Transfer talk: Villa bid for Distin

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Villa bid for Distin

Aston Villa have made a bid for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin. Martin O'Neill is intent on bolstering his back line and is keen on the 31-year-old.

Black Cat to become Tiger

Sunderland defender Paul McShane is currently undergoing a medical at Hull City. The 23-year-old spent half of last season on loan at the Black Cats. A reported £2m deal has been agreed.

Diamanti "done deal"

Livorno President Aldo Spinelli claims West Ham have finally agreed an acceptable price for Alessandro Diamanti. "It's practically a done deal," he said.

Harry assesses Honduran

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is assessing Honduras defender Osman Chavez. "It's not just the Brazilians and Argentinians who always produce good players," Redknapp said. "There are players from Honduras or Ecuador who you have to be aware of."

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Everton buy Bilyaletdinov

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is just waiting for a work permit, expected to be granted without any problems, before completing his £9m move to Everton. "I know Everton is a big club and I cannot wait to get started," said the Russian winger about his new team.

Baggies bag Chilean Jara

West Brom have completed the £1.4m signing of Gonzalo Jara from the Chilean club Colo Colo. Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo, who described the Chilean international as an "exciting, quick, technical and aggressive player," has been keeping an eye on the versatile defender for some time.

Liverpool loan out youngsters

Liverpool have confirmed that youngsters Krisztian Nemeth and Andras Simon are to go on loan. Nemeth will join AEK Athens while Simon will play for Cordoba CF.

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No bids for Magpies defender

Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton has said the club have not received any offers for Steven Taylor. The defender has been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Everton. "I'm very hopeful that come the end of the transfer window that the squad will remain the same," said the Magpies' coach.