Liverpool lodge €32m bid for Brazilian ace and the latest transfer gossip

Nemanja Vidic could be making a return to England, while Pato is closing in on a move to Chelsea.

France Soccer Champions League Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira has 26 goals for the club this season. Source: Francois Mori

Reds make offer for Shakhtar star: Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has reportedly travelled to Florida in an effort to seal a £24.6 million (€32m) deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira, who is also a Chelsea target.

Chelsea take Pato gamble: The Blues are in talks with the injury-prone Brazilian striker, 26, who is believed to be desperate for a move to England from Corinthians.

Villa offer Vidic Premier League return: Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is a free agent as his contract was terminated by Inter Milan last week and Aston Villa want the Serbian centre-back, now 34.

Milan target Fellaini: Reports in Italy suggest AC Milan are hoping to acquire Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, preferably on loan, but Man United are unlikely to let the 28-year-old leave.

Zarate kid nears Hammers exit: West Ham’s Argentine striker Mauro Zarate looks set to depart the club for Fiorentina, who will pay around £1.5m (€1.9m).

Nolan takes up Orient role: Former Bolton, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder Kevin Nolan is the new player/manager of League Two side Leyton Orient.

Retro Deal of the Day

After his impressive performances for Belgium at the 1994 World Cup, Kevin Keegan agreed to pay £2.6m to bring left-footed centre-half Philippe Albert to Newcastle United from Anderlecht.

The Toon Army immediately took to the stylish defender, who would often surge forward out of the backline with the ball and at times end up alongside the strikers.

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His five years at Newcastle were hampered by a series of injuries but Albert became a cult hero and he will always be remembered for his goal in the famous 5-0 win over Manchester United in 1996 — a deft chip over the head of Peter Schmeichel.

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