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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/17/2012

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

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

Dimitar Berbatov: Future part-time EastEnder? © PA Photos

23.45 BST Well that's all we have time for tonight, but check back in the morning to see if Ibrahimovic and Co make it official.

23.33 BST AC Milan veteran Filippo Inzaghi could be heading to the Spanish Primera Division as Granada have reportedly offered the 38-year-old free agent a deal.

23.12 BST Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo has joined PAOK on a season-long loan. Khumalo joined Spurs in January 2011 from South African partner club Supersport United.

22.33 BST Carlos Vela has agreed to join Spanish side Real Sociedad on a permanent deal, bringing an end to his seven-year stay with Arsenal. Full story

21.58 BST Santos may be sniffing around Robinho but AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has told the Brazilian club's representatives that the forward is not for sale, according to reports Italy.

21.21 BST West Ham boss Sam Allardyce does not expect Andy Carroll or Dimitar Berbatov to join the club this summer, despite holding talks with Liverpool over England forward Carroll. Full story

20.35 BST Ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has tweeted that he is on the brink of resolving his future: "Getting closer to finding a new club. Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again."

19.40 BST Norwich City have had a bid for Leeds United skipper Robert Snodgrass rejected by the League Championship side. Full story

19.07 BST Reading have signed Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

18.33 BST Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed "the deal is done" to sign AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Full story

17.35 BST Reports in Brazil suggest that Manchester United have had a €38 million bid for Sao Paulo youngster Lucas Moura rejected. Full story

17.06 BST With Zlatan Ibrahimovic all set to join PSG, AC Milan will meet Edin Dzeko's agent and Leandro Damiao's agent to sound out a possible deal for the strikers.

16.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Naldo has moved from Werder Bremen to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old Brazilian defender, who joined Bremen in 2005, joins his new team-mates on Wednesday.

Wolfsburg’s coach Felix Magath said: “I am delighted with this transfer. Naldo is just the right player to strengthen our team. He has a lot of experience in Europe to help us reach our goals.”

15.29 BST: Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic has told Sportske Novosti that he hopes Luka Modric does go to Madrid "because Dinamo would get something out of it - we will receive 5% of his next transfer". All the right reasons, then.

15.24 BST: Reports suggest that Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is in talks with Real Sociedad over making a permanent move. PSG might want to try and nip in there first.

15.18 BST: L'Equipe reports that PSG will look to sign Kaka this summer as part of their apparent interest in signing absolutely everyone in football this summer. If it’s not him, it’ll be somebody else.

Meanwhile, reports in Italy suggest that Jovial Martin Jol could be preparing to bring Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta to Craven Cottage.

15.05 BST: El Confidencial says Benfica will offer Real Madrid €10 million for winger Jese Rodriguez.

14.49 BST: Borussia Dortmund remain confident of retaining Robert Lewandowski despite the striker expressing a desire to play in the Premier League. The Poland international, 23, was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer.

"It is the league that I would like to play in and I hope that I manage to do so," he told TV channel TVP Info when asked about the English top flight.

14.47 BST: Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has dismissed speculation that Robinho is close to a return to Brazil, saying any move is still some way off. Robinho, 28, had been linked with a move back to Santos as part of a swap deal that would have taken goalkeeper Rafael Cabral to the San Siro.

14.14 BST: Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Milan Badelj is set to make a €4 million move to Hamburg, reports suggest. The 23-year-old comes with a glowing reputation.

13.37 BST: Van Persie, again: reports say he is unlikely to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour, but there have been no official bids for him. Yet. And no sort of final decision on his future. Yet.

13.31 BST: Reports in Thailand say Muangthong United are one of several clubs chasing Louis Saha, who is available on a free transfer from Spurs.

13.15 BST: Porto defender Rolando knows exactly what he wants. The Portugal defender says he would leave the club this summer only if AC Milan came in for him. I believe that could well be a glittering example of what some papers would call a "come and get me plea".

13.07 BST: Modric, Madrid, will he, won’t he? Striker Gonzalo Higuain hopes he will and, demandingly, wants any deal for the Tottenham midfielder to be done really, really quickly.

Modric is believed to want to move to Real, and Higuain told “I saw at Modric at Euro 2012 and also at Tottenham. He is a player who loves the club and us. I wish to close the deal as quickly as possible if it is for the good of the team.''

13.04 BST: Reading have completed the transfer of defender Adrian Mariappa from Watford on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The Hornets accepted a bid for the 25-year-old from the newly-promoted Premier League club over the weekend, and he becomes Brian McDermott’s sixth summer signing.

12.55 BST: Qatari club Al-Gharrafa are reported to have made a bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie.

12.53 BST: More on Debuchy and his possible move from Lille to Newcastle – the Lille coach, Rudi Garcia, has confirmed that the club are continuing the hunt for a replacement for him. Garcia told L’Equipe: “He has expressed his wish to leave. I understand that. Now we are searching for a possible replacement.''

12.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Bolton Wanderers have signed Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan for an undisclosed fee.

12.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Leyton Orient have signed Stoke forward Ryan Brunt on loan until January. Brunt becomes a temporary East Ender after spending a loan spell at Tranmere last season, and Orient manager Russell Slade said the 19-year-old “thrives on crosses and possesses a terrific work rate”.

12.44 BST - DONS' DONE DEAL: AFC Wimbledon have signed defender Pim Balkestein, who spent a short spell on loan with them last season, after the Dutchman was released by Brentford. Dons boss Terry Brown said Balkestein, 25, “is a fantastic signing for us and he has chosen to come here even though a League One club were interested”.

12.06 BST: Robin van Persie again – this story is back with a bang. Now reports suggest that he favours a move to Juventus (an idea rubbished by Arsene Wenger not all that long ago) but has not rejected the possibility of a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

It is thought that he would prefer to move to United than City but that his ideal choice would be a switch to Italy so he could avoid playing for one of the Gunners’ Premier League rivals. With talks on his future expect to gather steam as the week goes on, watch this space. And watch it. And watch it. And watch it...

11.53 BST: FC Twente, Everton, QPR, West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg are all keen to sign Inter Milan's Netherlands Under-19 striker Luc Castaignos, De Telegraaf reports.

11.50 BST: Mario Balotelli’s agent has rubbished reports that his client could move to AC Milan as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mino Raiola, who also represents Ibrahimovic, told Sky Sport Italia: “Balotelli was already not for sale before the European Championship - now he is untouchable.”

11.31 BST: Fernando Roig, the Villarreal president, has rejected a €9 million euro offer from Valencia for midfielder Bruno Soriano, reports. Roig wants €12 million for the 28-year-old, a one-time target for Manchester United.

11.06 BST - DONE DEAL: Napoli have completed the signings of Velon Behrami and Alessandro Gamberini from Fiorentina.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed to Radio Marte, the official broadcaster for the club, that the duo had been signed outright.

10.56 BST: Rayo Vallecano have accepted a bid for midfielder Michu from Swansea, reports in Spain say. The Swans are said to have tabled a €2 million offer for the 26-year-old midfielder, who hit 15 goals last season.

He is reported to have been given the go-ahead to discuss personal terms with Swansea, and a deal could be tied up soon.

10.46 BST: Here’s an interesting possibility: Joey Barton and... Sheffield Wednesday. Owls manager Dave Jones, who steered the club back to the Championship last season, has said he could be interested in a move if the Twitter-loving midfielder leaves QPR.

Jones said: "If he did become available it's something we would look at, but there would be many things to consider. I wouldn't be frightened of bringing him here if he became available. His reputation would not put me off."

10.36 BST: Berbatov update: The striker’s agent has weighed in with a possible option which involves neither West Ham nor the English game.

Emil Dantchev says the Manchester United player would be keen to join AC Milan, telling Calcio Mercato: “I know for a fact that Dimitar really likes Serie A and would be happy to discuss a move. In particular he’d like to go to Milan, because it is known that that club has appreciated him for years. Who knows? Maybe it’ll work out this time.”

10.06 BST: Meanwhile, back in London, says Romelu Lukaku is set to make a loan move from Chelsea to Fulham.

10.05 BST: More Ibra: The Gazztta dello Sport says personal terms between the forward and PSG will be sorted out today, paving the way for the move to finally go through.

Although PSG and AC Milan have agreed a fee, the completion of the deal has dragged – but now reports suggest that he will undergo a medical in Paris on Wednesday.

The Gazzetta says Ibrahimovic will earn €12 million a season after taxes, but that could increase to €14.5m depending on bonuses.

“The Ibrahimovic to PSG deal still isn’t done, but we’re focused on finalizing it,” agent Mino Raiola told Sport Italia. “It is an important transfer, and the details are important.”

09.42 BST: Holland international Ron Vlaar says he wants to complete a move to Aston Villa, having been impressed by the club and manager Paul Lambert.

The 27-year-old Feyenoord defender told De Telegraaf: “I was in Birmingham on Sunday to have talks with Paul Lambert and left with a very positive impression.

“Joining Aston Villa would be a dream come true. I look forward to the Premier League, but I will miss Feyenoord.”

09.38 BST: This from the Mail: Spurs are apparently weighing up a move for Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon amid claims the Spanish club are on the brink of a financial crisis. The paper says the 22-year-old has also been monitored by Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months, but Spurs could arrange a swap deal involving Giovani dos Santos.

09.34 BST: L'Equipe again: this time the report is that Chelsea are close to signing Eden Hazard's brother, 19-year-old midfielder Thorgan.

09.33 BST: Mathieu Debuchy has reiterated his desire to leave Lille. The France international has been tipped to join either Newcastle or Inter Milan, but has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts to move away.

He told L’Equipe: “Despite my commitment to Lille - the club is in my heart - I am 100% committed to leaving. I want to leave LOSC.

“The coach wants to keep me, but I will not change my opinion.”

09.30 BST: PSG, having tied up the signing of Thiago Silva from AC Milan on Saturday, are still attempting to agree personal terms with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The club's sporting director, former Milan boss Leonardo, has said Tuesday will be "an important day" in the negotiations. "It is not done yet," he said. "The work continues. We continue to talk. We'll see."

09.21 BST: Marco Verratti has said he was unable to resist the opportunity to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

The 19-year-old Pescara player is due to complete the move to France in the near future after his club agreed a fee, reported to be in the region of €12 million with a further €4 million in potential add-ons, with the wealthy Parisians.

"In life, you have to make choices and this kind of proposal may never come again, so I could not say no to PSG," he told Sky Italia. "The fact that there are Italians there makes it easier for me in terms of the language.”

09.19 BST: On the same topic, the Express says Cavani's wage demands would "put him level with some of the highest earners at Chelsea like England stars John Terry and Frank Lampard. Only Fernando Torres, on £180,000 a week, earns more".

09.14 BST: And more Chelsea/Cavani: The Star says Edison Cavani “wants £150,000 a week to join Chelsea”.

“The Stamford Bridge outfit will hold further talks later this week with the Napoli striker’s agent over a £35m move,” the paper says. “But the 26-year-old Uruguayan star’s massive wage demands are holding up the deal for one of Europe’s most wanted strikers.”

09.05 BST: More RVP: Arsenal have confirmed that Robin Van Persie is looking to settle his future "as soon as possible". The Dutchman is back at the Emirates for the first time since issuing a statement confirming that, after holding talks over the direction of the club prior to Euro 2012, he had decided not to sign an extension to his existing contract, which has entered its final year.

The club says he wants to “resolve the matter of his future, either way, as soon as possible”, but that no date has been agreed for any meeting.

08.50 BST: You had a whole day without Robin van Persie talk yesterday. Be thankful. But here comes some now. The Sun says the Gunners skipper came back to training yesterday still determined to quit the North London club, but adds that Arsenal look to have “given up” on him as well.

Want to know why? He doesn’t appear in their latest online catalogue, that’s why. And to prove the point, a stunned Sun says: “There are even club T-shirts for lesser lights such as Per Mertesacker.” Make of that what you will.

Across North London, the Sun says, Emmanuel Adebayor – hoping to tie up a permanent move to Spurs, online catalogue status unknown – “will return to training with Manchester City still unsure about his future”

Spurs want to make his successful loan spell last season into a full-time switch, but the paper says City are demanding £6 million and talks have stalled.

And over at Chelsea, Roman Abramovich and the gang "will have to pay over £60million to land Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani and Brazilian playmaker Oscar in a sensational double swoop".

08.30 BST: Good morning and welcome to a big-name striker rumour that, for once in recent days, doesn’t involve Andy Carroll. It does, however, involve West Ham – one of the clubs linked with Carroll as his exit from Anfield becomes seemingly more inevitable by the day.

This time, it’s Dimitar Berbatov who’s being touted for a move to Upton Park. On the face of it, Berbatov is not the most convincing of matches for Big Sam’s few frills approach (an approach that has yet to convince fans in the East End), but the Mirror seems convinced.

The Hammers, the paper says, have made an “audacious” bid to rescue the smoking striker from his “Manchester United hell”, initially on a loan basis - a temporary exit from hell, then, which is nice. The Bulgarian, who has slipped further and further out of the first team picture at Old Trafford in recent times, joined United from Spurs in a £30 million deal four years ago - but reports suggest he could now move for as little as £5 million.

The Mirror also says Arsenal are in the market for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby amid rumours that Theo Walcott, who has a year left on his contract, could be heading elsewhere. Yesterday’s rumours linked Walcott with Liverpool. He’s also been linked with Tottenham. Any guesses who he might be linked with tomorrow? West Ham? Newcastle? Neasden FC? Well, who knows?

Carroll, the paper says, is keen to return to Newcastle. The Magpies had an offer to take their ex-striker on loan from Anfield with a view to a later permanent move rejected, but it seems a deal is a long way from being impossible.

Reports on Monday night suggested Newcastle could increase their offer, while the Mirror says: “Andy Carroll will push for a move home to Newcastle as his current club Liverpool try to thrash out a deal with the Magpies.

"England striker Carroll was shocked to learn he will be allowed to leave Anfield, either in a straight sale or on loan with a view to a permanent exit, and he wants the final say on any transfer.”


Posted by GRUTCH on 07/17/2012

Berba to West Ham? Goodness Lord, Berba definitely deserves better than West Ham.

Posted by Blue_N on 07/17/2012

Why are Chelsea looking to buy more strikers? Give Lukaku a chance.. Sturridge is good.. And Torres looks like he is back..

Enough resources I'd say..

Posted by Rohin on 07/17/2012

Why isnt Wenger buying Debuchy? For anything near 10 million he'd be a steal and would provide excellent back up. And then, maybe Robin might be convinced to stay.

Posted by Phil on 07/17/2012

If Liverpool do let Carroll go, surely they need someone else other than Borini to play forward? What about Lewandowski, or Sturridge? Or maybe Doumbia from CSKA?

I like the Dempsey move, but a more complete or playmaking midfielder than Adam would be needed - Joe Allen, Honda, Adam Lallana?

Posted by goodearl56 on 07/17/2012

Any word on the US players at Rangers? I saw something on the BBC that the club was allowing Boca and Edu to leave on transfers, but did not see anything about potential destinations.

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