Transfer News Today: Barca close in on Neymar


Forum chatter

Highly-rated Southampton defender Luke Shaw could become David Moyes's first signing as Manchester United manager. Shaw, 17, is a Southampton academy graduate and only made his debut in 2012 - but the left-back has drawn comparisons with Gareth Bale and could make the move to Old Trafford. Shaw has been tipped to sign his first professional contract at St Mary's in July, but Moyes has been tracking the youngster for some time and could snatch him from under the noses of Chelsea.

Tabloid speculation


Charlie Austin, who has scored 45 goals in 90 appearances for Championship outfit Burnley, could be on his way to the other Clarets - Aston Villa. Austin, who insists he is happy at Turf Moor, has long been tipped for a move to the Premier League and Paul Lambert is one of a number of managers queuing up for the former bricklayer.

Contact made


Barcelona have stepped up their pursuit of the hottest property in football - with a deal for Neymar set to be concluded after next month's Confederation's Cup. The Brazilian media are reporting that a deal is in place for the Santos star to finally swap South America for Catalonia in what will be one of the most expensive deals ever agreed.

Bid tabled


West Ham have agreed a £15million deal with Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll, who is expected to join the Hammers permanently in the coming days. Having scored seven goals in 24 games at West Ham, Carroll is yet to put pen to paper. But having tweeted "Enjoyed every minute of being at west ham!!" on the final day of the Premier League season, the impending move would appear a formality...

Signed, sealed, delivered


The Hammers are getting their business done early this year, with the brilliantly named Razvan Rat signing for Sam Allardyce's side. The defender, who has 88 caps for Romania, whom he also captains, joins from Shakhtar Donetsk on an initial one-year deal.