Adebayor joins Spurs while United swoop for Buttner

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Good morning and welcome to ESPN FC's On the Move - and to something that feels slightly like time-travelling back to an earlier part of the summer. That’s because Emmanuel Adebayor and a transfer to White Hart Lane are once again being mentioned in the same breath.

A mooted deal to bring the former Arsenal striker - who enjoyed a successful loan spell in N17 last season - back from Manchester City on a full-time basis appeared to be dead and buried amid rumours of a breakdown in negotiations over his personal terms.

But, now, that is all in the past and in a flurry of Twitter activity, Tottenham have now confirmed the signing of everybody's favourite Togolese striker. Manchester City appear to have finally agreed a pay-off to help shift the £175,000-a-week star off their books.

- Catch up on all the latest DONE DEALS in our Transfer Archive here.


Adebayor: could yet end up at Tottenham
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00.00 BST: Right folks, that's all we've got time for today - we'd like to say it won't be so Spurs-centric tomorrow but with a Dawson deal likely to be completed and Real Madrid closing in on Modric, there could be plenty more to come from Tottenham. Sorry non-Spurs fans!

23.51 BST Bayern Munich remain confident of landing versatile Spain international Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao

23.37 BST: Norwich want to sign Blackburn’s second-choice goalkeeper Mark Bunn and have raised their offfer for him from £300,000 to nearer £1million, according to the Daily Mail.

23.12 BST: Bristol City have signed 23-year-old striker Sam Baldock from West Ham for an undisclosed fee

22.50 BST: Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Hendry Thomas, who has been a free agent since leaving the club earlier this summer, has signed for MLS side Colorado Rapids.

22.22 BST: It really does feel like the Tottenham Transfer Blog this evening - apparently Spurs have now accepted a £7.5 million from QPR for Michael Dawson.

21.43 BST: Miralem Pjanic's agent has claimed the Roma man rejected the opportunity to move to Spurs, saying: "Tottenham made a move for him, but both Roma and Pjanic thanked them for their interest and politely declined the offer.

21.16 BST: DONE DEAL - Rangers defender Dorin Goian has joined Serie B outfit Spezia Calcio on a one-year loan deal, the Ibrox club have confirmed.

20.52 BST: DONE DEAL - Ricardo Fuller has joined Charlton Athletic from Stoke City on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch.

20.39 BST: Sticking with Manchester United and Pachuca have confirmed the Red Devils have shown an interest in Mexican Olympic midfielder Hector Herrera. Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi told ESPN Deportes: "It's an official interest. We have the document but there is nothing more."

20.16 BST: Angelo Henriquez is set to complete his move to Manchester United after receiving a work permit to play in the UK. FULL STORY HERE.

19.37 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Inter Milan will be ready to announce the signing of Napoli's combative midfielder Walter Gargano in the coming days.

19.11 BST: A Manchester City source has confirmed to ESPN that both Liverpool and Tottenham have made enquiries for the services of winger Adam Johnson.

19.01 BST: More on that other QPR story from earlier then. Are they set to sign Michael Dawson from Spurs? It seems so. Full report.

18.39 BST: Back on QPR then, an interesting story in L'Equipe today that the West London club are set to beat both Chelsea and Manchester United to 17-year-old St Etienne centre-back Kurt Zouma. Would require an eventual fee of nearly €15 million, but it would be a massive statement of intent.

18.09 BST: Are Tottenham looking to make another forward signing? Leandro Damiao is still on the cards, according to Globo Esporte. The Brazilian media giant report that representatives of the North London side are in Brazil for meetings with Internacional today.

17.47 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller has joined Charlton after his management company used Twitter to reveal the deal's completion.

17.40 BST - DONE DEAL: Tottenham Hotspur have officially announced the signing of striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

17.40 BST: Darren Bent would welcome the arrival of another striker at Aston Villa as manager Paul Lambert continues to consider possible moves for either Jermain Defoe or Kenwyne Jones. Read.

17.30 BST: This just in from Emmanuel Adebayor on his official Twitter - @Sheyiadebayor: I'm back!!!! Tottenham here I come!! I'm hungry for goals...Get ready

17.12 BST - DONE DEAL: Reading youngster Jordan Obita has joined Portsmouth on-loan as they look to rebuild their squad. An England youth international striker who is also eligible for Nigeria.

16.44 BST: Marca report that Roque Santa-Cruz's protracted exit from Manchester City is nearing completion, with Real Betis favourites to secure a permanent deal.

16.27 BST: Confusion among the media as an array of stories linking Michael Dawson to Queens Park Rangers emerge. Sky Sports say a £5.5 million bid has been rejected, whereas the Daily Mail reports a deal being close at £10 million. Make of that what you will.

16.03 BST: Reports indicate that there may finally have been a breakthrough on all sides in the protracted saga of Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham, and the deal could be confirmed this week. Reports earlier today suggested the player was ready to take a pay cut in an attempt to push the deal through. Watch this space...

15.22 BST: Daniele De Rossi has confirmed at press conference that he will be staying at Roma and not moving to Manchester City.

De Rossi, 29, spoke of his devotion to his hometown club, leaving little doubt as to where his future lies after a second consecutive summer linking him with long-time admirer Roberto Mancini and the Premier League champions.

14.41 BST: Kevin Mirallas has revealed how the enthusiasm of David Moyes and the encouragement of Marouane Fellaini persuaded him to choose Everton over Arsenal.

Mirallas, 24, joined Everton from Olympiakos for £5.3 million on Sunday, signing a four-year deal. He had been close to signing for Arsenal, though, until Everton manager Moyes convinced him he would get more first-team football at Goodison Park.

14.38 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester City’s 19-year-old striker Harry Bunn has joined Crewe on loan for the first half of the season.

14.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester United have announced that they have completed the signing of Vitesse Arnhem defender Alexander Buttner, who has signed a five-year contract. He is believed to have moved for a fee in the region of €3 million.

13.55 BST: And further info on this one: According to Voetbal International, Fulham have agreed a fee of €5.5 million with FC Twente for Douglas. It's claimed that his agent has flown to London to conclude the deal.

13.49 BST: FC Twente defender Douglas is a target for both Fulham and Newcastle. Twente chairman Joop Munsterman said: “Both clubs told us they want to do business with us, but we haven’t received any offers yet.”

13.40 BST: Forward Morgan Ferrier, who began his career at Arsenal and left Watford in the summer, could be on the move again – this time to Nottingham Forest.

13.38 BST: Charlton are reportedly interested in signing winger Danny N’Guessan, who was on loan with them from Millwall last season, on a permanent basis, but could face competition from Sheffield Wednesday.

13.02 BST - DONE DEAL: After a fair old build-up, Ajax have confirmed the signing of Niklas Moisander from AZ Alkmaar. The defender has made the switch in a €3 million deal.

12.31 BST - DONE DEAL: Norwich have confirmed the signing of defender Sebastien Bassong from Tottenham, with the Cameroon international moving to the Canaries on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Bassong, 26, joined Spurs from Newcastle in an £8 million deal in 2009 and had worked with Norwich manager Chris Hughton during his time with the Magpies, whom he joined from French club Metz in 2008.

Hughton said: “Sebastien is a player that I have known well since my time at Newcastle, and I’m delighted to have brought in someone with the Premier League experience he has got.

“He will give us power and pace at the back, and add to the competition in the squad.”

11.57 BST: Scott Sinclair’s move from Swansea to Manchester City appears to be all but inevitable. The winger, who scored in the opening-day destruction of QPR, has said he will not sign a new contract and first-team coach Alan Curtis told the BBC: “He's not really interested in signing a new contract, and I think Man City have made a bid.

“So it's just a matter of time now before it happens - and it's good for both parties.''

11.37 BST: And with all those incomers at Forest, here’s a potential move in the opposite direction: forward David McGoldrick could be off to Coventry, where boss Andy Thorn is keen to add to his attacking options, in a loan move.

10.40 BST: Nottingham Forest said on Monday that they could add three more new faces to their squad before the transfer window closes – and it seems one of them could be transfer-listed Wolves winger Adam Hammill. Manager Sean O'Driscoll says Forest have made an initial inquiry about the player.

10.14 BST: Cesar Azpilicueta is keen to join Chelsea, according to L'Equipe. Chelsea have been linked with the player throughout the summer, and could complete a deal before the end of the week.

Azpilicueta, 22, has played in both of Marseille's Ligue 1 games this season and Sunday's 2-0 win at home to Sochaux could prove to be his last appearance for the club. Marseille could go to Moldova on Thursday for their Europa League play-off tie against Sheriff Tiraspol without him.

10.09 BST: Now there is (well, of a contract, at least): reports in Norfolk suggest that Bassong has agreed a three-year deal.

10.06 BST: More on the Bassong/Norwich story: he has reportedly undergone, and passed, a medical at Carrow Road. There’s still no mention of any transfer fee, or potential length of contract.

10.04 BST: Rennes general manager Pierre Dreossi believes Yann M'Vila could sign for Arsenal before the close of the transfer window.

M'Vila, 22, has been strongly linked with a move to a Premier League side this summer, with North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham both said to be keen. Dreossi told RMC: "Arsenal? Maybe. You need to ask Arsene Wenger. I think Arsenal will look for a player in this position. He [M'Vila] could go there or to a club which sells Arsenal a player."

10.02 BST: In Germany, Bild reports that Chelsea could make another offer for Andre Schurrle. The winger had already been linked with the Londoners, and a €25 million bid was rejected earlier this summer. Bild quotes Bayer chairman Wolfgang Holzhauser as saying: “He will not be sold at any price and, above all, there is no alternative to him.”

09.53 BST: Malaga are close to bringing in Javier Saviola from Benfica, according to the player’s agent, who told Marca: "It is up to the club to decide if Saviola will end up playing at Malaga or not. Benfica have the power. We are waiting to see what happens.”

The player has a year remaining on his contract, and was left out of the Benfica team for the league opener last weekend.

09.50 BST: The saga of where Fernando Llorente might go from Athletic Bilabo continues. During a club visit to a local cathedral, some fans shouted: “Llorente, stay”. One Italian website quoted him as saying he was “very happy” the club and wanted to stay, but Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City are all reported to have an interest in signing him.

09.33 BST: Surely it’s just a coincidence that the two teams beaten 5-0 on the Premier League’s opening day are reportedly in the market for a new centre-back. Surely. After the Norwich/Bassong reports, here’s who QPR might be going for (and from the same club): Michael Dawson.

09.23 BST: Tottenham are looking to replace Luka Modric with Roma’s Bosnian international midfielder Miralem Pjanic in a £12 million deal, says the same paper, which also claims that the Italian club’s skipper Daniele De Rossi is set to resist interest from Manchester City and stay put.

09.20 BST: Arsenal negotiations to bring Nuri Sahin in on laon from Real Madrid have rumbled to a halt, says temple of paranoia the Daily Mail. The paper explains: “Wenger wants to replace Alex Song by signing Sahin, 23, on a one-year loan, but negotiations have become locked on the terms of an option to buy him permanently next year.” Other reports say Arsene Wenger would like to bring in a defender as well.

08.50 BST: Here’s one from out of the blue: Sebastien Bassong is set to sign for Norwich City from Tottenham, according to reports. The defender worked with Canaries manager Chris Hughton at Newcastle, and can – surely – only help improve things after the defensive nightmare suffered by Norwich at Fulham on Saturday. Spurs paid £8 million to bring Bassong to White Hart Lane from the Magpies in 2009.

08.45 BST: More Mirror, and it foresees a double swoop by Stoke, who are reportedly keen to bring in Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone on loan and Maurice Edu from Rangers (who has also been interesting Ipswich) on a permanent deal.

08.40 BST: The Mirror has an alternative take on Adebayor: it says Spurs have become frustrated with the waiting game and are looking at an offer for another City striker – Edin Dzeko.

Here’s what the paper says: “Spurs have been exploring alternatives [to a move for Adebayor] for some time and are now looking at the possibility of a move for Dzeko who, despite his goal in Sunday's 3-2 win over Southampton, is still surplus to requirements at the champions.”

08.35 BST: And one more from the same source: Scott Sinclair, who has declared that he will not sign a new contract at Swansea, is the subject of a £5 million bid from Manchester City (who had previously been speculated to have tabled an £8 million offer for him).

08.30 BST: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will not allow Andy Carroll’s future to remain unresolved too close to deadline day, says the Sun – he wants time to bring in a replacement should the £35 million striker, who has been heavily linked with both West Ham and his former club Newcastle, end up going somewhere. Rodgers has made it clear that Carroll is unlikely to be much of a part of the first team picture this season.

08.15 BST: And another Mancini moment for your morning: also in the Sun is the claim that he could be ready to attempt to snatch Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez from under the noses of Bayern Munich, who probably wouldn’t be too thrilled about that.

08.15 BST: And now, another old favourite: Victor Moses and Chelsea. The Sun reports that Wigan’s Moses is “desperate” to move to Stamford Bridge to be part of Roberto Di Matteo’s summer signings spree – and that’s despite the opinion of his manager Ronerto Martinez that any potential move is off.

The paper quotes a “Wigan insider” – who said football lacked glamorous mystery? – as saying: “Victor would be happy to do battle with the youngsters who have given Chelsea an exciting new look.

“If Chelsea match Dave Whelan’s valuation of £9 million, Victor will be on his way.”

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