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FST's Daily Transfer News - Sun 5th August
Simon Winter
Simon Winter
August 5, 2018
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Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.

Toby Alderweireld – Manchester United

Manchester United are set to complete a £60m deal to sign Tottenham’s Beligan international defender Toby Alderweireld in the next 48 hours, according to reports.

The Red Devils had previously unwilling to meet Spurs’ lofty £75m valuation of the 29-year-old, who is entering the last year of his contract, but a compromise has now appeared to have been reached between the two clubs. (Daily Mirror)

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Wilfried Zaha – Chelsea

Chelsea are winning the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. The Eagles value the Ivorian at around £75m.

Tottenham had also been linked with a move for the 25-year old though the North London club reportedly dropped their interest this week, clearing the way for Chelsea to complete a transfer for the former Man Utd attacker. (Daily Star)

Jefferson Lerma – Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth have agreed a club record fee of approximately £25m for Levante’s Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma according to fresh reports emerging today.

The South American will travel to England to undergo a medical this weekend. Bournemouth and Lerma are yet to agree personal terms however and the club will have to apply for a work permit for the 23-year old. (Sky Sports)

Ben Gibson – Burnley

Ben Gibson’s move to Burnley is expected to be finalised this weekend, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis has confirmed.

In a post-match press conference, Pulis said: “He’s going, it’s agreed, it’s done and we want to thank Ben, an absolutely fantastic professional.

“In the six months I’ve had at this football club he’s as good a professional as I’ve ever worked with and I spoke to Sean Dyche and Dychey’s got a real, top, top player.

“I think it’ll go through over the weekend, I think it’s all done, I think everybody has agreed it and it’s just a case of him doing his medical and then that will be it.” (BBC)

Harold Moukoudi – West Ham

Reports suggest that West Ham are close to signing 20-year old Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi for a fee in the region of £10.7m.

West Ham have been one of the most active Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window and the Hammers look set to seal a deal for promising defender Moukoudi. (Daily Mail)

Salomon Rondon – Newcastle/Dwight Gayle – West Brom

The rumoured Dwight Gayle-Salomon Rondon swap deal has moved closer to being completed. Newcastle and West Brom have come to a verbal agreement that will see the Magpies pay a £2m loan fee for the Venezuelan international and Gayle moving to the Baggies.

The deal would be a straight loan swap for the 2018/19 season with both players returning to their parent clubs next summer. (Sky Sports)

Aaron Ramsey – Liverpool

Liverpool are keen on signing Arsenal’s Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey has just 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates and the 27-year has admitted that he is unsure over where his future lies.

Ramsey joined Arsenal from Cardiff City a decade ago and has made over 200 Premier League appearances for the Gunners. (Daily Express)

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Theo Hernandez – Fulham

After a summer of fantastic business already, Fulham are lining up another ambitious move, by trying to sign Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez on loan for the season.

The Frenchman was back up to Marcelo at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2017/18 and Real are believed to be willing to let him leave on a temporary basis this year to get more minutes on the pitch. (The Sun)

Daniele Rugani – Chelsea

Daniele Rugani turned down a huge contract offer of £25m from Chelsea to stay at Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

The defender was reluctant to leave Juve to move to England and was willing to reject a massive pay rise from the Londoners to stay in his homeland. The collapse of the move will compound what’s already been a frustrating summer for Chelsea. (Chelsea)

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Willian – Manchester United

Manchester United will make a final push to sign Willian from Chelsea before the transfer window closes this week. Jose Mourinho has chased the Brazilian all summer and is keen to join forces again with a player he trusts implicitly.

Mourinho has no qualms in sanctioning a £60m deal for Willian, though it’s thought that the United board are a little reluctant to part with a fee that size for a player Willian’s age. (Daily Star)

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