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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/10/2012

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.

Lucas: Almost at United... but then not © PA Photos

20.58 BST: That's it for tonight then. It heated up this evening with the move of Craig Bellamy to Cardiff, Romelu Lukaku to West Brom and then, finally, Joe Allen to Liverpool. More awaits tomorrow when the Transfer Blog re-opens.

20.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Netherlands defender Joris Mathijsen has left money-troubled Malaga to join Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee.

20.11 BST - DONE DEAL: Could Alejandro Bedoya face Celtic in the Champions League? The US international has left rivals Rangers to join Helsingborgs.

19.52 BST - DONE DEAL: Liverpool have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Joe Allen for an undisclosed fee, ending one of the summer's longest transfer sagas.  Read the full story here.

19.22 BST - DONE DEAL: Blackburn have secured the capture of Turkey international Colin Kazim-Richards on loan from Galatasaray.

19.02 BST - DONE DEAL: Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku has joined West Brom on a season-long loan, ending speculation over his future. Read the full story here.

18.42 BST: It's been rumoured for a day or two, but AS Roma have now officially confirmed that Gabriel Heinze has had his contract rescinded, leaving him free to complete a likely move to Newell's Old Boys.

18.13 BST: The Daily Mail are full of talk today and they report that Chelsea have taken an interest in Juventus' Stephan Lichtsteiner, having failed to agree a deal with Marseille for Cesar Azpilicueta.

17.53 BST: Santos have re-signed one of their fabled "meninos da Vila" with Andre rejoining from Atletico Mineiro. That's three of the four back together (Neymar, Ganso, Andre), but will we see Robinho return.

17.42 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Japanese striker Takayuki Morimoto would be allowed to leave. A long-term target for some in the Premier League, it is suggested, though, that he may return to his homeland.

17.21 BST: The agent of former Liverpool player Ryan Babbel has downplayed suggestions that he is close to a move to Fiorentina. Winnie Haatrecht told TMW: "Ryan has a contract with Hoffenheim, so it would not be a problem for him to remain in Germany. The initiative now lies with the German club."

17.03 BST: Blackpool are claiming that an illegal approach has been made for winger Matt Phillips and are set to report the incident to the Football Association.

16.43 BST: ITV News suggest that Alex Song could indeed join Barcelona, with Cristian Tello heading the other way.

16.24 BST: The Daily Mail report that Atletico Madrid are eyeing Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, who has been linked with Arsenal and QPR in recent weeks.

15.58 BST - DONE DEAL: Villarreal have signed Swedish defender Olof Mellberg, who left Olympiacos at the end of last season, as they attempt to bounce back to La Liga following relegation.

15.53 BST - DONE DEAL: West Ham have completed the signing of Alou Diarra from Marseille on a three-year deal. He moves to Upton Park for an undisclosed fee.

14.34 BST - DONE DEAL: Craig Bellamy has completed his return to Cardiff City, joining them from Liverpool on a two-year deal.

14.34 BST: Carlos Vela has completed a permanent move from Arsenal to Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee, the Gunners have confirmed. The Mexican international spent the 2011-12 on loan at the Spanish club.

14.29 BST: Here’s Gerard Pique on Alex Song speculation: "I know him - he's a great player. If he joins, which seems possible from what I read in the papers, he'd be welcome."

14.27 BST: Sunderland, who have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market so far, are reportedly interested in signing defender Scott Dann from relegated Blackburn.

14.24 BST - DONE DEAL: Motherwell have signed Birmingham City defender Fraser Kerr on a six-month loan.

13.56 BST: More Chelsea news: manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed that Romelu Lukaku will go out on loan this season. He said: “At this stage of his career, for him the most important aspect is to play every week and gain more experience and football time."

13.29 BST - DONE DEAL: Ben Gordon has joined Birmingham City on loan from Chelsea until January 7.

13.05 BST: Wolves have reportedly turned down a £9 million bid from West Ham for winger Matt Jarvis, while goalkeeper Dorus de Vries is reportedly interesting Liverpool. De Vries played for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.

12.30 BST: DJ Campbell could be on his way back to Blackpool after QPR allowed him to open talks with the Seasiders, reports say. Campbell joined Rangers last summer on a two-year contract, but suffered an injury-plagued season and made just three starts.

12.17 BST - DONE DEALS: Some done deals for you: Former Preston ‘keeper Andreas Arestidou has joined Morecambe on a free, ex-Reading trainee Harry Cooksley has moved to Dean Holdsworth’s Aldershot, also for free, striker Nick Blackman has joined Sheffield United from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee and teenage midfielder Ryan Watson goes from Wigan to Accrington Stanley on loan.

11.32 BST: Newcastle officials are reportedly heading to Holland this weekend to speak to Ajax about signing Vurnon Anita. Meanwhile, Sunderland have been linked with a move for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

11.25 BST: Maurice Edu is reported to be interesting Ipswich Town. Edu was one of several player who declined to transfer their contracts to the Rangers newco.

10.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Huddersfield defender Antony Kay has joined the Milton Keynes thing from Huddersfield Town on a two-year deal.

10.44 BST: Why always him? Why? Why?? Why??? Roberto Mancini has said Manchester City have rejected several bids for Mario Balotelli from top clubs this summer.

Mancini, who had insisted earlier this summer that the Italian would remain at Eastlands, urged Balotelli to build on his excellent Euro 2012 by becoming more consistent this season.

"This summer, we had a lot of requests for him," the City manager revealed. "Many important teams wanted him."

10.21 BST: Reports say Bellamy has arrived in Cardiff for his medical. They just missed out on promotion last time he was there - can he help them go one better second time around?

10.21 BST: FC Porto are believed to have threatened to report Atletico Madrid to FIFA as they claim money remains outstanding from last summer's €40 million transfer of Radamel Falcao.

Spanish daily Marca has reported that Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa was close to making an official complaint that could see FIFA impose a transfer embargo on Atletico.

09.55 BST - DONE DEAL: Arsenal have said that 19-year-old midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup has completed a move to Turkish side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee. He made two senior appearances for the Gunners.

09.50 BST: Internacional have swatted away speculation that Spurs could be about to swoop for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao amid reported interest from Tottenham.

Cocking a snook in the direction of North London, president Giovanni Luigi told O Jogo: "I think it's very hard for the transfer to happen unless Tottenham pay the €60 million buyout fee that is included in his contract.

"Leandro Damiao has four more years on his contract. He is a very well-paid player and has nothing to complain about. And we don't need to sell. We are a rich club with an enviable structure."

09.46 BST: Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni is feeling all weirded out by what he says is an unusual transfer window. He should try having to wade through thousands of stories about Andy Carroll and Robin van Persie - but anyway, this is what he says: "We know who we're after, but this is a strange transfer window with the Financial Fair Play rules set to kick in.

"We know we're a bit short but we've already said that. We need a midfielder - that much is clear just looking at the numbers. This year we're starting a fresh but the president wants to build a great Inter team."

09.43 BST: Craig Bellamy is set to have a medical at Cardiff after agreeing to take a significant pay cut to complete a move to his hometown club from Liverpool.

The 33-year-old is understood to have accepted a deal worth £35,000 a week - a huge drop from the £90,000-a-week he was on at Anfield. Cardiff are also offering a £1 million promotion bonus if Bellamy helps them to the Premier League.

09.40 BST: Wayne Rooney is fluttering his eyelashes at Robin van Persie, saying he believes the Arsenal skipper would be a "great addition to the squad".

Van Persie has been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus – but Old Trafford now appears to be a likely destination, according to some reports (despite Fergie’s frustration with the Gunners).

"Of course he's a player that I admire," Rooney told the Mirror. "He's a fantastic player: he's been amazing for Arsenal over many years. Last season was probably his best season of all - he scored a lot of goals. If he does come here, he would be a great addition to the squad."

09.30 BST: As August rumbles on, the possibility of Luka Modric staying at Tottenham increases - and coach Andre Villas-Boas has told the want-away midfielder to get his head right and "respect" his current employers.

The Croatian has spent pre-season training away from his team-mates but, with the Premier League kick-off approaching, his boss wants him committed to the Spurs cause. "He is training alone because we decided to do that until his mental state is ready for him to return to the team," Villas-Boas said. "It is important that, in the coming days, he understands he must return to the first team. We respect the player's ambition, but he must also respect the club."

Reports in the Spanish media say that, with Paris Saint Germain no longer interested, Tottenham chief executive Daniel Levy has lowered the asking price for the midfielder from €45 million to €38 million, although ESPN understands that he has no intention of doing so. Madrid sources say Jose Mourinho's side will only pay €30 million. So on we go...

08.15 BST: Hello, good morning and welcome to an On The Move featuring more frustration for Sir Alex Ferguson. Yesterday, the old Trafford manager was gnashing his teeth over the Robin Van Persie stalemate. Today, he’s unlikely to be amused by reports that Lucas Moura had agreed to sign for Manchester United before the Red devils were gazumped by Paris Saint-Germain.

The French club, spending money faster than a drunk dowager with a handbag full of credit cards wandering through the West End, confirmed that the 19-year-old will be joining them from Sao Paulo in January. This after a resigned Fergie had said on Wednesday: "When somebody's paying €45 million for a 19-year-old boy, you have to say the game's gone mad."

Lucas’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, said a Lucas move to Old Trafford was all but certain before PSG sporting director Leonardo, a former Sao Paulo player, made contact.

"Everything was agreed between Sao Paulo and Manchester United," he told UOL. "The contract had been written and just needed to be signed, but then Leonardo called me and asked to talk to Lucas.

"They talked. Leonardo was helped by the fact he is Brazilian. He was very gentle with Lucas. The possibility of living in Paris - a much more pleasant city than Manchester - also influenced his decision, but it was PSG's project that impressed Lucas."


Posted by Nits on 08/10/2012

SIr Alex, times have changed - there are other teams who have money now, and PSG look like the new rich.

Posted by Rickster on 08/10/2012

Can't wait to see Joe Allen in an LFC shirt - he has got abit of Alonso about him.

Posted by gooner138098 on 08/10/2012

Wenger would have to be mad to sell RVP to Man Utd, a direct rival. If roles were reversed, they'd never sell to us. The best way for Arsenal to show ambition would be to persuade RVP to stay at the Emirates. With him, we can certainly be title contenders given the signings we've made, but without him nothing is certain.

Posted by Tim on 08/10/2012

I have to say that I have yet to hear Modric come out and say anything in the press. Yet AVB keeps on putting things out there and tarnishing his reputation. I don't blame Modric for wanting to leave if his boss keeps saying negative things about him.

Posted by Mike on 08/10/2012

Why does it seem like many Tottenham-centred rumors are focused on their search for a new (or additional) GK? Is that really Tottenham's priority? Shouldn't they be most focused on getting a striker (or two) and ensuring they have a replacement for Modric if (when?) he leaves?

Posted by Zack on 08/10/2012

Arsenal won't sell van Persie to United. They're not stupid. If he leaves afterwards, they don't "lose him for nothing" as the tired narrative says - they lose him after employing a world-class player on the cheap for an entire year and avoid strengthening a rival.

Posted by Christopher on 08/10/2012

It's sad that big names in football make statements about other clubs' players to start mind games about transfers. Is money making football a cheap game?

Posted by Chris on 08/10/2012

Any news on Clint Dempsey? Seems he is burning bridges if he doesn't transfer and has missed out on pre-season training.

Posted by JBones14 on 08/10/2012

Fergie "gnashing his teeth?" Give me a break - does he seriously think Arsenal owe it to him to sell them Van Persie? I'm fairly certain Arsenal won't be selling RVP to either Manchester club, even if it means letting him walk for free next summer. That's like giving up before the season starts, and Arsenal are better than that. There's enough pressure from fans and management to prevent such a move from happening, as there should be.

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