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That, my transfer friends, is that for the day. Thank you very much for following. The big deal of the afternoon saw Frank Lampard complete his move to New York City FC, while Everton confirmed (we think) the signing of Muhamed Besic. We'll be back right here at 09:00 BST on Friday to do it all again. See you then!
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that the club did everything they could to try to keep Real Madrid new boy Toni Kroos. He said at a press conference: "We tried to convince him to stay at the club but I understand. He is young and wants new challenges. It is his decision and we have to respect that. I hope he is happy in Madrid. It was an honour to be his coach. I wish the very best to him and his family. At the same time I want to say thank you for what he did last season."
Guardiola: We wanted to keep Kroos
According to the Daily Express, newly promoted Leicester are lining up a loan move for Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby. The 23-year-old struggled for games last season and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Fulham. He has also been linked with Aston Villa in part-exchange for Ron Vlaar.
Transfer Talk: Leicester keen on Holtby loan
Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has been training with QPR but is unsure whether the club will take a risk on him due to an ongoing knee problem. He said: "We'll just see how it goes, If I do well in a couple of games then you never know. But, if not, then I will have at least got some fitness and maybe some games and everyone is aware of my situation.''
According to Marca, new Barcelona signing Jeremy Mathieu had to take a drop in wages to sign for the club. The 30-year-old Frenchman joined Barca from Valencia in a whopping €20 million (£15.8m) deal on Wednesday and was reportedly given an extra year in his contract to make up for taking a pay cut.
Roma have completed the signing of Cagliari centre-back Davide Astori on a season-long loan, with the option to make the deal permanent next year. "Cagliari thanks Astori for the professionalism, devotion and gratitude he has show until his last moment in red and blue," a club statement reads.
Official: Astori joins Roma
And there's bad news for Andy Carroll. The striker will be out of action for the next four months after sustaining an ankle injury in training on the club's pre-season tour to New Zealand.
VERY BAD NEW REGARDING AC, TORN LIGAMENTS IN ANKLE... OPERATION TOMORROW WITH TOP SURGEON IN USA... WILL BE PLAYING IN 4 MONTHS— Jack Sullivan (@jsullivanwhu) July 24, 2014
West Ham have agreed a deal with Pachuca to sign striker Enner Valencia but must wait until July 29 to find out if his work permit has been granted. Speaking today (again, via his son’s Twitter account), Hammers co-owner David Sullivan said he was “very, very optimistic” of the deal being completed. He also revealed that defender Winston Reid has rejected a new deal.
Swansea completed the signing of Ecuadorian midfielder Jefferson Montero earlier today, and the 24-year-old has revealed that he spoke with compatriot Antonio Valencia before making the switch. He told the club’s official website: “We’ve spoken recently and we joked about Swansea and Manchester United playing in the first game. So that will be an interesting match for us. He also told me how great the league is. Every single game is very competitive, and I’m really looking forward to playing in it.”
Laurent Blanc would be a GREAT poker player. Asked about Paris Saint-Germain's interest in Angel Di Maria, he told reporters: "I'll leave you to speculate. At the moment nothing is done. Are there negotiations? It's not for me to say, but for the board of the club."
Blanc coy on Di Maria talk
West Ham co-owner David Sullivan is currently answering questions in a Q&A taking place on his teenage son's Twitter account. Yes, really. He has revealed so far that talks are under way with Ravel Morrison and his agents over a new contract, Andy Carroll will NOT be sold this summer, and Wilfried Bony is too expensive to sign at £19 million but he was keen on a move for the striker last year... but nobody else at the club wanted him. Whoops-a-daisy.
Hello! Is business about to pick up? According to Sport, Arsenal have offered Iker Casillas a five-year contract worth €9 million (£7.1m) per season. All they have to do now is agree a fee with Real Madrid. The Champions League holders are set to sign Keylor Navas to provide competition for Casillas and Diego Lopez. Do they really need all three? Lopez has been linked with Monaco but his agent insists he's going nowhere. Arsenal, over to you...
Transfer Talk: Arsenal make Casillas offer
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes says no offers have been received for Asmir Begovic or Ryan Shawcross. He told BBC Radio Stoke: "That is just us being realistic rather then us saying we will never want to sell player of Asmir's or Ryan's ability. We want them in the side, they have been bedrocks of the side for a number of years and everyone involved in the club hope that will remain the case going forward."
The Everton manager told the club's official website: "The next few days will allow Mo to meet the players, but more importantly it is an opportunity for him to get into optimum condition ahead of the new season. I am looking forward to introducing him to the Everton fans when we come back but first I would like to thank Ferencváros for the way in which they have approached the negotiations. They have been very understanding at this point and we have enjoyed a good working relationship."
In the strangest transfer announcement in the history of transfer announcements, Everton have informed fans on their official website that Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic will join up with the squad on their pre-season trip to Thailand. The 21-year-old will not play in any matches but will train with his new team-mates as he steps up his fitness after the World Cup.
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remains unsure whether the club will sign Fabio Borini. A £14 million deal was agreed with Liverpool last week but Borini’s agent says the striker is keen to remain at Anfield and wants to impress during pre-season. Poyet told the Sunderland Echo: “I think we need to be honest. The more time that goes past, it looks to me like we have less chance. Some people think the opposite. The more players Liverpool sign, then there is more chance. Let’s see who is right and wrong.”
Japan have appointed Javier Aguirre as a replacement for Alberto Zaccheroni. The Mexican has managed twice at international level before - both times with Mexico - and left his role as Espanyol boss at the end of last season. Zaccheroni retired from management after failing to guide Japan to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Japan appoint Aguirre
And in case you missed it earlier, here are all the key details as Arsenal and Tottenham battle it out for the Southampton midfielder...
- Arsenal redouble efforts to beat Spurs to Schneiderlin signing
- Frenchman is regarded as No.1 priority signing for both clubs
- Arsenal hope financial package and CL football will seal deal
- Saints rate player at £18m, Arsenal value him at £15m mark
Right, let's have a reminder of the big transfer news of the day. Goal understands Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners opened preliminary talks with Saints last week but face strong competition from north London rivals Tottenham for his signature. However, the Gunners have outlined a salary package which they hope, combined with the lure of Champions League football, could prove decisive.
Arsenal redouble Schneiderlin pursuit