Transfer news LIVE: United shoot for Bale

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Real Madrid have admitted defeat in trying to sign Gareth Bale. For now at least.APGareth Bale has emerged has a top target for Man United.

23:59 BST: That's a wrap for another day of transfer goodness. Stay tuned for a wrap of Friday's newspapers.

23:47 BST: PSG, Inter and AC Milan target Hernanes gave little away when quizzed about his future. "I'll be going back to Lazio," he told Globo. "Only time will tell what happens next. However, I will soon be returning to training with the Biancocelesti."

23:23 BST: A couple of moves out of the Championship late on Thursday. Derby striker Conor Doyle has joined MLS side DC United, while Tranmere Rovers have signed Huddersfield's Chris Atkinson on loan until January.

21.51 BST: Ipswich Town, Blackpool and Charlton Athletic are all being linked with bids for Hull City wide man Cameron Stewart, who has been told he is surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium.

21.04 BST: Robinho has committed his future to AC Milan for another two years after a move to boyhood club Santos fell through. A statement published on acmilan.com read: "AC Milan announce that Robinho has extended his contract to June 30, 2016."

20.42 BST: Here's the full story on Stevan Jovetic's likely move to Manchester City.

20.19 BST: AS claims that Jose Mourinho wants to take his former Real Madrid player Gonzalo Higuain to Chelsea. The simple quote is: "Mourinho wants me there."

19.58 BST BREAKING NEWS: Fiorentina have reached an agreement to sell striker Stevan Jovetic to Manchester City.

19.39 BST: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is keen to add another forward to his squad - but claims former Wigan striker Franco di Santo is not on his radar. He told BBC Sport: "I think Di Santo is a good player, but I don't think he has the characteristics we are looking for. I am looking for a different kind of player."

18.56 BST DONE DEAL: And one more! This time Bolton Wanderers continue their summer policy of signing up hot young talent from other clubs. Gary Fraser has signed after being released by Hamilton Academical.

18.33 BST DONE DEAL: Another Championship signing, this time Blackpool snapping up Bobby Grant from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee.

18.02 BST DONE DEAL: Championship side Charlton Athletic have signed Richard Wood after he was released by Coventry City.

17.44 BST: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall expects James McFadden to re-sign for the club within the next 24 hours. The forward impressed upon his return to Fir Park on a short-term deal in the second half of last season and is set to put pen to paper on a one-year deal.

17.27 BST: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has again dangled a carrot in front of Wayne Rooney by repeating his belief that it is imperative for aspiring World Cup players to be first choice for their clubs, as the courtship of Wayne Rooney continued in Kuala Lumpur today. "Any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice at their club, then they're in trouble, they're in trouble," Mourinho said.

17.01 BST: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is targeting attacking reinforcements
after completing the signing of Sevilla midfielder Jose Campana today.

16.32 BST: PSG to continue their spending spree?

16.30 BST: Greek midfielder Georgios Katidis is hoping to return to his national team, via Serie B, after joining Novara, the club who have put faith in him despite his Nazi salute which earned him a suspension. He now has a tattoo with the date of his offence and the words 'my mistake' next to it.

16.22 BST: Some soundbites from Napoli attacker Marek Hamsik to Sky Italia: 'I'm happy here and there's no reason to leave.' 'It's strange to see Cavani in a different shirt.' 'We came second last year and can do better this season.'

16.10 BST: Mario Gomez has said he knows the transfer business and his move is certainly no downfall. He explained that it isn't easy to leave Bayern Munich, but that’s Bayern's policy, they always sell their strikers after a few years.

On his transfer he said: 'Once I decided to leave it was either Fiorentina or staying at Bayern.' He was overwhelmed by the welcoming he recieved at the club and he hopes to play a good and successful season, giving him a spot in the Germany squad for Brazil 2014.

15.55 BST: Could PSG's Kevin Gameiro be the perfect Negredo replacement for Sevilla? Story from Football-Espana here. Watch Gameiro's showreel below:

15.42 BST: Cardiff City boss Malky MacKay says he is looking for quality rather than quantity in this transfer window. Read the full story here.

15.30 BST: Hamburg’s Gojko Kacar could be off to Rubin Kazan this summer. Kacar had been demoted to the second team and HSV have been trying to offload him through special agents they hired.

15.19 BST: German magazine kicker reports that Wolfsburg are about to make a move for Bayern Munich's Brazilian midfielder Luis Gustavo, who may be surplus to requirements with the influx of midfielders at the Allianz Arena.

They outline the connection between Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg via Volkswagen. As the VW boss Martin Winterkorn is a member of Bayern’s board, and of course VW are Wolfsburg's main sponsor and a big part of the club. They say Wolfsburg are the only Bundesliga club that could afford Gustavo.

Wolfsburg's general manger Klaus Allofs says that Gustavo 'fulfills all the criteria.' An old quote from Winterkorn says that Wolfburg 'have the funds if needed.' So a deal is certainly possible, but kicker believes it's still early days.

15.05 BST: Rio Mavuba says he's likely to stay at Lille next season, but doesn't rule out a move away from the French club. The 29-year-old has been linked to a move back to his first club Bordeaux.

14.51 BST: Brazilian defender Thiago Silva says once again how much he likes Barcelona, but that he hopes 'to be able to honour my contract' with PSG. If the signing of Marquinhos is indeed true, it paves the way for one PSG defender to potentially leave. If it will be Thiago Silva, Alex, or Mamadou Sakho, remains to be seen.

14.41 BST: Fiorentina’s general manager Sandro Mencucci has flown to Manchester to hold talks with Manchester City over the transfer of Stevan Jovetic, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The Viola are asking €30million for the Montenegrin forward, who has already stated his desire to leave the Serie A club this summer. With Mario Gomez arriving from Bayern Munich, Fiorentina are also keen to offload the unsettled forward.

14.30 BST: Numerous reports suggest that a meeting between Lille and young striker Florian Thauvin went badly. The player was reportedly disappointed by the club's attitude towards a potential transfer. However Lille deny there's a rift.

14.14 BST: The news Chelsea fans wanted.

14.12 BST: Ernesto Bronzelli, a respected FIFA agent, says Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep Gonzalo Higuain at Real Madrid. Meanwhile, a friendly between PSG and Napoli has been cancelled due to unknown reasons, no comments from either club on that just yet.

14.00 BST: Yet to see an official statement from Roma or PSG, but many claim it's now done.

13.51 BST: Richard Chaplow has completed the formalities of a two-year deal at Millwall, Sky Sports reports.

13.45 BST: According to talkSPORT, Juventus are lining up a £4million bid for Swansea and Everton target Wakaso Mubarak.

13.38 BST: Real Madrid's young striker Alvaro Morata has turned down a move to Sevilla. reports Football-Espana. Check out his Real Madrid highlights below:

13.22 BST: SportsDirect News reports that Liverpool's England Under-21 defender Andre Wisdom is waiting on confirmation to join Owen Coyle's Wigan Athletic on loan.

13.10 BST: Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says Wayne Rooney would be a world-class signing for the club if they can nab him from Manchester United. Story from Sky Sports.

12.52 BST: Former Spurs attacker Giovani dos Santos is set to be unveiled as a Villarreal player today. The Mexico international is a product of Barcelona's youth academy.

12.30 BST: New Augsburg signing Halil Altintop expects Augsburg to be fighting to stay in the Bundesliga until the very end of the new season.

'It was clear I'd return to the Bundesliga one day,' he also said. The twin brother of former Bayern star Hamit Altintop explained that he had had great time in Turkey but now was the right time to return to Germany.

12.14 BST: Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has signed a new three-year deal at the club, The Villans' official website confirms.

12.08 BST: Borussia Dortmund director Michael Zorc speaks in kicker. He says Robert Lewandowski's situation is no different to last season. Kevin de Bruyne was a target for the club but Mourinho was adamant he would be staying at Chelsea.

Zorc described Ryu Seung-woo, who Dortmund had reportedly signed, as an 'interesting player,' but stated that the club would not sign every footballer they find interesting.

He finished by saying Dortmund need a strong start to the season to not be left behind by Bayern Munich, and that the Munich squad had extreme talent even before the signing of Thiago Alcantara.

11.53 BST: Update on Christian Benteke.

11.45 BST: France captain Hugo Lloris has praised the signing of Paulinho at Spurs, you can read the full story HERE. Check out Paulinho's Confederations Cup highlights below;

11.32 BST: Sky Sports report that Flamengo are having ongoing talks with Arsenal about a deal to sign Andre Santos on loan. Meanhwile, Burton Albion have signed former Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap on a one-year contract.

11.23 BST: Read more on the Luis Suarez story HERE.

11.16 BST: Some good news for Palace fans.

11.09 BST: Hannover's general manager Dirk Dufner says he is baffled by the many injuries his team have suffered in pre-season, as they have soared into the double figures for players now missing, and kicker reports they are now trying to at least sign another right back.

11.00 BST: According to The Daily Star, Arsenal are looking to hijack Chelsea's approach for Wayne Rooney. Arsene Wenger has said the Manchester United striker's wages would not be a problem for The Gunners.

10.51 BST: Marca reports that if Manchester United sign Leighton Baines, Everton will be quick to replace him with Granada fullback Siqueira.

10.39 BST: France international Florent Malouda has joined Turkish side Trabzonspor on a two-year contract, after being released by Chelsea.

10.28 BST: BREAKING: The Liverpool Echo reports that Brendan Rodgers has said it will take something 'drastic' for Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool and expects the wantaway striker to stay at Anfield for the coming season.

'Luis Suarez is a wonderful player and he is still very much a Liverpool player. No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.'

'Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season after he had such a fantastic season last year. There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player.'

10.17 BST: AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia is very happy with the signing of PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman, but would like another attacker added to his ranks.

10.05 BST: BBC's Phil McNulty on Manchester City. Can expect Negredo deal to be announced today it seems.

10.00 BST: Bayer Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia warns there might be problems at the beginning of the new season because of the new players coming in from several countries. The former Liverpool defender also says that the club have agreed to sign one more player, but his job now is to get the most out of the players he has available.

09.48 BST: Zlatan to stay at Paris Saint-Germain?

09.42 BST: Kyriakos Papadopoulos' comeback has been delayed once again. The sought-after Greek defender has struggled with injuries of late, not seeing a football pitch for eight months. Bild have run a headline: 'Papa, where are you?'
According to the paper, Liverpool have already offered Schalke a healthy sum for the 21-year-old.

09.28 BST: According to Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet, Christian Eriksen has agreed to a four-year deal with AC Milan. Liverpool were reportedly chasing the Ajax playmaker, but, once a fee is agreed, it seems he'll be jetting off to Serie A.

09.11 BST: AS reports that Spurs are willing to give Gareth Bale yet another new contract to keep him at the club for this season. The report says that Spurs are willing to up his wages to £150,000 a week, smashing their current wage structure. Will we be seeing more of this at Spurs for the coming season? Or will someone pluck him away from north London?

09.06 BST: Manchester City have now confirmed that Brazilian fullback Maicon, has joined AS Roma. The 31-year-old leaves on a permanent deal after making just 11 appearances during last season.

09.00 BST: Marca reports that Real Madrid have told Arsenal they'll need to stump up €40million if they want Gonzalo Higuain.

08.50 BST: FSV Mainz have signed South Korea left back Joo-Ho Park, 26, from FC Basel. With the fee reported to be around €500,000.

08.37 BST: Now see what Football-Italia offer in terms of Italian front pages. Featuring Carlos Tevez, Edinson Cavani, and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Much talk about how Napoli will reinvest their Cavani money.

08.30 BST: Check out today's front pages from Spain. Featuring, Iker Casillas, Gareth Bale, and Lionel Messi. Courtesy of Football-Espana.

08.22 BST: 34-year-old fullback Pascal Chimbonda says his career is not over yet. The former Tottenham defender claims he still feels '25' and wants a new club to take him on.

07.30 BST: Real Madrid could demand around £37 million for Arsenal and Napoli target Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Times. FULL STORY.

05:48 BST: Barcelona's Cristian Tello will renew his contract with the Spanish champions for two more years, with a €30 million buyout fee also included, according to Spanish paper MD Sport.

Gareth Bale is back in the transfer headlines, with Manchester United reportedly set to launch a £60 million bid for the Welsh winger.

The report in the Daily Mirror claims Bale is being targeted as the first major signing under new manager David Moyes. Despite speculation surrounding the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Moyes is eager to secure the services of Bale more than any other, and is believed to be a key factor in vice chairman Ed Woodward's decision to return home from a pre-season tour of Australia for transfer negotiations.

Bale has been heavily linked with Real Madrid for some months, but given the recent poor publicity for United after Wayne Rooney departed the tour early, the Premier League champions are willing to smash their transfer record to boost confidence heading into next season.

Reports concerning the future of Luis Suarez vary though. The Daily Mirror states Arsenal are leading the race to sign the Uruguayan striker, while Real Madrid are maintaining a tough stance over the transfer fee. The Liga giants are willing to part with just £25 million for Suarez, well below the valuation of Liverpool.

However, the Daily Mail reports the Gunners may miss out on Suarez and Higuain, as an exchange deal between Real and the Reds is set to take place. Both strikers are in high demand - including from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is desperate to bolster his attacking stocks - and it is said Liverpool and Real Madrid believe a swap would be in their best interests.

Another in-demand front-man, Christian Benteke, is bound for crucial talks with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on Thursday. The Belgian is eager to seal a move to a bigger club this summer, but Lambert is willing to hang on to the striker, even if it means shutting him out in the cold alongside the likes of Shay Given, Alan Hutton, Stephen Ireland, Barry Bannan and Darren Bent, The Sun reports.

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