Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has revealed his delight at securing the services of England goalkeeper Rob Green.
The West Ham United shotstopper was strongly linked with a move away from Upton Park, with his current deal set to end on July 1, and a number of Premier League clubs were believed to be interested in the 32-year-old.
However, Rangers, who are 9/2 to be relegated from the top flight next season with bet365, have won the race to sign Green and Hughes was pleased to have the veteran keeper on board at Loftus Road.
He told the club’s official website: “It was important we brought another quality keeper into the group.
“Rob is obviously someone with vast experience at international and Premier League level and his pedigree speaks for itself.
“He’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us who will stimulate the goalkeeping group, which can only be good for the squad as a whole.”
Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has emerged as a suprise target for newly crowned Premier League champions Manchester City.
The Reds centre-back has been in talks with the Merseyside club over a renewal of his contract, and the player will now have the opportunity to decide whether he sees his long-term future at Anfield.
Man City are thought to be looking for depth for their defence, which this season has seen Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott impress.
The interest in Skrtel, reported in the Daily Post, will worry Reds fans who were disappointed with their eight place finish last season, and are looking for an increase of quality, rather than losing their best players.
Arsenal have received good news in their pursuit of Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Talking to clubcall, M’Vila’s agent, Werner Baader, revealed: “We had contact with Bayern Munich. He is not the kind of player they are looking for at Bayern. They are looking for someone in this position, but they want somebody with different abilities.”
The Gunners have long been linked with the France international, who is currently on international duty at Euro 2012, where he has played against Sweden and Ukraine, being injured for the clash with England.
Manchester United are keen on bringing Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago to Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentine midfielder spent last season on loan at Roma, but a deal to take Gago to the Olimpico on a prmanant deal is unlikely.
Gago, 26, is surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side, and could be of interest to Man Utd as an alternative to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who may be priced out of a move to Manchester.
Tottenham are keeping track of Turkey international Burak Yilmaz, who is close to an exit from Trabzonspor.
Tottenham face compeittion for the player’s signature from Lazio and Fulham, according the Daily Star.
Yilmaz, 26, has netted an impressive 33 goals in 34 games this season, and with such a goal-scoring record, it is unlikely Trabzonspor will successfully keep hold of their star player.
Tottenham are thought to be in the marklet fro a striker after Emmanuel Adebayor returned to Man City after his loan spell at White Hart Lane, and with Jermain Defoe considering his future after limited first-team opportunities at Spurs.
Liverpool are considering a move for Inter’s 19-year-old striker Luc Castaignos.
The player only moved to the Milan side a year ago from Feyenoord in a 3m Euro deal, but is already being linked with an exit.
He told Sky Italia: “Inter wants to loan me to an Italian club or sell me, I told them that I don’t want to play anywhere else in Italy but at Inter.
“I came to Italy to wear the Nerazzurri colours and not play for any other club. Now I must go and Inter will help me find a club.
I am saddened, I cannot deny it, I am disappointed not to have shown my worth, but this is football.”
The player has been linked with Liverpool on numerous occassions in the past 6 months, and it remains to be seen if the player fits the bill for new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Porto striker Hulk has again reiterated his desire to move to Chelsea, as the proposed move to the European Champions continues to draw on without progression.
Hulk, 25, told O Jogo magazine: “Chelsea are the current European champions and would please any player and I’m no exception. I’d be happy if the transfer happened.”
The Brazilian striker had another successful season with Porto, scoring 16 goals in 26 league appearances, and has also netted 3 in 5 matches for Brazil.
Former Tottenham and Man Utd striker Louis Saha is being linked with a move to Sunderland, after becoming a free agent at the end of the season.
Saha, 33, spent the second half of last season at Tottenham after being released by Everton, scoring three goals in five starts for the London side, but was released on a free transfer by Spurs.
Sunderland could be looking for a striker with Niklas Bendtner set to return from his loan spell from Arsenal, and the former France international would offer significant Premier League experience to Martin O’Niell’s side, having first featured in Engand with Newcastle United in 1998.
Arsenal have received a bid for French defender Sebastien Squillaci. The big stopper has been out of favour for both club and country recently and would be looking for a move that could see him playing regular football again.
The Sun reports that newly promoted side, Bastia, want him to return the Lique 1. The 31 year old has previous experience in the French league, playing for both Monaco and Lyon. He was part of the Lyon double winning side in season 2007/08. He also won the Copa Del Rey with Spanish side Sevilla in 2010 before signing a 3 year deal with Premiership side, Arsenal.
Sebastien Squillaci’s 2 years at Arsenal has seen him play 38 games in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. He has 21 caps for France and also qualifies to play for non-FIFA affiliated team Corsica.
News recently broke that former Real Madrid midfielder Guti was in talks with newly promoted West Ham United.
The deal which would see the midfielder move to West Ham is set to be completed on the 1st of July, when the transfer market does open. If talks do well between West Ham and Guti and his agent. The 35 year old, who left Madrid after 25 years of service for the club is set to become the ‘Hammers’ first signing. “Yes, we are talking but nothing has been decided yet, we are still negotiating” said the midfielder.