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Done deals

Blackburn have added Argentina international Mariano Pavone on a three-year deal, while Newcastle's Kazenga LuaLua has signed for Brighton.

Likely lads

Shay Given is expected to complete his move to Aston Villa this week with only the Irish 'keeper's settlement with Manchester City standing in the way of the deal.

Chelsea will watch on as Barcelona and Real Madrid do battle over the signature

of Neymar. The 19-year-old Brazilian starlet is one of the hottest properties on the market, but he has indicated that London is not on his agenda, with Spain's big two monitoring his progress.

Long Shots

Everton are looking to take Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner on loan for the season, while Newcastle have their eye on Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge. Wigan have entered the frame for Irish international Darron Gibson, whose move to Sunderland appears to have broken down due to the player's wage demands.

Irish Independent