Summer Transfer Gossip: Bernard, Gareth Bale, Gary Hooper

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJuly 26, 2013

Summer Transfer Gossip: Bernard, Gareth Bale, Gary Hooper

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    Welcome to today's gossip column, featuring Arsenal, Tottenham, Napoli, Roma and more.

    Which player, interesting Premier League clubs, has had his price tag set at £22 million?

    Who have Norwich targeted as their next striking recruit?

    What's the latest situation regarding Gareth Bale and Real Madrid?

    Read on for this and more! 


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    Director Eduardo Maluf told Radio Globo (via that reported Arsenal target Bernard will be sold from Atletico Mineiro if a £22 million bid is made.

    The tricky Brazilian is one of the hottest names on the market after exploding onto the scene over the past six months, and Atletico seem willing and ready to cash in for the right price.

    Both he and Ronaldinho brought Copa Libertadores glory to their team in the week, and that will likely signal a "job done" attitude from both. 

Gary Hooper

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    Norwich have completed a surprising swoop for ex-Celtic striker Gary Hooper, per the Canaries' official website. 

    He declined a more lucrative approach from Queens Park Rangers to take on the challenge of playing in the English Premier League.

    This is another excellent signing for the Canaries, who will add Hooper to a now-stellar strike force that already houses Ricky van Wolfswinkel. 

Gareth Bale

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    The BBC have confirmed Gareth Bale and Tottenham are in contract talks once again.

    The Welsh wizard, who seems to have his deal renewed every season without fail, is the subject of intense interest from Real Madrid, and Andre Villas-Boas is keen to keep his star man.

    All signs point toward Bale sticking around for at least another season at White Hart Lane, as no formal bids for his services have been made as yet.

Morgan De Sanctis

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    Morgan De Sanctis has joined Roma, according to La Repubblica (via The World Game).

    With Pepe Reina's loan move to Napoli seemingly imminent following a successful medical, De Sanctis has opted for pastures new.

    It's probably a wise choice, since Rafa Benitez's side have also recruited Rafael Cabral this summer as a future prospect between the sticks.

    Roma have been on the lookout for a new 'keeper since Maarten Stekelenburg joined Fulham earlier this summer. 

Etienne Capoue

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    According to the Daily Star, Cardiff City have had an £8.6 million bid accepted for Etienne Capoue.

    The holding midfielder, who played for Toulouse in Ligue 1 last year, is one of the finest at his job in world football—breaking up play and shielding the defensive line.

    I thought Capoue would have been a perfect fit for Arsenal, so if this turns out to be "a goer" (as Harry Redknapp would say), it's one serious statement of intent for the Premier League new boys.  

Quick Kicks

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    Liverpool have reiterated, via ESPN, that Luis Suarez is not for sale.

    Crystal Palace will not be signing Carlton Cole or Dan Gosling, per Sky Sports.

    Daily Star believes West Ham have revived their interest in Southampton forward Rickie Lambert.

    Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Mamadou Sakho says he has made a decision on his future with the French champions, but is keeping it to himself for now, ESPNFC reports.

    UEFA has confirmed hotshot striker Stefan Kiessling has extended his contract at Bayer Leverkusen.