Football Transfer News and Rumours – Wed 6th July

Matt Phillips – West Brom – DONE DEAL

West Brom have shelled out £5.5 million for 25 year old QPR defender Matt Phillips, who has signed on a four year deal with the Baggies. This comes after West Brom allowed goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard and attackers Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe leave the club.

James Tomkins – Crystal Palace – DONE DEAL

We reported yesterday that a deal between West Ham and Crystal Palace for 27 year old defender James Tomkins was close to completion. This deal eventually went through as a £10 million agreement was struck between the Premier League clubs.

Leroy Fer – Swansea – DONE DEAL

Swansea have dipped their toes in the transfer market and come out with QPR midfielder Leroy Fer, who had a spell in South Wales last season on loan from the Championship club. The 26 year old midfielder had stated a desire to stay with Swansea, and Francesco Guidolin duly obliged and purchased him with a year remaining on his QPR contract.

Mike van der Hoorn – Swansea – DONE DEAL

Swansea have bolstered their back line with Ajax’ 23 year old defender Mike van der Hoorn. Reports suggest that a deal has been agreed between Swansea and Ajax, and the Netherlands Under 21 international has signed a three year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

Vincent Janssen – Tottenham Hotspur

Contrary to earlier reports, AZ Alkmaar have dismissed Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in their 21 year old striker Vincent Janssen and claimed that a £16.5 million deal between the clubs has not been agreed.

Leonardo Bonucci – Manchester City

Italy are barely home from Euro 2016 and already their star players are attracting attention. Juventus’ key centre back Leonardo Bonucci is understood to have been the subject of a £38 million bid from Pep Guardiola and his club, but the Turin giants have rejected the offer.

Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is not giving up on trying to sign a world class striker this summer, and it’s suggested that he is willing to trigger a reported release clause in his contract with a £34.2 million bid for the Lyon front man.

Andre Gomes – Chelsea

Valencia have flat out rejected a £40 million bid from Chelsea for their highly rated 22 year old midfielder Andre Gomes.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Chelsea

Another player Antonio Conte is interested in his Napoli centre back Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international is expected to leave the club this summer and Conte has told Chelsea to do everything they can to sign the player, but he’s expected to cost over £35 million.

Georginio Wijnaldum – Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino is set to take advantage of Newcastle’s recent relegation by offering £17 million for their star man Georginio Wijnaldum.

Nemanja Matic – Juventus

27 year old Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic is reportedly keen to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, and Serie A champions Juventus are keen on the combative midfielder. They are preparing a £17 million bid for him, but Chelsea are expected to demand a little more than that.

Julian Draxler – Premier League

Wolfsburg playmaker Julian Draxler, who only moved there last summer after they lost Kevin De Bruyne, is the subject of a lot of Premier League interest. Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool are all set to battle it out for his signature, and Juventus have also made a bit of noise. Wolfsburg are adamant they are unwilling to sell though.

Saido Berahino – Watford

Spurs’ interest in West Brom striker Saido Berahino has cooled, and now Watford are looking into the possibility of paying £20 million for the 22 year old. Watford are even thought to be willing to offer Odion Ighalo, who netted 15 league goals last season, as a bargaining chip.

Alvaro Morata – Chelsea or Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal are gearing up for a transfer war over Spain’s 23 year old striker Alvaro Morata. Both clubs are seriously interested in the striker, but neither are willing to meet Real Madrid’s excessive £57 million asking price.

Enner Valencia – Lazio

Lazio have approached West Ham about a proposed loan move for 26 year old Colombia striker Enner Valencia. The Serie A club are offering a one year loan deal with the view of a £10 million permanent transfer, but West Ham want at least £12 million for the player.

Mario Balotelli – Sampdoria

No sooner has Mario Balotelli returned from Italy than more Italian clubs are giving him a chance. The 25 year old was unimpressive last season, but that hasn’t stopped Sampdoria registering their interest in the out of favour Liverpool man.

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