Summer transfer window 2020: Latest transfer updates, done deals & transfer rumours from the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and around Europe

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Follow all the latest from the summer transfer window with moves involving the Premier League, Sky Bet EFL and Europe.

The Premier League and EFL have announced that a 10-week transfer window will be open between July 27-October 5. There will be an additional domestic-only window, when Premier League clubs can deal exclusively with EFL clubs between October 5-16.

The transfer window in Germany is already open, Spain opens on August for and Italy not until September 1 - they all close on October 5 - the same day as in England.


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👀 SANCHO DOUBTS?

Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund remain far apart in their valuation of Jadon Sancho as discussions over a summer switch continue.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are hoping to make the 20-year-old their marquee signing at a time when, given the coronavirus pandemic’s impact, few other clubs can get near the Bundesliga club’s lofty asking price.

But United are not immune to the Covid-19 situation and Dortmund’s valuation of Sancho, widely-reported to be 120million euros (£106million), is a key sticking point.

More here


🤝 DONE DEAL! MAN CITY CONFIRM TORRES SIGNING

Pep Guardiola has got his replacement for Leroy Sane...

Full story here


🤝 TOTTENHAM-SOUTHAMPTON SWAP AGREED IN PRINCIPAL

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg → Tottenham ( £15m)

Kyle Walker-Peters → Southampton (£12m)

Good deal?


⏬ WIGAN RELEGATION CONFIRMED

Wigan Athletic relegated from Sky Bet Championship after losing appeal against EFL points deduction

Wigan have lost their appeal against a 12-point deduction and been relegated from the Sky Bet Championship, with Barnsley staying up as a result.

The Latics, who were docked the points when they entered administration on July 1, will play in Sky Bet League One next season.

An EFL statement read: "An independent arbitration panel has ruled that Wigan's 12-point deduction for entering administration last month will stand after dismissing the club's appeal against the sporting sanction.

"The decision of the arbitration panel is final and legally binding."

Full story here


🔵 RANGERS ADD ANOTHER

After signing Kemar Roofe, Rangers made it a double signing when they brought in 23-year-old forward Cedric Itten from Swiss side St Gallen.

Manager Gerrard told the club’s website: “Cedric is a goal scorer who will add further strength and depth to our squad.

“The fact we have announced two attacking options in the same day highlights our intent to bolster our squad as we begin the campaign.

“I am pleased that a player of Cedric’s ability and potential has decided to join Rangers as he embarks in the next stage of his career.”


✍️ WILLIAMS SIGNS NEW MAN UTD DEAL

Brandon Williams poses with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing his new deal

Brandon Williams has signed a new and improved contract with Manchester United until at least 2024.

Despite being overlooked for the pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, the 19-year-old has gone onto enjoy an impressive breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford.

Academy graduate Williams has made 33 first-team appearances for United, having made his debut off the bench in September’s Carabao Cup clash against Rochdale.

Read in full here.


🔵 ROOFE JOINS RANGERS

Kemar Roofe was part of the Leeds United side beaten in the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship play-offs

Rangers have signed former Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe from Anderlecht for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.

The 27-year-old told the club’s website: “Rangers are a huge club, with ambition and I know this is the right fit for me to progress my career.

"I am looking forward to experiencing Ibrox and am excited to play in Europe.”

Read in full here.


🔴 SOLSKJAER TIGHT LIPPED ON SANCHO

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United target has been a star for Borussia Dortmund

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn't giving anything away when it comes to Man Utd's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest as discussions continued over Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

The Old Trafford giants are hoping to make the 20-year-old their marquee in a summer when the impact of the coronavirus pandemic means few other clubs can get anywhere near Dortmund’s lofty asking price.

The PA news agency understands discussions are ongoing about a deal for Sancho and Solskjaer gave little away when asked about the benefit of getting transfers completed early given the unusual backdrop.

“This transfer window is a long one and every transfer takes its course,” he said. “It is what it is."

Read in full here.


⚪️ CASILLAS CALLS IT QUITS

Iker Casillas: Won the World Cup in 2010

Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 39.

Casillas, who finished his playing days at Porto, won the World Cup and two European Championships during an illustrious international career.

He lifted five LaLiga titles and the Champions League three times with Real, making 725 appearances for the Spanish giants over 16 seasons between 1999 and 2015.

“The important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you,” Casillas posted on Instagram alongside a lengthy retirement letter.

Read in full here.


🦐🍤 SHRIMPS SIGN STRIKER

🍺🍻 BREWERS BRING IN EARDLEY

Elsewhere in the EFL, two out-of-contract Bristol Rovers players have found new clubs.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe has joined Sky Bet League Two side Cheltenham on a 12-month contract and Carlisle have signed striker Gavin Reilly on an initial one-year deal.

Meanwhile newly-promoted Northampton have prepared for life in League One by bringing in goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell on a season-long loan from Derby.

And if you were wondering whether I chose the two transfers above to embed tweets because I wanted to use the emojis, then the answer is yes.


🔴 LE TISS' SAINTS VERDICT

Southampton's season turned around after losing 8-0 to Leicester

Club legend Matt Le Tissier talks to Sporting Life about all things Southampton - Danny Ings, Ralph Hasenhuttl and summer transfers.

Read in full here.


🔵 BAYERN NOT CHASING HAVERTZ

Kai Havertz: Chelsea closing in on Bayer Leverkusen star

Chelsea's pursuit of Kai Havertz has been handed a further boost after one of their rivals for the Bayer Leverkusen man's signature said they won't be trying to sign him.

Bayern Munich board member Uli Hoeness, who recently stepped down as the club's president, told German media outlet FAZ they can't afford him: "After Leroy Sane, there will be no major transfers this year.

"That has nothing to do with the quality of Havertz... but in the coronavirus period after a transfer of almost €50m, one of €70m, €80m or more I can't imagine unless we sell players."


🔴 SMALLING ON THE MOVE?


💰 UNITED SANCHO DEAL GETTING CLOSER

Manchester United: Jadon Sancho has been a star for Borussia Dortmund

Manchester United are close to agreeing personal terms on a five-year contract with England winger Jadon Sancho, according to Sky Sports News, as a deal with Borussia Dortmund edges closer.

United are looking to offload Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan permanently, where he is currently on loan, to help fund the move.

Dortmund aren't budging on their £108m valuation but it's believed they are softening on the structure of the payments.


🦅 PALACE EZE BID REJECTED

Eberechi Eze is attracting Premier League interest

QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze is a wanted man this summer, with Crystal Palace the latest Premier League club to show an interest.

They've seen a bid of more than £12m rejected.

Eze has been one of the most talked about players in the Championship for the past two seasons and it now looks as though Palace and West Ham are in a straight battle for his signature.


🗞️ PAPER TALK - CLICK TO READ IN FULL

Paper Talk has all the latest football gossip and transfer rumours

Frank Lampard's transfer window clear-out at Chelsea and Manchester City's signing of Ferran Torres dominates today's football gossip.

  • Alexis Sanchez has agreed to rip up his £560,000-a-week Manchester United contract for a pay-off to join Inter Milan (Daily Telegraph).
  • Chelsea are leading last-ditch efforts to persuade Premier League chairmen to agree to allow five substitutions next season with the more powerful clubs fearing they will lose a vote on the issue (The Times).
  • Manchester United are edging closer to a stunning record deal to land their No 1 summer target Jadon Sancho (Daily Mail).
  • Crystal Palace are braced to lose star turn Wilfried Zaha for a cut-price £30m (The Sun).
  • Chelsea will have to make Ben Chilwell the world's most expensive defender to prise the star from Leicester (Daily Mirror).

Read today's Paper Talk in full.


✍️ FOUR ARRIVE AT SCUNTHORPE

Scunthorpe have signed Emmanuel Onariase, Aaron Jarvis, Lewis Spence and Kelsey Mooney on a busy day at Glanford Park.

The Iron also announced that defender Jordan Clarke has signed a new one-year deal and been made club captain.

Central defender Onariase, 24, joins from Dagenham on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Striker Jarvis, 23, was released by Luton at the end of the season, while 24-year-old midfielder Spence leaves Scottish Premiership side Ross County to link up with the Iron, both on two-year deals.

Former Aston Villa forward Mooney, 21, arrives from National League North side Hereford on a 12-month contract.


🎣 SHREWSBURY REEL IN PYKE

Shrewsbury have signed striker Rekeil Pyke on a three-year deal.

The 22-year-old played under Shrews boss Sam Ricketts during his time in charge of Wrexham, scoring five goals in 10 starts for the Red Dragons.

Ricketts told Shrewsbury’s website: “He’s a young lad who I’ve worked with before. He’s been out on loan several times which has enabled him to develop. He enjoyed a great spell with me at Wrexham.

“He’s 6ft 2ins, very quick and very strong. I believe he’s got loads of potential.

“I’m delighted to get him as a permanent signing. We can’t wait to get him in, help him develop and watch him progress. There aren’t many players who are blessed with his pace and strength.”


🤝 ROSSITER JOINS FLEETWOOD

Fleetwood have signed midfielder Jordan Rossiter on a permanent deal following his release by Rangers.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a loan spell with the Cod Army last season, making 19 appearances.

Rossiter has signed an initial one-year deal, with Fleetwood holding an option to extend that for a further 12 months.


🤞 LAMPARD WAITING ON WILLIAN DECISION


⚖️ LIVERPOOL ADDITIONS? IT'S ABOUT GETTING BALANCE RIGHT, SAYS MILNER

James Milner celebrates his goal against Leicester

Liverpool midfielder James Milner has warned his team-mates it would be “criminal” for them to lose their focus after one Premier League title triumph.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ended a 30-year wait for a domestic championship and have celebrated accordingly since it was confirmed in June.

Form dipped once the title had been secured, with two of the three league defeats they suffered all season coming in their final seven matches, while their 100 per cent home record also fell in a draw against Burnley.

The players are currently on a three-week break before pre-season begins but Milner, winner of two titles in three years with Manchester City, insists they have to be switched on when they return.

“I think it’s getting that balance right. We have to enjoy it because we know how hard it is to win trophies,” the 34-year-old told liverpoolfc.com.

“We’ve been very good to do it but also lucky to win the amount of trophies we have had this year.

“Trent (Alexander-Arnold) thinks it’s absolutely easy, he just turns up and wins trophies every year, but I can assure you, with the amount of years I’ve had in my career, it’s not that easy.

“But it’s a short career and you don’t want to waste a season or two seasons thinking, ‘We were that good a team but we took our eye off the ball and didn’t deliver.’

“That would be criminal and something we definitely don’t want to look back at.

“We have a couple of weeks to enjoy this and enjoy being champions and then, as soon as next season starts, it’s down to the fans to carry on enjoying it and enjoy being champions for us.

“We have to do our job, get on that field and be even better. If we’re at the level we’re at now next season, it won’t be good enough.”


⚪️ ROSE DESPERATE TO WEAR SPURS SHIRT AGAIN

Danny Rose: Defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle

Tottenham defender Danny Rose says he would love to play for the club again.

The 30-year-old left-back spent the second half of the season on loan at Newcastle and does not appear to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans in north London.

Rose has previously revealed that chairman Daniel Levy has told him he will not be getting a new contract when his current one expires next summer, but that he would see out his deal.

His future remains up in the air ahead of next season, but Rose, who has also said he is keen to stay at Newcastle, is now open to an unlikely stay at Spurs in order to say goodbye to the fans.

“I am very happy to stay at Tottenham and see my last 10 or 11 months out, I would love to,” he said on the Second Captains podcast. “There is nothing I want more than to play one more time in front of the fans.

“My last game for Spurs was a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool and at the time I didn’t know that was going to be or could be my last game for Spurs.

“I want nothing more than to play in front of the Tottenham fans one more time, just to cherish all the moments we have had over the years with them.

“They have always been good to me, I have possibly given them reasons in the past not to be so good to me, but they know when it was game time I gave everything for them.

“I will continue to do that as long as I am contracted to Tottenham.

“For me, I couldn’t stress it enough, I would love nothing more than to play one last time for Tottenham and just be able to say goodbye to them and thank them for everything they have done for me as a person, as a player.

“Ultimately, as good as I am or was is because of the love they gave me.

“I am very relaxed, it is off season now before it all starts again in a few weeks. I will just have to wait and see but for me I would love nothing more than to play for those fans once again.”


🎙 DONE DEAL! RANGERS SIGN...TYLDESLEY?!

Clive Tyldesley: A commentary legend

Clive Tyldesley will be providing commentary for Rangers TV this season.

The veteran commentator hit the headlines when he was removed as ITV’s lead voice last month, declaring in a video on Twitter that he was “upset, annoyed and baffled.”

Tyldesley was demoted to number two commentator at ITV with Sam Matterface taking over the main role.

With Scottish football being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions, the 65-year-old will commentate on Rangers’ first home Premiership match of the campaign against St Mirren on Sunday, although he will share duties with Tom Miller over the season.

Former Rangers players Neil McCann and Alex Rae will provide analysis along with Scotland women’s team coach Shelley Kerr with former managers Graeme Souness and Walter Smith making contributions.

Defender Nikola Katic will be a Rangers TV regular as he continues his recovery from injury.

Director of commercial and marketing James Bisgrove told the club’s official website: “The Rangers TV virtual match day experience aims to bring our loyal supporters as close as we possibly can to the live action at Ibrox.

“We’re incredibly excited to welcome some of the greatest names in the clubs history, alongside the highest calibre of broadcast professionals to our new look Rangers TV team.

“In addition to the enhanced live coverage, season ticket holders will also receive access to an exclusive match preview show and a ‘Lite’ digital copy of the match day programme.”

⬆️ FORMER MAN UNITED ACE HEADING NORTH TO CARLISLE

Carlisle have signed defender George Tanner on a two-year deal following his release by Manchester United.

The 20-year-old made 29 appearances during a successful loan spell at Morecambe last season and will be back in Sky Bet League Two again next term.

Cumbrians boss Chris Beech told the club’s website: “I’m delighted to be able to bring George in.

“He comes to us with tremendous pedigree, having been at Manchester United since he was eight, and having progressed all the way through their system, as well as representing England through the various age groups.

“George is naturally a right-back, but he can also play further forward, or as a left-back. He’s strong in his one-against-one situations and has pace, power and strength to get forward.”


💪 MORECAMBE'S KNIGHT...IN SHINING ARMOUR? (SORRY!)

Nathaniel Knight-Percival has joined Morecambe following his release by Carlisle.

The 33-year-old defender, who has also played for Bradford, Shrewsbury and Peterborough, has signed a one-year deal.

He told the Shrimps’ website: “There’s always a worry when you are out of contract so I’m glad to have got this sorted and looking forward to joining Morecambe.”

Boss Derek Adams added: “Nathaniel is an experienced, natural left-sided centre-half who was part of the Bradford side that got to the League One play-offs a few seasons ago.

“He will be a good addition to the squad.”


💰 TRANSFER BOOST FOR BRENTFORD?

Brentford stand to earn around £160million over three years in additional revenue if they beat Fulham in Tuesday night’s Championship play-off final, according to sports financial analysts Deloitte.

The game remains the most valuable single match in world football, as it brings with it the prize of Premier League football and access to the television money afforded to top-flight clubs.

Deloitte say that if the Bees were to survive their first season the additional revenue would rise to £265m over five years, with Championship winners Leeds benefiting to the same tune as Brentford.

Fulham would receive around £135m over three years if they beat their fellow west Londoners, a reduced amount because they are currently in receipt of parachute payments after their relegation to the Championship in 2019.


🤝 DONE BRISTOL ROVERS DEAL!

Bristol Rovers have signed midfielder Zain Westbrooke from Coventry for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who made 33 appearances, scored four goals and provided four assists as the Sky Blues claimed the Sky Bet League One title last season, has signed a three-year deal.

Pirates boss Ben Garner told the club’s website: “I am very happy that Zain has agreed to join us and feel it is a real coup for the football club.

“Zain has the qualities we were looking for in his position, especially in terms of vision, technical ability, and work ethic. He is also still at an age where he can progress and develop much further.

“Zain is joining us on the back of a very successful season at Coventry, where he played a key role in them winning the League One title.

“His style of play and ambition matches ours and I believe he will be an excellent addition to the squad.”


📜 ARTETA LAYS ON TRANSFER PLANS

Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss celebrates FA Cup final win with Dani Ceballos

Arsenal have also been linked with the likes of Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, a loan move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho and most recently Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.

Mikel Arteta revealed he has already passed his plans on to Arsenal’s hierarchy ahead of a busy season, which is now set to begin with the Community Shield against Liverpool on August 29.

“I need to enjoy this moment first,” he said after Saturday's FA Cup win.

“It is a big relief and I am really happy. We had some very demanding months so I need to switch off a little bit.

“I have presented my vision and my plans to them and all together we will try our best to get the club in the best possible position.”


🤦‍♂️ THOMPSON: LIVERPOOL'S MISSED TRANSFER CHANCE

Click here for Phil Thompson's thoughts on Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp

💪 'You have to strengthen while you are on top'

😔 'That signing was an opportunity missed'

🧮 Rating Liverpool's season as a whole

👍 The pivotal difference in the title race

📈 How they can improve

Reds legend talks to Sporting Life - read it here


🗞 MORNING! MONDAY'S PAPER TALK

Click here for Monday's Paper Talk

The transfer gossip from Monday's back pages...

⚽️ 'Ball in Willian's court'

📞 Arteta contacts top target

👀 Depay key to Sancho deal

🔄 Man United consider swapping Smalling for Juve ace

🧱 Lampard unable to rebuild defence?

💪 Spurs & Everton's full-back battle

All available to read right here


🔴 ARTETA FOCUS, INCLUDING AUBAMEYANG AND TRANSFERS


🦅 DONCASTER LAND EAGLES MAN

Doncaster have completed the permanent signing of winger Jason Lokilo after his release from Crystal Palace.

The 21-year-old spent a few months on loan with Rovers before the League One season was halted early by the coronavirus pandemic, making one appearance as a substitute when he had a hand in the clinching goal in a 3-1 win over Wycombe.

The Belgium-born DR Congo Under-20 international has now signed a one-year contract with the South Yorkshire club.


👏 DONE DEAL! THE PRICE IS WRIGHT FOR SUNDERLAND

Australian Bailey Wright joins Sunderland on a permanent basis after leaving Bristol City.

The centre-back spent the second half of 19/20 on loan at the Stadium of Light and has been handed a two-year deal.

Wright, 28, helped the side keep five clean sheets in six appearances before suffering ankle ligament damage.

He did not feature again as the season was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but he returns after his contract at the Robins expired this summer.

Wright told the club’s official website: “It feels really good to get the deal done and I just can’t wait to get up to the north east and join the squad.

“Although I only worked with the manager for a short spell, I really enjoyed the structure and discipline of the team.

“He expects his players to give everything on the pitch and be good people, and we have that culture within the dressing room.

“We are heading in the right direction and I’m very confident we can achieve our ambitions next season.”

Wright is the second summer signing for manager Phil Parkinson after Republic of Ireland striker Aiden O’Brien joined earlier this week.


👀 DEENEY OFFERED TO TOTTENHAM

Troy Deeney: Watford captain's future uncertain

Jose Mourinho needs attacking options at Tottenham and he has reportedly been offered Watford captain Troy Deeney.

The 32-year-old's future at Vicarage Road remains uncertain after their relegation from the Premier League as he is one of the club's top earners with a year remaining on his current contract.

The Daily Mail claim that Spurs have discussed a potential loan deal, while they are also said to be keen on Bournemouth and England forward Callum Wilson, who will cost significantly more.


👔 MANAGER TRANSFER LATEST

Who will replace Howe at Bournemouth?

Jason Tindall has been installed as the bookies' favourite to get the Bournemouth job on a permanent basis after Eddie Howe's departure.

Howe's exit was confirmed by the Sky Bet Championship newcomers on Saturday evening, with the 42-year-old telling fans in an open letter that it was 'time for the club to go in a new direction - read more here.

He leaves after more than 450 games in charge across two spells and the Cherries' search for his replacement is now underway.

Tindall, 42, has worked as Howe's assistant for 12 years in total and has been given the job on a caretaker basis after remaining at the Vitality.

See more of the candidates in full here


🤔 WHAT NOW FOR AUBA?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mikel Arteta hold the FA Cup

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should stay at Arsenal to learn how to lift trophies, head coach Mikel Arteta said following Saturday's FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea.

The Gunners captain scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory and an unmatched 14th FA Cup success.

Aubameyang, who has less than a year to run on his contract and whose future has been in the headlines for months, then dropped the FA Cup trophy in front of his team-mates before eventually raising it above his head.

"He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that," Arteta joked when asked about Aubameyang's trophy gaffe.

"He knows what I think about him. I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.

"But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us."

Read his comments in full here


🤝 DOUBLE DONE DEAL FROM THE EFL

  • Oldham sign Jombati

Oldham have announced the signing of Portuguese full-back Sido Jombati on a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old arrives following his release by Wycombe, where he spent six years and won two promotions.

Jombati made only seven appearances as the Chairboys reached the Sky Bet Championship via the League One play-offs last season, but he racked up 185 outings in total during his time at Adams Park, scoring seven goals.

“I’m really excited to have moved up here and joined this club,” Jombati told the club’s official website. “Oldham Athletic is still massive, it has a passionate fan base and I’m ready to show everyone what I can do out on the pitch.

“I’ve loved the past few years at Wycombe, but now is the right time for me to have a brand new challenge and I believe my previous experiences have made me a stronger character.”

  • Davis joins Morecambe

Morecambe have clinched the signing of defender Harry Davis on a one-year contract.

The 28-year-old follows Stephen Hendrie into the club and heads to the Mazuma Stadium following his release by Grimsby, where he spent two years following previous stints at Crewe and St Mirren.

“I spoke to the manager and he really made me feel wanted and in football that is a big thing,” Davis told the club’s official website.

“I’m delighted to be here and looking forward to getting going.”

Shrimps boss Derek Adams added: “Harry comes in from Grimsby and is another with good experience at this level.

“He can play right or left centre-half and is a player who has a physical presence who uses the ball well and gives us more strength at the back.”


🗞 MORNING! SUNDAY'S PAPER TALK

The transfer gossip is alive and kicking this weekend...

👹 Kasper Schmeichel to Man United?

🧤 Nick Pope to Chelsea?

🍬 Josh King to Everton?

🇦🇷 Emiliano Buendia to Leeds?

👀 David Brooks to Spurs?

All available to read right here


✍️ BAGGIES MIDFIELDER ON THE MOVE

West Brom youngster Finn Azaz has agreed terms on a Cheltenham loan move.

Birmingham-born midfielder Azaz, 19, is Cheltenham’s second summer signing following the arrival of veteran striker Andy Williams.

“It has been in the works for a while,” Azaz told the Cheltenham club website.

“It’s something that definitely feels right for me at the moment.

“I’ve been keeping myself fit while I’ve been off during the covid lockdown, so I am raring to go and I’m ready for the challenge.”


🥶 FROST SETS IN AT CRAWLEY

Crawley have signed Tyler Frost on a two-year deal following his release from Reading.

The 21-year-old midfielder did not make a first-team appearance at Reading but played for Havant and Waterlooville in the National League during the 2018-19 season.

Crawley head coach John Yems said: “He spent three to four weeks training with us before lockdown, he did well with us whilst at training.

“He played at a good level before with Reading and once again he could be a good addition to the squad.”


⚪️ BOLTON MAKE SIXTH SUMMER SIGNING

Liam Gordon has signed a two-year contract to become Bolton’s sixth summer signing.

The 21-year-old defender was previously with Dagenham and joins Eoin Doyle, Antoni Sarcevic, George Taft, Brandon Comley and Tom White in moving to the University of Bolton Stadium.

New Bolton boss Ian Evatt told the club website: “We are delighted to have brought in Liam, who is a player I kept an eye on last season in the National League.

“He is extremely quick and has good quality with his left foot. He is a young player with a bright future.”


⚔️ BASHAM EXTENDS BLADES STAY

Chris Basham has signed a new deal at Sheffield United to stay at the club until the summer of 2022.

Basham is the Blades’ longest-serving player and has played a key role in the club’s rise from League One to the Premier League under manager Chris Wilder.

The 32-year-old defender has made 282 appearances since arriving on a free transfer from Blackpool in 2014.


✍️ PARROTT MAKES MILLWALL SWITCH

Tottenham teenager Troy Parrott has followed in the footsteps of Harry Kane by joining Millwall on loan.

The 18-year-old Republic of Ireland striker will spend next season in south London after making four first-team appearances for Spurs last term.

“I’m buzzing to get straight into things, I’m really looking forward to it,” Parrott told millwallfc.co.uk.

“The crowd, the club itself – I’ve heard a lot of good things.

“When I’ve watched games, the littlest of things gets them going, and I want to be a part of something like that.

“It’s not hard to see from the outside that all (the fans) are looking for is someone to give 100 per cent every game.”


🔵 EVERTON CHASING REAL DEFENDER

Everton have bid £18m for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon, according to Sky Sports News.

They're reported to be one of at least three Premier League clubs trying to signing the 23-year old, who helped Sevilla to a fourth-placed finish in LaLiga during a season-long loan this term.

Everton are in the market for a left-back after the retirement of Leighton Baines at the end of the season.


💰 NAPOLI BREAK THE BANK FOR OSIMHEN

Victor Osimhen has become the most expensive African player ever

Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has joined Napoli from Lille in a deal reported to be worth an African record €81.3m (£73.2m)

It beats the £72m Arsenal paid the same French club for Nicolas Pepe last summer.

During lockdown, he was highlighted on Sporting Life as a potential signing for both Manchester United and Tottenham.

The 21-year-old, who scored 13 and assisted five goals in Ligue 1 this term, only joined Lille from Belgian side Charleroi following Pepe's move to north London a year ago.

Read more here.


⛔️ OWLS DOCKED 12 POINTS FOR NEXT SEASON

Sheffield Wednesday have been deducted 12 points for the 2020-21 Sky Bet Championship season for breaching English Football League spending rules.

An independent disciplinary commission, appointed under EFL regulations, deemed the Owls should not have included profits from the sale of Hillsborough Stadium in statements for the period ending July 2018.

The South Yorkshire club said it is “extremely disappointed” with the verdict but welcomed the decision not to impose the penalty this term, which would have resulted in relegation to League One.

Wigan were relegated, along with Hull and Charlton, after their own 12-point deduction was imposed this season when the club entered administration.

Read more here.


🔵 BLUES APPOINT KARANKA

Former Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been appointed the new Birmingham City head coach.

The Spaniard's odds with Sky Bet had come in as short as 2/5 earlier this week before the book was closed on who the Blues would appoint as Pep Clotet's successor.

Now the 46-year-old's appointment has been confirmed.

"I'm delighted to be joining a club with the history and fanbase that Birmingham City has," said Karanka.

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🔴 WARNOCK MAKES FIRST SIGNING

Middlesbrough have signed former QPR captain Grant Hall on a three-year contract.

The 28-year-old defender, who left Rangers during lockdown when a new deal could not be agreed, becomes Boro's first signing since Neil Warnock replaced Jonathan Woodgate as manager in June.

The club recently confirmed that the 71-year-old will remain in charge for the new season after securing their Sky Bet Championship safety.


🎩 HATTERS DUO SIGN NEW DEALS


🔵 NAPOLI SNARE STRIKER

Victor Osimhen has joined Napoli from Lille in a deal reported to be worth an African record €81.3m (£73.2m), beating the £72m Arsenal paid the same club for Nicolas Pepe last summer.

He could prove to be a real gem, and a transfer Premier League clubs are left kicking themselves over.

During lockdown, we highlighted him as a possibility for both Manchester United and Tottenham.


✍️ LEEDS STRIKER JOINS ABERDEEN

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes hopes he has solved his striker crisis ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership opener with Rangers after landing Leeds youngster Ryan Edmondson on loan.

The Dons boss was left in a sweat after seeing last season’s top scorer Sam Cosgrove ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a knee injury while Curtis Main is also unavailable with a thigh strain, meaning Edmondson’s arrival ahead of the Gers clash is perfectly timed.

Ash Taylor (hamstring) and Shay Logan (calf) are also back in contention while Jonny Hayes could make his second debut for the club against Steven Gerrard’s team after returning from a spell at Celtic.


🐏 MARTIN DEPARTING DERBY

Derby striker Chris Martin has failed to agree terms on a new contract at Pride Park.

Martin had extended his stay with Derby following the coronavirus outbreak until July 31.

Derby chief executive Stephen Pearce said: “Chris has a long-standing association with the football club since arriving from Norwich City initially on loan in February 2013 before signing permanently in the summer.

“We wish to thank Chris for his seven-year service to the football club and we will endeavour to remain in dialogue with him and his representatives and will always leave the door open for a potential return if he does not find a suitable club.”


🤝 TAYLOR-MADE FOR OXFORD

Matty Taylor has joined Oxford on a permanent basis from Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City.

The striker helped push the club into the play-offs last season while on-loan from City.

The 30-year-old told the U’s club website: “I couldn’t be happier. It’s my local club, the players and staff here are fantastic and the fans have been amazing.

“It’s a big move for me but I know it’s the right one and I can’t wait to get started again. What happened in the play-offs hurt us but we have to use that as fuel and motivation to go even better next time.”


✍️ NEW DEAL FOR UPAMECANO

RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano won't be on the move this summer - he's just signed a new contract to remain at the Bundesliga club until 2023.

The defender was previously linked with a move to the Premier League.


🎩 LUTON RELEASE DUO

Luton pair Callum McManaman and Jacob Butterfield have left Kenilworth Road as the Hatters have offered new deals to five players.

Luke Berry, Danny Hylton, Elliot Lee, Kazenga LuaLua and Glen Rea have all been offered new contracts after Luton secured their Sky Bet Championship status on the final day of the season.

Butterfield and McManaman leave Luton after one season in Bedfordshire following their arrivals as free agents last summer.


❌ SPURS WON'T SELL NDOMBELE

Tottenham are not willing to sell record signing Tanguy Ndombele amid reported interest from Inter Milan.

The Frenchman, who has also been linked to Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has had a torrid first year in English football and made just 17 starts following his £55million move from Lyon.

However, the PA news agency understands Spurs are not in talks with Inter or any other club and are committed to their investment, with chairman Daniel Levy not prepared to sell a player who they believe can come good.


🔵 WILLIAN OR WON'T HE

Willian: Chelsea attacker celebrates his strike against Liverpool in the FA Cup

Arsenal's deal to sign Willian looks as though it might not be as much of a done deal as was suspected.

According to Sky Sports News, both his current club Chelsea and Barcelona still believe they're very much in the race.

David Beckham’s Inter Miami are also in the running.

Willian, who is 1/10 with some bookies to be an Arsenal player come September 12, will decide his future after Sunday's FA Cup final.


⚫️ NEWCASTLE TAKEOVER COLLAPSES

Newcastle United's St James' Park

The Saudi Arabian-led £300m takeover of Newcastle United, which has been awaiting Premier League approval since March, has collapsed after the consortium withdrew its bid.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, PCP Capital Partners and Reuben Brothers - the parties making up the consortium - released a joint statement outlining their "regret" at the decision following an "unforseeably prolonged process".

A deal was agreed with current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley more than four months ago.

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