Spurs close in on starlet Eriksen, Arsenal settle for Flamini
Spurs also close to Lamela and Chiriches deals, Man Utd move for Baines and Fellaini
SPURS are yet to officially offload Gareth Bale, but that doesn't appear to be stopping manager Andre Villas-Boas from spending the £86m windfall that the Lilywhites expect to get from Real Madrid for the Welshman.
The BBC says Roma's Argentine forward Erik Lamela is to join Tottenham for £25.7m. The deal for the 21-year-old Lamela includes up to £4.2m in bonus payments and the BBC claims the sale could finally trigger the completion of Bale's move to Madrid. The capture of highly-rated Lamela would take Tottenham's summer spending spree to nearly £85m and it might not be over yet if the Daily Telegraph is to be believed.
It claims that the Lilywhites are ready to follow up their interest in Christian Eriksen by making a firm bid for the Ajax playmaker before the transfer deadline expires on Monday. It's been well known that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has been eyeing up the 21-year-old Eriksen for months and apparently a £10m deal is close to completion.
Back with the BBC, and the Spurs trolley-dash continues, as Aunty reveals that Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches is in London to finalise an £8.5m move to White Hart Lane.
It all makes Arsenal's capture of old-boy and AC Milan outcast Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer look rather tame.
He's left it late, but today could be the day that new Manchester United boss David Moyes finally gets into his stride in the transfer market, as he lines up a massive last minute raid on his old club Everton. The Daily Mirror reports that United will up their transfer offer for Toffees duo Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to £38m in the coming days.
Earlier in the month United gaffer David Moyes tabled a £30m bid for the two Evertonians, an offer dismissed by the Goodison Park club as "derisory". Now, says the Mirror, Moyes have offered an additional £8m in the hope of persuading Everton boss Roberto Martinez to do business.
The paper adds that the offer will increase the pressure on Everton to cut a deal, particularly as Tottenham and Newcastle are now pursuing Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
He's the man identified by Martinez as the player to replace midfielder Fellaini with the Belgian making no secret in recent weeks of his desire to join United. The Mirror says that Everton will look to do a deal pronto with United and use the money made from the sale to buy McCarthy, who is valued at £15m by Wigan.
Chelsea could be about to sign Samuel Eto'o on what the Daily Mail calls a "stunning" £7m one-year deal and the move signals the end of the Blues' attempts to entice Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge.
According to the Mail the 32-year-old Eto'o is taking a massive drop in earnings from the reputed £17m-a-year he was earning at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala. That deal had made the Cameroon forward the world's best paid footballer but Eto'o will leave it all behind to sign on a free transfer for Chelsea, though it's unlikely he'll end up in a bedsit off the King's Road.
Indeed, the Mail claims that Anzhi will even give Eto'o a multi-million-pound lump sum to get him off their wage bill.
Eto'o arrived in London on Wednesday night and is due to have a medical at Chelsea's Cobham training ground today before putting pen to paper. Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has been a long-time admirer of Eto'o's but the move still constitutes his plan B after Manchester United made clear they would never sell Rooney to the club they see as their main rivals for the Premier League title this season. ·