Transfer talk: Australian looks north
Thursday 06 August 2009
Australian looks north
Talks between Sunderland and West Ham defender Lucas Neill remain ongoing, with the Black Cats reportedly keen to make the Australian the best-paid player in the club's history. Neill rejected a contract extension at Upton Park last season.
Danny to depart
Bolton are listening to offers for defender Danny Shittu. "There is quite a bit of interest," manager Gary Megson said of the 26-year-old. "We will see if it materialises into anything concrete."
Bruce likes an Egyptian
Sunderland are close to signing 21-year-old Egyptian Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, who plays for ENPPI. "Al-Muhammadi had a successful trial," Nader Shawki, the midfielder's agent, said.
Fulham close to signing
Fulham have agreed a fee with Golden Arrows for the signing of South Africa midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi. "It will go to a tribunal [as] we have to apply for a work permit," manager Roy Hodgson, who is also hopeful of keeping Brede Hangeland at Craven Cottage, admitted.
Black Cats and Spurs at odds
Sunderland and Tottenham were last night at loggerheads over the value of the Darren Bent transfer after the player finally signed for Steve Bruce. One of the most acrimonious transfers of the summer ended with Sunderland claiming a £10m deal for the striker while Spurs announced to the stock market it was worth £16.5m – equal to the fee they paid Charlton in 2007 – including add-ons over the England international's four-year contract.
Tigers sign 'a gentalman'
Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana is close to finalising a £3m move to Hull. "He goes with our best wishes," Potters manager Tony Pulis said.
Pompey bring in Piquionne
Portsmouth have signed 30-year-old striker Frederic Piquionne on a year-long loan from Lyon and retain an option to buy the France international.
Saints bring in duo
Southampton have signed former Reading captain Graeme Murty following a succesful trial and are also close to securing a deal for free agent and former Bolton defender Radhi Jaidi.
Bayern baulk at Toni loan
Bayern Munich have played down reports linking Italian international Luca Toni with a move to West Ham on loan.
Pirlo remains at san siro
Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo will not be moving to Chelsea after the Italian side took him off the market. "Today is a very good day," he said. "I am very happy to be able to finish my career here."
Sissoko happy to wait
Toulouse midfielder and reputed Spurs target Moussa Sissoko has "no hurry to leave" the French side. "I have nothing against staying a year longer," the 19-year-old Frenchman said. Sissoko has been linked with a £25m switch.
Spurs out of the Hunt
Tottenham's interest in the Real Madrid striker Klaas van Huntelaar looks at an end, with the Dutch striker completing a €15m (£12.7m) move to Milan today.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Aston Villa preview: I need to prove myself again at Villa, says Scott Sinclair
Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea, Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester City, United want Gareth Bale
Chelsea vs Manchester City player ratings: David Silva saves the day but which City star stole the show at Stamford Bridge?
Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Three-year-old boy shoots pregnant mother and father in New Mexico
- 2 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 4 Gorillaz Phase 4: Cartoon supergroup is back as new artwork is unveiled
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures