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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/14/2012

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.

Kompany would like to welcome RVP as a new team-mate © PA Photos

23.45 BST Right folks, it's all gone quiet on the western front so we'll leave it there for this evening. But be sure to join us from 08.00 BST on Wednesday as we see if Man Utd have upped their bid for RVP or if they are still in disagreement with the Gunners over a fee.

23.31 BST Alex Song's Cameroon team-mate Carlos Kameni has claimed the midfielder has told him he wants to leave Arsenal for Barcelona. Kameni is quoted in A Bola saying: “We were together on holiday and he said he wants to go to Barcelona. Everyone wants to play for Barcelona. Song would fit right in at Barcelona. He has all the qualities to play there."

23.03 BST Aston Villa's Jean Makoun (yes, we forgot he still played for them, too) is being linked with a return to France with Rennes.

22.40 BST Genoa's Andreas Granqvist is still keen to push through a move to Lazio despite talks between the clubs stalling. The Sweden centre-back said: “The negotiations between Genoa and Lazio are a long story, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. I hope it can be resolved. I am happy at Genoa, but going to Lazio is a great opportunity for me.
I like the idea of joining a club that plays in Europe almost every year. In any case, I am prepared to respect my contract.”

22.28 BST Maurice Edu has told he is not aware of any negotiations between Rangers and Ipswich about a possible transfer to Portman Road.

21.58 Valencia have reached an agreement with Rubin Kazan to sign Nelson Haedo Valdez, Los Che have confirmed.

21.39 BST France Football are confident that Juventus lead the race for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.

21.12 BST LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan says he would consider a move to a Mexican club, having come close to signing for Club America when he joined Everton on loan in 2010. Donovan said: “I don’t know what the future will hold.But there was a time, when I went to Everton last, I considered it. And I would [again] if it was genuine.”

20.47 BST There are some murmurings that Everton are lining up a bid for Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas, who currently plays for Greek giants Olympiakos.

20.26 BST Algeria striker Adda Djeziri has confirmed that he will be joining Blackpool after a trial period at the club. He told the Blackpool Gazette: "I will be signing with Blackpool. We have been in negotiations for two weeks and this is a very exciting opportunity for me. It all happened at random. The manager had heard of me and asked me in for a trial. I've played some training matches, scored some goals and created some assists. They have been excited about my performance, so that is awesome. This is a step up for my career."

20.02 BST As always, some entertaining comments coming in, including this offering from frustrated Liverpool supporter How:

"I am getting increasingly tired of Tottenham trying to poach all of our targets. Go after someone else's targets. I swear if they get Ramirez out from under my beloved LFC I may just lose all hope... Not really but I sure won't be in a good mood."

19.47 BST Nice boss Claude Puel is determined to hang on to Kafoumba Coulibaly, who has been linked with Turkish side Kasimpasa. Puel said: "He stays with us. I do not want to weaken."

19.23 BST Former Manchester City left-back Javier Garrido (remember him?) could be returning to English football with Norwich City. Sky Sport Italia reckons the Canaries will sign him on loan from Lazio with an option to buy.

18.58 BST Bologna president Albano Guaraldi is hopeful the club can keep Gaston Ramirez despite reported interest from Inter and clubs in the Premier League.

“There is nothing in the air for Ramirez,” he said. “He is an indispensable player for Bologna. I want to keep him, but if he accepts a different destination in an operation that is acceptable in economic and technical terms then we’ll see.”

18.31 BST FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti, always on hand to discuss deals he’s not involved in, says AC Milan have only an infinitesimal chance of re-signing Kaka.

“In Italy it’s impossible to pay €10 million net wages,” he said. “When Real Madrid absolutely have to give him away, then they might have a chance, but unfortunately right now Kaka is a prisoner of his wages. As of today, his chances of joining Milan are 0.001%. I know he wants to return to Milan, but I’d like to go out with Monica Bellucci – that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. There was some contact with New York Red Bulls, but he wants to stay in Europe.”

18.05 BST Statement from Levante on Arouna Kone's move to Wigan: "Levante UD and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement this afternoon to transfer Arouna Koné to the English club. The levantine outfit wish to thank the Ivorian international for his professionalism and his commitment defending the azulgrana shirt, and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his career."

17.53 BST Extraordinary. Royston Drenthe’s agent says Manchester City have enquired about the Dutchman, who’s currently without a club. "We didn't expect this either, but they asked me about his numbers, how much he would cost salary-wise. There are also clubs from the Serie A and Turkish clubs interested and also Dinamo Kiev," he told

17.40 BST DONE DEAL: Wigan tie up a deal for Arouna Kone, who has signed a three-year deal with the Latics after a deal was agreed with Levante.

17.31 BST Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez has rejected a move to Spurs, according to his agent. Oscar Betancourt told Calcio Mercato: “The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered €16 million, but the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.

“Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramirez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more."

17.20 BST DONE DEAL Juventus have confirmed that Felipe Melo has rejoined Galatasaray on loan. The deal includes an option to make his stay permanent for €6.5 million.

16.59 BST Fulham are planning to send David Stockdale out on loan in order for him to gain more first-team experience, according to goalkeeping coach Hans Segers. “David's a top keeper and needs to play, so as a club we're looking to get him on loan somewhere where he's playing week in, week out, with a recall clause,” he told the Fulham Chronicle.

16.45 BST Vernon Anita wants to talk to Alan Pardew before deciding whether to join Newcastle. Story here.

16.27 BST - DONE DEAL: Bury ‘keeper Cameron Belford has rejoined Southend on loan after the clubs agreed a one-month deal. The 23-year-old spent three and a half months with the essex club at the end of last season.

15.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Simon Eastwood on non-contract terms. The 23-year-old has been training with the Fratton Park club and played in friendly matches including the recent game against AFC Wimbledon.

15.10 BST: Hello, nostalgia fans: Arturo Lupoli could make a return to English football. The former Arsenal player, who spent loan spells at Derby, Norwich and Sheffield United and plays for Italian third tier Grossetto, is reported to be interesting numerous Championship and League One clubs. And while we're talking about transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

15.02 BST: More Modric: Marca reports that he will travel to Madrid on Thursday after playing in Croatia’s friendly in Split... Athletico Madrid have reportedly signed defender Goromel from Koln for €3.5 million - only to send him straight on loan to Betis.

Valencia midfielder has to,d a press conference he will stay, adding: “I had offers to leave [from Lille], but after talking to [new coach] Pellegrino I changed my mind.”

14.59 BST: Swansea have accepted a bid from Blackpool for Stephen Dobbie, reports in the north-west suggest. The Scottish forward, a previous loanee at Bloomfield Road, is due to hold talks with Ian Holloway’s Seasiders in the near future.

14.57 BST: Not content with moving closer to a deal for Marlon Harewood, Barnsley are also looking at bringing in defender Martin Cranie, a free agent who last played for Coventry.

14.38 BST: This just in: Blackburn are trying to get Marouane Chamakh on loan from Arsenal. It's almost certain he'll say no. They turned to him after giving up on Jordan Rhodes and John Guidetti.

14.29 BST: Arouna Kone is reportedly at Wigan having a medical ahead of a move to the DW Stadium.

14.07 BST: Manchester United are reported to be close to sealing a deal for Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez, although rivals Manchester City are stepping up their interest.

Henriquez, 18, is believed to be high on United's wanted list, and it is said that, with City having joined the race for his services, Sir Alex Ferguson has moved quickly in a bid to finalise a deal while the player is in Europe with Universidad's youth team. And while we're talking about transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

13.17 BST - DONE DEAL: St Johnstone have completed the signing of former Celtic and Hearts striker Craig Beattie on a one-year deal. He had also been linked with a move to Rangers.

12.35 BST - DONE DEAL: Forward Simon Cox has completed his move from West Brom to Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee, with the City Ground club announcing that he has put pen to paper on a three-year contract after passing a medical.

12.29 BST: Wolves have rejected Sunderland's £12 million bid for striker Steven Fletcher. The Scotland striker had submitted a transfer request in an attempt to force the move through.

12.26 BST - DONE DEAL: Blackburn defender Myles Anderson has joined Aldershot Town on a one-month loan deal as boss Dean Holdsworth bolsters his defensive options.

12.22 BST: Lyon have confirmed that they rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer.

Lloris, 25, is said to be high on Tottenham's list of targets, with current first-choice shot-stopper Brad Friedel having turned 41 in May.

12.21 BST: Croatia coach Igor Stimac has said he believes Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric will join Real Madrid sooner rather than later.

Stimac said he expected the unsettled Spurs star - whose future has been the subject of a summer-long saga - to complete his switch to Spain despite Real's current failure to meet Tottenham's £40 million asking price.

12.19 BST: Much-travelled forward Marlon Harewood is close to agreeing a one-year switch to Barnsley. Harewood, 32, left Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

12.15 BST: Universidad de Chile striker Angelo Henriquez is reportedly set to undergo a medical at Manchester United – but Manchester City are also said to be in the market for him.

11.15 BST: Forward James Harper is training with Doncaster Rovers and could finalise a move to the club after being released by Hull City at the end of last season.

10.54 BST: Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta says he wants to leave the club and move somewhere where he can play regular first-team football. The 21-year-old told L'Equipe: “My decision is definite now. It is an important moment in my career. It is better for me to leave the club and find one where I could play matches regularly.

10.45 BST: Fulham forward Moussa Dembele has claimed that Real Madrid have made an inquiry about him.

Dembele, 25, has been linked with a move away from Fulham this summer, with Manchester United said to be monitoring the regarding the Belgium international's situation.

10.21 BST: Arouna Kone is close to making a €5 million to Wigan from Levante, according to Marca. Levante have reportedly signed Theofanis Gekas on a free as his replacement.

09.30 BST: The Mail reports that Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck is set to sign a five-year contract worth £75,000 a week at Old Trafford after protracted negotiating-type chit-chat, while Everton could be on the brink of stepping in to sign Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, a Liverpool target, and Manchester City have given midfielder Nigel de Jong permission to talk to Inter Milan about a move.

09.09 BST: The Star says Adam Johnson’s Manchester City career could be over, and that the winger will be on his way out “after a bust-up with boss Roberto Mancini before the Community Shield” and, as speculated yesterday, that Fernando Llorente is a £30m target for Manchester United and rivals City.

09.05 BST: Manchester United could switch their attention to Swansea's Neil Taylor in their search for cover at left-back, says the Mirror, which reports that Spurs striker Jermain Defoe fears he could be forced to quit the club if he faces another season on the bench and says Fulham Clint Dempsey is still hopeful that a move to Liverpool will go through.

09.02 BST: The Sun reckons Van Persie will be going to the red, rather than the blue, half of Manchester. It says: “Arsenal were last night set to cave in and strike a deal with Manchester United for Robin van Persie. They are ready to start serious talks, with United boss Alex Ferguson hoping to seal a £22 million move before the weekend’s Premier League opener.”

The paper also reports the Cristian Tello to Liverpool link, claiming Brendan Rodgers has targeted him as a third signing of the summer, while M’Baye Niang is having trials at Everton with a view to a permanent move. “The 17-year-old Caen hot-shot has been chased by Arsenal, where he spent a week on trial earlier this summer,” it says.

08.57 BST: Liverpool are reported to be close to agreeing new terms with defender Martin Skrtel, who said earlier in this summer that other clubs had made approaches for him.

The 27-year-old, Liverpool's player of the year last season, could sign an improved four-year contract later this week.

08.53 BST: And a snippet from Germany: St Pauli centre-back Carlos Zambrano is reportedly about to sign for Eintracht Frankfurt, who are also in the market for Club Brugge attacker Dorge Kouemaha.

08.48 BST: And now it’s time for RVP’s rival for long-running, and running, and running, saga of the summer. Ladies and gentlemen: Luka Modric.

AS has found out what some of the Spurs midfielder’s Croatia international team-mates feel about the possibility of him moving to Real Madrid. Stipe Pletikosa has no doubts: “Last year, Levy promised to let him go if someone offered the same amount as Chelsea (€40 million) if a big team wanted him. Who is bigger than Madrid?

“This train comes only once in a lifetime. Luka knows it. He does not want to hear anything else. And on top of that there is Mourinho. He will win two of the next three Champions Leagues if Levy does not ruin his dream".

Croatia coach Igor Stimac, meanwhile, thinks it’s all an unwelcome distraction for his star midfielder, explaining: "I do not like the situation he is in, without having played any games this summer. He will end up signing for Madrid before the transfer window closes.”

Modric, displaying a Ron Knee-esque tight-lippedness, said only: “This is not the time to talk,” but AS still believes the deal is all but done, with €32 million the final price.

08.42 BST: In Spain, AS reports that Liverpool director Ian Ayre is poised to clinch loan deals for Madrid’s Sahin and Barcelona’s Tello. Tello’s future has been the subject of speculation this summer because he remains on a low Barca B contract. Liverpool could offer €4 million for him, AS says – but Mundo Deportivo begs to differ, saying the club would not let him go either on loan or permanently, and Sport says he will sign a new Barca deal this week.

08.38 BST: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Alex Song could leave the club for Barcelona – and he’s not all that impressed with the Spanish papers, either.

Wenger, quoted in the Sun, says: "There's nothing going on with Song. There's nothing in that. Song has three years' contract - he's not in the same situation as Robin van Persie.

"In Spain, the newspapers are not really serious. We've had the experience of that. We've never had any contact with anybody from Barcelona."

08.30 BST: Further reports from France suggest Spurs are very much in for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and are prepared to pay €15 million to land him.

The 22-year-old has been the subject of intense speculation this summer, with Rennes hoping to get €20 million for him – but they may be prepared to accept less because of their current financial situation, L'Equipe says.

08.15 BST: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini may have publicly all but given up hope of signing Robin van Persie – but that hasn’t stopped his skipper, Vincent Kompany, from flashing come hither glances at the Arsenal striker.

City, United and Juventus have all been linked, without cease, with a move for van Persie ever since the Dutchman declared that he would not be signing a new deal at the Emirates.

Asked about Van Persie, Kompany told Sky Sports News: "It's very easy to say you want to play next to Robin van Persie. He's a great player. He's proved it so many times last season, and any team he would play for he'd make stronger."


Posted by Scott on 08/14/2012

Kompany... please note RVP is going nowhere. He is a Gunner and will always remain a Gunner.

Posted by diarra on 08/14/2012

Not sure why Spurs need M'vila - just so that Arsenal won't get him?

Posted by Emeri Gift Chuks. on 08/14/2012

I think RVP will stay and will open discussion about a contract extension at Arsenal this week.

Posted by Sahil on 08/14/2012

Everton linked with M’Baye Niang and Dempsey? Surely they are going to cost them a bit. Where have they found this money from?

Posted by Nutty Natty on 08/14/2012

@ sahil : Everton just got £15 million from selling Rodwell to Man City!!!

Posted by roberto on 08/14/2012

@sahil... Sale of Rodwell/Yobo/Cahill, and the saving of the wages of Cahill and Yobo: they were relativley high earners for our squad.

Posted by Bafa on 08/14/2012

It beats me that Chelsea haven't deemed it fit to quickly wrap up the Moses transfer. Isn't the Drogba void obvious enough? Also, Hulk is needed as well as a right- back, preferably Debuchy or Van der Wiel. Please...we looked miserable throughout the pre-season, I must say.

Posted by Faisal on 08/14/2012

If Liverpool sign Dempsey and Tello without losing any players, then I can expect a title challenge from my beloved club.

Posted by IKK on 08/14/2012

Manchester United appear to be getting far too desperate for my tastes. £22 million for RVP seems a bit too much (as brilliant a player as he is) given that he probably has two to three more good years left. The whole deal reeks of a Berbatov to me. Man Utd should hold out at £15 million and, if Arsenal fail to take it, let RVP leave for nothing next season (and snap him up then).

Posted by Wayne Minnies on 08/14/2012

Why do we need RVP when Berbatov is already here and can't even get game time?

Posted by Kenny on 08/14/2012

Throughout the Agger rumours, I was under the impression that he wanted to leave, which I thought put the club in a difficult position. However, I recently read about HIS comments on the matter and now realise he wants to stay. So now I am irritated with LFC because if you want to win, you must retain your best players - and Agger is one of our best. I don't like the transition from football club to corporation. Are we rebuilding a title-challenging team? Or are we trying to make money? Please keep the title in sight: please keep Daniel Agger.

Posted by dipesh on 08/14/2012

I think Liverpool are now a serious contender for the top four... with all the names like Sahin, Tello, Ramirez linked actively with the club, it seems like LFC are serious this time.

Posted by Bernard on 08/14/2012

Tello, Ramirez and Dempsey for Liverpool ! No go for Sahin since he prefers Arsenal, and no go for Johnson as it is obvious Man City prefer to let him join Everton instead of Liverpool, a rival in their eyes. If FSG are serious in bringing back those glory days to Anfield, then they should back Rodgers one more time with the above three signings. If successful, then Liverpool's future looks brighter.

Posted by OzoneGoon on 08/14/2012

Adam Johnson leaving City... if he wasnt so pricey, I would have loved Arsenal to snap him up to upgrade from Walcott.
He definitely impressed when he got game time at City.
Didn't get why Mancini didn't use him as much.

Posted by Wilson on 08/14/2012

@ dipesh It's going to take more than linking names to get LFC into the top four... start SIGNING players like Sahin, Tello, and Ramirez and you have a challenge.

Posted by Abhay on 08/14/2012

I love how liverpool fans still keep expecting and hoping every season lol..
I think Arsenal has a better chance of making top 4 rather than liverpool

Posted by Bennett on 08/14/2012

@OzoneGoon Totally agree with you, Johnson has thw skill and pace to make an effective winger. Something MCFC needs as a change of pace. But Mancini must not like his defensive attitude and maybe playtime attitude in general. Should he go to another mid table EPL team, he will flourish and score goals, but that doesn't always mean those teams get 3 points. I wouldn't quite say he is an upgrade over Walcott though.

Posted by wookie on 08/14/2012

if chelsea doesn't start putting out some DONE DEALs for strikers yet i'm gonna pop! AHHH!!!!

Posted by How on 08/14/2012

I am getting increasingly tired of Tottenham trying to poach all of our targets. Go after someone else's targets. I swear if they get Ramirez out from under my beloved LFC I may just lose all hope... Not really but I sure won't be in a good mood.

Posted by jdw on 08/14/2012

United has an option to buy Henriquez, forwhich they dropped some cash on Universidad several years ago. He never was going to go to City. It's always been a matter of whether United wanted to exercise the option this summer or next.

Posted by Jeb on 08/14/2012

Any news about Chelsea's search for a right back?

Posted by Ryan on 08/14/2012

Spurs poach every year. Lets see whom they are linked with. Lloris (linked to Arsenal), Vertonghen (was linked to Arsenal), Capoue and M'Vila in today's news (once again Arsenal targets).

Lets face it...Levy has NO CLUE what to do and just waits for Wenger to do all the real scouting.

Come on you Spurs.....RELEGATED !!!

Posted by COYSpurs on 08/14/2012

I love how Liverpool fans are crying about Spurs taking "their targets," and yet they forget that they snagged both Suarez and Carroll by outbidding us.

We could go on from there, because everyone they buy started out as someone elses target - Henderson and Adam were chased by United, various spanish clubs wanted Enrique, etc.

Posted by Joe Smith on 08/14/2012

A story written about Daniel Agger reported that he had YNWA tattooed on his knuckles recently. He's the best playmaking centerback in the Prem, and he's fully committed to LFC...where's the problem?? Keep him! If you have to, B.R., build more in January! Keep committed and talented players who have the aptitude and attitude necessary for success.

Posted by W on 08/14/2012

I've heard something about Dempsey to Everton to replace Tim Cahill as the goal-scoring midfielder.... he'd be a great fit, but I'm still wondering what is taking Liverpool so long to seal a deal for him...?

Why are Chelsea even after Victor Moses? Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Marko Marin, Gael Kakuta, and Florent Malouda aren't enough? I get it if they sell Kakuta and Malouda.

The ONLY offer I'd accept from Man Utd for RVP if I were Wenger is 10-20 million (most likely somewhere between 12-15) AND Berbatov. I can't believe nobody is after this guy... 27 goals in 44 games in the last two EPL campaigns....

Actually let's look at it this way, over the past two EPL seasons...

Torres (16 goals in 69 games) = 23.1%
Carroll (17 goals in 61 games) = 27.8%
Suarez (15 goals in 44 games) = 34.0%
VDV (24 in 61) = 39.3%
Rooney (38 in 62) = 61.2%
Berbatov (27 in 44) = 61.3%
Aguero (23 in 34) = 67.6% -- only in EPL for 11-12
RVP (48 in 63) = 76.1%

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