Transfer news and speculation, 13 August

Manchester United have failed with a bid for the Spain international David Silva, according to the player's agent. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson is eager to sign a new attacker before the transfer window closes but Silva, who plays in an advanced role for Valencia and his country, would rather stay in Spain than move to the Premier League.

"Manchester United made an offer for David Silva, but this has been turned down by Valencia," said agent Julio Llorente, who represents Silva. "Silva doesn't want to play in England because he is happy at Valencia. His family are settled and if he was to move it would only be to another Spanish club, like Real Madrid or Barcelona. David Silva will start the new season at Valencia." Silva, 22, has been linked with a number of clubs this summer, including United and Liverpool, but Llorente said his client has no current intention of moving abroad. Llorente did not rule out the possibility of the Euro 2008 winner leaving Valencia later this summer, although he said the Primera Liga club hold the key to any departure. "I can say that David Silva wants to play in Spain next season," Llorente said. "He doesn't want to play in another country at the moment." Reports suggest Silva will cost more than £20m.

Hughes denies rumours of City exit

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has dismissed suggestions he could resign after less than three months at the club. The former Blackburn boss said: "There have been a lot of rumours flying around, but I am not going anywhere and I don't anticipate going anywhere. There is a job to do here and I am looking forward to it. There is speculation around the club and that has been prevalent since I joined but I am very focused on what I aim to achieve here and that means success on the pitch." City's executive chairman, Garry Cook, has played down concerns over the club's future. "City's future is not in jeopardy," Cook said. "It is business as usual. We don't rely on [the club owner] Dr Thaksin [Shinawatra]'s money."

Sanchez confirmed as Gomes' No2

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Cesar Sanchez, 36, from Real Zaragoza, expected to be the understudy for Heurelho Gomes, who has been from PSV Eindhoven as Paul Robinson's replacement, with Ben Alnwick another option for coach Juande Ramos. Sanchez played in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. Monaco forward Nene, meanwhile, claims he is a target of Spurs and Roma, although he is not thought to be a player Tottenham are pursuing. The 27-year-old confirmed no official offer has been made, but expects developments soon. "I have had contact with representatives of those two clubs (Tottenham and Roma)," Nene told Brazilian newspaper Jornal do Brasil.

Cuellar completes move to Midlands

Carlos Cuellar has completed his £7.8m move from Rangers to Aston Villa, signing a four-year deal. Villa agreed a fee with the Glasgow side on Monday night and the Spanish central defender agreed terms and passed a medical yesterday. He becomes Villa's seventh signing of the summer following Curtis Davies, Steve Sidwell, Luke Young, Nicky Shorey, Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan. Cuellar, outstanding for Rangers after joining from Osasuna last season, told Rangers he wished to leave at the weekend – a huge blow the week after their early Champions League exit.

Gibson confirms move for Hoyte

Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson has confirmed that Boro are awaiting a response from Arsenal after submitting an offer for their defender Justin Hoyte. The right-back, 23, is seen as the ideal replacement for Luke Young, who was allowed to move to Aston Villa last week. "We have submitted a bid and we are waiting for Arsenal to respond," Gibson said. "We've given it our best offer and we hope that it happens, but if it doesn't we move on." Hoyte has been with Arsenal since he was 11, making his way up through the academy, youth and reserve teams.

Yesterday's completed moves:

David Mirfin (Huddersfield Town) to Scunthorpe United; £150,000

Cesar Sanchez (Real Zaragoza) to Tottenham Hotspur; Undisclosed

Andy Morrell (Blackpool) to Bury; Free

Ricky Sappleton (Leicester City) to Bournemouth; Loan

Barry Hayles (Leicester City) to Cheltenham; Loan

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