Premier League Transfer Rumours: Bender, Pogba, Gaitan, Pato and More

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​The Paul Pogba saga doesn't quite appear to be over yet, so check out the latest plot twist with regard to the Frenchman's future in Saturday's transfer rumour round up.


There's also news on Nicolas Gaitan, Dimitar Berbatov's potential Premier League return and information on which three English clubs are chasing a sensational swoop for the once brilliant Alexandre Pato.

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14. Chicharito Remains Hammers Target, Along With Inter Defender

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 22:  Javier Hernandez of Real Madrid CF celebrates as he scores their first goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Bernabeu on April 22, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

​West Ham are still looking to pull off a deal for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez before the end of the transfer window, as they look to bolster their strike force.


They were linked with Atletico Madrid’s Mexico international Raul Jimenez yesterday, but the club are still keeping tabs on his international counterpart - who spent last season on loan with Real Madrid.


That story came from the ​Evening Standard, while the ​Metro have also revealed that the Hammers are hoping to hold talks with Inter Milan over defender Danilo D'Ambrosio. West Ham feel they could offer the 26-year-old regular first team football.

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13. Neil Keen on Kean

​Norwich manager Alex Neil has confirmed the club are closing in on the signing of former Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean, according to ​Evening News 24.


Kean has been in Norfolk this week and has recently been released by the Championship outfit. He's set to come in to provide competition to the likes of John Ruddy and Declan Rudd.


Neil said: “We are still looking for more. We are actively looking to attract other top players and hopefully by the time business is done we might have another one or two in or we might have none, depending on how it goes.


“Jake was someone we were interested in but because of his contract situation at Blackburn we couldn’t comment on that. It wouldn’t have been fair to the lad but now that is sorted out hopefully something can be done. Potentially he is one we can bring in soon.”

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12. Black Cats Target Rhodes Over Austin and Borini

​With Connor Wickham all but set to move to Crystal Palace, Sunderland are working on replacing him. But the club are not looking at Fabio Borini or Charlie Austin.


The ​Metro and Northern Echo report that Dick Advocaat wants to bring in prolific Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, even while he could turn out the most expensive of the three.


The ​Sunderland Echo broke the news that the Black Cats are not interested in putting up the money for QPR's Austin, nor former loanee and Liverpool outcast Borini.

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11. Serie A New Boys Try Luck With Pelle

​Southampton striker Graziano Pelle is the subject of interest from Serie A new boys Bologna, according to ​Corriere dello Sport.


The Italian striker scored 12 league goals last season for Ronald Koeman’s team and impressed throughout his debut campaign, but the ambitious club from his homeland are looking into the possibility of taking him away from St Mary's. 


Southampton aren't keen on selling though, and could price Bologna out of a move.

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10. Palace Hijack Leicester's Deal for Italian Youngster

​Crystal Palace are set to hijack Leicester's potential signing of Inter Milan youngster Alessandro Cannataro, according to the ​Evening Standard.


Watford and Charlton are also keen on the 20-year-old midfielder, though he is currently on trial with Claudio Ranieri's Foxes. Leicester still remain front-runners to sign him but his future is now far less clear.


Cannataro has captained his country at Under-19 level.

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9. Though Foxes Close in on Cambiasso Successor

​Never fear, though, Leicester fans. The club have agreed a fee with Napoli for midfielder Gokhan Inler, according to ​Di Marzio.


Watford (again) and Galatasaray have been credited with interest in the Swiss player too, but it appears Leicester have beaten both to the punch and agreed a €4m fee for the 31-year-old.


Inler, who has made over 200 Serie A appearances, is set take the place of Esteban Cambiasso in the heart of the midfield.

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8. Berba Set for Villa Medical?

​Aston Villa certainly seem to be after a lot of strikers, don't they? 


After signing Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede in the week, there's still talk of Emmanuel Adebayor signing for Tim Sherwood's side - but now it looks as though Dimitar Berbatov could be the newest face through the door.


The former Manchester United, Spurs and Fulham man has cut short his holiday in order to talk to Villa, and according to a source close to him and the ​Express, he could undergo a medical early next week.


The source said: "He’ll travel to Birmingham on Monday. He held several talks on the phone but the Villa bosses want some 'straight' talks. If they reach a final agreement, it’s possible Berbatov will have a medical on Tuesday or Wednesday."

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7. Premier League Trio Interested in Pato

​Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace are all interested in signing Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato this summer, according to reports from Yahoo Brasil.


The former Milan forward has seen his career derail somewhat after falling out of favour at former club AC Milan, but since returning to Brazil he's recaptured old form. And the report claims the Premier League trio are interested in signing him - even if he's valued at £23.4m.


Pato, still only 25, is on loan at Sao Paulo at the moment.

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6. Arsenal Consider Signing Free Agent Gourcuff

​Arsenal look to have rekindled their interest in signing French creative player Yoann Gourcuff, according to ​beIN Sport.


Liverpool, Montpellier and Guingamp are all rumoured to be interested in the player too - especially considering he's currently a free agent following the expiry of his contract with Lyon.


The player was once considered one of the finest talents in French football and has interested the Gunners numerous times in the past.

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5. Chelsea Make £17.5m Baba Offer

​Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba after making an offer of £17.5m, according to the ​Guardian.


Augsburg rejected an initial offer of around £14m for the player from the Blues, but they have returned with an improved bid after selling Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid. 


The player's agent, Sascha Empacher, told Guardian sport: "Both clubs are still working on fine-tuning but we hope the agreement will be finalised soon."

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4. Spurs Cool on McCarthy and Target Bender

​Spurs have switched their attention to Borussia Dortmund's Sven Bender after missing out on the signing of Everton's James McCarthy, according to the ​Mirror.


The German midfielder is considered an alternative to the Irishman, while Spurs are also believed to be lining up a move for Stuttgart forward Timo Werner. 


Bender has been a target for Arsenal in the past, while his twin brother Lars - who plays for Bayer Leverkusen - has too.

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3. Gaitan 'Hours Away from Joining Manches.... ZZZZZ'

​This is now officially more annoying than anything else in the world. Anything.


The ​Metro (who else?) claim 'reports' (from Fichajes, which is basically the Spanish equivalent of the Metro) are pointing to the fact that Manchester United are just hours away from signing Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica - you know, the guy they've been hours away from signing for the last four years.


Given Angel Di Maria is on his way out the door, the story has a little more logic to it than it has in the past, but it even claims that Louis van Gaal is 'in love' with the Argentinian. While he may be a decent replacement, we've heard this one too many times before.

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2. Liverpool to Receive Answer on Cheryshev Next Week

​Liverpool are set to find out if they can sign Russian winger Denis Cheryshev from Real Madrid over the course of the next week, according to the ​Sun.


Brendan Rodgers has bid £15m for the player, who spent last season on loan at Villarreal from Los Blancos. Rafa Benitez though has reintroduced the player to the first team squad in pre-season, but is set to make his mind up on whether he wants to keep him shortly.


The 24-year-old himself admitted recently that he too is unsure where he'll play next term.

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1. Pogba Could Take to Court to Seal Juve Exit

​The ​Mirror and France Football report that French international midfielder Paul Pogba could go to court in order to seal a transfer away from Juventus, with Manchester City and Barcelona waiting in the wings.


A move has failed to materialise according to the story because interested clubs will have to pay an additional €15m on top of the actual transfer fee to buy the player's image rights, which are owned by Oualidia Tanazefti - an old friend of Pogba who currently manages them via a company registered in Luxembourg.


Pogba could take up legal action against Tanazefti in order to smooth over his exit, though City or Barcelona may still have to pay upwards of €80m.

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