Gareth Bale says it was well worth spending time "in limbo" last summer as he waited to join Real Madrid from Tottenham.
Bayern Munich are on the brink of signing Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid, with the midfielder set to undergo a medical.
Reading winger Jimmy Kebe claimed he was about to become Newcastle's latest recruit on Thursday before admitting he was joking.
The 29-year-old said on his Twitter account: "On my way to Newcastle, having medical then sign a 4 years contract. Thank you all for your support you've been outstanding !!!!"
However, the Magpies denied the claim and, shortly afterwards, Kebe tweeted: "Oups [sic] i thought if you're french and play football u just pop in to Newcastle and sign a contract ???? Not a chance of leaving #LoveReadingFc#".