Paper Chase: Baggies confident over Pete

Each day during the summer transfer window we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…


Manchester City are expected to make an approach for Sergio Aguero next week after agreeing an historic £400million sponsorship deal with Etihad yesterday.


Arsenal have rejected Barcelona’s latest £31million bid for Cesc Fabregas – but told the Spanish giants they can have him for £35m.

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is planning an £8million bid for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.

With Michael Essien injured again, Chelsea will table a second offer in excess of their initial £22million bid for Luka Modric.

Arsenal and Manchester City are leading the race to sign keeper Craig Gordon after Sunderland decided to listen to offers.

Manchester City are ready to splash out £55million on Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o and Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero.


Michael Essien suffered a season-wrecking injury yesterday, forcing new Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas into raiding his old club for Joao Moutinho.

Shay Given will be Alex McLeish’s first signing and the Aston Villa boss is closing in on Alan Hutton.

Tottenham are ready to sign the ‘new Didier Drogba’ – Ivory Coast’s teenage striker Souleymane Coulibaly.

Fulham want £3.5million Mexico striker Aldo De Nigris.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis is set to make Carlton Cole his first summer signing in a £4.5million deal.

Steve Bruce hopes to make a 10th summer signing at Sunderland – former Newcastle star Charles N’Zogbia.


Arsene Wegner has promised he will fight to keep Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at Arsenal.

Shay Given is ready to take a £25,000 pay cut to join Aston Villa.

Stoke have agreed a £6million deal for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

West Brom have bid £2.5million for West Ham’s Jack Collison.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has taken a swipe at Manchester City for pricing Bayern Munich out of a move for Jerome Boateng.


Samir Nasri will go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour after being told he won’t leaving the club.

Darron Gibson will have to slash his wage demands if he wants to join former Manchester United team-mates Wes Brown and John O’Shea at Sunderland.

Swansea were last night on the verge of snapping up Benfica keeper Jose Moreira in a £500,000 deal.

Kenny Dalglish is planning to take his summer spending to £45million – the Liverpool boss has set his sights on Villa winger Stewart Downing and Roma keeper Doni.

Robert Green is in a straight fight with Ben Foster to grab a top-flight lifeline with West Brom.