Transfer Clock: Everton, Cardiff and Hull City strike deals, Gunners rejected

West Ham, Liverpool, Manchester United, Sunderland and Tottenham also feature.

Transfer Clock: 8 days down, 23 to go until the transfer window closes. Here are 10 stories you need to know from the past 24 hours.

1) Cardiff City today sealed a deal to sign Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen. The former Manchester United youngster rejoins new boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who managed the attacking midfielder at Molde. Eikrem is highly rated any many were surprised United let him go, and his progress in the Premier League will be one to watch.

2) Brazilian defender Dede has re-emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United. The centre-back is one of the most highly rated defenders in his country, winning the title with Cruzeiro. He signed for them a year ago from Vasco da Gama, having been linked to United and Liverpool beforehand. Brazilian focused website Sambafoot report that Dede, 25, is a potential replacement for Nemanja Vidic at Old Trafford. Just 24 hours ago his agent stated the player was worth €15 million, with Chelsea touted also as a possible destination.

3) West Ham have seen a bid rejected from Southampton for England international striker Rickie Lambert. The Hammers were battered 6-0 by Manchester City tonight and desperately need some good news to appease fans. The Mirror report the news but do not disclose the figure of the fee which was turned down.

4) Liverpool may miss out on right-back Martin Montoya, who currently stands to be a free agent this summer. The Barcelona defender played for the club at the weekend, and is reported by Marca to have his heart set on a stay at the Nou Camp. They write: "Montoya is currently free to negotiate with any club, but he has prioritised talks with Barça to stay on at the club. The objective is for the deal to be sewn up before the end of the month."

5) Brighton have rejected a transfer request Liam Bridcutt, report the Sunderland Echo. Talented midfielder Bridcutt has been strongly linked with rejoining former boss Gus Poyet in the North East. The Echo report that Brighton have already rejected a bid of £2 million for the player, believed to be from Sunderland. Bridcutt, 24, is yet to score a goal this season for the Seagulls.

6) Jermain Defoe is set to seal a transfer to Toronto FC on Monday, report ITV. The striker is set to become the Canadian club's highest ever paid player, rejoining former colleague Ryan Nelsen, manager at the club. The striker has yet to score a single Premier League goal for Spurs this season.

7) Arsenal have missed out on signing striker Antonio Sanabria from Barcelona, SkySports have confirmed. The Paraguayan will move instead to Italian side Roma, who had also long been linked with his signature. Sanabria confirmed in a statement that he will not link up with them straight away, instead to be loaned out to another Serie A club, yet to be revealed.

8) Shane Long is Hull City bound, report The Mirror, writing that West Brom have accepted a bid from the Tigers. A £5 million deal has been agreed, and Long is expected to undergo a medical before the weekend. Long is out of contract in the summer and the deal could be win-win for both clubs.

9) Everton have a deal in place to sign Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow on a pre-contract agreement, report The Mail. The former Celtic winger has been a long-term target of Roberto Martinez, who tried to sign him for Wigan last January. The Irish international will not link up straight away, and is presently scheduled to join in the summer the paper report, unless an earlier agreement can be struck.

10) Xabi Alonso has ended suggestions he could re-join Liverpool or move to Chelsea by signing a new contract at Real Madrid. The news comes 24 hours after Cristiano Ronaldo publicly begged the Spanish international to stay at the club. Madrid announced on their official website this evening that Alonso has signed until June 2016.

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