8am deadline day news: Birmingham near Jota deal; Tottenham reluctant to follow up Gray enquiry

Jota, Dallas, Gray

Birmingham City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Leicester City are amongst the sides to feature in our latest transfer round-up...

Jota of Brentford scores the second Brentford goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and QPR at Griffin Park on April 22, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Birmingham close in on £6m deal for Brentford playmaker Jota

Birmingham City are reportedly set to win the race to sign Brentford midfielder Jota, according to the Daily Mail's live transfer feed (31st August 2017; 6:56 am).

Jota has been attracting the attention of the likes of West Ham, Middlesbrough and Fulham during the summer, but the Mail suggests that Harry Redknapp is closing in on bringing the Spaniard to St Andrew's in a deal worth £6 million plus add-ons. 

Demarai Gray of Leicester looks on during the preseason friendly match between Leicester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach at The King Power Stadium on August 4, 2017 in Leicester, United...

Leicester reject Bournemouth's £25m bid for Gray; Tottenham now reluctant to make bid

According to the Daily Mail's live transfer feed (31st August 2017; 7:19 am), Bournemouth have seen a £25 million bid for Leicester winger Demarai Gray rejected by the Foxes.

The Mail reports that Tottenham have made an enquiry for the youngster, but are now reluctant to make the kind of bid that it would clearly take to tempt Leicester into even considering selling the youngster. 

Bournemouth are now weighing up whether to make another attempt to sign the former Birmingham starlet, the Mail adds.

Stuart Dallas of Leeds United celebrates at the final whistle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Leeds United at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2016 in...

Norwich target Stuart Dallas comments on new Leeds contract

Stuart Dallas has suggested to BBC Radio Leeds that he gave the possibility of leaving Leeds little thought before signing his new three-year deal at Elland Road.

The winger was entering the final year of his contract with the Whites, and the Yorkshire Evening Post recently credited Norwich City with an interest - but the Northern Irishman insisted that, while the speculation was not a surprise given his situation, he personally had no hesitation making the call to stay at Leeds.

"Obviously I was out of contract at the end of the season. I was probably going to be linked with a few different teams but for me, it was a no-brainer, this is where I want to be," he told BBC Radio Leeds when asked about speculation which linked him with a move to Norwich.

Riyad Mahrez set to leave Leicester, Algeria FA hint

A statement on the Algeria FA's official website has confirmed that Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave training with the national team as he seeks to agree a transfer away from Leicester City.

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