Summer Transfer Gossip: Tottenham's Spending, Cabaye Competition and More

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterAugust 21, 2013

Summer Transfer Gossip: Tottenham's Spending, Cabaye Competition and More

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    The current transfer window has been a surprising affair so far, but the biggest shock on Wednesday was the lack of the usual suspects on the back pages.

    Instead, they're dominated by an imminent arrival at Tottenham Hotspur, although it is noted that the purchase of Willian will trigger the departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

    Arsenal are facing competition from Paris Saint-Germain for a midfield target, while Everton are moving toward a loan deal for an England international.

    West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Stoke City and Southampton also feature in transfer news on Wednesday.

    Read on to find out more.

Willian and Lamela Poised to Complete Moves as Tottenham Spend Gareth Bale Fee

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    Willian has completed his move to Tottenham from Anzhi Makhachkala, and Erik Lamela is poised to follow from AS Roma, reports Tony Banks of the Express.

    The White Hart Lane club broke their record fee for the Brazil international, claims the report, as Spurs continue to spend the money they will receive for Bale from Real.

    Banks claims Willian has signed a five-year deal after Tottenham beat off the challenge of Liverpool for the Brazil international, who has cost the club £30 million.

    Lamela will join the North London club for £29.9 million later on Wednesday, writes Banks.

    Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have already joined Tottenham this summer, and manager Andre Villas-Boas is also weighing up a move for Roma and Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, reports Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail.

Arsenal Facing PSG Competition for Newcastle Midfielder Yohan Cabaye

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    While Tottenham have been splashing the cash this summer, it has not been such an easy ride for their local rivals, Arsenal.

    The Gunners could soon experience further disappointment in the transfer window, with Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain, reports Colin Young of the Daily Mail.

    Young claims the Ligue 1 champions are preparing to outbid Arsene Wenger for the France international. They could offer as much as £20 million, which is a big step up from Sunday's £12 million Arsenal bid.

    If PSG were to land Cabaye, it would be a further blow for Wenger, who has missed out on several targets this summer and saw his team lose 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

Stoke City Eyeing Up Move for Tottenham Striker Jermain Defoe

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    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is weighing up a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, reports Graham Hill of The Sun (subscription required).

    The England international has dropped down the pecking order at White Hart Lane as Villas-Boas remoulds his team.

    The Britannia Stadium club are looking at a loan deal for the 30-year-old to begin with, due to the player's wages, claims the report.

    If Defoe made the move to Stoke, he would reunite with former teammate Peter Crouch.

Everton Lead the Chase for Manchester City Midfielder Gareth Barry

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    Everton are set to make their move for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, report John Percy, Mark Ogden and Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph.

    The England international has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium by City manager Manuel Pellegrini after the arrival of Fernandinho, claims the article.

    However, there is a sticking point over the player's wages, with the Goodison Park club looking for a loan deal and for City to agree to funding his salary, according to the report.

    Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in Barry, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez is leading the chase for the 32-year-old.

Bits and Pieces: Johan Elmander, Scott Sinclair, Marouane Fellaini, Luke Shaw

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    Former Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander is poised to complete his move to Norwich City from Galatasaray, reports The Sun (subscription required). The Swedish forward will be the third attacker brought to Carrow Road this summer following the arrivals of Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes will make an improved £35 million offer to Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, via the Daily Mirror.

    United will turn their attention to Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if the bid for Baines fails, per the Express.

    Southampton are preparing to beat West Brom to the signature of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, reports the Daily Star.

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is weighing up a move for Lyon pair Yoann Gourcuff and Bafetimbi Gomis, the Daily Mail reports.