Pepe-Reina-wallpaper-9-600x400Premier League newcomers Cardiff are leading the chase for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue after having an £8.6million bid accepted by the French club.

However, other English clubs Arsenal and QPR are believed to be interested in signing the 25-year-old.

Cardiff have also agreed a fee of around £2million for Derby defender John Brayford. The 25-year-old defender is expected in Wales later today to discuss personal terms and have a medical ahead of the move.

According to Brazilian publication Lancenet, Chelsea have made a bid of around £8.1million for Botofogo defender Doria. The 18-year-old is already highly-rated and has previously been linked with a big money move to Spurs.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton are set to make a double swoop. The Toffees are looking at Austria Vienna striker Philipp Hosiner, who would cost in the region of £5million. The 24-year-old impressed last season with 32 goals in 34 appearances.

Everton are also believed to be interested in Rayo Vallecano left-back Jose Manuel Cassado, if Manchester United succeed in their pursuit of England full-back Leighton Baines. United have already had a bid rejected for Baines, but are expected to return with an improved offer in the next few weeks.

In Italy, Spanish keeper Pepe Reina has completed his season-long loan move to Napoli from Liverpool. Reina saw a move to Spanish giants Barcelona collapse earlier in the summer. The Spaniard was expected to fight it out with new signing Simon Mignolet for the number one shirt at Anfield next season, but has instead decided to move on to join former-boss Rafa Benitez in Naples.

Reina arriving in Naples has saw Napoli’s number one from last season Morgan De Sanctis move on to Serie A rivals Roma for an undisclosed fee. Roma is the 36-year-old’s seventh club of his career.

Can Cardiff pull off the coup of signing Etienne Capoue?


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