Good morning and welcome to ESPN FC’s On the Move. With two days to go before the transfer window, to use the commonly accepted phrase, slams shut, could there be a late contender for another departure from Arsenal? Well, it appears that there could: Theo Walcott.
Walcott’s future at Arsenal is in doubt amid widespread reports that Arsene Wenger has given him an ultimatum prior to the close of the window. The winger, 23, has less than 12 months remaining on his contract at Arsenal, and the club risk losing him on a free transfer next summer if they do not tie him down on a new deal.
And a number of newspapers are reporting that Wenger has given the England international 48 hours to decide whether he wants to extend his stay in North London - or be sold for around £12 million. Further reports suggest Walcott's representatives have turned down the offer of a five-year deal worth £75,000-a-week, paving the way for a sale. Inevitably, Manchester City are reported to be in the frame, as they are reported to be for pretty much everyone.
- Catch up on all the latest DONE DEALS in our Transfer Archive here.
|Walcott: Time for him to stick or twist © PA Photos|
22.41 BST: ESPN sources are telling us that Stoke City have bid £4 million for Stoke City's Charlie Adam.
22.05 BST: Craig Noone is set to swap Cardiff for Brighton.
21.32 BST: And this just in. Fiorentina are raging that Berbatov has snubbed them. Read more here.
21.12 BST: We just got a rumour through that Juventus could hijack Fiorentina's move for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov - and no sooner did we hear that but Twitter has gone mental with Berbatov to Fulham!
20.48 BST: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett for an undisclosed fee.
20.27 BST: QPR are no longer hunting the Plymouth Argyles of this world for players like Jamie Mackie - apparently Real Madrid's Esteban Granero is next on their list of targets and is in West London to talk to the club.
20.19 BST: Highly rated Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes has reportedly agreed terms with Blackburn Rovers, although the two clubs have yet to agree a fee.
19.56 BST: DONE DEAL: Julio Cesar has completed his move to QPR from Inter Milan. What a coup for the Rs.
19.52 BST: Since Javi Martinez's medical at Bayern Munich, Antoliy Tymoschuk has changed his Twitter and Facebook pictures, erasing traces of him in a Bayern kit. Think he could be on his way out of the Allianz Arena.
19.41 BST: It's being reported that Mathieu Debuchy has all but signed for Real Madrid, with the fee as yet unconfirmed.
19.30 BST: I'm sure it won't surprise you to learn that Joey Barton has taken to Twitter to update us on his proposed move to Marseille.
He tweeted: "Just finished the 1st part of my medical at Marseille. It's great to finally be here. Back tomo to finish it off... I would also like to thank all the fans at the training ground for being patient and really friendly when we met. #AllezMarseille."
19.12 BST: Reports suggesting that after talks between Theo Walcott and Arsenal today, the winger will not leave the club before the summer transfer window closes - though no new contract has been agreed.
19.03 BST: Wayne Rooney has taken to Twitter to deny newspaper reports linking him with a move away from Manchester United. Rooney tweeted: "Read the nonsense in the papers and heard what people have to say.absolute rubbish. #heretostay."
18.43 BST: Marseille coach Elie Baup has confirmed the club are in talks with QPR midfielder Joey Barton, but that a move has yet to be agreed.
18.15 BST: DONE DEAL Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez on a five-year deal after agreeing a transfer worth €40 million.
18.04 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich have completed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.
17.40 BST: AC Milan have confirmed that they have completed a season-long loan deal for Roma striker Bojan Krkic. Full story
17.21 BST: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has now officially terminated his contract with Inter and gave a great quote about his move to QPR earlier:
"Inter suggested that I reduce my salary," he said. "No player in my situation would have done that. I am not a hypocrite and I can talk openly about this. I then spoke to my representative and I thought this was a good choice."
16.52 BST: Here's more on Dembele leaving Fulham to join Spurs.
16.36 BST: Aston Villa are reported to have agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for Joe Bennett - but had an offer for Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens turned down.
16.24 BST - DONE DEAL: Tottenham have completed the signing of Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele – the first of what could be several arrivals following the completion of Luka Modric’s sale to Real Madrid. Fulham's website said: "The club can today confirm that it has reached an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of midfielder Moussa Dembele.
"The 25-year-old Belgian international has successfully completed a medical and will sign for an undisclosed fee. Following his two full seasons at Craven Cottage, the club would like to thank Moussa for his contribution and wish him well throughout the rest of his career."
16.19 BST: Manchester United selling Wayne Rooney? That's daft, says former United midfielder Lou Macari. “There’s no chance that Sir Alex Ferguson will allow Rooney to leave in the transfer window. It’s crazy talk,” he told talkSPORT.
16.16 BST - DONE DEAL: Bayer Leverkusen have signed goalkeeper Michael Rensing on a one-year contract after he had spent a season at Cologne.
16.03 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk chief executive Sergei Palkin has the latest on the Willian/Tottenham transfer situation: "Spurs' latest offer for Willian was &eruo; 15 million which we, of course, did not accept. [Daniel] Levy, by the way, hinted that, besides Willian, Andre Villas-Boas was interested in Douglas Costa and Fernandinho, but he mentioned that just casually, without any specifics."
15.58 BST - DONE DEAL: Norwich City have signed goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Blackburn Rovers on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Bunn will provide back-up for Carrow Road first choice John Ruddy.
Bunn said: “I’m delighted to be here to start a new challenge, and I’m looking forward to it."
15.46 BST - DONE DEAL: A Netherlands homecoming: Vitesse Arnhem have re-signed their former player Theo Janssen from Ajax. The Arnhem-born midfielder, who has signed a three-year deal, has expressed the hope that he can end his playing career at the club.
15.01 BST: Another loan signing for Brentford, their second of the day – and this time Norwich City midfielder Tom Adeyemi is the Premier League player to arrive at Griffin Park. Manager Uwe Rosler said the 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Oldham, “is good on the ball, powerful and adds height and an enormous amount of work ethic".
14.37 BST - DONE DEAL: Northampton have delved ino the transfer market to bring Hull’s versatile Danny East in on loan. East, who can play either in defence or midfield, has made two appearances for the Tigers.
14.33 BST: Mr Joseph Barton is holding further talks with Marseille as the possibility of a deal – which looked to have collapsed earlier this week – is revived. The QPR midfielder said he would approach the negotiations witn “an open mind”.
14.25 BST: Goal.com says Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker and Rafael van der Vaart are all available for transfer, with Andre Villas-Boas overhauling his squad. He had said he was taking a softly, softly approach to transition after his Chelsea nightmare, but perhaps he’s bored of that now.
14.10 BST: Newcastle look to have given up on Andy Carroll. Asked if a deal was still possible, manager Alan Pardew replied: “Not as far as I'm aware, no.”
13.57 BST: Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said he could make another transfer market move in order to increase his striking options, explaining: “It is an area we are looking at to do something, but that would have to be the right player. What we have, of course, is players who can play in an advanced midfield role and off the front. We are trying to make sure we have got as competitive a squad as we can by the end of the week.”
13.54 BST: Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, who has steered his team into the Champions League proper despite ongoing financial uncertainty, has said he wants to add to his increasingly thin squad. “We have three days to build a squad with which we can compete,” he said. “With 16 players, it is impossible to compete on three fronts. We will have to see what ambition the club has and where it wants to get to.”
13.31 BST: Athletic Bilbao have issued a statement saying they did not allow Javi Martinez permission to travel to Munich for his Bayern medical.
13.11 BST: Ally McCoist has confirmed that Kirk Broadfoot is set to leave Rangers, but said he remained optimistic that Carlos Bocanegra would stay at the club.
13.08 BST - DONE DEAL: Real Betis have confirmed the signing of Sochaux defender Damien Perquis, who has signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth.
13.05 BST: Leicester City are reported to be preparing a bid to bring Stoke striker Ryan Shotton in on loan.
12.41 BST: Manchester City have agreed a fee with Fiorentina for the transfer of defender Matija Nastasic, according to reports.
12.01 BST: Here comes some more Walcott speculation: Liverpool are ready to make a move for winger Theo Walcott after it was revealed that the 23-year-old England star is set to turn down the offer of a new contract with Arsenal.
11.59 BST: Ajax have confirmed they have received a “serious offer” for striker Miralem Sulejmani - but it hasn't been said where from. West Ham, though, are among the clubs linked.
11.57 BST: Jonathan dos Santos’s agent has confirmed that the midfielder remains determined to stay at Barcelona despite Sevilla’s interest in a loan deal.
11.55 BST: Here’s Paul Lambert on the potential signing of Joe Bennett from Boro: “Hopefully, something might happen on that. Has a bid gone in? Near enough.”
11.36 BST - DONE DEAL: Brentford, who finally roared in to life with a 5-1 demolition of Crewe at the weekend, have brought Everton defender Jake Bidwell back to Griffin Park on loan after he played 25 games for them last season. Boss Uwe Rosler said: "He fitted in very well to our squad and our style of play last year.”
11.36 BST - DONE DEAL: Wolves have signed midfielder Bakary Sako from St Etienne.
11.29 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that Fulham have made an enquiry to West Ham about midfielder Mark Noble.
11.20 BST: ESPN has been told Zenit are likely to sign Hulk in the next 24 hours, with Premier League clubs refusing to meet Porto's asking price. Story here.
11.07 BST: Sydney FC are interested in free agent Alessandro Del Piero. "We're going to go for it as hard as we can," CEO Tony Pignata told the <i>Sydney Morning Herald</i>. "The board is 100% behind this. We believe he's the perfect marquee player.”
10.53 BST: Jose Mourinho has made a less than subtle attempt to get rid of Ricardo Carvalho. "Ricardo is not part of our plans for the season," he said. "It is up to him whether he wants to continue playing football or stay at Real Madrid and meet his contractual obligations and practically end his sporting career. A lot of teams are interested in Ricardo. He is a quality player and there is interest in him. There are various teams from different leagues who have shown an interest in him."
10.34 BST: Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says Maicon could yet stay put. Real Madrid are being linked again, but that looks unlikely. “We'll see what happens. He could very well stay here," Moratti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
10.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Hamburg have announced the signing of Czech Republic international midfielder Petr Jiracek from Wolfsburg. Jiracek, 26, underwent a medical on Monday and has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.
10.02 BST: Javi Martinez has passed a medical at Bayern Munich, paving the way for him to complete what would be a German record transfer.
Reports in Germany said Martinez, 23, successfully completed his medical tests at 02.44 BST. The Spain international midfielder has a €40 million release clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract.
Martinez told waiting reporters: "Todo bien" - meaning "everything's fine" - as he left the medical. He had been flown to Bavaria on a private plane after training with the Bilbao squad for the last time on Tuesday afternoon.
10.02 BST: Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray says full-back Joe Bennett, linked with Aston Villa, would be allowed to leave for the right price. Mowbray told the club’s official website: "We've had a few conversations with Aston Villa over the last few days, but he's not a player we're in a hurry to move on..He's a very talented individual. But, like all players, if the numbers get to the right level we will consider it."
09.47 BST - DONE DEAL: League Two Oxford United have brought in teenage Arsenal defender Daniel Boateng on a six-month loan deal.
09.46 BST: Inter Milan keeper Julio Cesar believes he is close to tying up a move to Loftus Road – a move that would appear to usher in a very uncertain future for Robert Green – telling Sportv News: "I am a bit surprised, but I am delighted to have been given the opportunity by QPR to come to London, learn English and play in the Premier League."
09.17 BST: Arsenal sources have confirmed that AC Milan are in discussions over a deal to take Nicklas Bendtner to the San Siro, as ESPNFC revealed last week.
09.04 BST: Arsenal have told ESPN that talks with Theo Walcott over a new contract have not broken down, and deny that he has been issued with an ultimatum to sign by the close of the window on Friday.
A spokesman for the Gunners said “negotiations are ongoing” and said newspaper reports that Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs were interested in bidding for him were “all speculation”.
08.59 BST: Staying in Germany, Bild also reports that Schalke have turned down a €20 million offer from St Petersburg for Greece international defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.
08.56 BST: Now that both the Modric and Van Persie sagas have resolved themselves, we can all be grateful for Javi Martinez and Bayern Munich and € 40 million. According to Bild, which first flagged up the transfer a fortnight ago, what would be a German record transfer is now much closer to happening. Other reports say Martinez has been in Munich for a medical.
08.50 BST: The Mail reckons Tottenham have stepped up their interest in CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev and are still chasing Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho. The North Londoners, of course, have money to splash after selling Luka Modric to Real Madrid.
08.45 BST: In the Mirror, Wayne Rooney is reported to fear that a breakdown in his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson means Manchester United are prepared to offload him for £40 million. The paper says: “With Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, Ferguson feels he has enough options in attack to cope without Rooney.”
Also in the Mirror, Joey Barton’s move to Marseille could be back on because “QPR are so keen to rid themselves of their former captain that they are ready to continue to pay the bulk of his wages to end his internal exile at Loftus Road”. Barton’s agent, Willie McKay, said Barton was likely to go to Marseille, with Stephen M’Bia moving in the opposite direction. The paper adds: “Sources close to Barton insist the year-long loan deal will finally go through in the next 48 hours”.
08.30 BST: Paper bits and pieces: The Sun says Dimitar Berbatov is close to sealing a switch to Fiorentina, who would pay Manchester United £5 million for the striker... Spurs are on the verge of signing Fulham’s Moussa Dembele for £15 million, the paper says, adding: “Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is closing in on a deal for the Belgium playmaker, 25, as he looks to sign an immediate replacement for Luka Modric”... Aaron Lennon “could be the next victim of AVB’s dressing-room cull at Tottenham” and Villa boss Paul Lambert is about to make a £2.5 million bid for Middlesbrough’s Joe Bennett.
08.15 BST: Rafael van der Vaart is being linked with a return to Hamburg, but coach Thorsten Fink is pessimistic that an agreement can be struck.
Van der Vaart, 29, left Hamburg for Real Madrid in 2008 before joining Tottenham for £8 million in 2010. He has since scored 24 league goals for Spurs. This summer, the Netherlands international has been targeted by his former club, and reports in Germany suggest personal terms are already agreed.