The Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins is interested in a move to Germany's Wolfsburg. "The Bundesliga is on the up and could soon become one of the best league's in the world," he said.
Bent move still on
Darren Bent's proposed transfer to Sunderland was back on last night after a day of to-and-fro between the North-east club and Tottenham. Bent did not travel on Spurs' pre-season trip to China. The two clubs cannot agree a fee, with Sunderland believed to be offering an initial £9m with add-ons. Spurs want to start negotiations at £5m more. A compromise may be reached within 48 hours. Meanwhile, Spurs have joined Aston Villa in seeking Blackburn's Stephen Warnock. Rovers are likely to ask for upwards of £4m for the left-back who cost the Ewood Park side £1.5m.
Cattermole also in cats' eyes
Sunderland are contemplating a £10m bid for Wigan's Lee Cattermole.
Crouch joins Spurs
Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of Peter Crouch from Portsmouth yesterday after the England striker passed a medical and agreed personal terms. The deal reunites Crouch with Harry Redknapp and Jermain Defoe, his manager and strike partner from his Pompey days. No fee has been announced but reports suggest £10m is changing hands.
Barca sign Ibrahimovich
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has completed his £40m move to Barcelona from Internazionale on a five-year deal. Samuel Eto'o and Alex Hleb have moved the other way, Hleb on a season-long loan.
Pienaar rejects new deal
The Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is reported to have rejected the club’s initial offer of a new contact.