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Transfer news RECAP: Relive all of Wednesday's rumours and done deals

Clubs across Scotland have just under three weeks until the transfer window shuts, as teams look to ramp up their final pieces of business to complete their squads in the coming days.

Following Celtic's Champions League exit, will Neil Lennon have the spending power to bring in reinforcements? Rosenborg's Birger Meling has been touted to replace Kieran Tierney, while at right-back Lech Poznan's Robert Gumney has been linked. Neil Lennon insists James Forrest isn't for sale after he was reportedly a target for Zenit St Petersburg.

Rangers are close to securing a loan move for Leicester's Andy King, after being allowed to move out on loan by former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. Ryan Kent is still wanted by the Ibrox outfit, although that move appears less likely now.  Steven Gerrard's side have been reportedly interest in Leonel Di Placido if James Tavernier moves on. Jamie Murphy is likely to head out on loan, while Graham Dorrans, Eros Grezda and Jason Holt are all free to leave the club.

Aberdeen are still looking to offload Stevie May, while down south Manchester United are preparing for Paul Pogba bids, while Neymar's Barcelona-PSG transfer saga rumbles on.

King to seal Rangers deal on Thursday

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Leicester midfielder Andy King will arrive at Rangers on Thursday to seal a loan move.

Welsh star King will give Gerrard the added midfield options he desires in his bid to bring silverware to Ibrox.

Read more: Andy King to seal Rangers loan deal on Thursday as Steven Gerrard makes it 10 summer signings

Hearts reach Meshino agreement

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Hearts have applied for a work permit to sign Ryotaro Meshino on-loan from Manchester City.

Meshino – who took in the Jambos’ weekend draw with Ross County - joined the English champions from J-League side Gamba Osaka earlier this month.

City boss Pep Guardiola doesn’t think he is ready for first-team action and wants him to get him first-team exposure up in Scotland.

Hearts have already agreed terms of the loan and now have to convince a work permit hearing that the Japanese midfielder would help enhance their squad.

Read full story here: Ryotaro Meshino transfer latest as Hearts agree terms with Manchester City for midfielder

Mane 'sounded out' over Real switch

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Zinedine Zidane reportedly sounded out Sadio Mané earlier this summer about a possible move from Liverpool to Real Madrid.

That’s the claim in French football outlet Soccer Link - although any talks between the pair would surely go against tapping-up rules.

The report states that Mane was keen on the move. However Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is totally unconvinced over the need for another winger after the arrivals of Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard.

Liverpool are not looking to sell the ex-Southampton star and it would take a huge bid to convince Jurgen Klopp to do a deal.

Downing reveals Rangers talks

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Former England international Stewart Downing has opened up on his summer chat with Steven Gerrard - and the reason he never signed for Rangers.

The 35-year-old was heavily linked with the Ibrox club after leaving Middlesbrough but opted to sign for Blackburn Rovers instead.

Downing knows Gerrard from his time with England and Liverpool but told Teesside Live he made a decision based on game time.

I know Steven so I spoke to him but he had a few players already in the pipeline and I need to play games.

He already had a big squad at Rangers – would I have played as many games as I would liked to?

I don’t know. At Blackburn I will be involved a lot more and that was the main decision to go there.

Stubbs questions Lennon's transfer influence

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Alan Stubbs has questioned how much influence Neil Lennon has had in Celtic’s summer recruitment after the Hoops were sent crashing out of the Champions League by Cluj.

The former Hoops defender reckons Lennon’s team selection for the crucial qualifier suggests he might not have been fully behind the multi-million pound arrivals of Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo.

Read what Stubbs had to say here: Celtic Euro flop raises questions about Neil Lennon’s input on transfers claims Alan Stubbs

Barca and PSG to meet in Liverpool over Neymar

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Barcelona and PSG chiefs will meet in Liverpool this week to try and sort out Neymar’s future.

According to Mundo Deportivo the two Euro super powers will get together ahead of the European Club Association in the city on Friday, with club presidents Josep Bartomeu and Nasser Al-Khelaifi taking the opportunity to hold talks beforehand.

Neymar is known to be desperate to return to his old club, but PSG reportedly want a player in return, potentially Philippe Coutinho, to be included in any deal.

Real Madrid are also watching developments closely in the hope of snapping up the controversial Brazil striker ahead of their arch rivals.

Rangers close to King deal

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Rangers are in talks with Leicester over a loan move for Foxes midfielder Andy King.

The 50-times capped Wales international is heading to Glasgow on Thursday to discuss terms and could provide further boost to Steven Gerrard’s engine room.

Read full story here: Andy King in talks with Rangers over loan switch from Leicester to Ibrox

Newcastle open talks with Longstaff

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Newcastle have opened discussions with Sean Longstaff over a new long-term deal.

Longstaff, who spent the latter part of the 2017 on loan at Kilmarnock, has really kicked on at St James’ Park over the last year.

That has attracted interest from Manchester United, and now according to the Times, they want the highly-rated midfielder to sign a new deal.

It is claimed the discussions are in their early stages, but could see him sign a new £80,000-per-week deal.

DONE DEAL! Hearts sign Whelan

Hearts have snapped up Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan on a one-year deal.

The former Aston Villa and Stoke City midfielder joined Craig Levein’s side today, with the move having been in the pipeline for the last few days.

Whelan got a tour of the club’s facilities last week, and trained with the squad over the weekend as he mulled over a contract offer.

And now he’s put pen to paper for the Jambos.

Cummings 'dying' for Scotland return

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Jason Cummings is ‘dying to get a move back to Scotland’ according to one of his best pals.

Edinburgh boxer Lee McGregor, who is close friends with Cummings, with the pair having grown up together in Saughton.

And the Jambos-daft bantamweight has urged his club Hearts to make a move for the former Rangers and Hibs striker, adding “I know he’d come to Hearts”.

Cummings is currently with Nottingham Forest, but is deemed surplus to requirements by manager Sabri Lamouchi.

Reckon he’s worth a go Hearts fans?

Neymar's future could be sorted 'within 48 hours'

This one has been dragging on for most of the summer now.

But Barcelona and PSG’s club presidents are set to meet in Liverpool this week to sort out Neymar’s future.

That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the pair will meet this Friday as they look to reach an agreement within ‘48 hours’.

Barcelona’s opening bid for the Brazil star failed, as PSG rejected a £74million offer plus Philippe Coutinho.

The French giants want to get the £206million they paid for the forward back in full if he is to leave.

Killie kid to 'hold talks' with City

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Kilmarnock kid Liam Smith will hold talks with Manchester City - according to a report.

The Sun say the talented teen is likely to pick City over Liverpool as Europe’s top clubs look to sign him.

The youngster was also on Rangers’ radar and Kilmarnock are desperate to hold onto him.

Killie would be due around €200,000 for the left winger.

DONE DEAL! Rogers moves to Morton

Morton have completed the signing of Aberdeen keeper Danny Rogers on a season long loan deal.

The Irish youngster joined St Mirren last year but suffered a serious injury that ended his time at the club.

He previously had a successful spell at Falkirk.

Man Utd bracing themselves for Pogba bids

Manchester United are bracing themselves for Real Madrid to make an offer for midfielder Paul Pogba in the coming weeks.

According to the Telegraph, United have no intention of allowing Pogba to leave, with the English transfer window shut.

While they can’t buy any more players this summer, United can still sell while the European club’s transfer windows’ remain open.

Dortmund reject approach for Sancho

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Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive revealed his side rejected an approach from “an elite club” for Jadon Sancho.

The 19-year-old England international has attracted interest from all across Europe and his homeland, in particular from Manchester United.

The former Man City star has been a stand out for Dortmund since making the move to Germany in 2017.

And Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted one club did make contact over Sancho, but were told he was not for sale.

He told Ruhr Nachrichten:

There aren’t many 19-year-olds with such a potential.

He is also not a player from the region or one who would have any connection to it.

When you have a player like Jadon Sancho, you must reassess the situation every single year. Everything else would not be honest. If a foreign player is not convinced that the club is right for him at the exact time, it just does not make any sense.

A chief of one of the super clubs asked me back in spring if there was a chance [to sign Sancho] but I told him straight away he should forget about it and he never contacted me again. He knew I meant what I said.

Rovers boss responds to Josh McPake 'links'

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Bristol Rovers’ manager has laughed off links with a loan move for Rangers’ Josh McPake, joking ‘if he was from Celtic I might think about it’.

The highly-rated Ibrox youngster is expected to head out on loan this year to get some more first team experience.

He has been reportedly been attracting interest from Dundee, St Johnstone, Ross County, as well as English League One side Bristol Rovers.

But Irishman Graham Coughlan, who had a stint with Livingston as a player and became Rovers’ manager on a permanent basis at the start of the year, said it was the first he had heard of the interest for the 17-year-old.

He told the Bristol Post:

From Rangers? Rangers? Are you actually telling me I am going to be signing a Rangers player? If he was from Celtic I might think about it.

I haven’t seen that, I haven’t read that, I will go home and have a look and see where that has come from.

It is the first I have heard of it.

Former Arsenal youngster joins Lyon

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Arsenal will get a cash windfall from Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s expected move to Lyon.

The former Gunners youngsters will join the club for €20m and Arsenal have a 10% sell-on fee.

The 21-year-old came through the Arsenal academy before joining Angers.

Rojo set for Turkish switch

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Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo looks set for a move to Turkey after his Everton switch fell through.

The Argentine has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, and his move to the Toffees on English transfer window’s deadline day collapsed.

But United are still keen to offload the 29-year-old, with Fenerbahce reportedly interested in the defender according to reports in Turkey.

Turkish newspaper Posta say it looks like it will be a loan move for Rojo, who has two years left on his contract at Manchester United.

Jovic 'to leave' Real Madrid

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Luka Jovic could leave Real Madrid just two months after joining for £62m.

Reports in his homeland claim the Serbian has failed to impress Zinedine Zidane and the Madrid boss is willing to let him leave on loan.

Jovic signed a six-year deal in June and was expected to play a big part this season.

But it looks like it could be another costly transfer for the Spanish giants.

Roma and Sampdoria 'join race' for Di Placido

Roma and Sampdoria have joined the race to sign Leonel di Placido.

The right back has been linked with a move to Rangers but the Serie A clubs could now make a move, according to Italian outlets Calcio Mercato.

They say that French side Amiens and La Liga’s Espanyol are also interested.

Aribo move slammed AGAIN

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Rangers’ summer signing Joe Aribo has once again been told he made the wrong move in going to Ibrox by former Charlton boss Chris Powell.

Powell has been outspoken about Aribo’s decision to move north of the border and was once again critical of the midfielder’s transfer.

He decided to make the move to Glasgow after his contract with Charlton ended and he’s been a standout for Steven Gerrard’s side so far.

A number of English clubs were interested in signing him with Brentford making a late bid for his services before he plumped for Rangers.

Despite playing regularly in Europe, where he already has three goals for the club, Powell reckons he should have stayed in London and gone to Brentford.

READ MORE: Joe Aribo’s Rangers move slammed again by former Charlton boss Chris Powell

Lee Erwin cleared to play for County

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Lee Ewrin is free to play for Ross County after FIFA ruled in the club’s favour.

The former Kilmarnock striker moved to Dingwall after leaving Tractor Sazi but the Iranian club refused to hand over his registration.

Instead they took it to FIFA looking for compensation against Erwin, despite the forward not being paid but he club.

But according to Press and Journal, FIFA have ruled in County and Erwin’s favour and he’s now available to play against Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup this weekend.

Lukaku has pop at United

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Romelu Lukaku has taken a pop at Manchester United and English football after his move to Inter Milan.

The Belgian striker says training with his new club is ‘real work’ compared to what he had to do in England.

Lukaku had fallen out of favour with the Old Trafford club and completed a £74m move to Serve A last week.

He’s only been there a week but he notices differences.

“It’s different. In England, it’s a lot of work. But over here, it’s real work.”

DONE DEAL! Ben Yedder joins Monaco

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Wissam Ben Yedder has joined Monaco after the Ligue 1 outfit agreed a €35m fee with Sevilla.

The striker was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer but a deal never materialised.

Now he’s heading back to France after a successful stint in Spain.

Silas Wamangituka joins Stuttgart

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Silas Wamangituka has completed a big money move to Stuttgart.

The forward was linked with Celtic earlier this summer although no firm move was ever made.

Now he’s signed a five-year deal after bid of around £7m was accepted by Paris FC.

Morton take Hibs defender on trial

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Morton could land Hibs centre back Kosovar Sadiki on loan with the 20 year old set go under the microscope of Cappielow manager David Hopkin on trial.

German born Sadiki, who moved with his parents to Canada before he was one year old has played for the Canadian under-23 side whilst also being eligible to play for Germany, Albania and Kosovo, joined the Easter Road club in January when Neil Lennon was in charge from Croatian side NK Lokomotiva Zagreb after a spell as a trialist.

Sadiki was involved in the youth programmes at Stoke City and Queen’s Park Rangers before spending a year in Zagreb ahead of joining of joining the capital city club where he has still to make his top team debut.

Hopkin is keen to strengthen his pool and will have a look at Sadiki in training however a number of other clubs are monitoring Sadiki’s availability.

Hearts 'close in' on Whelan

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Hearts are ‘closing in’ on Glenn Whelan.

Craig Levein is wanting to sign the Republic of Ireland international in an attempt to turn around the struggling side.

The Scottish Sun say the midfielder will complete his move soon, and will be joined by Ryotaro Meshino who attended the 0-0 draw with Ross County at the weekend.

The Ryan Kent double standard

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Ryan Kent last appearance for Rangers at Ibrox came in front of a raucous sell-out crowd in a dominant derby win over Celtic.

The winger’s next competitive appearance on home soil was watched by less than 200 fans for Liverpool Under-23s in a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Spurs.

The European champions might have slapped a multi-million pound transfer tag on his head but Gers fans would have offered a penny for this thoughts at full time of Liverpool’s Premier League 2 opener at their Kirkby Academy on Saturday.

Following the collapse of a proposed move to Leeds United before the end of England’s transfer window, Kent looks to be in limbo and quoted the Bible with a bizarre social media post where he took a thinly-veiled swipe at the Reds.

Former Scotland defender and Liverpool ambassador Gary Gillespie admits there are no winners in the current status quo and that Kent is too good to be playing Under-23s football.

READ MORE: Liverpool’s Ryan Kent transfer double standard threatening to derail Rangers target’s career

Lennon's transfer warning

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Angry Neil Lennon warned his players they were about to blow a £30m Champions League jackpot - before watching them commit second half suicide at a shell-shocked Celtic Park.

Scotland’s champions contrived to throw away a solid first leg draw against Romanian big guns Cluj with a woeful opening 45 minutes which saw them 1-0 down at the break - and walking into a dressing room meltdown from their manager who accused them of treating the crunch qualifier like a friendly.

But although quick-fire goals from James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard appeared to turn the tie back around Celtic’s shambolic defending saw them go down to a 4-3 defeat and crash out into the Europa League playoffs.

READ MORE: Neil Lennon in Celtic transfer warning after Hoops’ Champions League shocker

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to our live blog on another day that is set to be busy.

Celtic fans, you might be hugely disappointed after last night’s events and no wonder.

But there’s still plenty of transfer business to be done although a bit less cash might be spent as a result of crashing out of the Champions League.

Rangers did most of their business early but one or two might sneak in the door late on.

Aberdeen are still waiting on Stevie May while they might be worried about bids from abroad for Scott McKenna.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all the latest.

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