Barry a Baggie
20.25: Gareth Barry has completed his move from Everton to West Brom.
The 36-year-old former England midfielder, who missed Everton’s opening Premier League match of the new season against Stoke because of an ankle problem, has signed for the Baggies on an initial one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
“I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played,” Barry said on West Brom’s official website. “I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”
Everton land Gylfi
20.20: Gylfi Sigurdsson will undergo a medical at Everton tomorrow after they agreed a £45m fee with Swansea.
The Iceland ace has been on Ronald Koeman’s radar for much of the summer and will finally seal his move this week.
Everton have has two bids rejected but have struck an agreement with Swansea worth around £45m.
Liverpool made two bid for Keita
18.15: Liverpool had two bids rejected from RB Leipzig for winger Naby Keita, the club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick.
There were two offers from Liverpool and in between times also a telephone call between the clubs. But not between me and Jurgen Klopp,” Rangnick said.
“For us, it was always clear that we would not give Naby Keita. That is why there was no direct contact.
“Every club that has sporting ambitious would have done the same as we did.
“But we must weigh it up. If we let Keita go for €70-80m this year, what more would that bring us compared to the sum we would get next year?”
Begovic: Why I left Chelsea
17:30: Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic says he left Chelsea because he missed the buzz of Premier League football.
The 30-year-old stopper joined Eddie Howe’s side for £10million in May having spent the majority of his Stamford Bridge career playing second-fiddle to Thibaut Courtois.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo, the goalkeeper said: “I missed the buzz, I missed the competition. I missed competing and everything about it, it’s nice to be back playing.
“There’s nothing like playing Premier League football, week in, week out. That was something I missed and wanted to do again.
“This opportunity is a great one for me and, hopefully, this will be a good season for us.”
Van Dijk will sign for Liverpool
17:17: Virgil van Dijk will leave Southampton to join Liverpool this summer, according to ex-Saints star Brett Ormerod.
He said: “I think he’s off to Liverpool if I’m honest. A player who is clearly upset and not giving his all for the club can have a detrimental effect on the squad and Southampton are a team that always have a great team spirit and bond.
“At some point, perhaps there is a temptation to cut their losses and take the substantial profit the move will generate.”
Philippe Coutinho latest
17:00: Reports in the Catalan press overnight claimed Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to the Nou Camp would be completed within 48 hours.
But Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is adamant that’s not the case and that Liverpool still don’t want to sell.
He tweeted: “1. On Coutinho. No matter what the Catalan press say (48 hours, Liverpool has put a price on him, meetings soon), LFC insist: NOT FOR SALE!
“2. In fact: no meetings planned with FCB, no price has been put on Coutinho, right now LFC do not want to sell.”
Bundesliga expert on Keita to Liverpool
16:48: Bundesliga expert Lee Price says Liverpool are unlikely to sign Naby Keita – despite there already being a contract agreement in place.
“As I’ve been saying all summer, Naby Keita’s agents have met Liverpool and a contract has been agreed,” Price told Express Sport.
“He wants to go there – in so much as he wants to play for someone as big and with as much history as Liverpool – but he’s not actively pushing to leave.
“In fact, Keita sees staying put and playing Champions League football as far from the end of the world – especially as they’re the ones who gave him his chance to shine in the first place. Don’t expect him to chuck in a transfer request and rock the boat as he’s not that kind of player.
“So while there is an agreement between Liverpool and Keita, there is no agreement between Liverpool and Leipzig, and this is – at the minute – where the deal falls down.”
Aurier agrees Spurs deal – claims
16:45: Manchester United and Chelsea look set to miss out on Paris Saint-Germain star Serge Aurier, with reports saying the Ivory Coast international has agreed personal terms with Tottenham.
Manchester United and Chelsea have both been linked with moves for Aurier in recent weeks.
But French newspaper L’Equipe say Aurier has now agreed personal terms with Tottenham.
The report adds Juventus and Inter Milan also want him but Spurs appear to be in pole position to snap him up.