Transfer news LIVE: Madrid to swoop for Suarez

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Real Madrid are preparing to swoop in for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.APReal Madrid are preparing to swoop in for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

23.00 BST: That's all for today folks but be sure to join us again for more transfer frivolity on Thursday!

22.22 BST - ANALYSIS: Our Liverpool blogger Kristan Walsh says it's time that Reds supporters stop listening to wantaway Luis Suarez.

22.01 BST: Simon Mignolet says he is ready to do battle with Pepe Reina for Liverpool's No. 1 jersey following his move from Sunderland.21.49 BST Spanish football expert Sid Lowe offers his opinion on Everton new boy Gerard Deulofeu:

21.30 BST Sunderland's summer business seems to have no sign of ending, with ANOTHER player reportedly set to sign imminently. Juventus attacking midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini will move to the Wearsiders in an €8 million deal, according to Sky Sport Italia.

20.43 BST Yeovil are calling on Premier League reinforcements ahead of their first ever season in the Championship. Liverpool's Michael Ngoo joined on a season-long loan earlier today and now Chelsea youngster Billy Clifford has penned a six-month loan deal.

20.18 BST: For those of you, particularly Spurs fans, who have not heard or seen much of Nacer Chadli, this is a decent starting point:

19.46 BST: Tottenham have been linked with a move for Belgium winger Nacer Chadli from FC Twente. Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele likely to be bending their compatriot's ear there!

19.23 BST: Former England goalkeeper Richard Wright has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester City. He didn't play a single game last season so must either a) be a great character to have around the club or b) have an amazing agent.

18.51 BST Everton boss Roberto Martinez discusses the signing of Gerard Deulofeu: "Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton... The warmth, patience and understanding of Goodison Park is exactly what he needs to carry on fulfilling his potential." FULL INTERVIEW on Everton's official website.

18.24 BST: A lack of star signings skews the perception of a foreign takeover in the Premier League, Rory Smith writes.

18.09 BST - DONE DEAL: Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu joins Everton on loan for the 2013-14 season. FULL STORY.

17.28 BST - DONE DEAL: Sunderland have signed Le Havre youngster El-Hadji Ba, while Velez Sarsfield full-back Gino Peruzzi is on the verge of finalising a move to the Stadium of Light. FULL STORY

17.01 BST - ANALYSIS: Is now the right time for Gareth Bale to leave Tottenham for Real Madrid? Miguel Delaney ponders the question.

16.42 BST: Christian Benteke has received a glowing endorsement from former Aston Villa and England striker Emile Heskey. See what Heskey had to say here.

16.35 BST: The BBC says Bristol City winger Albert Adomah, the subject of two reported bids from Premier League clubs, will submit a transfer request. The Ashton Gate club were relegated to League One last season.

16.20 BST: midfielder Victor Wanyama is close to sealing a £12 million move to Southampton, ESPN has been told. Wanyama, 22, has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer, but it seems the Saints are near to winning the race for his signature.

16.12 BST - DONE DEAL: Benfica have signed Argentine defender Lisandro Lopez from Arsenal de Sarandi. He has put pen to paper on a five-year deal with a £30 million buyout clause.

16.01 BST - ALMOST DONE DEAL: Norwich have confirmed that they are close to bringing Martin Olsson in from Blackburn, as mentioned earlier. Canaries boss Chris Hughton told the club’s official website: "He can play anywhere on the left-hand side so he brings us good flexibility in that sense, plus at 25 he's at an age where he has some experience and also some time to improve. At this time, it's about improving the squad that we have - and Martin certainly does that."

15.05 BST: Manchester City have confirmed that goalkeeper Richard Wright has signed a new one-year contract with them.

15.01 BST: Stewart Downing has vowed to fight for his Liverpool place despite interest from West Ham United. The winger’s first-team future at Anfield is under the spotlight following the arrivals of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto, both of whom can play in his position. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is considering the 28-year-old as an option as he shapes his squad for next season, although he has not yet made a bid.

14.47 BST: Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman could move for his former Crystal Palace player Andre Moritz, a free agent after turning down a new deal at Selhurst Park. Freedman told the Bolton News: "It is something we are looking at. I've worked with him before and with it being a free transfer, if it was also an acceptable wage, then it might be something we can do."

14.06 BST: And more from Manuel Pellegrini in Manchester: "We will try to bring in the best players from all parts of the world." Should be interesting...

14.00 BST: West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald says speculation that the Hammers could move for Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is “paper talk”. He told talkSPORT. "A player of that calibre and West Ham being involved would be great, but it's all paper talk at the moment."

13.58 BST: Suarez, again - and Arsenal are ramping up their attempt to sign him, says. It reports that Arsene Wenger et al could now offer Liverpool €40.7 million for the striker, who has said he wants to leave Anfield but has yet to submit a transfer request.

13.45 BST: And here are some more nuggets from Spain: Sport suggests Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Thiago Silva from PSG. It says they have reached an agreement with him but have yet to negotiate with the club... Napoli have announced the signing of Real Madrid forward Jose Callejon on their official website... AS says Roque Santa Cruz is back in Malaga and close to signing a contract extension with them.

13.37 BST: David Villa has said Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was a key in his decision to move to the capital. Atleti moved to sign Villa this week, and he said: "I spoke to Simeone and one of the key factors for me was the confidence he had in me. He said he was excited about making me a part of his plans and getting my confidence back up.

13.30 BST: News from France, where Lille left-back Lucas Digne has told L'Equipe his club future will not be decided until after France's run at the Under-20 World Cup has come to an end. He has been linked with both Monaco and PSG.

The same paper reports that Clement Grenier is set to turn his back on Arsenal and sign a two-year contract extension with Lyon, while Benjamin Mendy has told Le Phoceen
13.23 BST: Up in Manchester, Manuel Pellegrini is giving his first press conference as City’s new man at the top. He’s made it clear where he wants to do a little transfer market dabbling, saying: "We have two strikers at the moment, and we need another one."

13.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Striker Cody McDonald has moved to Gillingham after his contract with troubled Coventry City was cancelled by mutual consent. McDonald spent a productive season on loan at Priestfield during his time as a Norwich player in 2010-11.

12.57 BST: New Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore is excited by his move from AZ Alkmaar and says he feels his new club has what it takes to be successful in the Premier League next season. He told the Black Cats’ official website: "I'm thrilled to be here, and I'm looking forward to getting adjusted as quickly as possible. It's a fantastic club, everyone here is so welcoming. I'm really excited about this season - it has everything here, all the combinations to be a big club, so I'm really excited to be a part of it."

12.41 BST: The Bradford Telegraph and Argus says Bradford City, fresh from promotion to League One, have turned down an offer from Peterborough for their top scorer Nahki Wells.

12.38 BST: Rory Delap and his long throw could be arriving at League Two Burton Albion – the former Stoke man is training with the club and told the Burton Mail: "Burton would be brilliant, but it's got to be right for the club and me. I've had a few offers but none really viable, thinking about my family [he is based nearby]."

12.36 BST: LFC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer is having a medical at Norwich City and could sign a five-year Carrow Road deal, reports in the Netherlands say. The reports suggest Twente have accepted an offer of somewhere between €5 million and €8 million for the Netherlands international, who failed a medical at Everton in January.

Meanwhile, it is also believed that Blackburn defender Martin Olsson is close to a £2.5 million switch from Ewood Park to Carrow Road.

12.04 BST: Lyon legend Bernard Lacombe, an adviser to club president Jean-Michel Aulas, has told Bafetimbi Gomis he is no longer part of the club's plans. Lacombe said he had been disappointed by the behaviour of the France international striker, who has said he wants to leave the club.

12.03 BST: Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will not sign for Frankfurt, according to reports in Germany. On Tuesday, Bendtner, 26, travelled to Frankfurt to hold contract negotiations - but on Wednesday it was reported that Frankfurt have called the transfer off and instead set their sights on Sparta Prague attacker Vaclav Kadlec.

11.59 BST - DONE DEAL: Defender Matthew Upson has moved from Stoke to Championship play-off semi-finalists Brighton, with whom he spent a loan spell last season, on a free transfer.

11.48 BST - DONE DEAL: ROONEY TRANSFER NEWS!!! John Rooney, you-know-who’s younger brother, has joined League Two Bury after leaving Barnsley at the end of last season.

11.45 BST: Tottenham Hotspur believe they are well-placed to sign Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, and club sources have told ESPN they are considering a bid that would test Villa’s resolve. Benteke handed in a transfer request this week, and ESPN has been told the Belgium international forward would be open to a move to White Hart Lane.

11.12 BST: Will he, won’t he? Tom Ince, who is yet to decide on a move to newly-promoted Cardiff despite personal terms having reportedly been agreed, has returned to pre-season training with Blackpool, the Blackpool Gazette reports. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has had a bid for the England Under-21 forward, thought to be of around £8 million, accepted.

11.02 BST - DONE DEAL: Liverpool striker Michael Ngoo, 20, has joined Championship newcomers Yeovil on a season-long loan. Ngoo, who has yet to feature for the Anfield first team, “will create strong competition for our already strong front line", Yeovil boss Gary Johnson told his club’s official website.

10.59 BST: Charlie Austin could be offered a new contract by Burnley after his planned move to Premier League newcomers Hull fell through when he failed a medical. Burnley boss Sean Dyche told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "Obviously it's a strange situation for the lad, wanting to get a chance to play in the Premier League.

"At the moment that one's not going to go through, but he's always made it clear how much he enjoys his time here with us, so we carry on as normal."

10.56 BST - DONE DEAL: Preston North End have announced the signing of 36-year-old former Bolton and England striker Kevin Davies, released by the Reebok club at the end of last season, on a two-year deal.

10.20 BST: Maxime Gonalons has said he wants to stay at Lyon, brushing off speculation that he could move to either Arsenal or Napoli. He told Radio RMC: "The situation is clear. I'll stay at Lyon this year, because I have to try and learn many things. I want to win with Lyon.”

10.11 BST - DONE DEAL: Netherlands Under-19 defender Karim Rekik has moved to PSV Eindhoven on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

10.00 BST: Rumblings at Roma, where players were booed by fans as they returned for an open pre-season training session and, amid the unrest, an accidentally-recorded conversation between two directors revealed some of the club's transfer thinking. broadcast a conversation between club director Claudio Fenucci and director of sport Walter Sabatini, in which it emerged that they hoped that Osvaldo – who was out of the country - would also get a bad reception, convincing him to accept an offer from Southampton and leave this summer. They also discussed the sales of Daniele De Rossi and Marquinhos, for whom they expect to receive €25 million.

09.45 BST: Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says he wouldn’t mind returning to the Premier League. Flamini, who has turned down a new contract with his current club AC Milan, explained: "I miss England, and I want to win the Premier League. It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football, and I like [it] that every game is very open.”

09.30 BST: Hull boss Steve Bruce is happy with the transfer business he has done so far this summer, despite being thwarted in his attempt to sign Charlie Austin when the Burnley forward failed a medical. Bruce, who has brought in Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies, told the Tigers’ official website: "So far, we have brought in three quality players to add to the existing squad. We will be doing our best to add more to that, and we aren't finished yet by any stretch of the imagination.”

09.20 BST: Suarez, encore – here’s more from that interview. The Liverpool forward has admitted surprise at being the subject of that bid from Arsenal, but said the news had boosted him.

The striker, currently serving a ten-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, told Uruguayan radio station Sport 890: "That makes me think that I can come back and do things well over there. They [the press] have given it to me in England but, like we say, I've given them stuff to feed on because if I hadn't done anything then probably they wouldn't have been as bad.

"But football is like that and you have to be accustomed to all that, and it's good that the English clubs still want me."

09.10 BST: Edinson Cavani's agent, Pierpaolo Triulzi, is expected in Paris on Wednesday to finalise the details of a five-year PSG contract for the striker, Le Parisien claims. The paper says PSG and Napoli have already agreed a €64 million fee for the Uruguay international.

09.07 BST: Over to France, where Le Parisien reports that Bordeaux left-back Benoit Tremoulinas has agreed terms on a four-year contract with Dynamo Kiev - but the Ukrainian club and Bordeaux now have to reach agreement on a fee for the France international. A figure of between €6 million and €7 million is being mooted.

09.03 BST: Sought-after Ajax forward Christian Eriksen, a target for Tottenham, could yet take his pick from several clubs. On the other hand, he could go nowhere at all, says his agent Martin Schoots. Schoots told "We are still keeping in touch with certain clubs. That will always be the case with a player like Christian. At this point, it is hard to tell if it will end up with a transfer." That’s cleared that one up, then.

09.01 BST - DONE DEAL: Bury striker Andy Bishop, who joined the Shakers in 2006, has joined Conference side Wrexham after his Gigg Lane contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

08.58 BST: Michael Owen has told Wayne Rooney that he would be better off staying at Old Trafford. New Manchester United boss David Moyes has said Rooney is not for sale, but talk persists that the England man would like a fresh start somewhere else. That, Owen told the Manchester Evening News, is not the greatest idea. He said: “He is still young enough. He has not lost anything. He can still be a great player and a huge player for Manchester United. He just needs a few little things to spark him into life again.

“He is still a top player and he needs that extra spark again to make him the exceptional player we have seen in the past, when he blitzed 30-odd goals and was a colossus. We know there is more there, and it is up to David Moyes to find that edge.”

08.52 BST: Here’s some more on Suarez – he’s fluttering his eyelashes at Arsenal after their reported bid - but the Gunners aren’t the only ones in the frame, as we've always mentioned. "It's good to know that, after everything that's happened, teams in England still value me as a footballer,” he simpered when asked about Arsenal’s interest during an interview in Uruguay. "There are several options. There are two or three interested clubs, and Liverpool know about this."

And Luis always keeps his phone with him, apparently, “in case anything develops”. Something probably will, Luis. Something probably will.

08.45 BST: Norwich City’s Russell Martin is staying where he is – the thoroughly popular right-back has signed a new three-year contract at Carrow Road. He told the Eastern Daily Press: “I’m extremely delighted - everyone knows how I feel about playing for this football club. Since I first arrived here it’s gone unbelievably well and I feel really settled in the area.”

08.30 BST: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says he is happy with the transfer progress made by the club so far this summer – but feels he could still do with a back-up striker. He told the South Wales Post: “Just to maintain the position we’ve achieved in the league – as we’ve achieved so much in just two seasons – we have to improve. We have the right standard of player. If you look at our team – and with respect – I don’t see a player from the lower part of the Championship coming into our squad and strengthening it.”

08.15 BST: Syker Kreiszeitung reports that Werder Bremen attacker Marko Arnautovic has new agents and could be looking for a summer move. Arnautovic, who has a year left on his contract, had been banned from the squad after he was caught speeding on an Autobahn at 3am the day before a 1-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen.

08.01 BST: The Daily Star is linking Hull City with moves for free agent Carlton Cole and Derby striker Connor Sammon after their move for Charlie Austin collapsed when he failed his medical.

07.22 BST: Cardiff are waiting for a final answer from Thomas Ince over his proposed move from Blackpool, despite personal terms having been agreed days ago.

06.45 BST: The Daily Star says Arsenal have put an £8 million price tag on striker Gervinho. The Ivory Coast international is a reported target for Serie A club Roma, but the Italians will have to meet the Gunners’ valuation before talks can begin.

06.23 BST: Has Mark Schwarzer jeopardised his chances of playing at next year’s World Cup by joining Chelsea? Read Rob Brooks’ piece to find out.

05.17 BST: The Daily Star reports that Arsenal have opened talks with Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry over a £4 million move. The England international is in the final 12 months of his £100,000-a-week contract and could be edged out of City under the new management of Manuel Pellegrini.

04.39 BST: According to the Mirror, Sunderland’s summer spending is set to continue as they line up a £10 million bid for Italian defender Emanuele Giaccherini.

03.51 BST: DONE DEAL! Italian striker Antonio Di Natale has signed a one-year contract extension with Udinese. FULL STORY HERE.

03.20 BST: More from Napoli. Internacional have rejected their €18 million offer for in-demand Leandro Damiao, reiterating that the Brazil international is not for sale. FULL STORY HERE.

02.34 BST: Napoli are close to signing Real Madrid winger Jose Maria Callejon after confirming the 26-year-old has been in Italy to undergo a medical. FULL STORY HERE.

Real Madrid are on the verge of swooping in to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to The Sun. Madrid have become the hot favourites to woo Suarez away from Anfield after the Merseyside club knocked back an offer from Arsenal.

In an interview, Suarez has said it would be hard to resist a move to the Spanish capital, and now Madrid could be the next destination in the Uruguay international's career.

Madrid are also expected to finally end speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo will join Manchester United. Just a day after saying that Ronaldo would retire with Los Blancos, The Telegraph is reporting that Madrid officials are set to make the Portugal international the world's highest-paid player by offering him a new contract worth more than £330,000 a week.

That, however, will not stop United from trying to bring Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, with the club reported to be encouraged by the reaction of the 28-year-old and his camp to their continued chase.

Meanwhile, the Mirror is claiming that wantaway Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is expected to leave for Tottenham - but only on Villa's terms. The 22-year-old Belgium international has handed in a transfer request, with Spurs keen to sign a player who scored 23 goals last season. But despite reluctantly accepting they will lose their top scorer, Villa are refusing to budge on their valuation of Benteke and will not accept less than £25 million.

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