Ten transfer stories to follow

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*Richard Dunne

Manchester City to Aston Villa (£5.5m)

How many more defenders did Mark Hughes have to sign before the penny dropped with Dunne that his days in the blue half of Manchester were numbered? Martin O'Neil's need for reinforcements has seen him act.

*Grant Leadbitter

Sunderland to Ipswich (£2m)

For personal reasons, Leadbitter needs a fresh start away from the north-east while Roy Keane requires fresh blood. Carlos Edwards could make it a double deal, but both players must agree pay cuts.

*Jermaine Beckford

Leeds United to Bolton (£3m)

If losing one star performer in Fabian Delph was unfortunate, seeing two depart in quick succession would be careless for Leeds, who have the nagging worry Beckford can leave for nothing in the summer and are unlikely to be averse to a substantial bid for the forward.

*Paul McShane

Sunderland to Hull City (£2m)

Steve Bruce had better be prepared for a frosty reception on his next visit to Dublin as he continues to reduce the Irish contingent at the club. McShane has failed to convince he’s of Premier League standard but Phil Brown is willing to give the defender a chance.

*David Wheater

Middlesbrough to Everton (£7m)

With a £22m cheque from Manchester City for Joleon Lescott burning a hole in his pocket, David Moyes is keen to pair England Under-21 colossus Wheater with Sylvain Distin.

*Michael Chopra

Cardiff City to Newcastle (£6m)

Admittedly a long-shot, relying on Alan Shearer's installation as manager – something which is edging nearer. Shearer has the influence to persuade Chopra to return to St James' Park.

*Michael Turner

Hull City to Sunderland (£8m)

The arrival of John Mensah, subject to a visa, doesn't seem sufficient for Steve Bruce in his attempts to bolster his defence. Cash generated by the impending sale of Danny Collins to Stoke would cover almost half Hull's asking price.

*James Harper

Reading to Wolverhampton Wanderers


Harper is set to be the latest player to jump the not so much sinking as severely listing ship at Reading. The former Arsenal midfielder has been linked with several Premier League returns since the Royals dropped out of the top flight, and this could be the 28-year-old's last chance to fulfil that ambition.

*Nyron Nosworthy

Sunderland to Portsmouth (£2m)

Why would anyone want to join the utter turmoil that is Portsmouth? If you're surplus to requirements in a Sunderland rearguard that is set to welcome two further recruits before Tuesday.

*Kevin Nolan

Newcastle United to Bolton Wanderers (loan)

Just seven months after being ushered out, without the blessing of the manager if this volte face is anything to go by, Gary Megson wants his erstwhile captain back.