Live Coverage: Transfer Talk - August 17 - as it happened

Mehdi Benatia of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and AS Roma at Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia on December 1, 2013
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Sports Mole brings you up to date with all the latest transfers and rumours from across the world.

The Premier League may well be back with a bang following yesterday's curtain-raisers, but there are still more than two weeks left for clubs to wrap up their transfer dealings.

Certain managers will see fit to alter their squads following their opening day performances and there are sure to be plenty more moves in the next fortnight.

Here, Sports Mole will bring you up to date with all the latest rumours and movements in the world of football.


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9.05amGood morning everyone! Are you awakening after a good day for your team on the first day of the Premier League yesterday? Or was it a nightmare start for your side? Either way, you're sure to want more signings for your club, and there's no better place to keep on top of all today's rumours and deals than here, in Sports Mole's live blog.


9.17amFor a more comprehensive roundup of all the transfer stories from overnight, check out our 8am Transfer Talk Update, which features all the stories below, as well as stories from Chelsea, Stoke and Leicester.

9.52amNews involving two of the seasons title contenders, as Arsenal have reportedly rejected a bid from Liverpool to take forward Joel Campbell on a season-long loan. The search for a striker goes on for Brendan Rodgers, it seems.

10.32amReports suggest that Harry Redknapp has convinced Norwich City to part with Leroy Fer for £8m. Could we see the midfielder lining up for the London outfit as early as next weekend?

11.15amNews from Premier League new boys Leicester City now, with striker Chris Wood saying that he will 'fight for his place in the team'. After the arrival of Leonardo Ulloa, it seemed as though Wood might have been on his way out of the club, but the 22-year-old is keen to stay.

11.59amNapoli seem to have beaten Swansea City to the signature of Netherlands international Jonathan de Guzman as reports from Italy suggest that the Serie A side have agreed personal terms with the 26-year-old.

12.01pmThat's all from me for today, but Joe Sharratt is here to bring you more breaking stories as they happen this afternoon, so be sure to stick around on Sports Mole!

12.17pmThanks Kristian! Let's start at Anfield where the latest news ahead of Liverpool's first Premier League fixture of the season against Southampton today is that Danish defender Daniel Agger is wanted by Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.

12.50pmThere's more news here for Liverpool fans as the latest reports coming out of Italy suggest that Juventus have made an enquiry to Monaco regarding the availability of Reds target Radamel Falcao as the Italian champions look for a replacement for Fernando Llorente, who has been linked with Valencia.

1.26pmDONE DEAL! Brighton & Hove Albion have confirmed the signing of Dutch midfielder Danny Holla on a three-year contract. That's the Seagulls' sixth signing of the summer.

1.43pmA bit of news from Europe now as reports suggest that Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier, who has been linked with both Arsenal and Newcastle United over the summer, has emerged as a transfer target for AC Milan.

2.05pmSamuel Eto'o's long search for a new club could be coming to an end as reports suggest Tottenham Hotspur are now ready to agree a £100,00-a-week deal for the former Chelsea forward.

2.30pmMore Tottenham Hostpur news as reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino has been told to include striker Roberto Soldado as part of any offer the Premier League club makes for Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin.

3.05pmBefore I hand you over to Daniel Lewis, here's another story from White Hart Lane as Tottenham Hotspur look set to turn down a bid from Southampton for England winger Andros Townsend. Remember to stay tuned to Sports Mole for all the transfer news and gossip!

6.23pmBarcelona manager Luis Enrique has this evening refused to rule out a move for Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado, saying that he could still be in the market for more players this summer.

6.41pmSticking with Manchester United, defensive target Mehdi Benatia is reportedly flying to England to undergo talks with the club ahead of a move to Old Trafford this summer. This is one saga that may shortly be coming to an end!

6.59pmThat's all from me this evening, I'll now hand over to Sian Cowper who will be with you for the next four hours.

7.41pmThanks Daniel. Liverpool announced the signing of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla yesterday, making him the club's eighth new arrival this summer. Despite this, manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that there could be more new faces arriving at Anfield before the end of the month.

8.01pmShakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa is thought to be keen for a move away from the club because of the ongoing political unrest in Ukraine. However, it would appear that any club that wants to buy the Brazilian with have to pay a big fee, as the team reportedly want £40m for the player.

8.38pmChelsea midfielder Josh McEachran had two loan spells last season, and is heading out again this year. The 21-year-old has revealed that he is heading to Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

9.02pmManchester United have been in talks with Sporting Lisbon to sign Marcos Rojo this summer, but the clubs have struggled to agree on a price. As a result, it's now being reported that Louis van Gaal is preparing to turn his attention to Stuttgart's Antonio Rudiger instead.

10.38pmMarseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano was linked with a move to West Ham United earlier this month. Well, a new report has emerged suggesting that the 29-year-old is "desperate" to complete to move after a fallout with coach Marcelo Bielsa.

11.01pmWell that's all from me this evening, but stick with us for the next three hours as Alex Meyers will be bring you all of the latest developments in the transfer window.

11.28pmThanks Sian! I'll start with the news that Southampton are reportedly planning a move for Alvaro Gonzalez. The 29-year-old is a Uruguayan international and is a regular for his club side Lazio.

12.58amManchester United are reportedly putting together a £100m package to bring Angel Di Maria to the club. The Real Madrid player has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer and it is believed that he will be offered a weekly wage of £200,000.

1.58amThat's all we've got time for this evening from the blog. Don't forget that we will be bringing you the latest transfer news and gossip throughout the night. Until next time, goodbye!

Roma's Mehdi Benatia celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's fourth goal against Genoa during their Serie A match on January 12, 2014
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