Sep 1, 2014, 8:35 AM EDT
It’s that day again, and it’s time to bring you all the smattering of news this morning as the English transfer window slams shut later tonight.
There are rumors across the entirety of the league, so we’ll run down them here.
The closest to completion at the moment appears to be Southampton‘s acquisition of Atletico Madrid and World Cup defender Toby Alderweireld (pictured).
The Belgian was a big – and successful – part of Marc Wilmots’ push to the World Cup quarterfinals and ESPN is reporting Ronald Koeman has tied up a season-long loan for the Madrid defender. At 25 years old, he moved from Ajax to the Spanish capital last summer on the Spanish Deadline Day but he’s been in and out of the squad.
French media outlet RMC Sport is reporting that Marseille striker Andre Ayew is a wanted man in the Premier League, and that the club is looking to sell now that the Ghanan is in the last year of his contract. The report says the 24-year-old has rejected Hull City, but is in serious negotiations with both Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers.
There’s been much talk of Southampton being done with their firesale (much to the chagrin of Morgan Schneiderlin) but Spurs aren’t done trying. According to The Independent as well as our very own Joe Prince-Wright, Tottenham have increased their offer for Jay Rodriguez in a last-ditch attempt to pry him away from his current club. The 25-year-old Burnley native is coming off ACL surgery, but that reportedly hasn’t warded off his former manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has apparently offered Andros Townsend in an improved offer. There is no word on exactly how much the new offer is for in addition to Townsend, but the report says the old offer was $23 million. Townsend is reportedly fine with the move.
Crystal Palace is rumored to be bringing Wigan’s James McArthur back to the Premier League on a club record $11 million deal. Multiple outlets are reporting the deal, and there is a picture that has surfaced of McArthur stepping out of a car at Palace’s Beckenham training ground.
Rumors yesterday were confirmed by the club that Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe is a wanted man in the Premier League, and there is news that he’s currently in England. Sky Sports says he “doesn’t want to go back to Toronto.” Ouch.
It appears likely that Manchester City will be selling wantaway defender Matija Nastasic today, but the destination is yet unknown. The Mirror‘s David Anderson has called Nastasic “hot property,” no surprise given the 21-year-old’s young age and performance in Manchester City’s runner-up season two years ago. According to Anderson, teams in for him include Tottenham, Newcastle, Marseille, and Arsenal.
Another sale that could rock Manchester City is one involving Alvaro Negredo. There are reports that he could complete a season-long loan move to Valencia that would essentially act as a sale thanks to the “obligation” – not option – to buy for around $40 million. The Spaniard was a main component of City’s title-winning season, making 32 league appearances last year and scoring nine goals – plus five more in the Champions League – in a supporting role to Sergio Aguero. He only joined City last summer as one of Manuel Pellegrini’s first signings.
Speaking of Arsenal, the BBC continues to maintain they are done with business for the transfer window, but that’s not stopping other media from linking them with just about every player out there. The most recent one appears to be Swansea’s Wilfried Bony, according to the Daily Star‘s Duncan Wright.
Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).
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