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Kolo Toure will snub a switch from Arsenal to Manchester City, despite having an unclear future at the Emirates Stadium.
Full story: Evening Standard
1133 BST: Steve Bruce is keen to bring Marseille captain Lorik Cana to Sunderland. He is expected to fly to Holland, where Sunderland are competing in the Amsterdam tournament, for talks with Steve Bruce ahead of tonight’s clash with Benfica.
Full story: Sunderland EchoChelsea will go on a £100m spending spree this week and hope to sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero.

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___________Wednesday, Aug 5
Villarreal’s United States striker Jozy Altidore has joined Hull, subject to the American gaining a work permit.

AC Milan have told Chelsea that midfielder Andrea Pirlo is not for sale and that he will finish his career at the Italian club. (AFP)

But Chelsea
are believed to be ready to offer £38million plus Deco for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

Rumour has it – David Silva @ Manchester airport about 3 hours ago from seville and seen driving out of the terminal in a Range Rover

Fulham have agreed a fee with Golden Arrows for Kagiso Dikgacoi and are now awaiting just a work permit for the South Africa midfielder. (Press Association)

Real Madrid say they have wrapped up their summer spending spree with the transfer of Xabi Alonso from Liverpool, ruling out a move for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery or Valencia forward David Villa. (Associated Press)

Hull City will try and tempt Cardiff City with a £3.5m offer for striker Ross McCormack. (Wales Online)

Bayern Munich have dismissed speculation that striker Luca Toni is to join West Ham on loan.
Full story: The Sun

Bolton manager Gary Megson says he is prepared to listen to offers for defender Danny Shittu. (Bolton Evening News)

Liverpool are expected to use some of the £30m they gained from the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid to make an £18m offer for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani.
Full story: The Independent

Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour is also linked with a move to Anfield and his agent Paul Stefani says he would not turn down a move to Liverpool.
Full story: The Independent

Italian side AC Milan are preparing a £31m bid for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Full story: The Sun

Darren Bent’s transfer to Sunderland has still not been completed, despite the Tottenham striker passing a medical on Monday. (Daily Star)

Sunderland, meanwhile, are set to sign Lyon defender John Mensah on a season-long loan deal.
Full story: The Sun

The Black Cats are also keeping tabs on Tottenham centre-back Michael Dawson.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has failed with a £5.5m bid for Sevilla centre-back Federico Fazio.
Full story: The Sun

Wenger says he will wait to sign Bordeaux’s Marouane Chamakh on a free transfer next season, rather than improve his £6m offer for the striker this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham hope to sign Blackburn defender Christopher Samba for £10m to help ease their defensive crisis.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United will use their friendly with Valencia to run the rule over midfielder David Silva and forward David Villa. (Daily Star)

Stoke City want to take injury-prone Everton striker James Vaughan on loan.
Full story: Daily Mail

Hull are set to sign Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore and have agreed a £3m deal for Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana. (Daily Mail)

Burnley are in talks with Independiente winger Fernando Guerrero. (Daily Mail)

South African midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi claims he has secured a move to Fulham from Golden Arrows after impressing on trial at Craven Cottage.
Full story: The Independent

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies has told Hamilton Accies they must make a substantial offer for midfielder Craig Bryson. (Various)

Hamilton have been busy making offers for Killie’s Bryson, Motherwell’s Jamie Murphy and Inverness midfielder Dougie Imrie – all of which have been rejected. (Scottish Daily Express)

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee is ready to sell one of his top players to raise cash to bolster his squad. (Various)

Watford have joined Romanian side Unirea Uriziceni in the chase for Morton Jim McAlister. (Scottish Daily Express)

Southampton are interested in signing former Birmingham defender Radhi Jaidi. (Daily Mirror)

Ipswich are set to sign Watford striker Tamas Priskin in a £1.2m deal. (Daily Mirror)

Bristol City have told striker Lee Trundle that he is surplus to requirements at Ashton Gate. (Daily Mirror)

___________Tuesday, Aug 4
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to commit himself to the Blues by signing a new three-year contract.

Barcelona are planning a £12m move for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. Full story: Daily Mail

Defender Joleon Lescott will write to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and ask to join big-spending Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

However, Lescott has been told that despite his desire to leave Goodison Park he will not be allowed to move to Eastlands. 
Full story: Daily Star

Manchester City will call a halt to their pursuit of Lescott if they cannot get him to Eastlands by the end of the week. Full story: The Sun

With Xabi Alonso’s departure to Real Madrid imminent, Liverpool will replace the midfielder with Roma’s Alberto Aquilani. (Daily Mirror)

The Reds have agreed a deal in principle with Roma and will splash out £20m on the Italian 25-year-old. Full story: The Sun

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Chelsea’s Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou for £8m. 
Full story: The Sun

Chelsea have moved closer to the £8m signing of AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, who could arrive in time for Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)

The Blues, meanwhile, have dismissed speculation linking midfielder Joe Cole with a move to London rivals Tottenham. 
Full story: The Independent

Having completed a medical on Monday, Tottenham striker Darren Bent is expected to finally seal his £12m transfer to Sunderland on Tuesday. Full story: Daily Express
Bent’s departure will pave the way for Spurs to step up their pursuit of Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. (Daily Express)


Everton are preparing a £12m bid for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour. (Daily Mirror)

However, Defour is also on Liverpool’s wish list as they look to bolster their midfield options. 
Full story: Daily Mail


West Ham are confident they can persuade right-back Lucas Neill to remain at the club.
Full story: The Independent

Bolton are looking to sign Valencia midfielder Miguel Angel Angulo on a free transfer. (The Sun)

Hull will turn their attentions to Tottenham full-back Pascal Chimbonda, if their bid for Newcastle defender Habib Beye fails. Full story: The Sun

Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong is ready to hand in a transfer request in order to get a move to Tottenham or Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Hull will battle it out with Fulham for Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore. (Daily Star)

Nottingham Forest have launched a £2m bid for Bolton defender Danny Shittu. (Daily Star)

Striker Amr Zaki could join Portsmouth on a season-long loan from Egyptian side El Zamalek. Full story: The Independent

Hamilton Accies are close to deals for Leicester midfielder James Wesolowski and Spanish defender Luis Rubiales. (Various)

Frozen-out Rangers forward Alan Gow is a target for Plymouth. (Daily Star)

___________Monday, Aug 3
Sunderland’s lengthy pursuit of Darren Bent could finally be completed after the Tottenham striker flew north to tie up a £14m move

Middlesbrough have completed the transfer of former Reading striker Leroy Lita on a three-year deal.

Chelsea will go on a £100m spending spree this week and hope to sign AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero.
Full story: Daily Mail

Or Chelsea will be priced out of the market and miss out on the signing of Ribery as well as Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. (The Telegraph)

Liverpool have been warned by Valencia that their star forward David Villa is “priceless” and will not be joining the Premier League club.

Full story: The Sun
The Reds, meanwhile, are refusing to budge on their £30m valuation of midfielder Xabi Alonso, who is wanted by Real Madrid. (Daily Star)

Liverpool have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Alonso, with Reds manager Rafael Benitez insisting he wants the Spaniard to stay at the club. (Daily Mirror)

But Alonso looks destined to leave after Liverpool’s managing director Christian Purslow met his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Angel Sanchez in Barcelona to complete negotiations.
Full story: The Telegraph

Manchester City are expected to make an improved £20m offer for Everton defender Joleon Lescott.
Full story: Daily Star

Or Manchester City are set to withdraw their interest in Lescott and will instead pursue Chelsea centre-back Alex.
Full story: The Times

Everton have been offered Toulouse right back Albin Ebondo after missing out on the signing of Kyle Naughton, who has joined Tottenham from Sheffield United.
Full story: The Times

Tottenham will offer £10m to Chelsea for midfielder Joe Cole. (Daily Mirror)

But Tottenham look like they will be beaten to the signature of Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong by big-spending Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

Spurs striker Darren Bent is expected to complete a £12m move to Sunderland this week.
Full story: The Sun

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of beating Tottenham to the £750,000 signing of former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan.
Full story: Daily Express

But Arsenal have had their £5m bid for Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh dismissed as “ridiculous” by club president Jean-Louis Triaud. (Daily Mirror)

The Gunners are expected to sell defender Philippe Senderos, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan, to Everton for £6m. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are interested in Toulouse’s £12m-rated midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Full story: The Times

Spurs are also keeping tabs on Brazilian midfielder Sandro, who plays for Internacional.
Full story: The Times

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is hopeful of signing Manchester City striker Benjani and Hajduk Split forward Nikola Kalinic for a combined £11m.
Full story: The Sun

Birmingham are set to secure the loan signing of Arsenal defender Armand Traore. (The Independent)

The Blues have also been linked with Sporting Gijon midfielder Michel and Aston Villa’s Craig Gardner. (The Independent)

Hull City are not prepared to meet Newcastle United’s valuation of £4m for defender Habib Beye.
Full story: The Times

But Aston Villa are also keen on Beye and could launch a bid for the 31-year-old Senegal player.
Full story: The Sun

Villa will also battle it out with Inter Milan for Real Madrid’s £16m-rated midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Full story: Daily Mail

Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill is also monitoring Portsmouth defensive duo Sylvain Distin and Sol Campbell. (The Independent)

Hull have made a £3m bid for Stoke midfielder Seyi Olofinjana. (Daily Mirror)

Portsmouth and England keeper David James has pledged his future to the south-coast club, despite interest from Tottenham.
Full story: The Sun

Leeds have slapped a £8m price tag on star midfielder Fabian Delph, who is wanted by Manchester City and Everton.
Full story: The Sun

Fulham are watching Kalmar FF midfielder Rasmus Elm and are preparing a £2.5m bid.
Full story: The Times

But Everton are also keen on the Swedish international midfielder and may outbid Fulham with £3m. (Daily Mirror)

Fulham have inquired about Sampdoria midfielder Daniele Dessena.
Full story: The Sun

Newcastle midfielder Geremi is keen on move to Turkish side Besiktas. (Daily Mail)

Lyon defender John Mensah has been offered to Sunderland and Portsmouth.
Full story: The Times

Wolves are preparing a bid for towering Rapid Vienna striker Stefan Maierholer. (Daily Mail)

Ipswich manager Roy Keane will make an improved £1m bid for Watford striker Tamas Priskin. (Daily Mirror)

Reading are planning a £2m bid for Doncaster centre-back Matt Mills. (Daily Mirror)

___________Sunday, Aug 2
Manchester United are about to tell Valencia to name their price for midfielder David Silva.

Full story: News of the World

And United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will enquire about Silva and striker David Villa when Valencia arrive at Old Trafford for Wednesday’s friendly.
Full story: The People

Manchester United are also preparing a £35m offer for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.
Full story: Sunday Express

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is set to hand in a transfer request to force through his £22m move to Manchester City.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland are preparing a double transfer swoop for Tottenham’s David Bentley and Michael Dawson.
Full story: The People

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to call off the propsosed £7m deal for Gremio midfielder Douglas Costa because of concerns about the 18-year-old’s private life.
Full story: News of the World

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has been told to bid an extra £1m if he wants to land Spurs striker Darren Bent. The Black Cats have already offered £14m.
Full story: The People

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is resigned to losing midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid. (Sunday Express)

After missing out on former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp could try and bid for Bayern Munich skipper Mark van Bommel.
Full story: News of the World

Chelsea midfielder Deco says he has turned down an offer from Inter Milan to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea could renew their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart if the Spanish giants reduce the Dutchman’s price.
Full story: The People

And the Blues are set to complete the signing of AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo early next week, if striker Claudio Pizarro moves in the opposite direction.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Aston Villa will make a £5m bid for Blackburn left-back Stephen Warnock next week.
Full story: News of the World

Arsenal are closing in on 23-year-old PSV midfielder Ibrahim Afellay, who is valued at £7m. (The People)

Blackburn want to sign Manchester City striker Benjani, after missing out on Tottenham’s Peter Crouch and Kamel Ghilas of Celta Vigo.
Full story: News of the World

Portsmouth, though, are also in the hunt for Benjani as they desperately try and find a replacement for Crouch.
Full story: The People

Fulham and Wolves are battling it out for Southampton’s England under-21 midfielder Adam Lallana.
Full story: News of the World

Aston Villa and Blackburn are among the teams chasing Newcastle defender Habib Beye.
Full story: The People

Everton are in pole position to land Valencia right-back Miguel.
Full story: News of the World

Fulham want to sign Arsenal striker Carlos Vela on loan should the Gunners make a serious offer for centre-half Brede Hangeland.
Full story: The People

Bolton boss Gary Megson wants to sign Hoffenheim full-back Andreas Beck but could face competition from Fiorentina.
Full story: News of the World

Middlesbrough have beaten Sheffield United to the signing of Reading striker Leroy Lita on a free transfer.
Full story: The People

Manchester City’s summer spending spree has seen their annual wage bill double in two years to £100m a year.
Full story: News of the World

However, their dealings in the transfer market and their pursuit of Everton defender Joleon Lescott has angered Toffees boss David Moyes. “It is about showing respect – and we are not being shown that,” he says.
Various

Alan Shearer seems to have given up hope of becoming Newcastle manager on a permanent basis. The former England and Magpies striker has gone on his holidays to Portugal and has no plans to return before the new season starts.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

And Shearer has confirmed to the BBC that he will be with them on the Match Of The Day sofa, rather than the dug-out, when Newcastle begin their Championship campaign.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

A South African diamond billionaire is the latest potential buyer linked with Newcastle. The diamond prospector, who was discovered by former chairman Sir John Hall, has expressed an interest in meeting the asking price.
Full story: Sunday Express

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira will make a shock return to Arsenal this week, and has been lined up by the club’s hierarchy as a long-term successor to manager Arsene Wenger.
Full story: The People

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is to sign a new contract within the next two weeks which will keep him at the club until 2014 and give him earnings of more than £100,000-a-week.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

___________Saturday August 1
Aston Villa are set for talks with Real Madrid over a possible move for 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 26, has ruled out a potential move to English Premier League side Arsenal, insisting he has no intention of leaving his home-town club.

“Arsenal? I haven’t heard anything. Roma said I’m untransferable and I want to stay here,” Rossi said. (AFP)

Everton are so keen to keep Lescott at Goodison Park that even a bid approaching £30m would be turned down.
Full story: The Independent

Manchester City’s Brazilian forward Robinho has revealed how he tried to persuade manager Mark Hughes not to sell compatriot Elano to Galatasaray.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has fallen out with Bordeaux boss Laurent Blanc after the Frenchman claimed that the Black Cats are not a big enough club for striker Marouane Chamakh.
Full story: Daily Mail

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is to use the £30m generated from the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid to make a bid for Spain striker David Villa.
Full story: The Sun

And Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani could be signed for £15m if, as expected, Alonso completes his move to Spain.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton have made a bid for Arsenal centre-half Philippe Senderos, hinting they have agreed a deal with Manchester City to sell defender Joleon Lescott.
Full story: Daily Mirror

City have made a £22m take-it-or-leave-it offer to Everton for Lescott and will go for Newcastle’s Sebastien Bassong or Alex of Chelsea if the answer is no.
Full story: Daily Mail

Everton are so keen to keep Lescott at Goodison Park that even a bid approaching £30m would be turned down.
Full story: The Independent

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano is set to stay at Anfield after Barcelona, who were interested in the Argentine, ruled out any more big-name signings this summer following the capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Full story: Daily Star

Portsmouth have not given up hope of signing Hadjuk Split striker Nikola Kalinic, despite talks breaking down this week when Pompey insisted on paying the fee over six years. The 21-year-old is now talking to Porto.
Full story: The Sun

However Blackburn are trying to hijack Porto’s attempts to sign Kalinic and are rushing through a £6m offer.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that midfielder Patrick Vieira could make a shock return to the club from Inter Milan.
Various

And Wenger is ready to splash the cash following the sales of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City, with Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh (£6m), St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi (£6m) and Roma forward Mirko Vucinic on the list of targets. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham will find out next week if they will be able to sign former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is now at Barcelona.
Full story: The Sun

Manchester United are preparing a £3.5m offer for Bursaspor striker Sercan Yildirim.
Full story: Daily Star

Hull are hoping to complete a deal for Newcastle full-back Habib Beye next week.
Full story: Daily Mail

Portsmouth are close to signing Australian striker Mark Viduka from Newcastle. (The Times)

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is in talks with Sporting Gijon about a £2m deal for midfielder Michel. (Daily Mirror)

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