Aston Villa transfer news: Completed signings and latest rumours

All the news surrounding Aston Villa

Eliaquim Mangala has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Transfer news: Manchester City ready to spend £38m today on Eliaquim Mangala in order to beat Manchester United and PSG to Porto defender

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Kurt Zouma could move on Friday

Kurt Zouma: Chelsea sign £12.5m French defender - so what now for John Terry?

Captain's future uncertain after the arrival of French defender

Transfer news: Nicolas Otamendi still open to Premier League move - reports

Defender linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City

Steven Defour

Transfer news: Fulham showing interest in Porto midfielder Steven Defour, reveals agent

The Belgium international is keen on a move to the Premier League

Anderson with Manchester United manager David Moyes

Transfer news: Manchester United midfielder Anderson to undergo Fiorentina medical today

The Brazilian arrived in Florence yesterday ahead of an expected loan switch

Transfer news: Tottenham Hotspur may let Ettiene Capoue leave for Napoli after only six months at the club

Spurs prepared to take a £1.5m loss on French midfielder

Transfer news: Liverpool looking to beat Manchester United and Everton to sign Fernando from Porto

Brendan Rodgers' side join race for Brazilian midifelder

Transfer news: Nemanja Matic close to finalising £25m Chelsea return - reports

Chelsea old boy reportedly having medical with London club today

Muangthong United's new signing Jay Bothroyd
Tokelo Rantie's career began after he answered a talent-spotting advertisement on the internet

Homesick Tokelo Rantie determined to settle on the south coast

Rantie’s career began after he answered a talent-spotting advertisement on the internet 

Andre Villas-Boas's future at Tottenham is in doubt after the humiliating 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue Tottenham trophy failure as he prepares to say farewell to English football

Villas-Boas is likely to return to management on the continent following unsuccessful spells with Chelsea and Tottenham

Transfer news: Manchester United eye Porto defender Alex Sandro as alternative to Leighton Baines

Brazilian defender another option at left back

World Cup 2014: Why Germany's beachside resort may signal a happy holiday to come

German football reflects German business. Both value stability, demonstrable competency and obedience to a set of tried and tested rules

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to finish the Europa League Group Stages with six wins from six as they take on Anzhi Makhachkala

Andre Villas-Boas sacked by Tottenham: Factfile of the former Chelsea and Porto manager

The Portuguese manager has parted company with Spurs

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