Transfer News Today: Van Persie Set For Old Trafford

Mere Forum Chatter:

Speculation currently surrounds a shock move by Real Madrid for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele. The Belgian is said to be valued at £10million by Los Blancos supremo Jose Mourinho, but his opposite number Martin Jol is not keen to lose his 25-year-old asset.

Tabloid Speculation:

Aston Villa are lining up a bid for Schalke's Anthony Annan. The combative midfielder was a standout star of Ghana's run to the 2010 World Cup quarter finals, but has flattered to deceieve in Germany and is currently available at a cut price which looks appealing to Paul Lambert. 

Contact Made:

West Ham have made advances towards Evian's attacking ace Yannick Sagbo. The 24-year-old striker is being chased by a number of suitors, but has admitted where his preference lies: "If I have to choose a club to go to it would be West Ham, for their packed stadium and their all-out attacking football," said the Ivory Coast international. 

Bid Tabled:

Manchester United are now favourites to complete a deal for want-away Arsenal star Robin Van Persie. Not only has Man City boss Roberto Mancini today distanced his side from a move for the Dutchman, but Sir Alex Ferguson missed the Red Devils' pre-season tie in Norway yesterday so that he could hang back in Manchester to meet RVP. 

Medical and Terms:

Wild child Ravel Morrison is set to move back down to The Championship in a season-long loan deal to Birmingham City. The 19-year-old West Ham forward has made little impact since moving to Upton Park in January. Sam Allardyce believes a change of scenery would help the youngster's progress. 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered:

Blackburn Rovers have further bolstered their ranks with a second coup from Fulham. Following Danny Murphy from West London to the North West is experienced midfielder Dickson Etuhu. The 30-year-old Nigerian international has penned a four-year deal at Ewood Park.