Sunday 17 December 2017

Transfer Watch: Spurs closing in on French striker

TOTTENHAM Hotspur have offered about £7.5m plus bonuses for Loic Remy and plan to watch the France forward against Norway on Wednesday.

First-team coach Joe Jordan saw Remy play for Nice in a goalless draw against Valenciennes on Saturday, after which the player said that a £11.6m valuation was hindering his chances of securing a move. "Tottenham is an interesting club, a large one, and I am attracted to England," the 23-year-old said. "I have clearly expressed my desire to leave."

Decent bets

Newcastle United should complete the signing of Hatem Ben Arfa on loan, with Marseilles expected to make a decision on the winger's future in the next 24 hours. Newcastle have offered a fee of about £660,000, short of the £1m that the French club have demanded. Hoffenheim and Benfica also expressed interest in a temporary transfer from Marseilles, who rejected a £6.2m bid from Rubin Kazan for a permanent deal.

Jason Scotland is expected to join Roy Keane's Ipswich Town today. The striker scored just one goal for Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, after following their manager Roberto Martinez from Swansea City last summer.

Dead certs

Deco has signed a two-year deal with Fluminense and becomes the second Chelsea player, after Juliano Belletti, to join the Brazilian club this summer.

The midfielder followed Luiz Felipe Scolari to Chelsea for £10m two years ago, but his form tailed off after a bright opening.

John Mensah has rejoined Sunderland on loan from Lyons at a cost of around £420,000. The deal will become permanent for £4.5m if the Ghana defender plays 25 matches in all competitions this season.

Sunderland's request to sign Danny Welbeck, the striker, on a season-long loan has been granted by Manchester United, while Matthew Kilgallon's loan from Sunderland to Middlesbrough has been delayed -- while the Championship club discover the extent of the defender's back injury.

Philipp Degen, the Switzerland defender, has moved to Stuttgart on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

Long shots

Liverpool will have to pay up to £14m if they wish to take England striker Peter Crouch back to Anfield. Informal contact was made with Tottenham Hotspur last month, but Liverpool were put off by the asking price.

Everton have been offered Jose Angel, a £3m rated left-back, who is expected to be sold by Sporting Gijon for financial reasons. The 20-year-old has played for Spain at youth level.

Irish Independent

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