Transfer news LIVE: Chelsea up Eto'o chase?

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Chelsea switch focus from Wayne Rooney to Samuel Eto'o, Arsenal eye Juan Mata and Tottenham prepare for the arrival Erik Lamela.

22:28 BST: That last update probably gives you a bit of an insight into how much transfer gossip we're enjoying at the moment, so it's time to call it a night. We'll be back shortly with more blockbusting rumours -- from the DW Stadium and beyond!

22:25 BST: Wigan boss Owen Coyle wants to boost his attack. "There's no secret we're looking to add another striker to the group," he said after the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. "We'll certainly try everything we can before the window closes and, if we can't do a deal, then we'll look at the loan market."

21:44 BST: Andre Villas-Boas said he had allowed Gareth Bale, who was not at White Hart Lane for Tottenham’s game against Swansea, to have two days off amid speculation over an impending move to Real Madrid. Villas-Boas watched his team chalk up their second successive 1-0 win thanks to Roberto Soldado penalty, but Bale was in Marbella. “We allowed him two days off," Villas-Boas said. “It's not the first time this has come up. We never force non-selected players to come to our games. I decided that last season.”

21:20 BST: Diego Simeone neither confirmed nor denied that Atletico Madrid have made a move to sign Chelsea attacker Juan Mata on loan. On Sunday afternoon, Radio Marca reported that an Atletico representative was in London trying to arrange a season-long loan deal for the Spain international.

20:27 BST: Napoli have completed the signing of Colombian striker Duvan Zapata from Estudiantes, bringing him to Serie A for an undisclosed fee. Zapata, 22, who reportedly came close to joining West Ham in July, becomes Rafael Benitez's latest addition at the Stadio San Paolo following the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon, Pepe Reina and Raul Albiol.

20:09 BST: Mansfield manager Paul Cox has said the club will not be signing Hamza Bencherif after he spent a spell on trial.

19:55 BST: Basel's Valentin Stocker will join Schalke -- but only if the Bundesliga side succeed in their attempt to reach the group stages of the Champions League.

19:40 BST: Inevitably, like day following night, Andre Villas-Boas was asked about Gareth Bale after his side had beaten Swansea 1-0. Here’s what he had to say: "We've gone on with our business. Gareth, unfortunately for us, hasn't been part of our squad, but we have a big squad to choose from. This team can only develop, and we look forward towards the future. With Gareth or without, we can be stronger."

19:20 BST: Stoke manager Mark Hughes is considering making a £5.5 million bid for Manchester City’s Swedish striker John Guidetti, the Sun reports.

18:57 BST: The Sunday Express says West Ham are considering a bid for Porto striker Silvestre Varela should they fail to land Juventus' Fabio Quagliarella.

18:15 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti is staying coy over the chances of re-signing Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi. "We'll see what happens next week," he told Sky Sport Italia.

17:35 BST: Liverpool are going to rival Everton for out-of-favour Chelsea winger Victor Moses. After missing out on several high-profile attackers, Brendan Rodgers is ready to bring the Nigerian to Merseyside.

17:26 BST: Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United to release Wayne Rooney and allow him to move to Chelsea because he himself would have no problem selling one of his players to a rival. Somehow don't think that is entirely true and Jose is simply playing his mind-games again.

More info from's Mohammed Ali covering French football.

17:15 BST: Mark Hughes is keen to add pace to his new-look Stoke City squad before the transfer deadline passes next week. He told reporters after their victory over Crystal Palace yesterday, "We need a few extra faces and possibly a little bit more pace in the side than we have at the moment, so we will look for that type of player."

17:00 BST: The man that caused so much aggravation for Manchester United earlier this summer, Thiago Alcantara, has picked up an injury that will keep him out of action for seven weeks. He opted to join former boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich despite having been very very close to a deal with David Moyes at Man Utd.

16:58 BST: Reports from Italy are beginning to suggest what was an inevitable move to Tottenham from Roma for Erik Lamela could be slightly more complex. Rudi Garcia has named the Argentine in his squad to face Livorno and says the he only wants to sell if it is right for the club.

Read Carlo Ancelotti's response to Tata Martino's comments yesterday about the Gareth Bale bid being 'disrespectful.' Click here for the full story.

16:37 BST: Former Barcelona defender and Champions League winner Rafael Marquez has told Mundo Deportivo that his former club need a defender. He said during an interview, "It is necessary that Barca sign a central defender as it will complete the side."

16:25 BST: Lazio have been linked with a big money move for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz in recent weeks but it appears they are to drop that interest and go after PSV's young forward Tim Matavz. Corriere dello Sport say Lazio see it is a far more likely deal to happen than bringing the prolific Turk to the Italian capital.

16:13 BST: Arsene Wenger has not given up hope of bringing in some new players this summer but is running out of time. He told reporters, "We are a bit short numbers-wise for the whole season, to go for all the competitions."

15:56 BST: Liverpool are set to sign Mamadou Sakho after the central defender told PSG he wants to move to Anfield, according to the Metro. The Reds will need to bid around £12 million for the wantaway Frenchman and will need to at least match his £60k a wekk wages.

Apparently West Brom are watching Andre Pierre Gignac says reporter Mohammed Ali.

Read Jonathan Johnson's take on Arsenal's pursuit of Yohan Cabaye. Click here for the full story.

15:45 BST: Much coveted Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata is finally on his way to Napoli according to Sky Sport Italia. He is flying to Naples as you read and will put pen to paper this week.

15:33 BST: He was fiery in his playing days and looks like he'll be no different as a manager. Gennaro Gattuso has told Abel Hernandez his 'training is unacceptable' and if he wants to leave Palermo, to tell them sooner rather than later. La Repubblica reported the quotes and say Roma and Napoli are interested.

Watch Schelotto in his younger days. Was he ever good enough for Inter?

15:20 BST: Ezequiel Schelotto's Inter Milan nightmare could be over if Sassuolo manage to thrash out a deal for the Argentine winger. He only joined Inter from Atalanta in January but is out of new manager Walter Mazzari's plans and Tuttomercatoweb say he is actively seeking to leave the Nerazzuri.

15:11 BST: Celtic's attempt to bring Schalke forward Teemu Pukki to Glasgow is beginning to look positive again. The Scotsman say Schalke's poor start to the season means they may need some cash to bring in new players and the £3 million they could get from the Finnish international's departure will be welcome.

The Sun journalist Rob Beasley is confused about Chelsea's transfer policy.

15:00 BST: Read the full story here on Vlad Chirches' move to Tottenham.

14:51 BST: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says he is delighted with the new signings the club has made and despite Bale leaving imminently thinks Spurs are well placed for a top four finish. He told Sky Sports News, "It is the life of football that some movement happens and you try to put them in the best condition to help the team to win and realise our objectives."

14:43 BST: Chelsea are in desperate need to offload some players given the swelling going on in the West London club's dressing room. With the arrival of Willian, Victor Moses looks set to leave the club and it seems Everton are keen to sign the ex-Crystal Palace and Wigan winger in order to re-unite with former boss Roberto Martinez.

14:30 BST: Newcastle have sent Joe Kinnear to watch Marseille's Andre Ayew with a view to landing the Ghanaian winger before the transfer window shuts. Marseille president Vincent Labrune says Ayew will only leave if their €15 million asking price is met but the Magpies are unlikely to match that fee.

Confirmation of the Mesut Ozil false reports.

14:19 BST: Santos only sold Neymar two months ago but have already found their next starlet in 16-year-old striker Gabriel Barbosa, also known as 'Gabigol'. The teenager scored the winner in a cup match against Gremio before netting in his first league start. He has a €50 million release clause in his contract but Barcelona have already snapped up bidding rights to the player should they want to make a move.

14:10 BST: So Punta Pelota have said Mesut Ozil has agreed a deal with Manchester United. Bild have also been widely credited but with nothing on their website, it suggests this rumour was more likely made up on Twitter.

14:00 BST: The exodus at Newcastle United is not going to stop at Yohan Cabaye as Arsenal are preparing a £10 million offer for goalkeeper Tim Krul. The Sun say Arsene Wenger wants to bring in another top goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the No.1 shirt.

13:51 BST: Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has lost it with the protracted saga that is Adam Ljajic's move from the club. He told reporters, "I’m fed up. I have neither the time nor the desire to wait for him.” Damning stuff.

13:43 BST: And one final story from Corriere Dello Sport which suggests AC Milan want to bring in four players with the €30 million they will get if they qualify for the Champions League. The problem being they cannot invest if they do not progress as they're out of money. Alessandro MAtri, Mamadou Sakho, Davide Astori, Keisuke Honda, Adam Ljajic and Kucka of Genoa are all targets.

13:36 BST: More from Italy as the Corriere Dello Sport say Fiorentina's Mounir El Hamdaoui is close to signing for Malaga for around €5 million.

13:30 BST: Genoa are after Slovan Liberec defender Renato Kelic according to Corriere Dello Sport.

13:08 BST: Three clubs are said to be interested in signing West Brom's wantaway striker Peter Odemwingie. The Birmingham Mail say Swansea City, Cardiff City and Stoke City are all interested in signing the Nigerian and offers of around £2 million are expected before the transfer deadline shuts.

The Sunday Times' Jonathan Northcroft with a bit of insight into Chelsea's pursuit of Wayne Rooney.

Here is the best of the 23-year-old Romanian set to be gracing White Hart Lane this season.

13:00 BST: Almost a done deal for Spurs as Steuau Bucharest manager Laurentiu Reghecampf said at a press conference that Vlad Chiriches will join the Lilywhites. He said, "The two clubs have agreed to transfer him. I'm very happy for him."

12:52 BST: According to Le Progrès, Saint Etienne are interested in loaning Marseille's Jordan Ayew. However, Téléfoot believe that West Brom are interested in the winger too and may look to hijack the deal.

12:46 BST: Ajaccio owner Alain Arsoni has told France Football he is willing to sell highly rated goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for as little as &euro6 million.

12:36 BST: Emmanuel Adebayor was transfer listed by Spurs this summer and was tipped for a move to Besiktas but the Togolese international told reporters, "I don't think I'll be going to Turkey, there are clubs who want me however, what is important is whether I want to play for them or not." He has also said he is in contact with other clubs in England.

12:30 BST: Galatasaray have been linked with a move for Arsenal's Lukas Podolski but the Turkish champions claim no bid has been made. Speaking to Radyospor Galatasaray president Unal Aysa said: "We have not been in contact with Podolski."

12:19 BST: Yohan Cabaye has gone on strike in order to force through a move out of Newcastle. The Irish Independant say there is heavy interest from Arsenal and PSG and the Frenchman is keen to leave St James' Park and has told Alan Pardew he never wants to play for the Magpies again.

An interesting take on Real Madrid's finances following the almost done-deal for Gareth Bale.

12:04 BST: Tottenham and Roma have been in negotiations all summer about a whole raft of players but now they are set to battle it out for Bulgarian prodigy Todor Nedelev. Sky Sport Italia say Franco Baldini has been in talks with Botev Plovdiv for the playmaker but Roma are looking to hijack the reported €5 million deal.

11:55 BST: Conflicting reports coming out of Italy to do with Spurs' proposed offer for Roma's Erik Lamela. The deal is said to be close according to the Daily Mail, with the clubs agreeing a €29 million deal but that is considerably less than the €35 million asking price. Italian papers however claim a €30 million plus add-ons deal has been agreed. I guess we'll find out when it gets concluded!

Here's what Willian could bring to Chelsea in their quest to regain the Champions League trophy this season.

11:46 BST: Barcelona are going to go back in for Liverpool's Daniel Agger according to the Sunday Mirror. A £10 million bid is going to be made next week but it is expected it will take a much bigger offer to bring Liverpool to the negotiating table.

11:40 BST: Read the full story here about Willan's move to Chelsea.

11:33 BST: Sevilla are confident of luring Federico Fernandez from Napoli. Estadio Deportivo is reporting a loan deal is thought possible and Los Rojiblancos are confident of securing his signature and shoring up their thin back-line.

11:24 BST: Atletico Madrid are the latest club to come in for Ajax super-star Christian Eriksen. AS say Atleti want to sign an attacking midfielder and a defender and could also move for Toby Alderweireld in a double deal from Ajax.

It is done.

11:09 BST: Monaco are set to make one final assault on Sevilla to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia. L'Equipe say the Frenchman is now the Principality club's number one target even though a €15 million bid has already been rejected. Also, the fact club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has decided to personally handle the transfer negotiations indicates how badly they want their man.

11:00 BST: Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero says he never even considered moving to Real Madrid after being linked with Los Blancos after signing a one-year extension to his contract in May.

10:52 BST: The Telegraph has reported that Chelsea have sealed a deal for Samuel Eto'o and it will be concluded this week. But Sport Witness carried quotes from the Italian media by the Cameroonian's agent, Claudio Vigorelli, saying no definite deal has been done and Chelsea's board do not want to give a huge contract to a 32-year-old.

10:40 BST: Reports in the Turkish media suggest Manchester United have agreed a deal with Besiktas to sign Alexander Buttner. The left-back wants to get back in to the Holland squad and TRT Spor say that the decision is now with Buttner as to whether he wants to move to Turkey. United will get &euro1 million as part of a loan fee but will have to contribute €15k a week to his salary while in Turkey.

Do Spurs need him?

10:28 BST: More rumours from Tottenham and this time the Telegraph seem to think Andre Villas Boas, still smarting from having Willian snatched from him, will make a move for Zenit St Petersburg's Hulk. The Russian club want £40 million but Spurs will be hoping to land the Brazilian for about £10 million less than that.

10:17 BST: Arsenal's move for Karim Benzema has been halted before it even got started as the Frenchman's agent, Karim Djaziri, has told reporters, "I tell you: Karim will not go to Arsenal. It's never been a question for him and no contact has been made."

10:10 BST: Chelsea are set to make one final effort to sign Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. The Sunday Mirror say the England international will be the subject of a £40 million bid next week.

10:00 BST: Arsenal have made a €30 million bid for Angel Di Maria which Real Madrid are under pressure to accept given their world-record bid for Gareth Bale. Marca say the Argentine hadn't been earmarked for a move but with Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema digging their heels in, this deal appears to suit all parties.

The Sunday Mirror's Matt Law tries to explain some Jose Mourinho logic when it comes to transfers.

09:51 BST: The Sunday Mirror think Manchester United will make one final £40m bid to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas despite being rebuffed by the Catalan club already this summer. They claim Fabregas' uncertainty over a starting berth in the Barca team could prove to turn his head enough to push through a move to the Premier League champions.

09:45 BST: Manchester City's Yaya Toure has told Mundo Deportivo he would one day like to return to Barcelona. The Ivorian giant moved from Catalunia to City in a €24 million move but says it is 'God's decision' if he will return to his former club.

Yet another player linked with a move to Tottenham...

09:32 BST: Martin Jol has told 19-year-old winger Kerim Frei he is free to find another club to continue his development. The Sunday Express say the Turkish winger is still part of Fulham's future but first-team opportunities will be hard to come by this season.

09:23 BST: Manchester City will net an extra £685,000 for every appearance Denis Suarez makes for the Barcelona first team. The young defender made a £1.25 million move to Catalunia with the fee possibly being inflated depending on his success according to the Daily Star.

09:15 BST: Tottenham's busy transfer window looks set to continue with not only the arrival of Erik Lamela but also Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest. The deal looked to be dead a month ago after the club's incarcerated owner called off the transfer. However, it seems Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini have managed to sweet talk the Romanian club into selling.

06.45 BST: Goal is claiming Manuel Pellegrini has been promised a €58 million January transfer kitty if Manchester City progress from the Champions League group stage.

05.11 BST: The Guardian are reporting that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United he wants to return to the club, one day, to probably end his career.

Hold the phone! All summer long the Chelsea-Wayne Rooney saga has barged through On The Move like a train on a loop. But no more it seems, with the The Telegraph reporting Jose Mourinho's Blues have dropped their interest and are now looking towards Russia and Samuel Eto'o. Mourinho had made Rooney his number one target in this transfer window but United have refused to sell and the England international is now resigned to staying at Old Trafford. However, Chelsea have quickly moved on, with Eto'o expected to link-up with his former Inter Milan manager as part of the £30 million acquisition of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala. That claim is being disputed, with the Mirror reporting that the London club will make a third, but last-ditch, hail Mary, all-hope-is-not-lost, final bid of £40 million after the two club's clash for the first time this season at Old Trafford. We'd like to say we're a step closer to finding out but …

While Chelsea are eyeing the talent from other clubs a Premier League rival is ready to make a play for their Spanish schemer - Juan Mata. According to the Mirror, Arsenal are preparing to offer Mata an escape from his Blues hell as the Spain international falls down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have gone on a shopping spree this summer, bringing in talent from across Europe and Mata's position within the team is no longer guaranteed. Cue Arsene Wenger's approach. Arsenal have failed to fire in this transfer window, missing out on Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema, but with money to spend, and Champions League football almost assured, Wenger and the Arsenal board are confident of landing the 25-year-old Mata.

And finally, Tottenham are set to bury the disappointment of losing Willian to Chelsea by securing Erik Lamela from Roma. Spurs were all set to sign the Brazilian, having undergone a medical, until their London rivals swooped in and lured him to Stamford Bridge. No matter, according to the Daily Mail, with the 21-year-old Lamela expected to join his former director of football, Franco Baldini, at White Hart Lane. However, Tottenham, who have been quite busy during the transfer window, will need to cough up £25 million to capture the Argentina international.


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