DARREN Bent – tipped as a target for Newcastle United – has had an £8m price tag slapped on his head.
The Aston Villa striker has been told he can leave the club this summer, but only if they get a sizeable fee.Bent cost an initial £18m when he signed from Sunderland.
In other transfer stories, Liverpool have been linked with a double signing.
The Guardian reports that Liverpool are in advanced negotiations to sign Porto’s Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, 21.
The Reds also expect to complete the £6m transfer of Sevilla attacking midfielder Luis Alberto, 20, by Thursday, according to the Independent.
Other transfer stories today:
Manchester United are favourites to sign Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alacantara, 22, who would cost £15m. Thiago scored a hat-trick as Spain Under-21s beat Italy 4-2 in the final of the European Championships on Tuesday. Full story: the Sun
Barcelona are targeting a £30m deal for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata following rumours that new Blues manager Jose Mourinho is unconvinced by the Spaniard, 25. Full story: Daily Mirror
Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, will reject a move to Manchester City to join Real Madrid in a £55m deal. The Uruguay international has also been linked with Chelsea. Full story: Daily Star
The package that takes England striker Andy Carroll from Liverpool to West Ham could cost the London club a total £55m. The 24-year-old, who has passed a medical at Upton Park, will cost up to £19m and will sign a six-year £100,000-a-week deal. Full story: the Sun
Fulham hope to sign Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, 20, on loan for next season. Full story: Daily Mirror
Crystal Palace, Swansea, Fulham and Norwich have all made £2m offers for Birmingham and England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond, 19. Full story: Daily Mirror
Everton are in talks with Granada to sign Brazilian left-back Guilherme Siqueira, 27. Full story: Daily Mail
Birmingham have dismissed speculation that Blackpool left-back Stephen Crainey, 31, could join them. Full story: Birmingham Mail