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August 30

9.20am

Brighton’s Christian Walton is joining League One side Ipswich Town on loan until January, reports Andy Naylor. 

Brighton wanted to sell their fourth-choice goalkeeper but no suitable offers have been forthcoming for the 25-year-old in the closing stages of the transfer window.

It’s the eighth loan spell in six years for Walton, who joined Brighton from Plymouth in February 2013.

He’s behind Robert Sanchez, Jason Steele and summer signing Kjell Scherpen in the pecking order at the Amex Stadium.

August 29

10:45pm

Fulham have had a bid in the region of £2.5 million rejected for Matt Grimes, the Swansea City captain, reports Stuart James and Peter Rutzler.

Grimes, who turned 26 last month, is out of contract at the end of the season and has been on Fulham’s radar for most of the summer.

It is understood that Fulham have made two offers for Grimes, but Swansea’s valuation for the player has yet to be reached. There is no indication at this stage whether Fulham will return with a third bid for the midfielder. Fulham will know, though, that Swansea are in a difficult situation because of Grimes’ contractual position. Realistically, there is no prospect of Grimes signing a new deal for the Welsh club.

Fulham have strong options in central midfield, with Harrison Reed, Josh Onomah, Andre-Frank Anguissa and Jean Michael Seri all still on the books. However, they are looking at targets in that department.

Question marks have followed the futures of both Anguissa and Seri throughout this transfer window. Anguissa has previously made his desire to leave Fulham clear to the club, and has attracted interest from Premier League and European sides including Valencia, Roma and Everton. Seri, meanwhile, is thought to be more likely to stay beyond the transfer deadline, as it stands.

10.20am

Feyenoord are in advanced talks to sign Amad, Manchester United’s 19-year-old winger, on loan for the season, reports Laurie Whitwell. 

United have been exploring options for Amad, who signed last year from Atalanta in a deal potentially worth £37 million, and have progressed discussions with the Dutch side.

United want Amad to get regular minutes and have enquired around the Premier League, but a move abroad was always a consideration.

Speaking on Friday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjær said: “Yes, I do expect Amad to go out on loan. It’s not 100 per cent signed but we have agreed. I don’t have to say which team it is yet but we have found a place that Amad feels excited about and we feel excited about.”

August 27

5:50 pm

West Ham striker Mipo Odubeko has attracted serious attention from Championship sides Huddersfield Town, Derby County and Middlesbrough, reports Roshane Thomas.

The trio are keen on signing the 18-year-old on loan, with Huddersfield Town appearing favourites to secure his signature.

Odubeko made his first-debut for West Ham United in their FA Cup win against Stockport County in January and came off the bench in their fifth round FA Cup loss to Manchester United.

The highly-rated youngster, who was born in the Republic of Ireland but also qualifies for Nigeria, has scored twice for West Ham’s under-23s so far this season.

Having sustained a head injury in training prior to the 2-1 loss at Crawley Town in July, Odubeko scored in the 6-1 win against Arsenal and the 4-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Michail Antonio is the only recognised forward at the club and Odubeko is behind Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko in the pecking order. Odubeko is keen for regular game time and believes a loan spell in the Championship would help his development.

August 26

4.30pm

Troy Deeney could leave Watford prior to the transfer window closing on Tuesday, reports Adam Leventhal.

The 33-year-old club captain is understood to be considering his options having fallen down the pecking order at Vicarage Road with the arrival of fellow strikers Emmanuel Dennis and Joshua King.

Ashley Fletcher and Cucho Hernandez have also been added as attacking options and young Brazilian forward Joao Pedro is expected to return to action after injury next month.

Deeney has only played 23 minutes in the opening two Premier League fixtures against Aston Villa (79 minute sub) and Brighton (78 minute sub) from the bench and was missing completely from the squad that played Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. Deeney has scored 140 goals in 419 appearances for the club.

With game time likely to be limited this season and Deeney – who has one year left on his contract – keen to feature more frequently in the latter years of his career, it’s understood that the club are working to find an amicable solution that may see him leave for another club after spending 11 full seasons at Vicarage Road.

It’s believed that Deeney’s representatives are looking at alternative paths and discussions are ongoing regarding his future.

Deeney is a Birmingham City supporter (he has the club badge tattooed on his leg) and a move to St Andrews could be appealing. 

August 22

1.15pm

Everton have made a bid for Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson, reports Jordan Campbell.

The Athletic understands the offer was submitted on Friday for the 19-year-old.

Rafa Benitez has made four signings since taking over this summer but they have been searching for a fresh option in the right-back position for a number of years.

Rangers have spoken about the aim to run an effective player trading policy but so far they have yet to sell a player for a big fee — and major players have not attracted sizeable bids this summer so far.

Patterson is a Scotland international now having been involved in Steve Clarke’s EUR0 2020 squad and is highly thought of by the coaching staff.

He excelled when he deputised for captain James Tavernier towards the end of last season but given he has played fewer than 20 senior games and appeared only once this season so far, it will test Rangers’ resolve and how committed they are to the long-term plan to develop him at the club.

August 20

12:30pm

Everton have signed Andy Lonergan on a short-term deal, reports Patrick Boyland.

Lonergan, 37, counts Preston and Liverpool among his former clubs and has joined until the end of the season following his release by West Brom.

He has been brought in to provide cover in the goalkeeping ranks at Goodison, with Portuguese stopper Joao Virginia on course to join Sporting Lisbon on loan and youngster Harry Tyrer currently nursing a quadriceps injury sustained in training this week.

Tyrer’s injury is not thought to serious but could keep him out of action for a number of weeks at least.

Lonergan is expected to be third choice behind Jordan Pickford and Asmir Begovic.

August 19

7:55pm

Brentford have been unsuccessful in their latest bid for Brennan Johnson but are refusing to give up on the player despite Nottingham Forest’s apparent reluctance to do business, reports Daniel Taylor.

As Forest try to persuade Johnson to sign a new contract, Brentford have made it clear behind the scenes they still want to offer the talented 20-year-old the chance to join a Premier League squad.

Their latest offer still falls considerably short of the value, understood to be around £10 million, that would persuade Forest to sell a player who scored 13 goals on loan at Lincoln City last season. However, Brentford remain interested and will explore the possibilities of reaching a compromise figure for the attacking midfielder before the end of the transfer window.

Johnson, who made his international debut for Wales last year, is understood to be happy at the City Ground, where he is establishing himself in Chris Hughton’s team. He has not been angling for a transfer and negotiations have started about a new contract with the Championship club.

The advantage for Forest is that they can offer their academy graduate a regular first-team place, as opposed to him potentially being on the edges at Brentford, but the contract talks reached an impasse recently because of a number of details, notably the length of deal and the valuation for a potential release clause.

4.50pm

Andre Green is closing in on a surprise move to Slovakian champions Slovan Bratislava, reports Gregg Evans.

Sheffield Wednesday are rebuilding in League One and have told the 23-year-old winger he can leave in this window. Clubs in both the Championship and League One have been considering a move for Green, the former Aston Villa man.

But it’s Slovan, the club playing in the Europa League against Olympiacos tonight, who are set to win the race for his signature.

Green made 48 appearances for Villa and helped the club back to the Premier League in 2019. He played in the play-off final at Wembley and also appeared in the top flight. At the end of 2020 his contract at Villa Park expired and he joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer.

Green played a bit-part role as the Owls were relegated from the Championship last season but had started the first two games of this campaign. He has been included in the squad list for tonight’s game but will not feature

He missed the midweek win over Fleetwood and is now putting the finishing touches to a move away which should be completed by the weekend.

August 16

1.45pm

Nathan Broadhead has joined Sunderland on loan, reports Patrick Boyland.

The Athletic reported earlier on Monday that Broadhead, 23, was undergoing a medical in the north east ahead of the move, which was confirmed later in the day.

A number of clubs, including Blackpool, Reading and Famalicao of Portugal showed an interest in signing the versatile Welshman, but the promise of regular football in his preferred position of centre forward swung it in the League One club’s favour.

An unused substitute in Everton’s 3-1 win over Southampton at the weekend, Broadhead impressed former manager Carlo Ancelotti and his staff last season, signing a two-year contract extension and making his Premier League debut against Brighton in April. He had been set to seal a temporary switch away last week but was asked to delay the move after five players were forced to isolate ahead of the season opener.

August 15

5.45pm

Liverpool defender Ben Davies is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan, reports James Pearce.

The 26-year-old centre-back has also attracted interest from Celtic and Bournemouth but Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are on the brink of securing his services.

If everything goes to plan then Davies will undergo a medical at the Championship club on Monday. The Athletic understands it will be a straight loan with no option to buy. Liverpool will bank a loan fee and a promotion bonus if Davies helps Sheffield United return to the Premier League.

He failed to make a competitive appearance for Liverpool after completing a surprise move from Preston North End in February. Liverpool, who were enduring a defensive crisis at the time, paid Preston an initial fee of £500,000, with the deal potentially rising to £1.6 million with add-ons.

Davies was made available for loan by Jurgen Klopp this summer following the successful return to action of fellow centre-backs Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Davies’ exit won’t have any impact on Nat Phillips’ future. Liverpool are still open to selling Phillips if an offer is forthcoming which suits both the club and the player. They value him at around £12 million to £15 million.

August 13

11.45am

Fulham forward Aboubakar Kamara is close to finalising a move to Greek aside Aris, while Flamengo forward Rodrigo Muniz will complete part of his quarantine period in Spain before joining the west London club, reports Peter Rutzler.

Kamara took part in training yesterday at Fulham’s training ground, Motspur Park, ahead of Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield. However, talks between Fulham and Aris regarding a deal worth up to £4 million are now understood to be in their final stages. The deal could be completed as soon as today.

Brazilian striker Muniz, meanwhile, is poised to become Fulham third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Harry Wilson and Paulo Gazzaniga. It is understood that the 20-year-old will travel to Spain today to begin the quarantine process.

Muniz, who himself contracted Covid-19 late last month, was also wanted by Middlesbrough however it is Fulham who are set to land the striker. Reports in Brazil suggest the fee could be worth up to €8 million.

August 12

4pm

Manchester United midfielder Ethan Galbraith is close to completing a loan move to Doncaster Rovers, reports Laurie Whitwell.

The 20-year-old will be sent out by United to gain first-team minutes and is expected to join the League One team managed by Richie Wellens.

Galbraith has won two Northern Ireland caps and trained with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. He played for United in the Europa League tie in Astana in November 2019 but is now set for his first taste of regular senior football in the third tier.

Doncaster have made a proposal that appeals, with Wellens a former United academy graduate himself and trusted to help Galbraith’s development.

Meanwhile Swansea are continuing talks over a loan move for Ethan Laird. The 20-year-old right-back is wanted at the Liberty Stadium by manager Russell Martin, who had him on loan at MK Dons last season.

Laird impressed and is expected to step up to the Championship for the coming campaign, although there is still some paperwork to finalise. He is currently training with United’s under-23s.

August 11

5pm

Wolves striker Patrick Cutrone is moving to Empoli on loan, reports Tim Spiers.

The 23-year-old returned to Wolves’ squad during pre-season after unsuccessful loan stints with Fiorentina and Valencia last season.

Cutrone, signed for £16 million in 2019, never managed to nail down a starting spot at Molineux. Wolves have previously loaned him out in the hope he impresses and earns a permanent move so they can recoup as much of his £16 million fee as possible. He has two years left on his contract.

Raul Jimenez and teenager Fabio Silva are now the club’s two senior strikers.

A return for Rafa Mir as competition for the pair hasn’t been ruled out but still looks unlikely with the in-demand Spaniard, who only has one year left on his contract, making it clear he doesn’t want to play in England. Talks with Atletico Madrid have reached a deadlock for now.

12pm

Granada are in talks to sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero as a free agent, reports Laurie Whitwell.

Romero is available this summer after his United contract expired following six years at Old Trafford, and Granada are expected to make an offer.

Granada, knocked out of the Europa League by United in April, are searching for a new No 1 after Rui Silva left to join Real Betis.

Romero, 34, was a deputy at United but kept 39 clean sheets in 61 games and is ready to play more frequently.

Everton had looked to sign Romero but instead recruited Asmir Begovic after Rafael Benitez took charge.

Granada finished ninth in La Liga last season and would offer Romero, who has 96 caps for Argentina, the chance to move to a country speaking his native language.

August 10

9pm

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Arsenal full-back Jordi Osei-Tutu on a season-long loan, reports Paul Taylor.

The 22-year-old becomes the third signing of the summer at the City Ground, following the arrival of Philip Zinckernagel on loan from Watford and keeper Ethan Horvath, who arrived as a free agent following the end of his contract with Club Brugge.

Osei-Tutu has previously been on loan at VfL Bochum and at Forest’s fellow Championship side Cardiff City.

He made 21 appearances in the Bundesliga 2 for Bochum, scoring five goals. Osei-Tutu’s time in Wales was hampered by a serious hamstring injury, which he suffered after making six starts and two sub appearances. 

The attack minded defender will strengthen Forest’s options at right-back, where Jordan Gabriel is currently their only option.

Gabriel is regarded as being a decent prospect and has attracted interest from newly promoted Blackpool, where he spent last season on loan, and League One Sunderland this summer. 

Gabriel, 22, made his second League start for Forest in the 2-1 defeat at Coventry on Sunday and performed capably. 

But with former Arsenal man Carl Jenkinson among a group of players who have been told they are free to find other clubs this summer, it is a position where Forest had been short of depth, prior to the capture of Osei-Tutu.

5pm

Nottingham Forest are still waiting on James Garner to make a decision over his future — but the Championship club remain hopeful that the Manchester United man will return for a second spell at the City Ground, reports Paul Taylor

The midfielder will depart on loan once the final details of a new contract at Old Trafford are confirmed — and it is expected that the 20-year-old will hold significant sway over his destination.

Forest have not won the fight yet, with Championship rivals Stoke City also having pushed hard to land Garner on loan. The Athletic understands that they also believe they have a fighting chance of luring Garner down the M6.

But while Michael O’Neill is keen to add him to his Stoke squad and Swansea are among a clutch of other clubs — including Bundesliga and Premier League sides — who are trailing the player, Forest are hopeful that their existing relationship with Garner will tip things in their favour.

Arch-rivals Derby are also understood to be interested, with Wayne Rooney hopeful of utilising his United connections, but it remains unclear how any potential move could be impacted by their current transfer embargo.

The Athletic understands Garner is open to the idea of a Forest return.

And Forest manager Chris Hughton is certainly hopeful that Garner will return to add to the 19 starts and single substitute appearance he made with Forest last season when he also scored four goals.

“We hope so,” Hughton told The Athletic, when asked if he expected Garner to return for another loan spell. “We generally do not talk specifically about players signing, but James is one who made a contribution we were delighted with last season.

“We are very, very grateful to Manchester United for that happening and his future will be in his hands and the hands of United. But we hope we are in the frame. It will be down to him and to United.”

9am

Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn has attracted serious interest from teams in Greece, Denmark and Croatia this summer, reports Caoimhe O’Neill.

As well as the interest from clubs abroad there are also a few teams in the Championship who have asked about the forward’s situation.

The 21-year-old put in a standout display against Osasuna on Monday night to round off an impressive pre-season campaign which has seen him blow Liverpool’s coaching staff away with his performances.

Anfield sources told The Athletic that Jurgen Klopp, Pep Lijnders and Peter Krawietz have all been impressed with Woodburn, who is performing on a level they have not seen from the player previously. The Wales international has been described as “out of this world” in training and has been credited by Klopp and Co as helping raise the level of the sessions.

Woodburn is said to be one of the players who continues to stand out in training sessions and has done since March. Liverpool would at this point be reluctant to allow the attacker to leave. However, The Athletic have been informed a serious offer might change the club’s stance.

Woodburn, who is now entering the final year of his contract, joined the academy at Under-7s level and for this reason Liverpool do feel a loyalty to the player based on his service and connection to the club. For this reason and his recent performances The Athletic understands it would be difficult for his coaches to see him move on — but that will only happen if a fantastic opportunity were to arise.

August 9

8.20pm

Lyon have joined the chase for Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri but the two clubs are currently far apart in their respective valuations, reports James Pearce.

The Switzerland international, who recently admitted he was looking for a new challenge this summer after dropping down the pecking order at Anfield, was left out of the squad by Jurgen Klopp for Monday’s friendly with Osasuna – fuelling speculation that his exit was imminent.

The Athletic understands that’s not the case but Lyon have made contact with Liverpool in the past 24 hours. Their initial offer fell a long way short of the club’s £12 million valuation. Lazio and Napoli have also registered their interest in Shaqiri in recent weeks.  It remains to be seen whether Lyon return with an improved bid.

Some suitors were under the impression that he only had a year left on his contract but with Liverpool having the option to extend it for a further 12 months his current deal effectively runs until the summer of 2023.

As a result Liverpool are sticking to their guns and believe they should be able to recoup close to the £13.75 million they paid Stoke City for Shaqiri three years ago. The 29-year-old made just seven starts for Liverpool in all competitions last season but enhanced his reputation with his performances at Euro 2020.

Shaqiri recently told Italian publication Corriere dello Sport that he had his heart set on moving to Serie A. He said: “I told the Liverpool board I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my decision and will now consider bids to sell me.

“Who is not in love with the Italian lifestyle? What is really striking is the Italian love for football. It is life in Italy. The fans are incredible.”

Lazio and Napoli have both been in contact with the player’s representatives. Liverpool have previously fielded interest from Spanish duo Sevilla and Villarreal. They inquired about a potential loan but were informed that Liverpool will only sanction a permanent move.

August 8

6.10pm

Southampton are in talks with Chelsea over a potential move for Armando Broja, reports Dan Sheldon.

The south coast side are keen to bolster their attack after Danny Ings departed the club for Aston Villa earlier this week.

And Broja has been identified as someone who could come in and help fill the void left by the 29-year-old’s exit.

Southampton have already signed Tino Livramento and Dynel Simeu from Chelsea and are now keen to make it a hat-trick of Stamford Bridge signings.

Talks remain ongoing over a season-long loan but Southampton are hopeful of making it a permanent transfer.

The 19-year-old has signed a new contract at Chelsea and is highly regarded by the Champions League winners.

August 7

12.45pm

Nottingham Forest have completed their second signing of the summer, in the form of Watford’s attacking midfielder Philip Zinckernagel, reports Paul Taylor.

The 26-year-old arrives on a season-long loan and the deal was completed in time for him to potentially make his debut at Coventry tomorrow.Chris Hughton has spoken about his desire to add more attacking threat to his Forest ranks, following a season where they had one of the tightest defences in the Championship — but were also among the division’s lowest scorers.

Zinkernagel contributed five assists and a single goal as Watford won promotion from the Championship last season, following his arrival from Bodo/Glimt in January.

He is a versatile player who, while predominantly a right-winger, can play anywhere in the attacking three.

Forest continue to pursue numerous targets, as Hughton seeks to bolster his squad, with Forest wanting to strengthen at left-back, right-back, in central midfield and up front.

August 6

3.30pm

Fulham are now close to agreeing a deal for Flamengo’s Rodrigo Muniz, reports Peter Rutzler.

Talks between the the west London club and their Brazilian counterparts have continued this week and they are now believed to be nearing a conclusion. Fulham had already seen off competition for the 20-year-old striker from Championship rivals Middlesbrough, with Neil Warnock today dismissing further reports that they had reentered the race to sign him.

Muniz, who was part of the Flamengo team that won the Brazilian title in 2020, contracted COVID-19 last week and has been in isolation. Should the transfer go through, he will need to quarantine upon arrival in the UK.

Marco Silva’s side have been in the market for a new striker to provide competition for Serbian all-time top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Muniz is poised to become the club’s third signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Paulo Gazzaniga on a free transfer from Tottenham, and Harry Wilson in a deal worth £12 million from Liverpool.

August 5

7.20am

Southampton will step up their interest in Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong after Danny Ings’ shock move to Aston Villa, reports Dan Sheldon.

Ings departed St Mary’s on Wednesday night in a move that could rise to up to as much as £30 million if certain clauses, which are said to be achievable, are met.

And Southampton are ready to strike a deal with Blackburn to sign Armstrong but remain reluctant to meet the Championship side’s current valuation, with sources citing the fact he has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal and wants to leave.

The 24-year-old scored 29 goals in 43 appearances for Rovers last season and his style of play is likened to Ings’. Blackburn are seeking to extract as much cash as possible due to the fact they will have to pay Newcastle a substantial amount of any fee they receive for him.

Reports indicate that Norwich have tabled a bid for Armstrong that falls within the club’s valuation but it remains unclear whether the striker favours a move to Carrow Road.

It’s understood Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham is also admired by Southampton, although the St Mary’s side would want him on loan.

The Stamford Bridge hierarchy would rather sell the 23-year-old to help fund a move for Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku than send him out on a temporary basis for the 2021-22 campaign. This means it’s unlikely he’ll end up on the south coast.

However, Southampton will continue to pay close attention to the situation.

The Athletic understands RB Leipzig’s Alexander Sorlorth is one of several players being considered across Europe, but those discussions are yet to extend beyond the walls at St Mary’s.

Sorlorth joined Crystal Palace in January 2018 but was sold two-and-a-half years later to the German side for over £15m.

It’s believed the club are reluctant to rush their search for a striker and want to ensure they end up with the right one who will fit into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s style of play.

Following Southampton’s 1-0 pre-season win over Levante on Wednesday night the Austrian said he hopes to welcome up to three new arrivals before the transfer window ends, saying: “We will hopefully get two or three more in and I am sure that we will replace him (Ings).”

Hasenhuttl is believed to be relaxed about Ings’ departure and is confident the current players at his disposal will step up in their talisman’s absence.

It is, however, widely accepted that signing a new forward to compensate the England international’s departure is crucial.

August 4

10.15pm

Tottenham have accepted a season-long loan offer from Galatasaray for Japhet Tanganga, reports Charlie Eccleshare.

The defender is not in a rush to make a decision, however, and wants to see if he is in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans for this season.

As an academy graduate, Tanganga would like to stay and prove himself at Spurs, but he is open to a move if it doesn’t look he will get sufficient game time this season.

A loan to another Premier League club could also become an option between now and the end of the transfer window.

15.30pm

Fulham and Aris Thessaloniki have resumed talks over a £4 million move for Aboubakar Kamara, reports Peter Rutzler.

The Mauritanian forward, 26, was subject to a similar offer from the Greek Super League side last month however talks broke down over the player’s personal terms. It is now understood that the move is back on the table.

Kamara joined Fulham from French side Amiens in July 2017 for a reported fee of £5 million, and has since gone on to make 91 appearances for the club, scoring 17 times. He had a peripheral role in the Premier League under Scott Parker last season, and was loaned out to Ligue 1 side Dijon in January.

Fulham are in the market for another centre-forward to support Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer and remain in talks with Brazilian club Flamengo about striker Rodrigo Muniz. It’s understood a deal for Muniz, who contracted Covid-19 last Friday, has not yet been agreed.

11.55am

Valencia have had a loan bid rejected for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa, reports Peter Rutzler. 

The Cameroon international, 25, is one of Fulham’s most valuable assets after a strong season in the Premier League last year, despite relegation.

Anguissa signed for Fulham from Marseille for a reported fee of £30 million in 2018, but he spent the 2019-20 season on loan in La Liga with Villarreal.

It’s understood Valencia have now tried to bring him back to Spain this summer, although their offer, which is believed to have been without a loan fee, has been rejected.

Elsewhere, Fulham’s Sylvester Jasper is understood to be close to joining Colchester United on loan after a trial period at Sheffield Wednesday. Defender Marlon Fossey, meanwhile, has returned after a trial at Rotherham.

Fulham kick off their Championship campaign against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

August 3

17.45pm

Egyptian champions Al Ahly are interested in signing Brighton’s Percy Tau, reports Andy Naylor.

Al Ahly are managed by Pitso Mosimane, who is Tau’s former manager at Mamelodi Sundowns. Mosimane turned the 27-year-old into South Africa’s biggest star while at Mamelodi. He joined Brighton from them in 2018 for £2.8 million.

Mosimane and the African champions want Tau for the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December. They have been very successful in recent years, winning the CAF Champions League twice.

Tau has struggled to make an impact at Brighton since securing his work permit in January 2021. He has made six Premier League and FA Cup appearances.

He previously spent time on loan at USG, Club Brugge and Anderlecht.

11.55am

Keinan Davis is set to miss out on a loan move away from Aston Villa after sustaining an injury in training, while former loan striker Tammy Abraham is back on the radar, reports Gregg Evans. 

Davis was set to depart until January and had a stack of Championship clubs including Stoke City interested in offering him a chance to impress.

But that move is expected to be called off as he recovers from the setback.

Davis has been a bit-part player at Villa in recent years and the club hoped a temporary move away would help him find some form in front of goal.

Wesley is the only alternative to striker Ollie Watkins, and boss Dean Smith had previously told him that he would get a chance to feature this year.

Villa are understood to be keen on bringing Abraham back to the club after a successful loan spell from Chelsea in 2018-19.

A striker was not initially a priority but Villa are keen to bolster their attacking ranks as they consider a £100 million offer for Jack Grealish from champions Manchester City.

Emi Buendia, the record signing, is training alone as he has been struggling with some discomfort around his hip but the injury is only a minor concern.

Meanwhile, Japan international Yoshinori Muto has left Newcastle United by mutual consent, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Muto, 29, signed from German side Mainz 05 but failed to win a regular place in Newcastle’s starting XI, making just ten starts in all competitions for the club.

He spent last season on loan with Eibar in La Liga and departs one year before the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2022.

August 2

13.35pm 

Nottingham Forest have tested Reading’s resolve over Josh Laurent but are not yet understood to have matched the price tag their Championship rivals have on their midfielder, reports Paul Taylor.

The Athletic understands that at least one seven-figure offer has been made for the 26-year-old, who was their player of the season last time out.

It remains to be seen whether Forest will up the ante again for Laurent, who signed for Reading from Shrewsbury on a free transfer in the summer of 2020, before going on to start all but one of their league games, while scoring three goals.

Forest do have more than one target in midfield, with their desire to bring James Garner back to the City Ground for a second loan spell from Manchester United already well known.

Laurent has played for eight clubs since coming through the youth ranks at QPR, including spells at Braintree, Brentford, Newport, Hartlepool, Wigan and Bury.

He signed a two year deal with the Berkshire club last summer and Forest — along with Glasgow Rangers, who are also said to be interested — will hope that the fact that he has only 12 months left to run on his deal could persuade Reading to do business.

July 30

9.35pm

Fulham are in talks to sign Brazilian striker Rodrigo Muniz from Flamengo, reports Peter Rutzler.

The west London club are seeking to bolster their attacking ranks, with Aleksandar Mitrovic currently the only recognised senior centre-forward in the squad.

It is understood that an agreement has not yet been reached for the 20-year-old striker, who has also reportedly attracted interest from Middlesbrough. However sources in Brazil state that Fulham are “moving in the right direction” towards an agreement. It is believed any deal would need to be on a permanent basis.

Muniz was a part of the Flamengo team who won the Brazilian title in 2020, and he has scored three goals from nine appearances in the Brazilian top flight this season. He has had his game-time limited by national-team striker Gabriel Barbosa, also known as Gabigol.

Fulham confirmed their first two signings under new coach Marco Silva last weekend. Paulo Gazzaniga arrived as a free transfer after leaving Tottenham, while Harry Wilson joined from Liverpool in a deal that could be worth up to £12 million.

11.15am

Galatasaray have made a loan bid for Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga, reports Charlie Eccleshare.

The offer would take Tanganga to Turkey on a season-long loan with no option or obligation to buy.

Spurs are weighing up the bid and will have to decide whether Tanganga, who plays mainly as a centre-back or right-back, will get enough game time this season. The club are currently in advanced talks with Atalanta over central defender Cristian Romero and retain an interest in Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, who like Tanganga can play centrally or as a right-back.

As The Athletic reported this morning, Tanganga is an academy graduate and so wants to fight for his place at Spurs. But should it be clear he won’t get sufficient minutes in north London this season then he would consider a loan.

July 29

5pm

West Ham United winger Nathan Holland has joined Oxford United on a season-long loan, reports Roshane Thomas.

The 23-year-old featured in West Ham’s pre-season games against Dundee and Northampton Town, but was not in the squad for the emphatic 6-2 win at Celtic or the under-23s’ 2-1 loss at Crawley Town.

Holland wants to play regular first team football and the deal includes an option for West Ham to recall the winger in January. Oxford United manager Karl Robinson is a huge admirer of Holland and he showed glimpses of his talent during his previous loan spell at the League One side during the second half of the 2019-20 season.

He registered two goals in 10 league appearances and impressed in their fourth round FA Cup defeat against Newcastle United. But less than a month later Holland sustained a hamstring injury against Shrewsbury Town which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

Last season Robinson’s side finished sixth and reached the semi-finals of the play-offs where they lost to Blackpool.

1pm

Tottenham striker Troy Parrott will undergo a medical at MK Dons today ahead of a season-long loan, reports Charlie Eccleshare.

Parrott, still only 19, spent last season on loan at Championship side Millwall and then League One team Ipswich. Having struggled at Millwall but made a positive impression at Ipswich, it’s hoped that another year in League One will help prepare him for top-flight football.

Parrott was given a taste of life at his new club when he came on as a substitute for Tottenham in their 3-1 win at MK Dons on Wednesday night.

With six caps and two goals for the Republic of Ireland senior team to his name already, Parrott is contracted to Spurs until the summer of 2023.

8.30am

Meanwhile, Rangers are set to seal the signing of Manchester United midfielder Charlie McCann on a three-year deal, report Jordan Campbell and Laurie Whitwell

It is understood the 19-year-old is in Glasgow for his medical after agreeing terms to join Steven Gerrard’s side.

The Republic of Ireland youth international spent last season playing at the heart of midfield for United’s under-23s but was informed he would be allowed to move on this summer when his contract expired if an opportunity presented itself.

McCann was deemed unlikely to make the grade at first-team level, and his exit will make room for younger players to come into the group.

The two clubs are understood to have been discussing a compensation package for a number of weeks, but the announcement is expected imminently.

He has been at Old Trafford since 2018 when United signed him from Coventry City. It is expected be will join Rangers B before looking to impress the first-team.

July 28

2pm

Celtic are in talks with Tottenham over a potential move for Joe Hart, report Charlie Eccleshare and Kieran Devlin.

The expectation is that the two clubs will be able to reach an agreement and that Hart will leave Spurs after only a year at the club.

The former England No 1 moved to Tottenham last summer to provide cover for Hugo Lloris, and ended up making 10 appearances, though none in the Premier League.

But after Spurs completed the loan signing of Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta on Saturday, Hart was informed that he could leave. He had no desire to be third-choice at Tottenham so a departure would suit all parties.

Hart was a popular member of the Spurs dressing room and provided experience and know-how for a young squad. But aged 34 he was never viewed as a long-term successor to Lloris and only joined on a two-year deal.

Celtic have been looking for competition for their No 1 spot this transfer window, with Vasilis Barkas underperforming since his arrival from AEK Athens last summer, and Scott Bain struggling to justify his own claim to the starting spot.

The club hope Hart can challenge for that starting spot and potentially return to the form of his early career, in order to address one of their problem positions.

Should Tottenham be able to find an agreement over Hart then he would follow Erik Lamela and Toby Alderweireld out of the club. The departure of both was confirmed this week as new managing director of football Fabio Paratici tries to thin out the Spurs squad.

July 27

1pm

The Athletic understands Easah Suliman has decided against a return to the UK and will spend next season on loan at CD Nacional in Portugal, reports Gregg Evans.

The 23-year-old centre-back left Aston Villa for Vitoria Guimaraes last January but has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot.

A number of clubs in both England and Scotland were interested in signing him this summer but Suliman has agreed to drop down a division and spent the season on the island of Madeira.

Villa are keeping a close eye on his career as they will receive 30 per cent of any future transfer fee if he leaves Vitoria.

The England Under-19 European Championship winner still has three years remaining on his contract.

8:30am

Newcastle United are hopeful of offloading Yoshinori Muto, with concrete interest in the striker from Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, reports Chris Waugh.

The 29-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Eibar in Spain and has no future at Newcastle, despite training with the first team on Monday following a non-COVID-related illness.

With Muto in the final year of his contract, Newcastle would ideally like to sell the Japan international, but Aris are understood to prefer a loan move and could cover around 40 per cent of his wages, which are in excess of £50,000 a week.

No agreement is yet in place but the Greek Super League outfit are optimistic a deal can be reached, with Newcastle potentially willing to accept a nominal fee in order to move on another high earner.

Florian Lejeune departed for Deportivo Alaves earlier this month, freeing up space in the squad for potential incomings, although Steve Bruce, the head coach, has yet to make a signing of his own.

July 26

11.30am

Xherdan Shaqiri is set to leave Liverpool this summer with Serie A duo Lazio and Napoli leading the chase for his signature, reports James Pearce.

The Switzerland international has informed the club he wants to pursue a new challenge and sporting director Michael Edwards will grant him his wish if a suitable offer is tabled. Shaqiri is valued at around £12 million.

The 29-year-old made just seven starts for Liverpool in all competitions last season but enhanced his reputation with his performances at the Euros.

Some suitors have been under the impression that he had entered the final year of his contract but The Athletic understands that Liverpool have the option of triggering an extra 12 months so his current deal effectively runs until the summer of 2023. The asking price reflects that.

Italy is Shaqiri’s destination of choice with the player telling Corriere dello Sport: “I told the Liverpool board I feel ready for a new challenge. They accepted my decision and will now consider bids to sell me.

“Who is not in love with the Italian lifestyle? What is really striking is the Italian love for football. It is life in Italy. The fans are incredible. I’ve been following Lazio for a long time. It’s a top club.”

Lazio and Napoli have both been in contact with the player’s representatives. Liverpool have previously fielded interest from Spanish duo Sevilla and Villarreal. They inquired about a potential loan but were informed that Liverpool will only sanction a permanent move.

Liverpool have so far raised more than £30 million in sales from the exits of fringe players Kamil Grabara, Liam Millar, Marko Grujic, Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi.

10.30am

Manchester United are increasingly optimistic that an agreement can be struck with Real Madrid to secure the signing of defender Raphael Varane, reports David Ornstein.

Negotiations between the Premier League club and 28-year-old France international over personal terms have reached an advanced stage and United are intensifying talks with their Spanish counterparts.

As conversations continue over a transfer fee, the Old Trafford side will be pushing for a lower figure than the €50 million reported in some quarters.

A deal for Varane would see United recruit one of the game’s leading centre-backs, who has decided against extending a contract that expires in 2022 and therefore Real need to sell now or face losing him for free next summer.

United have already strengthened their squad via the £73m acquisition of England winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has extended his contract until 2024 with an option for a further year.

July 25

12pm

Crystal Palace look set to continue their eye-catching recruitment drive since installing Patrick Vieira as their new manager, with a deal for Lyon defender Joachim Andersen close to being completed, reports Peter Rutzler.

Following the arrivals of midfielder Michael Olise, goalkeeper Remi Matthews and centre-back Marc Guehi, Palace are on track to secure another impressive acquisition this week in the form of Andersen.

The Denmark international has undergone a medical with the south London club and is expected to sign a five-year contract once the terms of a transfer believed to be worth around €22 million plus €5m in add-ons are finalised.

Andersen spent last season on loan at Fulham and made a strong impression despite their relegation from the Premier League, leading to the likes of Tottenham considering a move for him.

But Palace have acted quickest and capitalised on Lyon’s financial difficulties to agree a price with the French top division side that is below the fee it is believed they were hopeful of achieving.

Andersen started his professional career with FC Twente before joining Sampdoria and then Lyon. He played 31 games for Fulham in 2020-21 and helped his country to the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

July 24

6pm

Arsenal’s academy has been bolstered by the signing of highly-rated striker Mika Biereth, who had previously been at Fulham, report James McNicholas and Peter Rutzler.

While the 18-year-old had been offered a professional contract at Craven Cottage, he has turned it down, instead choosing to join Arsenal.

Last season, Biereth helped fire Fulham’s Under-18s to the Premier League National Final, where they ultimately came up short against Manchester City. He was top scorer in the Under-18s Premier League South — with a record of 21 goals in 21 games — and collected 13 assists along the way.

Arsenal are assembling a collection of young centre-forwards with varying styles. Folarin Balogun has been promoted to the first team, while the academy ranks include Nikolaj Moller, Khayon Edwards and new arrival from Chelsea Amani Richards.

Swedish forward Moller, 19, will spend next season on loan with Viktoria Koln in the third tier of German football, which could open up opportunities for Biereth with Arsenal’s Under-23 side.

12.30pm

Stefan Johansen has agreed a move to Queens Park Rangers for £450,000 with further add-ons, reports Peter Rutzler.

Johansen, who joined Fulham in 2016, made a positive impression while on loan at QPR last season and the Championship side have been pushing to retain the Norway international on a permanent basis.

Following the arrival of Marco Silva at Fulham, it seemed that Johansen could have been given another chance at the club as the new manager assessed his options within the squad.

But ultimately, QPR have acquired his services and will be hoping the 30-year-old can continue to perform brightly, having grabbed four goals and two assists in his 21 appearances since joining the club in January.

July 23

11am

Chelsea academy graduate Ian Maatsen will join Coventry City next week on a season-long loan, reports Liam Twomey.

Maatsen, 19, spent last season on loan in League One with Charlton Athletic, making 34 appearances and scoring his first senior professional goal in a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in April.

Last month Charlton manager Nigel Adkins confirmed that he would be interested in bringing Maatsen back to The Valley, but both the player and Chelsea favoured a Championship loan to further his development.

Coventry intend to deploy Maatsen as a left wing-back in their system, and it is hoped that manager Mark Robins’ expansive passing style will give the Dutch youth international opportunities to take his game to the next level.

Maatsen was involved in the early days of Chelsea’s preseason training at Cobham, but was not part of the squad that travelled to Republic of Ireland on Tuesday. He will complete his move to Coventry next week.

Chelsea did not seek to extend the contract of Maatsen — who signed a new deal in March 2020 that commits him to the club until at least June 2024 — but he is regarded internally as one of the club’s more promising youngsters.

Maatsen does not turn 20 until March 2022, and will be hoping to return to Chelsea next summer with a second full season of regular football under his belt and his reputation further enhanced.

9am

Meanwhile, Leeds United have made an approach to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan.

The club are targeting the 21-year-old as a player for their senior squad just hours after adding another Chelsea player, Lewis Bate, to their Under-23 ranks.

A central midfielder is the club’s top priority after they secured the arrival of £13m left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona this month.

Leeds have been monitoring Gallagher throughout the summer and are understood to have pitched the transfer to him already with the start of the new Premier League season on the horizon.

Crystal Palace are also seriously interested in him and are vying with Leeds for his signature.

Gallagher is currently training with Chelsea but the Stamford Bridge side are ready to sanction another temporary move in this window after sending him to West Bromwich Albion last season and Swansea City the year before.

His spell at The Hawthorns, where he made 28 league starts, gave him Premier League experience and Leeds consider him a good fit under Marcelo Bielsa.

Chelsea are unwilling to consider permanent bids for Gallagher and are likely to look for him to sign a new contract before he heads out but manager Thomas Tuchel does not see him as part of his plans for the 12 months ahead.

Yesterday, United wrapped up the £1.2m arrival of Bate from Stamford Bridge. While the 18-year-old will begin life at Elland Road in the development squad, Gallagher would link up immediately with Bielsa’s senior squad if Leeds can push a deal through.

July 21

9.15pm

Southampton are set to sign Chelsea defender Dynel Simeu on a three-year contract, reports Dan Sheldon.

The highly-regarded 19-year-old rejected the chance to remain at Stamford Bridge in a bid to boost his chances of playing first-team football.

Simeu will arrive at St Mary’s on a free transfer but Southampton will pay up to £1.5 million if certain clauses are met. A sell-on fee has also been inserted into the contract.

The Athletic is led to believe the south coast side will only start paying for Simeu once he starts playing for the first team.

10.30am

West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen is on Liverpool’s radar as they consider adding more firepower to their squad, reports James Pearce.

The Athletic understands that the 24-year-old forward’s name features on a shortlist drawn up of potential attacking targets.

Whether Liverpool reinforce their squad in that area in the current window depends to a large extent on whether Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri leave Anfield. The club are open to offers for both players with Shaqiri attracting interest from Lazio.

Bowen fits the profile for Liverpool in terms of his age, playing style and versatility. He’s viewed as someone with massive potential who would initially provide high calibre back-up and increase competition for places.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rates him highly and the club will continue to monitor his development even if they don’t ultimately pursue a deal this summer.

Bowen, who started his career at Hereford United, joined West Ham from Hull City for £18 million potentially rising to £25 million with add-ons in January 2020.

He scored eight goals and contributed five assists in 38 league appearances last season. His contract at the London Stadium runs until 2025.

9am

Birmingham City have agreed to take goalkeeper Matija Sarkic on loan for the 2021-22 season after a successful trial period, reports Gregg Evans.

The 23-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper has impressed since arriving last week and will now challenge for a starting place in the team.

Boss Lee Bowyer had made it clear that he needed a new goalkeeper before the start of the season following Neil Etheridge’s absence with COVID-19.

A return date has not been set for Etheridge, who is out of hospital and back with his family, but will not be rushed back.

Etheridge could be out for a matter of weeks, if not months, and that’s why Sarkic has made the switch from Wolves.

The Montenegro international spent his early years at Aston Villa but couldn’t find a way into the team as he was behind a number of senior goalkeepers.

He joined Wolves last summer and was sent out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town.

Although he has been on the bench a number of times for Villa in the Championship, this will be his first real chance of playing in the second-tier now an agreement is in place to join Birmingham.

The move is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

July 20

2pm

Liverpool have told Fulham they want £15 million for winger Harry Wilson, reports James Pearce.

The London club, who are looking to bounce back following relegation from the Premier League last season, are keen to sign the Wales international.

Discussions are ongoing with no official bid on the table but Liverpool insist £15 million is a fair price. They point to the fact that Fulham have previously paid that amount for fellow widemen Ivan Cavaleiro and Anthony Knockaert. They view Wilson as comparable in terms of his profile.

Liverpool turned down a bid of around £12 million for Wilson from Burnley last season and believe he’s progressed since then following a successful loan spell at Cardiff City where he scored seven goals and contributed 12 assists.

The 24-year-old accepts the time is right to secure a permanent move away from Anfield as he wants regular game time. As well as Cardiff, he has previously been loaned out to Crewe, Hull City, Derby County and Bournemouth.

Benfica, Brentford and West Bromwich Albion have also shown interest in Wilson this summer.

Wrexham-born Wilson has been on Liverpool’s books since under-nines level. His only senior appearances were against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup during the 2016-17 campaign and against Arsenal in the League Cup last season.

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1pm

Leeds United hope to complete the signing of Chelsea midfielder Lewis Bate before the end of the week after agreeing a fee with the west London club, reports Simon Johnson.

The Athletic has been told that personal terms are being discussed in view of Bate conducting a medical at Leeds on Wednesday. Chelsea have negotiated a sell-on clause as part of the switch, but have not inserted a buy back clause.

There is still the danger of one of the other interested clubs trying to hijack the move at the 11th hour. The Athletic reported on Monday that Leeds were the favourites to secure the 18-year-old’s signature, but faced competition from West Ham, Liverpool, Leicester City and Brighton. 

Time is running out for the others to make a bid though and the player has already given a major indication his mind is made up by following a number of Leeds players on Instagram. 

Chelsea have been left with no choice to negotiate with clubs over selling the youngster after Bate made it clear he wasn’t going to sign a contract extension.

The west London club opened talks with Bate before the end of last season and made a good offer, but the England Under-19 international rejected it because he is worried about the lack of a pathway to appearances in the first team.

That meant Chelsea had to discuss a sale because he has only one year left on his current deal and they’d only be entitled to a nominal amount in compensation if he left in 2022.

Bate is a very highly rated teenager, who has been compared with another Chelsea prodigy Billy Gilmour. He came close to making a senior debut under former manager Frank Lampard last year when he was named on the bench against Sheffield United and Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, another academy graduate Ike Ugbo is hoping to complete a permanent transfer to Belgian club Genk FC in the next few days. Ugbo, who scored an impressive 16 goals in 32 appearances while on loan at Cercle Bruges last season, has already agreed a wage package.

The hold-up is being caused by the size of the fee. Chelsea want £5 million for the 22-year-old, but Genk aren’t willing to pay such a high sum for the forward because he has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge.

There is still optimism that a compromise will be reached so it can be finalised by the weekend.

July 15

2.20pm

Celtic have agreed to sell Kristoffer Ajer to Brentford for a fee believed to be around £12 million up-front with add-ons, reports Kieran Devlin.

Celtic rejected £10 million bids from Norwich City and Bayer Leverkusen in June for the Norwegian international’s services. Celtic informed interested parties that £15 million would be the fee required to separate them for their player. Last week Celtic rebuffed Brentford’s opening bid, which is believed to have been also £12 million up-front but totalling to £15 million with add-ons valued at roughly £3 million, a lower value than the finally agreed fee.



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