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Departures Lounge: Seinfeld and Zooey on the day’s transfer gossip

Victor Wanyama is about to seal his Premier League arrival but Andrei Arshavin’s days look numbered.

(Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)

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Iago Aspas seals Liverpool switch:  Are the Merseysiders looking to replenish their forward line in anticipation for a Luis Suarez jump to La Liga? Aspas is the second forward to arrive at the club in recent weeks, this time from Celta Vigo.

Cardiff get Ince Jr.: Blackpool winger Tom Ince, son of former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder Paul, is set for a return to the Premier League. Blackpool have agreed a transfer fee with league newcomers Cardiff City. Ince was previously with Liverpool.

Wanyama to Southampton: The midfielder, who performed well for Glasgow Celtic in the Champions League last year, is eager to improve personal terms [wages] before he signs on the dotted line at St Mary’s.

Arshavin no longer a Goon: The papers have yet to be officially inked but Sports Express in Moscow is reporting that Andrei Arshavin will be a Zenit St Petersburg player by the end of today. The chief executive of Gazprom. who own Zenit, has trumpeted, “I think it right that a product of Zenit finishes his career at his native club.” What a Eastern Bloc statement.

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Mario Gomez to Italy: Less than 15 minutes into his first press conference and new Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was trying to offload German striker Mario Gomez. He said, “I can confirm Gomez will be training with us in Wednesday, I have read the rumours, but there have been no concrete offers from Italy.” Reading between the lines, out you go Mario.

Higuain Sr. predicts London move: Sky Sports are tapping into the hordes of former Arsenal players that tend to congregate in the alleyways behind their London headquarters. Following more big-mouth blabs from Gonzalo Higuan’s father about his son’s impending move to Arsenal, former Gunners midfielder Paul Davis has warned the Argentine is not a ‘natural number nine’.

Holding midfielder swap for goal machine: Tuttosport in Italy is reporting that Chelsea are seeking to scupper PSG’s bid for Edinson Cavani by offering compact yet talented midfielder to Napoli as a cash plus player sweetener.

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See you in Manchester? Maybe not: United goalkeeper David de Gea sparked a simultaneous Twitter and transfer storm last week by scribbling ‘See you in Manchester’ message on the hat-trick ball of Spanish attacker Thiago Alcantara. While a transfer deal looked close last week, it may have just been the work of a canny agent as Barcelona are on the verge of offering the 22-year-old an improved pay deal.

Big city too much for Rooney: Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has warned the side off securing the services of itch-foot forward Wayne Rooney. He told Sky Sports, “I’m not sure Wayne Rooney could handle London, to be completely honest… London is a different animal and it takes a different type of player.”

Irish deals of the day

No deal for Stephen Ward: Kenny Jackett arrived at Wolves for his first day of pre-season and transfer-listed many first-teamers including Irish defender Stephen Ward. From starting roles at left-back in Euro 2012 to becoming unwanted at a League One side, the last 12 months have dipped for the former Bohemians man.

One last, last, last chance: The People newspaper is reporting that new Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hoping to turn back the clock [a long way] and bring Aston Villa mercurio Stephen Ireland to the Britannia.

What’s the best transfer gossip you’ve heard today?

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