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Janssen confident of Tottenham move

Vincent Janssen in action against Athletic Club Bilbao in the Europa League last season. Credit: PA

Holland forward Vincent Janssen expects to shortly complete a move from AZ Alkmaar to Tottenham, claiming the clubs are close to an agreement.

Spurs have made an offer of around £11million, but Dutch side AZ are holding out for closer to £17m, amid interest from the likes of Wolfsburg, Paris St Germain and recently West Ham.

The 23-year-old had been given permission to spend two days in London last month when he visited Spurs' training ground, meeting manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussing his plans for the future, while also settling on personal terms.

Janssen had returned for the start of pre-season training, but in an interview with local media suggested a deal was now close.

Janssen confirmed: "I won't train with AZ any more. The clubs are now really close to an agreement. I will go home and wait for the phone call to go.


Ramsey expects to miss start of Arsenal's Premier League season

Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsey both suspended sit in the crowd during the UEFA European Championship 2016 match against Portugal. Credit: PA

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey expects he may miss the start of Arsenal's Premier League campaign as he recovers from his Euro 2016 exertions.

Ramsey was suspended for Wednesday night's semi-final defeat by Portugal in Lyon, which brought an end to the fine run from Chris Coleman's squad at the tournament.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prefers to give players who have been away on international duty during the summer a four-week break, and Ramsey is not now scheduled to return to London Colney until August 1.

AZ Alkmaar reject latest Tottenham bid for Janssen

Vincent Janssen (R) controls the ball against Eneko Boveda (L) of Athletic Club during the Europa League. Credit: PA

Tottenham have yet to come up with a suitable offer for AZ Alkmaar forward Vincent Janssen, according to the sporting director of the Dutch club, Max Huiberts.

Striker Janssen, the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season with 27 goals, was given permission to spend two days in London last month and visited Spurs' training ground, meeting manager Mauricio Pochettino and discussing his plans for the future.

Spurs are said to have initially tabled an offer of around £11million, which has reportedly since been improved upon, but Alkmaar are holding firm for closer to their £17million valuation.

Bournemouth close on £15m Ibe deal

20-year-old Ibe made 12 Premier League starts last season scoring one goal. Credit: PA

Bournemouth have had a £15million bid for Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe accepted by the Merseyside club.

Ibe has been given permission to speak to the Cherries after a 2015-16 season that saw him make only 12 Premier League starts for the Reds.

The 20-year-old has been with Liverpool since joining from Wycombe in 2011.

Cresswell extends West Ham stay

Aaron Cresswell. Credit: PA

West Ham United full-back Aaron Cresswell has signed a one-year contract extension.

Cresswell, 26, joined the Hammers from Ipswich two years ago and has firmly established himself in the side during that time.

His extension will keep him at the club until 2021 and follows on from Michail Antonio penning a fresh deal on Monday as manager Slaven Bilic looks to tie down all of his key personnel to longer contracts.


Swansea seal Fer deal

Leroy Fer in action for Swansea on loan last season. Credit: PA

Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Leroy Fer from QPR for an undisclosed fee.

The Holland international midfielder has signed a three-year contract after impressing manager Francesco Guidolin while on loan last season.

"I'm very happy, from the first minute I felt at home," he told the club's official website. "We did very good in the second half of the season.

"If we play like that, we can aim for higher, and that's what we want. Hopefully some new strong players (will) come in to help us.

"It makes it easier for me as well, if a coach wants you. (Guidolin) was surprised (at my ability), he said."

Leicester sign midfielder Mendy from Nice

Nampalys Mendy in action for Nice in 2015. Credit: PA

Leicester have signed former France Under-21 midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old helped Nice secure a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 last season and becomes the Foxes' third signing of the summer.

The Premier League champions have already welcomed Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez to the club and Mendy is happy to join the ranks.

Speaking to the club's website, Mendy said: "I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team have just enjoyed a great season and it's excellent to be here.

"For me I want to play at this level. I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It's fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league."

Mendy worked under Claudio Ranieri at Monaco and is keen to renew his relationship with the Leicester manager.

He added: "I know the coach, I know his mentality and I know his philosophy. When he speaks it's direct and clear and for me I like this."

Arsenal sign forward Asano from J-League

Arsenal have signed Japan forward Takuma Asano from J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, subject to the completion of a medical and regulatory processes.

The 21-year-old has won five caps for Japan since making his debut in August 2015 and is set to take part in the Rio Olympics next month.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger told the club's official website: "Takuma is a talented young striker and very much one for the future.

"He has had an impressive start to his career in Japan and we look forward to him developing over the next couple of years."

Takuma signed for Sanfrecce Hiroshima as an 18-year-old in January 2013 and went on to make 56 appearances, scoring 11 goals.

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