Transfer news LIVE: Jota SIGNS for Liverpool, Bale Spurs loan could be TWO years, Aston Villa sign Traore – The Sun

GARETH BALE is close to securing a sensational return to Tottenham – and the Real Madrid ace has landed back in the UK.

And Liverpool have announced the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves as the Premier League champions add to their ranks.

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  • BATTLE BREWING

    Sheffield United and Crystal Palace are both interesting in signing Rhian Brewster from Liverpool.

    The imminent arrival of Diogo Jota is set to limit any game time Brewster may have had even further.

    Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “We have made enquiries about a few strikers and most on loan.

    “Rhian is one we have talked about and spoken to Liverpool about. We need to bring another one in.”

    However, they face competition from the Eagles who have made an approach for the 20-year-old forward, according to The Times.

  • ONE ING A MILLION

    Ralph Hasenhuttl has no fears of Danny Ings’ head being turned following Tottenham’s failed approach to sign him.

    Spurs, who travel to St Mary’s on Sunday, were this week told in no uncertain terms by Southampton that the striker is not for sale.

    The Austrian said: “He knows what he has with us.

    “He was at one time at a big club. He knows how good it feels to play every week, every game and to be in a team where everybody loves him.

    “This crowd is loving him. It’s something you don’t have very often.

    “He made also from here the step to the international squad, so what else do you want?”

  • ED-ING TO THE BRIDGE

    Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has agreed a five-year, £22million Chelsea switch, reports say.

    The Senegal star, 28, seems certain to become Frank Lampard's seventh summer signing within days.

    And he will aim to quickly push Kepa Arrizabalaga for his No1 spot.

    The deal was thought to have been pushed over the line by Stamford Bridge hero Petr Cech, who also joined from Rennes.

  • DEST BE OFF THEN

    Barcelona are out to hijack Bayern Munich's move for Sergino Dest after failing with two bids for Max Aarons.

    A new right-back is on the Blaugrana agenda as Ronald Koeman looks to revamp his ageing squad.

    United States international Dest was born in the Netherlands and raised through Ajax's academy, playing 36 times for the club.

    According to Bild, the Bundesliga champions have agreed personal terms with Dest but are yet to persuade Ajax to sell up.

    That leaves room for Barcelona to make a bid, which Mundo Deportivo believe will focus on a loan deal with an obligation to buy.

  • KOUNDE NOT AGREE

    Manchester City have had a bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde rejected, according to Marca.

    The offer for the French centre-back was thought to be worth around £50m.

    However, the LaLiga side inserted an £82.5m release clause into Kounde's contract and blocked the initial approach.

    Pep Guardiola has brought in Nathan Ake and has also targeted Jose Jimenez from Atletico Madrid as well as Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.

  • REAL TALENT

    Zinedine Zidane has broken his silence on “spectacular” Gareth Bale's transfer to Tottenham and reiterated it is not completed just yet.

    The Real Madrid boss, despite freezing the Welshman out for large periods, insists there are no issues between the pair.

    He said: “I haven’t spoken to Bale. I know what he has done in this team.

    “He has been spectacular for this team, nobody can say otherwise. There are negotiations. If he moves, we only wish him well.

    “I’ve not had any problems with Gareth. The situation is not firm, it’s not done, I cannot say more.”

    On what Real are losing, he replied: “It’s not about that. It’s life, everyone can have an opinion. Gareth is our player for the moment and the issue is still to be closed.”

  • JOT NOT A MISTAKE

    Staying with Wolves and boss Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed Diogo Jota is joining Liverpool.

    A £45m deal has been agreed between the two clubs with Ki-Jana Hoever already going the other way.

    Santo said: “Liverpool are going to have a great player and boy, and Ki has a bright future ahead of him. We think this deal is good for everybody.

    “Diogo was really happy here, but it's normal that players like to face new challenges.

    “He is amazing and everybody knows the relationship we built. What Diogo did for us is absolutely fantastic.

    “I think Diogo is going to the right place and we wish him all the best, knowing that it never be forgotten, especially by our fans, all the memorable moments that Diogo provided.”

  • WOLVES GET HOEVER

    Wolves have confirmed the signing of Ki-Jana Hoever from Liverpool on a five-year deal.

    The 18-year-old Dutchman has taken the No2 shirt vacated by Matt Doherty.

    Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Ki is a young player who can play both centre-back and right-back, with high potential to become a top footballer.

    “He played against Wolves in the FA cup game in 2019 when he was only 16 years old, and impressed us very much.”

    And that should mean the Diogo Jota official announcement is coming very soon…

  • UNDER ALMOST OVER LINE

    Leicester City are close to securing their second signing of the summer with Cengiz Under set to join from Roma.

    Reports suggest a loan-with-option-to-buy deal is in place between the two sides.

    Brendan Rodgers said: “He's a very, very good player. There have been negotiations with the club [Roma] and we're hopeful there.

    “We need a different kind of attacking player to help out at the top end of the pitch.

    “It's clear we have pace and power, but I feel we need more football in there.”

    The Foxes are also desperate for another centre-back to come in before the October 5 deadline.

  • GIN SHOCK

    Tottenham legend David Ginola admits his “surprise” over Gareth Bale's return.

    The winger is on the brink of completing a season-long loan move back to White Hart Lane.

    Ginola said: “It comes as a surprise to be honest because after seven years at Real Madrid I never, ever thought he would come back to Spurs.

    “Maybe the move back to Spurs would be the greatest choice and I can see it being pretty interesting.”

  • BALE FORCE

    More on Gareth Bale now and it emerged last night that Spurs' doctors picked up on an injury during his medical.

    Reports state the 31-year-old will be unavailable for around a month after picking up a knock on his knee during international duty with Wales.

    However, Bale still passed the medical and is set to be announced as a Tottenham player again today.

  • ZAPPA-OFF-TA

    Davide Zappacosta, remember him, has returned to Italy on loan again and will spend the season at Genoa.

    The full-back, 28, joined Chelsea in 2017 and spent last term at Roma but suffered a serious injury.

    Genoa finished 17th in Serie A last season.

  • TOO JOT TO HANDLE

    Liverpool have agreed a £45million deal with Wolves attacker Diogo Jota, according to reports.

    Meanwhile, Reds' Dutch defender Ki-Jana Delano Hoever is set to go the other way as a makeweight in the deal.

    Jurgen Klopp made Jota his priority after landing Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara from Champions League winners Bayern Munich.

    Portuguese attacker Jota, 23, will be back-up for main men Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

    The Times sports reporter Paul Joyce claims Jota will move for An initial £41m with another £4m in add-ons. Hoever is valued at £9m with £4.5m in add-ons, he claims.

  • AOUAR PAIN

    Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar.

    That is because Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas poured cold water on any potential transfer of their star.

    Asked if he think a deal with get over the line before deadline day, he told Arsenal reporter Chris Wheatley: “No I don't think so, no offer yet.

    “It seems that Arsenal don't want to, or can't invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.”

  • WILL NOT BALE

    A reminder of the big transfer talk of the summer and that is Gareth Bale's return to Tottenham, which should be announced today.

    He and Sergio Reguilon flew into Luton yesterday and the Welshman was given a hero's welcome at the Spurs training ground.

    The North London club have agreed to pay a percentage of his wages in a bargain deal which amounts to around £12million for the season — and they will officially confirm it today.

    SunSport understands if the move goes well, it could even be extended for a further year until the end of NEXT SEASON, when his Bernabeu contract is due to expire.

  • ABOUT A MOI

    Juventus are reportedly interested in bringing Moise Kean back to Turin after a disappointing spell at Everton.

    The Toffees paid £25million to sign the striker last year, but his first season in England did not go to plan.

    According to Goal, the Serie A champions are chasing a loan deal for Kean, 20.

    However, Everton are said to prefer an outright sale and will demand an obligation to buy if he leaves on loan.

  • MAD PLAN

    Atletico Madrid are ready to steal in and grab Luis Suarez – as his Juventus switch stalls.

    The former Liverpool striker had been set to move to the Serie A champions, even taking an Italian test to get an EU passport.

    But this switch is in jeopardy as Juve are set to sign ex-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko for £15m from Roma.

    And now Fabrizio Romano claims Atletico boss Diego Simeone is now ready to pounce for his fellow South American.

  • NOR HAPPENING

    Norwich have turned down TWO offers from Barcelona for right-back Max Aarons, SunSport's Charlie Wyett can reveal.

    The second offer could have been worth £20million including add-ons but the Championship club are holding out for more.

    But Aarons, 20, is one of the most wanted young right-backs in Europe and has already interested PSG and Bayern Munich.

    Barcelona are now set to sign their second-choice Sergino Dest from Ajax.

    Norwich, relegated from the Premier League, want a guaranteed £20m for Aarons and are refusing to budge on their price.

    They have already sold Jamal Lewis to Newcastle for £15m and are in a stable financial situation.

  • TRY WITH TRAORE

    Aston Villa have completed the signing of Bertrand Traore from Lyon.

    The former Chelsea forward spent three years with the Ligue 1 side but has penned a deal to move to Villa Park.

    Traore, 25, is a Burkino Faso international and is just awaiting international clearance to be eligible for the Villans.

    Boss Dean Smith said: “We’re delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa. He’s a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options.”

  • GARNERS ATTENTION

    James Garner has been unveiled at Watford after completing his loan move to Vicarage Road.

    The 18-year-old Manchester United midfielder will wear the No 16 shirt while with the Hornets this season.

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  • BALE VS KANE

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  • GOOD MORNING, FOOTY FANS

    Gareth Bale will be officially confirmed as a Tottenham player today.

    Welsh superstar Bale was mobbed by fans when he arrived at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday to wrap up his season loan from Real Madrid.

    The North London club have agreed to pay a percentage of his wages in a bargain deal which amounts to around £12million for the season.

    SunSport understands if the move goes well, it could even be extended for a further year until the end of NEXT SEASON, when his Bernabeu contract is due to expire.

    Bale, 31, left Spurs seven years ago for a then-world record £86m but has brutally already seen his No11 shirt reassigned to Marco Asensio by the LaLiga champs. 

    However, Marca reports Bale is arriving with an injury and will miss FOUR weeks. 

    Bale flew in from the Spanish capital along with left-back Sergio Reguilon, who arrived for £25m. 

    Spurs swooped for the former Sevilla loanee after Manchester United were put off by Los Blancos’ insistence on inserting a buy-back clause.

    The Red Devils have instead agreed a five-year contract with Porto left-back Alex Telles, according to RMC.

    Liverpool announced the arrival of Thiago Alcantara yesterday and are now set to add Wolves’ Diogo Jota in a move that could cost up to £45m, The Times reports.

  • WILL NOT BALE

    Gareth Bale sealed his return to Spurs for the rest of the campaign — but could end up staying for LONGER, writes PAUL JIGGINS.

    Welsh superstar Bale was mobbed by fans when he arrived at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday to wrap up his season loan from Real Madrid

    The North London club have agreed to pay a percentage of his wages in a bargain deal which amounts to around £12million for the season — and they will officially confirm it on Saturday.

    SunSport understands if the move goes well, it could even be extended for a further year until the end of NEXT SEASON, when his Bernabeu contract is due to expire.

    Spurs have worked the numbers to keep within their wage structure and bring back Bale, 31, seven years after selling him to the Spanish giants for a then-world record £86m.

  • GAZ-UMPED

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  • BALE-OUT?

    Gareth Bale may be arriving at Tottenham carrying an injury, according to reports.

    Spanish outlet Marca reports the outgoing Real Madrid star will be sidelined for a minimum of FOUR weeks.

    It is thought that the 31-year-old picked up the knock on international duty with Wales in the Nations League.

    Bale flew into London today along with left-back Sergio Reguilon – who is making the same move for £25million – and the Welshman is expected to be announced imminently.

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