It says something about the quality of today’s transfer tittle-tattle that the most interesting rumour concerns the Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, who is leaving the Emirates after a decade to take up a similar role at Milan. According to the Mail, the boardroom bigwig is “99.9% certain to leave”, after a source informed them that “it looks like a done deal”. It is nearly six years since Steven Caulker, then a highly-rated 20-year-old centre-back blossoming at Tottenham, made his first and so far only England appearance in a friendly against Sweden. He is currently out of contract after leaving Dundee last month, but apparently not for long: he is wanted by Arsenal Kyiv, who having lost six of their first eight league matches to sit bottom of the Ukrainian Premier League with a goal difference of -12 could certainly do with some defensive reinforcement. Perhaps not coincidentally their coach also used to play for Dundee – it’s the Silver Feather himself, Fabrizio Ravanelli. Anyway, according to the Mirror Ravanelli shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as Caulker “also has admirers in the Championship and is in no rush to commit”, but the opportunity to tease readers with a headline about a former Tottenham star being on the verge of joining Arsenal is one that several newspapers have found impossible to resist. A less familiar name who seems about to join the joyous melee of Scottish football is Miquel Nelom, a 27-year-old former Feyenoord left-back, who is a free agent after leaving the Dutch side and according to the Daily Record is about to sign for Hibernian, perhaps as soon as today. Meanwhile Adam Lovatt, the 18-year-old midfield tyro currently starring for Hastings United, has caught the eye of scouts from Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford, according to Teamtalk. It has emerged that Hatem Ben Arfa turned down West Ham in the summer to sign instead for Rennes. And for some reason a week-old story from Calciomercato about Bayern Munich being interested in Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has been picked up by both the Mirror and the Sun in the last 24 hours, forcing the Mill to dutifully include it in its daily wrap.

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