Transfer news LIVE: Blues 'in talks with Willian'

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WillianGettyImagesWillian has attracted interest from numerous Premier League sides.

22:50 BST: That's all for tonight, but we'll be back shortly with the latest from the papers. Will the Bale saga finally end? Will Willian switch his attentions to yet another Premier League side? Will the Suarez affair be jolted back into life? We'll soon see.

22:36 BST: More on this one to come as and if it gathers momentum tomorrow but, just when it seemed Luis Suarez would be staying at Liverpool, it now seems he may not be:

22:00 BST: Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas refused to comment on speculation that Gareth Bale could be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Friday. Speaking after watching his team secure a thumping 5-0 win at Dinamo Tbilisi in the first leg of a Europa League play-off, Villas-Boas said: “On Gareth, I am not able to comment on anything.”

21:30 BST: Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, is reported to be holding talks with his old club about a possible return to the Emirates Stadium. Flamini, a free agent after being released by AC Milan, has been training with the Gunners over the summer.

20:45 BST: Estudiantes have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Napoli for striker Duvan Zapata, who had been a target for Queens Park Rangers, to Italy. Zapata, 22, is expected to travel to Naples this weekend for a medical.

20:15 BST: DONE DEAL: Barnsley have signed Northern Ireland international winger Paddy McCourt, who had been training with Hibernian over the summer, until the end of the season.

19:33 BST: DONE DEAL: Manchester City have sold winger Denis Suarez to Barcelona, who have paid a reported initial £1 million for the 19-year-old. Suarez is expected to go into Barcelona’s B team rather than Gerardo Martino's first-team squad. He joined City from Celta Vigo two years ago and made two appearances for the club, both in the Capital One Cup.

19:00 BST: According to reports, Real Madrid’s online store has offered fans the chance to buy ‘Bale 11’ shirts… and with rumours that the world-record deal is set to be announced on Friday, that might not be jumping the gun too much.

18:33 BST: Willian: so, where will he go? Sky Sports have reported that the player, who is reported to have passed his Tottenham medical and had also been linked with a move to Liverpool, is now talking to... Chelsea. And, they say, the talks are "advanced". Watch this space. Spurs were said to have agreed a £30 million fee for the Anzhi Makachkala midfielder, 25, a Brazil international – but could Jose Mourinho and Chelsea scupper their plans late on?

18:03 BST: Another exit from Loftus Road, where it really is all change at the moment? This time, Brazil international goalkeeper Julio Cesar is the man being linked with the exit door, with reports suggesting that the one-time Arsenal target could join Portuguese club Benfica.

17:50 BST: Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is unlikely to play Adem Ljajic in Thursday's Europa League clash with Grasshoppers because the rumours surrounding his future are becoming too distracting. AC Milan have seen two offers for Ljajic, 21, rejected -- but the Rossoneri’s interest has affected the midfielder, who has also been linked with Atletico Madrid and could become a target for Roma should Erik Lamela leave for Tottenham.

17:40 BST: West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, who worked with former England Under-21 international Scott Sinclair at Chelsea, has voiced his satisfaction at having wrapped up his loan signing. “Scott understands he needs to play football and it will be good to work with him again,” Clarke said. “We’re delighted he feels this is the right club for him at this stage of his career.

“He is the type of player we were missing from the squad. He is a pure winger, who is quick, direct and scores goals -- he has proven that over his career. He can play off the right or left and improves our attacking options. I know him well and he is a good person, who I know is 100% committed to our cause.”

17:17 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who lost top scorer Gary Hooper to Norwich over the summer, could look to Switzerland international Innocent Emeghara, 24, as he bids to strengthen his front line, according to the BBC.

17:15 BST: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he is ready to move for another defender after confirming that Sebastian Coates will be out for “most of the season”.

17:10 BST: Chelsea are considering a move for Porto’s Jackson Martinez, club sources have told ESPN, amid growing suspicion that the purchase of Wayne Rooney from Manchester United may be almost impossible to pull off.

17:00 BST: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said there have been no improved offers from Manchester United for either Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines, but reports in Manchester suggest United are “in discussions” over Fellaini and could yet strike a deal.

16:51 BST: DONE DEAL West Brom have announced the signing of Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

16:30 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Middlesbrough have made a fourth and final bid for Leeds striker Ross McCormack, understood to be worth around £2million.

16:14 BST: Juventus have said midfielder Paul Pogba, reportedly interesting Arsenal, is "going nowhere", despite having given the go-ahead for Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella to leave. FULL STORY HERE.

16:00 BST: Guardian-Series.co.uk are reporting that Anzhi Makhachkala defender Christopher Samba is eyeing a quick return to English football with West Ham United -- less than two months after returning to Russia.

15:40 BST: BREAKING! Nicolas Anelka has reportedly walked out on West Brom training, telling staff he is retiring. Remarkable news.

15:33 BST: Spurs youngster Iago Falque, who was on loan at Almeria last season, is wanted by Rayo Vallecano. A loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the season seems likely.

Falque did well on loan at Almeria last season, but has not featured much for Spurs. Rayo need reinforcements after winger Jose Carlos suffered a bad injury in Rayo's opening La Liga fixture and will be out for six months. The following video is him in his Barcelona days.

15:16 BST: Nurnberg midfielder Hiroshi Kioytake has called the Premier League his "dream" according to kicker. The Japan international had been linked with a switch to Aston Villa, who had put in a £10million offer which was turned down by Nurnberg.

14:58 BST: Bayern Munich have put contract talks with a quartet of players on hold as the club wants to see how things pan out in the new season, kicker reports. FULL STORY HERE.

14:35 BST: We can anticipate an announcement tonight or tomorrow.

14:33 BST: SportsDirect News are reporting that Spurs target Miralem Pjanic will not be leaving Roma this summer, according to his agent. The north London club are close to signing his Roma teammate Erik Lamela, and it was reported by numerous sources that they would also try to nab Pjanic away from Rome. But it seems incredibly unlikely now.

14:12 BST: The Metro claim that Willian could be in the Spurs team as early as this weekend to make his debut for the club against Swansea.

13:51 BST: Yet another signing for Sunderland.

13:48 BST: According to talkSPORT, Sunderland's hopes of landing Paolo De Ceglie have been boosted after the player's representative held talks with Juventus general director Beppe Marotta over his future in Turin.

However, despite those strong reports claiming a deal was close, the player's agent has since rubbished the remarks. Speaking to fantagazetta, De Cegile's agent Carlo Pallavicino has revealed his client is happy in Turin. "There is no negotiation between my client and Sunderland," he said. "There is nothing to confirm.Paolo is very happy to be at Juventus. He thinks of nothing else, the rest is just talk."

13:34 BST: Le Parisien reports today that Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho is being tracked by Napoli. Italy's big speders want to add depth to their defence.

13:23 BST: Willian's transfer to Spurs moves closer.

13:18 BST: BBC Sport also have some information on Arsenal's reported chase of Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria. They say The Gunners are prepared to pay £40million for Benzema alone. Whereas, Sky Sports say neither player has any interest in leaving Real Madrid.

13:05 BST: Sky Sports are now reporting similar details to BBC Sport. The Gareth Bale transfer saga could soon be drawing to a close with the Tottenham forward's proposed move to Real Madrid imminent.

13:00 BST: BBC Sport are reporting that Spurs and Real Madrid are in advanced talks over the transfer of Gareth Bale. All media outlets in England seem to be preparing themselves for the transfer to go through. The BBC's report doesn't contain any quotes or sources however, and with little news from Spain, the stage the deal is at remains to be seen.

12:54 BST: According to talkSPORT, West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce has insisted that Cardiff City have not made an official offer for Ricardo Vaz Te and says financial constraints are hampering his attempts to land Juventus star Fabio Quagliarella.

12:33 BST: BT Sport reports that, fromer Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel has urged his old club not to target a "statement signing" unless they are sure it will improve manager David Moyes' squad.

12:22 BST: The Daily Mail reports that Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is expected to complete a one-year loan move to West Brom within the next couple of days.

12:07 BST: Thiago Silva signs a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, keeping him in the French capital until 2018.

12:04 BST: Two midfielders to swap Madrid for Manchester? SportsDirect News report that Manchester United will step up their interest in Germany international Mesut Ozil. Whilst Croatian newspaper Jutarnji, reports that Luka Modric has said he is waiting for Man United to come and get him from Madrid.

11:52 BST: Bale news from Spain now. Marca report that it is "just a question of hours" before the deal is confirmed, and Bale could be in Madrid posing for photos on Friday. Meanwhile, Fabio Coentrao still looks to be stuck in limbo as he's not going to be included either as part-exchange or in a side deal to Spurs.

11:35 BST: Spurs' sporting director Franco Baldini has been in Madrid, which was widely regarded as confirmation that Gareth Bale would be leaving soon. However, perhaps it's not as it seems.

11:31 BST: New Crystal Palace signing Marouane Chamakh tells L'Equipe that West Ham manager Sam Allardyce didn't keep his word after signing the striker on loan from Arsenal last season. He claims that he didn't get his chance at Arsenal but respects Arsene Wenger's decision.

11:16 BST: Big year for Spurs indeed.

11:02 BST: This deal has taken it's sweet time to go through.

10:55 BST: After a troubled time since his transfer from Leeds United in January, Luciano Becchio could be out the door at Norwich. The Argentine striker has seen recent recruits Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel join the club and go straight ahead of him in the pecking order. An exit looks likely for the 29-year-old.

Meanwhile, according to talkSPORT, Chris Hughton has admitted that Norwich could still make further signings before the close of the transfer window.

10:36 BST: Julio Cesar will not remain at Queens Park Rangers, that's for sure. But his new team is yet to be decided.

10:31 BST: Spanish football expert Graham Hunter has told talkSPORT that he believes Real Madrid would be willing to sell Karim Benzema to Arsenal, in order to raise the money to bid for Luis Suarez. But check out this tweet, from another Spanish football expert, Guillem Balague.

10:12 BST: In Germany, Hoffenheim set to sign 18-year-old Bruno dos Santos Nazario, according to German media reports. "We are very interested," general manager Alexander Rosen is quoted in several papers as saying.

10:00 BST: Arsene Wenger insists the transfer market starts now for Arsenal. But what could this mean for incoming players. Who is on Wenger's shopping list? Read John Cross' blog HERE.

09:44 BST: Interesting stuff from ESPN FC's Spanish correspondent.

09:41 BST: According to Bild, Schalke have set their sights on Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski. They report that Galatasaray, Spurs, Wolfsburg and Schalke have all made enquiries about the Germany international.

09:28 BST: BREAKING! Paris Saint-Germain have made a bid of £15million for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Arsenal were called "disrespectful" by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew after they bid £10million for the France international.

09:24 BST: According to The Daily Express, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he has ruled out making a third offer for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney until after next Monday's Premier League clash between the two sides. Other sources claim the bid will be in the region of £26million, but United want Juan Mata as part of any deal.

09:08 BST: Tottenham are set to announce deals for Willian and Erik Lamela. But with Andre Villas-Boas admitting that the team will "strengthen in attack and defence" the following links become more plausible.

Firstly, The Sun claim Spurs will sign Bulgarian attacker Todor Nedelev for £5million from Botev Plovtiv. Meanwhile, numerous sources are claiming that Spurs will finally complete a deal with Steaua Bucharest for defender Vlad Chiriches, after a deal was initially cancelled by imprisoned owner Gigi Becali, but now it seems he will give the go ahead for the deal to be completed. Spurs may also still sign young Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilovic.

08:40 BST: Seems like Roma have conceded that Lamela is on his way to London now.

08:37 BST: Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema as he attempts to bolster Arsenal's frontline. FULL STORY HERE.

08:18 BST: Football365.fr claim an unnamed Spanish source has told them of on-going negotiations between Monaco and Sevilla for highly-rated youngster, and Arsenal target, Geoffrey Kondogbia.

06:45 BST: Chelsea are leading the race to sign England Under-21 defender Eric Dier, according to the Daily Mail. Dier has a £4.2million release clause in his contract, and Jose Mourinho is interested in triggering it.

04:39 BST: The Guardian is claiming Manchester City will have to pay £4.26 million to buy Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis. The Argentine only joined the Spanish club from La Liga rival Malaga earlier this summer.

04:39 BST: The Independent reports Liverpool are closing in on £10 million-rated Derby midfielder Will Hughes, but are likely to loan the 18-year-old back out to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.

The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror state Bale's transfer to the Spanish capital could be finalised as early as Thursday morning. A fee of £94 million is expected to change hands, ending weeks of speculation and negotiations between Real and Spurs.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports Tottenham's sporting director Franco Baldini has arrived in Madrid to complete talks. It is said Spurs are keen on making Fabio Coentrao a part of the deal, with Baldini set to put the squeeze on the La Liga giants in the closing portion of negotiations.

Andre Villas-Boas is expected to continue Spurs' spending spree as a result of the massive windfall from the Bale sale, with Willian, along with Roma's Erik Lamela and Miralem Pjanic understood to be close to moving to White Hart Lane. Should those players join Villas-Boas this summer, it would take Spurs' spending tally to £120 million. Given Financial Fair Play restrictions, such spending without the exit of Bale would be highly unlikely.

Across London and, despite claiming a valuable win the Champions League qualifying, Arsenal continue to look for answers in the transfer market. The latest player to capture the attention of Arsene Wenger is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail. Having given up on signing Luis Suarez, Wenger will be forced to spend in the region of £40 million for Benzema, while additions to the midfield in the form of Mesut Ozil and Sevilla's France international Geoffrey Kondogbia are also being touted.

Liverpool are doing their best to hold onto their talent, rejecting a £10 million offer from Napoli boss Rafa Benitez for defender Martin Skrtel. The Daily Mail claims the bid was turned down out of hand this week, but Benitez is eager to land Skrtel as he aims to make his mark in Serie A this season.

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