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Man Utd chasing CSKA striker, Swansea's big-money deal and more of today's transfer gossip

Elsewhere, Pato’s Chelsea move hits speedbump and Sunderland near deal for forward.

Image: Pavel Golovkin

United muscle in: Manchester United are looking to hijack Leicester’s move for CSKA Moscow attacker Ahmed Musa.

Glitch delays deal: Alexandre Pato’s move to Chelsea is expected to go through soon after negotiations over the loan fee stalled the transfer.

Fee agreed: Sunderland have reached an agreement with Bordeaux over the transfer of Tunisian striker Wahbi Khazri.

Swansea splash cash: New manager Francesco Guidolin is close to securing the signature of Chievo striker Albert Paloschi for €10.5m.

Sandro back to Premier League: West Brom are nearing a loan deal with Queens Park Rangers for Sandro. The former Spurs midfielder is having a medical ahead of the move.

Liverpool must offer £53m: The Reds are going to have to spend big if they want Shakhtar Donetsk to release Brazilian attacker Alex Teixeira, and that wouldn’t be until the end of the season.

Retro Deal Of The Day

Wimbledon owner Sam Hammam with new signing John Hartson. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

If John Hartson had any doubts that the Crazy Gang were wild in name only, they were quickly extinguished after they burned his Armani suit the first day he walked through the door.

Hartson became Wimbledon’s most expensive player when he switched from West Ham United for £7.5m in January 1999 and the Wales international soon adapted to his unstable surroundings.

Record-breaking deals were standard procedure for Hartson; four clubs — Arsenal, West Ham, Wimbledon and Celtic — broke their transfer records to secure his services.

Hartson spent two years at Wimbledon and was seen by many as a decent fit following his 1998 training ground bust-up with West Ham team-mate Eyal Berkovic that ended when the big striker kicked the Israeli in the head.

He struggled with injury during his spell at Wimbledon but still notched a respectable 21 goals in 57 appearances, although the club were relegated to the First Division in his first season.

He moved on to Coventry City in 2001 before spells at Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City.

These days Hartson works as a football pundit having made an incredible recovery from brain, lung and testicular cancer in 2009.

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