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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/01/2012

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.

Andy Carroll: Worth such insane money? © Getty Images

23.45 BST: That's all for tonight everyone, there will be more of the same over the next month so make sure to come back tomorrow.

23.32 BST: Arsenal fans look away now. Barcelona and Arsenal are holding talks on the transfer of midfielder Alex Song with a decision to be made in the next 48 hours according to Sport. He has two years left on his current deal, but surely the Gunners can't afford to let him go unless there is a HUGE offer on the table.

23.27 BST: If you were hoping that your club might sign a 39-year-old, former world's best left-back, then you will be disappointed to learn that Roberto Carlos is no longer an active player and will continue his role behind the scenes at Russian club Anzhi.

22.59 BST: Someone in Seattle has been impressed by those Hondurans in London as Olympian and Real Espana player Mario Martinez has officially joined the Seattle Sounders on loan.

22.40 BST: More from that Facebook story earlier. It is indeed true: Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign promising French midfielder Anthony Knockaert on a three-year contract from Guingamp. Should be completed in the next 24 hours or so.

22.27 BST: Arsenal and Liverpool are being linked with Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sahko, who has been told he can leave the club,

21.55 BST: Now they have no Zlatan this isn't a surprise, but Antonio Cassano is staying at Milan. "Cassano will stay," Massimiliano Allegri is quoted as saying by Gazzetto dello Sport. "He is doing well at the moment and is training well."

21.23 BST: DONE DEAL MK Dons have sealed a deal for experienced striker Ryan Lowe on a two-year contract from Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee.

20.54 BST: Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced the signing of former Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien on Wednesday, pending international clearance.

19.47 BST: Mark Hughes has claimed he has not heard anything about a QPR move for Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov. “There are a lot of names flying around,” the Welshman told Sky Sports. “That is a new one on me, in fairness. At this time of year, there are a lot of names flying around. But we prefer to get the job done, get the business done, and then we announce it.”

19.22 BST: Fulham have laughed off suggestions that they are selling Moussa Dembele to Real Madrid as “ludicrous”. The agent of the sought-after midfielder has told reporters that Real are looking to secure his client's services this summer. But Fulham have told ESPN: “We have not had any approaches for Moussa Dembele and none would be welcome.”

18.40 BST: DONE DEAL Wigan have clinched the signing of Real Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis for €5.5 million.

18.16 BST: Bored of Milan for Kaka talk yet? More here: "I will speak with Florentino Perez in New York," Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. "It will be very hard for us to sign Kaka because of his high wages, but he is a player who is part of our history."

17.45 BST: Our man in Spain says that Villarreal have agreed to sell playmaker Borja Valero to Serie A side Fiorentina for a fee believed to be approximately €7m. Read more

17.20 BST: Reports in France suggest that Steed Malbranque, formerly of Fulham and Tottenham, is set to join Lyon in the coming days.

16.55 BST - DONE DEAL: Scotland international Gary Naysmith has joined Premier League side Aberdeen ahead of the new season.

16.23 BST: Tottenham could benefit from the financial problems afflicting Malaga, with AS reporting that the North Londoners may move for forward Salomon Rondon. However, the report adds that a more likely destination for the Venezuelan, valued at around €8 million, could be the Russian league.

16.20 BST: Brighton manager Gus Poyet says he wants to sign two more players before the start of the season, saying his squad could do with a further striker and another midfielder . "We need two extra players for sure," he explained. "We need to make sure those two can adapt and understand how we play. It is about timing."

16.02 BST: Former Middlesbrough midfielder Malaury Martin has been unable to agree terms to stay at Barnsley, where he spent a week on trial.

15.58 BST: Reports in Spain suggest that Serie A side Fiorentina have agreed a €7 million fee for Villarreal's Borja Valero, with a move believed likely to go through soon.

15.33 BST: Doncaster defender James O'Connor has left the relegated League One club to join Derby for an undisclosed fee. The versatile O’Connor, who can play anywhere across the back four, has agreed a two-year deal.

Derby manager Nigel Clough said: "He has good Championship experience and he's impressed us whenever we've faced Doncaster. We're delighted and we think he'll be a very good addition o the squad."

15.30 BST: Striker Connor Wickham, who came through the ranks at Ipswich but has struggled to make an impact in the top flight since moving to Sunderland, is unlikely to return to Suffolk on loan because of the cost of his wages, Portman Road manager Paul Jewell has said.

Wickham, who joined Sunderland for £8 million last year, has been linked with a temporary move back to his old club, but Jewell said: “I think we have got first call on Connor if he becomes a loan. I also think we have got to pay three-quarters of his wages - and we haven't got that type of money."

15.19 BST: Blackburn striker Nick Blackman is a target for Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson.

15.11 BST: The Rangers manager Ally McCoist is thought to be considering a move for Andrei Ionescu, a Romanian midfielder who is leaving Belgian club Royal Antwerp in a dispute over pay.

14.52 BST: The Santos president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, says his club are prepared to sell Ganso – but only, repeat only, if someone stumps up the cost of his buyout clause. And how much is that? A cool £40 million, that’s how much.

14.49 BST: Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar has joined Aston Villa from Dutch giants Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. Vlaar, 27, becomes Aston Villa's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of fellow Eredivisie based duo Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman and Sheffield United's Matt Lowton.

14.43 BST: Embattled Blackburn manager Steve Kean says defender Martin Olsson is not for sale. Olsson is reported to be a target for Stoke, Southampton and Chelsea, but Kean insisted: "I have sat down with Martin and said to him we want him to play. I think there were clubs who enquired, and we said: 'Not for sale.'"

14.40 BST: Wigan say free agent striker Emile Heskey will not be returning to the club despite training with the Latics’ youngsters over the summer.

Heskey, a former Wigan star, was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, but Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: “Emile has had a tremendous history with Wigan, but I don't think there will be any more pages to be written in that particular book.”

14.10 BST: Napoli are taking a look at Fluminense right-back Wallace, says TMW. The Brazilian club have been raided for players since winning the Copa Libertadores in July.

13.57 BST: Guingamp youngster Anthony Knockaert has told his supporters on his Facebook page that he has joined Leicester City - one to watch.

13.37 BST - DONE DEAL Fleetwood defender Kieran Charnock has joined Conference side Macclesfield on loan until January.

13.17 BST - DONE DEALS Walsall have signed former Aston Villa youngster Connor Taylor and Paul Downing (ex-West Brom) on one-year contracts after both completed successful trial spells.

12.57 BST Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said reports that striker James Vaughan could be going to Celtic on a season-long loan are “news to me”, adding: “There is nothing in that. What will always happen is that names are going to be mentioned, in or out. What I have to do is formulate the squad I want come the start of the season at the end of the month.”

12.43 BST Brazil 'keeper Julio Cesar's agent says he has held talks with a number of clubs, including Tottenham, about a move from Inter Milan. The Brazil 'keeper's time at the San Siro appears to be coming to an end after Inter signed Samir Handanovic from Udinese in a £10 million deal earlier this summer.

12.32 BST Santi Cazorla could be moving closer to a transfer from troubled Malaga to Arsenal, reports say. The Spanish midfielder may arrive at the Emirates for a medical this week, and a transfer worth around £17 million has been mooted.

12.02 BST Everybody wants to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham, it would seem. Real Madrid are the latest to be linked with the midfielder’s agent, Jan de Visser, telling De Telegraaf: “Real Madrid have contacted us and asked about the possibility of signing Moussa Dembele. They are not the first big club who have contacted us this summer for him.”

11.50 BST The Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill has confirmed that French trialist Yamadou Camara has left the club after suffering an ankle injury.

11.20 BST Brendan Rodgers has claimed hard work is going on behind the scenes to bring in the players he wants at Liverpool before the transfer window closes. Rodgers has been linked with moves for Joe Allen of Swansea and Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

11.18 BST - DONE DEAL Winger Eduardo Salvio has become Benfica’s most expensive-ever signing. The complete deal to bring the 22-year-old Argentina international to Portugal has come to €13.5 million.

10.59 BST - DONE DEAL West Ham have confirmed the signing of Wales defender James Collins from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a four-year contract.

10.53 BST Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa has signed a two-year contract extension at Real Madrid, and said: “Signing a two-year extension to my existing deal is a source of joy for me. I am delighted with the club's faith in me, and I am looking forward to continue playing here.”

10.40 BST - DONE DEAL Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin from Dinamo Moscow on a season-long loan.

10.38 BST Huddersfield are reported to have rejected an offer from Fulham for their ludicrously prolific Scotland Under-21 striker Jordan Rhodes.

10.36 BST Barcelona vice-president Jose Maria Bartomeu has indicated that the club could make an attempt to sign Neymar, the Santos player currently wowing ‘em in the UK with Brazil’s Olympics squad.

He said: “Neymar? We would all like to see him joining after the Olympics. If he decides to come to Europe, we'll try to make it Barca.”

10.09 BST Wigan and Wolves are reported to be considering bids for Odense midfielder Mohamed Traore, who is rated at £3 million by the Danish club.

Wigan see the 24-year-old as a replacement for Mohamed Diame, who left for West Ham, and Wolves want to strengthen their midfield as they attempt to bounce back to the Premier League after their relegation.

09.59 BST Werder Bremen are continuing to hold talks with Chelsea about bringing in Belgium international midfielder Kevin de Bruyne on loan.

09.53 BST What happens next in the long-running saga of Luka Modric? Well, that will be decided when Spurs get back to England following their pre-season tour, says Andre Villas-Boas.

The Spurs coach explained that playmaker Modric, who did not join the tour, was behind the rest of the Spurs squad in fitness. He added: “Luka is now doing double [training] sessions on his own. When we get back to London, we will give players time off and, after that, we will decide what is best for Luca to do.”

09.49 BST Yet more on Manchester City, and this time it’s striker Edin Dzeko, a man who has been linked with plenty of moves to plenty of clubs in plenty of places over the summer. But City coach Attilio Lombardo believes Dzeko could still have a future at the Etihad, saying: "Dzeko is a big player, and I think Manchester City want big players."

09.43 BST Manchester City's Kolo Toure has said he is happy to stay at the Etihad despite holding talks with Bursaspor about a possible switch to Turkey.

The Premier League champions are believed to be willing to let Toure move on for around £3 million, but the defender - whose brother Yaya also plays for the club - is prepared to see out the remaining year of his contract.

09.25 BST Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo says Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger is now Barcelona’s top transfer target after interest in Athletic’s Javi Martínez cooled when the Bilbao club refused to lower their €40 million asking price. AS agrees and says Barca are interested in paying €15 million (plus €5 million in add-ons) for the Danish international.

09.17 BST Roberto Mancini has challenged Adam Johnson to prove he is worthy of a place in his Manchester City side. "Adam is in my plans," Mancini said. "Some players think that when they don't play, it's the boss's fault. I think he has to be playing for a top club, but he's got to play at his top level."

09.06 BST Daily Mail: Newcastle are closing in on FC Twente defender Douglas Texeira ... Arsenal midfielder Alex Song could be targeted by Barcelona as he has two years left on his contract ... Tim Cahill could return to Everton on loan during the MLS close season ... Manchester United and Arsenal are stepping up interest in Victor Wanyama ... Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton is in talks over a move to Stoke City ... Blackburn manager Steve Kean wants Arsenal striker Park Chu-young.

08.50 BST Daily Mirror: Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta is a loan target for Lyon, Marseille and Ajaccio ... Real Madrid are considering pulling out of their pursuit of Modric ... Arsenal's move for Malaga's Santi Cazorla is under threat ... Manchester City could target Real Madrid's Higuain.

08.35 BST The Sun: Real Madrid could pull out of their proposed deal for Luka Modric because Tottenham are demanding the fee for the Croatian up front ... Kolo Toure could turn down a move to Turkish club Bursaspor to stay at Manchester City ... Stoke have bid £2 million for Wolves winger Michael Kightly ... James Collins is set to rejoin West Ham today in a £2.5 million move from Aston Villa ... Norwich striker James Vaughan is set to snub a loan move to Celtic by joining Blackburn on a one-year loan.

08.20 BST And now, for your viewing pleasure, a newspaper round-up...

08.17 BST Another paper's take on the Carroll affair. From the Mirror: "Andy Carroll will be offered a pay-rise to £100,000 a week to change his mind and join West Ham."

08.10 BST More on this Carroll craziness: "Sam Allardyce’s Hammers are now ready to pay Carroll, 23, his current £90,000-a-week wages over EIGHT YEARS."

08.00 BST Good morning. An absolute cracker of a rumour to kick off proceedings. The Sun shrieks with glee: "West Ham have offered Andy Carroll a mind-boggling £36 million contract in the hope of luring him away from Liverpool."


Posted by Mitch on 08/01/2012

As a Real Madrid fan, I honestly don't want to see Modric at the Bernabeu. However, you have to feel bad for Luka. Two seasons of wanting out, two seasons of a stubborn Daniel Levy saying no. Its like he's locked in a prison in North London. A player of his calibre deserves to be fighting for trophies and playing in Europe's biggest competition, not settling for 4th-6th place in the EPL while playing in the Europa League...

Posted by mtl on 08/01/2012

Modric deserves to be playing for trophies and in the CL? Then maybe he and his fellow players should have capitalised on the opportunity to challenge for the title last year instead of ducking back into their shells.

Posted by Glenn S on 08/01/2012

I still believe Carroll can be one of the most effective strikers in England. He just needs the proper support, aka decent wingers to cross, and didn't have it last year as Downing and others' wing play wasn't good enough for a Championship team, much less EPL. If they are bent on selling him... I understand he doesn't quite fit, though a good manager SHOULD adjust to the talent at hand but never happens. Sell him and pick up Dempsey and Gaston Ramirez. Ramirez will be a top class winger, and they need to secure him now.

Posted by Liverpool Fan on 08/01/2012

Liverpool should sell Carroll and Aquilani, sign Gaston Ramirez and Dempsey and try their best to keep our defensive duo of Agger/Skrtel.

Posted by Mark H on 08/01/2012

I'm also a Liverpool fan - I think it's up to West Ham to get Carroll. If they want him then they need to fork the cash for wages etc, and if those wage rumours are true, I think they're in with a shout. Liverpool still need a quality striker to support Suarez if Carroll leaves.

Posted by Dre on 08/01/2012

How many times will I have to tell you that Dempsey is not a LFC calibre player? He is not fast enough and too old at 29 to be of any real help to this current LFC squad. Sell Carroll and reinvest that money in Adam Johnson and Gio Dos Santos - both have speed and can use the width of the field. Sell Agger and keep Skrtel until next year for consistency in the backline.

Posted by EverSoReluctantRedsFan on 08/01/2012

BREAKING NEWS! West Ham sell their entire first team squad so they can afford Andy Carroll.

Posted by TooAmbitious on 08/01/2012

I would give Santos every player Dalglish signed (except Suarez) for Neymar. Is that bad?

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