Transfer news LIVE: Madrid to bid £85m for Bale

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Premier LeaguePA PhotosReal Madrid have made no secret of their interest in Bale.

21:35 BST: Here is Graham Hunter's take on the Roberto Soldado saga.

21:20 BST: Tottenham have been told they must meet Roberto Soldado's full asking price if they want to sign the striker from Valencia. FULL STORY HERE.

21:00 BST: Southampton and Norwich are among the clubs interested in Udinese striker Matej Vydra who spent last season on loan at Watford, say Talksport.

20:40 BST: West Ham are the latest club to be linked to QPR striker Loic Remy. The Daily Star claims that the French forward is wanted by the Hammers who are keen to bolster their attacking options. Newcastle and Liverpool have also been discussed as potential destinations.

20:20 BST: Fiorentina have already signed Mario Gomez, Joaquin, Massimo Ambrosini and today added Josep Ilicic, but the club aren't finished yet. Ambitious co-owner Andrea Della Valle has told reporters: "Ilicic will arrive and the surprises aren’t over yet. We will reinforce the midfield and make this team even stronger."

19:45 BST: For any Spurs fans unsure of what the 30-year-old can add to Andre Villas-Boas' squad, then have a look at this video of his Ligue 1 goals from 2012-13.

19:40 BST: With their move for Roberto Soldado in doubt, the Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham could turn their attention to Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez.

19:20 BST: Fiorentina have continued their summer strengthening by agreeing a deal to sign Slovenia international Josip Ilicic from Serie B side Palermo.

19:00 BST: This is a summer of change at Stoke following the appointment of Mark Hughes. Michael Cox has a closer look at the development of the club, HERE.

18.45 BST: QPR have completed the signing of midfielder Karl Henry from Wolves. The 30-year-old has signed a two-year contract and becomes the club's third summer signing.

Manager Harry Redknapp said: "Like Danny Simpson and Richard Dunne, he’s been promoted to the Premier League before so he knows what’s needed."

18.42 BST: Ferguson is a left-sided player who can play defence or midfield. Check out his dead ball ability against Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace here.

18.40 BST: Birmingham have completed the signing of Shane Ferguson from Newcastle on a season-long loan. Northern Ireland international Ferguson, 22, spent time on-loan with the Blues last season under former Magpies midfielder Lee Clark who manages the Championship side.

18.15 BST: Here is Darren Bent speaking about his future on Monday, where he appeared to confirm that he would definitely be leaving Aston Villa.

18.10 BST: Newcastle are yet to sign a player during the summer transfer window, and that wait could be set to go on, according to bookmakers. Fulham have now been installed as favourites to sign Darren Bent from Aston Villa.

18.00 BST: Leon Osman is looking forward to a new era under Roberto Martinez at Everton and is happy with the work the club have done in the transfer window so far. He told the club's official website: "We’ve brought four new signings in already and it’s been impressive. There’s been a momentum with us so far. Now we’re all together and have got the rest of our international lads back, we’ve got our full squad and we can start to look forward even more."

17.35 BST: QPR blogger Sean Smith believes the arrival of Karl Henry at Loftus Road signals the end of the line for Monsieur Barton. Here is his take.

17.30 BST: Marseille have not given up hope of striking a deal with QPR to complete the permanent signing of Joey Barton. FULL STORY HERE

17.20 BST: Gareth Bale will NOT be going to Real Madrid, despite reports in the Spanish media to the contrary. That is the message from Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas. FULL STORY HERE

16.55 BST: David Moyes has again insisted that Manchester United will not sell Wayne Rooney and said he expects the striker to return to the team in a fortnight. FULL STORY HERE

16.30 BST: Senegalese striker Ibrahima Toure could be set to leave AS Monaco after being left out of their friendly on Saturday. He top scored with 18 goals in Ligue 2 last season and L'Equipe reports that clubs from Russia and China have shown interest.

16.24 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic held a press conference yesterday in his native Sweden and said there's no reason why his situation should change this summer, but that he is hoping to hold a meeting with the Paris Saint-Germain President.

16.19 BST: Liverpool are close to making Valencia full-back Aly Cissokho their fifth summer signing, The Metro reports.

16.11 BST: Following on reports from yesterday, Newcastle have finally made direct contact over a €10 million bid for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, while Tottenham have shown interest according to L'Equipe.

16.02 BST: Luca Antonelli has committed his future to current club Genoa despite being on the transfer radar of Inter, reports Football-Italia.

15.55 BST: Juventus and Inter Milan have been warned off Napoli wing back Juan Zuniga, who is not going anywhere, according to Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Former Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is keen on a reunion with Zuniga in Milan while the wide player is also highly regarded by Juve coach Antonio Conte. Both are set to miss out, however, with De Laurentiis tweeting: 'Zuniga is a Napoli player. He's given a lot for this club and he will continue to do so.'

15.47 BST: Ryan Mason about to go on his 5th loan from Spurs.

15.46 BST: Josip Ilicic is set to snub an approach from Liverpool and instead join Fiorentina after Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini accepted a €9 million offer from the Viola for the Slovenian attacking midfielder. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Fiorentina had offered €3 million less than the Reds for the 25-year-old, who prefers to stay in Italy.

15.39 BST: Fenerbahçe have pulled out of talks with Benfica over Oscar Cardozo after failing to agree a transfer fee according to club president Aziz Yıldırım, reports Turkish-Football.

15.34 BST: Swansea City's new signing Wilfried Bony has been granted a work permit.

15.27 BST: Jose Mourinho has confirmed teenager Nathaniel Chalobah will be one of several Chelsea youngsters to be sent out on loan this season, reports Sky Sports.

15.18 BST: John Eustace has agreed a one-year deal with Derby County and is expected to sign a contract by the end of the week, reports BBC Radio Derby.

15.11 BST: Chelsea Football Club has completed the signing of Cristian Cuevas from Chilean club O'Higgins.

Watch him score for Chile here (2nd goal):

15.04 BST: Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has added to his squad with the loan signing of Swansea City defender Alan Tate. Read the full story about his interesting welcome to he club HERE.

14.57 BST: CSKA Moscow director Roman Babaev has denied claims a €4 million fee has been agreed with AC Milan for Keisuke Honda. 'Nothing has changed,' he told RIA.

14.47 BST: Here are the Ryan Babel quotes regarding his Ajax teammate Christian Eriksen, and a potential move to Liverpool. (See: 12.22)

'For the LFC fans who have questions about Eriksen, i've given him enough information about the club during the past season, so he understands Liverpool. In my opinion its LFC who have to make the real effort to get him, then i'm confident for a good ending.'

14.38 BST: Carlton Cole is on the verge of signing a one-year deal with Crystal Palace, pending a medical later this week, reports The Evening Standard.

14.22 BST: Nathan Dyer would like to sign a new Swansea contract soon, but he insists he is not overly concerned about his future, reports SportingLife.

14.11 BST: Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Michael Rensing walked out on new club Fortuna Dusseldorf only hours before their opening game of the 2. Bundesliga season. FULL STORY HERE.

13.50 BST: Looks like all of Spurs' striker targets are staying put. Lisandro Lopez the latest to be 'going nowhere.' FULL STORY HERE.

But maybe their pursuit of Soldado isn't over just yet.

13.45 BST: Atletico Mineiro star Bernard is refusing to comment on speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal this summer, reports The Metro.

13.31 BST: Chelsea have begun proceedings to offer Juan Mata a new contract before the start of the 2013-14 season, in order to ward off a long list of interested clubs and finally end speculation about the playmaker’s future. FULL STORY HERE.

13.22 BST: Negotiations between Spurs and Valencia for striker Roberto Soldado have broken down, according to Valencia-based newspaper Super Deporte. FULL STORY HERE.

13.18 BST: Former Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic has asked fans of his old club not to turn against him after his move to Manchester City as he keeps the door open on an eventual return to Florence. FULL STORY HERE.

13.10 BST: L'Equipe reports that AS Monaco are preparing a bid of around €10million to seal a deal for Manchester United winger Nani.

12.50 BST: Romelu Lukaku would welcome Wayne Rooney to Chelsea 'with open arms' and would not be worried about competing with the Manchester United striker for a starting spot, reports Sky Sports.

12.34 BST: Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has revealed that Gino Peruzzi is unlikely to join the club. FULL STORY HERE.

12.24 BST: Spurs' search for a striker continues.

12.22 BST: Christian Eriksen has agreed personal terms with Liverpool, and is set to complete a €21million from Ajax, according to Tuttomercato. Meanwhile, talkSPORT report that former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has encouraged Denmark star Eriksen to join the Anfield side.

12.05 BST: News for Manchester City fans now, 25-year old defender Micah Richards has said that he wants to spend his entie career at thr club, FULL STORY HERE.

11.57 BST: AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri says he would not swap Mario Balotelli for Carlos Tevez as his side prepare to face Juventus in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night. FULL STORY HERE.

11.45 BST: Napoli and Real Madrid have agreed a €37million deal to take Gonzalo Higuain to Italy, according to reports. The Argentina striker was hoping Arsenal would make a move for him. The deal is far from complete just yet it seems.

11.33 BST: Jan Vertonghen posts a photo on Instagram of the Spurs team with new signing Nacer Chadli enjoying the bus ride in Hong Kong.
11.27 BST: Brad Jones believes Luis Suarez will stay at Liverpool — and insists that the forward has been welcomed back into the Liverpool squad despite declaring a public wish to move. FULL STORY HERE.

11.17 BST: The Daily Star reports that Arsenal are ready to offer £30million for Benfica star Eduardo Salvio. The 23-year-old has been capped for Argentina, and won two Europa League trophies in his time at Atletico Madrid.

10.58 BST: Real Madrid readying an £85million bid for Gareth Bale? Carlo Ancelotti recently said that he will not be buying the Welsh wizard, but with Manchester United reportedly interested again, Spurs will have to fend off both clubs according to reports in Spain and England. MORE HERE.

10.49 BST: The full details are on the Barcelona website (only in Spanish at the moment)

10.48 BST: Newell's Old Boy's have signed former France international David Trezeguet. The club doctor says he's in good form and that he’s looking forward to playing in the Copa Libetadores.

10.22 BST: The Daily Mail reports that Newcastle and Fulham are battling it out to sign Darren Bent from Aston Villa. The ex-Spurs striker is available for £5million, and has admitted he is leaving the club.

10.08 BST: Hull City continue to chase Evian striker Yannick Sagbo as Steve Bruce looks to finalise his attack ahead of the new season, The Yorkshire Post reports.

09.49 BST: Spurs' pursuit of Roberto Soldado has been confirmed by Andre Villas-Boas, read the full story on their approach of the Valencia striker, HERE.

09.40 BST: ESPN FC contributor James Horncastle shares some Stevan Jovetic quotes.

09.38 BST: Now for the front pages from Italy, featuring, Honda, Tevez, Balotelli, and Maksimovic. Courtesy of Football-Italia.

09.25 BST: The front pages from Spain, featuring, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Higuain, and Barcelona's likely new manager Tata Martino. Courtesy of Football-Espana.

09.10 BST: Borussia Dortmund have played down speculation that they will try and bring Shinji Kagawa back to the club from Manchester United. FULL STORY HERE.

08.52 BST: Real Madrid are not interested in signing PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo will not be moving in the opposite direction, according to the Spanish club's president Florentino Perez. Catch the full story HERE.
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08.39 BST: Manchester United are reportedly preparing a third and final bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, despite being told the Spain international is not for sale. Teammate, and former United player, Gerard Pique has told his old club they are 'wasting their time.' READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

08.31 BST: Tottenham are thought to be in advanced talks with Valencia over a deal for Spain international Roberto Soldado. Many media outlets claim a deal worth €30million has/or will be agreed today in a meeting at around midday in Spain.

08.13 BST: L'Equipe and Le Parisien say PSG striker Kevin Gameiro is close to joining Sevilla as a replacement for Alvaro Negredo. Malaga are also interested and Lyon could make a move should either Gomis or Lopez leave.

07.52 BST: Ghana international Afriyie Acquah, who only joined Hoffenheim from Palermo in a €2.5 million transfer this winter, has returned to AC Parma, where he spent the first half of last season, on loan. Hoffenheim have yet to confirm the deal.

07.25 BST: Newcastle have finally made direct contact over a €10 million transfer for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, while Tottenham have also shown interest, according to L'Equipe.

07.00 BST: Former Chelsea man Jacopo Sala, 21, is set to leave Hamburg and return to Italy to sign a contract at Hellas Verona, according to a report in Abendblatt. A decision about the future of the Italian is to be made within the next couple of days.

05.18 BST: Former France international David Trezeguet has rejected a host of offers from around the globe, opting instead to sign a one-year loan deal with Newell's Old Boys from Argentine rivals River Plate. CHECK OUT THE FULL STORY HERE.

04.09 BST: The Telegraph is reporting that Aston Villa outcast Alan Hutton is set for another season out on-loan to Spanish side Real Mallorca. Despite Mallorca being relegated, the Scottish defender impressed with his performances last season. However, it wasn't enough for Villa manager Paul Lambert to keep the 28-year-old at the Premier League club.

Chelsea and Arsenal are set to make improved offers for Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez respectively, while Tottenham eye Lyon attacker Lisandro Lopez.

Chelsea are ready to make a second £30 million offer to lure Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge. According to the Daily Mail, Blues manager Jose Mourinho remains determined to capture the 27-year-old England international, and despite having an initial offer rejected by the Red Devils, will return with the improved bid. Rooney was left "angry and confused" by recent comments from United manager David Moyes, and with Chelsea willing to match Rooney's £240,000-a-week salary, could be tempted to join Mourinho in London. However, United remain stern in their stance that Rooney is going nowhere.

Another striker edging towards the exit door at his club is Luis Suarez, with the Mirror reporting that Arsenal will make an increased £40 million bid for the Liverpool striker. Currently in Australia for the club's pre-season tour, Suarez is expected to hold final crunch talks with manager Brendan Rodgers over his future with the club. But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not waiting for the outcome of those coversations and will come back to the Reds with the improved bid after having an initial bid turned down by Liverpool. But waiting in the wings is Real Madrid, Suarez's club of choice, however they only value Suarez at £25 million. However, Liverpool, like rivals United, are unwilling to let their crown jewel leave the club.

Finally, Tottenham are targeting Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez. The Mirror claims that Spurs will return for the 30-year-old this summer after having a deadline day bid turned down in January. And with only 12 months left on his contract, Lopez's French club know they will need to sell now or risk losing the versatile player for nothing.


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