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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/09/2012

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.

Sir Alex is in a bad mood with Arsenal
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23.45 BST: That's it for tonight. Expect Joe Allen to move tomorrow and there will be plenty of DONE DEALS as well I'm sure.

23.33 BST: Juventus are keen to secure a €20 million transfer for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, according to Tuttosport. And that money would surely be enough to tempt Arsene into selling RVP to them as well.

23.00 BST: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes that Robin van Persie would be a "great addition to the squad" if a deal can be reached this summer. Read Rooney's comments here.

22.16 BST: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to complete the £15 million signing of Joe Allen on Friday. Full story here on ESPNsoccernet.

22.16 BST: Fiorentina have announced the signing of Chilean midfielder David Pizarro from Roma for an undisclosed fee.

21.59 BST: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is looking to sign Galatasaray forward Colin Kazim-Richards on a season-long loan.

21.25 BST: Wondering where all the money went? Well, clubs spent a total of £21.7 million on agents fees during the 2011-12 season, the Football League has revealed in its annual report.

20.06 BST: Swansea's Joe Allen is in the crowd at Anfield tonight. He wants to move and surely a £15m offer is on the way, if not already in the fax machine.

18.32 BST: Aiden McGeady is apparently pushing Spartak Moscow to allow him to move to Sunderland.

18.12 BST: Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia inhas played down reports that he is ready to sell striker Cacau to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.

17.43 BST: La Gazzetta dello Sport report that AC Milan could be prepared to allow Antonio Cassano join Roma in return for Marco Borriello, who has already spent time at the San Siro.

18.35 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria has signed a new contract, tying him to the Spanish champions until 2018. Read the full story here.

18.35 BST: Brazilian media giant Globo Esporte report that AC Milan have switched their attention from Kaka to Paris Saint-Germain winger Nene, after struggling to agree a fee with Real Madrid.

18.15 BST: Sochaux defender Jeremie Brechet has joined newly-promoted Troyes ahead of the start of the Ligue 1 season this weekend.

17.46 BST: The Bimingham Mail report that Aston Villa are set to join Sunderland in the race for Scotland forward Steven Fletcher, after the striker's public request to leave Wolves.

17.20 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo is not expecting Kaka to return to AC Milan. "Whether Kaka will leave the club or not is a decision he has to take himself, but I think he will stay here," he said. "For me his is one of the best players in the world, and all the best players have to be at Real Madrid."

16.53 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed FC Cologne winger Slavomir Peszko on a year-long loan from FC Cologne with a view to a permanent deal.

16.23 BST:Martin O’Neill says he is prepared for Sunderland’s summer transfer activity to go right to the end of the transfer window. O’Neill, who has signed only Carlos Cuellar so far, said: “I have been involved in late scrambles before, so it's nothing new to me in that sense.

“Obviously, the most important issue is to try to get them [new faces] in before the deadline finishes. Ideally it would be great to get them in and be part of the club before you kick off the season, and we will do our utmost to do that.”

16.15 BST - DONE DEALS:A double signing for Rochdale: Ian Craney and Ray Putterill have joined on a non-contract basis, with both midfielders having played for boss John Coleman during his time in charge of Accrington Stanley.

16.02 BST: Another “every player has his price” type of remark: here’s Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini on Daniele De Rossi.

Sabatini told a press conference: "I never said that De Rossi is not unsellable, I just made a general consideration regarding the whole of football. If a monstrous bid materialised, we would evaluate it - but we are not looking for buyers for Daniele because he is a pillar of our team.”

15.53 BST: Reports in Spain say Malaga have rejected a €3m bid from Valencia for Ignacio Monreal and that Enzo Maresca could leave the same club for Olympiacos, but the reports have not been confirmed.

15.06 BST - DONE DEAL: That Slawo Peszko loan move to Wolves didn’t take long to go from likely to done: he has moved to Molineux from Cologne on a temporary basis, but with a view to a permanent deal.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, formerly of Cologne, told the Express and Star, said: "Slawo is a player who can operate on both wings and had a very good first half to the season last year, setting up a lot of goals for Lukas Podolski.

"I know the quality that he can offer us, including great acceleration. He's also not afraid - while he may not be the biggest player in stature, he's fearless, which is one of his real strengths.”

14.41 BST: Notts County midfielder Alan Judge has turned down the offer of a new contract at Meadow Lane. He says he is not unhappy at the League One club but feels he deserves a better deal.

14.32 BST: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will not be joining Fulham on loan, according to the player's agent.

Lukaku, 19, struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge after joining from Anderlecht last summer for a substantial fee, and is expected to spend the 2012-13 campaign elsewhere to further his development.14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.10 BST Kicker reports that Hamburg are keen to bring midfielder Milan Badelj in from Dinamo Zagreb earlier than planned and are willing to increase their offer for him to €3.5 million to do so.

14.02 BST Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has flown to Turkey for a medical with Galatasaray.

13.29 BST: Reports in Turkey have linked Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma with a move to Tottenham or Sunderland. Besiktas board member Tamer Kiran confirmed Quaresma would not feature in the club’s plans this season, saying: "Despite being contracted to the club, we do not see a future for Quaresma here. We wish to part ways with Quaresma: we want to find him a new club.”

13.15 BST: Everton prospect Conor McAleny, a 19-year-old striker, is reportedly set to sign a new long-term contract at Goodison Park.

12.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Former West Brom striker Roman Bednar has signed for Turkish side Sivasspor after rejecting an offer to stay at Blackpool, whom he joined on a short-term deal in January.

12.11 BST: Charlton are reported to be weighing up a bid for Brentford’s attacking midfielder Sam Saunders as they look to add to their squad following promotion back to the Championship. Saunders could cost around £250,000.

11.23 BST: West Ham are reported to have agreed a deal with Marseille to sign France international and former Liverpool midfielder Alou Diarra.

10.43 BST: Developments amid the continuing uncertainty at Malaga: Joris Mathijsen is reportedly almost on his way to Feyenoord in a €1 million deal, and coach Manuel Pellegrini could yet stay, despite widespread expectations that he would leave.

10.40 BST: Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa says nothing has been resolved about the future of striker Fernando Llorente, reportedly a target for Juventus, Chelsea, Spurs and Bayern Munich. Bielsa said it was “a private matter, not yet resolved”, adding only: “I want the best for the team, the player and the club.”

10.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Doncaster Rovers have signed former Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn, who left the Bluebirds at the end of last season following a three-year stint with the club. Donny boss Dean Saunders said the 27-year-old “is an experienced player who knows his position".

10.05 BST: Ally McCoist says he is resigned to Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya leaving Rangers – but he still hopes Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian will stay at the Third Division newco. McCoist told the Daily Record: “It looks like Maurice and Alejandro will be leaving, but I'm planning on Carlos and Dorin being here until I hear otherwise."

09.50 BST: More on Swansea, Liverpool and Joe Allen - here's the latest: Liverpool are understood to have made a £15 million bid for Joe Allen, triggering a release clause in the Swansea midfielder's contract.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that the offer - an increase on an earlier £12.5 million bid - will land the Wales international, who represented Team GB at the Olympics. Allen, 22, has been a Liverpool target since Rodgers left Swansea for Anfield in June.

09.28 BST: Ryan Babel could be on his way from Hoffenheim to Fiorentina, Kicker reports.

09.12 BST: Sławomir Peszko could be on his way to Wolves for €400,000. The 27-year-old Poland international midfielder, who plays for Cologne, is admired by Wolves boss and former Cologne coach Stale Solbakken, who said: “Slawo has always been a good player. He could be a match-winner here in England... I hope we can reach an agreement on Thursday.”

09.01 BST: Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke is a £250,000 target for Ipswich, according to the Star, which also says that Sheffield United are considering a bid for Blackburn striker Nick Blackburn.

08.58 BST: Chelsea could be selling Raul Meireles, the Mail says, with Napoli interested... and bright prospect Josh McEachran is interesting both Blackburn and Bolton, who would like to bring him in on loan.

08.54 BST: The Mail also reports that Manchester City have checked on Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, 23, who is a target for Tottenham as the North Londoners continue to be frustrated in their efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a full-time basis.

08.52 BST: Taking time off from being paranoid about Marxism, the Daily Mail says Chelsea are preparing an improved bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle. The paper says the 21-year-old Schurrle “remains a priority target, even though Leverkusen have not heard from Chelsea since their opening offer of £16 million”.

08.49 BST: Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has refused to entertain speculation that the club is interested in signing Alex Song from Arsenal, insisting he will not comment on any transfer rumours.

Reports in the Spanish press in recent days have suggested that the Catalans are ready to swoop for Song, who enjoyed a fine 2011-12 campaign for Arsene Wenger's side.

"I don't like talking about players who are not in our squad," Vilanova said. "There are many players outside of Barca who I like and I cannot talk about them. It would be a lack of respect to other clubs."

08.44 BST: The Mirror’s take on RVP goes like this: Arsenal will charge United a bit extra if they buy the striker.

The paper says: “Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned it will take an ‘unbelievable’ offer to persuade Arsenal to sell Robin van Persie to him.

“Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will not sell for less than £20m - and will demand a premium fee of more than £25m from Fergie and Manchester United because Arsenal do not want to do business with a direct Premier League rival.”

08.43 BST: Liverpool want no less than £23 million and Adam Johnson on loan if they are to sell Daniel Agger to Manchester City, says the Mirror. City have already had two bids for the Denmark international rejected, but Boss Brendan says he could go for the right price – and everyone has a price.

08.37 BST: And another! Modric and Madrid! Yes, again! He could still go to Spain, says the Sun, if Jose Mourinho can offload Kaka first.

Although Real have yet to table an offer that matches what Tottenham want – thought to be somewhere between £35 million and £40 million – they could do so if they can sell the Brazilian to AC Milan.

08.30 BST: And now another old favourite from this summer’s round of transfer speculation: Joe Allen from Swansea to Liverpool, where he would be reunited with Brendan Rodgers and his critically-acclaimed brand of football etc etc.

The Sun reports that the deal is almost done, saying: “Joe Allen will be a Kop idol after Liverpool triggered his release clause at Swansea.

“The Reds hit the £15 million magic figure that lets the midfield ace quit. And today Allen, 22, meets his Swans boss Michael Laudrup and will tell him he wants to rejoin his former gaffer Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.”

The paper says the transfer is expected to go through by the weekend, with Swansea having agreed not to stand in Allen’s way if a buyer came up with the asking price.

08.15 BST: Sir Alex is having a bit of a fume. Why? Because Arsenal are apparently keeping Manchester United hanging on as the Red Devils attempt to bring Robin van Persie to Manchester.

Everyone knows the score with Van Persie now: if he ends up going somewhere, it’s likely to be one of Manchester United or Manchester City, with Juventus having – depending on who you believe – dropped out of the race to some degree or other.

Speaking after United’s friendly against Barcelona in Gothenburg, Ferguson said: “It’s difficult to know why they [Arsenal] are operating in this way. We’ve been trying our best but there’s been no progress.

“You know we’ve made a bid [of £15 million], but Arsenal have been trying to negotiate with other clubs. They are not giving anything away. We have not had any breakthrough.”

Comments

Posted by RICKSTER on 08/09/2012

I'm a big LFC fan. I'll be happy to see Joe Allen sign today, but Agger to City - no way! Why make rival team stronger?

Posted by redroo on 08/09/2012

Good business if Liverpool can come out with Allen, Johnson and £8m for the loss of Agger.

Posted by diarra on 08/09/2012

Rickster - you do know that Liverpool are not a direct rival of Man City? Liverpool are competing with the rest of the mid-table clubs, not with Man City. Also, Swansea can use the same "why make a rival team stronger" argument too, and not sell Allen to Liverpool.

Posted by Brett on 08/09/2012

I'm a United fan, but for Liverpool fans I'd be asking my club to sign Dempsey. Let Agger go for the crazy £23 million fee and take Adam Johnson at the same time. It will make the team so much better going forward. You already have Joe Allen locked up to secure the middle of the pitch defensive wise.

Posted by Eddie on 08/09/2012

Do you think Agger will go when he has just gone and got YNWA tattooed on his knuckles? Seems as though he wants to stay.

Posted by Bafa on 08/09/2012

I personally,as a Chelsea fan, think RvP would be nuts to go to United. And for Fergie fuming and stuff: wait a minute, would he feel any better if Wenger - one of the shrewdest in the business - asked for Rooney or even Valencia in player exchange for RvP?

Posted by Manuforlife on 08/09/2012

I do not understand this talk about Arsenal not wanting to sell Van Persie to a direct Premier League rival. What rival? Arsenal have not been close to competing with us for the past six years.

Posted by Logic on 08/09/2012

Why do United want RvP? How is he that different from Berbatov? Both do not have a lot of pace and like receiving the ball at their feet. Both do not like running behind the defence. Both have exceptional technical ability and finishing skills. So why does Fergie think a Rooney-RvP combo will be so much better than a Rooney-Berba combo? I think Fergie does not know how to improve his team to beat Chelsea and City.

Posted by wyosportsfan on 08/09/2012

@Manuforlife,
"Arsenal have not been close to competing with us for the past six years." In 2010-2011, it was pretty much neck and neck between Arsenal and United until the end of the season. Arsenal are still title contenders every season, don't kid yourself.

Posted by habeeb early on 08/09/2012

I think Fergie should make another bid for Modric - please leave RVP alone. How sure are you that Van Persie can perform better than Rooney?

Posted by Bafa on 08/09/2012

Sir Alex has no business venting his anger and/or frustrations,as it were,on Arsenal over the RVP talks. Maybe he'll be happier when, eventually, Arsene demands Rooney in exchange.

Posted by Bernard on 08/09/2012

It's a good business should Liverpool let Agger go to Man City for £23m + Adam Johnson in return. Rodgers could then use the funds to further strengthen the squad with the likes of Ramirez (£16m) and Godin/Kjaer (£7-8m). With Allen's deal getting closer than before, the new season would look much brighter.

Posted by Mike Muitati on 08/09/2012

I'm a very big fan of Man Utd - they only need Luka Modric or Wesley Sneijder, because they lack an engine to run the team.

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