Transfer Talk: Chelsea cool on Torres as Cole seems set for Anfield

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has said the club do not need Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, after being linked with the Spanish striker in a reported £50m deal earlier in the week. "I don't think we need other strikers," he said. "Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka come back in the next few days, and we also have Daniel Sturridge."

The Italian also rubbished rumours Ashley Cole is leaving Chelsea to link up with former manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. "He will be an important player for us next season, " Ancelotti said of Cole, who has reportedly been considering a move to Spain in recent weeks, with Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas even saying he was "confident" the left-back would be moving to the Bernabeu.

"I don't need to speak with him [Cole] and he doesn't need to speak to me," Ancelotti said. "He's a Chelsea player and had a fantastic season last season."

Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa is close to agreeing a move to White Hart Lane, according to Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp. "We have every chance of getting him," Redknapp said of the 31-year-old Croatian.

With Tottenham's maiden Champions League campaign fast approaching, Redknapp admitted he would still like to add a couple of new players to his squad. "We're still looking for one or two and we'll have to see what comes up," he said.

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has denied the club are in pole position to sign free agent Joe Cole, but did confirm his interest in the midfielder after it was reported the club is prepared to offer the midfielder £90,000 per week. "I know we've been connected with him, and it's good to know we're connected with players of that quality," Hodgson said. "I haven't had any discussions with him, but I had a brief chat a while back."

Hodgson could soon be reunited with Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky after confirming Emiliano Insua had left the club for Fiorentina: "We wish him [Insua] well for the rest of his career and thank him for his time spent at Liverpool."

Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs last night revealed his willingness to listen to offers for talented play-maker Mesut Özil after being unable to agree a new contract with the 21-year-old German international.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been keeping an eye on Özil. "We will now have to listen to offers if that is what Mesut and his advisors want," Aloffs said.


The Toffees' target, Landon Donovan, has said he is happy to play for Los Angleles Galaxy for the time being. "Right now, I want to be in America," he said. "But if there's something serious to look at, then I will look at it."


The manager Felix Magath remains hopeful striker Raul will join his side from Real Madrid. "By playing in the Champions League, it makes it easier to imagine Raul joining us," he said. "It's a great opportunity for us that we must seize."


The Bhoys have signed Mexican right-back Efrain Juarez, 22, from UNAM Pumas. "I saw him playing against England at Wembley before the World Cup and just kept an eye on him," manager Neil Lennon said. "His style will suit us."

Ipswich Town

The club have announced the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Conor Hourihane on a one-year contract from Sunderland. The Republic of Ireland under-19 international joins after turning down a new deal with the Black Cats.


The Tottenham and Manchester City target, Uruguay forward Edison Cavani, has joined Napoli from Palermo. The 23-year-old, who impressed during the World Cup, is one of the first big moves in Serie A since the transfer window opened.


Danny Butterfield has joined the Saints on a one-year-deal from Crystal Palace. The 30-year-old full-back has made over 250 appearances for Palace since 2002, and scored a memorable hat-trick last season in the 3-1 victory over Wolves.