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SPFL transfer latest: Could McGeady make Celtic return? Rangers sign Manchester United youth

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Here’s a round-up of today’s transfer stories…

Starting off with Scottish clubs

  • Rangers look to youth

Rangers have signed former Manchester United youth prospect Jordan Thompson.

The 18-year old Northern Irish midfielder broke the news of his move via Twitter.

https://twitter.com/x88_j/status/620958254265462784?lang=en-gb

  • Motherwell to sign ex-Manchester City defender

The central belt side hope to improve their backline by signing 21-year old Kieran Kennedy. The English centre-half came through the ranks of the Etihad before making the move to Leicester following a spell on loan.

  • Leicester released Kennedy at the end of the season.

Described on ‘The Foxes’ official website as a “gritty centre half… with an outstanding ability” now the Motherwell boss is keen to test that grit and sign him up to the SPFL club.

 

Aiden McGeady won't leave Everton any-time soon
Aiden McGeady won’t leave Everton any-time soon
  • McGeady transfer rumours dismissed by Everton Boss

The Republic of Ireland winger had been rumoured to leave Goodison Park, with a return to his former club Celtic. However, Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated that there are no plans to sell the 29-year-old, who is currently recovering from a hamstring injury.

Speaking in a press conference, Martinez told The Irish Sun: ‘“There has not been a conversation with another club about a possible transfer. What I am looking for is for him to be fully fit.”

Full article on STV

 

  • Van Dijk still on Dick Advocaat’s mind

Yesterday it looked like Dick Advocaat had turned his interest away from Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk to sign Nicolas Lombaerts.

However the Belgian defender has failed a medical at the Stadium of Light.

Now The Daily Record speculates this could encourage former Rangers boss Advocaat to look once again at the Dutch defender.

Van Dijk has been linked with a move away from Parkhead all summer. Full Article (Daily Record) 

Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
  • The Arabs go Dutch

Dundee United have their eye on Dutch playmaker Rodney Sneijder as a replacement for former Tannadice favourite Stuart Armstrong. Sneijder, brother of Galatasary midfielder Wesley, has earned rave reviews at Almere.

Meanwhile, United boss Jackie McNamara may make a move for former St Mirren midfielder John McGinn, who expressed interest in leaving the buddies behind back in spring, although the Paisley outfit are due a compensation fee.

 

John McGinn has been looking to leave St Mirren  since April
John McGinn has been looking to leave St Mirren since April

 

  • Thanks to Celtic

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer says he has his loan spell at Celtic to thank for signing a new five-year deal with the English Premier League club. “It’s physical and was good to improve that part of my game,”

 

  • Hasselbaink heads home

Nigel Hasselbaink has ended his stay in Scotland to return home to the Netherlands to join Excelsior. The striker, who starred for Hamilton, St Mirren and St Johnstone, says his family will have the chance to see him play every week.

 

And down south…

  • United beat Bayern

In an interview with SportBild, new Manchester United man Memphis Depay has revealed that Bayern Munich also wanted to sign him.

“I spoke with almost all the top clubs in the world,” Depay said. “Bayern Munich was one of them.”

United are also yet to agree a fee with Fenerbahce for the transfer of striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman was unveiled as a Fenerbahce player at a presentation ceremony at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on Tuesday after agreeing a three-year contract.

But a fee has yet to be signed off between both clubs after Van Persie signed a deal worth at least £3.4m a year (€4.9m) in wages, excluding bonuses.

It is understood Manchester United do not expect to receive a sizeable fee for Van Persie.

Full Story from Sky

 

  • Keeper’s new deal: Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley has signed a new three-year deal at the Riverside.

 

Club-by-club

  • Arsenal

Athletic Bilbao have accelerated their interest in Nacho Monreal and are hopeful of signing the Arsenal full-back.

  • Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor told Sky Sports News HQ that Fabian Delph’s decision to snub Manchester City is a massive boost ahead of the new season.

  • Chelsea

Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign Barcelona winger Pedro, according to the Daily Star.

It is reported Chelsea have met the Spain international’s £22m buy-out fee and Barcelona will not stand in his way should he want to quit the Nou Camp for Stamford Bridge.

  • Cambridge United

Cambridge United have completed the signing of midfielder Jeff Hughes on a two-year deal.

https://twitter.com/CambridgeUtdFC/status/621181909696053248/photo/1

 

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