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Done deals

Ashley Young is the latest addition to the Old Trafford squad after completing his move earlier in the week.

Keiren Westwood and SebastiAn Larsson have signed for Sunderland on free transfers, while former Ireland goalkeeper Nicky Colgan has turned down offers from elsewhere to extend his contract with Huddersfield.

AC Milan have signed midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa and are planning a raid of Stamford Bridge for Michael Essien and Didier Drogba.

likely lads

Arsenal are closing in on Southampton winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has attracted interest from Liverpool.

Kenny Dalglish will have some consolation, though, if he can complete his double signing of Charlie Adam (left) and Stewart Downing this week. Rangers manager Ally McCoist is closing in on the signing of Neil Danns but insists the Scottish champions will not pay over the odds for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was yesterday poised to make a significant transfer breakthrough as he closed in on Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner.

potential punts

Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre is insisting he is being targeted by Manchester United, but Neil Lennon is hoping to convince him to stay at Parkhead.

Galatasaray are trying to lure Asamoah Gyan away from Sunderland, while Joey Barton is available from local rivals Newcastle for just £1m.

Bayern Munich are monitoring the situation of Manchester United winger Nani.

Irish Independent