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Football Insider: Could Matri still head to Premier League?
4:00am Monday 26th August 2013 in Sport
ONE player who has been on the radar of both Newcastle and Sunderland this summer is still to make an expected move away from Juventus.
Both the Magpies and the Black Cats have looked in to the finances required to secure the services of Alessandro Matri, but have not moved on a deal so far.
There is a preference for a loan from the North-East but Juventus are keen to sell him on a permanent basis and have been touting him around different clubs.
But suggestions the Italian striker is on the verge of a switch to AC Milan have been rubbished in Turin, so there could still be a possibility of him leaving on loan late in the transfer window.
TOTTENHAM'S summer recruitment drive only looks set to intensify when the record-busting £86m deal for Gareth Bale goes through with Real Madrid.
After losing out to Chelsea for Willian, Spurs have turned their attention to Ajax winger Christian Eriksen, while they are in advanced talks with Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches.
The 23-year-old centre-back, a Romania international, is on the verge of a £7m move after Steaua Bucharest agreed a £7m fee for the player.
The transfer will not be formally completed until Steaua have played the return leg of their Champions League play-off with Legia Warsaw tomorrow night.
Tottenham have also been credited with an interest in Brazilian striker Hulk and Roma's Erik Lamela.
CHELSEA playmaker Juan Mata has attracted interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United following the Blues' deal for Willian.
The Spanish international has not been involved as much as he would have liked under Jose Mourinho and any suitable offers would tempt Chelsea in to selling.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has so far hit brick walls in his attempts to find his first signing as Old Trafford boss and an attacking midfielder is his priority.
Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Cesc Fabregas are all in his thinking, although there still remains a chance of a move for Cristiano Ronaldo once Bale joins Real Madrid and if Wayne Rooney moved on.
STOKE CITY manager Mark Hughes is keen to raid his former club, Manchester City, for the talented Swedish youngster John Guidetti.
Sunderland are still keen on the youngster, but a long term fitness problem has prevented a deal from taking place this summer.
And Hughes is willing to take a gamble before the transfer deadline to strengthen his attacking options at the Britannia Stadium since taking over.
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