Carlos Tevez played his part in what was a bit of a humdinger at Anfield on Sunday, seemingly fully back in favour with Manchester City’s management and fans despite his lengthy and unscheduled absence from the picture at the Etihad last season.
And he says he’d be quite happy to stick around with the Premier League champions, adding: “Yeah, I’d have no problem staying. My family are here, my children are here, I’m happy, my wife is happy. I have two years on my contract and I could stay longer. The new season is good for me.” The trimmer Tevez, who scored a late equaliser as the Premier League champions salvaged a 2-2 draw, added: “Seven kilos are off, so that’s good for me and the club.”
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|Tevez: In for the long haul, for the moment © PA Photos|
23.45 BST BST: That's your lot for today, ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for yet more transfer updates, as we close in on the, erm, closing of the transfer window. With the Modric saga over, let's see if there is a domino effect...
23.30 BST: Zenit St Petersburg have reportedly bid ¬15 million for Kyriakos Papadopoulos - although Schalke do not want to sell.
23.01 BST: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert looks set to bolster his strikeforce with the signing of Genk striker Christian Benteke, ESPN can reveal. FULL STORY
22.48 BST: Paper talk! The Mirror states: "Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up a last-minute swoop for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge."
22.21 BST: We're anticipating an announcement regarding a potential signing at Aston Villa at around 11pm. Stayed tuned.
21.42 BST: Just ten days after Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas claimed his club would not be pursuing their interest in France star Yann M’Vila, Rennes have confirmed that the North London club have tabled a bid close to £13m for their midfielder.
21.10 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have denied that their "partnership agreement" with Real Madrid means the Liga club have first refusal on their star players. FULL STORY
20.39 BST: Inter Milan have completed the signing of Alvaro Pereira from Porto for an
20.01 BST: Tottenham Hotspur look set to spend some of the Luka Modric money on Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. FULL STORY
19.32 BST: Respected journo Tancredi Palmeri has tweeted: "Manchester City launched a 12m ¬ bid for Fiorentina serbian defender Nastasic. Deal very close"
19.01 BST: As promised here are the full details on the below story at City.
18.38 BST: Manchester City are preparing £60 million worth of bids in the next 24 hours to try to land Roberto Mancini’s targets before the window closes on Friday. More to follow on this.
18.05 BST: A source has told ESPN that "the deal is now close" regarding Scott Sinclair's proposed move from Swansea to City.
17.35 BST: Wait, what's this? Norwich aren't in for Michael Owen? "Wow. Not that I am aware of," said Chris Hughton in the Eastern Daily Press in response to the Owen rumours.
"It is no surprise because at this stage of the window you get linked with lots of names that are not true. That is very much a new one to me. It is an area we are looking at to do something but that would have to be the right player."
17.05 BST: Javi Martinez carried out a double training session with Athletic Bilbao on Monday, despite reports in the German press that he was to fly out to Munich. FULL STORY
16.36 BST: DONE DEAL - Sampdoria have completed the signing of Denmark winger Simon Poulsen on a three-year deal.
16.15 BST: Kieran Richardson, who has said he wants to leave Sunderland after five years at the Stadium of Light, is reported to be a target for Fulham.
15.45 BST: Ajax full-back Nicolai Boilesen has said he knows nothing about reports linking him with a move to either Arsenal or Southampton.
14.55 BST: Zat Knight believes Bolton should try to re-sign their former midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker. Reo-Coker left the Reebok at the end of last season but has yet to find a new club, and defender Knight feels he would bolster their attempt to win promotion back to the Premier League.
14.25 BST - DONE DEAL: And that moment is now: Real have confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a five-year deal. Modric to Madrid: the transfer that has been likely to happen all summer has finally, actually happened.
14.22 BST: More on Modric – he’s passed his Madrid medical, so it’s a matter of when the announcement is made now. Here’s what Real had to say about it: "Luka Modric has passed the medical which he has undertaken at the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja prior to his signing for the club. The Croatian has passed the different tests that he has taken without any problems."
14.20 BST: Ally McCoist has vowed to add more new faces to his Rangers squad after saying he was “angry, disappointed and embarrassed” by their display in a 1-1 draw at Berwick. He told BBC Scotland: "We need to get bodies in, and bodies in of quality, because that's unacceptable."
13.38 BST - DONE DEAL: Dane Richards will move to Burnley on a free transfer, joining them from Vancouver Whitecaps in January, the Championship club have announced. The Jamaica international winger has scored twice in seven games for Vancouver, and Burnley boss Eddie Howe said: "He is quick and direct - we're looking forward to adding Dane to the squad."
12.45 BST - DONE DEALS: Lyon have signed left-back Fabian Monzon from Nice and re-signed midfielder Steed Malbranque after his release from St Etienne. Monzon’s transfer has seen France forward Jeremy Pied move in the opposite direction.
11.52 BST: Keeper Michael Rensing could join Bayer Leverkusen from Koln. Director of Sport Rudi Voller said: “Michael is a candidate - but he is not the only one.”
11.47 BST: Javi Martinez and Bayern: the saga continues. Rumours on Twitter say he’ll be flying to Munich from Bilbao at some stage on Monday, while others suggest he could be unveiled either after Bayern have played Regensburg or on Tuesday morning.
11.29 BST: Aston Villa’s new manager Paul Lambert hasn’t enjoyed the happiest of starts to his Villa Park reign, and his second successive defeat, 3-1 at home to Everton, has prompted him to hold talks with the club’s hierarchy about bringing in two more signings.
11.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Wolves have signed 25-year-old winger Razak Boukari from Rennes on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. The Togo international scored seven goals in 38 games for Rennes after joining from Lens in 2010.
11.00 BST: Fulham manager Marin Jol says he is confident that sought-after midfielder Moussa Dembele will stay at the club. He explained: “He plays and he likes the club, so there's no problem. You have to pay a lot of money to get Dembele. There won't be a lot of clubs putting that sort of money on the table, so I think we are fine."
10.45 BST: Petr Jiracek is set to undergo a medical at Hamburg and will sign for the club in a &euro4 million deal from Wolfsburg, NDR Sportsclub has reported. Jiracek, 26, will join after nine months at Wolfsburg after being told by coach Felix Magath that his services are no longer required in Lower Saxony. The-left footed Czech Republic international signed a contract with Wolfsburg in January.
09.29 BST: Tottenham have had a bid of almost £12 million for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Willan rejected by the Ukrainian club. However, news that the North Londoners have agreed a ¬37 million deal for the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid means they will be back in with an improved offer for the 24-year-old.
09.29 BST: It could be changes agogo at Stoke, with manager Tony Pulis keen to do some major freshening up of his squad. That could entail Maurice Edu coming in from Rangers, Tom Huddlestone on loan from Tottenham, and maybe Michael Dawson – also from Spurs – arriving despite interest from QPR. Pulis said: “We'll hopefully know more about a couple of players on Monday, whether they're leaving or whether they're coming in. I hope next week will be a busy week for us, because we need to freshen it up. “We've taken Maurice Edu. Hopefully that will be completed by Monday. I'd love to take Dawson off Spurs but whether we could afford him or not I'm not sure. We will see what happens. Huddlestone and Dawson and people like that would improve us and make us a better team, but whether you're Arsenal or Stoke City, you have a level to which you can spend and we have to work to that level.”
09.23 BST: Wolves, having already sold striker Steven Fletcher to Sunderland and winger Matt Jarvis to West Ham, could also be on the verge of losing another forward, Kevin Doyle, who is interesting Everton and Aston Villa, the Mail reports. The paper says Paul Lambert is already keen to strengthen his forward options at Villa Park after watching his side struggle for chances in their two opening games, bt his Wolves counterpart Stale Solbakken said: “I have not heard anything about Doyle leaving, and hopefully he will stay.'”
09.18 BST: The Mail suggests Arsenal are in the market for another midfielder and could make an unexpected bid for Newcastle’s influential Yohan Cabaye – a £15 million fee has been mooted. But Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Cabaye’s Newcastle colleague Cheick Tiote, saying: “He’s not on the way to Arsenal.”
09.10 BST: Philosopher type Joey Barton appears to be edging closer to joining Marseille from QPR for the season – and that’s the only place he wants to go. Writing on Twitter – inevitably - he said: "Marseille won again ... Allez les Marseillais. I am hopeful that things will be sorted out soon. Other clubs are in but I only want to play in Marseille. This is the place for me. Hopefully, QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days. My heart is already in the Velodrome.”
09.06 BST: ESPN understands that Real Madrid and Spurs have reached agreement on a transfer fee for Luka Modric to move to Spain, with the deal to be completed subject to a medical.
08.45 BST: HERE’S YOUR DAILY LUKA MODRIC MOMENT: The Spurs playmaker is expected to seal his move to real Madrid, which was first talked about as a possibility in 1928, within the next 24 hours, says the Mirror. That deal, for around £33 million, would see Spurs start to do some more spending of their own: Shakhtar Donetsk’s Willian is the number one target.
08.30 BST: The Mirror suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson, having already signed Nick Powell from Crewe this summer, could be making another move with an eye to the future. He is thought to be interested in signing young Leicester centre-back Liam Moore – but Everton are also thought to be interested in the 19-year-old.
08.15 BST: The Sun quotes Michael Owen as saying he’s confident that he’ll be joining a new club soon. The 32-year-old has been linked with a move to Stoke or Everton after leaving Manchester United – and stressed his desire to stay in the Premier League – but, as yet, nothing has materialised. An undaunted Michael, however, says: “I have been in contact with quite a few teams and I definitely expect to be donning a new shirt quite soon.” Wonder if he really said “donning”? On the south coast, Nigel Adkins is ready to pay £5 million to bring Ajax left-back Nicolai Boilesen to Southampton...Reading are sizing up a £1.2 million move for Notts County winger Alan Judge... Manchester City are closer to completing a signing they were already close to completing by bringing Scott Sinclair to Manchester from Swansea.