Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale and Reguilon ANNOUNCED by Spurs, Jota SIGNS for Liverpool, 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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  • OLE'S GUNNAR BUY

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Man United will continue potential moves to strengthen their squad following their shock season opening loss to Crystal Palace.

    The club have been strongly linked with a move for Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

    And the United boss is thought to be considering deals for the right price.

    Solskjaer said: “We are always looking to improve if there is something out there that is available at the right price.

    “We always want to strengthen. But we can all look ourselves in the mirror, instead.”

  • OK CAREL

    Huddersfield Town have sealed a deal on a loan move for Ajax starlet Carel Eiting.

    The left-footed Dutch midfielder will wear the Terriers' number 14 shirt this term.

    And Carel, 22, was a sub in Ajax's season opening win against Sparta Rotterdam.

    Huddersfield head coach Carlos Corberan said: “He’s a midfielder who give us different options; he can play as a playmaker, in more attacking positions or as a mixed, box-to-box midfielder.”

  • BYE TAI

    Liverpool have given their blessing to a season-long Bundesliga move for Taiwo Awoniyi.

    The Anfield youngster is set to join Union Berlin on loan, according to the Liverpool Echo.

    And the Nigerian, who is 23, is yet to make any appearances for the Reds due to work permit matters following his move to the club five years ago.

    The Premier League champions had reportedly been willing to permit Awoniyi to leave permanently with Celtic rumoured to mulling over a £9million last month.

  • NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester United still need to strengthen in three key areas to challenge at the top this season.

    He told Sky Sports: “A striker, a right-winger and a centre-half is a must.

    “At some point in the next couple of years, Manchester United and Chelsea need to be ready to strike when Manchester City and Liverpool drop below that standard.

    “That's probably going to be when Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp leave.”

  • ED TURNER

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has announced Chelsea have completed the signing of Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

    He tweeted: “Edouard Mendy is a new Chelsea player, now also cfc confirm the agreement reached on September 11th.

    “Part of medicals already completed.”

    The Blues could now make a move for Declan Rice once they announce the arrival of the goalkeeper.

  • PAT'S IT

    Patrice Evra admitted Wilfried Zaha 'disappeared' from Manchester United action following rumours of an affair with David Moyes' daughter.

    Former left-back Evra, 39, was in the United squad with Zaha and felt he never recovered following the 'true or untrue affair' with his manager's daughter.

    He said on Sky Sports: “All the Crystal Palace fans, they know Wilfred deserves better than Crystal Palace with all due respect. Such an electric player. 

    “I remember I think, what's real in his Manchester United career is when he had this true or untrue affair with David Moyes' daughter. 

    “Because I remember at the pre-season he was playing every day – and when that news comes out… out of the game and he disappeared. 

    “But what a player.”  

  • BALE IS BACK

    What a double announcement from Spurs!

    GARETH BALE IS BACK IN NORTH LONDON!

    The 31-year-old has re-joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.

  • POWER SERG

    Spurs have announced the signing of Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

    https://twitter.com/SpursOfficial/status/1307361686022754305

  • KALI-DONE

    Man City are reportedly set to admit defeat in their bid to sign Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

    The Premier League giants are thought to be struggling to meet the Italian's £70million asking price.

    City have already seen a £53m offer knocked back and were reportedly given a deadline to complete a deal for Koulibaly this weekend.

    According to Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla the two sides still hold a 'substantial' difference in their valuation and City are ready to end negotiations.

    San Paolo boss Gennaro Gattuso had said on Sunday that Koulibaly will not be sold on the cheap.

    He told Sky Italia: “Koulibaly has a precise asking price, and if the club don’t get the money it is asking for, then he won’t leave.”

  • GO GET HIM

    Liverpool have announced the signing of Diogo Jota from Wolves.

    Speaking of the move, the 23-year-old told the Reds' website: “It’s just a really exciting moment for me and my family.

    “All of my path since I was a kid and now, to join a club like Liverpool – the world champions – is just unbelievable. I just want to get started.

    “It is one of the best teams in the world – the best at the moment because they are world champions.

    “When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no.

    “So we just want to come [here], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.”

  • 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.

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