Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United complete FIFTH summer signing PLUS latest gossip and done deals

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Manchester United have already made one signing this morning, but they remain active in the market. Liverpool meanwhile, are keen on a young Juventus starlet and Arsenal are not prepared to give up on Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema.

We’ll bring you all the rest of the day’s breaking news as it happens.

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes is delighted with the deal.

“It’s no secret that Ibrahim was wanted by a number of clubs and we are understandably delighted that he has chosen to join us.

“He’s clearly excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League and the fact that he knows so many players who are already at the club will no doubt help him settle into his new surroundings.”

Clive Rose

 

Confirmed: Stoke sign Afellay

Stoke have confirmed the signing of Netherlands international Ibrahim Afellay from Olympiakos.

The former Barcelona midfielder undertook a medical earlier today and has now put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the club.

He joins former Blaugrana teammates Bojan and Marc Muniesa in the Potteries.

Who is Sergio Romero? 5 things you need to know

Sergio Romero has joined Manchester United on a free transfer after being released by Sampdoria.

The goalkeeper was brought in as back-up to David de Gea, with previous No 2 Victor Valdes set to leave the club.

However, should De Gea move to Real Madrid before the start of the season, he could well be in line for a starting berth when the Red Devils face Tottenham on the opening day of the Premier League season.

In that case, here’s five things you need to know about him.

Tom Purslow

 

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Leyton Orient have been busy this afternoon.

The O’s have brought in three players ahead of their League Two campaign.

Frazer Shaw, Connor Essam and Alan Dunne have all made the move to Brisbane Road.

QPR considering Caulker loan

QPR are willing to loan out Steven Caulker with view to a permanent move away from Loftus Road.

West Brom, Southampton and Stoke are all keen on the former Spurs centre-back, but none are willing to meet the Hoops’ £8million asking price.

However, the Championship club will now let the defender move on loan in a bid to offload him.

Getty Glenn Murray closes down Steven Caulker
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Preston have signed Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham.

The Republic of Ireland international has joined the newly-promoted Championship club for an undisclosed fee.

Preston boss Simon Grayson said: “What you find with Greg is that he is a really good age, but he is experienced as well. He has played for some good clubs, big clubs, knows the Championship and was part of a winning mentality at Bristol City last year.”

John Cross
Bafetimbi Gomis backed for Swansea stay

Swansea boss Garry Monk has been left facing a striker headache.

The Welsh club have had a move for Reading’s Hal Robson-Kanu knocked back and are plotting a £4m deal for Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher.

That comes on top of Bafetimbi Gomis missing Swansea’s friendly with Nottingham Forest because of a hamstring injury just days after Dubai-based club Al Ahli made a move for him.

Monk insists Gomis is going nowhere but is desperate to strengthen his strike force.

They have already brought in Portuguese striker Eder, 27, from Sporting Braga for £5m.

Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis and Crystal Palace's Scott Dann in action

John Cross
Saints fail in chambers bid

Arsene Wenger has knocked back Southampton’s move to re-sign Calum Chambers on loan.

England under-21 defender Chambers has been a target for several Premier League clubs – including Southampton – who want him on a season-long loan.

Chambers moved from Southampton to Arsenal for £16m last summer and enjoyed an impressive first half of the season.

But Chambers fell down the pecking order since the turn of the year but Gunners boss Wenger has told all interested clubs to forget about a loan.

Chambers, 20, is now regarded as one of the centre backs in the squad who can also fill in at right back and midfield.

Reuters Arsenal's Calum Chambers in action against Arouna Kone of Everton
Brentford eye left-back swoop

Brentford are keen on signing another left-back as cover for Jake Bidwell.

The former Everton youngster has been a virtual ever-present for the Bees over the past few seasons.

However, boss Marinus Dijkhuizen admits the Championship outfit need back-up.

He said: “That’s a position we’re vulnerable in. It’s one of the most difficult positions to fill. It’s very difficult to find something there.

“I think Jake has improved already and can improve further. I like his attitude. It’d be good to have a youngster pushing him.”

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Shaun Wright-Phillips has signed for New York Red Bulls following his release by QPR.

The former England star joins his brother Bradley at the MLS outfit.

“Shaun is a proven player who has played on soccer’s largest stage,” said New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis.

“He can play a number of positions for us and is an excellent fit in our locker room. When we evaluated the unique set of circumstances along with the quality that Shaun has, it became apparent that we needed to be aggressive about adding Shaun to our club.

“We are pleased that he will be wearing a Red Bull jersey and we can’t wait for him to take the field.”

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Aston Villa have signed Lorient forward Jordan Ayew on a five-year deal.

The 23-year-old passed a medical at their Bodymoor Heath headquarters this morning and has completed the formalities of the transfer.

Manager Tim Sherwood told Villa’s website: “I’m really pleased to bring Jordan to the football club.

“He is a fantastic young player who is perfectly suited to the Premier League.”

Liam Prenderville
5 ‘Gaalacticos’ who could replace Di Maria

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal admits the club need to sign a “Galactico” this summer.

The Red Devils broke the British transfer record by paying Real Madrid £59.7m forAngel Di Maria a year ago – but that deal has failed to pay off.

Di Maria is now on the verge of a move to PSG, with Van Gaal on the lookout for another big name to replace him – but concedes it will not be Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Chelsea have Eden Hazard, he can always make goals,” said Van Gaal. Manchester City have Aguero, it’s the same type. Barcelona have Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

“We, as Manchester United, have to compete with these clubs. So we have to look also for these kind of players.”

But just who could United bring in? Here are five options.

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Watford have signed AZ Alkmaar ace Steven Berghuis.

The winger has penned a four-year deal with the Hornets.

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Watford midfielder Diego Fabbrini has joined Middlesbrough on a season-long loan.

The 24-year-old also spent time at Millwall and Birmingham City last season.

Aitor Karanka is hoping to complete a move for Uruguayan striker Christian Stuani.

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Port Vale defender Nathan Smith has joined Torquay United on loan.

The 19-year-old has agreed a three-month switch to the Gulls.

Hunt set for Shrimpers

Southend boss Phil Brown is confident of wrapping up a deal for former Ipswich frontman Noel Hunt.

The Irishman is a free agent after leaving the Tractor Boys at the end of the season.

Brown told the Echo: “Noel is absolutely quality so if I can get him then all well and good.

“It’s still ongoing and hopefully we can announce something this week.”

John Powell / Getty Glen Johnson competes with Noel Hunt
Bradford boss eyes more signings

Phil Parkinson is still hopeful of strengthening his Bradford squad before the transfer window slams shut.

He said: “We need several players still. Defensively, we want to add cover there but there are also other areas of the pitch we are looking to strengthen.

“We will certainly be busy at work before the (transfer) window closes.”

Reuters Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson remonstrates with assistant referee Mike Mullarkey

 

Taylor completes Hull switch

Ryan Taylor has completed a move to Hull City after his Newcastle United release.

The utility man – who was plagued by injuries during his time on Tyneside – passed his medical with the Tigers and will now team up with Steve Bruce’s side.

Taylor, 30, scored 10 goals in 106 games during his six-year spell at St James’ Park.

Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith Sunderland's Steven Fletcher in action with Newcastle's Ryan Taylor

 

Newcastle still keen on Austin

Newcastle are still keen on signing QPR striker Charlie Austin, according to reports.

The Magpies snapped up Anderlecht frontman Aleksandar Mitrovic in a £12.5million deal last week, but are also interested in Hoops star Austin.

Leicester failed in a bid to land the England forward earlier this summer, with Rangers holding out for £15m for their star man.

The Mail claim Newcastle have concerns over Austin’s long-standing shoulder injury, which ruled him out for more than two months during the 2013/14 campaign.

David Rogers
-Culled from Daily Mirror UK

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