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Transfer news as Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid draws closer, with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United chasing late signings.

31 August 2013

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  1. 1122: 

    We'll now be taking a break from the transfer front to concentrate on Saturday's Premier League games.

    The schedule kicks-off with Manchester City versus Hull and you can keep up to date with all the action with today's live text commentary.


    Liam Wilson: Mourinho criticising big spending clubs and saying they've gone a different route? Haven't they spent €74m + Eto's wages? (see 0950)

    Rian Hoskins: The two positions that need filling when promoted are striker and centre back and I think Hull and Palace need them the most.

    Elliot Robinson: If Wenger doesn't sign anyone else between now and Monday night I'll be livid. He must have a trick up his sleeve, surely...

  3. 1112: 

    Celtic's new signing of Finland striker Teemu Pukki from Schalke has scored Pukki, 23, has scored six goals in his 24 international appearances.

    The Hoops have qualified for the Champions League group stages and manager Neil Lennon said: "The carrot of the Champions League might be a bigger draw for a lot of players now.

    "I think it puts us in an excellent position but they will have to play well to get into that team."

  4. 1058: 

    Kevin Kilbane moved twice on deadline day and he gives his account of how close it can get in his BBC Sport column.

    On a switch from Sunderland to Everton in September 2003, he says: "Finally, with only a few minutes to spare, the signed papers were faxed off to the Football Association to beat the deadline. That's how tight it gets. Deals are made with seconds to spare.

    "There are risks on both sides when completing a deal so late in the day - and Everton certainly took a chance as I couldn't complete a medical before signing."


    James Montague: If Madrid don't sign Bale do Spurs get refunds on all the players they have signed with cash they don't actually have yet?

    George Jenkins: I'm not sure Wenger knows the deadline day is Monday.

    Andrew Stafford: Anyone else reckon Spurs are slowing down the Bale deal just so Real can't risk selling anyone to Arsenal just yet?

  6. 1047: 

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez and Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew have made their unhappiness clear at the season starting with the transfer window open.

    But, in his column for the Daily Mirror, former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says: "It is impossible to come up with a perfect time for a window unless you harmonise every league in Europe.

    "And still it will come down to two factors - that the clubs with the money will still win... and the character of the player will dictate if you have problems or not. It's always been the way."

  7. 1038: 

    Nottingham Forest will make fresh bids for Wolves winger Bakary Sako and Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter after their game against Wigan, according to the Nottingham Evening Post.


    Alex Crook: Can't help but think If Everton lose Fellaini and Baines then they will be thrown into the desperate deadline day game.

    Allan Baker: Newcastle need a right back 2 midfielder and 2 top strikers but we'll probably end up with only 1 of the above if any.

    Andrew Priestley: Manchester United need to strengthen. Yes we won the PL, but we can't fall into the same trap as Man City did last summer.

  9. 1025: 

    Celtic complete the signing of Finland striker Teemu Pukki on a four-year deal. The 23-year-old arrives from German club Schalke for an undisclosed fee.

    The Scottish champions snapped up Israel midfielder Nir Biton on the same length of contract on Friday.

  10. 1016: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini has his say on the state of the transfer market and the fees being paid for players.

    The former French international says: "I think transfers are robbery.

    "Today, the player is more a product than a player and that irks me because there is a whole lot of people trying to make this player make money in order to earn commissions, we should think about that and try to find something more healthy."

  11. 1009: 

    Mourinho also said the "best team lost" but Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola disagrees.

    "It's his [Mourinho's] opinion. I have too my opinion. We have played unbelievably good football. The best team won. We had so many opportunities to score," says Guardiola.

  12. 1006: 

    Just in case you missed it, Chelsea were beaten in the Super Cup final 5-4 on penalties. The Blues had Ramires sent-off and boss Jose Mourinho says: "At Chelsea (in his first spell), I played two or three times with 10 men against Barcelona.

    "I went to Inter and played a Champions League semi-final, one hour, with 10 men against Barcelona.

    "I go to Real Madrid, I played again a Champions League semi-final with 10 men. I came back to Chelsea and played a Super Cup final with 10 men again.

    "Go to analyse the actions and make your conclusions."I'm unlucky. Just that."


    Josh: Defoe should sign for Cardiff City. Malky, sign him up - be cheap and a great goal scorer.

    Carl Potts: I'm on my honeymoon and Arsene Wenger's more laid back than I am at the moment! Sign Benzema for me as a late wedding present!

    Daniel Bourn: Arsenal's squad is so threadbare and everyone knows it. We need a GK/CB/CDM and a world class LW and ST. Spend Spend Spend.

  14. 0950: 

    Jose Mourinho labels clubs who continue to spend big in an era of Financial Fair Play as "economic sharks".

    The Chelsea manager was speaking about UEFA's FFP policy which was designed to ensure a club's expenditure does not exceed its income.

    In an interview with ESPN, he says: "Clubs have to think about the future, where financial fair play will make us think about football in a different way.

    "We have already started but other clubs seem to think FFP will never start or they think they can override what FFP says and determines. They have continued spending incredible sums. We have gone with another thought."

  15. 0932: 

    Liverpool are trying to get in on the late transfer action by signing defenders Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori from Paris St-Germain and Sporting Lisbon respectively.

    Sakho, 23, and Ilori 20 are expected on Merseyside for medicals and further talks today.


    Cook Pass Babtridge: If we sign two out of Herrera, De Rossi and Fellaini, I think the majority of United fans will be very happy.

    Boris Whybrow: Villa need a quality no.10 who can make a killer pass and chip in with goals, but works hard. Does such a player exist?

    Emma: I'm unsure as to whether Newcastle are aware the window is open ... could you perhaps drop them a line and inform them? Ta!

  17. 0921: 

    South Korea international Ki Sung-Yeung is set to complete a season-long loan move to Sunderland, according to the Press Association.

    The Swansea midfielder travelled to the north east on Friday and is due to undergo a medical on Saturday morning. Ki would become Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio's 12th summer signing.

  18. 0912: 

    Fernando Torres scored in Chelsea's Super Cup defeat to Bayern Munich last night but the Spaniard has struggled in his time at the London club following a £50m move in January 2011.

    Jamie Carragher played with Torres at Liverpool and, in his Daily Mail column, says: "Surely now Torres has to think about salvaging his reputation.

    "There is only one way to do that. This has been a summer when players have pressed for moves, so wouldn't it be refreshing if Torres actually said to Chelsea: 'This hasn't worked, I need to leave. I need to play.'

    "If he were to join Valencia, Atletico Madrid or Sevilla, just to become a regular starter, I'm positive people would have great respect for him. Should he end up staying at Chelsea, though, one thing is certain: more miserable nights beckon."

  19. 0905: 

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho suggests that he will not be bringing in any more players having signed Brazilian playmaker Willian, 25, and striker Samuel Eto'o, 32, in the past week.

    When asked if he would be signing any more players before the close of the transfer window, Mourinho said: "No, I don't think so."


    Rory Moxom: Spurs need another left-back because Danny Rose doesn't look good enough and a quality back up striker if Roberto Soldado gets injured.

    Cortez: My club Arsenal haven't done enough, we need a top class centre-forward and winger.

    Ben Williams: Liverpool need to sign a new young winger. We need some more strength in the middle of the park. Not enough yet.

  21. 0847: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not seem too bothered by Tottenham being one of the big movers and shakers on the transfer scene.

    The two clubs face each other on Sunday and Wenger says: "They try very hard (to bridge the gap) of course, that is normal. In our job, there is always a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad.

    "I know that in England it is very well seen, but it is always difficult when you bring so many players in."

  22. 0843: 

    Arsenal fans may be casting an envious eye across to north London rivals Tottenham. While Spurs have brought in seven players for more than £100m, the Gunners are yet to spend a penny as they have made two free signings.

    Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler and Real Madrid playmaker Kaka are the latest of a plethora of names to be linked with Arsenal but will boss Arsene Wenger make any big name signings this summer?

    "We have financial potential, I wouldn't deny that, but we will decide still to pay the right price," says Wenger.


    Ian Hall: WBA approach the transfer market like a tortoise watching a bunch of hares fly off. They're useless.

    Sean Kelly: Man Utd already have a ready made creative midfield talent in Shinji Kagawa. We need a box to box ball winning player.

    Huw Saunders: Chelsea, whatever we do now, we don't need another attacking midfielder!

  24. 0823: 

    Spurs have been busy spending the cash they will be getting from selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

    The latest arrivals through the White Hart Lane doors are playmaker Christian Eriksen, 21, striker Erik Lamela, 21, and centre-back Vlad Chiriches, 23.

    The trio follow Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli in joining Tottenham, who have spent in excess of £100m in strengthening their squad this summer.

  25. 0816: 

    The wait for the deal taking Gareth Bale from Tottenham to Real Madrid continues. The latest development is that the 24-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Spanish club.

    "All that remains now is for Spurs to formally accept Real Madrid's offer and to agree on simultaneous announcements," says BBC chief sports correspondent Dan Roan.


    You will have your thoughts on your club's transfer goings on and we want to hear them. Who do you need to sign? What position does your team need to strengthen in? Have your club done enough?

    Let us know your thoughts at #bbcfootball.

  27. 0808: 

    Let's start with a round up of the gossip column.

    Manchester United's 'trolley dash' before the transfer supermarket closes involves trying to sign four players. Athletic Bilbao playmaker Ander Herrera, 24, Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, 30, plus Everton duo Leighton Baines, 28, and Marouane Fellaini, 25, are all on the Old Trafford club's shopping list. Full story: Daily Telegraph

    Gareth Bale will move from Tottenham to Real Madrid, but the deal will be for £78m and will not break the world record of £80m the Spanish club paid for Cristiano Ronaldo when they signed the 28-year-old from Manchester United. Full story: Daily Mail

    Arsenal are lining up moves for Schalke's attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, 19, as well as Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, 31. Full story: Daily Mirror

  28. 0800: 

    Trials, tribulations and transfers. Whether you are angry and confused or frustrated and furious, the British summer transfer window slams shut at 23:00 BST on Monday, 2 September and the race is on to get those last-ditch signings through the door.

    It is a good morning from BBC Sport and, if you are looking for somewhere to get the latest transfer news and gossip, you've found it.

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As It Stands Table

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 22 32 52
No movement 2 Man City 22 23 47
Moving up 3 Man Utd 23 18 43
Moving down 4 Southampton 22 21 42
Moving up 5 Tottenham 23 5 40
Moving down 6 Arsenal 22 14 39
Moving up 7 Liverpool 23 5 38
Moving down 8 West Ham 23 9 36
Moving up 9 Stoke 23 -3 32
Moving down 10 Swansea 22 -4 30
Moving down 11 Newcastle 23 -6 30
No movement 12 Everton 23 -3 26
No movement 13 Crystal Palace 23 -9 23
Moving up 14 Sunderland 23 -12 23
Moving down 15 West Brom 23 -12 22
Moving down 16 Aston Villa 22 -14 22
No movement 17 Burnley 23 -17 20
No movement 18 Hull 23 -13 19
No movement 19 QPR 23 -17 19
No movement 20 Leicester 23 -17 17

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