Reading confirm Pogrebnyak agreement | Transfers | Tribal Football

Reading have confirmed a deal is in place with Pavel Pogrebnyak, pending a UK work permit.

Reading have confirmed a deal is in place with Pavel Pogrebnyak, pending a UK work permit.

Royals boss Brian McDermott revealed earlier this week that a deal for Pogrebnyak had been struck, and after the player passed his medical the club say they anticipate the deal to be completed in the coming days.

“Reading Football Club has agreed terms with Pavel Pogrebnyak to join the club,” read a statement on club’s official website.

“The player has already completed a medical and the deal is now only subject to the player obtaining a UK work permit.

“Reading Football Club anticipate completing the signing within the next seven days.”

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Twente coach McClaren warns Newcastle of De Jong price | Transfers | Tribal Football

FC Twente coach Steve McClaren says they’ll only sell Luuk de Jong for “stupid money”.

FC Twente coach Steve McClaren says they’ll only sell Luuk de Jong for “stupid money”.

Newcastle United are understood to have failed in an initial £8million bid for De Jong earlier in June and Twente boss McClaren remains unwilling to sell.

The former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest manager is quoted as telling Dutch media: “Luuk de Jong would stay if it were up to me – unless stupid money is offered.

“The club know what I think about it.”

Steven Whittaker thrilled with Norwich move | Transfers | Tribal Football

Former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker is delighted with his move to Norwich City.

Former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker is delighted with his move to Norwich City.

Norwich have announced the signing of Scotland defender Whittaker on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance.

Whittaker said: “All of my experience to date has been in Scotland so I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Premier League, I’m very excited about it.

“When I spoke to Chris Hughton I was very impressed with his plans to progress Norwich City and everyone I’ve spoken to in the game has had nothing but praise for the club and the city of Norwich.

“I know (midfielder) Simon Lappin from a few years back and of course I know (defender) Russell Martin from Scotland and I am looking forward to meeting up with the squad and the staff.”

Everton fullback Baines happy to battle Chelsea's Cole for England spot | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is happy to continue battling Chelsea’s Ashley Cole for an England start.With eight caps to his name, he is happy to keep providing the competition.

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is happy to continue battling Chelsea‘s Ashley Cole for an England start.

With eight caps to his name, he is happy to keep providing the competition.

“Ashley is different class,” said Baines.

“There are not many better than him and hopefully he can keep on playing as well as he has been because that can only be good for England.

“I will keep trying to push him and doing what I can do.

“Hopefully if I get a chance I can do well enough to get in there.”

Baines desperate for Everton not to sell stars | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Leighton Baines hopes manager David Moyes doesn’t have to sell Everton’s best players this summer.

Leighton Baines hopes manager David Moyes doesn’t have to sell Everton‘s best players this summer.

After spending five years at Goodison Park, it has become a recurring theme for Baines to witness manager Moyes having to sell his best players.

“Obviously over the years the manager has lost players that I am sure he would have liked to have kept hold of,” said Baines.

“Whether the club has needed the money or whether it’s because they have received what they consider is a considerable bid for a player they have always done good business.

“The manager has done well in bringing people in at a certain amount and when they have moved on he has tended to double his money or more.

“The club have always been quite savvy in that sense.

“It has never really hindered us and it’s never seen us getting any worse.

“But maybe it would be nice to see us hang on to those players and add a couple.”

Norwich sign Rangers fullback Steven Whittaker | Transfers | Tribal Football

Norwich City have swooped for Rangers defender Steven Whittaker.Norwich have announced the signing of Scotland defender Whittaker on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance.

Norwich City have swooped for Rangers defender Steven Whittaker.

Norwich have announced the signing of Scotland defender Whittaker on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance.

The 28-year-old was a free agent having rejected the transfer of his contract to the newco Rangers and he become new manager Chris Hughton’s first signing.

Hughton told the club’s official website: “In Steven we have a player who is very versatile – he can play anywhere across the back four and anywhere across midfield, so there’s plenty of versatility there.

“It’s probably a good time for him. Sometimes it is time to move on to a different club and go there with a lot of enthusiasm and he has international experience too.

“He has of course been used to playing at a very high level when he was at Rangers and in a lot of big games with a passionate crowd behind him.

“So the stage of the Premier League is certainly one that won’t faze him with his experience.”

Liverpool launching bid for Bolton midfielder Mark Davies | Transfers | Tribal Football

Liverpool are launching a bid for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies.

Liverpool are launching a bid for Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies.

The Bolton News says Liverpool are understood to be preparing a £5million Reebok raid for Wanderers playmaker Davies.

After swelling his midfield ranks with his first summer signing, Keith Andrews, Owen Coyle faces a fight to keep hold of the 24-year-old, with Aston Villa also eyeing a move.

Sources on Merseyside claim Brendan Rogers is ready to test the water with a bid.

Everton fullback Baines: I know about Man Utd interest | Transfers | Tribal Football

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is aware of interest from Manchester United.

Everton fullback Leighton Baines is aware of interest from Manchester United.

Baines is being linked with United as a successor for Patrice Evra.

“I’ve been aware of what’s been said in the press but I don’t know much beyond that,” said Baines, who still has three years left on his present deal.

“It doesn’t do any harm (to be linked) but it doesn’t do any good either.

“It’s just one of those things that tends to swing around this time of year. People put two and two together sometimes they get four and sometimes they get three or five.

“It gets other people more excited than those involved.”

Chelsea, PSG chasing Arsenal winger Walcott | Transfers | Tribal Football

Chelsea and PSG are chasing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.

Chelsea and PSG are chasing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.

The Sunday Mirror says Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to test Arsenal’s resolve to keep Walcott.

Winger Walcott has one year left to run on his contract and is yet to agree a new deal.

He currently earns around £65,000 a week and is looking to be brought into line with other England ­internationals on £100,000-a-week deals at their clubs.

Some senior Arsenal ­officials are believed to be keen to cash in on Walcott and the club are set to be given the chance to do so.

Real Madrid willing to offer Benzema, Higuain for Man City's Silva | Transfers | Tribal Football

Manchester City have slapped an £80 million price-tag on Real Madrid target David Silva.

Manchester City have slapped an £80 million price-tag on Real Madrid target David Silva.

The Sunday Mirror says City hope that Real will now drop their interest after being told to put up or shut up by valuing Silva at the same world-record fee paid for Cristiano Ronaldo three years ago

Reports in Spain have suggested that Real coach Jose Mourinho has been given a £45m budget to get Silva.

He is also prepared to offer Karim ­Benzema or Gonzalo ­Higuain in part exchange.