Newcastle’s Phileas Fogg-esque pursuit of France attacking-midfielder Remy Cabella has eventually borne fruit, with the 24-year-old signing on at St James’ Park from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee, which is likely to be somewhat less than the €100m crazy La Paillade owner Louis Nicollin claimed was his worth last year
The Toon Army can look forward to the delights of a player who struck 14 times in 37 Ligue 1 appearances in 2013/14, but negotiations have yet to be concluded on the long-mooted moves below…
Ben Davies from Swansea to Spurs
In recent days, former Swans midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been put up as a possible makeweight in a Lilywhites deal for left-back Davies and, curiously, goalkeeper Michel Vorm.
With the ink from Hugo Lloris’ five-year-deal not yet dry, a move for the Dutch number three seems unnecessary, but Spurs went an entire campaign without a left-back last term and it ended up showing.
Bank on them locking up Davies soon now Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly sanctioned the move.
Dejan Lovren from Southampton to Liverpool
There can be few stronger player-power messages than declaring in the media that your head is elsewhere, but although Lovren has made his intentions to join former Saints Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana at Liverpool clear, the Croatian could be left smarting from the statement.
New boss Ronald Koeman is under no pressure to sell and Lovren can only hope Brendan Rodgers wants him enough to stump up a whopping £25m for a centre-half that cost only £9m from Lyon last summer.
Eliaquim Mangala from Porto to Manchester City
Having already raided Porto for Brazilian midfielder Fernando, the Premier League champions’ age-long pursuit of ‘The Mangler’ looks set to go on a little longer.
Reports suggest the Citizens are in ‘advanced talks’ with Os Dragoes over a whopping £32m switch, but Roma’s Mehdi Benatia has also been strongly mentioned as a potential long-term partner for Vincent Kompany.
Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea
As was pondered on these pages a few short days ago (Click here), Costa’s move to Stamford Bridge is taking its own sweet time to complete.
Chelsea have confirmed their offer to Los Colchoneros, yet we still await the klaxon going off on a deal that seemed done before the end of last season.
Ki Sung-Yueng from Swansea to Aston Villa
The Villans early transfer business amounted to providing homes for Premier League wash-ups Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos, who cost nothing between them, and Kieran Richardson for undisclosed peanuts from Fulham.
Paul Lambert’s shopping prompted news.bwin.com/en/ to wonder whether the Scotsman was buying Villa into the Championship (Click here), but signing lively South Korea midfielder Ki could be a step back from the brink.
On loan at Sunderland last term, the 25-year-old was one of Gus Poyet’s most able operators and fired home four times in all competitions under the Uruguayan.
Enner Valencia from Pachucho to West Ham
Irons winger Stewart Downing has already fogged the airwaves with platitudes regarding how the east-enders ‘can’t rely on Andy(Carroll) all season’, and that the incoming Ecuadorian ‘looks a very good player’.
The three-goal World Cup poacher is expected to complete his move to London this week, for a fee of around £12m.