Transfer talk: Pizarro move back on

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Werder Bremen manager Thomas Schaff remains hopeful of securing the permanent signing of Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro. "I hope we get Pizarro," Schaaf said of the Peruvian international, who scored 28 goals on loan at Bremen last season. "We are considering where we can strengthen our team."

Tigers look to strengthen

Hull are monitoring the Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo. "I have had calls with the chairman," the 23-years-old's agent, Alejandro Camano, said. "[Negredo] likes the team and it's possible he will play in the Premier League."

Dorian desperate for exit

Tottenham Hotspur defender Dorian Dervite hopes for a move away from White Hart Lane. "I had contact with Montpellier and Lens, but Spurs refused to let me talk," the France under-21 international said. "Villarreal and Ajax are keen, even if their interest is a bit vague."

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Marshall becomes a Villain

Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Andy Marshall on a one-year contract. The 34-year-old spent three seasons at Coventry before being released last season.

Coventry capture Cranie

Coventry are close to signing England under-21 defender Martin Cranie from Portsmouth, for an undisclosed fee.

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Subotic staying at Dortmund

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger may be forced to turn their attentions elsewhere for a replacement for Kolo Touré after Neven Subotic's agent dismissed reports linking him with a move from Borussia Dortmund. "I've had no contact with Arsenal and I've spoken to Dortmund," he said. "They have told me that they have had no contact with Arsenal whatsoever."