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01 Jul 2011 14:12:42

The Insider: Craig Gordon interesting Arsenal

ShareSimon Jones is Sportsmail's man on the inside of all the major transfer moves this summer. His column, published every weekday, offers an insight into the deals which will be done and those that won't - and why. A 5/5-rating means The Insider reckons it's a done deal; 0/5 means The Insider has his mortgage on it not happening. Don't miss your daily Insider instalment here.  CRAIG GORDONSunderland to Arsenal THE INSIDER says: 2/5 GABRIEL TAMASWest Bromwich to LazioTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 The Scotland international looks to be on his way out of the Stadium of Light especially following Steve Bruce's signing of former Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood. He has been mentioned to various clubs in the Premier League and up in Scotland and a deal may be done before the end of the window. Arsenal are still in the market for a goalkeeper but have priorities elsewhere at the moment with Gael Clichy's move to Manchester City pending, Cesc Fabregas set for Barcelona and Samir Nasri weighing up Manchester and Milan. The key to consider with Gordon also is that he won't be fully fit until October. He underwent anterior cruciate ligament surgery in April and that will take time to heal. The 28-year-old has been mentioned at Celtic and at Wigan as a potential fall-back should they fail to sign Ali Al Habsi from Bolton. However, that would also lead to negotiations over a deal for Charles N'Zogbia and Wigan would prefer straight cash for their lively French winger. Celtic have asked about Fraser Forster at Newcastle and would be keen on Gordon but they need someone who can play from August. Arsenal could easily cover with Wojiech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski while Manuel Almunia is expected to leave and start afresh in Spain. A surprise and welcome move for the 27-year-old defender looks ever closer. Tamas says he wants to join the Italian club and that part is understandable. He dropped out of favour under Roy Hodgson and is hoping the two clubs can reach an agreement after admitting it is his dream to join the Serie A side. The hitch is that Albion want a permanent deal and Lazio would prefer a loan amid rumours they had concerns over his alleged behaviour off the pitch. Lazio president Claudio Lotito is trying to broker a deal that would see Albion get a ?450,000 loan fee with an option to make the deal permanent next year for ?2.25million. The Romania international joined Albion for ?1.5m and is surplus to requirements and is ready to follow Scott Carson out the door. However, former Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera should also make his return to the club today providing his medical goes to plan. The Hungary international picked up an injury in Fulham's last game of the season when he was sent off against Arsenal. That may delay a deal going through today but all should be smoothed over eventually. Gera had thought about a return to Fulham following Martin Jol's appointment but hopes he will get more game time under Hodgson.  DALE JENNINGSTranmere to Bayern MunichTHE INSIDER says: 4/5 ANTHONY PILKINGTONHuddersfield to NorwichTHE INSIDER says: 3/5 It's almost there. One of the biggest surprises of the summer which was brought to you first by Sportsmail is close to a conclusion. The Bundesliga side have made an improved offer of ?650,000 up front rising to ?1.8million for the 19 year old former Liverpool trainee and Tranmere are expected to accept the deal at some stage today. West Ham showed interest in Jennings last week but the skillful winger had been sold on the idea of joining Bayern and pressed for that deal to be done. Bayern are keen to have everything tied up by Monday and the cash will give Tranmere manager Les Parry a rare chance to bring in some much needed quality to his squad. Parry has also been dealt an expected blow by the departure of left-back Aaron Cresswell to Ipswich. The East Anglian side had made a low offer for the 21-year-old and a tribunal could in prospect to determine a fee for a player they value at ?450,000. Parry and new first team coach John McMahon are looking to improve on last season and they will sign Rochdale goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams today. Huddersfield are ready to let Pilkington go providing the right offer is received for the winger. The 23-year-old has been watched by Premier League and Championship scouts over the past 18 months and has impressed enough to convince them he can make the step up. Pilkington was in impressive form for Huddersfield last season before his campaign was cut short when he suffered a dislocated ankle and broken fibula in March. His absence was notable as they missed his skills in their run-in to the play-off final. He is expected to be fit for the start of the new season in August, but it appears Pilkington will be playing his football away from the Galpharm Stadium. Norwich have already proposed a ?1.8million deal while Stoke City, who were considering signing him in January, could yet come back into the fray. Town chairman Dean Hoyle has revealed Pilkington has asked to leave and it comes as a big blow to the League One side following the recent sale of Lee Peltier to Leicester City. Hoyle said: 'I have told Anthony I will not stand in his way. As hard as it may be.' Don't miss your daily instalment of The Insider every weekday through the transfer window here at MailOnline.  PREMIER LEAGUE NEW KIT SPECIAL: Strips your team will wear in 2011-12Club-by-club guide to all the Barclays Premier League summer transfers      Explore more:People: Steve Bruce, Gabriel Tamas, Simon Jones, Craig Gordon, Martin Jol Places: Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Milan, Norwich, Scotland, Romania, Spain, Hungary


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