Live Coverage: Transfer Talk - August 16

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira in action against Lyon during a friendly match on July 24, 2013
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Sports Mole covers all the latest done deals, rumours and gossip from the transfer market on the opening day of the Premier League.

Welcome to Sports Mole's live transfer blog for Saturday, August 16.

With the opening day of the Premier League season now upon, teams will finally get the chance to see their new signings in competitive action.

The dawn of the new campaign will also show managers where they still need to improve, however, with plenty of action expected in the transfer market from now until the end of the month.

Here, we will guide you through all the latest rumours and done deals as they happen.


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9.39amMorning all! The Sports Mole transfer blog returns for another day as the rumours and done deals keep on coming. The Premier League gets back underway, but that will not stop managers from dipping into the market over the coming weeks.

9.44amDuring the night you may have missed the news that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected speculation that Raheem Sterling is on the verge of being offered a new contract to ward off interest from Real Madrid. The teenage winger is one of the brightest prospects in English football at the moment and will be hoping to further improve upon his impressive displays last season over the next nine months.

9.48amOne player who has never been far away from the rumour mill this summer has been Sami Khedira. Arsenal have been strongly linked with the German midfielder, and could now be back in for him after Real Madrid reportedly slashed their asking price to just £8m. The Gunners already have a sizeable German contingent at the Emirates, so Khedira would have no trouble fitting in there.

9.54amFrom a potential departure at Real Madrid to the prospect of a signing at the Camp Nou. Barcelona have been very busy already this summer, but their spending may not yet be over. Sao Paulo right-back Douglas is the latest player to be linked with the Catalan giants as the future of Dani Alves remains uncertain.

10.45amChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has an interesting decision to make on Monday when his side face Burnley. He has the luxury of choosing between two of the world's finest goalkeepers as Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech both vye for the number one spot. It is expected that Courtois will get the nod, which could mean an exit from Stamford Bridge for Cech.

11.02amOld Trafford is expected to be a busy place over the coming weeks as Louis van Gaal moulds his new squad into his own vision. Arturo Vidal has dominated the headlines seemingly all summer when it comes to potential signings for the Red Devils, but Van Gaal has now reportedly switched his focus to Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin.

11.35amSo, Manchester United are supposedly looking at other targets for in midfield, and a man that used to patrol that area for the club has had his say on where the team needs to be improved. Paul Scholes believes that Louis van Gaal's side are "crying out" for a new central midfielder.

11.55amFrom Old Trafford to White Hart Lane, where things have been very quiet this summer compared to last season's Gareth Bale-inspired spending spree. Tottenham Hotspur have brought in a few players this summer, but it could well be more about making sure those from last season adapt better than they have done so far. Even so, former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has been critical of the club's lack of transfer activity.

11.59amRight, that is just about it from me this morning! I will hand you over to Sian Cowper, who will keep you bang up to date over the next few hours. All yours Sian...

1.10pmThanks Barney. If you're just joining us today, why not start with a look at the stories we've covered so far today with our 1pm Transfer Talk Update.

1.49pmDONE DEAL! Last night we told you that Victor Moses was due to undergo a medical with Stoke City this morning. Well it seems it was a success as the club have confirmed the striker has completed his loan move to the Britannia Stadium.

2.30pmDONE DEAL! Blackpool are still adding players to their squad, and this afternoon they have announced the arrival of former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger on a free transfer.

2.46pmJuventus's Arturo Vidal has been continually linked with a move to Manchester United this summer. When asked about the rumours, the 27-year-old simply said that he was hoping to "train well".

3.39pmLiverpool have already brought in plenty of new signing this summer, but the latest reports suggest that they are close to signing Sampdoria goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

3.40pmBorussia Dortmund's Marco Reus has attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer, but Atletico Madrid have denied that they are keen to sign the German international

3.41pmLOAN! Derby County's Conor Sammon has completed a loan move to Ipswich Town. The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals since joining the club two years ago.

5.30pmEdinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi have both been linked with moves away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer. However, it has been suggested that an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic this afternoon could force the French champions to keep hold of the duo.

5.39pmTottenham Hotspur are believed to have been in pursuit of Villarreal's Mateo Musacchio. However, this afternoon it appears that the talks between the two sides have collapsed.

5.41pmIt looks like Real Madrid's involvement in the transfer window could be over as Carlo Ancelotti has insisted that he is happy with his squad.

5.42pmAccording to reports in the Spanish media, Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin could be heading to Bayern Munich, as Pep Guardiola is thought to be keen to add the centre-back.

6.12pmDONE DEAL! After plenty of speculation, Liverpool have finally confirmed the signing of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla. Read all about it here.

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6.43pmMiddlesbrough are hoping to add Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan before the end of the summer transfer window. However, head coach Aitor Karanka has admitted that the deal depends on the Blues.

7.02pmWell that's all from me this evening, but stick around as Daniel Lewis is here for the next four hours to keep you up to date.

7.15pmThanks Sian! I'll begin by pointing you in the direction of our 7pm Transfer Talk Update, which rounds up all the transfer news and rumours circulating this evening.

7.33pmStoke City completed the loan capture of Victor Moses from Chelsea earlier today, and manager Mark Hughes says that he is now finished in the transfer window this summer. Read what he had to say in full by clicking here.

8.35pmEverton manager Roberto Martinez has tonight revealed that Ross Barkley could miss up to five months of the season through injury. Could he be tempted to delve back into the transfer market following this alarming news?


10.54pmOne of the ongoing transfer sagas of this summer involves Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneirderlin. The 24-year-old is reportedly the subject of a third bid from Tottenham Hotspur, although Saints manager Ronald Koeman is expected to remain firm.

10.59pmWell that's all from me this evening. I'll now hand over to Chris O'Keefe who will be with you until 2am.

11.06pmThanks Dan! Yes, I'll be with you for the next three hours to furnish you with plenty of transfer gossip from around the footballing World. Will your club feature? There's only one way to find out!

11.12pmWe'll start with Raheem Sterling. The teenager is set to kick off the Premier League season tomorrow against Southampton. However, reports are suggesting that the England international is looking to triple his wages, but the Reds are reluctant to give him too much too young. Read what manager Brendan Rodgers had to say here.

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal against Norwich during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013© Getty Images


11.20pmAnother team set to kick off their league campaign in the coming days is Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. However, reports claim that the Portuguese is facing a possible crisis before a ball is kicked in their opening match at Burnley.

The People claims that Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech will find out on Sunday morning who will start the season as first choice between the sticks. The Belgian will apparently demand a personal meeting with Mourinho, if he is left on the bench.


11.31pmNow for some potential developments in the hunt for Huddersfield Town's new boss. Patrick Kluivert (not a typo, I promise) has reportedly expressed an interest in taking the reins at the Yorkshire club, having previously been a part of the Netherlands coaching staff.

Louis van Gaal and Patrick Kluivert stand on the touchline before a Netherlands match on November 14, 2012.© Getty Images

The Dutch, led by Louis van Gaal (he of Manchester United fame these days), reached the semi-finals of this summer's World Cup.


11.38pmSpeaking of Louis van Gaal, you can read all the reaction to his first game in charge of the Red Devils here. United lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City earlier today thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson's late winner

11.57pmSamuel Eto'o has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool. However, The Mirror is claiming that any deal could be in jeopardy over allegations in France that the player had published intimate pictures of his ex-girlfriend on the social network site.

12.21amManchester City will begin the defence of their Premier League title tomorrow with doubts over the long-term future of keeper Joe Hart.

The England international is reportedly yet to be offered a new deal by City and is now in the final two years of his contract.


12.37amMore Louis van Gaal news and it appears that the new Manchester United manager has made his presence felt at Old Trafford. Reports claims that that Dutchman has axed three players - Nani, Anderson and Wilfred Zaha - from first team squad activities.

12.58amEven more Louis van Gaal news! When will it end!

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

In this case, Alan Shearer has claimed that United are three world class players away from mounting a challenge for a Champions League spot. The Match of the Day pundit went on to suggest that United loss against Swansea could be a "blessing is disguise".

I'd be surprised if paying United fans inside Old Trafford saw it that way today!


1.21amStepping away from Transfer Talk for a moment. Ian Holloway has called on former club Crystal Palace to give supporters answers regarding the departure of manager Tony Pulis on Thursday.

Numerous stories have hinted that Pulis's relationship with co-chairman Steve Parish had broken down over the choice of trasnfer


1.34amAs we near the end of our daily coverage of all things transfers here at Sports Mole, I'd like to point you in the direction of the dedicated Transfer Centre. So if you need your fix of gossip and general transfer news, you can find everything with one click!

2.11amSo we have come to the end of another eventful day in the transfer market. However, Kristian Johnson will be around from 9am this morning to give you your much-needed supply of gossip and done deals from around planet football. Until then, it's a very good night from me!

Steven Gerrard of England speaks with Raheem Sterling of England after he was shown a red card during the International friendly match between England and Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium on June 4, 2014
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