8am Transfer Talk Update: Jan Vertonghen, Emmanuel Riviere, Oussama Assaidi

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Bastia during their Ligue 1 match on September 25, 2013
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Sports Mole rounds up all the latest transfer news and speculation making the headlines this morning.

With plenty of transfer news and speculation doing the rounds, Sports Mole has rounded up all the latest gossip emerging from the world of football.

Thursday morning's headlines:

Van Gaal 'to axe seven United players'
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly preparing to release seven players in the next 48 hours as part of his summer clearout at Old Trafford.

Stoke closing in on Assaidi?
Oussama Assaidi is set for a permanent move to Stoke City from Liverpool after the two clubs reportedly agreed a fee.

Tottenham prepare new deal for Vertonghen?
Tottenham Hotspur will reportedly offer defender Jan Vertonghen a new five-year deal this summer.

Newcastle complete Riviere capture
Newcastle United sign French striker Emmanuel Riviere for an undisclosed fee.

Swansea to complete Montero deal this week?
Ecuador international Jefferson Montero will reportedly complete his move to Swansea City later this week.

Roma announce Iturbe signing
Roma sign Juan Iturbe on a five-year deal from Hellas Verona for around £17m.

Bacelona confirm Mathieu bid
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta confirms that the club has made an offer for Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu.

Gomes joins Valencia from Benfica
Valencia complete the signing of Benfica's Andre Gomes subject to a medical.

Olympiacos want Ruiz on free transfer
Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz is linked with a move to Greek outfit Olympiacos.

Criscito dismisses exit rumours
Domenico Criscito insists that he will not be leaving Zenit St Petersburg to return to Italy this summer.

Besler reveals Premier League interest
Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler reveals that Sunderland and Fulham are interested in signing him this summer.

Manchester United's newly-appointed Dutch manager Louis van Gaal addresses a press conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on July 17, 2014
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