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Departures Lounge: Sean Connery and Tina Fey rate the day's transfer tittle-tattle

Perch to Wigan, Shelvey to Swansea (probably) and the rest of Wednesday’s movers and shakers.

Will this happen?

Wigan land Perch: Sean Connery says we should start today’s round-up with some actual hard news and so we’re off to the DW Stadium where Wigan have signed Newcastle defender James Perch. The “highly versatile” Perch —  Wigan’s words, not ours — joins on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Shelvey no longer an ugly duckling but a Swan: Jonjo Shelvey looks all but certain to join Swansea City after they agreed a £6 million fee for the Liverpool midfielder. All that’s left is for Shelvey to discuss personal terms and he’ll be off to join the Laudrup revolution.

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Parisian walkways for Cavani?: Is Jose Mourinho on the brink of his first defeat as Chelsea manager — before the season even starts? The Mirror report that Paris Saint-Germain are playing hardball in a bid to sign Edinson Cavani from Napoli and, apparently, money is no object. £53 million is the price currently being touted (or £3 million more than Fernando Torres if you want to look at it that way).

Ruddy good deal?: Norwich don’t want to sell goalkeeper John Ruddy but they will if they get £10 million in crisp £20 notes. Do Chelsea want him that badly?

Benteke to Spurs: Villa fans, look away now. It seems that those pesky rumours about Andre Villas-Boas’ interest in Christian Benteke won’t go away. Would you take £25 million for him?

Will this happen?

Ronny’s return: It’s looking less and less likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will be back in Old Trafford this season — but don’t take our word for it. Here’s what he said himself: “Everyone knows that it is a club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss. But now my life is in Spain.”

Irish Deal of the Day

Five Billos for Noel Hunt. The striker, who was out of contract with Reading, has signed a two-year contract with Leeds United.

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