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VAN GAAL EXPECTS CHANGES
Louis van Gaal has warned his Manchester United squad to expect plenty of changes in the last four days of the transfer window.

United have been linked with moves for Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind, while a number of players are tipped to leave before Monday's deadline.

"I had a conversation with the players after lunch and I said, after this weekend, we shall maybe have another group," said Van Gaal.

"Players will go away and others will come in. We have to wait and see (who they are)."

Tom Cleverley is a target for Aston Villa, Hull and Valencia, while Shinji Kagawa could complete a £10m move back to Borussia Dortmund by the end of the day.


ARSENAL CHASE SOKRATIS
Arsenal hope to strengthen their defence with a £12m move for Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Gunners are set to meet Dortmund in the Champions League again this season, but before that they hope to pinch their 26-year-old centre-half as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.

'Arsenal boss Wenger is desperate for a defender after selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona for £15m as he needs cover at centre-half,' report the Mirror.

'Papastathopoulos - commonly known as Sokratis - is surplus to requirements at Dortmund, where Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels are the first-choice centre-backs, and the deal could get the green light.'

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is still hoping to conclude a deal for PSG's Adrien Rabiot.


SPURS EYE WELBECK LOAN
After being told he can leave Manchester United this summer, Danny Welbeck is reportedly a loan target for Tottenham.

According to the Daily Star, Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to bolster his attacking options before Monday's deadline, with Welbeck at the top of his shortlist.

'Starsport understands the north London club have withdrawn their interest in a permanent deal for the England hitman but are still keen to persure a loan deal,' report the Star.

'Tottenham's interest in (Alex) Song however is understood to have waned, with further negotiations now unlikely to take place.'


AND THE REST
West Ham have rejected a £3m Hull bid for midfielder Mo Diame, who QPR are also interested in...France coach Didier Deschamps wants QPR striker Loic Remy to move to a bigger club...Barcelona's former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song wants to make a Premier League return with Liverpool...Chelsea have been told to forget about signing £20million Roma striker Mattia Destro...Sunderland are hoping to beat off competition from two European clubs to sign Ricky Alvarez on loan from Inter Milan...

Burnley are planning a £1.5million bid for Derby defender Richard Keogh...West Ham hope to sign Manchester City defender Micah Richards on loan...Manchester United will push Javier Hernandez towards a move to Juventus as they bid to sweeten up the Serie A side to land Arturo Vidal...Louis van Gaal has moved in for highly-rated Ajax prospect Timothy Fosu Mensah...Sunderland want to sign Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld on loan...

Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has agreed to join Marseille on loan...Crystal Palace have stepped up an interest in Wigan midfielder James McArthur...Norwich have made an offer for Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel...Juventus, Liverpool and Tottenham made late bids for Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who is set to complete a move to QPR...Crystal Palace could move for Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong and Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby...Hull City are considering an approach for Schalke left-back Christian Fuchs...Napoli are in talks to sign Liverpool defender Daniel Agger.

Lets hope we get a few more in, and few to go out.
- keano81

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