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Aston Villa, Newcastle Swansea, Bolton and Norwich watch Cluj"s Modou Sougou

Villa, Newcastle and Norwich chase Cluj's Senegal winger Sougou

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22:39 GMT, 4 December 2012

Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich will have FC Cluj winger Modou Sougou watched at Manchester United on Wedneday night.

Sougou, 27, impressed against United in October and caught the eye again, scoring against Galatasaray last month.

Swansea and Bolton are also among a clutch of clubs watching the Senegal international, who is available for around 2million and wants to leave Romania in January.

Catching the eye: Modou Sougou is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Catching the eye: Modou Sougou is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs

Sougou has a Portuguese passport which will enable him to pick up a work permit should a move to a Barclays Premier League club be forthcoming.

Newcastle have also made an enquiry for Atletico Mineiro right back Marcos Rocha, 23, in case they fail to prise Mathieu Debuchy from Lille.

Watford and Charlton are to give a trial to Togo forward Thomas Dossevi, 33. The former Swindon striker has been playing in Thailand.

Aston Villa want Abdoulaye Ba

Villa look to strengthen defence with Porto's Senegalese giant Ba

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22:51 GMT, 30 October 2012

Aston Villa are weighing up a loan move for Porto centre back Abdoulaye Ba.

The 21-year-old has been a target for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce but ran into problems securing a work permit for the 6ft 6in Senegalese.

All smiles: Abdoulaye Ba (right) is a target for Paul Lambert's Aston Villa

All smiles: Abdoulaye Ba (right) is a target for Paul Lambert's Aston Villa

West Brom sign Dinamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season long loan

West Brom snap up defender Popov after missing out on Oviedo to Everton

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UPDATED:

21:24 GMT, 31 August 2012

West Brom have signed Dinamo Kiev left-back Goran Popov on a season long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Macedonian international Popov ends
Baggies boss Steve Clarke's search for a new left-back to provide
competition for current first choice Liam Ridgewell.

New signing: Goran Popov

New signing: Goran Popov

The 27-year-old has become Albion's sixth signing of the campaign after being granted a work permit and passing a medical.

Clarke has moved for Popov after losing out to Everton in the battle to sign Bryan Oviedo from FC Copenhagen.

He said: 'I've said many times over the past few weeks that we've been looking to bring in one more defender and I'm delighted we've managed to sign Goran.

'We allowed two left-backs (Nick Shorey and Joe Mattock) to leave at the end of last season so it's very pleasing we've got another naturally left-sided player within the group to give us more balance.

'We've now got good competition for places in all areas of the squad.'

Clarke added: 'Goran is a player the club have closely monitored for around three years so we know what we're getting.

'He has also given up the opportunity to play Champions League football with Dynamo Kiev to join Albion in the Premier League and he's determined to do well here.'

Albion sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, said: 'Goran first came to our attentions during our promotion season of 2009-10 (when with Heerenveen) but we missed out on him that summer when he joined Kiev.

'We've continued to monitor him and have seen him acquit himself well for Kiev in the Champions League and against Manchester City and Stoke in the Europa League.

'Goran is an established, experienced left-back who is tall, powerful, good on the ball and likes to get forward.

'I'm sure he will settle in really well with us in the Premier League.'

Former AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade defender Popov played for his country at Under-19 and and Under-21 level and currently has 36 senior caps to his name.

Maya Yoshida set to sign for Southampton

Adkins wraps up deal to bring Japan defender Yoshida to Southampton

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07:56 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Southampton are set to shore up their defence with the signing of Japanese international Maya Yoshida.

The south coast side and his Dutch club VVV-Venlo agreed a deal believed to be in the region of 2million.

The 24-year-old, capped 17 times by his country, will sign a three-year contract provided he is given entry clearance. He has already secured a work permit.

On the ball: The Maya Yoshida transfer is almost complete

On the ball: The Maya Yoshida transfer is almost complete

'To come to the Premier League was one of my biggest dreams since I was a child,' Yoshida, who captained Japan in the 2012 London Olympics, said in a statement.

'I am very grateful to become a Saint. I want to show them what I can do as soon as possible.'

Yoshida will join compatriot Tadanari Lee at St Mary's but it is likely he will need to wait to make his debut in England's top flight.

The stopper was on Thursday named in the Japan squad for a friendly against the United Arab Emirates next week and a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Iraq in Saitama on September 11.

Newly promoted to the Premier League, Southampton have lost both their opening games and face a daunting task against Manchester United this weekend.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins is eager to get Yoshida, scorer of last year's Goal of the Season in the Netherlands, into harness.

'We are delighted to bring Maya into the club,' he told Southampton's website. 'He is a centre half who is comfortable on both the right and left-hand side. He has a good physical presence.'

Yoshida is the second deal this week lined up by Saints after African Cup of Nations Golden Boot winner Emmanuel Mayuka and his Swiss club Young Boys agreed transfer terms.

Southampton are also hopeful of signing Uruguayan winger Gaston Ramirez from Italian side Bologna.

Stephane Sessegnon signs new Sunderland deal until 2015

Three more years for star man Sessegnon as he signs new Sunderland deal

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11:59 GMT, 30 August 2012

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Stephane Sessegnon handed Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a huge boost when he signed a three-year contract extension on Thursday.

The deal, which is subject to the 28-year-old Benin international being granted an extended work permit, completes a good seven days for the Black Cats, who swooped for Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher last Friday.

Slippery customer: Stephane Sessegnon is hard to handle

Slippery customer: Stephane Sessegnon is hard to handle

Sessegnon, who joined Sunderland in a
6million switch from Paris St Germain in January 2011, has been linked
with a move away from the Stadium of Light this summer, with his former
club reportedly among his suitors.

The creative attacker was their stand-out man last season, contributing both assists and goals to Martin O'Neill's side.

A club statement said: 'Stephane Sessegnon has signed a contract extension with Sunderland AFC which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2015.

'The former Paris Saint Germain star arrived on Wearside 18 months ago, where he became an instant hit with Black Cats fans.

'The Benin International was named as the club's official Player of the Season last year, where he was Sunderland's top goal scorer.

'The contract extension is naturally subject to the player also being granted an extension to his current work permit.'

Southampton sign Emmanuel Mayuka

Saints snare Young Boy Mayuka as striker pens five-year deal at St Mary's

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23:30 GMT, 28 August 2012

Southampton have bolstered their strikeforce with the signing of Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka from Young Boys Berne.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St Mary's after passing a medical with the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League side on Tuesday.

Mayuka has already been granted a work permit and Saints are now awaiting entry clearance for the deal to be fully ratified, which is expected to happen before the end of this week.

Move: Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Premier League side Southampton

Move: Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Premier League side Southampton

Mayuka joined Maccabi Tel Aviv from his first club Kabwe Warriors four years ago before signing for Young Boys in 2010.

The hitman scored 32 times in two seasons at the Swiss club and has also impressed at international level, becoming the joint top-scorer in Zambia's successful 2012 African Nations Cup campaign.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins is looking forward to working with the pacy 5ft 9in attacker, who is the club's fifth signing of the summer.

'Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,' Adkins told Southampton's website.

'He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level.

'He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time.'

Next: Gaston Ramirez (left) is also expected to join Southampton

Next: Gaston Ramirez (left) is also expected to join Southampton

Adkins, whose side beat Stevenage 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, is expected to add Gaston Ramirez to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Friday.

The Bologna forward has been strongly linked with an 11million transfer to the south-coast club, although Adkins was reluctant to speak about the player until all the formalities of the deal are completed.

He said: 'Until the pieces of paper are signed you can never say it's done but the chairman is working exceptionally hard behind scenes, backing us in what we do. We are very ambitious and there is serious cash to be outlaid if it's going to happen.'

Southampton lost their opening two games in the Barclays Premier League to Manchester City and Wigan.

They host Manchester United this weekend and then travel to Arsenal.

Manchester United and Liverpool want Hector Herrera

Manchester United aiming to beat Liverpool to 10m Mexico midfielder 'Zorro'

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21:45 GMT, 21 August 2012

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Manchester United are considering a 10million move for Mexico's Olympic star Hector Herrera.

The 22-year-old midfielder was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal victory and has been on United's radar for over a year with Liverpool also very keen.

Pachuca sporting director Andres Fassi has announced they had had a fresh approach from United requesting permission to approach the starlet who is nicknamed 'Zorro'.

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera

Olympic hero: Hector Herrera was the inspiration behind Mexico's gold medal

Fassi said: 'There is an official interest. We have the document, but there’s nothing else to add at this time.'

Herrera is recovering from an ankle injury but United see him as a decent replacement for former transfer target Lucas Moura who moved to Paris St Germain.

In demand: Herrera (left) is wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool

In demand: Herrera (left) is wanted by both Manchester United and Liverpool

United, who have also gained a work permit for Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez, are understood to be exploring the possibility of taking defender Phillipe Mexes on loan from AC Milan.

The 30-year-old has also been offered to Arsenal in discussions over Nicklas Bendtner.

Nir Biton set for Tottenham switch ahead of Manchester City

Spurs set to beat City to 'new Vieira' as AVB holds talks with midfielder Biton

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08:51 GMT, 20 August 2012

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Andre Villas-Boas is ready to bolster his Tottenham squad with a surprise move for Nir Biton after inviting the Israel midfielder to White Hart Lane for talks.

Biton was expected to join Manchester City, after impressing their coaching staff during a trial at The Etihad Stadium, and has also attracted interest from Everton and Aston Villa.

Centre of attention: Spurs target Nir Biton impressed Manchester City chiefs earlier this summer on trial

Centre of attention: Spurs target Nir Biton impressed Manchester City chiefs earlier this summer on trial

But Tottenham appear to have seized the initiative, after Biton and FC Ashdod owner Jacky Ben-Zaken flew to London to discuss a deal and make sure there were no problems over a work permit.

Though City were considering a loan move for Biton, Ashdod are short of funds and want to negotiate a permanent deal for a player who has been likened to former Arsenal favourite Patrick Vieira for his midfield athleticism.

Villas-Boas is more concerned about landing a suitable replacement for Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric but sees 20-year old Biton as a useful back-up who would strengthen his central midfield options.

Making a move: Andre Villas-Boas is set to hold talks with Nir Biton, with Spurs keen to sign the Israel midfielder

Making a move: Andre Villas-Boas is set to hold talks with Nir Biton, with Spurs keen to sign the Israel midfielder

Goran Popov Stoke City transfer hits snag

Stoke fight to save deal for Dynamo Kiev full-back Popov after work permit is refused

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14:21 GMT, 16 August 2012

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Stoke have not given up hope of bringing in Dynamo Kiev full-back Goran Popov on loan despite the Macedonian failing to receive international clearance.

A season-long deal had been agreed but the Potters are now fighting to salvage the situation and secure Popov a work permit.

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

High hopes: Popov impressed when Stoke met Dynamo Kiev in last season's Europa League (above)

The 27-year-old, who came to Stoke boss Tony Pulis' attention in the two Europa League matches between the clubs last season, has played 42 times for Macedonia but the country is ranked only 102nd in the world.

Popov told the Stoke Sentinel: 'I am disappointed because I came here and I saw that Stoke is so good for me. That is why I wanted to stay so much, but I cannot change anything.

'This was my dream from starting to play football, to play in England. I played against Stoke City for Dynamo Kiev and I saw it was a good club. I saw also the stadium is nice and every game it is full with 28,000 people.

'You play against big teams here. I would say football in England is the best in the world.

'Everything was ready for me to sign, but then they say there is a problem with the work permit. It is so difficult with the Macedonia national team because we are ranked 102. Before we were in 60th place and that was good, but now it is bad.

'The problem is not the clubs, the problem is the rules here in England. It is crazy. I cannot believe it.'

While Popov has seemingly resigned himself to returning to Kiev, a Stoke spokesman described the move as 'hitting difficulties' rather than having completely collapsed.

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

Versatile: Popov is equally comfortable at left or right-back

Dorus de Vries: Wolves reject Liverpool"s 500,000 bid

Wolves reject Liverpool's 500k bid for goalkeeper De Vries

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Wolves have rejected Liverpool’s bid of 500,000 for goalkeeper Dorus de Vries, 31. Wolves want 1million.

Trabzonspor have made an offer to Stoke target Michael Owen, 32.

And Stoke have been given a work permit for new 1.7m signing from Houston Dynamo Geoff Cameron, 27, and have completed a 3m deal for Wolves' Michael Kightly.

No go: Wolves have rejected a 500k bid from Liverpool for De Vries

No go: Wolves have rejected a 500k bid from Liverpool for De Vries