Transfer news LIVE: Rooney 'would go to Arsenal'

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Wayne Rooney is prepared to move to Arsenal if his preferred transfer to Chelsea falls through, while his current employers Manchester United are racing against the clock to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

22.40 BST: Juventus have received an enquiry from Everton for 28-year-old striker Alessandro Matri according to reports in Italy.

22.20 BST: Bebe could be on his way out of Old Trafford again. The forgotten man of Manchester United has been linked with Pacos de Ferreira by Talksport.

21.40 BST: Alex Song has told Sky Sports News that there is no chance of Cesc Fabregas leaving Barcelona for Manchester United this summer. He said: "I did not speak with him but I know Cesc is 100% here. He loves Barcelona, he loves the club. He will stay here next season and give 100% because I know him very well and he'll want to fight. He's focused on the club.

21.10 BST: Darren Bent appeared to move closer to a move away from Aston Villa with the below tweet. The England international striker looks likely to join either Newcastle or Fulham in the coming weeks and the club have given summer signing Nicklas Helenius his shirt. Bent has been demoted to 39.

20.50 BST: Real Madrid forward Jese, 20, has signed a new four-year deal with the club to dispel reported interest from Tottenham.

20.20 BST: Former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola has joined Greek side Olympiakos on a two-year deal. The 31-year-old left Malaga at the end of last season following the expiry of his contract.

19.45 BST: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken to Twitter to announce that Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina and Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain have passed medicals with the club and will be unveiled on Monday evening along with the Serie A side's new shirt.

19.20 BST: Luis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal - despite having a £40,000,001 bid rejected by Liverpool. FULL STORY HERE.

19.00 BST: Dan Gosling's potential move to Crystal Palace looks to be off, with a source close to the player telling ESPN it would require a 'miracle' to be rectified. The midfielder opted out of the deal amid Palace's delays following the completion of a medical earlier this week.

18.25 BST: Former Arsenal and Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista has returned to Brazil to join Cruzeiro from Malaga on a two-year deal.

18.10 BST: Manchester United have been frustrated in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas. But would a move for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye be a better idea? Find out here.

17.40 BST: New York Red Bulls have signed former Man City, Southampton and Charlton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips, 28, pending a successful visa application. Wright-Phillips is the brother of QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and the son of former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.

"Since Bradley's potential was first recognised by Manchester City and the England's Under-20 side, he has proved to be a goalscorer of note, whether playing up front or as a winger," Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh said.

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17.10 BST: Here is one of Osvaldo's better goals for Roma.

17.00 BST: Forget Suarez, Arsenal fans. Reports in Italy claim that Roma's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo could be on his way to the Emirates with Gervinho going the other way.

16.31 BST: More from Norwich, where defender Leon Barnett is being linked with a move to Championship Doncaster after manager Hughton said he was not in his plans for next season.

16.29 BST: Here’s Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers talking about (yes, you’ve guessed it) Luis Suarez after the 2-0 friendly win over Melbourne Victory in Australia: "I've had a few conversations with Luis - there's nothing really new to report. He's been surrounded by speculation but he's here working with the group. He's very much a Liverpool player. Over the course of the next few weeks, we have to get him up to speed and have him fit and ready to go for the beginning of the season."

16.24 BST: A bit more on the Matej Vydra links from earlier on, with Norwich and Southampton apparently the two parties most interested in the Udinese forward, who starred on loan at Watford last season. Norwich boss Chris Hughton reportedly sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old Czech international on several occasions last season - but Udinese have said they want to build their forward line around him next season and could well rebuff any bids.

16.14 BST: Ex-Southampton defender Ryan Dickson could move to League One Colchester after impressing in their friendly defeat by fellow East Anglians Ipswich. Colchester boss Joe Dunne told the BBC: "We'll speak to his agent. We should have a decision by the end of the week."

15.30 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Huddersfield Town midfielder Josh Windass, the son of Hull legend Dean, has signed a one-year contract with Accrington Stanley.

15.15 BST: Small Hooper update: the player’s representatives are holding talks with QPR about personal terms for a transfer. You know what? This Hooper saga really might be over soon. And given that it rumbled on all through the January window as well, that’s probably no bad thing.

14.45 BST: Having mentioned the seemingly endless Gary Hooper saga earlier, could it now be about, finally, to end? Reports suggest Celtic have accepted a bid for the striker from Championship QPR, who have been strongly linked with him in recent weeks. This is the sort of thing he's been doing for Celtic:

14.30 BST: Chelsea’s England Under-21 international Nathaniel Chalobah could go out on loan for another year after impressing for Championship play-off finalists Watford last season. He said:"He [Jose Mourinho] has already told me he likes me and he reckons another year out is probably the best decision. The Premier League is probably where I'll be looking to go this year.”

14.15 BST: Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has said defender Danny Rose will not be departing on loan this season. Rose, 23, was named Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year after spending last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, and Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio had been keen to retain him for the coming campaign.

14.05 BST - DONE DEALS: A couple of deals for you: defender Ryan Edwards has moved from Blackburn to Chesterfield on a month’s loan, while Waterford United midfielder Jack Doherty has moved to Ipswich on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

13.49 BST: Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole is believed to be a target for both Fulham and newly-promoted Hull City. A move to the Tigers would see Cattermole reunited with Steve Bruce, the manager who signed him for Sunderland.

13.46 BST - DONE DEAL: Lazio have formally completed the signing of midfielder Lucas Biglia from Anderlecht on a five-year contract. Biglia, 27, has spent the last seven years at the Belgian club, racking up a total of 204 appearances and playing in both the Champions League and the Europa League.

13.40 BST - DONE DEAL: The completion of a long-mooted deal: former Watford midfielder John Eustace has joined Derby, signing a one-year contract with the Rams, Eustace, 33, was a free agent and had been training with Nigel Clough’s side over the summer.

13.20 BST: And more Suarez-related stuff, this time courtesy of Graeme Souness, who is also calling for the Uruguayan to stay. "There is no better football club in England than Liverpool. There is no better group of supporters than they have at Liverpool," he told Sky Sports News. For me - and I know I'm totally biased - but I go to these big modern stadiums throughout the country, and Liverpool still generates the best atmosphere.

"For me, he should stay at Liverpool and be a company man and try to get them into the Champions League. His goals would go a long way to helping them do that.”

13.13 BST: West Bromwich Albion are likely to step up their efforts to sign Lille forward Salomon Kalou, the Birmingham Mail reports, after head coach Steve Clarke spoke of the need to add another four players to his squad.

13.03 BST: And still the saga of Peter Odemwingie rumbles on. Remember the January window, the long drive to QPR, etc etc? Well, instalment number 6,324 of the saga since then is this: the West Brom striker’s proposed move to Dubai side Al Nasr is reported to have collapsed.

12.43 BST: Brazil international striker Julio Baptista has left Malaga after reaching an agreement to rescind his contract with the club, and now appears certain to join Cruzeiro in his homeland. A statement on Malaga's official website said: “Malaga would like to wish the Brazilian the best of luck for the future and his new career with Brazil's Cruzeiro.”

12.33 BST - DONE DEAL: Midfielder Mark Fotheringham, he of the ‘Fozzie flick’ (see below) and once of Celtic and later Norwich, has joined Notts County after leaving Ross County at the end of last season.

12.15 BST - DONE DEAL: Midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has joined Bristol Rovers from Colchester for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract.

12.10 BST: Wonderfully-named CSKA Moscow forward Vagner Love is moving to China, where he will join Shandong Luneng. A CSKA statement said: "Vagner received an unprecedented offer of a personal contract, while CSKA received a very lucrative offer from the Chinese side."

11.53 BST: And more on Higuain: Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili tells Gazzetta dello Sport: "We are ready to welcome Gonzalo. It's nice that Napoli are buying Real Madrid players. The club is earning respect throughout Europe."

11.51 BST: And more on Suarez: The BBC reports that the Liverpool striker will tell the club that he wants to talk to Arsenal after they tabled an offer of just over £40 million for him. He believes that id triggers a clause in his contract that allows him to speak to interested parties.

11.31 BST: Doncaster boss Paul Dickov decided against signing Jean-Yves M'Voto, with whom he had worked at Oldham, after discovering that the defender was speaking to Championship (and Yorkshire) rivals Barnsley. He said: "I explained that if he did [speak to Barnsley], I would not be proceeding with bringing him to the club. I only want players who are 100% committed to Doncaster Rovers."

11.05 BST: The voluble Aurelio De Lorentiis might have some more to say soon - Higuain is reported to be having a medical later today:

11.00 BST: Nottingham Forest are reported to have agreed a deal to sign Olympiakos winger Djamel Abdoun for more than €2 million, and must now agree personal terms with the 27-year-old Algeria international.

10.50 BST: And staying in Blackpool, sought-after winger Tom Ince, who turned down a summer move to Cardiff, has said he wants to play in the Premier League – but he wants to make sure the move is the right one. "I have had long chats with dad, as manager and player and father and son," Ince, 21, told The Independent.

"He wants me to play at the level he believes I can play at. I have proved I can handle myself in the Championship, but I don't want to go into the Premier League and struggle. I know there will be days when I am criticised, and days when I am out of form. It's a rocky road ahead, and I want to cope like Ryan Giggs coped."

He's a bit good:

10.40 BST: He does like to be beside the seaside: Michael Chopra is reportedly set to sign for Blackpool. The former Newcastle, Cardiff and Sunderland striker, 29, is currently a free agent.

10.28 BST: The Bundesliga has been attracting plenty of attention of late, hasn't it? Glitzy transfers include Thiago Alcantara's move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, but there have been plenty of other interesting deals, too. The splendid Stephan Uersfeld brings you up to speed with ten that have crept under the radar.

10.26 BST: Fiorentina have agreed a deal to bring in Palermo’s attacking midfielder Josep Ilicic. Terms and a contract now have to be agreed with the player, Fiorentina’s official website said.

10.23 BST: Suarez alert:

10.20 BST: Back to Newcastle, where Alan Pardew wants to get some new faces in – the Magpies are the only Premier League club not to have signed a first-team player this summer. Pardew wants pronunciation king and director of football Joe Kinnear to get things going, and told the Chronicle: "I think we need a boost now. I'm pushing Joe to get a transfer in. We are in a situation where we want to progress now."

10.10 BST: Bayern Munich youngster Emre Can could go out on loan to gain first-team experience elsewhere, with Bayern officials to make a decision in early August.

09.55 BST: Kevin Gameiro has left for Seville to complete a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain for between €7 million and €8 million, according to reports in France.

09.50 BST: Napoli are reported to be on the verge of tying up a deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. Higuain has not been included in the Madrid squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Lyon and, according to reports in Italy, has given Napoli his word that he will move to the Stadio San Paolo, with Arsenal appearing to have switched their attentions to Luis Suarez.

09.30 BST: And a further arrival should be happening at Sunderland – where there has been a flurry of signings - although this is one that was first mooted back at the start of this month. But The Journal says the £2.5 million move for Panathinaikos midfielder Charis Mavrias is, finally, expected to be concluded soon. Here he is in action:

09.15 BST: Brentford manager Uwe Rosler is set to add to the ranks at Griffin Park, with Everton forward Conor McAleny poised to join on loan, according to the Hounslow Chronicle.

09.00 BST: And bits and pieces from France, where Le Parisien reports that Jimmy Briand was asked to train with the Lyon reserves on Tuesday. The club are reportedly keen to sell both Briand and forward Bafetimbi Gomis, who has attracted attention from Newcastle. It would be interesting to find out what Kinnear might make of his name.

08.45 BST: Bits and pieces from Spain: Aly Cissokho could join Liverpool on loan from Valencia, Marca reports, while former Spain Under-21 goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo is set to join Villarreal on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, according to the same paper.

08.30 BST: Craig Johnston, the man who wrote the Anfield Rap (see below), says Liverpool have to keep hold of Luis Suarez. Arsenal, as we’ve already seen, have had a £40,000,001 offer rejected, and Johnston – a very fine midfielder in his day – told the Liverpool Echo: "As a Liverpool supporter of 30 years, nobody has made me sit on the edge of my seat and scream at the TV like Luis Suarez.

"No-one has excited me with his skill, passion and enthusiasm like him. We have to keep him for another year at all costs - he's a unique talent. He scares defenders."

08.15 BST: Gary Hooper: the transfer saga that seemingly never ends. Celtic boss Neil Lennon would like it to, saying he would be more than happy if his forward – who has been linked with Norwich, QPR and Nottingham Forest in recent weeks – stays in Scotland. "It's a better squad with Gary in it. From our point of view we want him to stay, and if we can persuade him to stay we will do everything we can to do that,” Lennon said.

08.05 BST: Alan Pardew says no bids have been tabled for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye – or, if you’re Joe Kinnear, Yohan Kebab – and he hopes that none will be. Pardew, keen to avoid a repeat of last season, when his side became embroiled in relegation trouble, says the creative France international midfielder is key.

"Obviously, he's a player I want to keep," the manager told the Shields Gazette. "He's a great technical player, and his personality is fantastic. It's a big season for him. He will be a starter for France at the World Cup. It's important for him."

07.51 BST: Hamburg keeper Rene Adler returned to training yesterday, with his club set to sell Jacopo Sala to Hellas Verona. Sala is in Verona for a medical, Hamburg have confirmed.

07.30 BST: A hilarious tweet, apparently from Liverpool owner John W Henry, on Arsenal's Suarez bid - which, to be honest, we are a little bit sceptical has actually come from him. However, here it is for your pleasure:

07.14 BST: Despite Bayern Munich's glut of midfielders, Luiz Gustavo wants to stay at the Allianz Arena, telling reporters: "I have a contract until 2015 and want to see it out. I had to fight through the years, and will fight again this year."

06.59 BST: Napoli are set to complete the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid, with his presentation as a Napoli player expected on Monday. There has been no official announcement yet, but Gazzetta dello Sport has dedicated two pages to the transfer, which would be eighth-biggest deal in Serie A history at €40 million.

06.47 BST: Staying in France, reports suggest Monaco want Sporting keeper and captain Rui Patricio for a fee expected to be in the region of €10-15 million

06.30 BST: Time for a scout around Europe, and Le Parisien reports that Michel Bastos, currently on loan at Schalke, is set to be sold by Lyon. A club in the Middle East are said to be close to agreeing a fee with Lyon, while Schalke could also make a move that would bring in a little less than €5 million.

05.05 BST: The Daily Star reports that Southampton and Norwich are battling it out for Czech striker Matej Vydra. The prolific 21-year-old scored 22 goals on loan at Watford last season and was named Football League Player of the Year. If you haven't seen or heard much of him, this should help:

03.55 BST: Sky Sport Italia claims Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina - absent from his club's pre-season tour to Australia at the moment - is bound for Italy and a medical with Napoli. It is reported that personal terms have been agreed.

The Daily Mail reports that Wayne Rooney would move to the Emirates this summer after the Gunners showed interest in his services. However, the 27-year-old is more interested in a switch to Stamford Bridge in a bid to work under returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. It is said the Blues are in pole position to sign Rooney - who is recovering from a hamstring complaint - after submitting a bid of £23 million plus £2.5 million in additional clauses last week.

Meanwhile, time is winding down on United's pursuit of Everton's Marouane Fellaini, according to The Sun. The Belgian has a £22 million buyout clause in his contract - but that only lasts until July 31, meaning David Moyes must push through a deal within the next week. Fellaini's value will no doubt rocket come August 1. United are also heavily linked with a move for Barcelona's central midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The Sun reports that Newcastle United are now the prime candidates to sign striker Darren Bent after Fulham withdrew their interest because of is wage demands.

The two clubs have been battling it out to land the former England international, but his £80,000 a week wages appear to have settled matters. Newcastle now seem set to secure Bent in a £5 million deal - £19 million less than he cost Aston Villa when he joined from Sunderland in 2011. Villa, meanwhile, remain linked with a £7 million swoop for Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.


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