Just a month remains before the speculation season concludes, Chinese whispers reverberate around the soccersphere as clubs scramble to complete their squads before the end of summer.
With their finger forever on the pulse, the odds gurus over at bwin HQ have their transfer betting markets fluctuating in response to which clubs are zeroing in on their top targets.
Here are three names to have hogged back-page space this morning and what the prices say about their purported switches:
A failed medical has seen the Frenchman balloon from a microscopic, odds-on offering all the way out to 33/1 to join Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers affirming in the Daily Mirror that the Reds will not be making another bid for the striker.
He’s now 2/5 to be a QPR player on the 2nd September, though Goal.com suggest that Newcastle are keen on bringing him back to Tyneside for another loan spell.
Remy bagged 14 goals in 26 league games last term and can be backed at 9/4 to return to St James’ Park a long-term deal with the Magpies, but those who reckon he’ll be rented back to the north-east must side with the shorter price as he’ll still count as an R’s player.
The future looks far from bright for El Nino, who is set to play third-fiddle to Diego Costa and Didier Drogba at Chelsea next term.
Atletico Madrid have been tracking him all summer, hoping he’ll drop his £175,000-a-week wages to return to the Vicente Calderon.
Even money says he’ll be back with his boyhood club come the transfer window’s closure, though Monaco are thought to have sounded out the £20m-rated frontman as a contingency in the event of a Radamel Falcao departure.
Those who think Torres will be living tax-free come the close of play can get paid out at 4/1.
After rustling the net 15 times on loan at Everton last term, the Toffees have understandably moved to make the temporary switch permanent.
Like his current clubmate Torres, Chelsea value the Belgian they neither want, nor need at a wallet-busting £20m, but Roberto Martinez isn’t perturbed, going so far as to announce when asked over his club’s chances of signing Lukaku: ‘of course we’ll get him.’
Everton can be backed at 3/5 to lure him back to Goodison Park, but the Times warn that supreme snafflers of Premier League targets Wolfsburg are ready to rival their bid and can be backed at 4/1 to land their man.