European transfer update: Including Maher and Beckham

David Beckham LA Galaxy

Former Liverpool and Manchester United players feature with prior targets for Tottenham, Reading, Newcastle United, West Ham and QPR in a run-down of the transfer news from the continent.

AC Milan, Juventus, Bologna, Atalanta, Torino, Napoli, Sampdoria, Wolfsburg, Celtic, AZ Alkmaar, PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Panathinaikos feature.

David Beckham could be on his way back to AC Milan. The former England international is currently available on a free transfer after his contract at LA Galaxy expired last month and is reportedly in talks with up to 13 different teams from around the globe. However the Rossoneri are now believed to be one of the front runners for the 37-year-olds signature due to his previous loan spells at the club.

Former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos is expected to leave current club Wolfsburg this month on a free transfer. The Greek international has been deemed surplus to requirements by the clubs management and they are now moving to remove his wages from the bill at the club; with a potential return to Greece with Panathinaikos being mooted as a likely destination.

Celtic have officially had a bid for Central Coast Mariners playmaker Tomas Rogic accepted. The Scottish champions have had the Australian talent on trial at their training camp in Spain but faced competition from the likes of Reading, Napoli, Lazio and Rayo Vallecano among many others for his services. It now appears that the young Socceroo is likely to join up with Celtic by the end of the month; pending the successful acquisition of a work permit.

Adam Maher may yet leave AZ Alkmaar this month with PSV Eindhoven said to be very interested in developments at his current club. The Austrian has been a transfer target for several Premier League teams in the past and is unhappy at the team’s poor performance this season and the subsequent lack of European football that is likely to follow next season.

Staying in the Eredivisie and Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, who is reportedly wanted by Tottenham Hotspur among a host of other suitors, has stated he remains full focused on his football with Ajax. He has effectively ruled out a January transfer to any of the destinations in England, Germany, Spain or Italy that he has been linked with in the past few months.

The agent of Italian footballers Angelo Ogbonna and Andrea Poli has denied that either player will be moving anywhere this month. The former is considered the biggest talent in Italian football by many and is currently playing with unfashionable Torino while the Sampdoria midfielder Poli has been strongly linked with a move to AC Milan this week as well as Juventus and Napoli.

Manolo Gabbiadini wants to stay with Bologna. The player is currently co-owned by Juventus and Atalanta but was sent out on loan to Bologna at the start of the season. He has enjoyed a successful season which saw Juve attempting to call him back in this week but he would rather stay at his farm club for the foreseeable future.

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