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August 15, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/15/2012

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.


Future team-mates, perhaps? © PA Photos

15.00 BST: If you are still here then you shouldn't be. We have moved to ESPN FC blog format and you can follow the new On the Move here.

14.54 BST: Sponsored underwear specialist Niklas Bendtner is a reported target for AC Milan. Arsenal are willing to sell him. And talking of transfers, why not try this? • Play Premier Fantasy - it's free

14.22 BST: It's thought Kevin Mirallas is very close to completing a move from Greek giants Olympiakos to Everton - the striker is believed to be set for a medical on Merseyside at some point in the next 24 hours.

13.58 BST: Ligue 1 side AJ Ajaccio claim to have struck a deal to bring former Chelsea and Juventus striker Adrian Mutu to France.

13.41 BST: Sampdoria are bidding to bring Malaga’s Enzo Maresca back to Italy, where he last played for Fiorentina in the 2004-05 season.

13.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Barnsley have signed goalkeeper David Gonzalez, formerly of Manchester City and Brighton, on a non-contract basis.

13.25 BST - DONE DEALS: Two new arrivals at Burton Albion: Striker Matt Paterson, a free agent, has signed a six-month deal, while Blackburn right-back Anthony O'Connor joins on loan.

12.25 BST: Karl Henry, who captained Wolves to the Premier League in 2009, has signed a new four-year deal with the club despite relegation to the Championship, saying he remained “fully committed to the cause”.

11.25 BST: Croatia coach Igor Stimac has hit out at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, accusing him of breaking promises to midfielder Luka Modric over a possible move to Real Madrid.

10.56 BST: Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has admitted he would be interested in a move to Barcelona. Agger, 27, has made it clear he would rather stay at Anfield, but has only a year left on his contract and talks over a new one have stalled.

The defender himself has played down talk of a move to City, telling Danish newspaper Politiken that he is happy at Liverpool and any decision over a transfer is out of his hands. But speaking at a media gathering ahead of Denmark's friendly against Slovenia, he suggested that he would be interested in a move to the Camp Nou.

10.50 BST: Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson on a season-long loan. Manager Sean O'Driscoll told the Nottingham Evening Post: "When you talk about good characters, he is certainly one of those. He is somebody who is on our radar."

10.16 BST: Lazio’s Javier Garrido is reportedly set to sign for Norwich City on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent. Garrido, 27, played for Manchester City from 2007 to 2010 before joining Lazio, for whom he made 21 Serie A appearances.

09.11 BST: West Brom boss Steve Carke is hopeful that Swedish defender Jonas Olsson will stay at the club despite persistent rumours linking him with a move away. Olsson has a year left on his contract, but Clarke said: "There has been no indication that Jonas is going to leave us. Over the summer, he's worked well, played games and played with his normal 100% commitment.”

09.01 BST: In the Mail (in addition to political correctness gone mad and the lurking threat of Marxism everywhere), some Chelsea news: the Blues “are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk”.

The paper adds: “The South Americans have been on the European champions’ radar throughout the summer transfer window. But both moves have stalled over financial reasons and the Blues are now threatening to completely withdraw their interest in the attacking duo.”

08.57 BST: Royston Drenthe is considering offers from numerous clubs including Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, according to the former Everton winger's agents.

Drenthe is a free agent after his contract with Real Madrid expired earlier this summer, and his representative Antonio Salerno says the 25-year-old is now hoping for a permanent move to a "big club".

08.50 BST: Brendan Rodgers says he will not break the bank to make Liverpool competitive at the top of the Premier League again.

Kenny Dalglish's marvellous eye for a realistically-priced player enraptured us all and has given Rodgers a tough act to follow but - less than two years after Liverpool almost entered administration as the era of Tom Hicks and George Gillett came to an end - the current manager is determined that the club will not find itself in that position again.

08.50 BST: World of common sense update: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists the newly-promoted club were prepared to blow their budget "for several years" in order to snare Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

Carroll was the subject of a successful £19 million bid from the Hammers earlier this month, but the striker opted instead to stay at Anfield and fight his place in the first team. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce made public his desire to bring the striker to the club, and Sullivan says the club was willing to back his judgement.

"I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already," Sullivan told the Mirror. "My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him. Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.

08.48 BST: Meanwhile, an actual deal: Levante striker Arouna Kone is to join Premier League side Wigan for a reported €3.5 million.

Kone, 28, scored 15 Primera Division goals last season as both player and club completed their best-ever La Liga campaigns. The move was confirmed by Levante on their official website, with a statement saying: "Levante UD and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement to transfer Arouna Koné to the English club.

08.45 BST: Just when you thought this morning would have a realistic amount of Van Persie in it, it turns out that it doesn’t. It’s got a whole load more. Let the Mirror explain: “Robin van Persie is closing in on a sensational £20 million-plus move after Arsenal officially began negotiations with Manchester United.”

The paper claims the clubs were in negotiations over a deal on Tuesday night, and that the transfer could now go through before the weekend. It adds: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to settle on a fee of just above £20 million as United prepare to increase their offer for the Dutch forward. It is understood the clubs are very close to agreement on a fee.”

08.38 BST: Here’s one we haven’t heard much about so far: the Sun says Everton boss David Moyes is “ready to splash £5.3 million on crack Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas”. What's a crack Belgian striker, exactly?

The paper reports: “Moyes finally has money to spend after Jack Rodwell’s £15m move to Manchester City. And he has wasted no time in lining up a hitman to support Nikica Jelavic, in the shape of 24-year-old Olympiacos hotshot Mirallas.”

The Belgium international is due to arrive on Merseyside tomorrow for a medical, and could complete the formalities of a move by the weekend.

08.30 BST: An important part of the sheer joy of living is, of course, the daily Robin Van Persie update. So here it is: the Gunners have reiterated that no club, be it Manchester United, Manchester City or Juventus, has yet met their asking price of round about £25 million. Team-mate Thomas Vaermaelen said: “I hope he stays the next four years. I don’t know what happens behind the scenes, but at the moment I can only say he’s a player for Arsenal.”

08.15 BST: Good morning, and welcome to an Arsenal transfer rumour that - for once - isn’t all about Robin Van Persie. It’s about Alex Song, and Barcelona. According to the Sun, the Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu was in London on Tuesday to open talks with the Gunners over a £12 million deal. Arsene Wenger doesn't want to sell, however, and Song has said he's happy at the Emirates...

August 14, 2012
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 Goal.com 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 Goal.com.

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."

August 13, 2012
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 sporten.dk: "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 Sport.fr, 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 bold.dk: "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.

August 12, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/12/2012

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.


Hulk is ready to leave Porto. © PA Photos

23.45 BST MAJOR BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS: The Olympics has moved from London to Rio. For quite a lot of money. Thank you and goodnight.

23.01 BST Victor Moses' agent has scotched reports of an agreed deal between Chelsea and the Wigan attacker. "Reports that a £9m deal has been agreed between Chelsea and Wigan are not true," Neil Fewings told Sky Sports.

22.45 BST Reports about Pep Guardiola looking for a house at Lake Como in Italy suggest perhaps he is targeting a move to Italy? Or just a nice house?

22.19 BST West Ham have been linked with a move for Sevilla's Argentine defender Federico Fazio in the Spanish press.

21.55 BST Ajax's Vurnon Anita on a move to Newcastle: "The clubs have agreed a fee [€8.5m], but I have not. I'm still an Ajax player. I think it will be finished soon, but you never know how it will go."

21.20 BST Rodders you plonker (one for our international audience there). Jack Rodwell has only gone and joined Man City for around £12 million on a five-year deal. But will he play? Read more

20.51 BST Corriere dello Sport report that Roma are in negotiations to sign 18-year-old defender Marquinhos from Corinthians. Does that mean the end for Philippe Mexes, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal?

20.03 BST Mexico's Olympic hero Oribe Peralta has declared his desire to follow Manchester United star Javier Hernandez into English football. "Yes, of course I'd love to come and play here," he said. "It would be a challenge and it would be really great for me."

19.38 BST One for the rumour mill. A Polish commentator has claimed that his sources from Dortmund say there's a €30m bid from Man Utd being discussed for Robert Lewandowski.

19.01 BST Heerenveen coach Marco van Basten wants some new additions, saying: “I'd like to bring in some reinforcements, but it will not be easy to make that happen."

18.20 BST It's the latest craze: Italian Serie A players leaving for France. And Adrian Mutu could be the latest after Ajaccio expressed an interest in acquiring the forward, according to L'Equipe.

17.54 BST Roberto Mancini is not done yet and there will be more transfers to come. He said after the Community Shield win over Chelsea: "We are looking for other players. I don't know which players. I don't want to say which. Speak with Brian Marwood (sporting director)."

17.46 BST We mentioned earlier that Fernando Llorente looks to be on his way out of Athletic Bilbao and El Correo is tipping Juventus to land the Spain striker.

17.27 BST Football Italia reckon they've put two and two together and made four - suggesting that Jack Rodwell's move to Everton means Nigel De Jong is on his way to Inter Milan.

17.04 BST Having once called El-Hadji Diouf a "sewer rat", it was a tad surprising to see Neil Warnock sign the former Liverpool winger for Leeds. But Warnock has defended the move, saying: "I met him about six or seven weeks ago... we ended up having an hour-and-a-half chat and I told him what I disliked about him and he talked to me about the things that he's done in football.

"It opened my eyes in what I thought about him and nobody has said worse things about him than I have. It would have been easy for me not to bring him to the club but I've never been one to shirk a situation. A friend of mine, Micky Walker, who was at Doncaster Rovers, couldn't speak highly enough of him. He said he's good in the dressing room, he's excellent with the youngsters, and is a bit of a likeable rogue.

16.43 BST Not quite transfer gossip but a cracking story nonetheless - Usain Bolt thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi. Discuss.

16.26 BST Roberto Mancini on Manchester City's imminent signing of Jack Rodwell: "We consider Jack Rodwell to be a good, young player. He will be an important midfielder for the England national team and for us. We need someone who wants to win, is good tacticall and is a good player for the future."

16.01 BST Saint Etienne are believed to have landed former Marseille striker Brandao.

15.38 BST Could Napoli be ready to sell Edinson Cavani. CalcioMercato reckons Chelsea will try to tempt them with a big cash-plus-player offer, with Raul Meireles tipped to be the man used as bait.

15.20 BST AC Milan want to sign Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin according to Tuttosport.

14.44 BST Newcastle United have agreed a fee for long term target Vurnon Anita- according to reports in the Netherlands.

14.13 BST DONE DEAL Motherwell have signed promising young Birmingham defender Fraser Kerr on a six-month loan deal.

13.47 BST Former West Ham and Fulham defender John Paintsil is set to finalise a move to Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv today.

13.30 BST Manchester City and Chelsea have just kicked off in this season's Community Shield. You can follow all the action live with Chris Murphy HERE.

13.14 BST The Rodwell move appears to have taken you as much by surprise as it has us. Reader Tamu is unimpressed by the signing,however:

"Come.on. Man City is signing Rodwell. Really? Why? So he can sit on the bench and ruin his England career? Are they selling De Jong? Toure? Surely Tevez will play behind Balo or Aguero and Dzeko leaving the six world-class midfielders to fill 3-4 spots....and that doesn't include Rodwell."

13.06 BST Although Barca players have thus far restrained themselves from using the phrase "Barcelona DNA", their collective talking up of Alex Song's abilities is getting a bit ridiculous. The latest offering is from Gerard Pique: "He is physically very strong and is good with the ball at his feet. We are open to his arrival. If he comes, and from what I have read he could do, we would love to have him."

12.49 BST The Metro reckons that Liverpool will sign Tottenham's Michael Dawson as a replacement for Man City-bound Daniel Agger.

12.33 BST BREAKING: Everton have confirmed they have accepted a bid from Manchester City for 21-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.

12.18 BST Stephen Warnock's Aston Villa future appears in doubt after he was omitted from the club's pre-season trip to Germany.

12.05 BST You can add your comments on all transfer dealings and rumours using the tool below. Reader Vincent has been having his say on Manchester United:

"As we have lost Lucas Moura to PSG, i hope Sir Alex tries to advise David Gill to release money to buy RVP. If it's possible we should also go for Joao Moutinho."

11.46 BST Rennes chairman Frederic de Saint-Sernin has confirmed club have received an offer for Yann M'Vila but refused to reveal the identity of the club. Saint-Sernin told Canal+ "He has a very concrete offer from England,"

11.33 Joao Moutinho on continued speculation linking him with a move away from Porto: “Future? This is something we have to ask FC Porto. I know nothing and was focused on the [Portuguese Super Cup] game.”

11.19 BST Sir Alex Ferguson missed Manchester United's pre-season friendly with Hannover on Saturday as he steps up his efforts to sign Robin van Persie. FULL STORY HERE

11.00 BST In Spain. AS is reporting that Fernando Llorente is continuing to stall over Athletic Bilbao's offer of a new contract. The striker has a 36 million euro buyout clause but if he refuses to pen a new deal Athletic may have to let him go for less.

10.46 BST Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy insists he still wants to leave the Stade Metropole despite the club stating that he won't be sold. He said: "I heard what the
chairman said. The transfer window is open until September 4 (in France). I still want to go. We will see.''

10.28 BST Over to France now, where Marseille are searching for a defender to step in for Souleymane Diawara - who is out injured until October. L'Equipe reckons that Sevilla centre-back Emir Spahic could be an option, though there are apparently are some concerns about the Bosnia captain's temperament.

10.14 BST Here is one of those left-field rumours we predicted would come out today - Corriere dello Sport reckons AC Milan want Nicklas Bendtner and want him so much that they would offer Arsenal Philippe Mexes in part-exchange for the striker. Madness.

10.01 BST Chievo have announced the capture of 16-year-old striker Mehdi Guenouche from French club Nancy.

09.45 BST Time to journey around the European continent now and our first destination is Italy, where Torino have completed the signing of journeyman midfielder Matteo Brighi on a one-year loan from Roma. He started his career with hometown club Rimini and has played for Juventus, Bologna, Parma, Brescia, Roma, Chievo and Atalanta.

09.32 BST The Sunday Telegraph reports that Stoke City and Michael Owen remain a long way from agreeing terms.

09.18 BST Roberto Di Matteo is adamant that Daniel Sturridge won’t be leaving Chelsea, according to talkSPORT.

09.10 BST Time for our daily look at the English press now, and we’ve again needed our magnifying glasses to scour in amongst the Olympic stories, with Mo Farah’s 5000m gold medal occupying all of the back pages this morning.

Sunday Mirror: Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are preparing to enter a bidding war for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell; Robin van Persie will start the season as an Arsenal player; Emmanuel Adebayor is set to finalise a permanent move to Spurs after Man City agreed to give him a slice of the transfer fee as a pay-off and subsidise his White Hart Lane wages for two years

Sunday People: Clint Dempsey will be frozen out at Fulham after making it clear he wants to leave, with Martin Jol targeting David Ngog, Kieran Richardson and Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes to bolster his squad; William Gallas is on his way out of Tottenham, with QPR his most likely destination.

Mail on Sunday: Sir Alex Ferguson is concerned that Arsene Wenger will stop Robin van Persie from joining Manchester United; Andre Villas-Boas is not concerned about his lack of strikers and will play 19-year-old Harry Kane in the club’s first game of the season; Brendan Rodgers will use Charlie Adam as bait in a bid to lure Clint Dempsey from Fulham; Spurs will turn their attentions to Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar after missing out on Lyon’s Hugo Lloris.

Metro: Arsenal will join Manchester United in the hunt for highly rated Malaga midfielder Isco – the cash-strapped La Liga club would accept a fee of £8 million for him; Brendan Rodgers wants to bring Theo Walcott to Liverpool to inject some more pace into his squad.

09.05 BST Our picture story (see above) today is Hulk claiming he is ready to leave Porto for English shores. The quotes came through last night after Brazil’s Olympic final defeat but his comments will have angered Porto, as well as leading to fevered speculation about his possible destination. Chelsea are, as always, thought to be leading the race for his signature.

09.00 BST Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to what is always one of our favourite days in On The Move. The Sunday press is usually reserved for some of the most outlandish transfer gossip of the week so expect some left-field rumours today.

August 11, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/11/2012

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.


If he goes, I go: Roberto Mancini really wants to keep hold of Mario Balotelli © PA Photos

23.30 BST: That's all for tonight, more of the same tomorrow. See you there!

23.00 BST: Nuri Sahin’s reported loan deal to Arsenal may fall through as the Turkish international’s agent hinted that he could well move to Serie A instead next season.

22.42 BST: Wolves' manager Stale Solbakken confirmed that England winger Matt Jarvis wants to leave the club. Solbakken said: "He wants to leave but it has to be right for Wolves. At the end of the day I am not making the final decision."

22.22 BST: What was that about Hulk earlier? Now he says: "This could be the time for me to move. I would feel comfortable with moving clubs and the English league is one that appeals to me." Read more

22.04 BST: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has denied reports that DJ Campbell is close to rejoining the Seasiders. "We are about as close to re-signing DJ Campbell as there is of me wearing high heels and calling myself Sheila," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.

21.41 BST: Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has taken to Twitter to confirm the signing of Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox from West Bromwich Albion.

21.14 BST: Porto president Pinto da Costa is reported to have said that Hulk is unlikely to leave this summer. Da Costa insists he will only leave if a club were to meet his €100 million buy-out clause.

20.36 BST: The Daily Mail report that Manchester City are looking at South Korean Olympic left-back Yun Suk-Young, who could cost as little as £1 million.

20.05 BST: Sky Sports now reporting that Manchester City are looking at Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell as they look to strengthen ahead of the new campain.

19.46 BST: Mutterings in Italy suggest that Fiorentina are making enquieries into the future of Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos.

19.23 BST: PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Sporting Lisbon over the release of Zakaria Labyad, who will now join the Portuguese side.

18.49 BST: Transfer Mercato Web report that Argentine defender Federico Fazio could be on the move from Sevilla, with West Ham favourites for his signature.

18.22 BST: This is big. Sportmediaset in Italy claim that Milan and Real Madrid have agreed terms over a deal that will see Kaka return to the San Siro. There will no doubt be more to follow on this story this evening.

17.54 BST: Nicolas N'Koulou, who has been linked with Arsenal in recent times says he is staying at Marseille to help them battle. "I am staying to test myself against the Ibrahimovics of this world," he told reporters.

17.34 BST: Sky Sports report that Wolves and Middlesbrough are in contention to secure the services of Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on loan.

17.04 BST Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca: "Hulk has a contract, he likes FC Porto, but at the moment everything has a question mark. We sometimes want a player to stay, but the conditions aren't the best. Sometimes clubs have to give up a right, a player, or a person to keep their structure. People come and go, but the clubs stay. Everything is possible in the world of football."

16.46 BST Ajax havesold Armenia forward Aras Ozbiliz to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar for a fee of around €1million (£800,000).

16.31 BST West Brom striker Simon Cox is reportedly set to sign for Nottingham Forest,

16.07 BST Joe Allen's transfer to Liverpool was completed yesterday and Richard Jolly feels he will be a key piece in Brendan Rodgers' progressive puzzle at Anfield. READ MORE.

15.56 BST Keep the comments coming folks - Ify has been giving his views about Robin Van Persie.

"Have the feeling that RVP must surely leave. The comment on his site alone might have annoyed AW and many on the board. Even the players purchased shown that AFC are really prepared for going on without him."

15.35 BST Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner in case their move for Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta falls through.

15.17 BST Blackburn Rovers are close to completing their ninth summer signing - with Sporting Lisbon midfielder Diogo Rosado set to move to Ewood Park.

15.02 BST Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi appears to have revealed on Twitter that Ryo Miyaichi is joining the Latics on loan from Arsenal.

@AliAlhabsi, "I am happy that our team, Wigan, has acquired Japanese Arsenal player Ryo on loan for a season. It'll be nice to have a fellow Asian with me in the team."

14.46 BST DONE DEAL While we're on the subject of notorious bad boys, El Hadji Diouf has signed for Leeds United.

14.29 BST Joey Barton won't be signing for Fleetwood Town as QPR don't want him to play in League Two. But Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon has heaped praise on the former Newcastle defender.

"Joey has gone back to QPR," Mellon told Sky Sports. "His influence in and around the football club was nothing more than fantastic. (He was) a great lad, up to standard for us, players saw how hard you have to work to be a Premier League footballer. Nothing but positives came from the time we had with Joey. We always knew it was going to come to an end at some stage."

14.04 BST Joris Mathijsen is believed to have completed his return to the Netherlands, leaving Malaga for Feyenoord.

13.41 BST Sky Sport Italia with a rumour that has made us chuckle in the office - Theo Walcott to Inter Milan. Surely not.

13.28 BST It's been a while since we've been able to publish some Ian Holloway comedy gold so the Blackpool manager's response to a question about re-signing DJ Campbell has brought us much delight:

"Because of how much they are paying him at the moment at QPR, it's not going to happen. We are about as close to re-signing DJ Campbell as there is of me wearing high heels and calling myself Sheila."

Thank you Ian.

13.13 BST Newcastle have bid €8m for versatile Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita, according to reports in the Netherlands.

12.58 BST Reports in the Spanish media claim that Alex Song has agreed a a five-year contract worth £75,000-per-week to move to Barcelona.

12.40 BST Emile Heskey has rejected the advances of Blackpool. He is a free agent at the moment but scoffed at the Tangerines' offer of £90 a week.

12.27 BST Torino want to sign former Real Madrid and Everton winger Royston Drenthe, according to Tuttosport. Drenthe was released by Madrid at the end of last season.

12.01 BST Fiorentina are monitoring wantaway Spurs forward Giovani dos Santos, according to talkSPORT

11.48 BST The Sunderland Echo is tipping Martin O'Neill to take a punt on Jermain Defoe aas attempts to sign Steven Fletcher look to have hit stormy waters.

11.33 BST With Aleksandar Kolarov expected to leave Manchester City, Roberto Mancini is reportedly keen to sign South Korean left-back Yun Suk-Young as cover for Gael Clichy.

11.25 BST Pescara president Daniele Sebastiani has confirmed the club are closing in on Genk's Belgium international striker Jelle Vossen.

11.07 BSTSky Sports News are reporting that Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has handed in a transfer request. In the paper round-up earlier we mentioned that he had been linked with a switch to West Ham.

10.52 BST Manchester United chief executive David Gill insists the club's floatation on the New York Stock Exchange will not affect their ability to spend in the transfer market and again denied that the Glazers' ownership has damaged the Red Devils prospects on the pitch. FULLSTORYhttp://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1132071/david-gill:-manchester-united-have-money-to-spend

10.40 BST AS claims that Real Madrid are in talks with Gonzalo Higuain about extending his contract to the summer of 2018.

10.29 BST We want to hear your thoughts on the summer transfer window and you can post your musings using the tool below. That's what Alex has done as he makes a potential transfer merry-go-round appear oh so simple:

“Alright Real Madrid. Sell Kaka to Milan and spend the money on Luka. Spurs, go buy Lloris and Damiao.”


10.07 BST Roma have offered €12m for Sao Paulo centre-back Rhodolfo, according to Corriere dello Sport.

09.56 BST DONE DEAL: Stoke City have signed Macedonia left-back Goran Popov on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev.

09.42 BST Over in Italy, Lazio's proposed move for Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist is looking likely to collapse as their goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo - included in the part-exchange deal - is refusing to move to Genoa.

09.28 BST Heading around Europe now and first stop is France - where L'Equipe reports that Loic Remy could be set to leave Marseille. Clubs in England are keen, but he's turned one initial approach down.

09.15 BST Time now for our customary round-up from the English newspapers. The Olympics is still going strong but come next week, we're expecting football to be dominating the agenda once again!

Daily Mirror: Luka Modric is desperate for talks with AVB as he fears his dream move to Real Madrid is in danger of collapsing; Adam Johnson could be Brendan Rodgers’ new target after he finally landed Joe Allen from Swansea; Ian Holloway wants Joey Barton to come on a season-long loan to Blackpool.

Metro: Liverpool want Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin to replace Daniel Agger if he joins Manchester City.

Daily Star: PSG just won’t end their spending and have made a £40 million offer for Mario Balotelli – Man City have rejected it though; Sunderland will use Connor Wickham as bait in their continued efforts to bring Steven Fletcher to the Stadium of Light from Wolves.

Daily Mail: Wolves have told West Ham to up their bid for Matt Jarvis to £10 million after they initially offered £6 million.

The Sun: Spurs want to sign Julio Cesar from Inter Milan and the Nerazurri will let him leave for free to get him off the club’s wage bill.


09.01 BST The inspiration for our headline and photo above today is taken from the rumours circulating that Roberto Mancini has told the Manchester City owners he would quit if Mario Balotelli is sold. Two things we like about this - firstly, despite everything that has happened, Mancini still seems to love Balotelli like a son. It's heartwarming. Secondly, it's a pretty bolshy move to lay down the law to your billionaire owners. Good work Roberto.

09.00 BST Good morning world. Three weeks from today the transfer window will have just closed (sob, sob) but fear not as that leaves us 20 more days of gossip, rumour, tittle-tattle, hearsay....you get the picture. Fingers crossed for another exciting day of transfer activity - incredibly some deals were actually done yesterday with Bellamy to Cardiff, Allen to Liverpool and Lukaku's loan to West Brom among them.

August 10, 2012
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."

August 9, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/09/2012

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.

Sir Alex is in a bad mood with Arsenal
© PA Photos

23.45 BST: That's it for tonight. Expect Joe Allen to move tomorrow and there will be plenty of DONE DEALS as well I'm sure.

23.33 BST: Juventus are keen to secure a €20 million transfer for Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente, according to Tuttosport. And that money would surely be enough to tempt Arsene into selling RVP to them as well.

23.00 BST: Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney believes that Robin van Persie would be a "great addition to the squad" if a deal can be reached this summer. Read Rooney's comments here.

22.16 BST: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to complete the £15 million signing of Joe Allen on Friday. Full story here on ESPNsoccernet.

22.16 BST: Fiorentina have announced the signing of Chilean midfielder David Pizarro from Roma for an undisclosed fee.

21.59 BST: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean is looking to sign Galatasaray forward Colin Kazim-Richards on a season-long loan.

21.25 BST: Wondering where all the money went? Well, clubs spent a total of £21.7 million on agents fees during the 2011-12 season, the Football League has revealed in its annual report.

20.06 BST: Swansea's Joe Allen is in the crowd at Anfield tonight. He wants to move and surely a £15m offer is on the way, if not already in the fax machine.

18.32 BST: Aiden McGeady is apparently pushing Spartak Moscow to allow him to move to Sunderland.

18.12 BST: Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia inhas played down reports that he is ready to sell striker Cacau to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg.

17.43 BST: La Gazzetta dello Sport report that AC Milan could be prepared to allow Antonio Cassano join Roma in return for Marco Borriello, who has already spent time at the San Siro.

18.35 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria has signed a new contract, tying him to the Spanish champions until 2018. Read the full story here.

18.35 BST: Brazilian media giant Globo Esporte report that AC Milan have switched their attention from Kaka to Paris Saint-Germain winger Nene, after struggling to agree a fee with Real Madrid.

18.15 BST: Sochaux defender Jeremie Brechet has joined newly-promoted Troyes ahead of the start of the Ligue 1 season this weekend.

17.46 BST: The Bimingham Mail report that Aston Villa are set to join Sunderland in the race for Scotland forward Steven Fletcher, after the striker's public request to leave Wolves.

17.20 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo is not expecting Kaka to return to AC Milan. "Whether Kaka will leave the club or not is a decision he has to take himself, but I think he will stay here," he said. "For me his is one of the best players in the world, and all the best players have to be at Real Madrid."

16.53 BST: Wolverhampton Wanderers have signed FC Cologne winger Slavomir Peszko on a year-long loan from FC Cologne with a view to a permanent deal.

16.23 BST:Martin O’Neill says he is prepared for Sunderland’s summer transfer activity to go right to the end of the transfer window. O’Neill, who has signed only Carlos Cuellar so far, said: “I have been involved in late scrambles before, so it's nothing new to me in that sense.

“Obviously, the most important issue is to try to get them [new faces] in before the deadline finishes. Ideally it would be great to get them in and be part of the club before you kick off the season, and we will do our utmost to do that.”

16.15 BST - DONE DEALS:A double signing for Rochdale: Ian Craney and Ray Putterill have joined on a non-contract basis, with both midfielders having played for boss John Coleman during his time in charge of Accrington Stanley.

16.02 BST: Another “every player has his price” type of remark: here’s Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini on Daniele De Rossi.

Sabatini told a press conference: "I never said that De Rossi is not unsellable, I just made a general consideration regarding the whole of football. If a monstrous bid materialised, we would evaluate it - but we are not looking for buyers for Daniele because he is a pillar of our team.”

15.53 BST: Reports in Spain say Malaga have rejected a €3m bid from Valencia for Ignacio Monreal and that Enzo Maresca could leave the same club for Olympiacos, but the reports have not been confirmed.

15.06 BST - DONE DEAL: That Slawo Peszko loan move to Wolves didn’t take long to go from likely to done: he has moved to Molineux from Cologne on a temporary basis, but with a view to a permanent deal.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken, formerly of Cologne, told the Express and Star, said: "Slawo is a player who can operate on both wings and had a very good first half to the season last year, setting up a lot of goals for Lukas Podolski.

"I know the quality that he can offer us, including great acceleration. He's also not afraid - while he may not be the biggest player in stature, he's fearless, which is one of his real strengths.”

14.41 BST: Notts County midfielder Alan Judge has turned down the offer of a new contract at Meadow Lane. He says he is not unhappy at the League One club but feels he deserves a better deal.

14.32 BST: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will not be joining Fulham on loan, according to the player's agent.

Lukaku, 19, struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge after joining from Anderlecht last summer for a substantial fee, and is expected to spend the 2012-13 campaign elsewhere to further his development.14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.29 BST: Reports in Italy say Manchester City have told Aleksander Kolarov that he can join Juventus if the clubs reach agreement over a fee.

14.10 BST Kicker reports that Hamburg are keen to bring midfielder Milan Badelj in from Dinamo Zagreb earlier than planned and are willing to increase their offer for him to €3.5 million to do so.

14.02 BST Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has flown to Turkey for a medical with Galatasaray.

13.29 BST: Reports in Turkey have linked Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma with a move to Tottenham or Sunderland. Besiktas board member Tamer Kiran confirmed Quaresma would not feature in the club’s plans this season, saying: "Despite being contracted to the club, we do not see a future for Quaresma here. We wish to part ways with Quaresma: we want to find him a new club.”

13.15 BST: Everton prospect Conor McAleny, a 19-year-old striker, is reportedly set to sign a new long-term contract at Goodison Park.

12.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Former West Brom striker Roman Bednar has signed for Turkish side Sivasspor after rejecting an offer to stay at Blackpool, whom he joined on a short-term deal in January.

12.11 BST: Charlton are reported to be weighing up a bid for Brentford’s attacking midfielder Sam Saunders as they look to add to their squad following promotion back to the Championship. Saunders could cost around £250,000.

11.23 BST: West Ham are reported to have agreed a deal with Marseille to sign France international and former Liverpool midfielder Alou Diarra.

10.43 BST: Developments amid the continuing uncertainty at Malaga: Joris Mathijsen is reportedly almost on his way to Feyenoord in a €1 million deal, and coach Manuel Pellegrini could yet stay, despite widespread expectations that he would leave.

10.40 BST: Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa says nothing has been resolved about the future of striker Fernando Llorente, reportedly a target for Juventus, Chelsea, Spurs and Bayern Munich. Bielsa said it was “a private matter, not yet resolved”, adding only: “I want the best for the team, the player and the club.”

10.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Doncaster Rovers have signed former Cardiff City defender Paul Quinn, who left the Bluebirds at the end of last season following a three-year stint with the club. Donny boss Dean Saunders said the 27-year-old “is an experienced player who knows his position".

10.05 BST: Ally McCoist says he is resigned to Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya leaving Rangers – but he still hopes Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian will stay at the Third Division newco. McCoist told the Daily Record: “It looks like Maurice and Alejandro will be leaving, but I'm planning on Carlos and Dorin being here until I hear otherwise."

09.50 BST: More on Swansea, Liverpool and Joe Allen - here's the latest: Liverpool are understood to have made a £15 million bid for Joe Allen, triggering a release clause in the Swansea midfielder's contract.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that the offer - an increase on an earlier £12.5 million bid - will land the Wales international, who represented Team GB at the Olympics. Allen, 22, has been a Liverpool target since Rodgers left Swansea for Anfield in June.

09.28 BST: Ryan Babel could be on his way from Hoffenheim to Fiorentina, Kicker reports.

09.12 BST: Sławomir Peszko could be on his way to Wolves for €400,000. The 27-year-old Poland international midfielder, who plays for Cologne, is admired by Wolves boss and former Cologne coach Stale Solbakken, who said: “Slawo has always been a good player. He could be a match-winner here in England... I hope we can reach an agreement on Thursday.”

09.01 BST: Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke is a £250,000 target for Ipswich, according to the Star, which also says that Sheffield United are considering a bid for Blackburn striker Nick Blackburn.

08.58 BST: Chelsea could be selling Raul Meireles, the Mail says, with Napoli interested... and bright prospect Josh McEachran is interesting both Blackburn and Bolton, who would like to bring him in on loan.

08.54 BST: The Mail also reports that Manchester City have checked on Brazil striker Leandro Damiao, 23, who is a target for Tottenham as the North Londoners continue to be frustrated in their efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a full-time basis.

08.52 BST: Taking time off from being paranoid about Marxism, the Daily Mail says Chelsea are preparing an improved bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle. The paper says the 21-year-old Schurrle “remains a priority target, even though Leverkusen have not heard from Chelsea since their opening offer of £16 million”.

08.49 BST: Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has refused to entertain speculation that the club is interested in signing Alex Song from Arsenal, insisting he will not comment on any transfer rumours.

Reports in the Spanish press in recent days have suggested that the Catalans are ready to swoop for Song, who enjoyed a fine 2011-12 campaign for Arsene Wenger's side.

"I don't like talking about players who are not in our squad," Vilanova said. "There are many players outside of Barca who I like and I cannot talk about them. It would be a lack of respect to other clubs."

08.44 BST: The Mirror’s take on RVP goes like this: Arsenal will charge United a bit extra if they buy the striker.

The paper says: “Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned it will take an ‘unbelievable’ offer to persuade Arsenal to sell Robin van Persie to him.

“Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will not sell for less than £20m - and will demand a premium fee of more than £25m from Fergie and Manchester United because Arsenal do not want to do business with a direct Premier League rival.”

08.43 BST: Liverpool want no less than £23 million and Adam Johnson on loan if they are to sell Daniel Agger to Manchester City, says the Mirror. City have already had two bids for the Denmark international rejected, but Boss Brendan says he could go for the right price – and everyone has a price.

08.37 BST: And another! Modric and Madrid! Yes, again! He could still go to Spain, says the Sun, if Jose Mourinho can offload Kaka first.

Although Real have yet to table an offer that matches what Tottenham want – thought to be somewhere between £35 million and £40 million – they could do so if they can sell the Brazilian to AC Milan.

08.30 BST: And now another old favourite from this summer’s round of transfer speculation: Joe Allen from Swansea to Liverpool, where he would be reunited with Brendan Rodgers and his critically-acclaimed brand of football etc etc.

The Sun reports that the deal is almost done, saying: “Joe Allen will be a Kop idol after Liverpool triggered his release clause at Swansea.

“The Reds hit the £15 million magic figure that lets the midfield ace quit. And today Allen, 22, meets his Swans boss Michael Laudrup and will tell him he wants to rejoin his former gaffer Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside.”

The paper says the transfer is expected to go through by the weekend, with Swansea having agreed not to stand in Allen’s way if a buyer came up with the asking price.

08.15 BST: Sir Alex is having a bit of a fume. Why? Because Arsenal are apparently keeping Manchester United hanging on as the Red Devils attempt to bring Robin van Persie to Manchester.

Everyone knows the score with Van Persie now: if he ends up going somewhere, it’s likely to be one of Manchester United or Manchester City, with Juventus having – depending on who you believe – dropped out of the race to some degree or other.

Speaking after United’s friendly against Barcelona in Gothenburg, Ferguson said: “It’s difficult to know why they [Arsenal] are operating in this way. We’ve been trying our best but there’s been no progress.

“You know we’ve made a bid [of £15 million], but Arsenal have been trying to negotiate with other clubs. They are not giving anything away. We have not had any breakthrough.”

August 8, 2012
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 Goal.com 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 ESPN.co.uk

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.

August 7, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/07/2012

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.


Bolt of lightning © Getty Images

23.53 BST That's your lot for the blog tonight. Join us in the morning for all the latest from the papers.

23.51 BST The Rangers FC could sign former Hearts striker Craig Beattie, but Ally McCoist said: "We will see if we can push that one forward but there is nothing as yet that
I can tell you in terms of signing. Craig is certainly one player we have been looking at and there are a good number on the radar as well."

23.48 BST Stephan El Shaarawy seems keen for AC Milan to re-sign Kaka from Real Madrid. “I’d love to know Kaka and learn from him, as I’ve heard he is a great man,” he said. “Naturally, he’s also an incredible player.”

23.29 BST Fulham boss Martin Jol has told Sky Sports News: “We need at least one midfield player. We need at least one or two strikers as well.”

23.13 BST: According to As, Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has refused to negotiate a loan move with Turkish side Besiktas adding to speculation that a move to Arsenal is on the cards.

23.05 BST: More on that Fernando Llorente story from earlier. Basque TV station ETB reports interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Athletic striker. Will he be leaving the San Mames this summer?

22.50 BST: Cesc Fabregas has welcomed Arsenal's signing of Santi Cazorla, tweeting: "I'm so happy to hear that my mate Santi Cazorla is finally a gooner. Top guy, special player. A great signing! Come onnn!"

22.50 BST: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has refused to comment on speculation linking the club with a move for Gabriel Obertan. The Dane said: "I can only say this. Speculation about players coming in, I don't want to comment on that.

"It is better for me to say I don't comment on rumours, I can comment on things about our players as it is different. When something is near or is done then you can ask me all you want."

22.29 BST Aly Cissokho’s agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, has confirmed there’s no chance of the left-back moving to Napoli and told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The reality is that he’s a Lyon player who still has a contract. If there is a team with a genuine interest then a solution will be found.”

21.52 BST Caen striker M’Baye Niang, 18, has been linked with a whole host of top clubs around Europe but it seems AC Milan might be his destination of choice. Having been taken on a tour of the training ground, he said: “I was so impressed - it’s magnificent. I am really interested in Milan.”

21.11 BST It's reported that Fernando Llorente has rejected a new contract at Athletic Bilbao and wants to leave. Manchester United are being credited with an interest in the 27-year-old striker.

20.50 BST: DONE DEAL Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has joined Maccabi Tel-Aviv on loan from Lille. Story here.

20.16 BST AC Milan assistant coach Mauro Tassotti believes Kaka could follow in Andriy Shevchenko’s footsteps and return to the club. “He’s a player who has given so much to Milan and he’s a wonderful guy,” he told Milan Channel. “In football anything can happen. In the past we’ve had players who have left and then come back, like Sheva.”

19.48 BST If you didn't click on the Andres Iniesta story on the main site earlier, you might have missed his comments on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who presumably has Barca DNA. "(Song) is technically very good and physically very powerful," he said. "If he comes, it is because he has the standard to play here and we would welcome him."

19.17 BST: Sunderland will make one final attempt for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, rumoured to be worth £12 million. Read the full story here.

18.49 BST: With Yanga-Mbiwa out of their price range, TMW indicate that Milan have turned their attention to Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, who is also a target for Roma.

18.19 BST: Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has not ruled out a move to Newcastle, insisting to Tutto Mercato Web that the English side are still interested after AC Milan appear to have dropped out the running.

17.52 BST: Liverpool have now officially announced that Luis Suarez has signed a new contract, following on from the last update. Some quotes can be found here.

17.32 BST: Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, ESPN can confirm. Read the full story here.

17.09 BST: Could Gabriel Heinze be returning to the Premier League? Talk in Italy suggests that QPR and Real Mallorca are eyeing the Argentine centre-back.

16.44 BST: Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin would be prepared to move to Turkey, according to his agent, amid reports of a £4 million bid from Galatasaray.

16.29 BST DONE DEAL: Forest have confirmed that Norwich's central defender Daniel Ayala has moved to the City Ground on loan, while rising star Jamaal Lascelles has signed a new long-term deal and has immediately gone on loan to Stevenage.

16.26 BST: Reports suggest that Nottingham Forest are interested in Norwich defender Elliott Ward.

16.10 BST: Blackpool are targeting Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie, who was on loan at Bloomfield Road last season, after failing to agree terms with Emile Heskey – but manager Ian Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette: “I don't know whether we can get him back. We are playing Swansea [in a friendly] and I might be able to talk to their manager while I am down there.

"But I am not that hopeful because he went and banged a hat-trick in the other week. That won't help my cause, but it might help his."

15.53 BST: Notts County manager Keith Curle wants to bring winger Lloyd Sam back to the club after his successful loan spell last season. Sam, 27, is a free agent after being released by Leeds United, but Curle says he will have to find a way of freeing up funds before any deal could be done.

14.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Ex-Newcastle defender Tamas Kadar has joined Dutch club Roda JC on a free transfer. The Roda Technical Director Gerard Wielaert said: "We are delighted to have signed Tamas. Given his age of 22, he is a player with a bright future."

Meanwhile, Jeremy Toulalan's agent, Michael Manuello, has refused to comment on speculation linking the Malaga player with a move to the Magpies.

14.33 BST: Former Bolton defender Paul Robinson could be about to sign for Toronto FC, and has reportedly travelled to Canada for talks.

14.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have re-signed Kevin Kyle as they look to rebuild as a Third Division club.

14.11 BST: Could Liverpool be looking to hijack Arsenal's bid to take Nuri Sahin on loan from Real Madrid? That's what reports on Merseyside suggest.

13.39 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have been in contact with Sao Paulo about a €45 million bid for Lucas Moura, the Brazilian club have confirmed.

The Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes, speaking to newspaper Le 10 Sport, said officials from the big-spending French club had approached them about signing the 19-year-old.

13.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Rangers have completed the signing of former St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza and defender Emilson Cribari, who was on trial at Ibrox. Both have signed two-year deals.

12.57 BST: Huddersfield are being linked with a move for Cardiff midfielder Anthony Gerrard, who made 20 appearances in the Championship last season.

12.48 BST: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says Newcastle remain interested in signing him. But Montpellier’s France international defender – also interesting AC Milan - told TuttoMercato: “It is possible that I can renew my contract with Montpellier, just as it is possible that I will not renew it.”

12.40 BST - DONE DEAL: Derby County have announced the signing of teenage full-back Michael Hoganson on a one-year deal. The former Newcastle player had spent a successful trial spell at Pride Park.

11.50 BST: Chile midfielder David Pizarro could be on his way to River Plate after being omitted from Roma's pre-season training camp in Austria.

11.38 BST: Birmingham boss Lee Clark wants to add one more player to his squad. "Before the end of the week I'm hoping to do a bit more business," he told the Birmingham Mail. "And then I think I'd be done, unless we have to go into the market to replace anyone who goes out of the club."

11.34 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Manchester City are preparing to enter bidding for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi again. He was strongly linked with a move to Roberto Mancini’s side as contract talks stumbled last season and, although a new deal is in place, sources claim Mancini will have another go at signing a player once described by his club as
"untransferable".

10.50 BST - DONE DEAL: West Brom have completed the signing of Markus Rosenberg, with the Swedish striker signing a three-year deal at the Hawthorns.

10.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has signed for Arsenal and joined up with the pre-season training camp in Germany after completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems initially delayed the deal being finalised but he is now on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne after the announcement was made.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: "Santi Cazorla is a great signing for us. He is a player with good experience at both club and international level, who will add significant quality to our squad."

10.14 BST: Tony Pulis says Stoke are close to finalising the signing of Michael Kightly from Wolves. The Potters had an earlier bid for the winger rejected by relegated Wolves, but Pulis said: “I'm hoping it will be done. I think he can score goals. It's not just his ability to go past people and provide.” Meanwhile, Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant has denied speculation that he is set to leave for Wigan Athletic.

09.44 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona would consider an opening bid of around £15 million for Arsenal’s Alex Song – but the Gunners value him at £25 million.

09.30 BST: Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla has passed a medical and joined up with Arsenal at their pre-season training camp in Germany ahead of completing a £15 million move from Malaga.

The Spanish club's financial problems have delayed the deal being finalised, but Cazorla is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Gunners this week. In the meantime, Malaga have given the 27-year-old special permission to train with his new team-mates, and he is on course to make his Arsenal debut in Sunday's friendly against Cologne.

09.17 BST: Ibrahim Afellay’s agent appears to have changed his tune. Only recently, he said the Barca player could be off on loan. Now he says: "There are clubs interested in him, but he wants to stay".

09.06 BST: Left-sided Portuguese player Eliseu is the latest Malaga star to be linked with a move away as the financial turmoil engulfing the club shows little sign of abating. The player told media in his home country that he would “like to move to Benfica, but it is not easy”, while his agent says six clubs are interested in signing him.

08.59 BST: French side Olympique Marseille have confirmed Chelsea have made an approach for defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo has held a long-standing interest in Azpilicueta, and Marseille have confirmed the Blues have stepped up their interest in the Spanish right-back.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune revealed: "Chelsea have made a serious approach for Cesar."

08.57 BST: Big-club-on-the-way-back Sheffield Wednesday have been linked with a move for striker Ricardo Fuller, a free agent after his Stoke contract came to an end.

08.53 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has claimed Paris St Germain have offered Sao Paulo €45 million for in-demand midfielder Lucas Moura, a fee he believes is "completely illogical".

Lucas, 19, is one of football's hottest properties at present, with the Nerazzurri, Manchester United and PSG among those clubs interested in swooping for him. But while United had appeared to be in the driving seat to secure a €30 million move, Moratti believes the Red Devils will be trumped by PSG - who are prepared to splash out an extra €15 million to land the Brazil international.

08.51 BST: Now, you may have thought that no transfer saga could run on longer than Andy Carroll’s or Robin van Persie’s, but those two might have a rival. Step forward Joe Allen, whose will he/won’t he Swansea to Liverpool saga seems to have been going on for a fair old while now.

Despite that, and perhaps with a hint of irony, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he wants a speedy resolution to the matter, and has also warned Liverpool and their former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers, that Allen will not come cheap.

Swansea are believed to have turned down an offer worth £12.5 million for the midfielder last month, and Laudrup said: “He is worth a lot of money because he's a good player. We saw they bought a couple of midfielders in the last few years for a lot of money but, with all due respect, Joe is on a level above.

“In my opinion, if one is worth £17 million then Joe is worth more, perhaps over £20 million. I'm talking as a football man, not as a chairman - but if the chairman asks my advice then I will tell him the same.”

08.45 BST: More on West Brom/Rosenberg (well, a bit): Sources close to the Baggies are confident that a deal will happen soon, which would make the striker the club’s fourth summer signing after midfielder Claudio Yacob, winger Yassine El Ghanassy (on loan from AA Gent) and goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Rosenberg scored 40 goals in 123 appearances for Bremen and previously had a spell with Ajax. Albion striker Simon Cox, who is entering the final year of his contract, could be going the other way: Championship Nottingham Forest have inquired about him.

08.30 BST: Our big story of the morning has a bit of crossover with the Olympics - 100m champion Usain Bolt has spoken of his desire to have a trial at Manchester United.

Bolt, 25, is known to have a few silky skills on the football pitch and would like to transfer them into the Premier League.

"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said: 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no," Bolt is quoted as saying in the Sun.

"I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference."

08.15 BST: Let's take a look around the newspapers.

The Sun: Santi Cazorla flew to Germany with his new Arsenal team-mates last night and is set to complete his £16 million move from Malaga today ... Galatasaray have offered £4 million for Arsenal midfield flop Andrei Arshavin ... Chelsea have stepped up their attempt to sign Marseille’s Cesar Azpilicueta after having a bid for the £8 million-rated defender rejected last week ... Man City will have to pay £20 million to land Daniel Agger ... Swansea have told Liverpool to cough up £15 million or forget about signing Joe Allen ... Michael Kightly is poised to seal a £2.5 million move to Stoke ... West Ham's Nicky Maynard has leapfrogged Craig Mackail-Smith on Leeds’ wish-list.

Daily Mail: QPR are also keen on Arshavin, as are clubs in the Middle East ... Andre Villas-Boas will start his Tottenham cull this week after finalising a list players he deems surplus to requirements. David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas, Sebastien Bassong, William Gallas and Kyle Naughton are all expected to be told they can leave ... Manchester United's Nani is becoming increasingly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford after failing to agree a new contract ... Stoke are in talks with Poland full back Sebastian Boenisch ... West Brom hope to confirm the signing of free agent striker Markus Rosenberg over the next 24 hours.

Daily Mirror: Italian giants Juventus are ready to switch targets and try to snatch Luis Suarez away from Liverpool ... Craig Bellamy is turning down a staggering £60,000-a-week offer to be reunited with Mark Hughes at QPR to sign for his hometown club Cardiff ... Chelsea are on the brink of landing right-back Wallace from Brazilian side Fluminense ... Birmingham's owners are annoyed by Nikola Zigic's insistence on sticking to his bumper St Andrew's contract. Serbia striker Zigic is Blues' top earner on £60,000-a-week.

Daily Star: Roberto Mancini has rejected a bid from AC Milan to sign Edin Dzeko on a season-long loan.

Guardian: Manchester City have been told they will have to pay more than £22 million to lure Agger from Liverpool, having made an informal approach for the Denmark international.

August 6, 2012
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
fee.

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. http://es.pn/NeFvIX

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 lifesports.ru 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 Goal.com. "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.

August 5, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/05/2012

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.


Van Persie: The saga continues © Getty Images

23.59 BST It's curtains for tonight. But as we move into the final four weeks of the transfer window it is bound to hot up. Or not.

23.38 BST Birmingham City are set to announce the loan signing of Ravel Morrison from West Ham on Monday.

23.29 BST Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the story we all know, that Real Madrid have yet to match their valuation of Luka Modric. "We have a value and an interest that we have to defend, and we are waiting to reintegrate the player if the offer is not matched," he said.

23.16 BST Read Madrid's Joselu will complete his exit from the Bernabeu at the start of this coming week and move to Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

22.44 BST Has someone from FIFA.com made a bit of a boob? Or have they broken the official news. This from one of its stories tonight: "Rondon becomes the second Malaga player to leave in the last two days after Arsenal completed the signing of Spanish international midfielder Santiago Cazorla."

22.00 BST ESPN suspects everyone is watching the 100m rather than making up football rumours.

21.21 BST Manchester United could complete a deal for Robin van Persie after Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini suggested he was unlikely to sign the striker. More here.

20.03 BST Spurs are believed to be ready to make a move to sign Hugo Lloris from Lyon as soon as they have the cash from the same of Luka Modric - whenever that might be.

18.52 BST Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman says he must be allowed to make moves into the transfer market if the club is to be competitive in the Championship.

18.01 BST Could Arsenal make a move for Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas, could they? That's what L’Equipe claims today.

17.25 BST With Leonardo Bonucci facing a potential ban of three-and-a-half years, Juventus are targeting Cagliari defender Davide Astori, according to Tuttosport.

17.04 BST Ashley Cole has Tweeted the following: "Contract talks have not stalled just started, and 200k are you for real, I'd never ask for that. Like I said before don't listen or always believe what media say they aint got a clue"

16.35 BST Here's the full story on Rubin Kazan announcing the signing of striker Salomon Rondon from La Liga side Malaga.

15.59 BST Ajax's director of football, Marc Overmars, has reiterated the club are keen to keep hold of reported Newcastle United target Vurnon Anita. FULL STORY.

15.27 BST Speaking of his current squad, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has said: "The team is almost complete."

14.54 BST Aston Villa are planning a swoop for Ghana and Schalke 04 midfielder Anthony Annan, opines Ghana Soccernet.

14.12 BST Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he hopes to bring in three new faces before the close of the transfer window.

13.40 BST Here's the full story on United's closing in on Lucas.

13.08 BST Manchester United will clinch the £30 million signing of Brazil's Lucas Moura, according to ESPN sources.

12.27 BST Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants Napoli's £4 million-rated midfielder Walter Gargano, according to the Daily Star.

12.00 BST The People: Everton star Johnny Heitinga's move to Fenerbahce is off ... Tottenham have told Danny Rose he can leave on a season-long loan ... Swansea want to sign Bristol City's Albert Adomah in a £3million player-exchange deal with Stephen Dobbie ... Fulham will step up their bid to sign West Ham striker Carlton Cole this week ... Blackburn will make a 'take it or leave it' £6 million offer for Huddersfield goal machine Jordan Rhodes.

11.13 BST More from the Sun: Lorient stars Arnold Mvuemba and Alaixys Romao are West Brom targets.

11.12 BST Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has said in the Sun: "We don’t want to lose Vurnon." The midfielder has been linked with Newcastle.

11.05 BST The Sun also claims Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 19, could be going to Stoke for £2 million.

10.41 BST Not a blockbuster rumour, but, nonetheless, the Sun reports that West Ham lead the race for Evian ace Yannick Sagbo, 24. The frontman said: "I had approaches from Fulham, Wolfsburg and Marseille. If I must choose it is West Ham."

10.30 BST - DONE DEAL Rubin Kazan have officially announced the signing of Malaga striker Salomon Rondon.

10.10 BST More from the Mirror: Manchester United are chasing the signature of rising Spanish star Isco ... Manchester City are considering making one of the shock moves of the transfer window by launching a bid to sign Team GB winger Scott Sinclair from Swansea ... Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is making a blockbusting £25million bid for German star Andre Schurrle – to fill Didier Drogba’s big boots.

09.51 BST Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is of the belief that Luka Modric will not be a Spurs player come the start of the season, despite negotiations with Real Madrid having reached an impasse. FULL STORY.

09.40 BST Let us continue with the Mirror, if you will: Newcastle have ­tabled a £10 million double bid for Van der Wiel and Ajax ­midfielder Vernun Anita ... Liverpool's bid to sign Clint Dempsey could be gazumped by Roma if they cannot agree a fee with Fulham ...Liverpool’s owners will give Rodgers their full backing in the transfer market by this week by sanctioning a £15m bid for ­Swansea’s Joe Allen ... Tottenham are threatening to pull the plug on their bid to sign Emmanuel Adebayor and make a renewed move for Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao.

09.28 BST The newspaper's report begins: "Robin van Persie is set to make a dramatic U-turn and stay at the Emirates," before reporting that Arsenal could also target Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel, the Ajax right back.

09.15 BST It's Sunday, but the transfer rumours remain in full swing. Stretch out, grab some muesli, and chew on this, from the Mirror: "Club insiders believe van ­Persie, who has a year remaining on his contract, now wants to stay."

August 4, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/04/2012

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.


De Rossi signed a new contract with Roma this year © Getty Images

23.59 BST That's it for tonight, we'll see you in the morning.

23.19 BST Will he, won't he? Will he, won't he? Tonight the Daily Mail thinks Lucas Moura will join Manchester United for £30 million after the Olympic Games.

22.07 BST Aston Villa could move to sign Anthony Annan from Schalke.

21.19 BST The Daily Mail thinks Brendan Rodgers will look to sign another player from Liverpool, this time Ashley Williams, if Dan Agger goes to Man City.

20.20 BST Luka Modric's dream move to Real Madrid has now reached a complete stand still with neither the weathy Spanish club nor Spurs wiling to budge on the player's valuation. Read more here.

19.36 BST Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said he remains hopeful of securing new recruits, despite struggling to secure several of his targets. "It's out of my hands now." Pardew told the Shields Gazette. "We've done the selection process and put a number of players in front of Derek and Lee [Charnley, club secretary], and now it's about getting the players who can take the club forward.”

17.25 BST Mainz forward Adam Szalai has signed a contract extension to remain with the Bundesliga club until 2015.

17.03 BST - DONE DEALS Torino have officially signed Cesena defender Guillermo Rodriguez, while Napoli have loaned Erwin Hoffer and Luigi Vitale to Eintracht Frankfurt and Ternana respectively.

16.33 BST - DONE DEAL Leeds have completed the signing of Lee Peltier from Championship rivals Leicester City.

16.13 BST Remember, you can have your say on all the summer moves and rumours via the comments section at the foot of this blog.

15.43 BST Here's the full story on Yobo's Everton departure.

15.10 BST Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Everton defender Joseph Yobo on a three-year contract.

14.38 BST The Mirror: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants Arsenal's Japanese star Ryo Miyaichi on loan - to fill Victor Moses' boots.

14.10 BST - DONE DEAL Hibernian have confirmed the signing of Irish midfielder Gary Deegan from Coventry City.

13.49 BST Brendan Rodgers may tap into the loan market if his bid to secure new signings for Liverpool looks like failing to bear fruit.

13.20 BST Salomon Rondon's future at Malaga continues to be the subject of conjecture. Spurs have been mentioned as interested, although reports claim a club from Russia could swoop.

12.48 BST Newcastle have made an enquiry about Malaga and France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, claims the Mirror.

12.34 BST New Aston Villa signing Ron Vlaar is hopeful his Netherlands compatriot Robin van Persie remains in the Premier League.

12.10 BST The Metro claims Cardiff have opened talks about signing Liverpool star Craig Bellamy.

11.40 BST Martin O'Neill has been speaking about Stephane Sessegnon. "We would very much like to keep Stephane - any manager would want to keep him," O'Neill said in The Journal. "He gives us that extra creativity and he is very important to us so I would genuinely like to keep him.

"I would love to give a 'hands-off' message but I wish it was as easy as that. If I was to say 'You cannot touch him' then I might have to come back here two days later and say 'sorry'. That would be all bravado speak and then he's gone, so I couldn't give that sort of message. However, I definitely want to keep him at this football club. I echo the sentiments of all of us, including the supporters on that front."

11.14 BST Steven Pienaar is hopeful that Everton will hold on to left-back Leighton Baines, who has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United. FULL STORY.

11.01 BST Paris Saint Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected rumours linking the affluent club with a move for Chelsea's Ashley Cole. "The transfer window is over for us," Ancelotti told Abola. "The club did a good job. "All the news from England [about Cole] are just rumours."

10.40 BST Independent: Van Persie is "reluctant to join the Premier League champions". The paper does not go as far as to suggest the Dutchman could remain at Arsenal though.

10.26 BST Daily Star: Arsenal are now hopeful Robin van Persie could stay at the club after the Dutchman has been left impressed with their activity in the transfer market ... Lee Barnard. Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte have all been transfer listed by Southampton ... Cardiff have rejected bids of around £200,000 from Leicester and Bristol City for defender Anthony Gerrard ... Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy is set for showdown talks with Lille in a bid to push through a £5 million move to Tyneside.

10.10 BST: Here are the quotes from the aforementioned Dzeko: "In the second half of last season, I suddenly got to start far fewer games - and I've got no idea why. I lost my rhythm. I joined City in order to play in matches. I never imagined that things would turn out the way they have. I am too good for the bench. If I continue to sit matches out, then anything is possible."

10.00 BST - DONE DEAL: So early in the morning, too! Arsenal striker Benik Afobe has joined Bolton on a season-long loan deal.

09.55 BST - Daily Mail: Liverpool are in talks with Daniel Agger, 27, over a new deal amid reported interest from Barcelona and Manchester City ...Sunderland remain hopeful of signing City striker John Guidetti for a loan fee of £1.5m ... Wolves defender Christophe Berra has asked to leave the club ... Wolves remain keen on Manchester City defender Stefan Savic on loan.

09.40 BST Sticking with Man City, Edin Dzeko has spoken of his frustration at the club last term and suggested he may move on if things do not change. Full story to follow...

09.30 BST To quote the paper: "Manchester City are poised to firm up interest in Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi with a £20million offer. The Italy star, 29, has been on Roberto Mancini's wishlist for 18 months and only signed a five-year contract in February."

09.15 BST Good morning, and a happy Saturday to you. Our noses are pressed against the ink of newspapers ahead of a full round-up of today's rumours. Kicking us off: The Daily Mail suggests Manchester City are to up the ante in their pursuit of Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi.

August 3, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/03/2012

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.


Ashley Cole's contract is not being discussed © PA Photos

21.25 BST: That's it for tonight then. No Santi Cazorla deal for Arsenal today it seems, with Monday now seeming the likely option. The next week should hot up as clubs look to finalise their squads for the coming season.

21.05 BST: Following mutterings in the media today, Sao Paulo sporting director Adalberto Baptista has denied knowledge of any interest in Lucas Moura from Manchester City. Read the full story on Soccernet.

20.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Juventus have officially announced the signing of Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba on a free-transfer, ending months of speculation over his future. Full story can be found here.

20.20 BST: AS Roma have confirmed that left-back Jose Angel will join Real Sociedad on loan for the coming season.

20.05 BST: Experienced striker Dave Kitson has reached an agreement with Portsmouth over outstanding wages and will now leave the Fratton Park outfit. Read the full story here.

19.45 BST - DONE DEAL: PSG youngster Jean-Christophe Bahebeck has joined Troyes on loan for the coming season.

19.01 BST Sky Sports believe that Lee Peltier is undergoing a medical ahead of a possible switch from Leicester to Neil Warnock's Leeds United.

18.46 BST The Daily Star are reporting that Swansea have made an offer to Getafe for Venezuelan striker Miku, continuing manager Michael Laudrup's theme of looking to Spain for new recruits.

18.25 BST Flamengo have struck a deal to sign former Sporting Lisbon striker Liedson after his release from Corinthians.

18.04 BST Arsenal have confirmed that promising striker Benik Afobe will spend the season on loan at Bolton Wanderers as he looks to continue his development.

17.45 BST The BBC have "jumped the gun a bit" in suggesting Joey Barton is set to sign a six-month loan deal with League Two Fleetwood, according to the man himself. "I've not signed for Fleetwood. Just currently enjoying training there..." Barton tweeted.

17.25 BST Reports are circulating that Tottenham have contacted Roma about signing Maarten Stekelenburg instead of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris - who has a £12 million plus price tag.

16.06 BST Juventus' Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has confirmed that he has agreed to join Turkish club Galatasaray, where he spent last season on loan.

If all this transfer chatter is too much, there is a thing called the Olympic Games taking place and it’s all happening – with a host of gold medals being decided right now - on ESPN.co.uk.

16.28 BST Middlesbrough fullback Justin Hoyte has put an end to speculation regarding his future by signing a new two year deal with the club.

15.36 BST Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is eager to keep Stephen Ireland and Charles N'Zogbia at the club. "We will try to get the best out of them, because they are very, very clever footballers," Lambert said.

15.15 BST - DONE DEAL Alberto Aquilani has completed his move to Fiorentina from Liverpool after passing a medical at the Serie A club today.

15.00 BST - DONE DEAL Blackburn Rovers have signed Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu from Fulham for an undisclosed fee. Full story

14.55 BST L'Equipe report that 17-year-old forward Mbaye Niang will leave Caen in two weeks - with Arsenal and AC Milan both heavily linked with the £5 million-rated striker.

14.37 BST Fenerbahce have announced the signing of Serbia international Milos Krasic from Juventus. "I'm very happy," Krasic told the media at Istanbul airport. "I have come to a very big club.

14.09 BST Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has given reported Arsenal target Nuri Sahin his blessing to leave the Bernabeu. Full story

13.52 BST Nottingham Forest are said to be in negotiations with Norwich to sign former Liverpool centre-back Daniel Ayala on loan.

13.29 BST Amid reports that Santi Cazorla is heading to Aresnal for a medical, Malaga team-mate Willy Caballero said: "When anyone leaves we lose something important, that goes for Santi and anyone else."

13.18 BST Here's the full story on Anders Lindegaard's new deal at Manchester United.

13.08 BST - BREAKING NEWS Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has signed a new four-year deal which will keep him at Old Trafford until the end of the 2015-16 season.

12.47 BST Here's some more on Aquilani's proposed transfer to Fiorentina. The Liverpool midfielder is due in Florence for a medical today. Full story

12.33 BST BREAKING NEWS Fiorentina President Andrea Della Valle has told AP that the Serie A club has signed Alberto Aquilani from Liverpool.

12.21 BST Blackburn will make a formal bid for Huddersfield forward Jordan Rhodes in an attempt to secure an immediate return to the Premier League. Full story

11.58 BST However, Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes is not toeing the party line. "Neymar would fit in any team, he's a special talent," he said.

11.45 BST Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has made it clear all he wants is a central defender and is no rush to sign Neymar, according to Marca.

11.19 BST: Jose Mourinho says that he hopes Kaka stays at Real Madrid. "For me there is no problem. We will try to get the best out of him. He is a good player. He played well last season and helped us win games," he said. "Our hope is that he stays. As a coach I would be happy because he is serious, hardworking and contributes to the group."

11.11 BST DONE DEAL: Norwich midfielder Andrew Crofts has rejoined Brighton on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Read More

11.00 BST: Southampton trio Lee Barnard, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte have been told their futures lie elsewhere by manager Nigel Adkins.

10.57 BST: Heerenveen winger Oussama Assaidi has been targeted by Ajax, as sporting director Johan Hansma revealed an approach has been made. "Ajax made an approach some two weeks ago, but we did not agree terms. I don't know whether they'll return for him. Oussama will stay at Heerenveen unless a good offer comes in," Hansma stated to De Telegraaf.

10.44 BST: Reports on Thursday suggested Inter and Sao Paulo had agreed a €32 million deal for Lucas Moura, but Paulo de Jesus Lopes has scotched that talk.

"I'm not aware of this information. I was with [Sao Paulo president] Juvenal Juvencio on Wednesday and Thursday," he told Lancenet. "We only negotiated with Manchester United, but their offer was not good enough."

10.33 BST: Good stuff from Mathieu Debuchy as he confirms that he is eyeing a move away from Lille this summer. "My desire is to leave," he confrimed to L'Equipe. "I'm 100% decided. I want to leave Lille. I've called [Seydoux] and left him a message. I'm waiting for him to call me back to clarify the situation.

"I don't understand it. One day, they tell me I can't leave because they haven't got a replacement for me. The next, it's because Newcastle's offer isn't enough. One day, it's the coach who's blocking me, the next, it's the president. I get the feeling that everyone isn't in agreement."

10.16 BST: Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract until the summer of 2015. He told the club's website: "It's absolutely great to have signed this new contract. I've been here a long time, I've put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears so it wouldn't have been right to do anything other than sign again. The club has got great backing, there's a real good feel around the place, the club is only going in one direction and that's upwards."

10.05 BST: Corriere dello Sport understand that AC Milan are in talks with relegated Villarreal over a possible deal for Giuseppe Rossi and are offering an initial €7m to take the 25-year-old.

09.57 BST: William Gallas could be on his way to QPR if you believe what you read on Goal.com.

09.38 BST: One that we really do not believe at all says Real Madrid are plotting a big money move for winger Nani, a deal that would certainly free up cash for Sir Alex Ferguson to spend on Lucas. The one thing they fail to mention is that Nani will never get a game at the Bernabeu because of the options on show. They want Modric, not Nani.

09.26 BST: Jose Mourinho seems to be happy whatever happens with Nuri Sahin. "I will be happy if Sahin stays, but happy too if he goes,” he is reported as saying.

If all this transfer chatter is too much, there is a thing called the Olympic Games taking place and it’s all happening – including Jessica Ennis’ bid for gold - on ESPN.co.uk.

09.12 BST: Brendan Rodgers has moved to calm speculation over Daniel Agger's future after the Denmark centre-back was absent from Liverpool's Europa League victory over Gomel on Thursday. Read More

09.05 BST: Manchester United expect to spend £40 million in the summer transfer window, according to the club's Chief Operating Officer Michael Bolingbroke. Speaking at an investor roadshow ahead of the club's IPO, Bolingbroke said that United's net spend over the last 10-15 years had averaged out at between £20-25 million but added: "We are giving guidance at the moment that the current transfer period could result in net expenditure nearer £40 million." Read More

08.55 BST: Malaga really is just a big old mess isn't it. Now Joris Mathijsen seems Feyenoord bound as Malaga are unable to pay his salary any longer.

08.44 BST: Our man in Spain brings us news that the agent of French midfielder Jeremy Toulalan says: “We have confirmation that Malaga cannot continue with its fantastic project. To save itself, the club must sell players and it looks like Jeremy is one of them.” Arsenal interested? Perhaps Barcelona if they don't get Alex Song?

08.31 BST: Adelaide United have signed Argentine left winger Marcelo Carrusca, with the 28-year-old to link up with the club upon completion of a medical.

08.27 BST: According to Sky Sport Italia, Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Sao Paulo for the transfer of Lucas Moura. Read More

08.18 BST: MLS team Sporting Kansas City have announced they have signed Oriol Rosell, whose B contract at Barcelona was rescinded, on a multi-year deal.

08.15 BST: Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer believes that paying €40 million for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez would be "crazy'. However, some interesting quotes from him suggest that perhaps Bayern might buy. "Right now, we're not doing it because it's crazy," Sammer told kicker. "But if we want to do things on the pitch, then we must be crazy."

A paper round-up is where all the early gossip is at, so here you go:

Daily Mail: Tottenham Hotspur are ready to pay £7 million for 17-year-old Liverpool midfielder Raheem Sterling... Arsenal are considering Celtic's Victor Wanyama as a replacement should Barcelona make a substantial bid for Alex Song... Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the London club in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes... Manchester City are showing interest in Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou. The Cameroon international only joined Marseille from Monaco last summer.

Daily Mirror: Malaga want £10 million for Salomon Rondon as they try to sort their debt and cash-flow problems but Spurs reckon he's worth £5m... Fulham are leading the chase for Levante striker Arouna Kone but may have to part with around £7m.

The Sun: Fulham have had their £4.5 million bid for Wolves ace Matt Jarvis rejected... While Peter Odemwingie is a £4.5million target for Sunderland and Fulham... Chelsea have had a £5 million bid for Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta rejected.

08.00 BST: The morning brings an interesting rumour for us as it comes from a story WE broke first. Ashley Cole's contract is running down at Chelsea and there are currently no plans to extend it, so now the Cole rumour mill is churning and the Daily Mirror says that former boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring him to the PSG project. Does he fancy one more pay-day and a life away from London? We think he might.

August 2, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/02/2012

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.


Could the Van Persie saga finally be resolved? © PA Photos

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight. The transfer blog will be back in the morning.

23.23 BST: The Guardian reports that Santi Cazorla has undergone his medical and Arsenal are poised to announce his signing from Málaga,

22.40 BST: Lorient midfielder Alaixys Romao has admitted that he has heard rumours linking him with West Brom, but insists he is focussed on his current side.

22.20 BST: Sky Italia reporting Lucas Moura to Inter Milan for €32 million is an agreed deal. Nothing from Brazil on it though. We just have to wait and see on this one.

21.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Juan Manuel Insaurralde will now play in Russia, joining Spartak Moscow from Boca Juniors.

21.44 BST - DONE DEAL: Eduardo Salvio has made his move from Atletico Madrid to Benfica permanent, signing a five-year deal.

21.10 BST: Everyone seems to be watching the Olympics tonight. Very quiet in transfer land.

20.21 BST - DONE DEAL Heidar Helguson has left QPR to join Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

20.11 BST Liverpool's decision to leave Dan Agger out of their game against Gomel has fuelled speculation the defender could leave. "He is not injured in any way," Per Steffensen told Politiken. "Only the club and the manager can answer to why he is not in the squad."

19.48 BST Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract to run until the summer of 2015.

19.31 BST Seems there's good news for Arsenal fans - Santo Carzola has allegedly tweeted "I'm new @Arsenal player." - whether @SCazorla12 is a valid account is another matter.

19.02 BST And more from the Turkish club is breaking tonight as they claim they have opening talks with Juventus to sign Milos Krasic.

18.51 BST - DONE DEAL Wigan formally announced the signing of Real Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis for €5.5 million, a story we exclusively brought you yesterday.

18.29 BST Everton have confirmed they are in discussions with Fenerbahce regarding a transfer of Joseph Yobo to the Turkish club.

18.02 BST Joshua John has left FC Twente to Nordsjaelland on loan.

17.31 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has cast doubt on the chances of the club signing Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo. Inter sporting director Marco Branca currently in Brazil but Moratti told Sky Sport 24: “Holding an interest doesn't mean you're willing to accept certain terms. Branca's not there to finalise anything. The situation is ongoing. We'll see."

17.14 BST L’Equipe reports that Lille have rejected Newcastle’s latest offer for Mathieu Debuchy and plan to keep the France right-back for another year.

16.57 BST Lance! claims Santos are in talks to sign Juan Roman Riquelme, who is a free agent after leaving Boca Juniors. How he'd fit into a team with Ganso is uncertain, so perhaps the Brazilian will be off.

16.36 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester City have sold winger Vladimir Weiss to Pescara for an undisclosed fee. The Slovakia international made just four first-team appearances and only one in the Premier League. He spent the last two and a half years on loan at Bolton, Rangers and Espanyol.

16.33 BST: West Ham are reported to have entered the chase for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, who is wanted by Blackburn.

15.51 BST: Winger Stephen Brogan, on trial at Southend, could sign for the Essex club permanently if club and player can reach an agreement. Shrimpers manager Paul Sturrock said: “We’ll have talks with him and his representative and see what kind of figures are being mentioned.”

15.22 BST - DONE DEAL: Dundee have bolstered their ranks with the addition of former Falkirk striker Mark Stewart as they prepare for a return to the Scottish top flight. They could also bring former Aberdeen defender Davide Grassi to the club.

15.04 BST - DONE DEAL: Cambridge United have signed 22-year-old striker Sam Smith from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Lincoln for an undisclosed fee. He has agreed a 12-month contract with an option for a further 12 months.

14.45 BST: Confirmation of that Didac Vila story: Valencia have cancelled an agreement with AC Milan for the loan of Didac Vila after the left-back failed a medical.

Vila, 23, had been due to sign a season-long loan deal, with Valencia having the option to make transfer permanent. However, Los Che discovered a pelvic injury during medical tests and have called the deal off despite Milan waiving the loan fee.

14.27 BST Goal.com is of the belief that Robin van Persie is buoyed by talk of new signings at Arsenal. The website says the Gunners players are “well aware” that Santi Cazorla is on the way, that Van Persie is also pleased by the apparent pursuit of Nuri Sahin, and that his body language has changed in training. Make of all that what you will.

14.14 BST Left-back Didac Vila has reportedly returned to Milan after failing a medical at Valencia. Perhaps Silvio Berlusconi and co will claim that it's "like a new signing".

14.02 BST Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida, asked about the progress of the Kaka deal, said that it is "the million dollar question". He pointed out the wage deal is still an issue but added: "Kaka made history with AC Milan and of course we would be happy to have him back with us."

13.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has joined Werder Bremen on a season-long loan deal.

13.19 BST: Peterborough say they have turned down an offer from an unnamed club for striker Paul Taylor, who is on the transfer list after failing to agree a new London Road deal.

Manager Darren Ferguson said: “We've had a bid for Paul, but nowhere near what we require. It's not near our valuation, so we'll wait and see what happens.”

Meanwhile, and in a similar vein, Wolves have rejected a bid from Stoke for winger Michael Kightly.

13.01 BST: Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says he would welcome a move for Arsenal's Alex Song by the Catalan club.

Seydou Keita's departure for Chinese club Dalian Aerbin earlier this summer has left a gap in Barca's midfield, and Busquets believes Song, whose contract at Arsenal expires in 2014, could provide healthy competition for places.

12.53 BST - DONE DEALS: The Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has continued the reshaping of his squad by signing Italy international left-back Federico Balzaretti from Palermo and Paraguayan right-back from Deportivo Maldonado.

12.47 BST: Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner could sign for Bundesliga new boys Eintracht Frankfurt after joining them on trial with a view to a permanent contract.

12.25 BST: Wigan are reported to have completed the signing of defender Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca on four-year contract. No confirmation from the club as yet.

11.51 BST: More on Neymar: the Brazil star will not move to Europe until at least 2014, according to Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.

Persistent rumours have suggested that Neymar, currently starring at the Olympics, has already agreed to join Barcelona by next summer at the latest. However, Ribeiro predicted that the £60 million-rated player would not leave Santos before his contract ends in two years time.

"It is impossible for Neymar to leave Santos before 2014," Ribeiro told Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo. "When I sign a contract I fulfil it, and the player wants to do the same.

11.51 BST: Tranmere are reported to be on the brink of signing winger Joe Thompson - a long-term transfer target - from Rochdale.

11.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Winger James Baxendale has become the latest in a string of players to arrive at League One Walsall. He joins on a free transfer from Hereford.

11.39 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Torquay United forward Chris Zebroski has left Bristol Rovers to become a Cheltenham Town player, signing a two-year contract.

11.37 BST: More from Spain, and one to keep an eye on: Marca reports that Santi Cazorla has been given permission by Malaga to travel to London today. That mooted move to Arsenal may just be getting closer...

11.31 BST: Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are quoting a lower price to Juventus for Robin van Persie than they are to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

11.09 BST: Burnley are in negotiations with Doncaster over a move for midfielder Brian Stock, who wants to leave Rovers after their relegation to League One.

11.00 BST: Leeds are in talks to sign Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who cost the Seagulls a record £2.5 million when he arrived from Peterborough last summer. It is reported that the Seagulls are prepared to let him move on and that Leeds’ Ross McCormack could move to the south coast as part of the deal.

10.22 BST: Newcastle have tabled a new and improved bid for Lille's France international full-back Mathieu Debuchy. The Magpies are thought to be offering £6 million this time – and that should please Lille president Michel Seydoux, who had earlier said: "Our price is £6 million, because he is a quality player and we need to find a good replacement."

10.18 BST: By the banks of the Thames, in the shadow of that Michael Jackson statue, Fulham manager Martin Jol continues to work on his plans for the new season. Jol is reported to be chasing Huddersfield’s outlandishly prolific striker Jordan Rhodes and Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin.

10.01 BST: Stand by for some departures from Swansea: boss Michael Laudrup says he needs to trim his squad, explaining: “If you have 25 players, you have to leave out seven every time - and that's too many. If you are always one of the seven, after three months you will say: 'What am I doing here?'”

09.56 BST: In Barcelona, transfer news continues to swirl around Neymar. But Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has told Mundo Deportivo: "It not possible that Neymar will leave Santos before 2014 He is a phenomenon, after his displays at the Olympics among the top three players in the world.

"He is happy here, and earns the same wages here as he would in Europe."

09.19 BST: Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian star Roberto Carlos has announced his retirement. He will now become a director at the Russian club.

09.11 BST: Still in Spain – reports in AS say Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants “Luka Modric or nobody” and that Nuri Sahin, who has been linked with Arsenal, would not be able to leave ton loan until Modric had arrived from White Hart Lane.

09.01 BST: In Spain, the Malaga situation rumbles on, with matters appearing no closer to resolution: something that will keep both Spurs and Arsenal on their toes.

Striker Salomon Rondon, who has been linked with Spurs, said: "We must not throw more wood on the fire. We will keep training and not make any rash decisions but, if the situation is not fixed, then it is normal that players would leave."

He said Santi Cazorla, apparently edging ever closer to a move to Arsenal, "would be a big loss for Malaga - he's a great player."

As ever with matters Malaga, it seems, watch this space.

08.56 BST: Arsenal players other than Van Persie linked with moves – help, shock, horror. Here’s the Express: “Arsenal outcasts Marouane Chamakh and Alexandre Song could both be set for moves to Europe, according to reports.” Chamakh, it says, could be off to Fiorentina.

08.53 BST: Wolves have told Sunderland to dig a little deeper if they want to sign striker Steven Fletcher. The Star says the relegated Molineux club want no less than £12m, but Sunderland have so far offered £10 million.

08.50 BST: Meanwhile, to Cardiff. Amongst all the Olympic football taking place there, Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has been quietly lining up some business, the Mail reports: he’s going to sign striker Heidur Helguson from QPR on a free transfer and “remains keen” on bringing Team GB’s Craig Bellamy back to the club.

08.47 BST: The Tottenham revolution will continue with the signing of a goalkeeper, the Mail predicts.

The paper says Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg, who joined the Italian club from Ajax in a £5 million deal last summer but has failed to settle – but there could be a disagreement over Roma’s £8 million valuation of the player.

08.45 BST: The Mirror’s on form this morning, with both a "stunning" and a "sensational" worked into the opening three paragraphs of this stunning and sensational story. It goes like this:

“Manchester City are lining up a stunning £35million move for Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain.

“City boss Roberto Mancini is currently locked in a three-way battle with Manchester United and Juventus for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

"But executive Brian Marwood is championing a move for Argentine striker Higuain instead - which would still count as a sensational coup for the Premier League champions.”

08.40 BST: Ah, Robin van Persie and Juventus – hold on just a moment, says the Mirror, which has been keeping an eye on off-field developments.

“Robin van Persie could be ready to snub Juventus as their coach Antonio Conte is facing a lengthy ban over match-fixing related allegations levelled against him,” the paper says.

It reports: “Carl Thomas, who is assistant to the Arsenal striker's agent Kees Vos, posted on Twitter that Conte's predicament was "hardly the advert" to convince RvP to sign for Juve.”

Conte is accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing in two games during 2010-11 when he was coaching Siena. His proposal to strike a plea-bargain deal that would see him suspended for three months was rejected by the Italian Football Federation. He will now have to submit a new offer or face a sports tribunal, and could face a long ban.

08.30 BST: AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani will meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in New York to negotiate a deal for Kaka, he has said.

Kaka has been heavily linked with a move back to the San Siro after spending a six-year spell there earlier in his career.

"I will speak with Florentino Perez in New York," Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. "It will be very hard for us to sign Kaka because of his high wages, but he is a player who is part of our history."

08.20 BST: Chelsea just can’t stop spending, or attempting to, can they? The Sun reports that the Blues have had an offer for Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta rejected.

The paper says Chelsea offered £5 million, but the French club are holding out for an £8 million deal – and the Londoners are likely to increase their offer in the next few days.

In other Stamford Bridge developments, Romelu Lukaku has said he would only consider a loan move to one of their Premier League rivals, the Sun reports.

The 19-year-old Belgian striker has been targeted by Fulham as a loan signing with a view to a permanent move. He said: “What I learned last season is positive. Training with great players improves you. Now I must play. In a few weeks, we’ll see what happens.”

08.10 BST: Maybe, just maybe, the long, rainy summer of Robin van Persie speculation could be drawing to a close. After weeks of stories linking the Arsenal skipper with all sorts of places – but mainly Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United – it seems, according to one agent, that the destination has been decided.

Netherlands international RVP has one year left to run on his Emirates deal, but earlier in the summer announced that he would not sign a new one. Cue transfer frenzy.

But now... Fabio Parisi, who has no connection with an RVP deal (he represents Tayo Taiwo) reckons this:

“I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time, locked away in a notary's desk," he is quoted as saying in the Italian media.

"It is just my opinion, but I think there is an eight out of ten chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri. Juventus want to win, and he is considered the ideal addition to achieve that."

August 1, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/01/2012

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.


Andy Carroll: Worth such insane money? © Getty Images

23.45 BST: That's all for tonight everyone, there will be more of the same over the next month so make sure to come back tomorrow.

23.32 BST: Arsenal fans look away now. Barcelona and Arsenal are holding talks on the transfer of midfielder Alex Song with a decision to be made in the next 48 hours according to Sport. He has two years left on his current deal, but surely the Gunners can't afford to let him go unless there is a HUGE offer on the table.

23.27 BST: If you were hoping that your club might sign a 39-year-old, former world's best left-back, then you will be disappointed to learn that Roberto Carlos is no longer an active player and will continue his role behind the scenes at Russian club Anzhi.

22.59 BST: Someone in Seattle has been impressed by those Hondurans in London as Olympian and Real Espana player Mario Martinez has officially joined the Seattle Sounders on loan.

22.40 BST: More from that Facebook story earlier. It is indeed true: Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign promising French midfielder Anthony Knockaert on a three-year contract from Guingamp. Should be completed in the next 24 hours or so.

22.27 BST: Arsenal and Liverpool are being linked with Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sahko, who has been told he can leave the club,

21.55 BST: Now they have no Zlatan this isn't a surprise, but Antonio Cassano is staying at Milan. "Cassano will stay," Massimiliano Allegri is quoted as saying by Gazzetto dello Sport. "He is doing well at the moment and is training well."

21.23 BST: DONE DEAL MK Dons have sealed a deal for experienced striker Ryan Lowe on a two-year contract from Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee.

20.54 BST: Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced the signing of former Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien on Wednesday, pending international clearance.

19.47 BST: Mark Hughes has claimed he has not heard anything about a QPR move for Man Utd striker Dimitar Berbatov. “There are a lot of names flying around,” the Welshman told Sky Sports. “That is a new one on me, in fairness. At this time of year, there are a lot of names flying around. But we prefer to get the job done, get the business done, and then we announce it.”

19.22 BST: Fulham have laughed off suggestions that they are selling Moussa Dembele to Real Madrid as “ludicrous”. The agent of the sought-after midfielder has told reporters that Real are looking to secure his client's services this summer. But Fulham have told ESPN: “We have not had any approaches for Moussa Dembele and none would be welcome.”

18.40 BST: DONE DEAL Wigan have clinched the signing of Real Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis for €5.5 million.

18.16 BST: Bored of Milan for Kaka talk yet? More here: "I will speak with Florentino Perez in New York," Adriano Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. "It will be very hard for us to sign Kaka because of his high wages, but he is a player who is part of our history."

17.45 BST: Our man in Spain says that Villarreal have agreed to sell playmaker Borja Valero to Serie A side Fiorentina for a fee believed to be approximately €7m. Read more

17.20 BST: Reports in France suggest that Steed Malbranque, formerly of Fulham and Tottenham, is set to join Lyon in the coming days.

16.55 BST - DONE DEAL: Scotland international Gary Naysmith has joined Premier League side Aberdeen ahead of the new season.

16.23 BST: Tottenham could benefit from the financial problems afflicting Malaga, with AS reporting that the North Londoners may move for forward Salomon Rondon. However, the report adds that a more likely destination for the Venezuelan, valued at around €8 million, could be the Russian league.

16.20 BST: Brighton manager Gus Poyet says he wants to sign two more players before the start of the season, saying his squad could do with a further striker and another midfielder . "We need two extra players for sure," he explained. "We need to make sure those two can adapt and understand how we play. It is about timing."

16.02 BST: Former Middlesbrough midfielder Malaury Martin has been unable to agree terms to stay at Barnsley, where he spent a week on trial.

15.58 BST: Reports in Spain suggest that Serie A side Fiorentina have agreed a €7 million fee for Villarreal's Borja Valero, with a move believed likely to go through soon.

15.33 BST: Doncaster defender James O'Connor has left the relegated League One club to join Derby for an undisclosed fee. The versatile O’Connor, who can play anywhere across the back four, has agreed a two-year deal.

Derby manager Nigel Clough said: "He has good Championship experience and he's impressed us whenever we've faced Doncaster. We're delighted and we think he'll be a very good addition o the squad."

15.30 BST: Striker Connor Wickham, who came through the ranks at Ipswich but has struggled to make an impact in the top flight since moving to Sunderland, is unlikely to return to Suffolk on loan because of the cost of his wages, Portman Road manager Paul Jewell has said.

Wickham, who joined Sunderland for £8 million last year, has been linked with a temporary move back to his old club, but Jewell said: “I think we have got first call on Connor if he becomes a loan. I also think we have got to pay three-quarters of his wages - and we haven't got that type of money."

15.19 BST: Blackburn striker Nick Blackman is a target for Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson.

15.11 BST: The Rangers manager Ally McCoist is thought to be considering a move for Andrei Ionescu, a Romanian midfielder who is leaving Belgian club Royal Antwerp in a dispute over pay.

14.52 BST: The Santos president, Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro, says his club are prepared to sell Ganso – but only, repeat only, if someone stumps up the cost of his buyout clause. And how much is that? A cool £40 million, that’s how much.

14.49 BST: Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar has joined Aston Villa from Dutch giants Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. Vlaar, 27, becomes Aston Villa's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of fellow Eredivisie based duo Karim El Ahmadi and Brett Holman and Sheffield United's Matt Lowton.

14.43 BST: Embattled Blackburn manager Steve Kean says defender Martin Olsson is not for sale. Olsson is reported to be a target for Stoke, Southampton and Chelsea, but Kean insisted: "I have sat down with Martin and said to him we want him to play. I think there were clubs who enquired, and we said: 'Not for sale.'"

14.40 BST: Wigan say free agent striker Emile Heskey will not be returning to the club despite training with the Latics’ youngsters over the summer.

Heskey, a former Wigan star, was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, but Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: “Emile has had a tremendous history with Wigan, but I don't think there will be any more pages to be written in that particular book.”

14.10 BST: Napoli are taking a look at Fluminense right-back Wallace, says TMW. The Brazilian club have been raided for players since winning the Copa Libertadores in July.

13.57 BST: Guingamp youngster Anthony Knockaert has told his supporters on his Facebook page that he has joined Leicester City - one to watch.

13.37 BST - DONE DEAL Fleetwood defender Kieran Charnock has joined Conference side Macclesfield on loan until January.

13.17 BST - DONE DEALS Walsall have signed former Aston Villa youngster Connor Taylor and Paul Downing (ex-West Brom) on one-year contracts after both completed successful trial spells.

12.57 BST Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said reports that striker James Vaughan could be going to Celtic on a season-long loan are “news to me”, adding: “There is nothing in that. What will always happen is that names are going to be mentioned, in or out. What I have to do is formulate the squad I want come the start of the season at the end of the month.”

12.43 BST Brazil 'keeper Julio Cesar's agent says he has held talks with a number of clubs, including Tottenham, about a move from Inter Milan. The Brazil 'keeper's time at the San Siro appears to be coming to an end after Inter signed Samir Handanovic from Udinese in a £10 million deal earlier this summer.

12.32 BST Santi Cazorla could be moving closer to a transfer from troubled Malaga to Arsenal, reports say. The Spanish midfielder may arrive at the Emirates for a medical this week, and a transfer worth around £17 million has been mooted.

12.02 BST Everybody wants to sign Moussa Dembele from Fulham, it would seem. Real Madrid are the latest to be linked with the midfielder’s agent, Jan de Visser, telling De Telegraaf: “Real Madrid have contacted us and asked about the possibility of signing Moussa Dembele. They are not the first big club who have contacted us this summer for him.”

11.50 BST The Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill has confirmed that French trialist Yamadou Camara has left the club after suffering an ankle injury.

11.20 BST Brendan Rodgers has claimed hard work is going on behind the scenes to bring in the players he wants at Liverpool before the transfer window closes. Rodgers has been linked with moves for Joe Allen of Swansea and Fulham's Clint Dempsey.

11.18 BST - DONE DEAL Winger Eduardo Salvio has become Benfica’s most expensive-ever signing. The complete deal to bring the 22-year-old Argentina international to Portugal has come to €13.5 million.

10.59 BST - DONE DEAL West Ham have confirmed the signing of Wales defender James Collins from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a four-year contract.

10.53 BST Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa has signed a two-year contract extension at Real Madrid, and said: “Signing a two-year extension to my existing deal is a source of joy for me. I am delighted with the club's faith in me, and I am looking forward to continue playing here.”

10.40 BST - DONE DEAL Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed former Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin from Dinamo Moscow on a season-long loan.

10.38 BST Huddersfield are reported to have rejected an offer from Fulham for their ludicrously prolific Scotland Under-21 striker Jordan Rhodes.

10.36 BST Barcelona vice-president Jose Maria Bartomeu has indicated that the club could make an attempt to sign Neymar, the Santos player currently wowing ‘em in the UK with Brazil’s Olympics squad.

He said: “Neymar? We would all like to see him joining after the Olympics. If he decides to come to Europe, we'll try to make it Barca.”

10.09 BST Wigan and Wolves are reported to be considering bids for Odense midfielder Mohamed Traore, who is rated at £3 million by the Danish club.

Wigan see the 24-year-old as a replacement for Mohamed Diame, who left for West Ham, and Wolves want to strengthen their midfield as they attempt to bounce back to the Premier League after their relegation.

09.59 BST Werder Bremen are continuing to hold talks with Chelsea about bringing in Belgium international midfielder Kevin de Bruyne on loan.

09.53 BST What happens next in the long-running saga of Luka Modric? Well, that will be decided when Spurs get back to England following their pre-season tour, says Andre Villas-Boas.

The Spurs coach explained that playmaker Modric, who did not join the tour, was behind the rest of the Spurs squad in fitness. He added: “Luka is now doing double [training] sessions on his own. When we get back to London, we will give players time off and, after that, we will decide what is best for Luca to do.”

09.49 BST Yet more on Manchester City, and this time it’s striker Edin Dzeko, a man who has been linked with plenty of moves to plenty of clubs in plenty of places over the summer. But City coach Attilio Lombardo believes Dzeko could still have a future at the Etihad, saying: "Dzeko is a big player, and I think Manchester City want big players."

09.43 BST Manchester City's Kolo Toure has said he is happy to stay at the Etihad despite holding talks with Bursaspor about a possible switch to Turkey.

The Premier League champions are believed to be willing to let Toure move on for around £3 million, but the defender - whose brother Yaya also plays for the club - is prepared to see out the remaining year of his contract.

09.25 BST Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo says Liverpool centre-half Daniel Agger is now Barcelona’s top transfer target after interest in Athletic’s Javi Martínez cooled when the Bilbao club refused to lower their €40 million asking price. AS agrees and says Barca are interested in paying €15 million (plus €5 million in add-ons) for the Danish international.

09.17 BST Roberto Mancini has challenged Adam Johnson to prove he is worthy of a place in his Manchester City side. "Adam is in my plans," Mancini said. "Some players think that when they don't play, it's the boss's fault. I think he has to be playing for a top club, but he's got to play at his top level."

09.06 BST Daily Mail: Newcastle are closing in on FC Twente defender Douglas Texeira ... Arsenal midfielder Alex Song could be targeted by Barcelona as he has two years left on his contract ... Tim Cahill could return to Everton on loan during the MLS close season ... Manchester United and Arsenal are stepping up interest in Victor Wanyama ... Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton is in talks over a move to Stoke City ... Blackburn manager Steve Kean wants Arsenal striker Park Chu-young.

08.50 BST Daily Mirror: Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta is a loan target for Lyon, Marseille and Ajaccio ... Real Madrid are considering pulling out of their pursuit of Modric ... Arsenal's move for Malaga's Santi Cazorla is under threat ... Manchester City could target Real Madrid's Higuain.

08.35 BST The Sun: Real Madrid could pull out of their proposed deal for Luka Modric because Tottenham are demanding the fee for the Croatian up front ... Kolo Toure could turn down a move to Turkish club Bursaspor to stay at Manchester City ... Stoke have bid £2 million for Wolves winger Michael Kightly ... James Collins is set to rejoin West Ham today in a £2.5 million move from Aston Villa ... Norwich striker James Vaughan is set to snub a loan move to Celtic by joining Blackburn on a one-year loan.

08.20 BST And now, for your viewing pleasure, a newspaper round-up...

08.17 BST Another paper's take on the Carroll affair. From the Mirror: "Andy Carroll will be offered a pay-rise to £100,000 a week to change his mind and join West Ham."

08.10 BST More on this Carroll craziness: "Sam Allardyce’s Hammers are now ready to pay Carroll, 23, his current £90,000-a-week wages over EIGHT YEARS."

08.00 BST Good morning. An absolute cracker of a rumour to kick off proceedings. The Sun shrieks with glee: "West Ham have offered Andy Carroll a mind-boggling £36 million contract in the hope of luring him away from Liverpool."

July 31, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/31/2012

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.


Clint Dempsey is in the final year of his contract and appears determined to leave Fulham© PA Photos

00.00 That's us finished for today folks but we will be back at 08.00 BST on Wednesday - we are now exactly a month away from the end of the summer transfer window.

23.35 BST Paris St Germain have rejected an approach from Lyon for defender Mamadou Sakho and midfielder Clement Chantome, according to Bernard Lacombe, advisor to OL president Jean-Michel Aulas.

"Chantome and Sakho are two players that are very difficult to get because they were educated at the club," he said. "PSG are forced to register four players educated by the club in the Champions League. So they will not part with them. PSG replied 'no' to us both on sport and administrative levels."

23.19 BST Pablo Osvaldo’s agent has confirmed he might be ready to move on from Roma, saying: “Could Osvaldo leave Roma? Yes, he could, it’s possible, but I am not sure. Malaga? Yes, many clubs are interested, including Inter. It depends on Roma and what they want to do. I don’t know. Anything is possible in football.”

23.02 BST One of our favourite reader comments of the day has come in from Stephen:

"Ah, yes. The reluctant-to-spend-a-penny Arsene Wenger, is going to meet Santos' asking price for Neymar... That seems about as likely as the queen believing that James Bond is more than a glorified fictional character, and proceeding to parachute into Wembley for a Paul McCartney concert."

22.45 BST Portuguese daily A Bola reckons West Ham are chasing Porto midfielder Ukra, who played on loan at Braga in 2011-12. However, QPR and Nottingham Forest are also reportedly interested in the 24-year-old.

22.23 BST Steve Kean is keen to bring West Brom forward Simon Cox and Arsenal's forgotten man Park Chu-Young to Blackburn, according to the Daily Mail.

21.56 BST Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste, who spent six months on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season, is heading out for another temporary move at Bastia.

21.31 BST Still plenty of comments pouring in, including this one from a rather optimistic Arsenal fan named Robert:

"What about Neymar for arsenal ? What's wrong with that? Maybe I'm crazy but let RVP go, bring Neymar and Cazorla. I'm sure we will win everything!!!!"

21.08 BST Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Federico Balzaretti has turned down a move to the club from Palermo. "He didn’t want to come to Napoli. I would not have been unhappy to have him, but he would’ve created problems for the balance of the group. Roma can have him. After all, Valon Behrami can play wide and maybe cut in towards the centre, while we also have Hugo Campagnaro who can take on different roles.”

20.47 BST DONE DEAL: Sam Vokes has joined Burnley on loan from Wolves.

20.20 BST DONE DEAL: Fortuna Dusseldorf have signed 33-year-old Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin on a season-long loan from Dynamo Moscow. The former Liverpool man said: "[Fortuna boss] Norbert Meier was the manager who promoted me from the youth team and handed me my Bundesliga debut, so that did help sway my decision. Now I'm just looking forward to playing in this league again."


19.47 BST Lorient have snapped up veteran French midfielder Ludovic Giuly from Monaco. Lorient president Loic Fery said: “He fits the profile of the player we wanted: he has played for big clubs, he will give us the experience and character that we were lacking last year. Ludovic is a great professional, with a good mentality. I was impressed by his willingness to come here.”

19.21 BST Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says Roma are favourites to sign Federico Balzaretti. Zamparini said: “I spoke to him and I know that he’d have problems at Napoli… Roma are very close. Walter Sabatini worked very hard, while he was the one who brought Balzaretti to Palermo in the first place and has always admired the player. He knows him well.”

19.08 BST Former Argentina international defender Diego Placente, who has previously played for the likes of Bordeaux, Bayer Leverkusen and River Plate, has signed a one-year deal with his first club Argentinos Juniors.

18.51 BST AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has reiterated his desire to stay at the San Siro after being give Filippo Inzaghi's old No. 9 shirt for the coming season. Pato said: “I am very happy with the Rossoneri. I hope that the Number 9 left to me by Inzaghi can bring me luck, as I want to score many goals. Nobody knows the future, but I can only say that I am very happy at Milan.”

18.33 BST Julio Cesar has denied that he posted a goodbye message to Inter Milan fans on his Facebook page. The Brazilian goalkeeper said: “I want to point out that I never made any statement on my future. I absolutely deny giving the quotes that appeared, as it was not my Facebook page. If I have anything to tell the fans, then I will want to do it personally.”

18.10 BST: Inter Milan technical director Marco Branca has denied reports linking the club with a move for Andre Ayew.

17.55 BST - DONE DEAL: Steven Pienaar has joined former-side Everton for £4.5 million, signing a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

17.20 BST - DONE DEAL: Cordoba midfielder Borja Garcia has signed for Real Madrid, where he will join the club's B team, Castilla.

16.55 BST: Arsenal's young Ghanaian defender Daniel Boateng is hoping for another loan spell this season to help his development, having spent part of last season at Swindon Town. He told the club's official website: "Going on loan is going to make me stronger as a person, and hopefully push me closer to becoming a member of the first team."

16.42 BST - DONE DEAL: Palmeiras' impressive 25-year-old right-back Cicinho has completed his transfer to Sevilla, who failed in their attempts to sign Ivan Piris.

16.32 BST: Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Ben Amos has now officially joined Hull City on a season-long loan.

16.25 BST: Taye Taiwo has joined Dynamo Kiev on a one-year loan deal from AC Milan. The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at QPR.

16.20 BST: Mustapha Dumbuya, on loan at Portsmoth, has said he wants to sign for the League One club despite their financial difficulties.

15.43 BST: Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar has confirmed that he is close to ending his spell at Inter Milan following the Italian side's capture of Udinese 'keeper Samir Handanovic.

15.32 BST: Burnley boss Eddie Howe is targeting striker Sam Vokes. The Wolves player had a loan spell at Turf Moor last season, scoring twice in nine games, and worked with Howe at Bournemouth.

15.25 BST: Everton could be ready to make an offer for FC Copenhagen full-back Bryan Oviedo, reports in Denmark say.

14.42 BST: Lancenet! reports that Liedson will be released by Corinthians, 18 months after returning from Portugal.

14.22 BST: AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani is in France to secure the signing of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, says Gazzetta dello Sport.

14.12 BST: Colombia full-back Pablo Armero could be heading for Juventus, according to his agent, Claudio Vagheggi. Vagheggi told Sport Italia: “Juventus want Armero on loan with an option to buy, but Udinese want to sell the player and bring in cash."

13.52 BST More of Thierry Henry's thoughts on Arsenal and Robin Van Persie - the Gunners legend is philosophical about the prospect of the current skipper leaving.

13.42 BST - DONE DEAL Former Hibernian and Kilmarnock midfielder Dean Shiels, a free agent, has moved to Rangers on a four-year contract.

13.37 BST AC Milan are reported to be maintaining their interest in bringing Dimitar Berbatov to the San Siro, but Galatasaray - also linked with the Manchester United striker – have distanced themselves from talk of an offer.

13.33 BST - DONE DEAL Newcastle have confirmed the signing of teenage Australian defender Curtis Good from A-league club Melbourne Heart. The 19-year-old centre-back has signed a six-year contract after a successful trial spell.

13.10 BST Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has confirmed that the club made an offer for former star Robinho but had their approach rejected by AC Milan.

Robinho, 28, came through the ranks at Santos and is an idol to many of the club's supporters, with Ribeiro having made it his long-standing mission to repatriate the Brazil international.

12.49 BST Fortuna Dusseldorf say they are interested in signing Ukraine forward Andriy Voronin from Dinamo Moscow.

12.36 BST Watford defender David Mirfin is poised to rejoin Scunthorpe after spending the second half of last season on loan with them.

12.10 BST Bristol City are reported to be in talks to sign Derby County striker Steve Davies. Davies had been linked with a move to Ipswich, but Portman Road manager Paul Jewell said the Rams wanted too much for the player.

12.06 BST - DONE DEALS Exeter have wrapped up a double signing, bringing free agents Jamie Cureton (striker) and Matt Oakley (midfielder) to the club on a permanent basis after both spent spells on loan there last season.

“We are all happy with it and they are two very good additions to our squad,” manager Paul Tisdale told the club's official website. “The important thing is I know they both fit here and we suit them. I think they both enjoy it here, and that counts for a lot.”

12.01 BST - DONE DEAL Doncaster Rovers have signed central defender Rob Jones after he was released by Sheffield Wednesday. Jones told Doncaster’s website: "This was an option that excited me and gives me a chance to play in a great stadium for a good fanbase."

11.46 BST Striker Ryan Donaldson could join Carlisle after being released by Newcastle, where he came through the ranks. Carlisle boss Greg Abbott said: “He did well in the first half at Durham [in a friendly] and we spoke to him about coming back to join us.”

11.32 BST Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has signed a professional contract with the club after turning 17.

11.29 BST Leeds striker Billy Paynter has begun a week-long trial at Blackpool as he looks to make a new start following an injury-hit spell at Elland Road.

11.27 BST A little bit of Norwich for you: Canaries manager Chris Hughton has been linked with Liverpool reserve keeper Brad Jones, while Celtic are reported to have asked Carrow Road bosses about the possibility of signing striker James Vaughan on a season-long loan.

10.55 BST Thierry Henry, a man who knows a thing or two about being a legendary striker at Arsenal, has added his thoughts to the Robin van Persie saga, saying: “When I left, everybody cried... but everyone comes and goes.

“I don't know exactly what is happening but, as an Arsenal fan, I want him to stay. He is still an Arsenal player, and the boss has to deal with it.”

10.48 BST - DONE DEAL Andrea Mancini, the son of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, has signed for Spanish third division side Valladolid B. The 19-year-old was released by his father’s club, Manchester City, at the end of last season after spending loan spells at Oldham and Fano in Italy.

Mancini has signed a one-year deal with the reserve side of the newly-promoted Primera Division club, meaning he is eligible to play in La Liga should he be called upon. He told AS: "It is something very important for me. Valladolid is a good team in the Spanish league, and I am going to have to work hard.”

10.42 BST More on Watford's transfer splurge - those seven new Vicarage Road faces in full.

09.39 BST Swansesa are reported to have made an approach to sign West Brom striker Simon Cox. The Republic of Ireland international has also been attracting interest from Blackburn as they look to rebuild following relegation to the Championship last season.

09.34 BST - DONE DEAL Burton Albion have signed former Crewe midfielder Lee Bell on a one-year contract – his third spell with the Brewers. Bell was a free agent after being released by the Gresty Road club at the end of last season.

09.29 BST Carroll update: West Ham United have failed in a bid to sign Andy Carroll despite Liverpool accepting their £19 million offer. The Hammers had agreed a £2 million season-long loan with a stipulation that they would pay £17 million at the end of the season should they retain their Premier League status.

However, having spent weeks working on the bid and finding the resources to fund the England international's £80,000 a week wages, Carroll has rejected the chance to move to Upton Park.

"Sadly we have a deal in place with Liverpool, but the player does not want to come permanently at this time," a club source told ESPN.

09.22 BST Marca says Real Madrid do not intend to allow Kaka to join AC Milan on loan and are holding out for a permanent transfer.

09.16 BST It appears yesterday’s reports that Liverpool had turned down a bid from Manchester City for Daniel Agger were wide of the mark: they’ve turned down two, apparently.

The Premier League champions apparently offered £13 million for the Denmark international, following it up with a £16 million bid and could potentially come back with a third offer. Agger, who is thought to have told Brendan Rodgers he wants to move on from Liverpool, is also reported to be interesting Barcelona.

09.01 BST More on Carroll: The Newcastle Evening Chronicle suggests that he wants to return to St James Park if it becomes clear he doesn’t have a future a Liverpool because he would like to play for a club that has qualified for Europe. The paper also says both West Ham and Carroll's representatives denied today's reports that the Hammers had made a bid.

08.54 BST Tottenham are considering a £7.5million bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, according to the Daily Mail, which says Andre Villas-Boas could face a battle with signing-crazy QPR for his signature.

And another summer saga may have another twist – Victor Moses from Wigan to Chelsea, possibly. Although Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been swift to say he is keen for the player to stay and described a previous Chelsea bid as “taking the Mickey”, the Mail says the Blues, embarking on a gigantic summer spending spree, haven’t been put off and have tabled another bid, this time of £7.5 million.

08.49 BST Ah, but supposing Van Persie goes to Manchester City - who, along with Manchester United, are also keen on the Netherlands international. Although City manager Roberto Mancini has said he believes it will be “difficult” to sign Van Persie, Vincent Kompany has said he believes a deal for him would make the champions even stronger.

Kompany said: “He’s a player who has improved so much. I started playing against him five or six years ago, but his performances last season were unbelievable.

“A player like this would be an incredible addition to any team that he joined. His movement is near perfection and the stats show his finishing skills. He has led by example at Arsenal so, yes, he is a great player."

08.46 BST Hold on to your expensive hats: here comes the Mirror with the most outlandish claim of the day: “Juventus are set to launch a stunning £70 million attempt to lure Robin van Persie to Italy.”

Just to be clear, that’s not all fee. Let the paper explain: “Giuseppe Marotta, the Serie A champions' general manager, has held further talks with van Persie’s representatives and made it clear they will top any offer made by rivals Manchester United.Van Persie will also be offered a five-year deal worth £190,000 a week AFTER tax."

Yes, AFTER. And “Juve have told his agents that they will make a £20m offer to Arsenal for his services.”

One day, this saga will end.

08.30 BST It’s been at least a couple of days since we were last told where Andy Carroll may or may not be going, and whether he will or won’t be staying at Anfield to fight for his place under new manager Brendan Rodgers. And today, it appears that he won’t.

The Sun says West Ham – the club most consistently linked with Carroll in the last week or two – are willing to pay a £2 million fee to take the striker on loan next season with a view to a permanent deal if they stay up.

But the former Newcastle man, the paper says, isn’t so keen and would rather stay at Liverpool and attempt to work his way back into the picture than move to East London.

And more from the Sun on Dempsey: missing the pre-season trip to Switzerland means he has “edged closer to the exit door”. The paper says: “The £10million-rated American has been linked with Liverpool and appears keen to leave Craven Cottage.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle are reported to have made a £4 million bid for FC Twente’s centre-back Douglas Texeira and offered him £40,000 a week, while West Brom have told Reading, reported to be interested in re-signing their former striker Shane Long, to go away.

08.10 BST Good morning, all. The Olympics is dampening a bit of our transfer speculation fun in the British papers (covering actual sporting events? Madness), so we'll lead off on a line we mentioned last night: Clint Dempsey has pulled out of Fulham's training camp in Switzerland as he looks to force a move to Liverpool. Metro revives talk of a Charlie Adam exchange deal, and apparently it's the Cottagers who would be keen to make that happen.

July 30, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/30/2012

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.


Eden Hazard is only part of Chelsea's latest transfer spree © PA Photos

00.00 BST Right everyone, thanks for joining us for another fun-filled day of gossip, tittle-tattle and done deals. Bring on more of the same at 08.00 BST on Tuesday.

23.56 BST Bild is reporting that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's future is still up in the air, with the Schalke striker continuing to stall over a new contract.

23.38 BST Plenty of speculation that Clint Dempsey is on his way out of Fulham after it was revealed he has not travelled on the Cottagers' pre-season tour.

23.21 BST Sunderland are considering using Connor Wickham as bait as they try to convince Wolves to sell Steven Fletcher, according to the Daily Mail.

23.04 BST French radio station RMC reckons that Zenit St Petersburg are ready to move mountains to make Rennes star Yann M'Vila their flagship summer signing.

22.46 BST Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has been discussing the club's transfer policy. He told talkSPORT: “At least Van Persie has come out early and declared that he wants to leave. Last year when it was Nasri and Fabregas it impacted so much on the group that when they were seven games in it was like a relegation fight.

“And I think this round this won’t happen if van Persie goes. I think the squad is stronger both mentally and in quality. We’re almost kind of getting used to losing top players now, it’s just a shame that so many are going. If we look back to Dennis Bergkamp coming to the club, when he came to the club, it was kind of like ‘Christ!’ That was a real wake-up call - he came in, everyone took note, Arsenal’s going in a different direction."

22.19 BST Watford have confirmed the signing of seven new players as Gianfranco Zola ushers in a new era at Vicarage Road. Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia, defenders Fitz Hall and Daniel Pudil, midfielder Almen Abdi and forwards Matej Vydra, Steve Leo Beleck and Ikechi Anya.

22.00 BST Sporting have confirmed the departure of Matias Fernandez to Fiorentina in a 3.1 million euros deal.

21.36 BST Mauro Zarate says that he wants to stay at Lazio. He said:
“I will stay at Lazio 100 per cent and repay the love of the fans on the field."

21.13 BST Galatasaray have rejected rumours linking them with a move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. A statement on the Turkish club's website read: "There have been some reports in the media that Dimitar Berbatov will be transferred to our club. The club would like to declare that there is no transfer and no attempt has been made in that regard."

20.48 BST BBC Sport is claiming that West Ham have had a bid accepted by Liverpool for Andy Carroll - which will see the Hammers pay £2 million to take him on loan next season with a view to a £17 million move. However, our sourced are telling us that no bid has actually been accepted yet.

20.25 BST DONE DEAL Dynamo Kiev claim they have completed a swoop for Taye Taiwo from AC Milan.

20.03 BST Galatasaray are apparently interested in former Inter Milan striker Adriano, who has been without a club since leaving Corinthians in March.

19.41 BST Corriere dello Sport claims that Roma pair Aleandro Rosi and Stefano Okaka are set to leave the club for Parma.

19.24 BST Bolton are on the brink of signing Colombia international Carlos Sanchez on a free transfer, according to Sky Sports.

19.02 BST Portuguese newspaper A Bola claims that Real Madrid are in advanced talks with Benfica regarding Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel, with Los Blancos apparently willing to meet the 40 million euro release clause in his contract.

18.57 BST Young Benfica centre-back Roderick Miranda will spend the coming season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna.

18.39 BST Spanish daily Sport is reporting that Joao Moutinho is an 18 million euro target for Barcelona. The Porto ace is also believed to be on the radar of Manchester United and Tottenham.

18.23 BST AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo has been having a medical with Dynamo Kiev today, according to Sky Sport Italia.

18.13 BST DONE DEAL Luc Castaignos has returned to the Netherlands just a year after leaving Feyenoord for Inter Milan, with FC Twente tying up a reported €6 million deal for the teenage striker.

18.01 BST Catania playmaker Francesco Lodi has pledged his future to the club amid reported interest from AC Milan, saying: I’m eternally grateful to Catania for giving me a chance. If I do go then it will be because the club want to sell me – I won’t ask them to let me go.”

17.46 BST Keep the comments rolling in - we've had one from Tom Gordon, who's had his say on Chelsea's summer spending:

"What's the problem with Chelsea being willing and able to spend money on a top team capable of competing against the best clubs in the world? They play within the rules and they make a profit. What's good for Chelsea (or any other club) is not by definition bad for the Premier League."

17.34 BST Real Betis midfielder Javier Matilla is set to move on loan to Segunda Division side Murcia.

17.11 BST: Ghana international Andre Ayew could be set for a move to Inter Milan say TMW, who believe that the Italian club have revived an old interest in the Marseille winger.

16.48 BST: Brazil's talented crop of Under-23 players may currently be competing at the Olympics, but there is plenty of interest in them. This time it is defender Juan, who may be loaned to Torino from parent club Inter Milan.

16.22 BST: Rochdale’s out of contract winger Joe Thompson has been linked with a move to either Scotland or Denmark. An approach by Tranmere to sign him has already been turned down by Spotland officials.

15.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Gillingham have signed defender Tom Flanagan from something called MK Dons on a six-month loan deal. Flanagan made 25 appearances for the Buckinghamshire-based entity last season.

15.12 BST: Fortuna Dusseldorf are set to complete the signing of PAOK’s Greece international defender Stelios Malezas for around £450,000.

14.50 BST: A follow up to that Yanga-Mbiwa story: Reports in Italy say that AC Milan are now looking at Marseille's Nicolas Nkoulou.

14.20 BST - DONE DEAL: CSKA Moscow have captured Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm from AZ Alkmaar, the Eredivisie side have announced.

14.08 BST: Louis Nicollin, the owner of French champions Montpellier, has said he has heard nothing from AC Milan over Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and that it would take a bid of €25 million for the club to consider selling.

13.48 BST - DONE DEAL: Hull City have signed defender Alex Bruce, the son of manager Steve, on a two-year deal after his release by Leeds United.

13.46 BST - DONE DEALS: A triple signing for League One play-off runners-up Sheffield United: Crewe striker Shaun Miller has moved to Bramall Lane for an undisclosed fee, joining free agent defenders Tony McMahon and Matt Hill.

13.44 BST: More on Daniel Agger – reports say Manchester City tabled a £13 million offer for him and it was turned down. Daniel Agger is thought to have old Brendan Rodgers he does not want to stay at Anfield, and has also been linked with a move to Spain.

13.26 BST - DONE DEAL: Wolves have signed midfielder Tongo Doumbia on loan from French club Rennes for the season, beating Midlands neighbours West Brom to the Mali international’s signature.

12.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday have agreed a three-year contract with former Rangers player Rhys McCabe, an attacking midfielder. The 20-year-old, who scored in the 2011 Youth Cup final against Celtic at Hampden Park, will join the Owls on a three-year contract subject to international clearance.

12.31 BST: Wolves, just like that true football legend Ron Knee, are keeping tight-lipped about reports that Sunderland have made a bid for striker Steven Fletcher.

12.07 BST: There have been no offers for Benfica's reportedly in-demand midfielder Nicolas Gaitan, according to the player's agent. Gaitan, 24, has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Liverpool said to be keen on the Argentina international.

11.59 BST: Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong says he is happy at the Etihad. The Netherlands international, who has 12 months to run on his contract, has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.

11.31 BST: Inverness Caledonian Thistle have agreed to sign defender Simon King when his Gillingham contract expires later this week. He has been training with the SPL club over the summer.

11.01 BST: Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says striker Billy Paynter has spoken to “a few clubs” about a move for Elland Road. He has been strongly linked with a switch to League One Doncaster.

10.53 BST: Ipswich’s chances of signing forward Steve Davies from Derby look to be diminishing after manager Paul Jewell accused the Rams of demanding too much money for the player.

10.33 BST: Yohan Cabaye is urging Newcastle to sign his France team-mate Mathieu Debuchy, saying the Lille defender is keen to join the Magpies.

Newcastle have been linked with a move for Debuchy throughout the summer, but have yet to meet the French club’s valuation of the 27-year-old. Cabaye told The Journal: “Mathieu has made a very difficult to decision to leave Lille, but he has made the decision. Now I hope Newcastle push for Mathieu and I want them to do the deal.”

10.06 BST: AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo says Kaka would be welcomed back to the club should he complete a transfer from Real Madrid.

Kaka, 30, is set to leave Real this summer - with Milan leading the chase for his signature - and Montolivo believes he can be an important player for the Rossoneri.

"Anybody would want to have Kaka in their team - he's an exceptional player, and I think he would be welcomed back," Montolivo told Milan's official TV channel.

09.50 BST: The St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas says he wants to sign Rowan Vine. The striker, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Queens Park Rangers, has been training with the Saints.

09.25 BST: Middlesbrough could soon complete the signing of Bristol Rovers winger Mustapha Carayol. "We think we're very close to a deal with Middlesbrough, but it's not quite done yet," Rovers manager Mark McGhee said.

09.21 BST: Hold that Mail thought on Alberto Aquilani: His agent has dismissed reports of a move to Fiorentina, insisting he is happy at Anfield. Aquilani, 28, is back at Liverpool after two seasons on loan in Serie A, first with Juventus and then with AC Milan, and is hoping to make a mark under new boss Rodgers.

09.16 BST: Big Sam Allardyce is likely to be puce with rage after Wigan snatched defender Ivan Ramis from his clutches – well, the Mail says they have.

The paper reports that Ramis has agreed to waive his part of the £4million transfer fee to link up with Roberto Martinez after leaving Real Mallorca. The Hammers had earlier agreed a £4 million deal, but now appear to have missed out.

09.08 BST: Brendan Rodgers insists he is not pushing £35 million Andy Carroll towards or out of the considerably cheaper exit door, says the Mail.

The paper quotes the Reds boss as saying the club had received no offers for the striker so far and adding: “'There has been a lot written about Andy, but the reality is he's still a Liverpool player, he can fit into how I want to play and he's happy here. I'm certainly not wishing to push him out of the door.'

In other Liverpool news, the Mail says Alberto Aquilani could be on his way to Fiorentina for £7 million, while keeper Brad Jones is a possible target for Norwich.

08.59 BST: Also from the Mirror: Manchester City’s Kolo Toure is a “shock target” for Barcelona, and could be allowed to leave the Etihad. Tito Vilanova is reported to want to add a versatile squad player, and Toure would fit that particular bill.

08.57 BST: And one of those players – well, according to the Mirror – is the Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger. The paper says City have “rocked Liverpool” with a £13million bid for the Denmark international.

It claims Agger has already told new boss Brendan Rodgers that he wants a change of scene. But City aren’t the only club interested in the 27-year-old - Real Madrid and Barcelona are reported to be looking around, too.

08.53 BST: More from Mancini, who has urged his board to spend even more money if the club is to lift the Champions League.

The Star quotes him as saying: “We need to improve by buying players and by working even harder. We don’t need to buy 10 players like we did three or four years ago, but we need three or four players who can improve our team.

“If we want to do well in all the competitions, we need to have a stronger squad. We will try to win the Champions League this season, but I don’t think we can with this squad.”

08.50 BST: And now another summer favourite, Luca Modric: it seems the saga surrounding his future is about to come to an end.

The Sun reports that Real Madrid and Tottenham have agreed a £36 million fee for the Croatian playmaker, with Madrid manager Jose Mourinho reported to be keen to conclude the deal as soon as possible.

Spurs and new boss Andre Villas-Boas had insisted that Modric would be going nowhere unless a club matched their valuation of between £35 million and £40 million.

08.40 BST: If it’s Monday, it must be Robin van Persie. Yes, again. This time, Roberto Mancini says it’s going to be difficult for Manchester City (they, like Chelsea, have to watch every penny, of course) to sign the Arsenal skipper. But, bravely, he’s going to try.

The Sun reports that the Premier League champions have confirmed their interest in signing the £20+ million-rated striker, who has new year left on his Gunners contract but will not be putting his name to another one.

Mancini said: “When you talk about Manchester City, Manchester United and Juve, it is difficult for a player to choose between those three clubs.

“They are all top teams, and I’ve no idea what will happen with him. If we have a chance to take him, we will try, because we think he is a top striker. For now, he is an Arsenal player and I think Arsenal are a top team. It is not easy for Van Persie and other players to leave them.”

08.25 BST: It’s spend, spend, spend for Chelsea - and not for the first summer during the Abramovich era. Although the Champions League winners have already splurged more than £60 million on new players (with who knows how much more to come in wages) since Didier Drogba stroked home that winning penalty in Munich, it doesn’t stop there at the cash-crazed Stamford Bridge.

So far, the Blues have brought Eden and Thorgan Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar to Fulham Broadway. The former cost around £32 million, while the latter was acquired for a trifling £25 million.

But with Roberto Di Matteo determined to improve on last season’s sixth-placed finish, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay said: "We are still looking to strengthen in one or two areas. If the right players become available, things could develop over the next couple of weeks."

Wigan forward Victor Moses and Porto striker Hulk have both been, throughout the summer, linked with moves to Chelsea.

English top-flight football – getting more and more depressingly skewed, one surreal spending spree at a time.

July 29, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/29/2012

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.


Could RVP be ready to move north?© PA Photos

23.45 BST Well, that's all for tonight. Be sure to check back tomorrow for more transfer news.

23.27 BST Lucas Moura. Everybody wants him, but nobody can have him. At least not until after London 2012. "After the Olympics are over, I'll decide. If I stay at Sao Paulo, I'll be happy because it's the club where I started my career," said the Brazilian.

22.21 BST Rangers are close to completing deals for Dean Shiels and Greek midfielder Pantelis Kafes. "It's not over the line yet but I know in both cases there is certainly a deal to be done there," said Rangers manager Ally McCoist.

21.16 BST Kaka, Real Madrid and AC Milan will all convene on August 8 to seek common ground and clarify their positions if the Brazilian's future is still not decided by then, according to Marca.

20.20 BST Alberto Aquilani's agent has dismissed reports linking the Liverpool midfielder with a move to Fiorentina, insisting the Italian is happy at Anfield. Full story

19.30 BST Mexico coach Luis Fernando Tena has urged Giovani dos Santos to quit Tottenham Hotspur and seek regular first-team football elsewhere. Full story

18.35 BST Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim Wesley Sneijder has advised Inter to invest in Everton defender, and Holland team-mate, Johnny Heitinga.

17.44 BST Ajax are set to sign Swedish midfielder Tobias Sana from IFK Goteborg. The 23-year-old's agent, Anders Karlsson, told Fotbolldirekt: "There is a verbal agreement, then he will pass a medical."

17.02 BST The Sunday Express claim Liverpool are preparing a €20m offer for Bologna'screative midfielder Gaston Ramirez. The 21-year-old is currently in London with the Uruguayan Olympic squad.

16.39 BST Sunderland have made a move to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher from relegated Wolves, according to Sky Sports.

15.52 BST Juventus are set to sign Italy Under-21 international Manolo Gabbiadini from Atalanta, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. But the young striker will be immediately loaned out to Bologna.

15.39 BST: Roberto Mancini has made it clear what he expects from the transfer window: "We need to work harder than last year and buy the players who can help our team. I'm confident," he said. "We don't need big changes, not 10 players like two or three years ago - but we need three, four, five players. But they can be young guys for the future because it's important to put them in the squad and make them good like the players we already have.''

15.17 BST: Italian media are linking Man Cuty with a new £24m (€31m) move for Roma's Daniele De Rossi. More when we know it...

14.45 BST: Everton are closing on a £4 million deal to bring Steven Pienaar back to the club. An Everton source told ESPN: “We are very close now, we are in the process of agreeing personal terms.”

14.40 BST: Inter Milan are believed to be in pole position to sign Marseille's left-sided player Andre Ayew, according to reports in France and Italy. Marseille are reportedly seeking a fee of €18million for the 22-year-old, who is happy to leave if it is in the club's best interests.

14.18 BST: If you have read anywhere today that Man Utd have made a £12m bid for Everton defender Leighton Baines, then it is nonsense. No movement at all, say our sources. Read more

13.44 BST: Well this is shocking news: Brazilian wants Brazilian team-mate and former World Player of the Year at his club. "I would be very happy if Kaka returned to Milan," Robinho told Marca. "We are team-mates with the national team and we could achieve a lot together, especially now that both of us want to get ready for the 2014 World Cup."

13.24 BST: Evidently West Ham are desperate to spend some of their cash and are leading the chase for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis. However a £10 million price tag is a stumbling block to any deal.

13.11 BST: Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said his players have been unsettled by the constant rumours of financial problems - with Santi Cazorla one such player who may move to Arsenal. "We are focused on sporting matters, but when there are so many rumours it is obvious that the team is affected, especially considering we are not in Spain," he told AS.

12.38 BST: While we're in Russia, there are reports that Spartak Moscow are the latest club to consider a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

12.27 BST: Swedish midfielder Rasmus Elm is set to complete his move to CSKA Moscow, according to Voetbal International.

11.49 BST: Odd report suggesting that Theo Walcott is wanted by old club Southampton. Am sure they would be keen, but the idea of him returning to the south coast, giving up Champions League football and about £50,000-a-week in the process seems a little far fetched.

11.25 BST: West Brom will step up their hunt for Cristian Zapata after it was confirmed he is heading for the Villarreal exit door. The 25-year-old Colombia international’s agent Massimo Italiani said: “What I can say with some certainty is that he will leave Villarreal.”

11.04 BST: Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is considering a swoop for Ricardo Carvalho after the defender was deemed surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.

10.50 BST: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will not be moving to Tottenham unless the player asks to leave."Tottenham made contact through [Lloris'] agent but there has been no concrete offer since,'' Aulas said. "I don't think they really want him, but we really want to keep him. Read more

10.31 BST: West Brom manager Steve Clarke has insisted striker Shane Long is not for sale. But Clarke admitted that Albion have rejected a bid - believed to be from Blackburn - for another Republic of Ireland international forward in Simon Cox. Long has been the subject of speculation linking him with a move back to his former club Reading. But Clarke said: "There has been nothing regarding Shaun. There have been no bids and he is not for sale. His future is with us 100%.''

10.21 BST: Galatasaray are lining up a move for AC Milan's unsettled defender Taye Taiwo, Nigerian newspaper The Nation claims.

09.56 BST: He can't get a game at Man City, but reports suggest that youngster Vladimir Weiss is set to move to Serie A with Inter Milan and Pescara battling it out for his signature.

09.45 BST: Fulham manager Martin Jol is looking to bolster his squad with at least two more signings before the transfer window closes this summer. And he would do well to keep hold of Clint Dempsey as well.

09.31 BST: Schalke chairman Clemens Tonnies has revealed the Bundesliga outfit are unlikely to sign any more players in the current transfer window.

09.18 BST: Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin insists he is not thinking of leaving the club this summer. "I wish to stay," Godin told Marca. "Adrian and Radamel Falcao are here too and like me, they hope to continue here.

09.00 BST: Our man from Italy claims that Italian media are reporting Manchester City may be ready to make another move for Roma's Daniele De Rossi. He's the one that could make a real difference according to Roberto Mancini.

08.51 BST: Papers, papers, everywhere:

The Mail on Sunday: Arsene Wenger is set to complete the signing of Santi Cazorla for £15 million by Tuesday... Villa owner Randy Lerner is ready to pick up £600m from selling his stake in his NFL side, but new boss Paul Lambert is not expecting any cash.

The People: Man Utd are considering a move for Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole... Tottenham are looking at Moussa Dembele to replace Madrid-bound Luka Modric... Everton are keen to sign Blackburn defender Grant Hanley if old Johnny Heitinga moves to Galatasaray... Southampton also want a Rovers player and are looking at either Martin Olsson or Scott Dann... Alberto Aquilani could be on his way to Fiorentina after Liverpool agreed a fee of £7 million for the Italian midfielder.

The Sun: Steven Pienaar is moving to Everton to £4 million... Luka Modric is moving closer to Real Madrid after the clubs agreed a £36 million fee... Galatasaray are stepping up their interest in Dimitar Berbatov.

08.30 BST: It's a Sunday morning and Arsenal fans may not be excited to wake up to news that Robin van Perise has chosen Man Utd as his destination this summer. Reports in a few papers say that RVP wants as much money as Wayne Rooney (£220,000-a-week) and that he is happy to move to Old Trafford if a fee can be agreed.

July 28, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/28/2012

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.


Complaining has paid off for Roberto Mancini, according to the Daily Star© PA Photos

23.45 BST Well that's all we have time for tonight, but be sure to check back tomorrow for more transfer talk.

23.39 BST Arsenal have submitted an offer of £16 million to Malaga for Santi Cazorla and are confident of making him their third signing of the summer, according to the Guardian.

22.52 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists Andy Carroll is happy to stay at the club and can fit into the new style of play he is trying to impose at Anfield. Full story

22.03 BST West Ham United have beaten Wigan Athletic in the race to sign Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, the player's Spanish club have confirmed. Full story

21.35 BST West Brom manager Steve Clarke has insisted striker Shane Long is ‘not for sale' but admitted an offer has been received from an unnamed club for Republic of Ireland international Simon Cox

20.47 BST Lazio are on the verge of signing 24-year-old Brazilian central defender Xandao from Desportivo Brasil, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

20.02 BST Spartak Moscow have agreed a fee of around €3m with Lyon to sign Swedish international midfielder Kim Kallstrom, subject to passing a medical.

19.30 BST Ricardo Carvalho has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for the tour of the USA, fuelling speculation that he's heading for the Bernabeu exit door.

18.55 BST QPR striker DJ Campbell could be heading north with Wigan Athletic interested in making a move for the 30-year-old, according to Sky Sports News.

18.01 BST Monaco have confirmed that Ludovic Giuly has left the club after an agreement was reached to terminate his contract. Full story

17.25 BST Napoli's Edison Cavani has cooled talk of a summer move to the Premier League by reaffirming his commitment to his Italian club. "The big English clubs want me? I answer: Forza Napoli!" he told Il Mattino.

16.57 BST Fulham boss Martin Jol remains hopeful Liverpool transfer target Clint Dempsey will stay at the club this season. Full story

16.39 BST Schalke president Clemens Tonnies says the club will not sign any more players this summer, even if midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado leaves. "We agree that our squad, even with the sale for Jurado, has enough class,” he told Bild. “Because of this, we do not need to do any more.”

16.05 BST It seems Manchester City may be making a signing in the next couple of weeks. Read Roberto Mancini's thoughts on the matter here.

15.44 BST Sky Sports News believes Everton have agreed a fee with Spurs for Steven Pienaar.

15.36 BST L’Equipe reports that Lyon midfielder Kim Kallstrom is to undergo a medical at Spartak Moscow this weekend.

15.04 BST Frank Arnesen says Hamburg will sign a playmaker this summer. “We’ll get a player of that type,” he told Bild. “I’m convinced of that. I’m also looking for a central defender as Slobodan Rajkovic is leaving us.”

14.34 BST: DONE DEAL Erik Huseklepp has made the switch from Portsmouth back to former club SK Brann to leave the crisis-ridden League One club with just four senior professionals on their books. Story here.

14.25 BST The story on Luc Castaignos' €6 million move from Inter Milan to FC Twente is here.

14.08 BST Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are considering a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

13.55 BST Brescia starlet Omar El Kaddouri is happy to be linked with a move to Arsenal. Story here.

13.29 BST Rangers have boosted their squad after securing SFA membership with Ian Black and Andy Little joining up. The pair will formally complete their moves on Friday but are available to face Brechin this weekend. Story here.

13.12 BST Marca reports that Real Madrid are taking a step back from the Luka Modric negotiations to ease tensions with Spurs.

12.53 BST The full story on Owen Hargreaves' QPR chance is here.

12.33 BST: DONE DEAL Nottm Forest have signed Dan Harding from Southampton. Story here.

12.16 BST Spurs are still awaiting an improved offer from Real Madrid for Luka Modric. Read AVB's latest thoughts on the matter here.

11.57 BST Owen Hargreaves is back in training with QPR. Can he really revive his career?

11.51 BST Andriy Shevchenko had been linked with a move away from Dyanmo Kiev, but he has now announced his retirement from football. Story here.

11.16 BST: DONE DEAL Gonzalo Higuain’s brother, Federico, has signed up with MLS side Columbus Crew. The 27-year-old had been playing with Atletico Colon.

10.52 BST Luc Castaignos is set to join FC Twente from Inter Milan on a four-year deal.

10.26 BST Lazio playmaker Hernanes wants to stay put despite reported interest from Barcelona and AC Milan, according to his agent. “I have heard of interest from Barcelona and also Milan, even if I’ve not received an offer,” Joseph Lee told Lalaziosiamonoi.it. “Hernanes has a contract with Lazio and has repeated several times that he wants to stay in Rome. His name, however, is circulating amongst many agents, who are all asking me for his details.”

09.58 BST Robinho wants to stay at AC Milan. “My former club Santos have done much to bring me back to Brazil,” he told Il Corriere dello Sport. "However, it is not time to return to Santos. I have a lot to give here in Milan."

09.40 BST Right here is Arsene Wenger's fairly understandable temper tantrum over Van Persie, and his claim Arsenal haven't had a bid from City or United.

09.07 BST Roberto Mancini is reported to be close to making his first big summer signing after ranting at the board, while Arsene Wenger rants at the media over their constant RVP questions. All the tales from the tabloids are here.

Daily Star: Manchester City look set to sign Roma star Daniele De Rossi for around £24 million as Roberto Mancini’s rant at the lack of signings forced the club into action… Tottenham could sign Liverpool target Joe Allen from £10 million - the midfielder’s buy-out clause would be £15 million for Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or the two Manchester sides but is only £10 million for the rest.

Daily Mirror: Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to persistent questions about Robin van Persie and insisted he has not heard any more from either Manchester club… Jose Mourinho has spoken to Spurs owner Daniel Levy to try to calm tensions over the Luka Modric affair… Theo Walcott is to have talks with Arsenal next week over his contract, with his current deal into its final year… Watford want to sign QPR striker DJ Campbell.

The Sun: Andy Carroll will not accept a move to West Ham and will only leave Liverpool for a club playing in Europe… West Ham could hijack Wigan’s bid for Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis… Southampton want Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.

Daily Mail: Real Madrid will offer £33 million for Luka Modric (as ESPN told you yesterday)… Newcastle want to sign Swansea defender Ashley Williams… Sunderland are willing to let £8 million striker Connor Wickham go out on loan to further his development… Fulham are considering a £1 million bid for Andrei Arshavin.

The Guardian: Andy Carroll will only leave Liverpool for a side playing in European competition.

July 27, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/27/2012

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.


Micah Richards: The Italian job © PA Photos

21.15 BST: That's it for the Transfer Blog tonight. Enjoy the Olympic Games and we will be back tomorrow with more transfer talk.

20.56 BST - DONE DEAL: Blackpool have officially completed the signing of Scott Robertson from Dundee United on a free transfer.

20.38 BST: Etzaz Hussain is a name many of you may recognise. Well, the former Manchester United youngster is on the verge of joining Molde from Fredrikstad in Norway. There he will join fellow former Reds, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Magnus Eikrem.

20.14 BST - DONE DEAL: Pierre-Alain Frau has left Caen to sign for Al-Wakra in Qatar

19.51 BST: Il Giornale report that Inter Milan are in touch with rivals AC Milan over the transfer of Antonio Cassano.

19.24 BST - DONE DEAL: This from Argentina: centre-back Jonathan Bottinelli has joined River Plate on a three-year contract.

18.54 BST: Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he is 'uncertain' about what lies ahead for Brazilian superstar Kaka, who is tipped to leave Real Madrid and join AC Milan this summer.

18.24 BST: Feyenoord have confirmed the sale of Netherlands international defender Ron Vlaar to Aston Villa, subject to medical. Read the full story here.

17.34 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has downplayed reports linking the club with Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin. Read his quotes here.

17.12 BST: ESPN understands Real Madrid are prepared to increase their bid for Luka Modric to £33 million but are unwilling to match Tottenham's £40 million valuation of the midfielder. Read the full story on Soccernet.

16.30 BST: Former Barcelona, Arsenal and Stuttgart midfielder Aleksandr Hleb has returned to his first club BATE Borisov. Read more here.

16.17 BST: Ivorian midfielder Christian Romaric will join Real Zaragoza on a free transfer, having had his exit from Sevilla confirmed earlier in the week.

16.03 BST: Left-back Didac Vila has joined Valencia on loan from AC Milan to replace Jordi Alba, reports suggest.

15.43 BST: Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard believes that new signing Eden Hazard has what it takes to become a big player in the club's history. Enough with the hype Frank, let's wait and see how he settles to life in the Premier League.

15.21 BST: Edinson Cavani has committed himself to Napoli for the time being. "The big English clubs want me? I answer: Forza Napoli! But it is said that English football is art, why not think about it one day if there is that possibility?" he admitted in an interview with Mattino.

15.06 BST: Former Villarreal left-back Joan Capdevila has joined Espanyol from Benfica, for a fee in the region of €350,000.

14.44 BST: Jose Mourinho on Nuri Sahin: "If there is an interesting opportunity to play elsewhere, he can leave, because he did not have minutes here last year." Arsenal are now believed to the team in pole position to sign him on loan.

14.25 BST: QPR owner Tony Fernandes ‏tweets with [sic] inferred: "I am not sure where these rumours are coming from. We are building a squad. Not selling. Armard Traorre is a very importanr player to QPR."

14.17 BST: DONE DEAL Southampton have completed the signing of defender Nathaniel Clyne from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.

14.04 BST: DONE DEAL Junior Hoilett has joined QPR from Blackburn for a fee decided by a tribunal. He said: "QPR are a Club that are certainly heading in the right direction. The ambition to take this Club to the next level was something I really wanted to be part of. The Manager and the owners have huge ambitions to achieve things here and this is the perfect place for me to further my career."

14.03 BST: Sky Sports understands Fulham are weighing up a move for Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun. A loan move surely has to happen for the Israeli with the numerous options in the Blues' midfield.

13.51 BST: Shangai Shenhua are reported to be interested in Galatasaray striker Milan Baros. Baros has been transfer listed by the Istanbul club and is unwilling to accept a wage cut which would reduce his salary to €1.5 million per-season. However, the Chinese club surely need to sell a foreign player first before thinking about signing him. Not Drogba.

13.17 BST: Not sure that Gregory van der Wiel will be joining Bayern Munich any time soon as he has criticised Netherlands team-mate Arjen Robben, saying the winger does not make sacrifices for the side by tracking back.

13.00 BST: Vladimir Weiss is set to leave Man City after Pescara confirmed they are interested in signing the winger and Brescia's Brazilian striker Jonathas. "There is great interest in Jonathas and Weiss," confirmed Pescara sporting director Daniele Delli Carri. "We are still discussing their arrival. Jonathas is a very strong striker and Weiss is a winger who can play both on the right and left side. These are two very interesting players who can still grow."

12.42 BST: Vladimir Weiss could be close to the exit at the Etihad Stadium after Pescara confirmed they are interested in signing the winger.

Brescia's Brazilian striker Jonathas and could offer him a way out of City after Espanyol failed to make his stay permanent over the summer.

"There is great interest in Jonathas and Weiss," confirmed Pescara sporting director Daniele Delli Carri. "We are still discussing their arrival.

"Jonathas is a very strong striker and Weiss is a winger who can play both on the right and left side. These are two very interesting players who can still grow."

12.42 BST: Jurgen Klopp believes Borussia Dortmund got a bargain when they re-signed Marco Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach for €17.5 million. Read more

12.19 BST: With Sahin possibly arriving at Arsenal, Fulham are interested in signing Andrey Arshavin. A loan probably wouldn't suit, as the Gunners will be holding out for Russian bids.

11.54 BST: Reports are gathering pace that Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin is on his way to London to join a Premier League club on loan. Arsenal? Tottenham? Here is his profile And we have the full story here

11.39 BST: Bordeaux have said they would listen to any offers for the highly-rated winger Yoan Gouffran. The 26-year-old has been linked with Aston Villa, Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland in recent weeks. Ready. Set. Go!

11.26 BST: Paris St-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta admits he would like to return to former club Inter Milan before he calls time on his career. "If I can return [to Inter] someday, I would be happy," Motta told Sportal. "But now I'm thinking only of PSG."

11.00 BST: DONE DEAL English Championship side Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of Korea Republic international Kim Bo-Kyung from J.League outfit Cerezo Osaka.

10.47 BST: Former Brazil international Fabio Simplicio has joined J.League side Cerezo Osaka after severing ties with Serie A outfit Roma.

10.35 BST: Lyon are keeping a close eye on unhappy Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho as they look to press ahead with their pre-season recruitment.

10.24 BST: Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas has criticised Giovani Dos Santos for openly stating his desire to quit the club. Read More

10.10 BST: Marseille defender Rod Fanni is being chased by Sevilla. "Marseille has made a good offer to me, if Sevilla are really interested in me, they know what they have to do," he said. "I want to be relaxed and play in the first team this season regularly and show my qualities again, if I have to move, it has to be done for me to settle as quickly as possible."

09.53 BST: Former Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay claims to be perfectly happy at Benfica despite interest from Roma. "I've always enjoyed it here, right from day one," he told Record. "I have no reason to leave. I'm happy. I have not asked about offers from abroad: they are just inventions (of the press) anyway."

09.38 BST: Oh to be poor Valencia captain David Albelda. He has let his frustrated out over the spending of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. "In the last few seasons they have been spending more and more and soon they have all the best players, two for each position," he said. "This year they have come and taken from us, or we have sold, like with Jordi Alba. Real Madrid are the current champions of the league and had over a 100 points and their squad will not need many changes to [achieve] it."

09.29 BST: Paul Pogba is now having a medical at Juventus ahead of his move. Manchester United won't be happy, but there is little that they can do about it. Read

09.16 BST: The Daily Star say Emmanuel Adebayor's expected move to Tottenham was scuppered when the striker demanded Manchester City pass on the £5 million fee straight to him. You would think he'd be rather keen to get a move instead of sitting in the reserves as 5th choice striker at Eastlands.

09.11 BST: Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes the club have shown ambition in the summer market with the signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. Might want to tell RVP that Thomas. Read More

08.56 BST: And Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has revealed the £7 million-rated Cesar Azpilicueta may be sold to raise funds for new signings. "Everybody has to sell before buying,'' he told RTL. "In effect, it could either be (Stephane) M'Bia and Azpi. But, for now, nothing has changed.'' Read More

08.54 BST: West Ham have reportedly made a £17 million bid for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll that would shatter the club's transfer record. Jack Sullivan, son of David Sullivan, the West Ham co-owner, virtually confirmed the news by tweeting: "Dad is working on the biggest signing in the history of the club - twice as big as anything the club have done before!" Read More

08.37 BST: Atletico Madrid will offer young midfielder Oliver Torres a lucrative new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea, who seem to fill up their entire squad before FFP comes into play.

08.33 BST: Midfielder Thiago Alcantara will not leave Barcelona this summer according to his father. "There has not been any offer for Thiago," Mazinho told COM Radio. "He has a contract with the club until 2015 and I hope that he will stay at the club for many years and retire there."

08.28 BST: Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has told Sky Sport Italia he does not see great value in a proposed deal for Robin van Persie. "A top player is not only judged by how much he costs," said Marotta. "It can also mean a player who costs less but on the pitch shows an absolute value. Van Persie is a great player but Arsenal do not intend to lose him. And you cannot indulge in a player if the owners don't want (to sell). Talk of our real interest in him seems excessive to me."

08.18 BST: Adriano Galliani has confirmed that AC Milan have made an offer for Montpellier centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. "We have made an offer and we'll travel to Montpellier shortly. We'll see what happens. It's a matter of money," Galliani stated to La Gazzetta dello Sport. We had the Montpellier president saying ''I know that they offered around €6m, but even triple that would not be enough'' a day or so ago, so at least they know how much it should be.

08.10 BST: A paper review for you this morning:

The Sun: Lyon will listen to a Tottenham offer for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. A £9.5 million deal could be concluded early on next week for the in-demand France stopper, 25.... Galatasaray are stepping up their bid to sign Dimitar Berbatov. The Turkish giants are ready to table a £5million offer for Manchester United’s Bulgarian striker, 31... Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta, who has a £26m release clause but could be available for a knockdown £12m. is a target for Liverpool. Man City plan to lure Caen prodigy M’baye Niang to England.

Daily Mail: Liverpool are likely to reject West Ham's £17m bid for 23-year-old striker Andy Carroll... Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in signing 21-year-old defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic... Victor Moses wants talks with manager Roberto Martinez as Wigan continue to block a move to Chelsea. Wigan have turned down three bids, the latest of £6.5m.

Daily Mirror: West Brom are tracking Villarreal defender Cristian Zapata. Zapata, a versatile full-back who can play on either flank, was watched by Albion regularly last season.... Chelsea and England star Ashley Cole is still waiting for new offer as he enters final year of deal. The Blues left-back could run his contract down and leave Stamford Bridge on a free next summer (although ESPN first brought you this news on July 6.)

08.00 BST: Well they have €65 million to spend, so AC Milan are going to be linked to a number of players over the coming month and TalkSPORT have one of the oddest. Evidently Milan are weighing up a move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards and hope to tempt him to give up sitting on the bench at Eastlands for sitting on one at the San Siro. Or perhaps he is the replacement for Thiago Silva instead?

July 26, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/26/2012

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.


Dzeko: An alternative to Van Persie? © PA Photos

23.36 BST ....and that's your lot for tonight. Join us in the morning for all the latest news and gossip.

23.34 BST Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle has said the club is not considering offers for Stevan Jovetic. Juventus apparently bid €25 million, and Chelsea were strongly linked earlier in the summer, but Della Valle said: “I spoke to Jovetic and told him he is off the market for numerous reasons. I hope he understood that.

“He is so young and has such a long career ahead of him that it is important he stays in Florence for a while. Jovetic has to remain with us for at least another year and I hope many more. He is one of the few genuine European talents, so it’s only right that he stays.”

23.07 BST Paul Pogba is due to undergo his Juventus medical on Friday morning, according to Sky Sport Italia.

22.54 BST Leandro Damiao has scored for Brazil’s Olympic side tonight, but it seems AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has no intention of paying his asking price. “As soon as you score five goals in Brazil, you're suddenly worth €25 million,” he said. “Their valuations are exaggerated."

22.49 BST The Tottenham and Wood Green Journal has an exclusive with former Spurs star Chris Waddle in which he backs the club’s refusal to back down over Luka Modric. “Tottenham are doing the right thing,” the ESPN pundit said. “Daniel Levy’s handled it really well over the last couple of years with his players – he’s not given them away. If they want to sulk and sit in the reserves I think Tottenham are big enough now to accept that and say, ‘Well, until we get your fee you either play or sit in the reserves and rot’. Manchester City did it with Tevez and it’s about time these clubs follow that lead."

22.08 BST Thiago Motta, 29, has suggested he would be happy to return to Inter Milan at some point. "If I can come back someday, I would be happy, but now I'm thinking only of PSG," he said on Sportal.

21.34 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich have completed the signing of Robert Snodgrass from Leeds United on a three-year deal. Story here.

21.15 BST Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano has agreed a contract extension until 2016. Story here.

21.02 BST You'll find the full story on Cahill's move here.

20.38 BST: DONE DEAL New York Red Bulls have confirmed the signing of Tim Cahill from Everton.

20.30 BST Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini on Santi Cazorla: "“To sell him for €20 million would be to give him away." Story here.

19.49 BST Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Roma. "I've always enjoyed it here, right from day one," he told Record. "I have no reason to leave - I'm happy.”

19.00 BST The London Evening Standard says Chelsea have upped their bid for Victor Moses to £9 million, although Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been adamant he wants £10 million.

18.31 BST Thiago Alcantara’s dad, Mazinho, has denied rumours AC Milan have made a loan offer for the midfielder and told COM Radio: “Thiago is under contract until 2015. Hopefully he can stay there for many years and finish his career at Barcelona. At Barcelona, Thiago has been treated very well.”

17.58 BST Getting irritated with the constant flip-flopping over the state of Manchester United’s bid for Lucas Moura? Today’s take on events comes from Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista, who says it’s dead. "There are no negotiations going on," he told ESPN Brasil. “Everybody knows that we got an offer for him and rejected it. It's also known that Lucas doesn't want to leave. The only person keeping the expectations alive is his agent. The decision is final."

17.38 BST We mentioned a few days ago that Werder Bremen were keen to sign Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne on loan, and they've now confirmed a deal is close. Story here.

17.12 BST La Repubblica believes Manchester City are going to make a €20 million offer for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

16.30 BST There's a suggestion that Inter Milan could release goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who has been linked with Spurs and Arsenal.

15.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Grant Adam, a former Rangers and Airdrie player, has joined St Mirren after a trial spell. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract.

15.16 BST: Blackburn defender Martin Olsson has handed in a transfer request, his agent has said. With Rovers’ pre-season so far shaping up to be as unhappy and divisive as much of last season proved to be, that’s perhaps not entirely surprising.

15.00 BST: There’s high excitement in Ipswich, as ever, where Paul Jewell says he is determined to keep defender Aaron Cresswell at Portman Road. “We bought him, we developed him and I have told him that, if we get an offer that we have to consider, then we will consider it. But we do not encourage any offers," he said.

14.55 BST - DONE DEALS: Barnet have completed the signing of defender Jonathan Fortune, a free agent who spent time at Exeter last season, while Tranmere have signed Wycombe goalkeeper Jason Mooney on a one-year contract.

14.51 BST: But while Kightly might be going, Kevin Doyle isn’t: he says he wants to stay and help Wolves in their attempts to get straight back to the top flight after last season's dismal relegation.

The 28-year-old said he was looking forward to working with new manager Stale Salbakken, adding: “He's got some fantastic experience in his career. He'll have new ideas which he'll be getting across to us and we'll all get used to each other.

“In the Championship, you do win more games and get that confidence back again. You can hopefully be closer to the top, and the fans and players enjoy it more.”

14.41 BST: Stoke are reported to be interested in making a move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly, who is coming to the last year of his current Molineux contract.

14.31 BST: Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez is holding talks with an unnamed Premier League club after arriving in London, his agent has confirmed. Read more here.

14.15 BST: Michael Laudrup has been a busy man since taking over at Swansea. He is looking to Spain once more, with talks over Getafe's Venezuelan striker Miku taking place, various sources say.

14.12 BST: Portsmouth have shipped one of their big earners off the wage bill with David Norris agreeing a move to Leeds United, subject to a medical.

14.03 BST: Argentine striker Matias Suarez, who had been briefly linked with Arsenal, is reportedly set for a €15 million move to CSKA Moscow.

13.53 BST: In Italy, TMW are reporting that Inter and Palermo have agreed a €4 million deal that will see Emiliano Viviano become a Palermo player on a permanent basis.

13.43 BST: Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further year, meaning he could stay at Craven Cottage until summer 2015.

13.26 BST: AC Milan are in talks with Kaka over a possible return to the San Siro, the player's representative in Italy has confirmed.

13.25 BST: Vitor Pereira says Premier League transfer targets Hulk and Joao Moutinho are very much part of his Porto plans for the new season.

13.24 BST: Roberto Mancini has vented his frustration at Manchester City's lack of activity in the transfer market, claiming the Premier League champions must strengthen their squad if they are to retain their crown.

Mancini is growing impatient that there have been no new signings, hinting that they are in danger of missing out on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who has said he will not pen a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

13.02 BST: Lyon defender Cris says he is keen to stay at the club – despite the president Jean-Michel Aulas telling Le Progres he wanted to get rid of “pharaohs and dinosaurs” including the defender. There’s charming. But Cris said: “I have told the coach [Remi Garde] that I want to stay and continue working together.”

12.52 BST: Martin O’Neill says defender Michael Turner is close to completing his move from Sunderland to Norwich. Turner has undergone a medical at Carrow Road, and O’Neill confirmed: “Negotiations are taking place at this minute with Norwich.

"He's been given permission, Michael, to go down and speak to them, and so we're just waiting to find out what will happen. Norwich have been very keen and a fee has been agreed. But we're just waiting to hear from Norwich and from Michael."

12.46 BST - DONE DEAL: Bristol City have signed former Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson on a free transfer. The 24-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Championship club, whose manager, Derek McInnes, said: "He has his best years ahead of him and we've beaten a number of other clubs to his signature."

12.14 BST: Bristol Rovers are set to sign defender Garry Kenneth, who is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Dundee United.

11.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Accrington Stanley have signed winger Aidan Chippendale, who was released by Huddersfield Town, on a one-year deal following a successful trial.

11.37 BST: Former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton striker Akpo Sodje, a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, is in training with Preston with a view to a move.

11.35 BST: Winger Gaston Ramirez looks set to leave Bologna amid reports that his agent is in talks with an unnamed Premier League club. The Uruguay international, 21, is thought to be a target for both Tottenham and Liverpool.

10.57 BST: Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor is poised to join Turkish club Besiktas and has undergone a medical in Istanbul. McGregor, who is expected to sign a two-year deal, left Rangers after declining to transfer his contract to the Scottish club’s newco.

10.48 BST: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo says he believes new signing Oscar will be a big hit at Stamford Bridge, telling the club's official website: "He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to the Brazilian national team, and he will be a fantastic signing for us."

10.27 BST: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed to ESPN that his club have lodged a £4 million bid for Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis.

Latics manager Roberto Martinez added Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie to his squad last week and hopes to follow that up with the capture of Ramis, who has interested Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea.

10.20 BST: Reports from the middle of the Portsmouth crisis suggest that Greg Halford could be on his way to Nottingham Forest, Erik Huseklepp may be heading for Brann and David Norris is set to join Leeds. Liam Lawrence is thought to be a target for two clubs.

09.55 BST: Paul Dickov's Oldham are reported to have agreed a deal to sign former Scunthorpe defender Cliff Byrne. The 31-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Glandford Park earlier this summer.

09.18 BST: Reports in Yorkshire suggest that Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass has passed a medical at Norwich and could finalise a move to Carrow Road today. The Canaries tabled an improved offer, thought to be of around £2.5 million, after having an earlier bid rejected.

09.10 BST: Here’s a turn-up for the books – the Daily Mail reports Robbie Savage has offered to come out of retirement and play for Rangers, for free, in the Scottish Third Division.

The 37-year-old former Welsh international, now a media pundit, took to Twitter to write: “On a serious note, if Rangers are struggling for players I would come out of retirement and play for nothing... could do a job in scot div 3! It would be a privilege to play for a great club ... only retired a year ago.”

09.00 BST: Here’s another take on the Van Persie saga: the Star says Arsenal are ready to make him stay in North London until the January transfer window.

The report says refusing to sell the striker in the summer “would send a strong message to fans that the Londoners have had enough” of losing key players.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood stressed that the Gunners would not allow Van Persie to depart on the cheap, saying: “He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away. If he is determined to leave, that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.

“To be honest, I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that. But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”

08.55 BST: Staying with matters Eastlands, City have announced that skipper Vincent Kompany has signed a new six-year contract. It is the longest deal handed out by the Premier League champions in their recent history, and the 26-year-old Belgium international defender said: "Hopefully in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have.

"There are so many more trophies to win at this club - that is why it makes it so special. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me."

08.45 BST: Juventus could abandon their attempts to sign Robin van Persie if the issue is not resolved quickly and instead turn their attentions to Manchester City’s Edin Djeko, the Mirror says.

Although signing Arsenal skipper Van Persie remains Juve’s priority, the club's general manager, Guiseppe Marotta, has indicated that could change if the issue drags on.

Van Persie has been reported as being keen to move to the Italian side, but is also interesting both Manchester United and Manchester City. Earlier in the summer, the Netherlands international said he would not sign a new contract at the Emirates. His existing deal has a year left to run.

08.40 BST: First “come and get me” plea of the day – it’s from Kafoumba Coulibaly who, the Sun says, is interesting Fulham, Aston Villa and Norwich. The 26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder said: “Hopefully, Nice will accept a bid for me.”

08.38 BST: Chelsea could face competition for Marseille fullback Cesar Azpilicueta, who says Roberto Di Matteo isn’t the only person interested in signing him.

The Sun quotes the Spain Under-23 international as saying: “It is flattering when you have clubs such as Chelsea interested, but there are other clubs interested too.”

08.30 BST: Who could have predicted that Chelsea completing the signing of a player called Oscar might spark a flurry of ‘Oscar winners’-type headlines? But it has. Oh, it has.

The Blues’ active summer in the transfer market shows no sign of losing momentum, and they have now shelled out around £67 million to further maintain the marvellously competitive and well-balanced nature of the Premier League.

The Sun reports: “Oscar has been signed on a long-term deal by the European Champions after a deal was concluded with his Brazilian club Internacional.

“The 20-year-old playmaker, who underwent a medical at a private hospital in West London last week, was not planning to complete his move until his Olympic commitments were over.

“But the deal was rushed forward by Chelsea after a work permit was obtained yesterday for the young man who destroyed Stuart Pearce’s Great Britain team in a pre-Olympic warm-up match last Friday.”

Oscar (around £25 million) joins Eden Hazard (£32 million from Lille), Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, (£2 million from Lens) and Marko Marin (£7 million from Werder Bremen) as a summer arrival at the Bridge.

July 25, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/25/2012

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.


Joe Allen: Moving closer to joining Liverpool © PA Photos

23.59 BST That's all for tonight. Will Liverpool spend another £15 million tomorrow? Can Chelsea add to their midfield again? Join us to find out.

23.20 BST French outfit Nice have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of striker Dario Cvitanich, club chairman Jean-Pierre Rivere has revealed.

22.33 BST Chelsea are holding talks with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen over a season-long loan for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, according to Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs. "I can confirm that. We are to work out a loan switch," Allofs told kicker. "We have had many discussions and some talks lately and I feel we are at an advanced level regarding this loan deal."

21.45 BST Marseille full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has confirmed he is on Chelsea's radar. "It is flattering when you have clubs such as Chelsea interested in you, but there are other clubs interested as well," the Spaniard said.

21.25 BST Barcelona centre-back/midfielder/jack of all trades Javier Mascherano is expected to sign his contract renewal until 2016 on Thursday or Friday, according to RAC.

20.59 BST Palermo sporting director Giorgio Perinetti says there have not been any talks with Roma regarding the transfer of Federico Balzaretti. "If Roma are interested in Balzaretti, then [director] Walter Sabatini must ask for him," Perinetti told Vocegiallorossa.it.
"There has been a meeting with Sabatini, but it was not about Balzaretti. There is nothing concrete yet, so we must wait and see how this situation evolves."

20.12 BST Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has revealed he wanted to return to Roma. "I had the opportunity to go back to Roma last year, and would even have been prepared to take a pay-cut to represent my old club's colours again," he told Corriere dello Sport.

19.23 BST DONE DEAL Danny Collins has joined Nottingham Forest from Stoke City. Nottingham Forest Chairman Omar Al Hasawi said: "We are delighted to bring a player of Danny's experience and calibre to the Club. We are sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to the squad Sean O'Driscoll is assembling for the challenges that lie ahead."

19.04 BST Boca Juniors forward Sergio Araujo, 20, has signed a two-year loan contract with Barcelona's B-team. The Catalans also have an option to buy.

18.52 BST Stephan El Shaarawy has signed a new five-year deal with AC Milan and admits he would welcome Kaka back to the San Siro. El Shaarawy, 19, told gazzetta.it: "I'm happy to have re-signed. Next year I hope to do well, to do better. I hope to have the chance to play in more space. Becoming a team-mate of Kaka would be a dream, he's always been my idol.''

18.40 BST Swansea City have now confirmed that Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing midfielder Joe Allen. Full story

18.20 BST Tottenham and Arsenal will battle it out to sign Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to Sky Sport Italia.

17.29 BST The fee for Oscar is reported to be £25m and according to our man in Brazil, he's much better than compatriot Lucas Moura, who's a reported £38m target for Manchester United.

17.12 BST DONE DEAL Chelsea have announce the signing of Brazilian international Oscar from Sao Paolo. He is currently part of Brazil's squad at the London Olympics.

17.01 BST More on Kaka, whose agent has confirmed talks are ongoing with former club AC Milan, as the Spanish media warn Real Madrid won’t release him for less than €20m.

16.11 BST: Want to sign Belgium international Alex Witsel from Benfica? Well, do you? That’ll cost you no less than €40 million, says club president Luis Filipe Vieira.

15.55 BST: Lars Bender has said he is happy to stay at Bayer Leverkusen amid increasing speculation linking him with a move to Bayern Munich. He told Leverkusen’s official website: "I just recently signed a new contract with Bayer Leverkusen - I am ready to take my next step at this club.”

15.25 BST: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has rejected speculation that the Bavarians could move for Manchester City’s Netherlands international midfielder Nigel de Jong. He told Sport Bild: “We know that De Jong's agent offers him everywhere. But it is not true to say there is interest from FC Bayern.”

Take that, agent.

15.21 BST: Luke Varney has joined Leeds on a two-year deal after accepting a compromise agreement over the remaining two years on his contract at crisis club Portsmouth. His exit means only seven senior players remain at Fratton Park.

15.18 BST: Blackpool have signed Portuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes on a 12-month deal after a trial, while Barnet have brought in midfielder Anthony Edgar, a free agent, also after a trial.

15.15 BST: Former Bournemouth utility player Shaun Cooper has completed a free transfer move to Crawley.

15.05 BST: Crystal Palace could bring former West Ham goalkeeper Peter Kurucz to Selhurst Park after he impressed during a trial period.

15.03 BST: Nottingham Forest could move for 31-year-old Ipswich defender Damien Delaney, who may be available on a free transfer.

14.45 BST: Slaven Bilic's ambitious Lokomotiv Moscow have agreed a deal to sign Senegal striker Dame N'Doye from FC Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee.

14.05 BST: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the BBC that Liverpool must accept a significant loss if they are to sell Andy Carroll. Pardew said: "[Reading chairman] John Madejski used to say to me about certain players, just wipe your nose and move on. And I think [Liverpool] are going to have to do that with Andy."

13.52 BST: Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is reported to be planning a bid for 20-year-old Porto winger Christian Atsu.

13.49 BST: Norwich are poised to add to their defensive options, with Michael Turner undergoing a medical at Carrow Road after terms were agreed with Sunderland. Central defender Turner, 28, joined Sunderland from Hull in 2009.

12.49 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has indicated that the Serie A club will bid for the services of their former midfield star Kaka, who left the San Siro for Real Madrid in a £50.7 million deal in 2009.

12.19 BST: Arsene Wenger has again emphasised that he wants Robin van Persie to stay at the Emirates. Van Persie, who says he will not sign a new Gunners contract, has been linked with Manchster United, Manchester City and Juventus.

But Wenger told the official Arsenal website: “We want to keep our players. I would be happy for him to stay in the English Premier League – at Arsenal.''

12.03 BST - DONE DEAL: Hull have signed Rangers forward Sone Aluko, who has agreed a two-year deal at the KC Stadium.

11.59 BST: The Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good is set to move to Newcastle and is preparing to travel to England for a medical. The 19-year-old, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport, made 25 appearances for Heart in his debut A-League season.

10.59 BST: Reports say Norwich City have agreed a fee with Leeds United for their captain Robert Snodgrass. The Canaries had an offer for the midfielder turned down earlier this summer, but returned with an improved bid.

10.43 BST: Bristol City are hoping to sign goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who is available on a free transfer after being released by Cardiff.

10.41 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United had to move fast to sign midfielder Nick Powell from Crewe after the teenager’s stunning goal in the League Two play-off final attracted widespread interest.

09.41 BST: Scott Robertson is on the verge of completing a move to Championship Blackpool. The midfielder is available on a free transfer after his Dundee United contract expired.

09.37 BST: Fulham full-back Stephen Kelly has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Craven Cottage 2014. He told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted that it’s sorted now. It was a really good end to the season with the way we finished off, the way we were playing, and I just hope we can continue on with that again.”

09.17 BST: Norwich boss Chris Hughton says no further progress has been made in his attempts to bring Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass to Carrow Road.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 friendly win at Celtic, Hughton said: “We did put a bid in for him a week or so ago, and that is where we are at. He is a player we would like, hence the reason we made the bid - but of course he is a Leeds United player and, until we are told otherwise, that will be the case."

09.10 BST: According to the Express, Johnny Heitinga could be on his way from Everton to Fenerbahce for £5 million. United States defender Geoff Cameron, 27, who plays for Houston Dynamos, might be on his way to Goodison.

09.06 BST: Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka has appeared to suggest Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu following his omission from Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo.

09.05 BST: Newcastle United have reportedly approached Ligue 1 outfit Marseille about signing France international striker Loic Remy, who could cost them up to £15 million. Remy's contract expires at the end of next season.

09.03 BST: Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes says he remains hopeful an agreement over Brazil starlet Lucas Moura can still be reached with Manchester United.

Lucas' agent all but ruled out a summer switch to Old Trafford on Tuesday after United's €35 million bid was rejected - but Sao Paulo now claim they are open to negotiations with United before the transfer window closes.

"I don't rule out the possibility that in the future we open negotiations with Manchester United as we received them with great courtesy," Lopes told Radio Estadao ESPN.

08.59 BST: And the Mail’s take on Arsenal this morning: Arsene Wenger is increasingly confident of persuading Theo Walcott to sign a new contract.

Walcott has been linked with a move to either Liverpool or Chelsea and said earlier this week: “As a player you want to win titles, which we have not been doing - but I believe we will soon.”

08.56 BST: The Mail also reports the heating up of the Joe Allen to Liverpool situation, but says there could be an Anfield exit on the cards as well.

Defender Martin Skrtel, who appears to be a man in increasing demand, could rejoin his former club Zenit St Petersburg on a £110,000-a-week contract. Napoli and Manchester City are also interested in signing the centre-half.

08.50 BST: MODRIC ALERT: Real Madrid “claim they urged wantaway Tottenham star Luka Modric to end his one-man protest”, says the Mirror.

The Spanish champions have hit out at rumours that they encouraged Modric to refuse to fly out on Tottenham’s tour trip to America as the saga of his potential transfer – Spurs want £35 million, at least, for him – rumbles on.

But if it’s not Madrid, says the Mirror, it might be Paris Saint Germain, who are reportedly willing to meet the asking price as their summer of being linked with every footballer under the sun continues.

And smokin’ striker Dimitar Berbatov’s life in the Old Trafford shadows could be about to come to an end: he is being lined up for a £5 million move to Zenit St Petersburg, according to the paper.

AC Milan and West Ham are also reported to be interested, while “several German clubs would like to take the ex-Bayer Leverkusen striker back to the Bundesliga”.

08.43 BST: The Star also has Allen to Liverpool, but puts a different financial structure on it: the paper says Liverpool have bid £10 million and offered a player on loan as part of the package.

That, apparently, hasn’t gone down too well with the Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, who is “fuming... he feels Liverpool are breaking an agreement not to poach Rodgers’ former players”.

The paper also dabbles in a bit of striker speculation: Demba Ba, it says, is being offered a £95,000-a-week deal to join stupendously wealthy Russians Rubin Kazan from Newcastle. Ba is “available at a cut-price fee until the end of July” and had, according to the report, previously rejected a move to the Russian club before leaving Hoffenheim to come to England.

08.29 BST: If it’s not Robin van Persie, it’s not Luca Modric and it’s not Andy Carroll, then it must be... Joe Allen. Many of the papers this morning seem to think that a reunion for the Swansea midfielder and his former manager Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool is pretty imminent.

The Sun says the Reds are ready to make Allen their second signing of the summer by “triggering a £15million release clause in his contract”. The 23-year-old has a clause enabling him to leave for that amount if Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City or Arsenal come in for him.

Earlier this month, Rodgers confirmed that he would be interested in bringing Allen to Anfield – but the Sun says he may not be alone in wanting to sign him, with Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas also said to be keen.

Meanwhile, over in North London Arsene Wenger is apparently getting ready to spend some more money, possibly to distract him from the ongoing and never-ending saga of Robin Van Persie's future.

The Sun says the Gunners boss is confident of bringing Spain winger Santi Corzola in from Malaga for £16 million, having already added Lukas Podolski and Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud to his Emirates ranks.

He “is also set to pursue 17-year-old striker M’Baye Niang who plays for French club Caen, although he has already seen a £6m bid rejected”.

And Thierry Henry hasn’t ruled out another emotional return to Arsenal at some stage and in some capacity. “I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure,” he said.

“I wasn’t planning to go back to play last season. It was only because Gervinho and Chamakh went to the African Nations Cup. I was there to train and they asked me if I wanted to play. Who knows what might happen in the future?

“I’ve not yet spoken to Arsene about it so I don’t know what capacity I could go back in. But I will go back to Arsenal.”

Still in London, over in the East this time, Big Sam Allardyce is being linked with a £2 million move to bring Aston Villa’s James Collins to Upton Park. If the deal goes through, Collins would begin a second spell with the Hammers, whom he first joined in 2005.

July 24, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/24/2012

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.


Luka Modric wants out of White Hart Lane© PA Photos

00.00 BST Right folks, that's all we've got time for this evening but do join us on Wednesday from 08.00 BST for more transfer tittle tattle and the odd done deal. Oh, and almost certainly a plethora of Luka Modric-related posts. Sorry!

23.43 BST Reports in Italy claim AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani had dinner with Gaetano Paolillo, the agent who represents Kaka and Ganso, tonight. His response when asked about signing Kaka was: "Some loves never die, they just go round on a long journey and come back again." Very provocative.

23.29 BST DONE DEAL: Blackpool have completed the signing of Portuguese central midfielder Tiago Gomes on a free transfer after his contract with Hercules expired.

23.08 BST Sticking with Marseille and their sporting director Jose Anigo has revealed that either Stephane M'Bia and Cesar Azpilicueta will probably be sold this summer in order to raise funds for new signings.

22.52 BST Loic Remy on his Marseille future: "I am contracted to Marseille but if the club wants to sell me, there is not much I can do about it. The transfer window closes on August 31, so there is plenty of time [for something to happen]."

22.29 BST Back to Real Madrid No. 2 Aitor Karanka, who has hinted that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu after being left out of Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo. Karanka said: "We decided he should stay in Madrid. Kaká and the club are working to find a solution that is good for both parties. Ricardo is one of our players and an example of professionalism."

22.07 BST DONE DEAL: West Brom have completed the signing of Argentina international Claudio Yacob, who had been training with club.

21.49 BST Thierry Henry appears to have ruled out a return to Arsenal in January. “I don’t plan to go back and I didn’t plan to go back and play last time,” Henry said. “It was only because the guys ( ervinho and Marouanne Chamakh) went to the African Cup of Nations. They asked me if I wanted to play, and that’s it. I was there to train.”

21.21 BST More on Luka Modric, we're afraid. Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka has been talking up the Croatian's abilites, saying: "What club wouldn't like to have Modric? He is considered one of the best player's in Europe. Of course he fits with Real Madrid."

21.03 BST DONE DEAL: Italian midfielder Leandro Greco has moved from Roma to Olympiakos on a three-year deal, the Greek club have confirmed.

20.46 BST DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Eden Hazard's brother, Thorgan. The Blues have also revealed that Ulises Davila has moved on loan to Spanish Segunda Division team Sabadell, while striker Milan Lakovic and goalkeeper Matej Delac have joined Portuguese Liga side Guimaraes on loan. FULL STORY HERE

20.30 BST Mattia Destro is claiming that his move to Roma is complete, saying: “The soap opera is over.“I am very happy to have signed.”

20.16 BST Bolton boss Owen Coyle will decide on Wednesday whether to offer trialist Kalifa Cisse a full-time contract. Coyle said: "Kalifa has been a good player, but the judgement will be, 'is he any better than the ones we have got?' I'll talk with him and tell him exactly what my thoughts are, where he fits in or where he doesn't."

19.52 BST AC Milan and general Italian football legend Filippo Inzaghi has called time on his playing career in order to take up a coaching role with the Rossoneri. He had been linked with moved to the A-League, MLS, China and the Middle East but will instead hang up his boots.

19.36 BST Reports in Italy - specifically from Sky Sport Italia and RadioCalciomercato - say that Tottenham are closing in on Roma striker Marco Borriello, who has also been linked with Fulham, Genoa, Galatasaray and Werder Bremen.

19.19 BST Sticking with QPR, and their vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has revealed that they are keen to sign Liverpool's Craig Bellamy. Bhatia told Sky Sports News: "Craig is definitely a name that has been mentioned, a name we've discussed. There are a few options. We have been a fan of Craig Bellamy for the last few years, ever since he became available - that's not to say we have not been fans of other players."

18.55 BST QPR midfielder Joey Barton has been explaining why he has been training with Fleetwood Town and we hate to say it, but it sounds like he's talking a lot of sense.

Barton said; "The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned, where there's been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect.
So, why would I train with Fleetwood?

"I have become a little disenchanted with the game in the last six months after what I have put myself through and I desperately want to fall back in love with the game. I feel that training in the lower leagues will give me a reality check and maybe help me become a better person, a little more humility will serve me well.

"The lower leagues is where the hunger for the game is at its greatest, at least where players are concerned. I want to reignite that passion for the game, something that I ordinarily
have an abundance of. No monetary bull****. No media b******s (though apparently there still is!). No prima donnas. Just pure, old school, mortgage/livelihoods on the line, b***s-out football."

18.31 BST Plenty of comments coming in, particularly regarding Arsenal's interest in Santi Cazorla. However, reader Aneesh Chandoke is more realistic than optimistic in his assessment:

"I still don't see arsenal signing Cazorla. He is an established player and generally Wenger doesn't sign established players. Gooners like me are praying yet again that we sign him as every year we are desperate to sign a big player!"

18.12 BST Siena director of sport Stefano Antonelli says personal terms have been agreed between Mattia Destro and Roma, with the final details of the move currently being thrashed out between the two clubs.

“Yes, Roma have reached an agreement with Destro. I can confirm that is true,” Antonelli told VoceGiallorossa. Over the next few hours we will have to finalise the last details, because it was a rather complex negotiation process, but the deal has been struck. We are working on Valerio Verre coming to Siena as part of the transfer.”

17.53 BST With Tim Cahill on his way to New York Red Bulls, Richard Jolly has been reflecting on the Australian's eight years as Everton's talisman.

17.48 BST Julien Escude, a free agent after leaving Sevilla, has joined Besiktas after reportedly snubbing interest from Bologna, Villarreal and former club Rennes.

17.25 BST: Fulham full-back Stephen Kelly has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Craven Cottage until the end of the 2013-14 season. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1126765/stephen-kelly-signs-two-year-fulham-contract?cc=5739

17.11 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that the Mattia Destro saga is nearing completion. Close to joining Roma it seems.

17.03 BST: Le Parisien are reporting that a whole host of Ligue 1 sides are interested in capturing the signature of France Under-21 forward PSG forward Jean-Christophe Bahebeck. Valenciennes, Sochaux, Ajaccio and Saint-Etienne all named as suitors.

16.53 BST: Tutto Mercato Web are running an exclusive report that AS Roma have met with the agent of French international midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, whose brother recently joined Newcastle

16.45 BST: Sportitalia are reporting that Inter Milan are looking to import Atletico Mineiro's diminutive playmaker Bernard. He is having a storming Brasileirao campaign so far.

16.32 BST - DONE DEAL: France Under-19 midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has joined Sevilla on a five-year contract from Lens, having been linked with a move to Premier League side Reading.

16.12 BST: Boca Juniors coach Julio Cesar Falcioni says that he would welcome back Juan Roman Riquelme with open arms. "The doors are open for him. He is the [club's] biggest idol, he took a personal decision and my opinion is the same as the president's," he said. "We are waiting for him to return every single day."

15.49 BST: Tottenham's Steven Pienaar is attracting attention from former club Everton, but there are reports that Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland are both weighing up a move for the South African as well.

15.43 BST: Real Madrid are keen to sign 19-year-old Cordoba winger Borja Garcia. The Segunda side's president Carlos Gonzalez told El Diario de Cordoba: "The only official offer we have received for Borja was from Real Madrid. All the others who are interested in him have called us and said things, but the only offer we have on the table is from Madrid. They think he can be an important player at the club, but the fact is that they have not offered a fee which we think is good enough."

15.35 BST: Can't work out if John Mensah wants to join Celtic or isn't really that bothered at all. "I have to think and make a choice, the right choice," he said. "Celtic? They have a great history and have the greatest fans in the world, so they are appealing to any player. Like I said, there are many teams calling but I am relaxed and not in a hurry."

15.19 BST: Andrew Little could join former Hearts pair Craig Beattie and Ian Black in signing for the Rangers newco as manager Ally McCoist prepares to take advantage of a temporary transfer embargo reprieve.

15.05 BST: Manchester United have turned their attentions to another South American after failing to stump up the cash for Lucas. Now reports suggest they are chasing River Plate's Argentina Under-20 midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano.

15.00 BST: Ibrahim Afellay is staying at Barcelona and won't be sold this summer. "Afellay is a player of great class, there is no doubt about it," new coach Tito Vilanova told Dutch TV channel NUsport. "Like always, he is part of our selection. We will begin the season with him."

14.44 BST: According to Radio Sport in Russia, Rubin Kazan are close to signing Newcastle striker Demba Ba after meetting his release fee.

14.37 BST: Ryan Babel's agent, Winnie Haatrecht, thinks it will be tough to find a new club for his client this summer: "It won't be easy to get a transfer, because Hoffenheim doesn't want a loan period for him," he said in De Telegraaf. "They want €6.5m for him. Hoffenheim paid Liverpool €6.9 million plus a few bonuses, so how realistic is it to ask €6.5m for a player with a one-year contract?" Read More

14.22 BST: Jakub Blaszczykowski has brought an end to speculation about his future by signing a new four-year contract with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund.

14.10 BST: It seems the raiding of Botafogo continues, with midfielder Andrezinho set to move to Al Ahli according to reports in Brazil.

13.34 BST: After Barcelona defender Dani Alves revealed he was "upset" that the club did not deny rumours linking him with a move, coach Tito Vilanova said: "If I'd felt that Alves was feeling this way, I'd have picked up the phone and called him. Next time I will. For me, he's the best right-back in the world and possibly one of the best signings of recent years."

13.26 BST: Sky Sports News in Germany has spoken to Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, and he has said Chelsea target Andre Schurrle and Bayern target Lars Bender are definitely staying at the club.

13.10 BST - DONE DEAL: Paulo Dybala has completed a move from Instituto of Argentina to Palermo after scoring 17 goals in 40 games.

13.08 BST: Rumours that Wesley Sneijder could leave Inter never seem to fully die down, but the Dutchman appears happy at the club following the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni.

“The club are constructing for a great new future and Stramaccioni is ideal,” he said. “He has some great ideas and is able to transmit his enthusiasm to the side. He’s the best we could have got after Jose Mourinho.”

12.27 BST: Claudio Yacob, an Argentina international, is reported to have signed a three-year contract with West Brom with the option of a fourth.

The Argentina international, who has three caps to his name, is believed to have signed a three-year contract at the Hawthorns with the option of a fourth.

12.23 BST: Wolves left-back George Elokobi is said to be close to a move to Nottingham Forest, and Stoke centre-back Danny Collins is also being linked.

12.03 BST - DONE DEAL:Leeds have signed Portsmouth striker Luke Varney on a two-year contract and has also agreed a deal to bring Jamaica international Rodolph Austin to Elland Road from Norwegian club SK Brann.

11.57 BST: Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to rule out a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes had hinted at an interest in Bender, 23, during a recent press conference, leading Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser to say: "I don't want any bother with Bayern, but I am annoyed and very bemused that Jupp Heynckes has indirectly brought the Bender issue up in public."

11.53 BST: According to Marca, Corinthians are keen to sign Kaka from Real Madrid. Marca says the Real coach, Jose Mourinho, has told the midfielder that he will not have a starting place next season. His former club AC Milan could also be interested, the report claims.

11.46 BST: Brazilian defender Pedro Botelho has completed a move to Atletico Paranaense in his home country, leaving Arsenal after five years in which he did not make a first-team appearance.

11.38 BST: The Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath claims to have rebuffed approaches from several clubs for Germany international forward Patrick Helmes, reportedly a target for both Sunderland and West Brom.

11.34 BST: Lille have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Troyes right-back Djibril Sidibe – a move that could free Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy to join the Magpies – with the transfer thought to be worth around €2 million.

11.26 BST: Celtic are reported to have made an approach for West Bromwich Albion's Republic of Ireland forward Simon Cox, who is also a target for Championship Blackburn.

11.16 BST - DONE DEAL: Leicester have wrapped up the signing of former Norwich central defender Zak Whitbread on a two-year deal.

The Championship club moved to sign Whitbread, 28, after he was released by the Canaries at the end of last season, during which he played 21 games.

“Having only won promotion from the Championship a little over a year ago with Norwich, he knows exactly what it takes to get out of this division,” Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said. “Zak is a player of great quality and will add a huge amount of experience.”

11.02 BST: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has suggested he could still leave Montpellier despite club president Louis Nicollin insisting otherwise at the weekend.

AC Milan have apparently expressed an interest in defender Yanga-Mbiwa, 23, as a replacement for Thiago Silva, but Nicollin had warned: "Yanga-Mbiwa will not leave. This is clear as day.

10.59 BST - DONE DEAL: Torquay have signed Australian central defender Aaron Downes, who was released by Chesterfield at the end of last season, on a one-year contract.

10.56 BST - DONE DEALS: Leeds have confirmed the arrivals of striker Andy Gray and goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown on free transfers. Gray, who began his career at Leeds, was released by Barnsley at the end of last season, while Ashdown was freed by Portsmouth after their relegation to League One.

10.53 BST: Reading defender Michael Hector could be set to join Shrewsbury on a six-moth loan deal after spending time on loan a Barnet last season.

10.51 BST: Rumours suggest Nottingham Forest could re-sign defender Kelvin Wilson from Celtic. Forest have allowed their entire defence to leave the club this summer and have yet to sign any replacements

10.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Udinese midfielder Juan Cuadrado has joined Fiorentina on loan with a views to a permanent move. The Colombia international spent last season on loan at Lecce, playing 33 league games.

10.31 BST: The agent of Brazil star Lucas Moura believes Manchester United will not raise their bid for his client, leaving any deal in tatters. "They have reached their limit," Ribeiro told UOL. "Lucas Moura won't leave. He is happy at Sao Paulo. We have to forget this subject. There is no possibility he leaves now. Manchester United made an offer, which was rejected and they won't make another one as they have reached their limit." Read More

10.20 BST: Club president Jean-Michel Aulas says Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' future will be decided soon. "I will see Hugo again on Thursday when I arrive in New York," he said. "We will make a final decision [on his future] after the Trophee des Champions."

10.12 BST: Some major sources in Italy's media are claiming that Juventus’s Fabio Quagliarella could move to Inter in a swap deal with Giampaolo Pazzini.

10.01 BST: Reading have rejected reports that a loan move for Tottenham's David Bentley is on the cards. Seems like the winger can't buy himself a move at the moment and may have to drop a division to get some regular football.

09.50 BST: Joe Cole is happy at Liverpool and wants to stay and force his way into the side. "When I came here I wanted to be part of the club and help the team, and be part of this great club," he said. "That's still the same. I want to be part of a squad that gets us back to the top."

09.46 BST: A rather odd one here. Barcelona have apparently turned down a loan approach from AC Milan for winger Alexis Sanchez, according to Goal.com. Audacious given the Catalans only signed the 23-year-old last season and not one that should go beyond a gossip column.

09.33 BST: Marouane Chamakh is hopeful he can get more playing time and said he wants to stay at Arsenal this summer. "In the first six months after signing I had lots of games, but after that I only played a few," he said. "Now I hope this season will be good for me and the club. Yes, I need more confidence. But to be confident I need to play more. I am determined to stay."

09.15 BST: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has signed a new contract - reported to be for three years - with the North London club. Read More

09.09 BST: Hannover have re-signed Hungary international midfielder Szabolcs Huszti from Zenit St Petersburg on a three-year contract, three years after the he left the club for Russia.

09.00 BST: Novara have confirmed the transfer of midfielder Marco Rigoni to Chievo on a season-long loan with the option to make the deal permanent. He was previously being linked with AC Milan.

08.51 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he might have moved for Didier Drogba if he had not chosen to leave for China. "The decision was his anyway and he said if he was going to leave Chelsea, he wouldn't play for another club in England," Sir Alex told reporters. "So that answered that question, but I could have been [tempted to move for Drogba]."

08.39 BST: Arsenal are keen to sign winger Santi Cazorla from troubled Malaga, who are struggling financially and could be relegated if they don't pay their players under new rules in La Liga. A €15 million replacement for Andrei Arshavin, perhaps?

08.30 BST: Villa winger Gabby Agbonlahor has ruled out a move to Sunderland. "Looking at it over the summer I'm just laughing at myself, thinking 'Where do they get these links from?' I'm an Aston Villa player - it's my home club, I love the club," he said. "As long as I'm contracted to the club then I'll continue to play for them, until I get told otherwise." Read More

08.25 BST: Barcelona are ready to offer captain Carles Puyol an extension to his contract.

08.16 BST: Some news from Europe as Fiorentina are refusing to budge on their €30 million valuation of striker Stevan Jovetic despite an improved bid from Juventus for the Montenegro international. Read more

08.10 BST: Paper talk is all the rage, and there's plenty of it to keep you occupied this morning:

Daily Mirror: Bayern Munich are keen to bring Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong in for £8 million... Andre Villas-Boas blasted "unprofessional" Luka Modric as Tottenham insisted Real Madrid must cough up £40 million to sign him... German clubs Hamburg and Wolfsburg want to sign Nigel Reo-Coker... Roberto Mancini is reported to have had a major bust-up with Manchester City over their failure to land Robin van Persie. More on that soon I'm sure.

The Daily Star: £35m flop Andy Carroll has told Liverpool they will not force him out of Anfield... Brighton and Burnley will battle it out for Wolves striker Sam Vokes... Fulham are looking at former Liverpool and now-Hoffenheim forward Ryan Babel.

The Sun: Nottingham Forest's new owners want Tottenham's Jermaine Jenas to be their first big signing... Brighton have beaten Spurs, Arsenal, AC Milan and Valencia to land highly-rated Jeremy Balmy from Le Havre... Everton face a battle with Newcastle and Tottenham for Getafe midfielder Abdel Barrada... Southampton look ready to sell Lee Barnard, Ryan Dickson and Jonathan Forte.

08.00 BST: Luka Modric is the man making news this morning as he continues his 'revolt' against Spurs. Simple situation, according to the club: pay what Modric is worth, or he stays. With £40 million seemingly too much for Real Madrid, this one could roll on for the rest of the summer.

July 23, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/23/2012

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.


Wenger and Van Persie: It's deadline time© PA Photos

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight, no doubt lots more to come in the morning!

23.47 BST: Internacional president Giovanni Luigi has suggested Oscar's move to Chelsea is now very close. He told Terra: "The situation is very advanced, but not finalised yet. Oscar has to get his work permit. He needs to have a certain amount of caps to play in England, but I don't believe that will be a problem."

23.31 BST: BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham Hotspur have announced Luka Modric reported for training with the club on Monday - but at Spurs Lodge in London and not on the club's tour of the United States.

22.59 BST: Felipe Melo's move to Galatasaray could be on the rocks with the player's representatives saying Gala have moved the goalposts on the contract on offer.

22.48 BST: BREAKING NEWS: Everton have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Major League Soccer for the transfer of Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls for a nominal fee.

22.31 BST: QPR vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has revealed his club are weighing up a move for Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy.

22.12 BST: BREAKING NEWS: Everton reportedly accept offer from New York Red Bulls for Tim Cahill.

21.42 BST: So, Joey Barton is to train with Fleetwood this week to build up his fitness while the QPR squad returns from the tour of Asia. And some now say Barton could join the League's newest football club on loan? Nonsense!

20.51 BST - DONE DEAL: Udinese utility man Juan Cuadrado has put pen to paper on a move to Fiorentina.

20.20 BST: England Under-20 striker Benik Afobe is ready to go out on loan against from Premier League side Arsenal. He said: "If the gaffer wants me to go out on loan for six months, or even the whole season, then I would relish that opportunity because playing for Reading last year was very beneficial for me."

19.49 BST: New Nottingham Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll has made his first signing by landing fans' favourite Adlene Guedioura from Wolves for an undisclosed fee, subject to the player passing a medical.

19.21 BST - DONE DEAL: Galatasaray have signed wide-man Nordin Amrabat from rivals Kayserispor in a deal worth around €8 million.

19.06 BST: Striker Andy Gray and goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown have both signed deals with Leeds United and will play in the club's friendly this evening, we hear.

18.54 BST: Arsenal's Japanese speedster Ryo Miyaichi has told ESPN Star Sports that he is still unsure of whether he will loaned out once more this season. Miyaichi said: "I don't know [if I'll be staying at Arsenal or going out on loan] yet. I will have to discuss with the coaching staff and see what happens."

18.44 BST: 23-year-old Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is keen on a move to the Premier League in the wake of interest from Swansea City. Ighalo qualifies as EU national courtesy of his Italian wife. Regarding Udinese, Ighalo told Sky Sports: "They will be playing in the Champions League next season and they want me to play for them, but my dream is to play in England and hopefully they won't stand in my way if that opportunity arises for me."

18.21 BST: Inter Milan's Philippe Coutinho hopes Man United target Lucas Moura joins him at the San Siro. "He's a fantastic player, a phenomenon," he told Tuttosport. "Should he come, he would help us a lot and I hope he arrives."

18.08 BST - DONE DEAL: Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing of Tottenham midfielder Massimo Luongo on a season-long loan.

17.41 BST - DONE DEAL: Palermo have signed Uruguay international Egidio Arevalo, 29, from Tijuana.

17.12 BST: According to CNN's John Sinnott, former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has received offers from Al Rayyan (Qatar), Flamengo Brazil), Locomotiv Moscow (Russia) and Sivasspor (Turkey).

16.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Fulham have announced that midfielder Marcel Gecov has signed for Belgian club KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee.

16.28 BST: Eintracht Frankfurt have completed the signing of centre-back Vadim Demidov from Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old Norwegian has signed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

16.15 BST: Here's Oscar to Chelsea again - it's getting closer: Brazil midfielder Oscar has described a potential move to Chelsea as "a dream", with Brazilian media reporting that the contract will be signed on Friday.

Oscar, 20, has been linked with Chelsea for some time and confirmed earlier this week that he had undertaken a medical ahead of a £25 million move to West London.

"I have full confidence in my work", he told reporters. "If I go to Chelsea, it will be a dream - a big club in Europe. I'm sure I'll have a great Olympics and, if it is to be Chelsea, I will do a great job there."

16.07 BST - DONE DEAL: Fleetwood Town have completed the signing of Peterborough United striker David Ball on a three-year deal. He spent two spells on loan at Rochdale last season, scoring four goals.

15.34 BST: Blackburn will not be signing Freiburg’s Mali international striker Garra Dembele after cutting short a trial period, manager Steve Kean has said. "We had Garra in for a few days," Kean added. "He had a couple of days training with us, but that will not go any further.”

14.34 BST - DONE DEAL: Championship side Peterborough have signed teenage striker Jonson Clarke-Harris after he was not offered a new contract by League One Coventry City.

14.30 BST: Former Germany international goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand could be set to move on after claiming he should be Schalke's No. 1 For the 2012-13 campaign. If he isn't at the start of the season, he could choose to play elsewhere.

14.17 BST: Lille's spending continues after they agreed a fee for Troyes' 20-year-old defender Djibril Sidibe. "L'ESTAC and Lille have reached an agreement for the transfer of Djibril Sidibe," read a statement on Troyes' official website. "The young right-back also interested Lyon, but president [Daniel] Masoni has completed negotiations with LOSC, with the player having expressed a preference for Lille." Read more

13.52 BST - DONE DEAL: Barnsley have completed their move for Liverpool winger Toni Silva, bringing the 18-year-old to Oakwell on a free transfer. Barnsley boss Keith Hill told BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's young, enthusiastic and quick with and without the ball."

13.07 BST: Crisis-afflicted Portsmouth's manager Michael Appleton says he would be interested in signing Shaun Derry if the QPR midfielder was to become available on a free transfer.

13.00 BST: Striker Sam Vokes will be allowed to leave Wolves on a permanent basis if the right offer comes in, manager Stale Solbakken has said.

12.26 BST: Stevenage have accepted a bid from Aldershot for striker Craig Reid. If the move goes through, Reid would be reunited with manager Dean Holdsworth, with whom he worked at Newport County.

12.23 BST - DONE DEAL: Switzerland Under-20 goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel has agreed a three-year deal with West Ham. He joins the East Londoners from Grasshopper Zurich for an undisclosed fee.

12.19 BST: A non-move for you: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he is not currently interested in signing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila. M'Vila, 22, has been strongly linked with a summer move to the Gunners but, with Wenger seemingly happy with his current options in midfield, a deal has so far failed to come to fruition.

12.07 BST: Words from the man who knows about Manchester United and Lucas Moura: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed the club's interest in securing a deal for Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas Moura, but denied press reports that a deal had been struck.

Lucas, 19, is in demand, with United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan all heavily linked with the Brazilian prospect, who shot to prominence in early 2011.

12.06 BST: Fulham or Hannover could sign Vitesse Arnhem full-back Alexander Buttner after his move to Southampton collapsed amid reports of a problem with the involvement of a third party.

The defender's agent, Alexander Busac, told De Telegraaf: "We look ahead and, happily, there is a lot of interest. Hannover and Fulham are very serious."

11.57 BST: Barnsley are reported to be close to completing a deal for Liverpool winger Toni Silva, who is expected to move to Oakwell on a free transfer.

10.43 BST: Argentina international Claudio Yacob, 25, has joined West Brom's pre-season training camp in Malmo with a view to joining the club. He is a free agent after being released by Racing Club.

10.35 BST: Andre Schurrle has admitted it would have been hard to turn down the chance to join Chelsea if Bayer Leverkusen had accepted an offer from the Blues for his signature.

Leverkusen rejected Chelsea's offer -reportedly £20 million - for Schurrle, 21, as the Bundesliga club felt they would be unable to find a suitable replacement.

"I don't think you would find any player in the Bundesliga who would say that they would not at all be interested," Schurrle said.

09.45 BST: Fulham have said they would not welcome any bids for in-demand Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey.

Dembele, 25, and Dempsey, 29, have been linked with summer moves to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. Belgium international Dembele last month reiterated his commitment to Fulham, having joined the club from AZ Alkmaar for £5 million in 2010. Dempsey, however, has expressed his ambition to sign for a so-called bigger side.

09.33 BST: Some snippets: Leicester are signing former Norwich central defender Zak Whitbread, available on a free transfer... Crystal Palace could be about to make a £300,000 move for prolific Boulogne striker Alexis Allart... Norwich manager Chris Hughton is "prepared to play the long game" in his attempts to sign Leeds United skipper Robert Snodgrass.

09.22 BST: And more Blackburn-related news: Southampton are reported to be targeting central defender Scott Dann and are prepared to pay £3.5 million for him. Dann joined Rovers from Birmingham last summer.

09.18 BST: QPR could have to pay as much as £6 million for Canadian international Junior Hoilett, Blackburn manager Steve Kean has said.

The Mirror says Rangers, rebuilding after a narrow escape from Premier League relegation last season, are poised to announce the signing of attacker Hoilett, but that Kean has “warned there will be a big tribunal demand from Rovers if they cannot agree a fee or get an agreement to take top target Jamie Mackie in exchange”. The manager said: "We have had Junior a long time, we have put a lot of time and effort in him and I'm sure that will be reflected in the price.''

09.14 BST: STAGGERING! SENSATION! Here’s the Mirror: “Manchester United have agreed a staggering £26 million deal with Sao Paulo for Brazil sensation Lucas Moura.”

The paper says the fee for the 19-year-old has been settle on and it is now a question of terms being agreed with the Sao Paolo forward’s advisers.

Lucas is currently in London as part of Brazil’s squad for the Olympics, and the Mirror says the fee United have agreed – double what Chelsea were reported to have offered for him – means they are on the verge of signing a player they have tracked since March.

09.08 BST: Liverpool are facing a battle to keep defender Martin Skrtel, says the Mail, which reports that “the impasse in his new contract negotiations is no closer to being resolved”.

Skrtel – who has two years remaining on his Anfield contract - revealed last week that other clubs had made offers to sign him, and he is thought to be a target for Manchester City and Napoli.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool have yet to receive any offers for the player, and denied reports that contract talks had broken down.

09.03 BST: Chelsea have been told to open their wallet a little wider if they want to sign Poland striker Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, says the Mail.

The Blues are reported to have offered £13 million, rising to £17 million, for the 23-year-old. Dortmund are believed to want a fee of nearer to £35 million, and Lewandowski’s representative Maik Barthel confirmed: “A £13 million transfer fee is not suitable.”

08.58 BST: More from Arsenal, and not necessarily good: Arsene Wenger says he does not know when midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit to play again. Wilshere has been out of action for a year, and is currently recovering from a double operation to cure ankle and knee problems.

The 20-year-old has suffered no setbacks following surgery in May, but Wenger said: “I am positive but a bit cautious because we had so much disappointing news with him.

"Everybody in the medical department says to me he’s doing very well. He is still in the gym. Any player still in the gym in July is not on the pitch in August I don’t want to give him any precise deadline because that would put him under huge pressure. I’m trying to go step-by-step with him, but the news is positive.”

08.52 BST: Further confirmation that the Premier League is the land that any semblance of financial sense or normality forgot: Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has signed a new contract. And what’s that worth? Just the £34 million, says the Sun.

The paper says the deal is thought to be for five years and worth £130,000 or so a week. It has yet to be signed but has been verbally agreed. Well, you would agree to that sort of contract, wouldn’t you?

08.30 BST: In a long-awaited change of circumstances, today’s transfer news and rumours are brought to you on a day featuring blue skies and sunshine. Some things, though, don’t change: another day, another Robin Van Persie story.

The Sun reports that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to keep his skipper at the Emirates, but has also indicated that – one way or the other – he wants the issue resolved before the start of the new season.

As we all know, because we keep on hearing it, Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus are the main names in the frame to sign the Netherlands international. United were reported to be favourites last week, but so far none of the clubs have offered anything close to Arsenal’s valuation of more than £20 million.

Speaking in Malaysia at the start of Arsenal’s pre-season tour, Wenger said: “Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him throughout. He has one year left and is in demand, but our desire is to keep him.

“However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head, you can decode that. The official transfer deadline is August 31, but then we can create an internal deadline.”

Wenger confirmed that he meant resolving things before the start of the season, and also hit out at Van Persie’s agent, Kees Vos, after the striker issued a statement earlier in the summer that said he would not be signing a new deal with the Gunners.

“I wouldn’t like to comment too much on that situation because you’re not always sure that it’s Van Persie’s statement, you know,” he said.

Van Persie has not joined the Arsenal party on the tour, staying in London as the speculation around his future swirls on. And on.

Meanwhile, news from the other side of the North London divide, and a saga that’s threatening to become almost Van Persie-like. Luka Modric, Spurs and Madrid – and now it’s getting petulant.

“Luka on strike!” says the Sun, which reports that Modric has refused to fly with Tottenham on their pre-season US tour in an attempt to force through a move to Real.

Spurs have said they will only let the Croatian go for the right price – thought to be around £40 million – but Madrid have so far failed to offer anything close to that, and that has left Modric attempting to force the issue.

The Sun says Spurs will fine the playmaker £15,000 for each day of his “strike”, having already fined him £80,000 for his refusal to train last week.

New Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas, who could surely have done without all this nonsense, said: “Modric is wrong. This will go against him. He has worsened the situation and now the chairman [Daniel Levy] is very angry.”

July 22, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/22/2012

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.


Edinson Cavani: Can only leave Napoli for €100m. © Getty Images

23.35 BST That's all for the blog for tonight. We'll be back tomorrow with as many rumours as we can muster, so join us then and - who knows? - you may catch sight of a genuine transfer.

23.32 BST Sky Sport Italia believes FC Twente are on the verge of signing Luc Castaignos from Inter Milan for €7 million.

23.16 BST You'll no doubt be reading more on this tomorrow, but the Daily Mirror says Manchester United have now agreed a £26 million deal for Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura. Personal terms are yet to be sorted and he's not had a medical, though, so - even if the report is accurate - we're not in done deal territory yet.

22.58 BST Sport reports that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is urging his club, Schalke, to sign his Netherlands team-mate Ibrahim Afellay from Barcelona. Dortmund are also said to be interested.

22.36 BST Hulk appears pretty unlikely to go anywhere while Porto continue to insist they want silly money for him, but he’s leaving it to the big man upstairs, and his agent, to sort out. "My future is in the hands of God," Hulk said. "When it comes to transfers, I leave everything with my agent.”

22.11 BST Sport revives the story that Liverpool want Cristian Tello but says Barcelona won’t sell him.

21.51 BST Diego is back at Wolfsburg but it seems he hasn’t impressed during pre-season training, and he could be demoted to their reserve side in the fourth division. Wolfsburg II trainer Lorenz-Gunther Kostner told Bild: ''If Diego comes to us, I will tell him that he will be used like any other squad member.”

21.19 BST Ganso has suggested he plans to stay at Santos. Story here.

20.43 BST Sky Sports News believes Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal are rivalling Bursaspor for the signing of Kolo Toure.

20.03 BST Spurs have fined Luka Modric twice and could fine him a third time if he fails to report to training on Monday. The midfielder has refused to join the club's tour of America as he attempts to force a move to Real Madrid. Story here.

19.14 BST Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho wants Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura at the San Siro. “We hope he arrives - I hope he arrives,” he said. “He’s a champion, but it’s not for me to decide these things. The club makes the decisions in the transfer market.”

18.30 BST Rafael van der Vaart has spoken to AS about the Luka Modric situation. “He’s in a very difficult situation,” he said on Saturday. “He knows that the chairman, Levy, is very angry, but he’s very upset about what’s happening. I hope and still believe that everything will be resolved in three or four days.”

18.07 BST Although Genoa president Enrico Preziosi rather angrily said that striker Mattia Destro had failed to agree terms with Roma, Siena - who co-own the player - still believe something could happen.

“Tomorrow will be the decisive day for Destro’s move to Roma,” director of sport Pasquale Sensibile told Sky Sport Italia. “We are at the final details now and it’s very likely we will finalise the deal tomorrow.”

He added: “The situation is pretty clear: an agreement with Roma was reached the other night, but Juventus won’t give up and continue to try. Destro is in any case enthusiastic about both destinations and has no problem with the wages.”

17.35 BST He actually said this two days ago, but we’ve not covered here till now and it's interesting enough. Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus has said the club have a €40 million budget this summer, and have already spent €14 million of it on Jordi Alba. “Last year we surpassed our transfer budget with the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez,” he said. “We cannot overspend our budget by €20 or €30 million each year. It would put our business plan at risk. It wouldn’t be sustainable.”

16.51 BST We mentioned earlier that Milan had made a reported €6m approach for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa but the Ligue 1 champions' president Louis Nicollin has reacted angrily to the reports.

Nicollin said: "Yanga-Mbiwa will not leave This is clear as day. In order to have advanced negotiations with Milan, we would need to have an agreement. We don’t have an agreement, so there are no advanced negotiations!

“I know that they offered around €6m, but even triple that would not be enough. I am not even looking for a replacement, so he will definitely not be leaving. I don’t care if he’s nearing the end of his contract. It’s not important and I don’t care!”

16.23 BST Bayer Leverkusen general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser has accused Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes of tapping up Lars Bender after speaking highly of him last week. Holzhauser said: "I don't want any bother with Bayern, but I am annoyed and very bemused that Jupp Heynckes has indirectly brought the Bender issue up in public."

15.48 BST Adrian Lopez has confirmed that he intends to stay with Atletico Madrid, saying: "I'm very happy at Atletico and, as far as I know, the only negotiations that are open with the club are regarding my contract renewal. I don't know anything more about any other offers."

15.31 BST Keep the comments coming in folks - Noah reckons Arsenal are right to hold out for as much money as possible for Robin van Persie:

"I understand why Arsenal are holding to a higher value for RVP. How much revenue does a Champions League spot provide? Without RVP, the Gunners won't get there, so it's a direct cost if RVP leaves."

15.18 BST Al-Ain are closing in on the €10m capture of Lyon's Michel Bastos.

15.00 BST L'Equipe reports that Wolfsburg are ready to sell centre-back Simon Kjaer as he does not feature in Felix Magath's plans. Lille are thought to be keen to bring him to Ligue 1.

14.43 BST West Ham are to take trialists Colin Kazim-Richards and Bilel Mohsni on their pre-season tour to Germany.

14.26 BST Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus says the Catalans are still owed €8m by AC Milan for the transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the San Siro last year.

14.08 BST Anzhi Makhachkala have denied making an approach for Inter Milan duo Maicon & Wesley Sneijder, labelling such reports "baseless"

13.59 BST Remember, you can get your comments in using the tool below. Pat C has done just that and feels that Brazilian exports are overpriced compared to their European equivalents:

"What make all the up & coming brazillan players cost more than 25mil or even more expensive than those player who already proved them self in euro top leagues for example Kagawa? Look at Oscar, Lucas, Ganso, Neymah,Willian, Hulk & etc etc"

13.46 BST Massimiliano Allegri is expecting to welcome reinforcements to AC Milan before the end of the transfer window. The Rossoneri boss said: “The club knows what to do. Some players have left and for now I can only work with the elements at my disposal, but more will arrive before August 31."

13.27 BST Feyenoord defender Ron Vlaar is now expecting to stay at De Kuip having been rumoured to be close to a move to Aston Villa. He said: "Feyenoord is in my heart and I have been through it a lot. The opportunity that I had, to leave for Aston Villa, I don't think it is as likely now."

13.03 BST Some Twitter titterings that West Ham could be set to offer Jermain Defoe a controversial return to Upton Park, Not sure what Hammers fans would make of that one.

12.50 BST Man Utd defender Rafael has told the Daily Star Sunday that he has urged fellow Brazil starlet Lucas Moura to join him at Old Trafford. Rafael said: "Yes, I have told Lucas he should come to Manchester United, of course."

12.36 BST Sir Alex Ferguson has defended the tenure of Manchester United owners the Glazer family, insisting that he has never been prevented from signing a player by them. Story here.

12.18 BST Udinese-owned Juan Cuadrado will sign for Fiorentina on loan with a view to a permanent €5m switch next summer. The Colombian winger spent last season on loan at Lecce and is set for his medical with La Viola on Monday.

12.02 BST Reports in Italy continue to link Fiorentina star Stevan Jovetic to Juventus, though it's thought a move will only go through if the Bianconeri miss out on Robin van Persie,

11.46 BST DONE DEAL: Feyenoord have signed another precocious young Manchester City players as Omar Elabdellaoui joins the Eredivise side on a season-long loan to follow in the footsteps of John Guidetti. Elabdellaoui said: "It's an exciting challenge for me and it gives me the opportunity to play regular first-team football that will obviously benefit me and hopefully City as well in the long-term,"

11.30 BST Luka Modric could be fined two weeks' wages by Tottenham after missing training on Friday. The playmaker is thought to be keen to push through a move to Real Madrid, but new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is quoted in AS as saying:
"I think Modric is wrong. This will go against him. He has worsened the situation with what he is doing and now the chairman is very angry.”

11.12 BST Spanish journalist, and friend of ESPN, Didac Peyret (@didacpeyret) writes in Sport that an offer of €8 million will likely tempt Barcelona into selling Ibrahim Afellay, though he is more likely to move to the Premier League or the Bundesliga than Ligue 1 - despite Lille having shown the most concrete interest thus far.

11.04 BST Jupp Heynckes says Bayern Munich are still keen on Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez but insists the club will not be held to ransom. He said: "We remain interested in the player, his price is €20-22 million. To €40 million for Javi Martinez is indecent and not market value."

10.58 BST Benfica striker Franco Jara is set to return to Argentina on loan with San Lorenzo. He spent last season with La Liga side Granada and was also the subject of interest from Velez Sarsfield and River Plate, according to Ole.

10.41 BST On to Portugal, where Porto's chairman Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa is becoming a little tired of media speculation regarding Hulk. He said: "Hulk has been sold seven times. When the government wants to solve the deficit problem, expect them launch a tax on the lies that come out in the newspapers."

10.35 BST Lazio are closing in on Desportivo Brasil centre-back Xandao, with Corriere dello Sport claiming his agent Marcio Rivellino is heading to Rome for final negotiations over a €3m deal.

10.27 BST Juventus right-back Marco Motta is happy to have signed for Bologna on loan. “I am in the most important phase of my career. I have to learn from the negative and positive experiences of the last few years,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to arrive in this city, as there was so much enthusiasm around me."

10.12 BST Over to Italy, where La Stampa claims Manchester City will bid £25 million in an attempt to prise Daniele De Rossi away from Roma.

10.02 BST David Rozenhal says he does not plan to leave Lille, having been linked with a loan move to Bastia. He told L'Equipe: "I am in Lille and I'm happy. I'll stay."

09.53 BST Burkina Faso international Alain Traore has left Auxerre after seven seasons following the club's relegation to Ligue 2. He will stay in the French top flight after joining Lorient.

09.45 BST Next up, it's a European round-up. Let's start in France, where L'Equipe says AC Milan want to sign £5m rated Montpellier defender (and headline-writers' nightmare) Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as a replacement for Thiago Silva.

09.40 BST First up, let's have a scan around those good old Sunday papers.

Sunday Mirror: Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign Robin van Persie, but only if they are not forced into a transfer auction; Nicklas Bendtner will make a £7.5 million move to either AC Milan or Galatasaray in the coming week.

Mail on Sunday: Arsenal standing firm on their £30m valuation of Robin van Persie; despite the fact rumours that Liverpool want to offload Andy Carroll continue to be rife, the striker will link up with the club on the pre-season tour in the United States.

Sunday People: Liverpool and QPR are weighing up a move for highly rated teenage Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu; the Rs are also targeting South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung, who has hinted that he is ready to leave Celtic;

Sun on Sunday: Sunderland want to snap up Aston Villa defenders Stepehn Warnock and James Collins for a reunion with former boss Martin O’Neill at the Stadium of Light; Vincent Kompany will pen a new deal with Manchester City, worth a staggering £34m.


09.30 BST Hello everyone and welcome to another glorious day of transfer-related activity from the football world. Should be some juicy stuff out there today as many newspapers often hold on to their best material until Sunday.

Our lead picture story above is that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has slapped a 100 million euro price tag on Edinson Cavani's head. Ridiculous? We thought so too. Read all about it here.

July 21, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/21/2012

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.


Van Persie: Him again © Getty Images

00.00 BST That's all for today's blog folks but be sure to join us from 0900 BST on Sunday for a host of new rumours and those ever elusive done deals. Don't expect the €100 million transfer of Cavani to be one of those though!

23.40 BST Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Edinson Cavani will not be allowed to leave the club for less than €100 million. Realistic.

23.06 BST Aaron Ramsey joins Arsene Wenger in expressing his hope that Robin van Persie stays with the Gunners: "We don't know anything that goes on. We hope that he stays at Arsenal. He had a brilliant season last year and he is a big player for us, so we are just hopeful that he will stay.''

22.45 BST Roberto Mancini says Kolo Toure is free to move to Bursaspor but has questioned whether the Turkish club can afford him.

"It is up to Kolo to decide if he wants to go to Bursaspor or not," Mancini said. "However, can they meet his demands?"

22.18 BST Manchester City playmaker David Silva will be handed a lucrative new deal worth £190,000-a-week in an attempt to stave off reported interest from Real Madrid, according to Goal.com.

21.53 BST Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer a target for Lille, according to reports in France. But LOSC are apparently baulking at an asking price of 6 to 7 million euro.

21.12 BST Sky Sport Italia are reporting that Marco Borriello is ready to leave Roma - with Tottenham Hotspur, Werder Bremen and Galatasaray among his apparent suitors.

20.53 BST Paulo Assuncao has joined Sao Paulo after reaching an agreement to terminate his contract with Atletico Madrid.

20.38 BST We mentioned earlier that Marc Overmars suggested Ajax are interested in Arsenal youngster Ryo Myiaichi, but Frank De Boer has now said: "In my opinion he is not an option any more. There are several candidates. We'll know more soon."

20.06 BST Guti has claimed he turned down a move to Argentinian giants River Plate, writing on Twitter: "I'm not going to play for River, and, honestly, I don't want to play in Argentina. But I'm grateful for the interest."

19.43 BST Arsenal are one of a group of top Premier League clubs closely watching Santos attacking midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso, according to ESPN sources.Story here.

19,16 BST DONE DEAL: Panathinaikos have made Uruguayan forward Bruno Fornaroli their sixth signing of the summer after snapping him up from Sampdoria on a three-year deal.

18.55 BST ESPN's Italian football expert Adam Digby (@Adz77) on Twitter: "Julio Cesar, Giampaolo Pazzini & Maicon have been left out of the #Inter squad for the Trofeo TIM as all three are expected to leave"

18.37 BST There are claims that Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are trying to sign Ibrahim Afellay from Barcelona.

18.09 BST Free agent Alessandro Del Piero is still very much available. “I still don’t know where I will play next season,” he said. “It certainly won’t be an easy decision after playing at Juventus for 19 years but I am relaxed.”

17.48 BST Remember Harry Kewell? Well, the ex-Liverpool winger is back in England and seearching for a club. But with Blackburn, Middlesbrough and Swindon among those linked with him, the Australia international is keen to bide his time before choosing where to continue his career. Story here.

17.26 BST David Moyes believes Everton are close to tying up the signing of Steven Pienaar from Tottenham. Story here.

16.49 BST Rangers boss Ally McCoist says the club have not accepted the SFA's offer of a transfer embargo beginning on September 1. Story here.

16.31 BST Nottingham Forest have taken 27-year-old striker Bader Al-Mutawa - or “Kuwaiti football's hottest property”, as their official site likes to call him - on a month-long trial. He said: "The club's reputation for attractive football is well known in the Middle East, and it's exciting to be coming here when a new manager is looking to play the kind of football that I want to be part of.”

16.26 BST The Daily Mail is suggesting Charlie Adam could be offered to Fulham as part of Liverpool’s bid to sign Clint Dempsey.

16.21 BST Mattia Destro has failed to agree terms with Roma, and Genoa's president has launched into an almighty rant about it. Click here for the story.

15.40 BST Diego Simeone is adamant that Adrian will be staying at Atletico Madrid. Story here.

15.15 BST We seem to be getting a lot of questions all at once so figured we’d answer a few all in one go.

Coach McGuirk

“Guys, I'm a bit confused about the disparity of transfer fees for Van Persie v. Modric (and even this 35M number floated for Suarez). Van Persie was a one-man wrecking crew for Arsenal last season - top 3-5 striker in the world last year, right? How is that worth a transfer fee of 20M compared to Modric for 40M? Definitely not taking anything away from Modric, but in my naivete, I'd think the pure goal scoring talent would trump in the transfer market. Most other transfer values make sense (this year at least - let's not get started on the Year of Dalglish), but this Van Persie valuation is throwing me for a loop. Any chance we could get some analysis on this?”

Arsenal would tend to agree with you - it seems they want around £30 million - but as Van Persie is 29 in a couple of weeks, has one year remaining on his contract and had, until last season, struggled with injuries, it seems unlikely they’ll get what they want.

Swanseafan

“have been seeing a lot of talk about Joe Allen to liverpool. was there not an agreement between swansea and liverpool that they would not be able to buy swansea players for 12 months as part of the Rodgers deal?”

The situation appears to be that Liverpool are allowed to bid for players on the proviso that other clubs are bidding too - there’s not much point in Swansea reducing the number of bidders after all. Whether they’ll sell Allen anyway if he wants to leave, given Laudrup’s quotes, is another question.

Ross

"In what world are Malaga cash strapped? Did you sleep through last summer?"

They have debts on their previous transfers and have failed to pay their players 40% of their wages, according to the president of the Spanish Footballers' Association.

15.04 BST AS claims Arsenal could outbid Spurs for Malaga’s Spain international Santi Cazorla.

14.54 BST Swansea would allow Joe Allen to leave if he asked to do so, but Liverpool are yet to get in touch. Story here.

14.14 BST We’re a bit late on this one but never mind: Galatasaray vice-president Refik Arkan says they’re interested in signing Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United. “We have had discussions with Berbatov's management,” Arkan said. “We want to have a world-class striker. Our president also wants this. Berbatov is one of the possibilities.”

13.48 BST Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian is desperate to join Chelsea, and doesn't believe the Blues' move for Oscar should derail the bid. Story here.

13.13 BST FC Twente are unsure whether Douglas wants to join Newcastle. Story here.

12.55 BST We mentioned a claim a couple of days back that Porto and Brazil star Danilo was unhappy that AVB had been to visit Hulk. Seems it was all made up.

"Various Portuguese media reported something I supposedly said, criticising the visit of former FC Porto technician Andre Villas-Boas of Hulk at the hotel to the Brazilian team!" he wrote. "For clarification, I DO NOT USE FACEBOOK! I admire the work of the Villas-Boas and do not see any problem in paying a visit to a friend with whom he worked and was very successful! #clarification"

12.29 BST AS claims Barcelona want to sign 20-year-old Isco from cash-strapped Malaga.

12.01 BST Desperate for yet more on the Robin van Persie saga? Here's the Irish Examiner's take, as provided by Soccernet contributor Miguel Delaney: "The Irish Examiner understands that United feel they have made a very persuasive case to the forward, despite competition from Juventus and Manchester City. Van Persie is known to be a long-time supporter of the Serie A club but, although he would hugely welcome the opportunity to play in Turin, he is less willing to accept the kind of reduced wages such a transfer would necessitate, given his market value. Juventus are apparently struggling to come up with the funds to get anywhere near the Manchester clubs."

11.48 BST Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has confirmed the club want Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi on loan. Story here.

11.32 BST The full story on Steven Davis joining Southampton is here.

11.03 BST Here's our story on Brendan Rodgers' loan plans for Raheem Sterling. Story here.

11.01 BST: FEE AGREED Rangers have accepted a bid from Southampton for midfielder Steven Davis.

10.33 BST ...and yet more RVP news. He's been left out of the 24-man squad list for Arsenal's Asia tour.

10.24 BST For Wenger's quotes on Robin van Persie, click here.

10.07 BST: RVP UPDATE Arsene Wenger still wants to keep Robin van Persie. “For me, Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the club," he told Arsenal Player. More to follow...

09.53 BST Marca is reporting the same line as the UK papers: “Luka Modric has put his cards on the table and is intent on pushing things as much as possible to be transferred as soon as possible to Real Madrid. As the fact that he did not train with the team as planned could be interpreted.

“Officially, the player is expected to be present at midday to board the plane that will take the whole team to Los Angeles for the second part of the Spurs preseason. However, as MARCA has discovered, Modric’s intention as of last night were to not go.”

09.47 BST Juventus have given up on Robin van Persie, according to reports in Italy, due to a £25 million asking price. They’re focusing on Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic instead.

09.28 BST ...and here’s the full paper round-up. You’ll notice a large part of it is taken up with papers putting various fees on the size of the two, or three, Robin van Persie bids. Sorry about that.

The Times: Juventus remain hopeful of prising Robin van Persie away from the Premier League and have told the Dutchman they also intend to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool.

The Sun: Robin van Persie is caught up in a huge bidding war between Manchester United and Manchester City… Roberto Mancini says it is up to Kolo Toure whether he joins Bursaspor… Michael Laudrup says Swansea have yet to receive an approach from Liverpool for Joe Allen but accepts the player may move on… Evian striker Yannick Sagbo is eager to move to Fulham… Wigan have bid £3 million for Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis but face competition from Aston Villa… Wolves have rejected a £1.8 million bid for Ronaldo Zubar from Besiktas.

Daily Mirror: Luka Modric has gone AWOL ahead of the club’s pre-season tour to the US in a desperate attempt to force through a move from Spurs to Real Madrid… Arsenal are adamant they will not accept less than £20 million for RVP after the first round of offers (Juve: £8m, Man Utd: £10m, Man City: £12m)… Man City striker Roque Santa Cruz would be willing to join Championship sides Blackburn or Bolton so he can keep his family in the North West.

Daily Mail: Sir Alex Ferguson fears Robin van Persie’s price will rise to £30 million due to the interest of Juventus and Manchester City... Botafogo are threatening to hijack West Brom’s bid to sign Racing Club midfielder Claudio Yacob... Besiktas want Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh on loan with a view to a permanent £4 million deal.

The Guardian: Luka Modric did not report for Tottenham training but Real Madrid have so far offered only offered €32 million with a further €8 million in add-ons, which is not enough for Tottenham.

Daily Star: Manchester United bid £14 million for Robin van Persie, while Juventus bid £17 million, but Arsenal want £30 million.

Daily Telegraph: Manchester United’s bid for Robin van Persie was worth only £10 million... Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may send Raheem Sterling out on loan.

09.20 BST While you’re waiting, another one from overnight: AC Milan have been told Brazil striker Leandro Damiao is not for sale. Full story here.

0904 BST To start us off, it's widely reported that Manchester United and Manchester City have both registered bids for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. The Sun puts United’s bid at £13 million - ESPN understands it may have been as low as £12.5 million - while City’s, apparently lodged on Friday, is said to be £15 million, but Arsenal reportedly want £20 million. Perhaps the most significant aspect of all this, though, is that Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed he was in for him. You’ll find that story here, if you missed it before.

Elsewhere, Brazilian starlet Oscar has confirmed he has undertaken a medical with Chelsea, although he says he won’t be making a firm decision on his future until after the Olympics. That story is here.

Full paper round-up to follow…

July 20, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/20/2012

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.


Emmanuel Adebayor: On mega-bucks at Man City © Getty Images

21.37: That's it for the transfer blog today, ending with breaking news on Chelsea's hunt for a striker. More to follow tomorrow...

21.31 - DONE DEAL: Botafogo have sealed the signing of Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro from Ajax.

21.20: ESPN understands that Chelsea have had a £17 million bid for Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski rejected. Read the full story here.

20.44: Reports from Italy saying that Cruzeiro and Brazil Under-17 striker Leo is in Turin to discuss terms with Juventus. The Old Lady are really focussing on youth this summer.

20.31 - DONE DEAL: Hull City announce the signing of Senegal defender Abdoulaye Faye on a free transfer.

20.05: This from Soccernet contributor Sam Kelly on Twitter - "Fox Sports+ report that AC Milan have made an offer to River Plate for Rogelio Funes Mori"

20.00: Reports in Italy link Arsenal and Everton with Marseille centre-back Stephane Mbia. The French side are resigned to losing the player this summer.

19.54: Kevin Grosskreutz has admitted he would be tempted by a move to Liverpool, having played an important role in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga successes. "I love Borussia, but I cannot rule anything out," Grosskreutz said to Sports Image. "It would be a dream to play for Liverpool at some point. England is a dream for any footballer."

19.28: Quiet on transfers, but there is transfer news of sorts. Newco Rangers have been cleared to sign players this summer as SFA have put back the club's transfer embargo until after the end of the transfer window.

18.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Hamburg have completed the signing of Croatian midfielder Milan Badelj for €3.5 million from Dinamo Zagreb.

17.38 BST: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed to MUTV that the club made an offer for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie. Read more here.

17.08 BST: Boca Juniors striker Pablo Mouche is on the brink of signing for Kayserispor for US$3.5 million, which will be for 70% of his economic rights.

16.48 BST: Roma have ruled themselves out of signing Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, whose €5 million annual salary is too high for the Giallorossi.

16.40 BST: Portuguese paper Correio de Manha report that Porto defender Rolando, who has been linked with AC Milan, is close to a deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

16.17 BST - DONE DEAL: Inter Milan have signed Gaby Mudingayi from Bologna on a 12-month loan deal with an option for a permanent move.

16.09 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester United defender Reece Brown has joined League One Coventry City on a season-long loan. Brown, who is Wes Brown’s brother, had previously spent spells with Oldham, Doncaster and Bradford.

15.30 BST - DONE DEAL: Reading striker Mathieu Manset has joined FC Sion for an undisclosed fee, the Royals have announced.

14.53 BST - DONE DEAL: Swansea have completed the signing of Rayo Vallecano midfielder Michu, subject to international clearance, on a three-year deal. He said: "I had other offers, but I really wanted to come to Swansea because of the coach, the style of play and the Premier League.

"I've always followed the Premier League from Spain and I watched a lot of Swansea games last season. They played good football and I liked their style. I also know how Michael Laudrup's teams play, so I'm looking forward to being part of that. The coach was fundamental to me joining Swansea.''

14.45 BST: Long-serving Wolves defender Jody Craddock has been offered a one-year deal that will take him past a decade of service at Molineux. "I am delighted to have been offered the chance to extend my stay at Wolves for another year," Craddock told the club's official website.

14.30 BST: Reading winger Michail Antonio will be allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent basis if the Yorkshire club make the right offer, Royals manager Brian McDermott has said.

Antonio spent a successful loan spell at Hillsborough last season as the Owls sealed promotion to the Championship, and McDermott said: "There's been an offer, but we've turned it down," McDermott said. "I'm not sure how much we have heard since."

14.00 BST: Cheik Tiote has reiterated his commitment to Newcastle United, stressing he is "very happy" at the club. Full story.

13.34 BST: Ronald Zubar has said he wants to stay at Wolves amid reports that Turkish outfit Besiktas have made an approach for him. The defender has 12 months left on his Molineux contract.

13.05 BST: Norwich City are reported to have made an improved offer for Leeds United midfielder Robert Snodgrass after having a bid rejected earlier this week. The Yorkshire Evening Post said the Canaries had tabled an increased bid for the Scotland international on Thursday, which was being considered by the Elland Road hierarchy.

Meanwhile, Norwich and Barnsley have come to an agreement over a transfer fee for midfielder Jacob Butterfield, avoiding the prospect of a tribunal.

12.47 BST: Reading manager Brian McDermott has dismissed rumours that he wants to sign veteran Italian striker Filippo Inzaghi, 38, who is available on a free after leaving AC Milan and has also been reported as a target for Watford.

12.45 BST: PSV Eindhoven have turned down a Southampton offer for forward Jeremain Lens, with technical director Marcel Brands saying the club want to keep the Netherlands international.

12.43 BST: Zenit St Petersburg are believed to be considering a bid for Arsenal’s Andrei Arshavin after he returned to his former club on loan last season.

Manager Luciano Spalletti said: “From my point of view, Arshavin is a player of high class. In addition, he is an intelligent man. It all depends on his motivation. I have little doubt about Arshavin.

“It is absolutely definite that if he returned then he’d play just as well as he did last year. Arshavin is one of those names that we are discussing.”

11.47 BST: French club Lens say they are confident that Geoffrey Kondogbia's future will be resolved before the start of next week. He is thought to be a target for Reading.

11.40 BST: Sao Paulo say they have rejected a Manchester United offer for midfielder Lucas Moura, telling United they "need to produce a little more".

United have so far declined to confirm or deny an interest in the 19-year-old, but officials at the Brazilian club are adamant that they have received, and turned down, a bid.

11.07 BST - DONE DEAL: Marcos Angeleri, the man that Sunderland forgot, has returned to his native Argentina to join Estudiantes, with whom he spent eight years before his unsuccessful move to England.

The 29-year-old defender said: "I have come back to Argentina for good. Estudiantes is like my second home."

11.04 BST: Here we go: reports say Arsenal have received three bids for Robin Van Persie – one from each of the Manchester clubs, and the other from Juventus. All are believed to be in the region of £15 million, which is £10 million less than the Gunners want for their Netherlands international skipper.

10.40 BST: Interesting one: It has been reported that former England striker Emile Heskey, a free agent after leaving Aston Villa, could join Ipswich Town in the Championship. He had also been linked with a return to Leicester, his first club, and a move to Hull City. Town manager Paul Jewell signed Heskey for £5.5 million when he was the Wigan Athletic boss.

10.10 BST: Watford are reported to have agreed deals to sign goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and defender Fitz Hall after they were released by Arsenal and QPR respectively.

09.58 BST: Chelsea have not made an inquiry about Porto’s left-sided midfielder/defender Alvaro Pereira, the player’s agent has said.

The Blues had been linked with a move for the Uruguayan as they continue to rebuild their squad, but Alejandro Savich said: "His contract is with Porto and he will stay there unless there is a proposal that is acceptable to the club. So far, there is nothing at all."

09.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Southampton have signed Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Gillingham on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. As part of the deal to bring the 20-year-old to the south coast, Tommy Forecast will join the Gills on a season-long loan.

Gazzaniga said: "I am very happy, because signing for a Premier League team is a dream. The club has a lot of ambition, so I can't wait to get started.”

09.27 BST: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is eager to remain at Stamford Bridge but accepts he may have to go out on loan.

Lukaku told Sky Sports News: "If I can stay here at Chelsea and be part of the starting XI and score a lot of goals for the club and make the team win, that's good for me and for the club as well.

"But if I can go on loan and play in another team and score goals and then come back and explode, it will be good as well. I just keep grounded and work hard each day and then, after the tour, we will see what will happen."

09.15 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson has been quoted as suggesting that he intends to sign a new left back. We're a little dubious about the quotes, as he said something recently about this position that turned out to have been twisted a little by some, but this is what he is alleged to have said. Asked whether he would be signing a left-back, he said: "Yes. We have two young lads we gave a bit of time to against AmaZulu [their first pre-season friendly], but they are young.

"Patrice [Evra] will be all right. He's shown he has a resilience about him and has a great attitude to playing, but he is 31 next month."

09.03 BST: Brendan Rodgers appears to be talking on an endless loop these days when it comes to Andy Carroll. Another day, another press conference, another question about Carroll.

This time, Rodgers reiterated that he would not let Carroll go out on loan and defended the striker, saying: “There has been a lot of unfair criticism of Andy. There has been a lot of speculation in the press in terms of not being able to fit into my style of play. If a club spends £35m on a player, you would expect that player to be able to fit into whatever style a manager will bring in.

“There is talk of him going on loan, but there is absolutely no way I would be looking to loan a player like that, especially after the investment the club have paid.” He did, however, say that offers for a permanent move would be listened to.

08.53 BST: And this from the Star: “Luka Modric took a step closer to quitting Tottenham yesterday after talks with new boss Andre Villas-Boas.” But we don’t know why, or what was said.

08.51 BST: Also in the Mail: Luka Modric's widely-predicted move to Real Madrid may not be so predictable after all – the paper reports that Real president Florentino Perez has said his club will not pay more than £27 million for the Croatian playmaker. That’s a fair bit less than the £35 million Tottenham say is their minimum acceptable price.

08.46 BST: Taking time off from its usual policy of getting angry about pretty much everything in the world today (it’s a disgrace! All of it!), the Daily Mail says QPR are attempting to secure a work permit for Junior Hoilett before completing the Canadian's signing from Blackburn. Rangers are thought to be discussing compensation with the Lancashire club.

08.43 BST The Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo, is “closing in on Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta as his new No.1 right-back”, says the Mirror. The Spain Under-21 international is currently in Britain as part of his country’s Olympic squad.

08.40 BST: Remember a while ago when lots of people were talking about Hugo Lloris as a major transfer target for Tottenham? Well, now they’re talking about him again – at least in the Mirror.

The paper says the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, has begun negotiations to sign the France goalkeeper and captain from Lyon, but adds that Spurs are trying to do a deal for £12 million when the French club want £16 million.

08.30 BST: Didn’t say Robin van Persie wouldn’t be appearing soon, though, and here he is: Arsene Wenger, the Sun says, will make a decision today about whether RVP will travel to the Far East on the club’s pre-season tour.

Amid increasing speculation over where Van Persie will begin next season - could be United, could be City, might be Juventus, won’t be Shrewsbury - the Gunners boss must decide whether it would be better for the forward to stay in London rather than heading for Malaysia.

Arsenal play a Malaysia XI on Tuesday, then a friendly against City in Beijing a week today before heading to Hong Kong two days later.

On Thursday, some reports claimed that Manchester United would win the race to sign Van Persie, but Juventus also said they remained keen to sign him and “know what we have to do”.

08.14 BST: So it's neither Van Persie nor Carroll for starters: it's Mr Adebayor, whom the Sun alleges is unhappy about the prospect of a drop in wages if he joins Tottenham from Manchester City. A "close pal" said: "Manu is digging his heels in, and I don’t think this is going to be sorted any time soon. He’s the sort of guy who will see out his contract rather than cave in."

08.05 BST: Good morning all. Gossip, that's why we find you in these parts. Let's begin with a nugget about Emmanuel Adebayor, eh. One moment, please.

July 19, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/19/2012

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.


Sir Alex Ferguson is reported to be favourite to sign this man © PA Photos

23.31 BST That's the end of the blog for another night, but we'll be back in the morning, bursting with enthusiasm for the transfer dealings to come.

23.28 BST Goal.com says Real Madrid have been put off making a move for Micah Richards as Manchester City are asking £25 million for him.

23.08 BST Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has dismissed suggestions the club have had a quiet summer, pointing out that they’ve spent €29 million, but he’s not ruling out further deals. “The workshop at Napoli is always open, even to buy those who we do not currently need,” he said. “We can take them and then turn them out on loan.”

22.48 BST Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a loan move to Fulham, has said: "If I can stay here at Chelsea and be part of the starting 11 and score a lot of goals for the club and make my team win, that’s good for me and for the club as well. If I go on loan on another team and score goals and make an impact, that will be good as well. I expect to be a Chelsea player for hopefully my career. I just need to work hard and continue to do what’s best for the team."

22.30 BST Crisis-hit Portsmouth are keen to sign Reading goalkeeper Mikkel Anderson. “Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton is a good friend and he is committed to creating a winning team that can quickly get promoted back to the Championship,” agent Simon Miotto told bold.dk. “He wants Mikkel to be his goalkeeper. Some things need to be clarified at Portsmouth before he is able to assemble his team, but hopefully it will be sorted out soon - perhaps within a few days.”

22.18 BST Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim is seemingly planning to buy Inter star Wesley Sneijder to make up for the fact the club have been embroiled in the Turkish match-fixing scandal. “The risk of being disqualified for the scandal has really bothered us,” he’s quoted as saying. “Now our fans deserve a present - Wesley Sneijder.”

22.07 BST Roque Santa Cruz accepts there is no future for him at Manchester City and has, inevitably, been linked with a move to QPR. Mark Hughes already signed him for Blackburn and City, and it appears Santa Cruz would be open to the switch. “Everybody knows I have big respect for him,” he told Sky Sports News. “Who knows? I want to play and I want to be successful.” However, he added: “I haven’t spoken to him.”

21.30 BST Oriol Rosell, a former Barcelona B centre-back, has apparently completed his move to the US. He tweeted: "Im very happy to sign the deal with Sporting Kansas City. A new experience awaits us! See you soon"

21.02 BST Marca Brazil is reporting that Manchester United representatives have met with Lucas Moura’s parents and agent Wagner Ribeiro. They’re said to be offering Sao Paulo €38 million.

20.31 BST Porto’s Brazilian defender/midfielder Danilo is unhappy about Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas meeting his club and Olympic team-mate Hulk. “I did not like seeing Villas-Boas at the national team’s hotel,” he wrote on Facebook. “This isn’t a market. It’s a workplace.” Porto are unhappy too, according to A Bola.

20.01 BST Lens have confirmed Chelsea are to sign Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Eden, on Friday. Story here.

19.42 BST Alexi Lalas has told ESPN that Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron has the ability to make a real impact at Stoke. Story here.

19.10 BST Sky Sports News also believes that Swansea have made an approach to sign Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

19.06 BST: BREAKING NEWS Sky Sports News is reporting that Junior Hoilett has agreed to join QPR. The forward's Blackburn contract expired this summer, though they're entitled to compensation.

18.47 BST El Mundo Deportivo reports that Inter Milan and Arsenal both want Barcelona midfielder Ibrahim Afellay. It’s unclear precisely whether the Netherlands international will be leaving or not, but apparently Wesley Sneijder is urging Inter to try to make the signing.

18.23 BST Marek Hamsik’s agent, Mino Raiola, is advising the Slovakian to think about leaving Napoli. “Marek is a great player,” Raiola said. “If you feel like a great player then you have to test yourself in a new environment to prove your worth. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn’t agree, but I don’t agree with him. Presidents need to understand that they can’t squeeze every last drop out of a player…"

17.57 BST Javier Mascherano has confirmed he is on the verge of extending his contract with Barcelona until 2016.

17.31 BST: Edin Dzeko has denied reports linking him with a move to AC Milan. Read the full story here.

17.29 BST - DONE DEAL: A 35-year-old Lee Trundle has returned to league football with Preston after two years in the Welsh Premier League.

17.09 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Spartak Moscow have matched Lokomotiv Moskow's €10 million bid for Ivan Rakitic.

16.51 BST - DONE DEAL: Midfielder Andrea Bertolacci has renewed with Roma for five years, but will join Genoa this season on a co-ownership deal.

16.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Scott Loach has joined Ipswich on a four-year contract from Watford.

16.19 BST: Peterborough striker Nicky Ajose is on trial at Middlesborough with a view to a move, but is still under contract with Borough.

16.04 BST: Bayern Munich's Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has told Kicker that his future at the German club is still not certain ahead of the new season.

15.54 BST: Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has admitted receiving offers to move to other clubs and said: "Anything can happen." Read more on the story here.

15.48 BST: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed speculation that strikier Adrian will leave the club this summer, saying: "Adrian is an Atletico player for the next four years and nobody has called to ask about him."

15.38 BST: Luuk de Jong has described his transfer from FC Twente to Borussia Monchengladbach as a "big step" in his career.

15.26 BST: Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has issued an ultimatum to Chelsea to meet his £10 million valuation on Victor Moses or end their pursuit of the player.
Read more here
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15.13 BST: Nene may have been PSG top-scorer last season, but he looks to be heading for the exit door. Reports from Brazil say Corinthians, but A Bola report that he may join Burak Yilmaz (below) at Galatasaray for €12 million.

15.08 BST: Where is 14-year-old Foday Nabay heading? In the last few days he has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool since walking out on Birmingham City.

14.47 BST: Inter have reached an agreement with Bologna over the transfer of Belgian midfielder Gaby Mudingayi say Sky Sports.

14.36 BST: AS are reporting that Tottenham have identifield Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla as a possible replacement for Luka Modric, with the Spanish club needing to sell.

14.21 BST - DONE DEAL: Real Madrid have taken 18-year-old Brazilian defender Fabinho on loan from Rio Ave, with a view to a permanent deal.

14.09 BST - DONE DEAL: Galatasaray have signed free-scoring striker Burak Yilmaz from Trabzonspor on a four-year contract.

14.00 BST: After impressing in the Europa League, Sporting's Brazilian defender Xandao could be heading for Lazio after just six months in Portugal. The player has a €3 million release clause say Italian media reports.

13.56 BST: Reports from France suggest Chelsea have agreed a fee with Lens for Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Eden.

13.33 BST: Southampton are reported to be targeting Netherlands international forward Jeremain Lens, who plays for PSV.

13.31 BST: Stoke have agreed to a fee for the transfer of United States international Geoff Cameron to the club. Major League Soccer, which – rather than a club - determines the value of an MLS player, says the Houston Dynamo defender, 27, is worth £1.6 million.

13.14 BST: Hull have signed German striker Nick Proschwitz from SC Paderbon 07 for £2.6m, with the player agreeing a three-year contract with Steve Bruce’s side.

13.12 BST: Barnet are reported to have signed the former Dagenham forward Jon Nurse.

12.44 BST: Brazil striker Leandro Damiao’s agent has confirmed reports that he met members of the AC Milan board over a potential move. Damiao, 22, is now a major part of the Brazil national team, and Vinicius Prates told Terra: "I met Milan board members just to know them. It was the first contact. Let's see if it develops within the next few days."

12.16 BST: Spanish midfielder Michu has reportedly arrived in Swansea for negotiations and a medical after the Swans agreed a fee with his club, Rayo Vallecano, earlier in the week. The 26-year-old scored 15 goals last season.

11.59 BST: More from the Watford revolution: the Pozzo-owned, Zola-managed Hornets are hoping to finalise a deal for keeper Manuel Almunia before the weekend.

11.53 BST: James McFadden, who was released by Everton at the end of last season, has revealed that he would be interested in joining Celtic – the club he supported as a boy.

11.47 BST: Not a transfer, but a sad piece of breaking news - Tottenham's Ledley King, a truly superb player and a rare example of a one-club footballer, has announced his retirement from playing. Best of luck to him in his new ambassadorial role.

10.47 BST - DONE DEALS: Brescia have announced the signing of former Chelsea youth-team forward Marko Mitrovic, who became a free agent after leaving the Blues when his contract expired this summer. Almost as glamorously, Morecambe have signed striker Richard Brodie on a six-month loan deal from Crawley, while Reading's Gozie Ugwu has joined Yeovil on loan for six months.

10.14 BST: Fernando Gago's agent has indicated that the Real Madrid midfielder is closing in on a move to Valencia.

Gago, 26, spent last season on loan at Roma, making 30 Serie A appearances for the club and scoring once.

The Argentina international’s agent, Lombilla Marcelo, is quoted by Marca as saying that a deal with Los Che is close to being struck. Marcelo said: "The feeling is that we are keen to reach an agreement. Everything is on track."

10.03 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk president Rinat Akhmetov says Willian, a reported target for Chelsea, can leave the club – but only for €30 million.

The 23-year-old Brazil international has been linked with a move to Chelsea, but Akhmetov told the Ukrainian club’s official website: "I am sure that Willian will remain in Donetsk. As for big clubs' interest in our players, we don't have a golden cage here - we are open to talks. And when an offer suits Shakhtar, we let a player leave.

"Regarding this situation, I clearly said that I would not even talk about a sum that is less than €30million.”

09.55 BST: Two snippets: Wigan are reported to be keen to sign Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste, while Gillingham apparently lead the race for Altrincham’s prolific striker Damien Reeves after heading off competition from Doncaster Rovers.

09.53 BST: Birmingham manager Lee Clark has said he is not under any boardroom pressure to sell Curtis Davies or any other player.

Davies is a reported target for former Blues boss Chris Hughton, now in charge at Norwich, but Clark said: “I haven’t been told by the board that Curtis has to go. Curtis hasn’t made a point to me he wants to go.

“What has been said is – and this has been made public – that for any of the players, it would have to be a crazy amount of money for us to consider it.”

09.38 BST - DONE DEAL: Southampton have confirmed the signing of defender Nathaniel Clyne from Crystal Palace. The 21-year-old England Under-21 international has signed a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Saints.

“I'm overwhelmed, really,'' Clyne told the club's official website. “As soon as I heard that Southampton were in for me, I was happy and I knew that this was the place where I could try to improve my football, further my career and get a chance to play in the Barclays Premier League.''

09.34 BST: Roberto Di Matteo has suggested that he is not involved in Chelsea's pursuit of Victor Moses, but has described the Wigan forward as an "interesting prospect".

The Blues have been on Moses' trail for much of the summer and, on Wednesday, Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirmed he had rejected three bids from the Blues.

"That is something the clubs discuss," Di Matteo said when asked about Chelsea's interest in Moses. "At the moment he is a Wigan player. He had a good season last season. He is a young, interesting prospect."

09.31 BST: Told you there’d be more than one Van Persie mention today. Told you. Here’s Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta, who says the Italians haven’t given up hope of doing a deal.

"Van Persie is a fans' dream," Marotta said. "Everyone has dreams, but then you have to confront this with the reality. We know what we have to do, and that is the important thing."

09.26 BST: The Telegraph has an interesting take on the Carroll situation – it quotes Brendan Rodgers as calling Newcastle’s loan bid for him “ridiculous”.

Rodgers, who confirmed that the Anfield club had made inquiries for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey and were keen on bringing in Joe Allen from Swansea, said: “The club invested £35 million in the player and there has been a lot written and spoken over the last couple of weeks.

“For me, it’s simple. The player is still part of this group and the only way we would think about him going out is the same as any other player. If there was an offer to take him on a permanent deal, we’d have to look at it, but that’s no different to any player.

“The thought of him going on loan for one year is ridiculous, really.

09.19 BST: Robert Lewandowski “has put Manchester United on red alert after admitting he dreams of playing in the Premier League”, says the Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old Poland international, who plays for Borussia Dortmund, told Polish TV station TVP: “The Premier League is a league that I would like to play in, and I hope it happens some time. Although I am happy at Dortmund, I always like to aspire to greater heights.”

09.16 BST: Sir Alex Ferguson says he would be happy for Dimitar Berbatov to stay at Manchester United but is open to the striker departing this summer. Berbatov has been linked with AC Milan.

"I do not need to herald the abilities of Dimitar Berbatov -he is a fantastic talent," Ferguson said. "Last season he didn't quite get the amount of football he wants. I am easy about it if he stays. I would be happy with that. But if someone comes in and Dimitar wants to leave, we will assess it."

09.11 BST: Developments, perhaps, in the Luka Modric saga: speaking after his team had played Stevenage in a friendly, Andre Villas-Boas indicated that, in addition to Real Madrid, two other clubs - possibly Manchester United and PSG - are also keen on signing him.

AVB reiterated that the only way in which the Croatian international will leave White Hart Lane is if the price is right – and that could mean anything between £35 million and £40 million.

He said: “There has been continuous interest from three different clubs in Luka. But it is important for Tottenham to hold on to their rights. His situation will continue as it is until the price is right.

“Luka is an intelligent person and understands the club has to defend their values, rights and interests. It’s a difficult situation for the club, but we have been co-operative by openly saying we are willing to listen to offers.

“But the offer has not been met to what the chairman wants. If that is met, there won’t be any problems.”

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas also denied he is interested in signing Hulk, with whom he was photographed in London on .Tursday. He said: “Hulk is a very special player for me as we achieved a very good year at Porto. But we were just talking.”

09.04 BST: Reports in Australia say Melbourne Heart are keen to sign Michael Owen and hope to beat Everton and Stoke in the race for the former England striker.

But why on Earth would someone would want to live in a relaxed country with a beautiful climate when they could play for Everton or Stoke?

09.00 BST: Manchester City have rubbished reports that striker Edin Dzeko is on his way to AC Milan to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his move to Paris Saint-Germain – and say the have never heard of a man claiming to be his agent.

The Sun reports that Sead Susic, who claims to be Dzeko’s agent, has stated that a deal for the striker to join Milan was “70% done”, but a City spokesman said: “The club have no knowledge of Mr Susic.”

08.58 BST: After lots of arrivals at Chelsea, it’s time for some departures, says The Sun, which reports that Florent Malouda – whose mooted transfer to Santos of Brazil appears to have fallen through – heads the list of those being ushered towards the exit door.

Manager Roberto Di Matteo wants to make room for some more new arrivals by trimming his squad, the Sun says, and it quotes him as saying: “Florent is back with us now and I will have a talk with him this week.

“We cannot name more than 25 players in the squad, so we will have to make some decisions. Pre-season gives me a great opportunity to look at the new players and see how they develop. The final decision on who will go and who will stay will be made at the beginning of August.”

Yossi Benayoun and Gael Kakuta are also surplus to requirements after returning from loans, the report says, while Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Josh McEachran are likely to be sent on loan.

Meanwhile, one of his new signings, Marko Marin, is looking forward to the challenge of trying to win a first-team place, and said: “Tottenham were interested in me in January, but once Chelsea made a bid it was not a choice for me. I decided straight away that I wanted to come to Chelsea.

“I know I won’t play every game for Chelsea, but I know I can improve from being with so many quality players and I am keen to show the manager what I can do.”

08.50 BST: Several times bitten - especially last season - twice shy? Maybe not. Here’s the Mirror again: “Liverpool will have to pay a Jordan Henderson-type fee” if they want to sign Joe Allen from Rodgers’ old club Swansea. The last time Liverpool paid a Jordan Henderson-type fee, for Jordan Henderson, it was a huge success, as everyone agrees. So let’s see whether the magic formula can be repeated.

08.47 BST: Talking of strikers who have been talked about a lot in recent days, here’s Andy Carroll. The Mirror says Carroll wants to resolve his future next week after speculation linked him with a return to Newcastle on loan with an eye to a permanent move.

The paper adds: “The big Liverpool striker knows he will be have to leave Anfield if he wants to play regular games after new manager Brendan Rodgers made clear he does not figure in his first-team plans.”

It says Carroll’s advisers have spoken to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, and have been told the England man can go if the right offer is received.

Carroll has said he does not want to leave Anfield, but it appears to be increasingly clear that-he is not part of Rodgers’s long-term thinking.

08.23 BST: Good morning and welcome to today’s Robin van Persie story – the first, no doubt, of several, but it’s an interesting one. The Mirror believes Van Persie (who, remember, was supposed to be keener on going to Juventus than anywhere else a couple of days ago) is heading to Manchester United, and says Sir Alex Ferguson is confident he will be the manager who signs the Arsenal striker.

The paper says the Old Trafford club “believe they have won the £20 million race” for the Netherlands international, and Ferguson is “confident the Arsenal captain will team up with Wayne Rooney to form a formidable strike force in a rebuilt side”.

Ferguson, according to the Mirror, is said to have told “footballing friends” (as opposed to ordinary friends) that he feels United can fend off interest from Juventus and Premier League champions Manchester City.

Both Van Persie’s advisers and Arsenal have said they hope to decide his future sooner rather than later. Earlier this summer, the Dutchman – who has a year left on his Emirates contract – announced that he would not be signing a new deal in North London.

July 18, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/18/2012

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.


Micah Richards could be on the way to Spain © PA Photos

23.59 BST: And that's it for tonight. Join us once more in the morning.

23.29 BST: It is being reported that Zeki Fryers spent Wednesday at Spurs' training ground ahead of completing a move from Manchester United.

22.50 BST: Quotes from Sir Alex Ferguson on Dimitar Berbatov:

"I do not need to herald the abilities of Dimitar Berbatov, he is a fantastic talent,'' he said. "Last season he didn't quite get the amount of football he wants. At his age, it was difficult for him to accept his position in the forward line.

"He had Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez in front of him, and they are all young men. The boy has a future, but if he wants to leave it is a different matter. I am easy about it if he stays. I would be happy with that. But if someone comes in and Dimitar wants to leave, we will assess it.''

22.13 BST - DONE DEAL: Roma have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Leandro Castan from Corinthians for €5 million.

21.52 BST: BOOM! And it explodes with one of those ridiculous transfer stories. German tennis legend Boris Becker has reportedly announced that Robin van Persie has signed a new two-year contract. That's the deal done then.......... Blame Twitter.

21.30 BST: All quiet in the world of transfer right up, thought I'd update you.

20.55 BST: Some reports that Atletico Madrid's Oliver Torres has ruled out a loan to Manchester United. No verified quotes as yet.

20.34 BST: Here's the story on Brendan Rodgers talking about Clint Dempsey and Andy Carroll.

20.21 BST: Stefan Edberg confirms Carlos Vela signs three-year deal with Real Sociedad.

20.05 BST - BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club have made enquiries about the availability of Fulham forward Clint Dempsey. He also suggested the club are not looking to loan out Andrew Carroll. Full story follow.

19.41 BST: Trabzonspor have announced that Burak Yilmaz has left the club and is set to sign for Galatasaray in a €5 million deal. It comes after a move to Lokomotiv Moscow collapsed.

The club said: "Galatasaray made an offer in-line with article 6-D from Burak Yilmaz's contract which released him from the club. Galatasaray will pay €5 million upfront and 25% if Yilmaz is transferred to another club.

"The contract between Burak Yilmaz and Trabzonspor has been mutually terminated."

19.26 BST: Felipe Melo has just tweeted that he has agreed terms with Galatasaray and now called on his former club, Juve, to agree a fee. He said. "Hi GS fans! I'm in Orlando with my family and I miss a lot all you! My love for you and for GS made me accept the offer made to me!!! Now GS should show they want me and find an agreement with Juve.Cimbon! ‪#forzagalatasaray"

19.03 BST - DONE DEAL: Sporting Lisbon have signed Khalid Boulahrouz on a two-year contract after he left VfB Stuttgart.

18.31 BST: The Watford Observer reports that Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach is to have a medical at Ipswich Town on Wednesday ahead of completing a move.

18.12 BST: Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has dismissed reports of a bid from Newcastle for midfielder Vernon Anita. Read about it here.

17.50 BST: We're hearing that former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is set to rip up his contract with Sheffield Wednesday after only a few weeks. He cannot cope with the long distance trips to and from training - as happened with another former England international with Richard Wright at Preston.

17.27 BST: New quotes deny that Alexandre Pato will be out of the door at AC Milan this summer. His agent, Gilmar Veloz, told Tuttomercatoweb.com: “Alexandre is calm, he is working towards the Olympics with Brazil and after that will be going back to Milan to become their protagonist,”

17.09 BST: You can read our story on West Ham signing Mobido Maiga right here.

17.01 BST - DONE DEAL: West Ham have completed a deal for Modibo Maiga from Sochaux on a four-year contract for around £4.7 million, though it is officially undisclosed.

16.31 BST: After Filipo Inzaghi was linked with Watford earlier today, talkSPORT believes Reading could win the race for the veteran striker.

16.15 BST: The Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon has confirmed that the club are in talks to sell 24-year-old midfielder Isaiah Osbourne, who has reportedly attracted a bid of £250,000 from Blackpool after only a year at Easter Road.

16.14 BST: Crystal Palace prodigy Nathaniel Clyne, 21, is reported to have completed a move to Southampton on a four-year contract – a move that had been widely predicted for some days.

Newly-promoted Southampton will be due to pay Championship Palace compensation for the full-back because he is under the age of 24.

15.56 BST: Chelsea: Being linked with the world, one player at a time. The club will complete a deal for Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta in the next 48 hours, the Daily Star, reporting other reports, reports.

The paper says the Blues will pay £7 million for the Spain international. Newcastle and Liverpool are also thought to have expressed an interest in the 22-year-old but, according to L’Equipe, Roberto Di Matteo’s the manager leading the race.

15.51 BST: Reports say Birmingham City are set to sign Chelsea left-back Ben Gordon on a six-month loan deal. The 21-year-old defender has already spent spells on loan with Tranmere, Kilmarnock, Scunthorpe and Peterborough.

If the deal goes through, he will join striker Peter Lovenkrands, goalkeeper David Lucas and defender Hayden Mullins, who have all been brought to St Andrew's by new Blues manager Lee Clark this summer.

15.19 BST: And a little more from Steve Kean on midfielder Steven Nzonzi revealing his desire to leave Blackburn after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Nzonzi, 23, joined Rovers from Amiens in France in 2009, but Kean said the player was adamant that now was the time to move on.

"He's asked for a transfer,” Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire. “He doesn't want to play for the club any longer. I had two meetings with his father, and he wants to play elsewhere.

"We'll be listening to offers but, as it stands, he remains under contract and we haven't had any offers at all."

15.03 BST - DONE DEALS: Two more for transfer-crazed Leyton Orient: Colchester midfielder Lloyd James, 24, has signed a two-year deal and 20-year-old ex-West Brom and Millwall goalkeeper Ryan Allsop has agreed a six-month contract.

14.57 BST: More details on the long-anticipated and finally confirmed Ibrahimovic-PSG switch:

Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan on a three-year contract.

PSG sporting director Leonardo announced on Tuesday that the deal was on the verge of completion and, on Wednesday, Ibrahimovic was unveiled at a press conference.

It is reported that the Sweden international will earn €13 million a year, with his arrival following that of former Milan team-mate Thiago Silva. The two were signed in a combined deal worth €65 million.

PSG have also sealed the signature of Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti, with the Italian agreeing a five-year contract at Parc des Princes.

14.44 BST - DONE DEAL: Leicester City have completed a deal for Hungarian striker Marko Futacs, who left Portsmouth this summer a year after moving to English football from Werder Bremen and went on to score five goals in 12 games.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Foxes, whose manager Nigel Pearson said: “Marko is a very gifted player whose technical strengths should not be underestimated.

“He has shown all of the physical and mental attributes to be successful at this level, and we are delighted.” He said the 6ft 5in Futacs “naturally offers some variety to our attacking options”.

14.22 BST - DONE DEAL: PSG have confirmed the captures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti. Ibrahimovic joins on a three-year deal, Verratti for five years.

14.22 BST: Wigan have reportedly recruited two 19-year-old Spaniards, Eduard Campabadal and Guillermo, for their development side. Campabadal is a La Masia graduate who has played for Spain at several youth levels.

14.11 BST: The Daily Star reports that David N'Gog could be heading for a return to French football, with St Etienne chasing the Bolton striker.

14.02 BST: Reports suggest Arsenal's attempts to bring in 17-year-old striker M'baye Niang from Caen have stalled, with the French club rejecting their initial offer.

13.51 BST: Blackburn midfielder Steven Nzonzi has handed in a transfer request, the Championship club's manager, Steve Kean, has confirmed.

13.27 BST: Brazilian defender Maxwell says he is looking forward to Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining him at PSG, with the pair already having been team-mates at Ajax, Inter Milan and Barcelona.

The Sweden striker is expected to complete his move from AC Milan to the Parc des Princes later on Wednesday, and Maxwell told L'Equipe TV: “With his height, his physical presence and his technical skills, there is nobody like him.”

13.18 BST: Defender Kader Mangane has joined Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal from Rennes. The 29-year-old Senegal international has signed a three-year deal with the club, managed by former Paris St Germain boss Antoine Kombouare, after the clubs agreed a fee reported to be £2.35m.

12.59 BST: Edin Dzeko’s agent says the Manchester City striker is being targeted by AC Milan following the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG – and claims talks about a move have already been held.

Dzeko, 26, who started the season strongly for City but fell down the pecking order as the campaign wore on, could be allowed to leave by manager Roberto Mancini.

And his agent Sead Susic told told spaziomilan.it: "Edin would love to play in Serie A and with the Rossoneri. A move to AC Milan is more than possible.

"There have been discussions and they are continuing. Let's see what will happen in the coming days. After the departure of Ibrahimovic, Dzeko would be an ideal replacement.”

12.29 BST - DONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Matt Robinson has signed a two-year deal with non-league Luton Town after being released by his home town club. Hatters boss Paul Buckle said: "He's a smashing kid and has a great work ethic."

12.27 BST - DONE DEAL: Another signing for Leyton Orient – the Os have brought in 28-year-old centre back Nathan Clarke following his release by Huddersfield Town. He has signed a two-year deal with the East Londoners.

12.21 BST: Fulham have denied that Clint Dempsey is joining Liverpool after a website affiliated with the Anfield club appeared to confirm the move.

In an article linked from Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group's website and published on NESN.com, it was reported that the Reds had "added Clint Dempsey to a team that game (sic) within a game of winning the FA Cup" and tha the 29-year-old would join the Reds on tour. Any mention of Dempsey on the webpage was later removed.

A Fulham spokesperson told BBC Sport: "It is totally not true. We have not received any bids."

11.48 BST: Reports suggest Newcastle are awaiting a response from FC Twente after submitting a €4 million bid for defender Douglas. The 24-year-old has been a Toon transfer target for some time, and it is believed the offer is not far off Twente's asking price for him.

11.45 BST: Swansea have not received any offers for midfielder Joe Allen, reports say. Allen has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield, where former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is now in charge.

11.04 BST: This from the NESN (New England Sports Network) - it's quoted verbatim: “The Boston Red Sox are celebrating Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary this season, and Liverpool FC is going to be a part of the historic summer.

"The football club will be partaking in a three game North American tour, which includes a stop in Boston for a game at Fenway Park. The team has added Fabio Borini and Clint Dempsey to a team that game within a game of winning the FA Cup."

So perhaps there is something to that speculation about a £10 million Dempsey deal from earlier today... or perhaps not.

10.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Burnley have signed 22-year-old defender Joseph Mills on loan for the season from Premier League newcomers Reading. He becomes the Lancashire club’s fourth signing of the summer.

10.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing of Dutch striker Luuk de Jong from FC Twente after what seemed like months of negotiations.

Netherlands international De Jong has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga club, who had made the 21-year-old their top summer target. The forward scored 39 goals in 75 appearances for Twente.

“We are really delighted that this transfer has finally gone through,” Gladbach director of sport Max Eberl said.

10.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Sunderland left-back Michael Liddle has completed a permanent move to Accrington, where he made 12 appearances on loan last season. Liddle came through the ranks at the Stadium of Light.

10.21 BST: Juventus have said they are interested in signing Stevan Jovetic – even though his club, Fiorentina, insist the Montenegro international is not for sale.

Juve sporting director Beppe Marotta has indicated that 22-year-old Jovetic is a target, saying: "We like Jovetic, but he's a Fiorentina player and they have the right to keep him.

"But he is the profile of player we are looking for. He's an interesting young player with real value and technical qualities that would be good for us. But I can't say more.”

10.04 BST: Just to reiterate: Andy Carroll has told Liverpool he wants to stay at Anfield rather than be sent out on loan or sold off in a cut-price deal.

Carroll is not interested in a return to Newcastle or a move south to London with either West Ham or Fulham. "Andy has told them that he does not want to move," an ESPN source said.

10.01 BST - DONE DEAL: Freiburg have signed 21-year-old Norway international Vegar Eggen Hedenstad from Norwegian first division side Stabaek IF for an undisclosed fee.

"With Vegar Eggen Hedenstad, we have found a player who can help us as a full-back,'' the Freiburg director of sport, Dirk Dufner, said. "He is regarded as a major talent in Scandinavia, and now he will get the chance to develop further with us in the Bundesliga.''

09.36 BST: Rennes striker Jires Kembo Ekoko is hoping to put pen to paper on a new contract, saying he doesn’t want to leave – a refreshing change to hear someone say that sort of thing this summer.

The former France Under-21 international, who has spent his whole senior career with the Brittany club, told L’Equipe: “I am very happy to start the season with Rennes. It's my club and the town where I grew up.”

09.25 BST: Norwich City have had a bid for Leeds United skipper Robert Snodgrass rejected, with Leeds manager Neil Warnock telling his club’s official website: "It's been made public that they have bid, but from our own point of view it's not what we're looking for.

"It's difficult when players get their heads turned, but I'd like to keep Rob at the club and that's what I'm trying to do at the moment. Unless they come up with a valuation that the club thinks is satisfactory then that's what we want to do."

09.15 BST: Maybe they’ll finally, formally announce it today, then: Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has said "the deal is done" to sign AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

PSG have already snapped up Ibrahimovic’s Milan team-mate Thiago Silva as part of a €65 million double swoop and have settled personal terms with Ibrahimovic after days of wrangling with his agent, Mino Raiola.

09.14 BST: More from Stamford Bridge: Chelsea have had a £26 million offer for playmaker Willian turned down, according to the Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu.

Willian has been linked with the Champions League winners for the past 12 months, with Chelsea having a £16.7 million bid rejected in January.

"I told Willian he can leave, but only if the right offer is made," Lucescu told Romanian TV station Dolce Sport. "He's a great player. Willian was the biggest investment Shakhtar have made in a young player - we have to respect that."

09.11 BST: Roberto Di Matto’s playing it coy: Oscar has arrived in England, but the Chelsea boss won’t be drawn on the prospect of the forward moving to Stamford Bridge.

Oscar, 20, flew into Heathrow Airport as part of the Brazil squad for the Olympics, but his club future is a subject of speculation, with a £25 million fee reported to have been agreed between Chelsea and Internacional.

Di Matteo told Chelsea’s official website: "I can tell you that he's not a Chelsea player so it's difficult for me to talk about a player that doesn't belong to us.

"I know there has been speculation we are interested in this player and, in due course, if there is anything to announce we will do. All I would say is that he is a very young talented midfield player."

09.04 BST: Apparently determined to get rid of £35 million striker Andy Carroll, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is on the verge of making an addition to his attacking options in the shape of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey.

The Mail reports that Liverpool have agreed a £10 million fee with the Londoners for Dempsey, and says the deal could be tied up by the end of the week.

The 29-year-old “has an impressive scoring record, as a striker or attacking midfielder, and is due on Merseyside to complete the formalities in the next few days”, the paper says.

09.01 BST: More on another player whose name has been pretty constantly involved in the whirl of summer speculation – Porto’s Hulk.

The Daily Mail says Spurs boss Villas-Boas is lining up a move for the Brazilian. It says AVB “wants him to be his marquee signing at White Hart Lane and has been given the go-ahead to initiate talks”.

08.58 BST: Shy and retiring Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has rejected a third Chelsea bid for Victor Moses, one of the stars of the show in the Latics’ superb finale to last season.

Whelan rejected one Stamford Bridge offer as “taking the Mickey” earlier this summer, but the Sun says the Blues have increased their bid to £5 million. Whelan values the player at £10 million.

But Whelan wants the 21-year-old to stay where he is and continue his development as a player under the guidance of Roberto Martinez, and said: “They [Chelsea] have made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. We’re still hoping that he signs an extended deal.”

08.53 BST: The Sun says Rafael Van der Vaart is staying at Tottenham – and he’s targeting the title.

The Netherlands international was thought to be considering a move after Harry Redknapp was sacked, but says he is looking forward to working with Andre Villas-Boas.

“My place is at Spurs - I want to win the title with this club,” the paper quotes him as saying. “Each summer, my name appears in the transfer market.

“The new coach has good plans for me, and this is important. I have heard excellent reports about AVB. We have very good attacking and if AVB imposes an offensive system, the team could be a real spectacle.”

08.48 BST: Interesting times for those of a Watford persuasion. The Pozzo takeover, as well as offering an opportunity for pretentious Waiting for Godot-type jokes, could see two genuine legends of the Italian game at Vicarage Road.

The Mirror says: “Gianfranco Zola has lined up fellow Italian legends Filippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Del Piero as two sensational summer signings for Watford.

“World Cup-winning duo Inzaghi, now 38, and Del Piero, 37, are free agents after leaving their Serie A clubs this summer.” Wonder what they’d make of life in the Championship?

08.35 BST: The first of many Van Persie tales today, you’d suspect: the Star says the (for now) Arsenal man has turned down a £300,000-a-week offer from Juventus and will now join Manchester City.

Yesterday, he was supposed to have wanted to join Juve to avoid playing for a Premier League rival of Arsenal’s. Then he was supposed to have been keener to join Manchester United than City. Now he doesn’t want to go to Italy and does want to go to City. It'll be different on Thursday, and again on Friday. And again. And again.

Anyway, the paper says the Juve move would have made Van Persie the highest-paid player in Italy, an accolade (or something) previously held by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is on the brink of completing a move to Paris Saint Germain.

One more snippet from the Star: the paper says West Brom are hopeful of completing a deal for Argentine midfielder Claudio Yacob, who is out of contract, but have cooled their interest in Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia

08.25 BST: Good morning, and here’s one you might not have seen coming after another day of Robin van Persie-related hoopla on Tuesday – Micah Richards is wanted by Real Madrid, who have apparently made contact with Manchster City about the possibility of signing him.

The Daily Star says Real coach Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of the England full-back and is willing to pay £20 million to bring him to the Bernabeu. Mourinho also tried to sign Richards during his time as Chelsea manager.

Richards agreed a new £70,000 a week deal at the Etihad recently, but the Star says City manager Roberto Mancini could be willing to accept a £20 million offer.

The paper reported a source as saying: “Real Madrid made contact with City a few weeks ago and Micah is waiting to see what City do, but he would definitely be interested in the move.

“Jose Mourinho has always rated him and reckons he would be a great addition to his squad as they look to defend their Spanish title and try to win back the Champions League.”

The paper also reports that Lokomotiv Moscow have made an approach to City for Emmanuel Adebayor amid doubts over the striker’s hopes of completing a permanent £6 million move to Tottenham, where he was on loan last season.

July 17, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/17/2012

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.


Dimitar Berbatov: Future part-time EastEnder? © PA Photos

23.45 BST Well that's all we have time for tonight, but check back in the morning to see if Ibrahimovic and Co make it official.

23.33 BST AC Milan veteran Filippo Inzaghi could be heading to the Spanish Primera Division as Granada have reportedly offered the 38-year-old free agent a deal.

23.12 BST Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo has joined PAOK on a season-long loan. Khumalo joined Spurs in January 2011 from South African partner club Supersport United.

22.33 BST Carlos Vela has agreed to join Spanish side Real Sociedad on a permanent deal, bringing an end to his seven-year stay with Arsenal. Full story

21.58 BST Santos may be sniffing around Robinho but AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani has told the Brazilian club's representatives that the forward is not for sale, according to reports Italy.

21.21 BST West Ham boss Sam Allardyce does not expect Andy Carroll or Dimitar Berbatov to join the club this summer, despite holding talks with Liverpool over England forward Carroll. Full story

20.35 BST Ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has tweeted that he is on the brink of resolving his future: "Getting closer to finding a new club. Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again."

19.40 BST Norwich City have had a bid for Leeds United skipper Robert Snodgrass rejected by the League Championship side. Full story

19.07 BST Reading have signed Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

18.33 BST Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed "the deal is done" to sign AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Full story

17.35 BST Reports in Brazil suggest that Manchester United have had a €38 million bid for Sao Paulo youngster Lucas Moura rejected. Full story

17.06 BST With Zlatan Ibrahimovic all set to join PSG, AC Milan will meet Edin Dzeko's agent and Leandro Damiao's agent to sound out a possible deal for the strikers.

16.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Naldo has moved from Werder Bremen to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old Brazilian defender, who joined Bremen in 2005, joins his new team-mates on Wednesday.

Wolfsburg’s coach Felix Magath said: “I am delighted with this transfer. Naldo is just the right player to strengthen our team. He has a lot of experience in Europe to help us reach our goals.”

15.29 BST: Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic has told Sportske Novosti that he hopes Luka Modric does go to Madrid "because Dinamo would get something out of it - we will receive 5% of his next transfer". All the right reasons, then.

15.24 BST: Reports suggest that Arsenal forward Carlos Vela is in talks with Real Sociedad over making a permanent move. PSG might want to try and nip in there first.

15.18 BST: L'Equipe reports that PSG will look to sign Kaka this summer as part of their apparent interest in signing absolutely everyone in football this summer. If it’s not him, it’ll be somebody else.

Meanwhile, reports in Italy suggest that Jovial Martin Jol could be preparing to bring Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta to Craven Cottage.

15.05 BST: El Confidencial says Benfica will offer Real Madrid €10 million for winger Jese Rodriguez.

14.49 BST: Borussia Dortmund remain confident of retaining Robert Lewandowski despite the striker expressing a desire to play in the Premier League. The Poland international, 23, was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this summer.

"It is the league that I would like to play in and I hope that I manage to do so," he told TV channel TVP Info when asked about the English top flight.

14.47 BST: Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has dismissed speculation that Robinho is close to a return to Brazil, saying any move is still some way off. Robinho, 28, had been linked with a move back to Santos as part of a swap deal that would have taken goalkeeper Rafael Cabral to the San Siro.

14.14 BST: Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Milan Badelj is set to make a €4 million move to Hamburg, reports suggest. The 23-year-old comes with a glowing reputation.

13.37 BST: Van Persie, again: reports say he is unlikely to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour, but there have been no official bids for him. Yet. And no sort of final decision on his future. Yet.

13.31 BST: Reports in Thailand say Muangthong United are one of several clubs chasing Louis Saha, who is available on a free transfer from Spurs.

13.15 BST: Porto defender Rolando knows exactly what he wants. The Portugal defender says he would leave the club this summer only if AC Milan came in for him. I believe that could well be a glittering example of what some papers would call a "come and get me plea".

13.07 BST: Modric, Madrid, will he, won’t he? Striker Gonzalo Higuain hopes he will and, demandingly, wants any deal for the Tottenham midfielder to be done really, really quickly.

Modric is believed to want to move to Real, and Higuain told as.com: “I saw at Modric at Euro 2012 and also at Tottenham. He is a player who loves the club and us. I wish to close the deal as quickly as possible if it is for the good of the team.''

13.04 BST: Reading have completed the transfer of defender Adrian Mariappa from Watford on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The Hornets accepted a bid for the 25-year-old from the newly-promoted Premier League club over the weekend, and he becomes Brian McDermott’s sixth summer signing.

12.55 BST: Qatari club Al-Gharrafa are reported to have made a bid for West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie.

12.53 BST: More on Debuchy and his possible move from Lille to Newcastle – the Lille coach, Rudi Garcia, has confirmed that the club are continuing the hunt for a replacement for him. Garcia told L’Equipe: “He has expressed his wish to leave. I understand that. Now we are searching for a possible replacement.''

12.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Bolton Wanderers have signed Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan for an undisclosed fee.

12.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Leyton Orient have signed Stoke forward Ryan Brunt on loan until January. Brunt becomes a temporary East Ender after spending a loan spell at Tranmere last season, and Orient manager Russell Slade said the 19-year-old “thrives on crosses and possesses a terrific work rate”.

12.44 BST - DONS' DONE DEAL: AFC Wimbledon have signed defender Pim Balkestein, who spent a short spell on loan with them last season, after the Dutchman was released by Brentford. Dons boss Terry Brown said Balkestein, 25, “is a fantastic signing for us and he has chosen to come here even though a League One club were interested”.

12.06 BST: Robin van Persie again – this story is back with a bang. Now reports suggest that he favours a move to Juventus (an idea rubbished by Arsene Wenger not all that long ago) but has not rejected the possibility of a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

It is thought that he would prefer to move to United than City but that his ideal choice would be a switch to Italy so he could avoid playing for one of the Gunners’ Premier League rivals. With talks on his future expect to gather steam as the week goes on, watch this space. And watch it. And watch it. And watch it...

11.53 BST: FC Twente, Everton, QPR, West Ham, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hamburg are all keen to sign Inter Milan's Netherlands Under-19 striker Luc Castaignos, De Telegraaf reports.

11.50 BST: Mario Balotelli’s agent has rubbished reports that his client could move to AC Milan as a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Mino Raiola, who also represents Ibrahimovic, told Sky Sport Italia: “Balotelli was already not for sale before the European Championship - now he is untouchable.”

11.31 BST: Fernando Roig, the Villarreal president, has rejected a €9 million euro offer from Valencia for midfielder Bruno Soriano, as.com reports. Roig wants €12 million for the 28-year-old, a one-time target for Manchester United.

11.06 BST - DONE DEAL: Napoli have completed the signings of Velon Behrami and Alessandro Gamberini from Fiorentina.

President Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed to Radio Marte, the official broadcaster for the club, that the duo had been signed outright.

10.56 BST: Rayo Vallecano have accepted a bid for midfielder Michu from Swansea, reports in Spain say. The Swans are said to have tabled a €2 million offer for the 26-year-old midfielder, who hit 15 goals last season.

He is reported to have been given the go-ahead to discuss personal terms with Swansea, and a deal could be tied up soon.

10.46 BST: Here’s an interesting possibility: Joey Barton and... Sheffield Wednesday. Owls manager Dave Jones, who steered the club back to the Championship last season, has said he could be interested in a move if the Twitter-loving midfielder leaves QPR.

Jones said: "If he did become available it's something we would look at, but there would be many things to consider. I wouldn't be frightened of bringing him here if he became available. His reputation would not put me off."

10.36 BST: Berbatov update: The striker’s agent has weighed in with a possible option which involves neither West Ham nor the English game.

Emil Dantchev says the Manchester United player would be keen to join AC Milan, telling Calcio Mercato: “I know for a fact that Dimitar really likes Serie A and would be happy to discuss a move. In particular he’d like to go to Milan, because it is known that that club has appreciated him for years. Who knows? Maybe it’ll work out this time.”

10.06 BST: Meanwhile, back in London, Goal.com says Romelu Lukaku is set to make a loan move from Chelsea to Fulham.

10.05 BST: More Ibra: The Gazztta dello Sport says personal terms between the forward and PSG will be sorted out today, paving the way for the move to finally go through.

Although PSG and AC Milan have agreed a fee, the completion of the deal has dragged – but now reports suggest that he will undergo a medical in Paris on Wednesday.

The Gazzetta says Ibrahimovic will earn €12 million a season after taxes, but that could increase to €14.5m depending on bonuses.

“The Ibrahimovic to PSG deal still isn’t done, but we’re focused on finalizing it,” agent Mino Raiola told Sport Italia. “It is an important transfer, and the details are important.”

09.42 BST: Holland international Ron Vlaar says he wants to complete a move to Aston Villa, having been impressed by the club and manager Paul Lambert.

The 27-year-old Feyenoord defender told De Telegraaf: “I was in Birmingham on Sunday to have talks with Paul Lambert and left with a very positive impression.

“Joining Aston Villa would be a dream come true. I look forward to the Premier League, but I will miss Feyenoord.”

09.38 BST: This from the Mail: Spurs are apparently weighing up a move for Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon amid claims the Spanish club are on the brink of a financial crisis. The paper says the 22-year-old has also been monitored by Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months, but Spurs could arrange a swap deal involving Giovani dos Santos.

09.34 BST: L'Equipe again: this time the report is that Chelsea are close to signing Eden Hazard's brother, 19-year-old midfielder Thorgan.

09.33 BST: Mathieu Debuchy has reiterated his desire to leave Lille. The France international has been tipped to join either Newcastle or Inter Milan, but has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts to move away.

He told L’Equipe: “Despite my commitment to Lille - the club is in my heart - I am 100% committed to leaving. I want to leave LOSC.

“The coach wants to keep me, but I will not change my opinion.”

09.30 BST: PSG, having tied up the signing of Thiago Silva from AC Milan on Saturday, are still attempting to agree personal terms with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The club's sporting director, former Milan boss Leonardo, has said Tuesday will be "an important day" in the negotiations. "It is not done yet," he said. "The work continues. We continue to talk. We'll see."

09.21 BST: Marco Verratti has said he was unable to resist the opportunity to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

The 19-year-old Pescara player is due to complete the move to France in the near future after his club agreed a fee, reported to be in the region of €12 million with a further €4 million in potential add-ons, with the wealthy Parisians.

"In life, you have to make choices and this kind of proposal may never come again, so I could not say no to PSG," he told Sky Italia. "The fact that there are Italians there makes it easier for me in terms of the language.”

09.19 BST: On the same topic, the Express says Cavani's wage demands would "put him level with some of the highest earners at Chelsea like England stars John Terry and Frank Lampard. Only Fernando Torres, on £180,000 a week, earns more".

09.14 BST: And more Chelsea/Cavani: The Star says Edison Cavani “wants £150,000 a week to join Chelsea”.

“The Stamford Bridge outfit will hold further talks later this week with the Napoli striker’s agent over a £35m move,” the paper says. “But the 26-year-old Uruguayan star’s massive wage demands are holding up the deal for one of Europe’s most wanted strikers.”

09.05 BST: More RVP: Arsenal have confirmed that Robin Van Persie is looking to settle his future "as soon as possible". The Dutchman is back at the Emirates for the first time since issuing a statement confirming that, after holding talks over the direction of the club prior to Euro 2012, he had decided not to sign an extension to his existing contract, which has entered its final year.

The club says he wants to “resolve the matter of his future, either way, as soon as possible”, but that no date has been agreed for any meeting.

08.50 BST: You had a whole day without Robin van Persie talk yesterday. Be thankful. But here comes some now. The Sun says the Gunners skipper came back to training yesterday still determined to quit the North London club, but adds that Arsenal look to have “given up” on him as well.

Want to know why? He doesn’t appear in their latest online catalogue, that’s why. And to prove the point, a stunned Sun says: “There are even club T-shirts for lesser lights such as Per Mertesacker.” Make of that what you will.

Across North London, the Sun says, Emmanuel Adebayor – hoping to tie up a permanent move to Spurs, online catalogue status unknown – “will return to training with Manchester City still unsure about his future”

Spurs want to make his successful loan spell last season into a full-time switch, but the paper says City are demanding £6 million and talks have stalled.

And over at Chelsea, Roman Abramovich and the gang "will have to pay over £60million to land Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani and Brazilian playmaker Oscar in a sensational double swoop".

08.30 BST: Good morning and welcome to a big-name striker rumour that, for once in recent days, doesn’t involve Andy Carroll. It does, however, involve West Ham – one of the clubs linked with Carroll as his exit from Anfield becomes seemingly more inevitable by the day.

This time, it’s Dimitar Berbatov who’s being touted for a move to Upton Park. On the face of it, Berbatov is not the most convincing of matches for Big Sam’s few frills approach (an approach that has yet to convince fans in the East End), but the Mirror seems convinced.

The Hammers, the paper says, have made an “audacious” bid to rescue the smoking striker from his “Manchester United hell”, initially on a loan basis - a temporary exit from hell, then, which is nice. The Bulgarian, who has slipped further and further out of the first team picture at Old Trafford in recent times, joined United from Spurs in a £30 million deal four years ago - but reports suggest he could now move for as little as £5 million.

The Mirror also says Arsenal are in the market for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby amid rumours that Theo Walcott, who has a year left on his contract, could be heading elsewhere. Yesterday’s rumours linked Walcott with Liverpool. He’s also been linked with Tottenham. Any guesses who he might be linked with tomorrow? West Ham? Newcastle? Neasden FC? Well, who knows?

Carroll, the paper says, is keen to return to Newcastle. The Magpies had an offer to take their ex-striker on loan from Anfield with a view to a later permanent move rejected, but it seems a deal is a long way from being impossible.

Reports on Monday night suggested Newcastle could increase their offer, while the Mirror says: “Andy Carroll will push for a move home to Newcastle as his current club Liverpool try to thrash out a deal with the Magpies.

"England striker Carroll was shocked to learn he will be allowed to leave Anfield, either in a straight sale or on loan with a view to a permanent exit, and he wants the final say on any transfer.”

July 16, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/16/2012

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.

Andy Carroll: Newcastle tried to bring him back © PA Photos

23.45 BST And that's the conclusion of today's On the Move transfer blog. Be sure to join us in the morning for a fresh offering straight out of the gossipy oven. Thanks for all your comments today. They were lovely stuff.

23.30 BST The Guardian states that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is confident of signing Tottenham's Luka Modric.

23.13 BST The Mirror is claiming that West Ham could look to bring in Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov. Berba or Carroll? Hmmm.

22.51 BST Suggestions that Liverpool have had a bid accepted for Athletic Bilbao's Muniain are wide of the mark, according to those in the know.

22.36 BST Reports claim Fulham are keen to keep hold of Clint Dempsey but the American has had his head turned by Liverpool's alleged interest.

22.18 BST Ajax are keen to land Barcelona youngster Marc Muniesa on a season-long loan to replace Jan Vertonghen, who has left for Tottenham.

21.42 BST - Twitter talk: ‏@themichaelowen: "Getting closer to finding a new club. Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again."

21.20 BST Bologna have announced the signing of Gianluca Curci on loan from Roma.

20.39 BST Transfer-related news: Charles Green has revealed he may be forced to accept the transfer ban handed to Rangers by the Scottish Football Association in order to secure the Ibrox club's membership of the governing body.

20.10 BST It is now being widely reported that Chelsea have agreed a £25 million deal in principle to sign Brazil international Oscar.

19.44 BST: Some quotes from Miller on his move: "I'm delighted to be making this move to Major League Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps. I have heard many great things about the club and the city of Vancouver, and have been impressed by the standard of MLS. To have the chance to continue my career in North America with Whitecaps FC is a fantastic opportunity for me and my family."

19.18 BST Cardiff City have confirmed that Kenny Miller has left the club to join MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.

18.51 BST Here's the full story on Wigan's acquisition of Fyvie.

18.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Wigan sign Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

18.13 BST Swansea defender Ben Davies has signed a new two-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.

18.08 BST Bayer Leverkusen general manager Rudi Voller has ruled out selling reported Chelsea target Andre Schurrle. Full story.

17.40 BST Palermo have underlined that Federico Balzaretti will either stay with them or join Paris Saint-Germain.

"We are convinced that we will be able to keep him and that he will stay with us," vice-president Guglielmo Micciche told Radio Kiss Kiss. “Federico has made it clear that he’d only consider joining PSG, but that hasn’t happened because he’s not been requested.

"His deal expires in June 2013 and he’s already spoken to President Maurizio Zamparini about a renewal. The only reason why he would want to leave Palermo is to go to Paris because that is where his wife works."

17.14 BST Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has told the South Wales Evening Post: "There's more work to do. I don't want to say so much about the names, because we have to realise there are a lot of clubs in the same position as we are right now.

"We have to spend our money well. We have to do things quietly because if we talk too much, other clubs will say 'Oh, we would like that as well'.

"The only thing we do by mentioning names is put the prices up, and the only people who will be satisfied with that are the clubs who own the players. We cannot say so much, but we are working on things."

16.52 BST Sky Sports are reporting that Reading are closing in on the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter.

16.36 BST This is HUGE, with all due respect. Izale McLeod is on trial at Portsmouth after opting to leave Barnet, who he joined in 2010 as a free agent.

16.21 BST - DONE DEAL: Burton Albion have also signed an ex-Rochdale defender, with Marcus Holness joining on a two-year contract after a trial period.

16.17 BST - DONE DEAL: Walsall have made a duo of singings, bringing in Stoke City midfielder Florent Cuvelier on a six-month loan deal and adding ex- Rochdale defender Dean Holden on a 12-month contract.

15.49 BST: Norwich City are reported to have made a new bid for Leeds midfielder Robert Snodgrass. The player was first linked with a move to Carrow Road when Paul Lambert was manager.

But it is reported that his successor, Chris Hughton, has maintained the Carrow Road interest in the 24-year-old Scot, with a fresh offer having been tabled.

15.20 BST: Sunderland are reported to be keen to sign Blackburn midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, with the 23-year-old almost certain to leave the Lancashire club after their relegation from the Premier League.

15.04 BST - DONE DEAL: PSV Eindhoven have completed the signing of 21-year-old striker Luciano Narsingh from Heerenveen on a five-year contract.

Narsingh told the club’s official website: “PSV are a great club. I think I will feel at home here very quickly. Of course I want to win trophies, but the most important thing is to be part of the team. It is good that I have come to a club where I can do that.”

14.51 BST - DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday have signed Slovenia international midfielder Nejc Pecnik after he impressed during a trial spell at Hillsborough. He has joined the Owls from Portuguese club CD Nacional on a two-year deal subject to international clearance.
Wednesday boss Dave Jones said: “This is a good signing for us. Nejc came over for a trial, and we liked what we saw. I'm looking forward to working with him.”

14.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has re-signed for Aston Villa and agreed a three-year contract. The 27-year-old had parted company with the Midlanders at the end of last season after failing to agree terms.

Villa manager Paul Lambert said: “I've watched Brad, and [in] some of his games when he was in the team last year he was excellent.

“I know he's always had that stigma of being the number two behind some really good goalkeepers here. But when you come back at the start of the season nobody knows what's going to happen, and it depends on whoever does well.”

13.42 BST According to the Irish Sun, Barcelona have signed nine-year-old Irish footballer Zak Gilsenan after trials in May and June. One to watch for the 2024-25 season.

13.42 BST - DONE DEAL PSV have secured the signing of Heerenveen winger Luciano Narsingh for a fee of €4.1 million. The 21-year-old was a member of Netherlands' Euro 2012 squad.

13.42 BST - DONE DEAL Brazilian side Internacional have announced the capture of former Roma defender Juan. Read the full story here.

13.22 BST: Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that he wants to bring Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich, but says Bilbao’s demand for a €40 million fee is “exorbitant”.

13.19 BST: Swindon Town’s interim chairman, Jeremy Wray, has denied reports linking the newly-promoted League One outfit with a move for Australian winger Harry Kewell, who has been a free agent since leaving Melbourne Victory last season.

13.12 BST: More on the Zlatan Ibrahimovic move from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain – a move that’s developing trace elements of a saga:

The PSG sporting director Leonardo has revealed that Ibrahimovic's transfer will not be completed on Monday as expected. The 30-year-old is in talks with the club, but the two parties are yet to agree on the terms of a contract that would see him join former team-mate Thiago Silva at the Parc des Princes.

A bid of around €65 million was accepted for the duo last week, with Thiago Silva completing his transfer, valued at €42 million, on Saturday.

"We continue to hold talks with Zlatan,'' Leonardo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "The negotiations are going forward, but I can assure you that today we have no meetings scheduled.''

brahimovic is reported to have asked for a three-year deal worth €15 million per annum, but the French side are currently offering €12.5 million package for a duration of four years.

13.01 BST: Internacional have told Chelsea they must break the bank if they want to sign Oscar. The European champions are reportedly preparing a £25 million bid for the 20-year-old.

The Internacional president, Giovanni Luigi, told Radio Gaucha: “I want the transfer of Oscar to be the biggest transfer deal ever in Brazilian football, and the Chelsea offer isn't that far from that.”

12.19 BST: Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart will not be making a return to his former club Hamburg because the Bundesliga outfit do not have the finances to secure a deal.

Van der Vaart had been heavily linked with a move to the Imtech Arena, with Hamburg coach Thomas Fink claiming the Dutchman would be "an ideal fit" for his team.

However, despite the growing desire from fans and club officials for a return, any hope of a deal appears to be over after Hamburg chairman Carl Edgar Jarchow told Bild: "We cannot finance a move for Rafael van der Vaart."

12.04 BST: Barcelona B defender Marc Muniesa could join Ajax on a temporary basis, according to the Ajax sporting director, Marc Overmars.

11.36 BST: Claudio Pizarro says he is not worried about facing competition if Bayern Munich decide to make further moves to strengthen their attack this summer.

The 33-year-old has returned to Bayern for a second spell after leaving Werder Bremen on a free. He scored 71 goals in 174 Bayern appearances between 2001 and 2007.

11.23 BST: Aberdeen could lose midfielder Fraser Fyvie after confirming that the highly-rated teenager is in talks with Wigan. The 19-year-old has attracted the attention of several English clubs.

11.21 BST: Aston Villa are interested in bringing Feyenoord captain Ron Vlaar to Villa Park, and are reported to have had talks with the 27-year-old defender.

11.20 BST: Paris St Germain are still interested in signing Luka Modric, with reports claiming that coach Carlo Ancelotti has met the Spurs midfielder’s agent. Le Parisien says the Londoners’ €50 million asking price for the Croatia star has not deterred PSG.

Meanwhile, the club hope to finalise the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic by the end of this week.

11.10 BST: Steve Kean is in talks with West Brom as he looks to continue his reshaping of Blackburn with the signing of striker Simon Cox, according to reports. Cox joined the Baggies from Swindon in 2009 but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the side.

10.35 BST: West Ham United are hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding Andy Carroll's Anfield future by making a move to sign him - but would only want to sign him on loan for the time being.

The Reds have already held talks about Carroll with Newcastle, Fulham and the Hammers, but have yet to receive a bid that meets their expectations.

10.01 BST: Reports suggest that Borussia Monchengladbach have agreed a deal with FC Twente for Netherlands international Luuk de Jong. Newcastle failed with a bid earlier this summer, but Gladbach and Twente are understood to have settled on a fee of around €20million.

09.49 BST: Southampton have confirmed that Brazilian forward Guly Do Prado has signed a contract extension that keeps him at the newly-promoted Premier League club for a further year.

Since moving to England in 2010, Do Prado, 30, has hit 22 goals in 85 games for the south coast side and he told their official website: “I'm very happy to have signed a new contract.To be able to stay here for another year to help the team was very important for me, and I think I have a big opportunity this season.”

09.42 BST: Napoli are hoping to wrap up the signings of midfielder Valon Behrami and defender Alessandro Gamberini from Fiorentina in the next few hours.

A Fiorentina statement said: "After the negotiations undertaken by ACF Fiorentina and SCC Napoli, our players Valon Behrami and Alessandro Gamberini have been authorised to undergo medicals with Napoli.”

09.22 BST: Here’s a cross-sporting morsel from the Daily Star, which reckons Mo Farah thinks Robin van Persie would be right to quit Arsenal in search of silverware.

Van Persie, who has told the Gunners he will not sign a new deal, has been linked with Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Farah told BBC Radio Five Live: “I don’t think it’s anything to do with money. It’s more him wanting to win things.

“I would love for him to stay, but unfortunately you have to think of yourself and you have to think of your career. It’s OK what the public and other people think, but, deep down, you know.”

09.15 BST: The Mail reports that Real Madrid are close to finalising a £30 million deal for Tottenham’s Luka Modric and says only a few details remain to be ironed out before the transfer – a long-anticipated one - goes through.

The paper says the clubs are “haggling” over details and also claims Spurs have cooled their interest in signing the France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.

09.09 BST: Meanwhile, Stoke’s hopes of signing United States midfielder Geoff Cameron could be scuppered after the Major League Soccer authorities put a £2.2 million price tag on his head.

Tony Pulis had been hoping, or expecting, to pay between £1.5million and £1.7million for the Houston Dynamo player.

09.05 BST: Every morning’s gossip needs at least one player who’s a “sensation” and The Mirror is sensationally happy to oblige. Here it goes: “Manchester City are ready to win the race for French sensation M’Baye Niang - and snatch him away from Arsenal and Tottenham.”

The Caen striker has already made 30 first team appearances for the Second Division outfit, and the paper says he is set to decide on a move away before the transfer window shuts.

09.01 BST: The Mirror has its own take on Carroll, quoting a figure of £17 million in connection with Newcastle and their loan-with-an-eye-to-a-permanent-deal.

It also says Carroll and his advisers have been shocked by the speed of developments since Rodgers took over, with the striker only learning he was available for loan when the manager spoke about the issue last week.

08.55 BST: Modern-type communicator Dimitar Berbatov has used Facebook to reiterate his desire to lave Manchester United, where he is well adrift of the first-team picture.

The Sun reports that Berbatov, who cost £30.75million from Tottenham four years ago, is now available for just £5m. He wrote on Facebook: “The truth is I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing, And I want to play, I want to help.

“But for unknown reasons it’s not going to happen or my chances will be limited, so it’s better for everyone if we say goodbye. If not, I am professional and I will keep doing everything I can to help my team whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

“Because I am tired of speculation, I am telling you this. I read the papers and I see they say £10m is my price. I talk with Sir Alex and he says £5m. So who is telling the truth, what do you think?”

Meanwhile, the paper says Sao Paulo will rebuff any effort by United to land Lucas Moura for £26m.

08.45 BST: The wages demanded by out-of-favour Chelsea winger Florent Malouda may have priced him out of a move to Brazilian club Santos.

Malouda, who is still in negotiations with Santos, is no longer a first choice midfielder at Chelsea and is expected to leave Stamford Bridge.

The Frenchman, whose wife Florencia hails from Brazil, has been linked with a move to several clubs in South America, including Vasco da Gama, but will have to take a pay-cut to secure a deal.

Here’s a cross-sporting morsel from the Daily Star, which reckons Mo Farah thinks Robin van Persie would be right to quit Arsenal in search of silverware.

Van Persie, who has told the Gunners he will not sign a new deal, has been linked with Manchester City, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Farah told BBC Radio Five Live: “I don’t think it’s anything to do with money. It’s more him wanting to win things.

“I would love for him to stay, but unfortunately you have to think of yourself and you have to think of your career. It’s OK what the public and other people think, but, deep down, you know.”

08.25 BST: Another week begins and, with it, another round of speculation about the future of Liverpool’s Andy Carroll. It seems clearer than ever that the £35 million man (and that’s still not an easy figure to believe) is on his way from Anfield, but the question is: where to?

We could have known the answer, albeit on a short-term basis, had Liverpool accepted a Newcastle proposal to bring the former Magpies striker back to St James’ Park on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent move. But they said no.

Anfield sources said the Magpies only offered to pay a small part of the striker's £80,000-a-week wages in their offer, which was made with a view to a permanent switch at a specified price next summer.

That deal was not appealing to Liverpool, but they are willing to sell Carroll if an "attractive" offer was tabled. They would also take a hit on the £35 million they paid to Newcastle 18 months ago.

Whether the Magpies will be willing to return with a new offer for Carroll, who has failed to live up to his hefty price tag since leaving St James' Park, remains to be seen. West Ham and Aston Villa were also interested in loan deals, but the short-term option does not appear to be one Liverpool want to consider.

July 15, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/15/2012

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.


Robin van Persie: Manchester-bound? © Getty Images

23.40 BST Time for the transfer blog to call it a night, but we'll be back in a little over eight hours with all the tittle-tattle from the morning's papers.

23.38 BST Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 28, is happy to extend his stay at Schalke. "I am keen to open talks with Schalke,” he said. “We will meet either in the upcoming weeks or months to discuss a contract extension. I want to play an important role at Schalke. I'm ready to take on more responsibilities."

23.27 BST Any hope for Bebe? He's been named in the Manchester United squad for their tour of South Africa and China. He spent last season on loan at Besiktas but suffered with injury.

23.09 BST Sport says Barcelona forward Cristian Tello will decide on his future after the Olympics amid interest from Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis.

22.45 BST Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba, 31, is a free agent after leaving Odense and is apparently in talks with clubs in France and Belgium.

22.39 BST Guangzhou Evergrande boss Marcello Lippi has said that Argentine midfielder Dario Conca will not be leaving the club.

22.30 BST Spanish TV station Intereconomia's has claimed Barcelona and Santos have agreed a €60 million deal for Neymar, but that it is not yet decided whether he will join this summer or in a year's time. Not much more information there, but a very big story if true...

22.14 BST: Carroll update Liverpool have rejected Newcastle's loan bid, according to the Press Association. It's said the Reds will entertain offers for a permanent transfer, though.

21.55 BST Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, 24, has revealed he wants to return to Benfica before he turns 30. “I want to return while I’m still fresh,” he told O Jogo. “I love Benfica. It is the club of my heart.”

21.27 BST Isaac Cuenca looks to be staying at Barcelona. “Tito has told me he’s counting on me, so I’m happy,” he told his club’s official website.

21.08 BST ESPN’s Andrew Orsatti tweets: “Seems Paulinho has no intention to leave Corinthians this season. His agent says club matched offers from Inter, Valencia and CSKA.”

20.40 BST There are reports that Feyenoord’s Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar was at Villa Park today.

20.25 BST Lee Ryder, of the Evening Chronicle newspaper, tweets that Newcastle’s offer to take Andy Carroll back from Liverpool - initially on a loan but with an option to make it permanent - is worth around £13 million. The Mirror, though, puts the figure at around £17 million.

20.17 BST It's been suggested that Ganso could join Arsenal, but that always appeared unlikely and is even more so now: his Santos team-mate Rafael has said the midfielder wants to stay put. Story here.

20.06 BST Marca thinks Real Madrid and Tottenham are only €2 million away from agreeing a fee for Luka Modric. Madrid are reported to be willing to pay €35 million upfront but, while Spurs want €7 million in potential add-ons, the Spanish champions are drawing the line at €5 million.

19.51 BST Goal.com believes Manchester United “are fearful of being priced out of the race to sign Sao Paulo’s teenage sensation Lucas Moura”. They’ve offered £20 million but Sao Paulo want £30 million, apparently, and United are also said to be concerned by his £110,000-a-week wage demands.

19.28 BST Norwich boss Chris Hughton on his transfer plans: "There might be positions where I feel I don't need to strengthen and there might be positions where, for what's available, I think we have got better here.

"What I have is a team that has done well with good team spirit. I do want to improve the squad, but I have to be very conscious there is a lot of good here and you don't want to remove too much of that."

19.10 BST Here are the quotes from Dimitar Berbatov’s Facebook page: “The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone, if I am not playing. And I want to play, I want to help, but for unknown reasons it’s not going to happen, or my chances will be limited, so it's better for everyone if we say goodbye.

“If not, I am professional and I will keep doing everything I can, to help my team and my teammates, whenever I have opportunity to do so.”

Full story here.

18.46 BST The Press Association is also reporting that Newcastle have made a bid to bring Carroll back. You'll find the full story here.


18.30 BST ...and yet more from Sky Sports News on Andy Carroll. It's claimed Newcastle have now lodged a loan offer with an option to buy, which may very well suit all parties.

18.13 BST Sky Sports News has spoken to a source close to Andy Carroll and the player doesn’t want to leave Liverpool, but he’s apparently ready to accept a loan move to prove his worth to Brendan Rodgers. However, the channel also says that the Reds are only willing to consider permanent deals, so it looks like there’s a problem.

17.49 BST Roberto Mancini has dismissed speculation linking AC Milan with Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

"Both Dzeko and Tevez will stay at City," Mancini told Sky Italia. "We are a great team and we try to keep all our great players. It won't be easy but they will stay here.

"We still lack a couple of players to reach [the level of] Real Madrid and Barcelona. Also our mentality has to grow season by season."

17.20 BST Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has reportedly told L'Equipe: "Everyone asks me if it is 90 or 99% done. But these percentage stories don't interest me. In my mind, you have a deal, or you don't. There is nothing in between. Today, nothing is finalised yet."

16.48 BST - DONE DEAL Roma have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Michael Bradley from Chievo Verona.

16.30 BST Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho claims to have been offered Florent Malouda but has been put off by the Chelsea player's wages.

16.11 BST There are some quotes from Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov circulating regarding his future. We are working on finding out if they are legitimate before bringing them to you.

15.45 BST Young winger Omar Elabdellaoui has been handed a new two-year contract by Manchester City.

15.17 BST Journalist Matthew Barker on Twitter: "Reports Michael Bradley will finally be unveiled as a #Roma player tomorrow, after deal reached with #Chievo (€3.5m plus midfielder Stoian)."

14.48 BST Brazilian defender Juan has ended his five-year stay at Roma to join Internacional on a two-year deal.

14.16 BST Public service announcement: you can have your say on all things transfers via the comments section of this blog.

13.40 BST Guly do Prado has signed a one-year contract extension with Premier League new boys Southampton.

13.12 BST Real Sociedad boss Philippe Montanier is optimistic of finalising a deal to bring Arsenal's Carlos Vela back to the Spanish club for the start of the new season.

12.48 BST Real Madrid have edged ahead of Chelsea in the race to sign Douglas Maicon from Inter Milan, according to reports.

12.25 BST In case you missed it yesterday, Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of Thiago Silva from AC Milan on a five-year deal. Full story.

11.57 BST Not the grandest of rumours, but it will please ESPN's Dale Johnson (an unashamed Owl) nonetheless. Sky Sports are reporting Sheffield Wednesday have agreed a deal to sign Slovenia international Nejc Pecnik after a successful trial at the club.

11.25 BST Juventus have opened talks with the agent of Gianluigi Buffon regarding a contract extension in Turin.Juventus have opened talks with the agent of Gianluigi Buffon regarding a contract extension in Turin, according to Tuttosport.

11.11 BST "With Van der Vaart, at the moment I am absolutely counting on him," Villas-Boas said. Click here for the full quotes.

10.51 BST Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is resigned to losing Luka Modric but expects Rafael van der Vaart to stay at White Hart Lane. Full story to follow.

10.28 BST Further rumours in the Express: West Ham are considering a £4 million move for Sochaux’s Mali striker Modibo Maiga ... Wigan and Fulham are after Fraser Fyvie, 19, who has turned down a new deal at Aberdeen.

10.10 BST Express: Chelsea are hopeful of landing Oscar ahead of Tottenham, with a fee of £25 million mooted by the paper ... AC Milan have stepped up their interest in Manchester City's Edin Dzeko ... Sunderland lining up a £10 million off for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher ... West Brom want Argentina midfielder Claudio Yacob on a free transfer ... Blackburn are keeping tabs on Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

09.43 BST Mirror: Manchester United are eyeing up Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen. The Denmark international is valued at £20 million, and it is suggested Zenit St Petersburg are also keen on his signature.

09.30 BST The Sun: Real Madrid are confident of signing Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric in the next 48 hours. Real are said to be willing to spend £35 million on the Croatia international ... Fulham boss Martin Jol wants Cardiff's Peter Whittingham but is set to see a £2.5 million bid rejected by the Welsh club.

09.15 BST Daily Star: Shinji Kagawa needed little persuasion to join Manchester United after speaking with manager Sir Alex Ferguson ... Watford manager Gianfranco Zola wants to bring in United's Federico Macheda on loan ... Wolves and Bolton are keen on Norway international Vadim Demidov ... Liverpool are weighing up an £8 million swoop for Fulham's Clint Dempsey ... Wigan want Bolton forward Chung-Yong Lee ... and, finally, the newspaper claims Van Persie has been spotted house-hunting in "the millionaires’ village of Hale".

Good morning. A happy Sunday to you. We're knee-deep in newspapers at the moment, so anticipate a round-up of all the rumours soon. In the meantime, something to whet your appetite: Robin van Persie has reportedly been spotted house-hunting in Hale, Manchester.

July 14, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/14/2012

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.


Carlos Tevez's future is the subject of conjecture, again © Getty Images

23.38 BST That's all for tonight, folks. We'll be back in the morning for the latest on Zlatan's move to PSG and perhaps Lucas Moura's move to Manchester United.

23.36 BST It appears Barcelona’s Adriano won’t be going anywhere. "Adriano is very happy at Barca and will continue there next season,” agent Paolo Alfonso told Radio COM.

23.30 BST El Mundo Deportivo reports that Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid are keen on Barcelona B winger Gerard Deulofeu, but the 18-year-old wants to stay put.

23.26 BST Germany striker Cacau, 31, could be on his way out of Stuttgart this summer. "I spoke with Bruno Labbadia and he could not promise me a regular place in the side," Cacau told Bild. "I am open to offers from other clubs. There have been some enquiries, but I haven't received anything concrete yet. It's possible that I could stay in Germany but I do not need to."

23.15 BST Reader dannyaray brings our attention to a rumour from the Twittersphere.

"Twitter is blowing up with the following news: 'BBC radio reporting that Manchester United are finalising a deal for Lucas Moura.' -@ManUtdMyLife"

Perhaps there'll be more in the morning on that one.

23.04 BST Reading boss Brian McDermott is hopeful of signing Adrian Mariappa from Watford shortly. "We have got a formality to take care of on Monday and I think once that's done and dusted we are hopeful of getting him signed on Monday,” he told Sky Sports News.

22.46 BST Looks like Rafael van der Vaart - as the player himself recently suggested - will be staying at Spurs, though Luka Modric is almost certainly off.

"With Van der Vaart, at the moment I am absolutely counting on him," boss Andre Villas-Boas said. "It is a totally different situation from Luka, who has been chased by different clubs in the past two seasons and is continuing to drag interest. We have to make sure the club's interests are met, and it is up to the chairman to decide that."

22.30 BST Tuttosport says Benfica are in the market for Reto Ziegler, who is surplus to requirements at Juventus.

22.01 BST Alvaro Arbeloa is hoping Luka Modric joins him at the Bernabeu. "Modric is a great player,” he is quoted as telling Kompas.com. “I'm happy that he may sign for Real Madrid.” However, he added: “We have lots of good midfielders, so he will have to compete with them to earn his place.”

21.35 BST Denmark centre-back Simon Kjaer, on loan to Roma last season, has said he’s not delighted at having to return to Wolfsburg but will give his all for the club nonetheless. “It’s not what I’d hoped for after the European Championship, but I am a professional and dedicated to my work here,” he told sporten.tv2.dk. “Wolfsburg pay my salary.”

21.08 BST Sylvain Distin is hoping Everton can strengthen this summer, although it appears he may be more concerned that the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines could be off.

"You always need to strengthen," he Sky Sports News. "Any manager, or any team, would not want any players. We have still got a small squad and we would definitely like to add some players. The most important thing is to keep the players we have got - that's my personal point of view. If we can have players like Steven Pienaar coming back to the club, that would be great."

20.41 BST El Mundo Deportivo thinks Milan could try to sign David Villa with the money from their summer sales, but Barcelona aren’t selling. Not much of a story, then, really.

20.27 BST Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert refused to rule out a move for Andy Carroll when asked about the possibility in his post-match press conference after a friendly with Burton Albion today. “He's a top player and not one I would dismiss,” he said.

20.17 BST Porto coach Vitor Pereira has repeated what we already knew about Joao Moutinho: they’re not going to sell him unless someone meets his release clause. "We very much want him to stay and we are not looking to sell," he told A Bola, “but this is football and you have termination clauses. For us he has been great and helped us achieve the results we have."

19.58 BST PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that there are no plans to sell any defenders despite the arrival of Thiago Silva and warned Mamadou Sakho, who has fallen down the pecking order since the Italian’s appointment, that he will not be allowed to move on.

“With Silva and Alex, we have a good basis for the defence and I will choose the best players for each game,” he said. “I won’t neglect the other defenders who perform well.

“There hasn’t been a discussion over any defender leaving as a result of this. If Sakho demands to leave, we have taken our decision: it’s that he must stay.”

19.45 BST AS reports that Jose Mourinho is to meet with Kaka on Monday to tell him he’s going to get even less playing time than last season. He’s on €9 million a year, apparently, and Madrid need the money to pay Luka Modric’s wages, so Mourinho’s plan is to give the Brazilian a less than subtle hint that he really should give up on his Real Madrid dream.

19.21 BST Demba Ba says he's very happy at Newcastle and, while he didn't actually say he wouldn't leave, he has given the impression he's staying. Story here.

18.57 BST The rumours that Ganso could sign for Arsenal have been around for a little while but seem to be gaining ground, with a couple of reports in English newspapers today. The remark from Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues (see the entry at 12.35 BST) appears to have helped this one gain traction.

18.39 BST Marca says Luka Modric is asking everyone he knows what Madrid’s like. Quite how the paper knows that we’re unclear, but it’s sticking to its usual line on the subject: “He's told Tottenham that he wants to leave and that he prefers Madrid ahead of other options like Chelsea, Manchester United or PSG. Madrid hasn't made a move in the last few hours. The club stands firm in its intention to not pay more than €35m despite Tottenham wanting €10m more.”

18.12 BST The full Thiago Silva story is here.

17.58 BST: DONE DEAL PSG have announced the signing of Thiago Silva. More to follow...

17.38 BST More from Ibra’s representative, Mino Raiola, on the progress of the negotiations with PSG: "He is not in Paris to pass his medical. We will continue to work and give a press conference when everything is settled."

And the Thiago Silva deal isn’t sorted yet either. His agent, Paulo Toniello, told L’Equipe: "For now, nothing is done - far from it. The two deals aren't related. It's even totally different. Zlatan can sign, it won't affect us. Thiago has nothing against the idea of playing in France but everyone needs to be satisfied. For now, it's not the case."

17.28 BST Andrea Stramaccioni has indicated that Philippe Coutinho, who had been out on loan at Espanyol, will be staying at Inter Milan. Read about that, plus Wesley Sneijder and Giampolo Pazzini, right here.

16.52 BST Will PSG actually sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic? The Swede’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been in talks for three days, and apparently there’s concern that the new French President, Francois Hollande, is planning a 75% tax on anyone earning over €1 million a year. Zlatan is hoping to earn €14 million a year.

16.29 BST There’s a suggestion in the Daily Mail that Arsenal believe Robin van Persie is likely to sign a new deal. It could be another Wayne Rooney moment, it appears. Hopefully Arsene will provide a similarly dramatic press conference to accompany it all.

16.12 BST AC Milan seem to be ready to sell off pretty much anyone earning significant wages, but they won't be able to offload Robinho to Santos by the look of it.

“There is a need for reinforcements at the club, but there is nothing at the moment being done with Robinho,” Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues told reporters. “He has a strong relationship with our club, but for now he is working with Milan and he is happy."

15.30 BST Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has been quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport as saying the following on Wesley Sneijder: "As far as I know he is an Inter player and will stay here."

14.44 BST Stuttgart forward Cacau is prepared to listen to offers from other clubs in a bid to resurrect his chances of appearing at the 2014 World Cup in his home country.

14.11 BST Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has played down suggestions his club are close to bringing in Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu on loan.

13.53 BST Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan's immense potential has been recognised by Premier League club Tottenham, who have invited the 20-year-old to train with them. Full story.

13.38 BST FULL STORY: Didier Drogba has insisted his move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua was not motivated by money. Click here.

13.03 BST The Times claims Manchester United will make an opening offer of £10 million for Everton left back Leighton Baines, although the Toffees want nearer £15 million.

12.35 BST Santos' vice-president, Odilio Rodrigues, has told Lancenet: "Ganso doesn't want to play for Santos anymore. We learned that from the club's president Luis Alvaro last Thursday. Ganso has lost his interest in Santos so we won't try to keep him anymore."

12.00 BST Didier Drogba has conducted his first press conference as a Shanghai Shenhua player. He has said: "Money is not the most important thing. I expect a new lifestyle here. I hope I can show China my culture, and take some Chinese culture back also."

11.30 BST Remember that you can have your say on all the transfer dealings via the comments section at the foot of this blog. We welcome your comments with open arms.

11.05 BST Internacional president Giovanni Luigi has claimed the club have received an enquiry regarding Oscar, amid speculation linking the playmaker with Chelsea. Luigi told Radio Gaucha: "We received an email today, but it's a long way off being done."

10.42 BST Express: Contrary to the newspapers, the Express runs with the Carlos Tevez wants to stay quotes. Our full story on this is here. ... QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky is to leave after failing to agree terms on a new contract. Aston Villa's Jean Makoun is waiting on being granted a work permit ahead of the new season.

10.19 BST Daily Star: City are demanding £22 million, not the aforementioned £25 million, for Tevez ... Michael Owen's career is in the balance after he confirmed he could quit football ... Newcastle are poised to bring in Mathieu Debuchy from Lille for £7.5 million ... Adebayor will sign a three-year deal worth around £100,000 with Tottenham ... Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio wants Harry Kewell.

10.07 BST Mirror: City want £25 million from AC Milan for Carlos Tevez, with the money received to be spent on Arsenal's Robin van Persie ... Blackburn and Wolves have joined the £2.5 million chase for Leeds striker Ross McCormack ... Norwich boss Chris Hughton wis keen to be reunited with Birmingham defender Curtis Davies.

09.51 BST The Sun: Emmanuel Adebayor will complete his move from Manchester City to Tottenham next week as he enters talks over personal terms ... Southampton are set to beat Newcastle and Reading in the battle to clinch the signature of Crystal Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne.

09.34 BST Here's the full story on Tevez. In a few minutes, we will bring you a round-up of all the newspaper gossip on this sodden morning.

09.28 BST Speaking after City's 1-0 friendly match defeat to Al Hilal, Tevez said: "I think that now I feel settled at the club and feel good in myself and am working hard.

"The main aim of every one of the players is to have as good a league campaign as possible and try to be champions again and also get as far as we can in the Champions League. This is what all the players want and so does the club."

09.15 BST Indeed, Tevez has said that he is "settled" at Manchester City amid renewed speculation that the striker could the targeted by AC Milan this summer. Full story to follow...

09.00 BST Good morning. It's Saturday, and day 14 of the 2012 summer transfer window. The player whose name makes most of the back pages this morning regarding transfer speculation? Yep, you guessed it: Carlos Tevez.

July 13, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/13/2012

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.

Carlos Tevez wanted out, then stayed, now may have a chance to leave again © PA Photos

21.00 BST It's all gone quiet, so that's it for On The Move today. We will be back tomorrow with another day of transfer activity to bring you. Goodnight!

19.55 BST Reports in Brazil state that Manchester United have upped the ante in the chase for Selecao star Lucas Moura, offering € 33 million for the attacking-midfielder. Sao Paulo are considering the offer. Full Report.

19.34 BST - DONE DEAL Liverpool have announced the capture of Italian striker Fabio Borini on a long-term contract from Roma. Full details to follow here.

19.23 BST More on Adrian Mariappa to Reading. The Watford captain is believed to have undergone a medical at the Madejski Stadium today.

19.18 BST Malaga midfielder Sandro Silva has joined Cruzeiro on a one-year loan. He had already been in Brazil with Cruzeiro's Serie A rivals Internacional.

19.05 BST Despite strong interest from Inter Milan, Corinthians president Mario Gobbi has announced that Paulinho will sign a new deal at the club, along with colleague Ralf. Could be signed on Saturday,

18.38 BST Kolo Toure's agent has dismissed reports that his client is close to a move to Bursaspor, but confirmed there is interest from Turkey.

18.18 BST Liverpool have confirmed that midfielder Maxi Rodriguez will leave the club to join Newell's Old Boys in Argentina.

17.54 BST Hull City are close to signing 25-year-old striker Nick Proschwitz from German club Paderborn, reports suggest.

17.34 BST Birmingham City have completed the signing of Darren Ambrose on a two-year contract. Get all the details here.

17.16 BST Sheffield United have confirmed that Manchester United reserves striker John Cofie will spend the season on-loan at Bramhall Lane.

16.50 BST Sporting have signed versatile midfielder Danijel Pranjic from Bayern on a three-year deal. Joins on a free transfer. Read more here,

16.50 BST Santos vice-president Odilio Rodrigues has confirmed the club have held "informal talks" with Chelsea's Florent Malouda.

16.45 BST West Ham have told ESPN that they expect to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga for €7 million early next week. Read the full story here.

16.05 BST Some more from Brazil. Flamengo have reportedly failed in an attempt to repatriate midfielder Diego from Wolfsburg.

15.55 BST More on the Maicosuel to Udinese deal announced earlier. The Italians have purchased 80% of his economic rights for around £4.1 million, of which Botafogo recieve around £1.25 million.

15.30 BST West Ham United have made a move to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga, who saw a move to Newcastle United collapse last season, according to reports.

15.11 BST Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has picked out Genoa forward Mattia Destro as a likely replacement for Liverpool-bound striker Fabio Borini. "Destro is a striker that I like,'' Zeman said. "He is a young talent.''

14.44 BST It looks like it's going to be all-change at Milan this season with the Rossoneri set to reignite their interest in Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

14.05 BST Ibrahim Afellay's agent has offered the Netherlands international to Arsenal and Inter for €6 million after Barcelona said he can leave this summer, according to reports.

13.39 BST The twittershpere is alive with rumours that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now accepted an offer form PSG of €12.5m per year for three years and that he is on his way to Paris for a medical.

13.18 BST Blackpool have taken 18-year-old Paris St Germain forward Banvo Anderson on trial with a view to a permanent move.

13.15 BST Stoke goalkeeper Carlo Nash has signed a new one-year deal at the Britannia stadium.

13.10 BST Sami Khedira would be the final piece in the Bayern Munich jigsaw and is exactly what they need to help end a run of two seasons without a trophy, the club's honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer, has said.

Beckenbauer believes the 25-year-old Germany international has matured into one of the country's finest midfielders and would provide the leadership he says Bayern have been lacking.

11.56 BST Southampton have been given permission to talk to Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne. Clyne, who came through the ranks at Selhurst Park, is out of contract. Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose is reporting to be heading to Birmingham after the clubs agreed a £250,000 fee.

11.45 BST - DONE DEAL Udinese have signed the Brazilian midfielder Maicosuel from Botafogo, the Italians have confirmed.

11.42 BST Santos claim informal talks have taken place with Chelsea over a possible move for France midfielder Florent Malouda. Reports say the Stamford Bridge club could be willing to let the 32-year-old go after the signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin.

11.37 BST - DONE DEAL Rotherham have made former West Ham midfielder David Noble their tenth signing of the summer after his release from Exeter City

11.30 BST Brentford have confirmed that a deal has been agreed to sign Millwall defender Tony Craig. The player will travel to Griffin Park for a medical, with a switch set to be completed before the end of the week.

11.10 BST Midfielder Akos Buzsaky is on the way out of QPR after failing to agree a new contract at Loftus Road. He was offered a new deal at the end of last season, but believes his future lies elsewhere after four years at Rangers.

The official QPR website said: “The club is thankful to Akos for his contribution, and wishes him every success for the future.”

10.30 BST Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is reported to be closing in on signing Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy. The 26-year-old, who was part of France’s Euro 2012 squad, has been a long-term Magpies target.

10.05 BST Liverpool are closing in on Roma striker Fabio Borini after agreeing a fee in the region of £8 million, according to reports.

Roma only purchased Borini outright in June, paying nearly £4 million in order to acquire the remaining 50% of the player's economic rights from Parma.

Borini, 21, worked under current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers at both Swansea and Chelsea and a deal is expected to go through within the next 48 hours with just personal terms and a medical set to be completed.

09.48 BST Tottenham have agreed a deal with Manchester City to take striker Emmanuel Adebayor to White Hart Lane, according to reports.

Adebayor, 28, was on loan at Spurs last season and scored 17 goals in 33 league appearances. With the likes of Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli at City, Adebayor has found himself surplus to requirements and has been told he can leave, with Spurs keen to seal a £5 million move.

09.46 BST Inter Milan want to sign the Sao Paulo forward Lucas Moura, also reported to be a target for Manchester United and Chelsea.

Inter president Massimo Moratti told the club’s official website that headway had been made in negotiations about the 19-year-old, adding: “The progress that has been made is to see whether or not there is a chance [to buy the player].

“Now we have to see if we can manage to carry it out. These are things that have to take place by putting everything together, which also means taking a look at our revenue.”

09.41 BST Newly-promoted Reading have been keeping themselves fairly busy in the market so far, and here they go again. This time, Brian McDermott is going back to the Championship to target Watford central defender Adrian Mariappa.

The Royals tried and failed to bring the 25-year-old to the Madejski for £2 million earlier in the summer, and it is thought the Hornets - now under the ownership of the Pozzo family and the management of Gianfranco Zola – want at least £3 million for their player of the year.

09.33 BST Martin O’Neill, hardly a man renowned for his laid-back demeanour, is radiating calm patience when it comes to the subject of strengthening his squad.

O’Neill has made one signing – Carlos Cuellar from Aston Villa – so far this summer, and said: “It would be nice to add a couple of fresh faces - not just for the sake of it, but to improve the quality of the squad, which is what we are trying to do.”

09.25 BST Alberto Aquilani will stay at Anfield for the coming season, his agent has said. Aquilani spent last season on loan at AC Milan, but the Italian club turned down the option to buy him.

Franco Zavaglia said the Italian, who has two years remaining on his Liverpool contract, would not be going anywhere despite being linked with a move away. “Aquilani will remain at Liverpool,'' he told calcionews24.com. “He has a contract, and hence there is nothing new.

“I would say that at this point the chances that he could go back to Milan are impossible. Other clubs? I reiterate, he will remain at Liverpool.”

09.17 BST - DONE DEAL Roma have signed the Brazilian midfielder Jonathan Lucca from Internacional, with the 18-year-old moving to Italy until June 2017 for €700,000.

He joins compatriot Leandro Castan at Roma, with the defender having moved there from Corinthians earlier this month.

09.07 BST The Star says Australian striker Brett Holman has been assured that he has a future at Aston Villa.

Holman, signed by previous Villa manager Alex McLeish after spending ten years playing in the Netherlands, was told by new boss Paul Lambert that he is still very much part of the picture, and said: “I signed for one manager and I’m now playing for another, but it hasn’t really affected me at all.”

08.50 BST The Mirror claims Tottenham are eyeing up a £16 million move for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian. The 24-year-old scored 15 goals last season, with eight of them arriving in the Europa League as Atletico won the competition.

The La Liga club are keen to keep their man, but the paper speculates that his possible arrival in London could mean the end of Jermaine Defoe’s second spell at White Hart Lane, with Reading reported to be weighing up a move.

The Express says Liverpool’s Craig Bellamy could be on his way back to Cardiff after becoming unsettled at Anfield, and claims the Championship Bluebirds are keen to re-sign him.

Bellamy, in his second spell on Merseyside, spent a season on loan with Cardiff in 2010-11 during his time at Manchester City. The Welsh international - currently on Olympics duty with team GB - has reportedly held talks about his future with Brendan Rodgers, but Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said: “I will not speak about players who are under contract at other clubs. It is disrespectful.”

Mackay, meanwhile, has completed the signing of Slovenian centre-forward Etien Velikonja, 23, from NK Maribor for £800,000 and the paper says he is interested in bringing South Korean midfielder Kim Bo-Kyung to Wales.

Staying in Wales, the Express says Scott Sinclair will hold “showdown” contract talks (and aren’t they always?) with Swansea. The former Chelsea player, a big success as the Swans finished 11th in their debut Premier League season, could leave for nothing when his current deal expires in the summer.

08.15 BST There's an interesting line from The Guardian about Fulham's Clint Dempsey. The paper suggests that £9m plus the 29-year-old American will be enough to tempt Liverpool into allowing Andy Carroll to move to Craven Cottage. Can't really see it, though.

The Sun says Italian striker Fabio Borini will be Brendan Rodgers’ first signing for Liverpool after the Reds agreed fee last night... Villa boss Paul Lambert will give Fabien Delph some Championship game time, making him available for loan after his return from injury... Portsmouth striker Kanu plans to sue the club for six years of unpaid earnings.

The Daily Mail reports that QPR are looking to loan midfielder Joey Barton to the Championship, with Blackburn favourites to take him on... Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia has said he wants to move to West Bromwich Albion... Manchester United are closing in on Brazilian teenage forward Lucas Moura... Steven Pienaar is close to finalising a £5m return to former club Everton... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will have talks with Hatem Ben Arfa following his Euro 2012 fall-out with Laurent Blanc... Southampton are hopeful of pushing through a move for Crystal Palace right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 21.

08.00 BST You thought the Carlos Tevez saga was over didn't you? Well, you thought too soon and now you’ll have to read the latest as AC Milan step up their interest with a nice £50 million in the bank from the sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva.

Last night AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi confirmed he has agreed a £51.3 million (€65 million) deal to sell striker Ibrahimovic, 30, and Thiago Silva, 27, to Paris St-Germain. The list of targets to replace him includes a certain Mr Tevez and also Edin Dzeko, as they seem to like Man City strikers. Don't forget Robin van Persie as well.

July 12, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/12/2012

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.

Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are big-money transfer targets © PA Photos

23.38 BST ...and that's that for the blog for tonight. It's been a genuinely exciting one, with Silvio Berlusconi confirming he's selling his best two players, and hopefully there'll be plenty more where that came from tomorrow. Thanks for joining us - we'll be back at 0800 BST.

23.33 BST While AC Milan appear to be selling off their title hopes, there's a chance Inter could lose some big names too. Club president Massimo Moratti has had a chat with his club's official website on various subjects following a friendly with Trentino, although you may struggle to make sense of a lot of it.

On the reports Wesley Sneijder could potentially follow Samuel Eto'o to Anzhi: "You never know whether to call these things a risk or call them... It's possible that there could be such a risk. As for me, I consider Sneijder to be quite a decisive player for Inter, beyond what can be the proper attention and willingness from other teams."

Quite what that means we're unsure. Asked about Maicon's future, he - again, rather confusingly - said: "Well, now they're all here..."

On whether Giampaolo Pazzini will stay after his recent tantrum, he said: "You have to rate Pazzini because he's a proper centre forward and when he's in form he scores all the time. This we already know. He has a strong-willed character. I'll repeat what I've already said before: it may so happen that there are necessities from a coaching standpoint that influence whether players are to be bought or sold. It's nothing dramatic, but I'm genuinely sorry about it."

Regarding a potential signing - Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas Moura - he said: "He's certainly a player of great talent, but right now it's also possible to make a few sacrifices here and not take everyone that appeals to you. But we're watching him closely."

23.07 BST Manchester City forward John Guidetti has revealed he’s keen on a move to Serie A. The Swede, who impressed on loan at Feyenoord last season, has been linked to Lazio and said: “My grandfather was Italian. There is a strong bond, and my family have an apartment in Rome. I’ve always dreamed of playing in Serie A one day.”

22.49 BST Michael Owen may remain unemployed, but he still doesn't fancy dropping to England's second tier.

He tweets: "Not being disrespectful when saying I wouldn't play in The Championship. Always said I wouldn't drop down the leagues like some have done. After playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Man Utd and England I don't think I would enjoy that football.

"If a good opportunity doesn't come my way then so be it. At this stage of my career it has to be something that I'm going to enjoy doing. I know I can still bang them in at the top level. I proved that nearly every time I played for Man Utd. At 32, still got a few years in me."

22.36 BST Marca on Real Madrid’s attempts to secure a good deal for Luka Modric: “Madrid doesn't plan to pay more than €35 million, whilst Tottenham began negotiations at €50 million. So the path chosen is to wait for the player himself to put pressure on Tottenham. Los Blancos trust that Luka will insist on leaving the London club, and that his transfer be to Real Madrid. In this tug of war, the club presided over by Florentino Pérez hopes that with time Daniel Levy, the Tottenham director, will become nervous and lower the price.”

22.15 BST France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 22, doesn’t seem to mind whether he remains at Toulouse. “That’s something my uncle deals with,” he told L’Equipe. “It’s not my concern. It may be that I go, or may be that I stay.” Nice and relaxed.

22.01 BST Spanish newspaper AS suggests that AC Milan will consider taking Kaka back to the San Siro, in addition to a striker to replace Ibra. Mattia Destro, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko are the names cropping up most regularly at this point, along with Andy Carroll, of course.

21.54 BST RMC Sport in France thinks Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a contract with PSG and that Milan are going to receive about €70 million from the double deal.

21.47 BST Sky Sports News says Joao Moutinho is eager to move to Spurs and a deal could be tied up in the next week for the Portugal midfielder.

21.38 BST Here’s an odd one. Clemente Mastella, who used to be on the board at Napoli, says he’s had lunch with FIFA agent Ernesto Bronzetti and Napoli are in talks with Real Madrid to sign Kaka on loan. The politician told Radio Gol: “I am happy. Napoli and Real Madrid are negotiating a loan deal to take Kaka to Naples. On Friday I had dinner with Ernesto Bronzetti, who is mediating the talks. Napoli will pay only 40% of the contract.” Hmm.

21.30 BST Sky Italia is reporting that Fabio Borini to Liverpool is a done deal. Roma have reportedly accepted a deal starting at €13 million. More as and when we get it...

21.04 BST Porto's James Rodriguez has been linked with a move away, with Manchester United quite regularly mentioned, but it appears it's not happening. Speaking on his 21st birthday, he said: "Porto are my present. It's a great club. I'm not thinking about anything other than Porto."

20.52 BST Belgium’s Het Nieuwsblad is reporting that Werder Bremen are keen to sign Kevin De Bruyne on loan from Chelsea. The winger has only just arrived at Stamford Bridge after agreeing a move from Racing Genk earlier this year, but it was always expected that he’d be sent out to further his development.

20.40 BST It's probably a little early to start speculating on who AC Milan will target as a replacement for Zlatan, but reader TomTom feels now is as good a time as any.

"A team about to receive 62 million euros should invest that money into a bargain like Van Persie. He's the only reasonable center forward to replace Ibrahimovic with. Tevez is too expensive and will probably want a tree that grows money as part of the personal terms. Van Persie isn't all about the money, apparently."

20.34 BST A tweet from the prolific @barcastuff: "Karel Jansen (agent Afellay): 'Barça don't want to sell him and Ibrahim doesn't want to leave Barça.' [footmercato]"

20.23 BST Leaving that one aside for a moment, Sky Sports News believes QPR are leading the race to sign Junior Hoillett. The striker's out of contract at Blackburn but, as he's under 24, some compensation will be due to Rovers.

19.56 BST The story on Ibra-Silva to PSG is right here.

19.45 BST ...and Silvio Berlusconi has been quoted as confirming that both Ibra and Thiago Silva will leave the San Siro. More to follow...

19.43 BST Well, well. L'Equipe is reporting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed a move to PSG in principle.

19.32 BST: DONE DEAL Forgive our tardiness on this one: Racing Santander have signed Gai Assulin on a one-year deal. The former Barcelona forward was released by Manchester City this summer having failed to make the grade.

19.06 BST: DONE DEAL Brest have signed Caen goalkeeper Alexis Thebaux to fill the void left by Steeve Elana's departure to Lille.

18.47 BST It’s far from clear what Juan Roman Riquelme will do next after he quit Boca Juniors. There’s talk of a move to Brazil or the Middle East and even potential retirement.

18.24 BST Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham, who spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, is unsure where he'll be playing next season. The 33-year-old told Sky Sports News: "That's not in my hands. The gaffer will decide what he wants to do."

18.05 BST Villarreal forward Nilmar is on the verge of a move to Qatar. "Nilmar [is set] to complete the negotiations attached to the club Al Rayyan," read a statement on the Qatar club's website.

17.55 BST Manchester City defender Kolo Toure could be on his way out of the club after Bursaspor boss Ertugrul Saglam revealed the Turkish side are in negotiations to sign him. Full story

17.27 BST - DONE DEAL - Hugo Rodallega has completed his move to Fulham. The former Wigan striker joins on a free transfer and has signed a three-year contract. "I wanted to stay in England and I’m delighted that I now have this opportunity with Fulham," he said. Full story

17.20 BST Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has no intention of departing the club this summer, despite reported interest from Barcelona. Full story

17.06 BST Emre Belozoglu cannot wait to get down to work with his new Atletico Madrid team-mates, and in particular his fellow Turkey international Arda Turan. "I had other options in China and Russia, but I wanted to play three more years at the highest level," he told AS.

16.47 BST "We have drawn up a target profile and Rafael van der Vaart would be an ideal fit," Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has told Sport1.de amid speculation his club will make a move for the Tottenham midfielder. Full story

16.25 BST Aleksandar Kolarov is reportedly seeking showdown talks with Manchester City over his lack of playing time, as AC Milan prepare to tempt him back to Italy with a £7 million bid.

16.01 BST In yet more Tottenham Hotspur news, Marca claim the London club are set to pay the buy-out clause for Atletico striker Adrian - set at €18 million.

15.22 BST Alberto Aquilani will stay at Liverpool and fight for his place in the first team next season, according to his agent. "Alberto is back in England and is still a Liverpool player. He will play there next season," Franco Zavaglia told Calcio Mercato.

15.02 BST Here's the full story on PSG's €62 million double swoop for AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

14.50 BST Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes he could make "possibly one more" signing during the summer transfer window. Full story

14.26 BST PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed negotiations are underway with AC Milan for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. A meeting with agent Mino Raiola is reportedly planned for 16:30.

14.22 BST Maxi Rodriguez looks set to leave Liverpool this summer after Newell's Old Boys revealed they have agreed a deal to bring the forward back to Argentina. Full story

14.01 BST - DONE DEAL - Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has completed his third signing in four days by bringing in experienced utility man Hayden Mullins from Portsmouth.

13.50 BST: Denmark international Anders Lindegaard has said there is nowhere he would rather be than Manchester United – but has stressed that he wants to be first choice and will do all he can to challenge David de Gea for the first team spot.

13.40 BST: Thiago Silva has agreed to move to Paris St Germain on a five-year, €7.5 million-a-year contract, according to report in Gazzetta dello Sport. The report claims the terms were agreed last month.

12.40 BST: Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi has said that new £13 million striker Olivier Giroud was signed, in part, to limit the damage of a potential Robin Van Persie departure.

12.30 BST: Wesley Sneijder's agent has dismissed speculation in Russia linking his client with a move from Inter Milan to Anzhi Makhachkala. “There is no truth in those reports - they are just rumours,'' Soren Lerby told Gazzetta dello Sport. “There is nothing between Anzhi and Wesley.”

12.06 BST: Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley should complete a €5 million transfer to Roma by tomorrow, his agent has said. Alberto Faccini told asromanews.it: “I am confident because I have been given assurances. I am convinced that, in 24 hours, all will be resolved.”

11.36 BST: West Ham are reported to have cooled, and possibly abandoned, any interest in signing Wolves winger Matt Jarvis because they believe the £11 million price tag is too high. Molineux manager Stale Solbakken has said he is prepared to sell both Jarvis and striker Steven Fletcher.

11.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Spurs confirm that their somewhat protracted deal for Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen has been done, done, done. "We are delighted to announce that @Jan_Vertonghen has completed his transfer from Ajax after passing his medical ‪#COYS," the club said on Twitter.‬ Read the full story here.

11.10 BST: Swansea manger Michael Laudrup would like anyone interested in signing any of his key players – and especially in bidding for midfielder Joe Allen – to go away.

Allen has been linked with a move to Anfield, where former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is now at the helm. Laudrup said there had been no bid, adding: “I want Joe to stay here because he is very important for the team. As far as I know, we have heard nothing from Liverpool. If it is more than just rumours then I'm sure the chairman will talk to me about it.”

11.08 BST: Bournemouth are reported to have agreed a deal to sign Derby defender Miles Addison after he impressed while on loan at Dean Court during the second half of last season.

10.51 BST: Alan Dzagoev has been told he’s not going anywhere by CSKA Moscow. The Russia international midfielder has been linked with a move to either the Premier League or Italy: Spurs, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Juventus are reported to be the interested parties.

10.47 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport reports that AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has been putting prices on people. Thiago Silva is yours for €42 million, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic would set you back €20 million. That comes after reports that Paris St Germain and their piles of money were considering a double swoop for the players.

10.31 BST: Thomas Muller says he isn’t leaving Bayern Munich, although he might do, although then again it all depends. The Germany international has hinted that he could move on if he doesn’t get a regular starting place, and there would be no shortage of interest.

Muller's contract in Bavaria runs until 2015 and, although he has been linked with both AC and Inter Milan, he told Bild: “I am a Bayern player through and through, and that should not really change.”

But... “I would not be the kind of person to just sit out my contract if I was not satisfied with my situation in my club.”

But... “I don't feel any transfer intentions at the moment.''

10.01 BST: The Birmingham City manager Lee Clark says the Blues have received no offers for defender Curtis Davies. Davies is reported to be target for former Birmingham boss Chris Hughton, who is now the manager of Norwich City.

09.20 BST: Roma are strong contenders to sign Mattia Destro, who is co-owned by Siena and Genoa on one of those odd-seeming arrangements.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi says Roma have been the first to make contact over a possible deal for the forward, who is also reported to be interesting Inter Milan and Juventus.

Reports in Italy suggest that a deal could be done with the proceeds from the sale of Roma striker Fabio Borini reinvested in Destro.

09.01 BST - DONE DEAL: Fiorentina have signed Argentinian defender Facundo Roncaglia, who became a free agent after his Boca Juniors contract expired last month. He moves to Tuscany on a three-year deal as the club’s second signing in a week after striker Mounir El Hamdaoui arrived from Ajax.

08.35 BST: It’s a novelty-style sunny morning and its dominant figure, as far as transfer speculation goes, appears to be Luka Modric after Wednesday’s Andre Villas-Boas press conference at Tottenham.

AVB, while admitting that Modric wants to leave, is adamant that the playmaker will only do so for the right price – and that's reported to be in the region of £40 million.

The Sun reports AVB as saying that the “Croatian sensation” (that’s the paper’s description of Modric, not the coach’s) “is a player of major importance for the club, and that’s why he attracts the attention of so many.”

He adds: “It is in the hands of the chairman to accept the right proposition. Chelsea were involved last year, so there is nothing new in the situation. There is interest, and the player raises interest.

“If the player’s ambition is to move, we can respect that. But there are club interests that the chairman will defend, and only when the right offer is made will there be more news.”

In the world beyond White Hart Lane, the Sun reports that Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega has put Everton off with his wage demands – and that means he is going to Fulham instead.

The paper says: “Rodallega’s £70,000-a-week wage demands would have immediately put him at the top of Toffees’ pay scale. Boss [David] Moyes offered him £20,000 less before pulling out of the deal.”

It claims Stoke and Aston Villa were also interested in signing the 27-year-old, but those possibilities also seem to have come to nothing.

In The Mirror, meanwhile, they’re intrigued by the possibility of all-time Liverpool bargain Andy Carroll turning up at Craven Cottage, and suggest there could be some sort of deal involving Clint Dempsey moving the other way.

The US international apparently wants to leave Craven Cottage for a bigger club, and Liverpool are rumoured to be keen to sign him. Do you see the conclusion they’ve drawn there?

The Daily Mail also concentrates on Carroll, suggesting that that he could make a "sensational return” (is there any other type of return?) to Newcastle, from whom Liverpool signed him in that description-defying deal in 2011.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew, who already has a pretty handy strike force, said: “Andy did a terrific job here. I have always supported him, even while he has been at Liverpool, when others weren't.

"I think he got a bit of a raw deal, not by Liverpool but from the media in general. He is going to be a great player.” Like some sort of slighty coy theatrical agent, Pardew then adds: “Where he treads the boards, we will have to see.”

The Star reports that newly-promoted Southampton could make a double swoop on former Championship colleagues Crystal Palace. Forward Wilfried Zaha and defender Nathaniel Clyne are reported to be on their radar, as is Spurs right-back Kyle Naughton, who was on loan at Norwich last season.

July 11, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/11/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side 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.


Andy Carroll is unlikely to be the subject of multi-million transfer offers. A loan deal looks likely. © Getty Images

23.34 BST ...and on that bombshell, it's time for the transfer blog to recharge its batteries for about eight and a half hours so it can bring you more of those golden nuggets. Which club will be the next to be linked with Andy Carroll? Will PSG buy the entire AC Milan squad? Will Adrian Mariappa demand a move to the DW Stadium? Find out (possibly) from 0800 BST tomorrow morning.

23.29 BST New Watford boss Gianfranco Zola has told the London Evening Standard that he won’t stand in Adrian Mariappa’s way should he decide to leave amid interest from Premier League duo Reading and Wigan.

23.27 BST Atalanta aren’t in for former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi, who is available on a free transfer. “I have heard the reports relating to Inzaghi, but again none of them are true,” director general Pierpaolo Marino told TuttoAtalanta.com. “At this moment in time, we have made no official move for Pippo Inzaghi.”

23.20 BST Yossi Benayoun is back at Chelsea following the expiry of his loan deal at Arsenal and it appears he’s hoping to stay there and force his way into Roberto Di Matteo’s plans. “Now I am back at Chelsea and I’m trying to do my best in front of Robbie,” he said. “We will just have to see what happens.”

23.11 BST The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle United are holding talks with Demba Ba to try to get him to sign a new contract. One without a frighteningly low release clause.

23.04 BST Newell’s Old Boys are apparently ready to offer Liverpool’s Maxi Rodriguez, 31, a return to his native Argentina.

22.49 BST Interested to know who Bayern might sign next? No one, apparently. And Arjen Robben's staying put too. Story here.

22.34 BST Calcionews24.com says Manchester City - surprisingly quiet this summer - are looking at signing Italy centre-back Andrea Ranocchia, 24, from Inter. Not a new rumour, but it’s the first we’ve seen of it for a while.

22.19 BST Marca says Lassana Diarra could yet stay at Real Madrid. And play as a right-back. The paper reports: “[Madrid] are unwilling to pay the €15m fee that has been quoted for the right-backs in which they are interested. The club has also ruled out Maicon for a variety of other reasons. Within the halls of the Bernabéu, meanwhile, the opinion is that Lass is perfectly capable of filling in at right back and competing with Arbeloa for a first-team spot.”

21.50 BST PSG are said to be closing in on Luka Modric and, though Carlo Ancelotti hasn't been hugely forthcoming coming on the subject, he has praised the Spurs man as one of the best midfielders in the world. Story here.

21.34 BST Anderlecht’s Matias Suarez - variously linked with Bayern, Arsenal and Liverpool - posted on Facebook to announce that he’d be staying in Belgium next season. Only it turned out it wasn’t really his Facebook page. “That’s not true,” he said later in the day. “That is not my official page, so do not take the news as reliable.” So perhaps he is off after all.

21.15 BST The Andy Carroll saga rumbles onward. Well, sort of. ESPN commentator Ian Darke has taken to Twitter to say he doesn’t think the big man be needed at Anfield: “Rodgers likes 4 3 3 with two pacy wide men a la Dyer and Sinclair at Swans.With Suarez a cert for central striker role, no room for Carroll.”

But Liverpool won’t be able to offload him to Tottenham. Rather unsurprisingly, Andre Villas-Boas isn’t looking for a tall target man to spearhead his Spurs revolution. “I'm not sure of Liverpool's intentions on Andy Carroll," Villas-Boas said, “but he's certainly not a player we're looking for."

21.05 BST It seems Liverpool will not be signing Real Madrid’s Jose Callejon. “There are several clubs interested in Callejon, but Real Madrid are unwilling to sell him,” agent Garcia Quilon told AS. “He won’t be sold.”

20.57 BST Chelsea are reportedly planning an improved offer for Andre Schurrle, and Bayer Leverkusen have given them the merest whiff of encouragement. Story here.

20.37 BST A little more on the Ibrahimovic to PSG stuff: Sky Italia and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that agent Mino Raiola has flown to Sweden to speak to the striker and try to persuade him to take the Parisian petrodollars.

20.23 BST There are suggestions that Juan Roman Riquelme could join Didier Drogba at Shanghai Shenhua, but it appears they’re nonsense. As China Football News tweets: “Chinese clubs are only permitted to sign two foreign players in this window, regardless of quotas. Moreno and Drogba already in.”

20.05 BST Sky Sport 24 says Maicon’s move from Inter to Chelsea is being held up because the 30-year-old wants a long contract and Chelsea are too sensible to give it to him. It appears the move is still expected to go through, though.

19.54 BST Denmark defender Simon Kjaer has just tweeted: “Ciao Romanisti! Back in #Wolfsburg. Still don't now where I'll play next season. If it's not #asroma I'll just tell you... ...that I was so PROUD to be #GIallorosso! To all my #asroma team mates: Forza ragazzi! Forza Roma! @OfficialASRoma"

19.42 BST ESPN writer Adam Digby tweets: “Antonio Conte names squad for pre-season, excluding Milos Krasic & all the players who were out on loan last season.”

19.37 BST: BIG RUMOUR Sky Sport 24 is reporting that PSG have reached an agreement with AC Milan to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva for €65 million.

19.33 BST: DONE DEALS Chelsea duo Tamas Kalas and Patrick van Aanholt have joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the 2012-13 season. More here.

19.23 BST Wondering what’s going on with Hulk’s move to Chelsea or Paris St Germain? If you’re a member of the media, kindly stop wondering aloud to Porto president Pinto da Costa, as he appears to be tired of the story.

“I don't know why you ask me about Hulk and don't ask me about Helton, Moutinho, James [Rodriguez], Maicon and the others,” he told reporters at a political event in Gaia. “Hulk is as close to leaving as the others. For other players, there have been some approaches. Until now, nothing has arrived for Hulk.”

19.13 BST Remember to give us your thoughts using the comments box and we'll do our best to promote a selection. Here's one from reader Joe Smith.

"Being an American, I'd love to see Dempsey sign with Liverpool. Personally, I only think it will help Dempsey, and if LFC can wrap up a deal worth 7 million pounds, what a steal! Charlie Adam cost more than that! Let alone Downing, Henderson, etc."

18.57 BST Crystal Palace are ready to offload wantaway defender Nathaniel Clyne, chairman Steve Parish has revealed. Parish said: "We need to do a deal with Clyne. There is a bit of action in the background and we know there is a lot of interest. It is just about sorting out who it is best to go to and who will put the right money on the table. We're all working to get an outcome. Clubs don't want to go down the tribunal route. It is a game of cat and mouse on the fee - we've just got to let that play out."

18.43 BST Rangers have reached an agreement with midfielder Juanma Ortiz that has seen the Spaniard's contract terminated by mutual consent. Story here.

18.14 BST: DONE DEAL West Brom have signed Belgian winger Yassine El Ghanassy on a season-long loan from Gent. Story here.

17.58 BST Sevilla have rejected a bid of €5m from Fulham for defender Federico Fazio, according to Marca. Fazio said today that there have been offers from other teams but he's focused on Sevilla.

17.30 BST Real Madrid seem to think that David Silva won't sign a new deal with Man City. Confident aren't they? But surely they can't pick up both Silva AND Modric, so they have a tough choice to make.

17.20 BST Striker Mauro Zarate is willing to reduce his salary in order to remain at Lazio, according to his agent Luis Ruzzi. "Would he be willing to reduce his contract?" he told Corriere dello Sport. "Mauro would be open to that possibility as he turned down quite a bit of money when he joined Inter on loan."

17.11 BST Benfica sporting director Rui Costa says there is no talks over the potential sale of Axel Witsel at the moment. "Witsel is a player of Benfica and he is doing the pre-season with us," Rui Costa stated to reporters.

16.45 BST AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has met with agent Mino Raiola, adding to further speculation about the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PSG are being linked with a fresh bid.

16.32 BST Adel Taarabt has signed a new contract at QPR until 2016. He has also changed his number to No.10.

16.26 BST Liverpool are hoping to pull off the £7 million signing of Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon in the next few days, according to the Daily Star.

16.05 BST Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has laughed off suggestions that Barcelona could prise Yohan Cabaye from his grasp for as little at £8 million. He said: "The interest is purely speculative. We have had no contact and certainly no offer, and obviously we wouldn't even consider an offer anywhere near that region.'' Read more here

15.59 BST Arsenal have confirmed Joel Campbell's exit from the club on a season-long loan deal with Spanish side Real Betis.

15.40 BST Stoke City are closing on a £1.7 million deal for Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, reports the Daily Mail

15.26 BST Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda will ignore interest from the Premier League to sign a new extended contract at the Stade de la Mosson. Full story

15.09 BST Andy Carroll intends to meet Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to discuss his future at Anfield, with the striker keen to be part of the new manager's plans despite suggestions that he could leave this summer. Full story

14.49 BST Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Tottenham are in "discussions" with "various clubs" over the expected departure of Luka Modric. Full story

14.42 BST The Daily Mail claims Olympiakos and Real Mallorca are lining up bids for West Brom defender Gabrial Tamas.

14.25 BST - Done deal - Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has left QPR to join Leeds United for an undisclosed fee and will be reunited with manager Neil Warnock for a fourth time, having previously worked under him at Bury, Sheffield United and Loftus Road.

13.54 BST French newspaper Le Parisien claims PSG are keen on Luka Modric and they will stump up Tottenham's €40 million asking price.

13.20 BST Gazzetta dello Sport report that former Inter striker Samuel Eto'o wants Wesley Sneijder to join him at Anzhi and the Russian club will test the water with a €25m offer for the former Real Madrid man.

12.57 BST Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies is a £5 million transfer target for Premier League new-boys Reading and Fulham, says The Sun.

12.31 BST Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has revealed that he would return to former club Barcelona if he was given a chance to play by new coach Tito Vilanova. Full story

12.11 BST Bundesliga club Hamburg SV and Corinthians have agreed a deal for Peru striker Paolo Guerrero, who will now undergo a medcial in Brazil. "Both teams have agreed on the transfer," Hamburg sports director Frank Arnesen told reporters.

11.50 BST Porto striker Hulk has clarified his position in relation to a possible move to Chelsea, insisting "nothing" is currently happening between he and the West London club. Full story

11.31 BST - Done Deal - Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have announced the signing of defender Daniel Carvajal from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

11.20 BST Fiorentina have terminated the contract of wantaway midfielder Houssine Kharja. The 29-year-old was contracted to the Tuscan outfit for another season but reportedly agreed a two-year deal Qatari with Al Arabi last month.

11.00 BST Boca Juniors vice president Oscar Moscariello says "the paperwork is ready for Riquelme to continue to play at Boca", but the Argentine still wants to quit. Flamengo , Tigre and Argentinos Juniors are all interested in signing the 34-year-old.

10.45 BST Tottenham's new manager Andre Villas-Boas wants a good look at Kyle Naughton before deciding whether to accept a £5 million bid from Southampton, according to the Daily Mirror.

10.28 BST - Done deal - Catania forward Maxi Lopez will have a medical with Sampdoria on Thursday after the club reached an agreement to take the Argentinian striker on loan with an option to buy. Full story

10.06 BST West Ham United have confirmed to ESPN that they are interested in signing Liverpool striker Andy Carroll on a season-long loan. Full story

09.45 BST Brendan Rodgers is positive Luis Suarez will pledge his future to Liverpool by signing a new deal. Full story

09.26 BST If Ibra and Thiago do leave, Gazzetta dello Sport suggests AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani will replace them with either Edin Dzeko or Carlos Tevez up front, and Alexandre Kolarov or Vasco da Gama's Dede at the back.

08.59 BST Big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain will offer around €60 million for AC Milan duo Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to L'Equipe.

08.45 BST Oh no! It's the news we have all been dreading. Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims AC Milan have revived the tedious Carlos Tevez transfer saga by submitting a proposal to Man City after positive talks with the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian.

08.38 BST Fulham are set to pip Everton to the signing of Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega, who left Wigan at the end of last season, on a free transfer.

08.00 BST Tottenham's pursuit of Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is gathering pace but Spurs are still £3 million short of the French club's £15 million valuation, according to The Times.

Good morning all. The future of Andy Carroll is once again dominating the newspapers but while on Tuesday AC Milan were supposedly courting the Liverpool striker, Wednesday brings the big man down to earth with a bump as newly promoted West Ham want to take him on loan. At least that's according to the Daily Mirror.

The Independent claims Liverpool are prepared to accept a £20 million loss on Carroll this summer. However, there is little optimism at Anfield that the striker would attract offers of even £15 million and agree that a loan deal for the 23-year-old remains most likely.

According to The Sun, Barcelona are eyeing a shock raid for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye. The Spanish giants are weighing up whether to make an £8 million bid for Cabaye, or French midfield team-mate Yann M’Vila, 22.... Also in The Sun, Liverpool are lining up a £7 million move for Celtic's 23-year-old midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

The Daily Star reports Yaya Toure has rejected a shock return to Barcelona and pledged his future to Manchester City. But the Premier League champions could still lose midfielder David Silva, with Real Madrid refusing to give up hope of signing the Spain midfielder.... Also in the Daily Star, Ajax want £8 million for Newcastle target Vurnon Anita, but the Toon are only willing to pay £6 million.

July 10, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/10/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side 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.


Oscar will be no grouch if he moves to the Premier League © Getty Images

23.30 BST: That's all for tonight, the rumour mill will continue to churn and we'll have more of the same tomorrow.

23.13 BST: Maxi Lopez will have a medical with Sampdoria after the Genoa club reached an agreement to take the Argentinian striker on loan with an option to buy from Catania.

23.09 BST: Don't make him angry. Hulk is getting annoyed at all the talk of a transfer. "There is no deal with Chelsea or any other club," Hulk told Lancenet. "I have four years left on my contract with Porto and I am focused on the national team. I have not spoken with anyone. As everyone knows, I do not want to get involved in such affairs because that removes your focus. My agent handles such things."

22.46 BST: Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies has revealed that the club have pulled out of a deal for Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, paving the way for his return to Hamburg. "If we had really wanted to have him [Van der Vaart], then we would have got him," Tonnies said. "But it didn't make any sense because we were miles apart. The topic is over." Read more here.

22.14 BST: Fabio Borini's agent Marco De Marchi insisted that it is now up to the player whether or not he moves to Liverpool. De Marchi told Radio Radio: "Roma has informed us of Liverpool's interest in the boy. Now it's up to Fabio to have his say."

He added on IlSussidiario.net: "We were alerted by Roma of the existence of this deal. I cannot honestly tell you the details but, as Sabatini has already said, we're now seriously considering it. Would the player want to go to Liverpool? Honestly, I don't want to commit myself as there will be more news in the coming days. Wait for that."

21.50 BST: DONE DEAL Monaco have completed the signing of Sweden international Emir Bajrami from FC Twente on loan with an option to buy. The 24-year-old will link up with the likes of Ludovic Giuly, Jakob Poulsen and Nacer Barazite as Monaco seek to end their two-year stay in the second tier of French football under the guidance of Claudio Ranieri this season.

21.45 BST: Some reports are suggesting that Blackburn's out of contract winger Junior Hoilett is moving closer to a deal with QPR. Good signing for them if they get him.

21.11 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport seems to think that former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero might be on the move to Thai club Muangthong United. He is 37, but surely there are better clubs who want a player of his class?

20.42 BST: Dynamo Moscow have completed the signing of PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal on a free transfer. "After speaking to Dynamo Moscow for the first time, I was already convinced that this was a serious club," Bakkal told Dynamo's official website. "What I saw completely fulfilled my expectations. This club is ambitious and has big targets, and I think I have made an excellent choice. I am glad to be part of this club."

20.24 BST: Anybody after a 51-year-old Argentine striker who can claim to have been one of the best in the world? Well, Diego Maradona is free now after he was sacked by Al-Wasl. A list of the Premier League clubs he will be linked with shall follow in the next few days.

19.40 BST: Swansea have also cancelled the contract of midfielder Scott Donnelly by mutual consent. Donnelly joined the club in August 2010 but made just one league appearance as a substitute.

19.02 BST: Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon believes the demise of Rangers means clubs will have to tighten their purse-strings this year. "I think it (the Rangers situation) has affected everyone,'' he said. "We have just got to be careful and astute with what we try and do. We are not going to be in a position to match what has gone out of the club but we are in a position to bring some players in to strengthen it. We don't have a big squad and we need to add a few more to it and if we can do that we will be delighted.''

18.41 BST DONE DEAL MK Dons have completed the signing of Alan Smith. The former Man Utd man, who finished last season on loan at the League One club, has signed a two-year contract with Karl Robinson's side following his release from Newcastle.

18.00 BST DONE DEAL Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt has re-joined Vitesse on loan for the 2012-13 season.

17.31 BST: The agent of Dortmund midfielder Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski says Liverpool are amongst the teams who have enquired about his client.

17.25 BST: ESPN understands that Chelsea have agreed a fee with Internacional for Brazil midfielder Oscar. Read the full story here

17.05 BST: Swansea have signed Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a season-long loan deal, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed on their website.

17.01 BST: More on Fabio Borini to Liverpool. His representative Marco De Marchi told Radio Radio: “Roma has informed us of Liverpool’s interest in the boy. Now it’s up to Fabio to have his say. Would the player want to go to Liverpool? Honestly, I don’t want to commit myself as there will be more news in the coming days. Wait for that.”

16.57 BST: South Korean international Kim Bo-Kyung in discussions with Cardiff City says his agent. Had been linked with Celtic.

16.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Everton reserve striker Joao Silva will join Levski Sofia on a three-year deal, undisclosed fee.

16.30 BST: Here are the quotes from Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade on the fee for Stevan Jovetic: "We have always said that we do not want to sell him. However, we have an agreement with the player that we will consider offers above a certain figure," Prade said. "We will only sit down and discuss offers above €30m [£23.7m]. He has the potential to become a top player like [Roma's Francesco] Totti. We have not yet received any offers for Stevan, though."

16.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Hibernian have signed experienced goalkeeper Ben Williams on a two year contract. He has played for Crewe and Colchester United.

16.01 BST - DONE DEAL: Nicky Shorey's move to Reading is now complete.

15.42 BST: It looks like there won't be a return to Serie A for Newcastle full-back Davide Santon, to Sampdoria at least.

“Santon has decided to go and play in a country where the football is different from ours,” sporting director Pasquale Sensibile said. “He is a player who is not part of our transfer objectives.”

15.26 BST: Nicky Shorey is close to completing his return to Reading as a free agent.

15.17 BST: Hamit Altintop is set to join Galatasaray after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

15.02 BST: Besiktas are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Allan McGregor following the collapse of Rangers.

14.43 BST: Rumours that a team from Thailand has offered Alessandro Del Piero €5 million per season to join them but he is also wanted by teams in Brazil and the USA.

14.33 BST: Daniel Pudil and Matej Vydra are set to join Watford on loan from Granada and Udinese respectively.

14.19 BST: Roma have confirmed they are considering an offer from Liverpool for striker Fabio Borini.

13.50 BST - DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday have signed young Portugese Diogo Amado. He was most recently at Uniao Leiria.

13.26 BST: Vitesse Arnhem say defender Alexander Buttner's proposed move to Southampton, which appeared to have been wrapped up last week, has stalled.

12.44 BST: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken says the club may sell Michael Kightly as the player is in the final year of his contract.

12.32 BST: Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita has spoken of his desire to secure a move to the Premier League, amid talk of a bid from Newcastle United.

12.24 BST: The agent of Catania forward Maxi Lopez has confirmed that Sampdoria are trying to sign the player.

12.11 BST: Fiorentina have told interested clubs that it will take €30 million to sign Stevan Jovetic.

12.02 BST: Strong words here from Sao Paulo director of football Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes on Inter's interest in Lucas. "There is no (formal) offer and, even if it were to appear, this amount is ridiculous," he said. "How can you pay €25m (£20m) for a player of Lucas' quality? Italian football is broke - the club (Inter) are broke. It seems they are creating this to satisfy the fans. Lucas is happy here. Now he will go to the Olympics and he will continue to fulfil his contract, which runs until 2015."

11.59 BST: Leeds United have agreed a deal with Queens Park Rangers to sign goalkeeper Paddy Kenny.

11.40 BST: Liverpool could send £35 million striker Andy Carroll out on loan for the coming season, manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed.

11.26 BST: Italian full-back Marco Davide Faraoni has joined Udinese from Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee, the Friuli outfit have announced.

11.09 BST: Here's our story on Eljero Elia moving to Werder Bremen from Juventus.

11.01 BST - DONE DEAL: Swansea have announced the signing of Spanish defender José Manuel Flores from Genoa for £2 million.

10.48 BST: Leandro Castan has confirmed via his personal twitter account that he will arrive in Rome on July 16 to finalise his move to AS Roma.

10.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Juventus have sold Dutch winger Eljero Elia to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for €5.5 million plus add-ons.

10.17 BST: Luuk de Jong has reportedly said: "I've told Twente that I only want to join Gladbach." Bad news for Newcastle then.

10.05 BST: Reports are reaching us that Spurs are to make an improved £13.5 million offer for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of Lyon.

09.46 BST: Fiorentina have denied making an offer for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. Daniele Prade told SportItalia: "Have we made an offer for Chamakh? We have not made one because he earns €3 million (per season).''

09.32 BST: You can read our full story on "Lucas to Man United" story by clicking on this link.

09.23 BST: Big-spending Paris Saint Germain have ruled out a move for Arsenal contract rebel Robin van Persie. You can read all about it.

09.15 BST: We're straight in with an update on the Oscar situation. Chelsea have tabled a bid according to the player's agent. "Chelsea did offer €25 million, but there is still no agreement between the clubs, that may happen in the next few days," Carlos Meinberg Neto told Terra. "Giuliano Bertolucci (Oscar's other agent) will travel to England to finalise the remaining details."

As usual we start the day with a round-up of all the newspaper rumours, and our main story today is the Daily Mail's report that Chelsea have won the race to sign Oscar from Internacional for a fee in the region of £30 million.

It is claimed Chelsea have outbid Spurs for the player who scored a hat-trick as Brazil won the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, beating Portugal 3-2.

And Chelsea signing Oscar paves the way for Manchester United to step up their interest in Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas.

The paper reports that Man United are prepared to pay £30 million for the wunderkind - but they face competition from Inter Milan.

He told Estadao: "When I go on the internet I see Inter, Real Madrid and I don't know who else, wanting to come for me with a truck load of money. Of course I think about it, but I can't let it go to my head."

Let's look at all the paper talk.

Daily Mail: Wigan hope to seal a £2.5 million move for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa ... Emmanuel Adebayor is close to sealing a £6 million permanent move to Tottenham ... Edin Dzeko may join AC Milan ... Spurs have firmed up their interest in Nottingham Forest's £5m-rated defender Jamaal Lascelles ... Arsenal are giving a trial to Caen striker M’baye Niang, 17. Tottenham and Liverpool are also keen ... Arsenal are monitoring Egypt left back Milo ... Reading are giving a trial to former Manchester City and Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor ... Fabio Borini is set to become Brendan Rodgers' first signing at Liverpool ... Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill must match Wolves’ £15million valuation to land his top target Steven Fletcher ... West Ham are close to a £4.5m deal for Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga. They also want Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia as well as Tottenham's William Gallas and Porto's Abdoulaye Ba ... Fulham and Reading are keen on Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne.

The Sun: Man City hope to seal the signature of Robin van Persie by selling Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham for £5 million ... Real Madrid are ready to offer Ricardo Carvalho in a bid to land Luka Modric ... Brendan Rodgers has challenged Andy Carroll to prove he can be a part of his Liverpool revolution, and could yet loan him out ... Steven Nzonzi has sparked a scramble for his signature after failing to join up for Blackburn’s training camp in Austria. He was watched by Chelsea and Arsenal in the past ... Stoke are closing in on Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron.

Daily Mirror: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to bid £7.5 million for Fulham's American star Clint Dempsey ... Liverpool's Daniel Agger is the latest Premier League star to emerge on the Real Madrid radar ... Arsenal have opened talks with defender Laurent Koscielny over a new five-year deal.

Daily Star: Man United are closing in on a £16 million deal to land England and Everton star Leighton Baines ... Crystal Palace and Burnley want Norwich striker Chris Martin.

Daily Express: West Brom are chasing Ghent’s Belgium international winger Yassine El Ghanassy ... Birmingham have put a £9 million price tag on teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland.

July 9, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/09/2012

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 is being linked with today.


Andy Carroll apparently caught Milanese eyes while playing for England. © PA Photos

23.30 BST: Well it's not been the busiest of transfer days, so we'll leave it there tonight. Hopefully some more DONE DEALS tomorrow.

22.51 BST: Tunisia striker Youssef Msakni signed a four-year deal with Qatari club Lekhwiya instead of Arsenal or Lille. "I wanted to play in Qatar, the opportunity was given to me and I took it," Msakni told Sky Sports. "I am looking forward to impressing in that league. Arsenal were also keen but not enough for me to choose them, maybe one day I will be in a very big league in Europe. Lille were interested and wanted me but they did not show the willingness to have me in their club like the Qataris."

22.16 BST: No PSG move for RVP or Andrea Pirlo according to manager Carlo Ancelotti: "Van Persie is not a target of ours, but I think he is for other clubs," he told a press conference. "Pirlo is an interesting player for any club, but I have had the chance to coach him for eight years and that is enough."

21.33 BST: Young Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal has left the Bernabeu to join Bayer Leverkusen. "Today I made an important step in my career, I am now a player of Leverkusen for the next five seasons," Carvajal wrote on his Twitter page. "I hope to improve as a player and be able to return to Madrid in the future, when I am ready to be a part of their first team." No doubt a buy-back clause has been put in his contract.

21.00 BST: Jonathan dos Santos (brother of Spurs' Geovani) will start pre-season with the Barcelona first-team and coach Tito Vilanova will decide whether he stays or goes out on loan.

20.39 BST: DONE DEAL Birmingham City have completed the signing of former Newcastle forward Peter Lovenkrands on a free transfer.

20.29 BST: The BBC say that striker Fabio Borini is likely to become Brendan Rodgers' first signing at Liverpool. The pair worked together at Chelsea, but then Chelsea thought he wasn't good enough and failed to stop him joining Parma in 2011 before he impressed on loan at Roma, who then bought him. Confused? At least if he joins the Reds there won't be any ownership issues to contend with.

20.19 BST: Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland insists talk of a summer move is not proving a distraction as the Olympic Games approach. "You can't let it distract you,'' he said. "At the end of the day, it is all rumours until it becomes a necessity and it needs to happen. But for now, I am where I need to be. I need to play games at Birmingham and the rumours can carry on. They are no distraction for me. I know there are rumours but I can't let it affect what I do."

19.44 BST: Eljero Elia's move from Juventus to Werder Bremen has been held up because of a problem terminating his contract in Turin. '"The contract between Juventus and Elia has yet to be terminated. That's why he has not signed with us yet," Bremen director Klaus Allofs told Bild. "It's about a few material things. There's nothing we can do about it to solve this. I don't know whether this is insurmountable."

19.05 BST: Former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein thinks that if Robin van Persie does leave the club then it has to happen quickly. "All I would hope, for the stability of the club, is whether he stays or whether he goes, it happens quickly," he told Sky Sports News. "You don't want to see what happened last year when you had Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas stringing it out. Clubs this week are going back for pre-season training. You want to have a settled squad. I hope that whatever happens with Robin, it happens quickly."

18.39 BST: Millwall winger James Henry has signed an extension to his contract that will keep him at The Den until the summer of 2014.

18.10 BST: How will Roma compete next season? Francesco Totti believes the only way will be to buy more players. "We already have quite a good team, but we could do with some new additions. We need some important signings in order to be able to compete for the Scudetto with Juventus, AC Milan and Inter," Totti stated at a press conference. "I won't go into names, but you definitely need big players if you want to win something. Let's wait and see what happens.

17.35 BST: BREAKING NEWS Roberto Mancini has signed a new deal with Manchester City and will stay at the club until 2017. Earlier he had been linked with the vacant Russia job.

17.17 BST: Former Manchester City and Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is training with Reading ahead of the new season according to Sky Sports.

16.44 BST: Blackburn manager Steve Kean must be dreaming, but he seems to think he can keep out-of-contract winger Junior Hoilett at the club. "Junior is out of contract and we've made him a very good offer. It's not dead yet," Kean told BBC Radio Lancashire. "If a club in this country signs him, there will be big compensation. We'd like him still to be here but I'm in the dark a little bit. When a player runs out of contract, you make him a good offer and he doesn't sign, you fear the worst, but we'll just have to wait and see."

16.07 BST: Kasimpasa have signed former Manchester City goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson from PSV Eindhoven on a free transfer.

15.59 BST: Pescara midfielder Marco Verratti has moved a step closer to joining French side Paris St Germain, after his agent confirmed he could sign as soon as the end of this week. Read more on this story here

15.30 BST: Chievo have confirmed that AC Milan striker Alberto Paloschi will continue on loan at the Verona club for another season .

15.05 BST: Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung on a two-year deal in a press conference held at Loftus Road on Monday afternoon. Read the full story here

14.45 BST: Sampdoria have confirmed the completed permanent signing of Paolo Castellini from Parma, with Jonathan Biabiany the other way.

14.29 BST: La Stampa report that Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo is the subject of a €10 million bid from Spartak Moscow.

14.00 BST: Caen striker M'baye Niang is on trial at Arsenal, much to the disapproval of club manager Patrice Garande. The 17-year-old striker is well-known in France, having burst onto the scene last year, but found life tough as a starter last season.

13.40 BST: Manchester United youngster John Cofie could be moving to League One side Sheffield United on loan. The forward, 19, had earlier spent a loan spell at Royal Antwerp in Belgium.

13.40 BST - DONE DEAL: Charlton have signed Jordan Cook following his release by Sunderland. The forward, 22, spent 14 gams on loan at Carlisle last season, notching up four goals, and Addicks manager Chris Powell said: “He's a young player who we feel can play down the middle, behind the main striker and out wide.”

13.36 BST - DONE DEAL: Chievo have secured the signing of AC Milan striker Alberto Paloschi on a further year’s loan deal. The 22-year-old joined the gloriously-nicknamed Flying Donkeys last summer, scoring five goals. A club statement said: “Beautiful news for Chievo - Alberto Paloschi will wear the Gialloblu colours in the 2012-13 campaign.”

13.32 BST: Here’s Brendan Rodgers again, this time reacting to earlier reports that Andy Carroll was interesting AC Milan – but on a loan deal, rather than a permanent basis.

Rodgers – not exactly renowned for the use of a Carroll-style target man in his teams – said: “He's a good player, Andy. He'll always be linked to clubs whether he's here or not. I haven't had anything from them [Milan].”

13.26 BST: Brentford defender Craig Woodman has left Griffin Park after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The full-back, 29, has been linked with a switch to Exeter City.

13.24 BST - DONE DEAL: Hull City have confirmed the signing of Swiss goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic on a free transfer after seeing off rival interest from fellow Championship side Ipswich.

New Hull manager Steve Bruce maintained the club’s interest in signing the Aris Salonika player, first registered by his predecessor Nick Barmby, and a two-year contract has been agreed.

13.23 BST - DONE DEAL: Crawley Town have signed defender Mark Connolly on a free transfer from Bolton.

13.20 BST: The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is close to making an addition or two to his squad but, tease that he is, won’t say who his targets are. “There has been a whole raft of players linked with coming to Liverpool, and very few of them are actual targets for us," he said, coyly

13.10 BST: Augsburg have signed former Bayern Munich midfielder Andreas Ottl on a free transfer from Hertha Berlin.

“We are pleased to have signed such an experienced midfielder in Andreas Ottl, who is in his footballing prime,” Augsburg's director of sport, Manfred Paula, told the club's official website. “His quality will strengthen our side.”

12.17 BST: Genoa have signed defensive midfielder Anselmo de Moraes from Palmeiras for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old Brazilian has played on loan at Sao Caetano for the last six months.

10.48 BST: Inter Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini has said he will leave the club this summer.

The 27-year-old, who has been told he is not in coach Andrea Stramaccioni's plans for next season, told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I will look to work hard in an attempt to change their minds, but I have always been honest and I am being so now, too.”

The Italy international, under contract with Inter until June 2015, is reported to be a target of Sampdoria and Lazio.

10.26 BST: Bayern Munich have denied, rubbished and contemptuously dismissed reports that they have made a move to sign Andrea Pirlo.

Reports in Italy said Pirlo, who starred for the Italians at Euro 2012, had been the subject of a €10 million offer to Juventus by the Bavarians.

But Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told his club’s official website: “FC Bayern have neither made an offer to Juventus, nor have FC Bayern had any contact with the player or his agent.”

09.50 BST: And more on Lovenkrands, who will become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss if all goes well with his medical.

Lovenkrands, 32, has agreed personal terms on his Bosman free transfer to St Andrew's, a move made possible after the transfer embargo on Birmingham was lifted by the Football League last week.

09.45 BST: More on Chamakh: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Fiorentina have made an offer.

The 28-year-old Morocco international has been linked with a summer move after failing to impress during his second season with the club, scoring only one goal in all competitions.

"Fiorentina requested information on his availability and made an offer," Wenger told the Times.

09.33 BST: Roma say they are expecting to complete the signing of Chievo’s USA midfielder Michael Bradley on a three-year contract this week.

“There are still some minor details to sort out, but we expect Bradley to join the team in pre-season training in the next few days,” Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini told Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.15 BST: Cagliari defender Davide Astori has rejected a move to Spartak Moscow, saying he wanted to stay at the Italian club and would “try to do my best and have a starring role next season.”

Astori had looked set to complete a €15 million move, but told the Cagliari website: “I want to thank the Spartak Moscow executives for their consideration, but I will remain in Italy and at Cagliari.”

09.01 BST: Not quite a done deal, but subject to a medical – Birmingham have signed Newcastle forward Peter Lovenkrands on a free transfer. Confirmation of that one should follow fairly soon.

08.25 BST: Good morning from the Stygian dismalness of another English summer day – gloom that has nevertheless been lifted slightly by reports that Silvio Berlusconi has his eye on a new striker for AC Milan... and that the striker in question is Andy Carroll.

The Sun reports that Berlusconi’s son, Pier Silvio, was impressed by Carroll’s contribution to England’s cause during Euro 2012, quoting him as saying: “Milan still has its superstars but I’d like to have Carroll at Milan. I was impressed with his strength and his headed goal against Sweden.”

The paper says a permanent move would be unlikely – Milan aren’t convinced about Carroll’s £35 million price tag and, who knows, may not be alone in that – but could take the striker on loan for the season. Well, you never know.

The same paper says Chelsea have had an offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany forward Andre Schurrle rejected. Bayer said the Blues had tabled a £20 million bid for Schurrle, but they had opted to keep him because “he’s too important for us on the pitch and he also made it clear he is happy to stay with us.” Depressing how old-fashioned money not talking sounds.

And one more from them: Southampton are apparently being linked with Crystal Palace’s excellent winger Wilfried Zaha.

The Mirror says Wigan are looking at Guatemalan Marco Pappa as a replacement for Victor Moses, who continues to be the subject of speculation linking him with Chelsea. Pappa currently plays in the MLS with Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, new Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is reportedly trying to add to his attacking options by bringing Bristol City winger Albert Adomah to the club (£3 million), while Norwich could offer striker James Vaughan to Birmingham as part of a deal for defender Curtis Davis.

The Mail “understands” that Liverpool have failed in a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Liverpool Esteban Granero, while Fiorentina are reported to have made another bid for Arsenal’s Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh.

July 8, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/08/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side 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.


Wenger is about to see another crown jewel depart © Getty Images

Well with Ganso to (insert big European club here) due to go into overdrive it's time to call it a night here. Check back tomorrow for more transfer talk.

23.23 BST Brazil starlet Paulo Henrique Ganso has played his last game for Santos, according to the player's representative Delcir Sonda. Full story

22.58 BST France Football report that PSG made a €10m bid for Andrea Pirlo that was rejected by Juventus.

22.25 BST Roma have confirmed that they only need to tie up a few details to complete the signing of American international Michael Bradley. "I believe that within two days we will be there," said Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.

21.43 BST Italian striker Giampaoli Pazzini looks to be on his way out of Inter Milan. "I'll be honest I believe the club has made its decision and that I'll no longer be a part of this project," he said.

21.17 BST Serie A side Fiorentina have reportedly made "a very advantageous offer" for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh.

20.46 BST Boca Juniors defender Facundo Roncaglia is set to join Fiorentina on a free transfer. "I will have my medical in Florence on Tuesday," the 25-year-old told the press.

20.15 BST Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants to add three players to his squad. "...we need at least two players with experience and a younger face which will help to make the perfect number of the group," Martinez said.

19.41 BST Werder Bremen have reached an agreement with Juventus to bring former Hamburg forward Eljero Elia back to the Bundesliga. Full story

19.10 BST Imminent Spurs signing Jan Vertonghen is eager to get started at White Hart Lane. "I'm glad I'm a Tottenham player right now and I'm looking forward to playing for the club," he said. "I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League."

18.39 BST Here's the full story on Chelsea's rejected offer for Germany international Andre Schurrle: Full story

17.20 BST: But hang on! News just in via ESPN FC Podcast legend Raphael Honigstein who, via Twitter, passes on a report from Germany that Bayer Leverkusen have turned down a €25 million offer from Chelsea for Germany international Andre Schurrle.

17.15 BST: It's a quiet Sunday afternoon. We think all the journalists are sat watching the Wimbledon Men's Singles final.

16.39 BST: We're hearing that Lokomotiv Moscow have agreed terms with Trabzonspor over the signing of Burak Yilmaz.

16.06 BST: Quotes just in from Jan Vertonghen on his impending move to Tottenham: "I'm 25 years old and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I've heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates, so I think I'm ready for the club. They have a lot of good players and I hope the most important players will stay, but that's my opinion, I'm not one of the directors. I hope the players will stay and we have a good team next season."

15.33 BST: You can read the full quotes from Paulinho on the Corinthians player's link to Inter Milan right here.

15.00 BST: Note to Spurs fans, Jan Vertonghen is NOT a done deal. He has yet to undergo a medical. Consider your wrists firmly slapped.

14.51 BST: Here's our story on Giovani dos Santos being prepared to wait to finally seal a move away from Tottenham Hotspur.

13.59 BST: Read the story on Spurs agreeing to sign Jan Vertonghen.

13.49 BST: Seydou Keita's move to Chinese club Dalian Aerbin from Barca is almost done. "We have talked a whole day [Saturday] and it is nearly confirmed. We are waiting on Li Ming's final message," club owner Zhao Mingyang said on Sunday morning.

13.32 BST: Il Romanista reports that Emanuele Ricci, the agent of Sao Paulo youngster Bruno Uvini, has confirmed Roma's interest in the player. “The transfer market has just begun and I do not exclude that in the coming days there will be important developments. Roma, for some time, have been following the boy, but it is another step to buying him," he said.

13.05 BST - BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham Hotspur are to sign Jan Vertonghen from Ajax subject to a medical.

12.41 BST: Reports in the North East suggest Junior Hoilett will not sign for Newcastle because he wants £50,000-a-week.

12.30 BST: Marca claims that an English club, possibly Liverpool, have had a bid rejected for Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero.

12.22 BST: Here's our story on Robert Pires backing Mathieu Debuchy for a move to Newcastle.

12.03 BST: talkSPORT believes Man United still have a faint hope of signing Luka Modric from Spurs ahead of Real Madrid.

11.51 BST: Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has confirmed links to Inter Milan. “Inter Milan have already had talks with my agent and they will probably make an official offer next week,” Paulinho said to Radio Bandeirantes.

11.44 BST: Wolves could try and bring Michael Mancienne back from Hamburg, which would be his fourth spell at Molineux.

11.31 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants Victor Wanyama to focus on his future at the club after being linked with a move away.

10.59 BST: According to Record there is no update yet on Giovani Dos Santos and a move away from Spurs. "The window closes at the end of August and I am calm, I'm not getting desperate," Giovani said. "I'm still a Tottenham player and if there is no other option, I'll stay and do my best like I have always done."

10.33 BST: Here's our full story on Arsene Wenger saying he's right and everyone else is wrong.

10.16 BST: QPR are close to agreeing a deal to sign Wolves winger Matt Jarvis, so says the People.

10.09 BST: Liverpool will make a £6 million bid for Fulham's Clint Dempsey, according to the People.

10.00 BST: Former France winger Robert Pires thinks Mathieu Debuchy would be suited by a move to Newcastle. "He has a game which really suits the Premier League with his speed. He also has such an attacking game, but is very aggressive in defence", Pires told Le 10 Sport. "Newcastle would be a very good club for him because he would find his friends [Yohan] Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa."

It might be as predictable as night follows day, but Arsene Wenger has declared he won't be changing his ways this summer because he believes in developing and promoting youth, which means it's no big spending and bye-bye Robin van Persie.

He also has a bit of a tit-for-tat go at those players to have left the club.

"I lost Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas at an age where they should have been playing their best football for Arsenal. But I never left the club when I could have," he told the Sun. “I could have left 10 times to join another club."

It's starting to sound like playground tubthumping now.

Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday says Van Persie is facing a race against time to secure a move this summer. Arsenal are determined not to let transfer negotiations drag on deep into August and risk a repeat of last year's disastrous opening to the season.

The Star on Sunday says Man City will bid £15 million for Robin van Persie, while the Sunday Express believes Wenger is understood to have Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic as his No.1 target.

Let's have a look at the rest of the Sunday rumours.

The Sun: Yohan Cabaye insists Newcastle owner Mike Ashley must resist any temptation to cash in on Demba Ba ... Roberto Martinez does not expect to sell Victor Moses to Chelsea ... Chelsea have beaten off a host of Premier League rivals to sign 15-year-old whizkid George Brady from AS Cannes ... Craig Bellamy wants to return to Cardiff City.

Mail on Sunday: Chelsea have re-entered the Luka Modric transfer saga ... Tottenham want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge to link up with his former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas and are considering a £5 million bid.

Sunday Mirror: Robin van Persie has returned to London to try to sort out the mess surrounding his Arsenal future by holding a new round of talks ... Chelsea will reject a bid for Ryan Bertrand from Aston Villa and offer the promising left-back a new deal to stay at Stamford Bridge ... Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is ready to make his move for Wolves’ ­£10million-rated striker Steven Fletcher.

Star on Sunday: Man City will pave the way for the signing of Robin van Persie by setting up the sale of Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham ... Arsenal are set to hijack Chelsea and Liverpool’s scrap for Victor Moses – if contract rebel Theo Walcott refuses to commit to them long term ... Flop Marcos Angeleri is finally set to quit Sunderland ... Midfielder Joao Moutinho could be heading for a reunion with Andre Villas-Boas at Spurs ... Hamburg fans are keen to see Rafael van der Vaart back at their club.

Sunday Express: Nicolas Anelka is set to quit China after just six months following an amazing bust-up with a fan of his team, Shanghai Shenua.

July 7, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/07/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side 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.


Van Persie: A man in demand © Getty Images

Well that's it for tonight folks, be sure to check back tomorrow for more transfer talk.

11.59 BST Barcelona have confirmed that Seydou Keita has decided to leave the Nou Camp, with the midfielder expected to join Chinese side Dalian Aerbin. Full story

23.25 BST Bad news for Manchester United fans... reports are emerging that Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho is not amongst the "one or two" that Sir Alex Ferguson wants to add to his squad.

22.45 BST Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has hinted he wants Frank Lampard to sign a new deal with the club. "Frank is a very fit man. As long as he doesn't get injured he can play for many years," Di Matteo said.

22.01 BST Portugal winger Nani says he is "very happy" at Manchester United and has confirmed that he wants to extend his current contract at Old Trafford. "My agent is negotiating and we'll see what happens," Nani said.

21.15 BST Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed reports linking PSG with Barcelona striker David Villa, who is recovering form a broken leg. "He is a great forward, but we are in the process of searching for one who does not have physical problems," Ancelotti said.

20.43 BST Newcastle defender Davide Santon has ruled out a return to Serie A amid interest from AS Roma and has urged the Magpies to sign Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy. Full story

20.06 BST Sunderland have bolstered their ranks with the signing of two youngsters - Darlington's David Ferguson and Bury's Wade Joyce.

19.38 BST German side Borussia Monchengladbach remain favourites to land Blackburn's Junior Hoilett, but the winger has apparently held talks with five Premier League clubs in recent weeks.

19.20 BST Milos Krasic may be looking to leave Juventus, but only for England, Germany or Spain, according to his agent. "Are CSKA, Zenit St Petersburg and Anzhi interested? The papers can write what they want, but I am Milos' agent and I guarantee that no offers have arrived," Dejan Joksimovic said.

18.55 BST Ajax coach Frank de Boer on Jan Vertonghen's proposed Tottenham move: "Jan has his head in London ... He is only waiting on a few minor details before he gets the green light". Full story

18.19 BST Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni claims that every player at the club has a price and would not attempt to block the sale of stars such as Wesley Sneijder. Full story

17.40 BST Inter Milan will sign Brazil international Paulinho from Corinthians, with whom he has a contract until 2015, for around €8 million, according to reports in Brazil.

17.10 BST: Spurs are likely to loan out South African centre-back Bongani Khumalo to Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki for the season.

16.54 BST: Porto have signed Colombia striker Jackson Martinez on a four-year contract for €9 million from Mexican club Jaguares, subject to a medical.

16.41 BST: Fulham, West Brom and Norwich have all been linked with Danish striker Nicklas Helenius, but the AAB player is said to prefer a move to Germany or Netherlands.

16.27 BST: Reports in France claim Marseille's Cesar Azpilicueta is back in Roberto di Matteo's thoughts as Chelsea consider their full-back options.

16.06 BST: One to keep an eye on here, as it is being suggested that Felipe Melo will leave Juventus and sign for Galatasaray in an €8 million deal.

15.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Serie A side Torino have confirmed the signing of Marco Migliorini from Lega Pro outfit Chieti.

15.39 BST: Here's the story on Joe Cole vowing to stay and prove himself at Liverpool.

15.21 BST: Manchester City are being linked to Argentine youngster Paulo Dybala, who scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Cordoba in his first season in senior football,

15.05 BST: Here's the story of Salomon Kalou signing for Lille.

14.42 BST: Now reports that Liverpool could rival Tottenham in a bid to sign Daniel Sturridge.

14.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Lille have confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou on a free transfer following his release by Chelsea.

14.13 BST: Ben Smith of the BBC tweets the following: "For those asking, no truth in reports ‪#LFC‬ are currently in talks with Bologna over a deal for Gaston Ramirez."

13.46 BST: AS reports that Hoffenheim have made a €5 million big for Real Madrid striker Joselu.

13.35 BST: So this lunchtime's rumour is that Barcelona will sell David Villa to fund a move for Robin van Persie. The question is, how will he ever pass a medical?

13.20 BST: Brendan Rodgers has told the Liverpool Echo that he wants Craig Bellamy to stay at the club. He has been linked with a return to Cardiff City.

12.59 BST: Juventus could move for Fiorentina's Stefan Jovetic, if they fail to land Robin van Persie, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

12.52 BST: Luuk de Jong appears to be trying to force his way out of FC Twente, launching a stinging criticism of the £16 million price tag placed on his head.

12.43 BST: Dutch paper De Telegraaf is reporting that an agreement has now been reached to take Jan Vertonghen to Spurs.

12.34 BST: Could Michel Bastos be about to leave Lyon? After being criticised by team-mates he wrote on Twitter: "I'm saddened by comments made about me. I've never had problems with the group in all the teams I've been part of. I respect the club a lot and am saddened by all that. If I'm a problem I prefer to leave in order not to be a bother."

12.28 BST: Fenerbahce are said to be ready to pay Liverpool £6 million for Alberto Aquilani.

12.19 BST: Hamburg sporting director Frank Arnesen is waiting for a signal from Tottenham forward Rafael van der Vaart before getting serious with his interest. Read his quotes.

11.56 BST: The agent of Jan Vertonghen is set for further talks with Ajax to try and finally reach an agreement over the terms of his proposed transfer to Tottenham Hotspur. Read more.

11.21 BST: Porto will be asked to considerably lower their "inflated" asking price for Brazilian striker Hulk as a host of interested clubs are refusing to pay the €70 million fee. Read the story in full here.

11.03 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon is looking for "two or three'' players to complete his squad ahead of the new season.

10.41 BST: The Sunderland Echo says there is no truth that in the story that West Ham have signed Kieran Richardson.

10.30 BST: Salomon Kalou is close to completing move to Lille and will have a medical this weekend, accoring to La Voix du Nord.

With the UK papers over-flowing with news about Wimbledon and a certain man's passage to Sunday's final we're a little starved of decent football rumours, and that's now not going to change until Tuesday!

Still, we are brave soldiers here at ESPN, so we'll start with a round-up of the Robin van Persie rumours before rounding up the rest of the tittle tattle.

Juventus are prepared to smash their wage ceiling to get hold of the wantaway Arsenal striker, according to the Daily Mail. While Gianluigi Buffon is Juve's top earner on £100,000-a-week, the paper believe RVP could be offered £180,000-a-week.

The Daily Mirror carries an interview with Sol Campbell in which he says the club could yet keep RVP if they spend big this summer.

On to the Sun, which reports that Man City, Barcelona and Paris St Germain are involved in a the battle for Robin van Persie, and that City will open up with a £15 million bid.

Now the Daily Star, and Kolo Toure has urged Manchester City to break the bank and sign Van Persie.

The Times reports that AC Milan have entered the race for the Netherlands international.

Daily Mail: Arsenal are interested in Toulouse defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue ... Jermain Defoe has been told he cannot leave Spurs by new manager Andre Villas-Boas ... Real Madrid are continuing with their move to sign Luka Modric ... Jan Vertonghen's move to Tottenham still hangs in the balance after talks between the defender and Ajax ended without a resolution ... Wigan owner Dave Whelan has warned Chelsea he will not cut his £10 million asking price for Victor Moses ... Manchester United defender Ezekiel Fryers has agreed a four-year deal with Spurs and the club must now settle on a compensation deal ... West Brom are closing in on a £2million deal for one-time Manchester City target Yassine El Ghanassy ... Everton centre-back John Heitinga is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas ... Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy will have showdown talks with Lille at the weekend.

The Sun: Spurs have made a £13 million offer for France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris ... Aston Villa and Sunderland are in a £9 million fight for Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis ... Fiorentina are ready to cough up £4 million for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh ... Alan Pardew has been told he can have striker Luuk de Jong - for £16 million ... Jan Vertonghen is hoping to confirm his £9 million switch to Spurs today ... Peter Whittingham has pledged his future to Cardiff despite interest from WBA.

Daily Mirror: QPR hope to beat off Everton’s interest to land Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett ... Tottenham are set to make another bid to land striker Leandro Damiao after his club signed Inter Milan marksman Diego Forlan ... Leeds boss Neil Warnock wants to sign Swansea striker Leroy Lita in a £1million deal.

Daily Star: Tottenham and Arsenal want Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano, who is co-owned by Inter Milan and Palermo.

Daily Telegraph: Brendan Rodgers is close to making Roma forward Fabio Borini his first signing as Liverpool manager.

July 6, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/06/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.




Van Persie has been linked with a move to Juventus
© PA Photos

23.00 BST That's it for tonight, we'll be back in the morning with more truths and lies.

20:16 BST - DONE DEAL: Reading have confirmed the capture of 17-year-old Irish defender Pierce Sweeney from League of Ireland side Bray Wanderers.

19.27 BST - Fresh from Copa Libertadores success, Corinthians defender Leandro Castan has confirmed he is set to join Roma in the coming days. "Everything is settled with Roma," Castan told Radio Bandeirantes.

19.05 BST - Reports in Spain suggest that Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa has resigned after the club failed to support him over an altercation with construction staff. More information here.

18.39 BST - ESPN sources believe that Tottenham are ready to sell star midfielder Luka Modric should anyone offer close to their..£40 million valuation. Read the full story here.

18.02 BST - Several outlets reporting that out-of-contract Manchester United youngster Ezequiel Fryers will join Tottenham Hotspur. Fee to be decided by tribunal. No official confirmation yet.

17.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Leeds, Tottenham and Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate has joined Middlesborough after agreeing a three-year contract.

16.20 BST - DONE DEAL: Universidad de Chile striker Junior Fernandes has joined Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal. Read the full story here

16.08 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge has moved to Championship club Brighton on a season-long loan.

16.06 BST - DONE DEAL: Aston Villa seal their move for Sheffield United right-back Matt Lowton, who joins the Midlanders on a four-year contract. Although the fee is undisclosed, the deal is believed to be worth around £3 million.

16.05 BST - DONE DEAL: Marseille, the Ligue 1 champions, have signed 25-year-old Argentinian striker Emanuel Herrera on a three-year contract from Chilean club Union Espanola.

16.04 BST - DONE DEAL: Brazilian side Internacional have announced the signing of Diego Forlan only hours after the 33-year-old Uruguay striker had terminated his Inter Milan contract.

Forlan has signed a deal until 2015, and a statement from Internacional said: “Diego Forlan is the new reinforcement of Internacional. The Uruguay player is in Milan and will arrive in Porto Alegre on Saturday.”

15.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Newcastle have completed the signing of Coventry midfielder Gael Bigirimana on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

15.07 BST:Arsenal midfielder Denilson will remain at Sao Paulo for another season, the Gunners have confirmed. He made 47 appearances for his boyhood club during his initial one-year loan.

15.04 BST - DONE DEAL:Fulham have completed the signing of Cologne right-back Sascha Riether on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal.

14.50 BST: And more, this time from the man himself. It’s beautiful in Southampton, he tells De Telegraaf: “I'm in Southampton and everything is perfect. The club, the stadium and the reception really surprised me. Beautiful.

“And Southampton's ambitions - with the new investor, they want to be chasing Manchester City.”

14.43 BST: More from Vitesse, who have released a statement about Buttner’s move to Southampton. It says: “Both clubs spent the last few days discussing the transfer of the 23-year-old defender.

“On Friday, Vitesse accepted an improved offer from the English Premier League club. This sees Alexander Buttner depart immediately to Southampton.”

Buttner came through the youth system at Vitesse, making 107 appearances for them.

14.11 BST: A source has told ESPN that Chelsea may not be in the running for Theo Walcott. “I cannot see Walcott being a prime target for Chelsea, although the final decision will rest with Roman Abramovich," the source said. "They have already signed wingers, and are looking for another striker to fill in for the departing Didier Drogba.”

14.05 BST: Southampton have agreed a deal with Vitesse Arnhem to sign defender Alexander Buttner, the Dutch club have announced.

13.04 BST: More on Vertonghen. In a nutshell, he’s in the final year of his contract at Ajax but can’t finalise his move because of a contractual dispute with the club. It has been reported that he believes he is entitled to a cut of his transfer fee, which could be £9 million, but Ajax don’t think so.

Here’s something from his agency, Nakhli Mondial, in De Telegraaf: “There is some movement and we have the intention to come to an agreement.”

12.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Palermo defender Matias Silvestre has joined Inter Milan on loan with a view to a permanent deal worth up to €8 million.

The clubs had been in talks over a full-time transfer this summer, but Palermo revealed that centre-back Silvestre has not yet moved permanently.

The arrangement gives Inter the opportunity to make the move permanent next summer and, if they choose to do so, they would pay the fee in four yearly instalments.

12.11 BST: That on/off/on/off-type move to Tottenham by Jan Vertonghen could be... on again. Belgian international defender Vertonghen thought the move had fallen through, but it’s now reported that his agent is holding talks with his club, Ajax, to find a solution.

12.03 BST: Chelsea defender Ashley Cole could be set for a sensational departure from Stamford Bridge, as ESPN can reveal that there are no talks at present to renew a contract that has just one year to run. Here's the full story...

11.56 BST: Aston Villa are reported to be close to completing a deal for Sheffield United full-back Matt Lowton, thought to be for a fee in the region of £3 million.

11.30 BST - DONE DEAL: The Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan has joined Al-Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, on a permanent deal. The 26-year-old Ghana international had spent most of last season on loan at the club.

It is thought Al-Ain paid around £6million for Gyan's loan and will pay a similar fee to secure his services on a full-time basis.

11.09 BST: AC Milan just aren’t in the slightest bit interested in signing Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar, vice-president Adriano Galliani has said. “He is a very good goalkeeper, but we are not interested in him,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. Cesar is reported to be a target for Manchester United and Roma.

11.03 BST: The Van Persie/Man City speculation is unlikely to be fading away any time soon - and Kolo Toure has done his bit to ensure it doesn’t, waxing enthusiastic about what a fine signing the Arsenal skipper would be. Toure, an ex-Gunners team-mate of the Netherlands international, says he would boost City’s Champions League chances.

“Robin is a top player. I've played with him, I know him and he's a great man,” the Manchester Evening News quoted Toure as saying. “If Robin comes it's great because I know what he can do. You have to build your squad every year to do better - to win the Champions League is very difficult, as we have seen.”

10.20 BST: Toon time: reports say Newcastle have agreed a deal with Coventry for 18-year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana. The Burundi-born player is seen as a star of the future, and Magpies owner Mike Ashley is keen to invest in players for the seasons to come as well as for the present.

10.14 BST: Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis is keen to move to the Premier League and has been linked with both Sunderland and Aston Villa. Ramis, 27, told AS: “This could be the ideal moment to make a change, and the Premier League is a destination that appeals because I like the football there.”

10.03 BST: Alessandro Nesta has agreed terms with MLS outfit Montreal Impact. The 36-year-old, a World Cup winner with Italy, moves to Canada after his contract at AC Milan expired.

09.27 BST: Look away, Arsenal fans: now there’s speculation over the future of Theo Walcott, who is reportedly unhappy that Robin Van Persie is leaving the Emirates. The 23-year-old is the latest to be talked about in terms of moving in the direction of away (‘exodus’ will become the official media word of the summer for Arsenal soon), with his contract expiring next year. Chelsea, Juventus and PSG are reported to have shown interest in the winger.

09.22 BST: Paris St Germain are in talks with Pescara’s highly-rated midfielder Marco Verratti, and could strike a €14 million deal for him. The 19-year-old’s agent, Donato Di Campli, said: “We had our first meeting with PSG, and it was very productive. I can say that Paris St Germain have shown a great interest in the player.”

09.12 BST - DONE DEAL: Real Betis have signed striker Joel Campbell on loan from Arsenal for a season. Campbell, a Costa Rica international, spent last season on loan at Lorient.

09.04 BST: West Brom have been linked with former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, who could join Steve Clarke’s ranks on loan – although his club, Rubin Kazan, would reportedly prefer to strike a permanent deal with a price tag of around £3 million.

08.58 BST: A gentle stroll down nostalgia street for Middlesbrough, possibly – they could be about to re-sign Jonathan Woodgate, who played 46 games for them before moving to Tottenham in 2008.

Born in Middlesbrough, the central defender spent last season at Stoke but was released at the end of the campaign. He had joined Boro from Real Madrid in 2007, and also played for Newcastle after beginning his career at Leeds.

08.45 BST: In the Express, meanwhile, Aston Villa are said to be lining up a swoop for Sheffield United’s highly-rated right back Matt Lowton. The Blades, who missed out on automatic promotion from League One after a thrilling battle with city rivals Wednesday, and then lost in the play-off final, may find themselves powerless to hang on to him.

Back to Van Persie – the Star has his future down to a three-way fight between Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. In non-Van Persie, non-Arsenal news, the paper has Manchester Unitd loitering around outside Goodison Park, interested in spiriting Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines away with them.

08.26 BST: It's a rainy, grey morning - and, as they read the papers, Arsenal fans might find their mood matching the weather. That's because, unsurprisingly, Robin Van Persie’s eventual destination is the subject of plenty of conjecture.

The Mirror claims Manchester United have moved ahead of neighbours City in the battle to sign the Dutchman but that, apparently, might not matter - the paper says Van Persie has set his heart on a move to Italy and Juventus are the favourites to sign him.

The paper also has City poised to sign “Argentine wonderkid” Paulo Dybala, 18, from Instituto, who play in Argentina's second division.

Meanwhile, the Mail says the Gunners could seek to replace Van Persie with Stevan Jovetic or Robert Lewandowski, both of whom, it reports, were wathed by Arsenal scouts last season. In other news, it says Birmingham’s Jack Butland is on the radar of the new Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, while Manchester United are keeping a beady eye on Joao Moutinho, who is also a target for... Tottenham.

The Sun says Arsenal could report Manchester City for allegedly tapping up Van Persie, claiming the Londoners are convinced that the striker’s agent had been in touch with the Premier League winners before he announced that he would not be signing a new deal.

July 5, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/05/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Van Persie wants to win trophies elsewhere © PA Photos

23.50 BST Well that's your lot for tonight. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for more transfer talk.

23.45 BST Former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate is understood to be in talks over a return to hometown club Middlesbrough.

23.11 BST Paris St Germain are in talks with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric, according to Mercato365.

22.32 BST Corriere dello Sport reports Inter Milan will send a representative to Sao Paulo to broker a deal for coveted attacking midfielder Lucas Moura.

21.53 BST The Times' Duncan Castles has tweeted: "Understand that Tottenham have completed the transfer of Ajax central defender Jan Vertonghen. #thfc #ajax"

21.10 BST The chairman of Turkish side Orduspor says that Everton are in talks with Ivory Coast international forward, Jean-Jacques Gosso. "Everton are in negotiations with us over a possible transfer, its very likely that Gosso will be leaving us," Nedim Türkmen said.

20.40 BST Newly-promoted Reading have completed the signing of Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak on a four-year contract after he was granted a work permit. Full story

20.08 BST Reported Manchester United target Kevin Grosskreutz admits he would love to play in England. "To play with Shinji (Kagawa) in the Premier League would be huge," Grosskreutz said.

18.38 BST Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists he doesn't have to sell Chelsea target Victor Moses even though the want-away winger has just 12-months to run on his contract.

17.59 BST Want to read about Jordi Alba's move to Barcelona? Well you can do that right here.

17.03 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson's increased wage demands scuppered his move to Anfield.

16.51 BST The agent of Gaby Mudingayi says his player is close to signing for Inter from Bologna. “His signing will come soon, Gabi will sign a contract for two or three years,” Federico Pastorello told 7sur7.

16.42 BST Cagliari president Massimo Cellino blocked Davide Astori's €12 million move to Spartak Moscow.

16.29 BST In a shock, shock move, Real Madrid paper Marca claims that Inter full-back Maicon would rather join Real Madrid than Chelsea.

16.14 BST OFFICIAL The much-publicised deal to take Jordi Alba from Valencia to Barcelona is done and dusted with the player presented to the media.

16.00 BST Netherlands winger Eljero Elia is wanted by Werder Bremen. After a disappointing season at Juventus he could be ready to return to the Bundesliga.

15.51 BST DONE DEAL Feyenoord have announced the signing of Harmeet Singh from Valerenga for €400,000.

15.42 BST Stoke City are being linked with a move for Wolves duo Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher and Martin Olsson of Blackburn Rovers.

15.29 BST Marco Verratti could be the next player to make a big money move to Paris Saint-Germain, linked with a €12 million move from Pescara.

15.18 BST Ernesto Cornejo, a 19-year-old striker, has chosed to leave Barcelona and join Benfica.

15.10 BST Sao Paulo have announced that Arsenal midfielder Denilson will remain on loan with them for another season. No confirmation from the Gunners yet.

14.47 BST David Moyes wants to bring Steven Pienaar back to the club from Spurs. "We're keen and I hope in time that we will be able to conclude that deal," he told reporters.

14.40 BST Former Ireland international Kevin Kilbane has signed for Coventry City following his release by Hull City.

14.32 BST Bolton manager Owen Coyle insists the club have received no offers for midfielder Mark Davies, who has been linked with Liverpool.

14.20 BST It seems the stories from last night linking Manchester United Atletico Madrid goalkeeper were false. The 18-year-old goalkeeper named Rodrigo Alvarez doesn't exist!

13.53 BST Bolton Wanderers have completed the signing of Joe McKee after he was released by Burnley.

13.35 BST One player who it seems may not be returning to Swansea is Steven Caulker. He's signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

13.22 BST Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzma is the latest name to be linked with a move to Swansea City.

13.12 BST Giovani Dos Santos is hoping to escape Spurs this summer. "I want to return to Spain," he told ESPN Radio. "There is a new coach at Tottenham, a new season is starting and it is clear to me that I want to return to Spanish football. I think that I will be able to announce the move soon."

13.05 BST Fernando Llorente is allegedly interesting Manchester United, one that keeps cropping up.

12.44 BST The London Evening Standard reports that Queens Park Rangers want to sign William Gallas and Jermain Defoe from Spurs.

12.32 BST DONE DEAL Manchester City left back Greg Cunningham has moved to Bristol City on a permanent contract for an undisclosed fee.

12.11 BST Arsenal's second-biggest shareholders, Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri, have written to owner Stan Kroenke expressing "deep reservations" about how the American is running the club after Robin van Persie expressed his desire to leave. An open letter has revealed they think manager Arsene Wenger is being forced into "selling his best players and having to continue to find cheaper replacements." It asks: "where are the safeguards to ensure that this doesn't happen again and again?"

11.55 BST Portsmouth striker Luke Varney has revealed he is on the brink of leaving the cash-strapped club and is expected to link up with Leeds United.

11.37 BST DONE DEAL Exeter City youngster Sean Goss joined Manchester United this week for an initial fee in the region of £100,000.

11.28 BST Fulham are being linked with a deal for Cologne's former Germany international Sascha Riether.

11.14 BST Palermo sporting director Giorgio Perinetti has confirmed that Matias Silvestre is on the verge of completing his transfer to Inter.

11.01 BST Chievo midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of sealing a move to Roma, according to Italian media reports. The United States international has attracted the attention of several clubs after an impressive first season in Serie A.

10.37 BST Rob Hulse's agent has rubbished claims the striker will be leaving QPR before the start of the Premier League season.

10.22 BST Sticking in Serie A, Roma have confirmed the signing Lithuania Under-19 international goalkeeper Tomas Svedkauskas from FK Suduva.

10.16 BST Sao Paulo youngster Bruno Uvini is interesting and interested in Lazio, according to his agent Emanuele Ricci, who told Lalaziosiamono: “It’s true, Uvini has been offered to the Biancocelesti... Uvini likes the club and as far as we know they like him, I wonder now if they will talk about a deal."

10.01 BST Remember you can get your comments in to us using the tool below. We've had plenty already, including this slightly left-field one from Udyat:

"This might not be huge news but as an Indian, Sunil Chhetri has signed for Sporting Lisbon B"

09.49 BST Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng has set his sights on a move to La Liga, though Russian side Rubin Kazan are the only club tp have made a bid so far, with their £6 million offer rejected by the Hoops.

"Ever since I was a kid I have dreamed of playing in the Spanish league," Ki said in the Daily Record. "I would only move from Celtic if I am guaranteed playing time but if and when the offer comes I hope it is from Spain. All footballers want to play at the highest level and my ambition is to play in La Liga.

09.36 BST Alvaro Pereira's agent says Porto have yet to receive an offer for the Uruguay international. He also says that Pereira is happy at Porto before adding that classic agent "however"...

"We have no contact with any club at this point," Alejandro Savich said. "Clubs have asked us about his situation, about the value of the clause, if Porto would be willing to negotiate a clause. [But] There were no further developments, "s

"Alvaro Pereira is not thinking about leaving Porto, he has a contract with FC Porto. However, if a club submits a proposal that Porto accepted, he will be contacted. For now, though he plays for Porto."

09.28 BST DONE DEAL Celtic have signed English goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Newcastle on a four-year deal.

09.13 BST New Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has been talking of his excitement about his move to the San Siro from Udinese: "I wanted to join a great club. I'm very happy to have arrived at Inter. I would like to thank everyone at Udinese.''

09.02 BST Some quotes from Riquelme about his decision: "This afternoon, I spoke with the president and informed him that I would not continue," Riquelme told reporters. "I am very grateful to the club and the team, I know I am, but I have nothing left to give the club, I'm empty. The relationship I share with Boca is great, I'm a fan of this club but now I have reached the end of the road. Now I just want to go home, have a barbecue with my friends, see my children and greet them. All I ask is for forgiveness from my child that I could not win the cup again."

08.51 BST Paul Lambert will look to strengthen his Villa squad and Sheffield United right-back Matthew Lowton is believed to be on his radar.

08.44 BST David Silva was asked about a move to Real Madrid and responded thus to Canarias Radio: "I have just started my holiday and I am only thinking about resting." Make of that what you will.

08.32 BST Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar insists that the expected transfer of Udinese's Samir Handanovic does not spell an end to his time at the club. "I have a contract until 2014. I am an employee of the club," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Will I stay? I think so. We'll train and then we will see. It will be the coach who decides who plays. The important thing is that there is a respect among us all. Handanovic is a very good goalkeeper. [It's] better for us to have him. We will have three strong goalkeepers."

08.25 BST Juan Roman Riquelme has quit Boca Juniors after the Copa Libertadores final last night. Anybody need a new No. 10?

08.15 BST Manchester City seem to be the first in line then. And Mario Balotelli admits he wants RVP to play alongside him, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, and whoever else they manage to sign before the deadline. Full story here.

Paper gossip unsurprisingly leads on a certain flying Dutchman at the Emirates:

The Sun: FUMING Arsenal feel Robin van Persie is plotting a move to Manchester City after he rejected a new deal... Newcastle defender Simpson could join Reading for £2m after contract talks falter... AC Milan are lining up a move for Liverpool's Andy Carroll... Fulham are chasing Holland Under-19 prodigy Chris David from FC Twente... Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is chasing Genoa defender Chico and Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman.

The Daily Mail: Manchester United hope they can beat neighbours City to the signing of Arsenal forward Robin van Persie... Spurs have made an £11m offer for for Internacional star Oscar and also want to sign Lyon keeper Hugo Lloris... Former Real Madrid star Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer... Norwich boss Chris Hughton is interested in Newcastle striker Nile Ranger.

The Daily Mirror: Barcelona and Real Madrid ar in the battle to sign Arsenal frontman Robin van Persie... Manchester United want to sign 19-year-old Sao Paulo striker Lucas, who is also wanted by Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Who needs Batman when you have Robin? Well, nobody, but you might need him if Robin decides to leave. Who will Arsenal sign now that Van the Man has decided to leave?

July 4, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/04/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli: Team-mates for Italy, and maybe for Juventus? © PA Photos

23.59 BST That's it for today, only eight hours to go until you get your next exciting installment of On The Move.

23.44 BST Fulham are rumoured to be making a move for Blackburn's Paul Robinson.

23.12 BST Besikas could be in for Man City defender Stefan Savic on loan.

23.01 BST Genoa defender Chico Flores is could be about to move to Swansea City.

22.35 BST Hull are being linked with a loan move for Man United reserve goalkeeper Ben Amos.

22.07 BST Reports in Spain say Manchester United are to sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Rodrigo Alvarez.

21.50 BST DONE DEAL Dynamo Kiev have completed the signing of Portuguese midfielder Miguel Veloso for an undisclosed fee from Genoa.

21.25 BST Steve McClaren has told Newcastle United it will take an offer he 'cannot refuse' to sell Luuk de Jong.

20.12 BST DONE DEAL Lucio has signed for Juventus from Inter. The club have announced: "Lucio is a Juventus player. The Brazilian defender arrives on a free and has signed a two-year contract, binding him to Juventus until June 30, 2014.”

19.56 BST DONE DEAL Championship side Barnsley have signed Ben Alnwick on a free transfer after he left Spurs.

19.49 BST DONE DEAL Blackburn Rovers have made their fourth signing of the summer with the capture of Portuguese attacker Fabio Nunes from Portimonese SC for an undisclosed fee, putting pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.

19.36 BST Arsenal have just issued the following statement on Robin van Persie: "We have to respect Robin's decision not to renew his contract. Robin has one year to run on his current contract and we are confident that he will fulfil his commitments to the club. We are planning with ambition and confidence for next season with Arsenal's best interests in mind.''

19.20 BST Guti has joined up with West Ham on their training camp ahead of a possible move to the club.

18.45 BST Lucio has apparently passed his medical at Juventus so looks like a move is even closer than it was before.

18.00 BST DONE DEAL Fenerbahce snap up former Besiktas defender Egemen Korkmaz.

17.35 BST Well this is rather massive so I'm going to type it in caps. ROBIN VAN PERSIE IS LEAVING ARSENAL. Yes, he doesn't want to stay at a club that won't win trophies and so he won't sign a new deal. More rebuilding for Arsene and you can read the full story here.

17.03 BST - DONE DEAL Colchester have signed striker Freddie Sears from West Ham on a free transfer. The 22-year-old has agreed a three-year contract after an 11-match loan spell at the club last season, during which he scored twice.

16.35 BST Gino Pozzo, the son of Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo, has claimed an agreement has been reached with Inter Milan for the transfer of Samir Handanovic to San Siro. He has been quoted as saying: "The signature is the only thing left for the transfer to happen. An agreement has been reached between our club and Inter. But I cannot yet say that it is official."

15.52 BST DONE DEAL: Despite Atletico Madrid confirming as much a couple of weeks ago, Chelsea have now officially confirmed that Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is heading back the Rojiblancos on another season-long loan.

15.38 BST Ajax and PSV are both still chasing Dutch youngster Luciano Narsignh, Heerenveen sporting director Johan Hansma has revealed.

"Ajax's previous offer is still covered in dust, but they've informed me that they are still interested in signing him. They will soon table another offer," Hansma told De Telegraaf. "We're also in talks with PSV. It doesn't really matter to us if we reach an agreement with Ajax or with PSV. If we agree terms with both clubs, it's up to Luciano to make a decision."

15.16 BST Birmingham City have confirmed the transfer embargo on the club has now been lifted by the Football League. FULL STORY HERE.

14.54 BST Sky Sport Italia reporting that Udinese have accepted a fee of 11 million euro and a 50% share of defender Davide Faraoni from Inter Milan for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

14.35 BST Former Spurs right-back Stephen Carr has signed a new contract extension with Birmingham. "It's good to get it sorted. I'm buzzing now, I can't wait to get restarted with the lads," Carr said.

14.18 BST Comment from cardyChelsea, who is not impressed with the Blues being linked with Maicon:

"Why are Chelsea going after Maicon? he is in the twilight of his career, Inter didnt have a great season last year and he's on the wrong side of 30. I really hope this is just merely speculation and instead they sign a better RB in Mathieu Debuchy, or Gregory Van Dier Wiel"

14.02 BST AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani claims the club will not sign any more players this summer. He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Milan's transfer market is
closed. We have nine midfielders and our market is closed.'' Surely he can't be serious?!

13.50 BST Roberto Di Matteo says Chelsea will continue to "monitor the market" but indicated that the club may not bring in a replacement for Didier Drogba. He also said Florent Malouda and Yossi Benayoun may have a future at the club. FULL STORY HERE.

13.34 BST DONE DEAL: Bolton have completed the signing of Matt Mills from Leicester City. The centre-back only joined the Foxes last season but will now be doing his best to inspire Owen Coyle's side to an immediate return to the top flight.

13.27 BST Remember, you can get your comments in to us using the tool below. That's exactly what Zzyzzyzzs has done:

"I'm surprised more hasn't been made of Nuno Gomes's transfer to Blackburn. One of the best Portuguese strikers from the past decade or so, a bit past it I reckon but would be a great addition to English football and at a decently competitive level too."

13.24 BST Diego Forlan is on his way out of Inter Milan after the club's technical director Marco Branca confirmed his contract is set to be cancelled. A return to South America with Internacional or Corinthians appears to await. FULL STORY HERE.

13.11 BST: Antonio Di Natale has extended his Udinese contract and will now stay with the club until 2014. The Italy striker, who featured for the Azzurri at Euro 2012, was Serie A's top scorer in 2009-10 and 2010-11, and scored 23 goals in 36 league games last season.

12.51 BST DONE DEAL: Aberdeen have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international winger Niall McGinn from Celtic.

12.37 BST DONE DEAL: Spurs sign Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim.

12.24 BST More from Athletic, as new Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has been talking up the abilites of their Spain international Javi Martinez.
FULL STORY HERE

12.06 BST Fernando Llorente may not have featured for Spain at Euro 2012 but he could be turning out in the Roja of Manchester United if AS is to be believed. The Spanish newspaper reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is a fan of the Athletic Bilbao frontman, though he will face competition from Bayern Munich for his signature.

11.58 BST Brazilian side Cruzeiro have revealed they made an unsuccessful attempt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago. "It didn't reach the negotiation stage," sporting director Alexandre Mattos told Radio Bandeirantes.

11.46 BST Despite fooling everyone into thinking it happened six weeks ago, Arsenal have actually only officially signed Lukas Podolski. An Arsenal statement read: Lukas Podolski officially becomes an Arsenal player today. The German striker has been at Emirates Stadium to visit his new club. His first task was putting pen to paper on the contract which formally completed his move from Cologne."

11.37 BST Josip Ilicic's agent Amir Ruznic says Palermo have rejected an offer from a Premier League club for the midfielder. Annoyingly for us, though, he refuses to reveal which club it is.

Ruznic told Zurnal24: “I can confirm that Palermo received at least one bid from a Premier League club for Josip. However, President Maurizio Zamparini immediately turned it down. I can’t tell you the name of the team who had a go at signing Ilicic, but they are a medium-to-high club in the Division.”

Let the guessing commence.

11.24 BST Sky Sport News reporting that Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to completing a move to Tottenham as Andre Villas-Boas first signing.

11.19 BST @barcastuff on Twitter: Barcelona have started the contacts on centre back signing. Javi Martinez first option. Badstuber and Vermaelen among alternatives.

11.11 BST Alberto Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia says he hopes to have the midfielder's future cleared up as soon as possible. He told Tutto Mercato Web: "At the moment Aquilani is a Liverpool player and will certainly start pre-season training with them, then we'll see what happens. The new manager will decide whether to keep him or not.

"I don't think he's coming back to Italy and he hasn't expressed any particular preference, but this time I hope Liverpool can tell us in time if he's not part of their plans so we can find him the right club.''

10.57 BST Brad Guzan could be returning to Aston Villa, with new boss Paul Lambert ready to re-sign the American goalkeeper after he was released by the club last month.

10.45 BST Eintracht Frankfurt have brought in striker Olivier Occean from fellow Bundesliga newcomers Greuther Furth for an undisclosed fee. The Canada international scored 17 goals to help Greuther to promotion last season.

10.36 BST DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough have improved the intellect of their squad by snapping up a student from Birmingham University. But fear not Boro fans, 6ft 4in centre-back Ben Burgess was previously a youth-team player at Arsenal.

10.22 BST Alvaro Morata will be promoted from Real Madrid’'s reserve team to the senior squad. The 19-year-old, who has previously made two appearances for the first-team, can play as a striker, an attacking midfielder or a left winger, and scored 17 goals for Real's 'B' team last season.

10.15 BST FULL STORY on Lucio to Juventus.

10.08 BST Inter Milan may offer goalkeeper Julio Cesar to AC Milan to pave the way for Udinese's Samir Handanovic to join the Azzurri, according to Sportsmediaset.

09.57 BST Not content with just Steven Naismith, Everton are also tracking Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo, who has a £16 million price tag on his head. Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and PSG are also monitoring the Paraguay international, according to talkSPORT.

09.46 BST Lucio is going to become a Juventus player, possibly today.
A statement from Juventus read: "Today is the day for Lucio to undergo a medical. The Brazilian defender has arrived in Turin this morning to undergo the appropriate medical examinations at the Sessant Clinic of Fornaca.''

09.31 BST DONE DEAL: Coventry sign John Fleck from...yep, that's right - another former Rangers player. Will they have any left for next season? Unlike some of the other departures, though, Fleck's has actually been approved by the newco. FULL STORY HERE.

09.23 BST Marca is convinced that Maicon to Chelsea will be confirmed imminently, with an 8 million euro deal suggested and a tone of disappointment that Real Madrid will miss out on him prevalent in the article.

09.14 BST Amauri has left Juventus to return to Parma, and what a positively lovely statement it was to greet him: "Welcome back, Ama. Parma has completed the agreement with Amauri, who returns to wear the jersey of the club after a crucial contribution in 2010/2011 season."

09.03 BST DONE DEAL: Skipping back to England momentarily, Everton have signed former Rangers forward Steven Naismith on a free transfer. FULL STORY HERE.

08.55 BST Over to Ligue 1, where long-term transfer target of half of Europe Yann M'Vila has not yet been the subject of any acceptable bids. Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi said the club are willing to sell the France midfielder, who has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid among others, but are waiting for a suitable offer. FULL STORY HERE.

08.46 BST Newcastle United defender Davide Santon could be on his way back to Italy, with Lazio chasing the Italian according to Corriere dello Sport.

08.33 BST It's all Roma in Serie A today! Another new player for new coach Zdenek Zeman is Romanian striker Adrian Stoian, who was previously co-owned by the Giallorossi and Bari. Stoian's compatriot, Under-21 keeper Alexandru Pena has moved to Bari as part of the transfer.

08.27 BST Former Real Madrid and Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze may be on his way to Bologna today, with a two-year deal reportedly on the table for the 34-year-old, currently at Roma.

08.15 BST Time for a scan around Europe now and let's begin in Italy, where Roma have confirmed the signing of Brazilian defender Dodo from Corinthians.

Next up, it's our customary round-up of the English press, always a cracking source of gossip.

The Sun: AC Milan want Liverpool striker Andy Carroll as Pier Silvio Berlusconi, the son of Milan the Rossoneri owner Silvio, has been acting as a transfer consultant for the club and likes what he sees in the England man...Andre Villas-Boas will spend £20 million on Internacional's highly rated attacking midfielder Oscar... Al-Ain will make Asamoah Gyan’s loan from Sunderland a permanent £7 million deal... Aston Villa are targeting Rennes midfielder Yacine Brahmi.

Daily Mail: Everton are weighing up a move for Wigan striker (and, would you believe it, the Latics all-time leading Premier League goal scorer) Hugo Rodallega, who is out of contract... Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendnter is wanted by Malaga and Galatasaray.

Daily Mirror: Andre Villas-Boas will be given a £50 million transfer war chest by Spurs, which will initially fund moves for Jan Vertonghen, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alan Dzagoev and Loic Remy... Sunderland, Stoke and Fulham all want to offer Steven Fletcher a route back into the Premier League from Wolves, though a £10 million fee may be prohibitive... Dimitar Berbatov will stay at Manchester United and then leave the club next summer on a free transfer.

Our lead story above is that Italy's Euro 2012 star Andrea Pirlo is keen for the Azzurr's semi-final hero Mario Balotelli to join him at Juventus. Pirlo said: "Would I take Balotelli to Juventus? Of course I would take him. And I know how to talk to him. We both come from Brescia and when we are in the national team we speak in dialect." http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1122512/andrea-pirlo:-man-city%27s-mario-balotelli-welcome-to-join-juventus?cc=5739" target="_blank">FULL STORY HERE.

Welcome to Day Four of the summer transfer window. Prepare yourselves for another 16 hours of speculative shenanigans and maybe even the odd done deal thrown in too.

July 3, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/03/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.

23.59 BST That's it for tonight, but come back in the morning for another exciting day of transfer tittle tattle.

23.33 BST Some early paper news for you then, and it comes from the Daily Mail which claims Arsenal misfit Nicklas Bendtner is interesting Malaga and Galatasaray.

22.56 BST Hull City boss Steve Bruce has ruled out signing Emile Heskey. "It's people putting two and two together because he's played for me twice, at Birmingham and Wigan," Bruce told Radio Humberside. "I like him as a player and he's done really well for me in the past but I've not had any conversations with him."

22.31 BST Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says that as yet there has been no interest in Hugo Lloris, thought to be wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool. "I have not received any offers, neither from Arsenal nor from elsewhere," he said.

21.59 BST - DONE DEAL Pablo Barrera has joined Mexican club Cruz Azul for an undisclosed fee.

21.28 BST One of the more colourful rumours this evening links Andy Carroll with a move to AC Milan. Quite....

21.06 BST Liverpool are reportedly ready to battle Newcastle United for the signing of £6 million-rated Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.

20.38 BST PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti has denied an interest in John Terry. "We are looking for a central defender. The club is in contact with some players, but not John Terry," the former AC Milan coach told reporters.

20.09 BST Blackburn Rovers are said to be tracking Cardiff centre-back Anthony Gerrard.

19.36 BST - DONE DEAL Mallorca have signed midfielder Javi Marquez on a four-year deal from Espanyol.

19.17 BST More on Man United, Sir Alex says that Paul Pogba has signed for Juventus and is yet to hear from Ezekiel Fryers. There could also be some more new faces. You can read all about it.

18.42 BST - DONE DEAL Nuno Gomes has completed his move to Blackburn Rovers on a two-year contract..

18.22 BST - DONE DEAL Udinese have signed Vasco da Gama midfielder Allan Marques Loureiro and Lechia Gdansk goalkeeper Wojciech Pawlowski.

18.05 BST Sir Alex Ferguson says there is not yet a deal to take Dimitar Berbatov away from the club and he will be on the club's pre-season tour.

17.39 BST - DONE DEAL Juventus have signed goalkeeper Nicola Leali from Brescia. The 19-year-old, who is considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in
Italy, has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Turin giants.

17.18 BST Inter Milan director Marco Branca says the club will “meet with Matias Silvestre” tomorrow, in a bid to sign the Palermo player. But Chelsea's move for Maicon may take a while.

16.52 BST - DONE DEAL Norwich City have strengthened their side with the capture of Jacob Butterfield after his contract with Barnsley expired.

16.35 BST Newcastle are closing in on a £5 million deal for FC Twente's Brazilian defender Douglas, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

16.06 BST Schalke have snapped up Tranquillo Barnetta on a three-year deal after his contract with Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen expired. "We are very happy that Tranquillo has decided to join us,'' Schalke general manager Horst Heldt said.

15.38 BST Lazio say talks to sign Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz remain ongoing. "It's a long and delicate negotiation and we must be patient,'' Lazio sporting director Igli Tare said.

15.14 BST Chris Hughton has worked his magic as new Norwich boss and persuaded want-away striker Grant Holt to sign a new three-year contract.

15.00 BST Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson won't name names but said there could be more new faces arriving at Old Trafford. "Yes, there's a possibility. We're working on one or two things but there's nothing really to tell you to be honest," he said.

14.24 BST Andre Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new Tottenham manager and is expected to be handed a massive transfer kitty.... rumour mill goes into overdrive.

14.00 BST Inter Milan forward Diego Forlan believes that a link with Brazilian side Internacional is "just rumours", but would be "excited" to move to South America. Full story

13.38 BST Jordi Alba is to undergo his medical with Barcelona this Thursday as he puts the finishing touches on his €14 million move from Valencia.

13.05 BST Santos starlet Paulo Henrique Ganso has turned down a new contract with the Brazilian club, opening the way for a potential move to Europe. Full story

12.42 BST Juve may have been linked with Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie but they have actually signed 19-year-old Nicola Leali from Brescia for €3.8 million. "It's a dream come true," the goalkeeper said.

12.19 BST Brazilian side Internacional have confirmed they are interested in signing Uruguayan forward Diego Forlan. "If Forlan becomes a free agent, we will have to work something out regarding his wages," Internacional vice-president Lucian Davi told Lancenet.

11.58 BST Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has confirmed he is interested in signing Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. "I want him to join us but, of course, coach Fatih Terim has the final word," Aysal told gol.bg.

11.40 BST Asamoah Gyan is edging closer to the Sunderland exit with reports in the United Arab Emirates suggesting the 26-year-old Ghana international will undergo a medical at the weekend with a view to completing a permanent move to Al-Ain.

11.25 BST The Daily Mail reports that Martin Jol is keen on a reunion with Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone as he steps up his search for a replacement for Danny Murphy at Fulham.

10.59 BST West Ham have made tentative enquiries about Inter Milan veteran Dejan Stankovic and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. Full story

10.44 BST Southampton target Alexander Buttner will snub Fulham and QPR to join the Premier League new-boys in a £2 million deal, according to the Daily Star.

10.23 BST Andy Brassell highlights five players whose performances in Poland and Ukraine will have increased demand for their services this summer - Euro 2012 transfer targets

10.15 BST Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation over the future of Luis Suarez, who has been linked with Juventus today. Full story

10.00 BST Stoke have confirmed Jamie Ness is set to join the club on a free transfer after the midfielder rejected the chance to stay with Rangers. Full story

09.45 BST Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell is set for a second year on loan from Arsenal, with Spanish side Real Betis poised to secure his signature.

09.30 BST Bayern Munich want to sign Germany international Sami Khedira but Real Madrid will only entertain their advances if Bastian Schweinsteiger is allowed to move in the other direction, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. Full story

09.05 BST Newcastle United have cooled their interest in FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong as they are unwilling to meet the Dutch club's valuation of €15million.

08.45 BST Here's the full story on Manchester United's reported pursuit of Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

08.30 BST On Monday, Liverpool were linked with France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and today it's the turn of Arsenal, who are reportedly poised to make a £12 million bid to sign the AC Milan target.

08.00 BST As previously mentioned, Arsenal are "not remotely interested" in selling Juventus target Robin Van Persie and here is the full story.

Morning all and welcome to your daily dose of transfer gossip. We kick off with a round-up of the newspapers and the Daily Mail lead the way, claiming that Juventus are preparing a bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in a player-plus-cash deal.... Plus Chelsea are set to snap-up 16-year-old left-back Luke Shaw, the latest starlet to come off the Southampton production line, for £4 million.

The Sun focuses on Manchester United, who, the newspaper claim, are closing in on 25-year-old Porto midfielder Moutinho and are preparing a £25 million bid after getting fed up with Spurs’ demands for Luka Modric.... plus Steven Naismith is going to sign for Everton as he seeks a move away from Rangers.

According to the Daily Mirror, new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a move for Newcastle United striker Demba Ba, who is available for only £7 million because of a clause in his contract..... and Arsenal are "not remotely interested" in selling Robin Van Persie.

July 2, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/02/2012

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 the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Mario Balotelli's agent values the striker at £200 million © Getty Images

23.30 BST That is all for tonight folks, so keep it on ESPN tomorrow for more of the same. More Rangers players are sure to be on the way.

23.15 BST Juventus have confirmed the double signing of Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla from Udinese in a deal that sees Cristian Pasquato move in the opposite direction.

22.56 BST Midfielder Steven Naismith is expected to join the exodus from Ibrox and join Everton on a free transfer. Another one bites the dust?

21.59 BST Could Rafael van der Vaart be heading back to Hamburg? Hamburg sugar-daddy Klaus-Michael Kuhne said the club had no interest in Spurs' Dutchman, but when sporting director Frank Arnesen was asked if that was the case, the Dane replied: "No, it's not true."

21.07 BST A Spanish swap in the offing as Mallorca and Espanyol look set to see midfielders Javi Marquez and Sergio Tejera exchange clubs.

20.25 BST Ibra is going nowhere. AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani must have read the quotes from Raiola earlier as he told Sky Sport24 on Monday evening: "We don't have any problems with him. He will 100 per cent remain at Milan."

20.11 BST Parma have confirmed the signing of Amauri on a free transfer. "Welcome back, Ama," read a statement on the club's official website. "Parma FC announced today [Monday] that it has completed the agreement with the Brazilian striker Amauri, who returns to wear the shirt after the crucial contribution he made during the 2010-11 season."

19.31 BST Odd quotes from Mino Raiola, the agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who says that it is up to the club to keep the striker. "I cannot guarantee that Ibrahimovic will stay at AC Milan. There's a possibility that he will leave. It depends on the club," Raiola told Corriere dello Sport.

18.54 BST - DONE DEAL Paris St Germain have completed the signing of winger Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli, the French club confirmed. The 27-year-old Argentina international has agreed a four-year contract at the Parc des Princes. A statement on the PSG website read: "This Monday, Ezequiel Lavezzi has been transferred from Napoli to Paris St Germain for the duration of four years. The new offensive asset of the club will wear the number 11 shirt.''

18.52 BST - DONE DEAL Leon Best has joined Blackburn for over £3 million on a four-year deal.

18.32 BST - DONE DEAL Lazio have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Ederson on a free transfer from Lyon.

18.01 BST Real Madrid forward Jose Maria Callejon has declared he has no interest in leaving the Spanish champions this summer. The 25-year-old told AS: "I am not going to move. I am very happy in Madrid, I want to do well and Mourinho believes in me. There are many reasons why I want to continue. I have a lot of desire. I want to continue showing my commitment to Madrid, enjoy the minutes and help to win as much as possible.''

17.45 BST Benfica are ready to cash in on Belgian international Axel Witsel - a transfer target for Manchester United and Chelsea - for around £20 million according to De Telegraaf.

17.30 BST Getafe have confirmed that Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon will return to the club for another loan spell next season.

17.08 BST AC Milan defender Thiago Silva has agreed a new five-year deal, ending speculation regarding his future. A Milan statement confirmed that the club have "extended the player's contract until 30 June 2017". Full story

16.47 BST Midfielder Daniel Didavi has agreed a three-year contract extension at Stuttgart after spending last season on loan at Bundesliga rivals
Nurnberg.

16.10 BST While Rafael da Silva has signed a new contract with Manchester United, his twin brother Fabio has just joined QPR on a season-long loan.

16.01 BST Santos midfielder Ganso has added fuel to speculation linking him with a move to Europe after rejecting an new deal at the Brazilian club. "I didn’t like the offer, I thought they would offer something better," Ganso told reporters.

15.34 BST Newcastle and Borussia Monchengladbach target Luuk De Jong is set to leave FC Twente this summer, according to the striker's agent. "Luuk has taken the decision to move on," Louis Laros told TC Tubantia. "He wants to develop as a player in a bigger league."

15.04 BST Inter have not yet made an offer for Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, but when they do it will have to be a big one. "There has not been any official approach," Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo told Sky Sport24. "I can't put a specific price on him, but he will be expensive."

14.42 BST Andre Villas-Boas will reportedly be handed a £70 million transfer kitty when he becomes Tottenham manager and will make a move to poach Daniel Sturridge and Raul Meireles from his former club Chelsea... take that one with a pinch of salt.

14.17 BST Full the full story on Rafael, click THIS.

14.06 BST Some words from Sir Alex Ferguson on that news we just shouted at you just a moment ago: “Rafael is one of the club’s brightest young prospects; he has no fear of playing and has great belief in himself. The boy has developed immensely since joining United, his energy and enthusiasm are a joy to watch. Rafael has all the attributes to become one of the best full-backs in the world and I am delighted he has signed a new contract.”

14.03 BST - BREAKING NEWS Rafael da Silva has signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United.

13.56 BST The chaps over at Sky Sports suggest former Hibernian forward Garry O'Connor is set for a move back to Russia. Tom Tomsk could be the destination.

13.44 BST Conjecture. Spanish newspaper Marca says Real Madrid want Tottenham's Luka Modric, but only if they can get the Croatian for under €35 million. The paper also claims Real are keen to shift Kaka, but the Brazilian is having none of it. He wants to stay.

13.33 BST Zenit have officially confirmed Andrey Arshavin's return to Arsenal after the end of his loan to St Petersburg. It had been anticipated he might stay permanently.

13.26 BST It has been speculated that Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has filed a transfer request. But no! See this tweet from yer man Fletcher: "I ain't put no transfer request in only request I put in just now was for a side of fries with my chicken wrap at the pool #sisu #marbs"

13.23 BST This, coming up in a moment, will make you LOL...

13.21 BST The croissants are all gone (see 08.00 BST). You ate them all. It's a difficult afternoon ahead. Make it up to us with something jovial in the comments box. If it takes our mind off being mildly hungry, it'll get published.

13.18 BST Some movement of the transfer variety. Journalist Paolo Bandini just fired this out on the Twitter: "Alessandro Nesta has signed for Montreal Impact in MLS, where he joins Marco Di Vaio."

13.12 BST The Daily Mail also claims Liverpool remain keen on Scott Sinclair, who of course worked with new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers at Swansea.

13.05 BST This will come as little surprise, but the Liverpool Echo "understands that there are no plans to replace (Pepe) Reina" with Hugo Lloris.

12.46 BST Quotes from Villa's new man El Ahmadi: "It's nice that I am the manager's first transfer and I am looking forward to doing good things with the team and with the club this year. This club should be competing in the top half of the table and I am looking forward to achieving that with the team. I came to this club and spoke to the people here and they gave me great confidence in what we can do this year, so I have chosen to come."

12.27 BST Dodo! Let's hope the deal doesn't become 'extinct'. Ha!

12.26 BST Corinthians defender Jose Rodolfo Pires "Dodo" is on the verge of completing his transfer to Roma, it says on the news wire. That nickname is ripe for puns, but we shall refrain.

12.15 BST - DONE DEAL Aston Villa have announced that Feyenoord's Karim El Ahmadi has signed a three-year deal with the club. Paul Lambert's first signing.

12.01 BST You know Paul Scharner? Tall footballer, sometimes sports novelty glasses when in a non-sporting capacity? Well, he's seeking a new club, and his preference is to stay in England. "I am hoping very much to stay in England," he told the Wigan Evening Post.

11.40 BST Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti is hopeful the club can sign Matias Silvestre and Mattia Destro this summer. Side note: 'The Tractor' is 38 years young.

11.32 BST "The club would like to thank all four players for their service and wish them the best of luck in the future," reads a statement from Manchester United upon confirmation that Tomas Kuszczak and Michael Owen, as well as 18-year-old goalkeepers Liam Jacob and Joe Coll, have been released. Where next for Mickey?

11.18 BST Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira has confirmed he would welcome a move to Serie A amid reports Napoli are closing in on a deal. For more on this, click here.

11.01 BST A juicy rumour, this - although perhaps utter nonsense. Regardless: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Arsenal have turned down a €10million offer from Juventus for Robin van Persie.

10.51 BST Not a transfer per se, but it's gossip, and here, at this knitting club, we do enjoy a good natter. Hence, let us inform you that the Press Association are reporting Andre Villas-Boas is close to being appointed Tottenham's new manager. He could even be installed as Harry Redknapp's successor within the next 24 hours. It is suggested Villas-Boas is on the brink of signing a four-year contract worth £16 million. Shazam.

10.38 BST Just yesterday it was suggested Filippo Inzaghi could sign for Western Sydney Wanderers FC. Alas, that rumour has been blown out of the water. The remains of the corpse are here.

10.23 BST If only there was a place on the internet where you could view all the completed transfers. Wait, you know where we're going with this? We're that predictable? Damn! A LINK TO DONE DEALS.

10.12 BST L'Equipe says Arsenal are ready to offer €15 million for Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with Wojciech Sczcesny to be dropped to the bench. Interesting. Perhaps there is no smoke without fire after all.

10.00 BST This way for all the details on Cuellar's move to Sunderland. What a 24 hours for Spain; the European crown, and now Cuellar switching to Wearside. It's the end of days.

09.55 BST At ESPN, we search far and wide for transfer titbits. Example: Denmark winger Michael Krohn-Dehli has been linked with a move away from Brondby after impressing at Euro 2012, and he told his club's official website: "[The tournament] gave me extra experience that will allow me to improve my game. I also showed that I can perform at the highest level."

09.42 BST - DONE DEAL News, glorious, news. Get his down your throat: Sunderland have signed defender Carlos Cuellar on a two-year deal.

09.28 BST Daily Record: That's right, we take you north of the border with the following rumour. 'Celtic have been stung by the news they may have to pay £2.5 million to land Bordeaux ace Michael Ciani.' There's probably a sarcastic comment to be made about the use of 'stung', but that's below us.

09.17 BST Daily Star: Here's one for ya! Fulham want £10 million for Clint Dempsey and Liverpool are tempted. Clint's a decent player, and has pined after a 'bigger' club of late. There's a deal to be done, if a team has the financial grapes, that is.

09.07 BST Daily Express: Gylfi Sigurdsson is to sign for Tottenham after Liverpool baulked (a word only used in football speak) at his wage demands ... Leon Best is set to undergo a medical at Blackburn as he completes a £2 million move from Newcastle. It doesn't get bigger than that.

08.54 BST That Dzagoev story we mentioned earlier, yeah? Well, here's the full thing.

08.48 BST Daily Mirror: 'Think of a number and double it' bellows the tabloid, with regards Wigan's (or 'Wig' in the story's headline) Victor Moses. Liverpool and Chelsea have been told the forward is worth around £12 million. Is he? ... Giovani Dos Santos, who has to date, let's be frank, wasted his career at Tottenham, could move to Malaga for £5 million. Sounds like a good deal for all parties involved, if you ask me, which you haven't. More coffee?

08.36 BST Daily Mail: This newspaper jumps on, and proceeds to give it a good dry humping, yesterday's rumour that emerged from Paris, which we brought you as it broke, that PSG are considering a move for John Terry. £8 million, says the paper ... MEANWHILE (capitals necessary, people), 'Chelsea are lining up a shock swoop for Arsenal's Theo Walcott as the England winger stalls on signing a new deal'. Make of that what you will. ... A more feasible rumour is Chelsea being linked with Inter Milan right back Maicon, who is available for around £6 million.

08.25 BST The Sun: Tottenham are interested in Russia star Alan Dzagoev. The CSKA Moscow attacking midfielder's father, Tariel Dzagoev, said: "I don't know if he will stay at CSKA. There are offers — from Spurs and other foreign clubs. But I tell him not to hurry. Yuri Zhirkov ran off to Chelsea and sat on the bench."

08.14 BST The main transfer-related line this morning? Why, it is Mario Balotelli of course. He's staying at Manchester City, says his agent, who has also valued the striker at £200 million. Read the full story here.

08.00 BST Good morning, y'all. A newspaper round-up coming your way shortly, so pull up a chair, help yourself to coffee, even a croissant, and join us for the second day of the 2012 summer transfer window. Oh, two extra things: the pain au chocolat are not to be touched, but you can have your say on this transfer MERRY-GO-ROUND via the comments section of the blog.

July 1, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/01/2012

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - the opening of the summer transfer window, and with it the return of our On The Move blog. Hold on to your hats, people. Read on for news of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clarence Seedorf and Leighton Baines.


Gylfi Sigurdsson is expected to make a decision over his future in the next 24 hours © Getty Images

17.02 BST That's all from us for day one of the blog, as the Euro 2012 final will be distracting us for the rest of the evening, but you can read through a rundown of the completed deals here. We'll be back in the morning, so join us then for all the latest transfer talk.

17.00 BST Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci has also been linked with Barcelona, and the Germany international is helping the rumour mill along. "I've heard that I'm a candidate for Barca," he said. "If an offer comes from Barcelona, you have to get together and have talks."

16.50 BST With Seydou Keita seemingly discussing a move to China, El Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are considering various options. There's Javi Martinez, who's perhaps too expensive, plus Toulouse's Etienne Capoue and Villarreal's Bruno Soriano. Or they could promote Barca B midfielder, and reported Chelsea target, Sergi Roberto. Or perhaps Keita will stay. You probably shouldn't get overly concerned with this one for now.

16.39 BST It's not a transfer rumour, but never mind - Gianfranco Zola is reportedly set to be appointed the new Watford boss on Tuesday.

16.25 BST Sporting president Godinho Lopes has confirmed Gelson Fernandes is close to sealing a move from St Etienne. "The situation with Gelson will be resolved on Monday or Tuesday," he said.

16.13 BST Genoa’s Spanish defender Chico could be targeted by new Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, according to reports in Wales.

15.53 BST Marca reports that Lass Diarra, Fernando Gago, Ricardo Carvalho and Hamit Altintop have meetings scheduled with Jose Mourinho on July 15 over their futures. It appears they're all unwanted.

15.38 El Pais reports that Inter striker Diego Forlan has agreed to join Internacional in Brazil.

15.23 BST Lyon's France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will be allowed to leave the club - but only if the price is right, president Jean-Michel Aulas has said. Click here for the full story.

15.01 BST And there's more... Hummels himself has said he does "not plan to go to Juventus" and added: "I recently renewed with Borussia Dortmund and signed a long-term contract. Honestly, right now I am not losing any sleep over the rumours about me."

15.00 BST Mats Hummels' father and agent, Hermann Hummels, has confirmed contact has taken place with Manchester United, according to El Mundo Deportivo, but said "we are not interested".

14.39 BST Genuinely big news: Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi is in Paris to complete a medical and his €30 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

14.23 BST And right here you can find the full story regarding Mancini's words on RVP. This one could run and run, as 'they' say.

13.59 BST It wouldn't be the transfer blog without further mention of Van Persie. Indeed, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has appeared to suggest that he is unlikely to sign the Arsenal forward this summer.

13.34 BST Well, this is a bit unexpected. Le Parisien claims Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a £10 million deal for Chelsea skipper John Terry. Leonardo, director of football at PSG, told the French daily, “He [Terry] is very close to Ancelotti, but that is all.” Sacrebleu.

13.16 BST A story from Europe via La Gazzetta dello Sport, who report Inter Milan could target Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, amid suggestions Julio Cesar is unsettled at the club.

12.50 BST Pranjic hopes for Everton move - here's the full story.

12.21 BST Not blockbuster stuff, but here goes: West Brom boss Steve Clarke is determined to keep hold of strikers Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long this summer.

12.02 BST Sportske Novosti says free agent Danijel Pranjic is interesting clubs in the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, France and Italy, but he has told the paper he could still make the move to Everton.

11.46 BST For a round-up of all the done deals, click this way, ladies and gentlemen.

11.27 BST Further conjecture in the People: Frank Lampard has been offered a £13 million two-year deal to link up with David Beckham at LA Galaxy.

11.18 BST Leighton Baines, here, on the rumours linking him with Manchester United: "I've been aware of what's been said in the press but I don't know much beyond that. It doesn't do any harm [to be linked] but it doesn't do any good either. It's just one of those things that tends to swing around this time of year. People put two and two together sometimes they get four and sometimes they get three or five. It gets other people more excited than those involved."

11.07 BST Fulham have announced Portuguese striker Orlando Sa has left the club by mutual consent.

10.50 BST: A little more on the Maicon to Chelsea stuff: Marca believes the Blues have moved ahead of Real Madrid in the race for the right back. The paper reports: "Abramovich has practically finalised a deal for the player... Marca can reveal that Real Madrid approached Inter Milan to enquire about the player’s situation, but things went no further. José Mourinho has been the most interested in signing Maicon, but the club had major doubts about signing him due to his age (almost 31 years old) and his high wages."

10.42 BST: The Sunday Express says, in addition to Gylfi Sigurdsson and Joao Moutinho, incoming Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign... Theo Walcott from Arsenal. That doesn't sound massively likely.

10.37 BST: Interesting one here: Chievo director of sport Giovanni Sartori has confirmed Roma are in talks to sign USA midfielder Michael Bradley. “He would be enthusiastic at the idea of playing for a big club like Roma,” Sartori told Calciomercatoweb. “Besides, who wouldn’t want to be trained by Zdenek Zeman? Roma do not have the player, though, as Inter and Juventus like him too.”

10.27 BST: Tuttosport seems to think Inter will accept an €8 million bid from Chelsea for Maicon.

10.09 BST And here's the full story on McCartney's return to West Ham.

09.55 BST France Football reports that Luuk de Jong has joined Borussia Mönchengladbach from FC Twente, having recently been linked with Newcastle.

09.35 BST - DONE DEAL West Ham have signed George McCartney from Sunderland on a two-year deal.

09.29 BST Former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi is a target for new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers and would happily consider a move to Australia, according to his representative. Full story.

09.13 BST Daily Star: Adam Johnson's future at City will be decided this coming week ahead of talks with manager Roberto Mancini ... Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers is lining up a move for France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

08.54 The Daily Mirror: Whether Manchester City make a move for Robin van Persie depends on if they can sell Emmanuel Adebayor ... City have also put an £80 million price tag on star player David Silva in the hope it will deter reported suitors Real Madrid ... Arsenal are to pull out of a deal for Yann M'Vila ... Manchester United remain interested in Everton left back Leighton Baines.

08.30 BST The Sun: Gylfi Sigurdsson will decide whether to join Liverpool or Tottenham on Sunday. The Hoffenheim midfielder's father, Sigurdur Adalsteinsson, has said: "He is thinking what is best to do" ... Manchester City are prepared to listen to offers for former captain Kolo Toure.

08.15 BST We're about to bring you our first newspaper round-up of the summer. In the meantime, we shall bring you news, of the real form.

Indeed, Clarence Seedorf has signed a two-year deal with Botafogo, the Brazilian club confirming the deal on Saturday evening.

Seedorf, 36, who ended a ten-year stint at AC Milan this summer, has been given what Botafogo claim is the most lucrative deal ever handed out to a foreign player in Brazil.

Sunday, July 1, 2012 - the opening of the summer transfer window, and with it the return of our On The Move blog. Hold on to your hats, people.

June 26, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/26/2012

The 2013 summer transfer window will open on July 1. ESPN will bring you every rumour, every whisper and every rubber-stamped deal. Join us then.

January 31, 2012
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ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.

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Rangers' Nikica Jelavic wants a move to the Premier League.© Getty Images

23.51 GMT: Right, that's your lot for tonight, but we'll be back tomorrow morning for what could actually turn out to be an interesting deadline day. Thanks for joining us and see you then.

23.48 GMT: Not really transfer gossip, to be honest, but Roberto Carlos has been emphasising his club's spending power, claiming Anzhi could buy Lionel Messi if Barcelona made him available. "There would be no problem paying the buyout clause," he told Marca. "We have the cash to sign Messi or anyone, but it's not only a question of money - you have to show that you can deliver a major project."

23.41 GMT: Reader MikeD sends a rumour our way: "Mirror reporting that Rolledega will play Spurs and then join them at the end of the game"

23.39 GMT: Santos coach Muricy Ramalho isn't expecting Ganso to leave for now. "I have been told that when a good offer comes, Santos will open negotiations, but Ganso is a player good enough to be in a World Cup," he said. "It has to be a good offer. From my experience, I think he will not leave Santos now. He wants to show his talent to return to the Brazil national team."

23.28 GMT: Roma general manager Franco Baldini has provided an update (of sorts) on the Daniele De Rossi situation, with the midfielder still having failed to extend his contract.

“It is an issue that has gone on for some time but I am not worried or pressured by the deadline of January 31,” he said. “We’re concerned little by it. Even before this date De Rossi could have signed for other clubs, so I feel no pressure of any kind. It is a decision that will be taken with proper consideration.”

Asked if Roma would sell De Rossi, he said: “No, because from February he will be open to talk about a free transfer.”

23.21 GMT: AS thinks Alexander Hleb, who is back at Barcelona to serve the final months of his contract after his loan spell at Wolfsburg, could join Olympiakos.

23.09 GMT: And speaking of T***z, Roberto Mancini seems to have something against certain agents. Whoever could he be referring to?

"Sometimes it is difficult to understand why some players have certain agents," he said. "If I was a player I would never take an agent like some who work here.

"First the agent should find the player work, after that they should help players in difficult situations; help them, not put them against the club or the manager or the other players. Agents are important for doing this, not only for earning lots of money."

Mancini also said he "never heard" anything about Liverpool's reported swap offer involving Andy Carroll and added: "Carroll is a good player. He is young. He is strong. But at the moment? No.
We don't have any chance to talk about this with Liverpool."

22.59 GMT: It appears the reports of Liverpool (and QPR) wanting T***z on loan will be making the back page of The Times tomorrow. Journalist Tony Barrett, who has good connections at Liverpool, has a co-byline and - as Liverpool did indeed enquire about a swap with Andy Carroll recently - it appears this one has legs.

22.53 GMT: The Guardian's Daniel Taylor tweets his own verification of a rumour West Ham might win the race to sign Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison: "True ---> RT @John__Percy #WHUFC are close to signing Ravel Morrison from #MUFC before deadline"

22.51 GMT - BREAKING NEWS: Everton have agreed a fee with Rangers for Nikica Jelavic, according to Sky Sports News. We're actually set up to see some stuff happen on deadline day, it now seems.

22.48 GMT: Reader Kris tempts us with the promise of final-day drama in the football world's most tedious saga: "twitter exploding w/ T**** 6 month loan deal to Liverpool ... Man City certainly wouldn't agree to this would they?!?"

22.44 GMT: Some words from Spurs defender Vedran Corluka confirming that he’ll be on his way to Bayer Leverkusen on a loan deal - which will also include an option to buy - should he pass a medical.

“I’m not 100% sure it will happen,” he told Sportske Novosti. “Perhaps it’s better to wait until Tuesday for the medical to formally confirm that I’ll be joining Bayer.

“I’ve said goodbye to my team-mates - they’re all great guys and I would really miss them as friends and team-mates. I thank everyone at Tottenham, and the fans, after a wonderful year, but life goes on.”

22.36 GMT: Stoke defender Danny Collins' move to Southampton has fallen through, Press Association Sport understands.

22.29 GMT: There are rumours AC Milan might make a final bid for C****s T***z tomorrow. Newshound extraordinaire Harry Harris is trying to sniff out a lead for us.

22.24 GMT: Former Brazil international Marinho Peres thinks Neymar is ultimately bound for Barcelona. "I am friends with Santos' officials - I can say that Neymar's transfer to Barcelona is at an advanced stage," he told COM Radio. "Sooner or later, Neymar will play at Barca. He has a tremendous talent and he will be a big hit at the Camp Nou.”

22.08 GMT: Sky Sports News is reporting that Bayer Leverkusen are in talks over the signing of Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka.

21.57 GMT - DONE DEAL: Catania have signed Marco Motta on loan from Juventus until the end of the season.

21.28 GMT: Midfielder Lucho Gonzalez looks poised to return to Porto from Marseille. Story here.

21.10 GMT - DONE DEAL: Espanyol have signed Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the remainder of the Primera Division campaign. Espanyol have also signed Nigerian striker Kalu Uche from Swiss club Neuchatel on a deal which commits the former Almeria forward to the club until the end of next season. Story here.

21.01 GMT: Goal.com reports: "Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign midfielder Thomas Eisfeld from Borussia Dortmund for around £400,000. The 19-year-old German has been in London today with his agent Reza Fazeli negotiating a switch to the Premier League club."

20.42 GMT - DONE DEAL: Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has signed for Major League Soccer side the Portland Timbers. Story here.

20.02 GMT - DONE DEAL: Leicester have completed the signing of Wes Morgan from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £1 million. Story here.

19.48 GMT - DONE DEAL: Southampton have announced the signing of striker Billy Sharp from fellow Championship side Doncaster on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Story here.

19.43 GMT: Full story here on Fulham's bid to sign Pavel Pogrebnyak.

19.26 GMT: Reader Mo asks: "Is Gio Dos Santos London nightmare ever going to end?"

Prompting us to link you to our story about how Gio Dos Santos' London nightmare looks like it's never going to end.

19.14 GMT: The Press Association is now of the understanding that Fulham are in talks to sign Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, as we mentioned a little while ago.

18.52 GMT: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has denied rumours of interest in Matthew Bates, Adrian Mariappa and Nicky Maynard but is still hopeful of bringing someone in before the deadline.

"We have had feedback on one to two possibilities and we will see," he said. "There is still a lot of work to do if they are to become permanent signings, but we will see over the next 24 hours and take it from there. We have certainly made no bids as yet but we have been given an indication of what the price would be."

18.33 GMT: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed Genoa striker Ze Eduardo is undergoing a medical at the club. Story here.

18.24 GMT: Eastern European football expert @jamesappell tweets: "Stuttgart's Russian international striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has undergone medical at Fulham"

18.14 GMT: Sky Sports News says Kevin De Bruyne has turned up at Chelsea's training ground for his medical. Presumably this one will be done and dusted shortly.

17.54 GMT - DONE DEAL Polish striker Pawel Brozek has joined Celtic on loan from Trabzonspor until the end of the season. Story here.

17.45 GMT - DONE DEAL Bournemouth have signed striker Matt Tubbs from big-spending League Two side Crawley for a reported £800,000 fee. Tubbs scored 58 goals from 78 appearances for Crawley but said he could not resist the lure of joining the club he supported as a boy.

17.33 GMT Blackburn Rovers midfielder Keith Andrews has handed in a transfer request, according to Sky Sports. The Republic of Ireland international, whose contract expires in the summer, spent the first half of the season on loan at Ipswich.

17.25 GMT - DONE DEAL Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of 26-year-old Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura on loan until the end of the season. Story here.

17.10 GMT - DONE DEAL Liverpool have signed Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Danny Ward. The club said in a statement: "Danny Ward joins the Reds from Wrexham, the club he signed for as a 14-year-old, and will be based with the reserve squad at the academy."

16.55 GMT AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says he'll be in his office until the transfer window closes waiting for a call from the man who shall not be named. However, if none is forthcoming he'll try to sign the Manchester City refusenik in the summer.

16.45 GMT - DONE DEAL Ipswich have completed the signing of midfielder Ryan Stevenson from Hearts for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old scored 11 goals in 67 appearances for the Scottish club. Full story

16.25 GMT Genoa are close to completing a deal for reported Tottenham transfer target Roger Carvalho. The Brazilian defender will sign from Figueirense. Genoa president Enrico Preziosi said: "Roger Carvalho? He's undergoing medicals, then his signing will be official."

16.08 GMT Hernan Crespo became the hottest property in the Indian soccer league auction today, with Barasat shelling out $840,000. Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro went to Siliguri for $830,000, while Robert Pires of France ($800,000), Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha ($550,000) and Liverpool great Robbie Fowler ($530,000) went to Howrah, Durgapur and Kolkata respectively.

15.45 GMT Everton manager David Moyes has refused to comment on widespread reports that he's about to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Moyes said: "I never talk about players at other clubs, I wouldn't do that."

15.32 GMT - DONE DEAL Cologne have completed the signing of North Korea international Jong Tae-Se - dubbed the Korean Wayne Rooney at the 2010 World Cup - from German second division side Bochum for an undisclosed fee.

15.26 GMT Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt is joining Liverpool on trial. Nordfelt, who has been a free agent since leaving IF Brommapojkarna last summer, told FotbolDirekt.se: "It's really exciting. I'll be flying to Liverpool on Monday with my agent."

15.12 GMT - DONE DEAL QPR have finally secured a deal to sign Samba on loan for the rest of the season. Not colossus Chris Samba though, Mali midfielder Samba Diakite from French club Nancy. Rangers have the option of exercising an agreement for a permanent transfer at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

14.56 GMT Queens Park Rangers are set to complete the signing of Djibril Cisse from Lazio before Tuesday night, ESPNsoccernet has been informed. Full story

14.33 GMT Fulham are hoping to complete a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios, according to reports. Barrios, a Paraguay international, has fallen out of favour at Signal Iduna Park in recent times. Full story

14.19 GMT Sunderland's simmering interest in Bolton striker Kevin Davies eventually resulted in bid, but it has been rejected by the Trotters, Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed.

14.10 GMT AC Milan have snapped 19-year-old Austrian striker Philipp Prosenik who was out of contract at Chelsea, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

13.48 GMT Inter Milan have agreed a €1.5 million deal to sign Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin, with a view to an €11m permanent switch, according to Sky Sport24. The reported deal casts further doubt over the future of Thiago Motta at San Siro.

Comment from AJCook: I know it is widely considered ‘imprudent’ to make January purchases for most teams (unless you’re Arsenal), but it certainly would liven things up – the lack of action in this current window is making me want to bash my head against the wall.

13.25 GMT Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish does not expect any transfer activity at Anfield before the window closes on Tuesday night. "There is no-one going in or out of the club before the transfer window [closes]," he said. Full story

13.05 GMT QPR have now agreed a €5 million transfer fee with Lazio for former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse.

12.45 GMT Hold on to your hats Spurs fans, your club has just confirmed two DONE DEALS. Unfortunately, they're players going out and not coming in, with John Bostock joining League One promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday on loan and Tom Carroll joining Derby on loan until the end of the season.

Comment from Mark: Where is the marquee signing for Spurs? I've been waiting since Nov 2010..three windows and still nothing (actual signings, not loans)...we NEED a world class striker... sign someone Harry!

12.35 GMT Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle wants Kevin Davies to stay at the club but admits an exit could be in the offing if the striker expresses a desire to move on. Sunderland are interested in the striker. Full story

Comment from Alex: Sunderland should be going after better strikers than Davies. They should try to sign Jimmy Briand from Lyon,Dennis Oliech friom Auxerre or Vincenzo Iaquinta from Juve.

12.25 GMT Wolves are waiting to see whether Everton firm up their interest in striker Kevin Doyle by making a concrete bid, or if the Toffees are going to spend all their limited cash on Rangers' Nikica Jelavic.

12.03 GMT Inter Milan`s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he will play for Spanish Primera Division side Espanyol until the end of the season.

11.49 GMT With the vultures circling, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has insisted that Victor Moses and James McCarthy are not for sale. "Victor and James are the two younger players in this football club and it would be wrong for us to sell these assets," he said.

11.31 GMT Blackpool midfielder Elliot Grandin has completed his anticipated loan move to Nice.

11.08 GMT What's that? You want even more transfer news? We'll how about a DONE DEAL? Brighton have signed Wales striker Sam Vokes on loan from Wolves until the end of the season. Full story

11.05 GMT And there's more on Bolton's bid for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, with coach Owen Coyle confirming his club have lodged a bid. "I think it is documented now that we have made an offer, which we have,'' Coyle said. Full story

11.01 GMT Here's a further update on the Kevin de Bruyne transfer. Quite why Chelsea would loan him back to Genk when they are desperate for a winger is up for debate. Full story

10.41 GMT Juventus general director Beppe Marotta has confirmed his club's interest in Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan and will attempt to do a deal in the next 48hrs.

10.25 GMT Racing Genk midfielder Kevin de Bruyne will undergo a medical at Chelsea today, but once the reported £8.5 million deal is done he will return to Belgium on loan for the remainder of the season.

10.14 GMT West Brom have made a move for FC Twente winger Emir Bajrami, according to reports. The 23-year-old Swede has made 21 appearances and scored four goals for the Dutch side this season.

09.51 GMT German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim will not be continuing their pursuit of Wolfsburg striker Srdjan Lakic as he is too expensive.

09.27 GMT Juventus have confirmed striker Luca Toni has left the Serie A club after agreeing a deal with UAE Pro-League side Al Nasr. Full story

09.10 GMT Claudio Ranieri has suggested midfielder Thiago Motta will remain at Inter Milan in the current transfer window despite the 29-year-old being linked with a move to Ligue 1 side PSG. Full story

09.02 Bolton boss Owen Coyle is lining up a double swoop for Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Porto’s 18-year-old forward Juan Iturbe, according to the Daily Mirror.

08.30 GMT Blackburn are hoping to sell unsettled Argentinian Mauro Formica to Brazilian club Flamengo for around £3 million to give manager Steve Kean some last-minute transfer cash.

08.10 GMT Everton are set to use the cash from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s £5 million sale to Spartak Moscow to bolster their forward line with the capture of Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Everton are likely to go to about £6m including add-ons. Full Story

A quick sweep of the newspapers shows that you just can't keep Carlos T****z out of the headlines, with Daily Telegraph reporting that West Ham United will wait until after the transfer window closes to make a last attempt to re-sign Carlos Tevez on loan from Manchester City.

Meanwhile, The Guardian report that Andy Carroll has no desire to leave Liverpool after the club tried to exchange him for Manchester City's rebel striker only a year after his £35 million arrival from Newcastle United.

The Sun go with a story that Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will step up his bid to sign Bolton striker Kevin Davies today. O'Neill wants to boost his strike force after losing Nicklas Bendtner to an eye injury.

Fulham have offered £2 million plus Andy Johnson for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, according to the Daily Mail. Wigan have already rebuffed a £4m bid from QPR for the Colombian with chairman Dave Whelan demanding £6m.

January 29, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/29/2012

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Liverpool have failed in an audacious attempt to swap Andy Carroll for C****s T***z.© Getty Images

23.59 GMT: And that's it for today - see you on Monday for the penultimate day of the window.

23.34 GMT: Stand-in skipper James Morrison has questioned West Brom's transfer policy and urged the club to bring in new players if they want to become an established force in the Premier League.

23.16 GMT: We're hearing that Fulham have lodged a bid for Wigan's Hugo Rodallega.

22.33 GMT: Spurs youngster John Bostock is set to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan for the rest of the season.

21.50 GMT: Andrés D`Alessandro has rejected an offer of $10 million for a 2 year contract with Chinese club Shangai Shenua, stays with Brazil's Inter. Via Daniel Colasimone on Twitter.

21.33 GMT: Nancy have announced Samba Diakite has joined QPR on loan until the end of the season. Awaiting confirmation from the Rs.

21.05 GMT: Everton have been in touch with Rangers regarding Nikica Jelavic but Press Association Sport reports that no official bid has yet been made.

20.01 GMT: Eden Hazard has confirmed on Canal+ that he will stay at Lille until the end of the season before moving to England. But he didn't say which club ... intriguing. He said: "I want to play in a big club where I am sure to play."

19.07 GMT: Arsene Wenger has revealed Ryo Miyaichi is likely to go out on loan to an English club before the deadline.

17.28 GMT: Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Sunderland are interested in signing veteran Bolton striker Kevin Davies.

17.01 GMT: Genoa have paid €4m for half the rights of Pescara's Italy Under-21 international Ciro Immobile, while they have also signed Brazilian Roger Carvalho.

16.38 GMT: There's obviously plenty of rumours flying around but one we've heard that sounds reasonably feasible is that Everton are keeping tabs on Birmingham's highly-rated young winger Nathan Redmond.

16.07 GMT: Ajax star Christian Eriksen says he doesn not expect to leave the Dutch giants in January, or even in the summer: "I will definitely not leave Ajax this month, and I probably won't move in the summer either. I have an ongoing contract and I feel like I'm in the right place at the moment. Of course, I'm flattered that these big clubs are watching me. A transfer has to be a real step forward for me though."

15.54 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has finally officially signed for Spartak Moscow after leaving Everton.

15.26 GMT: MK Dons have signed former Man Utd midfielder Alan Smith on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season.

14.32 GMT: Kenya international Macdonald Mariga looks set to return to Parma, who he played for between 2007 and 2010, after ending an unsuccessful loan spell with Real Sociedad. His agent Federico Pastorello Tweeted last week: "Mariga wants to go back to Parma ,and a part of his heart did not leave the ducal city."

14.06 GMT:For those of you keen to keep up to date with the FA Cup action this afternoon, feel free to join Dec Warrington for live text commentary of Sunderland v Middlesbrough. Boro are currently 1-0 up in the North East derby thanks to a cracking goal from Barry Robson.

13.48 GMT: Santos are expected to confirm the arrival of Uruguay international Jorge Fucile on a season-long loan deal from FC Porto on Monday. He passed a medical with the Brazilian giants on Friday.

13.25 GMT: James Beattie could have left Sheffield United to move to a bigger club, according to Blades boss Danny Wilson: "James could have earned a lot of money by going elsewhere. But money isn't the issue for him."

13.01 GMT: Nancy's Mali international Samba Diakite is due in London today to finalise his loan move (with a view to a permanent €4 million switch) to QPR.

12.43 GMT: DONE DEAL: Lyon have completed the capture of UAE international defender club Hamdan Al Kamali from Abu Dhabi-based club Al-Wahda.

12.27 GMT: Celtic appear to have beaten rivals Rangers in the race to sign Pawel Brozek after the Polish striker claimed he had agreed a move to Parkhead: "This is a great move and I can't wait to get started. I have been told plenty about Celtic from my former team-mate Maciej Zurawski and Lukasz Zaluska."

12.09 GMT: Lille general director Frederic Paquet is resigned to losing prized asset Eden Hazard at the end of the season. FULL STORY

11.52 GMT: Philadelphia Union's Congo-born forward Danny Mwanga is on trial at Aston Villa, accoring to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

11.31 GMT: Hamburg's on-loan Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma does not seem too keen on a return to Stamford Bridge, telling the Sunday Mirror: "It was my dream to win a first-team place by [the age of] 21. But you must play. At Chelsea it does not look like the chance is coming."

11.10 GMT: Owen Coyle has been talking up Bolton's interest in Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha: "I think there's players out there, and Zaha is certainly one of them, that I think would enhance our club for years to come on a permanent basis, and there are one or two on a loan capacity I'd love to bring in before the deadline on Tuesday."

10.54 GMT: Perhaps not quite a transfer story, though one with big ramifications: Jose Mourinho is ready to quit Real Madrid in the summer and return to England, according to reports on Sunday. FULL STORY.

10.32 GMT: Over to France, where L'Equipe reports that Marseille are in advanced negotiations with Le Havre about signing their Cape Verde striker Ryan Mendes in the summer. He is also believed to have caught the eye of Lorient, Sochaux, Saint-Etienne, Arsenal, Chelsea and Porto.

10.18 GMT: Last bit of Serie A news for now is that Lazio are being widely tipped to complete a deal for CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda in the next 24 hours.

10.06 GMT: The Italian press is also talking up the possibility of Eljero Elia joining Newcastle from Juventus.

09.57 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Milos Krasic is in advanced negotiations with Zenit St Petersburg, but Juventus only want to sell the Serbian winger, while the Russian side only want a loan for now.

09.42 GMT: Right, off around Europe now and let's start in Italy, where unfortunately the Man City mercenary is STILL in the headlines. Corriere dello Sport says that Milan have not yet given up on him. We hope they have.

09.25 GMT: Amazingly, we can confirm that Liverpool did indeed make "tentative enquiries" about swapping Andy Carroll for the one who shall remain nameless. FULL STORY.

09.15 GMT: Let's kick things off with our customary look around the English press:

Andy Carroll being swapped seems to be a theme of the day and the Sunday Mirror reckons the lumbering striker will be used as bait for Newcastle’s Demba Ba, while the same newspaper says Real Mallorca want Everton defender Johnny Heitinga; Liverpool are ready to make a double Bundesliga swoop for Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin and Borussia Dortmund striker Luca Barrios, according to the Sunday People.

Metro claims Dirk Kuyt will not be allowed to leave Anfield during January, with Roma and Fiorentina reportedly interested in securing his services, while the paper also tips Spurs to make a last-dicth bid for Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic; Wolves want to take Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best on loan from Newcastle, according to the Express and Star.


09.00 GMT: Good (GMT) morning everyone and welcome to the final Sunday of the January transfer window. Sunday is usually a day brimming with gossip and The Guardian certainly haven't let us down with their story that Liverpool rang up Man City to ask if they could swap Andy Carroll for that Argentina striker they have. Unsurprisingly City resisted that tempting offer.

January 28, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/28/2012

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Saturday sees a fixture at Anfield take precedence over tittle tattle. © Getty Images

00.00 GMT: It's been an unsurprisingly slow Saturday evening again, but with just three days to go, maybe we can expect some more action tomorrow. That's all we've got time for for now but goin us again on Sunday morning.

23.23 GMT: The Daily Telegraph says that Spurs are preparing to go head-to-head with PSG for the signature of Brazil striker Leandro Damiao.

22.51 GMT: QPR are rumoured to be plotting a swoop for Fulham veteran Danny Murphy.

22.08 GMT The Guardian reports that Liverpool may be planning an audacious bid for Carlos Tevez, offering Andy Carroll as part of a swap deal for the wantaway Argentina international. Great story. but surely not?!

21.35 GMT: Wolves forward Sam Vokes is set to sign for Brighton after being present in the directors' box to watch the Seagulls' FA Cup victory over Newcastle.

21.16 GMT: Portuguese dail A Bola is suggesting that Real Madrid may be planning a shock swoop for David Luiz, with Pepe being offered as bait to Chelsea.

20.43 GMT: Beppe Marotta again talking about Juve's transfer activity, although this time outgoing: “Luca Toni’s move to Al Nasr is not yet official, but we believe it will be completed tomorrow."

20.24 GMT: Everton have been linked with a £5 million move for out-of-favour Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

19.56 GMT: Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta says the Turin club are looking to sign Cagliari midfielder Radja Nainggolan: "Nainggolan is a player that interests us. I have talked with [Cagliari president] Massimo Cellino but there is no real negotiation.

"We are trying to bring him to Turin as early as January, but there are many things to evaluate and first of all we must find out if Cagliari are willing to sell him.

19.31 GMT Kia Joorabchian has moved quickly to quash the Carlos Tevez-to-West Ham rumour: “He is a West Ham fanatic. That is one club that is very close to his heart but I think that would not be possible."

19.04 GMT: The agent of Milos Krasic has said that the Juventus midfielder favours a move to England, suggesting that Lazio are not a big enough club for him: “There is no news to report. Milos wants a change of team, but will only move to a top club, preferably in England. With all due respect for Lazio, they are not a side in Milos’ thoughts.”

18.42 GMT: Romanian side CFR Cluj have signed French midfielder Nicolas Godemèche on an 18-month deal.

18.25 GMT: Inverness have accepted an offer from Swindon for midfielder Lee Cox.Caley manager Terry Butcher said: "It looks like Lee Cox will leave on Monday. We have agreed a fee with Swindon. It's up to Swindon now.''

18.08 GMT: Diego Maradona has been criticising the transfer policy of his chairman at Al-Wasl: “The management did not make enough reinforcements to the squad, I was promised six new players but only two came. Like we say in Argentina, we would like to bring out all meat from the fridge to serve it, but we were not able to."

17.51 GMT: Felix Bastians has joined Hertha Berlin from Freiburg on a four and-a-half year deal. Hertha's manager Michael Preetz said: "We have agreed on an immediate switch. Felix Bastians will join our club immediately. It is the best solution for everyone involved.
We are happy to add another quality left-back to the squad."

17.32 GMT: Harry Redknapp claims he is not planning any late January swoops: "I can't see an awful lot". Not sure if we believe him.

17.14 GMT: Rumour time: Supposedly, the medium of Twitter and Jeff Stelling say that C****s T***Z will sign on loan for West Ham.

17.03 GMT: Werder Bremen are set to complete a deal to bring promising Austria Vienna playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic to the Weserstadion, say Soccerway.

15.00 GMT: Diouf story here to compound a day of misery for Manchester United. Story.

14.02 GMT: DONE DEAL: Hanover 96 have signed Manchester United forward Mame Biram Diouf on a contract until 2014, the club said on Saturday.

13.42 GMT: "Roman Bednar has this afternoon ended his four-and-a-half year spell at Albion by joining Blackpool on a free transfer," confirms West Brom's official website.

12.43 GMT: Wolves are interested in taking Leon Best on loan until the end of the season - while Alan Smith looks to be already heading for the St James’ Park exit door, says The Chronicle.

12.40 GMT: WBA boss Roy Hodgson has ended his interest in Fulham defender Chris Baird, who he worked with at the Cottage.

12.36 GMT: Ganso could be taking the usual route of Brazilian players into Portugal first. The Santos playmaker may be on his way to Porto, even after an offer described as 'comical' by his current club president was turned down. However, agent Diogo Kotscho has suggested that the move may be back on. "Porto are a great showcase because they play in a lot of competitions. Besides that, the language make it easier for a young player like him to settle," Kotscho tells O Globo.

12.09 GMT: Liverpool have money to spend in the transfer window but may stick with the squad they have, MD Ian Ayre tells Sky Sports News. "Money is not an issue," Ayre told Sky Sports News. "If we need somebody and there's a player I think our owners have shown the level of commitment you would expect from a good ownership group that the manager will get supported whatever he needs.But that's not the same as saying we will just go spend money because we have got it or just because we can."

11.20 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to beat the transfer deadline and secure the services of Polish striker Pawel Brozek. The Ibrox boss is keen for Brozek to join the Scottish champions on loan from Turkish club Trabzonspor.

11.07 GMT: Alex Bruce of Leeds United could be heading to LA Galaxy to play with Beckham, Keane and Donovan. His dad, Steve, was once a colleague of Becks at Manchester United. Leeds manager Simon Grayson tells the Yorkshire Evening Post that the move might be happening.

11.05 GMT: Silkmen latest: Rotherham United right winger Marcus Marshall has joined Macclesfield Town on a month’s loan.

10.10 GMT: Our friends at insidefutbol.com have an inside line on the future of Eden Hazard, one of Europe's most covered players. PSG and the lure of Carlo Ancelotti's eyebrow have Hazard making eyes. "Of course, PSG is a great club, and a personality like Ancelotti, he makes you want to play there," said Hazard.

10.09 GMT: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has made a £5 million bid for Crystal Palace’s brilliant young attacker Wilfried Zaha, say the Daily Mirror. Bolton need fresh blood, and Palace need dough. Could be a goer.

10.06 GMT: Plenty of talk about Edison Cavani and Liverpool, and though many have a late move for the Napoli man happening, we'd suggest that he won't move until the summer to link up with Luis Suarez. Napoli have Chelsea to come in the Champions League, after all.

10.03 GMT: QPR to sign Djibril Cisse, say The Guardian. The former Liverpool man, who never lived up to that early promise, is at Lazio but seeking a loan.

09.30 GMT: With even C****s T***z resigned to not moving clubs, a damp squib approaches and January 2012 may even be remembered for being about football. Tuesday night will see a raft of Premier League action to further dampen the frenzy. Let's see if we can find some developments.

January 27, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/27/2012

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Chris Samba 'wants a divorce' from his club Blackburn © Getty Images


21.23 GMT: Seeing as it's Friday, and it's a dry old night in transfer land, we'll leave it there for today folks. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a full day's coverage of everything coming in and out of the January window. Have a good Friday night!

20.44 GMT: David Dunn has signed a new deal at Blackburn Rovers. The 32-year-old midfielder has committed himself to the club until 2013.

20.11 GMT: Bayern Munich have apologised for raising hopes of a new signing yesterday. The German giants incurred the wrath of fans when it turned out the exciting new signing they'd hinted at was in fact a Facebook app. "We're sorry. But it wasn't our intention to disappoint you with the new FC Bayern app," Bayern said. "Rather, we wanted to put the focus on you with this action, to show how important each fan is for Bayern Munich."

19.41 GMT: Barcelona youngster Isaac Cuenta has signed a new contract with the club, to take him through until 2015.

19.21 GMT: Tevez saga latest It's looking very much like Carlos Tevez will be staying in Manchester. Talks have fallen through with PSG and Inter, as you know, and this evening Milan have signed Maxi Lopez from Catania - seemingly ruling out a move for Tevez in this window.

18.54 GMT: West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful they'll sign Zenit
St Petersburg winger Szabolcs Huszti before the window closes. "He is a player who comes with a very good CV, a type of player we don't really have at the club, not least with Gera and Brunt injured long term," Hodgson said.

18.27 GMT: Cristian Chivu has denied speculation he's about to switch sides from Inter to AC Milan. "It won't happen, this is a story someone has invented, and it does not interest me," the defender said. That's the end of that one then.

17.47 GMT: Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has taken to Twitter to voice his frustration at his latest injury setback. "It is true I have had a set back.] I can't tell you how long I have been set back because I don't know! I am very annoyed but will stay strong." Might Arsenal be pushed into the transfer market?

17.20 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hopeful he can keep hold of striker Nikica Jelavic until at least the summer. Read the full story here.

16.54 GMT: Lille winger Eden Hazard has reacted to speculation linking him with a move to PSG. "Of course, the interest from Paris is tempting. Paris Saint-Germain are a great club," he told Le Parisien. "And especially with a coach like [Carlo] Ancelotti, that makes you even more keen. Only God know where I will be playing my football in 2012 though."

16.25 GMT: The Sunderland Echo is reporting that the Black Cats are weighing up a late bid for Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida.

16.06 GMT: Mark Hughes wants more new faces at QPR before the transfer window shuts next week. The Welshman has said: "As you can imagine there are a lot of conversations going on at the moment. Forward players, midfield players, defenders - that is what happens in the January window." Full story.

15.47 GMT: Manchester City have rejected the claims of Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, that the striker's relationship with manager Roberto Mancini is the reason that he wants to leave the club. Full story.

15.25 GMT: The Daily Star suggests QPR have made an offer for former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse.

15.06 GMT: Vagner Love has expressed his delight at finally sealing his move from CSKA Moscow to Flamengo. He said: "I had promised that I would not cry, but I cannot do it. This gives me such joy. I want to give all my thanks to God for being here. To thank the people who fought so hard so this could happen. It was tough, but we managed to win the war."

14.42 GMT: Neil Lennon claims Jorge Molina is just one of several players he is having trouble in attracting to Celtic.

14.26 GMT: Villas-Boas has been talking about the rather gifted Brazilian Willian. The Portuguese has said: "Willian is an extremely interesting player but I don't think we will progress with our interest because of different issues, from work permit to price valuation. I think our project next year is more important than the actual project at the moment. Not that Willian doesn't have the characteristics for the future but we are betting a lot on what we can build on for next year."

13.54 GMT - Twitter talk: Our very own Adam Digby: "Martin Caceres medicals complete, expect signing [to Juventus] to be announced."

13.33 GMT: Remember the Bayern Munich fiasco yesterday, when the club suggested the unveiling of a signing on Facebook was imminent, only for it to turn out to be a publicity stunt for an app? Well, the club have apologised: "We're sorry. But it wasn't our intention to disappoint you with the new FC Bayern app.''

13.19 GMT - DONE DEAL: AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of defender Gavin Hoyte on a month's loan from Arsenal.

13.05 GMT: And here's the full story on Alex's switch to PSG for a reported fee of around £4 million.

12.51 GMT - DONE DEAL: Chelsea defender Alex has signed for PSG.

12.46 GMT: It is not strictly transfer news, but Arsene Wenger's confirmation that Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury is sure to send the rumour mill a-turning.

12.25 GMT: CSKA Moscow attacker Keisuke Honda is closing on a move to Serie A side Lazio, despite the Japanese saying that Italy can no longer claim to have the best league in the world. Full story.

12.11 GMT: Here is the full story on the Kia Joorabchian quotes regarding Tevez below. Enjoy.

11.43 GMT: Catania have claimed they turned down a €9 million offer from Fulham in order to ensure Maxi Lopez joins AC Milan.

11.24 GMT - DONE DEAL: Lille striker Moussa Sow has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Fenerbahce.

11.01 GMT: Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has told L'Equipe: "If Carlos doesn't leave Manchester City this winter, he doesn't rule out the possibility to join PSG in the summer. Carlos has faith in PSG project. You know he had talks with Carlo Ancelotti, one of the best coaches in the world. He talked with (PSG director of football) Leonardo. Paris can be a possibility."

10.45 GMT: Oh, goodness, here comes a Tevez lead...

10.33 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Steven Pienaar is growing increasingly frustrated that Tottenham are standing in the way of a possible move to Queens Park Rangers

10.20 GMT: Aberdeen boss Craig Brown is keen to sign Stephen Hughes and could swoop for Danny Uchechi.

09.57 GMT: David Moyes has spoken to the Telegraph about AEK Athens defender Kostas Manolas: "He's a young boy we have looked at for a while, and we know quite a lot about him. We could do with a centre-back, although ideally someone who could go straight into the team, and he couldn't at the moment. But he's got potential, his representatives have been in, and we have spoken to the club."

09.39 GMT: Boca Juniors midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme insists that he would drop everything to go back to Villarreal and help them out of their current slump. Full story.

09.26 GMT - DONE DEAL: Greek club Olympiakos have signed former Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll on an 18-month contract.

09.08 GMT: Rumours that Jack Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury have sparked suggestions Arsenal will now strengthen during the current transfer window.

08.53 GMT: The Mirror: Chelsea want to sign Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba while the Blues' chances of signing Willian have taken a blow due to issues over obtaining a work permit ... Sunderland could bring in Bolton striker Kevin Davies for £1.5 million ... Matthew Upson is unsettled at Stoke ... QPR have been told they must pay £6 million for Hugo Rodallega.

08.40 GMT: The Daily Star: QPR manager Mark Hughes wants to add Blackburn centre-back Samba to his ranks.

08.29 - Twitter talk: French football journalist Julien Laurens: "Alex has just arrived in Paris to finalize his transfer there. Good signing for PSG and good move from him."

08.25 GMT - DONE DEAL: League Two side Crawley have signed Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt, 20, on loan for the rest of the season. One worries we may have just peaked. It's possibly downhill from here. Still, it's Friday.

08.20 GMT: More from The Sun: Victor Moses' has claimed QPR manager Mark Hughes is an admirer of the Wigan winger ... Newcastle are keen on bringing Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez to St James' Park, with a £5 million summer move mooted ... Watford's Adrian Mariappa will hand in a transfer request amid interest from the Magpies ... Giovani dos Santos looks to be heading for Villarreal ... Roma and Juventus are set to battle it out for Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa ... Wolves Mick McCarthy wants to bring in Mame Biram Diouf on loan from Manchester United.

08.12 GMT: First up are quotes carried by The Sun from Blackburn defender Christopher Samba. He has said: "When a couple don't get on they get a divorce - and that's what me and Blackburn have to do."

08.00 GMT: Good morning, all. On first glance, the rumour mill appears distinctly dry. We will, however, endeavour to bring you what transfer talk there is to offer...

January 26, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/26/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Shakhtar's forward can't play in the Champions League © Getty Images

00.00 GMT Right folks, another day of the transfer window draws to a close - thanks for reading. Just five days left now, could Friday be the day when the floodgates open? We predict not.

23.40 GMT: Turkish forward Sercan Guvenisik has joined San Jose Earthquakes, subject to the receipt of a visa. Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said: “We had him on trial last year and followed him ever since. He’s an intelligent, experienced player who should help with the depth on our squad. We’re happy to have him in San Jose.”

23.28 GMT: DONE DEAL: One from the left-field here, Olympiakos have snapped up former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll from OFI.

22.52 GMT: The Daily Mail is doing well to provide us with a gossip stream tonight - apparently Everton boss David Moyes wants to sign Paris St Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau on loan and is also keen on AEK Athens centre-back Kostas Manolas.

22.37 GMT: Fernando (not Torres) has his say on Arsenal:


Is Wenger leaving his January transfer buys to the last possible second, as he did in the summer? He must be because I cannot fathom that he will not make any purchases. If he doesn't, I gaurantee RVP will not re-sign and Arsenal will be left to mid table mediocrity for years to come.

22.14 GMT Monaco have announced the acquisition of ACV Vienna's Dutch striker Nacer Barazite, who is though to have cost the principality club in the region of €3 million.

21.56 GMT: Greek side Panionios have signed Jean-Jacques Pierre on a free transfer, after he was released by Nantes.

21.32 GMT: The Daily Mail believe Sunderland are favourites to land Kevin Davies from Bolton, with the Wearsiders reportedly ready to step up their pursuit after Nicklas Bendtner was ruled out for a couple of weeks with facial injuries.

21.08 GMT: Hardly groundbreaking this one but Wayne Rooney's brother, John, has penned a deal with with American third-tier side Orlando City of the United Soccer League.

20.43 GMT: Fulham boss Martin Jol won't be losing any sleep if Rafik Halliche leaves Craven Cottage in January: "With Halliche, he is probably our fifth centre-back so he is in a difficult position. I feel for him because he played for the reserves when we beat Arsenal and played a terrific match. He is a good player, but I can't play five centre-backs. If there is a good opportunity for him, I would like to help him."

20.22 GMT: Tony Pulis says Stoke may still be tempted into the transfer market despite chairman Peter Coates insisting no business will be done before deadline day:
"Never believe chairmen! We'll see. We are very open to going either way. If there is an opportunity and we think it is a good one, that will never cease at this football club.

20.03 GMT: Gazzetta dello Sport reckons that Genoa want to bring out-of-favour Inter Milan attacker Sulley Muntari to the club.

19.50 GMT: DONE DEAL: League Two promotion hopefuls Crawley have signed Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt on loan for the rest of the season.

19.39 GMT: DONE DEAL: Taiwo moves to Leyton Orient on loan. No, new QPR signing Taye has not fallen even further down the football pyramid, his namesake Solomon has moved from Cardiff to East London until the end of the season.

19.21 GMT: Staying in France and Toulouse have agreed a reported €1.3 million fee for Lens teenager Serge Aurier, according to L'Equipe.

19.07 GMT: DONE DEAL: Lorient have completed a deal to bring Senegal defender Lamine Gassama to the club from Lyon.

18.55 GMT: Moussa Sow has headed straight to Turkey after Senegal's African Nations Cup exit to put the finishing touches to his move to Fenerbahce from Lille. Sow said: "Yes, I'm leaving for Turkey. But it's not done until it's official. I'm going to pass the medical and then we'll see. I'll be back tomorrow [Friday]."

18.36 GMT Giovani Dos Santos' name has cropped up plenty of times in the transfer window, but the Spurs attacker won't be heading to Sevilla according to the Primera Division side's president Jose Maria del Nido: "(Tottenham wanted) an exorbitant amount for him. In the end they were asking for 6.5million euros."

18.19 GMT: Toronto FC have confirmed that they have completed a swoop for Ecuador defender Geovanny Caicedo from LDU Quito: “Caicedo brings great club and international experience to Toronto FC and can compete for a starting position. He is a player that we have been watching for some time and we felt he would be a good fit at our club and in Major League Soccer.”

18.01 GMT: Reports in Spain suggest that Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Ajax defender Gregory vander Wiel.

17.48 GMT: A wonderfully/tragically accurate summation of the January 2012 transfer window here from Jake:


"This has been the most anti-climatic transfer window ever and I think it is that way because there was so much activity during the summer. But you would think that teams like arsenal, liverpool, chelsea, or even newcastle who are so close to the 4th spot, would be looking to bring in one or two players that could make a difference."

17.34 GMT Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre claims the club have money to spend in the transfer window but nobody they need to sign. "Money is not an issue," Ayre said. "If an opportunity presents itself I am sure we will look at it, but right now it's about keeping going. We have got some great players in a great squad of players."

16.47 GMT Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been told must sell midfielder Mauro Formica, who is a target for Olympiakos, before he can sign any new players.

16.12 GMT Inverness have signed Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sam Winnall on loan for the rest of the season, the Highland club have confirmed on their official website.

15.47 GMT - DONE DEAL Championship side Reading have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts on an 18 month contract. Full story

15.34 GMT Hertha Berlin have completed the signing of Freiburg defender Felix Bastians while also agreeing a contract extension with Christian Lell until 2016 on Thursday.

15.24 GMT Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is hoping to land Liverpool's young winger Raheem Sterling on loan, according to the Daily Mail. Coyle will face competition from Swansea City and West Ham United should the Reds decide to loan him out.

14.55 GMT Mark Hughes is eager to keep his recruitment drive going at QPR and has now targeted want-away Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, according to reports. Hughes is ready to offer £4 million for the Colombian, who is a free agent in the summer.

14.22 GMT Lille have confirmed the arrival of Argentinian defender Mauro Cetto on a six-month loan deal from Palermo. The 29-year-old becomes the French champions' second January recruit following the acquisition of striker Nolan Roux from Brest.

13.57 GMT DONE DEAL Injury-plagued Leeds defender Ben Parker has joined Carlisle on loan until February 25.

13.45 GMT Swiss-English right-back Scott Sutter is in talks with Blackburn over a possible move from BSC Young Boys.

13.34 GMT ESPNsoccernet reader Felix vents his anger over the Bayern fake: "I have song for Bayern after THAT announcement: "You're so lame. You even think this rumor is about you, you're soooo laaaame".

13.23 GMT Fulham manager Martin Jol has quashed transfer speculation linking Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora with moves away from Craven Cottage, insisting he wants the to keep hold of the strike duo.

13.11 GMT: Well it's taken a bit longer, but it appears that Bayern Munich have not signed anyone. Instead they have made a page showing your Facebook picture as the new signing... What. A. Let. Down.

12.53 GMT: Nigeria Under-23 striker Daniel Uchechi will join Aberdeen on loan until the end of the season after trials this week.

12.42 GMT: Bayern Munich chief Christian Nerlinger has revealed that the club will reveal a new striker at 1300 GMT. "There will be a spectacular new signing for the offensive area," he said. Stayed tuned for that one... although some suggest that it could be a clever marketing ploy rather than a new player.

12.30 GMT: Chelsea have extended the contract of young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon until 2017 and now have him available for first-team action if they so wish.

12.14 GMT: Sevilla defender Martin Caceres will undergo a medical today in Turin before completing his transfer to Juventus, the Spanish club confirmed today.

12.05 GMT: Chelsea defender Alex has yet to come to an agreement with PSG. His agent Giuliano Bertolucci said: "There is no agreement to date, we have not received a formal offer from PSG. [However] Alex remains eager to join PSG."

11.49 GMT: Gus Poyet has hailed Albion's link to Michael Owen as a sign of the club's progress. "When we are being linked to those kind of players it looks like we are in a good place," he said. "It shows how far Brighton have come. It is a little bit easier now to convince players to come here. It was a very difficult place in the past to convince players to come to."

11.39 GMT: DONE DEAL Kieron Cadogan has joined Rotherham on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season.

11.33 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has aimed a parting shot at Everton as he prepares to seal his move to Spartak Moscow. "Naturally, it (the open football) attracts me. This is exactly what Everton have been missing lately," he said. "The team has problems with creating scoring chances, and converting them. There was a whole set of circumstances against me. It is not so easy to be a foreign player in England."

11.18 GMT: Juventus are tracking Cagliari's Belgium international Radja Nainggolan and could include Ciro Immobile in a deal for the midfielder according to Tuttosport.

11.06 GMT: DONE DEAL Nedum Onouha has joined QPR from Man City on a four-and-a-half year deal.

10.51 GMT: QPR are in talks with Samba!!! No, not that Samba, in fact it's Nancy midfielder Samba Diakite, which is slightly less interesting than the Blackburn skipper.

10.49 GMT: Jason Roberts is having a medical at Reading, according to Sky Sports.

10.38 GMT: Roma are set to complete the signing of Fluminense attacking midfielder Marquinho on Thursday.

10.27 GMT: Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has revealed he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career, indicating it would be pointless for any club to make a bid for him. He said: "I think other clubs know how much I love playing for Villa. I don't think there's ever been a bid for me. They know this is a club I want to stay at and it's somewhere it would be hard to get me to leave."

10.04 GMT: Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes is confident of persuading Nedum Onuoha to leave Manchester City for Loftus Road. "A lot of boxes have to be ticked but certainly from a football side, I am sure we can convince him this is where his future lies," he said.

09.45 GMT: Lazio are being linked with eeveryone left, right, and centre. Now Il Corriere dello Sport report that Milos Krasic could be on his way out of Juventus in the January transfer window and on his way to Rome.

09.33 GMT: DONE DEAL Bolton defender Tim Ream has signed for Bolton on a three-and-a-half year deal.

09.22 GMT: Roy Hodgson believes West Brom are beginning to see the best of midfielder Graham Dorrans and admits it is like having "a new player'' at his disposal. Not sure it will, Roy.

09.13 GMT: AC Milan will make a final decision regarding the signing of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez tomorrow, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani. They have yet to reach an agreement with City regarding the transfer fee, however: "We will make a definite decision on Friday,'' he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.00 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen custodian Rene Adler is poised to jump ship to Bundesliga rivals Hamburg at the end of the campaign, according to reports from Sport Bild.

08.47 GMT: Newcastle will also have to wait until the summer to sign United starlet Ravel Morrison after they would not pay the £4 million that the Red Devils want.

08.45 GMT: Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez are both understood to be on Newcastle’s list of targets. A senior United source, however, told The Journal nothing was imminent on either.

08.42 GMT: His contract runs out in June 2013, but Goal reckon that Theo Walcott will hold imminent talks with Arsene Wenger before deciding whether or not to stay. Some reports have suggested that he wants around £85,000-a-week.

08.29 GMT: Manchester City denied it yesterday, but it seems they are having talks with Israeli outfit MS Ashdod about signing midfielder Nir Biton. Ashdod owner Jacky Ben Zaken told the Jewish Chronicle: "They want to take him on loan immediately and want an option to buy him in the future."

08.18 GMT: Birmingham are reported to have offered Espanyol the chance to sign Serbian striker Nikola Zigic on a six-month loan.

08.05 GMT: Papers, papers, papers, they are full of some fairly unsubstantiated nonsense this morning. Let's try and find the gems.

Daily Mirror: QPR manager Mark Hughes is ready to launch a £4 million bid for Wigan’s contract-rebel striker Hugo Rodallega, who will leave in the summer... Bolton boss Owen Coyle’s hopes of a daring raid for Porto superstarlet Juan Iturbe are being raised - his dad is pushing him to go out on loan.... Martin Jol is still keen on bringing £7 million-rated FC Twente star Nacer Chadli to Fulham... Swansea midfielder Ferrie Bodde is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday to boost their League One promotion challenge.

The Sun: Newcastle are trying to land Dutchman Eljero Elia on loan - six months after Juventus pipped them to his signature... West Ham manager Sam Allardyce last night failed with a £7 million bid for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has signed Jean Beausejour from Birmingham on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Daily Mail: West Brom left-back Joe Mattock may go to Birmingham as part of the deal that takes Liam Ridgewell to the Hawthorns. West Brom have offered £1.5m for Ridgewell who has asked to leave... Chris Hughton is interested in signing Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui on loan - if he can shift Nikola Zigic off his wage bill... Wigan are showing interest in Rennes striker John Verhoek.

The Times: Queens Park Rangers have switched their attention to Victor Moses after being unable to sign a winger from Tottenham.

08.00 GMT: First up this morning, Chelsea target Willian has indicated he would be interested in a move to the Premier League club, stating that the prospect of playing for a team which regularly wins silverware "excites" him.

January 25, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/25/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


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00.00 GMT: Right everyone, I'm afraid that's all we've got time for today but be sure to join us for more fun-filled transfer goings on and probably more AC Milan/Inter Milan drivel about the one who shall remain nameless on Thursday.

23.35 GMT: The Daily Star says Tottenham's wantaway Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos is set to snub interest from Bolton and move to La Liga, with either Villarreal or Granada.

23.09 GMT: Fulham have been tipped to make a £500,000 bid for Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams.

22.43 GMT: Gambia international Pa Saikou Kujabi is on trial at Hibernian after leaving German side FSV Frankfurt. He had unsuccessful trials with both Portsmouth and QPR last summer.

22.18 GMT: The Daily Mail reckons West Brom left-back Joe Mattock will be used as a makewight in a deal for Birmingham centre-half Liam Ridgewell.

21.39 GMT Newcastle United have been linked with a swoop for Hamburg's Netherlands winger Eljero Elia.

20.53 GMT: The father of Benfica's Rodrigo says that a return to Real Madrid is not on the cards, at least not in January: "The right moment to handle that issue will be the end of the season. First, he needs to play one full season at Benfica, then in April/May we can talk. No offer whatsoever has arrived, but even if it did, we would have no interest in listening to it."

20.31 GMT: DONE DEAL: We mentioned earlier that Cagliari might have been steeping up their striker interest and they've done just that, rather quickly in fact. Mauricio Pinilla has arrived from Palermo: Mauricio Pinilla from Palermo. “I am proud to become part of a club with such a great history behind it. I never had the chance to come to Sardinia, not even when playing for other teams in Serie A, but I know it is a splendid place with so many beautiful beaches.

20.20 GMT: Just to warn you folks that a night of Cup action across Europe could see posts become somewhat more sporadic.

19.57 GMT: Al Ahli's striker Ahmed Khalil insists he is committed to the club amid speculation that Monaco are keen to secure his services: “I didn’t receive any official offers from any party whatsoever. I have no intentions to leave my country. I have something in mind which I need to accomplish at the national level."

19.41 GMT: France Football claims QPR are looking to tie up a €4 million deal for Nancy's Mali international midfielder Samba Diakite, who is currently on African Nations Cup duty.

19.28 GMT: American goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo has joined New York Red Bulls from Finnish second-division side AC Oulu. New York general manager Erik Soler said:
“After doing extensive scouting, we believe that Jeremy has a very bright future ahead of him and can compete at the MLS level."

19.12 GMT: Chicago Fire have signed Zimbabwean striker Kheli Dube, with coach Frank Klopas saying: “Kheli has been an offensive threat since he came into the league. He’s a gritty, hard working forward that plays for the badge. Since joining us in pre-season Kheli has shown his desire to be part of our club.”

19.00 GMT: Former Arsenal and Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright has been training with MLS side FC Dallas.

18.41 GMT: The comments are still coming in thick and fast and Max is among those to have had his say on Liverpool:

"Are the purse strings tied off at Liverpool? Having spent (wasted) so much money on Suarez, Carroll, Henderson, Downing and Adam, can they even afford to add more players at this point? The Torres money must be all gone and then some."

18.32 GMT: Wow, it's almost like transfer deadline day with all of these actual signings. A busy evening.

18.31 GMT: DONE DEAL - Wigan have signed Birmingham winger Jean Beausejour for a fee believed to be in the region of £4 million.

18.18 GMT: DONE DEAL - Stade Rennes have confirmed the arrival of PSG forward Mevlut Erding.

18.04 GMT: DONE DEAL - Werder Bremen have signed Young Boys defender François Affolter on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy outright. Affolter said: "It was my dream to play for a big European club. Werder is a huge opportunity."

17.52 GMT: DONE DEAL - Internacional have signed Jesus Datolo from Espanyol as a potential replacement for midfielder Andres D'Alessandro, who is expected to move to China before the end of January.

17.36 GMT: Porto teenager Juan Iturbe is prepared to leave the club in search of regular football, his agent says: "I have had approaches for him for three years and every day I get new proposals, but first you need to talk to FC Porto and then we'll decide together."

17.21 GMT: Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has pledged his future to the club by signing a contract extension. He said: "It's good news because I am very happy at the club. This is one of the happiest times I've had in football. It feels like I have been at the club for much longer than a year."

17.13 GMT: Everton have agreed a fee with Spartak Moscow for midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov: "The Blues have been in negotiations with Spartak for several days and an undisclosed figure has now been agreed, paving the way for Bilyaletdinov to return to his homeland."

17.06 GMT: Rangers have rejected a bid - thought to be £7 million - from West Ham for Nikica Jelavic, according to Sky Sports News.

16.53 GMT: Twitter talk from ESPNsoccernet Press Pass Presenter Andrew Orsatti (@AndrewOrsatti): Reports from Italy insists Keisuke Honda will almost certainly join Lazio from CSKA Moscow, 12.5m Euros plus Carrizo is what they're saying.

16.45 GMT: Football Italia reckons that Cagliari are preparing to step up their hunt for a new striker, with Palermo's Mauricio Pinilla and Juventus' Luca Toni reportedly on the Rossoblu's radar. We hear Man City might have a striker they're willing to offload...

16.31 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph earlier reported that Olympiakos are chasing Blackburn's Mauro Formica and that news has now been confirmed by his brother Lautaro, who plays for Greek club Asteras Tripolis.

"Of course I spoke with my brother about this," the elder Formica told Sport24. "There is a possibility to make a transfer to Olympiakos...He told me that he wants to come to play here. It doesn't depend on him. It depends on the two clubs, Blackburn and Olympiakos. We will see what is going to happen."

16.14 GMT: Neymar appears to be happy with his decision to stay at Santos for the time being. "I made the right decision," Neymar told Lancenet. "I do not regret staying at Santos at all. If it was not for Santos, I would not have the profile I now have inside and outside the country. Everything fell into place and I am having a good time, and the team too."

16.07 GMT: Some rumours were talking about Man Utd rebel Ravel Morrison arriving at Newcastle ahead of a £4 million move. However, it appears he's in Tenerife with the United squad for a summer training camp, so that's probably rubbish.

15.57 GMT: Switzerland international Francois Affolter has joined Werder Bremen on loan from Young Boys for the remainder of the year, the Bundesliga club have announced.

15.48 GMT: Peterborough are keeping tabs on non-league hotshot Jamille Matt, who is currently doing well at Kidderminster.

15.37 GMT: Valencia midfielder Ever Banega has extended his contract for two seasons. "I would like to thank the club for giving me the opportunity to continue here and gain more years playing in this team," Banega said. "I have already been at the club for a few years and am very happy. I hope to continue in the same manner."

15.26 GMT: Schalke youngster Julian Draxler is attracting the interest of Inter Milan and Arsenal. "My agent informed me that Inter have shown interest," Draxler told Sport-Bild. "It's a great feeling and new for me. I am tremendously honoured by such a thing. I've read that Arsenal have interest in me. That made me very happy."

15.13 GMT: Ready for another denial? "There is nothing," Leonardo told L'Equipe about the speculation linking PSG with a move for Kaka. "I have known Kaka for 11 years, and when he joined Milan he could have been loaned to PSG. We have a very good relationship but we have never asked Kaka to come here."

15.00 GMT: QPR have agreed a £3 million fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Nedum Onuoha. However, he has yet to agree personal terms.

14.44 GMT: DONE DEAL Flamengo have signed striker Vagner Love from Russian side CSKA Moscow, the Brazilian club confirmed on their website.

14.35 GMT: Bundesliga strugglers Kaiserslautern have bolstered their ranks with the signing of experienced defender Anthar Yahia. The French-born Algeria international, 29, has signed a contract until 2015.

14.19 GMT: Paris Saint Germain transfer target Thiago Motta could make his final appearance for Inter Milan on Wednesday night before swapping the San Siro for the Parc des Princes.

14.05 GMT: Manchester City have played down reports of an imminent bid to sign Israel midfielder Nir Biton. The 20-year-old FC Ashdod player impressed during a recent trial period with the Premier League leaders and there have been suggestions a loan deal is being put together.

13.54 GMT: Leeds United chairman Ken Bates claims former striker Jermaine Beckford was offered to the club last month, before he scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup.

13.42 GMT: Wigan have denied making a bid for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, who is out of contract in the summer. "Contrary to heavy media speculation, no official bid has been made," the club said.

13.31 GMT: Bolton are hopeful that a deal to bring Tim Ream to the club before the end of the week, meaning he could make his debut against Swansea City in the FA Cup.

13.19 GMT: Sky Sports "understands" that Sunderland, Wolves, West Brom, Celtic and Rangers all want Bolton's Kevin Davies, but he's not available on a loan.

13.03 GMT: DONE DEAL: We told you earlier that this deal was close, well now Stuttgart have completed the signing Vedad Ibisevic from Hoffenheim.

12.31 GMT: Granada and Villarreal and believed to be in negotiations for wantaway Spurs midfielder Giovani.

12.18 GMT: Rayo Vallecano have signed Brazilian striker Diego Costa on loan from neighbours Atletico Madrid. Costa, who will be presented later today after passing his medical, will join until June 30, after which he will return to Atletico as Rayo do not have an
option to buy.

12.09 GMT: Rangers manager Ally McCoist claims his club have not received any offers for Nikica Jelavic despite mounting speculation linking the striker with a move to the Premier League.

11.33 GMT: More on Martin Caceres: The 24-year-old is expected to move to Juve until the end of the season with an option to make his stay permanent for a reported 10 million euros.

11.17 GMT: Tevez tedium latest: Here's our story on the man who owes £9.3 million. Story

11.06 GMT: Reader comment from Alex, an Arsenal fan: "Since Shaqiri is available, why isn't AW making a move for him? Hey we need a good left-wing, Arshavin is not as productive, Chamberlain is not physically ready to playing a full game, then why not purchase Shaqiri before some top club snatch him and slap a ridiculous price on him? Bear in mind that we've been defeated on both occasions to Man Utd in the league this season, and this is the player "responsible" for Man Utd not making it through to the next stage of this season's UCL."

11.01 GMT: Stuttgart are closing in on the signing of Vedad Ibisevic, with the Hoffenheim striker set to undergo a medical later today.

10.56 GMT: Tevez tedium corner: Inter Milan board member Marco Tronchetti Provera has told Ansa: "Now we're no longer interested in Tevez. He is following a different path." Milan, or, literally after that £9.3 million fine, bust.

10.54 GMT: MASSIVE DONE DEAL: Norwich City midfielder Korey Smith has joined Championship side Barnsley on a month's loan.

10.51 GMT: Reader comment from Tommy: "I can't get over how poor Liverpool's transfer activity has been over the past few years; it is absolutely mind boggling to me. We obviously need more creativity so why not go after someone like Shaqiri, Kagawa, or Honda? Why would a team with such a fantastic youth academy choose to overpay for British players when they've proven that they can develop their own?"

10.45 GMT: Giovanni Dos Santos looks like he's headed for Villarreal, who must be desperate to pay the silly money Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wanted for a player destined never to light up the Lane.

10.41 GMT: Flamengo and CSKA Moscow have finally reached an agreement on Vagner Love's transfer to the Brazilian club, say insidefutbol.com. The striker, whose blue hair reminds of a member of George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars, wants to get funked up on his home patch after a recent loan spell ended a time in Russia that began way back in 2004.

10.35 GMT: Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, previously linked with a shock move to Liverpool, is open to a move to West Ham United. He told the Daily Record: "West Ham are a great club and not a Second Division outfit. They are a famous English Premier League club who happened to be relegated last season and will return to the top division next season."

10.21 GMT: More of Kevin De Bruyne from this very website. Story

10.06 GMT: BREAKING ACTUAL NEWS: Genk say that Kevin de Bruyne is set for Chelsea, as has long been suggested, though he will spend the rest of the season back at the Belgian club.

10.03 GMT: Luis Boa Morte, freshly of the Orlando Pirates, could soon be joined in South Africa's Premier Soccer League by former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg. Shimuzu S-Pulse is where Freddie is at present. Club not yet specified by our friends at football365.co.za.

10.02 GMT: Watford boss Sean Dyche has hit out at Newcastle United, accusing the Premier League side of offering peanuts for defender Adrian Mariappa. Story

09.38 GMT: Zlatan Muslimovic is training with Sunderland with a view to a move to joining the club over the next few days, say the Sunderland Echo. He had been training with Rangers after being released by PAOK Salonika.

09.31 GMT: The Gazzetta dello Sport says Sevilla's defender Martin Caceres will undergo a medical ahead of his long expected return to Juventus.

09.14 GMT: Premier League champions Manchester United have been put on alert after Xherdan Shaqiri's proposed move from FC Basel to Galatasaray collapsed. Story

08.58 GMT: Twitter talk: From our own Andy Brassell - @andybrassell - "Mevlut Erding tells today's L'Equipe he's "relieved" move from PSG to Rennes sorted. Will sign 3.5 yr deal later today."

08.32 GMT: Twitter talk: Sky's Ian Dovaston - @skydovaston - says Sunderland want Kevin Davies.

08.28 GMT: Mario Balotelli, brother Enoch, is off to Sunderland on a trial - a footballing one and not a criminal one, it is best to point our. Perhaps he is represented by the agent who had a rather unnecessary go at referee Howard Webb. So say The Daily Mirror.

08.23 GMT: Aston Villa may release 34-year-old striker Emile Heskey on a free in the summer, suggest the Daily Mirror.

08.20 GMT: Blackburn Rovers are asking for at least £3.5million for Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica - with Olympiakos’ attempts to get the 23-year-old on the cheap set for failure, says Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

08.18 GMT: Chelsea are set to sign Racing Genk winger Kevin de Bruyne, 20, for £8.5m after talks in London between the two clubs, say the Daily Express.

08.00 GMT: Clubs across Europe are on alert as Xherdan Shaqiri is no longer joining Galatasaray from FC Basel. Manchester United are one of the clubs spuriously linked.

January 23, 2012
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Rangers forward Jelavic. © Getty Images

23.35 GMT Well folks, that's all we have time for tonight, but be sure to check back on Tuesday morning for more transfer tittle-tattle... and maybe a deal or two.

23.23 GMT Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf, who is attracting interest from French club Brest, Hannover 96, Hoffenheim and Wigan, has hinted he could be on the move but nothing is official. "I have many contacts, but nothing is done yet," he is qouted as saying in the Daily Mail.

22.59 GMT Manchester City and Juventus are tracking Willem II starlet Jeroen Lumu, according Voetbal International. The 16-year-old scored against PSV Eindhoven last Frdiay.

22.22 GMT Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman says there have been no bids for reported Manchester United target for Nathaniel Clyne. "There has not been one single approach for one of my players, so, so far, so good," Freedman said.

21.43 GMT Bolton Wanderers have been granted a work permit for American defender Tim Ream, according to BBC Sport. Ream, who began his career with Chicago Fire Premier, has won seven USA caps.

21.15 GMT QPR's proposed deal to sign highly-rated Brazil Under-20 Henrique has fallen through after the striker was denied a work permit. Full story

20.42 GMT Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz has issued a come and get me plea to Arsene Wenger. "I am a Trabzonspor player until the end of the season; if I were to move abroad I would want to move to a big club. I would accept a transfer to Arsenal," he told TRT1.

19.43 GMT Galatasaray have announced that they have begun talks with Swiss side Basel over the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri. "The club have officially begun talks with the professional football player Xherdan Shaqiri and FC Basel," The Turkish side said in a statement.

19.01 GMT Celtic winger James Forrest has shrugged off speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League with Tottenham. "It's obviously good to hear but it doesn't bother me," Forrest said. "The main thing is that I want to keep playing well with Celtic."

18.38 GMT It seems that Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's proposed return to Russia has now hit the skids as Everton and Spartak Moscow can't agree on a fee, accoridng to talkSPORT.

18.07 GMT There are reports that Andrea Mancini, son of Roberto Mancini, signed for Italian lower league side Alma Juventus Fano 1906 on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season.

17.41 GMT: Werder Bremen have confirmed defender Andreas Wolf has joined French outfit Monaco on a three-and-a-half-year deal. Wolf, 29, joined Bremen last summer on a free transfer from Nurnberg and moves on with nearly 18 months remaining on his contract.

17.33 GMT: DONE DEAL: Coventry defender James McPake has joined Hibernian on loan for the rest of the season.

17.16 GMT: DONE DEAL: Auxerre have signed footballing nomad Olivier Kapo until the summer of 2013.

16.48 GMT: The Daily Mirror's James Nursey says Birmingham's Jean Beausejour is at Wigan for a medical. Amazingly, a £4 million fee is mooted. Full story

16.26 GMT: Torino have signed Palermo goalkeeper Francesco Benussi as they bid seal a return to Serie A.

15.59 GMT: QPR have completed the deal to sign Taye Taiwo on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season, reports Sky Sports. Still awaiting official confirmation.

15.48 GMT: Michael Tonge's loan move from Stoke to Hibernian is off and he is likely to join a Championship club.

15.23 GMT: Wolfsburg's Simon Kjaer wants to make his loan move to AS Roma a permanent deal. His agent said: “He loves this city, the Italian championship and the people. He’s very happy and he isn’t missing Germany.”

15.09 GMT: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is set to leave Everton to return to Russia with Spartak Moscow in a £2m deal.

14.47 GMT: Luis Boa Morte is to sign for South African champions Orlando Pirates on Tuesday. He had been at Larissa, after leaving West Ham, until they ran into money troubles.

14.35 GMT: Lyon defender Dejan Lovren has signed a two-year extension to his contract.

14.17 GMT: Danish defender Kris Stadsgaard has left Malaga after his contract was canceled by mutual consent.

14.03 GMT: TEVEZ UPDATE! Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to sign for AC Milan. "I see myself only in the red and black shirt, I am hoping for Milan," Tevez is quoted by m24digital in Argentina.

13.45 GMT: Ligue 1 outfit Ajaccio have signed Felipe Saad after being released by Evian. The Brazilian made 19 appearances in Evian's promotion campaign last season but has played only four minutes in Ligue 1 this season.

13.21 GMT: It is being reported that Inter have rejected an offer from PSG for Thiago Motta.

12.52 GMT: St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza says he opted against signing a pre-contract agreement with Rangers as he felt undervalued by the SPL champions.

12.35 GMT: TEVEZ UPDATE! Milan official Adriano Galliani has confirmed AC Milan have a deal in place for Catania's Maxi Lopez but the club will only sign one of the players. He saidL “Tevez? We want him. The player and his agent know the situation. A striker will certainly arrive. If that isn’t Tevez then it will be Maxi Lopez – but it won’t be both.”

12.12 GMT: Guingamp striker Anthony Knockaert claims he is wanted by Newcastle and talks have taken place. He told FootMercato: "They are in touch with my agent. Now, I take care of my own work and nothing else."

12.04 GMT: Just had confirmation that Wellington has been loaned to Segunda side Alcoyano on Friday, scoring on his debut at the weekend. He had been sent on a season-long loan to Levante but failed to make a single La Liga appearance.

11.59 GMT: DONE DEAL: Leicester City have completed a loan deal to bring promising young Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso to the King Power Stadium.

11.53 GMT: Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent has confirmed that Spurs have taken up their option on extending the player's contract. "Tottenham, headed by Mr [Daniel] Levy, had the option of extending his contract, and they have done so," Oleg Artemov said. This will protect his transfer value.

11.31 GMT: And yet more Sky Sports! Their sources understand that Newcastle United have made a bid for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

11.26 GMT: Sky Sports believes that Wigan are in talks with Birmingham over a possible deal for Chile winger Jean Beausejour.

11.01 GMT: Sky Sports is reporting that Chelsea have had a £16.6m bid for William of Shakhtar Donetsk rejected. Only yesterday Andre Villas-Boas suggested there was no interest this month.

10.47 GMT: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes to sign a new defender before the end of the week.

10.20 GMT: The Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool have distanced themselves from reports suggesting they are leading the chase to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

09.52 GMT: Juan Jesus is set to join Novara on loan from Inter for the rest of the season. “By sending him out on loan to another Italian club for the next few months, such as Novara, he’ll be able to mature and settle in the world of Italian football, said Inter assistant boss Beppe Baresi.

09.33 GMT: Everton could try and hijack QPR's move for Man City defender Nedum Onuhoa.

09.21 GMT: Here's the full story of Nikica Jelavic being linked to Liverpool.

09.12 GMT: Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has denied that Robert Snodgrass will be the next star name to be sold. “He still has 18 months on his contract so we are in a good position. We would like to keep him longer, which is why we offered a new contract," he told the Yorkshire Post. Leeds have already rejected a bid from Norwich.

09.00 GMT: The Lancashire Telegraph reports that Olympiakos have made a move to sign Blackburn Rovers’ Argentine playmaker Mauro Formica on loan.

The Sun provides this morning's top transfer story. It is claimed that misfiring Liverpool will sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

Jelavic's dad Philip said: "We know about the interest of West Ham and QPR. But Nikica has five or six clubs that are interested, including that of the great Liverpool. As for West Ham and QPR, Nikica is more ambitious than that. It's most likely that he'll sign for Liverpool."

Here's rest of the day's paper talk:

The Sun: Adel Taarabt wants to stay at QPR under new boss Mark Hughes ... Lyon have joined the chase for Spurs ace Vedran Corluka ... Tony Pulis is sending Michael Tonge and Tom Soares to Hibernian on loan in a Stoke clearout ... Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has been told to sell his stars to save the club.

The Daily Mirror: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is swooping for Guinea’s exciting attacker Ismael Bangoura ... West Brom have slapped an £8million valuation on Peter Odemwingie amid interest from Fulham and West Ham ... Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is set to sign Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso on loan ... Aston Villa will give a trial to Jamaican striker Brian Brown and raid Portsmouth for Aussie midfielder Ryan Williams ... Bristol City axed contract rebel Nicky Maynard against Doncaster to try and persuade him to join West Brom or Wolves now ... Blackpool want ­Celtic’s Paddy McCourt on loan for the rest of the season.

Daily Mail: Steven Pienaar is to seek talks with Tottenham this week after QPR were told he will cost £6million ... Shakhtar Donestsk have confirmed Chelsea's interest in Willian ... Galatasaray and Juventus have been rebuffed in enquiries for Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong ... Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao ... Tottenham Hotspur have backed off from an immediate move for Celtic star James Forrest ... Reading are ready to move for Doncaster striker Billy Sharp this week ... Tottenham have offered out-of-favour Roman Pavlyuchenko to Newcastle and Sunderland ... Wigan are making a £2million move for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard and are interested in Everton's James McFadden ... Blackpool have been told they will have to make a cash offer for Celtic winger Paddy McCourt despite attempts to loan him.

The Times: Tottenham have extended the contract of striker Roman Pavlyuchenko until 2013 but the Russian remains available for transfer.

January 22, 2012
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Real Madrid and Inter Milan are reportedly keen on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez © Getty Images

23.30 GMT That's all for tonight, my kingdom for a DONE DEAL. Hopefully, as the final week of the window draws to a close we might just get some. More of the same tomorrow.

23.09 GMT Anybody want a Russian striker? Slightly used? Tottenham's Roman Pavlyuchenko is being offered to Newcastle and Sunderland, apparently.

22.35 GMT You would think they had enough strikers at the moment, but Manchester United are interested in Brazil striker Leandro Damiao according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old was subject of a £15 million bid from Tottenham in the summer but his club Internacional want closer to £24 million.

22.00 GMT Lancenet say that Sao Paulo are closing on the signing of Nilmar and could announce it by Tuesday, having agreed a deal with Villarreal.

21.38 GMT Greek champions Olympiakos are reported to be in advanced talks with Blackburn Rovers over Mauro Formica.

21.27 GMT Reports in Italy suggest Everton are showing an interest in Alessio Cerci of Fiorentina, who was linked with Man City last season.

20.59 GMT Reading are closing in on signing Blackburn striker Jason Roberts on loan until the end of the season.

20.52 GMT Want another Carlos Tevez update? I'm sure you do, so here you go: AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri told Sky Italia: "Am I optimistic over Tevez? I'm always optimistic in life."

20.23 GMT Brazil Under-20 international defender Juan has confirmed that he is on the verge of completing a move to Inter Milan. "I have passed a medical; thanks to God everything is okay," the Internacional man is quoted as saying by FcInterNews.it.

Inter assistant coach Beppe Baresi claimed he would go out on loan, and told Sky Sport Italia: "Juan is a young player with good quality. He knows how to defend very well, but he also plays well with the ball."

19.14 GMT Leicester are believed to be interested in taking Nathan Delfouneso on loan from Aston Villa.

18.34 GMT Yuri Zhirkov, who moved to Chelsea from CSKA Moscow for a reported £18 million in July 2009, didn't actually want to join the Blues. "Then I had offers from both Chelsea and Bayern, and I wanted Bayern," he was quoted as saying by Anzhi's website. "(It was) because (former CSKA team mate and friend) Ivica Olic was already playing for Bayern and in general I like Germany more than England. But in the end I was sold to Chelsea."

16.06 GMT - DONE DEAL: Senegalese striker Baba Diawara has completed his move to Sevilla from Maritimo, the Primera Division club have announced.

15.20 GMT Sky Sports are reporting former Chelsea midfielder Tiago is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

14.35 GMT - DONE DEAL: Parma have signed Roma striker Stefano Okaka on loan until the end of the season.

13.52 GMT: Andre Villas-Boas: "Willian is a very interesting player, but he is cup tied in the Champions League. I don't think we should go for players who cannot be involved in all the competitions. We are not stressed regarding what we can do in this transfer window. If a good opportunity arises, we could study it, but at the moment, we are very satisfied."

13.13 GMT: Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo on Carlos Tevez: "It is true that with a player like Tevez, we know that we must make sacrifices." Read into that what you will.

12.45 GMT: Fulham boss Martin Jol has issued a hands-off warning to clubs tracking his hat-trick hero Clint Dempsey.

12.00 GMT: Stuttgart are expected to firm up their interest in Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Schalke on Saturday.

11.16 GMT: The Daily Mail suggests Manchester United could bid £50 million for Tottenham's Luka Modric in the summer.

10.36 GMT: Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Sunderland have rejected offers from abroad for Ji Dong-won.

10.09 GMT: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes the key to defeating Arsenal is to nullify the threat of star striker Robin van Persie - a player the Scottish coach considered signing. Full story.

09.45 GMT: The Star: Chris Samba is seeking a pay rise, with the defender out to double his pay at Blackburn to £80,000-a-week ... Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka is open to a loan move to Roma.

09.30 GMT: The Mirror: Tottenham have slapped a world-record £150 million price tag on Gareth Bale, who is a target of Manchester City ... Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reiterated that Dimitar Berbatov has a future at the club ... Tottenham are keen on Swansea playmaker Joe Allen.

09.15 GMT: The People: Inter Milan and Real Madrid are interested in signing Liverpool forward Luis Suarez ... Chelsea are closely monitoring Lille star Eden Hazard, who is said to be available for around £25 million ... Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Manchester United's Danny Welbeck.

09.00 GMT: Good morning one and all. We are knee-deep in newspapers for your pleasure. Rumours to follow...

January 21, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/21/2012

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Carlos Tevez's purported switch to PSG is unlikely, say the papers © Getty Images

23.30 GMT: Is Tevez done yet? Please? No... ok then, we can expect some more transfer gossip tomorrow and presumably another story about a possible move for the Argentine.

22.43 GMT: Mark Hughes is preaching caution with his transfer plans at QPR. "I'll strive to keep the character of the group, but along the way if good players become available then that will help us stay in the Premier League, which is what we all want," he said. "I'm sure we'll be able to bring some more players in to help the guys here because it's going to be a long end to the season."

22.15 GMT: A fight is brewing. Portuguese club Maritimo claim that Sevilla's presentation of Baba Diawara was not legitimate, as they have not sanctioned the deal yet. A statement read: "Sevilla FC presented on Saturday morning, in their stadium, Maritimo's player Baba as a new footballer of that Spanish club. This is a situation which Maritimo strongly condemn, because there is no authorization whatsoever for that presentation. This makes that the 'rules of engagement' which were previously defined have been changed."

21.17 GMT: Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent says that his client would be keen on a move back to Russia with Rubin Kazan.

20.06 GMT: Catania keeper Mariano Andujar has moved to Argentine side Estudiantes on a six-month loan deal.

19.35 GMT: Confirmation that Rangers chairman Craig Whyte and his West Ham counterpart David Sullivan have been talking over top scorer Nikica Jelavic. Manager Ally McCoist said: "I spoke to Craig today and I believe Craig had a conversation with David Sullivan. But Craig was very keen to point out that absolutely no offers had been made at all. I think it was just a pretty informal chat they had."

18.56 GMT: Alessandro Del Piero, whose Juventus contract ends in the summer, has reportedly been offered a huge $5m per season contract to join Montreal Impact in the Canadian Major League.

18.45 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill reiterated his desire to keep hold of Craig Gardner after the homesick midfielder sealed victory over Swansea in stunning style.

He said: "We want him to stay at the football club. At this moment, there has been no concrete offer. There is interest from other Premier League teams in and around that area, but there has been nothing concrete and we wouldn't want him to be leaving. I have not thought about an immediate replacement at this moment, so time is running out. We want him to stay."

18.22 GMT: Inter defender Lucio has urged the club to sign Sao Paulo playmaker Lucas rather than Brazil team-mate Neymar. "I know Lucas very well and Inter ought to run to sign him straight away. He is a wide attacker with a great deal of quality, all combined with exceptional pace. He always works hard in training and is a humble lad," the 33-year-old told Il Corriere dello Sport. "I remember during Copa America training, he'd often face Dani Alves during games between ranks and it was always a fiery battle. I think Lucas is better suited to Italian and European football than Neymar."

17.20 GMT: French international Yann M'Vila will not be leaving Rennes this month, according to this agent.

16.40 GMT: Stan Collymore on Twitter: "Rumour.Luis Suarez courted by Real Madrid.€45 million mentioned."

16.00 GMT: It is all understandably quiet on the transfers front as the Saturday matches unfurl. So, in the meanwhile, why not join Chris Murphy for goals, chat and updates. He's over here.

15.26 GMT: West Ham United have announced that James Tomkins has signed a new contract until summer 2016.

14.55 GMT: Simon Grayson has insisted Leeds United have "no intention" of selling any other players ahead of Jonny Howson's seemingly imminent departure to Norwich City.

14.00 GMT: Samir Nasri has been speaking to The Times about his move from Arsenal to Eastlands. He said: "I didn't choose Manchester City for the money. The Premier League table shows that."

13.10 GMT: Leeds United manager Simon Grayson is hoping to persuade Aston Villa to allow the Fabian Delph to spend the rest of the season on loan at Elland Road.

12.30 GMT: Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has confirmed the signing of former Manchester City winger Kelvin Etuhu until the end of the season.

11.58 GMT: Here is the full story on reports that Tevez's switch to PSG is off.

11.30 GMT: Carlos Tevez's proposed move from Manchester City to Paris St Germain is reportedly off after talks broke down. Full story to follow...

10.48 GMT: Chelsea new boy Gary Cahill has hit back at claims he was greedy during contract talks with the Blues. He said: "It's disappointing when you see things in the press. You bite your lip because I didn't read one report that was correct. It was upsetting, but my family and the clubs knew the real situation. It was really hard (to accept the perception I was greedy) because that's the perception I got."

10.20 GMT: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he probably should not have allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to join Tottenham on loan this season.

09.43 GMT: Harry Redknapp has insisted Tottenham have no intention of selling midfielder Niko Kranjcar in January. Full story.

09.29 GMT: The Mirror: Chelsea have launched a £20 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Willian ... Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is chasing Michael Mancienne ... West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is in the race for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.

09.15 GMT: The Sun: Carlos Tevez will turn down a £10 million-a-year deal at Paris St Germain, whose football director Leonardo said: "We didn't get a deal with Tevez, maybe we never will." ... Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is against Niko Kranjcar joining QPR ... Everton are close to a £500,000 deal for Portugal Under-23 forward Eder ... Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has rejecte claims Newcastle new boy Papiss Cisse snubbed a move to Wearside.

09.00 GMT: Good morning. Happy Saturday to you. Newspaper round-up to follow, once we have rubbed the sleepy dust from our eyes.

January 20, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/20/2012

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United and City are both reportedly keen on luring Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica. © Getty Images

21.53 GMT That's all for tonight folks. That's for joining us and be sure to check back tomorrow morning for more of the same!

21.27 GMT David Beckham has been talking about the speculation over his future which finally ended when he committed to LA Galaxy. "It was fun watching it, to be honest. Everyone else was talking about it. I always said at the end of last season that there was a good possibility that I was coming back." Beckham said "one or two" Premier League clubs offered him deals.

21.02 GMT DONE DEAL Lille have signed 18-year-old Costa Rican striker John Jairo Ruiz. He arrives from Deportivo Saprissa.

20.36 GMT Turkey international Mevlut Erding is reportedly a transfer target for Fulham and Sunderland. The striker is struggling to get a game at PSG, and is also said to be interesting Rennes, Galatasaray and Bordeaux.

19.57 GMT Here's West Brom manager Roy Hodgson commenting on rumours surrounding Baggies striker Peter Odemwingie: "There is no truth in it. We've had no contact with Fulham - or any other club - regarding Peter. He is not a player we want to sell and the story is a bit of a waste of breath to be honest. I've said many times that we don't want to sell Peter."

19.29 GMT DONE DEAL Brazil international Thiago Neves has re-joined Fluminense. The 26-year-old midfielder has spent time at Flamengo and most recently was on loan at Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

18.56 GMT Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic could be on his way to West Ham. The Hammers have reportedly tabled a bid for the Croatian, who's been scoring freely in the SPL this season, and talks are said to be ongoing. Here's the story for you, hot off the press.

18.23 GMT Didier Drogba has reportedly told the French media he won't be leaving Chelsea in January. "Not before next June," he said. "I'd like to find more fun, chills, fervour, passion and pressure on the field." Drogba has been linked to a highly lucrative move to China, with rumours of a £270,000/week offer from Shanghai Shenhua.

17.40 GMT Here's what QPR chief executive Tony Beard had to say to Sky Sports News about the club's potential transfer activity this month: "January is a difficult month to do business but the crazy thing is that some of the numbers that appear, in transfer fees and wages, are just madness. Some of the numbers discussed I can tell you are way out of anything we would be looking to do. Any deals we are doing will be right for QPR , right for the player and will be sensible. We want to bring one or two players in to strengthen an already strong squad. But we're not going to do any silly business in January."

17.10 GMT US international striker Edson Buddle is still in with a chance of securing a move to Everton. Here's what David Moyes had to stay about the 30-year-old, currently on trial at Goodison Park: "He has been in for a few days and we will have a look at it and talk about it over the weekend. I would like to add if I can. We are certainly short at centre-half right now and I have always said that if we can get a centre-forward in then that would be great."

16.46 GMT Norwich manager Paul Lambert says the club are closing in on a deal for Leeds United midfielder Jonny Howson, and have no concerns about the knee injury which has kept him on the sidelines recently."You never quite know until someone signs but I'm pretty sure it's nearly there," Lambert said. "We know the extent of the injury and there are no worries about it." Read the story here.

16.17 GMT DONE DEAL Rangers have completed the signing of Swedish midfielder Marvin Celik, who becomes Ally McCoist's first signing of the January window. Real all about it!

16.06 GMT Josh McEachran says Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard helped convince him to join Swansea on loan. "I spoke to Frank a few times before I came down here," McEachran said on Friday. "And he told me I would love it. He said it is a really nice place with great fans. I watch Frank in training every day, he always talks to me. I aspire to be a player like him. I had a few options, but I thought Swansea would be the best club for me with their style of play.

15.32 GMT Fiorentina are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Juventus striker Amauri. "There is an agreement between Fiorentina and Juventus, the only things missing are the player's signature and his medical," said Fiorentina's sporting director Pantaleo Corvino.

15.11 GMT Rangers boss Ally McCoist says the club are on the verge of completing a deal for young Swedish midfielder Marvin Celik. They may also be preparing a bid for Estonian defender Enar Jaager. More on both stories here.

14.51 GMT Owen Coyle on potential signing Sebastien Le Toux: "We have received good reports about Sebastian, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group. He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that."

14.33 GMT L'Equipe says Brazilian defender Paulão is set to join Real Betis from Saint Etienne, despite having only moved to France from Braga last summer.

14.18 GMT New Chelsea signing Gary Cahill admits that he was frustrated by how long it took to complete his transfer from Bolton Wanderers, but is now focused on establishing himself at Stamford Bridge. FULL STORY

14.01 GMT More from Rangers, who are hopeful of a quick conclusion to the signing of Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik.

13.47 GMT France Football correspondent Philippe Auclair tells talkSPORT that Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong is desperate to leave White Hart Lane.

13.24 GMT Rangers boss Ally McCoist says he expects to tie up a deal for Estonian defender Enar Jaager after being impressed with him on trial. We were sneakily hoping he didn't do well on trial, so we could use the headline 'Jaager bombs'.

13.06 GMT Harry Redknapp says there is "no chance" of Tottenham letting Niko Kranjcar move to QPR.

12.53 GMT Remember you can lhave your say by using the tool below.

Comment from AJCook: "Why do Man U keep getting linked with transfer speculation - Gaitan, Hazard, Lucas Ocampos etc. Fergie is nearly as stingy as Arsene and has repeatedly said he is not going to spend at all let alone headline signings so just stop ever pretending its going to happen."

12.40 GMT DONE DEAL. Portsmouth have completed the free transfer signing of former Man City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu.

12.23 GMT Corriere dello Sport claim to have details of Lazio's bid for CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda. Apparently, the capital club have offered CSKA €2 million for his loan with an option to buy him for a further €10 million at the end of the season.

12.02 GMT The agent of Udinese striker Antonio Flores Flores has rejected speculation linking his client to Palermo: "Udinese want to keep the player and the player wants to stay at Udine to give his contribution to the team. I don’t think there will be any further developments.”

11.47 GMT Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph has returned to Elland Road after signing a one-month loan deal with Leeds.

11.32 GMT We reported yesterday that Anthony Modeste was on the verge of signing for Blackburn on loan from Bordeaux, but it is now a done deal. FULL STORY

11.19 GMT Roberto Mancini on the Carlos Tevez saga: "I hope this will finish very quickly. I don't know [the latest]. I think he has talked with PSG and Inter, but not Milan. I hope for him everything can finish very quickly.''

11.03 GMT Sorry to make it the Manchester United show this morning, but Hannover are keen to take forgotten man Mame Biram Diouf off the Red Devils' hands.

When asked about a possible deal, the Bundesliga side's general manager Jorg Schmadtke said: "That is true. He is fast, resolute and runs straight at goal. We have been after him already some time ago, unfortunately he then moved from Molde to Manchester United. Both clubs, his agent and the player are in talks."

10.51 GMT More from Sir Alex, or not really anything from Sir Alex - read from it what you will - on Ravel Morrison: "I have nothing to say about that. It is nothing to do with a game against Arsenal." FULL STORY

10.38 GMT Sir Alex Ferguson has played down claims that negotiations over a new contract for striker Danny Welbeck have hit a stumbling block: "There is no issue. We know the situation well with Danny. There is nothing to worry about there."

10.12 GMT Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Inter Milan are stepping up their attempts to keep Maicon at the San Siro by offering him a new, improved contract until 2015 in a bid to stave off interest from PSG>

09.55 GMT Apparently Didier Drogba will take home £270,000 a week in wages if he moves to Shanghai Shenhua. Makes you sick doesn't it?!

09.42 GMT Great story coming up now - Two years after being shot in the head, Paraguay striker Salvador Cabanas is set to return to professional football with boyhood team Club 12 de Octubre, according to reports in his homeland. Heartwarming stuff. FULL STORY.

09.26 Portuguese daily A Bola says Inter Milan may try and hijack Juventus' proposed move for Porto midfielder Fredy Guarin.

09.18 GMT Argentina international Lucho Gonzalez is set to swap Marseille for Internacional according to reports in the Brazilian media.

09.07 GMT The transfer merry-go-round is in full flow in France. With Moussa Sow set to leave Lille for Fenerbahce and Nolan Roux to move from Brest to Lille in his place, Brest obviously need a replacement of their own. They are reportedly targeting Auxerre striker Issam Jemaa, who is on his way to the African Nations Cup with Tunisia having top scored for them in qualifying.

08.57 GMT With Drogba already in their sights, Shanghai Shenhua are also chasing Lorient striker Innocent Emeghara and former Real Madrid star Guti, according to L'Equipe.

08.44 GMT The agent of Juventus defender Paolo De Ceglie has revealed interest from Roma.

“I know that Roma and Juventus have discussed De Ceglie, quite apart from the talks that happened when Marco Borriello moved on loan to Turin,” Carlo Pallavicino told Tele Radio Stereo.

08.32 Heading off around Europe now to see what the continent's media have for us. The first stop is Italy, with Football Italia tipping AC Milan to return to their interest in Catania's Maxi Lopez after Alexandre Pato was ruled out for a month with injury.

08.20 GMT talkSPORT says Roma have enquired about Man Utd teenager Ravel Morrison.

08.10 GMT There's not a great deal of stories popping up this morning in the English press, are they running out of rumours? Let's hope not or On The Move will be out of business! Here's a selection of what's cropped up this morning:

The mighty Stoke Sentinel has quoted Stoke chairman Peter Coates denying that Kenwyne Jones is set for a £5 million offer from Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal; The Sun says Roy Hodgson is set to splash West Brom's newly-announced profits on Cardiff's Peter Whittingham and Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard.

The same newspaper says Carlos Tevez will scoop £43m in wages if his proposed transfer to PSG goes through, and also quotes Alan Pardew admitting it could be difficult to hang on to Demba Ba; The Daily Mail reckons Bolton want Stoke defender Danny Collins and that Manchester United and Manchester City are set to fight over the signature of Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan

08.00 GMT Hello everybody, and welcome to today's On The Move transfer blog - jam packed full of Friday feeling.

January 19, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/19/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Nigel de Jong reportedly wants more than £100,000-a-week at Manchester City © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's it for tonight. Join us again in the morning.

23.11 GMT Wolves boss Mick McCarthy expects striker Steven Fletcher to remain a target for the leading teams in the Premier League but is not interested in selling his nine-goal top scorer.

22.08 GMT The Guardian expects Everton to make a move for Portugal Under-21 international Adrien Silva who is on loan at Academica Coimbra club from Sporting Lisbon.

21.37 GMT Francesco Lodi says he has no intention of leaving Catania this month, despite being linked with Genoa.

21.05 GMT Inter director Marco Branca will not give up on Carlos Tevez. He said: "I am not optimistic or pessimistic with regards to Tevez. We are still interested and will continue discussing matters with his agent."

20.44 GMT Salvatore Bocchetti will not join Juventus from Rubin Kazan unless he is bought by the Serie A giants.

20.32 GMT The agent of Barcelona youth Marti Riverola says he is going to Bologna on a four-year deal. Diego Tavano, announcing details of the summer transfer, said: “All told Barcelona will receive €450,000 as a UEFA compensation, which means the deal is an absolute bargain for the Italians. Riverola is very similar to Alberto Aquilani, although maybe with a bit more quality and less physical strength, but those are his characteristics.”

20.03 GMT Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has rejected Carlo Ancelotti's claim that Chelsea must sell Didier Drogba if Fernando Torres is to have any chance of being successful at Stamford Bridge.

19.47 GMT DONE DEAL: Sochaux have signed the wonderfully named Yaya Banana from Esperance.

19.34 GMT Leeds captain Johnny Howson is close to completing a cut-price move to Norwich City.

19.21 GMT It looks like Queens Park Rangers may have signed defender Taye Taiwo on loan from AC Milan for the rest of the season.

18.59 GMT DONE DEAL: Derby County's Lee Croft has gone north of the border on loan at St Johnstone for the rest of the season.

18.51 GMT Blackburn boss Steve Kean admits that prospective loan signing Anthony Modeste has a lot to prove after the former France Under-21 striker's failure to live up to expectations at Bordeaux.

18.35 GMT DONE DEAL: AC Milan have formally signed full-back Djamel Mesbah from Lecce. He has penned a four-and-a-half year deal.

18.00 GMT Swedish midfielder Pontus Wernbloom has left AZ Alkmaar and signed a a four-and-a-half-year deal with CSKA Moscow, becoming the Russian side's second January signing after Ahmed Musa.

17.50 GMT Everton have been linked with a move for £5 million-rated Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 27-year-old has scored six times this season but has slipped behind Peter Crouch in the pecking order.

17.22 GMT AC Milan defender and QPR transfer target Taye Taiwo could well leave the San Siro during the January transfer window. “A move abroad is certainly the most likely,” agent Fabio Parisi told MilanNews.it.

16.59 GMT Roma have made a move for Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison and the midfielder is open to the idea of moving to Serie A, according to Talksport. Newcastle are also interested and had a bid of £500,000 turned down last week.

16.24 GMT: Reports in Italy suggest Juventus will line up a move for Fiorentina’s Valon Behrami if a deal for Fredy Guarin cannot be concluded in January.

16.00 GMT: Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has held talks with Chris Samba and made it clear to the want-away defender that he will not be sold in January.

15.31 GMT: Yet more from Ancelotti on Tevez. L'Equipe reports he has said: "Everyone knows that we want a striker. Carlos Tevez - it's a great opportunity for us to have a great striker. Today Tevez isn't playing for Manchester City, but he wants to play. Today, nothing is done. We have to talk with the player, and with Manchester City. We hope to find a good solution."

15.13 GMT: Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Austrian club Salzburg for B forward Jonathan Soriano.

14.45 GMT: Kaiserslautern have reportedly signed Sandro Wagner Werder Bremen on loan for the rest of this season and the next.

14.20 GMT - DONE DEAL: Blackpool have completed a move to bring Rangers' attacking midfielder John Fleck to Bloomfield Road on loan until the end of the season.

13.57 GMT: Of Carlos Tevex, PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Sky Sport Italia: "It is in progress. But it is not easy, because he is an important player. We are very interested to take him and there is City's desire to sell. But we must also consider the agreement with the player."

13.27 GMT: Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin has been linked with a move to Lazio in recent days, but the club's sporting director Igli Tare told the Evening Standard: "Arshavin is a great player and I think everyone would like to have him in their squad. But I don't think there is any chance of seeing him in a Lazio shirt. There are a number of reasons why it would be difficult."

13.11 GMT: Kenny Dalglish has confirmed Liverpool are looking at a deal to sign teenage playmaker Joao Carlos Teixeira. Dalglish said: "There might be something about that, yes. If we've something to say we'll tell you but I think there might be something on that. He's only a kid."

12.51 GMT: Stoke chairman Peter Coates has told the The Sentinel: "You always get speculation at this time of year. Kenwyne Jones is a good player who hasn't been playing in every game, so I expect people are taking it from there. But he's a very good player and we want to keep our good players."

12.35 GMT: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has been asked if he would be happy to stick with his current crop of players for the rest of the season. His reply: "That's something I will monitor."

12.19 GMT: New QPR manager Mark Hughes looks poised to make his first signing at Loftus Road after agreeing a deal worth £3 million for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha.

12.06 GMT: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed the club are taking a closer look at Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux by taking the player on trial. He said: "We have received good reports about Sebastien, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group. He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that."

11.51 GMT: Aaron Lennon is set to open talks with Tottenham over a contract extension that will extend his stay at the club until 2016, according to the Daily Express.

11.42 GMT: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is refusing to be panicked into making a foray into the January transfer market. He said: "I don't think anybody is a fan of it. January becomes a manic month. The problem with it is you realise that when you come to February 1, that's it all over, so whatever team you have assembled at that stage, that's it until the end of the season."

11.30 GMT: French side Bordeaux have confirmed that former French Under-21 international striker Anthony Modeste will move to Blackburn Rovers on loan. Bordeaux say that subject to Modeste passing his medical and agreeing terms, he will join until the end of the season, but without an option to make the deal permanent at the end of that period.

11.27 GMT: Liverpool have also been linked with Ghana Under-20 midfielder Mumuni Abubakar but manager Kenny Dalglish denied any knowledge of that deal. "It must be the academy,'' he said. "We are expecting a quiet (transfer) window - obviously the academy aren't but we are.''

11.19 GMT: Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua remain confident they will sign Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during the January transfer window. "Everything is going well so far though there have been a few obstacles. They never turned us down, which is good for us," club board member Zhou Jun told The Shanghai Daily.

10.58 GMT: Manchester United are confident they will land Crystal Palace's Nathaniel Clyne and could make a €3 million bid this month. "Nathaniel won't sign a new contract," Palace chairman Steve Parish told the London Evening Standard. "I have offered him a very lucrative one and I can't force him to accept it. His agent has got Nathaniel running his contract down - make your own mind up about what's happening."

10.41 GMT: Bayer Leverkusen insists they know nothing of speculation linking them with a move for former star Dimitar Berbatov. "I have been reading that Dimitar (Berbatov) would have flown over to Frankfurt and that we would be in for him there to negotiate a transfer. That was interesting news to me," Bayer Leverkusen executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told Express. "I am clearly out to never say never, but this is nothing we are looking forward to at this point in time. And from today's point of view I would also say we are not after him in the coming summer."

10.24 GMT: Bolton are understood to have made a move for Philadelphia Union striker Sebastian Le Toux.

10.09 GMT: DONE DEAL Colchester United have made their first move in the January transfer window, signing Watford attacker Gavin Massey on a short-term loan.

09.59 GMT: Portsmouth are close to signing free agent Kelvin Etuhu. The Blues are hopeful of bringing the winger in for this weekend’s clash with Cardiff.

09.43 GMT: €100 million is rather a lot for one player isn't it? Well, not if you're Hulk's agent Teodoro Fonseca, who told Radio Renascenca: "Hulk is one of the best players in the world and he is being followed by big clubs in Europe. One hundred million euros is not such a high figure. Every European club knows that the money spent on him would be compensated by his talent."

09.27 GMT: Cameroon goalkeeper Carlos Kameni will be presented by Malaga on Thursday after completing his move to the Andalusian club.

09.14 GMT: Sky Sports are reporting that Carlos Tevez's advisor, Kia Joorabchian, is set to hold talks with Paris Saint Germain on Thursday.

09.02 GMT: Marouane Chamakh insists he will not walk away from Arsenal in the January transfer window and has vowed to fight for his Emirates Stadium future. Full story.

08.48 GMT: Speaking of the potential signing of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, Shanghai Shenhua board member Zhou Jun has told The Shanghai Daily: "Everything is going well so far though there have been a few obstacles. They never turned us down, which is good for us."

08.34 GMT: The Express: Fulham are lining up a £3 million bid for Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky ... Marseille's Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta is keen on a switch to Chelsea. He has said: "If a proposal comes, I will think about it."

08.26 GMT: The Daily Star: Chris Samba will remain at Blackburn despite this week handing in a transfer request ... Andrey Arshavin will leave Arsenal for a return to Zenit St Petersburg in a deal worth £8 million ... Manchester City are set to fail in their pursuit of Daniele De Rossi as the midfielder is poised to sign a new deal at Roma.

08.20 GMT: The Mirror: Mario Balotelli could hold the key to Manchester City's hopes of offloading Carlos Tevez to Inter Milan, as the Premier League club still owe their Italian counterparts £5 million as part of structured payments agreed when Balotelli joined in 2010.

08.12 GMT: The Sun: Manchester City will sell midfielder Nigle de Jong at the end of the season after the Dutchman snubbbed a £100,000-a-week contract offer ... Manchester United are keeping tabs on Atletico Madrid teenager Javi Manquillo.

08.00 GMT: Good morning one and all. Your daily newspaper round-up is on its way. Got the coffee on?

January 18, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/18/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


Arsene Wenger may lose his signing from January 2009. © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's it for tonight. Make sure you are with us again in the morning.

23.36 GMT AP is reporting that David Beckham has signed a two-year deal with LA Galaxy.

22.47 GMT Everton are reportedly eyeing a move Sporting Lisbon playmaker Adrien Silva, who has been playing on loan Academica.

21.59 GMT Liverpool have now agreed an £830,000 deal for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira, according to the Daily Mail.

20.24 GMT AC Milan's floundering bid to sign want-away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is expected to "go to the wire" as the Serie A Side put together a revised deal.

20.10 GMT Ever Banega, 23, has committed his future to Valencia by signing a two-year contract extension. He is now tied to the club until 2015.

19.42 GMT LA Galaxy call a press conference for Thursday to announce that David Beckham has re-signed for the club - and will include a clause that allows him to play in the Olympics.

19.19 GMT It sounds like Barcelona striker Jonathan Soriano will be joining Austrian club SV Salzburg.

18.56 GMT Lille are set to spend €8 million to sign striker Nolan Roux from Brest.

18.33 GMT We're hearing that as well as being interested in Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers also want to sign Sebastien LeToux of Philadelphia Union.

18.25 GMT Celtic have announced the signing of Nigerian midfielder Rabiu Ibrahim subject
to a work permit application, the club have confirmed.

18.14 GMT Real Madrid playmaker Kaka has denied reports he has agreed a move to big-spending French club Paris Saint Germain.

17.41 GMT St Johnstone have signed Jack Compton on loan from Falkirk.

17.32 GMT Olympique Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta insists there has been no approach from Chelsea but would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if a bid was lodged.

17.19 GMT We said earlier that Southampton are set to go all out to sign Gary Hooper from Celtic. Well the latest rumour is that they may treble their initial bid to £6 million.

17.04 GMT The agent of Hulk believes his player is worth €100 million.

16.28 GMT Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has revealed that only one club, QPR, have made a bid for wantaway defender Chris Samba, despite talk of moves from Tottenham and Paris St Germain. FULL STORY.

16.11 GMT 20-year-old Serbian striker Danijel Aleksic has signed for AS Saint-Etienne on a three and a half year contract.

15.59 GMT Marseille defender Cesar Azpilicueta has been linked with a move to Chelsea and has spoken about the reports without actually dismissing them: "For me, these are only rumors. There was no contact, and I am still contracted to OM until 2014. Now, if Chelsea want me, they must first discuss with the OM."

15.44 GMT Riccardo Montolivo's agent says he is not expecting the Fiorentina midfielder to join AC Milan in the transfer window. Carlo Pallavicino told Lady Radio: "As far as I know, there has been no type of request at all from the Rossoneri during this period. It’s true that there are still 10 days to go in the transfer market, but an operation of this kind would take some time."

15.31 GMT Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola claims his client is happy in Manchester. "Mario has no intention of leaving City. He has started to understand certain systems on how to get along there," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Strangely for him, he is admitting that Manchester isn't as bad as he thought or said. Is Milan a better city? It depends on your point of view, but right now Manchester is better for him."

15.14 GMT Lecce have announced the sale of Algerian international midfielder Djamel Mesbah to AC Milan on a permanent transfer. A statement from Lecce read: "Lecce announces it has sold Algerian midfielder Djamel Mesbah to AC Milan on a permanent transfer. In the same transaction, the Salentini club has brought to an end the loan move of midfielder Rodney Strasser, who returns to Milan, and acquired half of the sporting rights of striker David Speziale, who will wear the Lecce colours from next season.''

15.03 GMT Bundesliga side Wolfsburg could be set to reignite their interest in Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and are believed to be ready to offer Everton around £5 million for the winger.

14.42 GMT Alex McLeish says he wouldn't be opposed to allowing Fabian Delph leave Aston Villa on loan. Leeds are interested and he told the Birmingham Mail: "Fabian is one we might think about going out on loan. (Leeds manager) Simon Grayson did try to call me (about Delph) but I've not spoken to him yet."

14.34 GMT Update from earlier, Hannover sporting director Jorg Schmadtke says that he is in negotiations with Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf. "There have been discussions with his agent. We have shared our thoughts. I am now waiting for a response," Schmadke told Bild. "He is fast, robust, and direct."

14.26 GMT Genoa have signed striker Giuseppe Sculli from Lazio for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old returns to his former club one year after being sold for a reported €3 million. A statement from the club read: "Beppe Sculli returns to Genoa, where he played from 2006 until 2011. He has strongly wanted this move and the agreement between the clubs has been
reached.''

14.15 GMT Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a new deal with Fulham until 2013. Now Arsenal aren't interested anymore, that's probably best.

14.13 GMT Defender Aaron Brown he told BBC Tees he had to end his time with troubled Darlington so he could find a deal to help support his family after months without pay.

13.55 GMT Manchester City loanee John Guidetti seems to be staying on loan at Feyenoord for the foreseeable future, despite rumoured interest from other clubs. "The transfer market is open until the end of January, you never know what will happen," he told NUSport. "Nothing is impossible. If I say I'm staying and then two weeks later I leave, that makes me the biggest a**hole in the world. So I'm not saying anything. If the opportunity of a lifetime comes along, I'll grab it. But I have no concrete evidence that such a transfer is coming, so probably not."

13.40 GMT Peter Ramage has left Crystal Palace and gone back to QPR at the end of his loan spell in south London.

13.21 GMT Liverpool have agreed a deal with Sporting Lisbon, close to £1 million, to sign one of their most talented young academy players: 19-year-old Joao Carlos who has been likened to Deco.

13.07 GMT Former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi believes Alexandre Pato should have left the Rossoneri when he had the chance: “Pato is a great player, but he would have made a better decision had he left Milan."

12.59 GMT A right-back at Arsenal should be a cherished creature, but Barnet have signed Sead Hajrovic on a one-month loan deal. The Switzerland Under-18 captain has been a regular for the Gunners reserves, but is not ready for the first-team just yet and has been allowed to move. He told the Bees' website: "This has come out of the blue. I am looking forward to first-team football."

12.42 GMT Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't be moving anywhere ever again if you believe his agent Mino Raiola, who told Sky Sport 1: “He wants to end his career with AC Milan because he is well and has a good relationship with the club."

12.31 GMT DONE DEAL: Celtic defender Josh Thompson has joined League One side Chesterfield on loan until the end of the season.

12.22 GMT Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka is unhappy but his agent has scotched rumours of a move to Juventus. "I am aware of the news about Corluka's possible move to Juventus, but they are just rumours around the player," Nikky-Arthur Vuksanha told calciomercato. "In any case, well for the moment at least, he will not be going to Juve."

12.03 GMT Josh McEachran has spoken more about his move to Swansea City on loan from Chelsea. "I'm delighted to be here to be honest,'" he told Swansea's official website. "I wanted to come earlier, but Chelsea had a few injuries and things. The manager [Brendan Rodgers] also had a big impact on my decision. I've known him from his Chelsea days and I think he is a fantastic manager. He's got the team playing well. I watched the Arsenal [v Swansea] game on TV and they did really, really well."

11.37 GMT Busy times at the Cottage creche. Quoth their official website: "Fulham FC can confirm the signing of highly rated Danish U17 international Lasse Vigen Christensen from FC Midjtylland. The midfielder has signed a professional contract with FFC that will see the player remain at Craven Cottage until the 30th June 2014."

11.27 GMT Bild in Germany are linking Manchester United misfit Mame Biram Diouf. Hannover 96 to pay 4 million euros is the talk. Good deal for United, we say. They say Sunderland and Everton are no longer interested. We are not surprised.

11.15 GMT The agent of Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta has brushed aside speculation linking his client with a move to Paris St Germain in the January transfer window. Motta's agent Dario Canovi told tuttomercatoweb.it: "There has been no contact with Paris St Germain. He will remain at Inter even though his contract expires in 2013."

10.56 GMT: Sunderland striker Ryan Noble has signed for Championship outfit Derby County on an initial one-month loan deal.

10.46 GMT DONE DEAL: "Fulham FC can today confirm the signing of Aberdeen midfielder, Jack Grimmer, on a professional contract that will see the player remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2015." Grimmer is 17, and was Aberdeen's youngest player in the SPL nearly two years ago. One for the future.

10.41 GMT Juventus striker Amauri has claimed to be in the process of negotiating a move to fellow Serie A club Fiorentina."I hope everything could soon be close," Amauri told Lady Radio. "You know well what is happening. "The two clubs are talking and I hope it could be solved as soon as possible. I hope soon to know the developments of the negotiations. Then we will see what will happen."

10.35 GMT Richie De Laet is back at Manchester United after Norwich City cancelled his loan.

10.28 GMT Couple of goalkeeping links. Daily Mirror says QPR want Spurs' Heurelho Gomes to be good and then bad, while the Daily Mail says that Spurs want Newcastle's Tim Krul, when Brad Friedel retires at 100.

10.05 GMT Rangers veteran David Weir, 41, is being linked with an emotional return to Goodison Park as David Moyes looks for defensive cover. Weir is set to be released today by Rangers having not played a single match for them this season in the SPL, and just 28 minutes back in August in the Champions League.

09.58 GMT: Jordi Alba has reaffirmed his commitment to Valencia, as Barcelona continue to be linked with the attacking full-back. "I've always said I'm very happy here; my intention is to continue here for many years and I have never went against that statement," he told AS.

09.56 GMT Luton Town have seen three of their highly-rated youngsters move to Premier League giants Chelsea, says the Leighton Buzzard Observer. Brothers Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva have signed terms with the Blues in separate transfers, each worth five figures, which will in total net the Town a significant sum. For the record, twins Rio and Cole, are 12, and older brother Jay is 13.

09.34 GMT We should mention our frontpage lead, that Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea must sell Didier Drogba if they are to ensure Fernando Torres blossoms at Stamford Bridge. Story

09.32 GMT Jermain Defoe has reaffirmed his desire to secure regular football, but has insisted he has never asked to leave Tottenham. "At the end of the day it's not a case of me saying 'I want to go here, I'm not playing, I want to leave the club'," he tells Sky Sports News. "I've been here six years, I've never said that once. I think the fans know that."

09.28 GMT: Breaking news does not get bigger: Norwich bid for Leeds' Jonathan Howson.

09.24 GMT West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson insists striker Peter Odemwingie is not for sale. "I'm not aware of any interest in Peter. We don't need to sell him, we don't want to sell him."

09.20 GMT West Ham striker Carlton Cole has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move away by insisting he is going nowhere this month. "I told everybody at the start of the season, I'm there for the whole season," he told Sky Sports News.

09.00 GMT Parma have signed Inter Milan full-back Jonathan on loan until the end of the season.

08.45 GMT Southampton haven’t given up hope of landing Gary Hooper – and could smash their club record transfer fee to land him this month, says the Southampton Daily Echo.

08.35 GMT Johnny Heitinga knows what Spurs are like too. He believes Everton have got no chance of bringing Steven Pienaar back to Goodison this month - despite him being set to leave Spurs in search of first-team football. “They would ask for more money to sell him than they paid us for him, and we don’t have much more," says John to the Liverpool Echo.

08.32 GMT The Daily Mail also suggest that Scott Dann wants to leave Blackburn after Chris Samba. "The news will alert Liverpool and Arsenal," says Chris Wheeler.

08.29 GMT Spurs ask silly price for reserve once more. Bolton have been told they will have to pay £8 million for Giovani dos Santos, having also failed to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, according to the Daily Mail.

08.27 GMT Dimitar Berbatov has emerged as a transfer target for Anzhi Makhachkala, say Talksport

08.24 GMT Sneijder to stay at Inter shocker. Soren Lerby of the opinion that no deal will be done during the current window. "I really think that Wesley will remain at Inter, because a few weeks ago he said he was 90 per cent sure that he would stay," says Soren Lerby, a decent midfielder in his day to calciomercato.com. "Why didn't he say 100 per cent? He wasn't trying to hide any problems he has with the club or the coach, or any offers from other clubs. He left a small percentage, because in football anything can happen. For that same season, I would answer in the same way when asked about his future."

08.22 GMT A positively bizarre headline from the Daily Express backs up the Arshavin story. "ANDREY ARSHAVIN FAIRYTALE OVER NOW," say they. Er, right.

08.16 GMT The Daily Mirror claims, as ever, an EXCLUSIVE. "Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin is a cut-price £6 million January target for Lazio", barks John Cross, the Gunners' official tabloid reporter. An interesting quote from Arsene Wenger follows. "He is a bit older than Van Persie. Sometimes the visual impression you get from a game has been frustrating, but he is very efficient." Not sure about the efficiency.

08.15 GMT Morning all, some action-packed stuff coming your way in the transfer blog today and no mistake. Let's see what we have...

January 17, 2012
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 01/17/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the January transfer window. Get your teeth into the below to find out which player(s) your side are being linked with today.


PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti claims to have been offered Chelsea flop Fernando Torres, amongst a host of other players. © Getty Images

23.59 GMT That's all for tonight, be sure to come back tomorrow for more of the same.

23.43 GMT Bayern Munich are interested in Borussia Dortmund target-man Robert Lewandowski according to Sport-Bild, and agents are talking. That should please Franck Ribery, who recently said he was a big fan of the Pole.

23.30 GMT Should I stay or should I go? It might not be up to Mohamed Zidan at Borussia Dortmund as it will all depend on team-mate Lucas Barrios. "I am now 30, I want to play regularly and can no longer can accept being second- or third-choice," the Egyptian forward told Bild. "But BVB will only release me if Barrios remains. Lucas or me - only one will be allowed to go."

23.25 GMT Blackburn have yet to finalise the capture of New Zealand's 18-year-old starlet Tim Payne, but are closing in with only a few things left to complete.

23.12 GMT Chelsea have completed a unique deal by signing three young brothers from Luton Town's academy system. Twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, 12, and older brother Jay, 13, joined in separate transfers that were each worth an undisclosed five-figure sum.

“I am hesitant to talk about the boys in the collective term because they all have wonderful unique attributes but this is a historical deal to see three brothers transferred together,” said Luton's head of youth Gregg Broughton.

22.59 GMT Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin is being linked with a £7 million move to Italian Serie A side Lazio.

22.37 GMT It's been a busy night in France, as Nice are on the verge of signing Kevin Anin after agreeing a fee with Sochaux for the midfielder that was once interesting Arsenal.

22.23 GMT Uruguay forward Santiago Silva has reached an agreement to join Argentine club Boca Juniors after just a five-month stint with Italian club Fiorentina.

22.05 GMT Bit of a swap deal going on between Santos and FC Porto. No, not between Hulk and Neymar. Instead it is Jorge Fucile moving to Brazil with Danilo moving in the opposite direction.

21.18 GMT DONE DEAL Newcastle have signed Senegalese striker Papiss Demba Cisse from Freiburg on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club confirmed tonight.

21.00 GMT Nolan Roux is to join Lille from Brest for a fee of €8 million after the French champions paid his release clause. "I am at peace with my conscience," Brest president Michel Guyot told his club's official website. "I want to thank Nolan. He played a major role in our promotion to the league. We wish him well, but we will put a little clause to prevent him from playing against us in April."

20.34 GMT Former Turkey striker Nihat has decided to call time on his playing career at the age of 32. "I would like to share my decision to put an end to my professional career as a footballer," a statement read. He has been unable to find a club for the last six months.

20.10 GMT Palermo have unveiled new signing Emiliano Viviano. The goalkeeper joins on loan from Inter Milan after recovering from a severe knee injury.

19.36 GMT Brazilian side Cruzeiro have signed striker Walter on loan from FC Porto until the end of 2012.

19.18 GMT Sochaux have ended their interest in Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after having two bids rejected.

18.52 GMT AC Milan have brought Alexander Merkel back to the club from Genoa on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old midfielder is needed again following the recent injuries to Gennaro Gattuso and Alberto Aquilani.

18.21 GMT Jadson, who is leaving Shakhtar Donetsk for Sao Paulo, has said: "I will remember the whole period spent in Donetsk. In addition to the trophies, I will take with me the fans’ love and respect towards me and my family. I am very touched. It is a very sad moment.”

17.55 GMT Manchester City have released a statement on reports PSG have lodged a bid for Tevez. It reads: "It is simply not true. Manchester City has not received any offers from PSG for Carlos Tevez."

17.41 GMT Birmingham have confirmed they have rejected a bid from West Brom for Liam Ridgewell.

17.18 GMT Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "I do think we could do with a couple of additions and whilst we accept this is a difficult period to get players, we have to work as hard as we can to strengthen."

17.05 GMT Defender David Weir has announced he will leave Rangers on Friday.

16.46 GMT Celtic have confirmed the signing of defender Jaroslaw Fojut on a pre-contract agreement.

16.31 GMT Blackburn Rovers have insisted they have no intention of selling captain Chris Samba despite the player handing in an official transfer request on Monday. Full story.

16.15 GMT Tottenham defender Sebastien Bassong has just written on his Twitter account: "Off to paris!we keep in touch tweeps!"

16.03 GMT Done deal: Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran has completed his loan move to Swansea City.

15.50 GMT Former Inter defender and Zinedine Zidane tormentor Marco Materazzi has urged his old club to forget about Carlos Tevez and sign Pato from arch-rivals AC Milant. Materazzi told RMC: "I don't think Tevez will come. We should take Pato. I'd take him right away. He is one of the biggest talents around in my opinion."

15.28 GMT Done deal: Real Zaragoza have signed Croatia international Tomislav Dujmovic from Dynamo Moscow on loan until the end of the season, the Primera Division strugglers have announced.

15.11 GMT Juventus have earmarked Sampdoria and Italy midfielder Angelo Palombo as just the man to keep their title challenge going all the way to the winning line, according to Tuttsport.

14.54 GMT Newcastle United are closing in on the signing of Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse, according to reports. Cisse, 26, has been in superb goalscoring form for his