germain, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports.

11.48 Arjen Robben does not want to join Barcelona this summer, but has said that the Spanish club are the only side he would join. "Barcelona are the only club where I would say: 'If they're interested, that would be a fantastic option'," Robben told Sport Bild. "Whether they have ever made an offer for me? No, not as far as I know. There was something going on about three years ago, but they never made a bid. I'm not speculating about a summer transfer, though. I'm feeling very well here and am happy at Bayern. Don't go writing that I want to join Barcelona, because that's not the case."

11.37 Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer has been allowed to leave the club and should join Roma. "Felix Magath has told me that I will be allowed to leave and that I can enter negotiations with other clubs. It was my personal wish to stay at VfL, but I'm also pleased with this outcome," Kjaer said to WAZ. "A return to Italy can be a done deal any hour now. Roma are a great club. Joining them is a big opportunity for me. I don't have to adapt to new surroundings as I'm already familiar with Italy and Serie A."

11.23 Cesena striker Emanuele Giaccherini is undergoing a medical prior to completing his move to Juventus, the Turin club have confirmed.

11.06 Real Madrid defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra insists no agreement has been reached over a transfer to Tottenham - and he does not expect that to change. He told AS: ''The information about my departure is a lie. There is no agreement with Tottenham and I do not think there will be. I have a contract with Real Madrid until 2013 and Jose Mourinho is my coach.'' Read more

11.01 QPR manager Neil Warnock has rejected the notion that the signing of midfielder Joey Barton from Newcastle is a ''done deal'' but would like to complete the signing this afternoon.

10.52 DONE DEAL: Ipswich sign Jimmy Bullard from Hull on a two-year deal. Although given that he was sacked, it's more like a free transfer.

10.45 Sebastian Coates is travelling to Liverpool to undergo a medical and sign a contract with Kenny Dalglish's side, say Ovacion. Read his profile here

10.44 Arsenal want Mikel Arteta and would be willing to pay 10 million euros for the Spaniard, say AS.

10.43 Twitter talk: GuillemBalagueLass Diarra says there isnt a deal with Spurs RT @diarioas "Ni hay ni espero ningún acuerdo con el Tottenham" bit.ly/r68c31

10.26 Freiburg chairman Fritz Keller has confirmed three foreign clubs have tabled bids for in-demand striker Papiss Demba Cisse. The Senegal international has been linked with the likes of Blackburn, Sunderland and Fulham and £13.5 million is the price.

10.23 "I think it is right and fair to thank the people who have given me so much in these two fantastic years that I've spent at Inter," Eto'o has said on joining Anzhi for gazillions. "I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the president, Mr Massimo Moratti, and to his family for everything they have done and for the way they have helped me.

10.03 Blackburn have been officially allowed to talk to Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic. Reports in reports in the German media suggest that they will sell him to Blackburn for £3.5 million.

09.58 Leicester City are expected to make a fourth bid for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard to try to land their man before the weekend, say the Leicester Mercury.

09.46 Chelsea could be willing to sell Florent Malouda to Juventus after the Italian club's general director Giuseppe Marotta declared an interest in the winger.

09.24 New QPR owner Tony Fernandes is hoping Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is just the first of five new summer signings at Loftus Road. "We're looking at about four or five players and in due course hopefully we'll have some good announcements to make," Fernandes told Talksport. "It's going to be a tense few days as we try to get the players we want but God willing we'll be able to get them." Story

09.16 Representatives of Aquilani are on Merseyside to negotiate a transfer to AC Milan, the player's preferred destination after accepting he doesn't figure in Kenny Dalglish's long-term plans, says Liverpool's Daily Post.

08.44 DONE DEAL: Brett Emerton has flown Steve Kean to join Sydney FC, a deal now confirmed.

Wednesday saw the conclusion of one of the summer's blockbusters in the Samir Nasri deal, but there's seven days to go and that means we turn our attention to another in Luka Modric, whose move to Chelsea may hinge on his playing in tonight's Europa League game against Hearts. Should Spurs qualify then he cannot play for the Blues in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, as that drags on, there's plenty of other stuff to keep you entertained. The Guardian say Chelsea will sign FC Porto's Alvaro Pereira, since AVB's old club have already signed his replacement and that his wages will be funded by the sale of Florent Malouda. The Daily Mail have a silly story, covered last night here, that Arsenal will loan Kaka.

Blackburn plan a move for Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui, say the Daily Mirror. An unlikely move considering he was once regarded as the new Bergomi/Maldini, is that Newcastle want Davide Santon of Inter Milan, say the Daily Mirror

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23.45 That's all for tonight, expect some more Arsenal news tomorrow...

23.31 Daily Mail going a little OTT? They say Arsenal have failed in a loan bid for Real Madrid's Kaka. Real Madrid want him sold on a permanent basis which is obviously the reason why that won't happen...

23.23 Arsenal have reportedly made a €22 million bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. Now they are in the Champions League they can splash some cash and Spanish sources say that Real Madrid's Raul Albiol is also on the Wenger radar.

23.02 Sky Italia say that Fulham had made an official bid for Roma striker Marco Borriello, but the striker is keen to stay and fight for his place at the Giallorossi.

22.07 Birmingham boss Chris Hughton has stated his interest in bringing Newcastle striker Nile Ranger to St Andrews.

21.58 Jimmy Bullard has arrived at Ipswich for a medical after his contract at Hull was terminated.

20.35 Yossi Benayoun has commented on his Twitter account: "I thought I will know by now what my future will hold .I'm in talks with chelsea and we will make a decision very soon. I will tell you soon."

19.01 As is customary, Samir Nasri has taken to Twitter, and ignored correct spelling and punctuation too: "A big hello to all the @MCFC fans out there. I can't wait to get started at my new club! I want thanks Arsenal FC for everything this club has done for me I will always be grateful and I wish all the best to the club. And thank you Mr Wenger and all the staff you were amazing with me and I become the player I am today because of you."

18.49DONE DEAL Reading have signed 29-year-old central defender Kaspars Gorkss from QPR.

18.21 More drama - this time on Twitter and an update from Joey Barton on his move to QPR: "Going for a medical now, still no contract offer from NUFC.......think that just about makes my mind up. Don't want to leave Newcastle........I've made that clear but my hands are tied."

18.19 Vladimir Weiss has offered us a dramatic update on his future away from Manchester City, something which could be settled very soon: "Wigan and a Spanish club are immensely interested," he said. "I believe my future will be resolved within hours." Dynamo Kiev have also been credited with an interest.

18.05 Marca are saying Tottenham and Real Madrid have agreed a fee for Lassana Diarra, believed to be about €12 million. The player has already agreed personal terms, they claim.

17.58: Yet more news from Italy and a contender for most misleading sentence of the day from Lazio striker Mauro Zarate, who has told news agency Adnkronos: “I don’t want to leave Lazio, but it’s impossible to stay in these conditions. The future? We’ll have to see, as it’s up to the President to decide. Everything is fine with my teammates.”

17.32: Emanuele Giaccherini has arrived in Turin ahead of his €3 million move to Juventus from Cesena, reports in Italy claim.

17.26: Some quotes from Mata on Chelsea's website: "Valencia was a big club anyway but I have left to join a bigger club and it is all about the opportunity to win trophies and I have that here. The plan is that I can play on either flank or even in the middle playing in between the lines of midfield and attack."

17.14: Brett Emerton is due to be unveiled as a Sydney FC player on Thursday after his contract at Blackburn was cancelled.

17.04: DONE DEAL Another big deal has been completed as Chelsea confirm Juan Mata has signed from Valencia on a five-year deal.

16.57: More tittle tattle concerning a potential player move from Spain to Italy as Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Real Madrid's Fernando Gago is interesting Roma boss Luis Enrique - the man who seems to be fluttering his eyelids all over Europe at present.

16.41: AS claim Diego Forlan's Atletico career is winding down as negotiations with Inter Milan continue. The deal will be worth €5 million but personal terms are proving a sticking point at the moment.

16.25: Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, has told Itasportspress.it: “He may leave. Spain or England? I don’t know and I won’t exclude any possibilities. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”

16.20: A little more on Aquilani - the midfielder is apparently set to fly out tonight before undergoing a medical tomorrow and signing the deal. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said: “We’ve signed a player with great quality. He’s the right man for Milan. Our transfer market campaign has now come to a close.”

16.16: Ovacion in Uruguay says Nacional have accepted Liverpool's bid for centre-back Sebastian Coates.

16.12: Roma boss Luis Enrique says Daniele De Rossi - who has caught Roberto Mancini’s roving eye - is not going anywhere. “Daniele's contract expires next year and he is in negotiations to extend it,” Enrique said. “He wants to remain and the club wants to keep him and I can only speak highly of him. The two sides must find an agreement.”

16.02: After Michel Bastos made a public plea for the Lyon fans to forgive his flirtations with Juventus this summer, his agent has now said he could still join Juventus. Asked about the prospect of a deal, his agent told Sport Italia: “We have to wait until the end of the transfer window. There are negotiations which can end in five minutes or some that last for months."

15.50: Gazzetta is reporting that Alberto Aquilani's move to AC Milan is now a done deal. It will apparently be a loan deal but with a clause that says Milan have to buy him if he plays 25 games.

15.44: El Mundo Deportivo reports that both Dani Alves and his agent have dismissed rumours of a possible move to Anzhi.

15.26: DONE DEAL Samir Nasri has signed a four-year contract with Manchester City. Story here.

15.16: Rangers boss Ally McCoist has suggested he would be keen on signing Blackburn outcast El-Hadji Diouf after his loan spell at Ibrox last season. “I have to tell you, we certainly loved him up here,” he said. “He was great. I rule nothing out.”

15.03: Reports in France claim PSG have failed with a bid for Inter striker Diego Milito.

14.54: Stoke boss Tony Pulis claims there is “no question” his squad needs further strengthening before next week's transfer deadline, but he is still prepared to turn potential deals down in order to protect the club's wage structure. “I think everybody knows we have to bring players in,” he said. “[But] we’ve got a wage structure that we want to keep to. We miss out on deals, and we have to be big enough to accept that.”

14.42: De Graafschap striker Soufian El Hassnaoui has signed a new two-year contract.

14.27: Tuttosport says Juventus are keen on Chelsea winger Florent Malouda. The 31-year-old could, apparently, be sold for just €6 million.

14.11: DONE DEAL Liverpool have agreed a deal to send forward Daniel Pacheco on a season-long loan to Atletico Madrid.

14.06: DONE DEAL Spanish side Granada have announced the signing of former Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda on a free transfer.

13.58: As well as Diego Forlan, Inter are apparently keen to sign Genoa duo Juraj Kucka and Rodrigo Palacio before the close of the transfer window.

13.51: Blackburn boss Steve Kean wants another striker: "We're still looking to strengthen at the top of the pitch, to get bodies in to complement the signing of David Goodwillie. I met a player on Monday, and I'm seeing another striker after being given permission from his club to speak with him. We're at it full blast to get bodies in, and to get them in quickly."

13.40: Inter are said to be keen on Lazio forward Mauro Zarate. Agent Giuseppe Bozzo told Sportitalia: "Now there is an expression of interest from Inter, we will make a decision calmly."

13.14: Arsene Wenger reckons the players already in the Arsenal squad can step up and help replace Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri: "When a big player leaves, there is an opportunity for someone to come in and show how good he is. I am long enough in the game to know that and to know my players are strong enough to deal with that. I believe we have always promoted players from inside. That is what we will continue to do. If we find the right players to strengthen our squad we will do it no matter the result on Wednesday night. We will be in the market to find one or two players to strengthen our squad, but we keep our basic values no matter what happens with the promotion of internal young players.”

13.04: QPR and Tottenham are keen on Scott Parker, but our reporter Harry Harris understands West Ham would be loath to do business with either club. Full story here.

12.55: Lille have said Eden Hazard isn’t for sale, but a source close to the player is quoted as telling Goal.com that the deal is not impossible: “Eden has said all along that he won’t leave until next year unless the right opportunity comes along. It would need to be a club who can match his ambitions but they are running out of time to get him.”

12.43: Alberto Aquilani's agent, Franco Zavaglia, has told Gazzetta.it: “I will remain here, in Liverpool, until I complete the transfer in favour of AC Milan. Aquilani has chosen and he wants AC Milan. We hope an agreement will be reached very soon.”

12.30: Skysports.com expects Ipswich to sign former Reading defender Ibrahima Sonko on a free transfer.

12.20: Here's the full story on Redknapp's interest in Joe Cole, as well as the latest on Luka Modric and Emmanuel Adebayor.

12.02: Sky Sports News believes Joey Barton has now been given permission to speak to QPR. The Press Association is reporting the same, so you can take the news as fact.

11.59: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he would be interested in signing Joe Cole. “We haven't made any enquiries about him but I wouldn't sit here and say I wouldn't have him at the club because if I did I'd be lying,” he said. “I do like him.”

11.52: DONE DEAL Dundee United have confirmed the signing of striker Lauri Dalla Valle on loan from Fulham until January.

11.48: Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse has announced his intention to leave the club within seven days amid interest from England and Russia. Freiburg are demanding €15 million and director of sport Dirk Dufner has confirmed they will study the “three offers on the table”.

11.37: BREAKING NEWS Atletico Madrid have given Diego Forlan permission to talk to Inter Milan.

11.30: The Lancashire Telegraph says Burnley are hopeful of signing West Ham winger Junior Stanislas and one other player this week.

11.11: DONE DEAL Hamburg have signed Chelsea defender Slobodan Rajkovic on a four-year deal. He couldn't get a work permit at Stamford Bridge so Frank Arnesen has once again swoooped.

11.05: Interesting line from The Independent on Liverpool’s pursuit of Sebastian Coates: "For a fee of less than half the price of Phil Jones the Merseysiders have bagged themselves twice the player.”

10.57: The Daily Mirror says Birmingham are desperate to offload £50k-a-week striker Nikola Zigic before the close of the transfer window but, following a summer groin operation, Espanyol and Real Betis will only sign him if he proves his fitness.

10.48: Sky Sports News is camping outside the Etihad Stadium and brings us some grainy footage of Samir Nasri getting in a car. No sign of Sir Alex lurking in any bushes ahead of the proposed deal hijack.

10.44: Sochaux have accused Newcastle of tapping up striker Modibo Maiga, but the Mali international remains adamant they should allow him to go. He told L’Equipe: I want it to be done with Newcastle. I want to leave - it is necessary that the president agrees to negotiate. I met everybody. They want me and it is not any club. England is a dream. I want to go."

10.38: @barcastuff tweets a statement from the Barca official website: "Barcelona confirm they gave Santos the authorization to loan forward Keirrison (22) to Cruzeiro until 31 December 2011"

10.28: Juventus are said to be looking to sign Zenit St Petersburg centre-back Bruno Alves.

10.14: Arsene Wenger, asked if City’s pursuit of Samir Nasri amounted to tapping up, said: "Who knows?"

09.53: Rory Smith of the Daily Telegraph tweets the following statement from Sebastian Coates: "I'd prefer #LFC to #MCFC, but would need to see both offers. But having the help of Luis Suarez would be very important. The #LFC offer ticks all boxes, so fair to say it's a done deal...Luis' success is important for me as another Urgyn joining."

09.42: Roma have been linked with a surprise move for Alberto Aquilani - who is seemingly bound for AC Milan - but it appears there is no truth to it. Sporting director Walter Sabatini told Radio Mana Mana: “These voices are unfounded. I don’t want to give false hope to people.”

09.33: The Manchester Evening News thinks Samir Nasri will be City’s final signing of the transfer window: “Mancini hinted at the weekend that the Blues may yet move for another midfielder but M.E.N. Sport understands that - unless the situation changes quickly - Nasri will be the final buy of this transfer window.”

09.15: The Newcastle Evening Chronicle on Alan Pardew’s search for a left-back: “United are still in with a shout of signing PSV Eindhoven star Erik Pieters, with the player making it clear to his colleagues he is keen for a move to Tyneside. The Magpies have also been linked with Inter Milan’s Davide Santon, but the Chronicle understands that other targets are being considered first.”

09.10: Nacional vice-president Hector Olmes expects Uruguay centre-back Sebastian Coates to complete a move to Anfield: "The offer is very good. Surely Coates will go to Liverpool."

09.01: AS says Real Zaragoza want Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida.

08.51: Amid reported interested from Porto and Tottenham, Internacional president Giovanni Luigi has told Radio Gaucha of Brazil striker Leandro Damiao: “We want him to stay, but I do not want to make a firm statement about this."

08.48: Sports Hochi believes FC Augsburg have made an approach for Nagoya Grampus midfielder Mu Kanazaki.

08.39: QPR have been linked with plenty of England internationals, but Neil Warnock doesn’t sound massively optimistic about any of them joining. “I'd love Joe Cole and Peter Crouch but I don't think they'll be at QPR,” he said. “I've only made one enquiry for Scott Parker and haven't been in since. We have a number of options and I'm optimistic about them.”

08.32: ...and here's the full round-up. The most attention-grabbing rumour is the Daily Mail's claim Manchester United could hijack City's bid for Samir Nasri, but that sounds a little unlikely.

Daily Mail: Manchester United are monitoring Samir Nasri’s move to rivals City and could attempt to hijack the bid, Tottenham have warned Chelsea that Luka Modric is not for sale at any price, QPR are stepping up their efforts to sign Joey Barton and have made an improved bid for Scott Parker, Aston Villa are making £3.5 million bid for Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson.

Daily Mirror: Emmanuel Adebayor has signed for Tottenham on loan after Inter Milan failed with a last-minute bid to hijack the deal, Manchester City are fighting it out with Liverpool for £10 million-rated Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates.

Daily Telegraph: Chelsea have made a €20 million bid to sign Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira but their £30 million bid for Luka Modric looks likely to be their last attempt to sign the Croatian.

The Guardian: Chelsea have made a €20 million bid for Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira but it is likely to be rejected as it falls €10 million short of his buyout clause.

The Sun: QPR want Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas on loan, Tottenham have agreed the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

Daily Star: Chelsea remain determined to sign Luka Modric, Fulham are planning a £3 million move for Roma striker Marco Borriello.

08.20: Good morning and welcome. We'll have the full paper round-up with you shortly but, for now, a line from the Daily Mail: Spurs have told Chelsea they will reject their £30 million bid for Luka Modric and any other bids they care to make.

August 23, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/23/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Defender Sebastián Coates is said to be a target for Liverpool © Getty Images
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23.35 Well that is all we have time for tonight, but be sure to check back in the morning to see if Nasri finally completes his move to Man City... and much more.

23.22 Chelsea's opening bid for Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira is around €20m, which falls well short of the Uruguayan's €30m buyout clause and is likely to be rejected.

22.58 A bit more information on the Sebastián Coates deal... The Guardian report that the transfer fee Liverpool have offered for Nacional's Uruguay defender is £8 million.

22.19 Mirror Football are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor.

21.52 Liverpool youngster Dani Pacheco is to have a medical at Spanish side Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, according to reports.

20.45 Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater will join Barnsley on loan until January.

20.15 Anzhi Makhachkala have now confirmed that Samuel Eto'o will receive €30 million over his three-year contract, making him one of the world's best-paid players.

19.45 Blackburn Rover's co-owner Venkatesh Rao has insisted he will back manager Steve Kean in the transfer market... although he is no longer name-checking players like Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Kaka or Robinho.

19.25: DONE DEAL Wolves striker Stefan Maierhofer has joined Red Bull Salzburg. The 29-year-old Austrian spent two years at Molineux.

19.09: DONE DEAL Birmingham have confirmed the loan signing of Senegal international Guirane N'Daw from French side Saint-Etienne. The 27-year-old midfielder has signed until January, with an option to extend until the end of the season.

18.43: Sky Sports are reporting that Gary Taylor-Fletcher has rejected a new contract at Blackpool. I'm sure he won't have a shortage of suitors.

18.32: According to The Times, Arsene Wenger has denied any interest in Lazio's Mauro Zarate but he did say: "We will be in the market regardless of the result tomorrow."

18.07: El-Hadji Diouf has been talking up a move to Rangers, where he spent time on loan last season. Everyone's favourite midfielder told the BBC: "I would definitely go back for him (Ally McCoist) and for the fans. I don't want to play for Blackburn any more. I've got a lot of clubs contacting me just now."

17.59: The father of Wolfsburg's Diego is at the Vicente Calderon to negotiate the terms of his son's move to Atletico Madrid, according to AS.

17.44: This has appeared on the Russian club's website regarding Eto'o: "Today an agreement was reached between the football clubs, Anzhi and Inter, for the transfer of Samuel Eto'o. The terms of the transfer are completely agreed on both sides."

17.13: Looks like Samuel Eto'o's move to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala is on the verge of being confirmed. According to Gazzetta dello Sport the €25 million euros deal will make the Cameroon striker the world's best-paid player on €20.5 million a season after tax.

17.08: Joseph Yobo's drawn out move to Fenerbahce looks set for a conclusion, according to the Liverpool Echo. A deal worth a reputed £2m was close a few weeks back but was delayed because Yobo shares representatives with John Obi Mikel, and they were involved in the negotiations to release the Chelsea star's father after he was kidnapped in Nigeria.

16.52: More bad news for Arsenal: looks like Eden Hazard will be staying at Lille. "Eden will not be leaving this season," Lille boss Frederic Paquet says. "We are aware of interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe but we are not prepared to sell."

16.34: James McCarthy - the target of much speculation in recent weeks - has been explaining his decision to sign a new five-year deal with Wigan: "I owe a big debt of loyalty to the club and the gaffer for giving me the chance to prove myself in the Premier League, and I am really pleased to be able to sign this deal," he said.

16.23: Several bookmakers have suspended betting on Craig Bellamy returning to Liverpool. He couldn't, could he?

16.11: Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay has been linked with Tottenham and more recently Juventus, but club sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said: “Afellay will stay at Barcelona. We are not in contact with any other clubs with regard to the player.”

16.05: DONE DEAL Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal has joined Cagliari from Juventus.

16.02: Sao Paulo midfielder Casemiro wants a move to Roma. "I have always dreamed of playing for the Giallorossi,” he said in Corriere dello Sport. “If there's an opportunity for me to join Roma I'd like to find a solution where all parties involved are happy.”

15.44: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is quite clearly keen to bring in David Ngog and Dedryck Boyata but he said: "Until I have got everything cut and dried, I am loath to mention individuals. There are bigger clubs than Bolton out there who could come and steal your thunder. Those two are both very good players. Whether we are able to bring them to the club, time will tell."

15.28: BREAKING NEWS Sky Sports News is reporting that Chelsea have now made an official bid for Porto's Alvaro Pereira. He can play at left back or left midfield, and you'd have to assume his primary role would be the latter at Chelsea.

15.21: Blackburn boss Steve Kean has confirmed he is close to signing centre-back George John from Major League Soccer side FC Dallas. Rovers look set to pay a fee for John of around £1.2 million to the MLS, which holds the player's contract.

15.13: Emmanuel Frimpong doesn’t seem to be too impressed by Samir Nasri’s move to Manchester City. First, he tweeted that “Money is the Roots of all Evil”.

Jack Wilshere subsequently wrote: “Good luck to my friend @Nanas08 (mr Nasri) learnt a lot from him. World class player! Will be missed!" To which Frimpong replied: “Pffffff comeon Jack”

15.00: Arsene Wenger on his summer sales: “We lost two great players and that's a sad side of the story but at some stage it has to be over, because you want to focus on the future.”

14.50: West Ham's Julien Faubert, 28, has spoken of his respect for Sam Allardyce but said: "For me, I still want a move.”

14.38: Gazzetta dello Sport believes Zenit are keen on Juventus winger Simone Pepe.

14.24: Inter striker Samuel Eto’o is set to have his Anzhi medical tomorrow, according to reports.

14.10: DONE DEAL Blackburn have completed the signing of Simon Vukcevic from Sporting.

13.43 Nasri now bound for Manchester for a medical and to pen personal terms, while of course he won't be travelling to Udinese for tomorrow's game. Read the full story here.

13.33 BREAKING: Manchester City have agreed terms with Arsenal for Samir Nasri.

13.21 Fenerbahce defender Diego Lugano is being linked with a move to Juventus. Lugano's agent, Juan Figer told calciomercato.it "Diego is an in-demand player and we have received offers from many European clubs. In Italy, we've only spoken to Juventus, but there are also firm offers from clubs away from Italy. In any case, his future will be defined within the next few hours."

13.03 Sky Sports News says Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed no bids have been received for defender Phil Jagielka.

12.49 Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu will be unveiled as Chelsea players in a press conference this afternoon.

12.29 Sochaux have confirmed they have asked FIFA to intervene and prevent Newcastle contacting their striker Modibo Maiga without their permission. Read the full story here.

12.13 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini insists his club have no chance of signing Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli. Read the full story here.

11.56 Some further quotes from Coates. The defender has said: "What I need is continuity so I don't lose my place in the national team. The Premier League? Do not discard any hypothesis. But the president knows what my family and I want. The market is open until August 31 and I won't stop waiting. Certain leagues have already commenced and to go and play at a club that has already started could be a disadvantage."

11.42 For those of you asking about Samir Nasri, the Frenchman is currently training with his Arsenal team-mates. Remains to be seen if a deal to Manchester City will be done before the Udinese game.

11.32 It seems that Sporting midfielder Simon Vukcevic is on the brink of being unveiled as a Blackburn player, in a deal thought to be worth around £2 million.

11.12 Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan could make a move for Kaka or Marco Parolo if Mathieu Flamini is ruled out of action for a lengthy period after the French midfielder suffered a knee injury.

10.47 Leeds United winger Max Gradel has told the Daily Mail: "Are Fulham interested in buying me? Yes. I know West Ham are interested in buying me, too."

10.23 Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah has said he made a mistake in joining Italian Serie A side AC Milan after moving to the Turkish second division to play for Karyisaka. Read the full story here.

10.11 DONE DEALS: A line from this morning, in case you missed it, as James McCarthy, Emmerson Boyce and Ben Watson have all signed extensions with Wigan.

10.00 FC Twente have warned Fulham's offer for Nacer Chadli will need to be doubled, the West London club having reportedly opened the bidding at around £4 million for the forward.

09.45 Reported Liverpool target Coates has spoken about his future. The young Uruguayan defender has told Ovacion: "This week I will talk about offers and decide whether to go or stay here."

09.35 Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt insists that he is not interested in a move to Inter Milan, despite reports suggesting that he was mulling over a move to Italy. Read the full story here.

09.19 Liverpool have been offered €7 million for Alberto Aquilani by AC Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

08.59 Le Parisien reports that Newcastle have not given up on French left-back Aly Cissokho. It is suggested Lyon are demanding around €9 million for the defender.

08.48 The Daily Star: Shaun Wright-Phillips will sign for Bolton for £2.5 million this week ... West Ham have handed a trial to Lens ­midfielder Hamdi Bilal ... Espanyol are ready to table a £2 million bid for Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic ... Chelsea's Serbian defender Slobodan Rajkovic, 22, is set to join Hamburg in a £2 million deal after failing to secure a work permit.

08.32 The Daily Mail: Everton and Celtic want Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell on loan ... Manchester City could move for West Ham's Scott Parker, offering a loan deal that includes Shaun Wright-Phillips ... Blackburn have agreed terms with the MLS for FC Dallas defender George John.

08.26 The Mirror: Arsenal target Per Mertesacker wants to stay in Germany with Werder Bremen ... Samir Nasri's £23 million move to Manchester City could fall through if Arsene Wenger picks him for the game against Udinese ... Bolton are looking to bring in Liverpool's David Ngog and Manchester City duo Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dedryck Boyata this week ... Chelsea are eyeing a swoop for Juventus keeper Marco Storari to provide cover for the injured Petr Cech.

08.16 The Sun: Juan Mata snubbed offers from Arsenal and Tottenham for a move to Chelsea ... Lassana Diarra will join Tottenham for £10 million in the next 24 hours ... Kevin Nolan would like to see Joey Barton join him at West Ham ... Liverpool are now favourites to land Scott Dann for a fee of £8 millon ... Alessio Cerci is settled at Fiorentina and has no wish to join Manchester City ... Wolves are keen on Jimmy Bullard ... Bolton are hopefuly of tying up a £2.5 million deal for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

08.07 A number of papers, including the Guardian, run with the story that Liverpool want Coates, the 20-year-old centre-half who was named best young player at this summer's Copa America following some fine performances for winners Uruguay. Manchester City are also said to be keen, but it is suggested that Luis Suarez could ensure his compatriot joins him at Anfield.

08.00 Good morning. It's a drizzly August day here in London. But don't let an English summer get you down, for it's time to delve into the newspapers. First up, Sebastián Coates...

August 22, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/22/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Luka Modric won't play for Tottenham as Chelsea continue to pursue the midfielder. © Getty Images

While Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp insists that Chelsea target Luka Modric will not play against Manchester United tonight because "his head's not in the right place", The Sun claim the midfielder has gone on strike to try and force through his transfer after Chelsea lodged an official £30 million bid.

The truth probably lies somewhere between the two, but it certainly looks as though want-away Modric is edging towards the White Hart Lane exit door... although there is no word from either club on this alleged "official £30 million bid".

23.40 Closedown: Juan Mata will be completed tomorrow, while we expect movement, or lack thereof, of Nasri and Modric. Sneijder? Don't ask.

23.39 The Daily Telegraph: "Liverpool have identified the Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates as Kenny Dalglish’s sixth signing of the summer and are also considering a surprise move to bring Craig Bellamy back to Anfield."

21.56 Neil Warnock, the Queens Park Rangers manager, says Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes's takeover at Loftus Road could allow him to sign Joe Cole from Liverpool. It looks likely to be a loan deal with Liverpool paying part of his wages.

20.29 Major League Soccer and Blackburn Rovers have agreed to terms on a transfer for defender George John, who plays for FC Dallas.

19.39 "I never tire of repeating that I feel at home at Schalke," Raul has said in a statement on the club's website. "The affection shown to me by the Schalke fans is extraordinary and unforgettable. I'm definitively staying at Schalke and I will fulfil my contract." That means he's not off to Rovers. Would you believe it?

19.36 Juan Mata tweets: "Travel to London for medical examination, and come back to Valencia to say goodbye to everybody as you deserve...thanks so much!"

18.15 Twitter talk: "VfL Wolfsburg confirmed the signing of Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos on a two-year deal. #LFC"

18.00 Could Greek tragedy Sotiris Kyrgiakos be set to quit Liverpool for Wolfsburg, according to reports in Germany, where he is said to training with the former champions.

17.29: Barcelona flop Keirrison is to return to Brazil with Cruzeiro.

17.23: Phil Neville is hoping Everton hold onto the likes of Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta. "We want to keep all our best players,” he told Sky Sports News.

17.08: Tweet from @barcastuff: “Zubizarreta: ‘There's no problem with Abidal's renewal. He can sign when he wants, but he needs time after what happened.’”

17.02: Sky Sport Italia says Napoli want Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

16.50: Valencia striker Roberto Soldado feels it was right to cash in on Juan Mata when Chelsea made their offer. "We all hoped he would stay, but an offer from a tremendous club, one of the best four clubs in the world, came in, and this was a great opportunity for Valencia and for Mata," he told EFE. "This was an act of responsibility and an example for the rest of the clubs who keep signing, even though they keep owing players money."

16.41: Skysports.com says West Brom and Wolves are keen on Fulham defender Chris Baird.

16.24: Carlos Bocanegra has received a work visa and can now represent Rangers in the SPL.

16.13: Fenerbahce's Uruguayan defender Diego Lugano has held transfer talks with Juventus, according to his agent Juan Figer. However, he has not accepted an offer as yet. "There is a concrete possibility that he will be playing for a non-Italian club next season," Figer said.

16.07: Skysports.com says Celtic and Everton are keen on Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell.

15.50: DONE DEAL Chelsea reserve defender Tomas Kalas has joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan until the end of the season.

15.38: Juan Mata has arrived in London ahead of his move to Chelsea.

15.34: Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan’s saying Inter haven’t been in for him. "I do not have any offer from Inter," he told AS. "I have two years on my contract and I cannot say what is going to happen. My idea is to be here and see out my contract, but it is hard to say if that is going to happen. No-one has told me I am for sale.”

15.23: @bensmith_Times tweets: “I can confirm the Dirk Kuyt to Inter Milan rumour is total rubbish.”

15.10: Excellent use of 'LOL' from Spanish football expert @GuillemBalague, whose sources had earlier given him conflicting information over Luka Modric's proposed move to Chelsea: "Harry Redknapp says Modric could be a matter of money. Jamie that if he goes, he goes. And Levy insists he will not go. Just as I said. LOL."

15.05 Voetbal International reckons Hamburg director of football Frank Arnesen will be earning his money once more by signing Chelsea defender Slobodan Rajkovic for €3 million, having already brought in Michael Mancienne, Jeffrey Bruma and Gokhan Tore from his old club. Excellent scouting.

14.42 Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss has now passed his medical at Dynamo Kiev as he closes on a £3 million move. Dynamo head coach Yuri Semin said: "Yes, Vladimir Weiss has passed a medical and soon we will include him in our squad."

14.32 The agent of Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt claims Inter Milan have made an offer for his client. "Dirk has to think about it," Rob Jansen said..

14.10 - DONE DEAL New Rangers signing Carlos Bocanegra has been given the green-light to join up with the rest of his team-mates after obtaining a visa. The United States captain secured the necessary paperwork in Paris and is set to arrive at Murray Park on Tuesday.

13.54 It looks like Arsene "I'll spend £40m" Wenger won't be getting defender Per Mertesacker as big-spending PSG have entered the bidding, according to L'Equipe.

13.39 - DONE DEAL Sampdoria have signed 24-year-old goalkeeper Sergio Romero from AZ Alkmaar. The Argentina international has signed a three-year deal.

13.05 Manchester City target Alessio Cerci wants to remain at Fiorentina next season. "The negotiations with City exist,'' Cerci told Fiorentinanews. "But my wish is to remain here considering that I have made peace with the fans.''

12.50 German newspaper Bild claim Galatasaray will bid €9 million for striker Lukas Podolski but Cologne sporting director Volker Finke says: "He's not a player for Galatasaray but for a big club.''

12.39 Palermo are hopeful of signing Chievo's Stefano Sorrentino, or an alternative goalkeeper, before their opening game in Serie A. “A goalkeeper will definitely arrive this week,” sporting director Sean Sogliano said.

12.07 Real Madrid have frozen negotiations with Santos - the home of transfer targets Neymar and Ganso - until after their December presidential elections, according to AS... who don't mention that the Brazilian transfer window has already closed.

11.41 Reported Arsenal target Yann M'Vila is not for sale according to Rennes director of football Pierre Dreossi, who has told the Daily Mail the 21-year-old will not be sold this summer.

11.27 Juventus are sniffing around Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay and are hoping to sign the Dutchman for a bargain €8 million, according to both Sport and Marca.

11.09 The Daily Mail report that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew watched PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters on Sunday and wants to revive a £6 million deal for the defender.

10.38 While the UK press claim that Inter will use the money from the sale of Samuel Eto'o to buy Man City's Carlos Tevez, Spanish newspaper Marca insist Inter's target will actually be Real Madrid playmaker Kaka.

10.27 Under pressure Blackburn manager Steve Kean is on the verge of signing £6 million striker Vedad Ibisevic, while midfielder Simon Vukcevic has had a medical.

10.07 AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has been talking an awful lot and claims that he wants to sign Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani, doesn't want to sign Mario Balotelli and will not sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Anzhi.... Full story

• "I like Aquilani; he can play on the left or right, he's young, a Milan-style player. Allegri enthuses about him too."

• "Balotelli? He's not of interest. I know who he is but I don't pay him much attention."

• "I will never sell Ibrahimovic to Anzhi!!"

09.50 'Sky Sports sources' are reporting what the Daily Mirror published yesterday: Manchester City's Vladimir Weiss is to join Dynamo Kiev, for around £3 million.

09.40 The Daily Mirror claim that Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish may have to offload £6 million flop Jean Makoun as the midfielder has failed to make an impact at the club.

09.26 Stoke City manager Tony Pulis revealed he is hoping to sign "three or four" new players before the summer transfer window closes, according to The Sun.

09.00 England manager Fabio Capello has told Arsene Wenger to start spending before Arsenal's season goes up in smoke: "Wenger needs to buy some new players - some important ones - but it's difficult to find top names at this moment."

08.45 If you missed the news of PSG's enquiry about Dimitar Berbatov, sporting director Leonardo said: “I had Sir Alex Ferguson on the phone but he told me that he was counting on Berbatov and that he was not for sale.”

08.40 Manchester United may have rejected an approach from PSG for Dimitar Berbatov but The Telegraph claim that the Red Devils are facing a financial headache over his future which could see the club trigger a one-year contract option to prevent the £30.75 million club record signing leaving on a free transfer next summer.

08.30 The Daily Mail report that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hinted the club may abandon their bid to sign Samir Nasri if the French midfielder plays in the Champions League for Arsenal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the newspaper also claims that Tottenham have joined the race to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill, with Harry Redknapp considers using David Bentley as bait.

08.15 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is considering a shock £10 million move for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, according to the Daily Star. The newspaper also reports that Chelsea have landed Juan Mata from Valencia in a £25 million deal.

08.00 The Daily Mirror report that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made bids of £15 million and £20 million respectively in for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila and Lille forward Eden Hazard. And is also going back for another crack at Everton defender Phil Jagielka, having already had two bids turned down.

The newsapaper also claims that Samuel Eto'o will become the highest paid player in the world when he completes his £25 million transfer to Russian club Anzhi. And Inter Milan will now use the fee to try and sign Carlos Tevez or Diego Forlan.

August 21, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/21/2011

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Redknapp is not a 'wheeler dealer' but could be involved in 10 deals in 10 days © Getty Images

23.30 That's all for tonight, expect Mr Mata to be wearing blue tomorrow. And maybe more on Mr Modric too.

23.02 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says that Chelsea's signing of Juan Mata will likely kill their prospects of signing Luka Modric as well."Chelsea have signed him?" Redknapp told talkSPORT. "I didn't know that. Well, I would think that's the end of the Modric deal then, surely. I would [think the Mata deal has killed the Modric move]. I had no idea about that." Read more

21.41 Sevilla sources deny that the club would be interested in signing Barcelona attacker Ibrahim Afellay.

21.07 Brazil's U-20 World Cup star Henrique has revealed he is looking to quit Sao Paulo. "My agent and I tried, we went after Sao Paulo, said the contract was expiring and we would leave, then the club made some offers which were not good, they did not match what he wanted," Henrique told Radio Bandeirantes. "I have to look at my side, too. Sometimes, what is best for me is not what is best for them. We will see what is going to happen now. It has been almost three years and I did not have any opportunities, now we are looking at what is best for me because a player of my age needs to play."

20.16 Leonardo has been trying to get Dimitar Berbatov to PSG, but Fergie is not selling. ''I had Ferguson on the phone but he told me that he was counting on Berbatov and that he was not for sale," Leo said after Sunday's 2-1 win over Valenciennes.

19.38 Arsenal set for more disappointment as Rennes Director of Football Pierre DeRossi tells Canal+ that midfielder Yann M'Vila won't be sold in this window.

19.15 Juan Mata will join Chelsea. A statement from Valencia read: "Valencia has reached an agreement in principle with Chelsea FC for the transfer of the player Juan Manuel Mata." Read more

18.55 SC Braga have completed the signing of Brazilian forward Carlão from Japanese side Kashima Antlers on loan until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal.

18.32 Roberto Mancini says he hopes to have Samir Nasri at Man City "in the next few days"... but reports earlier suggested the move has collapsed.

17.39 Blackburn target Raul has told Schalke's official website: "I will be staying definitely at Schalke and I will fulfil my contract. I do not get tired of saying it again and again that I feel at home with Schalke. The affection the fans here have shown me is extraordinary and memorable."

16.50 A rumour from the Metro: Tottenham and Liverpool both want Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega to supplement their strikeforces.

15.52 Swedish midfielder Albin Ekdal has joined Cagliari on a season-long loan from Serie A rivals Juventus, according to Ansa.

15.26 PSG could rival Inter Milan for the signature of Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan, according to reports.

15.00 Marco Borriello's agent has responded to Roma's decision to transfer list the striker. Tiberio Cavalleri said: "The news he was on the market was a surprise, above all considering the fact they only bought him out from Milan on June 26."

14.26 Samuel Eto'o's agent on his proposed switch from Inter Milan to Anzhi: "Should everything go well with medicals then the official announcement will be on Monday or Tuesday."

14.00 Wenger has spoken to TF1 about Nasri. Wenger said: "He is happy here. There is no departure of Nasri at the moment. Maybe one day, but it's far, far, far from being done.''

13.42 French journalist Jonathan Johnson on Twitter: "According to reports in France, Lyon's Aly Cissokho is a priority signing for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew."

13.30 DONE DEAL: Everton defender Phil Neville has signed a contract extension keeping him at Goodison until 2013.

13.17 Blackburn manager Steve Kean is poised to add new faces to a side he is convinced will haul themselves off the foot of the Premier League. He said: "We've had bids accepted and medicals took place at the club on Friday."

12.59 The full story on Villas-Boas' comments about Drogba's future can be read here.

12.40 Manchester City winger Adam Johnson has cooled rumours he could leave the club. He told the Mail on Sunday:"I know I can't play every game but as long as I play my fair share then I will be happy. People thought I'd be a bit-part player when I signed but I said to myself I'll show people how good I am and get straight into the team."

12.16 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed his interest in signing Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard. "It is down to whether Bristol City want to sell," Allardyce told The People. "We have looked into whether he's available but enquiries have been made as discreetly as possible."

12.00 Murmurs on Twitter that Manchester United have re-entered the race to sign Arsenal's Samir Nasri.

11.48 Arsenal have joined Bayern Munich in the race to sign Fiorentina outcast Riccardo Montolivo, according to speculation in Italy.

11.30 Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has spoken about Didier Drogba's future. He told the Daily Star on Sunday: "I don't know what is happening. Didier knows about our offers and he has made a counter-offer and we are evaluating some things. I cannot be precise on whether he wants a longer deal than offered."

11.10 Bayer Leverkusen's director of sport Rudi Voller insists Michael Ballack still has a future at the club, even if he was left out of the starting XI again on Saturday.

10.47 Quotes are emerging from Wenger regarding Nasri's future. Wenger has apparently told Telefoot: "Both Manchester clubs are on case. Deep down Nasri likes it at Arsenal. It’s political, but it’s a long, long way from being done."

10.24 L'Equipe also runs with the story that Real Madrid and Tottenham have agreed to the transfer of Lassana Diarra for €10.5 million.

10.00 Samuel Eto'o is expected to join Anzhi from Inter Milan on Monday, and the Cameroon striker has told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Thank you to everyone. I will always support Inter and ask just one thing – win even without me."

09.38 Via our very own Dale Johnson on Twitter: "Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani tells Gazzetta dello Sport: 'I am close to joining Milan'."

09.30 The People: Juan Mata is joining Chelsea – after Fernando Torres bombarded him with text messages ... Arsene Wenger is plotting audacious bid to take Kaka on loan from Real Madrid ... Liverpool are ready to sell striker David Ngog to Bolton ... Sunderland are banking on signing Craig Bellamy before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

09.19 The Sunday Mirror: Manchester City are ready to let Emmanuel Adebayor join Tottenham on a free transfer ... Arsene Wenger has added France international Yann M’Vila to his list of targets before the transfer window closes next week ... Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is keen to sign teenage Barcelona defender Jessua Angoy, the grandson of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

09.10 Indeed, the Telegraph writes: "Tottenham Hotspur target 10 deals in 10 days before transfer window closes." The newspaper claims Lassana Diarra and Emmanuel Adebayor will arrive, while Luka Modric, Wilson Palacios, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Jenas, Alan Hutton, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar could depart.

09.00 Good morning. It's Sunday, so squeeze your orange juice and press the plunger on your cafetiere as we bring you the bet of today's transfer rumours and stories. First up, Tottenham...

August 20, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/20/2011

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Nasri set to make final Arsenal appearance against Liverpool © Getty Images

23.30 That's all for tonight, expect more news on Eto'o, Diarra and Arsenal's attempts to buy someone tomorrow.

23.10 Martin Jol has defender Rafik Halliche could leave the club before the end of the transfer window. Jol said: "I think Halliche is a good player, better than we probably give him credit for because he could not show last year and couldn't show this year. But, of course, I have different players at the back - good players - so there is probably not an opportunity for him to play.

22.21 Canal+ says that Rennes have refused a bid of €20m from Arsenal for midfielder Yann M'Vila.

22.04 Could Chelsea be set to make a move for Luka Modric again? Yossi Benayoun has just tweeted: ''Well I hope to give you all some news till wednesday regarding my future..thanks again for all the support!'' He could easily be part of the deal to go to Spurs...

21.48 Samuel Eto'o has been left out of Inter Milan's squad to face Olympiakos Piraeus in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday amid media speculation a move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala could be completed early next week.

21.34 Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger confirmed that they won´t sign another player this summer. Current rumours about Montolivo are evidently not true.

21.23 Reports in Spain suggest Valencia winger Juan Mata is on the brink of sealing a £27 million move to Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas said: ''He's a good player, a very good player. He's not our player but he's an interesting player. His curriculum speaks for itself. He's a player who scores and assists and he can add to any squad in the world.''

21.00 DONE DEAL Liverpool striker Nabil El Zhar has completed a switch to Spanish side Levante on a two-year deal.

He told skysports.com: "Liverpool was a good experience for me but I never had a chance to show what I am capable of. If I had been given a chance, I could have shown my qualities but this is the life of a footballer. I am happy because Liverpool is a great club, I have a massive respect for the club and I was happy to be part of it. But I am a Levante player now, I'm 25-years-old and it's time for me to show what I am capable of. I am looking forward to the Spanish season as I believe the style there will suit my type of football."

20.02 Cameroon media say that Samuel Eto'o has signed a three-year deal with Anzhi... we'll wait for the official announcement first.

19.43 Alan Pardew has work to do and wants to persuade Mike Ashley to bring in some new players quickly. He said after the win over Sunderland: "A victory like this helps me with [managing director] Derek [Llambias] and Mike to go upstairs and say, 'Come on, let's try to get them in this week'. We want to get the right players and we want to get the best value we can, and we are trying to do that.''

18.45 Cologne defender Youssef Mohamad has said he has signed a two-year contract with Dubai side Al-Ahli so he can be closer to his family. "I have signed, I wanted to be near my family," the Lebanese international was quoted as saying by Bild.

17.56 DONE DEAL: Getafe have confirmed the return of Dani Guiza after the striker left Turkish club Fenerbahce earlier this week.

17.40 It's worth noting that Alex, a player strongly linked with a move to Juventus, has just had a nightmare for Chelsea against West Brom, who lead 1-0.

17.00 It is claimed that Mata is currently being shown round Stamford Bridge. On the brink, this one.

16.35 Wenger on the reports Nasri's deal is off: “I don’t know more than you about that. I think he had a good game and I said before the game that he was committed to play and he did not only play but he played well.”

16.24 Mutterings from Italy emerging that suggest the transfer of Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi is very close.

16.04 The Telegraph's Mark Ogden says on Twitter: "Manchester City still confident of signing nasri. agent fees remain the final hurdle."

15.56 Twitter talk FreddieBoswell7 says: "Fulham's move for Zaccardo has been hijacked.Now up to player to decide on club."

15.39 Arsene Wenger speaking during his post-match press conference: "I always say I’ve tried to keep Samir Nasri. He loves the club, he wants to play for the club. At the moment I’m happy he’s here."

15.29 A report says that Sabastien Squillaci is not in Arsene Wenger's plans this season. Surely the Frenchman can't afford to sell another player without first bringing in an addition.

15.00 Roma have put Marco Borriello on the market, according to reports emanating from Italy.

14.15 Rumour from the Daily Mirror: Liverpool and Tottenham are weighing up bids for Hugo Rodallega as Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits he is struggling to hang on to the £9m-rated striker.

13.41 Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Mata: form of payment and other little details delaying confirmation. Clubs talking right now. You'll have to be patient :-)"

13.32 Blackburn manager Steven Kean has told the Lancashire Telegraph:"With Dioufy we have had no offers for at the moment. We have had a couple of tentative enquiries but I would imagine we will have some offers before the end (of the transfer window). He won't be involved in our squad. He turns up now and again."

12.53 Canal+ claim Samir Nasri's talks with Man City have broken down and that he is now likely to stay at Arsenal.

12.31 ...it is, however, fair to say that this time of day on a Saturday is hardly the time for transfer mayhem, what with all the matches that are about to take place. Nonetheless, we will continue to scratch around to see what's going on.

12.10 Samir Nasri does indeed start for Arsenal today. Remember, you can follow the game live via our Gamecast, here. Now, back to transfers...

12.00 In case you missed it last night, former Leeds and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell has joined Melbourne Victory.

11.20 Milan are on the verge of completing a €7 million swoop for Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

10.54 Everton boss David Moyes has spoken to the Liverpool Echo about Phil Jagielka's future: "I have had two or three conversations with Jags and he is up-to-date with everything and anything that has happened. He has said to me that, unless it is something Everton want to do, he is not going to be the one who instigates or pushes anything. It will only be if Everton want to do it and I certainly don't want to do it."

10.33 We've also got all signs from Spain pointing towards a done deal between Chelsea and Valencia for the services of Juan Mata.

10.24 Here's the full story on Allardyce's comments on midfielder Scott Parker.

10.13 Very much a split decision on the comments regarding whether Nasri should play today for Arsenal ahead of a proposed move to Manchester City.

10.00 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes the England hierarchy have encouraged Scott Parker to leave the club in search of Premier League football. Full story to follow.

09.49 Itasportpress also carries the Crouch to AC Milan report, claiming the Italian club face competition from the likes of Sevilla, Everton, Fulham and Sunderland.

09.35 Wonderful rumour from the Daily Mirror: Alberto Aquilani, Mario Balotelli and Peter Crouch are all loan targets of Serie A giants AC Milan.

09.20 The Sun: Lazio have joined the race to sign Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips ... Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has slapped a £10 million price tag on West Ham target Max Gradel ... QPR boss Neil Warnocl is confident he can win his battle to hang on to Adel Taarabt ... Jon Walters has been handed a a 12-month contract extension that keeps him at Stoke until the summer of 2015.

09.10 A story to get your teeth into whilst the newspaper wading continues: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson understands the predicament that Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp finds himself in with regards Luka Modric's future. Read the full story here.

09.00 Good morning, and happy Saturday to you. We're about to get stuck into the newspapers proper, like, but a quick look at the back pages sees the focus firmly on Samir Nasri, with the press focusing on Arsene Wenger's decision to play in the Frenchman versus Liverpool even though he is set to join Manchester City. Got an opinion on this? Well, have your say via our comments section.

August 19, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/19/2011

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Juan Mata: A £27 million transfer target for Chelsea © Getty Images
18.00 Closedown: A calm before the storm? Perhaps so, but we are the finishing straight.

17.48 Marseille have rejected an Arsenal loan bid for midfield ace Lucho Gonzalez. "Arsene Wenger believes that he is a great player who could be useful to his team even though he does not fit in with his recruitment policy.

17.15 Fiorentina have warned off trying to sign Riccardo Montolivo this summer. "We've decided that Montolivo will not be sold to any Italian team, at the risk of losing him next year for nothing," said sporting director Pantaleo Corvino to Sky Italia.

16.46 Charlton have reported Newcastle to the Premier League after rejecting their offer for goalkeeper Rob Elliot. The npower League One club turned down a formal bid of £100,000 on Wednesday, but claim Magpies boss Alan Pardew has broken an agreement not to make details of the approach public.

16.30 - DONE DEAL Italian side Catania have completed the signing of St Etienne forward Gonzalo Bergessio for a fee of around £2 million.

16.15 Fiorentina sporting director Corvino on Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani's on, off, on, off, on and off again return to Serie A: "We agreed a loan deal with Liverpool for Aquilani, but he decided he only wanted a permanent transfer"

15.59 Big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain are hoping to sign Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, according to Sky Sport Italia.

15.30 Football Espana report Atletico Madrid's Ruben Micael will spend this season on loan at Zaragoza, with a €5m option to buy at the end of the campaign.

15.06 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp insists that midfielder Niko Kranjcar is going nowhere. “No he isn’t going to Sunderland,” Redknapp told Goal.com. “We want to keep him. He is an outstanding player. I love him. He will be important for us.”

14.51 Blackburn manager Steve Kean believes new signing Radosav Petrovic can make a big impression in the Premier League. "He's a presence, he's an imposing figure but he can score goals, he can switch play, he can sit in and be a defensive player but he can also be released to go box to box," Kean said.

14.25 Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta says the club will sign "at least two new players" before the close of the transfer window. Full story

14.17 - DONE DEAL Arsenal have signed Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell, 19, from Saprissa. Full story

14.03 Reported Arsenal target Mauro Zarate looks set to leave Lazio after he was dropped for the club's 6-0 win over Robotnicki in the Europa League on Thursday. "Zarate is an important ... but if something happens between now and the end of the transfer window then we’ll evaluate things,” said Lazio official Igli Tare.

13.37 Celtic skipper Scott Brown has revealed he is "very close'' to signing a new deal at Parkhead.

13.16 Liverpool's released forward Nabil El Zhar is expected to sign a two-year contract with Spanish side Levante, according to Football Espana.

12.45 Sky Sports News report that "payments to agents" are holding up Samir Nasri's move from Arsenal to Manchester City.

12.37 According to Spanish newspaper Sport representatives from Barcelona and Espanyol will meet next week to discuss the transfer of Barcelona B player Jonathan dos Santos.

12.20 Fenerbahce have confirmed that Spanish striker Dani Guiza is returning to former club Getafe. Full story

12.07 The Times report that the Glazer family will use the proposed flotation of Manchester United in Asia to reduce the club's debts and hand manager Sir Alex Ferguson a cash boost in the transfer market.

11.49 Spanish side Rayo Vallecano have reportedly joined the race to sign Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz, who has also been linked with Leeds United.

11.34 QPR want to bring in Man City duo Shaun Wright-Phillips and Nedum Onuoha plus West Ham's Scott Parker before the transfer window closes, according to Daily Telegraph . With manager Neil Warnock admitting that Thursday's takeover may have saved the club's Premier League status.

11.15 Roberto Mancini hinted he expects to finalise Samir Nasri's move from Arsenal to Manchester City "this week", amid widespread reports that a deal is almost complete. Full story

10.52 Croatia Under-17 striker Ivan Dzoni, 22-year-old Argentine midfielder Jose d’Angelo, Benfica starlet Francisco Silva Junior and former AC Milan striker Luca Scapuzzi are all on trial at Manchester City and hoping to win a permanent deal, say the Manchester Evening News.

10.35 The Daily Mail claims that Martin Jol's Fulham have had a bid of £7.5 million for winger Bryan Ruiz rejected by Dutch club FC Twente.

10.21 Everton and Fenerbahce have resumed talks over the €4 million transfer Joseph Yobo after the match fixing scandal that rocked Turkish football put the deal on hold.

10.09 Bolton are hoping to boost their attacking options ahead of Manchester City's visit on Sunday with a £3.7 million deal for Liverpool striker David Ngog, according to The Sun.

09.50 Corriere dello Sport says AC Milan are looking at Peter Crouch, Emmanuel Adebayor and Mario Balotelli.

09.38 - BREAKING NEWS Manchester City are "in the final stages of negotiations" with Arsenal's Samir Nasri.

09.22 West Bromwich Albion have held further talks with Owen Hargreaves and are confident that the former Manchester United player will pass a full medical if they can agree personal terms with him, reports The Guardian.

09.08 Spanish side Rayo Vallecano are interested in Manchester City frontman Roque Santa Cruz, according to the Daily Mail

08.55 Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean believes there is still hope the club could sign Schalke striker Raul. Full story

08.47 The Sun claim that Manchester United still want to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder and are prepared to wait until transfer window deadline day to get him.

08.30 Another line coming out of White Hart Lane is that assistant manager Kevin Bond has told TalkSport that Chelsea-target Luka Modric will not be leaving.

08.15 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has been a busy boy and thinks that Man city striker Emmanuel Adebayor will 'probably' move to White Hart Lane, but insists the deal is not yet done.

08.00 AS claims Atletico Madrid could move for Tottenham outcast Giovanni dos Santos.

The pick of the stories doing the rounds this morning comes in the Daily Telegraph, who claim that Chelsea have bid £27 million for Valencia's Juan Mata and adds: "The offer is expected to secure the 23 year-old from Valencia who are likely to accept the bid ahead of interest from Tottenham Hotspur."

The Daily Mail, which reported that Chelsea had seen a £22 million bid for Mata rejected earlier this week, also puts the value of the bid at £27 million but claims the offer includes a further £2 million in top-up payments. And the Blues will make another swoop for Luka Modric to make it a £60 million double deal.

Meanwhile, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has mocked QPR's derisory £4 million bid for Scott Parker, in the Daily Mirror. Claiming it is the equivalent of the Hammers offering £12 million for Wayne Rooney.

In more positive news, the newspaper claims that Blackburn have agreed a £6 million fee for Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic and Sporting Lisbon playmaker Simon Vukcevic could follow on Friday.

The Daily Star claim that Manchester City-bound Samir Nasri wants to join Manchester United, despite closing in on a £22 million switch from Arsenal to Eastlands.

In an unusually quiet day for transfer gossip in The Sun, the newspaper claims that "Harry eyes deal for a lovely Lass" - that's Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, who he hopes will be in his squad to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

August 18, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/18/2011

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Redknapp: He's up for selling © Getty Images

23.59 CLOSEDOWN There you have it, another day of the summer transfer window down. Lukaku got confirmed and Faclao closed in on a huge transfer to Atletico Madrid. Be sure to join us again tomorrow morning for all the newspaper talk, and the like. Over and out.

23.46 And the full story on Falcao's big money move to Atletico Madrid can be read here.

23.25 Want the full story on Villas-Boas' words on Modric? Well then click this way, please.

23.00 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas on the potential capture of Tottenham's Luka Modric: "It doesn't depend on me. It's not my money!' It depends on a lot of things. It depends on the club's decision, if they are willing to go forward or not, up to which value, and to decide whether they want to keep the interest in the player.''

22.20 Liverpool have announced they have reached agreement to release Nabil El Zhar from his contract. El Zhar is now expected to join Spanish side Levante

21.40 Spanish football expert Sid Lowe on Twitter: "Atletico signing Falcao for €40m. That's an amazing transfer"

21.08 Jeff wonders via the comments: "I wonder why Zavon Hines never made the grade at West Ham. I remember a game against Liverpool a couple years ago where he was man of the match and tormented the Liverpool back line all game."

20.36 Alan Pardew has spoken to BBC Newcastle about his interest in Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Rob Elliot. He said: "Once Fraser was completed, we started looking for another goalie. We have enquired about Rob Elliot, and we've put a bid in there."

20.20 Lyon's Miralem Pjanic has told RMC: "Anything can still happen up until 31st August. But I have said from the beginning that my place is Lyon. The club feels the same way. I have spoken to club officials and everyone agrees. I am 200 per cent invested in this team and I want to continue here. Discussions are currently ongoing with the management regarding a contract extension."

20.03 This is the rather dubious looking photo that has got Arsenal fans rather excited.

19.36 Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio is hopeful a deal can be completed for QPR striker Leon Clarke before the end of the month. "I don't know if it will happen in time for Sunday (when Swindon entertain local rivals Oxford) but I will be happy if he signs before then," the Italian told Town's official website. "I spoke to him after the game at Dagenham (on Tuesday) and things are looking positive between our club and the player. "

19.17 DONE DEAL: Doncaster have now announced the signing of rookie Chelsea striker Milan Lalkovic on loan, subject to clearance.

18.54 Many of you commenting on the Jagielka photos that are doing the rounds on Twitter. it is alleged the photos depict Jagielka with his agent, an Arsenal official and a bunch of paperwork.

18.38 DONE DEAL: Burnley have confirmed the signing of striker Zavon Hines from Championship rivals West Ham United. A fee for the 22-year-old, a product of the Hammers' youth system, will be set by a tribunal. Hines told the Burnley website: "I need a fresh start and Burnley seems a good club to me."

18.25 Brighton are apparently nearing a deal for Swansea midfielder Ryan Harley. The 26-year-old has been a long-term target for Seagulls manager Gus Poyet, whose newly-promoted side have won three from three in the Championship so far.

18.01 The Peter Odemwingie news in longform for you right here.

17.54 Chelsea stirker Milan Lalkovic has reportedly joined Doncaster on loan for a month. The 18-year-old Slovakian joined Chelsea at 14 and was a regular for the reserves last season.

17.40 It looks like the Peter Odemwingie speculation has been put to bed. The West Brom striker, who's been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham, Newcastle, Juventus and Wigan, amongst others, has signed a new three-year deal at The Hawthorns today.

17.30 More from QPR manager Neil Warnock, following the takeover by Tony Fernandes. "It's just a great day for me I think, the opportunity to bring three, four, five quality players into a squad that's already a good set of lads. And I think that we needed another input and I'm looking forward...we might not get the number one targets but I'm sure we can get number two and number three targets and then at the end of the window, give ourselves a fighting chance."

17.20 Newcastle United have made an approach for Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliott. "I'm led to believe there has been a little bit of interest from Newcastle," Charlton manager Chris Powell told Sporting Life. "Obviously we are dealing with that situation and whether they follow that up with anything concrete."

17.12 Burnley have signed West Ham striker Zavon Hines, according to London24. The former England Under-21 international was told he could leave the club by Sam Allarydce and will cost Burnley around £250,000.

17.00 DONE DEAL Fiorentina have signed a two-year co-ownership deal with Genoa for the services of midfielder Houssine Kharja.

16.52 Calcio Mercato says Barcelona have told AC Milan and Roma that Thiago Alcantara is going nowhere.

16.44 Sky Sports Italia are apparently reporting the presence of one Diego Forlan in Milan today. The Uruguay striker was quoted on Tuesday saying they'd made an offer and it would be "a dream" to go to the San Siro.

16.36 Sampdoria are reportedly on the verge of signing Argentine international goalkeeper Sergio Romero from AZ Alkmaar. According to Football Italia, the 24-year-old is available at around £3 million. Samp were relegated to Serie B last season.

16.22 Chelsea have been linked with a £30 million bid for Luka Modric before the transfer window closes, but Andre Villas-Boas said: ''We have approached Tottenham before regarding the player. I don't know if it's viable or not and to what extent we can go regarding his price because we are speaking about a high amount and nothing else basically. End of story. Whatever comes from Harry's mind is his own opinion about the situation. I just have to study the rest of the market and hopefully find a solution for my team.''

16.19 A little embarrassing, but Rayo Vallecano are reported to be the latest to show interest in Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz.

16.12 Points for honesty to Liverpool's Kenny Dalglish. Asked if Jose Enrique would be the club's last signing of the summer, he said: "Until the transfer window shuts, the most honest answer I can give is, 'I don't know'."

16.07 Former ESPNsoccernet US editor @JenChang88 on Twitter says: ''Re: Robbie Keane to L.A. Had it confirmed to me that Blackburn never actually made an offer, so in his choice was just L.A. or Leicester.'' Tough one that.

15.55 Newcastle's pursuit of Sochaux frontman Modibo Maiga is deadlocked with the player reportedly on strike as he attempts to force his way out of the club. Pardew said: “There's a lot of stuff coming out about him being on strike and we can't condone that, but in terms of us, we have put a bid in for the player and he is a player that we want to bring to the club. That's where that is and negotiations are still ongoing.”

15.49 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on Joey Barton: “It's [Twitter controversy] put to bed as far as I am concerned, but football is football and that doesn't mean to say he is definitely going to be here for the season. You can never say that.”

15.43 Leicester Sven Goran-Eriksson has all but given hope of signing Nicky Maynard, after watching the Bristol City striker batter his defence. ''I am not sure that the player wants to come or the club wants to sell so it is very difficult," he said.

15.34 Well, you know earlier we said Samuel Eto'o was moving closer to a transfer to Anzhi... "Right now, I'm not optimistic. There are a lot of items that need to be put in order. Nothing has been resolved,'' intermediary and FIFA agent Peppino Tirri said, according to the ANSA news agency.

15.21 Mr X has yet to be revealed, so Il Corriere dello Sport reports that AC Milan and Adriano Galliani will try and bring in Mario Balotelli before the end of the window. He does hate Manchester after all...

15.12 Falcao and Micael have been left out of Porto's squad for their game tomorrow. "Whoever leaves, Porto will remain extremely strong", said Vitor Pereira.

15.08 Spanish club Malaga are reportedly preparing a bid to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov - could be a potent former United strikeforce with Ruud van Nistelrooy at the club already.

15.01 Pablo Osvaldo has missed Espanyol training as he edges closer to a move to Roma. Atletico Madrid also have him in their sights should they prove unsuccessful in capturing Falcao from Porto.

14.57 QPR manager Neil Warnock is interested in West Ham's England international midfielder Scott Parker. "We have a few days left to bring targets that we do really need at the club to take us where we want to be," Warnock told Sky Sports News. "I don't think we should talk about players at other clubs at the moment. We should do it in the right way. (Parker) is just one of a number of options and we have different positions and different options.

14.40 Swansea City look set to end their interest in Middlesbrough defender Matthew Bates because the two clubs can't agree a transfer fee.

14.28: DONE DEAL Belgium international Faris Haroun has completed his move to Middlesbrough.

14.24 Theo Walcott more confident than most: "I'm sure the boss has got players coming in. I don`t know, but if you sell one of your best players... I`m sure he`s got some options coming in."

14.12 Juan Pablo Angel has moved from L.A. Galaxy to Chivas USA in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2012 supplemental draft. Read more

13.57: BREAKING NEWS Romelu Lukaku has completed his move to Chelsea for a fee reported to be around £20 million.

13.51 Liverpool are weighing up a shock bid for Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka, according to reports. They do need another defender, but probably one that's happiest at centre-back.

13.36 He was on loan at Inter last year, but now Morocco international Houssine Kharja has joined Fiorentina from Genoa for an undisclosed fee.

13.30: Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, says there is no offer from Inter Milan to take his client from Napoli. "I can say there has been no official offer from Inter for Lavezzi",'' he told Radio Kiss Kiss. "I don't know if the clubs have spoken, but there is nothing concrete. If the clubs were to reach an agreement then maybe something could happen".

13.20: Hull have moved to terminate the contract of their club record signing Jimmy Bullard. The midfielder has not featured for the Tigers this season after being placed on suspension following an incident on a pre-season trip to Slovenia.

13.17: Newcastle are yet to agree a fee with PSV Eindhoven to sign Netherlands left-back Erik Pieters, as they seek a replacement for Jose Enrique. A spokesman told De Telegraaf: "It is not clear whether the two clubs have agreed a fee yet. We are still waiting to hear from both sides."

13.09: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has dismissed talk of a deal for Spurs midfielder Niko Kranjcar. "I don't know where the Kranjcar thing came from," he said. "I have seen quotes from his agent - certainly, I have not spoken to Kranjcar's agent, so I don't really know where that has come from."

13.04: @chelseafc: "AVB believes paperwork will be completed in time for Romelu Lukaku to be available for the weekend game. #CFC (SL)."

13.00: Goal.com says 'Manchester City and Inter have reached a deadlock on a deal for Carlos Tevez' with City ruling out a loan deal and Inter refusing to pay €45 million. Inter are in for Diego Forlan as a result, the website says, although we already knew that since Forlan himself confirmed it earlier this week.

12.46 The Scottish FA have said paperwork has been processed and international clearance received for Carlos Bocanegra and Fraser Forster to join Rangers and Celtic.

12.40 Udinese are in the process of rebuilding and look set to sign Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela for €9.5 million. Agent Jorge Vidal told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: "Udinese is a very serious option for Carcela. The transfer market will be open for another 14 days, but I don't think they will wait that long to complete the deal. They already offered more than Spartak Moscow. Mehdi isn't interested in a move to Russia. But with Russian sides you never know, they keep trying. Would he prefer a move to Italy? We will see about that. He is looking for a move away from Standard."

12.32 Having failed to lure Raul, Blackburn have set their sights on Juventus hitman Vincenzo Iaquinta.

12.23 Harry Redknapp has revealed that a move for Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra is a possibility. "I like him," Redknapp told reporters. "It's a possibility. [Chairman Daniel Levy has] been trying for us. He's been trying to do something there." Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea - that would be quite a little London collection.

12.02 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed there is interest in defenders Matt Kilgallon and Nyron Nosworthy from the Championship. Read more

11.50 Elf Voetbal says Lille are demanding €30 million for Eden Hazard with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all apparently interested.

11.35 FC Porto say they have received an offer from Atletico Madrid for Radamel Falcao and midfielder Ruben Micael.

11.17 Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling has dismissed reports linking him with a loan move to Bolton as he is too young. “Every 1 nothing has been said 2 me about a Bolton deal I know as much as you but atm im 2 young 2 go anywhere im 16 youve gotta be 17″ he tweeted. As with all footballers' tweets, assume the presence of [sic].

11.04 Twente star Bryan Ruiz says Fulham are interested in his services. Ruiz told De Telegraaf: "Fulham is a serious option for me. That is also a Premier League side and it is a fantastic league. Fulham already contacted my agent. If Fulham does become serious, we will definitely talk."

11.01 Roque Santa Cruz's father has opened the door for a Championship move. "The Championship is very competitive with powerful teams who, not long ago, were in the top division and have huge stadiums, like Leeds," Aproniano told The Sun. "Ultimately, his future will be decided by City but Roque would consider playing for such a team. City are looking for another club for him because Roque wants to go to a different team where he can have more chances to play."

10.48 Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has confirmed the club are in negotiations with highly-rated midfielder James McCarthy over a new contract at the club. ''James is a big diamond of ours. I felt he had a tremendous season last campaign and he deserves a reward. We've got another five or six players that we're going to look to try to reward and give them new contracts,'' he said.

10.39 Malaga owner Abdullah Al-Thani seems to think Raul, Samuel Eto'o and Wesley Sneijder were all keen to join his revolution at the club. "We have already achieved that some of the world's best players are interested in joining us. Sneijder, Eto'o and Raul were all open to a move to Malaga," Al Thani said to Al Sharq. You have to wonder why they are not all there then, don't you?

10.24 Russian club Anzhi have confirmed they are on the verge of signing Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan. Anzhi representative German Tkachenko told ANSA news agency: "We are very close. We could close today, tomorrow or next week."

10.16 Three Premier League sides have made bids to sign Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian. Everton, Blackburn Rovers and QPR have all enquired about Onuoha, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, but no deal had been finalised. "I'm not surprised at this level of interest, because Nedum has proven that he's a very good player," Joorabchian told BBC Sport.

10.12 Real Sociedad have confirmed they have a deal to take Kenya's McDonald Mariga on loan from Inter Milan, subject to a medical.

10.00 Stoke manager Tony Pulis says that Ryan Shawcross is staying put, despite interest from Liverpool. "We have got no need to sell Ryan," Pulis said in the Daily Mail. "We want to spend money if we can. I think the chairman and the board have made it quite clear that their intentions are to try to improve the squad this year. We are very pleased with the defenders we've got, now we have to improve our midfield and forward line."

09.51 Palermo have said they have no intention of selling Abel Hernandez to Roma as president Maurizio Zamparini underlined that none of his attackers will go. “Roma haven’t asked us for him,” Zamparini noted. “However, even if they did, Hernandez is going nowhere. “We are happy with our attacking options and nobody in that department will leave.”

09.42 Montenegrin international Simon Vukcevic is expected to undergo a medical at Blackburn Rovers today after being allowed to leave Sporting Lisbon for a fee in the region of £2 million.

09.38 Everton's lack of activity in the transfer window looks set to continue after chairman Bill Kenwright admitted the club's pot is dry because they "just can't borrow any more money". Read more

09.30 Inter have signed Paraguay Under-20 star Rodrigo Alborno from Club Libertad for an undisclosed fee.

09.21 Arsene Wenger looks set to revive his interest in Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker according to reports in The Daily Mail.

09.07 Everton's Mikel Arteta has a warning for the club: "We know the situation at the moment. We cannot spend money like other clubs," he told BBC Sport. "That is sensible, even if it is not very popular. But at least we have been able to keep our best players. If we cannot sign new players we must keep the ones we have."

08.38 More gossip: Juan Mata is a target for Chelsea and not Arsenal, say the Daily Mail, who say that Valencia have turned down a £22 m deal for their prized asset. Liverpool will offer £10m plus striker David Ngog and striker Raheem Sterling on loan to clinch the signature of Bolton defender Gary Cahill, say The Sun. They also will pay £13 million for Ryan Shawcross, say the Daily Express. West Ham are looking to sell midfielder Scott Parker and striker Carlton Cole to QPR and Fulham respectively, say the Daily Mirror.

Here's the pick of Fleet Street (deceased) and their tales of transfers.

THE GUARDIAN: Harry Redknapp has admitted he would be able to "add four players and have a better team" if the club sanctioned the sale of Luka Modric to Chelsea.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Harry Redknapp has suggested that Tottenham should consider selling Luka Modric to allow him to add depth to his squad. Also: Chelsea were in negotiations with Porto last night to sign Joao Moutinho and Alvaro Pereira.

THE TIMES: Theo Walcott called on Arsene Wenger yesterday to bring experienced players to Arsenal as the manager faced up to more turmoil in what has become one of the most difficult periods of his career.

THE INDEPENDENT: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham Hotspur manager, declared yesterday that Emmanuel Adebayor`s incendiary effect on Arsenal fans was one of the reasons why he wants him on loan at White Hart Lane.

DAILY STAR: Harry Redknapp claims Tottenham will be much better off without Luka Modric. Also: Wesley Sneijder will have to hand in a transfer request at Inter Milan if he wants to secure a dream move to Manchester United.

THE SUN: Harry Redknapp is sure Emmanuel Adebayor can be a hit at Tottenham - because Arsenal fans hate him! Also: Roque Santa Cruz is being lined up for a shock switch to injury-ravaged Leeds.

DAILY MAIL: Harry Redknapp hopes an anti-Arsenal alliance will help smooth a deal to bring Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham.

DAILY MIRROR: Samir Nasri is on the verge of completing a £22million switch to Manchester City. Also: Relegated West Ham are hoping to offload big-earning duo Scott Parker to QPR and Carlton Cole to Fulham.

August 17, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/17/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


"I never said I was leaving with bitterness the guy who said that use [sic] a fake account." © Getty Images

23.52: That's all from us for tonight, but be sure to join us in the morning from 0800 BST as the Samir Nasri deal looks set to reach its conclusion.

23.42: Some quotes from Arjen Robben yesterday on reports he is the latest target for Anzhi Makhachkala: "Of course I've heard a lot lately about Anzhi, this is the team which has a lot of money, but at the moment I wouldn't like to talk about my future. I'm 27 and I'm satisfied with everything at Bayern, but in life anything can happen. Who knows? Someday I'll maybe sign to the Russian club."

23.32: QPR are said to be looking to take Chelsea left-back Patrick van Aanholt on loan.

23.21: Bristol City manager Keith Millen says he has no intention of allowing striker Nicky Maynard to join Leicester. Maynard is out of contract in the summer but Miller said: “Nicky is committed to the club. No-one has given us any money anywhere near what we would think about selling him for, so there is no decision to be made.”

23.13: Inter technical director Marco Branca says nothing will happen on the Samuel Eto'o front tomorrow because everyone's on holiday.

22.57: Porto right-back Miguel Lopes has been linked with Fulham but it's not sounding overly likely at this stage. "His wish is to play at Porto," agent Artur Fernandes told Goal.com. "If that cannot happen, then Porto must find the best solution for him. No offer has yet been made and any club who want him must contact Porto first."

22.23: DONE DEAL Rangers have signed USA defender Carlos Bocanegra on a three-year deal from St Etienne. Story here.

22.09: Real Sociedad are set to sign Inter midfielder McDonald Mariga on a season-long loan.

21.41: Manchester City striker John Guidetti’s agent, Per Jonsson, has told Fotbollskanalen: "It's been a target of ours to find him a club. City really wanted to keep him during the summer and the idea of him going out on loan, where he will be involved, is a good solution.” Feyenoord, QPR and Nottingham Forest have all been linked with the Sweden Under-21 international, although both the English clubs have since strengthened their attacks.

21.24: Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano on the club’s interest in Porto star Falcao: "This is not the time to talk about transfer, so I am not thinking about Falcao. Right now I can only say he is a great player."

21.07: Inter president Massimo Moratti on the search for a new striker: "Will Manchester City’s Tevez come in? I don't think we will get him. Diego Forlan? Ezequiel Lavezzi? These are the names on which we are working - we are watching, exploring. We'll see. Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal? We never thought of him. We're looking for a player with different characteristics."

20.49: Sky Sports News is reporting that QPR, with their takeover imminent, have bid £4 million for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker.

20.45: One that slipped through the blog net from earlier today - Fulham left-back Carlos Salcido has joined Mexican outfit Tigres on a season-long loan deal. Story here.

20.26: Harry Redknapp is pleading ignorance over the Luka Modric saga and saying it’s all up to chairman Daniel Levy.

“I don't know where it's at and Daniel has said all along that he is not going to sell Luka so that is probably it as far as I know," Redknapp said. "There is no sign of him going. If he doesn't go it's an area we need to strengthen and we have one or two irons in the fire.

"We are trying [to get players in]. We have some names and we are trying to get one or two in. We need to do a little bit of business."

20.18: Reader comment from Asdf with Nasri seemingly on his way.

"He may be cheap, but you gotta admire Wenger`s negotiating, 25-30 million for an out of contract miscast is admirable, just compare it to Ozil`s price last season in the same situation.
Now I just have to hope he doesn`t spend the money on an ageing and bad French defender and another speedy, irregular winger with a poor final pass to re-raise my in Arsene we trust banners"

20.07: Sky Sports News has just said the Nasri is a 'step closer', but Canal+ is among those saying it's a done deal.

20.05: French journalist @MikaMartinHaim tweets: "Samir Nasri est un joueur de Manchester City, le milieu Français s'engage pour quatre ans contre un chèque de 29 millions d'euros." Which is to say Nasri is now a City player, has agreed a four-year contract and it'll be a €29 million deal.

19.50: The BBC reports: "Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Samir Nasri from Arsenal. The transfer could be finalised in the next 24 hours, with City paying Arsenal a reported £25m."

19.13: Celtic have signed goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Newcastle on a year-long loan deal subject to registration.

19.04: DONE DEAL Former West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has signed for Wolfsburg.

19.02: Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has told Radio Kiss Kiss: "I can say there has been no official offer from Inter for Lavezzi. I don't know if the clubs have spoken, but there is nothing concrete. If the clubs were to reach an agreement then maybe something could happen."

18.35: Anzhi Makhachkala expect to complete the Samuel Eto’o deal in the near future. “We are very close,” Anzhi market consultant German Tkachenko said. “We could close the deal today, tomorrow or next week. For now Eto’o is still an Inter player, but I am optimistic that it will be done.”

18.21 The agent of Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko - who has been linked with Manchester City and Inter - has urged Roma to make an offer for the 20-year-old. "If they were to make an offer then we would listen to it. Roma are a great team and my client would be interested," Frederic Guerra told Forzaroma.info.

18.10 The Daily Mirror claim Newcastle United will revive their interest in Manchester City's Wayne Bridge as the Toon step up the hunt for a new leftback.

17.51 Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes plans to make West Ham's Scott Parker an £8 million signing once his takeover of QPR is confirmed, according to the London Evening Standard.

17.45 Bologna vice-president Maurizio Setti has revealed that Fiorentina are in pole position, ahead of Juventus, to sign Gaston Ramirez. "Fiorentina have made an official offer, therefore they are winning the race for him right now," Setti told TMW.

17.24 Sky Sports Italia claim AS Roma have agreed a €10 million deal with Wolfsburg's to sign defender Simon Kjaer as a replacement for Philippe Mexes.

17.04 Galatasaray's new signing Emmanuel Eboue claims Tottenham made an approach to sign him before he left arch-rivals Arsenal to work with legendary coach Fatih Terim in Turkey.

16.46 Chelsea's 20-year-old fullback Ben Gordon has been sent out on loan to Peterborough United until January.

16.27 Wolfsburg's Brazilian playmaker Diego has now confirmed that he is in talks with Atletico Madrid. "There is nothing official, but there is an offer for me," Diego told Bild. "Atletico are a big club, but I still have a contract with Wolfsburg." Full story

16.04 - Twitter talk Apparently, want-away Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has arrived in Manchester ahead of his proposed move to City.

15.53 West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, who was the subject of a rejected transfer bid from Wigan, says he wants to stay at the Hawthorns and just has to agree the length of his new contract... unless a "top club" comes calling.

15.34 DONE DEAL SPL champions Rangers have signed midfielder Alejandro Bedoya from Orebro on a three-year contract.

15.28 Former Netherlands Under-21 international Evander Sno, who suffered a heart-attack during a match last year, has joined RKC Waalwijk on a free transfer from Ajax.

15.12 Atletico Madrid will have no cash left at this rate.... Marca claim the Spanish club have agreed a €17 million deal with Espanyol for forward Pablo Osvaldo.

14.55 - Twitter talk Daily Mirror journalist Oliver Holt claims that Bolton are adamant there has been no contact from Arsenal regarding highly-rated defender Gary Cahill since early July.

14.40 Schalke striker Raul has not travelled with the rest of the squad for the Europa League clash in Helsinki, amid rumours he could be on the way out of the Bundesliga club. Raul rejected a move to Blackburn on Tuesday.

14.22 Atletico Madrid are eager to spend the Kun Aguero cash and have made a €5 million bid for Wolfsburg's Brazilian playmaker Diego, according to AS

14.08 Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims the agent of Lazio striker Mauro Zarate is in London to discuss a move to Arsenal.

13.50 Arsenal are reportedly considering winger Eljero Elia as a replacement for Samir Nasri. However, Hamburg director of sports Frank Arnesen has reiterated the Dutchman is not for sale.

13.35 West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has said that he will only leave the club if an offer from a 'top' team comes in. Read the full story here.

13.28 DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday have signed Stoke winger Ben Marshall on loan until January.

13.18 Football Italia claims Genoa have become the third Italian club to show an interest in Uruguay international Diego Lugano, who currently plies his trade at Fenerbahce.

13.02 Reports in Italy suggest officials from Anzhi Makhachkala have arrived in the country ahead of further talks with Inter Milan over Samuel Eto’o.

12.51 Sky Sports is reporting that Fulham are weighing up a move for Tottenham misfit David Bentley.

12.37 Rumours suggest Liverpool could offer Stoke £10 million plus Christian Poulsen for defender Ryan Shawcross.

12.26 Spanish football expert Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Chelsea INTERESTED in Mata FOR SURE. His buy out clause 60m euros but Valencia will consider selling for 30m. Chelsea want a winger"

12.14 Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga has told L'Equipe: "About Newcastle, it is very clear: they want me and I want to go there. They want the transfer to be sorted out quickly, but it is not up to me. The worry is Sochaux."

11.59 PSV Eindhoven are playing hardball over the sale of Newcastle target Erik Pieters, according to the Northern Echo.

11.44 Click here for the full story on Tottenham's interest in former Arsenal striker Adebayor.

11.27 Darren Lewis, of the Mirror, has revealed: "Harry Redknapp confirms Daniel Levy negotiating the transfer of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City."

11.20 Brazilian defender Lucio has extended his contract at Inter Milan to 2014.

11.08 DONE DEAL: Former Millwall and Liverpool goalkeeper Tony Warner has joined Hyundai A League side Wellington Phoenix.

10.51 Marseille's Anigo on the Lucho Gonzalez to Arsenal rumours: "The Lucho departure on loan is not even questionable. We don't want him to leave anymore. He is at his best and I think he will not leave. The transfer market will be terminated in a fortnight and I can't see how we could replace him."

10.37 The Guardian's Paul Hayward via Twitter: "Benayoun is definitely part of Chelsea's offer to Spurs for Modric."

10.30 Worth noting that reports suggest news agencies contacted Arsenal football club last night to check the Nasri account on Facebook was legit before running the story. Apparently, Arsenal did indeed confirm it was Nasri's. However, the Frenchman has of course since denied he wrote the words regarding "bitterness"...

10.18 Plenty of Marseille-Arsenal links in the French press today. Lucho Gonzalez, who is reportedly keen on leaving OM, is said to have been targeted in a loan deal by Arsenal, but Marseille want a sale rather than a temporary agreement.

10.09 Click here for the full story on Sneijder's future.

10.05 In response to Bredan's question, L'Equipe claims that "Lille are expecting Arsenal to come in for Eden Hazard." It is suggested around € 30 million could land the gifted Belgian.

10.00 With regards Carols Cuellar's future, Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has told the Express & Star: "Carlos is a very good experienced player. I think Rangers have gone cold on the idea so, as far as we are concerned, he is a Villa player. He is a solid defender and did a tremendous job for Rangers when he was up there in his first spell. He is a terrific defender and is very experienced cover.

"He is not far away from running, so he is maybe a week or two away from joining the group. Will he still be here in a fortnight? I can't predict that. We just have to get on with things and keep plugging away to get results."

09.43 Remember you can have your say on today's transfer rumblings via the comments section of this live blog. Don't be shy.

09.34 Sky Sports is reporting Jermaine Beckford wants to stay at Everton despite attracting interest from a number of clubs. Leicester were linked with making a bid for the striker on Tuesday.

09.27 Roy Hodgson has told the Sun of his hopes that striker Peter Odemwingie, who has been linked with Tottenham, will sign a new deal at West Brom. Hodgson said: "Peter's been made an extremely good offer. I'm optimistic he'll sign.We owe him a debt but he owes us too as we were the club that gave him his chance."

09.14 Another line from the Sun: Andy Keogh is reassessing his long-term prospects after being sent by Wolves to Leeds on loan. The Irish striker said: "My future probably lies away from Molineux."

09.04 Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti on Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder: “There has never been any sort of negotiation for Sneijder. If Eto’o leaves then Wes will remain. But Sneijder was untouchable even before this Eto'o discussion began. But yes, even more so now. Sneijder will stay."

08.59 Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has fuelled rumours that Arsenal could bid for playmaker Mathieu Valbuena. He reportedly told RMC: "If Arsenal want to buy Mathieu Valbuena [from Marseille], the discussion can be opened."

08.49 Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar is on the verge of completing a move to Sunderland, according to the player's agent. Read the full story here.

08.39 The Mirror: Everton boss David Moyes is in talks with Manchester City about signing out-of-favour defender Nedum Onuoha ... Juventus have lodged a one-year loan offer for Chelsea defender Alex ... Shaun Wright-Phillips is in talks with Manchester City about a pay-off that would open the door for his move to Bolton ... West Ham are set to reignite their interest in Joey Barton.

08.31 The Guardian: Chelsea are considering offering Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou as makeweights in a deal for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric.

08.25 The Daily Star: Former Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko has rejected the chance to return to Reading on a one-year contract ... Everton have rejected a £3 million bid from Leicester for striker Jermaine Beckford ... Fulham are leading the race for Parma defender Cristian Zaccardo.

08.20 The Daily Mail: Inter Milan have expressed an interest in Chelsea forward Didier Drogba ... Tottenham are poised to complete the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan from Manchester City ... Paris Saint-Germain have enquired about Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

08.15 More from the Sun: Thomas Hitzlsperger is training with Tottenham ... Burnley are favourites to sign West Ham striker Zavon Hines ... Bolton manager Owen Coyle is still waiting for decisions from his top targets Shaun Wright-Phillips and David Ngog.

08.11 The Sun: Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder is prepared to cut his wage demands by £60,000-a-week ... Romelu Lukaku will finally clinch his move to Chelsea today ... Manchester City intend to keep both James Milner and Adam Johnson at the club ... City are also demanding £2 million from Newcastle for the loan of Wayne Bridge ... Blackburn want Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson on loan.

08.00 Good morning all. Today's backpages are dominated by quotes attributed to Arsenal's Samir Nasri via 'his' Facebook page, the Frenchman is alleged to have said he will leave the club a "bitter" man. Needless to say, Nasri issued a denial early this morning via his official Twitter account. Read the full story here while we trawl through the other newspaper titbits.

August 16, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/16/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could Andre Villas-Boas sign Raul Meireles from Liverpool? © PA Images

23.40 Well, that is all we have time for tonight. But be sure to check back tomorrow morning for all the latest transfer chatter... when Arsenal might actually buy some.

23.30 Chelsea are willing to throw Salomon Kalou into a player plus cash deal for Tottenham's Luka Modric that already includesYossi Benayoun and a fat cheque, according to the Guardian.

23.15 More on Thiago Alcantara's proposed exit from Barca. AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says: "I have spoken with Thiago Alcantara's agent, Giovanni Branchini, who is in Forte Dei Marmi on holiday, but Barcelona don’t want to sell him."

23.00: The MLS is lowering its cap charge for international players aged 23 and under, in an attempt to lure more foreign talent to America. The rule will come into effect for the 2012 season.

22.40: You may had heard about Sochaux forward Modibo Maiga boycotting training yesterday. The Mali international was appealing for the club to let him join Newcastle United. Reports are now coming in that he won't be included in their squad to face FC Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League tomorrow night, adding more weight to the suggestion he could be turning out at St James' Park in the near future.

22.20: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was at the FC Twente v Benfica game tonight, casting an eye over Twente winger Bryan Ruiz. If he needed further convincing, Ruiz may well have provided it by scoring an 80th-minute equaliser in a 2-2 draw. It was the 25-year-old's second goal in as many games. He's angling for a move to England and it might just happen.

21.50: "I think Neymar and Ganso need to leave as soon as possible. Same thing goes for Lucas," Rivaldo tells Lancenet in Brazil. That can perhaps wait until January.

20.45: Eddie Johnson is back in MLS, but it yet to get a club, though that will be sorted out in the current window. The striker was released by Fulham this summer.

18.40: Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt has been quoted at Bild and on the club's official website: "Raul's agent told me that his client does not want to go to Blackburn. He will stay at Schalke. Both our coach Ralf Rangnick and my colleague Peter Peters as well as myself have always stressed that we did not want him to leave. We are pleased that Raul wants to contribute everything he can to make us a sporting success."

18.31: Blackburn Rovers target Raul has reportedly told Schalke he wants to stay in Germany and to reject their offer. The 34-year-old was subject to an official bid from Rovers, prompting Schalke to say they wouldn't stand in the way of a move to the Premier League. But it doesn't look like the Spaniard will be going anywhere this season. Full story

18.05: Cardiff City are reportedly considering a move for Nottingham Forest captain Luke Chambers. The 25-year-old central defender is said to be keen to stay at Forest, but is yet to agree terms on a new deal and only has one year left on his current contract.

17.54: AC Milan's chief executive Adriano Galliano says the club will not be signing Real Madrid midfielder Kaka this summer. "His costs are too high for Milan. He would have to take a much greater wage cut than (Cesc) Fabregas did to go to Barcelona," Galliano told AFP. "We would have to sign Kaka permanently otherwise, due to the Spanish fiscal system (a loan move) would create huge cost problems. Kaka can only move (on loan) within Spain. For us to sign him would mean doing so permanently, not on loan. I'm sorry to disappoint the fans but the Kaka hypothesis is unfeasible..."

17.30: Arsenal's Carlos Vela and Pedro Botehlo will spend the 2011-12 seaon playing in La Liga for Real Sociedad and Rayo Vallecano respectively. Mexican international Vela will undergo a medical before completing his move. Botelho has already spent loan spells in Spain with Salamanca, Celta and Cartagena. The 21-year-old Brazilian is yet to make an appearance for Arsenal's first team.

17.15: Blackburn manager Steve Kean on the club's next move in the transfer market: "I think what we are trying to do is identify the positions we would like to strengthen in the squad. We will always be linked to marquee signings because we were when the new owners came in, but we want to get the right mix and the spine of the team right. After that, if we can add a marquee signing then that is something I would like to do - it would be the icing on the cake." If you scroll down you'll see Rovers have today been linked with a move to Schalke's former Real Madrid legend Raul.

16.50: Croatian international Nikola Pokrivac has left FC Red Bull Salzburg by mutual consent. The 25-year-old midfielder still had a year to run on his deal in Austria. The former Monaco and Dinamo Zagreb man will presumably be looking for a new club as soon as possible.

16.36: Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga could be set for a loan spell in Spain with Real Sociedad, according to Football Italia. The 24-year-old Kenyan international has had limited opportunities at the San Siro, making just 26 appearances since he joined Inter from Parma in January 2010.

16.17: Some more on Norwich City's deal to bring in Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala. The 20-year-old Spaniard has signed a four-year deal at Carrow Road and becomes Paul Lambert's eighth acquisition of the summer. Ayala went out on loan with Derby County last season.

15.38: Goal.com says Tottenham are confident of completing the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor within 48 hours.

15.23: You might remember this one from about two years ago, but Sky Sports News says Arsenal are again looking at Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna.

15.07: Rai Sport says Inter Milan could sign Javier Mascherano after Barcelona brought in Cesc Fabregas. Seems a bit odd, given that they’re completely different players and Inter are currently trying to cut costs, but we’ll see.

14.53: Milan are being linked with a move for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger again. The reports seem to include some quotes he gave after the Audi Cup about Milan being “a great club” while failing to include the other stuff he said about not intending to leave Bayern for the time being.

14.36: Liverpool have been linked with a move for Celtic winger Paddy McCourt, but skysports.com thinks they’ve been warned off by the Bhoys.

14.19: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has told the Bolton News: “I'd like to add another striker and a winger. You probably know who they are but finances will play a part in all that." We presume he means David Ngog and Shaun Wright-Phillips, but maybe he still wants Daniel Sturridge.

14.14: Reader comment from Jonas.

"Seriously, Tottenham? whats going on? On every transfer rumour you read it says 'Tottenham are also in the hunt' and nothing, nothing happends. Why did we buy Friedel and not Given!? Why arent we demanding 27m+Sturridge for Modric? Mr. Levy, we all know Tottenhams has plenty of funds!? Raise the salarybar and get some marqueestrikers! Please. Sincerly Jonas, Sweden."

14.00: Arsenal striker Carlos Vela is on the verge of sealing a season-long loan to Real Sociedad, according to talkSPORT. Leaves them a little short up front, as Nicklas Bendtner is also set to leave the club.

13.46: AZ have completed the transfer of right-winger Roy Beerens from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee.

13.23: Sao Paulo have announced midfielder Ilsinho is available on a free transfer, after new contract negotiations broke down.

13.12: FC Twente's Bryan Ruiz hopes his goal in the Eredivisie at the weekend was enough to encourage interest from Tottenham. "I hope that my goal has removed any doubt from the minds of Spurs and any other clubs," he told Voetbal International. "The reluctance of clubs [to sign me] cannot be to do with my technical skills. I showed what I can do last season with Twente. My physical condition is not a concern. I am fit."

12.59: Update on Diego Forlan, as he says he has received an offer from Inter. ''I have received an offer from the Nerazzurri [Inter]. It would be like a dream come true to move to Milan and play for Inter," Forlan was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. "The only Turkish team that has contacted me are Galatasaray. They're a great club. I haven't been in touch with Besiktas or Fenerbahce. There's not much difference between Turkey and the rest of Europe financially. Turkey is a great country and it would be nice to play there some day."

12.39: DONE DEAL Daniel Ayala has joined Norwich on loan from Liverpool.

12.13: FC Porto have finalised the siging of Standard Liege captain Steven Defour, subject to the Belgium international passing a medical.

11.58: Garry Cook getting excited about the prospect of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez playing together. "He [Tevez] is still a Manchester City player and to see him playing alongside Aguero is going to be pretty exciting for all the City fans," Cook told BBC Radio Five Live.

11.47: Leicester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is waiting for a decision from West Brom target Owen Hargreaves over his future. "I spoke to him finally one week ago," said Eriksson in the Birmingham Mail. "He knows if he wants to come he is more than welcome but for now we have not made an offer to himat all. We have taken in Michael Johnson and Gelson Fernandes so it is not a priority position. Owen is a fantastic player if he is fit. If he wants to come he will phone me for sure."

11.30: Skysports.com understands that Arsenal utility man Emmanuel Eboue has signed a four-year contract with Galatasaray.

11.28: PSV Eindhoven have completed the signing of centre-back Timothy Derijck from ADO Den Haag. The Belgian defender's deal is thought to be worth €750,000 and he said: "PSV are, for me, a real step forward. I'm very excited to come to a club like PSV; it is a big club and I didn't need to think twice about joining.''

11.16: Lyon did not accept Juventus' bids for Michel Bastos, which is why the deal did not get off the ground, according to the player himself. "This is what happened, Juventus made two official offers for me, but OL didn't accept their bids. That was it," Bastos was quoted as saying by France Football. "I needed clarity for myself though. I needed to know where I would play in the new season. I had enough of all the waiting and made my decision. I am staying at Lyon."

10.55: Cesc Fabregas' move to Barcelona from Arsenal could force Thiago Alcantara to leave the Catalan club and according to Sky, Serie A side Roma are lurking in the shadows, preparing to make a loan move.

10.41: Samuel Eto'o will apparently have a medical for his move to Anzhi on Thursday. It was expected to be held today, but has been postponed for reasons we're not entirely clear on.

10.33: It seems Chelsea are getting closer to signing Genk starlet Kevin De Bruyne. Story here.

10.12: Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick says Raul has not asked to leave the club and there have been no enquiries for his services. Rangnick told Bild: "In terms of Raul, it is the same as it is with all of the players of my squad.If he comes up saying he wants to move on we'll look into things. So far he hasn't said anything to me and we've not received any enquiries from any club.''

09.52: Everton are preparing themselves for interest in Jermaine Beckford, as reports suggest he is a £3m target for Championship big-spenders Leicester City.

09.45: They originally wanted Robbie Savage [their loss is ESPN's gain, eh?] but the Vancouver Whitecaps have now set their sights on former Manchester United man Owen Hargreaves.

09.38: DONE DEAL Al Nasr have confirmed the signing of Lazio midfielder Mark Bresciano, for a reported €3.9 million. "Australian player Mark Bresciano arrived late at night in Dubai to join Al Nasr FC for the new season [2011-12]," read a statement on the club's website.

09.32: Atletico Madrid have confirmed their interest in Porto striker Falcao and acknowledged the deal could lead to Diego Forlan's departure. "At the moment we are not interested in selling Forlan, since we have already lost Aguero, but we are currently trying to buy Falcao from Porto," Atleti president Enrique Cerezo told FCInter1908.it. "If we were to close that deal, we would listen to offers for Forlan."

09.20: Martin Jol is being linked with a swoop for Aston Villa defender Luke Young as he looks to replace John Pantsil at Fulham.

09.12: Juventus are not done spending just yet and are keen to add Chelsea defender Alex to their ranks, Tuttosport reports. So far the Turin giants have been put off, but won't give up until a new centre-back arrives.

09.03: Cruzeiro director of football Valdir Barbosa revealed a loan move for Barcelona's Keirrison is close to completion. "It is 95% settled, and it will hardly go wrong. Keirrison needs to handle some small details with Santos," he told Globoesporte. "Tomorrow [Tuesday] or the day after he will be in Belo Horizonte."

08.58: Goal.com says Chelsea will offer Salomon Kalou to Spurs as part of the Luka Modric bid, although given that he was given a start ahead of Didier Drogba, perhaps they value him a little more than is suggested in the piece.

08.53: A-League champions Brisbane Roar have signed Bahrain defender Sayed Mohamed Adnan on a one-year deal. Story here.

08.45: The Metro claims Chelsea will snatch Neymar from under Real Madrid’s noses. As the Santos man doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere till 2012 and Chelsea have refused to meet his release clause, it’s probably best not to take that one too seriously for now.

08.28: Good morning, blog fans. Here's our round-up from the morning's papers.

Daily Mail: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is considering a bid for former Porto star Raul Meireles as Liverpool look to offload some midfielders, Leeds are giving former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell a trial after he left Hannover, despite Nottingham Forest signing Matt Derbyshire and Ishmael Miller this week boss Steve McClaren is trying to sign either Yakubu or Jermaine Beckford from Everton, West Brom have put an £8 million price-tag on Peter Odemwingie.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal have first refusal on Cesc Fabregas if he leaves Barcelona and would get 50% of any sale if they do not buy him back themselves, Nicolas Anelka wants to leave Chelsea as he is not a key part of Andre Villas-Boas’ plans, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has ordered Harry Redknapp to sign a striker and Emmanuel Adebayor is set to sign on loan, Leicester have made a £3 million bid for Jermaine Beckford.

The Sun: Chelsea will go back to Spurs with a £30 million bid for Luka Modric and Yossi Benayoun would be happy to go to Spurs as part of the deal, Newcastle have been told they must pay £7 million for Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho, Johan Cruyff’s grandson Jessua is to join Wigan, Blackburn boss Steve Kean thinks Chris Samba could be affected by the speculation surrounding his future despite no enquiries having been received.

The Times: Arsene Wenger insists he won’t be pressured into spending the Cesc Fabregas funds unless he finds the right player, Bolton are pursuing a £4 million deal for David Ngog.

August 15, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/15/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Cesc Fabregas has finally left Arsenal for Barcelona. © Getty Images

23.59 That's all for today, One saga down... a few more to go.

23.36 Fabregas overload continues. Wenger: "Maybe Cesc will come back one day to Arsenal, you never know." On the negotiations with Barca over a fee, Wenger added: "If you can make an auction between Madrid, Chelsea and City, you will get more money, but Cesc just wanted to go to Barcelona."

23.25 Arsene Wenger on Nicklas Bendnter's future: "I promised I would let him go if he found the right club and that has not changed because when I make a promise I keep it. But if he doesn't find the right opportunity he will stay and fight for his place like everybody else. He looks sharp in training."

23.10 Ben Smith, of the Times, reports Arsenal negotiated an option to buy Fabregas back from Barcelona, while they also have 50% sell-on clause in unlikely event he moves again.

22.57 Calciomercato.com claims Fiorentina would consider a swap deal with AC Milan, exchanging Riccardo Montolivo for Gianluca Zambrotta.

22.43 Speculation muttering that Thiago Alcantara could be loaned from Barcelona to Roma in light Cesc Fabregas' arrival.

22.37 DONE DEAL: Burnley have confirmed the signing of young Bournemouth striker Danny Ings for an undisclosed fee.

22.25 Premier League and European clubs are interested in FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea, reports Goal.com.

22.06 A line from Guardian writer Sid Lowe on the Fabregas deal: "Arsenal value the deal at £40 million, which factors in a £4 million loyalty payment the player has waived."

21.48 Standard Liege have confirmed the sale of Belgium international midfielder Steven Defour to Porto.

21.30 Zenit St. Petersburg's Fernando Meira is set to sign for Real Zaragoza, the Spanish club have announced.

21.15 Twitter Talk from @shakahislop: Ajax chief, Danny Blind, expects NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper, Jaspen Cillessen, to join the club on a five-year deal in the near future.

20.41 Predictable silence on Nasri deal from Man City's Garry Cook. He told BBC 5 Live: ''We always try not to disclose anything - obviously he's still an Arsenal player and we need to respect that. So unfortunately I will refrain from giving an update on that.''

20.01 Switzerland has been warned that it must enforce FIFA statutes after first division Sion were allowed to field their new signings at the weekend despite being subject to a transfer ban. “FIFA and UEFA, in a letter sent on 10 August, underlined the strict application of the…regulations and informed the Swiss Football Association that they are expected to comply with them and to take the necessary measures to respect them,” said Switzerland-based FIFA in a statement.

19.21 AC Milan chief exec Adriano Galliani believes Antonio Cassano will stay. "I am happy for Cassano, he played well against Malmo and I admire him. I was the one who took him to Milan," Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. "He still has three years left on his contract with us and we have an excellent attack with him in the team. Cassano is a fantastic talent and he was destined to be a Milan player."

18.24 BREAKING: Robbie Keane signs for LA Galaxy. Read more

18.07 Some great confusion as only Emmanuel Eboue could muster. Twitter tells us from @gunnerblog: ''Eboue touches down in Turkey, just as Gala's chief exec arrives in London. Miscommunication issue. Only Eboue...''

17.28 Despite the fact they have spent all their cash on Sanchez and Fabregas, a statement on Sevilla's website reads: "Sevilla FC forward Rodri will be in Barcelona later [Monday evening] to have his medical. Barcelona are interested in the player to join their B team.''

17.02 Keep the comments coming in, reader Sam has given his two cents about the overall state of football. Deep stuff.

"Football is folly. It's the unfettered spending of RM & Barca (for which there are apparently no repercussions) vs. the Sugar Daddies (City's sponsorship deal has made a mockery of FFP before it's even been instated). It's a sorry state of things when a historic club like Milan can't even keep up with the Jones. People like to say the Prem has gone from a Big 4 to a Big 6. No it hasn't. It's gone from a Big 4 to a Big 3 - nobody considers Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs legitimate title contenders."

16.46 Skysports.com claims negotiations between Peter Odemingie and West brom have stalled, with Wigan and Spurs reportedly ready to punce for the Nigeria striker.

16.31 Real Mallorca midfielder Jonathan de Guzmán has confirmed on Twitter that he wants to move to Villarreal. Russian side Rubin Kazan were also thought to be in the running but the Canadian-born midfielder said: "Went to Holland @ the age of 12 to become pro. Came to Mallorca to make the next step. Can you understand that I want to go to Villarreal?"

16.18 La Gazzetta dello Sport expects Samuel Eto'o to complete his move to Anzhi Makhachkala in the next couple of days.

16.01 Reports in Germany suggesting that Manchester United are ready to turn their attention to Borussia Dortmund wunderkind Mario Gotze and a possible € 23 million move.

15.45: @garyalsmith tweets about Emmanuel Eboue's proposed move to Galatasaray: "Break: Radio Abidjan report Eboue arrives in Istanbul 8:30pm local time. Terms agreed with AFC. Would have his medical today."

15.36: Wolfsburg are reportedly lining up a bid for Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino.

15.09: Rangers have confirmed they have rejected a bid in the region of £400,000 from Bolton for Gregg Wylde. Full story here.

14.56: The Arsenal fans haven't done much to convince Nasri to stay. They sang a song far too offensive for us to repeat here at Newcastle and Nasri has tweeted: "I heard what the fans were singing about me on saturday and it is really disrespectful because i'm still a arsenal player."

14.52: Arsene Wenger is refusing to admit defeat over Samir Nasri, although he doesn't sound convinced he'll be staying. Story here.

14.32 Parma are still interested in re-signing Amauri from Juventus despite his €7 million valuation and his €4m-a -season wages representing a stumbling block.

14.19 Lyon goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin, 21, has joined Red Star Belgrade after being unable to make inroads on the first team at the Stade Gerland.

14.08 Benjamin Moukandjo has joined Nancy from Monaco on a three-year deal.

13.55 Here's a strange one. You may remember for Scotland B international Alan Gow, most recently will Notts County. He will now play his football with Kingfisher East Bengal in India.

13.16 More Arsenal! Galatasaray have announced to the Turkish stock market that a deal is in place for Emmanuel Eboue.

12.59 Still no news on Robbie Keane despite the MLS transfer window having closed. Maybe we have to wait until the US gets out of bed.

12.42 Stefano Sorrentino looks set to sign for Palermo. His current club, Chievo, have agreed to sell the goalkeeper, but only once they get a replacement in.

12.21 DONE DEAL: Ishmael Miller has left West Bromwich Albion to sign for Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

12.15 DONE DEAL: It's finally over, Cesc Fabregas is officially a Barcelona player.

12.05 DONE DEAL: Andy Keogh has now completed his loan move from Wolves to Leeds United.

11.52 Maccabi Haifa's Tsepo Masilela, who at one stage looked set for a loan move to Leicester City, is hoping to secure move to Spain or Italy this week.

11.40 Just tweeted by Barcastuff on Twitter: "Right Now > Cesc Fabregas is at the club offices to sign his contract with Barcelona."

11.25 *Crosses fingers and prays to the heavens* Barcelona announce that Cesc Fabregas has passed the first part of his medical.

11.18 Sochaux forward Modibo Maiga is refusing to play for the club in a bid to force through a switch to Newcastle. The Magpies are believed to have bid £7 million for the Mali international, who confirmed that an offer is on the table: "Yes [there is an offer], but before the Newcastle offer I have not been offered anything, but now I would like the chairman to consider my interest. I want to leave.

"I met everyone at Newcastle. They want me and it is not just any club. Premier League is a dream. That is the kind of game I like, it suits me and it is good for my career. I want to leave, he has to accept that and negotiate.

11.05 Wolves striker Andy Keogh is set to return to Leeds United on loan. The Irishman started his career with the Whites before leaving in 2005.

10.58 Our man in the know Harry Harris says Robert Green has opened talks with West Ham over a new four-year deal at Upton Park, though the England goalkeeper has reportedly been interesting Newcastle.

10.42 Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel says the Dutch club are tracking young Arsenal duo Gilles Sunu and Oguzhan Ozyakup as alternatives to Ryo Miyaichi, who impressed with them in the Eredivisie last season but is staying with the Gunners this term.

Van Geel told De Telegraaf: "We could get Gilles Sunu and Oguzhan Ozyakup on loan at Feyenoord. (However) their positions are already filled in a good way. Therefore I won't travel to London right now."

10.28 Remember, you can comment on all the rumours and add your own thoughts below. That's what reader Chris has done, choosing to pen a letter to Monsieur Wenger:

Dear Arsene Wenger,

You had better do something productive in the transfer market. Use the Fabregas money to buy any of mata, jadson, jagielka, cahill or samba.

Yours sincerely,

Arsenal Fans

10.19 Robbie Keane is still waiting on news of his potential move to LA Galaxy, though the MLS transfer deadline has officially passed. FULL STORY HERE.

10.03 FULL STORY HERE on Falcao's apparently moving close to a move to Atletico Madrid.

09.51 Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has confirmed that Arsenal are after their Brazilian star Jadson.

09.43 Falcao will probably be joined at Atletico Madrid by Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo, who's quoted in AS as saying: "I'm going to Atletico"

09.31 Definitely worth a look is the front page of the website of Barcelona-based newspaper Sport. If you think ESPNsoccernet has been giving the Fabregas saga too much coverage, check out this shrine to Cesc.

09.23 AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri says he is not looking to offload Antonio Cassano. FULL STORY HERE

09.05 Over to Spain now, where Marca is tipping Falcao to tie up a move to Atletico Madrid in the very near future. The newspaper quotes the Porto striker as saying: "All the players think about playing in the big leagues, Spanish, Italian or English. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. Atletico Madrid have great fans and it would be a great opportunity for my career."

08.57 Former Juventus and Italy defender Nicola Legrottaglie has revealed that he plans to become a preacher if he cannot find a new club. The 35-year-old was not offered a new contract by AC Milan after a six-month spell at the San Siro.

He told Libero: “The transfer market has changed and clubs now adopt the policy of wanting a much younger squad. I feel in good shape and think I can play on for another two years, but if there are no offers, then I cannot create them.

“I will dedicate myself to my main mission – the Bible. I’ll spend a year in London to learn the language and then travel the world with a wonderful Australian community that is working well to spread the word of the Lord.”

08.54 Reports linking Wolfsburg's Simon Kjaer with a move to Roma are “only rumours”, according to his agent Mikkel Beck, who told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I read the stories, but have had no concrete evidence of the links. Nobody from Wolfsburg has talked to me about an agreement with Roma. So far these are only rumours. All I can say is that he is a Wolfsburg player and continues to focus on the Bundesliga. I have no appointments lined up with the club or with Roma."

08.42 Right, let's switch our attention to continental Europe, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been talking about Samuel Eto'o's proposed move to Russia.

Zlatan said: “I cannot judge, as anyone would be tempted when faced with so much money,” said Ibra of the rumoured €20m per season contract. If Inter lose Eto’o, then it’s natural they’d also lose a lot of quality. He is one of the best in the world.

“Would I accept an offer from Russia? I am happy at Milan, so I’d say no. Just to be on the safe side, here’s hoping I never receive such a proposal!”

08.38 The Metro says Manchester City will join Chelsea in trying to convince Santos striker Neymar to move to the Premier League instead of Real Madrid. Good luck!

08.24 Interesting that Arsene Wenger has not opnely criticised Joey Barton after his role in Gervinho's sending off on Saturday. Could the Newcastle midfielder be a surprise transfer target for Arsenal? Wenger has even praised Barton's "courage" and labelled him a "great player". FULL STORY HERE

08.10 Time for a scan around the English press now, with the newspapers likely to be seething that the Fabregas deal was confirmed before they went to print last night! Oh the joys of the internet:

The Sun: Chelsea will pull the plug on a move for Tottenham's Luka Modric; Burnley and Ipswich will fight it out over £1 million-rated Stoke defender Ryan Shotton; Martin Jol wants to being a new forward to Fulham before the end of the window.

Daily Mail: Christian Poulsen is hoping to finalise a move away from Anfield this month, though finding a club may prove difficult; LA Galaxy have had a £1.8 million bid accepted for Ireland captain Robbie Keane; Newcastle continue to chase PSV left-back Erik Peters and have upped their bid to £7 million; Blackburn remain hopeful of an unlikely swoop for Raul as he has fallen out with Schalke coach Ralph Ragnick.

Daily Mirror: Fulham will offer Aston Villa right-back Luke Young the chance to return to London. Harry Redknapp is weighing up a move for West Brom star Peter Odemwengie as a replacement for Peter Crouch; Liverpool are watching 27-year-old Celtic winger Paddy McCourt, whose virtuoso display for his country last week saw him labelled “the Northern Irish Lionel Messi”.

08.05 First thing's first - Arsenal's golden boy Cesc Fabregas will finally seal his dream return to hometown club Barcelona on Monday. At the moment, he is in Catalonia for a medical. FULL STORY HERE

08.00 Good morning all and with just 16 days of the transfer window remaining, clubs continue to fight tooth snd nail to bolster their squads before the end of August. Welcome to another week of gossip, tittle tattle and completed moves.

August 14, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/14/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Joey Barton and Gervinho: Snaffling headlines. © Getty Images

23.35 Well that is all we have time for tonight but it looks like the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga is finally coming to and end. Check back here tomorrow to find out if he passes his medical at Barcelona.

23.30 Tottenham Hotspur have accepted a bid from LA Galaxy for Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane according to reports.

22.00 Arsenal have announced they have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas to move to Spain. Full story

21.34 Bolton boss Owen Coyle is eager to keep hold of Gary Cahill, despite reported interest in the defender from Arsenal. "We will need to wait and see what the next few weeks holds before the transfer window closes. It would not be ideal for me to lose Gary," Coyle said.

20.58 Marseille winger Andre Ayew says "Arsenal are a great club" amid reports linking him with a move to the Emirates.

19.44 West Brom manager Roy Hodgson says striker Peter Odemwingie is going nowhere, despite interest from Wigan. "Peter is not for sale,'' said Hodgson.

18.32 Fiorentina want out-of-favour Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella to be included in any deal that would see Juan Vargas heading to Turin.

17.44 Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck admits he does not know whether the club will pursue their interest in Tottenham's Luka Modric having had one bid rejected.

16.24 Championship club Burnley have agreed a fee with League One side Bournemouth to sign striker Danny Ings.

16.11 Portuguese champions Porto are set to complete the transfers of defender Eliaquim Mangala and midfielder Steven Defour from Standard Liege for a total fee of £11.4 million (€13m), Sporza reports in Portugal.

14.39 Twitter talk: Julian De Martinis says: "Il Tempo is reporting that a deal for Simone Kjaer is almost ready: 2 million to loan now, and an option to buy worth 8-12 million." That's from Wolfsburg to Roma, we understand.

14.15 “I am going to play with my idol Ezequiel Lavezzi at Napoli. It’s a dream come true,” has revealed San Lorenzo striker Christian Gabriel Chavez to Argentine media. Ownership issues may slightly delay this, suggest Football Italia.

13.49 Tottenham's Giovani Dos Santos is desperate to seal a move to Sevilla and hopes to have a resolution to his future by next week, say Sporting Life.

13.27 Twitter talk from our friend Ian Holyman: Lens forward Abdelhakim Omrani is to join Bayern on season-long loan+purchase option after impressing on trial last week.

13.09 Steve Kean says Blackburn Rovers currently have bids in for four players but says club bosses may have little choice but to increase the offers in order to attract the new personnel his side so badly need. Kean said: "We are making realistic bids and they are not coming off. Maybe we will have to pay over the odds to ensure that we get people here."

13.03 The Daily Mail claims City are prepared to allow striker Emmanuel Adebayor to go to Spurs on loan in exchange for Aaron Lennon.

11.56 Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Mircea Lucescu claims Arsenal want their Brazil international playmaker Jadson. "I can confirm Jadson is wanted by Arsenal," said Lucescu. "Now it all depends on him."

11.43 According to the Sunday Express, Manchester United are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze after abandoning attempts to land Inter Milan ace Wesley Sneijder due to his wage demands. 2 plus 2 equals a £20 million deal, supposedly.

11.42 Erik Pieters' proposed moved to Newcastle United could be delayed following the death of the Dutchman's grandmother. Talks between United and PSV Eindhoven will continue but Pieters says he must put his "family first" for the time being, say The Chronicle.

11.28 Juventus have been linked with a £7.5m bid for Chelsea defender Alex, but Italian sources say they only want him on loan, say Football Italia.

11.09 The Sunday Telegraph say Carlos Tevez os 'set to stay put at Manchester City until January at least. "Despite persistent rumours of interest from Inter Milan, no other offer for the player has materialised, because of his £220,000-a-week wages and City's non-negotiable £50 million asking price for his services."

10.49 Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that he wants to bring a midfielder and a winger to Chelsea before the transfer window closes. "I think we might add in those positions - we might," he said. "The sense of urgency in midfield is there."

"We play 4-3-3, we have a squad of 25. For you to prepare for a game, you need at least six midfielders. We only have four.

10.42 Spanish club Hercules have confirmed that Paraguay international Nelson Valdez has joined Rubin Kazan.

10.24 Twitter talk: @TANAY_N12 Tuttosport:" Wesley Sneijder is considering lowering his wages as he wants Man United move."

10.22 Sunderland are preparing a £250,000 move for Plymouth young gun Curtis Nelson, say the Sunday Sun.

09.35 More snippets: Liverpool will turn to Gary Cahill, probably even more expensive after Saturday, if they miss out on Ryan Shawcross, says the Metro playing the 2+2 game. Arsenal still want Phil Jagielka, says the Mail on Sunday, who also say that Harry Redknapp wants to sell Luka Modric, but Daniel Levy does not as Soccernet soothsayer Dan Mason predicted last week. Adebayor to Spurs moves closer, but it'll cost yer - yer being Manchester City, says the Sunday Mirror.

THE OBSERVER: Gervinho managed to get sent off on his Arsenal league debut as Arsene Wenger's side made an unconvincing start to life without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri on Tyneside.

THE INDEPENDENT: If this was the start of a new era for Arsenal after eight years of Cesc Fabregas, it could hardly have begun in more downbeat fashion.

THE PEOPLE: Carlos Tevez's move to Inter Milan is still on - with Wesley Sneijder going to Manchester City as part of a swap deal.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants jet-heeled Spurs winger Aaron Lennon as the replacement for Bolton-bound Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Also: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has approached Manchester City for ex-Toon striker Craig Bellamy and left-back Wayne Bridge.

August 13, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/13/2011

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Coudl Robbie Keane join David Beckham in LA? © Getty Images

23.30 Well that is all we have time for tonight. But be sure to check back in the morning to see if Fabregas has finally secured his move to Barcelona.

23.09 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said Chelsea will try to buy a midfielder and a winger before the transfer window closes. "I think we might add in those positions - we might,'' he said.

22.44 Bolton boss Owen Coyle insists that there have been no concrete offers for centre-back Gary Cahill, who scored the opening goal in a 4-0 win over QPR on Saturday.

21.50 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the club are "in no mans land" with regards to the potential transfers of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

20.22 Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has said he will continue in his efforts to strengthen his squad but will not be selling Hugo Rodallega.

19.43 Norwich have announced they were poised to sign Spanish defender Daniel Ayala from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, subject to the relevant paperwork being
finalised. The 20-year-old will become Paul Lambert's eighth summer signing and the manager
said: "He is a young player who we saw play against us for Hull and Derby (on
loan from Liverpool last season). He is a tall lad who will go and defend."

18.57 Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar wil not be going to Rangers this month due to a knee injury. but Ally McCoist says he may try again in January.

18.16 Blackburn manager Steve Kean has said he needs new players after losing to Wolves: "We're in a position where 11 players have left and only three have come in. We have to bring players in in order to have a competitive squad."

17.34: Nottingham Forest are finally set to complete the signing of West Brom striker Ishmael Miller on Monday for £1.2 million.

16.47 Benjani has completed a return to former club Portsmouth after turning down the chance to stay at Blackburn.

16.34 Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has acknowledged the need for further reinforcements as manager Alan Pardew targets a striker and a left-back.

15.58 Roy Hodgson is confident Peter Odemwingie will sign a new contract at West Brom. "In the discussions, from what I understand, I don't think there's a major difference between what we're offering and what Peter would like,” he said. "We believe Peter is very much a part of our set-up and I think he's happy here.”

15.17 Blackburn boss Steve Kean on his attempts to sign a couple of Manchester United players on loan: "I had a chat with Sir Alex after Paul Scholes' testimonial about a couple of players and that is ongoing. I don't want to name names because I want to be respectful of Manchester United and Sir Alex. We have a good relationship and hopefully we can keep going so that, if we do want a player on loan, he will be sympathetic.

14.26: Seems Samuel Eto'o may not be joining Anzhi after all and could yet move to England. Story here.

14.12: Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri is keen on Giuseppe Rossi. Story here.

13.53: Christian Poulsen has indicated that he wants to leave Liverpool to secure first-team football. "My future needs to be resolved in August and preferably as soon as possible," Poulsen told TV2. "I have to get to play matches regularly. It's obvious that I would really like to play football."

13.45: Auxerre midfielder Delvin Ndinga loks to be on the move. ''My choice is made," he told L'Equipe. "It's Lyon I want to go to and I will go to them. For a young player like me, I cannot refuse. It is a great club. I set goals in my career, I want to progress and play in the Champions League."

13.22: Tottenham outcast Giovani dos Santos sounds like he has a few options this month. ''Sevilla are in my preferences,'' he told AS. ''They are a big Spanish club and I love the possibility of playing for this team although I have many more options.''

13.08: QPR boss Neil Warnock is hopeful Adel Taarabt will be staying put. "This is the only club for him in England,” he said. “It's whether anyone comes in for him from abroad that's prepared to buy him.”

12.43: Read Guardiola's update on the Fabregas deal here.

12.34: Fulham boss Martin Jol has confirmed Andy Johnson is in talks over a new deal. "Andy Johnson is doing very well at the moment and that's why the club are in talks with him to extend his contract by a year,” he said. “I expect him to sign it over the next month.”

12.11: Goal.com says Tottenham are closing in on the loan signing of Emmanuel Adebayor after Manchester City agreed to the move.

11.52: Pep Guardiola has confirmed at a news conference that the Cesc Fabregas deal is very advanced but said: "He still is a player from Arsenal. We have to wait a bit more."

11.33: Speaking of Eto’o, he’s apparently going to hold a press conference today to announce his move to Russian side Anzhi.

11.28: Corriere dello Sport reckons Inter will use the Samuel Eto’o cash to sign Carlos Tevez and Diego Forlan. They’re hoping City will allow Tevez to move on loan with an option to buy, while they expect to pay €10 million for Forlan.

11.24: Seems Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is set for a loan return to Spain. Story here.

11.07: The Los Angeles Galaxy have declined to confirm they are targeting a move for Tottenham's Robbie Keane. Asked to comment on the speculation, a club statement read: "As soon as we have something confirmed in regards to any potential player acquisitions we will be sure to alert everyone."

10.53: Arsene Wenger has denied Arsenal are trying to sign Jadson or Juan Mata and suggested again that he is happy with his options in central defence. Story here.

10.26: Sir Alex Ferguson has again denied he's interested in signing Wesley Sneijder. "I'm happy with the young players I've got," he said. "I'm certainly not looking to add to that. I've been saying that for weeks."

10.08: Sky Sports News reporter David Craig, camped out at Arsenal, seems to think City want to offer little above £20 million for Samir Nasri but the Gunners are asking something closer to £30 million.

09.44: Roberto Mancini, in the manner of a My Super Sweet 16 participant, has spoken of his frustration that he hasn't signed Samir Nasri yet. Story here.

09.33: Wigan have signed 19-year-old winger Nouha Dicko on a three-year deal after a
successful trial. Story here.

09.28: SkySport24 says Inter can't afford to pay for Carlos Tevez so will only take him if City agree to let him go for free. Doesn't sound overly likely.

09.16: Remember the other day we had a tweet from former Word presenter Terry Christian about a Nasri-Tevez swap? We were joking. Anyway, it’s the top story in The Sun. Whether there's anything in it or not is unclear, but we’re not sure why Tevez would be happier to be in London on less money.

The Sun: ‘Arsenal have sensationally told Manchester City: Give us Carlos Tevez and you can have Samir Nasri’, Juventus are hoping to complete the £7.5 million signing of Chelsea defender Alex by Tuesday.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal will not sign Juan Mata as Cesc Fabregas boards a plane for Barcelona, Everton have moved to sign Daniel Sturridge on loan but Chelsea are likely to reject the bid, Blackburn are keen to sign some Manchester United fringe players - most likely including Darron Gibson - on loan, Liverpool won’t sell David Ngog until a replacement is found.

Daily Mail: Arsene Wenger has been handed a £58 million warchest with Fabregas and Nasri on the way out and is keen on Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill, Chris Samba and Scott Dann (although he obviously won’t sign them all), Liverpool have fallen short with a £10 million offer for Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross, Chelsea are ready to offer £15.7million plus an unnamed player for Porto wing back Alvaro Pereira.

Daily Telegraph: Carlos Tevez is unlikely to go anywhere before January.

09.13: Good morning and welcome. Just to kick us off, one from Sky Sports News during the downtime last night and picked up by many national papers since: LA Galaxy could sign Spurs outcast Robbie Keane. Story here.

August 12, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/12/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could the Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri sagas finally be over? © Getty Images

17.30 That's it for today, watch out on ESPNsoccernet in case there's any further development on Cesc Fabregas - and we'll be back in the morning.

17.21 Defender Gavin Gunning has completed his move to Dundee United from Blackburn. The 20-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at
Motherwell, has signed a three-year contract.

17.12 Reports in Portugal suggest Chelsea want to sign Alvaro Pereira from FC Porto for €18 million.

17.05 The Reading Evening Posts reports that Ibrahima Sonko has rejected a contract offer from Reading, saying he wants more money.

16.42 Atletico Madrid have officially signed Arda Turan from Galatasaray in a deal which could rise to €13m.

16.25 Arsenal forward Carlos Vela looks poised for a loan move to Spain with Real Sociedad and Zaragoza reportedly vying for his signature,

16.20 Martin Jol is looking to add up to two more new faces to his Fulham squad before the transfer window closes. He said: "I'm happy with the squad we have got, if they are fit. That is probably not realistic though so that's why we are looking for one or two additions.''

16.13 FIFA agent Peppino Tirri has spoken about Samuel Eto'o's proposed move from Inter to Anzhi. He told Calciomercato.it: "It looks like we're on the right path. New meetings between the clubs? I think they will come after Monday. Now let me rest for three days!"

16.00 DONE DEAL: Honduran striker David Suazo has officially completed his move to Catania after the deal with Cagliari fell through.

15.46 Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas: "Nobody in the Chelsea dressing room is under evaluation. We're assessing what we have in the market. We're happy this is what is happening for Stoke. This doesn't mean that we won't be adding up to the 31st. That's what we've been discussing throughout with him [owner Roman Abramovich]."

15.30 The BBC says the potential agreement between Arsenal and Barcelona for Fabregas is £30 million up front followed by £5 million in add-ons. Seems a poor deal for Arsenal, to us at ESPNsoccernet.

15.11 Emmanuel Eboue to Radio Abidjan this morning: "I should be presented to Galatasaray by Thursday"

15.02 Argentine midfielder Julio Arca has agreed a new two-year contract at Middlesbrough.

14.53 Journalist Gabriele Marcotti via Twitter: "According to @mundodeportivo Arsenal have NOT accepted Barca's offer for Cesc. Still in London."

14.50 Manchester United have confirmed that midfielder Park Ji-sung has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2012-13 season.

14.43 Barcelona: "We hope to announce the signing of Cesc Fabregas in the next few hours".

14.32 Thanks to Ian via the comments for the heads-up: Philadelphia Union have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Freddy Adu on a free transfer.

14.29 Chelsea boss on Romelu Lukaku: "He is one of those players we couldn't afford to lose because of his potential and that's why we made the move in the market even though our team is competitive enough in that sector of the field."

14.19 Jack Collison has signed a new long-term contract with West Ham United.

14.09 David Suazo is expected to complete a move to Catania in the next 24 hours, according to reports emanating from Italy.

14.01 The Craig Bellamy to Celtic rumours have resurfaced, amid claims the SPL club have not given up hope of securing his signature.

13.55 Hmmm, stance on when the Fabregas deal will be rubber-stamped and the player unveiled is altering. Some reports say he will now be unveiled by Barcelona on Monday, as Pep Guardiola does not want any distractions ahead of Sunday's SuperCup.

13.44 Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique have both Tweeted Fabregas expressing their delight at the news he is set to join Barcelona.

13.37 St Mirren manager Danny Lennon has confirmed he is looking for a new centre-back after confirmation that Darren McGregor has suffered cruciate ligament damage.

13.30 Rangers boss Ally McCoist said: "We got good news this morning regarding Alejandro Bedoya's work permit. We got that at Hampden. We would hope it would suit all parties to get that deal done sooner rather than later."

13.22 We are of course awaiting confirmation of the deal. Barcelona, you would imagine, will move first in announcing it. Stay with us for updates throughout the day.

13.14 Yep, those rumours are now on fire as claims suggest Fabregas will be unveiled as a Barcelona player tomorrow. Another saga reaches its conclusion, then.

13.08 Fabregas update: Reports gathering pace a deal with Barcelona is indeed done and the midfielder will fly to the Spanish city today from London.

13.04 Inter's Philippe Coutinho has told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I would be sad to see Wesley [Sneijder] leave. I'm not interested if I’d get more playing time if Sneijder left the club."

12.57 Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has just Tweeted "Bye Bye" on Twitter, sparking speculation that Cesc Fabregas has said cheerio to the squad.

12.45 DONE DEAL: Bolton have signed Turkey international Tuncay Sanli on a season-long loan from German club Wolfsburg.

12.36 Guillem Balague on Twitter: "About Mata: Valencia told me yesterday now they aren't selling Mata, that chance was there but the money never arrived."

12.30 DONE DEAL: Newcastle have confirmed that striker Xisco has re-joined Deportivo la Coruna on a season-long loan deal.

12.18 DONE DEAL: Bordeaux have completed the sale of Brazilian midfielder Wendel to Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad.

12.11 Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has revealed that talks are 'very advanced' for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and that the signing will be announced soon. Read the full story here.

12.08 DONE DEAL: FC Spartak Moskva have confirmed the €euro10 million capture of Emmanuel Emenike from Fenerbahce.

12.01 The Independent claims Nasri will pen a five-year contract worth £165,000-a-week at Manchester City as early as today.

11.52 Cagliari have not given up hope of signing Cesena midfielder Marco Parolo, according to reports in Italy.

11.48 Lyon coach Remi Garde has confirmed the club are very close to completing the signing of central defender Bakary Kone on a four-year contract from Guingamp.

11.38 DONE DEAL: Phil Airey, Newcastle Reserves' prolific young striker, has joined Scottish Premier League side Hibs on loan.

11.32 DONE DEAL: Ipswich have signed Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews on loan from Blackburn until January.

11.27 DONE DEAL: Full-back Jose Enrique has signed for Liverpool from Newcastle on a long-term contract, the Merseyside club have confirmed.

11.23 Regarding a deal that was done yesterday, it is reported that Blackburn received £5.2 million from Dnipro for Nikola Kalinic.

11.08 Roberto Mancini on Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci: "He is a good, young player, who could be an option."

10.52 Real Madrid midfeidler Marc de val Fernandez, 21, is currently having a trial with Scunthorpe United, reports the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

10.45 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini on the future of Carlos Tevez: "It is two weeks until the end of the market. I think it is difficult for him to leave. I don't know if he will stay but at the moment, there isn't a team who want to take him. I would be happy if he stays."

10.36 Nice little stat courtesy of Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "If Eto'o moves to Anzhi for reported €40 million, he would break transfer record for African player of Drogba, Essien both around 36 to Chelsea."

10.27 Norwich boss Paul Lambert has confirmed he has made a bid to sign Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala.

10.21 Via Twitter, the Guardian's Daniel Taylor has said: "Mancini guarded on Nasri: 'The clubs are still working on this, it's not easy - I hope we complete our team quickly'."

10.16 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has spoken to the Northern Echo about the sale of Jose Enrique to Liverpool. He said: "You don't want your best players to leave, but we were vulnerable. We offered him a deal and he didn't want to sign it so we had nowhere to go."

10.10 DONE DEAL: St Etienne have completed the signing of Rennes midfielder Fabien Lemoine on a four-year contract.

10.01 DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday have signed midfielder Chris Lines from Bristol Rovers for £50,000.

09.52 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to listen to offers for winger Sanchez Watt, according to talkSPORT.

09.39 Courtesy of 101greatgoals on Twitter: "Corriere dello Sport report that Juventus are closing in on Chelsea defender Alex and Fiorentina winger Juan Vargas."

09.25 The developing story following Wenger's press conference can be read here. Be sure to hit F5 after an initial read through as we are drip-feeding quotes as they filter through.

09.16 More Wenger: "Manchester United sold Ronaldo. Does that mean they are not a big club?"

09.10 Fabregas and Nasri not in the squad for Saturday’s game against Newcastle. Wenger: "I expect nobody to leave the club. At the moment there is no news. What we want today is to focus on the players who can help"

09.02 Wenger told Arsenal's official website: "He [Dann] is one of the centre-backs we look at." You can read Hughton's comments on Dann here.

09.00 Get ready for live updates on Wenger's press conference...

08.49 West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed a deal is on the table for Owen Hargreaves but admitted he is unsure whether the former Manchester United man will sign on the dotted line. Read the full story here.

08.40 Remember, you can have your say on today's transfer rumours and proper deals via the comments section of this blog. We publish a selection of the best comments - so get typing.

08.33 talkSPORT: Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Blackburn defender Christopher Samba and are ready to offer cash plus defender Sebastien Bassong as part of the deal.

08.29 The Metro: Arsenal have opened talks with Birmingham over Dann, and hope to conclude transfer discussions quickly in order to register the defender before Saturday's opening game against Newcastle.

08.25 The Daily Star: Arsenal have opened talks with Birmingham for defender Scott Dann ... Joey Barton will not be in the Newcastle side which kicks off the season against Arsenal ... Carlos Tevez will join Inter Milan this week, if Manchester City agree to let him go out on loan ... while the paper joins many of its counterparts in claiming Leicester want Robbie Keane.

08.18 The Guardian: Inter midfielder Wesley's Sneijder's move to Old Trafford is now unlikely ... Liverpool's Danny Wilson is seeking a loan to help protect Scotland prospects.

08.15 The Daily Mail: Manchester United have given up on their bid to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan ... Aston Villa have expressed interest in David Trezeguet, who has also been linked with Swansea ... Newcastle are ready to rival Stoke for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

08.10 The Daily Mirror: Wenger has targeted Valencia's Juan Mata and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Jadson to replace Fabregas and Nasri in midfield ... Jose Enrique will earn about £65,000-a-week at Liverpool ... Stoke boss Tony Pulis has given up hope of landing Peter Crouch ... Peter Odemwingie has told West Brom he wants a pay-rise to £40,000-a-week ... Alex McLeish has admitted he would like to bring Thomas Hitzlsperger back to Aston Villa.

08.05 The Sun: Manchester City and Arsenal are in talks ove a £22 million deal for Samir Nasri ... Robin van Persie could leave the Gunners next summer ... Stoke are closing in on Joey Barton and Nicklas Bendtner ... Sven Goran Eriksson is lining up a surprise £3 million bid for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane ... Birmingham manager Chris Hughton insists Arsenal have not made a formal approach for defender Scott Dann.

08.00 Good morning. We're about to go through this morning's newspapers and bring you the highlights. In the meanwhile, a gentle reminder: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger holds a press conference in one hour's time.

August 11, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/11/2011

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Shinji Kagawa: Heading to England?© Getty Images

23.50: That's all we have time for tonight, but never fear as we'll be back at 0800 BST tomorrow. We can expect something to happen with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, maybe Samuel Eto'o and maybe Jose Enrique, so it will be well worth your while to stop by.

23.46: David Trezeguet’s agent, Antonio Caliendo, says the free agent won’t be joining Napoli but "two or three clubs in England and Italy" are showing interest.

23.43: Javier Mascherano has been bigging up a certain Arsenal player. “I only know Cesc as a rival - I’ve never played on the same team as him - but his quality is indisputable,” he said. Hold tight, frustrated blog fans - the saga may be over tomorrow.

23.34: @barcastuff tweets: "Barcelona keep on waiting for an answer of Arsenal to the final bid for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas (24). [rac1]"

23.24: Poor old Alex McLeish has to sell players before he can buy as he's still having trouble offloading all those players Martin O'Neill brought in on silly wages. Story here.

23.08: Middlesbrough have confirmed they have ended their interest in PSV Eindhoven midfielder Orlando Engelaar after a loan offer was rejected.

22.39: Blackburn were said to be keen on signing Sol Bamba but Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has told Sky Sports News: "We haven't heard anything from any club at all about Sol Bamba, so I don't know where that's coming from, and he's not for sale, so that's very easy. He's our player and he remains our player."

22.15: Philadelphia Union have confirmed they will be announcing a new signing on Friday, and it's almost certainly Freddy Adu. Story here.

21.57: The latest noises from the Spurs camp have suggested Luka Modric will be staying put, but it doesn't sound like he is too happy to go along with that. Story here.

21.33: More from @GuillemBalague: “No offer made by Liverpool to Madrid for Higuaín.”

21.17: FIFA agent Giorgio De Giorgis thinks AC Milan want to sign Mario Balotelli still despite Silvio Berlusconi suggesting he might be a bit of an embarrassment to the club a few months ago. “I think that Milan's true objective is Balotelli," De Giorgis told Radio Sportiva.

21.06: Quick update on the Tuncay situation - he's claimed he's signed his contract at Bolton on Twitter, although still no official word from the club.

21.01: Nikola Kalinic earlier completed a move from Blackburn to Dnipro, but it appears he had offers from the Premier League. “I had an offer from Fulham, and Sunderland apparently wanted me on loan, but Blackburn said they would only consider letting me move abroad,” he told Sportske Novosti. “They put a high price tag on me for English clubs - €10 million to €12 million - because they knew no-one would pay it.”

20.46: Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon believes Arsene Wenger should now cash in on Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. It certainly seems that he plans to.

"You're better off getting £60 million for two players who don't want to stay and spending the money wisely,'' he told BBC Sport. "There is no doubt they are top quality players and they will be missed, but it is important that supporters and everyone at the club remembers that the cannon on the chest is more important than anybody."

20.37: While we're answering reader queries, we'll swiftly answer a non-transfer one from Dave: "Any idea what game ESPN (US) will show now that the Tottenham-Everton game is postponed?"

@IanDarkeESPN tweets: "We will have epl action in espn sat morning...just landed in London to hear its Fulham and Dempsey v Villa ...ko 10 am eastern and pre game"

20.36: Reader comment from Mike D: “No love for the MLS? USA International and past wunderkind Freddy Adu signs for the Philadelphia Union!”

Nothing confirmed as yet, but seems it will be a done deal on Friday...

20.32: PSG sporting director Leonardo isn’t expecting too much more transfer activity this month. "Our market is closed, but if an interesting opportunity comes up we will welcome it," he said in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

20.08: More less than encouraging news for Arsenal fans. @GuillemBalague tweets: “Mata: Valencia told me today they now don't wanna sell. What it means: his buyout clause is now 60m euros, after his contract changed. So only 30+ m euros would take him.”

19.50: More from Arsene Wenger right here on Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, and it appears we might have both sagas settled on Friday.

19.28: Reader comment from Max.

"Is Wenger serious? Vermaelen is always hurt and the team struggled defensively without him last year. Djourou and Koscielny are fine players to have in the squad, but they were clearly over-exposed as first-choice starters for most of the season. Arsenal has money to spend (and more on the way for Cesc & Nasri) so why not get one or two more defenders and slide the others down the depth chart where they're more suited?"

It may be that he's serious, but it seems more likely Wenger is either just refusing to make public the need for a new centre-back - and therefore drive up asking prices - or is just giving a diplomatic reason for his lack of interest in Per Mertesacker. The Scott Dann deal still sounds like it's in the works.

19.14: The Birmingham Mail says Birmingham are close to completing the signing of free agent Anthony Gardner. He’s already had a medical but has yet to agree terms and Nottingham Forest have also expressed an interest after he underwent a trial at the club. Blues need cover with Roger Johnson having left and with Scott Dann set to follow.

18.52: Full story here on Arsene Wenger's claim he doesn't want a new centre back.

18.45: The Newcastle Evening Chronicle says Alan Pardew is thinking about splashing some of the Andy Carroll cash on Nicklas Bendtner.

18.23 Michael Dawson has insisted Tottenham are good enough to make the top four this season despite the club's lack of activity in the transfer market so far this summer. Story here.

18.14 German football expert Raphael Honigstein on Twitter: "Wenger in Kicker today: no interest in Mertesacker. 'We have four central defenders, no need for another one'."

18.02 DONE DEAL: Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic has joined Ukrainian side Dnipro. Read the full story here.

17.57 Sky Sports is reporting Bolton have signed Tuncay on season-long loan from Wolfsburg.

17.50 Celtic manager Neil Lennon looks like he will have to reconsider his goalkeeping targets after Genk closed in on the signing of Poland international Grzegorz Sandomierski.

17.38 Australia international Matt McKay remains hopeful he could still join Rangers this summer. He said: "I'd love the chance, but at the moment I've got no idea when a deal will be done."

17.23 Blackburn manager Steve Kean on defender Christopher Samba's future: "Chris is only a few months into a five-year contract. There have been rumours every single week but we have not had any bids at all, not one, and long may that continue."

17.14 Newcastle forward Xisco, who has struggled to settle on Tyneside, has returned to former employers Deportivo La Coruna for a third spell.

17.05 Click here for the full story on Inkoom's comments about Chelsea.

17.01 Dnipro's Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom has told skysports.com: "To be honest, the day I heard Chelsea were interested in me, I was very happy. Who would not like to be linked with such a big club, with world-class players? It is a dream club for any player, specifically for young African players like me. Hopefully it will happen."

16.50 The Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi rumours rumble on with reports gathering pace that a deal is imminent.

16.43 Oldham boss Paul Dickov is keen to bolster his squad by signing a new striker. He said: "It is something we are looking to address, but it has to be the right one."

16.36 Dimitar Berbatov, linked with a Manchester United exit, has spoken to MUTV: "I'm always ready to entertain. It's because when I watch a game, I don't want to see people falling asleep during it."

16.28: Inter's Davide Santon is not on his way to Genoa this summer, according to his agent. “There is no chance of Santon going to Genoa,” agent Renzo Contratto told Pianetagenoa1893.net. “There has been no contact of any kind regarding this rumour. It’s actually the first I’ve heard of it.”

16.17: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says he has signed 19-year-old striker Nouha Dicko on a free transfer. "He's a really exciting talent,'' he said. "He's a young man, and we want to develop him and try to fulfil his potential, which is huge. Those are the signings that are going to take the club forward. It's unfortunate because you don't want to see football clubs going bankrupt but those situations happen. We were quickly aware of his talent and we are delighted that he's chosen us to develop his career."

16.13: Romelu Lukaku's website makes interesting reading: ''Please note that no official presentation and no press conference will take place in Chelsea this week. More news will be given on the site in the coming days.'' Is his move to Chelsea off now?

16.07: DONE DEAL:Sheffield Wednesday have signed Daniel Uchechi on loan from Nigerian side FC Dender.

16.04: Some brilliant Twitter talk from @terrychristian: ''Tevez to Arsenal and Nasri to Man City straight swap. City to pay half Tevez's wages for first season, done deal.'' At £125k a week, that would break the Gunners' wage ceiling.

16.00: Arsenal target Jadson: "If everything goes to plan, I'll have some news for everyone at the start of next week. Hope it works out." Is that the end of Nasri then?

15.54: Danny Wilson admits he may be forced to consider a loan move away from Liverpool. "It's been mentioned but there have been no offers yet so it's difficult to try to decide what's going to happen,'' he said. "If there are no offers, you can't really do much about it so I'm just working hard and trying to keep a part of things. But we've got a lot of players now at Liverpool and it's going to be difficult. There are five centre-backs there and we are all of good quality so the manager has a difficult decision and whatever his decision is, I'll respect that. I didn't play enough last season and I wouldn't really like to repeat that next season. I can only do what I'm doing.''

15.49: Tottenham and Blackburn target Pablo Osvaldo could be on his way to Serie A side Roma, according to reports in Italy. Needing to replace Mirko Vucinic, a bid of £16million has been made apparently.

15.42: Chelsea are close to sealing a deal for highly-rated young Celtic striker Islam Feruz, according to the Scotsman. Feruz is just 15 years of age, but Celtic officials cannot match the £2500 per week that Chelsea are reportedly offering.

15.31: Burnley left-back Danny Fox has joined Southampton for £1.8 million. That should help to quell the doubters who didn't want to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

15.24: QPR have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Bruno Perone, subject to international clearance.

15.20: DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani has completed his controversial return to Belgian giants Anderlecht. Mbokani, 25, sealed the move despite protests from the club's fans for taunting them in 2009. "We realize that this transfer is an emotive subject and Dieumerci Mbokani realizes that he has made certain mistakes," Anderlecht president Roger Vanden Stock said.

15.04: Hibernian have announced the signing of striker Phil Airey on a six-month loan deal from Newcastle. Manager Colin Calderwood returned to his former club to sign the 19-year-old, who has scored regularly at reserve-team level.

14.50: Bordeaux midfielder Abdou Traore has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at the club until June 2015.

14.27: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew speaks on Jose Enrique: "(Jose) replacement is ongoing as we speak. Need to put in place our backup plan now."

Pardew also spoke about Joey Barton, saying: "Joey position hasn't changed. If commits to us he will definitely be involved. If he decides he wants to go he'll go."

14.12: Despite the fact that his current contract with Roma runs out in 2012, Daniele De Rossi is relaxed over his future. "The contract is an important thing and we must do everything right," he told Il Corriere dello Sport. "The discourse cannot be made clear if things are not clear just yet. It's an important situation. Many people are waiting for news over my contract and so we must do things right."

14.00: Ajax Cape Town have signed former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerfeld.

13.54: La Gazzetta dello Sport are having a field day with all the Inter transfer news, and now say that Diego Milito will be next to go with Rubin Kazan and Galatasaray after him. They won't have anyone left at this rate.

13.45: L'Equipe also reporting that Liverpool are on the trail of 20-year old St-Etienne defender Loris Nery.

13.42: Danny Welbeck is aiming to impress Sir Alex Ferguson and says he wants to start up front for Manchester United rather than go out on loan. Welbeck told reporters: “My aim is to break into the team, get minutes on the pitch and get a partnership going with whoever is up front.”

13.31: The BBC's Dan Roan on Twitter: "Arsenal have called an early Arsene Wenger press conference at 0900 tomorrow - could be interesting."

13.25: Via Twitter, Liverpool FC: "The Club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with Jose Enrique, who will travel to Liverpool to undergo a medical."

13.18: DONE DEAL: Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana has joined Saudi Arabia club Al Hilal on a four-year contract.

13.05: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has confirmed the club are interested in Porto striker Falcao, although they are reluctant to match the €45m asking price. "Falcao is a great player and we are trying to sign a great player, however, we are talking about a lot of money (to activate the release clause)," Cerezo said on Maisfutebol.

12.59: New Manchester City keeper Costel Pantilimon has had his work permit granted. So he can now play for the club.

12.51: Sevilla midfielder Romaric has revealed that he could make a switch to Lille this summer. “I am in talks with several clubs,” Romaric told Le Parisien. “Lille? Yes, it’s a possibility.”

12.32: Arsenal and Spurs target Bryan Ruiz says he would be open to leaving FC Twente for an English club this summer. He said: "I have three weeks left to transfer and I hope I can change to one of the best leagues, such as the English, otherwise I will stay in Twente. There is a team that is showing interest, but it will be my agent that keeps me informed about the negotiations."

12.13: Are Spartak Moscow set to flex their financial muscles by making a move for Lazio's Mauro Zarate? The Argentine has a contract until 2014 with Lazio, but the club's sporting director, Igli Tare, recently admitted that he could be tempted by a massive offer.

12.00: Christian Eriksen has been linked with a whole host of top clubs across Europe, with United and Real Madrid supposedly keen to land his signature, but isn't keen on a move yet. “I don’t feel the pressure. I’m getting used to it now,” he said. “A lot of clubs are following me but you know when they follow you it’s because it’s going well. I hope it’s going to go on until I play at a new club, but right now I’m at Ajax and I’m very happy there.”

11.51: Tottenham may well be forced to give up on their attempts to sign Athletico Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente after being quoted £31m. Reports suggest they will turn to Giuseppe Rossi, although he won't come any cheaper.

11.38: Inter Milan have begun talks with Manchester City over taking want-away striker Carlos Tevez on a season-long loan according to reports. Saga not done yet.

11.26: Tottenham's Michael Dawson on Luka Modric: "I certainly hope we can keep him. The chairman has said he's not for sale. Hopefully we can keep him"

10.57: Liverpool are expected to finalise a deal for Newcastle ace Jose Enrique before the weekend after continuing talks between the clubs. In fact, he's due for a medical today.

10.39: Neymar, Santos, latest, if you can call it that. ''I'm not talking about the future,'' he said. ''I'm only focused on the national team and Santos, and then we'll see what happens. It is not an issue I need to worry or talk about.''

Oh, and he also told Marca: ''I can be as big as him [Lionel Messi], or even better. I'm sure of it."

10.31: Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that he is eager to bring Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to the Reebok Stadium.

"Shaun is a tremendous player. He is someone I would love to bring to the club. Whether it is possible, only time will tell,'' he said. "There are financial implications involved. Players at Manchester City are on contracts that are more than we could pay. There is a threshold we cannot go beyond. But there has been dialogue between our chairman and (City chief executive) Garry Cook. That is where we are at the moment. There is nothing concrete.''

10.14: The Arsenal bandwagon continues to roll.. replacements for Cesc Fabregas anyone? Now the latest is Shakhtar Donetsk's Jadson for a fee between €8-€10m, say L'Equipe.

10.11: Birmingham defender Scott Dann is holding preliminary talks with Arsenal, according to Sky Sports.

10.08: De Telegraaf reports PSV are targeting AZ defender Niklas Moisander and have made a €3 million offer for the centre-back.

10.00: Nottingham Forest, ever in the transfer news of late, have pipped Derby for former Blackburn striker Matt Derbyshire.

09.48: Leeds boss Simon Grayson's move for French midfielder Alexandre Mendy has collapsed.

09.34: Everton are ready to sell Joseph Yobo to Turkish giants Fenerbahce - giving David Moyes a financial lifeline with which to strengthen his tiny squad.

09.22: Newcastle are considering a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok as they seek to quell some of their fans' ire over the lack of spending this summer.

09.15: The latest on Cesc and Nasri and their moves from Arsenal? Read more

09.04: Yossi Benayoun has a choice between Spurs and Newcastle apparently. Oh and, given he's one of the few creative midfielders at the club, probably staying at Chelsea too.

09.00: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants to use Emile Heskey as much as possible this season. ''Discarding his kind of knowledge and his skills would be crazy. I have to tap into a guy like that. I have to use him to the full.,'' he said. ''There is no guarantee that Emile will play every week - but he has certainly impressed me.''

08.54: After talk that Tottenham were keen to bring in FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz, Arsenal have now expressed an interest as Carlos Vela could be sent out on loan again.

08.50: Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon has sparked a three-way battle for his signature after he turned down a move to Getafe. Everton, Villa and Fulham are been on the 24-year-old.

08.45: Twitter talk courtesy of @Adz77: Juventus will today comlpete signing of striker Zoran Josipovic ('95) from Team Ticino. He has 2 goals in 2 games for Swiss U-16.

08.38: A relaxed Arsenal fan? ESPNsoccernet reader Frank has his say:

''With the Fabregas transfer saga finally coming to an end, and with reasonable time for Arsene to negotiate alternatives (think of Mata and Hazard), I cant help but feel relaxed.''

08.30: Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche has confirmed an interest from Fiorentina for defender Cesare Bovo. "We know of the interest from Fiorentina. This time it is not just newspaper speculation, their interest is concrete,'' he said.

08.25: Le Parisien says Samir Nasri to Man City 'is done', could go through today. France Football says 'it's a matter of hours'.

08.23: Swansea have finalised the £1.5million signing of Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Utrecht.

08.14: Hamburg winger Eljero Elia thinks his current side are better than Juventus. "The club told me that they won't let me join Juventus, but that's not a problem for me. I've agreed with the club that we'd open talks if a big club like Arsenal or Chelsea comes knocking," Elia was quoted as saying by Hamburger Morgenpost. "There's no need to talk if a club of the same level as HSV is interested. Juventus are still one of the best Italian teams around, but they're not better than Hamburg in my opinion."

08.07: So what's in some of the papers today?

The Sun: Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Brazilian strike ace Neymar after assistant Roberto Di Matteo watched him play for Brazil... Man City are ready to sign Italian winger Alessio Cerci if they fail to land Arsenal's Samir Nasri. Serie A Fiorentina want £5million for former Roma wideman. Steve Bruce has confirmed he wants Niko Kranjcar as his 11th summer signing at Sunderland.

Daily Mirror: Joey Barton is being offered £60,000 a week to join Stoke... Wigan want to bring in Peter Odemwingie from West Brom if Arsenal buy Hugo Rodallega. The Latics have also offered £50k a week to try to land Shaun Wright-Phillips from City. Bolton boss Owen Coyle is ready to make an increased £4million bid for Liverpool striker David Ngog.

The Daily Mail: Stoke? Nonsense. Zenit St Petersburg are ready to make Joey Barton a lucrative offer to leave Newcastle. The Russian outfit are willing to hand him a deal worth £68,000 a week. Tottenham have had an initial offer for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra rejected. Bolton have agreed a loan deal for Wolfsburg forward Tuncay.

08.00: The rumour mill is well and truly twirling with the expected exit of Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal are looking for a replacement. With Ryo Miyachi already at the club, Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa could be persuaded to move to the Emirates as well? Well.. he seems to favour a move to Man Utd instead:

"If I get a formal offer, I'll be strongly interested in listening to what they have to say," Kagawa told Nikkan Sports. ''The Premiership is one of the leagues I want to challenge. If it is Man United, I'll be still more eager to go and try how much I can do there."

August 10, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/10/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could Yossi Benayoun tempt Tottenham into selling Luka Modric? © Getty Images

00.00 That's all we've got time for today folks but join us again on Thursday as the Cesc Fabregas saga looks to finally be heading towards a conclusion. Maybe we're being a tad optimistic though.

23.48 The Daily Mail says Bolton have tied up the loan signing of Wolfsburg striker Tuncay, while Cameron Jerome may still arrive from Birmingham for £3.5million if he can prove his fitness.

23.21 There's a mounting feeling on Twitter that Jose Enrique is on the verge of signing for Liverpool.

22.57 From The Guardian: Tottenham Hotspur face an uphill task if they are to sign the Spain forward Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao, with his club unwilling to accept an offer that does not trigger the €36m (£31.6m) buy-out clause in his contract.

22.32 Argetine defender Matias Silvestre has completed his move to Palermo from rivals Catania. Silvestre said: “I am very happy and can’t wait to get started training with my new teammates. I already know Nicolas Bertolo and Gabriel Munoz from our days together at Boca Juniors. They are my friends and will help me settle in right away.
I promise to give my all for the Palermo jersey every time I step on to the field.”

22.13 Albero Aquilani on his future: "I'm at a big club, I'd love to stay and play. But the market closes Aug 31. We'll see. I'm calm. People talk a lot of rubbish about me. It's not true that Liverpool aren't giving me a chance.I feel like they appreciate me."

21.58 Hibernian have confirmed the signing of former Aston Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne on a two-year contract, subject to international clearance.

21.25 Santos president Luis Álvaro has told Onda Cera: "Neymar will not leave until January 2012. But it's not just Mourinho's club that is interested. There is also Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea and PSG. This is normal because it is a great player. Anyway, I will negotiate for it only in 2012."

21.07 A whole host of interesting comparisons here from TomTom - so good they named him twice:

"Don't know whats worse; the Spice Girls's "Spiceworld" (not that I've seen it or anything) or Arsenal's summer.... Scott Dann could be Arsenal's version of Mutu when he was at Chelsea."

20.54 FULL STORY HERE on Barca's latest, and reported final, offer for Cesc Fabregas.

20.37 Carlos Vela's agent Eduardo Hernández has told Foot Mercato that reported interest from Lorient has yet to materialise in reality: “We received no call from Lorient. I am in daily contact with Arsenal and nobody told me of such interest. As for the future of Carlos at Arsenal, it is true that we will discuss and study the possibility of going on loan.”

20.16 More form Guillem Balague, who says Barca's offer is final. He posted on Twitter: "FCB say its their last offer and Arsenal have got a board meeting tomorrow."

20.02 Staying with Inter and though it's not quite an up to the minute transfer story, some interesting comments from Javier Zanetti, who says he has previously turned down both Barcelona and Real Madrid in order to stay at the San Siro.

19.41 Kenya star McDonald Mariga is close to securing a €4 million move to Real Sociedad from Inter Milan according to reports in the Italian press.

19.22 Manchester City are considering agreeing a first-option agreement with Argentinian side Newell's Old Boys for teenager Eugenio Isnaldo. Newell's director Jorge Ricobelli said: "The kid [Isnaldo] has gone to play in a tournament, and do a kind of trial so that he can be viewed. If they like him, an agreement will be signed through Newell's in which the club will receive a sum of money."

19.01 Swansea have signed goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Utrecht on a three-year deal for £1.5 million. He said the Dutch contingent in the Premier League convinced him to move to England.

"I've spoken with guys like Nigel de Jong, Robin van Persie, Rafael van der Vaart and Ruud van Nistelrooy and they all same the same - the Premier League is a beautiful place," Vorm said.
"The Premier League is the biggest league in the world and to be part of it is a massive opportunity.

18.43 talkSPORT is reporting that Roma have leapfrogged Liverpool as favourites for Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

18.28 Matt Derbyshire has confirmed on Twitter that he has signed for Nottingham Forest.

18.09 Keep the comments coming in everyone - James has been left a touch perturbed by reports that Arsenal will sign Scott Dann:

"No offense to Scott Dann, but he is not the answer to Arsenal's defensive woes. Mertesacker, Cahill, Samba, Jagielka are a few I'd consider before Dann. If this is true, I think I can speak for many Gooners out there that think this is ridiculous and we should be reasonably worried."

17.51 Earlier we reported that Napoli have shown and interest in Giuseppe Rossi and now italy coach Cesare Prandelli has urged the Partenopei to sign the Villarreal striker if they want to achieve top honours. Prandelli said: "Pepito [Rossi] is mature now and has extraordinary qualities. Napoli want him? Well, with him they really could dream."

17.35 Bloomberg is reporting that Samuel Eto'o will leave Inter Milan for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. They quote Inter chief Ernesto Paolillo saying in a text message (not sure how they got hold of it!): “Eto’o is leaving. He is going to the Russian club.”

17.16 Twitter rumours suggesting that Arsenal have a £6 milllion bid on the table for Birmingham centre-back Scott Dann. Could he be the answer to Arsenal's recent defensive problems?

17.08 DONE DEAL: West Ham have made their sixth summer signing, with George McCartney returning to Upton Park on a season-long loan from Sunderland.

16.57 Blackburn boss Steve Kean will be getting Rovers fans all excited after announcing that he is chasing Leicester centre-back Sol Bamba. Kean told Sky Sports: "We are quite close. An offer has been put in and we are trying to progress that although it is slow. The good news is it hasn't been rejected so we are moving forward.

"Even if Chris Samba had been playing and fit we have always been searching for a centre-back because we haven't replaced Phil Jones yet and we want to make sure we have good competition for places. We certainly need to bring in another centre-back."

16.48 AS and Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague says Cesc Fabregas will be a Barcelona player by this weekend. Balague has been speaking on Twitter:

"FCB will pay 40m euros (29 fixed, 6 variable and 5 from cesc). Only little details to confirm but been told done by weekend...the 5m euros from Cesc is 1m euros a year during 5 years that he will reduce from his planned wages. that money will be paid to Arsenal."

It seems Cesc is willing to take a big wage cut to re-join his boyhood club, he will essentially be paying his own money to Arsenal in order to make a move!

16.26: West Brom are keen on bringing in defensive reinforcements. "If we could get another centre-back in, particularly in case we lose one or two, then that would be very useful,” Roy Hodgson told the Birmingham Mail.

16.08: Inter want to sign Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi as a replacement for Samuel Eto’o, according to Goal.com.

15.47: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has expressed his desire to remain with AC Milan for the remainder of his career. “I used to play for Barcelona, the world's best team, but was not happy,” he said. “When you've had an experience as bad as that you understand what is really important. I'll only leave when the club does not want me anymore.”

15.35: Entertaining quotes from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on links with Mario Balotelli. Asked if he was keen, he told Sky Sport Italia: "Absolutely not. He is funny, but it is too disruptive and I prefer that he applies his talents elsewhere."

15.26: Napoli revealed yesterday that they’d made a bid for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi but the Italy international said: “I don’t deny the fact that playing in a place like Naples would be good, but I’m happy in Spain for the time being. We’ll see what happens in the future.”

15.13: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he’s now happy with his squad but added: “If there's someone out there who we feel would be a good addition to the squad then we are in a position to act.”

15.01: @guillembalague tweets: “after lots of talking, Arsenal starts to accept FCB wont pay £40m for Cesc, negotiations are advancing. All could be sorted before Friday”

14.47: Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has revealed Rubin Kazan have failed with a bid to sign Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. "Kazan have shown an interest in signing Klaas-Jan,” Heldt told Sport Bild. “They have apparently already spoken with his agent as well. However, he has ruled out a transfer as far as I know. Klaas-Jan is staying at Schalke."

14.25: Michel Bastos insists he wants to stay at Lyon. He’s had a bit of abuse from the fans after the lingering talk of a move to Juventus. “Dear Lyon fans, I’ve made my decision,” he said. “I’m staying here with you because I want to win something important. I feel at home here, I’m happy, and I never thought about leaving.”

14.11: Some quotes from Stoke chairman Peter Coates on the bids for Crouch and Palacios - sounds like 'in talks' was probably not quite the right phrase. “We've made our last bid,” he told BBC Radio Stoke. “The ball is in their court. We shall not be negotiating from where we are. The last conversation I had with Spurs, we had not agreed anything. We'll see what happens, but we haven't got any further.”

14.03: Santos striker Neymar has described Real Madrid as “a great club with a great history” days after calling Barcelona the “best team in the world” as speculation continues over whether the 19-year-old will leave the Brazilian club and head for Spain. If you're lucky, he might say something about his future every day until he leaves at some point next year.

13.49: Blackburn boss Steve Kean on his bid to sign Leicester defender Sol Bamba: "We are quite close. An offer has been put in and we are trying to progress that although it is slow. The good news is it hasn't been rejected so we are moving forward.”

13.37: Hamburg have turned down a bid from Juventus for Holland winger Eljero Elia. “We do not want to sell Eljero Elia and we have no need to sell him,” sporting director Frank Arnesen told the club’s official website. “He is a very important player for us.”

13.24: BREAKING NEWS Stoke are in talks to sign Tottenham duo Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios.

13.19: Anderlecht director David Steegens has said of Chelsea-bound Romelu Lukaku: "He will respect everyone there and he is willing to learn, but he will take his chance. If he plays instead of Didier Drogba - his hero - or Fernando Torres, he won't be looking over his shoulder."

13.09: According to Bloomberg, Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo has told one of its journalists - via text message - that Wesley Sneijder is going nowhere and they are not planning a bid for Carlos Tevez. The wording of the text is not reproduced, so we have no idea whether he’s serious or just trying to talk up/talk down the value of the deals.

12.54: Roberto Martinez is hoping to tie up a deal for Nouha Dicko, available on a free from Strasbourg. Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post: "We are hoping that everything will be concluded very, very soon on that one. At 19, he is a really exciting prospect and we're looking forward to working with him."

12.40: Wesley Verhoek says there is no chance of him signing for Rangers after snubbing a move to Nottingham Forest yesterday. A fee had been agreed between Forest and his club ADO Den Haag, but the deal collapsed at the 11th hour after the Dutch winger expressed a desire to remain in his homeland.

12.30: Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has confirmed he did talk to Manchester City about becoming back-up to Joe Hart. "There was negotiations there, but they didn't turn out to anything and I move on,” he told Sky Sports News.

12.17: Boca Juniors have rejected Catania’s bid for Pablo Nicolas Mouche and the player’s agent now thinks the move has fallen through.

12.04: @mattspiro tweets: "Sagna says Nasri exit would be 'a big loss. Hes someone I appreciate. But hes still a Gunner. I wanna see him start and end season with us'"

11.44: Bayer Leverkusen have signed Stuttgart goalkeeper Bernd Leno on loan as cover for their injury problems. The 19-year-old has joined Leverkusen until the end of 2011, with both Rene Adler (knee surgery) and Fabian Giefer (concussion) currently out of action.

11.26: It seems Bebe’s chances of securing a permanent deal at Besiktas have quite heavily receded - he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for six months.

11.07: Matt Derbyshire is set to sort his future in the next day or so and is rumoured to be on his way to Nottingham Forest.

10.57: DONE DEAL Charlton have signed Jason Euell on a one-year contract.

10.51: Midfielder Joe Allen has become the latest player to commit himself to Swansea after agreeing a new four-year contract.

10.42: Three Serie A clubs have made contact over Napoli midfielder Luca Cigarini, according to his agent.

10.31: DONE DEAL QPR have signed former Ipswich goalkeeper Brian Murphy on a two-year deal.

10.20: Marca says Tottenham are negotiating with Real Madrid over Lassana Diarra but the opening bid has been rejected.

10.10: Striker Louis Saha has urged Everton's fans to trust the club after another quiet summer in the transfer market. “They should know the chairman and the board and the manager are trying hard,” he said. “They're desperate to do something but if they're not doing something it's because they've got big reasons for that. You have to trust them. We trust them as players.”

09.59: Shola Ameobi has signed a two-year contract extension at Newcastle United.

09.45: @andybrassell tweets: "Very impressive signing for Atlético Madrid confirmed yesterday: Galatasaray winger Arda Turan for €12m. Can't wait to see him in La Liga."

09.35: Andrei Arshavin has told Sport Express he would never join Real Madrid because he is a long-term Barcelona fan. It doesn’t seem all that likely anyway, to be blunt.

09.21: Reader comment from Dragao.

“35M for Hulk? That HAS to be a joke. Just look at the buy out clause in his contract and you will be surprised.”

Particularly when they claim to have rejected a bid about double that size already. Still, the Mail reckons Porto are actually open to a sale and that a bona fide £35 million bid could actually work. We’ll see.

09.11: Catalan newspaper Sport believes Barcelona are getting very close to the signing of Cesc Fabregas after recent talks.

08.57: @barcastuff tweets: “Eusebio (coach B): ‘Keirrison? The decision on his future will be made together with the management. We do what we think is best.’ [via md]”

08.46: West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson declared his squad for the new campaign was "close to being complete" after signing striker Shane Long from Reading.

08.41: Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of Milan and Italy president Silvio, is going out with Alexandre Pato but she told Vanity Fair: “All the players in the squad are for sale at the right price, including Pato. He’s no different to the others."

08.35: Plenty of talk that the London Premier League games this weekend could be postponed as a result of the riots, but we’re here for gossip and this is about the only new stuff in the papers for now.

Daily Mail: Chelsea re ready to offer Yossi Benayoun in part-exchange for Luka Modric, Spurs are lining up a £35 million bid for Porto striker Hulk, Arsenal and Liverpool are considering bids for Scott Dann, Bolton want to sign Tuncay from Wolfsburg, Benjani is training with non-league Stockport and they hope he will agree to join them.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal offer Samir Nasri to Manchester City for £22 million, Wesley Sneijder will talk to Inter Milan today and could seal his move to Manchester United within 48 hours, Stoke are keen on Shaun Wright-Phillips as Tony Pulis targets Europa League success.

The Sun: Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini is keen on the prospect of a move to Valencia, Blackburn are keen on Leicester centre-back Sol Bamba, Bolton are set to sign Tuncay for £3 million.

08.20: Good morning and welcome. We'll have the full paper round-up with you soon enough, but we'll kick off with the claim in the Daily Mail that Chelsea could try to tempt Tottenham into parting with Luka Modric by part-exchanging Yossi Benayoun. Harry Redknapp was apparently keen when the Israel midfielder left Liverpool last year.

August 9, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/09/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could Samir Nasri be finally heading out of the Emirates exit? © Getty Images

23.59 That's enough gossip for the night, we'll have more tomorrow if everything is still standing.

23.15 Porto have said that Fredy Guarin is going nowhere, especially not to Real Madrid. "Porto have not received a single offer for the transfer of Guarin, whether it is from Real Madrid or any other club, nor does it pretend to negotiate this player or any other," a Porto statement read.

22.54 Everton's Sylvain Distin believes Arsenal's pursuit of Phil Jagielka is destined to fail. "He's not come out and said he wants to go anywhere, so I guess that means he wants to stay. I don't think any players want to leave here, to be honest. There's no point in saying anything to them about it unless they come out and say they want to go. If he came to me and asked about his future, then I'd tell him what I think, but that has not happened and we are happy he's staying."

22.20 Galatasaray have announced they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the 12m transfer of winger Arda Turan.

22.07 More on Inter striker Samuel Eto'o's move to Anzhi Makhachkala, with his agent Claudio Vigorelli admitting they are close to a deal. ''We have almost reached an agreement with Anzhi. Now we hope that the clubs agree," he said.

21.29 France coach Laurent Blanc has some news on Samir Nasri: ''I just know that he is in talks with his club. Not to extend his contract because he said he would not, but to change club. I personally can't wait for this to happen, because psychologically, it is never easy to play in a team and to not be sure whether you will start the season or leave. I admit it, it can be disturbing really.

"But like I said, he will not end up without a club. And when you look at the candidates [to recruit him], I wouldn't complain if I were in his position. But if all this could end quite rapidly, it would be better for us."

20.09 Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has made it clear he expects to leave Tottenham before the close of the transfer window - but is giving little away about his potential destination.

20.38 Socceroos captain Lucas Neill is confident he will have a new club by the end of the week. But he is remaining coy about which one. "I will (know by the end of the week), you might not," he told the media.

20.09 Gary Speed, the Wales boss, believes Craig Bellamy is as fit as ever and will soon secure a move away from Manchester City. He needs to.

19.30 Paris Saint-Germain have a load of cash to spend and are eyeing a €30 million swoop for Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino.

18.40: DONE DEAL Monaco have announced the signing of veteran forward Ludovic Giuly, who returns for his second spell at the club.

18.23: DONE DEAL West Brom have signed Shane Long from Reading for a fee of around £7 million.

18.19 Alvaro Pereira's agent has admitted ''anything can happen'' before the transfer window closes amid reports the Porto star is wanted by Chelsea and Paris St Germain.

''Until now there has been no contact with us,'' his agent told Maisfutebol. ''In fact, I can say more. This time, we have no offers from any club for Alvaro Pereira. But the market only closes on August 31 and, until August 31, anything can happen. He is aware that he has a contract until 2015 and that for now is focused on FC Porto, but also knows that things change quickly and that any time something could happen. If a club can pay the clause of 30million euros? Then we'll see.''

17.48: DONE DEAL Matthew Upson has signed a two-year deal at Stoke.

17.27 Ligue 1 club Marseille are confident midfielder Lucho Gonzalez will remain professional amid ongoing speculation over his future.

17.14 Arsenal have included wantaway duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in their squad for the Champions League play-off matches against Udinese. Read the full story here.

17.01 Andy Brassell via Twitter: "Nice bit of cheering news: Monaco confirm they've re-signed Ludovic Giuly on two-year deal."

16.54 Inter Milan director Marco Branca has revealed talks have been held with Anzhi Makhachkala for Samuel Eto'o. Branca said: "We listened to their proposal, but can't close a deal in an afternoon." However, it is worth nothign that Eto'o said in July: "I turned it down because the Russians aren’t playing in the Champions League and my objective is to win that trophy again."

16.48 Regarding Villarreal's Nilmar, Roma director Walter Sabatini has told Sky Sport Italia: "He is a Villarreal player and an excellent player. How far away are we? It's what stands between us and the place we need to be. In other words, there’s a big distance between us."

16.34 Sky Sports is reporting Sheffield Wednesday are set to sign Rochdale striker Chris O'Grady.

16.20 DONE DEAL: Sunderland sign winger James McClean from Derry City for an initial £350,000.

16.10 Here's the full story on Blackburn's new signing Radosav Petrovic.

15.49 Nancy say they have made "a very good offer" for Monaco forward Benjamin Moukandjo. Read the full story here.

15.26 New PSG signing Javier Pastore: "For me, moving to France does not mean I am taking a step backwards. I think Ligue 1 will soon rival the leagues in Spain, England or Italy. This will happen in a few years and I have accepted the PSG approach thanks to the project on offer, not the money. If this was about money, I would have accepted earlier offers from England and Spain."

14.52 Blackburn have completed the signing of Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic, for an undisclosed fee.

14.36 Bolton want to bring Turkey striker Tuncay back to England from Wolfsburg, according to Sky Sports. He must have sent them a link to that video montage he put together of his best goals.

14.13 Fiorentina are on the brink of signing Palermo centre-back Cesare Bovo, who has also been linked with Atalanta and Genoa.

14.02 Dieumerci Mbokani has moved from Monaco to Anderlect on a three-year deal. The transfer fee is thought to be in the region of 3 million euros.

13.46 Real Madrid have now reportedly dropped their asking price for Lass Diarra, a target for Tottenham, and are willing to accept a bid of £15 million for the midfielder.

13.33 Keirrison believes he can still be a success at Barcelona as he prepares for a spell with the club's B team. FULL STORY HERE

13.16 Nottingham Forest's hopes of signing ADO Den Haag winger Wesley Verhoek appear over after his club claimed he has returned to the Netherlands.

12.59 Australia midfielder Marco Bresciano has left Lazio to join UAE outfit Al Nasr in a deal believed to be worth around £3.4 million.

12.41 Zat Knight on Bolton team-mate Gary Cahill: "You don't want to lose your best players and Gary is fantastic. As yet, no one has come in for him, which is a blessing. We want to keep him but there are a lot of bigger clubs out there and if someone comes in for the right money, no one can stop him.''

12.25 QPR are thought to be interested in taking Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand on loan. He impressed during a six-month spell at Nottingham Forest last season.

12.04 Reports in Italy suggesting Anzhi will also table a £30 million bid for Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o.

11.51 Big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are set to step up their pursuit of Andrei Arshavin this week, accorsing to talkSPORT

11.34 DONE DEAL: Newcastle have completed the signing of Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United on a five-year contract. FULL STORY HERE.

11.26 Sky Sports News sources say Stoke are in contact with West Ham over a move for defender Matthew Upson.

11.19 Inter striker Luc Caistaignos doesn't know whether Wesley Sneijder is staying. He told Algemeen Dagblad: "I've read the stories that he might leave. I have no idea if that's the case - he makes his own decisions - but I hope he stays."

11.08 Fredy Guarin will leave FC Porto with Real Madrid the favourites and Inter and Chelsea also interested according to A Bola.

11.01 Standard Liege defender Eliakim Mangala has reportedly snubbed interest from Valencia, Arsenal, Benfica and Newcastle to join Europa League holders FC Porto, says L'Avenir.

10.50 The Daily Star reckons that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is preparing an £8 million swoop for Birmingham defender Scott Dann.

10.38 AC Milan striker Alberto Paloschi will move on loan to Chievo this season, with a view to making a permanent switch next summer. The Italy Under-21 international has previously spent time at Genoa and Parma.

10.26 Pablo Osvaldo’s agent Dario Decoud is set for crunch talks with Espanyol, according to AS. Atletico Madrid and Roma are keen on the Argentina striker, with the Rojiblancos thought to have already offered more than €13.5 million for him.

10.14 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will step up his interest in Bolton’s Gary Cahill in the wake of Thomas Vermalen’s latest injury scare.

10.01 Unusually, we've got two Swansea stories in the space of twenty minutes. Captain Garry Monk has penned a new three-year deal with the Premier League new boys.FULL STORY HERE.

09.52 PSG striker Mevlut Erding is determined to stay and fight for his place at the Parisians but Bordeaux may try to convince him to leave the capital. Sud Ouest reckons that Francis Gillot, Erding's former coach at Sochaux, is keen to take him south.

09.44 L'Equipe is tipping Swansea to swoop for former Juventus striker David Trezeguet, 33, who is currently a free agent after leaving Hercules. That story was doing the rounds in the British press yesterday.

09.38 Jean-Alain Boumsong is wanted by Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen, according to France Football. The France defender is currently contracted to Panathinaikos until June 2013.

09.23 Barcelona have not assigned their No. 4 shirt to anyone yet ahead of the new season because they are saving it for Cesc Fabregas, says Sport.

09.11 AS is reporting that Atletico Madrid will tie up a deal worth more than €5 million for Brazil midfielder Diego in the next few hours.

09.00 Over to Spain now, where Marca quotes Neymar's agent Wayne Ribeiro as saying the Brazilian prodigy will not be joining Real Madrid before the transfer window closes. "Before August 31 there is no agreement or will be. Forget it," Ribeiro said, adding: "Next year, anything is possible."

08.52 Another player who could be leaving Juventus is young midfielder Cristian Pasquato, who is wanted by Cesena, Cagliari and Atalanta - though Sampdoria are thought to be current favourites for the 22-year-old.

08.44 Let's switch our attention to Europe now and Italy first, where Chievo
have confirmed they are chasing the signature of Juventus striker Amauri.

The striker played for the Rosanero before moving to Juve in 2008 and sporting director Sean Sogliano told Il Giornale di Sicilia. “He is certainly a suggestive name,”He did very well at Palermo in the past. He’s someone that interests us and we know that he’s willing to come, but Juventus are in the middle of this too."

08.31 Wesley Sneijder has been talking up his protracted move to Manchester United. He's playing in a friendly against England (if it isn't postponed because of the riots) at Wembley tomorrow, surely the perfect opportunity for United officials to pounce...FULL STORY HERE.

08.20 Time to have a scout around the English press for a round-up of today's transfer gems:

The Sun: Wilson Palacios is set to seal a £6 million switch from Spurs to Stoke, but Harry Redknapp's bid to bring Lassana Diarra in as a replacement has hit a snag over Real Madrid's £20 million price tag; West brom are willing to break their transfer record to bring Reading's £7 million-rated striker Shane Long to the Hawthorns; Juventus are ready to edge towards Chelsea's £10.5 million asking price for Alex after seeing an initial £7 million offer rejected.

Daily Mirror: Joey Barton will try and build bridges in order to play for Newcastle in the coming season; Arsenal fans are unhappy with Arsene Wenger's decision to buy "another kid" in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chelsea, Not Villa or Fulham, are the ones chasing Ghana full-back Samuel Inkoom; Wesley Sneijder has dropped another hint that he is keen to move to Manchester United.

Daily Mail: Chelsea are keen to sign Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira, though big-spending PSG are also keen on the Uruguay international; Aston Villa and Fulham are keen to sign Ghana defender Samuel Inkoom from FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk; Newcastle want to bring Roman Pavlyuchenko to St James' Park but Tottenham will demand £14 million for the striker; Romelu Lukaku has described his move to Chelsea as the "most beautiful day of my life". He is only 18 remember!

08.05 Leading us off today is the ongoing saga (one of many) involving Arsenal's Samir Nasri. It's thought Arsenal may be ready to accept a bid for the France midfielder, though Manchester City or Manchester United will be asked to stump up £25 million. That figure seems a tad ridiculous to us as he is out of contract next year.

08.00 Morning all and amid scenes of destruction around London (though ESPNsoccernet HQ remains untouched) the transfer show must go on.

August 8, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/08/2011

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Cahill: EXCLUSIVE transfer news © Getty Images

23.35 Well that's all for this evening. Should be a very interesting journey trying to get home across London tonight.

23.30 The London riots have understandably taken over all the news coverage here in the UK. The burning of family businesses and looting really puts transfer tittle tattle into perspective.

22.31 Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen has dismissed speculation that he is set to leave Anfield. "I am a Liverpool player for the coming season," he said.

21.35 - Twitter talk Reports suggest Udinese are keen to bolster their midfield after losing Gokhan Inler and have had a €12m bid for Raul Meireles rejected by Liverpool.

21.16 Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed he will leave Arsenal this summer, but refused to reveal which club he expects to join. Full story

20.37 Midfielder Michel has left Birmingham City to join Spanish Primera Division side Getafe for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who joined Blues from Sporting Gijon in January 2010, leaves St Andrew's after making just 12 appearances.

19.55 - Twitter talk Everton's 21-year-old striker João Silva has returned to Portugal to join Vitória de Setúbal on a season-long loan.

19.12 Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku arrived at Chelsea on Monday to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms as the Belgian international edged closer to a move to Stamford Bridge. Full story

18.44 Alejandro Alfaro has agreed a five-year deal to join Mallorca from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee. The 24-year-old forward became the club's sixth signing ahead of the 2011-12 season.

18.19 Germany international defender Per Mertesacker has alerted Arsenal by saying that he is "excited" by the prospect of a move to the Premier League.

18.00 Arsenal have signed Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a reported fee of £12 million, a deal that breaks the Championship club's transfer record. Full story

17.49 Twitter talk Daily Mirror journalist Ollie Holt claims Liverpool have renewed their interest in Birmingham central defender and Liverpool lad Scott Dann. Talks are not at the bid stage yet but he would cost in the region of £12m.

17.21 Oldham boss Paul Dickov has strengthened his squad with the capture of Peterborough midfielder James Wesolowski on a one-year deal.

16.50 Nottingham Forest have agreed an undisclosed fee with Dutch club ADO Den Haag for winger Wesley Verhoek. The 24-year-old is set to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms ahead of signing a permanent deal at the City Ground.

16.30: The Lancashire Evening Telegraph reports that Wigan are in for Nouha Dicko, a French winger who has been on trial and played against Preston and Villarreal in pre-season.

16.11: Palermo stand to lose a third key player this summer, with Cesare Bovo's agent claiming Fiorentina are among a host of clubs chasing the defender.

15.58: Brazil star Ganso has dismissed speculation linking him with AC Milan and committed his future to Santos. The 21-year-old and his club and country team-mate Neymar have both been linked with a host of top European sides, with the Rossoneri the latest reported destination for Ganso.

15.46: DONE DEAL: Tottenham have loaned young goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri to Italian third division side FC Esperia Viareggio on a season-long loan. It's all going Spurs mad right now.

15.22: Rumours that Stoke City have now completed the signing of Wilson Palacios from Spurs.

14.59: DONE DEAL: Tottenham goalkeeper Oscar Jansson has joined Bradford City on loan.

14.46: Millwall have signed Dany N'Guessan on loan from big-spending Leicester City.

14.24: Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is undergoing a medical at Arsenal ahead of a move to the Emirates Stadium.

14.03: The Manchester Evening News reports that Newcastle United are close to completing a deal for Gabriel Obertan. Manager Alan Pardew said of the Manchester United player: "I wanted to bring pace and he will bring us genuine pace. I think away from home last year that was a problem for us hitting teams on the break - Obertan will offer that."

13.41: Real Madrid have attempted to steal a march on arch-rivals Barcelona by signing a seven-year old Argentine named Leo - Leonel Angel Coira.

13.25: This update on Bryan Ruiz and Tottenham Hotspur from the player. "They have approached my agent," the 25-year-old said in the Daily Mail. "I was told about Tottenham's interest two days ago. Spurs are a great club. I'd say that the chance that I'll leave Twente is 50%."

12.39: Bit of a snore-fest update on the future of Liverpool's Alberto Aquilani from his agent, Franco Zavaglia, notably about AC Milan: "The Rossoneri, for now, haven’t stepped forward for him. There were the words of Galliani, but no other signal. As a result, I can’t tell you what kind of offer the club could potentially make for my client."

12.31: Genoa midfielder Houssine Kharja could join Fiorentina on loan. "He is close,” Beppe Galli told Firenze Viola. “I know that an agreement between the two clubs has basically been agreed, even if I don’t know about the details."

12.25: Free agent David Suazo has been told by Cagliari he must find another new club as he has no future with them. He was training with the club after leaving Inter. “Director general Francesco Marroccu told me that I have to leave the squad and that is what I am doing,” said the former Inter player.

12.16: The Express & Star says that West Bromwich Albion will crank up their move for Shane Long of Reading this week. It would break the club's transfer record.

12.13: Romelu Lukaku has just arrived in London via the Eurostar ahead of his move to Chelsea.

12.01: The News & Star in Carlisle reports that 14-year-old goalkeeper Dean Henderson is to sign for Manchester United.

11.49: Tottenham Hotspur hope to sign Lassana Diarra from Real Madrid before the end of the week.

11.24: Blackburn will step up their search for a new defender which Christopher Samba having a niggling groin problem. Manager Steve Kean told the Lanacashire Evening Telegraph: "It does make the search for a centre back a little bit more important but that has always been the case. Even if Chris had been playing and fit we have always been searching for a centre back because we haven’t replaced Phil Jones yet and we want to make sure we have good competition for places."

11.11: Preston have signed trialist Juvhel Tsoumou from German outfit Alemannia Aachen.

10.54: Carlos Tevez has arrived back at the club's training ground as planned, will he get a move before the end of the month?

10.43: The Middlesbrough Evening Gazette says Middlesbrough are close to signing Belgium international Faris Haroun from Germinal Beerschot.

10.24: QPR will offer a contract to Brazilian trialist Bruno Perone. Manager Neil Warnock said of the defender: "I’m going to speak to Bruno about signing him permanently. I like him and he can also play in midfield.” He is currently registered with Brazilian side Tombense.

10.19: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has suggested his club will not be able to meet Shaun Wright-Phillips' wage demands. He said: "He’s very talented but you have to accept that sometimes players at the elite clubs are difficult because of finances."

10.01: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Darron Gibson, now a target for Blackburn, was right to snub Sunderland. "From what I can gather, they gave him an offer and then changed it. That annoyed Darren and I think he's quite right," said the United boss. "If you can't trust them on day one why wait until day two?"

09.44: Jorge Martinez, who has failed to impress at Juventus, could be set for a return to former club Catania. Catania director Pietro Lo Monaco is quoted as saying: “It’s clear that Martinez’s wages are high, but nothing is impossible.”

09.21: The Norther Echo reports that Julio Arca will sign a new contract to remain at Middlesbrough after looking set to leave after his contract expired.

09.12: Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze wants to stay with him current club a bit longer before transfering to a big club. "Everything works here," he told Bild. "We have a very good coach (Jurgen Klopp), a team with sensational prospects and we all understand each other. Also I have my family, what more could I want?"

09.00: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew still hopes to keep Jose Enrique. He said: "I keep looking at him and smiling, hoping he is going to stay. He smiles but hasn't signed a contract yet."

There may be a little over three weeks remaining until the transfer window closes but the rumour mill hasn't exactly exploded into life on Monday morning.

The best we can find is an EXCLUSIVE (yes, really) in the Daily Mail that Arsenal will step up their interest in Gary Cahill after Thomas Vermaelen was injured against Benfica. It's the first time we've heard that link.

The Mail states that the Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley went to the Reebok to see Cahill in action for Bolton on Friday, just why he needs to be scouted at this stage we're not too sure.

Arsenal are also linked with, of course, Birmingham’s Scott Dann and Blackburn's Chris Samba.

Let's take a look at the rest of the gossip.

Daily Mail: Peter Crouch has pleaded with Luka Modric to stay at Tottenham ... Romelu Lukaku has declared he is joining his 'dream team' in Chelsea ... James McClean will have a medical at Sunderland on Monday ahead of his £1million move from Derry City ... Alan Pardew has made a personal check on Holland left back Erik Pieters as he lines up a replacement for Jose Enrique ... Swansea City have agreed a £1.5million fee with FC Utrecht for Holland goalkeeper Michel Vorm and want to hijack Hull City's move for Daniel Ayala of Liverpool ... Tottenham are interested in FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz ... Fulham are on the trail of young Lens defender Serge Aurier ... Stoke City are keen on Marseille midfielder Charles Kabore.

The Sun: Wesley Sneijder has put Manchester United and City on alert by pleading: Come and get me.

Daily Mirror: Blackburn Rovers are trying to sell a handful of players in a secret list that reveals the salaries of Steve Kean’s unwanted men ... Premier League new boys Swansea are lining up an ambitious move for World Cup winner David Trezeguet ... Bolton boss Owen Coyle has been given the go-ahead for talks with Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips ... Peter Crouch insists he would rather fight for his place at ambitious Spurs than struggle elsewhere ... Stoke are set to make a £3.5million bid for power-house Marseille midfielder Charles Kabore ... Leeds want to take on loan Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand.

Daily Express: Arsenal fear that this could be the week their summer lurches into crisis with sources at the club indicating that Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri could leave before the season starts on Saturday.

Daily Telegraph: Arsenal are poised to complete the £12 million signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton and also hope to confirm two further additions to their squad this week. Joel Campbell will be one of the two.

August 7, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/07/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.

23.56: That's all for tonight. Tomorrow may well bring the end to the Romelu Lukaku saga as he heads for his Chelsea medical, and perhaps we'll start to see some other deals actually going through as we close in on the start of the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A seasons. We'll be here from 0800 BST as usual so we look forward to seeing you then.

23.51: AS believes Real Betis midfielder Achille Emana will be on his way to join Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

23.46: Santos duo Neymar and Ganso seem to spend all day every day telling people where they want to move to and then saying the don't want to move anywhere. It's Ganso's turn today. "I have given my word to the president and I want to make it clear for the fans: I will play the Club World Cup and there will be the centenary next year," Ganso said. "I have not received any offer and I believe neither have Santos."

23.42: Real Mallorca’s chief executive says the club will not be forced into selling players by the administrators – citing Jonathan de Guzman as the primary example. “The club’s position is clear,” Pedro Terrasa told Diario de Mallorca. “We will not negotiate the transfer of de Guzman because the player is not for sale. He is valued at €12 million for Villarreal and €8 million for any other club. He is integral to our project for the forthcoming season and we intend on offering him an improved deal.”

23.20: Celtic might have to ramp up their efforts in the market after defender Emilio Izaguirre was ruled out for four to six months with a fractured ankle. “We might have to look for another left-back,” Lennon said.

23.12: Could Raul be on his way out of Schalke? @ian_holyman tweets: “BILD believe the fact Raul turned down a place on the team council and only sprinted 5 times v VfB means he wants out of S04.”

22.57: Atletico Madrid have reportedly entered a player-plus-cash offer for Porto’s Radamel Falcao. Atleti are prepared to hand over €20 million and Argentine Eduardo Salvio to get their man, according to AS, but Salvio doesn’t sound keen: "I would really like Falcao to come, but I do not want to become a bargaining chip."

22.51: Sounds like Per Mertesacker fancies a move to the Premier League. "I think it's good for an international to get experience abroad," he said. Werder Bremen have said they are willing to listen to offers.

22.47: Reader comment from David.

"With the heart of Arsenal's mid field unsettled, can someone explain to me why the gunners don't contact Inter and meet whatever the asking price is for Wesley Sneijder. Show the rest of the Prem that they are in fact in it to win it..."

22.35: Danish side Brondby have made an offer for Bidvest Wits’ South African winger Sifiso Myeni. “I will sit down with Sifiso on Monday to discuss what he wants to do and if he wants to go and play for them, he will go because it is up to him,” coach Roger de Sa told kickoff.com. “I cannot reveal how much they have offered us at this stage. It might be zero, but if Sifiso wants to go, he will still go. He will definitely make his decision on Monday."

22.23: Sticking with the subject of West Brom and strikers, Roy Hodgson has said: "We need strikers. We are short in that department - everyone knows it. I can’t give you any update with where we are. I’m just hoping something will materialise."

22.07: ...and it looks like Forest could be about to tie up a deal for West Brom striker Ishmael Miller. Roy Hodgson told wba.co.uk: "Ishmael looks like he'll go to Forest. He's got a medical there tomorrow and he's going to meet up with Steve McClaren."

21.52: ADO Den Haag winger Wesley Verhoek, a target for Rangers and also linked to both Aston Villa and Fulham, has told Eredivisie Live he is 99% certain to join Nottingham Forest.

21.26: Reader Dean asks: "Any news on this Jose Enrique to Liverpool move? Also, what about Cahill to Liverpool?"

The Star said today that Liverpool have agreed a £5.5 million fee with Newcastle for Enrique, so it's possible that one will go through soon. Bolton boss Owen Coyle said on Friday that he'd met with Kenny Dalglish a few days previously and was convinced there was nothing in the Gary Cahill story, so that one doesn't sound at all likely for now.

21.19: Real Madrid will sign Neymar in January, according to a report in Marca. The 19-year-old will apparently stay at Santos to take in December’s Club World Cup before joining Real for the second half of the La Liga campaign. We have heard this one before, of course.

20.40: Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku has confirmed he will be having his Chelsea medical tomorrow. Just to recap: the clubs have agreed a fee, but he's still to pass his medical or agree personal terms (although reports in Belgium on Friday suggested he may have already agreed terms).

20.15 Liverpool are being linked with a move for Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer. Givemefootball.com claim the Swans may struggle to keep Dyer after signing Wayne Routledge from Newcastle United. Dyer was voted Fans' Player of the Season at Swansea last season.

19.55 For the full story on Sneijder's comments, click here.

19.10 BREAKING NEWS! Wesley Sneijder says he will leave Inter Milan this month if the right offer comes in. "All I know is that Inter need money and that I'm for sale if the right offer comes in," he told Voetball International. "I have five days off after the international friendly against England on Wednesday. I expect clarity on my future by then. I can be very brief about the interest from Manchester United and City: I haven't spoken with either of those two clubs, so I can't really say much about my future at the moment."

18.35 Tottenham striker Peter Crouch is hoping the reception given to Luka Modric at White Hart Lane yesterday will convince him to stay. "That certainly makes it harder for him that the fans are right behind him," he said, after Spurs' 2-1 friendly win against Athletic Bilbao. "He knows that the fans here love him and hopefully he can stay here for as long as he can. He's going off for international duty now and we were saying to him: 'make sure we see you on Thursday' and we hope he does. He is a top player. We love him at the club. He is a great lad to have about. We all want him to stay.''

18.22 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on being asked if the Gunners were close to a new signing. "We try to strengthen the squad, we worked very hard on it, but I have no name today.''

17.47 Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has responded to yesterday's rumours that City were poised to sign Wesley Sneijder. "No, it is not true. He is an Inter Milan player. We never spoke about him.''

17.40 Bologna are being linked with a move for U.S. international midfielder Michael Bradley. According to Football Italia, the Italian side have entered a bid of €5m for the Borussia Mönchengladbach player, who spent part of last season on loan at Aston Villa. His German employers apparently have no interest in keeping him in the Bundesliga, and are happy for him to leave.

17.30 More on Fulham's reported bid for young Lens defender Serge Aurier. French newspaper Le Parisien believe an offer of €3.5m is on the table. Blackburn and Manchester City have been previously linked to the 18-year-old, but it appears Fulham are best placed to get their man.

17.21 German international Andreas Beck looks likely to be staying put at Hoffenheim, ending speculation over a possible move to Juventus. "I am in talks with Hoffenheim about a new contract, I am very positive on this," the defender told Sportinformationsdienst. "The proposed transfer to Juventus is off, as far as I am concerned. I am not looking to move on, I do not spare a thought about moving to another club. My focus is to begin the season well with Hoffenheim."

17.10 Joey Barton is reportedly set for talks at Newcastle this week, and could yet remain at St. James' Park this season. A host of Premier League clubs have been linked to the midfielder, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Stoke. Championship West Ham have also been mentioned, but it seems Barton's wages could prove a stumbling block.

16.55 Chelsea are being linked with a move for 19-year-old Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, after the teenager reportedly turned down Manchester City. Erikson's agent had said: "Christian was very flattered by the interest from City, but at the moment it is not the step he wants to make. The feeling has to be right. It's not about the money." City later denied it.

Denmark international Eriksen was heavily linked to Chelsea back in June, and the suggestion is they may be tempted to come back in for him.

16.42: Sky Sport Italia reckons AZ Alkmaar and Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero is a target for Chievo and Serie B side Sampdoria.

16.14: With every day that passes, Inter seem to be talking more and more about Wesley Sneijder. “Have City contacted us about Sneijder? Being one of the best players in the world, it’s clear there are going to be enquiries,” director Marco Branca told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “However, we have not yet worked out a price-tag. Wesley has Inter in his heart, so it seems that both he and Eto’o said they want to stay.

“After all, Inter won’t keep anyone who doesn’t want to be here, nor do we want to sell someone unless they are happy with the situation.”

15.50: It certainly seems Chelsea won't get anywhere with their pursuit of Luka Modric unless the player forces his way out, but Spurs first-team coach Joe Jordan seems to be hopeful that won't be the case: "He is an exceptional professional. Whatever is going on in his mind, I can honestly say that it has not affected his approach to training."

15.00 Romelu Lukaku declared he was joining his "dream team" after Chelsea reached an agreement to sign the striker from Anderlecht.

14.40 Sky Sports is reporting that Chelsea will lodge a third bid for Luka Modric next week. Did they not say that last weekend? Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how Spurs respond to an offer around the £30 million mark.

14.16 Of Adel Taarabt, QPR boss Warnock has told the talkSPORT: “I can't say Adel Taarabt is definitely staying. With three games to go before the end of the window if he does well in those games anything can happen but I'm optimistic he'll be staying."

13.59 Rangers have revealed they hope to sign Australia midfielder Matt McKay this week.

13.43 Jonathan Woodgate, who signed for Stoke this summer on a free transfer, has condeded he considered quitting football. He said: "There were times when I thought that was it, of course." The defender this week played a full 90 minutes for the Potters in Europe.

13.15 The transfer iron isn't exactly hot today. That's understandable, with most of the newspapers focusing on actual football this weekend. One has to imagine there will be movement next week, though.

12.44 Regarding Gary Cahill's future, Bolton manager Owen Coyle has told told Sky Sports News: "It is very much the status quo, carrying on where we have before. But we try to be fair to Gary, if there is something positive there for him, then great, I will let him know. If it's not, he has to be allowed to focus and concentrate on his career at Bolton, where he has been outstanding and will continue to be until that was to change."

12.38 Graeme Bailey on Twitter: "One interesting line in Italy is that Roma are set for talks with Villarreal over Nilmar - could be another disappointment for Spurs."

12.28 The Sunday Mirror reports that Arsenal are set to wrap up a £12 million deal for Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain next week.

12.05 Tiishetjo wonders via the comments: "I have a feeling the Sneijder to Man City rumours were made to pile pressure on Utd to actually make a bid, it doesn't look like it's working though! Glory Glory Man Utd."

11.37 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned Emmanuel Adebayor and Craig Bellamy they do not feature in his plans for the new Premier League season.

11.17 Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs on Per Mertesacker in the People: "We are willing to discuss a transfer for Per. We have promised him we will listen to serious offers."

11.05 This is sure to irk Arsenal fans. Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has told the People: "We expect to see Cesc in the Barca dressing room soon. The players want him to come because he is a big friend and an extraordinary footballer."

10.48 Lazio director Igli Tare on reported Tottenham target Mauro Zarate: "Zarate's future? We'll see what happens. He is an important player for Lazio and is putting in a lot of effort."

10.35 John Carew joined West Ham yesterday. In case you missed it, here's the full story.

10.20 Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini on Wesley Sneijder: "As for the rumour of Sneijder leaving, we will talk about it next week."

10.00 Plenty more from the People: Stoke could meet West Ham's £8 million valuation of Scott Parker but the midfielder is likely to reject the offer ... Valencia are ready to give Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini the chance to return to Spain ... Birmingham see Anthony Gardner as the ideal replacement for wanted-man Scott Dann.

09.41 The People: Out-of-favour Tottenham midfielder David Bentley could return to Blackburn for a fee in the region of £7 million.

09.30 The Star on Sunday claims Liverpool have finally agreed a £5.5 million fee for Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique. If true, that would demonstrate a tidy piece of business by the Reds.

09.15 The Mail also alleges that Manchester City players Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bridge, Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz and Nedum Onouha are refusing to leave the club for less than their current wages, despite not being wanted by coach Roberto Mancini.

09.06 It's instalment one of the Cesc Fabregas saga for today, brought to you by the Mail, who suggest the Spaniard has "offered to give up more than £4 million worth of bonuses" in order to join Barcelona.

09.00 Morning, morning and morning. How are you? Good, you say? Well that's just splendid. We're about to get knee-deep in transfer speculation. So, pull up a chair, pour yourself a Sunday morning coffee and enjoy.

August 6, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/06/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Sunderland join race to sign Craig Bellamy, who has also been linked with Celtic and Cardiff © Getty Images

23.00: Right that's all we've got time for today folks but join us tomorrow for what is usually the best day of the week for juicy gossip - bring on Sunday!

22.51 We're loving the cynical tone of this comment from reader Sam on Arsene Wenger:

"A player of "super quality", ay? He's used terms like that to describe some of his current crop of deadbeats. Arsenal fans, prepare yourselves for this announcement next week: "Ladies and Gentleman, your new Gunners, Matt Jarvis and Scott Dann". Next stop, the Premier League title... (shakes head incredulously)"

22.34 Inter technical director Marco Branca on Wesley Sneijder: “You keep asking me about Sneijder’s future, but in all honesty I don’t know what to say. Right now there have been no talks and there are no negotiations between the clubs. We haven’t even received any calls from Manchester.

“Sneijder is one of the best players in the world for his position, so it’s normal that the top European clubs would be interested. It’s natural that someone will try to get the best on the transfer market.”

22.15 France Football reports that Fulham have offered 3.5 million euros for Lens' teenage right-back Serge Aurier, who is reportedly also attracting interest from Manchester City, Blackburn, Lazio and Getafe.

21.59 Ally McCoist on potentially signing players on loan from Chelsea: "I had a good chat with Andre before the game and I am going to see him now and we will talk about out a few things... it would be ridiculous of me not to use the good contacts that I have and I will certainly use every contact that I have to bring in the best players available to the club. You can be sure of that."

21.43 More on goalkeepers and Croatian custodian Stipe Pletikosa - who Spurs fans may (or more likely may not) remember from an ill-fated loan spell last season - has joined Russian side Rostov.

21.28 West Brom have signed Ipswich goalkeeper Martin Fulop as back-up to Ben Foster. It represents a complete overhaul in goalkeeping personnel for the Baggies, who sold Scott Carson to Bursaspor earlier in the summer and lety Boaz Myhill go to Birmingham as part of Foster's season-long loan deal.

21.01 John Carew is on the verge of signing for West Ham and is believed to have completed a medical today.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said: “There has been an interest in John. I have had a chat with him, but he has a number of options on the table. We’ve given him our terms and conditions and we will try, if we can, to go from there. But whether we can negotiate that or whether he will accept that is obviously another matter.

“He is another quality player who has played at most levels of football in his lifetime and he’s only just in his 30s, so he’s a very mature, experienced and good player. If he chooses us we would be delighted.”

20.44 FULL STORY HERE on Romelu Lukaku closing in on move to Chelsea.

20.23 Alan Pardew has confirmed that Gabriel Obertan is due in Newcastle for a medical ahead of his protracted move from Manchester United.

20.02 Chelsea have reached an agreement with Anderlecht for the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian club have confirmed on their official website this
evening.

19.45 Lucho Gonzalez's proposed move from Marseille to Roma is believed to be on the rocks as the Serie A side are unwilling to meet Marseille's valuation of more than €10million for the 30-year-old.

19.28 Pastore reveals his reasons for snubbing Chelsea: "At Chelsea or in another club, I would have not played as often as I could hope. I believe at Paris I will play and will be able to show my value."

19.03 Liverpool have confirmed on their official website that they have agreed a fee with Hull City for defender Daniel Ayala, who played on loan with the Tigers.

18.47 Roma have completed the signing of talented River Plate youngster Erik Lamela for a fee of €12 million. Could prove to be a very astute piece of business from the Gialorossi.

18.20 Preston have agreed to sign German youth international forward Juvhel Tsoumou from Alemannia Aarchen on a two-year deal.

18.01FULL STORY HERE on Javier Pastore's move to PSG.

17.32 FULL STORY HERE on Yuri Zhirkov's move to Russia (the Republic of Dagestan if we're being precise) with big spending Anzhi.

17.10 Swansea have confirmed the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Michael Vorm from Utrecht.

16.48 - DONE DEAL: Javier Pastore signs for PSG on a five-year deal and he will wear the No. 27 shirt for the Parisians.

16.32 We'd love to be able to say there has been a new, conclusive development in the Wesley Sneijder transfer story but after he scored in the Super Cup final today - Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini played it coy when questioned about his playmaker's future. FULL STORY HERE

16.21 DONE DEAL: Chelsea midfielder Yuri Zhirkov signs four-year deal with Anzhi. "I hope to play against Spartak (Moscow) in next matchday," he said.

15.50 A rumour from the papers, as the Metro reckons Joey Barton looks set for a move to a London club after Everton were priced out of signing the Newcastle midfielder.

15.10 Gabriele Marcotti on Twitter: "Roma bid 14m for Nilmar, knocked back, now bid 16m. Villarreal want 20."

14.59 Manchester City have denied the Eriksen story. A club spokesman told Press Association Sport: "Manchester City strongly refute any suggestion that an offer has been made either to the player or his agent.''

14.33 Read the full story on Eriksen's link with Manchester City here.

14.10 DONE DEAL:Parma have signed left-back Matteo Rubin from Torino.

13.53 The agent of Hamburg striker Eljero Elia has claimed that Juventus have made an offer for the Dutch international. ''They [Juventus] are interested in [Eljero] Elia and they have submitted an offer for him,'' Schouten stated to Italian publication Tuttosport.

13.28 Ajax star Christian Eriksen's agent, Martin Schoot, has told Bold.dk: "It is true that we have a concrete proposal from Manchester City, about which Eriksen is proud and honoured. We talk about the world's richest club, so that they are interested is something Christian regards as an honour. But Christian said a polite, 'no thanks', because he did not feel it would be the best move for his career at this time."

13.03 West Brom are set to complete their search for another goalkeeper by signing Hungarian Marton Fulop from Ipswich Town.

12.35 Wesley Sneijder starts for Inter Milan against AC Milan in today's Italian Super Cup clash.

12.31 Gabriele Marcotti on Twitter: "Branca + Paolillo deny Gazzetta's Sneijder to City story. Bit surprised, unusual for Gazzetta to write this so "hard" if unfounded."

12.22 New Chelsea signing Oriol Romeu: "You never know what can happen in the future. I will always support Barca and hopefully some day I can return there. But, right now, what I want is to succeed at Chelsea and be well there."

11.58 No official statement from City yet regarding Sneijder. A number of media outlets are saying a source has informed them the report is untrue. Hugely bold for Gazzetta to play the story so strongly. They must be confident there is something in it.

11.31 Arsene Wenger has confessed the summer transfer window has not gone according to plan, but he assured Arsenal fans that they can hope to see a signing of "super quality" arrive "next week".

11.17 Sky Sports News is reporting City have played down the Sneijder report. Expect the media to quiz Inter officials later today when the team meets Milan in Beijing.

11.05 Sir Alex Ferguson on reports Dimitar Berbatov could join PSG: "It's nonsense. There's absolutely no interest or encouragement from us either."

10.50 This way for the developing story on Sneijder to Eastlands.

10.45 Hmmm, seems the €6 million bit (see entry at 10.33) about Sneijder may have got lost in translation. That figure is apparently not relating to the extra United weren't willing to pay with regards a fee, rather it indicates his purported salary at City.

10.42 John Carew is having a medical at West Ham ahead of a proposed move to the Championship club.

10.33 Indeed, Gazzetta claims Sneijder will play one final match for Inter, in today's Italian Super Cup, before wrapping up a €36 million move to Manchester City. The report suggests said fee is €6 million more than United were willing to pay for the Dutchman.

10.25 Gazzetta reports Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is bound for Manchester - but for City, not United. More to follow...

10.03 The Daily Mail: Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan has agreed a five-year contract with Newcastle and will complete his move to Tyneside next week ... Chelsea are hoping to close a £20m deal for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, 18, over the weekend ... Blackburn manager Steve Kean is keeping tabs on Spurs forward Robbie Keane.

09.51 The Daily Mirror: Samir Nasri appears closer to an Arsenal exit following an alleged row with Arsene Wenger ... Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could reignite his interest in Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi ... Spurs are demanding £20 million from Stoke for Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios.

09.41 The Sun: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will be rewarded with a five-year contract worth £25 million ... Arsenal have won the race to sign highly-rated Costa Rican Joel Campbell for a fee of £900,000 ... Swansea have seen bids for Dutch duo Jasper Cillessen and Michel Vorm rejected.

09.30 An extra line on the Bellamy story, courtesy of the Daily Mirror, the paper reporting Sunderland will cover more than half the Wales international's £85,000-a-week wages.

09.15 You can read the full story on Bruce's interest in Bellamy right here. Newspaper rumours to follow, people.

09.00 Good morning. Let's begin with Craig Bellamy. Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has said: "We're all looking at Manchester City because they've got some great players who can't even get in the squad. Craig Bellamy is a possibility. He can play wide left and up front so we'll
see."

August 5, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/05/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Gabriel Obertan has not made the grade for United © Getty Images

18.00: That's your lot for today, but there will be plenty more gossip and probably some more on Cesc Fabregas and Barcelona in the morning.

17.50: DONE DEAL: Birmingham have signed striker Chris Wood from West Brom on a month-long youth loan, with a view to an extension.

17.44: Big Sam expecting big things of Rob Green, Carlton Cole and Scott Parker this summer. "They are West Ham players and they are contracted to West Ham," he said. "Their commitment has to be to the West Ham shirt because that is where their contract lies.''

17.30: Man City striker Craig Bellamy is no closer to joining Celtic, according to Neil Lennon. "It's all gone quiet (on Bellamy),'' he said. ''You would be interested in a player of Craig's quality but we have nothing more to add to that at the minute. I haven't spoken to him for a fortnight now but we will do that through his representatives."

17.12: Borussia Monchengladbach have admitted midfielder Michael Bradley has no future with the club. Time for a Premier League move?

16.43: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall admits his club could not compete financially with Dundee United over a deal for defender Gavin Gunning.

16.31: Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker could leave, according to sporting director Klaus Allofs after claiming no player was unsellable. "This applies to all players, including Per [Mertesacker]. We gave them the promise to consider any serious offers" Allofs said. "We have satisfied all positions in the team, so we can cope with a sale, but I would not like to let him go."

16.05: Sport.es claim that Fabregas has not travelled with Arsenal to Portugal for the pre-season game with Benfica. More when we hear it.

15.59: Sunderland manager Steve Bruce admits 'two or three' more players could follow Steed Malbranque in leaving the Stadium of Light before the close of the transfer window.

15.35: Sinisa Mihajlovic would welcome the addition of Antonio Cassano to his Fiorentina squad this summer. “He’s a great player,” stated the Viola boss. “If he has the right motivation and he gets it in his head that he has to train hard then he would be of use to any side.”

15.19: Edy Reja has suggested that he wouldn’t stop Lazio from selling Mauro Zarate. “It’s hard to keep seven strikers happy.”

15.11: Sir Geoff Hurst has urged West Ham boss Sam Allardyce to steer clear of Joey Barton. “I wouldn’t want to see Joey Barton at Upton Park. The reasons remain obvious,'' he told talkSPORT. “His record off the field is probably the worst we’ve seen from any professional player. He’s involved with problems at the club now, Tweeting stuff, being very derogatory. His record off the field is probably the worst we’ve seen from any professional player.”

14.59: Another Arsenal kid is not so happy at the club though. Gilles Sunu told L'Equipe: "More than anything else, I need to play, to have a full season at a club. That's my priority. I have had two loans in two seasons, first at Derby and then at Lorient. I haven't had the opportunity to express myself fully. "Whether in France or abroad, I want to join a club to get the playing time I need to progress."

14.52: Arsenal youngster Benik Afobe being linked with a loan move to Sheff Wed. But he'll start the season at the Gunners.

14.34: West Ham's rebuilding of the 2006 Bolton squad continues, as they are now targeting free-agent John Carew to play the Kevin Davies role.

14.25: Rangers completed the signing of Kyle Bartley on a second loan spell from Arsenal on Thursday and McCoist revealed that fresh bids were submitted earlier in the week for Roland Juhasz at Anderlecht and ADO Den Haag's Wesley Verhoek. He said: “There is a bid in for Verhoek which went in on Tuesday or Wednesday, as there is for Juhasz. We've not heard from either club yet.”

14.14: Rangers have agreed to sell Majid Bougherra to Lekhwiya for £1.75 million. Who? I hear you ask. Well, they are a Dubai-based team with, presumably, a shed-load of cash in their pockets to spend on Algerian defenders. Doubt money played a part though...

14.01: Another move on the cards? Fred pulled out of Fluminense's match against Internacional at the last minute, claiming not to be in the right state of mind to play.

13.42: DONE DEAL: 24-year-old goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has arrived at Man City from Poli Timisoara and will act as cover to Joe Hart following the departure of Shay Given to Aston Villa.

13.25: Celtic captain Scott Brown has revealed he is on the verge of signing a contract extension. "I'm happy to say we're getting close to agreeing a contract extension," he said in the Daily Record. "I've said all along I'm settled at Celtic and that I'd love to sign a new deal. Now we're close and I'm delighted about that. I hope the fans see it as good news too.''

13.14: Former Manchester City striker Robinho has expressed his sympathy at Mario Balotelli's claims he is unsettled in Manchester. "It doesn't surprise me," Robinho said. "He's not the first one to have difficulty in that city. I don't know if he will decide to stay or go. But I admit that I understand him. You don't live well in Manchester."

12.29: Marvin Emnes has signed up at Boro for four more years but one of the best two footed players of his generation, Julio Arca, looks set to leave Teesside.

12.09: SWP was linked with Bolton earlier, but now Wigan and Sunderland have also been given permission to talk to him.

12.05: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn. More Carlos Tevez quotes from Mancini: "Carlos is a City player. At the moment we don't have any news from other teams, so Carlos will play for Manchester City." Until someone actually bids for him of course. Then he won't.

11.45: Crystal Palace have signed Leicester City's Bulgarian centre back Aleksander Tunchev and Queens Park Rangers right back Peter Ramage.

11.21: Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws claims Romelu Lukaku's move to Chelsea is imminent. The player has apparently agreed terms on a five-year deal, although it remains possible that Lukaku will remain with Anderlecht until January on loan once he signs.

10.50: Valencia boss Unai Emery believes that Juan Mata will be staying with the club after considering his future. "Mata has gone through a process of doubts about his future," Emery said. "But now we all believe he will stay at Valencia."

10.41: Well here's a shock. Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has issued a warning to the club's Serie A rivals by revealing he expects more players to arrive before the start of the season.

10.29: L'Equipe says Arsene Wenger is now rethinking his decision to keep Samir Nasri and is considering the €22 million bid from Manchester City. Nasri, out of contract next summer, is said to have already agreed terms with City.

10.22: Gian Piero Gasperini: "There are no negotiations for Sneijder. If a tempting offer came in, we would think about it. "I've said it before and I repeat now that this is only an issue for the newspapers. He is an integral part of our team and we are not involved in negotiations. I've already said this: if a good offer came in, and this doesn't just apply to Sneijder but any offer player, only then will we think about it. There are no negotiations."

10.03: Chelsea are expected to lodge an improved £30 million bid for Luka Modric on Friday but it will immediately be rejected by Tottenham.

09.50: Juventus have made a bid for Hamburg winger Eljero Elia, the player's agent has confirmed. "Juventus have already made a bid, and in the last few days I have spoken to [Juve transfer consultant] Fabio Paratici," Frank Schouten told Itasportpress. "If an economical agreement can be found then Elia will be playing in Serie A."

09.27: Gazzetta say that Manchester City want Samuel Eto'o or €45 million for Carlos Tevez. Reports yesterday suggested that Maicon could be a part of the deal.

Just for the record: Milan has 15cm more annual rainfall than Manchester, according to figures
released by the Met Office. And it's further away from South America.

09.24: Juventus' Giuseppe Marotta has rejected Zenit St Petersburg's offer for Leonardo Bonucci.

09.13: More Arsenal-ness, as France boss Laurent Blanc, confirmed that the Samir Nasri is unsettled. Blanc said: “When you change clubs or you want to change a club, it can be destabilising.”

08.50: Former Arsenal star Alexander Hleb could be on his way to Premier League rivals Aston Villa, as Andoni Zubizarreta revealed: "He continues to recover in Munich. We're looking for a club he can join on loan."

08.37: BREAKING: Reports suggesting that Arsenal have rejected a bid from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas. Read more

Might have something do with some Twitter talk from GuillemBalague, who says: ''Mata will stay at Valencia “unless a huge offer” arrives - that would be €30m. Neither the player or Valencia expect it this summer''

08.30: Nigeria forward Kalu Uche has joined Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax on a two-year deal from Spanish second-division club Almeria. The Swiss side sacked their entire coaching staff last week, so that could be a short move. Read more

08.21: Real Madrid are interested in Pedro Mendes. No... not the former Spurs player, but instead the U-21 Sporting Lisbon defender, according to news daily A BOLA.

08.10: Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the progress of Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia as a future replacement for Lucas Leiva.

08.02: Papers, papers, everywhere:

The Sun: Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole is a target for big-spending French outfit Paris St Germain.Everton, Aston Villa and Fulham have all contacted Real Madrid about Pedro Leon. Alex McLeish admits that Aston Villa cannot afford to sign Toon midfielder Joey Barton. West Ham have had a £2million bid for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard knocked back.

Daily Mirror: Bolton are in negotiations with Manchester City over winger Shaun Wright-Phillips... Manchester City could allow Carlos Tevez to leave as part of a swap with Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o. Two Premier League sides are reported to have contacted Newcastle about Joey Barton.

08.00: An early line from the Daily Mail is that Man Utd are willing to let winger Gabriel Obertan join Newcastle. The Chronicle have already broken the story, but the Mail say Fulham are also interested in taking him on loan. As long as he doesn't appear on Twitter, he should be ok.

August 4, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/04/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Gary Cahill has been regularly linked with a move from Bolton © Getty Images

23.30 CLOSEDOWN: Not a busy evening in terms of transfer news, in truth. Be sure, though, to join us in the morning as we pick through the Friday newspapers. Thank you for all your comments today, too. A sterling effort.

23.06 Read the full story on Bartley's move to Rangers here.

22.54 West Brom have reportedly accepted bids from Leicester and Nottingham Forest for striker Ishmael Miller.

22.29 DONE DEAL: Kyle Bartley has re-joined Rangers on loan having recently signed a new contract at Arsenal.

22.00 DONE DEAL: Real Madrid have agreed to loan young midfielder Sergio Canales to La Liga rivals Valencia.

21.40 DONE DEAL: Ricardo Vaz Te has signed a one-year contract with Barnsley.

21.18 Bolton manager Owen Coyle has today reiterated his interest in signing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

21.09 West Brom and Leicester target Shane Long is ready to make the step up to the Premier League, according to Reading boss Brian McDermott.

20.40 Argentina expert Sam Kelly on Twitter: "Boca Juniors' signing of Peñarol goalkeeper Sebastián Sosa, which was thrown into doubt yesterday, has now gone through on a one year loan."

20.10 Argentina defender Gabriel Milito has been released by Barcelona.

19.40 Juventus have rejected a bid for defender Leonardo Bonucci from Zenit St Petersburg.

19.24 Sulley Muntari on Twitter: "maybe i should do want joey barton is doing haha. what does everyone think should i be a rebel and force a move out of inter?! everyone relax i'm just joking i'm determined to fight for a place this season."

19.08 Click here for the full story on Maicon's future.

18.51 Maicon to Real Madrid is a rumour that has slipped under the radar a little in recent weeks but his agent Antonio Caliendo has been talking about a possible switch from Inter Milan for his client.

Caliendo told IlSussidiario.net: “It’s a year that we have been talking about this. The transfer market runs at such a speed that things can change from one day to another. One thing is for sure, Inter chief Massimo Moratti has no intention of accepting a Real player as part of a Maicon sale. The president wants just cash.

“It’s hard to say how much. Last year he rejected a €25m offer. If the same offer arrived this year I think he’d sell, but I’m not the one who sets the price. Inter will do that. Maicon has a good relationship with Mourinho. But I don’t think President Florentino Perez is convinced about spending so much money on a player who has won a lot, but is no longer that young.”

18.39 West Ham have had a bid for Nice striker Eric Mouloungui turned down. Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere said: "West Ham approached us with an offer which was of no interest. Eric Mouloungui is an important player and we want to keep him."

18.21 Remember, you can comment using the tool below. That's what Jared did, catching our eye with his unusual Pokemon references in relation to Barca's transfer strategy:

"Barcelona are really using Roma and Chelsea, in the respective deals for Bojan and Romeu, as a sort of Pokemon day care. They are leaving them at the clubs and letting them gain experience. If they get good enough to fight for a place on the first team, Barcelona will pay to have the improved player back; if the players don't markedly improve, however, they don't ever need to pay the money and bring the players back. Gotta Pep 'em all!"

18.03 Voetbal International says Feyenoord's chances of taking precocious Arsenal striker Ryo Miyaichi on loan again for the coming season are slim.

17.49 - DONE DEAL Wayen Routledge signs for Swansea. A statement on the Swans' official website said: "Following on from the signing of Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita yesterday, the Swans can confirm Routledge passed his medical and completed the paperwork late this afternoon."

17.33 Young French winger Antoine Griezmann is keen to move from Real Sociedad to Atletico Madrid. He said: "I made my decision, I want to go to Atletico Madrid, who are playing regularly in European competitions. I dream of playing for France, and I think changing clubs is the right way to achieve it."

17.20 Stefano Mauri says he decided to stay at Lazio after holding talks with president Claudio Lotito. The attaxking midfielder was linked with Zenit St PEtersburg but said: “I heard about the interest of other clubs in me. Nevertheless, I spoke with Lotito and he told me that he didn’t want me to leave. I’m happy in the city and I don’t see why I should go anywhere else.”

17.05 DONE DEAL: Brentford have signed former Aston Villa attacking midfielder Harry Forrester on a two-year deal. Forrester had been linked with a move to Ajax.

16.45 Vincenzo Iaquinta's father has suggested the striker will remain with Juventus for the 2011-12 campaign.

16.25: Gonzalo Higuain on the prospect of Real Madrid signing another striker: “That’s not my decision. We are happy as things are, but it’s not my decision whether we get another striker. The truth is that we face the same question every year, but if Karim and I and all the attacking players are here to help score goals and win things.”

16.07: DONE DEAL: Brest have signed 33-year-old former Juventus and Brescia defender Jonathan Zebina.

15.51: Adam Johnson has been linked with a move to Chelsea but he is happy he appears to be in Manchester City's plans this season. Story here.

15.46: DONE DEAL QPR have signed DJ Campbell from Blackpool. Full story here.

15.33: Here’s one that’s sure to cheer up the Arsenal fans - a Barcelona player, believe it or not, has spoken of how he’d like Cesc Fabregas to join the club. Andres Iniesta told ESPN: “We have said many times that we would be happy to see him arrive. He is one of the best players around. Everything depends on the clubs and what the player wants - all the things it is not for us to decide.”

15.25: The reader comments have been dominated by Arsenal fans today. Here are Alex's thoughts:

"I completely respect Wenger's principles about economic reponsibility and the concept of not overpaying for players in the way that Man City currently are. And i have become used to the unfortunate end of a transfer window without Arsenal making a signing of the quality that the club deserves. But Wenger's quotes earlier this summer about strengthening gave me false hopes that he had finally realized that occasionally overpaying for the right player is not a fault, its a necessity. Each day when I wake up and nothing has happened beyond pure rumor and speculation on the Arsenal transfer front I feel as if I have been sucker punched in the gut by Wenger, because once again this summer he has led the Arsenal faithful astray."

15.20: Doncaster will sign Algerian defender Rachid Bouhenna if he receives international clearance, and there's talk they've given Giles Barnes a six-month deal too.

15.16: It’s been an Inter dominated day today on the blog. Gian Piero Gasperini has now reacted to rumours Wesley Sneijder didn’t want to play in the Super Cup against Milan this weekend.

“That’s news to me,” he said. “I think that there may be some wrong information going around about this issue - actually, a lot of wrong information. I notice that a lot of stories have grown around Inter that are not true at all. In my opinion the atmosphere at the club is fine. Sneijder will play."

15.07: More on Barton-gate. Alan Pardew has now said he could stay. More here.

15.06: DONE DEAL Leicester have finalised the signing of Gelson Fernandes on a season-long deal from St Etienne.

15.01: Genoa are not ruling out moves for Milan’s Antonio Cassano and Fiorentina’s Alberto Gilardino. “Nothing is impossible,” sporting director Stefano Capozucca said.

14.47: Michel Bastos is hoping the Lyon fans decide to support him again after all the links with Juventus this summer. "I never stated that I wanted to join Juve," he told L'Equipe. "The fans are upset and I can understand that, but I have never said anything to the press. Now I am just working hard for the team. If the fans can support me again, that will be great. I still feel as though I have a lot to prove, whether that is at Lyon or somewhere else."

14.32: Ibrahim Afellay has been linked with Tottenham and Juventus this summer, but neither will be happening. “My client will certainly stay in Spain,” representative Robert Jansen told Calcio Mercato. “He’s happy at Barcelona.”

14.16: Half an hour after Goal.com posted their quotes from ‘an Inter source’, they’ve posted quotes from their on-the-record interview with ‘former Inter transfer chief Sandro Mazzola’. Call us suspicious, but we have an inkling who the source might have been.

Anyway, Mazzola told Goal.com on the record: "I believe Sneijder has had a very good offer [from Manchester United] and he is currently evaluating it. I also feel Inter could do without Sneijder as he was not too great last season. He could leave. That's possible."

14.07: Newcastle have announced that neither the club nor Joey Barton will be making any further statements on his future, which presumably means no more George Orwell or George Washington quotes on Twitter.

13.53: The Chronicle says Newcastle United are weighing up a move for Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan.

13.46: Goal.com has spoken to 'an Inter source' and, although the story that Samuel Eto'o and Gian Piero Gasperini have had a bust-up is apparently "rubbish", the Cameroon star is said to be very much for sale.

The source said: "Eto'o is now on the market because he is the highest earner at Inter and Moratti wants to make serious cuts. Roberto Mancini is interested in signing Eto'o. Inter want Tevez, but are not ready to pay €45 million for him. The club want to insert Maicon into the deal and value him at around €10 million. If this deal can happen then Eto'o, who is valued by Inter at €40 million, could move to Manchester City in a straight cash deal which the club prefer."

13.35: Marca says Villarreal are showing interest in Real Mallorca midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.

13.26: Feel free to read something into the latest Wesley Sneijder quotes. “Gasperini is good at his job and has made some changes,” he said. “We are all well and will play our game. I've played for many coaches and each one has been different from the others, but Jose Mourinho is still the one I liked best both as a coach and as a man."

13.12: Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta: "Hleb continues to recover in Munich from a knee injury. We're looking for a club he can join on loan."

13.02: John Carew has refused to confirm whether he’s close to joining Birmingham but told TV 2 Sporten: “It is clearly not going to take long at all. Things will be decided in a matter of days, but I can’t say which club it is.”

12.41: Javier Saviola hopes team-mate Oscar Cardozo will stay at Benfica amid links with Marseille. “Cardozo has been quiet,” Saviola said in A Bola. “Today he is still our player but you never know what the future holds. Of course I would like him to stay - we have a very good understanding.”

12.25: The Journal said this morning that Newcastle “have opened negotiations with Tranquillo Barnetta” and “if a fee can be agreed with Bayer Leverkusen, the transfer could be completed within a matter of days”, but his agent appears to have very different ideas.

"As it stands there is not a hope in hell that he will be going to Newcastle. In fact I am angry at their attempts to do it, and behind my back also," Barry McIntosh told skysports.com. "They have made an approach, but their offer equates to somewhere in the region of £40,000-a-week - which is just ridiculous.

"Why on earth would Tranquilo move to Newcastle for less money? No offence to Newcastle - he would possibly consider going to Arsenal, Liverpool even Tottenham for less, but not Newcastle. They have known all along what it would take to land Barnetta and what he is earning now, and this sort of offer really does border on ridiculous."

12.17: The day’s top blog story - the Daily Mail's claim that Liverpool are keen on Gary Cahill - has been dismissed by Bolton boss Owen Coyle. He says he met Kenny Dalglish last week and “there’s absolutely no foundation to that story” and that the fabrication of the rumour is “in poor taste”.

12.10: On the Arsenal front, there's been a bit made of whether Cesc Fabregas would be included in the official team photo today, but we're currently experiencing silly levels of rain in London so they've called off the photoshoot.

12.07: There is still talk Arsenal could sign Juan Mata despite his release clause apparently having expired, but Valencia boss Unai Emery doesn’t expect the player to leave. "Mata has gone through a process of doubts about his future, but now we all believe he will stay at Valencia," Emery said.

11.51: The Nottingham Post says Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren is plotting a loan swoop for Manchester City duo John Guidetti and Gai Assulin. Guidetti is a Sweden Under-21 striker while Assulin came through the ranks at Barcelona before moving to Eastlands in 2010.

11.41: ...Barca have announced that the deal will cost Chelsea €5 million, but that there is a buy-back clause allowing them to re-sign him for €10 million next year or €15 million the year after.

11.27: DONE DEAL Chelsea have announced the signing of Oriol Romeu on their official website. Story here.

11.26: More from Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira on Neymar, but this time not particularly interesting as it’s the same stuff he always says. “We have no interest in selling Neymar, and nor do we need to. He is happy here,” he told Radio MARCA. “It’s not only Madrid that want him - Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG do as well. That’s normal.”

11.15: Tuttosport says Juventus are ready to spend about €10 million on Hamburg winger Eljero Elia.

11.03: The Harry Kewell-Melbourne Victory circus will drag on until at least Friday. The Victory had issued an ultimatum to Kewell to either sign by Thursday or the club would withdraw its offer, but that was put back to European time and a decision is now not expected until Friday morning Australian time. Kewell is also understood to be in the sights of Dubai-based side Al Ahli.

10.54: Chris Brunt has signed a new three-year contract at West Brom.

10.45: Reader comment from Phil Mac, who is not alone in wondering how Arsenal have reached this stage with only Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson added to the squad.

"For god's sake Arsene! What is wrong with you! What is wrong with Arsenal! It is just heartbreaking for me, an Arsenal fan, to wake up every day, check soccernet, and still nothing on any transfer activity from Arsenal! What about how you said that you would spend this summer? Arsene, mate, the time for action is truly NOW! Your bids for Jags and Mata just weren't good enough, you've really got to up the ante NOW!

-In Arsene we trust-"

10.43: Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem have expressed an interest in Schalke midfielder Anthony Annan, according to Ghanasoccernet.

10.30: Roma and Juventus are still being linked with Wolfsburg centre-back Simon Kjaer.

10.21: There was some silly talk yesterday that AC Milan were ready to swap Antonio Cassano for Juventus striker Amauri. The latter’s agent, Giampiero Pocetta, has now said: “That’s fantasy football, there has been nothing official from the Rossoneri. I haven’t had any real offers from Italian sides, but I can confirm that we have concrete offers from abroad.” Marseille are apparently in the mix.

10.16: A Bola says Sporting centre-back Pedro Mendes, 20, is a target for Real Madrid and could be given experience with Castilla.

10.06: More on the Samuel Eto’o situation. He suggested earlier in the summer that he wanted to have a go at playing in the Premier League and, although he then publicly agreed to stay, recently there’s been talk of a swap deal with Carlos Tevez. Tuttosport is claiming - as did the Daily Mail - he has had a big bust-up with new coach Gian Piero Gasperini and asked president Massimo Moratti for a move. Moratti is apparently waiting until after the Super Cup at the weekend before making a decision.

09.56: Skysports.com is reporting that Leeds United are set to sign Celtic's Darren O'Dea.

09.42: Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro seems to talk about Neymar every day, but his latest quotes are gold.

A Marca journalist said Neymar “must not know who Real Madrid are” if he is prepared to turn down the club, but the president said: “This is a great demonstration of arrogance. They must not know who Santos are. We are in the Club World Cup - they’re not. They talk as though Real Madrid were from another world, another galaxy, and like Brazil is just a satellite.

“The Spaniards seem to think there is still the Treaty of Tordesillas, when South America was just a large colony for the Iberian countries. They don’t realise that our economy today is much stronger than theirs. Spain is in crisis, Brazil is not.”

He added: “The opinions of a journalist do not in any way interfere with the club’s relationship with Real Madrid.”

09.28: We mentioned yesterday that there was a Twitter rumour that Spurs have made a cash-plus-players offer for Blackburn defender Chris Samba - it's also been reported by Sky Sports News, which most likely makes it true.

09.22: The stories of Karim Benzema joining Arsenal refuse to die, so here's the Real Madrid striker once again denying what appears to be absolute nonsense. "My place is at this club," Benzema told L'Equipe. "I have never talked to My Wenger or anyone else. I want to enjoy success here. I have found my self-belief. This season, I know we will win titles."

09.18: Tuttomercatoweb says Lazio midfielder Mark Bresciano could join UAE side Al Nasr after being offered €2 million per season.

09.10: Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra looks likely to seal a £1.7million move to Qatar outfit Lekhwiya and may have ended his career at the club with a red card in the Champions League exit to Malmo. “If it's my last game of course I'm disappointed by the way it has finished,” he said.

09.04: Stoke boss Tony Pulis says he plans to ramp up the transfer activity towards the end of the month. “We've always done our business later in the transfer window rather than earlier,” he said. “We have to make sure that we do our business at the right price - that is something that we have always maintained and something that we will always try to do. I think the closer you get to deadline day, there are better deals to be done with certain players.”

08.49: Sam Allardyce still expects Scott Parker to leave West Ham even though the club has yet to receive an acceptable offer. "At the end of the day, Scott's position is delicate because at any one time, someone will hit the numbers that we would value him at," he said in The Sun. "If that's the case and it's the Premier League - a place where he wants to be - he will be gone. It would be wrong of me to plan with Scott."

08.41: Here’s the round-up from the papers. Most insist that Cesc Fabregas will play for Arsenal this weekend in a pre-season friendly despite being determined to leave, just so you know.

Daily Mail: Liverpool are keen to sign a giant centre-back like Gary Cahill, Samuel Eto’o is keen on joining Manchester City after falling out with new Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini, West Ham will offer £2 million for Fulham striker Andy Johnson, Sunderland want to sign Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Daily Mirror: Inter are prepared to offer Maicon in an exchange deal for Carlos Tevez, Tottenham want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra, Chelsea will offer £30 million for Luka Modric as they believe Tottenham are close to caving in.

Daily Telegraph: Manchester City and Chelsea have made tentative enquiries about Cesc Fabregas but the Arsenal captain remains determined to join Barcelona.

The Guardian: Newcastle have no intention of making peace with Joey Barton and fully intend to offload him but Stoke are the only Premier League side to have openly expressed an interest.

The Sun: ...either that or Newcastle chiefs are fed up of Joey Barton’s snipes at the club and are willing to bring an end to the saga by keeping him, West Ham could offer Carlton Cole in a swap deal for Fulham’s Andy Johnson, Birmingham want to sign former Aston Villa striker John Carew on a free transfer.

Daily Star: Arsene Wenger is threatening to play Cesc Fabregas in the Champions League play-offs in mid-August if Barcelona continue to dally over his signing, Arsenal’s interest in Phil Jagielka has cooled, Swansea could make some last-gasp signings before their opening game against Manchester City.

08.19: While you're waiting, here's Manchester United legend Eric Cantona explaining why Sir Alex Ferguson should pursue the Wesley Sneijder deal. "Sneijder is an excellent player," he said in the Daily Mirror. "He is what Manchester United needs. There's no-one like him right now. He's strong. Sometimes he reminds me of myself."

08.15: Good morning and welcome. We'll have the full paper round-up with you soon enough, but we'll kick off with the Daily Mail story that Liverpool want to sign Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill. The Reds have been shaky at the back in pre-season but would certainly improve matters if they complete the deals for Cahill and (see yesterday's blog) Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique.

August 3, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/03/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Dimitar Berbatov has been linked with an exit since being left out of the Champions League final squad © Getty Images

00.00 That's all for today everyon, but join us again from 08.00 GMT for more transfer gossip, rumours and hopefully some done deals!

23.41 Calciomercato reports that Nacional defender Sebastian Coates has rejected an offer to play for Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk as he wants to move to an Italian side in the Champions League, with Juventus and Lazio thought to be interested.

23.29 Rumour doing the rounds on Twitter that Tottenham will make a cash-plus-player offer for Blackburn defender Chris Samba.

23.06 The Daily Telegraph suggests that Joey Barton is keen on a move to Arsenal. May sound far-fetched but remember it was it against the Gunners when he scored twice to help Newcastle come back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 last season.

22.48 The Cesc Fabregas saga has certainly got everyone talking. Here, Ron has his say:

"Fabregas should realise by now that Barcelona aren't really serious about signing him. Its been two years and they are still not willing to stump up what I believe is the right price for his transfer. Enough with the 'Fabregas to Barca' endorsement campaigns; especially from Xavi who seems to have accepted that Cesc is his soulmate!"

22.22 New Sporting signing Jeffren has admitted it was a wrench to leave Barcelona. He said: I am sad because I did not want the leave the club I love, but I also have a huge excitement about this new challenge at Sporting and who knows, maybe someday I can return to Barcelona.

"He [coach Pep Guardiola] told me I would not have much playing time, so I thought, together with my family, to join another club, where I could play more. I appreciate the coach's sincerity. He gave me the opportunity to play for the best team in the world."

22.07 Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo appears to be moving towards a transfer to AC Milan after his agent Giovanni Branchini claimed talks between the two clubs have begun.

"I think Milan have talked to Fiorentina; we will only talk when Fiorentina have reached an agreement," Branchini told Gazzetta dello Sport."[It] is a decision that belongs only to Fiorentina.

"I want to make it clear that the right not to extend a contract is the same for a player and for a club. Throughout Europe and in the world, a footballer plays until the last day of his contract with the maximum commitment, without being the subject of a soap opera, which unfortunately has been the case in Florence. Montolivo has not asked to be transferred, nor has he put pressure to be transferred to this or that club, despite what has been written in these suspicious times."

21.46 According to The West Australia, Melbourne Victory have issued Harry Kewell with an ultimatum by Melbourne Victory: sign on Thursday or they will give up on him.

21.21 Carlos Tevez has been given an extended break by Manchester City and will return to training on Monday, meaning he will miss the Community Shield.

21.09 DONE DEAL: Blackburn confirm the signing od David Goodwillie from Dundee United. Champions League here they come.

20.52 The Guardian suggests that QPR will offer Joe Cole the opportunity to end his torrid spell at Liverpool and return to London.

20.36 Porto have re-acquired 22.5 per cent of midfielder Joao Moutinho's economic rights for €4 million. They had sold 37.5% to an investment fund last year so they no own 85% of the Portugal international's rights.

20.18 AC Milan shouldn't be looking for a new centre-back any time soon, as Alessandro Nesta has stressed he has no plans to retire. The veteran defender said: "I want to carry on playing football for as long as possible. I want to put off retirement, but I can see my future still being in football, although I don't know in what capacity."

20.00 Leeds are closing in on Celtic's Darren O'Dea, who spent last season on loan at ipswich, according to Sky Sports.

19.42 Keep the comments coming in folks - MujD211 has offered Sir Alex Ferguson a bit of transfer advice:

"Man United need Sneider... Fergie should man up and buy him. And about Berbatov... I don't think Fergie understood what the reporter said.
"

19.23 Sky Sports News is reporting that Blackburn have beaten Rangers to the signing of Dundee United striker David Goodwillie.

19.10 Genoa goalkeeper Sebastian Frey has been speaking of his delight at arriving at the club from Fiorentina. Full story here.

18.41 Real Madrid midfielder Gago has been tipped to join Boca Juniors but his agent Simone Picotti has been doing his best to tout his client to Inter Milan.

"Gago is a top player and I think he could do well at Inter," Picotti is quoted as saying by Tuttomercatoweb.com. "It would be like home for him seeing that there are many Argentines there. We have to see what happens with Inter, but we are talking about a club at the top of the list. Gago would like to play there."

18.28 Didier Deschamps wants to bring Italy striker Alberto Gilardino to Marseille, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

18.12 Swiss club Neuchatel Xamax have signed teenage striker Haris Seferovic from Fiorentina on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old - who won the 2009 Under-17 World Cup with Switzerland - has only made one Serie A appearance since arriving from Grasshopper last year.

17.51 Confirmation from Steve Bruce that Steed Malbranque is moving on. As mentioned earlier, St Etienne appears his certain destination. Full story here.

17.39 Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has called off his pursuit of former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves. Eriksson told BBC Radio Leicester: "It will not happen now. If it was going to happen it would have already been done, but now it is too late. I can't reach him. I have only spoken to his agent and he has not come back to me, which is a little bit strange."

17.26 Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow have signed Spanish midfielder Alberto Zapater from Portuguese club Sporting on a five-year deal.

17.15 QPR manager Neil Warnock is hoping to bring in a further three signings ahead of the start of the Premier League next week.

17.09 DONE DEAL: Argentinian defender Santiago Juan Gentiletti has signed for Brest from Argentinos Juniors

16.55 Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has not been specifically instructed to attend tomorrow's Members' Day and the Gunners will not be taking team photographs
both with and without the wantaway midfielder, according to the Press Association.

16.44 Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolilli has told the club's official website: "Sneijder is here and he's an important part of our team. Not so much of what is read in the papers is the truth. As for Sneijder, there is a complete intention that he will stay with us."

16.31 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he expected rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to spend more money in the transfer window than they have done so far. Read the full story here.

16.19: The London Evening Standard thinks Arsene Wenger will select Cesc Fabregas against Benfica this weekend but adds that the decision is “understood to be a negotiating position, as any omission of the Spaniard would be a clear sign that Arsenal are ready to admit defeat in their battle to keep Fabregas”.

16.01: Some more quotes from Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo on Sneijder, this time sounding far less bullish. "If an offer we cannot refuse arrives, whether for Sneijder or other players, then we will start to think about a replacement," he said in Gazzetta dello Sport. "Sneijder is a reference point for our club, but then football always evolves and anything can happen. But there are no talks, and so we are not thinking of changing."

15.45: On the subject of Alberto Aquilani, Dalglish said: “Alberto is a very good footballer full stop, irrespective of where he is playing. If he's here for the start of the season that wouldn't be a problem.”

15.42: Kenny Dalglish, as ever, gave nothing away when asked at a press conference whether Liverpool would be making any further signings. “I’m no clairvoyant,” he said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

15.37: El Mundo Deportivo says Gabriel Milito will be allowed to join either Independiente or Real Zaragoza on a free transfer.

15.19: DONE DEAL Swansea have now completed the signing of Leroy Lita from Middlesbrough for £1.75 million. He's signed a three-year deal.

15.17: Stephane Mbia has urged Marseille team-mate Lucho Gonzalez to stay put. “Lucho is class," he said. "I am sure he will be critical in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. It would be such a shame for him to leave.”

15.05: Leroy Lita and Wayne Routledge have been having their medicals at Swansea today, so news will be arriving on those two before long.

14.57: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says the club aren’t looking to sign Mario Balotelli or Kaka. “Balotelli is certainly a talent, but Milan are full of attackers right now,” he said. “As for Kaka, that is impossible. The difference in tax laws between Spain and Italy would make such an operation very expensive. If someone arrives then it will be in the last few days of the transfer market and, as I have said for some time, it will be e left-sided midfielder.”

14.44: Reader query from Jackson.

"Do you guys have any idea what's going on with the Romeu transfer? I read the quotes from him this morning, but that didn't clear anything up. It seems like Chelsea agreed a fee with Barca last week and since then there's been no news whatsoever."

We can only assume it's because he's in Colombia with the Spain Under-20 team and that the contract will be signed when his participation is over. There doesn't seem to be any suggestion that the deal has hit any snags.

14.38: Zubizarreta also confirmed Keirrison is going to be playing with the B team until they can move him on: "We're looking for a club for Keirrison. Until we find one, he will train with Barcelona B."

14.32: Barcelona director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta says they’re going to keep schtum over Cesc from now on: "Negotiations shouldn't be live broadcasted. You have to show respect. We won't comment on the Fabregas talks now.”

14.24: Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley has signed a new contract. That’ll help him take his mind off last weekend.

14.19: Getafe full-back Miguel Torres seems to be happy that he’s been linked with Blackburn and QPR. “I really like the Premier League and the English style of play would fit me very well,” he told Marca. "The stadiums are great and always full. It's a paradise for any player. That doesn't mean that there's anything going on. I'm pleased that they're thinking about me, but I'm being treated very well at Getafe."

14.08: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is said to be keen on Wigan ‘keeper Chris Kirkland as he seeks a back-up for Ben Foster. Hodgson said in the Birmingham Post: "By allowing Boaz Myhill to go we are definitely in the market for a back-up keeper, which is a very important job.”

13.55: Goal.com has joined the chorus of newspapers (see the morning round-up) claiming Jose Enrique is close to signing for Liverpool in an £8 million deal. One reader, Anurag, asks whether it's true and another, Abhi, asks why it's not front-page news. As yet, we haven't heard anything to confirm the news, which should answer both queries, but it does sound like a goer.

13.50: Tuttomercatoweb says Fiorentina have told Juventus that they’re not interested in a part-exchange deal for Juan Manuel Vargas and it’ll have to be a straight cash offer.

13.27: Genk starlet Kevin De Bruyne was expected to join Chelsea, but hasn’t yet. Roma sent a scout to watch him, according to De Standaard, but haven’t made a bid even though he got a good report. As a result, De Bruyne said: “For now I am focusing solely on Genk. People can see that I’m not preoccupied with a transfer.”

13.14: Malaga and Paris St Germain are, according to Sky Sports News, among the clubs chasing Joey Barton. The Press Association, meanwhile, says Barton “would not be high on Tottenham's list of priorities”.

13.04: Arsenal have told Sky Sports News they are yet to receive a new bid from Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas.

12.56: Birmingham are understood to have rejected a bid of around £3million from
Fulham for striker Cameron Jerome, according to the Press Association.

12.43: Skysports.com believes Swansea have made an offer for NEC Nijmegen goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.

12.29: Germany striker Lukas Podolski has reaffirmed his commitment to Cologne, despite being replaced as captain for the upcoming season. “I definitely never thought about leaving the club just because I am no longer the captain,” he told Sport Bild magazine. “My attitude and my identification with Cologne have obviously not changed at all.”

12.15: Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic used to be a gossip regular, but he’s just signed a new five-year deal with Udinese.

11.58: Some comments from Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu, who seems to be taking an absolute age to complete his move to Chelsea. "Barcelona and Chelsea have already reached an agreement, and my agent was in London to listen to their offer,” Romeu said. "Chelsea is a great option for me. If everything goes well, why not? Leaving Barca hurts, but you have to take your chances."

11.51: Luis Boa Morte has left West Ham by mutual consent.

11.47: Marca says Arsenal and Barca are €6 million apart in their valuation of Cesc Fabregas. AS says he might have to play a game or two for Arsenal because it’s not looking too likely the deal will be sorted any time soon even though the clubs are “closer than ever”.

11.35: Swansea have allowed striker Gorka Pintado to leave the club a year before the end of his contract.

11.18: Aston Villa forward Emile Heskey has neglected the chance to return to Leicester and reunite with ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson. "I spoke to Emile Heskey a month ago and asked him if he wanted to come to us and the answer was 'not for now, maybe next season'," Eriksson said.

11.13: @Darren_Can tweets: “La Gazzetta - Sneijder makes his decision on future on Sunday. Everything sorted by Monday. #MCFC apparently in the picture.”

10.59: Here's the video of Fergie being asked about Berbatov - skip to the end if you're impatient. Decide for yourselves whether he actually realised what he was saying.

10.53: Keirrison is set to spend some time with the Barcelona B team after failing to live up to expectations in Europe. He moved to the Camp Nou from Palmeiras in 2009 but has been sent out on loan to Benfica, Fiorentina and Santos.

10.40: Despite recent noises from Madrid that Emmanuel Adebayor won’t be heading to the Bernabeu anymore, Marca believes Jose Mourinho is still toying with the idea of signing a third centre-forward and that the Manchester City outcast remains best placed.

10.33: Football Italia cites reports in Italy claiming Genoa will make a move for Antonio Cassano in the next ten days, with AC Milan open to the sale.

10.27: Inter CEO Ernesto Paolillo on Wesley Sneijder: “Sneijder is still here and he is still an integral part of the team. Not much of what you read in the newspapers is true. There is every intention that he will stay put.”

10.23: Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, currently without a club after his pointless loan spell at Spurs last season, says he wants to join Hajduk Split or Celtic. “We’ll see,” he told Sportske Novosti. “Everything is still possible. I have to talk to my agent.”

10.16: We've had a couple of good reader comments on the Manchester United situation already this morning, so remember to keep giving us your thoughts. Here's Ryan's take on the Berbatov situation:

"That's scarily direct from Fergie. I reckon if Berba does indeed leave that means it's an almost certainty we'll be getting Sneijder. I'd imagine Berba's on quite a bit of money, which is then freed up for Sneijder, plus this £18m PSG are supposedly paying pretty much cuts the Sneijder fee in half. After watching the pre-season I have absolutely no worries about Welbeck, Macheda and even Owen to fill the void, plus we have Chicharito to come back."

10.14: It’s unlikely many of you took the Pato-to-Chelsea-in-swap-deal talk too seriously when we mentioned it earlier, but here’s the Brazilian to give it a bit of a debunking. "I have a contract with Milan until the summer of 2014 and I want to respect that,” he told a press conference. “I want to stay at least until then. We'll have to wait and see what happens from there on.”

09.51: Twitter talk @ian_holyman: “Word on the street is Spurs, likely to lose Modric to Chelsea, want to top up Croatian quota w/Petric. He'd cut it in EPL, no probs.”

09.36: Joey Barton has tweeted a warning to Newcastle after being transfer listed: “Just because ur told to jump, it does not necessarily mean u have to. I may choose to stand perfectly still. It's my right...just a thought”

09.29: Barcelona’s Jeffren is in Lisbon to sign for Sporting and @andybrassell tweets: “Jeffren says he chose Sporting as they ‘showed most interest’ & he prefers Portugal as ‘more technical & quicker’ than Italy.”

09.21: Roman Pavlyuchenko’s agent, Oleg Artemov, has been talking a little out of turn and seems to think Peter Crouch is the Spurs striker most likely to be jettisoned.

“I expect to talk [to chairman Daniel Levy] nearer to the transfer window’s closing time,” Artemov said in the Daily Star. “At the moment he is too busy. He needs to sell players and to buy new ones. Two or three teams are interested in Peter Crouch, so he is most likely to be the one of the five Spurs attackers to leave.”

09.11: Neil Warnock may have said his summer budget at QPR was restricted to the £1.25 million for DJ Campbell, but last night he said: “We’re looking to bring two or three other good players in.”

09.04: Lazio president Claudio Lotito has been learning a thing or two from his counterparts at Palermo and Udinese on how to drive up prices. With Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and - far more likely - Paris St Germain said to be interested in Mauro Zarate, Lotito said: "Zarate is not on the market, but it is clear that if a top offer was to arrive it would be considered."

08.50: Cristiano Ronaldo gives the kind of unrevealing answer you might expect to a question on whether he plans to return to the Premier League some day: "Possibly. You never know what will happen."

08.44: There's a quite unwieldy amount of gossip in the papers today, with the Daily Mirror claiming enough exclusives to fill any normal paper for a week. Enjoy.

Daily Mirror: Manchester City want Aaron Lennon and are looking to agree a swap deal with Spurs involving Emmanuel Adebayor, Wesley Sneijder will spend the next week weighing up his future after Inter and Manchester United held formal (also described as informal) talks over a deal, Phil Jagielka is ready to snub Arsenal and stay at Everton, Chelsea will offer £20 million plus Nicolas Anelka or Salomon Kalou for Milan star Alexandre Pato, Stoke will offer £16 million for Spurs duo Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios, Celtic are looking to sign Joey Barton, Liverpool have won the battle for Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique.

The Independent: Roberto Mancini ‘will try to persuade his board to sanction a straight swap deal involving Carlos Tevez and Samuel Eto'o of Internazionale despite profound doubts at City about the acquisition of a 30-year-old with no Premier League experience and minimal sell-on value’, Barcelona will use the €4 million sale of Jeffren Suarez to launch an improved bid for Cesc Fabregas.

The Sun: Tottenham last night made a £10 million bid for Blackburn centre-back Christopher Samba, Arsenal plan to include Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in their official team photo, Juventus are weighing up a £7 million bid for Chelsea centre-back Alex, Stoke want to sign Wilson Palacios for £10 million but need the Spurs midfielder to take a pay-cut, Liverpool are close to signing Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique for £8 million, West Ham are trying to sign Liverpool striker David Ngog, Bolton want Sporting striker Simon Vukcevic.

The Times: Barcelona will not (yes, not) increase their £29.6 million bid for Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri has told Arsene Wenger he will stick around this season but Manchester City will renew their pursuit of the midfielder soon.

Daily Mail: Jose Enrique will leave Newcastle for Liverpool in a £10 million deal, Juventus have upped their efforts to sign £10 million-rated Chelsea centre-back Alex, Arsenal will send chief scout Steve Rowley to check on Birmingham defender Scott Dann this weekend, Sunderland have agreed to sell Steed Malbranque to St Etienne.

Daily Telegraph: Barcelona will make a final £35 million bid for Cesc Fabregas.

08.23: While you're waiting, here are some quotes from FIFA agent Peppino Tirri in a chat with Calciomercato.it on seemingly every mooted Premier League/Serie A transfer.

"To this day United haven’t made any real offers for Sneijder. There is certainly interest, but a formal proposal is still a long way off.”

And:

“I think it’d be very difficult to see Eto’o exchanging places with Tevez. This is mainly a move that belongs in someone’s dreams."

And:

"I think De Rossi will stay at Roma and extend his contract.”

And:

“A Balotelli transfer would be very complicated, so I think he’ll stay at City for a little longer."

And:

“As for Aquilani, the Rossoneri provide a concrete link there. I believe it could well happen.”

08.18: We'll have the full paper round-up with you shortly...

08.16: Sir Alex Ferguson doesn't tend to give the most straightforward answers when dealing with the press but, taken at face value, he appears to have confirmed he is ready to ship out Dimitar Berbatov.

Asked whether he could join long-term linkees PSG, Ferguson told French TV: "Yes, he might. That’s possible."

August 2, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/02/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are allegedly keen on Barton © Getty Images

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

23.22: DONE DEAL: Real Zaragoza have a new goalkeeper. They have signed Roberto Jimenez Gago from Benfica on a five-year contract.

22.56: St Etienne are believed to be bidding for Steed Malbranque of Sunderland.

22.26: Rumours tonight that Liverpool have won the race for Jose Enrique as Newcastle to sell off, or give a free, to all the players that put them back in the Premier League.

21.45: A quiet night in the transfer world, for once!

20.49: Man City are being linked with a move for Thomas Sorensen as their new number two after Shay Given moved to Aston Villa.

20.14: Another rumour which seems to be made up is the five-way battle for young Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri. Tottenham, Lazio, Palermo, Fiorentina and Roma all want the FC Basel player who is valued at €8million.

19.55: DONE DEAL: Levante have signed free-agent defender Asier del Horno on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old left-back spent last season on loan at Levante from Valencia but his contract was cancelled on his return to the Mestalla earlier this summer. Those Chelsea and Spain days are a long time ago.

19.43: Anderlecht have struck a deal to sign out-of-favour forward Milan Jovanovic
from Liverpool. Belgian giants Anderlecht announced the news on their website, saying that the
deal will be completed once Jovanovic passes a medical on Thursday.

19.31: DONE DEAL: Wigan have announced the signing of former Wolves midfielder David Jones. The 26-year-old, who left Molineux when his contract expired at the end of last
season, has signed for the Latics after a successful trial period.

1856: Sky Sport Italia is reporting that Genoa and Marseille have failed in bids to sign Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

1849: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed the club's interest in signing Owen Hargreaves if he proves his fitness.

18.01: Joey Barton's agent, Willie McKay, says there is a total of six clubs who have already indicated an interest in signing the player on a free - with two of those clubs in the Champions League this season. It is also claimed a Championship club, West Ham, and four foreign clubs want him.

17.25: Alberto Aquilani’s agent, Franco Zavaglia, has been talking again and says the Liverpool midfielder could join AC Milan for about €10 million.

“When you speak of such a negotiation, there is always an element of truth," he told ilsussidiario.net. "[Milan vice-president Adriano] Galliani is now in China for the Italian Super Cup, but I expect to talk to him when he comes back to Milan. I think an agreement could be reached for a figure around €10 million."

17.01: Skysports.com believes Swansea and Leicester are battling it out to sign Almeria forward Kalu Uche.

16.42: Javier Pastore on his imminent move to Paris St Germain: "You can say I am officially a PSG player, but I just need to have my medical and sort out other details. I am anxious to try this new adventure. PSG are a great club with great history."

16.29 Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung is likely to sign a new two-year deal before the start of the season, according to his father.

16.20 DONE DEAL:Wigan striker Mauro Boselli has returned to his former club Estudiantes in Argentina on a one-year loan deal.

16.05 Costa Rican teenager Joel Campbell has spoken to crunchsports.com on his proposed move to Arsenal: "We are talking to Arsenal again. I have not signed yet, but I'm waiting to hear from my agents."

15.54 Brazilian defender Breno will not leave Bayern Munich this summer, according to coach Jupp Heynckes. Read the full story here.

15.40 DONE DEAL: Former France goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has completed his switch to Genoa from Fiorentina.

15.21 DONE DEAL: Veteran Brazilian defender Hilton has agreed a one-year deal with Montpellier after leaving Marseille.

15.07 Sky Sports News' Dharmesh Sheth has said that Arsenal could make a bid for Birmingham's Scott Dann next week if the defender proves he is fully recovered from injury during this weekend's Championship outing.

15.00 Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor's hopes of returning to the Bernabeu, saying the Spanish giants did not need the another forward. "We are happy with the line-up as it is already," Ronaldo told Agence France Presse.

14.29 In case you've missed it, Roma expect midfielder Daniele De Rossi to pen a new contract amid reported interest from Manchester City, according to Giallorossi chief executive Claudio Fenucci. The full story can be read here.

14.09 Alberto Gilardino could leave Fiorentina for Genoa, according to reports emanating from Italy.

13.54 Giuseppe Rossi has told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I'm not thinking about (Juventus) any more. I feel good at Villarreal and I am happy to be at this club."

13.30 Footballer in set to play match shocker: Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini plans to pick Wesley Sneijder against Milan in the Italian Super Cup on Saturday.

13.01 Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has again insisted that teenage forward Neymar will not be leaving the club for Real Madrid and claims he has formally rejected an offer from the Spanish giants. Read the full story here.

12.48 Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua is a target for Serie A side Cesena, according to talkSPORT.

12.32 Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands look set to leave QPR after the pair were not handed squad numbers for the upcoming Premier League campaign.

12.19 DONE DEAL: Jonathan Spector has signed a two-year at Birmingham. Read the full story here.

12.16 Sven-Goran Eriksson on David Beckham: "If he (Beckham) wants to come, he is welcome, but I don't know where that has come from. I have not spoken to him recently and it is nothing we have been working on now."

11.56 Owen Coyle on Jussi Jaaskelainen's future: "I'm very relaxed with the situation regarding Jussi. It's like any negotiation, you can't just click your fingers and expect it to be resolved. Jussi has been outstanding for Bolton Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers have been outstanding for him. That's why it's a very good fit and I don't see that changing."

11.42 Craig Bellamy has snubbed Scottish giants Celtic, opening the door to his desired move back to hometown club Cardiff City, according to WalesOnline.

11.28 FC Utrecht have landed shot-stopper Roberto Fernandez on a season-long loan deal, according to reports in the Dutch media.

11.16 Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews has turned down a loan move to Leeds and is tipped to join Ipswich instead.

11.06 Reading's highly-rated striker Shane Long admits he would have to consider a move to Championship rivals West Ham United. He said: "West Ham are a big club, so it would definitely be something for me to think about."

10.50 DONE DEAL: West Brom have signed Zoltan Gera on a two-year deal. Baggies boss Roy Hodgson said: "Having decided not to renew his contract at Fulham Zoltan has come back to the club where he started his career in England. The last time he played at West Bromwich Albion he was a very popular figure with everyone at the club, not least of all the fans."

10.34 DONE DEAL: Roma have completed the capture of Ajax and Holland goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a four-year contract for around €6.3 million.

10.25 Peterborough have failed to agree terms with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, despite having a bid accepted by Wolves.

10.17 Sky Sports says Fulham have made a bid for ADO Den Haag winger Wesley Verhoek.

10.11 Rangers boss Ally McCoist has told the Daily Record: "Until someone tells me he [David Goodwillie] has signed for Blackburn, I will be hoping we can get him, there's no doubt. He's a player we would like and it's pretty straightforward that Blackburn are interested as well."

09.57 The Daily Star have jumped on the back of Mario Balotelli's declaration that he is not fond of living in Manchester coupled with him declaring he might one day want to play for AC Milan by claiming a loan deal to San Siro could be in the offing.

09.50 Everton left-back Leighton Baines is not surprised by Arsenal's interest in centre-back Phil Jagielka. Read the full story here.

09.41 PAOK Salonika winger Vieirinha has said he knows nothing of any offer from Blackburn Rovers. "I'm learning of the interest of Blackburn from the media," he told Greece's Gazetta.

09.22 Sky Sports has thrown a more realistic name into the reportedly interested Barton mix: Stoke.

09.19 Stoke manager Tony Pulis has told the Daily Star: "We are threadbare - fingers crossed we can bring one or two players in. The biggest thing we have to do is improve our recruitment from the lowest level right through to the top."

09.07 Porto president Pinto da Costa says he would not trade the club's highly prized Brazil striker Hulk for any player, including Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Read the full story here.

08.56 Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been talking up the quality of Inter Milan schemer Wesley Sneijder, labelling the Dutchman as "brilliant".

08.49 Derby are looking to add to their squad by signing experienced Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane, says the Derby Telegraph.

08.42 Burnely have ended their interest in Coventry forward Lukas Jutkiewicz, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

08.34 Cracking rumour in the Metro: Real Madrid are open to the sale of Lassana Diarra to Tottenham so long as they are given first option on Gareth Bale in January 2013.

08.30 The Daily Mail: Fulham have made a £4 million bid for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome, who has also been linked with Stoke and Bolton.

08.25 Several of the papers claim Stoke are keen on Nicklas Bendtner, who is expected to leave Arsenal this summer.

08.21 The Daily Star: England boss Fabio Capello wants Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran to spend a season out on loan in order to gain first-team experience ahead of Euro 2012 next summer.

08.18 The Sun: Manchester City will offer Arsenal £22 million for midfielder Samir Nasri in the next 48 hours ... Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has given up hope of landing Villarreal forward Giuseppe Rossi ... Wigan hope to tie up the signing of ex-Wolves midfielder David Jones this week.

08.12 The Daily Mirror has two 'exclusives' this morning. First, the paper says Wesley Sneijder will join Manchester United this week, so long as he agrees terms with the club, after Inter Milan accepted a fee in the region of £30 million. Second, Darren Lewis says PSG are weighing up an £18 million for Dimitar Berbatov - although said rumour emerged from France yesterday.

08.03 The Daily Mirror says Arsenal and Tottenham have been put on "red alert" following news of Barton's availibility on a free transfer. The Metro, meanwhile, mentions the two North London clubs as being interested in the Newcastle midfielder but also includes Manchester United in its list of potential interested parties.

08.00 Good morning, good morning. You're here for one reason only, aren't you? And that reason is transfer news. Well, we will soon kick-off with our round-up of this morning's British newspapers, picking out the best of the reports. Unsurprisingly, Joey Barton features heavily...

August 1, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/01/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Wesley Sneijder has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United© Getty Images

23.59: Join us again tomorrow for more of the same.

23.32: A Daily Mirror exclusive seems to say that Inter have accepted a bid for Wesley Sneijder from Man Utd, Recent history suggests we'll wait for the official confirmation on that one.

23.06: Chelsea's Yury Zhirkov is poised to join Anzhi Makhachkala in his native Russia, according to prospective team-mate Rasim Tagirbekov. Read more

22.59: DONE DEAL Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has joined Roma for €6.3 million.

22.45: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has eyes for only one more player this summer. "There is one signing left and you all know who it is," the coach said at a press conference.

22.21: RMC say that Lyon are weighing up a bid for Inter's Kenyan midfielder MacDonald Mariga, as he has failed to cement his place in the side.

22.00: Valencia kid Paco Alcacer is bound to be attracting attention after his two goal sealed the U-19 European Championship for Spain.

21.04: kicker reporting Diego is close to Atletico Madrid move. "My son's just waiting for the clubs to agree," claims his father.

20.17: Guardiola confirms that Jeffren will travel to Lisbon from Miami to finalise his transfer with Sporting de Portugal

20.08: Barcelona winger Jeffren is close to completing a move to Sporting Lisbon. "Things are going in a really nice direction; there are only a few details about the deal left," Efren Suarez told A BOLA.

19.30: Tottenham youngster Jake Livermore is being linked with a season-long loan move to Rangers again.

18.44: Marseille defender Vitorino Hilton, who has wanted out of the club since being attacked in his own home earlier this month, is set to join Montpellier. That'll be a five-star signing.

18.16: Now we are hearing that Fulham have launched a bid for Birmingham's Cameron Jerome. That comes just a few hours after defender Scott Dann confirmed he was after a move to the Premier League. It's all happening at Blues.

17.55: Reports circulating that Aleksandr Anyukov has signed a five-year extension with Zenit St Petersburg. The 28-year-old was down to the final year of his current contract.

17.44: DONE DEAL Bologna have signed Alessandro Diamanti from relegated Brescia. It's a co-ownership deal, which essentially means both clubs own a bit of him.

17.20: DONE DEAL Juventus have officially announced the signing of Mirko Vucinic from Roma on a four-year deal. The 27-year-old is going to cost the Old Lady €15 million.

17.09: Barton has, of course, posted his response on Twitter and here it is: "Somewhere in those high echelons of NUFC, they have decided, I am persona non grata. I am on a free but the honour of wearing those B+W stripes, surpasses that. One day the board might realise, what the shirt signifies. HONOUR and PRIDE. Thanks for your continued support."

16.42: Despite Roberto Mancini talking up Craig Bellamy for a move to Celtic it seems the player himself has no intention of leaving Manchester City to retrace his steps up north.

16.00: Confirmation from Newcastle that they have placed Joey Barton on the transfer list and that he can leave for free. Read more.

15.30: It seems Joey Barton isn't the only one leaving Newcastle. Swansea have announced on their website they have agreed personal terms with Wayne Routledge. The player is expected to sign on Tuesday if he passes a medical.

15.21: Strong rumours from sources in the north east that Joey Barton has been released by Newcastle. We await confirmation from either party. Huge story if is proves to be true.

14.48: Romelu Lukaku has thrown out some mixed messages about his proposed move to Chelsea. He says he wouldn't want to move and then be loaned out, that he wants to go to a club where he can develop further but also that: "I am patient. I remain at Anderlecht and I am not thinking of a transfer.'' Confused? Not half.

14.26: DONE DEAL Hoffenheim have signed Belgium Under-19 goalkeeper Koen Casteels for an undisclosed fee from Belgian club Genk.

14.03: The Twittersphere is hotting up with rumours that Joe Cole could be moving to QPR on a season-long loan from Liverpool. Both clubs would be happy with that one you feel.

14.03: Lyon coach Remi Garde insists Miralem Pjanic is staying put despite rumoured interest from Tottenham. Good news for all of you who are sick of reading those 'Pjanic on the streets of London' headlines.

13.38: Interesting tweets from Guillem Balague who says Arsenal agreed a fee for Juan Mata but didn't want to stump up the cash - around €23 million - before they had agreed a deal with Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas. Now, he claims, the clause to sign Mata for that price has expired and his new value is closer to €60 million.

13.10: BREAKING NEWS Joey Barton says he'll be making an announcement about his future on Twitter at 4pm. What could it be? Is he off, or just being reprimanded for his outburst against Newcastle's owners yesterday? We'll bring it to you first of course...

12.52: A few lines coming out of West Ham. Sam Allardyce has confirmed Luis Boa Morte - a figure of some ridicule for a large section of Hammers fans - has returned to Portugal, while chairman David Gold has confirmed the club will be brining in another striker.

12.23: Plenty of whispers that a swap deal invloving strikers at Fulham and Spurs is on the cards, though depending on who you listen to Tottenham will either offer Peter Crouch or Jermain Defoe in a bid to land Bobby Zamora.

12.12: BREAKING NEWS One man going nowhere is Antonio Valencia. In fact he'll be going nowhere for the next four years after signing a new deal with Manchester United. He said: "I am looking forward to making my contribution to helping this squad compete for more trophies."

12.01: QPR's pursuit of DJ Campbell should be wrapped up early this week after the club triggered the Blackpool striker's release fee. He's on his way to London today to seal the move.

11.56: Liverpool will find out tomorrow if they can remove Milan Jovanovic from their wage bill. The Serbian international has a meeting with Anderlecht's board on Tuesday.

11.25: Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson has confirmed he is close to the season-long loan capture of Gelson Fernandes from St Etienne.

11.04: Juve's wallet could further be emptied by a €10 million move for Sevilla's Diego Perotti, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

10.34: Owen Coyle has played down reports that talks over a new contract with Jussi Jaaskelainen have collapsed. Bolton's boss says discussions are ongoing and he's confident a deal can be struck.

10.22: Mirko Vucinic's switch from Roma to Juventus could be completed today after he touched down in Turin on Sunday night. The Old Lady are likely to have to part with €15 million to get their man.

10.16: Barcelona skipper Carles Puyol has had his say on the Cesc Fabregas situation: "Cesc is an Arsenal player, that should be respected. Things should follow their course. Time will tell how the story ends."

10.01: Completing an early morning hat-trick of City striker stories (might we rack up a century before the day is out?) Mancini also says he would be happy to let Craig Bellamy go to Celtic - even on loan.

09.54: Staying with Manchester and it looks like Mario Balotelli is next to be wiped off Lancashire Tourist Board's Christmas card list. “I’m not happy at Manchester, I don’t like the city,” he is reported to have said in an interview where he also praised AC Milan. “I don’t know if I will stay until the end of my contract,” he added. “I’m here for now and then we’ll see.”

09.42: According to Spanish website AS Manchester City are desperate to offload Emmanuel Adebayor to Real Madrid. Roberto Mancini will settle for just €5 million for the striker, or a swap deal involving Raul Albiol.

09.18: Sky Sport Italia is claiming there could be a swap between Juventus’ Amauri and AC Milan’s Antonio Cassano. We’ll believe it when we see it.

09.11: Sport expects Barcelona winger Jeffren to be on his way soon, although no club has met the club’s €5 million asking price.

09.00: Sky Sports sources say Swansea have agreed a fee, thought to be in the region of £1.5 million, for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge.

08.53: Jack Wilshere is backing Arsenal's move for Juan Mata. "He is a top quality player," he told Goal.com. "We’ve seen that in the Under-21s and in the Spanish league last season. I think the way Arsenal play would suit his game."

08.50: Harry Redknapp says Spurs are struggling to compete with other clubs when it comes to wages. Story here.

08.34: Here's the round-up from the papers. Sneijder and Modric dominate the papers, as you'll see. We'll have to look further afield to bring you something a bit more interesting.

Daily Mail: Arsenal are keen on Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, Chelsea are preparing a third bid of around £30 million for Luka Modric, Juventus have joined Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Chelsea defender Alex.

Daily Mirror: Wesley Sneijder has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United, Barcelona want Cesc Fabregas to waive around £4 million to help pay his own transfer fee.

The Sun: Wesley Sneijder has opened the door to a move to Manchester United, Chelsea will make an improved £30 million bid for Luka Modric this week, Stoke are ready to pay £2 million for South Korea midfielder Bo-Kyung Kim.

The Guardian: More of the same - Sneijder open to move, Chelsea to bid for Modric.

Daily Telegraph: See above.

08.31: Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini, asked if Manchester United have bid for Sneijder, said: “I don't know and I don't care, but it's not unusual for great players to be in greater demand.

“Inter's great players are, as are those from other clubs, but if you are sure that the player has received an offer, I'll remind you that Sneijder is under contract to Inter, so if there is a bid it should be made to Inter. I'll say it again: all too often rumours are spread for months and then, when it's all over everything is exactly as it used to be.”

08.27: We'll have the full paper round-up with you shortly, but the papers are filled with excitement over Wesley Sneijder's refusal to rule out a move to Manchester United.