TOTTENHAM MAKE AUSTIN MOVE
With Emmanuel Adebayor soon expected to join Aston Villa, Tottenham have made contact with QPR regarding the possible signing of Charlie Austin, reports the Daily Mirror.
Spurs are also hoping to offload Roberto Soldado before the end of the transfer window - their valuation has proven obtrusive so far - but Mauricio Pochettino will need to boost his strikeforce irrespective of whether the Spaniard leaves White Hart Lane.
West Brom's Saido Berahino has also been linked, but the Mirror claims QPR's £15million valuation of Austin has not deterred Spurs like it has Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester, with a player likely to be offered on loan in exchange.
...AND CLOSE ON SOUTH AMERICAN STARLET
- Tottenham are set to beat PSV and Atletico Madrid to the signing of young Colombian winger Jeison Lucumi, according to the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old plays in the Colombian second division with America de Cali but was one of the stars of this year's South American Youth Championship, scoring four goals, leading to interest from across Europe ever since.
An America de Cali representative is apparently set to fly to England to seal a deal which will see Lucami remain in Colombia until the end of the year.
The only potential obstacle is that Lucami has yet to appear for the Colombia senior side, and so Spurs would have to appeal for him to receive a work permit.
ARSENAL MUST PAY £45M FOR BENZEMA
Having signed Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the previous two summers, it appears certain Arsene Wenger is looking to add another big-money, high-quality signing to his Arsenal squad before the end of this year's transfer window.
There have been claims and counter claims regarding the potential availability of Karim Benzema at Real Madrid, but the Daily Mail have now joined the Guardian and Telegraph in reporting the French striker could be sold - but only if Arsenal are willing to bid a minimum of £45million.
Should the Gunners manage to complete a deal this summer, it would appear they have former Tottenham star Gareth Bale to thank.
Real president Florentino Perez is determined for the world record signing to prove himself as a success at the Bernabeu and so has apparently encouraged Rafa Benitez to play him in his preferred central role - as he did in a friendly against Spurs earlier this week, in which he scored.
With Cristiano Ronaldo also regularly used through the middle by Los Blancos, it could reduce the game time and importance of Benzema, opening up the possibility of a transfer later in the window.
AND THE REST
- Manchester United insist suggestions they've made a massive bid for Harry Kane are 'nonsense' (Daily Express)
- Manchester United have been cleared to sign Pedro in a £22m deal, but Barcelona will not release him until after their European Super Cup clash with Sevilla (Daily Mail)
- Manuel Pellegrini is confident he will be able to prise Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg and the £45m-rated Belgian is expected to be Manchester City's final signing of the summer (Daily Telegraph)
- Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be Manchester City's final signing of the summer with Wolfsburg expected to receive around £45m (The Guardian)
- Ex-Inter Milan midfielder Alessandro Cannataro is weighing up a number of offers from several Premier League clubs after completing a trial with Leicester City (The Independent)
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