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Manchester United are expected to make a surprise move for Chelsea defender David Luiz, Andre Villas-Boas confirms Gareth Bale will move to Real Madrid, and Chelsea sign Willian.

22:39 BST: That's all we have for tonight, but we'll be back soon with a round-up from the morning's newspapers.

22:36 BST: Luuk de Jong is still hopeful of salvaging his Borussia Monchengladbach career, saying: "I still believe." However, the Netherlands striker -- who has so far played only eight minutes of Bundesliga football -- seems likely to push for an exit in January if things do not change as he looks to keep his World Cup dream alive. "I can only give it my all in training and convince the coach," De Jong, who joined from FC Twente last year, said.

21:59 BST: The Daily Star believes Liverpool could secure Victor Moses on loan if Chelsea land Porto youngster Christian Atsu.

21:36 BST: Espanyol have confirmed that midfielder Wakaso Mubarak is to join Rubin Kazan, subject to a medical. FULL STORY.

21:17 BST: Werder Bremen’s Marko Arnautovic could make the switch to VfL Wolfsburg, Sky Sports News in Germany has reported. "I have signed him for Bremen -– that says everything," Wolfsburg general manager Allofs said, while Arnautovic's former Bremen team-mate Naldo described him as "a good friend and a class player".

20:45 BST: Landon Donovan has signed a contract extension with LA Galaxy. FULL STORY.

20:22 BST: AC Milan have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who is considered surplus-to-requirements at the Turin club. However, the Rossoneri fans at the Champions League play-off with PSV don’t seem keen.

20:10 BST: Mundo Deportivo believes Ajax have reignited their interest in taking Isaac Cuenca on loan from Barcelona.

19:58 BST: Here's the full story on Tottenham's move for Christian Eriksen.

19:17 BST: Tottenham's spending spree might not be over just yet... Sky Sports are reporting that Ajax have allowed Christian Eriksen to begin negotiations with the Premier League club.

18:37 BST: DONE DEAL: Elche have announced the signing of Juventus striker Richmond Boakye on a season-long loan deal. FULL STORY HERE.

18:13 BST: An update on Leighton Baines for you now... A source close to Everton has told ESPN that there is no truth behind the story that the left-back has asked the club to let him leave for Manchester United.

18:07 BST: Wayne Rooney has posted some pictures from Manchester United's clash with Chelsea on his official Facebook account and thanked fans for their support during the match. Is that a clue to him staying at Old Trafford, perhaps?

17:45 BST: Voetball International claims that Hamburg are lining up a move for Sevilla’s Hedwiges Maduro. "There is interest," the midfielder has said.

17:20 BST: The big stories just keep on coming... According to the Independent, Leighton Baines has asked Everton to allow him to leave for Manchester United.

17:15 BST: Sao Paulo's Wellington has confirmed he has received offers from both Inter Milan and Galatasaray. He says he is very interested, so watch this space...

17:01 BST: It's a busy day at Roma as the Italian club have also announced the signing of Adem Ljajic from Fiorentina for €11 million.

16:57 BST: Some big news for you now... Roma have announced the sale of Erik Lamela to Tottenham for €30 million.

16:45 BST: If Sky Sports are to be believed, then West Brom are looking to bring Marseille pair Jordan Ayew and Morgan Amalfitano to The Hawthorns on loan.

16:35 BST: DONE DEAL! AFC Bournemouth have agreed a deal to take South African international striker Tokelo Rantie to the Goldsands Stadium from Malmo. It's a four-year deal with an undisclosed fee, but many believe it could be as much as £2.6million.

16:32 BST: According to talkSPORT, Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal are good enough to beat anyone -- even without any new signings.

16:23 BST: Reports in the North West claim Stoke have agreed a fee with Werder Bremen for Aaron Hunt. Able to play on the wing or in attacking midfield, the German international is also half English.

16:20 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc says he's "surprised" that Mamadou Sakho wants to leave and they'll do "all we can" to convince him to stay. Roma and Liverpool have shown interest in the France international, who wants guaranteed first team football, in order to be selected for the World Cup next year.

16:08 BST: DONE DEAL! Swansea City have secured the return of Dutch international Dwight Tiendalli on a three-year contract.

15:54 BST: If Hamburg buy a new striker it will not be Borussia Dortmund's Julian Schieber, with Dortmund not interested in offloading the attacker, according to local Dortmund paper Ruhr Nachrichten. Demoted Hoffenheim striker Eren Derdiyok is continued to be linked with Hamburg, with Bild suggesting a loan deal could happen.

15:40 BST: We're still waiting on confirmation from Roma that Adem Ljajic has completed his move from Fiorentina, but he does seem to be all signed up with the club. He will reportedly wear the number 8 shirt, which is currently Erik Lamela's. But it provides further evidence of his impending move to Spurs.

15:27 BST: DONE DEAL! Espanyol have confirmed that striker Wakaso has made a, reported €6million, move to Rubin Kazan.

"I want to beg pardon of the club, its players, and the fans because I have asked to leave even though they did not want me to. It was an opportunity for my future. When I received the offer, I called the president many times so he would accept it. It was important for me. I want to thank the club, the fans, the coaches and the players. I have learned a lot here, and improved a lot."

15:19 BST: Mundo Deportivo report that Tata Martino wants a target-man at Barca, and even suggest Juventus' new striker Fernando Llorente, as well as Oscar Cardozo, Nelson Valdez and other very unlikely names including David Trezeguet, as potential candidates for the position.

"I'm happy with the players that we have now. In reference to a center-forward and a center-back, if the season progresses and we notice that we need someone, we'll be attentive in the winter transfer period."

15:02 BST: The Daily Star reports that Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid could help Manchester United land Cristiano Ronaldo next summer.

14:50 BST: Don't worry Vlad, you'll get your move shortly.

14:43 BST: Some better news for Spurs fans.

14:30 BST: Arsenal are still in the mix to get Mata, but Spurs were an unlikely destination anyway.

14:28 BST: Sky Sports report that Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed that he turned down an approach from Crystal Palace.

14:12 BST: L'Equipe reporting today that a late bid from Newcastle for Dimitri Foulquier of Rennes didn't stop the defender joining Granada on loan.

14:00 BST: DONE DEAL! As expected, Willian has completed his move from Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea, on a five-year deal. FULL STORY HERE.

"I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I'm going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I'm very happy and looking forward to it."

13:58 BST: Adem Ljajic is on the verge of completing a move from Fiorentina to Roma. The Serbian midfielder arrived by train in Rome on Wednesday morning and has been taken to the club's Trigoria training facilities where he will undergo a medical before signing a contract.

A deal understood to be in the region of €12 million was agreed by the two clubs on Tuesday night with Ljajic recording a message to be broadcast on the Fiorentina website once the ink has dried on the contracts. Gazzetta have a video fo him arriving in Trigoria here.

13:51 BST: Mesut Ozil looks to have put an end to speculation he might join Manchester United or Arsenal this summer by saying he has no intention of leaving Real Madrid. FULL STORY HERE.

13:38 BST: This is all Villas-Boas had to say on Erik Lamela: "further news in the next few days." But he did say there is more work to be done. Expecting Lamela, Chiriches and perhaps even Eriksen to still join Spurs. Spurs fans have reason to be excited despite Bale's departure, the squad is much stronger thanks to the money generated from his transfer (when it eventually goes through.)

13:28 BST: Villas-Boas: "He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid and in the end if it happens, we wish him all the best, but the fact that he hasn't turned up is not the correct behaviour. It's up to the club to decide if it's a fineable offence. The deal could happen very, very soon."

13:25 BST: Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas: "It's a dream move for him. This [transfer] can happen in a different way ... [but] Tottenham will accept most likely the biggest transfer in world football." He admits that Spurs are in the final stages of drafting a contract with Real Madrid.

13:23 BST: So it's true that Bale has really begun to use these tactics to force a move. A shame really.

13:22 BST: MirrorSport understands that Lazio midfielder Hernanes, Valencia's Ever Banega and one other playmaker have been contacted by Spurs with a view to a quick move. If you follow the MirrorSport link, you'll find a live feed of Andre Villas-Boas' press conference. Any key updates from that live feed will be posted here.

13:10 BST: Cesc Fabregas explains why it took him so long to tell the world he was staying at Barca.

13:05 BST: Does Mata want to stay at Chelsea?

13:00 BST: According to Football365.fr Arsenal are interested in St Etienne's Josuha Guilavogui. The 22-year-old France international stands at 6ft 2in and is seen as an alternative to Monaco bound Geoffrey Kondogbia.

12:40 BST: SportsDirect News reports that Arsenal are set to make the first move towards signing Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata and could be set to step up their interest with a bid in the region of £35 million.

12:18 BST: Football-Italia report that Galatasaray officials have touched down in Rome in a bid to agree terms with Lazio regarding Burak Yilmaz's proposed €9.5million move. Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked to the striker, who is now set to sign in Italy.

11:58 BST: talkSPORT have their Spanish football expert Pete Jenson claiming that Real Madrid are prepared to let Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria leave the Bernabeu this summer, because it will help fund their record-breaking deal for Gareth Bale.

11:45 BST: The very impressive Julian Draxler extended his contract at Schalke at the end of last season, but general manager Horst Heldt says below that "if someone came and offered €70million, who knows what would happen."

11:33 BST: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that Yohan Cabaye will not be sold until the club have found a replacement. FULL STORY HERE.

11:25 BST: Bale looking to force through his move to Madrid. Is this saga nearly over?

11:18 BST: Germany international Dennis Aogo is set to join Schalke on a one-year loan deal. Aogo, 26, could make way for a new Hamburg striker as the deal will mean Hamburg save €3million in wages. The deal could be announced today or early tomorrow.

11:00 BST: Speaking of Gareth Bale. Sky Sports are now reporting that he won't return to Tottenham, at all. There is also a quote doing the rounds on Twitter. "I will continue to have a huge respect for Tottenham, and the fans, but I hope you understand the position I'm now in." The legitimacy of the quote is up for debate, and it doesn't sound quite right, but I'm sure there will be updates to come shortly. Check out this video from Spain below, they are not too fond of Daniel Levy it seems, courtesy of 101GreatGoals.

10:55 BST: Once this deal is done, we can expect Lamela to be announced at Spurs, and maybe Bale at Madrid.

10:50 BST: Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov has given his views on the Gareth Bale saga: "Bale is showing a lack of respect for his teammates at Tottenham by not going to train."

"No English player who has come to Spanish football has been a success. If Bale is worth €100million, I am priceless. They should limit the money so that small teams can have some fresh air."

Someone should have told him Bale is Welsh -- and Steve McManaman was very good in Madrid colours.

10:28 BST: Apologies for so many Twitter embeds, but so much speculation and news is coming through. This time, Sport Bild claim Schalke have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto'o. Seems unlikely, and will be most upsetting to Chelsea who are close to getting the Anzhi striker.

10:21 BST: Didn't think it would be long before he saw this.

10:18 BST: Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio tweeted this late last night, which sparked this AS report from earlier.

10:09 BST: Angel Di Maria's wife put this photo on Instagram a couple of days ago. With the caption: "I hope they know to value you my love… always with you! In the good times, and in the bad times much more." Di Maria wants to stay, but isn't sure if he is valued by the club. There does seem to be genuine uncertainty regarding his future, but he definitely wants to stay in Madrid.

09:58 BST: Bad news for Arsenal fans. Sky Sports report that Angel Di Maria has reiterated his desire to stay at Real Madrid, despite the club's pursuit of Gareth Bale and reported interest from other clubs in him.

"I understand that the club is strengthening and they are precise in what they do. But I signed up to 2018 just a year ago and my desire is to stay in the Bernabeu."

09:55 BST: The Daily Mail are now reporting on Spurs' chase of Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen. The 21-year-old would no doubt be a star at White Hart Lane, but question marks will surround some of the other players in their attacking lineup, with such an abundance of midfielders in the squad.

09:46 BST: Newcastle desperate to get their man.

09:40 BST: With Pabon and Postiga recruited, it seems Valencia have done what they can to replace Soldado.

09:38 BST: Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba's agent has said that the youngster is worth €200 million if Gareth Bale is worth €100 million. "He's certainly worth a Salvador Dali for how precious and important he is."

09:17 BST: Brazilian attacker Willian is expected to recieve a work permit today to allow him to sign for Chelsea. He will become the seventh player available to Jose Mourinho in his position. With Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle, Oscar, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard, and Kevin de Bruyne all ready to play in the attacking line behind the striker.

However, if you were worried that Chelsea were short in that position, fear not. Because the Blues are in talks with Porto to sign young attacker Christian Atsu. Goal.com, SportsDirect News, and Sky Sports have reported this story, with the fee believed to be around £3.5million. So Chelsea could potentially have eight players in that position, however Mata is expected to leave.

09:02 BST: Which London club could Benayoun be heading to?

08:58 BST: AS are reporting an update on the Gareth Bale transfer today. They say Sky Italia have the inside scoop and Bale has signed for Real Madrid for €87million.

08:52 BST: From earlier this morning. It looks like Martin Demichelis is close to joining Man City.

08:45 BST: Spurs have reportedly offered €8million, but Ajax want closer to €15million.

08:42 BST: From late last night. Sky Sports report that Arsene Wenger has admitted he "likes" Juan Mata, but has questioned whether Chelsea would be willing to sell the playmaker to Arsenal. This comes after Juan Mata's father was spotted watching Arsenal beat Fenerbahce last night from a director's box at the Emirates.

08:31 BST: Reports coming in from various sources this morning claim both Arsenal and Manchester United will bid for Real Madrid attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. In fact AS claim that United have already bid €50million for the Germany international. This fuels talk of Shinji Kagawa's exit from Old Trafford, as Borussia Dortmund fans urge him to come back to Germany.

08:20 BST: Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas, has confirmed that Yoann Gourcuff will be staying at the club this season. The 27-year-old France midfielder was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

06:50 BST: Have Arsenal let Geoffrey Kondogbia slip through their fingers? It seems Sevilla have cut the midfielder loose, but Monaco have emerged as favourites for his signature. Read the FULL STORY HERE.

05:02 BST: FC Utrecht defender Michael Zullo looks likely to join A-League side Adelaide United this season. He told the Courier Mail: "It hasn’t been finalised so I can't comment on it at the moment, but it's a possibility."

According to the Mirror, David Moyes has made preliminary enquiries to lure David Luiz to Old Trafford, as his hopes of signing Everton duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini appear to be fading. Barcelona were keen to sign Luiz earlier in the transfer window but Jose Mourinho fended off the Spanish side's advances, insisting the 26-year-old is an important part of his plans at Chelsea. Moyes is apparently concerned about the ability of experienced centre-back pairing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand to play a full season and Luiz could be the ideal solution. Reckon United fans will forget this quickly?



Joey Barton is a man in demand. Yes, you read that right! The Sun claim Crystal Palace and Everton could enter a battle for the much-maligned QPR midfielder, with the 30-year-old expected to cost around £3 million. The Toffees are only likely to pursue Barton if they release Fellaini to Manchester United, but the Englishman's agent Willie McKay confirmed "Palace have made an enquiry".

Back in London and Chelsea are hopeful of signing Samuel Eto'o from Anzhi Makhachkala this week, the Daily Mail reports. Eto'o will follow the signing of Willian from the Russian side, with the Cameroonian expected to move to Stamford Bridge as part of the same £32 million package. Eto'o is likely to join Chelsea on a one-year deal and could find himself as a first choice under Jose Mourinho, his former boss at Inter. The Blues will not be short of attacking options, with Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba also fighting for a place in the starting side.

Juan Mata admirers Tottenham are keen to sign the Chelsea midfielder and could step up their chase following the news that Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk is "not for sale". The Mirror claims Andre Villas-Boas has been told to call off his pursuit of the Brazilian, despite reports that an offer of £40 million would do the trick for Zenit. Although Hulk is hoping to leave Russia and would even take a pay cut, the final decision rests with his current club, which could free up enough cash for Spurs to chase Mata.

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