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Aug 12, 2013

Transfer news LIVE: Barca make final play for Luiz

Barcelona are set to launch one final bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz, while West Brom near a loan deal for a Udinese striker. 22.52 BST: That's all for tonight, but we'll be back before long with a round-up of the gossip from the morning papers. 22.44 BST: Leeds United's attempts to sign Brighton captain Gordon Greer have ended in failure, Sky Sports reports, with the 32-year-old agreeing a new deal to remain with the Seagulls. 22.33 BST: Olympiakos have made a €1 million offer for Valenciennes defender Gaeton Bong. Hannover are also tracking the Cameroonian. 22.14 BST: Samuel Eto'o -- set to leave Anzhi due to cost-cutting measures at the Russian side -- appears to be very keen on a move to Chelsea. "There is only one Jose Mourinho," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail. "I have played under a lot of great coaches but there is no other character in the game like Jose. He is one of the best coaches in the world and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again because it is never boring when Jose is around. Of course Chelsea are a great team -- and when we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is." 21.55 BST: Crystal Palace are after Bordeaux defender Florian Marange, 27, who is also being chased by Livorno. Also, according to L’Equipe, Palace are interested in defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, 24, of Stade Rennes. 21.43 BST: Athletic Bilbao still want to sign Mikel Rico for more grit in central midfield, but have been unable to agree a fee as yet with Granada. 21.21 BST: Lyon are after Bastia midfielder Wahbi Khazri. The 22-year-old contributed seven goals and seven assists last year and is also wanted by Sassuolo and Roma in Serie A. He’d cost about €2.5 million, according to Le Parisien. 20.55 BST: L’Equipe reports that Marseille are confident they can sign Lille’s Florian Thauvin. He missed a public training session on Thursday and wasn’t in the stands for their game on Saturday -- apparently because he was worried about the Lille supporters’ reaction to the story. 20.32 BST: DONE DEAL! Crystal Palace have signed former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. FULL STORY.

Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm the signing of Morocco international striker Marouane Chamakh and will wear the number 29 shirt.

— Crystal Palace FC (@Official_CPFC) August 12, 2013
20.14 BST: Juventus are hoping to shed some weight from their strike force this week with potential suitors for their unwanted attackers coming forward. FULL STORY. 19.41 BST: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has quashed reports that midfielder Yoann Gourcuff could leave the club. FULL STORY. 19.00 BST: David Luiz has refused to answer questions on a potential move to Barcelona while on international duty with Brazil. 18.45 BST: Queens Park Rangers midfielder Esteban Granero will have to take a €1 million annual pay-cut if he wants to play Champions League football with Real Sociedad this season, according to Mundo Deportivo. FULL STORY. 18.28 BST: Saint-Etienne say that Brazilian striker Brandao will be staying at the club, and he could soon be joined by West Ham United’s Modibo Maiga. FULL STORY. 18.19 BST: And yet more on Luiz Gustavo: Sky Sports News believes he is close to sealing a move to Arsenal. 17.56 BST: Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic says links with a move to Barcelona this summer were just speculation. “If a club really want a player, they get their man and the player is the first to know,” he said. “It was mainly paper talk and I don’t care much about rumours. I want to focus on playing football. I am with Inter now and we will see what the future brings.” 17.29 BST: Gareth Bale will not play for Wales on Wednesday -- because, apparently, he's worried it'll hamper a move to Real Madrid. FULL STORY. 17.12 BST: Mamadou Sakho wants to leave PSG, and Monaco or Liverpool may be his next destination. FULL STORY. 16.55 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo has said he would be keen to join Arsenal. FULL STORY. 16.40 BST: Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne won't be heading to Sunderland by the looks of things.

Sunderland's bid for Napoli's Insigne has been turned down by the player, as confirmed by the player's agent himself

— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 12, 2013
16.30 BST: According to The Daily Express, Manchester City have distanced themselves from a move for Anzhi star Willian. Reprots from last week suggested that mega-rich club had lodged a £35million bid for the Brazilian. 16.12 BST: More on Kondogbia.

Geoffrey Kondogbia:"At the moment, I am still a Sevilla player even if things can change. If I leave, it will be for a club where I'll play"

— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) August 12, 2013
16.05 BST: The Daily Star reports that Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria won't be moving to Tottenham as part of the Gareth Bale deal. The newspaper quotes Di Maria: "I have three years left on my contract and I'm going to stay. I'm very happy here." 15.49 BST: The future of Nice striker Dario Cvitanich, who scored 22 goals last season, will become clearer this week, according to L'Equipe. The 29-year-old Argentine is reportedly seeking a wage increase. 15.32 BST: Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido has insisted that whoever wants highly-rated France youngster Geoffrey Kondogbia has to pay his release clause, reports Football-Espana. "Kondogbia is not on the market," he told reporters. "But whoever wants him this year has to pay his €20million clause. But please, any team that tries to sign him – don't. We will consider it an attack. I've already reached an agreement with [third-party owner] Doyen and Kondogbia will not go this summer." 15.20 BST: Sky Sports are now reporting that Newcastle United have pulled out from a deal for Bafetimbi Gomis. That's despite earlier claims that Newcastle midfielder and good friend of Gomis, Moussa Sissoko, was planning to convince the striker to join. 15.16 BST: Esteban Granero must take a pay cut if he wants to complete a loan move from Queens Park Rangers to Real Sociedad, as the Basque club cant afford his €2.3million a year wage, reports Mundo Deportivo. Both clubs and player are happy with the deal, but money could still be the problem, with no chance of a permanent transfer happening. 14.55 BST: BT Sport are reporting that Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has welcomed the interest of Spartak Moscow after the Russian club reportedly made an offer for the Belgium international. Alderweireld is also quoted saying that he'll take very offer seriously, with Spurs and Everton also linked. Norwich City reportedly had a fee agreed with Ajax earlier in the window, but the deal was eventually called off. 14.48 BST: The agent of Federico Macheda has ruled out an imminent departure from the club. Now in the final year of his current contract at Old Trafford, Macheda's agent Giovanni Bia, hinted that the Red Devils sought too high a price for the Italian forward. Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb.com, Bia said: "Unfortunately, there is no news," he stated. The assessment that Manchester United have made of his value is not one in line with a player whose contract is coming to an end. This year he will play in Manchester, seeing out his contract with the Red Devils and then he will be free to leave." 14.35 BST: According to England manager Roy Hodgson, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is NOT injured. Speaking in a televised press conference on Sky Sports News, ahead of Wednesday's England match, Hodgson said: "It's difficult to assess with the naked eye how match-fit people are, but there's no doubt in my mind that he's not suffering from a physical injury." This adds to speculation that Rooney is on his way out, with Chelsea the likely destination. 14.22 BST: Sky Sports report that Middlesbrough have failed with a fresh offer for Leeds United striker Ross McCormack, believed to be worth around £1.3million. 14.16 BST: Sunderland have now completed the deal we reported earlier.

Sunderland have completed the signing of defender Ondrej Celustka on a season-long loan from Trabzonspor.

— Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) August 12, 2013
14.10 BST: Barcelona defender Daniel Alves had this to say on the David Luiz transfer saga: "I always want the best for my friends and I tell them to come here if they can. As well as that, he is a great player. The problem is not whether he wants to come, but that in the end you have to get away from [Jose] Mourinho - and that is not going to be easy. The idea of facilitating David Luiz coming to Barca would not pass through his head, and even less if it is to strengthen us. It is more than difficult for us, almost impossible." Meanwhile, David Luiz himself has refused to talk about the situation, reports Sky Sports. 14.00 BST: Mamadou Sakho's agents have asked Paris Saint-Germain how much they'd be willing to let the out-of-favour defender go for. Out of contract at the end of the season, the 23-year-old is anxious to be in France's World Cup squad should they qualify. A regular starter in their qualification campaign, he was left out of the squad for this week's friendly against Belgium. Le Parisien says he will sound out Liverpool and Monaco about their reported interest. 13.39 BST: Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has issued a fresh plea to bring in a striker following Newcastle's draw with Braga. He is also hoping that Newcastle do not leave themselves with insufficient time to react in the transfer window if Yohan Cabaye is sold. The French midfielder has been linked to Spurs, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain. 13.27 BST: Mame Biram Diouf played the full 90 minutes for Hannover as they beat nine men Wolfsburg 2-0. Diouf was set to undergo a medical at Stoke on Friday after all parties had agreed on a deal. But Diouf turned down the offer. "Mame told me had not talked to Mark Hughes yet," Hannover sporting director Dirk Dufner told kicker. Hannover are also without a Diouf replacement, which has slowe down the potential deal. Dufner said he will not make the switch "under normal circumstances." 13.16 BST: DONE DEAL! Watford have signed Algeria international defender Essaid Belkalem on a season-long loan from sister club Granada. 13.10 BST: SportsDirect News report that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is being urged to cut his losses on Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale and move instead for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. 12.59 BST: Dani Alves has suggested that it will be "almost impossible" for Barcelona to sign David Luiz because of Jose Mourinho’s unwillingness to sell a player to the Catalan club. FULL STORY HERE. 12.52 BST: 19-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Sebastian Cristoforo, is joining Sevilla from Penarol. Sevilla also tried to hi-jack Elche's move for Colombian defender Carlos "the rock" Sanchez, but got there too late and officials ruled Sanchez had already signed for Elche. 12.27 BST: Athletic Bilbao are loaning young left-back Jon Aurtenetxe to Celta Vigo for the coming season. Aurtenetxe was first choice in Marcelo Bielsa's first season, but didn't have such a good year last year, in fact, Ernesto Valverde doesn't seem to rate him too highly at all. 12.11 BST: Marko Arnautovic could be on his way to Espanyol, claims Marca. Werder Bremen could also get offers from Levante, Sevilla and Real Sociedad for the striker, according to the report. Watch him in action below, but beware of the long intro on the video, recommend skipping through the first minute. 11.59 BST: Charlton manager Chris Powell has spoken about Spurs striker Jonathan Obika. He had this to say: "He is someone we have looked at and will continue to monitor. We may look to a permanent move for him." 11.47 BST: Sunderland are on the verge of signing former Czech Under-21 right-back Ondrej Celustka on a season-long loan, with the move expected to go through today, or tomorrow at the latest. 11.39 BST: Luis Suarez will refuse to apologise to manager Brendan Rodgers over his attempts to force a move away from Liverpool. FULL STORY HERE. 11.27 BST: The fallout over the Bafetimbi Gomis transfer continues. Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas said he reported Marseille to the league after asking them to stop trying to contact the player, once he realised they weren't interested in paying the sum that Lyon were looking for. Marseille's President Vincent Labrune said he isn't "going to shoot myself in the head" because players are interested in joining Marseille. He continued to say that Marseille were already the most popular club in France with fans and have now become most popular club with players. All this without mention of Newcastle's chase for the striker. 11.08 BST: More on Luiz Gustavo now. German newspaper kicker reports that Gustavo is edging closer to his Bayern Munich exit. According to the paper, he currently prefers Wolfsburg over Arsenal and an unnamed Moscow club, that goes against what we saw earlier from Corriere dello Sport, who claimed he said no to Wolfsburg. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, speaking at Bayern's friendly in Gyor, said: "Luiz has offers from England, Spain, Russia and Germany. The player has not made a decision yet." Now Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal are in talks with the Munich midfielder, although the Brazilian is interesting a number of clubs. His future has become a huge talking point and much speculation persists about where he'll end up come the end of this transfer window. He's expected to leave Bayern for a fee between €15-20 million 10.50 BST: Spanish newspaper Marca report that Diego Costa has agreed new deal with Atletico Madrid. The forward has negotiated a pay-rise in the new deal, but it can't be signed until Atletico present their accounts. It seems the speculation linking him with Liverpool has worked well for the 24-year-old. 10.36 BST: Hoffenheim have been briefly linked with Udinese midfielder Alexander Merkel, 21, who wants out of Italy. But with a fee of €4million, Merkel is too expensive for Hoffenheim, Bild reports. Merkel had been among the spectators in Hoffenheim at the weekend. 10.18 BST: Luiz Gustavo is edging closer to a transfer away from Bayern Munich. However, the Arsenal target is yet to decide the identity of his next club. FULL STORY HERE. 10.09 BST: Check out the front pages from Spain this morning, courtesy of Football-Espana. The David Luiz saga remains the biggest story, with Cristiano Ronaldo's contract also a major talking point. 09.55 BST: The Daily Star reports that Manchester United are set to wage a war with Real Madrid by offering cash plus Javier Hernandez to Spurs in a bid to sign Gareth Bale. 09.43 BST: The Liverpool Echo reported late last night that Liverpool are confident they can sign Granada full-back Guilherme Siqueira for £5 million before the transfer window shuts. 09.31 BST: Check out the front pages from Italy this morning, courtesy of Football-Italia. Corriere dello Sport lead with the story that Luis Gustavo could be on his way to Napoli. 09.19 BST: Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Danny Rose has said he'll not wait around on the bench this season, as he looks to break into the first team in north London. "This is the most I've played in pre-season, it's nice to have a manager who gives you a chance and is not afraid to drop certain players," he said. "I enjoyed every minute at Sunderland. It's a club that I'd love to go and play for again because they're the only team at this minute which has given me a chance to play week in week out." "Obviously I know Spurs have been in the top four or five clubs for the last five seasons or so, so I know it's hard for anyone to break through, but at the same time it is frustrating and it's great that now the gaffer is not afraid to drop people if you're not performing or training hard enough." "Coming back here and sitting on the bench is not something I'd be looking to do. I love this club, but if I don't play regularly then I'm not going to be happy, just like everyone else wouldn't be happy. I wouldn't be going on loan again. If I wasn't playing then a loan's not an option for me now. I want to get settled somewhere, playing week in week out." His best Spurs moment remains his wonder-goal against Arsenal, which you can watch below. Apologies for the footage, as it's a recording of a TV, but the goal is pretty clear. 09.10 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Liverpool winger Stewart Downing is set to have a medical at West Ham today, ahead of a £5 million move. 08.56 BST: La Stampa in Italy have a lot to say today. They report that Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o is close to a move to either Inter Milan or Napoli, but his high wage demands are stopping the move going through as of yet. They also speculate on the future of Fabio Quagliarella, Pablo Osvaldo and Alessandro Matri. With Osvalo saying no to Wolfsburg in hope that Juventus will come calling (despite already signing two new strikers in Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente). 08.42 BST: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has said that no player is as valuable as the sum of money Real Madrid are reportedly preparing to pay Tottenham for Gareth Bale. FULL STORY HERE. 08.34 BST: Fiorentina are interested in Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso, according to Le Parisien. The Viola are in negotiations with the player over a move, Bordeaux would be seeking at least €5 million, for their first choice 'keeper's services. 08.21 BST: In Germany, Schalke are eyeing 23-year old Romania international Gabriel Torje, of Udinese, kicker reports. It appears that Basel left wing Valentin Stocker, 24, might be too expensive with Basel wanting €4 million for Stocker. 08.00 BST: According to NRK.no, the Lars Christopher Vilsvik transfer from Stromgsgodet to Braunschweig has been called off, with Vilsvik saying that the "package" was not that good. At €1 million, he would have been the club's record signing. A deal had been in place and it was expected that the paperwork would be done on Monday. 07.15 BST: Werder Bremen are eyeing Fulham left-back John Arne Riise. General manager Thomas Eichin calls him "an interesting player." – Riise's reported asking price is €2 million. 06.50 BST: Australian teenager Patrick Antelmi is set to join Wolves after walking out on Blackburn, the Daily Mirror reports. The striker is expected to sign a deal at the Molineux today. 05.09 BST: According to the Daily Star, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will make a move for Samuel Eto'o - if Chelsea fail in their bid to land Wayne Rooney. Eto'o's current club, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, are looking to sell the 32-year-old. Barca have been eager to bolster their defensive line over the summer, pursuing the likes of Thiago Silva and Daniel Agger, but ultimately falling short of their respective clubs' valuations. Luiz is another defender to be consistently linked with a Camp Nou switch, and the Daily Mirror reports the La Liga giants are for one final push for the Brazilian this week. In what could be a crucial period of the transfer window for both clubs, Luiz will sit down with Blues boss Jose Mourinho on Monday to determine his future. One the back of reports on Sunday that Arsenal are closing in on Bayern Munich's Luis Gustavo, the Guardian and Telegraph insist the deal is nearing completion. Gustavo has slipped down the Bayern pecking order and Arsene Wenger appears certain to pounce this week. The Sun claims West Brom are poised to complete the signing of Udinese front-man Matej Vydra. The Czech Republic international is expected to move to the Baggies in a season-long loan deal which may be finalised as early as Monday. The news comes as West Brom aim to strengthen their squad ahead of the coming Premier League campaign. QPR are also remaining active in the transfer market, with the Daily Mirror reporting they have surged ahead of West Ham for Colombian striker Duvan Zapata. Harry Redknapp has been busily assembling his squad in recent weeks as he attempts to force Rangers back into the Premier League after finishing bottom of the table last season.