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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/15/2012

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

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

Future team-mates, perhaps? © PA Photos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Posted by jaybaldi on 08/15/2012

With three years left on his current contract, how can Song be valued at only £12 million?

Posted by Peter on 08/15/2012

Wondering if there is any news in terms of the Sahin and Tello links to Liverpool on loan? Feel it would be a couple of good bits of buisness for the club.

Posted by Fahad on 08/15/2012

Any news about Tello and Dempsey, please let us know. I hope Liverpool will sign both of them before the season kicks off.

Posted by Drew on 08/15/2012

It's nearly 10am. Where's the meaningless Modric speculation?

Posted by DeejayAFC on 08/15/2012

Song isn't leaving for anything less than £20 million. Even then Wenger may not sell. More Spanish media rubbish.

Posted by JT on 08/15/2012

If Arsenal let go both Song and Van Persie, they may as well just announce that they're competing for a mid-table place.

Posted by cyril on 08/15/2012

Quick question: I am a true chelsea fan, but don't you think buying young talent with no proven established players will prove to be a problem in the short run, even though this looks to be a successful strategy for the long run? Look at the way Man City bullied Chelsea midfield last Sunday. I am slightly worried, as i do think we need at least one or two more established players and not just young players alone.

Posted by Wayne on 08/15/2012

Why go after RVP when we need a Modric/Sneijder, Sir Alex? We have the attack, with even Berbatov also in the reckoning.

Posted by Udo Mezue on 08/15/2012

I don't see Song leaving this summer - to anywhere. However, should RVP ever sign for Man Utd, he will be the most hated Arsenal player of all time.

Posted by Nick on 08/15/2012

So for all those LFC fans begging for Barca's Tello, why don't you phone Rodgers and tell him Tello + buy-back clause + £15m is enough for Agger! LFC gets some pace and a youngster who's hungry for titles, and Barca get a true centre-back.

Posted by Neill on 08/15/2012

With the RVP to Man U saga, everyone forgot about Berbatov. There has been nothing about him. Would be a good player plus cash deal for RVP. However, I would be happier if Man U signed Higuain instead of RVP.

Posted by Chris on 08/15/2012

You might as well start writing a piece to be published in six months entitled "Stimac lashes out at Mourinho for not playing Modric enough".

Posted by Andy W on 08/15/2012

Marca is reporting that oft-speculated Arsenal target Fernando Llorente is, once again, a speculated Arsenal target. The report says that Juve offered € 16 million euro, but Arsenal will use funds from their RVP sale to finance the deal.

Posted by MemphisGooner on 08/15/2012

@JT: Yeah, just like last season when they let Nasri and Fabregas go... and finished HIGHER in the table than when they had them. Let RVP go. He doesn't want to win a trophy. He wants to be HANDED a trophy, just like Nasri and Clichy and Fabregas...and apparently Song. I agree with Wenger that clubs like PSG, Chelsea, and City are ruining football. Liverpool fans, you have to agree. At this rate, the best signing Arsenal could make would be to get an owner with OIL MONEY.

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