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Transfer talk: Featuring Lamela, Rakitic and Defoe

Erik Lamela

Transfer news from Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Sunderland, Hull City, West Brom and Arsenal.

Jermain Defoe will become a Toronto FC player on Monday. The England international will fly to Canada on Sunday to be presented and will fly back to Tottenham - where he will stay on loan, likely until April.

Defoe is said to become the highest paid player in MLS history on £90k-a-week and will cost around £6 million.

Hull City have moved to deny reports a deal has been done for Shane Long of West Brom. The Tigers boss Steve Bruce is a known admirer of the tireless Irishman - whose contract expires in the summer.

With that in mind The Baggies are keen to sell before losing him for nothing and while no deal is yet done - this seems a matter of time.

Argentine defender Santiago Vergini is expected to become a Sunderland player in the coming days. The 25-year-old Argentine international will switch from Estudiantes in his homeland, as confirmed by the clubs sporting director:

"He wants to leave Estudiantes, and as he isn't a player that is considered as principle in the squad, we have accepted his departure. He wants to change team, and as there is a good offer that we have analysed, he will leave our club."

Arsenal have allowed striking starlet Chuba Akpom to join Brentford on a one-month loan deal - despite the club facing something of a striker shortage at the moment.

The talented teen will join up with his new Griffin Park team-mates this week and will hope to have a similar impact to the one Wojciech Szczesny had at the club.

It is reported that Juventus will not make a move for Erik Lamela until the summer. It was previously believed they could offer Mirko Vucinic in exchange for a loan deal this winter - but that no longer seems to be the case.

Finally, and Ivan Rakitic has confirmed he does not want to leave Sevilla in January.

It comes amid interest from Manchester United and Liverpool - and a potential contract offer in the horizon.

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