Transfer news RECAP - all the latest rumours and done deals (2024)

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The first week of July has come and gone - but the summer transfer window is showing no signs of slowing down.

Rangers have bolstered their squad with six new signings, but boss Philippe Clement still wants another attacker. However, the Light might have to go through new Rapid Bucharest boss Neil Lennon if they want to land long-term target Albion Rrahmani. On the exit front Ianis Hagi's future at Ibrox remains uncertain, with the Romanian star's own agent willing to chip in to finance a move elsewhere.

Across the city, champions Celtic are stepping up their efforts to sign Paulo Bernardo and Adam Idah on permanent deals, as exclusively revealed by Record Sport. A new goalkeeper remains top of Brendan Rodgers' wishlist and Newcastle stopper Martin Dubravka has been advised to move on if he wants to be a number one.

Up at Pittodrie, new Aberdeen boss Jimmy Thelin will take charge of his first competitive game against Queen of the South in the Premier Sports Cup next weekend and one man he'll be be hoping to field in that tie is star man Bojan Miovski. Dons chairman Dave Cormack has came out to reiterate their hardline stance on the highly coveted striker.

Down in Edinburgh, Hibs gaffer David Gray has added two new faces to his squad so far and is chasing a reunion with former Leith teammate Simon Murray off the back of the striker's prolific season with Ross County. Pacey wide man Martin Boyle has been linked with a move Down Under but insists he is committed to the Hibees.

Capital rivals Hearts have been among the most active teams in the market having made six new signings, and Costa Rica full back Gerald Taylor is poised to become signing number seven once he is granted a UK visa to complete his loan move to Tynecastle.

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Key Events

  • Hagi agent will push for move

  • Celtic guarantee emerges from inside dressing room

  • Saints takeover nears completion

  • Rodgers on Idah, Oh, and pursuit of new keeper

  • DONE DEAL! Hamza Igamane becomes Rangers signing No7

Ross Pilcher

Andy Considine confirms his retirement

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Andy Considine has confirmed his retirement from football.

The Aberdeen stalwart spent the vast majority of his career with the PIttodfire club, his 18-year spell with the Dons ending in 2022 when he signed for St Johnstone.

Considine won 3 Scotland caps, and was responsible for the famous "Yes Sir, I can Boogie" anthem which soundtracked Steve Calrke taking the nation back to a first major finals in over two decades, thanks to a wacky stag do video.

Now the former defender has confirmed he is hanging up his boots, posing on Instagram.

Sad becasue it's over but smiling becasue it happened - thank you football.

Ross Pilcher

Martinez's agent leaves Villa exit door open

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Emi Martinez's agent has left the door open for him to leave Aston Villa.

The World Cup winning keeper has been at it again in the Copa America, making crucial penalty shootout stops as the albiceleste beat Ecuador on spot kicks to book a spot in the semi-finals against Peru.

Today he is in one of the best projects, he has one of the best sporting directors in the world, one of the most prestigious coaches in the world, they have qualified for the Champions League, when nobody thought it was possible,” Gonzalo Goñi told ESPN.

Surely, they will compete in the Champions League and, with a goalkeeper like Emiliano, who turns everything into a box of surprises, they’ll end up competing on a grand scale.

But it’s never all said and done: we are having conversations, listening, watching and we’ll see… But perhaps, he puts Aston Villa at the level of the greats of Europe.

Anthony Evans

Ramadani changes agents

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Ylber Ramadani enjoyed a fine debut season in Serie A with Lecce following his switch from Aberdeen last summer.

The Albanian star's displays have already reportedly caught the eye of Inter Milan and Napoli, with the player himself having to come out and deny the links earlier this year.

But the 28-year-old has sparked fresh rumours that he could be on the move this summer after dropping his agent.

Italian transfer expert Nicolo Schira claims that the midfielder has left the LIAN Sports Group agency, which represents stars such as Luka Jovic, Leroy Sane and Federico Chiesa. He could now join up with agent and namesake Fali Ramadani.

Aberdeen will be watching on with interest having inserted a 10 per cent sell on clause intol the £1.2million deal that took him to Lecce.

Anthony Evans

DONE DEAL! Olise completes Bayern switch

Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Crystal Palace star Michael Olise.

The winger - who is eligble to play for France, Algeria, England or Nigeria at international level - scored 16 goals in 90 appearances for the Eagles after bursting onto the scene at Reading.

The Bavarian giants are believed to have paid a fee of £50.8million with add ons for his services, with Olise signing a five year contract.

Anthony Evans

Wright a part of pre-season squad

Rangers winger Scott Wright has travelled with the squad for a pre-season trip to Holland - despite being heavily linked with a move away from the club.

The 26-year-old is a target for English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, who include former Scotland Liam Palmer, Callum Patterson and Barry Bannan among their ranks.

Ex Aberdeen man Wright has been a bit part player during his three and a half years at Ibrox, but did manage four goals in 36 matches last season.

Anthony Evans

BREAKING! Adrian says goodbye to Liverpool

Goalkeeper Adrian has shared an emotional message to Liverpool fans after his Anfield exit was confirmed.

The 37-year-old initially served as understudy to Brazillian stopper Alisso but then lost his place to Caoimhin Kelleher. He leaves Liverpool after making 26 appearances in five seasons.

The Spaniard has been linked with a move back to former club Real Betis.

Via his X account Adrian thanked fans with a short video message.

Anthony Evans

Time up for Maik Nawrocki?

Maik Nawrocki's latest injury set back has caused some fans to call his long-term future at Celtic into question.

It's been a difficult year in Glasgow for the Polish defender, who made just 13 appearances for Brendan Rodgers' side last season.

But his struggles are not the only concern for the Irishman at the moment, with the start of the new Premiership season just four weeks away.

Anthony Evans

DONE DEAL! Gunners youngster joins Leicester

Leicester have announced the signing of winger Amario Cozier-Duberry on a four-year-deal.

The 19-year-old was released by Arsenal last month, where he made the first team bench on two occasions without making an appearance.

Seagulls technical director and former Scotland and Rangers defender David Weir said:

We’re really pleased to be able to bring Amario to the club. He’s got attributes we like and we believe he is a player who can flourish in our environment. We’re looking forward to working with him and helping his career to progress.

Anthony Evans

Zubimendi wants Sociedad stay

Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi has shut down ant talk of an exit this summer.

Arsenal and Barcelona have previously been linked with the 25-year-old, but Zubimendi has no intention of leaving the club he has spent his entire career with so far.

Speaking to El Diario Vasco, via ED, the Euro 2024 star said he said:

Where am I going to play next season? I’m going to be at Real Sociedad. I have a contract with Real Sociedad and that’s where I’m most comfortable.

Ross Pilcher

Docherty on joining 'historic' club in Charlton

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Greg Docherty has spoken on his move to Chalrton for the first time.

The former Rangers and Hibs midfielder penned a three-year deal at the Valley on Friday and has now joined up with Nathan Jones' squad on their pre-season tour in Slovenia.

Really happy to have signed for a club like @CAFCofficial and also to be joining such an exciting project. Thank you to everyone for all of the nice messages I have received I can’t wait to walk out at The Valley and give my all for this historic football club!

Anthony Evans

Lewis has his say on new Dons stopper

Joe Lewis is looking forward to seeing Dimitar Mitov in action for Aberdeen and feels the Bulgarian's style of play could be very effective for his new club.

Mitov has joined the Dons from fellow Premiership side St Johnstone, where he kept eight cleans sheets and broke into the Bulgaria national team.

And Lewis, who made 217 appearances for the Reds between 2016 and 2023, is hopeful that the 27-year-old can bring that level of consistency betweeen the posts to Pittodrie following Kelle Roos' struggles last season.

Speaking to The Press and Journal, he said:

We’ve got Mitov whose come in now, who I thought last season was incredibly consistent, so hopefully there will be more consistency throughout the whole club – not just on the pitch, but off it as well.

I think maybe Dimitar Mitov is that type of goalkeeper who is looking to come and get crosses and coming out as much as he possibly can.

He might miss a few, but I think you play to your strengths. If the back-four, or back-five – whatever the manager wants to play – get used to that and form a good relationship with him, then that will be great, because if we can do that effectively, everyone wants to see that.

Anthony Evans

Irish duo set for Hoops trial

Cliftonville have confirmed that teenage stars Ryan Corrigan and Shay Reid will spend the next week on trial at Celtic.

In a tweet on their X profile (formerly known as Twitter) they said:

Best of luck to Ryan Corrigan and Shay Reid who will spend this week on trial with Celtic Football Club.

Anthony Evans

Pioli move stalls

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Stefano Pioli's move to take up the reins as the new manager of Al-Ittihad have reportedly been held up.

The Italian coach left AC Milan at the end of last season and has been linked with the Saudi Pro League side, but expert Gianluca Di Marzio reports that talks have stalled.

Di Marzio claims that issues over a contract for the 58-year-old have emerged following the resignation of Al-Ittihad chairman Nazer and that Pioli is now having second thoughts about the role.

Anthony Evans

Addicks boss unsure of Fraser future

Charlton manager Nathan Jones admits returning midfielder Scott Fraser may find it hard to get into his team next season.

The Scot spent the second half of last season on loan at Hearts and made nine apperances to help the Jambos claim a third place finish in the Premiership.

Jones said:

We know where we are with Scott Fraser and other players. I know all about Scott Fraser. If I don’t know about him now then I’ve not been doing my research for the last 10 years. I know exactly where we are with our squad.

We’ve brought in and strengthened the midfield area. So, anyone who wants to play in that midfield area has got to be aggressive, got to be right at it. Got to show real quality. If that’s Scott Fraser then fine.

Anthony Evans

Atleti want to sell Felix

Atletico Madrid want to offoad forward Joao Felix befroe they return for pre-season.

The Portuguese star, -who spent last season on loan at Barcelona reportedly has no future in the Spanish capital and Marca claim that Atleti want to finalise a departure before they kick off their pre-season schedule on July 27.

Felix, 24, joined the club from Benfica in a mouth-watering £113million move back in 2019 and still has five years left on his contract.

Anthony Evans

Thiago calls it quits

Thiago Alcantara has announced his shock retirement from football at the age of 33.

The Spanish star has been without a club since leaving Liverpool last season after an injury-ravaged four year spell and Fabrizio Romano now reports that the playmaker has decided to call it quits.

Before his arrival at Anfield, Thiago started his career with boyhood club Barcelona before moving onto Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard retires with a remarkable tally of 31 winner's medals throughout his career, including 11 top flight league titles and two Champions League titles.

Anthony Evans

Calafiori latest

Arsenal are pushing through a deal for Bologna star Riccardo Calafiori.

Italian transfer expert Rudy Galetti reports that the Gunners have offered more than €50million (£42.3million) for the defender and that he has already agreed personal terms with Mikel Arteta's side.

Calafiori made 30 appearances for I Rossoblu last season as they secured Champions League qualification with a fifth place finish in Serie A.

KEY EVENT

Hagi agent will push for move

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Ianis Hagi's agent says he is willing to spend his OWN money to see the player leave Rangers this summer - but hasn't quite shut the door on the player still having a future at Ibrox.

The playmaker will return to Auchenhowie to meet Philippe Clement later this month, having been given an extended holiday after featuring in Romania's run to the last 16 at Euro 2024.

Hagi joined the Gers in January 2020 but has made just 13 appearances in the last two years for the club and spent the whole of last season with Alaves in Spain.

Anthony Evans

DONE DEAL! Foxes sign Chelsea teen

Leicester City have completed the signing of Chelsea youngster Michael Golding in a deal worth £5million.

The 18-year-old made his sole first team appearance for the Blues in the FA Cup back in January, but has now became newly promoted Premier League side Leicester's sixth signing of the window.

Midfielder Golding is a current England U18 international.

Robbie Copeland

Rangers 'throw hat in ring' for Bobby Clark

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Rangers are reported to have 'thrown their hat in the ring' to sign Liverpool midfielder Bobby Clark on loan.

Clark is one of the rising stars at Anfield and broke into the side under Jurgen Klopp last season with 13 senior appearances - even scoring against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

Dave OCKOP reports that Liverpool want to extend his contract beyond its current expiry date of 2028 - before considering whether to loan him out next season.

And it's claimed Gers have entered the picture alongside Norwich, Derby and others.

Robbie Copeland

Neil Lennon uncovers 'the next Roy Keane'

Neil Lennon reckons he's uncovered the new Roy Keane at his club after 17-year-old midfielder Gabriel Gheorghe caught his eye, writes Mark Walker.

Lennon's Rapid Bucharest kick off their domestic season this coming weekend and have been in Slovenia putting the finishing touches on their preparations.

And the former Celtic boss believes he's uncovered a hidden gem - with airs of Manchester United great Keane.

I was impressed by several young people in the squad. Particularly Gheorghe who I nicknamed Roy Keane. He impressed me not only in terms of football, but also in terms of personality.

I am very satisfied with the way the training went. The players got stronger day by day and the attitude they had towards training and what we asked of them was exemplary. I am very happy for the way they accepted the methods I used with them and the professionalism they showed is excellent.

Anthony Evans

United close in on double Dutch swoop

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Manchester United are poised to make their first two signings of the summer.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with Bologna striker Joshua Zirkzee and Bayern Munich centre back Matthijs de Ligt, and Fabrizio Romano claims that talks over deals for the Netherlands duo are at an advanced stage.

Both players are also said to have held discussions with United boss Erik ten Hag.

Anthony Evans

Madrid to renew Davies interest

Real Madrid are reportedly set to launch a fresh bid to land Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies.

The 23-year-old, who has helped Canada reach the semi finals of the Copa America, has been a long term target for the La Liga giants.

According to Spanish outlet Diario AS, Carlo Ancelotti's side will renew their attempts to sign the wing back who has just 12 months on his current contract remaining.

Robbie Copeland

Kent the butt of 'cruel' Fenerbahce joke

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Frozen-out Ryan Kent looks set to leave Fenerbahce with three English clubs circling - and it sparked an, erm, mixed response from Turkish fans.

The former Rangers winger has had a disastrous time of it in his first season at Fener which is almost certain to be his only one after being bombed out of the squad in February, never to return. He started just once in the Turkish Pro League - the very first game of the season - and quickly became a highly unpopular figure.

Darren Witcoop reports on X that Premier League newboys Ipswich are keen, as are two clubs in the English Championship, and that he is 'exploring all options' before deciding where he's off to. But it wasn't long before the news was hijacked by Fenerbahce fans - who jokingly swear NO ONE wants him to leave after a calamitous season....

Robbie Copeland

De Bruyne: It might be about the money

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'It's not about the money' is often the line you hear from players when they've transparently made a move with the money in mind.

So in a sense it's refreshing to hear a big name like Kevin de Bruyne say the quiet part out loud - and just admit it's the cash that might turn his head.

The Man City star has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia but says he's in no rush to leave the Etihad as he enters the final year of his contract.

He's not short of a few quid as it is - he's City's top earner on £400,000 per week. But if an 'absurd' offer comes in, he says he'd need to consider it.

I’ll have a quiet summer. I have never indicated that I want to leave. I have more than enough money. But if an absurd amount comes... that is also for my family, my relatives, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren and my friends.

Robbie Copeland

Anthony Gordon to Liverpool latest

Newcastle have reportedly been backed into a corner by FFP rules and could be forced to sell Anthony Gordon to Liverpool.

The England winger is thought to be one of Arne Slot's early targets and reports down south claim the player's agent is at the back of it pushing for a deal.

Scouser Gordon came through at Everton but the noise is he'd have no issue crossing the Merseyside divide to play for Liverpool if the chance came.

And now The Telegraph report that FFP and PSR regulations mean Newcastle may need to sell for a hefty price to avoid sanctions.

KEY EVENT

Celtic guarantee emerges from inside dressing room

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Stephen Welsh is adamant champions Celtic never stand still.

The Parkhead defender insists the players will be raring to go again at the big kick-off. With less than a month to go before the Premiership campaign kicks-off against Kilmarnock, the build-up is underway for Brendan Rodgers’ title holders.

The manager is patiently working towards adding new recruits to strengthen his Double-winning squad. Welsh says Celtic are always ready for the latest challenges

We are always striving to improve. We are never standing still. I think the more competition for places in the team, the better because it pushes everyone on.

It doesn’t matter whereabouts on the pitch it is, if we have a lot of quality in the position, it makes us a better team. We are just looking to get the fitness in now and, by the time the season comes, we will be raring to go. We know we have a great squad, have got winners in the team and we’re very much looking forward to the season.

I think (naming transfer targets) is probably a bit higher up than me. I don’t think I can completely comment on that. But as I said there, we are never a club that stands still. We always look to improve on and off the pitch, so, yeah, we will see.

We've also got the latest on Matt O'Riley and Martin Dubravka, as the Newcastle keeper is advised to get on his bike if he has an offer elsewhere.

Craig Swan

McInnes wants more after Ando makes his mark

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Bruce Anderson was firing for Kilmarnock as he rattled in a friendly hattrick against The New Saints.

But Derek McInnes isn't resting on his transfer laurels there.

New striker Anderson netted three in a 5-0 win over the Welsh side and boss McInnes was thoroughly impressed with his new frontman.

Bruce (against TNS) was exactly what he is. He took advantage of some good build-up play and just being sharp in the box. His goals were all very similar, all in the box, one-touch finishes and a nice calm finisher in the right place at the right time. Just something I felt we could have done with last season and the reason why we brought him in in the first place.

It is pre-season, I don’t get too hung up on friendlies and certainly not on the results pre-season because they are never a real indication. But, at the same time, when your centre-forward is scoring a hat-trick, it is always good.

With Anderson signed and Stuart Findlay back on loan from Oxford, McInnes is still working on more new recruits. Defence is now a priority ahead of their Euro bow against Cerle Brugge.

Obviously, there were a few changes and a few lads moved on for different reasons. We were looking to try and get familiarity and get as many of the ones we wanted to keep. Marley Watkins was one, Stuart a massive one. We’ve only added one new signing in terms of Bruce.

We would have taken Will Dennis back in a heartbeat, we would take Corrie Ndaba back in a heartbeat if we could. But Will is going at a pace where he is training with Bournemouth. He will go on their American tour. He probably will go out on loan, but, by that time, we will probably have moved on.

So that one’s not really in our thinking at the moment. We are looking at other options with goalkeeper. And Corrie is one where we would like to bring him back, but I think there will be more than us.”

Graeme Young

Miller roars over reunion with Ronnie

It only feels like yesterday that I was scoring goals for Rangers AGAINST Ronny Deila when he was Celtic gaffer.

But now I’m in Abu Dhabi about to start a new coaching adventure as his assistant at Al Wahda FC.

The call came out of the blue last week but it was an opportunity I was keen to pursue – and now I can’t wait to get started.

I’ve been out of the game for a year after leaving Huddersfield Town but I’ve always been involved, due to my media work.

For the last 12 months, I’ve watched loads of games every week and tried constantly to learn.

And the truth is, I’ve been itching to get back on to the training pitch.

That’s why this was a chance I couldn’t let pass me by. Everyone knows football is really taking off in this part of the world.

Ronny is a winner. He’s won leagues in just about every country he’s been in like Norway, Scotland, America and Belgium.

So I think we have a similar mentality and Al Wahda are a good fit for us.

They’re a forward-thinking club who want to be challenging for honours every season. That was key for us in taking on this job.

We’re excited at what lies ahead. We’ve signed for a year and we’re going to see where it takes us.

The hard work starts now. When I came over on Thursday, I came prepared to stay and get to work.

We’ll take the team to Serbia for pre-season training before the UAE Pro League kicks off.

And we’re already trying to assess what we’ve got and talking about the players we would like to attract to the club.

I’ve enjoyed my media work but I’m a coach who wants to be out there every day working with players.

And now I can’t wait to get my boots back on.

Anthony Evans

EXCLUSIVE! Hoops step up attempts to sign Bernardo

Record Sport can exclusively reveal that Celtic are deep in negotiations with Benfica over a permanent deal for Paulo Bernardo.

The midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at Parkhead last season and is keen to return to the club this summer. Portuguese giants Benfica are looking to hold out for a fee of £6million for the 22-year-old, but Celtic are confident that they can trash out a deal on reduced terms.

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