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Transfer Talk: Rooney as clueless as Man United fans about Anthony Martial

Last updated on: September 01, 2015 20:01 IST
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Monaco's Anthony Martial (R) challenges Paris St Germain's Thiago Silva during their Ligue 1 soccer match. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney did not have the faintest idea who Anthony Martial was when the Monaco forward was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this week, according to team mate Morgan Schneiderlin.

News of United's reported £36 million ($55 million) bid for the 19-year-old Frenchman broke as the squad were flying back to Manchester after their 2-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday and the England captain approached Schneiderlin to get the low-down on the club's rumoured target.

"On the plane, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak," France international midfielder Schneiderlin was quoted as saying by the Manchester Evening News.

"I told him he's a great player with great potential, who has played some good matches with Monaco last season and the beginning of this.

"I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Thierry Henry, even if it's the press who are making that comparison," Schneiderlin added.

Chelsea's Moses signs for West Ham on a season-long loan

Victor Moses of Chelsea is challenged by Mario Suarez of Fiorentina. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

West Ham United have signed midfielder Victor Moses from Chelsea on a season-long loan, the Hammers said on their website on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who spent the last season on loan with Stoke City, scored three goals in 19 Premier League appearances for the Potters last season, helping them to their highest ever league finish of 9th place.

The Nigeria international has featured in his country's victorious 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This is Moses's third loan spell in as many seasons having previously been on loan with Liverpool.

Moses also becomes the Hammers' second loan-signing on transfer deadline day, having earlier announced the arrival of midfielder Alex Song from Barcelona.

Song returns to West Ham on loan from Barcelona

Alexandre Song of West Ham United. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has rejoined West Ham United on a season-long loan, the Premier League club's chairman said on his official Twitter account.

The 27-year-old Cameroonian spent last season on loan at the Hammers as well, after failing to nail down a regular starting spot with the Spanish champions, who he joined from Arsenal for a reported £15 million ($23 million) in 2012.

He made 31 appearances for the Hammers last season and scored thrice in the league.

"It has just been confirmed. Alex Song has signed a season long loan deal to join West Ham. Welcome back Alex," Hammers' chairman David Gold said on Twitter.

The signing was confirmed soon after by a statement on the club's website (

Song became the Hammers' eighth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Darren Randolph, Pedro Obiang, Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Carl Jenkinson, Manuel Lanzini, George Dobson and Stephen Hendrie.

"I am very happy. For me it was very important to come back because when I was here I had a great rapport with the fans and the club," Song said.

"When I left I didn't know I would come back here. It was not easy but at the end of the day, the most important thing is I'm here now and I'm very happy."

Song, who has 47 caps for Cameroon, announced his retirement from international football in January, citing his wish to focus on his club career.

Man City defender Jason Denayer joins Galatasaray on loan

Manchester City's Jason Denayer. Photograph: Jason O'Brien/Reuters

Manchester City centre back Jason Denayer has joined Turkish club Galatasaray on a season-long loan, according to a statement on the Premier League club's website.

The 20-year-old Belgian international spent last season on loan at Celtic, where he made 29 league starts and won the Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Year award.

His exit follows the arrival of Argentina international centre back Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia for a fee reported to be in the region of €45 million ($50.7 million).

Galatasaray are in Champions League Group C this season along with Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Astana.

City have also sold 19-year-old forward Jose Pozo to Spanish second division side Union Deportiva Almeria. The youngster joined the Sky Blues from Real Madrid in 2012 and has played four senior games for the club.

Villarreal take Porto striker Adrian on loan

Villarreal have further bolstered their forward line by taking Spaniard Adrian Lopez on loan from Porto for the season, the Europa League participants said on Monday.

Adrian Lopez of Club Atletico de Madrid Adrian, 27, had stints at clubs including Real Oviedo, Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga before he spent three years at Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014, helping the team win the Europa League, La Liga and King's Cup.

Villarreal have also recently brought in former Spain striker Roberto Soldado and Congo forward Cedric Bakambu while Brazilian Leo Baptistao has arrived on loan from Atletico.

Villarreal, who were sixth in La Liga last season, have been drawn in Europa League Group E with Viktoria Plzen, Rapid Vienna and Dinamo Minsk.

Image: Adrian Lopez

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