MANCHESTER United’s failed bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines topped today’s transfer headlines.
Everton insist the defender is not for sale at any price after former Toffees manager David Moyes made a move, reported to be between £10m and £12m.
In deals that did go through, Newcastle defender Danny Simpson became relegated QPR’s first signing of the summer on a free transfer.
And Swansea City have signed Jordi Amat from Espanyol on a four-year deal for £2.5m.
The central defender, 21, impressed while on loan at Rayo Vallecano during the 2012-13 season,
Elsewhere, Luis Suarez is making the headlines again today.
The Daily Telegraph report Liverpool will seek urgent talks with striker Suarez, 26, to assess whether he is in breach of contract following claims from Spain he has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid.
Today’s other transfer stories:
Tottenham’s technical director Franco Baldini will hold talks with David Villa, 31, before the end of the week as the London club intensify their bid for the Barcelona forward. Full story: Daily Mail
Arsenal have put together a package to lure Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, to the Emirates. The club’s hierarchy believe a signing such as Rooney will help persuade manager Arsene Wenger to sign a contract extension. Full story: Daily Star
And the Anfield club must pay £25m within 10 days if they want to sign 24-year-old attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Shakhtar Donetsk. Full story: the Sun
Real Madrid have offered cash and players - including 25-year-old Argentina winger Angel di Maria - to Tottenham in an attempt to deliver Gareth Bale for newly appointed boss manager Carlo Ancelotti. Full story: Daily Mirror
Manchester City could offer 27-year-old striker Edin Dzeko to Borussia Dortmund as part of the deal to bring striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, to the Etihad. Full story: Daily Express
West Ham United are close to signing winger Jefferson Montero by triggering the Ecuadorian’s £3m release clause from Mexican club Morelia. The 23-year-old will earn £30,000 a-week in what would be a four-year contract. Full story: Guardian
Swansea want to sign Liverpool’s 21-year-old midfielder Jonjo Shelvey but will have to pay at least £5m to complete the deal. Full story: Daily Mirror
Swansea are also willing break their transfer record fee to bring Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, 24, to the Liberty Stadium. Full story: South Wales Evening Post
Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 25, is a surprise target for Champions League winners Bayern Munich. The German champions are willing to pay £14m for Richards, who has two years remaining on his current contract. Full story: Daily Star Dimitar Berbatov, who has been linked with Galatasaray and Zenit St Petersburg, will see out the remaining year of his Fulham contract, says the agent of the 32-year-old former Manchester United striker. Full story: London Evening Standard
Everton, who have been linked with CSKA Moscow’s 27-year-old attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda, have made enquiries for two players. Chairman Bill Kenwright made the announcement at a general meeting of Everton shareholders on Wednesday. Full story: Evertonfc.com
Those could be Wigan duo Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz. Defender Alcaraz, 30, is available as a free agent while 29-year-old striker Kone has a release clause of £6.5m. Full story: the Times (subscription required)
Celtic could target Monaco’s 27-year-old striker Ibrahima Toure. The Senegalese international scored 18 goals in 35 Ligue 2 appearances last season, but his place has been threatened by the arrival of Radamel Falcao. Full story: Tuttomercatoweb.com