Transfer round-up: Leicester duo set to depart before window shuts

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Two of Leicester’s Premier League winners are expected to leave the King Power ahead of the international transfer window closing, the Leicester Mercury reports. Right-back Danny Simpson and midfielder Andy King are said to be allowed to leave and have not yet featured for the Foxes this season.

Sandro Ramirez has left Everton and joined Real Sociedad on loan. The striker is keen on a permanent move back to his home country, but the Goodison Park club say there is no automatic option to buy.

Serbian winger Lazar Markovic is heading for the Anfield exit door after spending the last three seasons on loan, with Greek side PAOK among those interested, according to the Daily Mirror.

Another set to leave Liverpool is Divock Origi, with the Daily Mail reporting he is in talks with a number of interested clubs, including Besiktas.

Liverpool target Nabil Fekir was offered to Chelsea in the summer by Lyon, but the Stamford Bridge side turned down the chance to sign the 25-year-old, the Daily Mail says.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: Lazar Markovic of Liverpool looks on from the bench during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

On the move: Lazar Markovic.

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Tommy Elphick: The 30-year-old defender, who helped Bournemouth to Premier League promotion, is free to leave Aston Villa, with QPR and Hull among those interested, the Daily Mirror says.

Harold Moukoudi: Aston Villa want to loan the Le Havre defender ahead of a potential permanent deal in January, The Sun reports.

George Saville: Millwall will let their £7m-rated midfielder go to Championship side Middlesbrough, according to the Daily Mirror.

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Set to leave Anfield: Divock Origi.

Four Liverpool players are on the way out of Anfield, including striker Divock Origi who is wanted by Besiktas, according to the Daily Mirror.

Other departures could include Lazar Markovic who could head to Belgium, Sheyi Ojo is close to joining Reims on loan, while Pedro Chirivella is wanted by Rosenborg, the paper says.

Nacer Chadli, who starred for Belgium at the World Cup in Russia, is looking to leave recently-relegated West Brom, the Daily Telegraph says. Chadli, 29, is looking to exit the Hawthorns before Friday’s loan deadline, with Besiktas interested in bringing in the winger.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is set to leave Stoke to join Paris Saint Germain, The Sun reports. The Cameroon forward joined the Potters from Schalke last August and scored five times as the Potters were relegated from the Premier League.

Moussa Dembele is being watched by Ligue 1 rivals Marseille and Lyon, according to the Daily Mirror. The Celtic striker missed training amid interest from the clubs wishing to bring the 22-year-old back to his native France.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is looking for a reunion with winger Jason Puncheon, according to the Teesside Gazette. The Crystal Palace man has been told he may leave on loan with Boro in the driving seat, the paper said.

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 14: Nacer Chadli of Belgium looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 3rd Place Playoff match between Belgium and England at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

On the move? Nacer Chadli.

Players to watch before the window slams shut on August 31

Jan Oblak: The Slovenia goalkeeper looks set to leave Atletico Madrid after rejecting the offer of a new contract, according to AS.

Paul Pogba: The Manchester United man is among three midfielders to be targeted by Barcelona next summer, according to Sport. The other players being watched by the La Liga giants are Adrien Rabiot at PSG and Ajax’s Frenkie De Jong.

Quincy Promes: The Dutch winger could be swapping Spartak Moscow for Sevilla, AS reports.

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Olympiacos manager Pedro Martins has refused to comment on speculation linking Yaya Toure with a return to the club.

Ivorian midfielder Toure, a free agent after leaving Manchester City at the end of the last season, is reportedly close to rejoining the Greek side.

The 35-year-old played for Olympiacos for one season in 2005-06 before moving on to Monaco, Barcelona and Premier League champions City.

Toure’s agent, Dimitry Seluk, has fuelled rumours about his client’s future with a series of cryptic tweets, including one which states the player has “passed a medical in London” and is “close to signing a new contract”.

Martins, whose side face Burnley in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday, remained tight-lipped about the situation at his pre-match press conference.

“I have to remain concentrated on the group of players I have and not refer to players that do not belong to our group yet,” said the Portuguese.

Olympiacos head to a Turf Moor with a 3-1 aggregate lead following last week’s first leg in Piraeus.

Despite the healthy advantage, Martins refused to admit his team were favourites to reach the group stage of the competition.

“No, I do not accept this title because everyone knows how good Burnley can be in their stadium,” he said.

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