Transfer Talk: Potters remain on lookout

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Potters remain on lookout

Stoke manager Tony Pulis says the club are still looking for new recruits, but only for the right price. "We are hanging on to four or five deals," he said. "But we do it the right way. We haven't got billionaire oil barons, we have to be respectful to [chairman] Peter Coates."

Toffees hopeful of recruits

Everton continue to monitor Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos, with the Toffees also linked with Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, Spartak Moscow winger Vladimir Bystrov and the Middlesbrough defender Robert Huth.

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Clarets get back on Bikey

Burnley are close to completing a £3m move for Reading defender Andre Bikey after the centre-back passed a medical.

Carroll close to Dane move

Derby County goalkeeper Roy Carroll has left Pride Park by mutual consent and is likely to join Danish club Odense.

Black Cats take Mensah test

Sunderland hope to complete a loan move for Lyon defender John Mensah. "We are close to agreeing a deal," Black Cats manager Steve Bruce said. "I'll know more in the next 24 hours."

Robins sign striker Velicka

Bristol City have signed Rangers striker Andrius Velicka on loan for the season.

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Barca content with squad

Barcelona's summer spending may be over as they prepare for the new La Liga season. The Catalans have been linked with Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Liverpool's Albert Riera. "It is possible that no-one will come in," sporting director Txiki Begiristain said. "Players we want aren't cheap because they obviously have to be very good."

Teeside stars stay, for now

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate admits the club are no closer to selling striker Afonso Alves. "We have had one bid, which we accepted," he said. "But it doesn't look as if he wants to go."

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