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What number is Cristiano Ronaldo?

Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford has now started a new debate and this time it's about the jersey number. The former Real Madrid and Juventus forward has donned the No.7 shirt most of his career. Indeed, CR7 is among the most well-known brands in the world of sports. News18What Jersey Number Will Cristiano Ronaldo Wear at Manchester United?

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Pele Writes A Beautiful Message To Cristiano Ronaldo After His Return

SPORTbible 01 September, 2021 - 12:00am

The three time World Cup winner - as we all have - has been gripped by the news that the 36-year-old is returning to Old Trafford for one last dance. They say great recognises great and in football royalty terms, Pele and Ronaldo have no problem getting into the party of the best there has ever been. The 80-year-old sent some words of wisdom to the Euro 2020 Golden Boot winner.

"There is no better feeling than conquering the world and returning home. Always be happy, Cristiano."

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You can imagine it now can't you? Pele on a beach in Brazil; overlooking the horizon and with sunglasses on as one of his team approaches him. 'Ronaldo has spoken, do you want to send a message? to which Pele speaks those 15 words without hesitation. The man has felt all of the magic football has got to give and he has let the rest of us know that he is watching and supporting the Portugal captain on his dream homecoming.

Indeed, Pele who burst onto the scene in the 1958 World Cup and broke multiple records throughout his career, has always been an advocate of Ronaldo's ability over that of Lionel Messi. Whenever he has been quizzed on the debate between the two modern day idol's, Pele has always favoured the former Real Madrid and Juventus man. Speaking last year he said:

"Today the best player in the world is Cristiano Ronaldo. "I think he's the best, because he's more consistent, but you can't forget about [Lionel] Messi, of course, but he's not a striker."

Elsewhere in the comments of Ronaldo's post, as you can expect, his teammates have been amongst the pack. Marcus Rashford and fellow new signing Raphael Varane, who played with Ronaldo at Madrid of course, welcomed him home. What a teammate he is going to be for those young United players such as Rashford and Greenwood. There was also fellow former Real Madrid marksman Raul. But not everyone got a response from the star attraction. Pele, of course, did. And here's what Ronaldo's response read.

"It is always great to return to a home where we were already happy, thank you very much for your support."

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Manchester United 01 September, 2021 - 12:00am

The Mets are playing a doubleheader today against the Marlins, and life goes on. Two of the three engagers in the recent Thumbs Gate episode are in Luis Rojas‘ lineup this afternoon, but Javier Baez is not.

Is that sending a message? Is Baez awaiting disciplinary action from the team as the main culprit, or will Rojas just say he’s giving him the afternoon off?

If not for this year then for 2022, the Mets need to investigate the forensics of what went on, who did what and fix it.

It’s not as some claim a media invention to create space on pages like this one – Baez did not “tip” anyone in the media.

Instead, it’s something that happened – a direct assault on Mets fans from players who should know better.

Part of that internal investigation and I stress internal, is to discover why and how Luis Rojas was “unaware” of what was taking place twenty feet from him in the Mets dugout.

Beyond that, though, is the question of which Mets players, much closer to the “action”, where were they and why didn’t they intervene to stop it?

Since the departure of David Wright in 2018, the Mets have been rudderless and floating with a vacuum of leadership.

Some Mets fans will not like this, but Pete Alonso is not a team leader. He like the limelight of the media too much, and he pops off with meaningless “Yeah rah, go team go” speeches that seem intended to make only himself look good.

Jacob deGrom leads by example and could fit the role, but he is not made of that stuff, choosing instead to perfect his craft, and who can fault him for that?

Francisco Lindor came to the Mets with enthusiasm, making no bones about being The Man on the Mets. He was greeted with equal enthusiasm for a while until his performance on the field failed to meet the bravado.

Following his friend Baez with the thumbs down message did him no good either, and it’s apparent Lindor has a lot of growing up to do in leading himself before he is qualified to lead others.

By now, the word is likely to have come down from the top to not engage the media on this subject – or else.

While Mets players will hold to that, it does not negate the chance and the hope there is someone who will take Baez, Lindor, and Jonathan Pillar, all newcomers to the team and playing in New York, to say, “Look, this is the way we do things here, and you guys are way off base.”

Coming from Cleveland and Chicago, Lindor and Baez have enjoyed only the adulation from their fans, and this has been used as an “excuse” for their behavior by some.

Except for the fact that each wanted to be here, with Baez practically begging the Cubs to trade him to the Mets.

This only says to this writer that they were impulsive and immature in not realizing the hotbed they were walking into, and they should have known thin-skinned players do not survive in New York.

While the Mets can eliminate Baez simply by not pursuing him as a free agent come November, Lindor is locked into a decade-long contract, with monies that make him virtually untradeable, even if the Mets wanted to move in that direction.

Lindor’s issues are two-fold. He not only has to grow up in a Mets uniform, but he also needs to recover from his disastrous offensive season in 2022, a dubious task at best.

Lindor is still a talent not worthy of being discarded or ignored, but who will be there to provide the helping hand he will most surely need not to fall off the wagon again.

I’m on thin ground here, so bear with me, but the Mets are predominantly a white team of position players. As a native of Puerto Rico, Lindor may need the front office to bring in a player (not named Baez) he can befriend, in much the same way he did with Baez.

In that light, the name that comes to mind is Wilmer Flores, a Venezualan who was with the Mets before. A 2022 free agent, Flores is playing a solid third and second base for the San Francisco Giants and has a slash line of .248, 16 HR, 45 RBI, and a .748 OPS.

But if the Mets intended to bring Baez in to be best buddies with Lindor, the experiment and the dream are over, and they need to compensate for that.

As for the rest of the Mets team, I have no idea where the clubhouse leadership will come from. Brandon Nimmo has the makeup of a team captain to be, and Michael Conforto, until his gruesome season was being groomed for the role, come to mind, but neither has stepped up to the microphone to speak for the team as the season has cratered.

Ironically, as I’m writing this, Mets radio announcers Howie Rose and Gary Thorn are asking the same question: Who among this team is there to be the team leader?

They let it go, getting back to the game at hand, but it was a topic accents the point.

With all of this, the focus has to return to the Mets front office and what they will do this offseason, with hopefully an accent on finding players who already have leadership credentials.

It’ll be a tug of war between finding and signing those players versus the need to add starting pitching, but that’s why Sandy Alderson and Zack Scott get paid the big bucks.

As much as the Mets have shown themselves to be a group filled with team spirit, no one player emerges with the credentials of a team leader in the clubhouse.

That was missing in this latest episode that set the Mets back from Steve Cohen’s goal to change the “culture” of the Mets.

There’s a chance to correct that during the upcoming offseason because this group is clearly lacking in mixing in an important ingredient in any team’s recipe for a winning season…

David Rey True story.

Rick Velez If they start winning this will all go away! Because they are losing this has become an ongoing story! The 86 Mets had worst stories than this but because they were winning it wasn’t talked about.

Paul Costello No leaders, no talent, clueless homer fans, lost management. It goes on and on

JJ Senior We know Degrom is in the clubhouse even though he’s not pitching.

Arthur Esannason Sr. I guess Cohen’s wife, mom or dad should reel him in first. Let’s say your a teacher and the students boo you every day how would you feel. I’ve never met anyone who liked to be criticized for things thrown at them. Baseball is a game of inches and ups and downs

John Bruggeman Well said …

Steve Bergon No real leaders.. a man batting 220 cannot lead.. especially a new arrival.. and Alonso repeats the same sentences every day.. where is Mr. MET WHEN WE NEED HIM??

Heidi Stout Nice article Steve. Sadly, I see no one capable of filling our beloved captain’s shoes among our current crop of players.

Wes Clark You are 100% correct. When they’re winning it goes unnoticed. But when there’s a big inter-squad problem, there’s no Keith, or Edgardo, or Knight to step in and guide them thru it. Polar Pete, at least now, isn’t the answer. We thought maybe it’d be Lindor, but uhhhh, nope.

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Transfer news live: Deadline day latest with updates on Saul, Griezmann, Ronaldo and more

The Athletic 31 August, 2021 - 06:28pm

Hello and welcome to The Athletic’s live coverage of transfer deadline day, with updates on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga and many, many more.

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United after more than a decade away from Old Trafford having completed his move from Italian club Juventus for an initial £12.85 million.

And negotiations between PSG and Real Madrid over the signing of Mbappe have now ended after the Spanish club put in a second bid for the French star on Thursday.

Join The Athletic’s Ahmed Shooble and Abdiaziz Rashid for all of the breaking news throughout the day.

Thank you for joining us for deadline day and throughout the window.

We'll be back with more fallout tomorrow.

Expect Fulham to complete deals for Chalobah and Quina within the next hour.

Aside from that, that's pretty much your lot. See you in January.

Griezmann, 30, spent five seasons at Atletico before moving to Barcelona for a fee of around €120 million in 2019.

The forward has made 102 appearances for Barcelona in which he has scored 35 goals and totalled 17 assists.

Valencia have confirmed the signing of Helder Costa on loan from Leeds for the season.

There will be an option to buy Costa at the end of the year.

Watford have agreed two transfers in principle with Fulham, report Adam Leventhal and Peter Rutzler. Nathaniel Chalobah will join the Championship club on a permanent deal on a two year contract with an option of third, while Domingos Quina will join on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

Fulham were in the market to replace Andre-Frank Anguissa and tried to bring in Swansea City captain Matt Grimes before late attempts to bring in Chalobah and Quina advanced.

The transfers are being concluded beyond the 11pm deadline but it's understood an announcement will be made tonight if all final paperwork is approved.

The 26-year-old midfielder is under contract at Atletico until 2026.

The arrival of Saul is likely to be Chelsea's final signing of the window.

Paris Saint Germain have secured one of Europe’s biggest young talents by agreeing a deal to sign left-back Nuno Mendes from Sporting Lisbon.

The Athletic understands that PSG will pay €7m initially for a year long loan and the French club can they buy the player for €40m if they trigger an option within the deal.

PSG acted swiftly on deadline day to beat suitors such as Manchester City to the deal for the 19-year-old.

PSG playmaker Pablo Sarabia will also head to Sporting separate to the Mendes agreement on a season-long loan.

Paperwork has been submitted ahead of Leeds forward Helder Costa's mooted move to Valencia. It will be a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The deal still requires approval from the Spanish Football Association.

The vastly experienced 31-year-old arrives from Serie A side Roma to become United’s new first choice goalkeeper.

He spent last season on loan at Everton, playing seven times in the Premier League. Olsen also started all three of Sweden’s group games in Euro 2020, plus the round of 16 defeat to Ukraine at Hampden Park.

Michael Obafemi has left Southampton to join Swansea in a deal that could total £2 million.

The striker has signed for the Championship side after completing his medical and agreeing personal terms late this evening.

Swansea will pay Southampton an initial £1.5 million, although that figure will rise to £2 million if certain add-ons are met.

Obafemi's contract at Swansea will run until the summer of 2024.

Southampton have been trying to find a buyer for Obafemi, 21, since his proposed move to Blackburn fell down earlier this month.

Ralph Hasenhuttl added strikers Adam Armstrong and Armando Broja to his squad this summer, meaning the Republic of Ireland international fell further down the pecking order.

Obafemi was set to join Swansea on loan in January, only for an injury to scupper that move.

But once Jamal Lowe completed his move to Bournemouth, Russell Martin was determined to replace the forward.

And Lowe’s exit paved the way for Swansea to seal a deal.

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of winger and forward Xande Silva from West Ham.

The 24-year-old Portuguese was thought to be close to agreeing a move back to Aris, where he spent last season on loan.

But Forest have moved to sign the Porto born player, who also played for Vitoria Guimaraes, on a two-year deal. Silva scored four goals in 29 appearances in Greece last season.

The 31-year-old has signed a two-year deal and joins as cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the departure of Moise Kean to Juventus on loan. Everton will have the option of activating a further year in Rondon's contract.

This summer's transfer window has now closed but clubs can still announce signings within the coming hours.

Daniel Jebbison, Sheffield United's teenage striker who was last week the subject of an unsuccessful £5 million bid from Everton, has joined Burton Albion on loan for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old was wanted by two-thirds of League One clubs, including Sunderland and Portsmouth. But Jebbison opted for Burton due to wanting to play for a year under Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

Aurier still had a year left on his current deal but despite Spurs' best efforts they were unable to sell him this summer. Lille and Genoa were options but a move to either did not materialise.

Matt Grimes is staying at Swansea City after Fulham had several bids rejected for the midfielder. Grimes, who has less than a year remaining on his contract, was on Fulham’s radar for most of the summer, but they failed to meet Swansea’s valuation for the player and there is no prospect of a deal being agreed.

It is understood that Swansea will now not be pursuing Tariqe Fosu, who had been close to joining from Brentford on a season-long loan. Fosu would have given Swansea another attacking option.

Olivier Ntcham, the former Manchester City and Celtic player, is set to be confirmed as a Swansea player tomorrow. The Frenchman is a free agent and a deal has been agreed after he passed a medical. Michael Obafemi is also set to sign permanently after joining from Southampton for an initial fee of £1.5million

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna in a deal worth £16 million plus bonuses.

The Japan international signed a four-year deal after he completed his medical in Bologna on Tuesday.

The deal was dependent on other player movements at the club before the deadline on Tuesday evening — which saw Hector Bellerin move to Real Betis after he completed his medical in London before flying to Spain.

Aurier still has a year left on his current deal but despite Spurs' best efforts they were unable to sell him this summer. Lille and Genoa were options but a move to either did not materialise.

The deal does not include an option to buy the 26-year-old. Bellerin completed his medical in London this afternoon ahead of flying to Spain. He has taken a pay cut to join the La Liga club.

Bellerin has spent his entire professional career at Arsenal, with the exception of a short loan move to Watford in the 2013-14 season.

Wolves rejected a £30 million bid from Tottenham for Adama Traore on Monday, The Athletic understands.

Spurs did not come back with a further offer on Tuesday.

Hamza Choudhury's loan move from Leicester City to Newcastle United has broken down for the second transfer window in succession.

Steve Bruce, the Newcastle head coach, had been confident throughout the window that the 23-year-old would join on a temporary basis, and he was hopeful heading into deadline day that the deal would be concluded. The midfielder, too, was keen to move to Tyneside in search of game-time.

However, the Newcastle hierarchy failed to come to an agreement with Leicester over the financing of the deal, while Bruce struggled to make room in his squad, and, despite talks continuing late into the evening, no compromise could be reached. It means Newcastle have made just one senior addition this summer, that of Joe Willock, who was already at St James' Park on loan last season.

Edouard hit 18 goals in 31 league games for Celtic last season and has started the current campaign in good form. He has two goals in four Scottish Premiership matches.

The striker has been with Celtic since 2017, when he joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. He then hit nine in 22 games before signing a permanent in the summer of 2018.

For an in-depth piece on the striker, read the below feature written by The Athletic.

Movement, positioning and finishing of Edouard give Palace competition for Benteke and another way to play

Rodrigo Vilca, the Newcastle United under-23 forward, has joined Doncaster Rovers of League One on loan until January.

The 22-year-old Peruvian playmaker, who generated much excitement when he joined from Deportivo Municipal last year, is looking to gain much-needed first-team experience in England following a series of injury setbacks.

The 23-year-old joins with a view to making the move permanent at the end of the season and will join his compatriots and former Slavia Prague team-mates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal at the London Stadium.

Kral has been capped 22 times for the Czech Republic and made four appearances at this summer's European Championship. The defensive midfielder is West Ham's fourth summer signing following the arrivals of Kurt Zouma, Alphonse Areola and Nikola Vlasic.

The 21-year-old defensive midfielder was subject to offers from both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United but has elected to remain at the Stade Velodrome.

Kamara’s current contract expires next summer and Marseille had hoped to move him on this window. His next move is uncertain — either he will sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 side or leave on a free in 2022.

Championship outfit Millwall are the club poised to land Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old has two years left to run on his current Anfield deal and had attracted loan interest from another Championship club. However, it now seems Millwall are the club leading the race to secure Ojo's services.

Barcelona have made an offer for Luuk De Jong and it is very advanced but time is running out. That's ex-Newcastle striker Luuk De Jong, who is currently unwanted at Sevilla.

All very exciting at Barca - and does seem to indicate they are working on moving Griezmann to Atletico, but only if Atletico make room on the wage bill by loaning Saul to Chelsea.

Michael Obafemi is set to join Swansea on a permanent deal. Should Obafemi complete his medical and agree personal terms with the Championship side, it’s understood Southampton will receive an initial £1.5 million.

And if certain clauses are met, the transfer fee will rise to £2m.

The deal does not include an option to buy the 26-year-old. The Athletic understands all documents are signed ahead of the move, with the clubs waiting on a green light from La Liga. The deal is expected to be completed before tonight’s transfer deadline.

Bellerin has completed his medical in London this afternoon ahead of flying to Spain. Once Betis receive La Liga approval, they can finalise the transfer. Bellerin is set to take a pay cut to join the La Liga club.

Swansea City are close to agreeing a deal to sign Tariqe Fosu on a season-loan loan from Brentford.

Fosu made 49 appearances for Brentford last season during their promotion-winning campaign but he has yet to feature in the Premier League.

Thomas Frank, the Brentford manager, suggested on the weekend that the club were working on securing a loan deal for the Ghana international. It is understood that the move to Swansea is with a view to a permanent deal.

Valencia are still pushing to sign Helder Costa from Leeds before the window closes.

Clubs in Spain and Turkey are also interested in the Portuguese winger. Sheffield United enquired but Costa decided against a move.

Costa is available after Leeds signed Dan James from Manchester United earlier on Tuesday.

Dan James to Leeds United – a transfer two and a half years in the making thanks to Bielsa’s ‘fixation’

The 21-year-old, a team-mate of Rhian Brewster when England Under-17s lifted the World Cup four years ago, becomes the third signing by the Championship club in the window.

He will bring some much needed pace and creativity to the United midfield after joining on loan.

Celtic have sown up a deal for 22-year-old Benfica winger Filipe Jota.

The Portuguese U21 international Jota will sign on a season-long loan with an option to buy at an estimated £6.5 million.

Jota was a prodigious youth player with his club and country, being a key part of the Portugal teams that won the Euro U17s and then U19s, as well as being runner-up with the U21s in this summer's youth European Championships. He looks to very talented, but his struggle to find consistency has prevented him fulfilling his clear promise to date.

Nottingham Forest have completed the signings of Paraguayan midfielder Brain Ojeda and Tunisian international full-back Mohamed Drager.

Ojeda, 21, arrives from Olimpia. The versatile midfielder, can operate in a deeper role in front of the back four or as an orthodox midfielder.

Drager, 25, has 18 international caps and previously played for Freiburg and Paderborn (on loan), before moving to Olympiacos in September 2020 for 1 million euros.

Fulham are in talks to sign Nathaniel Chalobah and Domingos Quina from Watford, report Peter Rutzler and Adam Leventhal.

The 26-year-old Chalobah, who has one England cap to his name, has one year left on his contract at Vicarage Road.

Chalobah was signed by Watford in 2017 when Fulham head coach Marco Silva was in charge at the club. Since then, Chalobah has made league 75 appearances for the Hornets, helping the club secure promotion last year and Silva has remained an admirer.

Quina, meanwhile, is a 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder. He signed for Watford on deadline day in 2018 from West Ham.

Fulham are in the market for a central midfielder after losing Andre-Frank Anguissa to Napoli on loan. They have seen a further bid for Swansea City captain Matt Grimes rejected today. However it now appears that attentions have turned to Chalobah, with talks understood to be progressing positively towards an agreement.

Watford's Andre Gray has agreed a season-long loan deal at QPR after the contractual details were finalised in the last few hours.

Gray underwent a medical yesterday and will play his football at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for the next year, the final 12 months of his contract with Watford. There was speculation that he may reach a settlement agreement with Watford and join the Championship side on a free transfer.

Gray's time at Vicarage Road has not gone to plan since joining for £18.5 million from Burnley, scoring 21 goals in 126 games. He has previously been successful in the Championship under QPR manager Mark Warburton (when together at Brentford) when he scored 16 goals in 2014-15 prior to joining Burnley and winning promotion to the Premier League.

Aston Villa have confirmed more departures with Frederic Guilbert re-joining Strasbourg on a season-long loan.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan with the Ligue 1 side.

Mungo Bridge, 20, has joined French third-tier team FC Annecy on a season-long loan.

The Athletic understands there are currently three clubs in talks with Liverpool over signing winger Sheyi Ojo on a season-long loan deal.

Two of those clubs are understood to be Championship sides with the other being a Netherlands-based outfit.

Ojo, who has been on loan at Cardiff, Fulham and Rangers in the past, had attracted permanent interest from clubs in Greece and Belgium earlier in the window.

The 24-year-old has two years left to run on his current deal.

Manchester City’s 19-year-old midfielder Tommy Doyle has moved to Bundesliga 2 side Hamburger.

The reigning Premier League champions said in a statement: “​​Tommy Doyle will spend the remainder of the 2021/22 season on loan with German side Hamburger SV.

“The midfielder, a graduate of City’s famed Academy, made his first team debut against Southampton in the Carabao Cup in October 2019.

“Tommy – the grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe – has since gone on to make seven first team appearances in total.”

Ethan Ampadu has joined Serie A side Venezia on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The Wales international was given the green light to leave Stamford Bridge after the club made progress on deadline day to acquire Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Ampadu has made just 12 appearances for Chelsea’s first team - the last of which was in 2019 - since being signed from Exeter City in 2017. He has been loaned out to RB Leipzig and Sheffield United respectively in the previous two seasons.

The highly rated 20-year-old was given a squad number in case Chelsea weren’t able to add another midfielder to the squad.

But with Chelsea holding more constructive talks for Saul Niguez over the last few hours, Ampadu has been able to find another club for the campaign. He will report to Venezia after he has represented Wales over the next week.

Ampadu has signed a new contract to stay with Chelsea until 2024.

Kamara is a defensive midfielder who currently plays for Marseille in Ligue 1. His contract at the Stade Veledrome expires in the summer of 2022.

The 21-year-old can also play in defence. Kamara, who is a France Under-21 international, came through the ranks at Marseille and made his first-team debut for them in December 2016.

It is understood that the fee is £25.8 million and includes add-ons of around £4.3 million. He has signed a contract until 2026.

Royal appeared as a substitute in the Copa America final for Brazil in July, and made 38 appearances for Real Betis last season, scoring twice.

Everton full-back Niels Nkounkou is heading to Standard Liege on loan for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old is behind Lucas Digne in the pecking order at Goodison Park and has moved to Belgium in search of regular first-team football.

Greek international Giakoumakis has joined permanently for a fee believed to be in excess of £2 million.

Giakoumakis was Eredivise top scorer last season despite playing for an eventually relegated team in VVV. He looks a gifted finisher, but the question is whether he can adapt his preferred poaching role to the more well-rounded forward that Postecoglou demands.

Barcelona have loaned 24-year-old striker ​​Rey Manaj to Spezia Calcio for the rest of the season.

Spezia have paid the Spanish club a £300k loan fee and the deal includes a non-compulsory purchase option at the end of the campaign for €2.7 million (£2.3 million).

Wolves have called off their pursuit of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches.

They had yesterday launched a bid to bring the Portuguese international on loan to Molineux for the season with a possible option to buy.

However The Athletic understands that Sanches' problematic injury issues, with the 24-year-old sidelined after undergoing knee surgery two weeks ago, are considered too prohibitive for a deal to go ahead, particularly with Lille looking for a substantial loan fee, plus wages and a sizeable option for Wolves to buy next summer.

The club are said to have moved on to other targets in the hope of bringing someone in before 11pm.

Maitland-Niles was targeted for a loan move by Everton earlier this week, and he was keen on making the switch to Goodison Park. Everton would have also had an option to buy the 24-year-old.

On Monday afternoon Maitland-Niles posted a message to his Instagram page which read: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play.”

It is now understood that Maitland-Niles has held clear the air talks with manager Mikel Arteta, and will be part of their plans going forward this campaign.

The 20-year-old has also signed a new contract with Liverpool which will see him stay on Merseyside until 2026.

It is thought the Championship club will present an opportunity for the central defender to build on his impressive 2020-21 campaign where he stepped up in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. He made 19 first-team appearances last season.

Leicester City have announced the signing of Ademola Lookman on a season-long loan from RB Leipzig.

The 23-year-old winger, who scored against Leicester last season while on loan from Fulham, has joined with a view to a permanent transfer next summer.

Leicester and Leipzig were locked in talks up until this morning over the loan fee and other details when an agreement was reached and Lookman flew into the UK this morning to complete his move, passing his medical this afternoon.

Timm Klose's five-year association with Norwich City is over, after the two parties agreed to cancel his contract a year early.

The 33-year-old Swiss centre-back had joined for an initial £7.5 million from Wolfsburg in January 2016, tasked with keeping Norwich in the Premier League.

That was unsuccessful but Klose played his part in promotion three years later, before a serious knee injury hampered availability.

He spent last season on loan at boyhood club Basel, who turned down an option to sign Klose on a permanent basis and remarkably he becomes the sixth Norwich player this summer to have his contract paid up early.

Atletico Madrid are exploring bringing Antoine Griezmann back to the club from Barcelona, however Diego Simeone’s side are very reluctant to involve Joao Felix in any deal.

Barcelona hold an interest in Felix but The Athletic understands Atletico head coach Simeone does not want to allow the 21-year-old to leave the club.

Griezmann, 30, spent five seasons at Atletico before moving to Barcelona for a fee of around €120 million in 2019.

Camavinga came through the ranks at Rennes, having joined the club's youth system at the age of 11. He stood out from a young age, penning his first professional deal with them at the age of 16 years and one month.

That made him the youngest ever professional in Rennes' history.

Camavinga then went on to make his debut against Angers in April 2019, again breaking a record and becoming their youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and four months.

Michael Obafemi is on the verge of signing for Swansea City from Southampton in a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old striker, who was set to join Swansea on loan back in January only for an injury to scupper that move, is currently undergoing a medical with the Championship club.

Obafemi will be viewed as a replacement for Jamal Lowe, who is on his way to Bournemouth.

Halil Dervisoglu will leave Brentford to join Galatasaray on a season-long loan, The Athletic can reveal.

Turkish media suggested that the 21-year-old would be joining Fenerbahce but we understand he will instead return to their rivals Galatasaray where he spent six months on loan earlier this year.

After Brentford signed Yoane Wissa from Lorient earlier this month, Dervisoglu’s playing time may be restricted which is why he is being allowed to temporarily leave west London.

The forward scored three times and registered two assists in 12 appearances in the Turkish top-flight as he helped Galatasaray finish second.

He is currently on international duty with Turkey and is set to be involved in their games against Gibraltar and the Netherlands this week.

Napoli have confirmed a loan deal for Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa — who has extended his contract with the west London club until the summer of 2024.

The 25-year- old midfielder completed a medical at Villa Stuart private medical clinic in Rome on Tuesday.

Anguissa made his intention clear to Fulham that he did not wish to play in the Championship this season, and was left out of the club's opening game against Middlesbrough as a result.

The Athletic understands the fee is closer to £6 million than £7 million. He has signed a four-year contract, with the option of a further year.

Sima has been sent straight out on loan to Championship side Stoke for the rest of the season. There is no January recall option, as he wouldn't be able to play for three clubs in the same season.

Two other Championship clubs were interested in borrowing Sima. He is currently with Senegal for a World Cup qualifier against Togo tomorrow.

Brighton's technical director Dan Ashworth, explaining the immediate loan, says: "He has had a very rapid rise and he has only played one full season of professional football. It is essential we manage his development in the right way."

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Barcelona have agreed a €16 million deal to sell Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig.

The deal also includes €6 million in possible add-ons and the Catalan club hold a 10 per cent sell-on clause.

Though Moriba made only 18 senior appearances for Barcelona, he is a very highly-rated talent.

The 18-year-old was engaged in a contract stand-off with the club throughout the summer, as his deal was due to expire in a year’s time, but has now been granted a move away.

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The popular centre-back had been expected to leave Anfield on deadline day in search of regular first-team football.

However, in the absence of a suitable offer, Liverpool have now decided to keep him on board and his progress over the course of 2021 has been rewarded with improved terms.

Fulham have had an improved bid for Swansea City captain Matt Grimes rejected, report Stuart James and Peter Rutzler.

Grimes, who turned 26 last month, was the subject of another bid from Fulham over the weekend which was also turned down by the Welsh club. The former Exeter City player is out of contract at the end of the season and has been on Fulham’s radar for most of the summer.

Fulham are understood to be in the market for a replacement for Andre-Frank Anguissa before the window shuts tonight, with the Cameroon international poised to join Napoli on loan with a €17.3 million buy option. He has undergone a medical in Rome ahead of the move.

Fulham have previously made an enquiry into Betis midfielder William Carvalho in the last few days, but it is Grimes who the west London club have moved for again today.

The club are also thought to be looking for a right back, if an opportunity materialises.

The Athletic understands that Houssem Aouar will remain at Lyon after the transfer window closes tonight.

Aouar, 23, has been linked with a deadline day move to Real Madrid. He has previously been a target of Premier League side Arsenal.

The one-time France international will not be moving in the final hours of today’s window, however.

Chelsea midfielder Tino Anjorin is having his medical ahead of a season-long loan move to Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Athletic understands the deal includes a £17 million option to buy the 19-year-old in January.

Chelsea have negotiated a buy-back clause worth €40 million (£34 million) that can be activated in the future if Lokomotiv make the loan move permanent.

Leicester City have confirmed Dennis Praet has joined Torino on a season-long loan.

The Belgium international has returned to Serie A, where he spent three years with Sampdoria before joining Leicester in a €20 million deal in 2019.

The 27-year-old grew frustrated with his lack of first team action last season and indicated he wished to pursue more first team opportunities elsewhere.

The deal is with a view to a permanent transfer for a fee around €15 million.

Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson has joined Eredivisie side Feyenoord on loan for the rest of the season.

Nelson, 21, made just 10 appearances for Arsenal last season and seems to have fallen out favour under Mikel Arteta, placing behind fellow wingers Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka in the pecking order.

The England Under-21 international, who has made 48 first-team appearances, impressed during a previous loan spell at Hoffenheim in the 2018-19 season.

Feyernood switched their attentions to Nelson after a loan move for their initial target, Manchester United’s Amad Diallo, fell through due to an injury to the Ivorian winger.

Reda Khadra has completed a loan move to Blackburn Rovers, where he will join forces with Brighton team-mate Jan Paul van Hecke for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old former Borussia Dortmund winger's switch to Ewood Park was delayed by an ankle injury.

Khadra signed a new contract with Brighton earlier this summer until June 2023.

Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have become the latest Barcelona players to take a pay-cut amid their financial crisis.

They join Gerard Pique in accepting the pay-cut.

Lionel Messi agreed to lower his wages too before his departure to PSG earlier this month.

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Nottingham Forest have secured season-long loan moves for the two of the three remaining members of their bomb squad, with Nuno da Costa joining Caen and Harry Arter signing for Charlton.

Midfielder Arter, 31, was not included in the Forest squad in the second half of last season, after quickly falling out of favour at the City Ground. He has made only nine starts and five sub appearances following his arrival from Bournemouth in September 2020.

Forward Da Costa, 30, had spent last season on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, after also struggling to make an impact following his £2m arrival from Strasbourg in January 2020. Neither player was part of Chris Hughton’s plans.

While the bigger picture still looks bleak, Nottingham Forest did not look like a team that have given up

Everton still hope to complete a move for Salomon Rondon before tonight's deadline.

The subject of interest from manager Rafa Benitez earlier in the window, Rondon is back on the agenda after Moise Kean's move to Juventus. Although an agreement is yet to be reached, The Athletic understands there is still hope that a resolution can be found before the window closes.

Rondon, who played under Benitez at Newcastle and Dalian Professional, would be expected to provide backup to first choice striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Despite other interest in his services, the prospect of reuniting with his former manager is said to appeal to the Venezuelan.

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Dan James from Manchester United.

James, 23, joins Marcelo Bielsa’s side for an initial £25 million plus add-ons.

The Athletic reported on Sunday that his current club were ready to listen to offers for James. The 23-year-old completed his medical on Tuesday morning before flying to Finland to meet up with the Wales national team.

Leeds previously came within a whisker of signing James from Swansea in January 2019, when the player had completed a medical, only for the deal to fall through on deadline day.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with second-division Italian side Como.

Wilshere has been a free agent since being released by Bournemouth at the end of last season.

Wilshere said his move to Italy was sparked by a conversation with Como CEO Dennis Wise.

The former England international said on Tuesday: “Everyone knows my situation in England where I'm free so it's difficult in training on my own so Dennis kindly invited me out to beautiful Como to train with the team.

“I feel good. It feels nice to be in the sun, in a nice place with good players so I feel good.”

Wilshere cannot sign for Como, however, because Serie B clubs are not allowed to register players from outside the European Union.

“It's good to be around a team, a new team for me. A new environment. Somewhere where I feel I can express myself and I can almost have a clean start,” he added. “Because in England it's sometimes difficult to find a club.

“Over here, no one knows me. I can come over here and show people my quality and hopefully get some good training with the team and get a little bit fitter as well.”

St Johnstone captain Jason Kerr is closing in on a move to Wigan Athletic.

The centre-back won a cup double last season in Perth and has attracted a number of suitors, including Charlton Athletic.

But it looks like League One side Wigan have won the race for a fee believed to be around £500,000.

Brentford are highly unlikely to complete a deal for Gremio right-back Vanderson before the transfer window closes tonight, The Athletic understands.

Right back/right wing-back cover has been a priority for the newly-promoted club this summer following the departure of Henrik Dalsgaard after his contract expired in June.

Brentford had been linked with a move for 20-year-old Vanderson but Gremio are not believed to be interested in any potential sale. The Brazilian only signed a new contract with the club until 2025 back in June so they are under no pressure to cash in.

Saido Berahino has signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal from Belgian top light side Zulte Waregem.

Jurgen Locadia could leave Brighton after the transfer window shuts at 11pm (BST) tonight.

The Athletic understands the Dutch forward is attracting interest in Turkey, where the window doesn’t close until September 8.

Head coach Graham Potter is happy to add Locadia to his forward options if a move is not in the offing.

Locadia has been reintegrated into training with the first-team squad following an unsuccessful loan-to-buy spell in MLS with FC Cincinnati.

Rangers have announced that Cedric Itten has joined Bundesliga club Greuther Furth on loan.

The striker has found playing time hard to come by since joining last summer with Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Fashion Sakala and Jermain Defoe all capable of playing through the middle now.

Chelsea are actively working to sign Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

The 26-year-old midfielder is under contract at Atletico, the only club he has ever played for, until 2026.

Saul has fallen down the pecking order at Atletico. He played 33 games last season as Atletico won La Liga, scoring two goals. But Diego Simeone's side have signed Rodrigo de Paul this summer, who plays in central midfield.

Watford still have potential incomings and outgoings to complete before the 11pm deadline tonight.

Discussions are ongoing regarding the departure of Andre Gray to QPR. He has completed a medical and is expected to join on a loan deal, with the outside chance of reaching a mutual termination agreement and signing on a free. Akin to what happened with Troy Deeney when he left to go to Birmingham yesterday.

The Athletic understands that representatives of Domingos Quina are in talks regarding a potential departure from the club, however no agreement has been reached as yet.

Nathaniel Chalobah has attracted interest from Fulham who are in the market for a midfielder, however currently they are negotiating with another Championship club over a signing.

It means, at this stage, Chalobah is looking more likely to remain at Vicarage Road and continue to see out the last year of his contract.

Midfield reinforcements may still come in, but it's understood that Cagliari's Nahitan Nandez is not currently a target.

Defensive cover is also possible, potentially with a player that could cover both central and full-back positions to add depth, but having already brought in 11 players, it's equally as likely that Watford stick with what they have.

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths has joined Dundee on loan for this season. Celtic had triggered the option to extend the 31-year-old's contract earlier this summer for one year, and it was initially believed he may have some part to play under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

One week after his contract was extended Griffiths was cleared by police after an investigation was opened into his allegedly sending inappropriate messages over social media, and he has not played a minute of competitive football since.

His contract at Celtic expires once his loan deal with Dundee ends.

Roberts has signed a four-year deal after moving from Championship side Swansea City.

The 25-year-old right-back becomes Burnley’s fifth senior signing this summer following the transfer of Maxwel Cornet from Lyon and the earlier arrivals of Nathan Collins, Wayne Hennessey and Aaron Lennon.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not likely to leave Chelsea on transfer deadline day, sources have confirmed to The Athletic.

Despite speculation in the final weeks of the window, it is understood that neither Chelsea nor head coach Thomas Tuchel have explicitly told Loftus-Cheek that he is surplus to first-team requirements.

There has also been relatively little interest from around the Premier League or elsewhere in Europe in taking Loftus-Cheek on loan following an underwhelming stint at Fulham last season, with his sizeable wages also proving a stumbling block.

Loftus-Cheek has not given up hope of working his way into Tuchel’s plans this season, despite not featuring in either of Chelsea’s first two Premier League match day squads and being left out of the group that travelled to Belfast for the UEFA Super Cup.

Frederic Guilbert is in talks with Ligue 1 side Strasbourg over a loan move.

The Aston Villa right-back is expected to return back to France later today after he was told to source a move away.

Guilbert hasn't featured for Villa in the Premier League this season and is behind Matt Cash, Axel Tuanzebe, Ezri Konsa and Ashley Young in the pecking order.

He was signed for £5million from Caen in the January 2019 by ex-sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch but has fallen out of favour under Dean Smith.

Meanwhile, Villa aren't anticipating any further incomings today after getting the bulk of their business done early.

They signed Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Danny Ings, Young and Tuanzebe (on loan) before the season started and are happy with their squad.

Manchester United have no intention of allowing Edinson Cavani or Anthony Martial to leave on deadline day.

Both forwards have been linked with moves away but United are planning to retain both for the season.

Barcelona are believed to have held talks with Cavani’s agents but a transfer is described as “highly unlikely”.

Intermediaries in discussions with Paris Saint-Germain are said to have proposed Martial in case Kylian Mbappe departs for Real Madrid, but at this late stage Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the Frenchman in his squad.

It would take an extraordinary set of circumstances for those situations to change.

United are set to end the window without bringing in a midfielder. The position was not regarded as a top priority with pursuits instead for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, and the club will not now rush to make a signing.

United have not pursued Ruben Neves. Solskjaer is a fan of Declan Rice but his cost was always too significant this summer.

Leicester City are edging closer to the signing of RB Liepzig winger Ademola Lookman.

Talks have been progressing over a loan deal for the 23-year-old with a view to a permanent deal and an agreement is close.

Leicester are also looking to let three players go out on loan. Dennis Praet is set to complete his loan switch to Torino, again with a view to a permanent deal worth around £13 million.

Hamza Choudhury could join Newcastle United on loan but that deal hangs in the balance. If that deal doesn’t get the green light at St James’s Park then Choudhury has other interested parties, and there is also interest in Papy Mendy for a couple of clubs too.

Arsenal goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is close to joining Belgian side Oud-Heverlee Leuven on loan.

Runarsson, 26, joined Arsenal from French side Dijon at the beginning of last season.

The Iceland international failed to impress during his time in north London, however, making a solitary Premier League appearance during the 2020-21 campaign.

The Athletic understands that the deal with Leuven, Leicester City’s sister club, does not include an option to buy. Runarsson is under contract with Arsenal until 2024.

Wolves are struggling to reach an agreement with Lille to sign Renato Sanches on loan.

As things stand the move is off. Lille, who signed Sanches for around £20 million in 2019, are unwilling to let the 24-year-old go without the prospect of a sizeable fee at the end of a season-long loan.

Wolves are still looking to bring at least one player in today. As for outgoings, they remain confident of keeping both Adama Traore and Ruben Neves at the club, with no bids yet forthcoming for either player.

Fulham will be active on the final day of the transfer window and are hoping to replace outgoing midfielder Andre-Frank Anguissa.

The west London club are set to lose the Cameroon international to Napoli today, who has undergone a medical in Rome ahead of the loan move which is understood to include a buy option worth €17.3 million.

Fulham will be aiming to replace Anguissa and have previously made a tentative enquiry for Betis midfielder William Carvalho, and had a bid for Swansea captain Matt Grimes turned down over the weekend.

A right back is also thought to be sought today, if an opportunity materialises.

Outgoings are possible, with Cyrus Christie available for free however as of this morning, there is no deal in place yet. It is though understood that Jean Michael Seri is set to stay at the club after his fresh start under coach Marco Silva.

Fulham have already confirmed one departure today, with young midfielder Ben Davis joining Oxford United on a permanent deal, as reported yesterday on these pages.

Chelsea have blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi’s attempts to leave on loan and he will remain with Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Borussia Dortmund were leading the race for the winger’s signature having promised him regular first-team football in his favoured position on the left wing.

Hudson-Odoi reported back for pre-season training at Chelsea last month determined to fight for his place, but failing to play a single minute of the first three Premier League games sparked concern over how much he will be involved.

English clubs, including one Premier League outfit in the top six, have made an enquiry too but to no avail.

West Bromwich Albion are attempting to find a club to take £8 million flop Kenneth Zohore, but it is increasingly unlikely deadline day will bring any business at The Hawthorns.

Zohore signed two years ago but spent last season on loan at Millwall. He has failed to impress new boss Valerien Ismael but attempts to offload him today seem unlikely to reap rewards.

Even if Zohore were to leave, Albion’s incoming business is almost certainly complete.

Albion have not invested any of the money they received from Al Hilal for Matheus Pereira in transfer fees but have no room for manoeuvre on their wage bill.

Sevilla's sporting director Monchi is giving a deadline day press conference and has discussed the possibility of defender Jules Kounde moving to Chelsea

Monchi said: "The only offer from Chelsea for Kounde was last Wednesday for an amount we didn't like. It was not enough for us. We responded with a counter-offer which had a deadline of Friday, to allow us to be able to sign a replacement. They did not respond to that counter-offer before Friday.

"Koundé's clause never went up to 90 million euros. It has always been 80 million. We met at the end of May to discuss our targets for the window. I'm happy with how it's went, but not 100% satisfied. There have been some factors such as the salary cap that have affected the plans."

Olivier Ntcham, the former Manchester City and Celtic player, is currently undergoing a medical at Swansea City.

Ntcham, a technically gifted midfielder who can operate as a No 10 or as a No 8, is a free agent after leaving Celtic in the summer.

Newcastle showed an interest in signing the 25-year-old Frenchman in January and briefly considered him again this summer.

It is understood that there are still some financial details to be resolved before the deal with Swansea can be completed.

Rangers centre-back Nikola Katic is heading on loan to Croatian club Hadjuk Split, The Athletic understands.

The 24-year-old has played 59 times since joining from Slaven Bulepo in 2018.

He enjoyed strong runs in the team during his first two seasons under Steven Gerrard but was dropped several times after a lapse in concentration.

His progress was halted last summer, though when he suffered a crucial knee ligament injury that kept him out the whole season.

Rangers have built up his fitness this summer but he needs to play football after such a long time out.

It is expected that there will be a recall clause in the deal, as is common when a player is being monitored.

George Edmundson left for Ipswich Town this summer while Jack Simpson, who Katic will have to dislodge as fourth choice, has not played much football since joining from Bournemouth in January.

There could still be a future for Katic with Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun’s contracts only running until next summer as it stands.

Real Betis have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the loan of Hector Bellerin.

The deal does not include an option to buy the 26-year-old. It is understood that the parties are working on the final details of personal terms, with Bellerin set to take a pay cut to join the La Liga club.

Bellerin will undergo a medical in London this afternoon ahead of flying to Spain.

Brighton have completed the signing of Getafe left-back Marc Cucurella on a contract until 2026.

The Athletic understands that the Premier League side have matched the £15 million release clause in Cucurella's contract.

The 23-year-old flew to England yesterday to finalise the formalities of the deal.

Cucurella, a silver medalist with Spain at the Tokyo Olympics last month, has been trailed by Brighton throughout the summer.

Odsonne Edouard is undertaking a medical at Crystal Palace ahead of the completion of his £14 million move from Celtic.

The France under-21 international will become Palace’s seventh signing of the summer window after the fee was agreed with the Scottish club on Monday evening. The deal could potentially rise as high as £18 million in add-ons, depending upon the success Edouard enjoys at Selhurst Park.

The 23-year-old had long been tracked by Palace, who first expressed an interest in the forward in late 2019 as they sought to add more firepower to their ranks.

Liverpool defender Rhys Williams is likely to complete a loan move to Swansea, The Athletic understands.

A deal for the 20-year-old, who made 19 first-team appearances last season, is currently being negotiated between the two clubs.

Following the arrival of Ibrahima Konate earlier in the summer it means a similar repeat of game time for Williams would be unlikely this term.

Williams, who is an England youth international, has made just one appearance so far this season and that came during Liverpool Under-23s win at Everton.

Wolves' attacking midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White is set to join Championship side Sheffield United on a season-long loan.

The Athletic understands there'll be no option for the Blades to purchase the England Under-21 international at the end of the loan.

Gibbs-White joined Swansea on loan at the start of last season but injury derailed his time in Wales and he barely featured for Wolves after being recalled in January.

Jesse Lingard is set to stay at Manchester United, with the 28-year-old determined to feature for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team this season.

West Ham United have looked at signing Lingard all summer after his successful loan spell during the last campaign but were reluctant to commit to the £30 million asking price.

Other clubs have inquired about Lingard too, however the player has wanted to stay at Old Trafford since reinvigorating his career at the London Stadium.

United have instead agreed to sell Daniel James to Leeds in a £25 million deal rising to £30 million and feel Lingard has a role to play this year despite the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

United are well stocked in the attacking areas, with Anthony Elanga a young winger who will be kept at Carrington rather than allowed out on loan. A number of clubs have asked about taking Elanga for a season after Ronaldo's signing changed the dynamic at United, but Solskjaer feels the 19-year-old is best served staying in-house.

On the incoming side, Saul Niguez will not be joining United. The Atletico Madrid player has been available for loan and United are looking at central midfield as an area to strengthen. But they did not take up the offer for talks on the 26-year-old.

It was set to be a relatively low-cost initial fee but Saul's wages, of around £200,000 per week, would have placed him towards to the top of United earners.

It is understood Abdallah Sima's likely loan destination once he signs from Slavia Prague is Stoke, where he will join Brighton's on-loan defender Leo Ostigard.

The Athletic revealed yesterday afternoon that Sima was close to signing for Brighton.

Yan Valery is set to stay at Southampton after being linked with a loan move away from the club.

The 22-year-old has impressed Ralph Hasenhuttl since returning for pre-season in July and is a player the Austrian wants to keep hold of.

Valery provides Southampton with added depth in defence and the club’s manager has prioritised strength in numbers ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.

Greek side Olympiakos were reportedly interested in the Frenchman but it’s understood Southampton want to keep hold of him.

League One Accrington Stanley are signing teenage West Bromwich Albion forward Jovan Malcolm on a season-long loan.

Malcolm, aged 18, signed his first professional contract — a three-year deal — this summer having figured in Albion’s run to the FA Youth Cup final last season.

Tottenham are not expecting to add another attacking player to the squad today.

Spurs had been looking for one more forward in the last few weeks: they had agreed a loan deal with Wolverhampton Wanderers for Adama Traore before Wolves pulled out.

Spurs were also interested in Ilaix Moriba, but he went to RB Leipzig who offered him more guaranteed playing time.

But on the last day of the window, Spurs are not counting on adding one more attacking player to Nuno Espirito Santo's squad before the window shuts.

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