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A look at the 20-year-old Schalke midfielder as he edges towards a move to the Premier League

Rosicky refutes Toure's Arsenal jibes

Tomas Rosicky insists Arsenal still have all their "great players" and are ready to mount a serious assault on the Barclays Premier League title.

Wenger to consider potential signings

Arsene Wenger admits he has some thinking to do this week as he looks to finalise his Arsenal squad for the new season - which could yet include a move for former captain Patrick Vieira.

Wenger offers hope for Vieira's return

The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is not ruling out his former captain Patrick Vieira returning to the club. The 33-year-old midfielder, who left Arsenal for Juventus in 2005, is surplus to requirements at Internazionale.

Chris McGrath: Wenger must look to Spurs for a solution

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Alonso transfer saga drags on

Xabi Alonso is due to fly back to Spain with Liverpool tomorrow as the negotiations over his possible transfer drag on.

Redknapp pursues Huntelaar to spur competition in attack

The Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, remains keen to sign the Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar despite adding England striker Peter Crouch to his squad earlier this week.

Tottenham maintain interest in Huntelaar

Tottenham Hotspur are still interested in signing Real Madrid striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar despite having secured the services of Peter Crouch, manager Harry Redknapp said today.

Benitez sets 48-hour deadline for Alonso to decide on Anfield future

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has told Xabi Alonso to make a decision once and for all on his Anfield future in the next 48 hours.

Liverpool's Arbeloa 'close' to Real move

Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa says he is close to sealing a transfer to Real Madrid even though the big-spending Spanish side seem more concerned with trimming their squad after an extravagant close-season spending spree.

Real maintain Huntelaar must leave

Real Madrid head coach Manuel Pellegrini has repeated his club's stance that Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar needs to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Crouch is reunited with Redknapp at Tottenham

Peter Crouch will have a medical at Tottenham Hotspur today after the club agreed a £12m deal which makes the England striker the club's biggest earner.

Crouch set for move to Spurs after snubbing Sunderland

Peter Crouch last night looked set to join Tottenham Hotspur after the club finally agreed to match the terms offered to him by Sunderland and Fulham. Spurs have long been Crouch's first choice but only yesterday did they make serious moves for the striker.

Everton angry as Spurs snatch defensive duo

Tottenham Hotspur have beaten Everton to the signing of both Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker from Sheffield United. The two right-backs will join Spurs this month in a deal worth a total of £8m, despite Naughton having been a long-term target for David Moyes.

Stuttgart eye Huntelaar swoop

Coach Markus Babbel has admitted Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be an ideal signing for his Stuttgart side.

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