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Wilfried Bony to replace Luis Suarez, Man United ask about Alex Song and Arsenal baulk at Loic Remy wages...

Last Updated: 11/07/14 at 09:31 Post Comment

Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast

Wilfried Bony of Ivory Coast

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Garry Monk seems to think Wilfried Bony is looking forward to coming back to Swansea to work, but he might be a tad disappointed as it looks very much like the Ivory Coast striker could be heading to Liverpool. According to the Daily Mirror, Bony 'has told friends he is desperate for the Anfield giants to make the £19m bid that will trigger his release clause'.

Liverpool are also close to tying up the signing of Benfica winger Lazar Markovic for £20m; he will join Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can as Brendan Rodgers once again forgets he needs a defence. And then when he remembers, he apparently gets told that Ryan Bertrand will cost him £8m. Ryan Bertrand? Lordy.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Inter Milan, Everton and Manchester United have all enquired about Barcelona midfielder Alex Song but no formal offers have been made. Song would be quite the step down for United after being linked with Arturo Vidal, though reports in Italy claim that United have not asked Juventus about the Chilean despite being in contact about Patrice Evra.

'Newcastle have not given up on the possibility of signing Loic Remy from QPR for his designated £8million buy-out,' claim the Daily Mail, who say that Arsenal have baulked at the Frenchman's wage demands. Quite how Newcastle will be able to afford what the Gunners cannot is unclear.

Meanwhile, the Northern Echo are reporting that Mathieu Debuchy's switch to Arsenal is a done deal and that 'the Magpies are understood to have had a fresh round of talks with Feyenoord in the hope of landing Holland's Daryl Janmaat'. He would be a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is planning to let eight of his current players leave the club in order to fund new signings...Southampton's bid to sign Italian striker Graziano Pelle, 28, has stalled due to Feyenoord's £9.5m asking price...Newcastle are weighing up a sensational move for former striker Demba Ba...Everton boss Roberto Martinez has made a £4m bid for 21-year-old Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic...Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton, 29, wants talks with Paul Lambert after the Villa boss blocked his move to West Brom....Midfielder Mikel Arteta, 32, has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer according to his agent Inaki Ibanez...

...Italian club Lazio believe they are favourites to sign Feyenoord defender Stefan De Vrij, who is also a transfer target for Manchester United...Arsenal are working on a deal for Atletico Madrid right-back Javi Manquillo...Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is the subject of an £8million bid from Sunderland as they attempt to lure back last season's loan star to Wearside...Former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh, 30, has agreed a two-year deal to stay at Crystal Palace and has also taken a pay cut...Leicester City have made a club record bid of £7.5m for Brighton's 27-year-old striker Leonardo Ulloa...West Ham are facing competition from AC Milan and Sevilla for Ecuador striker Enner Valencia, who is valued at £12m by Mexican side Pachuca.

Daryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.
- harry hotspur

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