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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/06/2012

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.

Moses is a man in demand. © Getty Images

00.00 BST Right folks, after a quiet last three quarters of an hour it's time to shut up shop for the evening. But we will be back from 0800 BST tomorrow where a night of less British golds at the Olympics should leave some free space in the British newspapers for some juicy gossip. Fingers crossed.

23.14 BST Stoke are chasing Poland full back Sebastian Boenisch, according to the Daily Mail.

22.57 BST Robin Van Persie is believed to have flown out to Germany with the Arsenal squad for pre-season training camp - as speculation grows that the Dutch striker will stay at Emirates Stadium.

22.30 BST Scottish winger James McFadden is a target for Fulham and Turkish Super League club Bursaspor according to reports.

22.04 BST Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has urged Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to sign a new deal with the club. Heldt said: "Huntelaar is to set the agenda. We want to sign a new deal with him and I feel it would be just reasonable for both parties to sign a new contract. But we need him 100 per cent committed. I am unable to force him into signing a new contract at our club."

21.46 BST West Ham have informed ESPN that they have conceded defeat in their big money pursuit of Andy Carroll after three weeks of chasing the England centre-forward.

21.35 BST Tweet from @barcastuff: Official: Sevilla confirm the loan of Sevilla B forward Luis Alberto (19) to Barcelona B for one year, including a buy option next year

21.18 BST He hasn't quite said that Luka Modric has "Real Madrid DNA", but Sergio Ramos remarked tonight: “I like football and good footballers, and Modric is one of them.”

20.42 BST Raul Albiol has signed a new contract with Real Madrid that will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2017. He said: "I am very happy because this means that the club and the coaching staff here are confident in me. I am very happy at Real Madrid and now I have to prove that I can be a valid player for this team."

20.28 BST DONE DEAL: ESPNsoccernet's Dale Johnson will be pleased as Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of Michail Antonio from Reading for an undisclosed

20.03 BST Benfica's Bruno Cesar has received some lucrative offers from clubs in the Middle East but would prefer to stay at the Estadio da Luz, according to O Jogo.

19.44 BST The comments are continuing to flow in - here is one from the fantastically named O-Spud:

"Still wondering where Clint Dempsey goes. Liverpool makes no sense if his aim is to play Champions League. Valencia and Schalke would be great fits""

19.26 BST Andrei Arshavin on rumours about his future: "That's all 'virtual news'. At the moment I am an Arsenal player, and I've just arrived for pre-season with them."

19.19 BST The Daily Mail reckons Stoke will complete a £2 million move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly imminently.

18.50 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says Inter Milan have given up on signing Lucas Moura as the club cannot meet the fee of €45m PSG have offered for the Brazilian.

“We would never have gone up to that sum,” Moratti said. “In any case, there are no regrets that we didn’t finish off the move, as the cost was already pretty high a few days ago.

“The €45m that PSG offered are completely illogical and for us it would’ve been very out of key with our approach. PSG are starting a new era, so they are completely reconstructing the squad. At least I can relish the fact I’m saving money...”

18.32 BST Gonzalo Higuain is keen to see more playing time at Real Madrid next season. "On a personal level I'd like to play more," he told told Major League Soccer's official website.

18.19 BST Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama is set to return to Israeli football - joining Maccabi Tel Aviv on loan, according to L'Equipe.

17.47 BST ESPN understands Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected, but the Blues are expected to meet Wigan's £8.5 million price tag in the next couple of days.

17.31 BST Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is keen to resolve Joe Allen's future as soon as possible.

Laudrup said: "Joe Allen showed up today at the training ground, he did not train but I had a small chat with him, but we did not touch the subject right now. I did not think it was the proper moment, but we will have to talk about that with the player to see what he wants so we can say something official, otherwise the rumours will go on until August 31, which is not in anyone's interest."

17.08 BST Russian website says Anzhi Makhachkala boss Guus Hiddink is keen to sign Axel Witsel amid other reported interest in the Benfica midfielder from AC Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

16.46 BST Former Manchetser United and Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze does not feature in the plans of new Roma coach Zdenek Zeman and is considering offers from Parma, Bologna and Olympiacos - according to reports in the Italian press.

16.25 BST: Heracles striker Samuel Armenteros has issued a come and get me plea to Dutch giants Ajax. "I have had three wonderful years and have to thank Heracles for everything,'' he said. "I am now 22-years-old and have two full seasons as a player. I would like to develop further.

"Ajax is a step up. They are champions and play in the Champions League. We are all born as humans and just like everyone else I want to reach the top. Heracles probably know what they can ask for me. Next season I walk out the door for free.''

16.21 BST: Despite heavy speculation linking Demba Ba with a move to Turkey and Russia, the Senegalese international said there is nothing new to discuss. “I have always said the same thing. So far nothing has happened.There is nothing new to talk about on that.” he said. “Everybody has stopped talking about it now.”

16.17 BST: Deportivo la Coruna's new forward Nelson Oliveira expects playing regularly in La Liga will help him develop as a player. Our man in Spain has the story here.

16.00 BST: Edin Dzeko has had a pricetag of €31.5 million placed on him by Manchester City apparently. Milan will have to pay some serious cash for the Bosnian.

15.47 BST: Inter Milan are weighing up a bid for Napoli midfielder Walter Gargano. The Uruguay international recently annoyed coach Walter Mazzarri, leading to speculation over his future.

15.27 BST - DONE DEAL: Birmingham have confirmed the signing of midfielder Ravel Morrison on a season-long loan from West Ham United. The 19-year-old moved to Upton Park from Manchester United.

15.23 BST: Defender Alan Hutton, who has been liked with Stoke, could leave Aston Villa before the end of the transfer window, Villa manager Paul Lambert has said.

15.21 BST: Ibrahim Afellay's agent says his client will not – contrary to rumours - be leaving Barcelona this summer. The Dutchman has made only eight league starts since arriving at the club in December 2010, but Rob Jansen told Voetbal International: “People should not take all these rumours about an imminent transfer too seriously. Leaving Barcelona is not an option at this point.”

15.17 BST: Striker Erwin Hoffer will stay with Eintracht Frankfurt after the Bundesliga side confirmed they had reached agreement with his parent club, Napoli.

14.59 BST: The Rangers FC are close to tying up a deal to sign former St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza.

Sandaza, 27, is available on a free transfer and is reported to have been offered £5,000 a week to move to Ibrox. "I'm hopeful there will be a deal done very, very soon," manager Ally McCoist said.

14.40 BST: Emile Heskey will not be joining Blackpool, Ian Holloway has confirmed. Former England striker Heskey is still without a club after leaving Aston Villa at the end of the season and had been linked with a move to Bloomfield Road. But Holloway said: "Unfortunately he has got other things in the pipeline and he is not interested in coming to us - so that is dead and buried.”

Blackpool, though, could make a permanent move for 18-year-old James Caton, who left Bolton earlier this summer.

14.37 BST: Everton have confirmed that defender Joseph Yobo has joined Fenerbahce on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The 31-year-old had spent the last two seasons on loan at the Turkish club, and told Everton's website: "My family have settled well in Turkey and enjoy the life there, so I'm glad they will be re-uniting with friends."

14.15 BST: Reading midfielder Jem Karacan has denied reports that talks over a new contract at the club have stalled, saying: “There's nothing to believe in the rumours. I've been here at Reading for eight seasons and am looking to be here a long time further.”

13.48 BST: Leeds striker Billy Paynter is close to completing a move to Doncaster Rovers, Elland Road manager Neil Warnock has said. The 28-year-old Paynter was put on the transfer list at the end of last season.

13.46 BST: Napoli, Palermo and Lazio have held talks over the signing of Royston Drenthe, according to the player's agent.

Drenthe, 25, is a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Real Madrid, having failed to secure a permanent move to Everton after a loan spell last season.

13.04 BST: Oldham manager Paul Dickov is not remotely impressed by rumours that the Lancashire club are about to sign striker Lee Hughes from Notts County, saying: “Lee Hughes has never been a target, and what has been written is absolute rubbish.” That would seem to settle that one, then.

12.43 BST: A Dzeko development, of sorts: AC Milan are reported to have bid £22 million for him – some £3 million short of what City want for him.

12.08 BST: Wolves could make a move for teenage midfielder Tim Jakobsson, who plays for Swedish club IK Frej, after he impressed during a trial spell.

11.52 BST: Malaga’s summer of woe could be stepping up a gear: Reports that Joaquin could leave the crisis-hit club and move to China.

11.49 BST - DONE DEALS: Walsall appear to be signing almost as many people as Paris Saint-Germain, but they’re doing it with a different financial approach: Ex- Hereford players Ben Purkiss and Nicky Featherstone have joined them on free transfers.

11.14 BST: Hoffenheim have tabled a new offer for Real Madrid striker Joselu, and manager Markus Babbel believes a deal is close to being done. He said the clubs were now “just talking about the details of an agreement” and added: "We still have an interest in the services of the player, and the player definitely wants to come over to our club as well. It is all up to Madrid.”

11.11 BST: Stoke are reported to have agreed a fee with Wolves for winger Michael Kightly. The Potters had an offer rejected earlier this summer, but returned to Molineux with an improved bid.

10.39 BST: Interesting: Globo Esporte says Lucas Moura is about to joining PSG for a fee higher than € 38 million, and claims Sir Alex Ferguson repeatedly attempted to contact the Manchester United target in an effort to dissuade him from doing so. The Brazilian website also alleges that other players told him Manchester is a boring city. It isn’t.

10.35 BST: AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini has said everyone at the club would be delighted if Kaka rejoined from Real Madrid. The Brazil midfielder has been consistently linked with a return to the San Siro, and Ambrosini told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Kaka is welcome here at Milan. Everyone would like it if he came back.

''Kaka is one of those players who left Milan despite still having some unfinished business. He is a great player who still has a lot to give. In my opinion, it does not seem like he has any physical problems.''

10.10 BST: Andre Schurrle is staying at Leverkusen and not going to Milan – at least that’s what his dad says. Joachim Schurrle said his son was content with his current deal and had not had any contact with Inter. "Andre is with Bayer Leverkusen, " he said. "He still has a contract at the club.”

10.07 BST: More on Dzeko: City manager Roberto Mancini says he’s pretty sure he’ll be staying put despite increasing rumours of a move away. "It’s pretty unlikely he will leave,” Mancini said. "He is right to say it’s no fun being on the bench, but when you join a big club then competition is normal."

10.05 BST: Happy Hammer Ravel Morrison, who joined the Upton Park club from Manchester United in the January transfer window, could be on his way to Birmingham on loan as he searches for more opportunities to play first-team football.

09.59 BST: Matias Suarez is remaining positive despite the collapse of a big-money move to CSKA Moscow. "I am glad that I'm staying at Anderlecht," he told VTM. "I feel good here. The club and the fans have always supported me."

09.57 BST: That Daniel Agger to Manchester City story won’t go away. The Liverpool defender has been increasingly linked with a move to the Premier League champions, who are reported to have had two bids for him rejected.

Undaunted, City and their limitless pot of cash are reportedly back in for him: a £100,000-a-week wage and a £20 million bid this time. Watch this space, as they say.

09.39 BST: A host of Europe's leading clubs have been alerted by an admission from Ibrahim Afellay's agent that the Barcelona midfielder could be available on a season-loan deal.

Premier league sides Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Netherlands international Afellay, while Serie A clubs Inter Milan, Lazio, AC Milan and Fiorentina, as well as Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and French club Lille, are also reportedly interested.

"Afellay could go out on loan for a year," his representative, Rob Jansen, told Italian reporters over the weekend. "Yes, that is a possibility."

09.19 BST: Hibs manager Pat Fenlon says he needs to bring in “a few players” before the close of the transfer window in order to strengthen his side. Hibs were swatted aside 3-0 by Dundee United at the weekend, and the manager admitted: "We'll make changes after that performance - there's key areas in the team that we need to strengthen."

09.17 BST: Internacional have brushed off rumours that Spurs have made a new bid for Leandro Damiao, but say they have turned down offers for the striker from other clubs. Both Internacional and Leandro say they have previously rejected a bid from the North London club.

09.11 BST: James Vaughan seems to be attracting a lot of attention thse days: the talented but injury-hit Norwich striker is reported to be a target for both Huddersfield and Birmingham. Blues boss Lee Clark, a former Huddersfield manager, is said to be ready to finance a £1 million deal by selling the towering Nicola Zigic.

09.06 BST: Been a while since we read anything about the Luka Modric/Real Madrid saga, isn’t it? And especially since we read something uncannily similar to something that’s already been said several times.

So here it is: Andre Villas-Boas is planning for life without Luka Modric but has again told the Croatian midfielder that he will not be sold on the cheap. He said: "The individual is a good professional and is going through a difficult situation, but the club can do nothing about it.

"He has to understand the club can't do anything about other clubs' offers. The offer does not meet the chairman's demands, and we can't do anything."

08.59 BST: It’s been a strange weekend for Blackburn Rovers, whose friendly at NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands was cancelled amid what police said was a threat of fan violence. Unsettled off the pitch and on, Rovers haven’t had the greatest of pre-seasons and lost 4-2 at Go-Ahead Eagles on Friday. But there might be one reason to be cheerful: the signing of Huddersfield’s uber-prolific striker Jordan Rhodes. Rovers manager Steve Kean said: "I can confirm that we have a bid in for Rhodes, and are also interested in other players."

08.40 BST: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he would like to follow David Beckham and play in Major League Soccer before the end of his career. “I think they do it well,” Ronaldo told the MLS website when asked for his thoughts on the league. “To come here and do the pre-season, for me it’s great, because this county is brilliant - the mentality of the people, the conditions.

“[They] are in the right place. I think the soccer here, they do it the best [they] can, but it can be better. So if I can help there to be better soccer here - I they’re great, they are in a good way, and I hope to come here to play one day.”

08.24 BST: Norwich boss Chris Hughton has confirmed Nottingham Forest are keen to sign defender Daniel Ayala. "At the moment nothing is confirmed," Hughton said. "There has been that interest, and we'll just see where that goes, but nothing has yet been confirmed. It is an enquiry - that is all I would say."

08.21 BST: Interesting quotes from Edin Dzeko this morning. "I have been following what has happened in Italy and I know that AC Milan have sold two of their best players," he told "I would also like to play, of course, in Italy at some point."

08.11 BST: A paper round-up, but be warned that there is little around that does not include a medal of some sort.

The Sun: Aston Villa are keen on Schalke's Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan... Tottenham still need a striker after they lost out on Malaga's Salomon Rondon, who joined Russian side Rubin Kazan... Cristiano Ronaldo says he would like to follow David Beckham and play for a Major League Soccer side.

The Times: QPR are in for Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin, who may not have a future at the club... Craig Bellamy is in Cardiff this week (not just for Team GB) to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed move from Liverpool... Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez has Bolton all excited, but West Ham could well steal him away.

The Daily Mail: Olympiakos striker Kevin Mirallas, who is available for £6.4m, is on the radar of Arsenal if the RVP talks don't go as planned. However, he is also being scouted by Liverpool... Sir Alex is still trying to push through the signing of Arsenal captain Robin van Persie... Blackpool have failed to agree terms with Emile Heskey...

08.00 BST: A fairly slow morning of transfer gossip given that the papers have gone GOLD crazy with the Olympics. But one to watch could be the Chelsea move for Wigan forward Victor Moses, who they hope to sign before Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.


Posted by Ismail mùstàphà on 08/06/2012

I think that with Moses, we'll fill Drogba's boots. Come on Chelsea!

Posted by Ralph on 08/06/2012

I'm a huge LFC fan - we've been strongly linked with Joe Allen, Gaston Ramirez, Clint Dempsey. These deals would improve the squad to push for at least 4th place.

Posted by Manoj Gambir on 08/06/2012

Arsenal need stability, to cling on to RVP and buy a good centre back to provide competition for Vermaelen and Koscielny and a good defensive midfielder.

Posted by Afranie Acheampong on 08/06/2012

As a CFC fan, I think that that Chelsea should buy a new right back and a good finisher in order to help win trophies next season

Posted by Ralph on 08/06/2012

I'm worried about LFC players out and only Borini in - Mr Rodgers, please make some signings.

Posted by Victor Bachman on 08/06/2012

I agree with Afranie - Chelsea have looked very ordinary in pre-season. We urgently need a right back, and good striker, how about Malouda and £10m for Van Persie. And why are we chasing Moses? Do we need him?

Posted by FulhamDC on 08/06/2012

"The Brazailian website also alleges that other players told him Manchester is a boring city. It isn’t." No, Manchester is not a boring city, but it's also not Paris, or Barcelona, or Madrid, Milan, Rome... Young, in demand footballers aren't just choosing clubs any more, they're choosing a lifestyle.

Posted by Trav is on 08/06/2012

Victor- CFC probably does not NEED Moses, but he is an intriguing prospect and it's not my money so I wouldn't mind it! Azpilicueta or a comparable RB would be my highest priority, though.

Posted by Julian on 08/06/2012

Any updates on Cazorla or Sahin to Arsenal, these transfers seem to take forever?!!

Posted by O-Spud on 08/06/2012

Still wondering where Clint Dempsey goes. Liverpool makes no sense if his aim is to play Champions League. Valencia and Schalke would be great fits

Posted by Sahil on 08/06/2012

It's interesting about alan hutton, aston villa seem to be on the decline while stoke are maybe on the up; perhaps a good career move for the defender?

Posted by Cesar on 08/06/2012

Is Arsenal going to announce Santi's signing or what? I'm getting anxious with this! We need RVP to stay and to get another center back, a good one like Angelo Ogbonna from Torino. He was a beast in FIfa 12.

Posted by David on 08/06/2012

I dnt want to see Afellay out of barcelona please just give him that deal it wil make him get into shape properly and quickly pick his form back to Catalan.

Posted by Matthew on 08/06/2012

I wouldn't mind seeing Liverpool sign Allen, but I do think wingers should be a higher priority. 15M would be much better spent on Gaston Ramirez than Joe Allen, given the players already at the club.

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