Aston Villa are showing interest in signing right full-back Matthew Lowton from Sheffield United, reports Sportinglife. If signed, the 23-year-old will be competing with Alan Hutton and Eric Lichaj as manager Paul Lambert looks to increase competition for places in his defence. Lowton has two years remaining in his current contract with the Blades.
Owen Coyle has issued a hands-off warning to clubs looking to sign 24-year-old midfielder Mark Davies, saying that he had not received any bids for any of his star players. “There have been no phone calls, no dialogue, nothing about Mark Davies,” Coyle told BBC Radio Manchester, adding that every rumour was “just the usual speculation and conjecture”. He added that players like Davies, Lee Chung-Yong and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan had long term contracts with the club, and would constitute the nucleus of the team that will attempt to restore the club’s Premier League status. Davies has been attracting interest from Premier League clubs like Liverpool and Newcastle.
Manchester United reserve stopper Ben Amos is close to joining Championship side Hull City for about £250,000 this summer, reported the Daily Mail. The 22 year-old keeper is tied down to United until 2015, but the club are keen on sending him out on another loan to gain more first team experience. New Hull boss Steve Bruce is in talks with United officials about the deal following his failure to convince free agent Brad Guzan to join them this summer.
Championship club Brighton are ready to hand Man City peripheral player Wayne Bridge a lifeline to play regular first team football by offering him a loan deal, according to the Daily Mail. The Seagulls want to put in some quality players ahead of next season as they look to challenge for promotion and manager Gus Poyet feels that Bridge could become a key player for them. However, it remains to be seen how his·£90,000 per week wages would be shared.
Manchester United have signed Exeter City starlet Sean Goss for a fee of 100,000 pounds. The youngster spent eight years at Exeter City, and was signed following an impressive season for the Under-16 team with 13 goals from a central midfield position. “The last few days haven’t felt real – seeing all the first team players around and the training facilities is like a different world,” Goss told Daily Mail, adding that he can’t wait to get started, with the pre-season games coming up.
Sao Paulo have extended the loan spell of Brazilian midfielder Denilson for another year. “I’m very relieved,” Denilson told the club’s official website. “I am very happy. Now I will be focused on bringing titles to Sao Paulo.” His loan will now expire on June 30, 2013. Sao Paulo will pay all of Denilson’s fees for the coming year, with Arsenal having an option to terminate the loan if they receive a transfer bid for the player.