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The deadline for the summer transfer window is fast approaching as clubs run out of time to complete deals before 11pm on Friday night. Chief among which are Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, with Arsenal also keeping a keen eye on any late developments.
Arsenal have swatted away interest from the Blues in Emile Smith Rowe, prompting Mauricio Pochettino to turn the focus to Cole Palmer instead and a £45million deal was quickly agreed with Manchester City. He has now completed a medical. Arsenal are said to have their eye on Benfica full-back Alexander Bah and Barcelona’s Eric Garcia, while Manchester United have had Sofyan Amrabat rejected but are set to secure the loan signing of Sergio Reguilon from Tottenham.
Liverpool have now reached an agreement with Bayern Munich over Ryan Gravenberch. One of the biggest remaining deals could come with Tottenham’s £50m move for Brennan Johnson as Spurs also weigh up an offer for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher, having missed out on Ansu Fati to Brighton. Follow all the latest transfer news, gossip and rumours live below!
Latest transfer headlines
Cole Palmer to finalise Chelsea move
Liverpool reach Ryan Gravenberch agreement
Sergio Reguilon completes Man United medical
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg considers Fulham switch
Eric Garcia linked with Arsenal
Tottenham exit for Tanganga
22:53 , Matt Verri
Speaking of loan deals that could become permanent...
Japhet Tanganga has reportedly sealed his move to Augbsurg, with Spurs also receiving €1m as a loan fee.
That’s according to Calcio Mercato, with the German side having an obligation to sign Tanganga for €9m next summer should they stay in the Bundesliga or if the defender makes a certain number of appearances.
Tavares set to make Forest loan
22:30 , Matt Verri
Nuno Tavares will sign for Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season.
Fabrizio Romano reports that the season-long loan deal will see Arsenal receive a £1million fee, with a buy option next summer of £12m plus £3m in add-ons.
It’s also claimed that option could become an obligation if certain criteria are met this season.
Guendouzi on the move
22:12 , Matt Verri
Matteo Guendouzi has joined Lazio, a move confirmed by a very dramatic social media video.
The former Arsenal midfielder has arrived on a season-long loan deal from Marseille, with the possibility that the move is made permanent next summer.
— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) August 31, 2023
Man United set to sign Reguilon
21:54 , Matt Verri
Sergio Reguilon has completed his medical at Manchester United and is on the verge of completing his loan move.
He will move to Old Trafford on a season-long loan, with the Athletic reporting there is no fee or option to make the deal a permanent one next summer. United will pay his wages, while there is a break clause in January.
It’s also claimed that the club remain hopeful of signing Sofyan Amrabat before tomorrow’s deadline - lots of work to be done!
21:44 , Matt Verri
Part of the United family since the age of six ❤️
All the best for your future, Teden 🤝#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 31, 2023
Fulham eye shock Amrabat move
21:26 , Matt Verri
Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Fulham are keen on making a move for Sofyan Amrabat, who has been linked with Manchester United all summer, and are in talks with Fiorentina over a €30m deal.
Very much feeling like Fulham could be preparing for life without Joao Palhinha...
Gravenberch made to wait
21:09 , Matt Verri
One for those of you who like to track flights...
Ryan Gravenberch’s flight to the UK has reportedly been cancelled, meaning he will not arrive in Liverpool tonight.
That’s according to Sky Germany, with Gravenberch set to fly in tomorrow morning instead to complete his medical. Not expected to have any impact on the €40m transfer being completed.
Reguilon has Man United medical
20:45 , Matt Verri
Sergio Reguilon is undergoing a medical at Manchester United this evening.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, with it claimed that an agreement has been reached between United and Tottenham over a loan deal.
It’s believed that there will be a clause that gives the option to end the loan in January.
Ten Hag wants clearout
20:24 , Matt Verri
Erik ten Hag is reportedly frustrated with Man United’s struggles to sell players this summer.
The Telegraph report that Ten Hag was keen for Harry Maguire to find a new club, but the centre-back opted against making a move to West Ham.
Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly are among those who are also not in the Dutchman’s plans.
Henderson: Dream come true to play for Man United
20:01 , Matt Verri
Dean Henderson has bid an “emotional” farewell to Manchester United after his move to Crystal Palace was confirmed.
The goalkeeper has signed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park, joining the Eagles for a fee in the region of £20million having previously been linked with a return to Nottingham Forest.
Henderson joined United’s academy in 2011 and has been on their books ever since, though made only 13 first-team appearances and had loan spells with the likes of Stockport, Grimsby and Sheffield United, as well as Forest last season.
“Saying goodbye to United is an emotional moment for me,” Henderson posted on social media.
“This club has been a part of my life since I was a kid. From growing up as a United fan, to joining the academy aged 14, to stepping out on the pitch at Old Trafford!
“The journey has been a dream come true and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have fulfilled that dream.“
Fulham turn to Hojbjerg
19:47 , Matt Verri
Fulham have opened talks with Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as a potential replacement for Bayern Munich target Joao Palhinha, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Spurs midfielder is one of several options contacted, alongside reported targets Scott McTominay from Manchester United and Monaco’s Youssouf Fofana.
Hojbjerg is willing to listen to the Cottagers having not started any of Ange Postecoglou’s first three Premier League matches.
Atletico Madrid hope Spurs lower their demands to allow them to enter the race before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Friday night.
19:29 , Matt Verri
Dean Henderson’s £20m move to Crystal Palace from Manchester United has now been confirmed, with the goalkeeper signing a five-year deal.
He told Palace’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted and buzzing to be here. I can’t wait to get started.
“This club has got great fans and has a lot of top players who are hungry to succeed. There’s something being built here, and I really want to be a part of it.”
Now calling at: Crystal Palace 🚉
Welcome, @deanhenderson ❤️💙
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 31, 2023
Liverpool close in on Gravenberch
19:06 , Matt Verri
Some good news at last in the transfer window for Liverpool!
They fell short in their attempts to sign Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, but they are set to secure Ryan Gravenberch’s signature.
The Athletic report that Liverpool have agreed a €40m deal with Bayern Munich, with the midfielder flying to Liverpool tonight before undergoing a medical tomorrow.
Brentford want Bakayoko
18:48 , Matt Verri
Brentford are eyeing a big-money signing before the window closes tomorrow night.
The Athletic report that the Bees have made a club-record €35million bid for PSV winger Johan Bakayoko, with a further €5m in add-ons offered.
Brentford were unsuccessful in their attempts to bring Brennan Johnson to the club - could Bakayoko be their man?
Fulham consider late McTominay move
18:20 , Matt Verri
Fulham have opened talks with Manchester United over a move for Scott McTominay.
It could be a bit chaotic when it comes to midfielders over the next 24 hours, with Bayern Munich pushing to sign Joao Palhinha and Fulham now considering options should he leave.
Sky Sports report that Man United would only consider selling McTominay should they receive a substantial offer, but that money could potentially be put towards a bid for Sofyan Amrabat.
Brighton spending big on Fati
18:05 , Matt Verri
Brighton are expected to pay Ansu Fati around £160,000-a-week in wages.
The Barcelona man is closing in on a loan move to Brighton in what is a major coup for the Seagulls, who are looking to build on last season’s superb campaign.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Fati’s salary at the club will more nearly double that of Adam Lallana, the current top earner on £90,000-a-week.
17:45 , Matt Verri
Romelu Lukaku certainly enjoying his first hours as a Roma player!
The Chelsea striker has joined up with Jose Mourinho’s side on a season-long loan, and it’s taken no time at all for the Roma fans to show just how happy they are with his arrival...
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 31, 2023
Chelsea want deadline day outgoings
17:19 , Matt Verri
Pochettino's optimum squad for this season (without Europe) is 22/23 players including goalkeepers.
Palmer will take it to 28 players and that's not including W Fofana (injured), Sarr/CHO (exiled), Bergstrom/Washington (available for loan) and Beach/Samuels-Smith (U21).… https://t.co/dqYcgtdw4g
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 31, 2023
Tanganga set for Spurs exit
17:11 , Matt Verri
Japhet Tanganga is expected to make a move to Augsburg before the end of the window.
According to Di Marzio, the defender has agreed to leave Spurs and join the Germany club on an initial loan deal, with an option to make the deal a permanent one potentially included.
Talks between the clubs are continuing, but an agreement is expected to be reached.
Palmer closes in on Chelsea move
16:56 , Matt Verri
Cole Palmer has now completed his medical at Chelsea.
That’s according to Fabrizio Romano, with it claimed that documents are now being signed between Chelsea and Man City.
Official confirmation of the £45million move is not far away...
Mateta set for fresh Palace deal
16:45 , Matt Verri
Crystal Palace are expected to keep striker Jean-Philipe Mateta after his 22 minute hat-trick away at Plymouth in the Carabao Cup, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The 26-year-old helped seal a 4-2 win over the Championship side on Tuesday as Odsonne Edouard netted the other goal.
The Eagles are ready to discuss a new contract for Mateta, who will see his current deal expire in 2026.
Officials had sounded out Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, but have since moved away from pursuing out-and-out strikers in favour of more versatile forward options.
Reguilon set for Man United medical
16:30 , Matt Verri
Manchester United are pushing to completely a loan deal for Sergio Reguilon.
The club have been keen to sign a left-back with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia both currently out injured, with Marc Cucurella seemingly the main target in recent days and Marcos Alonso also linked.
However, The Athletic report that it is Spurs full-back Reguilon who now looks set to make the move to Old Trafford, with Tottenham granting permission for him to travel for a medical.
United are also believed to be still trying to sign Sofyan Amrabat - busy 24 hours ahead!
16:14 , Matt Verri
Liverpool defender Nat Phillips has joined Celtic on loan.
The centre-back has made the move to Glasgow for the first half of the season, joining up with Brendan Rodgers. Phillips will wear the number six shirt.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 31, 2023
No Luton interest in Holding
16:03 , Matt Verri
Luton boss Rob Edwards has dismissed talk of the club making a move for Rob Holding.
It had been believed that the Hatters were keen on bringing the Arsenal centre-back in on loan, but Edwards has insisted his newly-promoted side are not pursuing a deal.
“Nothing in that one at all, not sure where that one came from,” he told reporters.
Fulham back in for Hudson-Odoi
15:41 , Matt Verri
Fulham have re-opened transfer talks with Chelsea over Callum Hudson-Odoi just as Nottingham Forest were closing in on a deal for the player, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
The Cottagers walked away from discussions with their west London rivals just over a week ago due to Chelsea’s £8million asking price, but have since returned to the negotiating table.
Hudson-Odoi now faces a dilemma regarding which club to choose. He has agreed personal terms at Craven Cottage but Forest are led by his former England youth coach Steve Cooper.
Fulham already beat their Premier League rivals in a battle to re-sign Willian after Forest attempted to hijack talks in July.
Silva: Palhinha trained today
15:29 , Matt Verri
Marco Silva has confirmed that Joao Palhinha did train with his Fulham team-mates this morning.
The midfielder is Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel’s top target to secure before the end of the transfer window, though Fulham are holding out for at least £80million.
Whether a deal can be agreed and Fulham are able to find a replacement in time remains to be seen.
Romelu Lukaku explains Roma move
15:12 , Matt Verri
Romelu Lukaku has revealed just “one call” was enough to convince him to leave Chelsea and join Roma on a season-long loan deal.
“It just took one call,” he explained. “Both owners called me a few days before the agreement was reached.
“We spoke for half an hour about their ambitions for the club and the fans. From that point onwards everything moved very quickly.”
Man Utd want Sergio Reguilon
14:55 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon has entered Manchester United’s thoughts for a surprise loan swoop.
The Red Devils want a left-back amid injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
Marc Cucurella of Chelsea is their top target but The Athletic say FFP issues and the Spaniard appearing in the Carabao Cup yesterday complicate the matter, as Cucurella won’t be able to play for another new club should he happen to return to Chelsea in January.
Spurs are keen to offload Reguilon, so watch this space!
David Moyes delivers West Ham transfer latest
14:35 , Marc Mayo
David Moyes has just been speaking to the media about West Ham’s transfer business.
After a deal for Yuri Alberto collapsed, he hinted that the Hammers will be quiet during tomorrow’s deadline day.
“We always had to add some players to the squad, with Declan [Rice] and [Manuel] Lanzini moving on,” he said.
“We've done that. You have to get a balance. You don't want too many players, you have to have the right numbers, and right now we're in pretty good shape.”
New defender on Arsenal’s radar
14:21 , Marc Mayo
Arsenal want to sign Eric Garcia.
Jurrien Timber’s injury has led to Mikel Arteta scouring the market for a left-sided defender and Mundo Deportivo name Barcelona’s Garcia as a genuine target.
Barcelona boss Xavi is said to not be keen on selling up however, while LaLiga side Girona are also interested.
Ryan Gravenberch to Liverpool latest
14:10 , Marc Mayo
Ryan Gravenberch is open to joining either Liverpool or Manchester United.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is said by Sky Germany to be unhappy in Bavaria given his lack of playing time.
And he even missed training today amid talk of an official bid incoming.
Jurgen Klopp in particular has been linked with Gravenberch while Erik ten Hag may yet want to bolster his options by going in for the ex-Ajax talent.
Salah exit confirmed!
13:45 , Marc Mayo
Alright, that headline’s probably a bit on the nose.
Anyway, Arsenal youngster Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand is leaving for Dutch second-tier team Den Bosch on loan.
Which is still actual transfer news, to be fair.
Good luck this season, Salah 💪
— Arsenal Academy (@ArsenalAcademy) August 31, 2023
Another Brazilian youngster set to sign for Chelsea
13:36 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea are not done yet!
Gabriel Moscardo, a 17-year-old midfielder with Brazilian side Corinthians, is reportedly set to join the Blues.
Journalist Bruno Andrade says an £18m deal, including £3m in add-ons, is being struck between Chelsea and the Serie A side.
Arsenal have also been linked with Moscardo, who only made his senior debut in June and wouldn’t be eligibile to leave South America until next summer.
Wolves make enquiry for Fulham midfielder
13:17 , Marc Mayo
Wolves have asked Fulham to name their price for midfielder Harrison Reed, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The 28-year-old is interested in the move which guarantees him more game time, with Fulham trying to tie up a deal for Everton’s Alex Iwobi. It remains early days in negotiations.
Ansu Fati jets off to complete transfer
12:57 , Marc Mayo
Spanish outlet Jijantes have spotted Ansu Fati at Seville airport as he prepares to fly into England to seal a loan move to Brighton.
💥 ¡ANSU AL BRIGHTON, INMINENTE!
Ansu Fati ya está en el aeropuerto de Sevilla y viaja a esta hora a Inglaterra para fichar por el Brighton, donde jugará un año cedido.
El delantero viajará a Londres y de ahí se trasladara a Brighton para firmar su contrato.
— Jijantes FC (@JijantesFC) August 31, 2023
Man Utd told to agree to Sofyan Amrabat clause
12:36 , Marc Mayo
Fiorentina are ready to send Sofyan Amrabat on loan to Manchester United.
However, the Telegraph report on the Italians insisting on an obligation clause that would compel United to make the move permanent later in the season.
It had been claimed that a deal worth in the region of £30m had been sealed for Amrabat to head to Old Trafford, with a medical scheduled, but that may not yet be the case.
Spurs prepare Johnson bid but Gallagher move hinges on Hojbjerg
12:16 , George Flood
Tottenham will focus on a deal for Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson after being beaten by Brighton to the signing of Barcelona’s Ansu Fati on loan, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Forest value Johnson, 22, at £50million and have already rejected three bids from Brentford for the Wales international, the last believed to be worth £43m.
Spurs had proposed players in part-exchange for Johnson during talks and are poised to table a bid, amid hope that Forest’s negotiating position could soften as tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline approaches.
Spurs were in talks with Barcelona over a straight loan for Fati, 20, but the winger agreed to join Brighton for the rest of the season, and is set to undergo a medical on Thursday.
Spurs are interested in Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher but a move for the England international is dependent on offloading Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg before the deadline.
Palmer to Chelsea medical as NINE could leave before deadline
11:34 , George Flood
Cole Palmer is due to undergo a medical at Chelsea on Thursday and finalise his £45million transfer from Manchester City, writes Nizaar Kinsella.
Chelsea have agreed a pay an initial £40m for the 21-year-old in a surprise late deal that will push their transfer spending under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake ownership close to £1billion.
Palmer, who was a key player for England in their European Under-21 title win this summer, has agreed a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge and is due to be unveiled on Thursday.
Chelsea have moved for Palmer after a deal for Crystal Palace winger Michael Olise fell through. They considered moves for Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe and Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, but have swooped for Palmer and thrashed out a deal with City.
Romelu Lukaku leaves Chelsea for Roma loan switch
11:12 , George Flood
Romelu Lukaku has now completed his latest loan switch from Chelsea to Roma.
The Belgian striker will spend the 2023/24 campaign back in Serie A, having returned to former club Inter Milan last term.
Lukaku has taken a substantial pay cut in order to link up with Jose Mourinho’s side.
“The welcome I’ve received from this club and its fans has excited me and given me even more motivation to give my all for my new team,” Lukaku said.
“As an opponent, I felt the atmosphere of the Stadio Olimpico, and felt the warmth of the Romanisti.
“It’s nice to know I’m a part of it today. I recently got the opportunity to speak with the owners, and I was impressed by their ambition.
“Now we must work, be humble, and grow game by game. For my part, I can’t wait to be available to my teammates both on and off the pitch.”
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 31, 2023
West Ham eye late deals for Kostic and Ekitike
10:59 , George Flood
West Ham are exploring a late deal to sign Juventus midfielder Filip Kostic, Dom Smith reports.
The Hammers are considering both loan and permanent moves for the 30-year-old Serbia international, who is valued by Juventus at around £25million.
West Ham tried to sign Kostic last summer before he moved to Turin from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Kostic, who is yet to feature in Serie A this season, has three years left on his contract at Juventus and West Ham are due to continue talks on Thursday.
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The Hammers also want to sign a striker before Friday’s transfer deadline and are considering alternatives targets after a move for Corinthians forward Yuri Alberto collapsed.
West Ham director of football Tim Steidten has been in Brazil this week but a deal could not be agreed.
Other options being considered by West Ham include Paris Saint-Germain striker Hugo Ekitike.
Tottenham reject Burnley offer for Eric Dier
10:37 , George Flood
Tottenham have rejected a loan bid from Burnley for Eric Dier.
The newly-promoted Clarets and Vincent Kompany wanted to boost their defensive options by taking the England centre-back to Turf Moor for the remainder of the season.
However, their offer was dismissed by Spurs, according to The Athletic, who point out that the club would only loan out a player in Dier’s situation if he agreed an extension to a contract that expires next summer.
It remains to be seen if the 29-year-old could be sold on a permanent deal before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline, amid apparent interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Done deal! Chelsea’s Anjorin joins Portsmouth on loan
10:19 , George Flood
Another exit from Chelsea has been confirmed on the penultimate day of the window.
Tino Anjorin has joined League One Portsmouth on loan for the remainder of the season.
It is the 21-year-old’s third temporary spell away from Stamford Bridge after a stint in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2021/22 and time spent at Huddersfield more recently.
— Portsmouth FC (@Pompey) August 31, 2023
Man City strike £53m Matheus Nunes deal
10:01 , George Flood
Manchester City have now agreed the signing of Matheus Nunes.
The Portuguese midfielder was said to have effectively gone on strike at Wolves in an attempt to force through a move to the Etihad Stadium, and now looks to have got his wish.
The Athletic claim City have struck a £53m agreement over the 25-year-old, with no add-ons but a 10 per cent sell-on clause included in the deal. Nunes will now travel to Manchester for a medical.
Former England Under-21 international Tommy Doyle is also joining Wolves from City on a season-long loan in a separate deal said to include a £5m option to buy.
Tottenham ponder Conor Gallagher bid
09:34 , George Flood
Tottenham are said to be considering making an offer for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher before the transfer deadline.
Spurs remain actively hunting for new recruits to boost Ange Postecoglou’s squad after the summer additions of James Maddison, Guglielmo Vicario, Micky van de Ven, Manor Solomon, Alejo Veliz and Ashley Phillips.
Amid ongoing talks with Nottingham Forest over Brennan Johnson, the Daily Telegraph now report that Tottenham are again seriously weighing up a bid for Gallagher.
It is thought that Cole Palmer’s imminent £45m move from Manchester City to Stamford Bridge could see Chelsea allow his fellow English midfielder to depart.
Spurs have been strongly linked with Gallagher already this summer, along with the likes of West Ham and others.
Liverpool set to table Ryan Gravenberch bid
09:24 , George Flood
Another update now on Liverpool’s pursuit of Ryan Gravenberch.
Reports claim that the Reds are locked in talks with Bayern Munich over a late summer deal for the Netherlands midfielder.
According to Christian Falk of German publication Bild, Bayern are now expecting Liverpool to table an official offer for Gravenberch worth €30m (£25.7m).
The 21-year-old is said to want to move to Anfield, having apparently been convinced by Jurgen Klopp that he is perfect for their system.
We’ll see if the two clubs can now reach an agreement before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline.
Man United sell Dean Henderson to Crystal Palace
08:55 , George Flood
Crystal Palace are poised to announce the signing of Dean Henderson from Manchester United.
The England goalkeeper is set to swap Old Trafford for Selhurst Park in a deal worth an initial £15m plus a further £5m in add-ons.
Henderson has agreed a contract with Palace and passed a medical, with an official announcement now imminent.
The 26-year-old finally leaves United permanently after 12 years and six loan spells away, including at Nottingham Forest last term.
He will compete with Sam Johnstone for the No1 spot under Roy Hodgson.
Man United set to clinch Cucurella deal with Chelsea
08:34 , George Flood
Manchester United could complete the signing of Marc Cucurella today.
The Chelsea defender has emerged as Erik ten Hag’s preferred option as he seeks an emergency late solution to his left-back crisis following injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia.
Spanish outlet Marca report that negotiations between United and Chelsea have now accelerated, with an agreement said to be imminent.
It is expected that the Red Devils will pay around £3m to take Cucurella - who started and played 90 minutes against AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup last night in his first competitive appearance under Mauricio Pochettino - on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season.
Liverpool braced for £118m Mo Salah bid
08:17 , George Flood
The Mo Salah to Saudi Arabia rumours are just not subsiding. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Al-Ittihad seemingly remain determined to make yet another major transfer splash to follow the signings of the likes of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho and Jota already this summer.
The Daily Mail report that they are now ready to launch a huge £118m bid for Salah, hoping to convince Liverpool to change their resolute stance that their Egyptian superstar is simply not for sale at any price.
However, they also claim that Jurgen Klopp would be understandably furious if the Reds did now suddenly decide to cash in on their top talent at such a late, late stage of the window.
Tottenham consider Eze as Johnson alternative
07:39 , George Flood
Tottenham could be eyeing Eberechi Eze as a potential alternative to Brennan Johnson.
Spurs have made Johnson their top priority before tomorrow night’s transfer deadline, but reports suggest they are struggling to agree a fee with Nottingham Forest for the Welsh international.
The Independent claim that Tottenham are considering Eze as a possible alternative, having seemingly missed out to Brighton on a loan deal for Barcelona’s Ansu Fati.
However, it is said that the England winger is likely to be too expensive an option at this stage of the window, with Crystal Palace likely to demand well in excess of £60m having already lost Wilfried Zaha this summer and also seen off Chelsea’s pursuit of Michael Olise.
Man United fail with Sofyan Amrabat bid
07:24 , George Flood
Manchester United are reportedly working on a late deal for Sofyan Amrabat.
The Morocco international has been of interest to Erik ten Hag throughout the summer window as he strengthens his squad at Old Trafford.
However, deals for the likes of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund have clearly taken priority, leaving injury-hit United striving to get the late signing of Amrabat over the line.
The 27-year-old will not play for Fiorentina in their Europa Conference League play-off tie against Rapid Vienna tonight as he looks to seal a long-awaited move to Manchester.
Talks are said to be continuing between the two clubs, though The Athletic reported last night that United - wary of Financial Fair Play limitations - had seen a loan offer featuring two €1m instalments and a January break clause rejected.
Fiorentina are said to want a permanent sale worth around €35m, although could be open to a loan deal that includes an obligation to buy.
Liverpool locked in talks over Ryan Gravenberch deal
07:08 , George Flood
Liverpool are locked in talks with Bayern Munich over a move for Ryan Gravenberch, reports suggest.
The Dutch international has been on Jurgen Klopp’s transfer radar all summer as part of a planned midfield overhaul at Anfield that hasn’t quite gone to plan after missing out on the likes of Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia to Chelsea, despite signing Wataru Endo, Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Gravenberch appears to have become Liverpool’s main focus before tomorrow night’s deadline, with The Athletic reporting that they are in discussions over a permanent deal.
It is thought the Reds could submit an official offer soon for a player also linked with Manchester United, with Bayern apparently needing to seek a replacement before allowing the 21-year-old - who only joined from Ajax last summer - to leave.
Others say that Bayern will use the money received from the sale of Gravenberch to sign Fulham star Joao Palhinha.
Arsenal eye late move for Alexander Bah
06:49 , George Flood
A new Arsenal target is emerging with just two days remaining in the transfer window.
The Gunners were expected to be quiet in terms of potential incomings before the deadline, with the main focus on trimming Mikel Arteta’s large squad after getting the bulk of their business done early in the summer.
But links to former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia, now at Barcelona, continue, while they are also now being linked with Alexander Bah.
Danish publication Tipsbladet claims that Arsenal are in the race for the Benfica defender, who could be available for between £26m-£30m as the Gunners apparently seek additional full-back cover following the serious knee injury sustained by new signing Jurrien Timber on his Premier League debut that could see him miss the entire season.
Brighton beat Tottenham to Ansu Fati deal
06:35 , George Flood
In case you missed it late last night, Ansu Fati is indeed coming to the Premier League - but not to one of the clubs you might expect.
Tottenham had apparently been in talks with Barcelona over a possible loan deal for the Spain starlet as they struggle to agree terms with Nottingham Forest over a blockbuster late switch for Wales forward Brennan Johnson.
However, it is Brighton who have swooped in to seal a deal for Fati according to widespread reports.
The 20-year-old will head to the Amex Stadium on a loan move until June 2024, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that there is no option to buy included in the deal and that Brighton will cover a large portion of the player’s salary.
Fati will arrive in England for a medical on Thursday, with Seagulls boss Roberto De Zerbi said to have been crucial in negotiations.
What a coup for Brighton.
Cole Palmer set for Chelsea medical today
06:25 , George Flood
Cole Palmer will complete a medical at Chelsea today ahead of wrapping up his high-profile transfer from Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino has signed off on a shock late move for the England Under-21 international, with the big-spending Blues keen on more attacking reinforcements before tomorrow night’s 11pm BST summer transfer deadline.
Chelsea agreed a deal with City for their popular academy graduate yesterday worth an initial £40m plus a further £5m in add-ons.
Fabrizio Romano reports that Palmer will undergo a medical in London today and sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea eager to get everything sorted and over the line before the madness of deadline day.
Brighton hijack Spurs’ Fati move
Wednesday 30 August 2023 22:51 , Alex Young
Brighton have made a late bid to take Ansu Fati on loan after Tottenham appeared to have the deal wrapped up.
According to Spanish journalist Helena Condis, Spurs had almost wrapped up a season-long loan deal but now Brighton have wrapped up the deal!
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Barcelona youngster joins on loan for the season with no buy option. He could be confirmed tomorrow.
Done deal! Fulham sign Benda
Wednesday 30 August 2023 19:34 , Alex Young
Fulham have announced the signing of Steven Benda from Swansea for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, with an option for further year.
Balogun joins Monaco
Wednesday 30 August 2023 19:11 , Alex Young
Arsenal have confirmed Folarin Balogun has joined Monaco, with the deal understood to be worth €40million (£34.3m) and also includes a sell-on clause of 17.5 per cent.
The striker has scored a five-year contract until June 2028 to return to Ligue 1 after a stunning season with Reims, where he scored 21 goals.
Balogun joined the Gunners aged 10 and developed through the club’s academy before signing a first professional contract in February 2019 and made his senior debut in the Europa League the following year.
More on Chelsea’s Palmer deal
Wednesday 30 August 2023 18:45 , Alex Young
Chelsea have agreed a £40million, plus £5m in add-ons, deal for Manchester City winger Cole Palmer.
The 21-year-old has already accepted a move to Stamford Bridge. Personal terms are expected to be a formality and a medical is now being scheduled.
The Blues had a £35m bid rejected earlier on Wednesday but rapidly returned to the negotiation table to agree a deal for the forward, who was on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Former City scout Joe Shields, who is now co-director of recruitment and talent, was key to securing the deal.
Chelsea agree £45m Palmer deal
Wednesday 30 August 2023 18:34 , Alex Young
Chelsea have agreed a £40million, plus £5m in add-ons, deal for Cole Palmer.
That was quick! The youngster will now undergo medical tests soon.
More to follow when we have it.
Arsenal target joins Sporting
Wednesday 30 August 2023 17:52 , Alex Young
Ivan Fresneda finally gets his move!
After so many links with Arsenal dating back to the January transfer window, the Real Vallodolid defender has now joined Sporting in a deal worth €9m (£7.7m) up front plus €3m (£2.6m) in add ons.
The release clause has been set at €80m (£68.7m).
— Sporting CP English (@SportingCP_en) August 30, 2023
Villa agree Lenglet loan deal
Wednesday 30 August 2023 17:24 , Alex Young
Clement Lenglet is set to return to the Premier League by joining Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona.
According to Sport, Lenglet has prioritised a move back to England after enjoying his time with Tottenham last season, having been told he is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.
Villa will cover 75 percent of the player's wages in a season-long deal.
Man City agree £47m Nunes deal
Wednesday 30 August 2023 16:52 , Alex Young
Manchester City have agreed a £47.3m deal to sign Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes.
According to various reports, the 25-year-old is already travelling to undergo a medical and sign a long-term contract. Wolves will take Tommy Doyle on loan in return, with the option to sign permanently for £4.3m plus a include a huge sell-on clause for City.
Nunes went on striker to force through a move to join Pep Guardiola's side, which likely meant that Wolves were unable to pocket their £60m-plus valuation for Nunes.
West Ham launch Edwards bid
Wednesday 30 August 2023 16:19 , Alex Young
West Ham have made a formal bid to sign Peterborough defender Ronnie Edwards.
Negotiations between the clubs over a fee are ongoing, with David Moyes looking to sign a player who will both provide centre-back cover and stands out as a prospect for the future.
Edwards was part of the England Under-19 side that won the European Championship last summer and represented the U20s at this year’s World Cup.
The 20-year-old was the subject of interest from both Chelsea and Crystal Palace last summer and was left out of Peterborough’s Carabao Cup win over Portsmouth last night.
Latest on Ansu Fati
Wednesday 30 August 2023 15:45 , Alex Young
Chelsea and Tottenham could miss out on Ansu Fati, if comments from the player’s father on his preferred destination are to prove correct.
Barcelona are ready to cash in on the 20-year-old striker, as reported by Standard Sport today, but his £200,000-a-week wages could be a stumbling block to a deal.
Furthemore, Fati would have to be convinced to leave Barcelona having risen through the youth ranks at the Camp Nou.
But, reports out of Spain suggest the player is ready to move on and is keen on a switch to the Premier League.
One club may still be able to stop such a move from happening, however.
Genoa offer Ndombele a Spurs exit route
Wednesday 30 August 2023 15:14 , Alex Young
Genoa have offered Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele an escape route from his exile under Ange Postecoglou.
The 26-year-old has not been involved in any of Tottenham’s matches this season even as Postecoglou made nine changes for the Carabao Cup penalty shootout defeat to Fulham.
Ndombele is now weighing up a season-long loan move to Genoa having spent last season at Italian champions Napoli and six months at Lyon the season before.
Fulham work on Ocampos and Fullkrug
Wednesday 30 August 2023 14:45 , Alex Young
Fulham are pursuing a bid for Niclas Fullkrug as they look to add multiple new strikers to their squad before the transfer deadline, with a £15million deal for Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos agreed.
The Cottagers have agreed to pay £12m up front for the Argentine with a further £3m in add-ons. However, the 29-year-old is yet to agree to the move despite the chance to double his salary to around £70,000-a-week at Craven Cottage.
Ocampos is reluctant having grown settled in Spain and will soon have the chance to play Champions League football after winning the Europa League in May.
Fulham believe they will ultimately get their man having switched their focus from Callum Hudson-Odoi after they failed to agree a fee with Chelsea.
Update! Chelsea hopeful over Palmer agreement
Wednesday 30 August 2023 14:24 , Alex Young
Chelsea have had an initial £35million bid rejected for Manchester City winger Cole Palmer, who has become the top transfer target before Friday’s transfer deadline.
City are holding out for £50m, but a compromise could be reached at around the £45m mark with Mauricio Pochettino keen to strengthen his attack.
Chelsea have not been deterred by City from making an improved offer for the England youth international, who was part of Euros-winning Under-21 side this summer.
City are open to cashing in on Palmer, and have a strong hand in negotiations with the young star under contract for another three years.
Man Utd push for Sofyan Amrabat
Wednesday 30 August 2023 13:50 , Marc Mayo
Manchester United are in talks over Sofyan Amrabat.
The Athletic say a loan deal is most likely given United’s FFP situation.
Amrabat and Fiorentina are both thought to be ready to do a deal.
Chelsea optimistic Man City will sell Cole Palmer
Wednesday 30 August 2023 13:21 , Marc Mayo
There is hope that Manchester City will allow Chelsea to sign Cole Palmer, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The England youth winger has been a bit-part player at the Etihad and has been made Chelsea’s top target.
Even if City do decide to cash in, however, Palmer will likely come at a hefty price.
Liverpool to miss out on Cheick Doucoure
Wednesday 30 August 2023 13:01 , Marc Mayo
Crystal Palace are set to fend off any remaining interest in Cheick Doucoure before transfer deadline day, writes Standard Sport’s Dom Smith.
The Mali international is rated at £70m by the Eagles following an enquiry from PSG earlier in the summer.
Ansu Fati open to Premier League move
Wednesday 30 August 2023 12:26 , Marc Mayo
Ansu Fati wants to leave Barcelona.
Spanish outlet Jijantes say the youngster is ready to fulfil his club’s wishes as they look to cash in on him.
Tottenham, Liverpool or Chelsea are his preference.
However, his father, Bori Fati, reportedly wants to see him join Sevilla.
Cole Palmer on Chelsea radar
Wednesday 30 August 2023 12:11 , Marc Mayo
Chelsea want to sign Cole Palmer.
The Man City youngster was linked with West Ham earlier in the window and has once again been cast to the sidelines by Pep Guardiola, following the signing of Jeremy Doku.
Both the Telegraph and Fabrizio Romano say Chelsea are desperate to do a deal as they look to sign a young attacker with top-level experience.
Bayern to test Fulham’s resolve
Wednesday 30 August 2023 11:57 , Marc Mayo
Another transfer bid is incoming for Joao Palhinha, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
This time it’s Bayern Munich after the Fulham star.
Nuno Tavares could yet make Arsenal a profit
Wednesday 30 August 2023 11:22 , Marc Mayo
Nottingham Forest are set to sign Nuno Tavares on loan in a deal which could cost £14million, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
Arsenal have given the green light to the player’s exit.
Tottenham hope for late sales to fund striker push
Wednesday 30 August 2023 10:56 , Marc Mayo
Spurs are looking for a frantic finish to the transfer window with as many as seven players up for grabs, writes Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick.
The club are still hoping to find takers for ex-captain Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Japhet Tanganga, Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Davinson Sanchez could also leave.
Not until the bulk of that list depart will Tottenham make their move for a new striker, with Brennan Johnson and Ansu Fati both linked.
Hugo Ekitike unlikely to join West Ham
Wednesday 30 August 2023 10:33 , Marc Mayo
West Ham have moved behind Eintracht Frankfurt in the race for Hugo Ekitike, writes Standard Sport’s Dom Smith.
Crystal Palace has also monitored the PSG striker, who could head to Germany as part of Les Parisiens’ move for Eintracht star Randal Kolo Muani.
Callum Hudson-Odoi set for Chelsea exit
Wednesday 30 August 2023 10:06 , Marc Mayo
Nottingham Forest are in advanced talks to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea, writes Standard Sport’s Nizaar Kinsella.
The winger worked under Steve Cooper at England’s victorious Under-17 World Cup campaign in 2017.
Done deal! Djed Spence signs for Leeds
Wednesday 30 August 2023 09:46 , Marc Mayo
Another loan move has been agreed for the Tottenham defender.
Djed Spence has joined Leeds United on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season.
Good luck, Djed! 👊
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2023
Genoa eye Spurs duo
Wednesday 30 August 2023 09:23 , Marc Mayo
Genoa are interested in Tottenham’s Pape Matar Sarr and Tanguy Ndombele.
According to Il Secolo XIX, Sarr may be available to leave on loan despite featuring heavily in Ange Postecoglou’s early spell as Spurs boss.
A report by 90min even suggests new contract talks are underway.
Ndombele is certainly thought to be available and has been linked with Galatasaray lately.
Spurs in Ansu Fati talks
Wednesday 30 August 2023 08:58 , Marc Mayo
Tottenham are in talks to sign Ansu Fati.
Fabrizio Romano reports on a loan deal being in the offing with Barcelona wanting all of the young striker’s salary covered.
Spain international Fati, 20, is thought to earn around £200,000-a-week at the Camp Nou.
Done deal! Brighton sign Carlos Baleba to replace Moises Caicedo
Wednesday 30 August 2023 08:39 , Marc Mayo
Welcome to the Albion, Carlos. 🤩🤝 pic.twitter.com/GbTJOL4Uol
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) August 29, 2023
Thomas Tuchel eyes Eric Dier in Prem raid
Wednesday 30 August 2023 08:09 , Marc Mayo
Eric Dier is on Bayern Munich’s radar.
The German giants will need a replacement for the Inter Milan-bound Benjamin Pavard and Thomas Tuhcel is planning a raid on English football.
Sky Sports say Trevoh Chalobah of Chelsea is his first choice, ahead of Tottenham’s Dier and Armel Bella-Kotchap of Southampton.
Folarin Balogun saga nears its end
Wednesday 30 August 2023 07:36 , Marc Mayo
Folarin Balogun will seal his exit from Arsenal today.
Monaco welcomed the USA striker yesterday ahead of a medical with Fabrizio Romano saying he’ll sign on the dotted line in the coming hours.
Arsenal will receive £34m if all of Balogun’s add-ons are activated and have a sell-on clause in the deal.
Romelu Lukaku flies in to Rome
Wednesday 30 August 2023 07:08 , Marc Mayo
Roma fans massed at the airport last night to welcome Romelu Lukaku as their new signing.
He joins from Chelsea on loan having been personally flown in by club owner Dan Friedkin.
Almost 50,000 people are said to have tracked the jet on flightradar, which is said to be a record!
Roma fans welcoming Romelu Lukaku at the airport 👋✈️ pic.twitter.com/xfLAdRAjAl
— CFC-Blues (@CFCBlues_com) August 29, 2023
Chelsea reignite Joao Felix interest
Wednesday 30 August 2023 06:41 , Marc Mayo
Mauricio Pochettino’s desire for a new attacker could see Chelsea bring in a familiar face.
Joao Felix’s Atletico Madrid future remains up in the air with Barcelona in a bid to sign him this week.
According to 90min, Chelsea have maintained contact with Felix and could be presented with an open door to signing him given Barcelona are focusing on other targets.
Chelsea and Tottenham eye Ansu Fati deal
Wednesday 30 August 2023 00:17 , George Flood
Chelsea and Tottenham could yet face a late transfer battle over Ansu Fati.
The young Spanish forward has been consistently linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer.
Transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano now claims that Fati has been offered to Chelsea this week, with Spurs also apparently asking to be kept informed on the 20-year-old amid their talks with Nottingham Forest over the £50m-rated Brennan Johnson.
One to watch as the deadline approaches, no doubt.
Man United agree Marc Cucurella deal
Tuesday 29 August 2023 19:36 , George Flood
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Marc Cucurella.
That is according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who says the Chelsea defender has settled on personal terms over a switch to Old Trafford.
A deal is yet to be agreed with the Blues, but Romano says Cucurella is now United’s only left-back target before Friday night’s transfer deadline.
So no Nicolas Tagliafico or Sergio Reguilon then.
Arsenal send Chelsea message over Smith Rowe
Tuesday 29 August 2023 18:24 , George Flood
Arsenal insist Emile Smith Rowe is not for sale amid late summer transfer interest from Chelsea.
The Blues are still on the hunt for further attacking reinforcements before Friday night’s transfer deadline, seeking primarily a versatile forward player who can operate at No10 and also out on the wing.
London rivals Chelsea have been linked with Smith Rowe over recent days, though Arsenal have always insisted that their popular academy graduate midfielder is not for sale.
Man United make Marc Cucurella loan bid
Tuesday 29 August 2023 17:46 , George Flood
Manchester United have made a £2million loan bid for Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella, reports Nizaar Kinsella.
However, the Blues are expected to turn down the initial offer as they seek a larger loan fee.
Cucurella is open to a move to Old Trafford but negotiations are delicate with other left-back candidates having been sounded out.
United boss Erik ten Hag is thought to favour Cucurella, whom he believes fits his style of play.
Man United step up Nicolas Tagliafico talks
Tuesday 29 August 2023 16:45 , George Flood
Manchester United’s search for a new left-back is ramping up before Friday’s transfer deadline.
Erik ten Hag has something of a crisis at the position now with Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia both out injured, and Brandon Williams loaned out to Ipswich last week.
Diogo Dalot filled in as a makeshift left-back against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with young Alvaro Fernandez also on the books.
United have been linked with a shock swoop for Chelsea’s Marc Cucurella, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon, Rico Henry of Benfica and Barcelona’s Marcos Alonso, among others.
But Nicolas Tagliafico now seems to have emerged as the primary option, amid reports from The Indepedent and others that talks are stepping up with Lyon over the Argentine World Cup winner.
United are said to want a loan deal for the 30-year-old, while Lyon would apparently prefer a permanent sale worth around £5.15m plus add-ons for a player who previously worked with Ten Hag at Ajax.
Arsenal reject Chelsea approach for Emile Smith Rowe
Tuesday 29 August 2023 16:12 , George Flood
Chelsea have failed with an initial approach for Emile Smith Rowe, reports claim.
The Gunners midfielder has emerged as a shock transfer option for Mauricio Pochettino in the final days of a hectic summer transfer window.
But the Daily Mail say that Chelsea have now seen opening overtures for Smith Rowe firmly rejected by Arsenal, who do not want to sell to a direct rival.
Done deal! Everton sign Beto
Tuesday 29 August 2023 14:45 , Alex Young
Everton have signed striker Beto from Udinese.
He has signed a four-year deal.
“Words cannot express the feeling I have right now to play at Goodison Park because it’s a stadium that since I was in high school, I always wanted to play at,” he told the club’s official website.
“The fans here at Everton are a step up compared to other fans.”
Pochettino issues update on Chelsea striker search
Tuesday 29 August 2023 14:33 , Alex Young
Mauricio Pochettino says he would still be happy with Chelsea’s transfer business even if the club fail to sign another forward to “complete” his squad.
Chelsea are in the market for another forward in the final days of the transfer window, which closes at 11pm on September 1.
Pochettino has been hit by a number of injuries for forward players. Most notably, Christopher Nkunku is out for at least three more months, joining the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk, Armando Broja and Carney Chukwuemeka on the sidelines.
Speaking ahead of AFC Wimbldon’s visit to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup, Pochettino said: “Yes I am happy. I am really happy with the squad we have got at the moment, so far.
No Chelsea debut for Petrovic
Tuesday 29 August 2023 14:04 , Alex Young
There will be no debut for new Chelsea goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night.
The signing from New England Revolution is still waiting for the Football Association to sign off his deal to play.
“[Robert] Sanchez is going to play tomorrow because we don't have the confirmation that Djordjes can play with the permit,” Mauricio Pochettino has told reporters.
“That is why we prepare the game with Robert.
He needs more time to work with [the goalkeeping coaches] but we don't want to rush. We don't know if he is going to be on the bench because the permit is still not confirmed.”
Hojlund finally able to make Man United debut
Tuesday 29 August 2023 13:15 , Alex Young
Rasmus Hojlund could make his debut for Manchester United this weekend against Arsenal.
That's according to Denmark manager Kasper Hjulmand, who has included the 20-year-old in his latest squad after watching the striker train at United's Carrington base.
Have two wins from their opening three games but have largely underwhelmed so far, so will welcome the opportunity to blood their £73million summer signing against the title hopefuls at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’ve been in Manchester to watch Rasmus train and he’s in full gear, so he’ll probably be in the squad for the weekend," Hjulmand told reports.
Aston Villa in for Lenglet
Tuesday 29 August 2023 12:58 , Alex Young
Even more Spurs news (kind of) as Aston Villa are exploring a deal to sign Clement Lenglet from Barcelona.
Lenglet spent last season on loan at Tottenham and had been widely expected to return this summer.
But now Fabrizio Romano reports that Villa are now keen on the player who will be leaving Camp Nou before Friday’s deadline.
Spurs reject Sanchez bid
Tuesday 29 August 2023 12:49 , Alex Young
More Spurs news as The Athletic report that Tottenham have rejected the €9million (£7.7m) offer for Davinson Sanchez from Ligue 1 side Rennes.
Spurs want between €15-20m for Sanchez and would want to sign a replacement should he leave, so time is running out.
Spence and Hojbjerg explore exit options
Tuesday 29 August 2023 12:43 , Alex Young
Leeds are in talks with Spurs over a loan deal for unwanted defender Djed Spence, writes Dan Kilpatrick, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
The Championship club want the 22-year-old for the season on a straight loan deal, without an option or obligation to buy him next summer, with talks continuing.
Spence was reluctant to drop back down to the Championship, having joined Spurs from Forest in a deal worth up to £20m last summer, but has been told he is not part of Postecoglou's plans.
Spurs are also looking to offload Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele, Hugo Lloris and Japhet Tanganga. Manchester United have been offered the chance to bid for Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who previously worked with Erik ten Hag when the Dutchman was in charge of Bayern Munich's B team.
Spurs make progress over Johnson
Tuesday 29 August 2023 12:34 , Alex Young
Tottenham are expected to have a clear run at Nottingham Forest's Brennan Johnson after Brentford ended talks for the forward, writes Dan Kilpatrick.
Spurs are continuing negotiations with Forest for the 22-year-old, who is valued at £50million by the Midlands club, and are hopeful of agreeing a deal — although they still need to make room in their squad by offloading a host of unwanted players.
In a bid to knock down Forest's asking price and clear the decks, Spurs have offered players in part-exchange, including Davison Sanchez.
Johnson is understood to have stated a preference for joining Spurs, while Ange Postecoglou is a big fan of the Wales international.
Transfer coup Kudus opens door to a wealth of options for West Ham
Tuesday 29 August 2023 12:03 , Alex Young
Fewer than four weeks ago, West Ham were creeping perilously towards the new season, shorn of their best player, yet to buy a single one in his stead and with fears last year's relegation scrap might be in danger of a repeat.
It is fair to say, then, that the mood in east London has transformed quite markedly, David Moyes's side off to a flying start in the Premier League having spent Saturday night atop its early table, and now with a midfield rebuild for the post-Declan Rice age complete.
James Ward-Prowse already looks every bit the no-brainer signing for this team that Moyes thought him long ago, while the early signs are that Edson Alvarez has the tools for a swift adaptation to English football. In Mohammed Kudus, the Hammers have now added a player of genuine X-factor as well.
After scoring 18 times for Ajax last season, Kudus was heavily linked with other clubs this summer, including Arsenal, while Brighton went further in coming close to sealing a deal (interest from the country's shrewdest recruitment team is usually a decent sign).
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