Transfer talk: Featuring Fabregas, Suarez and Hooper drama

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Norwich City, QPR, Arsenal, Manchester United, Hull City, Everton, West Brom and Tottenham Hotspur feature.

David Moyes says that Manchester United’s bid for Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona is ‘ongoing’. It is believed that the club have now had two bids for the player rejected by the La Liga outfit. However the United boss confirmed that he is still targeting the 26-year-old former Arsenal captain with any new bid likely to exceed the £30 million plus add-ons previously submitted.

There has been real drama today regarding Celtic striker Gary Hooper. Last night QPR had a bid for the Englishman, believed to be in the region of £5 million, accepted and Harry Redknapp spoke this morning of how he felt the striker could be the difference for his club this season. But long-term pursuers Norwich City have now joined the race for the player and look set to have gazumped their London rivals - with odds on his move to Norwich being slashed.

Everton have confirmed that there has not yet been any bids for the clubs two star players Leighton Baines and Maraoune Fellaini. The announcement, made via the clubs official Twitter account, contradicts previous claims that Manchester United had bid for Baines and Arsenal for Fellaini from differing outlets this summer. However The Toffees deny any knowledge of these offers.

Brendan Rodgers says that if Arsenal are serious over the pursuit of Luis Suarez then they should vastly improve their offer. He says that the Uruguayan is worth much more than the £40m plus a £1 recent offer. It is believed Liverpool will not be selling for anything less than £50 million this summer.

Hull City are on the verge of signing Evian-Thonon striker Yannick Sagbo. The Tigers have reportedly had a bid of £1.6 million accepted for the player but some issues over payment structure need to be ironed out.

West Brom have reportedly asked Manchester City about the possibility of signing forgotten summer signing from last year Scott Sinclair on loan for the season. Sinclair barely featured for City last season and is not considered an option for Manuel Pellegrini this term. Steve Clarke worked with him at Chelsea and would like to bring him into the club.

Finally and Tottenham Hotspur are worried that Gareth Bale is becoming unsettled by the links with Real Madrid this summer. Reports in Spain are continuing to link the Welshman with a move despite Spurs suggesting he is not for sale.

 

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