Full List Of All Done Transfer News: As Alderwied,Zaha,Nzonzi,Vidal, Martial,Witsel,Marcelo,Modric make Final Decisions

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There is less than a week to go until the transfer window closes.

And that means clubs are running out of time to get their last-minute shopping done.

While some will be happy with their business, others won’t be and will be working right up until Thursday’s deadline.

Jose Mourinho wants one more in at Manchester United while the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham will surely spend again.

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Crystal Palace face a fight to keep hold of talisman Wilfried Zaha, with the winger telling his teammates he wants to join Chelsea.

Joe Hart is set to end his two-year limbo by making a shock £4million move to Burnley.

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It promises to be a frantic final week!

Keep up with all the latest transfer rumours and news from the Premier League, Football League and across Europe right here…

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Leicester eye Januzaj

Leicester are reportedly interested in signing Adnan Januzaj to replace Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian left the Foxes to join Manchester City for £60million in the close season.

And Leicester boss Claude Puel has identified former Manchester United youngster Januzaj as his replacement, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Januzaj struggled at Old Trafford but has been revitalised by a move to Real Sociedad in La Liga.

The 23-year-old was part of the Belgium squad at this summer’s World Cup and scored the winner against England in their group game.

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Excellent trolling from Sampdoria

Barca reach Vidal agreement

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

The 31-year-old Chilean midfielder will set the Catalan giants back £27million, and the midfielder will put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

The Spanish champions had been keen to take Paris Saint-Germain’s French international Adrien Rabiot to Camp Nou, but failed to agree a deal with PSG.

With Ernesto Valverde still keen to add to his midfield options, Barca chiefs pushed to bring in Vidal and have agreed to close the deal.

Vidal said: “Thanks to Bayern and all the fans. I really enjoyed my time in Munich. I would like to also thank the club for giving me the chance to embrace a new challenge in Barcelona.”

Read more here.

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Arsenal ‘target Vida’

Croatia defender Domagoj Vida is wanted by Arsenal – but the Gunners must sell Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck before they can make a move for the centre-back.

That is according to The Sun, who say Unai Emery is plotting a £25million move for the pony-tailed stopper.

Emery is reportedly unconvinced by his options in central defence having already recruited £16million Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Rob Holding are also on the books at the Emirates while Laurent Koscielny is in the treatment room.

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Kovacic ‘on Milan’s wishlist’

AC Milan are reportedly pondering a swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

The Croatian continues to be linked with an exit from the Bernabeu after struggling for first-team minutes last season.

Kovacic has to battle the likes of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro for a start in midfield and has hinted he would be open to leaving Los Blancos.

Milan have already confirmed the signings of Gonzalo Higuian and Matia Caldara and Gennaro Gattuso could now move for Kovacic, report Italian outlet Calciomercato.

Read more of Saturday’s transfer gossip here.

Morata confirms Chelsea stay

Alvaro Morata has confirmed he is staying at Chelsea with the club backing him to come good this season.

The £58million striker – who faces Manchester City in Sunday’s Community Shield – is now settled after a troubled first year in England.

Morata’s wife Alice give birth to their twin sons, Alessandro and Leonardo, last Sunday and the family are set to move to a bigger house near Chelsea’s Cobham HQ.

Speaking exclusively to Mirror Football, Morata said: “On the first day of pre-season I spoke to [Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia] and with the manager and I said: ‘I want to stay at Chelsea’.

“They told me: ‘We have a lot of confidence in you and we want you to stay too.’ So everything was perfect.”

Read more here.


Brighton hold McGinn talks

Brighton have reportedly contacted Hibernian over midfielder John McGinn.

Celtic have had two bids rejected for the Scotland international.

They were expected to make another offer but Brighton have now entered the race.

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Milan-Juventus swap deal explained

AC Milan general manager Leonardo has explained why his club swapped Leonardo Bonucci for JUventus’ Mattia Caldara.

The swap deal comes just a year after Bonucci left Juventus and a month after Caldara (below) returned to the Serie A champions after a loan spell at Atalanta.

And the Brazilian said: “I think every round of negotiations has its own story, it can start in one way and end up in another.

“The deal was carried out in a very positive environment, in the best way for everyone. I think we’ve reached a situation that is good for everyone.

“Atalanta also build their players mentally. On a technical level, he’s a modern player, he scores goals, he’s strong and he’s good at reading the game.

“He comes to complete a group of youngsters in Conti, Calabria and Romagnoli. All of them are young players with a great future, who can form a defence for many years to come.

“Bonucci is one of the best defenders in the world, an icon even, but things can go one way or another in football.

“It was time to evaluate things. I saw that potential in Mattia. They’re at different points in their careers.”

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Real raid Spain again

Real Madrid have raided the Spanish FA once more by poaching Under-21 boss Albert Celades to act as Julen Lopetegui’s No.2.

Spain chiefs were furious that Lopetegui agreed a move to the Bernabeu prior to the World Cup and shocked the world by axing him as national team boss on the eve of their tournament opener in Russia.

Celades was the assistant for Spain at the World Cup to Fernando Hierro as they crashed out at the last-16 stage to hosts Russia.

He has been Spain’s Under-21 manager since 2014 but will now join up with Lopetegui at Los Blancos.

Read more here.

Celades steps up from his role as Under 21 boss
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Hart set for shock Burnley switch

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.

Read more here.

Manchester City's Joe Hart in action during a pre-season friendly
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Borthwick-Jackson looking forward not back

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.”

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson
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Clucas closing in on Burnley move

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 snap up Edun

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.

Fulham's Tayo Edun
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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.

 Alberto Moreno of Liverpool competes with Joe Hart of Manchester City for the ball
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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.”

Adil Nabi of West Brom celebrates scoring to make it 1-1 during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, England.
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Sarri on Courtois and Willian

Maurizio Sarri admits he doesn’t know if Thibaut Courtois will stay at Chelsea – but he believes Willian will

The Belgian goalkeeper is entering the final year of his Stamford Bridge contract and shows no sign of penning an extension.

Willian has also been linked with a move away, with Manchester United keen on the Brazilian.

He returned late from his post-World Cup break with Sarri seeking urgent talks with the player.

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois celebrates winning
Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois celebrates winning (Image: REUTERS)

Wigan sign Robinson

Everton youngster Antonee Robinson has joined Wigan on loan.

The left-back has moved to the Championship club until the end of the season.

He agreed a new three-year deal at Everton before that.

City youngster departs

West Brom have snapped up Man City youngster Tosin Adarabioyo.

The central defender has moved to the Hawthorns on a season-long loan.

Scunthorpe sign Lund

Oxford targeted by Everton

Everton are weighing up a move for West Ham’s Reece Oxford.

Oxford, 19, has spent the last two seasons at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Sky Sports Everton could make a £3m bid for Oxford.

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Hammers eye Bernard

West Ham could make a move for Brazilian winger Bernard.

Bernard is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar this summer.

AC Milan have been tipped to make a move but West Ham are ready to step up their interest.

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Pulis on Gibson move

Boro boss Tony Pulis has backed Ben Gibson to return to the Premier League.

Burnley have had a £12m bid rejected for Gibson but are hopeful of pushing through a deal.

And Pulis would not begrudge the defender to chance to move to a top-flight club.

If he has the chance to go to the Premier League, then that is brilliant for Ben. Everyone wants to play at the top level.

He has to give it serious consideration. He might decide to stay and that would be brilliant for us.

What has to happen is that this football club makes sure we get the best possible deal, and we’re clever and organised enough to invest the money in players who can do a similar job or even better.


Ben Gibson is in demand this summer
Ben Gibson is in demand this summer (Image: Mark Robinson)

Wigan to sign Robinson

Everton youngster Antonee Robinson is heading for Wigan.

Robinson spent last season on loan at Bolton and has featured in pre-season.

But following the arrival of Lucas Digne, boss Marco Silva has let Robinson depart on loan.

Robinson during pre-season (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Spurs “nowhere near” with Grealish bid

Steve Bruce has provided an update on Jack Grealish’s Villa future.

Grealish is wanted by Spurs but Villa are determined to keep hold of him.

There has been an approach from Spurs but Bruce insist they are “nowhere near” Villa’s valuation.

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Hodgson on Zaha

Roy Hodgson remains confident of keeping Wilfried Zaha at Crystal Palace.

Mirror Sport revealed earlier this week that Zaha has his heart set on a move to Chelsea after turning down a new deal.

Palace will only consider a huge offer for their talisman with less than a week remaining in the transfer window.

And boss Hodgson hopes the 25-year-old will still be at Selhurst Park for the Premier League opener with Fulham.

I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication that he wanted to quit the club .

In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.

My hope and plan is that he will stay and I will continue being happy to work with him.


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Accrington sign Platt

Accrington have swooped for Blackburn youngster Matthew Platt.

The defender has joined the League One side on a season-long loan deal.

Leicester eye Januzaj

Leicester are seriously considering a move for Adnan Januzaj.

The Foxes are eyeing a replacement for Riyad Mahrez.

Januzaj has a €60m release clause at Real Sociedad but United have the option to buy him back for a lower fee.

That is extremely unlikely, though.

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Walsall re-sign Fitzwater

Walsall have completed a deal for West Brom defender Jack Fitzwater.

Fitzwater spent last season on loan with the League One club.

And the 20-year-old is back with the Saddlers for the coming campaign.

Walsall have also swooped for West Brom teammate Kane Wilson.

Barca pushing through Vidal deal

Barcelona could announce the signing of Arturo Vidal today.

The La Liga champions hijacked Inter’s move for the Chilean midfielder earlier this week.

AS reports they will put Vidal through a rigorous medical amid concerns over his fitness.

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Reds set Ings asking price

Liverpool want over £20m for Danny Ings.

The striker is free to leave Anfield this summer but the Reds are holding out for a big fee.

The Echo reports Southampton, Leicester City and Newcastle United are all keen on Ings but Liverpool won’t budge from their valuation.

Danny Ings of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly at Chester FC
Danny Ings of Liverpool during the Pre-season friendly at Chester FC (Image: Lynne Cameron)

New deal for Morrison

James Morrison has signed a new deal at West Brom.

Morrison joined the Baggies in 2007 but was out for most of last season.

He has signed a new one-year deal with the view to another year.

Sampdoria sign Ronaldo

This is brilliant from Sampdoria.

They have completed the signing of Ronaldo Vieira from Leeds.

And how else could they possibly confirm it than by mimicking Juve’s announcement of Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival.

Koscielny plans to leave

Laurent Koscielny has confirmed he will leave Arsenal at the end of his contract.

The Frenchman has spent the last eight years at the Emirates and his current deal expires in 2020.

Koscielny is currently sidelined with an Achilles problem and is unlikely to return to action under new boss Unai Emery before the end of the year.

And the 32-year-old has admitted this deal is set to be his last in north London – although he unsure of his next move.

I’m under contract until June 2020. Afterwards? I’m thinking of moving on, but I do not know where .

This is not relevant anyway! I am in England, my family too. Then there will inevitably be a lot of question marks.

The bottom line is to have health. I learned to revitalise because there are so many more serious things in life.


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Akpom leaves Arsenal

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has left the club.

Akpom has signed a three-year deal with Greek side PAOK.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Sint-Truiden in Belgium.

Jesus signs new deal

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has signed a new deal.

The Brazilian has put pen to paper on a contract until 2023.

I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me.

I can say that it was the best decision I’ve made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I’m here I’m improving as a professional and as a person.


Latest on Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek will bide his time before making a decision on his future.

The midfielder spent last season on loan at Palace and has been tipped to exit again this summer.

But the Times reports he will wait to see how much action he gets at the start of the season.

And if he doesn’t feature in Maurizio Sarri’s plans, he will seek a loan move abroad.

Mesut Ozil and Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Mesut Ozil and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Image: Getty)

Fulham eye Real Madrid star

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

But PSG, Marseille and Zenit are all keen on the United star, reports the Sun.

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Saints eye Lille star

Kevin Malcuit is a major target for Southampton ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.

Saints have made the Lille full-back a top target and look primed to fend off major competition to land his signature.

Napoli are also keen, but Mark Hughes’ side have made a bigger offer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 27-year-old only just joined Lille from Saint-Étienne last summer for £8m, meaning any sale will likely be close to double that given the player has four years remaining on his deal.

Newcastle, West Ham, Fulham and Inter Milan have all been linked to Malcuit in recent months.

FARO, PORTUGAL - JULY 20: LOSC Lille defender Kevin Malcuit from France during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
FARO, PORTUGAL – JULY 20: LOSC Lille defender Kevin Malcuit from France during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images) (Image: Carlos Rodrigues)

Hammers eye Sanabria

West Ham’s spending may not be done just yet.

AS reports they are lining up a deal for Real Betis forward Antonio Sanabria.

The 22-year-old is likely to cost £18m.

Antonio Sanabria of Paraguay scores
Antonio Sanabria of Paraguay scores (Image: REUTERS)

Wague set for Barca

Moussa Wague is set to join Barcelona in what could round off a stunning summer of activity.

The Senegalese right-back could quickly follow Arturo Vidal through the door at the Nou Camp with the Bayern Munich star very close to finalising a big-money move.

Sport say that the Catalans are closing in on the Eupen full-back too, with Ernesto Valverde keen to move back to his preferred midfield position.

The 19-year-old scored in the 2-2 draw with Japan at the World Cup and has impressed in Belgium since the move from the famed Aspire Academy.

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Mirallas on the move

Everton’s Kevin Mirallas is set to join Fiorentina today.

The Belgian has been at Goodison since 2012 but has been told he has no future under Marco Silva.

A loan move to Olympiakos didn’t work out last term but he is heading for Florence.

Everton's Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas vies with Atalanta's Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi
Everton’s Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas vies with Atalanta’s Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi (Image: Getty Images)

Latest on Traore

Middlesbrough will offer Adama Traore a new deal in a desperate attempt to fend off Wolves.

Boro have rejected a £12m bid for the ex-Barcelona winger, whose release clause is £18m.

Wolves are likely to activate that but Boro want to offer him a new deal and get rid of the clause.

Adama Traore tussles with Sunderland's Glenn Loovens
Adama Traore tussles with Sunderland’s Glenn Loovens (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

Moore’s Reading future uncertain

Reading boss Paul Clement has confirmed defender Liam Moore will miss Friday’s game with Derby County due to uncertainty over his future at the club.

The centre-back has been linked with a move to Brighton and Hove Albion this summer and handed in a transfer request at Reading at the end of last week.

Moore has been training with the Royals ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season, but Clement said he will not be available for the visit of the Rams.

“Liam won’t be considered for selection,” he told football.london.

“I don’t think it’s right that I do that. It’s not right for the other team (interested in him), the club or himself.

“Fortunately we know it’s going to be a quick solution because the window shuts next week. Then we’ll move on with or without him.”

Thibaut Courtois to “definitely” leave Chelsea this summer?

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.

Full story here.

He’s entering the final year of his contract (Image: REUTERS)

Burnley have £16m bid for former striker rejected

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.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion controls the ball during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St. James Park on April 28, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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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.”

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and West Ham's Mark Noble during a pre season friendly
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Arturo Vidal ‘reaches verbal agreement’ with Barca over surprise £27million move

Barcelona have moved to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, after missing out on Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot.

The Spanish champions have been keen to take French international Rabiot to Camp Nou, but failed to agree a deal with PSG.

With Ernesto Valverde still keen to add to his midfield options, reports in Spain claim that Barca chiefs have pushed to bring in Chilean star Vidal.

The ex-Juventus star, who has spent the last three years at the Allianz Arena, looks set to leave Germany with new boss Niko Kovac having decided to part with the 31-year-old.

Full story here

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Alderweireld set on United switch

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Toby Alderweireld is ready to run down his Spurs contract if he is priced out of a move to Manchester United this summer.

The Belgium World Cup defender remains available for transfer before next Thursday’s 5pm transfer deadline.

But Tottenham have so far refused to budge from a £75million valuation that has left United unwilling to do business.

Alderweireld, 29, is keen to move to Old Trafford — to such an extent he is ready to snub a transfer elsewhere if he does not get it.

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Basel appoint former Austria boss as new chief

Swiss club FC Basel appointed former Austria boss Marcel Koller as their new coach on Thursday, a day after their humiliating exit from the Champions League.

Basel, under interim coach Alexander Frei, were thumped 3-0 at home by PAOK on Wednesday in the second leg of their second round qualifier and lost 5-1 on aggregate.

Koller, who stepped aside as Austria coach last year after six years in charge during which he led them to Euro 2016, has previously won the Swiss title with St Gallen and Grasshoppers.

He has also coached FC Cologne and VfL Bochum in the Bundesliga. “We wanted an experienced coach with a strong personality,” said the club’s sporting director Marco Streller.

BELGRADE, SERBIA - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Marcel Koller of Austria looks on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Austria at stadium Rajko Mitic on October 9, 2016 in Belgrade, . (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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D-day for James Morrison over new West Brom deal

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.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Fabian Delph of Manchester City tackles James Morrison of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns September 20, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Zaha tells Palace pals he wants Chelsea switch

Wilfried Zaha has told fellow Crystal Palace colleagues he is determined to quit the club and wants a big-money switch to Chelsea.

Zaha has rejected a new contract in a bid to force a move. He has already snubbed interest from Everton as he is reluctant to move north again, after a failed stint with Manchester United.

Everton turned to Watford wideman Richarlison instead, and now Zaha is up for a move across London to Stamford Bridge.

He could even consider lodging an official transfer request after Palace told him they would only consider an irresistible huge offer.

Read more here.

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Ojo set for another loan spell

Liverpool will loan out winger Sheyi Ojo again this season.

Middlesbrough are among a clutch of keen Championship clubs as they eye a replacement for Adama Traore.

Ojo, 21, impressed on loan last season at Fulham who were promoted to the Premier League.

Now Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is willing to let England U20 World Cup-winning ace Ojo out again after spending heavily on attacking talent.

Read more here.

ANN ARBOR, MI - JULY 28: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool scoring a penalty during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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Stoke sign Williams

Stoke have completed the signing of Ashley Williams from Everton.

The Wales international joins on a season-long loan.

Bonucci seals Juve return

Juventus have confirmed the return of Leonardo Bonucci.

He re-joins the Old Lady after a season at AC Milan.

Palace land Meyer

Crystal Palace have completed the surprise signing of Max Meyer.

The 22-year-old has been released by Schalke after his contract expired.

Agbonlahor attracting interest in Turkey

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.

Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor celebrates
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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.

Read more here.

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Cottagers sign Mawson

Fulham have completed the signing of defender Alfie Mawson.

He joins from Swansea in a £20million deal.

Robins sign Nelson

Swindon have signed Millwall defender Sid Nelson on loan.

The 22-year-old moves to the County Ground until January 1.

Hammers sign Portuguese youngster

West Ham have signed Portuguese youngster Xande Silva.

The 21-year-old forward has penned a three-year deal with the Irons.

Bluebirds youngster joins Newport

Cardiff youngster Mark Harris has joined Newport County on loan.

He has made the switch to Rodney Parade until January 2.

Harris has three senior appearances for the Bluebirds and is a Wales Under-21 international.

Middlesbrough snap up keeper on one year deal

Former Wolves and Preston keeper Andy Lonergan has signed for Middlesbrough.

The 34-year-old had been at Leeds last term.

Doucoure signs news long-term deal

He was quite heavily linked with a host of clubs – but there’s great news for Watford fans…

Abdiylaye Doucoure has penned a new deal.

Cardiff to miss out on Deeney

Cardiff are set to miss out on Troy Deeney.

The Watford skipper was the subject of a £12million bid.

But the Hornets have no intention of selling their skipper and is seen as a key figure for the season ahead.

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Newcastle’s Rondon error

Newcastle’s pussyfooting over Salomon Rondon is set to enrage Rafa Benitez – as the deal now might not be done.

The West Brom striker has been linked with a move to St James’ Park this summer but the deal never crossed the line.

He was allowed to leave for £16.5million following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

But it is claimed now that the release clause was only active until the start of August, meaning Newcastle have missed the deadline if they want to do a deal on the cheap.

West Brom will now likely ask for around £25million – and it could prove too pricey for the Toon.

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Mignolet set for loan?

Liverpool may have to sanction a loan move for Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian is now third-choice at Anfield following the arrival of Alisson.

Liverpool had been after £12m for Mignolet but have not received any offers, reports the Liverpool Echo.

And now they will listen to potential loans for the goalkeeper.

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Muto ‘honoured to be a such a big club as Newcastle’

Here’s a bit more on Yoshinori Muto joining Toon..

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.”

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Yoshinori Muto poses for photos during a photocall at the Newcastle United Training Centre on July 27, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – JULY 27: Yoshinori Muto poses for photos during a photocall at the Newcastle United Training Centre on July 27, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) (Image: Serena Taylor)

Wague set for Barcelona

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.

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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.”

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Joe Bryan of Bristol City applaudes the fans at the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Fulham at Ashton Gate on February 21, 2018 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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N’Zonzi ‘waiting for Arsenal’ as Sevilla midfielder puts Roma transfer on hold

Steven N’Zonzi is delaying a transfer to Roma as he still hopes Arsenal or Everton will move for him.

The former Stoke midfielder wants to leave Sevilla after being part of France’s World Cup-winning squad although the Spanish club insist his £35m release clause must be activated.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, N’Zonzi is looking to earn £3.5m a season which only Premier League clubs will be willing to pay. Roma are offering him £2.6m a season.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been strongly linked with a move for the 29-year-old, but the Spaniard is keeping his cards close to his chest.

Full story here

France's midfielder Steven N'Zonzi greets the fans at the World Cup
France’s midfielder Steven N’Zonzi greets the fans at the World Cup (Image: AFP)

Burnley make Clucas bid

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.

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Newcastle finalise Muto deal

Newcastle have completed the signing of Yoshinori Muto.

The Japanese striker has been granted a work permit after a deal was agreed last week.

Palace set for Ayew deal

Crystal Palace are looking to follow up their capture of Chiekhou Kouyate with another deal.

The Guardian report that they are close to landing Jordan Ayew from Swansea.

It is claimed that the deal is all but done and could be announced imminently.

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Tianjin boss plays down Witsel exit

Axel Witsel will be staying in the Chinese Super League after his manager ruled out a move to Manchester United.

United had reportedly been offered the 29-year old but it now appears that the Belgium World Cup start will remain in China for the time being.

But now it appears any Witsel exit is unlikely to happen after Paulo Sousa denied all reports.

“I have received no information about Witsel’s transfer situation, neither from the club nor from the player himself.” he said.

“So as I understand it, he has a clause in his contract, but this clause can only be triggered within the [Chinese] transfer windows, and that has already shut in China.”

Sousa added: “This transfer will not happen.”

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Goretzka presented at Bayern

Leon Goretzka has been presented as a Bayern Munich player.

The German international moved this summer from Schalke.

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West Ham sign Silva

Big-spending West Ham have made highly-rated Portugal starlet Xande Silva their eighth summer signing – and are not done yet.

The 21-year-old forward has put pen to paper on a three-year deal from Portuguese side Vitoria, subject to international clearance.

The £2million capture takes the Hammers’ spending to over £100m mark so far this summer with boss Manuel Pellegrini revamping his squad.

Silva joins the likes of record signing Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena and Lukasz Fabilanksi to arrive ahead of the new season.

JEJU, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 19: Xande Silva of Portugal and Yuri Ribeiro of Portugal in action during their training Session at Kang Chang Hak Stadium on May 19, 2017 in Jeju, South Korea. (Photo by Christopher Lee - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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Nabi signs for Dundee

Dundee have signed Adil Nabi.

The attacking midfielder signs after a successful trial period.

Skalak heads to Millwall

Jiri Skalak is a Millwall player.

He joins on a permanent deal from Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

Lewandowski ‘lined up by United’

Manchester United are reported to be lining up Polish star Robert Lewandowski in a shock swap deal for Anthony Martial.

Read More:Jose Mourinho Reveals Manchester United’s First Eleven Lineup For The First Premier League Game

Relations between Jose Mourinho and the French forward have become even more strained this week after he left the Red Devils’ US tour to be at the birth of his second child.

United have been willing to let the former Monaco striker leave even before he left the States – but only to a European club.

Mourinho does not want the frontman to come back and haunt him in the Premier League with interest from Tottenham and Chelsea rebuffed.

And now it’s reported that Lewandowski is being lined up as part of any deal with Bayern Munich.

However the Germans are only will to pay £50m – that’s less than £70m United want, but there could be leeway if Lewandowski is included in the deal.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 28: Robert Lewandowski of Poland looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Japan and Poland at Volgograd Arena on June 28, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
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Puel: Maguire is committed to Leicester

Claude Puel insists Harry Maguire is committed to Leicester ahead of his return to training next week despite interest from Manchester United.

United have tried unsuccessfully to prise England stopper Maguire out of the King Power Stadium.

Jose Mourinho is now believed to be prioritising Barcelona defender Yerry Mina instead as well as Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham.

Leicester have held firm despite Reds boss Mourinho being prepared to pay £65million for the 25-year old.

Now the Foxes hope to tie Maguire down on a new four-year deal worth £100,000-a-week.

Foxes boss Puel said: “The most important and only thing is Harry comes back and enjoys playing with us and to prepare for the new season with the right mind.

“I am have no hesitation about this.“I don’t want to make comments telling about contract or details or different things.”

Maguire still has four years left on his deal after joining from Hull last summer but is in line for a major pay-rise.

Harry Maguire
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Alderweireld back at Spurs

Toby Alderweireld will join up with Tottenham on their pre-season tour.

The Belgian has an uncertain future at Spurs after falling out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino.

He was linked with a move to Manchester United, but he has confirmed that he is heading back to Spurs – for now at least.

He told HLN Sport: “I will return to London this weekend for the start of preseason with my club.”

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Bonucci back at Juve for medical

They love a medical in Italy.

With Gonzalo Higuain at Milan, the other end of the deal is being done.

Leonardo Bonucci is back at Juve and is going through his tests.

Abidal denies Pogba talks

Eric Abidal has denied reports claiming Barcelona have spoken to Paul Pogba.

The Barcelona technical secretary was said to have held talks with Pogba’s representatives over a shock move later this summer.

But those reports have been denied by Abidal.

Pogba is expected to remain at United, although there is talks of a potential return to Juventus.

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McDonald joins Wimbledon

Rodney McDonald is a Wimbledon player.

He joins from Coventry on an undisclosed fee.

Trotters seal Murphy deal

Bolton have completed the signing of midfielder Luke Murphy.

Higuain undergoing medical

Here he is – all set for his medical with AC Milan.

N’Zonzi latest

Steve N’Zonzi is delaying a transfer to Roma as he still hopes Arsenal or Everton will move for him.

Former Stoke midfielder, now 29, wants to leave Seville after being part of France’s World Cup-winning squad although the Spanish club insist his £35m release clause must be activated.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, N’Zonzi is looking to earn £3.5m a season which only Premier League clubs will be willing to pay. Roma are offering him £2.6m a season.

France's midfielder Steven N'Zonzi greets the fans at the World Cup
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Williams heading on loan to Stoke

Ashley Williams is reportedly having a medical at Stoke today.

The Everton defender has been exiled from the first-team at Everton and is set to move.

It is claimed that Williams will move on loan to the Potters for the duration of the season.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Ashley Williams of Everton during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Blackburn Rovers and Everton at Ewood Park on July 26, 2018 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Bryan heads to Sheffield

Another done deal in the Football League.

Kean Bryan has joined Sheffield United from Manchester City, having previously been on loan at Oldham and Bury.

He’s signed in time for the first game of the season on Saturday.

Garrett signs for Wimbledon

Tyler Garrett has signed for Wimbledon.

He has joined on a season-long loan deal from Doncaster.

Higuain having AC Milan medical

Chelsea have all but missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, who is having a medical at AC Milan.

The Juventus striker is poised to complete his season-long loan move to the San Siro.

He travelled to Milan last night to complete the deal – despite the fact Chelsea remain interested.

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Four Everton players training away from first-team

Everton have reportedly told four of their first-team stars to train alone.

The Times report that Ashley Williams, Kevin Mirallas, Cuco Martina and Nikola Vlasic have all been told that their futures do not lie at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva has made the decision just one week ahead of the new season, as he still looks to bring in further reinforcements after Lucas Digne and Richardson’s arrivals.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Ashley Williams of Everton and Michael Keane of Everton shake hands after the Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on December 23, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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United ‘offered chance to sign Witsel’

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.

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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.

Josh Onomah at Aston Villa
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Smalling ‘wanted by Wolves’

Chris Smalling is a transfer target for Wolves, according to reports.

The England defender is uncertain of a starting berth at Manchester United for the coming season, with Jose Mourinho desperate to bring in a new centre-back.

Wolves still have plenty of work to do in the market and could swoop for Smalling, who could be available on the cheap.

He has just 12 months left on his contract at Old Trafford.

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Pellegrini expects more West Ham business

Manuel Pellegrini says West Ham are not finished in the transfer market – despite already splashing out £100million.

The Chilean has had a £27million bid for Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez turned down, with his club Celta Vigo wanting a £35million release clause met.

Gomez, 21, hit 17 La Liga goals in 35 starts last season after signing from Defensor Sporting.

Although he now has a £35m release clause, West Ham are hoping they can strike a compromise.

Pellegrini said: “We are working very hard to be sure that we have the squad we need for the Premier League.

“We want to make sure we don’t make a mistake in the make-up of the squad.”

To finance the Gomez deal, the Irons – who also want another midfielder – are set to stage a clearout.

Sam Byram, Michail Antonio, Edimilson Fernandes and Reece Oxford could all be heading for the exit, while Cheikhou Kouyate has already left.

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Southgate set for new deal – but not on PL wages

Gareth Southgate will return from holiday next week and be offered a new England deal… but has been told there will be no Premier League-style wage.

Southgate has just under two years left on his current £1.7million-a-year package and can expect a hefty pay rise along with a contract that could run until 2024.

But he will not be put on a par with even a mid-table Premier League boss, who can expect to earn in excess of an annual £5million.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn is keen for Southgate to commit himself long term to the England cause.

Even though Southgate could be in demand when the Premier League sacking season gets under way, Glenn reminded him he could not anticipate a salary of top-club proportions.

Glenn said: “We’d like him to stay beyond 2020. We haven’t talked about it in any depth, if we did, it would be a contract discussion.

“It’s our job to make it competitive. But we can never compete with a Premier League club in terms of pay. We are not a Manchester United.”

Glenn’s sensible approach is in contrast to previous FA regimes who lavished big money on the likes of Sven Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello.

Their pay was equal to those of top club bosses with Capello, who left the post in 2012, pocketing £6m a year.

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Kone finally quits Sunderland

Sunderland have finally managed to unload Lamine Kone and his £45,000-a-week wages.

The defender has agreed to take a cut in his salary to restart his career at Ligue 1 Strasbourg.

If he passes a medical Kone will move on loan to the French club, who are expected to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Lamine Kone of Sunderland during a pre-season friendly match between Sunderland AFC and Celtic at the Stadium of Light on July 29, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)
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Kouyate completes Palace switch

Done deal from overnight in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have snapped up midfielder Chiekhou Kouyate from West Ham.

The midfielder moves across the capital on a four-year deal.

The Senegalese international captain switches from east to south London having represented the Hammers 129 times in the Premier League across the last four seasons, scoring 12 goals in that time.

Kovacic to snub United move

Manchester United are set to miss out on Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic — because he doesn’t want to play under Jose Mourinho.

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.

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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.

Watch it here

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez sits in the dugouts during the pre season friendly
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Cook becomes Spurs target with Pochettino ready to bid £30m

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to make Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook his first summer signing.

The 21-year-old made himself a regular for Eddie Howe last term – and even made his England debut.

And with Chelsea now entering the race for long-term target Jack Grealish, Pochettino is ready to test the Cherries resolve, according to the Daily Star.

Cook captained England to Under-20 World Cup glory last summer and was on standby for the full side in Russia.

He is contracted up to 2020 after being snapped up by Howe from Leeds.

Full story here

Lewis Cook of Bournemouth and Thomas Conduit of Amiens
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Paul Pogba ‘holds secret talks with Barcelona chief’

Paul Pogba has reportedly held talks over a move to Barcelona.

The French midfielder’s future continues to be the source of much speculation following reports of a bust-up with Jose Mourinho.

He is yet to return to pre-season after winning the World Cup, with former club Juventus also thought to be keen on re-signing him.

But Tuttosport claims Pogba has met Barca technical director Eric Abidal to discuss a potential move to the Nou Camp. Watch Video Here

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Spurs ‘to make last-ditch bid for Zaha’ claim

Tottenham Hotspur will try to sign Wilfred Zaha ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, according to reports.

Spurs are yet to do any business in the current window with Daniel Levy biding his time with a move for Zaha now in the offing.

Crystal Palace have already turned down a bid from Chelsea of £30m plus Danny Drinkwater but Spurs are wiling to offer a further £15m in add-ons and a massive sell-on clause.

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Adrien Rabiot ‘set to snub Arsenal for Barcelona move’

Arsenal could miss out on target Adrien Rabiot to Barcelona.

The Gunners are keen on the French international, who has just one year remaining on his contract with PSG.

He shows no sign of putting pen to paper on an extension but PSG are reluctant to let him go unless they can find a replacement.

They remain keen on Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and would be willing to negotiate a deal for Rabiot with Barca if they can get his countryman.

Matteo Guendouzi is tackled by Adrien Rabiot
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Brighton name their price for in-demand Norwood

Brighton have told Hull they want £1.5m for midfielder Oliver Norwood after rejecting two bids from the Tigers.

Norwood is keen to make the move, but Hull’s new offer is not close to Albion’s valuation.

Albion rejected a combined bid earlier this month from Hull for Norwood and Czech winger Jiri Skalak who is on the verge of joining Millwall.

KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - JULY 21: Oliver Norwood of Brighton and Hove Albion during the pre season friendly match between AFC Wimbledon and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
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Mina close to Manchester United deal as ‘chief negotiator jets out to seal it’

Manchester United are looking to push through a £35m deal for Yerry Mina.

Mirror Sport revealed the Barcelona defender is now at the top of their wishlist after failing to land Leicester defender Harry Maguire.

Everton and Wolves had both been keen on Mina, but he always favoured a move to Old Trafford.

And now United have sent their chief negotiator to Spain to try and clinch the swoop of Mina before next week’s transfer deadline.

The Sun reports United chief Matt Judge has jetted in to push through the deal following Jose Mourinho’s declaration that new signings were needed.

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Colombia's Yerry Mina gets emotional as he celebrates scoring his side's goal
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Higuain ‘hopes to seal AC MIlan move tomorrow’ with Bonucci going other way

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.

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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.

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Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and West Ham's Mark Noble during a pre season friendly
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Barcelona move to bring back Thiago Alcantara

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.

KRASNODAR, RUSSIA - JUNE 08: Thiago Alcantara of Spain poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at FC Krasnodar Academy on June 8, 2018 in Krasnodar, Russia. (Photo by David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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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.”

ANN ARBOR, MI - JULY 28: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Sheyi Ojo of Liverpool scoring a penalty during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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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.”

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Chelsea not giving up on Gonzalo Higuain transfer

Chelsea are ready to take the battle for Gonzalo Higuain to the wire.

The Juventus striker had seemed odds-on to sign for AC Milan after a deal was struck between them and his representatives.

But with the two Italian clubs struggling to reach agreement on several issues, Chelsea believe there is still a glimmer of hope for them in the race for 30-year-old Higuain’s services.

The Blues are in active negotiations with Marseille to offload Olivier Giroud, only signed from Arsenal in January when Antonio Conte was manager, for a fee in the region of £20million.

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Toffees eye N’Diaye

Everton are looking to complete a deal for Stoke midfielder Badou N’Diaye.

The Senegalese midfielder only joined the Potters in January but wants to stay in the Premier League following Stoke’s relegation.

Stoke are hopeful of signing Ashley Williams, who could be used as part of the deal.

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Spurs striker moves to Lyon on four year deal

Another up and coming British talent has decided to move to Europe.

This time it’s 18-year-old Spurs striker Reo Griffiths.

Preston striker Eoin Doyle Joins Bradford City

Striker Eoin Doyle has joined Bradford City in a permanent move for an undisclosed fee.

The Irishman joins the League One side after spending the 2017/18 season on loan at Oldham Athletic.

Doyle has made 44 appearances for PNE after joining the club in the summer of 2016 following a loan spell at Deepdale during the 2015/16 season.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Adam Forshaw of Middlesbrough (R) challenges Eoin Doyle of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium on April 9, 2016 in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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Kouyate set to sign for Palace after undergoing medical

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to undergo medical ahead of move to Crystal Palace.

He is one of several midfielders who have been linked with a move to Palace in recent days, including Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons and Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater.

Sky Sources believe the fee is around £10m.

Midfielders Yohan Cabaye, Bakary Sako and Chung-Yong Lee have all left Crystal Palace this summer following the end of their deals.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)
IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United in action during the pre-season friendly match between Ipswich Town and West Ham United at Portman Road on July 28, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images) (Image: Arfa Griffiths)

Liverpool deal for Pulisic ‘could be agreed NEXT year as happened with Keita deal’

Liverpool could agree a deal for Christian Pulisic for next summer now, as they did with Naby Keita last year.

In-the-know German journalist Raphael Honigstein said: “If things don’t change in terms of extending his contract is concerned, then he will then definitely be sold in the summer of 2019.

“That puts it into an interesting context because if you know there’s a club now, you wouldn’t force a deal through this summer, you could say ‘how about next summer?’.

“I think Liverpool, who have been very smart in recent years, could do almost ‘a Keita’ and say, you know what, next summer, Dortmund have to sell you. Why don’t you come to us then?”


United cool on Maguire – and move for Mina

Manchester United are set to turn their attentions to Yerry Mina after failing in their attempts to sign Harry Maguire.

Leicester are set to step up talks with Maguire over a new contract when he returns to training next week.

United have tried unsuccessfully to prise England World Cup stopper Maguire out of the King Power Stadium.

And they are now believed to be prioritising Barcelona defender Mina, 23, instead as well as Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham.

Spurs are proving tough negotiators for Alderweireld but Mina is available at Barca for £30million after just four La Liga appearances last term.

Foxes boss Claude Puel said: “I don’t want to make comments telling about contract or details or different things.

“The most important and only thing is Harry comes back and enjoys playing with us and to prepare for the new season with the right mind.

“I am have no hesitation about this.”

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