Transfer News Today: Arsenal Line Up Llorente


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Mere forum chatter:

Arsenal are apparently lining up 'The Lion King' Fernando Llorente as Robin Van Persie's replacement. But a big-money move for the Spanish international striker, 27, would mean a departure from Arsene Wenger's traditional transfer agenda of signing bargains and young talents.

Tabloid speculation:

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has alerted Manchester City after revealing contract talks at Anfield had stalled. Roberto Mancini is in the market for a centre half having told Kolo Toure he leave The Etihad.

Bid tabled:

Real Madrid have finally made an official approach for Luka Modric, but their £27million offer is well below Spurs' valuation. White Hart Lane chief Daniel Levy has laid down a £35million threshold for his Croatian star.

Medical and terms:

Canadian ace Junior Hoilett is dotting the I's and crossing the T's on a deal to join QPR from relegated Blackburn Rovers. The 22-year-old forward, who was a flash of light in Rovers' otherwise dark season last term, will move to Loftus Road on a Bosman free.

Signed, sealed, delivered:

Ipswich have secured an undisclosed deal for former England under-21 international goalkeeper Scott Loach. The 24-year-old stopper has described signing for his boyhood club as a 'dream move' and will be hoping to resurrect a promising career that has somewhat hit the slides in recent years.