Transfer news in brief: Etienne Capoue nears
Tottenham switch; Stewart Downing set to leave Liverpool; Anton Ferdinand let go by QPR

 

Tottenham are close to completing a £9m deal for the France midfielder Etienne Capoue from Ligue 1 club Toulouse.

The 25-year-old, who has also interested Cardiff, underwent a medical yesterday and Capoue, who has five caps for his country and can also play as a central defender, is set to become Andre Villas-Boas’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window.

When asked about Capoue’s suggested move to White Hart Lane, the Toulouse president, Olivier Sadran, said: “He will go there.”

His arrival could hasten Scott Parker’s departure from Spurs, after he was linked with a move to Queen’s Park Rangers.

Downing set to leave Liverpool

West Ham United were in talks with Liverpool last night about  a £6m bid for Stewart Downing, with the England international now resigned to leaving Anfield.

Downing does not want his Liverpool career to end, two years after he was signed for £18m in the profligate Kenny Dalglish/Damien Comolli era, and rejected the chance to move to West Ham earlier this summer.

However,  the 29-year-old has  reflected on the way his situation is going, with Liverpool willing to sell. Newcastle United are also monitoring his position and a return to his native north-east would appeal more to a player who does not want to live in London.

Meanwhile, Luis Suarez was omitted from the Liverpool squad to play Celtic in Dublin this weekend.

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Ferdinand let go by QPR

Anton Ferdinand has left QPR by mutual consent. The 28 year-old defender had been on loan at Bursaspor but is now a free agent.

Ferdinand made 49 appearances for Rangers including the infamous game against Chelsea in which John Terry racially abused him.

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