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Gareth Bale's imminent departure in a 'bargain deal' has been softened by Spurs' triple signing of Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

21:25 BST Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has hinted that deals to bring Jimmy Kebe and Jack Hunt to the club have been completed. FULL STORY HERE.

20:59 BST DONE DEAL: Monaco midfielder Delvin Ndinga has joined Olympiakos on loan for the season. The Greek club have an option to make the move permanent.

20:39 BST Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said he wants the future of Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye to be sorted swiftly. "We have told his agent, 'Look, come on, play the game', because we have got to replace him [if we sell him] and we can't afford to replace him before he goes because we're not sure he is going to go," he said.

19:53 BST Everton manager Roberto Martinez had this to say today on the future of United targets Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines: "They are top players as you have seen today and I want to keep my top players. But when you are in the transfer window you are not in control of what is going to happen. What we want to see is Marouane and Leighton to play for Everton for many, many years, not just this transfer window. At the moment, the situation is the same as yesterday."

19:15 BST DONE DEAL: Cardiff have signed defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine from Rennes, Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay has confirmed. Mackay said: "He is someone who has pace, is aggressive and has good experience in the French top division, so he is someone we feel will be a good addition to our squad."

18:48 BST Iker Casillas has been linked with an exit from Real Madrid recently with coach Carlo Ancelotti having opted for Diego Lopez in goal this season. However, Ancelotti has told Marca: "We need two very good 'keepers and I’m sure that Casillas will get his chance to play this season."

18:13 BST Some more quotes from Roma boss Rudi Garcia on Manchester United target Daniele de Rossi for you now: "We spoke when he came back from his holidays and we said that, if it got past a certain date, he would certainly remain with us. He will stay here for the whole season and this is something that satisfies me a lot." FULL STORY HERE.

17:58 BST Sam Allardyce on West Ham's transfer activity with two days to go.

17:56 BST Remember Park Chu Young, Arsenal's deadline day £3 million signing from Monaco a few years back? Well, Arsene Wenger has seen the error in the panic-buy and is looking to offload the South Korean international on a free to any taker with St Etienne, Rennes and Lorient in France all keen.

BBC Sport presenter Damian Johnson with some news about Wigan's James cCarthy and his potential exit from the club.

17:45 BST Luca Antonelli has not given uphope of getting his dream move from Genoa to Inter Milan. The Italian defender's agent is clearly working over-time as Oscar Damiani told Tutto Mercato 'anything is possible' with the transfer window still open for two more days. However, Inter aren't expected to sign anyone unless they can offload players and raise some revenue first.

17:34 BST Former Germany international Patrick Helmes looks set to join Cologne as he enters the final year of his contract at Wolfsburg.

17:27 BST Stuttgart may have lost their captain Serdar Tasci earlier today but are looking likely to sign Palmeiras centre back Vilson in a €900,000 deal.

17:25 BST Since qualifying for the Champions League, Schalke have been on somewhat of a spending spree, bringing in Kevin Prince Boateng from AC Milan and bidding for Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor but their splurge on the market is not set to end just yet. Though unlikely to come to fruition, Rapid Vienna's Louis Schaub is a &euro400,000 target.

17:23 BST Reports in Germany suggest Hamburg defender Slobodan Rajkovic could be moving to Augsburg in a €2 million deal. However, Welt have given the deal just a 25% chance of happening as the Serbian may not want to move from a club challenging at the top end of the Bundesliga to the bottom end.

17:19 BST Reports in Italy are listing players Roma should go for now they have received a huge fee for Erik Lamela. Gazzetto Dello Sport say Andre Pierre Gignac, Bafetimbi Gomis, Abel Hernandez, Demba Ba and in defence, Davide Astori, would all be good signings for the capital club.

17:12 BST Spanish daily Marca seem to think Atletico Madrid's Adrian could be on his way to Monaco to join former team mate Radamel Falcao. With a release clause of €18 million, it could be a bit too much for Monaco to pay but Atleti will demand that amount as they look to bring Chelsea's Juan Mata in as a replacement.

17:07 BST Celtic boss Neil Lennon is determined to bring in more faces before the 11pm deadline for Scottish football. He told the Daily Record he wants to sign Peterborough's Lee Tomlin and Alexander Buttner from Manchester United.

17:00 BST Everton only signed Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the season a month ago but it appears Roberto Martinez is keen to extend his stay at Goodison Park to 2015. Talking to the Daily Star, he said, "I don't think it is an option to take him permanently because the hopes in Barcelona are huge for him, but with him being such a young man, perhaps we could extend it for a further year."

Carlo Ancelotti breaks his Bale-silence. Another sign the Welshman is just moments away from officially signing?

16:49 BST Harry Redknapp may be sitting top of the Championship with QPR but still thinks he needs to bring in three or four more players. He told Sky Sports the new-found team spirit within the dressing room could only be enhanced with more signings.

16:37 BST Roma will be looking for a new striker having sold Erik Lamela and Pablo Osvaldo and only bringing in Adam Ljajic. Well, L'Equipe say Nice's Dario Cvitanich is now their number one target to replace their sold stars.

16:30 BST Inter are set to make a last ditch attempt to sign Chelsea's Fernando Torres and end his nightmare in West London. The Spaniard has struggled for form and goals since his £;50 million move from Liverpool but Il Quotidiano Sportivo say Torres will be looking for a move now with the arrival of Samuel Eto'o at Stamford Bridge.

16:23 BST DONE DEAL Leicester City have signed Southampton midfielder Dean Hammond on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old saw his first-team opportunities cut after high-profile signings at St Mary's over the past two seasons.

West Ham are currently drawing 0-0 with Stoke City at home and The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg think maybe the Hammers need a striker.

16:15 BST Porto's Elaquim Mangala has told the club he wants to stay at the club for at least one more season despite heavy interest from Manchester City who L'Equipe say were willing to pay the full €45 million release clause to win his signature.

16:12 BST French reports suggest Toulouse have already replaced Cheikh Mbengue who left for Rennes with Servette Geneva's François Moubandje who is on his way to France to discuss a deal, according to L'Equipe.

16:05 BST Nuremburg are expected to sign Japanese international Makoto Hasebe from Wolfsburg on Monday according to boss Martin Bader after he told Nuremburg Zeitung, "Makoto knows the Bundesliga, speaks perfect German and is a figure of the Japanese team which he captained."

16:00 BST Olympiacos are set to sign Monaco midfielder Delvin Ndinga on loan for the season with a view to a €3 million deal next summer according to L'Equipe. The 25-year-old Congolese midfielder has been pushed out of the side given the principality club's free spending and has already passed a medical in Athens.

15:52 BST Bayer Leverkusen have admitted they are talking to Besiktas striker Hugo Almeida in an attempt to bring more firepower to the BayArena. Executive Wolfgang Holzhauser told the Cologne Express, ""We are looking to add a prolific striker as we are in talks with a few players and clubs. Hugo Almeida and Eren Derdiyok are two of the players we have been in touch with." The Swiss striker has returned to Leverkusen on loan from Hoffenheim.

15:45 BST Cardiff City are being linked with the imminent signing of Rennes full-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine. Wales Online report that a €2.5 million deal has been agreed and the Frenchman will sign in the next 24 hours.

Another DONE DEAL via Sunderland's Twitter account.

15:36 BST DONE DEAL Tottenham youngster Massimo Luongo has made his season-long loan to Swindon a permanent switch as the Lilywhites accepted a $875,000 bid for the Australian playmaker.

15:30 BST Crystal Palace are confident of signing Australian midfielder Mark Milligan from Melbourne Victory. The Eagles have already had two bids for the Socceroo turned down but a fee of $1.5 million is said to have been agreed between the clubs.

It's true that he tweeted it. No idea if it is actually true or not!

15:21 BST German TV pundit and former Swindon, Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Sheffield United player Jan Aage Fjortoft has told the world via Twitter Arsenal bid €30 million and Lukas Podolski in order to land Schalke's Julian Draxler.

DONE DEAL Former Barcelona youth product Sergio Buenacasa has signed for Juventus and posted this photo of himself signing the contract on Twitter.

15:10 BST Parma and Fulham are working on a swap deal between the two clubs. Parma will offload Yohan Benalouane to the Cottagers while Philippe Senderos will return to Serie A where he spent a season with AC Milan. Tuttomercatoweb are saying the Italian club are stalling on a deal as their valuation of the two players is markedly different to that of Fulham's.

15:00 BST Fabio Coentrao has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid all summer and has told Carlo Ancelotti he wants to leave. Marca now say the Portuguese will be subjected to a bid by Manchester United as well as Tottenham but Los Blancos won't accept any offers below €20 million.

BBC's David Ornstein seems to think the Martin Demichelis to Man City deal is to be completed.

14:50 BST Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is turning his attentions to Norwich City flop Lucciano Becchio after Leeds United frontman Ross McCormack signed a new contract to remain at Elland Road.

14:38 BST Daniel Agger's future at Liverpool looks pretty secure following his interview with Danish paper Jyllands-Posten where he said he is flattered by Barcelona's interest but has no intention of leaving. He said, "If a move doesn't happen then that's that. That's nothing I can dictate or decide. I have a contract with Liverpool for another three years and if they want to keep me, they will keep me."

14:31 BST News emerging from El Confidencial in Spain that when Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid for Chelsea, he immediately asked after the services of Sergio Ramos but was subsequently turned down by the player who remained loyal to Los Blancos.

Here's the best of the Portuguese legend's career.

14:26 BST Former double-winning winger Luis Boa Morte has signed for Hampshire Premier League side Four Marks. The Portuguese who played for Arsenal, Fulham and West Ham forward was last season playing for Chesterfield in League One where he scored 13 goals but will now be plying his trade in the 11th tier of English football.

14:14 BST More Liverpool links with the Telegraph reporting that the Reds are close to signing Shay Given from Aston Villa on a short-term deal and have contacted Chelsea with a view to bringing in Victor Moses on loan for the season.

14:05 BST Liverpool are keen on signing Montenegrin Deni Hocko from Buducnost Podgorica. The 17-year-old is hot property and has attracted interest from Crystal Palace also but the Liverpool Echo say the 'new Andrea Pirlo' could be on his way to Merseyside.

The firmest proof yet that Mamahdou Sakho is about to join Liverpool?

14:03 BST DONE DEAL Livorno have gone on a splurge and signed Andrea Coda on loan from Udinese for the season to add to their signing earlier today of Marco Biaganti.

13:55 BST One of the slightly less high profile but equally protracted transfer saga's of the summer looks set to be coming to an end as Toby Alderweireld has finally found a club he'd rather play for than Ajax. Atletico Madrid are said to have agreed a deal and the Belgian defender told De Telegraaf, "Negotiations have started and I will be relieved when they succeed."

13:45 BST Vasco Da Gama's 17-year-old superstar Danilo Barbosa da Silva has attracted interest from Liverpool and Inter Milan according to reports across Brazil. The midfielder is compared to Tottenham's Paulinho and could break in to the Brazil national team as early as the next World Cup in 2014.

Just moments later and it appears Man Utd's move to sign Ander Herrera has now collapsed.



Spanish journalist Guillem Balague with some news meaning Ander Herrera clearly isn't taking the Manchester United interest too seriously.

13:37 BST DONE DEAL Livorno have splashed the cash on Marco Biaganti from Catania. An announcement was made confirming the club had bought the 29-year-old outright for an undisclosed fee.

13:28 BST West Brom boss Steve Clarke is worried about not getting in the last few pieces to his transfer jigsaw before Monday's deadline. He told reporters, "Time is short. I'm getting nervous and I'm concerned we've left it too late, that we won't get the players in to improve the squad."

13:22 BST Schalke midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta is said to be keen on a move to Crystal Palace according to the Daily Express. The Swiss winger is happy to leave the Bundesliga in search of more first-team football ahead of the World Cup and would welcome the chance to link up with Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park.

13:11 BST Norwegian right-back Lars Vilsvik is set to sign for Arsenal before Monday's transfer deadline passes according to Sports Direct News. A £4 million deal is set to be completed appeasing Gunners fans fears that their club weren't going to sign anybody this summer.

13:05 BST Celtic are after Manchester United left back Alexander Buttner. STV say a loan-deal is being discussed and the Dutch defender is keen to talk to the Scottish champions about a move.

12:57 BST Manchester United are set to make another offer for Atletico Bilbao's Ander Herrera. The Metro say The Red Devils are going to make a £31 million bid, matching the Spaniard's release clause and allowing him to discuss personal details with the Manchester club.

Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri with some exclusive transfer news for Galatasaray fans.

12:49 BST DONE DEAL Stuttgart captain Serdar Tasci has joined Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee. The defender says he wanted a 'new challenge' and has decided Russia is the place to take that challenge on.

12:40 BST Former AC Milan and Newcastle defender Oguchi Onyewu has left Sporting Lisbon after mutually agreeing to terminate his contract. The American had been on loan at Malaga last season but with the Portuguese club not being able to carry on paying his wages following a huge slash in their financial capabilities, Onyewu can now find himself a new club.

12:31 BST Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has admitted it would be difficult to leave Celtic but has left his future up to the club amid reports Benfica are interested in securing his services. Neil Lennon remains adamant the English goalkeeper will not be leaving but the lure of playing for the Portuguese giants could be too much.

Independent journalist Jack Pitt-Brooke seems to think Manchester United made a late move to sign Tottenham's new Danish midifielder Christian Eriksen.

12:25 BST Serbian winger Milos Krasic, who has slightly lost his way in recent years after some promising seasons earlier in his career, has joined French club Bastia on a season-long loan from Fenerbahce.

12:18 BST DONE DEAL Heerenveen have signed Nigerian striker Uche Nwofor from relegated VVV-Venlo. The 21-year-old is said to have a bright future in Europe and will be hoping to prove that during his season-long loan in Holland.

12:04 BST DONE DEAL Torino have officially signed Giovanni Pasquale from Udinese on a loan deal after ANdrea Dossena's move from Napoli broke down following a failed medical.

12:02 BST Lazio have not given upon thrashing out a deal for Galatasaray's prolific frontman Burak Yilmaz. A deal was thought to have been close last week but it seems the Rome club have returned to the Turkish champions with a €13 million bid including Sergio Floccari and Mickael Ciani. Corriere Dello Sport say Gala want €15 million cash up-front but with Fatih Terim determined to bring Sporting Lisbon's Armindo Bruma to the club, Lazio's latest offer could be accepted.

11:54 BST Sporting Lisbon's summer cull of player's looks set to continue as Zakaria Labyad, who they signed just last summer, looks set for a return to PSV. Boss Philip Cocu told De Telegraaf, "“I think it is good to hear that players want to return to PSV.But, it’s too early to say whether this is going to happen."

Manchester United look set to be disappointed again in their pursuit of a midfield target. Gabriele Marcotti quoting Roma boss Rudi Garcia.

11:48 BST Tottenham's spending is set to continue. With Gareth Bale joining Real Madrid, Fabio Coentrao desperate to leave Los Blancos and Spurs apparently still after a left-back, it would appear one last deal might be agreed between the clubs according to Goal.com. They say the Portuguese left-back is keen to link up with compatriot Andre Villas Boas at White Hart Lane.

11:35 BST Real Madrid's endless pursuit of Europe's top talent knew no bounds when they approached Juventus about Paul Pogba. The Turin club's director general Giuseppe Marotta told Sky Sport Italia, "Florentino Perez enquired about him but there were no negotiations."

Former CNN sports presenter Pedro Pinto allaying any last fears Spurs had over their newest capture Christian Eriksen.

11:26 BST West Brom are close to signing Marseille's Morgan Amalfitano on a season long loan according to Radio Monte Carlo. They report that the Baggies will pay his wages in full but the French attacker is still yet to make a decision whether he wants to move to the West Midlands yet.

11:20 BST Arsenal fans rejoice. A deal is apparently close to being completed. Though it is for former Chelsea winger Salomon Kalou. The Daily Mail say a £2.6 million deal could be completed and though it is hardly headline stuff from the Gunners, at least it is something.

11:11 BST Roma have stepped up their chase for Davide Astori from Cagliari. Sky Sport Italia say the capital club are looking for a co-ownership deal at around €7.5 million but Cagliari have re-iterated time and again they will not be selling any of their star players this summer.

Arsenal fan's hopes of signing Julian Draxler from Schalke look set to be dashed with this news emerging from Raphael Honigstein.

11:04 BST Former Barcelona prodigy Jeffren Suarez is about to leave Sporting Lisbon and return to Barcelona, the town anyway. A Bola say Espanyol look set to sign the winger after a disappointing spell in Portugal.

10:53 BST Reports in Spain suggest Valencia's Pablo Piatti has agreed to take a pay-cut in order to join Getafe but the capital club will have to sell Alvaro Vazquez, who has been attracting interest from Swansea City, in order to fund the move for the 24-year-old Argentine.

10:45 BST Andrea Dossena was set to move to Torino but has failed what was supposed to be a routine medical. The Napoli left-back is now being re-considered by Torino as he returns to Napoli with Toro thinking about signing someone else after a muscle lesion was found on his leg.

10:36 BST Talksport pundit Scott Minto has told the radio station he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy about Gareth Bale's imminent move to Real Madrid and he doesn't want it to be a world-record fee because he wants to remain number one.

10:30 BST DONE DEAL Celtic have signed Teemu Pukki from Schalke on four year deal.

10:22 BST DONE DEAL Catania have signed Sevilla midfielder Tiberio Guarente to bring him back to Serie A. The deal is a season long loan with an option to buy at the end of it.

10:15 BST It is all going on at AC Milan. Having brought in Alessandro Matri and sold Kevin Prince Boateng, the Rossoneri have now set their sights on Kaka of Real Madrid. They have been boosted by the news Kaka 'misses Italy' and that Los Blancos have reduced their asking price to just €5 million. However their pursuit of Keisuke Honda has taken another negative turn after CSKA Moscow director general Roman Babaev said, "Nothing has changed. Keisuke will remain with us."

10:06 BST Crystal Palace look set to bring Huddersfield Town's Jack Hunt to Selhurst Park according to the Yorkshire Post. A £2 million deal has been agreed and the right-back will link up with Palace at some point this weekend.

09:58 BST Manchester United are said to be in talks to sign four players over the final weekend of the transfer window. Long-term targets Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini continue to be tragetted while Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera joins Italian legend Daniele De Rossi on David Moyes' radar. If all four sign, it could cost Man Utd in the region of £70 million.

09:50 BST Nottingham Forest have been rebuffed in approaches for several players as they look to add to their promotion-chasing squad over the weekend. The Daily Express and Star sayd Billy Davies has had approaches for Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter and Leicester's Wes Morgan turned down and has been told Wolves pair Kevin Doyle and Bakary Sako will cost top dollar to grab their sigantures.

09:45 BST DONE DEAL Geoffrey Kondogbia has been linked with several clubs this summer but it appears Monaco have won the race to sign the highly-rated Sevilla midfielder. The principality club met the Frenchman's €20 million release clause and signed a five-year deal, the club have announced.

BBC's Dan Roan has been reading the Spanish press who say the Gareth Bale saga is finally over!

09:36 BST Sunderland are set to make their 12th signing of the summer according to Sky Sports with Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yeung set to join the Black Cats on loan for the rest of the season.

09:30 BST French daily Le Parisien is reporting that Laurent Blanc wants to bring one of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas or Yohan Cabaye to PSG before the transfer window shuts. If I was a betting man, would have to say Cabaye is the most likely.

ESPN correspondent Jonathan Johnson seems to think the Mahmadou Sakho deal to Liverpool is complete.

09:20 BST More Chelsea news as new signing Christian Atsu is set to join Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season. The Daily Mail claim the deal is close to completion while the Blues new Dutch midfielder, Marco van Ginkel, will not be going on loan to Ajax.

09:11 BST Newcastle are set to bring Demba Ba into their squad after Chelsea offered them the striker on loan for the season. The Mirror say the deal could be in jeopardy though because the Blues want a £3 million fee for the season-long loan.

09:03 BST Chelsea's new signing Samuel Eto'o has labelled the club 'pathetic'... in 2005. During the heady heights of the Blues' rivalry with Barcelona the Cameroon star said, "I’d rather sell groundnuts in my village than to play for a pathetic team like Chelsea.” Charming.

What's this summer without a spot of Gareth Bale news? As the Tottenham star's imminent move to Real Madrid drags closer to its inevitable conclusion, the Daily Mail has revealed the Spanish giants are already trumpeting their soon-to-be-capture as a bargain buy. According to recent reports, Bale is set to seal a move to Madrid late on Saturday despite the London club stalling as they make further moves in the transfer window. But the delay is seen as little more than a bump in the road and Madrid officials are confident that they will soon seal a £78 million move for the Welshman. And despite earlier rumours that the Spaniards would have to smash the transfer fee that they themselves set with the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo, the final payment is £2 million less than many expected would be required.

Is there light at the end of the summer tunnel for Arsenal? According to the Mirror, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has set his eyes on luring Schalke star Julian Draxler to the Premier League. Arsenal have so far failed to fire in the transfer window, recruiting only Yaya Sanogo and former Gunner Mathieu Flamini but Wenger believes he is onto a winner with German starlet Draxler and is pulling out all the stops to sign the 19-year-old. But after firing the German club into this season's Champions League, Wenger will have to considerably crack open that war chest, with Draxler expected to fetch up to between £40 and £60 million for Schalke. However, Real Madrid attacker Kaka remains an alternative for Arsenal.

And finally, Liverpool are set for some late summer buys with The Telegraph reporting that the Reds are set to sign defensive duo Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had been busy in the transfer window but with injuries to new defensive recruits Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho, Rodgers is again on the lookout for cover at the back. Sporting Lisbon's Ilori has already been linked with a move to the club, but Paris Saint-Germain's Sakho could also be tempted to join the Reds' revolution. France international Sakho has been pushed down the pecking order at PSG and could be tempted with an offer of first-team football but it will cost the club in the vicinity of £15 million.

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