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Deja vu for Liverpool, as Spurs join chase for Allen

Tottenham Hotspur have already beaten Liverpool to the signature of Gylfi Sigurdsson earlier this summer, and could be ready to trump the Reds again, with Spurs' manager Andre Villas-Boas considering a bid for Swansea midfielder Joe Allen.

Allen has been linked with a move to Anfield ever since Brendan Rodgers left Swansea for the Merseyside club, while the Reds have publicly stated their interest in acquiring the Welsh midfielder despite having signed a written agreement with the Swans that forbade them from poaching any of the Liberty Stadium stars for a year following Rodgers' switch.

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Rossi set to jump ship, as Tottenham and Napoli fight for ex-United striker's signature

The agent of Villarreal ace Giuseppe Rossi has alerted Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur by declaring that a summer switch for the Italian international cannot be overlooked at the moment.

Rossi, who started his senior career at Manchester United, was part of the Yellow Submarine squad that fell from grace last season, as the regular European contenders were relagated from the La Liga after an appalling season that saw them win just nine games all term.

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Manchester United set to make final Lucas Moura bid

Manchester United have grown tired of the ongoing negotiations between them and Sao Paulo over the signing of starlet Lucas Moura, and are set to make one last non-negotiable take-it-or-leave-it offer for the 19-year old Brazilian.

Many weeks have passed since United first made contact with the Brazilian club over the possible acquisition of the attacking midfielder, with Sao Paulo turning down each of the Red Devils' bids, and most recently quoting a £30 million price tag for Moura.

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Arsenal and Liverpool face competition from Lyon for PSG defender Sakho

Arsenal and Liverpool target Mamadou Sakho is also being tracked by Lyon according to reports in France as the defender continues to be linked with a move away from PSG. The 22 year old Frenchman has been linked with the Premier League following an impressive campaign under Carlo Ancelotti. But instead of progressing to the next level at the club, his future has been clouded by uncertainty following the arrival of Thiago Silva from AC Milan.

Sakho is a physically strong central defender in the mould of William Gallas, with the youngster also possessing the versatility of the former Chelsea and Arsenal man. He has generally been deployed in the centre but is equally capable of fitting in to the left.

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Carroll alerts Newcastle as Liverpool misfit craves European football

Andy Carroll will only leave Liverpool for a club that provides European football claim the Daily Mail as the striker gradually comes to terms with the fact that his dream move to Anfield is edging towards a disappointing end. Manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that he considers the 23 year old as a part of his plans but it is clear that the club want to cut their loses on a player whom King Kenny insisted on spending a British record £35m.

West Ham had a massive £17m bid reportedly rejected by Liverpool this week, reaffirming that they want nothing less than £20m for the Englishman. Newcastle are the only suitor capable of guaranteeing continental football as Alan Pardew's men qualified for the Europa League after finishing 5th last season, four spots ahead of Liverpool.

 

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Hugo Lloris headed to Tottenham as Lyon ready to negotiate

Tottenham Hotspur could finally be nearing a solution for their goal-keeping worries as The Sun report that Lyon have finally agreed to let go of Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman has been Andre Villas-Boas' number one target to take over from Brad Friedel on a permanent basis but Lyon have played hardball over the 25 year old, thus forcing Spurs to look elsewhere before returning to their main target.

The report suggests that the Spurs and Lyon have reached an agreement over the £9.5m transfer, with the deal set to be completed sometime next week. Spurs have three vastly experienced stoppers in Friedel, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini but none among the three are expected to be at White Hart Lane for a long time to come. They also looked at the likes of Julio Cesar as possible replacements, although they were always expected to come back to Lloris.

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Chelsea target Cavani commits future to Napoli

Chelsea's ambitious move for Napoli's Edinson Cavani is all but over after the Uruguayan striker reiterated his desire to stay in Naples. The Blues have been behind the 25 year old for a while now, marking him out as the perfect replacement for the departed Didier Drogba. But things never got beyond pure interest as Napoli's high asking price combined with Cavani's contract till 2016 proved to be huge stumbling blocks. Aurelio De Laurentiis, the outspoken president of Napoi recently placed a whopping €100m price tag on the striker to effectively keep him away from the suitors.

Speaking to the Italian daily Il Mattino, Cavani said this after he was asked about his immediate future in the face of growing interest from outside: "Forza Napol!". Although he didn't rule out a possible move in the future as he added: "But it is said that English football is art, why not think about it one day if there is that possibility?"

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