Transfer news LIVE: Reds counting the Costa

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Liverpool are on the trail of Diego Costa.APLiverpool are on the trail of Diego Costa.

Liverpool have made a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, Daniel Agger is back on the radar of Barcelona and Manchester City think of swooping in for Cagliari's Davide Astori.

23.59 BST: That's it for another day of transfer fun. Check back here in a few hours for another round of gossip and done deals.

22.26 BST: In contrast to the earlier comments of the Seattle Sounders manager, ESPN has been told by several sources that Clint Dempsey IS moving to the Sounders and could be unveiled as early as Saturday. FULL STORY HERE.

21.43 BST: Here's confirmation from West Brom about the Lugano deal:

20.43 BST - DONE DEAL: PSG have confirmed that West Brom have signed Uruguay centre-back Diego Lugano.

20.16 BST: Diego Lugano is believed to be on his way to West Brom and Baggies defender Liam Ridgewell is delighted about the potential competition: ""The gaffer is trying to get two players in every position and it's good competition. We need that because it's a long, hard season. He's still trying to bring in another new player, even though I can't pronounce his name yet. We'll have to find him a nickname!" Lugs it is.

19.50 BST: One from ESPN's Scout's Notebook writer Chris Atkins here:

19.32 BST: Jose Mourinho has told ESPN in an interview that he tried to sign Gareth Bale while he was manager at Real Madrid. More details to come later.

18.56 BST: Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid insists the club have not made a move for United States captain Clint Dempsey. FULL STORY HERE

18.20 BST: More on Gareth Bale now, with his former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp saying he would be a major success if he moved to Real Madrid. He stops short of saying Bale has Madrid DNA, but says: "He is behind Messi and Ronaldo in terms of being the best player in the world. He is at a good club but the opportunity to play for Real Madrid does not come along too often. He has probably dreamt about that since he was a little boy.

"It seems they have offered fantastic money so it could happen, but I don't know. I wouldn't be sure. If he goes there, he will be a great success there. I am sure of that."

17.51 BST: Sierra Leonea defender Umaru Bangura is on the verge of signing for Crystal Palace, according to the player's agent Tony Finnigan.

17.38 BST Good read here from one of our writers Kristan Heneage as he explains why the Eredivisie remains one of the best leagues in the world for youth development.

17.13 BST - DONE DEAL Michel Bastos has completed his move from Lyon to United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain, signing a three-year deal with the club and thus prematurely ending his loan spell with Schalke.FULL STORY

16.52 BST: Hull City have sold defender Corry Evans - younger brother of Man Utd defender Jonny - to Blackburn.

16.35 BST - DONE DEAL: Werder Bremen have confirmed that Swedish striker Denni Avdic will join Eredivisie club AZ Alkmaar. Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin called it "a reasonable solution for both sides". Avdic had failed to impress at Bremen since joining the club in January 2011. During a loan spell at PEC Zwolle last year, Avdic had socred eight goals in 23 games before an ACL injury ended his season early.

16:02 BST: DONE DEAL: Monaco have signed Spain Under-19 international Borja Lopez from Sporting Gijon for a reported 2.2 million euros. The centre-back has signed a four-year deal with the newly promoted Ligue 1 side.

15:50 BST: Tottenham forward Clint Demspey has been linked with a return to the MLS in recent weeks, with Seattle Sounders having been touted as one possible destination for the US international. Sounders boss Sigi Schmid, however, was coy when asked about a possible move. He told Sports Radio KJR: "Right now, there's really nothing to it, there's nothing to say."

15:39 BST: Want to know a little more about Geoffrey Kondogbia? Then check out this bullet header he scored for Sevilla against Granada last season:

15:35 BST: Next up we have some developments regarding the future of Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia - a reported target for Arsenal and Real Madrid. Sevilla coach Unai Emery has admitted he does not know if his side will be able to keep hold of the Frenchman. "We want him to stay here, but there are circumstances that could lead to an exit," he told Marca.

15:27 BST: Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is still in regular contact with Manchester United forward Shinji Kagawa, who has indicated that he could return to the Bundesliga club one day. FULL STORY HERE.

15:19 BST: Sao Paulo midfielder Wellington has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Inter Milan, and says it would be a dream to appear for the Nerazzurri. FULL STORY HERE.

15:13 BST: Back to Arsenal-related news now, and Roma director Walter Sabatini has been spotted in London as he attempts to tie up a deal for Gervinho. Sky Sport Italia have filmed Sabatini meeting with his counterparts from the Gunners in London. The Ivory Coast international may have fallen out of favour at the Emirates, but here is a reminder of what he can do when he is on song:

14:43 BST: More details for you now regarding Bafetimbi Gomis' proposed move to Newcastle, as well as news of QPR striker Loic Remi being available on loan. FULL STORY HERE.

14:34 BST: Arsene Wenger has also said that Real Madrid's proposed 100 million euros transfer of Tottenham's Gareth Bale makes a "joke" of Financial Fair Play. Read the FULL STORY HERE including his thoughts on Luis Suarez.

14:23 BST: The Robert Lewandowski saga still continues to rumble along quietly, with the striker saying earlier this week that he feels "cheated" by Borussia Dortmund. ESPN FC's Germany Correspondent, Stephan Uersfeld, explains here why the feud threatens to end Dortmund's dream.

14:14 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the club are still working on trying to bring Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to the Emirates and is hoping an "amicable" deal can be completed. He told reporters: “We will completely respect what Liverpool want to do [and] we want to do that in an amicable way if it’s feasible."

13:45 BST: More on Bafetimbi Gomis... And Sky Sports are claiming that Newcastle have confirmed a fee has been agreed with Lyon for the striker. Watch this space.

13:33 BST: An update now on Bafetimbi Gomis... FootMercato has quoted Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas as saying: "We accepted the proposal of Newcastle, to transfer up to 8 million euros, plus a 2 million bonus. The club has accepted the wage claims of the player. The agreement is now linked to the acceptance of agent fees." Are the Magpies about to break their transfer duck?

13:27 BST: Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed that the club are planning to sign one more player before the end of the transfer window. “Before August 31 I can say that there will be a further addition to the team,” he told attendees at the 34th World Congress of Barcelona supporters. Clubs with big-name, ball-playing centre-backs, watch out.

13:20 BST: And just in case you have forgotten what Scott Sinclair is capable of, here is a reminder:

13:18 BST: Scott Sinclair has had a pretty torrid time at Manchester City since arriving last summer, but Stoke could be set to offer the winger a way out of the Etihad. The Potters are also expected to conclude the signing of New England Revolution striker Juan Agudelo over the weekend. FULL STORY HERE.

13:12 BST: Some more info on that Emre Can transfer to Bayer Leverkusen for you now: the 19-year-old becomes the second player to leave Bayern Munich this summer after Mario Gomez joined Fiorentina, although the European champions do hold a buy-back option. FULL STORY HERE.

13:03 BST: Cheick Diabate has signed a one-year contract extension with Bordeaux, the Ligue 1 club have confirmed on their official website.

12:56 BST: An update for you now on Adem Ljajic: Fiorentina have turned down a reported offer of 7 million euros from AC Milan for the midfielder. “That’s too little,” Viola president Andrea della Valle told Gazzetta dello Sport. “The player has expressed his willingness to stay."

12:45 BST: Lyon's Michel Bastos has agreed to join United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Ain, according to Sky Sports. Bastos had been on loan at Schalke since January, but the German club's general manager, Horst Heldt, revealed they had little say in the player's future. "Michel Bastos is leaving our club with immediate effect," he told Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

12:11 BST: Crystal Palace confirmed the signing of free agent Elliot Grandin earlier today, and according to co-chairman Steve Parish, the club are still busy looking for further new recruits. He told Sky Sports News: "We're not where we want to be just yet. I'd like three or four [new signings] at least before the weekend closes, maybe even four or five." Exciting times for Palace fans.

12:04 BST: In case you missed it, Leon Barnett ended his stay at Norwich to become Wigan’s ninth summer signing last night. FULL STORY HERE.

11:52 BST: And staying with the whole Gareth Bale affair, are reporting that Tottenham are planning to recruit four new players should they offload the Wales international to Real Madrid. Andre Villas-Boas would be keen to bring in a left-back, centre-back, winger and a striker.

11:44 BST: Not transfer talk as such, but Carlo Ancelotti has said he will not tell Cristiano Ronaldo what role to play amid debate in Spain over whether the Portuguese should lead the Real Madrid line or play on the left-hand side of a three-pronged attack. Gareth Bale then, it looks like, will be playing second fiddle to Ronaldo should he move to the Bernabeu. FULL STORY HERE.

11:33 BST: Some more details for you now regarding Cristian Tello extending his contract at Barcelona... The winger's 25 million euros buy-out clause could rise to 35 million euros depending on appearances. FULL STORY HERE.

11:25 BST: DONE DEAL: The done deals keep on coming this morning as Red Star have just confirmed the signing of Yong-Jae Lee from Nantes.

11:19 BST: DONE DEAL: We told you earlier about rumours linking Bayern Munich youngster Emre Can with a loan move to Bayer Leverkusen; well, the European champions have since confirmed a permanent switch for the midfielder.

11:12 BST: DONE DEAL: Catania have confirmed the sale of Alejandro Gomez to Metalist Kharkiv.

11:03 BST: Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke is to return to Crewe Alexandra on loan, having spent time there last season.

10:54 BST: Tottenham may be set to lose Gareth Bale, but as we mentionted earlier, they should wrap up the signing of Roberto Soldado today. Here Dan Fitch explains why the Spain international is finally set to fill a gap for Spurs.

10:46 BST: Sky Sports claim Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said talks over a move for Gareth Bale are ongoing. Whether these discussions have progressed since Ancelotti first revelead their existence yesterday remains to be seen...

10:39 BST: Some more from Harry Redknapp's press conference now; and he has also had some words to say on the future of Joey Barton, who was tipped for a move to Everton. He said: "I wouldn't be sure if Joey will be here beyond the end of the transfer window, but if he's good enough, he'll play for us."

10:35 BST: QPR manager Harry Redknapp has just given a very interesting press conference ahead of the new Championship season. And regarding the future of Julio Cesar, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Napoli this summer, he said: "I think Julio can play for anyone in the world. It's up to someone to come in and put a bid in."

10:25 BST: Ready for the latest twist in the Gareth Bale saga? Well, AS are claiming that the Wales international has refused to play in Tottenham's friendly against Monaco tomorrow in an attempt to force a move to Real Madrid. I'm sure there will be another twist coming up for you very soon...

10:21 BST: DONE DEAL: Crystal Palace have confirmed on their official website the signing of free agent Elliot Grandin on a one-year deal, subject to Premier League and FA approval.

10:14 BST: AC Milan appear to be making some movements in the transfer window at the moment...

10:09 BST: Newcastle have not fared too well in their attempts at trying to land a new striker this summer. However, L'Equipe claim they have reached an agreement with Lyon for Bafetimbi Gomis. The Magpies are believed to have offered 8 million euros plus add ons for the France international. Here is a glimpse of what the St James' Park faithful could be witnessing this season:

10:00 BST: More for you now on Napoli coach Rafa Benitez's plans to continue his recruitment process this summer... As well as revealing that he is "looking for another attacker on the same level as [Gonzalo] Higuain", he has also ruled out moves for Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa. FULL STORY HERE.

09:50 BST: Nikica Jelavic's Everton future has been called into question this summer following the arrival of Arouna Kone from Wigan. Hamburg are one side to have been linked with the striker, however, the Bundesliga club's general manager Oliver Kreuzer has been quoted by Bild as saying: "As far as I am concerned we will be unable to finance a deal with Everton FC for him [Jelavic]."

09:43 BST: DONE DEAL: Lyon have completed the signing of Henri Bedimo from Montpellier for 2 million euros on a three-year deal.

09:38 BST: Real Madrid may not have secured the signature of Gareth Bale just yet, but they have managed to complete the signing of another player: an 11-year-old schoolboy from California. FULL STORY HERE.

09:33 BST: Fabio Coentrao has been tipped for a move to Tottenham of late as part of Real Madrid's attempts to lure Gareth Bale to the Spanish capital. The full-back has stayed in Los Angeles rather than going to Phoenix with his Madrid team-mates due to injury, according to his club. AS, however, are not convinced, describing the situation as "suspicious". Keep an eye on that one then...

09:25 BST: We brought you news earlier regarding Liverpool's bid for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa; well, we have the FULL STORY HERE for you now.

09:13 BST: Barcelona's Cristian Tello has put an end to months of speculation surrounding his future by signing a contract extension at the Camp Nou until 2018. The deal also includes a 25 million euros buy-out clause. Here are a collection of the goals he hit for Barca last term:

09:05 BST: Wayne Rooney's future has been one of the talking points of the summer, yet the England international is reportedly set to make a decision as to where he will be playing this season based on what kind of reception he receives in the next two matches in which he features. FULL STORY HERE.

08:55 BST: Tottenham may be on the verge of completing a deal for Roberto Soldado today, but their swoop for Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches has collapsed. Steaua boss Vlad Chiriches has confirmed to Digisport that the club's owner, Gigi Becali, wants the 23-year-old to stay and help the side to Champions League qualification.

08:44 BST: Staying with Bayern Munich, kicker also state that Mario Mandzukic is unhappy at the club as Pep Guardiola apparently prefers Claudio Pizarro to the Croat up top. Mandzukic, however, scored the winner yesterday as Bayern saw off Manchester City to claim the Audi Cup. Check out the highlights here.

08:39 BST: Over to Germany now, and Bayern Munich youngster Emre Can is being strongly linked with a loan switch to Bayer Leverkusen. Kicker are reporting that a deal has been discussed for a while between the two parties, but the length of the loan is proving to be a stumbling block.

08:33 BST: Arsenal have so far had little luck in the transfer window this summer, yet according to L'Equipe, Yoann Gourcuff - a reported long-term target of the Gunners - is willing to leave Lyon, but only for a move to the Emirates Stadium.

08.25 BST: Napoli have invested wisely this summer following the sale of Edinson Cavani, and coach Rafa Benitez says the club are still searching for another forward to partner new signing Gonzalo Higuain. Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez is a possibility, while a deal for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is also looking increasingly likely.

08.17 BST: PSG defender Diego Lugano was thought to be in the West Midlands yesterday finalising his move to West Brom, and according to French Football Weekly, the Uruguay captain should complete the switch later today.

07.00 BST: DONE DEAL! More transfer news out of Australia with the news that Wellington Phoenix have signed 17-year-old Alex Rufer on a three-year contract. Rufer is the nephew of former Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern striker Wynton.

06.03 BST: Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho could be on his way back to Europe with Besiktas. Coach Slaven Bilic admitting he would "love" to bring World Cup winner to the Turkish club. Read the full story.

05.15 BST: Rumours surrounding a Clint Dempsey move to MLS with Seattle Sounders are rife. The U.S. international appears to be absent from Tottenham's trip to face Monaco this weekend, with social media abuzz with rumours of his potential return to his homeland. The speculation began as Dempsey was spotted at San Francisco airport on Thursday.


03.08 BST: DONE DEAL! A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers have signed former Sydney FC and North Queensland Fury striker Brendon Santalab on a one-year deal. The 30-year-old returns to Australia after spending four years in China with Chengdu Blades and Chongqing Lifan.

Liverpool have made a move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa with British media reporting that the Reds have triggered the release clause in the Brazilians contract. According to multiple outlets, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has offered the Spanish club in the region of £22 million for the 24-year-old as he continues to revamp his attacking options. And with the fee activating the player's release clause, it's expected the two clubs could quickly come to an agreement. And despite Costa being the expected third forward to be brought to the club - after the acquisitions of Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto - this summer, the Daily Mail is reporting that want-away striker Luis Suarez will stay with the club. The transfer saga revolving around the Uruguay international continues to drag towards the start of the Premier League but the Anfield club remain determined to keep the 26-year-old. However, according to the Mirror, Suarez is determined to find an exit out of the club, believing the club would let him go if a rival met that magic £40 million mark.

Meanwhile, it's not only their strikers that the Reds' rivals are eyeing, with the Mirror claiming Spanish champions Barcelona are back again for Daniel Agger. Speculation was rife earlier in the year that the Catalan giants were after the Danish defender, but those rumours cooled as Barcelona started to chase Chelsea defender David Luiz. But with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho issuing a 'hands off' ultimatum to his former foes, Agger is again in their sights. And a deal involving Agger would cost a fraction of the price needed to lure Luiz to the Nou Camp, tempting the Spaniards to make a play before another club joins the race.

Talking of defenders, The Daily Express is reporting that Manchester City are chasing Cagliari's Davide Astori as cover for the inured Matija Nastasic. The 20-year-old Nastasic was hurt during City's recent Asian tour and is racing to be fit for the start of the Premier League. And with City manager Manuel Pellegrini unsure if he can call on the services of the Serbia international, Astori could be brought in as a quick fix. Astori has played over a hundred games for the Serie A club, and has been called up the Italy national squad on five occasions.


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