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Transfer talk: August 15 - Bendtner's exit demands, Wigan land Kone

The National's daily update of the latest big name transfer deals and moves taking place around world football this summer.

Nicklas Bendtner is poised to return for Arsenal.
Nicklas Bendtner is poised to return for Arsenal.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner says he is ready to leave the club - but only if his new destination fulfils certain conditions.

The Dane is keen to quit the Emirates Stadium side after a frustrating spell on the sidelines, and spent last season on loan at Sunderland.

But the player insists that a club he signs for must be in the Champions League, that he must be able to visit his son in London, and that he must get regular first team football.

"I need to be happy," he told Sporten.dk.

"A lot of people think that it is all about the money, but money does not matter if you are not happy.

"I have been in a situation before where I made a lot of money without being happy. I need to be happy when I come in which is universal for everyone.

"You need to be excited to come in to work."

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Olympiacos have continued their summer squad-strengthening after signing Portuguese international midfielder Paulo Machadoto for a reported EU2.7m (Dh12.2m).

The 26-year-old, capped four times for Portugal, joins from Toulouse on a three-year deal.

"I am very happy to have come to Olympiakos," Machado said.

"I came to help win the championship. I will work as hard as I can to help the team and to offer whatever I can."

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Wigan have bolstered their forward options after signing Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone from Spanish side Levante for an undisclosed fee.

The Latics confirmed Kone, who scored 15 goals for Levante in La Liga last season, has moved to the DW Stadium on a three-year deal

The 28-year-old is the fourth player to arrive at the DW Stadium in the off-season after defender Ivan Ramis, Fraser Fyvie and Ryo Miyaichi.

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Wolves have rejected a third bid from Sunderland for striker Steven Fletcher, thought to have been around £14m (Dh80.8m)

The English Championship side value the player at £15m, and have said they now want the matter brought to a firm conclusion.

"All parties need to draw a line under this matter, which has now dragged on for over a month," said chief executive Jez Moxey.

"If our valuations of them are not met then they will remain at Wolves but we cannot allow this speculation about their futures to drag on indefinitely up to the closure of the transfer window."