Tottenham Hotspur continue to bring in more talents to White Hart Lane to fill the gap for the Welshman Bale, Arsenal are yet to complete their first big name signings, while Sinclair completes his move to Albion
Arsenal hope to finalize first big name transfer of the season
Arsenal are set to launch a new £15 million offer for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The Gunners reportedly had a bid rejected earlier this week for the midfielder, but are likely to respond with a new offer for the 27-year-old, who is reportedly keen on joining the London outfit.
The Magpies’ asking price for the central midfielder is reportedly in the £20 million region, but the Gunners believe that the £15 million offer will at least tempt the club to part with the 27-year-old holding midfielder. The Gunners also look set to rival high-spending French side PSG, who reportedly have interest in the French international as well.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes that his side will lock up transfer signings before the transfer window slams shut on September 2nd, and has picked the French midfielder as one of his main targets, after launching a bid Monday that reportedly “unsettled” the French international. Newcastle, much like Arsenal, have yet to make a single purchase this summer, while the London club have at least signed striker Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
Cabaye moved on from Ligue 1 outfit Lille to the Magpies in a 2011 summer swap. The midfielder spent six and half seasons with the French side’s first team, after breaking out from the club’s youth system during the 2004/05 season. The midfielder has appeared in 60 Premier League matches for Newcastle, scoring 10 times, including six last season.
Spurs to bring Brazil-Argentina duo to fill the gap left by Welshman
Though Chelsea have launched a last-ditch bid to hijack Tottenham transfer target Brazillian attacking midfielder Willian, Spurs had been hoping to complete the double signing of the Brazillian and Argentine winger Erik Lamela, to clear the way for the world record sale of Gareth Bale.
Real Madrid’s official website has apparently confirmed an announcement is imminent by starting to sell No11 shirts carrying the Welshman’s name.
The White Hart Lane club had looked set to smash their own club transfer record for the third time this summer with the £30m capture of Willian, having themselves elbowed in when Liverpool thought he was coming to them. But the Blues’ late interest in the Anzhi playmaker threatens to wreck their London rivals’ plans to re-invest the Bale windfall.
Speaking after his side’s 5-0 Europa League playoff win at Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday, Spurs coach Andre Villas-Boas said: “I confirmed our interest in the player.
The completion of a deal to sign Willian could break Tottenham’s transfer record for the third time this summer, with Paulinho and Roberto Soldado the two other big-money signings.
Villas-Boas has overseen a radical overhaul of the club’s squad this summer which has also seen Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue arrive while Scott Parker, Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, Clint Dempsey, David Bentley and William Gallas have all departed.
While Willian deal is on the verge of completion, the drama over Lamela’s move to White Hart Lane seems in doubt as Arsenal joins the race in signing the Argentine. The Italians are prepared to listen to offers for the £30million-rated forward, and Roma’s director of football Walter Sabatini jetted into London yesterday for talks with Spurs over a potential deal. Roma are keen to shift either Lamela or Miralem Pjanic off their wage bill this summer, however it’s likely Spurs would hold the key in any negotiations due to Franco Baldini’s strong relationship with the Serie A side. Arsenal, though, are desperate to recruit, and should Spurs decide to focus on landing Willian from Anzhi that could leave the door open for Arsene Wenger to pounce on the highly-rated Lamela.
West Brom signed Scott Sinclair in a year-long deal, eyeing a permanent deal later
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. They had been linked to the former Swansea winger over the last few days, but confirmed the deal after a medical was completed today.
The 24-year-old joined Manchester City in August last year for just over £6million, but only featured only 15 times for the Blues. And this, according to West Brom manager Steve Clarke, is why Sinclair is an ideal signing.
The Baggies had been linked to the former Swansea winger over the last few days, but confirmed the deal after a medical was completed today. The 24-year-old joined Manchester City in August last year for just over £6million, but only featured only 15 times for the Blues.
West Brom have seen off late interest from Southampton – who were considering a £5million permanent move for the wide man – while Newcastle and Everton also registered an interest in taking the player on loan.
The Baggies will pay around £2million to Manchester City for the season-long loan, while an option to sign Sinclair permanently next summer is understood to have been included into the deal. The 24-year-old started just two Barclays Premier League games under Roberto Mancini and many City regulars felt Sinclair was never a handed a fair run in a side often crying out for the width that he provides.
Sinclair will now be looking to regain the form that would make him a contender for the England squad at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.