Monday 23 October 2017

Transfer watch: Gunners to up the ante in effort to land Suarez

Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: PA Wire.
Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: PA Wire.

Arsenal believe an increased bid for Luis Suarez will prompt the striker to force his way out of Liverpool, who have already rejected an offer of £30m from the Gunners for the Uruguayan.

Frustrated in their pursuit of Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Arsenal's response has been a serious endeavour to sign Suarez, who is also wanted by Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Arsenal's new bid could be as high as £40m, but Liverpool appear determined not to entertain any bid unless Suarez submits an official transfer request.

Done deal

Victor Wanyama became the first Kenyan to sign for a Premier League club when he completed his move from Scottish champions Celtic to Southampton for fee believed to be in the region of £12.5m. The midfielder has signed a four-year contract.

The previous record transfer fee received by a Scottish club was the £9.5m Spartak Moscow paid for Celtic's Ireland winger Aiden McGeady three years ago.

Swansea have broken their club record to sign striker Wilfried Bony from Vitesse Arnhem for £12m. The Ivory Coast international has signed a four-year deal.

The transfer fee more than doubles Swansea's previous record outlay – the £5.5m paid to Valencia for Pablo Hernandez last summer.

Chris Hughton fully intends to continue strengthening his Norwich squad after capturing Sweden international defender Martin Olsson from Blackburn, with FC Twente midfielder Leroy Fer the next in line to sign a contract at Carrow Road.

Olsson, who can also operate on the left side of midfield, has been a long-term target of Hughton, who has been on a summer spending spree following the club's record £8.5m capture of Holland international Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Rumour mill

Fulham have made an inquiry for Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates, who is available for transfer.

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