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Transfer news RECAP: Relive all of Thursday's rumours and done deals

The clock is ticking down until the transfer window closes in three weeks but things are far from slowing down.

Celtic are looking to add to their squad after their miserable Champions League exit this week. Neil Lennon wants at least two new signings with Robert Gumny a target at right back.

Rosenborg's Berger Meling and Kilmarnock's Greg Taylor are on the shortlist to replace Kieran Tierney, although Killie boss Angelo Alessio has warned him off the latter.

Across the city, Rangers are closing in on their 10th summer signing with Andy King ready to join on loan from Leicester.

Steven Gerrard will still want Ryan Kent back but that may be that as far as incoming deals go. The exit door is a different matter though as Eros Grezda, Jason Holt and Graham Dorrans have all been told they can leave. Out of favour Jamie Murphy could also be loaned out.

Aberdeen are still waiting on news for whether Stevie May will leave the club.

Hearts completed the signing of Glenn Whelan while Hibs may loan out Oli Shaw to St Johnstone if they can recruit another front-man.

Away from Scotland, Neymar's transfer situation is continuing and we'll have all the latest from all of this throughout the day.

Alexis Sanchez 'refusing' to leave Manchester United

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Alexis Sanchez is reported to be refusing to leave Manchester United this summer, despite his dwindling prospects of first team football at Old Trafford.

The Chilean earns £500,000 at the Premier League giants but having failed to find anything close to his best form since joining 18 months ago, he is firmly out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has had some interest in his signature, with Roma the most recent side touted to have come forward with a loan offer for the 30-year-old.

But the Sun say that he has refused to leave, and is content to stay put regardless of his first-team status.

King in the house

Andy King is poised to become Rangers’ 10th summer signing and the Leicester midfielder will be among the crowd for tonight’s Europa League clash with Midtjylland.

The Wales international is set to join on a season-long loan and one Ibrox supporter got a pre-match snap with the 30-year-old ahead of kick-off.

King will put pen to paper on a season-long loan after Brendan Rodgers sanctioned a move to allow the player to get some much-needed game time.

Ernesto Valverde wants La Liga transfer window to close early

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has called for La Liga to mirror the Premier League and close the transfer window before the league season starts.

The English window used to close at the end of August in line with the rest of Europe, but brought it forward to before the first league game last summer, in order to minimise squad disruption while fixtures are ongoing.

Some have argued that it puts English clubs at a disadvantage as far as recruitment goes, but Valverde, speaking ahead of the La Liga season commencing this weekend, has called for similar measures in Spain.

It’s an inconvenience to not have your squad finalised when the league is about to start.

What’s normal is when you start a competition, or a season, that you know which players you’re going to have for the whole season. At least, that’s how I think it should be.

Bayern ' biding time' on Coutinho

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Bild are reporting Bayern Munich will wait until the end of the month to strike a last-ditch deal for Philippe Coutinho.

The German outlet claim the Bavarian big boys are hopeful of landing the Brazilian for a cut-price fee if they don’t rush in.

Coutinho is believed to prefer a move to PSG, but that move is dependant on whether Barcelona seal a return for Neymar.

DONE DEAL! Dundee United youngster Matty Smith joins Cove on loan

Dundee United striker Matty Smith has joined League Two newcomers Cove Rangers on a six-month loan deal.

The 22-year-old has a good deal of senior football under his belt having made 37 senior appearances for United, and has previously spent time with Montrose on loan.

He heads north until January to join an ambitious Cove side who are looking to clinch a second successive promotion, and manager Paul Hartley is excited by the signing.

I’m really looking forward to working with Matty.

Gordon (Young, Paul’s assistant manager) knows him very well from his time working with United and believes he can make a big impact during his time with us.


It’s a marvellous opportunity for Matty to make a name for himself and it’s great that we are getting a player who has already played a number of games for United at high levels.


I would like to thank United manager Robbie Neilson for allowing Matty to spend some time with us.”

Tierney 'proud' to be first Arsenal Scot since 1998

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Kieran Tierney has said that is is ‘proud’ to become the first Scottish Arsenal player in over 20 years.

The saga surrounding the left-back’s move from Celtic dominated the headlines for much of the summer, only being brought to its conclusion in the final minutes of the English transfer window.

In getting the deal over the line, the Gunners ensured they had a Scot in their first team for the first time since 1998, when Scott Marshall last featured at Highbury.

Incidentally, the central defender would later go on to play for Celtic, appearing just once - in a 3-0 defeat to Rangers in 1999.

Tierney said via Arsenal’s official website that it’s a huge milestone, and one he is proud to have broken.

It’s massive for me as well. I’m proud and delighted to be here, so it’s all good.

“I work hard, that’s all I can say: I work my hardest every game, I give all I’ve got and I wear my heart on my sleeve all the time. That is honestly all I can give.

I’ll be looking forward to hopefully get a partnership with whoever is on the left and whoever is centre-back - partnerships all over the pitch and friendships too.

Celtic 'want' Jordon Ibe on loan

Celtic are reported to be keen on a loan move for Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe.

The 23-year-old was once touted as the man to replace Raheem Sterling at Liverpool, but struggled to make a consistent impact on the senior set-up and was sold to the Cherries for £16m in 2016.

He managed just 24 appearances in all competitions so far last season, however, and was an unused sub for their Premier League opener against Sheffield United.

Manager Eddie Howe has been considering a loan move for the wide man, but is faced with a personnel crisis on the flanks at present with Harry Wilson and Ryan Fraser the only other fit and available wingers.

If he does decide to sanction a switch, the Sun say that Celtic want to bring him to Parkhead on a season-long loan deal.

Joel Pereira set for Hearts debut on Friday

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New Hearts signing Joel Pereira will be thrown in at the deep end after arriving at Tynecastle as Craig Levein has confirmed the keeper will start against Motherwell on Friday.

First choice Zdenek Zlamal has endured a nightmare start to the season, leading to the recruitment of Pereira on loan from English giants Manchester United.

And the new keeper will make his debut on Friday as Levein confirmed to the media that he will start the League Cup second round tie, with a view to easing the pressure on Zlamal.

Speaking ahead of his debut, Pereira said he is grateful for the opportunity to link up with the Jambos.

It’s a great opportunity for myself to be here at this big club. I’m looking forward to it, I will give my best and hopefully great things will happen.

I’m looking forward to it. I’m grateful for the opportunity that the manager has given me. Hopefully, we can come out with the win. That’s what we’ll try to do.

Sean Goss set for Shrewsbury switch

Former Rangers and St Johnstone midfielder Sean Goss could be on the move to Shrewsbury Town, as reports down south say Mark Warburton will sanction a free transfer switch.

The 23-year-old joined the QPR from Manchester United back in 2017, but struggled to break into the first team and was subsequently shipped out on loan to get game-time.

He joined Rangers in January 2018 and spent the second half of last season with Saints, but struggled to make a substantial impact and was left out of all of their post-split matches.

He is expected to play no part under Warburton for the forthcoming season, and the Shropshire Star say that a free transfer move to League One Shrewsbury - whose window for signings closes on September 2nd - could be on the agenda.

Heckingbottom wants Shaw stay

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Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom has said that he wants striker Oli Shaw to stay and fight for places at Easter Road this season, rather than head out on loan for game-time.

We earlier covered St Johnstone’s interest in a loan bid for the 20-year-old, who scored seven times in 35 appearances last season.

He is yet to start competitively this season, finding himself behind Florian Kamberi and Christian Doidge in the pecking order, but Hibs lack any further striking options outside the trio.

It means that Heckingbottom is not keen to sign off on a loan move away unless he is able to get another striker in before the transfer deadline in three weeks,

He can’t go unless we get a replacement.

He understands that. What we are going to get for Oli is what we can spend on bringing another striker in.

We want him to stay but he wants to go and get games. I want him to stay and fight for his place here and get his way into our team. I want to be ringing up other clubs and saying ‘no he is staying with us’.

Killie say hands-off over Taylor

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Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio has told potential suitors of Greg Taylor that the Scotland international will not be leaving Rugby Park during the transfer window.

Alessio insists he and the club are determined to hold on to their best players after Celtic were linked with a move for Kilmarnock’s left-back following the £25 million transfer of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal.

Kilmarnock rejected a £500,000 bid from Bundesliga 2 outfit Nurnberg earlier this summer for the 21-year-old, who won his first Scotland cap in the Euro 2020 qualifier with Belgium in June.

Taylor is under contract for the next two years and Alessio is adamant he will not leave before the transfer window closes on September 2.

I want to keep the best players in our team: Taylor, O’Donnell and other players.

In the next two weeks I don’t think this player can go to other teams. I’ve read about Greg but I think they are just rumours.

I don’t think (the club would sell him) because the club and I want to keep the best player in our team.

Fiorentina fail in bid for Celtic target

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Fiorentina are set to be shown the door over their approach for Celtic target Robert Gumny, with Lech Poznan demanding a higher fee than the Serie A side are willing to offer.

The Hoops have already landed one right back this summer in the form of Hate And Elhamed but want another to offer competition.

21-year-old Gumny is believed to be on a list of targets for the position, but will have to top the £4.5m offer that saw Fiorentina chased.

The Polish side are thought to value the player somewhere between £6-7m.

Saints 'want' Shaw

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St Johnstone have asked Hibs about taking Oli Shaw on loan.

Tommy Wright is keen on landing a striker with attempts to sign Kane Hemmings and Stevie May failing.

And the Saints boss wants Shaw – who scored seven times during the last campaign – for the rest of the season.

Monaco eye Bakayoko deal

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko could be on his way out of the club.

Monaco have made a bid to sign their former midfielder on loan, two years after he left to join Chelsea.

Since then, the £40m midfielder has struggled for form and spent last season at AC Milan.

Sturridge set for Trabzonspor deal

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Daniel Sturridge is on his way to Turkey to sign for Trabzonspor.

The striker was heavily linked with a move to Rangers but will now sign for the Turkish SuperLig side.

Sturridge has been without a club since leaving Liverpool and is currently banned from playing in England due to betting rule breaches.

He was also linked with a move to DC United and held talks with the club about replacing Wayne Rooney.

He’ll head to Turkey to join the club, who also have former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

DONE DEAL! Donaldson joins East Kilbride

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East Kilbride have completed the signing of former Hibs youngster Callum Donaldson.

The 19-year-old was released by the capital outfit at the end of last season and has now joined the Lowland League champions on a one-year-deal.

Donaldson won the SPFL U20 Development League with the Hibees in 2018 and last season played a handful of games in League Two for Berwick Rangers.

He also featured as a trialist for Kilby in their pre-season victory over Stenhousemuir.

READ MORE: East Kilbride sign former Hibs youngster Callum Donaldson

Under signs new deal

Tottenham could be about to get the jump on Arsenal and Manchester United for the striker
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Cengiz Under has signed a new contract at Roma.

The attacker was linked with a move to both Manchester United and Tottenham this summer but no move ever materialised.

Campbell leaves Macclesfield

Sol Campbell has left his role as manager of Macclesfield.

The Arsenal legend has only been in charge for eight months and kept them up in difficult circumstances last season.

But now he has left the club as they continue to struggle with financial issues.

Harper 'happy' to leave on loan

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Jack Harper insists he’s happy to be sent on loan to Alcorcon and can wait to become the first Scot to play in La Liga for over 30 years.

The former Real Madrid star signed a five-year deal with Spanish top flight team Getafe in the summer after impressing with Malaga.

But the Madrid club have decided to send him on loan to Alcorcon - a Second Division club also based in the Spanish capital.

And Harper understands why he’s been farmed out again.

He explained:

“I’m at Getafe for the long run, but in the short-term, it’s important I get to play as many minutes at a club as possible.

“Getafe have many strikers including Jorge Molina, Ángel Rodríguez or Jaime Mata and they are all top players.

“They are more experienced than me and the manager decided he wanted to loan me out and give me game time.

“He recommended I sign for Alcorcon because it’s in the same city and I will have my family here too. It should benefit me for when I do play for Getafe.

“I’ve really enjoyed my pre-season training at Getafe and it’s been very demanding which has improved me.

“But I can’t wait to get started at Alcorcon. It’s one of the toughest leagues in the world with 42 league games and I am sure we will have a good year.”

Levein provides Meshino update

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Hearts manager Craig Levein is “hugely excited” about the prospect of signing Japanese forward Ryotaro Meshino on loan from Manchester City.

Gamba Osaka announced they had agreed a deal to sell the 21-year-old to City last week and Hearts have been lined up to give him his first taste of British football.

Levein said:

“We are working on that, we will have an idea of the hearing date for a special talent visa shortly. I’m hugely excited about this one, he is an extremely talented young boy.

“We have been talking to Manchester City about a few things recently and nearly did another bit of business a couple of weeks back. Being able to bring someone into the UK on loan to us gives the player an idea of the environment and maybe Manchester City will take him after that or maybe he will stay for another year, I don’t know.”

Why Man Utd ended Fernandes chase

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Manchester United pulled out of a move for Bruno Fernandes over his ball retention.

The Old Trafford club were chasing the midfielder all summer but the recruitment team had doubts over him, feeling he gave the ball away too much.

The Mirror say it left United unconvinced he was the man for them and they decided to pull out.

Bolton down to five players

Bolton are down to five senior players after Erhun Oztumer left the club.

The midfielder joined the club in 2018 from Walsall but has decided to leave as financial troubles continue.

Cattermole heads for Holland

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Lee Cattermole is training with Dutch side VVV Venlo as he looks to win a contract.

The former Sunderland star will join up with the Eredivisie side with the club saying it will be to see if the move is a good fit for both parties.

Cattermole left Sunderland in the summer after 10 years.

Pogba's United wish

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Paul Pogba won’t push Manchester United for an exit this summer as he waits on a move to Real Madrid.

The French midfielder had expected to leave Old Trafford to join Los Blancos but won’t pressure United into letting him go.

But he’s still confident a deal will happen and he’ll be lining up at the Santiago Bernebau by the end of the transfer window.

Pogba believes he will eventually be a Real Madrid player, even if it doesn’t happen in this window, and the club themselves are understood to be relaxed about a deal.

READ MORE: Paul Pogba’s Manchester United stance that could keep him at Old Trafford despite Real Madrid wish

Gerrard rules out Di Placido move

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Steven Gerrard has ruled out a move for Leonel Di Placido.

The right back was linked with a move to Ibrox this week but Gerrard insists there’s no chance the move will happen.

He said:

I read that we were linked with a right back in midweek, which is total rubbish

Mullin rules out County exit

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Josh Mullin saw his closest Ross County pal earn a big-money move to England in the summer – but is in no rush to follow him south.

Watching Jamie Lindsay join English League One side Rotherham felt like losing a brother, as Mullin relayed on Twitter, with the pair becoming great friends last season.

The ex-Livingston winger faced his own feverish transfer speculation during the close season after lighting up the Championship title campaign with 14 goals and 21 assists.

With Polish club Legia Warsaw and several from north and south of the border showing interest, County’s management team made contingency plans for losing the 26 year-old.

But Mullin, while ambitious, is nothing but level-headed about his future and felt he had unfinished business with the Premiership-bound Staggies.

Speaking for the first time about extending his stay through to summer 2021, Mullin stressed:

“I keep banging on about it, but the main thing for me is definitely the managers and how they’ve helped improve my game.

“That was massive for me. Starting this league campaign, you can see the way I’m going into games. I’m feeling confident.

“That’s all down to the managers. For me, there was no reason for change right now. There is still plenty of time and I’m certainly happy here.

“Committing to another year was a wee bit about showing the managers and the chairman I do appreciate everything they did for me last season.

Balotelli set for Brescia

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Mario Balotelli will join Serie A side Brescia after turning down a move to Brazil.

The flamboyant striker will sign a three-year deal after leaving Marseille in the summer.

It’s a return to Italy for the former Manchester City striker, who has also played for both Milan clubs.

Bony looks for new club

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Wilfried Bony is in talks with Italian and Turkish clubs but won’t be joining Newport County.

The former Man City striker has been training with the League Two club but is unlikely to sign a deal.

He revealed his agent has been talking with clubs elsewhere.

We are waiting for the best offer and then after discussing it, we will try to go there and sign. I hope to find a club as soon as possible

Sanchez 'rejects' United exit

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Alexis Sanchez is refusing to leave Manchester United this summer - according to a report.

The Sun say the Chilean winger is rejecting a move to Roma despite United wanting him to leave on loan.

They want a chunk of his wages off the bill and Roma were hoping to sign him, but have began looking elsewhere.

Middleton backed to have Kent impact

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Glenn Middleton has been backed to have the same impact at Hibs as Ryan Kent did at Rangers.

The winger moved from Ibrox to Easter Road on loan and former Hibs star Paul Kane reckons he can have a big impact.

He hopes he’s learned off Kent last year and will be a success.

“I watched Kent come to Rangers on loan from Liverpool and he was terrific.

“He was one of the star players for Rangers and the situation worked out well for both clubs.

“People hadn’t seen Kent before but he got fans off their seats, taking the SPFL by storm. That is why Hibs supporters are excited to see a player like Middleton.

“We are hoping Middleton can have a similar impact at Hibs to the one that Kent had at Rangers.

“If you look throughout the club’s history, wingers have been part of Hibs’ DNA.

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