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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/07/2012

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.

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23.53 BST That's your lot for the blog tonight. Join us in the morning for all the latest from the papers.

23.51 BST The Rangers FC could sign former Hearts striker Craig Beattie, but Ally McCoist said: "We will see if we can push that one forward but there is nothing as yet that
I can tell you in terms of signing. Craig is certainly one player we have been looking at and there are a good number on the radar as well."

23.48 BST Stephan El Shaarawy seems keen for AC Milan to re-sign Kaka from Real Madrid. “I’d love to know Kaka and learn from him, as I’ve heard he is a great man,” he said. “Naturally, he’s also an incredible player.”

23.29 BST Fulham boss Martin Jol has told Sky Sports News: “We need at least one midfield player. We need at least one or two strikers as well.”

23.13 BST: According to As, Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has refused to negotiate a loan move with Turkish side Besiktas adding to speculation that a move to Arsenal is on the cards.

23.05 BST: More on that Fernando Llorente story from earlier. Basque TV station ETB reports interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Athletic striker. Will he be leaving the San Mames this summer?

22.50 BST: Cesc Fabregas has welcomed Arsenal's signing of Santi Cazorla, tweeting: "I'm so happy to hear that my mate Santi Cazorla is finally a gooner. Top guy, special player. A great signing! Come onnn!"

22.50 BST: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has refused to comment on speculation linking the club with a move for Gabriel Obertan. The Dane said: "I can only say this. Speculation about players coming in, I don't want to comment on that.

"It is better for me to say I don't comment on rumours, I can comment on things about our players as it is different. When something is near or is done then you can ask me all you want."

22.29 BST Aly Cissokho’s agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, has confirmed there’s no chance of the left-back moving to Napoli and told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The reality is that he’s a Lyon player who still has a contract. If there is a team with a genuine interest then a solution will be found.”

21.52 BST Caen striker M’Baye Niang, 18, has been linked with a whole host of top clubs around Europe but it seems AC Milan might be his destination of choice. Having been taken on a tour of the training ground, he said: “I was so impressed - it’s magnificent. I am really interested in Milan.”

21.11 BST It's reported that Fernando Llorente has rejected a new contract at Athletic Bilbao and wants to leave. Manchester United are being credited with an interest in the 27-year-old striker.

20.50 BST: DONE DEAL Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has joined Maccabi Tel-Aviv on loan from Lille. Story here.

20.16 BST AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti believes Kaka could follow in Andriy Shevchenko’s footsteps and return to the club. “He’s a player who has given so much to Milan and he’s a wonderful guy,” he told Milan Channel. “In football anything can happen. In the past we’ve had players who have left and then come back, like Sheva.”

19.48 BST If you didn't click on the Andres Iniesta story on the main site earlier, you might have missed his comments on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who presumably has Barca DNA. "(Song) is technically very good and physically very powerful," he said. "If he comes, it is because he has the standard to play here and we would welcome him."

19.17 BST: Sunderland will make one final attempt for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, rumoured to be worth £12 million. Read the full story here.

18.49 BST: With Yanga-Mbiwa out of their price range, TMW indicate that Milan have turned their attention to Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, who is also a target for Roma.

18.19 BST: Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has not ruled out a move to Newcastle, insisting to Tutto Mercato Web that the English side are still interested after AC Milan appear to have dropped out the running.

17.52 BST: Liverpool have now officially announced that Luis Suarez has signed a new contract, following on from the last update. Some quotes can be found here.

17.32 BST: Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, ESPN can confirm. Read the full story here.

17.09 BST: Could Gabriel Heinze be returning to the Premier League? Talk in Italy suggests that QPR and Real Mallorca are eyeing the Argentine centre-back.

16.44 BST: Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin would be prepared to move to Turkey, according to his agent, amid reports of a £4 million bid from Galatasaray.

16.29 BST DONE DEAL: Forest have confirmed that Norwich's central defender Daniel Ayala has moved to the City Ground on loan, while rising star Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new long-term deal and has immediately gone on loan to Stevenage.

16.26 BST: Reports suggest that Nottingham Forest are interested in Norwich defender Elliott Ward.

16.10 BST: Blackpool are targeting Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie, who was on loan at Bloomfield Road last season, after failing to agree terms with Emile Heskey – but manager Ian Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: “I don't know whether we can get him back. We are playing Swansea [in a friendly] and I might be able to talk to their manager while I am down there.

"But I am not that hopeful because he went and banged a hat-trick in the other week. That won't help my cause, but it might help his."

15.53 BST: Notts County manager Keith Curle wants to bring winger Lloyd Sam back to the club after his successful loan spell last season. Sam, 27, is a free agent after being released by Leeds United, but Curle says he will have to find a way of freeing up funds before any deal could be done.

14.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Ex-Newcastle defender Tamas Kadar has joined Dutch club Roda JC on a free transfer. The Roda Technical Director Gerard Wielaert said: "We are delighted to have signed Tamas. Given his age of 22, he is a player with a bright future."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Toulalan's agent, Michael Manuello, has refused to comment on speculation linking the Malaga player with a move to the Magpies.

14.33 BST: Former Bolton defender Paul Robinson could be about to sign for Toronto FC, and has reportedly travelled to Canada for talks.

14.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have re-signed Kevin Kyle as they look to rebuild as a Third Division club.

14.11 BST: Could Liverpool be looking to hijack Arsenal's bid to take Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid? That's what reports on Merseyside suggest.

13.39 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have been in contact with Sao Paulo about a €45 million bid for Lucas Moura, the Brazilian club have confirmed.

The Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, speaking to newspaper Le 10 Sport, said officials from the big-spending French club had approached them about signing the 19-year-old.

13.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have completed the signing of former St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza and defender Emilson Cribari, who was on trial at Ibrox. Both have signed two-year deals.

12.57 BST: Huddersfield are being linked with a move for Cardiff midfielder Anthony Gerrard, who made 20 appearances in the Championship last season.

12.48 BST: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says Newcastle remain interested in signing him. But Montpellier’s France international defender – also interesting AC Milan - told TuttoMercato: “It is possible that I can renew my contract with Montpellier, just as it is possible that I will not renew it.”

12.40 BST - DONE DEAL: Derby County have announced the signing of teenage full-back Michael Hoganson on a one-year deal. The former Newcastle player had spent a successful trial spell at Pride Park.

11.50 BST: Chile midfielder David Pizarro could be on his way to River Plate after being omitted from Roma's pre-season training camp in Austria.

11.38 BST: Birmingham boss Lee Clark wants to add one more player to his squad. "Before the end of the week I'm hoping to do a bit more business," he told the Birmingham Mail. "And then I think I'd be done, unless we have to go into the market to replace anyone who goes out of the club."

11.34 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Manchester City are preparing to enter bidding for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi again. He was strongly linked with a move to Roberto Mancini’s side as contract talks stumbled last season and, although a new deal is in place, sources claim Mancini will have another go at signing a player once described by his club as

10.50 BST - DONE DEAL: West Brom have completed the signing of Markus Rosenberg, with the Swedish striker signing a three-year deal at the Hawthorns.

10.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has signed for Arsenal and joined up with the pre-season training camp in Germany after completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems initially delayed the deal being finalised but he is now on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne after the announcement was made.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad."

10.14 BST: Tony Pulis says Stoke are close to finalising the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves. The Potters had an earlier bid for the winger rejected by relegated Wolves, but Pulis said: “I'm hoping it will be done. I think he can score goals. It's not just his ability to go past people and provide.” Meanwhile, Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has denied speculation that he is set to leave for Wigan Athletic.

09.44 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona would consider an opening bid of around £15 million for Arsenal’s Alex Song – but the Gunners value him at £25 million.

09.30 BST: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has passed a medical and joined up with Arsenal at their pre-season training camp in Germany ahead of completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems have delayed the deal being finalised, but Cazorla is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Gunners this week. In the meantime, Malaga have given the 27-year-old special permission to train with his new team-mates, and he is on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne.

09.17 BST: Ibrahim Afellay’s agent appears to have changed his tune. Only recently, he said the Barca player could be off on loan. Now he says: "There are clubs interested in him, but he wants to stay".

09.06 BST: Left-sided Portuguese player Eliseu is the latest Malaga star to be linked with a move away as the financial turmoil engulfing the club shows little sign of abating. The player told media in his home country that he would “like to move to Benfica, but it is not easy”, while his agent says six clubs are interested in signing him.

08.59 BST: French side Olympique Marseille have confirmed Chelsea have made an approach for defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has held a long-standing interest in Azpilicueta, and Marseille have confirmed the Blues have stepped up their interest in the Spanish right-back.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune revealed: "Chelsea have made a serious approach for Cesar."

08.57 BST: Big-club-on-the-way-back Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with a move for striker Ricardo Fuller, a free agent after his Stoke contract came to an end.

08.53 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for in-demand midfielder Lucas Moura, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

Lucas, 19, is one of football's hottest properties at present, with the Nerazzurri, Manchester United and PSG among those clubs interested in swooping for him. But while United had appeared to be in the driving seat to secure a €30 million move, Moratti believes the Red Devils will be trumped by PSG - who are prepared to splash out an extra €15 million to land the Brazil international.

08.51 BST: Now, you may have thought that no transfer saga could run on longer than Andy Carroll’s or Robin van Persie’s, but those two might have a rival. Step forward Joe Allen, whose will he/won’t he Swansea to Liverpool saga seems to have been going on for a fair old while now.

Despite that, and perhaps with a hint of irony, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he wants a speedy resolution to the matter, and has also warned Liverpool and their former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers, that Allen will not come cheap.

Swansea are believed to have turned down an offer worth £12.5 million for the midfielder last month, and Laudrup said: “He is worth a lot of money because he's a good player. We saw they bought a couple of midfielders in the last few years for a lot of money but, with all due respect, Joe is on a level above.

“In my opinion, if one is worth £17 million then Joe is worth more, perhaps over £20 million. I'm talking as a football man, not as a chairman - but if the chairman asks my advice then I will tell him the same.”

08.45 BST: More on West Brom/Rosenberg (well, a bit): Sources close to the Baggies are confident that a deal will happen soon, which would make the striker the club’s fourth summer signing after midfielder Claudio Yacob, winger Yassine El Ghanassy (on loan from AA Gent) and goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Rosenberg scored 40 goals in 123 appearances for Bremen and previously had a spell with Ajax. Albion striker Simon Cox, who is entering the final year of his contract, could be going the other way: Championship Nottingham Forest have inquired about him.

08.30 BST: Our big story of the morning has a bit of crossover with the Olympics - 100m champion Usain Bolt has spoken of his desire to have a trial at Manchester United.

Bolt, 25, is known to have a few silky skills on the football pitch and would like to transfer them into the Premier League.

"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said: 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no," Bolt is quoted as saying in the Sun.

"I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference."

08.15 BST: Let's take a look around the newspapers.

The Sun: Santi Cazorla flew to Germany with his new Arsenal team-mates last night and is set to complete his £16 million move from Malaga today ... Galatasaray have offered £4 million for Arsenal midfield flop Andrei Arshavin ... Chelsea have stepped up their attempt to sign Marseille’s Cesar Azpilicueta after having a bid for the £8 million-rated defender rejected last week ... Man City will have to pay £20 million to land Daniel Agger ... Swansea have told Liverpool to cough up £15 million or forget about signing Joe Allen ... Michael Kightly is poised to seal a £2.5 million move to Stoke ... West Ham's Nicky Maynard has leapfrogged Craig Mackail-Smith on Leeds’ wish-list.

Daily Mail: QPR are also keen on Arshavin, as are clubs in the Middle East ... Andre Villas-Boas will start his Tottenham cull this week after finalising a list players he deems surplus to requirements. David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Sebastien Bassong, William Gallas and Kyle Naughton are all expected to be told they can leave ... Manchester United's Nani is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract ... Stoke are in talks with Poland full back Sebastian Boenisch ... West Brom hope to confirm the signing of free agent striker Markus Rosenberg over the next 24 hours.

Daily Mirror: Italian giants Juventus are ready to switch targets and try to snatch Luis Suarez away from Liverpool ... Craig Bellamy is turning down a staggering £60,000-a-week offer to be reunited with Mark Hughes at QPR to sign for his hometown club Cardiff ... Chelsea are on the brink of landing right-back Wallace from Brazilian side Fluminense ... Birmingham's owners are annoyed by Nikola Zigic's insistence on sticking to his bumper St Andrew's contract. Serbia striker Zigic is Blues' top earner on £60,000-a-week.

Daily Star: Roberto Mancini has rejected a bid from AC Milan to sign Edin Dzeko on a season-long loan.

Guardian: Manchester City have been told they will have to pay more than £22 million to lure Agger from Liverpool, having made an informal approach for the Denmark international.


Posted by Steef Holt on 08/07/2012

Why do all Chelsea transfers mention that RDM wants this or that player? It's obvious that transfers are done with little input from him. The transfer of Hazard was done when RDM's status was in limbo. And why no interest in Modric & RVP - the first of whom Chelsea were desperately chasing last season?

Posted by Le Alvin on 08/07/2012

Its the same old disastrous summer for Liverpool. Hiring a manager unproven on the big stage. Trying to sign star players from mid-tier teams or the deadwood from top teams. Haven't they learn the lessons of Carroll, Downing and Henderson??

Posted by opiyo on 08/07/2012

This is too good to be true. Up the Gunners! WE HAVE CAZORLA!

Posted by nabinesh on 08/07/2012

Cazorla looks like a good signing for Arsenal. Right now, Arsenal look like quite a balanced team on paper. Let's wait and see how they fare in the Premier League and other competitions in the coming season... hmmm!!

Posted by Kevin on 08/07/2012

Does the Cazorla signing have any impact on RVP? More likely to stay or go? The Gunners have had a good summer, siging Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud. Come on RVP, stay at the Emirates!

Posted by Sohaib Arshad Butt on 08/07/2012

How pathetic that Cazorla has been signed for a fee of around £15 million and Swansea are asking £20 million for Allen... does Allen get anyway near to Cazorla???

Posted by Apoorv on 08/07/2012

Not sure what's wrong with Man Utd. Being linked with all the good players, but when will we see some actual arrivals?

Posted by Mr Liverpool on 08/07/2012

I am very frustated the way LFC is dealing in the transfer market. LFC need at least three or four quality players to compete for the top four, but it seems to me they are only interesting in selling the players this summer. United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Newcastle all are stronger than this current LFC squad, and it hurts me.

Posted by Matt K on 08/07/2012

This whole Lucas Moura deal with a 45 million euro price tag is absurd. This way of football, just outspending and hoping for titles to fund the overspending, is unsustainable.

Posted by Nick the Gunner on 08/07/2012

Admittedly biased, but Liverpool swooping for Sahin makes no sense for either party as Liverpool already have 140 midfielders. Also, from Nuri's perspective, the experience of Champions League football would be much greater than playing on Thursdays.

Posted by Den on 08/07/2012

Any news on players going out of Arsenal? Cazorla is a good signing, but for them to compete, they need fringe players to leave and make room for players that bring something to the squad.

Posted by Tyler on 08/07/2012

Liverpool need to show some backbone and stop letting teams up the prices of players. I think we should have learned to avoid the £20 million price tag after Henderson. I'm all for going young, but if you want Champions League football we need players in their prime (Dempsey).

Posted by Anti Carzola on 08/07/2012

Carzola is already 27 if not mistaken.. One contract and then hez into his 30's.. Arsenal is just trying stop gap measures to silence frustrated fans.. This guy does not even make to the main national team.. For Arsenal to progress, Wenger should go! Otherwise we are looking at another race for 4th spot, hoard of players leaving next season and Wenger signing another Carzola to silence fans. Basic question: how can Wenger allow so many captains to leave every season.. Its all Wenger and the boards game while the fans are just puppets.

Posted by Joe Smith on 08/07/2012

LFC should pay AT LEAST $20 million for ANY player that they's only logical.

Posted by Nick on 08/07/2012

Ridiculous to call Arshavin a "flop". We bought him late in his career and he played well during his first couple seasons. Time just ended up getting the best of him.

Posted by Alex Cook on 08/07/2012

The race for UCL football is going to be fantastic now Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal have strengthened up up a bit on top of the Manchester power houses. Newcastle could even have an outside chanceif Cisse continues his fantastic form - shame about Liverpool though.. :/

Posted by Chris on 08/07/2012

If Song goes maybe Wenger wil be back in for M'Vila. Assuming RVP, Walcott and Song all leave (and let's face it, they never won anything with those players in the side) they would still have in front of the defence: M'Vila, Arteta, Podolski, Cazorla, Ox, Giroud. A complete makeover in two seasons. Not so bad, no?

Posted by Bolt on 08/07/2012

Liverpool should give bolt a call

Posted by Jimmy H on 08/07/2012

I think that Chelsea should put in an offer for Leandro Damiao, He plays brilliantly and his style would be effective for a striker role at the bridge.

Posted by Daniel on 08/08/2012

So they want 20mil for if liverpool are willing to pay that for Allen, I would rather ger Gaston who can produce and has a way better free kick than anyone in LFC...he is a young Forlan in the making with the dribbling skill almost like Suarez ... Liverpool will make a big mistake not to get him ...

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