Spurs close to signing Real star Diarra

Spurs close to signing Real star Diarra

Published Aug. 19, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

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...


Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is joining Manchester City - but has admitted he would rather have joined Manchester United, Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Left-back Jose Enrique - who left Newcastle for Liverpool last week - claims Toon players are nervous about the club's future which is why they want to leave.


West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has mocked QPR's £4m bid for Scott Parker, claiming it is the equivalent of the Hammers offering Manchester United £12m for Wayne Rooney. Meanwhile, the Hammers are close to signing Gabon striker Eric Mouloungui from French side Nice, either for £1.5m or on a season-long loan.

Blackburn have agreed a £6m fee for Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic and hope to seal a deal for Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder Simon Vukcevic today.

Leicester are set to make a £3m bid for West Brom striker Simon Cox.


Chelsea still want to sign Spurs midfielder Luka Modric and are set to offer £30m plus Yossi Benayoun.

Rio Ferdinand could return for Manchester United's clash with Spurs on Monday after initially being ruled out for several weeks with a hamstring injury, but defensive partner Nemanja Vidic is out for six weeks with a groin strain.

Manchester United still want to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder and are prepared to wait until transfer window deadline day to get him.

Bolton hope to seal the £3.7m signing of Liverpool striker David Ngog before Manchester City's visit on Sunday.

QPR and Norwich are leading the chase for Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard who has had his contract terminated by the Tigers.

Fulham are lining up a bid for FC Twente winger Bryan Ruiz.

Spurs hope to sign midfielder Lassana Diarra, 26, from Real Madrid for £6m.

The FA hope to re-arrange last week's postponed England v Holland friendly at Wembley for February 29. It was called off due to the riots in the capital.


Blackburn have not given up hope of signing striker Raul from German club Schalke.


Chelsea are set to bid £29m for Valencia winger Juan Mata and will make an improved offer for Spurs midfielder Luka Modric.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has joined the growing list of people calling for the urgent release of the protected Hillsborough files.

Spanish side Rayo Vallecano are interested in Manchester City frontman Roque Santa Cruz.

West Ham are weighing up a move for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard.

Fulhan have had a bid of £7.5m rejected by FC Twente for winger Bryan Ruiz.


Ipswich boss Paul Jewell wants to sign West Brom defender Pablo Ibanez.


Jose Mourinho is likely to escape punishment for his behaviour during the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night, despite appearing to thrust a finger into the eye of Barcelona's assistant manager, Tito Vilanova, during a melee at the side of the pitch in the final minute.

Andre Villas-Boas has urged the Chelsea board to drive through the purchase of Luka Modric from Tottenham Hotspur as he hopes to bring a fresh dimension to his squad.

West Bromwich Albion have held further talks with Owen Hargreaves and are confident that the former Manchester United player will pass a full medical if they can agree personal terms with him.


Chelsea last night bid £27million for the Spanish international Juan Mata as manager Andre Villas-Boas made a decisive move to improve his squad before the transfer window closes.

QPR have identified Shaun Wright-Phillips, Scott Parker and Nedum Onuoha as their three main transfer targets before the transfer window closes, with manager Neil Warnock admitting that had the club not been taken over yesterday, he did not believe they would have survived in the Premier League.


Stoke manager Tony Pulis was delighted with how his players overcame FC Thun's artificial pitch last night to take away a 1-0 win from the first leg of their Europa League play-off in Switzerland.


The Glazer family will use the proposed flotation of Manchester United in Asia to reduce dramatically the club's huge debts as they prepare to give Sir Alex Ferguson greater spending power in the transfer market.