Transfer News Today: Clyne Marches South To Saints


Mere Forum Chatter:

Spurs are apparently tracking Spain international Santi Cazorla, who is likely to be a cheaper replacement for the outgoing Luka Modric than Portugal ace Joao Moutinho. However, Andre Villas-Boas is still intent on securing his countryman. 

Tabloid Speculation:

Fulham and West Ham have joined Newcastle in the hunt for Brazil-born FC Twente star Douglas. The 24-year-old defender is about to secure Dutch citizenship, which would qualify him for a work permit in the UK, and word is that he'd prefer the glitz of London to that of Tyneside. 

Contact Made:

Chelsea have given up on Brazilian international right-back Maicon and instead enquired about Marseille's young Spanish star Cesar Azpilicueta. However, the full back, 22, is currently on Olympics duty with his country, and has said he won't discuss club football until after the London Games. 

Bid Tabled

Extrovert Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has knocked back a third bid from Chelsea for his star winger Victor Moses. The Latics supremo dismissed the latest bid as "rubbish", adding: "If the lad has any brains he'll stay and work further with Roberto Martinez." 

Medical and Terms:

New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is closing in on Spanish playmaker Michu, who has arrived in South Wales for contract negotiations. The 26-year-old notched 15 times for Rayo Vallecano last term and looks like a bargain at £2million. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Newly-promoted Southampton have secured the talents of Crystal Palace teenager Nathaniel Clyne. The highly-rated 19-year-old defender has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's as the promoted side continue to bolster their ranks before the new Premier League season.