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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/13/2012

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.

This man is going nowhere, says Arsene © PA Photos

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight. Make sure you join us again in the morning.

23.28 BST - DONE DEAL: St Etienne have signed Brandao following his release from Marseille.

23.01 BST: Danny Welbeck is reportedly set to sign a new five-year contract with Manchester United.

22.33 BST: Here's the full story on what Dan Agger has had to say

21.50 BST: Daniel Agger says he wants to stay at Liverpool but suggested it may not be down to him.

“I know there has been something from Manchester City, but i dont know what Liverpool thinks of it. I’m fine with my situation. The club must find out what they want. I have heard nothing from them."

21.05 BST: Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed he will leave Arsenal. He told "Arsenal is not an option and that is something both the club and I agree on. I expect to have found a solution to my situation before the window closes. There are concrete negotiations in the works."

20.19 BST: Jordan Rhodes has revealed playing for Celtic was his boyhood dream - but he will not let intensifying speculation over his future derail him from the immediate reality of playing for Scotland and Huddersfield.

19.26 BST: Ian Holloway has quashed speculation that Blackpool are poised to move for QPR midfielder Joey Barton. "I haven't got a clue where the Joey Barton rumours came from,'' he told the Blackpool Gazette."I can't sign someone who I couldn't pick for 12 matches."

19.11 BST: Xabi Alonso has suggested he is no longer happy at Real Madrid, sparking rumours of a return to the Premier League.

18.26 BST: You may remember German specialist Raphael Honigstein appearing on our Euro 2012 podcast? Well now he is insisting that Nuri Sahin will only go to Arsenal and not Spurs, who want him as part of the Luka Modric deal.

Raphael said: "He’s made them both aware that he’s not interested in a move to Spurs. He’s quite categorical, so they are quite out of the picture as far as he’s concerned."

18.12 BST: Ajax have accepted a bid of around €8.5 million from Newcastle for midfielder Vurnon Anita, the player has claimed, but said he had yet to agree terms with the Magpies.

17.28 BST: Derby County are eyeing up a bid for Nottingham Forest full-back Kieron Freeman say Sky Sports. Manager Sean O'Driscoll has already confirmed the youngster's intention to depart.

17.10 BST: Jordan Rhodes has played down reports of a high-profile transfer to Aston Villa, Celtic or Fulham, saying: "While it's fantastic and very flattering, you don't really take too much notice of it because you don't really think too much of it is true."

16.46 BST: According to, Manchester City have secured the signature of highly rated 16-year-old Le Havre midfielder Jules Olivier Ntcham on a four-year deal. The youngster had been linked to Arsenal and Inter Milan in particular.

16.30 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have made an offer of €15 million for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to reports in France. M'Vila, 22, has been the focus of intense speculation this summer, with Rennes hoping to receive €20 million for him.

16.06 BST: Fulham's Italian striker Marcello Trotta has signed a new deal, keeping him at Craven Cottage until summer 2015.

16.02 BST: Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Dutch side SC Heerenveen in January.

Pappa, 24, joined Chicago from Municipal in 2008 and had attracted interest from a number of clubs in Europe, including Wigan Athletic, but has decided to continue his career in the Eredivisie.

15.57 BST: Blackburn Rovers have failed in an audacious bid to take John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City.

Manager Steve Kean had hoped to get Guidetti in to spearhead Blackburn's promotion push but City would prefer to sell the Sweden striker rather than loan him out, and Rovers are reluctant to pay their £6 million asking price.

15.38 BST: Ajax have accepted a bid of around €8.5 million from Newcastle for midfielder Vurnon Anita, the player has claimed, but said he had yet to agree terms with the Magpies.

15.16 BST: Hot news from the Milton Keynes football frenzy, where manager Karl Robinson would like to bring in Tottenham outcast David Bentley but doesn’t believe he’ll be able to do so. Robinson said: “It's a deal I'd love to try and make happen but David Bentley has got tremendous quality and I'd be very, very surprised to see him playing outside of the Premier League."

15.11 BST: Alex Song has confirmed he is aware of interest from Barcelona but insists he is happy at Arsenal.

Barca have made little secret of their desire to sign Song, with players Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique all having spoken publicly of their desire to see the midfielder at the Camp Nou. However, Song, who is under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2014, is happy with the Gunners and is reported to be keen to discuss an extension.

15.09 BST: Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa has confirmed that he has reached a pre-contract agreement with Dutch side SC Heerenveen. The Guatemalan international said: “I’m very excited about taking the next step in my career and signing with SC Heerenveen."

14.57 BST - DONE DEAL: Defender David Artell has joined Northampton on a two-year deal after deciding not to stay at troubled Port Vale.

14.36 BST: Martin O'Neill has told the Sunderland Echo he is looking to strengthen ahead of the start of the Premier League season next weekend. Stephen Warnock may be a target, having been left out of Villa's latest friendly fixture.

14.18 BST: German media outlet TZ believes a €33 million Bayern bid for Javi Martinez has been accepted, based on reports from Spain. Athletic did not mention that deal at their earlier press conference.

14.08 BST - DONE DEALS: Barnet have completed the signing of ex-Gillingham duo Barry Fuller and Curtis Weston, a midfielder and a defender respectively, on free transfers.

13.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi has joined Wigan on a season-long loan. The 19-year-old Japan international enjoyed a successful spell at Bolton towards the end of last season.

13.29 BST: Brentford have agreed to sign Millwall defender Scott Barron, with the deal to be completed once Barron has passed a medical a Griffin Park.

12.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough have snapped up FC Basel goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler on a free transfer after he impressed on trial at the Riverside.

12.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Danny Shittu is to have a second spell at Millwall, with the 31-year-old defender agreeing a one-year contract after a successful trial spell dahn the Den.

12.27 BST: Athletic Bilbao have announced that Fernando Llorente has decided not to renew his contract with the club – but warned anyone wanting to buy him that they would have to meet the €40 million release clause in his contract. Juventus have bid €16 million for the player, who is also said to be interesting Tottenham.

12.25 BST: Ipswich and midfielder Jimmy Bullard have parted company by mutual consent. Bullard lost his place in boss Paul Jewell’s starting line-up in November, and has made only seven appearances as a substitute since. Jewell said: “He wants to play regular first-team football, and I can't guarantee him that here.”

12.18 BST: Peter Coates will continue to negotiate with Michael Owen over a potential transfer to Stoke City and insists hope of a deal to sign the former England international is not dead.

It appeared over the weekend that Owen had blighted his chances of a Premier League swansong at the Britannia Stadium when his wage demands were revealed to be around £70,000-a-week.

12.07 BST - DONE DEAL: Brighton defender Tommy Elphick has made a move along the south coast, joining Bournemouth on a three-year-deal.

12.05 BST: Hamburg director of sports Frank Arnesen has said the club has no plans to sign further players from Chelsea.

Arnesen, who worked at Stamford Bridge from 2005 to 2011, took a number of players from the Blues last year, including Jacopo Sala, Michael Mancienne, Gokhan Tore, Slobodan Rajkovic, but Hamburg endured a hugely disappointing season.

11.45 BST: Leeds United striker Billy Paynter is on the brink of a move to Doncaster and could tie up a two-year deal later today.

11.42 BST: Algerian forward Adda Djeziri says he’s off to the seaside and will become a Blackpool player in the near future. The Danish-born player, a free agent, had trials at the Championship club earlier in the summer and is off to the land of kiss-me-quick hats and the Tower Ballroom on a permanent basis. He told "I will be signing with them. We have been in negotiations for two weeks, and this is a very exciting opportunity for me."

11.20 BST: Speculation in Germany suggests that Javi Martinez is heading for Bayern Munich, with some reports saying a deal has already been done and that his current club, Athletic Bilbao, will hold a press conference later this morning. Abendzeitung München, citing Spanish sources, says the deal has been completed, but there is no official confirmation as yet.

10.18 BST: Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he will not play for Manchester City this season. Roberto Mancini has taken a hardline stance with the striker as he attempts to get him to reduce his wage demands and complete a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

The two clubs agreed a £5.5 million fee for the Togolese, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, but Adebayor - who has earned £170,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium - has been reluctant to accept a lower salary.

09.43 BST:Wolves manager Stale Solbakken could be poised for another shopping trip to his former club Cologne, with defender Pedro Geromel his latest target.

08.43 BST: Juventus have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Athletic Bilbao over the transfer of Fernando Llorente.

Llorente, 27, has entered the final year of his contract and indicated to Athletic that he does not intend to sign an extension, with reports suggesting he is unhappy with Marcelo Bielsa's management.

08.37 BST: Staying in Spain, Valencia are close to signing Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez from Rubin Kazan for €2 million plus extras. They also need a left-back and are targeting Lyon’s Aly Cissokho and Malaga’s Nacho Monreal. Malaga have asked PSG for attackers Houarau and Luyindula on loan, hoping the Qatar connection will help the deal go through.

08.30 BST: What’s this on what is, apparently, Alex Song’s Twitter feed? There’s a swirl of speculation in Spain about him and Barcelona: AS says Song has agreed personal terms, but Arsenal are still not keen to sell and won’t budge from a €25 million asking price. Mundo Deportivo believes Barca have bid €15 million. This is what Song has tweeted – make of it what you will: "I'll always have Arsenal in my heart..." "As it stands, I'm a Gunner, will always be..." and "Home game v Sunderland next week, three points needed."

08.15 BST: Another Monday, another Robin van Persie story as the summer’s longest-running transfer saga rumbles on. It’s safe to say Van Persie wasn’t exactly rapturously received by Gunners fans at Cologne this weekend – but, undaunted, Arsene Wenger again reiterated his desire to keep the Dutchman at the Emirates.

Arsene may not have been amused by reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is stepping up his attempts to bring the Arsenal skipper to Old Trafford and stressed that he had no intention of letting the £25 million-rated striker depart the club prior to the start of the season.

"There's no news on van Persie," Wenger told the Sun. "Our fans want him to stay, so you can understand they are excited. Anything I could say about van Persie would be a lie because he's our player and that's it.

“Robin scored 30 goals last season and you want to keep your best player. He was player of the year in England. We want to keep him. I cannot tell you more at the moment because I don't know more.”

He said Arsenal’s new signings had not been bought with the intention of replacing Van Persie but with the intention of strengthening the squad and him staying. More on this, undoubtedly, tomorrow. And on Wednesday. And Thursday. And forever.


Posted by Hamza on 08/13/2012

I am really fed up with this RVP saga. He should make up his mind, or maybe he is waiting for Man United/City to come and get him.

Posted by jimmy on 08/13/2012

As a Gooner, I saw them play last night against Cologne - the new sigings look pretty good. But the core and skipper is always crucial.

Posted by Ali on 08/13/2012

Its easy to forget about Theo Walcott amongst all this talk about RVP and Song. Any news about what his contract situation is at the moment?

Posted by Bafa on 08/13/2012

As far as I'm concerned,there's as much chance of RVP joining Man United as there is of the Queen believing that James Bond is much more than a mere fictional character. In fact, going by recent history, I guess it'll be far easier for the proverbial camel to pass through the eye of a needle than Wenger selling his best player to Fergie,of all people! Let the saga roll on.

Posted by Gates Gordon on 08/13/2012

If RVP wants to leave, let him leave. We have Podolski,Giroud and Cazorla, who came to strengthen the squad.

Posted by Singkop on 08/13/2012

Speculation suggests Liverpool have had an £18 million bid for Gaston Ramirez accepted and that the Uruguayan is due on Merseyside tomorrow for a medical.

Posted by NicArre_GH on 08/13/2012

I'm surprised Chelsea haven't made a move for Fernando Llorente - he's 6ft 4 at least, very strong, brilliant in the air, has great finishing and ball control, and has proven he can do well in big games. A perfect replacement for Drogba.

Posted by Rohan on 08/13/2012

Theo Walcott is going to Liverpool, I hope, along with Gaston Ramirez and Clint Dempsey.

Posted by danboss1361 on 08/13/2012

RVP has made up his mind to move to the next level. Change always happens, and Wenger should allow him to go.

Posted by Mark K on 08/13/2012

Doesn't make sense for Song to go to Barca. It would only happen if we get Sahin from Real Madrid. As long as Morinho isn't an idiot, he wouldn't enable his rivals to get Song just for Sahin's benefit.

Posted by burlsss on 08/13/2012

As an Arsenal fan, I think the Adebayor trade is hilarious. Go on, EA, make City pay the outrageous 170k wages they promised you while you sit in the reserves.

Posted by TwistyMaze on 08/13/2012

I'm loving Liverpool going after a large Uruguayan contingent in the squad. Additional work together at a national level certainly can't hurt cohesion at the club. I don't think Liverpool FC of Montevideo is actually affiliated with Merseyside, but given the quality of the Uruguayan squad and players in Europe, it's not a bad move.

Posted by Adam on 08/13/2012

@ danboss1361 - The only "level" RvP is reaching for that's outside Arsenal's potential is the overpriced wage level. The club and Wenger are happy to let him go, but they've no obligation to let him go for free. These sugar daddy clubs and their mindless fans are ruining the game.

Posted by Max on 08/13/2012

As an Arsenal supporter, just sell RvP to United because it stunts Hernandez and Welbeck's development. RvP is 29 yrs old, not getting any younger. Get the £20m pound and purchase two quality defenders. It hurts us short term, but long term we're in a better situation.

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