Transfer news LIVE: Bale move a Mata of time

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Juan Mata was dropped to the benchPA PhotosJuan Mata could be on his way to White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale ordered back to England as Tottenham eye Juan Mata, Manchester United still after Marouane Fellaini and Real Madrid trio could soon be Arsenal players.

22:40 BST: Barca are keen to sign Napoli winger Juan Camilo Zuniga next year. The Spanish champions reportedly made a move for the Colombian in January.

22.13 BST: How do you like these apples, Arsenal fans...

21.01 BST: Sky Sports is quoting Cesc Fabregas as having told TVE show Esport Club: "I have never said that I could go, nor have I talked to the president or the coach about it."

20.15 BST: Transfers are all well and good and that, but just in case you fancy some real-life football, we're also running a LIVE Boot Room, which includes coverage of Arsenal v Fenerbahce and Liverpool v Notts County.

19.35 BST: Get a load of this, Arsenal fans... Ah, that was meant to be the embedding of a tweet regarding Juan Mata's dad potentially being at the Emirates. Seems that tweet has now been deleted.

19.15 BST: Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle has told talkSPORT that he believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has not entirely given up hope of keeping Gareth Bale at the club, as the confusion over his protracted move to Real Madrid continues. FULL STORY.

18:35 BST: News of a possible move in the Championship:

18:15 BST: News is emergning of an imminent Tottenham signing but it's not Erik Lamela. The Daily Star are reporting a deal to sign Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches is done. They quote Steaua's manager Laurentiu Reghecampf as saying: "The two clubs have agreed to transfer him. I'm very happy for him. I can not say the amount but it is very high. It will be the most expensive transfer in the history of Steaua."

18:00 BST: Hot on the heels of Sergio Busquets, Barcelona have announced Cristian Tello will pen a new deal with the club on Friday. The striker's new contract will include a buy-out clause of 25 million euros and will run until 2018.

17:30 BST: Valencia are close to completing a deal for striker Dorlan Pabon. The 25-year-old, who currently plays for Mexican side Monterrey, has arrived in Spain and could be presented on Wednesday. The fee is believed to be around £6.5 million.

17:15 BST: The Newcastle Evening Chronicle are reporting that Florian Thauvin is keen to engineer a move away from Lille. They quote Lille’s sporting director Frederic Paquet as saying the midfielder did not arrive for training today and has told the club he wants out. Newcastle are poised to make a bid.

16:30 BST: SportsDirect News report that Chelsea are expected to win the race for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o by offering the Cameroon international a yearly salary of £7 million.

16:15 BST: Goal.com report that Coritiba sporting director Felipe Ximenes held talks in Manchester last week over a deal for 17-year-old left-back Abner, who is also being chased by Portuguese outfit Benfica. He is touted as the next Roberto Carlos.

16:00 BST: According to Bild there is an offer for Hamburg regarding Robert Tesche from an unnamed German club. Hamburg then want to bring in a new striker, at least as a backup for Artjoms Rudnevs. Bild says demoted Hoffenheim attacker Eren Derdiyok, 25, or Julian Schieber, 24, who has been struggling to make the squad at Dortmund are candidates.

15:49 BST: Sky Sports report that Blackburn Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw has stated that the club have no intention of selling striker Jordan Rhodes to any Championship rival amid reported interest from Wigan.

15:26 BST: The Daily Express reports that Sunderland are close to agreeing a loan deal for Inter Milan midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic, but fear Everton could make an 11th-hour bid to scupper the move.

15:10 BST: According to talkSPORT, Lyon have been offered the chance to sign Oscar Cardozo -- and that could destroy West Ham's hopes of landing the prolific Paraguayan.

14:52 BST: Suggestions coming through in light of the #freeshinji trend on Twitter. Shinji Kagawa's talents are being wasted on the sidelines for Manchester United, and he has been linked with a move away. His old club Borussia Dortmund admitted their interest, but as it stands he won't be moving. The Twitter trend has originated from Dortmund fans, eager to resign the attacking midfielder.

Some claim that Kagawa could be part of a straight swap with Ilkay Gundogan, as Man United are in need of a deeper lying midfielder, as opposed to the attacker they have. Dortmund would be eager to hold onto Gundogan, who is rated as one of their best young talents.

14:36 BST: Finally confirmation of this deal.

14:34 BST: Spurs are closing in on their defender.

14:29 BST: In Germany, will Gojko Kacar leave Hamburg this week? “The offer is ready to sign,” Hamburg general manager Oliver Kreuhzer has said. “It is up to him whether he takes it. He has to think about his career. Sometimes you have to go one step back.” Russian side Tom Tomsk reportedly want the midfielder.

14:18 BST: According to talkSPORT, Napoli have had a second bid for Liverpool target Martin Montoya turned down by Barcelona, according to sources in Italy.

13:58 BST: In Spain, Malaga's hunt for a centre-forward has taken them to Mounir El Hamdaoui, who will arrive on Costa del Sol today to do a medical and sign a one-year loan deal, according to El Diario Sur. The former Ajax forward is currently out of favour at Fiorentina.

13.36 BST: Sergio Busquets has signed another contract extension.

13.28 BST: Sky Sports report that Zenit Saint Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti has insisted that Tottenham target Hulk is not for sale, with the Italian quoted simply saying: "Hulk is not for sale."

It was thought that Spurs would attempt to strike a deal for Hulk, after Chelsea hijacked their move for another Brazilian playing in Russia, Willian. Willian's move to Chelsea hinges on a work permit hearing on Wednesday.

12.02 BST: If Kondogbia is really set to sign for Monaco, you once again have to question Arsene Wenger's transfer policy. Young Kondogbia would've been great for Arsenal.

12.00 BST: According to The Daily Express, Newcastle are the front runner's to sign James McCarthy from Wigan, as a possible replacement for Yohan Cabaye after Everton denied making a bid for the player.

11.49 BST: The Daily Star reports that odds on Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United have been slashed after his man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea.

11.37 BST: Uh oh! Bale is reportedly "furious and frustrated.'

11.22 BST: According to The Daily Mirror Gareth Bale is 'Manchester United-bound' in a staggering £125million deal, says ex-United star Real Madrid's bid for Gareth Bale looks to be faltering as Manchester United have reportedly entered the fray with a staggering fee.

11.08 BST: Sky Sports letting us speculate on what this could mean. Next flight to Madrid?

11.05 BST: Oussama Assaidi really needs to perform at this stage of his career. This could be his chance.

11.00 BST: Move for Lamela seems imminent. General feeling here is that this will happen today or tomorrow. But then again, look what was said about Gareth Bale from various members of the media, and his future is still undecided.

10.50 BST: Fioretina midfielder David Pizarro says he and his Fiorentina team mates have advised Adem Ljajic to stay at the club. Whilst coach Vincenzo Montella chose to leave Ljajic out of his side's win over Catania, telling him to go home after breakfast "He gave me a hug, but it was my choice, not the club's.” He said he is not serene while president Andrea Delllle says he will "almost certainly leave Florence" in the next few days, and he did not exclude a move to AC Milan either.

10.38 BST: According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace want QPR midfielder Joey Barton and are lining up a £750,000 move for Reading winger Jimmy Kebe.

10.19 BST: Lorenzo Insigne has signed a new contract at Napoli, the youngster impressed immensely at the U21 European Championships.

10.08 BST:Le Parisien says Geoffrey Kondogbia's agent was in Monaco yesterday to discuss a move to moneyabgs Moj:L'Equipe say it should happen today.

09.44 BST: Radio Marca say Paris Saint-Gerrmain have offered €40million for Barca star Pedro, who nobody really expects ton leave, especially as he's keeping Neymar out of the team at present.

09.22 BST: The Daily Express reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on his interest in Real Madrid players Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria. A move for any of the players looks unlikely at this point, with the attackers all starters for the Spaniards.

09.10 BST: Sky Sports report on Manchester United manager David Moyes saying the club have not made a move for Tottenham's Gareth Bale. But some reports suggest a £50million plus Wayne Rooney offer has been made. Read the full story from us here.

08.58 BST: A big signing for Real Madrid has been announced. Former star midfielder Guti has re-joined the club as a coach. The 36-year-old spent his entire career at the Santiago Bernabeu, aside from his final season when he featured for Besiktas.

08.31 BST: Spanish football expert Tim Stannard passes on info from Marca.

08.29 BST: France coach Didier Deschamps has warned his players that they need to play for their club side to secure a place in the national team. The warning will be heard by Mamadou Sakho in particular as his future at Paris Saint-Germain remains in doubt, and Yohan Cabaye has a tough choice on whether to leave Newcastle for Arsenal.

08.25 BST: Check out the front pages from Italy.

08.19 BST: Jeremy Clement, and young defender Kurt Zouma, a atarget for Manchester United, have signed new contracts at Saint Etienne. Head coach Christophe Galtier said: "This shows we can keep good young players in France."

06.49 BST: Club-less Carlton Cole could be offered a lifeline back into football with Reading expected to lure the former West Ham striker to the Championship. According to The Sun, Reading manager Nigel Adkins is desperate to sign a striker and has the 29-year-old in his sights.

05.50 BST: AC Milan are continuing their push for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri. Tribal Football reports Milan will bid for the unwanted front-man if they can progress past PSV into the group stage of the Champions League this week.

04.19 BST: Goal is reporting that Roma have accepted a €35 million offer from Tottenham for young striker Erik Lamela.

As speculation swells that Gareth Bale will move away from Tottenham this week, Chelsea's Juan Mata has emerged as a potential replacement for the Welshman.

The Sun and the Daily Mail report Andre Villas-Boas has been weighing up his options in recent days, with Bale likely to depart before the close of the transfer window. The Portuguese is currently considering a late plunge for Mata, who is understood to be on the outer at Stamford Bridge and watched his team-mates from the sidelines again on Monday against Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror states Bale has been ordered back to England from Spain, with his move to Real Madrid now cast in some doubt. The winger was expected to seal the deal on Tuesday, but now faces a trip back to London until a transfer is finalised.

Bale could stay in England, though, if Manchester United succeed in their bid to land a big-name signing by the end of the month. David Moyes gave little away after his side's stalemate with the Blues, but The Sun claims the Old Trafford boss will need to stump up £125 million in order to snare their man.

Moyes also remains keen on Everton's Marouane Fellaini, according to The Sun. It is said United will put forward an offer in the region of £25 million -- including add-ons -- as they aim to bolster their midfield before the close of the transfer window.

Also in need of a transfer boost, Arsenal continue to be linked with a host of players. The Daily Mirror claims Karim Benzema has been offered to the Gunners by Real Madrid, while the Frenchman's team-mates Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria are also being considered by Arsene Wenger. The trio could all end up at the Emirates as Wenger ponders his usual last-ditch spending spree.

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