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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/08/2012

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.

Liverpool want a minimum of £25 million for Daniel Agger © Getty Images

23.52 BST After a surprisingly busy night on the blog, it's time to call it a night. We'll be back in the morning with as many Robin van Persie updates as you can stomach and more. Join us then. It'll be fun.

23.47 BST Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hopeful the club can sign Colin Kazim-Richards on loan from Galatasaray. He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We've got Colin with us for a few days and we're hopeful we can do something. We've put in a bid and we'll see if that's accepted from his club.”

23.31 BST Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni offers his musings on the club’s potential signings: “I think it’s important that we focus on players who are useful and functional. The characteristics of the team go beyond a single name.

“I would see a problem if a player arrived who did not function in the way we play. When the first name on the list fades it is not a problem. What is important is that the players who do arrive are functional. I would be worried if by August 31 the players with the characteristics I am after have not arrived, but I’m not worried at this time.”

23.18 BST Speaking of non-EU spots, the point has been raised on Twitter that AC Milan - with the arrival of Cristian Zapata - no longer have space in the squad for the Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. Although, as PSG will demonstrate at some point before January, they could just sell another non-EU player.

23.12 BST PSG need to free up a non-EU spot ahead of the arrival of Lucas Moura in January, and L’Equipe thinks they could send Serbian defender Milan Bisevac to Lyon with right-back Anthony Reveillere heading in the opposite direction.

22.57 BST It hasn’t stopped Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta talking about it this week, but Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova says discussing a potential deal for Arsenal midfielder Alex Song would not be decorous. “As a coach, I prefer not to talk about players of other clubs,” he said. “That would be a lack of respect.”

22.42 BST United Arab Emirates midfielder Omar Abdulrahman, 20, has tweeted that he is going on trial at Manchester City.

22.16 BST Fergie on Van Persie and Lucas Moura is here.

21.49 BST Sir Alex Ferguson has been asked about Robin van Persie and said: "We have to persevere. Hopefully it comes our way." More on that when we get it...

21.26 BST Arsenal are reportedly keen on 22-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate but the club’s general manager, Herman van Holsbeeck, told Het Laatste Nieuws: "There has been no bid for him.

"We know some clubs have looked at him and he has been in the spotlight. I don't see anybody leaving, but if he leaves it would be for a lot of money - but Kouyate cannot move to the Premier League because he has not played matches for Senegal."

21.09 BST Sky Sports News says senior Manchester United players are of the belief that Robin van Persie will be joining the club very shortly. This appears to be gaining momentum now...

20.54 BST: DONE DEAL Valencia have signed Sergio Canales from Real Madrid on a permanent basis. Story here.

20.34 BST Sportmediaset thinks Juventus are going to revive their interest in Fiorentina attacker Stevan Jovetic as their hopes of Robin van Persie dwindle. That rumour has a rather reheated feel to it, but perhaps it’s true.

20.09 BST Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri tweets: “Robin Van Persie informed Juventus via a phone talk that negotiations between him and Manchester United are on advanced stage”

19.45 BST Here’s one that slipped through the blog net from earlier: Atletico Madrid are keen on Zenit defender Bruno Alves.

19.17 BST: DONE DEAL Villarreal have signed 34-year-old former Aston Villa and Juventus defender Olof Mellberg on a one-year deal.

19.05 BST Manchester City are being linked with Denmark defender Simon Kjaer, who is keen to leave Wolfsburg after spending last season on loan at Roma.

18.40 BST The Lucas Moura story is here.

18.27 BST: BREAKING NEWS PSG have confirmed they have reached an agreement over the signing of Lucas Moura. More to follow...

18.17 BST Sportmediaset believes Napoli are trying to sell Edinson Cavani and touts Chelsea as a likely destination as his asking price has now apparently been reduced to €30 million.

17.52 BST The full story on Zapata's Milan move is here.

17.39 BST believes Adam Johnson is set to leave Eastlands as Manchester City are close to tying up the signing of Scott Sinclair from Swansea.

17.13 BST: BREAKING NEWS Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has announced on Twitter that he has handed in a transfer request. Story here.

17.05 BST Villarreal have now confirmed the rumour we brought you at 16.20 BST. A brief statement on their official website read: "Villarreal and Milan have reached an agreement to transfer Cristian Zapata for this season. Thus the Colombian defender will return to play in Italian football with the Rossoneri."

16.35 BST: DONE DEAL Stoke have confirmed the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves for an undisclosed fee. Story here.

16.20 BST Cristian Zapata could be on his way back to Italy from Villarreal – reports say he has had a medical at AC Milan and will complete a transfer worth around €6 million.

16.16 BST Sevilla are reported to be signing Alberto Botia from Sporting Gijon. He is believed to have undergone a medical, but there is no confirmation of a deal as yet.

16.14 BST Kilmarnock – it’s where a lot of former Real Madrid youth players tend to end up. And sure enough, former Real Madrid youth player Borja Perez is hoping to earn a contract from manager Kenny Shiels after arriving on trial.

16.01 BST Blackburn boss Steve Kean has praised Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes as “a quality player”, saying Rovers remain in the frame to sign him. Kean said: "I don't know what will happen now - I will leave that in the hands of the directors and see how that develops."

15.59 BST - DONE DEAL Oldham boss Paul Dickov has dipped into the transfer market again, this time signing teenage striker Jordan Slew from Blackburn on a six-month loan deal.

15.16 BST - DONE DEAL Northampton Town have signed Liverpool’s academy graduate striker Henoc Mukendi, 18, on loan until January.

15.05 BST Alan Pardew has said Newcastle will need to play a waiting game when it comes to transfer deals. He Toon boss has struggled to land many of his main summer targets, but told the Evening Chronicle: “My message would just be to be patient. We’ve got a great side, and a great underbelly to the team. If we add one or two, or even three, we’ll have a great squad.”

14.45 BST Swansea are holding talks with Kaiserslautern striker Itay Shechter over a season-long loan deal.

14.32 BST Alvaro Pereira's agent is to hold talks with Porto amid increasing speculation that the defender is on his way to Chelsea. "We are due to hold an important meeting with Porto, but I do not want to speculate on what the outcome will be," Alejandro Savich told Maisfutebol.

14.23 BST Queens Park Rangers are one of the Premier League teams keeping a close eye on Dynamo Kiev's Yevhen Khacheridi.

14.07 BST De Telegraaf reports that Oussama Assaidi is on his way to Ajax, with the Eredivisie champions having reached an agreement with Heerenveen over his move.

If you're a little bored by what's on offer in the transfer window today then don't forget there is plenty of Olympic coverage to get your teeth into on

13.59 BST Our man in the North says Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron has been granted a UK work permit ahead of his proposed move to Stoke City.

13.45 BST Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is thought to have asked about the availability of Swansea midfielder Stephen Dobbie when the two clubs played each other in a pre-season friendly.

13.06 BST Younes Kaboul has dismissed talk that he could be leaving Tottenham, telling L’Equipe: “I have four years remaining on my contract at Tottenham and, more importantly, I am happy here and in England. There is a new challenge here and a new coach, who has been working very well.”

13.05 BST Here’s Valntijn Driessen, of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, on two possible Newcastle signings. On Gregory Van Der Wiel (Ajax right-back): “I can imagine he has been offered [to Newcastle]. Now they [Ajax] can make money from him, next season they can’t.”
On Anita: “He is coming from the youth of Ajax - they are not the best paid players. Since 10 days ago, he has a new agent, Mina Raiola, and he wants to sell players.”

12.24 BST Spain international Javi Martinez’s agent has said the Athletic Bilbao midfielder wants to move to Bayern Munich. Sport 1 quoted Ersin Akan as saying: "He wants to go to Bayern, and Bayern are still interested in signing him.

"I know that they still want him, but the transfer fee is a problem. He's just waiting to see how things pan out, but he would like it if the transfer takes place. I'd say chances that it will go ahead are 50-50 now."

12.15 BST - DONE DEAL Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Real Madrid's Joselu. Joselu, 22, who was born in Stuttgart, has signed a four-year deal and coach Marks Babbel said: “Joselu has shown his class at Real. He is still a young player and has a lot of potential. He fits into Hoffenheim and the team perfectly."

12.12 BST West Brom are optimistic that Swedish international defender Jonas Olsson, coming towards the end of his current Hawthorns deal, will sign a new contract.

11.20 BST Wolves have rubbished reports that they have accepted a £12 million Sunderland bid for striker Steven Fletcher. "Rumours that we have accepted a bid from Sunderland are incorrect," chief executive Jez Moxey told the Express & Star. "They want the player, but we haven't accepted anything."

11.15 BST - DONE DEALS Defenders Carl Regan and Tom Williams have joined Notts County on six-month contracts. Both were free agents. Manager Keith Curle explained: "They have had a long pre-season with us, and have signed on six-month contracts purely because of the finances.

"But if more money becomes available, and if they perform, there is an opportunity to extend that for a minimum of a season.”

11.15 BST - DONE DEAL More Huddersfield: they have completed the signing of Anthony Gerrard from Cardiff City. The defender has joined for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year deal.

Grayson told the Terriers’ official website: "We've worked very hard to seal his signature amid a lot of competition from other clubs."

11.11 BST Simon Grayson believes striker Jordan Rhodes – who has been linked with Blackburn, Fulham and Reading, would be better off staying with newly-promoted Huddersfield in the Championship.

"I do think another year in the Championship will be the best thing that can happen to Jordan," Grayson told the Yorkshire Post. "I am not saying Jordan couldn't make it in the Premier League if someone comes in. He has always scored goals at whatever level.

"But I have seen it happen a few times where a player leaves the Championship to go to the Premier League and then only plays a dozen games, or spends most of their time coming off the bench.”

11.08 BST Let's have a Modric moment. Why not?

Real Madrid have handed Tottenham a €30 million 'take it or leave it' bid for Luka Modric, which has been rejected, according to ESPN sources.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has set the price for the Croatian midfielder at around £40 million, though £35 million (plus success-dependent add-on clauses) would be enough to clinch the deal.

But Real are refusing to bid that high and have told Levy that their latest offer will be their last - meaning Spurs are now "stuck" with the unhappy Modric as there are no other clubs willing to meet the North Londoners' valuation.

11.04 BST Hull boss Steve Bruce says he’s not quite finished in the transfer market yet and could add a couple of new faces before he season begins next weekend.

"Are we ready? As managers we always want a little bit more and I'll keep knocking," he told the Hull Daily Mail. "I would like to bring a couple in if I could, but I might have to wait on that. There's two or three weeks to go [of the transfer window], so we'll see what we can do.”

10.35 BST Ally McCoist is hoping to add striker Craig Beattie to his newly-burgeoning Ibrox ranks, saying: "We'll see if we can push that one forward. Craig's certainly someone we have been looking at.”

10.33 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Merseysiders have held talks with Cardiff City about a return to Wales for Craig Bellamy.

10.15 BST Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has reportedly told the club he wants to leave to play Champions League football, with Serie A holders Juventus poised to make a €20 million offer.

Llorente, 27, has made up his mind to reject a new contract offer and move on, according to Basque TV station ETB.

09.18 BST He may have been linked with a move to Stoke, and been encouraged to make that move by Peter Crouch, but Norman Hubbard can't help wondering where - if anywhere - Michael Owen's career is going.

09.14 BST Wolves winger Michael Kightly is reportedly due to have a medical at Stoke today, meaning his move to the Potteries could be confirmed before the end of the day.

09.14 BST The world of Luka Modric to Madrid continues to rumble on without any end in sight. AS speculates that Tottenham are preparing to sign €20m-rated Partizan Belgrade midfielder Medo Kamara as a replacement, but there is still no sign of a North London/Spain meeting of minds on a Modric transfer fee.

09.01 BST Striker Akpo Sodje, who is on trial at Preston North End, could move to Norwegian club Brann, according to reports. He is available on a free transfer after leaving Chinese side Tianjin Teda.

08.48 BST Norwich manager Chris Hughton says Nottingham Forest have made no official contact with Carrow Road officials to register their reported interest in defender Elliott Ward.

He also said he believed Ward’s defensive colleague Daniel Ayala, on loan at Forest for the season, had a big future at Norwich, adding: “”I wasn’t interested in selling him. He has gone out on loan to a good club with a good manager that will certainly play a good, attractive passing game. But he has also gone to a club where there is a bit of pressure.

“They have got high expectations, the Forest supporters. They have brought in new players and they have new owners so it was important for me he went somewhere with that pressure. They are a club who want to have a go in the division, and that played a part in it as well.”

08.43 BST Israel international striker Itay Schechter could be heading for Swansea City, with reports suggesting that the 25-year-old could move to Wales on a season-long loan from Kaiserslautern.

08.39 BST Hamburg are set sign former Wigan midfielder Paul Scharner on a two-year deal, reports in Germany say. Kicker magazine says Hamburg are also interested in doing a loan deal for Genoa’s Chile international Cristobal Jorquera.

08.34 BST Winger Juan Manuel Vargas, linked with a switch to Liverpool, has said he hopes to stay at Fiorentina despite his agent having earlier called an Anfield move “an option”.

08.30 BST Craig Bellamy, in possible tribute to Ron Knee, is tight-lipped about the possibility of making a return to Cardiff, saying that he is taking things “day by day”.

The 33-year-old Liverpool forward is expected to join the Bluebirds in the next few days, but told the South Wales Echo: "Look, you know me better than to expect me to talk publicly about that. I've no immediate plans at the moment. What will be, will be."

08.28 BST And in other news from the Reebok, reports suggest that Bolton have turned down a bid from Swansea, believed to be £5 million, for midfielder Mark Davies. The news that the Swans are in the market for a midfielder can only add to the continuing swirl of speculation about Joe Allen and his future – is Liverpool beckoning? Will we ever, ever find out?

08.25 BST Valenciennes midfielder Carlos Sanchez won’t be going to Bolton - Owen Coyle is not impressed with what the Colombia international, available on a free transfer, is demanding. The Wanderers manager said: “There was no point meeting with the player because of the demands they had put forward. They were far and away beyond our means and, I've got to say, would be out of the reach of a lot of top six clubs as well.”

He has accused the player and his agent of having changed their demands after the Championship club had made initial inquiries earlier in the summer.

08.10 BST Time for our customary look around the English newspapers - though another day full of Olympic gold medals means we will probably be scanning the fine print for gossip:

Daily Mail: Arsenal, clearly not deterred by Park Chu-Young’s lack of success at the club so far, will swoop for another South Korea international, Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung; Chelsea will offer Gael Kakuta to Marseille in part-exchange for defender Cesar Azpilicueta; Roberto Martinez wants Wigan to stand firm and not accept anything less than £10 million from Chelsea for Victor Moses

Daily Mirror: Zenit St Petersburg have dug deep to make an offer of £40 million, plus Bruno Alves, for in-demand Porto striker Hulk; Real Madrid have upped their Luka Modric offer to £30 million but Spurs are holding out for £40 million; Nigel Reo-Coker, 28, is being targeted by three Serie A clubs after turning down a move to Fulham following his departure from Bolton.

The Sun: Peter Crouch has told Michael Owen to join him at Stoke City; Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is set for crunch talks with Real Madrid today about the future of Luka Modric; Manchester City and Arsenal are both considering making a move for Anderlecht’s Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who has impressed at the Olympics.

Daily Star Sheffield United captain Nick Montgomery is a £500,000 transfer target for Championship clubs Leeds, Burnley and Millwall.

08.05 BST Our first major story of the day is the lead on our site - we understand that Liverpool will only consider an offer of £25 million for Denmark international defender Daniel Agger amid interest from Manchester City.

Liverpool sources have confirmed that City have made approaches about Agger, 27, but that the two sides are some way apart in their valuation of the player, who has two years left on his contract.

08.00 BST Good morning, football fans, and welcome to what we, as always, hope is an action-packed day in the summer transfer window. A number of sagas continue to roll on as we ponder whether Luka Modric will ever end up at Real Madrid and wonder which of Europe's giants Lucas Moura will be playing for in the coming season.


Posted by razor on 08/08/2012

If Liverpool can get a deal worth more than £20 million for Agger - maybe even involving Adam Johnson - that'll be a brilliant bit of business. Agger will certainly miss 50% of games again next season due to injury.

Posted by Louis on 08/08/2012

One season I would love for Arsenal to buy a couple of great players, like this season, and for other clubs to leave the squad alone. I don't want to play the what if game, but if we could have held onto our star players, we would be winning the league, and possibly even the Champions League, by now.

Posted by The Red on 08/08/2012

Liverpool should do a Cash plus player (Adam Johnson) deal. They badly need a winger and I think a deal for Gaston Ramirez has collapsed, so Johnson would be a perfect option.

Posted by Alex on 08/08/2012

Should Song move to Barca, why isn't AW even considering buying M'Villa? Yes he does have a high tag, but given his age I think it is still a reasonable price. Also, how come there's no move to strengthen our RWB? Look a what happened when Sagna was taken off, our secondary RWB could not even perform 50% as well as he did, and that goes for our secondary CB as well. We need good secondary defensive line should we hope to win any silverware and not just make excuses about our injury list. Look at MU, Chelsea & MC, they have a good secondary line for all positions.

Posted by James on 08/08/2012

Is there any chance that Arsenal are looking for a left back? Gibbs is always injured and Santos cannot defend to save himself. Are there any left backs of decent quality on the market?

Posted by Anurag on 08/08/2012

Is there any truth to the Scott Sinclair to Man City story, with Adam Johnson on his way out?

Posted by bennett on 08/08/2012

Liverpool don't need another winger. Mancini still believes he can get value from Adam Johnson, and Liverpool are probably hoping to see Downing return to some form. I'd much rather see MCFC try to sign Skrtel than Agger, but he might be untouchable.

Posted by Beanie on 08/08/2012

No post on the Cristian Zapata deal w/ Milan? Come on guys, I know the club is struggling a little bit here at the moment but we aren't irrelevant quite yet.

Posted by mats on 08/08/2012

Just sunk in - a comment from an earlier blog: "... Alex Song – but the Gunners value him at £25 million". I'm sorry, what are they seeing that we more mortal footballing fans don't see? 25? Seriously? On the other hand if this is a "we're tired of losing players to other big clubs" price, that I can understand, they really did get beaten down on the Fabregas deal last year.

Posted by Melb on 08/08/2012

Are city playing a waiting game? We were promised players by the chairman. I can't see many players that can improve the city squad as much.. Maybe javi Martinez, de Rossi and maybe RVP, I'd prefer cavani but don't know how that's going to work.. Players don't want to leave city and I mean who would? No one else would pay those wages.. And city can't buy then sell players because clubs would try to get everyone on the cheap.. Come on city! With or without new players, city is definitely ready for the new season

Posted by HoosierBen on 08/08/2012

The caption under Agger says 25 million euro, while the story at timestamp 08.05 BST says 25 million pounds. I hope it's clear which figure is being discussed when they sit down for negotiations! At today's rate, that's an 8.3 million USD difference. Not exactly chump change for Brendan's transfer budget.

Posted by Bafa on 08/08/2012

Whereas Vic Moses is worth £10M,and whereas one of either Cesar Azpilicueta,Perriera or Debuchy will most certainly end up at Stamford Bridge come 31/08,I can't help the lofty thought that if AVB were shrewd enough,as a certain Fergie,Leandro Damaio and a certain Bellamy,yes,Craig Bellamy,should also join his great project going on at the club. Think of Henrik Larsson or even our own very dear Owen winning trophies at United. I knw it may sound ludicrous or even far-fetched at best,but imagine the "blooding" guys like Hazard & Marin could get with Bellamy settng the pace. Also,considering that Damaio is on the form of his blossoming young career,and most importantly friends and team mates with Oscar,don't you think a deal makes perfect sense? y

Posted by Bafa on 08/08/2012

Imagine a Chelsea side consisting,in a 4-1-3-2 formation:Cole,Luiz,Cahill,Debuchy/Azpilicueta;Mikel;Hazard,Mata,Oscar;Torres,Damaio. Awesome team,no?

Posted by Joe WHL on 08/08/2012

Did Real really think they were going to sign Modric for 30m euros? If thats the truth and they legitimately bid that, they're not the brightest team.

Posted by Todd on 08/08/2012

Twitter is ripe with RVP to United rumors today, anything ESPN has heard?

Posted by Joe Smith on 08/08/2012

The duo of Agger and Skrtel in the middle proved the third best defense in the Barclays Prem, only bettered by the two Manchester clubs. LFC have a rising star in Coates, and a fading one in Carragher. They need to hold onto Agger. The impact a Joe Allen would have (who will only go for 20 million also) can't come close the synergistic force of Agger and Skrtel. Keep the defense intact.

Posted by Tony Hairston on 08/08/2012

If Edinson Cavani is available then the 30 million euros quoted is a very fair price. Arsenal-buy him NOW. While you are at it let's free poor Simon Kjaer from Wolfsburg. That would settle our most pressing issue-another solid CB.

Oh, and with Cavani we can do whatever we want with RVP. Personally I prefer the younger, more often healthy, and with more productive years (ahead and behind him) player. Forza Cavani!

Posted by Dre on 08/08/2012

sell Agger to Man City for the 25 million pounds, euros, or even Adam jhonson plus 10 million pounds would be a great deal. LFC will recieve much needed pace on the flank, plus cash to splash on other targets. What we should not do, is to sell Agger the use all that funds to purchase Allen. He is not worth 10 million pounds much more the 20 million Swansea wants. we could probably get Josh mccheron from Chelsea for less than 10 million pounds, and he probably produce the same quality. Rodgers needs to do actual reasearch/ scouting instead of running back to Swansea for mediocre players he's comfortable dealing with as a manager.

Posted by Teddy W on 08/08/2012

I just saw an article saying Arsenal has signed Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung according to multiple British papers, can anyone confirm this?

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