8.45am Transfer news LIVE: West Ham chase Cook and King, Man Utd loan approach for Sarr, Bale ‘can win Spurs’ Prem – The Sun

THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

  • Kiro Evans

    AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU

    Leeds are weighing up a move for Hamburg centre-back Stephan Ambrosius in January, reports say.

    The Yorkshire club are believed to have been eyeing the defender on deadline day but the German side fended off interest.

    When the window reopens, Marcelo Bielsa's side could be keen on reinforcements at the back.

    Ambrosius' contract runs out next summer, meaning Leeds could sign him up on a pre-contract from January 1 2021.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    NO JO-KING

    Josh King is one of the most wanted stars in the Championship and West Ham are ODDS-ON favourites to sign the Bournemouth ace.

    The Irons are just 4/6 to sign King as they lead a handful of Premier League clubs in race to sign the forward.

    King is in the last year of his contract on the south coast and an exit during this window seems incredibly likely.

    SunSport have reported West Ham are plotting a move for the forward in a deal worth in the region of £12million.

    But they could face competition from Everton who are second favourites at 2/1 to sign the Norway international.

    King would add depth to Carlo Ancelotti's in-form side and he may be interested in a move to the table toppers rather than West Ham.

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Manchester United could be beaten to the transfer of Josh King by West Ham.

    The Hammers are interested in the versatile Norwegian forward and are mulling over making an offer.

    King, 28, is into the last year of his contract at the Vitality.

    He is a former United player – but seemingly West Ham are the new favourites to land him.

    Elsewhere, Georginio Wijnaldum has insisted his rumoured move to Barcelona was never likely to happen.

    He told reporters: “I don't think [the interest] was that serious.

    “Otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened. There was nothing precise.

    “The way it looks now, I will stay in Liverpool.

    “My contract is valid for another 10 months and that can change.

    “You never know in football. We will see what happens.”

    And finally, Gareth Bale makes Tottenham into Premier League title contenders, claimed the Welshman's agent.

    Asked what Bale's ambitions are for his spell at Tottenham, Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports: “Win the Premier League, without doubt.

    “Tottenham have got a good squad, a great coach and with Gareth's help I'm sure they will get very close. You only have to see the results from last week to see that it's open.

    “It kills me to say that because I'm an Arsenal supporter, but that's the reality.

    “He has nothing to prove to anybody. He's won more than anybody else. He was one of the best three or four players in the world and I think he still is.

    “If he succeeds, great, If not, he's been there and done it. But, I think he will succeed.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SERGI-WOE

    Tottenham have been dealt an injury scare over new boy Sergio Reguilon.

    The £25million summer arrival from Real Madrid started Spain’s 0-0 draw with Portugal on Wednesday.

    And national team boss Luis Enrique has now revealed the defender is being assessed by doctors.

    He said: “It is a blow that the doctors have to see. I hope it doesn’t get complicated.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BALE OUT

    Gareth Bale has a 'smile back on his face' after returning to Tottenham according to his agent.

    Jonathan Barnett told Sky Sports: “He loves it [at Tottenham]. The most important thing is he has got a smile back on his face and that he's enjoying life.

    “It had to be somewhere he wanted to go. For him, it wasn't about money. If he was going to go somewhere it was going to be somewhere that he'd enjoy.

    “He's had offers and it wasn't right for him. When Tottenham came knocking, it was right.

    “He's had a hard time and now he's going to enjoy himself. He deserves to be happy. He's been probably one of Britain's best ambassadors.

    “He wasn't going anywhere with Real Madrid. We'd got to an impasse and some silly things were happening on both sides.”

  • Joe Brophy

    DEPAY THE PRICE

    Memphis Depay explained his failed move to Barcelona from Lyon was 'nearly done but rules stopped it'.

    Former Manchester United flop Depay, 26, looked set to join the Catalan giants on deadline day.

    When asked how close he came to arriving at the Nou Camp, Depay told Dutch media: “Yes, it was pretty close.

    “We don't have to go into all the details, but indeed we were nearly done.

    “Unfortunately, certain rules stopped it. I believe that everything in my life happens for a reason. If it has to happen, it will happen.”

  • Joe Brophy

    COOKING UP A STORM

    West Ham are considering a shock move for Bournemouth centre-back Steve Cook, according to reports.

    The Hammers have failed to land a single one of their centre-back targets this summer and have reportedly switched their attention to the £8million Cherries veteran.

    West Ham have made just two signings this summer despite narrowly escaping relegation last term.

    Right-back Vladimir Coufal arrived in a £4m deal from Slavia Prague.

    And Tomas Soucek's loan was made permanent thanks to a clause included in the initial deal that brought him to the London Stadium in January.

    Cook, 29, is now on the Hammers' radar, according to the Daily Star.

  • Joe Brophy

    GARETH THE GLUE

    Gareth Bale makes Tottenham into Premier League title contenders, claimed the Welshman's agent.

    The winger, 31, made a sensational return to White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window.

    Asked what Bale's ambitions are for his spell at Tottenham, Barnett told Sky Sports: “Win the Premier League, without doubt.

    “Tottenham have got a good squad, a great coach and with Gareth's help I'm sure they will get very close. You only have to see the results from last week to see that it's open.

    “It kills me to say that because I'm an Arsenal supporter, but that's the reality.

    “He has nothing to prove to anybody. He's won more than anybody else. He was one of the best three or four players in the world and I think he still is.

    “If he succeeds, great, If not, he's been there and done it. But, I think he will succeed.”

  • Joe Brophy

    S-MART MOVE

    Emiliano Martinez has revealed he is back in love with football after ending his ten-year spell with Arsenal.

    The 28-year-old joined Aston Villa on a permanent deal last month after Mikel Arteta couldn't guarantee he would be the No1 choice shot-stopper at the Emirates.

    He told the Independent: “I was finally the No 1 and I was ready for it. It took 10 years to get there. You train as a goalkeeper every day, but nobody prepares you for the story of your life.

    “Nobody trains you to be frustrated, nobody trains you to cry. What about when you don’t play for four months? Will you keep going or will be you be mentally dead?

    “I could’ve done so much more over the years, but finally the world started to see what I’m capable of. I finished on a high and that’s how I always wanted to leave.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ROUD TO SUCCESS

    Olivier Giroud admits he will consider his Chelsea future in January after featuring just once in the new Premier League season.

    The veteran striker, 34, who overtook Michel Platini to become France’s second all-time top scorer behind Thierry Henry with a brace against Ukraine last night, told RMC Sport: “I’ve been close to moving to Serie A.

    “They appreciated experienced players there, but the transfer didn’t materialise.

    “For the future we will see what happens. I will decide by evaluating the opportunities I will have.

    “I’m not ruling out anything, but for now I don’t see me returning to Ligue 1.

    “I’d like to play at the highest level in Europe for another two or three years, then maybe I’ll go to the United States.”

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL PLEA

    Paul Pogba has reiterated he 'dreams of playing for Real Madrid one day' as he cast further doubt over his Manchester United future.

    He said: “I am at Manchester. We know that this has been spoken about a lot and I have not [spoken about it].

    “I heard a lot of noise that I was going to leave and I was going to leave to clubs left and right.

    “Today, I am still at Manchester United and I am fighting to try to take the club even higher.

    “We have all heard these things that have been said. What to respond?

    “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?

    “As I have said, I am at Manchester United and I like my club.

    “I am performing at Manchester United, I am enjoying myself and I want to do everything I can to get the club back to where it deserves to be.

    “I am going to give my maximum, like my teammates. I prefer to concentrate on football and on returning to fitness.”

  • Joe Brophy

    YOUNG AT HEART

    Ashley Young has revealed he would love to retire at Watford if given the chance as he declared he would happily walk away from Inter Milan.

    The 35-year-old came through the ranks at Vicarage Road – joining the academy in 1995 before making his first team debut in 2003.

    Speaking on Watford's 'Golden Tales' podcast, he said: “If I could go back and play there [at Watford] again, I would walk from Italy right now because it's what I know, it's where I come from and it's what allowed me to be who I am and get where I am.

    “For me, at my age now, and you can ask my family, you can ask my agent, if I had the opportunity to go back and finish my career at Watford, I would jump at the chance.”

  • Joe Brophy

    FINE WIJN

    Georginio Wijnaldum has insisted his rumoured move to Barcelona was never likely to happen.

    The LaLiga giants were heavily linked with Wijnaldum throughout the transfer window but he stayed put at Liverpool.

    With the Dutchman's contract up at the end of a season, a move to the Camp Nou is still reportedly on offer but he believes a fresh deal at Liverpool is also possible.

    Wijnaldum told reporters: “I don't think [the interest] was that serious.

    “Otherwise you would have read a bit more, or more would have happened. There was nothing precise.

    “The way it looks now, I will stay in Liverpool.

    “My contract is valid for another 10 months and that can change.

    “You never know in football. We will see what happens.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ON YOUR MARCS

    Liverpool have signed goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga from Fluminense.

    The Reds have moved swiftly to bring in another keeper after Adrian's shaky display in their 7-2 humiliation at Aston Villa.

    Pitaluga worked with Alisson's older brother Muriel at Fluminense where he made the bench twice last season.

    The 17-year-old was part of the Brazil team who won the Fifa U-17 World Cup last November.

    And he has now joined up with the Reds at their Melwood training base.

  • Joe Brophy

    OLD LADY AND HER POG

    Paul Pogba could have made a sensational return to Juventus had the Italian giants’ finances not been hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Pogba, 27,has been heavily linked with a dream move to the Serie A giants this year according to media outlets in Italy.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano told the Here We Go podcast: “If there was no coronavirus, Paul Pogba today would've been playing for Juventus.

    “Juve were ready to make an important bid for Pogba but with the financial crisis it was impossible.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ICYMI

    Liverpool's Marko Grujic and West Ham's Felipe Anderson joined Porto on season-long loans along with Chelsea's Malang Sarr.

    Porto announced the arrival of Grujic, 24, from Anfield for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

    The deal was completed on Tuesday evening before Portugal's transfer window shut at midnight.

    Serbian international Grujic spent the last two seasons on loan at Hertha Berlin but was permitted to join Porto after Liverpool bosses turned down permanent bids from the Bundesliga.

    Midfielder Grujic will join up with the Portuguese champions after the international break but there is no option to buy included in the loan agreement.

    West Ham's former record signing Felipe Anderson, 27, is also making the move to the Estadio do Dragao.

  • John Hutchinson

    I CAV OTHER PLANS

    Edinson Cavani is already considering his future after Manchester United as he admits it would be 'very nice' to play at Boca Juniors.

    The 33-year-old signed a free contract only this week with the Premier League club but has announced his hopes for when he leaves Old Trafford.

    And after his time at United is done, the forward has indicated that the Argentine club could be a destination.

    He told ESPN: “Roman wrote to me with great respect, he wanted to know how I was in this situation, with a very particular salary and we had a very respectful talk.

    “Boca is a giant of the world, any footballer would like to play there. There have been several Uruguayans that have played there. Following the history of our football arouses curiosity a bit.”

  • John Hutchinson

    WORKING ON MEMPHIS

    Former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay explained his failed move to Barcelona from Lyon was 'nearly done but rules stopped it'.

    Former Manchester United flop Depay, 26, looked set to join the Catalan giants on deadline day.

    The French side had reportedly dropped their asking price down to £23million to facilitate a move.

    But skint Barca could not sign off on a deal after Ousmane Dembele rejected a move to United – leaving them still liable for his hefty salary.

    When asked how close he came to arriving at the Nou Camp, Depay told Dutch media: “Yes, it was pretty close.

    “We don't have to go into all the details, but indeed we were nearly done.

    “Unfortunately, certain rules stopped it. I believe that everything in my life happens for a reason. If it has to happen, it will happen.”

  • John Hutchinson

    CANT BE RULED OUT

    Leeds are still hoping to bring in Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell, according to reports.

    The Whites have made a sensational start to life back in the Premier League, but boss Marcelo Bielsa seemingly still wants more additions.

    The Express reports that Cantwell is very much in the Argentine's thoughts.

  • John Hutchinson

    MORE ON TOMORI

    Chelsea's fierce negotiator Marina Granovskaia reportedly ordered West Ham to pay the Blues £50,000 every time Fikayo Tomori did not play.

    The centre-back pulled out of a late deadline deal loan move to the Hammers after the clubs had agreed the terms of the temporary switch – including the brutal clause.

    And it has since emerged revered director Granovskaia negotiated the clause which would bagged Chelsea £50k each time the defender was left out of David Moyes' team.

    The London rivals had agreed on a significant loan fee and the division of wages.

    But Tomori, 22, decided at 10:50pm – just TEN minutes before the transfer deadline – he would prefer to stay and fight for a spot at Stamford Bridge.

  • John Hutchinson

    GUNNER GO?

    Arsenal have made repeated attempts to terminate Mesut Ozil's contract, according to reports.

    The Gunners are reportedly set to leave the German out of their 25-man Europa League squad which has exacerbated the issue.

    Uefa will publish this season's Europa and Champions League squads later today after clubs submitted them late on Tuesday.

    And with the 31-year-old set to be left out, the North Londoners have made moves to get him off the books, according to the Mirror.

  • John Hutchinson

    BAZZA OFF?

    Blackburn and Watford are leading the chase for out-of-favour Leeds full-back Barry Douglas.

    The 31-year-old hasn't even made the matchday squad yet this season as the Whites have made a terrific start to life back in the Premier League.

    And with EFL clubs still permitted to do business with the top-flight, the Scot could be playing Championship footballs soon.

  • John Hutchinson

    BREAKING – RONALDO ROBBED

    Cristiano Ronaldo's house was robbed of personal items as played for Portugal on Wednesday night, according to reports.

    The former Manchester United star, 35, had his home in Funchal, Madeira burgled while he was off taking on Spain.

    Partner Georgina Rodriguez was also away at Paris Fashion Week.

    The chancer is claimed to have snuck into the house after a member of Ronaldo's staff opened the garage door, according to respected local paper Diario de Noticias Madeira.

    Police are said to be on the hunt for the suspected burgler.

    A signed Juventus shirt is said to have been among items taken.

    A relative of the footballer’s raised the alarm on Wednesday.

    Police have already visited the property and are said to have identified the thief.

    The crook has been described as someone who is already known to them, and was identified thanks to the property's CCTV.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  • John Hutchinson

    PLAYED A PART

    Thomas Partey was convinced to complete his move to Arsenal by the prospect of playing alongside Granit Xhaka, according to reports.

    Gunners officials met with the former Atletico Madrid man during the 2018-19 season, say The Athletic.

    During those meetings, Francis Cagigao – then the head of international recruitment – discussed how Partey could fit into the club's system.

    It's claimed Arsenal chiefs pitched the idea of the Ghanaian playing as the deepest in a midfield three – like he did so often for Atleti.

    But they also pitched playing as part of a deep-lying midfield duo alongside Xhaka – with a No10 playing ahead of them.

    And it was during one of those meetings Partey revealed his admiration for Xhaka, it's claimed.

  • John Hutchinson

    CAV SOME OF THAT!

    Manchester United's new signing Edinson Cavani is in amazing shape with an ‘astonishing’ body fat percentage, at the age of 33.

    Sources describe him as being ‘like a Greek god’ who can ‘run like a maniac.’

    And he is so devoted to his fitness regime, he has even been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Uruguay legend moved to United on a free transfer from French giants PSG in a surprise deadline day deal.

    And although he has not played football for six months, having been left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League at the end of last season, he is in top shape.

    He has kept in condition, posting workout videos from his luxury home in the exclusive Neuilly-sur-Seine area of Paris to tell potential clubs that he was working as hard as ever.

    And, according to The Athletic, Cavani – who will wear the iconic No7 shirt – will arrive in Manchester as one of the fittest, and strongest, players at the club.

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