8am Transfer Talk Update: Mario Balotelli, Samuel Eto'o, Lukas Podolski

Sports Mole rounds up the morning's headlines, with all the latest on Liverpool's striker hunt.

Not long to go in the transfer window now, and the pressure is starting to build on those clubs yet to land their targets.

Sports Mole has rounded up the latest news and gossip below.

Podolski on Juventus radar
Juventus have reportedly expressed an interest in signing Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

Milan make Van Ginkel approach
AC Milan have apparently made contact with Chelsea regarding a possible loan deal for Marco van Ginkel.

Balotelli to take pay cut
AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has reportedly agreed to take a 50% pay cut in order to complete his move to Liverpool.

Eto'o undergoes Liverpool medical
Samuel Eto'o has reportedly undergone a medical in Paris ahead of his proposed move to the Liverpool.

Arsenal in Manolas talks
Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Olympiacos defender Kostas Manolas over a move to the Emirates.

Hull in Lenihan driving seat
Brighton & Hove Albion are facing competition from Premier League outfit Hull City for the signature of Irish youngster Brian Lenihan, reports suggest.

Dalglish believes United are struggling in market
Kenny Dalglish believes that Manchester United's recent struggles in the transfer market are down to their absence from the Champions League.

Begovic staying put
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is adamant that keeper Asmir Begovic will not be leaving the club in the near future.

Poyet laments Sunderland location
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has admitted that potential signings would choose a move to a London club rather than play in the North East.

N'Diaye compltes Betis move
Alfred N'Diaye has completed his move to Real Betis, ending an 18-month spell at Sunderland.

Friend commits to Boro
George Friend has moved to end speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract at Middlesbrough.

Sunderland were close on Vargas
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has claimed that they came "very close" to signing Eduardo Vargas before the Chilean joined Queens Park Rangers on loan.

Roma reach Chiriches agreement
Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches is believed to be nearing a switch to Serie A giants Roma.

Hughes unaware of Palacios interest
Mark Hughes has insisted that he is not aware of interest from Aston Villa for Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios.

Fazio wished well
Sevilla manager Unai Emery has indicated that Federico Fazio is nearing a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Asmir Begovic of Stoke City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on August 17, 2013
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