Transfer talk (Thursday, 9 July)

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Trotters chase Bodde

Bolton Wanderers are chasing West Bromwich Albion defender Paul Robinson and Swansea City's midfielder Ferrie Bodde. But West Brom want £3m for Robinson and Bolton have only offered £2.5m for Bodde which is half of what Swansea are after.

Hoops hopes

Nancy midfielder Landry N'Guemo, a target for Celtic, says that "the prospect of going there excites me."

Allardyce: Vieri is long shot

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that signing Christian Vieri is a "long shot". "It is just whether he can get himself to the ability needed to compete here."

They score...

Leeds aggrieved

Everton have snapped up Leeds' 16-year-old Luke Garbutt, but the League One side say they "will look into the circumstances" of the move."

Obertan seals deal

Manchester United have completed the signing of 20-year-old winger Gabriel Obertan from Bordeaux for around £3m.

Zokora leaves Lane

Tottenham's Didier Zokora has signed a four-year deal at Seville.

Birmingham bag Bowyer

Lee Bowyer has completed his move to Birmingham on a free from West Ham.

Arsenal tie down Van Persie

Robin van Persie has signed a new long-term deal. He said: "I just can't picture myself in a different shirt."

They miss...

City no to Puyol

Barcelona have offered Carlos Puyol to Manchester City, who are not interested.

Everton lose out

Everton's chances of recruiting Stephane Mbia appear over after the Rennes midfielder expressed his desire to move to Marseilles.

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