Deadline Day Latest: Ilunga to head north of the border and Saints fail in Beckford bid

With Scott Parker already having one foot out of the door West Ham are now set to lose defender Herita Ilunga to Celtic.

After featuring in the majority of the Hammers’ opening fixtures Ilunga was left out of the 4-1 victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday and is understood to have caught the eye of Neil Lennon who is looking to bolster his defence.

However Turkish side Trabzonspor have also emerged as potential suitors and can offer the 29-year-old the potentially irresistible lure of Champions League football.

Meanwhile Southampton are understood to have failed in an attempt to sign Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.

The Toffees are hesitant to sell having not brought in any new faces this summer and the valuation outlined by the Championship side was well below their expectations.

Free-spending Leicester City are also keeping tabs on the situation and following a snub from prime target Nicky Maynard could turn to Beckford in their race against time to bring in a striker.

Peterborough have successfully bolstered their striking options with the capture of Emile Sinclair from League Two side Macclesfield.

The forward joins on a three-year-deal and also distances the club from the signature of Norwich star Cody McDonald who is set to undergo a medical at Coventry City according to the Coventry Telegraph.

The Sky Blues were on the verge of signing Jon Parkin from Cardiff but the move collapsed when the player failed to agree personal terms.

League Two side Plymouth Argyle have dipped into the loan market to sign Andy King from Gillingham.

The defender has made just four appearances in the last two seasons after being plagued by injury and will hope to regain match fitness with the Pilgrims as well has helping them move off the bottom of the table.

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