Nani state could be thing of the past at United

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Good morning and welcome to ESPN FC's On the Move, which kicks off today with the Sun reporting that winger Nani could be on his way out of Manchester United.

The paper claims the Portuguese “is going to pay a high price for his poor performance in Monday’s 1-0 defeat at Everton” and can “forget about a new contract - or being allowed to leave on the cheap”.

It quotes a United source as saying: “The club did not think his form at the end of last season put him in a very strong bargaining position over a new deal. Monday was hardly his best either,” and claimed the 25-year-old and his advisors were making contract demands that are “way over the top”. He has two years to run on his current £90,000-a-week deal.

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Nani: Heading towards the Old Trafford exit?
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23.59 BST: That's it for tonight - see you on Thursday!

23.12 BST: It sounds like Nikola Zigic could be staying with Birmingham City after the Championship club failed to agree a fee with to Mallorca.

22.05 BST:Michael Krohn-Dehli, one of the stars of Euro 2012, has left Brondby to join Spanish side Celta Vigo.

20.40 BST: Uruguayan midfielder Walter Gargano is set to complete his move to Inter Milan from Napoli by the end of the week.

19.59 BST: FC Copenhagen's Christian Bolanos has revealed he could leave the club this summer. He has been linked with Wolves.

19.03 BST: Things are moving forward with Adrian Mutu's move to French side Ajaccio. Speaking to L'Equipe, Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni said: "Adrian called me last night to tell me that he'd reached an agreement with Cesena. He will therefore come to Ajaccio next Monday. We will conduct a medical on Tuesday morning before he signs a two-year contract in the afternoon.''

18.36 BST: Alessandro Diamanti has committed his future to Bologna by agreeing a new five-year contract.

18.01 BST: Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has revealed the club have the option to buy Barcelona loanee Rodri. He scored on his debut for the Owls on Tuesday night. Jones said: "He has the European glide and arrogance about him. His control and vision; we are expecting big things from the kid. He is only young and we have an option to buy him."

17.24 BST: Buying players is so troublesome. These chairmen and presidents keep asking for more money. This time it is St Etienne's chairman Roland Momeyer telling QPR they will need to pay up for 17-year old defender Kurt Zouma.

"Currently I have received no offers for Zouma or for any other player," Romeyer told L'Equipe, the same paper who originally reported that a deal was close.

"For €12million (£9.5m) there will be no deal. We need Zouma this season. Is he untransferable? That doesn't mean anything in football. I don't know what could happen. There are things impossible to refuse."

17.13 BST: Tottenham have been warned off Leandro Damiao by Internacional president Giovanni Luigi, who says they will not discuss anything ahead of this weekend's fixture with city rivals Gremio.

Luigi added: "Next week, Internacional will only negotiate if the offer was exceptional, which does not seem to be the case for what has been said until now."

17.01 BST: Former AC Milan striker Ricardo Oliveira has ended questions over his future by signing a new two-year deal with Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates.

16.42 BST: The Daily Mail report that Manchester City's sought-after youngster John Guidetti is set to sign a new deal at Eastlands, before heading out on loan once more.

16.15 BST: Winger Hogan Ephraim has signed a one-year extension to his contract at QPR.

16.07 BST: Rangers boss Ally McCoist has stressed the need to strengthen his squad before a 12-month transfer embargo begins on the first day of next month.

16.04 BST: Adrian Mutu is set to complete a move to French side Ajaccio. The Romania international striker, 33, has been released from his contract with Italian club Cesena.

15.57 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen has signed a two-year contract with Ajax, joining them on a free after leaving French club Evian.

15.54 BST: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has cast doubt on the possible arrival of Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao.

Hoeness took a swipe at the Spanish club as he told German news channel n-tv: "It does not look too good right now... the people at Bilbao are very, very stubborn and do everything they can to stop this transfer from happening."

15.44 BST: Sixteen-year-old full-back Solomon Pastor, who spent four years at QPR, has been invited to train in Brazil with a view to earning a contract with Fluminense.

15.39 BST: The Norddeutscher Rundfunk radio station has reported that Hamburg could sign playmaker Georgious Karagounis, who is currently without a club.

15.12 BST - DONE DEAL: Watford striker Gavin Massey has moved to Colchester on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract. He spent time on loan with the Essex club last season.

15.10 BST - DONE DEAL: Cardiff have announced the signing of Matthew Connolly from Queens Park Rangers, with the 24-year-old former Arsenal man signing a three-year contract and moving for an undisclosed fee.

15.06 BST: Stuart McCall believes there is very little chance that Motherwell will be able to re-sign James Fadden.

McFadden, 29, is available on a free transfer and McCall had hoped he could agree a deal with the striker, who began his career at Fir Park.

However, the former Scotland international, who spent the summer training with the club, appears unlikely to return after failing to agree terms with chief executive Leeann Dempster.

14.14 BST: According to reports, Sunderland and Wolves have agreed a fee for Scottish striker Steven Fletcher.

13.52 BST: A couple more lunchtime rumours: Fiorentina are hoping to strike a deal with Manchester United for striker Dimitar Berbatov... Fulham are looking at Netherlands international ‘keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who plays for Roma.

13.49 BST: Georgi Kinkladze, once a jinking genius for Manchester City and now a football agent in Russia, is reported to be a key figure behind Zenit St Petersburg’s desire to bring in Nani from Manchester United.

13.30 BST: More on that Carvalho to QPR tale: Jose Mourinho insists he is unsure whether the Real Madrid defender will be popping over to Shepherds Bush on loan.

13.19 BST: Reading are reported to have agreed a deal to sign Jordan Ayew from Marseilles, but the 20-year-old will not decide on whether or not to move to Berkshire until after his club’s Europa League match on Thursday.

13.14 BST - DONE DEAL: Dundee will sign Hartlepool United striker Colin Nish on loan until January. The 31-year-old has experience of SPL football after spending stints with Hibs and Kilmarnock.

13.12 BST: West Ham are reported to be awaiting a response from Wolves after tabling a new £10 million offer for winger Ryan Jarvis, with manager Sam Allardyce hopeful of including him in his squad for the Hammers’ game at Swansea.

13.07 BST: Blackpool’s attempts to bring Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie back to the Fylde Coast have reached a dead end. Although the clubs have reached an agreement, the move has hit a wall over the player’s wages. Blackpool boss Ian Holloway told the town’s Gazette newspaper: "We've agreed a fee with Swansea but we can't agree wages with the boy - that's just the way it is."

12.57 BST: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has described attempts to reach a deal to bring Javi Martinez to Athletic Bilbao as “complicated”, but said he remained optimistic that a transfer could be completed.

12.28 BST: Real Mallorca have asked striker Nikola Zigic to make up his mind about whether or not he wants to join them from Birmingham.

12.20 BST: Here are Jose Mourinho’s thoughts on Nuri Sahin: "The Premier is a good place for players to pick up certain characteristics. It is all the same to me, though, which club he goes to. I just hope that it happens soon for him, as it is best for him. Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs - I have no preference." The Real Madrid coach added that Kaka's situation “is completely different”, explaining: “We have no official request for Kaka - we do for Nuri".

12.06 BST - DONE DEAL: AC Milan have confirmed that they have completed a swap deal with Inter Milan involving Italy forwards Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Cassano, 30, was at training with Inter and Pazzini, 28, with Milan on Wednesday morning and, following successful medicals, the Rossoneri announced the news on their official website.

11.56 BST: Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has put an end to speculation over his future by signing a new four-year deal to remain at Old Trafford.

Welbeck, 21, had stalled over signing a new contract at the club, with protracted talks having taken place over the past few months.

11.45 BST: Snippets from Germany: SportBild reports that Borussia Dortmund turned down a €30 million offer for Robert Lewandowki from Manchester United over the summer, and the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung says Zenit St Peterburg are preparing an offer for Diego, a Europa League winner while on loan with Athletico Madrid last season.

11.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Derby County have completed the signing of Wales international defender/midfielder Kieron Freeman from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

11.36 BST: Feyenoord believe they will be unsuccessful in their attempt to take John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City for a second successive season.

The striker scored 20 goals in 23 league games on loan in Rotterdam last season, and Feyenoord had hoped to take him back to De Kuip, but it is thought City would prefer to sell him.

11.34 BST: West Ham have tabled an improved offer for Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Matt Jarvis.

Speaking after Tuesday night's home win against Barnsley, manager Stale Solbakken said he wished the transfer window was already closed so he could work with his current squad knowing there would be no disruption. But the Wolves board are considering what has been described as a take it or leave it £10 million offer for the winger.

11.32 BST: Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has not been included in the Marseille squad for Thursday night's Europa League game against FC Sheriff Tiraspol, fuelling speculation that he is close to a move to Chelsea. He has been consistently linked with the Stamford Bridge club this summer.

10.48 BST: Southampton hope to complete the signing of Gaston Ramirez from Bologna despite delays in the move caused by the selling club's financial problems. It is understood that a fee and payment plan have been negotiated for the 21-year-old Uruguay winger, who will cost the Saints a record £12 million, but it is understood Bologna are attempting to secure a loan against the repayments.

10.40 BST: Paris Saint-Germain, who have had a summer beyond the point of unhinged, are reportedly preparing to make yet another mega-money offer – this one an € 18 million bid for Juve wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.

10.07 BST: Liverpool have distanced themselves from reports suggesting they are ready to buy Manchester City winger Adam Johnson for £10 million.

09.50 BST: In Spain, AS says Arsenal are going to bid €15 million for the Sevilla winger Jesus Navas. His release clause is €35 million, however, so it seems the Gunners would have to fork out a fair bit more to bring the 26-year-old to the Emirates.

09.32 BST: And also in the air today, an interesting one: QPR appear to be reacting to their 5-0 opening day defeat by making a move for every defender in the world. The latest is Ricardo Carvalho from Real Madrid, with a season-long loan deal apparently in the throes of being agreed.

09.22 BST: Reto Ziegler has told O Jogo that Benfica would be “the perfect team” for him and said Juventus have turned down a loan offer as they look to sell him permanently.

09.22 BST: Stoke’s Jermaine Pennant, among others, has apparently been tweeting the news that the club have signed Tom Huddlestone – as widely rumoured earlier this week – on loan from Spurs for the rest of the season.

09.16 BST: Marseille representatives are in London to wrap up QPR’s move for Stephane M'Bia – who is also interesting Arsenal and West Ham – and to bring Joey Barton to France on a season-long loan deal, reports in France say.

09.14 BST: Also in the Championship, Cardiff’s splendid manager Malky Mackay has agreed a deal to bring QPR’s former Arsenal defender Matt Connolly to Wales and said: "He can play right across the back four and is another signing who is an investment for this football club. We have brought in a number of young players who will progress, and Matt is another who will develop his game with us."

09.09 BST - DONE DEAL: Championship newcomers Charlton – who have started the season very nicely indeed, thankyou – have signed ex-Stoke forward Ricardo Fuller on a free transfer. Fuller, released by the Potteries club at the end of last season, has signed a one-year deal.

09.06 BST: Sunderland and Stoke could gazump QPR in the hunt for Dawson, says the Mail, which also says Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill “is ready to crank up the spending and bring in new signings after moving a step closer to signing Wolves striker Steven Fletcher for £15 million”. The eloquent O’Neill also wants Manchester City winger Adam Johnson – born in Sunderland – Clint Dempsey from Fulham and Danny Rose from Tottenham on loan.

09.03 BST: The Mail also goes with Andre Villas-Boas and his attacking options, saying the Spurs boss is “close to capturing Willian from Shakhtar Donetsk for £20 million” and is also interested in signing Leandro Damiao from Internacional.

09.00 BST: Here’s an interesting one: apparently one bad game could be one too many for Robert Green, who let in a soft opening goal and was then beaten four more times as Swansea ran riot at Loftus Road.

That, the paper says, could put his place under threat because “Hoops boss Mark Hughes is interested in former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc and is believed to be talking to his representatives about a move to Loftus Road”.

08.58 BST: And another one from the same paper: “Spurs want to move for Brazilian forward Willian after finally landing No.1 target Emmanuel Adebayor.

“Months of haggling ended on Tuesday when an astonishing £4m deal was struck with Manchester City that sees Adebayor join Tottenham but the champions continue to pay him more per week than his new club.”

08.56 BST: In the Mirror, Dimitar Berbatov is in the spotlight. The Old Trafford outcast (how does someone with his ability manage to become an outcast?) apparently delivered a “personal let me go plea" to Sir Alex Ferguson and could be on his way to Fiorentina in a £3 million deal.

08.52 BST: Also in the Star: Tottenham don’t want anything less thn £10 million for defender Michael Dawson, a target for QPR... Hull manager Steve Bruce is set to go shopping a his old club Sunderland and hopes to bring back midfielders David Meyler and Ahmed Elmohamady.

08.50 BST: As On the Move told you on Tuesday, Chelsea continue to be linked with Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle.

The Germany international has been monitored by the Blues throughout the summer, and the Star says they are now ready to table a £23.5 million offer for him as they look to replace Didier Drogba, who has departed to China’s Shanghai Shenhua.

08.45 BST: France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris appears increasingly likely to remain at Lyon despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are in the market for a new goalkeeper and Lyon claimed earlier this summer that they made an offer for Lloris, 25. But Bernard Lacombe, advisor to Les Gones president Jean-Michel Aulas, says the goalkeeper is "reluctant to leave the club".

Lacombe told French radio station RMC that Lloris will stay "unless Spurs make a huge offer" and added: "Their proposal wasn't good enough, given Hugo's qualities. He hopes to stay with us, and we hope he will."

08.15 BST: Also in the Sun: Swansea, who admitted on Tuesday that winger Scott Sinclair is certain to leave, have told Manchester City they must fork out £6 million to sign him. The Welsh club could go for Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez as a replacement... Sunderland are interested in taking City’s Swedish striker John Guidetti on loan... Espanyol are keen on signing Newcastle defender Danny Simpson.

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