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Liverpool's Long bid rejected and all of today's transfer gossip

Elsewhere, Leicester sign a Ghana international while Sunderland and Newcastle are lining up big bids for midfielders.

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Liverpool’s Long bid rejected: Liverpool have reportedly had an £8m (€10.5m) bid for Ireland striker Shane Long rejected by Southampton, even though the Saints have just signed Charlie Austin from QPR.

Liverpool after Hernandez: Jurgen Klopp is also reportedly keen on former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexican has been prolific for Bayer Leverkusen this season.

Leicester sign Ghana international: The Foxes have completed a £6m (€7.9m) deal for pacey defender Daniel Amartey from FC Copenhagen.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Liverpool - Goodison Park It looks like Steven Naismith will be joining Norwich. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Naismith having Norwich medical: The Everton midfielder is putting the finishing touches on his move to Carrow Road. Norwich are also believed to be nearing a deal for Wolfsburg centre-back Timm Klose.

Sunderland still chasing Ayew: The Black Cats remain keen on Swansea striker Andre Ayew despite having an initial offer of £10m (€13.1m) rejected. They are believed to be lining up an improved offer for the Ghana international.

Newcastle want Townsend: The Magpies are believed to be considering an increased bid for Spurs winger Andros Townsend, thought to be in the region of £12m (€15.7m).

Fiorentina eye Zarate: The Italian club are hoping to bring the West Ham striker to Florence. Giuseppe Rossi, the former Manchester United player, could be exchanged as part of the deal.

Debuchy to Villa: Arsenal defender admits Remi Garde’s side are just one of a few clubs interested in him.

New defender for Celtic: Ronny Deila yesterday signed Danish defender Erik Sviatchenko for £1.5m (€1.97m).

Shola Ameobi to leave Bolton: The club are unable to offer the former Newcastle striker a deal extension due to their financial problems.

Retro Deal of the Day

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Manchester United broke the British transfer record in January 1995 when they added a goal-scoring centre forward to their arsenal for £7m. And Andy (now Andrew) Cole didn’t disappoint.

Cole’s move from Newcastle involved a cash price of £6m and the deal also included Northern Ireland winger Keith Gillespie, who was valued at £1m, going in the opposite direction.

Some called Cole wasteful, insisting that he needed multiple chances to find the net. But his record at United, 121 goals in 275 games, speaks for itself.

That’s good enough for him to be ranked as the club’s 17th highest ever goalscorer with one of the healthiest goals-to-games ratios.

During his seven years at Manchester United he accumulated a host of honours, including five Premier League titles, one Champions League and two FA Cups.

The striker was a key member of United’s famous treble-winning team in 1999 and his attacking partnership with Dwight Yorke is still considered to be one of the greatest in the Premier League era.

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His five goals in United’s 9-0 drubbing of Ipswich in 1995 will long be remembered at Old Trafford.

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Cole began his career at Arsenal, and he had a season at Bristol City before moving to Newcastle in 1993. After his time at the Theatre of Dreams he had spells at Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Sunderland.

The 44-year-old, who accumulated nine England caps over a seven-year span, was only recently recovering from kidney failure.

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