Joe Hart is on the brink of completing a shock £4million move to Burnley.
Ditched England keeper Hart has been in limbo for the last two years after Pep Guardiola took the hotseat at Manchester City.
He spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with Torino and played for West Ham last term, but has returned to City this summer on the hunt for a permanent move away.
Burnley have agreed a fee with City and Hart is understood to have taken a cut in his £120,000-a-week wages to force through the switch to Turf Moor.
Ironically, the door to the move was opened by the dislocated shoulder injury suffered by Nick Pope, who was one of the three keepers Gareth Southgate chose ahead of him for England’s World Cup campaign.
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is looking to make up for lost time and get back to his best as the Manchester United left-back begins his season-long loan at Scunthorpe.
Thrust into the spotlight as a teenager by Louis van Gaal during the 2015-16 season, the defender produced performances for his hometown club that belied his tender years.
Borthwick-Jackson made 14 appearances for United but has since seen his progress stunted, with tough loan spells at Wolves and Leeds making him all the more hungry after joining League One side Scunthorpe.
“On a personal note, the ambition is to get back to where I know I can be and play as many games as I can,” the 21-year-old told Press Association Sport ahead of Saturday’s season opener at Coventry.
“But as a collective, I want to help the team push for promotion and obviously give the fans something to be excited about along the way.
“I probably do better when I have a run of games and get into my stride.
“When I was at Wolves, the first game I played I got man of the match and the next game I was in the stands, so it was a bit of a strange one.
“Obviously when (Paul) Lambert came in, he had his reasons for not wanting to play me. “I don’t think I was his type of player, he preferred others and I think that was the same sort of scenario at Leeds.
“So, I feel like this manager (Nick Daws) has faith in me. He’s going to give me the chance and hopefully I can repay that by good performances.”
Sam Clucas is set to undergo a medical at Burnley as his £8million exit from Swansea City moves closer to completion.
The Clarets submitted a bid for midfielder on Thursday, and the former Hull player has travelled to Lancashire with a view to completing that switch over the weekend.
His exit will hopefully clear the way for Swansea to finally wrap up a move for Brentford’s Ryan Woods following elongated talks between the two clubs over a £6million transfer.
Clucas, 27, joined Swansea less than a year ago in a £15million deal which saw Stephen Kingsley move the other way.
But he struggled for game time under Paul Clement, who openly-admitted he was unsure of where Clucas would fit into his side.
Lund relishing Scunthorpe move
Matty Lund has been reacting to his move to Scunthorpe United.
The midfielder left Burton Albion for the Iron earlier today, signing a two-year deal at Glanford Park for an undisclosed fee.
Lund departs the Brewers one year into a two-year deal at the Pirelli Stadium having joined from Rochdale last summer.
And now he’s targeting promotion with Albion’s League One rivals after Scunthorpe’s play-off semi-final defeat to Rotherham United last season.
“I found out the club were interested a couple of weeks ago,” he told the club’s website . “It was nice to get it over the line.
“I think a lot of teams in this division want to get up to the Championship. It’s a big ask but if we all pull together and have a good go this season, with the squad we’ve got, I’m sure we have a chance of doing that.
“I’m sure with the disappointment of missing out last year, the club will give their all to bounce back and get going again this season.
Armstrong set for Rovers switch
Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong is set for a move to Blackburn.
The forward will switch to Ewood Park in a £1.75m deal, potentially rising to £3m, according to Sky Sports.
Kipre joins Latics
Motherwell have announced the departure of defender Cedric Kipre to Wigan for an undisclosed fee which could reportedly hit £1million.
A club statement read: “Kipre joins the Latics for a significant fee, with the club also potentially earning more should the player excel at the DW Stadium.”
The Ivory Coast Under-23 international defender, who joined Motherwell from Leicester last summer, wrote on Twitter: “Thank you Motherwell for this opportunity you gave me. Thanks to every single person involved who helped me feeling like at home, all the staff who helped me grow as a player and as a man.
“Thank you to the fans who sang my name all season, it was amazing to hear that on the pitch, it inspired me and helped me kick on. I’ll never forget my time at Motherwell. I wish you all the very best for the season. What a club this is.”
Ipswich have announced the signing of Tayo Edun on a season-long loan from Fulham.
And the 20-year-old midfielder could make his debut in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash against Blackburn after paperwork was completed before Friday’s midday deadline.
Edun made two Championship appearances for Fulham last season and featured in the Carabao Cup.
He has represented England up to under-20 level, and he was in the England squad that won the European Under-19 Championship last year.
Hart ‘set for Burnley move’
Joe Hart is reportedly set to sign for Burnley in a £4million move.
The former England No.1 has been frozen out at Manchester City having spent last season on loan at West Ham.
And Burnley are in desperate for a new keeper after Tom Heaton and Nick Pope picked up injuries.
According to The Sun, Hart is undergoing his medical at Turf Moor.
McCann backs Nabi to shine
Neil McCann expects new signing Adil Nabi to offer extra quality in the final third after signing him on a short-term deal.
Dundee agreed an initial six-month contract with the former West Brom midfielder, who impressed on trial in pre-season.
The 24-year-old (below), whose last role was with Nuneaton in England, offers an attacking reinforcement for McCann, who has been seeking further goalscoring options since the end of the season.
The Dee boss has moved on the likes of Faissal El-Bakhtaoui and Marcus Haber and brought in Jean Alassane Mendy to strengthen his front line, but he still wants more after bringing in Nabi.
“I am pleased Adil has signed initially on a short-term contract with the view of an extension at a later date,” he said. “I have had plenty of time to look at him.
“He joined us in Portugal but picked up a little injury that curtailed his involvement but I saw enough to extend it.”
Fulham are said to be lining up an ambitious loan move for Theo Hernandez.
The Real Madrid defender could be made available this summer.
And MARCA reports Fulham have made contact and would be willing to pay a €2m loan fee, plus all of the player’s wages.
New deal for Pedro
Chelsea star Pedro has signed a new contract.
The Spaniard’s current deal expires at the end of the season but he has penned a one-year extension.
It’s important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies.
I want to help the team, score goals, and I repeat, I am really happy.
Toon eye French youngster
Myziane Maolida could be on his way to Newcastle with the Magpies currently in negotiations with Lyon for the France Under-19 striker.
Rafa Benitez has been bemoaning his side’s lack of transfer activity this summer, though Newcastle have signed Yoshinori Muto , Fabian Schar, Ki Sung-yong and turned Martin Dubravka’s loan into a permanent deal.
Lyon starlet Maolida has impressed scouts at the Euro Under-19 Championship and Les Gones could be open to selling the prospect after landing Reo Griffiths from Tottenham.
L’Equipe claim that negotiations have taken place with Benitez likely able to offer the player great opportunities in the Premier League.
Latest on Birmingham transfer embargo
Birmingham have been given EFL dispensation to finally sign players after being hit with a transfer embargo last month.
The Championship side have agreed a business plan with League officials after breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
They can now register June buy Kristian Pedersen and sign five other players – with Arsenal midfielder Josh Dasilva, 19, a target.
But Mirror Sport believes arrivals have to be loans or frees and not involve fees or compensation. And they can not earn more than £10,000 a week.
Everton face Rojo battle
Everton face competition in their pursuit of Marcos Rojo.
The Argentine is on Everton’s radar as they eye defensive reinforcements.
Thibaut Courtois will leave “definitely” Chelsea this summer, according to his Belgium national team’s former assistant coach Graeme Jones.
Keeper Courtois is entering the final year of his contract and has been strongly linked with Real Madrid, while the Blues are reportedly looking at Stoke’s England international Jack Butland as a replacement.
Burnley have seen a £16million bid for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez rejected by the Baggies – but are hopeful of landing Sam Clucas.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche wants to bring Rodriguez back to Turf Moor, but Albion have turned down their latest offer.
The Baggies had also rejected a £25million double deal for Rodriguez and Craig Dawson earlier in the window.
Talks have resumed between the two clubs however and Dyche remains keen to take Rodriguez back to Lancashire, six years after he left the club to join Southampton.
The Clarets are making headway in their move for Swansea’s Clucas however.
Burnley are keen on an £8million deal for the midfielder, but the Swans have wanted to bring in his replacement first.
However, Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods is closing on a £6million switch to the Liberty Stadium, which will free Clucas to head north.
Chester ‘don’t turn on Grealish if he quits Villa’
James Chester has urged Aston Villa fans not to turn on Holte End darling Jack Grealish if he quits.
Defender Chester is staying after Villa were saved from administration by a takeover.But star midfielder Grealish’s future remains uncertain amid on-going long-term interest from Premier League Tottenham.
Grealish,22, is an ex-Villa trainee and boyhood Villa fan but is thought to be prepared to leave for Premier League Spurs.
Chester said: “I think Jack is the most talented player at the club and deserves to be playing at the very top of the game.
”People forget he is still very young, but we know Villa will be a real threat to anyone in the division if he stays.
”It would be sad to see him go and I don’t know if he will now that the ownership of the club has changed.”But I don’t think anyone should hold it against him if he ends up going to a top Premier League club.”
James Morrison’s West Brom future is finally expected to be resolved tomorrow, report Birmingham Mail.
Albion and Morrison have been in talks for the past week over extending the midfielder’s Hawthorns stay into a 12th season.
Both club and player want the situation sorted ahead of Saturday’s Championship opener against Bolton Wanderers. Morrison is expected to sign a new contract – and could be eligible to face Bolton – having trained with the Baggies since his previous deal ran out at the end of June.
Boaz Myhill found himself in a similar situation to Morrison before signing a new one-year extension earlier this week. But there are no certainties on Morrison, who remains a firm favourite with fans.
Gabby Agbonlahor has been targeted by newly promoted Super Lig club Yeni Malatyaspor, according to reports in Turkey.
The striker is still looking for a new club after being released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, following 13 years in the claret and blues’ first team, report the Birmingham Mail.
Agbonlahor scored more than 80 goals in just shy of 400 matches for Villa during his time at B6, but parted company with the club at the end of his contract as Villa missed out on promotion back to the Premier League.
Ambitious Malatyaspor have reportedly made an offer that would take the 31-year-old out to Turkey, inviting Agbonlahor to join the club’s pre-season training camp ahead of the new season.
Agbonlahor has been linked with moves to the MLS and within the Championship this summer, but nothing so far has come to fruition.
Dons sign Moore
MK Dons have signed goalkeeper Simon Moore.
The 23-year-old joins from Swindon, with the two clubs in dialogue over a compensation fee.
United swoop for young defender
Manchester United have completed the signing of 6ft 2in Polish teenager Lukasz Bejger from Lech Poznan.
The versatile defender had been interesting Manchester City until their rivals beat them to his signature following a trial at Old Trafford.
Bejger, 16, was not included in United’s academy intake last month as they awaited international clearance on the defender.
United initially agreed the deal for Bejger in January after his trial in August last year.
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Newcastle have announced that the Japan forward has completed his move to the club from Mainz after being granted a work permit at a hearing on Thursday.
Muto, who underwent a medical and agreed personal terms with the Magpies last week, has joined on a four-year deal.
The 26-year-old said on Newcastle’s official website: “I am very happy to be a player for Newcastle United. I am really looking forward to playing in front of the fans.
“As the first Japanese Newcastle United player, I am honoured to be a player for such a big club. I hope to achieve good results – that is what I am here to do. I would like to perform well and leave my name in Newcastle’s history.”
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said: “I am really pleased to have Yoshinori Muto with us. We were following him for quite a while. Hopefully he can bring us his energy and work-rate and help the team to improve and be better for the new season.”
Barcelona are set to snap up Senegal World Cup star Moussa Wague.
Diario Sport claim that the 19-year-old full-back, the youngster African ever to score at a World Cup finals, is poised to move from Belgian side KAS Eupen.
Wague has played in Belgium since he moved from Senegal’s Aspire Academy in 2016.
Bristol City have ‘no offers’ for Bryan
Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has confirmed the club have received no offers for Joe Bryan.
Reports earlier this week claimed Derby County had a £3m bid for Bryan knocked back by the Robins, however Derbyshire Live reported at the time that the left-back is not a priority target for Frank Lampard.
The Rams boss backed that up at yesterday’s pre-Reading press conference, confirming there were currently no bids in for players.
“I am very happy with what we have got,” said Lampard. “If there are more ins, they will be ones I think will improve us.”
Bryan, who has also been linked with Premier League clubs West Ham United and Newcastle United, is in the final year of his contract at Ashton Gate.
When asked if there had been any offers for Bryan this summer, Johnson replied: “No.”
Burnley have submitted an £8million bid for Swansea City’s Sam Clucas, with the Welsh club ready to bring an end the midfielder’s miserable stint at the Liberty Stadium.
The Clarets have had longstanding interest in the midfielder, having inquired about his availability earlier this summer, with Sean Dyche also pursuing the player last summer prior to his £15million move from Hull to Swansea.
Clucas did not attend Swansea’s pre-season tour to central Europe as he recovers from knee surgery, but he is understood to have made clear his desire to leave and that the club are prepared to part ways after just one season.
Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Axel Witsel this summer, according to Bild.
The Belgian midfielder is currently playing in the Chinese Super League for Tianjin Quanjian,
But they have tried to help him return to Europe, letting clubs know that he has a £17million release clause.
Borussia Dortmund have also been contacted about the 29-year-old, but it is claimed United lead the charge.
Onomah wanted by Burnley and Fulham
Tottenham youngster Josh Onomah is a wanted man – but boss Mauricio Pochettino is reluctant to loan him out again due to a growing injury list.
Burnley and Fulham are keen on the box-to-box midfielder, who scored four goals in 33 Championship games on loan at Aston Villa last season. Villa have also expressed a desire to bring the 21-year-old back, but Pochettino is yet to sign anyone this summer.
He has injury concerns in midfield, where Victor Wanyama has a knee injury, Harry Winks has an ankle problem and Moussa Sissoko is also struggling to make the big kick-off with a hamstring injury.
The 24-year-old Croatia midfielder – rated at £54million – is keen to leave Madrid in search of regular first-team football.
United have made an approach for the player but, according to Spanish publication Marca, he has made it clear that he is “not interested” because he fears that the style of play at Old Trafford would not suit him.
It has left the way clear for the likes of Bayern Munich to move in ahead ahead of next week’s Premier League transfer deadline.
Kovacic joined Madrid from Inter Milan, another of Mourinho’s former clubs, but was not at either side when the Portuguese was in charge.
He returns to training shortly following his role in Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.
It is the latest blow to the troubled Red Devils, with Mourinho’s tactics and man-management style in the spotlight.
Benitez opens up on transfer dealings – or lack of them
Rafael Benitez has conducted an explosive six-minute press conference where he admits he doesn’t know if any more players are coming in.
He also believe striker Dwight Gayle will stay put due to all the uncertainty.
Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain said he hoped to sign for AC Milan on Thursday, as he arrived in the city ahead of an expected move from Juventus.
The same deal could also take Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci back to Turin after one season with AC Milan.
Several dozen fans waited as Higuain arrived at a Milan hotel and Italian media said he would undergo a medical early on Thursday, with agreement having been reached between all parties.
“It’s great to see so many fans, but I also want to send greetings to those of Juventus who have given me so much affection,” he told reporters. “Tomorrow, I’ll do the visit (medical) and then I hope to sign… We hope to go as far as possible.”
Higuain moved to Juventus in 2016 for 90 million euros ($105 million) after scoring a record 36 Serie A goals in the previous season for Napoli and his sudden departure infuriated that team’s supporters.
The 30-year-old has won Serie A and Coppa Italia titles in each of his two seasons with Juventus and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions, including 40 goals in 73 outings in Serie A.
Critics, however, say he has failed to make an impact on the big occasion.
He had a subdued World Cup where he started one game, appeared as a substitute in two more and failed to score a goal.
He was left on the bench for the second round match against France as Argentina lost 4-3 and were knocked out.
Bonucci spent seven seasons at Juventus, helping them win six successive Serie A titles, before joining AC Milan for 40 million euros in a shock move last year.
Chelsea aim to snatch Jack Grealish from under Tottenham’s nose
Chelsea are ready to hijack Tottenham’s move for Jack Grealish.
The Aston Villa star has been on Tottenham’s wishlist all summer but the deal has not yet been agreed.
Villa remain hopeful of keeping hold of Grealish but Chelsea could test their resolve in the remaining days of the window.
The Sun reports they want to snatch Grealish from under their rivals’ nose, with John Terry said to have urged his former club to make a move.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea have enough time to complete the deal.
Barcelona have again been linked with a move to bring back Thiago Alcantara.
Barca have lost midfield duo Paulinho and Andres Iniesta this summer, while Andre Gomes faces up to two months out injured, to limit Ernesto Valverde’s options in the middle.
But Marca insist that Valverde believes his squad is still short and that they have been looking to sign a creative midfielder.
Sheyi Ojo set for Liverpool exit
Liverpool have confirmed that Sheyi Ojo is set to leave on loan.
The 21-year-old winger has been the subject of interest from Championship outfit Middlesbrough.
Ojo, who spent last term at Fulham, has impressed the Reds boss in pre-season, but Klopp believes his game time would be limited if he stayed put.
“Here it is a little bit difficult, especially for the offensive players,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com
“Ojo played a fantastic pre-season, really good and confident technically, really strong, improved a lot in tactical things and his attitude was great.”
Mount can play his way into the England squad during Derby loan says Lampard
Chelsea starlet Mason Mount has a platform at Derby to push for a full England call-up, according to Frank Lampard.
New Rams boss Lampard has taken exciting midfielder Mount, 19, on a season-long loan from his old club Chelsea.
England Under-19 international Mount impressed on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem last term with nine goals. It saw him train with England’s senior side before they went to Russia with the World Cup under Gareth Southgate and assistant Steve Holland.
Lampard assessed: “This is a fantastic opportunity for him to really show the world, and England, what he can do in the Championship.”