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Arsenal confirm Szczesny has joined Roma on loan

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will join Roma on loan for the upcoming season.

Szczesny was previously number one for the Gunners before losing his place to David Ospina last season and with the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea he would have fallen even further down the pecking order.

Szczesny told asroma.it: "I've come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there's great potential here.

"I already know the faces and the names of my new team-mates and I'm hoping to get settled here quickly."

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West Ham hopeful on permanent Song deal

Song looks set to return to West Ham permanently from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer - but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.

Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Adebayor is set to join Spurs. Credit: PA

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.

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Monk: Crystal Palace target won't leave Swansea

Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant captain Ashley Williams will remain at the club despite speculation about his future.

Williams is a target for Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Monk admits reports of interest in the defender from Crystal Palace is nothing new as the centre-back has been linked with various clubs every summer.

For that reason the Swans boss is not worried about the Wales international's immediate future.

He told talkSPORT:

Ash will be here, he'll be here with Swansea. I've got a good relationship with him, he's our captain and obviously I played with him for many years as well.

For the past six or seven years he's been linked with a team in the summer, and whether that's actual interest or driven by the papers and agents, I don't know.

But Ash is very committed to the club, he's our captain and he's captain of Wales as well, it's a big year for him with (Euro 2016) qualification coming up with his country.

– Garry Monk speaking to talkSPORT

QPR's Caulker set to join Southampton on loan

Caulker is heading to Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton are set to complete the loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker, acoording to Press Association Sport.

Toby Alderweireld's decision to join Tottenham and a serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos has heightened the need to bring in defensive reinforcements at St Mary's.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman has spoken of his wish to acquire at least one more centre-back, as well as add some extra height in defence - a role it appears Caulker will now help fill.

Signed by QPR last summer, the 23-year-old is again on the move with a loan deal at St Mary's close to completion.

Reports suggest Caulker will move with a view to an £8million permanent transfer - the amount QPR paid to bring him in from Cardiff last year.

The centre-back will be looking to avoid a third straight relegation from the Premier League at Saints and to add to his sole England cap won three years ago.

Martinez allays fears over Lukaku injury

Lukaku had to come off against Dundee. Credit: PA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down any injury concerns over Romelu Lukaku after the striker came off early in their latest pre-season friendly.

The Belgium international managed 32 minutes in the 2-0 win over Dundee before coming off, appearing to hold his hamstring.

However, Martinez insists the 22-year-old's withdrawal was just precautionary.

"Rom has obviously been playing a lot of minutes and it was important for him to get some sort of action," he told evertontv.

"After the first 25 minutes, he was feeling his legs were a little bit too heavy and we didn't want to take any risks.

"It's not a problem at all. I think he got a lot of good work between the two games we've had up here, plus the games we had in Singapore.

"Now we have got a little period before the weekend to make sure he is ready and refreshed."

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