Transfer news LIVE: Cesc going nowhere say Barca

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Manchester United's hopes of bringing Cesc Fabregas back to the Premier League from Barcelona have been quelled by Barca's vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu, while Liverpool aim to clear up their striker situation as Luis Suarez looks to force through a move.

23.01 BST: That's all for tonight, but we'll be back soon with the best rumours from Saturday's papers.

22.57 BST: Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn thinks his ex-club can learn a thing or two from Newcastle in the transfer market. FULL STORY.

22.46 BST: And more from Scholes, this time on the subject of Wayne Rooney’s future.

"I don't think there's anywhere better than Manchester United to play your football," he told Sky Sports News. "It's up to Wayne - but he's a top, top player and every player and fan wants him to stay."

22.40 BST: A tweet from our man in the North East.

22.34 BST: Here is confirmation from Sam Allardyce that West Ham still hope to sign Salomon Kalou.

22.16 BST: Looking for some bland quotes on the Cesc Fabregas saga? Here's some from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

"Well it would be nice to sign a player of that quality," he told Sky Sports News. "He's proven in the Premier League. Obviously he's with Barcelona, it's a big club. It will be difficult to get him away from there but, if you do, you have to fancy your chances strongly that we can go on and be successful with a player like that in your team."

21.59 BST: DONE DEAL Former Aston Villa and Cardiff goalkeeper Elliot Parish has signed for League One side Bristol City on a two-year deal.

21.37 BST: West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed his side are keen to sign former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou from Lille. "We understand the player wants to come back to play in England," he told Sky Sports News. "Whether that’s with us or whoever, we’re having a look at it." West Brom are also believed to be interested.

21.07 BST: Arsene Wenger says Ryo Miyaichi is, as things stand, set to remain at Arsenal this season. "At the moment he will stay in the squad," he said. "Should we buy more players I will have to reassess the situation. At the moment he will stay with us."

20.30 BST: FIFA agent Vincenzo D’Ippolito has told Radio Mana Mana that Valencia will not sell Adil Rami for less than €12 million. "There is no clause for Rami, but Valencia want back at least the amount that they paid for him when they signed him, and that is €12 million," he said. Napoli are interested.

20.01 BST: Norwich's Gary Hooper chase illustrates the club's transfer market resolve, Canaries blogger Paddy Davitt writes. Meanwhile, QPR blogger Sean Smith writes of the need for perspective after missing out on the striker.

19.45 BST: DONE DEAL Rennes have beaten Stoke to the loan signing of Benfica forward Nelson Oliveira. FULL STORY.

19.10 BST: Paolo Di Canio has refused to confirm that Lee Cattermole has a future at Sunderland. FULL STORY.

18.55 BST: DONE DEAL Liverpool forward Krisztian Adorjan has joined Groningen until June 2014, the English side have confirmed. FULL STORY.

18.36 BST: DONE DEAL Reading centre-back Michael Hector has joined Aberdeen on loan until January.

18.32 BST: Here is the full story on Cardiff signing John Brayford from Derby.

18.15 BST: Nottingham Forest have officially confirmed the signing of 27-year-old forward Jamie Mackie from Queens Park Rangers on a three-year deal. QPR blogger Sean Smith discusses his exit here.

18.10 BST: Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe has joined Ipswich on loan. FULL STORY.

17.53 BST: Demba Ba has ruled out a move away from Chelsea. FULL STORY.

17.43 BST: DONE DEAL Cardiff have signed defender John Brayford from Championship side Derby County.

17.35 BST: Here's the full story on Yannick Sagbo's expected move to Hull.

17.06 BST: Sevilla president Jose Maria Del Nido has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain, saying Kevin Gameiro's move from the French champions was "the worst transfer [negotiation] I've had to work on in my career". FULL STORY.

17.02 BST: Real Madrid and Manchester City are believed to have bid for Julian Draxler this summer, but he opted to stay to boost his chances of playing for Germany at the World Cup. It was thought he'd exit after the tournament, but his club have now said that may not be the case. FULL STORY.

16.45 BST: Monaco centre-back Andreas Wolf has warned that the trend of clubs – including his own – paying huge fees for players has "reached levels that are no longer normal". FULL STORY.

16.36 BST: Evian have announced that Ivory Coast striker Yannick Sagbo is on the verge of signing for Hull City. The newly promoted Premier League side had been looking at Nicklas Bendtner, while Burnley’s Charlie Austin earlier failed a medical.

16.34 BST: Everton are being linked with Juventus striker Alessandro Matri. The 28-year-old Italian is deemed surplus to requirements in Turin, due to the arrival of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

16.17 BST: According to, AC Milan are ready to sell midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to fund their chase for Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen, who had reportedly agreed to sign for Liverpool earlier this week.

16.01 BST: The Evening Standard reports that Demba Ba will not be seeking a move from Chelsea if they end up signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

15.56 BST: Check out the full story on Norwich beating QPR to the signing of Celtic's Gary Hooper, HERE.

15.47 BST: Cardiff City look set to wrap up a deal for highly rated goalkeeper Simon Moore after agreeing a deal with current club Brentford. Cardiff are also set to complete the £1.5million signing of John Brayford from Derby County today.

15.32 BST: The Evening Standard reports that West Ham are trying to persuade Scott Parker to take a pay cut so that they can re-sign him.

15.28 BST: Will Higuain ever be presented?

15.14 BST: Kilmarnock are looking to secure Kris Boyd's signature following his impact in a brief spell last season, reports Sky Sports.

14.59 BST: Crystal Palace are reported to be interested in out-of-favour Galatasaray striker Johan Elmander according to

14.42 BST: The Daily Star reports that West Ham have revived their interest in Rickie Lambert and will bid for the Southampton striker.

14.34 BST: David Moyes is set to make a serious move, in the form of an £80million bid, to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United this summer, according to The Metro.

Could we be seeing this in the Premier League again?

14.27 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have underlined that Italian international Marco Verratti will not be sold this summer, reports Football-Italia.

14.10 BST: Gary Hooper is officially a Norwich player. Harry Redknapp and QPR will be most upset.

13.50 BST: Former Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath has hit out at Mario Goetze and his decision to move to the club from Borussia Dortmund. "I don't understand how someone can give back so little to the club that raised him as a footballer," Magath told the Bayerischen Rundfunk.

13.39 BST: Thiago Alcantara has suggested that Barcelona's inactivity in trying to convince him to stay contributed to his exit this summer to Bayern Munich, reports Football-Espana. He is also quoted saying: "Nobody from Man United contacted us. Bayern was always was my first option. If Real wanted me? That's my own business."

13.26 BST: Wigan have completed the signing of Honduras international left-back Juan Carlos Garcia on a three-year contract.

13.20 BST: Check out the full story on how Tottenham have signed FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli, HERE.

13.17 BST: Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has predicted a bright future for the club following the arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain, Raul Albiol and Jose Callejon from Real Madrid.

"The president wants to make this club and the squad even stronger, I'm very happy with the transfers - we've got some top international players, but the whole squad is going to be important if we are to win. Higuain is extremely strong and he's done well in a big club like Real Madrid. I know him very well. We'll have to see if somebody else arrives."

"We also want to work on our youth academy so the fans should be delighted. Napoli has a positive future. It's good to have such abundance, We're going to be playing on three fronts and we'll need players who want to fight for a place. For me, the situation with Camilo [Zuniga] is clear. He's an important player for us and we're working on continuing together."

13.08 BST: Man United will have to look for other targets.

12.55 BST: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo could become a Premier League player this weekend, with Fulham emerging as the new favourites to sign the Roma forward. FULL STORY HERE.

12.31 BST: Pep Guardiola will hold talks with Bayern Munich officials about reducing the numbers in his squad. FULL STORY HERE.

12.14 BST: Barcelona's new coach has signed up!

12.12 BST: The Metro reports that Arsenal have turned down a £6million offer from Roma for Gervinho, after holding talks with the Italian club this week.

12.00 BST: reports that young midfielder Bernard will be sold if a €25million bid arrives, according to Atletico Mineiro director Eduardo Maluf.

11.40 BST: Nacer Chadli's move is now official.

11.39 BST: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Pepe Reina was allowed to go on loan to give the goalkeeper more chances to play, reports Sky Sports.

11.22 BST: Chelsea have made a €9.6million offer for Botafogo's highly-rated defender Doria, according to reports

11.02 BST: The Daily Express reports that West Brom have bid £4million to sign Matej Vydra from Udinese. The youngster impressed in the Championship whilst on loan at Watford last term.

10.40 BST: The AVB quote on Soldado.

10.37 BST: Former Arsenal winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie is getting closer to a deal with Crystal Palace. The Ghana international is hopeful of finalising a move back to the Premier League.

10.22 BST: Check out the front pages from Italy, featuring, Higuain, Moratti, Verratti, and Honda. Courtesy of Football-Italia.

10.10 BST: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas says talks with Valencia striker Roberto Soldado are on-going and the deal is certainly not dead. Also, here is the full story on Gareth Bale's contract talks. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.

09.55 BST: Marco Verratti's future at Paris Saint-Germain has been thrown into doubt after he reportedly asked to leave the French champions on Thursday.

Also regarding Verratti, a figure has been revealed regarding Napoli's "monstrous" bid for the Italian. Speculation is heating up as the club are linked with a €25 million bid in an attempt to sign the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder. FULL STORY HERE.

09.38 BST: Despite the on-going Spurs press conference, in which Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Gareth Bale is in contract talks with he club, check out the front pages from Spain.

AS reports that Bale will cost Real Madrid €120million. Whilst Marca claim Bale has said to Tottenham the following quote:

"You made me a promise. You promised me if we didn't qualify for the Champions League and a good offer turned up you’d listen to it. Well that offer has arrived and I want to play for Real Madrid. So keep your word and negotiate. I'm not interested in Manchester United or any other club. I only want to play for Real Madrid."

09.27 BST: AC Milan are persisting in their bid to sign Keisuke Honda, even though they remain some way short of CSKA Moscow's asking price for the forward. FULL STORY HERE.

09.11 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that there is 'ongoing contact' between Spurs and Gareth Bale's agent, as the club looks to tie him to a new deal.

08.53 BST: Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City's squad is not yet "complete" and said they have not finished buying this summer - despite spending around £90 million. FULL STORY HERE.

08.39 BST: Defender Ian Evatt is training with Blackburn Rovers after leaving Blackpool earlier this summer, according to Sky Sports.

07.57 BST: Last season's Bundesliga top scorer Stefan Kiessling, 29, has put pen to paper on a new Leverkusen deal until 2017.

07.41 BST: To the Bundesliga now, where Schalke chief Horst Heldt has told Bild that it is "definitely possible Draxler will play another season for Schalke" after 2014. Draxler has a €45m release clause and had already been linked with a switch this summer. This kid is being hyped up, but he says "a lot can happen during a season, maybe even a weaker season for me".

07.28 BST Over in Italy, AC Milan vice-president Galliani will try "to the end" to sign Keisuke Honda, hoping he will come in time to make the squad list for the Champions League.The 'Welcome to Milan' videos have already started appearing, including this one:

07.15 BST: Staying in Ligue 1, the Gomis saga continues at Lyon. L'Equipe reports he missed a meeting with club president Jean-Michel Aulas yesterday, while negotiations with Newcastle are said to be slow. He's looking for a much bigger salary, Lyon want €10 million but Newcastle have so far offered only €6 million

07.02 BST: Time for a scout around Europe now, starting in France where Marco Verratti asked for a move away from PSG yesterday, according to L'Equipe. Napoli had a 'monstrous' offer turned down by the Ligue 1 champions, who are determined to keep him - with Le Parisien claiming the Italian midfielder will now stay at the Parc des Princes.

06.57 BST: Widespread reports in Australia claim Crystal Palace have made a AU$1 million (£600,000) offer for Melbourne Victory and Australia midfielder Mark Milligan, who is currently away on national team duty in South Korea. The news comes as fellow Socceroo Matt McKay was released by his Chinese Super League club Changchun Yatai.

06.21 BST: Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is prepared to sell Craig Davies to Wolves to pave the way for the signing of Congo international striker Jeremy Bokila, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

04.15 BST: Sky Sport Italia reports Serie A outfit Fiorentina are in talks with QPR over a deal to bring goalkeeper Julio Cesar to Italy. Arsenal are also understood to be in negotiations with the 33-year-old.

Cesc Fabregas has been heavily linked with United in recent weeks, with new manager David Moyes evidently eager to bolster his midfield with the acquisition of the Spain international. Moyes has already had three bids for Fabregas rejected, but his hopes of snaring the Spain midfielder appear to have taken a more positive route. The Sun newspaper reports the former Arsenal man is worried about his position at the Camp Nou as he awaits assurances from new boss 'Tata' Martino. While the Daily Mail claims the 26-year-old has told friends in England that he would welcome a move to Old Trafford.

The pursuit of Fabregas is somewhat mirrored by Arsenal's attempts to lure Luis Suarez to Emirates Stadium. The Reds are eager to hold onto their star striker and have turned down a couple of offers already. The Gunners' chances of securing the Uruguayan's services have also been given a shot in the arm with news that Real Madrid have pulled out of the running for his signature, according to The Sun.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror states that manager Brendan Rodgers has lined up Valencia front-man Roberto Soldado as a replacement for Suarez if Arsenal manage to meet Liverpool's value of the player. Soldado had seemed destined for Tottenham this summer, but negotiations have evidently stalled in recent weeks.

Also at White Hart Lane, Gareth Bale is set to ignore the continual overtures of Real Madrid to stay and fight to earn Spurs a Champions League spot this season. Despite being a long-time dream of Bale's to move to Madrid, the Welsh winger is prepared to snub an £80 million transfer in order to help his current club claim a UCL qualification windfall before moving on, the Daily Mail reports.


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