Transfer news involving Tottenham, Fulham, Liverpool, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Everton, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue. It has been a deal that has dragged on for about a week now, but late last night it was reported that a deal for the player had finally been finalised.
This morning that has been confirmed, and the French international will join up with his new team-mates today.
Crystal Palace have signed free agent goalkeeper Neil Alexander. The veteran stopper will provide cover for Julian Speroni – and joins after leaving Rangers on a free transfer.
Fulham are said to be the front-runners for Darren Bent’s signing this summer. The Aston Villa player has found himself dropped to the bench under the Paul Lambert regime – and has been linked with Newcastle United and Crystal Palace as well as The Cottagers.
But he could seal a deal by the end of the day that would partner him up with his former gaffer at White Hart Lane Martin Jol.
Christian Eriksen will not be signing for Liverpool or Tottenham this summer – after his agent confirmed he would not join a team that were not playing Champions League football next season:
"There has been contact with a club from Germany and one from Italy. He will only leave Ajax to join a team that are automatically qualified for the Champions League and fighting for the title every season.’’
Roberto Martinez has been expressing his relief that Marouane Fellaini’s release clause has expired. His buy-out, believed to be around £23 million, reached its expiry on the 31st July and it gives Everton much more bargaining power should a team make a bid for the Belgian powerhouse.
Manchester United are said to be keen.
Finally, and Tottenham are said to be stepping up their interest in AS Roma forward Erik Lamela. The club have consistently been linked with the player in recent weeks as a replacement for Gareth Bale. However in this case Lamela is said to be pitched as a reason to stay at White Hart Lane, as a sign that big names are coming.
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