Summer Transfer Gossip: Tottenham's Spending, Cabaye Competition and More
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.
Read on to find out more.
Willian and Lamela Poised to Complete Moves as Tottenham Spend Gareth Bale Fee
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
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
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
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
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.
United will turn their attention to Southampton left-back Luke Shaw if the bid for Baines fails, per the Express.