Gunners close in on record deal for Higuain
ARSENAL were last night finalising negotiations with Gonzalo Higuain to make the Argentina international both their record signing and the highest paid player in the club's history.
An experienced world-class striker in the prime years of his career had always been the priority for Arsene Wenger during this window.
Boosted by Arsenal's enhanced spending power, he is poised to pay Real Madrid £22m for 25-year-old Higuain, who is expected to undergo a medical today and confirm terms on a deal that will stretch Arsenal's wage structure to £130,000 a week.
Pepe is understood to be top of Manchester City's list of transfer targets – further evidence that the club are willing to invest in older players in an attempt to make an immediate impact in Europe under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The 30-year-old's arrival, for about £15m, would pose new questions about the future of Joleon Lescott.
Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is one of Manchester City's main targets following the departure of Carlos Tevez.
Newcastle have been given permission to speak to Wigan striker Arouna Kone.
Nicolas Anelka completed his medical at West Brom yesterday and returned to the Premier League on a one-year deal.
A move to the Hawthorns reunites him with Steve Clarke, the Albion manager who was a coach at Chelsea when the striker arrived in 2008. West Brom will be be Anelka's (34) sixth club in England.
Wigan have signed former England international goalkeeper Scott Carson from Turkish side Bursaspor. The 27-year-old has put pen to paper on a three-year deal and becomes manager Owen Coyle's fifth signing in a week.
Chelsea have have agreed an £8m fee with Vitesse Arnhem for Dutch international Marco van Ginkel.
ARSENAL are considering a £1.5m offer to QPR for Julio Cesar. The Brazil goalkeeper (33) has been earmarked as a player who could step straight into the team but still aid the development of Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal also want to sign a holding midfielder and, having been rebuffed by Bayer Leverkusen over a potential £19m deal for Lars Bender, are now assessing their options.