Henry urges Fabregas to stay, key duo to leave Everton, Joe Cole off to Liverpool and Mezut Ozil available for £20m.
Fantasy League will be keeping you up to date with the latest transfer speculation from across the Premier League as the new season draws ever closer. Our crack team of investigative journalists have been working day and night to find out which players could soon be available to select for your fantasy team.
Arsenal are poised to make a move for Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka. Reports suggest the Gunners are preparing an £18m bid. Meanwhile, striker Eduardo is nearing the exit door as Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk are readying a £6m bid for the Croatian international, who's career at Arsenal has been blighted by injury. Finally, former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has urged skipper Cesc Fabregas to snub any advances from Barcelona and remain at the Emirates.
Aston Villa are preparing to open talks with Tottenham over striker Robbie Keane, once the London side return from their pre-season trip in the USA. Meanwhile, midfielder Steve Sidwell is reportedly close to a £2m move to Fulham but Villa are not having quite as much luck trying to sell Nigel Reo-Coker as they attempt to raise transfer funds.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish will have to decide whether to pursue the transfer of Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne, after a reported bid of £1.25m was rejected by the Championship club. McLeish is also rumoured to be monitoring AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele while The Blues continue on their pre-season tour of China.
Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is keeping tabs on trialists Andranik Taymourian, Rodrigo Branco and Myles Anderson in pre-season friendlies as he attempts to bolster his squad. Barcelona midfielder Gai Assulin is also rumoured to be trialling at Ewood Park for a week following his release from the Catalan club. Rovers have yet to indicate any interest in Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo, who spent time on loan to Blackburn last season, with Wigan looking into a loan move.
Ian Holloway continues in his negotiations to re-sign a few of the loan players who helped The Seasiders into the Premier League, with rumours suggesting they are close on a deal to sign Barry Bannan from Aston Villa. Blackpool have taken former Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers on trial and are also targeting Celtic pair Paddy McCourt and Neil McGinn. Many reports have suggested Rob Hulse could be on his way to Bloomfield Road in a £1m deal from Championship side Derby County and Holloway is also tracking Newcastle pair Nicky Butt and Nile Ranger, the latter on a loan deal.
Bolton have reportedly been given first option to sign Arsenal prodigy Jack Wilshere on loan. The talented midfielder impressed while on loan at Bolton during the second half of last season and could make an immediate return to the club, if Arsene Wenger decides it’s better for his development. Owen Coyle has also been linked with a move for out-of-favour Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, but is unwilling to meet the £4m asking price.
Chelsea have been alerted that German World Cup star Mesut Ozil may be available, for around £20m, after Werder Bremen reluctantly revealed they may have to sell him to avoid losing him on a free next summer. Chelsea will face stiff opposition though if that proves to be the case as Real Madrid, amongst others, are keeping tabs on the talented playmaker. Meanwhile Chelsea are looking to blood some more of their youngsters by sending them out on loan with the likes of Franco Di Santo and Jeffrey Bruma nearing a move.
Everton are bracing themselves for a bid from Inter Milan for South African international Steven Pienaar. An offer of around £15m may be too good for Everton to turn down and David Moyes may decide to take the cash and use it bring in two or three players. The Toffees could also face a battle to hold onto centre-back Phil Jagielka, who is being monitored by Arsenal.
Fulham are set to appoint former Tottenham manager Martin Jol to take over from the departed Roy Hodgson. Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed has thrown an irresistible financial package at the Dutchman, despite initial fears that Fulham would not be able to match the £2m salary we has enjoying at Ajax. Jol was also frustrated by the number of stars players that are Ajax are expected to sale, but stories linking the Cottagers with a move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, because he shares an agent with the incoming manager, are farfetched.
Liverpool are close to agreeing a £90,000-a-week deal for former Chelsea winger Joe Cole, who is currently a free agent. Bookies have stopped taking bets on the England man being at Anfield next season but new boss Roy Hodgson has said not to read anything into that. Meanwhile, Hodgson has been warmed by the clubs' Sports Scientists not to rush his World Cup players back for their Europa League qualifier later this month. Hodgson could be without as many as 11 players for the tie. Finally, Liverpool have agreed a fee with Fiorentina for the sale of Emiliano Insua and the player has travelled to Italy to discuss personal terms.
Manchester City winger Craig Bellamy could be on his way to Tottenham. The Welshman has never has the greatest of relationships with City boss Roberto Mancini and could lose his place in the side to new-boy David Silva. City have already spent a huge amount of money this summer but are reportedly close to signing Inter striker Mario Balotelli, in a deal which could cost around 60 million Euros. City are hopeful of concluding a 35 million Euro deal with Inter this week, with the player pocketing the other 25 million Euros in wages.
Don’t expect much business from Manchester United in the transfer market this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson and his senior players have been talking up the next crop of youngsters coming through the system and the likes of Darren Gibson, Danny Welbeck and Gabriel Obertan could see plenty of playing time for United this season.
Newcastle could be kept waiting in their attempt to sign Dan Gosling from Everton, with the Merseyside club looking into appealing Gosling’s decision to leave after a reported administration error with his contract. Meanwhile Chris Hughton is rumoured to have joined the race for Sol Campbell and is also tracking Nigerian full-back Taye Taiwo from Marseille, centre-back Yohan Benalouane from Saint Ettienne and Sporting Gijon striker Mate Bilic.
Tony Pulis is planning an £8m bid for West Ham striker Carlton Cole, according to reports on Sunday. Stoke are on the hunt for added firepower in attack and hope to tempt the Hammers, who said all of their players were available at the right-price earlier in the summer, into selling the England international. Meanwhile wide duo Liam Lawrence and Tuncay could soon be on the way out of the Britannia Stadium.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been priced out of a bid for Manchester United’s Danny Wellbeck and Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha. David James could be a target for The Black Cats after Craig Gordon broke his arm in training this week, while Nyron Nosworthy is in talks with Sheffield United regarding renweing his loan to The Blades, after spending time there last season.
Reports suggest that Harry Redknapp has pulled out of the race to sign Joe Cole and will concentrate on bringing Craig Bellamy, who scored 50 Fantasy League points last season, to White Hart Lane. Bellamy has fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City following the arrival of David Silva and could be available for just £3m. Tottenham could also be about to expand the club’s Croatian contigent with the capture of goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.
West Brom have been buoyed by the announcement that creative midfielder Graeme Dorrans has signed a four year deal with the club, ending any potential speculation about his future. Manager Roberto Di Matteo is considering a £1m offer for Blackburn striker Jason Roberts, after a bid to sign David Ngog on loan, was turned down by Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson. Di Matteo has made no secret of the fact that he’s looking for a striker, with James Beattie also rumoured to be on his shortlist.
West Ham continue to battle it out with Liverpool for the signature of free agent and former Hammer Joe Cole. The England international came through the ranks at Upton Park and reports suggest West Ham, despite their recent financial problems, are prepared to pay higher wages than the Anfield club. However, the Hammers have missed out on transfer target Graham Dorrans because the Scottish winger has signed a new contract with West Brom.
Wigan are looking at the possibility of signing Chelsea youngster Franco Di Santo on loan. The Italian spent last season on loan at Blackburn where he played 14 league games, scoring just once. The Latics are also being linked with Mexican international Carlos Salcido. The veteran attacking full-back is currently with PSV Eindhoven, but is being lined up as a possible replacement for Maynor Figueroa, should the Honduran leave the club.
Mick McCarthy has put a £50m price-tag on Kevin Doyle following rumours of interest from Arsenal for the Irish striker, stating that unless an offer in that region comes in, Doyle will be going nowhere. Wanderers are currently on their pre-season tour of Ireland and McCarthy has suggested he may use the tour to acquire talent from across the Irish Sea, while Stefan Maierhofer may be allowed to leave the Midlands club after just one season.