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Sunday 23 April 2017

Transfer Watch: Ancelotti lines up £8m deal for Juve's Iaquinta

CARLO ANCELOTTI is considering a move for Vincenzo Iaquinta, the Juventus and Italy forward. The 30-year-old is recovering from a serious knee injury and Chelsea will monitor his fitness over the next few weeks before deciding whether to make a move before the end of the transfer window this month.

Juventus have a surfeit of strikers and Chelsea may test their resolve with an £8m offer for Iaquinta, who has played only six matches this season, in large part because of the injury suffered in October, and is said to be open to a new challenge.

Decent bets

Patrick Vieira's move to Manchester City appeared to move a step closer last night after Jose Mourinho confirmed that the midfield player had played his last game for Inter Milan in their 1-0 victory over Chievo in Serie A yesterday.

Arsenal have been watching Lacina Traore, the 6ft 8in Ivorian striker who has been valued at £3.5m by CFR Cluj, of Romania. The 19-year-old has scored six goals this season in 21 appearances in his second season at the club after moving from Stade d'Abidjan.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City will be among the clubs watching Victor Moses, the Crystal Palace forward, against Bristol City on Saturday. Wigan failed in their attempt to sign the 19-year-old forward, who has been valued at £4m.

Fulham and Birmingham City have held talks about signing Danijel Ljuboja, the Serbia striker valued at less than £1m by Grenoble.

Blackburn Rovers are set to sign Amine Linganzi, the 20-year-old midfield player, from Saint-Etienne after a trial.

Jermaine Beckford has handed in a transfer request to Leeds United, who have rejected a £1.25m bid from Newcastle.

Dead certs

Hull City have failed to sign Freddy Adu, the Benfica and United States forward, who has joined Aris Salonika on an 18-month loan. WBA have signed Marcus Haber from Vancouver Whitecaps, subject to a work permit, after the Canadian striker (20) impressed during a trial.

QPR, who are interested in Daniel Cousin, the Hull striker, have brought in Carl Ikeme, the Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, on a month-long loan.

Long shots

Eidur Gudjohnsen has been offered to Tottenham and West Ham United. The forward has made only eight appearances for Monaco since leaving Barcelona in the summer.

Safet Nadarevic, the Bosnia defender at Eskisehirspor in Turkey, claims that Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City are interested in him.

Irish Independent

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