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ESPN FC's On the Move blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Today, Luis Suarez could be a shock target for Arsenal, while Pepe may be reuinted with Manuel Pellegrini at Man City.

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23.59 BST: Well, that's another day of transfer talk done. Stay tuned for all the weekend's latest speculation and confirmation.

21:10 BST: Dundee United have signed former Tottenham duo Calum Butcher and Kudus Oyenuga.

Butcher, a centre-back has signed a two-year deal with the Scottish Premier League side, while striker Oyenuga has committed to three years.


20:45 BST: Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says no offers have been placed for Manchester City and Atletico Madrid target Alvaro Negredo.

"Sevilla have an asking price for Negredo and if they aren't met, he will play for Sevilla next season," Del Nido told reporters.

"Tomorrow he will sleep in Seville and then he will start training with the team again. There have been no offers from English football, not from City, not from Tottenham."

20:15 BST: CSKA Moscow have signed Bulgaria international Georgi Milanov from Liteks Lovech. The midfielder has signed a five-year contract.

20:00 BST: Chris Hughton has refused to rule out further signings at Norwich after completing a deal to bring Nathan Redmond to Carrow Road. He said: "We have got no particular number on how many more will come in. We are no different to anybody else. We won't bring in unless we feel it benefits us."

Hughton was also cautious when asked about the potential for some of Norwich’s top talent to leave the club this summer with John Ruddy linked to Chelsea and Grant Holt reportedly attracting interest from elsewhere.

He said: "No, and probably if there was I wouldn't say it. The best way is to conduct business behind closed doors.You see we have been able to present Ricky and Nathan as done deals this week and that is fact.

"Around those sort of transfers there is only a small fraction of what you hear that is actually fact. By far the vast majority is very much speculation. If there has been interest in our players then that is a plus as far as I am concerned because we must be doing something right.

"I think if there is speculation regarding players we want to bring in it indicates we are attempting to do some work - some of those names will come into the public domain, but the majority will not."

19:25 BST - DONE DEAL:Jose Mourinho has added to his Chelsea squad with the signing of Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse on a five-year deal.

19:10 BST - DONE DEAL:QPR have confirmed that Christopher Samba has returned to Anzhi Makhachkala just six months after leaving them. Signed in January for a fee believed to be in the region of £12 million, the defender made ten appearances but couldn't stop the club being relegated from the Premier League

19:00 BST: Simon Kjaer has spoken after leaving Wolfsburg for Lille. The Denmark international defender said on his official Twitter account: "Again: MERCI 2 all the #losc fans for warm welcome! You can follow my agent @beckmikkel + my media advisor @HendelSPORT for news! #Lille"

18:55 BST: A report in German newspaper Bild says that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has decided to join Borussia Dortmund over Liverpool although a fee could prove to be a stumbling block.

18:25 BST: Bafetimbi Gomis, a target for Premier League clubs including Swansea and Cardiff as well as Fenerbahce, Shakhtar Donetsk and Fiorentina, says he will not be forced into leaving Lyon by the cash-strapped club.

He told L'Equipe: "If I stay one year until the end of my contract, it's not my fault. I respect all the clubs [who have shown an interest] but I still have the right to decide my destination, right?

"I want to choose without being forced, even if they offer me terms that are more advantageous than those at Lyon."

17:50 BST: Mario Balotelli has revealed he tried to hijack Carlos Tevez’s move to Juventus by telling his former Manchester City team-mate to join him at AC Milan. He said: "Tevez is a friend, I told him to come to Milan, however, he did not listen and went to Juve."

17:20 BST: Micah Richards’ Italian agent Dario Canovi says that Inter Milan are interested in the Manchester City defender.

He told FCInterNews.it: I know that there is interest from Inter for the player. Contacts between the two clubs are between them. Inter have contacts with Alexander Livac, the British agent with whom I work. He had telephone contact with those at Inter, but there is still nothing really concrete."

16:31 BST: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has again insisted that his “future is in Madrid” as speculation about a possible return to Manchester United continues.

Speaking at Monaco's Hotel de Paris on Thursday evening, the 28-year-old reaffirmed his commitment to La Liga. "I enjoy of course to play there [Real Madrid], I play there for four years so I want to continue there,” he told reporters.

16:19 BST: And Moyes has reiterated his point, saying: "Wayne Rooney will not be sold by Manchester United. We have spoken several times, and what has happened before has gone. We are working together now. I see a glint in his eye. He looks very happy, and looks as if he's going to knuckle down and get himself right."

16:10 BST: Wayne Rooney is not for sale, new Manchester United boss David Moyes has told his first Old Trafford press conference. He said: "He is a Manchester United player and will remain a Manchester United player. I have had several meetings with Wayne. He is training brilliantly well, he is coming back in good shape and I am looking forward to working with him."

16:01 BST: Striker Bradley Wright-Phillips is leaving Charlton after a two and a half-year spell at The Valley. The 28-year-old, boss Chris Powell’s first signing as a manager, hit 32 goals in 87 appearances for the south-east Londoners. Powell said: “I really wish him well because he's a fantastic young man and a fantastic character, and we thank him for his contribution to our wonderful football club."

15:30 BST - DONE DEAL: Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of ex-West Brom striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who has put pen to paper on a two-year contract.

14:48 BST - DONE DEAL: Meat pie, sausage roll etc (see 11:55 BST post about this one for explanation) - Oldham have completed the signing of striker Charlie MacDonald. That was quick.

14:37 BST: Defender Simon Kjaer is joining Ligue 1 club Lille from Wolfsburg, Braunschweiger Zeitung has reported - and that could spark an attempt to sign Kurt ZOuma from St Etienne.

14:35 BST - DONE DEAL: And here’s the first of those Watford permanent moves: Czech international midfielder Daniel Pudil, 27, has signed a four-year Vicarage Road deal. He spent last season on loan from Granada, making 40 appearances for Gianfranco Zola’s team.

13:55 BST: Serie A newcomers Hellas Verona have signed veteran striker Luca Toni, who left Fiorentina at the end of the season, agreeing a one-year contract with him.

13:52 BST: News from the Championship: reports suggest that Watford could be about to sign eight of last season’s loanees on full-time deals, while Nottingham Forest have registered an interest in FC Utrecht striker Jacob Mulenga.

13:47 BST - DONE DEAL: Midfielder Matt Richards, released by Shrewsbury Town, has moved to Cheltenham Town, where he has signed a two-year deal.

13:22 BST: Benfica aren’t holding out much faith in their ability to keep Nemanja Matic, who joined them from Chelsea in 2011. Come on, Benfica, think positive. Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing him back, Real Madrid are keen, and Benfica boss Jorge Jesus told Benfica TV. "I wish he wouldn't leave, but I know that is almost impossible given the demand there is for him."

13:15 BST: In the race one minute, out of it the next: the Newcastle Chronicle says that, a day after being given permission to talk to Wigan striker Arouna Kone, Newcastle have withdrawn from the race to sign him because he does not fit their "blueprint".

12:59 BST: Reports in Spain say Real Madrid are holding out for at least £30 million for Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain, for whom the Gunners are reported to have offered £23 million.

12:58 BST: Manchester United's interest in signing PSV Eindhoven midfielder Kevin Strootman is reported to be waning as the clubs struggle to find common ground. Earlier this week, Eindhoven sporting director Marcel Brands told De Telegraaf: "We do not want to lose Strootman this summer. He knows that he will stay at PSV for another season."

12:47 BST: Stoke City will allow midfielder Wilson Palacios to join newly-promoted Hull if the Tigers meet their £1.5 million valuation. Stoke are in talks with Hull about a move for the Honduran, who has failed to make an impact at the Britannia Stadium since his arrival from Tottenham.

12:12 BST: Gus Poyet has said he believes Thiago Alcantara would be capable of “making history” at Barcelona and voiced his surprise that the Catalans were considering allowing him to leave for Manchester United.

In an interview on Catalan TV programme Esports en Xarxa, the former Brighton manager said: “When I heard about a possible move away, I couldn’t believe it - I never thought it would actually happen. I see Thiago as the replacement for Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. He is someone who could make history at the club.”

12:11 BST: Former West Brom striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, a free agent after his contract at The Hawthorns expired, could be the latest in a string of new arrivals at Wigan following Owen Coyle’s arrival as manager, according to reports.

11:55 BST: One of the finest songs in English football – “Meat pie, sausage roll, come on Oldham, give us a goal” could soon be echoing in the ears of free agent striker Charlie MacDonald, who is having a trial with the League One club.

11:45 BST: Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus has decided it’s time to inject a bit of realism into the summer transfer world. Reacting to reports that his club were about to sign Kaka from Real Madrid, he told Globo Esporte: "I heard that Real Madrid are selling Kaka to Sao Paulo. No doubt we are a big club, but it would need a lot of ambition to make an offer that makes Real Madrid happy."

11:42 BST: Nicolas Anelka has arrived at West Brom – and the much-travelled striker likes what he sees, it seems. Here’s what he has to say: "I think I will finish [my career] in England - I'm happy here. I also hope that it will be with this club. I think this is the right club for me."

11:11 BST - DONE DEAL: One loanee who has tied up a permanent deal is defender Gary MacKenzie, whose spell at Blackpool last season has turned into a full-time move from MK Dons. He told the Seasiders’ official website: "I'm just looking forward to getting out on the training pitch with the boys again and planning for the start of the season.

11:09 BST: Midlands duo Birmingham and Wolves are reported to be battling for the signature of Newcastle defender Shane Ferguson, 21, who spent time on loan a the Blues last season.

11:07 BST: Those rumours linking Bayern Munich with a move for Chelsea’s David Luiz would appear to be just that. Germany’s Treble-winners have said they will not be adding to their defensive ranks this summer, with Matthias Sammer telling kicker magazine: "We are not going to sign a new defender - we have already signed a defender this summer in Jan Kirchhoff. The decision not to sign a further defender is clearly to be seen as giving a fair chance to Jan."

11:00 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has told Gazzetta dello Sport that the Sweden striker and Edinson Cavani would make "a great duo" for Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli forward Cavani is being strongly linked with a move to the Ligue 1 champions, and French paper L'Equipe reported on Friday that PSG sporting director Leonardo had met Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis for talks in Rome on Thursday. The paper suggested Cavani, 26, would be offered a five-year contract worth an annual €10 million if a move could be agreed.

10:40 BST - DONE DEALS: Two Arsenal players are heading out on loan: Johan Djourou is off to the Bundesliga for next season, where he will be playing for Hamburg, having previously been on loan at Hannover, and Francis Coquelin is also making his way to Germany - to Freiburg, in this case.

10:14 BST: The BBC is reporting that AZ Alkmaar have denied claims that Sunderland have returned with a second bid for their USA international striker Jozy Altidore after having an initial offer of £5 million turned down.

09:58 BST: And more on Suarez: Liverpool have given him until July 22 to sort out his future before he is ordered back to report for their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia, according to the Daily Mirror.

Suarez has been linked with a summer exit from Anfield after repeatedly speaking of his unhappiness with life in England and talking up a move to Real Madrid. Liverpool do not want to lose their most prolific player and would like him to join up with the squad after his holiday in South America.

09:53 BST: Liverpool legend Jan Molby feels the club are bracing themselves for life without Luis Suarez who – rather implausibly – is being linked with a move to Arsenal.

Former Anfield midfielder Molby told BBC Radio Merseyside: "The last thing you want is an unhappy player, and Liverpool know that. They've been busy in the market, and it appears they're almost readying themselves for life without Suarez."

09:23 BST - DONS DEAL: AFC Wimbledon aren’t messing about after last season’s very narrow escape from relegation – boss Neal Ardley has brought in a clutch of new faces, with left-back Callum Kennedy, released by Scunthorpe, the latest. The Dons boss said: "We are trying to get full-backs who will be comfortable getting further up the pitch, and Callum fits the mould."

09:20 BST: It’s all systems go for Paulinho and Tottenham today, the BBC has reported. It says the Brazil midfielder will undergo a medical before finalising the terms of a White Hart Lane contract that is likely to be for either four or five years.

09:15 BST: Newcastle’s Chronicle reports that Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign striker Loic Remy from relegated Queens Park Rangers. The Magpies were yesterday given permission to talk to Wigan striker Arouna Kone about a possible move.

09:10 BST: A touch of class from Nathan Redmond who, after moving to Norwich from Birmingham, paid heartfelt tribute to the club at which he came through the ranks. Writing on his Facebook page, he said: “It has been a very emotional 11 years for me at Birmingham City FC and I have loved every single minute of it.

"I really, really am going to miss it from the bottom of my heart... this club will remain etched on my heart and soul for life. I am just sorry that I had to leave, but I am looking forward to the next step on my journey as a professional footballer. Thank you so much to you fans for supporting me on my journey from schoolboy to young professional.”

09:00 BST: Edinson Cavani – again. Sky Italia say PSG sporting director Leonardo met Napoli president Aurelo De Laurentiis for talks about a potential €63 million move for the striker – a report backed up by French sports paper L’Equipe. But Napoli say the Ligue 1 champions have yet to table any sort of offer.

In other France news: Lille striker Gianni Bruno has joined Bastia on a season-long loan, and after leaving Bastia by mutual consent, ex-France international Jerome Rothen is in talks with Auxerre.

08:45 BST: Inter president Massimo Moratti has said it was “an honour” that Antonio Cassano had played for the club – but that selling him to Parma was the best move for everybody. Coach Walter Mazzarri, meanwhile, denied Cassano’s claims that he had promised him a regular starting spot but then told him he would not be an integral part of the XI.

08:30 BST: Bayern striker Mario Gomez’s move to Fiorentina seemed a fait accompli a few days ago – but not any more. The Italian club’s sporting director, Daniele Prade, said: “We are interested in Gomez, but he costs too much money.” New Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, is lavish in his praise for the player, saying: “Mario is a great footballer.”

08:15 BST: As rumours that Real Sociedad youngster Asier Illarramendi could be on his way to Real Madrid intensify, AS reports that fans have begun a Twtter campaign to persuade him to stay. He starred in Spain’s under-21 European Championship triumph in Israel last month.

The same paper reports that Levante are interested in bringing in Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, while in done deals we have these: Nico Pareja has joined Sevilla on loan from Spartak Moscow; Bojan Jokic has signed for Villarreal from Verona and Jose Angel has arrived at Real Sociedad on loan from Roma.

06:24 BST: A-League side Melbourne Victory have confirmed that they have released marquee player Marcos Flores. Widespread rumours in the Australian media suggest he is on his way to Central Coast Mariners.

05:01 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has played down reports that the Rossoneri have agreed a deal to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda. FULL STORY

03:43 BST: Could this be the first hitch in Sunderland's transfer plans? Despite agreeing a fee with Velez Sarsfield for highly-rated defender Gino Peruzzi, Argentine radio station Rock & Closs says the 21-year-old has refused the club's contract offer and there is no confirmation of a second round of talks.

03:03 BST: DONE DEAL! Fiorentina have signed former AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini on a one-year deal.

02:14 BST: Welcome, one and all, to another day of transfer talk. First up, Luis Suarez. The Daily Mail thinks he could be on his way to Arsenal, and the Sun also suspects that he is heading to London. For a man who is disillusioned with English football, that would be a surprise. But some bookies have suspended bets on a Suarez move to the Gunners.

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has questioned Marco van Ginkel's move to Chelsea. "With us, he would have played a lot of games and played in the Champions League," he said.

Manchester City are preparing to move for Real Madrid’s Pepe, with the Portugal international now top of Manuel Pellegrini's defensive wish list, according to the Sun. Following the departure of Kolo Toure and amid uncertainty over Joleon Lescott's future, City hope to recruit a first choice centre-back for next season. Pepe's European pedigree - and his performances against City in last season's Champions League - are particular plus points for Pellegrini, and City could make an offer of around £20 million in the coming days.

Just six months after signing for Chelsea, Demba Ba could be on his way, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to offload the striker. The Mirror says Anzhi Makhachkala have been alerted, and Ba could follow Galatasaray-bound John Obi Mikel out of the club. West Brom and West Ham were interested in Ba, but Anzhi are now favourites. Ba's exit could pave the way for Chelsea to bid for Napoli's Edinson Cavani, Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski or even Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

The Gonzalo Higuain sage continues for another day, although the Argentine looks set to be close to securing a deal with Arsenal. The Sun's latest report suggests Arsenal and Real Madrid have already agreed a £23 million transfer, with Higuain in line to earn £100,000-a-week at the Emirates. The 25-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Friday as his representatives and Arsenal hammer out the final personal terms of his contract.

Swansea's attempts to sign their number one summer target, Nacer Chadli, from FC Twente may have hit a stumbling block, with the Dutch side placing a £8.5 million price tag on the winger.

Swans owner Huw Jenkins reportedly tabled a £6 million offer for Chadli, which was rejected by Twente. The Belgian has been given permission to look for a new club, with only 12 months remaining on his contract, but Twente are unlikely to budge on their price demand.

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