West Brom want to sign former Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun

The agent of former Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun has confirmed that West Brom are one of several clubs interested in the Israeli international, reports Sky Sports. The 33-year-old has been released by Chelsea and is consequently searching for a new club, and agent Ronen Katzev has claimed that he has received interest from another Premier League club as well, with enquiries also coming in from Germany about the possibility of a move to the continent. Katzev said: “West Brom have registered their interest and now we are just waiting to…

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Newcastle want £25m for Cabaye as they anticipate transfer request

Newcastle have slapped a £25m price tag on the head of French international Yohan Cabaye, as they anticipate a transfer request when the player reports for pre-season training according to The Daily Star. The 27-year-old has reportedly been the subject of interest from the likes of Man United, Arsenal, PSG and Monaco, and could be set to request to leave Tyneside when he meets up with the rest of the squad this week. Cabaye arrived at Newcastle in a £4.5m deal from Lille two years ago, but believe that he…

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Arsenal prepare £20m Rooney offer, but Moyes wants him to stay at United; Neymar speaks

Wayne Rooney looks set to be the subject of yet more speculation this summer, with Arsenal reportedly making a £20m offer for the striker, according to The Mirror. However, another article on The Mirror’s website also claims that the England striker is prepared to stay at United and sign a new contract – provided he is not asked to take a pay cut to do so. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to take the former Everton striker to the Emirates amid the player’s considerable unrest in the north west, but…

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Sunderland plot £7m Wigan swoop for McManaman with Everton also interested

Sunderland are preparing a bid of around £7m for Wigan Athletic star Callum McManaman, reports The Mirror. McManaman has also attracted interest from Everton, with former boss Roberto Martinez keen to take the 22-year-old back to his hometown. Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is believed to have set the ball rolling on getting McManaman to the Stadium of Light, however, and is prepared to offer the £7m in an effort to take Everton out of the race. New Wigan manager Owen Coyle is keen to keep the player who impressed…

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Chelsea up stakes in Cavani chase with fresh bid

Chelsea have made an official bid of around £45m for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, but still fall short of the Italian outfit’s valuation, reports The Daily Mail. Former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, now in charge at Napoli, is refusing to do business with any club who does not meet Cavani’s £52m buyout clause – but new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks set to do what he needs to in order to bring the Uruguayan international to Stamford Bridge. Reports suggest, however, that Cavani is delaying making any decisions on a…

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City plot second Sevilla swoop for £18m striker Negredo

New Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has identified Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo as a top target, reports The Mirror. Pellegrini wants Negredo to replace Carlos Tevez, who moved to Juventus earlier this week, at the Etihad Stadium. The move would see Negredo reunited with new City signing Jesus Navas, who moved to the former champions from Sevilla earlier this month. Negredo still has four years to run on his contract, but the presence of an £18m buy-out clause for a man Pellegrini would like to bring in is likely to…

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Spurs battle Liverpool in race for Shakhtar’s £20m-rated Mkhitaryan

Tottenham have joined Liverpool in the hunt for £20m-rated Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, reports The Mail Online. Mkhitaryan had looked set to move to Anfield, but Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has now moved to hijack the deal and convince the 24-year-old that his future lies instead at White Hart Lane. It is also understood that the Amernian international has held initial talks with the north Londoners, but Spurs are waiting until they have completed the signing of £17m-rated Paulinho after the Confederations Cup final before they press ahead with…

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Everton and Newcastle race to sign Aubameyang

Everton have joined the race to sign St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to The Mirror. Aubameyang is also a target for fellow Premier League club Newcastle, with Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala keen on the striker as well. A bidding war looks set to ensue, and this could spell bad news for either of the Premier League clubs, with Anzhi known for their big spending in recent years. However, should Everton baulk at Man United’s pursuit of Leighton Baines they may just have the cash readily available to chase the…

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Man City to raid Real Madrid for £20m-rated defender Pepe

Manuel Pellegrini could be set to raid one of his former clubs this summer, as he has targeted Real Madrid left-back Pepe for a summer move to the Etihad Stadium, according to The Mirror. Pepe, who faced controversy last season for allegedly stamping on the hand of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, has an admirer in former boss Pellegrini, and the Chilean wants to bring him to Manchester and partner him up with City skipper Vincent Kompany in the center of City’s defence. Pepe’s arrival would surely set up one or…

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Arsenal set to complete signing of Julio Cesar from QPR

The Mail Online is reporting that Arsenal are closing in on signing QPR keeper Julio Cesar. The Brazilian stopped has long been linked with a move away from Loftus Road, and could now be set for a return to the Premier League after suffering relegation with QPR last season. Arsene Wenger wants to bring in an experienced goalkeeper to keep present stoppers Lukasz Fabianski and Wojciech Szczesny on their toes, and sees Brazil international Cesar as the ideal candidate. The Mail also reports that talks between Cesar’s camp and the…

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Man United’s Vidic emerges as shock transfer target for Milan

Man United defender Nemanja Vidic has emerged as a shock transfer target for AC Milan, reports The Mirror. Milan want Vidic at the San Siro as a partner to Phillipe Mexes, and are under the impression that United want to sign a replacement for Vidic, who suffered an injury-hit season as the Red Devils regained the Premier League crown. The Serbian managed only 23 appearances last term, and had seen his 2011-12 season ended with a knee injury in December 2011 as well. Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay is thought to be…

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Reina’s future again in doubt as Mignolet arrives to take No. 1 jersey

Pepe Reina’s future at Liverpool has once again been cast into doubt, with new signing Simon Mignolet making his intentions very clear, reports The Mail Online. Mignolet arrived at Anfield for between £9m-£11m, and while he refused to be drawn into discussions about whether he was made any promises relating to first team football, he did clarify simply: “I’m not here to sit on the bench.” However, with Reina still expected to return to former club Barcelona over the summer, Mignolet’s statement appears to lean more towards him being signed…

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Spurs midfielder Huddlestone a target for Sunderland and Hull

Tom Huddlestone looks set to end his Tottenham frustration with a £5m move to Sunderland, reports The Mirror. Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio is determined to beef up their midfield after watching his new club flirt dangerously with relegation last season. Huddlestone is near the top of his list for such a job, though the former Derby midfielder is also wanted by Premier League new-boys Hull. The 26-year-old has grown frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities in north London since the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, and admitted…

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Paulinho reveals Spurs promise not to sell Bale this summer

Tottenham-bound midfielder Paulinho has revealed that Spurs promised that Gareth Bale would not be sold this summer, reports The Mirror. The £17m-rated Corinthians star is said to be eager to push through his transfer to White Hart Lane and link up with the Welsh wizard, and is also thought to be looking forward to linking up with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. Paulinho said: “It is important for the team and for the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup. But after the…

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Stoke complete signing of PSV defender Pieters

Stoke have captured PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters for around £3m, signifying new boss Mark Hughes’ first signing as Potters boss according to BBC Sport. Hughes wants to build a well balanced squad as he leads Stoke into the next campaign, his first in charge at the Britannia Stadium. Pieters’ versatility is something that seemed to attract the Welshman to do business. The former Fulham and Man City boss said: “While Erik is predominantly a left-back, he has also played for his country as a central defender, so he gives…

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Norwich close in on deal to sign PSV’s Toivonen

Norwich are close to a deal to sign Ola Toivonen from PSV Eindhoven, according to Sky Sports. The news eminates from the Dutch outfit, and could bring an end to the speculation surrounding a potential move to Carrow Road which began at the end of last season. Toivonen, 26, still has a year on his contract in the Netherlands and believed that the club’s £4m asking price could prove too high for potential suitors, but the Canaries are thought to be close to striking a deal to sign the Swedish…

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Marin makes Chelsea loan exit

Chelsea winger Marko Marin has been allowed by Jose Mourinho to join Spanish side Sevilla on a season-long loan, according to Sky Sports. The 24-year-old Marin, who arrived from Werder Bremen last summer for around £7m, made only 16 appearances during his first season with the club, largely due to injury, and the form of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Oscar, who were preferred throughout by both Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez. Many of Marin’s sporadic appearances were made from the substitutes’ bench, and he managed one…

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Arsenal target Gourcuff expected to leave Lyon

Lyon’s attacking midfielder, Yoann Gourcuff, 26, looks set to leave the club, alerting Arsenal, who are said to be extremely interested, the International Business Times is reporting. While the French club have told Arsenal that midfielder Maxime Gonalons is not for sale, Gourcuff has been told that he is free to leave after four seasons. He still has one year left to run on his contract, meaning Lyon might be eager to cash in on him this summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has long been interested in bringing Gourcuff to the…

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David Villa agrees to Spurs move

Barcelona striker David Villa has agreed personal terms with Tottenham Hotspur ahead of a proposed move to White Hart Lane, Goal.com has reported. The 31-year-old, who is currently away at the Confederations Cup with Spain, scored 10 goals in 28 league appearances last season for the Catalan club, but is likely to see less first-team action were he to stay, with the arrival of Brazil starlet Neymar earlier this summer. Villa is apparently keen to play in the Premier League, and Spurs are likely to offer a fee of around…

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Cardozo targeted as Tevez replacement

Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo is being targeted by several Premier League clubs, with Manchester City identifying him as a possible replacement for Carlos Tevez, reports the Daily Mail. Tevez recently left the Etihad Stadium to join Juventus, and with new City boss Manuel Pelligrini missing out on prime transfer target Isco, to Real Madrid, attention now turns to pursuing other potential signings. Cardozo has scored goals for Benfica on a very consistent basis in his six years with the club, including 31 in 2012-13. Man City are currently short of…

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Swansea Transfer Focus – Swans look to sign Bony

Following all the hostility at Swansea City recently, the club finally got down to some serious planning, and one name dominating almost every media outlet, is that of Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony. The South Wales Evening Post has reported that the Dutch press had confirmed a club record £10.2m bid had been made for the Ivory Coast front-man, who scored 31 goals in 30 appearances last term. Bony’s enthusiasm for a move is something which should delight the fans. The player said: “The clubs are now talking. Swansea is…

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Tottenham Transfer Focus – Paulinho – A perfect fit?

There have been rumours in the last couple of days that Real Madrid have shown an in interest in Paulinho. However, these stories jumped on and repeated by the media appear baseless and have been apparently been rubbished by the Brazilian himself. With his club Corinthians stating that his transfer is imminent, Paulinho seems to be heading to Tottenham Hotspur. Perhaps one of Spurs’ defining moments last season was Sandro’s injury in January on a poor Queens Park Rangers pitch. The injury ended the Brazilian’s season and arguably Tottenham’s midfield…

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Southampton Transfer Focus – Saints show Bueno interest

It has been revealed in the press recently that Southampton are hopeful of signing striker Gonzalo Bueno from Nacionale Montevideo in a deal reported to be worth around £8m. The 20-year-old is an up and coming marksman, being hailed as the next Diego Forlan. He has a natural predatory instinct leading to him scoring some crucial goals for his current club and may prove very useful for Southampton in the coming campaign should they secure his services. Bueno can play up top or on either wing, showing versatility and an…

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Liverpool Tranfers Focus – Mignolet signing invites questions over Reina future

Brendan Rodgers made his fourth signing of the summer on Tuesday night as highly-rated Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet arrived at Liverpool from fellow Premier League side Sunderland for a fee reported to be around the £9m mark. Rodgers suggested that the 25-year-old stopper, who will become the first Belgian to play for the Reds, has been purchased to provide suitable competition for Liverpool’s current first choice, Pepe Reina. Only time will tell whether the Anfield outfit, who failed to qualify for a continental competition last term, can realistically afford the…

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