Liverpool though appear to be edging closer to the capture of Swansea’s Welsh midfield wizard Joe Allen with Michael Laudrup conceding in an interview with the Sun that Joe Allen could well be moving on this summer. The Danish legend did add though that the club had yet to receive an official offer from the Reds, but were “preparing themselves for everything”. Laudrup did also rule out a move for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies in the same interview.
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote has affirmed that he wants to continue at the club, and is happy on Tyneside, despite reports that the Ivorian would leave the club after a brilliant Premier League season. Tiote told the·Evening Chronicle: “Yes. I am still a Newcastle player. I am very happy here. All I am looking at is that the season ahead of us will be a really good one, just like last season.”
Southampton’s big-spending ways looks set to continue as the Daily Star claim that the newly promoted side are eying Dutch attacking talent Jeremain Lens. The 24 yea old PSV Eindhoven man will cost £8m but that hasn’t deterred the Saints who are reportedly in negotiations with the Eredivisie side.
Wigan are looking for defensive reinforcements in the form of Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, but have been told to up their existing offer of £3 million to 4.25 million according to reports in the Sun.
Sticking with full-backs from the Iberian peninsula,·The Sun also reports that Getafe’s Miguel Torres might be heading to the Premier League after confessing his love for English football. The 26 year is quoted having said: “English football is a paradise for any player. I believe my sporting future will be there.” The teams interested in him are recently-promoted West Ham, relegation battlers QPR and Championship outfit Blackburn.
Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing Reading winger Michail Antonio on a permanent basis, but the Royals manager Brian McDermott has declared that they need to make a higher bid to secure the player’s services, after the Owls’ first bid was rejected. “There’s been an offer, but we’ve turned it down,” McDermott told Reading post, “I’m not sure how much we have heard since.”
Norwich City are looking to sign Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass after they tabled an improved offer, in excess of £2m, for the 24 year old, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. Their previous bid of 1.5 million pounds was rejected by Leeds. However, Neil Warnock, Leeds manager, told the Leeds official website, “It’s been made public that they [Norwich] have bid, but from our point of view it’s not what we’re looking for. We’d like to keep Rob, and Rob knows that. Whether that will be possible, we’ll have to wait and see.”
QPR will announce the capture of Blackburn forward Junior Hoilett today according to reports in the Sun. The Canadian international had his medical at the club last night, and has reportedly already agreed personal terms. A work permit is still needed, but considering the number of times the 22-year old featured for the Rovers last term, that should be a mere formality.
Italian legend Filippo Inzaghi won’t be making a surprise move from the San Siro to the Madejski Stadium this summer after Reading manager Brain McDermott confirmed to the Daily Star that the newly-promoted outfit weren’t interested in the 38 year old. The manager conceded that they ere offered the striker by an Italian agent but declined the opportunity, stating the former Milan icon’s age as the reason.
Premier League new boys Reading have sold 22 year old French striker Mathieu Manset to Swiss club FC Sion. Reading’s director of football Nick Hammond told the club’s official website: ‘Manny scored some important goals for us last season, and so played a part in helping us reach the Premier League. However he wants regular first team football and we can’t guarantee that this year; we’d like to wish him the best of luck in his future career.’·The Frenchman joined the club in January 2011, and scored 5 times in 28 appearances for the club.
The Daily Mail confirms that Swansea have signed Rayo Vallencano midfielder Michu, who will arrive at the Liberty Stadium for a fee of £2m. The 26 year old is manager Michael Laudrup’s third summer signing and the Dane had this to say about the capture: ‘It’s a fantastic signing. We are talking about a player who scored 15 goals in the Spanish league last year for a small club, who were saved by the bell in the last minute of the last game to avoid relegation.’ He also added that the player would join them on their tour to the USA.
The Saints have picked up 20 year old keeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Gillingham as Nigel Adkins continues to build for the future. The Argentine stopper is Southampton’s fourth summer signing and he was excited above the move from the League Two to the Premier league as he told the club’s website: “I am very happy because signing for a Premier League team is a dream.”