Transfer News Today: Barton Bid From French Fancies

Mere forum chatter:

Liverpool have apparently taken a lead in the race to sign out of favour Man City winger Adam Johnson. However, the £10million-rated 25-year-old is reported to prefer a move back to Sunderland and his native North-West. 

Tabloid speculation:

Tottenham are still no closer signing a striker, but are making a move for Roma midfield star Maralem Pjanic. Having been priced out of a deal to sign Joao Moutinho from Porto, boss Andre Villas-Boas has turned his attentions to 22-year-old Bosnian international Pjanic, who could be available for £12million. 

Bid tabled

Marseille have made an approach to QPR with rgards to a loan move for midfielder Joe Barton. 29-year-old Joe, also known in many quarters as Joey, has not been awarded a squad number by the Loftus Road club and could now move to the Ligue 1 giants until the end of the season. 

Medical and terms

Having lost out on Everton's Leighton Baines, United are now closing in on uncapped Dutch left-back Alexander Buttner. The 23-year-old Vitesse Arnhem man will arrive in Manchester to finalise a deal in the region of £4million today.

Signed, sealed, delivered:

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song has completed his move from Arsenal to Barcelona. The 24-year-old cost £15 million and has signed a 5-year deal at the Camp Nou.