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Barca reportedly made a bid for Vertonghen.APBarca reportedly made a bid for Vertonghen.

Tottenham deny Barcelona have made a bid for Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen despite various reports around Europe suggesting a £23m bid has been lodged by the Spanish champions.

22.45 BST: Right folks, that's all we've got time for today I'm afraid but we'll be back on Sunday with more tittle tattle and perhaps some more real life transfers too!

22.00 BST: Al-Nasr have abandoned a move for Argentine striker Maxi Lopez, claiming concerns about his fitness ended any hopes of a transfer. Al-Nasr board member Fahad Hadi told Sport 360: "We didn't reach an agreement with the player and so everything is finished. He had a medical, but we wanted to test him again and Catania refused it. We weren't able to agree on anything between us and the player. We are looking for other options now."

21.23 BST: Tottenham Andre Villas-Boas is keeping schtum about Gareth Bale's future. After Spurs' 1-1 friendly draw with Espanyol, he said: "The only thing I can say about the stories is I am not going to comment because everybody has speculated a lot. There are some different stories, some which are not true, with people inventing without knowledge of what is going on. The only thing I can tell you is the player is under the treatment of the medical department for this pain in the foot which is disturbing him. Regarding the speculation, I don't want to extend myself further than I have told you."

20.46 BST - DONE DEAL: Swansea have completed the signing of Chilean Gary Medel from Sevilla. Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay said: "We're delighted to have secured the services of Gary - a tenacious and intelligent international midfielder. Having had two seasons of regular football in La Liga - with 60-odd international caps to his name and three appearances at a World Cup - his experience will be an invaluable asset to our squad."

19.53 BST - DONE DEAL: Meanwhile, a man on his way out of Arsenal is Marouane Chamakh, who has joined Crystal Palace from the Gunners on an initial one-year contract.

19.10 BST: Those Arsenal fans who haven't seen much of Luis Gustavo could do worse than watching this little highlights reel.

18.49 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that Parma have swooped for Sweden Under-21 international striker Mikael Ishak from FC Cologne.

18.31 BST: ESPN's Doug McIntyre reflects on Juan Agudelo's signing of a pre-contract agreement with Stoke City.

18.08 BST: Loic Remy received a warm welcome today as he was unveiled to Newcastle fans at St James' Park.

17:52 BST: Werder Bremen director of sport Thomas Eichin has confirmed the club are chasing Fulham full-back John Arne Riise, who has been told he can leave Craven Cottage on a free-transfer. Eichin told Sky Germany: "I'm talking to lots of agents and we're checking the market. Riise is certainly an interesting player and I have always said that we're on the lookout for a left full-back. There have been talks, but that doesn't mean anything yet."

17:30 BST: Manchester United have tried and failed to bring in high-profile signings Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona and are now reportedly set to try and plunder Udinese for their Colombian forward Luis Muriel. The 'new Brazilian Ronaldo' is rated at £18m and could be a possible replacement for potentially outgoing Wayne Rooney.

Watch some highlights of Hernanes. He really is a class act and rightly described as Lazio's 'crown jewels'.

17:23 BST: Lazio president Claudio Lotito is set to hand star midfielder Hernanes a new deal in order to keep potential suitors at bay. The Brazilian has been under intense speculation about his future but Lotito has no desire to 'sell his crown jewels,' he told Corriere Dello Sport.

These two will feel like new signings for Spurs fans and staff alike. French journalist Julien Laurens confirming the return to action of Younes Kaboul and Sandro.

17:17 BST: As much as Bayern Munich want Robert Lewandowski they are not willing to part with Mario Mandzukic in any kind of swap deal. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sport1 media that this kind of deal would not be in the best interests of the German Champions.

17:10 BST: Javier Mascherano has revealed his three-year stay at Barcelona might be coming to an end. Speaking to El Pais the Argentine revealed he has had offers but nothing concrete and would consider a move if Barcelona were willing to sell.

17:00 BST: Strong rumours from White Hart Lane that the signing of Toulouse's Etienne Capoue will be announced at half-time of Tottenham's friendly with Espanyol.

16:51 BST: Udinese striker Matej Vydra says he has received no offers from the Premier League. He told it would be a 'dream' to play in the Premier League.

Brazilian journalist Fernando Duarte reacts to the news Arsenal have apparently agreed £14m deal for Luis Gustavo.

16:40 BST: Nigel Adkins has had to reassure Reading fans and his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy that staying at the Royals would be best for his development. At 23, and highly-rated by England boss Roy Hodgson, Adkins told the 'keeper he would retain his place in the England squad even if he stayed with Reading in the Championship.

16:34 BST: DONE DEAL Former Netherlands international Orlando Engelaar has signed for Melbourne Heart. The 33-year-old midfielder is their marquee signing and will join up with the squad this week.

And this is what Toulouse will be getting. Can he replace the talismanic Etienne Capoue?

16:22 BST: Legia Warsaw's promising young Polish midfielder Dominik Furman, who has been capped twice, is on Toulouse's radar. With the French club set to lose Etienne Capoue to Tottenham, various reports in Poland suggest they have identified the 21-year-old as a replacement.

16:15 BST: DONE DEAL Rolando has officially signed for Inter on loan for the season from Porto. FULL STORY HERE.

16:11 BST: DONE DEAL Corinthians defender Chicao has signed for Flamengo on a free transfer a13er he was released by the World Club Championship holders.

16:09 BST: CSKA Moscow have refused to sell Keisuke Honda to Milan in this transfer window. Club president Yevgeni Giner told Sport Express, ""I'm already sick and tired of the speculation around Honda. We will not sell Honda to Milan. Neither for $5million (£3.2m) nor for 10. Period. Our club will never tolerate any disrespectful attitude from anybody." Tough talk.

16:00 BST: Gareth Bale's transfer saga will rumble on today and tomorrow and for much more of the transfer window I'm sure. The Welshman will not be playing in tonight's friendly against Espanyol and Tottenham expect him to join up with the Wales squad early next week.

15:54 BST: QPR veteran Shaun Derry has taken a parting shot at the club's high earners as he joined Millwall on a two-month loan deal. He says a lot of the players at QPR do not put the effort in and are stealing their wages.

He is like marmite but you can't deny he has amazing technical ability.

15:47 BST: Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone is subject to interest from Sunderland and Hull. Huddlestone will see his playing time cut short with the arrivals of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue and Daily Mail say he will seek more first team action elsewhere.

15:40 BST: Arsenal look to have beaten Chelsea and Wolfsburg to the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo. According to the Metro, a £14m bid has been accepted and it is now down to Arsenal to agree personal terms with the Champions League winning midfielder.

15:31 BST: Napoli are set to snatch Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata from the clutches of QPR and Sassuolo who were close to securing his signature. The Colombian hitman can be acquired for £6.3m and the San Paolo club have apparently sent a delegation to thrash out a deal as quickly as possible.

15:23 BST: Pepe is sure he'll be a Real Madrid player next season as he intends to see out his contract at Los Blancos. He says he is calm about losing his position to Raphael Varane but is happy to fight for his place.

15:15 BST: Fabio Coentrao has told Carlo Ancelotti he is desperate to leave Real Madrid before the end of this transfer window. With Los Blancos looking to bring in Mattia De Sciglio from Milan and Gareth Bale from Tottenham, the €30m left-back is well down the pecking order. Chelsea, Tottenham and Monaco are all mooted destinations.

15:08 BST: Catania have told potential buyers of Gonzalo Bergessio he is not for sale. President Antonino Pulvirenti announced at the club's press conference to show off new signing, Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis, that Maxi Lopez's move to Al Nasr had also broken down.

15:00 BST: Porto's Rolando was due to join Inter any day now but the move has been delayed as the defender has apparently flown back home according to Sky Sports Italia. Brazilian full-back Wallace is also expected to complete a medical this week and confirm his move from Chelsea.

14:54 BST: Arsenal have been linked with an £8.5m move for Sevilla's Geoffrey Kondogbia. The Frenchman has been under intense speculation this summer over a move to various clubs across Europe but it seems Arsene Wenger's desire for a presence in midfield has brought him to the doorstep of his compatriot.

14:40 BST: Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is not worried by the club's failure to bring in any major signings. Manchester City, Chelsea and even Tottenham have spent big so far this summer but Evans says the Red Devils will just concentrate on beating whatever is put in front of them.

14:30 BST: Valencia are looking to fill the goals-void left by the departure of Roberto Soldado with any one of Chelsea's strikers. They've already tried for Fernando Torres and been rebuffed but the Daily Mail think the Spanish club would happily take either Demba Ba or Romelu Lukaku on loan.

Watch Jon Arne Riise in his heyday scoring some absolute belters. Premier League legend.

14:21 BST: Fulham's Jon Arne Riise has been told he can leave the club on a free transfer. The Daily Mail claim he is already talking to Werder Bremen and a move can be expected in the next week.

14:15 BST: Genoa and Roma are the preferred destination of in-form Nacional striker Gonzalo Bueno. The Uruguayan forward has rejected a move to CSKA Moscow as he is determined to get a contract in Italy. He told TMW, "“I certainly want to play in Serie A. CSKA Moscow? No, I prefer Italy.”

14:06 BST: Samuel Eto'o's future could be in the MLS with LA Galaxy thinking about making a mammoth bid for the Cameroonian superstar according to Tuttosport. With Anzhi looking to trim their wage bill, Eto'o will be the first to go.

13:54 BST: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho is seriously considering his future at the French champions. Reports in L'Equipe suggest Liverpool are leading the race to sign the Frenchman who has dropped down the pecking order following the arrival of Marquinhos in Paris.

13:32 BST: Former Manchester United wonderkid Mame Biram Diouf has been given a €20 million pricetag. His current club Hannover have told potential suitors, namely Stoke City, that it will cost them dear to bring in the 25-year-old. Club president Martin Kind told Bild, "We do not need the money. His goals may be more important for us."

13:26 BST: DONE DEAL Aston Villa's highly rated youngster Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on loan. Confirmed.

13:20 BST: German outfit Schalke are looking to sign Rennes star Jonathan Pitroipa. L'Equipe report the Burkina Faso international could go to Germany on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season.

13:15 BST: Cagliari president Massimo Cellino says the only player that could leave the club this summer is Davide Astori and only if he asks to go. He told Sport Mediaset that a €12m could lure Astori from the club but assets such as Radja Nainggolan, Victor Ibarbo and Michele Agazzi are simply not for sale.

13:07 BST: Jamie Carragher says Luis Suarez deserves a move only to one of Europe's top three clubs. Do you agree? Read the full story here.

Here is Valeri Bojinov scoring goals very much unlike he ever did during his disastrously injury-plagued spell at Manchester City.

13:01 BST: Valeri Bojinov. Remember him? Well A Bola say he is subject to interest from Parma. The Sporting Lisbon striker arrived in Portugal from the Italian club who now want to buy him back despite a relatively barren spell at Il Ducali scoring just 11 times in 61 appearances.

12:55 BST: Feyenoord are showing interest in Anderlecht forward Samuel Armenteros according to De Telegraaf. The 23-year-old is now Ronald Koeman's number one target after giving up on Fiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

12:50 BST: DONE DEAL Staying in the MLS, Chicago Fire have completed the loan signing of Egidio Arevalo Rios. The Uruguayan leaves Palermo for the season with the option of moving permanently to the US at the end of the loan deal.

12:42 BST: Stoke City look set to sign their fourth player from the MLS in a year. Omar Gonzalez, who played alongside David Beckham and Robbie Keane during the LA Galaxy's MLS Cup win in 2011, is interesting the Potters. His contract runs out at the end of the year and reports in the US suggest he has already spoken to Stoke officials.

12:35 BST: Another bit of Rooney news as he has apparently told his Manchester United teammates he will be joining Chelsea. Read the full story here.

12:33 BST: With Wayne Rooney's future still clouded in doubt, he took to Facebook to tell everyone how happy he was to be picked in a competitive match by Roy Hodgson for England. The cynic would say it was a thinly veiled swipe at David Moyes. Decide for yourself and read the fully story here.

Arsenal look set to possibly sign a promising young midfielder according to chief correspondent Wayne Veysey.

12:24 BST: The Daily Star seem to think David Luiz is ready to force his way out of Chelsea and get his move to Barcelona. But with Mourinho quoted in the Telegraph saying the Brazilian is not for sale, this could rumble on.

12:20 BST: According to L'Equipe, River Plate’s Rogelio Funes Mori will sign for Benfica at some point next week.

12:12 BST: SHOCK! Real Madrid player says Gareth Bale would be a good signing. This time it is new recruit Isco garnering favour with the Los Blancos heirarchy by openly courting Tottenham's Welsh superstar. Add him to Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Zinedine Zidane, Carlo Ancelotti and Florentino Perez as Real Madrid representatives to have spoken about Bale. This list will get longer.

12:05 BST: Celtic boss Neil Lennon is hopeful he can make strides to replace Kevin Wilson this weekend. The defender went to Nottingham Forest last week leaving Lennon short of options at the back. He told the Daily Record though that Pescara's Marco Capuano is not on his radar.

And here he is scoring lots of goals for Dortmund.

11:49 BST: DONE DEAL Former Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios has returned to European football after signing for Spartak Moscow in a €6m deal. The Paraguayan striker made the move from Guangzhou Evergrande following a decent season where he scored 13 goals in 28 appearances. Below Russian journalist Artur Petrosyan confirming the deal.

11:50 BST: Arsenal are set to sign Romanian striker Caprian Marica. He is currently a free agent after his Schalke contract expired and his agent says he is set to sign 'in the next week.'

11:45 BST: Roberto Martinez seems intent on bringing the entire Wigan squad to Everton. having already signed Antolin Alcaraz, Joel and Arouna Kone, the Spanish manager is now looking to bring in Jean Beausejour according to the Express. They are likely to face competition from French club Bordeaux.

11:36 BST: Scott Wootton's proposed transfer to Leeds has hit a snag as Manchester United want some kind of fee up front and then some appearance-related fees. However, Leeds would rather pay the entire transfer in after a set amount of appearances.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri seems to think Jose Mourinho wants a reunion with Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o. Could be a shrewd signing.

11:27 BST: Sevilla have already lined up replacements for Gary Medel if his proposed move to Cardiff is finalised. Corinthians' Ralf is a €7m option while Carlos ‘The Rock’ Sanchez of Valenciennes is also on their radar.

11:24 BST: DONE DEAL Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the loan signing of Keith Andrews from Bolton Wanderers.

11:18 BST: Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel is set to join Premier League newboys Cardiff City after the Welsh club missed out on Toulouse's Etienne Capoue. Diario ABC claim a &euro13m deal has been agreed and the Chilean is close to agreeing personal terms.

Here is what all the fuss is about. Lots of near misses.

11:11 BST: Fulham and West Ham are monitoring Real Betis midfielder Nosa Igiebor after he impressed on the Spanish club's pre season tour of England. Marca say Pepe Mel will do everything in his power to keep the Nigerian at the club.

11:00 BST: Alessandro Matri is considering a move to free-spending Napoli after reports saying Juventus had accepted a €12m offer. SportMediaset claim Everton and Liverpool remain interested but it is Juve's Serie A rivals who are now in pole position for his signature.

10:50 BST: West Ham are looking in to the possibility of signing Central Coast Mariners striker Mitchell Duke. The Australian impressed last season as his club won the A-League Championship and then in the East Asian Cup and has now been invited to train with the Hammers for a week.

10:45 BST: Liverpool have admitted defeat in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The Brazilian forward had reportedly been the subject of a £21m bid but Brendan Rodgers admitted yesterday the deal was dead. "I believe Costa has signed an extension. There’s nothing in terms of players to add," he told reporters.

10:41 BST: Real Madrid's summer spending is far from over as Marca say Carlo Ancelotti has asked the club to go after 'Little Maldini' Mattia De Sciglio. The AC Milan defender is said to be available for up around €12m.

10:36 BST: Spartak Moscow are set to be the fourth Russian club to make an offer for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has been touted for a move all summer long but has rejected approaches from Zenit, CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Norwich City. De Telegraaf say Liverpool and Everton remain interested.

10:30 BST: DONE DEAL Greek champions Olympiakos have signed former Real Madrid defender Miguel Torres from Getafe. The €500,000 deal was completed yesterday and will mean the 27-year-old will play under former Getafe coach Michel at the Pireaus club.

Who needs Gareth Bale when your coach and assistant have skills like these?

10:20 BST: This one's been rumbling on for a while now but it looks like Paolo Di Canio is set to make a third bid to sign Panathinaikos winger Charis Mavrias. The Daily Star say, having sold James McClean to Wigan, Sunderland now have space in their squad for the Greek winger.

10:13 BST: DONE DEAL Sporting Lisbon have signed Algerian international Islam Slimani on a four-year deal from Algiers-based CR Belouizdad for an undisclosed fee.

10:03 BST: Music to Arsenal fans' ears. They're set to make a signing. Ligue 2 club Angers are set to sell 'diamond in the rough' Alharbi El-Jadeyaoui to the Gunners after scout Gilles Grimandi gave Arsene Wenger glowing reviews of the attacking midfielder. The Moroccan shares the same agent as Marouane Chamakh. Read into that what you will.

09:57 BST: AC Milan are readying a bid for Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi. The 21-year-old is said to be subject of interest from the Rossoneri according to Tuttosport, but may have to strike a co-ownership deal with Genoa to finance a move for their man.

09:49 BST: Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still need to improve following their 3-1 victory over Borussia Munchengladbach. Whether that's by signing more players or not, they'll be hoping for more help like Alvaro Dominguez gave them yesterday. Watch the video above to see the defender give away two penalties in 40 seconds.

09:42 BST: Serial moaner Pablo Osvaldo is said to be a €20m target for Wolfsburg. The German club seem to have cash to spare according to Sky Sport Italia and are prepared to meet Roma's valuation for the want-away forward.

Here's Samuel Eto'o scoring supposedly his 20 best goals. What a player he's been.

09:34 BST: The highst paid player in the world, Samuel Eto'o says he would welcome a move to Rafa Benitez's revolution at Napoli. The 32-year-old's agent Claudio Vigorelli told Radio Kiss Kiss "it'd be a dream" for his client to get a move to the San Paolo club.

09:30 BST: Brendan Rodgers has denied there is any truth in Liverpool's supposed signing of Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho. The Frenchman had told Le10 Sport a deal was agreed and it was now up to the clubs to decide but Rodgers told the Sport Review, "There’s nothing on the Cissokho story."

09:25 BST: Tottenham's summer spending is set to go over the £50m mark with the expected signing of Toulouse's Etienne Capoue but the North London club are not stopping there. The Mirror say Franco Baldini has contacted his counterpart in Roma, Walter Sabatini, about a £15m move for midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

09:17 BST: Arsene Wenger has said he will respect Liverpool's stance on the transfer of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been touted for a move to Arsenal all summer but the Gunners boss says he must accept Liverpool do not want to sell. He told the Metro, "We know what we want to do. The player, if I look at the statements, (does) as well. Liverpool at the moment do not agree. If they change their minds or not, I don’t know. We’ll respect that."

09:10 BST: Free-spending Monaco have made a €17m bid for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan according to Spanish outlet Cuatro. He has been a target of Premier League sides Arsenal and Liverpool but it seems the Ligue 1 club are favourites for his signature.

06:54 BST: Marek Hamsik has signed a contract extension with Napoli, keeping at the club until 2018. Read the full story here.

Reports across Europe on Friday suggested the Spanish champions are chasing the 26-year-old Belgian, with a move for Chelsea defender David Luiz now seeming unlikely. But according to the Mirror, Spurs have rejected the claims and insist they are holding on to Vertonghen. However, Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws has reported Barca have offered £23 million to Tottenham.

Manchester United have rekindled their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric after missing out on Barca's Cesc Fabregas. The Daily Mail says David Moyes will continue his chase of Modric, particularly if United miss out on signing Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Croatia international is valued at around £25 million by Real and the Spanish side would appreciate the extra cash if their mammoth pursuit of Gareth Bale comes off.

West Ham have made a £6 million move for Liverpool's Stewart Downing, according to the Mirror. The winger was a subject of interest from Newcastle last week, but the Hammers are now in pole position for his signature, with a deal reportedly close to being finalised. Downing is keen to establish himself as a regular starter in the Premier League and could join former team-mate Andy Carroll at Upton Park.


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