Transfer news LIVE: Bale for sale! Spurs open up the market

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Tottenham looked to have signed off on an £86 million deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Gareth Bale, according to reports in the British press -- but Sky Sports News and the Press Association say other bids are being considered.

21:41 BST: Former West Ham midfielder Alessandro Diamanti is ready to commit his future to Bologna and sign a new contract.

20:51 BST: Slovenia striker Etien Velikonja wants to quit Cardiff City due to a lack of first-team opportunities.

19:45 BST: Juan Mata drops back down to the bench for Chelsea tonight which is sure to set the tongues wagging again.

19:11 BST: Huge... Chelsea target Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United against...Chelsea. That should make things very interesting.

18:57 BST: And that news on Stephane Mbia is now official...

18:51 BST: Various reports in France are claiming that QPR's Stephane Mbia has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan deal. Watch this space...

18:22 BST: Despite Daniel Sturridge currently shining for Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers has dismissed the prospect of sending Fabio Borini out on loan. FULL STORY HERE.

18:10 BST: An update for you now on Adem Ljajic... According to Italian media, as expected the AC Milan target has been left out of Fiorentina's squad for tonight's game against Catania.

17:54 BST: A rumour coming in from Italy now, and La Repubblica are claiming that Fiorentina are interested in Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos.

17:34 BST: We’ve already heard from Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear about the Yohan Cabaye situation – now here’s manager Alan Pardew. He told the Chronicle that Pardew told the Chronicle: “You can't say he is definitely going to stay, so the mindset of the player is such that we need to be on guard.

“We are on the case with that. We have to be armed. We need to resolve it. If he goes, good luck to him. Bye, bye. We need to replace him with somebody as good.''

17:30 BST: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has said he wants to bring in even more new faces before the transfer window shuts next week. The Italian has made 11 summer signings, but said he wanted further reinforcements after watching his side struggle in their opening two matches of the Premier League season. “I don't mention names, but it is obvious that someone has to join us in the next few days,” he said. “We still have six, seven days [until the window closes].”

16:55 BST: Lamine Sane, a reported target for West Ham, has said he is happy to stay at Bordeaux this season. The Senegal defender was linked with the Hammers in both the January and summer transfer windows, but the two clubs were unable to agree a fee.

16:43 BST: Defender Christopher Samba, who returned to Anzhi Makhachkala this summer after a brief stint at Queens Park Rangers, has said he does not expect to be moving again despite the club’s desire to offload players as part of a summer “makeover”.

15:50 BST: Ajax midfielder Eyong Enoh, who spent part of last season on loan at Fulham, has said Premier league newcomers Crystal Palace, as well as Olympiakos, are interested in signing him.

14:57 BST: A little more substance, now, to those early reports linking Peter Odemwingie with clubs including Swansea. Swans boss Michael Laudrup has told the South Wales Evening Post: "We want to add one more who can give us that in a certain part of the game or in certain games, and he is a player with pace who knows the league."

14:32 BST: Arsene’s playing it cool. When naughty reporters asked him about transfer targets, he refused to give them a list of names. I mean, imagine. Here’s what he had to say: “I will not give you any names -- it would make wrong hopes. The disputes we have across the country are because managers talk about other players. We have to be discreet. But we work very hard on it. There's no fixed date on transfers. We don't have a fixed number we want. The most important is to focus on our own squad. If I add someone, it has to be special. I'm still optimistic, and I hope we don't disappoint you.”

14:31 BST: Sevilla coach Unai Emery has said he would like to keep Geoffrey Kondogbia -- but stressed that his club would be able to adapt if the French midfielder leaves. Kondogbia has reportedly interested clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Inter Milan this summer.

14:28 BST: More on Arsenal, Newcastle, Joe Kinnear and Yohan Cabaye: Arsenal made an initial bid for Cabaye last week, understood to be £10 million, but Newcastle are reported to be seeking double that for the France international. Kinnear, Newcastle’s director of football, has confirmed his club are open to a sale but said the Gunners must substantially increase their offer for the 27-year-old. “We've told Arsenal our terms,” he said in the Evening Chronicle. “The ball is in their court.”

14:05 BST: Lille president Michel Seydoux isn’t happy with Florian Thauvin's advisors, accusing them of unsettling him. He also told L'Equipe that, unless there was a “staggering” offer, it was "99.9%" certain that Thauvin would stay at the club this season.

13:57 BST: Adem Ljajic is unlikely to feature in Fiorentina’s Serie A opener against Catania on Monday night while his future at the club is shrouded in doubt, with coach Vincenzo Montella saying he is “really sick” of the saga. AC Milan have seen their offers for the Serbian midfielder rejected, while Roma are also believed to be keen on the 21-year-old, whose contract expires next summer. He has been offered a new deal by the Viola but, while the player ponders his future, Montella says he is unlikely to play.

13:27 BST: Joe Kinnear has said Arsenal know what they have to do if they want to sign Yohan Cabaye. The club’s director of football said: "We've told Arsenal our terms. The ball is in their court."

12:50 BST: Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has said his club have rejected an Atletico Madrid offer for Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, AS has reported. Alderweireld, 24, has been linked with Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich over the summer.

12:24 BST: Sylvain Distin and Tim Howard have hailed the professionalism of Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines amid Manchester United’s interest. Fellaini and Baines both played in the 0-0 Premier League draw with West Brom on Saturday despite uncertainty over their futures. United had a combined bid of £28 million for the midfielder and left-back rejected last week, and have drawn stinging criticism from Roberto Martinez.

12:04 BST: West Ham winger Stewart Downing has said Newcastle United were interested in signing him from Liverpool before his move to Upton Park. "There were things going on in the background and Newcastle enquired about me," he told the Daily Mirror.

11:37 BST: Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway wants changes to the system. "The answer is to scrap the window -- it's an absolute joke. Do it how we used to do it. Then us people who've just come up might just have a chance of catching some of these big people,” he said. “They write their own rules, that's what they do. Now I can only have two loans. Why that is I don't understand."

11:23 BST: Here’s an interesting one: Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has made an undisclosed offer for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, Sky Sports reports. However, boss Neil Lennon is determined to keep the former Newcastle man at Parkhead.

11:10 BST: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has again reiterated that no more new faces will be arriving at Upton Park unless players depart first. "I have seen the suggestion that we should just give away or sell a few fringe players to free up the wages, but I must stress this is easier said than done and it just hasn't been possible yet,” he explained.

11:00 BST: Sergio Aguero said he rejected other offers to sign an extended contract at Manchester City this summer. The Argentina international striker was linked with Real Madrid, who were also interested in buying him when he joined City from Atletico Madrid, but insists he is happy to stay at the Etihad Stadium. He'll probably never top this:

10:40 BST: SC Freiburg are set to sign Viktoria Plzen midfielder Vladimir Darida, 23, after their game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Sky Sports report that a deal is all but done.

10:25 BST: And if that one goes through, Schalke could replace him with Slask Wroclaw attacker Waldemar Sobota, according to German football magazine kicker.

10:15 BST: Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has said his club and Scottish champions Celtic are negotiating over the possible transfer of Finald international Teemu Pukki, 23. "We are in talks," Heldt said.

10:00 BST: And still on the Bale theme, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has stuck by his comment that the world record fee involved was “disrespectful” in the difficult economic climate. Carlo Ancelotti called those comments “strange”, but Martino said: “I said what I said -- I do not want a disagreement with anyone. I am sticking to what I said. I am not taking it back, but I do not need to continue with this theme, because it has had a beginning and an end.”

09:57 BST: If -- and, ladies and gents, it’s still officially an if -- Gareth Bale goes to Real Madrid, who might be on their way out of the Bernabeu? Marca suggests Angel Di Maria could make a €30 million move to Arsenal -- but the paper adds that “problem is the player himself” because he does not want to leave the club. AS says Mesut Ozil could move to Manchester United for €45 million.

09:50 BST: Toby Alderweireld, of Ajax, has been linked with a string of clubs this summer. Here's some more on the sought-after defender:

09:50 BST: AC Milan are well placed to sign Paris Saint-Germain centre back Mamadou Sakho, according to reports in France. Sakho, 23, wants to leave his home town club after falling behind Thiago Silva, Alex and new signing Marquinhos in the pecking order. He was not even on the bench for this weekend’s win over Nantes, and L’Equipe suggests Milan are close to reaching an agreement with him. Le Parisien, however, says Roma are also interested.

09:40 BST: Italy international Alessandro Diamanti is to snub Juventus and AC Milan and commit his future to Bologna by signing a new contract. Speaking after Bologna’s 3-0 defeat to Napoli on Sunday night, the 30-year-old said an agreement is close to being reached. “We all want it - me, the club and the city,” he told Sky Sport.

09:30 BST: Peter Odemwingie may be closer to leaving, but West Brom could also be welcoming a couple of new faces: the Baggies are being linked with bringing in Marseille duo Morgan Amalfitano and Jordan Ayew on loan. Amalfitano, a midfielder, and Ayew, an attacker, want more game time -- but Marseille do not want to let them go to a rival French club.

09:20 BST: Lille have said they expect Florian Thauvin to resume training on Tuesday after rejecting an improved bid from Marseille for the attacking midfielder. Director Frederic Paquet told RMC the club had turned down a second offer, thought to be worth €8 million plus add-ons. There has been speculation that Thauvin, 20, could refuse to train in order to force a move.

09:10 BST: Striker Peter Odemwingie could finally be on his way from West Bromwich Albion, the Birmingham Mail reports. Odemwingie, out of the picture since driving to Loftus Road on January deadline day in an apparent attempt to force through a move to QPR, is attracting interest from Cardiff, Stoke and Swansea.

09:00 BST: Sky Sports News is claiming that Tottenham are "considering offers for Gareth Bale from more than one club". It was expected that Real Madrid would announce the Bale deal today or tomorrow, but perhaps there could be a late twist.

07:00 BST: Sunderland have reportedly had a £5 million bid for Roma and USA midfielder Michael Bradley rejected. The Daily Mail claims the Serie A side will hold out for double that amount before entering into serious negotiations.

05:17 BST: Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri isn’t giving much away about the potential signing of Samuel Eto'o. "Eto'o arrives? It's not my place to speak. I'm happy to coach the team I have right now, and we'll see what the market says," he said.

The Daily Mail and the Telegraph claim Spurs chairman Daniel Levy finally authorised the Gareth Bale move on Sunday night after talks with the directors at White Hart Lane. The paper also claims Real will receive a discount on the mammoth fee if they can accelerate their payments to Spurs. Bale is expected to earn around £300,000 a week over the next six years, and should be unveiled at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Andre Villas-Boas' rebuilding process at White Hart Lane continues, with the Mirror reporting that Brazilian striker Hulk could be on his way to North London. The Zenit St Petersburg forward is believed to be valued at £30 million. Tottenham's 1-0 win over Swansea on Sunday came via another Roberto Soldado penalty, and Villas-Boas is keen to atone for the failed pursuit of Chelsea-bound Willian.

Tottenham's spending spree will not end there, with the club also closing in on Roma attacker Erik Lamela. The Italian reportedly missed Roma's Serie A clash with Livorno on Sunday to travel to London and hold talks with Spurs officials, with a £26 million deal expected to be agreed in the coming days.

Manchester United boss David Moyes has been criticised by his former club Everton for his pursuit of both Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to Old Trafford this summer, but the Mirror claims the Scot could give up on Baines if it becomes clear Everton will not let both players leave.

It has always appeared unlikely that the Toffees would open the door for two of their best players, and Moyes has finally accepted that a double bid is a long shot. Instead, he will focus on increasing his bid for Fellaini -- a player he feels will be more of an asset in United's line-up than Baines.


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